La Grange moves into national spotlight, in new HGTV spinoff show

La Grange moves into national spotlight, in new HGTV spinoff show

WLKY32
May 12, 2022

The small town of LaGrange, Kentucky, is going Hollywood!

The town just over 20 miles northeast of Louisville is getting featured on HGTV’s Hometown Kickstart. It was one of six towns selected out of over 5,000 applicants. LaGrange Council Person Andrea Essenpreis says this is just what the town needed.

“It’s going to be great for tourism, it’s going to be great for our local economy, and it’s going to be great for our residents,” she said.

The show, a spin-off of the network’s hit show Hometown, is meant to help boost the small town’s renovation projects. One of the projects selected is called the Alley Loop. It’s a one-mile walking loop around Main Street that will be filled with murals, pavers and art.

“What we’re doing here is truly transforming the community,” says Alley Loop leader Heather Hottenroth. “We had the momentum, but they knew they could come in and help take it to the next level.”

The goal of the project is to help grow the downtown area and get the community involved in the project. One of the murals that was featured in the show was inspired by the Richins sisters, who created the “Be Kind” signs.

The sisters have been selling homemade signs that read “Be Kind” for $10, and the proceeds are donated to local charities.

Since starting the business in 2019, they have gotten national attention for their efforts. Including, getting their town’s identity changed to the “kindness capital of Kentucky,” which is what helped draw HGTV to LaGrange.

Raegan Richins says working with the artist on the mural was such a cool experience.

“We drew out some ideas and gave them to,” Richins said. “When people drive by it and they see it, we hope it inspires them to be kind. It’s so bright and colorful and it really just pops!”

LaGrange’s episode of Hometown Kickstart will air on HGTV Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m.

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