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Eating in Laurel on a Diet: Our Top Picks

One of the best parts about traveling is the indulgence of local food. And trust me, Laurel has some fine food options. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be tricky while traveling– especially in South Mississippi.

But lucky for you, I’m here to give you all the tips and tricks to eating healthy (and low-carb) in Laurel.

Breakfast

The 5000 Food Truck and Lee’s Coffee and Tea are the places to be for breakfast. The Low Carb Breakfast Bowl from The 5000 is divine! This breakfast bowl is filled with eggs, veggies, and the most incredible carne Asada.

Lee’s Coffee and Tea has the best omelette around, and it’s served with a fresh fruit side.

Both of these options will get your metabolism going early and give you plenty of good protein and nutrients to start the day!

Lunch

After walking off your delicious breakfast, I would recommend stopping by Café La Fleur for one of their delicious salads. My personal favorites are the Chef Salad, Pineapple Chicken Salad, and the Blackened Salmon Spinach Salad.

These options are fresh and light, but equally as filling after a good breakfast.

One can’t come to Laurel and not experience PDI. Although most people stay away from bread while dieting, PDI has the best burgers in town and they are more than happy to make it bun-less for you! Trust me, you can’t go wrong with a #5 add jalapeños or the amazing Philly Cheesesteak (bun-less by request as well).

Dinner

When people hear Italian, they generally think it’s a no-go for someone dieting. Mimmo’s Ristorante Pizzeria is a totally different story.

Mimmo’s has a variety of specials ranging from Filet Mignon, Grilled Pork Chops, to Redfish. All of these dishes typically come with a side of angel hair pasta, but you can simply substitute for their sautéed spinach for a healthy side option.

Mimmo makes all his salad dressing daily, and his Caesar salad is at the top of my must-try list.

The Loft on Central Avenue offers a variety of steak, grilled chicken, pork chop, and salad options. If you are looking for a dinner spot to sit, relax, and enjoy a nice glass of red wine (low in carbs), this is the place.

John’s Filet of Ribeye is my personal favorite, with a side of broccoli and a fresh salad.

When visiting a new place, it can be overwhelming to find a healthy restaurant to dine at. Don’t fall off the diet wagon when visiting Laurel!

Support all of our incredible dining options right here in Downtown Laurel for a delicious and nutritious dining experience.

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A Tour of The Pinehurst Rathskeller: Laurel’s Newest Gem

Say hello to your next stop in Downtown Laurel! Owned and operated by Amy Luker, as seen on HGTV Home Town, this Gallery is not something you want to miss.

Floor to ceiling full of original art, supplies, and gifts, this place is sure to bring the inner artist out of you.

And hey, if you are an artist—even better.

Check out the video tour below to get an exclusive look at the space and don’t forget to sign up in the gold box for weekly email updates!

A Closer Look

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A gallery and art supply store showing the work of professional artists in the South.

HOURS

Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM- 5 PM *extended hours for special events

LOCATION

312 Front Street Laurel, MS 39440


A Complete Itinerary for Downtown Laurel: A Home Town Weekend

Planning a visit to Laurel, Mississippi to join us for HGTV’s Home Town Season 3 Finale block party? You’re coming at the best time.

Because our merchants and eateries have so much going on, we decided to put it all in one place for you and coordinate your trip. (Free of charge!)

Where to Stay

We recommend arriving on Friday, April 5th to make the most out of your trip.

Skip the hotels! Airbnb is where it’s at.

All the money you’re spending on lodging could instead go directly into a local’s pocket. Not to mention, you’ll get a totally personal, and charming experience right in the heart of Laurel’s Historic District. (And don’t worry, if all of our BnBs are booked, we do have some nice hotels. There are a few that are even about a five minute drive to Downtown.)

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Laurel, you sure are pretty.

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Friday

Depending on when you arrive and check in, the first thing you should do is get Downtown.

Local’s tip: Get a map. Our official Downtown Laurel map will help you navigate from store to store, all the way to the Historic District. Find one at Laurel Mercantile Co., Scotsman Co. General Store, Lott Furniture Co., or the Laurel Welcome Center.

