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Great finds! Shop for unique coastal art, gifts

1/19/2015 | By Val Cushman

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Great finds!
 Shop for unique coastal art, gifts

As Mardi Gras floats roll all along the Coast, specialty shops are
parading themselves. They are rolling out great art, jewelry and apparel
selections only found here. Whether you are shopping for a special
dress to attend a ball, a gift for someone on the court, or a trinket to
take back home as a reminder of the Coast’s special holiday season,
you’ll find it in the string of specialty stores from Diamondhead to
Bay St. Louis to Pass Christian to Long Beach to Gulfport to Ocean
Springs to Pascagoula.
With tight schedules, even on vacation, stores are all about making
shopping experiences stress-free. Boutiques like Lee Tracy in Ocean
Springs and Grants for Her in Biloxi’s Art District and Martin Miazza
in Gulfport, offer personal service to help make selecting easy.
The Coast has a number of shopping districts in addition to the
downtown Biloxi one. Shoppers can find coastal art and other niceties
along Beach Boulevard, Second Street and Main Street in Bay St.
Louis. George’s Girls, for instance, is a purveyor of fine linens among
other things. Their Saints for Sinners metals are imported from Italy
and painted in New Orleans.
If your giftee happens to like rare finds or you are looking for
something special to go with that new ball gown, you can choose estate
jewelry and vintage rhinestones at places like Bernard Clark Antiques,
at the corner or Washington and Government in Ocean Springs.
Centuries Antiques in D’Iberville has new and vintage jewelry.
Gallimaufry by Grace in Biloxi’s Rue Magnolia has a great selection of
handcrafted jewelry made in Mississippi. Another great choice would
be a keepsake silver dollar minted the year your recipient was born
from the Coin Shop Biloxi.
Beautiful glassware can be found at Martin Miazza’s on Pass Road in
Gulfport. The shop is known for its exclusive collections.
For the beer connoisseur on your list, a gift certificate for a night out
tasting some of the 45 regional beers on tap at The Beer House in
downtown Ocean Springs will make you #1 for fun and thoughtful
And since it is Mardi Gras season, be sure to pick up a king cake to add
to a gift basket. Sweet Stuff in Biloxi has a large selection of petit fours,
cupcakes and fudge in cases ready to go. Nezaty’s on Courthouse Road,
Gulfport, and Bankhouse Coffee on Jeff Davis in Long Beach have
wonderful selections of gourmet coffee beans.
To make the most of your shopping days, head to an arts district and
check out all the stores, galleries, restaurants and boutiques in the area.
Pass Christian’s Sazerac Square off Davis Avenue is full of interesting
things to do, see and purchase. Pass Christian Soap Company’s trendy
boutique is also one of Robin Roberts’ favorite stops when she’s home.
By Val Cushman