Zoe Zappas submits video for “Home Town Takeover”

Watch it here

HGTV’s hit show “Home Town” has announced a new series where their hosts, Ben and Erin Napier, renovate entire small towns. The Napiers are home renovation experts who reportedly have a heart for small-town living and a passion for restoring historic buildings.

“Last week I was sitting in our Downtown Business Improvement District meeting and someone mentioned this show in passing,” Zoe Zappas, chair of the Downtown Business Improvement District, said Wednesday. “I was interested but thought it might be one of those things that is a bit ‘pie in the sky’ and a little too convenient for it to actually be a reality for our town.”

The show criteria comes with three main requirements, all of which Atascadero meets. The first requirement is that the town have a population under 40K residents, the second asks for the town to have outstanding architecture that would benefit from revitalization and lastly that the location include a Main Street area that is in desperate need of a makeover.

“Turns out all the submission requirements basically had Atascadero written all over it!” Zappas said.
The show’s submission due date is this Friday, Feb. 7 but Zappas has already submitted one video for Atascadero that she and Mathew Covington of Several Guys worked on last week.

“They are Atascadero natives,” Zappas said of Covington and the people working at Several Guys. “As soon as I told them about it they were ready to chase this dream with me and help get Atascadero there!

The show accepts photo submissions but claims that “Video is better,” on their submission webpage, which can be found at hgtvhometownmakeover.com, but either way the more submissions the better.

Zappas created a roughly two minute long video showcasing Atascadero’s downtown, the Rotunda Building and of course, the old Printery building located behind the junior high school. The video can be viewed below.

“I can feel the hunger for better things from our community and we just need a little help pushing us in that direction,” Zappas said. “Regardless of whether or not we get picked for this new HGTV show ‘Hometown Takeover,’ I think it was a positive message to our community that we have so many great things in this town! It was a lot of fun to brag about us — we have something really special here and I hope we get the opportunity to bring this awareness to the national level!”

Big thanks to Zoe Zappas for her organization of the video production and submission to advocate for Atascadero!

The following videos are some of what we are up against in the HGTV Home Town Takeover competition, so please share this post to your friends to continue building support!

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Whitehall, NY
Sallislaw, OK
Toano, VA
Coraopolis, PA
Carthage, MO
Portales, NM
Independence, LA
Getting through this together, Atascadero