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Laurel, Mississippi Trip Part 2

Shopping & Dining

Last week, I shared about where we stayed in Laurel, MS on our little anniversary weekend getaway. Today, I want to tell you about where we shopped, ate, and what we did. Laurel was such a charming town, and I highly recommend visiting! If you don’t know about Laurel, it’s where they film HGTV’s Home Town. Years ago, it had fallen on hard times and was in dire need of revitalization. Fast forward twelve years and the town has seen a turnaround, with businesses opening downtown and revitalization of historical buildings and residences happening still. I loved the feel of the stores and restaurants in Laurel. They have a collected feel, decorated with antiques and vintage pieces. In some of the stores, like the Laurel Mercantile and Guild & Gentry, it’s almost like shopping in a museum. I loved the way everything was presented; the wares they sold were styled and presented with care and attention and I really appreciated that. 

Laurel Mercantile

Another painted mural outside of the Mercantile

Scotsman General Store

The Scotsman General Store is a great place to go grab a snack, a unique soda pop, sit and rock in a rocking chair, or watch Ben Napier and his brother work on woodworking projects they film for the show. There is a large glass window that looks into his shop from the General Store. They weren’t filming when we were there. But, who knows? Maybe when you visit, they will be. 

Looking into the wood shop from General Store

The City of Laurel and Mainstreet Laurel have done an amazing job of making it easy for visitors know where to shop, dine, and have some fun! There were maps of the downtown district, recommendations like this cute illustrated one above, and they were placed a businesses and at the Laurel Welcome Center. I really appreciated that! 

I didn’t take photos of where and what we ate, but I will list that below. And, I actually at low carb the entire time we were there, save for an anniversary treat I allowed myself to have at Sweet Something’s Bakery. 

 

 

Where We Ate:

  • Lunch at The Pearl Diner: Mrs. Pearl was on season 2 of Home Town and she was making sure everything was running smoothly when we got there. The diner is housed in a beautiful renovated old building and the food was delicious. Think Southern home cooking!
  •  Snack at The Scotsman General Store and Shug’s. Shug’s is a cookie dough and candy bar. And they even had sugar free options that I enjoyed!
  • Coffee at Lee’s. I had a delicious sugar free latte here. They are housed in an old two story building, and have open mic nights and live music sometimes. 
  • Dinner at The Loft. Beautiful exposed brick walls, gas lantern sconces on the walls, an outdoor eating area. And the food was yummy!
  • Breakfast at The 5000 Food Truck. I love food trucks! We don’t really have any where I live, but I love to try them out when I find one. I had an absolutely delicious low carb breakfast bowl. (It might have been my favorite meal I had the  whole time!)
  • Dessert at Sweet Something’s Bakery. I indulged in a cheesecake brownie and it was so good. We brought back treats for the girls, and Jared had a peanut butter cookie and a cinnamon roll, of which  the bakery is known for. 
  • And on the way out of town, we grabbed lunch at Vic’s Biscuits and Burgers.
If you’re a foodie, Laurel has something for everyone! There was an Italian restaurant named Mimmo’s and a New Orleans style restaurant called Cafe La Fleur that came highly recommended that we didn’t have time to try. Can’t wait to go back and remedy that. 

Guild & Gentry

Downtown Laurel

We really did have so much fun in Laurel. It’s only a three and a half hour drive from my home, but even if you live farther away, it is worth the drive. Not pictured was the trip we made to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, which is Mississippi’s very first art museum. Worth the stop in to see that. Also, we just enjoyed walking around downtown, popping into the stores, and just taking it all in. 

What about you? Have you ever visited Laurel or do you have plans to visit?

See Part 1 of our trip HERE.

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