This month's Old Town Main Street Second Saturday's Hot Spots are:
- Identity Vintage
- Social Chair
Come on out and visit Old Town and Main Street Bay Saint Louis from 4PM to 8 PM. Old Town Bay St. Louis shops and stores will be ready to welcome visitors into town. There are great shops, neat art galleries, scrumchous cafes, and talented local artists.
The two hot-spot shops for the June Second Saturday Artwalk in Bay St. Louisare long-time Old Town merchants, but both will be welcoming customers at new locations. The monthly festivities take place on June 11th, when Old Town offers gallery openings, extended shop hours, live music, food and refreshments.
Identity Vintage, 131 Main Street, has been an Old Town favorite for nearly tenyears, featuring timeless fashion apparel, accessories and home décor. The business, formerly known as “Bohemia,” took on a new name with the expanded location. Owner Suzi Walters has been in the vintage clothing business for over two decades and personally restores, repairs, cleans and presses each item, soselections are ready-to-wear off the rack. This month, the store is show casing a new collection of “Mod” handbags, many made from Lucite.
Walters says that while the name and location of her shop has changed, one thing remains the same: Florence, the feisty red-headed mannequin who poses in the front window.
“Every two weeks, she’s redressed in vintage outfits,” said Walters. “She represents the beauty, grace and that wink of whimsy that weall love about the Bay.”
Rochelle Harper will be performing at Identity Vintage during the Artwalk – “a perfect fit” since the noted songstress is a loyal customer andoften performs dressed in kicky designs from the store. Refreshments will also be offered and the light-hearted will be able to sport face and body paintings by Sugar Flowers.
Second Saturday in Bay St. Louis
Another Old Town anchor is Social Chair, which is celebrating its fifth year downtown. Owner and artist Yuki Northington has given a facelift to historic business district by repainting and redecorating the 170 year old building at the corner of Main and Second Street – one of the oldest commercial buildings on the entire Gulf Coast.
During the Artwalk, Social Chair will be offering special selections of fun Father’s Day gifts, door prizes, discounts, snacks and their “famous pink lemonade margaritas.” Northington plans to keep the action humming with live music throughout the evening.
Dozens of other shops, restaurants and galleries throughout Old Town will alsobe joining in the festivities. A few of the other happenings include:
Bay Books – 131 Main Street – Grand Opening at 5pm. Book-signings from 5-7pm.
Meet Donald Bradburn, author and photographer of Last Barriers: Photographs of Wilderness in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Also local author Connie Rainey signs her recently released cookbook, Kitchen Pride and her novel, Pure Blood. Refreshments served.
Fashion Express – 126 Main St.- New line of summer sundresses, wrap skirts, sarongs, scarves, shawls and jewelry.
Fiesta – 131 Main Street (with Identity Vintage) – new line of Mexican embroidered clothing, refreshments, live music by Rochelle Harper
Gourmet Galley – 111C Main Street – Dana Witmann signs her pottery.
Gallery 220 – 220 Main Street – Special showing of woodworker/sculptor Cairo. Appetizers and libations.
Twin Light Creations – 136 Main Street – New garden and home décor, glazed pottery planters, birdbaths and feeders, oversized flower sculptures. Refreshments and live music by “Becky Eymard, the “One Woman Band.”