TOPS Louisville: February 2018

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The Omni Effect Wow Wedding: Kari + Alex The Bourbon Boom Special: Entrepreneurs Special: Experts in Finance We’re in the Money

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The Omni Effect | 34 CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

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In so many ways—especially those connected to financial opportunity, it’s a good time to be living in Possibility City. Signs of economic growth, while they haven’t touched every neighborhood, are omnipresent (no pun intended) and impossible to ignore. From the bourbon that’s flowing like water as emerging distilleries join the party that started over a century ago to the towering Omni Louisville Hotel that adds a striking symbol of confidence to our evolving skyline to the tech jobs and restaurant openings and the seemingly daily construction project announcements, there is good reason to be optimistic about The Future. In case the magic hasn’t rubbed off on you yet, this issue will have you drinking the Kool Aid… or champagne. Steve Kaufman’s “The Omni Effect,” highlights the potential positive ripple effects of the luxury hotel development, while “We’re in the Money” identifies upward economic trajectories and Nancy Miller’s “Bourbon Boom” coupled with our special entrepreneurs section showcase strike-it-rich local success stories. If all of this heady good news wasn’t enough to make our cover model Olive Flick jump on the ironed sheets on the Omni bed, I would have done it myself. I hope our Money issue—which coincidentally (?) comes out during the month of love—makes you fall head over heels with your hometown.

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Photographer: Steve Squall Location: The Omni Louisville Hotel Model: Olive Flick for Heyman Talent Hair and makeup: Nick Carter and Jessie Coleman for Joseph’s Salon and Spa Fashion: Rachel Zoe “Marlene” gown, $595, and DVF “Mortelle” sling-back metallic shoes, $124, at Rodeo Drive Boutique. On bed, French Connection faux fur and metallic jeweled chain purse, $138, both from Liv Boutique. Jewelry: 18kt yellow gold quilted bracelet with diamonds, $9580; 18kt yellow gold and diamond necklace, $24,000; platinum and diamond engagement ring with 1.76ct emerald-cut center stone, $19,095; platinum and diamond halo-style engagement ring with 2.0ct center diamond, $24,800; 18kt yellow gold and diamond ring containing 1.77ctw, $8,800; platinum handmade, three-stone engagement ring with 2.01ct oval center, $15,383; 14.45ctw diamond straight line bracelet in 14kt white gold, $39,985. All from Merkley Kendrick Jewelers.

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rab your wallet and a sleeping bag, then stake out your spot on the sidewalk. Embracing its status as soon-to-be starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Frazier History Museum is getting into the bourbon business with Final Reserve, James Thompson & Brother Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a spirit that’s 45 years in the barrel and for sale for one day only.

Final Reserve is 45 years in the barrel and there are only 250 bottles in existence. They go on sale at the Frazier History Museum on March 1. Let the games begin. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

“This is the first bourbon we’ve ever sold,” says Andy Treinen, Director of Marketing for the Frazier. “Our plan (when its Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opens in June) is to sell exclusive, specialty and high-end bourbons.” They’re off to a good start with Final Reserve, James Thompson & Brother Bourbon. The rare spirit, produced by Glenmore Distillery, is already generating buzz among bourbon enthusiasts. “I got a call from a guy in Wisconsin,” says Treinen. “He said, ‘I’m coming to buy the bottle. I may bring friends. Do you anticipate people camping out for days or would the night before be safe?” The frenzy is being fueled through a discreet on-line campaign in which the Frazier reached out to potential purchasers – many of whom immediately

and enthusiastically responded. But they must show up to buy a 750-milliliter bottle, which comes in a display case with a tasting bottle, a crystal tasting glass and a piece of the barrel stave... all for the low, low price of $1800— every penny of which will go to charity. But how does it taste? “The nose is excellent. It almost smells like it could be a cologne,” says Treinen, who has been lucky enough to have had a sample. “It’s very unique. The first on the palate is really nice and sweet and it finishes woody, as you would expect.” If you can’t get your hands on a bottle, you can still share in the excitement of a cocktail and rare bourbon tasting that evening with Glenmore Distillery and the Bourbon Classic Review. It’s the type of enticing, engaging event we expect from the museum that will be enthusiastically greeting the intrepid adventurers on the Bourbon Trail.


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The Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show is a full-on style spectacle featuring 33 models, one mega department store, more than a dozen local boutiques and over 145 derby season ensembles. Backstage is the fast-working team from J. Michaels Salon and Spa who curl, crimp and contour each model to breathtaking runway perfection. And they’re ready to coax you out of your comfort zone.



n the evening of Thursday, March 29, Louisville’s biggest annual fashion show will take the Grand Ballroom at Horseshoe Casino by storm. This yearly event that has grown into a multi-media shopping-and-entertainment extravaganza is a perennial sell-out with a packed house of almost a thousand guests. They come for style inspiration served with cocktails and a fabulous dinner. The goal of all involved is to guarantee that these guests leave energized about their style options and inspired to take some risks. While dressing the army of glamazons has been my job as producer for the last seven years, it’s the beauty gurus over at J. Michaels who create the breathtaking looks that set the tone for Derby season beauty decisions. “We get started right after Christmas,” says J. Michaels owner Jill Higginbotham. “It’s the largest fashion show in Louisville and it’s one of the best team-building experiences we have

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all year. It gets our creative juices flowing and makes everyone bring their best ideas forward.” Those ideas are designed to create runway magic that will translate into real-life makeovers. (The key word here is “translate.”) Higginbotham’s advice on how to interpret what comes down the catwalk? “Don’t be intimidated,” she says. “Avant-garde fashion is an amplified look that comes from something very simple that you can do for yourself. It might be the fact that everyone has curls or bangs and you can consider how to bring that into your style. Or the makeup may seem edgy, but you might see new colors that you can try.” If you need help applying what excites you to your own hair or face, the salon is, of course, a phonecall away. Says

Higginbotham, “We can deliver everything you see in a more wearable way. The show is all about seeing new possibilities.”



The Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show, which TOPS is joining as the proud media sponsor, takes place on Thursday, March 29, at Horseshoe Casino. Cocktails and shopping with featured boutiques start at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00. Dinner tickets start at $75 and lounge seating (including wine and appetizers) is $35. A few VIP experience tickets which include pre-show meetings with our fashion and beauty team, milliners and models will also be available. Go to for information and tickets. But act fast. The show is typically an early sell-out. And the TOPS team would love to see you there!


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Pump It Up There may be a few moments left to score last-minute tickets to the city’s best midwinter bash: the American Heart Association Heart Ball sponsored by, yes, TOPS. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM


t’s no surprise that it’s a hot ticket. With perennially popular Burning Las Vegas as their musical act, Hall-ofFame legend and transplant survivor Rod Carew as VIP guest, and both silent and live auctions, the American Heart Association Heart Ball brings a lot of energy and excitement into an otherwise dreary month and it does it all for a great cause. (FYI, on-line bidding for the silent auction promises fun and fundraising without leaving your couch.) This year, the event—for which TOPS is the proud media partner— involves unique, interactive elements that will add new wow factor when guests arrive at their tables. “I can’t say much more than that,” says Heart Ball Director Suzy Hillebrand. “Let’s just say that we’ve found ways to use technology to enhance the guest experience. We’re going to have everyone crying and laughing.” And… dancing. “This event is known for being one where everyone gets up and gets out on the floor,” says Hillebrand. “And this band will have everyone on their feet.” This year, it’s also an event where a fortunate few can pay for special tickets that include a close encounter with Hall of Fame baseball playIF YOU GO er Rod Carew. The retired major For tickets to the American Heart leaguer received a transplant in DeAssociation Ball on Saturday, February cember 2016 from a 29-year-old NFL 10 or information about the on-line player Konrad Reuland. “He has an silent auction, go to louisvilleheartball. incredible story and he’s committed to honoring Reuland and to encouraging others to become donors,” says Hillebrand. Carew will meet with those holding special tickets before he attends the Ball where he will escort the American Heart Association’s young survivor to the stage. “It’s an evening of great stories,” she adds. “We want everyone to feel glad that they came out and supported us.”

The committee members also want everyone to walk away with memories. “Every year, we think about how we’re going to plan a party that people talk about until next year,” says cochair Veronica Wunderlich. While they’re still keeping some of the excitement under wraps, Hillebrand promises transformative décor: “You will start on top of the water when you walk in and work your way into the water. By the time you dine, you will be sitting at the bottom of the ocean.” 

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Getting The Ball Rolling The women behind the The Fillies Derby Ball are a formidable army of volunteers whose behind-the-scenes efforts support the Kentucky Derby Festival events and transform a single day into a season. Meet the Fillies. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


erhaps it’s not surprising that a group that selects princesses, crowns a queen and names knights, dames, handmaidens and pages would achieve near-mythical status. “The Fillies Club” as it was first called when it was formed in 1959, was founded to help the Kentucky Derby Festival produce the first-ever Derby Ball to celebrate the world-famous Kentucky Derby. (With all proceeds to go to the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.) That first gala included the coronation of a Derby queen and her court— a tradition that has evolved over time into a robust Derby Princess program through which five local young women are selected to serve as ambassadors for the Festival throughout Derby season. Through the spin of a wheel and amidst much pomp and circumstance, one princess is crowned Queen during the Derby Ball. This year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the gala, will have the added excitement of historical memorabilia including gowns, crowns and photos of the Fillies organization over the years. The pageantry that surrounds The Fillies and their traditions are the stuff of local legend and Derby lore; it’s their philanthropy that sometimes goes under

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Jo Graves, Shannon Adkins and Fillies President Glenda Thome

the radar. The group of 250 women is a volunteer powerhouse. “We almost serve as a staff for the Kentucky Derby Festival,” says Fillies Publicity Chair Paula Bishop. “We’re at nearly every Festival event in some capacity. (There are seventy-five at last count.) We give countless hours selling tickets, stuffing goodie bags, creating a float for the parade. We’re often there from start to finish—whether it’s Fest-aville or the student art contest. And we work cheap!” The Fillies also raise funds and spirits with their own events which have multiplied over time to include The Children’s Tea and The Fillies Fashion Show. Ticket prices for all of the events are typically

reasonable. “We don’t price ourselves out of the market,” says Bishop. “We adhere to our mission to support the Kentucky Derby Festival which enhances the quality of life for the citizens of Louisville and surrounding communities.”


The 60th Fillies Derby Ball will be held at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom on Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to fillies-derby-ball.



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”Soul mate” bangle with charm gift set, $299, at Pandora, Mall St. Matthews.


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Handmade 18kt yellow gold link charm bracelet, $2,900, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers.


Handmade 18kt rose gold link charm bracelet, $2,900, at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers.

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MEET OUR DOCS Kristopher Pugh, MD A specialist in LASIK, cataract and glaucoma surgery, Dr. Pugh strives to tailor surgical outcomes to meet each patient’s lifestyle needs. When he isn’t busy helping his patients see life clearly, he loves spending time with his wife and four children, traveling whenever possible and endlessly cheering on the Chicago Cubs.


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The new Omni Louisville Hotel soars 30 floors into the air, carrying with it the escalating expectations of a downtown boom in Louisville. BY STEVE KAUFMAN PHOTOS BY STEVE SQUALL • RENDERINGS COURTESY OF OMNI HOTEL


artha McCoy, owner of Ah, Whatta Bout Mimi? – the flowers/candy/fruit basket boutique on Seventh and Market streets – looks around at the growth of downtown Louisville and dreams of one thing: a national balloon convention. J.D. Dotson, owner of the Regalo, a unique gift shop on South Fourth Street, envisions downtown sidewalks densely trafficked by a growing coalition of tourists, conventioneers, downtown businesspeople and downtown residents. Brittney Gorter of the Derby Museum imagines buses full of people rumbling out of downtown Louisville

and over to Churchill Downs. Mary Henry, owner of Louisville Quest – the company that offers interactive downtown puzzles and scavenger hunts – hopes for a social media buzz for a booming downtown Louisville, culminating in more interest, activity and growth coming to the city. The engine that is sparking these desires and expectations is the new Omni Louisville Hotel, about to land downtown with the magnetic force of a huge nuclear reactor. And, like a nuclear reactor, it is expected to generate a release of energy around the city that most local people agree we’re ready for.

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This isn’t just any 612-room hotel. It’s a major national brand that has invested $160 million to make this a world-class property. There’s no question that downtown Louisville has been itching to break out as a big-time urban environment; one that will attract convention business, tourist business, people on the sidewalks in the evening and on weekends, businesses relocating to downtown office buildings from the suburbs or other cities, and Louisvillians flocking to fill downtown restaurants and residences. Many believe the key to this will be the Omni opening in March on a square block of downtown real estate between Second and Third streets, Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The thirty-story building is the first new downtown skyscraper since the Aegon Tower opened at 400 W. Market St. in 1993. “It’s the biggest game-changer to hit the city since the Marriott opened in 2007,” says Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, who knows a bit about what it takes to bring attention to the city.