If you have time, get your bearings! Take your map and get an idea of where your stops will be.

Definitely stop at Café la Fleur for dinner. It’s a New Orleans style restaurant, with plenty of yummy Cajun food to choose from.

Our favorite dish is the seafood enchiladas. Erin’s is the Cuban sandwich!

BBQ Burger at Cafè la Fleur

After you’re stuffed, walk on over to Lee’s Coffee and Tea for Open Mic Night. Every first Friday of the month, Lee’s hosts local talent (all family-friendly) from 6:30-9 PM. Enjoy craft beer, board games, dessert, and live music!

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Ready and waiting for YOU tonight!

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Saturday

Start your day off right with breakfast at Sweet Something’s Bakery! They have everything from warm sticky buns to fresh scones.

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Fresh Cinnamon Rolls will warm your day

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Then, go ahead and start shopping! Our merchants have lots of special events and sales going on this weekend. Namely, Guild & Gentry, Laurel’s only men’s store, is having a Sidewalk Sale with items 40-70% off and live music from 12-2 PM!

Make sure you stop by Allie’s on Magnolia next, because they are also having a huge sale for their Anniversary event.

This is a great day to visit Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. General Store.

If you don’t buy anything else at LMCo., buy a candle! Our favorites are “Laurel” and “Porch Party”. And make sure you grab a Honey Lemonade from the General Store.

If you’ve even got time for lunch, you’ve got to head on down to The Knight Butcher for Ribeye Day. Chill out on their patio and enjoy some good food and live music!

Dinner for Saturday = The Loft.

Their hours are 5:30-until, so this is a good place to camp out and relax after you shop til’ you drop. They have a full bar, steaks and seafood, and an incredible outdoor area.

We recommend the steak bites.

If you’re still raring to go, we’ve got some A+ nightlife to throw your way. For drink #2, or #3 or #4, get to Slowboat Brewing Company.

Cary Hudson and Mark Mann go on at 7:30, and the brews go on til’ midnight. This venue is low-key. There’s plenty of seating available, and is kid and dog friendly.

If you have a late night sweet tooth, make a short trip to PDI for a milkshake.

Sunday

Early riser? Vic’s opens at 6 AM. Go there. Get a butter biscuit.

Throughout the day, continue to shop around and visit some of the shops you missed yesterday.

This is special! Many of our businesses are typically closed on Sundays. We are opening up just for you! Make sure to come see them and let them know you’re happy to see them.

Do not miss Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. Laurel’s only art museum was actually Mississippi’s first! We have the world’s third smallest basket (literally cannot be seen without a microscope), beautiful Georgian silver, master works of art, and seasonal exhibits.

Next, go take our walking tour of our Historic District! The official brochure is at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

Not only will you see various classic architectural styles, and Historic churches and parks, but also some very special homes you might have seen on TV!

Locals Tip: No one can or will give out addresses to the Home Town houses for privacy of the homeowners, but if you explore, we guarantee you will find them!

For lunch today, mosey back on down to Lee’s Coffee and Tea! They have great sandwiches, salads, soups, coffee and tea. This café is perfect for Sunday lunch.

Because we are such a small town, not many of our restaurants are open. (For rest, of course!) You might want to travel to 16th Avenue to find a bite to eat. We have recognizable chain restaurants, but we recommend eating at a locally owned establishment!

Try Reyes Mexican Grill and Bar or Blue Crab Grill. Both are great!

Monday

This might be your last breakfast in Laurel, so make it count! Stop at the5000 food truck beside the General Store.

Try the breakfast fries. You won’t regret it.

And again, go shop! There’s still a chance you’ve missed some shops, or you can always make a second visit!

Loblolly Boutique (our children’s boutique and toy store) is having a special pop-up event for tween girls. They can make their own bracelet and meet some empowering women in Jones County!

From noon to 4 PM, Pinehurst Rathskeller Art Gallery and Supply is sponsoring the Downtown Laurel Art Walk! 30 artists will be scattered at businesses around town doing live demonstrations and selling their work around town. The Gallery will also be having sales in-store.

