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FUNDAMENTALS top notes The Best Home Design Ideas Inside and Out The Race Is On TOP Shops: Decor Trends

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at home Design Guru: How To Style A Daybed Tour of Homes: La Dolce Vita Dream Homes

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The Magic Of Mona Wow Wedding: Katie & Sam Wedding Trends: Pop-Up Weddings

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cuisine Small Bites Dining: Omni Potent TOP 5 Dining: Delicious Destinations

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health+wellness Beauty Buzz: Going Long Workout workshop: Nutrition and Workout Secrets From A Fitness Pro Health Report: The Concierge Doctor Is In

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Garden Party Supermom: Summer Eliason TOPS Cares: For The Love Of Art The Fillies Turn 60 Calendar: What to do in Lou

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Out & About American Heart Association: Heart Ball Carnevale Fund for the Arts: 2018 Campaign Kickoff Four Roses Flower Hour Kentucky Country Day: Trivia Night Red Tie Gala VOICES: Beaux Arts Ball Dancing with the Prospect Stars Shakespeare in Love Gala

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You don’t have to live in the stunning, marble-clad showplace designed by Lee W. Robinson and featured in this issue to appreciate the comforts of your dwelling. If you live in a space that reflects your personal history, expresses your personality and speaks to your lifestyle, it is your sanctuary. Our Home Décor issue is devoted to ideas and resources—all local of course— designed to enhance that singular oasis. From the latest in creature comforts to fresh palettes and next-level design, these pages provide a jumping-off point for transformative upgrades that will enhance not just the physical abode but your quality of life. Just as the recent stream of improvements to our shared home—the city of Louisville—continue to upgrade a lifestyle fueled by a fantastic food and arts scene. Which leads me to a scoop we received right before we went to press: We have early word on the PNC Broadway series schedule. If our incredible theater scene is one of the reasons you’re thrilled to live where you do, you can jump on it now. It’s another wonderful quality of life enhancer that makes this city we call home such a special place.


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Cover Image by Steve Squall Shot on location at historic Whitehall. Model: Isabelle Boehnert Krueger for Heyman Talent Louisville. Hair and makeup by Erin Cox and Stacy Thomas for Joseph’s Salon & Spa The Hat Girls fascinator, $375, at The Hat Girls boutique in Norton Commons; accordian-pleated dress, $378, and Summer Eliason necklace, $198, both from Liv Boutique; vintage gloves, $100, Forme Millinery in Mellwood Arts Complex. About Whitehall: One of Louisville’s most popular and elegant wedding and event venues, this 19th century antebellum mansion offers stunning interiors and expansive yet intimate gardens including the Arboetum, Specimen Garden, Formal Florentine Garden and the Woodland Fern Garden, making it a beautiful setting for any special event. A historic home, it’s open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Go to for more information. The Whitehall Wedding Show, produced by Carol Grisanti Weddings, is held on Sunday, April 15, 2018, from 12:30 to 4:00 and features Louisville’s premier wedding vendors, caterers, florists, DJS, planners, photographers and more. Engaged couples received one complimentary ticket; tickets are $10. Pre-register at

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This just in! The PNC Broadway Louisville Schedule Announcement! Their 2018-19 series kicks off with Disney’s Aladdin in October. From there, they roll into A Christmas Story, Something Rotten, On Your Feet!, Hello Dolly, and they end in June with , yes, Hamilton. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, March 1, at broadwayinlouisville. com or on the ticket hotline at 502-561-1003. Or, you can go select your seats in person at the PNC Broadway in Louisville box office at 620 West Main Street.

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t’s like walking onto the sets of your favorite design shows… all of them… all at once. In seven decades, the Building Industry Association of Louisville has built their annual home and garden show into a stunning and entertaining showcase of décor trends, techniques and sources. Whether you’re looking for a commercial grade stove, curb appeal for your front yard, a backyard waterfall or cabinets for your kitchen, you’ll find it at this can’t-miss mecca of home design resources.


The Home Builders Association of Louisville’s 70th Annual Home, Garden & Remodeling Show runs March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing B and C. Tickets are $10; $9 for seniors and children and military are free. Go to for info.

You can pick up plenty of free advice while you walk. There are two stages—one for cooking and one for home and garden— with daily seminars and demonstrations from local experts. Another highlight is the Belgard Outdoor Living Pavillion—a breathtaking garden-within-an-expo center where you’ll find landscapers and gardening experts eager to share insights. Throw in painting shows by The Speed, a “Buy Local” artisan area and free tree giveaways and it’s easy to see how you can tackle your entire home to-do list in one funfilled day. Don’t miss it.

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The Race Is On Terri Cardwell, stylist for Macy’s and wardrober to the Kentucky Derby Festival princesses speed-styles three models and shares her get-dressed-forDerby strategies.



f you walk into Macy’s over the next few weeks, you’re likely to see a woman in black racing through the racks. She’s Terri Cardwell, stylist for Macy’s, wardrober for the Kentucky Derby Festival princesses and my partner in styling the Macy’s looks in the Macy’s KDF fashion show. We caught up with her before complete pre-Derby craziness sets in to pick up some styling insights for this Spring.

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top notes Adrianna Papell floral dress, $159; black fascinator, $139; MK “Bristol” purse, $328. DKNY peach dress, $139; tan feather fascinator, $290; MK “Sloan” purse, $228; MK pump, $145. Tommy Hilfiger pink and black dress, $119; hat, $172; Coach “Parker” purse, $375. Jewelry: INC and Charter Club. All at Macy’s Oxmoor.

What’s your process for dressing our version of Derby royalty? The princesses are chosen on Saturday and they have a press conference on Monday. I get their sizes that evening and their looks are pulled and picked up on Sunday. By the grace of God, I seem to be able to dial them in with the sizes and the wardrobe that I choose. I usually dress them for the press conference and the fashion show.

Do you have any go-to collections for them? It’s typically one of our private collections because we love to feature those. Last year, they were in Maison Jules and INC. This year, they wore Maison Jules and Michael Kors pea coats, because it’s typically freezing for the press conference. I like them to look complete and for their ensembles to be able to survive a long day of events. The other challenge is that January is not an ideal time to pull a stunning wardrobe for five princesses.

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What trends are you excited about for Derby this year? I try to give them the look of “pending Spring.” They’re typically walking out with a beautiful coat and the dress is always hopeful spring. It’s kind of a mixed media approach.

Do you go trendier with their looks at the Macy’s KDF fashion show? “I do runway ready. We’re about a month away. I wait as late as I can for the newest arrivals. I really like to use our private brands, so I’m sure they’re going to be sporting INC. It’s fun; it’s splashy and flirty. I’ll add something that gives it more of a high fashion finish which might be Rachel Roy or DKNY or Michael Kors.”

“Soft pinks and peaches are really strong. Even a soft-colored dress can have a lot of excitement because of details, like the ruffled sleeves or the sophisticated black piping on the dresses here.

And our fascinators are off the charts this year. We have hugely imaginative styles. Macy’s is getting better and better at understanding that market. We are an anomaly. Out of 800 stores, two (Louisville and Lexington) are paced differently because we have another Christmas. Macy’s has done an extraordinary job of understanding the iconic looks and drama behind the fashion for Derby. We are poised more than ever for it this year.”



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decor trends Just in time for spring: a few easy updates that can transform your space.

Indigo lamp, $218, from Fleur de Lis in Chenoweth Square.


“We’re leaning towards modern glamour. Reflective quality, texture, and pops of color throughout but still remaining clean and free of clutter.” Lee Robinson of the Lee W. Robinson Company “

Three Brass urchins, $79.95, $119.95 and $129.95, from Bliss Home in Westport Village.

Velvet Snake pillow, $490, from Bedded Bliss in Chenoweth Square.

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decor trends Pink selection of fabrics from Mark Eliason Interiors.

“Color is being revisited. We’re seeing a strong influence of red, navy, green and even the lighter colors like coral and Biscayne blue.” Mark Eliason of Mark Eliason Interiors.

Hammered copper bowl, $16.95, from Bliss Home in Westport Village.

Black and blue geometric pillow, $119.50, from Bliss Home in Westport Village.

Pillow, $166.50, from Bedded Bliss in Chenoweth Square.

Blue and purple floral paper from Mark Eliason Interiors.

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Concrete pears – large, $5.95 each; and small, $3.95 each, from Bliss Home in Westport Village.

Multi throw rug, $62, from Fleur de Lis in Chenoweth Square.

Fair trade basket, $72.95; from Bliss Home in Westport Village.

John Robshaw Textiles Sakuna indigo embroidered flat sheet, $153, from Bedded Bliss.

“Orange is coming in strong and gold is back, especially in metal consoles, end tables, cocktail tables. Wallpaper continues to be on trend and even wallpapering tray ceilings is popular.” Jan Davisson of Cherry House Furniture Gallery

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Carnevale February 3 Louisville Marriott Downtown Benefiting the Kentucky Opera Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Leaking a Little?

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Too Tight or Loose

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A Q & A with Louisville’s own Julene B. Samuels, MD, FACS

HOW has your practice evolved into Intimate Wellness? As a plastic surgeon I have always been interested in overall female wellness, and have extended my surgical practice to also offer the best nonsurgical treatment options. I conduct clinical research for many device manufacturers, and have most recently taken a leadership consulting role with a manufacturer that is leading the way in nonsurgical treatment of urinary incontinence. Our office is one of the few in the country that offer a new, revolutionary treatment called EMSELLA, that works on the muscles involved in UI using safe, painless high-intensity focused electromagnetic therapy (a “super-Kegel” for the urethral and pelvic floor muscles). Treatments are only 28 minutes, twice a week for 6 total treatments. EMSELLA is used alone, or in combination with one of several others devices I use for increased vaginal health that can be very complimentary in treatment of patients suffering from UI or the associated symptoms of vaginal dryness, laxity or tightness, itching, or painful intercourse.

