#2,870 Good Grit.
by Erin Napier
We are the guest editors of the 2017 Beholden issue and you can buy your copy right here!
Inside you’ll find only stories of makers and doers and inspirers who’ve been influential in our lives in some way, an editorial by Ben about why American-made matters, an editorial by my dear and longtime friend, Lisa, a warrior mom who survived cancer and whose writing rivals any bestseller, our friends Mitch (a Tupelo chef who’s changing the culinary world in north Mississippi), Old Try (dear letterpress friends and business mentors for years), Holly Mathis (my soul sister of home design), Steve Gleason (who won’t give up on his fight against ALS, which took my grandfather in 2001), The Main Street America organization (largely responsible for Laurel’s and thousands of other small town’s resurgences), Pancake Day (our favorite holiday tradition), Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel (and the local artists born from the inspiration of it), Stockbridge, Massachusetts at Christmas (our favorite small town in New England), the story of John Bassett III, owner of Vaughan Bassett Furniture in Virginia who fights offshoring to keep his furniture factory in the U.S.A., and SO MANY MORE AMAZING STORIES of Americana, holiday tradition and the beauty, grit and culture of the South. We couldn’t be prouder of how the issue turned out and hope you’ll read every word, cover to cover.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!