TOPS Louisville: January 2018

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Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do


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The Secrets of the Superfit Diary of a Procedure: A Tale of Two Lip Enhancements Beauty Buzz: Downtown Destination Spa Beauty Buzz: The Wonder Pin Workout Workshop: 8 Top Fitness Trends for 2018 Health Report: Why Assisted Stretching is the New Wonder Treatment Hormonal Handbook: It’s Hormonal! 9 Good and Bad Symptoms You Can Blame on Biology

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weddings Spencer & Tyler Brook & Baron Wedding trends: Aisle Style Here Come the Brides

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CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Danny Alexander Dick Arnspiger Jolea Brown Michelle Byrd Clay Cook


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Tim Furlong Jr. Ryan Noltemeyer Anissa Pate Steve Squall

Ina Miller Nancy Miller Remy Sisk

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THE CARE YOU NEED TO KEEP YOU WELL. AS BUSY AS YOU ARE, TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR HEALTH CAN BE A CHALLENGE. But you can rest assured that Baptist Health is by your side. Our compassionate providers are here for you with services ranging from annual checkups, health screenings and other preventive care, to Urgent and Express Care. They’re committed to building a relationship dedicated to your good health. And, with convenient locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find exceptional care when you need it. For a provider who meets your needs, call 502.897.8131.


FEBRUARY — The Money Issue — Local Financial Experts


— Spring Home & Garden —

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— Derby, Derby, Derby! —

Spring Fashion

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The views and comments expressed by the authors are not always that of our editors or publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure th accuracy of the information in this publication, TOP Marketing Group accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences, including any loss or damage arising from the reliance on information in this publication. All images contained in TOPS Louisville magazine are subject to the copyright of the artist or photographer as named, but not limited thereto. Reproduction of any part of this magazine without prior written permission is prohibited.

Letter from the editor

WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENTLY IN THE NEW YEAR? Those of us here at TOPS are kicking off 2018 with some exciting changes that build on a first year where we were blessed beyond expectation with support and success. Beginning with this issue, we’re adding a new health and wellness section that will delve into topics that both our readers and our staff care deeply like fitness, nutrition, emotional and mental health, stress, hormones, medical procedures big and small, holistic therapies and healthcare news. Phew! We can also announce some new and exciting partnerships based on our mission to get as engaged and involved in our community as our small staff possibly can. We are beyond thrilled to be the media sponsors for the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show (which I will be producing for the seventh year), Fillies Derby Ball and the VIP sponsor for KDF Thunder Over Louisville and Bourbonville. Look for behindthe-scenes scoop and updates on all things Kentucky Derby Festival-related in every issue. (For some of us, Derby starts now, y’all.) We’re also the proud media sponsor of both the American Heart Association Heart Ball and the Baptist Health Pumps & Pearls, two events which raise funds that improve the healthcare for everyone in our city. We’re off to a good start. And we hope that this issue, packed with smart, useable fitness and health advice (plus some exquisite and innovative wedding photos) will be the jumpstart you need to make your own thrilling changes in 2018!

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t’s hard to imagine two more energetic or enthusiastic advocates for one of the AHA’s biggest fundraisers—the Heart Ball. And with good reason. These good friends and next-door neighbors both have husbands who are heart attack survivors (read Scott Wunderlich’s story in “The Secrets of the Superfit on page 43) and are passionate about the cause. “We want everyone to understand how important these dollars are,” says Shacklette. “Dollars fund research and research saves lives and our husbands are two of those lives.”

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The glitz and glamour of the American Heart Association Heart Ball may be the perfect mid-winter mood boost. Planning chairs and nextdoor neighbors Tracy Shacklette and Veronica Wunderlich promise to make the fundraiser at the freshly-renovated Downtown Marriott a can’t-miss event that TOPS is proud to sponsor. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

While the ball is always a sellout success, this dynamic duo will be putting their fresh spin on yearly traditions like a fantastic band, packed dance floor, party atmosphere and live and silent auctions. “Our goal is to be innovative in order to create a truly memorable event that guests will talk about for months, weeks, or even years afterwards,” says Shacklette. “You can’t rely on themes of the past or it can get stale. I’m blessed to work with Veronica who has endless ideas and is our master crafter!” While their surprises are still under wraps, one new twist for this year’s event is that TOPS is now the media sponsor. “We are so pleased to be part of this incredible evening to help support and advance the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association,” says owner Keith Yarber, a survivor and AHA Trustee. “Heart disease and stroke are the number one killers of women. Our prime readers are women who will benefit from this evening in so many ways.” And, of course, if you attend, you will benefit both by raising funds and raising your spirits. IF YOU GO

The American Heart Association Heart Ball takes place on Saturday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m., at the Louisville Downtown Marriott. For information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit louisvilleheartball. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2018 15

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I Hat Tricks For some in our city, like The Hat Girls, Kate Smith and Rachel Bell, Derby season starts now. We checked in at their chic millinery boutique in Norton Commons, where they’re hard at work whipping up creations for flawless Derbyday ensembles and for the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion show, which TOPS is sponsoring for the first time. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY CHRIS WITZKE

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f you step into their light-filled space in Norton Commons, you might think Derby was right around the corner. But for in-demand milliners, Kate Smith and Rachel Bell, the fun started last June. “January is traditionally when we begin building inventory,” says Kate. “But now that we opened a shop and had such demand last year with Von Maur, Rodeo Drive and the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show, we really never stop.” The energetic design duo has set a goal of creating nine hundred hats by the month of April. “The most we’ve ever made is three hundred,” she laughs. Somehow, in the middle of the creative frenzy that comes with outfitting a city for a global event and creating as many as six dozen jaw-dropping headpieces for the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show on Thursday, March 29, the pair also hopes to find the time to do more in-store events. “We’ve talked about doing something with wine and hats and maybe even offering classes,” she says. Of course, they’ll always make time for individual appointments whether it’s for custom-designed hats or to browse their ready-made

confections. If you do pop in, you can pick up a hat box. This year, they’ve ordered beautiful boxes in every size, both for newly purchased hats or for individual purchase. And you don’t have to be a super-successful milliner to know that it’s almost harder to find a good hat box than it is to find the right hat. IF YOU GO

The HAT GIRLS boutique is located at 10708 Meeting Street in Norton Commons. Call 502619-3460 or go to or facebook. com/thehatgirls for more info.

SEE THE SHOW See The Hat Girls stunning hats and fascinators along with over 150 looks from local boutiques at the year’s biggest fashion show. The Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show takes place on Thursday, March, 29, at The Horseshoe Casino. Go to for tickets and info. TOPS editor, Christine Fellingham is producing and TOPS photographers will be on site snapping away. The show sells out early every year, so act fast!

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superfit A fit physique and the glowing good health that goes along with it have no age limit. These nine locals—in their twenties through fifties—show that the only limitation is your own motivation.




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Ana Rodas, 31 Director of Influencer Marketing for Bionic Gloves, internationally ranked swimmer, bikini fitness competitor WORKOUT: I have a very structured weight-lifting routine which changes every month or so. I work out five days a week, each day I concentrate on a different muscle group. DIET: I follow a specific meal plan which is high in protein but also has a healthy balance of carbs. To me, the most important thing is to eat high-quality organic foods that fuel my body. INDULGENCES: What works for me is eating healthy throughout the week and allowing myself to indulge during the weekends. If I had to pick one food, it would be a typical dish from my country, Guatemala, re-fried beans. ROLE MODELS: My discipline is something that has been greatly influenced by my upbringing. My parents made sure that I was always taking part in sport activities, whether it be gymnastics, karate, swimming or dancing. My biggest challenge has been my nutrition. The reason I was able to achieve a bikini competitor’s body was because of my fiancé Alex. He would go to the gym with me and train me on days that I was missing motivation, cook my meals and always supported me when I needed him. TURNING POINTS: I have not always had a fit physique, even though I have worked out my entire life. Regardless of how hard I worked out, my bad nutrition was what hindered me from improvement. I would go out, drink and eat processed foods. The first turning point in my life was when I decided to compete in beauty pageants. I stopped going out, cut down on drinking, started educating myself about how to improve my all-around wellness and worked on mind, body and soul. FITNESS GOALS: I am currently working towards the perfect wedding body. In the future, I would like to explore other sports such as ballroom dancing, hiking, surfing, who knows...! FITNESS CHALLENGES: Every day can be a fitness challenge. Having your co-workers /friends/family eat a delicious-smelling pizza, while you eat your precooked grilled chicken and broccoli meal is a challenge. Getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym in the cold while everyone else is sleeping in their cozy beds is a challenge. In our society, it is a challenge to make healthy choices, but it’s all a matter of mindset and determination. FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: First, competing for the Guatemalan National Swimming Team and breaking international records. Second, going from a size eight to a size zero and getting to work as a professional model with Heyman Talent, is something that I never thought possible. Third, getting to represent Guatemala in two international beauty pageants alongside the most beautiful women in the world. Last, placing second in my first bikini fitness competition and seeing my body evolve to an entirely new level. ADVICE: First, know where you want to go, do research as to how to get there, inform yourself and surround yourself with like-minded people. Make sure that you reward yourself for reaching every goal.

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KRISTOPHER STEIN, 25 Lifeguard, gym instructor, senior at the University of Louisville FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: I need to be dynamic. If you stick to a certain workout all the time, you’ll never excel. WORKOUT EVOLUTION: I started with weight lifting which helped me gain weight room awareness. I then started running track which gave me a means to keep up with cardio. Then I started tumbling, giving me air awareness. I’ve recently started yoga to give me a stable mind and a flexible body. Soon I’ll be starting calisthenics and rock-climbing. From there, I’ll do whatever it takes to test the limits of my body. DIET: I try to avoid eating out which allows me to control what I cook and put in my body. I don’t drink soda and I’m starting to cut gluten and unnecessary sugars such as candy, out of my diet. BIGGEST FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Benching 225 and squatting 475 at 155 pounds in high school. In track, breaking my own personal records in the 200 meter at 23 seconds and the 400 meter at 51 seconds. As I’ve dabbled in different sports, I found myself defying gravity with martial arts tricking. I’ve landed a double full and double cork, which are moves which require training heavily or you’ll risk injury. FITNESS GOALS: My goal is to become the best martial arts tricker Louisville has ever seen and be one the best on the East Coast. To be well known in this sport and help others train to become the best trickers they can be. ADVICE: Stop listening to other people’s stories, and get up and get to it. Find gyms or communities in your area for the exercise method you want to start. Be dynamic. Don’t settle for one type of movement and push your limits.

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WORKOUT: Pre-pregnancy, it was working out twice a week including a combination of yoga, running and strength training. While pregnant, it’s been yoga at Milestone two times a week, the entire pregnancy. If I was tired or didn’t feel like it, I still did it. DIET: Instead of focusing on rules, I decided to simply see myself as a “healthy person.” When faced with food choices, I make choices that are in line with my identity. This makes it easy to practice healthy habits without feeling like I’m making a sacrifice. FITNESS GOALS: I will be using what I’ve learned through my yoga practice, to birth my baby naturally through a method called, “Hypnobirthing.” The principles of yoga and Hypnobirthing are so similar, it was an easy decision to implement this method of childbirth. (Update: Monica delivered her son, Dillon, the morning after our shoot without medication.) ADVICE: My advice is for other pregnant women, because I know how hard it is at the beginning when you are so tired and nauseous and all you want to do is sleep. But, with your doctor’s consent, I beg you to exercise. Do something. Do yoga, light walking or swimming, just stay active. You’ll feel so much better and there are so many benefits for the health of you and your baby, now and after the birth!


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DONNA BROTHERS, 51 NBC racing reporter, former jockey FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: “Mix it up.” There is no one exercise that is the “golden ticket” and mixing up your routine not only makes for a better body, it also keeps your routine from getting boring. WORKOUT: When I was a jockey, my goal was to build muscle and improve my cardiac capacity. My goals now are to maintain tone and lay the ground work for health and vitality. I now do a lot of Bikram Yoga, strength training just one day a week and some cardio but, I must say, Bikram yoga in a 105 degree room for seventy-five to ninety minutes is just about all of the cardio I really need. Plus, rather than adding wear and tear to the joints, it provides strength and repair. DIET: I realized about seven to eight years ago that I am gluten intolerant. For me, giving up gluten was a big turning point. I’m also mostly vegetarian although I will eat some wild caught fish. BIGGEST FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being a paid, professional jockey and retiring as the second leading female jockey by money earned. Aside from that, I do not compete in fitness because I’m too competitive. Now I just train for this endurance event we call life. ADVICE: Do a little bit more every day. So, if you can only walk half a mile, great! Just be sure to walk that half mile. And then maybe tomorrow you can walk six tenths of a mile. And buy new workout clothes a couple of times a year. If you’re working out regularly, you deserve them and they will make you feel more like getting dressed for your workout!

