About us

Experience the Heart of Kendallville (EHK) is Kendallville, Indiana's Main Street™ organization, which operates under Kendallville Heritage Association, a 501(c)(3) organization. (TID #27-0117098)


This volunteer organization actively seeks opportunities to preserve, develop, and grow the downtown corridor and nearby businesses.


EHK focuses on four major areas of advancement:

  • Marketing and Promotions

  • Economic Development

  • Downtown Design & Historic Preservation

  • Governance

EHK was integral in helping the City of Kendallville obtain a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to upgrade the Main Street streetscape. The transformation began in 2020 and is scheduled to be complete by fall 2021, and has already spurred new and exciting plans for more enhancements to come.

In September 2021, Kendallville was named a PreservINg Main Street Pilot Community, one of only two in the state! As a pilot community, EHK will steward a $2 million grant to build organizational capacity and transform multiple downtown properties in an effort to preserve the historic integrity and further revitalize the historic district. 

EHK also brings several events and festivals to the downtown every year bring vibrancy and new customers to the many locally owned, small businesses that occupy the national historic district. In addition to the Board of Directors, volunteers are also invited to serve on various committees. 

To learn more, or get involved, please contact us.


Board of Directors:

Kristen Johnson, President

Cheryl Barker, Vice President

Brooke Bentley, Treasurer

Tara Streb, Secretary

SuzAnne Handshoe

Dep Hornberger

Stephane Langelier

Joe Sells

Kathy Smith

Jennifer Streich

Humanities Committee:

John Bry
Julia Tipton
Terry Housholder
Amanda Blackman
Kristen Johnson