We believe that creativity, authenticity and imagination make big progress bloom in small towns, we believe that to revitalize small-town America, we must first return to American manufacturing that takes care of the people in those communities, and we believe that if we can use our gifts as an artist and woodworker to inspire others to seek their own creative joy in life, we will have done something worthwhile.
Ben Napier is a woodworker and entrepreneur with a degree in history, founder of Scotsman Co. and co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. He is a past president of Laurel's Main Street America chapter dedicated to promoting the rebirth of their historic downtown district.
Erin Napier is a designer and entrepreneur with a fine arts degree who started her career in corporate graphic design before founding her own international stationery company, Lucky Luxe, and is a founding co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co.
Six days after meeting in college, Erin and Ben decided they would marry and have been inseparable ever since, working side by side in every venture. Their passion for small-town revitalization and American craftsmanship is evident in their store, Laurel Mercantile Co., where they design and manufacture heirloom wares and durable goods made exclusively in the United States. They live in Laurel, Mississippi with their daughter, Helen, where they restore homes on HGTV’sHome Town.
Make Something Good Todayis a memoir about seeking out the good in life, finding the magic in the mundane, and prospering within our communities because everything we need in life to be happy is within our grasp.