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Bee Line Courier Service Sponsors 30th Annual Snow Ball 19

Helping children reach their potential while overcoming their obstacles. Join us:

The Digenis Refresher Lift 20 Kentucky Eagle Inc. Recognized For Outstanding Education Campaign 21 Welcome to Paristown’s Inaugural Fête de Noël 23 Top Shops: Let’s Deck Those Halls 26

life+style Boutique Spotlight: Magnolia & Fig 32 Fashion Finds: Tone Down This Fall with Dillard’s 34 Thanksgiving Back 38 WOW WEDDING: The Thornsberrys 46

top women in business Special Advertising Section 57

at home on trend: Holiday Mantles 68 Tour of Homes: Inside the Collins’ Hurstbourne Estates Home 70

cuisine Small Bites: What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers 88 Top 5: Holiday Stress Savers 90

Health+Beauty Inspiring Confidence: Holding Back the Years Part 2 101 Living with Alzheimer’s 105

Memory care providers Special Advertising Section 109

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community Nutcracker Produces Three Decades of Holiday Magic 116 tops cares: Bluegrass Center for Autism 117 supermom: Michelle Tasman 118 Meet the Media: Jay Cardosi 122 Breaking the bronze ceiling: Susan Look Avery 124 Calendar: What to Do In Lou 126

photos Out & About 28 2019 Women Leaders in Insurance & Financial Services Luncheon 130 Green Hill Therapy’s 11th Annual Hoedown on the Hill 132 St. Jude Walk/Run 134 Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs 136 Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana’s 12 Annual Wigs on Tap! 140 TOPS Louisville October Sneak Peek Party 142 BowmanFest 143

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KMAC Bash 144 Louisville International Festival of Film’s Opening Night Party 146 2019 Health & Hope Breakfast 148 5th Annual Butterflies in Motion 150 8th Annual Pink Prom 152 Top Shots 154 TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2019 11

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Vol 3 • No. 11 Keith Yarber


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Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do

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rom my residence on River Road, I have a wonderful view of downtown Louisville. Right about dusk, I am usually on the Big Four bridge taking an evening walk. It’s easy to see why we all love the city of Louisville. The colorful pastels of city lights shimmering off the water silhouetted by the bridges make most evenings look like a postcard, for those of you who remember those. Big enough to have most amenities of larger cities, small enough to get around relatively quickly and to get to know so many inspiring people who make this city remarkably unique. Many of whom you meet every month in this magazine.

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My outings are getting more and more limited because it’s November! It’s getting colder and darker earlier. As I write this, daylight savings time has just happened. I appreciate the extra hour of sleep, but I just don’t like how early it gets dark. Can you believe another year has just about flown? This is the season of giving thanks, and most of us have so much of which to be thankful. You, dear reader, are one of many reasons that all of us at TOPS are thankful. We appreciate your avid readership of this magazine every month and strive to bring you the very best people, places, and events in the 502. It’s the “holidaze,” and I intend to make the most of it. Make that extra step to call (don’t text) an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while that you have been meaning to call but were just too busy. Get together with as many friends and family as you can. Have you called your mother lately? Or your closest family member? As someone said, “The days get longer, but the years get shorter” as a testament to how quickly time goes by. Cherish each day. Savor the season. And tell someone that you love just how much you love them. And don’t forget. Call your mother.


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MERCI BOUTIQUE Merci remains Louisville's destination for women's apparel and accessories. With various designers and independent brands in mind, Merci offers unique looks perfect for any age and occasion! Merci Boutique offers a variety of women's fashion apparel, accessories and footwear. Although we look at the latest trends, we also pick pieces that will be stylish for years. At Merci Boutique, we feel that your look should be effortless and timeless - and when you look good, you feel good.

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Bee Line Courier Service has been supporting Norton Children’s Hospital for decades. Laura served as a nursing assistant and unit secretary with Norton Healthcare, caring for patients from the tiniest babies to adults and their families several years ago, so for us, giving back with our time and resources is personal. It has been incredible to see all of the growth and innovation that has happened at Norton Children’s Hospital. To know that we’ve had a direct impact on that growth is a remarkable feeling. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor the history and legacy of the hospital than to sponsor the 30th annual Snow Ball gala. We are looking forward to this special night to celebrate and raise much-needed funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. – L OUIE SE GE R

Bee Line Courier Service has a long history of giving to Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and has been involved in the Snow Ball gala for a decade. The company’s ongoing support has benefited nearly every unit in the hospital. The dedication and passion of the Segers has resulted in life-changing care for the children of our community, and they are continuing this tradition for the 30th annual Snow Ball gala. SUBMITTED CONTENT PHOTO BY JAMIE RHODES


oin us for the 30th anniversary of the Snow Ball gala! This magical night includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet meal, live entertainment and dancing to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. The black-tie event with more than 1,000 guests has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville. A fivecourse gourmet meal precedes dancing to live music by Endless Summer Band. Attire is tuxedos for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies. 


The Snow Ball gala is Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 from 6p.m. to midnight at the Omni Louisville Hotel. Visit for more information. For reservations at the Omni Louisville Hotel, visit meetings/snowball-gala-2019.

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top notes People do not know Robin has had a facelift unless she tells them and that's exactly what she wanted. “And reversing the aging process is such a boost to my psyche,” she says. Dr. Digenis wants people to wonder why his patients look so good, not that their face looks weird or funny, which is why he will never do experimental procedures or jump on popular bandwagons, and he has never used textured implants that are now controversial. Safety is the most important aspect of plastic surgery and Dr. Digenis requires the science to back each technique and products for his patients. "I'm faithful to aesthetic procedures like Hydrafacial, Microdermabrasions, Botox and Dermal Fillers,” says Robin. “The best part of Robin's results is how natural and refreshed she looks and how quickly her recovery time was,” he said. “Having trained in New York, where many cosmetic surgery techniques were developed and have now evolved, I strive to make people look natural and not overdone. That's why I call these facelifts the Digenis Refresher.”



hen Robin McKiernan turned 50, she started thinking about having a facelift “sooner rather than later, because I wanted to enjoy the results for a longer period of time,” she says. She contemplated the decision for five years and chose Alexander Digenis, M.D. as her surgeon. He owns Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute, which is located in the Norton Healthcare Pavilion. As a registered nurse herself, Robin knows all about medical safety. She felt completely safe in Dr. Digenis’ care and she liked the fact that he performs his surgeries in a hospital setting and not a surgery center. “I had better

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results than even I anticipated,” she says. “The recovery was straightforward because Dr. Digenis' techniques minimize swelling, bruising and overall discomfort. He's even coined it as the Digenis Refresher Lift. I was back to work after two weeks, in fact.” Before the procedure, she looked tired all the time even though she felt young and energetic on the inside. “After the facelift, I had a renewed sense of my youth. I feel energized and want to take better care of myself,” she says. “The beauty of Dr. Digenis' facelifts is that they truly rejuvenate your face and leave you with a natural, refreshed appearance without looking pulled or overdone. And you know what I'm talking about when you think someone looks overdone.”

Dr. Digenis received his surgical training at Vanderbilt University, one of the more rigorous surgery programs in the country. He completed a fellowship in plastic surgery at New York University and at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Prior to starting his own clinic in 1999, Dr. Digenis was a clinical professor in the plastic surgery department at UofL. He modeled his own practice after the prestigious New York boutique-style cosmetic offices. With a team of experienced medical staff who share his commitment and passion to providing the utmost in medical care, Dr. Digenis makes sure each patient gets customized, individual care and attention. Robin has been so enthusiastic about every treatment received as a long-time patient of Digenis Plastic Surgery Institute, she now works there as a Nurse Injector. “Education, safety and care are the pillars for every patient,” says Robin. “Dr. Digenis is a consummate artist both inside and outside the surgical examination room and my results are not unusual when you see his patients. You can expect this level of care and natural results when Dr. Digenis is your plastic surgeon.” 

T Craig Purser, NBWA President & CEO, and Brian Gelner, NBWA Chairman of the Board, present Tate Sherman and her team with the award.

Kentucky Eagle Inc. Recognized for Outstanding Education Campaign COURTESY PHOTO

he National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) awarded Lexington-based beer distributor Kentucky Eagle, Inc. the 2019 Public Affairs Award during its 82nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Las Vegas. Kentucky Eagle, Inc. was honored for its efforts to create a comprehensive rebranding campaign that sought to educate the public about the critical role of beer distributors. This annual award recognizes a company that goes above and beyond to find innovative and creative ways to promote the beer distribution industry. “Kentucky Eagle Inc, under the leadership of Tate Sherman, executed a one-of-a-kind rebranding campaign that seeks to educate the community about the role of distributors,” said Craig Purser, NBWA president and CEO. “This award is a testament to the company and its employee’s skill and commitment to the industry. We are so proud of Tate Sherman and her team at Kentucky Eagle, Inc.” Kentucky Eagle Inc. is a family-owned company that was founded in 1948. For its 70th anniversary, the company commissioned a comprehensive rebranding

campaign. Kentucky Eagle analyzed the most significant issues facing the industry, including self-distribution, attacks on the three-tier system and general unawareness, and created a strategy to communicate its rich history and the story of beer distributors. The company’s rebrand established new core values, including teamwork, accountability, integrity and community, and embraced that they are family-owned and -operated. Kentucky Eagle’s campaign also highlighted distributors’ continued commitment to keeping shelves and taps stocked with a wide variety of beers. Most notable, however, was the decision to completely re-wrap Kentucky Eagle Inc.’s trucks. Now, when a Kentucky Eagle truck is on the road making its deliveries, it has the company’s new branding and slogans. “We are so humbled to be recognized by NBWA this year,” said Tate Sherman, president of Kentucky Eagle Inc. “We saw a need to educate our community about our role and had some fun along the way. Kentucky Eagle hopes that this will serve as a model and other distributors will follow suit.” 

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s you're sure to have heard by now, the historic Village of Paristown is on the rise. Perfectly situated just east of Downtown and directly next to The Highlands, Smoketown, Phoenix Hill, and Germantown, the once-forgotten industrial neighborhood is undergoing a major revitalization and being transformed into a vital cultural arts and entertainment district, with unique and fun events like this month's Barrel Roll. Paristown is home to Stoneware and Co, Kentucky’s oldest company, recognized by discerning customers across the country as a unique lifestyle brand with a legacy of offering beautiful, artisan designed hand-crafted gifts and dinnerware that can be passed down from generation to generation. The Cafe, one of Louisville’s most popular local restaurants, also calls Paristown home. Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ brand new contemporary, state-of-the-art 2,000-person venue, opened this summer and continues to bring new and exciting musical acts to Paristown. For more information about upcoming shows visit Honoring the past and celebrating the future while maintaining the authentic charm of the neighborhood has always been a major objective of the redevelopment project. So, it was no surprise when Brent Street, the main corridor in the district, was recently completely renovated and repaved with vitrified brick, the original material utilized on most Louisville streets in the late 1800’s. Brent Street, now often cited as the most stunning street in Louisville, has been widened


Fête de Noël begins Wednesday, November 27th, in Paristown. For operating hours and more information visit where you can sign up to receive email updates on new and exciting programming developments. For ridesharing, use 720 Brent Street as the address.

to accommodate large festivals, events, and concerts. Poles have been removed and all utilities have been buried under Brent Street, with plenty of power and flexibility to make an event organizer’s dream come true.

way to relive old memories or bring new ones to life for you and your family. Parking will be easy and convenient, so you can focus on having fun and enjoying these days and nights of high spirits with friends and family.