So are you loyal to only one device or manufacturer? No, definitely not. I routinely use different devices, or combinations of devices, for patients with different needs. With EMSELLA, Votiva FormaV and FractoraV, UltraFemme360, and CO2RE Intima we have complimentary treatment options to better customize treatment programs for patients with all types of symptom complexes and needs. For instance, I tend to use radio frequency for postpartum women who need vaginal tightening and help with stress urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction with quicker return to intimate activities, and turn to the laser for faster improved lubrication in the menopausal patient. A practice needs more than one option in my opinion to best serve their patients.

What exactly is the O-Shot we’re hearing about? Platelet-rich plasma is obtained in a simple patient blood draw and then injected comfortably around the urethral and vaginal tissues...commonly referred to as the O-Shot. A single injection is often sufficient to help patients increase stimulation, lubrication, overall sexual wellness and we also are able to use the O-Shot for treatment of stress urinary incontinence. For more information you can contact Dr. Samuels at 502.897.9411 Located in the Springs Medical Center 6400 Dutchmans Pkwy


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2018 Campaign Kickoff

February 7 Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center Benefiting the Fund for the Arts | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Design Guru: how to style a daybed Tour of Homes: Dream Dwelling Dream Homes

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Design Guru

How To Style A Daybed This sophisticated piece can update your living space, especially if you dress it up with these techniques from Bliss Home designer Branson Batliner. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


his particular spring is the perfect time to have fun with home accessories—whether you’re styling an elegant new daybed or reorganizing a book shelf. “We’re seeing some very exciting colors being used in décor,” says Branson Batliner, a designer at Bliss Home in Westport Village where you can find 24,000 square feet of stunning furnishings for inspiration. “Adding bold colors in your accessories can be very transformative,” he says. “It can make your entire home look new.” Here, he starts us off smaller, with some up-dodate tips on styling a chic daybed.

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Go vibrant. “We’re seeing a lot of vibrant colors in décor-- from violet to lavender to turquoise and citron. Pillows are a great place to add them to an otherwise neutral décor.”

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Layer textures. “Natural textures are very big right now and they really warm up a room.” Woven pillows add a cozy, touchable quality.

Pull colors from your surroundings. “I think in terms of vignettes. You want to combine colors that make everything look harmonious.” Choose two or three from the room to use in accessories. Don’t assume they have to be the most dominant colors in your décor. (Branson chose citron and grey.)


Play with scale. Build your pillowscape from big to small—placing larger pillows in the back and smaller in the front. Do the opposite with patterns—using smaller, busier patterns in the back.

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6 Pile it on. “With pillows, I tend to work in groups of two and three. One looks too skimpy.” Stick to one throw, though. “Too many blankets will make it look like it really is a bed.”

Mix old and new. “Whenever you accessorize, think about items you already own that you can bring into the process. That will personalize your home and give it a sense of history.”

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DREAM dwelling Under designer Lee Robinson’s masterful eye, touches of Old Hollywood sparkle, California casual and New York City chic fuse flawlessly into one stunning, distinctly Louisville showplace. PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG, JR. • BY ALLISON JONES

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ne of the most recent projects by interior designer Lee Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, of Lee W. Robinson Company, is a three-year masterpiece-in-the-making that is a combination of Lee’s elevated vision blended with the homeowner’s impeccable taste. This sprawling home for empty-nesters is a sprawling marble and stone showplace that encompasses all of their shared passions—including entertaining, family, travel, art. Robinson was involved in the creation of this modern-day custom castle from the wine cellar up. “The concept of the home was developed around a table

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where I drew the layout of the home,” says he says. “Then we brought in the architects. The homeowner’s aesthetic leans toward a more California look of relaxed glamour,” says Robinson. “It allowed me to be very creative.” Upon entering the foyer, guests are greeted with a statement-making marble and onxy floor that sparkles underneath a crystal cube fixture that’s a contemporary twist on a formal chandelier. Once in the cavernous two-story living room, guests are greeted by a towering fireplace and a wall of palladian French doors topped by beautiful square window that bathe the room in beautiful natural light.


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ith a sweeping staircase, glass balcony above and palatial pillars, the space could seem cold, but Lee warms it up with a plush gathering spot arranged near the fire. A cozy grouping of Mary McDonald chairs and custom sofas trimmed with Mary McDonald fabric invites conversation. Stylish sconces flank diamond dust prints that reside over the rock crystal framed fireplace. Cole and Son marbelized wallpaper complements the Schumacher drapes hung floor to ceiling from Lucite rods. A chic Celerie Kimball backgammon table pairs well with Mary McDonald accent chairs. The convivial focal point, however, is the Celerie Kimball bar. Inspired by the glamorous restaurant on the seventh floor of Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, this piece exudes sophistication and the promise of sparkling conversation. A pair of selenite chandeliers – settled in padded suede panels that help absorb the acoustics–gives visual balance to tall ceilings. Says Robinson, “This room can be as casual as one would choose or as formal depending on the gathering.”

The dramatic custom glass staircase— cultivated by the same architects that created one for The Speed Museum—creates a feast for the eyes.

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t took 15 to 16 months to articulate the concept of the kitchen. Lee designed the striking custom wood cabinets with a sleek, white lacquer finish. A modern stainless-steel library ladder adds an element of surprise and functionality to the space. Accent chairs- embellished with Louis Vuitton leather on the front and a pop of color courtesy of local muralist, Tania Vartan on the back- embraces a Jerry Pair table found in New York City. A pair of matching marble waterfall islands are brightened by industrial glam Tommy Mitchell light fixtures. The ornate oven hood highlights the metallic glass backsplash that ties the room together.

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n the nearby dining room, symmetry is again achieved with the unusual design statement of two identical Volier dining tables, arranged side by side. “They can be put together for larger parties or taken apart for more intimate conversations,� says Robinson. Scalamandre silk dresses the windows in the dining room while an ornate Mary McDonald screen resides nearby. Visual Comfort sconces sparkle against the patterned wallcovering. Black mirror insets embedded in the chair rail along with mirrors around the crown molding add a sparkle to the room. A decorative Gabby mirror poses in the center of a larger mirror over the fireplace.

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ven though the home is grand in scale, Robinson’s design makes it the perfect example of livable modern luxury. “My goal is was to make it functional and livable,” he says. “That is why you will find a place for everything and each room has a purpose whether it is the theater room, exercise room or the outdoor space with a kitchen. Each room has its own function. As a designer, this is one of those special projects that allwed me to really make the homeowner’s dreams come true.”

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Dream Homes From closets the size of bedrooms to TV screens you can roll up to refrigerators that tell your smart phone when you need milk, here’s where people will be putting their big homeimprovement bucks this spring. BY STEVE KAUFMAN


ith March comes spring. And, as far as the home goes, “spring” has always gone hand-in-glove with “cleaning.” But spring is also a time for home renovations, expansions, upgrades – and for going out into the marketplace in search of the dream house to buy. So, what are today’s big-ticket renovation and building trends? Which home features top people’s wish lists? We’ve asked a bunch of industry experts. If money were no object, how are the money-is-no-object consumers feathering their nests? As one contracter said: “Sure, we can do that. How much money do you want to throw at it?” Dream along with them.

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HOME, SWEET HOME Maybe spring is the time for buying a home. “Our clients today are interested in uniqueness,” says John Stough, co-founder and principle broker at Kentucky Select Properties. “They don’t want their house to look like everybody else’s in the neighborhood.”

For $2 to $3 million, says Stough, they’ll probably look in Anchorage, Mockingbird Valley or Glenview, where there’s more land. Oldham and Shelby counties also offer lots of options in that regard, he says. And as sizable tracts are becoming harder to find in Oldham County, people are even looking at Henry County. “That’s a minimum of five acres,” says Stough. “Land means privacy.” In-town, he says, his clients focus on Cherokee Triangle, Alta Vista, Village Drive, Sulgrave, Castleberry – “formal gardens, lots of acres, the grand country houses of their era.” At the high end in the really best neighborhoods, says Stough, a good house costs $200-$300-per-square-foot. Old houses often mean “fixer-uppers,” and Stough says the cost of renovation may equal the purchase price itself. “The first money always goes to the roof and the mechanical systems – plumbing, wiring,” he says. “It’s not the fun and exciting stuff, but it’s being a good steward of the property, and also a wise investor.”

WE’RE FLOORED Okay, so where does that renovation dollar go?

To the floor, says Perry Lyons, head of PL Lyons Architectural Builders in Middletown. “There is a lot more attention being paid to floor coverings,” he says, “and a lot of new products on the market.” He says he recently put a highend ceramic tile on the entire main floor of a $1.5 million new ranch house. That was the second project like that in two years. (“The first time in 43 years that I’m using all ceramic tile on first floors of high-end new construction ranch homes.”) Why? Ease of clean, and durability. The cost?

$7.40 to $8.60 per square foot for ceramic tile; $16.54 a foot for luxury vinyl tile (LVT), a softer warmer tile. “If you drop a glass on ceramic tile, it will break,” Lyons explains.

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Among the trends in both remodels and new home builds, says Lyons, is mixing reclaimed barnwood into finished products like bookcases and cabinetry. “We used a little barnwood sidings in the 1970s, in the basement and on maybe on walls,” he says. “Now we’re incorporating it extensively into the main living areas.” It looks vintage, he says, which is what a lot of people like today. And it’s durable. “Barnwood will withstand grandchildren, dogs, even a tornado.”

