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The trendy NOLA retailer is bringing her unique brand of clothing, gifts and housewares to Old Town
- story by Lisa Monti
A new national awareness of racism engenders another serious consideration of the Mississippi flag, on both statewide and local levels.
- by Ellis Anderson
The first storm of the season whips up a surge much higher than predicted. Although it causes minimal damage - to the relief of all - beaches will be closed for 30 days for cleanup.
- story by Ellis Anderson
- photos by Ellis Anderson unless otherwise attributed. Many thanks to Kasey Marie, Morales Parker, and Suzanne Gavin
After a brief pause for COVID-19, the vendors are back, and the food – and the deals – are as good as ever.
- Story and photos by Lisa Monti
In the middle of it all, Susie of Suchilicious Thai restaurant is selling freshly made egg rolls, spring rolls and tempura. Kenny said everything at the market is hand-made or grown. Baked goods and meals made in home kitchens follow the Mississippi cottage food industry laws.
He said new vendors are calling weekly, especially during peak summer and fall/winter season. This week the newcomers include a Pearl River, La., farm that sells stuffed chicken and stuffed turkey. They will join two regular vendors who sell USDA-certified meats and dairy once a month on alternating Saturdays - Honestly Beef of Collins, Miss., and Black Creek Farm of Picayune.
The market now has self-regulated foot traffic, with shoppers lining up to enter the pavilions as others are exiting to keep safely distanced. Vendors are expected to wear masks and gloves. The market is handicap-accessible, and bathroom facilities are available for vendors and customers.
Vendors can set up at the Farmers Market free of charge, thanks to the Board of Supervisors. If you need more information, check the Market’s Facebook page (@HancockCoFarmersMarket) or call David Kenny at (228) 860-6203.
Bay St. Louis and eight Bay businesses swept up a lion's share of the Best of Mississippi awards this year, thanks to lots of local support.
- story by Lisa Monti
- photos by Ellis Anderson
Bay Books was nominated for Best Bookstore and earned a place on the “M List,” which is comprised of the nominees with the next five highest vote totals. Brooklyn Pizzeria, which has restaurants in the Bay and Gulfport, also earned a spot on the M List.
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.”
Earning the best in state online contest is an honor that Butler says gives The French Potager credibility, especially with new customers and those from out of town. “If someone is not familiar with our work, we’re able to stay we’re rated the best in Mississippi. It helps ease their mind.”
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.
Nikki Moon, owner of The Bay Town Inn (which just reopened), said winning on her first nomination was “fabulous,” considering the large number of B&Bs throughout Mississippi.
“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.”
Looking collectively at all of the Best honors for Bay St. Louis, Moon said, “We know it’s a great place to come to, but to get these kinds of accolades solidifies what we believe. To have everybody say the same thing and believe in us with all these wins for the Bay puts a stamp of approval on it.”
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