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CONTENTS top notes


Pearls & Pumps Patient Honorees


Derby Diversity & Business Summit


Runway for the Roses


Top Shops: Spring Home Trends


n the w o d from to down y runwa tretch the s


Damaris Phillips: Hometown Girl, Food Network Star


Boutique Spotlight: KDF Spring Fashion Show


fashion: Spring Elegance


Bespoke Fashion Show

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design guru: Trendy Designs


Kitchen Remodel: Renovated Kitchen Updates a 100-Plus-Year-Old Home


Kitchen Remodel: This Kitchen Renovation is Sure to Wow You


Tour of Homes: Midlane Farm

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Special advertising section


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top 5 dining: Comfort Foods

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Eddie Merlot’s: An Upscale & Contemporary Steakhouse

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Special advertising section



Beauty Buzz: Pre-Derby Surgical & Non-Surgical Treatment Timeline



tops cares: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville


supermom: Lesa Buckler


Breaking the bronze ceiling: Jennie Angell Mengel


Calendar: What to Do In Lou

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Out & About


Westport Village Bridal Show


Science With a Twist


American Heart Association Heart Ball


American Red Cross Wrapped in Red Gala


National Kidney Foundation 2020 Gift of Life Gala


Kentuckiana Stroke Association Heart Strings Dinner & Dance


Mary Louise Schrodt Art Show Grand Opening


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inally, winter (if we can call it that this year) is in the rearview mirror. Hello, Spring! That means plans to renovate and rejuvenate with much-welcomed sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Editor-In-Chief Kathy Thuerbach and the TOPS team of talented writers, designers, and photographers are excited to bring you this month’s issue full of timely content. Dawn Anderson visits with Louisville’s own Food Network star Damaris Phillips. She dishes up on her journey to stardom while keeping her beloved city on the front burner. Did you know she is married to a vegetarian and recently won the GLI Thomas A. Edison award? You will find her story delightful and inspiring. Kathie Stamps profiles three of Louisville’s BeSpoke Fashion community, whose mottos are IMAGINE.INSPIRE.CREATE. It’s all leading up to their major show on Friday, April 10th. Taylor Riley takes us to a 100+-year-old Cherokee Gardens home with a new kitchen update. We think you will agree that Vince Kimbel of Kimbel Construction created a dazzling kitchen that compliments the historical nature of the home. Taylor also profiles Rick Miller of Miller’s Fancy Bath and Kitchens, who also wows us with a kitchen renovation at Lime Kiln Lane. TOPS Tour of Homes takes us to Midlane Farm, an 1820 Federal home that has been wonderfully restored across three generations of the same family: Hikes, Hunsinger, and Stephens. This home is filled with Kentucky and Louisville history! You’ll meet Louisville’s “Rulers of Renovations”. Many homeowners are choosing to invest in their homes with updates and remodels. Our advice is simple. Choose an expert to help you. You’ll save your sanity and enjoy your ‘new home’ for many, many years to come. Go ahead! You deserve it.

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Pearls & Pumps Patient Honorees The Pearls & Pumps event on March 21 at the Omni benefits Baptist Health Foundation of Greater Louisville and is a day to celebrate cancer survivors. This year, Jackie Solomon and Michelle Henderson are the two patient honorees featured at the event. BY KATHIE STAMPS • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER


n January 2019, the week before her 36th birthday, Michelle Henderson was diagnosed with ER/PR-positive breast cancer in her left breast. She discovered her first lump by doing self-exams. “Through mammograms, diagnostic ultrasounds and biopsies we learned I had more than one tumor and it had traveled into my lymph nodes,” she says. She underwent 16 weeks of chemo, did well with radiation and opted for a full bilateral mastectomy. Her body wound up rejecting the expanders from the surgery, so over the course of a month she had three scar revisions. Pathology results then showed a combination HER2-positve and HER2-negative diagnosis, so she had the port put back in and is doing chemo until October 2020.

Michelle is single mother to two daughters and is a global contract specialist at Honeywell Commercial Security. From her work and dance family, she has learned “No one here fights alone” and it’s more than a motto. “Baptist Health holds a special place in my heart,” says Michelle. “From my surgeon, oncologist, plastic surgeon and all the way to the Cancer Center therapy staff, I have felt as though my care was as important to them as it was to me. They were always able to ease my fears, control my worries and give me the peace of mind every cancer fighter needs. The Cancer Resource Center is a true patient sanctuary.”


ackie Solomon was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in October 2018. A mammogram caught it extremely early. The week before Christmas that year, Dr. William Hoagland at Baptist Health performed a lumpectomy on her right breast. “I truly feel you need to have trust with your surgeon to go into surgery with a positive feeling and outlook, and that’s exactly what I had,” says Jackie. The surgery was a success, showing clear margins and no issues in the sentinel lymph nodes, yet radiation was recommended. “Two days before my radiation appointment, I felt led to take a pregnancy test and it was positive,” she says. “While we wanted a third child, we expected that to happen after radiation.” Little Ethan arrived on Sept. 8, 2019, and then Jackie completed 21 radiation treatments from mid-October to mid-November. When people would ask about side effects, she told them she couldn’t tell the difference between radiation fatigue and new-baby sleep deprivation. He is a happy, easy baby and his two big sisters can’t get enough of him. “The care I received at Baptist Health was unparalleled,” says Jackie. In addition to her surgeon, she is grateful to radiation oncologist Dr. Carole Scharf. “The radiation techs were caring and sweet, helping to make a scary, vulnerable, trying experience into something manageable and even comfortable at times. I am thankful to have worked with the people I did.”  TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2020 19



he seed for the Derby Diversity & Business Summit (DDBS) was planted over ten years ago as business person and entrepreneur Tawana Bain traveled to attend various conferences on diversity. She couldn’t help but notice the conferences focused primarily on individual diverse populations. Tawana wished to see all diverse groups converging together to strengthen the entire diversity network. She was ambitious enough to think this could be achieved in her relatively new home state of Kentucky. Tawana was born and raised in upstate New York, but came to Kentucky by way of Miami. It was there that she was given an opportunity with her job to transfer to Louisville. She was reluctant at first; but by Derby Week of 2005, she was sold. “I never thought I would become so involved in Derby events. But I’m not surprised given that is what made me decide to stay.” As another decade passed, Tawana held on to her vision for a truly diverse diversity conference. “I made the decision to stop waiting for others to pave the way and to create a platform for intersectionality - the act of bringing all diverse groups together.” She knew she would not be able to go it alone, and was prepared to meet with some resistance at first. In order for her to get this event off the ground, “It took an out-of-state company with DNA of diversity woven into the fabric of its overarching business strategy to step up first.” That company was Proctor & Gamble of Cincinnati, Ohio. While Tawana would have preferred to begin building the original event with a local partner, she was unable to get the local leaders she approached to rally behind the concept “because we were just not there yet.” But once the dam broke, so to speak, it started a flood of enthusiasm and cooperation with corporations from all over the country joining in, excited to establish intersectionality in the South. Tawana is

determined to work with “people who are stepping up because they believe it’s the smart thing to do, who deeply care about breaking the cycle of cultural silos and inequities and not only changing lives but wanting business to be good for everyone.” She’s not willing to settle for those “window-dressing with or paying lip-service to diversity.” So not just any partner will do. “DDBS is about serious business folks leveraging differences to move our community in a positive direction for the next generation and for the betterment of our economy.” One such local passionate partner is Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen, VP of Partnerships Kristin Warfield, and Communications Director Tonya Abeln have been of great help to Tawana in expanding the reach of DDBS. She recalls Bill and Tonya attending last year’s Derby Sneaker Ball during their busiest week of the year and Kristin serving on panels and giving welcome remarks during the opening reception. Churchill Downs maintains an attitude of “We should be doing more. How can we roll up our sleeves?” In addition to their financial support, Churchill Downs is all in, actively sponsoring and facilitating various aspects of DDBS.

Tawana Bain and Bill Carstanjen at the 2019 Sneaker Ball

DDBS has grown from 100 attendees two years ago to over 200 last year to who-knowshow-many this year. Held April 28 through May 2, 2020, the Summit will be based at the Kentucky International Convention Center, but has ignited all over the city with major events that have taken on a life of their own. Derby Fashion Week’s “International Derby Travels the Runway Fashion Show” will be held at 4th Street Live! (Visit to purchase tickets or to sign up for the invite-only model call) The Derby Sneaker Ball and DDBS Awards will be hosted at the Muhammad Ali Center. Exclusive morning Primp & Play parties will help attendees get gussied up for Oaks and Derby at Churchill Downs. Derby Diversity & Business Summit converges culture, business, fashion and entertainment while changing the lives of those involved. It was the springboard for the Ohio

River Valley’s first regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, CIVITAS. High school students got the added boost they needed to create a business plan to introduce more inclusive history education programs in Kentucky middle and high schools that has since morphed into pending legislation. DDBS also gives back with an annual grant to support nonprofits who contribute to supply chain and workforce diversity. People often ask Founder/CEO Tawana Bain how she has had such good fortune or achieved so much success. “The tables I occupy at home, at work, and in my social circles reflect diversity and increase my chances of meeting opportunity. I bring them all together to move the world in a different direction.” If you feel so moved, Tawana invites you to “Register for the conference! Get involved! Become a Financial Contributor!” There is always room at the DDBS table: 

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f only you could watch a fashion show from a really comfy sofa, but it would be in real life so you could see the models and all the details of the outfits. Well, the fourth annual Runway for the Roses at Westport Village does just that. Yep, arrive early to the show at Bliss Home to sit in Bliss Home’s own comfortable sofas, couches and chairs. “It’s exciting. You get to sit in comfortable furniture while you’re watching the show,” says Carmen Schreiber, marketing associate of Westport Village. “There’s no bad seat in the house.”

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The March 19 event starts with a cocktail hour featuring light bites from Steak & Bourbon and Hiko-amon from Westport Village, as well as Atlantic No. 5. The fashion show itself takes place on a raised runway, 48 feet long, where you’ll see models from Heyman Talent (with their hair done by Fusion Salon) showing the hottest Derby and spring fashions from Westport boutiques: Apricot Lane Boutique, Collections, Darling State of Mind, Rabbit in the Moon and Tunie’s Boutique, plus jewelry from Clater Jewelers and men’s clothing and accessories from Shirts Ties N Links. Between each fashion scene there’ll be drawings for giveaways. TOPS’ very own Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Thuerbach, will be among the media reps on stage and Claudia Coffey is the emcee. After the show, attendees will be able to shop for the looks directly from the Westport Village shop owners. “I think it’s a fun way to bring all our boutiques together to showcase the styles in advance of Derby and you can actually shop the looks for a deal right here in the center,” Carmen says. “You can purchase literally off the runway the same day.” 

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MARCH 19, 2020

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Woman of Distinction recipient Marita Willis with Robert Willis and Annie Claycomb

Chef Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery at the Bourbon Classic

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4.10.20 At The Speed Art Museum

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrew Kung MAKEUP ARTIST: Isidro Valencia HAIR STYLIST: Miss Janet Weeden FASHION DESIGNER: Kimberly Phillips LOUISVILLE BESPOKE FOUNDER: Yamilca Rodriguez LOCATION: The Filson Historical Society COLLABORATORS: Derby City Dream Cars/Jama Finney Tammy Meadows/ Kennethia Shalon

Diverse leaders each bring their unique perspective. Our different experiences and backgrounds provide each of us with valuable ideas and insights. By opening ourselves to all perspectives and experiences and inviting diversity into our lives, we will be more creative, enlightened, and understanding.