Sometimes he’ll emulate a barn door for an interior doorway. But often, he’ll use actual barn doors, sliding along a track at the top. “We can fabricate something that looks like a door in your home,” he says, “or something that looks like the door on the Chew Mail pouch tobacco barn you pass on the highway – even, in some cases, keeping the signs that were painted on the original door.”

Also, he says, there’s a lot of emphasis put on cabinetry and countertops – especially kitchen islands, which are getting bigger, more elegant and more functional. He says he recently completed a 96-square-foot kitchen island – 4x24 – with a high-end quartz top that starts at $100-$115-per-square-foot. Do the math.


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Not surprisingly, says Lyons, another point of emphasis is home security: cameras, locks, sensors, fire alarms, smoke detectors, glass break-in detectors, all integrated into complete systems that coordinate with the app on the homeowner’s smart phone. “I’m working on a security installation approaching $55,000,” he says. “Everything is integrated, even to the point the homeowner can tell if the refrigerator goes off; or the electricity quits and the generator comes on; or the hot water temperature fluctuates; or, if the shower was used in the master bathroom while they were away – what day, what time, at what water temperature.” “If these people are spending $1.5-$2 million to build a house,” he says, “they clearly have something valuable in the house that they want to protect.”

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WHAT THE WELL-DRESSED ROOM IS WEARING “The trend,” says Jan Davisson, a designer at Cherry House Furniture Gallery in LaGrange, “is less formal, more comfortable and relaxed. Also, more mixing of colors and incorporating of unusual materials, like metal and stone.”

“We’ve done a 5,000-square-foot house in a day. And we’ve taken a month to figure out a sofa.”

Everyone’s different, she says, but too many people become paralyzed with indecision. Where to start? What to choose? “We don’t want to make it hard for them and we don’t want them to think it can all be done in an afternoon – or that it should take a month. At what cost?

“I recently did a 5,000-squarefoot home for $60,000, plus art, accessories,” she says. “You can easily spend $40,000 on a room, filled with high-end furniture.” In the Cherry House showroom: •

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a $5,000 sofa – silk-looking with high-end leather trim;

a $4,000 chair – red leather, with nailheads and gold leaf a $3,000 chair – high-end silk floral patterned

fabrics that cost $300 a yard – but also fabric at $20 a yard

a $2,500 cocktail table – imported exotic wood, gold leaf, thick glass top

$600 table lamps – heavy, stone or marble or metal, or with crystals; cream linen shade.

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NOT-SO-DIRTY LAUNDRY Jeff Speedy, vice president and manager of Closet by Design in Westport Village has organized laundry rooms for clients that cost in the $8,000-$9,000 range. • •


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“Are you a heavy-duty hands-on chef,” asks David Wilson, president of Charlie Wilson’s Appliance & TV in Clarksville, Ind., “or are you looking for efficiency, convenience and gadgetry?” They’re both trending today, in terms of kitchen appliances, and Wilson’s can fill either trend.

For serious cooks, the hottest new trend is the Beko family of appliances from Turkey – the Number One brand in Europe.

“It’s a high-end product,” notes Wilson.

For instance, Beko’s 30-inch, 5.7-cubicfoot, pro-style self-clean induction oven can go for $3,299. The French-door refrigerator with a blue-light system to keep food fresher longer, is $2,499. The Beko dishwasher, with a hidden controltop panel and a third rack for cutlery, is $749.

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(Wilson is careful to point out that these prices are as of mid-February, subject to change.)

But, he says, these are heavy-duty, sturdy, stable appliances designed to European standards, where people roll up their sleeves for intense, hands-on cooking. The other part of the market is those who like to control and communicate with their appliances from their smart phones. And there are plenty of apps for that. Such as: $466 Whirlpool over-the-range microwave that allows you to scan


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in the codes from your smartphone on the meal you’re planning on cooking. The microwave will find it and set itself up for right time and process. Swipe the UPC code, and the microwave will know what you’re cooking and how to prepare it. $2,699 Samsung Family Hub refrigerator with cameras that take a photo and can show you your supplies on your smartphone, while you’re at the supermarket. It will also notify you when perishable items are reaching their expiration dates.

MEDIA MADNESS And what do you buy for all that time you’re freeing up?

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the 77-inch LG Thin Q OLED $15,000. So thin, says store general manager Chad Milholland, “it can be folded up like a roll of wallpaper.”

GAME ON Digital technology won’t change the pool table. “It will always be six pockets and 16 balls,” says Gunnar Graven, vice president at Steepleton in St. Matthews. “Even the ball colors remain unchanged.”

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So, what do you get for $30,000, Steepleton’s most expensive table? “Intricate carvings on the wood base.”

You can also add $400 for the store’s best cover, sticks and balls, and chalk. •

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A variety of cloth colors, away from the traditional green. (“Gray is hot,” says Graven. “There’s also blue, red, camel, khaki, taupe.”)

A Parson’s-style table, instead of the customary wood pedestal base. A dining top that can go over the table, for double-duty.

A decline in those cool over-thetable light fixtures. “People often want a pool table that converts to a ping-pong table, and you can’t have a hanging fixture for that game,” Graven explains. “Besides, today most people have plenty of canned lights in the basement ceiling.”

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“People are looking to organize their homes, to make spaces more functional,” says Jeff Speedy, vice-president and general manager of Closets by Design in Westport Village. “That means any area of the home that needs storage and organization – garages, pantries, mud rooms, laundry rooms, craft rooms. Some examples:

Turning an extra bedroom into a walk-in closet.

“I did one that was 840 square feet,” says Speedy. “My first home was 950 square feet.”

His most expensive closet: $44,000.

“It had a library ladder around the entire closet; a granite-top island with 20 drawers; specialty hardware, royal crown moldings, custom door patterns, raised panels. Some trendy options:

Removing the dresser from the bedroom and building modern, customized cabinetry in the closet;

GETTING CRAFTY Among the newest remodeling trends is turning a spare bedroom into a crafts room, says Speedy, for scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, etc. “We did a 12x20-inch space with an L-shaped area and a large work island for $15,000.”

Accessories: tilt-out hampers; double jewelry trays; valet rods; tie racks, tie butlers, belt racks;

Tie butlers that can hold 52 neckties. “One bank executive we worked with had us install three butlers – that’s about 150 ties – and he had an equal amount of suits.” Handles and pulls: polished chrome, brushed chrome, satin nickel, bronze. “Also, brass is coming back.”

“Hardware is the least important item, from a functional and structural standpoint,but it’s what people angst most over.” His most interesting hardware installation: a closet with Olde English gate hardware. Crystal is also coming back.

How much can a door pull cost? Says Speedy: “Willis Klein has a piece of

closet and cabinet hardware that’s $995 per handle.” Builder Perry Lyons also does a lot of closet remodeling. “The amount of money spent on closet organization is tremendous,” he says.

“I did one in which the shelving and cabinetry alone cost $35,000.” Glass doors, shoe shelves, benches, drawers, hanging space. “I thought I’d walked into Von Maur.” Organizing the garage

One three-car garage that Speedy did cost $12,000 to remodel and reorganize.

“It has a decorative Porsche vinyl overlay on the inside cabinets, A recycled PVC floor, and special parking pads.” Innovative trends:

90-inch tall garage boxes, for field hockey or lacrosse sticks, and golf clubs. A whole bank of cabinets on the backwall for dinnerware – China, crystal, silverware.

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CRACKING THE EGG The Big Green Egg is Steepleton’s most popular outdoor grill. The ceramic cooker, based on Kamado-style cooking an American GI had seen in Vietnam, has settings from 225 degrees (“low and slow”) to 1,200 degrees (for searing a steak). The largest (23 inches in diameter, enough for 24 steaks or burgers) costs $1,399 at Steepleton, plus accessories (like special racks for ribs or wings; a heat gun to light the charcoal; gloves, pans and utensils).

Just don’t ask for it in your favorite color. “It comes only in green,” says Graven.

The most popular new accessory is the BBQ Guru, a WiFi-capable app that measures and regulates the heat, depending on what you’re cooking. That’s an extra $399.

CLEANING UP The trend, says builder Perry Lyons, is away from full body-wash showers and whirlpool tubs.

“Today, people want to get in and get out,” he says. “They don’t want to spend the time to enjoy the full spa experience. We just don’t unplug anymore like we used to.” That’s not to say today’s installations aren’t elaborate. Lyons built a steam shower in Shelby County – 8-foot by 60-foot, with a 10-foot ceiling – that, with all the special tiles and finishes, a larger generator to push the steam out, a sloped ceiling so the steam dripped off properly, and waterproofing, cost $35,000. 78 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2018

BETTER BATHS Today’s top-of-the-line Jacuzzi at Steepleton in St. Matthews is $25,000. Which contains, explains Gunnar Graven, the store’s vice-president: “European styling; a woven-look exterior that can match the outdoor furniture; 60 jets and top-of-the-line pumps; dial-controlled powers and speeds, custom-fit to individual needs.”

There’s also smart-tub technology (of course), connected to an app. “It can tell you when to add chemicals, it regulates the water temperature, and it will highlight service issues,” says Graven.

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“A major client of Balenciaga and other world-class designers, Mona popularized halter neck tops, asymmetrical bias-cut dresses, colorless nail polish, aquamarine, and double-strand pearls.” – Frazier History Museum

Forme fascinator, $550, at Forme Millinery in Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. Black Halo pantsuit, $368, Liv Boutique. Summer Bees magnetic strand necklaces, $65 each, charm, $45, and cuff, $105, at Summer Eliason Designs on Frankfort Avenue.

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MONA Louisville native Mona Von Bismarck was a formidable fashion plate whose personal style earned her the admiration of renowned designers and the distinction of being named Best Dressed Woman in the World by Vogue in 1933. This month, Frazier History Museum celebrates her incredible life and iconic style in an exquisite must-see exhibit.


