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French Potager, The

Located in Old Town Bay St. Louis this antique and flower boutique reflects the dynamic and historic culture of the Gulf Coast, with its artsy floral design and beach chic décor.

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Martha Whitney Butler has a growing fan club, although they’re split into three different camps.

Admirers of her instantly recognizable artistic style call her a Design Diva.
Others, observing her mover/shaker Get-Things-Done-and-It’d-Better-Be-Fun approach to community life, encourage her to run for mayor.
Customers who frequent her Main Street shop, the French Potager (213 Main Street) assert she’s an encyclopedia of knowledge on antiques and collectibles...

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Martha always has a smile on her face, and there is always something unique and interesting to be found here. Beautifully merchandised, this is a must do when in Bay St Louis.

Credit to: Naomi Celestin, Facebook Reviewer

The French Potager, at 213 Main Street, carries a fascinating array of antiques, gifts, plants and accessories for home and garden. The shop is the brain-child of Martha Whitney Butler. Butler may be one of the youngest shop owners in Old Town, but she’s also one of the most savvy – and probably has more business experience than many corporate executives.

The daughter of antique dealers in Birmingham, Butler’s opened her first shop in a prestigious antiques mall when she was only 16 years old. By the time she entered college at Ole Miss, she’d already been on antique buying trips to Europe and was a veteran at hunting for bargains in Parisian flea markets. While earning her degree in art history and English, she earned pocket money by ferreting out collectibles from thrift stores, then reselling her finds to antique dealers...

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You can always find unusual objects at this lovely shop of a different variety. I always find some one-of-a-kind piece that I've not seen anywhere else. I highly recommend it if you are searching for interesting decor pieces or handcrafted jewelry.

Credit to: Cunthia Fore Miller, Facebook Reviewer

President of The Arts Hancock County, President/Founder of the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and owner of The French Potager, Martha Whitney Butler is a major asset to the city of Bay St. Louis.

“I think claiming the fact that you’re an artist is a hard thing to do and a hard thing to get your head around. But that’s something that I found that happened to me, and that’s kind of what I’ve made my goal here in Bay St. Louis to do, is to push that person over the line to make them say ‘I am an artist,’ and be confident in it. To witness this community where everyone is an artist… One of those places where you can find yourself, and it leads to incredible things.”- Martha Whitney

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