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INSIDE: Gifts for everyone on your list • Graze Cafe mixes rustic charm, comfort food

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Gift Certificates Court Street Gifts Handcrafted Neely's Barber Jako's Boutique Eklektic Alchemy Maddie's on Main PJ's Be NEED THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT? Entertainment The Prissy Peach Boutique Teresa's Beauty Main Street Barber Shop Engine House Pizza + Pub Harper's Hometown Antiques The Patsey Mountain Company Eloise Bentlley & Murray Sugar Belle's Boutique The Cairn Coffee House In & Out BBQ D & S Hardware Howards Overhead Doors Leeds Center for the Arts Janet's Cob Paper Pedd Boutique Shoppe D The Barre A Fitness Bo Vintage Co Napa Auto EuroWerks Bill's Place Farmers Mar Holiday Gi Bargains on Broadway 5 Star Exhaust 21 on Broadway Cartwright Designs Dan's Disc Cafe & Cat Thoroughbred Gymnastics Brown Proctor Hair Design Patric Family Emporium Bluegrass Budokai Heart to Home Services Dirty South Pottery The Winchester Sun Created by You R Unicorn Books and MusicVistCustom Woodworking Fitness Mu 18 West. Lex Artisan Gallery and Gifts Broadway for gift ideas and holiday eventsCafe Wash Rosebud's Boutique Bluegrass Heritage Museum Treat Yo'self Antiques MC Mason on Main With My Whole Heart Photography Cristy Elaine Photography MK Beauty Bar Janet's Cobbler Shop

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From the publisher

Stories connect our community stick my head through the window

PUBLISHER Michael Caldwell

in this area that makes you think Michael Caldwell is publisher of Winchester Living magazine and The Winchester Sun. Raised on a farm in southern Ohio and coming of age in eastern Kentucky, Mike is an avid sports fan and enjoys time with his family.

somebody was turning the office into a drive-through to let her know she could expect it in November. “Great. My mother just loves it,” she said. “She has Alzheimer’s and we read it together. She will say ‘I know them.’ She really enjoys it.” Those are the types of stories that keep most of us doing what we do. Someone once asked me, “Why


rom my office at the corner of Wall Street and Cleveland Avenue, I have a frontrow seat for many of the interesting sights and sounds of Winchester. I can look out and see the courthouse, which is undergoing some repairs to the aging but majestic bell tower. I can see all the people running around downtown taking care of official business. I have a perfect view of the outof-town visitors marveling at the architecture and uniqueness of Main Street. I can also hear the front desk at the office and the customer service team. I try to interact with customers as much as possible. It was a cool October day when I heard the front door bang closed. “Do you have the new magazine?” the woman asked politely. I took that as an opportunity to

would you print a lifestyle magazine here? Winchester doesn’t have a lifestyle.”

MANAGING EDITOR Whitney Leggett EDITORIAL Fred Petke  Seth Littrell  CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Crum Rachel Gilliam Kata Welsh MARKETING  Lana Smith  Dianna Roe 

I couldn’t disagree more. This community is special. Everyone has a story to tell.  We want Winchester Living to feel familiar and fresh at the same time. We hope readers alternate between seeing people they know and learning something new about this community or finding some hidden gem. We hope reading Winchester Living is an experience that brings back warm memories and helps create new ones. Peter Forbes, an acclaimed educator, writer and photographer, said it well.

CONTACT US Winchester Living magazine is published bi-monthly by The Winchester Sun 20 Wall St.  Winchester, KY 40391  To be added to the mailing list, email us at: info@winchesterliving  

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“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.” That starts right here at home in Clark County. §

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What’s inside?


6 Way Back in Winchester Dale Station powered the region for six decades

21 What’s Happening? Events coming up this season in Winchester and Clark County

66 Why I Love Winchester The Rev. Raymond Smith talks about the community’s loving spirit

ARTS & CULTURE 8 Artist Spotlight  Children’s author Betty Pace uses her own family for inspiration

10 Have You Been Spotted? Winchester residents enjoy getting out on the town 

22 Business Showcase

40 Zero to 60

Created By You owners find success with paint-your-own pottery studio

Caleb Crosby reflects on his musical journey around the world

26 What’s in Store?

44 The Big Day the Local Way

Find something for everyone on your list with a trip to Main Street

Clark County area vendors team up for styled wedding photo session



30 Difference Maker

54 At the Table

Clark native Bo Harris uses basketball to inspire community

Graze Market and Cafe mixes rustic charm with global comfort food

34 How To

62 From the Cookbook

Use three ingredients to make a keepsake ornament

Four recipes to simplify and satisfy this holiday season

36 Health 101 Fitness coach offers all-inclusive workouts with WholyFit program




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Powering Kentucky

Dale Station powered region for six decades

Story by Fred Petke | Photos from Bluegrass Heritage Museum


or six decades, the Dale Station power plant on the banks of the Kentucky River in Ford provided electricity for Clark and surrounding counties, as well as a large part of Kentucky.

According to East Kentucky Power Cooperative,

For the next 50 years, Dale Station made electricity for thousands of customers, growing to a work force of 64 people and a $3.8 million payroll by 2010. Dale Station eventually became too expensive to operate regularly and it couldn’t keep up with environmental regulations. In 2014, EKPC announced plans to shut down the two smaller generators

construction began on the coal-fired power plant in 1951.

immediately, with the other two being deactivated the

For the sum of $12 million, the original plant featured

following year.

two 25-megawatt generators. The power plant, named for EKPC President William

“This plant has been a reliable workhorse, generating the electricity that powered many thousands of

C. Dale, was the first power plant in Kentucky owned

Kentucky homes and businesses over the past 60 years,”

by a cooperative. Dale was president from 1941 to 1950,

EKPC President and CEO Tony Campbell said at the

following his term as president of Shelby RECC in


Shelbyville. Two 75-megawatt generators were added to the facility in 1960 at the cost of $18 million. 6 | Winchester living

The plant itself was deactivated in 2016, though the company continues removing coal ash from the site. Its energy transmission equipment remains in use today. §

Way Back In Winchester | Arts & Culture

d Dale

truction of the coal-fire

Dale Station was named for EKPC President William C. Dale.

cons announcement of the A crowd gathers for the ich began in 1951. Station power plant, wh

An undated photo of Dale Station power plant.

Construction begins on the Dale Station power plant in Clark County, above and below photos.

