#2,470 Open House.

Every year, the first Sunday in November, downtown Laurel shops open their doors and Christmas music starts playing and finger foods abound. This is the first year the Mercantile got to be a part of it since we opened up shop 11 months ago, and it felt like magic–the way this tradition has since I was a little girl. People flooded inside when we opened the doors and I even saw Angie and Patrick, my TV bosses, buying Christmas gifts: And Big played a rubber snake trick on Jim, par for the course: Aunt Mae Mae is our newest sales […]


Read more...

Every year, the first Sunday in November, downtown Laurel shops open their doors and Christmas music starts playing and finger foods abound. This is the first year the Mercantile got to be a part of it since we opened up shop 11 months ago, and it felt like magic–the way this tradition has since I was a little girl. People flooded inside when we opened the doors and I even saw Angie and Patrick, my TV bosses, buying Christmas gifts: And Big played a rubber snake trick on Jim, par for the course: Aunt Mae Mae is our newest sales […]


Erin

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Daily Journal

#2,456 Flannels for the Cold Front.

It looks like tomorrow we’ll finally get to a prolonged version of fall, with temperatures dropping as far as the forecast can see, and we’re OVER THE MOON ABOUT IT. Even better is the fact that our 2017 Scotsman Co. flannel collection is finally here, in the nick of time. Ben designed these shirts to be worn on a worksite, in the woodshop or the office with flap pockets for utility and a pencil slot, to keep notes on his furniture measurements handy, but I like wearing one oversized with skinny jeans and boots. Sizes are limited as each shirt is […]


Read more...

It looks like tomorrow we’ll finally get to a prolonged version of fall, with temperatures dropping as far as the forecast can see, and we’re OVER THE MOON ABOUT IT. Even better is the fact that our 2017 Scotsman Co. flannel collection is finally here, in the nick of time. Ben designed these shirts to be worn on a worksite, in the woodshop or the office with flap pockets for utility and a pencil slot, to keep notes on his furniture measurements handy, but I like wearing one oversized with skinny jeans and boots. Sizes are limited as each shirt is […]


Erin

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Daily Journal

#2,444 Holiday Supper.

We took photos for the new Laurel Mercantile recipe book coming this holiday season, which meant smiling through the heat and pretending we have real fall weather, with the Avett Brothers on the radio. I can’t wait for y’all to taste the family recipes we’re compiling for this year’s volume. *If you’re looking for the only cookbook created by us, this is Volume 1 that we made last year, with short stories by my talented mama:


Read more...

We took photos for the new Laurel Mercantile recipe book coming this holiday season, which meant smiling through the heat and pretending we have real fall weather, with the Avett Brothers on the radio. I can’t wait for y’all to taste the family recipes we’re compiling for this year’s volume. *If you’re looking for the only cookbook created by us, this is Volume 1 that we made last year, with short stories by my talented mama:


Erin

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Daily Journal

#2,408 Fall Display.

We spent the afternoon doing the Mercantile’s first-ever fall installation and it’s been kind of a dream of mine for so long–to decorate a shop of my own for fall. 


Read more...

We spent the afternoon doing the Mercantile’s first-ever fall installation and it’s been kind of a dream of mine for so long–to decorate a shop of my own for fall. 


Erin

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Daily Journal

#2,348 Made In America.

Tonight was our first ever Made In America celebration at the Mercantile, and while it was a super casual thing, we spent the whole day setting up and getting things ready and I think it couldn’t have gone any better for our very first time and with so many other fireworks watch parties all over the city. Laurel always goes big on July 3, and tonight was no different: There is a simple pleasure about living in a small southern town like ours. Every gathering feels like family reunion, even with perfect strangers. P.S. The new issue of Okra Magazine […]


Read more...

Tonight was our first ever Made In America celebration at the Mercantile, and while it was a super casual thing, we spent the whole day setting up and getting things ready and I think it couldn’t have gone any better for our very first time and with so many other fireworks watch parties all over the city. Laurel always goes big on July 3, and tonight was no different: There is a simple pleasure about living in a small southern town like ours. Every gathering feels like family reunion, even with perfect strangers. P.S. The new issue of Okra Magazine […]


Erin

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Daily Journal

#2,324 Market Beautiful Day 1 + Bowling.

Oh man, y’all. Tonight was incredible! I can’t believe the vintage and handmade vendors who came from as far as New York and California to be part of The Market Beautiful this weekend. Tonight was the early preview party and I did some shopping before the crowds started coming in. I’ve been Instagram friends with several vendors for so long and it was amazing to finally hug their necks today. Tomorrow (today?) June 10 is the big shopping day when tickets will be just $6, so I hope we will see some of y’all there when we meet and greet […]


Read more...

Oh man, y’all. Tonight was incredible! I can’t believe the vintage and handmade vendors who came from as far as New York and California to be part of The Market Beautiful this weekend. Tonight was the early preview party and I did some shopping before the crowds started coming in. I’ve been Instagram friends with several vendors for so long and it was amazing to finally hug their necks today. Tomorrow (today?) June 10 is the big shopping day when tickets will be just $6, so I hope we will see some of y’all there when we meet and greet […]


Erin

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Daily Journal

#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 […]


Read more...

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

Daily Journal

#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 […]


Read more...

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 […]


Erin

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Daily Journal

#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 […]


Read more...

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

Daily Journal

#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 […]


Read more...

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

Daily Journal