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“Having a property with 612 rooms goes a long way toward positioning Louisville as a town with the larger room blocks most conventions are looking for.” But this isn’t just any 612-room hotel. It’s a major national brand that has invested $160 million to make this a worldclass property with a distinct Louisville flair, with design references to bourbon, horseracing, cast iron architecture, the bridges – even to Thomas Edison, who spent a year living in Butchertown and working for Western Union before he caused a workplace accident in 1867 and was fired. (Twelve years later, he developed the incandescent lightbulb; 16 years later, his invention was featured in Louisville’s huge Southern Exposition.) “They didn’t just come in and slap a blueprint hotel down,” says Alison Brotzge-Elder of Greater Louisville Inc. “They came in wanting to engage with the

community, to find out what the things are that make Louisville special and put those touches in the hotel, so you’ll have an authentic experience.” The hotel will have the dining and drinking options one would expect from a world-class hotel: a fine steakhouse, a three-meals-a-day lobby-level restaurant, a cozy Library Bar, a specialty bourbon retail store, and a 1920s Prohibition-period Speakeasy bar with four bowling lanes. (Why a bowling alley? “Because bowling was a very popular activity in Louisville in the 1920s,” says Eamon O’Brien, the hotel’s director of marketing.) The coffee shop in the lobby will be a Heine Bros. because, says O’Brien, the emphasis will be on locally-loved brands whenever possible. There will also be a permanent art gallery featuring the work

of local artists. And the specialty bourbon store will be called Lewis + Louis, two references to Louisville’s past: the noted explorer who teamed with Kentuckian William Clark; and the king of France who gave the city his name. Perhaps more significantly, there will be a luxury spa that will be open to non-hotel guests, who will also gain access to the Omni’s deluxe hotel pool deck for the day; and a 20,000-square-foot grocery store, with everyday staples and a food hall full of prepared meal stations (sushi, barbecue, rotisserie chicken, breakfast sandwiches and crepes- many offered by local establishments such as Gilberto’s Gelato) and a bar serving fifty locally-crafted beers. Downtown Louisville has not had viable food retail in a long while, and Omni has made the smart decision to offer free short-term parking for locals who want to run into the store and grab a few essentials, or a prepared meal, on their way home. The spa will give Louisvillians another reason to come downtown and engage with the city, become more comfortable with the urban lifestyle, familiarize themselves with the city’s attractions and come to see downtown Louisville as a place where they’d like to spend time and, perhaps, take up residence.

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at home These amenities are important to the city’s ongoing development as a residential center. To drive that point home, Omni has topped off its project with 15 floors of 225 high-end one-and-two-bedroom rental apartments, including two penthouse suites with amazing views. Rents have not yet been announced, but O’Brien’s assumption is that they’ll start at “top of the market” levels and rise from there, like the building itself. The innermost ripple of Omni’s impact on Louisville will begin with convention business. Five months after The Louisville Omni Hotel opens, the Kentucky International Convention Center will reopen, larger and more state-ofthe-art, after a two-year, $200 million renovation. “One of our major issues has been the size of our convention center, from the standpoint of bringing in higher-end conventions,” says developer Bill Weyland, who has spent his career focusing on making downtown Louisville a better, more competitive place. “Higher-end conventions bring more

Omni has topped off its project with 15 floors of 225 highend rental apartments, including two penthouse suites with amazing views.

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spending power into the area, which will help the stores, restaurants and everyone else. But to attract that kind of convention, you have to have a higher-end convention venue, and a convention hotel with all the bells and whistles.”

Market and Seventh. And there are five more in the planning and development stage, including a Canopy by Hilton on South Fourth Street and the brother-and-sister projects being developed by Steve Poe at First and Main – the Hotel Distill and The Moxy.

The Omni has the bells and whistles, and also the 612 sleeping rooms. That doesn’t serve the potential convention business all by itself. It’s not even the largest of Louisville’s downtown hotels. (The Galt House has 1,300 rooms; the Marriott, 616.)

Brotzge-Elder of GLI also expects that the mere presence of the Omni brand in Louisville will force outside developers to give the city a second look. “Already, there are a number of new apartment and condominium developments,” she says. “A lot of money from outside our region is now looking to Louisville as a place to invest and grow – real estate, construction, business start-ups and relocations. They feel Omni must have seen something to commit to a $160 million investment.”

“Our next piece is to create a sort of transit that allows these inner-city neighborhoods to become accessible to all these new job-owners, so they can live right at the edge of the downtown in areas that are a little more economical, with a little more of residential scale. “Because,” he notes, “so many of these jobs – in healthcare, in hospitality – are early-morning jobs. People are getting into work or out of work at 3-4-5 in the morning, and they don’t want a long commute, they want to walk out and jump on a bus, be at home or at work in five minutes. That’s my dream.”

And the ripples just go from there. “What we’re seeing in the center of city is activity that is creating a tremendous amount of

It’s a time to dream in Louisville. Big dreams. Even a balloon convention is not out of reach.

But, says Weyland, the Omni’s mere presence will force the other downtown hotels to renovate and upgrade. And it will lead to more hotel construction projects. Already, according to a Cushman & Wakefield|Commercial Kentucky report, there are two other downtown hotels currently under construction: an AC Hotel by Marriott at 725 E. Market Street; and a Homewood Suites on

jobs,” says Weyland. “We’re booming in hospitality jobs and, as our downtown has developed, it has become more appealing for corporate and tech-related jobs.”

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After a remarkably successful blind date at, yes, Gerstle’s, Kari Quill and Alex Currie embarked on a whirlwind courtship that culminated in a fairytale Fall wedding. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTOS BY TODD PELLOWE


hile their formal Fall wedding was flawless down to the cascade of white and blush roses on the four-tiered wedding cake, Kari and Alex Currie’s first meeting was decidedly down-to-earth: “Do you want to know that we met at Gerstle’s?” laughs Kari. “Our friends set us up and we met the night of Derby. The very next weekend, he visited me in Nashville for Steeplechase. Our friends did well!”


And they lived happily ever after… that is, after two years of long-distance dating, while she lived in Nashville and he lived in Lexington. “We took turns visiting each other or we met in Louisville,” she says. “But, about six months in, we started talking about moving back to Louisville when we could.” Once she relocated with her job at Alpha Orthopedic and he was able to move while keeping his job with Lexington-based MAP, they started talking about settling down in their hometown. “We never went ring shopping, but we both knew we were on that path,” she says. While they didn’t go ring shopping, the pair did go house hunting and wound up buying a house together in November of 2016. Their new home was the setting for his surprise— an appropriately unfussy, but carefully-planned proposal. “It was the night before Thanksgiving. He was coming in town from Lexington and he knew I’d want to show the house to my sisters. He arranged with the current owners, who were still living in it, to let us drop by,” she says. “I had no idea he would propose to me while we were there. He took me out on the little back porch. It was raining. And he got out the ring. Then we went home to my parents’ house and all of our family and friends were waiting for us.”

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If the settings for their first meeting and proposal weren’t over-the-top romantic, the venues for the wedding and reception would be. “We are both Catholic and knew we wanted to be married in a church,” she says. She also knew they wanted to be married the next fall. With their own parishes booked, they managed to get an October weekend at Elizabeth of Hungary downtown. “It’s really, really pretty and has that ornate, Old World feel,” says Kari. “And they were wonderful to work with. They organized the trumpet, the cantor and organist for us.” Kari had always wanted an outdoor reception, “but my mom put the kibosh on that!” she says. “We knew we wanted it close to the church and decided on the Henry Clay. A lot of our guests were living

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I didn’t want to leave anyone out. I decided I’d rather go big than regret not asking someone. out of town and the Henry Clay was new to them. I also like that it’s such a pretty space on its own. We had a planner, Debbie Saag

of Wedding Warrior, but I’m not creative and I liked that the space was pretty in and of itself.” Kari turned a lot of the planning over to Debbie, but she had her priorities in order: “I cared about three things: the church, venue and band,” she says. “We booked 14 Karat Gold out of Atlanta. They’re a traditional Motown band and that was important to me. The Henry Clay has a huge dance floor and we were going to use it!” Alex, on the other hand, cared about the cake. “He has a sweet tooth; I don’t,” she says. “In fact, I wanted to do pizza in lieu of cake, but that didn’t happen.” Alex accompanied Kari and her mom on the cake tasting and, together, the couple selected four layers. “I liked the idea of having different flavors,” she says.

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She also liked the idea of a big wedding party: “I didn’t want to leave anyone out,” she says. “I had two sisters and so does he. Then I had my friends from Holy Spirit, Assumption and University of Georgia. I decided I’d rather go big than regret not asking someone.” The entire group got involved in different stages of the planning—coming in town when they could for fittings, showers and parties. “It was a year of really great parties,” she laughs. Her favorite part of the day? “I loved our ceremony,” she says. “We had Father Mark Spalding (of Holy Trinity) before he was named Bishop of Nashville. I think we were the last wedding outside of Holy Trinity parish that he did. And we also

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had a sparkler exit that was a fun ending. It was interesting just to see who was still there and celebrating.” Her advice for other brides and couples about to make this leap? “Don’t make it just about the wedding day, but about all of the celebrations leading up to it” she says. “People always talk about how crazy it is to spend so much money on one day. But it’s more than that. It’s a year of planning and memories. There are different stages of it that involve different people in your life. It was my mom’s little project. It was an excuse to get together with friends. It was a year full of memories that led up to one incredible one.” 



CHURCH: ST. Elizabeth of Hungary RECEPTION: The Henry Clay WEDDING PLANNER: Debbie Saag, Wedding Warriors PHOTOGRAPHER: Todd Pellowe CATERER: The Silver Spoon CAKE Michelle “Missy” Vonderheide FLOWERS: Wayne Esterle, In Bloom Again RECEPTION MUSIC: 14 Karat Gold HAIR & MAKEUP: Ana Crane & Schaefer Studio Salon

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Louisville is a hotbed of entrepreneurial overachieving—much of it fueled by our global bourbon industry. Nancy Miller talks to three visionary locals who’ve tasted success firsthand.


“I taught myself. On a trip to Japan, one of the premier soy sauce makers in the world said, “It was important that you didn’t come here first to learn to make soy sauce. You have defined your product. It’s very unique.” I knew that, but it was a really great thing to hear from him.” There have been many small steps leading to the success of your company. What was the first major step?

“Writing a business plan, something I had never done before. It was all-consuming and took several months, but I enjoyed it.”


So, you had a business plan. Where did you go from there?

Bourbon Barrel Foods You have achieved international acclaim by craft-brewing soy sauce. You started your business in your basement and now have a 30,000-square foot facility. That’s heady stuff.

“The products we make, the 2,000 retailers we sell to in the United States and in six other countries, and the reputation we have established…well, it all amazes me. But, my company, Bourbon Barrel Foods, is about much more than soy sauce. We now make about 100 products. We didn’t get to where we are overnight.

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It’s been more than a ten-year trip.” Your intrigue with soy sauce was the basis of your company, so why didn’t you launch the company with one?

“Soy sauce takes about six months before it’s ready, so I started with Worcestershire sauce and smoked salt. I smoked the first batch of salt on a Weber grill. The Worcestershire sauce is vegetarian because I don’t like anchovies.” Who taught you to make soy sauce?

“Three entrepreneurs were invited to make pitches to about 200 investors who had gathered at the Galt House. There was a guy from a tech company, one from a biomed company and me. Those two were asking for 50 million dollars. I was asking for a couple hundred thousand. I didn’t have a product, just an idea. Several people told me they were interested but wanted to see what I did before they invested. I also worked with Greater Louisville Inc. And before Kent Oyler became president of GLI, he helped me in several ways, such as defining the pitch deck and

introducing me to small angel investor groups. At that time, I didn’t wear ties, but I bought a new one for every presentation. Ron Fox, formerly CEO of Paramount Pickles, mentored me through SCORE, part of the Small Business Association. He was awesome. He had never worked with someone like me who was doing something so different. I’d like to think I impressed him with the research I had done. I put personal funds into the business and got SBA loans. Now I have a group of investors who believe in what we’re doing.” Tell us about the special pitch that was a momentous business boost.

“Woodford Reserve asked if I would like do to a promotional item. Before I knew it, I was pitching to the Woodford Reserve brand team. They were assembled around what seemed to me like the biggest table ever. When I left, I hoped it had gone well. At least I knew I had their attention. I had pitched 12 products. They picked 10. That has morphed into our becoming a licensee for Woodford Reserve products such as several varieties of bitters, bourbon cherries and smoked lemon pepper. We also make Henry Bain’s sauce for the Pendennis Club, Chef Edward Lee’s Sambal Hot Sauce and Nativ Harvest’s spice blends by Mossy Oak.” How are your sales segmented?

“Food service: 5 percent; wholesale through distributors or direct to retailers: 70 to 75 percent; e-commerce: 10 percent; remainder of sales through our retail store.” Why did you expand beyond your manufacturing facility and warehouse in Butchertown Market?