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PHILOSOPHY: It’s all about consistency. I don’t work out the way I used to when I was playing. Now my workouts are usually five to six days a week and only last an hour or so. I try to make sure they’re high-intensity but a workout I enjoy. FITNESS ROLE MODELS: Ted Mitzlaff and Aaron Flaker are two mentors or role models of mine. They both are extremely hard working and successful professionals but they find time to stay in shape. Ted owns a brewery and still finds enough time to hit the gym. TURNING POINTS: My Achilles tear and retirement from basketball really changed my life—not just my fitness routine. Not training at that level makes you much more aware of the little things like diet and missing training sessions. WORKOUT: I did so much running in college and basketball. After that, I hate the thought of getting on the baseline and running sprints. I don’t even like to walk fast if I’m not actually playing basketball. I lift weights almost daily and play a few times a week on the court. FITNESS GOALS: Usually it’s days in the gym or limiting the number of days I miss the gym. I’ve found that if I don’t get it done early, it probably isn’t getting done. HOW CHALLENGING IS IT TO MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF FITNESS WHEN IT’S NOT PART OF YOUR DAY JOB: It’s very challenging. I was never a morning workout guy until I got to Louisville. Consistency is key. My good friend Patrick Lindsay is a machine with his fitness routine and rarely gets off track. We hit the gym early in the morning with a weight lifting routine. ADVICE: You have to start somewhere. Tomorrow will keep getting pushed back. Consistency is key and you don’t have to work out three hours a day to be in shape.

LUKE HANCOCK, 29 Former U of L and professional basketball player,

Financial Advisor with Clearpath Financial of Raymond James.

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FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: I know what it’s like to be uncomfortable in your own skin. I have been obese, sick, and depressed with no direction. And now, I’m fit, healthy, optimistic and focused. TURNING POINT: My only sibling, my baby brother, Jason, was born severely mentally and physically disabled on my fifth birthday. It made me realize from a young age, I was lucky to be born with a chance to be healthy. FITNESS EVOLUTION: In my teens. I would follow the advice I read and it just made me “skinny fat.” Time passed. I started playing guitar professionally. While playing music at night, recording and writing music by day, I always jogged, lifted weights, ate well. I thought I was doing everything right. I began to get fatter and fatter. When I hit 265 pounds, I began to be in denial about it. I hated the way I looked on stage. I was in a mode of self-loathing and depression. I eventually ballooned up to 300 pounds. Something else happened: My mom was diagnosed with cancer. It woke me up. Here I was in the prime of my life with the gift of a chance to be healthy and I was blowing it. It was time for a change. It took me two years to lose 135 pounds and gain 25 pounds of lean mass. I started training others and opened up Sõl Perry Fitness in 2012. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: Progress over perfection. WORKOUT: At age 44, I train smarter. “Stimulate, not annihilate.” I journal all my workouts and have a short term, and long-term plan. My workouts consist of strength training, mobility, metabolic training, yoga, soft tissue work. DIET: I tried every diet under the sun. Many of them can work, but often, they stop working and you plateau. I eventually created my own method of eating that I use now with myself and others. I have never weighed my foods or counted calories. I keep it natural and close to the farm as possible. FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I was honored to win “Trainer of The Year” for the city of Louisville, but the thing I am happiest about is that ten years into her battle with cancer, my mother is still alive and fighting. We sponsor the American Lung Association “Walk For Air” event every year and we have helped raise over $800,000 for lung cancer research. ADVICE: By far the hardest part is to start. Do not wait for the “perfect time.” There will never be one.

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SÕL PERRY, 44 Owner of Sõl Perry Fitness, musician

KATIE GAUNT, 42 Nurse, Instructor at B. You

HEALTH TURNING POINT: Healthful living became a priority for me after receiving results from an annual physical. My cholesterol was borderline high. I was surprised. I led an active life. I ate healthy. I figured that would be enough. FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: Find an activity level that meets the needs of that day. It might be a heart-pumping sweat or a quiet, focused stretch and meditation. Our bodies need different challenges every day. WORKOUT: Fitness has changed for me over the years. In the early years, it was to burn off energy. As I started a family, I found enjoyment in running. I realized it was an activity I could slip in anytime of the day and be outside. I could do it by myself and have “me time.” As my children grew, I found a need to incorporate a social component to my routine. I joined a small fitness boutique in my neighborhood and still continue to stay physically challenged each day. Now that my children are a little older, I have incorporated them into my routine. We enjoy heading out for trail runs, biking and all kinds of outdoor activities. FITNESS GOALS: To continue to stay active. I know for my own personal well-being, that staying healthy and active helps me physically and mentally. I want to set an example for my children and hope they find an appreciation for an active lifestyle as well. ADVICE: Find an interest and evaluate what you need at this moment in your life. Try something different. Louisville has so much to offer.

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FITNESS EVOLUTION: I took two circus classes almost eight years ago and found I was really naturally good at it. When I climbed the rope about 20 feet, I remember thinking I was happier than I had ever been. I bought a rope, had my tree rigged (which is not a good idea), and began taking lessons. Several months later, I started an aerial burlesque company with a partner and have performed regularly for the past seven years. FITNESS CHALLENGES: I tore my labrum (a piece of fibrocartilage attached to the rim of the shoulder socket that helps keep the ball of the joint in place). It was an overuse injury. At my age, a labral repair would not last, so they did a bicep tenodesis, and I wasn’t able to lift more than two pounds for two months. Dr. Ryan Krupp with Norton Orthopedic Specialists and his physician’s assistant, Jason Hupp, were very good about staying positive when I started crying in their office. I was lucky to have a surgeon who not only specialized in shoulders but who had a reputation as being one of the best in his area of expertise. WORKOUT: I train at my circus gym now about two to three times a week and teach classes two times a week. Usually, it’s for at least two hours doing aerials, core and stretching. I walk or ride my bike for cardio when the weather allows, or I go to another gym to walk the track sometimes. DIET: I eat to live now, rather than live to eat. I eat nutritionally sound with healthy fats and proteins, lots of vegetables, fruits, and complex carbohydrates, and I have enough cheat foods to keep it fun. I love dark chocolate and red wine. FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: I have played semi-pro football, men’s lacrosse, predominately men’s ice hockey, roller hockey, soccer, sprint triathlons, running races, mountain biking, etc. I was an avid weight lifter for 13 years before aerials. I competed in a figure competition at age 44 and a fitness competition at 40. But I honestly think my biggest accomplishment athletically is aerial arts. I am the oldest aerialist in the area, and I perform constantly. I just feel lucky every day. FITNESS GOAL: I want to continue to teach and perform aerials as long as possible. After that, I want to work on yoga teacher certification and continue helping others be healthy and fit. ADVICE: Find some way to move your body, any way! There are a hundred ways to move your body.

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TERRI KENDALL, 50 Aerialist, mother, co-owner of XALT

Pilot, Ironman, heart attack survivor FITNESS PHILOSOPHY: Do something every day. As an airline pilot with a constantly changing schedule, I have a hard time sticking to a set plan, but I always try to get a workout in. Sometimes it may be nothing more than running the hotel stairs on a layover. DIET: I avoid bread and other simple carbs. I always have an emergency supply of protein powder and healthy snacks in my suitcase. TURNING POINT: It has always been important, but after I had a heart attack (caused by a birth defect) in 2009, I’ve pushed myself a little harder. FITNESS GOALS: I want to stay fit enough that physical ability isn’t an impediment to me doing the things I want to as I age. I didn’t run my first marathon or Ironman until I was 50. By 55, I had run more than twenty marathons and ultra-marathons, seven Ironman and three half-Ironman triathlons. I have a lot of great adventures planned for retirement! FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I failed at my first hundred mile run attempt in May 2016. Instead of deciding to give up, I pushed myself a little harder… and a little smarter. Over the next nine months, I completed three 100-milers. I’m signed up for two 100-milers for 2018 and hoping to run a 500K (314 miles) in July. I think the most positive aspect of my lifestyle has been the effect it has had on my family. They have all participated in my races… either running themselves, crewing, or pacing. In 2014, we had five Wunderlichs run the Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent. ADVICE: Baby steps. My first treadmill run of a mile was beyond boring, but before long, it became an easy routine. Add a little each week; either in time, distance, or intensity. Before long you’ll be doing 10k a day and not dreading it. A good music mix to listen to helps.



Diary of a Procedure

A Tale Of Two Lip Enhancements This on-the-rise procedure often makes news when the latest celeb hits the red carpet with disproportional duck lips. But Dr. Sarita Nair of Body Rx Med Spa explains that when it’s performed properly, a lunchtime lip injection is an individualized procedure that flatters your face shape, rejuvenates and, yes, creates a pretty pout. Two women share their experiences. PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

“One size does not fit all when it comes to lip injections,” says Dr. Sarita Nair, a board certified internal medical specialist who co-owns Body Rx on Hurstbourne Lane with her husband Dr. Suresh Nair. “There are fillers that range from small to large particles and we can use them to carefully shape a patient’s lips and target problem areas.” Overzealous plumping isn’t on the menu of services at this elegant medi spa. Instead, Dr. Nair examines a patient’s needs and uses the filler or

fillers that will address them specifically. “I look at the surrounding area too, not just the lips themselves,” she explains. “Sometimes we need to restore a little volume above or below to support the lips and improve the shape. Sometimes we need fine line fillers in addition to larger molecules to add fullness.” What Dr. Nair won’t do is simply fill them up as far as she can go: “I sometimes have to talk patients out of requests that are too extreme,” she says. “They wind up happier with a more natural result.”

Patient: Brittany Dupin Goal: More Definition s too ught my upper lip wa Her words: “I always tho my e ov ab ort a little Dysp thin. Dr. Nair injected lane Then she added Resty le. litt a t ou it lip to turn . It’s up m lower to plump the Silk to the upper and ng thi ole wh e what I want. Th subtle and it’s exactly ty en tw d an ing mb nu enty for took forty minutes—tw the at more uncomfortable for injecting. I’ve been dentist.”

Patient: Kelly Key

Goal: Dramatic fullne ss Her words: “I went in with thin lips and walke d ou t with slightly toned-do wn Angelina Jolie lips about fifty minutes later. Dr. Nair started with shots of anesthetic, which stin gs a little, but then, wh en she did the Restylane Silk injections into my uppe r and lower lips, I felt almost nothing but pressure. I used ice a little when I went home. I’d do it again, but I won’t have to for abou t five months.”

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uriosity isn’t the only reason to set foot in our city’s towering new luxury hotel in March. The Omni Hotel’s 5,620 foot Mokara Spa promises to be a big draw for downtown office dwellers and suburbanites alike. “We want to have a high focus on residents with the spa,” says Spa Director Marisa DeVane. “While we’re still fine-tuning the details, we’re planning on having a full menu of massages, couple’s massages and body treatments; manicures, pedicures and facials featuring the Babor skincare line.”

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8 Top Fitness Trends For 2018 Groups are trending in, machines are trending out and there’s no better time to shake up your workout than right now. This is the month when gyms and fitness instructors are hoping to inspire you with new and novel classes. Here, a few to consider.


Here are some trends that might tempt you to try something different sooner rather than later.



“The number one trend for this coming year is once again HIIT (high intensity interval training) which is typically accomplished by combining different types of exercises from yoga to Pilates to calisthenics such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and squat jumps,” says Carlos Rivas, Chief Performance Officer for Proformance Fitness. “These types of fusion group exercise classes are becoming popular due to the benefits you gain from the mind-body awareness from yoga and Pilates and the strength and power you gain from calisthenics.…and other self-lifting movements.”


“L.I.I.T.” (Or low-intensity integral training)

If all of the fast, frantic, fat-burning classes are getting tedious, you may be ready to shift into a slower, lower gear and still get the same effects. “Babies like millennials only know one speed,” says Howard. “These high-intensity classes came around and it’s all anybody has been doing. But there’s a benefit to switching it up and doing something longer and slower.” While high intensity classes are 30 minutes, low-intensity versions are an hour. “It’s still intervals. You’ll walk faster, then slow it down. We used to train this way. But now we’re reinventing it for a new generation.” You burn the same number of calories, but you do it differently.



Cryotherapy hasn’t hit town yet, but our experts predict that this treatment that involves entering a freezing cold chamber for a literal cool-down session will come our way soon. “It’s a smarter recovery from working out,” says Howard. “You surround the body with a cold atmosphere to decrease inflammation and pain. People are understanding more about recovery and how it promotes better overall fitness.” For those who would rather warm their

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For years, punishing classes have been the norm. Now at least some gyms are swinging back the other way and incorporating more fun into fitness. “There are totally new classes developed all around the principal of getting fun back into fitness,” says Howard.