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“Her garden provided Mona’s most enduring romance.” – Annette Tapert in The Power of Style

The Hat Girls fascinator, $350, at The Hat Girls in Norton Commons; Molly Bracken floral print dress, $67, at Work the Metal; vintage gloves, $100, at Forme Millinery at Mellwood Art and and Entertainment Center.

Forme headpiece, $425, and vintage gloves, $100, at Forme Millery at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center; Tyler Boe dress, $196, at Tunie’s Boutique in Westport Village; necklace, $19, at Work the Metal.

“Her extraordinary catlike eyes and blue-grey hair are New York phenomena.” —Vogue 1936

The Hat Girls fascinator, $375, at The Hat Girls boutique in Norton Commons; accordian-pleated dress, $378, and Summer Eliason necklace, $198, both from Liv Boutique; vintage gloves, $100, Forme Millinery in Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center.

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“She was particularly suited to Balenciaga’s satin hostess gowns with the wonderfully draped backs.” —Balenciaga biographer Mary Blume

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“A rock crystal goddess…. Her clothes [in the 1930s] were always extremely feminine, soft, and graceful.” —Cecil Beaton, Vogue photographer

Forme bridal headpiece, $430, and vintage gloves, $100, at Forme Millinery at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center; Abby Glass top, $396,, at Rodeo Drive boutique.

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“One of the most popular hostesses in New York and Palm Beach.” —Vogue 1928

David Meister fringe dress, $750, at Rodeo Drive boutique. Forme fascinator, $625, at Forme Millinery at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. Necklace, $69, at Work the Metal.

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“Her dressing is high art.” —Vogue, 1936

Forme liquid glass fascinator, $450, at Forme Millinery at Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center. Everly romper, $42, at Darling State of Mind in Westport Village. Faux pearl bracelet, $48, at Liv Boutique.

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hey actually have an interesting answer to the age-old question, “How did you two meet?” “Sam and I met on a blind date, Ca-brewing with our Crossfit gym,” says Katie Meinhart, owner of Six Sisters, a funky women’s clothing boutique in NuLu. “I was new to the gym and they set us up in a canoe together for an entire day of drinking on the Blue River.” While life intervened and the two didn’t go on another date until September, once they did, “It was history,” she says. The couple were inseparable for the next two years, until Sam entered grad school at Western Kentucky University in Fall 2015. “Then we so we started the long-distance thing,” says Katie. “It was a longgggg two years of back and forth to Bowling Green.” About a year and a half in, Sam surprised Katie with a proposal! “I had just bought a house in the Highlands and we had all of our friends and family over for a housewarming party,” she says. “Sam was in his second and final year of grad school at WKU, so we’d been doing the long-distance thing for a good bit. Half way through the night he was making a toast and next thing I know he was down on one knee. I was so excited I literally grabbed the ring out of the box and put it on my finger myself.” The couple planned to wait until Sam graduated to have the wedding. “Sam wanted a big party wedding, all our friends and family, and I wanted a court house wedding. Simple and zero stress,” says Katie. “I knew anything in Louisville with my family would have been a 500 plus person wedding. So, we met in the middle with a holiday beach wedding with just the closest of family and friends.”

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They quickly settled on the idea of New Year’s Eve eve 2017 in St Petersburg, Florida—a year and a half long engagement. That gave them time for Katie to squeeze in the achievement of another dream: opening her own boutique. “After years of managing stores, I felt ready. The space in NuLu opened up and as soon as I saw it, I was all in,” she says. “Some people would say it was crazy to plan a wedding and open a new business in the same year, but we’re both a little crazy.” So, the two stripped floors, painted walls, ordered light fixtures all while planning their own relaxed wedding down to the last detail. “I literally did just about everything as far as the planning goes, so the wedding was very much ‘us’ in so many ways,” says Katie. “Our wedding favors were monogrammed wine glasses with pineapples, as well as koozies with pineapples on them. Growing up they were

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always on my parent’s front door as a welcoming, and they’ve stuck with me as the perfect welcoming gift.” While they couple had a cake, they went small and added a dessert table. And they filled snack bags with their favorite sweets— including Starburst Jelly Beans, Twizzlers, Reese Cups, macaroons and Buckeyes (Katie’s favorite treat to bring Sam). “Overall, we broke most of the traditions,” she says. “No garter or fancy bouquet toss, we kept it simple and real, much like us.” Their rehearsal dinner set the laid-back tone with a taco bar and smores on the beach. “In terms of my rehearsal dress, I went above and beyond, but it’s what I felt good in, so of course I wore it! People literally told me I could have gotten in my rehearsal dinner dress, and it is almost as pretty as my actual wedding dress,” says Katie.

What did this fashionista choose to wear for The Big Day? “So, I ended up with the very last dress I put on at Couture Closet,” she says. “They say you never go with what you thought you would want, and it was so very true. I tried on all these flowy beachy style dresses, and none of them were me. My mom and closest sister, Ashley, picked out a dress one of the mannequins and I didn’t think I would like it. But, I put it on and it was perfect. I’ve always tried to embrace my curves and be confident in who I am, and this dress definitely embraced the curves! The lace detailing on it was so beautiful and bohemian, yet the fit was tight and just hugged in all the right places. I knew it was something Sam wouldn’t expect, since I rarely wear tight clothes, but I felt sexy and beautiful in it from the start.” The day of the wedding went really smoothly. The only glitch? The caterers had forgotten to prepare gluten free items for Sam’s sisters who have Celiac’s disease. “But we had a great wedding planner for the day of, and she handled everything perfectly for us,” says Katie. “We definitely got to be selfish and enjoy our wedding thanks to her.” As for their favorite moments? “Definitely the beach balls being tossed around, and at us, as we walked back down the aisle together,” says Katie. “And my sister’s reception toast could have made it on the Ellen show!” Naturally, the evening also included one standout, over-the-top sister moment: “Heather and Ashley, my two oldest sisters were my maid and matron of honor and they are terrible at sappy speeches,” says Katie. “Instead, they created a rap song for Sam and I, and then all five sisters and my two nieces broke out into this awesome choreographed dance. It was epic! I was bummed I missed out on all the sister planning it took to pull it off!”


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or some couples, the dream wedding is one that doesn’t require a year of planning and a five-figure budget. “We travel a lot and we’ve noticed there’s a trend towards doing something fun and simple,” says Krista Embry, co-owner of KIS Pop-Up Weddings, wedding planners who specialize in pop-up nuptials. “Millenials are moving that way and a lot of second marriages are following the elopement style too.” Krista, a celebrity makeup artist, and friend, Robin Rinderspacher, who had more than twenty years of event planning experience, decided to create KIS Pop-Up Weddings to perfect the pop-up wedding formula and make it easier and less expensive for couples to simply show up, say their vows and still have the romance and beautiful photos associated with a bigger,

more traditional wedding. “We’re the first company to bring this service to the Kentucky area and it has really taken off,” says Embry. “We’re able to make a wedding day less expensive, less stressful, but still meaningful and memorable.” Their pop-up packages start at $795 (less for renewals) and include a romantic location, an officiant, a cake, a toast and wedding photos. “They get at least a hundred retouched photos, but we also give them the originals,” she says. “Most couples get hundreds and sometimes thousands of photos.” Typically, KIS Pop-Up Weddings books a location for an afternoon or evening and schedules weddings every hour. On Valentine’s Day, for instance, the duo created a Casablanca-themed setting at the

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Aeroclub at Bowman field. The oldest private pilot’s club in the country, it has a cozy bar and is loaded with vintage charm. “We played Casablanca on the big screen and worked with a nonprofit, Vintage War Birds, who brought a vintage Russian yacht as a backdrop for photos,” says Rinderspacher. “It looked something out of a movie.” Embry and Rinderspacher have held pop-ups at Mellwood Arts Complex, on covered bridges and at music festivals. “Our goal is to give couples a fun, unique experience and great photos,” says Embry. They can also custom-plan a pop-up and have a la carte services for those who want them. “For example, we had one couple from Nashville who brought seventy guests to the pop-up at Mellwood and they wanted a DJ and event room there afterwards, which we booked for them.” says Embry. “We keep it simple, but we almost never say no.”


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ROC With You Guests at ROC may be in love with the restaurant’s crazy-good beef carpaccio, veal scaloppine and mac and cheese with black truffles, but Rocco Cadolini keeps stirring his pot of surprises that keep ROC jazzed with energy.


OC’s Sunday Disco Brunch kicks off in March with an ´80s theme. The door opens at 11:00 but five-star personality Cadolini says the “real spicy time” will be from noon until 2:00. Five-star personality Cadolini and his staff will be dressed in ´80s styles. Future themes will be Studio 54, Hip Hop, the ´70s, the ´90s, and whatever Cadolini dreams up. Keep in mind he dreams big. The $50 per person price includes two courses (brunch and dessert) and two drinks. Not a morning person? Music in ROC’s latenight lounge starts around 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Cadolini is the DJ on Friday nights. “That’s when I get wild and dance,” he says. Rumor has it that there’s often dancing on the bar. “It happens,” he adds with a shrug and a not-too-hidden grin.