This holiday season, Paristown will bring a fantastic new tradition to life for revelers everywhere. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Commonwealth Bank & Trust, the majesty of Fête de Noël will bring the Christmas spirit alive in Paristown for all ages and all audiences. Translated as "Festival of Christmas," Fête de Noël kicks off on November 27th and will be a six-week yuletide celebration packed full of creative and robust programming. The neighborhood will become a festive winter village and feature Louisville’s only six-week, authentic outdoor ice-skating rink on Christy’s Garden. The 100'x50' outdoor ice-skating rink is real ice, not made up of any synthetic material. Since time immemorial, people of all ages have enjoyed ice skating as part of their holiday celebrations. This is a wonderful

December 14th will bring a thrilling production of The Nutcracker on Ice to Fête de Noël. If you're into something a bit less traditional, the 13th of that month will feature “Drag Queens on Ice” in conjunction with PLAY, and a fundraiser for Kentuckiana Pride. On the 6th, youth can skate with the all-veteran Ice Warrior Hockey Team and on the 8th, members of the U of L Hockey Team will be on the ice with you and your family. Fête de Noël will feature delicious small bites at the ice-skating rink location prepared by The Cafe. Holiday treats will include warm beignets, Kentucky Hot Cocoa -- both with or without Maker’s Mark bourbon, Tito's Candy Cane Martinis for the grownups, as well as craft beer, and so much more.

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Fête de Noël will also feature Louisville’s award-winning Holiday Laser Dome. It's a spectacular light show inside of a geodesic dome, with amazing visuals designed to delight all ages. Synchronized lasers create animations and atmospheric effects set to holiday music that combine to convey a multicultural celebration of this season of joy. If you are a lover of holiday movies, Fête de Noël will be showing three different family friendly versions on the enormous outdoor screen on Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, directly adjacent to the ice-skating rink. Movies

Stoneware & Co. always has unique and extraordinary gifts to offer during the Holiday season, and this year is no exception. You can visit, shop, tour and paint your own special, custom decorated ornament to cherish forever. The Cafe will have expanded hours and offer special box lunches available as well, and if you've been, you know that those meals will be absolutely delicious. Old Forester’s Paristown Hall will continue to offer popular music acts throughout the holiday season, including two shows Thanksgiving weekend featuring Louisville’s own, Jack Harlow. New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be a great night in Paristown with ice skating until 9 pm, and a Houndmouth concert ringing in 2020 at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall.

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will include, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Polar Express” and “White Christmas.” Fête de Noël is conducting a co-promotion with the Frazier History Museum who will feature an exhibit paying homage to the 65th Anniversary of this holiday classic. With the purchase of an ice-skating ticket, guests can enjoy a discount admission to great holiday exhibits at both the Frazier History Museum and Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory. Fleur de Flea Urban Vintage Marketplace recently announced they will be making Paristown their permanent home in February

2020. Holiday shoppers will be excited to learn that the nationally acclaimed Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Marketplace will be bringing their hugely popular holiday show to their new Paristown location at Swan Street Commons the weekend of Dec. 14th and 15th. In addition to Presenting Sponsor, CB&T, Paristown’s Fête de Noël sponsors include: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bosse Construction, WLKY, 106.9 Play, Outfront Media, Louisville Family Fun, Moon Portable Restrooms, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and Louisville Film Society.


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8-count Christmas topiary cards, $26, 12-count enclosure cards, $20, and 20-count reversible coaster set, $12, all from Cartwheels Papers & Gifts

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Nutcracker, $154, large rainbow Buri tree, $38, small rainbow Buri tree, $26, and beaver nutcracker, $108, all from Fleur de Lis



The holidays are upon us! No sooner than you’re trimming the turkey you’ll also be trimming your home. PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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Lounging Santa with wine and cheese plate, $61, from Etcetera

Woodland emerald Santa, $99, from Etcetera

Bedrock Tree Farm ďŹ r needle scented soy candle, $32.99, from European Splendor

Jingle Nog sterling silver lined glass Santa ornament, mouth blown; hand painted and glittered in Poland; trimmed with Czech crystals, $63, from Etcetera

Mirrored gold trees, large $150, medium $75, and small $37.50, all from Cartwheels Papers & Gifts

Santa and snowakes needlepoint pillow, $79.99, from European Splendor

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Karen Henderson and Sonja Grey at Kosair Charities Change Agents Luncheon Ashley Davis Sigman, Shae and Mike Beckwith, Susan Dobina, and Kristen Jensen at the Davis Jewelers David Yurman VIP Event

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Debbie Boklage, Annalee Worthington, Wendy Hall, Susan Moore, Lynnie Meyer, Joanne Hurst, Sharon Jenkins, and Kathy Meyer at Fillies Inc. Mystery at the Disco

Abe Lincoln, Mark Clore, Karen Cassidy, Dillan McArthur, Jim Leason, and Morgan Hancock at the Hit it for Hildegard Golf Scramble

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Maggie Liter and Dr. Nana Mizuguchi at the Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Open House

Laurie Dobbins O’Neil, Dr. Lee Corbett, and Kelly McClain at the Corbett Cosmetics Annual Fall Open House

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Lauren Riggs with Team Riggs Reason to Raise at the JDRF One Walk

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Boutique Spotlight:

32 Magnolia & Fig


Fashion Finds:

34 Tone Down This Fall with Dillard’s 38 Thanksgiving Back Wow Wedding:

46 The Thornsberrys

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Stephanie Susemichel’s success is a mélange of talent, vision and gumption. That she inherited an innate sense for business was definitely a plus


er mother, Cheryl Susemichel, founded Secret Garden, a store specializing in home and garden furnishings that will soon celebrate its twenty-fourth anniversary. Her grandparents owned Susan’s Florist. “I’ve always known I wanted to be in retail. It was a matter of the direction I would go,” says Stephanie. She gained retail experience working as a buyer at Whole Foods but she wanted more – to be an entrepreneur. “I found a space

I try to push customers a little bit. It’s so much fun to see a woman glowing when she steps out of the fitting room when she’s wearing a piece she never thought she could pull off but is pulling off. – S T EPH A N I E S U S EMI CH EL


in Middletown and thought now is the time to take the leap and do it,” she says when talking about Magnolia & Fig, the boutique she introduced to Louisville in 2016. She imagined the store being for the modern southern woman looking for unique pieces. “Having grown up in Louisville and loving to shop, I felt there was an opportunity in town for clothing that was well-crafted and didn’t cost a car payment. As for the name, my mom is from Alabama and I’m from Kentucky, so I wanted it to cater to the heritage of the south. My old house had three beautiful magnolia trees in the yard, and they’re a sentimental tree for me,” she says. Being seven months pregnant may not have been the ideal scenario for opening a store, but being super organized and on her feet ten hours a day paid off. Magnolia & Fig became a huge hit. Retail can be a brutally competitive industry that requires points of difference and branding. She understood the need for both. “Women look for things they aren’t going to see on everybody else when they go to an event, things are current and on trend but are so timeless they will love them for years. That’s a fine line to walk,” says Stephanie. Choosing the boutique’s product mix can be overwhelming at times but oh, so fun. “Part of my job is narrowing down and curating all the options out there. I make sure different pieces from different sources will

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work together in a woman’s closet. A lot of it is just going on instinct and gut feelings.” Trending for fall and winter at Magnolia & Fig are velvet and crushed velvet, leather and faux leather, midi length skirts and historical or period details like high necklines or tiny buttons on a poofy sleeve. She’s especially fond of lace and jewels, and metallics. Leopard print? It’s classic and neutral and will never go out of style. She believes women have become more individualistic in their approach to fashion and hopes the shop local and shop small movement is inspiring them in their fashion choices. “If you love what you wear and you feel confident, you’re going to rock it and look gorgeous. Based on that, I try to push customers a little bit. It’s so much fun to see a woman glowing when she steps out of the fitting room when she’s wearing a piece she never thought she could pull off but is pulling off,” says Stephanie. She relishes the chance to meet and interact

with women in different stages of their lives, and to share some of the important times in their lives. “Customers may tell me they had a business presentation or went on a first date and were wearing something from Mag Fig in a big deal moment. They’ll say, ‘I felt like you guys were with me.’ I love that!” Owning your own boutique sounds like loads of fun, almost not like actually work, doesn’t it? “Well, you’re the bookkeeper and the buyer and the merchandiser and you’re working the cash register and taking out the trash. It’s not a job where you clock in and later go home. I miss a lot of bed times with my son, Emerson. And I miss out on all the weekend stuff with him because I have to be at the store.” That doesn’t mean she’s slowing down or isn’t eyeing the future. “I have no specific new plans. I’m trying to balance having a three-year-old son with my work life. But as he gets older and more independent, I’d love to do more with Mag Fig or a side project,” she says with a hint of a promise.

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our things become very apparent in speaking with Di Tran. One, he possesses a keen intellect. Two, he's very ambitious. Three, he has tremendous compassion. Four, he has a deep love for America. As a child in Vietnam, Di (pronounced "Dee") experienced a level of poverty that goes far beyond what most of us raised here in the United States would ever conceive. He grew up in a mud hut. Mere survival was a struggle. He made his way here, along with his parents and two sisters, when he was 12 years old. Once the family arrived here, they started from the absolute bottom. Through hard work and finding a powerful support system, Di Tran has built success. Ten years ago, he met Vy Truong. Vy became Di’s wife and life partner on all of his ventures, sharing his spirit. She came to America in 2001 at the age of 17 and had not yet mastered English. Although she faced adversity and was sometimes mocked by others, she completed six years of college to become a successful pharmacist. Today, she’s passionate about empowering others as a pharmacy preceptor and mentor, and she and Di believe heartily in community advocacy.

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They have three young children together, all boys. "Sometimes, I worry for my kids. Because, and this may sound odd, they face little adversity. Adversity in life can make us so much stronger," Di says. "It's the fuel that we burn to give us strength. Being challenged and doubted, that creates that yearning to achieve and overcome. Appreciation grows through hardship, and we learn that we are all so much stronger together. Feeling different from others, being an outsider, encountering some entity saying that you cannot do something great...All that does is make you want to prove that you can." Di proved his abilities in the field of engineering. His talents in computer science were honed and mastered at Speed School. He's done big things at Humana and gone on to teach his expertise at Sullivan, where he is a professor. He also is the owner and proprietor of the Louisville Beauty Academy and owns eight nail salons. He teaches people from all backgrounds a trade that can make them indispensable parts of society. His drive is to help open the same doors that he came through on his journey.

"My goal is to help build other Di Trans," he says. "What has made my life possible hasn't just been me, it's been the hundreds or even thousands of people standing behind me, giving me the tools to succeed and building the roads. People can say what they will about this country; I have nothing but appreciation. As far as I'm concerned, America is the number one nation in the world. When we as people can share and learn from our differences, we can all grow in new ways. When we ask ourselves what we can do to contribute and focus on bringing something to the table, we will always thrive. That's pretty darn cool."

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ark Miner completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Returning home after serving his country and risking his life, he soon faced a harsh reality. “You go to war and do everything you’re supposed to do, but are then dumped out in the world and have nowhere to turn,” he says. Sgt. Miner chose to leave the U.S. Army in 2012, a time during which the Army was cutting back the number of active duty soldiers. His departure was expedited within 45 days. What should have been the beginning of an exciting new chapter in his life was actually the beginning of a very dark and frightening period. “What they don’t tell you in the military is that your last paycheck is 60 days out. I was stuck in a hard place. It was very stressful. My world turned upside down. I went from a complete, structured environment to complete chaos. My wife and I were moving and she was changing her job. I went to job fairs and was waiting for a start date as an aviation mechanic. I had enough money to take care of some expenses but not enough to buy food,” he recalls. He doesn’t harbor resentment toward the Army. “Finally getting paid is a process. I wish there had been more education about the waiting period for the paycheck, but I don’t fault the military. Over the last few years they have become better at it. I asked to leave, so I can’t be too upset.”