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“The first year we survived on our products. Last year we opened a 950 square foot retail store on Frankfort Avenue that has been a great brand ambassador and marketing tool. In addition to our own products, we have a curated line of items such as cookware, barware, books and Louisville Stoneware products…things that accentuate the Bourbon Barrel Foods brand.” You debuted a 350-page book, Eat Your Bourbon, that gives an inside look at you and your company, as well as hundreds of recipes. That’s quite a feat.

“It was a three-year feat. I still pick it up and think, “I can’t believe I did this.” I’m very, very proud of the team effort that made it happen.” What’s next?

“We’ll be introducing some new products and hope to open in Lexington in the fall. That’s just what’s happening this year. We have a lot of plans for the future.” Do you have any advice for budding entrepreneurs?

“Become an expert in your industry. Write a business plan. Hold your equity. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The best learning experiences I have had came from messing up. I never made a mistake that wasn’t recoverable.”

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“You have to be willing to take a risk, but you take it after you research and the pros and cons and decide if it’s worth doing.” Have you had any mentors?


Flavorman and Moonshine University You were in the midst of a great career with Brown-Forman. Why did you break out of the corporate world?

“Any large company has a mission and vision and are on those like a dog on a bone. I was in my 20s and had what I thought were the coolest ideas to do beverages and new products. Brown-Forman is a terrific place to work but I got a little bored and frustrated, so I thought I should do something on my own. I wanted to use some of the creative energy I had worked up over the years.” The beverage development consulting business you started in the early ‘90s was called Pro-Liquitech. But now everyone knows you as the Flavorman. What’s the story?

“We’re a product development company for the beverage industry, working with clients from the initial development of a concept through manufacturing. Flavorman has a couple competitors but none are as big or as widespread as we are. I named the company Pro-Liquitech because I thought the “Pro” part was very upbeat and progressive “Liqui” because we were going to develop liquid products. And the “Tech” sounded technical. In 2008, when the economy took a turn for the worse, our orders stopped and the phone didn’t ring. We took an in-depth look at Google Analytics and discovered that people who typed in Liquitech

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spelled it wrong but could still get to our website. Many people referred to us as Flavorman anyway, so we just started calling ourselves that. Only two customers even cared about the name change. One thought the name was cool. Another said he thought it was childish and not very scientific. Pro-Liquitech is still the legal name. Flavorman is a dba.” Much of your work is very secretive.

“We work with four of the five of the world’s largest distilleries and other major names such as Jones Soda, MillerCoors, Pepsi Americas and Kellogg, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world who is doing a beverage. But, many of our clients don’t allow us to mention their names.” You also own Distilled Spirits Epicenter, home to Moonshine University. Now that sounds like higher education with a twist!

“It’s a spirits and distilling education program. The first class, in January 2012, filled up immediately with 40 people. We have about 25 different classes. Associated with it is the Grease Monkey Distillery which is available to Moonshine University students who are distilling their own products as well as to large distillers for small batch runs.” There may not be a magic formula for becoming a successful entrepreneur, but you seem to have what it takes.

“Yes, three. My paternal grandmother filled in for my father who was killed two months before I was born. She used to say, “You just gotta try. If you fail, it’s ok, keep going.” I still believe that. Another mentor was a guy named George Long, the most patient man I have ever known. He taught me how to taste things and create flavors. My other mentor was John Bujake, who was Director of Research and Development at Brown-Forman. He let me loose on projects but would rein me in now and then. From him I learned the business part of the beverage industry.” How did you raise the capital for your businesses?

“I saved money from my Brown-Forman days and used a credit card, which is unthinkable now. I wouldn’t recommend it. Then we worked on cash flow. Five to eight years into the business, D. D. Williamson invested for a short time until I bought them out. We have had three SBA loans, all paid off, and small business loans from the city-funded METCO, which have also been paid off. We also have a minority silent investor and a big, fat line of credit that took us 20 years to obtain.” How have you dealt with setbacks?

“My stepdad was really my dad. When he died in 1997, I had the feeling I just wanted to walk away from the business, but the people here pulled me back. This is the best place imaginable. Another awful setback was in 2009, when there was a huge flood in Louisville that was devastating to us. We were just recovering from the recession. I went in the bathroom and cried because I didn’t think we could recover. Again, I wanted to simply walk away. I felt such guilt for feeling like bolting. The employees were like family, and because of them, we made it through. We were out of business for about a month. We delayed some orders but didn’t miss any.” What motivates you?

“I like to do new things and I get bored quickly. Our projects, all 83 active ones, are all different.”

Nutrisoda and Crispin Cider were your first two entrepreneurial adventures following your career on the medical nutrition side of a major pharmaceutical company. But your grand ambition was to start an American brandy company.

“My wife, Lesley, and I are always focused on the next big thing. We’re interested in the vacant white space. The questions we ask are: How well served is the market and how fragmented is the market? We look at the opportunities for quality enhancement: better ingredients, better packaging, higher prices. We would never have gone into bourbon There are a lot of big brands and craft distillers doing a good job.

do any of that. The creative water I swim in is how I start these businesses. There’s a lot of joy in making an idea real and tangible. It’s not only the creative and artistic side but also the joy of people and building teams and becoming part of your community. That’s extremely motivating and powerful and has longevity.” You weren’t content with distilling only brandy. Now you’re into other spirits.

“We are the accidental gin company. We make gin in a very different style, using a brandy process. We use apple and grape brandy as our base and add botanicals. When we got into gin, we distilled the oldest gin recipe.”

In brandy/cognac there are basically six players, so the market is relatively uncrowded. We saw cheap and sweet California brandy and fifty-dollar cognac, with no prices between those. We thought, wow, there’s a big price opportunity. Three and a half years ago, there was no such thing as definitive American brandy, so we invented that with Copper & Kings American Brandy.”

What sets your company apart?

Louisville might not be the first place most people would choose for a brandy distilling location. Why did you?

What have been your major challenges?

“We first though of going out west, to Tacoma or Portland. Dave Dafoe, of Flavorman, helped us start Nutrisoda and Crispin Cider, and persuaded us that Louisville was the place for Copper & Kings. Anchoring ourselves in the heartland of American distilling gave us the positioning and credentials to be a true, authentic American brandy. I think Copper & Kings reflects the personality and character of Louisville…great music, food and art. It’s a vibrant, modern city and Copper & Kings is a vibrant, modern distiller. We’re new school, not old school.”

“We are strategically rational. We don’t have an emotional passion play idea. We’re focused on execution. Lesley and I don’t talk; we just do. The highest state of consciousness is the state of doing. Also, we are like lightning. If you’re small, you can’t be slow or you’ll get crushed by the big guys. And we are relentless.”

“There are always two: having enough capital and having the right people. Both come at you with frequency and intensity. You have to have a team that will support

you through highs and lows. We look for people who give energy, who have creative mindsets and are not satisfied with achieving the ordinary.” How’s business at Copper & Kings?

“We are in 31 markets and will approach selling this year 20,000 cases of everything we make, mainly brandy. The intention is to double that again in 2019 and double it again in 2020.” You and Lesley are Copper & Kings. Why did you recently sell a minority equity stake to Constellation Brands?

“The financial capital required in brown spirits is enormous. In Constellation Brands, we found a partner that shares our culture and has synergy in terms of our supply chain. Constellation is basically an entrepreneurial company masquerading as a commercial giant. They are really nice, smart people who are excitable and creative. We love that. They get us and they get the business.” Looking back on your success, is there anything you would do differently?

“I would have gone into gin earlier. The rearview mirror is very unhelpful for going forward. We just attack and move fast enough to pick up the mess behind us. You don’t chop a lot of wood without getting splinters.”

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But you didn’t start small.

“No, I like to say head first, boots and all.” What motivates you?

“I once had a moment of clarity and realized this is my creative expression. Copper & Kings has music running through its DNA, but I might be the most untalented musical person in the world. And I love fine art and photography, but I can’t TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2018 51

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Lauren and her team offer event planning, design and execution services. As Lauren put it, “I’m part-artist, part-engineer and part-logistician.” Her first company, Lauren Chitwood Events, has carved out a niche in the luxury social and leisure event market. She works with corporate events of all shapes, sizes and budgets through Olio Event Group. With over a decade of experience, Lauren and her team know the intricacies of managing events within their clients’ budget and needs. “I love working in my local community, and the connections I make in Louisville,” she said. “I know that my businesses have a direct and positive impact on the local economy. Most events we produce utilize the talents and skills of up to hundreds of other local professionals in the hospitality industry.” Lauren loves having the opportunity to help create incredible moments with her clients. She said, “I find it rewarding and gratifying to be able to celebrate milestones with people and businesses, and to know that my team’s tremendous efforts culminate in successful final products.”

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Since Chase earned his real estate license in 2008 and created his own real estate brokerage in 2012, he hasn’t slowed down or rested on his laurels a bit. Taking inspiration from both his father and grandfather, both highly successful business owners, Chase has formed multiple companies in the fields of rental, investment, new construction, and even helped his wife create a fashion blogging business. All of his businesses are aimed towards getting you the best service and quality, and that’s most especially the case with C. Thieneman Realtors.

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SASSY FOX UPSCALE CONSIGNMENT Whitney Durs, Donna Long, Jessica Moreland, Leslie Donhoff • 150 Chenoweth Lane, 502-895-3711 You might know the charming Jessica Mooreland as the owner and operator of Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment, a lovely and unique boutique located in bustling St. Matthews. You might not know that, thanks to Jessica’s mom, Sassy Fox is a second generation vocation with a second location in our sister city of Lexington. It’s a real labor of love for Jessica, and her commitment to personalized service shines through

in the finely cultivated selection you will find there, a carefully constructed selection of designer brands. Be it footwear, dresses, jackets, hats, bags, or accessories, you will discover the finest items available with customer service that will always be right on point. Right now, you can find a lot of fantastic items on clearance as Jessica begins to lead her team towards the Spring roll-out. Derby is the undisputed greatest

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Primp Style Lounge is a dream that Shannon Kessler had, one that she began to make true in two-hour increments during her small children’s nap times. That’s when she would plan the logistics for Louisville’s first stand alone blow out bar.

In just three years, Primp has become a style oasis, renowned around town as a place you come in a 10 and leave a 12. The talented and personable staff is dedicated to creating your best look, as well as delivering an unforgettable experience. From signature blowouts to professional makeup applications, Primp offers everything you need to look and feel your best. They believe that when your confidence is high, you can accomplish anything, and a great hair day can make that happen! Primp is an affordable luxury available to everyone. Women and men enjoy taking time out of their day to spruce up their appearance. They can even work their magic on the wardrobe you already own with world class fashion consulting. Primp is perfect for special occasions, weddings, girl’s night or just because. Having convenient access to great style is no longer a dream. It’s a reality thanks to Shannon and her amazing staff. Primp Style Lounge has 2 locations: Chenoweth Square in St Matthews and Middletown Commons in Middletown. For more information visit

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Lucie and Bert Stansbury opened Liv Boutique in 2015, and since that time it has become an absolute staple of St.Matthews and a destination point for style mavens. The shop is a contemporary women’s clothing, accessories, and gift boutique that evolved from Lucie and Bert’s sister business called the Century Shop, a wondrous antiques store with a selection of gift and estate jewelry. Lucie’s background in design and marketing, as well as her passion for fashion coupled with Bert’s strengths in details and numbers made the couple feel like they could take the leap of faith and give her dream a go. The two understand that in this day and age, a brick and mortar retail shop might seem like a bit of a risk. However, Liv is a special place, and offers all the amenities of online shopping, along with so much more!

Stepping into Liv you will find a relaxed vibe, almost like visiting the home of a friend. There’s engaging conversation, a sweet little dog or two, snacks, and of course all the amazing stuff to purchase! They carry fresh accessories and apparel lines, all upscale yet affordable. Look for quirky decor, and antique or vintage gift items and estate jewelry as part of the mix. The knowledgeable team at Liv is eager to work with the client to personalize and customize their visit, to the level that they desire. Liv offers services such as personal styling, home deliveries, private shopping parties, color consultation and mineral make up. If there is a service the client desires, the team will make it happen! Stop by Liv in the heart of St Matthews at 3704 Lexington Road.

FRANSEN GROUP Alex Fransen •

For Alex Fransen, providing impeccable service in landscaping has been a lifelong vocation, and he has a drive for it that is entirely unparalleled. If you could turn back the clock 21 years, you would find him at 13 years old, assisting his older brother in maintaining golf courses. The goal wasn’t that of the typical teen, planning trips to the mall or the the movies. Rather, Alex was raising money for his first lawn mower. He honed his skills at the country clubs, developing his craftsmanship to raise enough to purchase a commercial mower. He would get up early, long before his first class at Western Kentucky University (Where he studied turf and horticulture), just so he could do landscaping work. He would then turn around and get right back to it after class. These days, Alex is the president of the Fransen Group & Derby City Pools, leading a team of hard working experts dedicated to offering superior quality and craftsmanship in all aspects of landscaping. This includes lawn care, outdoor living construction, hardscaping (that’s utilizing elements of stone- think pathways, patios, firepits, retaining walls, and even fountains), irrigation, fences, pools, and even dealing with snow and ice. When asked what drives him, Alex says it all: “Having my clients hug me at the end of the day with tears in their eyes, as a dream of theirs has come true... that’s what makes this business so rewarding, and that’s why I have fallen in love with it over the last 20 years.” Check out & and get your outdoor space the best it can be with the most dedicated service you could ever imagine.

