Shop Central Avenue and Be Mine this Valentine’s!

Shop Central Avenue and Be Mine this Valentine’s in Downtown Laurel! Let’s spread the love and shop local!

Pardon our progress as construction on Central Avenue continues! We know that some of the streets in the downtown area being closed is not ideal and we anticipate the day of completion, but while we patiently wait we can still support our local businesses that are in the midst of the construction. Let’s make an effort to show these businesses a little extra love as the beautification of Downtown Laurel finishes up!

Pasta Bella

Pasta Bella has temporarily closed its dining room, but thankfully you can still cure your Italian, Patsa Bella craving at Scotsman General Store in Downtown! At the General Store, they will be offering a variety of freezer meals for pick up. In addition to this, they are opening their dining room for private parties, special events, and reservations along with catering! If you would like to host a private party or event, contact Pasta Bella at 601-778-7974 or pastabellalaurel@gmail.com!

Sweet Somethings Bakery and Bed & Breakfast

Have a sweet tooth? Sweet Somethings has a treat for everyone! A local would suggest their sticky buns, but we suggest anything!! From cakes to pies to cinnamon rolls, they have it all on 543 Central Avenue.

Sweet Somethings Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for somewhere in the Downtown area with a little bit of history! This 1923 suite is just above the Bakery and cozy as can be. To book a stay, call 601-340-3880 or follow this link and click “reserve today!”

The Loft on Central Avenue

The Loft on Central Avenue offers a casual dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating! They are known for having the best steak in town along with pasta, seafood, and service! Follow them on Facebook and take your Valentine’s date to The Loft for a meal they won’t forget.

Forever Nutrition

If you are always on the go like us, a little pick-me-up from Forever Nutrition is just what you need! Located on 541 Central Avenue, Forever Nutrition specializes in healthy and delicious nutritional replacement shakes and loaded teas, that are packed with vitamins and energy! Stop in or call in your order at 601-342-2753. Until February 4th, for every combo purchased your name will be entered into a drawing for a Pasta Bella Date Night at home that would be so sweet for Valentine’s Day!

The Boutique on Central

Get ready for your Valentine’s Day date night at The Boutique on Central! They specialize in gorgeous clothing for sizes small to 3X at fabulous prices for all budgets. Get pretty in pink or stay classy in the perfect little black dress this Valentine’s when you shop at The Boutique on Central!

Be Amazing Paper Company

If you are in search of the perfect Valentine’s Day card for your sweetheart, Be Amazing Paper Company has many options that will be perfect! Along with cards, stationery, and journals, they have other items, like this mug, that would make for a sweet gift. You can shop in-store or online for this unique shop! They even offer custom printing.

Two A Tee & Company

Two A Tee & Company has little gift baskets that range in prices and are filled with a variety of Two A tee merchandise! Also, if you need the perfect date night outfit or just some finishing touches and accessories to dress you up “to a tee.” Shop with them in-store or online for all your clothing needs!

The Knight Butcher

 

 

The Knight Butcher, located on 520 Central Avenue, is bringing back the ‘Sweetheart Special!’ This Valentine’s Day Package includes a variety of items from the main course to desserts for the sweetest cooking date night. They also just launched a new item, the Knight Snackle Box! This item has over 4 pounds of snacking goodness to bring along on a picnic or your next fishing trip. Call The Knight Butcher at 601-651-2054 to order your items today!

Bella Bella

There is always something for the ladies and guys at Bella Bella! Feel festive for Valentine’s Day with a cute sweater, accessorize with amazing jewelry or a cute new bag, and finish off your outfit with Bella Bella’s favorite OnRunning shoes. They don’t forget about the guys at Bella Bella. They offer a range of products for men including OnRunning shoes, clothing, and gear for any occasion.

Office Products Center, Inc.

Providing you with the best office products, gifts, and home decor is Office Products Center, Inc.! They are known for providing their customers with the best service and quality products. Stop by and see our friends at Office Products Center, Inc. on 212 N 5th Avenue, just off of Central Avenue!

The businesses and eateries along Central Avenue greatly appreciate your support and business! We thank you for your time, patience, and support as the road construction continues. The sidewalks are open and so are the businesses, so when you are Downtown don’t forget to shop Central Avenue to show these businesses some extra love!

 

Downtown Countdown to 2022

Come spend New Year’s Eve in Downtown Laurel for the Downtown Countdown to 2022 & let’s party like it’s 2022! 

Laurel Main Street and BancorpSouth Bank are proud to announce the return of Downtown Countdown after last year’s cancellation in caution of COVID-19. Witness the inaugural lighting of the 7 foot Rhinestone Pinecone suspended from the historic 1st National Bank at the corner of North Magnolia & Central Avenue, which is the Rock104 stage. This event is free to attend and family-friendly!

