Downtown Richmond Indiana: Like Coming Home

Every day in Richmond IN, people are coming from points near and far to visit this quaint historic downtown area. Filled with unique shops and local shop owners, people return not only for the items they find but also the welcoming atmosphere.


On right: Ron Hughes, owner of The Tin Lizzie Cafe taking a moment to chat with a customer

Early..early every morning…

Years ago I read a book to my daughter called “The Storekeeper.”  It started with “early, early every morning, the storekeeper starts her day…” and follows her through the day in the life of a local shop owner.  She greets her customers as if they are friends and family, knowing each by name.  The book gives a wonderful insight into the long hours and the unusual dedication to community that local business owners have.

As I watch local shopkeepers downtown start their days I always think of this book.  They may greet each other on the streets as they are sweeping their front sidewalk, or you may see one in the window, setting up a display and waving as people walk by to work.

At the Tin Lizzie Cafe, named for their historic Model T car, you may find owner Ron Hughes chatting with customers, taking a break after opening his kitchen at 6:00 a.m. to start baking fresh cookies and pies and preparing the soup of the day or a catering order. 

IMG_1781Around the corner at Embellish, owner Kim Hoppe, sets out her sidewalk sale items early before she opens her doors.  Her shop includes clothing, accessories and “embellishments” that are unique and fun. Kim also runs Black Eyed Susan, which carries vintage and collectable items including dishes and decor.  Her little dog greets visitors as they come in, from her perch on her fluffy pillow, garnering smiles.

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Right: Shari and John Veach as they are interviewed by NBC about their local toy store: Veach’s

Years of experience

John and Shari Veach, owners of the toy store, Veach’s, care for their customers with the decades of knowledge they have personally gained and also acquired from John’s father who started the toy store over 50 years ago.  They also feel close to their community and have a passion to offer good quality toys.  It’s a family affair as their son Tanner, now a college student, can be seen setting up displays in the windows over summer breaks.

New local downtown shops

New shops are opening all the time in Downtown Richmond including “765” a young men’s clothing and accessory shop and Lux Lizzies, a lovely boutique with women’s clothing, boots, belts and accessories.  Plans are in the works for Lizzies to also open a “tween” store soon with the same attention to high quality and affordable fashion.  Both of these newer shops are also local and family-run.


The Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop carries lovely and unique tea pots and accessories as well as teas & local items and gifts

Rachel and Ron Hughes, owners of the Tin Lizzie, have in the past year opened a tea room called The Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop.  Open 10-3, M-W, and 10-4, TH and Friday, with Saturday hours from 11-2 p.m.  The tea shop offers eight lines of tea including Republic of Tea, Oregon Chai and Stash with over 100 flavors.  The kettle is on every day so that one can stop in and have a cup of tea or one of their specialty tea drinks.  Filled with earthy and local gift items and decor, they also offer afternoon teas by reservation.  Tea experiences include their “Tea for Two” and teas for up to 22 people for a larger celebration.  They also hold themed teas like Downton Abbey and as well as character birthday tea parties for children.

Older shops like Davis Jewelers and John’s Custom Framing have been around long enough to be appreciated as markers of the downtown’s longevity and stability.  One can often see shop owner of 52 years, John Gephart, of John’s Custom Framing sitting outside his shop downtown reading a paper or chatting with a friend.  (If you don’t see him there he may be drinking a cup of coffee as he visits with customers and  friends at the Tin Lizzie across the street).

IMG_1774Downtown Richmond offers a feeling that can be described as coming home.  Visitors from out of town have enjoyed the welcoming manner of local shopkeepers when they come for a day or a weekend stay, so much that they often return regularly.

In a time of hustle and bustle and never, it seems, a time to rest, local downtown shopping is becoming more popular across the United States.  People are seeking a place away from frantic and crowded experiences, and want to enjoy the one on one care that is often experienced when visiting local establishments.

When you walk into a shop in Downtown Richmond, you know that these people care about their community and what they have to offer.  Visit Downtown Richmond soon to see what all the fuss is about!

(When visiting Richmond IN, stop by the Visitor’s Center as you come in from the east and pick up information on the many trails you can experience while here including a fairy trail, chocolate trail and a trail of Tiffany stain glass windows).

