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Pearls & Pumps


Kentucky Derby Museum: Where Every Day is Derby Day


New Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO Matt Gibson


Announcing the 2020 Royal Court


Top Shops: Say “Yes” to the Ring



Boutique Spotlight: Cartwheels Papers & Gifts


Say Hello to Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’s Monte Durham


fashion: The Looks of Love

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Money Trends & Saving for Retirement in 2020





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Tour of Homes: Couple Turns Traditional Windy Hills House Into Tech-Savvy Home



top 5 dining: Louisville Celebrity Recipes


Roots: Mindful Compassionate Cooking



Beauty Buzz: Dermaplaning & HydraFacial®


Health report: Heart Health: Advancements & Preventive Care Tips



supermom: Katie Adams


Dresses for Good: The Junior League of Louisville’s Little Black Dress Initiative


TOPS Cares: Raise Profits for a Special Pet in Need: ACS to Hold Annual Bash


Breaking the bronze ceiling: Eleanor Tarrant Little


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re you excited about Pearls & Pumps? Tickets are on sale now for the 9th annual event. It’s on Saturday, March 21 at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Pearls & Pumps is a day of shopping, a fashion show and fundraising, all to honor women’s cancer survivors and their health. Funds raised at Pearls & Pumps benefit women’s cancer programs at Baptist Health. Created in 2004, the foundation assists Baptist Health hospital in providing the most advanced equipment, technology and treatment options to transform patients’ lives. The foundation creates “opportunities for the community to be engaged in our fundraising efforts as we strive to improve the health of our community and provide exceptional care to each and every person who walks through our doors,” says Mary Michael Corbett, executive director of Baptist Health Foundation.

The first Pearls & Pumps in 2012 had 225 attendees at The Olmsted and now 600 or more people attend the gala at the Omni. Through this fun and fabulous event, Baptist Health Foundation has been able to give the Mimi & Charles Osborn Cancer Center more than $580,000. Mary Michael says “100% these funds have been used for patients—to provide reiki and massage therapy, the purchase of wigs and scarves, and Cool Caps to help prevent hair loss during chemotherapy, numerous support groups, transportation assistance for patients, and the purchase of new equipment like the Faxitron PathVision, which provides immediate, high-resolution imaging.” On March 21, doors open at 10 a.m. for boutique shopping, raffles and specialty bars. There will be food stations in the

ballroom, and then the fashion show at 1 p.m. This year there are two shopping areas and you can bid for items online from March 1-20 at The 2020 theme is “Enlightened: Lighting a Path of Hope," so you can definitely expect some amazing lighting effects during the fashion show, thanks to producer Chris Fulkerson. “I would love for all guests to leave with an understanding of how important it is to share your light with others,” Chris says. “Sharing our light does not dim our own. Female cancer survivors shine the most light on others. They are the most giving—of advice, love and light.” Isaac J. Myers, II, M.D. is chief health integration officer for Baptist Health and president of Baptist Health Medical Group. In his

spare time, he happens to design couture gowns. The Dr. Myers Couture Collection will be modeled by Dr. Mollie Cartwright. Other models for the show range from 7 to 82 years old and include professional models, cancer survivors, volunteers, doctors and hospital administrators, all of whom will be modeling fashions appropriate for the Derby and Kentucky Derby Festival activities, including galas. “Pearls & Pumps is a heartwarming fashion show and shopping event,” says Christina Shannon, executive director of Oncology Services at Baptist Health. “This powerful event brings together women of all ages in support of all who have been impacted by cancer. It is a day of remembering, encouraging and supporting women throughout our community.” 

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Kentucky Derby Museum:



he outfit preparation, the fanfare, and the hoopla of the first Saturday in May is all over in just two minutes, but there is a place where that magic lasts all year long: the Kentucky Derby Museum, right next door to Churchill Downs. Rachel Collier, Director of Communications at the Kentucky Derby Museum, took me on the Behind the Scenes Tour, showing many different aspects of Churchill Downs along the way. It provides an insider’s view of the non-public areas including the Jockey's Quarters, Millionaires Row, private members-only Turf Club, and the other newly renovated spaces, even snapping a photo right next to the iconic Twin Spires. Rachel explains, “Many people don’t know, but we are the exclusive tour provider of Churchill Downs – if you want to tour Churchill Downs, the only way is through the Kentucky Derby Museum.” The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour covers much of the Churchill Downs grounds and concludes with lunch in the private Post Time Kitchen, with an unparalleled view of the track where you may even get to catch a race. Only individuals working on the backside or on this tour have the opportunity to eat here. Carry some peppermints in your pocket, you may have the chance to be up close and personal with the horses on the backside and peppermints are their favorite treat! If you’d rather stay inside, the Museum has everything to keep you entertained for

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hours. Here you will enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits that bring the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby right to you! A 20-minute film shot with 360-degree cameras, The Greatest Race, runs hourly in the Museum. As we approach Derby season, you may want to jump into the festivities by attending Big Brims & Fancy Trims on April 8, a sample sale of hats from the Museum’s Gift Shop. “This is the ‘Black Friday’ of hat sales. We have over 400 hats for sale, all under $75 and yes, even fascinators for $1,” says Rachel. Or if you have a creative itch to make your own hat – Hatitude is perfect for you. The Museum offers a hat making workshop for groups of 15 and up. Last The Kentucky Derby Museum year more than is located at 704 Central Ave, 5,500 people parLouisville, KY 40208. For more ticipated. It’s $20 information call (502) 637-1111 per person and or visit takes about an hour to create your own fedora, fascinator, or big brim hat. They provide the base headwear and all the feathers, bling, flowers and ribbon you can Even us locals have some history to brush imagine! Hatitude can travel to you if you up on before the 146th running of the Kenwant to host elsewhere. tucky Derby, and the Kentucky Derby MuseIn addition, the Museum is becoming um is the perfect place to do it! Visit derbya popular choice for weddings, corporate for more details about offerings events and more, hosting over 350 events and pricing.  last year.


New Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO Matt Gibson BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


n October 2019, Matt Gibson was named President & CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival, succeeding Mike Berry who retired after 33 years with the Festival. In fact, Matt Gibson was Berry’s first hire in the late nineties. Formerly a firefighter with the Jeffersontown Fire Department, Gibson started with KDF as an events manager. He was promoted to Director of Operations in 1999, Vice President of Events in 2003, and Senior Vice President of Events in 2015. Although the Kentucky Derby Festival Board conducted a nationwide search, they ultimately filled the position in-house. Gibson’s love, passion, and vision for the organization were undeniable. With his considerable experience, he demonstrated a clear understanding of the financial and operational challenges and had already established many relationships necessary to putting on a festival of such magnitude, entertaining and involving more than 1.5 million people annually. “We are an events production company at our core.” So, what does it mean to the Festival and the community to have a new KDF President & CEO after more than two decades of Mike Berry’s leadership? Because of their friendship and close working relationship, the transition with Matt Gibson has been relatively comfortable for the staff of 23. Gibson sees it as an opportunity to continue the growth of the springtime celebration and looks forward to working alongside the board, sponsors, staff, and volunteers to ensure the Festival is around for another 65 years. In fact, a large-scale qualitative and quantitative research study of the Kentucky Derby Festival is in the works. Matt Gibson feels a responsibility to ensuring all participants are heard. He intends to use the data from this project to improve upon the success of the more than 70 Festival events.

When asked about specific changes he plans to make in existing events, Gibson teases big ideas he is developing with Wayne Hettinger for his personal favorite event, Thunder Over Louisville. With continued development of, and improvements to, Louisville park systems, green spaces, and roadways, Festival goers may notice enhancements to other favorite events (but those are being kept under wraps for now). Gibson shared what he feels are the most underrated KDF events, the silly and the serious: Great Bed Races and Spelling Bee. He enjoys all the laughter and smiling brought on by the antics of the bed race teams, and is always impressed by the sheer intelligence of

the kids participating in the Spelling Bee. Honoring tradition and evolving with changing times is a delicate balance, one Matt Gibson is reminded of with a glance at a framed picture on the wall of his office. One of the first posters of the Kentucky Derby Festival Parade, it shows the parade held at nighttime and running in the opposite direction on Broadway. Gibson believes in collective brainstorming and dialogue and the importance of asking, “What are we too attached to? The real work comes in taking it from the white board and putting it into action.” But, he goes on to say, “Given enough time, we can accomplish anything.” 

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Announcing the 2020 Royal Court

The first full week of this new decade was pretty amazing for five young women, because on the morning of Monday, Jan. 6, they were officially introduced as the Royal Court at a ceremony held at Macy’s in Oxmoor Center. BY KATHIE STAMPS • COURTESY PHOTO

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he five Derby Princesses of the Royal Court is one of the most anticipated and exciting parts of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Who will be the Derby Festival Queen? One of the five Derby Princesses will be chosen by a spin of the wheel during the Fillies Derby Ball on April 4. Let’s meet them!

Hannah Robb, 20

Hannah is a junior at Bellarmine in her hometown of Louisville, where she is studying business administration and marketing.

Molly Jett, 21

Molly is a senior at Bellarmine University in her native Louisville, double majoring in communication and in design, arts and technology.

Leah Hazelwood, 19

Leah is from Lebanon, Kentucky. She’s a sophomore at UofL with dual majors in political science and in liberal studies with concentrations in race/gender studies, global public health, and in economics.

Hannah Maria Edelen, 21

Hannah Maria Edelen, 21, is from Springfield, Kentucky. A senior at Northern Kentucky University, she has dual majors in history and in communication studies with a minor in organizational leadership.

Giavanna “Gia” Combs, 20

Giavanna is a junior at the University of Louisville in her hometown, where she is majoring in psychology with a minor in Pan-African studies.

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s members of the Royal Court, these five young women are Derby Princesses. As ambassadors for the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival, they will attend almost 70 events over a two-week period. Grace Rahman of Lexington, a UofL post-baccalaureate student entering med school in the fall, was chosen as first alternate. Abigail Frazier of Whitesburg, a senior at UK, is the second alternate. They will become a Royal Court Princess if one of the other women is unable to serve. “We’re honored to have such accomplished young women represent the Kentucky Derby Festival, as well as Louisville and Kentucky,” says Jeff English, president of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. “They are academic scholars, dedicated to making a difference in their communities.” Each Derby Princess will receive $2,000

in scholarships: $1,000 each from the Fillies and from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. The Fillies, Inc. is a volunteer group that coordinates the Royal Court and puts on the Fillies Derby Ball, along with other events in association with the Kentucky Derby Festival. Eligible candidates for the Royal Court are single female residents of Kentucky or Southern Indiana, full-time college students in at least their second year of college who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; they also have a knowledge of the Derby Festival, and are involved with their campus and community. “Each year, the members of the Royal Court become inspirations for future generations,” Jeff says, “helping us continue a tradition that dates back more than 60 years.” 