At Milestone, there is actually a class called “recess” where members play freeze tag among other things. But it’s not all fun and games. “It’s boot camp inspired,” he says. “We play hard and work out hard. It’s still all based on the idea of having fun.” Typically, participants wear devices and monitor how much they’re burning off and still hit their goals. They just do it with a smile.


n a month of resolutions, your workout routine is one place where change for the sake of change makes sense. “Your body is so happy with the way it is that it keeps trying to maintain the status quo,” says Jeff Howard, personal trainer at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center. “If you want change, you need to make a change.”

way to faster healing, there is also infrared sauna technology that accomplishes much the same thing—better post-workout recovery. Explains Howard,“This heals from the inside out.”





“Boxing is another type of high intensity interval training that has become popular with exercise enthusiasts,” says Riva. “Boxing classes are typically combined with kickboxing and jump rope which can burn a significant amount of calories per minute.”

This is just beginning to surface. Through an app on your phone, you order a swab, swab the inside of your mouth and send it for testing. The app then tells you what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. Says Howard, “This is the early version, but I think it will be refined and mainstreamed.”



This is a trend that’s here to stay. “The benefits of tracking your steps, calories burned, heart rate monitoring and sleep quality are big motivators,” says Rivas. “Blood pressure monitoring is also on the horizon.”



The newest equipment at some gyms is water. Classes are being taught in and out of the pool. “The water provides both resistance and support,” says Howard. “Jump in the water and you just intensified your workout while reducing your risk of injury.”

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Why Assisted Stretching Is The New Wonder Treatment Local golf legend and PGA winner, Justin Thomas credits assisted stretching with improving his stance, stamina and swing. But golfers aren’t the only ones buzzing about this proactive form of bodywork that boosts flexibility, balance, energy and can alleviate a long list of aches and pains.


ome of us pop an ibuprofen. For others, the first line of defense for muscle pain might be to make a massage appointment. But there’s a more active form of bodywork that’s receiving a lot of attention in the media for providing dramatic results for athletes and non-athletes alike— both in terms of relieving chronic pain and improving physical strength, stability and stamina. “The basis of stretch massage is that it is just a head-to-toe, total-body stretch,” says Sallie Hodge, a massage therapist at Massage Envy in Middletown, a company that’s putting stretching on the radar nationally. “You’re releasing muscle tension, overcoming the body’s natural fight or flight instinct and opening up the body, increasing circulation and helping the body react in a natural way rather than tensing up.” The Streto Method, which is followed by Massage Envy therapists across the country, always works from the top down, no matter where a client’s troublespots may be. “People will come in and say, ‘My legs are where the pain is really bad or my lower back is the problem,’” says Hodge. “But we always do the full body first and then concentrate on those areas.” Unlike traditional Swedish massage, assisted stretching incorporates active resistance from the client. “While we have the client in a stretch, we have them push against us and use the muscle,” she says. “We help bring

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your body back into the correct anatomical position.” At Massage Envy, instruments designed just for their therapists are used to exert pressure on the muscles. The treatment really opens the front of the body and breaks up muscle fascia— increasing circulation, bringing down inflammation, and increasing energy. “When we’re finished, you have a little more pep in your step,” she says. But you have to work a little bit. “We tell clients to come in comfortable clothes, prepared to be active participants,” says Elena Silliman, a therapist at Massage Envy in Clarksville, IN. “They will feel the stretches, but we never push them beyond where they’re comfortable.” It’s an extremely effective treatment for athletes—who put their bodies through punishing routines and require a speedy recovery from strains or pains. That’s why our own local sports celebrity, Justin Thomas, is an ambassador for Massage Envy and the PGA is an official sponsor of their assisted stretching treatment. But golfers aren’t the only ones benefiting. “I

have a nine-year-old coming in who’s a competitive gymnast,” says Silliman. “It helps her with flexibility and increases her range of motion. She takes a lot of impact to the spine and the stretching can counter that.” She also counts among her regulars a traveler with an aching lower back; amateur and professional golfers; tennis players and runners. “Honestly, if you are any human who has a spine, it can make you feel and perform better,” she says. It can even help you get enhanced benefits from a more traditional massage. “It relaxes and lengthens your muscles so we don’t spend the first 15 minutes of your massage trying to get them to release,” she explains. That’s why a common appointment is a 30-minute stretch session followed by a thirty or 60-minute massage. “But it’s not mandatory to do both,” says Silliman. “It’s a very customizable treatment. I have some clients who come in for 60 minutes of stretching and they leave limber and relaxed. What’s so wonderful about stretching is that it’s another service we can offer or combine with other massage to get the very best results.”

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he effects of hormones on our bodies is a secret windfall of discovery about our physiological and emotional design. Misunderstandings abound about these much-maligned chemical messengers. Yet they can actually be our best weapon for optimal health and wellness and disease prevention, if we can only understand them. A few key facts can put their importance into perspective. For instance, there are literally thousands of hormones in the body. So crucial are they to our daily functioning that every single cell has a hormone receptor. Critical hormones for all humans include estrogen, testosterone (yes— women produce it), progesterone, insulin, cortisol, dopamine, thyroid, and endorphins. They originate in the glands (ovaries, testes, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal, for example), and are secreted into the bloodstream. Correct levels of all hormones are required for proper functioning of any and all of our body’s systems. Prolonged imbalance of any one of them can lead to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Both men and women have hormones but they impact our bodies so differently. That difference comes into play especially during the teen years, when puberty hits and the sex hormones of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone

activate. This causes mood swings, impulses, and very distinct bodily changes in girls (between the ages of 10-14) and boys (between 12-16). In later years, women and men once again go through their own forms of hormonal change known as menopause and andropause, respectively. For women, our estrogen and progesterone-producing ovaries “have their own retirement plan,” according to Dr. Rebecca Booth, a partner in Women First, a St. Matthews ob/gyn practice and author of The Venus Week. Because we are now living on average to

80, we are actually living half our lives without certain hormones which eventually cause the “symptoms” of aging that we think we can’t avoid—like brain fog, anxiety, sagging skin, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, failing libido and belly fat.

But we don’t have to treat every hormonal symptom—your period, acne, mood swings—with hormone therapy. Hormonal balance can be managed throughout our lives through diet, exercise and relaxation techniques.

However, the body doesn’t have to succumb to the side effects of menopause or even postpartum depression, if hormones are better understood. When they are, they can be “re-optimized”—or balanced with hormone therapy— according to Peggy Heuser, M.S.N, A.P.R.N, chief medical officer with Heuser Health.

If we manage our hormonal fluctuations, we can manage our own health and happiness. So, we asked Dr. Booth and Peggy Heuser to highlight some of the most important or common hormonal effects. Read on and gain more control of your health in the new year. 




Sensitivity to androgen Testosterone

Puberty Pregnancy Menstruation

• Choose low glycemic-index foods, whole grains, vegetables, some fruits • Cleanse face morning and night to wipe off dead skin cells clear away excess sebum

Estrogen Dopamine Serotonin Cortisol

Changes in estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy Menopause Chronic stress

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Thyroid (Thyroxine) Progesterone Testosterone

Chronic stress Hormonal changes due to PMS, perimenopause and menopause Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

• Before looking into an anti-depressant, consider hormonal triggers instead • Balanced hormones may alleviate feelings of depression • Balancing estrogen levels increases natural serotonin.


Sister hormones Low progesterone Low estrogen and their imbalance High testosterone in women, insulin, thyroid imbalance

Perimenopause Menopause Stress

• Fiber rich diet helps regulate estrogen • A quality multi-vitamin • Manage stress with rest and mindfulness


Decrease of progesterone and estrogen Low testosterone Thyroid imbalance Too much cortisol

Pregnancy Menopause Menstruation

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Too little testosterone Progesterone Estrogen

Hormonal change due to pregnancy, just after delivering a baby, during perimenopause Chronic stress and fatigue

• Natural ways to boost estrogen and testoterone • (ie; foods high in plant estrogens, exerices to naturally increase testosterone.)

Low estrogen impacts brain emotional center Affects other positive hormones like endorphins

Hormonal change in teens, pregnancy, menopause

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Too much cortisol the body’s main stress hormone Low testosterone. Others include epinephrine, thyroid, low estrogen, and progesterone

Prolonged periods of stress

• Reduce caffeine and alcohol which stimulate brain activity and trigger attacks • Sleep more • Use deep breathing • Boost exercise and hydration

Insulin resistance due to excess Cortisol Leptin

Chronic stress Lack of hormonal optimization which tends to evolve during perimenopause and menopause

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Herbs like cohosh and clover help with estrogen Passionflower and chasteberry mimic progesterone B-vitamins B1, B2, B6, Folic acid Omega-3 Meditation and sleep!

Maintain regular bedtime schedule Exercise 30 minutes a day Avoid excessive caffeine Warm shower before bed Get natural light

Exercise Small, frequent meals Magnesium supplements Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sweets Stress management

High intensity training Eat larger meal earlier in day Meditation or yoga High-fiber, nuts, seeds, beans bran Avoid stressful people Avoid foods that cause inflammation

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‘Marry me.’” When she got out and started walking up the hill, Tyler started walking down the hill towards her. “I actually said, ‘What are you doing here?’” she laughs. “And he said, ‘Don’t freak out…’ and then he got down on his knee and proposed.” Tyler had planned the proposal the way some people plan a wedding. He had rented the pavillion on the hill and invited family and friends. “It was like an engagement party,” says Spencer. “He had planned it for months.” After the dream proposal, their wedding fell together easily. “He proposed on October 15th and by November, we had the dress, the venue and the photographer.” The dress was actually the first one she tried. “I found it at Rebecca’s— she’s a family friend,” says Spencer. “All I knew was that I wanted a train. They came out with one; I tried it on and that was it. I tried on four others just to humor everyone, but my first dress was The One. I loved it and I was done.” The couple chose the Ice House for the ceremony and reception. “Tyler’s sister is the event planner there, but we would have chosen it anyway,” she says. “We love that it’s modern and a blank slate and they have the rooftop, so we could do the ceremony and reception there.” Spencer’s mother, Donna Outlaw, designer and co-owner of Dwellings Interiors, added a few decorator flourishes, “but she really let us do our own thing,” says Spencer. Some of their touches included champagne served on silver platters before the rooftop ceremony, painted rocks as place cards, a Motown band from Atlanta, KFC buckets filled with local swag— and, yes, TOPS magazines— for out-of-town guests. Her mother surprised them with an impromptu performance of her favorite song “Proud Mary.” As for her favorite moments? “My father died when I was fourteen, so my brother walked me down the aisle,” she says. “He gave the most beautiful toast I’ve ever heard. He had everyone in tears. And, during the ceremony, our officiant asked us to turn around and face our family and friends. We got to look into the crowd and see the individual faces and memorize it all. To see all of the people who came to support us, that was a highlight for both of us."

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Whitney Knutson for Todd Pellowe Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Summit Stone Creations CATERER: Crushed Ice Catering CAKE: Plehn’s Bakery DRESS: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: Dessy Collection MEN’S ATTIRE: Calvin Klein FLOWERS: Rose and Honey Floral CEREMONY MUSIC: Taylor Rhea and Tim Lickteig RECEPTION MUSIC: The Company Band INVITATIONS: Sarah Woodall Design HAIR: Honeycomb Salon MAKEUP: JoAnne Wolf

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BROOKE BARON After dating for five years, this creative couple planned a picturesque and highly-personalized wedding celebration with a masked first dance and an unforgettable air show.



n their five years of dating, the subject of proposals sometimes came up for Brooke Nunelley and Baron Miller. “I told Baron that my childhood dream had always been to get engaged on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center because I love ice skating,” says Brooke. “But after seeing five proposals there during a high school trip, the magic was lost.” Flash forward a few years and her would-be fiancé found a way to honor her original vision but put their own spin on it. “He rented out our local Iceland ice arena, brought a portable speaker and made a playlist of some of our favorite love songs including ‘Endless Love’ for those Happy Gilmore fans out there,” says Brooke.

