Essentials for Downtown Thursday

The start of Downtown Thursday is only a week away so we’ve rounded up some items from our downtown merchants that will make your trip to the Laurel Farmers Market and Downtown Movie Night a breeze even if there’s not a breeze in sight.

Make Your List & Check it Twice

Take your grocery list with you to the Farmers Market and buy what you can locally grown!  The Gift Shop at Oak Street Place, housed inside the same building as popular downtown hangout Lee’s Coffee & Tea, offers beautiful paper goods, gift items, and these Market List notepads by Rifle Paper Co.

Country Farm Market List by Rifle Paper Co. | Gift Shop at Oak Street Place | Click to Shop

Citrus Floral Julep Market List by Rifle Paper Co. | Gift Shop at Oak Street Place | Click to Sho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Cool

Summer sun in South Mississippi is no laughing matter.  Keep your cool and show your love for downtown with a Downtown Laurel cap from Lott Furniture Co.  Stay hydrated with luxury tumblers by Sovaro from Patina’s.  Sovaro coolers are also available for purchase if you want to pack a picnic for movie night!

Downtown Laurel Cap | Lott Furniture Co.

Sovaro Coolers & Tumblers | Patina’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See and Be Seen

Downtown Thursday is more than a market or a movie; it’s a weekly social event!  Keep your cool and look your best with shades from Guild & Gentry or a cute new outfit from Sass & Class Boutique on Central Ave.

Maho Shades | Guild & Gentry

Top and Shorts | Sass & Class Boutique

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totes Y’all

You’re sure to load up on lots of goodies at the Farmers Market and you’ll definitely want a hand getting them home!  These tote bags are the perfect size and shape so be sure to pick one up before the market!

Beehive Market Bag | Adam Trest Home | Click to Shop

Canvas Tote | Laurel Mercantile Co. | Click to Shop

Downtown Laurel Canvas Tote | Lott Furniture Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner and a Movie

On Thursdays, pack a picnic or grab dinner downtown!  These huge microfiber beach towels from Guild & Gentry are perfect for a picnic during Downtown Movie Night.  Vintage quilts also make fantastic picnic blankets and can be purchased at Peddlers’ Junktion.

Dock and Bay Microfiber Beach Towels | Guild & Gentry | Click to Shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knight Butcher will be open until 7:00 p.m. every Thursday in June and will offer tax free jerky, fudge, and brown bag dinners!  If you don’t want to take your dinner to-go, grab a seat on the patio and enjoy live music on The Knight Butcher stage from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Knight Sugar Homemade Fudge | The Knight Butcher

Knight Jerky | The Knight Butcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to see all the vendors and visitors next Thursday for the first Downtown Thursday of the season!

Countdown to Downtown Thursday!

The temperatures are rising and we’re counting down the days to summer!  Locals and visitors alike are looking forward to the longer days and activities that summer brings.  A favorite summertime event in Laurel is “Downtown Thursday” and this year, it’s getting a makeover!

Downtown Thursday is a series family-friendly evenings every Thursday night beginning May 31st and lasting until June 28th. Friends from all over Mississippi and beyond are welcome to attend this exciting, fun-filled season of fresh produce, live entertainment, movies, and community.

 The evenings will kick off with a Farmers Market from 5-8 pm and will continue with a family-friendly movie at The Backlot. Each night will feature live music on the Farmers Market Stage outside of Southern Antiques, along with great food and endless fun. 

The Laurel Farmers Market

The Laurel Farmers Market is definitely not your usual farmers market! It offers a street fair environment with something different going on each week… from kids’ activities and food trucks to live music and a car show! At its new location on North Magnolia Street, the Laurel Farmers Market will be open for business from 5 pm – 8 pm under the lights of downtown. Aside from stocking up on fruits, vegetables, and an assortment of homemade foods, visitors to this market can also stop by the many merchants along Magnolia Street and the entire downtown. This seasonal market attracts local farmers, gardeners, artisans, and craftsmen, resulting in an impressive variety of merchandise. Check out the Laurel Farmers Market for yourself every Thursday starting May 31st – through June 28th.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at the Laurel Farmers Market, click here to register.

