Mississippi Main Street Annual Awards

Rescue, Renovation, and Rewards

In 2013, the old Laurel WAML radio station photos were displayed at a Mississippi Main Street Association meeting on design. A re-use project idea for the building stumped the panel and demolition seemed to be the best option.

Thankfully, Kenny and Carrie Mann came forward with a creative vision that no one else could have imaged — a microbrewery in downtown Laurel.  Kenny is a former maritime chief engineer with 13 years of sea time.  His wife, Carrie, is a long time employee of the Laurel School District.  They were experienced home brewers with the dream of someday opening their own brewery.  In April 2015, the couple purchased the unsightly building and started on the repairs.  After months of renovations, painting, and product tests, Slowboat Brewing Company held its first tour that December.  The conversion of this property has allowed a new business to become a thriving success and a welcome addition for places to go and things to do in downtown Laurel.

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, The Manns were recognized by the Mississippi Main Street Association for their Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project.  This award is granted to the best reuse of a building that has outlived its former use.

Pictured L-R: Carrie and Kenny Mann, Judi Holifield (Laurel Main Street Executive Director), Truitt Taylor (Laurel Main Street Board Member), and Larkin Simpson (VP at Economic Development Authority of Jones County)

 

Something to Celebrate

The Manns are active craft beer advocates and are involved in the Mississippi craft beer community.  Their passion for their craft draws people into their brewery.  The live music, games, friendly atmosphere, and great beer keep the crowds coming.  On July 1st, Slowboat will celebrate another milestone — the ability to actually sell their beer on premises!  House Bill 1322 allows Mississippi breweries that produce no more than 60,000 barrels of light beer or wine per year to sell up to two cases of their product per day per customer.  Patrons of Slowboat Brewing Company will not only enjoy on-site beer sales, but also growler fills, multiple new beers, specialty casks, food trucks, and plenty of live music.

Slowboat’s main focus is small batch artisan styles, including Farmhouse, Sour, Spontaneously fermented wild ales, Belgian style, Barrel-aged, experimental ales, and an ever evolving collection of popular American craft beer styles.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Laurel Main Street Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Judi Holifield
Laurel Main Street
(601) 433-3255
info@laurelmainstreet.com

Laurel, MS — June 14, 2017  Laurel Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®. 

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Mississippi Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Laurel Main Street board president, Lew Yoder says, “2017 has been an exciting year for Laurel Main Street.  We have seen tremendous growth in all of our Main Street events so far this year, and we have seen more participation and excitement in Downtown Laurel.” He went on to say, “We have multiple buildings being renovated currently, and several buildings that will be renovated very soon.  Downtown Laurel is about to see an explosion of new businesses, restaurants, shops and venues.  It is an exciting time to be a part of Laurel Main Street and Mississippi’s Downtown.”

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. They recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Program and maintain membership with the Mississippi Main Street Association. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  ###

Oak Street Salon: We’re at Your Service

Friends With a Common Dream

With over 30 years of combined experience, Oak Street Salon is the go-to house of style in the business district of Historic Downtown Laurel.  Owners, Deidra Maddox and Betty Gaudet met more than 20 years ago while working at a salon together, and have been a dynamic duo ever since. Throughout many years of working at different places in town, thOak Street Salon opened in Downtown Laureley always dreamed of owning their own business together.  Nearly three years ago, they took the plunge and opened their business on Oak Street in Downtown Laurel. Their vision for the future is simple; hold your business accountable to the reputation you have created for yourself.

At Your Service

Business owners, Deidra and Betty, take pride in the special services they provide their clients.  The pair specialize in the latest trends for cuts, colors, hair treatments, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. They also cater to their clientele by offering valet parking to those in need, booking early morning and late evening appointments, and working in walk-ins.  Oak Street Salon places true meaning behind the term “at your service.”

Oak Street Salon’s clientele spans generations.  Deidra and Betty have come to think of their clients as an extension of their own families as well.  With all the combined experience and expertise of the stylists at the salon, there is no new trend or style that Oak Street Salon can’t perfect. The key to their success is to treat everyone like family. When it comes to service, they truly believe in the benefits found in staying in touch with the younger generation, along with learning valuable lessons from the older generations as well. Oak Street Salon will always provide an open, welcoming environment for all their clientele, and look forward to their bright future downtown!

The Market Beautiful is Coming to The City Beautiful!

Attention shoppers: this is something you won’t want to miss!  The Market Beautiful is bringing their award-winning show to town!  Over 80 vendors, both local and out-of-state, will line Front Street this weekend with fabulous vintage finds and handmade merchandise.  Local stores and merchants will be open as well, and some will even extend their store hours.

