Business Is Booming In Old Town Bay St. Louis

Old Town Bay St. Louis has become a business hot spot. Since March, 16 new merchants have set up shop and more are about to open.

You might call "Old Town Sandwiches" the new kid on the block. After final inspections, the unique sandwich shop will open its doors for business before the end of the month.

"We always wanted to open a business in Bay St. Louis because it's a nice community, nice place. It's a southern atmosphere," owner Ricardo Delgado said.

Delgado says the Old Town Sandwich shop will appeal to the health conscious individual.

"Every month there are more and more people coming to the Bay St. Louis area, so we're trying to provide them and the local community with a healthy option for eating."

Just across the street, a New Orleans Creole style restaurant is slated to open in November. New businesses that have opened within the past seven months include coffee and computer repair shops, as well as one stop gift shops like the "Funky Rose" on Main Street.

Owner Renee Boxx told WLOX NEWS, "We have artists in here and clothing accessories... books, it's just much more fun. You can buy everything under one roof."

Right next door, Charbonnet and Charbonnet moved its entire operation to the Bay in June after being in business for 32 years in New Orleans. The shop specializes in country style antique furniture.

"We just thought the opportunities on the Gulf Coast were just amazing. We looked at all the different communities and being an antique store we felt that Bay St. Louis really had the best situation for us," owner Millicent Charbonnet said.

Judging from the number of businesses popping up, other entrepreneurs feel the same way. The new business owners we spoke with say business has been good in the short time they've been open.

by Al Showers