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Shoe Boutique - HOTSPOT
131-E Main St.
Shoe Boutique, located at 131-E Main St., in Old Town Bay St. Louis, is a fashion lover's paradise, offering a delightful mix of style, history, and community spirit. As the city gears up for the Second Saturday on February 10th, Shoe Boutique is preparing to dazzle its customers with exclusive deals, a festive atmosphere, and a unique story of resilience and passion.
Owned by Jana Lumpkin, Shoe Boutique is not just a store but a testament to the legacy of Miss Joyce Whitfield, who ran it for over 35+ years before passing the torch to Lumpkin in September of 2020. "I took it and stepped up a little bit, tried to get more of a variety of things," Lumpkin shares, reflecting her commitment to catering to a diverse clientele. This year, Shoe Boutique proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of fashion, community, and enduring elegance.
For this Second Saturday, Lumpkin is rolling out the red carpet for shoppers. From 3 to 7 PM, visitors can enjoy a sumptuous spread of charcuterie and champagne, accompanied by tunes from a DJ. Shoe Boutique will also be celebrating their HotSpot status with a generous 30% off all boots and a 10% discount storewide, with a special emphasis on the already significantly marked-down sale section.
Shoe Boutique’s range of products is as eclectic as its owner's journey. From the top-selling Zee Alexis shoes to the newly introduced NAOT brand, Lumpkin ensures there’s something for every taste. The store also features other big names like Volatile and Lemon Jelly, along with the dazzling Betsy Johnson bling collection.
It's not just about shoes, though. Lumpkin has carefully curated a selection of accessories, including the trendy Jimmy Crystal glasses and versatile Ilsa Jacobson purses. Her commitment to variety extends to supporting local artists, such as Liz Schaefer, whose artistic tennis shoes add a unique flair to the boutique's offerings.
Lumpkin's personal touch is evident in every aspect of Shoe Boutique. Her dedication to keeping the legacy of Miss Joyce Whitfield alive, coupled with her own flair for business and fashion, makes the boutique a beacon of inspiration in Bay St. Louis.
This Second Saturday, step into Shoe Boutique for an experience that goes beyond shopping. It's a celebration of fashion, history, and community, all wrapped up in the welcoming ambiance of Jana Lumpkin's dream. With discounts, music, and a chance to explore a wide range of stylish offerings, Shoe Boutique is the place to be for anyone looking to add a touch of glamor to their wardrobe.
In A Pinch Gifts - HOTSPOT
112 S. Second St. (Third Floor of Century Hall)
Residing on the third floor of the charming and historic Century Hall at 112 S. Second St., In A Pinch Gifts emerges as a sanctuary of artistic flair and eclectic treasures in Bay St. Louis. This boutique, lovingly curated by Tina Coffey, is more than just a gift shop; it's a gallery of creativity and a testament to Coffey's lifelong journey with art.
A Bay St. Louis native, Coffey's story is woven into every corner of In A Pinch Gifts. After living across the country and settling in Dallas, her connection to Bay St. Louis remains unbroken. "I’ve always found my way back to the Bay," Coffey shares, echoing her strong ties to her hometown. Her vision for the shop is deeply personal, "My goal is to really grow my art business, and Century Hall has been a nurturing ground for that."
Marking her fourth year at Century Hall, Coffey's commitment to uniqueness is clear. "I seek out items that you won't find in any other local shop. It's important for me to continually offer something new and unexpected to my customers," she explains. This philosophy has made In A Pinch Gifts a treasure trove of distinct gifts, ranging from candles, diffusers, skincare, home decor, and stationery to clothing, jewelry, and religious items. But the crown jewel of the store is Coffey's own artwork, which she is keen to showcase.
This Second Saturday, February 10th, In A Pinch Gifts is set to offer a delightful experience for visitors. From 10 AM to 2 PM, customers can indulge in hot chocolate and king cake, adding a sweet touch to their shopping. But the excitement doesn't end there. Coffey announces, "For every $10 spent, customers will receive an entry to win an original piece of my art," making it not just a shopping trip but a chance to own a unique piece of local artistry.
Adding to the day's charm, DJ Doug Funnie from Good Earth Records will set the mood with his tunes from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, ensuring a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.
