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EVERY DAY IS A VACATION Let’s just say there’s no time for a grand getaway this summer. Or maybe there is, but you find yourself pining for another exhilarating break from the routine. Then let this Staycation & Real Estate issue serve as a reminder that you live in a city where every day can be an adventure. We have bourbon, horses, baseball, museums…the stuff that great postcards are made of. Any one of these out-of-thenorm outings could form the foundation of a vacation right in your own hometown; our columnists Marcella and Ina offer their fun staycation starter kit to help make it happen. Not only is this city a great place to play tourist, Photographed by Danny Alexander but it’s also a great place to buy— or rent (more on that later in the issue). Demand and prices are on the rise and our options range from epic historic homes like the Cherokee Gardens showplace we visited for our fashion shoot to the ultra-modern residences at the sleek Omni Louisville.
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Next Level Fashion Bespoke’s second annual show at The Speed Museum showcased our city’s talent, our commitment to locally-produced products and our forward momentum. Oh yeah, and then there were the clothes. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
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t’s easy to be distracted by the stunning designs that came strutting down the runway at the Bespoke show on Friday, April 13. But the show and pop-up boutiques are the visible representation of this fashion collective’s mission—a mission that has evolved over the past year and a half. “I didn’t set out to do fashion shows necessarily,” says founder Yamilca Rodriguez. “That wasn’t really the intent. The intent was to build a networking community of fashion enthusiasts and it turned out that this city was really ready for local fashion and just came out for these shows.” Moving into the second year, Rodriguez will focus on finding more ways to leverage this interest to create thriving fashion entrepreneurs.
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want to take the essence of this community and grow it and form a network of collaborations that become thriving entrepreneurial ventures,” she says. What that looks like and how that happens is still a work in progress. “We have to pull this forward. I know how to manage projects. I know how to get things done. Watch me.” Undoubtedly, we will. In the meantime, however, realizing that the exciting looks on the runway represent real-life fashion options that you can buy to support local talent is the way for the rest of us to keep the momentum going.
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Urban living is on the rise—literally. The rental residences at Omni Louisville offer a new view of life in Lou— from sixteen to twenty-nine ﬂoors above the city. The ﬁrst tenants move in this month. And, yes, the stunning pool, sky deck and concierge are all included. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTOS BY KAITLYN KEANE
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move downtown offers a lifestyle change in more ways than one. For some, it’s a switch from owning a home to renting a new, glamorous lifestyle. At The Residences of Omni Louisville, that lifestyle comes with all of the luxury amenities of a five-star global hotel. The residential units sit atop the towering building— occupying the sixteenth through twenty-ninth floors. They fill a niche in the downtown housing market: offering upscale high-rise homes for people who would rather rent than own. These modern, glass-clad living spaces with incredible views are intended to attract professionals, singles, couples and empty nesters seeking luxurious downtown living with plenty of built-in conveniences. And they certainly are.
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“It has everything you want,” says local construction sales professional Paul Franklin, one of the first people to rent in the sparkling glass building. “It has the convenience…. I don’t have to mess with I-71 anymore. And the amenities of the hotel are available to me: the marketplace downstairs, amazing views and a great staff.” Not only do those who call the Omni their home enjoy all of the services
available to hotel guests, but they have some of their own too. A dedicated concierge, door-to-door dry-cleaning services, twenty-four-hour fitness center, rooftop pool, sky lounge, fire pit, pet spa with available attendant and bicycle storage and repair space are some of the other perks available to those who are living where others come to play.
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“We used to live downtown and then we moved,” says Franklin. “When this came up, we came back down because we wanted to be a part of it. Louisville has really developed a lot and there’s a lot more to choose from than last time we lived down here. When we got to watch this (building) come up, we were waiting for the doors to open.” So, you might wonder, what does all of this cost? Not as much as you might expect. Most of units are one to two bedrooms listed in the $1,500 to $2,500 range. (Parking in a controlled access parking garage attached to the building costs $110 a month for a guaranteed spot, $150 a month for a designated reserved spot.) Their introduction last month has been met with a flurry of activity and appointments. “All my friends want to come down once we get settled and check it out,” says Franklin. “I’ve already told them I’m going to walk them over to the leasing office so they can be my neighbor.”
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Transforming a Neoclassical mansion into a modern-day oasis was the goal for design duo Lesa Buckler and Christa Rose of Details. The glamorous interior they created achieves all of that and more. BY ALLISON JONES â&#x20AC;¢ PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG JR.
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t the end of a tree-lined driveway stands a stunning Neo-Classical mansion affectionately named Meadowland. Settled on over 80 acres of park-like grounds, this home is an architectural gem that has been lovingly updated by its owners over the last several years. Having lived there for the previous twenty-six, the family appreciated the sense of history and tradition and wanted a design team who could create a stunning oasis while honoring the home’s historic detail and past. Enter Lesa Buckler, owner and principal designer of Details, who had worked with the client’s daughter previously, and Christa Rose, also with Details, who collaborated on a grand creative vision that conveys both a sense of luxury that suits the vast spaces and glamour telegraphed by lush fabrics that give just the right amount of shimmer and movement. The welcoming foyer of Meadowland immediately evokes a feeling of Southern hospitality. The curved stairway, along with the horse bronze mounted
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atop a marble water fountain, creates an impressive focal point. Matching settees cloaked in fabrics by Jane Churchill, complement the wallpaper and the custom-made rugs.
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right and airy, the adjacent living room is the perfect gathering spot. Wing chairs boast a colorful Colefax and Fowler fabric, while a stylish cut velvet pattern, applied to the English-style sofas, is from Cowton and Tout. Oversized pillows donned with a fabric from Maxwell accentuate the plush and welcoming upholstery. All of the fabrics were selected
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to complement the colors in the art collection found throughout the home. “The homeowner had acquired many wonderful art pieces throughout her years of traveling, so we paid homage to them as well as to the color palette that she loves,” Lesa shared. While the homeowner has impeccable furniture selections – like the buffet that
was purchased while in Italy or the Chippendale table and chairs from Bittners – Lesa and Christa gave them new life by layering the dining room in sophisticated textiles. The Brunschwig & Fils fabric adds a stylish twist to the chairs and new accessories throughout the room complement the custom made rug that give the space an overall feel of understated elegance.
Near Goshen’s picturesque horse farms, bask in modern Southern charm, relaxing poolside with family and enjoying clubhouse gatherings with neighbors.
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Nestled in scenic northern Oldham County, escape the bustling roar of the city and still feel the assurance of having life’s necessities within reach.
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We invited Lesa and Christa to share their essential sources for this home:
ozy and intimate, the library is a room that invites relaxation. An abundance of literary selections are close at hand in the built-in bookcases. The loveseat was reimagined with Jane Shelton fabric accentuated with a Cowton & Tout trim. The chairs are finished in a chic Brunschwig & Fils Panthere pattern.
are comfortably seated on the custom built, curved sofa, upholstered in a Colefax and Fowler wool fabric or the stately Lexington Club Chairs. Lesa and Christa enhanced the sofa’s charm with tartan plaid pillows that add an old world vibe. A brass coffee table, purchased in New York, adds a sophisticated twist to the room.
The den is full of surprises. “With massive wood paneling, an expansive sunken bar, mirrored glass shelving, and a baby grand piano, the den gives one the feeling of an equestrian club.” This is a favorite gathering spot when entertaining. If guests aren’t positioned at the impressive bar, then they
“The overall look is livable sophistication with spaces that are comfortable and enjoyable in which to spend time,” says Buckler. “This is a house that invites you to look, laugh, admire and to mingle with good company. This is what we call the good life and it never goes out of style.”
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FURNITURE Details Furniture Gallery & Design RUGS AND FLOOR COVERINGS John Faulkner of Carpet Specialists FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Jan’s Floral Designs UPHOLSTERY AND FABRICS Colefax and Fowler (living room wing chairs, custom built sofa in the den, drapes and chaise lounge in master suite), Jane Churchill (matching settees in foyer), Brunschwig & Fils (Chippendale chairs in the dining room and chairs in the library), Cowton & Tout (sofa in the living room and trim on sofa in the library), Beacon Hill (club chairs, side chairs, and stools in master suite), and Maxwell (oversized pillows on sofa in the living room. CUSTOM STAIR RUNNER AND RUGS IN THE FOYER, LIBRARY, LIVING AND DINING ROOM Designed by Lesa and Christa and manufactured by Fabrica Fine Carpet & Rugs.
Anabel Her spacious St. Matthews store and her unmatched eye for quality and style have made her a household name. Anabel Valdez, the women behind Anabel’s Oriental Rugs, can transform a room from the ground up. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER
er face, name and adorable ochereses, B.B and Max, are as recognizable as her incredible selection of hand-crafted, high-quality imported rugs. She’s so well-known for her selection and quality that “It must be from Anabel’s” is the first thought when a friend’s recently renovated room includes a gorgeous floor covering. During the time of year when so many of us are ready to clear out the clutter and tweak our tired décor, we asked the namesake of one of our most trusted local brands to share a few pointers and work her magic with two in-store transformations.
WHAT CURRENT TRENDS ARE INTERESTING TO YOU? The latest trend seems to be color! Vintage style, bold colors and geometric patterns are very popular right now. Neutral rugs are still very strong.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A RUG THEY CAN KEEP FOR A LONG TIME? The most versatile rugs are those with an overall pattern. Many times a rug with a defined center will limit where the rug is used.
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The rug is the biggest piece of art in any room. If you had a dark rug, changing to a light rug will instantly change the space. Accessorizing with new pillows are a nice touch as well. One thing I have learned over the years is that a light-colored border tends to open up a space. So, if you find yourself changing a small room consider the light border. The illusion it creates is a bigger space. It will actually make the room “feel” bigger. And always try and keep the rug to scale. Having the right size rug makes a huge difference.
TELL US ABOUT THE TWO QUICK CHANGES YOU CREATED FOR US. The light-colored rug I selected is a Turkish Sultanabad. It’s a very traditional pattern with more current color palette. The blue-grey rug is Tibetan and a more transitional piece. However, I showed it with the same traditional furniture. The feel was definitely more modern, even though the furniture was traditional. All we did was change the pillows and it all came together perfectly. It can be that easy in someone’s home too.
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Annie Bender + Kevin Hulsey Homepage Realty If you’re looking to buy a home, chances are you might need a trusted, local lender just as much as you need an experienced realtor. The perception is that buying a house is an excruciating process that’s complicated and confusing, but with a smart realtor who’s in tune to your needs as a buyer and an outstanding lender who closes loans on time and as agreed, it could be done with ease.
InterLinc Mortgage Services, LLC Kevin Hulsey is an experienced and seasoned lender with InterLinc Mortgage Services, LLC, and Annie Bender is a top-producing realtor with Homepage Realty. Make sure your next home-buying team has one goal in mind: to get you happily into your new home with a streamlined process you might even enjoy! Get started on the path to your dream home today by reaching out to Kevin Hulsey at (502) 773-1236 and/or Annie Bender at (502) 939-2891.
