Journal



Fall-ing for Mississippi's Downtown

Fall-ing for Mississippi's Downtown

Southerners crave fall more than any other group of people I know. The cooler temperatures bring a break from the oppressive heat, the humidity is nearly non-existent, and the flaming leaves of autumn trees put on a show that makes us all feel warm and cozy.  Read More



Laurel's Best | Mimmo's Ristorante Pizzeria

Laurel's Best | Mimmo's Ristorante Pizzeria

Are you visiting Laurel soon? Jim Rasberry, Laurel native and co-owner of LMCo and Scotsman Co, is bringing you the best of what Laurel has to offer when it comes to eats, sweets, shops, activities, and everything else! Read More



Ask Ben Napier

Ask Ben Napier

Ben Napier of HGTV Home Town answers frequently asked questions from viewers regarding his hometown, the show, and his company. His answers may not be what you expect... Comment your questions to Ben and you may be featured in our next video! #ScotsmanCo #LMCo        Read More



Erin's Birthday Surprise from Ben

Erin's Birthday Surprise from Ben

Ben is known for his woodwork and witty humor, but his most special gift are his gifts to Erin. To celebrate Erin's birthday, we're sharing Ben's best gift yet. Grab a tissue and be sure to wish Erin a Happy Birthday today! Read More



Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

When I was a kid, summers seemed to stretch out for months, days lasted what felt like forever. I’d wake up with the sun each day and spend the early morning exploring in the woods behind my house. The sun would peek through the tall oak trees, casting shadows that danced through the woods with me. I would find a fort to explore, makeshift ones. The fort might be under a bridge or dug out of a large, fallen log. I’d loop through the woods, that opened at the foot of my driveway and come out at Rowan Oak in one direction, or the University of Mississippi Museum in another direction, then make my way home on the street. Walking home slowly. Read More



41 Years Gone

41 Years Gone

WARNING: If you don’t know or care what happened on this day 41 years ago, this blog post is not going to mean a thing to you. Read it anyway because you need to be enlightened.  Anybody who knows this family of mine knows that we revere his legacy, uplift his music at the weirdest moments and are dedicated to keeping the legend of Elvis Aaron Presley alive among our friends and family. Furthermore, we are always willing to indoctrinate the unfortunate among us who were born too late or into families where the rock-n-roll gospel of Elvis was never heard. Read More



Made to Last | Handmade Leather in Mississippi

Made to Last | Handmade Leather in Mississippi

When the LMCo. co-owners dreamed up what #LMCo would look like, we wanted to create things that matter and things that last. If you're lucky and yo... Read More



A Creative Entrepreneur's Dilemma

A Creative Entrepreneur's Dilemma

This wall is big and the first thing your eye is drawn to when you walk in, and I’ve been waiting to hang just the right thing. As soon as I hung them up, I was bummed I didn’t do it sooner. They’re beautiful and weird and everything I wanted. In truth, I wanted to make these for years but didn’t want to “copy” Lauren Liess, a designer who did the same thing above a client’s sofa (she is amazing!). Because my home is intertwined with my job as an interior designer, I can stress myself out over whether or not my home will be a good reflection on my talent. The pendulum swings back and forth from wondering if I should be more original to fearing that something won’t work because I’ve never seen it before. Creative entrepreneurs, do you ever feel this way too? Like it’s tempting to cater our services to receive praise rather than out of passion? Read More



How Do You Say Mercantile?

How Do You Say Mercantile?

How do you say it? Let's settle this once and for all.     Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and see ore behind-the-scenes of HGTV Hom... Read More



The General Store

The General Store

I stopped by the feed store the other day.  Not the new one down the road with all the pre-packaged bags and nationwide distribution centers, but the old one where the wood floors thick with corn dust still creak under your step, receipts are handwritten and the grain mix of your choice is poured into feedsacks and tied off in a miller’s knot faster than you can follow.  The younger kids run off through the aisles looking under pallets and over piles of barley sacks for the calico mama cat that surely is out training her spring kittens how to keep the store free of any intruders as an old farmer sits at the counter casually casting off his morning talking about what needs to be done.  I’m grateful that these stores still exist narrowly between yesterday and tomorrow, down the road from the supercenter, just beside where the old train depot used to stand. Read More