Mississippi's Best Gift Shop is in Bay St. Louis

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - If you flip through the pages of the latest edition of Mississippi Magazine, you may be surprised by what you'll see.

The statewide magazine has named the best places to do business in Mississippi. And Bay St. Louis had several businesses at the top of their lists. The Bay had more winners than any other city on the coast.

Pat Ogle from Texas spent Friday morning shopping at the Social Chair, the Best Gift Shop in Mississippi, according to Mississippi Magazine. She was first introduced to Bay St. Louis this summer when she came to town for the Crab Festival.

"We came back. It's ladies' day out, so I told the girls we needed to come to Bay St. Louis. Just thought the town was a cool little place to visit," said Ogle.

Apparently, 150,000 readers of Mississippi Magazine think so too, voting eight places and businesses among the best in the entire state.

The owner of the Social Chair was happy to hear the news.

"We want everybody to have a good experience when they come to Bay St. Louis, because that's really what it's about," said Yuki Northington. "You can buy stuff anywhere. But if you go and have a good time and get something unique, I think that's what makes us the best. We're super, super proud of it."

Other acknowledgements included the Mockingbird Cafe, which ranked fourth among the best places to pick-up a cup of coffee. The Butter Cup Restaurant placed fourth among the best places to get breakfast. And a new attraction in Old Town is also getting attention.

"Even as new as it is, Bay St. Louis' Community Hall is already ranked the third best place in the state to have a wedding reception," explained Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame. "I think that's very obviously in the number of bookings we're getting, the number of booking we're getting well outside of Bay St. Louis. And it's just amazing the spill over into the economy of Bay St. Louis that comes from the events held at the Community Hall."

The city was also recognized for its downtown area, as one of the best places for a weekend getaway.

"It's just such an indication that we are on a lot of people's radar screen," Fillingame said.

The magazine also named the Bay Bridge Festival as the fifth most popular festival in the state.

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