** Other local businesses in Downtown Richmond IN include: Ply Fiber Art– a cozy yarn shop with supplies and knitting classes available.  Hometown Deli: Restaurant and catering serving breakfast and lunch.  Dance With Me Bridal Shop: call Barb for a bridal party appointment.  Sanders Jewelers: Jewelry shop.  Mona Lisa Salon & Boutique: Hair, nails, clothing and a coffee bar.  For more information on local shops, check back in to for exclusive interviews and stories.


Band Day at the Indiana State Fair!

bands silhouetteThis is the day that area bands in Wayne County and all over Indiana have been working towards.

Hours of practices, repetition and marching have culminated in this one major event that begins today at the crack of dawn.

bands 3Kids will travel on busses from all over Wayne County to represent their schools and their own personal achievements that they made to be able to participate in todays competition.

Coverage for Band Day is widespread including Twitter feeds, Facebook, and radio – and that’s just the local Wayne County coverage.  It will also be televised throughout Indiana.

Phil Quinn, from 101.7 is live today at the Fairgrounds for band day and you can get up to the minute coverage by following the station on Facebook and Twitter.  Rachel Sheeley is also live and on Facebook covering for the Pal-Item.

bands 2We will have results on our GoWayneCounty Facebook page as soon as they are announced tonight- so stay tuned!

It’s a great day for marching bands!

Kids at Heart Publishing Company

by Karole Passmore

A Writer’s Haven in Cambridge City

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Getting a signed copy from one of the authors from Kids at Heart Publising, Eva Reece.

I was recently invited to a small haven of creativity, nestled on a side street in Cambridge City.  It’s a place where writers meet to share their ideas, their successes and the desire to become published authors.  The space is provided by a woman named Shelley Davis owner of Kids at Heart Publishing Company.

A published author herself, Shelley knows the ins and outs, and also the trials, of attempting to become published, from experience.  To hold your published book in your hand, for a writer, Shelley explains “it’s an incredible feeling.”  Witnessing the joy of someone with their own book for the first time is the reason Shelley says she started her own publishing company.  She shares that she is there with them every step of the way to see them through the process of having their book put into print, and to help them with marketing their book afterwards.

Working alongside Shelley is Betsy Morphew, graphic artist who helps the authors with the design aspects of their book.  Those authors include 25 people currently, among them the first published author from Kids at Heart, Odell Calihan.  Mr. Calihan is a retired principal from the Franklin County schools, and his own unique story of how he became a published author speaks to the eclectic backgrounds of the authors of KAH.

A Story-teller at Heart

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Calihan in center with two of his published works. Shelley Davis on left.

According to Calihan, he was always a story teller at heart, using his stories to relay messages to kids when they were sent to his office as a principal.  He remembers well the first meeting with Shelley.  She visited Liberty Elementary to see if they ever had authors come to speak to the students. Mr. Calihan was a substitute principle at the time. He invited Shelley to his office to tell her about his story ideas. She encouraged him to put his words to paper and he is now working on his sixth book in print.  His first book is titled “Cooper & Cracker,” and each of his books include a lesson for kids to learn.  His family comes from the Appalachian Mountains, and Odell likes to add his experiences, and the stories of his family, into his books.

Odell adds that he “appreciates Shelley giving me the opportunity.”  And goes on to say that she encouraged him to take on more serious writing which he does in his book “Birth of an Angel,” a “tear jerker” according to Odell and the other authors seated in the little conference room at KAH.

According to Eva Reece, “people are drawn to Shelley- writers feel safe and that she cares.”  She shares that if it weren’t for Shelley’s support and guidance, “I would have never gotten published…I would have been lost in an ocean of corporations.”  Eva, like others who have been published at Kids at Heart, also likes Shelley’s ‘down to earth’ and friendly nature.

Shelley started writing for market in 2007, though her love of writing started as a child. Her first published book was “Will’s New Family”, about a Donkey, and is a picture book. Her experience with the difficulty of maneuvering through the process of publishing is what inspired her to start her own company and to help other aspiring authors.

Wayne County is home to many talented authors, and Shelley felt that there was a need for a local publishing company to support the growing talents of so many.  Shelley also has authors in five other states including Texas, Florida, Montana, and Michigan, meeting most of the authors at festivals and by word of mouth. 

Davis has many ideas for adding supportive elements to her publishing company for the authors including a monthly book club for grandparents, and is very proud that the “Library of Congress,”  added her company to their cataloging process.

Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC is a full publishing house offering copyrights, online retail sales and much more.  Titles include children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries and historical fiction. 