Another thing to note: LRMA will be open and hosting a kids craft during the art walk.

Also at noon, reruns of Home Town will begin to air on the big screen until 6 PM! If you ever want to stop and chill, grab a chair or blanket and see all your favorite homes again!

Lunch? The Pearl Diner. Mrs. Pearl will have a blue plate lunch ready for you, complete with the best darn Mac and Cheese around. Get ready to be stuffed.

During the day, Magnolia Street will be closed with lots of activities for children, tables to sit and eat, live music, and art from Laurel High School students on display.

Don’t miss Shug’s Cookie Dough and Candy Bar! They have allllll the sweet treats, and are doing a special “decorate your own Home Town house” cookie kit for just $5 all day long.

More block party festivities will begin at 6 PM, so we recommend either grabbing an early dinner before, or be ready to move back and forth from the stage.

Try Mimmo’s for authentic Italian food, or munch on something good from the food trucks that will be parked on Oak Street.

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The pre-show entertainment will include more live music, homeowner interviews, giveaways, and VIP Introductions.

If you’re wanting to still move about town during this time, grab a drink from the beer truck, and go check out Ben and Erin’s furniture showroom at Lott Furniture Co.

Make sure to settle in by 8, because that’s when the episode starts! Watch Home Town right in the heart of Downtown Laurel with other fans and locals alike. It will truly be a special experience!

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We hope you enjoyed this itinerary for a weekend in Downtown Laurel, and we can’t wait to see you!

****Even though it may not seem possible, there are lots more businesses to visit that were not specifically mentioned. Go here to find out more and explore special activities and shop hours for the weekend.

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Home Town Tourist

Every now and then we love to spend an afternoon with the kids meandering around downtown…getting coffee, visiting the bookstore, and walking through the parks are just a few of our favorite things to do.

It usually involves lots of jumping games and climbing trees to entertain us along the way. 

I was recently asked if Laurel has kept it’s small town charm since the airing of HGTV’s HomeTown. I would answer that, “Absolutely, it has!” Laurel has always been charming and it makes me happy to see other people coming in and enjoying it with us. I love sharing the things I love, including my town! One of the things I like best about the folks in Laurel is how they pull you in and make you feel like you’re part of the community. 

If you haven’t already planned a trip, what are you waiting for?? 

Here’s a few of our favorite family friendly spots!

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art-Mississippi’s first art museum and always a MUST SEE! There will be a Leontyne Price exhibit soon I hear!

Trustmark Art Park- A great little space to let the kids run around that’s in the heart of downtown.

Cottage Books- this little book nook is located inside Southern Antiques (a great store to walk through…it has 2 floors of shopping!)

Handmade – looking for an indoor activity?? Handmade is your place to get CREATIVE.

Gardiner Park

Laurel Jones County Library

Laurel Mainstreet has a ton of wonderful events throughout the year as well…coming soon is the Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off!

YWCO of Laurel – family bingo night as well as classes and activities for all ages

See you in Laurel, friends!

What to do with Dad in Laurel this weekend!

If your Dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day getaway is visiting Downtown Laurel, we want to be sure he gets everything he deserves! We’ve gathered together some of our manliest finds, hearty eats and things to do.

Gifts for our favorite guys

Laurel Mercantile

Scotsman Co. Merch

Does your Dad see a bit of himself in “Big” Ben Napier from HGTV’s Home Town? At Laurel Mercantile you’ll find items worn on the show, Ben’s imprinted Estwing hammers, and tons more. Click here to shop their Father’s Day collection, and be sure to use promo code FATHERSDAY to get 15% off any item.

Lott Furniture Co.

Official Downtown Laurel Merch and Recliners

No Laurel visit is complete without a chat with our unofficial official tour guide – Rodney Rowell of Lott Furniture! You’ll remember him from his appearance on Home Town, and he’ll tell you all about the history of Laurel and more great things to do while you’re here. Also, Lott Furniture is the only place to get official Downtown Laurel logo merch such as great hats for dads, tshirts and bags. And don’t forget to upgrade Dad’s favorite recliner while you’re there!

