HGTV is known for giving you the home decor inspo you want most whenever you waltz into HomeGoods, but it’s also pumped out some big-time stars. With that said, meet the next Chip and Joanna Gaines: Erin and Ben Napier on Home Town.
This new venture on the home improvement network is small-town, as rural as it gets, and will send you into a fixer-upper frenzy you were never prepared for. The Napiers live in Laurel, Mississippi, known for being Laurel, Mississippi. The couple are best known for their all-American mom-and-pop shop called Laurel Mercantile. With Ben’s woodworking background and Erin’s home design background, the store is a cute combination of an REI camping goods store and a Pottery Barn.
With a can-do attitude to keep their small business hot while also keeping it local — everything in the shop is American-made — the couple found themselves with that same drive for home repair. That’s where HGTV comes in.
Home Town focuses on the Napiers’ navigation through sustaining history in their little town on the prairie while modernizing broken-down structures in Laurel. Erin told E! News, “It’s like a documentary of us just being at home.”
If that isn’t the sweetest quote of all time, I don’t know what is. And I’ll bet that the show is full of many more. Even though Home Town’s first season just wrapped up this week, Erin and Ben will be back every Tuesday on HGTV to create beautiful new homes and memories like only small-town folks can.