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!





Look What’s Coming to Morrisson Reeves….Live!

Music lovers of all ages will enjoy this special event coming to Morrisson Reeves Library.  See details below for this event that is FREE to the public!….

Hungrytown Oct 28 at MRL

3rd Annual Fright Night in the Depot District

fright_night_depot_districtInConcert Host’s Annual Fright Night in the Depot District October 24

Richmond, Indiana, October 5, 2015:  Join InConcert for our 3rd annual Fright Night in the Depot District on October 24, 2015.  This year is a Rocky Horror Picture Show theme!  Come enjoy an all you can eat buffet with monster toes, witch’s brew and a lot more, ghoulish drink’s like Vampire’s Kiss, freakishly great music and frightfully fun scavenger hunt in the Depot District.  Bring a team of four to sign up for the Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win cash prizes, and don’t forget our famous costume contest and more games for a chance to win prizes! We’ve added new games and activities for this year’s party.

Good Time for a Good Cause InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 13 non-profits, 100% of the ticket sales for Fright Night in the Depot District will be donated to non-profits.  Complete details and advance tickets are available online at


What: Fright Night in the Depot District

When:  October 24th

Where: 1ST Floor at 923 N E Str. Richmond, Indiana (in the old Depot District Market)

Time:  7:00pm

Cost:  $10.00 in advance online,  through one of our participating non-profits, local distribution locations or buy at the door $10.00 if in costume, $15.00 if not in costume. (come on…it’s a Halloween party, come dressed up!)  21 and over only.  Includes all you can eat buffet, cash bar available but, is not included in the price of the ticket.

More Information: Visit

Fright Night in the Depot District Activities:

  • Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt: Register between 7:00 and 7:30, begins at 8pm. Teams of 4, chance to cash prizes. Complete details are available online at
  • Costume Contest: Judging for scariest, most creative and sexiest.  Chance to win cash or prizes.

fright night flyer

Live Music- Lyricists Corner @ New Boswell

Do you enjoy high quality, local live music?  Then you won’t want to miss the next edition of the Lyricist’s Corner at New Boswell Brewery.  See below for details:

joe augustin lyracists corner

Wayne County Bands at Centerville Archway Classic

marching_band_silhouette_2Band Days are Here!

All over Wayne County, you may hear a collective sigh of relief from band directors who are happy to see some sun.  With only a few days until the first band competition, rain has been a big concern over the last few weeks.

According to Lisa Savage, band parent of two students at Northeastern, most of the bands are behind in practice due to the rain.  Several of the Wayne County bands have had to find alternate places to practice during the inclimate weather, some using the Tom Raper Center at the fairgrounds.  And some are making up time by having 12 hour practices.

Centerville Archway Classic

The Centerville Archway Classic is this Saturday, July 18, at Centerville High School at 7:00 p.m.  The creativity and work involved in getting these bands where they are today in time for the competitions is something to be applauded.  For Northeastern, their hardest work really begins following the Archway Classic when band camp starts next week.

Lisa Savage is excited to be able to help at band camp this year for her children’s band, but expects it to involve a lot of hard work for the kids.

She shared that most bands, including theirs, probably started practicing in May, but again the weather has put them all behind schedule.

Let’s get out this Saturday and support these bands and all their hard work at the Centerville Archway Classic!  The next band competition will be the Jay County Lions Contest on July 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Portland.  On August 1, 2015 you can catch the bands in Winchester at the Drums at Winchester competition, at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck to all the Wayne County Bands!

Note: State Fair Band day is August 8, 2015 with the line up of: Northeastern starting at number 11, Lincoln at 20, Richmond at number 29, Centerville at 30, and Hagerstown at 40.


This Weekend: Wild Wheels 4 Wernle

jimmy sparks band

Jimmy Sparks Band Coming Friday Night

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend AND something that supports a great organization?  Then you will want to head out to the Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds for the Wild Wheels 4 Wernle event.