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Lara MacGregor, David and Cathy Durik, Christie Wilson and Lauren Stanbery at the My Hopeful Life event

Artist Casey McKinney signing one of the newly unveiled 2020 KDF posters

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2020 KDF Derby Royal Court Princesses announced: Gia Combs, Hannah Marie Edelen, Leah Hazelwood, Molly Jett and Hannah Robb

Jeff Call, Tonja Craig, Allison Brown and John Woodard at the Prohibition 100th Anniversary Party

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Samantha Del Pozo models a wedding gown at the Westport Village Bridal Show

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uying wedding presents, birthday gifts and greeting cards just feels better at a local, independent boutique. When you’re expressing appreciation to important people in your world with a gift, it helps to have guidance with a personal touch from local owners. Meredith Lintner Metzmeier and Kathy Lintner, owners of Cartwheels Papers & Gifts, love this responsibility. “We have a consistent dedication to friendly, personal service and we pay attention to every detail,” says Kathy. “A visit to Cartwheels is made so enjoyable by our wide range of unique papers and gifts.”

Brides and mothers of brides feel equally comfortable at Cartwheels Papers & Gifts for several reasons, like the store’s good vibes and welcoming attitude of the staff, and because the owners of Cartwheels are a mother and daughter team themselves. Kathy and her daughter Meredith opened Cartwheels in May 2009 at Chenoweth Square. A full-service gift and stationery boutique, Cartwheels is known for its offerings of custom gifts and papers for all occasions. Weddings are certainly a momentous occasion. So are birthdays and holidays and everything in between. Cartwheels Papers & Gifts has giftware available on a daily basis, including accessories and jewelry, candles and champagne flutes, household décor and unique works by several local artists, along with plenty of other gifts for family and friends—even babies. Another specialized offering from Cartwheels is the customization of jewelry and acrylic barware. For example, acrylic champagne flutes and flasks for bridesmaids and groomsmen. Customized stationery includes personalized notes and invitations, plus full wedding suite papers, from “save the date” cards to invitations, programs, table numbers, place cards, guestbooks, thank-you notes and correspondence cards. Now let’s talk greeting cards. “Every season changes the scene at Cartwheels,” says Meredith. You’ll want to pick up cards to hand out in person or pop in the mail for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras in

February, St. Patrick's Day in March, Easter in April, Kentucky Derby in May, and of course the rest of the holidays throughout the year: Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Meredith is Cartwheels’ wedding consultant. She works one-on-one with brides and grooms and with wedding planners so that the perfect wedding papers are designed for each couple individually. “Appointments are encouraged to allow for the best opportunity to plan the paper designs and to formulate a timeline appropriate to the planned wedding date,” says Meredith. Customized cocktail napkins are quite popular for engagement and wedding parties. “We offer a wide range of gifts to celebrate the newly engaged couple, their parents and their wedding party,” says Meredith. The tagline for Cartwheels Papers & Gifts is "Fun. Seriously!" Meredith and Kathy take their work seriously because they are as professional as they can be, treating every customer with warmth and respect. At the same time, they know that life is far better for everyone when fun is at the heart of it all.


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to Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’s Please tell us about your background. How has your career evolved? I started my fashion career as a personal shopper in major department stores in the DC area. I went on to receive my hair degree from Graham Webb International Academy of Hair, taking advanced courses in London, UK, and returning to the states to work for a major salon.

How did you become Fashion Director at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta? How did Bridals by Lori become involved with TLC and Say Yes to the Dress? Lori and I meet in NYC at couture bridal fashion week. We took an instant liking to one another and became fast friends. When TLC approached her about the show, she called and convinced me that I needed to do it with her or at least give it a go, that was 9 years ago.

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How has your celebrity from the show affected your personal and professional life? Personally, I have tried to keep a very low profile and continue my community services work with Hospice, St Paul’s, Welsh terrier rescue, as well as the Horticultural Society at River Farm.This helps keep me grounded and lend my voice to awareness of my charities.

Stacey Robinson (Kentucky Derby Festival) with Monte Durham at the 2019 Trifecta Gala

Professionally, it showcases my talent for speaking and relating to people of all walks of life and has encouraged me on to bigger and better things, like the launch of my hair care line MONTE on Amazon. I am soon opening my first salon in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

Describe your affinity for/history with attending Kentucky Derby Festival Events.

How do you manage your busy travel schedule and maintain work/ life balance?

What will your involvement with the Kentucky Derby be in 2020? How far out do you plan your own wardrobe for Derby week? What fashion advice do you have for this year’s Derby? Any specific colors or trends to keep in mind?

I’m on the road quit a bit these days, but I always find and make time for my family, I enjoy being outside and run almost every morning. With the ability of the internet, it has made keeping in touch easier than in years past. However, I always make sure I have cards in the mail for any and all occasions and especially the Thank You notes.

What projects do you have in the works? I am currently working on opening my first hair salon, MONTE, in Old Town Alexandria in May 2020, and I just launched the MONTE hair care line on Amazon. I will be adding a men’s line with the opening of the salon. Then, there’s the book that I have been sitting on for over a year! It looks like I will be moving forward with that in the New Year.

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How very fortunate I have been to be a part of this historical event for the past few years. My love of history and the people of Louisville has grown and continues to hold me in awe of the magic of the Festival.

Well, there are somethings we need to keep as a surprise when it comes to the Derby(!), but I can tell you last year’s outfit of all white seemed to be a big hit. This year I’m thinking a bit darker maybe navy. This is the one time and place where you can go all out, whether it be vintage from the 70’s ( a new trend we’re seeing on the runway) or bold and bright, one thing to note just make sure you have the proper topper.

Have you had many opportunities to experience the city of Louisville outside of Derby Festival events? What do you love about Louisville? I have enjoyed Louisville and all it has to offer. On my daily runs I have discovered the beauty of the city running along the water. Looking back is quite a view! Also the joy of getting to know the city through fantastic restaurants, the visitors’ center, hotels and museums. 

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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different than you and me.” – F R OM “ TH E R I C H B OY ” B Y F . SC OTT F I TZ G E R A L D

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ublished in Redbook Magazine in January and February of 1926, as the fortunes of the Roaring Twenties bubbled along, Fitzgerald’s short story “The Rich Boy” mused about the influence of wealth on personal character. Written in Capri and revised in Paris in 1925, Fitzgerald was enjoying his own period of disposable income, mixing his literary work with leisure, pleasure, and the seemingly endless parties of the expats. Although born into an upper-middle class family and received of an Ivy League education at Princeton, Fitzgerald seemed always to feel himself apart from his often even wealthier classmates. He lived alternately in fear and denial of the transitory nature of money, continued to grapple with it in writing, and struck a chord with readers simultaneously striving

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for their piece of the pie and wondering how they might handle it themselves. We strive and wonder still, nearly a century later.

With the dawning of a new year and the Twenties having come round again, financial advisors and publications of every sort are weighing in with their forecasts of the prevailing money and investing trends of 2020 and beyond. As one might imagine, technology and artificial intelligence will continue to influence the way we transact our personal and business finances. Liabilities such as lack of personal finance education and crushing student loan debt are forcing institutions to take a hard look at ways to mitigate the hardships that result. Our government is legislating changes, incentives, and programs that affect our financial future. Stock market expansion has added unprecedented

wealth, along with the argument that these corporate windfalls are distributed unfairly and undertaxed. On the other hand, many companies are adding financial benefits and perks beyond the paycheck to assist employees in guarding their earning potential and future finances. With the use of technologies and applications such as Apple Pay, Venmo, and Zelle becoming ever more ubiquitous, the phone is quickly replacing the wallet. Online banking has been around for a quarter of a century now, but it has long since moved from the desktop to the palm of the hand. Additionally, artificial intelligence is advancing to help contain the rise of fraud and identity theft and to keep consumers informed in real time about possible breaches to their accounts. Online marketing is changing spending

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Dacia Grimes, CPA and Calinda Young WealthCare Investments & Insurance, LLC (502) 410-3465 • WEALTHCAREINVEST.COM “We are in the business of helping people keep as much of their hardearned money in their own pocket as possible,” says Calinda Young. She and her partner, Dacia Grimes, CPA, partner at WealthCare Investments & Insurance, LLC. They make big differences for their clients every day. “We don’t necessarily cater only to women, but it is our passion to work with ladies from baby boomers through millennials,” Dacia says. “Even today, women are not exposed to money matters as much as their male counterparts, often deferring their financial decisions early on to parents and then to their spouse. It is our mission to empower these women to make good financial decisions as well as save and plan for their future in order to enjoy the freedom that being financially sound affords.” “Ask yourself these questions,” Calinda suggests, “Did you know there is health insurance without deductibles? Who is protecting your paycheck? Business owners, what’s your exit strategy? Where does the bulk of my money go in retirement?” Dacia adds, “Have you considered using your required minimum distribution to donate to an eligible charity? How much of your nest egg is taxable? How do you know you have enough money for retirement? Is your beneficiary information up to date?” “We are very involved in many non-profit organizations such as Impact 100, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, and Twisted Pink- giving back to the community that has supported us,” Calinda says. “It’s not always about what you get, but what you can give.” To put these women to work for you, call 502-410-3465 or visit

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Northwestern Mutual (502) 562-2400 • LOUISVILLE.NM.COM According to research from Northwestern Mutual, 87% of Americans agree that nothing makes them happier or more confident than feeling that their finances are in order. “Our advisors find it most rewarding when they are able to play a part in relieving a person’s financial stress and anxiety,” says Dan Rivers, CFP, Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual-Louisville. “We help our clients see how their dreams can become a reality.” While some companies focus only on insurance and others only on investment strategies, Northwestern Mutual clients can partner with an advisor who will bring a clear vision of a client’s overall financial situation. This integrated approach works to build an achievable, flexible financial plan with the right mix

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of insurance products and investment strategies to help clients meet their goals. “Our financial advisors work with individuals, families, and businesses to understand their big picture and to design a plan tailored to those goals,” he explains. Selecting the right financial advisor is a major decision, Rivers acknowledges. “Find a financial partner to help you along. We are all unique - whether it’s our current financial situation or our future one, having a professional to provide outside perspective will help you create a plan to address any financial future you envision. A financial advisor can guide you to see financial blind spots and the ways to account for them.” Northwestern Mutual is celebrating its 150th year of having an office in the central business district of Louisville. “It’s a legacy we see continuing long into the future, as we continue to help families plan for today and tomorrow,” says Meg Gatti, Chief Marketing Officer. This photograph features a small representation of the qualified and credentialed financial professionals at Northwestern Mutual-Louisville. The company is proud to acknowledge them, as well as others throughout its offices in Kentucky and Indiana. Through ongoing education and development, they continue to show strong dedication to their clients.