Arts & Culture | Artist Spotlight

Filling the

VOID Children’s author starts career with book to cater to sons’ needs Story by Rachel Gilliam | Photos by Whitney Leggett


hen Winchester resident Betty Pace wrote her first children’s book in 1989, she was simply trying to fill a need. Both her sons, Donald and Chris, had received ear tubes, and Pace wanted to find a children’s book about the subject. When her search came up empty, Pace decided to write one of her own. The result was “Chris Gets Ear Tubes,” published in 1990 by Gallaudet University, a private university for education of the deaf and hearing impaired. “That one has really gone international and sold more than 300,000 copies,” Pace said. “I’ve never had another one that sold that well, but you always hope. That was a bestseller because, at that time, there were no books on ear tubes in a child’s language that they can

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understand.” Since the publication of “Chris Gets Ear Tubes,” Pace, a Leslie County native who has called Winchester home for nearly 50 years, has written a dozen other children’s books on subjects like learning to make friends and how to handle bullying. As a retired teacher, Pace said she wants her books to convey a lesson in a way that will be interesting to children. “I always read to kids at school, and we always had story time, and we did a lot of writing stories in my classes. I do try to write a story that has a message,” Pace said. Her most recent book is “My Dog Isaac,” inspired by a Pace family pet. The fictional Isaac helps his owner, a little boy, befriend an elderly neighbor. “Of course, the lady makes friends in the end with the dog, and she feeds the dog, and helps take care of the dog,” Pace said. “This is really a charming little book, and it keeps

Betty Pace’s first published book, “Chris Gets Ear Tubes,” was inspired by her two sons’, Chris and Donald, experience getting ear tubes. Since 1990, it has sold more than 300,000 copies internationally. children entertained.” Inspiration for stories often comes from her own family, Pace said, especially her seven grandchildren. “You get a lot of stories, a lot of ideas, from kids. Right now, my grandkids will say something and it will ring a bell to me, and I’ll write it down,” Pace said. Another recent book, “My Bossy Cat,” features her granddaughter, Ella, as the cover illustration. “My Bossy Cat” also was inspired by a real animal, thanks to stories Pace heard from a friend at aerobics class. “In my aerobics class, people are always telling stories, and this lady was talking about this cat that was a bossy cat, and I thought that was a good title for a story. I started listening to her telling about this cat bossing around all the

other cats, and I made up a story,” Pace said. Writing has always been a passion for Pace, who began creating stories and poems for friends in college. When she began her teaching career in Leslie County, Pace said she continued writing in her free time. Since retiring from teaching, Pace said she has enjoyed having time to focus on her writing and has no plans to stop. Eventually, she also would like to begin illustrating her own books. For a complete list of Pace’s books, visit www. Books can be purchased at the Winchester Art Guild, located at 18 W. Lexington Ave., Amazon and all major book retailers. §

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Laura Freeman and Bill Kingsbury

Cindy Banks, Donna Banks and Asher Wilson

Lora Schanding, Abby Schanding and Jarod Maggard

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Hannah Manley

Eclipse Watch Party BCTC Winchester Campus Aug. 21, 2017

Elizabeth Hudson, Mariah Roberts, Autumn Lemaster and Emilee Vaughn


Brenda Sipes, Kitty Strode, Erika O’Brien, Amy Turner, Tammy Moberly and Debbie Hohman

Paul Howard and Jim Clay

Kimberly Bates, David Sovine and Jeff Purvis

Col. Jerry Cecil (Ret.) and Clark County Jailer Frank Doyle

Glenanne Johnson and Donald MacCrimmon

Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Winchester Country Club Sept. 11, 2017

Scott McClair and Chris King

Gayle Sherrod and David Palmer






Roy Fugitt and William Elkins

The Classics

Robert and Sue Blanton

Chris Davis, Amelia Bayley, Tim Janes and Kim Schweitzer

Sen. Ralph Alvarado and Ryan Dotson

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Wayne Elkins and Chris Davis

Boots and BBQ Rose Mary C. Brooks Place Sept. 22, 2017

Jim Woodrum, Amy Turner and Dawn and Sen. Ralph Alvarado

Coos Ockers, Michael Rowady and Cindy Banks

Linda and Craig Bridgewater

Leslie and Jim Roarx

Brenda and Ed Mastrean

Shana and Jakob Wendesten

Gloria and Henry Branham

Rally 4 Recovery Downtown Winchester Sept. 23, 2017

JuaNita and Dickie Everman and Amber Fields

Jennifer Gulley and Ron Kibbey

Chris Tucker

John Lennon

Shari Cox and Gina Barnett

Serendipity Brunch and Auction First Fire Sept. 30, 2017

Linda Ormsby and Sabrina Puckett Elwanda Roberts and Linda Bridgewater

Dylan Keller, Robert Matejka and Tracy Gillespie

Dr. Becky Bartee and Alice Slone Syndy Deese, Pippi Guerrant and Cathy Schwendeman

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Virginia and Don Jenkins

Turquoise and Marcus McIntyre

Margaret, Gloria and Wanda Edwards

Nancy and Don Jenkins

Edna Barley and Laura Gatewood

Margie and William Silvey

Angela Berry and Ida Steele

150th Anniversary Banquet First Baptist Church Oct. 14, 2017

Natasha and the Rev. Gralin Menifee

Megan, Yvonne and Tiffany Taul

Denise and Keith Nowell

Lindrell and Sandra Blackwell

Monique and Ametrius Holland

Lucile Greene MaKayla Harris, Khreonna Jones, Patrice Jones, Daphne Scott and Myah Clemons

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What’s Happening?

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Upcoming events in Winchester and Clark County





KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST 7 to 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY HOP 4 to 7 p.m. in downtown Winchester Visit downtown businesses for holiday shopping, refreshments, raffles, giveaways and specials.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children in advance, and are available at Central Bank, Traditional Bank and Minuteman Press.


10-19 ‘THE LION KING JR.’ Nov. 10-11, 17-18 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. Leeds Center for the Arts

Tickets are $8 for children ages 2 to 12, $14 for adults and $12 for seniors age 55 and older. For more information and to order tickets, visit



CHRISTMAS PARADE 2 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Winchester Annual event will feature various floats and other participants celebrating the theme “A Magical, Musical Christmas.”



SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY All day in downtown Winchester Shop downtown Winchester on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for “Black Friday” deals without the crowds and hustle. Visit for a list of businesses.



BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 8 a.m. at Strode Station Elementary School Have breakfast with Mr. Claus and then shop the various booths full of Christmas decor, goodies and more.



GOODGIVING CHALLENGE CHILI COOK-OFF 5 to 7 p.m. at Clark County Extension Office Sample and vote for a variety of chili recipes from local nonprofits participating in the GoodGiving Challenge.

