Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


December 11, 2012

Coatesville: It’s worth the drive

Business booming in small town


While perhaps best known as the home of Heritage Lake, Coatesville has much more to offer residents and visitors alike these days.

The small town is on the western most edge of the Hendricks County and just a short walk to Putnam County. And it is buzzing with new businesses.

Nikki Valorani and her husband Jerry own and operate the Red Horse Livery at the Lodge. It opened in September and has a variety of antiques, hand crafted items, and art.

The building was the local Mason Lodge until about a decade ago. It has also been home to a church.

“My husband and I just kind of fell into it,” Valorani said. “I now have 27 dealers work in here. It’s mostly art or crafted items.”

Valorani is an artist herself. She paints on wood.

“I worked at the Danville Antique Mall for many years,” she said. “We used to have events out at our farm but our barn was too small. This building just seemed to fit.”

For more information on the Red Horse Livery, call Valorani at (765) 386-2959.

Downstairs, Lorri Knapp and her husband Jim have opened the Scottish Pearl — a stained glass, metal, and jewelry studio. Lorri Knapp is the artist.

“My family is Scottish,” she said. “He came here from Scotland and his mother’s name was Pearl. So that’s how we came up with our name.”

Knapp has worked with stained glass for 18 years and jewelry for 15 years.

“We’re doing this to help raise money for children’s and women’s organizations,” she said.

In January she’ll begin offering classes. Students will also be able to get their supplies from the Scottish Pearl.

“I also have gift items and can create custom pieces,” Knapp said. “For example, if a bride comes in and she wants jewelry made for her wedding party. They can pick out what they want and I can make something special for each one of them.”

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