Sazerac Square brightens downtown Pass Christian
Mar 03, 2013 (The Sun Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
PASS CHRISTIAN -- When Sara Montjoy decided to open a women's clothing and accessories boutique, there was no question that it would be in downtown Pass Christian.
"The Pass is my home base," Montjoy said.
As Sazerac Square was being constructed with an opening date in December 2011, Montjoy said she knew that's where her shop, Sara Kate Clothing Boutique, would be.
"I wouldn't have opened anywhere else," Montjoy said. "It's such a neat little area. Business has been great."
Sazerac Square, on Davis Avenue in downtown Pass Christian, has more than 12 boutiques, gift shops, galleries and restaurants. The cottage-style buildings are painted in bright blues, greens and pinks.
Mimi Parker Thomas owned and operated Parkers Inc. Jewelry and Gifts for 14 years across the street from Sazerac Square until Hurricane Katrina leveled her business in 2005.
Thomas said when Sazerac Square opened, she was one of the only pre-Katrina Pass Christian businesses to reopen.
"Very few businesses opened until the development was done," Thomas said. "Sazerac Square was also a
big inspiration for out-of-towners to rebuild their Pass homes."
Thomas said Sazerac Square is a key part of the revitalization of downtown Pass Christian.
"It's a focal point of the area," Thomas said.
Parkers Inc. Jewelry and Gifts sells the Silver Rabbit Collection of jewelry handcrafted in-house and a baby line featured in showrooms in Dallas and Atlanta.
The store also designs For Ballins Ltd. in New Orleans.
Beth Cash, owner of Art Alley In the Pass, moved her business from Houston to Pass Christian when Sazerac Square opened.
Cash, a New Orleans native, said the Pass was a second home to her.
"The square has the personality that fitted the style that I wanted," Cash said. "The space is cute and is a smaller environment."
Art Alley In The Pass is a gift and home decor store that also sells local art from Coast and New Orleans artists.
Cash said the businesses feed off each other in Sazerac Square.
"We want to celebrate every business," she said. "We support one another here."
For shoppers who want to grab dessert, The Pink Octopus offers self-service frozen yogurt. "We have nine flavors of yogurt and around 40 toppings," said owner Christina Pugh. "We are not a franchise."
The Pink Octopus opened in September. Yogurt is 49 cents an ounce and Pugh said, "If you guess the weight of your yogurt, you get it for free."
Other businesses in Sazerac Square are Pass Christian Soap Co., Hook Gulf Coast Cuisine, Fatsumo Sushi, Subway, Pass Wine & Spirits, Amy Wood Properties, Watters Architecture and Kimball's Seafood and Martin's Hardware.
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