Life+ +Style


Damaris Phillips: Hometown Girl, Food Network Star


Boutique Spotlight: KDF Spring Fashion Show


fashion: Spring Elegance


Bespoke Fashion Show

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Hometown Girl, Food Network Star

For those who have seen her on television but never met her, having a conversation with Louisville’s own Damaris Phillips is every bit as delightful, energetic, and engaging as expected, with zero pretense. We caught Damaris after a (not atypical) whirlwind of a week spent filming a judging stint on Guy’s Grocery Games, whipping up homemade valentines for her husband, making a puppet at Squallis Puppeteers’ Puppet Hero Prom fundraiser, putting together daily Instagram giveaways...and that’s just scratching the surface. Even while racking up the frequent-flyer miles and hotel points, Damaris manages to keep one foot firmly planted here at home.

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Damaris grew up as the middle child with four siblings in a family that has always loved to eat and to cook for people. Her parents both worked and decided to put one child in charge of dinner each night of the week. Damaris began working in restaurants, bakeries, and cafés in high school. Following graduation, her education and work experience took several twists and turns. Her parents had always told their children that they could be whatever they wanted to be. Damaris believed them, but hadn’t settled on a direction. Eventually, she took off to Seattle with a boyfriend who was preparing to become a doctor. Often left alone in a new city with no other friends or family, Damaris spent days off combing the library for recipes and gathering ingredients at local markets. She watched Food Network as she cooked, and planned dinner parties as her social circle grew. One Christmas her boyfriend gifted her with the book The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School in Paris. In two weeks she found herself back home at JCTC, donning her student chef coat with butterflies in her stomach. Although the long-distance relationship did not survive, Damaris had carried another dream out of Seattle: to become the next Food Network Star. She had submitted a taped audition, but did not get a call until the second round of a subsequent season of the show holding open casting calls. As fate would have it, Damaris had already planned to be in New York for her 32nd birthday. She interviewed there on December 7 and got the good news on December 19, 2012. With absolute confidence in her cooking skills, Damaris had everything to learn about making television. Food Network Star contestants are sequestered for the entire six-week taping. Isolated again from family and friends, “The stakes are so much higher. It skews the importance of the competition.” After so much time away, Damaris returned to Louisville to face months of secrecy and uncertainty. In March, she was notified that she had made Top 3, but couldn’t tell a soul until after another trip back to New York in August to film the final episode and waiting for that to air. When asked how winning Food Network Star changed her life, Damaris says, “People’s perceptions of me changed more than my life.” Fortune does not immediately follow that bit of fame; and Damaris found the industry to be quite volatile as compared to her stable culinary teaching career. But she worked hard

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to build her presence on the network, all the while clinging to her Louisville roots. Her Food Network Star pilot would eventually morph into the successful show Southern at Heart, which ran for five seasons. “I like showing Louisville to people.” She wanted viewers to see her living single in the city and hosting themed dinner parties. If she had that show to do over again, she “would work even harder to be more real.” Working with Rutledge Wood on Cooking Channel’s Southern and Hungry, with Bobby Flay on The Bobby and Damaris Show, and in live interactive and on-demand cooking classes on the new Food Network Kitchen app, she has been able to demonstrate her passion for the history of food and the importance of storytelling. Damaris continues to make steady television appearances as a co-host, judge, or guest on various shows such as Beat Bobby Flay, Good Morning America, and Home & Family. She finds seeds for possible television shows everywhere: in her travels, in live radio shows like Louisville musician Ben Sollee’s Kentucky USA, and in her Bluegrass Supper Club events with business partner Chef Coby Ming and husband Darrick Wood.

••• Damaris and Darrick were married June 13, 2015, against a backdrop of the thousand origami cranes with which Darrick had proposed marriage. He had made them out of love notes, receipts, and ticket stubs from their three years of dating. They first met at a vintage carnival-themed wedding. At the reception, Damaris noticed him throwing his head back with laughter and was smitten. He has certainly put a new wrinkle in her career. Darrick is a vegetarian. Damaris admits that as a celebrity chef and unabashed foodie, she was judgmental about it at first. “I was a little bit of a brat about the way he ate. But falling in love with him has made me a better chef.” In October 2017, Damaris saw her first cookbook published - Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: Down-Home Classics for Vegetarians (and the Meat-Eaters Who Love Them). She has more food writing and cookbook ideas swirling in her head, like bourbon, funeral foods, and her grandparents’ love story.

But before you go thinking Damaris is all work and no play, check out her Instagram filled with photos of every opportunity she can find to play dress-up. Damaris loves costume balls, theme parties, and masquerades. She finds that period dress and costumes allow her to support local businesses like Nitty Gritty, express herself, and break down the barriers to conversation. For as much as Damaris loves Louisville, Louisville seems to love her right back. On January 23, Greater Louisville, Inc. presented her with the coveted Thomas A. Edison Award, “created in 2001 to recognize an outstanding former Louisville resident who has successfully pursued their career while keeping the community close to their heart.” For Damaris, it was an acknowledgement that she is “showing, loving, and supporting this place that means so much to me. While I’m making television, I feel like I’m working in a little bubble.”

Back at home in her own kitchen, Damaris is still literally and figuratively cooking with gas, and (not a little) bourbon these days. Asking her to choose a favorite bourbon is like asking her to choose a favorite child. The burners are pretty full; so what else has Damaris cooked up? The five-year plan is to continue working in television while becoming more rooted in Louisville, grow a tangible business in Kentucky, write more books, perform on a season of The Masked Singer, and then she laughs only half-joking, “World domination!” 

Louisville continues to inspire Damaris with developments such as Logan Street Market, the proliferation of locally-owned fast-casual restaurants, and Chef Space: the kitchen incubator for food entrepreneurs located in West Louisville. All of this “changes what the culinary scene looks like, with more voices and more stories.”

••• The aforementioned Bluegrass Supper Club is also intended to create community. These food centric experiences allow for deeper, local connections in what often seems like an increasingly fractured world. For more information, visit TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2020 33

Boutique Spotlight:

KDF Spring Fashion Show Don’t know what to wear to Derby? Here’s your answer. Macy’s Presents the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show. Cocktails, dinner, the KDF Fashion Show and the opportunity to purchase official 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival merchandise—it’s all happening on Thursday, March 26 at Caesars Southern Indiana, beginning at 5:30pm. The latest spring fashions on the runway come from locally owned boutiques. Let’s meet three of them. BY KATHIE STAMPS • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Six Sisters Boutique


atie Meinhart is the owner of Six Sisters Boutique. She opened the store in August 2017 on East Market Street in NuLu as a one-stop shop for the working woman to find women's clothing and accessories, as well as gifts for home and baby. Katie will be involved with the KDF Spring Fashion Show for the 10th time personally and the third time with her boutique. “Always fun to see other girl bosses and owners in Louisville at one event together,” she says. “Whether it be florals, bright colors or easy breezy linens, I think everyone can expect to be awed by the fun fashion brought to the stage.” She is always excited to spend time with other small-business retail owners in the area, sharing a mutual passion for fashion and Derby spirit. Katie says the best part of her job is that she gets to shop and play dress-up every day. “Derby season really enhances that for me because I get to help women really go big with their style,” she says. “To be able to dress head-to-toe looks that you won't see every day is just a really fun part of what we get to do at Six Sisters. Both the season and Derby Day make for the best party of the year.” Remember when Justify won the 2018 Kentucky Derby? Katie will never forget the season leading up to that first Saturday in May, because Six Sisters Boutique was listed in the New York Times, and she and her staff ended up shipping out 50 hats on the Monday and Tuesday of Derby week “to women all over the country who were having Derby parties in their own cities,” Katie recalls. “It's bigger than even we realize. The Kentucky Derby is an event known around the world.”

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Darling State of Mind


en Neutz, owner of Darling State of Mind, is participating in the KDF Spring Fashion Show for the third time and she is thrilled to be showing everyone at Caesars some spring looks from her store. She has not one, not two, but three locations of her boutique Darling State of Mind. Westport Village, Middletown and Shelbyville Road Plaza all have a storefront of Darling State of Mind clothing and merchandise, including jewelry, accessories, shoes and home décor items like wall art and pillows, with everything at an affordable price. The fashions are almost always under $50. Jen doesn’t believe in price gouging for Derby, y’all. Her fascinators average $30. That’s right, that’s it, thirty. “We’re convinced we have the least expensive fascinators in Louisville,” Jen says. “We really do offer affordable fashion.” At Derby time and throughout the year, Darling State of Mind has customers as young as high school students to people in their 60s, with everyone finding what they want and need, from dresses to tops and pants to outerwear. Now, what’s hot for spring? “Jumpsuits are huge, especially midi length,” Jen says. “Leopard print is insanely popular.” For shoes, Darling State of Mind is stocking plenty of platforms and wedges. And platform wedges. Born and raised in Louisville, Jen is all about the Kentucky Derby and the entire season surrounding it. “It’s a nostalgia thing,” she says. She and her husband, also a Derby City native, even got married at Churchill Downs. “It is the one event that everyone literally loves in our city,” she says.



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tephanie Susemichel’s vision of showcasing on-trend fashions at a good price point came to fruition in early 2016 when she opened Magnolia & Fig on Shelbyville Road in Middletown. “I didn’t want it to cost you a car payment to get a nice dress for Derby or for a wedding,” she says. Stephanie has a ton of fabulous Derby looks this year. “One of my big focuses every year is that I only order six pieces of each item,” she says. “It will stand out at the track. You won’t go to the Oaks or Derby and see your dress on other women.” At the KDF Spring Fashion Show, you’ll see fashions from Magnolia & Fig on the runway featuring unique details and a lot of texture, like lace overlays, and some bright neon pieces. “Neon is surprisingly flattering on a lot of different complexions,” Stephanie says. Stephanie is a Louisville native, so she grew up with the Kentucky Derby as a focal point. “It’s an institution in your life. You’re out of school for Oaks, you plan for months for Derby, you go to Thunder Over Louisville in college,” says Stephanie. “It’s more than the actual horse race. Derby is part of our Kentucky heritage.” She especially appreciates the local aspect surrounding the Kentucky Derby Festival festivities, because customers from all over the place want to support local shops and restaurants. “I love that whole culture around Derby,” she says. “It’s inclusive and really unites the city.” 

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spring The Fillies Ball is just around the corner! Here, Dillard’s at St. Matthews Mall presents the perfect looks for this celebrated occasion. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER STYLED BY SARAH MITCHELL

This look can be found at Dillards. Jewelry provided by Kendra Scott (Mall St. Matthews.)

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Both looks can be found at Dillards. Jewelry provided by Merkley Kendrick.

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Led by fashion designer Yamilca Rodriguez, Louisville Bespoke is an entire community of designers and models, makeup artists and hair stylists, photographers and videographers, and all the other experts it takes to produce fashion in the Derby City. This year’s fashion show features the work of nine designers. Let’s meet three of them.

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If it’s custom-made, it’s bespoke. A dress, suit, pants, jeans, shirts, shorts— bespoke garments are made by hand, one piece of clothing at a time. The word bespoke has been around for 400 years. The Louisville Bespoke Fashion Show is celebrating its fourth annual event in April. BY KATHIE STAMPS PHOTOS BY STEVE SQUALL

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nother repeat participant, Laura Patterson showed her designs in 2017 and 2018, and can’t wait for the 2020 Louisville Bespoke show. “It's always my favorite event of the year,” she says. “It is so exciting to be a part of such an amazing showcase of talent and art in the beautiful and classic Speed Art Museum.”

Laura’s line, Cannonball Swimwear, reflects her own design aesthetic and personal appreciation of fine quality, from the materials she chooses to the care taken in every stitch sewn in each garment. Her wish is “that you love your body in all that you wear.” Growing up in Louisville, Laura learned sewing and dressmaking from her mom and grandmother. Athletic and adventurous by nature, Laura loves to surf, eat foods she’s never tried, and take Polaroid pictures in places she’s never been. She has traveled the world to take in the sights and activities (and fabrics!) endemic to Hawaii, Central America, India and other exotic locales. As for the Louisville Bespoke 2020 theme of breaking the mold? “Swimwear has throughout history pushed the edge of society's expectations of women,” Laura says. “I think that continuing to move forward with innovative and exciting designs showcased by women of all ages, shapes and ethnicities may break the mold in and of itself, so perhaps we're already doing just that by being exactly who we are.”

