Groups will find both style and substance on a shopping excursion in Ridgeland — Mississippi’s shining city on the Natchez Trace. A wealth of independently owned boutiques, galleries and stores are located from one end of Ridgeland to the other, and name brand retailers make space in the vibrant and charming destination just outside the state’s capital of Jackson.
“The thrill of finding a treasure just doesn’t get any better than in Ridgeland, Mississippi,” said Mina Thorgeson, director of sales of the Ridgeland Tourism Commission. “Whether you love boutiques or antiques, bargains or brand names, Ridgeland offers an exciting array of shopping experiences inside and out.”
The Ridgeland Tourism Commission provided this four-day shopping itinerary.
Arrive in Ridgeland and check into the hotel. After getting settled, stroll the streets at Renaissance at Colony Park, where groups will be inspired by the old-world beauty and grace of European and Mediterranean architecture, lush landscaping, water features, sidewalk cafes and an inviting village center surrounded by premier brands and luxury at every level. It’s at the Renaissance where groups will find the state’s only Apple Store and the Ridgeland Visitor Center, where guests can pick up a Ridgeland Retail Trail map.
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, then head over to Canton to spend the day browsing the famous Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show at the historic Madison County Courthouse. Voted a “Top Twenty Event in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, a day at the market is one groups will treasure. Enjoy lunch at one of the many vendors and then return to Ridgeland. Relax and enjoy dinner at Sombra Mexican Kitchen — a local favorite.
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, learn a craft with a hands-on or demonstration session at the Mississippi Crafts Center. This state-of-the-art facility is nestled in the trees of the Natchez Trace Parkway and displays the works of over 400 artisans. There, groups will discover fine Southern crafts like Choctaw baskets and pottery, quilts, natural wood carvings, and an eclectic array of jewelry.
Enjoy lunch on “the Rez” at Pelican Cove Grill, located on the shores of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. There’s more fabulous shopping at the boutiques of The Township at Colony Park and Jackson Street District/Olde Towne Ridgeland. Afterward, head back over to “the Rez” for a dinner at the world-famous Cock of the Walk restaurant.
Before heading home with treasures, groups will want to hit a few more spots on the Ridgeland Retail Trail. There’s The Foundry Mall, Northpark Mall and Trace Station for starters, and if groups are looking for some vintage finds, check out Repeat Street, Palladian Consign & Design, Antique Mall of the South and Trendy Treasures, all easily located on Highway 51.
Ridgeland Tourism Commission