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37 Lou For You: Neighborhoods Ask a local what makes Louisville great, and the most common response involves its neighborhoods. From the heart of the city radiating out to suburbs, exurbs, neighboring counties, and Southern Indiana, the distinctive communities of Louisville Metro and the surrounding area contribute to the feeling that this city has something for everyone.

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CONTENTS top notes


Miss Kentucky Earth Comes to Louisville


Ear Candy


Weekend Getaway Style

life + style


boutique spotlight: Rodeo Drive Celebrates 28 Years


Lou For You: Neighborhoods


Louisville Attractions


special advertising: Go Local



top 5 dining: Hop to It



Hair Today...


Beat The Heat


Greenberg Lasik


Hello Hormones! Getting to Know Your Body Better


Cycle Your Way to a Healthier You!


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keeping the conversation going: Dr. Lecresha Sewell: Founder and CEO, Melanated Healthcare


keeping the conversation going: The Well

veteran valor


Karl Truman: Living A Life of Service to Others





Twisted Pink


NOIR White Party


Misters for MS


Malone’s Louisville VIP Grand Opening

Passion for Future


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Vol 5 • No. 8 Keith Yarber Publisher

Kathy Thuerbach Editor-in-Chief and Senior Advertising Account Executive

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VP, Digital Marketing

Morgan Hancock Senior Advertising Account Executive

Haley Bottorff Account Executive

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Malissa Aebersold Lead Graphic Designer

Amanda Harper

Rocko Jerome Brand Ambassador and Staff Writer

Graphic Designer

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CONTRIBUTORS Photography: Danny Alexander, Dick Arnspiger Writers: Dawn Anderson, Alison Cardoza, Heather French Henry, Kathie Stamps TOP Marketing Group


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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Miss Kentucky Earth Comes To Louisville


I had my choice of taking this anywhere in the state, but it was never a question. Louisville has always been my first choice. I love it here. I see how we’re coming together as a community, in ways big and small. It’s a time for healing and to recognize that we’re all so much more similar than we are different. – CHRI STI N A L E E

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hristina Lee takes new initiative with that simple yet profound sentiment, crafting an all-inclusive event designed to create joy and celebrate life. It's the Kentucky contingent of Miss Earth, the international beauty pageant competition that promotes environmental awareness, conservation, and social responsibility. "I had my choice of taking this anywhere in the state, but it was never a question," she reflects. "Louisville has always been my first choice. I love it here. I see how we're coming together as a community, in ways big and small. It's a time for healing and to recognize that we're all so much more similar than we are different." Herself a self-described "Pageant Girl," Christina took part in numerous competitions before taking on a role in leadership. "It's an exhilarating experience, and I see how it brings out the best in people," she says. "one of our goals is to make pageantry more accessible to all women who have the desire to share their platforms, compete, and serve their communities. One of the ways we've done that is through partnering with Kentucky businesses and donors to help make this big dream a reality." One such partner is the Kentucky International Convention Center. "We are thrilled to partner with Miss Kentucky Earth USA to bring this exciting event to Louisville," says Henry Blake, General Manager of that elegant venue. "Our modern, spectacular ballroom is the perfect backdrop to showcase Kentucky's talented young women, and our recent Leed Silver Certification demonstrates our commitment to the environmental focus of the Miss Earth organization." Louisville style icon Andre Wilson will contribute his time and talent. "I'm excited to partner with Christina. I love her vision of unity and inclusivity," says Andre, who will be outfitting one of the MCs (Who happens to be Yours, Truly). "In designing an outfit for someone, the clothes themselves are secondary. That part comes easy. It's all about the interpretation of a person's style. Making what's inside of them already shine out for all to see." Andre will also be creating a special t-shirt for everyone involved in the pageant to receive. "I'm glad to be involved and looking forward to witnessing this vision continuing to grow in coming years." "Miss Kentucky Earth is an outstanding organization that facilitates personal growth in public speaking, interview skills, community involvement, confidence, and overall interpersonal skills," says Maria Montgomery. She's a past Miss Kentucky USA who continues to coach women through the pageant process. "Plus, each contestant becomes

part of a tight-knit sisterhood that's sure to create lifelong friendships. It's not just about who takes home the crown - it's about how greatly the contestants improve to be the best versions of themselves regardless of the outcome! With all there is to gain from competing in this system and the difference the young girls can make during their year of service, I know it's truly going to make a huge impact across the Bluegrass!" "To me and to so many others I've met, Louisville represents statements," Christina

says. "Statements of intent, of growth, of passion and compassion. This will be one glamorous night, but if we succeed, it will also be an ongoing call to action for everyone to share. To find that love and hope and make sure it grows and grows." The Miss Kentucky Earth Pageant will occur on August 21st at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets are available now via You can visit for more information. 

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The Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services Team at the GLAR Bowl-A-Thon


Susan Wolf, Stephanie Stewart, and Sue Woods with Semonin Realtors at the GLAR Bowl-A-Thon

Wescott Construction, Jacobs Group, and Sienna Co. July 4th Party

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Outgoing GLAR CEO, Lisa Stephenson with incoming CEO, Lynda Fernandez at the New GLAR Facility Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting at the New GLAR Facility Grand Opening

Kimberly Sickles, PJ Moore, Judie Parks, Ann Elizabeth Delahanty at the New GLAR Facility Grand Opening

Women Who Wine for a Cause Board of Directors at the Women Who Wine for a Cause July event

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The perfect neutral statement piece to pair with any outfit. The white and gold details give off beautiful, beachy vibes for the summer season.

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1. 12-13mm Baroque Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings by Saachi, $48 | Saks Fifth Avenue 2. 8-25mm Cultured Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings in 18kt Gold Over Sterling, $48 | Ross Simmons 3. Womens Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings, $38 | J.Crew




Talk about a fun statement and the perfect summer accessory. Beaded earrings in all the bright hues are the go-to choice for earrings in the summer season.

1. Frida Hoops, $25 | Revolve 2. Blue Multi Seed Bead Hoop Earrings, $25 | INKALLOY 3. First Sunrise Multi Color Beaded Earrings, $31 | Lulus


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The trend that we’re hoping is here to stay! Gold chain link earrings have a way of being modern while still giving a nod to the classic gold earring. We can’t get enough of them!


1. Harris Bold Chain Earrings, $345 | Mejuri 2. Chain Earrings, $52 | Uncommon James 3. Parker Link Hoops, $55 | Gorjana Jewelry




Talk about a fun trend to really play up your personality and spice up your summer style. Maybe they’re different sizes or two designs that cohesively go together. Either way they’re a winning look!

2 1. Betsey Johnson Lemon Mismatched Earrings, $58 | Dillards 2. 14K Gold & 0.09 TCW Diamond Mismatched Earrings, $275 | Saks Fifth Avenue 3. Color Block Geometric Mismatched Drop Earrings, $5 | SHEIN

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It’s safe to say we’re all itching for that weekend getaway in the sun. Things are finally opened up and getting back to normal, lucky for us, right in time for summer! As you start packing for that much needed trip away, be sure you’ve included these vacay staples to ensure you’re styled and ready for the heat!

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S ha d y C ha r a c te r Pa c k a b l e Wi d e Brim Hat, $68 | Fr e e Pe o p l e

What’s a vacation without the perfect sun hat? It’s important to not only be styled to perfection, but to keep your face out of the direct sun; especially on those long beach days!

Her r ingbo ne St r a w Fedo r a , $59.50 | Ba na na R epublic

M a i s i e S tr a w V i s o r, $ 2 4 | Ur b a n O u t f i tt e r s

S t r a w Fr i n g e B e a c h H a t , $ 3 9 . 9 9 | B a n a n a R e public

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Da il y S h irt in Tex t ura l S t rip e, $ 7 8 | Ma dewel l

R o ll Ta b Sleev e Tw i s t Cr o p To p & Pa l a zzo Pa nt s Set , $2 3 | SH EIN

Ma rva Emb roid e r e d Bel t ed Ma x i Ca f t a n b y A l ice + Ol ivia , $ 8 9 5 | S a ks Fif t h A v e n u e

T he Pe rfe ct Pal azzo Pant, $80 | Summe rsalt

Whether it’s a pair of palazzo pants , a patterned caftan or a beachy button-up blouse, the key to the perfect getaway suitcase is bringing pieces that are breezy and comfortable.

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A vacation is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your shoes, but to also keep comfort in mind. You’ll want something that’s cute but will also support those kickers during all of that walking and sight-seeing!

C h a m br a y Ank le-wr a p E s p a d r ille Wedges , $ 4 9 | J .Cr ew Fa ct o r y

Gemma Slides, $50 | Tk e e s

Poe tic Justice Sand al in nud e , $38 | Calypso B outique

UO M i m i S u e d e E s p a d r ille S a n d a l , $ 4 9 | Ur b a n Out fit t er s

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Ev e ryw he r e Be lt Bag, $38 | Lulule mon

T h e 2 6” Ch eck-In R o ller Suit ca s e, $2 58 | BEIS

L o cket S tr a w L a rg e F l a p S h oul der B a g , $ 37 8 | K a t e S p a de

Straw Tote Bag, $32 | G ap

A perfectly styled getaway starts with the luggage. Pack in style and bring accessories that are helpful and stylish. You can’t go wrong with a crossbody purse while you’re on vacation!

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Life+ +Style


boutique spotlight: Rodeo Drive Celebrates 28 Years


Lou For You: Neighborhoods


Louisville Attractions


special advertising: Go Local

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August Trunk Shows

Boutique Spotlight:

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n Thursday, September 9, from 10 am - 8 pm, Rodeo Drive, located in the Holiday Manor Shopping Center, will celebrate its 28th anniversary in style! To celebrate, Rodeo Drive will be offering 28% off your entire purchase for the whole day (in-store and online), spin-to-wins, giveaways, and a ton of other great surprises. “We know how to throw a party!” says Raquel Koff, owner of Rodeo Drive. Raquel Koff opened Rodeo Drive in 1993 as an evening wear boutique. Over the last 28 years, the store has evolved into a one-stop-shop for all things fashion. Rodeo Drive’s stylists work one-on-one with customers for a personal shopping experience, creating the perfect look for any event or just updating items they already have in their closets. According to Raquel, “You have to continue to grow, change, and stay relevant.” She credits her daughter and co-owner, Michelle Tasman, with keeping her finger on the pulse of fashion trends and technology.

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Leading up to the September anniversary festivities, Rodeo Drive is pleased to present weekly trunk shows in August: » » » »

Lafayette 148, August 10 - August 14th Joseph Ribkoff, August 16th - August 20th L’Agence, August 23 - August 28th Authentic Luxury Handbags, August 31 - September 4th

3 Reasons to Hire an Event Planner 1) SAVE MONEY: Planners know how to maximize a budget. Not sure if your budget is reasonable? A pro can help you decide where you should allocate most of your funds for maximum effect. They also know how to help you avoid costly mistakes. 2) SAVE TIME: Planners have a network of vendors they coordinate with, so they can direct you to the best people to work with, without you having to spend valuable time doing the research. They keep the timeline organized so you never miss a beat in planning. 3) SAVE STRESS: Planners are experts in logistics and details. They make sure you meet deadlines and comply with legal requirements. They make sure the event runs flawlessly, so you can focus on your event’s objectives, instead of worrying about what you may have forgotten. When all the stores shut down last March due to COVID, Rodeo Drive developed a LIVE shopping show that enabled them to continue selling their merchandise and staying engaged with their customers. “Think QVC, but you know us. The shows are always entertaining and enable customers to get a feel for the store’s personalities and the vast array of styles, sizes, and prices that we offer,” says Michelle.