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esigner Lisa Kahl-Hillerich will be participating in her third Louisville Bespoke fashion show with her denim line called RoxyNell. For the 2020 theme of “Breaking the Mold,” Lisa says her approach for her new denim fashions will be about “unexpected types of denim fabric and finishes—things that people may have not have seen used for blue jeans before.” Intriguing, to be sure. Lisa launched RoxyNell in 2016, naming the line after her grandmother. A Louisville native, she spent 25 years in corporate America before following her heart and creative passions. Lisa says, “When I turned 50 I left my corporate family and began my journey, seeking my new calling.”

When she had custom jeans made for herself a few years ago, she enjoyed the experience so much she decided to start her own business of making jeans that fit. She sold each pair of custom-made jeans to one client at a time and then started selling them with trunk shows around town. “After having some success and partnering with a tailor we now have a brick and mortar store in NuLu,” Lisa says of RoxyNell on Market Street. Customers can try on jeans at the store and have them altered, or choose a design consultation and 10-point measurement for custom-made RoxyNell jeans from scratch. Make that bespoke jeans.

Kimberly has owned her own bridal and formalwear design business for a dozen years now. This fall she will celebrate five years with her own line called the Graceful Peony Bridal Collection.


For the 2020 Louisville Bespoke show, Kimberly’s pieces on the runway will include bridal gowns and formal gowns all in her chosen color palette of white, ivory and gold, with scattered silvers. “I’m taking a royal stance to it,” she says. “I have some things up my sleeve.”

Known for her elegantly simple and classic designs, Kimberly’s gowns and Derby-worthy formalwear have a timeless appeal with a modern silhouette, and she almost always uses flowing fabrics. “I like to see fabric move,” she says. She is inspired by nice fabrics that have a great feel, like chiffon and satin.

Kimberly went to Western Kentucky University for her bachelor’s degree in design, merchandising and textile. On campus, she made costumes for theater productions and really honed her custom skills. Now she sees clients in her hometown of Brandenburg, Kentucky, a beautiful city along the Ohio River. “My whole goal is to keep it as simple as possible, so it’s simple when I'm with the client,” she says. 

ridal designer and formalwear designer Kimberly Phillips is showcasing her bridal gowns and formal gowns for the third year in a row at the Louisville Bespoke Fashion Show.

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At Home


design guru: Trendy Designs


Kitchen Remodel: Renovated Kitchen Updates a 100-Plus-Year-Old Home


Kitchen Remodel: This Kitchen Renovation is Sure to Wow You


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Trendy Designs Three Builders Share Top Tips For Remodels, New Construction BY TAYLOR RILEY COURTESY PHOTOS


ou have spent hours on Pinterest and flipped through dozens of Architectural Design magazines to assemble a plan to construct the home of your dreams. But, will your design stand the test of time, unlike the ones of decades-past? (Yep, we are getting major flashbacks to burnt orange couches of the 1970s and neon signs of the 1980s.) Whether you would like to reinvent an existing space or start brand new, there are a few things you should know when remodeling or building. Three local builders give you tips for a trendy and personalized palace.

Smaller, Not Bigger In years past, the dream home was a gigantic 5-bedroom, 5-bath home, but not so much these days say these three local builders. Vince Kimbel, owner of Kimbel Construction: Customers want a smaller, more affordable-sized home that “still gives them the budget to include nicer features throughout.” Joe Kroll, owner of Joe Kroll Builder: Middle age or older customers want smaller homes with less maintenance and upkeep, like those he works on in Norton Commons. Tom Waller, owner of Signature Homes: “(Clients are) reconstructing their lives to make them simpler.” Younger families, like those with young children and dogs, are still creating family homes in traditional homes with more land. Now, the dream home for most people is 2,400-to-2,600-square-feet.

Remodeling Remix Are you trying to decide whether to move into a brand-new home or to remodel your current home?

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Vince: “Well, each client is different, but the trend is moving toward a remodel. The cost of new construction is getting very expensive, and with less and less land/lot options available, building a new home can be outside a comfortable budget for many people,” he says. “Renovating an existing home, whether it be a whole house renovation or a kitchen, bath, or outdoor living project, can add value for a lot less cost than building an entire new home”, says Vince. “Many of the clients I talk to already love their neighborhoods and their adjacent amenities and the thought of leaving a home they’ve been in for a while is not desirable, so modernizing an

existing home to give them the features they need is perfect,” he says.

Wide Open Spaces Tom: Open floor plans are still trendy. In his homes, he sees simple lines and shorter, 10-foot ceilings on the first floor with 8-foot door openings. “I’m not seeing a lot of wasted space,” he says. “Older clientele are asking for real hardwood floors,” says Tom. Vince: “A trend I see as most desired is the Craftsman-style home. These homes include tapered columns, wider eaves, exterior window surrounds, and flat trim details. The flooring I like to recommend most is, and

will always be, hardwood,” Vince states. “It’s easy to care for and gives any home a timeless look.” Indoor entertainment spaces like theater rooms have been exchanged for outdoor entertainment, whether it’s a screened porch, a grilling area, or an in-ground pool. “I think homeowners want to enjoy their homes year-round and having a special place outside with these types of amenities makes them love their home that much more,” Vince says. Joe: “Younger people want engineered hardwood, which has a lot of variety and less maintenance.”

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he uses are naturally more efficient.

All three builders agree their customers want a personalized pad.

Tom: “Our projects use foam insulation to increase energy efficiency, and thus lower the client’s electric bill from approximately $235-240 to $185-$190 a month. A tankless hot water system can also help homeowners save money.”

Vince: “My company has never built the same plan twice, and I enjoy a unique design.” He always recommends that clients go neutral on cabinetry and countertops, then add color on walls, draperies, and accessories. “I’ve seen a lot of older homes get renovated, so I can say quite certainly that neutral countertops that got installed back in the 80s still look pretty good, but I haven’t seen one teal or fuchsia-colored countertop that still looks good today,” he says. Tom: Quartz countertops and backsplashes, for example, can be customized in a variety of color choices. Another trend Tom has seen is families adding two laundry rooms in a home, one for the top floor where kids sometimes sleep, and one on the bottom floor. This can save time and is less dangerous for parents who carry linens up and down the stairs.

Energy Efficiency

Vince: “(Kimbel Construction) was the first ENERGY STAR custom builder in Kentucky in 1999. I think it’s absolutely a must to consider energy-efficient practices. These save our clients money from day one. Incorporating ‘green’ and energy-efficient products like efficient windows and doors, insulation, effective air sealing, and properly-sized and efficient HVAC equipment, can make a home the most comfortable home a client can ever live in,” he says.

Technology Tom: Many of his customers are asking for high-tech security systems that open and close garage doors, and cameras throughout the interior and exterior. 

Joe: Clients in Norton Commons haven’t gone completely green, but most products

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Renovated Kitchen Updates a 100-PlusYear-Old Home BY TAYLOR RILEY • COURTESY PHOTOS


ince Kimbel, the owner of Kimbel Construction, remembers the day he first saw a Cherokee Gardens home. The exterior was beautiful; it was an over 100-year-old carriage house design that "took your breath away". The original carriage doors that the horses and carriages used to walk through are still in the home and are one of the first things you see as you enter the home. When Vince walked through the doors, he saw the architectural elements that had potential, but the kitchen looked like a "bad 1980s renovation that did not compliment the home in any way, shape or form," he says.


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o, the new owners wanted to update the kitchen to something expected for a house of that character but with modern conveniences. The previous owner had designed the kitchen to be very modern with cool, sterile white cabinets, grey countertops, and a grey tile floor. There were white appliances, white walls, and white windows that "made it look like a can of white paint had just covered everything," Vince says. Vince and his crew went in and added warm colors and textures with rich, stained custom cabinetry, Marvin windows and doors, period style flooring in reclaimed wood from Lexington, rare stone countertops, modern stainless appliances like GE Monogram 48-inch range and farm sink, and a stunning island that is the centerpiece of the kitchen with its intricate wood details and butcher block countertop. "This home already has many interior brick walls throughout and in the kitchen. It was our job to uncover these hidden brick facades and/ or add new brick to complement the new finishes in the kitchen," says Vince. Vince and his team spent seven months completing the kitchen and entire home renovation. They worked closely with the owners, architect, and designer to "make sure that (the client's) overall vision for the project came to life," he says. "As with any project of this caliber, it's important to listen, take lots of notes, and organize and translate what needs to happen to the crews that are doing the work. It's my job to not only oversee the project, order materials, and schedule contractors, but it's very important to look after the details that make a project one of a kind!" The clients were "absolutely thrilled" with the project. "We've worked with Vince on several major remodeling projects on our home," the clients say. "We have an old house and wanted someone who could maintain the original character while also adding modern amenities. He always came prepared with complete bids and provided detailed plans and billing. We also felt very comfortable with the quality and integrity of all his subcontractors. Vince kept us informed on each step of the process, and when issues arose (which is inevitable in construction), he always let us know what was going on and had a plan to get back on schedule. He is honest, hard-working and great to work with. Vince is more than a GC, he is a trusted friend, and we highly recommend Kimbel Construction." 

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Since 2016, Robby and Lauren Neutz have been expertly flipping houses, turning worn down places into exciting new spaces. Their business is called Neutz Flipz, and they've been likened to a Louisville version of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper Story. "Friends and family loved our style and asked us to start remodeling their bathrooms and kitchens," Robby says. "Things just really evolved, and we now do full interior and exterior remodeling for clients in the Louisville area." Neutz Flipz is helping the residents of Louisville flip their houses into homes they th love. In addition to their design-build construction business, Lauren is also a Realtor with Kentucky Select Properties. "This has really added value for our clients,� she says. "If a homeowner is planning to sell within the near future, we advise them on upgrades that will bring them a return. We can keep them from outpricing their home in their neighborhood." The Neutzs bring great value with their combined expertise in real estate and construction. The integrity, passion, and pride in their work always shine through. Let's take a look at a recent project that Robby and Lauren took on- an entire second floor remodel in the Highlands.

"It started out with two bedrooms and a bathroom," Robby recalls. "The problem was, the ceilings were barely over six feet. Because of this, the homeowners could not actually include those bedrooms and bathroom as usable square footage when they were ready to sell. So we raised all of the ceilings, as much as 11 feet at the highest point. Not only did this create some really cool angles and personality in that ceiling, but we drastically increased the homeowner’s equity. They will now see a return on this square footage." "We eliminated the bedrooms and made it a master suite loft," Lauren says. "We fully remodeled the bathroom and enlarged the shower. We exposed the brick of the chimney to enhance the character of the home. One of the homeowners had colonnades in storage that were built by her Grandfather. She asked us to incorporate them into the remodel. They went well with the existing hardwood and time period in which the home was built. It was really special to be able to incorporate something so sentimental." The end results are spectacular to behold.


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This Kitchen Renovation is Sure to



kitchen is often-times the most utilized space in a home, from entertaining to simply sipping a cup of joe in the wee hours of the morning. Designer Thom Brawner, along with Miller’s Fancy Bath and Kitchen, created a room, which was once dark, now see the light. The project, which consisted of the customer’s entire kitchen and family room off Lime Kiln Lane, took approximately six months to perfect, according to Rick Miller, owner of Miller’s Fancy Bath and Kitchen. It was once a dark, closed-in kitchen that didn’t meet the entertaining needs of the client. Rick says they wanted a kitchen that would “make a statement with more natural, cleaner finishes and a lot of storage.” And that’s just what they received.

