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Mockingbird Café Adds Libations Menu
This summer, the Mockingbird Café (110 S. Second Street, BSL) added specialty cocktails and wine to their food offerings and they recently released a libations menu.
Owner Alicein Schwabacher says that the café will still focus on food, so the libations menu is very limited, offering only signature cocktails and a few wines that will pair well with meals.
Featured on the libations menu are a Tequila Mockingbird (get the pun?), mimosas (orange, strawberry lemonade or watermelon mint) and bloody marys. Wines are also available by the glass: red and rosé (La Vieille Ferme), pinot grigio (Riff) and chardonnay (Little Penguin). The house cocktail is a creative concoction of watermelon/mint puree, lime juice, agave syrup and fresh muddled jalapeno tequila.
“It’s our intention to be a great restaurant in the original sense of the word,” said Alicein. “The French meaning is ‘to restore to a former state.’ That’s what we want to do for all our customers.”
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New Everything at Cypress Café
Sonny’s Cypress Café, located in the historic Bay St. Louis City hall building (300 S. Second Street), is slated to reopen in September with a complete makeover. The kitchen’s been completely revamped, the dining room redecorated. The new menu features breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, with both Italian and Greek specialties that reflect the culinary heritage of owner and chef, Sonny Wright.
Diners will find traditional breakfast dishes, along with more creative fare like “Sonny’s Puffs,” puff pastry filled with eggs, cheese and sausage or bacon.
For lunch and dinner, look for Greek entrees like Mousakka and Dolmades, veggies stuffed with a savory rice and ground meat mixture. Appetizers, salads, soups, and pastas are “made with only the freshest ingredients,” says Sonny.
Panini’s and burgers round out the menu. The restaurant will be open seven days a
“Why do I need a day off?” asked Sonny. “I love to cook and to feed people.”
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Ulman Tearoom Expands into Garden
Antique Maison Ulman (317 Ulman Ave.) is expanding. Already featuring 6,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles - as well as a tea room – it now includes a deck and garden space.
Called the Heavenly Tree Garden after the large live oak in its center, beginning in October, the outside dining area will be available for weddings, birthday parties, graduations and “any of the celebrations in your life,” according to owner Sylvia Young.
The Ulman Tearoom and Garden is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 3pm, offering a menu of homemade desserts that vary (mandarin orange cupcakes, bread pudding with rum sauce, fruit scones with lemon curd, to name a few).
The tea room lives up to its name with 15 types of tea, cold and hot flavored (or not) coffees and soft drinks. High Windsor teas can be booked in advance. Make reservations for an event or a high tea by calling 228.344.3128.
Smoothie King Comes To Bay
On Monday, August 21st, Smoothie King opened at 1007 Hwy 90 (near Hancock Medical Center). The store is drive-thru only and on opening day, the driveway stayed backed up to the highway with excited customers, according to co-owner Deanna Nash.
“We’d think it was tapering off and then the line would be out to the street again,” said Nash. “It was crazy, crazy busy, but exciting and a lot of fun.”
This is the third Smoothie King store for Slidell resident Deanna Nash and her son, Douglas Nash, who lives in Ocean Springs. Their other two stores are located in Slidell.
Douglas Nash came on board as owner of his first Smoothie King in 2004, and his mother joined him as partner in 2005. Deanna says they’re both proud of the brand and the product. The health-based Smoothie King franchise was started in New Orleans, in 1973 by Steve Kuhnau and has grown to more than 800 locations.
“We love Bay St. Louis and after research, thought it’d be a good opportunity since nothing like that [Smoothie King] was in the area,” Deanna Nash said. “We feel that Bay St. Louis is going to grow and we want to be part of that.”
The new building that houses the location was designed by local architect Michael Reeves. The business will employee eleven people, including the general manager.
“We’re so happy the community has welcomed us in this way,” Deanna said. “We can’t thank them enough. We look forward to serving them and to being a part of the Bay St. Louis community.”
On Katrina's 12th anniversary, Mississippi coast residents are mobilizing to help our neighbors to the west. Below are some on-going Hancock County efforts, some by individuals with personal connects in Texas, some larger group efforts.
The Shoofly Magazine does not officially endorse any individual efforts, we're relaying this information garnered from our social media call to action as a community courtesy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is calling on people to help those affected by Harvey to visit the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters at https://www.nvoad.org/ for more information or to donate.
BSL Fire Department
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department, doing what they do best - helping folks in a bad situation. "We have experienced the devastation before and were thankful for those who helped us. If you can, please help those affected by Hurricane Harvey." Donations can also be dropped off at the Waveland Fire Station on Hwy 90.
From Waveland Mayor Mike Smith
With today being the anniversary of Katrina and what we all went through here, we know that Texas could use all of the help and supplies they could get. Waveland Central Fire Station on Hwy 90 is a drop-off spot for items to be brought to Texas.
(See list above for useful items)
From the Hancock Chamber & Infinity-AP
From Miranda Anderson
My husband's family is in Bayside texas. We are planning to head that way Saturday morning to bring supplies. We will be at Word of Faith parking lot from 6-7 pm this Thursday, 103 Old Spanish Trail, Waveland, MS 39576
The Giving Circle, From Mark Bertrand
While it is still very early, we are working towards the possibility of a trip to Texas to help to help with gutting a few homes. We really are experts at gutting homes after storms/ floods making them ready to rebuild.
We of course have also rebuilt many homes, but for this in Texas it would be one trip for now, with the goal of gutting as many homes as we could in several days to one week.
This is VERY early in the possess after such a large storm, a great deal of planning and logistics will be involved including finding a partner on the ground, which we have just accomplished.
