HGTV arrives in La Grange, Ky. For “Home Town Kickstart”


LA GRANGE, Ky. – The Kentucky Barn is set to be the setting for HGTV’s new series, “Home Town Kickstart”. The show is a spin-off of “Home Town Takeover” and “Home Town,” both starring the husband and wife team, Ben and Erin Napier.

Spectrum News 1 met with residents of La Grange to discuss the revitalization plans they submitted for the show, in the hopes that their idea will be successful.


What would you like to know

  • The Kentucky Barn Set To Be The Setting For HGTV’s New Series, “Home Town Kickstart”
  • The show is a spin-off of “Home Town Takeover” and “Home Town,” both starring the husband and wife team, Ben and Erin Napier
  • Home Town Kickstart will help six small towns across the United States in their revitalization efforts
  • The series should be released in 2022

The Grange has been dubbed the ‘Kindness Capital of Kentucky’ and many townspeople are thrilled with the generosity to come when HGTV’s’ Home Town ‘stars the Napiers take on three projects for an upcoming series called’ Home Town Kickstart. “

You can watch the show’s trailer here.

Residents of the community submitted requests for what they wanted to restore or revitalize at La Grange.

Here’s a look at what some locals put on for the show.

“There are a number of people in town who bought the buildings with the aim of not only painting them but actually restoring them, and so it was kind of an early move,” Heather Hottenroth, chair of the Historical Commission of La Grange, Spectrum News 1 said.

Over the course of the series, the Napiers will undertake three projects in each city, including refreshing a local hero’s home, modernizing a small business, and revitalizing a public space.

Locals like Julia Koontz, who owns a few buildings in The Grange, including the historic Gatewood building at 125 E. Main Street, have submitted demands for what they want the Napiers to attack. She bought and then renovated the Gatewood building, which was built in 1908.

“And really in the whole district there were more vacancies than companies,” Koontz said.

The 52-year-old now rents the building for events, like weddings. She’s hoping that HGTV will take on their next project, the basement. Right now it’s storage space, but his vision is a sweatshop called “Goodfellas Bourbon Cellar”.

“I got three prescriptions from this building, since it was originally a pharmacy, all of which were written around the time of the medicinal whiskey prohibition,” Koontz said. “I guess the main street was going pretty well back then! “

Business owners like Koontz envision this for Main Street, again a very busy and bustling thoroughfare. She said “Home Town Kickstart” will make it happen whether or not they choose her project.

“All they do is just bring more life to the community. It brings more opportunities, of course tourism, you know. Like I said, we all benefit, ”she said.

Hottenroth owns approximately $ 1.3 million in real estate in La Grange. One of the buildings she bought and restored on Main Street will soon open as a museum. However, she submitted an idea to beautify the lanes of the main streets and connect them to create a pedestrian loop.

“Everyone’s been down a cool alley in a big or small town that has these little lanes, and everyone loves this idea and tells them about it,” Hottenroth said. “You know, let’s keep our fingers crossed, it would be super awesome if that could be one of the projects, but we’ll see!” “

“Home Town Kickstart” will also focus on sharing unique stories about notable residents of the American cities featured in the series.

The other five cities selected are Buffalo, Wyoming; Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Arizona; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana.

The series is slated to air in 2022, but no official release date has been announced. However, if you tune in to HGTV on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET for “Home Town Takeover: Where Are They Now,” the final minutes of this special will include the town’s announcements for “Home Town Coup.” mail.

HGTV is on channel 51 for Spectrum cable subscribers.

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