RICHMOND (Jan. 30, 2015) - “Your Town Friday” is headed to Richmond this morning. You will find the Wayne County community about 73 miles straight east of downtown Indy.
The city really has a lot going on! It’s been known as the “cradle of recorded jazz music” and the “the lawn mower capital,” but there is also a ton of art, culture, historic architecture and some really unique and interesting shops.
John Veach, of Veach’s Toy Station, tells us his shop started out as a five and dime department store,
"I’m third generation and in 1998 we became just a toy store and a specialty toy store since then,” he said.
John decided to focus on toys, but at Veach’s you’ll find a lot of unique items you won’t find anywhere else.
“We specialize in specialty toys, not the mass market type toys, we have toys that have more play value, and you won’t find toys like Nintendo video games. We have toys that children can interact with.”
John says they like to help people pick out just the right toy.
“I think toys that don’t do anything or do all the work are no fun for a kid. A kid wants to build a train set and make the train go, the girls want to play with dolls and make them talk and use their imagination; it’s problem solving,” said John.
Kids like toys! Even adults like toys! And both definitely like candy--especially candy from Olympian Candies.
“Our chocolate when you eat it, it doesn’t leave a greasy taste to your palette because it’s the real pure chocolate,” said owner Kim Mitchell.
“We’ve been around since 1909…I along with my mom and sister in law bought it in 1999 and have carried on the same recipe."
Kim says they are known for their creams.
“Our creams, we’re known for them, they are Greek, which is kind of neat because when you break into one of our creams, it’s not a firm cream, it’s very gooey and they’re very delicious,” said Kim.
And everything is made from scratch!
“We start with a big batch and pour it into a cream beater, beat the cream, it’s a week process to get the creams ready and then they set for at least a month to get them ready to ripen.”
It’s all about keeping the family tradition going.
“We do a lot of things the old fashioned way, we still hand dip, it makes it nice because everything is kept old fashioned,” said Kim.
For years Tom Broyles was a firefighter in Richmond. Today he is the owner of Firehouse BBQ and Blues.
“We worked on the building for two years prior to opening and we just celebrated our third year of being opened on January 6,” said Tom.
Firehouse is housed in an old firehouse from the 19th century.
“This firehouse was built in 1860 back where the stage is used to be three horse stalls,” said Tom.
Those horse stalls are long gone and the building no longer serves as a working firehouse, but inside you’ll find firefighters and some really great southern style BBQ! The meat is smoked in house and fresh sides are made daily.
“We do our baby back ribs, we have some nice baby backs, we do pulled pork, our brisket is one of our specialties, we do some cool sandwiches, one is called a smoke and hog,” said Tom.
Folks can enjoy great live music up on the stage.
“Some of the best in the Midwest every Friday and Saturday!”
And they celebrate Richmond’s rich musical history as well.
“A lot of blues artists recorded here so we wanted to celebrate that so all of our tables have song lyrics on them.”