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Features JUNE 2020

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHER:

Steve Squall PHOTOGRAPHER ASSISTANT:

Ana Thompson STYLED BY:

Sarah Mitchell LOCATION:

Thanks to the Bridgeman family for allowing TOPS to use their fabulous estate for this photo shoot. MODEL:

Eden Bridgeman DRESS:

Rodeo Drive flor et. al yellow gown HEADPIECE:

Simply Laura, found at Rodeo Drive DIAMONDS:

Merkley Kendrick HAIR & MAKEUP:

J Michaels Salon

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36 Dreaming of Derby TOPS is Dreaming of Derby and we bet you are too! Here are some elegant Derby looks from local boutiques that can help make your dreams come true this September.


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TACTICS MATTER The first step to kick off your targeted display campaign is identifying your business goals and determining which tactics are most relevant to your campaign. In most cases, campaigns, will use a blend of tactics, such as:

Site Retargeting This tactic targets users who have visited your website. This is important because there’s a higher chance of conversion with someone who has already shown an interest in your product or service.

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CONTENTS top notes

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Bella McHugh: Model, Actor, Dancer, Surfer

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Top Shops: Local Artisan Spotlight

life+style

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Community Leaders

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Surfing the Financial Wave of COVID-19: Part 2

34

First Saturday in September: Kentucky Derby 146

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fashion: Dreaming of Derby

48

Boutique Spotlight: Mamili

50

wow wedding: Emily & Christopher

Leaders of Louisville

57

Special advertising section

at home

100

Design Guru: Design & Dwell Interiors

102

Tour of Homes: Conservation is Key at Catalpa Farms

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It’s a Beautiful Day in These Neighborhoods

114

tour of homes: Luxurious Living at The Ivy

cuisine

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top 5 dining: Think Local, Eat Global

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The Village Anchor

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Distillery Tour


health+beauty

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How Do I Fix My Quarantine Hair?

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Business as Usual in the “New” Normal

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Add a Little Sunshine to Your Workout

Women (inc)redible

145

Special advertising section

community

153

Tops of the Class

154

tops cares: Down Syndrome of Louisville

156

supermom: Vicky Gapen

158

Breaking the bronze ceiling: Mary Virginia Cook Parrish

photos

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Out & About

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We Derby at Home

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Unbridled QuarantEVE Party Online

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LEADERS OF LOUISVILLE

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LOOK! upcoming issues For advertising information, call us at 502-780-7825 or email getmore@topslouisville.com

July

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August

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september Luxurious Living


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Vol 4 • No. 6 Keith Yarber Publisher kyarber@topsmarketing.com

Steve Fehder Executive Vice-President and General Manager steve@topslouisville.com

Kathy Thuerbach

Chad Howard

Editor-in-Chief and Senior Advertising Account Executive kathy@topslouisville.com

VP, Digital Marketing chad@topsmarketing.com

SARAH MITCHELL

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Senior Advertising Account Executive and Fashion Coordinator sarah@topslouisville.com

Emily Douglas Senior Advertising Account Executive emily@topslouisville.com

Morgan Hancock Advertising Account Executive morgan@topslouisville.com

Lindsey Ball

Digital Strategist lindsey@topsmarketing.com

Rocko Jerome Brand Ambassador and Staff Writer rocko@topslouisville.com

Malissa Aebersold Lead Graphic Designer malissa@topslouisville.com

Amanda Harper Graphic Designer amandah@topsmarketing.com

Sue simon Advertising Account Executive sue@topslouisville.com

Haley Norris Graphic Designer haley@topsmarketing.com

Kelin Rapp Project Manager kelin@topslouisville.com

JEN BROWN Graphic Designer jen@topsmarketing.com

CONTRIBUTORS Photography: Danny Alexander, Dick Arnspiger, Jolea Brown, Tim Furlong Jr., Steve Squall Writers: Dawn Anderson, Alison Cardoza, Taylor Riley, Kathie Stamps TOP Marketing Group

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The views and comments expressed by the authors are not always that of our editors or publishers. While every effort has been made to ensure th accuracy of the information in this publication, TOP Marketing Group accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or resultant consequences, including any loss or damage arising from the reliance on information in this publication. All images contained in TOPS Louisville magazine are subject to the copyright of the artist or photographer as named, but not limited thereto. Reproduction of any part of this magazine without prior written permission is prohibited.


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Letter from the publisher

hello, dear reader.

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t’s good to see you again.

During these challenging times, experts say it is healthy to have something aspirational to reach for, to plan for, and to look forward to as positive motivation. Life is about optimism, and tomorrow can be a better day than today. That’s precisely why this issue is featuring “Derby Dreams.” All of us were understandably disappointed that our city’s signature event didn’t get to happen this spring.  We can look forward to Derby in September, and this issue is our way of looking ahead to the beauty and pageantry of the most exciting two minutes in sports.  “Hats Off” or (Fascinators Off) to our Fashion Coordinator, Sarah Mitchell, for assembling one of our finest ever fashion shoots.  The dramatic cover you see is of Eden Bridgemen, striking a “phoenix”-like pose that says, “We Are Rising!” You will also find in this issue, Editor-In-Chief Kathy Thuerbach’ s masterful job coordinating a special promotional feature on a topic resonating loudly during these uncertain times. Leadership.  You know it when you see it. We celebrate one of the most challenging and most rewarding professions of all. All of us are a product of someone’s leadership.  Your parents, a coach, a mentor, a teacher, a spiritual leader, or a manager are prime examples.

One of my influential business and life mentors is Jim Heavner, President of Village Companies. Early in my career, Jim taught me the value of listening intently to our customer’s needs and exceeding their expectations.  Our mission is always to delight our readers and advertisers.  Jim is an amazing leader who set seemingly impossible customer service standards and expected all of us to meet them.  And we did. Great leaders and coaches get to you to perform at a higher level than you believed possible. The Village Companies enjoyed fabulous growth rates for many years and profiled in the case studies of Harvard Business Review. I was fortunate enough to attend Harvard for a couple of summers, which was a life-changing experience.    Jim just celebrated his 80th birthday and is still coaching me after all these years. And I love it. You will meet inspiring community and business Leaders in Louisville. All of us know how competitive the business world is every day.  Not only are local businesses facing traditional competitors, they now face online shopping and social media competition.  The world has changed rapidly in the last few years. These Louisville Leaders have not only adapted to their quickly changing environments; they have led their organizations to succeed, and give you, dear reader, the best service possible. Read on, dream on, and lead on!

Keith Yarber 16 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2020

KEITH YARBER Publisher/founder


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notes TOP

Bella McHugh: model, actor, dancer, surfer BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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s a sophomore at duPont Manual High School, Bella McHugh is on path to graduate with a diploma in 2022 and she is quite the busy—and talented—teen. Bella is on the cheerleading team, takes dance lessons at Dancers Center for Training, sings and models. Last year she walked her first fashion show when she modeled at the Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Down with Derby Fashion Show. She signed with Helen Wells Agency last spring and by summer she was modeling in her first national ad campaign with Shoe Sensations. Bella also danced with the Moscow Ballet’s “Nutcracker” ballet. “I like to strike a pose. I like the pretty clothes and makeup,” says Bella. “I like the people watching me at fashion shows. I like people taking pictures.” Even as a baby, Bella was interested in being in front of the camera. Her mother remembers 2-year-old Bella sitting in her high chair and pointing at the TV. “She said to me, "Bella do that!" So we've encouraged and supported her in her goals.” Pre-pandemic, Bella went out on model calls around Louisville for many of the runway shows held during Derby season. She was slated to walk the 2020 Down with Derby Fashion Show and for several designers at Louisville Bespoke and Derby Around the World shows. “One of her goals is to walk in shows not only here, but also be able to travel as a model,” says her mom, who is so appreciative of the inclusive spirit of Louisville’s fashion community. Bella and her parents, Rizelma and Art McHugh, moved to Louisville from Los Angeles in 2016. In California, Bella studied ballet and acted in an award-winning documentary. She started surfing four years ago with a group called A Walk on

Water and tries to join them at surf events around the country. Last year, Bella surfed in the Hamptons during Hurricane Dorian's huge waves on the East Coast. Her mom says, “She's fearless!” Coming from Los Angeles, the McHughs had been involved with many programs geared toward individuals with Down syndrome. “Our initial tour through Down Syndrome of Louisville, and learning about the incredible programs that range from infant into adulthood, solidified our decision to move here,” says her mother. Down Syndrome of Louisville has helped Bella immensely during the pandemic. According to her mom, “For her to have the opportunity to connect every day with her friends on the Boogie Down Crew has been awesome. This daily video meetup has provided her some much needed social interaction, exercise and helps provide structure to our day.” Bella has handled quarantine like a trooper, working with her mom on NTI classwork every morning. And when she’s not in a school setting or pursuing a modeling career, Bella is all teenager. “I like to play on my phone and devices,” says Bella. “I like to talk to my boyfriend and friends on the phone and I look up dances on YouTube and learn them.” 

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top notes

top shops:

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, a souvenir, or something special for yourself or your home, local artisans are handcrafting beautiful one-of-a-kind items that can help you make a statement. Check out what’s being crafted in Louisville with these TOPS picks.

502 Kentucky Bourbon Barrel | Made by Jay Lane MadebyJayLane.com

Jagged Little Quill Floral Kentucky Canvas & Plant | Revelry Boutique

Available at Rodes

PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Maya Collection Bridle Leather Wrap Bracelet | Revelry Boutique Gallery

“Girl’s best Friends” 36x48 | Carla Terwilleger Twiggy Originals twiggyoriginals.com

Printed Dog Scarf | SWC Clothing swcclothing.com

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Children wood portrait | Made by Jay Lane MadebyJayLane.com

Dog coat | SWC Clothing swcclothing.com

Susan Howe, Sheriff Andy portrait | Revelry Boutique

Harper Made Samantha Earrings | Revelry Boutique

Printed dog bow-tie | SWC Clothing swcclothing.com

Jagged Little Quill Plant Party Canvas | Revelry Boutique

502 Kentucky wood sign | Made by Jay Lane MadebyJayLane.com

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photos

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The Derby that Didn’t Happen

Carrie King and Steve Farmer got engaged

OUT + ABOUT presented by

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Dan and Shannon Kessler

Roses for a different kind of horse power


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Life+ +Style

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Community Leaders

32

SurďŹ ng the Financial Wave of COVID-19: Part 2

34

First Saturday in September: Kentucky Derby 146

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fashion: Dreaming of Derby

48

Boutique Spotlight: Mamili

50

wow wedding: Emily & Christopher

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s the first woman and youngest person in GLI’s 157-year history to serve as President & CEO of the Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc., Sarah Davasher-Wisdom has “the pleasure of leading” 36 professionals who “develop and implement the strategies, objectives, and policies of GLI.” GLI focuses on regional economic growth through business attraction, engagement, and leadership, economic and global outreach, community talent development, encouraging entrepreneurship, and fostering a pro-business environment. At the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference in July 2019, Greater Louisville Inc.(GLI) was named Chamber of the Year for large chambers of commerce, achieved in no small part by Sarah’s leadership as COO at the time. Sarah hails from Holland, Kentucky, less than 6 miles from the Kentucky-Tennessee state line and less than 40 miles from Western Kentucky University. At WKU, Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management and the Government Affairs Institute’s Legislative Studies Program through Georgetown University. While still an undergrad student, Sarah successfully worked as an Office/Sales Manager for a home construction company. Through graduate school and a couple of years after, she served as Community Development Coordinator in the Office of Congressman Ron Lewis - KY. Before joining GLI, Sarah was also Strategic Communications Officer for the Army Corps of Engineers and Government Relations Manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Sarah’s experience with the Army Corps of Engineers gave her great insight into emergency management functions, insight that she is putting to good use now as she provides strategic leadership of GLI and its Louisville business leaders coming together to support one another through the economic crisis of coronavirus. According to Sarah, community involvement and business leadership are “essential for economic growth” and, “Business leaders have stepped up to lead initiatives with governmental officials. They have a natural affinity

for community service.” Sarah was an internal candidate nominated to assume the GLI President & CEO role and took full responsibility on January 23. Shortly before the governor imposed pandemic-related restrictions, Sarah had just presented “An Economic Development Roadmap for the Greater Louisville Region” featuring 7 key strategies: 1. Improve the region’s capacity to drive innovative ideas into the marketplace. 2. Reinvigorate the region’s efforts to support startups and scale-ups 3. Scale and differentiate the region’s industry clusters from its competitors. 4. Deeply integrate the business community into the region’s talent development, retention, and attraction efforts. 5. Intentionally support the success of minority enterprises and talent 6. Connect the region through a shared identity 7. Invest in key mobility solutions and other 21st Century infrastructure initiatives

Sarah’s prior experience with GLI helped to shape her goals and vision. She moved to Louisville and joined GLI in 2014 as Vice President of Government Affairs. In a little over a year, she rose to Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategy and just six months later became Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff. Now as President & CEO, she has had to rapidly shift gears, adapting GLI to work from home and forming a coronavirus recovery task force or “rapid response team” to meet immediate needs of businesses and, by extension, the community at large. GLI has been working to host helpful webinars and assist businesses in navigating the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program loans, and other forms of federal relief. Sarah and GLI have transitioned again recently to helping formulate and implement business reopening plans and requirements for the city. COVID-19 Resources are available at greaterlouisville.com/covidhelp and GLI’s Louisville Crisis Support Hub can be found at crisissupporthub.org.

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life+style

financial wave SURFING THE

OF COVID-19 PART 2 “YOUR SURFING CAN GET BETTER ON EVERY TURN, ON EVERY WAVE YOU CATCH. LEARN TO READ THE OCEAN BETTER. A BIG PART OF M Y S U C C E S S H A S B E E N W A V E K N O W L E D G E .” - Kelly Slater, Professional Surfer

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BY DAWN ANDERSON

U

nder the cloud of COVID-19, in the roiling seas of a global pandemic, leaning into fear and pessimism could lead to a financial wipeout. Turning to experienced, well-respected financial advisors can restore confidence and renew the strength needed to stay upright. Even in the best of times, everyone’s personal finance situation is unique. Not every piece of advice will apply to each individual or family. However, our experts offer both general principles and some more specific strategies that most anyone can apply or adapt to their own set of circumstances. Brian Cohoon, CFP, CRPC, AIF is Chief Development Officer and Head of Family Office Services at Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company in Louisville. Dan Rivers, CLU, CFP is a Managing Partner with Northwestern Mutual. The first steps to managing personal finances in times of economic uncertainty are to prioritize immediate needs and focus on the top priority first. Don’t overreact. “Revisit your personal financial plan,” says Dan. “If you don’t have one, now is the time to create it.” Available funds go to rent/mortgage and utilities before anything else, even in the best of times. Brian advises you to evaluate your employment status over the next 3-9 months. For those with financial difficulty prior to coronavirus mitigation efforts or for those who may have been dealt a blow since, being well-informed about severance and unemployment options is vital to filling in the gaps. Many more individuals qualify for unemployment and more compensation is available now than ever before. Being aware of the changes and following up on getting access to these funds is key. Dan emphasizes the importance of an emergency savings account in times like these. Having cash on

hand and readily accessible will help to manage some debt load. Monitoring and eliminating some expenses, particularly ongoing subscription services is one way of lightening that burden.

FDIC-insured high-yield savings, a money market account, or short-term mutual fund, or paying off high-interest consumer or credit card debt or auto loans. “Don’t buy luxury items,” cautions Dan.

Unless you have been mismanaging money all along, this is no time to reinvent the wheel. “Only if goals and time horizons have changed,” or in the event of job loss, does Dan find it necessary to make any major changes. “All others should stay the course and be disciplined.” Brian suggests reading or at least having a good awareness of the CARES Act and any similar legislation that might be passed in response to financial needs during the pandemic.

Consulting with a financial advisor and reevaluating money management strategies should occur with any big market changes or major life events (such as marriage, a new baby, a new job or significant salary change, divorce, a death, etc.) and at least once a year, according to Brian. Similarly, Dan believes annually should be sufficient; but, “Quarterly is optimal.” Dan says to gauge these things by your own comfort level, whatever “can keep you on track and keep you from irrationally reacting. A good financial advisor will protect you against yourself.” They conclude with these considerations: After 34 years as a financial advisor, Dan emphasizes maintaining historical perspective. “Those who stayed the course benefited mightily. The disciplined investor has always come out on top.” Brian also sees light at the end of the tunnel, with the development of COVID-19 treatment options and eventually a coronavirus vaccine. 

With the swells and rogue waves out of the stock market lately, this is a scary time to peek at retirement accounts. “Consider allocations,” says Dan, “Know your risk tolerance.” Most retirement accounts offer the option to rebalance automatically. Consult with a financial advisor before making any transactions, especially at this point in time. According to Brian, “Don’t take money out at the bottom of a bear market. Maximize or increase your allocation if you can afford it.” Don’t operate on the Fear Index. Work with your advisor to determine what kind of risk you can tolerate. What is your appetite for risk? “Will it keep you awake at night?” asks Brian. Dan and Brian agree that this is a good time to consolidate and refinance to help with cash flow. “The cost of having a loan has never been lower,” Dan says. And Brian is also encouraged by low interest rates and small business payroll loans. With a tax refund or stimulus payment, they recommend putting it toward basic household expenses, keeping it in cash, building on an emergency fund through

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life+style

We took the changing of the date very seriously. We wanted to give hope to our fans. Everything was also contingent upon working with NBC to be sure the broadcast would work with their programming schedule. We have to be certain the horses can race safely. – TONY A A B E L N

First Saturday

in September Kentucky Derby 146 BY DAWN ANDERSON • PHOTO BY ERIK BRANCH

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usiness and social calendars in Louisville tend to revolve around the first Saturday in May when historic Churchill Downs traditionally hosts “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” - the Kentucky Derby. But, as with nearly every aspect of our lives under the specter of coronavirus, that date and all of the event, festival, and party plans surrounding it became filled with uncertainty. Tonya Abeln, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Churchill Downs, Inc. and President of the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation, described for us the atmosphere at the Corporate Office and the track itself as other sporting events were being canceled left and right and it became clear the typical Derby season in Louisville could not proceed safely. Everyone involved in the decision-making process “really felt the intensity of being here, knowing how important Derby is to Louisville.”

“We took the changing of the date very seriously. We wanted to give hope to our fans. Everything was also contingent upon working with NBC to be sure the broadcast would work with their programming schedule. We have to be certain the horses can race safely.” Because all thoroughbreds are given the birthday of January 1, all horses eligible for the original Derby dates will still be eligible in September, regardless of their actual birthdate. Variables to watch include how training schedules may be affected and which horses will be in peak or prime condition later in the year. According to the official Kentucky Derby website, “The 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020, to September 5, 2020, and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020, to September 4, 2020.” In fact, the entire Tuesday through Saturday Derby Week racing schedule has been moved to the first week of September 2020, including Champions Day, Dawn at the Downs, and Thurby. The Kentucky Derby was postponed only once before in its 146-year history. Although the Allied victory in World War II looked almost certain, horse racing was deemed “an unnecessary expenditure of resources” and banned until Germany’s surrender on May 7. The 71st Kentucky Derby was run on June 9, 1945. Although most Louisvillians were relieved that the Derby was not completely canceled, there was still a palpable sense of loss heading into the first week of May. Virtual events such as Oaks Night In and The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown helped to fill the void. The Triple Crown Showdown aired 3-6 pm ET May 2, 2020, on NBC. The 13

Triple Crown winners appeared in a virtual race to the finish, with the legendary Secretariat claiming the Showdown title. Nearly $700,000 was raised for Direct Relief and the Team Kentucky COVID-19 relief fund. With 1.7 million viewers, the Triple Crown Showdown was the 2nd highest rated sports program during the quarantine. Fashion may seem a shallow subject in the middle of a global pandemic. But Derby week fashion is serious business for race fans. As for all the custom hats already ordered and outfits planned, Tonya doesn’t predict any major style adjustments for the late summer race card. Derby tradition is that “We dress for the weather we want.” Early September weather in Louisville is typically more predictable than early May. Tonya believes those sundresses, linens, and seersuckers won’t have to be covered in layers this time around. Fall fashions will have to wait for the Breeders Cup at Keeneland in early November. The fashion question Tonya is asked most often these days is whether she thinks masks will need to be incorporated into and coordinated with Derby hats. There are still many unknowns for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Churchill Downs, and other partners. Galas and other

Derby-related events bring people together. Organizers will have to figure out “how to move forward under whatever restrictions and guidelines we are given” at the time, says Tonya. She is hopeful that Churchill Downs’ neighbors “will still be able to thrive during Derby, an “economically important day” for them and that the “spirit of celebration in the infield” will be able to continue, even if that looks a little different this year. Churchill Downs is also exploring ways to recognize essential and frontline healthcare workers during Derby Week. Balancing safety with “consistency and tradition” is top of mind for Churchill Downs executives like Tonya. “We feel confident about how we’ll be able to execute safely for our guests. So much of it is contingent upon the virus.” They plan to “reevaluate safety precautions and protocols constantly” and “will adjust to whatever is in place to maintain safety,” including observing “best practices from other sports.” Tonya urges Louisvillians to keep their Derby spirit alive. “There is a rhythm to the city during Derby that will be crammed into a shorter amount of time. Embrace the differences this year. This will be the most unique Derby of our lifetimes and a story that we’ll tell our children and grandchildren.” 

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TOPS is Dreaming of Derby and we bet you are too! Here are some elegant Derby looks from local boutiques that can help make your dreams come true this September. STYLING Sarah Mitchell PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Squall STYLING ASSISTANT Christine Lund Pam Ritter Lisa Dahlem PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT Ana Thompson STAGING/ACCESSORIZING MVP Design Incorporated, Meg Vogt FURNITURE/RUGS/ ACCESSORIES Antiques at Distillery Commons HAIR & MAKEUP J. Michaels Salon Tia Mao LOCATION The Bridgeman Residence Fleur de Lis Farm Prospect, Kentucky FLOWERS Nanz & Kraft MODELS Emily Hughes Ed Thomas Eden Bridgeman Todd Shelburne Heyman Talent Madison Johnson Eric King Afton Shepard

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Midi dress in pink by Black Halo Eve; Fascinator in pink by Christine Moore; Rafe clutch in blush RODES FOR HIM FOR HER Diamond jewelry MERKLEY KENDRICK Block heels with buckle detail MAGNOLIA & FIG

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Suit jacket in mauve, slacks in gray by Ralph Lauren DILLARDS

Necklace by Julie Vos ETCETERA

Floral print maxi dress by Molly Bracken; Floral fascinator in burgundy by Tiffany Woodard

Gerbera rose cut earring; Handmade platinum diamond ring; Zig zags cuff ring in 18K yellow gold

SIX SISTERS BOUTIQUE

MERKLEY KENDRICK

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Fascinator

RODES FOR HIM & FOR HER

PEAK TIES

Short suit in white AFM THREADS

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THE HAT GIRLS Bowtie

Palm leaf earrings RODEO DRIVE


Full suit in navy by Ted Baker; Hat in natural by Stetson; Block heels in silver by Louise et Cie DILLARDS Sleeveless dress in kelly green by Lilly Pulitzer PEPPERMINT PALM Clutch in navy with green stitching detail, all jewelry ETCETERA Hat in navy with feather detail THE HAT GIRLS

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Dress in orange with pleated detail by Flor et.al RODEO DRIVE Fascinator in orange FINCHY BABY HATS Diamond jewelry MERKLEY KENDRICK

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Midi dress in lime green by Eliza J; Heels in leopard by Donald Pilner; Clutch in rainbow

Suit in white by Rachel Zoe; Fascinator by Simply Laura

DILLARDS

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Sheer lace dress in black by Red Valentino; Fascinator by Christine Moore; Clutch in ivory by YSL; Champagne bottle earrings

Necklace by Julie Vos

RODES FOR HIM FOR HER

Fascinator in black by Tiffany Woodard

ETCETERA

RODEO DRIVE

Diamond bracelet MERKLEY KENDRICK

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Diamond and sapphire earrings and ring MERKLEY KENDRICK Fascinator by Simply Laura RODEO DRIVE

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Suit in white and navy by Murano; Hat in white by Stetson DILLARDS Jumpsuit in royal blue by Posh Couture; Gold Flower Fascinator; Bracelet and earrings TUNIE’S BOUTIQUE Brut bezel round diamond ring in 18K white gold MERKLEY KENDRICK

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Gown in yellow by Flor et.al; Crown in yellow by Simply Laura RODEO DRIVE Diamond jewelry MERKLEY KENDRICK

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Boutique Spotlight:

Mamili BY KATHIE STAMPS PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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here’s a new boutique in NuLu called Mamili. “I was hoping for a one-stop shop,” says owner Melissa Huff. She has accomplished just that, with women’s clothing in a broad range of styles and sizes by brand names like Hale Bob, Sanctuary, L.T.J. and Paige jeans, along with jewelry and accessories. There’s Elyssa Bass jewelry, Scout Bags, Shiraleah photo frames, Corkcicle beverage holders, cookbooks by Louisville native Michelle Mandro, and hats and fascinators crafted by Melissa herself. Mamili also carries a selection of men’s and children’s clothing items, home accessories and gifts. Melissa loves being a local business supporting other locals, so she features Jewels by Jules, jewelry from Brenda Sullivan, greeting cards and canvas photos by Whispered Light, and hand-painted home accessories by Designs by Gail. Born and raised in Louisville, Melissa is Filipino. She chose the name Mamili for her boutique (pronounced “mom-a-lee”) because it means “to shop” in Tagalog, a dialect of her Filipino heritage. “I love shopping in areas similar to NuLu when we travel,” she says, “where I can find different types of merchandise and support local businesses.” Her own local store had its roots in the 2019 Derby season when Melissa formed a popup shop in Prospect. She called the business Mad Hatter 502. “It did well and I had so much fun, my friends said I should open a boutique,” says Melissa. She has a fashion merchandizing degree from Spencerian, an Interior Design diploma from Sullivan and prior experience in retail management and sales. So she decided to dress people from head to toe for Derby outfits, and found a storefront on East Main Street in the NuLu Marketplace. After extensive renovations to make it bright and airy, Melissa’s Mamili boutique has a large space in the back where she makes hats and fascinators, and plenty of room in the front to sell clothing and accessories.

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When she opened Mamili on March 7, Melissa had to close it to the public one week later. “It has been an emotional rollercoaster,” she says. Before reopening Mamili on May 20, one thing Melissa has learned about herself is that she is doing well at adapting. “Every time there was a delay in opening, I was frustrated, but I persevered. I've learned how to stay positive no matter what was going on.” She and her husband have four kids, three of whom (triplets!) had their senior year in high school cut short, so staying positive through tough times is a family motto. During quarantine, Melissa got the boutique’s online store up and running. “That was the silver lining,” she says. “We are now continually adding merchandise to the site.” 

IF YOU GO

Keep up with Mamili at mamili502.com and on Instagram and Facebook @mamili502

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Galvan EMILY & CHRISTOPHER Couple Dances Their Big Night Away at Hurstbourne Country Club BY TAYLOR RILEY • PHOTOS BY MEAGEN C. PHOTOGRAPHY

Acently had a swinging good time at

Kentucky girl and a Texas guy re-

their October wedding. Emily Daley and Christopher Galvan tied the knot at Hurstbourne Country Club outside, overlooking the landscape of the property. The couple met in 2015 while working on the same engineering team at a company in Indiana. Emily, now a biopharmaceutical manufacturing supervisor, says Chris, a business development manager, “fooled” her into their first date after asking the team

if they wanted to see a movie together, fully knowing that the others had either seen the movie or were busy. “(We) have been together ever since.” Emily was born and raised in La Grange and went to college at the University of Kentucky. While dating, the couple spent much of their time in Lexington. Although Chris is from Texas and lived in Indiana while the couple dated long-distance, Emily converted her future husband into an honorary Wildcats fan, as well as a lover of Keeneland racetrack.

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Wenvisioned having their ceremony hen the couple was engaged, they

in a church. As they started the planning process, they liked venues that were able to handle both the ceremony and reception for Chris’ family flying in from Texas.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Meagen C. Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Spencer Stead

There was one reason Emily says they chose their venue at the country club; “It was beautiful.” Looking through social media, the couple stumbled upon a photo of a friend of a friend who attended a wedding at the venue. It pictured the old stone wall where Emily and Christopher would soon be married. “When we found Hurstbourne, it was the best of both worlds,” Chris says. “We were able to have our ceremony outside at the stone wall, which allowed us to capture formality in the service but also let us enjoy the landscape of the property.”

CEREMONY VENUE: Hurstbourne Country Club

The couple exchanged their own vows, which made the ceremony more personal, according to Chris. “We kept the handwritten vows as a keepsake to look back on years from now.” When her daughter was young, Emily’s mother purchased an embroidered handkerchief, intending to give it as a wedding gift. The night before the wedding, Emily’s mother gave it to her with the wedding date added to the embroidery. Emily was able to wrap the handkerchief around her bouquet and carry it all day for any “emotional moments.”

BRIDAL GOWN: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

During the ceremony, the couple planned to light a unity candle together, however, right as the pastor was moving into that portion of the program, the couple realized that the two candles to unite were not lit; Emily and Chris forgot to light them before the start of the ceremony. Chris whispered away from the mic with a chuckle, “Should we ask the audience for a lighter?” But the couple skipped past that section, and all was well. The clubhouse, which was originally built as a small farmhouse in 1854, and remodeled and expanded in 1920, was the space for the reception. The couple danced all night without the fear of troubling weather, according to Chris. “It has many unique touches that truly make it special,” Emily says. The main dining room is surrounded with antique oak paneling and an ornamental 14-foot ceiling and a fireplace at the center of the room.

RECEPTION VENUE: Hurstbourne Country Club CATERING: Hurstbourne Country Club CAKE: Nord’s Bakery FLOWERS: Oberer’s Flowers

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: The Dessy Group GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Geno’s Formal Affair HAIR: Z Salon and Spa MAKEUP: Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry STATIONERY/CALLIGRAPHY: Cardinal and Straw Fine Paper Goods MUSIC: DJ Connection

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Bby itself, the couple says they didn’t

ecause the clubhouse was stunning

need much decor. They chose neutral linens, simple greenery, and candles on most tables with a few larger centerpieces to add a pop of color around the room. Candles and draping eucalyptus highlighted the fireplace mantle. The couple even made their own photo booth with pipe and drape, and crafted a faux floral accent for the top of the backdrop. A polaroid camera was set out with props so guests could add their photos to a blank memory book and leave a note. “(It) was so sweet (and absolutely hilarious) to read through once we got back from our honeymoon,” Emily says.

Favorite moments from the big day included the toasts made by Emily’s sister and Chris’ groomsmen. There was also a time at the end

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of the night when all the guests cleared outside; the DJ played one last song for the couple to savor the last bit of their wedding. Advice for other couples includes Chris’ suggestion: “Just have fun.” Emily also says, “The day will go by so fast, remember to cherish the little moments. We were so lucky to have all of our friends and family come together to make the day wonderful.” The only thing the couple may have done differently is “eat the cake,” according to Chris. “We only got to taste the first bite we took together. After the cake was cut, dancing opened up and we got so busy, we forgot about it.” Speaking of dancing, the couple admits their effort often outweighs their talent. They did, however, master a simple swing dance before the big day and used it as their first dance – with many more to come. 


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To know Louisville is to love Louisville. Whether you see it as a small city or a big town, it’s packed with wonderful faces, places, and treasures. We checked in with a few local luminaries who are a part of what makes Louisville great. BY ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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LEADER IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Campbellsville University in Louisville Campbellsville University in Louisville is a comprehensive Christian university that offers certificate, associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in over 40 different programs in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. Campbellsville University in Louisville is a leader in higher education because they offer students the best quality and experiences at the highest possible value in two convenient Louisville locations. “In short, we are flexible, affordable, and local,” says Mark Mann, Assistant Vice President of the school. “Because of our flexibility and affordability, we are also one of the fastest-growing universities in the Commonwealth. We have seen an increase of 2000% in enrollment since 2016 from 253 students to 5,300 students.” The staff at Campbellsville University is motivated by the success of their graduates and understand that in the most basic sense, one needs to know and engage with the community to be a good leader. Those are lessons they impart to their students. “Campbellsville

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University’s mission is to create servant leaders in the image of Christ,” says Mark. “In line with becoming engaged and knowing the community, a true leader is one who gives back. Service to others, throughout Kentuckiana and the communities we call home, is what real Louisville Leadership is, so I would encourage anyone aspiring to lead to balance their leadership with service.” Moving along with the times has always been part of the CU mission. “Change is the one constant in this industry. The quote that our associates hear me say most is that change is always easy. When I say that, people often look at me very skeptically because life is hard, and the prevailing theory is that change is difficult. I disagree. It’s all about perception. Change isn’t always quick or linear or how we planned, but that doesn’t mean it’s not easy. If we can learn to become flexible in thought, to change our view of the problems we face, and to take responsibility for making the change, then change is always easy.” The team is quick to embrace that spirit. COVID-19 has hastened the process, but education is moving away from brick and mortar instruction and even traditional online instruction into more synchronous and hybrid formats. “Students are experiencing distance education that happens virtually, in real-time, and the industry will thrive because of it,” Mark says. “It will allow small private Christian institutions such as Campbellsville to provide instruction to students across the globe. Because of our flexibility, CU Louisville has already begun to harness the power of technology to teach classes in places we never dreamed possible.”

CAMPBELLSVILLE.EDU • (502) 753-0264 2300 GREENE WAY, LOUISVILLE, KY 40220


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LEADER OF E- COMMERCE

Emagine Products USA, LLC Skylar Lear is a man of many talents. He is the owner of a multibrand e-commerce based company called Emagine Products USA LLC. Brands under his stewardship include Voilave, Origami Craze, and Lit Flips. He is also a published cover model for Men’s Fitness, among other lifestyle magazines. Skylar played football for the University of Louisville in 2005 and 2006, has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from that college, has competed in nine bodybuilding competitions (placing top five in six of them), and, in case that was not enough, he has also acted and produced a few films. He was the executive producer on a horror film, Death House, which has quite the cast from former horror movies. He was also the executive producer on Garlic and Gunpowder, a comedic movie. You might have seen him in Stan the Man, and two more films, Camp Twilight and Killer Rose, which are both in post-production to be released this year. Two of his long-term goals are to bring film production to Kentucky and to enjoy being both in front of and behind the camera, since he sees this as an excellent way to get product placement for the brands. “I couldn’t imagine a life where I didn’t maximize my true physical and mental potential,” Skylar says. “Every day introduces a new challenge in my line of business. All product lines and marketing strategies require my full attention. Entrepreneurship is a game of ups and downs. You have to

be self-motivated. You have to find your drive from within to accomplish the goals you have set.” New competition is continually coming into play, so Skylar is always figuring out new ways to get an edge over the other players in the game. “A lot of my time is spent on social media working with influencers, the newest major wave in online marketing,” Skylar says. He also believes profoundly in giving back to the community. His charitable work includes efforts to sustain the Kids Center. This organization provides pediatric therapies for children with special needs, and he also donates bottles of Argan oil to the Brown Cancer Center for individuals with skin cancer. “I love meeting new people, networking, and forming new connections, but when challenging circumstances arise, you have to find new ways to adapt to the current situation,” Skylar says. “Continuing to center the focus on areas that can help induce growth has been the main priority.” Family is the most crucial thing for Skylar. “I’m not married and I don’t have any kids, but I have a beautiful blue pitbull named Jax. He is so incredible and brings so much joy to my life,” he says. “I have a super close relationship with my parents Richard and Diane Lear, and my sister Tracy Lear, who is also my business partner. She is an incredibly driven human being, and we work well together. My other close friends and family have been truly supportive of my goals and dreams. I like to say that your vibe attracts your tribe. My main goal is to have a positive impact on as many lives as I can and to truly make a difference in this world.”

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LEADER IN UPSCALE MODERN LIVING

Upton Oxmoor By combining cutting edge concepts with a classic location, the new Upton Oxmoor is emerging as Louisville’s most desired luxury community. A walkable, vibrant escape tucked into the lively Saint Matthews Hurstbourne area--Upton is unbeatably located across from the historic Bullitt Estate and Oxmoor Farm. With modern agrarian architecture and a nod to the property’s history, each light-filled floor plan features modern finishes and stunning expansive views of the polo fields and Beargrass Creek. Upton Oxmoor is a true community that provides exceptional

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amenities to encourage connection, including a 2,500 square foot fitness and training studio, outdoor living rooms, and regularly planned social events. Onsite concierge services provide residents with complimentary moving services, a Napa Wine Machine, dog walking, and farm-fresh egg deliveries. Upton Oxmoor is brought to you by NTS Development Company and the Bullitt Family Trusts. The onsite team has eagerly curated a lifestyle that is unparalleled in the city. Forming partnerships with local restaurants and businesses, the Upton team brings the best of Louisville to your doorstep. Passionate, mindful, and filled with integrity from the top down, Upton Oxmoor is setting a new standard of living where service, ease, and access share the same address.

UPTONOXMOOR.COM • (502) 805-7600 7725 UPTON, OXMOOR LN, LOUISVILLE, KY 40222


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The Skin Group LEADER IN MOHS SURGERY

Robert H. Zax, MD One of the few and among the very first qualified to perform MOHS micrographic surgery in Louisville, Dr.Robert Zax wields nearly three decades of experience treating skin cancers. He has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” year after year, is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a fellow of the American College of MOHS Surgery, and has even taught the process to many students at the University of Louisville. A very precise surgical technique, MOHS surgery treats skin cancer while leaving minimal damage. More often than not, it’s done as an outpatient procedure right in Dr.Zax’s private practice, The Skin Group. The Skin Group is a team of absolute experts in various dermatological fields, and all of them hold Dr.Zax in the highest esteem. Most are well tenured, and they have all come to deeply trust their leader at the practice. “Dr. Zax is a very talented Mohs surgeon and dermatologist,” says Shannon England, MSN, APRN. “He has such an excellent bedside manner, he’s the best physician I’ve ever worked with.” Tammi Mitchell, Histotech/Surgery Coordinator, says. “I’ve worked with Dr. Zax for over 25 years. One of the things that has never changed is his ability to connect with every patient he encounters. He takes the time to not only deliver exceptional medical care but learn a little about them, and he actually retains that information.” “I have worked with Dr. Zax for 13 years,” says William Warrick, PA-C. “In that time, I’ve learned to appreciate not only his skill at the whole of dermatology but also his attentiveness and compassion for his patients. Dr. Zax has a deep devotion to his craft that is as motivating as it is practiced and polished. He continually serves as an example of how dermatology should be practiced.” Dr.Zax shared his secret to relating so well with his patients, it’s the kind of mindset you would hope for in any healthcare professional. “I feel that their time is just as valuable as my own,” he said, “and I have no desire to keep them waiting or have their lives disrupted any more than is necessary. I think of treatment as a team effort, and the patient is part of that team. We work together toward solutions.” If you are a longtime Louisvillian and that name “Zax” is familiar to you, it might be because the Doctor’s father ran a local pharmacy by that name. This was back in the days when a trusted independent pharmacist was a valuable part of daily life in any community. “He was a tall man,” Dr.Zax remembers. “He was quite a character. He would be way up there behind the counter, but he would come down to talk

to people and was very outgoing. He wanted you to feel like family, and I’ve strived to carry on that trusted relationship with each one of my own patients over the years.” That kind of care in a local pharmacy has sadly gone by the wayside, but the spirit lives on at The Skin Group, which is independently operated in every capacity with real compassion. “It’s a pleasure to work for a family run practice where the attention to employees and patients run parallel,” says Janelle Willoughby, Medical Aesthetican at The Skin Group. So rest assured, as long as Dr. Zax is practicing, the patients of The Skin Group have a friend and advocate on their side.

SKINGROUP.ORG LOUISVILLE: (502) 583-6647 • 2307 RIVER RD, SUITE 101, LOUISVILLE, KY 40206 SHEPHERDSVILLE: 1868 W. HEBRON LANE, STE 200, SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY 40165

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LEADER IN RETIREMENT TAX PLANNING ADVISORS

Prosperity Asset Management I’m a Private or Federal Employee looking to retire, these are the top 10 fears and concerns that I have... “In this profile, let’s address a few common concerns directly connected to retirement, especially during this particularly challenging time,” says Tony. There’s one question Tony answers more frequently than any other. Put simply, “Do I have enough money to retire?” “The prevailing logic is that you will need 70% of your working annual income,” says Tony. “So the question becomes, what 30% of your lifestyle are you willing to cut. Traveling? Doing special things with your grandkids? Probably not. Wouldn’t it be nice to structure retirement

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strategies to maintain 100% or more of your current income while minimizing your debt, allowing you to better maintain your lifestyle?” Tony takes a proactive approach to keep your money in your own hands. “When you’re working, are you concerned with what you earn or what goes into your pocket? Probably what ends up in your pocket. The same consideration exists in retirement. Your 401k, IRA and TSP are taxable, possibly as much as 40%. Every dollar to the IRS decreases what you control. You can build a long-term plan and use the tax code in your favor rather than against you. Every dollar you do not send to the IRS is a dollar you get to keep.” “Lastly, what happens in 20 or 30 years if you need healthcare? Who becomes your Caregiver? Your Children? If not, who and how will you afford the cost? By planning now, you can make sure you are well taken care of without losing your wealth.” With nearly four decades in the business of financial advisory, Anthony Roberts devotes his energy toward personalized service to his clients. He is ready to guide you into the kind of retirement you want and deserve. For additional thoughts concerning comments on the other seven concerns, please contact Tony by phone at 502.855.3665 or via email at info@ARobertsAssociates.com .

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LEADER IN EXQUISITE WATERFRONT LIVING

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Waterside at RiverPark Place is one of 14 residential properties developed by Poe Companies. Beginning with the opening of Waterside West in 2013, Waterside at RiverPark Place has become Louisville’s premiere Waterfront destination. It has expanded to over 400 luxury apartment units, including the addition of Waterside East in 2015, and 1700 Waterside, which opened in April 2019. Home to 434 luxury apartments, Waterside at RiverPark Place has multiple outdoor amenities for Waterside residents to enjoy, including two beautiful pools, a year-round fire pit, sand volleyball court, charcoal grilling stations, and the new 18,243-square foot plaza outside of 1700 Waterside. This plaza is home to a dog park, lounge areas, and a state-of-the-art propane grilling station. Endless Summer Coffee & Paddle Company stands nearby, providing delicious and healthy food and beverages that focus on the wellness of your mind and body, complementing the active area and mindset surrounding Waterfront Park. They also offer stand


up paddleboarding lessons that allow the community to explore and enjoy our region’s diverse waterways. Endless Summer is now hosting weekly happy hours out on their patio for everyone to enjoy.

location. Waterside provides downtown living without the hassle, and waterfront living with all the amenities of a world class park just outside your front door.”

Waterside at RiverPark Place is continuing to develop and improve Louisville’s waterfront. Future development plans include condominiums, additional upscale apartments, shopping, restaurants, and commercial office spaces. “Waterside at RiverPark Place is Louisville’s first and only addition to the riverfront renaissance that offers luxury apartments for rent in the heart of the city’s waterfront park system. Located at RiverPark Place near downtown Louisville, WaterSide offers easy access to Louisville’s most vibrant neighborhoods and attractions,” says Lindsey Ford, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Enjoy strolling along the waterfront, great dining options in Nulu and on Frankfort Avenue, and quick access to major interstates. It’s perfect for professionals who commute downtown and anyone who wants to live on the water while still enjoying the convenience of a central

Poe Companies and Waterside at RiverPark Place have made several monetary donations to benefit the continued conservation and development of Waterfront Park and Waterfront Botanical gardens in hopes that all of Jefferson County can enjoy everything that the waterfront has to offer. They also sponsor events with Leadership Louisville and One West to further develop all of Louisville and support the local Salvation Army Angel Tree and Blessings in a Backpack with fundraisers and volunteer time.

WATERSIDEATRIVERPARK.COM • (502) 716-6710 1700 MARINAS EDGE WAY, SUITE 100, LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

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LEADER IN CBD WELLNESS

502 Hemp Wellness Center Dee Dee Taylor is dedicated to educating and providing the highest quality Kentucky Proud CBD products on the market. She believes in giving back and providing resources to her customers at 502 Hemp, helping them choose the best product for their needs. “It has never been about making money,” Dee Dee says. “It has always been about helping others.” Dee Dee shares this pursuit with her husband, John Taylor. “He has battled a seizure disorder, only to become the leader as the hemp processor in Kentucky,” Dee Dee says with pride. That’s not just locally. John’s company, Commonwealth Extracts, is known across the US as the company with quality products and top notch service. “There is no cap to the growth in this industry, says Dee Dee. “However, it also leads to a lot of people selling a product they know nothing about. We are here to debunk myths and provide sound advice. I love to hear my customers’ success stories. Hearing how our products helped them get off their prescriptions, or helping in their battle with cancer, it just gives me so much purpose to reach out and help even more people to find a natural alternative to whatever is ailing them. My customers motivate me. I love introducing new products and working with other locals to provide them.” Dee Dee will always provide the highest quality product on the market. “I truly do not believe in cutting corners or just selling a product to sell it,” she says. “Honesty is and always will be our policy.”

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LEADER OF GENERAL CONTRACTING / REMODELING

A & K Home Services with Reflections of You, by Amy Putting integrity and sincerity first and foremost, Amy Wagner puts her expertise in design and staging to work for her clients with drive and passion. In addition to Reflections of You, by Amy, Ms.Wagner also owns A & K Home Services, a stellar group of experts. With her General Contractors license, Amy bids, coordinates, and oversees all aspects of kitchen and bath remodels, painting, removal, and installation of flooring, tile, countertops, plumbing, appliances, lighting and more. “We can provide as much or as little as a client needs,” says Amy. A & K Home Services is a sister company operating with Reflections of You, by Amy. All projects run through the Chenoweth Square location, where Amy offers a boutique approach with one stop shop services. “My clients motivate me to be a leader in construction,” Amy says. “Helping them make their vision come to life is most rewarding. Louisville has been home to me for 30 years. It’s a lovely big, little town where folks are friendly and dependable.”

AMYWAGNERDESIGNS.COM • (502) 384-3660 3935 CHENOWETH SQUARE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

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LEADER OF HEART CARE

Baptist Health Louisville Baptist Health Louisville has been recognized as a multiple awardwinning institution, including best in the Louisville metro area five times by U.S. News and World Report and the highest possible rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It has brought our region the absolute best cardiovascular care available. Baptist continues to stand at the forefront of research, pioneering new concepts of care and developing cutting edge techniques for every step of the journey that each patient experiences. From accurate diagnoses to personalized care to minimally invasive surgical options, “Baptist” is a name that means “trust” to the over 1000 patients who undergo heart surgery each year at the hospital

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Expert surgeons and their support staff combine to form a highly experienced Baptist Cardiac Surgery Team. Treatment options include conventional bypass surgeries, off-pump bypasses, multiple arterial grafting, complex valve repairs and replacements (including minimally invasive techniques), thoracic aortic aneurysm repairs, and replacements, as well as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Following surgery, patients recover in the Bernard M. Trager Cardiac Surgery Unit, using multiple fast recovery and pain control protocols. They have practice locations in Louisville and New Albany, Indiana. Pictured are Cardiovascular Surgeons with Baptist Health Medical Group – Sebastian Pagni, MD; Samuel Pollock, MD and Ahmad Khan, MD.

BAPTISTHEALTH.COM/LOUISVILLE • (502) 899-3858 4000 KRESGE WAY, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207


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LEADER OF ART FESTIVALS

Big 4 Bridge Promotions A real treat for both sides of the Ohio River, the Big Four Bridge creates a walkable link between Louisville Waterfront Park and beautiful downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana. It was originally built as a railroad bridge in 1895, then decommissioned almost a century later. After some major construction and a lot of applied ingenuity, the bridge opened to the public in February 2013. It averages over a million visits per year. Many of those visitors come for the Big Four Arts Festival. That’s an annual two day event that’s been held every year since 2017, right on the bridge’s Louisville side. The Festival is spread across four acres of tree lined land, granting visitors a splendid view of the river. Featuring hundreds of spacious booths with all manner of engaging artwork for sale or to browse, the show has become a real institution, something to look forward to every Fall. The fourth annual Festival is scheduled for September 12th and 13th. With a proven multi-media campaign, B4B Promotions expects to continue the successful series with another fantastic turnout for 2020. “It’s been wonderful to see the continuous growth of the Big Four Arts Festival,” says Louis Nunnelley, the event director and Founder of the Big Four Arts Festival. “We appreciate the opportunity to present something new and creative for the City of Louisville, all while continuing to develop an education and appreciation of the arts created in the area. I have a respect for talent, and I like to see people succeed. We hope to be here for many years to come.”

BIGFOURBRIDGEARTSFESTIVAL.COM • (502) 435-7602 1103 RIVER ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

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LEADER OF WEDDING INVITATIONS

Cartwheels Papers & Gifts Just over a decade ago, Meredith Lintner Metzmeier and Kathy Lintner opened Cartwheels Papers & Gifts in Chenoweth Square. They have continued to create uniquely designed invitations and day-of stationery for Kentuckiana couples. Invitations set the tone for your wedding and are your guests’ first glimpse into your special day. Cartwheels wedding consultants enjoy assisting couples in matching their visions to their budgets, color schemes, desired invitation size, wedding themes, and a host of other options. Cartwheels offers engraved, letterpress, thermography, and digital printing in a wide range of styles, along with countless ways to customize and create signature save-the-dates, wedding invitation suites, menus, programs, and other day-of stationery for each couple. Because the perfect wedding invitation captures the essence of a couple’s special day, Cartwheels is thrilled to announce that they have added Crane and William Arthur custom

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wedding invitations to their offerings. From classic and traditional to modern and whimsical, Cartwheels Papers & Gifts has the perfect invitation to set the stage for the perfect wedding day. Meredith is also the volunteer organizer of the shops of Chenoweth Square’s group advertising, including such events as the Holiday Walk, the Derby Trot, and the Annual Tent Sale. She is also the co-administrator of the Chenoweth Square social media and manages all of Cartwheels advertising, social media, hiring, and payroll. Cartwheels has been a first job experience for many girls from local high schools, giving them a fantastic experience in business mentoring. Cartwheels does a tremendous amount of charity work via donations and partners every year with Bourbon & Bowties to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We support local artists and have a small lending library inside the shop,” adds Kathy. Dedicated to customer service, Meredith and Kathy know that an in-person shopping experience will never go out of style. They are on a first-name basis with many of their customers. Come in or call for an appointment with Cartwheels Wedding Consultant Meredith Lintner Metzmeier. They look forward to helping you with all your invitations and paper needs for your wedding or event.

SHOPCARTWHEELS.COM • (502) 895-1800 3919 CHENOWETH SQUARE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207


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LEADER OF WHOLE HOME ORGANIZATION

been with us for over a decade, and they are experts in their fields.” Before joining Closet Factory, Doug Daum and Barbara Wright had decades-long careers as kitchen and bath designers, while Sherry Maraman specialized in commercial office design.

Closet Factory

“Twenty years ago custom closets were a ‘coastal’ concept -really only thought of as essential in super high-end New York and California homes,” says Jerry Ostertag, President. “Now, a great closet is something most new home buyers have come to expect throughout America.” Everyone at Closet Factory of Kentucky prides themselves on exemplary customer service, offering tremendous experiences to all of their clients. “We have the most collaborative process in Louisville,” Jerry says. “We will not dictate your design. Instead, through questions and conversation, we’ll develop the best solutions to your specific storage and organization problems.”

Closet Factory of Kentucky designs, builds, and installs smart, thoughtful, and good looking solutions to organizational problems throughout the house. Their designers work to quantify challenges and create intelligent designs that lead to beautifully recreated spaces. In their production facility, they fabricate all the necessary components, including custom paint or stained finishes. The installers -- all full-time staff -- build the finished products on--site, taking care to meet very high standards for craftsmanship. “We offer the most experience along with the widest range of solutions in every discipline,” says Marilyn Jones, Vice President of the company. “We’ve been doing this in Kentucky for over twenty years. Many of our production crew and installers have

CLOSETFACTORY.COM • (502) 489-3901 13010 EASTGATE PARK WAY SUITE 107, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

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LEADER OF BREAST AUGMENTATION

Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Medi-Spa Believing in compassion, hard work, and dedication, Dr. Lee Corbett has performed thousands of breast augmentation surgeries, with over 20 years of experience in his field. The doctor is Board Certified and a multi award winning member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “At Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery, we invite previous, present, and prospective patients to visit our facility to learn more about what sets us apart from other plastic surgery providers,” says Dr.Corbett. “At our facility, you will discover an elegant, serene environment.” Not only is the Corbett Cosmetic Surgery center equipped with the most advanced plastic surgery technology available, but every room feels like a relaxing sanctuary, providing respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Clients come to Corbett Cosmetic Surgery’s Medical Spa for

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many reasons. They can relax and unwind with spa treatments and different types of facials. Many clients regularly visit for age management treatments such as Botox and filler injections. “Helping women look and feel their very best is the most rewarding job,” the doctor says. “Seeing the transition in a woman that came to me with no confidence in herself to having all the confidence in the world is priceless. Many women struggle with self esteem, and that motivates me to be the best. My goal is to help them feel comfortable in their own skin.”

CORBET TCOSMETICSURGERY.COM • (502) 721-0330 13125 EASTPOINT PARK BLVD #102, LOUISVILLE, KY 40223


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LEADER OF LUXURY REAL ESTATE

Crystalyn Noland Dedicated to catering to the unique needs of her clients, Crystalyn Noland is always adapting and adjusting to the ever changing real estate market. She puts her intuitive personality into everything that she does, making certain that her clients are happy in the end. “I love what I do,” she says. “Every transaction is unique, and every client has different needs and expectations. There are so many moving parts that people aren’t aware of. It’s critical to manage the specific details in order to have a seamless transaction. I understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and I believe it’s essential to be sensitive. I think of what I do as being an advocate. It’s a lot of hard work, but the outcome is incredibly rewarding.” Originally a native of Minnesota, Crystalyn came to Louisville in 1996, when she became a Ladybird at the University of Louisville. “You could say that I fell in love with Louisville,” she says. In ensuing years, she went to work as a wedding planner before putting the same organizational skills into real estate. She believes in building relationships first and holds trust and loyalty as absolutely sacrosanct. Crystalyn and her family live in a house that’s nearly 200 years old, where she enjoys gardening and other projects. She’s a self described homebody and volunteers at Up Louisville, a center for women in need. “Everyone deserves help along the way,” she says.

CRYSTALYNNOLAND.LENIHANSOTHEBYSREALT Y.COM OFFICE: (502) 899-2129 • CELL: (502) 644-9140

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LEADER O F AESTHETICS & PLASTIC SURGERY

Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute Dr. Digenis sets high standards for himself and his team. He believes that diligence, ethics and hard work are the pillars for success in the practice of medicine. He values patient care as a high priority. Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute, which he founded, is a practice that performs surgical and nonsurgical procedures dealing with the face, breast, and body. Dr. Digenis sits on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons panel which discuss emerging trends and hot topics. He trained with leaders in the field at NYU for his fellowship and remains in close contact with his colleagues to stay abreast of the latest technological

advances. He is also one of the first plastic surgeons in Kentucky to explore and implement radio frequency and other new-noninvasive procedures. “As the general population continues to age and remain healthy, there is a need/demand to maintain their vibrancy and confidence in their appearances,” says Dr. Digenis. “This becomes an important part of wellbeing. How you look and how you feel are interconnected.” Everyone at Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute is devoted to offering their patients the best in patient rapport and aesthetic techniques. They strive to create natural looking results and fulfill realistic options in terms of maintaining the health and appearance of their patients. “I have an exceptional staff who share the same mission of providing excellence in patient care, patient safety, and patient education,” Dr.Digenis says. “I’m proud to say that we’ve run our boutique plastic surgery practice as a family business and treat our patients as if they’re part of our extended family.”

DIGENIS.COM • (502) 589-5544 315 E. BROADWAY, NORTON HEALTHCARE PAVILION, SUITE 111 LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 Courtesy photo

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LEADER OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND RETAIL STORES

Dwellings Dwellings offers full service interior design, construction consulting, custom window treatments, furniture and accessories.The elegant store marks 25 years of experience and a continuing loyalty from its clientele. “We want your home to express your personal style, rewarding us all with both physical and visual comfort and style,” says Donna Outlaw, who owns the store along with Shane Pearson. “The feeling of happiness it brings our clients when we help make their home a personal retreat for them is so rewarding,” says Shane. The team at Dwelling consistently stay on top of leading trends

and styles, visiting several trade shows per year, remaining on the vanguard as they respond to all the varied styles of our clients and customers. “Knowing how to edit is the key to building a beautiful space,” Donna says. The key is to listen to your client to discover their personal style,” Shane adds. “It’s the first crucial step. Our goal is to understand the needs and to give our clients the information and inspiration necessary to create a home that will bring you pleasure for years to come.” Donna and Shane have built a business that brings their clients the finest service imaginable. It’s all about the people,” says Donna.” With very few design firm left, the people of Louisville have supported us. We appreciate their continued support of small businesses.”

DWELLINGS.COM • (502) 896-2990 139 BRECKINRIDGE LANE, LOUISVILLE, KY, 40207

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LEADER OF COSMETIC TATTOO

Feather & Blade Feather & Blade is a boutique specializing in cosmetic tattoos. Their most popular service is Bespoke Brows, a cosmetic tattoo procedure that encompasses a variety of techniques to enhance and restore eyebrows, including microblading and ombre/powder techniques. With locations in both Louisville and Lexington, Feather & Blade are the only cosmetic tattooers in the area with multiple locations and artists. They provide their clients with a wide range of services, including multiple eyebrow techniques, lip blushing, and areola repigmentation for women who have undergone a mastectomy, and other breast-related surgeries. They are the most highly trained

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team in the region, with 14 certifications between the group. “We believe that when women feel confident, they feel empowered,” says Katy Traughber, Boutique Manager. “Feather & Blade is powered by the relationships we have built with our clients in the community and buoyed by the lives and stories of women.” Feather & Blade has served more than 2,000 clients, many of whom found the boutique on Instagram @featherandblade. Before and after photos and answers to commonly asked questions can be found on their Instagram, which helps bring a level of comfort with the procedures before clients ever walk in the door. Katy holds a BFA in drawing and is three times certified in cosmetic tattoo procedures. “Louisville is near and dear to us,” she says. “We are proud to be part of the weird, independent business community.” The women of Feather & Blade are a beacon for the community, as well as a positive resource for the industry they serve, and the community as a whole.

FBBROWS.COM • (859) 667-2769 1356 ELLISON AVE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40204


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LEADER OF BUSINESS

Greater Louisville, Inc. “GLI is the metro chamber of commerce, and we are focused on growing our economy through job creation,” says Sarah DavasherWisdom, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “We work to attract talent, recruit companies to the area, and shape a more favorable business climate through advocacy for business causes. I always like to say that we are in the business of helping business.” Named as the Top Chamber in 2019 and serving as the voice of the business community, GLI represents over 1,700 companies. “We have begun to see a shift in the value that companies see from investing in the chamber,” Sarah says. “Previously, businesses joined the chamber because they were compelled to be civically involved. Today, businesses are looking for specific benefits. They might need help attracting talent or specific skill sets their business requires. They may utilize our discount health insurance program. They might be most interested in advocacy or our work in economic development. No matter the reason they join, businesses are demanding results, and we are continuously improving and pivoting to meet and exceed those needs. All in all, this shift has challenged us to continually seek ways to provide value so that our business community continues to be strong and continues to grow.”

GREATERLOUISVILLE.COM • (502) 625-0000 614 W. MAIN ST., LOUISVILLE, KY 40202

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LEADER OF REFINED SENIOR LIVING

The Grand of Prospect With a mission statement of passionate care, passionate service, and passionate cleanliness, The Grand of Prospect offers its residents a life of gracious dignity. With elegant living accommodations and many activities to enjoy, people living at The Grand remain happily engaged in the pastimes and hobbies that they love the most. Among many accommodations is an onsite fitness center that features an indoor pool. A putting green for avid golfers and a theater for movie buffs are also available for residents.

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“We offer a personalized level of service based on each person’s need,” says Connor Joffe, Executive Director. There are three lifestyle options at The Grand. They include Independent Living, which provides a lifestyle with chef-prepared dining, fun outings with friends, and around the clock service. Personal Care is available for those who need a little extra day-to-day assistance, then there is also Memory Care, for those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, in which attentive and expert staff members help residents to find joy and purpose in every moment. Dedicated to care and compassion for those whom they serve, the staff at The Grand of Prospect provide a special experience full of love, leisure, and small luxuries, along with premier service and care. The community is all brand new and elegant, a wonderful place to call home.

CIVITASSENIORLIVING.COM • (502) 233-3855 9300 CIVIC WAY, PROSPECT, KY 40059


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LEADER OF CLEAN HANDS AND CLEAN LIVES

Green Remedy As you are undoubtedly aware, one of the first things that became difficult to procure during this time was hand sanitizer. Thanks to Green Remedy stepping up, this problem has been solved for many in need. “Traditionally, we are a vertically integrated multi-brand CBD company,” says Tim Lyvers, COO. “We carefully track the science and the application of our products to make sure we stay ahead of the curve in the new industry as well as stay in line with the FDA guidelines. However, with the current state of the world, it was clear that there was a major need for sanitizer, and our facility was well suited for production and bottling.” This is no surprise since Green Remedy was founded for the single purpose of helping others. “From our initial farming efforts to developing our initial CBD products, the goal has always been to have a positive and meaningful impact,” Tim says. “For farming, we wanted to strengthen the American farmer by giving them another option, especially here in Kentucky, where they have relied on tobacco for so many years. For our products, we wanted to provide relief from anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, PTSD, seizures, and the many other ailments for which CBD has shown to have a positive effect. We get to witness that first hand. Now we get to offer our sanitizer to help keep people safe from a very real and potentially lethal virus. We can’t say we have ever focused on being a leader, we have focused on doing things the right way and to the best of our ability. Being a leader is just a byproduct of that.”

GREENREMEDY.COM • (502) 294-0916 4104 BISHOP LANE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40218

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LEADERS IN BUILDING COMMUNIT Y

Independence Bank Great organizations start with great leadership. Independence Bank is proud to announce our Louisville Community Board of Directors. “Each individual member has a unique perspective, strong community ties, courage, tenacity and a passion for Louisville. They all play a vital role to form the fabric of our community. We are honored to have them as part of our team,” said Louis Straub, President of the Louisville Market. In addition to providing guidance to the Louisville leadership team, members also represent our market on the corporate board level. Outside of board representation, our Community Board participates in community events and leadership forums. “They’ve already helped to

establish and build our business. The Board has and will continue to push and move the Bank and Louisville forward,” said Straub. Independence Bank is the fifth largest Kentucky based bank with assets over $2.8 billion and locations in St. Matthews and 14 other Kentucky cities. For over a decade, the American Bankers Association has ranked Independence Bank as one of the ten best performing banks in the country. Additionally, for over a decade, Independence Bank has been ranked as a top ten best places to work in Kentucky. The leadership of our Independence Bank Board of Directors is a dynamic group of people. We are just getting started and the possibilities for our Bank and community are limitless. Please join us in welcoming them to our team as we continue to serve you and the Louisville community. Tom Fangman – Retired, SVP, Republic Bank & Trust Lori Flanery – President & CEO New Directions Housing Maria Hampton – Retired, Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis John “Gill” Holland – Film Producer & Entrepreneur Bill Jessee – CPA, Henderman-Jessee & Company Mike Mountjoy – Principal Partner, MCM CPA’s & Advisors Rev. Dr. Alton Pollard III – President, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary Charles “Bill” Weyland – Weyland Ventures

1776BANK.COM • (502) 581-1776 3901 SHELBYVILLE ROAD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

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LEADER OF PERSONAL INJURY LAW

Karl Truman Law Office Karl Truman leads a first rate personal injury law firm, representing people injured in auto accidents as well as on-thejob injuries. His firm is also ready to assist in cases pertaining to Social Security Disability, ERISA Long-Term Disability, and especially Veterans Disability. “I am dedicated to supporting and giving back to my community,” Karl says. “Particularly the veteran community, and that’s more than just sending a donation. I am personally there to lend a hand and provide encouragement whether it is working as a guardian flying a WWII veteran to Washington, D.C., or walking into the opening ceremony with the team at the National Wheelchair Veterans Games.”

Karl is an aggressive advocate while maintaining professional courtesy and believes in doing what is right rather than what is easy. “My competitive spirit motivates me to continue to sharpen my skills,” Karl says. “The most satisfying thing is to see the result of a case that has had a direct and meaningful impact on someone’s life. A trend that concerns me is law firms whose objective is just to get as big as possible across the country, creating legal services that are somewhat of a ‘department store’ commodity. Some of these firms are advocating for nonlawyer ownership of law firms by hedge funds. I believe your lawyer should be someone you know in your local community.” In his free time, Karl enjoys sailing with his wife, Jeanine. Last November, they sailed 1,750 miles on a two week trip across the Atlantic Ocean from Hampton, VA, to Antigua in their sailboat.

TRUMANLAW.COM (502) 222-2222 • 10531-B TIMBERWOOD CIRCLE, LOUISVILLE (812) 282-8500 • 420 WALL STREET, JEFFERSONVILLE

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LEADER OF COMMERCIAL BANKING

Limestone Bank Based right here in Louisville, Limestone Bank operates banking centers in 14 counties across Kentucky. It’s a traditional community bank with a wide range of personal and business banking products and services. “I have a passion for the industry,” says John Taylor, President and CEO. “Community Banks are critical to the overall health and well being of the communities that they serve. Being a part of leading a team of people that work every day to bring financial solutions to our customers is an honor.” The team at Limestone can’t imagine a community not needing a vibrant and healthy community/commercial banking industry for it to prosper. They believe that what bankers do is

instrumental to improving the quality of life for the communities and the people that they serve. “I am very optimistic about the future of our industry,” John says. “That being said, I believe we as an industry will have to become even more comfortable with change as our customers look for alternative ways to access our services, like loans, deposits, and treasury management services. I am passionate about working with a team of people that are excited to meet the financial needs of their customers day in and day out.” Limestone strives to be synonymous with community and commercial banking in our community. “The quality of life in Louisville is directly correlated to the quality of people in our community,” says John. “Most are welcoming and interested in doing the right thing. I can’t reiterate enough how proud and honored I am to be associated with a team of people that are so dedicated to bringing exceptional relationship banking to each and every customer of Limestone Bank. It’s an awesome Bank for this reason!”

LIMESTONEBANK.COM • (502) 499-4800 2500 EASTPOINT PARKWAY LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40223 Courtesy photo

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LEADER OF STONE FABRICATION & INSTALLATION / TILE DISTRIBUTION & SALES

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Mees Tile & Marble Mees Tile & Marble imports natural stone and quartz slabs from nine different countries. They fabricate and install luxurious stone and quartz materials throughout Kentuckiana via their phenomenal showrooms. A local, family owned business for over 66 years, Mees has exceptional employees with excellent knowledge in both the installation and fabrication of tile and stone, with designers on hand in all of their showrooms to assist clients in the selection process. “The utilization of large format tiles is growing very fast, it’s not uncommon for us to install 36”x 60” tiles on walls and floors,” says Todd Meyer Owner and CEO of Mees Tile & Marble. “ We only charge for what you use of a slab; there’s no need to purchase the entire slab from our inventory. We’ve installed porcelain panel showers and wall cladding utilizing sizes as large as 100” x 60”. They look fantastic and are great for minimal grout joints and ease of cleaning.” Speaking of cleaning, the always innovating Mees Tile and Marble also offer a cleaning and restoration division dedicated to keeping your bathrooms, stone floors, counter-tops, and any tiles in your home spotless.

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“We are now offering hardwood and luxury vinyl tile, making us a one stop shop for flooring,” says Libby Marbury, a Mees Interior Designer who also specializes in corporate and residential sales. Todd takes tremendous pride in his work. “We encounter the everyday challenges of the industry evolving, products changing, and advances in installation methods,” he says. “It all happens very fast, and the thrill of being one of the first to bring these products, techniques, and the newest installation methods to our region is always a great motivator.”

MEESTILE.COM • (502) 969-5858 4536 POPLAR LEVEL RD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40213

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LEADER OF FINE JEWELRY

Merkley Kendrick Jewelers Established in 1832, Merkley Kendrick Jewelers is the second oldest independently owned jewelry store in the United States. The organization is a beloved staple in the region, cultivating a culture of trust for over 188 years. Merkley Kendrick is best known for its expansive curated selection of fine jewelry; most notably Rolex watches, their private 1832 collection, bridal assortment, vintage and estate jewelry, loose diamonds, gems, and finished jewelry. They are one of the few remaining full-service jewelers offering in-house, appraisals, jewelry and watch repair, and custom design. In partnership since the 1960s, Merkley Kendrick Jewelers is one of the country’s oldest Official Rolex Retailers. Clients come first at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers. An emphasis is placed on making sure each luxury experience is service driven while maintaining a comfortable environment. “Helping our clients commemorate their special occasions, the big moments, the small moments, and everything in between, is my constant motivation,” says Brian S. Merkley, President of Merkley Kendrick. “We strive to slow clients down from life’s crazy pace and refocus them on the importance of celebrating moments with their loved ones. We are honored by the opportunity to help our clients select unique jewelry to mark milestones, breathe new life into a precious family heirloom, and serve as a trusted resource for appraisals and other jewelry specific needs.” When it comes to leadership, Brian Merkley has always operated with a people-first philosophy. “I was taught to believe in human potential and abilities. I am a big picture person. The stability of our business allows me to make decisions in the long term interests of Merkley Kendrick,” says Merkley. “Everyone has a voice in what this business is and where it is going, and I trust our talented team to carry out the vision. My ultimate goal is making sure Merkley Kendrick Jewelers remains an innovator in the jewelry industry serving our community and helping commemorate special occasions for many more generations.”

MK JEWELERS.COM (502) 895-6124 • 138 CHENOWETH LANE

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LEADER OF RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture, an award-winning design and build firm, continually provides the best quality service for their clients, creating a spectrum of design services beyond the structure of the home. “The most important thing is being passionate about what you’re doing and always give it your all,” says Josh Myers, the Landscape Architect who founded the company. A landscape design and build business that focuses on high-end residential projects for existing and new construction homes, Myers + Co. Landscape Architecture excels in many areas, including hardscape design (patios, driveways, walkways, etc.), planting and garden design, carpentry (pergolas, roof structures, arbors, fences, gates, etc.), pools, water features, drainage, and landscape lighting. “Our business designs and builds a lot of outdoor living spaces that become an extension of your home,” says Josh. “We often get involved in designing the patio roof structures that enable our clients to enhance their indoor/outdoor living experience. We spend a lot of time on the design and planning process before beginning the construction phase.” Josh holds over 20 years of experience working in the landscape design and build field. “We also offer our clients an opportunity to see their design in 3D, which gives them a very realistic perspective on what their project will look like,” says Josh, of just some of the cutting edge methods he uses to engage with his clients.

MYERSANDCOMPANYLA.COM (502) 424-9638 • 4050 WESTPORT RD. SUITE 208 LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

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LEADER OF TAXES & PAYROLL

Ready File David Cecil and his company, Ready File, have provided the most affordable payroll and tax services to the Louisville area for over 20 years. “People work very hard for their money, and I do everything I can to make sure that they get to keep as much as they can from what they earned.” David first determined that he has a passion for finances during his time in the Marines, where he assisted his fellow servicemen with their investments and taxes. “I learned a lot about service while serving my country,” he says. David offers personalized, first rate, first hand service that is much more affordable than major chain companies in the field

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can provide. Payroll clients will receive hand delivered checks and accurate timekeeping. Each and every tax client will speak to David personally. David is an authorized EA (Enrolled Agent), the highest credential the IRS awards. He is up to date on tax laws and all of the emerging ins and outs that can save you money on your taxes. Well before COVID-19, David also pioneered a no contact system for taxes in which you can simply drop off your paperwork in a custom pre-mailed Ready File envelope with a checklist. Clients can simply leave that in his proprietary mailbox, which David evaluates before your personalized call or appointment. In his free time, David enjoys time boating and spending time with his family. He’s also a bonafide sports fanatic.

(502) 451-0660 • 3315 HIKES LN, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40220


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LEADER IN EXOTIC AND SPECIALT Y AUTOMOBILES

Rolling Stock Specialty Auto Sales No ordinary car dealer, Cary Donovan presides over a warehouse showroom that you might describe as a cross between a boutique and a museum. “It’s always 75 degrees and sunny in my world,” Cary says of Rolling Stock Specialty Auto Sales. After a lifelong career in the automobile business, he retired from the Sam Swope Auto Group in 2015. Today, he runs Rolling Stock exactly the way he wants, and that’s good news for his clients. “We do everything by appointment only,” says Cary. “If there’s one thing I know, it’s that clients don’t want to be sold. They want a trusted advisor to guide them. I’m here to give them my undivided time.” Cultivating a curated space where pristine exotic and classic cars might sit next to your future daily driver, Cary personally buys and oversees the reconditioning of every vehicle as if he would keep it for himself. He believes in finding the right car that fits a person’s personality and character, all in something that they will love to drive. It’s all about helping people obtain their dream vehicles with a fun and straightforward process, full of integrity and transparency. Not just a specialty car but a specialty experience. “I want it all to be unique, fun, and laid back,” Cary says. “This is a warehouse at the end of a dead-end street in Middletown. It makes sense that if you came here, you did it on purpose. I treat that interest seriously.”

ROLLINGSTOCKAUTO.COM • (502) 396-5445 13060 MIDDLETOWN INDUSTRIAL BLVD LOUISVILLE, KY 40223

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LEADER OF SENIOR ADVOCACY AND A PLACEMENT SPECIAL IST

Senior Home Transitions Senior Home Transitions helps families with senior care and housing issues when they need assisted living, personal care, or memory care. “We can help someone if they would prefer to stay home by connecting them with resources and suggesting plans that would allow them to do so safely,” says Patti Naiser, Owner. “When a transition to a community is needed, we assess the care needs and level at which they should be looking. We dig into financials to be sure we only introduce communities that make sense to their financial abilities. We also help with VA Aid and Attendance benefits. We get to know what hobbies or interests the senior has so that we can match them with communities that can not only take care of their physical needs but also where they will thrive.” Under Patti’s expert leadership, Senior Home Transitions helps those with whom they assist in leading happy lives. Her staff is the most well respected senior advocates in the Kentuckiana area. Hospitals and physicians and other healthcare providers rely on them to help their patients find the best situation for their needs. Patti has built a reputation for being able to find placement for even the most challenging patient. “When dealing with dementia, sometimes it can be complicated to find a situation that will work,” she says, “but I haven’t failed to place anyone yet!” Senior Home Transitions has the reputation of dealing ethically and in the best interest of their clients at all times. In many cases, they deal with families for years, continually being there to offer advice when needed and help through every stage of their journey. Additionally, Senior Home Transitions never takes a dime from families. “The thank you’s I receive from families are humbling and rewarding,” says Patti. “I relish the knowledge that I am respected in my field and will always strive to earn that respect.”

SENIORHT.COM • (502) 396-9228

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Swan Financial Corporation Swan Financial Corporation (SFC) is one of the leading independent mortgage brokerages in Lexington, Louisville, and throughout Kentucky. Founded in 2003, SFC focuses on providing the consumer with the best mortgage option for their specific needs. The specialties that they focus on for mortgage loans include 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, 30-year fixed-rate Mortgages, FHA home loans, VA home loans, jumbo home loans, reverse mortgages, and alternative mortgages as well. “As an independent mortgage brokerage, we take pride in putting the consumer’s needs first,” Says Brian Lykins, Vice President of Sales at Swan. “Currently, mortgage rates are hitting historical lows that we have never seen before. It’s exciting for everyone, and we have access to hundreds of loan products from a wide range of lenders. Our team can secure the most advantageous loan offers from 27 wholesale mortgage lenders. What makes using a mortgage broker an attractive option for the consumer is the flexibility and expertise to meet their needs, the personalized service, and the ability to save time and money without any hidden fees. We also offer personal access seven days a week instead of banking hours. We charge zero lender fees with our wholesale mortgage rates, and those save most consumers thousands over the life of their loan as well as upfront costs.” Especially in these times, a trusted mortgage lender is an absolute must. The team at Swan Financial brings an outstandingly ethical approach with a clear and strong acumen for business. Brian has been a licensed mortgage broker for over 16 years. Last year, he personally closed $50,091,890 in new home loans with 216 happy families. “My mission is simple,” Brain says, “to deliver an honest and accurate, well communicated, knowledge-based lending experience to my clients and realtors. Helping families across the country to achieve their dreams of homeownership in that process, that’s something that I take great pride in and find true joy in doing.”

SWANHELP.COM • (502) 773-4834 320 WHITTINGTON PKWY, SUITE 106 LOUISVILLE, KY 40222

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LEADER IN CONTINUUM OF CARE RETIREMENT LIVING

Treyton Oak Towers Treyton Oak Towers is a retirement community renowned for its comfort, elegance, and warm heart. When Covid-19 impacted all of our lives, this happy home for so many was not an exception. Some residents fell ill. Sadly, lives were lost. It is said that adversity introduces us to our true selves. Treyton Oak Towers, as we have seen in recent days, is where heroes live and work. “The staff stood up and came together as a family in this crisis,” says Leilani Krause, Director of Nursing at Treyton. “This is not just a job for any of us, it’s a calling. We enjoy what we do and

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love the residents here.” Leilani contracted COVID herself but continued to work from home, leading her team from a distance. Working in compliance with all CDC guidelines and partnering with U of L hospital, Treyton has turned circumstance around and received high marks. “I’’m going to tell you and I’m going to talk about Treyton Oaks, these teams love these residents,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner. “That leadership team at Treyton Oak Towers had done everything. Everything that I tried to anticipate and ask – have you done this, have you done this – they’d done it all, and they’d done more.” “Everyone cares at Treyton Oak Towers, everyone enjoys each other, residents and employees alike,” Leilani says. “It’s such a positive environment with a tremendous quality of care. From the time that I was in high school, I always wanted to be a nurse. It’s a dream that I pursued later in life, and this job has been like a dream come true. This has been a hard time, but I’m so proud of everyone here.”

TREY TONOAKTOWERS.COM • (502) 589-3211 211 WEST OAK STREET, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40203


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LEADER OF NON-PROFITS

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Waterfront Botanical Gardens is a non-profit organization building a botanical garden for Kentucky and southern Indiana on top of a former landfill. The botanical garden will be focused on environmental education for youth in the area. It will be a cultural asset for those who live here and those who visit Louisville and its locale. “I joined the organization in 2013 to raise money and handle marketing. I was the first employee,” says Kasey Maier, President of the operation. “We are now at 13 full-time staffers

and have raised over 16 million dollars. It’s been a long road to get the Waterfront Botanical Gardens built. There have been many difficult times. I’ve always stayed optimistic, no matter what obstacle has presented itself. For me, it’s been like pushing a train up a hill. I can see the top, so I know I have to be smart about what tools I use to get the train up there.” With her staff and Board, Kasey has built this project from an idea to an educational facility and tourist destination. “We are working on completing Phase one of the three-phase project,” Kasey says. “Building a business and overseeing construction of a project of this size requires the ability to juggle not only many projects at once, but also all the personalities you encounter in fundraising, government, construction, and so on.” Kasey credits her success to thinking strategically. “I love this community,” she says, of her friendly but professional nature. “I stay connected to the people I have worked with throughout my career. You never know when you might need to call on an old friend.”

WATERFRONTGARDENS.ORG • (502) 648-1558 1435 FRANKFORT AVENUE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40206

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LEADER IN WOMEN’S HEALTH

to bring innovations in women’s health to the Louisville area, and all are committed to meeting patients’ changing health care needs—from their teenage years to their nineties. Care Teams take the time to understand patients’ concerns and medical histories to meet their ongoing needs and keep them healthy. And Maternity Care services embrace and celebrate healthy moms and babies while providing the medical care, guidance, and expertise needed throughout a woman’s entire pregnancy. In 2019, Women First delivered 1,226 babies.

Women First of Louisville “As women helping women, our goal is to help women take charge of their health and themselves,” says Denise Kirkham, Executive Director of Women First of Louisville. “Through that, we find motivation in helping women overcome health challenges, incredible joy in bringing new life into the world, and personal fulfillment in being able to change women’s lives for the better.” Women First is an all-female obstetrics and gynecology medical practice focused on comprehensive women’s care, providing state-of-the-art screenings, procedures, and treatments, along with minimally-invasive procedures and surgeries, and many inoffice diagnostics and procedures. Always striving to represent their name, Women First balances offering the most advanced medical technology with caring, compassionate, convenient care. Many of the physicians at Women First have been the first

“We strive to put our patients first by understanding all that being a woman involves and making it easy for them to get the care they need,” Denise says. “From the all-important annual health exam to contraception and maternal health services, and our convenient in-office services—screenings, diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, and leading-edge treatments, we help women take charge of their health care and themselves. We believe that our name says it all—we strive to put women first… in all we do.”

WOMENFIRSTLOUISVILLE.COM (502) 891-8700 • BAPTIST HEALTH MEDICAL PAVILION 3900 KRESGE WAY, SUITE 30, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

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When you can’t wait to start, start here. Your dream kitchen or bath should be two things. Perfect. And pain-free. At PC Home Center, we get it. So we give you more choices, from flooring to cabinets, lighting and more. Gorgeous options. Trusted names. All in the region’s largest showroom — just minutes from downtown. And all with a seasoned design team to help you choose. We’re locally-owned, too. So let’s have some fun! For pain-free projects from start to finish, visit PC Home Center.

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uilding on the success of their home staging and interior design business, Design & Dwell Homes in Miramar Beach, Florida, Wendy Anguiano and her husband Nathan have now opened Design & Dwell Interiors in Middletown. In addition to staging and design services, this new location adds a furniture and home decor showroom. They just signed the lease in December; but customers have already been delighted by Wendy’s taste and design aesthetic. Design boutiques in Louisville often tend toward more colorful, eclectic styles. As a hometown girl, Wendy blends her familiarity of the area with a preference for neutrals and softer color palettes in furniture, letting more colorful accessories and the shapes of furnishings enhance the story. The overall feeling in the showroom is unusually serene, pleasant, and chic. The design philosophy also provides value to the customer in the long run, with the big-ticket furniture items enduring in style and the ability to swap out less expensive, trendy accessories.

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Design & Dwell Interiors Wendy Anguiano CEO/Owner, Interior Designer, Expert Psychological Stager BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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CEO/Owner & Interior Designer Wendy Anguiano has worked for 15 years in the creative fashion industry and is an artist and marketing and television expert with several years administrative experience. This experience adds to Wendy’s expertise in designing commercial and residential spaces. Wendy’s artistry and creativity are perfectly complemented in the business by her husband Nathan, who serves as CFO - Chief Financial Officer and now Chief Forklift Operator! Nathan worked in finance for more than 30 years, with 20 years at the senior executive level. He was semi-retired, but enjoyed working with Wendy and her design teams too much to stay on the sidelines. Their son, Lance Collins, helps out as Director of Warehouse Operations. Joining Wendy on the Louisville team are Interior Designers Dionne Templeton, Jan Foss, and Jennifer Durenberger. Dionne grew up on the south side of Chicago in a home that was lovingly redecorated and renovated by her mother, who fostered an appreciation for the arts and fashion. This upbringing combined with public relations, hospitality, and property management experience make Dionne uniquely qualified for new construction design projects as well as those in existing spaces. Jan developed her knack for combining colors and textures in the retail fashion industry before earning degrees in Marketing and Education. After many years of teaching, she pivoted to home fashions where she enjoys developing a vision with her clients to beautify their home. Jennifer has a degree in communications


and had a successful media and public relations career before gaining experience in interior design and certification in home staging. She has added 3 Homearama homes and 3 Bellarmine Showhouses to her resume and loves bringing new build, remodeling, and redesign projects to fruition. The Louisville Design & Dwell team does not lack for ideas, and pride themselves on being very flexible and truly listening to their clients. “We remain budget-conscious and are easy to work with,” says Wendy, “while maintaining our dedication to quality, integrity and excellence.” For more information, visit designanddwellinteriors.com and @designanddwellinteriors on Instagram. 

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CATALPA FARMS Five minutes from the Gene Snyder Freeway on Taylorsville Road and three minutes beyond The Parklands at Floyds Fork, a 200-acre development waits where nature abounds with open spaces and stunning views. BY TAYLOR RILEY COURTESY PHOTOS

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atalpa Farms was approved as the very first conservation zone in 2010 by Louisville Metro government. Developer Signature Green Properties wanted the area to be built with open spaces, smaller lots, preserved trees, and water quality controls. Now, more than a decade later, approximately 50 homes can be reached by Shakes Run or Taylorsville Road. “We were considerate of the environment,” says Developer Mike Jones. This means, he says, wildlife habitats are preserved, as well as corridors and tree canopies, which provide mitigation for the urban heat island effect. There are also better controls for rainwater to prevent erosion and sediment buildup, he says. Catalpa Farms is a development of “clustered villages,” says Mike. “They’re small enough (so owners can) feel connected to neighbors, yet separate enough to have large open spaces behind the houses. It’s some of the most beautiful ground I’ve ever seen.” From empty nesters, coming from places like Norton Commons, to new families just starting out, the properties have been well-received from the beginning, says Mike. There are many different styles of homes, on various-sized lots, built by 11 different builders, including Dave Weis of Meridian Construction. All properties are custom-built, are roomy and have “all the bells and whistles,” says Mike. Properties are on high ground and have lake views and walking trails. Customers can choose from 50-foot lots with homes ranging from $350,000-425,000 or 75-foot lots with homes that range from $450,000550,000. Homes are going up left and right with approximately seven to eight currently under construction, 12-13 getting ready to begin construction and 566 lots total when the development is finished, says Mike. “There’s a lot of activity.” If a customer wants to buy a lot on Catalpa Farms, it’s a fairly routine process, according to Dave. Potential buyers tend to drive through the development to choose a lot or home under construction that they want, or they frequent the builder’s website and determine if they are a good match for the buyer.

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at home Catalpa Farms is different from other communities, according to Dave, saying custom-building communities are “far and few between now.” The customer walks handin-hand with the builder from the beginning, as they choose a walkout or flat lot and determine which project would be best for their living situation and goals. “We design a custom home that really fits as many of their needs as possible,” Dave says. The most popular styles Dave constructs are single-floor plans with three bedrooms on the main level. A finished basement is another popular project, as well as a pocket office workspace at home. An open floor plan, he says, is key, which includes a large kitchen island, “the superstar within the show,” with quartz countertops. Many families want the dining and living room space to be large and connected as a multi-use area. A lot of buyers also insist on a covered porch on the rear of the house or a covered deck for privacy. Not wanted these days, Dave says, is a formal dining room or a tub in the master bathroom; most go instead for a tiled shower. Dave’s company focuses on building energy-efficient homes and has features like electric car charging at the home. His homes are energy performance tested. “They’re extremely comfortable, quiet and affordable, operating on 8 to 10 percent lower humidity,” he says. Buyers can choose between the single story plan, which is around 1,900 square feet or a two-story home up to 2,600 square feet. The homes, Dave says, take six months from start to finish. “It’s a very affordable custom home option,” he says. “The views are long and broad; it’s beautiful.” For more information on the Catalpa Farms development, go to catalpa-farms-ky.com or contact Mike Jones at 502-777-9805. For more information about Dave Weis and Meridian Construction, go to Louisvillebuilder.com. 

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Development: Catalpa Farms, custom built homes Signature Green Properties, Mike Jones, 502-777-9805 Marketed by Jon Mand and Associates, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, 502-417-2837

Lot Prices: 50-foot lots with homes that range around $350,000425,000 75-foot lots with homes that range around $450,000550,000

Amenities: Fishing lakes Walking trails Lake Sharing agreement with Shakes Run to use clubhouse, swimming pool

Information: Catalpa-Farms-ky.com or Louisvillebuilder.com

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Neighborhoods PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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art of what makes Louisville great is its fascinating history. Here, Danny Alexander takes you on a pictorial tour of nine of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods. Each plays a large role in the rich past of the city we love.


Downtown Louisville Downtown Louisville is the oldest part of our lovely city. Its initial development was closely tied to the Ohio River. Fort Nelson, the largest early fort, was built in 1781, near what is now known as the corner of 7th and Main streets. Today, Downtown Louisville is home to beautiful high-rise buildings, historic hotels, distilleries, and tourist destinations (such as Louisville Slugger Museum and KFC Yum! Center). Dining and nightlife are alive and well downtown.

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Butchertown Established in early 1796, Butchertown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Louisville. Many of the first residents were metal workers, butchers, or worked to support the butchering community. “It is a working-class neighborhood that co-exists with industrial and community buildings that date back to almost the very beginning of Louisville. Buildings and residences boast the Victorian Bric-Ă -Brac charm that graced many of the buildings dating back over 100 years. Shopping, dining, nightlife, and retail are booming in Butchertown.

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crescent hill Sitting between the two forks of Beargrass Creek sits Crescent Hills, originally called “Beargrass�. Origins of this community began in the 1850s when the Lexington and Louisville Turnpike (now known as Frankfort Avenue) and the Louisville Frankfort Railroad were built in the area. Today, Crescent Hill is a vibrant area with locally-owned shops and restaurants.

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germantown Germantown, settled as farms and butcher shops by German immigrants, was established in the 1870s. Today, the area is transitioning to a younger demographic, and many homes in the neighborhood are undergoing renovation, and urban homesteading (complete with gardens, beehives, and backyard chickens) is common.

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the highlands Near downtown Louisville, the last area to be citified was The Highlands. Although most landowners were families of English descent, many of the first residents were Germans during its agricultural days. Sweeping residential development didn’t begin in the area until the expansion of the streetcar line in the 1890s. Today, The Highlands largely consists of a wide variety of nightclubs, businesses, and upscale restaurants.

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nulu NuLu was initially part of a 1,000-acre Royal land grant, awarded for his service during the French and Indian War, to Colonel William Preston. The area was added to the city of Louisville in 1827. Galleries, museums, boutiques, eateries, and other businesses have flourished in the area.

old Louisville Despite its name, Old Louisville is not the oldest part of Louisville. Widespread development did not begin until the 1870s, almost a century after the settlement of Downtown Louisville. The area was initially part of three separate military land grants issued in 1773 and was widely used as farmland in the mid-19th century. Mostly residential, Old Louisville contains the highest concentration of homes with stained glass windows in the U.S.

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st. Matthews St. Matthews was settled in 1779 by European Americans during the American Revolutionary War. The Ohio River flood of 1937 caused families to leave the low-lying ground in Louisville and move to St. Matthews, therefore accelerating its growth. It incorporated as a city in 1950. St. Matthews hosts quaint homes and streets, eclectic retail shops, national chain retailers, bars, restaurants, and the St. Matthews Mall. 

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he Ivy Apartments, located at 3300 Altabrook Drive, is the perfect place to customize your lifestyle. According to Jeff Ramser, Community Director at The Ivy, you don’t have to sacrifice expensive taste when renting or moving into an apartment home. These apartments have many of the same finishes that you find in very high-end homes.

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ll nine floor plans, ranging from the cozy one-bedroom to the spacious three-bedroom suite, offer an expansive living room with hardwood-inspired flooring. The fully equipped kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a large kitchen island designed for bar seating. You can even showcase your inner sommelier with built-in wine fridges and specialized Vino cabinets. Select apartments have 10-foot ceilings, giving an open, airy feel to the rooms. All apartments have upscale finishes such as quartz countertops, subway tiles, contemporary bowl sinks, and maple cabinetry. Huge walk-in closets and in-unit washers and dryers are also included. Balconies with storage and enclosed garages that lead up to the secured building are also available. Even the most mundane things are taken care of, like trash removal with valet services catering to residents just outside their door.

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uilt with entertainment in mind, the Ivy offers some unique amenities. For the sports fanatic, there’s golfing and racing simulators; for the cooking mavens, a gourmet chef’s kitchen is available. Residents can utilize all amenities during or after office hours. These amenities include a Starbucks machine, a wine station, beer taps, and outdoor grilling facilities. During the warmer months, friends and family can enjoy the resort-style pool, which includes fountains and four cabanas, which residents can reserve free of charge. The Ivy also features a cardio gym, weight room, and wellness center for personalized classes. This community truly creates an exclusive, luxurious experience its residents. The Ivy lifestyle is one-of-a-kind, and you can check out this beautiful property currently open for both immediate move-in and pre-leasing. For more information on events, giveaways, and apartment homes, visit their website at theivyliving.com. The Ivy invites you to book a tour to see this luxurious community. 

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9-foot ceilings with 10-foot also available

Gated entry, garage parking, and car charging stations

USB outlets in kitchen island, bedroom, and bathroom Stainless steel appliances Ceiling fans in living rooms and bedroom Maple cabinetry and quartz countertops Full-size washer and dryer in unit Wine rack and wine fridge in kitchen island Ceramic tile bath floors, glass shower doors, and pendant lighting Built-in mudroom at entry

Floorplans: The Hepburn: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 615-square-feet, from $1,095 The Grant: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 769-square-feet, from $1,225 The Monroe: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 770-square-feet, from $1,195 The Presley: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,072-square-feet, from $1,475

Exclusive Wi-Fi throughout all spaces Uber/Lyft covered pickup area with seating F1 racing simulator Gourmet cooking center with private meeting areas and party room Resort-style pool and cabanas with privacy curtains Outdoor kitchens, grills, and firepit Covered pet pavilion with seating and pet spa Convenient package storage and cold food storage Clubhouse with premium flat-screen TVs Golf simulator Coffee bar, wine station and beer taps Fully equipped training and fitness center Bike storage lockers and bike repair station

The Eastwood: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,091-square-feet, from $1,545 The Gable: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,166 square-feet, from $1520 The Dean: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,373-square-feet, from $2,100 The McQueen: 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,057-square-feet, from $1,715 The Redford: 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1493-square-feet, from $2,465

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In this photograph Heidi Fuller, Owner of Awakenings Wig Boutique, is fitting her step-daughter, Taylor Fuller, with a European Human Hair Topper. Hair Toppers are a wonderful solution for women who are dealing with some degree of hair loss. Hair toppers are perfect for blending in with your own biological hair and can even be styled and colored. Roughly 65% of the beautiful clients of Awakenings are experiencing hair loss due to thinning hair, different forms of alopecia, hormonal imbalances, stress, or many other reasons. Ages range from 20-75. Clients can book wig or hair consultations via the Awakenings Wig Boutique website or can call the helpful staff at the store.

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Supporting local restaurants is more important now than ever before. Louisville’s diversity of global cuisines has made this city a rising star on the culinary scene. With national accolades really pouring in over the last five years or so, your patronage not only sustains that momentum but the very survival of these unique eateries.

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halal restaurant serving delicious fare from the Middle East, Safier Mediterranean Deli opened in Louisville in 2002. Current Owner/Head Chef Youness El Mesyah took over in 2016. The restaurant, branding, and website all have a fresh, new look; and the primarily Lebanese menu with Indian specials is not only a draw downtown, but a destination for customers throughout metro Louisville. Youness grew up in the Moroccan countryside and the restaurant’s recipes reflect his upbringing and are all made from scratch. Even the pita bread is made locally. Youness came to the US in 2011 at the age of 20 and started working in restaurants here in Louisville. He treats his employees as family and supports them in whatever ways he can, including offering free food to them and others in the community during Ramadan. Safier offers carryout, downtown delivery, and third party delivery through DoorDash and Postmates. Daily Lunch Specials add variety with dishes like Chicken Korma, Chicken Biryani, Chicken Saag, Lamb Biryani, and Lamb Shank. Tuesday’s Chicken Tikka Masala is always a big hit with customers. Some regular menu features are Hummus w/ Pita and Falafel, which is also available as a Platter with hummus, and as a Sandwich. The Vegetarian Platter offers a selection of four of the following: stuffed grape leaves, hummus, falafel, mutabal, rice, tabbouleh, mujadara, spinach pie. Popular Main Dishes are Shish Kabob with charbroiled tenderloin, onion, and green pepper with a side of hummus and Chicken Shawarma grilled and marinated with garlic sauce on the side. Youness cherishes the special relationships he and the Safier Crew have with their customers. “We love cooking for them and appreciate their support.”

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(502) 423-1202 • TEASTATIONBISTRO.COM 9422 NORTON COMMONS BLVD PROSPECT, KY 40059

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lan Jones, Senior Vice President and Partner at Assured Partners NL, LLC, was having dinner at Tea Station Asian Bistro when owner Roland Wong mentioned he would be retiring and selling the restaurant. Alan had no food and beverage industry experience, but neither could he imagine Tea Station without Roland. Alan offered to buy the restaurant; and they closed the sale in just

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two weeks. The Asian Bistro had originally opened in 2007; and Alan took over in 2014. He would go on to add a full bar, delivery service within 10 miles one way, and the return of a sushi program. The food is made fresh every day and enjoyed for dine-in, takeout, delivery, and at Norton Commons Concerts and Sundown Street Parties. Some favorite Chef’s Specialties are Bourbon Chicken, Pineapple Chicken breaded and stir fried with baby corn, red bell peppers, snow peas, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and pineapple in a sweet and spicy sauce, and spicy House Pad Thai available in shrimp, chicken, or beef. Popular Sushi selections are the Fire Dragon Roll with spicy tuna, eel, avocado, and eel sauce and Ronnie’s Roll

deep fried with spicy tuna, cream cheese, and spicy crab topped with avocado ebi, masego, tobiko and crunch with eel sauce and spicy mayo. Beer and wine are also available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Alan relies heavily on Managing Partner Roland Wong, his fantastic employees, and excellent kitchen. Social media has been key to keeping customers informed of Tea Station operations and specials, with special thanks to the Louisville Take Out Facebook group. During coronavirus Healthy At Home restrictions, Tea Station Asian Bistro has supplied food to Maryhurst and Ronald McDonald House and no questions asked to anyone hungry and in need.


SIMPLE. HEALTHY. DELICIOUS. Gasthaus German Restaurant (502) 899-7177 • GASTHAUSDINING.COM 4812 BROWNSBORO CENTER, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207

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he German-born and raised Greipel family, with the exception of oldest daughter Simone born in London, lived in Louisville for one year in 1986. They realized during that time that Louisville was in desperate need of a good, authentic German restaurant. The idea stuck with them for six years until they packed up a 20-foot container again and headed back to the US. The Greipels pulled together money from the family and opened Gasthaus at its current location on December 18, 1993. Annemarie’s cooking experience was limited to all the meals she had prepared for her family over the years. Her stepfather had a bakery in England where she lived for twenty years; but Annemarie had no interest in baking then. For a time, desserts served at Gasthaus were purchased elsewhere. Annemarie eventually taught herself to bake, which she has passed on to her daughters, Nina and Simone. Together they are responsible for all Gasthaus desserts, which like the rest of the menu are prepared from scratch daily. Husband and co-owner, Michael, is Executive Chef working alongside chefs Justin Huber and Jimmy Kave. Back home in Germany, Michael’s rouladen, dumplings, and cabbage were his Sunday specialty. At press time, a firm reopening date for Gasthaus had not been set; but the Thursday through Saturday evening Curbside Take-Out Menu remains a big hit. Gasthaus has retained its kitchen staff at full pay; and family still works there as they always have. Menu staples are Pork Jäger Schnitzel, tender breaded pork loin sautéed and served with a brown bacon and onion sauce and topped with fresh sautéed mushrooms, and Beef Gulasch, Hungarian style beef cubes in a spicy beef and paprika sauce, both of which pair well with Spätzle, Red Cabbage, Pan-Fried Potatoes with Onion & Bacon, or Sauerkraut. New customers are welcome to discover why so many Gasthaus regulars keep coming back for more.

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Brasserie Provence

(502) 883-3153 BRASSERIEPROVENCE.COM 150 N HURSTBOURNE PKWY LOUISVILLE, KY 40222

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eminiscent of Alsatian and Parisian brasseries, Brasserie Provence serves Southern French comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere. Restaurateur Guy Genoud and his wife, designer/ photographer/marketing expert Stacy Duncan, opened Brasserie Provence in 2013, recreating the ambience of a comfortable, neighborhood restaurant in the south of France. There are two sides to the restaurant here in Louisville, one with French country decor and the other with a more modern, urban design. Guy is originally from Cannes, had an apprenticeship at the 5-star, luxury Claridge’s Hotel in London, England, and worked in restaurants in southern France. He came to the US over 30 years ago, working mostly front-of-house positions in the DC area, Atlanta, and New York. In 2006, he arrived in Louisville to work in management for the Brown Hotel and eventually moved on to the Downtown Marriott. Guy’s luxury hotel and fine dining experience elevate the menu at Brasserie Provence, available in the dining room, on the patio, and for Provence-to-Go curbside takeout. On Mondays, bottles of wine are 50% discounted. The “5-star” Red Ruby Trout is prepared with a white wine lemon almond shallot caper butter sauce and served with herb fingerling potatoes and haricots verts. The dish is a tribute to Guy’s memories of fishing for trout with his father in France. Cast Iron Mushrooms are sourced from Franklin County’s Frondosa Farms and the Lettuce salad from Groganica’s Commercial Aquaponic Farm in Louisville. Other menu highlights include the French Onion Soup, Hors d’Oeuvres Mélange of Charcuterie and Fromages, Prime Pork Chop, and sides of Gratin Dauphinois and Ratatouille. Brasserie Provence gives back to the community through APRON, Inc. and Dare to Care Food Bank.

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SIMPLYTHAIKY.COM ST. MATTHEWS: (502) 899-9670 323 WALLACE AVE., LOUISVILLE, KY, 40207 MIDDLETOWN: (502) 690-8344 12003 SHELBYVILLE RD., STE 101, LOUISVILLE, KY, 40243

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t Simply Thai, you can eat like royalty. Chaveewan Saing’s grandmother cooked for the King of Thailand. Those recipes were handed down to Chaveewan, who came to the US as a refugee. Chaveewan’s Burmese husband Mahn was also a refugee. Chaveewan began cooking her recipes at Amazing Grace Whole Foods & Nutrition Center and s a former owner of Bangkok Buffet. (Her sister Chavantee Snow owns Thai Café in Holiday Manor.) Simply Thai first opened on Wallace Avenue in St. Matthews in 2006, and also provided sushi for sale at Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. After several years working in the family restaurant along with older brothers, Jade and Gene, Jeff Saing and his wife Kelly opened their Simply Thai Middletown location in 2012. They preserve the same family and traditional Thai recipes.

While still in college at the University of Louisville studying Marketing, Communication, and Entrepreneurship, Kelly drew up business plans for Simply Thai Middletown and worked part-time at UPS. The three Saing brothers worked full-time at the restaurant. In addition to a strong work ethic, food made from scratch and made to order sets Simply Thai apart as they are able to adapt any of their dishes to dietary preferences, needs, and restrictions, and adjust spice levels to each customer’s taste. Kelly recommends the Spicy Beef Salad. Other popular menu items are the national dish of Thailand Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pineapple Curry, and Mango Salmon. The Saings wish to thank the community for their overwhelming support and extra generous tips to servers. Simply Thai Middletown has not had to lay off a single employee during the pandemic. “We are very blessed with everyone reaching out,” says Kelly. “It has been a humbling experience.” Simply Thai Middletown has made private food donations through Norton Healthcare and Scarlet Hope in Louisville.

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Customer support has been tremendous...I am thrilled that a majority of our furloughed employees are returning – KEVI N GRANGI ER

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Village Anchor

BY DAWN ANDERSON • PHOTOS BY JOLEA BROWN


The Village Anchor celebrated its ten year anniversary in May, happily coinciding with the May 22 dine-in reopening date. Although The Village Anchor, housed in the frame of a former train station, looks and feels like it has been a part of the town for generations, the restaurant actually opened in 2010. That impression of the restaurant, as something that might have been built more than a century ago, was an intentional creation.

award-winning Hotter Brown substitutes pulled roasted chicken for sliced turkey and brioche croutons for white bread, topped with a three-cheese Mornay, roasted cherry tomatoes, and Candied Anchor Bacon. Kevin’s favorite is the Pork Chop served with cast-iron candied yams, grilled asparagus, and a bourbon-sage demi-glace finished with “a little too much butter”. Jon Pauly is Executive Chef at the helm of the kitchen these days, which General Manager Grant McCrocklin has helped coordinate for the past seven years along with his dedication to the front of the house. There are servers that have been with The Village Anchor since Day One, despite the challenge of being led by an owner with a more

brand-centric perspective. Kevin Grangier openly admits he holds no keys, knows no security combinations, and couldn’t ring on the POS to save his own life. But he knows how to deliver a unique experience and makes it his business to know the customers. “Customer support has been tremendous” throughout the shut-down. Now Kevin’s restaurants face the challenge of combining limited dine-in service with “a very successful, robust carryout business” which has been a positive outcome of the past two months. “I am thrilled that a majority of our furloughed employees are returning,” says Kevin, and right on time to enjoy the restaurant’s 10th Anniversary celebration. 

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arketing expert Kevin Grangier had been searching the East End of Louisville in the late evening hours for a cool bar and restaurant to enjoy some cocktails with friends. When he realized such a place did not exist, the idea for The Village Anchor was born. His attorney advised him of the rather long odds of local restaurant survival. “Run, don’t walk.” Although he had no experience in the food and beverage hospitality industries, Kevin was not intimidated, applied his brand development expertise, and set about hiring people who knew more than him. As for a location, he figured why look any further than his own backyard of Anchorage. Kevin has never regretted the decision to forge ahead. In fact, he has since opened the highly successful Louisville restaurants Le Moo and Grassa Gramma as well. “Expect the Unexpected” is the tagline of The Village Anchor described on its website as, “A village-focused European ‘roost’ where a lively Parisian bistro greets the more traditional English Pub” and “a cozy village bistro with a southern-inspired menu served amidst artful decor.” That distinctly Southern flair according to Kevin is, “reflective of the foods I grew up with, cooked by my mother and grandmother from scratch. At first, 70% of the menu was derived from family recipes. Today, that number is 50%, still a substantial representation of the menu. Myra’s Fried Chicken is bone-in, dredged in flour and spices, dipped in buttermilk, dredged again before frying, and served with grilled asparagus and whipped Yukon Gold potatoes topped with white pepper gravy. Mom’s Hot Banana Pudding Meringue takes the classic scratch pudding/sliced banana/vanilla wafer cookie combo and turns it up a few notches with a splash of bourbon and a lofty 6” meringue. The Village Anchor’s

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Distillery Tour

The Urban Bourbon Experience™ in Louisville, including (among others) Angel’s Envy and Old Forester® distilleries, is “the Gateway to Bourbon Country” and “the scenic tours of legendary countryside distilleries” like Four Roses® in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, and Lux Row Distillers™ in Bardstown. Through these five, we tell the spirited story of our bourbon heritage. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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Angel’s Envy™ Distillery

Wes Henderson originally envisioned Angel’s Envy™ as a fine little craft bourbon. It has since become a global brand.

The story of Angel’s Envy™ begins with Lincoln Henderson’s 40-year career as a Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, where he created other iconic brands such as Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. He was one of the first Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame inductees and received Malt Advocate’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Lincoln came out of retirement in 2006 to join his son Wes in developing the port barrel finish bourbon that would finally launch the Angel’s Envy™ brand in March 2011. Lincoln Henderson passed away a few months after the distillery’s groundbreaking in 2013. Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer

“Angel’s Envy™ is at the forefront of innovation in the bourbon industry with our secondary barrel finishes,” says Wes. Angel’s Envy™ Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in small batches of 8-10 ruby port wine barrels. The Finished Rye is given a rum cask finish. Angel’s Envy™ Cask Strength comes in at 122.4 proof, yet retains a complex smoothness worth the wait and worth sharing. In 2019, the Angel’s Envy™ Cellar Collection featured limited-edition Oloroso Sherry and 10-year Tawny Port finishes.

500 E. Main St. Louisville, KY

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Lincoln Henderson, Angel’s Envy™ continues to benefit right down the Henderson line with Wes Henderson and his six, count ‘em six, sons. Four of the six work at the distillery; and the other two are still in high school. Wes began his career as an on-air Louisville radio personality at the age of 15. He has always had an interest in aeronautics and still flies when he can find the time. Finding the time is the trick, as Wes is also an entrepreneur, volunteer firefighter, and death investigator for the Oldham County Coroner’s Office. In his work with Angel’s Envy™, Wes strives to honor the history of bourbon by creating spirits that have character and a story to tell. Elevating the brand, taking it in different directions, and drawing inspiration from his sons’ fresh perspectives keeps Wes attuned to his father’s legacy. The distillery is the first full-production bourbon facility in downtown Louisville. According to Wes, it still manages to convey warmth and familiarity through their award-winning hospitality staff. “It breathes and has life.” As for the future? Lincoln’s little black book of spirited ideas is keeping its secrets.

Four Roses® Bourbon Distillery

1224 Bonds Mill Rd. Lawrenceburg, KY

The Four Roses® brand was trademarked in 1888 by Paul Jones, Jr.; and its first home was 136 East Main Street on Whiskey Row in Louisville. Four Roses® remained in Louisville up to and through Prohibition as one of only six bourbon distilleries allowed to continue sales for medicinal purposes. The brand was acquired by Seagram’s in 1943 and by the late 50s was sold for export as a straight bourbon whiskey. But domestically, Sam Bronfman of Seagram’s converted Four Roses® to a blended whiskey. Sales in the US would decline until 2002 when Kirin Brewing Co. of Japan bought the brand and reintroduced Four Roses® Straight Bourbon Whiskey to Kentucky and eventually to all 50 states. Four Roses® has called the Old Prentice Distillery home since the property was purchased by Seagram’s in 1946. The main Spanish Mission style building was built in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lawrenceburg distillery was finally given the Four Roses® name in 1994, is located 55 miles from Downtown Louisville, and recently completed a $55million expansion project. Four Roses® now produces only Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The Original and

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cuisine the High Rye Single Barrel each received Double Gold in 2019 at the Cigar & Spirits World Spirits Competition. The Small Batch won Gold at the same competition last year, as well as at the Denver and SUNSET International Spirits Competitions. Small Batch Select was ranked #3 in Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 of 2019 and is Brent Elliott’s proudest achievement. As Master Distiller and Director of Quality, Brent hand selects a few precious barrels from Four Roses® 10 Bourbon recipes for Limited Edition special releases. The 10 different recipes combined in different combinations produce distinct flavor profiles. Brent graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Chemistry. He joined Four Roses® in 2005 where he worked in product analysis, quality control, and marketing and events. “I had a hand in every part of the process. It all comes down to the quality of the liquid in the bottle.” Brent was named Master Distiller in 2015 and enjoys the travel and added Public Relations duties involved in the role. In February, he was awarded Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America 2020 Master Distiller/Blender of the Year. “It was an honor for me; but it reflects on the entire (Four Roses®) organization.”

Kentucky Artisan Distillery 6230 Old LaGrange Road Crestwood, KY (adjacent to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens)

Oldham County’s first contract distillery was established in 2012 by President/Majority Owner Steve Thompson, Distillery Director/Plant Manager Chris Miller, and Special Projects International, Inc. President Mike Loring. KAD is one of the only “farm-to-bottle” production facilities able to distill quantities from a single barrel of craft bourbon to 1800+ barrels for Jefferson’s Bourbon, which calls the Oldham County distillery home. Other brands currently produced at KAD are Whiskey Row Bourbon, Billy Goat Strut North American Whiskey, and Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. Kentucky Artisan Distillery’s Master Distiller Jade Peterson is the first to admit that he does not come from the typical scientific background of most other Master Distillers. His expertise is grounded in logistics and process manufacturing. He enjoys having his hands in the process, respecting the “true craftsmanship, art, and personal touch” of Kentucky Bourbon. The facility is not automated. Everything is still done by hand, making KAD’s process as authentic as possible to the way

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bourbon was produced more than 200 years ago. Jade’s personal flavor preference is a sweeter corn profile with notes of tobacco and honey. Of the 13-plus labels in the Jefferson’s Bourbon family, the complexity, sophistication, and balance of Jefferson’s Reserve ranks at the top of Jade’s list. “Jefferson’s Reserve is just one of many Jefferson’s Bourbon expressions. There are over ten labels including multiple Cask Finishes, Jefferson’s Chef Collaboration (a partnership with Chef Edward Lee), the project pairing Esquire Magazine and Jefferson’s for a Barrel Aged Manhattan. Rounding out the popular picks in the Jefferson’s Bourbon line is the partnership with Chris Fisher and the Ocearch team known as Jefferson’s Ocean. This is a fan favorite, as while on-site at the distillery, all guests can see a full-size replica of Jefferson

the Great White Shark.” During a KAD tour, guests truly feel a part of the process walking right up to the actual equipment, through the laboratory, and meeting the people behind the brands. The general history of bourbon is shared along with the heritage of the brands themselves. As distillery tours resume and employees move back into their original roles, KAD remains mindful of everyone’s safety. Chris Miller had retooled the facility to keep employees working by producing both hard-surface sanitizer and bourbon, as much as they were able. The sanitizer was donated to the National Guard, U.S. Post Office, and area fire departments, among others. As focus shifts back to full bourbon production, KAD continues to expand. They will soon add a Vendome column still to increase production.

Lux Row Distillers™

rye and wheat mashbills of Daviess County®, the mellow genuine sour mash Ezra Brooks® acquired in 1993, and the “Defiantly Smooth Wheated Bourbon’’ Rebel Yell®.

Lux Row Distillers™ in Bardstown, Kentucky rolled out its 50,000th barrel just last month. Construction on the distillery began in 2016 and Lux Row Distillers™ opened to the public in April 2018. As a cheeky little homage to that grand opening date, their 12 Year Double Barrel Lux Row Distillers™ bourbon has a proof of 118.4. Lux Row sets themselves apart with more creative choices in various barrel finishes. But don’t let all the newness and innovation fool you. There is a proud old heritage behind their storied brands and proprietary recipes, some dating as far back as 1843. Lux Row Distillers™ brands include David Nicholson®, the blended

Specially curated by Head Distiller John Rempe, who also serves as Research & Development Director, each “Pact” of the Blood Oath series is a unique combination of “rare and wonderful, famous and forgotten” bourbons given the respect they deserve through John’s 22 years of spirit distillation science and artistry, including rye whiskeys and wheated vodkas in Canada and the Guadalajaran tequila of Destiladora Gonzalez. John and his team endeavor to source locally as much as possible and uphold Lux Row’s family atmosphere.

1 Lux Row (3050 E John Rowan Blvd) Bardstown, KY

According to John, Lux Row Distillers™ production tour begins with a five minute

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cuisine video of the company’s history and then takes you “through the guts of the distillery”. Artwork along the walls also helps tell the story with vivid images. All five senses are engaged, including tastings at multiple stages of the process. You’ll learn about barreling in the rickhouse with walls of barrels soaring up through six stories. In the final tasting, you’ll enjoy three whiskeys paired with chocolate, all enjoyed at the copper-topped bar of the tasting room. No visit is complete without a stop in the gift shop and some time spent on the outdoor patios. John is looking to convert the historic “old house”, originally set on a 90-acre farm in 1806, into a VIP Lounge. As tours resume, Lux Row “will follow all state guidelines and protocols for employee and guest safety.”

Old Forester® Distillery 119 West Main Street Louisville, KY

The Old Forester® brand was established by pharmaceutical salesman George Garvin Brown in 1870, when whiskey was being sold for medicinal purposes. Pharmacy customers brought their own vessels to be filled with “whiskey” of decidedly questionable ingredients. George made it his mission to improve the consistency and quality, resulting in the First Bottled Bourbon™. Old Forester® continued to sell through Prohibition as the only bourbon distillery to do so without ever changing hands. It is the brand that founded Brown-Forman. Master Taster Jackie Zykan has been in the industry for 14 years and with Old Forester® for 5 years. She has worked as a bartender, bar manager, and Beverage Director for Falls City Hospitality. With the Old Forester® opportunity, she was finally able to put her Chemistry/Biology degree to work. Jackie described for us the company’s distinction between Master Taster and Master Distiller. Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris has purview over “what goes in” to the spirits. As Old Forester® Master Taster, Jackie is responsible for “what comes out” in a “half global marketing, half production” role. While Jackie’s personal flavor profile preference tends toward the sweet, “Our target is balance.” For example, ensuring that a bourbon “doesn’t drink hot.” Consistency is still an Old Forester® priority, ensuring each batch is the same using held reference samples. There are many expressions from their mashbills of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Kentucky Straight Rye, “something for everyone. We have 11 different children now,” says Jackie. She did not dare

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name a favorite and considers each of them “a quintessential showing of what Kentucky Bourbon is supposed to taste like.” Old Forester® operations and processes are controlled in-house and distinguished from other distilleries by making their own barrels, using a proprietary yeast, producing a distillate that must pass 30 quality checkpoints, and implementation of heat-cycled warehousing. The standard Old Forester® Distillery Tour on Whiskey Row takes visitors

through the entire process, from distillation to fermentation to coopering to tasting. It is the only distillery in Louisville with distillation and a cooperage in the same facility. Until distillery tours resume, Old Forester® offers their products and beautifully giftwrapped and packaged gift sets curbside, ready for placing at the doorstep of a special someone. Jackie recommends keeping your eyes peeled this year for Old Forester® 150th anniversary celebratory offerings. 


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How Do I Fix My

Quarantine

Hair? TOPS sat down with Jill Higginbotham, owner and founder of J Michael’s Spa & Salon, for some tips to battle COVID-19 hair. PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HIDE MY GROWN-OUT ROOTS? One of the easiest ways to hide regrowth is to use a root conceal product. At J Michael’s, we recommend Eufora’s Color Conceal. It’s an easy-to-apply mineral powder that comes in a multitude of shades to match your hair color. Best of all it does not sweat off! Luckily for all of us, the “rooted” and balayage hair trends are still going strong. This means a darker color can be used to hide grays or blend your regrowth into your blonde and you are still on trend for those important Zoom business meetings! DO YOU RECOMMEND BOXED HAIR COLOR? WHY? I do not. Hair color is a complex chemical process that permanently changes the structure of your hair (even if it says semi, demi, or temporary). As stylists, we mix a perfect formula that considers underlying pigment, hair structure, hair condition and so much more. Choosing a box color is a sure way to create a permanent outcome that does not give the desired end results. It will also make it much more difficult for a stylist to perform color services on your hair in the salon. Box color is incredibly strong and becomes a barrier to a stylist, creating what we refer to as a “color correction.” Color corrections are expensive and take extra time, which means you may not be able to receive your service in one setting, especially in light of occupancy regulations that will be in place when salons re-open. Box color is also known to contain Carcinogens and higher volumes of peroxide, as well as many other harsh, damaging chemicals. In short, please wait for your stylist! It will make you much happier in the long run! I GOT DESPERATE AND CUT MY OWN HAIR! HOW CAN I FIX MY MISTAKES? More than likely you will need to wait for a stylist to fix the problem. In the meantime, instead of cutting, use this as an opportunity to try new hairstyles. If you have already taken the scissors or clippers to your hair or a loved ones, be prepared to rock a shorter “do.” Many times the only way to blend a mistake is to take away length! Instead of cutting, consider conditioning treatments to keep your hair as healthy as possible.

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IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO DEEP CONDITION MY HAIR? IF SO, HOW DO I DO THAT? This is the perfect time! A deep conditioner requires time to let the treatment sit and most of us extra time on our hands. Consult with your stylist on what product you may need. If your hair is color-treated and depleted of protein, we recommend Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs and Moisture Masks. Add the Fortify treatment before and let it sit on clean, damp hair for at least 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and use normal styling products. This should be done over other shampoo. If your hair is feeling frizzy and dull, try an urgent repair rescue treatment. For course, curly hair, use a smoothing treatment. This is the perfect time to try new products, new treatments, and new styles! WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEW HAIR TRENDS EMERGING NOW? Believe or not, putting a little hair texture is back, but it’s not your grandma’s perm! Flash Waves are a great way to enhance natural texture and create waves, but still allow for the freedom of different styling options. Curtain bangs are another hot trend! Think of a modern version of that Farrah Faucet flip. It’s a very easy way to update your look without going for an over the top change! Long straight locks and short sassy bobs are still a staple. As far as color, the return of warm tones are here to stay. Instead of trying to make your hair ashy, think warm and sunkissed! WHEN WILL YOU RE-OPEN AGAIN? May 25th is our tentative re-opening date, and we are ready to serve our guests with the utmost in health and safety practices without taking away from your relaxing experience. We are now, and have always been, trained in sanitation practices to prevent the spread of viruses, and are working hard to make sure we have taken every precaution to keep our guests as safe as possible, all while still enjoying their time with us. 


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in the “New Normal” BY DR. JULENE SAMUELS PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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lthough pandemics have played a role in shaping human history throughout the ages, few people reading this today will remember outbreaks on the scale of COVID-19. There are, of course, some historical examples, such as SARS, “swine flu”, Spanish flu, even HIV. We have emerged from all of them by developing vaccines and effective medical treatments where a vaccine may not yet be available (HIV). We did this by way of surveillance, the isolation of those who contracted the virus, and strict quarantine measures. Even if traditional public health measures are not able to fully contain the outbreak of COVID-19, they have been effective in reducing peak incidence and global deaths. Pandemics do end, and fortunately, we now know some things about COVID-19 that we didn’t know just a couple short months ago. As of May 21st, the CDC reports that the current global estimate of the mortality rate of COVID-19 is around 0.4%, but that beats the original estimate of 3% by a lot. The U.S. as a whole has a mortality rate of 0.167%, while most states report rates of less than 0.1% to 0.3% (Kentucky stands at 0.21%). The pandemic has been devastating in terms of loss of life and economic prosperity, however, measures we have put into place have flattened the curve. We are moving toward effective treatments and prevention, and we have much to be thankful for. So now what? We have the chance to reopen our local economy, and how we do that will be so important. I would suggest that those of us who run medical facilities and offices should take the lead, and lead by example. Tending to focus on the positives during this time, my practice found a silver lining as we endured a complete loss of revenues for 7 weeks, yet managed to retain 100% of our staff, optimized tele-health activities,

updated policy and procedure manuals, revised patient documents and marketing materials, finished long-range projects and clinical studies, deep-cleaned the office, and attended numerous webinars on how to welcome back our patients in the most health-conscious ways possible. We recorded patient education videos, fun videos, we had time for meetings regarding streamlining daily work tasks for the staff, and we worked to develop protocols for patient screening and optimization of patient flow in the office and surgical suite. We made lemonade out of lemons, and we enjoyed more time together and at home. Medical people are used to wearing masks, washing our hands after every patient contact, cleaning surfaces and treatment areas, keeping things sterile and our patients safe. Blessed with having opened a beautiful new office last year with an insuite operating facility gave my practice in

particular not only a sparkling new facility, but also total control over the patient experience. Our office is a “boutique-style” plastic surgery practice to begin with. Our mission has never been to treat masses of patients in a day, and our new office was designed specifically for an optimal, private patient experience without the need for much use of common areas for patient check-in, treatment, or scheduling. Medicine and surgery, in general, are service-oriented career spaces, but also serve as excellent models for safe reopening that most businesses should emulate. To us, it’s all second-nature. We take these measures because we care about and respect our patients and our co-workers. Like so many things in life, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s not all about the money. The hardest thing for us to remember to do for a while now is to not hug our patients when we see them again! All in good time. 

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Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.

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he benefit of exercising outdoors is that it’s a real mood booster. The beautiful scenery, lush green grass, and beautiful blue skies are a perfect canvas to motivate your workout. The natural environment and beautiful colors will help boost your immune system. Apply sunscreen and step outside. Exercising outdoors releases feel-good hormones, increases serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins which make us happy people. Exercising outdoors exposes us to the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D. When exposed to sunlight, your skin makes Vitamin D from cholesterol. The sun’s rays affect cholesterol in the skin cells, providing the energy for this synthesis to occur. Vitamin D has many roles in the body and is essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones.

Some ideas to explore exercise outdoors: • Take a walk at the Waterfront Park or walk the Egg Lawn signature loop at The Parklands. Incorporate sitto-stands, push-ups, or one-legged squats on a park bench to help break up the monotony of a walk. Walking with a friend (remember to keep social distance during this time) or family members in the park can help motivate and increase self-esteem. • Draw hopscotch with chalk on your sidewalk and hop along with your kiddos. It is a great aerobic activity! 

• Walk your dog. Your pets need the outdoor release as well! • Jump rope, hula hoop, cartwheel, or do handstands. Be a kid again! • Wear a helmet and take a bike ride. • Create a seek and find list and go on a nature scavenger hunt in your neighborhood. • Lay a yoga mat in the grass and strengthen your core and back by trying the birddog exercise. Start on all fours (knees and hands) and extend your opposite arm and leg up at the same time. This is a great balance exercise! (Do 15 reps each side). 

and remember... Always stretch after a workout. Release your shoulders by rolling them forward and backward. Stretch your hamstring by placing one leg straight up on a park bench. Lean over slightly to feel the stretch in your leg. Switch legs after a 30-second hold. Stay active outdoors and get at least 30 minutes of movement a day to better your life in the best way! 

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Her stability in the business and being a devoted ally is what has kept Donna’s business based on referrals. Donna has helped many of her clients and her clients’ children through several home buying and selling experiences. She moves with them through all the phases of their lives. “I will work with a client until we find exactly the right home at the right time, whether that takes five days or five years- which is a true story,” she says. “The most important thing to me is that people have a good experience, and when it comes time for them to make another move or for a family member to make another move, that I am the first name that comes to mind.”

A true advocate and wise advisor, Donna Gordon-Willoughby has spent over 20 exemplary years as a real estate professional. In that time, she hasn’t just given clients excellent service in buying and selling their homes. She has also served as a director on both the state and local Realtor Board of Directors. She

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Down Syndrome of Louisville For centuries, and even as recently as 35 years ago, individuals with Down syndrome were institutionalized. “Parents could be looked down on for not institutionalizing their children and for wanting to mainstream them,” said Nicole Volz, director of development at the nonprofit organization Down Syndrome of Louisville. BY KATHIE STAMPS • COURTESY PHOTOS

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ounded in 1977 by Mary Carter, Down Syndrome of Louisville, or DSL, has become one of the most respected Down syndrome organizations nationally and internationally. DSL offers 47 services and programs—focusing on education, advocacy and support—throughout 18 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and 100% of the funds they raise stay in the Kentuckiana area. There are over 1,200 individuals living in the area with Down syndrome.

“Individuals with Down syndrome should not be underestimated,” Volz said. “Our members work and live in the community, give to the community, and have a place and purpose in the community. They have hopes, wishes, dreams and goals just like everyone.” Down Syndrome of Louisville offers the only known “Lifelong Learning” program in the world for individuals with Down syndrome, serving them as early as six months old and continuing throughout their lifespan. “As a sister to someone who has Down syndrome I am confident in saying that without

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Down Syndrome of Louisville my family would have been lost,” Volz said. “When you have a child born differently abled, the traditional people you lean to for help and guidance don't have the knowledge base to give you the help or guidance you need, and that can be very scary.” Before she joined the staff of DSL two years ago, Volz had a career in investment real estate. She also has a lifelong interest in fashion, and in 2017 she created Down with Fashion Show, a fundraising event held at Churchill Downs. “It's been a blessing to work there and use my skillset to help this organization grow and be more well-known,” she said. “We have this amazing service people have literally moved across the country to be part of.” Fundraisers and direct donations are vital for the $1 million it requires each year to provide programs and services for Down Syndrome of Louisville members. The organization also has partnerships with Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards for shoppers to choose DSL as a beneficiary.

“But if you are not in a place to give financially then sharing our message to your friends and family, telling them what we do and why we do it, or starting a fundraising page are ways you can help,” Volz said. “Share your time and talents with us. Since we serve all age groups, we can find a place for almost any volunteer.” Be sure to check out Facebook Live videos (@DownSyndromeOfLouisville) as DSL goes live on Fridays with Boogie Down Dance classes. “Our members love seeing new faces pop in to watch them perform,” Volz said. 

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What is Down syndrome? Every cell in the human body has chromosomes: 46 pairs in most people, all numbered, and all of which split in two during gestation, with half inherited from the mother and half from the father. When chromosome No. 21 splits three ways instead of two, it results in a condition known as trisomy 21. It is also called Down syndrome after Dr. John Langdon Down, the physician in England who studied trisomy 21 in the 1860s.

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schooling and activities as a member of the PTA and Junior League. “I cherish the memories that I have shared with them.” The Gapens kept a basketball goal installed and finished the basement so the kids could have friends visit. “A house full of kids is music to my ears! Vacation, family time, and even carpooling was fun!” Vicky acknowledges that they could not have raised their children without other people helping to teach them and to provide “things you don’t even know they need” even as their parents. “I am so thankful for all the coaches, teachers, family, and friends who encouraged and loved our children.” Two of the three Gapen children graduated from Ballard, with Jennifer the youngest graduating in 1998. Vicky had served on Ballard’s Site-Based Decision-Making committee and was a 3-time President of the PTA. With Jennifer graduating, Principal Allen extended an opportunity for Vicky to become Home School Coordinator, later termed Student Support. Vicky “felt so fortunate to get the position”, and in the last six school years, assumed the title of Student/Community Liaison. “My love and passion for being with kids continued. I was a part of a team of 12 Home School Coordinators who served different schools in JCPS. An amazing team of caring individuals!” Vicky managed a large caseload of students with untapped potential. At the beginning of each school year, the focus was on building relationships with freshmen and their goal sheets of short and long term goals, which Vicky took on as her own “assignment sheets” for the year. She learned what they wanted to achieve and how she might help them get there. She encouraged them “to be

the best they could be and to be kind!” Vicky chaperoned homecomings, proms, and trips to New York and DC. She also accompanied students, some who had never been outside the city, on college visits, and campus tours. “Graduation Day and Senior Walk were always tough because they were moving on. Going to weddings, baby showers, and keeping in touch has been great!” When Vicky retired from Ballard in March after 23 years, “It was very hard to walk away from a position that never seemed like a job. It was more like a mission. I worked with some of the smartest educators, a great group of administrators, faculty, and staff who were always ready to join a team to either support a student or celebrate their successes.” She will miss her Ballard family and appreciates “the caring, loving spirit. They make a difference in kids’ lives!” Retirement has moved Vicky to reflect on her own upbringing. Her mother was one of 14 children, and her grandmother inspired her passion for kids, always telling them, “The word ‘can’t’ doesn’t exist.” Along with daughter Jennifer, Vicky’s sons Jeff and Michael, were supportive of her career at Ballard. When she heard her grandmother was retiring, Vicky’s granddaughter asked, “What about your kids?,” referring to Ballard students. Vicky is so proud of her family. “Each step of life is wonderful, but sitting back and witnessing that your children have grown up to be kind, loving, responsible adults who give back to the community is a good feeling. Being a mom is wonderful. Being a grandmother is amazing.” As for her next chapter, spending time with family tops the list, including some more girls’ trips with cousins. She also looks forward to gardening,

It was very hard to walk away from a position that never seemed like a job. It was more like a mission. I worked with some of the smartest educators, a great group of administrators, faculty, and staff who were always ready to join a team to either support a student or celebrate their successes. – V I CK Y G A PE N

reading, Bible study, and needlepoint. With such a grateful heart, Vicky is more than a little uncomfortable receiving SuperMom-level attention. She turns the spotlight back on those who have meant so much to her. Her husband, her children and their loving spouses, and her grandchildren have been supportive of her career. “Thanks to my children for being you. Thanks to my grandchildren for being perfect, in my eyes. Thank you, JCPS, for allowing me to be a part of the Ballard community, and thanks to the Ballard students who let me share in your lives. Most of all, thanks to God for allowing me to be a mom, grandmother, and friend.” 

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ary Virginia Cook Parrish was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the 1860s. With little opportunity for education as a black female of that time, Mary managed not only to attend school but to distinguish herself as a top student in the area, winning several academic awards. Her achievements captured the attention of Dr. William J. Simmons, President of State University in Louisville (now known as the accredited and historically black, Baptist Simmons College of Kentucky), and members of the American Baptist Woman’s Hope Society chapters of Maine and Massachusetts, all of whom funded Mary’s higher education at State U. In 1881, Mary began to juggle teaching at the private school Bowling Green Academy with her studies in Louisville. She graduated at the top of her class with an A.B. from the normal school of teacher training in 1883. Mary began writing about various social issues affecting her race and gender in newspapers and magazines, such as South Carolina Tribune and American Baptist. She would eventually become Education Department Editor for the African-American Baptist magazine “Our Women and Children” and write for the missionary magazine “Hope” as well. Her journalistic work was no easy feat as she often had to argue her way in with editors and publish under her “Grace Ermine” pen name. Mary was again valedictorian in 1887 upon her graduation from State University’s College Department. She then became professor of Latin and mathematics and Principal of the normal school department. It was during this time that Mary began to travel the country extensively, fundraising for the university and lecturing on Christian education. She began to attend Baptist conventions, speaking on women’s rights and social reform

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MARY VIRGINIA COOK PARRISH [1862-1945]

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and in 1893 assumed the office of recording secretary of the National Baptist Education Convention. In 1896, Mary attended the founding session of the National Association of Colored Women. After a short stint as secretary at Eckstein A desire to learn. These are traits that many women naturally NortonIntuition. InstitutePatience. in CaneDiscipline. Springs, Kentucky possess, and that can lead to confident decision making and courageous accomplishments. in Bullitt County, Mary was married to InstiThey’re also the foundation that can help build a sound investment strategy. Working with a tute President Reverend Charles your Henry financial advisor who Dr. complements investing style and listens more than talks, can help Parrish.you The wedding tookthose place on January continue making confident decisions and keep your wealth plan on track. 26, 1898 at the Bowling Green home of her mother, Mrs. Ellen Buckner. Mary’s husband also served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Wells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Complexof the Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch Church in Louisville and President 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suite 300 ExecutiveLexington, Board KY of40507 the General Association Louisville, KY 40207 of Negro Baptists in Kentucky. Mary became Gardner Justin Schappe financial John secretary of Calvary Baptist Church Managing Director – Complex Manager Senior Vice President – Branch Manager and gave john.l.gardner@wellsfargoadvisors.com birth to a son, Charles Henry Parjustin.schappe@wellsfargoadvisors.com rish, Jr. in 1899. The following year she was civil rights activists as Rosa Parks and Martin Wells Fargo a trade name usedBaptist by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered and non-bank Jr. affiliatewould of Wells Fargo & Company. Luther King,broker-dealer Jr. Charles, go on to a founder ofAdvisors the isNational Women’s ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226 Convention. In 1909, Mary and former stu- teach at Simmons College and in the 1950s dent Nannie Helen Burroughs led the wom- became the first African-American profesen’s auxiliary unit of the National Baptist sor (Sociology, University of Louisville) at a Convention in creating the National Train- public university in the South. Mary Virginia ing School for Women and Girls in Washing- Cook Parrish passed away in October of 1945, ton DC. Mary became Chair of the Board of five years after the death of her friend and Trustees, responsible for the education of neighbor Georgia Anne Nugent, who was more than 2000 young women. She also led featured in this column last month.  the Louisville affiliate of the NACW and hosted the 13th annual convention in Louisville in 1910. From 1918-1930, Mary’s husband assumed the Presidency of Simmons College and passed away a year later. In the 1930s, Mary founded the first black-only school PTA, persuaded Louisville’s mayor to build a playground for black children, organized the West End’s Phillis Wheatley YWCA, became first President of the Colored Republican’s Women’s Club, and was an alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention in Chicago. Their son attended Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which also provided education and training to such notable


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