Jimmy Sparks Bank

Starting Friday, July 17 at 8:00 the Jimmy Sparks Band will kick off a weekend of events.  Cost for the concert is 10.00 for tickets purchased in advance and 15.00 at the concert. (tickets can be purchased at the Whitewater Valley Marine Corps League, Berties Music Bar or Patio at the Ribeye).

Saturday is filled with events, and many are free to watch with a gate entry fee of 5.00 per vehicle.  The day includes a car and bike show in the Kuhlman Center at noon, a motorcycle rodeo at 2:00 p.m. and a mud bug by the 4H Fair committee at 7:00 p.m.  An addition to the schedule is the lawn mower derby (with speeds up to 60-70 mph) and demo derby at 3:00 p.m.  Of course food and other vendors will be available throughout the fairgrounds.

Dire Skates & Lipstick

Saturday night, the local Dire Skates derby ladies will take on the Sandusky Roller girls at 5:00 p.m., followed by a concert by Lipstick.  See below for more details or visit the facebook event page at Wild Wheels for Wernle 2015.

Wernle flier 8 by 11

Best Tasting Best Stand Contests & Lemonade Day!

011This weekend you will have the opportunity to support young creative entrepreneurs in Wayne County.  Yellow will be everywhere!

Starting Saturday, May 16, kids will be participating in the Best Tasting/Best Stand contests where their stand and/or lemonade will be judged by celebrity judges including Mayor Sally Hutton, in the Depot under the overpass.  Kids will set up at 10:00 a.m. and judging starts at 11:15.  After the winners are announced and tropies are given on stage, many kids will stay during the Taste of Italy so that you can sample their lemonade and other treats they are making.

Sunday, May 17, is Lemonade Day all over Wayne County! 

What a great day to go for a ride around Wayne County and discover all the talent our youth in the area have developed.  Kids have gone through training for this day in their schools and through the Lemonade Day workshop and mentoring programs.  They have learned about setting goals, making plans, setting a budget, working their plan and good customer service–among many other great business principles.  They are ready to serve you!

Make a kids day on Sunday by encouraging them in their business efforts.  Who knows, you may be the one person who makes them realize they have what it takes to own their own business and become successful!

Today Lemonade….Tomorrow the World!!

Karole Passmore

City Director, Lemonade Day Wayne County


Satchmo Tribute to Benefit Local Non-Profits

Satchmo reborn – Louis Armstrong Tribute Band

Mar 14, 2015: 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

4th Floor Blues: InConcert Series

 Rebirth of Louis ArmstrongDean Alan Simms portrays a tribute to Louis Armstrong, one of the greatest musicians & entertainers of all time!

Dean is a trumpeter, bandleader, vocalist, entertainer, and playwright. He started performing at the age of 2, and playing trumpet from the age of 9. He has performed all over the USA and Europe. Former lead trumpeter for the Rock-Roll Hall of Fame Ohio Players, and back up musician band leader for Peabo Bryson, Dean has toured with many famous acts and musicians. His current project Satchmo: the Rebirth of Louis Armstrong is performing all over America.

Dean Alan Simms was inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame with the Ohio players in 2013, awarded Male Jazz Artist of the Year by the National Coalition of 100 Black women (Columbus chapter), and given the Ohio Finest Citizen Award by Rep Ross McGregor and the Ohio Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder.

satchmo band pictureDean has also won such awards as; Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, 2013 R&B Music Hall of Fame, Ohio Male Jazz Artist of the Year, and many more. Band members include Richmond’s own Frank DeVito, along with Albert Jackson, Derrick Turner, Terry Twitty and of course Dean Alan Simms as Satchmo. The Crossroads Band will be opening the show. Food and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any of our non-profit members, at our ticket outlets or right here…online. This will be another GREAT InCONCERT production!

You can purchase tickets from any of the InConcert non-profits supported by the series including the Townsend Center or any of its board members.  Ticket price $20/person.