For more information on Kids at Heart publishing company:

Supporting Local Businesses: It’s A Family Thing

by Karole Passmore, GWC


For years, buying local has been a cornerstone of the message.  Highlighting new and firmly planted local businesses and local events is what we love to do.  We also know that buying local strengthens our economy and supports families who provide services we all need and enjoy, and we care because this is where we live.

Many years ago Jack Humphrey, founder and editor of, made the decision to return to Richmond after years of being away at college and then for his career in environmental and non-profit leadership.

Upon returning to his home town, his endeavors to highlight all the good things happening in Wayne County began with the question, which also was the editorial article in our first print edition “What is there to do in Wayne County?” And he soon learned there was a lot.  So much that at times he and later all of us working for GWC had a hard time keeping up with everything.

GWC is a family affair

GWC is a family affair and many of the hours we spend at events and writing are donated time we give to support the community where we live, work and play.

We value the hard work that local businesses put in each day, long after many have finished their eight or nine hour shifts.  If you look into shops downtown or in the Depot district on any given night you may see a light in the back where merchants are meeting to discuss a new idea, or they may be building or remodeling, designing, cooking or cleaning up after a late catering job.

Our family understands this hard work because for Jack and his wife Constance Humphrey, this is how they live as well.  Their work owning businesses and running them from their home offices will often entail working seven days a week.  Even at family gatherings, Jack will often be seen checking in with partners or clients on his phone that never leaves his side.  Customer service is key for them in their line of work.  And at some point, all of us have owned our own businesses in our family.

So many choices

So when we think of the holidays and who we will support, our family feels it is imperative to support the small businesses that are local and often family-owned.  And there are many of them to choose from.  Downtown alone there are several new store fronts that have opened to the public in the past 2-6 months.  And all of them opened after weeks of hard manual labor, and a lack of sleep for the owners who have had a dream and want to share that with their community.

The Depot District in Richmond is also a hot bed of local merchants as well as Wayne County towns from Centerville through Cambridge City and Hagerstown.  New businesses are popping up that are providing food, entertainment, art, gifts, jobs, and so much more.  They are offering a vision for what it means to work hard and achieve a dream.  One day they woke up and said “I want to do this for my community” knowing that it was a risk, knowing it would take an inordinate amount of time and physical effort.  And yet they pushed through with their dream- and they are open.

How can we make sure our favorite stores stay open?

And now it is our responsibility as a community to welcome them and embrace their dream as well.  They are the backbone of our communities offering high quality products that are selected, made and served with the highest of ideals.

So this holiday season, and all year round, remember that making a difference in our community means keeping our support local as much as possible so we can keep these unique shops in the business of providing excellent services for all of us to enjoy.

Please check back with regularly to hear more about the wonderful choices we have for shopping local.

Small Business Saturday is November 28, 2015- shop local and make a difference!





Trick or Treat Times October 31, 2015

trickortreatHere are your Trick or Treat & Trunk or Treat Times for Wayne County and surrounding areas!!

October 31, 2015


Boston: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Cambridge City: 6-8 p.m.

Centerville: 5-7 p.m.

College Corner, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Dublin: 6-8 p.m.

Farmland: 6-8 p.m.

Fountain City: 5-7 p.m.

Greens Fork: 6-8 p.m.

Hagerstown: 6-8:30 p.m.

Liberty: 6-8 p.m.

Milton: 6-8 p.m.

New Paris, Ohio: 6-8 p.m.

Parker City: 6-8 p.m.

Richmond: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Webster: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31


West College Corner: 6-8 p.m.

Winchester: 5-8 p.m.





The Journey Life Center: 5-7:30 p.m., 2301 Pleasant View Road, Richmond

Centerville United Methodist Church: 5-7 p.m., 112 Morton Ave., Centerville

Reid Church parking lot at North B and 11th streets: 5-7 p.m.

Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2900 W. Main St., Richmond

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 121 S. 18th St., Richmond.

First United Methodist Church: 5:30 -7:30 p.m., 318 National Road W., Richmond

Cambridge City Christian Church: 6-8 p.m., 106 W. Church St., Cambridge City

Trick or Treat Schedule 2014

trick or treatTrick or Treat Times for the Wayne County Area

This year ALL times are on
Friday, October 31st

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Fountain City

5:00-8:00 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cambridge City
Greens Fork

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt This Saturday!

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First Bank employees gearing up for Scavenger Hunt…now it’s your turn!

Postponed.  Check back in to find out when it will take place in the coming months.  So many people wanted to play but couldn’t due to prior commitments–First Bank is looking for a date that will accommodate more people.