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“Unfortunately, Baron isn’t the best skater. So, when the time came, he put on ‘Faithfully’ by Journey and skated towards me. With the ring in one hand, he tried kneeling down and gliding towards me, but immediately face planted on the ice. Obviously, I crumbled with tears running down my face and we sat on the ice together. It was clumsy and hilarious and perfectly us.” Also perfectly them was the unique wedding day they planned during Thunder Over Louisville weekend. “Our first decision was our venue, Louisville Executive Aviation,” she says. “It was still a fairly uncommon venue and was the perfect combination of comfort from the elements with an outdoor wedding feel.” The choice of church was important to them both too. “We chose St. Louis Bertrand not only because it’s beautiful, but because a lot of Baron’s family attends there and we really connected with our priest, Father Gorman,” adds Brooke. And the couple knew they wanted to have Louis Karem, owner of Karem’s Bar and Pub, cater the reception. “He has been a longtime family friend and went above and beyond providing everything from the linens to the glassware to bartenders and even a complementary dinner for ten to try our wedding meal before the big day,” says Brooke. The personal touches extended beyond the family friend as caterer. The two planned from the beginning to personalize the day as much as they could. “Our main goal was for people to leave the reception saying, ‘That was so Brooke and Baron,’ she says. “I hand-made paper airplane save-the-dates because I love crafting. My parents are the most creative people I know and they created handmade custom tree centerpieces to transform the hangar into a garden party.” The cake and snack mix during cocktail hour were family recipes. They bought everyone MegaMillion lottery tickets because Baron gave Brooke one on their first date. And since Baron grew up loving wrestling, Brooke gave him and each groomsman a Luchador mask as a gift. One unforgettable moment came when Brooke and Baron did their first dance in their masks… and then were joined unexpectedly by the masked groomsmen. Another came earlier that evening when the couple snuck off to get a few photos taken. “Just as the sun was setting, the fighter jets from Thunder were taking off, carrying the American flag,” she says. “It was beautifully patriotic and made for amazing pictures.” As for what she remembers most about their big day? “I remember every second of the ceremony and how I felt calm and happy and got through it all without crying which is unheard of for me.” Her advice to other couples in planning mode? “Personalize as many things as you can. We are so glad we did. That way, all of your guests get to know you better as a couple.”

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VENUE: Louisville Executive Aviation PHOTOGRAPHER: Love Hunters VIDEOGRAPHER: Colburn Video CATERER: Louis Karem CAKE: Bride and Mother of the Groom DRESS: Sher’s MEN’S ATTIRE: Jos A. Bank FLOWERS: Kroger Florist (wholesale) MUSIC: Tony and the Tanlines INVITATION DESIGN/CALLIGRAPHY: Fangman Freelance

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nce upon a time, in the world of the wedding planner, bigger was better. De rigeur for elegant weddings were towering cakes, mega floral arrangements, and bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate longer and longer guests lists. Not anymore. “Smaller weddings are definitely the trend,” says Veronica Stiver, event manager at the vaunted 21c Museum Hotel. “Many brides are choosing to have more curated guest lists, so they have more time to spend with each of their guests. It also allows them to offer elements they care about, like bespoke paper invitations, elaborate florals and memorable food and beverages.” Even when wedding numbers get larger, the goal is a truly couture experience. “I’m seeing non-traditional wedding cakes, dessert buffets with family recipes, suits instead of tuxes, and hand-made wedding favors,” says Susan Stewart, co-owner and photographer with Love Hunters. “The focus is on creating a day that reflects the couple and their friends.” Here are some of the more notable ways brides and grooms are captivating their guests: REIMAGINED RINGS Brides are coveting tradition with a twist— like this emerald-cut diamond in platinum, a solitaris set in an eternity band and this delicate diamond wave band all from Clater Jewelers in Westport Village.

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CREATIVE CUISINE “There are so many creative food stations you can offer when you don’t do a plated dinner,” says Stiver. “Our most popular is ‘The Gastropub,’ which features bison and hot chicken sliders, hand-cut fries with a variety of dipping sauces, and house-made popcorn. For those who would prefer a seated dinner, we’re seeing a trend towards family style service.”

BRIDAL BOURBON “We’ve seen more interest in bourbon flights and even bourbon tasting stations,” says Chea Beckley, Beverage Director at Proof on Main. “Our extensive bourbon collection and special 21c Selects Barrel Program allows us to offer a bourbon selection that you can’t get anywhere else.”

GROOM MAKEOVERS The tux is no longer the standard issue groomswear. “Grooms in suits used to be the minority,” says Stewart. “Now they’re the majority at our weddings.”

LATE NIGHT SNACKS “We’re doing everything from Nashville hot chicken sliders to bourbon milkshakes,” says Mike Wajda, Executive Chef of Proof on Main.

UNIQUE BRIDESMAIDS “There are fewer cookie-cutter bridesmaids,” says Stewart. “Brides are allowing their attendants to dress like individuals with dresses in a similar palette or different styles from the same collection. And they look a lot happier!”

NON-TRADITIONAL FLORALS, CAKES, DESSERTS “All of the decor and individual elements are becoming less generic,” says Stewart. “Brides are using greenery and wheat and dried flowers in arrangements. “They’re doing colored cakes and home-made cookies or desserts… anything to bring a personal touch. I used to feel like I was shooting the same wedding over and over again. Now, it’s new and different every time.”

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Brides And they’re throwing a heck of a party complete with craft cocktails and aerial performers. Reporter Steve Kaufman plays wedding crasher and takes a peek at the latest trends to come down the aisle.


he traditional “June bride” may well be getting married in May— or, increasingly, October. Wedding trends are always changing– a moving picture, not a snapshot. In fact, spending big money on wedding videos – rather than photo albums – is one of those changing trends. Read on for some other updates on what people are spending, serving, sipping and wearing when they say “I do.”

The average engagement period in Kentucky:

The places with the longest average engagements: Orange County, CA, and Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA at 20.5 and 19.3 months, respectively.

The places with the shortest average engagements: Utah and Mississippi at 8.5 and 11 months, respectively. Most popular month to get engaged: December Average length of engagement: 15 months

Most popular months to get married: October and September Average age for a man in Kentucky: 29

Average age of a woman in Kentucky: 28

Average household income: $72,000 plus



The average wedding bill in Kentucky, excluding honeymoon:


48 percent of couples go over budget

Average number of guests: 160 98 percent of couples opt for engagement parties, showers, afterparties, day-after brunches, etc.

13 months


• New York City: $78,464


• The Long Island suburbs of New York: $67,831

• Arkansas: $19,522

• New York suburbs of Westchester County/Hudson Valley: $54,428

• Utah: $20,337 • Montana: $20,794

• Northern New Jersey: $62,606

• West Texas: $21,688 • Oregon: $21,854 • Idaho: $22,018

• Chicago: $60,035

• Tucson, Ariz.: $22,175

• Rhode Island: $52,328

• Iowa: $23,098

• South Florida: $48,596

• Nevada: $23,239

• Philadelphia: $48,093

• Oklahoma: $23,302

• Santa Barbara, Ventura County, CA: $45,957 • Los Angeles: $44,062 • Boston: $44,028

Statistics come from 2016 survey by, an online wedding-planning service.

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WHERE THE MONEY GOES 2016 National Average Spend



2015 National Average Spend

Downtown weddings are up, locally. Here are the numbers on one popular downtown location:

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Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)



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Cost of The Ice House venue (for ceremony and reception):





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“September and October have taken over as prime bridal months”, says Erica Schnell, director of The Ice House and the facility’s Crushed Ice Catering. “It’s drier and more predictable here in the fall than in the spring. Also, Derby inhales so much of the oxygen in the room, so much activity and energy— and costs.”







Rehearsal Dinner



Engagement Ring



Catering (per person)






(226 E. Washington St.): 30 to 40 weddings a year. Maximum number of guests:


Average number of guests:


Why the trend toward urban venues? “Brides like the sophistication of being downtown,” says Schnell. “Also, it’s easier and more efficient for guests – especially outof-towners. No rental cars, no MapQuest, no worrying about drinking and driving.”

As for lead time, The Ice House is currently booking for spring 2019 – with some inquiries already for 2020.


HIGH-TECH NUPTIALS In 2016, 90 percent of couples used smartphones for wedding planning activities 25 percent set up a personal wedding website











Supporting Players


Average number of bridesmaids Average number of groomsmen

Average number of professionals hired (planner, caterer, photographer, etc.): 8

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A PLANNER’S PERSPECTIVE Popular Louisville wedding planner Lauren Chitwood of Lauren Chitwood Events says brides generally engage her services 9-12 months prior to their event – some as many as 18 months. The average wedding she has handled recently: 200 people The largest: 550 (a private tented event at home) The smallest: 100 people

The most atypical sites: mountaintops, beaches, lakeside, Mega Cavern.

Venue she’s most excited about: Ashbourne Farms, which is in the process of renovating the grounds, the show barn and the surrounding areas. “There are multiple spaces, with a large dining room space in the barn capable of seating a Other exciting new venues: few hundred guests,” she says. “They’ve orchestrated a beautiful lawn and great porches. The Pointe, the former They’re already accepting bookings.” leather goods and cotton sash Chitwood says the average general cost is growing. The current range for her clients is $500-$1,000 per head.

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Biggest growth area: photography/videExecutive Aviation ography. “More and more, it’s a high priority, especially in digital age,” she says. “The days of a wedding album just sitting on a shelf are passing. Video gives the bride and groom their own theatrical production, and they’re investing accordingly. And posting it all on social media makes it live forever.”

Biggest spend: 30-50 percent of the total budget is spent on aesthetics and décor, according to Chitwood. “Presentation is a huge priority,” she says. “Brides have become more proactive with us in picking out china, flatware, glassware, linen, even the skewers used on the hors d’oeuvres.”



The experts say that more couples are going over budget. And parents are taking over most of the expense. The average breakdown of contributions:

Bride’s parents:

44 percent Bride and groom:

42 percent Groom’s parents:

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Who Has The Most— Or Fewest— Guests? The MOST

Nebraska: 230 Iowa: 210

The FEWEST Hawaii: 74 Nevada: 84


WHAT GUESTS ARE DRINKING AND EATING Chitwood identifies three strong trends that are on the rise not just at her weddings, but with brides all over town:


Craft cocktails, which require savvy bartenders who can mix more than your standard drinks – “Wiltshire Pantry has an incredible bartending staff.”

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Southern food is alive and well – short ribs, grits – “It’s a part of our culture.”

Farm-to-table “We’re working with venues like Ashbourne Farms and Oxmoor Estate and Gardens, which produce farm-to-table ingredients for events.”

PAY IN G FOR MORE FUN The average number of guests decreased in 2016, to 141 from 149 But the cost per guest increased, to $245 from $194

“Couples are amping up the entertainment and personalization to improve the guest experience.” Photo booths, fireworks, cigar-rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings. “Don’t be surprised to see aerialists, acrobats, live painters or gospel choirs.”

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At Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique (159 Chenoweth Lane in St. Matthews), the bridal dress average is about $1,500, says sales consultant Monica Garst.

Typical starting price: Most expensive:



“Ivory is replacing snow white in popularity,” Garst says. “It’s flattering to more brides’ skin tones.” Martina Liana is a particularly popular designer brand right now. Time allowed for alterations: 8 months

At the Modern Trousseau downtown flagship store on Chestnut Street (in the Henry Clay Building), dresses start at $2,500$3,000, and can go up to $5,000

“They’re all handmade in Connecticut, with European fabrics, fine laces and silks,” says sales director Leah-Terese Hora. “Diamond white is another popular color for brides.”

What About The Veil? As for wedding veils, the trend is “Go big or go home,” Hora says. Veiled trends are: • longer cathedral or chapel styles • soft tulle


The average cost of a groom’s rental at Rebecca’s Black Tie:

$160-$180, up to $210 Regular suits, in lighter, brighter colors, are beginning to replace standard tuxedos, says Madeleine Sierkowski, the department manager. Other men’s trends:

• Long ties, instead of bowties • Ivory shirts that can double as tuxedo shirts (studs, cuff links) for the event, then everyday buttoned dress shirts afterwards PHOTO BY LOVE HUNTERS

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“Men’s styles and colors are usually chosen to match what the bride is wearing,” Sierkowski notes.


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The House(s) That Lee Built With his recent rebranding, local perfectionist-slash-interior designer Lee Robinson rolls up his sleeves and puts on his (figurative) hard hat. His Lee W. Robinson Company is designing from the inside out and the ground up. And this is good news for anyone with a wallet and a roof. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER


ven when he’s sipping a Ketel One martini in his favorite chair at 211 Clover Lane, Lee Robinson never rests. Five minutes into our last apres-work meeting, the legendary local/bicoastal designer had three TOPS staffers furiously scribbling down his ideas as fast as we could scribble. A meeting with Lee is like five meetings and a business dinner with anybody else. You get more than you came for; if you can only keep up. Lee Robinson is like a very well-heeled Energizer Bunny. “I’m always juggling 30 clients at once,” says Lee. “And I’m not pushing them off on an assistant. I give them all me. It’s wild, but it’s great.” And with his recent restructuring, it’s about to get a little wilder. In a move that matches what’s happening with design firms globally, Lee has added architecture and construction to his menu of services. “It’s one stop shopping for design,” he says. “And it’s where this industry is going.”