The Market Beautiful started in a garage in 2010 with 5 vendors and has grown to shows in 5 states with over 100 vendors and 5,000 attendees on average at each show. This marks their first show in the south and we can’t wait to shower them with our southern hospitality!  Jana Roach and Vanessa Pleasants work full-time to bring an amazing and unique experience to customers, along with the most wonderfully curated vintage finds! In between markets, Jana and Vanessa run their blog and manage their online community via Instagram which has grown to nearly 100,000 dedicated and engaged followers.  Jana and Vanessa carefully select and curate vendors for each show to ensure shoppers are treated to the very best of the best.  Many vendors travel with them because of the success they’ve seen. They truly care about their vendors and customers alike, as well as keeping the show fresh, exciting, and unique!

There will be something for everyone at The Market Beautiful.  Enjoy live music from Tasche De La Rocha, food trucks and sweet/cold treats, coffee, and free kids activities.  Laurel’s own Clairmont & Company will have a kids craft area and Six Point Furniture will present a workshop.  Erin and Ben Napier, hosts of HGTV’s Home Town, will help kick off the inaugural market with a meet and greet too.  The Market Beautiful also offers prizes for the first 50 in line and a lot more!

The Market Beautiful (formerly Vintage Whites) has been named one of the top 4 markets in the United States and voted a top 5 not-to-miss market by Country Living Magazine!

Enjoy the market on Friday night, June 9th for early shopping night. Early shopping tickets are $25 and include a free drink and admission for Saturday! Early shopping night is a more leisurely shopping experience and you get first pick at the merchandise!  Vendors restock on Saturday morning and gates open at 10 AM for general admission. The market goes until 5 PM and is free for kids 12 and under! 

Farmers Market Starts Thursday!

Join us at the

Downtown Farmers Market!

(Rain or Shine)

Thursdays in June from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Behind Office Products Center

212 N 5th Ave.

Laurel, MS 39440

Addison Holland– cookies, cupcakes, spicy oyster crackers, bread and jelly
Amanda Magee– pickles
Carey Fulmer– jams, jellies, and baked goods
Carol Byrd– jams, jellies, and relish
James Jolly– jams, jellies, honey, syrup, various vegetables, wooden grates and ornamental blacksmithing items
Mandy Tolbert– pound cakes, candy, and other sweets
Michelle Murray– pound cakes, banana nut bread, lemonade

Amy J. Walters– arts and crafts
Natousha Suggs– crafts and wood products
Jeremy Brooke– Ceramic mugs, bowls, other serving pieces, cookies and pound cakes
Andrew Callen– Handmade bowties
Frank Porter– goats milk soap and lotion; arts and crafts; blueberries, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers
Rae Bankson– soaps, oils, lotions and crafts

Rose and Jason Hancock– various fruits and vegetables
Chase and Rebecca Edwards (Laurel Nursery and Garden) – blueberries, assorted plants and trees
Mary and Linda Rhodes– various fruits and vegetables
Fulmer’s Farmstead– various fruits and vegetables

Big Hoss BBQ
LoblolliPops
Kona-Ice 
Mississippi Delta Juke Joint Tamales
Landrum’s Homemade Ice Cream
Michelle Bergeron– Beef and Meat Tamales
Grumpy Man Salsa
Aunt Polly’s Farm– blueberry lemonade, various fruits and vegatabes
Backroad Bistro

NEW for 2017!  At each market, we will feature a local artist or craftsman who will demonstrate their unique talents during the Farmers Market.  This week, local artist and Curator of Education at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mandy Buchanan, will give a live pottery demonstration at 5:00 p.m.

These Downtown Merchants will be open late for your shopping enjoyment!
Lott Furniture | Sweet Somethings Bakery | Closet Candy | The Knight Butcher | Elegant Evenings | Jack and Jill Children’s Consignment | Patina’s | Southern Antiques | Adam Trest Home | Molly Renee’s | J.Parker | The Loblolly Boutique | Oak Street Salon | 7th Style | New Look Salon & Gifts | Studio R3 | Quarter Century | The Laurel Leaf | Pause Espresso Bar

And don’t forget about Downtown Movie Night!  Coca-Cola Fireworks display at 8:00 p.m. and DISNEY’S Moana begins immediately following.

 

Many thanks to Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Agape Church, and our Laurel Main Street Partners for their generous support of the Downtown Summer Series!