LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel Main Street is continuing to grow economically. The downtown area has attracted several entrepreneurs in the past month.
On Central Avenue, The Knight Butcher recently had its grand opening.
"We're bringing back the old school feel of a butcher shop, old time butcher shop, to where you come in and you get exactly what you would like cut," said owner Chad Knight.
Chad and his wife, Terri, provide fresh meat, jerky and also a little sugar with their homemade fudge.
"It's been pretty awesome, pretty overwhelming, but you know I can't complain," Knight said.
Also on Central Avenue is Laurel's first Welcome Center. The center made its home at the old First National Bank and also had its grand opening the same day as The Knight Butcher.
The Welcome Center provides visitors with brochures and information about the city and much more. Upstairs, there are a few more businesses that have decided to call downtown home.
Jones Toffee Co. has a kitchen there where it makes its own products. The company just launched its online store where all its toffees are sold. Also in the same building is Black Horn Productions.
"We do everything from photography to video, creative directing, programming (and) anything in the creative arts we can do," said owner Brandon Davis.
Just like Knight, Davis also grew up in Laurel. Both moved back to their hometown and said they are happy to be part of the city's growth.
"I believe in Laurel, I believe in the community and the people love Laurel and I really, really wanted to help them get to the next level in those areas," Davis said.