VERONICA STIVERS Owner, Big Day Events

Owning and operating Rodeo Drive is a family affair. Michelle grew up at the store as a child and spent her summers steaming clothes, tagging merchandise, and learning the family business from her mother, Raquel Koff, owner of Rodeo Drive. Working as a mother-daughter duo is a blessing, “We respect each others’ opinions, and our strengths and weaknesses balance each other out,” says Raquel. “We both have a love for people and have developed personal friendships and connections with our customers. Being honest with our customers about what looks good on them builds loyalty and trust. We are thrilled to be celebrating 28 years and look forward to keeping Louisville fashionable for many more years to come!” Shop virtually with Rodeo Drive every Tuesday at 7 pm on their APP (Shop Rodeo Drive) or Facebook page @shoprodeodrive. Visit, download the Shop Rodeo Drive app (free on the App Store and Google Play), and follow @shoprodeodrive on Instagram and Facebook. 

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(and that’s not the bourbon talking). You’ve planted your feet in Louisville – Now let us help you hit the ground running!

Greater Louisville is a city grounded in the belief that compassion carries us all forward. Plus, there’s something to do around every affordable corner, and friendly faces to help you along the way. No matter how you say it, it’s the place to be.

Live in Lou, an initiative of Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has everything you need to live, work, and play in Louisville. is where you can find Louisville’s largest local job board, information on neighborhoods, and fun things to do. You can even pick up all your favorite Louisville swag! Plus, our City Champs program can connect new residents to city ambassadors that can help you make connections and give you the low down on the best hotspots, restaurants, and more (like networking) so you can get acclimated to your new city.

Follow us @liveinlou for all the latest things to do in Lou, the scoop on the best local spots, GIVEAWAYS and more!


Ask a local what makes Louisville great, and the most common response involves its neighborhoods. From the heart of the city radiating out to suburbs, exurbs, neighboring counties, and Southern Indiana, the distinctive communities of Louisville Metro and the surrounding area contribute to the feeling that this city has something for everyone. BY DAWN ANDERSON

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Live in Lou

In your search for the perfect neighborhood for you, your family, or your business to call home, Live in Lou is a great place to start! An initiative of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI, the Metro Chamber of Commerce, Live in Lou wants you to know what makes the Louisville area “the most authentic place in the nation” to live, work, and play. Established in 2016, Live in Lou’s website is home to the most extensive local jobs board -


ccording to Vice President, Talent, Workforce & Brand Strategies Christine Tarquinio, Louisville’s affordability, low cost of living, and relatively inexpensive housing make it an ideal place “to begin and grow careers.” The local communities offer endless opportunities to “get involved in nonprofits through volunteering and serving on boards.” Christine also credits the food scene and park systems as significant draws.

higher-skilled, higher-wage career pathways. “Through upskilling, reskilling, and training, the Career Acceleration Network can help navigate the process of obtaining a liveable, family-supporting wage.”Career pathways are available in business, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology. Some CAN employers include Baptist Health, Galt House Hotel, LG&E and KU Energy, Norton Healthcare, and United Parcel Service.

Once you’ve got the job, promotion, or transfer, Live in Lou’s City Champs ( network of local ambassadors is a tremendous resource for connection and support. “Employers help the employee with relocating. City Champs also get the trailing spouse or partner networked into different communities and opportunities,” says Christine. In addition to ten counties in Kentucky, Live in Lou serves five Southern Indiana counties.

On June 1, GLI launched the Finding You in Lou ( intern development program geared to college juniors and seniors. Finding You in Lou offers weekly programming in professional leadership training and a four-week cohort in the summer. “We work hand-in-hand to keep interns in Louisville and stay involved in all things to do with their post-grad experience,” says Olivia Sievert, GLI Director of Communications and Public Relations.

GLI’s Career Acceleration Network (CAN - helps move job seekers from low-skill, low-wage positions to

Visit and follow @liveinlou on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter for fantastic giveaways!

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riginally known as “East Market District,” NuLu (New Louisville) was “a center for regional commerce” from the early 1800s through the 1950s. The Bourbon Stock Yards and Market provided livestock and butchering, while the Haymarket was an urban source of fruits and vegetables. Running between the two markets, rows of shops sold dry and home goods. In the 1820s, the streets were the scene of spontaneous horse races. According to NuLu Business Association President Rick Murphy, Joe Ley Antiques (permanently closed in 2019) led to a reimagining of the neighborhood and its revival as a commercial center in 1982. During the 1980s and 90s, it became a popular area for local artists and galleries. The NuLu name originated with NuLu Art Gallery. The neighborhood has been featured in the New York Times, Condé Nast, Garden & Gun, and Travel & Leisure. “NuLu is the #1 most requested neighborhood map at Louisville Tourism and airport information,” says Rick. “Over $500 million has been invested in new residential development and commercial projects, including AC Hotel NuLu, Gateway to NuLu, and NuLu Marketplace.” Real estate investor Mo Deljoo is “so excited to be part of the Nulu community. Nulu Marketplace is a mixed-use occupancy development comprised of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, offices, and shortstay lodging. We feel that the marketplace is a good gathering spot for all who visit NuLu's vibrant neighborhood.”

Nulu Marketplace grand opening, April 2021. Photo by Dick Arnspiger.

NULU’S proximity to the waterfront and Downtown, Butchertown, Crescent Hill, and Bardstown Road make it a vital corridor connecting the city’s heart. The concentration of businesses, ample parking, and wide sidewalks with shady tree canopies make NuLu an easily accessible and walkable area. In addition to art, boutiques, and a range of dining options, NuLu boasts three distilleries, six craft breweries, and thirty unique vacation rentals within

Kacy Jackson’s” The Unified Race” mural in progress, April 2021. Photo by Dick Arnspiger.

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walking distance. Six Sisters Boutique determined that over 60% of their credit card sales in the last two years have come from zip codes outside Jefferson County.

Phoenix Hill


uLu’s neighbor to the south is Phoenix Hill, with many neighborhood residences in the National Historic District. Shotgun houses are the predominant residential architecture, narrowly built with rooms arranged one behind the other for maximum airflow in the days before air conditioning. In addition to classic restorations, modernized shotgun houses have added to the neighborhood’s character.

On September 18, NuLu Fest will shut down the 600, 700, and 800 blocks of East Market Street for its annual block party. The street festival features arts and crafts, local food and retail vendor booths, and food trucks. This family-friendly fest also provides a kids’ area and entertainment from sonaBLAST! Records.

Originally settled by German immigrants in the early half of the 19th century, Phoenix Hill now has a diverse population of residents, restaurants, businesses, and industries. The Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Association’s Phoenix Hill Nulu Farmer’s Market at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply is open on Tuesdays from 3-6 pm. Follow @PhoenixHillNeighborhood on Facebook and @phoenixhillofficial on Instagram.

Visit for more information and an interactive mobile map. Follow the latest updates @nuluofficial on Facebook and Instagram and @NuLuLouisville on Twitter.

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Louis R. Straub, II, Independence Bank President

The Jefferson County League of Cities (JCLC) is made up of 80 wonderful, unique cities within Jefferson County that encompass our home, Louisville. And Independence Bank understands the impact and need for preserving the tradition and heritage of each individual city. “At Independence Bank, we know the importance of taking an active role to support our cities and community. Each one reflects a distinctive personality of progress, tradition and heritage. Working together makes us all stronger,” explains Independence Bank President, Louis R. Straub, ll (and former Mayor of The City of Thornhill). Aside from preserving history, the league of cities has on many occasions worked together to navigate difficult times. “Since 1955, organizations like JCLC have united in purpose on state and local issues they have in common to protect and preserve the communities they serve,” said Bill Dieruf, Mayor of the City of Jeffersontown.

Bonnie Jung, President of JCLC and Mayor of the City of Douglass Hills

Bill Dieruf, Mayor of the City of Jeffersontown

During his tenure as President of JCLC, Dieruf spearheaded a united effort for new technology and public safety practices. “There are countless examples of every city joining together to help one another this past year. I was fortunate enough to visit more than 187 Kentucky cities during the pandemic to help mayors understand the complexity of the federal stimulus funding process.” But these entities cannot do their great work alone. Organizations, large and small, have a place and a voice in the progress of their respective cities. This is both a privilege and a responsibility for community minded organizations to join together. “Outside partnerships are vital to the progress and sustainability of our cities. When everyone is a stakeholder in the community’s needs, we move forward,” says Bonnie Jung, President of JCLC and Mayor of the City of Douglass Hills. “Independence Bank has provided leadership on several community issues and really helped to make an impact along the way.”

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he St. Matthews area was first settled during the Revolutionary War and developed around the intersection of Breckenridge Lane, Shelbyville Road, and Westport Road. Formerly known as Gilman’s Point after a local tavern owner, the post office adopted the St. Matthews name in 1851 following the completion of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in 1850. In the early 20th century, the St. Matthews Produce Exchange and the proliferation of urban transit and automobile traffic began to change the rural landscape, subdividing into residential areas and shopping districts.

ST. MATTHEWS is one of the major shopping areas in Kentucky, with Mall St. Matthews and several smaller shopping centers along Shelbyville Road.

Photo by Danny Alexander.

Mayor Rick Tonini describes the city of St. Matthews as “a close-knit community of true neighbors spanning multiple generations and known for their kindness.” City Clerk/Treasurer Susan Clark shared weekend morning trips to Plehn’s Bakery as an example of shared family traditions. With a nice variety of older and newer homes, and beautiful mature trees, St.Matthews is “an area people want to be in and be part of,” says the mayor. The city has its own police and public works departments, and residential and commercial real estate is in high demand. According to Mayor Tonini, flower beds, parks, walking paths, and residential streets are kept in excellent condition, even in winter. St. Matthews Community Center is undergoing remodeling and updating to host public and private events. St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership and Business Relations Josh Suiter shared a rundown of the city’s signature events through the end of 2021. Movies in the Park is an all-new free community program for 2021, temporarily replacing the annual St. Matthews Street Festival. The movies begin on Friday nights at sundown

Photo by Danny Alexander.

in Trinity Stadium: Toy Story (8/20), Zootopia (9/10), Mary Poppins Returns (9/17), and Goosebumps (10/15). Halloween in Brown Park (@HalloweeninBrownPark on Facebook) takes place 11 am - 3 pm on October 23, with dozens of vendors giving out candy and small treats and toys. On December 4, from 3-6 pm, Light Up St. Matthews will feature an inflatable snowglobe, craft station,

ice skating, and train ride, along with complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and pics with Santa. Visit and for more information. Follow The Chamber of St. Matthews on LinkedIn, @ StMatthewsChamber on Facebook, @chamberstmatthews on Instagram, and @ChamberStMatts on Twitter.

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nspired by “Sweetie Pie,” her grandmother, Amy Wagner became a professional home stager for her company Reflections of You, by Amy in 2008. In just a few years, she’s hit the ground running and become an award-winning interior designer. Now, she’s expanded her business by becoming a realtor with Kraft Fine Homes, brokered by eXp Realty.

