Kim Powell | Gibson Theater | Batesville, IN

Kim Powell is the owner of Gibson Theater since 2007. He has been and continues to be instrumental for Gibson Theater to be working with the local community - bringing in a lot of family movies for the whole family to enjoy, hosting school events and live Christmas shows with performances by the school choirs, providing a stage for local student recitals and working with the special needs organizations. 

“I’m very proud of our free summer movies. It costs people nothing to come in and get to see a good movie on a Wednesday morning. It’s free, they can buy concessions or not. Not a big deal. It’s stuff that is good for the community. What is in it for me to do that? - satisfactionand keeping the doors open.”

How do you want to be remembered?

“As a good grandpa. I have two children and two grandkids. I don’t think you can appreciate life as much until you have grandkids. What a different world. The grandkids complete my life - when they come down for the weekend, it’s a special weekend. My wife and I are lucky that we get to spend a lot of time with them every month, over the weekend. We look forward for weeks when we get to spend time with them. Grandkids are special. 

Next week, we are taking them to the Gibson Theater to watch ‘The Avengers.’ I know I will have a theater full of families and kids who are going to be so excited. They come here to see a movie and laugh. That makes me feel good that you are bringing a lot of joy to their lives.”

Iron Timbers | Osgood, IN

Iron Timbers is a trio comprising of father, Gary (the woodcarver) and his twosons, Dustin (the woodworker) and Caleb (the metalwork guy). Passionate about building things with their hands, they decided to combine their experiences to create long lasting, functional family heirlooms and furniture by combining custom wood and metalwork. 


“We chose to build our family business in Osgood because that’s our home town. Our father was from the east side of Cincinnati and moved to marry our mom who was from Osgood. They decided to stay in this small town to raise their family.Both of them wanted the environment of small schools, a friendly community and country living, and Osgood fit the bill. 

All of us five children still like small town living and Osgood is centrally located amongst Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville - the metropolitan areas that we intend to do our business - so we chose our hometownas the place to put up our shop.

Giving back

Our most rewarding experience thus far is how we feel God has had His hand on our business from the beginning. It seems that the growth that we’ve accomplished in 2.5 years and the connections that we’ve made, and the cooperation of the town and individuals that have helped us along has been more than we could have imagined and we’re so grateful. We have some exciting projects in the works, one of which is moving into our new shop by the end of this year. We also realize that it’s not all about us, but life is about all of us living and loving one another, so giving back to the community just comes natural to us.”

Lori Rennekamp | Bird In A Tree Boutique | Batesville, IN

“One late August night in 2016, I was sitting in my kitchen by myself and was just scrolling through Facebook. I had been looking for a bigger purpose other than being a mother, which I enjoy tremendously. Suddenly, a simple two sentence quotation about a bird caught my attention. I love the quote so much, and knew it would change my life as it inspired me to open my Bird In A Tree Boutique. My husband made me a beautiful sign of the said quote to hang right behind the checkout counter. I hope it will inspire others to believe in themselves, just as it inspired me. 

I am taking a big risk with this boutique, but I know it will be worth it.”

John Huntington + Philip Moeller I Huntington Carriage House | Milan, IN

John and Philip are the proprietors of The Huntington Bed & Breakfast located on a horse farm in Milan, IN since 2001. In the premise, there is also the Huntington Carriage House, which is home decor, antique and gift shop. 

John has been a professional breeder of American Quarter horses for 42 years. He has sold show horses and shipped them to farms all over the nation and the world. 

Philip is a former flight attendant with Delta, based in New York City. He was with airline for 15 years. “I miss the interaction with the passengers, and I miss all my friends in London and Europe.” 

The B&B provides all their B&B guests with hearty breakfast. Their promise is - “No one leaves hungry.”

Sara Bettis | Painter’s Pallet | Versailles, IN

“I remember as a kid drawing and coloring, and I thought, ‘This is what I want to be - an artist.’ My art was terrible when I was a kid - you look at my stuff and you know I’m not a child prodigy or anything, but I love art. 

Art is freeing - you can do whatever you want with whatever medium you want. If you don’t like the mediums that are available, you can make up some stuff to make it your own. And you can get out whatever emotion that you have - to express your anger, or your happiness -you can put all those emotions on canvas.It’s therapy. It’s my own little world - I don’t have to worry about anything else. When I’m painting, it’s all about what’s going on to the canvas. I can get lost in it.”