Thom, who has designed for the company since 1993, went to work creating a space that left the customers pleased, according to Rick. The company first raised the ceiling several feet and installed a coffered ceiling. Next, the floor was exchanged for a mosaic marble. Miller’s installed Perimeter cabinets, stained cherry and with a gray highlight on the island. The countertops, by Cambria, are quartz, and the backsplash was book-matched Cambria, as well. To finish the space, the faucets and hood were installed in a polished nickel. Rick says the customers are “really enjoying” entertaining in their light and unique space. For more information on Miller’s Fancy Bath and Kitchen, go 

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the middle of bustling Hikes Lane stands a historical home that seems to be somewhat out of place amongst more modern architecture. But, at one time, the 1800s-Midlane Farmhouse was standing solo on many acres of rich land suitable for agricultural operations.

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eorge Hikes came to Louisville around 1790 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Traveling down the Ohio River via flatboat, he brought with him his wife, Barbara Oleweiler. They settled on land given to Hikes for his service in the revolution as a Colonel. Around 1820, a Federal five-bay L home, typical of the time, became the home of George Hikes Jr. and has remained in the family through the present-day passing through the hands of many generations.

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idlane Farm has been updated over its almost 200 years, never altered in drastic fashion, according to its website. The back and side porches were additions around 1870, electrical was added around the turn of the century, coal, then oil, heat was added in the 1920s, and indoor plumbing was added in 1948. All the systems were completely updated in 1983 when Barbara and Ed Stephens did an extensive renovation of the home. Preserving the historical integrity during the process, all the windows, doors, moldings, plaster, and general look of the house still appears as it would have centuries ago.

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ow, the homeowners, the Stephens' son Chas and his wife Kim Laramore-Stephens live there and operate it as an Airbnb and event venue for weddings, receptions, showers, parties, and business meetings. Chas focuses on the management of the outside grounds, gardens, and buildings, and Kim takes on the interior. Chas is a lifelong Louisvillian and is passionate about the community. He loves showing off his 4,200-square-foot home, resplendent with three bedrooms, oneand-a-half bathrooms, and traveler's quarters. He's known for taking his guests out on the town to show off all the city has to offer. "We love to interact and become friends with the repeat customers," Chas says. "If they're not familiar with Louisville, we let them experience the beauty." Kim was born in Texas and grew up in Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. She's the ultimate Southern lady who is an amenable hostess to those staying in the guest house and may want a drink in the fire-lit den. The couple met in high school, and after both ended previous relationships, they met again as adults and have been together for almost ten years.

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acquaintances. They try to keep the details of the home as close to the period as possible. "We know the history of the home (and we believe we) have an obligation to the family members to keep it the same," Kim says. "We embrace what it is." The kitchen is original, with a few updates of a brick and wood backsplash, a bright window, and white wooden cabinetry. The home contains a large dining room with an added chandelier the couple found "junking."

Photos of people of the past line the walls in memory of family members and each room has a few pieces of the couple's southern folk pottery collection. Past the living room and small powder room, the parlor holds small events with two period pianos and furniture from the 1700s and 1800s. Chas' mother lived in the home before the couple, so they put their spin on the decor, adding antique furniture that looks like it "belongs" in the house, says Chas. "It's an evolution of tastes."

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he den is a compilation of the couple's travels and past lives with multiple college flags, Derby memorabilia, and license plates. This room shows the couple's personality, as they chose to use "poetic freedom" when decorating, says Chas. "Everything in here has some meaning," he says, possibly also meaning the couple's dog Rufus who snores on floor. Avid collectors, you can often find them driving miles and miles for a particular antique piece they saw online or heard about through

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ou can reach the bedrooms and master bath by either of the two staircases in the home. A twin Shaker bed and period wooden desk located in what the couple calls the Spinning Room, also appropriately holds a spinning wheel. Past another bedroom is the master bath with a 1913 clawfoot tub that sits on top of black and white tiles. The bathroom was updated in the 1940s to add a vanity and, soon, a stand-up shower. Steps lead up to the master suite, which holds the couple's collected antique furniture, including a four-post bed.

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he couple's house is available for guests to rent, but most of the time it is a space for the couple to enjoy. Even though a lot of the furniture was made to look like it was original to the home, it was still essential to feel comfortable, Kim says. The couple loves spending time together in the mountains in Northeast Georgia, but they say Louisville will always be home. 

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arry Doss is the General Manager of Rayburn 1, and he exemplifies the kind of integrity, hard work, and ingenuity that you can expect from the company. “I started as the tile guy, and I still am, I guess,” he quips, regarding his specialty. He’s been a friend to the Rayburn family for over 20 years, and they are happy to have him on the team. His expertise has earned him the nickname of “MacGyver,” after the famous TV hero immortalized by Richard Dean Anderson. He could get out of any jam and save the day using his guile, resourcefulness, and whatever he could find lying around. Larry is originally from Louisville, but he comes from a military family, and that meant that he moved around a lot growing up. He followed suit and served in the Air Force during the 1980s, and is happy to once again call Louisville his home doing what he loves. “We will always take the time to make things right with our customers,” he says. “I have hands that make people happy.” To get Larry on your side along with the rest of the Rayburn 1 team, visit

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get calls from people all the time. They will often ask ‘Are you like a lot of other guys in the construction business?’ I know exactly what they mean,” says Steve Hartung, owner and founder of Java Construction. “I’m proud to tell our clients that we put time management and communication as top priorities. We hope you like us today, but we hope you like us better when we are done.” Steve has been in construction for 40 years. He leads a team of qualified general contractors including his son, Austin. “Sometimes we’re going in different directions and other times we’re working together, but I’m very proud of his commitment to the job,” Steve says.


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teinbock Interiors offers award winning, full service design as well as remodeling. “We provide high end results for an affordable price,” says Lisa Steinbock, the owner and lead designer for the highly regarded company. Bringing 23 years of experience to the field, Lisa oversees all projects that her company embarks on, be it as simple as custom window treatments or as complex as commercial or top level residential design or remodels. They also work with local builders on new construction design. Lisa and her staff, in addition to working with local clientele, also have worked in various locations throughout the U.S. “We cover every aspect, whether it’s paint color for one room or a multi million dollar home or office,” Lisa says. For further information visit or on Steinbock Interior Design Group.

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e want to be your lifetime design partner and provide customized, functional, and beautiful design solutions,” says Kristen Pawlak of KP Designs. She’s committed to making your experience a fabulous one. “We are full-service interior designers, so we are professionally trained. We create your designs and provide all of the items that go into the process. It starts with our design vision and expertise, coupled with our extensive product resources. We receive and provide quality control of everything, and then our team installs your Dream Rooms. We provide follow up and stand behind all that we do.” The KP Designs approach is highly organized and customized to you and your needs. With a vast array of products from a network of fine interior furnishings suppliers, the locally owned and operated business is part of the largest in-home design organization in North America, Decorating Den Interiors. This renowned organization has been in existence for over 50 years, and they make a big impact with a vast offering of items. KP Designs also has an in-studio contractor, allowing them to offer turnkey design and execute bathrooms, kitchens, and other labor intensive projects. There are many details involved in the decorating projects that KP Designs takes on. “ It takes a small village, and we have that at our fingertips,” Kristen says. “It’s not all about the lowest cost, and we do not compete with the Internet. It’s not all about this certain look or that one. it’s about three letters: Y.O.U.” Check out for more insight.

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Drew Hickok



rew Hickok highly values process, character, and tradecraft. Each Trade Works Remodeling project is designed, planned, and executed with three core principles. The first is “Plan the work; work the plan!” Drew says. “In order for a remodel to go well, a plan has to be made and followed. It’s hard work, but ensures a beautiful space and positive

remodeling experience.” The second is, “We strive to happen to things before things happen to us. We proactively communicate through the entire design process and project with a daily presence on your site, a shared schedule, and daily logs. Our third principle is that ‘We strive to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.’” Time is precious, and money doesn’t come easy, Drew respects and acknowledges this by working intentionality and effectively with a high level of care and concern for you and your remodel. “Every member of Trade Works Remodeling has years of field experience as carpenters and project managers,” says Drew. “We have participated in each aspect of home renovation, and offer a hands on approach to every aspect of your project.” Sharing the same goal of providing beautiful remodels while solving challenges and anxieties of a renovation, Trade Works Remodeling brings care, conviction, and craftsmanship to your home repairs or remodels. Trade Works Remodeling specializes in designing, planning, and executing whole house, kitchen, and bath remodels, room additions, even handyman services! Visit, where you can find project photos, learn about the process, and get started on your project.

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Alissa Sample Lombardo



ome and design are not only passions but big business for Alissa Sample of Housing Associates Realtors. As a Top 5% producing real estate agent in Louisville, #1 in her brokerage for the second year, and with $7.5 million in revenue in 2019, Alissa built her business from the ground up and takes a similar approach with home design projects. “One of the most rewarding parts of my job is taking beautiful parts of Louisville history and incorporating modern design elements while preserving their original character and charm.”

Alissa has found an excellent home rehab/design partner in Greg Fickle of Alter Louisville LLC, pictured above at one of their most recent flips - 841 Milton St. in Germantown. They have worked together on several projects throughout the city. “Greg’s design talent is unmatched. We truly feel we are altering Louisville one home at a time. We are changing the face of the Louisville market, transforming neighborhoods with each flip project and it is magnificent to be a part of. I wake up every day excited to go to work and do something I love.” Another pillar of Alissa’s business is catering to the design needs of her buyers. “I get to know them, and truly understand their style and preferences in home design.” Beyond aesthetics, Alissa uses her business savvy and experience to determine what investments will be profitable and make the most sense for her buyers’ financial goals. This brings us to sellers. Alissa knows what sells. Staging, design, and knowing the buyer market are key components of her success in home sales. Her numbers speak for themselves. She is an objective advocate guiding clients “from contract to closing table,” negotiating potential pitfalls, and preserving the value of this most important investment. “A client today is a client for life.”

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Lyn Mabry



multitasker who keeps on her toes, the extremely approachable Lyn Mabry brings an intuitive sensibility to her work. “Beyond what might be trendy at any given time, I’m interested in finding what makes each of my clients unique,” she says. “What is it that nourishes them in their lives, their interests, and their passions? It’s all about the fruition of the vision that they have. I help them determine exactly what that is and then make it real. We bring it to life!” Leading a group of interior designers and certified stagers, Lyn knows that her skills can benefit anyone, whatever kind of area they wish to make beautiful, warm, and engaging. As a small design firm, one of her greatest strengths is that she can be very dynamic. “The thing is, interior design is for everyone- all spaces could use the help of a designer,” says Lyn. “We serve a full spectrum, not just those of particular status.” Another fantastic service recently added to the list of services offered by Living Spaces by Lyn- you can have this team manage your move, making one of life’s biggest headaches a breeze to go through. “Whether it’s young people just starting out who are too busy with work to find the time or the elderly or anyone in between, we can remove that hassle and let you focus on living your best life.” To get started, visit

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Brett Mathis



real estate agent as well as a master of remodeling, Brett Mathis leads a team that can serve your home buying, selling, inspection repairs and rejuvenation needs, leaving you to rest easy knowing the professionals are on the job. “The way I see it is that the more tools you have at your hands, the easier it is to get the job done,” Brett says of Mathis Properties, the company he has built through his hard work and dedication through many years in the industry. Brett wears many hats. In addition to being a top flight real estate agent with United Real Estate Louisville, he’s also a contractor. Finding a client their “diamond in the rough” dream home is something he loves doing. Showing you a house as your agent, he has no issues getting his clothes dirty inspecting the attic, roof, crawlspace, and doing an overview of the entire property identifying problems to you that will most likely be brought up during an inspection. So hiring Brett as a realtor will save you money and time with only needing to make one trip to a property. He can tell you on the spot what needs to be fixed, how much it will cost, and will prepare a visual walkthrough of your project before you have to sign anything. Even if you’re interested in flipping houses, Brett’s your man. “Every house that we have remodeled has gone under contract within 48 hours,” he proudly says. Visit for more insight.

