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contents top notes Timeless Elegance 19 New Location For a New You 20 Star Power 22 Celebrating The Moms We Know 23 Top Shops: Mom-mazing Gifts 24

life+style Boutique Spotlight: Merci Boutique and Fleur de Lis Interiors 30 Fashion: Wild Ones 32

at home Urban Farmer : Tomato Talk 46 The Art of Attracting Butteries 48 Design Guru: 50 The Psychology of Staging a Home For Success Getting Real About Remodeling 60 tour of homes : Modern Glam 64 Real Estate Rockstars 79

cuisine Small Bites: Yard to Table 92 TOP 5 dining: Steak and Seafood 94 LouVino: A Bold Explosion 98

Health+Beauty Sneezing Season 106

Showing children their potential instead of their obstacles.

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Summer Exposure 107

community Recognizing The Arts 110 Marcella And Ina: Festival Season 114

Mother’s Day

Meet The Media: John Ramsey 116 Supermom: Stephanie Susemichel 1118

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Tops Cares: Kosair Charities 122 Calendar: What to Do in Lou 124

photos Out & About 26 Westport Village Runway For The Roses Fashion Show 128 KDF Macy’s Fashion Show 130 The 61st Fillie’s Derby Ball 132

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TOPS Louisville April Issue Party 134 Chenoweth Square Annual Derby Trot 135 Graffiti-Louisville Bespoke Fashion Show 136

Rodeo Drive Gunnar Event 139 KMAC Couture Fashion Week Kickoff Party 140 Work The Metal Fashion Show 141 Derby Social: Bourbon & Benedictine 142 33rd Annual KY Derby Museum Gala 143 2019 Awards in The Arts 144 Top Shots 146


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ouisville is one fantastic city. Great Parks, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, shopping, and entertainment. A critical part of what makes Louisville so special and appealing are the local business owners, working hard to make their neighborhoods and communities unique. Boutiques, banks, shopping centers, medspas, restaurants, realtors, those working in the field of home and garden, and so many others. These local business owners bring a passion to serve you every day, and it shows.

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Elegance Good news if you’re ready for spring and want to get out and about during these warmer days. Take a stroll and get the first look at exciting new trends in home design at Norton Commons. COURTESY PHOTO BY CARLEY PAGE


orton Commons, the walkable, new urbanist community in northeast Louisville will offer visitors a look at 12 unique new homes featuring the latest in sustainable homebuilding practices, combined with timeless architecture and elegant design trends. Each home was constructed by a different home builder and conceived by

a different designer. You won’t want to miss these new concepts with plenty of upgrades and fine details throughout.

outdoor air conditioning units and reduces noise, while allowing for more space for residents to enjoy the outdoors.

The homes on the tour are located in the North Village and are next to “Peppermint Green” a football field-sized civic space surrounded by a walking path and encircled by large, native species trees. The design is a nod to Old Louisville, complete with a walk punctuated by benches and urns filled with flowers. The southern edge is abutted by a covered breezeway replete with columns in the classical vernacular style.

“We are thrilled to be the non-profit partner for the Welcome Home Tour & Design Show,” said Metro United Way President & CEO, Theresa Reno-Weber. “Norton Commons’ last home show raised more than $86,000 in ticket sales for charity. We hope to exceed that number this year, which will enable us to expand our efforts in early childhood success, youth success, financial independence and healthy lives.” 

“This is a home and lifestyle show to rival anything in the region,” said Norton Commons marketing director and general counsel, Marilyn Osborn Patterson. “Attendees are going to get a look at stunning fixtures, custom tiling, and an overall attention to detail and craftsmanship that you don’t see every day. A theme of the show is remarkable outdoor spaces—including outdoor fire pits, inviting courtyards and gorgeous raised beds.” As with all residences in the North Village, the dozen tour homes will feature geothermal heating and cooling, sustainable technology which eliminates the need for


Home Tour and Design Show at Norton Commons located at 6409 Passionflower Dr, Prospect, KY will take place May 18 to June 2, 2019. Show Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and Noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For inquiries call 502-412-5085. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.nortoncommons. com. Free parking and shuttles.


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New Location For A New You Ever felt like you needed a “new you,” this just might be the place. From the newly designed offices, to the nation’s latest techniques and services, JBSMD has everything you will need at their new location. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


n a wonderful new place they call home, you’ll find the offices of Dr. Julene B. Samuels MD, FACS. Located in the vibrant Towne Square of Norton Commons, alongside over 70 other businesses, this bustling residential and commercial destination offers convenient walkability, ample parking, and


lots of community support. “We are so excited because we love the space, but most importantly we love what it means for our patients,” states Dr. Samuels. “We have expanded our inoffice surgery and medspa facilities and created a patient aesthetic that you really have to see. It’s gorgeous and functional,

it flows well, and it feels just perfect.” Upon entering, you are greeted with a clean and elegantly chic style of mixed woods with lots of textural fabrics and materials (finishes that just make you want to touch everything), all built around a neutral palette of colors with interesting pops of rich blues and grays. Featuring lots of rubbed bronze finishes, raw wood, mixed metals with silver accents, their branded logo color of “peacock blue” stands out boldly on a beautiful textured wall covering in the reception area. This new look was the result of the collaboration of a talented group of designers, Details Commercial Group of Jeffersonville, Seven 13 Architects, Schaefer Construction, Linda Uhl of ADFX, and Cynthia Brown of Signarama. “Margo, Lindsey and her team at Details achieved a chic, elegant look with these textures and colors from floor to ceiling in all of our unique rooms, so that I feel like I work out of something that is a cross between Neiman Marcus (a

Texas brand, where Dr. Samuels did all of her surgical training) and Restoration Hardware. It feels ‘real’, and livable and welcoming, rather than just a showplace,” says Dr. Samuels. Much attention to patient privacy has been given to the space by literally being able to accomplish the entire patient consultation, treatment, photography, appointment and procedure scheduling, as well as payment, within the rooms themselves, so a patient never has to leave the room for the more common spaces. They have also rebranded their logo to “JBS” designed by Linda Uhl at ADFX. With infinity lines and special lighting, it has the curvy elements of the female form. “I have worked with Linda and her team for over 20 years, and she nailed the new logo for me by incorporating my favorite nickname that my staff, closest friends and family use for me. It’s a special touch.” Dr. Samuels said. As a highly trained and respected plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuels uses the latest techniques and procedures to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. As a woman, she shares an innate connection with other women. She understands their goals and concerns. Her patient relationships are based on mutual

trust and honest communication, resulting in outcomes that consistently meet and exceed expectations, according to the happy reviews of many of her patients, and as testified by the large numbers of returning patients that the practice enjoys. Dr. Samuels specializes in facial rejuvenation, cosmetic breast enhancement, body contouring, comprehensive skin care and laser services, and women’s intimate health, although she offers services for the men too. The practice devotes much time to clinical research, and has many corporate relationships that allow this practice to remain on the cutting edge of technology— delivered with compassionate caring and a uniquely female touch. Be sure to check out their website and follow them on Facebook, as they will be announcing their grand opening soon. 


Dr. Julene B. Samuels MD, FACS is located at 9419 Norton Commons Blvd. Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40059. Call 502-897-9411 or visit for more information.


We have expanded our in-office surgery and medspa facilities and created a patient aesthetic that you really have to see. It’s gorgeous and functional, it flows well, and it feels just perfect.


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top notes a couple. This full moon might also offer an exciting business partnership. Nurture yourself through taking it easy and selfcare at the beginning of the month around May 4th when we have a full moon in Taurus. Continue to stock your pond with money-making opportunities.

Gemini: The twins (May 21-Jun 20)

During this tender full moon May 18th, you may be starting a new fitness regimen and/or a new exciting job that will have you celebrating! To get past any challenges this month, nurture love, business partnerships, and marriage, as well as your emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing. BY JOY YASCONE

Joy Yascone Elms MA is an astrological intuitive and counselor and author of the annual astrological guide The Power of Divine Timing available on Amazon, Barnes and or

STAR POWER We’ve all heard the term “April Showers bring May flowers,” and that saying really rings true as the month progresses to mid-May, life will just get sweeter and sweeter! Every sign will have something to celebrate during this full moon in Scorpio on May 18th. It may just usher in your most magical dreams at this time! PHOTO BY GRETCHEN BELL

Aries: The ram (Mar 21-Apr 19)

With the Full moon in Scorpio May 18th, you may close on a big financial deal or hear news of an awaited settlement or inheritance being finalized. This month continue to nurture knowledge seeking and expanding opportunities.

Cancer: the crab (June 21-July 22)

With the full moon in Scorpio falling in your house of love, romance, and children you might make a serious commitment to a partner or welcome a new creative endeavor. You may also get news you are expecting at this time, or welcome a little one into the world through birth or adoption. This full moon could create a different scenario, your little one could be going off to college or starting a new happy life change. Cancer, continue to find solace in a fitness and wellness routine, and in your daily work.

Leo: the lion (July 23-Aug 22)

With the full moon in Scorpio, May 18th you may be planning to move into a new space or purchasing a home or other exciting real estate deal or a lovely renovation. You may also be planning a long-awaited move for aging parents, or be welcoming a big happy family change at this time!

Virgo: the virgin (Aug 23-Sep 22)

With the full moon in Scorpio on May 18th, you may finalize a contract and hear happy news from a sibling. The exciting contract might be a job offer or other endeavor. You may also decide at this time to purchase a vehicle that you will be very pleased with for years to come!

Taurus: The Bull (Apr 20-May 20)

With the full moon in Scorpio on May 18th, you may decide to get engaged or married. You may instead decide to move in with a steady partner or make an exciting new commitment as


Libra: the scales (Sep 23-Oct 22)

With the full moon on May 18th you may finalize a new job offer or income

earning opportunity that you will be very happy with. You may also decide to leave a current role to free up more time for this new exciting opportunity!

Scorpio: the scorpion (Oct 23-Nov 21) This full moon May 18th will land in your first house of self. Something deeply personal to you will come to fruition. Be prepared to nurture your blessings ahead of time by allowing the Universe to know what you deem important for your happiness and overall success and wellbeing.

Sagittarius: the archer (Nov 22-Dec 21)

The full moon in Scorpio is landing in your 12th house of higher self and healing. Now is a good time to initiate a health and wellness plan for body, spirit and mind. Sagittarius remember when you nurture your wellbeing mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically you are beyond blessed and can be more of a blessing to yourself and others.

Capricorn: the goat (Dec 22-Jan 19)

At this full moon in Scorpio May 18th, you may have an exciting social event and find yourself surrounded by dear friends. If you have been awaiting launching a new website or new app you may find yourself doing so within five days of this full moon.

Aquarius: the water bearer (Jan 20-Feb 18) This full moon on May 18th in Scorpio will see you making a very exciting new career announcement. You will be toasting to this new moon as you celebrate the bountiful harvest of many career seeds planted. Now’s the time to celebrate and enjoy!

Pisces: the fish (Feb 19-Mar 20)

You’ll love this full moon May 18th in fellow water sign Scorpio. This full moon will offer a happy new opportunity to expand your world through publishing and broadcast opportunities, higher education and or international matters or exciting travel. Such exciting time to expand your world in a happy way!

Celebrating The Moms We Know It’s about time to start thinking about mom again—the woman who claims she never needs or wants anything, but actually loves it whenever you show the smallest amount of thought on her account. Nanz & Kraft Florists is here to help you do better than that with Mother’s Day gift ideas. COURTESY PHOTO


t's hard to find a gift that expresses just how much Mom means to you, but these blooms—showcasing bright tulips, classic roses, fragrant lilies, and trendy peonies— come pretty close. Some of the top trends right now are soft and feminine mixed floral bouquets with blush and berry tones, along with botanical, earthy arrangements. Some-

thing that celebrates Mom’s personality and brings springtime inside for her. “We’ll have a huge assortment of flowers, hundreds or thousands of stems depending on the specific type,” says Eddie Kraft, owner of Nanz & Kraft Florists. “Because of the variety that springtime offers, most of our arrangements will be a mix of different textures and colors, and our coolers are full of a wide variety from tulips and orchids to ornamental kale. Flowers are one of the most emotional gifts you can give. They convey sentiments that other gifts can’t—thoughtfulness, beauty, and that you care. It’s an awesome way to make the day much more special for Mom. 80% of Americans say that receiving flowers makes them happy and 88% say that giving flowers make them happy. If flowers are not for her, consider plants, they are very popular for Mother’s Day. They have gorgeous patio pots, bedding plants, orchid plants and numerous succulent gardens varieties with an awesome assortment in their greenhouse. If her thumb isn’t the greenest, they recommend candles, her favorite wine (or bourbon) or a gift box to pamper her with. For the fourth year in a row, their Mother’s Day line features arrangements inspired by and named after moms of our own employees. Each arrangement includes a personal note from a staff member about their mom and why the arrangement celebrates them. “It’s been an incredibly rewarding and inspiring way to celebrate the moms we know,” says Eddie Kraft. Mother’s Day is one of the highest volume times of the year. Their team is always ready for the rush and the store will be brimming with staff working hard to keep things running smoothly. The biggest factor is to order early, especially if the flowers are going to be delivered out of town. They offer delivery Nationwide but strongly recommend ordering earlier in the week for deliveries outside of Louisville. They will be open and delivering with extended hours the majority of the week leading up to Mother’s Day as well as the holiday itself. 