American Flag Mural at the American Legion Post 173 Versailles

“That was my first mural of that size. I started in June 2016 and finished it before the Pumpkin Show. It was a little daunting. Also when I was painting, people would stop and talk to me, some telling me how good it has been going, people telling me on social media that they saw me when they drove by watching the daily progress. It was pretty cool to hear that. 

Other than art class, I have never painted in front of other people. That was my defining moment as an artist, at least for now. It was an amazing feeling!”

Jim Bultman | Osgood Grub Co. | Osgood, IN

Jim opened the Osgood Grub Co. in April 1977. They have been serving loyal customers for 41 years. 

​The name - Osgood Grub Co. “We just sat around one night with my family and we decided to call it Grub Co. I wanted it to have Osgood in the name. That was one of the prerequisite. We thought it was unique, and we never heard anybody who did it, and ‘grub’ means food.” 

​What does the restaurant mean to you? “It’s a deep connection with my parents, my past, my childhood. Most of the people I know, I know because of this place and most of the people I hang out with is because of this place.”

Clem + Bertie Schmidt | Schmidt Bakery | Batesville, IN

Clem & Bertie, married for 53 years. 

Cherry Thing-A-Lings

They founded the Schmidt Bakery in Batesville in 1963. They built the businessfrom the ground up, and are the brainchildbehind the famous Cherry Thing-A-Lings; the yummiest cherry-filled fritter-like donuts, sold once a year on President’s Dayweekend since the 1970’s. The tradition comes from the legend of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree. 

​In 2019, they broke their own record and sold 145,000 of the famous fritter. In 2018, 118,000 was sold and in 2017, 82,908.

​Clem “Our Cherry Thing-A-Lings’ popularity are pretty wide spread. It’s funny - once, we had to have one of our equipment worked on in Cincinnati. We went into the shop and talked to a guy aboutthe repair. He said, “Schmidt Bakery?You guys are the ones that make the Cherry Thing-A-Lings, don’t you?” So I said, ‘Yeah!’It’s amazing he knew anything about that!”

​Bertie “I was at one of the casinos there one time and I was talking to somebody about it. One lady overheard us talking and said, ‘Are you the Cherry Thing-A-Lings man?’ “ 

​Secret to a successful marriage

Clem “You have to have time for yourself 

-that’s the most important thing. You have to have time to let him do what he likes to do, and he has to let me have time to do what I like to do.

​Another important thing is to learn how to manage money. Sometimes the younger generation gets married and neither has any idea on how to manage money, then they have financial problem and divorce sets in. We were both pretty learned in that field.”

Roland Rein + Bogart | Basketman | Friendship, IN

Roland individually handcrafts every single basket in his humble studio and showroom in Friendship. He is well-known as the Basketman. 

​”My goal is to make America’s finest baskets. I stand behind the quality of my workmanship; I guarantee every basket that I make, unconditionally, for life.”

​He is photographed here with his buddy and studio assistant, Bogart. 

Robin Dyer | Dyer Moccasins | Friendship, IN

Robin took over the business and the craftsmanship of Dyer’s Original Moccasins when her husband, Carl Dyer, passed away. He was the founder of the shoe company. Robin’s workshop is based in Friendship but her moccasins are being worn around the world. 

​”All the moccasin designs are original and authentic. I hand sew every single pair that I sell. Each pair lasts a long, long time.”

​She doesn’t believe in bragging but her moccasins clients include John Lithgow, Jennifer Aniston and Calvin Klein. 

Kathy Gray | Gooseberry Flower Shop | Versailles, IN

“In June 2014, I found out that I had breast cancer. I felt a lump on my left breast and I went to see my doctor pretty quickly. They got me through all the steps to determine that I had Stage 2 breast cancer, and I ended up having a mastectomy, and then I went through chemotherapy. I have since been in remission. I do see my oncologist a couple times a year and I still have to take daily medicine for preventive recurrence. Other than that, I don’t think about it. I’m basically back to the same health I was, prior to finding out. All is good. The future is bright. 

​But at that time, I was scared to death. Being a florist, death is something I dealt with a lot, and I’ve seen so many people find out that they had cancer, and just within a few weeks, they are gone. That was what I somewhat expected for myself. But if you catch the diagnosis early, and you do what the doctors tell you to do, it is something you can get through. It’s not fun - I wouldn’t wish cancer on anybody. It was a horrible experience but I made it through.

​When I was going through the treatment,my mom was very supportive. She drove me to every single appointment I had. My husband and children were always there for me too. What I found amazing was that a great number of people that stepped up and offered to help - checkingon me and brought me meals. I just felt that I had a community that was willing to do whatever they needed to help me through this ordeal. I am blessed.”

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