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It’s no secret that most men don’t love shopping for clothes, but looking your best affects just about everything you do in your daily professional life. Smart business men know their attire and appearance are important. What can you do if you need help? Perhaps you find that you don’t have the time, don’t know where to start, or just want someone to help you through all of the options out there? That’s where David Sauls has you covered. David founded his own business, Benchmark Personal Clothiers, in 1999, after many years working as a top salesman for a large national clothing company. His job (and his passion) is to do all of the legwork necessary to keep his clients looking their best. That means he attends many trade shows, searching for the latest looks and the finest fabrics available to make you look your best. He will come directly to your home or office; conduct an in-depth interview, define your budget and outline your sartorial needs. During this process, he will show you many choices selected just for you, luxurious items suited to your lifestyle and budget. After you are measured for a faultless, personal fit, you can be assured that soon your new garments will be delivered to you, double checked for a perfect fit and ready to wear. You can start anytime by visiting www.benchmarkpersonalclothiers. com, and set up your first consultation. Odds are, it won’t be your last.


Kathryn Gray •

What could be even more special than that perfect photograph on your wedding day? Imagine an oil painting, capturing all of the pageantry of your once in a lifetime event. Thanks to artist Kathryn Gray, that dream can be a reality! Kathryn works in the luscious medium of oil on canvas. She uses thick, fluid brushstrokes and incorporates a strong sense of color. Ultimately creating an exhilarating rendition of your wedding or reception, as it unfolds! Her style is very loose and impressionistic, creating a fun “pop art” memory. Thus, immortalizing your unique wedding by giving you a painting that will be cherished for generations. You can view a slideshow of a work in progress and contact her through In addition, Kathryn also shares her talents and knowledge of painting with dozens of students weekly, in her St Matthews studio. If you are interested in learning, and sharing her passion for oil painting, contact her through It could enhance your life in so many ways!

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Sander Chu •

For Sander Chu, painting is the ultimate form of self expression, her communication of her truest self to the world. She’s an artist from a family of artists who worked in every style and medium imaginable. Long before she moved towards an abstract style, she had worked in more traditional forms, but ultimately found them unchallenging. A great abstract painter like Sander knows how to follow the rules of color, perspective, composition...because only then do they know how to break them.

Sander starts with a color or a feeling, and then works with those tones and moods to build provocative emotional images that allow the viewer to meet them halfway. Sander has a degree in sculpture, and her attitude towards the emphasis of texture makes her work truly intriguing and interactive to the eye. She will sometimes apply 30 or more layers of paint to a single piece, and uses a pallete knife six to eight inches in length as her primary instrument. For her, this unusual tool creates a feeling of freedom, allowing her to make big, sweeping strokes that open the imagination wide. Sander’s work is available to view and purchase at KORE Gallery in the Mellwood Arts Center. You can also visit her online at Call 502-709-4016 to schedule a private studio tour or in-home consultation.

CRESCENT HILL TRADING CO. Mark Gaff • 2720 Frankfort Ave., 502-896-6110

For Mark Gaff, becoming the owner and operator of the well tenured Frankfort Avenue institution known as the Crescent Hill Trading Company is a dream come true. He lives nearby, and used to visit the shop on a regular basis. He would always tell the previous owner -somewhat in jest- that if she ever wanted to sell, he was her man. One day, to Mark’s surprise, she said yes. After a bit of contemplation on the matter, he decided that this new adventure was one worth taking. Mark took over in November of 2016. With his care, the store has morphed to include more furniture and home accessories. Mark looks for pieces with great design, items that will be statement pieces in your home. Working with local artists, he curates beautiful pieces that are reused, repurposed and restored, and also well selected new items. You can also find materials for your own projects in the store’s magnificent basement, a locale lovingly referred to as “The Rabbit Hole.” Altogether, this unique shop is like no other store in Louisville!

The Crescent Hill Trading Company is located at 2720 Frankfort Ave, just behind Carmichael’s Bookstore. You can investigate further on Facebook, where Mark makes delightful videos every Thursday, highlighting the latest items to make the scene at the shop.

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Senior Vice President and Director of Treasury Management Kristen Wells has spent the past 17 years working in business development and client relations. Her position with Forcht Bank has allowed her to do what she is most passionate about, which is a mixture of sales, operations and client relations. “Every client I meet has a unique story with different needs,” she says. “I enjoy finding ways to help streamline their daily banking activities, so they have more time to focus on their business. Our customers are always at the center of every decision.”

As Kristen explains, the treasury management profession is a broad concept—it means different things to different clients, depending on the size and scope of their business. “My team and I are most successful when we find ways for our clients to spend less time thinking about their banking and more time growing their businesses,” she says.

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Mark Lamkin •

Mark Lamkin, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and founder of Lamkin Wealth Management, is a man who has no trouble standing out in a crowd. With an unbeatable degree of enthusiasm and an unflappable “can-do” attitude, he has dedicated himself to two missions: helping his clients achieve their financial dreams, and serving up some of the most delicious pizza in Louisville. Mark’s ability to assist small business owners is unparalleled because he’s lived it and breathed it; he understands its every complex detail. He has a steel chain’s worth of successful business endeavors, and he’s at the ready to share his wealth of experience with you. He knows the stresses, the concerns over payroll, the worrying over profits. He’s lived it all first hand and emerged a champion. Mark innately understands risk, and everything that goes along with it... especially how to build bulletproof financial plans that keep your meter in the green. Mark has been in that line of work since 1991, but more recently, he’s got a new goal: take the renowned and hollowed Bearno’s Pizza brand to new heights. Soon, the 40 year old Louisville institution of delicious pizza will become a destination location for sports, live music, and family fun in Plainview and Jtown, all thanks to Mark’s latest vision.

You’re in luck. Mark is currently accepting new clients. Visit today, and put Mark’s unflappable enthusiasm and hard earned expertise to work for you.

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Michael S. Romaine CFP, ChFC, CLU, RICP Alex Morrison For many, planning a strong financial future and living a life in the present moment seem like mutually exclusive propositions. For the folks at Northwestern Mutual, living your best life now as well as later is the constant goal...and it’s much more attainable than you just might realize. As Northwestern Mutual financial advisor Michael S. Romaine Sr. puts it, “my mission as a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor is to help you identify your current financial picture and align it with your future financial goals. I provide innovative solutions using world-class insurance services and internationally recognized investment products. Through this, I develop enduring relationships with my clients.” Michael has been serving as a strong, outstanding mentor to Alex Morrison, a younger Northwestern Mutual professional. Together, they not only serve families and business owners but also younger professionals, just beginning to achieve their goals.

Everyone has a destination point in mind. The advisors of Northwestern Mutual have written the road map. Whether for individuals or families, there’s a holistic approach to get you along on the road of life, where you need to be when you need to be there. Michael and Alex can find the path best for you. You can reach out and take the first step on your journey at

Bill Yancey Sr. CLU Bill Yancey Jr. For both Bill Yancey Sr. and Jr., a father/son team of financial advisors for Northwestern Mutual, seeing you safely through your financial matters and into the dreams you’ve always hoped for isn’t just a vocation. It’s part of a proud family tradition.

Whether it’s for yourself, your family, or your business, the Yancey team are absolutely committed to assisting their clients with the very best service possible. Bill Jr. says it best. “Each of us has a different vision of what it means to be financially secure, and your vision is likely to change throughout your lifetime – when you begin your career, start a family, educate your children and enter retirement. We can help you create a personalized financial plan that has a firm foundation in your beliefs and addresses your hopes for the future. But achieving financial security takes more than creating a comprehensive plan; you also have to take action on your plan, and evaluate and adjust it over time. Together, we’ll create a timeline to help protect you and your family now, and execute the steps necessary to respond to whatever life brings.” Whatever your current situation, Northwestern Mutual can improve it by helping you build the financial plan that is best for you. Bill Yancey Sr. and Jr. are waiting to help you now. Just visit to start planning for your financial future.

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Anthony Roberts •

Growing up on a farm taught him the vast importance of planning for the future well in advance, visibly watching from his earliest memory as every yesterday built towards every tomorrow. Now entering his 34th year in business, financial expert Anthony Roberts, head of A. Roberts & Associates, is at your service. Through hard work, perseverance, and expertise, Tony has received the Certified Senior Adviser (CSA) designation, as well as the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFCÂŽ) designation. With a finely developed acumen and eye toward personalized service, he is ready to guide you past the pitfalls and perils that time inevitably throws our way, and into the kind of smooth retirement that you deserve.

For Anthony and his team, your best interests are always at the top of the list. The absolute number one priority is your future, the way it can only be with one-on-one, localized, personalized service. Where other services attempt to force clients into broad models of retirement planning and treat you like some anonymous number, the experts at A. Roberts & Associates understand that each individual is different, even as we all have many of the same basic needs. They can help you to accumulate wealth during your working years, so that you have less worries as you distribute it through your retirement. With a careful and considerate eye, you will be guided through a financial needs analysis that will navigate you towards success in income planning, estate planning and preservation, preservation of capital and principal protected growth, wealth transfer strategies, market risk, investments, long term care planning, and legacy planning. A. Roberts & Associates is also particularly dedicated to serving veterans and their families. Startling statistics suggest that nearly two million veterans and widows are missing out on 22 billion dollars a year in pensions. This doesn’t sit well at all with Tony, and he has made a stand to do something about it. A. Roberts & Associates have built a partnership with accredited VA attorneys, assisted living facilities, at-home care providers and other senior advocates, and they provide a holistic approach to the Aid and Attendance Pension to maximize the benefits provided to veterans, spouses, surviving spouses of veterans, and their families. A. Roberts & Associates can also aid you with day-to-day matters, finding solutions in regards to annuities, life insurance, and tax planning strategies. Visit for more details. Schedule a consultation today...for a better tomorrow.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY Population: 764,731 Major employers UPS: 22,189 Humana: 12,900 Norton Healthcare: 10,739 Ford: 9,028

BULLITT COUNTY Population: 78,111 Major employers Amazon: 2,200 Geek Squad: 1,068 Publishers Printing: 737

We’re in the Money Louisville is on an economic upswing. This city is building, expanding and hiring. Here are some encouraging economic benchmarks.

OLDHAM COUNTY Population: 63,547 Major employers The Rawlings Group: 650 Baptist Health: 520

FLOYD-CLARK-HARRISON COUNTIES, SOUTHERN INDIANA Population: 230,495 Major employers Amazon: 2,700 Floyd Memorial Hospital: 1,756 Horseshoe Hotel & Casino: 1,303 Clark Memorial Hospital: 1,225 Beach Mold & Tool: 600 Samtec: 600 Tyson Foods: 551 Physician Referral Service: 400



n June 2017, Forbes magazine rated the Louisville metro area Number One in manufacturing growth of all cities across the nation.

“Since 2011,” said the article, “manufacturing employment in the metropolitan area has expanded 30.2 percent, to a total of 83,300 jobs, led by a resurgent auto industry that accounts for 27,000 jobs in the area.” Most of us have read about the new Omni project, plus other new downtown hotels in the works. Most of us are aware of the major renovation project of the Kentucky Convention Center. Most of us who drive around the city are aware of – and inconvenienced by – all the multifamily construction developments. Louisville looks poised for significant growth, and Mayor Fischer has announced $12 billion in capital expenditures. All this expected growth would seem to bode well to everyday consumers, by the “rising waters lift all boats” principle. Read on for the numbers that might make life better for local residents including you.

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On a national average of 100, the overall cost of living in Louisville: 91.6 Cost of groceries: 89.8 Cost of housing: 79.5 Cost of utilities: 91.2 Cost of transportation: 100.7 Cost of health care: 89.3

K E E P I NG U P W I T H T H E N E IG H B O R S Louisville vs. Nashville

Louisville vs. Indianapolis

Housing is 47 percent more expensive

Healthcare is 25 percent more expensive

Cost of living in Nashville: 99.6 Cost of groceries: 94.6 Cost of housing: 110.8 Cost of utilities: 87.9 Cost of transportation: 93.8 Cost of health care: 86.4 Nashville is 13 percent more expensive overall

Cost of living in Indianapolis: 90.4 Cost of groceries: 92.1 Cost of housing: 73.7 Cost of utilities: 90.9 Cost of transportation: 99.5 Cost of health care: 113.4 Indianapolis is 3 percent more expensive overall





30-year fixed



20-year fixed



15-year fixed



7/1 ARM



The Economic Impact Of One Construction Project:


Project completed:

Jan 2016

March 2018

$289 million project



women-owned businesses participating

construction jobs



Home sales for November 2017 were down 16 percent compared with the previous month; but up 45 percent from a year ago.

$136,000 The median sales price of a foreclosure home was

$ 8 7, 9 9 3

(or 35 percent lower than non-distressed home sales). Everyone remembers how foreclosures went through the roof in the early days of the housing recession, 2008 and 2009. In December 2017, the number of properties that received a foreclosure filing in Kentucky was 15 percent higher than the previous month; but 15 percent lower than the same time last year. In 2017, the rate of foreclosures, according to

The national average – 1 in every 2,043 KENTUCKY


1 in every 1,792



1 in every 2,072

The worst five states NEW JERSEY 1 in every 734

MARYLAND 1 in every 971


1 in every 1,010


1 in every 1,208

permanent jobs

City and state provided $139 million, including a rebate of taxes and $17 million for a PARC parking garage

The median sales price of a non-distressed home was

1 in every 2,947


minority workers


1 in every 1,379

The Economic Impact Of One Renovation Project:


Project completed:

Aug 2016

Aug 2018

$207 million project

1,055 estimated fulland part-time construction jobs


of work awarded to woman-owned companies


of work awarded to companies headed by minorities

Energy-saver: Convention Center will be LEED Silver certified: recycled content, low-emitting materials and optimized energy performance. Projections include a 34 percent energy use savings, resulting in a 24 percent reduction in utility costs and a 32 percent reduction in water use Expected annual economic impact: $53 million

50 + conventions already booked for 2018 and beyond: Connect Marketplace, August 2019 $5.3 million economic impact 11,000-plus hotel room nights • 5,000 attendees National Association for College Admission Counseling, September 2019 $6.5 million economic impact 12,000-plus hotel room nights • 6,000 attendees American Legion, August 2020 $14.5 million economic impact 17,000-plus hotel room nights • 9,200 attendees

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The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that the downtown hotel count is now:

4,449 Rooms under construction: 893 Rooms planned: 758 Existing rooms:

Total projected room count:


COSTS OF SENIOR CARE Homemaker services: $44,341 Home health aide: $44,616 Adult day health care: $17,659 Assisted living facility, private one-bedroom: $41,340 Nursing home, private room: $88,148 Nursing home, semi-private room: $80,731



e talked about investment and money management with Louisville financial planner Tony Roberts, managing partner, Prosperity Asset Management LLC; and CEO and president, A. Roberts & Associates, Inc. He was bullish about the current investment market, because of the new tax regulations, which for the most part lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. “It doesn’t take a Harvard genius to realize that’s an additional 14 percent to corporations’ bottom lines,” said Roberts. “So, they keep more of their money at home, which increases their revenues, and many have even started passing those increased revenues on to the consumer. When consumers get more money, they’ll spend a portion of it, which is good for the economy.” He says most earnings reports are good, companies hitting their numbers, so there’s a positive growth outlook. The tax regulations also put more money into most individuals’ pockets. “Right now, the standard deduction for a couple is $24,000,” says Roberts. “That’s $24,000 of earnings at a zero percent tax rate. Then the tax is 10 percent for the next $18,000 or $19,000 of earnings. So, you can earn into the low $40,000s and be in the 4.18 percent marginal tax bracket. Even if you earn over $100,000, you’ll be coming in at the 11-12 percent marginal tax bracket, which is less than last year.” Any yellow flags?

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Yes. International turbulence, for one. “Who can predict what the guy in North Korea, or the folks in the Middle East, are going to do next?” Roberts wonders. “So far, for the most part, the market has been resistant to all that turbulence.” Anything else? “One concern I have is our $21 trillion debt,” he said. “What if China decides not to invest in our Treasury bonds? Or something crazy goes on there? Or we have inflation or hyperinflation, and can’t carry the debt load?” Roberts also notes that more and more baby boomers are reaching retirement age. And sometimes, these ultimate consumers are finding they have to spend that money on healthcare and nursing homes instead. “With the number of people about to come through the system, if they don’t have the money to pay for the cost of care in these assisted living and nursing communities, where’s that money going to come from? It could wipe out a generation’s worth of savings.” Everyone has been go-go-go the last few years, taking a lot of risk for the expectation of high yields. But Roberts tells clients that they have to have a plan that provides a paycheck if the bad times happen. “The past few years, there’s been a tremendous amount of investment money in high-dividend portfolios and U.S. blue chip stocks,” he says. “Previous generations wanting security would have taken their money to the bank. Safe and secure, enough for their desires, and they slept well. Today, take that same money to the

banks and they’ll pay you 0.5 percent. So consumers are driven to the stock market, where they have to take risks if they want any kind of return at all. However, with the high-dividend yield from some of these recognizable blue chip stocks, you get a three or four percent dividend, even if the return is flat. It’s pretty good and fairly safe. Safer than investing in something you have no clue about, or a commodity you don’t completely understand.” What about diversity? “Yes, everyone wants to diversify. So they’ll say, ‘I want some Fidelity, but I also want some Vanguard and maybe some Templeton. And they think they’re diversified. The reality is, surprise! All these funds are invested in exactly the same things.” Roberts counsels his clients to divide their investment money into three baskets: red money, yellow money and green money. The red is higher risk for higher gain – but also maybe higher losses. A lot of red money goes into funds like Vanguard and Fidelity, but Roberts says you have to be careful, and nimble, and have some good expert advice. “When they’re doing good, you’re doing good. When they’re doing bad, you won’t get the fund manager on the phone.” The yellow money is managed carefully, “so we can cash in some chips if we see storm clouds, without losing the house.” And the green? “You have to have a plan that provides a paycheck if the bad times happen, so you can sleep at night.”

You’ve gotten paychecks all your life.

Who’s paying you once you retire?

Retirement can create anxiety, particularly if you’re not sure you have the right plan. We focus on processes–not products– that meet our clients’ needs.

Anthony S. Roberts, ChFC® 4965 US Highway 42, Ste 1000 Louisville, Kentucky 40222 (888) 955-3665

Insurance products and services are offered through A. Roberts & Associates. Exclusive rights to this material belongs to Prosperity Asset Management, LLC. Unauthorized use of this material is prohibited. This content is for informational purposes only and should not be used to make any financial decisions. Prosperity Asset Management, LLC and Anthony Roberts are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any government agency. Anthony Roberts offers investment advisory services through Prosperity Asset Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Kentucky. Anthony Roberts does not render tax, legal or accounting advice.

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16 million plus

The number of people who visited Louisville in 2014.

$1.6 billion plus

Visitor spending in 2014. (An increase of 20 percent from 2009.)

$2.6 billion

Sales generated by visitor spending in 2014.

64 percent

Hotel occupancy rate in 2014, up from 52 percent in 2009.

24,500 plus

The number of jobs, associated with over $820 million in personal income, generated by visitors to the Louisville area.


Currently, UPS Worldport, Louisville’s largest employer, occupies 5.2 million square feet

580,000-square-foot expansion by 2019

UPS processes an average 1.6 million packages a day

$328 million

The amount of taxes and fees generated by visitor spending in 2014.

$62 million

in tax revenue for local government was generated by visitors in 2014.


$155 million

The amount in state and local taxes generated by visitors, or the equivalent to $540 for every Jefferson County household.


The number of conventions in 20132014, up from 455 in fiscal year 2007-08.

1.9 million

Convention attendees in 2013-14, up 62 percent from 2007-08.

64 percent

Hotel occupancy, up from 52 percent in 2009.

3 million plus

Hotel room nights were booked in Louisville in 2014.

16.4 million

The number of trips hosted in 2014.

15 percent

Increase in visitors from 2009 to 2014.

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17,580 jobs directly created by visitor spending. • The largest share of the visitor dollar was spent on food and beverage–27 percent of the average visitor dollar. • Retail and lodging spending both represented about 21 cents of each visitor dollar.

• $482 million in direct income, and $822 in total income created by visitor spending • Jobs indirectly supported by tourism had an average wage of over $50,000. • Almost a quarter of a billion dollars of income was created in the food and beverage industry.


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Multifamily rental residences are the fastest-growing housing trend in Louisville. According to a report prepared by Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Kentucky: There are currently 15 multi-family projects under construction throughout Jefferson County, with 27 more in the planning stages.

Projects planned city/ countywide

2,840 units: Downtown 3,132 units: East Jefferson County 511 units: Southeast corridor 1,838: Northeast corridor 859: Southwest corridor 2,530: Southern corridor 11,713: total new units planned

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Four are planned in the Central Business District (CBD) Lexington/Grinstead: 743 units Nulu/Flourney: 276 units Starks Building: 100 units Ice & Cold Building: 70 units

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Tour of Homes: La Dolce Vita


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La Dolce Vita In a stunning stone home in Poplar Woods, interior designer Jan Davisson combines Tuscan charm with transitional sophistication and dazzling in-demand upgrades. Christine Fellingham takes a tour—from the wine-cellar to the walk-in closets. PHOTOS BY AERIALSTATE.COM

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hen Jan Davisson, an interior designer at Cherry House Furniture Galleries, was given the coveted task of designing a stunning country home for last year’s Homearama in Poplar Woods, she easily found her inspiration. “The stone, the architectural style and the romantic setting reminded me of Tuscany,” says Davisson. “I knew I wanted to use the warmth and coziness of a Tuscan palette within transitional, timeless decor.” In her color scheme, Davisson popped terra cotta and pottery blue with soft washes of greytinged neutrals. “I avoided using too much of the grey that’s so popular right now, but I introduced it in the undertones of the wood floors, the ceiling and as an accent color in fabrics and accessories.” From the first step into the foyer, the home appears to be both grand and gracious. “The focus is on livable luxury,” says the designer. “The wide-plank wood floors are lightly distressed, so you can’t wreck them and they’ll last forever. People spend a fortune on flooring and they don’t want to have to replace it.” The entrance opens into a fabulous great room/kitchen/dining space with a lofty vaulted ceiling. “The open concept has a contemporary informality, but the ceiling and the metallic accents dress it up,” she says. So does a transitional chandelier which combines delicate ironwork with crystal droplets. “Light fixtures are the jewelry of your home,” says Davisson. “I wanted the elegance of a chandelier without being too frou-frou. This one, from Brecher’s, is timeless but current.” The fixture, along with features like the custom backsplash and polished granite, add sparkle but not so much that this everyday living space becomes too dressedup. “This is a space designed for both entertaining and spending time with the family. It has to be comfortable for both.”

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ccording to builder Perry Lyons, the spectacular ceilings and beams help define different spaces without dictating their uses. “We’re spending a good piece of the budget on engineering homes to allow for open concept without walls or columns,” he says. “Often, we’re creating that definition with ceiling features. For instance, you can have a vaulted ceiling over a dining table, but they can still expand the table for company even if it won’t match up with

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the ceiling. Walls don’t let you do that.” Definition is also created with furnishings. A massive contemporary watercolor rug anchors the living area while a farmhouse table distinguishes the dining area. “Each area has its function, but they can overlap,” says Davisson. “And the island is a gathering place where you can interact with any part of the room.” The massive island is both a focal point and highly functional feature in

the commercial-grade kitchen. “It’s large enough that you can have two dishwashers and a hidden storage space in front of the stools where the homeowner can store things they don’t use every day, like the Christmas plates or the crockpot,” says Lyons. “With open spaces, people like to hide clutter and the island is one way of doing that. The kitchen is designed so everything has its place and doesn’t have to sit out on the counters.”


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People spend a lot of money on their basements not for show, but because it’s a place to enjoy with friends and family. We’re talking triple dollar signs.

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rganization is built into the home on every level. “The closets in the master bedroom are bigger than most people’s bathrooms,” says Lyons. “People are spending money on features that make their lives easier.” That means the stone and marble bathrooms come with touchless fixtures and programmable faucets that remember favorite settings and can have water warmed up and running by the time the homeowner stumbles into the bathroom in the morning. “The master bathroom is truly a sanctuary,” she says. “Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that?” The basement, meanwhile, is a masterpiece of functional design where wine bottles displayed and stored on floating shelves behind a wall of glass are like a walk-in wine museum that you never want to leave. “I decorated it so that it coordinated with the rest of the home, but it felt like a different environment… because it is,” says Davisson “I want people to

walk down there, take a deep breath and relax.” If the wine cellar with its dazzling display walls and sparkling, sweeping bar don’t take your breath away, perhaps the media room will. “Men love their media rooms and I wanted to make it magical,” she says. “Families spend time there. It should feel special. It should make you want to stay home.” The comfy leather chairs in pops of warm red add visual verve that signifies that this space isn’t humdrum. “People spend a lot of money on their basements not for show, but because it’s a place to enjoy with friends and family,” says Davisson. “We’re talking about double and triple dollar signs, but it’s a space that makes your home totally unique. When you step down into that space, something changes about you. It’s like a vacation in your own home. You say, ‘Okay, I’m at my destination now. I have arrived.’”


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Great Expectations Ask ten people what’s so great about 211 Clover Lane and you’ll get ten different responses. Intimate. Refined but not stuffy. Like being in your own home, but better. Outstanding food. The best staff in Louisville. Nancy Miller, a confessed regular, articulates the allure. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOLEA BROWN


’m not one to dole out praise willy nilly. When I say 211 is special, you know I mean it. So do more than 20 women I know quite well. We’re members of the Metro Book Club, a group that focuses on good food, good wine and good literary discussion, sometimes in that order, although we’d like to think the literary part comes first. As delightful as we are, we’re not the easiest bunch to please. A few of us order only a salad, others an entrée. That’s before a couple of us change our order, move to another seat, destroying the seating noted by our server, and decide that yes, we’ll order the specially priced wine by the bottle rather than just the single glass we originally chose. You get the idea. If our servers, gems of friendly patience, think it’s chaotic, they never let on. Glenda Bumpas, the facilitator of the group, and affectionately referred to as the benevolent boss, says, “The number of members we expect can fluctuate until a couple of hours before dinner, but the staff takes it in stride. In the private dining room, we feel like we’re in our own little restaurant enjoying exceptional food.” Executive Chef Allen Heintzman’s background in French and Mediterranean food sets the tone for his menu, but doesn’t limit a broad range of culinary expression. “I pull from those regions and even incorporate Asian flavors to make the menu exciting,” he says. “I cook according to the seasons. That makes sense to the palate

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because I don’t have to force anything. The dishes work themselves out naturally, pardon the pun.” His menu changes daily but he never deletes a few perennial best sellers such as trout Meunier with lemon caper brown butter. As he says, a dish is popular for a reason and he’s not going to fight that. Rotating daily specials may include Moroccan-style lamb shanks with preserved lemons and olives, roasted pheasant with a soy and elderberry lacquer, and veal, pork or beef served with root vegetable purée, a healthy alternative to whipped potatoes. If the trout is on the menu, interior designer Lee Robinson may order it if he allows himself a diversion from a house salad and grilled chicken with grilled squash and zucchini, which comes in at only 500 calories. “I have lunch in the corner booth at 211 every day. If I sit there long enough, I’ll see

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everyone in Louisville. It’s like being at the ‘21’ Club in New York, where I see everyone I know from the city,” says Robinson. He and his wife, Babs, are frequent 211 dinner guests. “They have the best filet in town. It’s phenomenal. And their Sunday brunch is the best in Louisville. I might get the filet for brunch, but I also like the salmon Benedict. And, of course,

If I sit there long enough, I’ll see everyone in Louisville. It’s like being at the ‘21’ Club in New York. fresh, hot scones.” As a graduate of Center College, sitting across from the Stephen Powell sculpture is an added bonus for Robinson. Having an office next door, he drops in to 211 for a business meeting or to meet friends after work for a drink, his drink of choice being a martini made by bar manager Emily Hornback.

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The Inside Scoop with

CHEF ALLEN HEINTZMAN Why did you become a chef?

The career found me. I was studying to be an English major when I started cooking at De La Torres, on Bardstown Road, in the late ‘90s. I fell in love with cooking, but I got my degree.

What do you like most about 211 Clover Lane? The intimacy and that I know so many of the customers very well. And the ambience fits my style of cooking.

Do you enjoy going into the dining room and talking to diners? I do but I’m a little shy. I should get out there more. It’s a bit into the new year, but maybe that will be my New Year’s resolution.

What’s your food indulgence? Lentils are my favorite food. I could eat them every meal.

Is there any food to which you would say, “Thanks, but no thanks”? Tongue. I can’t bring myself to eat it.

Do You have a team of eager chefs at home? Yes, my daughters, Juliette, three years old and Josephine, seven years old, cook with me. They like to grill and to bake any kind of cookies and muffins. And they make a great risotto. It’s surprising they don’t get tired of the stirring.

What would you be if you weren’t a chef? Nothing.

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“I like to research and look at different flavor components for cocktails, and I keep the door open for trends, staying creative with seasonal herbs and fruits. My specialty is to let the liquor speak for itself and not dampen it with a lot of ingredients. Too many can be too much,” she says If you’re in a trendy cocktail mood, she’ll mix you a New Fashioned: Old Forester 86 proof, Angostura bitters and house demerara that’s infused with cinnamon and vanilla bean, served over ice with a lemon peel. Or try her basil gimlet that features Tito’s vodka, lime juice, demerara and fresh basil, served over ice with a basil leaf garnish. Do people confide in her as is often depicted on television? “Our customers have named me a very endearing term, their spiritual advisor. It depends on the individual whether I offer advice,” says Hornback. “You get a sense of reading people and finding out what they need."

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top The Exchange pub + kitchen 118 W. MAIN STREET, NEW ALBANY 812-948-6501


he uber-talented folks at The Exchange pub + Kitchen are shaking up the culinary milieu across the Ohio. And you can watch it all happen as Chef Joe Horneman cooks in an open kitchen that becomes part of the drama that’s called lunch and dinner. He mixes Southern – think fried chicken and shrimp and grits–with a taste of French bistro in the form of steak frites. There are also a few tastes of decidedly Italian influence. Short rib gnocchi is one example you’ll want to add to your Exchange short list. A round of applause for Horneman and owner Ian Hall’s commitment to sourcing the finest local products. But, sourcing is only the beginning of great food. The kitchen finesses its expertise so that area farmers and artisans are showcased in an individual style that rouses the palate and impresses the most discriminating of diners. Reclaimed wood and original steel beams speak to the history of the building that dates to 1875. Take it all in as you sip from a stellar cocktail repertoire. If the house-crafted syrups and drinks such as the Poppin’ Passion, Forbidden Fruit and Pink Panther don’t win you over, the bourbon list may be too much to resist. On it are some hard-to-find bourbons that must make Hoosiers glad they’re only a bridge away from the city where bourbon is king. The Exchange pub + kitchen, the epitome of a beloved neighborhood restaurant that’s no longer a neighborhood secret, is a foodie’s haven that’s perfect for business or pleasure.

dining For Love Or Money Whether you’re making a date or a deal, these restaurants have the secret ingredients that make magic happen. BY NANCY MILLER

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Brasserie Provence 150 N. HURSTBOURNE PARKWAY 502-883-3153


rasserie Provence is a restaurant where it’s easy to fall in love. If that’s not falling in love with the person of your dreams, you won’t mind settling for loving the owners Guy Genoud and Stacy Duncan and food of Chef Patrick Gosden. If business, not love, is on your mind, Brasserie Provence is ideal for making a pitch or sealing the deal. Gosden instills his menu with the dishes reminiscent of his Italian and Gypsy heritage while Genoud’s personality and warmth embody the essence of his native Provence. Lunch and dinner at Brasserie Provence are true French experiences, with classics such as pissaladière, which you are welcome to refer to as an onion tart, coq au vin, duck magret

Photos by Stacy Duncan

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and bouillabaisse. Gosden gives a friendly nod to Kentucky with his French Hot Brown and dresses a burger with pancetta, brie and caramelized onion. If you want to practice your French, just say it is tres magnifique. Vegetarians will feel right at home. Gosden creates sautéed tofu with fingerling potatoes and haricot verts, lentil salad, and bean mushroom cake and ratatouille especially for them. Genoud removes all guesswork and intimidation out of selecting a wine. His easy, approachable style lends itself to answering your questions about pairing food and wine, and he’ll be happy to suggest a wine that will complement your meal. It’s always the perfect choice, so you may want to compliment him on his gift for complementing.

Proof on Main 702 W. MAIN STREET 502-217-6360


hen locals travel out of town, it’s not unusual for them to hear someone say, “Oh, you’re from Louisville. I’ve read about Proof on Main and the 21c Museum Hotel.” The restaurant and hotel make big time news in big time national publications, often appearing on the “Best Of” lists in various categories. Whether you go to Proof on Main for the food, then visit the art gallery, or stop in to take in the art before having breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re in for a culinary and aesthetic treat. If you’re treating yourself to a staycation and are lucky enough to enjoy the whole shebang, including an overnight stay, we’re green with envy. Before joining Proof on Main, Chef Mike Wajda was stirring up the world of food when he worked with top shelf stars such as Gordon Ramsay. He brings his special brand of edgy, unexpected excitement on a plate in the form of sunchoke and peanut soup, duck garganelli and spaghetti squash ragout. A chocolate cake is anything but simple when it comes from the Proof on Main kitchen with chestnut mousse, cashew chutney and cranberry sorbet.

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The bar features more than 120 bourbons, Old World and New World Wines and drinks that throw cocktail aficionados into a frenzy. Not only is the bar the place to go for some of the best libations in town, it’s a bustling scene of a decked out, jazzed group of people watchers and people that don’t mind being watched: fashionable, flirty and fun.

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The Plump Peacock 11601 MAIN STREET, MIDDLETOWN 502-681-3814


illion-dollar deals may not be every day occurrences at The Plump Peacock Bakery and Cafe, but it’s an atmosphere in which a little business could be conducted along with plenty of social chatter and catching up with friends. Romance may simmer at a table now and then, but there’s always tons of love to go around for Chef Elizabeth Wingfield’s breakfasts and lunches. Nothing makes it onto the menu unless both she and her staff give the thumbs-up after detailed scrutiny of every potential dish. (We’re envious of the taste testers!) They all agreed the Lazy Lizard, a bowl layered with biscuits and gravy, hash browns, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and bacon, should be a Plump Peacock start to the day. Also on the breakfast menu are Eggs Benedict, quiche and Hash Brown Bombastique. We won’t keep you guessing

Bistro 1860

1765 MELLWOOD AVENUE 502-618-1745


f you believe in the adage, “You can’t have it all,” you haven’t been to Bistro 1860, where a glorious combination of food, wine, cocktails and atmosphere is thriving. Chef Michael Crouch’s menu is studded with innovation, serving up a range of classic to contemporary fare such as beef tartare, duck confit strudel, seared scallops, mushroom Wellington, short ribs and rack of lamb. Most dishes may be ordered in bite size, appetizer or entrée portions – known as à trois nouveaux style. If you aren’t a Francophile, not to worry. It’s a super smart way to design a menu. Sampling or hearty savoring, it’s up to you. Sides of Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted potatoes with truffle and bone marrow butter, or chèvre corn pudding are so good they should never be considered

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simply add-ons. Sampling wines is an adventure all its own thanks to the Cruvinet system that offers dozens of wines by the glass. You won’t have to go into the kitchen to ask Crouch how he creates his masterpieces because he often meanders through the dining room, obviously happy to share the culinary how-to that has made him one of Louisville’s most accomplished chefs. The ambience is sparked with designer touches that meld into a uniquely relaxed décor that invites you to sit back and take in a feast of sensory surprises. Entertaining for business at Bistro 1860 is as comfortable as a cozy dinner for two. The crowd boasts a subdued liveliness that makes dining at Bistro 1860 a total experience, but a meal you won’t forget.

about the Bombastique. It’s crispy cubed potatoes topped with bacon, Cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, sour cream and green onions. There are only 15 minutes between the end of breakfast and the beginning of lunch, just enough time for the kitchen to roll out lunch favorites such as chicken salad, bacon marmalade grilled cheese, C’est la Vie – a baguette with ham, caramelized onion and melted Brie – and fish and chips. Wingfield says she has been told by visitors from England that the fish and chips is so genuine that it reminds them of home. Located in a charming little house in Middletown, The Plump Peacock’s bakery has a tempting array of turnovers, its own take on an Almond Joy bar, bacon Cheddar biscuits, sugar cookies, blackberry limeaid bar and chocolate raspberry mousse cake.

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BRO-TOX W Women aren’t the only ones going under the needle in the name of rejuvenation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of men opting for injectables increased a whopping 337 percent between 2000 and 2015. Many of them run into Body RX on Hurstbourne Parkway, where Dr. Sarita Nair offers a sneak peek at what they’re doing. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

HIS FOREHEAD: Botox for horizontal lines. HERS: Also involves filler to lift eyebrows.

HIS CHEEKS: Chemical peels or hydrafacials to treat sun damage; PRP collagen pin to build up collagen. HERS: Thick filler to lift apples of cheekbones.

HIS NASAL LABIAL FOLDS: “Men’s skin is thicker, so we use thicker fillers like Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft.” HERS: Small volume fillers like Restylane Silk.

CHIN: Thicker fillers like Voluma or Restylane Lyft to augment chin, define jawline. Kybella to melt excess fat or double chin.

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hether their wives make the appointment or they do it themselves, men are opting for injectables and lunchtime procedures in record numbers. “They see what injectables are doing for their wives and realize they could work for them,” says Dr. Sarita Nair, medical director of the medispa on Hurstbourne Parkway. Or they see it as career insurance. “They do it to stay competitive in the job market,” she says. “Or because they’ve lost

a lot of weight and their skin looks loose.” But their injectable treatments don’t mirror those of female patients. “Age affects men and women differently, so we treat them differently,” says Dr. Nair. Here’s a look at how his shots differ from hers. (Body Rx is located at 601 S. Hurstbourne Parkway. Call 974-3447 or go to for more information.)

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would do it a million times again,” says Erin, a twenty-one-year-old local woman who had a labiaplasty performed by Dr. Julene Samuels, a St. Matthews cosmetic surgeon, last October. “It first became a problem in fifth grade,” she says. “My doctor referred me to a gynecologist because I had enlarged labia that might have been the side effect of a medication. No one could ever do anything for me.”

If it seems bizarre that a pediatrician would speak up about this particular issue, it’s not. Enlarged labia minora can cause symptoms besides self-consciousness. “It was uncomfortable,” says Erin. “I was miserable.” Patients of the surgery often talk about the discomfort that comes with exercise, riding a bicycle and wearing tight garments like leggings, yoga pants, swimsuits or jeans. And medical experts attribute increased yeast infections and painful sex to the condition.

So, when Dr. Samuels suggested last year that a labiaplasty would be effective, safe and involve relatively little down-time, Erin scheduled her surgery. “Dr. Samuels put me at ease,” she says. “I felt so comfortable with her and my decision.” The morning of surgery, of course, she had a few butterflies. “I was a little nervous going in,” she admits, “but I would have been with any surgery. And it was in Dr. Samuels’ office, so that made it a little easier.” When she came out of anaesthesia after the procedure during which the labia is trimmed and stitched, “I felt absolutely no pain.” It wasn’t until after she got home that she experienced some soreness. “Dr. Samuels warned me about it, but it wasn’t bad at all. I took my pain medicine and then it was fine.” While Dr. Samuels had told her to expect the down-time to involve three days

of bed rest and a week of “taking it easy,” Erin was ready to get back to her normal routine before then. “I took my pain medicine the first and second day, but by the third day I didn’t need anything— not even a Tylenol.” Erin followed doctor’s orders and remained in bed at first, but was out and about by day four. “I was shocked at how quickly I bounced back,” she says. In terms of other aspects of her recovery, she was told to avoid sex, swimming, taking baths and using tampons for six weeks. “Just to avoid infection,” she says. She is close to finished with the intermittent follow-up appointments that were scheduled until she’s six months post-op. “Dr. Samuels told me that there is always a small risk of infection or of asymmetry, but I feel great and had perfect textbook results,” she says. “I haven’t told anyone but my husband and sister, but I am so happy with my decision. I would tell anyone who’s thinking about doing it for the right reasons that they won’t regret it.” (Dr. Julene Samuels’ office is located at 6400 Dutchmans Parkway. Call 502-897-9411 or go to for more information.)

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irst, some fun facts: Estrogen and testosterone are the libido-enhancers in both women, and men, and when they’re perfectly balanced, you’re primed for blissful trysts and burning passion for that right match. What optimizes them? Aphrodisiacs? Try again. Increasing your circulation with foods rich in anti-oxidants like salmon and strawberries, though, can increase a night of enchantment. But only one to two drinks a date. Otherwise alcohol impedes, let’s say, those functioning desires; ovulation—a double-edged sword which increases sex drive but also chance of pregnancy.

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Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are at their peak levels, and, in women, such hormonal levels are at their lustiest just before ovulation which increases sex drive astronomically during that two to four-day period. Anthropologically, this makes great sense, since procreation is what makes human existence continue. This elicited sex drive in women and men works in favor of baby-making when the uterus is ready—and the male and female participants are at their optimal interest levels.

While women have some hormonal drop-off and fluctuation, it is the decade often identified as our sexual peak, perhaps because we know what we want and how to ask for it. Our emotional confidence may make up for the slight hormonal dip.

The only problem during this decade? A 2010 national survey of Sexual Health and Behavior found that women are “less ‘orgasmic’ because they don’t know what to ask for in bed.”

There can be exceptions, however. For instance, after childbirth, when testosterone in women decreases or while nursing, when a mother’s estrogen and progesterone are suppressed—along with the urge to start having sex again.

FORTIES Women’s testosterone levels are half what they were at 25, with estrogen and progesterone fluctuating with the elusive flutters of female perimenopause. No real surprises here. Men simply have larger amounts of testosterone throughout their life while, in women, it begins to dwindle during this time— decreasing sex drive. Even worse, cortisol, the stress hormone can grow dominant, edging out the other hormonal essentials for the libido to not only “want” it but to “function.” And what is the concept of the “sexual peak?” Is it a physiological certainty or a social ideology? Perhaps a little bit of both. A woman in perimenopause can still be aroused, especially just before ovulation, but stress, or the fatigue and moodiness that come with modern life can wipe out the desire to perform. Our sexual peak may not come with bodily readiness but with the emotional and physical experience of what we want. In their forties, hormonal fluctuation in men is less, although still physically impacted by stressors of life, since male menopause (often called “andropause”) has a longer onset and duration. But men can experience their own issues due to hormonal imbalance. In their 30s and 40s, testosterone levels may begin to drop off causing fatigue, weakness, even depression, and a reduction in sex drive, hence your bounty of commercials trying to address the quiet confidence booster of “erectile dysfunction.”

FIFTY TO SIXTY-FIVE PLUS The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior found that 71 percent of 50-something women said their last experience resulted in an orgasm. That’s not bad considering that sex drive declines after menopause with reduced testosterone and very low estrogen levels. Declining hormonal levels can also increase vaginal dryness and vaginal wall thinning, making sex uncomfortable. But there is good news. And there are antidotes to low libido. According to a Duke Study, losing 10 percent of total weight can do wonders for your sex drive and exercise increases blood flow, lubrication and better orgasms. A new mindset toward sex, grown children, meditation, and new relationships can also spark one’s sex drive. Creams, the right foods, sleep—- there are things you can do to get it back. Something must be working: Eight thousand adults were involved in a Trinity College Dublin study which found 59 percent of those over 50 have regular sex— with one-third of them having it one to two times per week. And it’s good for you too. Midlife sex helps the heart, lowers blood pressure, decreases stress and releases endorphins, and can even help you look younger. So, if this is where you are, do not yield to societal norms or stereotypes. Search within, make life adjustments, do more research, get out of bed, exercise, and get back into bed with the one you love.

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Susannah Stevenson This committed mother of two, wife and realtor has created a beautifully-balanced life that’s all about relationships. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


successful career and family don’t have to be mutually exclusive, according to Susannah Stevenson, a woman who’s incredibly motivated in both areas of her life. “I love what I do—both at home and at work,” says Stevenson. “At the heart of it, being a good realtor is all about taking care of families and helping people have the lives they want. It’s an extension of my values, not a conflict.” We caught up with this top performer at Wakefield Reutlinger to ask her how she makes both roles in her life complement each other rather than clash.

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I am a Realtor with WR Realtors pretty much all day. This isn’t a traditional 9-5 career. It permeates every fiber of my being.

My office family at WR Realtors, helping people and building relationships.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. I am the wife of Brian, Vice President of Material Handling Sales with InCord and the man who puts the wind in my sails! I am the shamelessly proud mother of Jack, a sophomore lacrosse player at Transylvania University and my favorite son; and Anne, a sophomore at Summit Academy of Greater Louisville and my favorite survivor.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY? It is the art of the juggle and knowing when to put all the balls down and rest.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST TIME CHALLENGES? I struggle to be on time because I am cramming as much as possible into every minute. I find myself starting a load of laundry and brewing a cup of coffee while talking a client through a situation on the phone and grabbing the science project off

the kitchen table on the way to school. I have an orchestrated symphony of bedazzled squirrels in my brain.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE THEM? Faith, gratitude and lists. I am a list maker and stay organized with the calendar on my iPhone. I pray for discernment in controlling that which I can and peacefully letting go of what I cannot control. I believe in therapists, mindfulness exercises, counting my gratitudes, optimism, and that we all deserve grace. I have a strong faith in God, my friends, family and humanity in general.

HAVE YOU HAD ANY TURNING POINTS IN YOUR CAREER OR HOME LIFE THAT CAUSED YOU TO SHIFT PRIORITIES OR ALTER THE BALANCING ACT? My daughter, Anne, has had a number of life threatening medical challenges in her 17 years. I went into real estate in 2009 because it offered the flexibility I needed, and it fascinated me. Anne had a health scare last spring that landed us in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ICU for almost two weeks, during one of the busiest times of the year for a Realtor. Fortunately, I have an office tribe at WR Realtors that would rival the strongest army in the world. With their unwavering support, I was able to be at Anne’s side without any worry that my clients would be in good hands or that I remain their Realtor when I got back. Anne’s healthcare needs are carrying on into 2018 with an upcoming neurosurgery, and I feel so grateful to have my WR Realtors© co-workers by my side.

DO YOU TRY TO SHARE ANY ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK OR CAREER WITH YOUR FAMILY OR CHILDREN OR DO YOU KEEP THEM COMPLETELY SEPARATE? Real estate is part of who I am. I don’t contain my enthusiasm and love to share stories and life lessons. This business covers subject genres from comedy to thriller.

DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK ETHIC HAS RUBBED OFF ON YOUR CHILDREN? I hope so! They see that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in

your life. Calvin Coolidge’s quote about perseverance is on our refrigerator, in my dressing area and over my desk. (“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘Press on!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”) They see that honesty, caring for others and dedication are character traits equally important at home and in a career.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OR PASTTIMES OUTSIDE OF WORK AND FAMILY AND, IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY? My wheels are always turning! I am on the Board of Directors at Summit Academy of Greater Louisville, on the Advancement Committee at Louisville Collegiate School, and I support Kosair Charities and various non-profits geared toward children with special needs. Lately, I’ve been drawn to figuring out how to take house items that clients want to donate and get them into new living spaces for women and children who are starting over or getting out of bad situations.


WHAT VALUES DO YOU TRY TO MODEL FOR YOUR CHILDREN? Practice optimism and live by the Golden Rule, wholeheartedly and with intention.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS? What my marriage looks like at this stage in my life, who my children have become, and this successful and joyfilled career in real estate that I didn’t even start until I was 40.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE JUGGLING CAREERS AND MOTHERHOOD? Time flies. Looking back, I have no regret in devoting myself to be my best version of “Mom.” As my children have gotten older and my time has shifted, I’ve put that same kind of devotion into being a great Realtor.

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Advice From Two Mid-Life Crisis Males Just in nick of time, the guys give us their professional opinions on navigating the emotional minefield that is March Madness. Here, Tony Vanetti and Dwight Witten, co-hosts of Tony & Dwight on 840 WHAS, help you prepare for the insane weeks ahead.

Tony: Best local bar depends on what team you cheer for. Make sure you don’t camp out at UK headquarters if you are a Cards fan. TK’s Pub in Fern Creek, any Buffalo Wild Wings, Gerstle’s in St. Matthews. Just pick a place that runs beer specials during games.

Dwight: I am not a big bar person but I will tell you my best experience watching non-local tournament games was probably on the waterfront at Splash. Tell ‘em Dwight sent ya! Which Kentucky and Indiana teams will go the farthest in the tournament?

Tony: Kentucky has the best chance to go farthest in the tourney. They have the most talent and a Hall of Fame coach. Louisville needs to deliver in the end of conference play to get in. IU still plays basketball?

Dwight: I am not in any way, shape or form the sports “expert” my partner Tony is. However, if I were to take an uneducated guess, I would say whoever wins the most games in the tournament, but I will defer to Tony and his “expertise.”

What’s the best way to watch the first round, early games: call in sick, schedule a “meeting” outside the office or be honest with your boss?

Schadenfreude in March Madness: perfectly understandable or bad karma?

Tony: If you work at a place that doesn’t

mended; it’s part of the enjoyment of the tourney. Early exit by Duke or Kansas! Hell yes! The tourney is now everything. No one cares about the regular season, so if you get bounced early it’s awful. Enjoy others’ misery.

appreciate March Madness, you need to find a new job. The office must be buzzing with excitement and games on in every room. I used to run a March Madness promotion with a local urologist called vasectomy madness. They would schedule the procedure the day before, bed rest for two days! Overdose on games.

Dwight: I have found the best way is to get a vasectomy! It requires four days off from work. I know what you’re gonna say, “What about all the other years?” Simple. You just get it reversed the next year; then snipped the next and so on and so forth. Best local bar to watch a random first round game not involving any of the local teams?

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Tony: Schadenfreude is not just recom-

Dwight: Perfectly understandable! After a year of both UK and U of L fan bases pulling for each other to do their best with all the love in their heart, it’s hard to imagine them turning on each other. But it actually does happen...very rarely.

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Name three potential Cinderellas.

Dwight: Some things should just be left alone. The role of Cinderella is one of them. However, here are my top three Cinderellas: 1. Leslie Ann Warren, 1965 Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella 2. Julie Andrews, 1957 Cinderella 3. Rapper Danna Dane, 1987 in his music video Cinderfella Dana Dane (Google it)

Office pools: employees only or family and friends?