Countdown Kids: 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Countdown Kids will begin at 5 PM on North Magnolia Street. There will be jumps, games, music by DJ Peeches on the Rock104 stage, and face painting. Also, the first pinecone drop and fireworks show will be at 8 PM on the Rock104 stage!

Adults Celebrate: 8:00 PM – Midnight

We welcome all to come to Oak Street, North Magnolia Street, & Central Ave to celebrate, enjoy live music, food trucks, beer & celebratory toasting service, fireworks & midnight countdown lighting of the Loblolly Pinecone on the Rock104 Stage!

What else to expect this New Year’s Eve?

You can look forward to food trucks, beer and champagne services, live entertainment on the Rock104 Stage, and extended merchant and restaurant hours at the Downtown Countdown to 2022!

The live entertainment will be by DJ Peeches at 5:00-8:00 PM, Emerald Empire at 8:00 PM-Midnight, Sistaz with Soul at Midnight. Also, at 7:00-8:00 PM, Elegant Evenings will be hosting a fashion show in front of their shop!

Check out this map to help you navigate Downtown on New Year’s Eve!

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Along with a huge shoutout to all of our sponsors, we would like to give a special thanks to BancorpSouth for being a platinum sponsor of this event! We are grateful to these sponsors for making this event possible and better than ever this year, and hope to see you at Downtown Countdown to 2022!!

3…2…1…Happy New Year!!

Holidays Downtown in Laurel

Holidays Downtown in Laurel have already begun, but the events get bigger and better as the month progresses.

By now, everyone has started Christmas shopping, and we hope you are shopping local! Cherish the special moments that come with the holidays, and spend the holidays downtown in Laurel and Christmas season to savor these precious moments.

Bancorp Tree Lighting

On Friday, December 3rd @6 PM, the Mayor of Laurel will be lighting the city Christmas tree in Pinehurst Park sponsored by BancorpSouth!  Enjoy music by First United Methodist Church, and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa from local businesses to stay warm!

Sertoma Christmas Parade

Following the Downtown Tree Lighting @7 PM on Friday, December 3rd is the 39th annual Laurel Sertoma Christmas parade!  Delight in ‘The Blessing of Christmas’ downtown. The parade will begin east on Mason Street and end on Sawmill Road. The Grand Marshal will be the Honey Island Clydesdales. Also, the Coca-Cola Christmas truck will also be featured in the parade.

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Laurel will be hosting the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, December 4th from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the YWCO located at 428 West Oak Street and First Baptist Church of Laurel located at 607 West 5th Street. Dine-in or to-go plates will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a Kiwanis Club member. This event is a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Laurel with the proceeds going to scholarships at local schools. Come enjoy the tradition of all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage!

Laurel Mercantile 5th Anniversary

Head downtown to the Laurel Mercantile Co., owned by Ben and Erin Napier as seen on HGTV’s Hometown, on Saturday, December 4th to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the store! There will be vendors on the lawn, carolers, and more to help celebrate Laurel Mercantile Co.!

Magic of Downtown

Come experience the ‘Magic of Christmas’ in Downtown Laurel on December 17th from 5:00 until 9:00 PM!  There will be more details to come soon, but the evening will be filled with shopping, Christmas cheer, and holiday activities!

Downtown Countdown

Stay tuned for a blog post full of details for Laurel’s New Year’s Eve celebration! Here is a little sneak peek…we WILL be dropping the pine cone at midnight!

 

Christmas Gift Guide for Shopping Small

Downtown on a dime! A shopping small Christmas gift guide for Downtown Laurel during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday is just what you need to help you get started!

This is the perfect gift guide for all price ranges and every person on your Christmas list this year!  Remember to stay local and shop at small businesses during the holiday season.

 

Gifts Under $25:

For the Guys:

Your Everyday Hot Sauce from Sullivan & Sons Co.

This is the perfect gift for the guy who likes to cook or grill!

Scotsman Mississippi Key Fob from the Laurel Mercantile

Do you love Hometown?  Snag this Scotsman key fob as a gift for the guy in your life!

Duke Cannon Duke Cannon Soap Leaf and Leather from Guild and Gentry

Check out Guild and Gentry for the best stocking stuffers like this Duke Cannon soap!

Southern Socks from the Laurel Mercantile

USA-made socks with a variety of designs make for the perfect Christmas gift!

 

For the Ladies:

Bling Circle Studs from It’s What A Girl Wants

Every girl needs a little bit of sparkle for Christmas!

