Rhonda and Gus Bridges’ weekend getaways to the Bay have become a second life.
Rhonda and her husband, along with their son Caleb, have opened the Daiquiri Shak in Old Town on Court Street.
Recently retired from banking, Rhonda is enjoying her new lease on life behind the counter at the Daiquiri Shak, mixing and naming new flavors for the folks of Bay St. Louis.
The nautical and beachy theme of the Daiquiri Shak is carried through to names of new daiquiris like Beach Bum, Mermaid Juice, Blue Hawaiian and Cajun Cadillac. Of course, standard favorites like margarita, hurricane, strawberry, pina colada, 190 Octane, White Russian and more are available.
The offerings have grown each month. The Shak now has ten machines, up from their original six, and one still dedicated to virgin daiquiris. The family has come up with 40 different flavor combinations, but the possibilities are endless as they will mix any flavor combination requested.
Daiquiri Shak also offers seasonal favorites, like their signature Mardi Gras Mambo and King Cake daiquiri for Carnival season and Egg Nog for the holidays. `
“The Mardi Gras Mambo was so popular that we are still carrying it,” Rhonda said.
This summer look for new flavors like Peach Bellini and for Cinco de Mayo expect some new margarita flavors and specials to hit the menu.
Thanks to Bay St. Louis’ new go-cup friendly laws, the daiquiris have been a big hit in Old Town, popular for the special events, Second Saturdays and perfect for sipping on the beach.
“A lot of our customers love taking our drinks to the beach.” Rhonda said.
The shop also offers seating and televisions for those who want to sit and cool off.
“We’ve created a place where people can come in and talk,” Rhonda said. “We don’t have loud music. You can come in, relax and watch the games on TV.”
Costumers can get a variety of sizes, from 12 oz cups to a gallon jug of their favorite frozen drink. Daiquiri Shak also offers a special on group orders - a gallon “your way” - which is four 32 oz cups for $30. There’s a loyalty card for frequent visits - every 10th 32 oz. daiquiri is free. For an extra kick, customers can also request an extra shot of booze in their daiquiri.
In addition to daiquiris, the Shak also offers cold drinks, sodas and a small selection of beers. Customers get a free branded koozie with every brew.
Rhonda and her husband live right off the Jordan River, but are loving the community and visitors of Old Town.
“I could actually come to work by boat if I wanted to,” Rhonda said. “My husband and I love the outdoors and fishing, but we love our Daiquiri Shak, too. All our neighboring merchants have been so nice - we really love this community.”