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Letter from the Publisher Sweet summertime: where the living is easy. There is nothing better than the simplicity of lying by the pool, watching the kids make a splash, and enjoying the vitamin D. It seems like there is an upbeat energy in the city during summer. People out for dinner, buzzing around community events, and enjoying the resources this great city has provided for us. Over the years it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know the one and only Wil Heuser. It is a true gift when someone is comfortable with himself; Wil knows who he is and embraces it. As you can see throughout our article about him, Wil is an entertainer and, really, Wil himself is a work of art. I have grown to appreciate his talent and his knack for observing people. He had no idea who I was, and after careful observations he could tell that I was quiet and kept to myself. The scary fact is that he noticed I wear my hair to one side and that is a fact my own husband didn’t notice about me! Wil is gifted in many ways and the Louisville community has rallied behind him to see his success through. His biggest fans are none other than his parents. Through the ups and the downs, they have been nothing but supportive. I think that is what makes Wil’s presence and talent so strong, having love and support from not only his family, but the community he lives in. Orangetheory Fitness has also found an overwhelming amount of community support. I myself owe them a thousand ‘thank you’s’ for keeping me sane during this hectic, crazy, yet awesome life I live. Fitness is a top priority in my life and it takes something very special to keep me on track and Orangetheory does just that. It’s a community fitness center where they truly care about you and each member that walks through the door. This studio is owned by a husband and wife, and you walk in feeling like family. What sets Orangetheory apart from other gyms, you ask? They hold you accountable for your health and fitness. They notice when you show up and they encourage you along the way to meet your personal goals, whether that goal is hitting a personal record for your fastest mile or just showing up that day. They celebrate you and your health journey. Dr. George Quill embodies health and even traveled to Guatemala to provide medical, surgical, orthotic/prosthetic and dental care. This man is not only a total asset to the community of Louisville but he is changing lives across the globe. Dr. Quill is a humanitarian, an all-star surgeon, but most of all he has a big heart. He passed this on to his daughter, Jenna. As a duo they have traveled to Guatemala to provide help to those in medical

need, and they do it all on their own dime. All they want to do is help those less fortunate. There is nothing more special than watching a daughter and father bond over a passion they share together. What a role model Dr. Quill is to our community! Pat Gallagher’s role in this town is inspired by you, me, and any person surrounding him. He is a pretty unique guy with a special talent. He takes inspiration from people in the community. He observes his surroundings and makes art with what is around him. As he says himself, he has a big personality and it shines through in his work. The bright and abstract art he creates is all drawn from feelings. You may notice him out around town getting inspiration, but don’t be startled ... He is just creating art from his observations. Who knows, maybe you could be the next subject. Butch Sager uses his artistic brain in a different way. He is anything but average, and I love a person who is outside the box and different. Sager is a fashion and interior designer and co-owner of Gifthorse. At Gifthouse, mixing vintage with new is a true win for the Louisville community. Working in a team with both husband and business partner is what makes Gifthorse so successful. They make each other the best that they can be and push the boundaries along the way. The old saying is true; team work makes the dream work. Mixing vintage with new is what is served up in fashion. The Stepford wife wannabes in our fashion spread brought the heat with their outfits and jewelry from local boutiques. There is nothing better than a fierce outfit to go with a blazing hot summer day. Top off that outfit with a beautiful necklace and you’ve got yourself a hot setup. I am obsessed with the Stylebone statement necklace I’m wearing in my photo. That thick rose gold chain necklace is all the rage this season. It is so important for our community to support local boutiques, entertainers, and artists. After all, isn’t that what makes this great city so special? The love and support we show for one another. After you have shown your support, grab a refreshment, lay by the pool, and enjoy your read.

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Brecher’s Lighting - 502.426.1520; 859.273.3124������������������������������������� 163

RPM Management – www.liveeastendlouisville.com�������������������������������� 185

Bridal Warehouse – 502.499.7911������������������������������������������������������������������� 73

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British Custom Tailors - 502.897.1361���������������������������������������������������������� 193

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kid, but they never made me feel that way.” But the bliss didn’t extend to school. “Every day was a new form of torture,” he says of his one year at St. Xavier High School. To take refuge from the bullying and torment, Heuser submerged himself in music, studying voice from ages 6-16. He believes that training was paramount in his journey toward self-acceptance.

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Distinguished by the jaunty styling of his long blonde hair and his resoundingly infectious laugh, he’s best known for his appearance on “Big Brother” in 2012.

“I just laid there, and I was like f––– this, I’m gonna figure out a way to get the hell out of this city,” he remembers thinking.

t’s hard to not notice Wil Heuser. Whether running shirtless down Bardstown Road, wearing a lace crop top to the Speed Ball or just drinking a Woodford on the rocks at Garage Bar, Heuser is a permanent fixture on the cultural landscape of Louisville.

But there’s far more to Heuser than what most would expect. The entertainer he’s become is the result of an unpredictably taxing journey. Heuser, who’s now openly gay, was born in Louisville in 1987 to a general surgeon and a nurse practitioner. “I always say I was born at the wrong time with the right parents,” he says, laughing. “They always just let me be who I wanted to be. I had every Barbie doll under the sun. I had a whole closet full of costumes. I was a totally weird

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But the bullying got unbearable. When Heuser was ambushed on his high school campus by a group of students, he knew it was time to make a change. And he considers that a pivotal moment in his life.

His way out was a connection he had with a record producer who was recording demos in Louisville. Heuser began singing on these recordings and soon got a deal with Trans Continental records out of Orlando. He then moved to Florida, finished a full-length album and toured across the country with Aaron Carter.

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euser remembers that time as glorious — a total inverse of what his life had been like in Louisville.

“All of a sudden, instead of people making fun of me, it was the exact opposite,” he says. Things continued positively for Heuser. He secured a record deal with a different label in Los Angeles and moved to California. But after spending nine months in California, Heuser (who up to this point hadn’t disclosed his sexuality) was in for some unsettling news. “My manager took me out for drinks — at the age of 18 — got me a little bit tipsy and asked me ‘are you gay?’ “And I said, ‘I think so; I’m not really quite sure.’ And the next day I got an email releasing me from the label.” But Heuser refused to let that interfere with his dreams. He moved back to Louisville and continued to work on music with a producer. In 2007, as YouTube was becoming a national sensation, Heuser capitalized on the medium and launched “The Wil Show,” a sketch comedy series aimed at promoting his music. When ‘American Idol’ came to Louisville to hold auditions in 2008, Heuser’s friends

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urged him to audition despite his vehement reluctance. “I was like, ‘I hate that show first of all. I think they’re mean and awful. They’re never gonna put me through. I’m too weird. It’s not gonna work.’” Eventually, to prove his friends wrong, Heuser agreed to audition. He made it all the way to the judges, but then a bizarre incident happened: His eyes crossed during his audition, and it didn’t go well.

My manager took me out for drinks — at the age of 18 — got me a little bit tipsy and asked me

“Paula Abdul called me a freak. Randy Jackson said that the music industry was too big for me. Simon Cowell referred to me as one of those people in a pirate show in Las Vegas.” Heuser recalls guest judge Kara DioGuardi sticking up for him, but her kind words weren’t enough to save him from national humiliation.

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“That pretty much ruined my music career,” he says. “I was known as the crosseyed kid on every blog on the Internet … Everything I had worked for since I was 13 years old, trying to get the hell out of Louisville and going from label to label and working so hard — I lost it all.” The devastating experience left 20-yearold Heuser unsure of his next move.

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took a step back, and the one thing I still had was the comedy,” he remembers. Armed with renewed determination, Heuser moved to New York City and began studying with the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv and sketch comedy troupe whose past members include Amy Poehler, Adam McKay and Ian Roberts. Heuser paid his rent by walking dogs and waiting tables. When he could find time, he would film comedy sketches against a green screen in his studio apartment, creating more and more episodes of “The Wil Show.” Finally, someone important saw his show. “One day I get a phone call from a guy that filmed one of my sketches,” Heuser recalls. “And he was like, ‘Turn on CNN right now.’ “And I was like ‘Why?’ “And he was like: ‘Because your pelvis is on every TV in the Atlanta airport.’” Indeed, CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos had discovered Heuser’s parody of her and broadcast it to the world. Although it certainly brought attention to “The Wil Show,” Heuser remained a server and dog-walker, until he decided to return to Louisville.

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nd that’s when he got the call that would make him famous. It was from CBS, asking if he’d be interested in being a contestant on “Big Brother” in 2012. “I said ‘No, I hate reality TV. It ruined my life once before.’” But CBS was persistent. And eventually, they won Heuser over. “The only thing this can do is help my career,” he remembers finally reasoning. The premise of “Big Brother” is simple: Lock several young people in a house with no outside contact, make them do absurd competitions, and watch what happens. For Heuser, being on the show wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as watching it. “The fun part of the show is only about two hours of the whole week,” he says. “And the rest of the time, you’re just in the house with a bunch of rednecks from

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Middle America who didn’t know what the hell to do with me.” Given his experience on “Idol,” Heuser was especially cautious not to embarrass his family, himself or the gay community on the show. He was a popular contestant, and he remained in the house for 58 days. When he finally emerged, he was tremendously anxious to see his family — and alarmed to discover that, during his time in the house, he’d developed an anxiety disorder. He’s still coping with it. But Heuser���s experience on the show taught him an invaluable lesson about himself. “I always thought I was chasing fame, and that’s what I wanted,” he says. “But I definitely learned from that experience that that’s not what I’m after. I’m after being an entertainer, and that’s what I want out of life.” Heuser also received a major wakeup call from the show: It redirected him to concentrate on the quality of his work – not necessarily on who sees it. “It’s really awkward — people recognizing me for that, because I feel like I didn’t do anything,” he says of his reality TV stardom.

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egardless, Heuser’s time on “Big Brother” was an invaluable promotion for “The Wil Show.” He’s since received several opportunities he likely wouldn’t have had otherwise. In February, for example, he filmed a pilot for a Bravo series, somewhat in the style of “The Real Housewives.” For the show, he threw a cocktail party in the penthouse of the 21C Museum Hotel. But he quickly realized he wasn’t ready to be in front of reality cameras again. He drank too much and ended the night jumping out of a car and into the snow on Main Street. Heuser could’ve let the experience reaffirm his hatred of reality TV, but instead, he’s quick to acknowledge what the platform has done for his career. “I can’t hate (reality TV), because it’s opened up so many doors for me now, and it’s pushed me in the right direction,” he

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says. “I’m more scared of it!” Heuser immediately gravitated toward a new thrilling opportunity: Mike White, writer and director of such films as “Nacho Libre” and “School of Rock,” called Heuser with an offer. “He was like, ‘I’m doing this pilot, and I wrote a part for you. I’m a big fan of your show,’” Heuser recounts. “I’m like: ‘What?! Mike White is calling me on my cell phone?!’ I’m like: ‘First of all, how the hell did you get my number? And is this a prank?’” Heuser read the script, in which he was slated to portray a male prostitute and drag queen, and giddily accepted the role. This past March, he spent two weeks filming the pilot in Dallas, only to find out around SUMMER 2015

Derby time that HBO had passed on the series. The news hit Heuser hard, but he refuses to let it keep him down. “For some reason, I’m the cat with nine lives,” he says.

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iving in his hometown again, Heuser now finds the city accepting and culturally rich.

“I’m really happy to be back in Louisville,” he says. “I love this city. I think it’s America’s best-kept secret. What’s so ironic is, I used to hate this city, and now its one of the biggest loves of my life. You can do anything you want here.” And what Heuser wants to do is comedy.

This fall, Heuser will write a business plan to take “The Wil Show” full time. He couldn’t be more satisfied. “What I get back from doing comedy — making people happy and making people laugh — is a much greater reward than what I was getting through music,” he says. Perhaps some see Heuser’s parodies as insulting or his outlandish antics as offensive, but he contends that his intentions are always good. “I don’t ever want to ever offend anybody … I just want people to have a good time and laugh and not take life seriously.” That’s not to say, though, that he’ll ever hold back or shy away from the limelight. “If I go to a black-tie, I’m gonna make sure it’s not a boring one,” he says. “Every

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outfit choice that I make, I do it intentionally. You know, I’ll wear a lace crop top to the Speed Ball — and it could’ve been a really boring party, but you know what? They were talking about the crop top.”

Whether he’s wearing a crop top or a tank top, daisy dukes or blue jeans, you can bet Wil Heuser will make you smile. “I don’t consider myself an artist,” he says. “I consider myself an entertainer.” Whether he’s creating original material or parodying the work of others, Heuser says he just wants to hear you laugh. And with “The Wil Show” more popular than ever and several exciting projects on his horizon, Heuser is exuberant. At long last, he’s found his niche. He says it with a smile: “For the first time in my life, they’re not laughing at me; they’re laughing with me.”

I don’t consider myself an artist. I consider myself an

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Frankie Grande

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“Big Brother: The Saga”

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Brother of pop sensation Ariana Grande, Frankie was a former houseguest on Big Brother: Season 16. He is part of my “Big Brother: The Saga” series – a weekly parody of the reality show.

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Gayle is a 68-year-old aspiring rap artist. My first original character from my first big viral video “Mom Jeans” in 2008. Mom Jeans has been featured on almost every major news outlet and has been viewed by more than 5 million people worldwide.

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Tracy Blue

Hillary Clinton

“The Real Housewives of Louisville”

“Pant Suit”

Impersonation is the biggest form of flattery, so naturally I wanted to parody one of my favorite people – Tracy Blue. Tracy is part of my “Real Housewives of Louisville” skits.

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Hillary is the newest addition to “The Wil Show.” Known for her love of pant suits, this presidential candidate is ready to storm the White House with song and dance.

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Julie Chen

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Star of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and known for her love of wine and the song “Tardy for the Party.” I scored my second viral video playing a song as Kim titled “I farted at your party”

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You just never know when this butter loving lady from The South will pop up in “The Wil Show.” Big hair, lots of flair and food that will drop an atomic bomb on your cholesterol. Hey y’all!

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hat place that opened last December at Baxter Avenue and Lexington Road is more than just another restaurant. It’s the coming together of dreams. Three veteran restaurateurs, each in pursuit of their own professional vision, were also passionate for each other’s success. Ward 426 is the product of the camaraderie the three men share. “We have not only a working relationship but a friendship as well,” says Nirmesh Agrawal, who previously was manager at Corbett’s: an American Place. He started there in 2007 as a server. By then he’d already built a thorough knowledge of food and wine pairings at Azalea Restaurant and, previously, Garret’s.

already on board with him, whatever he wanted to do.” Ward, like Agrawal, wanted to open a restaurant. And that’s something Corbett knows a little bit about. The eminent chef opened Equus in 1985 and added Jack’s Lounge in 2000. In 2007, he opened Corbett’s. They’re all still going strong. So the three restaurateurs bought a

dilapidated, 130-plus-year-old building in a part of town that’s been largely void of restaurants. With the help of Bittners, they transformed it into an elegant place with reclaimed wood, rich upholstery and brass accents. And there they opened Ward 426, to “bridge the gap” – as Agrawal puts it – between NuLu and the Highlands. “It was almost like being reborn,”

At Corbett’s, Chef Dean Corbett was impressed with Agrawal’s work. And they both knew it was Agrawal’s dream to eventually open his own restaurant. As you might surmise, Ward 426’s Baxter Avenue street address is 426. As for “Ward”? Shawn Ward had won national acclaim as executive chef at Jack Fry’s for more than 18 years. But he was feeling like his career had become stagnant. He was ready for something fresh. “Shawn’s one of my best friends, and has been for 25 years,” says Corbett, “so I was SUMMER 2015

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Ward says of his new post as a restaurant co-owner. Ward 426 features southern coastal cuisine, inspired by the seasons and by Ward, Corbett and Agrawal’s combined wealth of culinary creativity. The restaurant serves “as much local as we can find,” Agrawal says. Most of their vegetables come from within 50 miles, or even from within Jefferson County. 44 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

Whatever the menu item, the owners know where it came from and how it was raised. And they accept only what’s been raised sustainably and humanely.

The restaurant strikes a balance between casual and upscale, owing to the owners’ combination of fine dining know-how and their desire to be accessible.

“One of the most important things in the future about being a chef is educating people on where their food comes from and what is in their food,” Ward says. “And I think that this is the biggest platform that you could possibly have for that.”

“So we left the tablecloths off and kept it a little more relaxed in that sense,” Agrawal says. “You can get an upscale meal and not feel like you have to wear a sports jacket to come in here.”

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chief brewer for Goose Island Beer, and thanks to that connection, the brewery makes a couple of exclusive beers for Ward 426. That’s along with a broad selection of other beers, served at a refurbished bar that’s as old as the building. For both Ward and Agrawal, the restaurant has provided a satisfying opportunity to build relationships with the people who stop in for a meal. “Not only did we create the menu and SUMMER 2015

the atmosphere, but we created an incredibly beautiful place for them to come to,” Ward says. “And just to be a part of that is — it’s overwhelming, almost.”

“My job’s to make sure they don’t get discouraged,” Corbett says, “because it’s a very hard business. I mean, they both work 60 hours a week.”

A champion of teambuilding, Corbett makes his rounds to each of his restaurants. He calls himself the “cheerleader.”

“… I love those guys, and I want them to be successful, so I’m going to do everything in my power to help them.”

It’s a crucial role at Ward 426, where, though steady stars in the food business, Ward and Agrawal haven’t owned a restaurant before.

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Orangetheory F I T N E S S

Getting Up and Running ometimes at a traditional gym, you go in having little idea what to expect or where to start, and before you know it, you’ve signed a 12-month contract that could leave you wondering what good your membership even did in the end. If you do end up going you might even be uncertain whether you’re even using the equipment properly. Sure, you left the workout sweating, but was the exercise aerobic enough to help you meet your fitness goal? The people at the gym don’t know your level of familiarity with the facility, and you’re afraid you’ll sound stupid if you ask, so they don’t show you how the equipment works, or let you know whether you’re making a wrong move, or keep you engaged in the workout. And if you just stop going who will notice? But one day, you hear about a new gym in town that has changed all that, and the name is Orangetheory Fitness. Sure, you’ll find typical equipment there – treadmills, rowing machines, medicine balls, weights – but at Orangetheory Fitness, coaches

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and instructional videos show you exactly how you’re supposed to use them. They show you how you’re supposed to look when you’re using them, and how you should expect to feel. You think, “It’s just another gym; been there, done that.” Only it’s not just another gym: it’s a community fitness center. Owned by a local couple, the gym aims to be different to the traditional gym. They don’t just take your money and let you struggle to find a routine you think might do you good. They have all instructor-led group fitness classes. “Most people that don’t have an exercise background, might be confused about what to do if they just walked into a gym where you have free reign,” says Kate Stiebling-Davis, who co-owns the gym with her husband, Billy Davis. “What’s nice is that we lead you through every single thing. We show you exactly what to expect when you sit down on the rower, how to position yourself, what buttons to push on the treadmill. We don’t tell you the pace to go, but we show you where everything is; when you’re on the weight floor, we model every exercise, and every exercise is on a video.”

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The videos show you how the exercises look, right there while you’re in the studio. You can reference the video or talk to a coach about what you might be doing wrong. Their group fitness classes are all coach-led, full-body workouts. If an exercise is hurting you during the routine, the instructor can give you a modified version. They’ll even teach you what your breathing should feel like. Throughout an hour-long workout, Orangetheory has defined intervals of time you should be in different zones: from your “base” pace ( as when walking) to a “push” pace (breathing heavily, as when running) to an “all-out” pace (as much as you feel is possible). Stiebling-Davis describes Orangetheory Fitness as “accommodating and challenging for any fitness level.” The gym’s strategy is providing one-onone attention along with the motivation of a group – pulling the best of both worlds together. Your success is all based on your effort. And with the coach encouraging you along the way, “You’re going to leave feeling like you were successful,” she says. “That’s our ultimate goal.” To show you your success, a monitor displays your heart rate on a screen while you’re working out. To help you track your fitness goals, the studio will email you right after class with your calories burned, maximum heart rate, and time spent in each zone. When your workout buddy asks how your workout went that day, you can show proof.

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That accountability sets Orangetheory Fitness apart from traditional gyms. Everyone in the class can see real-time results of how your workout is going. The class atmosphere also allows people to celebrate personal goals they’ve met. So you’re not just a nameless person sitting next to some other nameless person. The class celebrates with you. A few months ago, an Orangetheory running group got people ready for the Triple Crown Marathon. Some participants hit personal records and got to share the experience with the group. “We don’t just leave you in the dark, off on your own,” Stiebling-Davis says.

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The coaches will recognize you, and you’ll see familiar faces every week. “We pay attention,” she says. “If we notice you haven’t been in a couple weeks, we’ll call you and make sure everything’s OK.” Orangetheory keeps the workouts interesting and varied, so there’s nothing “routine” about your workout. “Our business model is that we want you to come, because the more you come, the more you love it, and the more you love it, the more you tell people.” Their focus is providing one-on-one attention like a personal training, but also having motivation from the group, which pulls the best of both worlds together. With 55 classes a week, Orangetheory keeps the workouts interesting and varied. “Every day you go in,” Stiebling-Davis said, “it’s going to be different so you don’t get bored.” With the new location opening up in early fall, . Discounted “founder’s rate” memberships are offered for anyone who signs up to be a member of the new location before the doors open. People have an opportunity to try out an Orangetheory class in the heart of St. Matthews before signing up for a membership at the new Middletown location, which will be up and running in early fall 2015. Another bonus for signing up early: if you lock in a membership at the founder’s rate, that price is locked in for the lifetime of your membership, which is charged month to month, not a long-term contract. So if you’re looking for an energizing workout that gives you immediate feedback on the good you’ve done for your body, you can check out the Orangetheory Fitness studios in town. Orangetheory Fitness is located at 116 Sears Avenue in St. Matthews. Find them online at orangetheoryfitness.com/louisville. 54 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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hat started as an instant connection their freshman year of high school has turned into a business partnership that has brought Shelley Byington and Kellie Lynne Frey closer. Their families were both from Jamestown, Ky., and their birthdays are less than a day apart. They have been close, lifetime friends ever since the day they met. Their personalities are different, but they complement each other. Byington focuses on logistics while Frey excels on the creative side. They were such close friends for so long that it may have been inevitable they would go into business together. Byington had been at a marketing firm in Lexington for over 10 years, so when the opportunity arose, she decided to go into business for

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herself, bringing her longtime friend Frey with her. Byington and Frey have had professional experience in different areas, and their unique skill sets combined make going into business easy. Byington said in an interview with the Voice, “a lot of our business is based on relationships with other people, because that’s a part of who we both are.” Officially started in January 2015, Bluegrass Girl has stayed busy with projects for

clients ever since. They specialize in logo development and branding packages, corporate apparel program, customer appreciation gifts, retail packaging, special event apparel, merchandise design, point of sale displays, event giveaways, trade show displays, private label merchandise, and promotional products. A sense of achievement drives them both

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to do their best; they love the sense of accomplishment that comes from solving a tough problem to the satisfaction of their clients.

sense blends with her more creative side and allows her to find unique items for clients’ needs, whereas Shelley is more responsible for the business side of things; put them together and you’ve got a marketing team that is able to deliver.

Byington and Frey work closely with people, meeting with them, hearing what they want, and fulfilling those needs on a case-bycase basis. They have a system for delivering quality service. First they connect with the client, then they imagine, identify, create, source, and deliver. In doing this, they rely on their opposite skills sets which bring a balance to the relationship. There’s nothing cliché about what Bluegrass Girl does, and the owners have enjoyed the creative freedom that comes from striking out on their own. Frey explains, she enjoys getting to work personally with people, especially Shelley. They’re 60 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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and Diamond Coach just to name a few. The biggest part of their job is listening to clients, both partners agree. Sometimes the solution to a problem is something the client can’t identify himself. So Frey and Byington identify it for them. “We work to make a product fit a client’s brand for their specific needs or event,” Byington said. The business has prospered solely on personal connections, word of mouth, and people’s reactions to the finished products Bluegrass-Girl.com Kellie@bluegrass-girl.com Shelley@bluegrass-girl.com Though Bluegrass Girl is a young business, it has already landed some heavy hitting clients. Grey Goose vodka gave Frey and Byington the opportunity to submit a design for their Kentucky Derby displays. Bluegrass Girl designed a clear acrylic sign that transposed the goose logo onto a jockey silk. The client was so pleased that Grey Goose has also used the general design concept— minus the jockey silk imagery outside of the Kentucky market. “It seemed to be a natural fit. The simplicity of the iconic jockey silk decorated with the lone goose,” said Frey. SUMMER 2015

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One man who is avoiding the trap of complacency is Butch Sager, fashion and interior designer and co-owner of Gifthorse — a local store which mixes together local, international, handmade and vintage pieces and lines. Originally from Michigan but a Louisvillian for the last 15 years, Sager graduated with a degree in Textiles and Design. He has been working in some aspect of art and design since his graduation. He was a costume designer for more than ten years and an interior design teacher for almost as long. “I’ve always had an artistic side; my parents always talk about me drawing before I could read or write,” Sager said. “For me, there are so many aspects to design — fashion, interiors, etc., that are based on the same principles, so I feel free to explore all [of those] areas.” SUMMER 2015

This exploration of the many different areas of design may have caused Sager to team up with his partner in work and in life, Shawn Beirne, with whom he opened Gifthorse in November 2011. Before opening the store, Sager and Beirne searched for the right name that would both resonate with them personally and fit with what they envisioned the store to be in their minds. Its name would ultimately come from the saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” which essentially means that, when given a gift, don’t question it or imply you wished for more by assessing how much it’s worth. “We were working on a name for the store when we first decided to open. Shawn was explaining to someone how, once we had decided to start the venture, things were coming together quite easily for us,” recounted Sager. “And the remark was made, ‘Well, you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth,’ and then [Shawn] texted me, very excited, that that

should be the name of the store. Once he mentioned it, we knew that was what we would use; it seemed a perfect fit.” The inventory at Gifthorse reflects Sager’s proclivity to explore different areas of design. The store is like a wonderful patchwork tapestry — carefully curated and composed of both intricately vintage pieces and fabulously new items. “Our concept from the beginning has always been to bring the things that we like to our friends and customers. The store’s mix was to have a shop that resembled the way we live — a collection of items from all different places and backgrounds — that have been brought together,” Sager explained. After opening Gifthorse, it would have been easy for Sager to say that he had accomplished something great and stop taking risky chances. Instead, he did just the opposite: he opened a second location. This second Gifthorse location shares

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the same concept as the original on East Market Street, but carries a different concentration of products, allowing Sager and Beirne to showcase more items from various places and artists. As Sager commented, “I’m very happy with the collection of lines we’ve developed over the years but I always like to find something new and exciting to show customers. I wish I could name all of our local and regional artists who contribute to Gifthorse and its success — they are all great at what they do and we are so happy to have them with us.” Situated on South 4th Street since 2013, this second store was the first of many conscious pushes by Sager to keep moving forward in order to avoid complacency. “While both Shawn and I had experience in retail operations before opening Gifthorse, the last four years have continued to be a learning experience for us in every aspect. We have learned that we take chances all the time, hoping that the choices we make are good ones. “The expansion was something that neither of us had planned, or even thought of, when the Downtown Development Corp. approached us,” Sager said. “But we were excited about the idea and the possibilities that 4th Street could bring to the city and to us. We discussed it, in-depth, and decided to give it a try.” Teamwork and collaboration contribute to the success that he and Beirne have found, Sager thinks. It’s not just business, it’s personal. “The working dynamic for Shawn and myself is a different kind of co-ownership, since we are married/partnered, so our business and personal lives are all intertwined together,” said Sager. “But we work

Constructed from a variety of window treatment materials, Sager deconstructed the fabrics to make the necessary pleating for the skirt and to make the structure of the bodice.

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very well together, and, most of the time, are at our best when we do collaborate. We are stronger, more creative, and produce better results by conquering a task collectively. “When we do divide up tasks, Shawn’s focus is more on the sales and merchandising while I tend to work on the business and vendor aspects. We do, however, always keep in mind it is a partnership, and make decisions that affect the business together.” But beyond being the co-owner of Gifthorse, Sager strives for artistic achievement, not just business success. Both he and Beirne have ventures in line with their artistic passions outside of Gifthorse — Beirne is a Master Stylist at Joseph’s Salon and Spa while Sager does freelance styling and direction and is an independent designer, working locally in costume, fashion and interior design. They also create clothing and accessory items that they sell at Gifthorse. Sager is a talented milliner. He and Beirne both design and create hats and fascinators under the label The Danbury Shakes Hat Company. Beirne also produces original jewelry pieces for Gifthorse and helps Sager develop new products for their Bourbon Built labels. “I make one-of-a-kind clothing pieces under the label BugNBear,” Sager explained. “[They] are pieces that I’ve had some kind of inspiration for — from a fabric, a period, an idea in manipulation. It’s where I get to play with ideas.” For some, playing with so many different ideas at once could become a headache, an overwhelming task of trying to balance creativity, business decisions, time and money. But for Sager, the many eggs SUMMER 2015

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he has in his basket are perhaps more akin to organized chaos — he knows exactly where everything is and what needs to be done, even if no one else understands the method to the madness. “I actually like the diversity it creates for me,” Sager expressed. “I never get complacent because the workday is always changing. I am always wanting to try something new, push my own boundaries, see what else there is for me that hasn’t been done yet.” There it is again — that inclination to keep pushing forward and fight complacency. Is that what keeps propelling him toward artistic and business achievements? Or is there another secret to his success? “The first thing I can say is, I love what I do, which makes it all a lot easier,” explained Sager. “Second, we are not ones that can just sit around, so Shawn and I both keep ourselves busy doing things. Third, we have a great group of people in our lives and at the stores that allow us to manage and delegate and be comfortable putting tasks in others hands — without them, I couldn’t do it all.” What’s next in line for Butch Sager, local fashion and design extraordinaire? “My focus moving forward is to continue along my path as I’ve laid out — each day a new project, a new idea, a different focused area — and to keep growing and learning. Each one is a learning experience in and of itself, and I think it will continue to be one as we move forward,” Sager said. “I believe there is always something to learn as you grow with your business, whatever it may be.” Whether it’s truly possible to both maintain and combat contentment — to be both at ease and proud of your achievements while simultaneously having a desire for more — is debatable; what is not is that Sager is somehow managing to do it if it is. Gifthorse boutiques are located at 805 E. Market St. and 554 S. Fourth St. in Louisville, Kentucky.

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hopping isn’t the easiest task to get done when you’re a hard-working businesswoman. On the totem pole of priorities, shopping for clothes for the workplace falls down the priority list pretty quickly. But perhaps it’s now possible to work all day and get some shopping in, too. Betty Jeffries’ mobile boutique makes it possible to shop in the middle of the workday without having to risk being caught in lunch hour traffic and arriving back to the office late. Designed and owned by Ralph London, who named the line after his mother, Betty Jeffries is a clothing label for the careerfocused woman. Though it was featured in several stores downtown, London found that his brand wasn’t getting the exposure it needed because its clientele didn’t have the time to find it. “The customers that I work with are very busy, so I’m able to take the business to them instead of waiting for them to come to me,” London explained. “When I talk to

women downtown, that’s really what’s important to them. I had someone the other day say, ‘You know, I have two toddlers and don’t really get a chance to shop. This is great that I can come out during my lunch hour and then go on my way.’” Instead of the time-consuming process of heading to the mall and navigating through the maze-like setup of a department store, shopping suddenly becomes simple and easy. The store moves about throughout Louisville, so you can use social media to discover when it will be within walking distance of you. Walk in, find the season’s must-have item, and walk out. No traffic, no hunting for a parking spot, no searching for items that are work appropriate — with Betty Jeffries, you know exactly what you’re getting because the workplace is what the line was made for.

It’s now been three years since Betty Jeffries was launched. London enjoys the every-season challenge of designing a new line to fit both his expression as a designer and the desires of his customers. He found inspiration for this summer’s line in what he enjoys.

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“I started the Betty Jeffries label three years ago, and what I noticed when I was in the corporate mode is that women didn’t have a lot of options for career wear,” London said. “I started with accessories — a line of scarves, button down shirts; then I expanded the line and now I offer blazers, pants, dresses, skirts and essentially the whole assortment for career wear.” London, who is originally from Edmonton, Kentucky and studied Textile and Apparel Merchandising at WKU, named the line after his mother as both a tribute to her and as a symbol of who the line is geared towards. “My mother was a working woman in the 60s and early 70s,” London said. “She actually passed away four years ago, so [Betty Jeffries] was sort of

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my therapy, if you will, for that.”

“I draw inspiration from a lot of things,” said London. “Florals are something that I enjoy doing, so this season I have watercolor florals, small printed florals, and then a lot of classic silhouettes and patterns. I have a lot of overlay as well, so really just very ‘classic’ styles. I’m constantly keeping up with what the industry is doing and then working that into my lines in order to deliver on what the client wants.” Everything under the Betty Jeffries label is designed by London, but a select few other brands that fit the same design aesthetic are also carried in the mobile boutique. “I think every designer ultimately wants to have their own store, but a lot of times it’s daunting to have a line and get behind that. So what I like about the mobile boutique is that it’s a store, but it’s also a walking billboard,” explained London. “You’re constantly getting people to become familiar with and recognize the brand as more and more people come across it.” London knows he has a clothing label to be proud of. Now he’s on a mission to make every working woman in Louisville realize that, too. To find where to shop Betty Jeffries, follow the store on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @BettyJeffriesKY.

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he homebuyer had a long-range vision for the house she wanted. It was driven by family.

old linen press, we saw, written on the wall, ‘August 1915.’ So it’s 100 years old this summer.”

“I had a vision for our home that it would be a place for us to grow old in,” she said. “We wanted our children to grow up in this home; have their friends over; and then, for them to come back with their families.”

She thinks it was built by the family of Charles Thruston Ballard for a newly married son or daughter. At one time, she said, it was used by the University of Louisville as the president’s official residence.

She also envisioned a place where extended family from around the country could gather for such holidays as Christmas, Thanksgiving or Derby weekend. Their former 2,200-square-foot house in Seneca Gardens was not going to be that home. But, she said, they bided their time through the turbulent real estate market until one day when she saw her children growing older and she told her husband, “We have three to five years to find the home of our lives.” But when she happened on the house for sale at the end of Douglass Boulevard – a classic early 20th century white stucco home with black shutters – it still didn’t click for her. “I didn’t think it was big enough and I didn’t see it fulfilling my vision of family life,” she said. However, she showed it to her husband four or five months later, after it had still not sold, and “he said, ‘This is it!’ I warned him that it would require a great deal of work, and he said, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ ” So she assembled a dream team – designer Ron Wolz, Vice President of Residential Design at Bittners; architect Dan Fultz; and contractor Keith Morley of Don Johnson Contractors; and off they went. “The challenge,” said Wolz, “was to update and modernize a classic house with architectural details and still be respectful of its rich history.” How old a history? “We knew it was old,” said the homeowner. “But at one point, while taking down an

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Even at 4,700 square feet, she didn’t think it was large enough, so the first thing they did was rework the backside of the house, enlarging the kitchen and adding an adjacent family room and sitting area. By the end of the two-and-a-half-year project, the homeowner estimated that they added 2,500 square feet to the original living space. However, uppermost in everyone’s mind was respect for the architectural integrity of the home. “It had classic elements that we didn’t want to tamper too much with,” Wolz said. So even as they updated moldings, refinished floors and installed new mantles, they were careful to respect the original feel and style, and to use that style as a template for the additions, improvements and changes they made. For example, said the Bittners designer, “a signature of the house, for me, were these three pair of amazing steel and glass double doors with sidelights of glass that separate certain rooms. It was such a striking architectural detail that we all agreed these had to stay.” They painted the steel frames black – “to honor the history of the steel,” said Wolz – and painted everything else white, “for striking contrast, to let these great doors tell their stories.” To further enhance the story, Wolz had the window sashes painted the same color as the doors, “to emulate the old steel leaded windows of the period.” Maintaining the classic doors, of course, meant having to maintain the interior walls. That meant sacrificing the large and open spaces that represent

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so much of today’s lifestyle. “We wanted a house that was not only stately and attractive but also lived the way people live today: big open kitchen, space that could be used to entertain large groups or just the family spending time together,” Wolz said. “We had 60 or 70 people here for a Derby weekend brunch,” said the homeowner, “and the space functioned beautifully.” The architects created a new floor plan that nestled the kitchen, family room and bar together. So even with the walls that remained, Wolz said, the colors and lighting pull you through the house. “You don’t go from room to room, you flow throughout the space.” Preserving history was only part of the design intent. “We wanted to give this young, vibrant family a lifestyle they hadn’t had in their previous home,” Wolz said. “Our responsibility is to make sure any changes and additions improve how the house lives for the family. Homes are our nests, our escapes from the world, and there’s nothing worse than doing a renovation and ending up with a beautiful house that doesn’t work for the lifestyle of the residents.” In this case, that meant a home that a young family of four, plus two dogs, could inhabit comfortably, casually and actively. Taking advantage of the outside light and a careful interior lighting plan, the house is bright and monochromatic. The palette is a lot of whites, pale grays and soft blues, creating what Wolz termed a “serene, classic environment.” “But this is a vibrant family,” the designer said, “and we didn’t want the house to be sleepy by being all neutral. So we added a lot of pops of color – greens, hot pink, turquoise and aqua – not a ton of color, but enough to accentuate the house. And we were very deliberate in our choices, sometimes in the

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fabric of the furniture, sometimes in a pillow, using color in many different ways.” Much of the furniture was chosen to be both elegant and durable. How do you do that? Very carefully, Wolz said. So he placed refined linen and silk fabrics in relatively low-traffic areas, like green ikat chairs in the living room. “There are always trends in the design world,” he said, “and right now ikat, an Asian dying technique that produces interesting color patterns, is resurgent.” But Wolz also gave the family’s living areas the opportunity to be lived in. “Luckily, there have been many changes in the technology of textiles,” he said. “Many fabrics are made of woven acrylic similar to awning materials. They’re easy to clean and impervious to stains but they have this amazing ability to replicate almost anything you want, even velvet and suede. You wouldn’t know by touching them.” Even leathers have improved so much, Wolz said, that he used apple green dining chairs at the kitchen table that can be wiped clean of spills. “I didn’t want a ‘can’t touch this, don’t do that’ house,” said the homeowner. “I’m not going to be that mom. We want our family to enjoy the house.” In fact, she said, “I bought enough extra fabric to recover all those chairs and pillows, if necessary.” “The main thing was to produce a plan that addresses how families live in the house,” Wolz said. “You can give function and style at the same time.” And he found that balance here. “It’s vibrant and youthful,” he said, “a very happy house.” As the homeowner added, “Bittners gave us the lifestyle we hadn’t had before. I guess that’s what they mean by ‘designing for the way you live.’

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f it’s the thought that counts, no wonder Kelli Stein is such a success in the gift basket business. She’s thought of everything.

The entrepreneur has been building Kelli’s Gift Baskets for almost 20 years. What started as a fun gift project for her friends one Christmas has grown into specialty orders from corporations and professionals who know the importance of standing out in the crowd. She offers more than 900 products for any occasion from her website. Even with all those options, creative combinations and themes, “That, honestly, is just a start for people,” Stein said. People rarely order the exact “basket” they find on the site. Nearly all her orders are customized and personalized, and many no longer come in a basket; instead, gifts are assembled in theme-inspired reusable or recyclable containers. And she can get very creative. “I really like the clever ones,” Stein said. One of her personal favorites was a toolbox with chocolate tools and, among many other things, a T-shirt with the logo on it of her client, a construction company who gave the toolbox to clients. “Customers just raved about it,” she said. Of course they remembered the name of the construction company, too, and that’s the point. They keep the toolbox around, and it “reminds the clients who gave it to them,” she said. For many of her long-time clients, including realtors, lawyers and bigger companies like Kindred Healthcare, Stein sees herself as an extension of their (sometimes small) marketing departments. Part of that outreach is to employees, too; she sends out employee gifts like birthday and baby baskets regularly. One attorney she’s worked with for about 15 years decided one year to try a holiday party instead of ordering the gift baskets. “He said, hey, I’m really sorry, I’m gonna try this party, have everyone over for cocktails,” Stein said. He came back to her saying “it just bombed,” she said.