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There’s a lot of pressure on us all when it comes to Mother’s Day gift ideas. You want to find something she’ll use all the time, but something with a sentimental spin. Also overthinking it only makes the whole process harder, so don’t! We’ve done the thinking for you: our staff has cherry-picked some unique items that appeal to all sorts of moms. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Bamboo Block Heels, $32, from Lulubelles

Shihreen Sunhat, $36, from Etcetera

Katie Loxton Hand Bags, $24, from European Splendor

Pixie Mood Fannie Pack (various colors available), $64, from Six Sisters


Julie Vos Geneva Collection, from Rodeo Drive: stud earrings $125, bracelet $375, pendant $325, statement ring $185

UNO DE 50 Necklace, $150, from Tunie’s

Katie Loxton Marvelous Mom Pomegranate and Sweet Apple Scented Candle, $24, from European Splendor

Coffee Mug with Chocolate Cake, $6.95, from Nothing Bundt Cakes

OTG (On The Go) TWENTY FOUR SEVEN Hand Bags (Assorted Colors, Styles, Sizes), $50.75-$65.50, Etcetera

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Boutique Spotlight:

Merci Boutique and Fleur de Lis Interiors How two sisters turned a dream into reality, a store front into two shops with two choices, fresh home decor and beautifully styled fashions. BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER



erci Boutique and Fleur de Lis Interiors are two beautiful jewels in the crown of Chenoweth Square, a pair of stores connected not only architecturally but through the bonds of friendship and family alike. Sisters Connie Schleuning and Shorty Martin run the two shops while working along with five other ladies, all of them lifelong friends. "It is a lot of work, but we all have a great time," Shorty says. Connie started Fleur de Lis Interiors in 2000, a place where she could offer her expertise in decorating and help her clientele decorate their homes in ways both stylish and

timeless, supplying the full gamut, all the way down to the knobs on their cabinets. When the space next door came available in 2012, she considered expanding into the clothing boutique business but wasn't sure what her husband might say. "A friend of mine pointed out that I didn't really have to tell him, so we went for it," Connie says. "Initially we had to go outside and then go in the other place to get around, but it eventually just made more sense to create a doorway in the middle," adds Shorty. Merci was conceived by these ladies as a place where everyone will

find something to suit a broad spectrum of style, someplace that both mothers and daughters can come to find something beautiful to enhance their look. "Everyone can find something here," Connie says, "We always have our eyes peeled for all sorts of styles." For their dresses, gowns, hats, and accessories, the sisters go to market in New York City and Atlanta to keep their stock fresh and engaging. They take great pride in offering new items daily. Some favorite featured brands are Joie, Parker, Amanda Uprichard, Generation Love, Tyler Boe, Shoshanna, Dl1961, Paige Jeans, Frame, Alice and Trixie, Linda Richards, Splendid, Ella Moss, Rails, Love Sam, Vince Shoes, Joie Shoes, Cindy Borders Jewelry, Alexis Bittar, and Chan Luu. They also currently prominently feature a selection of extremely sharp and elegant Dior sunglasses.

We love to have a good time here and hopefully, it shows.”

When asked what they love most about their business, the sisters answer almost in unison that it's the people that they meet. They form such a strong rapport with their visitors that they become fast friends and faithful repeat customers, based on the fantastic selections they find and the wonderful company that they encounter. "We love to have a good time here," Connie says, "and hopefully, it shows"


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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together some fun, family fashions perfect to visit The Louisville Zoo on its upcoming 50th anniversary. What better place to spend your Mother’s Day! These looks can go from day to evening in a flash. On Miranda: Ali Ra multi-color maxi dress, $72, at Sassy Fox; TOMS poppy suede block heels, $90, at Dillards; Michelle McDowell Sydney necklace, $53, at Magnolia & Fig On Mimi: J.O.A. orange jumpsuit, $99, at Magnolia & Fig; white and orange bird print duster, $32, Stella’s Resale Boutique; Alex Marie Maiya leather and cork wedges, $79.99, at Dillards On Ashley: Buddy Love Giselle maxi dress, $88, at Magnolia & Fig; GB A-Mused Nubuck perforated open-toe shooties, $98, at Dillards


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On Miranda: Escapada Living ember top, $72, at Magnolia & Fig; OMG skinny white jeans, $49, at Magnolia & Fig; GB A-Mused Nubuck perforated open-toe shooties, $98, at Dillards On Coco: Escapada Living ember dress, $52, at Magnolia & Fig; GB Row-Girl at dress sandal, $49.99, at Dillards.


On Khemoni: Class Club Chambray Button-Front Shirt, $30; Lucky Brand cargo shorts in kelp, $36.50; Sperry Cup II Boat Shoes, $60, all at Dillards On Jerry: Rowm short-sleeve striped sportshirt, $45; Rown white shorts, $40; Cremieux natural straw hat, $35; Sperry Bahama II Oxfords, $59.99, all at Dillards On Mimi: Kate Spade New York Broome Street jumpsuit, $48, at Sassy Fox; Michael Kors red crossbody purse, $68, at Sassy Fox; Michelle McDowell Sydney navy necklace, $53, at Magnolia & Fig; Alex Marie Maiya leather and cork wedges, $79.99, at Dillards



On Olive: Takara Girls cold-shoulder mixedmedia romper, $34; GB Girls Xephy-Girl Flat Dress Sandal, $49.99, all at Dillards On Coco: Takara bellsleeve printed romper, $34; GB Row-Girl flat dress sandal, $49.99, all at Dillards On Khemoni: Class Club short-sleeve striped synthetic polo, $28; Classic Club modern fit comfort stretch shorts, $24; Sperry Cup II Boat Shoes, $60, all at Dillards


On Ashley: Lilly Pulitzer Marla Romper, $178, at Peppermint Palm On Olive: Lilly Pulitzer Romee Romper, $52, at Peppermint Palm; GB Girls Xephy-Girl Flat Dress Sandal, $49.99, at Dillards


On Jerry: Polo Ralph Lauren short-sleeve solid polo shirt, $85; RLX Ralph Lauren Golf shorts, $98.50, all at Dillards

On Mimi: J.O.A. orange jumpsuit, $99, at Magnolia & Fig

On Khemoni: Polo Ralph Lauren short-sleeve solid polo shirt, $29.99; Classic Club modern ďŹ t comfort stretch shorts, $24, all at Dillards


On Jerry: Daniel Cremieux polo shirt, $75; Polo Ralph Lauren straight-fit flat-front stretch twill Chino pants, $89.50, Sperry Bahama II Oxfords, $59.99, all at Dillards On Mimi: Top Shop yellow tulle top, $28, at Stella’s Resale Boutique; white Gucci floral-patterned pants, $58, Stella’s Resale Boutique; maroon tassel hoop earrings, $10, at Sassy Fox; white vintage box purse, $28, Stella’s Resale Boutique; white beaded necklace, $32, Stella’s Resale Boutique; Alex Marie Maiya leather and cork wedges, $79.99, at Dillards


On Ashley: Alice & Trixie top, $38, at Sassy Fox; Dear John white jeans, $88, at Tunie’s Boutique; white Kate Spade New York sunglasses, $126, at Dillards; GB A-Mused Nubuck perforated open-toe shooties, $98, at Dillards On Miranda: Crosby shorts by Mollie Burch, $48, at Sassy Fox; Joie fuschia tank, $40, at Sassy Fox; Tortoise chunky chain necklace, $22, Stella’s Resale Boutique; Michael Kors sunglasses, $159, at Dillards; magenta bangle bracelet, $23, at Magnolia & Fig



On Miranda: Tyler Boe Mimi embroidered tunic, $198, Tunie’s Boutique; Coco + Carmen nautical straw hat, $45, Magnolia & Fig On Mimi: Before You striped Morgan jumpsuit, $62, at Magnolia & Fig; Caribbean natural necklace, $56, at Magnolia & Fig; maroon tassel hoop earrings, $10, at Sassy Fox


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at home Come May you can browse farmers markets, garden centers, farm stores, nurseries and even tomato grower websites for potted plats that trip your triggers (yes, some merchants ship live plants). With all this bounty, how do you choose? Here are some things to keep in mind to help you select the best tomatoes for your garden.

Size Matters Do you want large "beefy" tomatoes to slice up for sandwiches? Cherry tomatoes to toss in your salad? Paste tomatoes for sauce making? There's a tomato that's just right for every table and culinary use. Experimenting with new varieties is part of the fun of growing tomatoes at home. Who knows when you'll discover a new favorite! Here is a list of some of my favorite brands:

Slicer and Beefsteak 'Big Boy' Hybrid (78 days) – Legendary garden favorite since 1949. Vigorous crop of large firm, deep-red fruits that weigh 10 to 16 ounces, also consider Better Boy, Big Daddy or Summer Girl. 'Mountain Fresh' Hybrid (79 days) - One of the most sought after Mountains, as it features better flavor and larger, 8 to 16 ounce fruits also consider Mountain Pride or Mountain Spring.

Paste and Purees 'Super Sauce’ Hybrid (70 days) – Produces gallons of luscious, seedless sauce tomatoes, they are part of the Roma family, can weigh up to 2 lbs.


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omatoes are by far America's most popular vegetable for the home garden. That’s not surprising. Nothing beats the taste of a perfectly vine ripened tomato—certainly nothing you can buy at the supermarket! Whether you have the space to grow rows of tomatoes for canning and freezing or only enough for a few container plants, growing your own is a fun and easy way to enjoy the delectable harvest that only a homegrown tomato offers.

Choose The Right Plants The iconic tomato may be round and red, but there are a lot more varieties in the world of tomatoes. With fruits from globe to pear-shaped, in colors ranging from classic red-orange to yellow, pink, and orange, borne on vines that reach from a foot and a half tall to six feet high or more, there's a tomato to fit every garden.

'Roma VF' Heirloom (76 days) - A great choice for making pastes and purees, this determinate variety bears its red fruits in large clusters that are meaty with few seeds. Disease-resistant.

Cocktail and Salads 'Yellow Pear' Heirloom (75 days) - The mild flavor of the small, yellow pear-shaped fruits of this indeterminate variety tastes great in a salad and ideal for hors d’oeuvres. ‘Gardener’s Delight’ Heirloom (65 days) – Boasts many clusters of 6 to 12 cherry tomatoes all summer long. Crack-resistant and very prolific, weigh 1 to 2 ounces.

Container Planting If you don't have room in your garden for tomatoes, try growing them in containers. Some varieties are perfect for a large container, such as a one-half whiskey barrel or large pots. The container should have

adequate drainage holes or be a self-watering type. Use potting soil mixed with some time-release fertilizer pellets. Each time you water, the pellets release fertilizer into the soil for the plants to use. You'll need to check the soil daily unless you use self-watering containers.

Tomato Support Once your tomato seedlings are in the garden, the next big decision is how to support them. Tomatoes are vines, not bushes. Most varieties are healthier, more productive and prevent tomato rot— as well as easier to pick— when they are supported up off the ground. Tomato cages are among the most popular tomato supports. You can also use a simple stake, but you'll have to spend more time tying the vines to the stake as they grow. So whatever you choose: stakes, cages, ladders or some other invention of your own, you can find these supports at most garden centers, nurseries, and farm stores.

Harvest and Storage As tomatoes begin to ripen, their color changes from vibrant medium-green to a lighter shade, with faint pink or yellow blushing. If picked these mature green tomatoes, can be chopped into salsas, pickled or pan-fried into a crispy appetizer. Yet tomato flavors become much more complex as the fruits ripen, so you have good reason to wait. The exact signs of ripeness vary with variety, but in general, perfectly ripe tomatoes show deep color yet still feels firm when gently squeezed.

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Store picked tomatoes at room temperature indoors, or in a shady place outside. Never refrigerate tomatoes, because temperatures below 55° cause the precious flavor compounds to break down. If you have chosen to grow a bumper crop, they can be frozen, canned, or dried for future use. We will be discussing canning in our August issue and sharing some great recipes for salsa, sauce and purees.

My Park Gardening Tips for the month of May  Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. To keep a healthy lawn, never cut more than one-third off the total grass height.  Sow cucumber, cantaloupe, summer squash, and watermelon seeds in warm soil 50℉ or higher.  Sow vegetables outside: beets, carrots, lettuce, chard, and radishes, green beans, sweet corn, pumpkin, and melons.  Plant sweet potato slips.  Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs that are done blooming.  Finish cutting back the dead branches on perennial flowers and other shrubs.  Supply your taller plants with supports; the growing plants will hide the supports and be more stabilized.

 Remember to water your plants and lawns, especially newly planted seeds.  Apply fertilizer to give the vegetable garden a good start.  Control weeds before they seed!  Begin planting warm-season annuals and summer bulbs, such as dahlias and cannas.

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 Mulch around your newly-planted flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees to help reduce weeds and retain moisture.  You can place houseplants outside once the nights remain above 50℉.  Sow cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower indoors for fall garden transplants.

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Attracting Butterflies Who doesn’t love butterfly gardens? If the idea of bountiful flowers alive with the fluttering of colorful wings appeals to you, then a butterfly garden may be just the thing. Managing Editor and lifelong farmer Kevin Broady puts together a plan that can accommodate a butterfly garden in your backyard. 48 TOPS LOUISVILLE | May 2019


ardening for butterflies is a suspenseful art, a bit like holding a picnic and wondering if your invited guests will show up. It's because butterflies are choosy insects. Any gardener can have aphids, but red admirals, painted ladies and tiger swallowtails insist upon certain amenities, such as sunshine and shelter from wind.

flowers for nectar throughout the growing season. Luckily, many common annuals and perennials are top-notch nectar flowers. While native American species play an important role as host plants for hungry butterfly caterpillars, most adult butterflies have cosmopolitan tastes, supping as readily on the nectar-filled flowers of exotic plants as natives.

Beginning a butterfly garden can be as simple as choosing flowering plants that will invite adult butterflies to your garden to feed. But if you want to create a butterfly garden that will act as a sanctuary, attracting a wide variety of butterflies while also providing a place where butterflies can grow and multiply, you will first need some simple planning. By considering which plants to grow and evaluating your garden site, you can plant a butterfly garden that will help with the creation of more butterflies.

