Nikki Moon's story of creating a successful B&B despite unimaginable obstacles is featured in a segment on PBS's popular "Start Up" series - and it's now available to stream.
- story by Ellis Anderson
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Now that the episode has been made available on the Internet, it's gained a whole new audience. Moon says "the phone has been ringing off the hook" with people calling to congratulate her.
In the interview, Moon discussed her first career in sales. When asked by host Bredow what she sold, her response: "A very strange commodity; I sold New Orleans." The former tourism director of sales explained that she worked for the city's tourism division from 1979 until 2013.
Moon left the job the first time in 2003 when she purchased a historic bed-and-breakfast on the beachfront in Bay St. Louis. Two years later, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the inn and nearly took her life. The interview follows her through the trials and tragedy that followed, which led to her eventually rebuilding a new Bay Town Inn on the site of the former one.
Moon has obviously not forgotten her original career. In the interview, she touted Bay St. Louis as being a charming arts community by the water with great restaurants and boutique shopping. She also lauded the town's walkability and safety.
The Bay's Historic District earned high marks too - the inn is located within the district and the city's Historic Commission had oversight of the new inn's design. "It [the Historic District] is a great thing, because it keeps everything with the right look."
When Bredow asked Moon to name the hardest thing about working for herself, she said it's the fact there's nobody to blame when she makes a mistake. The best? The rewarding feelings she has making travelers' experience in Bay St. Louis a positive one.
Moon's final advice to those contemplating starting their own businesses?
"Just do it!" she said.
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