I was recently introduced to Paoli when I dined at the marvelous Schoolhouse Cafe. I was immediately smitten and already planning a more in-depth return visit. I thought it would be fun to interview a long time resident, and the fabulous manager at the Schoolhouse Cafe found someone for me. I couldn't get back to the country soon enough!
|The one and only Bill Hastings|
|Hanging on so I don't blow away:)|
|The Mill is an amazing structure inside and out.|
Bill likes to save buildings, especially in Paoli, where he saved three of them. These buildings include the mill, schoolhouse, and hotel. He doesn't actually renovate a building himself; however, he can visualize how it should look.
The Mill – A small building in the front is now a cheese shop, there is an antique shop on the 1st floor in the main building below Bill's two floors, and the building on the side was turned into an ice cream shop. In addition, there is a spring fed pond to create how the building looked when the water was flowing through it.
|The spring-fed pond|
|Love everything about this place!|
|Imagine the memories in here|
I have always liked the area. Paoli is always a good place to come. There is no traffic and I can go to Madison if I want to. I like renting to interesting, creative and artistic people.
Does everyone in town know each other?
What would you say to people who don't know anything about Paoli?
One thing the town doesn't have is a gas station. I wrote this bumper sticker: Visit Paoli - we've got everything but gas. Only a few people get the joke. We also don't have any stoplights or parking meters. I want people to come to Paoli to enjoy themselves, feel like it was worth the trip, come back, and tell other people.
Do you think the town is already too competitive in terms of artists?
Do you think Paoli can stand to have more growth?
I'm guessing Bill has piqued your interest enough to want to visit Paoli, but if not, here are 10 more reasons:
1) Cluck the Chicken Store
2) Artisan Gallery
3) Paoli House Gallery
4) Totally Wired
5) Cottage Goddess
6) Paoli Secret Garden
7) Paoli Clay Company
8) Creamery Cafe
9) Paoli Pub
10) Paoli Bread & Brat Haus
|A plant in a boot? Only at Cluck the Chicken Store.|
|This cool shop is all about chickens.|
|Double chocolate cheesecake from Bread & Brat Haus.|
|Rumor has it the Pub & Grill has the best fish fry.|
|Beauty surrounds the Sugar River.|
|This shop is full of remarkable items.|
|Quirky and gorgeous pieces inside this upscale gallery.|
I feel like I have made a new friend. I highly recommend visiting this quaint, engaging town. There is no better place to escape the the hustle and bustle of every day life.