Saturday, June 8
Be sure to check out "Hot Spots" The Porch (112 South 2nd Street) and Pop Brothers (111 Main Street). Read more about these featured businesses below!
- stories by Caroline St. Paul, photos by Caroline St. Paul and Ellis Anderson
Over the past twenty-three years, the monthly artwalk has become one of the most popular events in the region. Old Town stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials.
The pace picks up from 4pm – 8pm, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
This Second Saturday Artwalk column
is sponsored by
Shops at Century Hall
112 South 2nd Street
Bay St. Louis
The Porch is an eclectic “farmhouse/industrial/beach” shop located in Century Hall on Second Street.
JoAnn Saucier opened The Porch in Bay St. Louis on June 1, 2017. She previously owned The Porch in New Orleans for twelve years. After selling their house in New Orleans, they “were trying to decide what to do next.”
After visiting friends in Bay St. Louis on several occasions, JoAnn said, “we just fell in love.” They saw a house under construction and decided to buy it. They moved here three years ago, and the rest is history.
JoAnn began with a small space in The French Potager. Soon, Century Hall sold and there was space available. She “rented it on the spot, and that was the beginning.”
“The people here have been so welcoming,” JoAnn says, citing the community as “kind, and giving.” As for her favorite part about being in Bay St. Louis, she says she enjoys the fact that “there’s just always something going on for such a small place… it's almost overwhelming sometimes!”
Her merchandise at The Porch is “a little bit further out there.” Nevertheless, this unique shop is where you can find something to decorate your home for every occasion, gifts, and other lovely things.
Her goals for the future of The Porch include continuing “to try to find new lines and new things… newer and better options” as well as “continuing to build the business and help people find us.” The Porch has a bright future indeed.
For June 8 Second Saturday, enjoy refreshments and a sale at The Porch! Music will be sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank, The First, and The People’s Bank. Enjoy The Porch as a hot spot for the entire month of June.
111 Main St.
Bay St. Louis
The summer months are approaching, which means the warm temperatures will be here before we know it. Cool off with gourmet popsicles at Pop Brothers located on Main Street.
Shannon Arzola, her husband, Octavio, and brother, Chuck Kelly, own Pop Brothers, which has locations in Gulfport, Ocean Springs, and most recently, Bay St. Louis. “We’re in downtowns in every city - that’s where we feel the most comfortable,” she said.
Pop Brothers “evolved from a big desire to be back on the Coast,” Shannon explained. After having been gone for ten years due to her husband’s job, she was “ready to come home.” Shannon asked her husband if they could quit their jobs and open up a popsicle store, which is something that they had previously talked about.
Shannon’s reasoning for coming home to open the store had to do with her reliable resources here, including a strong connection of friends and family, to be there for them if the business failed. She asked her brother to be in on Pop Brothers, and they quit their jobs the next day. The Arzolas were determined to make it work, and that is just what they did.
Now, looking back, Shannon reflects on the decision to open Pop Brothers saying, “I don’t think it could have worked any better than it worked… we really love what we do and we really love our stores, our employees, our customers.”
Along with three retail stores, they also “sell at a majority of the casinos, Shucker Stadium, the airport, Memorial Hospital, Hattiesburg Zoo, Convention Center, Saenger, Lazy Magnolia, Murky Waters in Hattiesburg” and gas stations.
They also have ten event carts which they use for festivals, catering, weddings, and school and corporate events. Delivery on dry ice is also available for offices. This month, expect to see their website open with information about shipping.
Her husband, with a background of 20 years in the restaurant industry, is the brains behind all of the unique popsicle flavors. Some of their best-sellers include Oreo Cheesecake, Berries and Cream, and Barq’s Rootbeer Float.
The Bay St. Louis location, which has been open for about a year and a half, is “where we tried our out-of-the-box flavors in the beginning,” Shannon said. “I knew that the people in Bay St. Louis were far more open in the beginning to try those flavors.”
They first tested their signature out-of-the-box flavor, Strawberry Basil and 25-Year-Old Balsamic Glaze, at Second Saturday before they had their storefront, “and it took off.” There are also mainstream flavors available year round, as well as seasonal flavors, such as pumpkin pie and white chocolate peppermint bark.
Shannon’s goal for the business in the future is to “stay interesting enough to get people to come in the door.” They plan to do this by changing the menu up every so often so that there is always something new for people to try. “People are happy all the time…,it’s a popsicle - it’s a happy thing on a stick!” You will not be disappointed in the popsicles you can get at Pop Brothers!
For June 8 Second Saturday, enjoy a gourmet pop from Pop Brothers, and music sponsored by Hancock Whitney Bank, The First, and The People’s Bank. Visit the shop as a hot spot for the entire month of June.