LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Part of Oldham County is getting a makeover thanks to HGTV.
The network is expanding its popular "Home Town" series to include revitalizations of six small towns across the country, including La Grange.
Andrea Essenpreis owns Q&A Sweet Treats and serves as a city council member in La Grange. She helped prepare the application for the upcoming show.
"I can't wait," she said. "It's going to be so cool."
HGTV's "Home Town" features husband and wife Ben and Erin Napier, who are are on mission to help restore their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Their historic renovations have helped transform homes and businesses in the small town.
The spin-off will be called "Home Town Kickstart presented by People" magazine and will give six small towns a fresh start. A release from HGTV said the network will mobilize its biggest stars to "refresh the home of a local hero, give a small business an upgrade and invigorate a public space that will forever change the lives of everyone in the town."
The release said People magazine will also share stories about the town and its intriguing people.
"It's certainly a fantastic achievement for our city," La Grange Mayor John Black said. "We've been working on this, these things, for years. We continue to working on making this a vibrant, cool town, and with what HGTV does, we just couldn't be more happy and excited they're going to come here and see us."
Scheduled to premiere in 2022, the show will land in La Grange, Kentucky; Buffalo, Wyoming; Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Arizona; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana.
"We know here in La Grange how wonderful we are," Essenpreis said. "But to have other people recognize that with all that competition was just really validating for what we've been doing here as the kindness capital of Kentucky."
Other city leaders are also excited about the opportunity.
"Super excited to have them come in and show what they can do to help change and bring new things to our community to help with economic development," said Kara Sanders with the Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development. "That is huge for us here in Oldham County."
The La Grange, Kentucky Main Street organization posted on social media about the big announcement. It said, "Thousands of towns across America submitted applications and we are honored and proud that La Grange, the Kindness Capital of Kentucky, was selected. That's all we can share right now, more details will be coming in future months, but let's take a moment to celebrate this exciting news! We can't wait to be part of the HGTV Home Town family."
"Erin and I have renovated more than 80 homes in Laurel for Home Town and we've seen how these improvements change a community for the better," Ben Napier said in a release. "Now, with help from HGTV, we're going to continue what we started and help more small towns across the country."
The Napiers will be joined by HGTV personalities Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project); Ty Pennington (Rock the Block); Jasmine Roth (Help! I Wrecked My House); and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) for the projects.
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