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USA Cares came to the rescue within 48 hours and covered his house payment, car payment and insurance, and some other bills. His appreciation for USA Cares is heartfelt. “Their dedication is almost unheard of. They have a very limited staff so that keeps the overhead down. They try to donate 80 cents of every dollar. They receive 250 to 500 calls a week asking for assistance. They mostly work with post 911 veterans but if others who were in the military call, they refer them to other groups that can help. USA Cares doesn’t leave those veterans hanging,” says Miner. With USA Cares’ assistance, he was hired in 2017 as a panel builder at qubeworX, a small company that builds conveyor belt systems. He and his wife Roxie live about three miles from the Jeffersonville, Indiana, business. “The company is amazing, with a more than fifty-percent veteran workforce. I work with some of the best guys in the industry. This year we doubled our volume and are looking to double again next year. We’re definitely taking foot and are going to push forward,” he says.

Miner has long enjoyed woodworking, a hobby that has earned him notoriety and a devoted following of his handcrafted wooden flags. “Through a lot of trial and error and work, and using You Tube and doing quite a bit of tweaking, I created my own little vision. I got better and better, and now I think I’m pretty good at it. I go into the garage and clear my head while I make them,” he says about the flags that range from 24 by 12 inches up to 6 feet by 4 feet. In the last four years he has made about 200 flags. He sells them on his Facebook page, Veteran Wood Working and Crafts, word of mouth, and for USA Cares fundraisers and at the organization’s events.

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or the girly girl who was a majorette and cheerleader, entering the Army was a profound shock. “For me to go from not having my hair done every day and no manicure was crazy. And I hate following orders. I was always in trouble and asking too many questions. I wanted to know why I had to swing from that rope. I learned the hard way you shouldn’t ask those kinds of questions. So, I was always the one doing pushups,” says RaeShanda Johnson. “It was all difficult but the pay was great and I became very fit. By the time boot camp was over, my arms were huge.” Although she had no way of knowing it at the time she left the Army, her life was about to become much more difficult. But this wasn’t the first time she had faced an uncertain future and had to deal with a life altering experience and tragedy. She was raped when she was 15 years old. Both her child’s father and boyfriend passed away within two years of each other. After leaving the Army, she got a divorce, packed up her home and four children and moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where her mother lived. When the town was damaged by Katrina, a friend suggested she move to Kentucky. “I was like, people don’t wear shoes in Kentucky. My friend said, ‘You’re in Mississippi so you really can’t talk.’ I was like, well that’s true,” says RaeShanda. Life became hectic as she took a job at Kentucky State University in Frankfort and graduated with a degree in public administration. Her intention was to return home and start a non-profit for teen parents, an idea that had particular significance to her because she had her first child at age 13 and one of her

high school friends became a grandmother when she was 30 years old. She had accumulated sizable savings that would allow living expenses and the initial funding for her non-profit. Soon she was living a nightmare. Three days before Christmas she discovered a family member who had access to her account had stolen almost $30,000, leaving her devastated and broke. “I headed to Louisville, lived in a payby-the-week motel on Preston Highway and got a temp job at Republic Bank. Kentucky State University called to say they would pay me $22 an hour plus travel to implement a new system. They wanted me to start as soon as possible. I told them if I left the bank without giving notice, I would not be rehireable. I took that job and worked one day before they said they couldn’t pay me what they had agreed to pay,” she says. Eventually, the university compensated her. “In 2012 I knew I was not born to struggle and die. There had to be something else I was supposed to be doing,” she says. That realization was spurred a great new beginning, a Facebook page she designed to show style ideas for women. “All Is Fair In Love and Fashion was an idea that must have come from heaven. I started posting pictures and the page went viral. I went from 200 likes to 2,000 likes to 10,000 likes. It was crazy,” she says. “I knew nothing about retail but Shelly Hanson, a Facebook follower from Atlanta, said she thought I was on to something and wanted to help me. That’s why I tell women we need each other. You can’t make it on your own.”

month from retailers who were paying to advertise on her page because of her 50,000 followers at the end of 2012. However, she decided to stop being paid for advertising and instead switched to her own online boutique. That decision changed her life. Within six months she was heading up a six-figure business. In 2014 she received a grant from the City of Louisville to develop a retail location in the Heyburn Building. Local coverage was picked up by the Steve Harvey Show where she was invited to tell her story. Her business skyrocketed. She dressed celebrities for Derby and traveled to Washington, D.C. to dress eight amputee veterans. She also opened pop up stores in Oxmoor, Jefferson Mall, Mall of St. Matthews and one in Chicago. Her appearance on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” made such an impression on the team that they filmed her wedding that was held at the Olmsted. The segment will air in January. Gwendolyn Brashear, development coordinator for USA Cares, went to All Is Fair in Love and Fashion for a model call. When RaeShanda learned about USA Cares’ mission, she jumped onboard to help. “Once you get out of the military, there are so many things you need, not just financially but with mental health and in other areas. I love that I’m able to give back through my fashion show, Fashion on 4th, which benefits USA Cares,” she says. In addition to that event, she presents a fashion event at the Olmsted to raise money to cover two teen mom’s college expenses.

All Is Fair in Love and Fashion is setting the bar high for women’s clothing. “The best word to describe the clothes would be ‘Extra’ with a capital E. I tell people you don’t want to shop with me if you don’t want to be remembered and to stand out,” says RaeShanda. Her customer base consists of women who buy her clothing online, those who shop at her boutique and those who hire her to style them. 

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The Thornsberrys if it wasn’t for a horse... BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY HADLEY GROVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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atie Miller’s parents met as exercise riders before moving to Ocala, Florida. After moving to Louisville, her father would still spend part of the year back in Florida. Four years ago, Katie’s father asked her to take care of a horse for him while he was in Ocala for the winter. Katie was an experienced rider and veterinary technician, but hadn’t cared for a horse in quite some time. So she called an old friend for advice and help. That friend invited Katie to a get-together in January 2015. The friend’s boyfriend at the time (now husband) had invited a friend; and that is how Katie met Cole Thornsberry.



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atie and Cole had been dating for nearly three years leading up to the holiday season of 2017. All year long, whenever Cole would make any larger purchase for himself, he would tell Katie, “Don’t worry. Your time is coming.” The suspense was building for Christmas time. They visited her parents’ house. They visited his parents’ house. Still nothing for Katie. As they were driving, Katie could wait no longer and demanded to know when she was going to get her gift. They pulled off the road, and Cole asked if she really wanted her present right then and there. And that is how Katie and Cole got engaged in a grocery store parking lot. Katie did most of the wedding planning with the help of family friend Karen Schneider. When searching for a venue, Katie’s father suggested she take a look at Hermitage Horse Farm in Goshen, Kentucky. Katie fell in love with it, and was delighted at how beautiful it was all on its own. When it came to the rehearsal dinner to be held on site, Cole tried to assert his simpler preferences. Katie and her champagne taste found a little room for compromise. They settled on catering from Qdoba Mexican Eats instead of Subway sandwiches.

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On Saturday, August 18, 2018, the day of the ceremony, the weather forecast called for an 80% chance of rain. But as luck would have it, the day turned out to be sunny and perfect. The wedding party consisted of a matron of honor, best man, five bridesmaids, and five groomsmen. The colors were off-white, champagne, blush pinks, and soft blues. The bride had a moving “first look” moment with her father. The ceremony itself was held on the front lawn of the main house. The typically stoic groom was overcome with emotion upon seeing Katie walk down the aisle, during the vows, and for the mother-son dance at the reception.

Music before the ceremony and during the cocktail hour was provided by Farrier Steve Norman’s Shades of Grass bluegrass band. The reception was held under a tent in the backyard and featured a Mark’s Feed Store dinner buffet. It was quite the party as the DJ actually asked to stay longer than planned. The bride and groom honeymooned at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and live in La Grange, Kentucky. A couple of months after the wedding, Katie became curious about the horse that had led to their meeting. She looked up the pedigree and discovered it had been bred and born at their wedding venue, Hermitage Farm.

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Nicki Potter Slay By Nicki J 502-277-9530 • SLAYBYNICKIJ.COM Slay By Nicki J is the product of a vision to provide a luxury esthetic experience to a diverse clientele. It’s a full-service esthetic and wellness salon & spa offering a wide variety of luxury aesthetic experiences in a beautifully decorated 3000 sq ft space. Slay By Nicki J also specializes in advanced skincare and anti-aging treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, micro-needling, dermaplaning, exclusive acne treatments and products, waxing, lash extensions, brow sculpting, mesotherapy, IV hydration, professional makeup and so much more. Owner Nicki Potter has poured her heart into creating an atmosphere thriving in professionalism, expertise, relaxation and cutting edge treatments for clients of all ages and genders. Visit or Facebook and Instagram (@slaybynickij) for fall & winter specials. Slay By Nicki J is located at 6504 North Preston Highway, Suite 6.

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Alli Truttmann Wicked Sheets 855-594-2533 • WICKEDSHEETS.COM n , lli ruttman, a ter la ing college soccer, tore her and ound hersel edridden his as hen she determined that she has a condition that a ects o er million o us t s called erhidrosis and it causes night s eats figured out that i didn’t do something, I was just going to have to live with having drenched sheets every night, she recalls didn t ant to li e li e that And so she founded Wicked Sheets, offering antimicrobial bedding made of a material similar to the state o the art anti- ic ing cloth that ou find in modern athletic gear hese sheets are designed to ee ou cool and dr all night he are h oallergenic, com , and the loo great ith designs to suit an taste ou can get them to fit an si e or st le of mattress, including those with specialized deep pockets and even hospital type beds.

Regina Morgan The Reg Morgan Experience 502-468-6146 • REGMORGAN.COM or some o us, finding our ultimate ur ose in li e re uires a lot o soul searching or Regina Morgan, it came so naturally to her that it almost took her by surprise. “I was always finding m sel lanning or coordinating e ents or eo le, she sa s o her incredi le aptitude. “Weddings, parties, special events, you name it. Finally, enough people that I had or ed ith told me to ursue it that ust had to listen She began the Reg Morgan Experience last year and has been building quite a name for herself ever since. She brings unparalleled energy and a sharp eye to event planning and specializes in building success for small businesses. “Community engagement is so important, she sa s here is so much talent in this cit , m here to engage ith the communit and uild a net or that can com ete ith igger com anies e re all in this together

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Kristin Olsen Bikram Yoga Louisville 502-243-UHOT • HOTSPOTYOGA.COM No matter where you start, Kristin Olsen knows that a regular yoga practice can change your life for the better. “The 90 minute Bikram Yoga class was designed for beginners,” she says. “I love working with new students and watching regular practitioners continue to enefit rom this traditional atha se uence tudents are em o ered as the im ro e cardio, strength, exi ilit , mental clarit and alance or a total od or out and therapeutic effect.” ristin, a ormer dancer, distance runner, and fitness instructor, as attracted to the discipline of this “one and done” class. She found the Bikram method nothing short of life changing, so much so that she opened Hot Spot Yoga 18 years ago to offer her community a space to share her passion. Her privately owned boutique studio has expanded the class offerings over the years to include a variety of one hour yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates classes as well. “It’s been an honor to teach for so many years.” she says, “Gaining the trust of your students is invaluable, and I am grateful to have a wonderful team of inspired teachers, that allo the ot ot to continue to gro our oga and fitness communit

Kathryn Gentner K@alyst Creative 502-552-2117 • KATALYST-CREATIVECONSULTING.COM Studies in the science behind learning tell us that most of us absorb and retain information best when it’s presented visually. If you’re ready to visualize where you are in your business and where you want to go, Kathryn Gentner of K@alyst Creative is here to take you to the next level. She will visually capture ideas in a storyboard form, actively engaging you, your partners, coworkers or employees as active participants to create a custom framework for your business. These visual representations can advance you towards your goals and help you retain success. “If you’re not learning, you’re not truly progressing,” Kathryn says. “This isn’t just about pretty pictures, it’s a way to appeal to different learning styles. Showing is better than telling, and this is a proven way to manifest success.” Her work is a fun and unique way to bring people together to achieve great things via a lifelong learning tool that promotes change and growth and promotes processes for abilities and better outcomes for all.