In 2012, Amy designed her first Homearama Showcase Home, approaching the project through the eyes of a stager; the goal was to sell the house. Due to this approach, the home sold within three days, and Amy was also awarded the Favorite Interior Designer of the show. In 2015, after years of working with contractors on kitchen and bath remodels, Amy decided to start A & K Home Services as a general contractor where she now runs the crews for remodeling projects. It was a natural fit for Amy to expand and get her real estate license in October 2020, now working with Kraft Fine Homes, brokered by eXp Realty. Amy adds value to the customer’s experience by dealing with all layers of the buying, design and remodeling world. If a client is interested in selling their home, she first goes with them, room by room, through a walkthrough. Her goal is to help create a turn-key listing for potential buyers, which means they can move and live in the house right away, eliminating future projects. The company can replace countertops, paint, stage, and more; Amy says clients can use her company as much or as little as they want, but she will see the project from beginning to end.

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Reflections of You, by Amy offers 6,000-square-feet of furniture and accessories to stage vacant homes, or they can provide decluttering and pre-packing services to better showcase the home. “I tell clients, ‘Keep in mind, we are selling the house, not your pretty things,’' Amy says. So, she focuses on architectural features and the focal points for buyers, including staging, updating and listing the home for the current owner. When clients follow Amy’s plan, she says she can sell their home faster and for top dollar.

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Now, Amy’s reputation precedes her. She’s featured on a local home improvement show, Kraft Fine Homes Luxury Showcase of Homes (airs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on WBNA), in multiple magazines, as well as on other marketing avenues like social media. Because of her great reputation in the community and with clients, Amy doesn’t put her name on a property unless it is move-in ready. “The proof is in the pudding,” she says. Amy knows her stuff, too. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Louisville, and certification in Expert

Psychological Staging, so she can eliminate the emotional triggers in a home that will push away or draw in potential buyers. Amy says the quality of her advice and services is what set her apart from other companies. When a client lists a property with Amy and Kraft Fine Homes, she charges a flat staging rate that the homeowner can waive until closing. When she’s taking on a customer as a buying agent, Amy eliminates questions they might have on remodeling costs, so they understand completely what they’re looking at financially, then she hires a team for the

renovation. Amy’s company can furnish the home, provide window treatments, area rugs, appliances and more. “I can help as much or as little as you want,” she says. Amy says she wants to take the stress out of the process of buying and selling. She feels great when someone sells their home based on her advice. “(It’s the) icing on the cake, the rewarding feeling that I get when I’ve helped sell their house fast and for top dollar,” she says. “If you follow my plan, it will sell for top dollar and fast. There’s a value in the advice I give folks.” 

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he independent, home-rule-class City of Middletown is in northeast Jefferson County. In 1797, Jefferson County Court initially incorporated the early Kentucky settlement, named for its location halfway between Downtown Louisville and Shelbyville. A trading center for surrounding farms, the Middletown area transformed from rural to suburban with a 1910 rail line establishment allowing an easy commute to jobs downtown. The City has its own small 24-hour paid police department based at city hall and is included in LMPD’s 8th Division. Middletown has two Historic Districts and several structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historical sites include Historic Middletown Museum on charming Main Street, Aetna Gas Station, the War Memorial, and Wetherby House - a year older than the town itself. Middletown also has a busy dining and shopping district along Shelbyville Road.

Main Street’s Cottage Café is a popular quaint and kitschy lunch spot, famous for its cakes, pies, burger, and “best in town!” chicken salad. The café also serves up a slew of salads with homemade dressings and Louisville originals like Benedictine and Hot Browns. Getting back to the dessert case, Ebony & Ivory is a devil’s food cake with fluffy white frosting draped in a fudgy Courtesy photo. ganache. The Miss Margaret has Heath bits in the cake and buttercream crowned with a genalso has a line of Shine Hard Seltzers. erous drizzle of chocolate ganache. Other The annual Middletown Family Fun Festifan favorites are Peanut Butter Bars, Turtle val and Craft Show (middletownsfamilyfun. Cheesecake, Strawberry Roll, Nana’s Choc- com) in Wetherby Park is Friday, September olate Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake, 10, from 6-9 pm, and Saturday, September 11, and Lemon Cake with lemon mousse and 10 am - 9 pm. There are 150+ food and craft seven-minute frosting. Barry White Cake, vendors, a dog show, parade, bands, Kids covered in berry mousse and garnished with Fun Zone, and nighttime Glow Show. strawberries, is the newest hit. Visit and middleGreat Flood Brewing Co. on Shelbyville Follow Middletown Road is a restaurant and brewery with a pub Chamber of Commerce on Facebook. food menu of wings, New York-style pizza, burgers, and more. Their beers range from Blonde Ale to ‘37 Coffee Porter. The brewery

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n the late 18th century, Revolutionary War veterans and other primarily German settlers populated the area that would eventually become known as Jeffersontown. After Abraham Bruner purchased 122 acres of land in 1974, opened a tannery, and sold off plots to business owners along Main and Market Streets (now Watterson Trail and Taylorsville Road), the settlement’s residents referred to it as Brunerstown. This name would stick for more than a century even though the town was officially incorporated and named after Vice-President Thomas Jefferson in 1797. Jeffersontown is classified as a second-class city with its own police, fire, and EMS. Approximately 35,000 people commute into the city, many to Bluegrass Commerce Park - formerly known as Bluegrass Industrial Park. The variety of businesses has grown significantly since the 1970s and exemplifies the city tagline, “Where community and commerce meet.” Jeffersontown is also home to national or regional headquarters of companies such as Rescare, Signature Health, Phoenix Engineering, Sazerac, and Appriss. Beyond the hustle and bustle, Jeffersontown also boasts a lovely parks system. Veterans Memorial Park, the first park in Kentucky solely dedicated to veterans, features the Walk of Veterans, historical military equipment, pavilions, playgrounds, sports facilities, and The Jeffersonian reception hall. Skyview Park is home to youth sports leagues and a splash park.

GASLIGHT SQUARE is still the charm and beating heart of Jeffersontown, enjoying a renaissance of locally-owned entrepreneurial businesses and restaurants. Retail, dining, and offices occupy the ground floors of the buildings on the square, with renovated residential spaces above. On Saturdays, Gaslight Square Pavilion is the site of Jeffersontown Farmers’ Market. “The square’s small nostalgic community is a complete live-work-play environment,” says Deana Karem, President of The Chamber Jeffersontown, the area’s second-largest Chamber of Commerce. September 12-19, 2021, will mark 52 years for the annual Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, which started as a small street party in 1969. Now the fifth-largest festival in the region, The Gaslight Festival hosted by The Chamber Jeffersontown draws an estimated 200,000 yearly visitors. The festival features a motorcycle rally benefiting USA Cares, a car show, golf scramble, 5K, balloon glow, a parade with bands, dance groups, sponsored floats, live entertainment, and more than 200 arts, crafts, and commercial booths. For more Gaslight Festival details, see and follow @Chamber.Jeffersontown on Facebook and @chamberjeffersontown on Instagram. Visit for the full calendar of Jeffersontown events.

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Old Louisville




Beginning in the 1960s, people relocating from big cities to take advantage of Louisville’s lower cost of living began moving into the area and rehabbing the old houses, often restoring and returning apartment buildings to single-family homes. The apartments that remained were popular with University of Louisville Photo by Danny Alexander students. However, with new high-rise apartment buildings on campus, many Old Louisville apartments are favored by artists who appreciate the low rents for living and studio space.

“Downtown Louisville has evolved over the years with the growth of our region. While it has always served as a central business district, attractions like the Center for the Arts, the KFC Yum! Center, Fourth Street Live keep and bring people Downtown even after the traditional 9-5 business hours.” Downtown has something for everyone, “Whether you are a sports fan, a bourbon enthusiast, lover of the performing arts, or a foodie looking for a unique meal, there is a top-notch experience waiting for you in Downtown Louisville.”

Old Louisville is home to galleries, boutiques, and shops, including Koko, Forage, J&J Music Shop, Dreamlight Antiques, and Birdie & Vi’s, and classic restaurants such as Buck’s, Amici Cafe, Old Louisville Tavern, 610 Magnolia, Sabor Latino, The Granville Pub, and Pizza Donisi. Other points of interest are North Lime Donuts, Bourbon Bae’s Bakery, Garden Girl Foods, Old Louisville Brewery, and The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. Between this summer’s 61st annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park and the 65th Annual St. James Court Art Show™ on Oct 1-3, Old Louisville will be hopping. The Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival occurs on August 27, followed by Jazz in Central Park on August 29. On Friday nights in September, Old Louisville Live in Central Park features The Crashers on September 10 and Kate Toupin on September 17. All events are free. Victorian tours are available through the Old Louisville Visitors Center Tuesday-Saturday at 11 am & 1:30 pm. Purchase tickets at Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Chairman Derrick Pedolzky describes Old Louisville as “diverse, inclusive, a melting pot really” that is also family-friendly. Made safer by a partnership with LMPD, crime rates are dropping, and neighborhood associations are strong. Derrick recommends the We Love Old Lou Facebook page and Old Louisville Parents Facebook group. For more information, visit and follow @oldlouisvilleneighborhood on Facebook and @oldlouisville on Instagram.

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owntown Louisville is Kentucky’s largest central business district and the urban center of Louisville Metro. The Ohio River and Fort Nelson spurred the city’s initial development. In 1783, Colonel William Pope, a third cousin to George Washington, made the survey and original city plan. “The historic architecture and unique offerings of our Downtown attract a lot of new residents to Louisville,” says Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce.

UPCOMING EVENTS INCLUDE: » Republic Bank First Friday Gallery Hop (monthly) » 8/6, 8/7, 9/10, 9/14 - Live on the Lawn at Waterfront Park Concert Series » 8/7 - Summer Beer Fest at Frazier » 9/11 & 9/12 - Big Four Arts Festival » 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22 - WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series » Louisville Bats Games ( “Like so many cities across the globe, our Downtown was hardest hit by the pandemic as more people worked from home and tourism halted,” says Davasher-Wisdom. “A few months ago, GLI partnered with Louisville Forward, Louisville Downtown Partnership, and Louisville Tourism to launch a social campaign called Lou Needs You ( louneedsyou/) to drive locals back Downtown to patronize their favorite shops, restaurants, and attractions. Since then, we have seen an overwhelming response. Many businesses have reopened, and new businesses are being announced.” Davasher-Wisdom served on the Steering Committee of a team of about 70, led by Louisville Forward ( government/louisville-forward) Co-chief Rebecca Fleischaker. The Team developed the Louisville Downtown Revitalization Team Action Plan (, detailing ways Louisville Metro Government, businesses, and community partners could work together to bring people and businesses back downtown as the state lifted pandemic restrictions. According to Mayor Greg Fischer, “Downtown is the heart of Louisville, and a vibrant, healthy downtown is essential for any thriving city.”

Photo by Danny Alexander

ocated just south of Downtown Louisville, from Broadway to the University of Louisville between Floyd and 9th Streets, Old Louisville is the largest, almost exclusively Victorian historic preservation district in the U.S. The Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Central Park is the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center site adjacent to the charming, gaslit St.James-Belgravia Historic District within Old Louisville. Originally called the Southern Extension, Old Louisville was once home to the wealthiest Louisvillians before a decline in the early to mid-1900s.