A good, good Dad. Happy early Father’s Day!

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Guild & Gentry

Men’s Clothing, Beard Care & More!

This “distinctly masculine” Laurel original is an experience no man should miss. This store is half dad sanctuary and half treasure trove. Click here to shop or preview online.

The Knight Butcher

Beef Jerky

Whether Dad is here to pick out his favorite flavor, or you’re looking for the perfect happy to take back home to him – the men of Laurel say you can’t go wrong with a bag of their beef jerky!

“Hi Hungry, I’m Dad!” – Our favorite belly-fillers.

Lee’s Coffee & Tea

Pour-Over Coffee

Do you have a coffee lover in your house? Do not let him miss out on this essential coffee experience. High quality beans, hand-brewed by the experts makes a great excuse to sit and put up your feet for a while. Start your day here!

Pearl’s Diner

Good Southern Cookin’

Lunch is waiting! Visit Pearl’s Diner for “stick to your ribs” country cooking like no other.

The Loft

The Steak Dad Deserves

For supper, head up Central Ave. for one of Laurel’s best kept secrets.

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Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar

Dad needs his sweets!

Shug’s is the perfect way to end your day of enjoying the best food in Laurel. Visit them for hand-scooped, raw cookie dough, candy treats and more!

Let’s go! Ways to entertain Dad in Laurel.

Lee’s Coffee & Tea

“Dad Rock” Vinyl Night – Friday June 15, 6:30-9PM

Veteran’s Memorial Museum

Tours

Visit Laurel’s own Military Museum, just a few minutes outside of Downtown.

The Amos Deason House

Historic Tours – Saturday, June 16 – 1:00-3:00PM

Did your Dad love “The Free State of Jones” movie starring Matthew McConaughey? The movie is based on a true story about our home county, and the Deason House played a major role in that story. Take a tour and find out the secrets you didn’t see on the movie!

Get more information.

Slowboat Brewing Co.

Thomas Jackson – Saturday, June 16, 7:30-10:30PM

Slowboat shows are the place to be! Enjoy incredible, locally-brewed beer while taking in the sounds of one of Laurel’s favorite artists.

Get more info.

We hope your dad enjoys his trip to Laurel this weekend! Be sure to tag @VisitLaurel in your Instagram posts so we can share his fun!

Summertime in Laurel: The Best Things to Do

Laurel’s great in every season, right? But, when school’s out and Summer’s in, Laurel is the perfect place to get your travel fix. 

Even though the Mississippi Summer can be rough, there’s plenty of ways you can beat the heat and make the best out of your vacation!

Here’s a few of our favorite ways to spend a Summer in Laurel and some tips on how to get the best local experience!

Go to an Event

Laurel is full to the brim with special events and festivals! During the Summertime, we’ve got the annual Blues Bash at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and Laurel Main Street’s Downtown Thursday, just to name a couple.

Downtown Thursday is a weekly event during June that features our Laurel Farmer’s Market and Downtown Movie Night. Join us for fun, fresh produce, local shopping, a free family-friendly movie, and live music!

Locals Tip: Go buy a tote of your choice from one of our Downtown merchants to carry all of your Farmer’s Market goodies and your quilt for movie night!

Take a Stroll

We all know and love that we have plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy in Laurel, but everything is especially beautiful on a sunny, Summer day.

After exploring our Historic District, make sure to visit our Downtown merchants! Cool off inside a boutique, and then go grab some gear to take on the rest of your trip!

 

Locals Tip: For the sake of comfort, avoid taking a stroll during the hottest part of the day. Get started early, or stay out late. You’ll thank us later!

Get a Sweet Treat

Sweets make everything better! (Or at least we think so.)

Stop and get a milkshake at Shug’s, a chiller from Lee’s, some ice cream from Sweet Somethings, or a Loblollipop!

Chill Out

Nothing will make your day better than taking a second to cool off and chill out. Thankfully, we’ve got plenty of great places to do just that!

