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!

Meet Our Sponsors

 

 

Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

CHILI COOK-OFF IS CANCELED

Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19

Laurel, MS––January 14, 2021–– Laurel Main Street h​ as confirmed the cancellation of this year’s Chili Cook-off, sponsored by Magnolia State Bank, originally scheduled for February 13, 2021. After discussion between the Laurel Main Street Board and Mayor Johnny Magee, the formal decision has been made to call off this event.

Due to the nature of this event, there would be no way to effectively socially distance or guarantee the health and safety of attendees. Laurel Main Street will continue to abide by any COVID-19 related mandates or regulations in place and will follow the advice of state and local leaders.

The organization has plans to move forward with seasonal events in 2021 and will follow any regulations that may still be in place. It is of the utmost importance that all locals and visitors of Downtown Laurel get to live, work, eat, and play safely.

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit www.laurelmainstreet.com.

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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.