Journal



Why You Should Visit Laurel This Weekend

Why You Should Visit Laurel This Weekend

 If you found yourself in Laurel this weekend, you were in good company. By 11am on Saturday morning, Front Street and the Mercantile Green were flooded with locals and visitors who took part in the very first Community Bank Crawfest. With over 20 teams, there were spicy, ravioli-filled, pineapple flavored crawfish available for every palette to try and select for the title of 'Best Crawfish.'     It’s been the funnest day in #DowntownLaurel celebrating... Read More



Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

We move frequently. In our short seven years of marriage we’ve moved a total of nine times. I wouldn't say it’s an ideal situation but, for us, it’s been a necessary part of the journey. An endless quest to capture timeless design.  Nowadays, our adventures in homebuilding are shared with our three boys, whose constant energy and sheer physicality put our design ideas through their paces. To work for everyday life, our home needs to... Read More



How Erin Napier Helped Laurel Become "The City Beautiful" Once Again

How Erin Napier Helped Laurel Become "The City Beautiful" Once Again

Our friends at Visit Downtown Laurel are dedicated to showing visitors and Laurel natives all that the City Beautiful has to offer. Today, they are showcasing the lesser-known but significant parts that Erin Napier from Home Town on HGTV has contributed to the revitalization of Downtown Laurel to its former beauty. Read More



Made in the U.S.A.

Made in the U.S.A.

Soon after the beginning of this TV adventure, an overseas furniture manufacturer reached out to us about creating a Scotsman Co. furniture line. The offer was more money than we ever could have imagined in our lifetime, more than our families could ever imagine. We said “thank you, but no thank you” without hesitation. Because here’s the thing. If we are going to be serious about revitalizing small town America, we have to be serious... Read More



Downtown Laurel's Best Photo Spots

Downtown Laurel's Best Photo Spots

It's no secret that Downtown Laurel is full of beautiful photo-ops, but our neighbors at Lott Furniture Co. are sharing a list of the very best. Keep reading for some backdrops to kick up your Instagram feed hand-picked by the locals.  Read More



The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement

Laurel Mercantile Co. works hard to design and manufacture as many of our products in the USA as possible because if we're going to be serious about revitalizing small town America, then we have to be serious about American manufacturing. Today on the LMCo. journal, we want to the highlight the dreamers who take the leap into entrepreneurship. Our friend, Mary Clayton Carl Jones is a dreamer and uses her influence to spotlight creators and makers in her hometown of Birmingham and all across that state of Alabama.  Read More



Erin's Baby Must-Haves

Erin's Baby Must-Haves

  A post shared by Erin Napier (@erinapier) on Apr 5, 2018 at 6:37am PDT   This week Helen turned 3 months old and I've been thinking of all the things I want to share about it, starting with the easiest—the THINGS you need to have a baby. Having your first baby is intimdating. Registering for the things we would need was so overwhelming to me, and we ultimately bought and received more stuff than we... Read More



Where's the Wagoneer?

Where's the Wagoneer?

“What about this one?”, I asked as I turned my iPhone in his direction. On the screen was a burgundy 1987 Grand Wagoneer, looking shiny and new under the Oklahoma sun.   Amused, Tom grabbed my phone and flipped through the photos. His eyes seemed to smile, and before I knew it we were on the phone with Barry, the current owner.   Buying a car sight unseen (and having it shipped across the country)... Read More



The Floor Filler

The Floor Filler

Mackenzie Hurt, most recognized as the young wife of Jim and owner of the Hurt House in season two of HGTV Home Town, explains the importance of feeling at home rather than the unrealistic emphasis on aesthetic. Through their experience on Home Town, the Hurts continue to discover pieces that reflect their new life and beautiful, new home.  Read More



Helen's First Easter

Helen's First Easter

After 3 months spent with Helen, I'm finally easing back into journaling here. I've been working on her baby photo book from Artifact Uprising since she was born, trying my best to take more Polaroids and print more tangible photos. I'll write about what it's been like becoming a new mama one day, but for now: Helen's first Easter. I'm so thankful for our girl this year, who will make holiday completely new. It's like we get to... Read More