Get Back to School Ready in Downtown Laurel

Back to school times are upon us! Whether you’re going back to school, work, or want to shop for fun, this weekend is going to be the best time! Read on to find out where to go.

This weekend, Friday July 30th and Saturday July 31st, is Mississippi’s tax free weekend. These two days only, you can purchase school supplies and clothing sales tax free.

Here’s some of our members Downtown you need to visit to get yourself back to school ready!

Clothing and Accessories

Allie’s on Magnolia

Allie’s on Magnolia (Photo taken from @shop.alliesonmagnolia on instagram

Take a stop at Allie’s on Magnolia for ladies clothing and accessories, or if you need a spray tan! Allie’s is known for staying on top of trends and keeping the store fresh and new every time you come by.

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Bella Bella

Bella Bella (Taken from @shopbellabellalaurel on instagram)

Need some new tennis shoes? You can get the very popular On Cloud tennis shoes right here in Downtown Laurel! Bella Bella also has men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, and more! This would be a great stop to get something for everyone in the family.

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Epic Styles Salon

Epic Styles Salon (Taken from @epicstylessalon Instagram)

Here’s your one-stop-shop for a haircut, beauty treatments, nail services, beauty products, gifts, handbags, and more! Epic Styles makes it easy to find everything you need in one place.

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Guild & Gentry, Burks Barber Shop

Guild & Gentry (Taken from @guildandgentry instagram)

Guild & Gentry is a menswear store where you can find anything from sunglasses to suits, as well as get a cut and shave in the same trip. They’re known for having all types of goods and clothing suited to men. Grab something new to wear (or snack on!) and enjoy the old-tyme barber shop before you get back to school.

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Leila Boutique

Leila Boutique (Taken from @leilaboutiquems instagram)

Another fantastic ladies boutique! At Leila’s you can find clothing, shoes, and various accessories. They even offer alterations services! Get a custom made dress or having something tailored that you already have right here.

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Quarter Century

Quarter Century (Taken from @quartercenturylaurelms instagram)

Shoes, purses, clothing, jewelry, and more! Quarter Century carries beautiful clothing to match styles of all types of women and brands you recognize. This has been a Laurel gem in the warehouse district for quite a while.

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The Boutique on Central

The Boutique on Central (Taken from @shoptheboutiqueoncentral)

You know where to go! The Boutique on Central is known for ladies clothing and accessories available in a variety of sizes. If you’re looking for a boutique that has it all, this is it. They even have a beer fridge!

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Studio R3

Studio R3 (Taken from @studior3laurel instagram)

Get back to school and back to work ready with a new cut and color! Studio R3 is an Aveda style studio, so you can also buy all your favorite Aveda products there.

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Two a Tee & Co.

Two a Tee & Co. (Taken from @twoateeco instagram)

Two a Tee & Co. is your stop for ladies clothing for all ages, shapes, and sizes! If you’re looking for a variety in style and size, this is a great choice for you.

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Merle Norman

Merle Norman Laurel (Taken from @merlenorman_laurel instagram)

Grab some new makeup or gifts to make back to school more fun. Guess what? They also do makeovers! Making a stop at Merle Norman will have you refreshed and ready to take on the new school year.

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The Ivy Springs Boutique

The Ivy Springs Boutique (Taken from @theivysprings_boutique)

Just look at all that fun stuff to choose from! Now located in The Rusty Chandelier, so you can shop around for all kinds of other fun stuff too!

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The Remnant

The Remnant (Taken from the @theremnantlaurel instagram)

A thrift store with a purpose! All sales from The Remnant are for the benefit of Dwell: A Transitional Housing Community for Women. This is a great place to get deals on clothing, accessories, and home decor and put your money towards a great cause.

They’re having a “Blue Tag Sale” this week!

“Any items in store (clothes, home decor, etc.) with a blue indicator on their price tag will be an additional 50% off of its original price. Come see us and score some great deals!” (As per their Instagram post)

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LollyBell’s Boutique

LollyBell’s Boutique (Taken from @lollybellsboutique instagram)

Need some new clothes for the kids? Stop by LobllyBell’s Children’s boutique! They carry children’s clothing in sizes 0-16. LollyBell’s also does monogramming. If you need something monogrammed, you can now get it done in Downtown Laurel!

