- story by Ellis Anderson
The first segment, showcasing the gas station, will premier July 20th, at 9pm on the Great American Country (GAC) network. The second segment, focuses on the studio/home of designers Al and Cathy Lawson, airs July 27th, also at 9pm (subject to change).
The gas station is owned by local real estate broker, Holly Lemoine-Raymond, of HL Raymond Properties, LLC. The broker has a local reputation as a DIY expert (click here and scroll down to read her "Beautiful Things" columns in the Shoofly). She renovated the gas station top to bottom, two years ago.
The transformation of both projects made the grade with the assigned production company, Beyond Media, LLC.
"It's all about our community and its history," she says.
The broker says that she's very proud of her Mississippi coast home, but the shows also focus on another of her passions - re-purposing. She hopes the two segments will inspire people to think outside the box, by seeing examples of how derelict properties can shine with new life.
She also enjoys showcasing the Bay to a national audience.
"We have so much in the way of natural beauty, history and good architecture," says Holly. "And our people are simply amazing. The production crews I've worked with have loved it here, and are trying to find reasons to come back."
Holly says that she's working with producers on two other potential projects and she hopes to be filming again in the fall.