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ou might know Amy Wagner from her expertise in staging and design, but have you heard that she also has her General Contractors License? In addition to Reflections of You, by Amy, Ms.Wagner also owns A & K Home Services, a stellar group of experts. With her General Contractors license, Amy bids, coordinates, and oversees all aspects of kitchen and bath remodels, painting, removal, and installation of flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing, appliances, lighting and more. “We can provide as much or as little as a client needs,” says Amy. A & K Home Services is a sister company operating with Reflections of You, by Amy. All projects run through the Chenoweth Square location. For inquiries, call Reflections of You, by Amy at 502.384.3660.

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Alex Fransen



lex Fransen’s Derby City Pools & Outdoor Living is here to create your custom outdoor living experience. Putting almost 25 years of landscaping knowhow to work for you, Alex and his crews will design and create a luxurious oasis for you, right in your own backyard. “We handle it all,” he says. “From design, permitting, installation/construction, and maintenance, we offer you a full service, high end pool and outdoor living lifestyle, the kind that you can enjoy and entertain family and friends for years and years to come.” Derby City Pools is locally renowned for creating beautiful outdoor living spaces, and the glowing reviews keep pouring in. To take the outdoor living at your home to the next level, visit

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They say if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. With the unpredictability of the weather as winter gives way to spring, these local restaurants are a great place to gather - rain, snow, or shine - for the comfort foods we all know and love. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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Highland Morning

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he two Louisville locations of Highland Morning are “Mom & Pop and proud of it!,” according to co-owner/operator Michael Coe. His father and cousin are business partners, and several more family members work in the restaurants. The original Highlands location has been open for ten years, St. Matthews for four. Michael was raised in St. Matthews, attended Trinity High School, and has worked

in the restaurant industry most of his adult life. As evidenced by the decor, Highland Morning is “really big on local pride.” With regard to customers, “We are the diner of Louisville and part of the fabric of their lives.” Highland Morning puts love into everything they do. The food is not only made from scratch; but the recipes actually have research and development behind them. For example, every element of the Biscuits ‘N’ Gravy was studied, the ingredients and preparations selected for authenticity. The recipe has earned them the people’s choice award in multiple Louisville Annual Gravy Cook Offs. The breakfast menu has filling favorites such as the best-selling Baja Benedict: two

eggs cooked to order atop Southwestern corn cakes, Spanish chorizo, sliced avocado, chipotle peppers, topped with fresh pico de gallo, avocado hollandaise sauce, and cilantro-lime crema. Or try the Biscuit and Gravy Omelette. (Michael cautions you may need a nap after that one!) If you fancy a sweeter start to your day, you can’t go wrong with Extra Large Buttermilk Pancakes or the Stuffed French Toast with fresh blueberries and strawberries. For Spring 2020, Highland Morning’s menu is getting a revamp. A few items will be dropped and six or seven new ones added. Favorite comfort food items will remain, but according to Michael, “We also like to flex our culinary muscles and come up with flavor profiles that are a little more exciting.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2020 97


Goose Creek Diner



he Southern home-cooking of Goose Creek Diner has been satisfying customers since owners Chris and Anne Mike opened it in October 2003. Chris first worked in the restaurant business at PoFolks in Bowling Green, Kentucky, while studying at WKU. In Louisville, he worked at Garrett’s Hickory Grille and for the foodservice company Sysco. As a restaurant owner, Chris is very hands-on; and the food from Goose Creek Diner is made from scratch. “We believe in high quality for a very reasonable price. With our good portions, you will never leave hungry.” Some comforting favorites are Country Fried Steak, Chicken Fried Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, Mom’s Meatloaf, and their Goose Creek Hot Brown: sliced, smoked turkey served over toasted white bread and topped with homemade Mornay sauce, smoked bacon, and tomatoes. Goose Creek Diner also offers weekly food and drink specials, pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers, and plenty of seafood options during this Lenten season. For Friday

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lunch or dinner (or any day of the week) choose from Blackened Tuna Caesar Salad, Grilled Tuna Sandwich, Catfish Fillet or Po Boy, Salmon Croquette, Grilled Salmon Fillet, Blackened Salmon Alfredo, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Fried Cod Sandwich, Fried Shrimp Platter, or their customizable Vegetable Plate of three or four sides. Over a dozen homestyle sides accompany lunch or dinner, including stewed tomatoes, fried okra, cinnamon-buttered apples, country

style green beans, white beans and ham, and greens of the day. The atmosphere at Goose Creek Diner is casual and comfortable, with friendly service. They have Sunday Brunch Buffet and catering as well, including whole pies in tempting flavors such as coconut, chocolate, apple, cherry, pumpkin, pecan, chocolate covered cherry, and caramel apple pecan.

Grassa Gramma: Ristorante Italiano



erhaps no other cuisine in the world means comfort food to American palates quite like Italian. Kevin Grangier’s Grassa Gramma serves authentic northern and southern Italian fare that “meets the criteria and palate of locals”. Grassa Gramma translates to “plump grandma” and speaks to the familial love and the work that goes into Italian cooking, as exemplified by the matriarchal Italian grandmother, or Nonna. Grassa Gramma is the third of Kevin Grangier’s Louisville restaurants, following The Village Anchor and Le Moo. With a background in communications and marketing, Kevin enjoys the challenge of the restaurant business: the numerous touchpoints in delivering the dining experience and the immediacy with which impressions are made. From the moment you enter Grassa Gramma, every element of decor is “captivating and meant to draw you in” with the feel of old world Italy. The art, tapestries, marble, and even the dishes are authentic Italian; and the bar features a salvaged 18th century Gothic church altarpiece. Servers receive extensive training in Italian food and wine. Instant familiarity is created at each table as the server greets with and joins in on a Chianti toast. Chef Robert Rice, a ten year veteran of Wolfgang Puck kitchens, sources only the best ingredients: wild-caught fish, organic prime meats, locally-farmed produce. Kevin recommends a starter of Fritto Misto, aka calamari. Pasta Classic Ragu Bolognese (“our signature slow-stewed meat ragu with beef, veal, pork, pancetta, rigatoni & ricotta salata”) showcases the ultimate Italian Sunday Gravy. In a pizza mood? Try the coal-fired “Great Uncle Valentine'' with Clifty’s country ham, pickled jalapeños, dried cherries, ricotta, and rosemary. Expertly executed by Pastry Chef Shelby Notess, the Limoncello Torta: limoncello-soaked sponge cake with lemon curd, blackberry coulis, Italian meringue and housemade lemon macarons will send you to bed with sweet dreams.



ith the success of Goose Creek Diner, Chris and Anne Mike decided “what’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander” and opened Gander: An American Grill. Open for 3½ years, Gander offers a relaxed atmosphere with familiar, satisfying dishes, but levels up with elegant decor and a full bar. Servers here are trained to “read the tables” so that their service style is tailored to

each party, from laid-back to formal. Gander’s most popular appetizer is Fried Green Tomatoes with Gander Sauce, followed by entrées like the Bourbon Pork Chop, Sweet Chili Salmon, Louisiana Shrimp and Grits with andouille sausage, and Prime Rib Tacos with tobacco onions, pico de gallo, and creamy horseradish. The Lunch Specials Menu features some exclusive menu items, such as Backyard BBQ Sliders with pimento cheese and tobacco onions or Strawberry Salmon Salad with field greens, candied pecans, goat cheese, egg, and balsamic vinaigrette. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Gander’s desserts: Butterscotch Blondie, Crème Brûlée, Lava Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, or Reese’s Pie.

While you’re there, be sure to make reservations for Monday Madness from 4pm-9:30pm, Saturday Brunch from 11am2:30pm, or Sunday Brunch Buffet from 10am-2:30pm. Monday Madness offers the weekly Chef’s Special and a glass of house wine or bottle of domestic beer at a very special price. Saturday Brunch selections include Breakfast Tacos, Breakfast Hotbrown, Buttermilk Pancakes, and their Ultimate Egg Sandwich with two fried eggs, smoked bacon, fried green tomato, american cheese, and texas toast. On the Sunday Buffet, find comforting items like Biscuits and Gravy, Fried Chicken, Hot Brown Casserole, Eggs Benedict, Stuffed French Toast, and Made to Order Crêpes and Omelettes.

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Cottage Inn: Home Style Southern Cooking 570 EASTERN PKWY LOUISVILLE, KY 40217 COTTAGEINNLOUISVILLE.COM (502) 637-4325


pened as a delicatessen by Harvey Board in 1929, Cottage Inn at Eastern Parkway and Bradley Avenue serves American comfort food classics, homemade on the premises. Cottage Inn has been owned and operated for the past three years by Sam Zughbi, a New Jersey native who came to Kentucky 16 years ago. As just the seventh owner in over 90 years, Sam gave the interior a fresh, light renovation and redecorating without sacrificing the cozy, nostalgic vibe. He brought in new kitchen equipment and enhanced the menu with additional options including Chicken Fried Steak and seafood platters. While Sam is open to the chef’s choices and customer suggestions, he reassures regulars (some of whom have been around as long as 30-40 years) that the original recipes will remain. The daily Dinner Specials are at the heart

of Cottage Inn’s familiar, hearty comfort food: Turkey & Dressing, Chicken Fried Steak, Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, Hot Brown, Salmon Patties, and Fried or Baked Fish. The entire menu is faithfully executed by experienced cooks such as Head Chef Marty Atkins, who has been at the helm of the kitchen for over 30 years, and Jamie, who has been there for 15 years. According to Sam, “The style of cooking hasn’t changed. We have never compromised quality for profit margin.” For

dessert, Cottage Inn serves cakes, cobblers, and pies made to order from Heitzman Traditional Bakery, which has been in operation in Louisville for over 120 years. Sam Zughbi sees Cottage Inn as “a throwback to a better, simpler time” with an ambience and service that is “like having someone serve you in your own home.” His entire team views itself as family. “The family atmosphere translates to the customers. They really enjoy it.”

La Chasse



hen celebrating a special occasion or for just a night out on the town, but comfort food is what you crave, La Chasse delivers on another level with fine dining and rustic, wood-fired European cuisine. Opened by Isaac Fox in the fall of 2015, their Southern European menu is “prepared with classic French technique and exuberant innovativeness” by Executive Chef Kristina Dyer. Isaac has traditionally worked front of house and behind the bar in his career at Jack Fry’s, the now-closed Vietnamese Basa Restaurant, as Beverage Director at Volare, and now as owner of LaChasse.

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La Chasse is French for “the hunt” and holds threefold meaning to Isaac: 1) Wild game is found in the menu. 2) They believe in using organic, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. 3) It symbolizes “the hunt” for perfection. La

Chasse intends to deliver a comprehensive program with “quality and consistency of food, beverage, and service” at a high level of detail. The menu changes six times per year; their expansive specialty cocktail menu changes even more often. They boast an “esoteric, Southern French wine list” and a tea selection imported from Paris. Comfort food at La Chasse begins with appetizers like Country Pâté and Fried Oysters. Hearty entrées include Kentucky Fried Rabbit with aged Manchego spaetzle, pork belly braised greens, Worcestershire reduction, and cherry-apricot mostarda, as well as a Cast Iron Seared Pork Chop, Braised Beef Short Ribs, and a vegetable Ravioli. Imagine the dining room, with the look of a French country inn by the fireside and service that feels like family. La Chasse recently added dinner service on Mondays from 5-9pm, are partnering with Angel’s Envy for a cocktail dinner on March 23, and have planned a Spanish Wine and Guitar Dinner on June 8, featuring Isaac Fox himself on classical guitar. 



