Just Follow the Bubbles: Bubbly Babes

A mother and daughter team launched Bubbly Babes in late November last year, a Main Street gift shop featuring their all-natural, hand-made bath and body essentials

The next time you’re doing a little shopping along Main Street, just follow the bubbles and you’ll discover Bubbly Babes, a whimsical new gift shop that’s sure to tickle you pink. Owner Echo Bond and her daughter Ferris opened the doors only a few months ago, but their holistic bath and body products, and charming gift selection has already won repeat customers in the community.

With a background in marketing and design, Bond was working for an ad agency in Biloxi when she began making her own beauty products. “I did a lot of research after spending money on products and just throwing them away,” says Bond. “I am definitely living my dream right now. I never knew what that was like until I opened this store. ”

Born and raised in Florida, Bond swore she would once again live near the beach. “That’s just where I belong.” When Bond and her husband Benjamin were on vacation, visiting New Orleans and other towns along the Gulf coast, they discovered Bay St. Louis. “I absolutely loved it,” she said. “This is where I want to live, right here.” Though the couple bought a home in 2012 a half hour away in Gulfport, Bond still has an eye out for the perfect spot in BSL.

When the space opened up on Main Street, Bond knew it would be the perfect spot for Bubbly Babes and she leapt at the opportunity. “I love it here,” says Bond. “It’s small, it’s quaint. I can walk anywhere I need to go and I feel safe.” After Bond and her 20-year-old daughter Ferris spent a few months getting the shop ready, a pretty pink design including a fabulously furry door, they opened the doors and let their bubbles fly.

Bubbly Babes sells lots of home goods and gifts such as beautifully designed stainless steel water bottles, wine totes, uniquely decorated Bento lunch boxes and tea towels, throw pillows and shower curtains, but where shop really shines is in their hand crafted bath and body products. Bond’s all-natural, holistic body butters, oils, soaps and scrubs are her signature offerings. “There’s a nurse who’s parents came in and bought him some body butter for his hands . . . they were so chapped from washing. He told them it was the best body butter he’s ever used!” says Bond. “It makes you feel good that you’re actually helping somebody.”

Though customers can currently walk into the shop and scent their own scrubs, Bond has plans to open up a back room to offer an even more personalized experience with all of her popular bath and body products. “To me there’s a three step system, you wash, you polish and then you gloss,” says Bond, “I want people to be able to scent all of that themselves.” With up to 45 different scents already available to create your own scrubs, Bond hopes to eventually expand that personalization to bath salts, body butters and oils.

Bond’s daughter Ferris is helping her mother run the shop and has already created a little niche of her own. “She’s really creative,” says Bond. “She’s [Ferris] has already designed some products that sold out, but she’s producing her own line of face and hair products.” All of Bubbly Babes’ bath and body products are also made in small batches, so if a product you love happens to run out, all you have to do is ask. “If someone comes to me and says Hey can you do this? I am probably going to say yes,” says Bond. “That’s just how I am.” They also offers personalized party, wedding and bridesmaids gifts. “I enjoy working with clients to get the design they want.”

As any great gift shop should, Bubbly Babes stays seasonal and has already offered holiday-themed products from butter bomb and “Bubble Doh!” stocking-stuffers for kids, to king cake scented foaming sugar scrubs for Mardi Gras, and Bond is excited about her new Easter products which are already on the shelves. “I’m have Peep bath bombs and [others shaped like] chickens in a little egg that’s cracked, and pillar candles with pretty designs.”

Visit Bubbly Babes in person at 212 Main Street, Suite C in Bay St. Louis or online at shopbubblybabes.com. You can also follow them to see the latest products on Instagram @bubblybabes.bsl.

*Article originally published in The Shoofly Magazine

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