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Kelsey Spaulding & Candy Slade The Wig Shoppe 502-412-8810 • THEWIGSHOPPE.COM “One thing that is so neat about our industry is the women empowering women aspect,” says Kelsey Spaulding, co-owner of the Wig Shoppe. Her boutique has been serving the women of Kentuckiana for 17 years, working with women who are in need or want of a wig for various reasons. Whether the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis or the desire to have an easy alternative when it comes to hair on vacation, the Wig Shoppe puts service first he gi e e er one the attention and time needed to select a ig that romotes confidence

r ing on a ig is er ersonal, and man omen are extremel nervous when it comes to even the idea of a wig,” says Kelsey. “We want to eliminate the stigma that a wig has to look like a wig. We also educate on the ro er a s to ear and care or the ig as ell he ig ho e has surgeons, lawyers, businesswomen, young moms, college students, teachers, retired women, and many other professionals out there wearing their wigs daily. “We offer wigs for the every day, on the go, busy lifestyle that most women have to deal with today,” Kelsey says. “We offer a low pressure en ironment here is no charge to tr , and ou can tr on as man as ou would like, we will work with you one on one to help achieve the goals that each woman walking in may have.” he ig ho e egan in , created else s mom, and here was nothing else like it in the area – a safe, fun environment to help educate and fit omen ro erl or a ig he e uilt a legac o the ind o com assionate, ersonali ed care that ou can onl recei e rom an ex ert who cares. “As a family owned, women owned, small business, family is very important to us,” Kelsey says. “Our family as well as yours. We have become riends ith so man omen through this o e ta e this o home ith us e ecome riends ith our clients e listen to eo le s ants and desires to help them make the best decision when it comes to their hair.”

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Dena Wethington Wild Strawberry Hair and Nail Studio 502-897-9453 (WILD) WILDSTRAWBERRYSTUDIO.COM “We believe in real beauty,” says Dena Wethington of Wild Strawberry Hair and Nail Studio. “True beauty is timeless, and you don’t have to follow trends to be and feel beautiful. We are here to help you discover new ways to look and feel beautiful.” t ild tra err , ou ill find an un aralleled le el o personal service. She and her team of experts are dedicated to making you the best version of yourself so that you leave loo ing a ulous ith a to le el o confidence he sim le idea is to be good to your team, and they will be there for you,” Dena says. “ I truly believe I have been blessed to work with w some of the best in the industry. Our team is incredible. It’s like an extended family.” “I feel that the most important thing in life is to do what brings you joy and never lose sight of your vision and to never give up,” Dena says. “To fail is one thing, to give up is everything.” She has dedicated herself to continuing to evolve, engage, and learn in life, and enjoys sharing what she knows with others. “What people might not understand is that our job goes way beyond doing hair. There is so much education involved. Many days, I feel like a therapist,” she says. “You get the real me every day every single time,” says Dena. “Even on the tougher days, I enjoy walking into the door to work. I absolutely love what I do and I love my co-workers and my guests. I have built a very successful business surrounded by incredible people, all while still by balancing my family health and relationship with God.” Wild Strawberry Hair and Nail Studio is located at 104 Bauer enue ou can also find them on ace oo

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Alex Holloway Realtor for Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty 502-899-2129 ALEXHOLLOWAY.LENIHANSOTHEBYSREALTY.COM A fantastically personable and intuitive individual, Alex Holloway is here to build a productive relationship with you. Whether your real estate needs are in u ing or selling, she s going to ut ou first and ring ou success “I’m all about that personal touch,” she says. “I know how stressful the home buying and selling process can be. I intend to lighten the load and guide my clients through the course and get them where they need to be with as little worry as possible.” From her background working as a nurse transitioning to real estate, Alex has always had a sincere interest in helping people. “I learned the great value of listening in that career,” she observes about her perceptive instinct. Alex’s professional adage is that her clients’ goals become her goals with customer service and client satisfaction as a top priority. Having a passion for where she lives and works makes Alex the right choice for all your real estate needs. Her palpable enthusiasm and strong attention to detail coupled with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty’s upscale marketing and strong network results in a successful real estate transaction here are e greater leasures than finding the er ect u er for a seller and the perfect property for a buyer,” she says. Whether searching for your perfect home or seeking professional representation throughout the selling process, Alex is ready to get the job done. Courtesy photo

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Estates Having a penchant for constantly redecorating and not being afraid to let color make a strong statement, Sandy Collins has infused her home with distinct character. BY NANCY MILLER PHOTOS BY TIM FURLONG JR.


he Hurstbourne Estates home she shares with her husband Kevin, is steeped in rich family history. It was built in 1981 by her father-in-law Bill Collins, who was a builder as well as owner of the car dealership that still bears his name. Over the years, the 5 bedroom/6 bath, 9,000-square foot home has been updated and refreshed through a few iterations which included building a larger patio with an outdoor bar and kitchen. The home’s outdoor area also features a pool and clay tennis court.

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We like to have parties by the pool or play games. I’m really big into having things for the grandkids to do with crafts.


s our kids got older, we changed our style a little bit. We added a pool table and pin ball machines as something teenagers would enjoy,” says Sandy, referring to the basement where there is an exercise room, Jacuzzi and steam room. “And I have changed colors several times and removed or added furniture for a bit more modernization to our home.” She feels fortunate that when her fatherin-law built the home, separate living and dining rooms were preferred, unlike the often popular design today that combines the two areas. “My mom has passed away. I love that I have two big cabinets with crystal and things from her in my dining room.

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What would I do with them if I didn’t have a dining room? And that’s true for the living room where we have a baby grand piano that belonged to my in-laws and another cabinet that has precious pieces from my mother and mother-in-law,” she says.

design duo. “She has been working with me so long that she can pick out things I will like. I’m really quick about choosing pieces. Connie knows that when I say this is the one, I mean it. I don’t have to look at ten more,” says Sandy.

One of her favorite spaces in the home is the long hall that is mostly windows on one side and photographs of her children, grandchildren and the families they have created. Other areas of which she is particularly fond are a vaulted ceiling great room with a palladium window, and a Florida room, located off the kitchen, that leads outside.

Owners of Bill Collins Ford and Collins Nissan, she and Kevin frequently entertain, mostly casual get-togethers. With twelve grandchildren (and one on the way), there’s usually family at their house. “We like to have parties by the pool or play games. I’m really big into having things for the grandkids to do with crafts,” she says. The whole family is looking forward to soon welcoming a furry new member, a giant schnauzer.

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s it is in many homes with large families, the Collins’ kitchen can be a beehive of activity. While Sandy enjoys cooking for the holidays, she isn’t shy about ordering in for other meals. “My husband is such a picky eater that day in and day out, my cooking is rare, especially when it’s just the two of us. I eat salmon and steamed broccoli four nights a week at the Hurstbourne Country Club,” she laughs. A kitchen makeover is on the calendar for spring. Honey-color cabinets will be replaced with dark cabinets. The granite countertop that has a light and dark pattern will remain as will the island, as it is a central focus of the room.

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he living room’s color palette of dark tan with a hint of gold is grounded by white wall-to-wall carpeting and accented with raspberry colored fabric on cushions and pillows. A black chair and small touches of black add another dash of design savvy, and a portrait of the Collins children when they were young holds great sentimental meaning.

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like splashes of color. My daughter, Kendahl, who moved into a new house is into grays and whites, but I tell her she needs to add some color! I think I have a good eye for putting things together but I don’t know if I have any design secrets other than making sure that there’s a flow of colors from room to room. In the breakfast room, Florida room and kitchen I carried out a medium green that added some spice and flow. And that raspberry in the living room is repeated in fabric on end chairs and in a centerpiece in the dining room,” she says.

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n upstairs room was converted into a bunk bedroom. Indiana artist Byron Roberts painted an underwater mural scene in Kendahl’s room when she was a child. Last year he returned to touch it up, much to the grandchildren’s delight. The master bath off the generously sized bedroom was renovated about five years ago, involving removing walls and adding dark cabinetry, a light tile floor with black accents, a huge shower, Jacuzzi and two walk-in closets. “There are always things in new homes that you look at and think, gosh I wish I had that. But I truly love my house. It’s awesome,” says Sandy. 

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What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers The guests have gone, the good china is back in the cabinet, and the tablecloth has been laundered. But what to do with all those leftovers? If you’re tired of turkey sandwiches, be thankful for these creative recipes from some of Louisville’s best restaurants.

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The turkey Hot Brown recipe by The Café

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Hospitality Group President Salvatore Rubino’s family prefers the dark meat, leaving plenty of turkey breast for the quintessential Louisville dish, The Hot Brown. “Historically, The Café has been closed on Thanksgiving Day and we intend to continue that trend into the future. The Café has always been about inclusiveness and acceptance, and we celebrate that each Thanksgiving Day by showing thanks to our employees by giving them that day off. Throughout the years many of our employees have lived out their thankfulness by serving others on Thanksgiving Day. ne oes not ha e to loo har to fin others in nee in our ommunit n those who ser e people in nee often fin that the a t of gi ing iel s the greatest rewar of all lthough this is the daily way of life at The Café,Thanksgiving Day remains the most meaningful to us all.

− 16 oz. slow roasted turkey breast, sliced − 24 oz. Mornay sauce − 16 toast points, made from white bread − 8 slices vine-ripened beefsteak tomato, cut into half-moon shapes − 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese − 8 strips applewood-smoked bacon − 1 tsp paprika − 1 tbsp chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350°. Ladle 3 oz. Mornay sauce onto center of oven-ready dinner plate, repeat four times. Place sliced turkey breast on top of Mornay sauce, and cover with remaining 3 oz. Mornay sauce. Garnish with toast points at four corners, just at the edge of the sauce. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the sauce and lay the applewood-smoked bacon as an “X” across the top in the middle. Place in a 350° oven for 8 to 10 minutes until bubbling. Remove from oven and garnish with tomato half-slices, alternating between the toast points. Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley, and serve on a liner plate or charger. Serves 4.

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Turkey Hachis Parmentier recipe by Brasserie Provence


Your family is sure to say “Ooh La La” when you make this French version of Shepherd’s Pie from your leftover turkey. This recipe from Guy Geroud, owner of Brasserie Provence, is sure to be a favorite. Guy suggests that you shred the leftover turkey meat, rather than cube it, to add another layer of texture to this tasty meal. Bon appetit!

− Shredded turkey (white and dark meat) − Leftover vegetables (green beans, corn, root vegetables) − Mashed potatoes − Gruyere cheese

Use some butter to coat the dish. Shred the turkey leftovers (white and dark meat), mix it with the leftover vegetables cut in small bites (green beans, corn, root vegetables). put the mix at the bottom of the dish, cover it up with the mashed potatoes leftovers, cover it with shredded Gruyere cheese. Bake it at 350 for 30 minutes until the dish is bubbling. Serve the dish with the reheated gravy and side of cranberry sauce.

