Progress all around in the City Beautiful!

“My hope is that downtown Laurel tells a one-of-a-kind story: not the ubiquitous one of big box stores and strip centers as told in every other town.  We have a unique story, and when you’re downtown, you can hear our tale from passionate shopkeepers, quirky authors, and local creatives.  If strip centers are about convenience, downtown is about community.  We are grateful to work with others to build that community.” -Josh Nowell

The Burton’s Building

Many of us have watched, impatiently over the past six months, as the Burton’s Building has begun to transform.  This huge building is a kind of cornerstone for downtown and being filled with shops and restaurants will be a great addition to our already growing city.

Two of the four spaces have been filled with beautiful new shops, Adam Trest Home and J Parker.  We are all anticipating the other two spaces to be just as wonderful, which will be coming later this summer and fall!

 Open House this Thursday!

The community is invited as Adam Trest Home and J Parker celebrate their new businesses this Thursday from 6-8pm.  There will be live music by Cary Hudson and free Loblolli Pops for the first 100 people. The event is sponsored by Southern Beverage Company and hosted by The Laurel Chamber of Commerce & Laurel Main Street.



Laurel Main Street receives National Main Street Accreditation

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its 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.  This is a great honor and Laurel Main Street is thankful for the volunteers and board that work diligently to make Laurel better.

MS Main Street Announces 2016 Winners

The Mississippi Main Street Association celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 27th Annual Awards Luncheon in downtown Jackson on June 16th.


Heather Brown accepts the award for Outstanding Image Promotion for the Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off.


Mallorie Rasberry, on behalf of Laurel Main Street, receives the award for Outstanding Business Retention/Recruitment Program.


Bethany Byrd receives Premier Partner award for Laurel’s Own Your Hill.

This week downtown:

Celebrate America at the YWCO. Tuesday, June 28th, 11:00 am.

Join us this Thursday for the last Farmer’s Market and Downtown Movie Night!  Market is 3:30-6:00 with the movie beginning at 8:15 pm.

Live music on the patio at The Knight Butcher, Thursday 3:30-6 pm.

Ribbon cutting/grand opening of Adam Trest Home and J Parker. 6-8pm.

Saturday July 2nd: Annual 4th of July Fireworks Show 9:15 pm.




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.