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Bruce Corwin Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA) (502) 491-3132 • RSANET.COM Bruce Corwin truly cares about his clients and is devoted to looking out for their best interests. “As a CFP®, I help people to define their financial goals clearly and then guide them on a course to reach those goals,” Bruce says. He’s a Certified Financial Planner® and Wealth Management SpecialistSM with over 30 years of experience helping clients make prudent decisions. “There’s a perception that financial and retirement planning is difficult, scary, or stressful. In reality, by informing and educating my clients and working together with them on planning and investment selection, I bring them great peace of mind and reduce worry. I treat my clients as I would a family member and enjoy taking time to explain financial topics in plain English.” To put Bruce to work for you, you can contact him at (502) 491-3132 or RSA Asset Management is a division of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC (RSA). RSA is a registered broker-dealer, a municipal securities dealer/advisor registered with the MSRB, an investment advisor registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and a member of FINRA, and SIPC. Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Investment Products are Not FDIC Insured, Offer No Bank Guarantee, May Lose Value


Chris Risher Revolutionary Financial Group (502) 254-1030 • REVOLUTIONARYFINANCIAL.COM “The goal of retirement is to buy time with what we have saved. Unfortunately, most people haven’t saved up enough time to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” says Chris Risher Senior Advisor at Revolutionary Financial Group. “Planning for one’s future is extremely important. From my life’s experience, I’ve seen friends lose almost everything because of an ill-timed death. I’ve seen many struggle late in life because of bad -or no- financial advice. I’ve experienced things that no one plans for that happen.” Advisers like Chris are not one size fits all. “I am unique to my clients’ needs,” he says. “I work with a team of experts. I can’t know it all, so I work with a team that does. I’ve spent 20 years finding answers for those willing to act upon the educated advice I give; I truly want to help clients to succeed.”

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Glenn Griffin Commonwealth Credit Union (502) 564-4775 WECUOFLDIFFERENTLY.COM Glenn Griffin has had a lifelong interest in accounting as well as a drive to do good things for others, and he’s combined those two passions in his career path. He took a job at Commonwealth Credit Union as a teller while he was still a college student. Now, over 16 years later, he’s still a part of that company. “It’s a diverse, community driven organization,” Glenn says. “Numbers keep the lights on, but it’s relationships that are most important at Commonwealth Credit Union.” Glenn served the Frankfort community through Commonwealth Credit Union for 11 years, and has spent the last 5 years in Louisville. He’s brought a strong sense of organizational leadership to our city, fostering relationships with clients at all phases of their lives. “There’s a real sense of accomplishment that comes with helping people thrive financially and seeing them make their dreams come true,” he says. “I especially enjoy helping college students make the right decisions to set themselves up for a strong future. That’s a vital time, and with the right guidance, a person can come through those years with stronger credit and less debt than they had going in.” Commonwealth Credit Union is the Official Credit Union of the University of Louisville and a partner of Metro College, the program that allows UPS employees to attend school with their tuition paid in full. Commonwealth Credit Union also offers business account services, a hidden gem in the organization. Their business accounts and lending program can serve any business at any stage. Commonwealth Credit Union is big enough to get the job done, but small enough to care. All decisions are made locally. To put Glenn and Commonwealth Credit Union to work for you, visit

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Brian Cohoon, CFP, CRPC, AIF Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company (502) 259-2645 • CBANDT.COM Brian Cohoon is new to Commonwealth Bank & Trust, but he brings over 27 years of trust and investment company experience to the table. He’s a problem solver with the heart of a strong planner, putting a lifelong interest in finance and tremendous character to work for those he serves. “This bank and trust group has a great reputation in the region. The Wealth Management Team is extremely talented and I am excited to help shine a brighter light on the value we bring to individuals, business owners and organizations in the region. Very few firms offer the total package. We have the ability to deliver integrated private banking, investment management, financial planning and generational trust and estate services, all under one roof.” Aware of the trepidation and fear that many of us have about involving a third party in our finances, Brian has profound words about how he and the Commonwealth Bank team can assist in these matters. “We help our clients make money and life work together. We meet them where they are – in life AND work – to develop a personal, straightforward solution for their financial goals.” The Wealth Management Division also provides unique family office services to qualified clients. With this comes access to an investment team responsible for managing over $2 billion in client accounts. We also bring talent in the areas of estate planning, risk management, tax planning, philanthropy and family governance under this umbrella. “It is enjoyable to plan with families for generations and help them financially but also to help them connect their values to their valuables.” To learn more about how Brian and the CBandT Wealth Management team can help you to establish a plan for a strong financial future, reach out to him at 502-259-2645 or

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Ethan Adams and Seth Stewart Brookstone Financial (812) 288-9000 • BROOKSTONEFINANCIAL.COM For Ethan Adams and Seth Stewart at Brookstone Financial, financial planning is every bit an art as much as a science. Ethan has a particular analogy that he likes to use. “I’ll often ask ‘What’s the best way to put a puzzle

together?’,” he says. “Most will say to start with the edges, and that’s valid. But perhaps a smarter way is to look at the picture on the box and arrange your pieces in the most efficient manner possible. If you imagine that puzzle as your plan for your financial future and generational wealth, what I do is help keep that picture clear and in a healthy condition.” Ethan’s message is especially timely. The new year has brought new tax legislation that is going to inflict substantial change to your future wealth and legacy. It’s time to revisit and rewrite your plan, and Ethan and Seth are here to assist. “We’re here to help people make better financial decisions,” says Brookstone President Seth Stewart. “This isn’t about trying to sell you something; we just believe that you can drive your financial future much better if you’re focusing more on what’s ahead of you through your windshield rather than gazing at your rearview mirror.” To contact Ethan at Brookstone, email him at eadams@brookstonefinancial. com or search for “Ethan Adams Financial Planner” on Facebook.

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Ashley House and Travis Mialback dated for six and a half years before becoming engaged in 2018. She was impatient, she says, but their big day–– December 7, 2019––was well worth the wait.


shley and Travis were both attendees of the University of Louisville, but she, the cheerleader, and he, the Cards fan, never met until 2012. It was an ordinary night when the two sparked up a conversation at a bar. Soon, they were dating. The couple moved in together three years in, along with Travis’ two-year-old Australian Shepherd, Natasha.

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egina and Michael Nielsen were married in September 2018 after they met at work when he transferred from the Cincinnati office to Louisville. The couple started dating around six months later, and after a few years became engaged at Red River Gorge. Both are Kentucky natives: she is from a small town in Western Kentucky, and he grew up in Lexington. Now settled in Louisville, they love being close to family.

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wedding Regina is a graduate of the University of Louisville and loved visiting the Speed Art Museum. When the couple toured the renovated space, they knew it was “perfect” for their special day. “It is so light, airy and beautiful,” Regina says. “Plus, the Speed event staff is fantastic; they were so helpful, accommodating and caring. The bonus was that the caterer for the venue is Wiltshire, which came highly recommended and did an amazing job.” The Nielsens chose a late September date, which in Kentucky, can be a toss up when it comes to weather. It poured all of the wedding weekend, and the bride left the veil at her house. Thankfully, Debbie Saag of Weekend Wedding Warriors was a godsend; she went to pick up the veil from Regina’s home so it was only missing it for a few pictures. “We didn’t sweat the small stuff,” Regina says. “The best thing we did was to find professionals we could trust (through recommendations and online reviews) and with what took only a few conversations and pictures for inspiration on our end, they turned our vision into a reality. It was perfect in every way.”

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wedding For the fall wedding, the couple chose warmer autumn tones: rose and honey with gold accents and candles to accentuate the flowers and burgundy and navy for the bridal party. The main things the couple cared about when it came to the big day were great food, a stocked bar and great music. “The rest of the small details, for instance if your programs are perfect, if the centerpieces are

just so, if all the groomsmen’s shoes match perfectly, don’t matter at all,” Regina says. “All you and your guests will care to remember a year later is how much fun everyone had celebrating one of the happiest days of your life.” One detail the bride did mention was that she wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings. The couple also incorporated photos into

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the ceremony of special women in their lives who passed away. A dedication was planned with a small bouquet and photos at the altar. The couple traveled to France after the ceremony to honeymoon around Nice, Monaco, Paris and Amboise. Now, more than a year later, Regina says she wouldn’t change a thing about the couple’s big day, including the rain! 

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MyLee Corona Real Estate Agent, Brokered by EXP Realty (502) 468-3378 • MYLEECORONA.COM •


Bringing a truly outside perspective to the world of real estate, MyLee Corona offers new ideas and a unique sense of devoted compassion. “They become like a part of my family,” MyLee says of her clients. “Helping others succeed and thrive is so rewarding. I do all that I can to help them achieve their goals. I have been thankful to be moldable, being able to function as friend and close advisor in addition to the traditional real estate agent role, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” MyLee credits much of her drive to her familial background. A first generation American, her family came from Laos, a small country in Southeast Asia. They were of the Hmong people, an ethnic group that faces harsh persecution and slaughter as a result of their support of America. Her father, who worked with the CIA, brought his family here as refugees in 1980. There, he had been a village chief. Here, he had to start over from absolutely nothing. He had been one of fifteen children. MyLee was born here in America, one of nine. MyLee has distinguished herself as an extremely assertive high achiever throughout her entire life. She was the self-described “Mother Hen” to her four younger siblings. It often fell to her to make sure that they were fed and nurtured. She recalls walking the streets at an early age, looking for recyclable bottles and cans so that she could raise money to buy them food. Although she maintained high enough grades to skip a grade, she always worked in many ways to help support her tight-knit family. She took her first official job at the early age of fourteen. She hasn’t stopped working since. MyLee lost her father four years ago. The pressure of the tribulations that he had faced left him haunted. He had succumbed to substance addiction and neglected his duties and role within the family. As life often tends to be, her feelings about him are complicated. “I never take lightly the sacrifices that he made,” she says. “I made the mindful and deliberate decision to take gratefulness and leave behind bitterness.” Around the same time, she started to pursue a career in real estate. She has cultivated a reputation based on trust that only continues to build as she dramatically improves the lives of those for whom she works. As many have stated, “MyLee is my trusted friend in real estate.” Today, MyLee is the mother of four children and enjoys her life with her devoted husband. She lives by a simple edict that she instills in her kids. “If you’re not contributing to society, you’re taking away from it,” she says. “Legacy is the most important thing to me. More than money, more than any kind of fame. That’s the thing that drives me in everything that I do.

