Month: April 2013

April 2013- Letter from our Editor

2013-04-GTPM.inddHappy Springtime Everyone!

The Coast absolutely shines it’s brightest this time of year, with so much to see and do, the event calendar is bursting at the seams!
Get out and enjoy all the wonderful things going on in the month of April. It is our pleasure to keep you well informed and up to date so you can plan a fun and exciting itinerary to share with your family and friends.
May Fest is almost here again and it just keeps getting better and better! Founder and creator, Arturo Barajas, gives GTP an exclusive on the 7th year run of this exceptional Spring concert and block party in Ocean Springs.
Brothers, Scott and Jonathan Allen of the Allen Automotive Group are our Movers and Shakers honorees. They are a very impressive team who have worked incredibly hard and made it to the top of a 3rd generation family business. Get to know this dynamic duo!
Smokin’ the Sound and Smokin’ the Lake will rev up the engines once again starting on April 25th for wild and wonderful non stop action and excitement with bigger boats packing even more speed! We have all the information you’ll need right here!

All This…and So Much More

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Scott and Jonathan Allen of Allen Automotive Group

SONY DSCScott and Jonathan Allen were born into an automotive industry family that began with their grandfather, Bert Allen, who opened his first dealerships in the 70’s. In 1987, with his son, David, by his side as General Manager, they opened Bert Allen Toyota together. David Allen finished buying out the Toyota franchise in late 90s and renamed it Allen Toyota. Then in 2002 David Allen acquired the Hyundai franchise and finally in 2004, the Scion franchise became part of the prestigious Allen group. Jonathan and Scott Allen, joined the management team with there father David Allen in 2007. That same year, Bert Allen retired and sold his dealerships Bert Allen GMC Pontiac and Mercedes Benz. This very successful family business has been thriving on the Mississippi Coast for over 40 years. Under the leadership of David Allen’s sons, the Allen Automotive Group is firmly ensconced here and continually rises above what is expected in automotive sales and service in South Mississippi. A 7 time President’s Award winner for Toyota Motor Sales USA, the Allen’s were just notified that they have won again for 2012. (more…)

Stadium Collection Outlet


Have you ever been to a football game or tennis match and thought about buying a t-shirt, team logo cup or hat and just didn’t do it? But after you got home, you kept thinking about that one special item and now you regret that you didn’t purchase it. Oh well, the stadium is closed and those high quality items are gone. You can’t just go back and get them, right? Well, partially right. (more…)


Mayfest Logo 2013Ocean Springs businessman, Arturo Barajas, has been hosting May Fest for seven years now. He does it for one reason, and one reason only…it brings him joy. He revels in seeing families stroll the streets of Ocean Springs, happy and safe. He is a music afficionado who loves all genres and eagerly gives bands the opportunity to shine and showcase their talents. May Fest also gives an array of mixed medium artists the beautiful setting in downtown Ocean Springs, where they can display and sell their work. The quaint little shops and charming restaurants that line the streets of downtown are open during the event with sales galore. Guests are welcome to “pop” in and dine or shop at their leisure. The day is packed with wonderful entertainment and great fun for all ages. The event kicks off with a 5 K run on Friday, May 10th, then shifts into high gear the next day beginning at 10:00 a.m. Late night is just for the adults with “after party” action at many of the OS bars and nightclubs. (more…)

Muscular Dystrophy Association Charity Motorcycle Event April 20, 2013


It’s time to remove the zip-out liners in your leather riding jackets and polish up the chrome on your bike! Spring is here and Mississippi Coast Harley Davidson, with the invaluable assistance of the Mississippi Coast Harley Owners Group, is once again teaming with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money and awareness.
MS Coast Harley Davidson will be the site to gather on April 20th. A state police escorted ride will leave at 9:30 a.m. Over 100 bikes are expected to take part in the State Police Escorted charity ride that will cover some of the most picturesque parts of the area. The first 100 advance ride/raffle combo ticket buyers will receive a free event t-shirt and MDA pin. Advance tickets are available at the MS Coast Harley Davidson store for only $20. (more…)

Mental Health: Something we all need!

Man Woman face people problem puzzleMental illness is something we’ve heard a lot about in the past several months. Unfortunately, we’ve heard more about the extreme problems than about the everyday occurrences of living with mental illness in our communities. Mass shootings that have been in the news recently have stirred the concern for safety from people who have a mental illness. What few of those discussions are addressing is the fact that everyone is impacted by mental illness in one way or another. Some have family members, some work or go to school with people who live with a mental illness. According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), one in six people in the work place have received mental health services in the past year, or they have been diagnosed with a mental illness. And not all mental illnesses are created equal. Some are more severe than others. Two things need to be noted: People with mental illness are no more prone to violent behavior than any other sector of society, and recovery is possible for everyone with a mental illness, although the extent of that recovery varies from one individual to the next. (more…)