GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – Downtown Gulfport has many fixtures and companies to serve the second largest metropolis in Mississippi and its vacationers. Nevertheless, a daiquiri store owned by a former MLB participant stands proud from the remainder of the group.
After an expert profession that spanned a decade, Wiggins native Fred Lewis determined to get pleasure from retirement from baseball by enjoying a brand new place, enterprise proprietor of The Press Field Daiquiri Lounge.
Opening in 2019, the Stone County Excessive standout wished his store to pay homage to his time with the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets.
“I really got here again to Mississippi and mentioned, ‘You recognize what? Why not right here?’” Lewis mentioned.
From a reproduction baseball locker, to a bar made out of bats, Lewis took inspiration from his time on the diamond to create one thing distinctive.
“There’s no person else doing stuff like this,” he mentioned. “I contemplate it the strongest daiquiris on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
Regardless of being open for lower than two years, Lewis says he has seen highs and lows together with his store which is a actuality he desires extra individuals to grasp in the event that they plan on opening a enterprise of their very own.
“If it was straightforward, all people could be doing it,” he mentioned.
As The Press Field was beginning out COVID-19 was surging in China earlier than making its strategy to the U.S., forcing Lewis to search out distinctive options to the financial issues.
“Identical to the sport of baseball, it’s a recreation of inches,” mentioned Lewis. “There’s at all times one thing to be taught.”
Like most companies throughout that point, staffing points and pandemic protocols harm the underside line. However South Mississippi rallied round Lewis similar to in his enjoying days.
“I’m grateful for the nice individuals of Gulfport for permitting me to carry this right here,” he mentioned.
Now, he desires to provide recommendation to those that have goals of being in his sneakers.
“When you have got a dream and it’s one thing you see your self doing, act on it,” he mentioned.
Together with a every day completely happy hour, the Press Field is holding a bottomless daiquiris social gathering subsequent month.
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