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Patty Borden Borden Pet Crematory and Memorial Center (502) 451-1480 • BPCMC.COM Patty Borden specializes in making the time that all of us animal lovers dread the most a bit easier to bear. “Our goal is to help pet parents find a sense of peace and comfort when they have to say their final goodbyes to their fur babies,” she says of the services offered by the family owned Borden Pet Crematory and Memorial Center. With an emphasis on grief support and a staff of understanding pet owners, Borden provides several cremation and memorial options designed to make this hard part of life a little bit easier. “We can even have pet funerals here,” Patty says. Patty and her staff show a tremendous level of care and compassion to every pet and family with whom they meet. For more information, please visit or call 502-451-1480. Photo by Richardson Studio

Dr. Kimberley Wilson Inspire Physical Therapy (502) 939-8564 • INSPIREMOBILEPT.COM Dr. Kimberley Wilson is a pelvic health physical therapist specializing in treating urinary incontinence, constipation, acute/chronic pelvic pain, pregnancy, and postpartum pain/conditions. As a concierge therapist, she provides one-on-one services without the limitations you often find in an insurance based model. Dr. Wilson brings an individualized plan of care to each of her patients. She’s a healthcare provider who educates and empowers, so that we may learn to better manage our bodies. “Someone recently asked me what I enjoy most about what I do,” Kimberley says. “The greatest joy that I receive is witnessing a person’s transformation, and knowing that I was able to make a positive impact on someone’s quality of life.” You don’t need a referral to contact Kimberley, and she can meet you in your home, office, or gym. For more information, please visit or call directly at (502) 939-8564.

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Jolea Brown Creative Photography LLC (502) 777-0426 CREATIVEPHOTOGRAPHYLLC.COM “Many of these big events in our lives only happen once,” says Jolea Brown, a professional photographer. “There’s only one chance to capture them so the memories can live forever - vividly and beautifully. Getting the right photographer is an investment in the future and for generations to come.” With over 20 years of professional experience that includes work published internationally and more than 1,000 special events and weddings, Jolea brings a creative eye to her work. “I’ve always loved art,” she says. “I found that photography allows me to convey my imagination to others.” Jolea is a UofL grad with a degree in photography who served many prestigious internships to hone her already strong natural aptitude. In addition to her fantastic ability, she’s also a very patient person, laid back and secure in her strength. She knows how to make sure that her presence is calming on what can be times of high pressure for the subjects of her photographs. “I understand that something like a wedding can bring out a lot of anxiety,” she says with an understanding tone. “I’m there to help make the process go smoothly, relieve pressure, and emphasize the natural happiness of these special times of our lives.” Photo by Leigh Photography

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Allison Cheatham Business Coach ALLISONCHEATHAMCOACHING@GMAIL.COM ALLISONCHEATHAMCOACHING.COM “Anyone can have what they desire in life and in business, you don’t have to be stuck in a job that brings you to tears,” says Allison Cheatham, Business Coach. “You don’t have to live with a career that is mentally unhealthy for you and your family. You don’t have to have a capped income. You can follow your dreams and those dreams can become a reality. I don’t tell you how to live your life or how to run your business, but I can help you make internal changes. You can shift your perspective and choose from your truest, deepest desires.” Combining guidance in both life and business, Allison is ready to help people grow and succeed. “I’m here to help my clients in all areas to live the best life possible. It’s the one life we get to live.” To get started, visit

Julie Bella Robbins Botox Bella (502) 526-1985 • SKINJECTABLESBAR.COM It’s the beginning of something big. Julie Bella Robbins, the Botox Bella, is bringing a Skinjectibles bar & IV Lounge to Baxter Avenue. Julie’s gentle touch has been cultivated by over five years of experience in aesthetics and beauty, as well as over a decade’s experience in nursing. The elegantly tasteful establishment will offer non-invasive botox, filler, makeup, brows, liquid lipo, Kybella and vitimin infused IV hydration all with a personalized touch. “I love people,” says Julie. “This will be a place where relationships blossom and clients become friends. We’re looking forward to granting self-confidence and reinforcing positive feelings. When you look good, you feel good, and this will be a place that you will leave feeling like your best self.” Julie has her eyes set on building an institution that will be a real touchstone for the community. Her boutique will host popups, beauty parties for anyone interested in boosting their confidence. Along with Dr. Ketta Jackson DNP,FNP-C as Medical Director on staff, this will be a place that you can trust with your beauty and well being. Our 1st Valentine’s Beauty Soire’e pop-up is on Sunday February 9th from 2p-6p including our Luscious Lip Treatment at 399$ & more, text to RSVP (502)888-7488 Space is limited. @Botox_Bella on Baxter is located at 963 Baxter Avenue. For more info, visit

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Dr. Karen Scott Pain and Performance Solutions (502) 276-7222 PAINANDPERFORMANCESOLUTIONS.ORG “I treat those who have tried every option and still live with pain,” says Dr.Karen Scott, a physical therapist who specializes in helping active adults and exercise enthusiasts who have tried numerous other treatments and have lost hope to get back to the workouts, sports, and daily activities they love. She is Kentucky’s only certified Neurokinetic Therapy PT and Amino Neurofrequency expert, and her unique approach has helped many to live fuller, richer lives, free of chronic pain once and for all. This holistic, low impact approach could save you from going under the knife by reconnecting and rewiring your brain. Karen has 20 years of experience finding performance solutions and is a nontraditional physical therapist. She provides one on one, high quality care with a manual therapy emphasis that gets immediate results on the first visit. For the curious, she offers free discovery consultations, in which she will take you through your history to determine the root cause of your issues, then work from there to treat them, giving you a new lease on life. You can begin by visiting, where you can find tips on easing your back pain, as well as receive a few free reports on your well being. The only thing that you have to lose is your pain.

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Dorothy Henning Integrative Movement (502) 240-7057 • INTEGRATIVEMOVEMENT.US Dorothy Henning is an expert in the Feldenkrais Method and a Louisville native. Feldenkrais is a technique that uses mindful movement and gentle guided touch to address health and wellness. “My practice is about education, a learning process,” Dorothy explains. “I guide you to become aware of your body and yourself to help you discover moving more easily and feeling better.” By applying the concept of neuroplasticity, Feldenkrais is designed to help you develop your potential to improve ease and comfort in your movement and your life. It teaches you to listen to yourself. It calms you and your nervous system. “I enjoy working with everyone, from athletes to people recovering from injury or those with neurological issues,” says Dorothy. “When you move better, you feel better, and you think better!” Dorothy’s office and movement studio are in Louisville. She is available for individual as well as group sessions. To learn more, please visit

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Jumping the Broom Bridal Studio (502) 779-0857 • SHOPJUMPINGTHEBROOM.COM A vision comes alive this Spring with the opening of Jumping the Broom Bridal Studio. RaeShanda Lias-Lockhart is partnering with Gwendolyn Breshear and Carmelita Clay to bring a unique flavor in Kentucky’s only African American owned

Wedding Boutique.”Along with many other fine items, Jumping the Broom will be the exclusive retailer for Randy Fenoli, who you might have seen on Say Yes to the Dress, as well as Francis Lewis from Project Runway,” says RaeShanda. This is a place that celebrates diversity, caters to sizes 0 through 30, and welcomes the LGBTQ community. The boutique is named for the clandestine practice during the days of slavery in which couples were wed in a ceremony that culminated with two partners literally jumping over a broom together, symbolically uniting them in love. This is still an essential part of many African American weddings today, and Jumping the Broom even offers lovely decorated brooms. The ladies are excited to open Jumping the Broom Bridal Studio on March 28th at noon. The shop will then be open by appointment. It’s located at 1300 W Muhammad Ali Ave inside the LCCC building. Visit and check out Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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Let Lisa Lynn Designs bring you…Home! (502) 384-5966 • 12556 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40243

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La-Z-Boy Designer Discusses Latest Designs BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

In the past, La-Z-Boy was known as a company for comfortable couches and chairs that one couldn’t help but get cozy. Now, though, the company founded in 1927 is known for a more modern––but still relaxing––design for all types of families. Designer Lesli Luckett sat down with Tops to talk about the latest trends in furniture, fabrics and accessories for living, dining and bedrooms, as well as how she listens to buyers’ needs to find out exactly what will look great inside their home. 90 TOPS LOUISVILLE | February 2020

How Lesli Does It La-Z-Boy’s design program helps the customer find furniture that fits their needs, according to Lesli. She then “steps in to help with space planning, solidifying fabrics and finishes, rugs, tables, lamps and accessories,” she says.

Lesli says “listening to the client is key. “I design rooms based on how they need their space to function and will incorporate their personal style to make the room(s) I’m working on flow with the rest of their home.” Lesli collaborates with clients to find out which pieces they are wanting to keep or change; she then makes selections and suggestions with those in mind.

New Year, New Trends

La-Z-Boy has a selection of reclining versus stationary sofas that also come into play with decision-making, which is based on the customer’s lifestyle. Fabrics are based on this idea, too, according to Lesli. “If they have young children and pets, I will select the most durable and stain-resistant fabrics that will look good in their home,” she says.

The Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue, and Lesli says this carries over to design as well. La-Z-Boy carries lots of dark and muted blues. Abstract artwork is popular and more unique, inspired pieces are, too, says Lesli. La-Z-Boy carries many designs, including transitional, traditional, contemporary, classic and urban styles. Lesli blends customers’ pieces with her store’s items to create a “cohesive” space that’s “livable and modern.”

