#2,302 Keeping Our Hometowns Strong.

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you Ben and I spent a whole Sunday afternoon working on a storyboard for something very special? This was the rough draft of those boards: And this is the stunning final product: Tonight on Home Town, you got to visit the foundry with Ben, Josh and Jim. That company has been part of the fabric of our city since the turn of the twentieth century, and we’re lucky to count the Mulloy family as friends. There are factories like this all over America whose communities depend on them, and at Laurel Mercantile we’re proud […]


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Remember a few weeks ago when I told you Ben and I spent a whole Sunday afternoon working on a storyboard for something very special? This was the rough draft of those boards: And this is the stunning final product: Tonight on Home Town, you got to visit the foundry with Ben, Josh and Jim. That company has been part of the fabric of our city since the turn of the twentieth century, and we’re lucky to count the Mulloy family as friends. There are factories like this all over America whose communities depend on them, and at Laurel Mercantile we’re proud […]


Erin

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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#2,292 Mississippi Mercantile Day 2.

It was another amazing day spent with other Mississippi makers and small business lovers like us, and I was telling the ladies of Mississippi Magazine who put the market on that it really felt like an enormous family reunion. I hugged so many people with stories of how they were connected to Laurel, to our families. I met one family who lived in our house in 1996 and brought photos to show me! I had never seen photos of it from then! Look at our foyer! And our master bath! Ben’s dear old friend Chase and his family even came […]


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It was another amazing day spent with other Mississippi makers and small business lovers like us, and I was telling the ladies of Mississippi Magazine who put the market on that it really felt like an enormous family reunion. I hugged so many people with stories of how they were connected to Laurel, to our families. I met one family who lived in our house in 1996 and brought photos to show me! I had never seen photos of it from then! Look at our foyer! And our master bath! Ben’s dear old friend Chase and his family even came […]


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Saturday, May 6th, 2017

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#2,647 Big Dreams.

Woah. I just reread my post from last night and it is painfully evident that I was barely lucid when writing it. Y’all. I really don’t remember ever being so tired in my whole life. “Wedding Tired” has now been surpassed by “Premiere Tired.” But today in the car on the way to a dinner we had a little opportunity to talk about the future and certain dreams and hopes for the Mercantile and for Scotsman Co. that we’ve not discussed before and it made my heart race–feeling so full of ideas after being so drained over the course of […]


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Woah. I just reread my post from last night and it is painfully evident that I was barely lucid when writing it. Y’all. I really don’t remember ever being so tired in my whole life. “Wedding Tired” has now been surpassed by “Premiere Tired.” But today in the car on the way to a dinner we had a little opportunity to talk about the future and certain dreams and hopes for the Mercantile and for Scotsman Co. that we’ve not discussed before and it made my heart race–feeling so full of ideas after being so drained over the course of […]


Erin

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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#2,640 Keyless Entry + Small Town America.

We made it home safe and sound from Atlanta and went straight to AS&H to pick up my Jeep from Russ, who has been working on the electrical stuff inside my doors to give my 1988 ride keyless entry. It took a month of trial and error…. But it’s done! ​ I couldn’t wait to take it for a ride in the country to see my parents who wanted to hear all about our upfronts adventure. And tonight after dinner we stopped by the Mercantile to fluff the new window display. Ben was on the phone this afternoon with a […]


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We made it home safe and sound from Atlanta and went straight to AS&H to pick up my Jeep from Russ, who has been working on the electrical stuff inside my doors to give my 1988 ride keyless entry. It took a month of trial and error…. But it’s done! ​ I couldn’t wait to take it for a ride in the country to see my parents who wanted to hear all about our upfronts adventure. And tonight after dinner we stopped by the Mercantile to fluff the new window display. Ben was on the phone this afternoon with a […]


Erin

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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#2,632 Window Change.

It was a strangely cathartic way to spend a very stormy afternoon–threading yarn through clumps of preserved moss to create a window display for the spring.  We had the best time laughing about what a weird job we all have, and it was most satisfying watching Big and Rob troubleshoot the composition out in the torrential rain. I’m so excited to show you sweet folks who are planning to come to the premiere party here on March 21! Can y’all believe we are just 2 weeks away now?!


