We’re as close as two coats of paint!


We are almost there!

In less than five days, voting for America’s Main Street ends, and we hope to be able to share some amazing news with all of you. Be sure to cast your vote every day through May 29!

Click Here to Vote Now

However, even if we do not emerge as the winner, we want you all to know that you have rallied together to show everyone that Downtown Laurel is a place full of commitment, dreamers, stories, and hometown pride.

We have proven that we are a community of people that can rise strong and support the idea that our town deserves to be the best. Whether we win or not, our mission is the same: to create a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Laurel.

As part of that mission, the Grow Your Business workshop series begins this Thursday.


Equally as important as bringing new businesses to an area is making sure they have everything they need to be successful. That’s why this series exists. Laurel Main Street is utilizing the expertise of its board and partners to give entrepreneurs advice on some of the most important aspects of owning a small business.

Classes will be hosted and organized by Own Your Hill and cover topics such as finance and marketing, because excellence is something for which we all strive. We all want to be the best, and that drive is what makes Downtown Laurel such a unique and powerful community.

Click here to join this week’s class event on Facebook, or get updates about future workshops.

Speaking of community…


The Brickyard, at the end of 5th Ave.

Summer is looking bright!

The Farmer’s Market and Downtown Movie Night are right around the corner, so be ready to stop by the Brickyard for some of the trademark homemade, handcrafted, and homegrown goods we have all come to expect.

As always, in partnership with Agape Church, we are thrilled to welcome families to the Downtown stage to enjoy family friendly movies throughout June. In case you haven’t heard, here is the film lineup:

June 2 – Inside Out (PG)

June 9 – Zootopia (PG)

June 16 – The Peanuts Movie (G)

June 23 – Minions (PG)

June 30 – Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG)

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union!

We are also happy to say that our friends at The Knight Butcher have arranged for live music every Thursday, so be sure to stop by and have a listen!

June 2 – Shane Kelley

June 9 – Carolina Magnolia

June 16 – Paul Johnson

June 23 – Shelby Kemp

June 30 – Ryan Hughes

Let’s wrap it up, shall we?

The America’s Main Street Contest is almost over, but Downtown Laurel’s growth is just beginning. In the time we have left, every vote counts now more than ever.

We can still show the nation that Laurel is better than the stereotypes and obstacles we face. Celebrate Laurel, its history and its future. Regardless of the results of the competition, we are stronger than ever, and we have an entire summer of community to enjoy.

Bring on the movies and music; bring on Downtown Thursdays!

Written by Keri Rowell

Keri is a member of the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors and the Promotions Committee Chair. She has been involved with Laurel Main Street since high school, and owns a small business in Downtown Laurel.