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Eddie Merlot’s™ is described as “an upscale contemporary steakhouse” that at once retains, even exceeds, the best that more traditional steakhouses have to offer while enhancing the menus and physical spaces to expand the boundaries of that classic dining experience. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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ith thirteen locations in several states and two more opening soon, Eddie Merlot’s™ opened in Louisville over nine years ago. Founder and prominent wine connoisseur Bill Humphries named the restaurant after Ed, a fellow board member of a worldwide corporation, who was so taken with the Merlot Bill recommended to him at a corporate dinner. That gentleman is still known as “Eddie Merlot” to this day. “Eddie Merlot’s™ is an homage to the man and his love of a great steak, a great glass of wine and a good story.” In that spirit, guests are welcomed to Eddie Merlot’s™ for nothing but the best in food, wine, ambience, and service.

the only thing that sets this restaurant apart. The 100% scratch kitchen is run by Executive Chef and Eddie Merlot’s™ Regional Cuisine Chef Terry Davidson, originally from Pittsburgh. All meats and seafood are chef-selected and hand-cut. Beef is USDA Prime, a certification given to only 2% of beef in the United States, and aged for 21 days. The menu is “more chef-driven than a typical steakhouse” and the Louisville location benefits from being home to the Regional Cuisine Chef. In the highly-competitive restaurant business, and among premium steakhouses in particular, Eddie Merlot’s™ boasts unique ingredients and a menu that often surpasses expectations.

General Manager George Carpenter started working restaurants in high school and has been in the restaurant business ever since. He came to Eddie Merlot’s™ three years ago. His assistant and Hospitality Manager, Joni Latifi, worked his way up from server in just one year’s time, so impressive was his background, work ethic, and way with guests. Prior to this, Joni studied hospitality and worked in a lounge in his native Albania, and then in restaurants in New York and Martha’s Vineyard. George and Joni have a unique working relationship that has developed into a genuine friendship. They see each other as equals and share a guiding principle that spills over into their work with the rest of the staff, Proverbs 27:17 - “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Among the multitudes of premium ingredients, Eddie Merlot’s™ exclusive Wagyu beef from the cattle of award-winning Tarpoly Creek Ranch in South Queensland, Australia produces some of the finest steaks in the world with the highest marbling scores. The Wagyu is served as a 5 or 7 ounce MS9+ Filet Mignon and a 16 ounce MS7/8+ Ribeye. But what do these letters and numbers mean? “Australian Marble Score equivalents: USDA Choice = MS 1-2; USDA Prime = MS 3-4; Marble Scores 5 and above do not have an equivalent USDA grade, scoring so much higher than domestic cattle, creating richness and flavor not present in domestic cattle.” When your server says, “Excellent choice!,” they may well be understating the dining experience you are about to have with this Wagyu unique to their brand.

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ppropriately enough for Louisville, Kentucky, George and Joni recommend the Prime Bourbon Ribeye - marinated in bourbon, brown sugar, and spices and topped with onion straws. There is a generous list of Enhancements and Sides to accompany your steak, some classics and some “Eddie’s” specials. With their own Maker’s Mark Barrel, this location serves a proprietary Old Fashioned that will pair nicely with the steak of your choice. In fact, their extensive bourbon program rivals any bar or restaurant selection in the state of Kentucky. Oenophiles will rejoice with a bottle chosen from the impressive wine list, 80% of which celebrates so many wonderful California varietals. In this season of Lent, many Louisvillians turn to seafood on Fridays. There are several pescatarian options on the menu, including three distinct oyster preparations: On the Half Shell, Rockefeller Style, and Charbroiled Style. Or really go all-out with a Chilled Seafood Tower for the table, which is composed of oysters, crab legs, and shrimp cocktail. For

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an entrée from the Fresh Fish & Seafood selections, George and Joni would have you try the pan-roasted Sea Bass with julienne vegetables, maple apple cider vinaigrette, and balsamic glaze. Serving up all these delectable dishes are their congenial staff of cooks, bartenders, and servers. George and Joni firmly believe that happy staff equals happy guests. In fact, they prioritize their staff first, certain in their experience that such a pleasant, safe, trusting work environment leads to job satisfaction and a low turnover that directly benefits the guests. They see each member of the staff as a brand ambassador for the company, one who calls guests by name and customizes the experience, “planting seeds” that lead to a “harvest of business”. With an average expenditure of over $100 per individual guest at a seating, they seek to always demonstrate value and validate that price point for the customer. The sumptuous setting sets Eddie Merlot’s™ apart as well. No heavy, dark enclosed

booths here. Instead, the dining room has an open, airy ballroom feel to it, with softer colors and lighting fixtures that give off a warm, amber glow. As George tells us, the space is “purposely designed for everyone to enjoy.” Steakhouses have traditionally catered to a more masculine sensibility, especially in decor, whereas Eddie Merlot’s™ restaurant design is geared to men and women alike. There are also two large, private dining rooms for special events such as business meetings, anniversary or graduation celebrations, birthday or retirement parties, memorial lunches, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Mixers can be hosted in the bar area. Occasionally, they will cater offsite, but must be very selective of venues due to the particular care necessary for consistent quality in their food preparation and presentation. Private events represent one-quarter of the business. Eddie Merlot’s™ gives back by participating in multiple charity events throughout the year and is represented at Taste of Derby and Taste of Louisville. 

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(502) 893-7069 • DIVINITYFINECATERING.COM Danni Waldridge and her team at Divinity Fine Catering have been serving the Louisville area for over 20 years. Starting with customized menus, providing fresh food from scratch, and sending the best serving staff to any event is what makes Divinity Catering so special. “We are family here, and that includes our clients too. Most of the days, it doesn’t feel like work,” she says. Danni also has The Calluci Event House located next to Divinity. This is a small venue space for intimate gatherings, business meetings, birthday parties, showers, or any pop -up retail space. It is named after Danni’s two daughters - Cali and Lucy. Learn more at and Both businesses are located in the heart of Crescent Hill on Frankfort Ave.

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Lauren Downs brings a background in architecture to her career as a realtor, she’s ready to put her drafting experience to work for you. “I have a real passion for design,” she says. “I love to take the stress out of the process for my clients by helping them come up with exactly what they are looking for in their new homes. I’m here to guide them to the perfect spaces, where they can live and grow happily.” With an engaging personality, Lauren is dedicated to making every step along the way as simple as possible- even fun. To put her to work for you, visit ldowns. or call (502) 595-8065.

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When it comes to your health, Rêve Body Sculpting can improve, not just your appearance, but also your overall physical well-being. The Rêve technique utilizes LED lights and is all-natural, noninvasive, nonintrusive, and nonpainful. “It’s always wise to invest in your health,” says Amy Stone, the owner of Rêve in Louisville. “We’re here to help you along on your journey wherever you start. If you need to lose 100 pounds or five, we are here to help you.” Amy is now partnering with Practitioner Miranda Sommer, FDN-P, an expert in the field of Nutrition and Functional Medicine. “This is a complete nutrition and lifestyle blueprint for health,” Miranda says. “The Metabolic Reset is an individualized education, coaching, and support program. It’s designed to transform your lifestyle and habits, allowing you to lose weight and keep it off. It produces an average of 20-30 pounds of weight loss in six weeks with minimal exercise, just real food. Both of these revolutionary, individualized programs help you reach your health goals, and together, there is no faster way to natural and sustainable fat loss.” You can find out more at and Amy is available at (502) 709-4492. Miranda is at (502) 727-3393. TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2020 109

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Jamie Estes has 26 years’ experience in promoting restaurants, food and beverage companies, hotels and chefs nationally. The all-female powerhouse team that she has created has opened 100+ restaurants and launched dozens of successful campaigns for innovative food and spirit brands.. Regionally, EPR represents The Brown Hotel, Barn8, Northern Kentucky Visitors Bureau, Bardstown Bourbon Company, and Decca. EPR clients can be seen in the pages of the New York Times and Garden and Gun and on broadcast networks like CBS Saturday Morning, Bravo and the Food Network. EPR was named a 2019 “Best Places to Work” and Jamie was named a 2008 Woman Business Owner of Distinction by the NAWBO. She served as founding president of Les Dames d’Escoffier Kentucky, a founding board member of Bourbon Women. Currently, she is on the Advisory Board for the University of Alabama’s School of Communications.

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FLEURDELISCONTRACTING.COM “Honestly, my work is my hobby,” says Lori Hargis. “I’m always either searching for flips or working. I love old houses and the challenges of making the best use of space. “I want everyone to know that the process of improving your home doesn’t have to be scary. I think people are so afraid of bad experiences that they put things off and live with situations that they aren’t truly happy with. Everything is fixable, and I will be with you for every step along the way.” She’s a designer as well as a contractor, devoted to helping her clients build a vision for their living space, then making it come to life. Lori is dedicated to building trust through constant communication. Thanks to her outgoing personality and commitment to her profession, her clients find her both easy to catch on the phone, as well as to communicate with directly. Lori is a mom with a daughter attending U of L and a son at UK. She leads a team that’s like an extension of her family, dedicated to making big things happen, and even beyond that, she’s got top experts at her fingertips to fast track dreams into reality. When Lori goes to work for her clients, you will find her on the site guiding the process, step by step. You can find out more about what Lori can do for you by calling her directly at 502.309.4342. She will be happy to hear from you.

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Dee Dee Taylor 502 Hemp (502) 654-7100 • 502HEMP.COM When it comes to her company, 502 Hemp, Dee Dee Taylor has a simple edict that she lives by. “Quality, integrity, and knowledge matter,” she says. “502 Hemp is your local CBD Wellness Center.” Her manufacturer, Commonwealth Extracts, has been audit certified cGMP, which means their level of cleanliness and other practices are pharmaceutical grade and second to none in the hemp business. Commonwealth Extracts is her husband’s company, and they create her quality Kentucky Proud CBD oils, CBD topicals, CBD Gummies, CBD capsules, and more. Together, Dee Dee and John have set the gold standard in Kentucky when it comes to quality CBD products and knowledge. In addition to her Middletown location, 502 Hemp has added a new shop in La Grange. Here, Dee Dee has taken her mission in promoting wellness a step further by offering classes in yoga, muay thai kickboxing, and fitness boot camp along with guidance on how hemp and CBD may improve your life. 502 Hemp has also expanded into Simpsonville and Shepherdsville, reaching even more people with her quality products.

Lizzy Neutz Advent Equity Partners (502) 443-1063 • ADVENTEQUITYPARTNERS.COM Dedicated to improving communities, Lizzy Neutz brings youthful energy to real estate. She specializes in buying apartment buildings and creates opportunities for financial freedom for her investors. She’s also the founder of the Empowering Women Networking Group, which hosts a monthly entrepreneur meetup at the Manhattan Project. “I wanted to create a communal space for professional women to network and thrive,” Lizzy says. “It’s through building these connections that we can become stronger and more successful.” The events feature hands-on activities and occasional speakers, with an emphasis on interactivity. You can find out more at the Empowering Women Networking Group on Facebook or To find out more about what Lizzy can do for you in the real estate world, visit

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t's mid-March with a little more than seven weeks until Derby fun‌parties, parades, steamboat races, balls, and those exciting days at the track! It's time to make your finest accessory - YOU! - look its very best! The key to any feature-enhancing treatment or service is balance and proportion, de-emphasizing the negatives and enhancing the positives. The real secret is a well-executed plan, so no matter the procedure, it's the talent behind the tool that makes the difference between an average and an overthe-top result. Every. Time. Here's a list of our favorite pre-Derby treatments to plan to look your best this spring.

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We recommend minimally invasive procedures that require approximately 1 to 2 weeks' recovery time for this time frame. Tighten the neck and lower face with Renuvion or FaceTite. Renuvion is performed with IV sedation and FaceTite with either IV sedation or local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and a medication cocktail. Liposuction may be combined with these procedures and still have a 2- to 4-week recovery. A neck strap is worn for one week all day and a half day the second week. For patients who don't want even the tiny incisions used in these treatments, Profound is an excellent choice. Profound will not only tighten skin but also brighten the tone and texture of the face and body, melt fat, and add dermal volume similar to a filler. Profound can be combined with laser treatments and can be done on the full face and neck (or body, like cellulite and banana rolls), or Profound can be done on just regions of the face (upper or lower). We love the Profound neck lift, facelift, or brow lift! For your body, we have a noninvasive 4-treatment series performed once a week: BodySculpt (tightens abdominal and buttock muscles while reducing fat and tightening skin), Exilis, Vaser Shape, and UltraShape Power which reduce fat and tighten skin.

