Slowboat Brewing Company wins 2017 Mississippi Main Street Award

Posted June 17, 2017

Posted June 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

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

Laurel, MS – June 17, 2017 – Slowboat Brewing Company won the Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Project award at the Mississippi Main Street Awards on June 15, 2017. The company was nominated by Judi Holifield of Laurel Main Street, and Slowboat owners Kenny and Carrie Mann accepted the award at the ceremony. The condensed narrative associated with the nomination is as follows:

In 2013, the old Laurel WAML radio station photos were displayed at a MMSA meeting on design. A re-use project idea for this building stumped the panel and we were all pretty confident that in reality the best option was demolition.

Then came not only the idea of a microbrewery in downtown Laurel, but also the creative vision of Kenny and Carrie Mann. The large, ugly building underwent months of repairs. The paint was applied and Slowboat Brewing Company was born! 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.

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

Posted June 14, 2017

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.  ###

PRESS RELEASE: HGTV Pilot “Home Town” Featuring Laurel, Miss. to Premiere January 24th

Posted January 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Judi Holifield
Laurel Main Street
hometown@erinandben.co
601-207-4128

HGTV Pilot “Home Town” Featuring Laurel, Miss.
to Premiere January 24th

Laurel, Miss. – Jan. 11, 2016 – HGTV will premiere the pilot episode of “Home Town” on Sunday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The show features Erin and Ben Napier showing new residents the benefits of small-town life while finding, buying and renovating a home in Laurel, Miss.

“Ben and I aren’t house flippers,” said Erin. “We’re just two people who want others to see the magic of small town living and everything it has to offer.”

In the episode, the Napiers guide a new family in search of an old home in the historic southern town of Laurel, Miss. With the help local architects, builders and craftsmen, Erin and Ben implement their design and vision to restore the old house. If the pilot is successful, the show could become a series on HGTV. “When you live in a small town, you can make a difference. It’s affordable. You can travel and see the world, but the small towns are important. That’s where most people’s lives begin,” said Ben, who hopes the show could be a catalyst that brings other young families back home to their small towns all over America.

College sweethearts and graduates of the University of Mississippi, this creative couple own several businesses including wedding stationery boutique Lucky Luxe Heirloom Design, Lucky Luxe Dry Goods, and Scotsman Co. which features handcrafted furniture by Ben as well as some of his “favorite things” that speak to masculine vintage style.

For more information and behind-the-scenes photos, fans can visit:
http://www.erinandben.co
https://www.facebook.com/HometownonHGTV

About HGTV

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and HGTV.com, the premier source for home-related inspiration, instruction and entertainment, attracts more than six million people each month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About Laurel Main Street

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.

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