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Whiskey Dry is Chef/Restaurateur Edward Lee’s newest venture. Here, his off-the-cuff comments on his latest entry into our dining scene. You never stop coming up with new food and spirits experiences. Why Whiskey Dry? Whiskey is having a true renaissance in America right now. Though I love the fact that bourbon is getting all the attention, we also want to tell the story of global whiskey, like the exciting new Scotch producers, American single malts and Japanese whiskeys. Plus, I get to make all these crazy delicious burgers that go well with whiskey. What’s your take on cheeseburgers and milkshakes? We want them to be creative and fun and BIG. We want to be as creative with our burgers as we are with our other approach to cuisine at my other restaurants. This is by no means a fancy restaurant but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with our burgers like a Foxhollow Farms BBQ burger, a lamb burger and our take on a fast food burger we call The Big Ed. Also, I’m really excited about our boozy bourbon milkshakes. What shouldn’t people walk out the door without having ordered? Definitely try the Hot & Sour Whiskey Onion Soup, The Big Ed and the Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Milkshake with Pistachio Ice Cream, Dried Cherries and Coffee Syrup.

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OmniPotent You don’t need a room to experience the ambiance of the Omni Louisville Downtown. Grab a cozy booth at Bob’s Steak & Chop House and settle in for an evening of fine dining and people watching. BY NANCY MILLER


n the past few weeks, Cory Givan, general manager, and Paul Sant, executive chef of Bob’s Steak & Chop House, have been two of the busiest people in Louisville as they readied the Omni Louisville Hotel for its debut. Founded in Dallas, Bob’s Steak & Chop House has other locations in Texas, as well as in Tennessee, Florida, New York and Arizona. But Bob’s isn’t a cookie cutter restaurant that ignores the distinctive culture of the cities in which it’s located. “Each Bob’s has a tried and true recipe for success, but each location is slightly different, with menu items that reflect the city or region,” says Givan. “Here, everything from our décor to our beverage program is heavily Louisville-centric, highlighting thoroughbred racing, Muhammad Ali and bourbon.” He emphasizes that the tasteful décor was designed not to overload the senses. Meticulous attention to detail is evidenced throughout the hotel and at Bob’s, where servers are dressed in uniforms of black pants, white button-down shirts, black bow ties and bistro aprons.

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Totally immersed in the menu and culinary direction of Bob’s, Chef Sant anticipates locals and guests to the city will be buzzing about dishes such as the Côte de Boeuf, which is a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye, the T-bone, smashed potatoes and glazed carrots. “And it’s all in a spectacular, comfortable setting that has a familiar character with features like bourbon barrels that appear to be protruding through the wall,” he says. Unlike most Bob’s restaurants that have extensive wine lists, the local outpost will have a more modest list that will be naturally expanded as the clientele’s preferences dictate. Perhaps no one is more excited about Bob’s Steak & Chop House than is Sant, who says, “There was that aha moment when I walked in and thought, wow, I’m going to be the chef at Bob’s. It is magnificent.” 

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The Inside Scoop with

CHEF PAUL SANT The road to becoming a top tier chef can be a rocky one. Why did you set out on that road? I went to an all-boys trade school and was one of a handful of students who went on to a culinary apprenticeship. Oh, my goodness, the first task I did was peel carrots. I thought I had reached the pinnacle of my life. It was utopia. Bob’s has iconic peeled carrots as a staple. So here I am; I have come full circle.

All eyes will be on the Omni and on you as chef at Bob’s Steak & Chop House. That will be intense for you. What keeps you grounded? My wife and daughter. They keep it real. I go home and try to brag about something and they quickly tell me where my place in line is. There are three of us in the family and I’m third. Work is work. I try not to take work home, but the reality is that we all do. That’s one of the nice things about Bob’s. We’re closed on Sundays, so there’s family time for me.

You have cooked in restaurants around the world. Why Louisville? I’m a big fan of the city. There’s a mystique about Louisville. It’s a very easy place to call home. Look around any corner and there are great chefs to be friends with and to compete against. There’s talent here you don’t see in other mid-size cities. You make a mistake here and people won’t give you a second chance because there is so much out there.

Who would you most like to see walk in the door at Bob’s Steak & Chop House? Elton John or Pink.

What’s the best cooking advice anyone every gave you? To keep it simple. I don’t think you need 13 or 14 ingredients in any dish. Work with the main ingredients and solid flavors so your tongue and palate don’t become confused.

After a long day in the restaurant kitchen, what might you crave? A burger or a slice of good pizza.

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he farm-to-table movement has produced a delicious network of local eateries serving regional cuisine made with Kentucky-proud ingredients. Many of these culinary destinations are off the beaten track, but well worth the trip. Enter the Kentucky Tourism Bureau who’ve mapped out some of our state’s the most delectable discoveries. Take your pick: travel on I-65 or I-75 to jump on the two Culinary Trails. Better yet, turn a few road trips into savory adventures on both Interstates.


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ucky Bee’s is a yummy pit stop before or after visiting Mammoth Cave. But, if caves aren’t your thing, just head straight for Bucky Bee’s. Give yourself plenty of time to eat because you’re not gonna wanna leave. About their crave-worthy bbq, they say, “We turn it low and we cook it slow.” Spice it up or down, or help yourself to both sauces. These people like bbq so much they even have BBQ Pie: pulled pork and whichever beans suit your fancy,

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Destinations The Kentucky Bourbon Trail isn’t the only pleasure trip devoted to taste and flavor. Hot on its heels is the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s Culinary Trails that spotlight historical, quirky and just plain darn good eateries around the Bluegrass State. BY NANCY MILLER

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all stacked on cornbread. The “Loaded” King Ransom is a baked potato that’s a spud suped up with smoked pork, butter, bacon, Cheddar cheese and sour cream. Hot wings, fried green tomato, mozzarella sticks and pickles get along just fine and don’t try to outdo each other in the Beehive. Sure, you may have your choice of soft drinks, but this kind of chow begs for a big glass of sweet tea.

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haney’s caters to kids and brings out the kid in the most grown up of grown-ups. You’ll work up an appetite as you become part of life on the real dairy farm. Carl and Debra Chaney have you covered. Choose from a variety of salads, panini or burgers. There are also sandwiches such as The Gobbler made from…yes, you guessed it, and The Porker, made from not just any pork, but from Kentucky Legend ham. The Chaneys turn their milk into some of the best ice cream you’ll find in Kentucky. Forget ordering only one scoop of flavors like Cookie MOOnster, Big Red Rumble or Wow Now Brownie Cow. You’ll be back for more, maybe with the add-on of a milkshake or sundae. Chaney’s hosts events galore, such as Ice Cream and a Movie. Between 500 to 800 guests relax in lounge chairs or on blankets to watch a movie shown on the side of the barn.

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radition is thriving at Fava’s Restaurant where locals have been gathering to share the flavor that is uniquely Fava’s since it opened as a confectionery more than a century ago. Visitors to the area have uncovered a piece of history that is delectably good, and are heartily welcomed by long timers. Who wouldn’t love a place that offers “frickles,” house-made fried pickles, and Rings of Fire, golden fried jalapeños.? Order them as a jump start to your meal or have them with sandwiches such as chicken salad croissant, pimento cheese or a roast beef Po Boy served with a cup of gravy. The gravy is a touch that speaks to the soul of southern cooking! There’s even more to convince you why Fava’s has become a beloved institution in Georgetown: an extensive breakfast menu, a Reuben, chili cheese dog and Kentucky’s signature dish, the Hot Brown. Leaving without lingering over a Brown Cow root beer float would be a mistake you’ll regret until your next visit to Fava’s, which you will want to make very soon.

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he famous and the not-so-famous can’t get enough of Parkette Drive-in’s. Guy Fieri featured the iconic spot on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, his Food Network show that chronicles oneof-a-kind treasure troves of food and, sometimes, character. Parkette doubles up on both. When Parkette opened in the early ´50s, it was so popular the police had to control traffic jams. A renovation and updated menu have introduced new generations to the magic that is Parkette’s, and much improved access has eliminated the traffic jams. Owner Randy Kaplan snagged national exposure when he prepared the Parkette’s Hot Brown Burger for Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay. We wouldn’t be surprised if they beseeched him to demonstrate “The Bopper” Bourbon BBQ Burger, the Hot Brown fries that are jacked up with Alfredo sauce, cheese, bacon and tomato, or the Red Hot Road Flairs – corn dogs dipped in Buffalo sauce. Parkette received one of USA’s Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and the drive-in won an Emmy for its segment on The Local Traveler.

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f you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you’re in for a whopping good experience at Back Porch Smokehouse where it’s served all day. The menu declares it takes a country boy to eat the Country Boy Breakfast. But, we’re up for discovering the country in all of us! And, girls, don’t let the boys have all the fun. Show ‘em your moxie and eat up. Everyone can enjoy eating inside the comfy, casual atmosphere when the weather isn’t friendly enough to relax at picnic tables or on the deck overlooking Linville Lake. There are no bad seats at Back Porch Smokehouse, only lots of hospitality that flairs delightfully southern and a menu that will cause you to say, “Why haven’t we been here before?” and “When are we coming back?” Back Porch is famous for its smoked pork, chicken and ribs, but don’t forget the catfish. On Fridays, you may order the catfish as part of a special that includes shrimp, hush puppies and two sides.



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With a month until Spring Break and eight weeks until Derby, many of us are in panic mode, trying to get ready to either dress down in swimsuits or dress up for the track. Just in time: Milestone Wellness Center exercise physiologist Alison Cardoza comes to the rescue with her get-fit-fast strategies. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALAN GARCIA


t’s that time of year again. Time to shed the heavy coats and winter clothes and reveal what’s underneath. If the long, dreary months of winter have left you in less than peak shape, here’s a list of techniques to help you enhance your physique and boost your confidence.

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Fuel your body with the proper nutrients. Make sure you start your day off right. You’ve been fasting all night so it’s important break that fast. I personally like to eat steel cut oats or eggs in the morning. Try to grab healthy snacks throughout the day such as fruit, veggies or nuts.


Set a goal of eating six small meals throughout the day: breakfast, healthy snack, lunch, healthy snack, dinner and healthy snack.