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Adam Caperton Capteron Realty capertonrealty.com • 502-386-3017
7904 Circle Crest Rd • $350,000 3 | 2.5 | 3,124
1138 S Floyd St • $135,500 2 | 1 | 980
Headquartered in the lovely NULU district, Caperton Realty is a locally owned and operated boutique that’s all about a small town feel and a big city level of service. Adam Caperton founded the company as sort of a love letter to Louisville, and his family ties run deep, with natives of our Derby City dating back to the 1800s. Caperton Realty is made up of six agents, all experts in their field and devoted to doing all things ethically. The small team is always looking for ways to grow organically, and they are all about giving back and paying forward in every way they can. To put it simply: Caperton means community. Broker License # 206775
Agency Title agencytitle.com • 502-339-1145 • 502-447-0072 The last and ultimately most essential part of any real estate transaction comes courtesy of the title company, the folks who make sure that your new home is all yours in the eyes of the law. You need a representative who can navigate relationships on your behalf with lenders and real estate agents alike. Agency Title is here for you. The husband and wife team of Jack and Debbie Harpole started the business in 1995. The family is locked deep in the real estate title business. Beth Rojas started early, working summers when she was only 12 years old. Although it seems like a complex clerical matter, they look at what they do as a service industry business. They are ready to go to bat for you with the friendliness you want and the expertise you deserve.
schulerbauer.com • 502-451-6300 • 812-589-9312 Serving Southern Indiana, Louisville, and the heart of Kentucky, Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services, ERA Powered is the largest independent real estate firm in the Louisville metro area and the top company in Southern Indiana. The stellar group combines old-fashioned, truly personalized service with the latest technology to give you the treatment that you deserve. Real estate is a fast moving business, and Schuler Bauer is here to give you the edge that you need to make your dreams a reality. Andrea Murphy is the Sales Manager for the Taylor Springs office in Louisville. Her team of exemplary agents is made up of Mike Schaefer, Jon Muscutt, Jason Nuxol, David Conner, Jason Switzer, Jackie Switzer-Davidson, and Morgan Bowling, along with several other sales associates. This group shares the common core values and beliefs regarding care for their clients, and always put the needs of those they serve ahead of all others. They have built a culture that focuses on being collaborative, innovative, and inclusive. This team takes their greatest pride in exceeding your expectations, and they won’t rest until you are satisfied with your new home.
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wrrealtors.com • 502-425-0225 Whenever you face those crossroad moments in life, isn’t it always best to have someone by your side that you can trust? Someone reliable, knowledgeable and honest who can serve as your guide? That’s what you get at WR Realtors®, a boutique real estate firm that takes a personalized approach to helping you sell your home or find the perfect new one. The 47 agents that make up WR come from varied professional and personal backgrounds, but share a common philosophy. They don’t see themselves as merely real estate agents, but as advocates and advisors who build relationships that last long after closing. Why do relationships matter in real estate? In a housing market like Louisville’s, where inventory is low and homes can sell before they even hit the MLS, having an in-the-know, professional agent who not only knows the market but knows you, your likes and dislikes can be the difference in getting the house you want. And when it’s time to buy or sell again, having an established relationship with someone you trust can make the process as smooth as possible. What makes WR Realtors® different? The agents here work together in a way you don’t usually see in the competitive world of real estate. They help each other and support each other’s clients. This collaborative culture is what the company was founded on more than 36 years ago, and it’s the reason people choose to work with WR again and again. Why choose a “boutique” real estate firm? Real estate is not a one-sizefits-all industry. It requires knowledge, expertise, creativity and attention. WR is dedicated to providing an experience that is tailored to their clients’ needs. They recruit the most talented agents who believe in devoting time to their clients and putting the relationship ahead of the transaction. Learn more about the agents, the local market and WR Realtors® at www.wrrealtors.com. Jenny Ditty Kang, JD, REALTOR® Claire Alagia, General Manager, REALTOR® Sara Wheeldon, MBA, REALTOR® Olivia Eberenz, REALTOR® Stephanie Bell, MBA, REALTOR® Susannah Stevenson, REALTOR® Kristen English, REALTOR® Lee Jolly, REALTOR®
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Crystalyn Noland is passionate about helping people, and she puts that passion to work every day as a realtor. She has a natural aptitude for relationship building, and her commitment to her clients is absolutely second to none. Crystalyn is committed to a high standard of service that includes excellent negotiation skills, unparalleled communication and responsiveness, confidentiality, integrity and loyalty. Crystalyn’s calm presence and thorough attention to detail help make each transaction a pleasant experience for her clients. She understands that life is all about transition, and whether it’s out of choice or necessity, she’s ready to advocate on your behalf to find a new home that will be everything you need.
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Mike Webber Limestone Title and Escrow limestonetitleandescrow.com • 502–632–2277 Mike Webber along with his brother Dave and their business partner Lee Harris started Limestone Title and Escrow 10 years ago this month, and they are going stronger than ever. They understand the ins and outs of real estate transactions, and have a firm grasp on today’s unique market challenges. To celebrate their decade of success, Limestone is giving back to the community through a partnership with Blessings in a Backpack. Every Friday this year Limestone is delivering food to schools around the area, doing their part to help kids from food insecure homes to get the nutrition they need to grow. You can find out more at limestonetitleandescrow.com.
Daniel Shults Steadfast Mortgage Company steadfastmortgage.com • 502-409-9419 Steadfast Mortgage Company is a local brokerage firm that has its grassroots right here in bourbon country, and they have a very experienced team dedicated to closing loans quickly and with prompt service. Furthermore, they pledge to help borrowers overcome roadblocks that can arise while securing a loan. That’s all part of the vision of CEO Daniel Shults, whose mission is to serve customers with honesty, integrity, and competence. In addition to serving those looking to buy a home for themselves, Steadfast Mortgage Company is a friend to any realtor who is looking for help converting their website leads and wants some help from a local brokerage team in Louisville who has an in house lead sales team. You can let Daniel and his eagle-eyed team of experts “get in the trenches,” and help find those potential clients who need help buying and selling their homes. Steadfast Mortgage Company offers such handy services as text update alerts for their clients so that they always have a leg up as things develop, a 24 hours pre-approval line to local locations, a fully licensed staff, and an easy four step online mortgage approval app. The Steadfast Mortgage Company office is located across from Greater Louisville Association of Realtors main office off Dutchmans Parkway. Contact Daniel for your mortgage needs at email@example.com.
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semonin.com • 502.420.5000 Whether you’re buying or selling a home, there are hundreds of moving parts involved in a real estate transaction. Semonin agents are committed to keeping your needs front and center, and they do so with an unparalleled level of support from a team of hard-working, dedicated employees.
Strong teamwork allows Semonin Realtors® to offer a comprehensive experience of time- and money-saving services that has helped them earn a reputation for delivering exceptional customer care. Their support team alone is larger than the staff and agents that make up the teams in 1,000 other regional real
estate companies, and it’s made up of talented individuals who live out Semonin’s core values every day. For more than 100 years, the Semonin team has achieved success by focusing on what matters most: consistently putting their clients’ needs first and steadily honing their expertise in the residential and commercial real estate industries. When you’re ready to trust a REALTOR® to guide you through the largest purchase or sale most people ever make, they invite you to put the power of Semonin Realtors® to work to help you achieve your dreams. They promise they will work together to the best of their ability and keep the focus on YOU. The full-service experience offered by Semonin Realtors® is provided in Greater Louisville by 450 knowledgeable and caring licensed REALTORS® and experienced staff members, who average over 13 years with the company, and work in the following areas: Accounting Department,
Administrative Team, Commercial Real Estate Specialists, Education/Training Department, HomeServices Kentuckiana Insurance, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices Title, HMS Home Warranty, Human Resources Department, Information Technology (IT) Department, InHouse Legal Counsel, Marketing Department, New Homes Division, Relocation Services Department, Sales Management Team. They have additional offices and staff in Southern Indiana, Elizabethtown, and Fort Knox areas, too! Semonin Realtors® value honesty & integrity, mutual respect and caring, continual pursuit of excellence, family taking priority, and loyalty in relationships. Their vision is to lead differently, teach relentlessly, serve passionately, to be preferred in their relationships, and have fun! Contact Semonin Realtors® today at their office at 600 N Hurstbourne Pkwy., Suite 200, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Kraft Kraft Fine Homes • karenkraft.com • 502-727-1070 Karen Kraft is a dynamic self-made woman who believes in hard work and dedication. You might know her from her music days as the lead vocalist in her own band, Karen Kraft and Kiks, in which her powerful voice impressed audiences after all over the Louisville area. She has always commanded attention--and she continues to put those skills and natural charisma to work in the world of real estate. After many years of award-winning success with other real estate firms, Karen recently started her own Real Estate Company – Kraft Fine Homes, powered by eXP Realty, which has already achieved amazing success! She specializes in luxury homes, and this concentration has provided her with a unique level of expertise in buying and selling homes from $400,000 to over a million-dollar price point. She understands how to find value for her clients with no compromise on quality. When you work with Karen, you can expect a pressure free, “no rush” relationship. Karen is a thoroughly genuine individual who puts trust first and truly cares about her customers. She’s ready to go to work for you and assist you in finding the home of your dreams! Find out more at karenkraft.com.
2009 Arnold Palmer Blvd. • $599,000 4 | 4 | 5,552
15106 Meadow Farms Ct • $649,000 4 | 5 | 5,572
Reflections Of You, By Amy amywagnerdesigns.com • 502-384-3660 It may be cliche, but only because it’s indisputably true- a house that isn’t lived in just isn’t a home. That’s where furnishings come in, and when it comes to that, why not employ an expert? Reflections of You, By Amy is your source for everything you need to create an inviting space whether it be for yourself or to appeal to a new buyer. Beyond having great taste and a flair for design, Award Winning Designer, Amy Wagner is a Certified Expert Psychological Stager. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Louisville. What makes Amy unique is, she owns the only staging & interior design firm in Kentuckiana offering their own furniture & accessories with monthly leasing. Amy Guarantees clients following their plan will be under contract within 30 days or the second month of furniture/accessory lease is provided at no charge. Reflections of You, By Amy offers cccupied & vacant staging services, residential & commercial interior design services, as well as renovations. Designing & Staging a home or office is more than just furniture. Attention to details like wall colors, lighting, and flooring are just as important. Amy’s Design Studio is full of a menagerie of elegant pieces. You can get a taste by visiting Amy’s comprehensive website, or, if you prefer a more tactile experience, you can visit the new shop at Chenoweth Square. There, you can tour the luxurious showroom and begin to get a sense of just what wonderful items and accessories you can make your own. Visit online at amywagnerdesigns.com, or in person at Reflections of You, By Amy (3935 Chenoweth Square in St Matthews). Reflections of You, by Amy is also available for consultations in your home. For more details, visit amywagnerdesigns.com.
