Buffalo is set to add another TV credit to its resume. In 2022, the city will be featured on the new HGTV makeover series “Home Town Kickstart.”
“It’s great for our community to get recognized by a national television network and for them to come in and help our community and help members of our community,” Mayor Shane Schrader said.
“Home Town Kickstart” is a spinoff of two other HGTV series — “Home Town” and “Home Town Takeover” — both starring Ben and Erin Napier.
“Home Town,” a show about the Napiers’ renovations of homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, began in 2016, and its sixth season will premiere Dec. 26. “Home Town Takeover,” in which the Napiers “take over” and remodel the town of Wetumpka, Alabama, first aired in May of this year.
The new show will feature the hosts of other HGTV shows, including the Napiers, who will visit six “quintessential small towns” and give them “a major boost to re-energize their revitalization efforts and realize a much-needed fresh start,” according to a press release from HGTV. Within each community, the show will select a public space, a small business and the home of a “local hero” to remodel.
Schrader said that HGTV producers recently contacted the city to discuss what public spaces could be updated, and the city’s ice rink came up as a possibility.
At the Nov. 16 City Council meeting, council members approved a contract for ice rink updates that would have created a more versatile space that could be used year-round, Schrader said. But days later that project was scrapped due to supply chain issues, according to Schrader. A replacement project is yet to be determined.
Schrader said that he doesn’t foresee there being any cost to the city for the project, whatever it may be.
The identities of the local hero and the small business that will be involved in the show have not been announced.
In addition to Buffalo, other communities visited by the show will be Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Arizona; LaGrange, Kentucky; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana. Buffalo is the smallest of those cities, and Cornwall is the largest with a population of 12,646.
Schrader said he thinks the show will be a boon for tourism in the area as it brings the city of Buffalo to a worldwide audience.
“We can always use another feather in our cap, and this is going to be a big feather in our cap,” Schrader said.