Pumpkin mole tacos recipe by Noosh Nosh


Mark Ford, Executive Chef at Anoosh Restaurant Group, likes to “think outside the box” with Thanksgiving leftovers. Tacos are a great way to showcase leftover turkey, pumpkin, and cranberry. The pumpkin is transformed “into a pumpkin mole that is fabulous on leftover turkey.” Top with cranberry sauce for a sweet, spicy, sour combo that makes “a memorable taco.” “All you need are tortillas!”

− 1 yellow onion, roasted − 8 garlic cloves, roasted − 3 ancho chiles, rehydrated − ¼ cup slivered almonds − 2 whole cloves − ¼ tsp ground cinnamon − 6 whole allspice berries − 2 tbsp vegetable oil − 1 lb. roasted pumpkin − 2 cups turkey stock − 1½ tsp kosher salt − 1 tbsp brown sugar

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For the mole: Preheat oven to 350°. Cut yellow onion and place on a baking sheet with 8 cloves of garlic, drizzle lightly with vegetable oil and roast in oven for 15 minutes. While onion and garlic are roasting, rehydrate the ancho chiles in hot water from the tap for 5 minutes. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles. Leave the seeds if you want the mole a little extra spicy. Place all the ingredients except the turkey stock in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the turkey stock and blended puree into a medium size pot over medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes until it is smooth and thick. Add leftover chopped turkey into the mole sauce and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Use the turkey mole as a taco filling in your favorite tortillas and top with leftover cranberry sauce.

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Stress Savers

The holidays can be magical; they’re full of love and light with family and friends. But, along with fancy dinner parties and glamorous get-togethers comes the stress of putting together and taking down the Thanksgiving feast. Whether you’re having longdistance relatives in for the weekend or you’re an empty-nester, catering – or eating out – might be additional options to alleviate the stresses of hosting. Here is our round-up of the most convenient and beautiful holiday spreads in the city. BY TAYLOR RILEY • PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER




ou’ve tried the traditional turkey, and it’s just not quite what you want for the who-knows-how-long year in a row. Well, you’re in luck! Varanese has a unique spin on the holiday favorite: Turkducken, aka TurkeyDuckChicken. The restaurant has been producing the entrée for 12 years in two different styles: the whole bird with chicken, duck and turkey and just the breast meat, both with alternate layers of dressing. Whether you want a 4-pounder up to however heavy, Varanese has the bird for

you, and it will always be fresh, according to owner John Varanese. The meal can be ordered hot and ready or to be made for pick-up. “You can’t really screw them up,” John says about the 12-hour cooktime; just pop it in the oven overnight and pull it out in the morning. The restaurant will take orders anytime to be picked up for office parties and holiday gatherings, and it serves Turducken at the restaurant from the third weekend in November to New Year’s Eve. Varanese can also cook up sides like butter-whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, bone-stock gravy and cranberry chutney, but the bird is the restaurant's claim to fame. “(Turkducken) is something unique to Varanese, and Varanese is something unique to Louisville,” says John. To order, call 502-899-9904.

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f a host wants a party guest to have a good time, they must provide food from beginning to end. A get-together can be ruined if the hangry guests aren’t fed until the entree, so that’s where appetizers come in. Board & You, of New Albany, creates custom boards of meats, cheeses and spreads, making the experience of your next gathering as “elevated and unique as possible,” says Sean Lara, co-owner and creative mastermind behind Board & You. Sean grew up sharing food with family during holiday festivities, which led him to his career of adding themes and uniqueness to charcuterie boards, along with his business partner Zack Flanagan. The winter months are “extremely busy” for the company, as Sean creates boards with warm flavors by adding rosemary, cinnamon

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and apples with a variety of cheeses and meats. This year, Sean is adding homemade maple butter made with bourbon maple syrup, which he says, pairs perfectly with a St. André triple crème Brie. Client favorites also include apple butter and spiced-cherry preserve for a “seasonal taste.” Sean says his appetizers provide a centerpiece for holiday happenings, and he finds it fun to watch people graze and combine flavors. “Holidays are all about bringing people together … and (the boards) really do bring people together,” Sean says. The beautiful spreads are a “conversation piece,” he says. “What we have is a great thing for every party.” What separates Board & You from other companies, Sean says, is that they have “something for every one,” from $13 boxes to larger spreads for parties. “It differentiates us by making us a fit for anyone hosting no matter what your budget looks like,” he says. Order from Board & You at or by calling 502-777-6516.

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hether you like a traditional holiday meal or a holiday meal with international flair, Ladyfingers Catering has a menu for you and your family. Owner Deborah Lowery says her company has traditional, homestyle dishes, as well as “unique spins on traditional” with many international dishes. Two of her favorite international dishes are Meatballs with Sunday Gravy and Paella. Deborah, herself, comes from an Eastern European and Italian family where the holidays revolved around food and dinner parties with 50 to 75 family members and friends. Louisville families can order favorites from her company like Bourbon Butter Roasted Turkey, Ale-81 Glazed Ham, Scalloped Corn Pudding and Green Bean Casserole with Wild Mushroom Bisque. All of Deborah's dishes are “homemade and prepared with upscale, fresh and local ingredients,” she says. “We have a lot of people ordering traditional menus too, with a Kentucky theme and bourbon flair.” Ladyfingers can even use your personal dishes, cookware or platters; and no worries; all dishes come with re-heating instructions for those who need a little help. “It’s a secret between us and our clients,” Deborah whispers with a smile. So what is Deborah's number one tip for getting through the holiday season? Deborah says, “Make a list and prep ingredients ahead of time.” To order from Ladyfingers Catering go online look under Gourmet to Go or call 502-245-7734.

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t’s 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, and as the dishes pile high, you promise yourself “never again.” What if you could save the mess for someone else but still enjoy a lavish meal with loved ones? You can, thanks to Bristol Bar and Grille’s holiday buffet. All three area locations are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, so you can take family and friends out instead of bringing them in and causing a huge amount of stress for yourself. The buffet has been served for the last few years and has been “very well-received,” according to Bristol’s Master Sommelier Scott Harper. The buffet includes traditional meats like turkey, salmon and ham, as well

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as sides like green beans, mashed potatoes, fruit, salad and a slew of desserts. “It used to be that Thanksgiving was not a very big eat out time,” Scott says. “I think that’s all changed in the busy world we live in.” Scott says hosts typically would rather cater or eat out because of the convenience. If you do want to eat in the restaurant’s catering service provides all the fixings. “We can cater to whatever people like,” he says. For reservations or catering services, call Bristol Bar and Grille at its Highlands location at 502-456-1702; East Location at 502426-0627; Downtown location at 502-5821995; and Catering at 502-584-3663.




Napa has a variety of spaces available for your holiday events – from an intimate dinner party, business lunch, or a larger cocktail gathering. We also offer food and beverage services for events hosted at your home or business. Contact General Manager James Rion at 502.423.5822 for more information.


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o you have a holiday party coming up for your corporation? Or do you just want to add a classy touch to your dinner party? ELM Catering can help tie the bow on a fabulous food presentation. “During the holidays, corporate clients want cheese, charcuterie, anti-pasto and sandwich trays for department gatherings or an afternoon treat,” according to ELM Catering owner Laura Meyer. Companies also send trays to customers as a yearly “thank you,” too. Full meals for gatherings and boxed lunches are still a “favorite” for customers. Laura says her company gets calls to cater vegetables and desserts for family meals or the “fixings” to complete a spread. “With the

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holidays being so busy, some people like to entertain small gatherings at home as opposed to going out,” Laura says. “It could be anything from appetizers, trays or a full meal. With busy schedules, it’s nice to have food delivered, so they can enjoy their guests with no dirty dishes to clean up.” Both Laura’s maternal and paternal grandmothers were “great hostesses,” she says. “I learned hospitality from being in the kitchen from a very early age. My whole family was all about getting together with fabulous food. It makes me smile serving good food to good people.” So, what is Laura’s No. 1 tip for the holiday season? “Relax and enjoy family and friends,” she says. “That’s why some think it’s worth a little more to have their party catered so they can focus on what’s really important.” 



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Kathy is a former Purdue Golden Girl and Laker Girl who has raised three grown children and maintained a successful career in advertising sales, marketing, and media. Following removal of a pituitary tumor and the resulting necessary steroid medication, Kathy was left with physical changes that began to affect her self-esteem. At this stage in her life and career, she has manage to fin the time to ta e better care of herself physically and mentally. Because she is not a good candidate for traditional elective plastic surgery, Kathy has undergone minimally-invasive and purely cosmetic procedures to bring back the youth and vitality to which she had been accustomed most of her life.


n September, for Part One of this series in our October issue, Kathy underwent InMode Facetite, Accutite, and Morpheus8 procedures using the Bodytite Pro machine and radio-frequency assisted lipolysis and fractional microneedling from Dr. Juan Quintero of JQ Plastic

Surgery and Medi-Spa in St. Matthews. These procedures contour and resurface the skin of face and neck. Kathy also received a sassy modern shag bob haircut, and lovely autumnal hair coloring from Eufora educator Mikhail Schulz of J. Michael’s Spa & Salon, also in St. Matthews. October saw Kathy return to J. Michael’s Spa & Salon for eyebrow microblading by Master Stylist/Makeup Artist/Lash Artist and PhiBrows brow expert Carrie Minotti and lash extensions by Innovative Stylist/Theatrical Design Specialist/Makeup Artist Mikhail Schulz. For many women, grooming and penciling their eyebrows is the most time-consuming step of their makeup routine. This is because the eyebrows frame the face and can make a major difference in appearance. Microblading eliminates the need for that time-consuming step for up to two years. In fact, Kathy says, “The medications I take have caused my eyebrows

to thin out dramatically, so the microblading helped define my eyes more immediately.“ The process is minimally invasive, only slightly sensitive and/or uncomfortable, and involves the following four stages: measuring, numbing, creating hair strokes, and letting color process. Six- to eight-week touchups are highly recommended. This process is available for those with no brows to thick brows. The initial session takes three to four hours and touch-ups last for one hour. The eyebrow ink color is chosen in consultation with the technician and is matched to eyebrow color, not hair color. The ink colors are only available in neutral tones, preventing them from turning out too warm or too cool on any skin tone. The eyebrow shape is determined using the Phi (or Golden) Ratio. This is a mathematical, proportional concept that can be naturally occurring in human DNA, animals, and plants has been used for centuries to achieve “divine” TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2019 101

health+beauty or “perfect” proportions in art, architecture, business, music, and theology. This ensures that the resulting eyebrow shape will be the most flattering toward the framing of the face. Following the initial microblading session, aftercare is extremely important and can extend desired results which can save money on long-term touch-ups. The brows go through a “wet heal” process for the first eight days,

which involves hourly cleaning the first day and cleaning five times a day for the next seven days. This prevents the eyebrows from drying out, crusting and scabbing, which could result in shedding the ink that was applied. There are further instructions detailed by the technician and included in written form along with a healing chart to take home. The technician is also available for any follow-up questions. Carrie

received her eleven-level PhiBrow training and official certification in Miami, Florida. For more information and to book a free, fifteen-minute consultation, visit As part of the initial consultation, clients such as Kathy receive a complete list of pre-procedure and topical anesthetic advice, any contraindications, after-care instructions, and a pricing breakdown.


