Roberta Hartman, helping to rejuvenate the Ranch House says, "People are opening their doors. The manager made everyone Thanksgiving dinner."
A sense of community --
"It will be a place you want to come home to."
-- and a product of rejuvenation here at the Ranch House Motel.
Hartman says, "It will take hard work -- which there's nobody allergic to hard work. But you've got to have a vision and see past that stuff."
It's all thanks to a woman and her team, with a grand vision for this space and an even tighter budget.
After a new owner took over the Ranch House in September, Roberta Hartman signed herself up to transform the place into a less than $100 per room.
Due to thrifty finds, recycled materials, and help from some local businesses, she's finding purpose in items that would otherwise be scrapped. Consider them hand 'ups' not hand me downs.
Hartman says, "A lot of that stuff isn't big enough to go on to the next project. But it's perfect for this kind of project."
It's all in the littlest of details. Wood paneling, colorful accents, rejuvenated stone. Her inspiration? Tiny homes.
While Hartman's current goals only stretch to the Ranch House for the time being, she has bigger hopes for the lasting effects it could leave.
Hartman says, "I'm hoping this motel is an example of what can be done."
She hopes it reminds others of a deeper message.
Hartman says, "The finest of treasures are found in the cracks of a sidewalk. Don't wear blinders. The gems that are hidden in plain sight. Please be aware of them."
With 'heart' in her name, Hartman stays true to it, having a big one herself.
Together with the community she has been working on the project for a couple of months and says it's though there's a lot of progress to made still, but the little things are already making a big difference in the atmosphere.