Ian Somerhalder Visits Fans at Family Store in Mississippi

Posted Monday March 25, 2013 8:48 PM GMT

Heading south to support the family business, Ian Somerhalder went to Built of Barnwood's one-year anniversary celebration at Century Hall in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi on Sunday (March 24).

The "Vampire Diaries" star co-owns the store with his brother, Bob, and showed up in a black deep v-neck T-shirt, blue jeans, and a white fedora as he greeted over 2,000 fans.

Enjoying his time away from the glitz and glamor of L.A., the 34-year-old actor tweeted, "Amazing weekend in Louisiana&the MS gulf coast w/ family& friends-thank you so much for all the http://Builtofbarnwood.com support. Love you all."

Recently, the hunky bloodsucker took another trip away from the coast for the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where he met one of his favorite celebs. Cutting the line to give the furry feline a kiss, Ian happily cuddled with Grumpy Cat.

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