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Business Showcase | Commerce



Created By You owners find success with paint-your-own pottery studio Story by Fred Petke | Photos by Whitney Leggett


bout a year ago, Bobby and CharDon Hisle moved their business, Created By You, into downtown Winchester from Bypass Road. After five years on the Bypass, they decided it was time to make a move to a better location. It has paid off in more ways than one. “We’ve doubled our business since we moved downtown,” Bobby said. The move has made a huge difference, especially as they gear up for their busiest time of the year as the holidays approach. It’s also when most of their classes open up. “We’ve had anywhere from four to 37 (participants),” CharDon said. “It depends on the class and the weekend.” “We’ve had this place (filled) shoulder to shoulder for birthday parties,” Bobby said. “We sell a lot of ornaments for Christmas. It’s quick, they’re easy and small.” “People like coming in and making gifts,” CharDon said. “So we stock plates in various sizes for handprints or footprints.” The Hisles hadn’t planned on getting into the pottery business, but it found them. Bobby’s grandmother made pottery in Winchester many years ago, and he helped as a child. When she passed away, Bobby took all the pottery equipment and stored it away. Three or four years later, CharDon discovered the kilns and other gear and got interested. “I wasn’t into it until he poured and fired that first piece,” she said. “I thought about it and I was hooked.” Winchester living | 23

Commerce | Business Showcase CharDon started making some of her own pieces and taking them to art shows and festivals to sell. “All I heard at festivals was, ‘I remember making that’ or ‘I’d buy it if it was a different color,’” she said. That experience inspired the creation of Created By You, where people choose and paint their own items, exactly as they want. The storefront on Main Street is stocked with shelves filled with plain pottery items. Customers then pick paint colors and sit at a table to make their artwork, CharDon said. “You have two different types (of customers),” Bobby said. “You have the mothers who bring kids in and make something for Father’s Day. Then you have the serious ones who come in with their friends to be social and get lost in their art.” CharDon said some love to sit next to the big front windows overlooking Main Street and paint as life goes on outside. Once a person is finished with his or her piece, it takes about another week for it to be completed. Each piece is dipped in a glaze, which turns clear when fired in the kiln, she said. The first firing takes four to seven hours at about 1,900 degrees. After cooling for 12 hours, it is fired a second time at 1,840 degrees. The Hisles aren’t the only pottery business in downtown Winchester, and say they complement Dirty South Pottery further down Main Street. “Ours is more economical and about getting kids involved,” she said. “If people want more high-end stuff, we’ll send them there. We work with each other well. “We try to make everything budget friendly.” The hobby itself is friendly to the new and to the experienced. “It’s actually a very forgiving hobby,” CharDon said. “You can make mistakes, correct them and it still look very professional.” § 24 | Winchester living

Commerce | What’s In Store?

Pre-tied bow tie, $20. Available in other colors and customizable at Mason.


1960s ERTL “Hubley” folding wings die cast plane, $75 at Eklektic Alchemy. ‘This Might Be Bourbon’ mug, $25 at Dirty South Pottery. Amita candlestick lamp, $115.95 at Court Street Gifts.



Get your shopping out of the way with a quick trip to downtown Winchester, where you can find something for everyone — from the fashionista to the DIYer, the interior decorator and more.

Zoe’s soap bar, $7 at Patsey Mountain Company.

Monogrammed sherpa, $50. Available in women’s sizes XS to 2X and youth sizes at Rosebud’s Boutique.

Pink Floyd “The Da LP, $19.99 at Uni rk Side of the Moon” collectible corn Books and Music.

Self-tie bow tie, $25. Available in other colors and customizable at Mason

Blanket scarf, $24. CC Beanie with fur detail, $20. Both available in other colors and patterns at Sugar Belle’s.

Sterling silver, hand-painted, early 19th Century three Marys pendants set, $585 at Bentley and Murray.

ler, $16 at Eklektic Alchemy.

Jeep Willys + trailer model by Hel

Stanley Jr. 10-piece real tool set for kids, $40 at D&S Hardware.

ry Enoch, $15.95 “Where in the World I & II” by Har n Mayer, $25 Joa by each; “Of Family and Place” m. seu Mu e at Bluegrass Heritag

Monogrammed rain jacket, $50. Available in women’s sizes XS to 3X and youth sizes at Rosebud’s Boutique.

Milwaukee power tools of various types, price range $67 to $409 at D&S Hardware. Candle, $25. Available in various scents and pottery bases at Dirty South Pottery.

IH silver candle stick varieties, $18.95 to $38.95 at Court Street Gifts.

Unmarked Scottie dog cookie jar, $85 at Bentley and Murray.

“Dragon Tales” signed by author Isaac Asimov with dedication to L. Sprague de Camp, $100 at Unicorn Books and Music.

What’s In Store? | Commerce 1950s Ohio Art Best Toys spinning top, $30 at Bentley and Murray.

5-piece Erimish bracelet set, $62 at Sugar Belle’s.

Cookie jar, $40 at Dirty South Pottery. Stanley Jr. pull-back airplane kit, $12 at D&S Hardware.

Mason jar tart warmer, $20 at Patsey Mountain Company.

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Clark native uses basketball to inspire community Story and photos by Casey Castle


o Harris has played basketball all over the world. But for the Winchester native, who played in semi-professional leagues in Canada and Europe, there is nothing quite like playing in your hometown. “Everybody knows your moves,” he said. “Everybody knows your tendencies. It’s very competitive. Even though I played at different levels, even guys who don’t really play basketball anymore can give me problems because they know who I am and I’ve been the same person since I was younger.” Well, he’s not exactly the same. While the younger Harris had his focus on improving as a basketball player, now his focus is on improving his community. “If a lot of people get together and we pursue one common goal, that can make the community better,” he said. “That’s going to help everyone in the long run.” Harris works to rally this group effort through something he knows very well — basketball. Harris runs a local basketball camp and a Jam Fest 5-on-5 tournament at Harmon Field each summer. This year, he started the first year of his basketball summer league — one focused on allowing high school athletes and older players to compete together on the same court, in the same league. “My goal is to bridge the gap,” Harris said. “I put the league together so guys who are my age, guys who

are 30, can play with guys who are 15 or 23.” But the camps, leagues and tournaments are also a tool to bring people together with the hope that will pay dividends beyond basketball. “It’s exciting for me and the thing I want to do moving forward is to keep working with the youth and keep them involved in, not just basketball, but any activity they want to participate in,” he said. “I want them to be excited about things, give them options.” The career trajectory for Harris took him to places like Toronto, Latvia, Estonia and Singapore. The traveling let him see the opportunities young people have in places other than Winchester. “Sometimes options are limited,” he said. “Being in Toronto and other cities, I saw the options they had and the things kids were able to do. I want to give the kids here those chances so maybe they can be inspired and pursue those things.” Singapore was where Harris decided he would focus on working with children. “We spent a lot of time with the youth there,” Harris said. “That’s what put my mindset that, when I got back to Winchester, that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to give back to the community and work with the youth in the community. By using basketball, something I know, to keep them from maybe interacting with stuff they don’t need to.” Even with all that traveling, Harris never doubted he would come back to the place he calls home. “This is my home,” Harris said. “My friends and family are here. It’s just home. I feel I can go

Living | Difference Maker there. It’s where my heart is. Dorothy said it best — ‘There’s no place like home.’” Harris knows his goals are unreachable without help, but he’s getting plenty of that so far. “Harris Sports is growing and the community support has been great,” he said. “I’m just one man, but it’s not just me. It’s all the community volunteers and people helping out. They give their time. Like First Baptist Church helped me with getting a building (for the Harris Hoops Summer League). Parks and Rec

