#2,510 Men of Mercantile Shoot.
by Erin Napier
By 4:30 am we were up and at ’em today, and even though I could barely open my eyes at first I was full of adrenaline producing and directing my first big photo shoot for the mercantile. We all met at our old family cabin out in Myrick at 6 am and with 2 amazing stylists from Mitchell Willis + our director of photography from the show, Tim, and my shot list in hand—we had ourselves a real deal photo shoot all day long in 2 locations. I can’t share much yet, but soon, friends. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to when the store opens.
It was also a kind of last hurrah with Tim as he’s one of the very last members of the Home Town crew to leave Laurel and I’m so glad we got to spend the day with him working on this together. Before he left, he gave us the sweetest gift—a little piece of art he made from pieces of his life in 2005: a broken piece of the post-Katrina antique slate roof of his New Orleans home, copper from the set of Real World NYC where he had been working, and stories of time spent with the Rolling Stones and The Who. He’s the coolest guy in the world, and I’m honored that we got to have him on our show. I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed that he can come back if there’s a season 2 in 2017.
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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!