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Christmas In The City. Biloxi Main Street

christmas-in-the-cityDowntown Biloxi will once again don it’s holiday finery and roll out the red carpet for the most beloved family event of the year, Christmas In The City. Biloxi Main Street is your host for this wonderful holiday treat which takes place on Saturday, December 6from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. The Biloxi Downtown Arts District is the place to be for a Christmas experience like no other. You and your loved ones will enjoy one-of-a-kind shopping, round the clock entertainment, and traditional holiday food and drink. Executive Director of Biloxi Main Street, Kay Carter, said that the Arts District is the perfect location. “The event compliments the businesses on Rue Magnolia and Water Street so beautifully and the decorations are so special. Over the years we tried various locations throughout downtown but nothing fits as well as the Arts District,” she said. The Rue Magnolia is transformed into a charming Christmas village that will make you feel like a kid again.
The celebration begins in the evening on Friday, December 5, with the Children’s Parade and the lighting of the Town Green at 6:00 p.m. The best viewing of the parade is on Lameuse Street. There is nothing that sets the tone of the holiday spirit quite like the Biloxi Town Green when it is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. It takes several weeks to set up the decorations and hang the lights but the result is truly magical. During the entire month of December, guests can stroll through the holiday wonderland and enjoy it’s sparkle and rainbow of colors. At the conclusion of Christmas In The City on Saturday evening, December 6, Christmas on the Water Boat Parade begins at nightfall. This event is unique to the Coast and there is nothing as extraordinary as sitting along the shoreline to watch these beauties gently roll by. The boat owners spare no expense to decorate each craft. Imaginations run wild as they find wonderful ways to deck the halls on their beloved boats. Downtown Biloxi is a showplace of Christmas pageantry throughout December and must not be missed. (more…)

Combatting Human Trafficking in Mississippi: The Net is Widening

HT-Pic-678x1024This year, four Biloxi men were arrested for selling a child into sexual servitude. A Biloxi couple faces prison for forcing a women into prostitution. A Jackson man is serving 23 years in prison for selling a 4-year-old child into prostitution. A Meridian man is serving 50 years for kidnapping and drugging a Hattiesburg teen and forcing her into prostitution. Two teenagers were rescued from a Ridgeland hotel where they were sold by a couple for sex acts to patrons and transported to other locations for the purposes of prostitution. A New Orleans woman was convicted of prostituting several teenagers from her home where she kept them locked up and battered. (more…)

A Pet’s Memory, The First Open Door Pet Crematorium on the Coast

petsmemorylogo2The death of a loved one is an inescapable part of life. Those of us who are completely devoted to our pets, feel the pain and loss as deeply as when a fellow human being passes on. It is a time of confusion, sadness, and often disbelief. It is a time when we need the compassion and caring of others, especially those who truly understand what we are going through. The owners of A Pet’s Memory Pet Funeral Home and Crematory, Linda and Glynn Sumrall, understand. They will provide your beloved companion with ultimate respect and gentle care. You can rest assured that your pet will be given a dignified and personal memorial, that will make you proud as well as help you through the grieving process. (more…)

HOME OF GRACE 2014 RIDE & FESTIVAL With Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The Home of Grace needs you! The wonderful people that work diligently to help those with various addictions now need your help. By supporting their valiant efforts you will be investing in the lives of those in your community and beyond.
This year’s Home of Grace Ride is presented by Ingalls Shipbuilding and will have the governor of the great state of Mississippi Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, leading the way! All proceeds will benefit the Home of Grace Addiction Recovery Scholarship Program.
We contacted Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, the HOG Ride founder, to get his views on this year’s ride, Home of Grace and to get his view on what this ride and festival means to him. Here is what the governor had to say:

Q. You must get hundreds of requests for your participation in events. Why do you, a busy public servant, choose to take the time to be a part of this event? Q. How did your office come to be involved with the Home of Grace and this event?
I believe in the work that Home of Grace does and have participated in the HOG ride before. In fact, I rode in the inaugural HOG ride in 2010 when I was Lieutenant Governor and had Gov. Mike Huckabee join me. I also rode in last year’s HOG ride. (more…)

