Summer may be hot in Mississippi, but it sure is fun! We have already had a great start to the summer thanks to the new park downtown just steps from our store. I had the honor of designing the park's fence panels and will be sharing more with you soon about my design process working with C&C Specialties to make the fencing happen. The park was provided by Safety 1st, and the project was managed by Joshua Nowell. What used to be a nearly unused space in the center of our city has become a beautiful spot for children to swing, play and stroll. Thanks to so many in the community who made it happen. I even had the awesome opportunity of working with CNC Specialties in designing the fence around the park! The Trest family will definitely contribute more than our share of play time in the space.
The park is just the beginning of the summer fun for Laurel. We are about to embark on our eighth year of Downtown Movie Night. Last year, the event brought crowds of over 1,500 to our downtown area, so we expect this year to be huge. This year is extra special for us because the Laurel Farmers Market that takes place before movie night has changed locations to Magnolia Street, right in front of our store. With the addition of live music, food trucks and a car show, Downtown Thursday in Laurel will be jam packed with family entertainment. The movie lineup, events and details can be found online at www.downtownthursday.com.
So, while you’re stocking up on your summer fruits and vegetables, you can shop Adam Trest Home and all the other stores along Magnolia and downtown. We’ll have plenty of our summer series of t-shirts in the store as well as our tin mugs that include our city’s symbolic oak trees and a custom "Laurel" t-shirt design. We also have some Swell bottles with our signature Adam Trest Logo to help keep you hydrated while walking around downtown. We can’t promise it will be cool outside, but we can promise you will have a good time.
Naturally, I couldn’t stop with just the shirts, mugs and water bottles. This summer on the farm has been an adventure for me, and I have been craving painting something colorful. So, to commemorate this year’s Farmers Market moving to Magnolia, I painted something to help recreate that summer in Laurel feeling all year long. My hope is that this will fill the homes of those who make memories this summer in downtown Laurel, or even in the homes of those who can’t make it this year but know how a summer in Laurel feels. I am producing these in limited quantities, so purchase your print now!
We look forward to seeing all of you summer shoppers in Laurel!