Second Saturday: Bringing Happy Holidays to Bay St. Louis
By Echo Staff
Dec 10, 2013, 21:22
The December Second Saturday Artwalk in Bay St. Louis is traditionally the liveliest of the year-long series of events. On Dec. 14, from 4- 8 p.m., the sounds of familiar carols, the smell of fresh baked treats, and the laughter of giddy children in Old Town will blend to make the evening seem like a happy illustration from a Dr. Seuss book.
The two featured “Hot Spot” businesses for December are perfect examples of small family enterprises that have become Bay St. Louis icons, thanks to support from out-of-town visitors and loyal local customers.
Down the long hall at Maggie May’s Art Gallery (126 Main Street), Fashion Express may not be the largest shop in Old Town, but it’s the oldest – and there’s a good reason for that. Owner Jean Ann Thriffiley has been an Old Town merchant for over twenty years, carefully selecting each item she stocks with two qualities in mind: elegance and affordability.
In fact, she’s represented the renowned coast designer Maurice Milleur since 1991, carrying his stunning pewter jewelry and giftware lines. The shop features a large selection of Milleur’s work, while Jean Ann can easily order any item she doesn’t stock.
Since Milleur’s glassware and serving pieces metal pieces can stand up to both microwave and dishwasher they’re especially popular for corporate, wedding and special occasion gift giving – something Jean Ann handles with ease. In fact, customer may order by phone and it will be ready for pick-up.
For the holidays, Fashion Express is brimming with bright and glimmering gift possibilities. One of Jean Ann’s newest lines of jewelry, Victoria Lynn, has quickly become one of the most popular. The Swarovski crystal pieces are created by a local mother and her four daughters in Long Beach. Shoppers will also find a special selection of winter ladies apparel, including vests and sweaters.
But the merchandise isn’t the only factor that keeps bringing customers back to Fashion Express for year after year. Jean Ann, whose husband served as a Bay St. Louis city councilman for 32 years, considers herself an Old Town ambassador.
To celebrate Second Saturday, Jean Ann is offering costume jewelry (excluding designers) on sale for “buy one, get the second half off.” All customers who make a purchase that day can register to win a $50 Fashion Express gift certificate at a 7:30pm drawing. Refreshments will include tastings of Lulu’s Jambalaya, with live music by local favorite, Bobby Allison.
Less than a block away, Antiques Maison is located just off Main Street, at 111N. Second Street. Owners Sylvia and Ed Young’s antiques and collectible mall contains over 35 vendors and over a dozen artists in 7,000 square feet of space. Corridors lined with everything from vintage fishing lures and hand tools to crystal glassware and furniture wind back and around in a delightful maze, leaving customers wondering exactly where they entered. In addition to antiques, the shop carries repurposed furniture, locally created art for both home and garden.
Carla Green Breaux is the featured artists at Antique Maison this month. She creates a line of work called “Barnacle Breaux.” Her nautically-themed home décor items are made from locally harvested driftwood, oyster shells, fish and real crabs that have undergone a preservation process.
During the Second Saturday celebration, jazz music will keep things lively from 5- 8 p.m. at Antique Maison, with Ron Simpson on strings and Chris Burk on clarinet. Holiday refreshments will be served with what Sylvia says is a “never-ending flow of beverages and hors d'oeuvres.”
For more information about Second Saturday go to: www.baystlouisoldtown.com.