Real Estate by the Numbers The local real estate market is active as the economy revs up, unemployment slides down and millennials reach home-buying age. BY STEVE KAUFMAN
even or eight years out of the “great” recession, the Louisville housing market has again become a vibrant pool of activity. Sale prices are rising. People with homes to sell are celebrating the professional evaluation of a “seller’s market” and people looking to buy homes are finding the loosening of mortgage regulations. You can tell this by strolling around your own neighborhoods and seeing the front lawns dotted with tulips, crocuses and “For Sale” signs. Or you could listen to the real estate professionals and look over their shoulders at all their positive market reports. We’ve tapped into a few of these pros for their good news. And Tim Moore, senior vice president of marketology at Semonin Realty, has shared a slew of encouraging facts and figures from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. Moore attributes the uptick of local activity to three market indicators
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and a sociological observation. “An agent once told me that the market always hinges on three things: the level of inventory, interest rates and the economy,” said Moore. “If one of those changes, it affects the entire market.” Well, inventory is still low and interest rates are starting to inch up – “close to as high as they’ve been in the last five years,” Moore notes. But the local economy is strong and unemployment is down. More to the point, Moore feels, millennials are entering the market – those born, beginning in the 1980s, who threaten to become the largest land mass of a generation in history, larger even than the baby boomers. “The older millennials are in the 25-35-year age range,” Moore said. “That’s the time for home ownership. They’re earning money and have job stability. They also have that quiet confidence that maybe it’s okay to commit to buying a home.” So, if you own a home or are considering putting yours on the market, you’ll find this a fun spring read.
INVENTORY INS AND OUTS The story of our city’s current real estate market is pure Economics 101: Supply is down; prices are up.
ACTIVE LISTINGS IN THE GREATER LOUISVILLE AREA
2,806 three months ago: 3,348 six months ago: 3,814 this time last year: 3,187 a month earlier:
AVERAGE LIST PRICE
$346,000 one year ago:
MONTHS OF INVENTORY
Four weeks ago : 3 months One year ago: 2.5 months Months of Inventory – MOI – is the amount of time it would take to sell all current listings at the current sales pace. “It’s an industry measuring stick,” Moore explained. “Like a blood pressure reading for the industry.”
BUILDING AND RENOVATING “Building permits are up year-to-date 18 percent, even in the bad weather conditions we have faced this winter, mostly wet, rainy conditions. Permit numbers will only grow stronger as the summer months approach. There is definitely a pent-up backlog for new starts, which are primarily pre-sold homes. That fact doesn’t necessarily help our spec inventory needs, but it also is not adding too much product on the market.” – Pat Durham, executive vice president, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
“Offers for move-in ready starter homes continues to be the norm, and 55 percent of homes are selling in 30 days or less. Our members are working diligently with prospective sellers to get their homes ready for the spring and summer markets.”
“The real headline is the super-hot sellers’ market for starter homes in all areas, but St. Matthews, Crescent Hill and the Highlands continue to be in demand. Renovated homes in Germantown are popular, and that trend is extending to Shelby Park.”
– Dave Parks, president, The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors
– John Fischbach, realtor, ReMax, board member and past president, Louisville Multiple Listing Services
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40203 Old Louisville
St. Matthews SOLD
6.2% 40212 Portland
40206 Clifton/Crescent Hill
40213 Audubon Park/ Camp Taylor
How hot is your zip code? Compare sales trends from first quarter of 2017 to first quarter this year and you’ll have your answer.
8.4% 40220 Hikes Point/ Taylorsville Road
11.3% 40229 Okolona
8.4% 40245 Lake Forest/ Shelbyville Road
6.9% 40299 Fern Creek/ Jeffersontown
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40204 Cherokee Triangle/ Germantown
40217 Parkway Village/ Germantown
12.2% 40222 Northfield/Lyndon
16.5% 40241 Westport Road/ La Grange Road
40223 Anchorage/ Middletown
9.6% 40242 Lyndon/Rolling Hills
4.7% 40243 Douglas Hills/ Woodland Hills
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RENTAL REVIVAL There’s a rental housing resurgence in Louisville. And it’s driven by baby boomers, many of whom became empty nesters when housing was in a slump. It’s spawned a new breed of rental properties designed to meet the needs, lifestyles and their spending habits of the maturing boomers. The Villas at Forest Springs, near the Ford Truck Plant in the Pewee Valley-Crestwood area, has a boomer-targeted approach – called “a continuing-care retirement community” – that involves more than providing a rental unit. The Villas at Forest Springs has an entire aging-in-place approach that takes the boomers when they’re a self-sufficient at 55 and offers them options all the way through their sunset years into their 80s and beyond. Entry-level is one of the 34 patio homes in what the developers call The Villas: 1,165-square-foot, one-story, two-bedroom, two-bath units with walk-in showers, covered patio, attached garage, laundry space and enough green space to satisfy most green thumbs. The $2,860-a-month rent includes utilities, housekeeping, maintenance and landscaping. The Villas is a non-medical community, but as residents age or their health needs change, they can transition into a studio bedroom on the health campus, where they get assisted-living services, meals and skilled nursing and rehab facilities. The property was developed by Trilogy Health Services, which has four other similar campuses in the Louisville area and a sixth under construction. The new one, at Hurstbourne Lane and Stony Brook, will be available by the end of 2018.
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The property’s lifestyle director, Allison Garrett, says there are two other similar developments in the area: Forum at Brookside in Middletown, owned by FiveStar Senior Living; and Traditions at Beaumont in Fern Creek, run by Traditions Management. The others, says Garrett, are buy-ins, not rentals. Villas at Forest Springs is at 4120 Wooded Acre Lane, Louisville, 40245; 502-243-1643. (The nearby Villas of Forest Springs is an unrelated, traditional rental property.)
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Seller’s Or Buyer’s Market?
PRICE CHECK Admit it. You’re curious. Here’s the average price (and average increase or decrease versus a year ago) of homes by county.
It depends on the price range. But, in general, if you’re a Louisville homeowner with an open house on Sunday, plan on loading up with lots of chocolate chip cookies.
UP TO $100,000 seller's MARKET
494 active listings 203 sold in prior 30 days
$100,000-$250,000 seller's MARKET
888 active listings 682 sold in prior 30 days
$250,000-$500,000 seller's MARKET
1,024 active listings 234 sold in prior 30 days
$500,000 AND ABOVE buyer's MARKET
459 active listings 41 sold in prior 30 days
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WHEN DERBY’S DONE, PUT A CORK IN IT. After the race is run, there’s still more fun in the Kentucky sun. Download the free Drink Ky app and with a few clicks, you’ll be off to the races, exploring the Kentucky Wine Trail. It’s your guide to local tasting rooms. Here’s to Derby season, and here’s to keeping the good times going on the Kentucky Wine Trail. Visit your favorite app store to download today. Available for iPhone & Android devices.
Molly Bracken dress, $48; Mary Frances “Fun in the Sun” purse, $298; Maidenhead ring, $39; Antionette hinged pearl bracelet, $122; and Antoinette hinged turquoise bracelet, $122, all at Liv Boutique. Wooden sunglasses, $28, at Six Sisters boutique. Fly London shoes, $170, at Tunie’s Boutique in Westport Village.
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Tyler Boe gingham top, $138, at Tunieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique in Westport Village. Molly Bracken shorts, $42, and Summer Eliason earrings, $180, at Liv Boutique. Wooden sunglasses, $40, and embroidered tote, $78, at Six Sisters Boutique.
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When you live in a gorgeous, Greek Revival/ Italianate home that happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places, life is a dreamy staycation. Or so we found when our models took up imaginary residence in this gracious Cherokee Gardens home known simply as “Sunnyside.” Photographed by STEVE SQUALL Styled by CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM and SAMANTHA COBURN Hair and makeup by JESSIE COLEMAN FOR JOSEPH’S SALON & SPA Models ISABELLE BOEHNERT KRUEGER and CAM STURGEON FOR HEYMAN TALENT
ABOUT THIS LISTING: 3020 Poppy Way is presented by Kentucky Select Properties. Around every corner or garden wall lies another delightful discovery. There’s even a charming guest apartment on the far side of the courtyard. With its sweeping staircase, massive front porch and imposing rooms designed for largescale entertaining, this historic home built in 1855 has long been considered the “crown jewel” of Cherokee Gardens. It’s an unforgettable showplace with a long history of lavish parties and happy families; its next owner (who will be the sixth) will write the exciting next chapters. The home is 6,054 square feet with four bedrooms, five baths and it sits on 1.07 private acres in the heart of this lovely family neighborhood. Call Joanne Owen at 502-271-5155 or go to www. kyselectproperties.com for more information.
Monique L’huillier “Walking on Sunshine”dress, $448; embroidered handbag, $74, at Six Sisters boutique.
Tyler Boe jacket $218, and Fly London shoes, $170, at Tunie’s boutique in Westport Village. Molly Bracken shorts, $42, at Liv Boutique. Pearl bracelets, $10 each, at Apricot Lane. Retro sunglasses, $40, at Six Sisters. On Cam: Paisley and Grey jacket, $180, and pants from Him Gentleman’s Boutique on Frankfort Ave.
RufďŹ&#x201A;ed dress, $58, Mary Frances purse, $175, and Summer Eliason magnetic necklace with charm, $85, all at Liv Boutique. On Cam: Shirt and Paisley and Grey pants from Him Gentlemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boutique on Frankfort Ave.
Wild ï¬&#x201A;ower gown, $198, and rhinestone necklace, $40, at Liv Boutique.
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MARCELLA + INA take a
Staycation We all have work to-do lists, but in-house event experts Marcella Kragel and Ina Miller keep fun to-do lists of local sites and experiences. Here, they take them public along with some planning advice that should help you stop making excuses and just have a blast.
f you live where we do, you don’t have to get out of town to relax or revive. There are so many critically-acclaimed restaurants, unusual stores, intriguing points of interest and distinctly different geographic areas to be explored that you can take a break from everyday life without hopping on a plane or into a car. We know, because we keep a running to-do list of enjoyable Louisville experiences.
a forgotten errand, or inevitably answer an urgent call, but we say, “Stop!” To take a staycation, you must stick to your guns. You are on vacation and you must think that way. Treat it like any other vacation, without the stress and big spending.
However, if you’re like us it often takes longer to cross these items off our list than it does to finish the much less exciting work tasks and chores. So, for those of you who are driving by that great restaurant or shop or museum for the tenth time without going in, we have one word for you, “Staycation!”
Consider finding the perfect outfit or outfits just to make it official. (Wouldn’t you come up with a wardrobe for that beach trip?) If you’re hiking or enjoying a leisurely meal, bring along that book you’ve been meaning to read. Try something you’ve never done before in the safety and convenience of your own home town. Embrace the experience and make it special and you’ll remember it as fondly as any trip that involved jet lag.
Sure, it sounds easy to stay home and have fun, but for some of us it’s much harder than it seems. You will remember
Below, our suggestions to creating a perfect staycation. The most important advice is to stop stalling.
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STAY + WONDER: Locally owned and operated, this group of twelve AirBnBs offers guests beautifully-curated spaces in exciting neighborhoods. Each property has its own unique feel and all are decorated with artwork from local artists and furniture from area stores. They even come with suggestions for things to do and places to eat that you might not have thought of. Let the hosts of Stay and Wander show you their Louisville (check out their Instagram for a preview @ stayandwanderlouisville).
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stay HOTELS: Who doesn’t love room service, a swimming pool, fresh towels and sheets? Our city is now home to some sparkling, new hotels opening just in time for your summer staycation. Check in to the brandnew Omni Louisville (200 S 2nd St), AC Hotel NuLu (727 E Market St) or visit the newly renovated Marriott Downtown (280 W Jefferson St), and check out from your everyday routine. Do it by yourself, with a partner, girlfriends or the kids for completely different types of breaks.