Lesli does home visits to get an idea of the space, and then will present the client with her suggestions in-store on a television screen that projects the buyer’s actual room with La-Z-Boy products inside. If you want to work with Lesli at La-Z-Boy, contact her at 502.671.0033, by email at or at La-z-Boy Furniture Gallery at 2921 S Hurstbourne Pkwy. 


n the new year, many homeowners want to revamp their homes and start new. Lesli says she is seeing many trends in the new year, including warmer tones in fabrics, patterns and wood. She sees many homeowners come in wanting to mix cooler grays, which have continuously been popular over the last few years, and the warmer tones of accessories. Lesli says chunky textures like wools and knits are in style but working with the client’s personal style is also important.

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Rayburn 1 Intelligent Construction (502) 316-9209 • A man dedicated to public service, Henry Lozano has made a commitment to making the world a better place. First appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the USA Freedom Corps by George W Bush in 2007, initiatives that he built and improved upon have gone on to serve the two subsequent administrations. A man of faith, he works tirelessly to encourage and facilitate volunteerism in the service of all, especially those struggling with substance abuse. Locally, you might know Mr. Lozano for the role he plays with Rayburn 1, a top-notch, family owned, custom home builder. “I’m very close to the Rayburns,” Henry says. “Over our 11 year relationship, they’ve become my family as well as colleagues. When we meet with clients, it’s always about possibilities. Homebuilding plans always change throughout development, and this team makes sure that it’s always for the better. Everyone -clients and Rayburn staff, alike- has smiling faces throughout the project; everyone comes away from the experience feeling positive.” Rayburn 1 is made up of genuinely first rate craftsmen; a handpicked team of experts who take pride in their work. “I couldn’t be working with a greater group,” Henry says. “With the hope that’s in their hearts and the skills that are in their hands, the folks at Rayburn1 do great things.” To check out what Rayburn 1 can do for you, visit

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Couple Turns Traditional Windy Hills House Into Tech-Savvy Home BY TAYLOR RILEY COURTESY PHOTOS


rom the immaculate front yard decorated with various stones and a rain chain, to the cozy porch overlooking a rock waterfall to mimic a Kentucky stream bed, one doesn’t know where to stop and look when arriving at Steve and Trish Sauter’s Windy Hills home. It’s a sight to see from the road, but taking a tour through the fleur-delis iron doors will make a jaw drop. Steve’s family settled in St. Matthews over 100 years ago, starting out as dairy farmers on Rudy Lane. Steve and Trish lived in their ranch home for decades before wanting to expand into their extremely renovated 2,719-square foot one-story. In fall 2018, the couple paired with architect Jim Peterson, builder Vince Kimbel, and designers Julie Redmon and Jeffrey Thacker of Cherry House Furniture, to create their “elegant farmhouse,” as Trish calls their dream home.

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Décor Sources: DESIGNERS: Julie Redmon and Jeffrey Thacker of Cherry House Furniture BUILDER: Vince Kimbel, Kimbel Construction ARCHITECT: Jim Peterson

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he 1970s-era home was quite a bit smaller before its renovation. Construction included lifting the ceilings to create wooden vaults in the living room, creating more space, as well as adding a master suite and indoor patio. New wiring, plumbing, geothermal hvac and modern kitchen was a must, which includes a floating soffit above the island with light features that can be directed via iPhone. Hundreds of participants of the Tour of Remodeled Homes recently toured the Sauter’s home, where they stopped and stared at many of the architectural and techy features, according to Trish.

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he Sauters knew they wanted all the latest technology and to use all local Louisville designers to build something with Southern charm, modern but with elements of age. The interior included transom windows from 1800s mansions, a fireplace in the living room with slate tile to mimic the rock beds of southern Kentucky, and random-width wood flooring also from southern Kentucky similar to an old farmhouse. The family spends most weekends and holidays at their home at Lake Cumberland, so this city abode was meant almost as a vacation spot. The home was designed to have cross breezes from the dining room to the indoor porch. “It provides outdoor living indoors,� the couple says.

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he Sauters say they want to live in the home for the rest of their lives, so keeping everything on one floor was key. The new heated, mosaic tile shower includes a shower window to create an outdoor experience. Steve, who owns his own landscaping business, made sure that the backyard had a nightscape with illumination on the hydrangea trees. The lighting scheme has a “completely different look after dark,� he says. The detached garage lights up like a giant lantern with glass doors luminating amber light.

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ulie, who has spent 15 years as a designer at Cherry House, went with a rustic but sophisticated look for the family’s new home. “It needed to be comfortable for ‘them’ (and) be who they are,” Julie says. She chose pictures of trees as you walk in, and fabrics and furniture that weren’t too traditional or too modern. A solid wood dining table blends nicely with the farmhouse floors, granite countertops and bright cabinetry. Julie glammed up Trish’s office, decorated the Sauter’s daughter’s room with an antique dresser and upholstered bed and created a mud room incorporating the family’s love of horses. “(Cherry House) did a fantastic job of marrying modern and antique styles,” Trish says. Perhaps one of the most eye-catching portions of the home is the wall display of niches of varying sizes in the living room. Jeffrey at Cherry House accessorized the niches with silk trees, hydrangeas and various pottery. The niches have a specialty lighting system, which creates a silhouette effect of the objects contained in each. “The key to everything is listening,” Julie says. “It’s their project. You need to be there to help them. That’s what I like about design … you’re starting with a blank slate … to see the end results, for me, it’s gratifying, satisfying. It’s like Christmas.” 




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rowing up, I always loved when my Grandmother (who is Japanese American) would serve Gyoza, which is Pan Fried Wontons. In addition to being delicious, they would always signify a fun time for me. That’s because she would recruit me to help her in the kitchen making them, where we would laugh and share stories while folding the wontons. She passed the recipe on to my mother, and we too would create fun memories while making the delicious appetizer. We used to have to go to the Asian grocery store to buy the wonton skins, but today you should be able to find them at most grocery stores and/or Amazon. Let me know how you like them! Also, if your kids are picky (like mine) feel free to leave out the green onions and cabbage leaves.”




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Gyoza (Pan Fried Wontons) Gyoza: • ½ lb. Ground Pork • 3 Cabbage Leaves • 2 Green Onions, Chopped • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced • ½" Square Piece Ginger, Grated • 2 tbsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce) • 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil • 20 Wonton Skins • 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil Dipping Sauce: • 2 tbsp. Dry Mustard • 2 tbsp. Vinegar • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce

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1. Boil cabbage slightly, then chop finely.

2. Combine seasonings into the ground pork, mix together.

3. Put meat mixture into individual Wonton skin, then fold in half and pinch the edges together.

4. Add vegetable oil into frying

pan. Line the filled Wonton in the pan with the pleated seam on top. Cover and cook with medium heat for five minutes.

5. Add hot water to cover all

Gyoza, and cook until the water disappears. Serve with dipping sauce on the side.

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indsay’s heart healthy recipe contribution will help you hang on to those New Year’s resolutions. “I'm a huge fan of salads and this one never disappoints. This actually comes from Mrs. Powell, the mother of a friend of mine from college. I've been making it ever since. You can doctor this up in so many different ways, but this is the original version.”

Napa Valley Salad Salad Mix: • Romaine Lettuce or Mixed Greens • 1 Apple (cut into small pieces) • Gorgonzola or Goat Cheese • Candied Walnuts

Dressing: • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil • ¼ cup Water • ¼ cup Raspberry Vinegar • 2 tbs Honey • Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Combine ingredients and toss over salad! It's simple, but really delicious.



ou bring dinner, I’ll bring dessert.” Matt Milosevich has a huge sweet tooth; so he chose to share the recipe for a southern staple, Chess Pie. Chess pie comes in many flavor variations; but the classic is characteristically very simple and sweet, and sometimes described as a “cheeseless cheesecake.” It is believed that chess pie originated in England, was brought into New England and Virginia, and then spread throughout the South. There are several possibilities as to the derivation of the name: after a town in England, from “pie chest” a piece of furniture once used to store pies after baking, or from a plantation cook who answered “Jes’ pie.” when asked what she was baking that smelled so delicious. “This is a recipe from my wife’s grandmother in Texas and a must-have at family gatherings,” says Matt. “There won’t be any leftovers!”

Chess Pie • 1 stick of Melted Butter • 2 tbsp. Flour • 1 ½ cup Sugar • ½ cup Evaporated Milk • 3 Eggs, Well Beaten • 1 tsp. Vanilla

1. Combine the melted butter and

flour until smooth. Stir in sugar, stir evaporated milk, stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add mixture to a standard pie crust. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325° and continue baking for 30-45 minutes. Pie usually cracks on top when done.

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his is honestly the absolute easiest and best tasting bread pudding ever. I did not make it up; but I’ve made it so many times and play with it in so many ways I feel like it is mine. You have to make sure to let the Italian bread get hard a day or two before you make it because it keeps the bread pudding from being an absolutely soggy mess. Yes, soggy mess is a cooking term. You cook it for about 50-60 minutes or until it is nicely brown with no serious jiggling.”

Bread Pudding Bread pudding: • 2 cups granulated sugar • 5 large beaten eggs • 2 cups milk • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract • 3 cups cubed Italian bread, allow to stale overnight in a bowl • ½ cup light brown sugar • 1/4 cup butter, softened • 1 cup chopped pecans

Sauce: • 1 cup granulated sugar • ½ cup butter, melted • 1 egg, beaten • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract • ¼ cup brandy

3. In another bowl, mix and

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

4. Pour bread mixture into pre-

Grease a 13x9x2" pan.

2. Mix together granulated

sugar, eggs, and milk in a bowl; add vanilla. Pour over

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first made this recipe in 2010 after I saw it published by Martha Stewart. So EASY! Made me look like Vincenzo! It’s perfect if you have coffee in the house that you decided you didn’t like anymore. The coffee barbecue sauce is amazing and keeps the brisket moist and bursting with flavor. You’ve also GOT to make mashed potatoes with it… soaks up that great coffee sauce.”

cubed bread and let sit for 10 minutes.

crumble together brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

pared pan. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven.

Coffee Glazed Oven Brisket 3 lbs beef brisket (first-cut) Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbsp. canola oil ½ cup brewed black coffee ½ cup ketchup ½ cup chili sauce ½ cup honey ¹⁄³ cup Worcestershire sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp. soy sauce

5. For the sauce, mix together

the granulated sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together until the sugar is melted. Add the brandy, stirring well. Pour over bread pudding. Serve warm or cold.

