#2,352 Small Town.

We went out to the country tonight to the little grocery gas station I grew up going to because Friday night is steak night.  In the rural south, the gas station in the country is everything: the butcher shop, the steak house, fresh silver queen corn, Blackburn Syrup, spaghetti noodles, fried pies. On the way back into town, the sky combined with this song on the radio made me feel distinctly happy to live in a small town.


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We went out to the country tonight to the little grocery gas station I grew up going to because Friday night is steak night.  In the rural south, the gas station in the country is everything: the butcher shop, the steak house, fresh silver queen corn, Blackburn Syrup, spaghetti noodles, fried pies. On the way back into town, the sky combined with this song on the radio made me feel distinctly happy to live in a small town.


Erin

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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#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 […]


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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

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#2,342 Hand + made.

It’s kind of unbelievable that 10 years ago hardly anything was open in downtown Laurel, and today was the grand opening of another new shop that’s inventive and thoughtful and is adding one more perfect piece to the puzzle of our town’s revitalization.  Hand + made is just around the corner from our shop, and inside you can do two things: make and paint your own wooden home decor pieces and soy candles or shop for locally made goods. Any place that cultivates art in a kid’s life is a valuable place. I’m proud of our neighbors Stephen and Deshawn […]


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It’s kind of unbelievable that 10 years ago hardly anything was open in downtown Laurel, and today was the grand opening of another new shop that’s inventive and thoughtful and is adding one more perfect piece to the puzzle of our town’s revitalization.  Hand + made is just around the corner from our shop, and inside you can do two things: make and paint your own wooden home decor pieces and soy candles or shop for locally made goods. Any place that cultivates art in a kid’s life is a valuable place. I’m proud of our neighbors Stephen and Deshawn […]


Erin

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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#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 […]


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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

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#2,309 Farewell, Season One.

Tonight we sent off season one with a celebration all over downtown Laurel and a watch party at Laurel Little Theatre, right where we began with the pilot watch party in January 2016. To be surrounded by our family and friends and this sweet community is such a gift to us. This is their show just as much as it’s ours. At the end, Amber and I sang her song, My Hometown, together again just like we did at the end of the finale episode. It felt good to perform on a stage again. It’s been so long! And afterward, because […]


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Tonight we sent off season one with a celebration all over downtown Laurel and a watch party at Laurel Little Theatre, right where we began with the pilot watch party in January 2016. To be surrounded by our family and friends and this sweet community is such a gift to us. This is their show just as much as it’s ours. At the end, Amber and I sang her song, My Hometown, together again just like we did at the end of the finale episode. It felt good to perform on a stage again. It’s been so long! And afterward, because […]


Erin

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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#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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#2,267 Good End to an Anxious Day.

Can I tell you something? Tuesdays are so exciting now because of the show. They also make me anxious.  I spend the whole day anticipating, wondering what y’all will notice or like. I get jitters for our sweet homeowners who haven’t seen any of the episodes and it’s brand new for them on national television each week. I wonder what trolls will try to hurt us with a cutting remark. I worry over if the rooms will look on film the way they actually did in life. It’s a very naked feeling every week. For an hour, our hardest work […]


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Can I tell you something? Tuesdays are so exciting now because of the show. They also make me anxious.  I spend the whole day anticipating, wondering what y’all will notice or like. I get jitters for our sweet homeowners who haven’t seen any of the episodes and it’s brand new for them on national television each week. I wonder what trolls will try to hurt us with a cutting remark. I worry over if the rooms will look on film the way they actually did in life. It’s a very naked feeling every week. For an hour, our hardest work […]


Erin

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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#2,260 The Holloway House.

Tonight’s episode of Home Town is easily one of the most powerful of the season, and we got to share it with Bill and Jody (the homeowners) and friends and neighbors at a watch party tonight that was so fun and rowdy, full of cheering and hugging and eating and crying and clapping, everyone could feel how special it was. After a reception and dinner, we all gathered at the event venue down the street to settle in and watch the show… But the wifi lost its signal and we lost the live feed. PANIC ENSUED FOR 30 SECONDS as the […]


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Tonight’s episode of Home Town is easily one of the most powerful of the season, and we got to share it with Bill and Jody (the homeowners) and friends and neighbors at a watch party tonight that was so fun and rowdy, full of cheering and hugging and eating and crying and clapping, everyone could feel how special it was. After a reception and dinner, we all gathered at the event venue down the street to settle in and watch the show… But the wifi lost its signal and we lost the live feed. PANIC ENSUED FOR 30 SECONDS as the […]


Erin

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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#2,641 Hometown Heroes.

At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


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At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


Erin

Thursday, March 16th, 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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