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Stay + Wonder
AT HOME: nothing is better than your own home, but to make it feel better have it cleaned professionally before your staycation, that way it feels fresh for you and no work needs to be done.
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Enjoy award-winning exhibits plus carousel, ropes courses, playgrounds, petting zoo, lorikeet feedings, daily animal presentations, camel & pony rides and more! Grab a Wild Burger, wine slushie and Dip n’ Dots and relax with friends and family. Don’t miss spectacular LEGO® sculptures by renowned artist Sean Kenney through Labor Day and Butterflies n’ Blooms May 19 through Sept. 23.
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GO FOR A BIKE RIDE. Did you know that you can literally bike 25 miles on the Louisville Loop along a smooth, paved road? By the year 2020 those miles are expected to quadruple, nearly circling our entire city in a protected scenic path. Don’t have a bike? Not a problem, LouVelo Bike Share has locations all around town; you can rent and return! (Go to louvelo.com)
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SPEND A DAY AT THE RACES. You know that you can see horses race at Churchill Downs on other days than the first Saturday in May? We recommend an evening at Downs After Dark. They are themed throughout the summer and are always a good time. (Go to Churchilldowns.com)
GET HISTORIC. Did you know Thomas Edison once called Louisville home? Have you ever actually made the drive to the strikingly beautiful Shakertown? Want to see where “My Old Kentucky Home” was written? Visiting area historical landmarks during the week can often be less crowded, allowing you more time to explore and learn! The list is long so let the folks at Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau help you decide (www.gotolouisville.com).
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TRY SOMETHING— ANYTHING—NEW. A staycation is the perfect opportunity to try something you always wanted to and just never had the time. In terms of potential new and thrilling experiences, there’s rock climbing at Climb NuLu, mixology and bourbon 101 at Moonshine University; painting, hat-making, jewelry and pottery shopping at Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, aerial yoga at Suspend Louisville. The list goes on. Start your own. And use it.
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There are simply too many top-notch restaurants to name or choose, so we suggest a different approach to help you narrow the field and steer clear of old standbys. Try these approaches to broaden your culinary horizons and discover your new favorites.
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MIX IT UP. Let’s not forget one of the things that put us on the map for out-of-town tourists: bourbon! Take a weekend and visit the city’s best mixologists at locations like Mr. Lee’s (935 Goss Ave), The Silver Dollar (1761 Frankfort Ave), Hell or High Water (112 W Washington St) and Proof on Main (702 W Main St).
THEME IT OUT. If you were traveling to the beach you might focus your meals on seafood. Why not do that here? The Seafood Lady (103 W Oak St) or River House Restaurant and Raw Bar (3015 River Road) both specialize in delicious seafood. The same idea can be applied to almost anything. For example, if you were on a ranch in Montana we’re pretty sure a hearty steak would be on the menu. Search for the best steak in Louisville at Rye (900 E Market St) or the Omni’s new restaurant, Bob’s Steak and Chop House (200 S. 2nd St).
LOOK FOR THE HIDDEN GEMS. Nothing like crowd sourcing on the internet to look for the best taco, pho or middle eastern food in town. Go beyond the closest Chinese takeout that you order for convenience and find something you’ve never even heard of before.
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Consigning Women For Lynne Mueller, owner of Stella’s Resale Boutique, spring cleaning brings a slew of new designer labels which translate into incredible bargains for her customers. Louis Vuitton purse for ﬁve hundred, anyone? PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER
fter two years of running her popular consignment boutique in St. Matthews, Lynne Mueller knows a few things about what attracts shoppers. “Most of our merchandise is in and out quickly,” she says. “We price them well from the start—usually fifty percent off what you’d pay for it new.” And when these deep discounts are offered on luxury labels like Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Hermes, it’s no wonder very few hang around for the next markdown which comes in four weeks. (For instance, currently in stock is an unworn pair of Tory Burch sandals for $50.) Stella’s knows their customers and their definition of a bargain has an upscale twist. “We stick to designer lines,” says Mueller whose background as an interior designer and associate with Anthropologie provided her with a great eye for merchandise and merchandising her store. “We have customers who come in every week to make sure they don’t miss a deal!” But they also have shoppers who just come to browse through their beautiful selection of names you don’t see in many other local stores. Either way, Mueller’s carefully-cultivated ambiance is welcoming to all: “We worked hard to create a place where people look forward to spending time,” she says. “It’s the opposite of the stereotypical dark, crowded consignment shop.” Of course, people come not only to buy, but to turn closet castoff’s into cash. The process: Lynne or her manager quickly sift through the pile to make selections. “Then we set a price and it’s a fifty-fifty split,” she says. In the rare case when something doesn’t move in two months, it’s donated to local women’s charities. Mueller says, “We need to make room for the next great deal! The thrill of the hunt is what keeps people coming.”
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The Urban Farmgirls A great friendship and shared passion for fashion helped cultivate a cozy, thriving boutique where shopping is truly a pleasure. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM • PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
hen accountant Kimberly Beyer offered to find a buyer for her client’s shop, Urban Farmhouse Market, she never dreamed it would be her… or that the store would expand from décor and gifts to include side-by-side fashion and home marketplaces. “I had been providing accounting services to the owner for a few years when the owner told me in 2014 that she wanted to liquidate it for a variety of reasons,” she says. “Well I just loved the store and knew other people did too. It pained me to see all of it go out the door.” Kimberly offered to find a buyer by a certain date but a breast cancer diagnosis and life intervened. “When my client called and said, ‘You said you’d buy it and we need you to buy it,’ I just did,” she says.
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“There was just something about the store that made me want to save it. And I wanted to save it even though it really wasn’t a great time for me.” When good friend Alison Lawton heard about her impulse purchase, she immediately saw a potential partnership. “She said, ‘Why didn’t you ask me to help?’” says Kimberly. “Within a five-minute conversation, we were partners.” This was 2015. Three years later, the duo (who originally met through their daughters’ friendship) have not only reinvigorated the Urban Farmhouse Market, but they have expanded into an adjoining space with its fashion counterpart, The Urban Farmgirls. Renovations for their expansion into fashion was also a labor of love. “We did all of the improvements
ourselves… or by ‘we,” I mean Alison’s husband,” says Kimberly. “She designed it and picked out all of the lighting and décor. Her husband bought the barn wood, installed industrial pipes, painted. It started as a blank photo studio and three days later is was The Farmgirls.” The Farmgirls, like its sister store next door, is a comfortable, beautifully decorated space with a soft, soothing color palette and equally soothing prices. “We wanted everything to be high quality and reasonably priced,” says Kimberly, who was formerly a co-owner of Apricot Lane. “We try to keep almost everything under a hundred dollars.” Their aesthetic is just as relaxed as the ambiance. “We don’t do a lot of brights,” she says. “We’re softer, more muted, more like an urban farm
girl. We’re also very focused on texture. We try to appeal to a broad range of ages and we want everything to feel good.” The most expensive item in the store are their Hobo bags which are in the $265 range. Some shoes are priced around $150. But you can walk right into the shop, where aromatherapy candles are always burning and the customer service is great and get outfitted from head to toe for less than you’d expect. Then, of course, you can walk next door and pick up a few hostess gifts or accessorize your family room. Says Kimberly, “We’re small and quaint, but we can help you get a lot done.”
The Urban Farmgirls
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ALEX + KELLY
The historic Nunnlea House ﬁlled with ﬂowers and candles created the perfect dreamy setting for the marriage of this Air Force groom and his romantic bride. BY SARAH BOERKIRCHER
lex and Kelly Vincent met while working for the federal government in the social security office in downtown Louisville. Alex is in the Air Force, so while Kentucky is their current place of residence, Alex and Kelly both call Kentucky home. The couple married on November 11, 2017, which was also Veteran’s Day. The couple wanted a small, stressfree wedding, so when it came time to pick venues, the Nunnlea House was an obvious choice. “Alex and I love old houses, plus it was a ‘no fuss’ venue,” Kelly said. “They let us do what we wanted and didn’t have a ton of rules.” Kelly wanted to keep the decor for the ceremony and reception simple. With the help of Wildflowers Florist, the tone was set using flowers and candles. As Kelly explained with a laugh, some flowers may or may not have been plucked from outside the venue as hydrangeas are her favorite bloom. While many brides (and grooms) have some pre-wedding jitters, Kelly will be the first to tell you that she was very nervous before walking down the aisle. She was so nervous in fact that she forget to carry her bouquet. “I was a nervous wreck and totally forgot I was supposed to carry a bouquet until about three minutes into the ceremony,” she said. “After the ceremony, the photographer was able to get some pictures of the bouquet and it looked beautiful. I also had the bouquet dried, so I now have it forever. It ended up not being that big of a deal, but still, who forgets something like that?”
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Allen Adams Photography CEREMONY VENUE & RECEPTION VENUE: Nunnlea House CATERING & CAKE: Hietzman FLOWERS: Wild flowers BRIDAL GOWN: Lillian West, Couture Closet in La Grange HAIR AND MAKEUP: Beauty Patrol
Since the Vincents married on Veteran’s Day, Alex wore his Air Force dress blues, a military uniform worn on formal occasions. The ceremony was officiated by one of Alex’s closest friends, which as the groom admits, it was nice to be greeted by a friendly face. “He also gave us a copy of his ‘speech,’ which was so thoughtful. I’m glad we can keep it forever,” Alex said. If the Vincents could share any advice with other couples planning a wedding, they recommend keeping the guest list small and the stress to a minimum. “We had under 40 guests and it was perfect,” Alex said. “Plus it’s a lot less expensive that way.” The Vincents agree that their favorite part of their wedding day was being surrounded by their closest friends and family. “It was so nice to have everyone together all at once in the same room,” Alex said.
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“We will probably never get to experience that ever again.” Looking back on their wedding day, Kelly has one other small piece of advice for future brides: when it comes to find a wedding dress, try to find one with a simple bustle. “My dress when bustled was beautiful, but a lot of work,” she said. “It took my mother, Alex, at least five friends, two photographers and the owner of the catering company, but we still couldn’t figure it out. The DJ ended up going to his van to get safety pins, which is how we ended up bustling my wedding dress. So props to the DJ (Party Zone) for saving the day.”
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Grill Season Their perfect patio and Louisvillemeets-California cuisine makes Napa River Grill a hot spot for drinks, dinner and lingering meals by the ﬁre tables. Nancy Miller pulls up a chair. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
apa River Grill is a restaurant where classics are reinvented just as much as they are respected. That’s because the person at the top of the culinary chain doesn’t want to get bored, nor does he want his guests to get in a rut and forgo an exciting adventure. “There’s nothing wrong with classics, but I encourage people to try new things, even if I use a subtle approach. Subtlety can be delicious,” says Executive Chef Seth Butkus. “The other chefs and I balance the tried and true with testing how much we can push a few changes. We’re not trendy… but we are focused on staying relevant.” Tomato soup has been on the Napa menu since the restaurant opened and won’t be taken off because it has such a successful track record among diners. Caesar salad and cornbread occupy a similar place among long-tenured fare. It has made such an impression on guests that Butkus is used to hearing the comment, “Oh, you work at Napa? I love your cornbread.” The menu at Napa River Grill is a collaboration among the chefs, Butkus’ own vision and a reflection of his eagerness to seek inspiration from wherever it surfaces. Some of that inspiration comes from his collection of more than 200 cookbooks that he considers guidelines rather than recipe books.
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The Inside Scoop with
SETH BUTKUS You’re surrounded by some of the finest wines in Louisville. Do you sip while you cook? No. I frown on that for all the employees.
He reads cookbooks like other people read novels. Books by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are among his treasures. They supply him and Napa with a myriad of ideas he spins with his own twists. The Flavor Bible, which centers around flavor profiles and combining various ingredients, often kicks off his own adventure that takes side roads along the way. Napa patrons eat up his spirit of innovation that has taken the form of dishes such as Verlasso salmon with cilantro chutney and blood orange soy, and a rotating steak that’s paired with a twice baked potato chock full of Cheddar cheese, brisket bacon and sour cream. The menu is a testament to Butkus’s fondness for citrus and curries. Napa’s seared scallop dish resonates with levels of flavors of mango, cucumber, watermelon radish, lemongrass, ginger and green curry vinaigrette. If you taste it and think something is left out of that litany of ingredients, you’d be correct. A bevy of spices complete it, but they’re a secret he’s keeping to himself. Napa River Grill is lauded for its extensive wine selection, a factor that plays into Butkus’ menu planning. He tends to create dishes that pair with a group of wines rather than one particular wine. He works with local purveyors and Kentucky Proud products as much as possible, relying on Kenny’s Farmhouse cheeses, Capriole Farms goat cheese, Black Hawk
Farms for beef, lettuce from Groganica Farms and mushrooms from Frondosa Farms. Napa’s vine-surrounded patio is one of the city’s best most welcoming venues for outdoor dining. The restaurant’s menu will undergo a partial redo to celebrate spring and summer crops and to be enjoyed outdoors as well as in the carefully curated design of the dining rooms. “I think we spend all winter waiting for spring and summer to come back. I do as much as I can with locally grown mushrooms. I hit asparagus hard for a good month and a half and I like to get my hands on the first peas of the season. And ramps are beginning to pop up. I grill them for steaks and pickle them to use later in the year,” says Butkus. Although he likes to create some dishes on the fly, he’s ready to use strawberries and rhubarb in a barbecue sauce for pork shank. He couldn’t be happier thinking about infusing his menu with the new seasons’ plethora of options. But his love for his job isn’t seasonal. “I’m having a great time. In the kitchen I get to listen to loud music and play with fire and knives. And I’m an adult who gets to play with food.”
Napa River Grill 1211 Herr Lane 502-423-5822
Restaurant kitchens are known for being zones of craziness. Does that describe your kitchen at Napa River Grill or is it laid back? My idea of how a kitchen should run is without craziness. I’m not a chef who yells and screams; that’s not my philosophy. I don’t operate like a tyrant. I want a productive mentality in the kitchen.
What treat could you never pass up? Donuts. I wake up at the crack of dawn to go to Nord’s or Plehn’s to get them.
What’s the best cooking advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t be afraid to mess up. It’s how we all improve as cooks. I’ve probably made all the mistakes at some point. A couple of times I messed up a whole bunch of foie gras. That’s not something I talk about a lot but those were good lessons. The second piece of advice is to never stop trying to learn and to get better. If you’re going to cook, commit to getting better. When you cook the same stuff every day, you may think you don’t have anything to learn, but that’s not true.
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It’s one of spring’s must sybaritic pleasures: Dining, brunching or lunching al fresco. Here, some outdoor spots where you’ll want to linger. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
2235 FRANKFORT AVENUE 502-777-1505
here are many reasons to like The Hub…fried pickles, hibiscus mini tacos, elotes fritters, dogs and cats. Yep, you read that correctly. Dogs and cats. Talmage Collins and his crew love animals so much they sponsor the Puppies and Pints Patio Party to benefit the Arrow Fund. It’s an event at which you’re free to bring your pooch to schmooze with furry friends while you hang out with your friends at the bright yellow umbrella tables or on the bleacher seats. Felines aren’t forgotten. Last year’s Kittens and Cocktails was such a hit that The Hub will host two this year. In addition to those pickles and tacos, Chef
Jesus Garcia-Rosales’ menu is enlivened with beef taquitos, buffalo cauliflower, lobster salad sandwich, vegan rosa pasta and grilled hanger steak. And that’s just a sampling of his fun, win-youover-every-time menu. Strike up a conversation with the person at the next table who’s ordering an Empress and the Pea (butterfly gin, jasmine green tea syrup, lemon and blossom bitters) while you’re ordering a Scarlet Lady (vodka, lemon, blueberry lavender syrup and Cocchi Rosa). Those are two of The Hub’s specialty cocktails that share the drinks menu with classic cocktails and a wow-eliciting list of beer, wine, bourbon, vodka, rye and tequila. The Hub is one of only a few places around town that offers bourbon and brandy flights. Inside The Hub is an adult recreation center complete with several televisions, music videos, shuffleboard and pool tables.
1327 BARDSTOWN ROAD 502-459-7878
hen Rocco Cadolini opened ROC one year ago, he put the Louisville dining scene on notice that Italian food in Louisville would never be the same. Bringing with him the cuisine of his native Sorrento and his experience as a New York restaurateur, Cadolini infused ROC with his own effusive personality and a menu that …yes, rocks, not a little but a lot. ROC’s interior melds coziness with an unmistakable vivaciousness that spills out on an urban cool patio that sports tables (custom-made by Louisville millworkers) and red chairs imported from Italy. New diamond-shaped lights and candles illuminate the space and music energizes the space with a glitzy casualness that is all ROC. “In winter, Sorrento is dead, but when spring
comes, so do the flowers and the guests at outdoor restaurants. When the sun shines, everybody feels good. That’s how it will be outside throughout summer at ROC,” says Cadolini. When you ask him his menu favorites, sit back and relax with an Aperol Spritz, Prosecco or a glass of rosé because you’re in for a conversation, not a mere mention of a dish or two. There’s nothing on the menu that doesn’t have special meaning to him. Try the beef or salmon carpaccio, bufala mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, or the burrata with vegetables and a balsamic reduction. Best of all, order all three and nibble with your friends. But don’t forget the grilled octopus. One bite and you’ll remember it forever. Wine isn’t mandatory for a memorable meal, but as Cadolini says, “Good wine makes good cheer.”
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cuisine crab, spinach and artichokes, and sautéed mussels tossed in chipotle-lime broth. Entrées include scallops served over tasso ham, Cheddar grits and southern succotash; grouper cheeks and shrimp over lump crab-chive risotto; and blackened Hawaiian ahi tuna. While Varanese is a master of seafood, his baby back ribs, steaks and short ribs earn rave reviews. For a minimal and well worth it charge, you may add lump crab, artichoke and spinach; shrimp scampi; a seared scallop or crispy oysters to any entrée. That’s a deal you don’t want to pass up.
River House Restaurant & Raw Bar 3015 RIVER ROAD 502-897-5000
Libation indulging is part of the fun of warm weather dining at River House where frozen drinks toast any occasion, or none at all. Behind-the-bar inventiveness concocts yummy iciness in the form of a Strawberry Basil Lemon Drop, Georgia on My Rye and Caramelized Pineapple Piña Colada.
iver House Restaurant & Raw Bar has a killer view of the Ohio River, but its billing as one of Louisville’s most stunning restaurants for riverfront dining is only one of the accolades that have been bestowed on Chef/owner John Varanese’s creation. Seafood and fish reign supreme with appetizers like seafood stuffed avocado, oysters topped with
The weather has stopped teasing us with one day of seducing warmth and the next of button-up chill. It’s time to join the convivial crowd who have discovered that Varanese’s menu is even more seductive when taking advantage of the glass wall overlooking the river and the retractable window that makes you feel as if you are only a step or two away from the water.
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Nouvelle Bar & Bottle 214 S. CLAY STREET 502-631-9428
ouvelle Bar & Bottle’s secluded garden tucked behind the main drag in NuLu is a shady, breezy tree-canopied oasis. A small brick stage is constructed for live music. Inside, the atmosphere is reminiscent of a European wine bar and café, with a bar, comfy sofa and additional seating.
our versions are classic and excellent.” In addition to the traditional Manhattan and Old Fashioned, he has introduced some spring-inspired cocktails as well as wine-based cocktails like a white Port and tonic. A small bites menu is highlighted by meat and cheese boards, spreads and desserts.
While there are 45 wines by the glass, available in 3-, 6- or 9-ounce pours, and an intriguing offering of more than 200 wines by the bottle, most available at the on-site retail store. Co-owner Aaron Dawkins’s background as a wine distributor ensures a specially designed list that features many wines not found elsewhere in Louisville.
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Dawkins, a certified sommelier, has initiated a Monday night wine educational series, including tastings, that covers a different country or region each week. Other special events are winemaker visits and music-themed evenings. On June 5, Nouvelle Bar & Bottle will partner with Harvest restaurant and Stolpman Vineyards for a progressive dinner beginning on the patio at Nouvelle and ending at Harvest.
The wine aficionado that he is, he also has a marked affinity for cocktails, saying, “We don’t want to be a cocktail bar but
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Brasserie Provence 150 N. HURSTBOURNE PARKWAY 502-883-3153
share their hospitality, we’ll consider ourselves to have won the Provence lottery.
ot in our wildest dreams would we turn down a trip to Provence to bask in the sun and feast on the South of France’s cuisine, especially if the invitation were extended by Stacy Duncan and Guy Genoud, owners of Brasserie Provence. Until that invite arrives in the mail, we’ll be perfectly happy with Brasserie Provence’s outdoor dining. If Genoud or Duncan stop by our table to chat and
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Pairing a spring or summer meal with a chilled rosé will make you wonder why you haven’t before given it serious attention. If you’re not familiar with rosé, Genoud will be happy to help you select one from a collection of more than 20. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Start your Brasserie Provence outdoor dining experience with an aperitif such as a Kir du Loup (white wine, crème de violettes and a lemon twist), Sand
de Pêche (red wine, peach liqueur and citrus) or the very French and very summery Ricard. Chef Patrick Gosden’s menu is a sumptuous excursion into Provençal cuisine any time of year. The season’s outdoor dining especially lends itself to his salad Niçoise; tomato and goat cheese tart; fromage platter with southern France cheeses, fig jam and a grilled baguette; grilled ahi tuna; and sea scallops persillade. Of course, the decidedly French and internationally savored steak frites and moules marinières transcend the seasons. Finish your meal with a lemon tart or blood orange, peach or blackberry sorbet.
Successful real estate agents don’t underestimate the power of food, great ambiance and sometimes a cocktail or glass of vino to close a deal. Five of Louisville’s real estate movers and shakers dish up some of their top spots for business entertaining.
J. Harrod’s has a nice, quiet atmosphere for a business conversation. The Southern home cooking seems to appeal to everyone. Their Hot Brown is really good; the country ham is delicious and I’m crazy about their lima beans.
KATHY DRANE I enjoy Pat’s Steakhouse where I have the fried pork chops with a tossed salad, green beans and limas. Amazing! If you like comfort food, there’s nothing better.
STEVE CANFIELD Canfield Realty Group My favorite restaurant for entertaining clients is the Uptown Café. It provides an upscale but relaxing ambience, awesome service and delicious food. I especially like the chicken piccata. And when the chef gets the whim to make chicken tomatillo soup, it’s my lucky day.
Semonin Realtors If I wanted to make a terriﬁc ﬁrst impression, I’d choose Jeff Ruby’s. Nothing beats the atmosphere and cuisine. My favorite waiter, Nick, and the in-house pianist, Pete, would seal the deal. The Freddie Salad is the bomb and I love the steamed crab legs.
MARYBETH BEARD Kentucky Select Properties For a quick lunch, Feast is always a winner. I switch between the chopped chicken salad and barbecue chicken salad.
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Mom Knows Best Kevin Grangier, owner of The Village Anchor and Le Moo is generous with kudos to his mother, Myra Grangier, for inﬂuencing the menus at his restaurants. Guests at The Village Anchor have your mother to thank for some of the world’s best fried chicken. When I opened The Village Anchor, my first restaurant, I didn’t have a food background so I called upon my experience with my mom and grandma in their kitchens. They were both southern cooks. For my mother’s fried chicken, she marinated it in buttermilk and had a special flour she seasoned it with. It was crispy on the outside and moist inside. Before we opened, my mother worked with the
chefs because she was adamant that The Village Anchor’s fried chicken looked and tasted the same as it came from her kitchen. Her chicken is still on the menu. I love the memories from when I was young and watched her frying chicken, so it will always be a very special dish to me.
Some people might be surprised to learn that Kevin Grangier is a fan of a bologna sandwich. To be honest, you don’t seem like a bologna kind of guy. I wanted both of my restaurants to have a little quirkiness. One way I did
Small Bites BY NANCY MILLER
Red Herring Rolls out a New Menu
hef Jacob Coronado of Red Herring is at it again; his brand new menu debuts this month. We’re not sure what fuels his never-ending rosters of whopping good palate pleasers, but we don’t question a better than good thing. This time he’s got some big tasting surprises such as charred Napa cabbage, chicken enchiladas, a turkey burger, char siu pork, a smoked brisket burrito and a Lou dog. Before you ask, that a baconwrapped hot dog gussied up with turkey Mornay sauce and oven dried tomatoes. Coronado sure knows what to do with a dog.
that at The Village Anchor was to invite our guests to feel part of the family by ordering my mom’s bologna sandwich. We do it just the way she has always done it. The bologna is cut so it doesn’t curl up. Nothing worse than curly bologna.
Why did Bird Flu put a temporary kibosh on your banana pudding? Our most popular dessert at both The Village Anchor and Le Moo is Mom’s Banana Pudding. She’s the only person I have ever known who makes hot banana pudding with a pile of meringue on top. When the outbreak of Bird Flu hit a few years ago, we couldn’t get the type of eggs we liked to use for the meringue, so we made it with other eggs. She came in and had a fit that the meringue was so unlike her recipe that we had to remove it from the menu for three months. I wasn’t about to overrule her. She’s my mother.
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That said, while the device is safe, fast and effective, it’s not actually magic. While most patients see immediate improvement, dramatic results require a series of appointments spaced over several weeks. “We recommend an initial treatment package of four, one-hour treatments,” says Dr. Samuels. “Results begin to be seen immediately with best results appearing three to six months later.” So, what’s the cost for non-surgical slimming? It depends on the area being treated. For instance, arms are $500 for one treatment ($2000 for four) while abdomen is $750 per treatment ($3000 for four). Many would say it’s a small price to pay to lose stubborn bulges and regain the confidence to enjoy swimsuit season.
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Super mom: NicolE Ferreri More Than A Good Time Meet the Media: Inspiring Storyline
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Nicole Ferreri This real estate superstar and the mom of three little boys brilliantly weaves together a support system of family and friends that helps her overachieve at home and work. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER
t’s no surprise that Semonin realtor Nicole Ferreri is consistently a top performer for her company; real estate is in her DNA. “My mom, Susan Block, became a realtor in Southern Indiana when I was seven years old, so you could say I grew up in real estate,” she says. “I always admired her positive attitude, hard work ethic and appreciated the opportunities that real estate allowed for our family.” Flash forward to the present and her mom and brother are now working alongside her as part of a Semonin team called BNF Real Estate to give Nicole the flex time she needs with her young family. For Nicole, real estate is truly the family business.
WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB? My job allows me to wear many hats which includes serving, educating and leading people when buying and or selling real estate. A residential real estate transaction involves much more than buying and selling. It is emotional and the ﬁnancial piece can be stressful. Change in itself can be a challenge as well. I enjoy helping individuals adjust and work through the emotions and challenges to accomplish their goals.
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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER? I grew up in real estate and understand that it is a lifestyle, not a day job… My mom is the ultimate supermom! It wasn’t unusual for her to bring my brother and me along on appointments. She was the ﬁrst mom that we knew of to have a car phone! If we weren’t on an appointment with her, she was frequently on her phone; we seemed to live and breathe real estate. My brother, Jesse Niehaus, is a realtor as well. Somewhere in there, it just came naturally for me to choose it as my career.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. My parents had high expectations for my brother and me. We never wanted to disappoint either of them. That is something which I hope I am instilling in my boys. We have three sons: Will and Louis, ﬁve-year-old twins and Jack who’s three and a half. I was fortunate to meet Bobby (an attorney and managing partner with Ferreri Partners) in 2008. We married in 2010 and started our own family. Will and Louis were born in January 2013 and Jack in July 2014. There is never a dull moment in our house; they sure do have a boatload of energy and vivid imaginations! I
I grew up in real estate and understand that it is a lifestyle, not a day job. My mom is the ultimate supermom! It wasn’t unusual for her to bring my brother and me along on appointments. am happily outnumbered but maybe one day we will adopt a female puppy.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER? There is something really special about helping people ﬁnd or say goodbye to their home. It is intrinsically personal and almost always is accompanied with a new chapter. I am honored to be invited into my client’s lives.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE CAREER AND FAMILY? I have an extremely kind and supportive husband. He also is juggling his career
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while being present at home. We are a team. My kids go to Sacred Heart preschool during the weekdays which has allowed me to continue my work routine Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00. The nights and weekends are most challenging. I have learned to be efﬁcient but to also set boundaries. I have my real estate team to step in when I cannot be
two places at once. I am blessed with a village around me, both personally and professionally.
HAVE YOU HAD ANY TURNING POINTS IN YOUR CAREER OR HOME LIFE THAT CAUSED YOU TO SHIFT PRIORITIES? With the arrival of my third child, I knew I wanted to continue my career, but
adjustments needed to be made in order to uphold high standards and remain effective in business. One thing I will never sacriﬁce is the level of service I give my clients and colleagues.
My mom, brother and I formed a team within Semonin which is currently BNF Real Estate, serving both Kentucky and Indiana. We have since grown to add two valuable realtors, Janet Dale Himmelheber, a family friend, and my aunt, Janie Spitznagel. We are in the midst of rebranding as well as creating a new team name which we plan to introduce this summer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK AND FAMILY? I enjoy going to the gym, running and making time to see family and friends. I have been a member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) since 2009 which provides educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS? Number One Agent for Excellence in Customer Service Award at Semonin in 2017; ﬁnalist for the award in 2014, 2015 and 2016; BNF Real Estate was the number one team at Semonin in 2017; Chairman’s Club Award 2012 and 2017; President’s Club Award 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Vice President’s Club Award 2010 and Rookie of the Year 2007-2008
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE JUGGLING CAREERS AND MOTHERHOOD? To be honest, there was a time when I resented my career because I was allowing it to take me away from my family more than I would have liked. I found the correct answer for my “WHY” which gives me a positive approach in my day to day interactions. I am a better me when I am choosing to see the ﬂowers rather than the weeds. It’s just a happier way to live, plus it’s a great example for my boys.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE US TO KNOW OR INCLUDE IN YOUR STORY? I try to write daily afﬁrmations and gratitudes. This helps me focus on being better at something speciﬁc or a goal I want to obtain. This is not only helpful for my career but also for my personal goals and my family.
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More Than A Good Time Now that it’s all over, it’s time to reﬂect on the full impact that the Kentucky Derby Festival and its charitable arm, the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, have on our city. Beyond the booming of the ﬁreworks and the roar of the marathon are some quieter good deeds.
KDF President and CEO
“Every year, the Kentucky Derby Festival gives the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award to a person or organization that has a positive impact on our community. Through the KDF Foundation, we honor the recipient with a $5,000 donation to an appropriate charity to further their mission and passion for making Louisville an even better place to call home!”
Stacey Robinson EVP and Chief of Staff
“I’m always in awe of all the runners lined up at the start each year for the miniMarathon and Marathon Presented by Humana. Running all those miles is a feat in itself, but to know many of them are also running to help others is inspiring. Amazingly, over two dozen charities participate in our race charity program each year. The program has helped raise over $2.5 million for those charities since 2005, truly taking the race beyond the ﬁnish line.”
BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM
hey show us a great time, they give a big shot in the arm to the local economy, but the staff and board of the Kentucky Derby Festival has racked up accomplishments beyond the gleeful mayhem of the Bed Race or the oddly stirring site of The Great Balloon Race. The organization which is so skilled at creating meaningful moments for an entire city is equally effective at finding ways to work their magic for worthy causes and deserving recipients. It’s easy (especially this year) for the some of their civic good deeds to get lost in the thunder of, say, a fabulous Thunder. So, we asked a few of them to share some of the KDF’s accomplishments that make them the most proud. Here’s what they had to say.
“Cancer awareness and research is near and dear to me! I’m proud to be part of an organization that provides a platform for stories to be told and celebrated ﬁghting this battle. This year, we were able to fulﬁll the dream of a Kosair Kid Celebrity with the experience of ﬂying in a hot air balloon in the U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest. It’s a moment she’ll never forget and neither will we.”
“One of the best parts about working for the Derby Festival is that it’s all about the community. More than just putting on a huge celebration for two weeks every spring, we help other non-proﬁts raise awareness and funding for their causes. We’re fortunate to work with many different groups including the Knights of Columbus, Dare to Care Food Bank, River City Drum Corp, Christian Care Communities, V Foundation, Harbor House, Louisville Urban League and the Don Fightmaster Golf Outing for Exceptional Children.”
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Meet the Media
f you Google “Who killed the beauty queen?” you’ll find several references to media coverage of a sensational 2010 homicide case. It involved the grizzly murder, the year before, of Nona Dirksmeyer, a local beauty queen attending Arkansas Technical University in Russellville, Ark. All the national media big shots – CBS News, NBC News, Dateline, 48 Hours – had reporters converging on the little town of 28,000 in Northwestern Arkansas (between Oklahoma City and Memphis). Working her way in among those tall trees, like Little Red Riding Hood entering the big and murky forest, was Lisa Hutson, a young newsy having just started her first real TV reporting job at a Little Rock TV station only a month earlier. She was shy by nature – hardly a textbook requisite for an on-air investigative reporter – but she’d long been driven by a determination to overcome the challenges, do the hard things, prepare for the daily grinds. An on-air job in a mid-major market seemed glamorous, the rewards for succeeding in her chosen profession. But all Hutson saw were demons from her past that she was determined to avoid.