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Make dinner the smallest meal of the day since your metabolism slows down at night.


Try to just drink water throughout the day.


Avoid salt and sugars.


Limit intake of fast food and alcohol. Empty calories slow your metabolism down.

Alison Cardoza, ACSM-CPT, is a former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and a personal trainer and Fitour Hip Hop group exercise instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center.

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Exercise for thirty minutes a day.


Add cardio. It elevates your heart rate, burns calories quickly and sheds fat mass.


If you have access to a gym, try the elliptical, treadmill or bike for thirty minutes.

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If you don’t have access to a gym, try walking or jogging outside.


Do simple exercises like marching in place or climbing up and down your stairs for cardio.

Participate in fitness classes to help motivate and push your body in a safe, positive way. Make it fun; my personal favorite form of exercise is dancing. (I teach hip-hop at Milestone on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. where you can find us shimmying and shaking to upbeat music!)


Add some calisthenics every day, including push-ups, abdominal crunches, wall sits, leg lifts, planks and calf raises. Start with thirty seconds and increase your time weekly.


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Weight-train every other day when doing a full-body workout. If you use weights daily, make sure you work different muscle groups each day.


If you want to develop a long lean body, use lighter weights and do two sets of fifteen reps. If you want to build muscle, lift more weight and do fewer reps (three to five). Warm up on cardio equipment for about five minutes before you lift and stretch after each workout to prevent soreness and lengthen your muscles.


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The ConciergeDoctor Is In The rise of private pay or “concierge” medical practices brings a new, personalized model to the healthcare marketplace for those who can afford it. Jennifer Newton examines the pros and cons.


ou know the feeling. You finally decide you need to see your doctor for that nagging issue, only to call and be told that you can’t get an appointment for weeks, even months. Or, you finally make it to the doctor, and she only spends eight minutes with you, most of it spent looking at a computer screen. Many doctors have felt the same discontent. In fact, two new practice models have emerged in response to physicians’ desire to get back to focusing on patients’ needs. These two models – concierge medicine and direct primary care – have similar benefits, but different costs and purposes. Compare these two models with traditional primary care to see which type of practice might be right for you:




Each concierge practice is different, but at Louisville Concierge Medicine, patients pay an annual $2500 access fee per person or $4000 per couple. The fee does not cover medical services, which are billed to insurance just like traditional practices. SERVICES:

Concierge medicine provides a full complement of primary care services with additional benefits, such as coordination of subspecialists, wellness consultations, same day appointments and 24/7 access, including cell phone calls and email. Dr. Karageorge also admits to the hospital and follows patients on an inpatient basis. BENEFITS:

Dr. Karageorge now has 200 patients as opposed to 2000. Coordinating subspecialist care is one of Dr. Karageorge’s priorities: “Medicine has become so super-specialized that patients literally can have five or six different physicians. My job is to coordinate all the consultations so nothing falls through the cracks.”

How Do I Choose?

At both Bluegrass Family Wellness and OneFamilyMD, DPC, monthly fees are age-based ranging from $10 for children to $50-$100 for adults. The fees cover medical services. DPC practices do not bill insurance. SERVICES:

The monthly fee for both Bluegrass Family Wellness and OneFamilyMD includes annual wellness evaluations, unlimited office visits, same day appointments, technology visits, house calls and hospital visits, collaboration with sub-specialists as needed and most in-office procedures. Tracy Ragland, MD, founder of OneFamilyMD, estimates she manages 90 percent of her patient’s health care needs within the practice. BENEFITS:

DPC physicians typically serve 400-800 patients rather than the traditional 2000-3000. In addition to access and service, cost savings may be a surprising benefit. DPC practices negotiate wholesale pricing on labs and pathology reports, and Drs. Rutherford and Ragland also offer a wholesale in-office pharmacy. (Controlled substances are not offered.)


Costs vary based on insurance carrier and plan. All services are billed to insurance or the patient . SERVICES:

According to Medline Plus, a website of the National Institutes of Health, a primary care provider’s role is to oversee common medical issues, provide preventive care and refer to a specialist when needed. This can include everything from treating a cold to routine gynecologic care to managing chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure. BENEFITS:

The traditional practice is still the most common model in Kentucky.

If you visit the doctor frequently, have a chronic condition or take multiple prescriptions, it may be worth considering a concierge or DPC practice. Many of these practices offer complimentary meet and greets. Ask questions and consider costs carefully. It’s important to note that DPC practice fees do not cover specialist or inpatient care, so physicians typically recommend patients maintain high-deductible plans or alternatives like health sharing or limited benefit plans. Jennifer Newton is a writer and project manager with WordsFresh.

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ere at Ina Marcella Events, we dig—both literally and figuratively—gardening in our personal lives, which is why unique plant accents are one of our favorite event elements. In addition to their visual beauty, plants are über-functional. Many house plants remove toxins and purify the air, as well as add much needed humidity during the dry winter. We find that they also help brighten your mood during the lingering dark weeks before spring really hits. Best of all, they bring natural, organic texture and color to your home or gathering.

To inspire you, we’ve compiled our top five favorite floral arranging trends for this year. Free-style arranging or deconstructed arrangements are going to dominate centerpieces and bouquets this year. Talk about getting your creative juices flowing; it basically means arranging whatever you want. From mixing florals with paper flowers to accenting planted flowers with cut blooms, you can let your imagination guide you.

Garden Party In-house entertaining experts Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel often find that the season’s best party and home décor is growing right outside your door. On these pages, their on-trend advice for using fresh florals and greenery to elevate your ambiance.

Moss is making a comeback. There are nearly 10,000 species worldwide and they come in all colors. Try adding a little moss into low plant centerpieces, terrariums, floral walls, basically anywhere you want a touch of whimsy.

While locally sourced and in-season food continues to dominate the culinary world, we see this trend growing in plants and florals as well. Nothing conveys the season better than a gorgeous thriving plant. Think tulips in spring, dahlias in summer, and mums in the fall as the base of your arrangements, while filling in with indigenous greenery like magnolia leaves. Talk about extremes: Dried florals and aquatic plants are both going to be huge this year. They are equally easy to care for. One is already preserved and the other needs to remain submerged in water. Just add a beautiful vessel or jar to contain them, and you are done. Use the Pantone color of the year: ultra-violet 18-3838. Hues of purple can be found in useful and aromatic plants like lavender, rosemary and thai-basil.

5 FAVORITE LOCAL PLANT AND FLOWER SOURCES We truly love plants and their versatility in our homes and events. Embrace them and use them. These are our favorite shops around town for fabulous plants and florals. Nanz & Kraft

141 Breckenridge Lane, 4450 Dixie Highway, 2415-A Lime Kiln Lane

Ina got her start there and if you ever have a plant-related question, they are an incredible resource.

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806 E Market Street

Just walking into the store gets inspiration flowing. They specialize in unique blooms and have a serious eye for design.


1731 Frankfort Avenue

This modern, beautiful shop will make you wish you brought a cup of coffee to sip while you sit and chat about plants with the knowledgeable staff.

The Plant Kingdom

Farmers’ markets

This is truly one of our favorite places to wander when it’s time for a home or yard refresh.

With spring just around the corner, we love visiting our neighborhood farmers’ market for the freshest local flowers.

4101 Westport Road

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3 IDEAS THAT TAKE FLORALS BEYOND THE CENTERPIECE While nothing sets the mood better than a beautiful centerpiece, don’t limit your use of plants to tabletops. The benefits of floral elements apply to your entire room. We love nothing more than surprising our guests with clever event decor, and plants are an excellent tool.

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Use a large leaf as a placemat or instead of a charger. Our favorite option is the Monstera leaf. They can be ordered in bulk from your favorite florist. Floral hoops and wreaths will be all the rage this year. From vine wrapped hoops hanging from the ceiling, to floral wreaths adorning the heads of brides, these folk-art inspired pieces will make a modern statement.

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Your preferred local florist now delivers your preferred spirits, too.

Work with your chef or mixologist to incorporate in-season flowers and fresh herbs into your menu, then create major wow factor by adding those elements into your décor. If mint is on the menu, then it should be used in décor throughout the event, creating a sensory experience that goes beyond your food and beverages.


Ina Marcella Events is a full service event planning and creative consulting business coowned by Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel. With shared backgrounds in the arts and non-profit management, and a mutual passion for community engagement, Ina and Marcella have developed a unique approach to event planning aimed at creating inspired one-of-a-kind events for their clients. Ina and Marcella have been friends for twenty years and each is married with three kids.

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Summer Eliason This popular jewelry-and-interior designer just launched Rock Magic, a children’s accessory collection, and opens her own retail store this month. And she does it all with style. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


dmire a statement necklace or pair of shoulder-dusting earrings at a gala in this town and, inevitably, the wearer will announce that they’re Summer Eliason originals. Since launching her first eponymous collection of repurposed jewelry and accessories in Fall 2007, the energetic designer has quickly become a favorite of Louisville’s best-dressed set. She’s the accessory designer you can turn to for head-turning, outfit-transforming accessories that make you look—and feel-like the life of the party. She comes to her aesthetic gifts genetically. Father Mark Eliason is the well-

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loved half of Jenkins Eliason Designs, which may be why the other half of her day job happens to be interior design. Summer has that rare ability to meld her personal talents and professional interests into one dynamic force. Late last year, she and close friend Katie Rhawn launched Rock Magic, a children’s accessory and t-shirt line, and in just a few weeks, she opens a retail space on Frankfort Avenue devoted to home and personal décor. And, yet, she also manages to be a very hands-on mom to her two adorable boys, Halston, 5, and Hutton, 2. We caught up with her to see how she balances it all so beautifully.