Fright Night in the Depot District

Submitted by: Lauralee Hites

InConcert Host’s Annual Fright Night in the Depot District October 24

Come if you dare to InConcert’s Fright Night in the Depot District on October 24.  This be will be one frighteningly fun Halloween party!  Come enjoy an all you can eat buffet with monster toes, witch’s brew and a lot more, ghoulish drink’s like Vampire’s Kiss, freakishly great music and frightfully fun scavenger hunt in the Depot District.  Bring a team of four to sign up for the Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win cash prizes, bring a carved pumpkin for a chance to win cash prizes and of course, a costume contest, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more! We’ve added new games and activities for this year’s party.

Good Time for a Good Cause
InConcert hosts events throughout the year to support more than 13 non-profits, and 100% of the ticket sales for Fright Night in the Depot District will be donated to non-profits.  Complete details and advance tickets are available online at  Join us for a frightening good time at Fright Night in the Depot District.

What: Fright Night in the Depot District
When: October 24th
Where: 4th Floor Blues Club 923 N E Str. Richmond, Indiana
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $10.00 in advance online or buy at the door $10.00 if in costume, $15.00 if not in costume. (come on…it’s a Halloween party, come dressed up!) 21 and over only.  Includes all you can eat buffet, cash bar available but, is not included in the price of the ticket.

Fright Night in the Depot District Activities
• Depot District Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt: Register between 7:00 and 7:30, begins at 8pm. Teams of 4, chance to cash prizes.  Complete details are available online at
• Carved Pumpkin: Bring carved pumpkin, judging begins at 8:30pm. Chance to win cash or prizes.
• Costume Contest: Judging for scariest, most creative and sexiest. Chance to win cash or prizes.

For more information,  visit


Oktoberfest Is Nearly Here! Tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, 2014

oktoberfest picIf you are like us…we just love a good festival. And the annual Oktoberfest in the Depot District never disappoints!  Packed with great German food and drinks in the beer garden, live music, activities for the kids at Richmond Furniture Gallery and so much more.

The members of the Depot group really know how to organize a great festival that gets bigger every year.  (We even have family coming from out of town to enjoy the experience).  So pass the word…it’s tomorrow!

gwc past Octoberfest Johnson brothers win trike race

Johnson brothers congratulate each other on winning the tricycle race at a past Oktoberfest. (photo GWC)

Vegas is coming to Wayne County September 26!

Kick off Oktoberfest 2014 with InCONCERT’s Casino Night at the 4th Floor Blues Club!  This is guaranteed to be a night of fun, food and gambling.  InCONCERT is bringing Blackjack, craps, slots and even a unique twist to horse racing to Richmond and it’s all for a good cause.  InCONCERT’s events benefit more than 10 area non-profits with the proceeds from casino night.
The group of volunteers at InCONCERT wanted to bring horse racing to Richmond so they got creative, installing jumbo TVs throughout, the 4th Floor Blues Club. They brought the fun of horse racing to you even when no horses races can be televised so, grab your cash and come down to see how this group is bringing in the races.
Casino Night
When:  September 26, 2014
Time:  Doors open at 6:00pm
Cost:  $10.00
Tickets:  Purchase tickets online at , Maria Mitriones or area non-profits

Must be 21 to participate

Mark Your Calendars for Oktoberfest 2014!

WANTED: Vendors with unique food, antiques, local handmade items, or art are wanted for the annual Oktoberfest in the Historic Depot District, Richmond IN.  If you are interested please contact Rick or Samantha at 765 966 3614.  The date is September 27, 2014 10am – 7pm. There will be food, a beer garden, live music, games, and other local vendors.

Also you can be a sponsor of this event at levels of 2,500.00 (headline sponsor), 1,500.00 (stage sponsor), or 500.00 (billboard sponsor).  Call Rick Parker for more information on being a sponsor at the number above, or Norene Groth at 765-238-1766.

oktoberfest for post 2014



Blast at the Overpass is Back..this Thursday!