In A Pinch Gifts stands out as a beacon of artistic expression and unique finds. It's a place where Coffey's artistry and her keen eye for the extraordinary come together, offering visitors a chance to take home something truly special. This Second Saturday, step into In A Pinch Gifts not just for shopping, but for an experience that celebrates the art, culture, and heart of Bay St. Louis.
Murky Waters - HOTSPOT
126 Main St.
Nestled off Main Street in the vibrant heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis, Murky Waters is set to elevate this Second Saturday, February 10th, into an unforgettable blend of culinary delights and soulful tunes. Known for its tantalizing barbecue and blues legacy, Murky Waters invites locals and visitors alike to immerse in a celebration of taste and music.
Manager Tori Nieto unveils an exciting lineup for the day, featuring the talented Pontchartrain Shakers to serenade guests from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. His music promises to complement the rich, smoky flavors of Murky Waters' signature dishes, creating an ambiance not to be missed.
However, the melody and menu are just the beginning. Murky Waters is hosting a special drawing that's sure to spark interest: a raffle for a Murky Mardi Gras themed basket. "Anyone who dines or drinks with us that day could enter the raffle," Nieto explains. Valued at $200, this basket is poised to be a coveted prize, encapsulating the spirit of Mardi Gras with Murky Waters' unique flair.
Weekly Wing Wednesdays will continue to delight with 65-cent wings, alongside beer specials and margaritas starting at 4 PM. The anticipation also builds for a new cocktail menu, showcasing last year's bestsellers, ready to be enjoyed year-round. Furthermore, Murky Waters is introducing monthly food specials, promising new savory experiences with each visit.
Murky Waters' reputation for exclusive whiskey selections will be enhanced with offerings like Blanton's and Weller, alongside innovative takes on the classic old fashioned, including a smoked cinnamon variant that has been a hit among patrons.
The cornerstone of Murky Waters' appeal, however, remains its barbecue. The pork sandwich and smoked wings stand out as fan favorites, reflecting the meticulous care in their preparation, smoked with local pecan wood for unparalleled flavor.
As Second Saturday approaches, Murky Waters is more than just a dining destination; it's a cultural experience. With Pontchartrain shakers' tunes setting the scene, delicious specials on offer, and the chance to win a Mardi Gras themed basket, Murky Waters is the place to be in Bay St. Louis. Whether you're a barbecue aficionado, a music lover, or simply in search of a memorable night out, Murky Waters promises an experience that captures the essence of Bay St. Louis's vibrant community spirit.
Full Moon Clockworks - HIGHLIGHT
301 Railroad Ave.
Located at 301 Railroad Ave. Old Town of Bay St. Louis, Full Moon Clockworks emerges as a beacon for those seeking to preserve the essence of time. Founded in 2004 by Terry Downs, a seasoned clockmaker with over thirty years of experience, this shop offers a sanctuary for antique and cherished timepieces.
Terry's journey into clockmaking began unexpectedly in Tampa, Florida, where she transitioned from polishing brass to mastering the intricacies of clock repair. Her dedication to this craft has made Full Moon Clockworks a cornerstone for clock restoration and repair, specializing in a variety of mechanisms including American, German, French, Swiss, and English.
Offering services that range from thorough cleaning and oiling to the repair and replacement of intricate parts, Terry's expertise ensures that every clock receives the care it deserves. Operating by appointment, she also extends the unique service of making house calls for grandfather clocks, acknowledging the challenges they present in transportation and the importance of precise setup in their home environment.
What drives Terry is not just the mechanics of clocks but the joy of reuniting them with their purpose — telling time. She reflects on the historical significance of these timepieces, which were not made for precision but as household treasures, often the only one in a family's possession. Through her work, Terry not only restores clocks but also rekindles the connection between these objects and their owners, bridging generations.
Full Moon Clockworks stands as a testament to the art of timekeeping, where Terry Downs, with her passion and skill, continues to breathe life into every ticking and silent clock that comes through her doors. This shop is not just about fixing clocks; it's about preserving a piece of history and maintaining the heartbeat of time itself.
For consultations or to breathe new life into your timepiece, contact Full Moon Clockworks at 228-467-4345. Discover the timeless craftsmanship and dedication that Terry brings to each clock, ensuring they continue to mark the moments of our lives.
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