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he West End of Louisville is home to nearly a dozen neighborhoods, including Beecher Terrace, Chickasaw, Hallmark, Park Duvalle, Parkland, Russell, and Shawnee and Portland along the Ohio River. Algonquin, Boone Square, Chickasaw, Elliott, Shawnee, and Victory are all Olmsted-designed parks. Mansions lined some streets of West Louisville until around the 1890s, when many well-to-do families left for Old Louisville just to the south of Downtown. Working-class families moved into the area,

popularizing shotgun houses. However, many historic homes with Victorian architecture remain on Northwestern and Southwestern Parkways into Chickasaw Park. West Louisville’s Black club and restaurant scene rivaled Harlem in the mid-twentieth century. The area celebrates its proud African-American heritage with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum, and Portland Museum. West End restaurants have undergone something of a renaissance in the past five years or so. Some top dining destinations are Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen, Indi’s Fast Food, Lucretia’s Kitchen, Roof Top Grill, Sweet Peaches, and The Table. The West End Opportunity Partnership ( plans to improve

quality of life and revitalize economic development with more than $30 million initial investment from the state government and a $2.5 million leadership grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation. The vision of OneWest ( community development corporation is “Beautiful, vibrant structures that house great restaurants, affordable grocery options, and high-quality retail and services will all be a part of the rich commercial tapestry of west Louisville and will increase opportunities for employment and business development.” Their current projects include 1405 Warehouse, Royal Theater, and South 18th Street Row Houses. Louisville Metro still has over $300 million left to distribute in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan. West Louisvillians made their case at a hearing in late July.




stablished in 1854 along Beargrass Creek and located off of East Broadway between The Highlands and Downtown Louisville, Paristown has recently undergone a major revitalization as a cultural arts and entertainment district, adding Christy’s Garden, Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, and two spectacular historic restorations that now house The Café and Stoneware & Co. The building that houses The Café was built in 1875 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the gorgeous interior dining room with grand piano, the beautiful new atrium and outdoor garden dining area are part of this beloved local restaurant open for breakfast and lunch seven days per week and serving dinner Thursday through Sunday. The Cafe’s atrium connects directly to another distinctive historic restoration home to Stoneware & Co.’s remarkable new retail showroom and gallery. Visitors can browse the legendary, hand-crafted stoneware and gift items, take a factory tour, show off their artistic talents at the Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, or visit the recently opened Stoneware Museum that covers more than 200 years of stoneware and Kentucky history. Old Forester®’s Paristown Hall attracts world-class artists in widely diverse genres. Highly-anticipated shows are finally returning in late August 2021, starting with The Paul Thorn Band on August 27th. Other upcoming

Paristown and The Crashers event, April 2021. Photo by Dick Arnspiger.

events include Pixies on September 13th, Caamp on October 27th, as well as Sylvan Esso, The Wood Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Houndmouth, and more in November. On the third Saturday of each month from May through October, the Paristown Flea, curated by Fleur de Flea, takes over Brent Street with over 100 vendors. Enjoy “outdoor picking” from an eclectic mix of antiques, art deco, mid-century, vintage, vinyl, books, plants, and so much more! The monthly event also features live entertainment, food

trucks, and a pop-up bar serving Finlandia® Vodka Bloody Marys and Korbel® California Champagne Mimosas. In addition to concerts and the Paristown Flea, October will be a busy month with The Paristown Art Fair on October 8th and 9th and three days of Halloween events, including the annual Halloween Festival. Stay tuned to and find the latest updates and details @paristownky on Facebook and Instagram.

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orld-renowned architect, urban planner, and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism Andrés Duany led the initial planning session for Norton Commons in May 1997. “The goal was to create a community that stressed healthy living, walkable neighborhoods, and sensitivity to protecting the environment,” says Norton Commons Managing Director Charles Osborn III. “Historically, many of the best-planned communities in America are mixed-use, with a blend of housing ranging from single-family homes to apartments, townhomes and condos, all at different price points.” Covering nearly 600 acres in northeast Jefferson County, Norton Commons “is currently home to over 1800 residences, 90+ businesses, three schools, and dozens of parks, pools, and green spaces.” Roughly half of Norton Commons business owners are residents. In addition to retail shops, professional services, and specialty boutiques, Norton Commons has a vibrant independent restaurant scene “with nationally-recognized chefs serving up unique dishes from sushi to casual Italian trattoria, and beyond.”. The community setting and atmosphere are major draws for residents and businesses. “In Norton Commons, there is a significant focus on parks and green spaces as gathering places, which promote social interactions and getting to know your neighbors,” says Charles. “The design aesthetics are also a big part of the appeal. You will see very recognizable architectural elements from Old Louisville and the Cherokee Triangle.” The North Village, powered exclusively by renewable energy, is one of the largest geothermal developments in the United States. Around twenty live-work spaces have already been claimed in the new North Village Town Center. Lyric, the North Village’s new luxury apartment community, recently opened with extraordinary amenities and the promise of a couple of significant commercial tenants. Norton Commons will break ground this summer on The Hamlet, a 150-acre addition to the North Village extending into Oldham County. According to Charles, “There are 257 lots, allowing for a more rural feel with less

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density than Jefferson County sections of Norton Commons. The Hamlet will feature large parks and distinctive open spaces with a lake, fields, and mature wooded areas.” Oldham County issues only 40 building permits per year to avoid overwhelming its award-winning school district.” In addition to Homearama September 11-26 and the Courier-Journal Wine & Food Experience on October 9, Norton Commons hosts amphitheater concerts, shopping events, a growing art festival, street parties, educational events, and more. Visit and follow @ NortonCommonsKY on Facebook, Instagram, And Twitter.

Photo by Dick Arnspiger.

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As Louisville suburbs developed, the Bardstown Road business district experienced a decline. “Thanks to our tight-knit community of small and large businesses, wonderful neighborhoods associations, and government leaders,” Aaron says, the area has seen a remarkable revitalization. Louisvillians sometimes refer to Bardstown Road as “Restaurant Row” or “The Strip” due to its concentration of bars, eclectic businesses, and notable restaurants such as Bristol Bar & Grille, Seviche, and Uptown Café. “The Covid pandemic has shown once again how we all come together to find creative ways to recover and grow- which has been the spirit of the Highlands since its very beginning.” At least a half dozen new restaurants are coming to the area this year. The Highlands is home to two Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks, Cherokee and Tyler. Adjacent to Cherokee Park, Willow Park is home to free Sunday Summer Concerts. A recent change to the Bardstown Road traffic pattern provided more street parking “to encourage more walking and a greater sense of community” in an already

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entered along a three-mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue, The Highlands was named for its steep 60-foot incline above flood plain and location atop a ridge between forks of Beargrass Creek. According to Highland Commerce Guild President Aaron Givhan, “The Highlands has shown durability, adaptivity, and resiliency throughout its rich and storied history.” From the 1890s through Derby Day 1948, a streetcar line gradually extended from downtown onto Bardstown Road to access growing businesses outside downtown. Buses replaced streetcars as public transportation. pedestrian-friendly area. Aaron calls it “a nice mix of urban cool and quiet green spaces.” Monthly volunteer community cleanups keep the neighborhood green and clean. “Volunteerism in this community is outstanding, thanks to all the great neighborhood associations. We are an inclusive and supportive neighborhood,” says Aaron. On the third Wednesday of each month through November, Neighborhood Nights feature live music, business discounts, and free trolley rides along Bardstown Road. Louisville Pride Festival takes to the street on September 18. Bardstown Road Aglow ( returns on Saturday, December 4, 2021, with “a magnificent tree lighting with Santa Claus to kick off the holiday shopping season plus live music and festive holiday entertainment. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year for the Highlands.” For updates, follow @BardstownRoadAglow on Facebook and @AglowRoad on Twitter. Visit and follow @highlandcommerceguild on Facebook.

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he rural county, named for Revolutionary War Colonel William Oldham, was established in December 1823. On the northeast border of Jefferson County, Oldham County contains the county seat La Grange and the cities of Crestwood, Goshen, Orchard Grass Hills, Pewee Valley, and River Bluff. Towns and communities sprang up with the introduction of rail lines in the 1850s. Although increasingly suburban since


Shelby County


amed for Kentucky’s first governor Isaac Shelby, Shelby County is Jefferson County’s eastern neighbor. ShelbyKY Tourism President/CEO Chenelle McGee sets the scene: “Since Squire Boone and the pioneer days, Shelby County has been a rural complement to the Louisville area as a transportation corridor, waystation, and a place for travelers to rest. The lush landscape with scenic rolling drives past Saddlebred farms adds to the authentic Kentucky narrative we all know and love.” Julia Ann Hieronymus Tevis, a pioneer educator of Kentucky women, founded

Bulleit Distilling Company. Courtesy photo,

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the 1970s, Oldham County has retained much of its rural character. It is the birthplace of influential early filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Mike Thomas, the father of professional golfer Justin Thomas, is a PGA teaching professional at Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen.

on the Green are popular regional art festivals. Some top foodie destinations in Oldham County are The Red Pepper Deli, Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, Barn8, One Nineteen West Main, and Bully Barbecue. La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisans continues each Saturday 9 am - 1 pm through October 30.

With proximity to the river, a beautiful rolling landscape, and charming communities, there is plenty to see and do in Oldham County. Outdoorsy folks will appreciate golfing, farm tours, hiking trails, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, and Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. Enjoy a craft bourbon distillery tour at Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.

Prospect is a home-rule-class city that straddles Jefferson and Oldham counties and one of Kentucky’s wealthiest communities. Known as “Sand Hill” by area farmers in the late 1700s, Prospect became more suburban starting in the 1960s. Located in The Breakers at Prospect, the 2021 Southern Living Idea House has stunning river views. Purchase tour tickets at A portion of the proceeds goes to The Lee Initiative and Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana.

Take a nostalgic trip to LaGrange for Trains on Main and Sauerbeck Family Drive-In, one of the newest drive-in movie theaters in the US. Sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County, Oldham Fall Arts Show and Arts

Science Hill Female Academy in the county seat of Shelbyville. Tevis was an abolitionist determined to impart to her students a social conscience and mastery of the sciences. Over its 114-year history, Science Hill enjoyed a reputation as one of the South’s premier college preparatory schools. The former school is now the site of Wakefield Scearce Galleries and The Red Lion at Science Hill Tudor-style pub and New American Restaurant. Following a tradition of strong female leadership in the county, Martha Layne Collins of Bagdad and Shelbyville became Kentucky’s first female governor in 1983. According to Chenelle, “Shelby County provides locals and visitors the charm of small-town living with high-class amenities,” true to its motto of "Good Land, Good Living, Good People.” The area’s contributions to the bourbon industry include Jeptha Creed

Visit and follow @TourOldhamCountyKY on Facebook and @oldhamcountytourismky on Instagram.

Distillery, owned and operated by Master Distiller Joyce Nethery, and Bulleit Distilling Company’s “state-of-the-art facility and tasting experience.” Shelby County is also home to the only designer outlet mall in Kentucky, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Families love the horse trail rides and tours and “you-pick” farms. On the event calendar, the Shelbyville Horse Show takes place August 4-7. The Barrel Room will host Comedy Night on August 13. The Gallrein Farms Fall Festival is on October 1. “In September, Shelbyville will open its first Conference Center providing guests a centralized location for small meetings and events.” For more information, visit visitshelbyky. com and follow @VisitShelbyKY on Facebook and @visit_shelbyky on Instagram.