Butterflies seem especially attracted to gardens boasting generous patches of a given nectar flower. If you plant Jupiter's-beard, don't settle for one or two plants. Try growing three or more patches of this especially popular nectar flower, and watch the swallowtails drift from clump to clump.

Content Counts To butterflies, the plants in a garden are more important than the design. They need

Plants That Attract Butterflies Butterflies and flowers were made for each other, and there are certain flowers that butterflies absolutely love to be around. As a French poet once pointed out, “butterflies are flying flowers, and flowers are tethered butterflies.” To attract butterflies, plant JoePye weed, ironweed, yellow coneflowers,

goldenrod, and brightly hued asters all of these are nectar-filled favorites. If you want to attract caterpillars that will transform into butterflies consider plants like violets, milkweed, and asters.

Give them Shelter While shrubs and trees can create unnecessary shade, they do provide an important feature in the butterfly garden. Properly placed, trees and shrubs will shelter your garden from wind, which makes it easier for butterflies to explore your location. Additionally, trees and shrubs give valuable shelter where butterflies can roost at night or hide from predators. Keep in mind that many shrubs and trees are also caterpillar food plants!

Water Stations Butterflies need water, but not very much. Nectar, dew, and tree sap provide butterflies with moisture but puddles and moist dirt or wet sand are also popular water sources. Puddling stations can be as simple as a damp area of ground covered with sand, or use a birdbath filled with wet sand. Placed where they are easily viewed and sheltered from the wind, puddling stations can be a source of additional water and a place to watch butterflies congregate as they take a drink.

Find the Sun Sun is essential for the butterfly garden. Butterflies are cold-blooded insects that often start their day by warming their bodies in the sun. Be sure to include a spot in the garden where sunlight will reach the ground early in the day. Large rocks, exposed soil, or even pavement are all surfaces that will warm up in morning sunlight. Try to locate your garden where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

Native Butterflies Butterflies commonly found in Kentucky are Red-Spotted Purple, Monarchs, American Lady, Painted lady, Pearl Crescent, Buckeye, Red Admiral, Silvery Checkerspot, and the White Peacock plus numerous other varieties, an entire list can be found online with a little research. A butterfly garden is a great way to attract a variety of different butterflies to your yard. Not only are butterflies delicate and beautiful to look at, but since they pollinate plants, they’re actually really important to our ecosystem, too. When you’re planning your garden, research the plants that butterflies in your area prefer. Be sure to include nectar plants for their food, as well as host plants for caterpillars!

Designing Your Butterfly Garden Once you have designed and started your butterfly garden, you can be proud that you have made a habitat for butterflies in your own yard, which helps with the conservation of many species of quickly disappearing butterflies today. You will certainly want to place your favorite outdoor furniture near so that you can enjoy all of your visitors day after day.

Materials Needed  Butterfly-attracting flowers  Large, flat rock  Water source  One or more trees or shrubs

STEP 1 Select your location Choose a site that has some sun but is also sheltered from wind. Include a few trees and shrubs for roosting at night and for cooling off on the hottest days.

STEP 2 Remember the rocks Add one or two large, flat rocks in the sun so butterflies have a place to bask when mornings are cool.

STEP 3 Provide water Since butterflies cannot drink from open water, provide them with a "puddle" by filling a container, such as an old birdbath, with wet sand where they can perch and drink safely.

STEP 4 Add the plants Add nectar plants, including aster, black-eyed Susan, butterfly bush, butterfly weed, cosmos, ironweed, Joe-Pye weed, phlox, purple coneflower, sedum, and zinnia. Include food plants for the larvae, including dill, fennel, milkweed, and parsley. Different butterfly larvae feed on different plants, so research the butterflies native to your region to determine what to plant. Remember: Butterfly larvae are caterpillars. Learn to distinguish the larvae of butterflies you're trying to attract from pest species. Minimize the use of pesticides to protect butterfly larvae and adults.


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The Psychology of Staging a Home for Success BY DONNA ISON • PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Professional home stager, Amy Wagner, offers an objective eye for a speedy sale.



n Jefferson County a home’s average number of days on the real estate market is 150-180— that is unless it is properly staged. Using a professional stager like Amy Wagner of Reflections of You by Amy reduces that average to a mere 28 days. The goal of staging is to present a well-maintained, move-in ready property, by maximizing space and focusing on the architectural features of the home. Professional Stagers are experts in maximizing spaces and creating a home that allows buyers to see/ feel themselves living in the home. Amy states her certification “EPS / Expert Psychological Staging has trained me to know the emotional triggers that pull a buyer into a property or push them away.”

Amy is an awards-winning designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Louisville. She also has certifications in Professional Home Staging as well as her General Contractors License. Since 2008, she has been meticulously staging homes of all sizes, from a 750-square-foot condo to a 10,000-square-foot estate. She says, “No project is too big or too little for our company.” In addition, Amy has created Kentucky’s only staging warehouse, which provides furniture and accessories for lease on a month-to-month basis, whether it is just lamps and artwork or full furnishings for an entire home. According to Amy, the biggest, and most costly, mistake sellers make is in giving all the rooms a fresh coat of paint in the wrong color. She explains, “Many homeowners ask their local paint stores for neutral colors for staging. However, neutral colors change in different settings. Lighting plays a huge part. And, many neutrals have pink or green undertones, which we want to avoid.” Reflections of You by Amy has a team of trained color consultants that help homeowners choose the perfect “safe, stage-ready” palette. Amy also points out that “a first impression is made within the first twenty-six seconds, so the exterior is as important as the interior.” She suggests uniformly trimming all shrubs and using black mulch, as it looks best in photos. Also, consider adding large urns on either side of the entry with brightly colored flowers, but, remove wreaths from the front door as they serve as a distraction. 


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For the interior, Amy shares a few basic rules to ensure your home is ready for its close-up. Definitely Declutter Remove family photos, collectibles, and anything personal to you. Personal items tend to distract buyers, as well as making them feel as if they are invading your personal spaces. We want buyers to see themselves living in the space.

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Fine-tune Fixtures

Use soft, not fluorescent, lighting and make sure all bulbs within a fixture are exactly the same. Make sure exterior lights are clean and well-maintained.

Updating hardware, lighting fixtures, and mirrors is affordable and makes a big impact. Make certain fixtures are to scale—not too small or too large for the space.

Update Cabinets

Remove Rugs

Save money on updating cabinets by painting them with a factory finish rather than replacing. Keep colors clean and classic.

Take up hallway runners and throw rugs. Only leave area rugs that anchor spaces such as the living room, dining room, and master bedroom.


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Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. This is the season to start meaningful modernizations of your home and yard makeovers. With so many options and designs to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start and how much you should be investing. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a guide for planning your renovation so you can add value, merit and character to your home or backyard. BY KEVIN BROADY


rom kitchen makeovers and bathroom additions to decks and vine pergolas, sprucing up your indoor or outdoor entertaining areas and landscape is a big project to take on. There are tons of different projects that can be done around the home to increase value, as long as you take the time to plan accordingly, and don’t overspend, you can make some nice upgrades to your home. When it comes to home renovations, the money that you put in cannot always be recouped when it comes time to sell, so think wisely. Most people want to get the best value for their buck when doing home renovations, but there are some important things to keep in mind. Before you decide on a remodel or addition, consider the cost versus the value, and then decide if the makeover you want is a worthy investment. Real estate studies suggest that you can increase the value of your home 5-15 percent by upgrading your interior, exterior or landscape. Yes, these big projects can be a daunting undertaking, but driving force behind the project must be your goal to reap the benefits once it’s done. If you execute you project strategically, you will have a more beautiful and functional home. Kind of makes all the sawdust and fear worth it.

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Post Remodeling Reactions

When you are decorating or even redesigning a home or a room, you should consider using the services of an interior designer or decorator. You may find their advice invaluable as they can help you to determine how your space should flow. Designers and decorators also have access to more decorative materials and samples than a nonprofessional, which can help you avoid paying retail prices. Here is a quick look at average professional services to consider when remodeling.

Ultimately, you want to improve your home's appeal and value so when it comes time to sell, you can command a higher price. Here’s how people felt about remodeling before, during and after.

» $3,663: Hire a Landscape Designer » $24,230: Hire a Construction Manager » $11,113: Hire a Kitchen Designer » $5,949: Hire an Interior Decorator or Designer

Meaningful Modern Makeovers The whine of power saws or the pound of a hammer, on that new addition or remodeling project, can signal the exciting sound of your dreams taking shape or you might envision the “The Money Pit.” Fear is understandable. These major construction projects can be scary and expensive. Doing your homework on the front end can help you develop a firm budget, a clear vision and a more fruitful relationship with your contractors. It might also lessen the fear factor. Here is a look at the average cost of sprucing that interior area or adding that amazing addition. » $10,298: Remodel a Bathroom » $23,301: Remodel a Kitchen » $43,283: Remodel Multiple Rooms » $19,504: Remodel a Basement » $43,422: Build an Addition

» $340 Billion: Americans spent on remodeling in 2018. » $5.6 Billion: Spent on homes in Kentuckianna area. » 35%: Homeowners would rather move than remodel their current home. » 35%: Of suburban owners would remodel. » 52%: Of urban owners would remodel. » 70%: Of rural owners would remodel. » 75%: Of owners had a greater desire to remain in their home after remodel. » 65%: Increased the enjoyment of their home. » 56%: Felt happy about the remodel. » 39%: Felt satisfied when completed. » 77%: Felt a major sense of accomplishment when completed. » 32%: Of the owners did the project themselves. » 32%: Hired a professional for the job. » 21%: Hired the labor but purchased the materials. » 14%: Contributed do-it-yourself (DIY) labor.

» $16,309: Build a Patio Enclosure » $26,437: Build a Garage » $1,859: Build a Closet


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Your home's landscaping makes up a central part of its character and personality. Regardless of the starting point, start with the big questions before you even start thinking about designs: What do you want out of your landscape? They can be as simple as having a small lawn with a few flowerbeds or as complicated as intricate rolling hills and pathways, with carefully chosen plants and trees. They could include decks, ponds, decorative concrete pathways, outdoor lighting systems and even fountains and waterfalls. This is an area that makes sense to find a landscaper that can give you quotes on different projects. Here is a look at the average cost of landscaping for that curb appeal.

Have you wanted a new deck or a swimming pool for those summer months? Turning your outdoor space into a comfortable, fun and safe place for the whole family can be less costly than you think. Think about how you want to use your outdoor space. The more prepared you are when you talk to your contractor, the easier it will be to transform the backyard into your paradise. Here is a look at the average cost of creating those outdoor living spaces.

» $3,239: Install Landscaping » $299: Remove a Stump » $1,825: Install Sod » $3,474: install Drainage » $7,227: Build a Deck

» $19,879: Build a Above Ground Swimming Pool » $8,169: Remodel a Swimming Pool » $49,598: Install an Inground Pool » $3,015: Build an Outdoor Shed » $11,875: Build an Outdoor Kitchen » $8,084: Build a Carport

» $1,606: Repair a Deck

» $3,604: Build a Pergola or Trellis

» $804: Seal or Waterproof a Deck

» $6,441: Build a Gazebo

» $3,706: Install a Patio or Pathway » $1,572: Repair a Driveway

» $2,587: Install a Water Fountain » $2,987: Install a Pond

» $419: Seal Asphalt Paving » $2,453: Install an Awning » $5,371: Build a Retaining Wall



Top 7 Areas to remodel your home 1. Increase Light and Space

Dark, cramped rooms are not good when it comes to resale value. One thing that homeowners can do to increase the appeal of their property, is to open the house up by knocking down a wall, to create more of a flow and enhance natural light.

2. Landscape & Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of your home is incredibly important when it comes time to sell. The first impression of a home that someone will have is from the look of the exterior. It is said that a good first impression of a home can add five percent to its value. Think fresh paint, manicured yards and beautiful flowers.

3. Create a Home Office

With more companies giving employees the option to telecommute, a home office can add some value to a home. If you have some extra space in your home, consider converting it into a home office.

4. Consider Adding a Deck

It has been determined that when you spend the money to add a deck onto your home, you will likely be able to recoup more than eighty percent of its cost at sale time. If you choose to install a deck, take some time to plan it out and come up with unique features such as built in benches or a fire pit if your city or town allows them.

5. Finish Your Basement

If you don’t have enough space to add a room to your home, consider finishing your basement. A basement space can easily be turned into a playroom for the kids, a bar, or media room, relatively easily. Consider adding a bathroom if you do remodel the basement, as this can increase the value of the remodel even more.

6. Update or Add Bathrooms

Bathrooms are an important part of a home. If there are not enough bathrooms or if they are very outdated, it will be a big turn off to potential buyers. Updating bathroom amenities and fixtures or adding an additional bathroom if you have the space, can increase a home’s sale appeal.

7. Update Your Kitchen

Kitchen remodels can add value to your home but it is also important to be careful. When planning a kitchen remodel, it is important to consider the cost of your materials versus the value. Based on the cost of your home, if you choose to install granite or marble counter tops, will you be able to recoup that money? Take a close look at costs when remodeling kitchens. Things such as updated appliances or a window over the sink can add a lot of appeal.

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I like things that are stylish, but they should also have meaning. The space that we live in should enhance our lives, and the only way for me to create that for someone is to get to know the people for who they really are, as individuals and as a family. - Barry Wooley



hen disaster struck in the form of frozen pipes bursting and flooding their weekend getaway condo, Brent and Jerrica Wright knew just who to lean on— the incomparable designer extraordinaire, Barry Wooley. In fact, he was on the case before they were. "Barry got here first!" Jerrica says with a laugh. The Wrights first encountered Barry years ago when they found online sources that stated that he was at the top of his field. They were looking for someone who could remodel their new Louisville riverfront home away from home, a place where they could stay when they were in town from their native Glasgow with their kids, Drake, Ann Katherine, and Brycen. They didn't expect that they were about to make a friend for life. "We're all about living our best life, and that really means that the people in our lives mean a whole lot to us. This is so much more than a professional relationship," says Brent, with sincerity. Jerrica adds more words from the heart; "We love Barry and his husband Jude like family."


