An Out-of-This-World Second Saturday
- by Grace Wilson
Saturday, August 13
Over the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events in the entire region. Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of town swirl with a fun family energy. While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4 - 8pm.
Each month, two "Hot Spot" businesses take the limelight. This month, Antique Maison (200 Main Street) and Gourmet Galley (111 Main Street are featured. Make sure to stop by and congratulate them! Scroll down to read more about them!
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"Embrace Space" Details
Shops on the first block of Main will be serving Moon Pies and non-alcoholic Space Punch, and hosting a Martian & Astronaut costume contest at 4:30pm, with prizes for top three winners.
On the second block, merchants will focus on Fashion of the Future, with a Caftans In Space Block Party, so wear your most best Star Trek attire. There'll be an Interstellar Photo Booth at Smith & Lens Gallery (106 S. 2nd Street), along with a pop-up show on their patio of paintings and pottery by Catie Daniel.
Many stores will offer discounts to NASA and INFINITY employees with IDs to show appreciation for local people involved with space exploration.
The Social Mosaic performs at the Mockingbird Café (110 South Second Street) from 6pm - 9pm.
111 N. Second Street
After Katina destroyed their bridal, tuxedo and costume business, the couple doubled down on investing in Bay St. Louis. Today they are proud that Antique Maison, on the same site as their former store Bon Temps Rouler, is one of the Bay's largest antique malls with over 40 dealers in 7,000 square feet of space.
Each visit to Antique Maison leads to a new treasure hunt. The booths are as unique as the vendors themselves. One stall will feel like an antique ship's quarters and the next may look like a set of 1970's sitcom.
Shabby chic finds sit along side contemporary original art, often staged in a way shoppers can see how old and new pieces can fit together in their own home. In addition to local artwork and fine furniture, visitors can find endless home decor items, jewelry, books, tools and collectibles from all eras.
If a whirl around the winding rooms of Antique Maison leaves you empty handed, chances are you'll find what you're looking for in the another one of the Bay's mega antique stores, Antique Maison Ulman Mall & Tea Room, which is a sister store only a few blocks away, also owned and operated by the Youngs. Vacationers will be interested to know the couple also runs a holiday rental, "In the Heart of Old Town."
For a couple that contemplated retiring just a few short years ago, the Youngs are busier than ever, always filling needs they see in the Bay St. Louis community.
111 Main Street
“It was one of those random things, Diaz said. “I always wanted to open a store and my mother-in-law ran a stationary store called You Are Invited on Main Street. The space next door came open and I jumped on it.”
Today the huge picture windows of the former real estate office are filled with Gourmet Galley’s kitchen items and gadgets.
“I’ve always loved to entertain and cook,” Diaz said. “The shop is a perfect fit for me and Bay St. Louis.”
Diaz enjoys lots of repeat local business and visitors that come back again and again. “I’m so thankful to all my customers, especially those who come in and holiday shop with me every year,” Diaz said. “It’s nice to have a good following.”
Even the name Gourmet GALLEY (not Gallery) is a perfect fit for a kitchen shop just steps from the Bay St. Louis marina. “Being coastal I was thinking of the whole play on the galley being a boat kitchen,” Diaz said.
Shoppers will find familiar names like Le Creuset, find new gadgets and fun designers of glassware and tea towels like Catsudio and unique utensils by Dreamfarm.
Local artists like Dana Whittman and Candice Mannino do pottery for Gourmet Galley. There’s restored furniture from an artist in Gulfport.
There are always new things to be found in this bright at airy Main Street shop and plenty of local staples like Mississippi made salad dressings and snacks.
Diaz keeps on gourmet kitchen trends by going to markets in Atlanta and scouring catalogs to bring her customers new fun finds for their kitchen.
Whether it’s a hostess gift or a little something to make your inner chef or entertainer happy, Gourmet Galley has something for every taste.