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Aesthetically, it makes sense. Instead of coming in when it’s too late and designing interiors around sound and not-so-sound architectural choices, Lee and his team (including hand-picked architects and builders) can come up with a complete design from the outside in that can be flawlessly executed from foundation to finials. “What it means is that you don’t have a decorator, an architect and a builder all fighting for their point of view or their piece of this,” he says. “It’s a much more harmonious process.” It’s also, however ironically, less expensive. “When one company is involved in every facet, we can lower the markup on the interiors,” he says. “We can spread it over three profit centers… so we just saved our clients a lot of money.” The financial piece of this new business model isn’t lost on Lee who has a background in finance and a flair for finding economic efficiencies. “I’m tired of being obtuse about how designers charge,” he sighs. “I’m for total transparency. For me, it’s $15 dollars a square foot. And then every product is wholesale cost plus 60 percent.” (Those of us who don’t have degrees in economics can still do the math. That would mean his lofty services

come with not-so-lofty price tags. His fee for a ten-by-ten room, for instance, would be $1500. And the markup on products is lower than it is at many retail shops. Triangulation pays.) In its new incarnation, his business has moved from his digs next to 211 Clover Lane to a 3,800 square foot carriage house at his River Road area home, Malverne. “There are inherent inefficiencies with showrooms,” he says. “When you have showrooms, you have to push products. Your interests compete with your client’s best interests. What I charge is paying me to be objective.” And instead of his decisions being guided by a collection of light fixtures or throw pillows, it’s guided by an uncompromising artistic vision—for which Lee is well-known. His homes represent a stunning spectrum from modern transitional to aristocratic traditional to glamorous and gilded. Lee never comes up short in either energy or inspiration. “The next home I’m about to finish, we started from scratch on the back of a napkin,” he says. “This is the new wave of this industry. It’s not to stock all of this stuff and be product pushers. It’s about creating designs that exceed our clients’ wildest dreams.”

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Consider containers: “That Pinterest look where everything is taken out of its package and put into a pretty basket or glass container isn’t always sustainable. We really think about making the plan functional. Sometimes cute clips for bags are more helpful than dumping things out. With cereal, we do find that removing bags from boxes saves room and works well. We just put clips on the bags and put them in baskets.” Choose clear containers for items you need to see or items you run out of frequently. Reimagine layout: Place snacks at levels that are kid appropriate. Put daily use items in middle shelves, rarely-used items up or back. Consider adding a Lazy Susan for spices, cooking supplies or condiments.

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Eliminate non-food items: “You’d be amazed at what we’ve found in pantries. “We try to take bowls, paper goods, cook books out.” Take inventory: We start by taking everything out, throwing away anything expired or stale and removing items like cereal bags from boxes. “We try to get rid of as many boxes as we can,” says Kari.

Label everything: Once everything has an official place, it’s easier to maintain the system… and, hopefully, your sanity.

Regroup: Place like items together and think about where to place them for greatest functionality.


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he exterior of the white two-story Italianate in idyllic Norton Commons exudes timeless elegance. Once you step inside, however, historic influences like intricate crown moldings and plank flooring are deftly melded with modern accents including dramatic wallcoverings and industrial light fixtures. It’s a flawless fusion of the old and the new, the tried and true, and the state of the art that make the home both stunning and functional. “I was really inspired by travel and hospitality design,” says interior designer Leslie Dorazil. “I envisioned modern furnishings with a hint of industrial, dramatic lighting in contrast with simple, but stately mouldings and timeless finishes like marble.” Dorazil worked closely with builder David Ramage of the Ramage Company to establish that timeless modernity from the foundation up. Dramatic flourishes in the living room set the tone for a luxurious but cozy ambiance. “I chose a bold, berry-colored, patterned oriental rug to liven up the living room,” says Dorazil. “I’m all about adding tape trim or a contrasting band of fabric to window treatments. It’s such a simple, yet versatile way to unite a room with a color, texture or pattern. And it elevates the look of an otherwise neutral panel.” She adds other pops of color and sparkle throughout the neutral house in strategic ways. “I like to add a punch with less permanent staples like paint, small furnishings and lighting,” she says. “These pieces can evolve as trends change without making a huge financial commitment.” Dorazil chose to weave in layers of color and texture rather than adhereing to a purely neutral palette. “I wanted to infuse this scheme with pattern in a way that’s stylistic, but liveable.”

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n the adjacent kitchen, a charcoal grey bar with textured tile is a striking feature. “The bar, in a moody charcoal color with its dramatic textural tile backsplash, is the true focal point of the space,” she says. An expansive marble island with oversized brushed-gold pendants create the perfect gathering space for family dinners or festive dinner parties. “The kitchen lives big with an island and built-in breakfast nook perfect for entertaining,” she says. “I opted for warm gray cabinetry to enhance the heavy veining in the Danby marble countertops and backplash.”

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n the nearby office (which will one day serve as a bedroom), a deeper charcoal wallcolor lends contrast to the first floor, while an adjacent bathroom gets a pop of dark cabinetry and black and white floral wallpaper. “The scale of the powder room just screamed wallpaper to me,” she says. “Wallpaper offers depth and texture that paint can not. So wallpaper became a way to elevate a full bath that, in the meantime, serves as the first floor powder room.”

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eing consistent with paint choices also helped to create a neutral palette where unexpected pops like mixed metals, accent wallpaper or bold light fixtures could add interest. “The more consistent you can be with one wall color choice throughout the home, the more contiguous and expansive the floor plan will feel,” says Dorazil. “White walls are definitely trending now. But I like to choose

a space or two and do something bolder.” Color, when it appears, is used in strategic ways. “Color is coming back in rich jewel tones, luxe velvets and bold wallpapers,” she says. “In this home, I used them in the office and powder room due to their size and relationship to the floor plan.” The unique color scheme in the office suite helps distinguish it as a private, luxurious sanctuary. “I love the moody wall

color, the posh furnishings and brass accents,” says Dorazil. “It’s a true retreat. The most interesting spaces to me are rooms that crossover style genres and combine unexpected elements,” says Dorazil. “My personal style is rooted in timeless elegance, with a nod to current fashions and modern amenities. Design should enhance functionality, but is should also bring joy!”

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Fast Health Food It’s not an oxymoron. At least not anymore. Dr. Kamlesh Dave is a family doctor with a dream of delivering up delicious, fast casual dining with a plantbased menu at his InWave Restaurant & Juice Bar. And, yes, that includes flatbread pizza, breakfast tacos and savory soups. You won’t miss the meat. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOLEA BROWN AND DANNY ALEXANDER


utopia for anyone with a resolution to eat healthier in 2018 has arrived in Middletown. InWave is a sparkling, new, fast-casual plant-based restaurant created by local family doctor, Kamlesh Dave. And he hopes it’s going to change the way we eat and feed our families. It should. His visionary concept makes plant-based meals from breakfast to dinner, both full of flavor and easy-tograb. As a family practitioner for over thirty years, Dr. Dave has seen the ill effects of unhealthy eating habits. “I treat people with diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, heart conditions,” he says. “Not all of it is due to weight or diet, but much of it is. And I also see children who are overweight and lethargic and at it’s often due to bad food choices.”

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Who can blame them? You can’t drive half a mile in most parts of town without passing up drive-through milk shakes, cheeseburgers, fries, nuggets, buckets. It’s practically an act of pure willpower to drive without ingesting saturated fats. But just try to find a healthy meal in a hurry. And if you’re trying to go meatless—as more and more of us are, it’s almost impossible. Enter InWave, on Shelbyville Road, promising to make healthy eating not just possible, but pleasurable. Even when we’re in a hurry. Even when it’s for your picky children. Or husband. Or yourself. And this is what Dr. Dave desperately wants people to know: His menu is not all salads. Or raw vegetables. His visionary InWave offers a full menu of pick-your-ingredient power meals, fresh-made soups, yummy flatbread pizzas and a juice bar

that serves up shake-like smoothies. For breakfast or brunch, there are breakfast tacos with fresh-squeezed juice or steel-cut oatmeal with add-ins like chia seeds, raisins and almonds. And, if you’re looking for a snack, there’s chocolate layer cake, freshbaked cookies and peanut-butter and raw chocolate smoothies. And it’s all made fresh daily from organic produce without gluten, saturated fat or added sugar and priced around seven to ten dollars. “It doesn’t have to be a salad!” Dr. Dave laughs. “You say ‘plant-based’ and people immediately think salad. There are no limitations. You don’t have to sacrifice. You can make all kinds of delicious dishes with plant-based ingredients and it’s good for you and you feel great and you give up nothing.” (That said, their salads— like the kale, apple and carrot— are delicious.)

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cuisine He already has his regulars. Like the football team that is coming in for power bowls and protein shakes. Or the patients from Louisville Lifestyle Medicine (run by Bob and Rio Hobbs) and patients of Dr. Kim Evans at Integrated Medicine. “Once they come in, they come back with more friends,” he says. “It’s about education.”

Not only are you not giving up anything by losing the fat, oils, carbs, calories and processing that are the hidden extras on so many menus, but when you sit down and eat at InWave, you’re also not sacrificing ambiance. Dr. Dave did extensive renovations of the building formerly occupied by Country Squire Florists. He added floor to ceiling, arched windows on both sides of the glass-front building. “The natural light in here is wonderful,” he says. And there’s a towering water feature in the center of the restaurant that creates the tranquil, spalike sounds of rippling water while you eat.

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It’s all part of making healthful eating a completely positive, good-for-you experience that Dr. Dave believes is soon to be the norm. He’s done his research. “It is coming that plant-based diets are going to be mainstream in the United States,” he says. “Right now, ten percent of the population is vegan or vegetarian. Fifteen percent want to be but don’t know what to eat. Another fifteen percent are sitting on the edge and doing it maybe five days out of seven. So almost forty-five percent of the population is already convinced or willing to try. And it’s higher among younger age groups.”

To meet the needs of his growing customer base, he’s adding some new menu items and juices in the new year, as well as adding printed nutrition information to the menu. He’s also bringing in a nutrition expert who will help him create special weight-loss items and a diet plan that customers can follow. He is passionate about his mission to make healthy, plant-based food a staple, rather than the exception. “You can get all the nutrients you need through plants,” he says. “You can have protein and you can have vitamins. You can control your heart attack risk, your stroke risk, you can control your health and be very energetic. Once people see that it tastes good, they are hooked.”


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dining Catering Cachet Fresh flavors, small plates and big cocktails are what’s trending on wedding and party menus. Writer Nancy Miller shares a taste of what some top caterers will be dishing out this year. BY NANCY MILLER

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ine food and wines are trending for wedding receptions, according to Wiltshire Pantry owner Susan Hershberg. “Brides and wedding planners are interested in a culinary experience, pairing wines and bourbon experiences. Farm weddings are still popular but family style service at them isn’t requested as often as in the past. Instead, plated dinners with refined dishes seem to offer more appeal, and not only at farm weddings, but most weddings,” she says. Wiltshire is characterized by chef-driven, upscale, seasonal menus that feature local food and purveyors, and its own artisan breads and other baked goods from its bakery production facility. A mobile kitchen enables Wiltshire to cook on site at venues that have no kitchen, including popular wedding locations such as Hermitage Farm. Many of Hershberg’s clients ask her to create a variety of stations, such as thematic ones – perhaps Bluegrass or international. The menu for a New Year’s wedding reception incorporated some Latin American dishes to reflect the groom’s Columbian heritage

and Kentucky stations that offered beef tenderloin, grits, fall vegetables and even Hoppin’ John accompanied by several toppings. Being in the heart of bourbon country, she might suggest to a bride a bourbon cocktail tasting station along with recipes handed out for each drink. A craft bartender will be on hand to demonstrate how to make classics such as a Manhattan and a Kentucky Mule. Hostesses, hosts, brides and grooms and guests all enjoy Wiltshire’s beautiful presentations of dessert buffets of luscious French macarons, mini eclairs, Viennese pastries, Opera cakes and mini mousse bombes, all displayed on gold boards. “With weddings and events in general, I emphasize to brides or hostesses that they need to envision how they want the reception to proceed and to let us accomplish that for them,” she says. “There can be so many distractions and outside influences. I advocate for the bride to focus on what she wants and we take it from there.”

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nique venues top the wish list for many brides as they’re planning their weddings. Donna Brown, marketing director for Ladyfingers Catering, says Hockensmith Barn at 21st Century Parks is one of those at which her company has catered fun and fabulous events. “Brides seem to want out in the country or downtown. Museums are great because they’re kind of urban and cool. The Frazier has a new speakeasy where we’ve been doing small weddings. The Kentucky Science Center has revamped their space and the Muhammad Ali Center is booming now for weddings. Hot on the Louisville wedding reception radar are bourbon-themed menus or those that combine the food histories of both the bride and groom, such as Kentucky-inspired or East Coast shore influenced. Brown’s most recent experiences reveal that weddings are becoming more lavish, with guest counts ranging between 250 and 300. Newly popular Friday night weddings sacrifice none of the details of a meticulously planned and exquisitely executed Saturday night ceremony and reception.

“People think they want a plated dinner until they realize their guests will be sitting in their seats for a long time and the vibe of the room will die down. So, we’ll usually start with passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a pre-plated salad, then a buffet or stations. That keeps everyone mingling,” she says. Some of Ladyfingers’ most requested dishes are mini Hot Browns, orange beurre blanc chicken, charcoal-grilled bourbon barrel beef tenderloin. And deviled eggs are making a comeback!