1 to 2 weeks out So close to Derby, we rely heavily on our myriad injectables to face and lips restoring volume and collagen; Bellafill, Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella to name a few. Neurotoxins are always popular to ease lines. Don't forget the prescription skincare to make your skin glow in the spring sunshine (or outshine the storm clouds. After all, it's Derby time!) Early spring is a great time to schedule light to medium depth laser resurfacing procedure. With our several "fractional" lasers (Sciton and CO2RE), you will heal faster while revealing smoother skin and treating red and brown spots and wrinkles. Our lasers are also very effective for spider veins and hair removal for those spring legs. Microneedling devices like Fractora are also popular closer to Derby with shorter recovery time (1 to 3 days) compared to Profound (1 week). 

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hen you think of Habitat for Humanity, you think about volunteers building houses. Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville has built or renovated more than 525 homes in the Kentucky counties of Jefferson and Oldham. Building houses is the ‘what’, and the ‘why’ is to change lives. “Working alongside homeowners, volunteers and generous sponsors, Habitat for Humanity builds decent and affordable housing that creates change for families that is transformative and lasting,” Rob Locke, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro

Louisville. “Home is a powerful tool that affects everything from education to health. Affordable homeownership helps families succeed and our community thrive.” Locke says Habitat for Humanity partners with families “to provide a hand-up, not a hand-out.” The homes are not free; they are sold at cost to the Habitat homebuyers with a 20-year mortgage at 0% interest. The homeowners will have a monthly mortgage payment after they attend 25 different financial and homeownership classes and workshops, and put in 400 hours of sweat equity on their own home.

Four new Habitat builds are scheduled to start in March and two new builds are on the calendar for April, including a build during April 15-25, the Mayor’s Give a Day Week of Service. In June, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville will have a Women Build to celebrate the women’s suffrage centennial. Habitat has 22 employees who focus on affordable housing solutions and 20 employees in the ReStore locations, and community volunteers are always welcome to help Habitat fill over 10,000 opportunities throughout the year—on the construction sites of the new builds, as well as by working directly with the homebuyer families and at Habitat ReStore. Anyone and everyone can donate furniture, home goods and appliances to Habitat ReStore and the public is welcome to shop there. Proceeds from sales support Habitat’s mission in the Louisville area. As of March 2020, there are two Habitat ReStore locations in Louisville, on Taylorsville Road in Hikes Point Plaza and on Rowan Street in the Portland neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, community and hope through housing solutions of homeownership, community development and home repair.

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“Every volunteer experience is unique and the impact you will help create in a family’s life will be lasting,” said Trish Tobbe, Volunteer Programs Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. No previous experience is needed before volunteering on a construction site. There are other ways to donate your time and compassion, like mentoring and communicating with homebuyers and helping the site selection committee acquire real estate. Habitat is the largest user of the Landbank Authority, the agency that deals with distressed properties and vacant lots within the city. “Bringing people together to transform lives through homeownership is at the heart of our mission,” Tobbe said. “We believe in the power of volunteers working side-by-side to provide safe, affordable homes for families in need of decent housing.” One of the newest programs of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville is its Community Development and Home Repair Program. Launched in 2016, it involves making home repairs and improving the streetscape in Louisville’s underserved neighborhoods where Habitat has an investment. Habitat has worked in five West Louisville neighborhoods so far, completing 54 home repairs, hosting 8 neighborhood events and working on neighborhood beautification projects in alleyways, community gardens and public parks. Last year, the Community Development and Home Repair Program added a component to address critical home repairs. In the East Portland neighborhood, community volunteers and residents completed 11 exterior, minor home repairs in 2019 in addition to 10 critical home repairs. “Habitat’s work in the community provides an opportunity for people from all different backgrounds and cultures to put their faith and God’s love into action to build homes, community and hope,” Locke said. “It’s through the process of working side-by-side that ‘you’ and ‘me’ becomes ‘us’ and ‘we.’ And we realize we are far more alike than we are different.” 


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ur March SuperMom Lesa Buckler, owner of Details Furniture Gallery and Design, does not remember a time when she wasn’t interested in design. And when her two beautiful daughters came along, “I took on motherhood like a career,” she says. Lesa was born in Lebanon, Kentucky and her upbringing was “pure Americana” as she characterizes it. She was the Homecoming Queen who dated the football player. “You can’t get much more ‘Jack & Diane’ than that!” She laughs, referencing the 1982 John Cougar hit song. Lesa continued her studies at the University of Louisville and Sullivan University, earned a Master’s degree from Campbellsville University, and married her high school sweetheart, Richard. When Lesa was 26, her daughter Julia was born, followed a couple of years later by daughter Jacqueline. She was fortunate to be able to let her career take a back seat for a while during that time. “I never stopped learning, reading, and studying,” Lesa says, “to be all

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the girls needed me to be.” This was the same dedication she had given to studying design. Beautiful environments always fascinated Lesa, from interiors to landscapes to fashion. Her mother taught her to sew; and by junior high Lesa was designing and making her own clothes. She recalls trips to Baer Fabrics and department stores in downtown Louisville, shopping for fabrics and fashions. Lesa also remembers telling her daughters that she would one day have a brickand-mortar design store. She manifested that dream, opening Details in 2001. It was here that she taught her daughters the importance of having fun, working hard, and how to deal with the public. Details has been steered successfully, even through tough times like the 2008 recession. “Richard and I are constantly working on growing the business and educating ourselves through all the changes. We never rest on our laurels.” Their guiding principles are “kindness, happiness, understanding our customers, and loving what we do.” They are most proud of their growth, retaining a huge client base, and continued education to maintain their high quality and level of design. Even on vacation in Florida last month, they made time to tour the 3rd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Palm Beach for more networking and design inspiration. “The business takes every effort. We never leave anything to chance.” Lesa and Richard were both raised to understand the value of a dollar. “We value our clients’ money like we value our own.” Both daughters work in the family business,

are also her clients. And her clients become friends. In turn, Lesa does her best to frequent and support local businesses. Outside of work, Lesa enjoys golfing, reading, studying history and design, and traveling. Still, her travels mix business with pleasure and include visits to design shops, markets, and open houses. Lesa’s highest priorities are honesty, relationships, having a good time, and working at being the best that she can be. Lesa’s innate ability to relate to others and put others first, regardless of perceived status, was a trait her father told her he recognized early on and helped to nurture. She prides herself in understanding people and human nature, and puts those skills to work.

with Julia also co-owning Vogue Pilates in Louisville and Jacqueline having previously worked in design in Greensboro, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. Lesa is most proud of her daughters and the “kind, smart, loving, amazing women” they have become. “I love them immensely.” As they grew, Lesa transitioned from a “teaching Mom” to more of “a friend Mom, open to their opinions, thoughts, and lifestyles.” The fact that their friends still want to come over to “Mama Bear’s” house, even now in their early thirties, is a good indication of the strength of that relationship. Balancing work and personal life is the classic struggle of the working mother. In Lesa’s case, those lives are intertwined. Her friends

Lesa’s advice for her daughters is to be real, honest, and always evolving in their careers. “Relationships are a by-product of continuing to grow.” Richard always trusted Lesa’s business decisions. “Still today after 40 plus years together, Richard is the absolute best supportive husband I could imagine. He thinks I can do anything! He set an amazing example of what a Dad and a husband should be.” Lesa explains that every woman has a different definition of “having it all” that they have to decide for themselves. And that they can “approach every day with the attitude of working towards having it all.” For Lesa, that means setting aside some time each morning to name three things for which she is grateful and to set an intention for the day, which in turn sets the tone for dealing with the world outside. “When you love your home and your family life, you’ve already won the battle.” 

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ennie Angell Mengel was born Jennie Nita Angell February 28, 1872 in Bay City, Michigan to Richard Angell and Elizabeth Craine. Jennie Angell graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a degree in philosophy. During her college years, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1892, when their delegate to the National Convention fell ill, Jennie traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to represent the Psi Deuteron Chapter. She was appointed there as Grand Council Treasurer of Kappa Kappa Gamma National. After graduation, Jennie accepted a teaching position with Miss Hampton’s School for Girls on Walnut Street in Louisville, where young ladies were instructed in Elocution and English Literature. At the boarding house where Jennie Angell stayed during her tenure at Hampton School, she met Herbert Wheeler Mengel. Herbert, originally from Massachusetts, had moved to Louisville a few years before to join his brothers Charles and Clarence in business, manufacturing wooden boxes and beer barrels. Jennie and Herbert’s romance was followed breathlessly in the society papers of the time. After their engagement, Jennie’s brother fell ill; so she traveled back to Bay City to help look after him. Lest she fall for a rival suitor while there, Herbert chased her up to Michigan and insisted they marry right away. Jennie and Herbert were married in her hometown of Bay City, Michigan on May 15, 1896. The marriage would produce four children: Herbert Jr., Elizabeth Angell, and twins Frances Rawson and Jane Potter. Sadly, Frances succumbed to influenza in 1912 at only 15 months of age.

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throughout the state and reported her concerns regarding illiteracy to the Louisville Woman’s Club. In 1909, her editorial on education was published in the Courier-Journal; and her passion for education led to support of the Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are traits that many women naturally suffrage movement. “School Suffrage” possess, and that can lead to confident decision making andpassed courageous accomplishments. was in the Kentucky legislature They’re also the foundation that can help build a sound investment strategy. Working with a in 1912, which gave educated women financial advisor who complements your investing style and listens more than talks, can help theyour right to vote school boards and you continue making those confident decisions and keep wealth planfor on track. other matters of education. Jennie Mengel was local branch president of the National College Equal

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frage Association convention in 1911, became president of the Louisville Woman Suffrage Association in 1915 and 1919, and was elected president of the Louisville League of Women Voters in 1921. In 1925, at the age of 53, Jennie earned a Master’s degree in history from the University of Louisville. She went on to teach history at the university and was named Adviser to Women.

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By 1900, C. C. Mengel & Bro. Company was a multinational lumber business, employing hundreds of workers in Louisville and owning vast expanses of commercial property and fleets of ships for transport. With the success of the Mengel family business and the growth of their family, Jennie had stopped teaching, but remained active in the community. Among several, her memberships included the Louisville Monday Afternoon Club and Kentucky Library Commission. In 1906, Jennie visited many rural schools

On September 8, 1934, Jennie’s daughter Jane Shulhafer lost control of her car and crashed into a tree on Southern Parkway. Jane escaped with minor cuts; but Jennie suffered two broken ribs, a badly wrenched back, and several torn ligaments. An older companion, Miss Fannie Castleman Rawson, was fatally injured. (No doubt Frances Rawson Mengel, Jennie’s deceased daughter and Jane’s twin, had been named after Fannie.) On September 12, following an operation, Jennie contracted pneumonia. Although doctors were optimistic at first, Jennie Angell Mengel passed away December 10, 1934 at the age of 62.

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March events March 5 KDF Festival Unveiled

5-8pm, Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center The first “official” Kentucky Derby Festival event returns for 2020! Meet 2020 Poster Artist and get your personalized Official Poster,purchase 2020 merchandise, and much more! For more information visit

March 5- 6 March Classes at Brasserie Provence: Southern Rhône Red Wines & Capriole Farm Goat Cheese

Brasserie Provence On Thursday, March 5th at 6pm special guest John Junguenet, Co-Owner of Alain Junguenet Selection | Wines of France drops in to Provence for a Pop-Up Event featuring Red Wines of the Southern Rhône Valley. On Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm Capriole Farm Owner Judy Schad presents 5

Hand-Crafted Capriole Farm Goat Cheeses paired with 5 wines presented by Advanced Sommelier Julie DeFriend from Skurnik Wines/Vintner Select. Each class is $45 per person +tax & gratuity. Limited Seating / Reservations Required. Call 502.883.3153 or visit for more information.