Lost Everything “When I was in high school [in Searcy, Ark.], my dad injured his back and couldn’t drive his truck any longer,” she recalls. “We lost everything, lost our home, had our car repossessed. We had to live in a little metal shop my dad made with his own hands. I remember the desperation, the sadness, the fear of not knowing what’s coming next, the constant possibility of looming homelessness. “When you experience that as a kid, when you realize that not everything is handed to you, that it can be taken away in a flash, you learn that you can’t just scrape by, do the bare minimum and go home. It sparked an intense work ethic in me that has never gone away.” The Little Rock station had hired her as a new kind of hybrid functionary in TV news production – an “MMJ” or “Multi-media journalist,” Hutson explained. “We did our own research, writing and reporting, and shot our own video. It was daunting, but at least there was some job security in it.”
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Meet the Media:
Inspiring Storyline Lisa Hutson is the new evening anchor on WHAS11. Her path has not been a traditional one, but it’s led her back to her roots and…onto the air. BY STEVE KAUFMAN PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
It also got her to a bigger market, where that job security seemed threatened to evaporate almost immediately.
An Apology in Time “I had misspoken about something in one of my reports, and the family of the murder victim was complaining,” she recalls. “Instead of burying my head in
the sand, I sought out the mother in the courtroom and apologized to her. I said I was kind of new, and not yet entirely sure of what I was doing, and I felt horrible.” “One of the Dateline producers was standing nearby, and afterwards she took me aside and said, ‘You’re going to be just fine!’ I stood a little straighter after that. I knew I could do this!”
Eight years later, this bundle of determination and perseverance has become the evening anchor on Louisville’s WHAS11. It’s the culmination of her hard work, but she hasn’t yet relaxed into her success.
and light-hearted. Waco had been my comfort zone. Could I rise to the level of an evening newscast in a major market?”
Hutson wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence. “I saw how experienced and “Even as I put in my application for the professional the anchors are here, how job, I was not sure I was ready for it,” she committed they are to the community. recalls. “I had been doing morning news in Was I ready?” Waco, Texas, which was a little more goofy
Feeling at Home, at Home She was amazed the first time Doug Proffitt walked into the room. “He’s so intelligent, his presence just fills the room.” And she was impressed with the way the entire team – Proffitt, Rachel Platt, Renee Murphy and the others – welcomed her and put her at ease.
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Meet the Media
They did their best to make her feel at home, perhaps not realizing that this was more of a homecoming for Hutson. This Arkansas traveler who had stickers from Texas, Arkansas and Ohio on her luggage was Kentucky country born and bred. She was born in a hospital in Murray, Kentucky, easily found on a map in the southwest corner of the commonwealth, near the Tennessee border. While her family moved to Searcy, Ark., when she was a little girl, she often spent summers at the family farm back in Calloway County. The farm was in Hico, to be exact. Don’t even bother to look for it on that map. Hutson says there was never any official designation of Hico, save one green and white sign on the community’s lone main commercial street. She’s not entirely sure why the sign was there, or where the name Hico came from, or what it actually refers to. Mail from the outside world went to the Dexter, KY, post office. The area’s claim to fame, other than the outstanding state university in Murray, is its proximity to Land Between the Lakes. And though Hutson and her family moved to Arkansas when she was young, Hico was where they returned every summer, where her
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grandfather had a farm and much of the family lived nearby. When asked, she says, “I usually say I’m a Calloway County girl. That’s how I’ve always defined myself.”
Introduction to TV But it was in high school, in Searcy, where a new definition emerged. The school had its own TV station and an introductory course in TV production. “I loved having a camera in my hand,” she says. “Something about going out and interviewing people, then coming back and putting it all together to tell my story.” The stories were often “hard news.” “I didn’t want to do only pieces about the cafeteria food or the spirit squad,” she says. “I did a piece about a girl suffering from bulimia; and a high school girl who became pregnant and had to put her child up for adoption. When I told those stores, I felt I was doing something for the general good.” But was it a career? “Well, after high school, I tried waitressing and didn’t last a week. I broke all the saltshakers.” She then tried radio sales back in Searcy. “They said I’d be great at it,” she recalls. “I was
When I was in high school, we lost everything—lost our home, had our car reposessed. We had to live in a little metal shop my dad made with his own two hands. terrible!” She also worked in an attorney’s office, and in a tanning salon, but nothing was scratching the itch. “Then I saw some reporters’ reels on Youtube, and said, ‘I can do that! I’ve already done it.’ ” She borrowed a camera from her high school Journalism teacher and put her own reel together. The station in Little Rock was hiring multi-media journalists, so she sent in her tape and they offered her the job. “I had to borrow money to put gas in my car so I could get there.”
After the beauty queen incident, Hutson followed the traditional peripatetic route, Little Rock, then a couple of years in Cincinnati, then Waco. In 2016, her mother died and she wished to be closer to her father. WHAS had an opening, Hutson was hired, came here in January 2018 – and came down with the flu! “I was stuck in my hotel room, in the snow, for a week,” she recalls. “But Rachel, Doug, everyone was so considerate and generous. Rachel gave me her doctor’s name, Doug told me not to worry about my delayed news debut. I felt accepted and valued, and everything has worked out so far.”
Crossing Paths Along the way in her travels, Hutson met news photographer Wayne Cross in Little Rock. When she came to WHAS 11, he secured a job at WDRB. In fact, she says, Proffitt put in a good word for Cross at WDRB. “That’s how this station works,” she says. “It’s how this community works!” The couple lives in Jeffersontown with their two “kids” – a fouryear-old Huskie named Abita and a three-year-old Lab mix named Shiner. If you notice a pattern of names familiar to liquor stores’ beer coolers, Lisa says to “blame my husband. He named them.” Though Kentucky is in her blood, blue by birth, Louisville might as well be on a different planet than Hico. But Hutson has adjusted in a hurry. “It’s the most fascinating place I’ve lived,” she says. “Driving in on I-64, or over the I-65 bridge, it has all the aspects of a huge city. But the fact is, it has a very smalltown feel. It’s easy to connect to people, talk to them.” She says when they were moving into their home, the plumber offered to help them unload the truck. “And no, he didn’t charge us, either.”
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Her ﬁve favorite things to get done in Louisville – whenever the weather gets nice.
Lisa and Wayne feel like tourists, wanting to involve themselves in everything Louisville has to offer. Here’s the top of her list. THE PARKLANDS
“We haven’t had a chance to let our dogs out for a real run. It’s been so rainy and cold. Everyone says the best place for that is the Parklands at Floyds Fork.”
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Passing that big bat outside every time I drive by the museum, I feel like I have to see what’s going on inside. My dad played baseball, my nieces and nephews play. How cool would it be to get our families here to Louisville and see it, check it out and to get those bats with their names engraved on them. THE BATS
Wayne and I used to have so much fun going to the Arkansas Travelers minor league games in Little Rock. Minor league baseball is just so fun and relaxing, a great opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while you watch the game. WHISKEY ROW
It’s so cool, such great old architecture, so amazingly preserved. Not only have we not made it there, I’ve never even had bourbon. But I’m in Louisville now, I need to try it and have the whole experience. THE BELLE OF LOUISVILLE
Louisville is a river city, and it has that great old steamboat culture. Dinner cruises or just riding down the river. It’s been lovingly restored, but you can still imagine there are some card sharks playing a high-stakes poker game going on in one of the cabins below deck.
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Kentucky Derby Museum Gala April 27 Kentucky Derby Museum derbymuseum.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger
Alison Suell, Cecilia Huerta-Lauf and Zara Balone
Raymond & Cindy Carcione
Trish & David Greene
Rea Clark and Kate Sorrell
Deborah & Bart Greenwald
Pat & Renee Armstrong
Brittney Gorter and Lauren Baldwin
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April 14 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Benefiting KMAC kmacmuseum.org Photos by Anissa Pate
Gemme Fetalver, Trista Eady and Molly Thomas
Julio & Amanda Driggs
Chris Welsh and Theresa DeďŹ lippis
Maggie McGraw and Bennett Middendorf
Frances Millar and Annika Beck
Morgan Keator and Danielle Diehl
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Taste of Derby Festival
April 17 Louisville Slugger Field Benefiting Dare to Care Food Bank daretocare.org Photos by Robin Conway
Keith & Amy Myers, Siri Anderson, and Mark Price
Joey Stinson, Mmuso Matsapola, Elizabeth Hockworth, Steve Feldman and Brandon Hall
Mike & Kellie Sheehy
Caroline Will, Katie Bouchard, Morgan Redmond, Tina Rothrock, Tara Dunaway and Logan Howard
Race for Success
Apil 18 The Henry Clay Benefiting Neighborhood House nkfk.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger
Steven Farr and Pam Rice
Yvonne Austin, Brian & Judy Riendeau, Barbara Sexton Smith and Claire Simms
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Breanne Franklin, Stephen Shannon, Chinnel Williams, Taniyah Gibson, Hope Sample & Quinasha Coleman
Jim & Beverly Shircliff with Ted Nixon
Awards in the Arts
April 28 Churchill Downs Photos by Anissa Pate
Kylee Hoelscher, Keith & Susan Inman
Jason & Kim Clark
James White, Curtis White Jr, and Curtis White Sr.
Todd & Colleen Underhill
Jerry & Linda Bruckheimer
Mitchel & Tara Denham
Doris and Eden Bridgewater
Greg & Claire Simms
Elizabeth McCall and Jennifer Lawrence
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MAY events MAY 6
Cinco de mayo at 4th st. live!
4TH STREET LIVE! CINCOAT4THST.ORG Mayor Fischer and the Ofﬁce for Globalization’s Louisville Latino Council celebrate a community “fun-raising” event for the entire family! Enjoy music, dancing, vendors, and more while two nonproﬁt organizations raise funds for Latino families. This event is free to attend. MAY 7
midday meet & mingle: the kentucky opera
CARNEGIE CENTER FOR ART & HISTORY CARNEGIECENTER.ORG General Director Ian Derrer of the Kentucky Opera will discuss his vision for the Kentucky Opera, his background in opera and the Brown-Forman 2018/19 Season. MAY 8
GLI Inc.credible Awards
THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS GREATERLOUISVILLE.COM An inspirational event for anyone who recognizes the big impact that small businesses have on our region. This is a must-attend celebration for companies of all sizes. Salute award winners and recognize the ongoing contribution of the entire small business community.
worship night in america
KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER CHRISTOMLIN.COM A night of worship featuring Kim Walker-Smith, Matt Maher, Christine D’Clario, Tauren Wells, Pat Barrett and Darren Whitehead.
The Academy of LVA Art Show
LOUISVILLE VISUAL ART LOUISVILLEVISUALART.ORG What will the next generation of artists show us? A glimpse into the answer might be provided in high school seniors ﬁnishing Louisville Visual Art’s Academy program.
Heart of the community gala
KYE’S BAFOL.ORG Booker Autism Foundation of Learning, Inc. presents a glittering seated dinner, entertaining performances, a silent auction and an evening of elegant and exciting fun! MAY 11-12
The rite of spring
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG A powerful season ﬁnale! Enjoy Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss and The Rite of Spring (“Le Sacre du printemps”) by Igor Stravinsky with the Louisville Orchestra, conducted by Teddy Abrams.