Employees at First Bank Richmond just took the challenge.  And now it’s open to the public.  The first First Bank Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt!

What is it?

It is free…it is fabulous fun…and you could win an IPad or your teammates could each win $100.00 a piece!  And there will be even more prizes drawn at the end of the 2 hour challenge when everyone meets for lunch at the Olde Richmond Inn at noon.  This Saturday, August 17, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

How does it work?

It starts with one smart phone and 3-4 people on a team.  That’s all you need…and maybe a car or bike.  Then you will register your team at any of the many First Bank Branches in Richmond, Centerville or Cambridge City.   You’ll download the easy app which will have all the challenges like “pick a potato”  (that’s not one of them) and you’ll take your most creative picture, using your smart phone, as a group with one of you as the photographer…easy as pie.  (oh there could be a challenge about pie….you never know).

Employees at First Bank had so much fun…they want to do it again!  But they can’t.  Only the public can join this one.  You must be 18 years of age or older and not an immediate family member of a First Bank employee.  Go ahead… take the challenge!

To enter go to now and download the registration form.  Sign up your team for possibly the most exciting two hours you will have had in a long time! (Must sign up by August 14th.  There is a limited number of teams, so be sure to sign up today!)  Questions?  Contact Karole at



Cambridge City Hosts Winter Wonderland Tonight

Lights at Creitz Park, 2011

If you have never experienced Winter Wonderland in Cambridge City, this is your year to travel down US 40 into a Christmas village of lights and music.

The line up for Saturday, November 24, from 5-9 p.m. is packed with fun for everyone.  The festivities will include:

Snow Ball Fight

Family Christmas Card Photos: @ Blue Ridge Antiques

Cookies For Kids @ Briar Pitte

Parade of Lights @ 8:00 p.m. on Main Street

Live Nativity & Petting Zoo

Food all over town including at: Lumpy’s Cafe, First United Methodist Church & The Pour House

Refreshments in the unique shops all over town

Santa Claus

Cookie Decoration @ The Hole In The Wall

Crafts for kids @ National Road Antique Mall

Wonderful opportunites for buying local for the holidays

Drive through Creitz Park for “Christmas Wonderland of Lights”

Carriage Rides

& Much much more!!

Bundle Up!  And head over to Cambridge City for some old fashioned holiday fun!

Area Holiday Festivals In Wayne County Coming Soon

§§§§   Holiday Festivals 2012   §§§§

Winter Wonderland

Cambridge City

November 24, 5-9 p

Christmas In Centerville

December 8, 5-8 p

Old Fashioned Christmas

Depot District

Tuesdays:  Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11 and 18


Wayne County Trick or Treat Times 2012

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SATURDAY, October 27

Boston – 6-7 p.m.

MONDAY, October 29

Safety Village 5-7 p.m.


Cambridge City – 6-8 p.m.

Centerville – 5-7 p.m.

Dublin – 6-8 p.m.

Economy – 6-8 p.m.

Fountain City – 5-7 p.m.

Greens Fork – 6-8 p.m

Hagerstown – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

New Paris, Ohio – 6-8 p.m.

Richmond – 5-7 p.m.

Exciting Things Happening In Wayne County Today…First Weekend In October, 2012

And here are just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend–starting today!

Tales from the Departed: Gone But Not Forgotten

Brought to you by the Wayne County Historical Museum, at the Earlham Cemetery today you can learn about the lives of some prominent citizens of Wayne County who have come back to life just for the day to tell you their stories.  Saturday, October 6, (today) from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Cost is 10.00 per car.  See the list of citizens and the actors who will portray them below:

Annual 4th Street Fair

4th Street Fair: “The Tree”

“The tree” is in full color as you can see from our own annual picture with our daughter Mary Grace, and the street is just waiting for you come out today.

There is the always popular fall foods, decorations, art, live music, and dance.  Something for everyone to enjoy today and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Last year the YMI was also serving food next door.  Plenty of parking around the area as well.  Enjoy this crisp sunny Fall day with friends and family, or enjoy a day out for yourself.

The Trees In Wayne County Are In Full Color

As I drove down 40 yesterday I stopped to take a few pictures of the trees turning to full color.  This is a great weekend to enjoy a drive in the country to see for yourself that Fall really is here.

I stopped in Cambridge City and had lunch at the Pour House, one of my favorite places.  They had just made some homemade mushroom soup and it was divine.  I also enjoyed a 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwich (half) made to order with pickles, perfectly grilled.

