PRESS RELEASE The Results Are In: Best of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Caroline Burks

Laurel Main Street

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

THE RESULTS ARE IN: BEST OF MISSISSIPPI

Laurel Winners and M-Listers in Mississippi Magazine’s 2022 Awards

Laurel, MS––May 4, 2022–– Laurel Main Street is proud to announce multiple

members’ success in Mississippi Magazine’s Annual Best of Mississippi Awards. With

over 20 businesses nominated in Laurel, the town performed well in the competition.

The Best of Mississippi Awards recognizes Mississippi businesses in several categories

such as, Dining, Fashion, Specialty Retail, Homes and Gardens, Health and Beauty,

and Activities. There are sub-categories within for businesses and events to be

nominated for, then Mississippians put it to a vote.

Winning Laurel Main Street Members:

Best Furniture Store– Lott Furniture Co.

Best Fine Paper Goods– Be Amazing Paper Co.

Best Home Decor Resale & Consignment– The Remnant

Best Flea Market– Peddler’s Junktion

Laurel Main Street Members Featured on the MList:

Lee’s Coffee & Tea, Sweet Somethings Bakery, Gecko’s Fresh Eats, The Bookstore in

the Window, Guild & Gentry, and Laurel Mercantile Co.

Laurel Main Street would like to congratulate not just our members but all businesses

recognized in Jones County!

STATEMENT: Laurel Main Street Welcomes New Executive Director

Laurel Main Street

542 Central Avenue Suite 1

Laurel, MS 39440

(601) 433-3255

info@laurelmainstreet.com

STATEMENT

[Laurel, MS–May 3, 2022]  Today, our organization has an important announcement regarding the position of our Executive Director. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to bid Susan Ladd, our now former Executive Director, a fond farewell as she relinquishes the duties of her position at Laurel Main Street. In tandem, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Caroline Burks, our new Executive Director in interim.

 

Susan has served Laurel Main Street since September of 2020 after moving to Laurel with her husband, Seth. Earlier this year, Seth and Susan welcomed a baby boy into their family, resulting in a call home for Susan. 

 

We are grateful for the time we had with Susan, as well as all of her hard work while she served as Executive Director. As an organization, we offer our well-wishes and hopes for her future as a new mother.

 

Effective today, the Board of Directors has voted in Caroline Burks to fill this position in the interim. Prior, Caroline has served as a member of our Board of Directors, as Secretary on our Executive Committee, and as a member of the Promotions Committee. Caroline is also the President of Junior Auxiliary of Laurel, a member of Laurel Arts League, and a member of the Promotions Committee of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce. She also is the owner of Downtown small business, “Guild & Gentry”. 

 

“Laurel Main Street has always been close to my heart because of its commitment to both the community and small businesses, and I am so honored to be an advocate for all our merchants, partners, and stakeholders as the interim executive director of LMS.” Caroline Burks, Executive Director

Caroline Burks, Executive Director

 

Eagerly, we share this good news and look forward to the future of our organization with Caroline as our new Executive Director. We will continue in our best effort to support a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Laurel by means of design, promotion, organization, and economic vitality. 

Lee Bounds

President, Laurel Main Street

LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

 

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LAUREL MAIN STREET CANCELS NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT

Laurel, Mississippi (December 15, 2020) — It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that Laurel Main Street (LMS) announces the cancellation of this year’s Downtown Countdown, due to take place on December 31, 2020.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors felt it was the right decision. Downtown Countdown was an incredibly successful event in its inaugural year, and one we looked forward to continuing, but we must prioritize the health and safety of our partners, volunteers, and community.

“We are devastated to share this news and had held out hope that our county and city would be in a much healthier situation, but that is not the case,” LMS President, Truitt Taylor, stated.  “After reviewing the Governor’s mandates, the rise of COVID-19 cases in our area, and in close consultation with our city leaders, we believe that cancellation is the appropriate call.”

We remain committed to downtown Laurel and our mission of economic revitalization. We appreciate the support of our city leaders, Main Street Partners, Members, and event sponsors, and we look forward to resuming in-person events in 2021.