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Jeffersonville, Indiana


ocated directly across the Ohio River from Downtown Louisville, Jeffersonville, Indiana, was named after newly-elected President Thomas Jefferson in 1801. Jeffersonville (or “Jeff” for short) has a vital downtown and riverfront area full of bars, restaurants, boutiques, and businesses. Some highlights of the food scene are Adrienne & Co. Bakery & Café, Bridge & Barrel, Cast Iron Steakhouse, Come Back Inn, Portage House, Red Yeti, and Upland Brewing Co.

Schimpff’s Confectionery & Candy Museum opened at its present location of 347 Spring Street on April 11, 1891. Gustav Schimpff, Sr. and Jr. started the business, which has remained open through generations of “wars, floods, depressions, and recessions.” The family began making candy in Louisville in the 1850s and moved to Jeffersonville in 1871. A multitude of Schimpff siblings and relatives were involved in other businesses in the candy-making trade.


New Albany, Indiana


he city of New Albany, Indiana, Floyd County’s county seat, is across the Ohio River from Louisville’s West End, connected by the Sherman Minton Bridge. In 1779, George Rogers Clark captured the territory and was awarded most of the land in Floyd County. The Scribner brothers of New York arrived at the Falls of the Ohio in July 1813, founded New Albany, and named it after New York state capital Albany. New Albany was Indiana’s largest city until

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Schimpff’s is still family-owned and famous for Red Hots, Modjeskas, and hard candy fish. Main Street America® designated the nonprofit Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc. as a nationally accredited Main Street program in 2021 “for its exceptional commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.” Jeffersonville’s Main Street, Inc. uses “a four-point approach that includes economic vitality, design, promotion, and organization. In addition to retail shops, the walkable downtown area is the center for government offices, the library, the post office, and other services such as attorneys, physicians, and insurance. Just north of Court Avenue is the NoCo Arts & Cultural District. Part of and adjacent to downtown Jeffersonville is the lively riverfront with parks, nature areas, and attractions like the Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion, the Ohio

Indianapolis overtook it in 1860. The city’s once-thriving steamboat industry ended by 1870. One of five Historic Districts on the National Register, Main Street’s 19th-century mansions hearken back to New Albany’s shipbuilding industry heyday. The William S. Culbertson Mansion, built 1867 to 1869 in Second Empire architectural style, is a can’tmiss attraction. The main shopping and dining district runs along Main and Market Streets. Indulge in some retail therapy at Dress & Dwell fashion boutique, Him Gentleman’s Boutique, The Odd Shop vintage store, Antiques Attic, and True North for home decor and gifts. Some restaurants unique to New Albany are The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria $ Public House, Floyd County Brewing Company, Brooklyn and the Butcher Modern Steakhouse, Lady Tron’s

River Greenway, and The RiverStage free entertainment venue. Open to pedestrians and cyclists only, the Big Four Bridge is a 30-minute walk over the Ohio River from Jeffersonville to Louisville. Jeffersonville’s events calendar is also worth crossing the river. Concerts in the Park are free on Friday evenings at 7 pm in Warder Park. Check out Jeffersonville Farmers Market Saturdays 9 am - 12 pm at Big Four Station. Also at Big Four Station, Abbey Road on the River celebrates the music of The Beatles September 2-6. For more information, visit and Follow @jeffersonville.indiana and @DowntownJeffersonville on Facebook and @downtownjeffersonville on Instagram.

Diner, Pints & Union, and Boomtown Kitchen. New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater is home to many free fair-weather concerts and events. Harvest Homecoming (, celebrated downtown and on the riverfront, is one of Indiana’s largest festivals. Scheduled for October 2-10, 2021, “Harvest Homecoming Festival volunteers are working diligently with state and local agencies to plan events for 2021 in accordance with state and local guidelines.” With 52 years of history behind it, the festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The 2021 festival theme is Roaring 20’s. Events include a parade, pageant, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin chunking, Bourbon on the River, and various booths, competitions, and shows. Visit and follow @ NewAlbanyIN on Facebook. 

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Louisville Attractions

The city is coming back to life, and the state economy is roaring. We are ready for you! Immerse yourself in the hospitality of the Gateway to the South. From arriving and departing in comfort and style to quintessential experiences unique to Louisville and Kentucky, find out why this is the place to be! BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS


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says Vice President of Communications Tonya Abeln. “As such an iconic, historic place to visit, honoring tradition and history is a priority.” Churchill Downs recently announced three multi-year capital improvement projects culminating with the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2024. TOPS LOUISVILLE | August 2021 61


1. In addition to the ongoing Turf Course

replacement and redesign, The Homestretch Club will be complete in time for the 148th Kentucky Derby in 2022. This $45 million grandstand renovation is adjacent to the TwinSpires along the homestretch, providing excellent sightlines to the starting gate and Big Board as well. The Club’s ticketed guests will enjoy a club-atmosphere hospitality concourse for betting and all-inclusive food and beverages from the new feature bar. Seating options include Trackside Lounges on the rail, terraced and covered outdoor dining tables, and cushioned Stadium Club seats.

2. Scheduled for completion by the 149th

Kentucky Derby in 2023, the $90 million Turn 1 Experience adds 5100 permanent all-inclusive stadium seats with views of “the picturesque first turn framed by the Twin Spires.” A hospitality venue below seats 2000 guests with access to a reserved viewing terrace along the rail.

3. Tentatively scheduled to debut at the

150th Kentucky Derby in 2024, the Paddock Area Redesign “will enhance and improve how people engage with the track.” Still in the early design stage, the redesign will introduce “new and innovative seating and experiences” and improve the flow of guests through the area.

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According to Abeln, “With new amenities and experiences, we maintain Churchill Downs as a premier racing destination for years to come and continue to position the racetrack as a bucket-list attraction.” Churchill Downs is a beloved, familiar place so many Louisvillians visit and share with others. “For locals, these projects will become an extension of home, with a variety of choices to pick your favorite spot yearround, not just for Derby time.”

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Opportunities to sample from those brands is a cornerstone of the festival this year — attendees will receive a signature Glenclarin glass to use. But it’s not just about trying new bourbons. Participants can partake in a vintage and rare bourbon auction, or cheer on the competitors at the annual World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay Race. Exclusive conversations with industry legends (and those destined to become legends) along with unique culinary and cocktail classes offer interactive sessions to enjoy. For the first time in its history, this year the KBF is offering single-barrel picks from a dozen distilleries, hand-selected by the KBF team, master distillers and other experts. Available in very limited quantities, bottles are available exclusively at Justins’ House of Bourbon in Louisville and Lexington ahead of the festival, with a portion reserved for sale at the festival itself. With plans already in the works for 2022, Prasse knows demand for the festival will continue to grow. Mark your calendar for the 31st annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival taking place Sept. 14-18, 2022. Can’t wait until next September to get your bourbon on? Enjoy the Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s debut Bourbon Capital BBQ Challenge & Distillery Invitational June 10-11, 2022, in Bardstown. The event will showcase distillery cook teams competing and enjoying some industry-renowned camaraderie alongside nationally known pit masters smoking the competition during the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cook-off.




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he Kentucky Derby is the most iconic event in Louisville,” says Rachel Collier Carr, Director of Communications for the Kentucky Derby Museum. The independent, nonprofit Kentucky Derby Museum, located on the grounds of historic Churchill Downs Racetrack, encapsulates that experience like no other. A $16 general admission ticket to the museum gains access to two floors of exhibits, “The Greatest Race” - an epic 18-minute 360° film, and a 30-minute Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby Museum is Churchill Downs’ exclusive tour provider. Kentucky Derby Museum’s Bourbon and Bridles Experience combines two Kentucky classics: Bourbon and Thoroughbred horses. This tour mixes bourbon and horse racing history, then moves inside the Museum for a bourbon flight and Mint Julep making and tasting. The 90-minute experience includes a special Churchill Downs tour, Museum general admission, and interactive Mint Julep mixology. Learn about the history of Kentucky’s signature drink, its ingredients, and why we “slap” the mint. Guests will receive a gift bag with Mint Julep syrup and recipe, Modjeska candy, a Derby glass, and more!

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Immerse yourself in two of Kentucky’s most treasured icons: Bourbon and Thoroughbreds. Enjoy a visit to Churchill Downs, a Bourbon tasting, and learn how to make a Mint Julep in this interactive experience.

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Tour groups of 15 or more attend Mint Julep University, mixing up cocktails while enjoying bourbon balls - a favorite Kentucky dessert. Upon graduation, take a commemorative “class photo” and boast to your friends. Custom Mint Julep gift bags are available for purchase. Cheers! For an immersive, all-day experience, the Hermitage Farm and Derby Museum Tour covers the Derby, bourbon, and horses upclose and personal. The day begins with a Churchill Downs Tour, “The Greatest Race,” and Museum exploration. Then board the shuttle to beautiful Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky, for a Garden and Sustainability Tour, Farm Fresh Lunch, Cocktail Class, and Thoroughbred Tour. “Touch, pet, and interact” with Hermitage Farm Lippizans in the Sport Horse barn. On your return, be sure to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum Store to pick up some keepsakes!

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ccording to Louisville Regional Airport Authority Executive Director Dan Mann, all the latest infrastructure modifications to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) may not be readily apparent to the frequent traveler. Rental car pick-up was relocated into the parking garage for added convenience, security, and proximity to baggage claim. The Premier Lot, formerly the credit card parking lot, is back open and fully operational. The terminal sports new signage, upgraded wifi, and will soon have all-new jet bridges. A geothermal, green energy air exchange system with new filters is environmentally sound, more efficient, and health-

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atrium brewing



trium Brewing was born out of the homebrew concoctions of Co-Owner Mark Rubenstein. After tasting Rubenstein’s hazy IPAs, boozy milkshakes, and rich stouts, Co-Owner Princeton Hurst knew Mark was the business partner for him. Vice President/ Creative Director Donald Mahoney’s knack for marketing and “keeping the trains running on time” and Head Brewer Spencer Guy’s love of lagers and sours rounded out the team. In September 2020, Atrium Brewing opened in Louisville’s Shelby Park neighborhood. Their intention for the taproom is that anyone could come and sit next to anyone in a communal atmosphere with dif-

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ferent beer styles available, so there is something for everyone. They live to experiment at Atrium Brewing, introducing a new beer every week. But customers continually request some styles for repeat appearances on the Draft List. Neuer Köln is a traditional, true-to-style Kolsch “with noble hops and 100% pilsner malt.” Their east-meets-west pale ale, Steep Hill in Las Vegas (shades of Louisville’s own Hunter S. Thompson), has all the haziness, dankness, and bitterness you can handle. The Coast IPA leans solidly West Coast with a piney note and Cascade, Magnum, Simcoe, and Columbus hops. Pomegranate G (for Gose) is described as “A little tart, a little salty, a little pomegranate.” Atrium’s Pastry Sour Series is chock full of bakery and fruit flavors. Blueberry Lemon Cake TBoy smells and tastes just like it

sounds with blueberry, lemon, and Granny’s pound cake notes. Combining blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, Brambleberry Pie Boy also tastes of vanilla and cinnamon crumble topping. For a partnership with the Louisville Bats, Spencer Guy imagined what sort of beer would best slake his thirst on a hot July afternoon at the ballpark and threw out the first pitch at the July 9 Louisville Bats vs. Memphis Redbirds game. Blackberry Lemonade Bat Boy is now available exclusively on draft at Louisville Slugger Field. The Atrium Brewing taproom is open 11 am - 11 pm every day with 15-20 beers on tap and an evolving menu for beer-lovers from Brick & Mortar food truck on the back patio. Visit for the current draft list and menu. Follow @atriumbrwewing on Instagram and Facebook.

