Letter from the Editor

Dec. 2014 – Letter from our Editor

120114.gtpTis the season for gathering together with loved ones and friends, sharing sweet surprises, and counting our blessings. As we engage in all the fun and magic of Christmas, let us never forget to reach out to those in need, those who are struggling, and those who are lonely. GTP has put together a comprehensive guide of the most well respected and trusted charitable organizations in the world! There are 100 choices that offer all kinds of wonderful ways to give back.

Christmas In The City will once again grace the streets of downtown Biloxi on Saturday, December 6, starting at 10:00 a.m. The Arts District will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas village. It is the place to be for a holiday experience like no other! Get everyone together and bundle up for this wonderful weekend of family entertainment.

Nancy Baker Faul presents a unique perspective on two of the most beloved Christmas icons in all the world in our December Mover & Shaker feature! We hope you enjoy this fun, thought provoking article. Grab a bite at Skeeter’s Bar & Grill in Gulfport on Teagarden Road after a big day of holiday shopping. This Coast mainstay has been updated and remodeled by new owners, Vernon Wilson and Jennifer Mullins. Taste Buds will tell you all about it!

Coast women of all shapes and sizes can now be decked out in perfectly fitted undergarments thanks to Melissa Logos. “Foundations” opened in Gulfport in October! Melissa specializes in fittings from sizes 28 to 52 and cup sizes A to K. “I make sure every client feels beautiful, confident, and comfortable. The right fit makes all the difference,” she said.

The Coast is a showplace this time of year. There are so many wonderful things to see and do to celebrate the season. From the beautiful decorations and lights to the holiday shows at the casinos. Don’t miss a moment of it!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and joyous holidays –

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Nov. 2014 – Letter from our Editor

110114.gtpWelcome to a very special edition of GTP.

Once again we delve into the horrors of human trafficking which is alive and well on the Coast and throughout Mississippi. GTP was the first publication in South Mississippi to reveal the truth of the unspeakable practices going on here and we have continued to do our best to keep the public aware of what is going on. Find out how local law enforcement has ramped up their efforts to battle this ever present threat to young women and children.

Get to know Pastor, Dustin Boles of the non-denominational Mosaic Church. With very humble beginnings, Mosaic began in 2008 with 19 people meeting in his living room. Today, Mosaic offers three services at the Ocean Springs location, and two weekly services in Gulfport.

The Salvation Army kicks off their annual Christmas campaign with the 1st Ever Let’s Glow Festival on Friday, November 21st at the Kroc Center in Biloxi! The event celebrates “everyday angels” who give of themselves throughout the year. Then on Saturday, November 22nd, don’t miss the 5th Annual Gobble Wobble Food Drive & Bridge Run that starts at the foot of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge on the Ocean Springs side. We have all the information you need for both events!

Taste Buds will take you to Monster Subs And Sandwiches in downtown Gulfport. It’s finally here folks! A real New York Deli where you can enjoy the biggest, yummiest sandwiches and every ingredient is piled high right before your eyes. This place is a dream come true! Hurry in for a one-of-a-kind treat.

GTP wishes you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy and the ones you love at your table.

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Letter from our Editor Oct. 2014

100114.gtpHappy Fall Ya’ll!
Welcome to another edition of GTP as we kick off this beautiful time of year. Cooler weather, football games every weekend, and wonderful things to see and do up and down the Coast fill this season with great fun. Enjoy it!
This month we visit with Linda Sumrall, owner of A Pet’s Memory Funeral Home and Crematory. Although an unpleasant subject, the loss of a beloved pet is part of life. GTP takes you behind the scenes of this very important and much needed service. Meet the compassionate couple who will be there for you every step of the way.
Beauvoir will once again host the Fall Muster and Cemetery Tour! Both events promise to be extraordinary educational opportunities for everyone. Get all the information in this issue.
Adrenaline Tattoo is bringing some of the most noted ink artists to the Coast for the 4th Annual Inktoberfest at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center on October 17-19. It is going to be an epic weekend!
And little girls will make memories to last a lifetime at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center with the American Girl Fashion Show and PJ Party. We will tell you all about it!


Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Letter form the Editor – Sept. 2014

090114.gtp.aGreetings Everyone!
There are so many things to tell you about! The Coast is alive with non stop activities and fun during the month of September and football season is finally here again. Our beloved team is currently undefeated in the preseason games! WHO DAT
Governor Phil Bryant is our special guest this month to talk about the Home of Grace Ride & Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th! The Governor is a long time motorcycle aficionado who rides every chance he gets. Read all about it here.
The charming city of Diamondhead is the place for two very special attractions in September. Check out the 3rd Annual Hummer Fest, an extraordinary day of nature at it’s finest. You will observe hundreds of hummingbirds and enjoy guest speakers throughout the day! The 30th Diamondhead Arts & Craft Show is next in line for a wonderful weekend of shopping and fun.
We welcome a brand new business to downtown Gulfport called High Maintenance Hair Salon. It is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind place that will pamper you and make you feel right at home.
Taste Buds will take you to the Cast Iron Cafe in Gautier. Nostalgia and warmth are the main ingredients. This cozy, friendly restaurant will quickly become one of your favorites.
Also, be sure and check out our many back to school tips in this issue – you may learn a thing or two!


Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

AUG. 2014 – Letter from our Editor

080114Hello Everyone!

The summer is drawing to an end, the kiddos are returning to school, but our beautiful Gulf Coast still has all kinds of great things to see and do that are free of charge! Check out our GTP list and get everyone together for a fun filled day of sightseeing and adventure.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Assistant Fire Coordinator for the Harrison County Fire Service, Mr. Steve Moore. We honor his many accomplishments throughout his career which began in 1973.
Travel down the Pascagoula River with Nancy Baker Faul as she investigates the Pascagoula River Audubon Center! The McCoy family are your expert tour guides for this exciting ride.
GTP will help your kids adjust to being back in school again with helpful tips and lots of useful information to start the year off right. And you won’t want to miss going to the Twice as Nice Kids Resale Event in D’Iberville for great bargains from over 600 consignors! One full week of shop till you drop fun.

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Letter from our Editor – JULY 2014

070114Hello Everyone –

Wow! This is such an exciting time on the Coast! There is so much going on, especially in beautiful downtown Biloxi. We proudly introduce two brand new, one-of-a-kind businesses that are going to change South Mississippi forever. Read all about it in our July issue and get to know the local entrepreneurs who are making a huge difference in the Vieux Marche.

Cono Caranna, III is the new General Manager of the White House Hotel. The stately, elegant property is being lovingly restored to its original grandeur and will soon open under his leadership. Find out why GTP has selected Cono as our July Mover and Shaker!

FEB Distributing could not be more proud of Craft Brand Manager, Aaron LaFrance who just became the first Certified Cicerone in the state of Mississippi! Aaron shared his fascinating journey with GTP. Congratulations Aaron!

Come with us as we go to the Mississippi Charter Boat Captain’s Deep Sea Fishing Challenge! It runs from July 11th through August 17th and it is FREE to all participants. Nancy Baker Faul has all the information.

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

June 2014 – Letter from our Editor

060114.gtpHello Everyone!

Welcome back to GTP as we kick off the summer season. It’s time to hang out with friends and family, fire up the grill and enjoy fun in the sun. The kids are out of school and families are planning vacations and taking trips for some much needed R & R. There are also some really special summer camps on the Coast that offer some extraordinary experiences for your youngsters. Our #1 picks are being offered at the Mary C and the Marine Education Center in beautiful Ocean Springs. These programs are so innovative and so much fun, you will want to sign up your kids for everything!

Guest journalist, Melody Worsham, gets you up to speed on the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi (MHASM). June is a very busy month for this dynamic organization, featuring some great events that you won’t want to miss. The “Don’t Worry Be Happy Mon” Batchelor and Batchelorette auction will be a night to remember at the IP Casino Resort Spa, followed by the 2014 Community Wellness Conference at the Biloxi Civic Center the next week.

Check out our ten commandments for personal finance to help you get on track this summer and don’t miss how you can keep your kids safe and well during outside play as the temperatures soar.

Congratulations to the LSU Tigers baseball team who won the 2014 SEC Championship! Geaux Tigers!

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor