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Second Saturday Artwalk Hotspots- November 2023: Sassy Bird Interiors, The Buttercup, and The Arts, Hancock County
The Arts, Hancock County
405 Blaize Avenue
At 405 Blaize Avenue in Bay St. Louis lies a vibrant center of creativity and cultural exchange – The Arts, Hancock County. This non-profit organization, passionately committed to nurturing the arts in the community, serves as a dynamic hub for over 450 members. Its mission? To integrate art into the daily fabric of life, ensuring equal access and representation for all.
The Arts thrives on fostering local talent and promoting artistic expressions in diverse forms. From sponsoring shows and classes to hosting events and instructional ventures, this nurturing ground for both established and emerging artists is a cornerstone in Hancock County's burgeoning creative economy.
Coinciding with Stennis Day in the Bay, The Arts will be celebrating their Second Saturday Hotspot status with a variety of “out of this world” specials including a rocket making workshop, live music, refreshments, art market and open members gallery. On November 11th, The Arts will be kicking off the day with their Art Without Walls pop-up market that will be open from 10 am to 2 pm and again from 4 pm to 7 pm. This market is not only an art showcase but also a vital platform for local artists to sell their handmade creations. Located in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District, it's a treasure trove for art enthusiasts.
The Arts will be blasting off their children's rocket-making workshop from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. The festivities continue with an Open Members Gallery from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, showcasing the theme of SPACE through various artistic mediums. Adding to the atmosphere, Zackery Perkins, a native Mississippi musician, will perform live from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Beyond Second Saturday, The Arts actively engages the community with various initiatives. This includes the annual Arts Alive! Festival, offering a kaleidoscope of artistic talents, and the enchanting Winter Solstice Lantern Walk on December 21 – a magical parade featuring homemade lanterns. For those looking to participate, lantern-making workshops and parade registration are available on their website.
The Arts' vision extends far beyond events. With a long-term strategy focusing on educational expansion, community outreach, and creating a sustainable business model, they are committed to enhancing Hancock County's cultural vibrancy and inclusivity.
For those eager to explore, experience, and engage with the arts, The Arts at 405 Blaize Avenue is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. Contact them at 228-342-4521 to learn more about their programming, events, and how you can be a part of this artistic haven. This Second Saturday, step into a world where creativity knows no bounds and where every form of art gets its moment in the spotlight – at The Arts, Hancock County.
Sassy Bird Interiors
122 Court Street
Located at 122 Court Street, Sassy Bird Interiors stands as a beacon of creativity and style. Launched in 2019 by co-owners Shannon Stage and Holly Harrison, this boutique interior design shop sprang from a shared vision rooted in their familial nicknames, Sassy and Birdie. With Stage's expertise in the giftware industry and Harrison's extensive background in interior design, they moved their thriving business to its current location in December 2021, further cementing their commitment to bring extraordinary and unexpected home décor to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Specializing in a plethora of unique items ranging from exquisite furniture and curated art pieces to old-fashioned children's toys and entertaining essentials, Sassy Bird Interiors distinguishes itself not only as a store but as an experience. As the only interior design firm in Bay St. Louis with a brick-and-mortar presence, Sassy Bird Interiors also offers comprehensive services including in-home consulting, custom furniture, and more.
For the upcoming Second Saturday on November 11th, coinciding with the Stennis Day in the Bay event, Sassy Bird Interiors invites families to a delightful "lightsaber party" in their front yard. From 12 pm to 3 pm, children and parents can enjoy this thematic extravaganza complete with a photo station, ensuring memories that last a lifetime. To amplify the festive spirit, DJ Doug Funnie will be spinning “out of this world” tunes, adding to the day's joyful ambiance.
The store's décor itself is a testament to their philosophy, encapsulating a blend of elegance, whimsy, and welcoming warmth. On this Second Saturday, shoppers will also receive a free gift with each purchase, adding an extra layer of excitement to their shopping experience.
As committed community players, Shannon and Holly are looking forward to their Bluebird Countdown Sale post-Thanksgiving, offering savvy shoppers ever-deepening discounts, though with a playful warning: as prices drop, so does the likelihood of snagging that coveted item! Additionally, the first weekend of December will see them hosting a Grandparent Shopping Weekend, complete with discounts for those showcasing pictures of their grandchildren.
For visitors and locals alike, Sassy Bird Interiors at 122 Court St. is more than just a store; it's a destination where each item tells a story, and every visit inspires. Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm (with extended hours starting the week of Thanksgiving), this hotspot is ready to welcome all with open arms and a flair for the unique. For more information, call (228) 344-3181 – and remember, in the words of Shannon and Holly, at Sassy Bird Interiors, it’s all about finding that perfect piece that resonates with "your home, your vibe."
112 N. 2nd Street
Nestled in the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis, at 112 N. 2nd St., The Buttercup stands as a beacon of comfort, flavor, and cheer. Opening its doors each day from 7 am to 2 pm, this cafe not only offers a feast for the taste buds but also for the soul.
Founded by Jamie Temple in the spring of 2006, post-Hurricane Katrina, The Buttercup was more than just a cafe; it was a symbol of resilience and rejuvenation. Jamie's vision of a “place that was affordable, fresh, and happy” quickly resonated with the locals, making The Buttercup an instant beloved spot. Though Jamie stepped back a few years ago, his niece Tiffany Wiensch has lovingly taken the reins, preserving the café's cherished feel, "This place is special to a lot of people, and I want to keep that going, that’s for sure," says Tiffany.
Described aptly as a "cheerful full-menu restaurant," stepping into The Buttercup is like walking into a ray of sunshine. The cafe, with its whimsical signs, vibrant flowers, and funky decor, mirrors the lively spirit of Bay St. Louis itself. Its picturesque sidewalk café setting is perfect for soaking up the town's charming atmosphere.
The menu at The Buttercup is a testament to homemade goodness, featuring fan favorites like the Cajun Benedict and Eggs Bay St. Louis. With an emphasis on fresh, homemade meals that include all-day breakfast and lunch options, and a delightful array of bakery treats, there’s something to satisfy every craving.
This Second Saturday, November 11, The Buttercup is offering an extra touch of coziness with a limited menu highlighted by sweet treats, seafood mac and cheese, and amazing homemade soup. Complementing these delectable offerings, the café will host live music from 4 pm to 7 pm, promising an ambiance filled with warmth and community spirit.
Whether you're a local or just passing through, The Buttercup’s combination of delicious fare, convivial atmosphere, and Tiffany Wiensch’s welcoming touch make it a must-visit. Bask in the ambiance of a café that prides itself on being a corner of joy and deliciousness in Old Town. Remember, the perfect sidewalk café experience awaits you every day, and especially on Second Saturday, at The Buttercup.
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