falls city beer 901 E. LIBERTY ST. LOUISVILLE KY 40204 (502) 257-7157 FALLSCITYBEER.COM


he iconic Falls City Beer is the oldest beer brand in Louisville. Started in 1905 by “a ragtag group of local grocers and tavern owners,” the brand survived a century of ups and downs, including surviving Prohibition, Southern dominance, Billy Beer, and a complete shutdown from 1978 to 2010. Since reopening over a decade ago, Falls City Beer has evolved into an authentic local craft brewery. President Mark Zoll honed his leadership skills in a 40-year career with the Kroger Co., where he worked his way up from the age of 15 to district leadership and divisional trainer of best practices. Mark’s skill set to bring out the best in people has translated seamlessly. He walked us through Falls City’s flagship line plus the summer seasonal. Nothing beats a fresh, cold Falls City Classic Pilsner on a hot summer day, except perhaps the summer seasonal. One of four Falls City seasonal offerings, Backyard Getaway is a refreshing Session IPA with tropical and citrus hops notes. Hipster Repellant IPA not only tastes great but its skull logo makes for some eye-catching merchandise. Falls City English-Style Pale Ale is the brewery’s flagship beer and the first style brewed when Falls City re-emerged in 2010. With fall right around the corner, Streetlamp Porter will be a fine choice. Falls City’s Phoenix Hill/NuLu taproom features a beer garden, beer hall event space, and a dozen beers on tap at the bar, including

taproom exclusives, wine, bourbon, and spirits. A wine tasting room under construction will also be made available to rent. Watch the big game, compete in trivia, or check out the monthly silent disco. Bandido Taqueria is

the taproom’s official food partner. For more information, visit fallscitybeer. com and follow @fallscitybeer on Facebook and Instagram for updates, new releases, and events.

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ten20 craft brewery



en20 Craft Brewery is a brand new startup and community partner in historic Butchertown. According to General Manager Jonathon Weightman, Ten20 is “a local producer with a social mission to bring people together for good in a safe, inclusive environment.” Jonathon joined Ten20 in March 2020 after a career in corporate restaurant management. Despite the pandemic’s challenges, his knowledge of the city and hospitality combined with his passion for beer and a social mission have made Ten20 an excellent fit. Jonathon selected a variety of Ten20’s highly decorated Brewmaster Larry Horwitz's creations to spotlight from the Beer List. New England-style Storyteller IPA is aromatic, hoppy, and hazy. Dryden Providin’ Pils is clean and crisp with German Hallertau hops. Ten20 flavors their house-made hard seltzer Clearly Tropics with passionfruit, orange, and guava. Named with a nod to Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood, Schnitzelburger is a Vienna-style lager. The 1834 Lager is a refreshing American premium lager honoring the establishment of The Bourbon Stockyards in Butchertown. Ten20 Craft Brewery partners with food vendors Happy Belly Bistro, Black Rock Grill, and Mozza Pi. Happy Belly Bistro got its start as a food truck. Chef/Owner Ashlee is a former fine-dining sous chef who now serves her fresh fusion menu to local brewery patrons. Her Ten20 menu is served Thursday through Sunday and features tacos, nachos, charcuterie, and other shareables. Black Rock Grille turns out rockgrilled burgers and hand-cut fries from a super-cool Airstream on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at Ten20. MozzaPi’s second location will be a permanent resident at Ten20 starting mid-August and will feature their authentic signature pizzas every day. With close proximity to Lynn Family Stadium, home to Louisville City Football Club, Ten20 Craft Brewery has plans for over 20,000 square feet of gathering space for up to 1300 patrons. All are welcome for programming and events such as weekly salsa dancing, yoga, silent disco, and open mic comedy. Private event spaces are also available. For the Events calendar and more information, visit Follow @ten20beer on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

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3rd turn brewing 10408 WATTERSON TRAIL LOUISVILLE, KY 40299 (502) 482-3373 3RDTURNBREWING.COM


he four co-owners of 3rd Turn Brewing all got their start as home-brewers. When it was suggested they join forces to start their own brewery, they brought various skills

from their former careers. Owner/Operator Greg Hayden and Owner Brian Minrath worked in IT, and Greg also had management experience. Owner/Operator Ben Shinkle was in contracting, and Owner Dale Shinkle had a background in finance. Greg says the well-traveled ownership team was determined to “build a place where we would like to drink.” They met with various communities and were most impressed with Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf and the Jeffersontown Economic Development Group. Mayor Dieruf suggested Gaslight Square and an old 1878 church inspired them as “a place that brought people together.” They gutted the former church using what they could to rebuild a modern space within an ample outdoor space. 3rd Turn Brewing owns two neighboring locations on the square, including Next Door Bourbon Bar at 3rd Turn.

3rd Turn Brewing’s robust, Double Haze Baltic Porter was a 9-year project before the brewery opened and a sentimental owners’ favorite. Stylin’ & Profilin’ West Coast IPA has notes of citrus and stone fruit. Not to be outdone, New England/East Coast-style Space Grass Oat IPA is mildly bitter and slightly grassy, with a zest of citrus. 3rd Turn’s barrel-aged lineup ranges from more standard ales to Imperial Stouts, with recipes built especially for certain types of barrels. One of the latest projects is Solera Stack - barrel-aged sour beers of mixed ages for different profiles and complexities. Greg says the best results will appear on the draft list in the next 12-18 months. The Gaslight Festival will be a significant draw in Jtown September 12-19. 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens plans to counter in the following month with an Oktoberfest celebration in their 1½-acre beer garden. 3rd Turn’s Crestwood location offers 32 taps, Hive & Barrel Meade, wine, bourbon, frozen drinks, and on-site food from Backside Grill. Visit and follow @3rdTurnBrewing and @3rdturnoldham on Facebook for the latest updates.

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goodwood brewing company

636 E MAIN ST, LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 (502) 584-2739 GOODWOOD.BEER


sing pure limestone water and Kentucky Bourbon oak casks, Goodwood Brewing Company believes what’s good for bluegrass, racehorses, and bourbon “is even better for beer.” In 2005, some local brewing veterans “at the forefront of the craft beer boom” purchased the production arm of Bluegrass Brewing Co.® and partnered with Louisville’s legendary Doe-Anderson ad agency to rebrand as Goodwood Brewing and Spirits. Distribution increased quickly from three to sixteen states, with bourbon and food service added to the company in 2019.

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Goodwood’s first full-service restaurant and brewpub opened in Frankfort, followed by the Lexington and Indianapolis brewpubs in January 2021. The Louisville production brewery and taproom are located in a historic building at 636 East Main in NuLu. CEO Ted Mitzlaff joined Goodwood Brewing Co. as a managing partner in 2013 after selling a chemical company. Ted’s senior high school yearbook documented his early ambition to own a brewery. While his chemical engineering background is helpful on the production side, Ted finds the greatest satisfaction in community involvement, job creation, and brand-building. He shares some highlights from Goodwood’s craft beer line. Brewed with 100% Kentucky-grown grains, Louisville Lager is fresh, light, and sweet. The hoppy Goodwood IPA has notes of citrus and stone fruit with a beautifully dry

finish. Speaking of stone fruit, Goodwood recently introduced Tart N’ Tempered, a new peach sour gose. The cask-refined Bourbon Barrel Stout has notes of dark roasted malt and chocolate, and a bourbon oak finish. Made with a 16th-century English brewing style, Walnut Brown Ale is pleasantly nutty with chocolate and caramel notes. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights at the NuLu Taproom - @goodwoodnulu on Instagram. Ted highly recommends the open bluegrass jam on Saturdays at 3 pm, “It’s quintessential Kentucky and a wonderful experience.” The Only in Your State website recently proclaimed the soft pretzel served with IPA beer cheese and Louisville Lager mustard the best appetizer in Kentucky. The taproom serves a full menu of starters, salads, tacos, and sandwiches. Visit and follow @goodwoodbrewing on Instagram and Facebook. 

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If you have 20/20 vision, congrats! The rest of us with nearsightedness, farsightedness and/ or astigmatism have three choices for being able to see: wear glasses, wear contacts or get corrective vision surgery. There are different types of surgeries and medical procedures, the most common of which is laser in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK. It’s been around since the mid-1990s. BY KATHIE STAMPS • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

Dr. Greenberg is the most experienced LASIK surgeon in Louisville and Indianapolis » » » »

Over 20 years of experience He has performed more than 80,000 LASIK and PRK procedures Dr. Greenberg uses advanced laser technology He offers his patients the best visual outcomes possible with it,” Dr. Greenberg said. “In my experience, the success rate with monovision is more than 99 percent.” For those who think they’re afraid of LASIK? “The rate of complications from LASIK eye surgery is estimated to be well below 1 percent, making LASIK among the safest elective surgical procedures available today,” he said. As for the cost, he says it’s more affordable than people think “and we have a lot of really good financing options.”


r. Jason Greenberg, eye surgeon and owner of Greenberg LASIK, has specialized in LASIK for 20 years, performing 80,000 procedures. “LASIK is all we do, so we’re really good at it,” he said. Greenberg LASIK is located at 4040 Dutchmans Lane in Louisville, across from Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and there is Greenberg LASIK clinic in Indianapolis, as well. Who’s a good candidate for LASIK surgery? “The best way to know if you are a candidate is to come to Greenberg LASIK for a free consult,” Dr. Greenberg said. “Multiple tests are done as well as a complete eye exam to make sure LASIK is safe for you. Ninety percent of the people who come in are able to have LASIK.” To avoid wearing reading glasses, the monovision LASIK procedure is popular and practical. In this procedure, the patient’s dominant eye is treated for distance and the other eye for seeing up close. “It takes a little bit of an adjustment, but once you get used to it, people are very happy

Originally from Michigan, he studied physics at the University of Arizona, before switching majors to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Then he went to med school at Midwestern University in Chicago and completed a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in refractive surgery. After his fellowship in Atlanta, he took a job in Louisville, working at LasikPlus for 17 years before opening his own practice in October 2020 in Louisville and in Indianapolis. He performs LASIK procedures at least one day a week in both Louisville and Indianapolis. He lives in Louisville and spends most of his time here.

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Technological advancements in the field of LASIK are similar to computer technology in how fast innovations have taken place and replaced previous iterations. “I’m sure there will be incremental advances in the future; however, the lasers are so good now, the room for improvements is smaller than when the lasers first came out,” he said. “If you have been thinking about LASIK, now is a great time to come in for your free consult and see if LASIK is right for you.” 