You’re launching your third jewelry collection. Why? My life wasn’t quite hectic enough! It was funny, I’d been helping my friend Katie decorate her kids’room and she said, “I just want to follow you around and be your apprentice.” I told her I had been thinking about doing a kids’ collection, but I didn’t have time and I would love to do something with her. We both have two boys and we’ve really bonded over that. Somehow, we decided it would be fun to do this together.

What’s the concept for the children’s line? We just wanted it to be bright and fun and whimsical. We tried to make it sturdy. We put some little animals in some of the necklaces and some boy things too. My kids love dinosaurs and zoo animals, so we put some of those into our pieces. We also create some with sand and a little pet necklace. I like to think that there is something any child can wear. We have little leather cord bracelets and chokers in neon colors. Her son is artsy and will wear the choker. My oldest, Halston, is five and he’s not doing it.

Where are they sold? They are going to be sold at my new store on Frankfort, Summer Eliason Design, which will be interiors and jewelry. Right now, we have it at Clodhoppers and AJ’s in Lexington. We’re just starting to get it out.

How involved are the boys with your jewelry making? They definitely get involved. They’ve grown up with me having a jewelry table that has tons of tiny little beads with everything on. Sometimes they want to play with it a little, but they understand that it’s my work.

What made you decide to open a store? I wasn’t planning on going out on my own with a store. But, the thing is, the jewelry is great for holidays and great for Derby. But it’s not as big during the other months of the year. So, I have picked up interior design clients here and there. And then I still have walk-in

accessory clients. The store will give me a home base and allow me to have a space to combine what I do under one roof. I will spend part of my days designing for the three collections (Summer Eliason, Summer Bees and Magic Rock) and part of my day doing design. I still haven’t figured out how often I will personally be at the store, but my mom will help some and my dad may possibly come in. I’ll also have a little room in the back for the boys.

How do you juggle owning your own businesses and being a mom of two? I have always spent Mondays with them—since Halston was born. I like structuring my week like that. And my days are flexible, so I can take him to swim team and pick him up or be home with him when he’s sick. I love that I can be there to do those kinds of things. But it does work a little both ways. Having that flexibility means that I also have to fill orders and answer calls at home.

What advice do you have for other moms who might want to work for themselves? I feel like owning my own business has been great. You have to be self-motivated to get the work done and grow your business, but it’s nice because your schedule is your own. I watch some of my friends with 8 to 5 jobs and children and I see how hard it can be for them to be there for the little things. Being your own boss can make your schedule a little all over the place, but, for me, it’s worth it. It’s nice to have the freedom to be there when they need you. 


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For The Love Of Art Next month, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation joins the Fund for the Arts in creating two uniquely Louisville celebrations that support our local artists. The Awards in the Arts and Opening Night at the Races promise to raise money and awareness while providing unforgettable cultural experiences. Don’t miss out.

Soozie Eastman, Anthony Raspberry, Brigitte Taylor at the 2017 Awards in the Arts



ouisville has always been a city that nurtures and honors its arts culture. Even more so with the unique partnership of the Fund for the Arts and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation that formed to further the support of our vibrant arts community. For the third year in a row, both organizations, along with Churchill Downs and fabled entrepreneur Joy Mangano (who Lawrence portrayed in the movie Joy), will co-host the Awards in the Arts on Saturday April 28, 2018 at Churchill Downs. The second year of this exciting event (for ticket holders only) benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts. It’s an evening of celebration where seven individual artists and arts organizations that foster our arts community will be honored with $5,000 awards to advance their work. Last year’s winners included actor Tim Daly, Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, Kentucky Shakespeare, Louisville Story program, LaNita Rocknettes School of Dance, set designer Paul Owen and book binder Rachel Mauser. Previous recipients participate in the selection committee. “It is a true privilege to leverage the proceeds of this event to bring joy,

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creativity, and so much more to everyone across Jennifer’s hometown,” said Meredith Lawrence, Director of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation. The event features a premier cocktail lounge, dinner, awards presentation and exclusive performances in the Churchill Downs’ Stake Room. Last year 750 guests attended the sold-out event where a net of $400,000 was generated for the Jennifer Lawrence Art Fund at the Fund for

Artist Tyler Robertson at the 2017 Awards in the Arts

Miranda Popp (Orange Carpet Host) with the 180 Degrees Production crew at the 2017 Awards in the Arts

J.P. Davis, Christen Boone, Karen Lawrence, Meredith Lawrence, Lauren DePaso, Eric Gurevich at the 2017 Awards in the Arts

Last year, 750 guests attended the sold-out event where a net of $400,000 was generated for the Jennifer Lawrence Art Fund at the Fund for the Arts.

Louisville Ballet Artistic Director Robert Curran and Juila Carstanjen at the 2017 Awards in the Arts.

the Arts. But the awards ceremony is only part of the excitement generated during that week by this partnership. The Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs will also partner to showcase the arts community in celebrating Opening Night of Derby Week. In this one-of-a-kind, it-could-only-happen-here celebration, local artists will be selected to perform and create a variety of artistic experiences throughout the race track and on the big board throughout the evening. It’s a can’t miss occasion that highlights the best of our city’s unique cultural offerings.

Join other race fans and those attending the awards event and kick-off Derby week in style with this “Dress to Impress” occasion. The Lawrence Foundation for the Arts and Fund for the Arts have announced orange as the color of the week. Ladies are encouraged to wear cocktail or party dresses while gentlemen sport their sharp pants and dress shirt while a tie is optional. The signature accessory for Opening Night is a headpiece, whether it’s a fascinator, hat or headband. The idea is to be creative and have fun. “We look forward to bringing guests exciting arts performances on Opening Night and supporting local artists for the third year,” Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “There is no better way to kick off Derby week than a celebration of Louisville’s world-class horse racing and vibrant arts community.”

IF YOU GO David Mauser, Josh Mauser, Bailey West, Rachel Mauser (2017 Emerging Leader in the Arts Award winner), Caitlin Kannapel, Dr Alan Mauser, Suzy Hillebrand

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community 1959: The Fillies select a gold horseshoe pin as the club’s symbol.

The Fillies Turn 60 In 1959, Francis Askew Davis and sixteen friends formed The Fillies Club in order to support the Kentucky Derby Festival committee. They’ve been galloping ever since.

1971: The Fillies incorporate as a nonprofit organization.



hen the fledgling Fillies Club was formed sixty years ago, their three-part mission was clearly defined. The seventeen intrepid women, lead by Francis Askew Davis, pledged to “work on the club’s new signature event, the Fillies Derby Ball; further the fame of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and place a two-dollar bet on any filly entered in the Kentucky Derby.” Six decades later, their duties—and membership—have expanded exponentially. The Fillies now number 250 women who, in addition to the fabled Fillies Derby Ball and the selection of the Royal Court, have added float-building, tea party planning and a fabulous fashion show to their growing list of all-volunteer contributions. They also manage sales of the fifty-dollar Golden Ticket raffle that benefits the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. (This year, the prize package is valued at over $3,500 and includes two tickets to many events including the Kentucky Oaks, The Fillies Derby Ball, and a hot air balloon ride during the U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest. The winner will be drawn at the Macy’s Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show in March of which TOPS is media sponsor.) Here, in honor of this significant milestone, a look back at some turning points in their illustrious history. 126 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2018

1982: Fillies allow colleges, universities and accredited professional schools in Kentucky or the Louisville metro area to nominate students as princesses.

1984: Fillies Flavours cookbook is published. 1986: The Fillies take on the building of their float in the Pegasus Parade, on which the Queen and her Court ride.

1991: Fillies pin changes from a golden horseshoe to their historic crest.

1998: Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation founded. 2002: All proceeds from the Fillies Derby Ball earmarked for KDF foundation.

2008: The Fillies Children’s Tea debuts.

20??: The Fillies Fashion Show debuts.

1999: Princess nominations opened up to any Kentucky or Louisville area women who are full-time college, university or accredited professional school students.

MEET THE FILLIES The Fillies now number 250 civically-minded women, including these officers and chairwomen of some of their fabled events, below.

Glenda Thorne PRESIDENT

Debra Rayman


Ashley Hoffman

Jamie Hammond

Jocelyn Dave

Kimberley Brown Gant



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TOPS is thrilled to be the media sponsor of these traditionsteeped Fillies events: The Fillies Derby Ball which includes the crowning of the Derby Queen, and this year includes an historic exhibit, takes place on Saturday, April 14. Tickets are $200; tables of ten are $2,700.

