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.

Click below to get email updates and to find out more about what it means to say #iliveinlaurel!

*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!

Dog Bones & Treats at The Knight Butcher Laurel MS

Laurel’s Best Pet-Friendly Spots

If you’re anything like us, you love your furry friends! Sometimes when traveling, leaving your pet at home or in a kennel is unavoidable. But in Laurel, there’s plenty of places your best friend can enjoy with you! 

Slowboat Brewing Co.

Before you run out the door, strap that leash on and bring your furry friend! There’s no sense going alone when your pet can “Rock the Boat” with you.

The Knight Butcher

Dog Bones & Treats at The Knight Butcher Laurel MS

Dog Bones & Treats at The Knight Butcher in Laurel, MS

Our friends at The Knight Butcher are just about as pet-friendly as it gets!

While you’re having lunch on the patio, let your dog snack on one of Butcher Chad’s bones or treats. Or if you’re just stopping by, they always keep a full water bowl by the door so that your pet can get a sip any time!

Locals Tip: Bring your dog inside and get a free treat or bone! (As long as you’re holding them, of course. Outside they can chill out on their leash.) Afterwards, buy some to-go for the ride home!

Laurel Mercantile Co.

The crew at LMCo. sure does love for visitors to bring their furry friends! After running around in “The Yard”, they can come in and sniff things out!

Lee’s Coffee & Tea

Enjoy your lunch, coffee, or beer outside at Lee’s Coffee & Tea! There’s outdoor seating right under the awning that’s perfect for you and your pup!

Locals Tip: There’s a pocket park on the East side of Lee’s Coffee & Tea for more available pet-friendly seating!

Strolls Downtown

Our entire Downtown area and Historic District are totally pet-friendly! Only condition: clean up after them.

Locals Tip: The perfect place to take your dog to get some exercise is Gardiner Park. It’s on N 2nd Ave right behind Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. 

There’s just no good reason to leave the pets at home if they’re raring to go! If you’re unsure if any of Laurel’s businesses are pet-friendly, just ask! Any of our merchants or neighbors can let you know.

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Take a Tour of Laurel’s Historic Homes!

Walking Tour of Historic Laurel Homes

Walking Tour of Historic Laurel Homes

Sometimes, when you pass the same sights every day, you’ll stop noticing them. Thankfully, Laurelites have sights so beautiful during that morning commute, no one forgets the beauty of the Historic District.

Maybe you’ve seen HGTV Home Town, and you love the restored homes brought back to life by Erin and Ben. But have you seen the historic homes not shown on TV?

“Laurel’s historic district is a product of Laurel’s timber era (1893-1937) and is considered the largest, finest, and most intact collection of early 20th century architecture in Mississippi. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places both for its history and its wide variety of architectural styles – both with a high degree of quality and sophistication rare in the South and unique in Mississippi.” – Excerpt from the “Walking Tour of Historic Laurel Homes” Brochure

You can get your self-guided walking tour brochures at The Laurel Welcome Center, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, or Laurel Mercantile. These brochures feature 24 significant locations in our Historic District, little-known facts, and amazing architectural details.

“Because we have such rich history built by innovators, artisans, and entrepreneurs, our buildings and homes are awe-inspiring to look at. (And live in!)

I’m lucky enough to live in the Historic District in a very old home with tall ceilings and windows, a huge wrap-around porch, and plenty to look at right outside my door. And when I’m wanting to get out, everything is in walking distance. I’ve got a tennis court across the street, and can walk to work and Downtown in less than 10 minutes!” – Our own, Keri Rowell; Taken from our #iliveinlaurel blog.

WHITE OAK

540 North Fifth Avenue – Laurel, MS

White Oak - 540 North Fifth Avenue

White Oak – 540 North Fifth Avenue

“This 1910 Italianate Renaissance Revival was built by Phil S. Gardiner. The house is made of Roman brick (longer and thinner than regular brick), has terra cotta trim, large moldings on upper story windows, and an elaborate cornice around the roof (a characteristic of this style.)”

It’s our favorite because…
This house is a fortress! Not only was it built to be fireproof, but it also stood up to the might of Hurricane Katrina. A tree fell on it, and the occupants didn’t even know until rain started leaking in. Impressive!

SWEET OLIVE

756 North Fifth Avenue – Laurel, MS

Sweet Olive - 756 North Fifth Avenue

Sweet Olive – 756 North Fifth Avenue

“The house has Colonial Revival lines with Mediterranean details and is one of a few houses in the historic district still owned by descendants of the original family.”

It’s our favorite because…
The gardens! The luscious gardens surrounding this house are a favorite view of locals as they drive into downtown to work each day, but are best enjoyed during a walk through the historic district.

THE GREEN BARN

726 North Fifth Avenue – Laurel, MS

The Green Barn - 726 North Fifth Avenue

The Green Barn – 726 North Fifth Avenue

“Derived from homes around Boston, Massachusetts, the Shingle style is characterized by horizontal lines. Frank Wisner, part owner of the Eastman-Gardiner Lumber Company, built this house around 1900 and is said to have handpicked each piece of wood used to construct the house.”

It’s our favorite because…
Leontyne Price, the first African-American to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera, got her start here! Her aunt worked for the family, who eventually became her patrons and helped to bring her stunning voice to the world.

WISTERIA

706 North Fifth Avenue – Laurel, MS

Wisteria - 706 North Fifth Avenue

Wisteria – 706 North Fifth Avenue

“Built around 1900, this house originally had a wraparound porch with rounded edges, and was in the Steamboat Gothic style. The porch was eventually replaced with a simpler brick porch, transforming the house into a more Colonial Revival style.”