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“Everybody was waiting around for their gift basket.” Baskets made a holiday comeback the following year. Stein runs the business from the walkout basement in her home. Since startup, she’s moved from her house to a storefront in LaGrange that she outgrew. Then she moved to a warehouse for a while, and later relocated to a different storefront where the grand opening was Sept. 10, 2001. At that time, she recalls, there were about 15 or so gift basket companies in town, and only about four or five of them, including hers, made it through the years just after 9/11. Even though she survived, business did slow down for a bit. So in 2003, she moved the business back in-house. Other changes in the business climate have been better, though. Where suppliers used to require $500-600 minimum orders—difficult for a small business—she’s now found providers willing to fill smaller orders, keeping her inventory down and, more importantly, fresh. “I don’t want to order stuff that’s gonna sit on the shelf for a year,” she said. It’s one advantage she points out to those who like to say they can find some similar gift baskets at places like warehouse clubs. “Yes you can, but they’re making those baskets now (in June),” she said. “They’ve been made for months when you buy them.” Not to mention, you’re not likely to get a white chocolate steamboat sucker, any Fleur de Lis sugar cookies, or any of the plentiful and fabulous goodness found in the “My Kentucky Home” gift box in those pre-packaged-for-shelf-life baskets.

requested with $1500—presented as $100 bills fashioned into paper roses and arranged as a bouquet among champagne and chocolate. “That one I did hand deliver,” she said. Another memorable hand delivery was when she was using the business name, A Tisket a Tasket Gift Basket. She’d researched the name extensively (she thought), and was happy with her jingle on WHAS Radio. “This was when I first started. I grabbed my mail on my way to make this delivery, and I had this letter from a lawyer. It was a cease and desist, because someone already owned this name,” she said. The person who owned the sole proprietorship (she was an LLC; different research avenues), heard her jingle on the radio and got an attorney. “The funny thing was, the lawyer that sent me the letter was the person I was delivering the basket to.” Awkward. She made the delivery, of course. It turned out the other party wasn’t using the name, but did own it, and so she switched to Kelli’s Gift Baskets. And she’s come a long way from “painting birdhouses or something,” as she recalls, and putting them in baskets “with a bunch of things” and gifting them. The recipients (and those jealous of them) started asking her to make some for them to gift, and the business was hatched.

Her creations are made to order and to ship. “I’ve learned that a lot of your time is wasted trying to deliver in person. It took me the first couple of years to learn that,” she said. In the end, “I’m thirty minutes from everywhere, in Crestwood,” she said. If it’s close by, she occasionally delivers, she said, “But I use the post office quite a bit. It’s cheaper for the customer, too. I don’t have to charge them for the time.”

Now, about sixty percent of her business is in the fourth quarter. And even though it’s summer, it’s never too early to start making holiday plans. For the organized, Stein offers a 15 percent discount for holiday orders placed and paid for by mid-October. It’s a win-win, she said. Her clients aren’t waiting until the last minute, rushing around trying to find something and usually using their own manpower to do it. And she gets a jump on planning and at least some non-perishable production, with a little time to maybe create some new designs—her favorite part of the business.

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George Quill, M.D. “We climbed the Mayan ruins, just to watch the jungle wake up.” – Louisville doctor George Quill

About 2,500 miles lie between the robust suburb of St. Matthews and the remote town of San Benito, Guatemala – not far on a global scale. But when it comes to healthcare, they’re worlds apart. Enter George Quill, an orthopaedic surgeon at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in St. Matthews, and his daughter Jenna Quill, a cardiovascular thoracic surgical nurse in Chicago. The duo volunteer with Lexington-based Children of the Americas. Made up entirely of volunteers across the U.S., the non-profit brings basic healthcare to thousands of Guatemalan children and mothers. Like all other COTA volunteers, the Quills pay their own way to participate in trips to Guatemala, where they provide medical, surgical, orthotic/prosthetic and

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dental care. And like many of those medical professionals, they take vacation time from their practices to go. At the clinic last January, more than 2,600 patients were treated, 126 surgeries performed and over 5,000 prescriptions filled – and dozens of wheelchairs given away. Dr. Quill has gone twice a year since 2013, returning about six weeks after the surgical team leaves to fit braces and artificial limbs. “Once I went, I got hooked,” he says. The team flies into Guatemala City, where there they spend Friday night before traveling on to San Benito. The rural town is one of four cities COTA has deemed optimal for providing care, because it’s accessible to a great

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number of people in need. They come by various means: some on Guatemala’s iconic chicken buses, many on foot. “We were very busy in San Benito,” says COTA executive director Rosemary Vance. “It is an area of Guatemala that is very underserved medically, probably because the distance from the major airport in Guatemala City is eight or nine hours.” It’s a logistical challenge getting all personnel to the site, along with supplies and equipment – including operating tables and anesthesia machines stored in Guatemala City until the team arrives. On the most recent trip, Dr. Quill performed 33 surgeries in four days. Jenna Quill spent most of her time serving as the nightshift post-op nurse in the women’s recovery room. They had traveled to Guatemala together, but there was so much work to be done that they barely saw each other. “The lines were incredible,” Jenna says . From the roof of the

hospital, she could see the stars – and the emergency entrance. “By 4 a.m. every day, there was already a line.” Says Dr. Quill: “They sleep in the street, they cook in the street, just in the hopes you can see their kid.” Dr. Quill’s biggest culture shock has been realizing “what we take for granted: just the access to care,” he says. “Eighty percent of what I do there… could have been corrected.” It reminds him “of the whole reason I gravitated to orthopedics in the first place: dramatic results.” The younger Quill has also been “awestruck, mostly dumbfounded,” she says, by the close-knit communities in rural Guatemala, where news of the clinic spreads primarily by word of mouth. Patients bring their own sheets, blankets and food. “By the end of the night, all these ladies were talking about their families and their lives,” she says of the recovery room. “There’s no closed-minded people there.”

Their work begins on Sunday, seeing patients from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and scheduling surgeries for the next four days. To perform that four-day surgery marathon, “You have to be willing to make due with less,” Dr. Quill says. “We don’t have good lights. All we have is what we bring. And that is a challenge.” The essentials they have are donations they’ve solicited on their own time. Their supplies include extras and leftovers that might be thrown away at many facilities in the U.S. Volunteers collect supplies all year and pack them up in September to ship ahead of the trip. The conditions are less than ideal, but they make it work. “We try to take care of as many as we can,” Dr. Quill says. “The toughest part for me is telling a kid I can’t help him.” This was Jenna’s second Guatemala trip. Having also provided aid in Ecuador, she appreciates how the work forces her to stop and think about what’s truly important.

“We try to take care of as many as we can. The toughest part for me is telling a kid I can’t help him.”

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“It teaches you how to communicate all sorts of ways,” she says. Jenna and her father are both fluent in Spanish, but they often need translators for the indigenous languages many of their patients speak. Vance says nearly 85 percent of team members return each year, the majority of them now having traveled with the team for the past six to ten years. And as word spreads, there are generally more applicants than spaces on the team. “Jenna and I just have an adventurous spirit,” says Dr. Quill, who was introduced to COTA by a pharmacist who plays with him in a band called The Decades. SUMMER 2015

In Jenna’s spare time, she’s working on her master’s to become a family nurse practitioner. “I always had this model in my head that I want to become more, so that I can do more,” she says. The goal? To do more hands-on work than just to “take vital signs, talk to people,” as nurses are sometimes relegated to doing in Central American countries. Jenna and her father once took a couple of extra days after their medical work to explore Guatemala, including that climb to the top of Mayan ruins – yes, those imposing Mayan ruins you may have seen on PBS or The History Channel.

“That’s exactly what we did,” Jenna says. “We woke up at 3 a.m., and we hiked in pitch black through this jungle, up the tallest Mayan ruin. … There were other people there. Everyone’s quiet. If you talk to people they ‘Shush!’ you.” Soon they heard the roaring, the birds, as the jungle awakened. “You are above the tree line,” Jenna says. “You hear all the monkeys… “No one even notices the sunrise.” To donate medical supplies or financial support to Children of the Americas, visit www.childrenoftheamericas.org. A 30-minute documentary about COTA may be seen at https:// vimeo.com/24106622.

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reating a brand isn’t solely about having a product, it’s also about spreading recognition. Trusting the right people to help you do just that can be a tough call, but Big Frog of Kentuckiana and its team of designers are there to make that decision a no-brainer.

Unlike other custom design companies, Big Frog doesn’t charge for this original art design service, nor is there a minimum or set-up cost. This focus on customer service is a reflection of the rainforest featured in the store — they “believe customer service is a rare and precious commodity.”

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Since opening its doors in 2012, Big Frog of Kentuckiana is not only a custom T-shirt company, but a full-service marketing collaborator. Rick Barr, owner of Big Frog of Kentuckiana, opened his franchise location three years ago to reach out to his community and have fun with customers.