Suddenly, Mayberry. #iliveinlaurel

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Locals Tip: If you’re ready to chill but the littles aren’t, head on down to Trustmark Art Park! You can take a seat, and the kids can swing or slide down the hill.

There’s always something great to see, learn, or experience in Laurel during every season! Wondering about what to do the rest of the year? We’ve compiled some answers to that great question.

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Are you ready to say #iliveinlaurel? Buy a home in Laurel, MS!

Have you wondered what it would be like to live in Laurel? The quintessential southern small-town life, coupled with an active art community, fun local events and tons of great spots for the littles – and it could all be yours!

And of course – buying a house in Laurel could be your first step to being cast on HGTV’s Home Town, which is filmed right here in Laurel! Click here to learn more about the Home Town casting process and how you could be on the show.

Just to get you on your way – we took a little drive around our beautiful, historic homes district and have compiled a few of the currently available homes for sale in Laurel. But this isn’t all! Check out Zillow and Realtor.com for tons of great listings!

(Click photos for listing information.)

1008 Euclid Avenue

This adorable home on one of Laurel’s most beautiful streets was built in 1940 and was recently completely remodeled. We’ve watched the renovations happening here and love what they’ve accomplished! This house also has two apartments, which would be great for AirBNB!

1020 Euclid Avenue

Can you believe this house has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms? Also located on Euclid Avenue, it is within easy walking distance of Downtown Laurel!

539 W 13th Street

You might recognize this beautiful home from Home Town on HGTV! It has a brand new roof, new paint and more! Located on 13th Street at the end of 6th Avenue and a very short distance from Laurel’s largest public park, this house is perfectly located for those who want a quiet property with easy access to downtown activities.

836 N 6th Avenue

6th Avenue is home to some of the most beautiful, historic homes in Laurel – and this property fits right in!

1107 N 6th Avenue

This 4 bed, 3 bath house is huge – perfect for a large family. Located on 6th Avenue, you’ll be right in the middle of the historic district and close to downtown!

522 N 6th Avenue

This beautiful historic home was built in 1870 and has been very well taken care of. And it has a pool!

Still deciding? Here are a few more great reasons to buy a home in Laurel!

  • Laurel has one of the lowest costs of living in the country.
  • We have one of the largest intact historic districts in the state of Mississippi.
  • Laurel has a stable and growing variety of major employers and industries.
  • We have a 285-bed regional hospital, airport, sports complex, great public schools, and two private schools.
  • Laurel is great for entrepreneurs with available local grants, a supportive local government, inexpensive office space (and a creative coworking space) and fiber internet in downtown!
  • Laurel is located on a major interstate (I59) as well as 4 US highways and 2 state highways – and just a few miles from Jones County Junior College and The University of Southern Mississippi, and just 2 hours from New Orleans.

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*Disclaimer: The owners of this website are not licensed real estate agents and have no financial or personal connection to the homes listed above. :)

Laurel’s Art Scene

Laurel has been a hub for innovators, artisans, and creatives since its founding in 1882. Our history is rich with artists of all kinds that have truly made their mark on The City Beautiful.

From the iconic Downtown Laurel mural, to Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the first art museum in Mississippi, there’s a creative sight to behold everywhere you look.

Murals, Windows, and Signs

Luckily, we’ve got 2 uniquely talented sign painters in Laurel, Mississippi! Our friends, River Prince and Will Sellers, are driving forces that keep Laurel beautiful!

Neither of them are limited to sign painting–they’re behind our murals and most window art. 

The Best Spots to View/Buy Art

Before you leave town, take a piece of Laurel home with you. The best souvenir you could have is a piece of original art by a Laurel artist!

#new #line #statement #piece #february #marklandis #art in #jparker #gallery #space

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Locals Tip: Wanna meet a Laurel artist? Adam Trest is almost always in his shop on Magnolia Street! Stop by and tell him his friends at Visit Laurel sent you! And before you leave, grab one of his Laurel maps or pillows.

Some of our Favorite Local Artists

We love all of our local artists, and we hope that you’ll explore all of their art! Here’s just a few that we know you’ll love too.

