On the road again in Mississippi. Mrs. Claus and I enjoy visiting the people and places here. There’s a lot of history in the area, especially if one is interested in the music history of our country.
But that was not the focus of our search. We had heard about a wonderful toy store, with an interesting history, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; a community just east of Biloxi on the other side of the Biloxi Bay Bridge.
So, on we went. Little did we know that, nestled among huge, old oak trees, we’d find the idyllic little ocean-front town, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Beautiful beaches, beautiful town, and beautiful people we were privileged to meet.
And there we found Miner’s Doll and Toy Store. Located at 927Washington Avenue.
Thirty-two years ago, a 62-year-old couple took a trip to new York City. They visited the famous FAO Schwarz toy store and found inspiration. Mr. & Mrs. Miner returned home to Ocean City and opened the Miner’s Doll and Toy Store. They worked in the store into their nineties and passed the ownership to their daughter.
Miner’s was featured in Southern Living Magazine in December 2001, as one of two great toy stores in the south. Over the years, it’s received numerous national awards and is one of the Top 10 Madame Alexander full-line dealers, plus many other brands.
We met the owner and staff, and they proudly told us their story. One of the unique features they offer is a toy registry for kids. Kids can visit the store and explore all of the exciting displays. When they find the toys of their dreams, they can register that wish in the store’s registry (similar to a bridal registry). Then, anytime relatives or friends visit the store (you can even call in and order) they can discover just what toy their child is interested in. Staff will work with you to help select the perfect gift within your price range. Once you’ve decided on your purchase, the registry is so marked, and the store will gift wrap for free, having it ready for pick up at your convenience.
They offer an excellent selection of manufacturers from which to choose. Santa particularly liked the Breyer horse display. These have become quite collectible, but are not found in every toy store. A great place to find a gift for the horse lover in your family.
Still wanting to explore, but hungry, we stopped at Buzzy’s Breakfast Joint, located at 1019 Desoto Street.
Great breakfast in a quiet, home-like atmosphere. We were greeted as if we were old friends. Warm, filling breakfast gave us energy to explore the rest of the city. By the way, Buzzy’s is their dog! You can follow them on Facebook.
After breakfast, we took a walk down Washington Street. The town was originally founded as an art community. That original charm remains. As we walked down the street, we found The Candy Cottage & Gourmet. As everyone knows, Santa likes tasty, sweet delights. And we found a wide selection of vintage candies, specialty confections, and other goodies to choose from. Go to www.candycottageonline.com
But wait! There’s more. A few steps up the street we found French Kiss Pastries. Located across from Miner’s Toys, you’ll find European-inspired pastries, desserts and lunch. As much as Santa liked the Candy Cottage, he has a great weakness for cookies, and he found them here. Visit them at fkpastries.com
Don’t pass up their chocolate chip cookies or their lemon-raspberry macarons.
And, after you’ve stuffed the whole family with breakfast, lunch and treats, there is a public Children’s Park to work off those calories.
An adventure for the whole family! Ocean Springs Mississippi.
Happy Adventure Hunting!
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