What happens when a couple who love both pets and painting find themselves looking for something to do after retiring? Well, for Stan and Marilyn Hamilton the answer was easy…open up a store in downtown Nashville!
Nearly a decade ago, Stan and Marilyn pursued their passions all the way to Brown County, where they began their own business, selling various pet accessories along with Stan’s art work. However, after eight years of owning and operating their store, the Hamiltons had to take a break due to health reasons. After a two year hiatus, the duo is now back in action—this time opening up two shops, Paws & Claws Pet Gifts and Hamilton Fine Art Gallery/Studio, both of which can be found in the Heritage Mall.
It doesn’t take long in the Village to realize Nashville is a special town. Unlike most other small towns with populations around the 1000 mark, there’s no shortage of things to do. From eclectic boutiques and galleries to beautiful scenery and outdoor adventure, the town of Nashville (and Brown County in general) is a great place to be. In fact, it was recently named one of America’s 20 best small towns by Smithsonian Magazine!
However, one thing seems to be missing. Ask Carey Spain what every town needs and he’s quick to tell you…it’s a bookstore! Which is exactly why he now owns Fallen Leaf Books, a new and unique bookstore in the Village of Nashville.
When you mention outdoor adventure in Brown County, most people think of hiking in the State Park. But, there’s much more to Brown County’s outdoor recreation scene…mountain biking being one of those things. With miles and miles of flowing trails, scenic vistas, and amazing terrain, Brown County has become a world class mountain biking destination. Which is exactly why Quincy Robinson jumped on the idea of opening his own bike rental company, Q’s Bikes.
By Guest Blogger: Pat Lloyd, Indiana Heritage Arts Board Member
After much anticipation Indiana Heritage Arts 37th Annual Exhibition and Sale opened Friday night to rave reviews! More than 200 people attended the opening night Preview and Awards presentation. From the comments I heard from guests they rated this show the best one yet.