- story by Lisa Monti
- photos by Ellis Anderson
Bay St. Louis and its business community were big winners in the 2020 Best of Mississippi contest sponsored by Mississippi Magazine. Voters chose the Bay as the Best Place to Live in the state, and eight local businesses were named tops in their respective categories.
The winning businesses by category are:
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In addition for taking top honors for Best Place to Live in Mississippi, Bay St. Louis also made the M List in three different categories: overall shopping destination, downtown area and weekend trip.
This was the second Best of Mississippi win for The French Potager in three consecutive nominations. Owner Martha Whitney Butler’s shop on Main Street also won in 2018 and was nominated last year. The win, she said, comes at a time when everyone is looking for a boost.
“It’s such welcome news,” Butler said. “We needed something happy to happen.”
Butler trumpeted the win on her Facebook page on Saturday, congratulating all the winners and expressing gratitude to the Shoofly Magazine for a month-long campaign to subscribers and on social media encouraging readers to vote for the Bay's nominations.
“I truly am honored. To be voted the best is a huge honor.”
Moon shared the honor with the Inn’s employees. “A lot of credit goes to the great team working here. They treat the inn like it’s theirs. They are the best.”