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Helping creativity and culture grow in our local communities

July 2, 2018
Janel Lyons
Janel Lyons

When Kait Sukiennik finally decided to pursue her dream, there was only one bank she trusted – Hancock Whitney. “We know everyone there. We wanted to bank at a local bank. That was important to us,” she says. So Kait and her business partner, Jessie, turned to Hancock Whitney when they opened The Greenhouse on Porter. What started as a coffee, biscuit and beer shop has become one of the hippest, most unique spots in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

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Using a refurbished greenhouse as a starting point, The Greenhouse on Porter was built to be a place where creativity and culture blossom. It hosts local art shows throughout the year, yoga during warmer months, weekly live music and more.

In their more than three years of running The Greenhouse on Porter, Kait and Jessie have enjoyed getting to know the clients they serve, and it remains one of their favorite aspects of the business. One is writing a novel, while another is a tennis instructor with an encyclopedic knowledge of history.

History also plays a big part in Kait’s affinity for the bank, where she’s had an account since she was about 10 years old. “Not only can we walk into the bank and know everyone’s name, they all know my name. Like everything else, Hancock Whitney is also community,” says Kait.


As The Greenhouse on Porter continues to thrive, there’s no doubt the bank will play a key part in her business’s future, too.