tylist Mikhail Schulz of J. Michael’s Spa & Salon, who cut and colored Kathy’s hair for Part One of our series last month, also gave Kathy eyelash extensions this month. Eyelash extensions are another semi-permanent service, adding definition, length, and volume to the lashes with minimal effort and upkeep on the part of the client. Eyelash extensions are applied individually and are completely customizable. They can mimic the look of at least two coats of mascara. At J. Michael’s they specialize in the use of Minkys Eyelash Extensions. Minkys is the top professional company for eyelash extension training workshops and professional products. Minkys training covers preparation, safe application, product knowledge, health and safety, design techniques, and aftercare guidance. Their products range from more natural looking lashes to fanning lashes to fantasy and glitter lashes. “I love my new lashes! They are very natural looking and really make my eyes pop. They’re easy to maintain, and who isn’t about ‘easy’?” The next day, Mikhail Schulz freshened Kathy’s color and added custom-colored human hair extensions to increase


s explained in Part One of our series, Kathy underwent a minimally invasive facial contouring and resurfacing procedure using InMode’s Morpheus8 fractional microneedling with Radio Frequency Assisted Lipolysis. Kathy recently received further treatment using this same process. Dr. Quintero also used Radiesse, a dermal filler for moderate to severe facial folds around the nose and mouth, otherwise known as “marionette” lines. This filler helps stimulate collagen production and can last as long as twelve to eighteen months, more than doubling the effects of Juvederm or Restylane. For the finer lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and the glabella lines between the

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the volume of her very fine hair. The extensions are taped in between two layers of hair and last 4-6 weeks before needing to be moved up the hair shaft. “Wow! This is what it’s like to have a lot of hair! Easy to care for and style, I love having more voluminous hair.” Mikhail also did a makeup

eyes, a botulinum toxin alternative to Botox called Dysport was injected to relax the facial muscles beneath the skin, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance with more immediate results. Dr. Quintero also did a lip filler, Versa, to create a more symmetrical and fuller top lip, keeping a natural look to them. According to Kathy, “These injectibles made a HUGE difference in my face. Combined with the Morpheus8 and AccuTite, I feel that I look 10 years younger! I actually have people stopping me to ask what I use on my skin!” About a week later, Aesthetician Brittany Wesson performed dermaplaning and a HydraFacial on Kathy as well. Dermaplaning is

application using Jane Iredale Makeup. “The versatility of this line allows me to do every day looks, as well as over-the-top looks, on my guests. And it’s the cleanest makeup on the market!” Kathy also had a great mani-pedi at J. Michael’s done by Jordyn Carnes.

an exfoliation treatment that is essentially a face-shaving technique of the skin’s surface using a surgical scalpel. The procedure removes dead skin and vellus hair, otherwise known as peach fuzz, leaving the skin brighter and more receptive to skin care products and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Brittany says, “It is a great prep for other skin treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, or dermabrasions.” HydraFacial involves a patented, proprietary vacuum delivery system and serums in a three-step, thirty-minute process. Step One is cleansing and peeling to gently exfoliate and resurface. Step Two is extraction and hydration to clean out pores and intensely

moisturize the skin. Step Three fuses and protects the skin with antioxidants and peptides for a youthful glow. The results improve skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, firmness level, dark spots, discoloration, and pore congestion. “Suitable for all skin types, this rejuvenating treatment is gentle, non-invasive, and effective immediately. There is no downtime following the treatment.” Dr. Juan Luis Quintero of JQ Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa and his staff once again performed all of these procedures with the same skill and care for which they have become known. In addition to Dr. Quintero and Aesthetician Brittany Wesson, the team includes Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Bridget Gary Hart, Aesthetician Danielle Overton, Patient Care Coordinator Natalie Loreti, and Billing & Insurance Coordinator Stephanie Goodman.


athy also had a fashion consultation with RaeShanda Johnson Lockhart, owner and fashion designer of All is Fair in Love and Fashion (AIF). RaeShanda consulted with Kathy about her daily life, and along with her complexion, hair and lifestyle, was able to find fashions that work perfectly for her. Kathy is shown here in one of the stylings that RaeShanda chose for her. Stay tuned for Part Three, our final installment of this exciting transformation in the life of a very deserving wife, mother, and career woman: ““I feel so much more confident in my appearance! These folks are all true artists. I can’t thank Dr. Quintero and his staff, the staff at J. Michael’s Salon and fashion stylist RaeShanda Lockhart at AIF enough! I’m energized and feeling like a much more confident version of myself!” TOPS will be showing you the final “Before and After” looks in our February issue!  Black Patterned Maxi Dress by Sexy Diva $90 from All is Fair in Love and Fashion

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ore than 90,000 people with Alzheimer’s reside within the 125 counties served by the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Services provided by the chapter include training for professional caregivers, free support groups, and plenty of available resources for patients and caregivers alike to learn and exchange coping skills. In fiscal year 2018, the regional chapter raised $1.4 million through 9,000 participants in 12 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” events. The chapter’s education team offered 800 programs and monthly support groups, including the Memory Café. The organization engaged 15,000 local advocates, many of whom also worked on the national level to help increase federal funding of Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health.

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"Our current reach into this vulnerable population in Kentucky is very limited,” said Bari Lewis, director of community outreach for the regional chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “That means here in Louisville, and all across the state, we must broaden that reach by asking those who have a passion for the cause to join us as volunteer members.”


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Volunteers are appreciated in all areas of the nonprofit group, from office help and fundraising efforts to becoming leaders of support groups and educational programs. “We cannot win this fight alone. We need you,” Lewis said. While there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, “we do seem to understand more every day how lifestyle choices can stave off cognitive decline and sometimes delay the triggers that lead to the onset of Alzheimer’s,” she said. “The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to take care of yourself intellectually, physically and nutritionally.”

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health+beauty How do you know if your loved one is developing dementia? Short-term memory loss is a telltale sign. It’s a different type of forgetfulness than people normally experience due to stress or overwhelming feelings, though, because it affects activities of daily living. It might feel as if your loved one “isn’t there anymore.” This is a common phrase heard in caregiver circles. “People with Alzheimer’s dementia are still individuals with ‘self’ intact, even if that self seems changed or even nonexistent,” Lewis said. “While they may not connect with us the way we have known them, or even at all, they are still living a life of value with feeling and awareness of all that is going on around them. We must act to honor that daily.” As with any other condition, early detection of Alzheimer’s is key. The sooner

someone can be diagnosed with dementia and on a course of medication and other treatment aspects, the better. The University of Louisville Trager Institute conducts research and provides services for the aging population. Within the institute is the Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic, which focuses on six areas of health necessary for a person to flourish: biological, environmental, individual health behaviors, psychological, social and having access to health services. “Our goal here is integrated care for the benefit of aging well in the community,” said Anna Faul, Ph.D., executive director of the Trager Institute. She cites nutrition, exercise, acupuncture and massage therapy among the services available at the center,

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along with a caregiver support program. The center is working on educating the public and private sectors in order to develop dementia-friendly communities, businesses and hospital emergency departments. Dr. Faul says even people who have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease can delay the onset of the disease with healthy lifestyle. “They’re starting to call it type 3 diabetes,” she said, “because there is such an excess of glucose in your body, causing inflammation that triggers the forming of plaque in your brain.” UofL students are participating in research at the Trager Institute. Look for a Cloud-based task reminder system to be on the market next year, thanks to engineering students. 

esearch is coming out all the time showing a link between physical activity and brain health. “I would encourage everybody to do more than exercise twice a week,” said Susan Schonberger, group exercise director at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center. She has been with the business since it opened in 1984 as Milestone Fitness Center. By 2000, Baptist Hospital Louisville was a partner and there was a new name and new location, a mile east of the hospital.

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Creekside on Bardstown Assisted Living and Memory Care 502-919-7715 • CREEKSIDEONBARDSTOWN.COM Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and other cognitive impairments are affecting more seniors at an increasing rate, leaving many families greatly concerned for the well-being of their loved ones. Creekside on Bardstown Assisted Living and Memory Care is a community dedicated to improving the lives of seniors facing these challenges. Their focus is to promote an independent and active lifestyle, so their residents may enjoy life to the fullest! Unlike many other senior living communities, Creekside’s monthly rates include all of the following: utilities, meals, weekly housekeeping and laundry in addition to assistance

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with “activities of daily living” (bathing, dressing, hygiene, ambulating) and medication reminders. The community is only one level, made up of 52 apartments, has restaurant style dining, many common areas and a beauty salon on site. Outside, there are beautifully landscaped courtyards where the residents can relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Creekside’s Management Team has over 30 years of combined experience in the senior living industry. In addition, both the Executive Director and Resident Care Director are licensed nurses. Each staff member receives training on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and the behaviors associated with these cognitive impairments, so the residents may live the highest quality of life for as long as possible. The secure Memory Care Neighborhood is exclusively designed for cognitively impaired residents and offers an open oor lan in addition to se eral acti it rooms, dining area and outside landscaped courtyard. The Activities Program is tailored daily to each resident’s abilities and interests and may include outings or special events. At Creekside, residents are treated like members of the family. The caring and dedicated staff are committed to assist each resident whenever needed. ree side amilies find eace o mind no ing that their lo ed ones are well taken care of and enjoying life. Residents at Creekside enjoy carefree living while maintaining an active lifestyle allowing them to live their best life possible throughout their golden years. Find out more about the Buechel area’s premier assisted living and memory care community by visiting or follow them on Facebook

Patti Naiser Senior Home Transitions 502-396-9228 • SENIORHT.COM Eight years ago, Patti Naiser founded Senior Home Transitions after facing a crisis that many families go through themselves. “I got into this business because of the challenges my family ran into when my father needed Assisted Living, then Memory Care,” she says. Patti takes great pride that Senior Home Transitions is the most trusted free referral service operating in Kentucky. “We work with every community in about a 50-mile radius including Southern Indiana and help families choose the right Assisted Living, Personal Care or emor are communit ased on their financials, physical condition, and personal tastes. I, along with my Nurse Navigator, Joy Tabler, and Erin Hosking, our Business e elo ment irector, are all ertified Dementia Care Practitioners. This gives us great insight and knowledge when helping families needing to care for or place someone with dementia. We are all very passionate about helping seniors,” says Patti. We have helped more than 3000 families successfully transition. Patti and her team at Senior Home Transitions earn the trust of every customer they have by showing integrity in every placement they make. “We are referred to by more health care professionals than any other Senior Care Advocate in the area. We don’t refer to facilities if we don’t like what we see happening in them. We also don’t place inappropriately just to earn a commission, the thought of that happening is heartbreaking to me. These decisions affect someone’s li e heir needs should al a s come first Patti understands that even with the best thoughtout plans for senior living that things can go awry. “This is big stuff for families, I always want to be available. Most are in crisis mode, so I answer the phone 7 days a week!”

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My name is Les. My home is in the Villas of Guerin Woods. I live in Villa 8. I share my home with seven friends. We have our own bedrooms, but share a big kitchen and living area. The people here are so good to me. They are my family. I love music. I was a band director when I was in the Navy, and later for local high schools. I could play every instrument in the band and orchestra. I still enjoy playing my electric piano. . .with my headphones on. Music groups come and perform at my home all the time, and I get to listen to my favorite music on my iPod. (All of us have iPods and get to choose what kind of music we want to listen to.) I have lots of family pictures in my room. In my shadowbox I also have a picture of my favorite dog, Buddy. I love looking at them. My wife and I adopted a beautiful girl named Barbie and had the best Christmas ever a few years later when our son, Tim, was born on Christmas eve. Tim doesn’t live nearby, but loves to visit me. I like to make people laugh, but I save my best jokes for Tim. He sends me joke books all the time, so I have an endless supply! When I was a small boy, I helped my aunt in the garden. She didn’t think I was very much help when I “accidentally” pulled up all her flowers instead of weeds! When the weather is nice, I like to go out into the Villas garden. It has beautiful flowers and we grow lots of tomatoes. If you are ever in Georgetown, you should stop by and see us... oh, I almost forgot. What do you get when you decorate for Christmas? . . .tinselitus!