“I want to stress the importance of the community coming together. If we come together, look at what we can do. We can do positive things.” lets us use Harmon Field (for the tournament). That stuff helps me put on events. So, without them, without the community and the support, without sponsors, we have none of this. “I want to stress

the importance of the community coming together. If we come together, look at what we can do. We can do positive things.” An added benefit of working with kids is having the attention of

moms and dads, too, Harris said. “I go for the youth, because if they’re invested, the parents have to come along, too,” he said. “So I deliver the message through the youth.” While Harris hopes to use basketball to get started, he has not limited his opportunities to the hardwood. “I’m open to any ideas,” he said. “I can be available as a platform for any kind of positive message — it doesn’t have to be basketball — as long as it’s something that can grow and help the community.” §

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salt-dough ORNAMENTS INGREDIENTS — 2 cups all-purpose flour — 1 cup salt — 1 cup warm water

Whitney Leggett is managing editor of Winchester Living magazine and The Winchester Sun. She enjoys trying art, crafts and other projects.

INSTRUCTIONS — Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. — Slowly add water using a fork until a dough starts to form. Eventually use your hands to kneed the dough into a ball, ensuring the flour and salt are mixed in well. — Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a flat surface and roll out 1/4 to 1/2 of the dough using a rolling pin. — Using cookie cutters or round objects (like cups or small bowls) cut out desired shapes for ornaments. I used Kentucky- and horse-shaped cookie cutters I found at D&S Hardware. — Place cut-outs on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. — Use a straw to punch a hole out at the top of the shapes where a string will be used for hanging. — Bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 to 2 hours. Ornaments should harden as they continue to bake. — Remove from oven and let ornaments cool completely. — Using acrylic paint, decorate the ornaments and let them dry. — Tie a string of desired length through hole and hang.

CREATE A KEEPSAKE This recipe was enough to make about 10 ornaments. With the leftover dough, I made a handprint keepsake ornament. Create a circular ornament of your desired size, then have a child open their hand and flatten their palm into the dough pressing firmly. Follow the same instructions for baking and stringing. Let your child paint the ornament or decorate it yourself for a special keepsake. Winchester living | 35

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Fitness coach offers all-inclusive workout Story by Amanda Crum | Photos by Whitney Leggett

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Health 101 | Living


hese days, experts say it is more important than ever to recharge, take care of the body and incorporate fitness into different areas of life beyond just the physical. The term “mindfulness” is considered important when it comes to a mental health boost, and that is because more people than ever are realizing that staying plugged in — to social media and the news, to phones and other devices and to the Internet in general — can be detrimental to the way people feel. Yet, many people don’t know how to get started making an adjustment. Kym Pelfrey is determined to change that. The 52-year-old Winchester resident said the faithbased WholyFit program came into her life when she was looking for a way to get fit that also lined up with her Christian beliefs. She began doing some research online, discovered the company and, after noting there were no classes in Winchester, decided to bring WholyFit to the area herself. Despite not having any previous experience with fitness training, she became a certified instructor in 2012 and began hosting classes in Winchester the following year. Now, Kym said her goal — alongside her teaching partner and certified instructor Melody Wagner — is to help her students become healthier in all aspects of their lives. “It does my heart so good to see women sharing and fellowshipping with one another,” Kym said. “There is no judgment in our classes and we encourage each other to grow and get stronger — physically, emotionally and spiritually.” Based mostly in the U.S. and Canada, WholyFit was founded by certified exercise physiologist Laura Monica in 2012. After suffering through a bout of chronic illness and depression, Laura knew she had to make some changes. With the support of her church and some physical exercise, she found what she was looking for. Five years later, Laura has trained more than 500 fitness instructors through her courses, and the team continues to grow. In fact, Kym said she recently trained three instructors on her own who will be certified to teach in Lexington. “We are growing in this area and it’s exciting,” Kym said. Although her Winchester classes are held at Calvary Winchester living | 37

Living | Health 101

Christian Church, they are open to anyone and participation does not require prayer or anything a student isn’t comfortable with. The point, Kym said, is to make everyone feel welcome. “While we are God-focused, we never force anyone to repeat scripture or force anyone to pray,” she said. “These are aspects of our classes that someone can either choose to participate in or not.” Because WholyFit shares a gym with the church, Kym is careful to respect and plan for everyone’s needs. For big classes, she said the gym is perfect, but sometimes there are smaller groups. For these, she heads upstairs to a more intimate space, where there are couches that beckon for a catch-up session before the workout begins. Beyond this area, yoga mats are unfurled and waiting beneath glimmering strings of twinkle lights. Soft music plays, giving the entire place an air of relaxation. There is conversation and lighthearted teasing creating a sense that the class is made up of women who 38 | Winchester living

are related or close friends. This is one of Kym’s goals: to have a fun and relaxed space that feels as comfortable as a family member’s home. Once Kym takes her place at the head of the class, a song begins to play, sweeping notes that cue both instructor and students when to move into which pose. The workout is a cross between dance and yoga and was created with the distinct goal of pairing movements with emotions. Laura said these exercises and breathing techniques are meant to provide both security and a way to feel adventurous, moving from one side of the body to the other for a balancing effect. Mostly comprised of low-impact movements, any age group can enjoy a WholyFit workout without fear of injury; this is called Gentle Body Power and is meant to boost agility, balance and strength. Another class, Aerobic Resistance Training, utilizes hand weights and focuses on cardio respiratory fitness and muscular strength. Afterward, it is all about letting

For more information about WholyFit, visit To learn about classes in Winchester, visit the students catch their breath. “Every class ends with about 5 to 6 minutes of restoration,” Kym explains. “Our muscles need time to restore after working out. The participants will experience calm and soothing music while the lights are lowered. Melody and I place a scented tissue — or unscented tissue if there is an issue with scents for any participant — over their eyes followed by a warm eye pillow. It’s a peaceful time of calmness and rest for the mind as well as the body.” Kym and Melody offer classes in 8-week sessions and take a break from late October until January; this gives students time to relax during the holiday season and allows the instructors to work on new routines. Determined to keep the cost low so everyone can participate, Kym said classes are $30 per 8-week session for one class per week, and $50 for two classes. Unsure if you have time to commit to a session? Drop in for a class when you can and pay just $5. For now, the Winchester class is comprised solely of females, but Kym said WholyFit doesn’t aim to leave men out. “I am available and would love the opportunity to help men become certified to teach WholyFit or to help another woman become certified to teach a co-ed WholyFit class,” Kym said. As for those interested in becoming a trainer like Kym, she said to push the fear of the unknown away and give it a shot. “I would tell them not to let fear get in their way or be a stumbling block for them,” she said. “If I had not stepped out past my fear and insecurities, I would not be where I am today.” §

