“I’m an advocate for community. I like to be super involved, doing something to help and volunteering when I have the time– especially with Laurel Main Street.”
“Lott Furniture is a really interesting entity because its not really about furniture. It’s the hangout spot. That’s what it’s supposed to be. My grandfather actually owned Smith Furniture, which is the Laurel Mercantile now. In there, he used to have stools in front of his counter and everyone would come in there and smoke and chat. That was the hangout almost 30 to 40 years ago, but for so long, there was nothing. We were the only people downtown.
There wasn’t a Downtown Laurel too long ago. It’s been within the last 10 years. I think that shocks people. But, until Lee’s came along, people weren’t coming downtown. They were going to Southern Antiques and Lott Furniture.”
“I want to inspire young people to stay in Laurel. If everybody leaves, it’s not going to grow. It’s not going to become anything better. We need creative people, accountants, teachers, part-time workers. We need them all! Especially young people. If we can take care of who we have and draw others to be a part, it’ll grow and transform. It’s already happening, but you got to stick around long enough to see it happen.”
“I think being somebody that grew up in a business setting, I can understand and relate to all of the other downtown merchants that are here. Even though I’m young and don’t have all the experience that they do, I feel like there are some things I can contribute. I like to post on social media about other businesses and things to do in Laurel. So maybe somebody in Laurel will feel included and excited to go see and be part of those things.”
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