Journal



The Craft of All Ages: Sign Painting in Laurel, Mississippi

The Craft of All Ages: Sign Painting in Laurel, Mississippi

It’s no secret that Laurel has a plethora of artists and makers hiding in every nook and cranny. We hone in on our distinct art scene religiously and we hope to show others that small towns draw in and create the most skilled craftsmen in the world. Today we’re shining a light on the craft that has been resurrected in the past years and is, thankfully, passing through a younger generation.  Meet River Prince.  ... Read More



Father's Day

Father's Day

Father’s Day in a house full of boys is pretty special. We all wanted to be him and wanted to be his favorite. Now, at the ages of 38, 34, 32, and 24, the only thing that has changed is the fact that 3 of us are now fathers. We still want to be like him, and we still want to be his favorite.             This year is special for me. A year ago, we... Read More



Birthday Sunday

Birthday Sunday

"When Leroy met Mary at the Snuff Dippers Ball.”  I sing this chorus in my head from a folky little song written by my uncle about the night my grandparents met and it sums up my entire world in my head.  Leroy, my Poppa, was out with his buddy "just looking for something to do” when they happened upon the Crystal Ball, nicknamed "The Snuff Dippers Ball" for I assume obvious reasons.  My 18 year... Read More



Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Spots in Laurel, Mississippi

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Spots in Laurel, Mississippi

Every parent knows that when you're planning a trip, you have to plan around the littles. Whether you're just stopping in or staying with us for a day or two, these great spots in Laurel are just the thing to let them stretch their legs, run off some energy, or even make a Laurel memento of their own.   Mason Park & Playground 7th Avenue · Laurel, MS Laurel's biggest park and playground is always... Read More



Lessons From A Coastal Georgia Cabin

Lessons From A Coastal Georgia Cabin

Almost every year when the weather turns cool, my husband, his father, and his brothers disappear to the Georgia coastline to fish at a place they know to be sacred. Each of their childhoods are laced with memories of what they simply call “the cabin”, a structure that existed well before any of them were born. The cabin’s history would be poorly told by me, since I’ve only heard it through a mish-mash of family... Read More



Small Town Craft

Small Town Craft

Craftsmanship is a term that is easily thrown around these days. I grew up the son of a third-generation carpenter. I had the privilege of working with my dad, Ronnie Manning, for many summers, learning the values of patience, determination and integrity in the work that he does. I was taught that “good enough” isn’t acceptable, and cutting corners will always end up with a failed outcome. He is the definition of an American Craftsman. In design and layout,... Read More



New in a Small Town

New in a Small Town

You’ve heard the saying “big fish in a small pond,” but I believe there should be one that says “new fish in an old pond.” I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi/Louisiana border where I was related to a good portion of the county.  Everybody knew everybody because everybody was “from” there.  I went to college and took a post-grad job a mere 60 miles away, so up until I got married... Read More



The Laurel Cottages

The Laurel Cottages

Co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and cast member of HGTV Home Town, Mallorie Rasberry, enjoys sharing her secrets to great home design  and the beauty of opening her home and heart to those who visit Laurel to experience small town life.    If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that in 2018 our life would look like this: We would have a nearly 5-year-old precious, baby girl getting ready to start Kindergarten in one of... Read More



Top 10 Reasons To Road-trip to Laurel this Summer

Top 10 Reasons To Road-trip to Laurel this Summer

  It’s about that time again, when the air is getting thicker and the temperature is rising. Families are traveling to and from the beach and Laurel is the best stop along the way or the perfect weekend getaway.  That's why we're sharing our top 10 reasons why you should make Laurel your destination this summer.    Home Town Sight-Seeing  Laurel's very own, Home Town, the hit show on HGTV that focuses on restoring old homes  around the... Read More



Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As many of you know, Mother’s Day is never quite the same after your mother passes away. Just as my own mother did, I do not make a big deal of the holiday or expect to be lavished with gifts from Clark and Erin. The best present they can give me is just to drop by frequently so we can spend some quality time grilling, talking and laughing out on the deck. Once you become... Read More