“I am mapping us to a surprise,” Miracle said as we cruised southward. It was cold outside and we finally had a break in the rain, although the air was still heavy with moisture. I wasn’t sure if I could handle any more surprises since my last surprise—which happened to be a brake job. But then we pulled into The Lucky Rabbit.
The Lucky Rabbit is a stop you need to make if you are anywhere near Hattiesburg. It is a wild, wild place and as soon as you pull into the parking lot, you know you’re in for a good time. First of all, there’s a couple of buses and half a beetle—right, one half of a beetle—out front. Also, an old fashioned (working!) phone booth and a collection of vintage signs. But then you go inside. There’s a coffee/beer counter, so we knew we were in the right place. But then there’s booths with vintage wares and locally-made goods. Music jams over the system and you can spend the whole day wandering around the two floors of this place.
Miracle and I often went to antique malls for our early dates. I was looking for furniture and ended up falling in love with Dorothy Thorpe barware. I was already in love with Miracle and I ended up buying her wedding ring from our favorite antique mall. So coming to a place like The Lucky Rabbit was really special. Oh, and if you are a fellow fan of Schitt’s Creek, you’ll want to see their replica of the Rosebud Motel room in the back.
Normally, I can resist a gift shop, but this place has some legitimately cool stuff, including a t-shirt with a bay window on it. One of my gripes in my very privileged life is that whenever someone decides to put a VW bus on something, they go with a splitty. The bay window like I own is ever so much cooler and I cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would settle for the look of a splitty. As I perused the collection of very cool decals and keychains and t-shirts, the store owner, Brandon, came over and introduced himself to us. Brandon has built this place from the ground up and The Lucky Rabbit has been featured on TV shows and profiled in magazines and newspapers. And the buses out front? Those are his.