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genuinely care about my clients as people,” Barry says, “And I like things that are stylish, but they should also have meaning. The space that we live in should enhance our lives, and the only way for me to create that for someone is to get to know the people for who they really are, as individuals and as a family.” Fortunately, it’s a labor of love for Mr. Wooley, who turned this negative occurrence around and made it into a positive. “This event happening just meant that we could go in and make things even better!”

OVERVIEW/FLOOR/LIGHTING With the assistance of Sara Osborne and Deb Arnold, part of Barry's proficient design team, Barry went to work reimagining and then recreating the living space— from the floor up. "We literally had to chip up the severely damaged floor," said Barry. An engineered white oak, designed to be eternally durable with a lovely herringbone pattern, now makes up the new flooring throughout

the condo. "To punch everything up, we carefully chose impactful lighting for all areas," Says Sara. "We added brushed nickel, spikey sconces by the powder room, drippy chain sconces in the foyer, dramatic black industrial pendant lights over the island, and unique black lamps with nubs that are almost works of art in and of themselves."

KITCHEN "Round two of our renovation with the Wrights was driven by the idea of combining a super sleek and modern kitchen with the well-worn back drop of the white oak flooring. The result gives off the modern glam vibe that the Wrights were hoping for," Sara says. Barry and the Wrights had almost elected to remodel the kitchen the first time around. "I could make the kitchen work well enough through aesthetic, but now with the addition of the maple, high gloss, acrylic look cabinets, we decided to enhance the work space, add more storage, and add better

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task lighting. We engaged local craftsman RockerBuilt, who built a custom iron hood, which I felt added to the Wrights' art collection. From there, we decided to make the whole condo more gallery like." Sara adds, "The waterfall edge countertops made from Cambria installed by Luxe Surfaces is a minimal but show stopping design element. "

LIVING AREA For this young family, the main living areas need to be durable for the kids, but not skimp on style. Â Rugs were chosen that added color and texture but will wear well during the Wrights' many weekend trips to the condo. The Wrights wanted to be able to have movie


nights together, so the team incorporated a "chair and a half" that can swivel around and face the tv, or swivel back around and face the sofa seating area. Another space saving feature is the custom floating media cabinet that the Wooley team designed. Keeping this furniture piece off the floor gives the area a more open feeling and hugging the angled line of the wall gives them maximum storage without taking up a lot of room. Oversized chrome hardware adds to the modern glam style of the condo. Custom, sheer window treatments provide a luxurious backdrop to the furnishings, all without obstructing the amazing view from the condo.

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KIDS ROOMS Barry and his team designed oldest son's Drake bunker to be tucked away in the office area, where it could exist without taking up any of the narrow space. Ann Katherine and Brycen have delightful bunk beds, allowing for the entire space below them to be a lounge and play area. 


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Galloway’s expertise is built on 20 years of experience in Louisville’s luxury real estate market. She’s a full-service real estate agent who implements a detailed and professional marketing strategy for each client. When working with sellers of properties, her primary objective is to achieve the most profitable and satisfying transaction. And she works with buyers to find the perfect home that is within their budget and meets their specific needs. “I spend a great amount of time with my clients, one on one, and I really get to know them and become friends. Buying or selling a home is a very emotional process for most people. Being a competent friend to guide them through the sometimes complicated process is rewarding,” says Galloway.



She believes her enthusiasm and energy set her apart from many others in her industry. “My clients can tell I am passionate about my work. I know how to get things done. I know where to go, whom to call, when to act, and how to find opportunities no one else does,” she adds.



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Jennifer Carroll · Nihada Razic Paige Cooper-Moore ·Stacy Durbin Semonin Realtors 600 N Hurstbourne Parkway #200, Louisville, KY 40222 502-420-5000 • Realtor Jennifer Carroll’s goal has always been to develop clients for life, which has made her business extremely relational. “The greatest gift for me, personally, is the deep relationships that I’ve cultivated over the last 17 years. Most of my dearest friends began as clients. I feel privileged to help clients navigate really complicated transactions. Sometimes life events dictate the need to buy or sell, which can be especially emotional. The trust that is placed in me to help with this part of a life’s journey is extremely rewarding,” says Carroll. In addition to being the recipient of prestigious awards, she has been named Top Sales Agent, Top Producer


and member of the Chairman’s Club for multiple years. Paige Cooper-Moore, a Semonin Top Producer and member of the Chairman’s Club, finds great satisfaction in assisting individuals and families achieve their goals when building, or buying, selling or investing in real estate. “It’s my job to make sure that they have the best experience possible and find the perfect place to call home,” she says. “Our service level to both our agents and clients is exceptional. Our culture is one that you have to experience to truly appreciate, but once you do, you won’t want to leave. We have tremendous support through our

partners in mortgage, insurance and title, and can offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for clients that is unparalleled in our market,” notes General Manager Stacy Durbin. In her multi-faceted position, she focuses on strategic planning, goal setting, financial optimization, operational improvements, and employee and agent advancement. “The most satisfying part of our job is helping people. With the advancement of technology and the evolving trends, the real estate industry is constantly changing. This continuous change makes real estate a complex business, but the process of buying and selling does not have to be. We strive to make it successful, enjoyable and fun!” says Nicole Ferreri about her team. Nihada Razic, Semonin Rookie of the Year in 2018, says, “Anyone can sell you a house but it takes a special person to sell you a home. My personality and approach definitely play a huge role as an Agent. I love building relationships that last a lifetime,” she says. “Bringing the joy and happiness to those who are investing their lifelong savings into real estate is simply a great feeling. I love making a difference!”

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Julie Pogue Properties is a local, boutique real estate brokerage that is one of Louisville’s premier agencies and most successful residential real estate companies in the region. They help clients buy, sell, rent and manage property of all sizes and provide exceptional service throughout the process. Julie Pogue Properties is an independently owned firm with global reach through its partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This alliance enables them to relocate clients to and connect them with the best agents in 70 countries around the world. Further, Julie Pogue Properties is the only agency in Kentucky with membership in Luxury Portfolio International, reaching over 3 million highnet-worth property buyers worldwide last year alone. These are the reasons why, for more than 20 years, Julie Pogue has been the #1 agent in Anchorage, Kentucky, and she consistently ranks in the top three agents in overall sales for Louisville.

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Pamela Shewmaker Colvin Realtor, Integrity Group Realtors • 1700 UPS Drive, Suite 202 Integrity Group Realtors is a full-service real estate company serving Louisville and the surrounding Oldham, Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer counties. The company provides services in all facets of real estate, such as residential, foreclosures and short sales, commercial, investments, new construction, property management and relocation. Integrity Group Realtors has built relationships with mortgage lenders, home inspectors, title companies and attorneys in order to provide clients with the ease of one-stop shopping. Pamela Shewmaker Colvin was named Integrity Group Realtors Agent of the Year from 2015 to 2018. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting to know my clients beyond just their real estate transactions. I’ve made many life-long friends. I truly care about each and everyone of them. I work solely off referrals. Ninety-percent of my clients are referred to me by previous clients or someone related to one of my clients,” she says.


Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services 9943 Forest Green Boulevard Schuler Bauer is a full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, The Heart

of Kentucky and surrounding areas. Schuler Bauer is one of the largest real estate firms in the Louisville Metro area and the top company in Southern Indiana. Schuler Bauer says, “We don’t take the term “full-service” lightly. There’s a great deal of behind-the-scenes work that goes into supporting a buyer, seller and agent during a transaction.” The company places a major emphasis on making sure the staff handles back office work for its agents so that agents may spend more time building relationships, serving their clients and the community.

Schuler Bauer apart because our driving force is the belief that people come first. Management and agents adhere to the philosophy that there’s no greater responsibility than handling someone’s largest financial transaction. The company operates according to the principle that ‘we’re stronger together’.” With agents and a full-time support staff promoting consistency and quality of service, Schuler Bauer combines old-fashioned, personal service with the latest technology to give its clients the treatment and the edge they deserve.

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rooted in developing client relationships to best understand their lifestyle. We pride ourselves on our approach to lighting. It’s the key to everything! Other bread and butters: conceptualization, tile design, custom furniture design and creation, and textiles. All of the textiles,” says principal designer Natalie Officer, who spent ten years in the worlds of art and fashion before launching her company.

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Stacey Duvall Principal Broker, Stacey Duvall Real Estate Louisville is a city with delightfully diverse neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics that make selecting the right one for you a formidable (and enjoyable!) challenge. Stacey Duvall Real Estate tackles that challenge. That’s only one reason she is so often the broker of choice for discerning clients. Stacey Duvall is a Real Estate Broker with 20 years of experience in the Louisville market. By utilizing her background in the psychology of color, correct furniture placement and de-staging (yes, that’s a real thing, she says) she has skills to help her sellers in showcasing their home. These skills, coupled with her two decades of marketing, often create a multiple offer situation for her sellers. She says she’s really more than just a real estate broker. She’s four professionals wrapped into one. Most of her new clients come to her with the same problem: “I have a home to sell, and I want to buy another home. How do I do that at the same time?” Stacey has a proven method of resolving this scenario so her clients close on both their current home and the new home on the same day. When asked what awards she has earned, Stacey says “I have earned a lot of awards from the real estate industry, but I have no interest in winning awards. I care about balancing owning my real estate brokerage and loving my family. I become great friends with my clients and consider them ‘partners’ with me in the sale or purchase of their home, and boy do we have fun in the process! Creating wonderful friendships with my clients is more rewarding than any award.” Stacey is an Endorsed Local Provider for Dave Ramsey. She enjoys the enormous satisfaction of helping Dave’s fans and her clients build wealth through owning real estate.


When kids go hungry on the weekend, their brains do too.

When school dismisses on Friday afternoon, more than 13 million children in America go home to empty cupboards and with empty bellies for 65 hours until they return on Monday morning. They eat breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but on the weekends they’re at risk of going hungry. At Blessings in a Backpack, we’re trying to help a lot of these kids right in YOUR community by sending them home on Fridays with a backpack full of food. Will you help us feed the kids this weekend? RGB

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W You don’t have to own acres of farmland or be an expert gardener to enjoy the benefits of “farm to table” in your own home. A small plot of vegetables or fruits or even a small herb garden in your backyard can yield a delicious bounty of produce. Three local chefs talked to TOPS about their own gardening experiences. Maybe they’ll inspire you to bring out your inner gardener! BY NANCY MILLER


hen he isn’t in the kitchen at Volare, Josh Moore can be found tending his farm in Taylorsville. He has almost three acres of garden, orchard and berries on the entire 10-acre farm. This year he will grow about 20 different types of lettuce and several varieties of broccoli, cauliflower and kale in addition to kohlrabi, collard greens, onions, beets, carrots, radishes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, strawberries,

Josh Moore’s wife, Lindsay, on their farm.

cherries, squash and herbs. But he’s not stopping with that mind boggling and mouthwatering list. He’s also preparing for 60 varieties (1,200 plants) of heirloom tomatoes! “We grow pears, apples, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, but cherries are my favorite fruit to grow and I love cooking with them. They’re a ton of work to harvest, but they’re worth it,” says Moore.

Not only is he a renowned chef and farmer, he’s always happy to share some gardening hints:

• Cutting off the top of Brussels sprouts plants at the right time will help the upper Brussels sprouts grow big like the lower ones. • Use a clothespin to bunch the leaves of cauliflower to keep the sun off the heads. • Raised beds are easier to harvest and thin plants. • For tomatoes, rather than using cages, consider a Florida weave, which is placing a metal post between every other plant, then weave twine on the stakes between plants as they grow higher.

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Chef & Owner, Lilly’s Bistro


athy Cary’s family has owned a 300-acre farm in Oldham County since 1961.” It’s one of the prettiest places in the world,” WHERE she saysDISTILLING about the farm that’s bordered by Harrods Creek, cliffs and upper fields.

In the first garden she tilled, rather than black plastic which is non-organic, she placed straw over magazines and newspapers to help with the weed problem. “A few weeds are ok because it’s not about how the garden looks but how the plants are doing. I just weeded around the roots of the plants.”

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She isn’t as active growing fruits and vegetables on the farm as she once was but has fond memories of planting and harvesting tomatoes, jalapenos, squash, cantaloupe and herbs. Originally a chicken yard, the soil was especially fertile. “Chicken manure is wonderful for plants,” she insists.


She has some other tips you can put to use: • You may need to water tomato plants every day or every other day during very dry weather. Water in the evening, not mid-day. Soak the dirt around the root

I love having herbs I can go out and clip and immediately put into my cooking. It’s handy and we don’t have to spend a lot of money on herbs that are easy to grow.


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ax Balliet has thriving small beds of thyme, oregano, sage, basil and mint outside Pizza Lupo. “My sister and partner, Sarah Balliet, is really the one with the very good green thumb but I love having herbs I can go out and clip and immediately put into my cooking. It’s handy and we don’t have to spend a lot of money on herbs that are easy

to grow. I wish we had more room for the beds. I’d probably grow fields of basil because we use so much in cooking,” he says. He’d like to grow tomatoes but is limited by

but don’t get the leaves wet. Don’t plant tomatoes in the same place as the year before. Rotate them. • Trim flowers off herbs twice a week so they keep growing. • Some plants, like strawberries, aren’t happy to be around other plants. Research online to learn more. • Squash can become “a shop of horrors,” taking over everything, even climbing up tomato posts. • Nasturtiums protect plants from bugs. • Instead of planting seeds, you can buy so many plants that are five or six inches tall. They may give you a healthier start and you can better see where you’re planting them.

space. Being able to grow Sun Gold cherry tomatoes is high on his wish list. His gardening plans this year include growing nasturtiums to use as garnishes. The edible flowers will also be used in cocktails. Giant bushes of mint, which can take over a garden, grow in front of the restaurant. “We clip and harvest it as often as we can. It mostly goes into cocktails but I also like to garnish pastas like Amatriciana with it,” says the chef. 


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Whether it’s grilled, seared, steamed or sautéed, these chefs finesse their menus with sauces, secret spices and skill, allowing you to go from traditional turf and surf to ‘out of the box’ creative taste and flavors. BY NANCY MILLER • PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


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t Brooklyn and the Butcher steaks are seasoned with a special Butcher’s Blend Spice, a wellkept secret. “I call it our Essence. All I can tell you is that it has more than 12 spices and herbs,” says Kendell Sheppard, executive chef. “And we use it on things other than steaks. In fact, most people would be surprised at the dishes that have it.” Before Sheppard works his magic in the kitchen, diners have to decide on the style of steak and any toppings they’d like for embellishment. That’s decision-making to savor! Among the styles are Brooklyn (bacon, Gorgonzola, mashed garlic), shrimp scampi, Au Poivre (black pepper crust, Port demi-glace, maître d/butter), Oscar (lump crab, asparagus, béarnaise sauce); horseradish crust; and The Butcher (sautéed mushrooms, cipollini onions, bourbon sauce). Toppings include steak butters, lobster tail, chimichurri, shrimp, scallops, lump crab, bone marrow and béarnaise. He prefers his own steaks medium rare but understands not everyone shares his taste. “A well-done steak has always been the dreaded hockey puck among chefs. To each his own. If that’s how a guest wants a steak prepared, I’m happy to make them happy.” The pièce de résistance of seafood offerings is the Seafood Tower. “When I first came here, we served a seafood tower for private parties, but I said, ‘Why not serve it in the dining room?’ I added a small, medium and large. The large version can serve up to 12 or 15 or a hardy group of four,” he says.

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xecutive Chef Steve Gustafson thinks today’s chefs are having a lot of fun being creative with their steaks and are encouraging customers to think out of the box of the traditional New York strip or filet or ribeye. Even so, his grilled filet, served with asparagus, fingerling potatoes and sage beurre blanc, and topped with prosciutto and Parmigiano-Reggiano. is a top seller at Jack Fry’s. The Wagyu sirloin marinated and seared in duck fat is also pulling in rave reviews, as are its accompaniments of sautéed spinach and horseradish-potato purée. Gustafson has some words of wisdom for those who want to prepare the perfect

steak at home: “I prefer to grill steaks, but there’s a lot of interest in cast-iron searing. Both preparations need super high heat to get a nice crust and hold in the juices. Too many home cooks under season steaks. The meat needs more salt and pepper than you think. Also, very important is to let the steak rest for about ten minutes after taking it off the heat.” Crab cakes and spicy fried oysters are popular Jack Fry’s meal kick starters. For those diners who want to stay with a seafood theme for their entrée. Gustafson wins them over with almond and pistachio-crusted seared salmon. It’s paired with rice and is accentuated by cipollini onions and tomato-chive beurre blanc. A daily seafood special may be created with scallops, mussels or whatever appeals to the chef’s whim and represents the most interesting product from his purveyors.




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ob Temple, Executive Chef at Mesh, is a go-to expert for steak preparation, a technique that isn’t as simple as one might assume. “I think in any kind of cooking, there’s a degree of finesse and a need for skill and knowledge. That applies to the simplest things. One of the most challenging things to cook is an egg. It requires the perfect temperature and the right consistency. Steaks are much the same way. Cooking a steak isn’t an easy task, simply because of its simplicity,” he says. He regularly wows diners with his steak preparation prowess. The filet, served with bordelaise sauce, mashed potatoes and asparagus, is one of the most popular dishes on the Mesh menu.

Le Moo

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hrillist ranked Le Moo among the top 31 Steakhouses in America. Food Network was equally enamored with the powerhouse steak emporium, naming it one of the country’s Top 25 steakhouses. Such accolades are especially appreciated by Sous Chef Haley Charron, who estimates she has prepared more than 5,000 steaks. Although Le Moo aficionados are highly opinionated about their preferences of filets, ribeyes and New York strips, Charron says the Miyazaki Wagyu is the most coveted item on the menu. Kept secluded in a special refrigeration unit, it is presented raw at the table to allow diners to see the marbling. The


A5 marbling score is the highest a steak can achieve. Also given to the table is a certificate of authenticity that states the specific cow’s identification number, birthdate and harvest date. “The certificate shows the cow’s family tree, going back three generations, and it’s all in Japanese. The best part is the snout print, almost like a baby’s foot print. Some people love that; others are a bit taken aback. But I assure them that these cows led great lives, being massaged every day and fed beer to enhance the flavor,” says Charron. While Le Moo’s name and reputation may put steaks centerstage, Charron and her kitchen crew are masters of seafood and fish such as King Crab legs, Scottish salmon with white Cheddar cheese grits, Canadian lobster tails, Texas red fish with mashed potatoes and bacon-braised cabbage, and sea scallops with mild mushroom cream sauce and country ham.

What are his tricks of the trade for a great steak every time? “High heat is important but that can be difficult in a home unless you have a hood to vent the smoke. So, it’s best to use a grill. Gas and charcoal grills both have their advantages, but a char-grilled steak is always the best. Let the meat sit out of the refrigerator for about an hour before grilling. Season with salt and pepper before and after grilling. Let rest for three to four minutes before cutting so that the juices stay in the meat,” he advises. Although it has gained a stellar reputation for his steaks, Mesh has several interesting seafood options, including salmon for which Temple uses an Asian bourbon glaze that imparts intriguing levels of flavor.

Pat’s Steakhouse

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at Francis is continuing the legacy of his family’s business, Pat’s Steakhouse, which opened more than 60 years ago.

“My father, who grew up in St. Joseph’s Orphans Home, worked hard all his life and instilled that work ethic in all of us. My five kids grew up in the business. Two of them and my two sisters still work here for me,” he says. Pat’s Steakhouse is about other families as well. A recent group celebrating a young girl’s birthday included four generations of relatives. Dining at the restaurant is a tradition that has been passed down through many families. He attributes the restaurant’s success to the highest quality of

food and to the service offered customers, pointing out that many of his employees have worked there for 25 to 40 years. His personal involvement extends to cutting all the steaks, which have been aged 28 to 32 years, himself. The 8- to 9-ounce Lady Filet is the best seller while the 32-ounce Porterhouse T-bone and 18-ounce filet mignon are specialties of the house. All steaks are served with a salad and two vegetables. When he’s asked what wines pair well with his famous steaks, he usually recommends a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. Seafood and fish, such as ahi tuna, fried shrimp, pan-fried oysters, baked salmon and North Atlantic cod are also integral part of the Pat’s Steakhouse story. In addition to the main dining room, Pat’s features an outdoor garden and an upstairs Irish pub that consists of three dining rooms. 



A Bold,


Explosion With foodies’ ever-changing palate, a southern-styled comfort food menu paired with the perfect wine is a recipe for success at LouVino… and don’t forget the biscuit. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER



had Coulter had zero experience in the culinary world when he opened his first LouVino location. Fast forward to the present— he has now opened five LouVino locations. What happened between then and now is a fascinating trip of entrepreneurial gumption, an evolving palate and a public that can’t seem to get enough of what his team is serving. Spoiler alert: There’s more to come. And this time, it’s about biscuits.

Chad and his wife, Lauren, are pharmacists by training. After they moved to Louisville, where Chad began teaching at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, they opened Uptown Art, an art instruction studio that dials up the fun with wine and beer. The Louisville studio was so successful that they opened a similar spot in New Albany. Wine sales were booming, leading to the germination of an idea. “Everything around here was beer and bourbon so we thought about opening southern influenced small plates restaurant and wine bar,” says Coulter. Thinking turned into action when he met Tavis Rockwell, now the culinary director at LouVino. The trio’s first location in 2014 on Bardstown Road was such a hit they wanted to expand to the east end. “We couldn’t find a location that wasn’t a strip center so we bought land and built our own restaurant in the Douglas Hills/Middletown area. Soon after, we opened another LouVino in Fishers, Indiana, then in Cincinnati, then in downtown Indianapolis. The executive chefs in each location have the freedom to change about half the menu that

Wine and food are meant to be paired with each other. While our dishes are very bold and rich, and are comfort food, our wine program doesn’t stick with only one style wine or wine from one area of the world. reflects a Southern influence. Some dishes, such as the Brussels sprouts salad, loaded tots and fried chicken tacos, make the cut at every LouVino. The fried chicken tacos vie with the chicken sliders LouVino serves at brunch as Chad’s top menu picks.




ockwell and the executive chefs are given almost full autonomy in deciding what goes on their menus as Coulter is remarkably frank about his own food expertise. “As a young kid in Georgia, I used to dabble in cooking and baking but I don’t feel like I really appreciated food or developed much of a palate until we opened the first restaurant. Now I try to give my two cents worth and say, ‘Hey guys, from a normal consumer’s view, such and such might be plated differently or a price is too high or too low,’” he says. “Wine and food are meant to be paired with each other. While our dishes are very bold and rich, and are comfort food, our wine program doesn’t stick with only one style wine or wine from one area of the world. Sixty to sixty-five percent of our wines are sourced from the United States, but we have a good diversification from around the world, in Old and New World styles,” he says. The wine list represents about twenty percent of styles that most people would recognize. The others are styles or vineyards that are not as well known. Coulter and his staff have the goal of designing wine lists that are fun and approachable, not super wine nerdy. LouVino menus vary based on the differences in clientele. Guests at the Bardstown Road location tend to be more adventurous than those in Middletown. “We have tried a lot of things over the years. I don’t think we could get away with putting rabbit or octopus on the Middletown menu,” says Coulter. No one could say he isn’t an adventurous entrepreneur. In May, he’s planning to open Biscuit Belly, a fast-casual breakfast and lunch concept that’s focused around a biscuit sandwich at 900 E. Main Street, in NuLu. “Those kinds of places are everywhere in Georgia and around that area,” he says. In addition to “monstrous” biscuit sandwiches, the restaurant will offer salads, oatmeal, hash browns, espresso-based coffee drinks and breakfast cocktails like Mimosas. 

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CHAD COULTER PEOPLE ARE BECOMING SO MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT FOOD AND COOKING. DO YOU WELCOME THAT OR DOES IT MAKE YOUR JOB MORE DIFFICULT? Probably both. It’s like competition. Both push you to be better. But it’s also bad in the way that they can cook three or four courses over two hours for their family and think that gives them the ability to critique a restaurant that cooks for 200 people a night. They may say they would have done this and that because “I cook at home. You should seriously consider how I do things.” Sometimes that’s not practical in a busy, commercial setting. At the same time, if palates are becoming more sophisticated and consumers are more educated, you can push the envelope a little bit.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO SAYS SHE’D LIKE TO OPEN A RESTAURANT? Too many people think owning a restaurant is like a hobby. It would be extremely hard

to have another full-time job and just do this with a friend. I wouldn’t discourage someone from doing it but I would tell them to be sure they know what they’re getting in to. We didn’t, but we had people who did.

DO YOU COOK MUCH AT HOME? I like to eat fairly healthy so maybe three nights a week we get a meal prep kit like Green Chef. I’ll be honest. I may cook one meal a week and my wife does the other two. My job is grilling.


HOW DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR SPARE TIME? I’m an avid Georgia sports fan. My wife and I love to go to Georgia football games.

WHERE IN THE WORLD AND WITH WHOM WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER? With Herschel Walker in any random BBQ/ Soul food joint in South Georgia.

IF SOMEONE WERE TO GIVE YOU A FOOD OR WINERELATED GIFT, WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE YOU’D FIND IN THE GIFT BOX? Some sort of pairing with chocolate and Port or a nice oaky bourbon and chocolate.


Frankfort Avenue to Bauer Avenue

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: 10:30 A.M. Shuttle starts at St. Matthews Baptist 11 A.M. Street Festival Opens 8 P.M. Vendors & Kids Zone Closes (Food, bar and music stay open)




VENDORS, FOOD, & FUN Vendor space available!

10 P.M. Street Festival Ends 10:30 P.M. Last Shuttle ride back to St. Matthews Baptist

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The executive chefs in each location have the freedom to change about half the menu that reflects a Southern influence. Some dishes, such as the Brussels Sprouts salad, loaded tots and fried chicken tacos, make the cut at every LouVino.

VINAIGRETTE • • • • • • • • • •

4 cloves garlic 1 shallot 1 cup Champagne vinegar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ bunch fresh cilantro, with stems Juice of two limes Zest of one lime 3 cups vegetable oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

− Place garlic, shallot, vinegar and mustard in a blender; blend until smooth. Add cilantro and blend again until smooth. Add lime juice and zest. Turn blender to medium; slowly add oil. Once oil is incorporated, add salt and sugar. Set aside.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cleaned and halved • 4 ears of corn • ½ cup cherry peppers, tops cut off, peppers sliced, retaining seeds • Cilantro leaves for garnish

− Add Brussels sprouts to a pot of boiling water for 45 seconds. Drain, then immediately place the sprouts in ice water. After they have cooled, lay them out on a towel to dry. Grill the corn or roast it on a gas burner. Alternatively, broil it on a cookie sheet. Remove corn when tender and slightly browned. Cut off kernels. After Brussels sprouts are dry, place them, face down, in a well-oiled cold sauté pan on medium heat. Flip them over when they start to pop. Place peppers and corn in a medium-size mixing bowl. Add Brussels sprouts to bowl. Lightly mix in vinaigrette. − To serve: Place the mixture on a plate. Garnish with extra cilantro leaves.