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Caleb Crosby reflects on musical journey from local bands to international stages

Story by Seth Littrell | Photos by Katarina Benzova


all 2017 has been a busy time for Caleb Crosby. The Clark County native and drummer for Nashville rock band Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown has been touring in South America and Mexico with Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith. The band has also travelled with AC/DC, REO Speedwagon and other rock legends since Caleb and Tyler Bryant partnered to found the group in 2009. For Caleb, it all started on Christmas Day when he was 10 years old. “I had shown an interest in the drums around 8 or 9, but I never pushed my parents for a drum kit,” Caleb said. “I had never asked for one.” But on that fateful Christmas morning, Caleb unwrapped his first set of drums, and he hasn’t stopped playing since. As he entered middle school, Caleb began joining musical groups in addition to playing sports. He enjoyed learning to make music, but by the time high school rolled around, he was ready to take things to the next level. “I decided I was going to focus on music,” Crosby said, adding that he had support from his parents, Steve and Shanda Crosby. “I joined literally everything I could that would let me play.” Caleb became a member of George Rogers Clark High

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School’s marching and jazz bands in order to expand his musical expertise. At the same time, Caleb began looking for groups to play with outside of school. He found a local group of jazz musicians to play shows with, though he didn’t know much jazz at the time. “I would go home and listen to one record after another to learn the material,” Caleb said. “That’s how I learned the jazz standards. I would listen to Coltrane, Elvin Jones or Miles Davis so that I could keep up with the guys I was playing with.” When Caleb graduated from high school in 2007, he decided to move to Nashville to study music at Belmont University. There, he said he began to take any gig he could just to get more experience playing for a crowd. “Ninety percent of them didn’t pay,” Caleb said. “I just took as many as I could.” It was during that time Caleb was introduced to Tyler Bryant, a young musician who had travelled to Nashville from Texas. Tyler was already signed to a record company and had worked with several bands in the past, most of whose members were older than him. However, Caleb said his company was interested in forming a new band with Tyler as the front-man and other members who were closer to his age.

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Winchester native Caleb Crosby, far left, with Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown members Bryant, Noah Denney and Graham Whitford. While looking for potential band members in Nashville, Tyler was given Caleb’s name. “It took a little while before we were actually able to play together,” Caleb said. “Tyler tells people I kept putting him off because whenever he’d call and ask me to play I would have something else going on.” Once the two finally got together, though, Caleb said they both knew they were on to something. “We’ve been playing together nonstop ever since,” Caleb said. The two founded TBTS together, eventually rounding out the lineup with members Noah Denney and Graham Whitford. Almost immediately they were given a chance to drive to Texas to open for REO Speedwagon. “We called it the ‘30 for 30,’” Caleb said. “We spent 30 hours on the road traveling down there just to play for 30 minutes before they went on.” But the long hours paid off, and TBTS has been given the opportunity to tour with REO Speedwagon multiple times since then. The show also helped open the door to touring with Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith and AC/DC. “It was like things went from zero to 60 instantly,” Caleb said. In fact, working with AC/DC gave the band members the opportunity to go to Europe for the first time in 2016. The band’s first show of the tour was in Spain, and Caleb said he never felt more nervous about performing. “We were warned before we went on that the fans here had been known to throw things at the opening act, like

water bottles or rocks, and so we need to be careful,” Caleb said. “I was worried, I mean I don’t want to get stuff thrown at me onstage. It had been pouring down rain too so everyone was soaked and unhappy.” Then, right before the band went on, the clouds broke and the rain was replaced by the warm sun. “It was such a special moment,” Caleb said. “And we just went out there and played the best we could. Now we have fans there who want to see us when we come back. It’s amazing.” TBTS has had the chance to tour around the world with various rock legends. The band starts its first European headlining tour this month with shows in places like Berlin, Paris, London and Manchester. Caleb said the travel is exhausting and seems to never stop, but the stress fades as soon as the band sets foot on the stage. “It’s like a switch flips,” he said. “We want to make sure that everyone gets the same show, whether we’re playing for an arena with thousands of people or a bar with two other people in it. We’ve done both before.” The band has also been busy creating a self-titled album, which they will celebrate with an album release party this month in Nashville. The workload has left Caleb with little time for much else, but he said he takes every opportunity he can to come home to Winchester. “Man, I love coming home,” Caleb said. “I try not to play much at all, but instead I spend time visiting with family, friends and other folks I haven’t seen in a while.” §

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Local Wedding | Features


the local way Story by Whitney Leggett | Photos by Kata Welsh of KM Creatives


hen it comes to planning the perfect wedding, everything is in the details. For brides planning their big day, every detail — from the venue to the flowers, the invitations, the dress and the jewelry — is as important as the last. Thankfully, Winchester brides don’t have to travel far to find all the parts and pieces to assemble their dream wedding. On a warm August evening, nearly a dozen local vendors gathered to showcase some of what the Clark County area has to offer couples looking to make their wedding day special.

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THE WEDDING PROFESSIONALS THE VENUE Harkness Edwards Vineyards 5199 Combs Ferry Road, Winchester


estled in the Kentucky River Valley and centrally-located between Lexington, Winchester and Richmond, Harkness Edwards Vineyards provides a quiet, romantic country setting for wedding parties. The Peach House, a victorian home built in 1890, offers an elegant and sophisticated ambience inside and out, providing a venue for receptions, ceremonies, bridal showers or rehearsal dinners. The house has three bedrooms where couples, familymembers or the wedding party can spend the night prior to the wedding and enjoy the home and its amenities on the big day. Brides may also opt to have their ceremony in the ceremonial garden overlooking distant mountains, on the lawn in front of The Peach House, at the vineyard or in a location on the property of their choice. “Every bride is different and every bride comes here and creates something different,” Nini Edwards, daughter of the vineyards’ namesake, said. “Whatever the bride chooses, our venue is all about creating a romantic, quiet and relaxed ambience for the big day.” Harkness Edwards Vineyards is booking weddings for 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit or email info@HEVineyards. com. THE DRESS The White Dress of Lex 2100 Southview Drive, Lexington


he White Dress of Lex, owned and operated by Julia Reese and Beverly Coleman, carries bridal, bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses and accessories. The dress, modeled by Sydney Claypoole of Mount Sterling, is the Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero design. Featuring a scoop neckline and layers of floral lace appliqués and dotted tulle, this classic A-line wedding dress is the epitome of timeless romance. It is finished with a corset closure, or covered buttons over zipper and inner corset closure. The White Dress is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are encouraged online at

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special variety or color be grown

Three Toads Farm

just for their special day. This focus

2234 Colby Road, Winchester

on quality, locally-sourced floral


arrangement landed Three Toads

hree Toads Farm is a full-service farmer-florist providing brides

with all their floral needs on their big day. Designer Elizabeth Montgomery creates her floral masterpieces with entirely locally-grown flowers with the goal of creating timeless works of art brides and guests will remember for years to come. “Our single goal is to make your special day as memorable, beautiful and care-free as possible,” Elizabeth