Tony: Office pools are hilarious because it’s always somebody’s 8-year-old niece who wins it all. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a serious thing, but winning is almost impossible these days. Dwight: I never take part in these office bracket pools because it will never pay off! One year, I enlisted two professional basketball analysts, a Vegas odds maker, three former players, a NASA engineer and a tuba player to make my entry a LOCK! Yet the 4-year-old nephew of Tina in accounting won it all by picking pretty colors and funny names.


Red Alert It’s the glamorous night for a good cause that always brings the best red fashions onto the, let’s say, crimson carpet. Wrapped in Red, the annual fundraiser for the Louisville chapter of The American Red Cross has an unchanging color scheme and an unwavering goal to provide disaster relief whenever and wherever it’s needed most. BY ALLISON JONES


t’s an organization whose mission is well-known and whose merit is unquestionable. The American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter is known, of course, for aiding in the recovery from natural disasters, teaching lifesaving skills, offering support to our U.S. service members and their families in Kentucky and around the world, along with facilitating blood drives to assist those in need. What many don’t realize, though, is that this stalwart organization is not a government agency, but a non-profit. And it relies solely on donations of time, money and resources to support its work. Our local Louisville chapter serves not only our city, but proudly the counties of Anderson, Bullitt, Carroll, Clark (IN), Floyd (IN), Franklin, Gallatin, Harrison (IN), Henry, Jefferson, Nelson, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington. With such a large population to serve and all of the many unknowns that face each of them, our local chapter strives to be perpetually prepared for the unexpected… which is the reason for their annual event, the Wrapped in Red Gala. A thriving philanthropic event, the eighth annual Wrapped in Red Gala, presented by Brown-Forman, is slated for Saturday, March 10 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The signature gala for our local organization is always

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a night you won’t want to miss, and this year will be no exception. So, plan your most glamorous red ensemble, slip on your dance shoes and join the hundreds of guests who gather for an evening that celebrates a successful past year while raising funds to assist in their continuing mission. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m., when guests will mix and mingle during the cocktail hour. Then they move into the tricked-out ballroom for a delectable three-course meal, bid on spectacular silent and live auction items, and conclude with a dance party featuring The Endless Summer Band. Those who wish to forgo the sit-down dinner can purchase lounge tickets and join the festivities at 9 p.m., when guests can sip cocktails, bid on silent auction items and join the fun on the dance floor. Proceeds from the gala go directly to support their continuing efforts with community disaster relief programs.


For more information about The Red Cross and to purchase tickets to the Wrapped in Red gala, go to news-events/wrapped-in-red or call (502) 561-3691.


Pearls & Pumps… And Payoff Baptist Health’s fashion fundraiser Pearls & Pumps guarantees a memorable girl’s day out while helping to provide life-enhancing services to their cancer patients. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM


ou might not immediately see the connection between excellent, above-and-beyond cancer care services and an elegant, over-the-top fashion show, but in the case of this month’s Pearls & Pumps Rock the Raceway fashion show at Churchill Downs, it’s there. The runway show, which is well-established as a fabulous event for fashion-lovers, is also a source of funding for Baptist Health’s quality-of-life-enhancing services for patients going through cancer treatment. This year, a move to a bigger space— from their longtime location at The Olmsted to Millionaires Row— allows them to sell more tickets and raise even more money for a worthy cause. “Excellent medical care is our first priority,” says Crista Steinrock, the Foundation Coordinator for Baptist Health. “But this show supports those added services

that help treat the whole patient. So, in addition to administering chemotherapy, we can help them feel better all around. We can focus on their overall well-being and make their lives easier.” That lofty goal is accomplished in many big—and little— ways. “We provide patients who need them with rides to and from appointments through a partnership with Lyft. We offer free wigs and scarves. We offer treatments like free massage, Tai Chi classes, Reiki (a form of touch therapy), art therapy,” says Steinrock. In other words, Baptist Health provides their patients with moments of pleasure and relaxation during a time that can otherwise be filled with stress. “I had never had a massage before I got one at the Charles and Mimi Osborn Cancer Center at Baptist,” says Katie Embry, a palliative nurse and former stage two ductal carcinoma patient. “It was incredible. And, as a survivor, I’m still able to take advantage of those services. It’s nice to have that support after the fact because you still have aches and pains and things you have to work on after the fact—mentally, emotionally and physically.” Autumn Schnurr, another Baptist employee and

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former breast cancer patient, found the Reiki treatments to be a great comfort during and after the course of her treatment. “With all you’re going through, it’s nice to have something to look forward to,” she says, “and it’s nice to feel like something other than a patient. The Reiki works not only on your physical state, but on a spiritual level. I always came out feeling lighter.” Lightening the spirits and the emotional load on patients is very much at the heart of the Pearls & Pumps event. And, in that way, it’s very fitting that this upbeat social outing helps bring joy to patients who need it most.


Pearls & Pumps Rock the Raceway fashion show takes place on Saturday, March 17 at Churchill Downs, Millionaires Row, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $85 and tables seat eight. For tickets or info, visit or email


GLI Annual Meeting Bill Samuels, Jr. and Tonya York Dees

January 17 Louisville Palace Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Silver Fleur-de-Lis Award to Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Co-Founders Pascal Deschatelets & Cedric Francois

Tonya York Dees and Marita Willis

Christen Boone and Paul Thompson Mike Guenthner, David Boden, Mayor Greg Fisher and Diane Porter

Jim Allen, Ann Wells and Missy Allen

Diane Georges, Terri Weber and Patti Klika

Todd Warren, Lonnie Bellar, Brad Warren and Teara Osterhage

Tim Corrigan and Evelyn Strange

Dr. Paul Schrefer, David Dries and Debbie Hardesty

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Kentucky Opera Season Announcement January 16 Brown Theatre Photos by Anissa Pate

Ian Derrer

Jorgeandres Camargo, Clara Nieman, Nathan Brady

Henry Kuehn, Mike McNalley, Bill Blodgett

Madeline Langdon and James Keown

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Julia Leist, Randy Blevins, Aubrey Baker

Carla Givan Motes and Lindy Casbier


B3 Bash:

A Celebration of Bacon, Bourbon, & Beer January 20 Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center Benefiting Kosair Charities Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Melissa and Ron Bartman, Kim and Rick Kimball

Randy Blevins and Natasha Lynn Foley

Brian and Susan Przystawski

Jim Davis and Michelle Higgins

Juliana Valencia and Katie Astle Tom and Terri Waller, Jenny Hoertz and John Waller

Kim Williams and Anthony Pollio

Stephanie Dukes and Bailey Hoard

Ashley Olson and Dave Bell

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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 '70s Floor, and experience the iconic with Close Encounters of the third floor. Wear your ‘70s threads. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costume. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets start at $100.

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.


Puppy Bowl Watch Party Benefiting Kentucky Humane Society

Copper and Kings Distillery Not everyone loves sportsball, but EVERYBODY loves puppies! Pre-game your Super Bowl Sunday with the Kentucky Humane Society on the second floor of Copper & Kings with a Puppy Bowl Viewing Party – and yes, they’ll be bringing adoptable puppies of all ages! Doors open at 2p.m., with the Puppy Bowl playing on our big screen from 3-5 p.m. All ages welcome! Suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit the Kentucky Humane Society. NO OUTSIDE DOGS ALLOWED. For safety concerns, the only dogs at the event will be those brought by the Humane Society. 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 nationwide allowing them to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in our community and across the country.

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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 16 - 17

“RENT” Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville

The Kentucky Center In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. A reimagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. This timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

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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! 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 23 - 24

Tulips & Juleps Art and Gift Market

Louisville Slugger Field The Junior League of Louisville invites you to join them for Tulips & Juleps Art and Gift Market. This annual event is the League's largest fundraiser and provides funds that help us to train women leaders and promote positive change for our community through our education focus. This year, the market will include more than 55 booths boasting art, home décor, food products, jewelry, clothing, and accessories for the entire family, and more! Come enjoy a cocktail as you shop and know that the money you spend is going to a great cause. All donations and booth rental fees will go directly to the Junior League of Louisville to support their initiatives as well as partnerships with organizations like Uspiritus, Gilda’s Club, Maryhurst, and Boys and Girls Haven.


2018 Collegiate Gala

The Brown Art Center The Flashback Gala will feature live and silent auctions along with an ‘80s inspired arcade to entertain guests throughout the evening. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on fabulous trips, art, sports memorabilia and more. Co-chaired by Collegiate parents Kristen Nagel and Melanie Miller-Hyland, this year marks the 30th year for the Collegiate Gala. Funds raised by the Gala support the operating budget, fund faculty professional development and salaries as well as programming for academics, arts and athletics. FEB 24 - 25

Mellwood Spring Art Show

Mellwood Art Center Join M.A.E.C for the 2nd annual Spring Art Show! Find the perfect new piece to spice up your home while supporting local artists. There will be food, performances, and lots of awesome art! The indoor show will be held in our Monet and Picasso Event Rooms. This is a handicap, dog, & kid friendly facility! There may even be a surprise live art project occurring across the facility. 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. TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2018 111

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Wine, Women and Shoes

The Henry Clay event/louisville 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-theCloset 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 3

APRIL 6 - 7

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. MARCH 24

Animal Care Society’s Benefit Bash

Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center A night of dinner, dancing , complimentary bar, live and silent auctions. If you love a big cocktail party, you will love this event!

Festival of American Music 2: Play

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Jim James, lead and founder of the indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, joins with Teddy Abrams to create a set of 7 songs for band and orchestra. Including his top hits, selections from his latest album and new material — a brand new collaboration between James and Abrams. APRIL 5-8

Young Hearts Theatre presents “Springtime's for Singing” It is a comedic musical collage of jokes, skits and songs written and directed by Alan Weller to arouse that life-enhancing awakening that bursts forth in the Spring of each new year. Funny, sassy & teeming with lots of your favorite songs, you’ll be toe-tapping right along with our “Rockerettes” and singing along with the cast. Admission is free, no ticket required. APRIL 14

APRIL 2 - 6

Chefs for Hope

Big Spring Country Club An intimate dinner with five of Louisville's top chefs. This dinner will benefit ProStart Kentucky, a high school program that trains tomorrow's hospitality industry professionals. 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-akind items. Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs and services. 112 TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2018

Spring Break Camp at the Speed

Speed Art Museum Would you rather travel to ancient worlds, dream about the future, or stay right where you are? Participants in this camp don’t have to choose. Campers will explore art making of the past, present, and future, compare and contrast artists across the centuries, and put their techniques to the test in their own creations. Camp runs from 9 am - 4 p.m. for ages 6-9.

4th Annual Taste of West Louisville Pre-Derby Kick Off

California Community Center Local businesses in the food and beverage industry will be highlighted wowing you with their talents and flavors. Funds raised are used to award scholarships to high school seniors in the Metro area. APRIL 14

The Fillies Derby Ball

Galt House The 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival’s Fillies Derby Ball will crown the Derby Queen who, as always, will be selected by a spin of the wheel. As her first royal act, the newly-crowned Kentucky Derby Queen will induct the Knights and Dames to the Royal Court of Pegasus in recognition of their civic accomplishments. The Fillies Ball is one of the many fundraisers held for the KDF Foundation

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KMAC Couture

KMAC Museum KMAC Couture is the kick-off event for Louisville's spring social season. Guests to this one-of-a-kind event support KMAC Museum education and outreach while enjoying an evening of visually stimulating fashion designs. Witness as each work of art comes to life on the runway. Please join them in celebrating ingenuity, innovation, and process. APRIL 24

Taste of Derby Festival

Louisville Slugger Field What’s better than sampling some of Louisville’s best dishes and helping a worthy cause? Not much. Perhaps that’s why each year the turnout increases for the Derby Festival “Taste of Derby Festival,” which will be held this year on Tuesday, April 24. All proceeds from the event benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank (contact Dare To Care by calling 502-966-3821). Start planning NOW to attend this spectacular event at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets will not be sold at the door. APRIL 27

Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

Kentucky Derby Museum The Kentucky Derby Museum Gala is the single largest fundraiser for the Museum each year. Fundraising efforts for the Museum’s Gala will help support the Museum’s curatorial, educational programs and other program services of the Museum. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails in The Mansion at Churchill Downs. Dinner to follow at the Kentucky Derby Museum, followed by dancing. APRIL 28

AwardS in the Arts

Churchill Downs This signature VIP event benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts and will celebrate and recognize seven individual artists/arts organizations that help make Greater Louisville’s arts community extraordinary.



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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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TOPS Winter Party at the Ice House

GLI President Kent Oyler and Ky. Governor Matt Bevin

TOP SHOTS Stephanie Bristow and Rashna Carmicle

January Cover Girl Ana Rojas

Olivia Flick at The Omni Louisville Hotel

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HEART ATTACKS SELDOM LOOK LIKE THEY DO IN THE MOVIES. ESPECIALLY IN WOMEN. A WOMAN’S HEART ATTACK SIGNS MAY BE SO SUBTLE, THEY’RE EASY TO MISS. Often, there’s no chest pain. Instead, signs may include dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, or neck or jaw pain. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call 911 and get to the nearest Baptist Health ER.

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