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Sneezing Season Feeling like allergies are getting the best of you? You’re not alone. Especially during the spring and summer, allergies can be overwhelming and make life incredibly uncomfortable. Luckily, allergy sufferers can find substantial relief from natural remedies. Here, is a look at these remedies. BY BELLA PORTARO KUEBER


n the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America’s 2018 Spring Allergy report, Louisville is ranked the second worst city in the U.S. for spring allergies. The average score for allergies in the nation is 56.48; Louisville’s score is 86.84. As you can tell that’s way above the national average with the increase of tree pollen, blooming flowers and wet weather mold spores that are prevalent to the Ohio Valley. Since 2003, the AAFA has been releasing this annual report so allergy suffers can recognize, prevent and manage allergy symptoms. Common symptoms usually include runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing repeatedly. In the absence of a cure, successful management of allergies requires a prescription or shot, an over-the-counter medication or a more natural path. There are infinite amount of possible solutions to make your spring season start and continue to run as a sneeze-free machine. Following are some items you can pick up at your local grocery to treat your allergies with a new wave of beliefs and solutions with natural wellness as the focal point. So, if you want to try the natural path, there are plenty of options availability for you at Rainbow Blossom, Whole Foods Market or other holistic food stores.

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Using probiotics for allergies can help by adding beneficial bacteria into your digestive system, which supports the immune center and can alter the natural course of an allergy flare-up. Fermented foods are a good source of probiotics, when added to your diet, as a bonus they can also help your body heal. You can also find probiotics tablets at your local stores.

Acupuncture is known for impacting your system with the alleviation of pain, assistance in fertility, and with allergies. There are new methods that can be explored by visiting a local specialist.

Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is extremely useful in your kitchen but it is also great for your health. One of its amazing natural treatments for allergies is a combination you can mix in the kitchen. Use one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water, then drink completely. This can help diminish mucous creation and purify your lymphatic system.

Local Honey The trick is using local honey to treat your symptoms, as bees make their honey from pollen in our region, this sweet nectar can help you by introducing your body to the Ohio Valley’s pollen and spores. A tablespoon or two won’t cure your symptoms, but it can help build a tolerance to spring allergies over time.

Neti Pots + Nasal Sprays Neti pots serve as a nasal irrigation system when used with sterile water or saline solutions. These are great for expelling foreign substances and mucous that makes your nose run and leads to coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes. Nasal sprays are the alternative solution to reach the same results of a Neti pot but is a much more passive treatment. By spritzing saline solution in your nose once a day, you can flush harmful irritants from your nasal passages.

Hydration A side effect from dehydration is headaches, along with moodiness, an increased appetite and fatigue. The average adult should consume approximately 64 ounces of water daily. Louisville is known for having some of the best water in the country but if you want water that is fluoride and chlorine free, consider bottled or distilled water. Staying hydrated can also relieve allergy symptoms, so drink up.

For more traditional treatments, it is best to contact your primary care physician or visit an allergy specialist for an in-depth treatment solution tailored to your body. 

Summer Exposure Summer is the season to kick back, relax, and just enjoy being outside without freezing, but it’s not time to slack on your skincare routine. The sun’s rays can be harmful all year long, but are especially damaging during the summer months. Here are some tips to combat that summer exposure. BY BELLA PORTARO KUEBER


ummer is on the horizon! It’s time to break out your swimsuits and bikes, and get ready to make some memories under the sun. Before you say “ahh” about the blistering sunburn you are about to have (that can create a beauty debacle in your future), here are some summer skincare product tips from Louisville beauty leaders. Summer has a reputation for being high maintenance, as far as beauty and skincare regimens go. This high maintenance title

comes from our desire for a low maintenance beauty routine. The basis of this desired look comes from a healthy skin base, and builds from there. Start with a cleanser that opens pores to clear out impurities to allow products that have active ingredients to protect your skin from negative environmental pollutants. J Michael’s Spa & Salon carries the perfect daily cleanser: Doctor Babor’s Lipo Detox Cleanser, $65.00. This product does all the above and gives your skin a soothing sensation as it slightly warms as you massage it in. J Michael’s is located at 4121 Shelbyville Rd., Suite 1.


Next, work on protecting your fresh face with Neocutis’s ReACTIVE + Anti-Oxidant Serum + Broad Spectrum SPF 45, $130.00, from Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa, located at 4702 Chamberlain Lane. This anti-oxidant serum combines a high concentration of 15% stabilized Vitamin C with a blend of essentials, anti-oxidants and energizing creatine. When used daily it promotes skin regeneration by combating free-radical damage and oxidative stress, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Too much of a good thing can cause negative reactions. This is where the high maintenance season shows its true colors. Combat the results of overexposure with Triple Repair Serum, $88.00. When used at night you can wake-up with a fresh and bright skin tone. This skin solution contains three powerful antioxidants clinically proven to calm, guard against free-radical damage, and improve redness and sensitivity. When used over a period of time, your skin can become firmer with a more even skin tone to help correct fine lines. Find this serum at Mays Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, 241 Sears Avenue, Suite 103. Your face is how the world sees you. Make sure it sees you in the best possible light with a customized facial at Massage Envy, with five locations throughout the Louisville Metro Area. Schedule a spa day with a massage to help you relax, and a facial to help your skin bounce back. Routine customized facials can relax facial muscles which can slow the onset of wrinkles. It also helps reduce puffiness and sagging of the skin, and it promotes skin cell renewal. As the season passes, your skin won’t forget it. Show the world a more vibrant, healthier-looking you! 

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110 Recognizing the Arts Marcella & Ina:


114 Festival Season

Meet The Media:

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Supermom: 118 Stephanie Susemichel TOPS Cares:

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the Arts The Awards in the Arts were presented at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2019 as part of a brilliant celebration of creativity and ingenuity (See page 144). This special annual event is continually curated by the Fund for the Arts, it’s in recognition of innovative souls in the local community doing big things to keep artistry vibrant and alive. Meet a few of the winners. BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS DANNY ALEXANDER SHOT ON LOCATION AT THE PALACE THEATER

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In addition to those featured

on these pages, Bryson Tiller,

Jim James, and Bill Carstanjen

were also recognized with special awards. For more insight, visit




orn in 1931, native Louisvillian Ruth Scott French has lived a life devoted to music. "Without it, life would be so bland," she says. "It's everywhere you go, from concerts to baseball games." She began piano lessons at age five, then added violin at nine. "From there I just never stopped," she says with a smile. Through the 1950s Ruth's studies led her to New York and Cincinnati. She

joined the Louisville Orchestra in 1949 at age 17. She began her teaching career in '56 when she joined the faculty of the newly founded Louisville Academy of Music. It was begun by a man named Robert French. One thing led to another, and he and Ruth were wed in 1960. After the 1969 birth of their son, Robert S. French, Ruth resigned from the Louisville Orchestra to devote her full time to teaching. After she lost her husband in 2011, she was elected to be the next president of the Louisville Academy of Music. She only just retired from that role in 2019 at the age of 87, and today resides at Treyton Oak Towers. In total Ruth taught over 1,500 violinists over 63 years. Many have gone on to perform in symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, and others have also gone on to teach professionally. "My dream would be for every parent to encourage the arts— be it music, performing, painting, anything… at least as much as they focus on sports."


rom a very early age growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, dance has always been a driving force in the life of Brandon Ragland. "My earliest dream was that I might one day be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson," he says. Dance has always been an important part of his family, his earliest experience with it occurred in church. As he grew into adolescence, he got involved in his church’s black history productions. It was there his teacher, Jackie Lockhart, recognized that he had a gift and took him to the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

It was at age 15 that Brandon would fall in love with ballet, subsequently spending countless hours honing and perfecting his craft. His natural abilities and drive to improve his skill would lead him to many doors opening. In 2007, he graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Dance-Arts Administration. In 2010 when opportunity called from the Louisville Ballet, Brandon was more than ready. He has performed leading roles in many productions, including The Three Musketeers, The Nutcracker, and the cutting edge Human Abstract. Brandon is proud that his art and career are one and the same. "Being recognized with this award really makes me realize that I've done the right thing, and it really makes me want to continue to devote myself to my art," he says. "All along, I have had to commit myself to believe that it will all work out...and so far, I'm happy to say that it has."

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Kim Baker

Doug Elmore







or Kim Baker, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has been an intrinsic part most of her life. As a flutist, she was part of the inaugural 1987 class of the prestigious Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts. She would become a program coordinator with the Center in 1992, then through exemplary service and dedication, she became president and CEO in 2014. "I found a home at the center and never found a reason to go elsewhere," she happily says. Under Kim's leadership, the Center has continued to grow and flourish in ways far beyond a structure on a street. "The Center is really more of an idea than a building," she says. "Our main goal is to create lifelong relationships with Louisvillians and really reflect the needs of the community. We believe in

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being forward leaning with all that we do." Through a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Center offers active learning, process-based educational programs with practical, real world application to students throughout the commonwealth. The Center suffered a fire in 2018 that was, very fortunately, not as devastating as it could have been but still took quite a toll on the building that gives this concept its physical home. Through a great deal of focus and hard work, renovations continue and the Center is currently open just months after that event, with concerts and shows being performed for audiences once again. Kim credits her fantastic team for their resiliency. "When we all work together, there's not much that we can't do."

s Music Director and Symphony Orchestra conductor of the Louisville Youth Orchestra, Doug Elmore has put his lifelong love of music to work for over 30 years. “From the time that I was a kid, the sound of an orchestra just lit me up,” he says. He was drawn to the deep and heavy sound of the double bass, after learning and becoming proficient at it he set his eyes on conducting. At age 15, he told the conductor at his school that it was something that he would be interested in pursuing. “He told me that I lacked the patience and could never accomplish that,” he remembers. “I’m still working on the patience thing.” Doug would consider several paths including engineering and the military, but he would decide at a moment close to the last one that he would accept a scholarship opportunity that he had earlier turned down to attend DePauw University. There, he studied Jazz and Classical music, helping him to grow into the maestro that he is today. His approach to teaching is a calling: “Help kids do things that they think are impossible.”



ommonwealth Theatre Center is about so much more than providing entertainment. Through their outreach programs, the organization has touched the lives of over 50,000 kids, many of them from backgrounds that put them at risk. "It's so much more than just kids in shows," says Artistic Director Charlie Sexton, "They come to theatre and don't often know why they are drawn to it, but once they're here they are loved and accepted." Auditioning, practicing, and performing in plays lends a sense of perspective, community, and emotional literacy that so many would otherwise lack,

especially students who have encountered what studies call ACES, or "adverse childhood experiences." Charlie's partner in this mission is Alison Huff, Managing Director. The two work in tandem to help create some of the top theatre training in the nation. "It's so important that our programs be inclusive and accessible," she says. "That human experience of communal storytelling can help everyone to open up and grow. It gives them tools to express themselves in truly productive ways. It's not always pretty or efficient, but it is effective."

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Festival Season Longing to get outside this spring and summer for some fun, in-house event experts Marcella and Ina share their tips on Louisville’s upcoming festivals and events around town. BY MARCELLA KRAGEL AND INA MILLER

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


hat does “Keep Louisville Weird” mean to you? To us, it is a plea to preserve the unique people, places and culture of our fair city. There is no better time to see that wild and wonderful fun on display than during festival season. It seems every weekend there is another reason to celebrate, and in the Kentucky spring and summer, there is no better place to do that than outside. Festivals are one of our favorite types of events to plan. We get to work with city officials, artists, and entrepreneurs, all with one common goal; to promote different aspects of Louisville’s unique spirit. Following is a list of our favorite festivals. Make sure to mark your calendars, plan travel accordingly, and prepare for the best Louisville has to offer this summer.

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Forecastle Festival (July 12-14, 2019, Waterfront Park, tickets packages available at It feels like music festivals have taken over the city, but this is the one that started it all. When founder JK McKnight created his celebration of music, art, and activism in Tyler Park in 2002, he began a tradition that has helped make Louisville one of the best music festival venues in the country. While the festival has undoubtably grown and matured, its spirit has stayed the same. Make sure to get tickets in advance! Expert Tip: As the festival has grown so have the number of stages, but Forecastle works hard to keep the spotlight on hometown favorites with an all local stage. This year some highlights include The Louisville Orchestra’s own Teddy Abrams and that sultry songbird Carly Johnson. You might also spot some local celebrities in the crowd. Last year, we sat at a picnic table with the mayor as we enjoyed musicians we happened to go to high school with… only in Louisville.

Bluegrass on the Beargrass (June 9, 2019, 2:30-7:30pm, Cherokee Park, Baringer Hill and Rugby Field, Free Admission, ticketed VIP experience available) This inaugural festival features local Bluegrass acts including Plum Hokum, Noam Pikelny, and Relic. Food and beverage providers will be located throughout the park, making this experience more than just a music festival, encouraging guests to explore the jewel that is Cherokee Park. Expert Tip: Cherokee Park is often confusing for those who haven’t been cutting through it for years. Lost? Locals know the venues by many names… Dog Hill, Frisbee Field, Rugby Field… no worries, just follow your ears and you will find the way. Want to make a day of it? While the festival is free to the public, a VIP option will give you preferred seating, access to private restroom facilities, and includes a membership to Olmsted parks so you can give back to the parks that give so much to us!


Big Four Arts Festival

(September 28, 2019, 11am-11pm, 600, 700 and 800 blocks of East Market Street, Free Admission)

(September 7-8, 2019, Big Four Bridge Lawn at Waterfront Park, Free Admission)

Say it ain’t so… Summer can’t be ending. Go out with a bang in the NULU neighborhood with NULU Fest, now in its 12th year. What started as a block party in an up-and-coming neighborhood is now one of the city’s biggest street fairs featuring over 100 booths. This year’s festival will feature a curated experience one can only find in a place as unique as NULU. Expert Tip: There is more going on than the booths in the street. The popularity and success of this neighborhood is rested comfortably on the shoulders of the entrepreneurs who brought it back to life over the last decade. Now it’s one of the best shopping districts in town. Make sure you step into the wide range of unique shops and restaurants throughout the day to really connect with the heart of the neighborhood: its residents.