20 THINGS TO DO ON THE GULF COAST

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We searched high and low for the top 20 FREE things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and came up with some interesting places and activities for all ages. When most locals want to do something free of charge they think of fishing, hiking, beach combing, hunting and camping. We thought we’d take it a step further and seek out those things that you may have not considered.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of the Go To Places Monthly top 20 picks for the summer of 2014:

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INTRODUCING KRESS LIVE IN DOWNTOWN BILOXI

1383734_593422054055068_17327377_nKress Live is housed in a 20,000-square foot building that is steeped in history. Its namesake, Samuel H. Kress, was a department store pioneer and avid art collector in the 1900’s. It is being lovingly and painstakingly restored to reflect the extensive and eclectic history of music that helped shape the city of Biloxi as well as the entire state of Mississippi. This remarkable place is located in the Vieux Marche, at 814 Howard Avenue. The summer will kick off an illustrious parade of musical talent that will be showcased at the one-of-a-kind Kress Live venue.
The owners of Kress Live, Chase Taylor and Nick Quave, have been friends since they were kids and they grew up right here on the Coast. They have traveled all over the world and visited some of the most luxurious and well cultured destinations. They had numerous opportunities to pursue ventures in larger markets but have always had a vested interest in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After the economic downtime following Katrina and the BP oil spill, Chase and Nick felt that someone from their generation needed to make things happen, take risks, and develop something brand new. “The Coast was lacking energy. This culture was in need of a transfusion. We began to look into concepts that could create the spark that we needed. The concept would have to inject new blood into Downtown Biloxi and evoke new emotions for our community. Art and music are the revolution that will inspire growth for this area. We wanted to revitalize the Coast,” Chase said. It was very important that the concept embody a strong connection and love of the Coast while paying homage to the culture of music and art. The dream began almost 3 1/2 years ago. (more…)

REJUVENATION STATION WELLNESS SPA IN THE VIEUX MARCHE BILOXI

photo-4Mark Garriga and Stacy Ely are partners in life and partners in business. An adorable couple you can’t help but like and their enthusiasm is infectious. They recently opened a brand new business venture in the historical Vieux Marche District in beautiful downtown Biloxi and it is a concept that has never before been introduced on the Gulf Coast. You could say they are pioneers of sorts! Welcome to Rejuvenation Station…sit back, relax, and enjoy because you are really going to like it here.
Rejuvenation Station is a wellness spa that specializes in IV infusion therapy. Although new to the Coast, it is an extremely popular practice used all over the country! It is a favorite “pick me up” used by athletes in every professional sport. It is a marvelous way to rehydrate the body and lift the spirits. IV infusion therapy is one of the safest and most effective methods to provide wellness, a new surge of energy, relief from illness and pain, and a sensation of overall comfort. If you have never tried it…you owe it to yourself to do so. Mark and Stacy have created a very special environment that envelopes you in southern charm and warmth the moment you walk through the front door. This is an experience for all the senses! You deserve to pamper yourself and enjoy the almost instantaneous affects of the many healthful choices available at Rejuvenation Station. (more…)

EXCITING SUMMER FUN AT THE MARY C & The Marine Education Center in ocean springs

466842_348835168500825_425267033_oClassCatalogrev (1)_Page_01There is a world of outstanding summer camp experiences on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this season. Everything from exploring the oceans, studying sharks and learning how to catch prize fish to working side by side with a gourmet chef and preparing delectable meals to share with your family. Leave it to the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, and the Marine Education Center, in beautiful downtown Ocean Springs, to develop an extraordinary array of stimulating and fun, “never ever boring,” activities to fill up the summer! Each one promises to provide big adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. (more…)

Mississippi: On the Road to Recovery

CPSS.logo.OFFICIALWhat makes you happy? It seems like a simple question, and it is. The answer, on the other hand, varies from person to person. But one thing the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (MDMH) is sure of is that happiness is always established in four basic arenas in our lives: Home, Health, Community and Purpose. This applies to all people, young or old, mentally ill or mentally healthy. So, when it was brought to the attention of the directors at MDMH that the state’s mental health system wasn’t designed to provide resources for people to engage in these activities, they knew it was time for a change. Mississippi is now on the road to establishing a state-wide recovery-oriented system of mental health care. (more…)