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Getting to Know Your Body Better BY DONNA ISON

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Most people have heard of hormones, but few actually understand what they do and how they do it—and, even more importantly, how to recognize potential problems and find a fix. This article offers an overview and answers to some common questions.


ccording to the Hormone Health Network at, “Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes.” These processes include metabolism, mood, growth and development, reproductive health, and sexual desire and function. Too much or too little of any hormone can have adverse effects on all of the above.

Laura Coombs

Laura Coombs, personal trainer and author of Of Course Your Knees Hurt, further explained, “We generally think of hormones as being responsible for fertility, reproduction, and virility. And that’s certainly part of the hormone story. But they also affect our mood, hunger, fatigue, mental focus, fat storage, inflammation, sleep, muscle mass, and overall vigor. No matter your age or your phase in life, they really are the answer to everything.” Coombs is a certified athletic trainer, strength coach, and posture therapist with 30 years of experience working with athletes and active adults. Her focus is on helping clients implement the critical aspects of optimal aging into their daily lifestyle, which includes understanding the role of hormones.

EVERYTHING ENDOCRINE “The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that the body uses for a wide range of functions. Hormones are produced by glands and sent into the bloodstream to the various tissues in the body. Hormones tell each part of your body what work to do, when to do it, and for how long,” the Hormone Health Network stated. The primary glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary, pancreas, and adrenal, along with the ovaries for women and testes for men. Each of these glands is linked to a specific function, ranging from calcium control to insulin production to body temperature. At the top of the gland chain is the pituitary, sometimes referred to as “the master control gland” because it informs the other glands. In women, the ovaries produce the female sex hormone, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which is mistakenly only associated with men. For men, the testes are responsible for testosterone and the male sex hormone as well as sperm.

HAPPY HORMONES, HAPPY HUMAN When our hormones are functioning properly, our bodies make certain we stay at an optimal temperature, experience appropriate hunger and thirst, have an active libido, and generate sufficient energy for daily activities. Conversely, a hormone imbalance can lead to a host of problems. Coombs stated, “As a trainer, the symptoms I see most are tight muscles, creaky joints, delayed recovery from physical activity, loss of muscle mass, low energy, cravings, poor sleep, and unexplained change in weight.”

BALANCING ACT When our hormones are not being produced and dispersed at the necessary levels, we are said to have a hormone imbalance. The Hormone Health Network stated, “Sometimes hormones get out of balance. That can lead to problems like diabetes, weight gain or loss, infertility, weak bones, and other problems.” Two of the primary culprits leading to hormone imbalance are aging and stress. Of aging, the Hormone Health Network said, “With increasing age, the pituitary gland (located in the brain) can become smaller and may not work as well. Decreased growth hormone levels in older people might lead to problems such as decreased lean muscle, decreased heart function, and osteoporosis. Aging affects a woman’s ovaries and results in menopause. In menopause, the ovaries stop making estrogen and progesterone and no longer have a store of eggs.” Coombs elaborated, “Aging itself causes hormone imbalance, it’s part of our human design. When we are young, the anabolic or ‘build up’ hormones, like estrogen, testosterone, and growth hormone, are abundant. Their abundance ensures a seemingly endless supply of energy, strength, and vigor that most of us enjoy until we’re about 40. Over time, the youthful surge of these anabolic hormones dwindle.” Secondly, there is stress. For nearly the last year and half, we have all been on high alert, trying to safely live our lives. Couple that with the added responsibilities of working and schooling from home, social isolation, and decreased exercise, and it’s no wonder stress levels are at an all time high. As reported by, “For the body to respond to and cope with physical stress, the adrenal glands make more cortisol. Anxiety and depression may also be linked to high cortisol levels.” According to Coombs, “Stress is another common cause of hormone imbalance. Catabolic or ‘break down’ hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline, and glucagon, are all released during times of stress. They are very handy at breaking down and delivering stored nutrients to equip us to deal with the stressor at hand. Over time and with prolonged stress, this beneficial breakdown of nutrients blurs into a breakdown of healthy tissue too.”

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HORMONE HELP Fortunately there are several solutions to help you get your hormones back in balance. According to Coombs, “The good news: Many hormones are within our control, regardless of age, with some basic adjustments to our lifestyle. You can combat the ‘break down’ process by avoiding stressors in your diet, like sugar, alcohol, and excess calories. And you can reduce physical stressors, like being overweight, sedentary, and sleep deprived.” Coombs offered this advice: “As a personal trainer, I encourage my clients to rebalance their hormones with specific exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management protocols. One of the hormone-balancing exercises I recommend to almost everyone is a daily ‘forest bath’—a long, slow walk outside in nature. It works wonders immediately for your stress level but also helps with insulin sensitivity, sleep, and the hunger hormones.” Still, some individuals opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), in which the patient receives estrogen (female) or testosterone

There are many vitamins, minerals and herbs touted as alternative treatments for hormone imbalance. Here’s a little more information about how these may help. As always, consult your doctor first to better understand what’s appropriate for your unique needs.

Probiotics When you’re thinking about your hormones, your gut may be the last place you worry about. The healthy bacteria found in probiotics can help with the production and regulation of hormones… and yeah, it’s all about gut health! Foods that are naturally rich in probiotics include yogurt, raw sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kombucha and cheddar cheese.

Magnesium Many people don’t get enough magnesium in their diet, and stress may sap the magnesium available in your body. This macromineral is essential for many bodily functions, including absorption of other vitamins and minerals that help balance hormones. Magnesium may also help prevent migraines.

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(male) via an injection, patch, gel, or other delivery method. Hourglass Aesthetics + Salon in Lexington offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. They offer BioTE Medical pellet therapy. “The pellets are placed subcutaneously in the body and release a continuous stream of bioidentical hormones,” Beth Hourigan with Hourglass explains. “The BHRT pellets are made to replicate the hormones men and women lose as they age. Hormone replacement pellets dissolve and are absorbed into the body.” There are also supplements on the market and vitamin regimens that claim to keep hormones in balance. For example, Vitamin D is thought to boost the function of both the parathyroid and pituitary glands, while magnesium improves thyroid function. A diet high in lean protein and healthy fats and low in sugars and refined carbohydrates is linked to greater hormone health as well. And, stress reduction plays a major role. Before embarking on any plan, visit your physician to discuss the best option for you, or schedule an appointment with an endocrinologist for a more in-depth evaluation. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3s are an essential building block of hormones. Without enough Omega-3s, the body struggles to produce enough of the hormones it needs, which can cause inflammation. This is commonly found in fish oil. Omega-3s are important for another reason: they may support heart health.

Vitamin D D-vitamins help produce and encourage activity of hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. As a bonus, it also aids with insulin regulation and overall blood sugar balance!

Zinc This mineral helps balance your thyroid and helps with regulation of the menstrual cycle. It may also help with acne, if that’s a concern for you!

Vitamin B12 Many people with poorly-functioning thyroids have a deficiency in B12. This vitamin supports nerve function, energy levels, memory and learning, as well. It is mainly found in animal proteins, so people who eat no or little meat should supplement their B12 intake.

Are these effective treatments for menopause symptoms? Dong Quai This root has been used as an herbal medication for more than 2,000 years. It has been used to help regulate the menstrual cycle (and soothe cramps!) It may also help improve blood circulation and relieve pain. It should not be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Black Cohosh Studies have shown mixed results as to whether this herb helps with hot flashes. However, many people report that it helps them, and it has had a good safety record. Recent studies show that it does not mimic estrogen in the system, which makes it a popular alternative to HRT.

Flaxseed Some studies have shown that women who consumed 2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed twice daily halved the number of hot flashes they experienced. While this certainly isn’t a guarantee, flaxseed offers Omega-3s, fibre and lingans, a compound that has qualities of both plant-based estrogen and antioxidants. Maybe people have their ground flaxseed in cereal or over yogurt with oatmeal.

CYCLE YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU! Cycling is a great aerobic exercise that can be performed everyday. If you are looking for an exercise that is easy on your joints and gives you a rewarding workout, cycling is the answer. Cycling varies in intensity, making it suitable for all levels. Whether you want to take your cycling indoors or outdoors, the health benefits improve your overall quality of life. Try something new and cycle to a healthier YOU! BY ALISON CARDOZA PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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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There are five ways to bring biking into your home: bike trainers, spin bikes,recumbent bikes, upright bikes, and airdyne bikes. Stationary bikes can be found in fitness centers, such as Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center, or you can have the pleasure of owning one in your home. Popular home bikes may include brands such as ProForm, Nordic Track, Peloton, Schwinn, and Sunny Health. • Create a designated space for your indoor bike; a place that will motivate you to get on to start your day or end your day right. • Consider what special features you want in a bike. Many have heart rate sensors, multi position handlebars, workout programs, and Bluetooth. • Determine your budget. Bikes with more special features will be more expensive. This is a commitment to your health and well being.


They say you never forget how to ride a bike, so hop on a two or three wheeler and enjoy the ride! If you have osteoporosis, consider riding a 3 wheeler, posing less risk to a fall. Always wear a helmet when riding an outdoor bike and stick to a safe path with a partner traveling outdoors. When buying a two wheeler, look for a beach cruiser or comfort bike to put less strain on your joints. They have wide tires for a smooth ride, shock absorbing seats posts, and high rise handlebars that enable you to sit upright. 


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keeping the conversation going: The Well

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Established in 1853, the Y in Louisville was the 10th YMCA in the United States and has proudly served the community for 168 years.




oday, the nonprofit organization works to connect people to their potential and purpose, and to one another, by focusing on three areas of impact: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In each of these areas, the Y offers programs and services that support people of all ages and backgrounds to be healthier in spirit, mind and body.

the potential of every child and teen—from cradle to career—is seen through its youth development activities and programs, ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to the YMCA Black Achievers. These programs help children and teens build confidence, learn foundational skills and develop meaningful relationships so that they are leading inspired, successful lives.

“The YMCA of Greater Louisville has been here through generations of community change,” says President/CEO Steve Tarver. “Throughout that time, we have evolved to meet the needs of those we serve.”

“When a child learns to swim, for example, they learn more than a life-saving, lifelong skill,” says Steve. “You can literally see the twinkle in their eyes as they build confidence and find courage, which leads to positive outcomes like improved academic

The YMCA’s commitment to nurturing

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performance and the bravery to do what is right, even if it is not popular.” The YMCA of Greater Louisville is the largest provider of childcare in Kentucky. The organization serves thousands of families each year through preschool, before- and after-school care, and summer camps, including YMCA Camp Piomingo. Healthy living is more than just exercise classes at the Y. When people look to better their health and overall well-being, the health of the community is improved. At 10 membership locations throughout the Greater Louisville area, the Y offers healthy living programs like group exercise classes, swimming,

When a child learns to swim, for example, they learn more than a life-saving, lifelong skill. You can literally see the twinkle in their eyes as they build confidence and find courage, which leads to positive outcomes like improved academic performance and the bravery to do what is right, even if it is not popular. – STE VE TA R V ER

strength training, and even engaging activities for kids while parents and caregivers improve their health. Virtual fitness and on-demand classes are also available. Their newest location, the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA at 18th and Broadway, was created to reduce barriers and increase access holistically. Through partners, the Community Integrated Health services available include physical, behavioral and financial wellness. “When people feel their best and have fulfilling lifestyles, our communities become stronger,” says Steve. In demonstrating its commitment to social responsibility, the YMCA believes that communities are strongest when everyone is included. The YMCA welcomes and connects people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to addressing issues that people face to create positive change. “The Y works to build communities in which everyone can thrive,” says Steve. Programs like YMCA Safe Place Services, which provides critical support for youth and families in crisis and the YMCA’s New American

Welcome Center, which seeks to assist immigrants and refugees with integration into their new communities, do just that. To meet the ever-evolving needs of the community, the Y recently sought feedback and insights from a diverse group of community stakeholders, more than 600 people in total, so that the organization can determine its strategic priorities over the next several years. Out of these sessions arose some common themes, and a working group of volunteer leadership and YMCA staff refined them into five aspirational areas: Expanding Opportunities, Human Connections, Equity, Change Makers, and Character in Action. “What has not changed in our 168 years is our commitment to our mission to build a healthy, connected, and just community by delivering programs and services that empower and uplift everyone to reach their full potential in spirit, mind and body.” 

