Welcome to Old Town Bay St. Louis!
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Our authentic character, historic buildings, and friendly folks are just a few of the reasons why Budget Travel Magazine named us one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" in 2013. And Coastal Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis one of the top ten small beach towns in the country in 2010! Explore Old Town using the menu above - or check out quick links to individual merchants below. Come play for a day, you may want to stay!
Second Saturday Artwalk
Use the alphabetical list below or search by category from the menu bar above to learn more about members of the Old Town Merchants Association!
BSL Makes "Best Of!"
Recently, Bay St. Louis was one of only twelve Mississippi locations to be selected for the "Official Best Of Mississippi" feature. Nominees underwent a rigorous selection process. See why we were chosen "Best Pleasure Seeker's Paradise" below!
In October 2014, Bay St. Louis was featured on the Weather Channel as one of Budget Travel's favorite Beach Towns IN THE COUNTRY. Explore Old Town any season of the year and find out why!
Coolest in the South!
In Budget Travel Magazine's annual contest, Bay St. Louis was chosen as one of the top three Coolest Small Towns in the country for 2013 - and we ranked above other Southern contenders by a long shot. That makes us the Coolest Small Town in the South by our way of thinking and gives us major bragging rights! So start bragging! Here's the link to the whole article. Share it with friends and business associates. To read the article in Budget Travel On-line, click here!
200 North Beach
200 North Beach Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS
200 North Beach Restaurant opened in the fall of 2011 and in just four years, it’s become known as a classic Gulf Coast eatery. Diners drive from across the region to feast on the likes of Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, Lemon Grilled Trout, and New York Strip Steak with Crawfish Etoufee Hollandaise sauce.
Open for both lunch and dinner, specials served throughout the week (including the weekends) lure locals on a regular basis. During happy hour, drink specials and fifty cent oysters on the half shell (during season) keep the restaurant humming throughout the late afternoon and through the dinner hours.
Owner Ann Tidwell believes the popularity of the restaurant is mostly due to word of mouth.
“We have a lot of people now from across the coast coming in,” says Tidwell. “And places like Baton Rouge, Hattiesburg, and beyond. In fact, we’ve had customers from almost every state. So many of them were referred by friends who have eaten here, so that’s very satisfying.”
200 North Beach made history when it opened in 2011 as the first restaurant to reopen on the beachfront since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The historic building that serves as the restaurant’s home is a storm survivor and one of the oldest buildings on the Hancock County coastline.
Built in 1903 to house the offices of the Seacoast Echo newspaper, the beautifully renovated building features an expansive dining room and traditional bar downstairs.
Ann Tidwell Upstairs, there are private rooms that can be reserved for parties or meetings, complete with another service bar. The wrought iron balcony overlooks the coastline and boasts a striking view of the Bay Bridge. Outside, at tables on the “banquette,” diners can enjoy the gulf breezes and watch passerbys while enjoying meals and cocktails.
“Miss Ann” made her mark as a businesswoman in Bay St. Louis as the original owner of the Bay Town Inn. National magazine and travel writers often featured the historic house turned B&B, noted for its savory breakfasts and classic rooms.
Although Tidwell sold the Bay Town Inn over a decade ago, she’s continued to restore Old Town’s historic treasures and open new businesses. 200 North Beach is her first restaurant venture and like everything else she touches, it’s developed a name for quality.
“It’s a welcoming restaurant where people can share good times and a great meal with family or friends, whether you’re dressed up or down,” says Miss Ann. “It’s exciting to see it become a coast tradition, a place where generations of families always feel at home.”
Time After Time
112 S. Second St.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
228. 342. 0666
During Second Saturday, Time After Time will be offering 20% off on all furniture and be serving finger foods and refreshments. The Pohl Family Band will be performing on the steps of Bay Emporium from 5pm – 7:30pm.
Near the intersection of Main and Second Streets, a historic town landmark has been brought back to former glory. Bay Emporium (112 South Second Street) houses thirteen different shops under one roof – offering from antiques to art. It's hardly the typical antique mall.
Time After Time is located just inside the building’s entrance and sets the tone for the unique variety found in the rest of Bay Emporium. The shop specializes in collectibles and antiques - ranging from glassware, quilts and pottery to primitives and fine furniture. The store is also the town’s exclusive purveyor of Swan Creek Candles.
Owner Pat Inglis explains that the shop’s selection changes out frequently since sales are brisk. She names three reasons for this: selection, pricing and condition.
Pat has built her reputation as an antiques dealer by seeking out the unusual. She was bitten by the antiques bug decades ago while she built her career as a restaurant manager in North Carolina. For fun, she would attend weekend auctions. Eventually, she began reselling her finds at outdoor markets. Soon, owners of area antique stores would be waiting in line for her to open in the mornings.
“I realized they were buying my finds and then reselling them at a big profit at their own stores,” says Pat. “I realized I needed to learn more about the things I was selling.”
Learn she has. And she’s continued to hone her antique hunting skills through the years - the displays in Time After Time reflect her eye for the extraordinary. But while her knowledge has grown by leaps and bounds, her prices haven’t. She still passes on good deals, which has helped build a loyal and growing customer base.
“I don’t care how much a book says something is worth, it’s only worth what someone will pay for it,” says Pat. “Most people comment favorably on my prices. It’s one reason they keep coming back.”
Time After Time’s furniture offerings are another reason for her success. Pat works with expert craftsmen who restore and refinish Pat’s finds, making them even more of a value.
Pat first “discovered” Bay St. Louis in 2002 while exploring the Gulf Coast. “I passed over that Bay bridge and just had the most peaceful feeling.” Pat and her husband, David, met at a North Carolina auction decades ago. Pat had been a widow for several years when the two friends reconnected. Eventually a romance blossomed.
David relocated to the coast and the couple married in 2008. “When we first got together, I told him I’m not getting married and I’m not leaving Mississippi,” says Pat, laughing. “But I’m still determined about the Mississippi part.”
Like thousands of others on the coast, Hurricane Katrina wrecked their home and sidetracked their lives in 2005. Pat worked for a local hardware company for the next five years. However, the antiques business still beckoned. She began with a few booths in local markets, then made the leap to Bay Emporium three years ago. It’s been a happy and prosperous matching.
“Customers love the Bay Emporium building and they love the selection of merchandise inside,” says Pat. “They really seem to appreciate the style of Time After Time, as well as my pricing. That makes my head swell just a little bit.”
But more than profit and pride fuel her passion.
“The most wonderful thing about this business is the way certain items will spark fond recollections for people,” she says. “They’ll say, oh, my grandmother had one just like that! Or that reminds me of one my mom had. It’s like you’re selling good memories.”