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    Ocean Springs
The cozy seaside town of Ocean Springs was recently tapped as the Best Small Town for Shopping in the 2023 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest. This City of Discovery is overflowing with unparalleled art galleries and museums, unique festivals, rich and diverse culture, bistros and restaurants, and a galore of boutiques and antique shops. The welcoming and walkable downtown has large shopping areas with creative character and streets draped in oak-tree canopies, perfect for sipping iced tea and antiquing.
Bay St. Louis
Come play and shop on the Bay, because a visit to Bay
St. Louis is like discovering a rare and beautiful treasure, but with shopping. This brightly colored coastal town has a lively main street overflowing with storied architectural buildings that fill the streets with wonderful boutiques, eclectic stores, and deceptively large antique shops. It’s a small-town vibe with a big welcoming smile so bring your walking shoes and your wallet.
Pass Christian
If a flea market shopping spree is on the agenda, then head over to Pass Christian to check out the Flea Market & RV Park at Menge. The open-air market is ready for your business every weekend all year round and has more than 200 spaces featuring exquisite antiques and collectibles, plant nurseries, tool shops, Army surplus, and other rare finds. And when you need a break or a minute to think about how you’ll get all your purchases home, grab a quick bite or a freshly squeezed lemonade at the concession stand.
If an outlet bargain is more your style, mark down
the Gulfport Premium Outlets as your next shopping destination. Just don’t forget to check out the port city’s main street that runs from the beach to beyond the railroad tracks and is teeming with charming shops, coastal galleries, and day spas.
If air conditioning, shade, and a food court are your ideal shopping experience, Edgewater Mall has a sheer variety of stores offering all the essentials you just can’t live without, including clothing, electronics, furniture, and specialty services. The biggest stores at the mall are anchors like Belk, Books-A-Million, and Dillard’s. Among the specialty stores, you’ll find shops for video games, jewelry, and even puzzles. And when you need a break, check out the rock- climbing wall or the hydro-therapy spa. If you’re looking for a little vacation style to add to your wardrobe, there are plenty of beach shacks near the shoreline with air-brushed shirts, ankle bracelets, and coastal sandals. And don’t forget the casino shopping, too.
The Promenade in D’Iberville is a shopping city all in itself. With more than 700,000 square feet, the walkable shopping center features more than 50 of your favorite retail stores and chain restaurants, and coffee shops. The Promenade is perfect when you need a name-brand deal, just don’t forget to explore the downtown area where local shops offer everything from local art to coastal clothing.
      So, whether you’re a local or a vacationist, welcome to the alluring world of antiquing and shopping towns on the Gulf Coast. These covert jewels of the Magnolia State are not only reputed for their exquisite boutiques and exceptional galleries but also for the cozy, quaint antique shops. As you traverse the alluring coastal towns and their shopping venues, you’ll be enchanted by their individual charm and hospitable demeanor, and you might just take home a one-of-a-kind find or two. Fall 2023   DISCOVER COASTAL MISSISSIPPI 79

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