1. Preheat oven to 325° F.

Season beef brisket with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven over high heat, warm oil. Add brisket, fat side down, and cook until well browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat.

2. In a small bowl, combine

coffee, ketchup, chili sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and soy sauce. Pour over brisket.

3. Cover; bake, flipping halfway through, until meat shreds easily with a fork, 2½ to 3 hours. Remove from oven; slice on the bias against the grain. Transfer remaining sauce from to a gravy boat, and serve with brisket.

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uong “CoCo” Tran’s journey to opening the upscale vegetarian restaurant Roots began in 1975 when she and some family members left Vietnam, in a boat with no food or water, during the Communist takeover. They were adrift for two days and two nights before being rescued. After bouncing around several Asian countries trying to find safe harbor, CoCo landed in Louisville, where her brother was studying at the University of Louisville’s JB Speed School of Engineering. Although she had come to the US with nothing, with the help of some family and other local Vietnamese, and after six years of low-paying factory work, CoCo’s entrepreneurial spirit would eventually triumph. A trip to a fast food restaurant inspired her to open the Egg Roll Machine in 1980, the city’s first Chinese fast food. In 1986, she brought Louisville its first Vietnamese restaurant, Café Mimosa. Then, after she had converted to Zen Buddhism and become a vegetarian herself for philosophical, environmental, and health reasons in 1998, she sold those restaurants to two nephews and ventured into vegetarian cuisine opening Zen Garden and Zen Tea House in 2000. The change not only gave her a new direction in the restaurant business, but cleared up her allergies and asthma and improved her immunity and overall health.

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cuisine In 2011, Roots and its fast-casual sister restaurant Heart & Soy were born. Whereas Heart & Soy offers mostly carryout Asian street food, Roots serves up a more traditional, sit-down restaurant experience. With Heart & Soy right next door, Roots can take full advantage of “Kentucky’s only tofu manufacturing machine” (imported from Taiwan) for its recipes as well. But the tofu machine is not all Roots and Heart and Soy share. They have a common philosophy dedicated to vegetarianism, health, and community awareness. The menus and atmospheres of the neighboring restaurants are decidedly different, with Roots offering tapas-style servings in a beautifully appointed dining room grounded in neutral colors with bright oversized photos of root vegetables lining the walls, an unusual sunken dining area, and traditional wood tables and chairs. Most of the menu at Roots consists of shareable but elegant small plate dishes, accented in Asian and internationally inspired. In addition to more familiar Asian soups such as wonton and ramen, Roots has an outstanding traditional Vietnamese Pho and an increasingly popular Thai Green Curry Soup. There are also plenty of salads to choose from, including a Green Papaya Salad, Glass Noodles, and a vegan gluten-free Thai Salad. The “Savories” (shared plates) include simpler dishes such as Steamed Edamame and various Crispy Rolls and are rounded out with the likes of Pan-Fried Potstickers, Vietnamese Crepes, Lettuce Wraps, and Orange Tofu reminiscent of Orange or Sweet and Sour Chicken. Some of the more intriguing Savories are the Crispy Potato Nest, Tofu Clay Pot, and Forbidden Rice Risotto with Baby Spinach, Black Cherries, Candied Walnuts, and Goat Cheese. Guests will not miss the meat, nor the alcohol. The flavors of the food are so lively, some subtle, some intense. With Roots’ location on Bardstown Road, a bundled-up stroll to another establishment for a nightcap might be a lovely way to end the evening. But before you go, be advised that the desserts receive rave reviews of their own. And the extensive loose leaf tea offerings are fun to explore. There are Darjeelings from India, Oolongs from China and Taiwan, Japanese Green Teas, Chinese White Teas, fermented Pu-Erhs, African Rooibos, blended and herbal teas, and many more to warm you body and soul. As with all CoCo’s ventures, Roots gives back with its own donations to various charities and special events for customers, such as free vegetarian meals on Thanksgiving Eve with any customer donations going

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to charity and Chinese New Year dinners during which customers receive red envelopes (signifying good fortune) with a little cash or a lottery ticket inside. CoCo loves this country and this city. Her customers become good friends to her. She mentors aspiring restaurateurs, including some of her own

nieces and nephews, and continues to support the local Vietnamese community and the entire community at large. She says she “can never say thank you enough” for all the welcoming and help she received here so many years ago. 

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Dr. Juan Quintero’s plastic surgery practice, JQ Plastics, performs both dermaplaning and HydraFacial® treatments. Dermaplaning is a favorite of Medical Aesthetician Danielle Overton to brighten the skin and improve performance of skincare and makeup. The cell turnover dermaplaning provides is key to combating dullness. The patented Vortex-Fusion technology of the HydraFacial®’s machine and treatment uses three steps: Cleanse + Peel, Extract + Hydrate, Fuse + Protect. According to the official website, “The spiral design of the HydraPeel® Tips, used in conjunction with the HydraFacial® proprietary vacuum technology and serums, creates a vortex effect to easily dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously delivering hydrating skin solutions.” Danielle often performs dermaplaning and HydraFacial® in the same appointment. “People just love the two together,” she says, because dermaplaning increases the effectiveness of the HydraFacial®. These treatments are perfect for special occasions such as holidays, weddings, reunions, and Derby-related events.

The Skin Group Medical Aesthetician Janelle Willoughby of a comprehensive dermatology practice, The Skin Group, describes dermaplaning as a very safe and effective method of exfoliation using a surgical scalpel to remove vellus hair (aka “peach fuzz”) and the topmost layer of dead skin cells at the same time. Combined with other procedures, such as a chemical peel, dermaplaning results in “young, dewy-looking” skin and a smoother application of makeup. Their 40-minute dermaplaning appointment includes a mini-consultation, skin cleansing, a prep to temporarily dehydrate the skin allowing for the smoothest removal of dead skin cells, the exfoliation procedure itself, and then customized treatments to calm, rehydrate, and protect the skin.

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n observance of February as American Heart Month, Dr. Bianca Ummat of Baptist Health and Dr. Arpit Agrawal of Norton Healthcare shared with us their tips for the prevention of heart disease and some exciting advancements in the field of cardiology. Late-breaking news stories in heart health include results from recent studies suggesting that mortality rates from heart attack or stroke are actually rising in middle age, even in states such as Colorado that have a reputation for a relatively active and healthy lifestyle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting an earlier, steeper rise in hypertension among women than men, despite the fact that on average women tend to develop heart disease as much as a decade later in life. Studies also indicate that cardiovascular screenings and risk assessments are more important than ever. Dr. Bianca Ummat specializes in Cardiology with a clinical focus on Interventional

Cardiology, including Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention via Radial/Femoral Approach, Coronary Artery Disease, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease, and Pulmonary Embolism Intervention. Dr. Ummat received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowships at George Washington University in Washington DC. She served with the Honduras Medical Mission in 2015 and 2016. With regard to preventive heart health care, Dr. Ummat recommends an examination a patient’s cardiovascular risk factors. Research has shown that even in the face of some unchangeable risk factors like family history, we know that lifestyle changes including quitting smoking, regular exercise, reduced stress, improved sleep and a heart healthy diet can play a major role in

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reducing the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and other major contributors to heart disease. Dr. Ummat finds this to be the biggest challenge in her work: conveying to patients the importance of lifestyle changes and teaching them the tools to achieve these goals. She tries to provide more accessible alternatives and encourages a day-by-day, step-by-step approach that succeeds through personal, family, and community commitment. Through all the challenges, Dr. Ummat is inspired in her work by the opportunity to save lives: the personal satisfaction she feels when a patient says she has stopped smoking or lost weight is just as gratifying as stopping a heart attack in real time. She believes we are at a tipping point and are in need of major cultural change in terms of focusing on healthy living, and sees February as the perfect month to focus on heart health. The holidays have come and gone; and we all tend to fall off the wagon with New Year’s resolutions around this time of year. To recommit to those goals, she reminds us of two things, “Being healthy and taking care of yourself is something within your control, but takes commitment. Don’t ignore symptoms and be proactive about your health.” In his practice with Norton Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Arpit Agrawal specializes in cardiac imaging, echocardiogram/ CT/MRI, and structural and valvular heart disease. He is a native Louisvillian who attended Washington University in St.

Louis for his undergraduate studies and returned to the University of Louisville for medical school. He then went back to Washington University for his residency, followed by a fellowship at Vanderbilt University. As an ardent Louisville Cardinals fan, “Cardiac Cards” means serious business for Dr. Agrawal. Dr. Agrawal emphasizes knowing your family history and risk factors and what to do to prevent heart disease, such as weight loss, a healthy diet focused on moderation, lowering bad cholesterol, and at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. He even shared a tip for understanding how to gauge the effectiveness of your workout. During and after exercise, you should be able to speak at least three or four words at a time without needing to take a breath. He finds the advancements in percutaneous aortic valve replacement and MitraClip procedures most exciting in reducing the need for open heart surgery. Sharing Dr. Ummat’s opinions on the challenges of helping people fully realize the importance of making necessary lifestyle changes and the inspiration of saving lives, Dr. Agrawal adds, “Helping a person feel better, live longer, live a more fulfilled life, and seeing that person change is so rewarding.” The advancements in cardiology of the last twenty to thirty years make this an exciting time to be in this field of medicine. He stresses that living a healthier lifestyle and being proactive versus reactive are the keys to good heart health. 

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n the summer of 2017, Katie Adams was enjoying a well-earned, full life with a successful career in Human Resources, her architect husband Jeremy, and four children: twins Max and Elliott, daughter Emma, and two-week-old newborn Abigail. They were all in the car with her husband driving, when Katie suddenly began to feel very uncomfortable. As a cascade of symptoms intensified, Katie at first attributed them to possible complications from her very recent C-section. Alarmed, she told her husband to call 911; and they headed for the ER. Her husband also alerted the 911 dispatcher that nearly a decade before, Katie had experienced a carotid dissection and two “ministrokes” or Transient Ischemic Attacks. Katie’s father had passed away at only thirty years of age from an aneurism. So Katie was, by this point, well aware of the fragility of life. This awareness, along with that of the symptoms of various circulatory issues, certainly contributed to her sense of urgency and to saving her life on that summer day just two and a half years ago. Katie’s symptoms were sudden warmth, intense chest pressure, an aching jaw, and tingling in and around the mouth. Following emergency medication, an EKG, and angioplasty with two stents, Katie discovered she had suffered Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD), a rare type of heart attack that disproportionately

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affects young women. Over 90% of SCAD patients are female and 5-10% occur around childbirth. In Katie’s case it was an often fatal “widowmaker” with 100% blockage. She later learned that the cause was a previously undiagnosed condition, fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), which affects arterial wall structure. Although SCAD does not result from more common risk factors such as arterial plaque or hypertension, Katie realized that she needed to take control of her health and make some lifestyle changes. After three months of intense cardiac rehabilitation, Katie continued to fight for her life with a healthier diet and daily workouts, losing 115 pounds in the process. She also scaled back at work for balance and to reduce her stress levels. Katie is still Executive Director of the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and works on special projects for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. For the sake of her own future health and wellness, and that of her four children and ten nieces and nephews, Katie takes time to be actively involved with the American Heart Association and the SCAD Alliance. She also started Healthy Hens, a wellness Facebook

page for women to provide personalized, nocost information and support.