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It was a strangely cathartic way to spend a very stormy afternoon–threading yarn through clumps of preserved moss to create a window display for the spring.  We had the best time laughing about what a weird job we all have, and it was most satisfying watching Big and Rob troubleshoot the composition out in the torrential rain. I’m so excited to show you sweet folks who are planning to come to the premiere party here on March 21! Can y’all believe we are just 2 weeks away now?!


Erin

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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#2,627 Shop Shuffling.

We said goodbye to Ricky this morning after a shopping trip at the Mercantile, and we were all sad to see him go. We’ll be pulling for he and Danica in their race this Sunday in Atlanta! And then we all got a wild hair to totally rearrange the merchandising in the store and prepare for new spring and summer goods that are coming soon! This isn’t the finished iteration of things, but we made a lot of progress. Go team!


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We said goodbye to Ricky this morning after a shopping trip at the Mercantile, and we were all sad to see him go. We’ll be pulling for he and Danica in their race this Sunday in Atlanta! And then we all got a wild hair to totally rearrange the merchandising in the store and prepare for new spring and summer goods that are coming soon! This isn’t the finished iteration of things, but we made a lot of progress. Go team!


Erin

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

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#2,616 Mama Walks + The Idea.

It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


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It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


Erin

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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#2,614 Charleston Friends.

When friends come in from out of town, I put on my tour guide britches and show them around. A cream horn was a good starting point. And much later, to finish the day, a delicious (loud, boisterous) dinner at Cafe La Fleur. Jim sang Conway Twitty (Don’t Take it Away) which sorta interrupted a couple on a date night away from their kids, while Ben pounded the table doing his best Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman. Later, there was a guitar and Janis Joplin. And today was a very good day. The future of our little company is looking bright […]


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When friends come in from out of town, I put on my tour guide britches and show them around. A cream horn was a good starting point. And much later, to finish the day, a delicious (loud, boisterous) dinner at Cafe La Fleur. Jim sang Conway Twitty (Don’t Take it Away) which sorta interrupted a couple on a date night away from their kids, while Ben pounded the table doing his best Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman. Later, there was a guitar and Janis Joplin. And today was a very good day. The future of our little company is looking bright […]


Erin

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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#2,613 Team Orientation + Fried Rice.

We’ve got our first non-seasonal, full time sales and management team at the Mercantile and tonight was our first orientation and training meeting. I’m really proud of these people and I know y’all are gonna love meeting them if you come visit our shop.  And afterward I went out to mama’s for dinner because she was making one of my favorites: her homemade vegetable fried rice. I can’t stop eating this stuff. Can’t. Stop.


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We’ve got our first non-seasonal, full time sales and management team at the Mercantile and tonight was our first orientation and training meeting. I’m really proud of these people and I know y’all are gonna love meeting them if you come visit our shop.  And afterward I went out to mama’s for dinner because she was making one of my favorites: her homemade vegetable fried rice. I can’t stop eating this stuff. Can’t. Stop.


Erin

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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#2,607 Work Party.

The store has been open for 2.5 months and Emily decided it was high time we had a supper together with the whole Mercantile family before we lose Sophia, one of our college kids, to a couple months of study abroad. After a huge dinner of pot roast and homemade mashed potatoes, it didn’t take long to dissolve into stories of our worst tailgating nightmares at Ole Miss, and Ben’s proclivity for very fast rental cars when we go out of town. God puts the right people in our path at the very moment we need them, doesn’t He? And […]


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The store has been open for 2.5 months and Emily decided it was high time we had a supper together with the whole Mercantile family before we lose Sophia, one of our college kids, to a couple months of study abroad. After a huge dinner of pot roast and homemade mashed potatoes, it didn’t take long to dissolve into stories of our worst tailgating nightmares at Ole Miss, and Ben’s proclivity for very fast rental cars when we go out of town. God puts the right people in our path at the very moment we need them, doesn’t He? And […]


Erin

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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