Now that Chip and Joanna Gaines have successfully broken our hearts by announcing the end of their show Fixer Upper, there’s a new HGTV couple ready to take their place! Viewers invited Ben Napier and Erin Napier into their homes via their TV screens when their show Home Town premiered back in March, and now they can’t get enough — so much so that the network has decided to renew the show for another season. But there’s some big changes ahead because the husband-and-wife duo are about to become a family of three — Erin announced that she’s pregnant with the couple’s first baby earlier this month — and they’re also in the middle of filming Season 2. Keep reading below to learn more about Ben and Erin!
Who are Erin and Ben Napier?
Erin, 32, and Ben, 34, are college sweethearts and business owners who met at Jones County Junior College and both later attended the University of Mississipi, where Erin studied graphic design and Ben studied history. Ben is also a former youth minister, and he resigned from his position at the Laurel First United Methodist Church in October 2014 so that he could take on a full-time position at their businesses, Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. — where he works as a woodworker. While working alongside her hubby, Erin also keeps a daily online journal.
What is ‘Home Town’ about?
Erin and Ben work together in their hometown to help restore and renovate gorgeous old homes in the area for newcomers.
Where is ‘Home Town’ filmed?
The HGTV show is filmed on location in Laurel, MS — a city in Jones County that sits just about 30 miles north of Hattiesburg and about 90 miles away from Jackson. As of 2016, the town’s population is just under 19,000 and it was founded in 1882 as a lumber town.
What does Erin Napier blog about?
On January 1, 2010, Erin made it her personal mission to keep a daily journal where she would take the time to write about at least one positive thing that happened in hers and her husband’s life. She’s kept her promise — and has written 2,457 blog posts since then.
What are Erin and Ben’s businesses?
Ben owns the Scotsman Co., which is a furniture business, and together they co-own an online shop called the Laurel Mercantile Co. with two other local couples — where they sell all kinds of American-made wares from home decor to apparel.
When is the ‘Home Town’ Season 2 premiere date?
Ben and Erin are currently filming, and the second season is set to air on January 8, 2018 on HGTV.
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.