New Business

Nick & Nacks – Flea Market, Exchange & Cafe

Tracy and Nicky Ladner have brought a new business to Woolmarket that is creating quite a buzz. These owners have long been residents of the area and wanted to give back to the community they love so much. By opening Nick & Nacks Flea Market, Exchange & Café they now have the venue to assist local charities, local vendors and citizens. (more…)

J.Réaux Salon

By Melody Worsham

The small community of Woolmarket is growing, and the need for local businesses is keeping up with the pace. Since Hurricane Katrina, Woolmarket has been the choice of many Coast residents who decided to move a little farther north. Astute Gulf Coast business owners are seeing the potential to serve these new residents. This is where Jeannine Réaux has opened her new salon. J.Réaux (pronounced RAY-oh) opened its doors at the beginning of October. Jeannine said that a lot happened to her after the 2005 hurricane. Before Katrina, she owned a salon in downtown D’Iberville, the Innovation Station located off of Gorenflo Road and Rodriguez. She had taken over the building where her father, Gilbert Réaux, had a barber shop for years. “I guess I’m following the family tradition,” Jeannine said. She is the third generation of hair-care specialists in the family after her father and great uncles. “My father was a barber for 43 years,” she said.
After Katrina, Jeannine went on to perfect her talents at Barnette’s Avada Day Spa, an upscale and popular salon in Ridgeland, just outside of Jackson. Upon her return to the coast in 2007, she began working at Cox’s Barbershop in north Ocean Springs. She recalls the first time a man requested a traditional flat top hair cut. She was carefully taking off the length a little at a time so as not to make a mistake, when one of the seasoned barbers, Robert Murphy, “took off about an inch straight out the middle of the man’s head.” Jeannine said he then told her to even out the rest of the hair on the man’s head to match the cut he just made. “ And that’s how I learned to do a flat top”, she said smiling. (more…)

A Southern Creation

By Nancy Baker Faul
An unassuming wooden house, with a large front porch, sits one block west of Hwy 49 at 15456 Dedeaux Road just across from Harrison Central Elementary.  Inside this charming place, you will find some of the most unique art, jewelry, crafts and one-of-a-kind items on the Coast. As guests enter the door they are met with an array of “eye candy” that is hard to resist.. Sparkle and glitz meet with coastal flavor in each piece of art lining the tables and walls. If you are stumped as to what to get for those on your Christmas list, or need a wonderfully tasteful gift for any occasion then you will want to stop by and talk with owner, Denise Hubbard and her assistant Christina Chance. From Christian books and knick knacks, to original coastal art there is truly is something for everyone. (don’t forget to check out the 99 cents section for lots of goodies too!) With the largest selection of Fleur de’ Lis  jewelry, scarves, ornaments, crafts and accessories on the entire coast, A Southern Creation has become the “IN” place to buy special gifts. Coast native Libby Beasnett, now residing in neighboring Tennessee, sends her original art prints of coastal scenes directly to Denise for sale in the art boutique. Framing is also available.   (more…)

Lil’ Italy

Big things DO come in small packages! Lil’ Italy is the place to enjoy the very best in authentic Italian cooking. Located in the old ‘Catfish One’ shack, 2 blocks south of 1-10, Exit 50 on Washington Avenue. It certainly isn’t fancy, but you will not find better Italian food anywhere. 2 blocks south of I-10, exit 50 on Washington Avenue. This little place serves the most delicious express lunches, and also take out and special party menu items. “All the recipes have been in the family for generations and go back to Sicily over one hundred years,” said co-owner Tony Abbate. (more…)

South Coast Paddling Company

By: Nancy Baker Faul
Picture yourself in a world where solitude reigns supreme and wildlife surrounds you day and night. Great Blue Heron sit on a grassy knoll and carefully observe a 6 foot alligator, who slips quietly into the briny water. You can experience these things and much more by contacting South Coast Paddling Company in Ocean Springs and book your own Coast adventure!  Located at 2335 Government Street, in an unmistakable lime green and purple building.
Melissa Johnson, General Manager said, “We specialize in taking our paddling guests on kayak adventures that promise relaxation and contact with ecosystems and creatures of the Gulf Coast. Guests can choose to kayak to Deer Island, Horn Island or any number of rivers and creeks on the Coast. Travel alone or with a guide, you will see parts of Mississippi that still remain largely untouched by man. It’s like a vacation right in your own backyard.” (more…)

Flare Bar & Grill


Armed with knowledge gained from working with world renowned Chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Thomas Boggs, Chef Calvin prepares the most tantalizing dishes.. You may know Chef Lipe’s reputation for excellence from his catering business known as Chef4Hire Catering. In addition to his very successful catering business, Chef Lipe opened Flare in late May of this year which was once the old Lookout 49 location. Angel Lipe, Calvin’s wife, handles the business end of both ventures and loves every minute of it. “It is hard sometimes but this is what Calvin and I have always wanted. This restaurant is a dream come true and we want each guest to feel special when they walk in our doors” said Angel. Being the Executive Manager is what Angel does best which is clearly evident in Flares orderly and prompt service. (more…)