During the Second Saturday Artwalk each month in Old Town Bay St. Louis, you'll find cool deals, fresh meals and lots of art and live music. It's the way we throw a family-friendly party here in the Bay and you're invited!
Be sure to visit Hot Spot businesses Biz-zee Bee, 111 Main Street, and Social Chair, 201 Main Street!
- stories by Denise Jacobs, photos by Denise Jacobs and Ellis Anderson
111 Main Street
Bay St. Louis
During the artwalk, from 4pm - 8pm, Biz-zee Bee will be having live music and kid-friendly goodies.
Biz-zee Bee has been a coastal favorite since relocating to Old Town from Hwy 90 in 2008. The shop sells children's clothing and accessories - and embroiders.
“Biz-zee Bee is like two stores in one," owner Janelle Graham explains, gesturing toward three high-tech sewing machines behind the register. It’s where Janelle Hilliard, Janelle's aunt, operates the machines, adding custom embroidery and monogramming to items purchased at Biz-zee Bee and elsewhere.
In addition to the best in seasonal children's clothing, smocked baby clothes, and nautical wear for the young crowd, Biz-zee Bee caters to local dance troupes, with shoes and clothes for ballet, jazz, and tap. And while it is a children's shop, two adult brands are also carried: Charles River raincoats and Comfort Colors BSL T-shirts. Gift-wrapping is free, too, making the shop easy for shower-shoppers.
After 12 years of serving the Bay area, Graham and Hilliard are most proud of their small-town personal level of customer service.
"It's what keeps people coming back," Graham says, adding that she has made a lot of friends through the years. "You really can't beat the Old Town shopping experience.”
For the latest in children's fall fashions, stop by Biz-zee Bee for Second Saturday hours and enjoy live music and kid-friendly goodies. Beat the rush on your special embroidery needs and holiday shopping. The embroidery drop-off deadline is December 15; don't miss it!
201 Main Street
Bay St. Louis
During the artwalk, from 4pm - 8pm, Social Chair will be having live music, a pop-up park for kids, dip-mix samplings, and a gift w/purchase give-away.
At 201 Main Street, Social Chair is an Old Town fixture. Owned by Yuki Northington, who holds degrees in fine art and interior design, the store opened shortly after Hurricane Katrina demolished the town. Despite the devastation that surrounded her, she spotted a niche to be filled, and she filled it.
Social Chair hums with positive energy year long, and those shopping for their homes will find furniture, tableware, and luxury bedding. Others will find trendy and sparkling jewelry to their liking. During the holiday season, the store sings with an eclectic variety of ornaments and seasonal decor. Yuki is especially excited to offer a new line of handmade Seagem oyster pottery out of Louisiana.
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Social Chair, and stop by for live music, a pop-up park for kids, dix-mix samples, and a gift-with-purchase giveaway. At the end of the night on Second Saturday, some lucky person is going to walk away with a handmade Swarovski crystal creation, one of Social Chair's top-selling pieces. It might be you!