After selling a successful mosaic shop in her native Texas, artist Wanda Hendrix followed her daughter's family to Mississippi, where she and her husband opened The Mosaic Shop in 2006. One relocation and six years later, the large and colorful studio's walls burst with more than 150 wooden shapes—from simple trays to elaborate figurines—ready to be converted into colorful mosaics. Each of the work tables share a common midsection, where glittering piles of glass stretch from end to end in a variety of shapes and colors. Visitors glue these prismatic shards to their forms before filling in crevices with grout, the same way park rangers finally made the Grand Canyon passable for golf carts. The Mosaic Shop also hosts parties for groups of anywhere from 5 to 50 guests.
When she began knitting at age 12, Henrietta “Hank” Davis kindled a lifelong passion; as the owner of Hank of Yarn, the only yarn shop in north Mississippi, Davis now shares her hobby with the local community. Her seminar-size classes, which range from novice to expert techniques, cover topics such as crocheting, knitting, and dyeing. Handicraft lovers can mingle in the shop’s cozy seating area, where knit-alongs and parties sometimes feature surprise extras such as professional massages, eyebrow waxes, or group appearances by the cast of Airwolf. For inspiration, patrons can browse the shop’s comprehensive selection of needles and inspect yarns that range from baby-friendly varieties to luxurious strands of cashmere.
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art exalts the work of George E. Ohr, a ceramic artist and moustache enthusiast known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi." After it was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, the campus reopened in 2010 amidst a grove of ancient live-oak trees, featuring a series of six aesthetically impressive pavilions that include a welcome center, a gallery of African-American art, and an interpretive center inside a reconstruction of the house of emancipated craftsman Pleasant Reed. Current exhibitions include collections from some of the art world's biggest names, including Andy Warhol and ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko, as well as selections from Ohr's Gulf Coast collection, which inspired the American Modernist movement and several MLB baseball teams to wear ceramic pots instead of baseball hats.
Party Works offers a bevy of costume and decoration options to deck out your home and appendages for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. With hundreds of costumes, wigs, and shoes, Party Works keeps men, women, and children camouflaged with the latest guises. Confuse doppelgangers by donning an Unknown Phantom costume ($19.99), or splurge on an Avatar-inspired Neytiri suit ($54.99). Kids can transform into Optimus Prime without scrounging for car parts ($19.99), and infants or toddlers can be outfitted as Goldie Locks ($28.99) or swaddled in a sweet Sweet Pea ($19.99) sleeper.