Farm a spot on Martha Stewart’s list of Top 10 Farmer-Florists in the U.S. Elizabeth has limited spots left in 2018 and is booking into 2019. To learn more about how to “say I do” to Three Toads Farm, visit threetoadsfarm. com and select the “weddings” tab at the top of the page. THE COORDINATING Bit by Bit Events

said. “We also only take one wedding


or event per day. This ensures our


entire focus is on your wedding. After all, this is your most special day and you should be treated like a queen.” In fact, brides booking a year or more in advance can request a

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ngela Sallee loved planning her own wedding so much she

decided to make a career of helping other brides make their wedding visions come to life. For three and half years

Angela was the wedding and event coordinator at The Winchester Opera House, where she facilitated more than 60 weddings ranging from intimate ceremonies to large receptions with hundreds of guests. After branching out on her own, Angela founded Bit by Bit Events through which she provides an array of services to brides who need help planning their wedding. Angela offers full-service coordination, day of coordination and basic coordination packages. “I always tell my brides, ‘I’m in your court,’” Angela said. “I’m here to do whatever they need to make their wedding dreams and ideas come true so they can have a worry-free day.” Angela is currently booking into 2019. To learn more, visit

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Features | Local Wedding THE INVITATIONS Paper on Stone 215 N. Limestone, Lexington


irst impressions are everything. For weddings, save the dates and invitations are the best way for couples to make a great first impression with guests and set the tone for their big day. Whitney Simms at Paper on Stone provides a classicallycurated collection of timeless paper goods for weddings and other occasions. The store showcases timeless wedding and occasion invitations, custom stationary, greeting cards, wrapping paper, hand-dyed silk and double-faced satin ribbons, boxed notes, gift enclosure cards, place cards and custom calligraphy services. Printing services, such as engraving, letter-press, thermography and in-house digital printing are also available. For more information, visit or email THE JEWELRY L.V. Harkness 531 W. Short St., Lexington


nce a bride has selected the perfect dress, accessorizing for the big day is an equally important task. At L.V. Harkness & Company, brides can pick from a selection of high-end jewelry. For this shoot, L.V. Harkness provided handengraved sterling pendants by Dennis Meade for the bridesmaids and a faceted mother of pearl locket from Monica Rich Kosann for the bride along with diamond drop earrings by Sethi Couture. L.V. Harkness is a gift shop with a large focus on bridal and particularly bridal registries, Beth Arnett, head of graphics, said. “We’re a luxury store,” Beth said. “We offer high-end jewelry and we’re proud of that service because there aren’t many stores in the area that offer luxury items.” Brides can visit the store 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to peruse the selection of dining and entertainment items, decorative accents, bed and bath merchandise, jewelry and other gifts. The shop offers online registries, but Beth recommends brides make an appointment to visit the store. “The website is great,” she said. “But there are a lot of unique, interesting and custom things that don’t translate as well online. There are special things that are highly custom that they can fully experience in the store.” To make a registry appointment, view merchandise or create an online registry, visit

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THE CAKE Sassy Sweets 1426 W. Lexington Ave. #7, Winchester

THE PHOTOS KM Creatives Winchester



shley Carter’s dive into cake-making started when she was searching for her young daughter’s perfect birthday cake. Feeling she could create the right delectable herself, Carter made the birthday cake and was then asked to make a cake for her brother’s wedding. Other orders began flooding in, and five years later, she now owns and operates Sassy Sweets, which offers custom cakes and cupcakes for special occasions. Known for her popular buttercream frosting and intricate designs, Ashley said she creates whimsical and classic cakes to meet every bride’s desire. “I make cakes and cupcakes for all occasions, but I really enjoy doing wedding cakes,” Ashley said. “I like to take examples that might be done in fondant and re-create them by piping my popular buttercream frosting.” Ashley is booking weddings for 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit sassysweetsbyashley or call 859-749-4007. Examples of her work are also available on Instagram @SassySweets859.

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lark County native Kata Welsh has built her photography business, KM Creatives, on her willingness to participate in every detail of making a bride’s wedding day picture perfect. Since 2013 she has been offering lifestyle and wedding photography in Central Kentucky with a keen attention to detail. “I love helping my brides coordinate, even though that’s not technically my job,” Kata said. “I’ll do anything and go out of my way to get the perfect shot and capture their special day. I offer a very interactive and personalized experience.” For Kata, that has included venue visits, arriving early to help coordinate set-up and even dress shopping. Along with her wedding package, she also offers a free engagement photo session, which allows her to get comfortable with couples and learn their style and preferences. Wedding videography is also available through KM Creatives. Kata is currently booking weddings for 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit

THE HAIR & MAKEUP Lauren Prather Mount Sterling


nderstandably, brides want to feel and look their best on their wedding day. It is one of the biggest days of their lives and they will be captured in photos that will be shared and displayed throughout their lifetime. Lauren Prather, also known as The Stylist Lauren, created this dreamy wedding look with soft, loose curls, chunky braids and a classic natural makeup look. Lauren is an independent contractor who works full-time behind the chair at the Hair Company in Mount Sterling. Outside the shop, she helps brides get ready on their big day as a traveling bridal stylist offering onsite wedding day services. Brides can learn more about Lauren’s services or inquire about booking her for their event by emailing More examples of her work are available online at thestylistlauren. THE BRIDESMAIDS The Prissy Peach Boutique 55 S. Main St., Winchester


o bride’s big day is complete without her friends and loved ones by her side. From dressshopping, picking decor and keeping her nerves calm on the day-of, bridesmaids are a special and integral part of the wedding experience. For this styled shoot, Holly Goeing, owner of The Prissy Peach Boutique, provided mauve-toned maxi-style dresses that are as comfortable as they are classically beautiful. Modeled by McKenzie Davis and Paige Taylor of Winchester, the under layer of the dress is a romper and the look is completed with a shear lace maxilength skirt and elbow-length sleeves along with a deep-V neckline and lace details throughout. With locations in Winchester and Lexington, The Prissy Peach offers a variety of brands, styles, sizes and price-ranges with looks that are versatile enough to be used as bridesmaid dresses, for mother-of-the-bride or for guests seeking the perfect outfit for the occasion. Holly’s selection of jewelry, shoes and accessories can help complete any look. Both locations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Lexington location at 882 E. High St. also has Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m. §