The Children’s Tea with the current and former Derby queens and princesses takes place on Sunday, April 29, 1 to 4 at The Crowne Plaza. For more info, go to

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Beaux Arts Ball February 17 Brown Hotel Benefiting VOICES of Kentuckiana | Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Heather Mann _Bill Menish (_emcee & auctioneer), Michael Adams (Beaux Arts Ball coordinator)

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




Dancing with the Prospect Stars February 18 | Bill Collins Ford Lincoln Benefiting Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce | Photos by Robin Conway

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Shakespeare in Love Gala February 7 21c Museum Hotel Benefiting Kentucky Shakespeare | Photos by Anissa Pate

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Saving Mothers Saves Lives Lifehouse Maternity Home is a community resource for women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy. We provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of pregnant and/or parenting teens and women and their children -- both born and unborn -- in a Christ-centered home environment. Our name is intended to inspire hope for those looking for direction. Our Annual Unity for Life Event gives us the ability to continue serving the women and children of our community each year. Lifehouse is honored to host actor and speaker, Kevin Sorbo, for our most important fund-raiser in 2018. Join us for a beautiful evening at the Henry Clay and enjoy dinner while hearing about the everlasting impact Lifehouse is having on the women and children of Louisville. For ticket, table or sponsorship information contact Lifehouse from the information below. If you need help with an unplanned pregnancy or would like to support Lifehouse, please contact us at: 502.897.1655 or go to

Annual Unity for Life Event Presents

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April 14, 2018 The Henry Clay 604 S 3rd Street

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March events MARCH 2


Wine, Women and Shoes

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

Bottoms Up Bash

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

Chefs for Hope

Big Spring Country Club An intimate dinner with five of Louisville's top chefs. This dinner will benefit ProStart Kentucky, a high school program that trains tomorrow's hospitality industry professionals.

shamrock beer run

Waterfront Park Get festive with this exciting 5K. Participants start with a toast of craft beer, then enjoy a 3-ounce beer sample from a different brewery each kilometer. The fun wraps up with a full pint at the finish line! MARCH 6

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome, delivering a notefor-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing The Beatles. Experience the sound of the world’s most iconic band and come celebrate 50 years of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Wrapped in Red Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events serving up a specially prepared, three-course dinner, live entertainment and a live auction featuring exciting trips and one-of-akind items. Proceeds from the gala benefit American Red Cross community disaster programs and services. MARCH 10

St. Patrick’s Parade

The Highlands The 2018 Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Parade theme is “Shamrock & Roll”. As many as 150 units are expected again for this year’s parade that will step-off at 3 pm at Baxter and Broadway, proceeding along the Baxter/ Bardstown Road corridor. Families join a mix of decorated vehicles and groups along the route. As many as 100,000+ people watched or marched in last year’s parade!

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2018 KDF Festival Highlights


Pearls & Pumps

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


Fourth Street Live! Get SHAMROCKED this St. Patrick’s Day at Fourth Street Live! Attend the FREE bar crawl and enjoy live music all day, as well as games and prizes... plus a chance to win a $1,000 pot o’ gold!

2018 Gift of Life Gala

Speed Art Museum The National Kidney Foundation will be honoring the dedicated medical professionals and pioneers in the treatment of chronic kidney disease. There will be a hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, live and silent auction, as well as live entertainment held in the spirit of supporting the National Kidney Foundation and its incredible mission. MARCH 21

LIV “Spring Alive” Shopping Fundraiser

3704 lexington road 502-654-7337 A group of women representing different aspects of the Louisville community (including Elizabeth Woolsey, Amanda Shriber, Annie Locke) are coming together to host a charitable and social event from 6:30 to 8:30. The evening, sponsored by Korbel champagne, will provide an opportunity to shop for the gala season. A portion of the proceeds will go to Maryhurst. MARCH 23

Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior Tour

KFC Yum! Center This is sure to be a night of great music from a country superstar. Special guests will be RED BOW Records hitmaker Chase Bryant and fast-rising star, and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Ell.



Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show

PNC Tour de LouSM

Presented by Macy’s APRIL 14

The Fillies Derby Ball® APRIL 19–29

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


YMCA Healthy Kids Day® Presented by Humana® APRIL 30

Thorntons Great Bed Races MAY 1


Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade Preview Party

They’re Off!® Luncheon

MAY 1–2


Kentucky Proud WineFest

Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville®



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

Presented by American Founders Bank



28 U.S. Bank Great BalloonFestSM

Great Steamboat Race®



Kroger’s Fest-a-VilleSM on the Waterfront

Presented by Kentuckiana Honda Dealers




Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade

Presented by WalmartSM and Humana®

Presented by IBEW Local 369

Celebrity Day at the Downs


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March/April events MARCH 24


Animal Care Society’s Benefit Bash

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

Festival of American Music 1: Kentucky Classics

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Celebrating American roots with music, this great event features both Kentucky-centered music and Kentucky-based composers and performers. Preconcert lecture begins at 7pm in Todd Hall.

NULU Bock Fest

600 & 700 blocks of Market Street The 3rd Annual Nulu Bock Fest event continues an annual Spring ritual tracing back to the mid19th century to mark the changing of the season when the dark German lager, known as bock, was released across the city after a winter of aging. MARCH 27

P!nk Beautiful Trauma tour

KFC Yum! Center Known for her incredible and entertaining live show, international pop icon P!NK will be hitting Louisville. MARCH 28

Alice cooper

Louisville Palace Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal and garage rock, every evening with Alice Cooper is a wicked delight.

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Spring Break Camp at the Speed

Speed Art Museum Would you rather travel to ancient worlds, dream about the future, or stay right where you are? Participants in this camp don’t have to choose. Campers will explore art making of the past, present, and future, compare and contrast artists across the centuries, and put their techniques to the test in their own creations. Runs 9am-4pm for ages 6-9. APRIL 5-8

Young Hearts Theatre presents “Springtime’s for Singing” It is a comedic musical collage of jokes, skits and songs written and directed by Alan Weller to arouse that life-enhancing awakening that bursts forth in the Spring of each new year. Funny, sassy and teeming with lots of your favorite songs, you’ll be toe-tapping right along with our “Rockerettes” and singing along with the cast. Admission is free, no ticket required. APRIL 8


21c Museum Hotel Kentucky Proud presents Freedom Run Farm’s first annual Louisville Lamb Jam, a celebration of the culinary heritage of lamb in the Commonwealth, at 21c Museum Hotel on Sunday, April 8 from 2-4pm, in collaboration with Michter’s Distillery, Superior Meats and the American Lamb Board. APRIL 14-15

Taco Festival

Fourth Street Live! Louisville’s 1st Annual Taco Festival will take place at Fourth Street LIVE! Over a dozen taco and food vendors will dish out a variety of tacos. A kids’ zone will delight the little ones while a margarita bar will entice the grown ups!

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

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

The Fillies Derby Ball

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

KMAC Couture

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

Best Buddies Kentucky Friendship Walk

Waterfront Park This great event raises awareness and funds to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The walk plays a key role in funding Best Buddies Kentucky programs dedicated to one-to-one friendship and leadership development opportunities for individuals with IDD. Registration begins at 9am, the walk begins at 11am, and post-event festivities and awards continue until 1pm.

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APRIL 26-30

Fleur De Flea Vintage Urban Market

Waterfront Park Discover over 150 vendors selling antiques, vintage repurposed, recycled and handmade items. Enjoy the best food trucks, local craft beer and bourbon too. This great event is free to attend! APRIL 18

pints for parkinson’s

Fourth Street Live! Jason Smith the General Manager for Gordon Biersch, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease over 3 years ago. With a love of great beer and a philanthropic heart, Smith created The Pints for Parkinson’s Foundation. Enjoy live music, a boxing ring, beer vendors and more at this great event. APRIL 21

Thunder Over Louisville

Waterfront Park Thunder Over Louisville continues to deliver a pyrotechnics spectacular like no other, an explosive kick-off to three entire weeks of celebration in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. With an estimated average attendance of half a million people, it has become the largest annual event in its region. The show continues to be the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America and also hosts one of the Nation’s best Air Shows. APRIL 24

Taste of Derby Festival

Louisville Slugger Field What’s better than sampling some of Louisville’s best dishes and helping a worthy cause? Not much. Perhaps that’s why each year the turnout increases for the Derby Festival “Taste of Derby Festival”. All proceeds from the event benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Kroger Fest-a-ville & Chow Wagon Concerts

waterfront park Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront returns for its twelfth year in 2018. Sponsored by Kroger, the party starts on the Great Lawn on Thursday, April 26 and runs through Derby Eve. It promises to have something for everyone... and admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin!


Top Hats & Tiaras

CHURCHILL DOWNS MOMSCLOSETCENTER.ORG Come and enjoy a wonderful evening in a private room, with a delicious dinner buffet, racing, private bar and betting windows, all along with a silent auction to raise funds to support Mom’s Closet Center’s mission to help single mothers and their children. MAY 1-3


Kentucky Derby Museum Gala

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

AwardS in the Arts

Churchill Downs This signature VIP event benefits the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts and will celebrate and recognize seven individual artists/arts organizations that help make Greater Louisville’s arts community extraordinary. APRIL 28

Jill’s wish derby cocktail party

CAPTAIN’S QUARTERS RIVERSIDE GRILLE JILLSWISH.ORG Come enjoy food fun and music while supporting Jill’s Wish. Jill’s Wish has a mission to help families minimize their financial struggle while they go through cancer, allowing more time to focus on recovery.

dawn at the downs

CHURCHILL DOWNS CHURCHILLDOWNS.COM Watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders conduct morning workouts while enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast. MAY 3

derby soundstage: Lil Wayne, Cardi B and K. Michelle

KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER KYEXPO.ORG Enjoy a thrilling concert featuring Grammy winner Lil Wayne with K. Michelle and Grammy nominated special guest Cardi B. MAY 13

The Beach Boys

THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. MAY 19

Man and Woman of the Year Grand Finale

THE OMNI LOUISVILLE HOTEL LLS.ORG/KY Celebrate the candidates for Man and Woman of the year with food, cocktails, music and an outstanding auction.

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Kim Hendricks, Heather French Henry, Lauren Hendricks at Applause and Appreciation

Teagan Lucero and Daniel Bishop at the KDF Fashion Show Tasting

TOP SHOTS Bill & Becky Lamb at the Heart Ball

Heart Ball

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Lee Mai performing at Carnevale




Opening in March 2018, the new Omni Louisville Hotel offers a sophisticated experience soaked in the local f lavor of one of the most unique and scenic cities in the country. Take a seat at acclaimed restaurants, Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Neighborhood Services, or get something on the go from Falls City Market, an urban food hall. Indulge at the signature Mokara Spa, or roll into Speakeasy, a bourbon bar with bowling lanes. Book your stay now to enjoy this one-of-a-kind destination.

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