She sees a trend away from the traditional, large wedding cake to a small ceremonial cake and several bite-size desserts, referred to as a Venetian Hour. Ladyfingers hosts open house tastings for 50 to 100 brides every month except April and December. The tastings are ideal opportunities to sample the caterer’s food and meet the staff. At the reception, the bride and groom may be so busy talking to their guests that they have little time to enjoy the meal. Ladyfingers sends them away with a little box of their dinner along with a few desserts.

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he do-it-yourself phenomenon is having an influence on weddings, says Emilie Pfeiffer, catering director for Bristol Catering. Brides, their families and their friends are showing off their creativity in everything from bridal bouquets to centerpieces. But, when it comes to food, most brides turn to the expertise of a professional caterer. The Bristol caters weddings for as few as 25 and as many as 500 guests at locations such as Gardencourt, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Science Center, Frazier Kentucky History Museum, The Kentucky Center, farms and private homes. She says culinary bars are the big news in reception food. “Hummus bars, bruschetta bars and even slider bars are so much fun. Ideas for slider bars are almost unending, from southern pulled pork and cheeseburgers to mushroom sliders and salmon sliders, says Pfeiffer. The popularity of bars extends to libations of all types. There are myriad of specialty drinks bars that frequently feature bourbon, tequila or champagne. Newlyweds may also like both bride’s and groom’s cocktails, maybe a Lemon drop for her and an Old Fashioned for him. Modern brides are conscious of guests’ possible dietary restrictions and often request that the caterer offer vegetarian and vegan options. The idea of breakfast for dinner has made its way to wedding receptions. And, brides who have a morning wedding might follow it with a brunch reception that could include a scrambled egg station, a waffle bar and a hot chocolate bar.

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The Bristol’s catering is usually based on a per person charge although they will provide a platter price. “We customize each menu for each bride. Brides may have a beef tenderloin taste and a chicken budget. We work within their constraints. To us, it doesn’t matter whether the reception is modest or elaborate. It’s their special day, so we’ll do everything possible to make it perfect,” she says.

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eddings are becoming more family-oriented, like a big family reunion to celebrate a joyous time. The food is secondary to the bride and groom, and the guests are there to party. Memories are made dancing and having a good time,” says Phillip Koenig, partner at The Silver Spoon. Whether slightly casual and relaxed or very formal, at the Henry Clay, the Derby Museum or the many other venues where his company caters, receptions average 250 to 275 people and generally begin with cocktails and specialty drinks before guests visit stations or are seated for dinner, both of which could include two or three meats and one vegetable entrée. Desserts are a sweet trend. Although a wedding cake is usually present for a photo shoot, its presence as the main dessert is being eclipsed by cupcakes, donut stations or a Viennese dessert display of several small selections. Koenig has worked with a few brides who were such fans of pies that a pie station was a surprise dessert greeting to guests. For The Silver Spoon receptions, it’s not unusual for the bride’s grandmother or aunt to bring cookies or candies. “I had a mother-in-law bring two hundred dozen cookies!” he says in appreciative awe. “At the end of the evening, we have brought in White Castles, pizza or breakfast from McDonalds. Food trucks are also a new thing for winding up a reception, as are candy bars or ice cream bars. Two-packs of Krispy Kremes are a great send-off,” he says. “When we first meet with a bride, I ask her to prioritize what’s most important to her about the reception. She needs to have good rapport with the caterer. Sometimes the caterer steps in to help implement ideas and ease the bride’s mind. I know my place: to make it a fun evening. Not everyone has a wedding planner but everyone needs a general to keep things in order.”

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ur focus is on the ingredients and making sure we work with farmers to get the healthiest, most vibrant ingredients, all of which plays into the trend of healthy, plant-based recipes,” says Farm to Fork founder and president Sherry Hurley. Most of the brides who choose Farm to Fork to cater their wedding have a specific interest in locally sourced, organic ingredients. She has worked with bridal clients on custom menus based on their travels, favorite foods, and how they became engaged. Her company caters at many locations in the Louisville area, such as at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Whitehall, Hermitage, Locust Grove and Farm to Fork’s new location in Portland. Farm to Fork will also provide a personal chef to cook dishes to order for small receptions. “We find that our brides are interested in food, family and community. They like to have the salad already plated but then have the entrée and sides brought to each table to be passed around. It’s a step above a buffet but keeps it more casual than completely plated service,” she says. “There’s a return to nostalgia and comfort foods, especially whole-roasted rotisserie chickens. Colorful foods are also trending. Something that gets a lot of attention is our bright fuchsia beet hummus. We’re really excited about the grass-fed beef that people are asking for more and more and hemp hearts that we use to bulk up a dish without using as much meat, so it’s a little healthier,” says Hurley. She has some advice for brides to keep in mind before calling a potential caterer: Confirm the date and venue, and decide on the desired type of service (plated, buffet, stations, family style), guest count and budget. “Do not let friends or family help with your wedding. Stick with the professionals, even for setting up and taking down. If your sister is a floral designer and insists on doing the flowers, that might be okay, but don’t say yes to someone who just likes to put together flower arrangements,” she says. “That never works.”

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BOX LUNCH TO BLACK TIE Locally owned and operated, Ladyfingers Catering has provided brides, grooms and families with inspired cuisine, attentive service and original presentation for 29 years. Whether your event is a simple backyard wedding, an elegant appetizer buffet on the riverfront, or a multi course plated dinner, Ladyfingers Catering is Louisville’s choice in helping to create your memorable day.


Ladyfingers is set apart from others in the catering business because of their fresh, homemade food, sourced from as many local ingredients as possible, including their own homemade Kentucky Proud products. They have been recognized as Louisville’s “Best Wedding Caterer” five years in a row by Louisville A-List City Voter. Ladyfingers Catering prides itself on its diverse chef creations, including modern twists on classic Kentucky dishes and authentic theme menus from around the world. They also specialize in custom designing the perfect menu to suit any individual taste. Ladyfingers offers full service, delivery set up, or gourmet to go reception packages. They also offer a variety of bar packages, and are fully licensed for off premise alcohol sales. Let Ladyfingers Catering make your wedding day flawless and your guests rave for years to come.

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Laughing on the Outside Dwight Witten is funny and outrageous on air. Off-air, the WHAS funnyman has been battling crippling depression for most of his life. BY STEVE KAUFMAN • PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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ouisville’s radio audience has known Dwight Witten for more than 20 years. His schtick is an unfiltered good old boy from Dixie Highway with a colorful bourbon-and-cigarettes persona and a willingness to be as far out there as possible. But when the microphone goes dead, there’s a very different Witten, whom Louisville’s radio audience doesn’t know at all. Even very few intimates did, until recently. “I’ve been struggling with depression since my mid-20s,” he acknowledges. “At my lowest points, I’ve contemplated hitting the Exit button.” Good days for him were few and far between, and the occasional good days made him desperate, like a junkie wanting that next fix. “I’d say, ‘Please God, let me have just one good day,’ because I knew what having a good day felt like – a day when I had clarity in my head, a day that wasn’t crushing depression. “That’s how I was living my life for a long time – devastated and lost and defeated.” Also constantly tired. Which was why his friend, Mary George Meiners, convinced him to get help. His quest for better mental and phyiscal health eventually led him to Nova Health and hormone replacement therapy. “The hormone replacement has helped my depression more than any medications ever did,” he says. Witten has also felt rejuvenated by rejoining his former 100.5 The Fox partner, Tony Vanetti, on a two-hour evening show on 840 WHAS. One of the highlights was getting a congratulations call from WHAS mainstay Terry Meiners, whose own show immediately precedes theirs. Meiners was instrumental in the start of Witten’s career.

I could have everything in the world going for me and I was just trying to survive the day... “As early as I could remember, I wanted to do something in the entertainment field,” he recalls. “And at about seven or eight, I identified that as radio.” His first “yeah, I wanna do that” taste was Bill Bailey, “the Duke of Louisville.” But there were also Meiners and Ron Clay – Ron and Terry’s Morning Sickness. “They had this dark humor about them,” says Witten. “My humor has always been dark, as well.” He knew he wanted rock radio. What he didn’t know was how to go about it. After high school, he couldn’t afford college and was working in a car wash, thinking his dream would die a still birth. Then he saw an ad, on the back of Rolling Stone, for a $1,500 course that “will train you inside a radio station.” “I thought, if I can get my foot inside the door, I know I can do this.” His mother lent him the money. As an intern at WQMF, he pummeled the staff there with questions about how all this came together. Finally, the program director hired him for a Sunday night music show, “a time when nobody was listening.”

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His most memorable concerts. Witten says he rarely wants to leave the house, except for the live music he loves. Here’s what has rocked him the most. SAMMY HAGAR’S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY Cabo San Lucas, October 2017

What’s not to love? It was Sammy’s 70th birthday party in Cabo Wabo. If you go there once, you’ll be there twice! MOTORHEAD AND SAXON Indianapolis, 2015

Lemmy Kilmister passed away just months after the show. I was fortunate to hang out with Saxon before the show, sitting in during their sound check. THE ROLLING STONES September 1989, Old Cardinal Stadium

It worked out and led to other on-air work. Then the station’s morning hosts, Rocky Knight and Troy Roebuck, asked management to have Witten sit in, bring some characters and write and produce some content. “I was on Cloud Nine,” he says. “I hadn’t arrived, but I did have my ticket.” To supplement his income, he offered to sell advertising when his show was finished. He didn’t know that saved his bacon. “A bunch of people were getting fired for budgetary reasons,” he recalls. “But when I got fired from the air, I got hired as a salesman. They handed me a phone book, and said, ‘Here. Sell!’ ” He had three dress shirts, “and two of those had holes in the back. I had to walk around all summer in a camel hair jacket.” Something worked. In his first year, he was a top performer. In 2004, Clear Channel asked Witten to come back on air, doing a morning show with Vanetti on 100.5 The Fox. He was living his dream. And still depressed most of the time. “I could have everything in the world going for me and I was just trying to survive the day,” he says.

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“People don’t understand that depression has nothing to do with what’s going on in your life. It’s all what’s going on in your head.” So crippling was his depression that he was afraid to let anyone else into his life. “I always felt I had to get away from people, to escape by myself. It’s hard to do that in a healthy relationship. Most women wouldn’t understand.” He felt that included Susan Tyler, whom he met at the station. “I was a horrible person, and a horrible boyfriend,” Witten admits. “I was scared to let her in, to get close. I always thought marriage would be out of the picture for me.” They broke up and made up. “She was the one person strong enough, who loved me enough, to burden that weight I put on her. I honestly can’t think of a better person than my wife.” He says he’s still a somewhat solitary person whose favorite time away from work is “hanging out with my pack.” That’s Susan and Lemmy, their German Shepherd rescue. His love of dogs extends to his volunteer activity with My Dog Eats First, an organization that provides food for pets of homeless persons, so that those

It was their triumphant return after an eight-year hiatus. The weather was perfect. Even the party in the parking lot rocked. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN November 1996, Louisville Palace

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people don’t have to share their limited supplies of food with their beloved pets – “likely the only thing they have left in their lives.” The organization also provides free vet care, and licensing, so the dogs can’t be taken away from their owners. Witten knows how that feels. He cried so violently that he injured two ribs when Mick, his previous rescue of 15 years, died in his arms. So don’t be fooled by the class clown. The Dwight Witten behind the curtain knows what despair feels like. 

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Three Wedding Bands And A DJ The key to a great reception is a crowded dance floor. Rocko Jerome rounds up a few top local acts who bring guests to their feet until long after the last toast.



The renowned Louisville Crashers can be spotted tearing it up at all sorts of venues and events these days, but they owe their beginnings to the wedding band scene. In their early days, they were simply known as “the Matt and Melissa Band” after the first couple who hired them to play. When asked what makes nuptial events so special, bandleader Mark Maxwell had this to say: “Weddings are different from any other event we play. They’re all about two people and the beginning of their journey together. We always say that the folks that attend may forget the dress or the cake or the flowers, but they won’t forget if they had a great time at that particular wedding, and that is up to us. The Louisville Crashers are there to celebrate the bride and groom all night long and make sure their family and friends remember that night forever.” Find out more at


hat’s a wedding reception without music? Here are three popular local bands and a DJ equipped and ready to make sure your special day is followed by a night to remember.


DownStage Live bills themselves as “Your Gold Standard in Entertainment,” and they sure live up to that claim. They offer a dynamic, customizable set list of songs in any style from any era. From mainstream rock to pop, country, to R&B, you can choose the show you see and hear. Every note and vocal sound is live on the spot, and they keep the dance floor hopping. DownStage Live features three members of the band on vocals, providing a variety of sounds and songs with both male and female voices. The highly professional performers have previously worked with many famous musicians, including the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, George Clinton, and Aerosmith. Check out for more details.

