From Small Town to Big Screen

GM Hardwood Floors LLC is a family-owned business located in Laurel, Mississippi. Mike Husers, owner, has been servicing customers throughout Central and South Mississippi, Alabama, and the surrounding regions for more than 20 years.

“We are devoted to providing our customers with top-quality craftsmanship in the restoration, maintenance, and addition of hardwood flooring in their homes or places of business,” says Husers. “My goal is to sustain the business while keeping it small. This allows me to pass savings along to our customers and ensure quality control for the services we offer. I am always at every job site.”

The small family business was recently given a chance to showcase its talents to a much larger audience when the hosts of HGTV’s “Home Town,” Ben and Erin Napier, approached Husers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I had known Ben and Erin for a few years, since refinishing some floors in a building they were restoring in downtown Laurel,” says Husers. “When they started filming the pilot episode of ‘Home Town,’ Ben asked if I wanted to do the floor restoration. I agreed, and was later asked to be a part of the first season.”

Ten episodes were shot for the first season, each one featuring a vintage home renovation set against the backdrop of a tiny Southern town. The show features Ben and Erin who, according to HGTV, “love small-town living, and they’re striving, on a variety of fronts, to make their own Mississippi hometown more livable, lovable, welcoming and fun.”

GM Hardwood Floors participated in nine of the 10 episodes, servicing the homes that required hardwood floor restoration. “‘Home Town’ has given great opportunities for local small businesses to showcase their craftsmanship. My flooring work was spotlighted in several episodes, and I am very grateful to have had that opportunity,” shares Husers.

Committed to the local community, HGTV even held a screening party in Laurel giving town residents the opportunity for a sneak peek of the season premiere.

“The community being able to share this experience was awesome,” says Husers. “There was amazing energy as we came together to see the small town we love, the place we call home, in the national spotlight.”

When asked how being on the show has impacted GM Hardwood Floors, Husers exclaimed, “It has been a great experience. I’ve met a lot of people from different areas, and enjoyed working with them. Business is good. I love seeing the old floors and homes being brought back to life. And, it’s great to be a part of something that is having a positive impact on our town.”

Season two of “Home Town” is currently being filmed. Full episodes of season one are available at hgtv.com/shows/home-town/episodes.

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