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Maddie Lee’s Boutique

Maddie Lee’s Boutique (Taken from @maddieleesboutique instagram)

There’s nothing better than a new graphic tee and sneakers. Perfect for school! Stop by Maddie Lee’s to shop ladies clothing and accessories.

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Oak Street Salon

Oak Street Salon (Photo from the Oak Street Salon Facebook)

Make yourself an appointment at Oak Street Salon to get beautified and back to school ready! We know you need a haircut.

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Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa

Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa (Taken from the Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa Facebook Page)

Don’t forget to get your nails done! Head on down to Freedom Professional Nail Salon & Spa for all the beauty treatments you may need. They now have added spa treatments.

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This weekend is the perfect time to get Downtown and shop local! While we’re spending more money during the back to school season, let’s work together to spend as much as we can locally in Downtown Laurel.

Can’t make it in person? Check out the social media links for each business. Many offer online shopping!

Pardon our Progress: Construction on Central Avenue

If you’ve been Downtown recently, we’re sure you’ve seen the construction on Leontyne Price Boulevard and Central Avenue. The City of Laurel has contracted out 2 major projects this year to aid in traffic, water and sewer infrastructure, re-pavement, and for the beautification of our Downtown.

Above is a visual conceptualization of the Leontyne Price Corridor project to provide improvements to the Boulevard for entry off the 1-59 interstate, including a new roundabout, turn lane, and more. This project is already underway, as well as the second project further up Central avenue to realign an existing roundabout, repave, and repair infrastructure.

During this construction period, some of the businesses on Central Avenue and Short 7th Avenue are more difficult to access by vehicle. However, they are still open for business! Put on your walking shoes and park at another location Downtown, and make sure to still #shoplocal and #eatlocal at:

Pasta Bella

Sweet Somethings Bakery & Sweet Somethings Bed and Breakfast

Forever Nutrition

The Loft on Central Avenue

Bella Bella

Two a Tee

The Boutique on Central

The Knight Butcher

Office Products

New Look and The Spotted Dog

Bird Dog Café

 

 

It’s always important–now more than ever–to support our small, local businesses in the area affected by construction. We’re calling on you to join us in making an effort to walking a few extra steps to eat, shop, and stay on Central and Short 7th Avenues!

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to The City of Laurel.

Below are 2 flyers with more detailed information released by The City of Laurel in March, 2021. Please be aware that construction dates are always subject to change due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.

 

Thank you to The City of Laurel for prioritizing important infrastructure under the streets and the beautification and improvement of Downtown Laurel! And of course, thank you to all the locals, and visitors alike, that are supporting all of Laurel even when things don’t look as pretty.

“People are dying to get Downtown!” Photo by local photographer, Chad Edwards-MCE Photography

Get Downtown This Thursday: Farmers Market & Movie Night

There’s always a reason to #getdowntown in Laurel. This week’s reason is Downtown Thursday!

Hosted by Agape Church and made possible by Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, this event is definitely a summer favorite. Here’s everything you need to know to make plans to hang out on Thursday evening.

What

Downtown Thursday includes lots to do! A community Farmers market with local vendors of all kinds, a free family-friendly movie night, live music, activities, and food trucks! This week’s movie is Disney’s Raya and The Last Dragon.

Where

The Farmers Market is located on the 300 block of Magnolia Street between some of your favorite Downtown businesses and eateries! Downtown Movie Night is held in the Backlot–in the parking lot located behind the Kress building. It’s one right turn off Magnolia street. Look for the silo!

When

The Farmers Market begins at 5 PM, however the streets are blocked off much earlier in the day. It ends at 8, when Downtown Movie night begins in the Backlot.

 

This event is the perfect way to spend your summer evening in Downtown Laurel. Get out, support our local farmers and vendors, our Downtown, and the community! 

Thank you Agape Church and Sunbelt Federal Credit Union for making Downtown Thursday happen. Join us this Thursday, July 15th, and then—until next year!

For more information, click here!

Wine Down April and May 2021

Spring is here. and summer is fast approaching, and there is honestly nothing better to do on a warm night in Laurel, Mississippi than to stroll through downtown enjoying a glass of wine.

We have made that so easy with our famous Wine Down events! Once a month, downtown Laurel comes alive at night to host this event.