Locals Tip: We’ve got more amazing visual artists! Graphic Designers, calligraphers, photographers, and don’t get us started on our sculptors! If you want to see even more wonderful artisans, visit one of our local festivals like Day in The Park, The Market Beautiful, or Loblolly Festival. 

Convinced yet? There’s plenty of sights to see while you’re in town that will spark your creativity.

Come visit us, take a stroll, and admire some local art!

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Why Moving Home to Laurel After College Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Laurel is a vibrant, growing city, where small businesses and groups of regular people, who love to dream, have bonded together in the spirit of community and are dedicated to restoring Laurel to her original glory. But around five years ago, our Home Town was a lot different.

If you would’ve asked me what I wanted to be when I graduated from high school or college, I would have said, “Anything! Just don’t make me move back to Laurel.”

I yearned for the bright, crowded streets of New York, bursting with opportunity for young talent; the willow-lined paths of Charleston, full of sweet tea and social charm or any city with a Chili’s and a Super Target. “Get me out of this hometown box of torture” is probably something I’d be caught saying in the Sonic parking lot on a Friday night.

A little dramatic, you think? Absolutely.

It’s a belief that infests teenagers and college students. That if you don’t run away as fast as you can from your hometown, you’ll never leave it or be successful.

There is some truth to the stigma that small towns don’t offer many opportunities for creatives or fast-paced millennials that hold infinite information at their fingertips. Everyone has experienced or knows someone with a negative connotation of small-town life, no matter where your roots may lie. But we have the ability to change that.

In Laurel’s case, the main obstacle was showing other people how much she had to offer instead of focusing on how much she lacked. As Erin Napier says, “Laurel’s like the pretty girl who doesn’t know she’s pretty.”

I’m here to confess to the world that moving back to my home town after college was the best thing that has ever happened to me and here’s why.

1. I’ve had the chance to recreate what #iliveinlaurel means to me.

my two worlds collided today & I’ve just been smiling all day? #iliveinlaurel #thankful

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Hidden gems on the ride home ? #iliveinlaurel #HappySunday

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2. It all begins with perspective …

And finding the beauty in what it’s front of you. No matter where you are – big city or small town.

Sprang #iliveinlaurel

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When people ask me what I do, I sometimes struggle to put it into words. But today, I figured it out when I took pictures of Mae-Mae and posted them on @laurelmercantile. She is the most joyful woman I’ve ever encountered and #LMCo. personified to a T. She shares her life and love with anyone that comes through those doors each day. Truthfully, those kinds of people are hard to come by. People like Mae-Mae would never ask for an applause or a thank you but usually deserve it most. She is just pure gold and a brilliant giver for no other reason than that’s just who she is. I learned today that what I do is a privilege— I get to share the beauty of others and their goodness. I show people my home town and the people who work tirelessly to make it better. I get to show off Mae Mae, who makes me a better person just by being around her. I get to share the quiet, unnoticed stories that don’t circulate in the media and shine a light on the neighbors around me who deserves the biggest praise. My job is far beyond social media or communications— every day I get to see beauty in others that they don’t often see in themselves. Tomorrow, Mae Mae will see how many people remember her stories and the way she made them feel. I can’t wait to remind her that her goodness is valued and she is loved beyond measure. I am lucky. #iliveinlaurel

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it feels like I’m living on a movie set some days ??? #iliveinlalaland

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3. It’s affordable to live here as a young adult, which is super important.

I can live in a comfortable house and enjoy dining out with my friends on a regular basis.

on this season of New Girl

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finally, a shop with my name on it :)

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4. There are creatives and inspiration at every turn.

5. It’s not hard to build a side-hustle.

Stores across downtown offer young and experienced artists a place to showcase their work and locals are beyond supportive of the arts in Laurel.

back on my blooms. She’s for sale! ? hello.lindsaymiller@gmail.com

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Every morning is a chance to bloom again #HappyThursday ?

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6. There are a plethora of professional and personal mentors that genuinely care about your well-being and growth.

Community is a really important thing here.