In addition to her volunteer work, Katie has set her own February American Heart Month goals to reach out to others in the community, including TOPS Louisville readers: • Spread awareness of the signs of a heart attack: chest pain or pressure, arm/back/ neck/jaw/stomach pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness. • In recognition of her 40th birthday, Katie aims to have at least 40 people trained in CPR. • Help people find time to take better care of themselves, get up and move more, and be more active, even if that means just incorporating more movement into the workday.

Katie Adams continues to experience occasional chest pain and headaches, sees a specialist at Vanderbilt, and will be on several medications for the rest of her life. She must remain vigilant about her stress level,

drinking water, eating healthy, and doing moderate but consistent exercise. But she is also grateful to be continuing to make a difference in her profession, providing for her family, and having more fun with her husband and her kids. Kids have “a wonderful ability to be in the moment and find the fun in things,” Katie says. And she is thrilled to be active with them - dancing, playing with hula hoops, running up and down slides, among other activities. Her healthy lifestyle has also resulted in clearer thinking, a calmer demeanor, and better sleep. “Changing my career up…and incorporating wellness into my life has made me a happier, healthier mom. My kids are truly my WHY and what motivates me to stay on my path. They hold my heart and I’m doing everything possible to be here and healthy for them.” 

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Dresses for Good: The Junior League of Louisville’s Little Black Dress Initiative February is THE month to don your little black dress and join forces with the Junior League of Louisville (JLL) during the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI). It’s an opportunity to make that dress a “tool to do good” in our community.

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elebrating the League’s 99th year, President Jessica Dunleavy explains that you can join forces with JLL and wear a little black dress from February 23 through 28. “LBDI is an awareness campaign to draw attention to the challenges some of our youth are facing including the impact of poverty on education in Louisville, and the important work JLL is doing to reduce that impact. By wearing the same black dress or outfit for five days, advocates will experience a small simulation of what it feels like to live with limited resources.” In addition to participants’ attire, Vice President of Communications Jade Jensen shares, “We use our social media platforms not only to raise funds but also to generate awareness of disheartening statistics facing some of our local youth.” The fundraising efforts support many of the current JLL projects. “JLL was instrumental in the establishment of the Imagination Library Louisville, focused on early childhood reading, mentorship programs with young

adults at Maryhurst and Boys and Girls Haven,” says Kate Ritter, Vice President of Community Impact. “We are grateful to have engaged with youth at Engelhard Elementary serving at Blessings in a Backpack, teaching children entrepreneurship with Lemonade Day Louisville, and spreading the love of reading with Metro United Way's Little Libraries.” “We are grateful many of the members of the media have joined our hands in raising awareness for this campaign. You will see many of them in little black dresses the week of February 23,” says Jade. Jade encourages community members who don’t want to wear black attire to share posts from the JLL social media pages. “Social media helps us broaden the way community members can be engaged and support a level of participation that they are comfortable with.” For those interested in participating or learning more about the Little Black Dress Initiative fund, please visit

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The Pet Gala is scheduled for March 7 from 6 pm to 11 pm with dinner and dancing to The Monarchs. There is a complimentary bar, games, a collection of high-end silent auction items and exciting live auction following dinner. Tickets are $125 in advance at animalcaresociety.ejoinme. org/2019ACSBenefitBashThePetGala or $150 at the door.

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here are countless galas in the city to raise funds for various organizations; many have runways and red carpets. The Pet Gala, hosted by the Animal Care Society (ACS) has a few furry differences, though–– dogs and cats. Board member and co-chair of the event Randy Blevins is “no stranger” to events in the city, but this one, he says, is special.

The organization’s largest fundraising event, in its fifth year, will be held this time around on March 7 at the Olmstead. Randy recently joined the board after being involved with the society for more than five years. He and his family have gone through the adoption process at the shelter, so he knows first-hand how the organization has saved animals in the area. “When an animal is accepted, they’re accepted and loved for life,” Randy says.”It means so much to me that these animals are cared for and not euthanized unnecessarily.” ACS is Louisville’s first no-kill shelter. The organization keeps dogs and cats at the facility until they pass away naturally or finally find their forever home. ACS is privately funded, so Randy and his team hope to raise at least $64,000 to pay vet and operating costs, food for the animals and cleaning supplies. This year’s event was moved from Mellwood Arts Center to the Olmstead because, Randy says, the group wanted it to be more gala-esque––the name comes from the Met Gala. There will be “celebrity” pets in costume with elements of fashion throughout

the night, and the society encourages guests to dress up in their favorite creative fashions, too. “It’s a great new energy (this year),” Randy says. Not only is ACS looking for attendees for the event, the group is also looking for generous sponsors and auction items. “We would never turn someone down that wants to give,” Randy says. “If we don’t use it this year, we will use it next year.” Attendees can vote for their favorite celebrity pet before the event at, and the winning family will win a prize pack. Animal lovers and anyone who wants to give back to the community are welcome to the event, and they will be given many opportunities throughout the night to open their “hearts and wallets,” says Randy. “It means that we are helping animals who don’t have a voice.” ACS is always looking for great volunteers; it has a training program and a variety of jobs for those interested. If you don’t have money to give, Randy says, you can give time. “Pets make people happy,” Randy says. “In some cases, they save lives. There are so many animals that need homes.” 


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ary Eleanor “Ellie” Tarrant was born April 15, 1872 in Macon, Mississippi, the eldest of five daughters. Her father, Samuel Augustus Tarrant was a Civil War veteran and merchant. Her mother, Eliza Watkins Selleck, descended from Revolutionary War Captain James Selleck of Connecticut and came from a wealthy family who owned cotton plantations in Macon, Mississippi, and Huntsville, Alabama. The Tarrant family moved to Louisville some time in the 1880s, where Eliza kept a boarding house. Eliza opened another boarding house in Chicago after the family’s move there around 1900 in support of the daughters’ education.


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gifted speaker, she addressed the conference regarding the plight of child labor, “Every man and woman in this audience is clad in garments which in some way have passed through the hands of little children.”

Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are traits that many women naturally Throughout her marriage and the possess, and that can lead to confident decision making and courageous accomplishments. raising of her children, Eleanor conThey’re also the foundation that can help build a sound investment strategy. Working with a tinued associations financial advisor who complements your investing style and listens more than and talks, charity can help work foryour social justice you continue making those confident decisions and keep wealth plan oncauses. track. She was a

member of the Louisville Woman’s Club and the Louisville Woman Suffrage Association. In 1907 “school sufWells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Complex Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch frage”, which gave literate women the 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suite 300 right to Lexington, KY 40507 Louisville, KY vote 40207 in school board elections and other matters of education, beJohn Gardner Justin Schappe came focus– Branch of theManager Louisville WomManaging Director – Complex Manager Senior Vicethe President an’s Club. Law granting school suffrage was passed in the Kentucky General Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Assembly in 1912; and the Campaign ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226 Committee of the School Suffrage AsEllie Tarrant has graduated from Neighborhood House, where Eleanor was Director sociation immediately reached out Louisville Female High School and to include literate African-American then studied botany at Indiana Uniwomen as well. Leading up to the vocational training, and a library. Ellie left versity from 1892 to 1893. She continued her her position in 1905 to marry the Reverend school board elections of 1914, Eleanor spoke studies in the summers of 1894 through 1902 at the Colored Branch of the Louisville Pubat the University of Chicago while teaching John Little III. John Little was born in 1874 lic Library on the responsibility to increase Latin full time at her high school alma mater in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he would go school attendance “and that the colored high during the regular school year from 1893 to on to attend the University of Alabama. He school be filled to overflowing. I don’t care 1902. She was a Teaching Assistant at the Uni- then studied at the Louisville Presbyterian whom you vote for as long as you vote.” versity of Chicago in the summer of 1902 and Seminary, where he also ran a Sunday school Eleanor Tarrant Little did not live to see 1903. During her time in Chicago, Ellie was for African-American children, and was orthe complete success of the women’s sufinspired and influenced by the social work dained in 1899. John founded the Presbytefrage movement, as she died suddenly of rian Colored Missions in Louisville. Ellie and and urban reform of Jane Addams, who pneumonia in 1917. She was honored after founded Hull House in 1889, and Presbyteri- John would have two children together, Eliz- her passing with the Eleanor Tarrant Little an minister Archibald Hill, who had worked abeth Tarrant and John Little IV. Memorial Foundation, to feed hungry chilin Chicago settlement houses and would go In November 1905, shortly after her mar- dren and educate their mothers about nutrion to establish Neighborhood House in Lou- riage, Eleanor Tarrant Little attended the tion, and the Eleanor Tarrant Little Ward for isville in 1897. Kentucky State Conference of Charities children at the Red Cross Colored Hospital. Ellie became Head Resident/Director of and Corrections where she was lauded for Eleanor’s widower John Little III remarried Neighborhood House in 1902, primarily her tenure at Neighborhood House and in- one of her younger sisters, Bertha Hill Tarserving Russian Jews who had fled anti-sem- troduced as “the one who has maintained a rant, on August 16, 1919. By all accounts, Beritism. Services included early childhood ed- lighthouse in the darkest district of Louis- tha became a devoted stepmother who had ucation, English teaching, tutoring, nursing, ville.” Renowned as highly educated and a no children of her own. 

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February events February 8 American Heart Association Heart Ball

6pm, Kentucky International Convention Center Heart Ball supporters will help us to connect, innovate, influence and invest in advancing our efforts to change health outcomes as they relate to heart disease and stroke. Heart Ball celebrates these efforts to build a foundation of health in our community and ensure everyone lives a longer healthier life. The evening festivities will include dinner, an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support the mission and an exciting live auction. For more information call (502) 371-6012.