Farmers Market Entertainment Line-up

MAY 31 –    KERRY THOMAS  (FIREWORKS AT 8PM)

JUNE 7 –    TOPHER BROWN  (with special guests BEN & ERIN NAPIER)

JUNE 14 –  GRAYSON CAPPS (FOOD TRUCK NIGHT)

JUNE 21 –  JOHN MILHAM JAZZ TRIO

JUNE 28 –  DJ JIM SCOTT (RED, WHITE & VROOM CAR & BIKE SHOW)

Downtown Movie Night

Downtown Movie Night is a highly anticipated summertime event and gets bigger and better each year!  Join us in The Backlot at the end of Magnolia Street after the Farmer’s Market for family-friendly movies under the stars.

Downtown Movie Night Line-up

coco movie

May 31st

ferdinand movie

June 7th

boss baby movie

June 14th

peter rabbit movie

June 21st

despicable me movie

June 28th

A new addition to the Downtown Thursday entertainment schedule is the Red, White, & Vroom Car & Bike Show.  It will take place on Thursday, June 28th from 3pm-8pm on the 400 block of Central Avenue.  Registration is going on now!  Click here for more information or to register!

car show

These fantastic events would not be possible without signature sponsor, Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union.  Laurel Main Street is proud to partner with The Agape Church and Central Sunbelt FCU to continue bringing Downtown Thursday fun to Laurel!

“The One” Awards

Once a year the Laurel Main Street organization honors members of our downtown community for their commitment to the Main Street cause and their dedication to our community with “The One” Awards.  The awards were named for a phrase that pops up again and again during brainstorming or event planning sessions: “Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of THE ONEs who are doing it!”  On April 26th, we celebrated the dreamers, the doers, and THE ONES whose desire to leave things better than they found it is evident in all their pursuits.

This year, we enjoyed a beautiful evening at the home of LMS board members, Mallorie & Jim Rasberry.  Attendees enjoyed perfect spring weather, great food, and fellowship with those who share their affinity for downtown Laurel.  Awards were created by local calligrapher and artist Jade Yoder of Paper Studio and were presented by Laurel Main Street President, Lew Yoder.

Downtown Business of the Year

Chad & Terri Knight, owners of The Knight Butcher, were named Downtown Business of the Year.  They are THE ONES who have completed such a tremendous amount of work on their storefront and have also worked tirelessly to create an engaging and inviting atmosphere.  Their work outside their store, in the downtown community, is widespread as well, and we appreciate their dedication to downtown Laurel and Laurel Main Street!  Whether they’re rallying downtown merchants, creating secret Easter egg hunts downtown, or hosting Laurelpalooza, the Knights have shown their love for downtown knows no bounds.

THE ONE Award

THE ONE Award is presented each year to Laurel Main Street’s top volunteer.  This year, James & Nece Hill and Agape Church received THE ONE Award.  The Hills began their service to downtown Laurel ten years ago when few others had a vision of what downtown Laurel could be.  They renovated the former Woolworth’s building and built a modern church in the center of downtown.  Agape Church’s desire to serve the community around them is a direct reflection of the Hill’s heart for service and love of Laurel.  Agape Church is responsible for Downtown Movie Night, one of the most anticipated family events of the summer.  Without their manpower, Downtown Movie Night wouldn’t happen.  Agape Church will also provide the volunteers for this summer’s Downtown Laurel Farmers Market.  We are so incredibly thankful for the Hills and the congregation of Agape Church for their loyalty and dedication to Laurel Main Street and the revitalization of downtown Laurel!The ONE Award

 

Farmers Market Starts Thursday!

Join us at the

Downtown Farmers Market!