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23rd Annual Gardeners’ Fair & Silent Auction
LOCUST GROVE LOCUSTGROVE.ORG Over 40 vendors and demonstrators will showcase gorgeous plants and ﬂowers, delicious herbs, hardy perennials and garden art and tools! Bid on items in the Silent Auction in the Visitors’ Center, and enjoy music on the grounds. MAY 12
Greater Louisville March for Babies
WATERFRONT PARK MARCHFORBABIES.ORG Join the March of Dimes as we walk to give “a ﬁghting chance to every baby.” Participants enjoy a 1- or 2-mile route through Waterfront Park plus food, a kids zone and tons of family fun. March for Babies raises donations and awareness about the no. 1 killer of newborns, prematurity. MAY 13
the beach boys
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.
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mother’s day 5k
WATERFRONT PARK KENTUCKYRUNS.COM Stretch your legs and celebrate mom! Everyone who ﬁnishes will get a rose to keep or give away. MAY 17
OMNI HOTEL JFCSLOUISVILLE.ORG Recognizing ﬁve international Americans who have made a signiﬁcant contribution in their profession and in our local/global community. This event beneﬁts Jewish Family & Career Services. MAY 18
a taste of main street
THE KENTUCKY CENTER MAINSTREETASSOC.COM Enjoy an evening of food and beverage tastings from 15+ Main Street restaurants, which includes food, beer, bourbon, wine and live music.
after hours at the speed
SPEED MUSEUM SPEEDMUSEUM.ORG On the Third Friday of every month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar and food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! MAY 19
THE MERCURY BALLROOM KYOPERA.ORG A cabaret-style performance of classic standards in an intimate speakeasy setting. This 90-minute performance will feature 2005 BBC Singer of the World, Nicole Cabell, and rising star of the Ryan Opera Center, Mexican Tenor Mario Rojas, accompanied by Craig Terry.
WATERFRONT PARK WALKMS.ORG Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS.
IROQUOIS PARK SWEAT4SYRIA.COM Sweat4Syria is a charity 5K run with the dual intent of bringing the community of Louisville together for a memorable social gathering. The aim of their ﬁrst race in 2018 is to raise $10,000 to go to Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
5K Stop Addiction Walk
NEW ALBANY RIVERFRONT AMPHITHEATER FLOYDFOUNDATION.ORG Raise awareness about positive “steps” being made to combat addiction and raise funds for addiction treatment initiatives. This family friendly event features country music singer JD Shelburne, inﬂatables and face painting for kids to enjoy.
walk for wishes
KENTUCKY KINGDOM OKI.WISH.ORG Make-A-Wish® Ohio Kentucky & Indiana will partner with local theme park Kentucky Kingdom once again to host Make-A-Wish Day! Registration for the walk begins at 8:30am.
Food Trucks & Craft Beer Festival
BIG FOUR LAWN LOUISVILLEFOODTRUCKASSOCIATION.COM Eat and drink local! Over 20 food trucks and several breweries are scheduled to appear at this celebration of local food and fun.
night of a thousand laughs
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG Enjoy performances from Ainsley Jones, Peggy King, Pooja Reddy, Reggie Robertson and Zack Warren! All proceeds from Night of a Thousand Laughs will beneﬁt Gilda’s Club Louisville. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, VIP dinner, rafﬂe, live comedy show and an after party. MAY 19-20
star city games
THE KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER STARCITYGAMES.COM The SCG Tour is the world’s largest independent Magic: The Gathering tournament circuit. Win up to $5,000 in prizes. MAY 20
Buy Local Fair
LOUISVILLE WATER TOWER PARK KEEPLOUISVILLEWEIRD.COM This fun event will include booths from a variety of local businesses, artists and craftspeople, community organizations and farmers, as well as live music, a children’s area, a cooking competition, food vendors, and local craft beer, bourbon, brandy and wine. Presented by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance.
The Magic & The Wonder
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG Three internationally acclaimed magicians are bringing their performances to Louisville to raise money for Kosair Kids®. The evening stars Dan Sperry from “The Illusionist”, Stuart MacDonald who “Fooled Penn and Teller” and Ukrainian duo Maestro Voronin and Son.
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MAY/JUNE events MAY 23
Willie Nelson & Family and Allison Krauss
KFC YUM! CENTER KFCYUMCENTER.COM Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. Alison Krauss’ new album Windy City is her ﬁrst effort away from her band Union Station since Raising Sand and her debut for Capitol Records. MAY 25-28
Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular
KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER STEWARTPROMOTIONS.COM Dig for deals during this huge ﬂea market event, a perfect way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. A special antiques section will delight home decorators! MAY 26
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG spreadLOVE Presents... will be a show where this momentum can incubate and create a sustainable platform for artists from around the country. MAY 28
Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle
WATERFRONT - GREAT LAWN LOUISVILLEKY.GOV Bring the entire family for this free, healthy hometown event on Memorial Day. Various ﬁtness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi, zumba, pickleball and much more. After all of that, take your pick from a hike, bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River! This event is not a race: it’s a free way for families and individuals of all ﬁtness levels to have fun outdoors!
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Denim & Diamonds
Big Event 2018
HISTORIC LOCUST GROVE PARKINSONCENTER.ORG It’s time to break out your Denim & Bling for this fun evening beneﬁting the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana. The Parkinson Support Center is a independent grassroots non-proﬁt organization that is dedicated to providing resources, educational programs, support networks and exercise classes to individuals and their families affected by Parkinson’s disease.
LOUISVILLE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN BGCKYANA.ORG The Big Event is Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana’s annual dinner gala and auction, which brings together donors, supporters, volunteers and staff. This year’s theme is Club Cirque: A Night Under the Big Top, so be prepared to be amazed by a variety of performances by the very talented Club kids throughout the evening!
CONRAD-CALDWELL HOUSE MUSEUM OLDLOUISVILLEGARDENTOUR.ORG On the second weekend of June each year, Louisville offers glimpses into one of its best-kept secrets. The Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour welcomes garden lovers into the private green spaces of the nation’s largest Victorian residential neighborhood.
THE LOUISVILLE PALACE LOUISVILLEPALACE.COM An acclaimed singer/songwriter whose literate work ﬂirted with everything from acoustic folk to rockabilly to straight-ahead country, John Prine was raised by parents ﬁrmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background.
Annual Golf Classic
FUZZY ZOELLER’S GOLF CLUB FLOYDFOUNDATION.ORG The Floyd Memorial Foundation hosts two ﬂights of golf at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg. Proceeds support the Foundation’s grants giving program that beneﬁts Baptist Health Floyd patients and the health and well-being of the southern Indiana community.
An exceptional affair
PENDENNIS CLUB KSBCF.ORG An Exceptional Affair is an evening of dinner, wine and music held annually to beneﬁt the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation. Proceeds go to support the foundation’s mission to make a difference in the education, independence and quality of life for blind and visually impaired students in Kentucky.
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Walk & Roll for Kids Center
FOURTH STREET LIVE KIDSCENTERKY.ORG Since 1958, the Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies has been serving children with special needs. Each week over 300 children facing challenges such as autism, Down syndrome, spina biﬁda, cerebral palsy and more visit the Center for therapies. Walk & Roll is their largest fundraiser. JUNE 10
Taste of Frankfort Avenue
THE MELLWOOD ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER TASTEOFFRANKFORTAVENUE.COM A new location means that the 26th Annual Taste will be bigger and better than ever! In addition to tastings galore from over 20 of Louisville’s best eateries, you’ll also get to sample some of The Avenue’s most unique shopping destinations. Proceeds for this year’s Taste of Frankfort Avenue will beneﬁt the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center and United Crescent Hill Ministries.
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WATERFRONT PARK TRILOUISVILLE.COM Why not TRI for a day!? Race while fully taking on downtown Louisville. JUNE 11
JOURNEY WITH DEF LEPPARD
KFC YUM! CENTER KFCYUMCENTER.COM Two of the world’s greatest rock bands are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour.
Bourbon + Band Aids
THE OLMSTED SUPPLIESOVERSEAS.ORG Presented by Brown Forman, enjoy food pairings, bourbon tastings, swing music and so much more. All proceeds beneﬁt Supplies Over Seas is a 501(c)3 nonproﬁt organization that meets critical health care needs in developing countries around the world by recovering and redistributing surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise end up in landﬁlls. JUNE 23
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Sunset on the Roof Taste
BROWN HOTEL LDEI.ORG Enjoy sweeping views of downtown Louisville at the beautiful Brown Hotel’s rooftop garden where more than 15 female-owned restaurants and chefs will showcase a taste of summer with food stations complemented by wine and Buffalo Trace cocktails. All proceeds from the event will beneﬁt the Les Dames d’Escofﬁer scholarship fund. JUNE 15-16
Kentuckiana Pride Festival
WATERFRONT PARK KYPRIDE.COM Kentuckiana Pride Festival is the largest LGBTA+ event in Kentucky. Each year, an estimated 15,000 people join to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a parade, vendor marketplace, food vendors, entertainment, and much more.
LOUISVILLE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN LETSDANCELOUISVILLE.ORG Let’s Dance Louisville is a Dancing with the Stars styled event and includes twelve Louisville dancing “stars” who will compete for the Champion’s Award, bragging rights and a mirror ball trophy. This fun event raises funds for The Feed My Neighbor program of the Sandefur Dining Room, which provides nourishing meals 365 days a year to an average of 45,000 hungry and homeless individuals.
Brandi Carlile With Shovels & Rope and Secret Sisters
THE LOUISVILLE PALACE LOUISVILLEPALACE.COM Brandi M. Carlile is an American folk rock and Americana singer-songwriter. She is joined by folk duo Shovels & Rope and Americana songwriters The Secret Sisters. This great evening of entertainment will delight music lovers.
Shania Twain: now
KFC YUM! CENTER KFCYUMCENTER.COM Shania is a ﬁve-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the topselling female country artist of all time.
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG spreadLOVE Presents... will be a show where this momentum can incubate and create a sustainable platform for artists from around the country.
WATERFRONT PARK KYCRAFTBASH.COM This event will host over 35 Kentucky breweries highlighting more than 90 different beers. Presented by Kentucky Guild of Brewers and HopCat. JUNE 25
Russdiculous Golf Scramble
PERSIMMON RIDGE GOLF COURSE RUSSSMITHFOUNDATION.ORG The mission of The Russ Smith Foundation is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and mentoring.
Cedar Lake Golf Tournament
HURSTBOURNE COUNTRY CLUB CEDARLAKE.ORG In addition to the 4-person shamble, the event will include a helicopter golf ball drop, prizes, giveaways and a cookout buffet. All proceeds beneﬁt Cedar Lake, the region’s largest private non-proﬁt care provider for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. JUNE 26-JULY 1
THE KENTUCKY CENTER KENTUCKYCENTER.ORG Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles. Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. JUNE 30
Fleur de flea
WATERFRONT PARK THEFLEURDEFLEA.COM A local Louisville urban marketplace, perfect for perusing. Vendors from all over Kentuckiana will be set up, selling all kinds of goods. Check out great books, records, vintage goods, antiques, repurposed/crafted items and so much more. TOPS LOUISVILLE | May 2018 145
Ashley Olson with former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyﬁeld at BourbonVille
Awards in the Arts honors local artists
TOP SHOTS Art Potter, Brent Elliott, and Cotton Turner at King Southern Bank KDF BourbonVille
Kentucky Derby Museum Gala
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