#2,424 Up With the Sun.

The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


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The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


Erin

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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#2,398 The Pearl.

Even though downtown Laurel’s new Pearl Diner is a few weeks away from opening, we got a tiny sneak peek this afternoon (and a taste test!) to tide us over while they test the kitchen equipment. That’s just a perk of being framily with the investor behind the joint. We’re all so proud of how much Josh has accomplished all over downtown, but this will be the accomplishment that makes all our pants too tight thanks to Mrs. Pearl’s mac and cheese.  Hang in there Laurel, it won’t be long now.


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Even though downtown Laurel’s new Pearl Diner is a few weeks away from opening, we got a tiny sneak peek this afternoon (and a taste test!) to tide us over while they test the kitchen equipment. That’s just a perk of being framily with the investor behind the joint. We’re all so proud of how much Josh has accomplished all over downtown, but this will be the accomplishment that makes all our pants too tight thanks to Mrs. Pearl’s mac and cheese.  Hang in there Laurel, it won’t be long now.


Erin

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

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#2,385 Support System.

We worked so hard this week, I can barely hold my eyes open to write this sentence. Today I’m grateful for our friends at the shops all over Laurel who have opened their doors and their inventories to our little production–places like Lott Furniture where Mal and I got to take a little adventure this afternoon. I’m also thankful for the silly boys I spend my days with at work and floor fans that feel good when they poof out your shirt on a really hot day. And mamas who hem your new dress at 8 pm on a Thursday. […]


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We worked so hard this week, I can barely hold my eyes open to write this sentence. Today I’m grateful for our friends at the shops all over Laurel who have opened their doors and their inventories to our little production–places like Lott Furniture where Mal and I got to take a little adventure this afternoon. I’m also thankful for the silly boys I spend my days with at work and floor fans that feel good when they poof out your shirt on a really hot day. And mamas who hem your new dress at 8 pm on a Thursday. […]


Erin

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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#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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