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Laurel Main Street is an organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Laurel. Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward. Laurel Main Street is an accredited Main Street America organization.

What’s On Tap

Who’s ready for a pre-Thanksgiving edition of Wine Down Downtown? WE ARE! Turn off the news and get downtown! No, seriously… there’s nothing good on the news. Come “wine” down downtown with us!
Friday, November 20 from 5:00 — 8:00 p.m.
First thing’s first, if you plan on sampling wines, you need a ticket!  Wine tumblers purchased from Laurel Main Street (LMS) serve as your entry ticket. Wine will not be poured into any other container. Click here to save a little time at the event and purchase your tickets online. Tumblers purchased online will be available for pick up at the LMS tent, on the corner of Magnolia St. and Central Ave., beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to purchase your tumbler in advance, we ask that you bring exact change. In an effort to minimize interactions, we will not have change on-site. If you do not have exact change, we ask that you consider donating your payment overage to Laurel Main Street. Our volunteers will still check IDs for proof of age, so please have your ID ready to show.

Retailers will offer wine tastings, equivalent to about a 2 oz. pour. Each store serving wine will have a different type for you to taste. There are also stores that will be open for extended shopping hours, but will serve non-alcoholic beverages instead. Take a look at the map and plan your evening in The City Beautiful!
There will be hand sanitizer available at the LMS tent as well as hand sanitizing stations throughout downtown. Our retailers have been encouraged to host sidewalk sales and pour wine tastings outside to encourage social distancing and minimize crowds in stores.
All are welcome downtown! If you do not drink wine, we hope you will still #getdowntown and enjoy an evening of live music and shopping with the merchants of Laurel Main Street!

Top 5 Reasons to Shop Local This Holiday Season

This holiday season looks a little different, but we can still share joy. Shop Small and support your favorite small businesses – both in-store and online – all holiday season long.

1. Economic Stimulus. Supporting local is more than just a hashtag, it’s a lifestyle. Shopping locally supports local families and our local economy by keeping dollars local, so they can make more of an impact in our town. When someone opens their own business, they hire local people, pay local taxes, and source goods locally. When you shop local, you expand opportunity for others in your community. The health of small business is a direct reflection of the overall well-being of a community. Healthy Small Businesses = Healthy Local Economy.

 

2. Connect & Experience. We live in a “buy with one click” world. But there are still many consumers who want an experience, who desire interaction; that’s where small businesses and downtowns can thrive. They serve as a place to socialize and gather. Shopping locally means bumping into friends, benefitting from the expertise of local retailers, enjoying lively streets, and discovering something new. In a world where people are plugged in 24-7, many folks still desire a unique shopping experience.

3. Job Creation. Small, local businesses are the largest employers nationally. Compared to Amazon, independent retailers create 2x as many jobs for the same amount of revenue.1 Plus, the more jobs you have in your local community, the less people are going to have to commute, which means more time and less traffic.

4. Community Investment. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s welfare and future. Local business owners also donate more to local charities than non-local owners. In places with more local businesses, people have stronger social ties2 and participate in more civic affairs.3

5. You Matter More. You might have read about exerting influence with your purchasing choices, or “voting with your wallet.” It’s a fact that all businesses respond to their customers, but your values and desires are much more influential to your local business than the big box stores.

Promoting the “support local” initiative is something that we celebrate as an organization on a daily basis. We value strong partnerships with the business community, and we believe that people want to support local businesses too. But if you MUST shop on Amazon, consider enrolling in the AmazonSmile program and designating Laurel Main Street as your charity of choice. Click here for more information on the AmazonSmile program and how you can help local non-profits.

 

Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It Means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources, employ local workers, and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependant on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.

– paraphrased from Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

 

  1. “Amazon’s Stranglehold,” Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Nov. 2016
  2. “The Health and Wealth of US Counties,” Troy C. Blanchard, et. All., Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, 2011.
  3. “The Configuration of Local Economic Power and Civic Participation in the Global Economy,” Troy Blanchard and Todd L. Matthews, Social Forces, June 2006.