With this business model of no minimums, free design and set-up, unlimited colors, volume discounts and 24-hour turnaround on in-stock items, customers can rest easy knowing the future appearance of their brand rests in talented and reliable hands.

In order to make it work for the customer, Big Frog offers a vast array of options, so if you think Direct to Garment printing isn’t the way to go for what you want, you get to decide what fits your brand aesthetic best.

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Big Frog uses state of the art methods and technology to make sure your final product will be the highest quality. “We do a process called Direct to Garment printing. We actually use garment dye to directly inset the image into the garment, so we’re dying the fabric of the garment — the individual fibers themselves are dying,” Barr explained. “What this does is make a permanent image so it

As stated on the company’s website, “Big Frog can help you turn your brand into branded apparel. Bring us your logo or let us design one for you. Whether you’re outfitting 1 or 1,000 people, we’ll make it work.”

“We have multiple different ways to decorate a garment,” Barr said. “We do Direct to Garment, Screen Prints, Ultra Printing, and embroidery. So a customer can come in and choose what they want.” Because Big Frog has the ability to create designs and bring them to life in so many different ways, they aren’t limited to solely creating T-shirts. “We don’t just do T-shirts, we do any custom garment, along with other items,”

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explained Barr. “We’re a complete marketing and promotional company as well. We offer a range of items, including pens and pencils, coffee cups, business cards, name tags.” With so many different options, it’s no wonder that Big Frog of Kentuckiana has become a premier goto choice for individual and business clients alike. As Barr said, “We have a broad clientele. We have people that come in to get one design made, such as an anniversary shirt or a birthday shirt, but then schools might come in to get a team shirt, band shirts, or school year shirts. We also cater to business clientele, so we always have a unique mix of designs that we’re creating.” As a full-service marketing collaborator, Big Frog of Kentuckiana is not only helping Kentucky and Indiana businesses grow their brand, but truly becoming a part of the Kentuckiana community through their individual designs and genuine ideology of valuing customer service. To request a quote or to get more information, Big Frog of Kentuckiana can be reached by phone at 812.283.3771 or online at www.bigfrog. com/Kentuckiana.Mention this article to get a discount on any order of $250 or more.

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Asia is wearing a plaid button down shirt with polka dot silk scarf, originals by Betty Jeffries, and Ezra Collection pink leisure shorts. Talia is wearing Ezra Collection coral scalloped shorts with floral silk tie blouse. Available at Betty Jeffries Mobile Boutique. Jewelry from Stylebone.

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Asia is wearing distressed denim shorts and top. Available at Sandi’s Style Boutique. Talia is wearing aztec print silk high waisted shorts and cuffs, available at Sandi’s Style Boutique, with black cutout top, available at Simply Belle Boutique.

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Olive is wearing Disigual printed summer dress with leather tassel earrings. Available at Boutique Serendipity.

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Abby is wearing a black shear coverup with fringe detail, Paige denim and monogrammed medallion jewelry. Available at Boutique Serendipity. Tom Ford sunglasses provided by Rodeo Drive.

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Abby is wearing a raw silk lavender pencil skirt with graphic tee. Available at Sandi’s Style Boutique.

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Talia is wearing a silk scalloped crop top with pearl beaded choker. Available at Simply Belle Boutique.

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Asia is wearing an Alice & Olvia colorblock top with Michael Stars pleated culottes. Available at Rodeo Drive.

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Olive is wearing a Weston Wear floral fit and flair dress with multistrand necklace. Available at Boutique Serendipity.

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Asia is wearing a nude Milli lace top, black and white printed short by Diane Von Furst, Alexander McQueen studded bootie and Zenzii emerald drop earring. Available at Sunny Daize.

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Talia is wearing a Muse blue lace dress. Available at Sunny Daize. Jewelry from Stylebone.

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Abby is wearing a yellow Ann Klein summer weight blazer, black and white lace leggings by Ryu with black Prada handbag. Available at Sassy Fox. Vintage cameo and emerald by Leenabell.

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Laura is wearing an Elizabeth and James black, A-line sheer overlay skirt, sheer petal Garcia top with Tom Ford sunglasses. Available at Rodeo Drive.

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ne of the perks of living in Kentucky is that you can get away from it all without having to travel very far. A three-hour jaunt westward to the little town of Grand Rivers, and you’ve got just what you need on a sweltering summer’s weekend: water, in endless supply. When you pull in to Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina, you’ll find yourself between the banks of Barkley and Kentucky lakes, two of the biggest lakes east of the Mississippi. And you’ll have arrived at an all-inclusive resort, a destination of destinations, whatever the length or brevity of your getaway time. At Green Turtle Bay, your chances of having fun on the water are high — no matter your idea of fun. Resort staff will outfit you with a rental kayak, pontoon boat, fishing boat, even a houseboat. “There’s just hundreds and hundreds of miles of beaches and secluded anchorages,” says Bill Gary III, CEO and co-owner of the resort. SUMMER 2015

It’s a place that offers you more than enough to do for fun. “You could sure fill up a week without any trouble, particularly if you’re inclined to be out on the water a lot,” Gary says. “The lakes are beautiful — great boating — and it’s not overly crowded.” If you’re in the mood for fishing, Gary vouches for the water’s “tremendous” stock of bass and croppy. After a day on the lake, you’ll spend the night in style in one of the resort’s 87 luxury rental condominiums. Ranging from one to four bedrooms, each condo is individually owned and decorated. “They’re very tastefully done,” Gary says. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, pullout sofa and gas grill, and many have a fireplace. Linens and towels — and coffee — are provided. Green Turtle Bay prides itself on being a place where everyone can have a blast. “You can be as busy or as relaxed as you want to be,” Gary says. “You can … sit out

on the back porch and watch the sun come up in the morning and go down in the evening, or you can get out on the water and wear yourself out.” Once you’ve had your fill of sunshine, soak in the indoor pool, relax in one of the saunas or get pampered at Green Turtle Bay’s own Jade & Earth Spa. The spa offers massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing, for both women and men. You can also get your hair cut, styled and colored in the spa’s salon boutique. When you get hungry, head over to one of the resort’s restaurants: Dockers Bayside Grille serves breakfast and lunch, and the Commonwealth Yacht Club offers fine dining in the evenings. The Yacht Club is open to members only, but condo and boating guests get a pass upon arrival at the resort. Both restaurants overlook the water. Green Turtle Bay’s conference center provides a venue for weddings, reunions or company meetings. And at the Ship’s Chandlery, you’ll find nautical-themed gifts and clothing for men and women, as well

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as assorted boating parts and equipment. The resort also offers slips and dry storage for about 700 private boats, and provides a full line of boat repair services. In August, Grand Rivers Marina Day will feature slides, climbing walls and water events for the kids. The resort sits within walking distance of downtown Grand Rivers. The little historic town is home of the Badgett Playhouse Theater, where you can catch a variety of musical shows. Grand Rivers also hosts festivals nearly every weekend throughout the summer. “We’re the major tourist attraction between Branson, Missouri, and Gatlinburg,” Gary says. “We’re halfway in between, and so we get an awful lot of tour buses coming to Grand Rivers, going back and forth through the season.” Green Turtle Bay didn’t become such a destination overnight. It started in 1984, after Gary retired from his career as an

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attorney in Owensboro, Kentucky and decided to purchase what was then “a rundown little marina,” he says. “And it has grown over the years into a full-scale resort.” It’s been a family endeavor for Gary. His daughter, Vida Gary, is president and co-owner of the resort. His son-in-law, Bill Huffman, is vice president of yacht sales. His son, Bill Gary IV, is harbor master and vice president of marine activities. And his daughter-in-law, Machelle Gary, is general manager of the spa. “Having all the family on board — and then having the grandchildren close by … has just been a wonderful way for our family to be together,” Gary says. For more information, visit www.greenturtlebay.com or call 800.498.0428.

