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New hotel set for February opening in D’Iberville

The new Hampton Inn & Suites in D’Iberville has a target opening date of Feb. 20, when it will unveil the newest design of the popular Hilton brand to the city. The four story, 89 room property in the Promenade Shopping Center is steps away from another Hilton hotel, the Home 2 Suites, which has been open for seven years. ...

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U.S. 90 corridor attracting business in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI There’s been a string of new businesses opening in the past year or so on the section of U.S. 90 that runs through Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Starting near the foot of the Bay Bridge and stretching to the outskirts of Waveland, doors have opened on new antique shops, restaurants and health care and fitness facilities ...

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Fleurty Girl branching out to Mississippi

Fleurty Girl founder Lauren LeBlanc Haydel will open her first Mississippi location next year in the heart of downtown Bay St. Louis. It will be the eighth Fleurty Girl shop that’s known for clothing, gifts, home decor, jewelry and other items celebrating all things New Orleans, from the Saints and LSU football to Mardi Gras, beignets and red beans. Targeted ...

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Coast chefs’ new coffeeshop takes off

It just happened to work out that Thomas and Dana Hirsch-Barrett opened Coffee Culture, their new coffee shop in Bay St. Louis, on Small Business Saturday. “It was a coincidence but we were hoping to open on Nov. 30 because we truly are what a small business is,” Hirsch-Barrett said. Coffee Culture is the chef couple’s first foray into operating ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast to rev up economy

By LISA MONTI In its 23rd year, Cruisin’ the Coast is a tourism juggernaut that reliably revs up the coast economy during what used to be a slow season. This year’s classic car party, which celebrates vehicles 1989 and older, is expected to be another record breaker when Cruisin’ rolls across the three coastal counties Oct. 6-13 Car owners had ...

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Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

By LISA MONTI The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020. The attraction is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors a year and generate $340 million in annual revenue. It’s also gotten the attention of  developers, ...

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Ocean Springs chef makes James Beard list for South’s Best Chef

By LISA MONTI Chef Alex Perry, owner of the Modern American restaurant Vestige in Ocean Springs, was shocked to learn he was chosen as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the South. A chef in Biloxi saw Perry’s name on the list and called him with the news that he was in the running. “You can ...

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Cure Land Company intends to build new casino in Hancock County

Cure Land Company wants to build a casino with a hotel on the beach in Lakeshore, according to the legal notice of intent to apply for a gaming license dated March 1 and published in today’s Sea Coast Echo. The company plans to develop the casino and hotel on 98.5 acres on South Beach Boulevard. The proposed project includes 40,000 ...

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Bay attorney helps put new restaurant group together

A Coast attorney is shuttling between Bay St. Louis, Louisiana and Philadelphia, Penn., where he is helping to restructure a restaurant group founded by celebrity chef Jose Garces. Ronnie Artigues is one of the new owners who bought the Garces Restaurant Group out of bankruptcy in July and is serving as CEO of the new venture. Garces, a James Beard ...

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