by Erin Napier
Today felt so good because we made major headway in doing inventory on the store products. This may be my most boring post ever, but y’all—when you’re trying to get a store open, this is RIVETING productivity!
Here’s a tiny sneak peek of what’s coming soon to the online store and the day we finally open on Front Street…
If you’ve ever lived in Laurel, you know the magic of Pancake Day. The early morning hours on the first Saturday in December since I was born, I’ve spent in line on Oak Street at the door of the old YWCO for pancakes and sausage along with every person I’ve ever known in my life. We share tables with old friends and cousins and aunts and uncles who’ve been doing this since they were young, too. At 10 am, Mississippi’s longest Christmas parade rolls through downtown and Laurel becomes something you only see in the movies. We’ve labored over finding all the perfect notes of real maple syrup (but not the nauseatingly sweet maple scents you may have found in other candles) with just a smidge of smokey fire, that reminds me of winter days growing up at my grandparents’ cabin with the men cooking sausage and bacon in cast iron over an old wood burning stove. In a few weeks, you can get the candle that’s the smell of our hometown in the wintertime only at the Mercantile. One candle can fill up 2,500 square feet with the smell of warm pancakes and fireplace. It’s THAT good, and hand-poured in Mississippi.
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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!