SHABBY CHIC HISSY FIT BOUTIQUE IN D’IBERVILLE

DSC_4063Some women just have it. A special fashion savvy and style that is undeniable. Mother and daughter business partners, Bea and Breanna Tumminello, owners of Hissy Fit Boutique, definitely have it. They provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that will keep you coming back time and time again. The clothes and accessories are gorgeous! New things arrive each and every day that are fun and flirty, feminine and perfect for any occasion. And Bea just opened their brand new 2,200 square foot location, 2 doors down from the original store on Lamey Bridge Road, D’Iberville. (more…)

GRILLIN’ ON THE GREEN IS BACK FOR THE 8TH YEAR IN BILOXI

BMSD-grillin-logoBiloxi Main Street Executive Director, Kay Carter, knows how to excite the masses and throw one heck of a party. She is the driving force behind all the wonderful events that take place year after year in downtown Biloxi. There is never a shortage of fun, family friendly, free things to do and one of our all time favorites is Grillin’ on the Green. South Mississippi has endured one of the strangest winters on record with insanely cold temperatures and even having snow and ice on the ground! We are all beyond ready for the warmer temperatures to begin so we can get outside and enjoy everything that our beautiful coast has to offer. Circle the date on your calendars everyone because on Saturday, March 15th, from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m it will be time again to cheer on your favorite Grillin’ team and chow down on some of the most scrumptious BBQ fare on the planet. The sun always shines for Grillin’ on the Green so get your family and friends together for the perfect way to kick off Spring. (more…)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA ADORATION CHAPEL

020114.gtp4Until very recently, the pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Biloxi was Father Paddy Mockler. He has always been a man of vision, a man who makes things happen, and he has always had a tremendous following. He is a charming gentleman who is well known for his ability to rally support for whatever is most near and dear to his heart. One such desire was to have an adoration chapel built on the grounds of the church, and it would be an extraordinary place of prayer and worship. (more…)

MOSS POINT POLICE CHIEF, KEITH DAVIS

DSC_0005(touched_up)Chief Davis is from Byram, Mississippi which is just outside of Jackson. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. The horrific experience of losing his father to violent crime as a little boy, set the tone for his career in Law Enforcement. “I remember when we got the phone call about my father’s murder and right then and there I made the decision to become a policeman and I promised my mother that we would see justice served,” Davis said. It was a very tough time growing up without a father but it also provided Keith Davis with a unique perspective about life and the importance of good role models and proper guidance for kids. In the process of building his career in law enforcement, Davis discovered that reaching out to troubled youth and finding ways to make a difference in their lives was a very powerful calling that he could not deny. (more…)

Christmas in the City

BMSD-citc-fpg-Go2placesFIN_Dec-2013The city of Biloxi always shines and is a welcoming, warm destination for visitors and locals alike. Throughout the year Biloxi hosts all kinds of wonderful, family friendly events but Christmas in the City is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and should not be missed. The city will be brimming with holiday cheer and fun throughout the month of December, and all decked out in it’s Christmas finery. Biloxi is one of America’s oldest cities and is the epitome of charm and grace. Christmas in the City is nestled in historic downtown and showcases one-of-a-kind gifts and unique treasures that you won’t find anywhere else! So get your loved ones together and head to beautiful Biloxi on Saturday, December 7th, for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget. (more…)

MOSS POINT POLICE CHIEF, KEITH DAVIS

DSC_0005(touched_up)Chief Davis is from Byram, Mississippi which is just outside of Jackson. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, majoring in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. The horrific experience of losing his father to violent crime as a little boy, set the tone for his career in Law Enforcement. “I remember when we got the phone call about my father’s murder and right then and there I made the decision to become a policeman and I promised my mother that we would see justice served,” Davis said. It was a very tough time growing up without a father but it also provided Keith Davis with a unique perspective about life and the importance of good role models and proper guidance for kids. In the process of building his career in law enforcement, Davis discovered that reaching out to troubled youth and finding ways to make a difference in their lives was a very powerful calling that he could not deny. (more…)