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Graze Market and Cafe mixes rustic charm, global comfort food Story by Amanda Crum | Photos by Whitney Leggett


alking through the door at Graze Market and Cafe is like stepping back into a simpler time. Picture dark, gleaming wood, the kind that makes visitors acutely aware of the ring a glass will leave if they aren’t careful; fresh flowers on every table in rich colors that bring to mind a country field at dusk; cooking scents that awaken hunger the way spending time outdoors does. Maybe it brings back childhood memories, or smells like a summer evening at grandmother’s house. It’s the kind of rustic place that makes someone stop and appreciate the surroundings; no matter how “plugged-in” you are during the rest of the day, you will want to put your phone down and just relax here. That’s exactly the goal the owner, 30-year-old Craig de Villiers, had in mind when he opened the restaurant in 2013, and it’s a feeling that translates through the hand-hewn wooden benches, tables and bar that Craig himself crafted. Winchester living | 55

Food | At the Table It’s a hobby that was born of his desire to do something outside of cooking that would make his restaurant stand out, and stand out it does, enough to attract so many would-be diners that reservations are required. Yet on the outside, Graze is a small, unimposing white building — more like a vintage farmhouse than a typical restaurant — located across from a field full of very vocal cows. There is a gravel parking lot, a picturesque patio area and a front porch that creaks good-naturedly when you walk across it. A screen door does more than keep the flies out; it adds to the feeling of comfort, as though one has just come to the home of a beloved family member for dinner. Inside, it doesn’t take long to feel the weight of history the building at 150 Combs Ferry Road bears. At around 130 years old, the structure used to house the Pine Grove post office and, later, a general store. Wooden beams on the ceiling are braced with metal brackets from a railroad track that once ran nearby. The owner’s thick and sturdy bar runs the length of one wall, behind which is a refrigerator filled with cool drinks (including Ale-8, of course) and desserts, along with a rack of liquor bottles that gleam like jewels in the unobtrusive lighting. On the wall above is an enormous chalkboard which holds the day’s offerings, all of them fresh and ever-changing according to their availability. The idea is to partner with and support local farms and small businesses, so patrons can expect mostly locally-sourced beef, lamb, bison and vegetables, among other items. Seafood is trucked in and used 56 | Winchester living

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right away. Stacks of ribs spend hours in the smoker, and if they don’t get sold by themselves, the chef finds a way to use them in another dish. Offerings have included brisket poutine, steak, pasta, charcuterie and chicken curry, which Craig said is a favorite back home in South Africa and will likely be included in seasonal dishes when the holidays roll around. His idea of “global comfort food” has been received well by locals, perhaps in part because in every recipe there is both an exotic flavor and a local ingredient; it’s like craving something you have never had before and being completely satisfied when you get it. One thing noticed upon entering Graze’s Winchester location is the

intimacy. There is only enough seating for about 20 people, and half of that is on a long bench running the length of the wall opposite the bar, which means diners may be seated next to a stranger. Pair that with the textile art on the walls, the powerful smell of freshlybrewed coffee and the vintage charm of the building, and what diners get is a cozy experience that leaves the feeling they have stumbled through a door to the past. It’s a great place for a small gathering, such as a bridal shower, and Craig said they will rent out the restaurant for just such an occasion. The staff has also done catering for various events, which has allowed them to get the Graze name beyond its doors.

As for the challenges that come with working in such a small space, Craig said he feels it meshes well with the aesthetic he and his partners are going for. “It’s been a bit of a double-edged sword...but I think it fits very well for us. We always want to bring that homey feeling to our customers,” Craig said. “We weren’t trying to go out and compete with other big restaurants.” That feeling is echoed in the Lexington location at 207 S. Limestone, but there is a bit more room to move around with about 50 seats inside and 20 more outside. After the success of the first Graze location, Craig found it difficult to have to turn people away because of a Winchester living | 57

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lack of seating and began thinking about opening up another option. “We rely on reservations ... during the week not so much, but on the weekends, it gets pretty busy,” he said. The Lexington location — which opened in December 2016 in what used to be House Of Soul — also has a bit more on the menu, although nothing is set in stone. Part of the beauty of Graze is that Craig and his team come up with the dishes according to the ingredients they have available and what the mood calls for rather than planning them. Admitting he is “terrible with recipes,” Craig said he doesn’t like to use them, preferring instead to feel his way through it. “I get bored with a dish very quickly, so we may have similar options later on but change them up a bit,” he said. The unique challenge Craig and his team face with the Limestone location is that, unlike the first Graze, it is in an area where foot-traffic is abundant, so there are more walk-ins that have to be accommodated. It also draws a bit of a younger crowd, so certain adjustments needed to be made — pricing was changed around and more volume was added to the bar, allowing for a bigger selection of bourbons. The hours may be longer for the staff, but having experience with the Winchester restaurant has allowed Craig and his partners to come into the new location with a bit more confidence. There are no prices or information on the chalkboard that holds the day’s offerings, and that is because Craig likes for his customers to have a conversation with their server about the food. This not only encourages a relationship between the staff and guests, it makes the entire process a bit more special. It also keeps the customers from being scared to try a new dish that they may not know much about, which is imperative for an eatery that relies on a chalkboard menu. While Graze has been open for breakfast and lunch in the past, it is now a dinneronly affair, in part because it was so

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difficult for Craig and his small staff (only three to four people at the Winchester location) to keep it going. Along with co-owners Damion Scott and Charles Ferrell, Craig keeps his employees close by treating them like family members, a testament to his love for the restaurant. They are both an extension of the business and of him, making them invaluable. Craig said one of his ultimate goals is to keep that family atmosphere more important than making money. “So far, we have been successful with that, and we have been fortunate enough to be able to keep most of our people without a lot of turnover,” he said. Damion, Craig said, is more of a “numbers guy” who takes over

the business-related aspects of the restaurant, leaving ample room for Craig to be creative and do what he loves. D.J. Adkins runs the Lexington kitchen. With a soft-spoken nature and shy smile, Craig doesn’t immediately seem like the kind of person who would be at home running multiple businesses. Yet he seems extremely comfortable working in such a rural environment, moving with ease both behind the bar and outside the restaurant, where farmland dominates the scenery. Douglas Owens, who owns the land Graze is situated on, also owns the Red Devon cows across the way and has praised Craig’s talents as a chef,

which the young entrepreneur said were honed back home. His parents don’t take credit for his culinary skills but are supportive of his efforts. His father was a professional hunter and also worked with horses, a trade that Craig got involved in and one that ultimately brought him to Kentucky. It was during his time at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles that Craig began cooking for his co-workers, and soon word-of-mouth was so strong regarding his talents in the kitchen he landed a job as sous chef at Italian restaurant Bellini’s in Lexington. After nine months, he had learned a lot about the restaurant business, but knew he was ready to open his own place. Winchester living | 59