Learn more about the programs, services and events of the YMCA at

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DR. LECRESHA SEWELL Keeping the Conversation Going



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eople who have multiple degrees and certifications and initials after their names are hardworking, driven, motivated and ready to set the world on fire with their expertise. Dr. Lecresha Sewell, DPN, APRN, WHNP-BC, SANE, for example, has not one, not two, not three, but four sets of postnominal initials. She is a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP-BC) and credentialed as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). Last September, Lecresha established a business, Melanated Healthcare, which combined her expertise in healthcare with her compassion for people, particularly Black and Brown patients who have had a difficult time finding doctors who will talk with them and not at them. Melanated Healthcare is an app for providers and patients to find each other. This medical matchmaking, so to speak, is taking place throughout Louisville and across Kentucky, and as far away as Missouri and Georgia. Lecresha hopes the mission and purpose of Melanated Healthcare will bring providers and patients together all over the country.

“Melanated Healthcare is the key to reducing health disparities for Black and Brown patients in Louisville and beyond,” she said. “Melanated Healthcare empowers patients to take control over their health. When patients have access to nondiscriminatory, excellent care, their health outcomes will improve.” Research backs up her statement. In 2019, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (one of the agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) published the “National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.” While some disparities have improved over time, others have worsened for hundreds of specific types of diagnoses, care and treatment. According to the report, Black people, American Indians and Alaska Natives received worse medical care than white patients for about 40% of quality measures. The report also noted that Hispanics, Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders received worse care than white patients for one third of quality measures. “Melanated Healthcare came about as an app because technology is the best way to advance healthcare,” Lecresha said. “In our society, almost everyone has a mobile phone and relies on the mobile phone to complete on-demand searches or obtain information.” She has lived in Louisville since 2003. After graduating from Central High School Magnet

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Career Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Louisville. Then she obtained a Master of Science degree in nursing, with a concentration

in women’s health, from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a credential as a sexual assault nurse examiner. And she earned her DNP, doctor of nursing practice, from Pittsburgh-based Chatham University. In addition to being the founder and CEO of Melanated Healthcare, she also currently works as a women’s health nurse practitioner. And because she has ambition to spare, Lecresha is a licensed real estate agent in Kentucky and Indiana with Diamond Key Realtors. She is using all of her skills, talent, time and energy to make the world a better place, a healthier place. “Melanated Healthcare will serve as a tool to positively influence and ultimately improve health outcomes for melanated patients,” she said. 

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THE WELL Keeping the Conversation Going



resident/CEO of SKS Accounting & Consulting Firm Kena Samuels Stith now seeks to scale minority businesses disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as Founder/Interim Director of The Well - Minority Business Incubator. Despite Black residents making up more than 23% of the population, only 2.4% of Louisville businesses are Black-owned. “We plan to support and create generational wealth using our expertise and strong record to overcome and grow that statistic.” SKS will offer “in-house operational support services, including accounting, human resources, public relations and marketing, and IT/technology.”

Seeking a qualified business or organization to develop and operate a minority business incubator, Louisville Metro issued a Request for Proposals in March 2021. From ten responses and then the top three applicants chosen for interviews, SKS Accounting & Consulting Firm was selected to receive $100,000 to start the incubator and an additional $100,000 commitment for Fiscal Year 2022. “We are proud to fund the creation of a minority business incubator as we seek to grow the number of Black and minority-owned businesses in our city, as well as provide additional support for and increase the resiliency of existing businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Greg Fischer in the July 8 press release. “Through The Well incubator, SKS Accounting & Consulting Firm will fill gaps in the small business resource ecosystem for new and existing Black and minority-owned businesses.” Samuels Stith “stepped out on faith in 1999” to found SKS Accounting and Consulting Firm, Inc., offering comprehensive accounting and consulting services, including loan packaging, payroll management, bookkeeping, and tax services. “I scaled my business to three divisions and three additional

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offices. SKS is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). ”The Well is an authentic extension of my entrepreneurial success as a Black woman business owner, and I have a proven track record supporting Black-owned business growth throughout Greater Louisville.” According to Samuels Stith, “The Well draws its name from the idea that water wells were the center of communities, providing basic sustenance people needed to survive and thrive. The Well incubator will strengthen Louisville’s Black community through entrepreneurship-driven generational wealth creation. The goal of the incubator is to increase the number of Blackowned businesses, steer Black entrepreneurs toward high-growth, high-revenue industries, and use transformative technology to increase resilience among existing Blackowned businesses.” To fill the racial equity and economic justice gap in the local business ecosystem, The SPONSORED BY LG&E

Well will provide black entrepreneurs “access to inclusive forms of capital: SBA loans, crowdfunding, non-dilutive grants, seed funding, and building relationships with local bankers and lending institutions” and top minority professional service providers such as accountants, attorneys, and marketing experts. “Many aspiring minority entrepreneurs have the desire and dream but don’t have the business, financial, and technical resources.” Additional programs and services will include the core fellowship program for “early-stage entrepreneurs and growth-stage businesses,” ongoing workshops and networking events, and physical co-working and office space. “Black businesses are over-mentored, under-funded, and under-networked. We are not teaching black entrepreneurs how to be entrepreneurial. The Black community has always been strong in entrepreneurship. We're providing a place to support, scale, and sustain the existing innovation and brilliance within our Black entrepreneurship community to increase agency, ownership, and generational wealth.” The Well is preparing to open space and launch programming in Q1 2022. Interested parties will soon be able to sign up for updates and gain access to FAQs at 

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karl truman: Living a Life of Service to Others

As a Lieutenant Colonel who retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, Louisville personal injury lawyer Karl Truman understands the sacrifices made to protect our freedoms.

In 2009, Karl retired from military service. After 28 years, he recalls those who made a huge impression on him.


Karl: I served with many Vietnam War veterans. My first platoon sergeant was a corpsman with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. To understand their perspective and what they experienced shaped me as a young officer. Today, when I see or meet a Vietnam veteran, I always walk up to them and say, ‘welcome home,’ because they didn’t get that when they returned home.

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For him, being both a lawyer and a soldier had been a calling since childhood. Karl: Even as a child, I wanted to be an attorney and I always wanted to be an army officer. I was inspired by my father, who was a WWII veteran. He was a merchant marine on a Liberty ship in the Mediterranean and also worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian attorney.

Using the inspiration from his father’s service, Karl stepped confidently toward his dream. Karl: I joined the Army ROTC program at University of Kentucky during the early 80’s. And was commissioned in 1983. When I was recommended for a regular Army commission I also got admitted into law school. I went to University of Louisville for law school and continued with the Army Reserve. I then completed Armor Officer course, Airborne training, Air Assault training at Fort Campbell. I also did an anti-terrorism course at the JFK Center for Special Warfare, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Defense Operations. I was at Fort Knox during Desert Storm.

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Working both as a soldier and a lawyer made for very interesting family life. Karl: It’s really been an amazing experience to be able to progress in both my law and military careers but most people don’t realize the commitment. When my kids were young, I was gone three weekends out of the month. Even as a reserve officer, I missed birthdays and ballgames. I’ll never forget being mobilized for Desert Storm when my first child was born. My father also died that same year after getting to see his first grandson and then I launched my own law firm. SPONSORED BY KARL TRUMAN LAW

Karl has used that same passion to recognize his fellow veterans by assisting veterans organizations such as Honor Flight Bluegrass which takes veterans to Washington, D.C. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Veterans Club, an organization established to help transitioning veterans and also remains active with the American Legion and AMVETS. Reflecting on his years of service and his continued work at present, Karl has some encouraging words for transitioning veterans. Karl: There are people here for you, whether it is the American Legion or AMVETS or the Veterans Club, there are people who have been where you are and people who can mentor and be there for you. You don’t have to do this alone.

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(502) 222-2222 YOU CAN LEAVE THE MILITARY — BUT IT NEVER REALLY LEAVES YOU As I look back at my 28 years of military service and give thanks to my fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served. I found this story inspired by Col. Robert Whitener, USMC (Retired) so I personalized it and wanted to share it with all of you. Occasionally, I venture back to one or another military post where I'm greeted by an imposing security guard who looks carefully at my Identification Card, hands it back and says, “Have a good day, Sir!” Every time I go back to any Military Base it feels good to be called by my previous rank, but odd to be in civilian clothes, walking among the servicemen and servicewomen going about their duties as I once did many years ago. The military is a comfort zone for anyone who has ever worn the uniform. It's a place where you know the rules and know they are enforced — a place where everybody is busy, but not too busy to take care business. Because there exists behind the gates of every military facility an institutional understanding of respect and order, uniformity, accountability and dedication that becomes part of your marrow and never, ever leaves you. Personally, I miss the fact that you always knew where you stood in the military, and who you were dealing with. That's because you could read somebody's uniform from 20 feet away and know the score. Service personnel wear their careers on their uniforms, so to speak. When you approach each other, you can read their name tag, examine their rank and, if they are in dress uniform, read their ribbons and know where they've served. I miss all those little things you take for granted when you're in the ranks, like breaking starch on a set of fatigues fresh from the laundry and standing in a perfectly straight-line military formation that looks like a mirror as it stretches to the endless horizon. I miss the sight of troops marching in the early morning mist, the sound of boot heels thumping in unison on the PT track, the bark of drill sergeants and the sing-song answers from the squads as they pass by for review. To romanticize military service is to be far removed from its reality, because it's very serious business – especially in times of war. But I miss the salutes I'd throw at senior officers and the crisp returns as we crisscrossed with a “as you were”. I miss the smell of diesel fuel from duce and a half's hanging heavily on the night air and the sound of tank engines roaring across the field and disappearing into the tree line. I even miss the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that enlisted men gripe about constantly, a masterful invention that bonded people more than they'll ever know or admit. I miss people taking off their hats when they enter a building, speaking directly and clearly to others and never showing disrespect for rank, race, religion or gender. Mostly, I miss being a small cog in a machine so complex it constantly circumnavigates the Earth and simple it feeds everyone on time, three times a day, on the ground, in the air or at sea.

Karl Truman Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army (Retired) Armor Branch

Mostly, I don't know anyone who has served who regrets it and doesn't feel a sense of pride when they pass through those gates and re-enter the world they left behind with their youth. Face it ladies and gentlemen – we all miss it…Whether you had one tour or a career, it shaped your life.




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