Slowboat Brewing Company wins 2017 Mississippi Main Street Award

Posted June 17, 2017



Judi Holifield
Laurel Main Street
(601) 433-3255

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.

Written by Judi Holifield

Judi Holifield's career as a music educator spans 25 years, and, before working for Laurel Main Street, she directed the Whole Schools Initiative for the Mississippi Arts Commission. She frequently serves as a grant panelist for arts agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and considers Laurel her home.