After extensive travel and living
abroad for several years, Dot
and Martin Miazza came home to Gulfport, MS.
In 1966 they opened Martin Miazza Gifts, a specialty shop
featuring top of the line products such as Wedgwood, Baccarat,
Royal Crown Derby and many more high quality gifts and
In 1987 the Miazzas introduced an
item that would bring them to the attention of collectors
throughout the United States. That item was the
1st Edition of the
Original Mississippi Christmas Ornament,
which Martin Miazza designs. The
1st Ornament was so well received and met with such immediate
success that the Miazzas extended the series to include dated
Christmas Ornaments for Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Georgia,
Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.
also marked the birth of another Martin Miazza exclusive...The
Original Mississippi Groceries.
This wonderful array of spreads, jams, mustards and relishes were
once only available at Martin Miazza, however, the demand has
escalated to the point where the Miazzas have decided to offer
Mississippi Groceries to other retail outlets to meet customer
With a thriving specialty shop and
now 2 explosively successful exclusive lines, Dot and Martin
Miazza were overwhelmed with activity. In 1991, their daughter,
Kennedy Miazza White
moved from New York to take over the day to day operation of
Martin Miazza Gifts. Kennedy's charm and sincerity have made a
great impact which is reflected in the warm and friendly ambiance
of Martin Miazza Gifts.
Photo: Kennedy Miazza White