3:30-5:30 or 7-9pm, Slugger Field The 2019 Dad Daughter Diamond Dance will be held Saturday, February 8 & will feature TWO sessions this year! You will choose the 3:30 -5:30 session (doors open at 3 pm) or

the 7-9 pm session(doors open at 6:30pm) in the heart of downtown at Louisville Slugger Field. Each Dance Ticket covers one father and up to two daughters ($65). For each additional daughter, the ticket increases $10 each. All tickets include: interactive dad daughter activities, dance instruction to clean age appropriate music, upscale desserts a professional photograph that you can download/print after the event, PLUS one keepsake Home Run bag per family with quality gifts for future dad daughter memory making! For tickets and more information email


3pm, Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, University of Louisville The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth on December 16, 1770. We are celebrating this milestone with a

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year-long Beethoven Festival, the centerpiece of which is the Emerson String Quartet’s performance of all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets over six concerts from February 2020 through November 2020. The first three of these concerts will take place during our 19-20 season, with the remaining three to take place in our 20-21 season. Beyond the quartet cycle, other events will make up our Beethoven celebration—receptions, concerts, read-throughs and talks, including collaborations with other Louisville arts groups. We welcome your participation to make the Beethoven Festival a milestone event to be celebrated and savored throughout the year. This festival is dedicated in loving memory of Ben Franklin. For more information visit

February 14 Musique romantique

6-9:30pm, Seelbach Hilton 26th annual Valentine Dinner Show,

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Dancing & Silent Auction. With each Reservation, FREE tix to the 3 remaining series concerts. Purchase a table of 8-10 and receive program and stage recognition. For more information visit


6:30-11pm, Kentucky International Conventional Center Join us for the Inaugural Louisville Beerfest & Cocktail Festival! This year’s festival will feature hundreds of craft beers, ciders, and even seltzers from down the street to around the country. One session each evening from 6:30pm-11pm. Presented by Animal Rescue Partners, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. All local breweries invited and our friends from great breweries out of state! For tickets and information visit

Brasserie Provence's 3-Course Prix-Fixe Dinner

5-6:30pm or 7:30-9pm slots available each day, Brasserie Provence "French" is synonymous with romance, and Brasserie Provence is the place to be! Our Valentine's Dinner is $75 per person + tax & gratuity. This dinner is available on Friday, February

14 and Saturday, February 15 (from 5-6:30pm or 7:30-9pm each evening). More than a dozen ingredients known to ignite romance are incorporated into our Valentine's Weekend Menu! Reservations are required. Call 502883-3153 or visit brasserieprovence. com/valentines-weekend for reservations and to see the full menu.

February 15 10th annual wrapped in red gala 6pm, Omni Louisville Hotel Enjoy cocktails, dinner, an exclusive silent auction, and a celebrity performance by Thompson Square, all benefiting the American Red Cross. For more information visit wrappedinred2020.

Kentuckiana Stroke Association's Heartstrings Dinner and Dance

6-11pm, Louisville Boat Club This event works to support our mission to prevent stroke through education and awareness. We would not be able to fulfill our mission if it were not for the countless volunteers and supporters. This offers us the time to spotlight a key individual for all their efforts they have exerted to move our mission forward. This year we honor Helen Davis Mayor of Windy Hills. Dinner, cash bar,

complimentary Four Roses Bourbon and Tito’s Vodka tastings, dancing, and more. For tickets and information visit


7-11pm, 21c Museum Hotel An evening featuring live New Orleans jazz, live visual art, tarot readings, DJ, dancing, Brown-Forman cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Proof, desserts, 60th season announcement with live performances, and more surprises! All proceeds benefit Kentucky Shakespeare. For tickets and more information visit


11am-2pm, Mellwood Arts And Entertainment Center Mark your calendars for the world's largest biscuit and gravy competition. Over 40 local chefs will compete in three categories: traditional, nontraditional, and Vegetarian/Vegan. Only one will go home with the People's Choice Award. Benefiting Boys & Girls Haven. For tickets and more information visit

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february // march events February 25 Mardi Gras Celebration

6-10pm, The Olmsted Catholic Charities of Louisville is hosting the Mardi Gras Celebration and it will gather supporters from across the region to enjoy a New Orleans themed evening with music, food, signature drinks, bingo, casino games, prizes, and live music. Proceeds from the Mardi Gras event will support the work of Catholic Charities as we welcome, strengthen and empower individuals and families across the 24 central Kentucky counties of the Archdiocese of Louisville. For more information visit

February 28–29 Bourbon classic

See website for events and times, The Henry Clay Bourbon Classic brings together the best of the Bourbon and culinary worlds through a collection of rare, interactive events. Infused with exceptional tastings, workshops and unrivaled sips, these events are sure to thrill any Bourbon connoisseur and enthusiast. Gather in Louisville, the gateway to all the heritage and innovation of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, to explore the “best of the best” in the world of Bourbon. For tickets and more information visit

February 28 2020 Christian Academy gala

6:30-10pm, Louisville Downtown Marriott The 2020 Christian Academy Gala, featuring New York Times Bestselling

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author Eric Metaxas, will take place on Friday, February 28 at 6:30pm at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, located at 280 W. Jefferson Street. The fundraiser includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and keynote speaker Eric Metaxas. Tickets are $75 per person now, or $100 after January 1, and can be purchased at For more information, contact Adrienne Crosby at (502) 753-4585.

February 29 3rd Annual Miller High Ball

6:30-10:30pm, Louisville Marriott East The family of the legendary Coach Paulie and Mary Miller would like to invite you to the 3rd annual The Miller High Ball on 2/29/20 at Marriott East. All proceeds benefit Kosair Charities and MaryHurst. Join us for an evening of dinner, open bar, live/silent auction and music/dancing by Radiotronics. For more information visit

6th annual Twisted Pink masquerade gala

6pm-12am, Hyatt Regency Louisville The Annual Twisted Pink Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports our mission of extending lives and improving the quality of life for patients living with a terminal breast cancer diagnosis by funding research. Twisted Pink will be transforming the Hyatt Regency with gaming tables for our first ever Monte Carlo themed Gala. The event will also include dinner, cocktail hour, auction, and dancing to Kudmani. For tickets and information visit

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3pm, Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, University of Louisville The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth on December 16, 1770. We are celebrating this milestone with a year-long Beethoven Festival, the centerpiece of which is the Emerson String Quartet’s performance of all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets over six concerts from February 2020 through November 2020. Beyond the quartet cycle, other events will make up our Beethoven celebration—receptions, concerts, read-throughs and talks, including collaborations with other Louisville arts groups. This festival is dedicated in loving memory of Ben Franklin. For more information visit

March 2 the Republic Bank Foundation Speaker Series

5:30pm, The Kentucky Center For International Women’s Month, KTW teams up with the LEE Initiative for a dynamic program featuring female speakers from Louisville’s booming culinary arts. Join us for lively conversation about the past, present and future of female chefs at the forefront of Kentucky’s national culinary scene; announcement of new LEE

mentees selected for Season 3 of The Women Chefs live on stage. Hosted by beloved Louisvillian and Food Network Chef Damaris Phillips with a panel of up-and-coming female figures in KY’s expansive F&B community: Chef Samantha Fore, proprietor of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington; Chef Kristen Smith, chef/owner/farmer of The Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin; and local Smoketown native Chef Nikkia Rhodes, LEE alum and culinary instructor at Iroquois High School. For tickets and more information visit the-future-of-food-is-female.

March 5 KDF Festival Unveiled

5-8pm, Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center The first “official” Kentucky Derby Festival event returns for 2020! Meet

2020 Poster Artist and get your personalized Official Poster,purchase 2020 merchandise, and much more! For more information visit

March 7 ACS Benefit Bash – The Pet Gala

6-11pm, The Olmsted Come join us and bring you friends for a wonderful night of fun!! It will include dinner, dancing to The Monarchs, and a complimentary bar. There will be a collection of highend silent auction items for bidding, with an exciting live auction following dinner. Most importantly, this event raises much-needed funds for The Animal Care Society-Louisville’s 1st NO-KILL animal shelter and adoption agency. For tickets and information visit

March 14 Blessings in a Backpack Pack the Sack with Celebrity Chefs

6-11pm, The Ice House Please join us for a night of fun and giving! Tickets include a four course meal by our favorite Louisville Super Chef and Winner of The Food Network & Cooking Channel Chef Darnell Ferguson, 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner & Bravo Top Chef Edward Lee, Bravo Top Chef Brother Luck & Ice House's Executive Chef Laurence Agnew, open bar, and music to dance the night away. For tickets and more information visit

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The Nearly New Shop operates year-round and features gently used clothing and accessories for men, women and children, as well as jewelry, holiday decorations, home goods, furniture and much more. Every month we feature a different sale! So come on in and see what’s new this week.

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27th Annual Cabo Wabo Charity Coat Party January 11 Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center Photos by Bill Wine

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Emily Dietzman, Adam Dietzman, Allison Dietzman, Mike Mulrooney, Mark Mulrooney, Ashlee Goings, and Ryan Goings

Say HELLO to Spring at Krysi Simon, Cherie Diehlman, Kim Wolfe, Megan Widmer, and Vanessa Widmer

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Prohibition 100th Anniversary Party January 17 Rathskeller Photos by Bill Wine

Jeff Call, Tonja Craig, Allison Brown, and John Woodard

Philip and Susan Crowe with Julie and Matt Osting

Bhanu and Tim Calvert

Alicia Wilder and Stacy Waller

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Founder of Bourbon Brotherhood Bruce Corwin, Founder of Whiskey Chicks Linda Ruffenach, and Fred Ruffenach

Diane White and Jim Davis

Dave and Michelle Gammons

Mackenzie Gross, Kaylee Callaghan, and Hallee Bridgeman

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Greater Louisville Inc. Annual Meeting January 23 Kentucky International Convention Center Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom and Travis Garrison

Alice and Wade Houston

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Jordan Clemons and Delene Taylor

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Monte Durham, Ericka Dunlap and Daniel Via at the 2020 KDF Derby Court Announcement

Bryan Fulkerson and Chris Fulkerson at her Barbie-themed birthday party

TOP SHOTS Marquita Richardson and Tevin Vincent perform at the Kentucky Opera’s Love in the Garden event

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