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HGTV's 'House Hunters' to Feature Owego Couple

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An Owego couple is getting the chance of a lifetime. Julie and Ike Lovelass, owners of The Owego Kitchen, are set to be featured on the hit television show “House Hunters” on HGTV.

The couple applied to be on the show last summer, and after what felt like an eternity of waiting, got an email saying the show was interested in them.

“It was like playing the lottery. What did we have to lose?” - Julie Lovelass

A crew from California traveled to Owego in November. Eight hours of filming for five full days, all for 22 minutes on national television.

Worth it, the couple says, to find their dream property, a house to turn into a bed and breakfast.

“It needed at least five bedrooms. We knew that we could do some renovation but I wasn’t looking for a big renovation because when we bought this building, it had been empty for ten years and we gutted the entire building from top to bottom.” - Julie Lovelass

That building is The Owego Kitchen, the business the Lovelass’ are known for.

They purchased the building in 2015, and after two years of renovations were itching for another project.

“I thought we would need to find a building or property that needed some work that we could still put our own touches on, but wasn’t a major gut,” said Julie.

“My interest was finding almost the opposite,” said Ike.

One thing they did agree on was that the property needed to have plenty of history.

“When we bought this place and started to uncover the history, the original wood floors and the brick and all of that other stuff, it really changed the way that we do stuff now. When we were looking for a property, we wanted something with a historic charm and value to it.”

The couple looked at three homes in total. Two in the Village and one in Apalachin.

“The Village has been so good to us, both as neighbors as well as customers here at The Owego Kitchen, that we wanted to try to keep it close to the Village.”

When asked which property they decided on, the Lovelass’ remained tight-lipped. Julie did share that it has everything they wanted for their bed and breakfast.

“It will be a 5-6 bedroom boutique inn, with space to do some in-house catering. We’ve already started the renovations and we hope to be open in the fall.”

Ike says he’s excited to provide an alternative to hotel chains in the Village and county they’ve called home for the past three years.

“We’ll provide some sales tax revenue, and bed tax revenue all of that stuff that all comes back to help Tioga County. It’s a win for the county and a win for us, great.”

The episode airs Tuesday, May 22nd, at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV.