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How to Look Great When It’s 100 Degrees

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Letter from the editor

WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT LOUISVILLE? HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE? Having completed our second annual issue devoted to this particular theme, those of us on the TOPS staff are virtually bursting with civic pride. From the cover story with Mayor Fischer, to our features about local makers, cutting-edge restaurants, thriving neighborhoods, home-grown nonprofits, the Flyover Film Festival… we’ve uncovered even more reasons to appreciate the city we all call home. In compiling our research, we found that everyone we asked had a ready list of things they love about Lou. We hope this issue gives you some exciting new additions. One just might be the work of local artisan, Jason Cohen, founder of Bourbon Barrel Furniture on Photographed by Danny Alexander Shelby Street. He graciously provided the beautiful, hand-made, recycled bourbon barrel barstool for our cover shoot with Mayor Fischer. Jason’s passion for creating furniture that’s completely unique and representative of his hometown (and our bourbon boom) is not only admirable, it’s essential to the renaissance that our mayor discusses and that the rest of us are fortunate enough to be experiencing. What’s great about Louisville? You’ll find some of the answers in the following pages. And, we believe, even more of them by the time we put this issue together next year.

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A one-year-old program launched by the Louisville Downtown Partnership has turned more than a hundred ugly and unnoticed doors into an urban museum of local artists. It’s just another example of the creativity that makes our city so unique. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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ome see a downtown alley and see an eyesore. Others see potential for urban revival and self-expression. That’s what Louisville Downtown Partnership envisioned when they launched a program that pairs local artists and sponsors with sometimes unsightly service doors to use as public blank canvases. “This program rejuvenates forgotten spaces within our downtown and allows us to showcase hidden treasures created by our talented local artists,” says Rebecca Matheny, Executive Director of LDP. “There are more than 300 service doors within the Central Business District that qualify for the program.” In just one year, the program has transformed 103 of them with work by 59 local artists. The artists receive not only an opportunity to produce a work of art that becomes part of our city’s vibrant landscape, but they also receive compensation for their work; more than $32,000 has been raised and distributed to local artists through the program. So far, nineteen community sponsors have become involved—including PARC, Fourth Street Live!, Riverside Parking, Mariott Downtown, Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Burea, Hyatt Regency, Mulloy Real Estate, Hardscuffle Inc., Louisville Water Company and Congressman John and Cathy Yarmuth— and many sponsor multiple doors.

If you want to know more.

For an interactive on-line map, information on becoming a sponsor or artist in the project, go to louisvilledowntown.org.

The initiative has worked so well that it has expanded to include air vents and walls. Says Matheny, “We have limitless options to enhance the downtown aesthetic thanks to the generosity of our Downtown stakeholders and the extraordinarily gifted artist community we have in Louisville.”

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One Perfect Gramma Before his fifth restaurant, Grassa Gramma, opens later this summer, local restaurateur Kevin Grangier is seeking a “perfect grandmother” to be the face (and official sauce taster) during their opening weeks. The fun is just beginning.

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e has his chef: Wolfgang Puck protégé Rob Rice. He has his location: seven thousand square feet undergoing dramatic renovations in Holiday Manor. He has the theme: freshly-made pizzas, pastas and Italian fare. Now Belle Noble CEO Kevin Grangier and owner of LeMoo, The Village Anchor, The Sea Hag and PICNIC says he needs one final personnel piece in place before he can start planning the grand opening of his Italian eatery: “Every authentic Italian menu must have a grandma to give her blessing. So, we’re looking for the perfect grandma with her unique grandma flair to be the face of our restaurant.” His “gramma search” kicks off this weekend. Interested grandmothers or their friends and relatives can go to grassagramma.com/contest to register for a casting held on Saturday, June 30, between 10 and 2 p.m. at Oxmoor Center. The winner will receive a two-hundred-fifty-dollar gift card to Grassa Gramma and will represent the restaurant in

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promotional appearances on television and in print during the opening weeks. Says Grangier, “She will also be the face at the door, greeting our first customers.” Why not? After all, Grangier is the wry marketing guru whose Lee Moo steakhouse offers a birthday promotion that gives you “your age in dollars discounted from the cost of your steak or entrée. Even if you’re turning 100.” Gramma, like all of his restaurants, promises to offer the same sense of fun and occasion for which his restaurants are known. (FYI: Not to let Gramma be outdone, the restaurant will have a special booth clad in repurposed Gucci fabrics, much as Le Moo has its coveted booth upholstered in Louis Vuitton leather.) With Grangier’s track record, the winning grandmother, whomever she turns out to be, will undoubtedly open the door to some very memorable dining experiences.

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House Browsing Summer brings trips to the pool, backyard parties and… Homearama. This annual event is a must-attend for many. Here’s the inside scoop on what to expect this year.

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t’s a tradition for approximately 40,000 people each summer. Homearama, the once-a-year showcase of new homes, has developed a reputation as the place to browse for the latest and greatest in architecture, décor and landscaping trends. This year promises to be no exception with six participating builders and seven homes all fully decorated and landscaped and ready to provide inspiration or a turn-key residence for a motivated buyer. What is a little different, however, is the location and the price point. This year, the tour takes place at Catalpa Farms, the first approved conservation subdivision in Jefferson County, where the scenic lots are smaller than those of past years and the prices are significantly lower. While last year’s homes ranged from the low $800,000s to over a million, this year’s lineup starts at $500,000 and tops out at $800,000. Of course, all of the design ideas and inspiration are free. Homearama 2018 is hosted by the Building Industry Association on July 14-29. Tickets are $10 and sold on site. Go to bialouisville.com for more info.

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THE SWEET SOUNDS OF SUMMER Summer concert series are fast becoming a local sign of the season. Here, a few to check out. Concerts in the Village

Westport Village’s popular summer series combines free live music with shopping and dining deals all along their charming, cobblestone streets. The first one is June 8, from 6:00 to 8:00, followed by dates on July 20th, August 10th and September 7th. Go to Westportvillage.com/ events for more info and to learn about secret deals for each event. Music by the Water

Norton Commons’ monthly outdoor concerts are held in the beautiful amphitheater near the lake where up to two thousand gusts can easily relax on the grass. This month’s is on June 30 at 6:30, featuring Nashville artist J.D. Shelbourne and local sweetheart Jeni Carr. Go to nortoncommons. com for more details. WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays on the Big Four Lawn

These free, all ages concerts on the river fall on the last Wednesday of every month. Go to wfpk. org for more info.

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Robert Wooten at The Magic of Motown

Terry Cook, Hank Alford, Jason Woodall at the Inc.credible Awards

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Dawne Gee and Bobbi Hover buy local at the LIBA Buy Local Fair

John Leshney and Erin Herbert at the America to Zanzibar exhibit

Tony Head and Mike Ellis at the Great Steamboat Race

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Julie Briggs, Pam Larson, Shelby & Jake Fink at the Emerald Gala


Robert & Emma Metcalf at the Urban League Gala

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DERBY RECAP

Photos by Dick Arnspiger, Robin Conway, Mike Cyrus, Candice Gentry and Michael Huang

Fillies and lillies on Oaks Day

Monomoy Girl wins the Kentucky Oaks

NFL Green Bay Packers at the Barnstable Brown Gala

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Michael & Lee Dubb celebrate Monomoy Girl’s win

Tammy York-Day and Tonya York Dees at Unbridled Eve

Adan Canto and Stephanie Lindquist at the Trifecta Gala


Trish Jacobs, Blair Underwoood and Dee Massengale at Celebrity Day at the Downs

Justify races to the ďŹ nish Pat Doerr, Sherry Hodges, Sandy Bradley and Karen Steele at Winefest

Gail Turner and Jane Wehrheim at Biscuits and Bourbon

John Y. Brown, Jr. takes in the Derby excitement

Alexandra Gerassimides and Greg Fischer with Show Girls at Vegas in The Ville

Mike E. Smith following his win

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Go Red for Women Luncheon

May 18 The Omni Hotel Benefiting The American Heart Associaiton heart.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger Jennifer Hauck, Barry Denton and Dawn Wigginton

Rachel Platt and Lisa Hutson

Jan Anderson and Pam Missi Danielle Archer

Eliz Greene and Susan Richey

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Ashley Mason and Regan Judd

Kristie Hicks Crenshaw, Terri Waller, Ashley Olson, Laurie Lennon and Jennifer Phillips


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Jeff Backus

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Singers with the Lincoln Performing Arts School

Olivia Funk

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LIFE+STYLE

46 Renaissance Mayor

No Place 59 There’s Like Home

52 Great Expectations

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e smiles readily and laughs often. Why not? The mayor of Louisville really enjoys what he does for a living. Before he was mayor, he was an inventor (of an ice-dispensing system), a CEO (of SerVend International) and an entrepreneur (co-founder of bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville). So he’s comfortable in the public eye. And he’s familiar with success. Whether it’s at a conference table, behind a podium at a press conference or at one of the innumerable ribbon-cuttings he attends, he is a confident, capable presence in our city’s landscape. Greg Fischer’s willingness to be everywhere we need him to be — from the opening season Bats game to the University of Louisville graduations — has made him a virtual political “Where’s Waldo?” A couple of weeks ago, he was sitting in front of a backdrop in the Metro Hall press room with photographer Clay Cook. While his Director of Communications, Jean Porter, wryly commented that our ten-minute cover shoot was “the longest he’s ever sat for a photo,” he was a good sport— folding and unfolding arms, smiling and not smiling at Cook’s request. With that accomplished, he and I sat down across a table from one another in the Mayor’s Office on the other side of the large rotunda. The room, on the fourth floor, is spacious and paneled. Artifacts of the city he runs, like bourbon bottles and U of L sports items, are in view everywhere, on bookshelves, in cabinets, on tabletops. It was just a week since he had earned voters’ Democratic nomination for a third term. Like most big-city mayors, Fischer sees The Big Picture. But as we talk about his vision, his overview quickly focuses in, like the zoom function on a Google Satellite Map, for a Louisville closeup of the man walking his dog on the street; of the woman waiting for a bus to take her to work; of the children going off to school.

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He takes a businessman’s pleasure in the metrics of our city. But the CEO of Louisville also has a passion for the individual and the vision and creativity to coin the term “bourbonism.” Meet Mayor Fischer.


R E N A I S S A N C E

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He sees this city as a collection of individuals who have chosen to live in Louisville, in the hopes of a better life. “I think about cities in terms of people willingly coming together because they think something better will happen in their lives,” he says. “People come to cities to put themselves in a situation where they can achieve their potential. So how can the city be the platform for them to flourish? That’s how I see my obligation to the people of Louisville.”

lost the election to Mitch McConnell.) “When I was sworn in, I looked at my inaugural address as a businessperson being introduced to a new company he was acquiring,” he says. “Part of how I think is shaped by my business career and my entrepreneurial background. Great companies are very clear about the values that drive their decisions, and I wanted to apply that same approach to governance.”

One might attribute such lofty and inspirational ideals to an office-holder in a reelection year, of course. But then there’s the record. And it speaks for itself. After Fischer took office in 2010, he initiated the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI) to define goals, progress and improvement. One of the programs’ OPI administers is called LouieStat, a set of metrics and data analyses (or Key Performance Indicators) that provide a snapshot of how the various metro departments are doing. As part of a transparent administration, these metrics are online and available to the public. So, for example, you can log onto louiestat.louisvilleky. gov and see that Metro Animal Services surpassed its goal of a 90 percent “live release rate” (the percentage of animals leaving shelters). You can see that the Office of Sustainability just missed its community air quality goal of .073 PPM (parts per million). You can see that the Office of Public Works and Assets just missed its goal of 21,210 feet of sidewalk repairs. (It completed 20,416 feet.) This kind of thinking – establish goals, create metrics, chart progress – is what Fischer brought from the corporate world when he ran for mayor in 2010. (In a 2008 run for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, he gained nearly 210,000 votes, but lost to attorney and businessman Bruce Lunsford, who

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“That medium-wage statistic was under the radar,” he says. “I’d never heard any discussion about that beforehand.” Both issues have been addressed and dealt with, by a man who had spent his professional life dealing with vexing budget issues and maximizing employee productivity. “I found that the employee training that companies do in the private sector was lacking in the public sector,” he says. “We weren’t really asking much from city employees, except to ‘use their hands’ – in other words, just do the job. Great organizations get the hands, but they also get the heads – the innovations, the improvement ideas, the strategies, the vision, the heart, the commitment, the progress.” The metric he currently loves to talk about is the $13 billion of capital construction taking place in Louisville: the bridges project, the new Omni Hotel, other hotels, the convention center renovation, the new soccer stadium, and more.

The metrics that most bothered him when he took office were a $40 million budget deficit, a product of the just-ending Great Recession; and discovering that, according to Brookings Institute data, Louisville’s median wage, compared to the national average, had been declining for 30 years.

Fischer also has a vision for what he calls “the under-resourced parts of town, where people aren’t accustomed to getting attention. There’s a historical legacy of unkept promises.” So, while downtown, NuLu, Butchertown, Germantown and other neighborhoods have grown and thrived during the Fischer administration, “in West Louisville, we have about $1 billion of investment going into Beecher Terrace, the Russell neighborhood, 18th and Broadway. We’re getting ready for an explosion there that hasn’t been seen since the flood of 1937 devastated the area,” he says. “I feel really good about that.” “Our city is going through a renaissance,” he says. “We’ve never had this level of investment going on, either from within the city or from people outside of the city.”


THE VIEW FROM OUTSIDE

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he “outside of the city” portion of investment is particularly meaningful to Fischer. It’s another one of his yardsticks: “It shows how people are viewing and evaluating us.” He says one of the problems he has had to overcome here is the historical mindset. “Louisville had always compared itself to Louisville. The objective was just ‘we’re doing better.’ But any great organization doesn’t compare itself only to itself, it compares itself to whoever or whatever is the best in class.”

“When I went to college in Nashville [he’s a 1980 Economics graduate of Vanderbilt University], Louisville was actually bigger than Nashville. Why is that not the case anymore? Because we were too inward-looking. You have to be outward-looking, to understand the bigger marketplace… I wanted to establish some credibility in terms of how key groups around the country looked at our city.” For that reason, he has associated himself and Louisville with Bloomberg Philanthropies, and was rewarded earlier this year with being chosen for Bloomberg’s “What Works Cities” initiative, one of eight cities that will share a $42 million grant. “Louisville has had dramatic success in finding ways to leverage their current data to drive better results for their residents,” Bloomberg said in announcing the selection. And, about the mayor: “Fischer took office . . . with a goal to use data to drive resource-allocation and focus on evidence-based improvement. He . . . engaged Louisville residents, agencies and community partners in a strategic planning process.” INSPIRATION TO SERVE

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ischer says he has taken inspiration from a number of sources, starting with what he calls “a family of service.” His father, George Fischer, was an Air Force pilot and Louisville businessman who served as Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet during the governorship of John Y. Brown in the 1980s. The mayor’s mother raised five children while still managing to deliver Meals on Wheels. He says his

parents’ message to him and his siblings was: “If you can help someone, do it.” His outlook on governing this city has also been inspired by Thomas Merton’s famous epiphany. Merton, a Trappist monk at the time, at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, wrote about his downtown Louisville experience one March day in 1958: “At the corner of Fourth and Walnut . . . I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. . . . [I]f only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Fischer also has a vision for what he calls “the underresourced parts of town” where people aren’t accustomed to getting attention. “I believe we’re all here as part of a bigger picture,” says Fischer, himself a product of Catholic school education (Trinity High School, class of 1976), “So how can we together make the world a better place? And a more compassionate, more inclusive, city?” He believes Merton’s “shining like the sun” is the light that’s inside of everybody. “I don’t believe leaders talk enough about, and anchor our conversations with, human values like kindness, love and compassion. We should start there, before we get into tactical or political differences.” LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

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t’s about creating opportunity, and Fischer has an “America, land of opportunity” story right under his roof.

His wife’s parents, both with sixth-grade educations, fled Greece during the Civil War of the late 1940s. Their oldest child, his wife, Alex Gerassimides, M.D., is now a quintuple-boarded physician, and perinatal pathologist for Norton Hospital. “That, to me, is the story of American opportunity,” he said. They met in 1982 at a Valentine’s Day party. Today, they live near Cherokee Park and have four grown children. As for the mayor’s private life: “You have no private life when you’re the mayor. My job is 7 a.m.-11 p.m. during the week, and two-thirds of that on weekends,” he says. “Everything is always coming at you.” When he can, he finds solitude outdoors – on his bike, on the river, or walking through the woods of Cherokee Park. Privacy? “Maybe on my bike, with sunglasses and a helmet, or on a kayak out in the middle of the river.” But he doesn’t seem to mind. “One of the great things is that everyone feels like you’re their neighbor, no matter where you go, which is actually fun for me. People always want to talk, and that makes me closer to the city.” SHINING CITY ON THE HILL

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is hometown is a place he loves just as much from the vantage point of the mayor’s office. “We have a fascinating city,” he insists. “There’s such diversity here, in terms of knobs and lowlands and the river and the parks. There’s a great deal of physical beauty, and I’m constantly seeing that beauty, and the complexity of this great city.” What would make it an even greater city? Says Fischer, “There’s a vision of any city as larger than any one person could achieve by himself, but with everybody aspiring to contribute to it.” “I want to be a change agent,” he says. “I want people here to experience winning so much that we all begin to think that winning is the default culture. Winning is greatness. And, before I leave office, I want Louisville to know what it takes to win. And how good it feels.” “Because,” he says, “it feels great.”

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS What makes our city great? It’s not just culture, recreation, bourbon and baseball bats. It’s the promise of even more to come. BY STEVE KAUFMAN

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combine to create a quality of life worth bragging about. And then, of course, Louisville tosses in its secret ingredients: bourbon, horseracing and baseball bats.

While we may not be able to boast a light rail system, our city certainly has most of the other elements that

When you mix it all together, it’s a recipe for a life well lived. And it’s a recipe that promises to get better over time… like a great bourbon. Read on.

here are several factors consistently considered in measuring any city’s success and livability: diversity, neighborhoods, architecture, dining, arts and culture, a thriving downtown and a good transit system.

TOURIST SNAPSHOT WHAT DRAWS THEM HERE AND WHAT DO THEY SPEND?

$3.512 billion 27,422 16.4 million

$1.32 billion

spending generated by tourist activity in Jefferson County Number of jobs supported by tourism.

2% (0.2 million):

11% (1.2 million):

business

Number of visitors to Louisville annually

VISITOR CENTER

business/ leisure 12 Cities You Must Visit in 2017 if You Love Food Citi Io

9.1 million

spending generated in 2016 by overnight trips, increasing 3 percent from 2015.

LET’S SPEND The Best Cities for Whiskey Lovers THE NIGHT TOGETHER Redfin

PEAK SEASON January-March:

April-June:

23%

July-September:

26%

6.6 million: adults 2.5 million: children

27%

October-December:

SNOOPING ON OUR TOURISTS Here’s what they do:

24%

• Fine dining: 17%

• Brewery: 9%

• Landmarks/historic sites: 14%

• Zoo: 8%

• Bar/nightclub: 10%

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visiting friends & relatives

• National/state park: 9%

• Swimming: 12%

The reasons for those trips:

49% (5.5 million):

influenced by marketing

39% (2.6 million):

influenced by marketing

38% (4.3 million):

• Shopping: 31%

• Museums: 13%

24.7 million total person trips to Louisville in 2016

• Business meeting: 8% • Theme park: 8% • Hiking/backpacking: 6%

15.6 million

DAY TRIPPERS 45% (3 million):

visiting friends & relatives

11.2 million: adults 4.4 million: children 14 percent (0.9 million):

business

2 percent (0.1 million):

business/ leisure


WE KNOW HOW TO EAT

13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America

(Blue Dog Bakery & Café)

Huffington Post

Food & Wine

“Cities for The Best Whiskey Lovers

18 Best Grilled Cheeses in the U.S.

CHEF JOSH MOORE Volare Italian Restaurant

• •

Varanese

Lilly’s Bistro

The English Grill

The English Grill Vincenzo’s

• • •

(second best for affordability)

Butchertown Grocery

GUY GENOUD

JIM DAVIS Martini Italian Bistro

CHEF JOHN VARANESE Varanese (and now River House)

Z’s Steakhouse and Oyster Bar

Lilly’s Bistro

Harvest

Proof on Main

Jeff Ruby’s

Napa River Grill Seviche

Village Anchor

BIG SPENDERS Where tourists’ dollars go:

Lodging $525

Retail

Restaurant food and beverage

$180 million

$305 million

million

2 0 15

Brasserie Provence

2013

Equus

Kentucky Proud member restaurants in Louisville

2 0 16

Vincenzo’s

Three Diamond Restaurants

Thrillist

WallehHub.com

20 1 4

The Kentucky Restaurant Association gives an annual award to the state’s best restaurateur. Recent Louisville winners have been:

Seviche

Bistro Le Relais

The Oakroom at the Seelbach

AAA Four Diamond Restaurants

Tasting Table

HOME STATE FAVORITES

(Grind Burger Kitchen)

567

Equus/Jack’s Lounge

Eater

34th best foodie city in America

Foodable Network

31 Best Burger Joints in America

Four Cocktail Markets Worth Watching

(610 Magnolia)

Citi Io

Under-the-Radar Culinary Gems

The Distinguished Restaurants of North America, using a very elevated bar, lists these local stand-outs among those that maintain its standards:

The South’s 38 Essential Restaurants

Redfin

12 Cities You Must Visit in 2017 if You Love Food

“DISTINGUISHED” DINING

2 0 11

KEVIN GRANGIER Village Anchor (and now Picnic, Le Moo and soon, Grassa Gramma)

Recreation:

Transportation

$165 million

$141 million

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WHAT DRAWS THEM HERE AND WHAT DO THEY SPEND?

CULTURE CLUB

8,800 $259 million

Louisville is one of only 13 U.S. cities that can claim “the Big Five” – ballet, opera, symphony, regional theater and children’s theater

$25

1 million + $400,000 +

number of jobs in the arts and culture sector spending generated by the arts annually ripple spending per ticket purchased attendance at arts and culture events every year amount raised for the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund benefiting more than 250 local artists

$462,506,744 The Total Economic Impact Of Nonprofit Arts And Culture In Metro Louisville

ARTS LOVERS These donors contribute $200,000 or more a year:

$235,239,618: THE TOTAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SIMILAR CITIES

Brown-Forman and employees

(That includes employment, what is spent on tickets and productions, plus a ripple effect of $25, on average, for every ticket purchased – parking, dinner, beverages at the event, hotel rooms, tourism. According to 2016 Americans for the Arts’ survey)

Churchill Downs and employees Delta Dental of Kentucky and employees Fifth Third Bank (Kentucky) and employees Humana/Humana Foundation and associates

Last year, Fund for the Arts raised over $8.5 million in donations.

LG&E and KU Energy Foundation and LG&E and KU Energy/ IBEW Local 2100 employees Yum! Brands, Inc. and employees Jennifer Lawrence Foundation The Mary and Barry Bingham Endowment Fund Louisville Metro Government and employees

According to the Fund’s Eric Gurevich, “art giving per capita in Louisville is three times the national average.”

3,130

There are more than 17,000 donors to the Fund for the Arts

arts volunteers worked for

Overall, 299 organizations participate in the Fund for the Arts

42,925 hours valued at

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835

number of students served by special needs programs

19

number of workshops and performances at senior living facilities

1,200

number of arts workshops and residencies

$504 average donation

5,000

number of students in youth arts training programs


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THE SPIRIT OF LOUISVILLE Bourbon is an $8.5 billion signature industry in Kentucky, generating 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll of $800 million (According to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association)

3 INDIGINOUS BOURBON COCKTAILS THE OLD FASHIONED (Legend says it was invented at the Pendennis Club.) Bourbon, muddled sugar with bitters and a twist of citrus rind, served in a short, round Old Fashioned glass tumbler. THE SEELBACH (Invented at the Old Seelbach Bar, of course.) Bourbon, Cointreau, two kinds of bitters (Angostura and Peychaud’s) and Champagne or sparkling wine. THE MINT JULEP (It was not created in Kentucky, but it became legendary at the Kentucky Derby where it’s been served for nearly a century.) Bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaf and crushed ice.

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There are more resting bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people (population of 4.454 million)

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One-third percentage of the world’s bourbon made in Louisville

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On May 1, 1964, Congress recognized bourbon as

“AMERICA’S ONLY NATIVE SPIRIT”

Heaven-Hill Distilleries 1701 W. Breckinridge St. Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse 404 S. Fourth St.. Kentucky Peerless Distilling 120 N. Tenth St. Michter’s Micro-Distillery (scheduled to open by the end of the year) 801 W. Main St. Old Forester Distillery 117 W. Main St. Rabbit Hole Distillery 711 E. Jefferson St. 


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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE

HOME

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ouisville is a hometown made up of many smaller hometowns: thriving, distinctive neighborhoods, each with their own architecture, traditions and charm. Here, six well-known natives take us on virtual walking tours of neighborhoods they call home.

PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

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TOUR GUIDE:

Jecorey “1200” Arthur

Artist, musician, actor, lead in Louisville Orchestra’s “The Greatest”

Muhammad Ali’s childhood home. Our city’s very own superhero was born and raised in this neighborhood. His six principles (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) are the basis for many humanitarians in our world today. He was the real-life Marvel Black Panther.

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Parkland Boys and Girls Club Garden. Many people refer to West Louisville as a “food desert” and it is heartbreaking, but the students at this Boys and Girls Club are fighting the stigma. They grow fresh produce and have their own farmers market for the neighborhood.

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n Parkla NEIG

HBOR

“A lot of people bulk the West End as one large community, but we actually have nine distinct neighborhoods. I was born in and spent most of my life in Parkland.”

Signs of progress: We have some extraordinary organizations working to improve not just Parkland but the West End as a whole: River City Drum Corp, West End School, A.M.P.E.D. just to name a few. The people: Many of the residents are family or family-friends, so the sense of pride and protection is strong. We are soul food! We are a fresh plate of fried fish, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese from Irma Dee’s, the only sit-down restaurant in Parkland. Neighborhood advice: Parkland is incredibly walkable and drivable at any given time of day, but please, do NOT drive west down Dumesnil Street. It is one way going East! What might other Louisvillians not understand or know about Parkland but should? We’re the only West End neighborhood without an active neighborhood association. I’m working on changing this, but since I’m no longer a resident it may not be possible. I live in another West End neighborhood now, Russell, but my heart is in Parkland. I’m going to open a multi-purpose venue in Parkland one day: live music, meetings, conferences, everything.

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Little Africa Marker (at Virginia Ave and Shawnee Expressway). This plaque marks the history of Parkland that so many people have forgotten or simply don’t know.

Maupin Elementary School. I attended Maupin from kindergarten through third grade. For years the school has been criticized for its low test scores and lack of structure. However, this building is filled with curious students, strong teachers, and kind hearts. They are human just like any of us and under their current leadership this school is going to blossom in ways no one expects.

Garden of Angels Memorial (at Woodland and Wilson Ave). This memorial was originally created to commemorate four boys who lost their lives in a carjacking, but has since then been used to honor all victims of violence. I went to school with Jemar, Demar, Marc, and Aaron. Their story should forever be told.


TOUR GUIDE:

Dwight Witten

NEIGHB

The South End

ORHOO

What sets it apart?

would be heading to The Cow Palace.

First, I would say housing prices. But, more importantly, neighbors who look out for you and are there to help when you need them. Have car trouble on the South side and you won’t be there long before someone offers to help.

What Louisvillians don’t know about the South End:

Are there any landmarks that have left that you miss? Ehrlers Ice Cream and Heywoods Dairy. The Cow Palace was also a Dixie Highway icon. Whenever the Wittens had something big going on, you could bet your #*# we

Gailor Animal Hospital. I will never be able to repay Dr. Rusty Gailor for the love he has shown to me and my family in our darkest hours. There is a reason why I still make the drive to the Southside for even the smallest of things when it involves my dog, Lemmy. Gailor Animal Hospital is truly one of the Jewels of the South End and has been for as long as I can remember.

Neighborhood advice: Stay away from Dixie Highway between 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.!

How much wealth there is there. Many people live in the South End, not because they have to but because they LOVE to and, as a result, they can save a lot of money. The disposable income level in the South End is underrated. If I ever opened a bar or some kind of business, you can bet the South side would be my first choice.

Manslick Laundromat & Barber Styling. Veterinarian needs aren’t the only thing that brings me back to my beloved South End. I also make the trip whenever I need a haircut; funny thing is my wife does too! I go to a barber who works out of a coin-operated laundry mat and now my wife has been making the drive to Shear Wizardry on Dixie Highway whenever she gets her hair done. She refuses to go anywhere else as well!

TOPS columnist and half of the Tony & Dwight show on 840 WHAS

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“The Southside was my home for 44 years. When I got married to my wife who was from the East End, we did paper-rock-scissors to determine where to live and she won. Although I love my life now, a HUGE piece of my heart still lays within the South End. I think the people there are just a bit different. They look out for each other. There is a brother and sisterhood with Southenders and I love them all.”

31 W Diner and Dive. Everyone in the South End knows about this place and for good reason: It’s a restaurant that is owned by someone who knows food, GOOD FOOD. No matter what you order at this joint, you will fall in love with it! It is hands down one of my favorite places to have good food, laughs and cold drinks.

O’Bryan’s Tavern. Just off Dixie Highway, this tavern has been serving up the BEST fish sandwich I’ve ever had in my life for years! Most people outside of the South End couldn’t find O’Bryan’s on a bet. However, if you’ve ever been there and had their fish, I can promise you that you’ll find your way back. It’s been a South End Secret for years ….. and I just blew it by telling you. .

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TOUR GUIDE:

Terry Meiners

Television and radio personality, host of Great Day Live and 840 WHAS news radio My childhood home at 1433 Texas Street housed 10 kids and two parents within square footage that would make a modern couple feel cooped in. For a little solitude, I would climb into the coal bin to read old newspaper comics.  The bay window gave me a perch to watch my older siblings saunter off to school.  I dutifully stood there in the afternoon awaiting their return, wondering what sort of enchanting things would greet me someday out in that vast world.   Signs of progress: The major artery, Goss Avenue, is bustling with new life among its storied architecture.  A haunting old textile mill next to the railroad tracks has been reborn as an eye-popping collection of lofts adjacent to gallery space.  Just down the street, the century-old Hauck’s Handy Store still sells nickel candy and bologna sandwiches. The people: Roman Catholic German immigrants still make up the base population of Germantown.   What should Louisvillians know about Germantown? We are tidy, thrifty, hardworking, and know that we should have gone to Mass at St. Elizabeth instead of sleeping in.  But we are of service to the needy and will donate time or money to those who struggle around us and that counts as a make good on missing Mass.

Check’s Café. Established during WWII, it is still the mecca of Schnitzelburg, the inner core of Germantown. A bowl of chili and a beer is still the best reflection of working class Louisville fare.  No matter how rough of a day, there is always a friendly face inside Check’s. 

Germantown is filled with alleys. Kids played narrow ballgames, chased each other, and rolled our buddies in grocery carts down the alley slopes.  Once the pushing kid let go, it was all about gravity and luck.

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TOUR GUIDE:

Kelsey Starks host of KET’s News Quiz

“My mom moved to Norton Commons from Owensboro about six years ago to be closer to us. We quickly found out there are many young families here and we built a house down the street from her and now we’ve recruited several other extended family members to move in too.”

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Norton Commons Elementary. The school was the biggest addition for us. When we moved here, it was a rumor that a JCPS elementary school would be built soon, but it wasn’t a sure thing. When it was actually built, it was a true game-changer for us and many other young families in the neighborhood. I have two kids who go there now and another one who will join them in a few years. We walk or bike to school on nice days, and I love having so many of the families in the neighborhood in my kids’ classes. It means I get to know them better and makes it easy to get involved in the school.

Lulubelles, 7 Southern Giraffes and Something Blue. I hardly ever shop anywhere outside the neighborhood anymore — between 7 Southern Giraffes, Lulubelles and Something Blue, I can always find more than what I’m looking for!

Gelato Gilberto. My kids and I spend a lot of time at the parks in the neighborhood; there are several to choose from. We also like to make an ice cream run to the gelato store after the park or after dinner on summer nights.

What sets it apart? Anyone who visits Norton Commons will tell you it is different from anywhere else in Louisville. I don’t know of another neighborhood where you can walk or bike to your school, your family doctor, your dentist, your bank, your pool and your gym — not to mention the great restaurants, cute stores and live concerts. It’s all so close! The people: Norton Commons is a very social neighborhood–maybe because we live so close together! Everyone is friendly and welcoming. People move here from all over the country (and the world!). I love hearing their stories and what brought them here. It almost feels like you are in a vacation community every day. Neighborhood advice: If you’re visiting Norton Commons, park in the town square and visit the shops, restaurants and take a stroll to see some of the homes. Grab a drink and sit outside at Commonwealth Tap. (Kenny is a wealth of wine knowledge.) If you have kids, bring them to play on the playground or see one of our summer concerts at the Amphitheater. The community does a wonderful job of planning events for everyone like Thursday night street parties in the summer. There’s always something going on.

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TOUR GUIDE:

Amy Nic

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Crosby Park. My youngest, Nikko, was potty-trained at Crosby Park. He also broke both wrists on the playground there. All three boys played at Crosby Park. The oldest and youngest still play ball; we’re still there playing.

Aetna gas pump. That’s just the heart of old Middletown. All of my favorite stores are near there: Chikadees, Prickly Pear…. I didn’t know any of these women until I started shopping there.

BYC. It’s right next door to where I get my hair done. I go in there with my foils in my hair and go shopping. I’ve also gone down to Fiesta Time and had margaritas.

“I grew up in Middletown in the second house from the right in Lake Forest. We moved there when I was 12. It was very different. There was no Arnold Palmer Boulevard; there was no Biggs. There was nothing from Lake Forest to Evergreen and there was nothing in the opposite direction except Goodall’s Country Restaurant.”

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Neighborhood advice: Shelbyville Road is a nightmare at 3 p.m. when the schools get out. Don’t drive down it then! Restaurants are important to my family because we’re so on the go and Middletown has so many great deals for families. On Tuesday, if we don’t do taco Tuesday, it’s Salsarita’s. On Mondays, kids eat free at Hometown Pizza. Kids eat free Monday through Thursday at Mcallister’s. Some weeks, we just go from one to the other. What should Louisvillians know about Middletown but don’t? Middletown has the same Dairy Queen we had when I grew up. We have the library where they always have something going on. It’s a bigger Mayberry; everywhere you go you know somebody.


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Tony Vanetti

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“St. Matthews is the place you pay way too much for your house, but you never want to leave. We bought our current house eight years ago. We were driving down the street and my wife said, ‘If a house ever goes for sale on this street, we have to buy it.’ Three days later, a sign went up. We’ve never regretted it. We walk everywhere. We love it. At some point, I’ll have to run for mayor.”

Signs of progress: St. Matthews used to be all potato farms. Now it has the state’s two biggest malls, two great high schools, a bar district and it’s home of Kentucky’s first Hooters. I know because I worked there when I was eighteen.

Plehn’s Bakery. It’s been a fixture since 1924. If you go, for instance, for a daughter or son’s First Communion cake, it’s literally the same design that your grandmother had. It’s the same cake you had. It takes you back to when you were a child. Plehn’s is really kind of a throwback and we’re lucky to have it.

Trinity High School (Tony’s alma mater). Friday nights in the fall are spectacular. It’s Kentucky football at its best. We have the best football team in the state; we play the nation’s toughest schedule on the Harry Jansing field. Every Friday night, it’s beautiful out there.

Inside insights about navigating your neighborhood: The gridlock in front of the state’s two biggest malls on Shelbyville Road used to be crazy just during the holidays; now it’s crazy year-round. If you’re trying to get off the Watterson at that Best Buy exit any Friday at noon, it’s backed up a mile.

Target. When you say “the center of St Matthews,” you might think Trinity. In reality, it’s Target. If you hang out in Target, you’ll run into everyone you know. If you have kids and live in St. Matthews, you’re there four times a day. You’re in there for poster board at ten o’clock at night or because someone needs a swimsuit for a party they forgot about tomorrow.

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Allie and Michael Holtz met in Washington D.C., but were married in Louisville, Many guests were from out of town, so it was important to them that their guests see the best of Kentucky. The couple married at Oxmoor Estate & Gardens and as Michael and Allie explained, when they visited Oxmoor, it felt right. “We wanted to show our out-of-town guests the beauty of Kentucky, which Oxmoor does so well with its fences and rose garden. Also, we love history, and after learning more about the house from its historian, it felt like we were participating in today’s chapter,” Allie says.

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As Allie explained, she had a vision for their wedding: She wanted the entire evening to feel like they were surrounded by a community of love and support. This concept drove all decisions forward from how the tables created intimacy, how lighting enhanced the atmosphere, what part of the property they chose for the closeness they wanted to achieve.


“We also did not want a tent, if we could help it,” she says. “There’s something to be said about celebrating under the stars. We made a game-time decision, four days before the wedding, to take a risk and go sans tent.” Michael and Allie put a lot of effort into their ceremony. It was a non-denominational ceremony, but the couple chose to be married under a chuppah, which in the Jewish faith represents the home they would build together. Readings were included from both the New and Old Testaments, and Allie’s aunt, a Deacon in the Methodist Church, performed the ceremony. “We wrote our own vows, but probably the most special part to us was surprising our parents by asking them to come forward. We then shared what they each have taught us over the years and how that would strengthen our marriage,” she says. Allie and her mom knew that planning a wedding on their own was not in their wheelhouse. They found a wedding planner, Lauren Chitwood Events, so that there wouldn’t be any unexpected twists or turns on Allie and Michael’s wedding day. “It helped us to have our priorities outlined before we started planning and we were willing to make tradeoffs,” Allie says. “For example, we knew we wanted a band and I was willing to compromise other elements, such as chicken instead of steak. I remember telling Lauren, I don’t care about having special chairs for the reception, I opted to have her put that money towards something else.” When Allie thinks back to her wedding day, she says she still remembers the feeling of absolute elation from start to finish. “Seeing my flowers arrive on a big truck, our first look, waiting to walk down the aisle and then walking down the aisle with both my parents, dinner, just the two of us, dancing, so much dancing. … these are all highlights from our day,” Allie says. “Memories, like these, are why I recommend investing in a wedding photographer. Your pictures are all you have after your wedding day and will live on long after you do. I still look at my parents’ wedding photos and hope our children and grandchildren will do the same.”


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Opt for weatherproof fabrics. “Sunbrella is the leader. It’s not going to mold or mildew and you have almost unlimited options.”

Choose your firepit carefully. “Firepits can be done with three different fuel sources: natural gas, propane tanks or logs. They each have their advantages. Natural gas means you always have a fuel source, but the line has to be installed by a plumber and that means it’s stationary. Propane tanks have to be replaced similar to a gas grill, but we sell a lot with 20-pound tanks and those last quite a while. People either love or hate firewood, but, of course, your clothes smell like smoke!”

Newer outdoor collections have deeper seating, more sophisticated fabrics and more comfortable cushions. “We’ve moved beyond your traditional wrought iron or woven steel back that we grew up with in the Eighties,” says Graven. “Outdoor furniture looks and feels much more like what’s sitting in your family room.” That means furnishing your outdoor space is no longer a matter of just buying a threepiece set and an umbrella. “You’re adding end tables and firepits and accessorizing with pillows,” says Graven. “It’s a much more finished look.” At Steepleton, designers can come to your home, measure your space and make suggestions. They’ll also deliver and set it all up—including the firepit. (Although a plumber will have to come install a gas hookup if you choose a gas model.) Here, Graven’s advice for creating an outdoor living space you’ll enjoy most of the year:

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Highlands Revival Breathing new life and glamour into a vintage Tudor was the perfect task for Mark and Kelly Spies—an architect and designer with a shared passion for design. Now their family of ďŹ ve can add their own history to this happily-ever-after home.

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he charm and character of Louisville can be attributed to everything from bourbon to that fabled race track, but its older, established neighborhoods are also part of its endless allure. One of those happens to be the Highlands, with its mature trees, diverse inhabitants and quirky architecture that ranges from California bungalows to historically-preserved Victorians. This is one of the many reasons that an architect and designer duo, Mark and Kelly Spies, chose this particular area to call home for their family of five. “There was never a question of looking beyond the Highlands area,” Kelly shares. When the couple decided to move from their Seneca Gardens home – after a decade long renovation– they were looking for “move in ready.’ Their quest, with their realtor, Cameron Schanie, was a bit tedious as they were having a hard time finding a house to fit their needs. Says Kelly, “You could say that we were kind of picky as an architect and designer team.” (Mark is an architect/partner with Stengel Hill Architecture and Kelly heads up the interior design department at the same firm.) The house they found, not far from their former Seneca Gardens home, was not move-in ready for their family which includes daughter, Polly, and sons, Sam and Elliot along with Goldendoodle, Zoe, but the unique floorplan and architectural details swayed them. Says Kelly, “The energy and the feeling in the home sparked our interest.”

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hey both gravitate toward a more modern vibe, but wanted to pay homage to the style and architecture of the period. They knew there would be a compromise which would lean toward a balanced blend of modern and traditional. It was important to them to preserve and repurpose as much of the original character as possible. From light fixtures that were refinished and reused to the five-panel doors that were removed and repurposed as barn doors, the Spies were eager to integrate as much of the home’s vintage charm as possible.

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From light fixtures that were refinished and reused to the fivepanel doors that were repurposed as barn doors, the Spies were eager to integrate as much vintage charm as possible.

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brightens the round wood table and its sleek accent chairs. The couple kept all of the radiators on the first and second floor, so Kelly creatively used the one positioned in the bay window as a place to display her playful accessories.


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here is something very special about the Highlands with its diversity, accessibility to Cherokee Park, shops, and restaurants,” says Kelly. “We love our street, neighbors, and new home. We find truth in knowing that a house is simply a structure, but a home is a place for family and love. We are so grateful that we have found our forever home and are blessed to be able to cherish it for years to come.”

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Shutters and Corbels BEHR, PPU24-23 LITTLE BLACK DRESS Brick BEHR, N320-4 CAMPING TENT Trim BEHR, MQ3-12 IVORY PAPER


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RUSSELL GAY Vacuum Authority

Multiple locations www.VacAuthority.com “I’m a serial entrepreneur. I don’t have any idea why I’m like this, but I wake up each day looking for ways to grow my businesses and enjoy life to the fullest with great people that have a similar positive attitude,” says Russell Gay, owner of Vacuum Authority. After receiving his MBA in the University of Louisville Entrepreneurship Program and inspired by his family’s ownership of a variety of retail stores, including Vacuum Authority, Moore’s Sewing Center and Oreck stores, he set on his own path that eventually led to his founding three companies. He’s driven by a passion for enhancing the local communities his companies serve. Retaining the motto of “Selling the Best & Repairing the Rest,” Vacuum Authority is returning to the sewing industry in which his family once had a strong local footprint. The company will be introducing billion-dollar brands Brother Sewing and Janome Sewing Companies into its four Louisville locations in addition to those in Indianapolis and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Embarking on a new business model, Vacuum Authority will continue operating with the philosophy of “simply putting the customer first, good things will happen.” Gay considers Louisville an ideal location for starting and growing a business. “Like a great house, Louisville has good bones. We’re seeing a renaissance that showcases our past (bourbon, healthcare, distribution, manufacturing, education and entertainment. Louisville is one of the best kept secrets in the United States for owning a business and raising a family. The best thing about being a local business owner is the people we serve. There are many ways to make money but creating a lasting business that enhances the lives of our coworkers and our communities is super rewarding,” says Gay. His only regret is that there aren’t more hours in the days to turn opportunities into realities.


MARGARET SCHNEIDER Margaret’s Fine Consignments

2700 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville Facebook: margaretsfineconsignment Margaret’s Fine Consignments has been in business for 27 years, selling better wear for men and ladies in addition to accessories. Margaret Schneider opened the business for two reasons. She likes to sell and she loves people. “I love Louisville and the friendly people here. I am proud to be a local business owner and cannot imagine being anywhere else than in our lovely city,” she says. As a small business owner, she faces numerous challenges, one of which is maintaining the shop in top notch condition. She jokes that another challenge is chasing dust balls. Staying motivated is never a problem for her, as she explains, “I like to keep busy, work, decorate and see people.”

RACHEL ALBRITTON Paperboy Public Relations

1031 Everett Avenue, #8, Louisville www.paperboypr.com Paperboy PR is a public relations, public affairs and communications firm specializing in consumer-facing PR. “I get to meet and engage with industry leaders who run the gamut in terms of expertise. Helping local business owners strategize, plan and accomplish their goals is the best part of my job,” says Albritton. Her biggest challenge is making sure she invests time and energy into marketing her own company. She’s motivated by the opportunity to learn and do something new every day. “This job is so dynamic, whether it’s learning about a client’s business or recent industry trends. I’m constantly diving into new, incredibly interesting topics.” Albritton thinks of Louisville as a hidden gem, a vibrant city with innovative companies and cutting-edge projects. “When it comes to owning a PR company, there’s no better place to be. I work with experts who are on the forefront of their industries and leading national trends.”

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KARL TRUMAN Karl Truman Law Office

332 W. Broadway, Suite 300, Louisville www.trumanlaw.com Seeing insurance companies and other large companies take advantage of people who don’t have the knowledge or resources to protect themselves inspired Karl Truman to open his law practice. The Karl Truman Law Office helps people through difficult times after an injury by dealing with insurance companies and other injury claims, including automobile collisions, premises falls, on-the-job injuries, Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability. Truman takes great pride in being able to have a direct impact on people’s lives, whether it is a client who was in a severe car crash who now knows they will be able to pay their rent and provide for their family or a veteran who was on the verge of homelessness who now receives disability benefits. “Seeing someone who has been through a tragic event being able to smile is very rewarding,” he says. Like most business owners, he has to wear many hats, such as recruiting and retaining talented employees, dealing with property management and keeping up with the latest technology while staying current on the laws and his trial skills for clients. He considers his ability to give back to the community and veterans organizations as one of the advantages of being a local business owner. He often hears people from other cities say how friendly and welcoming people are in Louisville. Having grown up in the small town of Taylorsville, before the lake was there, he naturally enjoys the friendly, smalltown atmosphere of Louisville while still having the benefits of a big city. “Louisville has so much to offer with the arts, entertainment and dining without the congestion of a major city. I’m very happy being involved in our community.”


NICOLE BARTLETT Louisville Salt Cave

9800 Shelbyville Road, Louisville www.louisvillesaltcave.com Constructed of five tons of 250 million-year-old Himalayan salt crystals, Louisville Salt Cave offers Halo therapy services that invite clients to relax and breathe in salt-saturated air. The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory nature of salt allows for the relief of certain respiratory and skin conditions while the Cave environment supports deep healing and restoration for the mind, body and spirit. Owner Nicole Bartlett, who has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and uses meditation to help cope with her busy lifestyle, believes the business represents self-discovery while giving clients the chance to breathe a little easier. “Everyone has an awesome responsibility to love and nurture Earth, ourselves, our children and our elderly. I believe Louisville Salt Cave enables us to touch that place of connection to bring light and love to heal our world. I love the Louisville community and am glad my business gives back to our city.”

JESSICA L. MORELAND Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment 150 Chenoweth Lane, Louisville sassyfoxconsign@gmail.com

Sassy Fox, an upscale women’s consignment store, carries a well-edited selection of ladies’ boutique/designer and name brand clothing and accessories from casual to formal. “I love clothing and interacting with ladies to help them feel and look gorgeous. Every day is different and fun. I’ve gotten to know some wonderful people through my store. Playing with clothes all day isn’t a bad gig to have,” says owner Jessica Moreland. She relishes interactions with customers and employees and is always intrigued by what clients purchase and what they consign. After having worked in the natural foods industry for eight years, she opened Sassy Fox in St. Matthews, following in her mother’s footsteps of opening Sassy Fox in Lexington 25 years ago. Sassy Fox supports Moreland’s belief that Louisville is a great city for supporting small, local businesses. “Owning your own business is a challenge but I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

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JOSH WILKES Ross-Hite Design

1222 Garvin Place, Louisville Facebook: Ross-Hite Design “I have had lifelong design abilities. When I was 10 years old, I was moving furniture and hanging light fixtures while I spent summer vacations with my grandmother at her estate in Harrodsburg. My mother and grandmother have always had a strong eye for interior design. They formed the foundation for my eventual career. I am now 34 years old and have been a designer for 10 years. I’m so happy their influence is still very much a part of who I am and what I do,” says Josh Wilkes. His company, Ross-Hite Design, specializes in conceptualizing and executing beautiful commercial and residential environments, as well as wedding and event planning, ranging from large weddings to holiday celebrations and casual dinner parties. He values his position as a local business owner since it gives him the opportunity to build relationships and change people’s lives through innovative design, and for him to become an integral and highly respected member of the community. Believing that everyone deserves to love their home and that a fabulous home shouldn’t be possible only for the wealthy, he embraces the challenge to create luxurious designs that are affordable and attainable. He finds amazing antiques and unique treasures that make a home feel traveled, acquired and lived in. “I would never want to fill a house with everything new. Not only is it fun to discover these pieces, it also helps keep the budget down,” he says. Wilkes enjoys calling Louisville home because it’s a city that supports shopping local, and for him, that’s one of the city’s most appealing attributes. “If you’re committed to being a reputable business owner, people respond very positively. I love helping people so much and love that interior design can really improve the lives of my clients.”


CALVIN HAYCRAFT Calvin Mitchell Salon

3642 Brownsboro Road, Louisville www.calvinmitchellsalon.com Calvin Haycraft opened Calvin Mitchell Salon so that he could put his own spin on hair salon operations and totally set himself apart from the crowd. During the past five years, his salon has twice expanded and now employs 30 hairs stylists, two nail technicians and one esthetician. Being an entrepreneur requires motivation, vision and commitment. Haycraft has an abundance of all three. What he doesn’t have is as much time as he needs to accomplish everything he wants to do in a day. “I’m motivated by happiness. I love seeing people be happy and I like to work in a happy environment,” he says. He considers it a privilege to get to know his clients and develop long term relationships with them. “This is such a friendly and interesting town. Louisville is the best---the people, the city and the vibe are one of a kind!”

SUSAN DEAN STRAUB European Splendor

2232 Frankfort Avenue 502-618-1633 www.european-splendor.com While Susan Straub was living in Europe for three years, she found skilled European craftsmen who used centuries-old techniques to make furniture, crystal, pottery and many other hand-crafted items. Recognizing the opportunity to bring true European craftsmanship to America, she opened European Splendor. “We love building relationships with our customers and seeing the smiles on their faces when they find an authentic European treasure,” she says. “And we are always thrilled when they tell us about their own experiences traveling in Europe.” Finding unique pieces for her store is exciting but she sometimes finds it difficult to part with them. “The people in Louisville are great and have responded so well to what we offer. Getting to know our customers is such a pleasure. We have a great community that really supports local businesses. We’re grateful that we are able to share a little bit of Europe with Louisville!”

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She’s the reporter who feels like everyone’s family. So our own brand ambassador, Rocko Jerome, decided to go grocery shopping with WAVE 3’s Dawn Gee while they chatted about work-life balance, health challenges and her new vegan lifestyle.

he’s a local icon. Unwilling to simply report news, WAVE 3 news anchor and beloved personality, Dawne Gee donates a Herculean amount of her time and effort to giving back to the community. Her vast philanthropic work— including her efforts with her own A Recipe To End Hunger— is as wellknown as her broadcasting accomplishments. The group she founded herself is designed to assist children living in homes where the next meal is tragically not always guaranteed.

BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

It’s a cause that’s close to her heart for many reasons. She has

Dawne Gee

often said that her favorite way to show love is to cook for people and I can attest firsthand that she is fantastic at it. “I can make a four-cheese macaroni with bacon that will make you weep,” she says, “I hate that I can’t taste it myself anymore.” The woman who loves to cook for others and nurture everyone has had a series of unfortunate health problems, including cancer, a stroke, and serious stomach issues. So, inspired by “The Beyonce Diet” which was created by Marco Borges, author of the bestselling book, The 22 Day Revolution, Dawne took

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Dawne’s Top 5 Things She Loves About Louisville:

on a vegan diet. She’s been on it for two years, now. “It’s been challenging,” says Dawne. “It’s hard because I’ve never really had a vegan lifestyle. Pigs would tiptoe past my house because they knew I’d eat ‘em whole!” she says, with her characteristic offbeat wit.

The Arts

Nevertheless, she’s made it work. And during our trip to Whole Foods, she shared her new favorite staples and talked about the recipes she’s found that help make the transition as smooth as possible. Almost as soon as we set foot in the store, Dawne makes a run for the fresh orange juice machine. It’s a sort of Willy Wonka-looking apparatus with a turning crank that squeezes the golden juice out of one orange after another in quick succession. “I’m addicted to this juice,” she says, “but watch, it

"New York may have Broadway but we have it all. Louisville is so very rich in the arts that you’ll get dizzy trying to celebrate it all.  We have the orchestra, ballet, opera, theatre, museums, several music venues and too many festivals to count.  If you're shouting out a name of something I didn't mention, it's because the city is so rich in the arts that it is hard to recall them all at one time quickly."

Food:

"The culinary scene in Louisville is so vibrant and unique you’d have to live three lifetimes just to get a small taste of it all. You can find kale greens just like your momma used to make at Franco’s in Southwest Louisville. Or in the Highlands, at Jack Fry’s, you'll find kale-ricotta dumplings served with confit Frondosa Farms mushrooms, English-peas, shaved fennel, basil, picholine olives and Manchego cheese.  It’s all so diverse and delicious."

The People:

"James Taylor said it best, 'You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am... I’ll come running.' All you have to do in Louisville is point out the problem and ask for help, and you will get an army of folks ready to pitch in."

Community events:

"There is always something to do and nine out of ten times it's cheap or free."

Parks & places to go:

"There are so many wonderful places to go in and around Louisville and Southern Indiana that you really don’t have to leave if you’re looking for a little vacation time. Our Olmsted Parks are the most beautiful in the nation. We have history all around us. You could literally find something new to do each day of the year."

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always gets stuck...” Sure enough, it did. But, as always, there was a helpful employee around to rattle it just right and get it back in good order. In between well wishes from folks who know her from TV or from her good works, Dawne picks up a number of other key standbys on her grocery list. These include a variety of mushrooms,  Granny Smith apples (she likes to make applesauce and fried green apples, which I can attest are absolutely delicious), cinnamon raisin bread, and something called Beyond Meat vegetable burgers, which she has come to like. “You just have to get used


to it that the mouth-feel is different,” she says with a shrug. She said the same for Morning Star soy sausage patties, which allow those aforementioned piggies to rest easy, content that Dawne Gee will not devour them. What you might not know if you’ve never gone down certain aisles is that they can make all sorts of milk substitutes from an amazing number of sources. Almonds, cashews, coconuts, soy, those are just a few of the many varieties you will find. Dawne is

particular on this: She only likes pea milk. Once I confirmed that I had the spelling correct on this product, she explained that it has the best combination of taste and consistency. After hearing her describe the merits of non-dairy milk, I steer her quickly towards the desserts. A few years back, during one of the first opportunities I had to spend an appreciable amount of time with Dawne, she made me a root beer float. So, I thought this might be an opportunity to come full circle. After taking a look at delicious looking frozen bananas and various confections, the unsinkable Ms. Gee settles on vegan ice cream sandwiches. She shows

them to me and proclaimed “I don’t always get these, but I will today for your story!” After we checked out, we ripped into those ice cream sandwiches. I am happy to report that not only are they delicious, but they taste exactly like the regular ice cream versions that you’ve had all your life: a perfect little taste of sweet comfort food. Of course, not everything has been that easy. Dawne confided that it’s been hard to adjust to a new diet and a lifestyle founded on healthy choices, but there has been an upside. “About four months after I changed my diet, people started saying things to me like ‘Okay… What did you do?’ They thought that I had plastic surgery! They said I looked ten years younger. So that’s definitely very positive.”

I can make a four-cheese macaroni with bacon that will make you weep. I hate that I can't taste it myself anymore.

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GREAT MAKERS There are so many answers to the question ‘What makes Louisville great?’ One answer is in the question itself: All the great makers here, of course! Resident event planners Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel share their short-list of favorites.

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s event planners, we often turn to local makers to help us create impactful event décor. You can achieve the same kind of personalized, uber-local effect when decorating your home, searching for one-of-akind gifts or setting the scene for a memorable party. After all, as Louisvillians, we live in one truly creative city. Fabulous handmade goods— whether fine art, creative crafts, or funky furniture—are plentiful here and they’re always infused with their maker’s materials, experience and personality. They’re part of what makes our jobs so interesting, our own homes so comfortable and our lives so full. While it’s almost impossible for us to truly choose the best of the bunch, we’re happy to share a few of our favorites for the What’s Great About Lou issue. We’ll get to do it all over again next year!

Drunk Wood

www.drunkwoodinkentucky.com What started as a hobby for a college educator has grown into a full-time gig. John King uses locally sourced reclaimed wood to create one of a kind home décor sculptures. Your imagination is the limit to what he can make.

Rebecca Hook

www.rebeccahookjewelry.com

Each line of jewelry from Rebecca Hook’s collection produced through the lost wax casting technique is inspired by nature from different cities she has lived in. We’re glad that she has settled in Louisville.

Clayton and Crume

www.claytonandcrume.com

It all began with college friends and the task of making the perfect leather belt. Now Clayton and Crume offers a full line of handcrafted leather goods that are practical and fashionable.

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Monica Stewart

www.monica-stewart.com

A recent BFA Graduate, Monica Stewart creates whimsical paper cuttings. These works of art are so intricate that we can literally stare at them for hours. You can also see one of our favorite examples of her work at one of our favorite eateries, Oskar’s Slider Bar (3799 Poplar Level Road).


Art from Ashes

www.art-from-ashes.com

Made from the wood of wine and bourbon barrels, maker Ashleigh Anthony creates one-of-a-kind pieces for her clients designed to preserve the wood’s original purpose in a new inspiring way.

C. Bayens Furniture + Functional Design Co.

Alyson Thiel

www.craigbayens.com

www.alysonthiel.com

Dedicated to using locally sourced wood, Craig Bayens lets the material be the star in all his designs. Working out of West Louisville, these unique pieces are simple and totally unexpected at the same time.

BE A MAKER Want to become a maker yourself? There are so many great resources to help learn a new skill or refine a beloved hobby.

While we originally discovered Alyson during Derby season thanks to her gorgeous paper flower fascinators, it’s her passion for art education that drew us in. Alyson believes everyone is an artist and her cheerful, clever and creative creations will inspire you to agree with her.

Level Up

Calliope Arts Center

With a slogan like “Wake up and do something wonderful” it’s easy to see why Level Up has everyone talking. The pop-up style classes are taught by professionals looking to inspire a new audience. They even offer small business classes and coaching once you are ready to market your creations.

This print shop used to travel, providing mobile workshops around the city, exposing all neighborhoods in Louisville to printmaking techniques and equipment. Now in a permanent home, Calliope offers a rotating schedule of classes including wood block printing, screen printing, and more.

www.levelupwithus.com

324 East College St.

Preston Art Center

3048 Bardstown Road

Open since 1941, Preston Art Center is not only the best local source for fine art supplies, but they will actually teach you how to use them through an extensive list of courses offered year-round.

Austin’s Sewing Center

5640 Bardstown Road

Is home decor or fashion your passion, but you have no idea how to sew? Look no further than Austin’s Sewing Center where they offer a vast array of classes teaching everything from embroidery, to quilting and beyond.

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So where do you find the work of local makers?

LOUaBULL

1015 East Main St.

Luckily you don’t have to look too hard. Independent small businesses thrive here and many, like those listed below, specialize in promoting local talent.

Specializing in tongue in cheek quirk, LOUaBULL is a must see in the Butchertown Neighborhood. You can’t miss their bright white, red and yellow façade, but there is no preparing for the wackiness inside. It’s truly a must see!

Red Tree

701 East Market St.

5-0-Lou

2235 Frankfort Ave.

Looking for the perfect Kentucky-inspired handmade gift? Start your search at 5-0-Lou and you will look no further. This shop only stocks locally-produced items made by the best makers in the city.

This NuLu mainstay is mainly known for its imported furniture, but they also carry a large inventory of locallyproduced and inspired goods. Stop in and ask the knowledgeable friendly staff to show you their favorite, items since inventory changes so often.

Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center Block Party Handmade Boutique multiple locations

Want to buy handmade goods directly from the makers? Block Party Handmade Boutique is a beautifully curated market style space that allows makers to control their merchandising themselves in a Co-operative style arrangement.

Revelry Boutique 742 East Market St.

It’s no secret we are big fans of this combined boutique gallery. Yes, we talk about them a lot, but to leave them off this list would be a crime due to their devotion to local artists. Owner Mo McKnight Howe has not only created a beautiful store, but her relationships with local artists make her a wealth of knowledge when it come to makers.

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1860 Mellwood Ave

Originally the Fischer Meatpacking Center, MEA has been renovated into 360,000 square feet of over 200 artists’ studios, local specialty stores, galleries, teaching studios, rehearsal spaces, event rooms and more. It’s a great place to spend a day drenched in local flavor.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Try searching for makers through Louisville Independent Business Alliance’s online member directory (www.keeplouisvilleweird.com).

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.


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What’s Great About Louisville? Our 2018 Accolades SmartAsset names Louisville a “Top City for New College Grads” Louisville recognized as  “Best in Class”  among cities using data EPA ranks Louisville a  “Top Midsize City”  for most Energy Star certified buildings

Governing magazine recognizes Louisville as the “Top Performer”  in its Equipt to Innovate Report 

VinePair ranks Louisville in its list of the “World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2018”

SmartAsset ranks Louisville a “Top City”  for women in technology

Lonely Planet says Kentucky is a “Top 10 Destination to visit in 2018”

National Geographic named Louisville to its list of “Best Small Cities in the U.S.”

Forbes says Louisville is a “Top 15 City”  for affordable living

Southern Living ranks Louisville on its list of “15 Incredible Solo Vacations to Take in the South”

(List courtesy of Louisvilleky.gov)

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What’s Great About Louisville? The Urban Bourbon Trail The Urban Bourbon Trail comprises of 38 bars and restaurants in Louisville, some of them – surprise! – on Whiskey Row. If you pick up an Urban Bourbon Trail passport and collect six stamps at destinations across town, you’ll become a Bourbon Country Citizen. The stops: 8Up Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen 350 W. Chestnut St. The Bar At Blu  280 W. Jefferson St. Bourbon Raw 446 S. Fourth St. Bourbons Bistro 2255 Frankfort Ave. Brendon’s Catch 23 505 S. Fourth St. Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown 614 W. Main St. Bristol Bar & Grille Highlands 1321 Bardstown Rd. Brown Hotel Lobby Bar 335 W. Broadway Buck’s 425 W. Ormsby Ave. Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge 1903 Embassy Square Blvd.

Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant 321 W. Main St

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles & BBQ 102 Bauer Ave.

Garage Bar 700 E. Market St.

North End Cafe 1722 Frankfort Ave.

Dish On Market 434 W. Market St. (Serves “Truman’s Breakfast” – the 33rd president liked a shot of bourbon with his daily egg)

Harvest 624 E. Market St.

The Old Seelbach Bar 500 S. 4th St.

Haymarket Whiskey Bar 331 E. Market St.

O’Shea’s Downtown 123 W. Main St

The Hub 2235 Frankfort Ave.

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar 127 W. Main St. (Doc Crow is a reference to a Scottish-born physician responsible during the mid-19th century for scientific advances that gave greater spirit consistency in the American whiskey industry – most notably, his refinement of the “sour mash” process.)

Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar 140 N. Fourth St (The country’s largest selection of Kentucky Bourbons – more than 150 to choose from.)

Proof On Main 702 W. Main St. (Named one of three American “New Whiskey Temples” by GQ magazine.)

Corner Restaurant & Bar 102 W. Main St. Derby Cafe: At the Kentucky Derby Museum 704 Central Ave.

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Lilly’s Bistro 1147 Bardstown Rd. Marketplace Restaurant 651 S. 4th St. Manny & Merle 122 W. Main St.

Rye 900 E. Market St SIDEBAR at Whiskey Row 129 N. Second St Sway at The Hyatt Regency Louisville 311 S. Fourth St Taj Louisville 807 E. Market St. Troll Pub Under the Bridge 150 W. Washington St

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World 1293 Bardstown Rd. (Ramsi Kamar’s mother was the only female liquor store-owner in Jerusalem.)

Varanese 2106 Frankfort Ave. Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant 150 S. 5th St. Volare Ristorante 2300 Frankfort Ave.

River House Restaurant & Bar 3015 River Rd.

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What’s Great About Louisville? Our 13 Farmers Markets Open-Air Farmers 1 Beechmont Market

Beechmont Baptist Church parking lot 4574 S. Third St. June 9-Oct. 27 Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Loop Farmers Market 2 Douglass Douglass Boulevard Christian Church 2005 Douglass Blvd March 3-Dec.15 Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church parking lot 1722 Bardstown Rd. April – December Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Phoenix Hill/NuLu Farmers Market 1007 E. Jefferson St. (at Baxter Avenue) Open Date: May 15-Oct. 30 Tuesdays: 3-6 p.m.

Street Farmers Market 3 Gray 400 E. Gray St., middle of the street

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Farmers Market 4 Jeffersontown 10434 Watterson Trail

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May 5-Oct. 27 Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Anchorage Farmers 5 Louismill Market 12102 LaGrange Rd. May 12-Oct. 27 Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market Rainbow Blossom Market parking lot 3738 Lexington Rd. Year-round Sundays: 12-4 p.m. Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market The Cure Lounge parking lot 1481 S. Shelby St. April 14-Nov. 3 Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Point Farmers Market 10 South Hazelwood Shopping Center, Save-ALot parking lot 4148 Taylors Blvd. May 6-Sept. 23 Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Andrew Farmers Market 11 St. St. Andrew United Church of Christ 2608 Browns Lane May 10-Oct. 11 Thursdays: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Matthews Farmers Market 12 St. Beargrass Christian Church parking lot 4100 Shelbyville Road May 12-Oct. 13 Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Road Baptist Farmers 13 Westport Market

Westport Road Baptist Church Parking lot 9705 Westport Road April 28-Oct. 27 Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Movie Magic The Louisville Film Society’s tenth annual Flyover Film Festival adds a new dimension—and a week of must-attend screenings— to our city’s local arts scene. LFS Director Soozie Eastman takes ten to talk about the significance of this signature event to our passionate film community. PHOTO BY RYAN NOLTEMEYER

TOPS: How has the festival evolved? SE: This is my fifth year with the festival and it’s been really fun to see it grow. Last year our entire week of screenings was sold out. We started as a weekend fest then joined with IdeaFestival for two years and now are in our third year of having weeklong programming of screenings and parties that has attracted larger audiences.

TOPS: Explain the importance of having a film festival for Louisville and for Louisville filmmakers. SE: Our community is hugely supportive of the arts – just look at our flourishing Orchestra, ballet, KMAC, Actors Theater. When we have a successful film festival, it shines a light on visual storytelling as yet another art form that our filmmakers, our film crews – do exceptionally well. Additionally, the festival brings together film lovers and creators for networking.

TOPS: What would you say are some of the success stories in the Festival’s history? SE: Last year’s sold out screenings for Beauty Mark and And Then I Go were incredibly special. We premiered both of these at the KY Center and each screening had well over 550 people in attendance. Before each screening, I asked for crew from

the film and crew from the community to stand up. There were so many people connected to the local film industry that joined us and the rousing applause from the rest of the audience was incredibly gratifying.

TOPS: What does the end of filmmaking incentives mean to Louisville filmmakers and to Louisville as a location city? SE: There is a huge misconception about what has happened recently with the film tax incentives. As many people know, policies ebb and flow, and our incentives are no different. We had incredible legislation pass in 2015 and that has slightly changed this year. Two things are important to note. First, legislation can and does change every year. The cap that was created for applications was made this year but next year there is another session and a different piece of legislation can change things. That is why it is hugely important that voters who support our filmmakers being able to stay in Kentucky to maintain their fulltime jobs in the rapidly-growing film industry share that with our politicians. Secondly, we have over $300 million dollars in productions that have been approved for incentives that have three years to begin filming. It’s important we don’t spread the word that the incentive is gone.

IF YOU GO

The Louisville Film Society Flyover Film Festival runs from July 22 through July 27 at Speed Cinema and The Kentucky Center for the Arts. Tickets and screening schedules are available at louisvillefilmsociety.org

FLYOVER 2018 FILMS This year’s lineup includes: Science Fair, a documentary based on Manual High School students and directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster that was a Festival Favorite Award Winner at Sundance Film Festival. In Our Bones, a documentary directed by Kentuckian Alex Kimura, based on an inspiring tale of a young woman from Kentucky with a terminal bone marrow disease. City of Ali, directed by Graham Shelby; made in Louisville about Louisville by Louisvillians. Ditch the Van, directed by Mallory Cunningham and Kyle Romanek. It’s a reflective short film on musician Ben Sollee’s music tours by bicycle.

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Dynamic Dance-Off In five years, it’s become one of the hottest tickets in town. Let’s Dance Louisville, our city’s own, fun-filled version of Dancing with the Stars, raises the roof at the downtown Marriott while raising much-needed funds for our hungry and homeless. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM PHOTOS COURTESY OF LET’S DANCE LOUISVILLE

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t’s the perfect mid-summer night out: watching local personalities and business leaders show off their moves on a glitzedup dance floor in the ballroom of our recently renovated Louisville Marriott Downtown. “I’ve been dancing all my life-- free style,” says Rocco Cadolini, owner of ROC, the chic Italian eatery on Bardstown Road. “I don’t think I have competition for charisma. I am going for the win!” While not every one of the 11 contestants have Rocco’s swagger, they all share his enthusiasm and commitment to doing good. The dancers have all been fundraising for months, competing to raise the most money for The Sandefur

The Feed My Neighbor program was created to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Sandefur Dining Room.” David Grantz

2018 Dancers KELLEY BRIGHT

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KEVIN FLANERY

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The fifth annual Let’s Dance Louisville charity event will be hosted by the Feed My Neighbor program of the Sandefur Dining Room at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Saturday June 23, at 6 p.m. Reservations are $125 per person. Cocktail attire is preferred. For more information, visit letsdancelouisville.org or call 502-657-5222.

Dining Room at the Cathedral of the Assumption, which has been feeding our local hungry and homeless for over eighty years. Every one-dollar vote they get online—and they get thousands—at letsdancelouisville.org goes to this worthy organization. (You can go online and vote for your favorite or favorites.) At the same time, they’ve also been preparing to compete underneath a glistening disco ball. They do this by training with local dance instructors from Derby City Ballroom, Continental Dance Studio and Bourbon Tangostudios. Once they hit

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that dance floor this month, each dancer will receive both a technical score from returning judges Leslie Smart, Jonathan Burton and Louisville Ballet’s Artistic and Executive Director, Robert Curran and a people’s choice from their on-line voting tallies.

has translated into successful fundraising for Sandefur. “In the past four years, we have raised 1.2 million dollars,” says Grantz. “One hundred percent of our proceeds go directly to the Sandefur Dining Room. They are open 365 days a year; they never close.”

Kevin Harned, chief meteorologist for WAVE3 will keep the evening moving as master of ceremonies, while Kelly K and Sarah Jordan from 99.7 WDJX will co-emcee the dance portion of the evening, adding to the already amped-up energy of the event. “We are so lucky to have them all on board,” says David Grantz, president of Buzz Advertising and a Cathedral parishioner who helps to promote the event. “The production of the show has really evolved over the years.”

The mission of the Dining Room has evolved over the decades. While it began serving mostly male veterans, it now feeds many families. “This program benefits thousands of our community’s downtown neighbors and friends who are in need of a hot meal and friendly encouragement,” says Grantz. “The Sandefur Dining Room serves 45,000 meals each year. Our guests are either homeless or working poor. It feeds many families—from babies in strollers to elementary students to young teens.” It’s a cause for which these dozen locals gladly get up and dance.

The popularity and success of this event

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Bringing The Derby Win Home Our city is always home to the most fabled two minutes in sports. This year, for the first time in over a century, the winning horse and Triple Crown contender belonged to a group of locals too. Drew Deener, who grew up with some of the team, shares their wild ride to the winner’s circle and beyond.

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he guy on the left is Tom Mueller. I shattered his family’s back door into a thousand pieces of glass when I was about 15. The guy on the right is Clint Glasscock. We used to head to the racetrack after tennis practice at St. Xavier to catch the last few races. Both are my friends, both are owners of The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify. They, along with the rest of their partners in Starlight Racing, have been on a magical ride, and they’ve let me tag along with them into two winners circles and maybe a third by the time you read this. It had been 114 years since a Louisville-based ownership group had a Kentucky Derby winner. (That was Old Rosebud in 1914). Starlight Racing, founded by Louisvillian Jack Wolf and his wife Laurie, purchased a percentage of the racing

interest of both Justify and Audible in March. (Justify had only one career start, and zero points to qualify for the Derby.) I remember talking to them when their group made that decision. Both were excited to have two chances to get a horse into the Kentucky Derby for their third time. Glasscock put it all into perspective: “Making the walkover on Derby Day was always the dream, but... once you’ve gotten that taste in your mouth, you want to win the damn thing.” Which, it turns out, they did. Then Justify won the Preakness. I asked them what will stood out about that ride: “The best part about this was winning the Derby and where we watched the race. No one gets to take it in from there,” Clint said. “There” happened to be the turf course

right next to the finish line on the inside of the track. With about 30 minutes to go before the Derby, we had a decision to make. Clint, his fiancé, Jen Mutwalli, and I could go back to section 318 in his box, or Darren Rogers, Senior Director of Communications at Churchill, offered to let us watch it from the other side. We made the decision to get soaked, and it was worth it. “To see the horse come down the stretch and cross the finish line from that vantage point and to be able to hug Jen and hi-five you just a few yards from the finish line... was a moment I’ll never forget,” Clint told me before the Belmont. I’ll never forget making our way into the Derby Museum for the winner’s celebration and the first person to greet Clint was his doubles partner from St. X, Chris Bohnert. Bohnert revealed a secret: “I bought these tickets weeks ago... But I knew better than to tell you because I knew you’d think it was a jinx!” Tom, who has gone by the nickname “The Gip” since I’ve known him, is a man about town who loves this town. He’s also an investor in horse racing, Louisville City FC, the radio station for which I work, and countless other local endeavors. Karma found its way back to him on the first Saturday in May. “The best part of the ride has been bringing the Derby Trophy back to Louisville and allowing my family and friends to be part of it,” he says. Tom had been a part of four previous attempts to win the Run for the Roses, but knew this one wasn’t like the others. “Just prior to the walkover, I was with my parents in the box and I told them that I wouldn’t seem them until after the race and I got emotional... and I rarely get emotional. But something inside of me knew that this Derby was different.” Going into 2018, there had only been 12 winners of the Triple Crown. Hopefully, by the time you read this, my friends can say owned lucky number 13. 

Drew Deener, TOPS Columnist, is Vice President/Talk Show Host for ESPN 680 /93.9 The Ville

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Exporting Hope This month, Supplies Over Seas, a local non-profit with a global mission, hosts their Bourbon and Band Aids fundraiser at The Olmsted. The celebration marks their twenty-fifth year of good work and raises money to send medical supplies to some of the world’s most underserved populations. BY CHRISTINE FELLINGHAM

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n Louisville, excellent medical care is a given. In many parts of the world, however, people live without access to a doctor. And doctors who are available often serve their impoverished communities without supplies we take for granted— from band aids to surgical equipment. This dichotomy exists despite the fact that cities like ours discard thousands of medical supplies away every year. “It’s the nature of our healthcare system and our regulations,” says Denise Sears, the organization’s newest CEO. “It could be that someone opened a surgical pack and only needed one item, or they’re changing a vendor and the old equipment is discarded.” Recognizing this paradox, a group of local doctors banded together twenty-five years ago to form Supplies Over Seas, a nonprofit dedicated to the difficult task of exporting our unused but usable medical supplies to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less developed and often remote regions. It’s an incredibly complicated process— from the sorting and vetting of the supplies to the packing and shipment and documenting involved in getting them through customs through arranging transportation to get the containers to these communities. Sears came on board a little over a year ago after working with a non-profit in the West End: “I was astounded that a local group was having such an incredible global impact.” She had her own reasons for being inspired by the mission. A native New Yorker, she moved here after her daughter, Lauren Dapice, contracted MRSA and passed away unexpectedly: “I made a decision then to do work with purpose.” Sears has made an effort to sharpen

the best practices of the organization and her efforts have already paid off: SOS became the sixth Medical Surplus Recovery Organization in the U.S. to receive accredidation. In a quarter century, SOS has provided medical supplies to 104 countries including Ethiopia (teaching hospital), Zimbabwe (OB/gyn clinic) and, domestically, to victims of Harvey. Says Sears, “We’ve done a lot in South America and Africa, but Mayor Fischer called after Harvey and asked if we could lead a community drive for Houston. Of course, we said yes.” The Bourbon and Band Aids charity event later this month could be a celebration of their successes, but Sears is using it more as an opportunity to continue raising awareness and funds earmarked for their next expensive and essential missions. Guests will have the opportunity to support two crictically-needed medical containers. (See box.) “The cost of getting supplies over seas is expensive- For instance, it can be as much as $15,000 to get medical items to Haiti,” says Sears. “The sums can seem daunting, but with the incredible support of our own community, we are able to deliver supplies that make safe medical care available to places that have never had it before.”

IF YOU GO

BOURBON + BAND AIDS, sponsored by Brown-Forman, will include live music, bourbon tastings and appetizers and will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 at The Olmsted. Tickets are $60. For more info, go to suppliesoverseas.org.

2 SHIPMENTS OF HEALTH AND HOPE Money raised will go in part towards shipments to two destinations: Democratic Republic of Congo: Funding will send a shipment to a hospital in war-torn, rural eastern DRC.

MAMA SABINA COMMUNITY CLINIC: This clinic, in rural Uganda, is the only easily accessible medical center in the area. Funds raised will help open a maternal and child ward to be named the Lauren Dapice Maternal and Child Ward in memory of Denise Sear’s daughter.  

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Summer Sips The bright flavors of the season put a fresh twist on cocktail hour. Nancy Miller cajoled six of Louisville’s most popular concocters to share their delicious favorites. PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

If you want to know what to stock for summer, there’s no better person to ask than Brian Price, the beer merchant at Liquor Barn. “When I think of summer cocktails, the sweet and tart balance of fruit muddled or puréed, in drinks automatically comes to mind,” he says. “Nice, ripe strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are my go-to. Then it becomes a matter of your preference of spirit. Vodka is the easy one, but berries go well with gin, bourbon and, yes, Scotch.” Here, he shares his expert seasonal shopping insights. • “In addition to the base liquors, you need a variety of fresh juices and herbs such as basil, rosemary and mint. Even if you don’t muddle them, they can add a nice aromatic.” • “You don’t want to go to the trouble of making craft cocktails if you put them in red Solo cups. Summer drinks tend to be aesthetically pleasing, so pretty glassware is where it’s at.”

“One of the things I enjoy about the Sirensong is that when you’re drinking it, you can’t really tell what the base is. It keeps you guessing. The cocktail is very refreshing. I use Caperitif, which comes from South Africa and disappeared for about 100 years.”

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Beverage Director, Butchertown Grocery

Sirensong − .75 ounce quality blanco tequila − .75 ounce Averell Damson gin liqueur − .75 ounce Caperitif − .25 ounce simple syrup (1:1 ratio) − .75 ounces Argus Tepache Sparkling Pineapple Add all ingredients except Argus Tepache to a shaker tin. Fill with ice. Shake hard for about 10 seconds. Double strain into coupe glass. Top with Argus Tepache. Spritz with lemon peel.

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“The Mosel Sommer is one of the best summer cocktails of all time, a little off the beaten path. It’s perfect for relaxing on a deck. It looks pretty and when you sip it, you smell fresh strawberries, the honeysuckle and peach from the Riesling and a whiff of basil. Then you get the bite of pepper.” “You should have on hand simple syrup and a handful of layering spirits: different types of cordials to add a nuance, like Aperol and St. Germaine.” BRIAN PRICE Beer merchant, Liquor Barn

Mosel Sommer

− 2 ounces vodka − .75-ounce fresh lemon juice − .75-ounce strawberry and Riesling purée (Purée 1 cup of Dr. Yaya Katz Riesling with a handful of strawberries, tops removed. Blend well but do not strain. Set aside.) − Strip or orange peel Add vodka and orange peel to a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake to release oil from the orange peel. Add lemon juice. Shake once. Strain into a highball glass. Add Riesling purée. (You may drink the cocktail neat or pour over large ice cubes.) To finish, add a sprig of basil and a sprinkling of fresh ground black pepper.

“The Aperol Spritz is very refreshing for summer weather. You can drink it as an aperitif prior to your meal, or it’s wonderful with a meal because it has a little Prosecco in it. Being an Italian one-hundred-percent, I think an Aperol Spritz is the way to go!” ROCCO CADOLINI Owner, ROC

Aperol Spritz − 2 ounces Aperol − 3 ounces Prosecco − Orange slice Add the Aperol and Prosecco to a big bowl glass. Stir. Garnish with the orange slice. Let the person who is drinking the cocktail use a straw to muddle the orange.

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cuisine “The Gold Rush is one of my favorite summer cocktails that we serve. It’s a Whiskey Sour variation with bourbon, honey and lemon-- so simple, delicious and refreshing. In our version, we use Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond bourbon, a house made honey syrup and muddled lemon, so you get some of that bright lemon oil from the peel as well.” SUSIE HOYT Beverage Director, The Silver Dollar and The Pearl

Gold Rush

Created by Milk & Honey New York bartender T. J. Siegal, reinterpreted by Susie Hoyt − 2 ounces bourbon − ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice − ¾ ounce honey syrup (see below) − Muddled lemon peel Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until well chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into an icefilled double Old Fashioned glass.

Honey Syrup

− 1 cup water − 1 cup honey Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until honey is dissolved. Cool before using. The syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

“I like the “1923” because gin and cucumber are such a magical duo. I add our own spin to a classic cocktail, because The Brown Hotel is a classic. This is a play on a Southside Fizz. We didn’t need to modernize it much.” K AY L E NA M I L L S Bartender, The Lobby Bar at The Brown Hotel

“1923”

Courtesy of Kaylena Mills 1 ½ ounces Hendricks gin 1 ounce house-made cucumber syrup (see below) − Juice of ½ fresh lemon − Lemon slice for garnish − 5 to 6 mint leaves, plus extra for garnish − Soda water Place mint leaves, cucumber syrup and lemon juice in a shaker. Gently muddle the mint. Add the gin with ice and shake until condensation is formed. Add a splash of soda water. Double strain and serve in a chilled martini glass garnished with a slice of lemon, mint leaf and floating edible flowers.

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Cucumber Syrup

− ½ cup sugar − ½ cup water − 6 slices cucumber, peeled and cut into six ½-inch slices Cut the cucumber slices in half. Set aside. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add cucumber slices. Reduce heat to low. Cook two minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to continue to soak. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove cucumber. Store in refrigerator.


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Kick It Up One of our city’s favorite rooftop restaurants just got a makeover and, before that, a new chef. If you think you’ve seen 8 Up, look again. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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he sensational view from the rooftop of 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen gives the impression Louisville is putting on a show especially for guests who have discovered the upper level of the Hilton Garden Inn. Looking out onto the city is so spectacular, there’s the occasional comment of, “Gee, I can’t believe it’s Louisville!” It sure is Louisville, the new Louisville. Vibrant, exciting and surprises everywhere you look and everywhere you go. Are we southern or Midwest? Why choose? Let’s go with the best of both. Casper Van Drongelen has captured the complex essence of Louisville in his Progressive American menu as he has slightly reimagined the cuisine since he was named executive chef about a year-anda-half ago. “We have made the food a little more approachable, but that doesn’t mean it’s mainstream. During the summer we have quite a few out-of-towners. They come here with preconceived notions about Kentucky food. At 8Up they quickly learn that not everything is deep-fried and slathered in cheese,” he says. Certainly not, as is quickly evidenced by wood-fired octopus, chicken Lyonnaise and spaetzle carbonara.

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Installing an awning over the bar and refurbishing the furniture are part of the recently completed updates to the rooftop that Van Drongelen thinks stepped up the already swanky sexiness of the space. The visual changes had an invigorating effect on his approach to the summer menu. He’s more excited than he has been in a while about the menu and about food-centered events such as the pig roast that launched the renovated patio. It was so successful he and his team are considering hosting a pig roast once a month and may offer other themed outdoor food events.

Van Drongelen loves being integral to Louisville’s changing culinary landscape. “Is Louisville trying to be New York or Chicago or are we trying to establish our own thing? I don’t think there’s any doubt that the city is keeping up with trends, but we’re also doing food that’s unique to Louisville,” says the chef. “I also believe there is a general movement here toward smaller restaurants that serve guests well rather than food factories you see in larger cities where they just pump out the food.” He predicts chefs’ and restaurant guests’


interests in molecular gastronomy and kitchen tools such as circulators are diminishing in favor of traditional cooking. Along with that, he’s witnessing a growing interest in pickling, preserving and fermenting. It’s a new direction to old practices he finds positive. Dietary restrictions and diners’ very specific personal preferences have a profound impact on today’s restaurant dishes. As accommodating as Van Drongelen is to the growing phenomenon, he sometimes gets irked by how requests are made of his kitchen. “A restaurant exists to be sure guests have a good time,” he says. “If you don’t want mushrooms, you don’t need to say you have a food allergy for me to omit mushrooms from your dish. Or, people don’t need to say they’re allergic to pasteurized eggs because they want me to make an omelet with real eggs. Just tell us the truth and we’ll be happy to work with you.”

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The Inside Scoop with

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The name of your restaurant is 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen. As a chef, does it bother you that “Drinkery” is named before “Kitchen”? Honestly, it doesn’t bother me one bit. During the summer when the patio is open, the bar comes first. Sometimes in the summer I wish the restaurant was busier, but on the other hand, if I came in with my wife to eat, I would want to sit outside. We’re looking into offering a tasting menu that includes drink pairings and to having the food and drink be more incorporated as opposed to so separate.

The theme of this issue of TOPS is “What’s Great About Louisville.” In your opinion, what’s so great? Louisville has all the culture you’d expect out of a big city: museums, restaurants, live music. But, it also has the appeal of lots of parks and ways to escape city life.

When you want to escape city life, what do you do? I like to go camping.

Camping. Not glamping? Definitely camping. I own my own tent and I bring a shovel and my own toilet paper. The glamping thing seems like it’s an outside hotel.

What’s your secret food indulgence? Don’t put five pounds of cheese in my refrigerator. They could be gone tomorrow.

If you could have dinner anywhere in the world tonight, where would it be and with whom? In Paris with my wife. She really wants to go to Paris. And, now that spring is popping, just to go to one of the best restaurants in Paris and see what they do would be great.

Any chance you’d like it so much you wouldn’t want to come back? No, I’d come back. I think there are better cities than Paris. If I were going by myself, I’d probably go to Bangkok and find someone selling food on the street and hope I wouldn’t get sick.

What’s next on your bucket list? I want to go to Mammoth Cave.

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− 1 cup honey

HAM SALAD

− 1 pound figs, diced

− ½ pound Benton’s country ham, sliced very thin

Place wet ingredients in a medium-sized pan on low heat. Cook until the mixture reduces and dorms a syrup. Add the diced figs. Cover the pan. Simmer for 20 minutes.

− 4 ounces arugula − 4 ounces baby spinach Place ham slices on each of four plates. Top with the fig mixture, then the arugula and spinach.


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Kyra Elzy, Sandra Graves-Alcorn, Amanda Brennaman, Gay Masters and Jasmine Sanchez

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Mark Mercurio

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Kathy Jacobs

Karen Finlinson

Lynn Pfost

Kristine Schad, Ian Watson and Crysten Minzenberger


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Man & Woman of the Year Gala May 19 The Omni Hotel Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society lls.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger

2018 LLS MWOY Cadidates - John Shumate (winner), Mike Murphy, Pam Sanders-Byerly, Zach Armstrong, Mindy Brown, Donnie Cunningham, Carrie Rief, Robbie Tindall, Nikki Carver (winner), Tom Simms and William Masterson

Terri & John King

Andrea & Tom Edelen

Derwin & Aimee Webb

Greg & Barbara Price

Tom & Barb Bresnahan

Ali & Michael Denbow

Brian Forrest & Karen Roby

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KET Antiques Road Show VIP Party May 21 Speed Art Museum ket.org Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Joe & Sherry Feldpausch and Michele Ripley

Shae Hopkins, Marsha Bemko and Don Parkinson

Wes Cowan, Julie Schmidt and Kevin Lynch

Jason Jennings and Jennifer Adams

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Robbie & Jane Dyche

Linda Hume and Jayne McClew

Cory Reis, Jamie Ruttinger and Heidi Storie

Caryn Mucci, Ann Muth, Kathy Quesenberry and David Monhan


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Buy Local Fair

May 20 Louisville Water Tower Park Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society keeplouisvilleweird.com Photos by Candice Gentry

Jennifer Vogel, Chuck & Deanna Mivelaz

Rachel Dattilo and Rachel Zoeller

Ashley Parker Jim & Christina Ullum Vicki Lateef holds Sir Bully

Cynthia Williams and Brian England

Lenese & Donnie Tidwell

Graham Thompson and Nicole Roth

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CALENDAR // JUNE 2018 JUNE 6

OLD LOUISVILLE GARDEN TOUR

THE BIG RUN 5K

10AM-5PM CONRAD-CALDWELL MUSEUM

7PM WATERFRONT PARK

WALK & ROLL FOR KIDS CENTER

JUNE 7

8AM-12PM FOURTH STREET LIVE

THE SOLE CONSPIRATORS 12PM-1PM JEFFERSON SQUARE PARK

JUNE 8

JOHN PRINE 8PM LOUISVILLE PALACE

AN EXCEPTIONAL AFFAIR PENDENNIS CLUB

MEN WHO COOK 6PM C2 EVENT VENUE

COOLKIDS TRIATHLON 7AM MARY T MEAGHER AQUATIC CENTER

THE COLOR RUN 8AM WATERFRONT PARK

CASA'S BOURBON BY THE BRIDGE 6PM-9PM BIG FOUR LAWN

FLOYD MEMORIAL FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC 7:30AM-6:30PM FUZZY ZOELLER’S COVERED BRIDGE GOLF CLUB

JUNE 10

TRILOUISVILLE 7:30AM WATERFRONT PARK

HOT BROWN SMACKDOWN 6PM-8PM WESTPORT VILLAGE

JUNE 9

WOMEN 4 WOMEN FILLY HALFMARATHON & 4-MILER 7:30AM THE PARKLANDS OF FLOYDS FORK

BIG EVENT 2018

OLD LOUISVILLE GARDEN TOUR

6PM LOUISVILLE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN

10AM-5PM CONRAD-CALDWELL MUSEUM

Let’s Brunch SAT & SUN BRUNCH: 11AM–4PM

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A KID, A COP & A CAUSE 10AM-2PM 4

TH

STREET LIVE!

Celebrate the Ali Festvial with partners Together We Rise. With the help of LMPD service men and women, 125 local foster kids will build and take home their very own bicycles.

JUNE 11

LADY AND THE TRAMP 8:30PM IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER

JUNE 12

JACKSON BROWNE 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

JUNE 14

SUNDOWN STREET PARTIES 7PM NORTON COMMONS TOWN CENTER

KENTUCKIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL 12PM-11PM BIG FOUR LAWN

Kentuckiana Pride Festival is the largest LGBTA+ event in Kentucky. Each year, an estimated 15,000 people join us to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a parade, vendor marketplace, food vendors, entertainment, and much more.

JUNE 16

LOUISVILLE FEIS THE KENTUCKY EXPOSITION SERIES

5PM-7PM WATERFRONT PARK

JUNE 15

AFTER HOURS AT THE SPEED 5PM-10PM SPEED ART MUSEUM

JUNE 22

THE GOOD LIFE LUNCH & LEARN 11AM-1PM STONECREST OF LOUISVILLE

BILLY CURRINGTON 7PM 4TH STREET LIVE!

KENTUCKIANA PRIDE FESTIVAL BIG FOUR LAWN

JUNE 17

ADULT SWIM ON THE GREEN 6PM-11:30PM WATER TOWER PARK

KENTUCKIANA HEART WALK KICK-OFF

benefits Supplies Over Seas, which meets critical health care needs in developing countries around the world by recovering and redistributing surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise go into our local landfills. Presented by Brown-Forman.

JUNE 21

BOURBON + BAND AIDS 6:30PM-9:30PM THE OLMSTED

Enjoy live music by Swing 39, bourbon tastings, food pairings and so much more. This speakeasy-themed event

PADDINGTON 2 8:30PM IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATER

BRUNCH AFTER DARK 8PM THE ICE HOUSE

THE NEWSIES 8PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

JUNE 23

BRANDI CARLILE 7:30PM LOUISVILLE PALACE

1076 E. WASHINGTON ST. • LOUISVILLE butchertowngrocery.com

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CALENDAR // JUNE-JULY UPSCALE COCKTAIL YARD SALE 10AM-2PM DOUGLAS LOOP FARMERS MARKET

HEROES RUN 3K AND 5K RUN/WALK

JUNE 30

CEDAR LAKE GOLF TOURNAMENT 11AM-6PM HURSTBORNE COUNTRY CLUB

JUNE 26

6:30PM NORTON COMMONS AMPHITHEATRE

8AM EP TOM SAWYER PARK

WAITRESS

KENTUCKY CRAFT BASH

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

1PM-5PM FESTIVAL PLAZA

LETS DANCE LOUISVILLE LOUISVILLE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN

JUNE 27

8PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

WAITRESS

WATERFRONT WEDNESDAY 5PM WATERFRONT PARK

JUNE 24

YA’LL BETTER QUIET DOWN: TRANS ADVOCACY, JUSTICE & SAFETY 3PM-4PM SPEED ART MUSEUM

JUNE 25

RUSSDICULOUS GOLF SCRAMBLE 12PM-5PM PERSIMMON RIDGE GOLF COURSE

WAITRESS 2PM & 8PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

WFPK WORLD FORCE REGGAE & SOUL PICNIC

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

THE NEWSIES

MUSIC BY THE WATER CONCERT: NASHVILLE SOUND, KENTUCKY ROOTS

4PM-7PM WATERFRONT PARK

FLEUR DE FLEA VINTAGE URBAN MARKET 9AM-5PM WATERFRONT PARK

JUNE 28

SUNDOWN STREET PARTIES 7PM NORTON COMMONS TOWN CENTER

JULY 1

WAITRESS 1PM & 6:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

WAITRESS 7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

OTHELLO

JUNE 29

8PM CENTRAL PARK

WAITRESS

AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION

8PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

7PM NORTON COMMONS

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JULY 2

JULY 6

JULY 13

8PM CENTRAL PARK

8PM CENTRAL PARK

WATERFRONT PARK

OTHELLO

FORECASTLE

OTHELLO

JULY 3

BREYERFEST 2018

JULY 7

OTHELLO

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT

8PM CENTRAL PARK

CRESCENT HILL 4TH FESTIVAL

7:30PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

4PM-10PM PETERSON-DUMESNIL HOUSE

JULY 8

JULY 4

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT

LOUISVILLE WATERFRONT FOURTH

3PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

5PM WATERFRONT PARK

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

This great 3-day event is a family festival for horse lovers! Fans of Breyer model horses will love celebrating at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington with contests, activities, entertainment, pony rides and more.

JULY 14

FORECASTLE WATERFRONT PARK

CRESCENT HILL 4TH FESTIVAL 10AM-10PM PETERSON-DUMESNIL HOUSE

JULY 10

BATTLE IN THE BORO THE KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER

OTHELLO 8PM CENTRAL PARK

JULY 11

BATTLE IN THE BORO

JULY 5

DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS AND JOHNNYSWIM 8PM THE KENTUCKY CENTER

BREYERFEST 2018 KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

JULY 15

BREYERFEST 2018 KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

THE KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER

JOURNEY WITH DEF LEPPARD

FORECASTLE

7PM KFC YUM! CENTER

WATERFRONT PARK

TICKETS NOW ON SALE Saturday, June 23 at 6:00pm Louisville Marriott Downtown Support Louisville’s Homeless and Hungry All Proceeds Benefit

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS

FOR MOR E I N FOR MATI O N A N D RESERVAT I ON S

LetsDanceLouisville.org

LetsDanceLouisville.org

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Chelsey Morrissey at the Kendra Scott Grand Opening

Oaks 2018

TOP SHOTS Montel Williams at Vegas in The Ville

Ben Sollee at Celebrity Day at the Downs

Tara Ward at the LLS Man & Woman of the Year Gala

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Antiques Roadshow Appraisers from across the country gather for the Louisville show


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