So if you have any interest in being part of a Giving Circle team to make the trip to Texas please feel free to contact me, this includes friends from anywhere in the US, all are welcome.
As you all know we were born out of Katrina first with our Operation: A Cajun Christmas http://www.cajunchristmas.org/index.htm then on to 10 years of rebuilding work in the Waveland area of Mississippi.
We have also responded to other storms and floods, Sandy in Staten Island, Western NY and Schoharie and have become experts gutting flooded homes, and rebuilding.
Check out their website or find them on Facebook.
From Jacob Ryan Ainsworth
I'm helping with relief efforts in the small rural towns I was raised in east of Houston - Hardin and Liberty, Texas. We are looking for donations of cleaning supplies - bleach, soap, paper products, mops, towels, dog food, trash bags, etc to be delivered on Friday weather permitting. Items may be dropped at RE/MAX Coast Delta Realty or Casano Law Firm in Diamondhead. I'm available to meet or pickup as well my cell number is 228.363.2875. Thank you!!
From Hancock County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
RSVP will be collecting clean, usable clothing and shoes for all those affected by Harvey! I am happy to pick up. Please have clothing folded or hanging. I remember after Katrina the big piles of clothing with no rhyme or reason. We will sort mens, ladies, children, babies. Please contact Linda @ 342-6525 for pick up or drop off at 228 Coleman Avenue, Suite A4, Waveland!!
Info sent in by the Diamondhead Country Club
There will be a community drive for hurricane relief at the Diamondhead Community Center, Fri., Sept. 1, 4pm - 8pm. Below is a list of what they are requesting.
From Hancock High School
The Hancock Career Technical Center SkillsUSA club is starting a drive to collect items for disaster relief in Texas. The students will be collecting items until Friday September 8,2017 and it will be delivered to a local business that will deliver all collected items to Texas.
Items needed are non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies and bug and mosquito repellant. Thanks in advance for any help or donations you can provide.
From the Gulfport Mayor's Office -
with Pass Christian drop-off
We are collecting supplies with Operation BBQ Relief Hurricane Relief to the Houston area. Primary drop off location will be at Island View Casino at the corner of 30th Avenue and Highway 90 - these efforts couldn't be possible without the support of John Fayard Moving and Warehousing who is sponsoring the 18-wheelers.
Collections will begin 9 am today through 7 pm this evening and resume 8 am to 7 pm Tuesday & each day until the truck is filled. Compton & Sons Appliance in Gulfport, Borguezan Granite at 323 E North St., Pass Christian, and J. Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development in downtown Gulfport are additional collection sites.
Supplies being collected for this effort are as follows:
#10 cans (large only please) of corn, green beans, baked beans, mixed veggies, peaches, fruit cocktail, styrofoam to-go containers, plastic utensil sets, cases of bottled water, cleaning supplies, powder-free gloves for serving, large aluminum pans & lids (not small).
This is the first of several efforts being organized along our Mississippi Gulf Coast - stay tuned for updates! For more information contact Chris Vignes at (228) 234-8590
Southern Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis as #6 in its feature, "15 Affordable Small Towns We Love." Find out why and who else made the list!
- by Ellis Anderson
Here's an excerpt:
If you dream of living in an artsy coastal town, consider Bay St. Louis. In Old Town, wander the shops, galleries, and restaurants along Main Street, Second Street, and Beach Boulevard, and check out the municipal pier and harbor, which opened a few years ago...
Because of its proximity to New Orleans and affordable real estate, you'll find lots of commuters mingling with NOLA ex-pats and artists who wouldn't dream of settling elsewhere. A pedestrian-friendly downtown makes it easy to meander the galleries and restaurants without a car.
Other cities mentioned in the article were Ocean Springs (14 of 15), Fayetteville, Arkansas and Fort Myers, Florida.
Click here to read the entire article.
The preliminary design for a new four-story, 59-room hotel slated for one of the most significant corners in Old Town garnered unanimous conceptual approval by the Bay St. Louis Historic Commission on July 10th.
- by Lisa Monti
A popular Gulfport restaurant has moved to the first block of Main Street in Bay St. Louis: sneak peek on Thursday, July 13th and soft opening Friday, July 14th.
We've posted the soft opening menu below (look for the full menu later next week!)
- story by Lisa Monti
Cork & Cleaver
111 Main Street
Bay St. Louis
Soft Opening Bistro Hours:
(Chef David says that they'll be expanding hours as they get settled in.)
Sneak Peek, Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm
Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Each year, the Hancock Chamber honors top local businesses and ten Outstanding Citizens. One of the citizens will be selected as Citizen of the Year at the Chamber's annual gala in August. In the meantime, celebrate the best of Hancock County!
Meet your Bay St. Louis representatives for the next four years. Although the race results have yet to be certified (meaning there's always the possibility of a change in close races), acknowledged winners of city races celebrated with friends and family on Tuesday night at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall.
Only two incumbents won reelection - Jeff Reed (Ward 3) and Doug Seal (Ward 1). Former At-Large councilman Mike Farve gave up his seat to run for mayor, a gamble that paid off. All elected officials will start their new terms of office on July 3rd.
- by Ellis Anderson
Hancock County supergroup "BlueShift," featuring Tommy and Gene Moran, joins Delta blues artist Vasti Jackson the Bay St. Louis Depot on June 3rd celebrate three centuries of history in Hancock County. And that's just the music line-up. The Shoolfly's got all the details!
- story by Ellis Anderson
A group of Hancock County volunteers partnering with Audubon Mississippi is working to get protection for the new Hancock County Least Terns colony. The 2016 nesting site didn't make it.
A new website, www.LeastTerns.com - hopes to consolidate community support for a happier ending this year.
- by Ellis Anderson
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