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Nutcracker Produces Three Decades of Holiday Magic BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTO BY SAM ENGLISH


hen it comes to the holiday season, many may think of a scrumptious spread, luminous lights and frequent family time, but in Louisville, the community can add an additional item to the checklist of winter tradition. The Brown-Forman Nutcracker Ballet is in its 11th year, performed by the Louisville Ballet who have completed 30 seasons of the holiday classic at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Company dancer Emily Reinking O’Dell sat down with Tops to discuss why she thinks the holiday season is made more magical with the help of the Nutcracker. Emily has been performing in the Nutcracker since she was in the second grade–– three decades, so she’s a pro at, well, every character. Emily says she has a “personal connection” to the show. “There is excitement in it,” Emily says. “There’s new roles and new partners … it’s a holiday tradition for me, personally, and the community. There’s something for everyone.” Lousivillians can appreciate the subtle 502 touches from the act, like the fountain at St. James Court, signs that say “Brown” and “Forman” and the character, “Mother Derby.” Emily says the production keeps children interested throughout the two, 45-minute acts due to the familiarity of the music and the magic of snow and sparkle. “They see the wonderment,” Emily says. “It stays with you. It truly is a magical show.”

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The story of the Nutcracker follows a young girl named Marie who experiences a magical night through her dreams on Christmas Eve, following a lavish ball hosted by her parents. She falls asleep under the family Christmas tree with her Nutcracker doll. When she wakes up, the tree has gigantically grown, a prince greets Marie and she goes on an adventure featuring fairies, mice and other characters.

with the professionals. “It’s stunning what they can do … and how much the community loves them,” Emily says. Company dancers will begin rehearsal in November. Production choreography is by Val Caniparoli, music is by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and sets and costumes are by Peter Cazalet. 

At the Louisville Ballet, there are five alternate casts of the company, which include 110 kids, so characters are changed for nearly every production. Two children, this year, know O’Dell fairly well; they’re her kids. Bella, 7, is an angel; and Maya, 12, has her first role as a “party girl.” Emily says seeing her girls perform is “full circle” for her. “Watching them love it so much … it’s just so special,” Emily says.


The children of the community, including from the Louisville Ballet School, began auditioning in August and practice early to learn the choreography to be able to dance

The production is slated to open December 14 with nine public performances until December 22. Tickets went on sale in July with a record-breaking Christmas in July, according to Michael Jones Gomez, Marketing Coordinator. Fans should buy tickets now, according to Michael, before they sell out. Tickets are available at, by calling 502-583-2623 or by coming to the Louisville Ballet.


Bluegrass Center for Autism The Bluegrass Center for Autism’s mission is to provide children and adults affected by autism with an individualized spectrum of services for lifelong success. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS


n the evening of Saturday, November 9, 2019, The Henry Clay in downtown Louisville will be the site of Bluegrass Center for Autism’s “Day of the BCA” Fundraising Gala. In support of the Center’s vital role in our community, BCA supporters will don cocktail or “Chic Muerto” attire for this colorful and festive Day of the Dead themed event featuring upscale Mexican tapas, specialty cocktails from a Heaven Hill Lunazul Tequila bar, Four Roses Bourbon bar, Tito’s Handmade Vodka bar, auctions, and a mariachi band. Development Director Tara Southall Denham shares with us the important work the Bluegrass Center for Autism does for our community. The Bluegrass Center for Autism was established in August 2010 with its unique and individualized programming providing a one-on-one child/young adult-to-staff ratio for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. BCA serves children and young adults from ages 3-24 and all along the spectrum. This unparalleled approach of intensive daily programming and therapy is unmatched in the state of Kentucky and aims to develop skills and tools necessary by the time the

child reaches adulthood. The demand for BCA services has led to expansion with two campuses in Louisville. The Kosair Charities East Campus serves children age 3-11, while the Mid City location has a current age range of 12-24. How has the Center grown so quickly in less than a decade? On what Tara describes as a “neverending waitlist”, families with children on the spectrum know that this full-day medical therapeutic program of Applied Behavior Analysis is the only one of its kind. These families have been known to move to Louisville from all over the state for the chance to participate. They believe in BCA’s vision of aspiring “to remediate deficits and strengthen abilities in the critical areas of Communication, Social Interaction, and Academic Accomplishment.” The reach of the Bluegrass Center for Autism stretches far beyond families with children on the autism spectrum. With 1 in 59 children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder on an upward trend, autism will inevitably touch all of our lives as they work so hard to be completely integrated into society. Donations to this nonprofit go straight to

serving more children and families. The earlier the intervention, the better the results. As Tara tells us, getting the word out about Bluegrass Center for Autism is the challenge. To grow and address the needs of all waiting families will require a continuous need for a great deal of funding. The best part of Tara’s job, with zero hesitation, is “getting to see the kids every day” and how hard they work with the staff of dedicated professionals. These staff members are a special breed, as every day is emotionally and physically demanding. No doubt they take their work home with them. But the reward of seeing the progress made by the children and young adults in their care makes it all worthwhile. To learn more about their services and schedule a tour, visit If you miss this month’s gala, be on the lookout for BCA’s Spring Soirée to be held in May at Owl Creek Country Club in Anchorage. 


Day of BCA is Saturday, November 9 from 6:30–11pm at The Henry Clay. The event will honor the Baker family. Guests will enjoy an elegant evening of chef’s small plate tastings, specialty cocktails, auctions, and entertainment. To purchase tickets visit bluegrasscenterforautism.

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wenty-six years ago, her mother Raquel Koff created the boutique Rodeo Drive, a shop for women who are fashion-conscious, with the goal of making women feel great about how they look. Raquel set a standard of excellence; she built a brand that has endured and thrived over two decades. Raquel's daughter, Michelle, paid rapt attention. "My mom was the kind of girl who adored her Barbies – and still does," she says. "She loves beautiful clothing and making people look and feel good. It's at the root of who she is. I inherited that. We're very driven, but there's that element of playing dress-up that lives in our hearts and plays out in our daily lives."

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Described as the "Queen," Michelle's grandmother, Sara, has been an ever present matriarch. "No one knows her age because she won't tell anyone," Michelle says. "Her flavor and input on everything that happens in the store is always valid and extremely welcome. She's one of a kind. We're a tight knit family. If you've ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, that's us." The behind the scenes labor of keeping a store running is hard work. There's heavy lifting both figuratively and literally. All along, however, the divining attitude behind the store has always been one of joy. "Shopping should be fun, and it should be personal," Michelle says. Rodeo Drive’s business has evolved with time and ever changing trends, but one thing that has always remained constant is their devotion to customer service. “We make it our mission to go above and beyond for our customers,” Michelle says. “We get to know them and match our merchandise and accessories to their lifestyles. We listen to their needs, pamper them, and encourage their individuality.” "The dirty secret, the thing about balance is – there isn't any," Michelle says. "A great day at work is usually a bad day at home or vice/versa. It all just comes down to how few hours there are in a day. It makes me appreciate everything that my mother sacrificed for me and my brother. My mom taught us and showed by example, there is no secret to success. To be successful you have to work hard. You have to create your own luck, be your own person and be your own biggest cheerleader. I hope my kids see what I saw in my mom; that hard work, perseverance and the will to succeed, will lead to success.” Michelle lives a life of purpose and appreciation. "I remain grateful for all that I have. There's that saying that it takes a village to raise a child, that’s absolutely true," she says. "I see the moms out there, I see YOU, and I am one, and we're all in this together. Even on the days that seem impossible, we get through it and do it all again the next day. We just do it. We are all supermoms!” 

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The dirty secret, the thing about balance is – there isn’t any. A great day at work is usually a bad day at home or vice/ versa. It all just comes down to how few hours there are in a day. It makes me appreciate everything that my mother sacrificed for me and my brother. – MI CH EL L E T A S MA N



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ay Cardosi, WLKY TV’s Chief Meteorologist, embraces his job as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream he had at the age of six. How cool is that? “I started in the business and learned the business at KETV in Omaha, Nebraska in 1990,” Cardosi said. “I trained under Jim Flowers, who became my mentor. He was a great forecaster and really good at his trade. More importantly, he always told me: ‘Only give the facts. Don’t hype; don’t hype for ratings.’ It’s the old ‘cry wolf’ element that eventually will turn people away. That lesson is at the forefront of how I would approach the job and what we do here in this office. “But the first time I thought about weather as a career was when I was six years old.” When you meet Jay, you experience an engagement, a genuine presence. He’s talking with you, not at you. What you see on television is what you see in person: a man determined to keep things in the moment and in perspective. Two critical characteristics in his line of work. Back to the story.

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My parents thought I was scared of the weather, but actually I was just fascinated by it. I knew what I wanted to do in high school. For the rest of my life I knew I wanted to do the weather.

“I was six years old, playing quarterback on my 11-man football team in the Kankakee Valley Football League, the East Side Bulldogs,” Cardosi said. “I’m about to take a snap from center and I see an unbelievable cloud formation and I said, ‘wow’, but the center thought I said ‘hike’. He snapped the ball, it hit me in the face and then a linebacker came in and just flattened me. I’m on the ground, the linebacker’s on top of me and I just blurted out, ‘I’m going to be a weatherman.’ He deadpanned, ‘you weirdo.’” It’s not so weird when you take an interest in something at an early stage in life and act on it. Many of you will remember the annual grade school Science Fair event that wreaked havoc in every student and their household every year. You guessed it, every year Jay would do something on the weather eventually winning the state Science Fair blue ribbon in the earth sciences category in the eighth grade. He asked his parents a lot of questions about weather, about storms and how it all happens. “My parents thought I was scared of the weather, but actually I was just fascinated by it,” he said. “I knew what I wanted to do in high school. For the rest of my life I knew I wanted to do the weather. My father told me then, ‘Jay, you go to college, get that degree and you’re going to do what you love to do and get paid to do it. “I went to school at Iowa State University and earned my degree in Atmospheric Sciences. To take that degree and utilize it in forecasting takes a lot of work. In Omaha and here in Metro Louisville and our viewing area, those are two distinct places when you’re talking about the weather. And giving the viewers the best, most accurate forecast is what we try to do because it can make a big, big difference.” That’s where the lessons learned from his mentor take over: only give the facts; don’t hype for ratings. In the WLKY weather office there are stacks of files of every forecast from every show they’ve done. All of their work backed by all the data at their disposal. “We’ve got to be accurate and consistent with every forecast,” he said. “We work together to give our viewers all the information they need to be prepared, to be safe and to enjoy their lives.” He married his high school sweetheart, Laura, just a few years after college. The

young couple welcomed daughter Rachael into the world in November of 1994, daughter Madison in 1996 and son Nick in 1999. But it was Rachael’s lagging early development and her diagnosis of Prader-Willi (PRAH-der WILL-ee) Syndrome that strengthened the family bond. “Prader-Willi is a rare genetic syndrome and occurs in about one in fifteen-thousand births,” Jay said. “It affects the 15th chromosome and is kind of similar to Down Syndrome. When Laura and I found out what was going on with Rachael, we dug in and did what we had to do. “The worst thing about the syndrome is that they don’t know when they’re full; they always feel like they’re starving and they will seek out food any way they can get it,” he explained. “Refrigerators, pantries, garbage cans, half-eaten doughnuts or chewed-up gum; they go after everything. You have to watch their food intake and because their appetite is so big, you have to watch for obesity, diabetes and all the complications that come with overeating.” But the lessons Laura and Jay and their children have learned have been invaluable. And some of those lessons you can see in Jay’s work: the clarity, the diligence, the accuracy; but, above all, the care that goes into helping people prepare for what the weather offers. And in the Ohio Valley, conditions can go from benign to life-threatening in a matter of minutes. “Rachael brought our family together,” Jay said. “Maddie and Nick, ever since they were in grade school and throughout high school, they acted so much older, more mature than their classmates. They helped care for her and see how important every life is. “And what she’s done for Laura and me is incredible. Laura and I became incredibly close. About a month or two following the diagnosis we sat down with a glass of wine and Laura said, ‘God gave us Rachael for a reason. Because he knows that she’s going to be safe with us.’ “When she said that to me, it was like the heavens opened and a burden was lifted.” The weather forecast pales in comparison, but his childhood dreams have been fulfilled and Jay Cardosi’s life has been blessed with grace. We’re fortunate to have him looking up at the sky and keeping us informed on what’s to come. 

