‘Your Town Friday’ travels to Knightstown for some ‘Hoosiers’ inspiration

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KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. (Oct. 9, 2015) -- This morning “Your Town Friday” is heading to Knightstown!

You’ll find the Henry County community 38 miles east of downtown Indy.  If you’re looking for some really good hand-pounded breaded tenderloin, head to downtown Knightstown for that and some “Hoosiers” movie memorabilia.

“We’re open six days a week and closed on Sundays.  We’re known for our breaded tenderloins and sandwiches.  We serve breakfast from open to close and we also have entertainment on weekends,” said owner of Hoosiers Home Court Café, Kevin Richey.

After running a restaurant in Bloomington for many years, the Knightstown native realized something was missing in his hometown.

“I decided this community needed a place like this because we want to help grow the community and market it and the best way to do that is through food, fun and laughter!”

For the last four years Kevin has been doing just that.

“We are on U.S. 40, which is the road that built America and we have a lot of travelers through this town that go coast to coast, or wherever they’re heading, and a lot of them don’t even know the 'Hoosiers' movie was filmed here, but we’re here to provide that gateway to the Hoosier gym,” said Kevin.

While customers come to see his newly remodeled restaurant which promotes the movie “Hoosiers” and Indiana basketball…they also come for his food!

“We gave this title ourselves but we believe it, we have Indiana’s best tenderloin, breaded tenderloin.  I’d say 95% of our food is made from scratch, including the hand-pounded tenderloin made to order and we have a special breading for it.  I don’t slice a tomato before it’s ordered on a sandwich,” said Kevin.

Among many delicious creations, Kevin also makes hand-cut fries with a secret seasoning and homemade hand-cut potato chips…all made to order!

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Knightstown may be small, but just off of town square you’ll find some unique items for the kids and for all of you females as well!

“We specialize in designer wedding gowns and designer prom dresses.  Our whole concept is that we follow the Disney principle in that we make it an experience from the moment the girl walks in the door.  We put her at ease and it’s that once in a lifetime experience because bridal gowns are once in a lifetime.  As for prom, it’s the same thing.  The girls cannot wait to come in!  We cater to them, we pamper them, we work with them and it’s not like shopping at Walmart or one of the big box stores, it’s very much personal customer service,” said Suzy Zeller, owner of Unique Boutique Bridal and Prom.

Zeller sure knows a thing or two about ladies fashion!  She has a degree in fashion from Ball State and she’s owned Unique Boutique Bridal and Fashion for the last nine years.  Inside this historic 19th century building, which was once a carriage and harness shop, Suzy and her assistant Shelby help girls and ladies from right in Knightstown…to as far away as Florida and Texas.

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“We have a lot of country schools out here and they don’t have anywhere to go unless they go to Indy or Cincinnati or something like that.  Now they all know to come here.  We usually service 17 different high schools.  We have people from out of town, Indy, Lebanon, Avon and Bloomington.  They come here, but we really cater to our small town girls,” said Suzy.

Now let’s not leave out the little kids! Just next door, Suzy’s husband Kevin runs Knightstown Toys and Treasures!

“It’s a toy store that we started November 1st of last year.  We bought this old building and we just had the toy store up front at first.  We specialize in unique toys, wooden toys, educational items and we try to have kids come in and interact with some of the stuff and have a good experience,” said owner Kevin Zeller.

What was once a gas station is now a hometown children’s toy shop!

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“They’re not going to get this experience with Xbox.  They all start out playing in the sand and with little wooden toys and get that better experience I’d say.  They try to learn how to put gears together, they spend time figuring out how it works, plus it’s a toy and you can play with it.  We also have this sand here and kids can put molds together and then they can bake it, carve it and paint it!”

And if you stop by, don’t forget to say hi to Jack, the shop dog!

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