Shop Local For Second Saturday
By Denise K. Jacobs
Dec 6, 2017, 11:22
At Southern Accents, shoppers will find local pepper jelly, tees from the Anna Grace Southern Tee Company collection and Southern Accents' own special tee collection, boutique clothing, hats from the Southern Dog Company, beachy jewelry, soy candles from Southern Accents, frames, and home décor with Southern charm.
The Old Town Merchants Association (OTMA) and its members invite you to experience the Second Saturday Art Walk on December 9. Also known as Second Saturday, the event has become a regional favorite and regularly draws visitors from New Orleans to Biloxi. In December, shoppers will enjoy Snowflakes in the Bay and holiday anticipation in the air.
In addition, the Old Town Bay St. Louis Merchants Association and the Hancock Chamber of Commerce are continuing their "Shop Local" campaign for the 2017 holiday season.
"Spending money locally helps generate income for business owners, which in turn generates jobs," Tish Williams, executive director of the Chamber, said.
"It also creates an upward spiral: It builds the retail market, which in turn attracts other businesses to the area to offer more goods and services to coast residents. “
Each month two OTMA members are featured as Hot Spots, and Gallery 220 and Southern Accents have the honor in December. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., visitors can stop by the Hot Spots and other shops for refreshments and live music. Bring the kids! Pass a good time.
Now an Old Town fixture, Gallery 220 was conceived on the heels of Katrina and born out of necessity to accommodate the many artists who lost their North Beach Road studios to the storm.
Within two months of Katrina’s arrival, Jenise McCardell created a space for Gallery 220 in the front of her Clay Creations building, and an artist’s cooperative was born. Eleven years later, the concept remains the same: rent space and give time.
The business model supports the artists--all 25 of them. As artists take turns working one day a week, on any given day, visitors may stumble upon clay, wire, paint, or mosaic in process. McCardell credits this real-time interaction between artist, craft, and customer as a real draw. “Customers love to watch a work in progress,” she says.
McCardell marvels that 25 artists get along so well. In fact, they help each other. When one artist is featured in a magazine or on a television show, he or she invariably promotes the other artists in the Gallery. That camaraderie is one of the aspects of running a business that Jenise finds rewarding. The repeat customers, however, are the most rewarding aspect.
“A lot of customers tell us they have a blank wall. They are interested in a piece of art, but they want it in a different size. Maybe they want it to fit behind their sofa,” McCardell says. “We try to accommodate.”
Indeed. Shoppers will find a multitude of choices.
Usually, one artist is featured a month. That artist gets the center aisle. As a Hot Spot this month, though, every artist will be a featured artist. Be sure to stop by and pass a good time.
Gallery 220 is hard to miss; it's the building with the Coca Cola sign on the side and an eclectic sampling of local art lining the front windows.
Jenny Shubert, Southern Accents owner, has an abiding love of the Deep South. She always wanted to run her own business. Southern Accents reflects the combination of her two passions: The Deep South and small business ownership. Southern Accents is perhaps the only Southern-themed store on Main Street.
Shubert opened the Southern Accents about the time her children were in school full time. First housed on Second Street, the shop soon migrated to the old Masonic Temple in the first block of Main.
Jenny, a Pass Christian gal who now resides in the Kiln, says she loves the Bay area and couldn’t ask for a better place to work. She manages the store herself with occasional help from her daughters.
If you ask Jenny Shubert what she finds most rewarding about owning her own business, she will tell you, location, location, location. "I love this quiet, friendly community," she says.
From the beginning, Jenny knew she wanted her store to reflect the Southern Charm that has enveloped her from birth. No surprise there; a browse through the shop will put the most Northern visitor in mind of a sweet iced tea or a slice of pecan pie.
At Southern Accents, shoppers will find local pepper jelly, tees from the Anna Grace Southern Tee Company collection and Southern Accents' own special tee collection, boutique clothing (including plus sizes), hats from the Southern Dog Company, beachy jewelry, soy candles from Southern Accents, frames, and home décor with Southern charm.
As the sign says, "It’s a boutique and more." As such, Southern Accents is the perfect place for visitors to purchase a memento of their trip to the Gulf Coast . . . and for locals to find that special something for that special someone, especially if that special someone happens to be you.
Southern Accents is housed in the old Masonic Temple, a neo-classic Revival style building a half block off the beach in historic Old Town Bay St. Louis.