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oth finding and securing your financial future with the multiplex assortment of choices out there — whether it be for you, your family or your business — can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s best to have someone who understands it’s not an easy decision to make. The representatives of the Louisville Office of Northwestern Mutual thankfully do understand that, and are working with individuals and business owners throughout Kentucky and much of Indiana to help build you a comprehensive financial plan that will stand the test of time, meet your goals, and help you protect what matters most. Founded in 1857, Northwestern Mutual has the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies. Such a solid footing helps the company deliver on its promises. One of those promises is that as a mutual company, the company is owned by its policyowners, not by shareholders. Participating Northwestern Mutual policyowners in Kentucky and Southern Indiana received $75 million in life insurance dividends in 2014; while these dividends are not guaranteed, Northwestern Mutual has paid dividends to participating policyowners every year since 1872. But beyond serving its clients from a financial planning and security standpoint, Northwestern Mutual serves the Kentucky and Southern Indiana community by creating careers and philanthropic involvement. Northwestern Mutual is aiming to meet the growing demand in Kentucky for financial guidance, and as a result is seeking to add 35 full-time financial representatives and 40 college interns in its offices located in Louisville, Lexington, Evansville and Western Kentucky in 2015. This is good news for college students: the company’s internship program was named the #1 internship for students seeking careers in the financial services industry by Vault.

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Chef Nader Iweimrin isn’t from Ireland, but he was just the man for the job. When he joined the restaurant in January, he and the owners sat down with some Irish cookbooks. “He went over the menu, and he saw what we were doing, and then he took his knowledge of food, and he put a twist on (it),” McCartan says. “… We worked together. He researched, and we talked about what happens in Ireland.” With Iweimrin on board, the menu is fresher and more contemporary than ever. “He’s stepped our kitchen up a bit,” McCartan says. Lamb is one of the most popular meats in Ireland, so Iweimrin created a lamb meatloaf made with Guinness beer. It’s been a smash hit. Along with dishes like corned beef and cabbage, braised lamb shank, and bangers and mash (Irish sausages and mashed potatoes), you’ll find a lineup of burgers, pizzas and pastas. “We have our staple of Irish, and then we venture out,” McCartan says. Their seemingly endless selection of beers features traditional Irish brews, a few domestics and lots of craft beers from across the country. And the taps continually rotate to make sure they’ve got your favorite.

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Molly Malone’s offers something different to draw you in each day of the week. On Mondays, kids eat free when an adult purchases a meal. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are trivia nights. On Thursday nights, live music brings out the younger crowd, and on Fridays, guests enjoy a jazz concert during dinner. Saturdays are dedicated to watching soccer from around the world. And on Sundays, you’ll want to stop in a little earlier for the breakfast buffet. For McCartan, the best part of running the place is getting to meet his guests and watching them enjoy the experience he and the staff have created. “To me, it’s not a job,” he says. “I don’t mind coming to work.” At the age of 18, McCartan got his start as a glass collector — or bar-back, as it’s more commonly known in the U.S. — at a nightclub in his native Ireland. Next he worked as a bartender. Then McCartan moved to London, where he got into the food side of the business as a server, bartender and, eventually, manager. “Everywhere I worked, I went in on the low end and made my way up to the highest position I could get,” McCartan says. Growing up during a recession in Ireland, he’d seen a lot of people emigrate in search of better prospects than they’d found at home. He wasn’t planning to become one of them, though. Still, being a “pretty easy-going, fly-by-night kind of a guy,” he thought he’d visit the U.S.

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“I decided that I’d come over to America and see what that was like,” he says. “And I came over on a holiday visa just to look and see what opportunities were around.”

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While visiting New York, he met a captivating woman from Louisville who shared some friends with him there. After McCartan returned to Ireland, they kept in contact. “She got to visit, see the culture, meet my family, figure out that we’re all crazy, and she wanted to be a part of it,” he says. “… And then we decided that we’d make a go of it, and now we’re married with four kids.” McCartan had gotten a job at Molly Malone’s upon moving to his wife’s hometown. And, like he’d always done, he worked his way up. For more information, visit www.mollymalones irishpub.com. SUMMER 2015

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“I don’t know, Mom, what?” Gallagher was still half-asleep.

“Her feet.” The punch line burst out of her mouth, and she quickly hung up. That’s the kind of that joke that Gallagher would use later in the day if, say, the barista at Please & Thank You were looking a bit down. And, like his mother, he’d let the punch line sink in and just enjoy her laugh. “That’s just who I am – a big personality,” says Gallagher. “I’ve always kind of been the class clown.” The burly, loud, Irish-American guy from Philadelphia is one of those rare people who actually have a story to tell if you ask about their last fight. (He once flipped a bar owner across the room after the guy hit on his buddy’s girlfriend.) Gallagher doesn’t look like the traditional artist type. The only hints of his vocation are his chambray shirt and dark jeans, both slightly smeared with paint. But once he starts talking about his work – these richly-colored, sensual smears that eventually take shape – you can tell he’s an artist at his core. “It’s a long story,” Gallagher says. “But about eight years ago, I was up in New York working for Howard Stern.” It was just a one-week production gig as a favor for a friend in the radio business. The friend had admitted he couldn’t pay him, but offered to cover his hotel and other expenses for the week, and Gallagher had agreed. “So I’m sitting at the hotel bar in Times Square just doodling – I always did, always thought I was ADD – and this drunk gay guy walks up to me and he’s like, ‘Can I buy you a drink?’” Gallagher accepted, but only after laughingly making it clear he had a wife and family at home. 188 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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The guy, laughing, replied, “I’m not hitting on you, I swear. But you’re a (freaking) genius.” “I said, ‘Shut up.’ “But the guy just says, ‘No, really. I travel the world collecting art, and you are a genius.’” As it turned out, the man was originally from Kentucky. He asked for the drawing, as well as Gallagher’s autograph. And he stayed in touch with him to help organize a small show of Gallagher’s work at a framing store in the East End. “I thought it would be one show – you know, one and done,” Gallagher says. “Check it off my list, and it would be a good story.” But one show led to another, then another. “And eventually I realized that that is who I am,” Gallagher says. “I have a day job (as an executive recruiter) for specific purposes, but this is who I am.” A few years ago, he put together a show on just two and a half months’ notice. SUMMER 2015

“In those two months, I probably made 120 pieces,” he says. “My fingers were bleeding, but I loved every second of it.”

Some people would jump back, he says, while others would lean in with pleasure. And that sort of leads the picture.

Gallagher’s work has evolved from doodle-like abstraction to something that, while still abstract, is obviously based on the female form.

“I have a gift,” he says. “And it sounds cocky when I say it, but I’ve done it enough to know. When I got my instincts on a woman, I’m like 98 percent accurate. I just know.”

“I am incredibly inspired by really strong women,” he says. “That’s what a lot of my work revolves around. I draw feelings. It’s all about feelings. Like, I couldn’t draw that bottle if you asked me to,” he says, pointing to his Coke, “but you? Now, I could capture you. That’s what I do.” It starts off with someone’s smile or stance, something indicative of his or her personality. “Once I’m feeling it, like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s her, that’s her,’ then it gets more intimate. I think about eye contact that we have had, or a touch. Then eventually I get to the neck.” He pauses. “I imagine if I come up behind you and whisper something in your ear, something sweet.”

And the art world has noticed. For a year, Gallagher took off from his day job at Humana and served as resident artist at the Muhammad Ali Center. He’s created an incredible number of paintings for some incredible people. “Like when I painted Michelle Obama, she was blown away,” Gallagher says. “She was like, ‘How do you know me?’ And I said, ‘I just do.’” But for the past four years, Gallagher hasn’t shown any work in public. Following a painful divorce, he decided to step out of the public eye for a bit. “I came up with a great line for it: she fell in love with an ambitious executive and woke up next to a tortured artist,” he says.

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Yet, as any good artist knows, inspiration can come at any time. About two weeks after Gallagher and his ex-wife separated, he received a Facebook friend request from an old girlfriend. After some exchange, they decided to meet. Then, they carried on a long-distance relationship of sorts. For a while, she served as an inspiration for many of the pieces he was working on. While Gallagher hasn’t shown his work in public recently, you may recognize him as the man who sketches at local bars – most recently, 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen. “I watch people there – in a non-creepy way, hopefully,” he says, laughing. “It’s a place where I get my inspiration now.” So for now, he’s fine with keeping a fairly low profile. There’s an anonymity he appreciates about that. It’s something that, when he was showing his art before, and even working as a DJ, he didn’t have enough of. He’s still working, selling a few pieces, and staying open to selective commissioned work. “You only live once,” Gallagher says. “And, moving forward, I’ve got to continue listening to that creative voice.” For more information, visit patgallagher.org 192 T H E V O I C E O F L O U I S V I L L E |

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