After purchasing your tumbler, participating stores show you our famous southern hospitality by offering you a pour of a different wine each month. This also gives you a chance to shop the stores and see what our little town has to offer!

Need to Know Info:

-We will only be serving one pour per person at each participating location to people over the age of 21. Remember your ID’s, because you will need them! They will also only be poured into Wine Down tumblers, which change every month!

-This is a “Sip and Stroll” event! Our amazing downtown area follows the “to-go ordinance”, so feel free to walk around with your tumblers, but we DO NOT allow outside beverages.

-Bars and restaurants can serve you to-go drinks during this event if they choose, but it must be purchased inside the location and given in a to-go cup! Wine tumblers are for the event use only!

-Tickets and tumblers will be available for purchase for $15 from the Laurel Main Street tent! If you are purchasing on site, it will be cash only!

-We suggest that you park on the outskirts of Downtown Laurel for the event! It will be busy, so get there early!

-Kids are welcome! This is a family friendly event, but please remember that children must remain supervised at all times!

-Don’t drink wine? No worries! Alongside our restaurants and bars where you can purchases any type of drink of your choosing, stores like Scotsman General Store and Sullivan’s carry an assortment of sodas. If you need a            night-time coffee fix, Lee’s Coffee and Tea and Bird Dog Cafe are open as well. Laurel has something for everyone to enjoy during this event!

-While our mask mandates are lifted, we do ask that you practice COVID safety measures. Remember to practice social distancing when possible, and if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay at home.

Help us keep our town safe. Wash, sanitize, protect, distance, and clean.

Our upcoming dates for this event are April 23rd and May 21st, and we are so excited to be able to provide this event for locals and visitors alike! Life seems like it is slowly but surely returning to normal, and events such as these provide a space to have fun and participate in our community!

Hope to see y’all there, rain or shine!

 

Ready, Set, Boil!

One of our favorite times of the year is finally here! Saturday, April 17th, 2021, is the annual Community Bank’s Crawfest! After the year that we have had, everyone is itchin’ to get out of the house in some beautiful weather and eat as much crawfish as they can physically stand.

The corner of West Oak and Front Streets will be lined with several teams that are fired up to win Crawfest 2021! Not only will the title of winner be on the line, but these cooks have worked hard to hone their skills to showcase some unique and delicious recipes that will make us Laurelites take notice.

This year’s judges are ready to see what our teams have brought to the crawfish table! From enthusiasts to down-home cooks, expect them to really dig in!

Schedule

10:00 A.M. – Teams check in.

11:00 A.M. – Gates open and crawfish is served!

2:30 P.M. – Our Crawfest 2021 winner will be announced!

3:00 P.M. – End of event. Time to head home and sleep off that crawfish coma!

Our list of prizes for our winners are as follows:

Traditional Award – $500 cash prize/Large platter by local artist

Covfefe Award – $500 cash prize/Large platter by local artist

People’s Choice Award – $100 cash prize/Small platter by local artist

Spirit of Crawfest Award – $100 cash prize/Small platter by local artist

This is a cash only event, but you can purchase your tickets early online! $15 gets you inside the gate, and it allows you to taste the entire time. For $30, you get endless tasting, add-ins, AND 5 whole pounds of crawfish to take with you for that after-nap snack! There will be live music and beverages to add to your experience.

Click link to purchase your tickets!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-banks-crawfest-tickets-144495583179?fbclid=IwAR36Bj-CqJlTB5XeKhyYaOajUoN-bESNBrNHT4xxSsBWtT1YCU3QQGnWtsU

Kids under the age of 12 get free entrance and tasting, and Chik-Fil-A will be available for anyone wanting to enjoy the fun of the event without the crawdaddies.

Remember to bring out your inner judge when tasting because you will be voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award!

Also, we love pets, but please remember to leave them at home during this event! We can almost guarantee that when you step through your front door smelling of delicious boil, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from your fur babies!

We Love our Sponsors and Producers!

We could not even begin to bring fun and family-friendly events like this to you without the support from our local businesses and sponsors. Because of their endless gratitude we are able to keep Downtown Laurel on the up-and-up with improvements! This benefit is also benefitting the Sertoma Club of Laurel!

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