This past Saturday we ventured 35 minutes north to Laurel, Mississippi. Zach and I had been wanting to visit downtown Laurel and noticed there was a Christmas market going on hosted by The Market Beautiful. There were vendors from all over the South selling vintage, refurbished, and handmade items of all kinds. Another big selling point was that Ben and Erin Napier from the HGTV show Home Town were going to speak at the event and have a meet and greet at their store.
The market was great. They had a portion downtown closed off with the vendors lining the streets. There was rain in the forecast, but thankfully the weather held up perfectly, so we were able to go by each vendor. There was a wide variety of items available and I ended up purchasing a few Christmas gifts, a small wooden cow painting (I love cows), and a handcrafted skin toner from Aqualime Natural Skin & Body Care. We also got to meet Erin and Ben and check out Laurel Mercantile, which was super exciting.
Once we were done with the market, we made our way around downtown Laurel to check out all the other stores. Despite Laurel being relatively small, there were plenty of stores and restaurants in the downtown area to check out. We definitely want to go back and get some meat from The Knight Butcher. We ended up getting some salty, delicious creole popcorn from Southern Kernels Gourmet Popcorn. Our favorite stop of the day was definitely Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar. They had multiple sugar-free chocolate candy choices and I promise you the peanut butter cup was one of the best we had ever had. So creamy. So delicious. For a list of all places to visit in downtown Laurel, check out the Laurel Main Street website.
Check out the photo recap below from our day in Laurel, all taken by my incredibly talented adventure partner, Zach. Also, make sure to check out his Instagram, @meandmy35 for more beautiful photos. I love that he captures our adventures in a unique way.