From blue jeans to local art, the shops in this coastal Mississippi town are filled with eye candy. Here’s some of our favorite spots in the colorful town.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
While the pieces hanging at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art are not for sale, you can take home a treasure from the museum’s gift shop, part of the newly constructed pavilion added this year. Find books about the famed 20th-century watercolorist, as well as locally made jewelry and pottery. 510 Washington Avenue; 228/872-3164
The Bay Collection
Carrying everything from Byron Lars cocktail dresses to more casual Nicole Miller frocks, this boutique has all its fashion bases covered. Shop ball gowns and workday essentials before making your way to the wall of 7 For All Mankind jeans, where you can snag a pair like these turquoise baby blues. 906 Washington Avenue; 228/875-6655
The 43-year-old mainstay is a hub for Southern art, showcasing work by more than 400 craftspeople. Update your home collection with pieces such as statues by wood sculptor Marlin Miller, handmade ceramic keepers ($165) by Florida artist Connie Mickle, and coastline-inspired paintings by Jean McKee from Fairhope, Alabama. 920 Washington Avenue; 803/799-0067
Opened last year, this vintage shop offers collectibles such as Georges Briard cocktail glasses and Churchill fedoras. For modern-day finds, check out the owner’s line of jewels, State of Grace, with pieces such as 12-strand pearl necklaces. 619 Washington Avenue; 228/369-9414
You’ll recognize this outdoor outfitter by the painting of a fly-fisherman out front. The owner, Rob Recio, and his wife, Carla, transformed the former bait-and-tackle shop into an outerwear store that carries everything from North Face fleeces to polarized sunglasses and sporty-yet-chic dresses for outdoor enthusiasts. 1106 Government Street; 228/818-0030
Philanthropy and style intersect at this boutique that pleases both teens and moms with trendy and classic lines. Aside from colorful jewelry and laid-back separates and dresses from labels such as Karlie and Others Follow, find pieces from brands that make a difference such as Toms shoes, recycled handbags line Art Studio Company, and hair tie company Emi-Jay. 1000 Government Street, Suite C; 228/447-4249
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