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Now, at just 30 years old, he has accomplished part of his dream as a restaurateur. The next part is still in progress. Speaking about his desire to move on to different projects, Craig said he has a bakery in the works that will be located next door to Graze’s Limestone location. Dates and specifics aren’t set in stone yet, but even the consideration of a third business venture is a testament to his work ethic. This young entrepreneur is moving from one goal to the next, trying a bit of everything, like a cook sampling his creations. The bakery isn’t alone at the top of his to-do list, either. Craig has plans to start brewing his own beer, and while it may only have limited availability at first, the idea of bringing a brewery to Winchester — no matter how small — is a novel one. Kentucky has seen an influx of microbreweries in the past few years, leading to the Kentucky Proud organization’s announcement in June that they would be partnering with Kentucky Brewers to create six new beers this fall. With so many craft beer sites popping up in and around Lexington it makes sense for Graze’s next move to be accompanied by barley and hops. It’s one of many ways in 60 | Winchester living

which Craig wants to support and help grow Winchester, a sentiment echoed in his dedication to using locallysourced ingredients. Perhaps part of the reason Graze has done so extraordinarily well is that many people are looking for a way to make their lives better, their bodies healthier, their eating cleaner. Dining in a restaurant where everything from the beef to the tomatoes come from right down the road is a mighty appealing option. Community, fresh farm-to-table food and a laid-back vibe are the three key elements to Graze. Yet it’s not all about an expectation of what the food will be like, or even the way the atmosphere takes you to a place outside the norm. It is important to Craig that his customers come in without expectations, in part because he knows how easy it is to be let down when you allow your mind to build something up. When asked what he wants customers to know before they come in, he says simply that they don’t have to be anything in particular. “You don’t have to get dressed up,” he said. “Just come in, eat and relax.” §


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Taste of the



holiday season filled with gatherings calls for simple recipes that make cooking for family and friends easy and enjoyable. From personal-sized desserts and sides to a warm relaxing drink, here are four recipes to simplify but satisfy.


hot toddy

INGREDIENTS — 1-1⁄2 ounces bourbon, whiskey or another brown liquor — 1 tablespoon honey — 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice — 1 cup boiling water — Cinnamon stick — Lemon wedge — Cloves or star anise

INSTRUCTIONS Combine liquor, lemon juice, honey, and boiling water together in a mug or Irish coffee glass. Push cloves or star anise into the lemon wedge. Add the cinnamon stick and lemon wedge to the mug. Allow lemon and cinnamon stick to steep in the beverage for a few minutes. Stir and enjoy.

From the Cookbook | Food

Crunchy jalapeno mac & cheese

INGREDIENTS — 8 ramekins (4 ounces each), greased — 1 box (7 1/2 ounces) macaroni and cheese — 1/2 cup milk, divided — 1/2 teaspoon chili powder — 1/2 teaspoon paprika — 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese — 1-1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend, divided — 1 cup French's Crispy Jalapenos

INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 350 F. Place ramekins on baking sheet. Cook macaroni and cheese, according to package instructions. Stir in 1/4 cup milk, chili powder and paprika while macaroni is still hot. Add cheddar cheese and 1 cup Italian cheese blend and continue to stir, over low heat, until melted. Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 cup of crispy jalapenos. Fill ramekins topping with remaining Italian cheese blend and crispy jalapenos. Bake 10 minutes.

Slow cooker red wine

hot chocolate INGREDIENTS — 1 bottle (750 milliliters) red wine — 8 cups whole milk — 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk — 1 package (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips — 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg — 4 cinnamon sticks INSTRUCTIONS Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover. Cook 60-70 minutes on high, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is heated through, stirring every 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Serve from slow cooker. 64 | Winchester living

cheesecakes Mini cherry

INGREDIENTS — 18 chocolate cookies with white filling — 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened — 1/3 cup sugar — 2 eggs — 1 teaspoon vanilla — 1 can (21 ounces) cherry fruit filling, divided

INSTRUCTIONS Heat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with 18 paper liners. Place one chocolate cookie in bottom of each paper liner. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fold in half of fruit filling. Fill each muffin liner about three-fourths full with mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Cool. Top each cheesecake with spoonful of remaining fruit filling.


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Why I Love Winchester

‘There is a loving spirit here’


he Rev. Raymond Smith recently celebrated his fourth anniversary leading the congregation at Broadway Baptist Church in Winchester. For Smith, pastoring a church and having the opportunity to share the word of God with the community is important. He said being engaged in initiatives that allow him to pray, share and counsel people in Winchester is a blessing. Smith said one of the things he loves most is how the community has embraced him. “I’m in Winchester seven days a week just at different times and I’ve met several different people who have shown me the love of Winchester,” he said. “One of the beauties with Winchester is it’s large enough to be able to get stuff done but small enough to maintain that small touch and get to know people.” Winchester Living talked with Smith about why he loves Winchester. WL: Besides pastoring Broadway Baptist, in what other ways are you involved in the community? RS: I also serve on the chamber board. One of the first people I met when I came here was Cindy Banks, who is the executive director. After spending an amount of time being involved, our church is a member of the chamber, I then became a board member. I’m also a board member at Clark Regional Medical Center, and that has given me the opportunity to meet and get to know people on that front as well. WL: Where is your favorite place to go in Winchester? RS: I love people and I want to get to know people, so when I first came to Winchester instead of just coming to my office I would go to different spots in Winchester and just hang out. I started 66 | Winchester living

off going to the Cairn, so I went there daily and spent hours. By doing that, I got a chance to meet a lot of individuals in the downtown district. I went from the Cairn to Frisch’s and did the same thing, did the same thing at Gaunce’s and did the same thing at McDonalds. I would go up to the manager and introduce myself as a new pastor in town and let them know they would probably see me hanging out here for a while. I would go in literally every day and spend three or four hours in there. By doing that I got the chance to really meet and know the community. One of the things we’ve been very blessed with at Broadway is that we’re an integrated congregation. A lot of the members here now came from me meeting them at a lot of these different spots, so it has allowed us the opportunity to share the love of Christ with one another.

WL: What is your favorite season in Winchester? RS: I think the Good Friday time is probably my favorite season, the resurrection, with what I do is a very special time to me. On Good Friday the ministerial association literally carries a cross down Main Street. You go to another city and see if that kind of thing happens. They actually carry a cross simulating what Jesus went through going to Calvary. The first time I saw that I was actually preaching that Good Friday service, and when I saw them actually carrying that cross, and saw the rotation of individuals carrying it because the cross was so heavy, I was ready to preach on Main Street when I saw that. How moving it was for me to see different denominations, different ethnicities coming together to celebrate that day. It was beautiful. So when it comes to favorite time, Resurrection Sunday is my favorite day. WL: What is the spirit of the people of Winchester like? RS: There is a loving spirit here. One of the things I was a part of early on and one of the things that is great here is the ministerial association. Seeing the different denominations come together is a great reminder that we are one. This past year we did the Thanksgiving service with First Baptist and Dr. Marvin King. It just shows that we may have our differences but we are all one under the Lord. People have been very caring and loving and sharing here and I am very grateful for that. You know, people don’t have to be kind, and they sure don’t have to be kind to you. I’m just so grateful the community has loved on me, and I love being here. That’s why I’m here every day. §

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