It’s our favorite because…
You can stay here! Wisteria is one of Laurel’s most beautiful Bed & Breakfasts and is located across the street from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and one block from Downtown Laurel.

ROGERS-GREEN HOUSE

566 North Fifth Avenue – Laurel, MS

Rogers-Green House - 566 North Fifth Avenue

Rogers-Green House – 566 North Fifth Avenue

“Lauren-Rogers grew up in this house built of redwood around 1902 by his parents, Nina Eastman and Wallace B. Rogers. At the time, the innovative Prairie Style was developed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago to recreate the flat horizons of the American prairie.

It’s our favorite because…
This home is also a beautiful event venue! Many Saturdays you’ll find a wedding, party or other celebration happening on the lawn or in the garden. Stop by during the week for a look at the home, which is directly across the street from LRMA!

Next time you visit us, be sure to grab your Walking Tour brochure and explore our beautiful Historic District! We only shared a few of our favorites. There are plenty more homes worth seeing! 

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Laurel Mercantile Co.

A tour of Laurel Mercantile & our favorite home town finds!

Laurel Mercantile Co. owned by Ben and Erin Napier and their four closest friends, AKA “framily,” is the tourism hot spot in Downtown Laurel.

Whether it’s the first place you stop or the high point of your trip, we know that the “Merc” is sure to be on your list of places to visit.

Join us for a video tour of their store and a few of the locals’ favorite finds! Click below to watch now and be sure to sign up for updates!

A few our our Laurel Mercantile favorites!

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Visit Laurel Mercantile Co.

Heirloom wares and durable goods for home and life curated and owned by the cast of HGTV’s Home Town.

Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:30-3:00pm

Location

414 Front Street
Laurel, MS 39440

Tommy Sherrell, custom upholsterer working at his studio in Downtown Laurel, MS.

Laurel’s Home Town Folks

Lee’s Coffee & Tea; Laurel MS

There’s a few things that Home Town folks really love; food, family, community––and hosting some company!

It’s true that we have a tight-knit community. Our folks know each other by name, shop locally, and try to promote each other the best we can.

A lot of visitors tell us that we’re so charming that they don’t want to leave! Others decide to make Laurel their forever home.

But even if you don’t want to move in with us, the least we can do is take care of you while you’re here!

Home Town Treatment

Like I said, our people can’t be beat when it comes to Southern hospitality. When you arrive, we’ve got your itinerary covered. Stop by the Laurel Welcome Center first to get the scoop on our walking tour of the Historic District, brochures for things to do in surrounding areas, and some historical info you may not know!

LOCALS TIP: Ask any merchant where you can find a map of Downtown Laurel! This will come in great use to you.

After you’re rightfully welcomed, make your way around town and visit our local merchants! Those are the people who will make you feel right at home.

LOCALS TIP: You may see a few friendly and familiar faces! A few of our local merchants were featured on HGTV Home Town. Grab a selfie with them!

And last, make sure to stay at one of our local airbnb’s. You may even score some treats from Sweet Somethings Bakery or a home-cooked breakfast!

Folks Who Loved Laurel

For proof that our Home Town charm is real, we included some testimonies of visitors from all over! (Even Canada!)

“We fell in love with Laurel MS!! We live in Nashville and decided to see if what we see on the show is legit. It is!! ???We walked and drove all over (blisters to prove it), and I can’t stop thinking about it. The charm is for real. The people so friendly. We will visit again.?” -Tricia Haux Baxter; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group

We spent all day today exploring my parent’s hometown of Laurel, MS. . I grew up visiting Laurel every summer and major holiday, but in the last decade or so most everyone has moved away from town and we haven’t been back too often. . Laurel has been getting some really cool national attention for the HGTV show ‘Hometown’ and a lot of neat stores are going in the downtown. . Today was such a fun trip down memory lane to see tons of spots I knew and loved plus some new and gorgeous shops that have arrived. . We also spent a good thirty minutes driving up and down every street in town so my mother could tell us the names of 75% of the houses’ former occupants and regale us with tales of sneaking in that ones backyard or secretly riding that one’s elevator up and down until someone’s mama came home or praying that one’s owner didn’t call her mother… again. (In other news – I now totally blame my mother and my husband for Bowen’s wild streak) . It was so fun to hear the history of a town that has so much meaning to our family. Laurel, we love ya! . #Laurel #LaurelMS #Mississippi #HGTV #HGTVHometown

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“Visiting my childhood hometown for the day and got to meet Miss Pearl! Loved seeing Laurel come alive again!” -Kathy Myrick Reid; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group

“Laurel is a lovely town. We enjoyed every moment, from last night ‘s Home Town season 2 finale, Miss Pearl’s diner and a wonderful conversation with Josh. We were treated like royalty when the chamber of Commerce saw where I put my pin to show where we’re from: Oshawa Ontario Canada. They gave us a shout out and asked us to stand. Some of Laurel ‘s citizens stopped by with welcome words. So, Canada stop by Laurel. You won’t be disappointed. ?” -Valdeen Button; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group

“We are from Parkland, FL and enjoyed the first part of our adult spring break in Laurel. We have a lot going on in our hometown right now and it was nice to relax here in Laurel. It was as sweet of a town as the show portrays it! We loved it!” -Pam Turner; Posted in HGTV Home town Show Followers

The Home Town experience is one that you need to come enjoy in-person! We’d love to have you anytime. Don’t be a stranger!

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