(Rain or Shine)

Thursdays in June from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Behind Office Products Center

212 N 5th Ave.

Laurel, MS 39440

Addison Holland– cookies, cupcakes, spicy oyster crackers, bread and jelly
Amanda Magee– pickles
Carey Fulmer– jams, jellies, and baked goods
Carol Byrd– jams, jellies, and relish
James Jolly– jams, jellies, honey, syrup, various vegetables, wooden grates and ornamental blacksmithing items
Mandy Tolbert– pound cakes, candy, and other sweets
Michelle Murray– pound cakes, banana nut bread, lemonade

Amy J. Walters– arts and crafts
Natousha Suggs– crafts and wood products
Jeremy Brooke– Ceramic mugs, bowls, other serving pieces, cookies and pound cakes
Andrew Callen– Handmade bowties
Frank Porter– goats milk soap and lotion; arts and crafts; blueberries, tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers
Rae Bankson– soaps, oils, lotions and crafts

Rose and Jason Hancock– various fruits and vegetables
Chase and Rebecca Edwards (Laurel Nursery and Garden) – blueberries, assorted plants and trees
Mary and Linda Rhodes– various fruits and vegetables
Fulmer’s Farmstead– various fruits and vegetables

Big Hoss BBQ
LoblolliPops
Kona-Ice 
Mississippi Delta Juke Joint Tamales
Landrum’s Homemade Ice Cream
Michelle Bergeron– Beef and Meat Tamales
Grumpy Man Salsa
Aunt Polly’s Farm– blueberry lemonade, various fruits and vegatabes
Backroad Bistro

NEW for 2017!  At each market, we will feature a local artist or craftsman who will demonstrate their unique talents during the Farmers Market.  This week, local artist and Curator of Education at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Mandy Buchanan, will give a live pottery demonstration at 5:00 p.m.

These Downtown Merchants will be open late for your shopping enjoyment!
Lott Furniture | Sweet Somethings Bakery | Closet Candy | The Knight Butcher | Elegant Evenings | Jack and Jill Children’s Consignment | Patina’s | Southern Antiques | Adam Trest Home | Molly Renee’s | J.Parker | The Loblolly Boutique | Oak Street Salon | 7th Style | New Look Salon & Gifts | Studio R3 | Quarter Century | The Laurel Leaf | Pause Espresso Bar

And don’t forget about Downtown Movie Night!  Coca-Cola Fireworks display at 8:00 p.m. and DISNEY’S Moana begins immediately following.

 

Many thanks to Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Agape Church, and our Laurel Main Street Partners for their generous support of the Downtown Summer Series!

Downtown Thursdays – Central Sunbelt Summer Series

Summers in Downtown Laurel have something for everyone and this year is sure to be the best yet!

The Downtown Farmers Market

It all kicks off on Thursday, June 1st at 3:30 with the Farmers Market.  This event allows fruit and vegetable producers, local artists, crafters and cooks to bring their delightful and delicious creations directly to the public.  If you want to sample the best of homemade, handcrafted, and homegrown products, stop by and see everything this event has to offer.Get there early and get a cool cup of fresh blueberry lemonade to enjoy while you shop!  We will also host an assortment of food trucks!  The Farmers Market is located at the end of 5th Avenue in the residual parking surrounding the Jones County War Memorial. The pedestrian brick path between Library Street and Carroll Gartin Blvd., specifically.

The Laurel Farmers Market opens each Thursday in June from 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information on how you can participate in the Farmers Market, click here.

Downtown Movie Night

Agape Church is also producing the Downtown Movie Night again this year! Every night after the Farmers Market, Movie Night will host hundreds of Laurelites for FREE family friendly movies. With an assortment of vendors selling food and drinks, this is a night for the whole family to enjoy!

Agape Church, in partnership with Coca-Cola of Laurel and B&C Welding and Fabrication, proudly announce the Coca-Cola Fireworks Show on June 1st in Historic Downtown Laurel! This event is ABSOLUTELY FREE so plan on arriving early to get a good space in our new location, The Backlot at Magnolia Street! The fireworks show is scheduled to start at approximately 8:15pm followed by the showing of Disney’s MOANA. Various snacks, food, drinks, Downtown Movie Night T-Shirts and raffle tickets for a custom made, gas, granite top fire pit (valued at $1600) will be available for purchase that night as well. For more information and movie schedule check out the Downtown Movie Night website www.WeAreLaurel.com.

We are so appreciative of the generous sponsorship from Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union!