The Artie Dean Harris Band provides not only enjoyable live music, but every aspect of reception entertainment. Cocktail hour music, dinner music, stage lights, and sound production are all included in the Artie Dean Harris Band package, with Mr. Artie Dean Harris himself serving as your master of ceremonies. Artie has a background stretching from Broadway to Hollywood, and his group consists of five masterful, professional musicians with music degrees from Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, providing a definitely local flair. This line-up gives the show a ton of variety, including musical styles of soul, pop, dance, southern rock, and country hits. With a diverse variety of music to thrill audiences, the Artie Dean Harris Band are masters of satisfaction. Visit for info.


Heather Yenawine is the creator and co-founder of Fair Event Vendors Alliance (FEVA), a coalition and resource dedicated to providing easy access for all to every facet of progressively minded wedding planning. She is also the highly regarded primary DJ of her company, HAY DJ. Heather is valued around town not only for her great taste, versatility and ability to orchestrate the energy on the dance floor, but also for her professionalism, attention to detail, and infectiously positive attitude. In addition to bringing an exciting aural element to every dance floor, Heather has created and produced large scale events at Glassworks, The Vernon, The New Vintage, Headliners, Mercury Ballroom, Play, and more, including the popular Wes Fest Series. FEVA has produced two inclusive wedding shows, and continues to serve as a beacon of the community. Learn more about Heather as a DJ at and more on FEVA at

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Dr. Dawn Rivas Podiatrist and soon-to-be mother of three Dawn Rivas balances a thriving medical practice, a busy family and an exemplary fitness routine. And she’s enjoying herself. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER


hile some moms might find the demand of a two-income family and two busy young children to be a perfectly good reason to abandon a regular fitness routine, Dawn Rivas isn’t one of them. “Working out is my happy place,” says the podiatrist and mother of two who is also thirty weeks pregnant. “I view it as me-time.” And when the family’s schedule won’t allow her to steal away and work out alone, she includes her children, Addison, eleven, and Max, nine. “I just bring them into the basement with me and turn on the music and they have a blast,” she says. “And I can borrow some of their energy!” Of course, the fact that her husband, Carlos, is the exercise physiologist owner

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of Proformance Fitness, does make working out a family endeavor. “Fitness and healthful living is something we’re both very committed to,” she says. “It is easier when we support each other and are on the same page.” Here, her thoughts on balancing it all with another one on the way.

How do your children feel about the baby? They have been wanting a baby. They are going to be great helpers!

Do you think the third time is going to be different? I think I’m going to be more relaxed. I know how fast everything goes by. I’m going to try to sit down this time and

enjoy breastfeeding and watching the baby change.

What is your work schedule? Over the years, I have adjusted my schedule. Now I go into the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. And I go between my offices in Louisville and New Albany. I used to operate on Monday and Friday, but I made the decision for my health and well-being that it wasn’t worth the added stress. It didn’t work well with the unknowns of parenting. If a kid gets sick or someone needs me, I can’t be reached when I’m in surgery. It was a lot different from just managing an office practice. I was surgically trained at U of L

and I enjoyed being a surgeon. But I find more peace staying in the office and focusing on preventive care. I know so many surgeons that if my patients need surgery, I am able to help them navigate that. Health care has changed. What’s required of us in terms of charting and paperwork has really increased in the office. I used to get lunch all the time. Now, I work from 8 to 6 get everybody in, get the charting done. Healthcare is constantly changing. I just go with it and make the best of it.”

You are so fit. What is your diet like? I don’t take a lunch break out of the office, but I do eat. Most days, I pack nuts, fruit, an apple, peanut butter. I bring homemade granola bars and protein shakes. It’s about planning and having easy-access food around so you can have healthy snacks throughout the day. if you go five or six hours, then you’re starving and your body is lacking nutrients and you make bad choices. Carlos and I both take big lunch boxes to work. Sometimes, I make scrambled eggs and take them to work. I bring cheese sticks, yogurt… I make quinoa salad every Sunday that I can bring for lunch. I keep it simple and easy. We eat all real foods. We don’t buy processed foods; we don’t even own a microwave. We are really trying to instill in our children an understanding of healthy eating. It’s more than just telling your children that you need to eat your fruits and vegetables, you have to model it for them.

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What’s your fitness routine? I get exercise every day— whether it’s walking, going to the gym, working out in our home gym in the basement. I try to get up early even if it’s ten or fifteen minutes in the morning. I shoot hoops with my son, go for bike rides, do our obstacle course in the basement. I do weight training and strength training three of four times a week. I like to get the kids involved; we have dance parties in the basement! Weight training and strength training keeps you stronger and helps you sleep better. I’m in bed by 9:30 most nights. If you get plenty of sleep, get plenty of water and move your body every single day, you have more energy.

When do you find time for yourself? I play piano or sing at the piano or play my guitar. I like meditating, reading and in the summer I love doing yardwork. I love mowing the lawn. When we were first married and I was pregnant, Carlos used to hire someone to do the lawn. I went to Home Depot when I was six months pregnant and bought a lawn mower.

Do you think about modeling a good work ethic for them? “Oh, definitely. They know that I don’t just call in sick. If I don’t show up, there are twenty or thirty patients who have nowhere to go. I have to keep myself healthy so I can take care of my family and my patients. I don’t have sick days. On the rare occasions that I am sick, they know I take good care of myself and get sleep so I can get better quickly.”

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And we expect a lot of the children— especially now with the baby coming. They both strip their beds and they know how to do laundry. They make their lunches and pack their snacks. They need to know they can do it... that they are independent. It gives them confidence. Sometimes it’s hard for me. I like to be in control and like things neat and clean. But I’ve let go so they can learn.”

What family things will you not miss? The great thing with my job is that I make my own schedule. If my kids have a concert at school, I’m there. I will not miss special events. But I can also run to school and book the rest of my patients from one to five. I have that flexibility.”

What advice do you have for other moms or moms to be? “The number one advice I have is they’ve got to take care of themselves first. They have to keep themselves healthy— eat well, exercise so they can be the head of the household and take care of family and career.

I exercise every day... I shoot hoops with my son, go for bike rides, do our obstacle course in the basement.

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A Step Up This year, the popular Baptist Health fashion show fundraiser, Pearls & Pumps, moves to Millionaires Row where it can double its audience, the fun… and the funds. BY ALLISON JONES


hopping, mimosas, brunch and a Derby runway fashion show all come together for Pearls & Pumps: Rock the Raceway 2018 slated for Saturday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This over-the-top party with a purpose is a celebration of cancer survivors and friendships that supports women’s cancer care services and programs at Baptist Health. This year, the event makes the exciting move from its long-time home at The Olmsted to Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs. The move was made to accommodate the demand for tickets. The event is a sell-out every year and they’ve had to turn people away from the fundraiser. At Churchill, they will be able to accommodate 600 hundred guests— almost double the number they could seat in the past.

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From hats to dresses, the fashion show will feature the latest in spring and Derby looks from local boutiques and include a runway walk showcasing cancer survivors. Along with the inspiring fashion finds, there will be plenty of live and silent auction items to tempt the eager shopper. Guests are encouraged to wear their Derby hats and dresses to add to the festivities. Crista Steinrock, the Foundation Coordinator for Baptist Health shared the importance of this occasion: “When this event started in 2012, it was geared to connect women in an effort to celebrate and support each other while raising funds for these important programs. We are so grateful that each year, we are able to extend help to more women touched by cancer.” Last year, the fundraiser reached its goal of $115,000 and hopes to raise $130,000 this year. Proceeds fund programs at the Charles & Mimi Osborn Cancer Center and 3 Park Tower along with benefitting cancer care programs at Baptist Health Louisville and La Grange. This event allows Baptist Health to provide rides to and from appointments, customized wigs for their chemotherapy patients, Hope scarves and blankets for newly diagnosed patients, oncology massages, Reiki and art therapy, Tai Chi classes, and educational resources – just to name a few of the free services for cancer patients that are supported by ticket sales. Individual tickets are $85 and tables seat eight. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit or call 502-896-7475.

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Food For Thought With its visionary Zero Hunger Zero Waste program, Kroger, America’s grocer, is working to eliminate hunger and wasted food. BY ALLISON JONES


id you know that 42 million people across the country struggle with hunger? Or that an astonishing 72 billion pounds of food end up in landfills each year? It’s a baffling paradox: Forty percent of our country’s food goes to waste, while one in eight Americans suffers from hunger. The numbers are staggering, so Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the nation, has adopted an initiative in an effort to erase hunger and eliminate food waste by 2025. “No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. For that reason, Kroger, America’s grocer and one of the leading retailers in the world, has made a commitment to assist communities around the country with this crisis and to honor the company’s “Purpose to feed the human spirit”. While they don’t have all the answers, Kroger is seeking solutions by asking communities, partners and other stakeholders to help provide ideas, feedback and best practices as the effort evolves.

ZERO HUNGER The concept to erase hunger involves accelerating food donations to provide 3 billion meals by 2025 along with $10 million to fund the initiative. As of 2013, Kroger has donated 1 billion meals via combined food and monetary means. And it isn’t just about providing more food to the needy, but better quality food. They are striving to provide more balanced meals via Kroger’s innovative fresh food— rather than canned food— donations program. They are also advocating for public policy changes that would alleviate long lines

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at food banks and lobbying for continued funding of federal hunger relief programs. Humans aren’t the only beneficiaries from the initiative, both their plants and retail locations will expand animal feed processes which will allow for the donation of safe and nutritious food scraps to animals.

ZERO WASTE The process to eliminate waste is on track for Kroger. By 2020, they are aiming to ultimately meet and exceed EPA’s Zero Waste threshold of 90% diversion from landfill in their facilities. They are also continuing to integrate reusable plastic containers into their network in an effort to reduce waste. Also on their agenda: Testing new technology that will lower waste in the supply chain plus expanding their composting operation to provide nutrients back to our environment. In 2016, Kroger recycled 68 million pounds of plastic and 2.35 billion pounds of cardboard. By the year 2020, they expect to recycle over 200 million pounds of plastic and 3.3 billion tons of cardboard.


So what can we do, locally, to help drive this cause? Tim McGurk, Regional Director of Corporate Affairs for Kroger is excited about engaging our community with this endeavor. “We can’t do this alone. We are making it very easy for our customers to join in this effort. Donations of any amount can be dropped in the coin boxes which are located at the checkout lanes of all area Kroger stores. These donations will go directly to Dare to Care food bank here in Louisville. Non-perishable food donations can be placed in the Dare to Care barrels which are also located in every area Kroger store.” For more information on this impactful endeavor, go to www.thekrogerco. com/sustainability/zero-hunger-zero-waste/ and join the effort to end hunger and eliminate waste.

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Advice From Two Mid-Life Crisis Males This month, in honor of our wedding section, outspoken radio hosts–Tony Vanetti and Dwight Witten–get personal and somewhat politically incorrect on the topic of marriage. How long have you been married?

TONY: Jackie and I have been married (all together) 17 years. We had a little hiccup called a divorce seven years in. We got remarried soon after. We called it the most expensive fight we have had.

DWIGHT: Six years. What makes it work?

TONY: Team work. She works in a highstress sales job and I make dumb jokes on radio and TV. We have two kids and we set the bar pretty high for everyone. Everyone has responsibilities and you better have them done. DWIGHT: The high price of divorce attorney

upon you “using the toilet” while they are getting ready for work or having walkaround-naked-day when the mother-inlaw or relatives are visiting. All cultures have their little bizarre taboos and you never really know what it is until you marry that person.

What would you say is the key to a successful marriage?

TONY: Two things that will help your marriage last: Separate bathrooms and separate checking accounts. Separate bathrooms keep a little mystery even when you have been together a long time and have seen it all. Jackie and I are both really driven at our jobs. We pay the bills, we contribute to a joint retirement but I think we both like having our own stash. Separate checking works for us.

DWIGHT: NEVER EVER go to bed hungry. What are your biggest challenges?

TONY: I’m writing this in the stands at a wrestling tourney in Jeffersonville. I turned to my wife and asked her what our biggest challenges are? She quickly answered, “Your ego.” Ha ha… what a funny gal! Seriously, I think we got all the dumb stuff out of the way early on and we really are functioning at a high level now.

DWIGHT: Evidently my wife’s favorite thing is asking me questions whenever I leave the room and after I answer saying “What?” repeatedly. My favorite thing is to answer her questions in the other room in low volume gibberish.

What do you enjoy doing together?

TONY: The gym. It sounds corny, but we have no time for golf or tennis. We like to go to Louisville Athletic Club on Westport


What, if anything, have you learned about marriage over the years?

TONY: You have to let things go. Feelings? What are those? Get over it! We have too much to do today.

DWIGHT: That evidently some people frown

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road and work out. We have a lot of good friends who also work out there. It works for us.


