The Porch is an eclectic “farmhouse/industrial/beach” shop located in Century Hall on Second Street.
JoAnn Saucier opened The Porch in Bay St. Louis on June 1, 2017. She previously owned The Porch in New Orleans for twelve years. After selling their house in New Orleans, they “were trying to decide what to do next.”
After visiting friends in Bay St. Louis “on several occasions,” JoAnn said, “we just fell in love.” They saw a house under construction and decided to buy it. They moved here three years ago, and the rest is history.
JoAnn began with a small space in The French Potager. Soon, Century Hall sold and there was space available. She “rented it on the spot, and that was the beginning.”
“The people here have been so welcoming” JoAnn says, citing the community as “kind, and giving.” As for her favorite part about being in Bay St. Louis, she says she enjoys the fact that “there’s just always something going on for such a small place…almost overwhelming sometimes!”
Her merchandise at The Porch is “a little bit further out there.” Nevertheless, this unique shop is where you can find something to decorate your home for every occasion, gifts, and other lovely things.
Her goals for the future of The Porch include continuing “to try to find new lines and new things…newer and better options” as well as “continuing to build the business and help people find us.” The Porch has a bright future indeed.