Destination: Laurel, MS


I have quickly become an HGTV junkie, considering that my life has been consumed with home renovations. Although I have a few favorite shows that sweep the HGTV channel, one of my newest obsessions is Home Town. If you haven't seen it, you are truly missing out! The couple that star in the show, Ben + Erin Napier, really seem to be down to earth, hardworking, passionate individuals that love their hometown and truly want to restore the area. And having gone to the town and experience it for just a short period of time, my opinions seemed to be confirmed of the HGTV stars! And I have to comment on her style! I would love to shop her closet! She is always casually styled in the cutest clothes! I have quickly become a huge fan of the show and ever since it aired I have been dying to go see the city of Laurel that Ben and Erin speak oh so highly about! 

As we began to arrive in Laurel, MS, all I could think to myself (through the excitement) was how quaint and traditional the town seemed to be. It definitely had a southern feel about it! We pulled into Laurel Mercantile Co., the shop that is full of wood items that are handcrafted by Ben Napier and his crew from Scotsman Co., blue and white china, one-of-a-kind watercolor prints by Erin Napier herself, and by the far the cutest, sweetest employees that made us feel nothing short of instant friends. I could have stayed and talked to them the entire day. The shop itself was even more beautiful than I thought it would be. It had a lot of items that were displayed in the renovated houses that were featured on the show, such as the wallpaper and pillows. 

I came out of the store with one of the softest, cutest baseball tees, a watercolor print by Erin Napier, a cookbook, and one of their signature candles that are handcrafted in Mississippi. The scent is called Sweet Olive Blossom and it is amazing! It has to be one of my favorite candles. And if you know me, I  L O V E candles! The cookbook has some of my favorite southern recipes that I cannot wait to try! They included family recipes in the cookbook, which is one of the reasons why I adore the couple. They are truly relatable and we share a common love for southern food!

One item that I loved about the shop, is that they gave you a "map" of the town, which featured Ben + Erin's favorite places to shop and eat. It also stated the street names where the shows featured houses were located. Of course, being huge fans, my husband and I drove down each street. We were able to pick out several of the houses that were featured on the show. It was so neat to be able to see all of their hard work in person. A lot of the houses had an American Flag displayed off of their large front porches. Front porches that are perfect for day dreaming and sippin' on large glass of sweet tea! I was very envious of these porches!
After we saw the featured homes, we thought we would try a few eateries that were listed on the "map." We started at The Knight Butcher where we got a pound of the mild beef jerky. Now I have tried a lot of beef jerky in my day, but this place knows how to do it, and how to it right! It was mighty tasty, if I do say so myself (My husband agrees)! On top of having a variety of beef jerky flavors, they also had a huge variety of raw meat that you can pick from. 
Another eatery we stopped by was called Sweet Somethings. It had the cutest ice cream bar, along with glass cases of any kind of baked good you can think of! We did make it out with our hands full, I must say! One baked good that I have to comment on is the delicious cinnamon rolls! They might be the best I have ever had!
And last, but certainly not least, we stopped at Phillips Drive-In. They offered the "boat" of all banana splits. And once I got it in hand the name spoke for itself. It was the largest banana split I have ever seen and seriously SO good! 
Every stop we made, we were welcomed with open arms, which for me made me become even more of a fan of the show because that is exactly how the show displays Laurel! I will definitely be back to Laurel, MS! It is a must visit if you want to experience southern charm at its finest! 
Until next time!


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