If you want  a peaceful activity this weekend, I recommend a ride on 40 and stopping in at one of your favorite locally owned diners, and viewing some of the wonderful antiques.

Have a great weekend!

Fun Festivals This Weekend In Wayne County

There is so much going on…it must be September in Wayne County.  You won’t want to miss a thing!  Here’s what is on the menu:

Canal Days In Cambridge City:

All day Saturday and Sunday with vendors, art, crafts, antiques, food & fun for the kids and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. the big PARADE!

Come out and spend the day, you’ll be glad you did.  (And get a head start on those Christmas gifts too).



At The Wayne County Historic Museum:  The Annual Heritage Fest

Buggy rides, live music, explore the museum, art and crafts from the past and present, live theatre,  and much much more!  Entry fee.  Saturday 10- 5 p.m. & Sunday 10 – 4 p.m.


Induction ceremony display 2011

In The Gorge: Starr Gennett Music Festival

Music all day Saturday with the annual duck races, vendors and fun for the kids.   Daytime live bands are free in the old Starr Gennett building in the Gorge.

Live bands include: Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio.

Holiday Pictures …. Children Having Fun In Wayne County & More..

Pictures Of The Season

Below are just a few pictures taken at area festivals this season. For more pictures visit our Facebook site. For videos you can visit our youtube site at GoWayneCounty (same as Facebook).  Please send us any lovely pictures of the season you would like to share to  We will post them either on the site or on Facebook.

Making A Reindeer Ornament At Christmas In Cambridge

Visiting Santa At Fire Station In Cambridge

A Very Festive House In Richmond

Christmas In Cambridge City Saturday, November 26th

Creitz Park 2010

Step into a winter wonderland

when you enter Cambridge City on Saturday, November 26th.

Lights will illuminate the quaint town and shops will be open with special treats for the kids.  A lighted parade begins around 8 p.m. with live carolers on the corners, and Creitz Park will have a beautiful light display.  Drive through the park and stop to see a new train display just added this year.  Then on to the firehouse to visit with Santa!

This is an event you will not want to miss and your kids and grand kids will thank you for taking them.  Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

Creitz Park will be illuminated every weekend until Christmas.

See you there!

Last Weekend’s Antique Show In Cambridge City A Success For All Who Participated

Whether you were in Cambridge City to purchase antiques or to show them, many walked away happy last weekend.

Vendors came from all over, including Tennessee and Kansas City

bringing some unique antiques with them for display.  A local collector from Richmond, Robbie Lee, said he had been busy all that  morning at his booth set up with items including books, refinished furniture and other collectibles.

Both sides of main street were lined with vendors, as well as antique shops being opened such as the Log House Antiques whose owner was one of the coordinators of the event.  Several vendors were set up around the grounds of their establishment.  (see more photos on GoWayneCounty’s Facebook site).

Lumpy’s Café and The Pour House

both reported being very busy last Saturday, with lines at the counter in both places.  It was a success as well for many who came to find a one of a kind antique or collectible, savor some good homemade food and purchase decorative gourds for the holidays.  There was something for everyone and it will hopefully become an annual event.

If you have an event coming up and would like us to cover it or need advertising, just let us know.  Go to and click “contact.”  Send us your request and we will put your event on our calendar, and if we can we will cover it for you as well.  We love to be invited—but we may show up anyway.

Antique Fair In Cambridge City, Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cambridge City Indiana

If you are an antique lover, you won’t want to miss the Antique Fair this Saturday in the quaint town of Cambridge City, IN.

Vendors Expected to Line the Streets

Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., side roads will be closed in order to accommodate all the antique vendors expected to line the streets, according to Vicki Alexander, owner of Undiscovered Treasures, a unique consignment store in Cambridge.

Many other shops will be open for business including the Pour House- home of the best homemade fudge around Wayne County and other homemade delicacies and lunch menu items.  For a great country style breakfast you can start your day at Lumpy’s Cafe on Foote Street.

Mention you read this article on

At Undiscovered Treasures, next to the bridge into town, if you mention you read this article on you will receive an extra 10% off your purchase.  Many items including purses and other accessories will already be at lower sale prices.

It is not too early to knock off some of the items on your holiday list, or add a unique item to your antique collection– while getting great deals.

For more information you can call Shane Hawkins at Log House Antiques: 765-967-5082.

Building 125, One of the many antique shops in Cambridge City