27 Apr Small Town Nicknamed “Kindness Capital of Kentucky” Slated for Revitalization in New HGTV Series
This article appeared in Southern Living magazine in November 2021. It stated the details of the Home Town Kickstart project and the fact that La Grange was one of six communities chosen for renovation projects. The article pointed out that La Grange has earned the nickname, “Kindness Capital of Kentucky.” Sisters Raegan, 13, and Rylyn Richins, 10, began making and selling yard signs that read “Be Kind” in 2019 in an effort to launch a campaign they hoped would spark a wave of kindness. The girls donate all proceeds to local charities. More info HERE: https://touroldham.com/hgtv-home-town/
November 18, 2021
La Grange, Kentucky, an Oldham County town known as the “Kindness Capital of Kentucky,” is one of six small communities selected for a revitalization in HGTV’s new show, Home Town Kickstart.
“Thousands of towns across America submitted applications and we are honored and proud that La Grange, the Kindness Capital of Kentucky, was selected,” The La Grange, Kentucky, Main Street organization announced on Facebook this week.
Home Town Kickstart is a new renovation series that follows popular HGTV hosts as they breathe new life into communities in need of rejuvenation.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Ty Pennington, Jasmine Roth, and Alison Victoria are among the experts who, with support from Home Town stars Ben and Erin Napier, will lead three projects in each town. An HGTV dream team will refresh the home of a local hero, give a small business a beautiful upgrade, and reinvigorate a public space to enhance the residents’ quality of life and engender community pride.
“We see the positive impact of this small town renaissance every day in Laurel,” Erin said in a news release. “Ben and I can’t wait to share all we’ve learned with our fellow HGTV experts so they can help these communities achieve their goals.”
Southern Living readers know that the Napiers are more than familiar with small-town revitalizations.
“Erin and I have renovated more than 80 homes in Laurel for Home Town and we’ve seen how these improvements change a community for the better,” Ben said in a news release. “Now, with help from HGTV, we’re going to continue what we started and help more small towns across the country.”
The town of La Grange, located just outside of Louisville, is home to roughly 8,000 people. It was named the “Kindness Capital of Kentucky” in 2019 after two young residents, sisters Raegan and Rylyn Richins, launched a nationwide “Be Kind” sign campaign.
The five other communities to be featured in Home Town Kickstart include Buffalo, Wyoming; Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Arizona; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana.
“We see the positive impact of this small town renaissance every day in Laurel,” Erin said in a statement. “Ben and I can’t wait to share all we’ve learned with our fellow HGTV experts so they can help these communities achieve their goals.”
Home Town Kickstart is slated to premiere in spring 2022.
The “Be Kind” sisters, Raegan and Rylyn Richins.