Hammond hardware store mixes art, food and music to help revitalize a struggling downtown

January 2, 2014

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Emily Watson Schwitzer (middle) performs at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond, Indiana. David Mueller hosts a weekly pot luck and jam session at the gallery.

Hammond, Indiana, is just a short drive from downtown Chicago. The city’s had its ups and downs. But it’s slowly building a reputation for arts and entertainment. And helping to fuel that is a place that mixes art, music, food and hardware the Paul Henry’s Art Gallery.