Fashion Fall Gloves from Two A Tee & Co.

Stay warm and cozy this winter with these fashionable gloves!

Tickled Pink 8oz Candle from The Cotton Boll

Help a friend fill their home with wonderful smells from The Cotton Boll!

Capetown Puzzle – 1000 Piece from Be Amazing Paper Co.

Be Amazing Paper Co. has the perfect puzzle to relax with after the busy holiday season!

 

For the Kids:

Kids Collection – Be Silly Be Honest Sign from HAND + made

Add a bit of joy and decoration for the kiddos during the holidays!

The Lantern House by Erin Napier from the Laurel Mercantile

Step into a new world with the story of this home with the kids from the Laurel Mercantile!

Patchwork Owl from LollyBells Children’s Boutique and Gifts

Find a friend for the kids in this stuffed animal!

“Your Words Have Power” Short Sleeve Shirt from The Social Club

Spread kindness to everyone with The Social Club as a gift for the kids!

 

Gifts $25 and Up:

For the Guys:

Tech Tools Kit from The Cotton Boll

The perfect “do it all” gift for the handyman in your life!

Properly Tied Summit Duffle from Guild and Gentry

An essential travel bag for guys of all ages with genuine leather

 

For the Ladies:

Hampton Court Blanket from Allie’s on Magnolia

Cozy up next to a fire with the softest blanket to help keep you warm during the winter!

OnRunning Shoes from Bella Bella

Ladies, stay up to date with the hottest trends with OnRunning!

 

For the Kids:

Kid Thank You Notes Writing Kit from the Laurel Mercantile

Allow your kids to send thank you notes to friends and family during the holidays!

Ornament from Sullivan & Sons Co.

Happy holidays & small business shopping from Laurel Main Street!

 

Know Before You Go: Loblolly Festival 2021

Loblolly lovers rejoice! Loblolly Festival is back, this Saturday from 9-4pm in Downtown Laurel. Get ready for the biggest event of the year. 

What’s Playing

Enjoy live music on two stages all day long. Bring a chair, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Loblolly Festival as long as you’d like.

The Loblolly Stage (Front Street)

9:00am-10:15am Free N’ Easy

10:45am-12:00 noon Jones & Pine

12:30pm-2:00pm Ryan Cooper

2:30pm-4:00pm Cary Hudson & The Piney Woods Players

The Knight Butcher Stage (Central Avenue) 

11:00am-2:00pm Free N’ Easy

Drink Up!

The Southern Beverage beer trailer will be located on Oak Street by Trustmark Art Park (and the Laurel Main Street tent) serving up brews for you to enjoy while you stroll around the festival. Be sure to bring cash or visit one of the ATMs Downtown, as cards will not be accepted at the trailer.

Many of our eateries also serve alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages for your convenience. Drink local!

What’s Cookin’

Over 20 food vendors will be on Oak Street featuring corn dogs, funnel cakes, barbecue, and more. Not to mention our delicious Downtown eateries…take your pick! (We recommend filling up on a little bit of everything.)

Fun for the Family

Loblolly Festival is an event for the whole family! Expect games, jumps, and activities for the littles of all ages.

The pumpkin patch at First United Methodist Church, the Heritage Arts Festival at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the viewing of the Art on Masonite contest at The YWCO are also great options for family fun.

Shop Small

While you’re Downtown, make sure to visit our Downtown businesses. This is a great opportunity to check out a shop you’ve never been in before! (Or your very favorite)

It’s important to still make your way down Central Avenue to support the stores and eateries affected by road closures and temporary construction. Not to mention, The Knight Butcher stage will be featuring live music from 11am-2pm.

Scarecrow Invasion

Our Downtown merchants will unveil their scarecrows on Saturday! Check out all their larger-than-life creations while you enjoy the festival. The winners of the competition will be announced on our social media pages on October 5th.

Helpful Tips

  • Furry friends are allowed to attend the festival, but be mindful of city leash laws and please pick up after your pets.
  • Loblolly Festival is free! 
  • Keep the City ‘Beautiful’! Make sure to discard pet waste, food, and garbage in trash receptacles.
  • When you’re sippin’ and strolling, make sure to follow the city’s open container laws, and stay in the leisure district.
  • Ample parking is available in outer lots. Don’t be afraid to get your steps in!
  • Grab a Loblolly Guide from the Laurel Main Street tent by Trustmark Art Park for a map and more information on the event.
  • Loblolly Festival is rain or shine! Don’t worry, we won’t cancel on you.


A special thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who make this event happen! Loblolly Festival is presented by our signature sponsor, Howard Industries.