How do you balance each other?

TONY: We believe in the same things and share the same goals but are very different on how we operate. I play good cop; she plays bad cop. You don’t want to owe Jackie Vanetti five cents–she might cut you! I like more of a charm tactic to get things done. Sales guys we deal with have no chance. She bullies and then I charm them. Winning.

DWIGHT: We share responsibilities for our house. Generally she is in charge of cooking, cutting the grass, cleaning, paying the bills, shoveling the snow, chopping the firewood, vehicle maintenance, taking out the trash, walking the dog and going to the grocery. I handle everything else.

Keep Louisville LOCAL and STRONG. Louisville is one fantastic city. Great Parks, Neighborhoods, Schools, Businesses, Shopping and Entertainment. A critical part of what makes Louisville appealing are the local business owners who are working hard to make their neighborhoods and communities unique. Boutiques, banks, shopping centers, medspas, restaurants, home and garden, realtors, florists, entertainment, and so many others that make up the fabric of our city. These local business owners bring a passion to serve you every day. Small businesses like you see advertising in this magazine need your shopping dollars now more than ever. Yes, there are tempting options to shop online. But think about it. When you order something online that you could have bought from a local retailer, that dollar does not get circulated in Louisville. If too many dollars are spent online instead of locally, then we could see some of these local entrepreneurs have to make some tough decisions. It is in all of our best interests to keep local businesses thriving.




A. Roberts Annual Christmas Celebration December 7 Louisville Boat Club Benefiting Dare to Care Photos by Michelle Byrd

Tony Roberts, Suhas and Surekha Kulkarni, Elita Roberts

Steve and Susan Blanchard

Kaelin Roberts, Elita Roberts and LaVon VanMeter

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Patty and Doug Watson, Sondra and Barry Albert, LaVon and Lyn VanMeter

Sam and Robbie Alexander


GLAR Holiday Party December 5 The Gillespie Photos by Robin Conway

Princeton Hurst and Michelle Kurland

David and Lesa May

Jordan Myers, Nicole Waterbury, and Rocky Maxwell

Patrick Mooney, Cyndi Sobberi, Keith Warner, and Leslie Powell

Connie Horsey and Margaret Reed

Marcia Duncan, Deborah LoveMartin, and Deborah Gordon

Kathie Hill and Paula Barmore

Gale Cox, Jeff Graf, Tom Cox, and Cynthia Williams

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Angela Turner and Donna Gordon-Willoughby


Martinis and Mistletoe

December 7 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Photos by Dick Arnspiger

John Schriber, Cindy Borders and Michelle Staggs Doninger

Brenna Tysinger and Jill Brislin

Olivia GrifďŹ n

Gwen Harris and Terry Tolan

Chris Lavenson and Kristina Bell

Sarah Lindgren, JP Davis and Jackie Pallesen

Beth Welch and Sheilah Pesek

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Jan/Feb events JANUARY 11

JANUARY 12 - 14

TOPS January Winter Party

Ice House Take the Chill off Winter at the GRAND REVEAL of the HOT ICE HOUSE, 226 E Washington St. from 5 to 8pm. Experience the latest event trends while you nibble on Crushed Ice Catering’s treats, and sample tastings from Four Roses, Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, Tito’s Vodka and Old 502 Winery. Lots of prizes and music by Billy Goat Strut Review. The beneficiary Kentucky Harvest requests nonperishable food items or any cash donation. JANUARY 12 - 13

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

The Kentucky Center Tchaikovsky's disastrous one-year marriage produced an extraordinary result, a violin concerto of remarkable beauty with both tenderness and fire. Violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz joined the Louisville Orchestra as concertmaster (principal first violin) in 2016 and this marks his first solo performance in Louisville. JANUARY 13

Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball

The Seelbach Hilton Hotel The 2018 Masquerade Ball will be held on January 13 at The Seelbach Hilton. The fourth annual gala includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and live band. They will host 12 metastatic breast cancer patients and their guest at no cost, thanks to sponsors! This event is Twisted Pink's largest fundraiser of the year.

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KFC Yum! Center The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment, will bring their 2018 World Tour to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries, the Washington Generals. JANUARY 14


Le Moo Join Le Moo for their wildly popular Le Moo Le Femme drag brunch on Sunday, January 14! Choose from 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. performances. Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet while top-notch divas put on an unforgettable show! E-mail Joshua.Pike@ for reservations. Tickets are $35 plus tax and gratuity. JANUARY 20

B3 Bash: A Celebration of Bacon, Bourbon, and Beer

Mellwood Art Center The B3 Bash will be held January 20 at the Mellwood Arts Center and will feature a amazing bacon creations from over 15 local chefs, our signature B3 bacon bar, handcrafted bourbon cocktails by Woodford Reserve and Four Roses, delicious craft beers and Old 502 Winery. Plus, Kosair Charities silent auction, live music from Tony and The Tanlines, and much more!

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Kid Rock

KFC Yum! Center Kid Rock recently released his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar and will hit the road with his latest tour promoting the album. Sweet Southern Sugar ranges from country to classic rock, with a little rap sprinkled in between and highlights Kid Rock’s armory of talent, which transcends a single genre. JANUARY 23 - 28

“Chicago” Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville

The Kentucky Center Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star, Velma’s serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl, Roxie’s been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turn Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback. But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve. JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 3

“Hamlet” Presented by StageOne Family Theatre

The Kentucky Center StageOne joins with Kentucky Shakespeare to present this contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is visited by the ghost of his father. The dead king has some disturbing news: he was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who has stolen the throne. How far will the young prince go to avenge his father? Hamlet is considered one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and influential tragedies.

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“Rock of Ages” Presented by AAC

The Henry Clay Theatre On the Sunset Strip in 1980s, "if a fella had a dream, a fifth of Jack and a decent amount of hair, there was nowhere else to be!" So opens Rock of Ages, a headbanging new musical set to some of the greatest rock hits of the decade. A young aspiring rocker meets a girl with dreams of becoming an actress, and together, they navigate what it means to have a dream in a time and place where it seemed that anything and everything was possible. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door.


Chocolate Dreams Join ElderServe for the 13th annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser. Sample chocolate creations from 25 top local chefs. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine and bourbon, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Caregiver of the Year Award. ElderServe empowers older adults to live independently with dignity, and serve 2,000 older adults each year. All proceeds will benefit ElderServe's 12 programs and services. FEBRUARY 3


Lobster Feast

Louisville Marriott Downtown lobster-feast Let’s #KeepLobsterLocal and show pride for our city at Actors Theatre’s annual costumed fundraiser! Encounter the people, places and history that have made this city such a landmark. Whether you prefer a sports jersey or a fascinator, this evening of Louisville celebration is for you! Enjoy the silent and live auctions, signature Old Forester cocktails, all-you-can-eat Lobster buffet and dancing, all in support of Actors Theatre of Louisville. Tickets start at $300.

Science with a Twist

Kentucky Science Center Get ready to dress to the max, get down to throwback vinyl, and do science! The Kentucky Science Center is celebrating 40 years in their Main Street location by taking their annual fundraising event back in time. Boogie down in their funky first floor disco, enjoy a slice-of-life on That 70’s Floor, and experience the iconic with Close Encounters of the third floor. Wear your ‘70’s threads. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costume. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets start at $100.

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Kentucky Opera’s Carnevale

Louisville Marriott Downtown Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler at Kentucky Opera’s 2018 Carnevale! Kentucky Opera is traveling to New Orleans to gather the spirit and charm of Mardi Gras and bringing it to Louisville to infuse for an evening of fundraising and entertainment. This year’s event will feature live music and dancing to Billy Goat Strut Revue, unique performances from their studio artists, a silent and live auction, plus New Orleans influenced food and drink. Tickets are on sale now starting at $275. FEBRUARY 10

2018 Louisville Heart Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown A Celebration of creating and sharing. The evening celebrates: their work and mission; their donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, the Heart Ball raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing them to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in our community and across the country.

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Jan/Feb events FEBRUARY 16 - 17

“RENT” Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville

The Kentucky Center In 1996, an original rock musical by a littleknown composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. FEBRUARY 16 - 18

“The Barber of Seville” Presented by the Kentucky Opera

The Kentucky Center Even if you haven’t seen it live, you already know its famous music from cartoons and contemporary culture. Now, experience the world’s greatest comic opera in person! Determined to win the heart of the beautiful and feisty Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the intrepid barber of Seville, to steal her away from her curmudgeonly guardian, who wants to marry her himself! The clever barber instigates a barrage of merry misunderstandings, dubious disguises, and double-crossings galore to ensure that true love triumphs after all!

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Celebration of Service and Survival

Louisville Marriott Downtown At the annual Celebration of Service and Survival, The Center for Women and Families pays tribute to five Women of Distinction who have spent their time and talents advocating for women and girls in Kentuckiana. It’s an elegant and festive evening featuring a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and so much more! FEBRUARY 17

Beaux Arts Ball

The Brown Hotel The 2018 Beaux Arts Ball celebrates 20 years by providing a beautiful evening of laughter, fine food, wine, spirits and vibrant entertainment.This black tie fundraiser benefits VOICES of Kentuckiana in its mission as a chorus for the community that changes hearts and minds through music. VOICES has stepped up its efforts to reach at-risk youth throughout the state so, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, they do not stand alone. The Ball includes a host bar all evening with a silent and live auction as well as a wonderful multi course meal and live entertainment.

Red Tie Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown Ronald McDonald House’s Red Tie Gala will feature a cocktail hour, a three-course meal, complimentary beverages, silent and live auctions and dancing late into the night.


KFC Yum! Center Four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge Luke Bryan premiered the new music video for single “Light It Up,” featuring NBA star Jimmy Butler, and announced the first leg of his 2018 “What Makes You Country Tour” which will stop in Louisville at KFC Yum! Center on February 18 and run through the Fall of next year with more dates to be announced soon. Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three are the special guests on the first leg. FEBRUARY 21 - APRIL 3

“MAMMA MIA” Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner Playhouse A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you won’t soon forget! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this tale of love, laughter, and friendship. The ultimate feel-good show! FEBRUARY 28

Desserts First

The Olmsted On February 28, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will host its 12th Annual Desserts First. The local area's finest restaurant chefs will create original desserts and signature drinks using the well-known Girl Scout Cookie varieties as the key ingredient. Desserts First is a fundraiser where guests sample exclusive culinary creations and enjoy an evening with friends. Desserts will be judged by local culinary experts, and the best desserts will receive awards. Guests will be able to vote for their favorite creation in the “People's Choice” awards.

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2018 KDF Festival Highlights


Wine, Women and Shoes

The Henry Clay Sip fine wines, shop designer fashions, mingle with Shoe Guys, savor delicious bites while enjoying a glamorous fashion show at Wine, Women and Shoes on March 2. Be sure to bid on incredible auction items and enter the Key-to-the-Closet raffle while you’re there! Tickets benefit Family Scholar House.

Bottoms Up Bash

The Olmsted Come together on the first Friday in March (Dress in Blue Day). Wearing your brightest blue, dance the night away at the Bottoms Up Bash. This event is more than just the party of the year. This event kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by raising both money and awareness about this incredibly preventable disease. With your help, the 2017 Bash raised over $60,000! MARCH 10

Wrapped in Red Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events serving up a specially prepared, three-course dinner, live entertainment and a live auction featuring exciting trips and one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs and services. MARCH 17

Pearls & Pumps

Churchill Downs Millionaires Row This is a can't-miss high-energy fashion show that includes shopping at exclusive boutiques before and after the show, runway fashions highlighting Derby looks for 2018, fabulous raffle packages and silent auction prizes, brunch, mimosas, gifts for their guests, and their anticipated cancer survivor runway walk. Proceeds from Pearls & Pumps fund programs at Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center and 3 Park Tower. Tickets start at $85.



Festival Unveiled

PNC Tour de LouSM

Presented by Citizens Union Bank and Four Roses Bourbon



YMCA Healthy Kids Day®

The Fillies Derby Ball® APRIL 19–29

Stock Yards Bank $1 Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf ContestSM

Presented by Humana® APRIL 30

Thorntons Great Bed Races MAY 1


Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade Preview Party

They’re Off!® Luncheon

MAY 1–2


Kentucky Proud WineFest

Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville®



Presented by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero

Presented by American Founders Bank



28 U.S. Bank Great BalloonFestSM

Great Steamboat Race®



Kroger’s Fest-a-VilleSM on the Waterfront

Presented by Kentuckiana Honda Dealers




Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade

Presented by WalmartSM and Humana®

Presented by IBEW Local 369

Celebrity Day at the Downs


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Santa Claus visited Light Up Westport Village

Lamar Jackson makes a pass during the UK vs. UofL game

TOPS Holiday Party at Old 502 Winery

Merkley Kendrick Holiday Open House

KMAC’s Martinis and Mistletoe

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