Cruisin' has ‘Classic’ impact on the Bay
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 15, 2013, 20:46
Vintage automobiles line Main Street in Bay St. Louis for Cruisin’ the Coast.
"We'll see you next year, we love this town," vintage car owners told many downtown Bay St. business owners during this year's Cruisin’ the Coast. This year saw the biggest turn-out in the event’s 17-year-history, with 7,042 vintage automobiles registered, breaking last year’s record by nearly 1,000 cars.
Twin Light Creations co-owner Pam Collins said the impact on Bay St. Louis was "phenomenal."
"We always look forward to this time of year," Collins said. "It will take us a while to get re-stocked and that's a good thing."
Collins said she saw a huge amount of out-of-towners and lots of repeat customers.
"It was a wonderful crowd," Collins said. "It was a good combination, we were happy to have them and they were happy to be here."
Southern Accents owner Jenny Shubert said she saw a lot of customers from Tennessee in her Main Street shop.
"It was a big success, we needed that," Shubert said. "We did really well and are looking forward to BridgeFest."
Kevin Adams of Bay Breeze said, "The crowds were good, and the people were nice."
"They came in and spent a lot of money," Adams said. "We got some cruisers who used to just go to Gulfport, then they discovered Bay St. Louis.
"I didn't hear anything negative, I heard it was well run and that everything went great."
Jay Johnson, co-owner of Cafe de Port said," We did really well and sold a lot of specials. It was an enjoyable crowd."
"Business was great," Identity Vintage owner Suzi Walters said. "It's always a wonderful crowd having a great time.
"It's a great time to show off our great shops and towns. People leave impressed with our unique shopping experiences and great food."
The Souvenir Place owner Tina Falgout said, "it was great. There was a lot of foot traffic."
This was Falgout's third Cruisin the Coast as a downtown merchant, and she said she saw a lot of repeat customers who specifically came back to her business just to get a sno-ball.
"This is my favorite event, it's so much fun," Falgout said. "I love meeting new people."
"It was a big week for everybody," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said. "I haven't heard any complaints from any of our big or small business owners.
"I know when the numbers come in, this year is sure to be a record breaker.
"The word is getting out and this is becoming a huge event for Bay St. Louis."