6:30-10pm, The Louisville Zoo More than 2,000 intricate lanterns displayed in 65 larger-than-life scenes will illuminate the Zoo this spring. Join us on a fantastical journey along our 1.4 mile trail alongside favorites like our 130-foot-long dragon, walkthrough shark tunnel, fairy forest, and more! Wild Lights at the Louisville Zoo offers more than just lanterns! For tickets and more information visit

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March 6 Summit academy's 7th annual bluegrass, bourbon & bbq

6pm, Muhammad Ali Center Join for a fun, casual evening you are sure to enjoy. Our 6th annual Bluegrass, Bourbon, & BBQ will take place at the Muhammad Ali Center overlooking the scenic Ohio River, and will feature all of the usual festivities including the famous Wall of Bourbon! For more information visit

March 7 ACS Benefit Bash – The Pet Gala

6-11pm, The Olmsted Come join us and bring you friends for a wonderful night of fun!! It will include dinner, dancing to The Monarchs, and a complimentary bar. There will be a collection of high-end silent auction items for bidding, with an exciting live auction following dinner. Most importantly, this event raises muchneeded funds for The Animal Care

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6-11pm, Hyatt Regency Louisville Join us for an evening of Southern Style fun benefiting the participants of Harbor House of Louisville! Tickets include Plated Dinner, Open Bar, Live Music, Live Auction and Silent Auction! Get your tickets today at feathersandfriends.

spring open house at dee's

10am-6pm, Dee's Join us at Dee's for our 2020 Spring Open House where we will say goodbye to winter with: great sales, special giveaways, and yummy treats! For more information visit

March 8 International Women’s Day with Kendra Scott + Louisville Orchestra

1-3pm, Kendra Scott (Oxmoor Center) Join Kendra Scott + The Glenny Girl to celebrate International Women's Day and shop for good! Shop our latest collection, new "Shop for Good" collection, and enjoy complimentary sips & sweets. When you make a purchase during this special event 20% goes back to the Louisville Orchestra! Free to attend. For more information visit kendragivesbacktolouorchestra.

March 13 Louisville Youth Group Pasta Dinner & Talent Show

6pm, Story on Main LYG's annual Pasta Dinner and Talent Show is our most anticipated fundraising event. It is coordinated and executed by LYG’s dedicated Youth Leadership Committee and provides them with an opportunity to take an active role in supporting the

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National Jewelry Day at Kendra Scott

6-8pm, Kendra Scott (Oxmoor Center) Join Kendra Scott + Her Kentucky to celebrate National Jewelry Day! Our insiders receive 20% off plus, register to win a Color Bar Party, snack on our complimentary edible jewels and champagne, and personalize your jewelry bag at our customization station with any purchase! For more information visit nationaljewelrydaylou.

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

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

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8pm, Hotel Distil The heart of Louisville Ballet lies in our devoted Company Dancers. Let’s break some boundaries and help Raise the Barre for these dedicated athletes. The net proceeds of this fundraiser directly support Louisville Ballet’s company dancers by supplementing dancer salaries through a year-end bonus. Additional funds raised will go to The Bruce Simpson Fund at Community Foundation of Louisville, a small endowment dedicated to raising overall dancer pay. For more information visit

Celebrating Mothers Roses & Rosé is an upscale brunch affair hosted at Audubon Country Club. Grab your mother, daughter, sister, and friends to support St. Vincent de Paul Louisville and our mission of providing m e a l s , h o u s i n g , s h e l t e r, a d d i c t i o n r e c o v e r y, a n d helping at-risk youth.

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March // April events March 14 St Patrick's Day Parade 2020

3pm, Broadway & Baxter Ave to Bardstown Rd & Windsor Place Bring your friends, bring your family, bring the nice neighbor who loaned you that mower last year. Often called the “people’s” parade, families join a mix of decorated vehicles and groups along the route. As many as 150,000+ people have watched or marched in past parades. The parade will kick off at 3 PM, starting at Phoenix hill and ending at Mid City mall. Please come early so that you can grab a good spot along the parade route. There will be a lot of fun floats and groups in the parade this year, surely to entertain the wee lads and lassies. Beads, candy and other trinkets will be handed out by the groups as they pass along the route.

Crown of Kentucky Gala

7-11pm, The Henry Clay Celebrate the Crown of Kentucky! Special Guests: The Mixers! Proceeds benefitting the Miss Kentucky

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chance to meet the media in our final scene and witness their favorite styles on their runway! Purchase VIP tickets to ensure an up-close seat on comfortable Bliss Home furniture and receive a swag bag full of great goodies. Hurry because VIP tickets are half way to being sold out! For more information visit

March 19 Down with derby fashion show 6-9pm, Churchill Downs Join us for an evening of fun, style, and dancing at the 4th annual Down With Derby Fashion Show & Charity Auction! This one-of-a-kind runway show and cocktail party will offer attendees exclusive early bird access to the most stylish boutique looks for the 2020 Derby season and will feature over 60 models, some whom are Down syndrome. For more information visit

March 21 Pearls & Pumps

10am-2pm, Omni Louisville Hotel 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 2020, fabulous raffle packages and silent auction prizes, brunch, mimosas, gifts for our guests, and our anticipated cancer survivor runway walk. Pearls & Pumps is for anyone wanting to get the first look at Derby fashions for 2020, support cancer care, and anyone affected by cancer. This is an excellent way to give back while having some fun and it is a great gift for a girl's day out!

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5pm, Bliss Home Experience the hottest Spring and Derby fashion on the runway, featuring fashion by Collections Boutique, Apricot Lane, Tunie's, Darling State of Mind, Shirts Ties N' Links, Clater Jewelers and Rabbit in the Moon. Plus, you'll have a

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March 28

NULU Bock Fest

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12-7pm, NULU NuLu is home to two coincidentally named alleys- Nanny Goat Strut and Billy Goat Strut, thus making it a fitting place for the Bock Beer Fest! Join us as we drink locally brewed blessed bock beers, and as we enjoy safe and fun racing of the goats on Market Street. The 2020 NuLu Bock Fest will be a day full of great traditions, beer and fun! Don't forget, all goat costumes, and fashions will be encouraged. For more information visit


12-5pm, Louisville Waterfront Park Come and enjoy Party Style 5K, some beer then be rewarded with a magnetic bottle-opening finishers medal! Plus all 5K participants receive a long-sleeve performance tech shirt & pint glass. Not to mention 34 ounces of beer are included!! Don’t want to do the 5K? Register for the BrewFest! It’s only $10 plus includes a Pint of beer…. Now that’s what I’m talking about, BEER! This is a 21+ event only. For more information visit

March 26 macy's presents the spring fashion show

5:30pm, Caesars Southern Indiana The Macy’s Spring Fashion Show is Kentuckiana’s premiere fashion showcase of the year. The Fashion Show features a runway of the latest in Derby and spring outfits and accessories by fashion brands and local boutiques. This is a 21+ event. For more information visit

1-3pm, Kendra Scott (Oxmoor Center) Join us to kickoff Derby season with a Kendra Gives Back event with The Fillies! Enjoy complimentary sips & sweets, shop our sparkle, meet the Derby Princesses, and snap your photo in our Derby themed photo booth! When you shop during this event 20% of your purchase goes back to benefit The Fillies and aide their efforts to support Kentucky Derby activities! Free to attend. For more information visit

March 29 Hats Off to Derby with Kendra Scott + Finchy Baby Hats

1-3pm, Kendra Scott (Oxmoor Center) Shop this exclusive Derby styling pop up with Finchy Baby Hats + Drybar + Kendra Scott! Get Derby ready as you customize your hat and jewelry, enjoy exclusive discounts on hats and jewels, and snap your photo in our Derby photo booth while you enjoy complimentary champagne and refreshments! Free to attend. For more information visit hatsofftoderby.

April 4 The Fillies Derby "Pegasus" ball 6:30pm, The Galt House Hotel At The Galt House in the Archibald Cochran Ballroom. Tickets $250 each, VIP Table of 10 is $3,000. Experience an evening of dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. Produced by The Fillies, Inc. For tickets visit or call Jeff English at (502) 572-3856.

Louisville wine walk

1-4pm, Fourth Street Live! Walk through Fourth Street Live! and enjoy wine tastings, food sampling, live music, and more! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Dress For Success Louisville. General Admission, VIP, and Ultra VIP tickets are available. For more information visit

April 10 Louisville bespoke fashion show

6-10pm, The Speed Art Museum Join Louisville Bespoke for an unforgettable evening featuring a highly-curated fashion show highlighting Louisville's top designers. For more information visit

April 17 Gallop Gala

6pm-midnight, Churchill Downs Kick off your Derby season with an evening of fun, laughter, and dancing benefiting Down Syndrome Of Louisville! Meet our celebrity members who drive the mission as we celebrate their success at the 9th annual Gallop Gala presented by Churchill Downs! Funds raised support the Down Syndrome of Louisville Lifelong Learning Centers serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Tickets start at $125. For more information visit

April 18 Chenoweth square derby trot 5-8pm, Chenoweth Square Stop by and enjoy a fun evening full of music, store promotions, and all your Derby needs!

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For tickets visit or call (502) 572-3856. Benefits the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

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Kelly Brown, Hunter Eaton, and Donjay Rice

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Jena Stone with Derrick and Leigh Anne Hughes

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Spring Fling Event NEARLY NEW SHOP March 19, 20, 21 10am-5pm (open until 6pm on 3/19) Hurry in for first dibs on designer spring fashions for the entire family! GO TO SHOPNEARLYNEW.ORG FOR SPRING FLING COUPONS In Mid City Mall (Lower Level) • 502-454-6633 • The Nearly New Shop is a resale store that funds NCJW’s advocacy programs and projects for women, children and families in the community.

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American Heart Association Heart Ball February 8 Kentucky International Convention Center Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Marla Moore, Sean Muldoon, and Ashley Mason

Mari-Elise and Bruce Paul

Emily and Alex Paul

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Dalton Riley and Debra Riley

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Lucas Jean-Marie with Kelci Webb

Marlana VanHoose singing “My Old Kentucky Home”


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Sarah Mitchell, Alyson Wiggins, and Erin Kiziminski

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RACE OVER TO CHENOWETH SQUARE FOR ALL YOUR DERBY NEEDS From brunch to bow ties, hats, shoes, bags and totes, home decor, hostess gifts and beauty services. As always, think Chenoweth Square first.


National Kidney Foundation 2020 Gift of Life Gala February 15 Speed Art Museum Photos by Jolea Anderson

Jeff Ivory and Natalie Kimbell

Karen Crook, Tim Tomes, and Melissa Mershon

Kallie and Peter Sawaya

John Hollanda with Emily and Robert Bowling

Seha Nassar with Ines and Steve Prada

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Kentuckiana Stroke Association Heart Strings Dinner & Dance February 15 Louisville Boat Club Photos by Robin Conway

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Mary Louise Schrodt Art Show Grand Opening February 19 Independence Bank St. Matthews Photos by Robin Conway

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Wally, one of the stars of The Animal Care Society’s upcoming Pet Gala on March 7, 2020.

Maggie will be joining Wallie as one of the stars of The Animal Care Society’s upcoming Pet Gala on March 7, 2020.

TOP SHOTS Trinity and Chad Givens at Rouler 2000

Inaugural Vision Gala

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Edith Wright at the Four Roses Flower Hour

Kristen and Jeremy (Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross Kentucky Region) Jarvi

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