Buy Local Fair (May 19, 2019, 12-6pm, Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road, Free Admission, Parking $7 per car) Over 180 vendors, all locally owned and operated, set up to enjoy the sunshine in the beautiful and historic Louisville Water Tower Park. From food, to art, to clothing,

Louisville has no shortage of amazing art fairs, in fact we have one of the biggest in the country every October, the St. James Court Art Fair. Don’t forget the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, Mellwood Art Fair, or many others. It would seem our art fair calendar was full, but three years ago a new one emerged. Even though they are the new kid on the block, the Big Four Arts Festival has found a niche all its own and attracts local, national, and international talent alike in one of our most iconic settings, the banks of the Ohio River. Expert Tip: While the Festival is family friendly, make it a date night. Big Four Arts Festival has partnered with Louisville Gymnastics for a parents’ night out. For $30, your kids can enjoy 4 hours of fun and food in the gym, and you can enjoy an evening out on the town. Round out the night by hopping on the Festival’s free trolley service and grab dinner on Main Street.

to plants, this festival has it all. Expert Tips: Ride your bike and skip the parking fee. This festival truly strives to be green, therefore all food vendors use compostable materials, and volunteers work diligently to minimize the carbon footprint. Fit in and bring your own refillable water container - we have some of the best tasting tap water in the country after all.

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As a personality of both TV and radio, John Ramsey brings his dynamic personality to work every weekday on WAVE 3 Listens Live! and Cards Radio 790 WKRD. He made time for our own Rocko Jerome to talk about his love of Louisville and to what he attributes his success. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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think the biggest thing that drives me is happiness," says John Ramsey. "It's not so much money or any sort of notoriety, it's being able to engage with people in a meaningful way and to help give them a forum to tell their stories." As a media figure, John is a bit of an iconoclast. He's rarely seen in a tie, although he still conveys a stylish look. He has a very charmingly off the cuff and jocular nature, which makes sense considering that his first forays into show business were in stand-up comedy. "My main approach to that was just to listen to how people talk and find the inherent humor in little nuances of people's personalities, things that we usually only pick up on almost subliminally are really funny once you mimic them with just a little exaggeration." He honed an ear for impressions and creating characters that took him to LRS morning radio soon after his time at University of Kentucky in 1984. Radio has been a part of his life ever since. To his chagrin, it took him away from his native and beloved Louisville for a while. "I went on the air in Kansas City in 1986 and stuck with that for a few years, but my wife Jill and I missed home," John says. He had met Jill, the founder and owner of the J Estelle Salon, during his college years. She's been his life's greatest partner ever since. "We were thrilled when a position opened up to DJ at WRKA in 1988. I will always remember that time away fondly, but Louisville is where I feel like I belong. I love the ease with which people interact here. It's a great place to raise adults." In fact, John and Jill have two sons who were born in the ensuing years, Austin and Jackson, both strong personalities in their own right. In 2011, John took over as host of WAVE 3 Listens Live!, that channel's longest running show. It has the kind of format that we usually associate with bygone eras, with in studio guests coming to visit on air and viewers calling in to chime in on a revolving array of subjects. On any given day, John might be interviewing a doctor, a window and door specialist, an exercise guru, a lawyer, a restauranteur, or just about anyone else you can imagine. John's gift of gab always keeps them engaged. He gives credit for keeping his job fun to his producer, Tammy McNeal. "She keeps this train on the track. Thanks to her, I just show up and do the fun part." John's other gig is on the radio at Cards Radio 790 WKRD, a show entitled Ramsey and Rutherford. "Mike Rutherford is the true sports fanatic who knows the history and the stats, so I suppose you could say I'm the color commentator," he says with a




When Muhammad Ali died in 2016, his eulogists included members of the Ali family, Bill Clinton, Bryant Gumble, Billy Crystal, Will Smith...and John Ramsey. “I wanted to be sure to represent Louisville on that stage, and to let people see that Muhammad truly was a person who was interested in being friends with all kinds of people.” John was friends with Muhammad, whom he describes still today as his hero, for over 35 years. They first met at a Derby party, where John won the champ over with one of his stellar comedic impressions. “I put on my best Howard Cosell and said to him ‘It’s Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of this or any other time!’

smile. "It's the human element behind the jerseys that interests me, that's the angle that I try to bring." John believes that the top-rated show has been so successful because the two men aren't afraid to be partisan; they're both die-hard Louisville fans. "We bleed red, unapologetically," he says. John takes a great deal of pride in his sons, saying of them “Austin and his wife Ameara are both working actors and producers in

He just looked at me and said, perfectly deadpan, ‘Howard gets paid a million a year to say that about me, what’s your excuse?’” That kicked off a fantastic night of revelry and fun, at the end of which, Ali asked for John’s address. “I expected that to be the end of it, then a few months later he showed up at my house!” John and Muhammad would become consistent forces in each other’s lives, and they would travel the world together. John also became close to the family. Of Ali’s widow, Lonnie, he said “I admire her a great deal. She is truly her husband’s equal in terms of compassion and accomplishment.” Although Ali will go down in history as an incredible boxer, John recognizes him for something perhaps far greater. “His true greatest strength was his ability to connect with people. To say that he never met a stranger doesn’t even scratch the surface. He always said ‘service to others is the rent you pay for your room in Heaven,’ I can say for certain that his debt was paid in full. I still draw inspiration from that man every single day.”

New York. He has survived and flourished in his 7 years there. Jackson is a determined and accomplished student; he will be transferring to University of Kentucky this Fall.” When asked to identify the keys to his prosperity, John is right on it. "In the long run, loyalty and honesty will always win out. I believe that if you work hard and do right by people, things will ultimately turn out well for you. That's what I've tried to do, anyway." 

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You might know Stephanie Susemichel as the owner and proprietor of Magnolia and Fig, a wonderfully personalized boutique in Middletown. She took time out to share her experiences with the challenge of balancing business ownership with motherhood, what her mom has taught her about life along the way, and how being a mother to a little boy has become the driving force in her life. BY ROCKO JEROME • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER


hen talking to Stephanie Susemichel, anyone could tell that there are two inextricably linked things about which she is deeply passionate: her 2-year-old son Emerson and her charming boutique, Magnolia and Fig. "I opened the store when I was pregnant with him," she says, "And from that point to now and forever, I look at him and I know that he is the reason why this store is so important to me. They're growing together." Stephanie's own mom, Cheryl Susemichel, set a lovely example. When Stephanie was 7-years-old, Cheryl opened Secret Garden, a charming gardening shop. While as a child Stephanie dreamed of one day working in a conventionally creative field, perhaps as a fine artist, she found that as she grew to adulthood she had a real aptitude for business. She applied that to a career as a buyer for Whole Foods Market. "I'm really self-directed and super disciplined," she says, "And that job really taught me a lot about prioritizing and business in general." After five years at that job, she decided to combine her creative spirit with the acumen that she developed and followed her passion and mother's example. Magnolia and Fig was born, right in the same Middletown shopping center as Cheryl's store.

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Stephanie's vision for Magnolia and Fig has come to fruition beautifully. "My dream for the store was to have a place where women could find beautiful, unique, and inexpensive clothing of great quality and timelessness," says Stephanie. "There's a quote that we have here that I love- 'Clothes won't change the world, but the women who wear them will.' What you wear is such an empowering thing, they are the thing that brings you into your confident self. We have customers of all ages and body types coming into the store at all different stages of their lives. I know that I can get them the clothes that will make them feel strong, and that's why I do what I do." Setting an example as a strong woman to Emerson is something of massive importance to Stephanie. "It's a big deal for me that he sees his mom and other women being independent and doing big things and that he's growing up with a sense of value to his feelings," she says. "He's already such an amazing person. He's a happy little boy. He's smart, funny, and so intuitive. I had always been one of those who said that I would never have kids, but being with him now, I couldn't imagine life without him. He's so grounding. Everything that I do is for him." Like so many of us, Stephanie does struggle with finding a balance. "There's a certain trap that so many women fall into, which is this situation where we are often expected— by those around us as well as by ourselves— to work like we aren't mothers and to be mothers like we don't have to work. I'm a Type A personality with a lot of OCD tendencies, and I'm a complete perfectionist. It's been a challenge for me, but I've finally reached the point that I can let go just a bit and ask for help." Stephanie's partner and Emerson's father, Luke, is a constant source of support. "Emerson looks like me, but he has his father's exact same personality. I always say that I have these two little buddies at home. They have the same senses of humor and both have big personalities. We have an incredibly supportive relationship, I think because we were coworkers at Whole Foods Market first, then became friends and we grew from that. He's

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very supportive. There's never any guilt trips!" Some of that help has also come from Cheryl. "It's an interesting thing, that way you build a new sort of status quo with your parents as years go on. You must figure out a new sort of relationship anyway, but having a kid definitely impacts that. She's such a source of knowledge. There's a whole reservoir of wisdom that I have a new perspective on seeing her with him and hearing her advice. It's only made our bond stronger, and she's more than happy to spend a day a week with her only grandchild!" So, what's the future look like for Stephanie? "I would like to own more businesses. I love Savannah, Georgia, and I could see putting a Magnolia and Fig there one day. It would just be tough because I would really have to trust other people with so much more than I'm used to because it's no easy drive to Savannah and back here to Louisville!" It's an easy thing to imagine that as Emerson grows into a fully formed adult, Stephanie will similarly guide Magnolia and Fig to greater heights. After all, they're practically siblings. 

I opened the store when I was pregnant with him. And from that point to now and forever, I look at him and I know that he is the reason why this store is so important to me. They’re growing together.





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Awareness From decades of history to today’s healthcare marketplace to tomorrow’s bright future, Kosair Charities focus has always been about making kids’ lives better, helping them reach their potential while overcoming their obstacles. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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n 1923, members of Shrine Temple, doctors, lawyers and other community leaders embarked on a bold initiative to provide medical care to crippled children in the Louisville area and throughout Kentucky. Three years later, Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital opened as a place where children could receive long-term, quality medical care. The need proved so great that by 1930, the hospital reached a capacity of 100 beds. Responding to the devastating polio outbreak in the region and throughout the country, the hospital made polio treatment a top priority and added an annex to the building. During and since that time, hundreds of thousands of children and their transformed lives have become part of a phenomenal history. After the merger of Kosair Crippled Children Hospital and Children’s Hospital, in the 1980s, the scope of care was broadened to help even more children in need. In 1981, Kosair transitioned from a hospital, a direct provider, to a philanthropic organization, now known as Kosair Charities, an expansive organization that responds to the needs of very diverse groups of children.

“We have always been focused on the medically fragile child. We are loyal to that. Our definition of a child in need has broadened so that we now focus on many large issues that confront kids,” says Keith Inman, President. “Healthcare is an everchanging marketplace. In a hospital setting, we were limited by the number of beds and space. We have gone from that singular entity to supporting more than 225 organizations.” He says Kentucky leads the country in child abuse and neglect, which incentivized Kosair Charities to develop an innovative program, Face It, to tackle the complexity of issues that contribute to neglect and abuse. Partnering with Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair works with more than 60 statewide groups that are focused on ending child abuse. Face It takes a three-pronged approach: promoting best practices

in prevention and intervention; building awareness and engaging the community; and advocating for policies to improve the child welfare system.

Most people still identify us as a hospital and don’t understand that we have invested millions of dollars in the youth and children of our state and region to help them reach their potential while overcoming their obstacles.

On its Eastern Parkway campus, Kosair Charities provides the Kids Center space and grants to offer rehabilitation services to the most medically fragile children. Also located on the campus are entities such as Spina Bifida of Kentucky, the University of Louisville autism program, Epilepsy Foundation, Huntington’s Disease, Louisville Metro Police Foundation, Trust for Life, and the U of L Dental Clinic and Pediatric Office. In addition, Kosair Charities is also aligned with CASA to help children who are navigating the court system.

In 2018, Kosair Charities granted over $10 million to more than 180 partner organizations. Last October, Kosair Charities committed more than $16 million to 90-plus partner agencies in 2019. “If we can make a big difference with $16 million a year, just imagine what we could do with $32 million, $42 million or $52 million a year if we can raise those funds,” says Inman. “Most people still identify us as a hospital and don’t understand that we have invested millions of dollars in the youth and children of our state and region to help them reach their potential while overcoming their obstacles. Broadening the awareness of what we do is a challenge,” says Inman. Looking toward the future, he and his staff and volunteers hope to break down the root causes, and help stop or prevent problems facing children and families. In conjunction with the development of a strategic plan, Inman is looking to institute a few major changes, such as reworking where Kosair Charities invests, examining how

it operates and raises money, and establishing a nonprofit leadership training institute. “We have an outstanding Board of Directors who wake up every day thinking about making kids’ lives better. The directors have been great stewards of our endowment that has grown tremendously under their supervision. They don’t like saying no to any child. As part of that, they want us to focus on being as efficient as we can with our resources but also increasing the dollars we raise so that we can fund more programs,” says Inman. His passion for Kosair Charities’ mission is obvious when he discusses how the organization is uniquely positioned to change our community in positive ways to ensure children break the cycle of poverty and grow up happy, healthy and safe. He’s a leader who is invigorated by daunting challenges and exciting opportunities. “I don’t get overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done because it drives me to do more. I’m motivated to grow Kosair Charities to help the kids and also help the community be a better place.” 

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MAY events May 3 Unbridled Eve Gala

7:00pm - 1:30am, Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel Experience a night of Southern grace, glamour, charm and hospitality at its finest during the eighth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Held the night before the Kentucky Derby, the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala is one of the most anticipated black tie-optional events of the year for Louisville lovers, celebrities and racing enthusiasts! For tickets, tables or to make a donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, call 502-894-9768.

