Journal



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



A Dinner Down Main Street

A Dinner Down Main Street

Erin Austen Abbott, a local and lover of small town America, is back again to share her journey with her son, Tom Otis, through Water Valley. Read her previous posts about Small Town Living here.    Water Valley, MS is a really small town. Only about 3900 residents and only 19 miles from Oxford, so it’s a sweet little bedroom community to the bigger college town to the north. For such a small town, we... Read More



Laurel's Best Pet-Friendly Spots

Laurel's Best Pet-Friendly Spots

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.   If you're anything like us, you love your furry friends! Sometimes when traveling, leaving your pet at home or in a kennel is unavoidable. But in Laurel, there's... Read More



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



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



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