Be sure to check out July "Hot Spots" Tami Curtis Studio (112 N. 2nd Street) and Salty Soul Outfitters (126 Main Street). Read more about these featured businesses below!
- Stories by Caitlin Bourgeois, photos by Caitlin Bourgeois and Ellis Anderson
Re. the Frida Be You & Me Look-Alike contest: It's taking place online through the end of the month. Post a photo of yourself in all of your Frida Finery on Instagram and/or Facebook usin the hashtag : #FridaFestBSL.
The winners will be announced on July 31, 2020. There's a $10 minimum donation to enter. Here's the link. Contest proceeds this year will be shared with the Krewe de Mayahuel, which celebrates Mexican culture in New Orleans.
In light of the recent surge in COVID cases coastwide, BE ESPECIALLY MINDFUL of social distancing and sanitation. BRING A MASK this Second Saturday. Some establishments require them.
Even if they're not required, we know most of you will want to show that you care about shop owners, their employees and other customers.
July Hot Spot businesses
Tami Curtis Studio
The Shops of Century Hall
112 S. 2nd Street
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
An artist celebrating another artist is a beautiful thing to watch.
Tami Curtis is perhaps best known for her paintings of iconic Southern musicians. Visitors often can catch her working on a painting of one in her studio/gallery located in The Shops of Century Hall. The painter always welcomes spectators and is delighted to answer questions while she paints.
Tami spent much of her career in New Orleans, where she showed her art in a Magazine Street gallery. When she and her husband decided to purchase a home, they came to Bay Saint Louis. “We liked the vibe and the people,” said Tami about her move.
She found Century Hall and settled into her historic new digs with ease. While Tami now resides in Bay Saint Louis full time, her artwork does not. Showcasing art in galleries from Bay Saint Louis to Ponchatoula and Shreveport to Vicksburg – Tami’s work can be found across the region. A self-described lover of travel, it’s no hardship for her to pack up new paintings and check out those galleries when she’d like.
Currently, Tami is working with the National Audubon Society on a large project. She is painting wildlife to be used for placards along Highway 90 to span the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her husband, Perry Guy, will write poems to accompany each placard. The project will be turned into a book that will be available for purchase once the project reaches completion.
Tami and Perry are a power couple, especially where their art is concerned. Perry is an author and has written three children’s books that focus on the Gulf Coast. Tami has illustrated two of her husband’s books and their work can be found at www.thepainterandthepoet.com.
In addition to her studio/gallery at Century Hall, most of Tami’s work can be viewed on her online gallery at www.tamicurtisstudios.com where you can also purchase her pieces.
Visit with Tami this Second Saturday, July 11 from 4 to 7 pm. She will have Bradley Bones playing music from 5 to 7 pm inside The Shops of Century Hall. A speaker will be set up on the front porch for all those who would like to remain socially distant.
Please remember to bring your masks! Tami will have her Frida fans for sale again this year - $12 for each beautifully hand-crafted fan with Frida Kahlo art.
Visit Tami at The Shops of Century Hall at 112 S 2nd Street, Bay St Louis, MS 39520.
Salty Soul Outfitters
126 Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
The largest of several shops in the historic Stevenson building at 126 Main Street, Salty Soul Outfitters is a stumble-upon gold mine for vacationers and locals alike.
Owner Jane Kulpeksa started Salty Soul Outfitters to fill a void. With no shops in Old Town catering to menswear, Jane styled the store to have a surf-shop feel. She stocked it with active wear clothing for both men and women.
Salty Soul Outfitters opened in 2019, becoming an instant Old Town anchor despite a beach shutdown last summer and a pandemic this year. Jane is no stranger to the ups and downs of retail, though. She has owned and operated Bay-Tique (just across Main Street) since 2013 and the popular Carroll House Bed and Breakfast from 2011 to 2020.
Several reasons have kept the shop thriving through adversity. Jane works to keep Salty Soul Outfitters’ merchandise as socially conscious as possible. She hunts for free trade, recycled and American-made products to offer her discerning customers. BSL lovers will find T-shirt designs by local artists and Bay Saint Louis-branded tees. The shop also offers sought-after name-brand products that are both durable and comfortable.
To celebrate its Hot Spot status this Second Saturday, Salty Soul Outfitters will be hosting the Dave Mayley Band from 4-7 pm. Shoppers will be able to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer and Southern Girl Cookies out front. Stop in to chat and shop – 10% off will be offered to shoppers wearing a mask and another 10% off for any socially conscious purchase.
Visit Salty Soul Outfitters at 126 Main Street, Bay St Louis, MS 39520.