Barnstable-Brown Derby Eve Gala Party

8:00pm, Barnstable-Brown Mansion, The Highlands of Louisville This legendary party is one of the best you will ever attend! Get ready to party “Derby Style.” Be dazzled, amazed and star struck. This will be a night to always

remember. A black-tie affair or dress to impress, this event is filled with celebrities, locals, royalty, politicians, horse racing insiders and media outlets from all over the globe.


7:00pm, KFC YUM! Center Mix and mingle with celebrities and some of the biggest names in the history of entertainment & music, while giving back to charity. To purchase tickets visit

May 3 — 4 Celebrate Oaks & Derby with our Trifecta Menu 6:00pm, Brasserie Provence Their 3-Course Trifecta Menu starts off with a choice of delicious appetizers, entrée, and one of our decadent desserts. A winning Trifecta Menu, created by Chef Patrick Gosden, is $95 per person plus tax & gratuity. For Oaks and Derby reservations call 502.883.3153 or visit:

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May 4 Hats, Bowties & Bourbon II Derby Day Party

4:00pm, Garden Court The Louisville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. presents the 2019 Hats, Bowties & Bourbon II Derby Day Party. The event will be held at Garden Court (1044 Alta Vista Rd, Louisville, KY 40205). This event is like none other on the planet and we are happy that you are joining us for another exquisite event.

Derby Diversity & Business Summit

Check Schedule, The Galt House Derby Diversity Business Summit and University of Louisville School of Public Health’s Center for Creative Placehealing are thrilled to announce DAZZLE LAB. DAZZLE LAB is being hosted by Theo Edmonds and Tawana Bain and co-curated with support from Story Louisville. The event headliner will be ARLAN HAMILTON, founder of Backstage Capital. Visit for more details.

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2019 Man & Women of the year grand finale celebration

7pm, WAVE 3 TV Newscasts In 2019, any Pegasus Pin is your chance to win a Weekly Grand Prize beginning Friday, March 15 through Friday, May 3. Gold Winner Pins are also eligible to win a Honda CR-V. Drawings broadcast on WAVE 3 News. To be eligible, register pins using the KDF App or online at

2019 Stoke of Luck

11:30am, Millionaires Row Kentuckiana Stroke Association presents 2019 Stroke of Luck, a collection of Educational, Networking and Fundraising events that are Derby-themed. These fundraisers provided education to the community through the support of area Retirement Communities, Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Rehab Facilities that so generously offered to be donation locations.

DCFW - Women of Louisville Fashion Show Gala

6:00pm – 9:00pm, Hotel Louisville Grand Ballroom Friday is their Black Tie Formal Gala. Saturday features their Designer Fashion Show. One ticket for 2 events celebrating the Women of Louisville Mother’s Day weekend.

6:00pm, Omni Louisville Hotel The Leukemia and Lymphoma society proudly present 2019 Man and Women of the Year celebration. Meet 2019 Boy and Girl of the Year, Preston Barber and Hadley Mercer. Tickets are $175 each or $1590 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets visit

Roses & Rosé

11:00am – 1:00pm, Evermore St. Vincent de Paul has created a new women-focused celebration called Roses & Rosé. The event will be an upscale-casual brunch affair, just a day before Mother’s Day. This brunch to celebrate mothers is generously hosted by Neville Blakemore & Jessica Bird at Evermore. Grab your mother, daughter, sister, and friends to support our neighbors in need of assistance.

MAEC Spring Art Show 2019

11:00am – 5:00pm, Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center The Mellwood Art Center is hosting its 3rd annual Spring Art Show on Mother’s Day weekend. There will be a preview party with cocktails Saturday, May 11th from 5 PM until 9 PM. During this time artists will be selling their work. The art

show is the following day, Sunday May 12th. This is the perfect opportunity to support Kentuckiana artists and pick up a beautiful, unique Mother’s Day gift. Parking and admission is free.

Walk to Defeat ALS

8:30am – 12:00pm, Louisville Slugger Field Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country bring their determination, energy, and passion to the Walk to Defeat ALS. More than just a few mile trek, it’s an opportunity to bring hope to ALS patients, to raise money for a cure, and to join together to fight for something we care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS is our biggest annual event, it raises funds to sustain patient care and support research for much of the following year.

Greater Louisville March for Babies

9:00am, Waterfront Park March for Babies helps families win the fight against premature birth. It funds clinics and treatments that help more women go full term and have healthy babies. This is a 2-mile, non-competitive walk with a shorter route for families with small children. Participants include corporate organizations, family teams, and individual walkers.

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May // june events May 12

May 14

Mother’s Day at the Track

Hello, Dolly!

12:30pm, Churchill Downs Make Mother’s Day a special day at Churchill Downs. Enjoy watching live racing with the family while enjoying a brunch menu in the Stakes Room or the Chef’s Table Buffet in one of the many dining rooms. Reserved Dining Tickets start at $52. Free General Admission for Moms when accompanied by her child. Come enjoy a great day of racing and the Stakes & Eggs brunch served every Sunday in the Stakes Room.

Mother’s Day Brunch

11:00am – 2:00pm, Brasserie Provence Give mom the gift of PROVENCE - Enjoy a 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch which includes appetizer, entrée and dessert. Mother’s Day Brunch is $45 per person + tax & gratuity, children’s menu is $15 per child (under 12 only.) Reservations required.

The Kentucky Center for the Arts Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!”

May 16 Sporting Clays Auction

6:00pm, Lexus of Louisville The 23rd annual Sporting Clays Auction will be held on Thursday, May 16th at Lexus of Louisville. This upscale event will feature live and silent auction items, hosted bar, appetizers from the area’s top restaurants, and valet parking. Browse among hundreds of premier auction items, including vacations, bourbons, jewelry, and event experiences. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln Heritage Council.

Kick Off To Summer Open House

3:00pm – 6:00pm, Kosair Charities You are invited to the Kosair Charities Kick Off To Summer Open House. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and live outdoor music while networking. RSVP by May 10 to

May 18 Walk MS Louisville

8:00am, Waterfront Park Ending Multiple Sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. With every step we take, and every dollar we raise, we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

Louisville City FC vs Saint Louis FC 7:00pm, Slugger Field

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May 30

Home Tour & Design Show at Norton Commons

3rd Annual Craft Beer Throwdown

4:00pm – 8:00pm, Norton Commons One-of-a-kind home show and tour. 12 new, fully-furnished homes in the geothermal North Village. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at Free parking and shuttles.


6:30pm, Brasserie Provence Join the fun at their Mystery Wine Dinner Game! Test your knowledge (variety & country) of five unconventional pairings posing as their classic counterparts selected by advanced Sommelier Julie DeFriend to complement the international menu created by Chef Patrick Gosden. Correctly identify each selection & win two seats to their June 20th ROSÉ WINE DINNER. The Poseur Wine Dinner is $79 per person plus tax & gratuity. Reservations Are Required. Wines will be available for purchase with a 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.

5:00pm – 8:00pm, Louisville Water Tower Park The 3rd Annual Craft Beer Throwdown benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless will be held at Louisville Water Tower Park. Attendees will enjoy new brews from six local breweries and then vote on their favorite. Food trucks and other local favorite beers will also be available. The suggested donation is $20 in advance/$25 at the door and will. To purchase tickets or get more information, call 502-636-9550 x 213 or visit

June 1 VIPS Tennis Ball

6:30pm – midnight, Louisville Boat Club The VIPS Tennis Ball is evening of fun and fundraising including dinner, drinks, dancing and a silent & live auction. The Tennis Ball, which is the kick-off event for the VIPS Tennis Tournament the following evening. This is Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) primary fundraiser of the year and was awarded “Special Tennis Event of the Year” by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern in 2016!

Broadway Backwards: A Cabaret

7:00pm – 9:00pm, Play Louisville Your favorite Broadway Showstoppers with a twist: Men sing songs originated by women, and women sing songs originated by men. VOICES and PANDORA PRODUCTIONS (Louisville’s local LGBTQ theater company) are presenting their 3rd Cabaret production.This is a joint fundraiser for the two groups and a great partnership between the two arts organizations.

25th Annual Crescent Hill Garden Tour

9:00am – 5:00pm, Peterson-Dumesnil House This popular event attracts garden enthusiasts from all over Kentucky and neighboring states, who come to view Crescent Hill’s unique display of urban gardens. The tour will feature 10 private gardens, showcasing creative gardening in smaller spaces. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue, where the tour begins. Tickets are $15. Funds from the tour are used to support garden and planting projects throughout the Crescent Hill area.

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Runway For The Roses Fashion Show March 21 Bliss Home Photos by Candice Gentry

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Fashion Show March 28 Horseshoe Casino Photos by Bill Wine

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The 61st

Fillies Derby Ball April 6 Louisville Marriott Downtown Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Bob and Marita Willis

Debra Rayman and Jo Graves

Tara Haverly, Lynnie Meyer, Mary Lou Meyer and Angela McCormick Bisig



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Eric King and Stacey Robinson

Allison Spears, Brittany Patillo, Elizabeth Seewer, Monty Durham, Mary Baker and Kelsey Sutton

Georgina Brown, Sharon Woodward, Pam Hendrickson and Cheryl Franck

Julie Dorsey, Amy Hulbert, Cindy Philpott, Kim Heath and Danielle Dorse

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TOPS Louisville

April Issue Party April 10 Digs Home and Garden Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Deb Wolfolk, Paula Rice and Ben Palmer-Ball

Shannon Kessler, Keith Yarber and Meredith Metzmeier

Susan Osborne

Meghan Browne

Sam and Katie Rouster

Michelle Cochran, Lisa Cochran and Lucy Shaver

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Randy Blevins and Sarah Mitchell

Janice Lechleiter, Meredith Metzmeier, Kinda Higgins, Brighid Homrighausen and Mary Stuckert

Chenoweth Square

Annual Derby Trot

April 10 Chenoweth Square Photos by Robin Conway

Carol Kaufman, Donna Zapata and Duff Giffen

Shorty Martin, Feather Schleuning, Linda Vittitow, Leaha Julius and Mary Beth Hughes

Barbara Stevens and J. Rounsie Mashburn

Lori Sternberg

Karen Crum

Mary Stuckert, Brighid Humrighausen and Linda Higgens

Janice Lechleiter and Joanie Leese Samuel

Ronnie and Madeline Flerlage

Gwen Pyle, Bea Wetzelberger, Kathy and Monica O’ Connor

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Bespoke Fashion Show April 12 Speed Art Museum Photos by Dick Arnspiger, Robin Conway and Bill Wine

Letosha Cecil and Landy Prieto

Rocko Jerome, Randy Blevins, Kenneth Wright and Josiah Alstott

Braylynn “Resko” Stewart

Love, Joy and Faith Hope Yascone

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Jeremy Nobles, Gina Cable and Lynn Nobles

Allison Lewis, Mike Tomes and Courtney Glenny

Tranisha Bowman

Catherine and Andrew Kung

Yamilca Rodriguez

Alissa Blow, JP Davis and Ann Wells

Wil Heuser and Lauren Argo

Jason Schmidt, Jasmine Weatherby, Tonya York and Josh Clark

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They’re Off Luncheon April 12 Galt House Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Kate Smith, Rachel Bell and Joey Wagner

Kristin Pierce and Sally Galla

Hannah Storm

Caroline Shoenberger, Elise Buck, Kaitlin White, Lindsay Wehr and Marki Hartlage

Jennifer Eberle, Denise Spalding and Joan Flaherty




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Rodeo Drive

Gunnar Event April 19 Rodeo Drive Photos by Avery Ford

Gunnar Deatherage

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KDF Couture KMAC Fashion Week They’re Off Luncheon

Kickoff Party April 12 Galt House April 14 Photos byDowns Dick Arnspiger Churchill Photos by Bill Wine

Michelle Staggs, Aldy Milliken andLee Middendorf

Debbie Huddleston Mitchell and Curtis Conlin

Cierra Calmeise and Amelia Pace

Caleb Yeske and Abbie Purdie

Laura Patterson, Gemma Fetalver, Bella Thomas, Dominique Joy Thompson and Desrie Nisbett

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Work the Metal

Fashion Show April 12 Work thr Metal Photos by Avery Ford

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Nicole Yates and Alicia Joos

Christy Coon Henderson, Leslie Tate and June Kramer

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KDF Social: Derby

BourbonOff They’re & Luncheon Benedictine April 12 Galt House April 25by Dick Arnspiger Photos Farmington Historical Plantation Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Elizabeth Dowell, Logan Ormerod and Caroline South

Larry and Elliott

Amanda Canary and Mary Theilen

Cristina Fetter, Melissa Simms and Devin Payne Serke

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Kristin Cloern and Megan Stovall

Jan Taylor and Jeff Gumer

33rd Annual

KY Derby Museum Gala April 26 Kentucky Derby Museum Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Bill and Michelle Mudd with Renee and Pat Armstrong

Gary and Kristen Jensen with Jaclyn and Langdon Shoop

Zani Scott, Brittney Gortney and Erin Wilkins

Ashley and Jay Sigman

Zara Balone and Cecilia Huerta-Lauf with the Electria

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Awards in the Arts April 27 Churchill Downs Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Karen Lawrence, Laura Zachariah, Christen Boone and JP Davis

Ken and Carolle Jones-Clay

Mo McKnight Howe

John Crable and Lindsay Wehr

Beth and Todd Warren

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Mike DiCenso and Soozie Eastman

Joey Wagner

Josh Laughlin and Meredith Lawrence

Charlie Sexton and Laura Patterson

Tawana Bain and Kristopher Stein

Melody Welsh and Doug Elmore

Janie Martin

Susan and Keith Inman

David and Michelle James

Gill and Augusta Holland with Terry Meiners

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The Fillie’s Ball

KDF They’re Off Luncheon

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