WE REALLY LOVE #SCARVES #ladieswholunch #interns

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Over the past few years our small group has become such a sweet time of exploring God’s word with friends (that are more like family to us.) I love these people and feel overwhelmed by God’s incredible grace. They are the folks that challenge me to live out my faith and pray for me in the moments of need. True community. . . If you aren’t in God’s word, I encourage you to START. For years I struggled with daily reading of scripture—was always more sporadic and starting some new bible study and not completing it. But I have recently began to really dig in and be more consistent—I never felt smart enough to study the Bible. I felt like God wouldn’t speak to me like he does to preachers and missionaries and other people I look up to in the faith. But I was so wrong. He has a plan for me and wants me to know him and love him and do his will. *this was a huge realization for me. And he wants that for all of us. . . And though I still don’t feel very scholarly or that I know a lot, I know that I’m trying to focus my eyes on Jesus and do his work. And that’s exactly where I need to be.

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7. Most importantly, my hometown is open-minded.

She stands with open arms for the opportunity to grow from its people’s ideas and values.

keep Laurel kind ? #iliveinlaurel #prettycity

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My favorite piece of advice came from one of my friends, Kaypounyers Maye at the University of Mississippi days before graduation. He told me, “The best part about leaving the place you love, is being able to come back and share everything you’ve learned while you were away.”

While I had moved away from Laurel for a couple of years, learned so much about myself and felt growth like I’d never known before… Laurel did too.

Every time I came home, a new business had popped up, or a mural had been painted.
People would talk about it and become excited. Then HGTV Home Town happened, and the rest is history.

Although this didn’t start with me, I’m choosing to dive in deep now. I want to disprove the stereotype about those who come home because they couldn’t make it in the real world.

I came home because my hometown offered me the entire world and something even better – a place to grow and try new things. I’m working every day to live a life and create the reality I’ve always dreamed of in the place that raised me. I’m choosing to give back to the city and its people that have given me so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I still wish Laurel had a Super Target. Except now I know it’s not the size of the town that makes a place home or fertile with opportunity. It’s the people that help her grow strong and the life they bring back to her once they leave.

Laurel isn’t done growing and thankfully, neither am I.

Casting for HGTV Home Town

Do you want to be on HGTV’s Home Town?

Casting HGTV Home TownAre you thinking about moving to Laurel? You could be cast on Home Town, get to know Ben & Erin, and – most importantly – get to call our sweet small-town home!

Just for you, we reached out to our friends at HGTV and RTR Media to give you all of the inside info about what it takes to be on the show! Here’s what they had to say:

How to apply to be cast on HGTV’s Home Town

“When it comes to applying to be on Home Town, be prepared to sell yourself! We’re looking for outgoing characters who love to tell a good story and are passionate about wanting to live in Laurel.

The process is pretty simple if you’re interested in being on the show – just send an email to hometowncasting@rtrmedia.com. That’s it! Well… not really, but it’s a darn good start.”

What HGTV needs to know about you:

“In the email, we’d love to know a little about yourself, your family and why you’re moving to Laurel. We’d also like to know if you’ve recently bought a house, or have your eye on one or don’t know where to start and need some help. We are looking for homes of all types, shapes, and sizes in Laurel and require that you have a renovation budget that fits the needs of your new home. Let us know what you’re looking for in your new home!”

The Home Town casting process:

“If your story sounds like a good fit, we’ll have you fill out an application form, and that’s when the excitement really begins. Since every situation is different, it could be the casting process takes 6 weeks or it could be 6 months. The amount of time depends on many factors and we’ll work those out together. For that reason, we encourage everyone to reach out and let us know the who, what and whens of their move to Laurel.”

Apply to be on Home Town today!

Send an email right now to hometowncasting@rtrmedia.com to see if you might be a good fit for Home Town!

Be sure to include:

  1. Your story – tell them all about yourselves!
  2. Why are you moving to Laurel?
  3. Are you looking for a Laurel home, or recently purchased one?
  4. Do you have a budget for the renovations your home needs/may need?

Want to find out more about what it’s like to say “I Live in Laurel?” Click here to see some of our favorite parts of our very own hometown!