In a little out-of the-way place in East-Central Indiana is a group of enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are bringing their little town back to life. Red Key, Indiana has been undergoing a metamorphosis over the past three years or so with the goal of transforming it into a regional destination for antiquing, shopping, and entertainment. The town now boasts of 6 antique stores, one more o the way, three restaurants, a vintage theater, and a varied assortment of other shops and businesses.

Red Key is a charming and historic setting with a variety of fascinating turn of the 20th century edifices. Some antique advertising is available in the antique stores but the most unique draw of the town for AAAA members might very well be the abundance of "ghost signs". Ghost signs are brick walls adorned by painted ads that, over the years, have faded. They are also known as brickads. They were painted throughout the US by artisans, known as "wall dogs" from around 1900 through the 1930's. These vestiges of the past can be found in multiple places throughout this charming town. It is a credit to the locals that they have preserved these historic images, along with the buildings they occupy.

The antique shops in town offer a variety of interesting vintage items. For those with mid-century interests, there is a specialty store with a large and impressive inventory.

Red Key planners have assembled a variety of fun things to do. The Key Palace Theater offers blues and rock 'n, roll concerts, SPPI presents ghost tours on select Saturdays, and they also conduct a Downtown Market on the first Saturday of each month from April to October. This is a place that values creative enjoyment.

The Redkey Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was the home of the notorious Shambarger’s Restaurant for many years. Founded in 1929, it achieved national fame when the founder's son, John, took over in 1963 and turned it into a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience. While the restaurant was the recipient of a Holiday Magazine Award and other national accolades, the restaurant was known just as much for the vaudevillian-type antics of its owner. Diners would spend hours there being entertained by the outrageous and hilarious goings on. For example, for every course, the waitstaff would all change clothes. It is rumored that President Kennedy once ditched his Secret Service guards in order to spend an evening dining at Shambarger’s. The restaurant closed in the early 1980's. John's daughter is now carrying on the family tradition at the Lil' Bistro Restaurant in town, pictured in the photo to the right (4th from top). The original vacant Shambarger’s building still stands and is also pictured on the right (5th photo from top).

Standing in front of a gargantuan 1940's "Sprite Boy" tin sign in the upper right hand photo is Kathy Crow, co-proprietor of Dynamite's Antiques & Vintage.

Red Key is located about 20 minutes northeast of Muncie, Indiana. While it is a bit out of the way, it would make for a unique and entertaining experience if you are in the area.