Submitted by
Lauralee Hites, InCONCERT

We are excited to announce our 9th annual Blast at the Underpass outdoor concert series.  The Blast at the Underpass is InCONCERT’s signature event.  We have been hosting this event year after year in the Depot District to celebrate July 4th.  Please share with your readers this community event.

 Blast at the Overpass
Start the 4th of July celebrations early!  Join us for our annual Blast at the Overpass on Thursday July 3rd.  This outdoor event will feature live bands playing throughout the evening, a beer garden, food vendors and activities.  Bring your lawn chair and pull up a seat for an evening of live music, food and fun.  Buy tickets in advance for only $10.00! Tickets at the gate are $12.00.  Kids under 12 are FREE!  Bands:  Blue Lou and the Mafia , Crossroads, and Jay Jesse Johnson
When: July 3rd, 2014
Where: Depot District Market and 4th Floor Blues Club parking lot
Time:  6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost:  $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the gate (kids under 12 free)
For more information email:

Another Reason to Keep Going Back to the Depot Market Place

mitrione's hot bar menu

HOT BAR MENU – WEEK OF 6/16/14    

MondayHome Cooking:  Thick Cut Smoked Pork Chops, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Beans, Vegetable Beef Soup

Tuesday – Italian: Lasagna, Or Italian Sausage, Grilled Veggies,  Side Salad Garlic Bread

  Wednesday -German: Cabbage Rolls, Potato Cakes, Red Cabbage

Thursday – Mexican:  Mexican Lasagna,  Cheesy Potatoes, Mexican Corn Soup, White Bean Chili

Friday- Saturday

Fried Chicken

Mashed Potatoes /Gravy

Fried Apples



Best Tasting & Best Stand Contests This Saturday: During Taste of Italy

Best Tasting & Best Stand Contests

391This Saturday, May 10, 2014,  young entrepreneurs will set up “shop” in the Depot District during Taste of Italy.

Not only can you support their efforts by purchasing their lemonade and admiring their stands, you will be helping them to understand the rewards of owning their own business.  The kids, and their families, have spent hours mixing up special lemonade recipes, designing and building their stands, as well as working on their budget and other aspects of business ownership.

Support Local Non-profits

Many of the children donate a portion of their earnings to local non-profits like Relay for Life, HELP animal shelter, Boys and Girls Club, and many others.  So by supporting them, you are supporting non-profits in our community.

396To enter the Best Tasting & Best Stand contests, you must be registered for Lemonade Day.  (registrations will be available that day if you haven’t signed up yet, or sign up at your child’s school, First Bank Richmond branches, or local libraries).  All contestants will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD & a Veach’s gift card.  1st & 2nd places in both categories will receive a trophy.  Set up begins at 10:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 11:15 a.m. (Celebrity judges will vote for their favorite lemonade and stand).

Contestants are encouraged to stay and sell lemonade as long as they are able, while they enjoy the Taste of Italy.

Kids Fun Day Magic Show May 4

magicshowInCONCERT is hosting their annual Kids Magic and Fun Day at the 4th Floor Blues Club.  Your kids will enjoy face painting, animal balloons, Hoola-Hoop fun and magic acts.

InCONCERT is excited to bring the very talented Reed Sisters Magic.  These three sisters have been performing since the age of 3 with their family of magicians!  They have traveled the world entertaining audiences of all ages.  They will be bringing their award winning act and illusions to Richmond for two shows on Sunday May 4.

Date:               May 4

Time:               1:45 Show (doors open at 1:00 pm) and 3:45 Show (Doors open at 3:30 pm)

Tickets:           Available at or pick up tickets at Richmond’s YMCA

Cost:                Kids $5.00 / Adults $7.00 or Family of 4 $20.00

Location:        4th Floor Blues Club

For more information or questions email InCONCERT at or visit their website at