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n abolitionist, pacifist, suffragist, writer, and temperance supporter, Susan Look Avery did not begin public support of these many causes until in her sixties, once all of her six children had grown to adulthood. Susan was the eldest of six children born to Samuel and Polly Lommis Look on October 27, 1817 in Conway, Massachusetts. The family moved to rural western New York; and at 17, Susan attended Utica Female Academy where she stayed on after graduation to become a teacher. In 1843, Susan accompanied her sister Julia to Wyoming, New York where Julia had accepted a teaching position at Middlebury Academy. On the return trip home, Susan stopped to visit friends in Aurora, New York and met her husband Benjamin Franklin Avery who, after a brief stint as an attorney and then the owner of a small plow company in Virginia, had come home to settle his father’s estate. Susan and Benjamin were married on April 27, 1944. The following year they established a summer residence called Hillside in Wyoming, New York, which they shared with Julia and her husband Albert Capwell, who was a Brooklyn lawyer. Interested in building upon his plow business, Benjamin sent a favorite nephew to scout a good Southern location to re-establish and expand the company. On Christmas Day 1847, Benjamin arrived in Louisville thinking he would just be spending his winters there; but his nephew begged him to stay on. And so the family relocated to Louisville, spending summers back up north at Hillside. The Avery Plow Works made them one of the wealthiest families in Louisville. Susan spent her time raising the children and building social connections that she would no doubt use to further her political causes later in life. During the Civil War, the buildings of the Plow Works were used as Union soldiers’ hospitals. The most grievously

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Across the country there is a growing movement to recognize noteworthy women and their historical contributions through public monuments. Unfortunately, less than 7% of the 5,193 monuments in the United States presently recognize women. We are about to change that statistic with the “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” initiative. Each month TOPS will feature a Kentucky woman who impacted the Women’s Rights Movement. For more information visit

Clad in a gown of light silk and lace, her white hair crowning Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are combining traits that many women naturally a face possess, and that can lead to confident decision making and courageous accomplishments. They’re also the foundation that can help build a sound investment strategy. Working with a rare intelligence and financial advisor who complements your investing style and listens more than talks, can help you continue making those confident decisions and keep your wealth plan on track. strength, she rose to her full height and in a Wells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Complex Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suitevoice 300 clear, strong gave Lexington, KY 40507 Louisville, KY 40207 utterance to her views John Gardner Justin Schappe Managing Director – Complex Manager Senior Vice President – Branch Manager the subjects to which she had given especial thought and energy. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226

injured were taken into the Avery home to receive Susan’s care during their final days. Her good works may have taken their toll as Susan left the country, spending two years of the war touring Europe. Eventually the company buildings were destroyed by the war and later rebuilt as B. F. Avery & Sons with Samuel, George, and son-in-law J. C. Coonley. According to a June 29, 1902 article in the Los Angeles Herald, the Averys had been the first in Louisville to fly the Union flag, despite death threats from the secret society Knights of the Golden Circle. In 1873, the family moved into a mansion at 4th & Broadway in Louisville, on what is now the site of the Heyburn Building. It was there that Susan hosted the American Woman Suffrage Association in town for their

national convention in 1881. After Benjamin’s death in 1885, Susan remained active becoming a founding member of the Louisville Equal Rights Association in 1889 and founder of the Louisville Woman’s Club in 1890. She hosted many reformers in her home in Louisville, and at Hillside in New York, including Susan B. Anthony and Booker T. Washington. In November 1911, at the age of ninety-four, Susan spoke at the Fels banquet in Chicago. A July 1912 article in the Washington Herald described her appearance: “Clad in a gown of light silk and lace, her white hair crowning a face combining rare intelligence and strength, she rose to her full height and in a clear, strong voice gave utterance to her views on the subjects to which she had given especial thought and energy.” A historic marker was installed earlier this year in front of the Woman’s Club of Louisville at 1320 S. 4th St. 

Setting a longer table for growth and inclusion

The Bluegrass Market of Wells Fargo Advisors salutes Heather Hunt-Ruddy, head of Client Experience and Growth, for being a passionate advocate for the inclusion of more women in our industry. Considered a 2018 Woman to Watch by InvestmentNews, Hunt-Ruddy formed our Diverse Client Segments team dedicating a group of full-time team members working on initiatives that make diversity a major component of Wells Fargo Advisors’ culture. She’s made it a real priority to “set a longer table” so more people can be included to experience an environment where diversity and inclusion are the norm, not the exception. Thank you, Heather, for your strong leadership in growing our Bluegrass Market team. Wells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Market 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 Lexington, KY 40507

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november events November 8 16th annual chenoweth square holiday walk

5-8pm, Chenoweth Square Come stroll the square and enjoy a magi al fun fille e ening with our friends and neighbors at the 16th annual henoweth uare oli a Walk! Experience the beautifully festooned shops and share a cup of goo heer with these lo al usinesses anta will e strolling the s uare

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November 9 Hope Scarves' colors of courage

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6:30-11pm, The Henry Clay oin us for an elegant e ening of hef s small plate tastings, specialty cocktails, au tions an entertainment enefiting the luegrass enter for utism o tail or theme attire he s mission is to pro i e hil ren an a ults affe te autism with an in i i uali e spe trum of ser i es for lifelong su ess or more information isit luegrass enterforautism e oinme org ti ets


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Christmas at CAL family festival 10am-3pm, CAL Rock Creek Campus hristian a em of ouis ille s annual “Christmas at CAL” family fun festi al will in lu e raft ooths from local artisans, a silent auction, food trucks, pony rides, and games and in ata les mission is free or more information all

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8-10am, New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater lo emorial oun ation is hosting the r nnual top i tion al to raise awareness a out positi e steps eing taken to combat addiction, connect families with agen ies that pro i e addiction treatment and therapy support, an raise mone for a i tion initiati es egister at o foun ation org

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6:30-9:30pm, Passalino's e will announ e the winner of

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November 14 The Skin Group's Aesthetic Holiday Party

5-7pm, The Skin Group (2307 River Road location) oin he in roup for our holi a open house featuring fabulous specials an gi eawa s all to a to

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November 15–17 Festival of Trees & Lights

Louisville Slugger Field tart a new holi a tra ition with our famil at the th anni ersar esti al of rees ights ar el at hun re s of eautifull e orate trees wreaths and décor — all for sale to raise funds for orton hil ren’s ospital ther a ti ities in lu e photos with anta hil ren’s rafts holi a entertainment an anu ah a ti ities i s an the oung at heart will lo e our ri e on train sweet shop gift shop an out oor lf own a ti ities for a ults for hil ren age an un er an seniors free for hil ren age an un er hil ren’s rafts are in lu e with a mission ther a ti ities are a aila le for a nominal fee or more information isit festi aloftreesan lights org

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november events November 16 eastern high school band Holiday Boutique

9am-3pm, Eastern High School More than 100 great vendors, music, good food and fun! You can’t miss this one! Our vendors will be selling food, clothes, children’s items, hand crafted decor, jewelry, hats, scarves and more.

4th Annual Healing TREE Gala

6-11pm, Muhammad Ali Center Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment) is dedicated to transforming how society responds to abuse and interpersonal trauma his elegant ele rit fille evening features fantastic entertainment provided by N'Kenge (Original Broadway Cast of Motown: The Musical), delicious heavy Hors d'oeuvres, unique live and silent auction items, dancing to the sounds of The Shasta V, and southern hospitality. Call 502-743-2733 or isit healingtreenonprofit org for more information.

the art of goodwill

7-10pm, Speed Art Museum The Art of Goodwill supports Goodwill’s mission of providing second chances for success and transforming lives. The program gives selected Kentucky artists the opportunity to transform items donated to Goodwill into works of art. The Art of Goodwill attendees can enjoy Gallery access to the Speed Art Museum, cocktail buffet and passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, and free parking.

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10am-2pm, Kentucky Derby Museum Are you a collector of Kentucky Derby and horse racing memorabilia? Are ou intereste in fin ing out more about the history behind your item and getting information on how to better preserve it? If so, bring your item and “Ask a Curator” these questions. The curatorial staff also welcomes questions about its exhibits, artifacts in the museum collection and Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred racing history. *Please note that as a

non profit organi ation annot legally nor ethically provide appraisals or valuations for items. Free with regular museum admission. For more information visit

November 21 annual holiday sip & shop

5:30-8pm, Liquor Barn Springhurst Join the Bourbon Women Association for its annual Holiday Sip & Shop event! New this year, Bourbon Women members hand-selected a barrel of Four Roses bourbon that will be exclusively bottled and sold at this event! Holiday Sip & Shops are an opportunity to participate in tastings, meet bourbon personalities, purchase exclusive bourbon selections and receive discounts from participating shops. And, it’s the perfect chance to pick up holiday gifts. A full list of Sip & Shop dates is at bourbonwomen. org, where details for individual events will also be updated. Admission is free and open to anyone 21 years of age or older!

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11:30am, Millionaires Row 6 at Churchill Downs oin us for the th annual enefit for the Backside: a day at the races, silent auction, and lunch buffet! For tickets and sponsorship information please isit enefitforthe a si e org or all 502-634-6543.

chili cookoff and trivia night spectacular

7-9pm, PLAY Louisville We’ve invited 5 of our favorite nonprofits to oo a at h of their fa orite hili re ipes ou’ll get to en o a ight of this filling all fa orite as ou wor with your team to answer our Food for Thought trivia questions. One team will be crowned the winner. One chili will ta e home the pri e ourtes of our celebrity judges. This is one fun an a orful e ening ou won’t want to miss. Trivia starts at 7:00pm sharp with pro ee s to enefit of Kentuckiana, My Dog Eats First, Bluegrass Classic Bowling, Louisville LGBT Film Festival, and Louisville Gay Men's Chorus! For more information visit

3-6pm, Margaret Comstock Hall With unparalleled artistry and enduring vigor, the Juilliard String Quartet continues to inspire audiences around the world. Founded in 1946 and hailed by the Boston Globe as “the most important American quartet in history,” the Juilliard draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. For more information visit

November 27 Paristown's Fête de Noël Winter Holiday Festival

November 27–January 5 Start a new tradition this holiday season at Paristown's inaugural Fête de Noël (Festival of Christmas), a 6 week Winter village featuring Louisville’s only authentic outdoor ice skating rink in the newly opened Christy’s Garden. Skate, shop, eat, and drink in the heart of Paristown and enjoy the return of Louisville’s awardwinning Holiday Laser Dome Louisville, holiday movie nights, Stoneware & Co. ornament decorating, and much more. The 2019 holiday memories begin

Wednesday, November 27 in Paristown! Visit for full festival and ice skating rink details.

November 29 light up louisville

4-10pm, 6th & Jefferson Streets See Santa Claus help Mayor Fischer illuminate downtown Louisville! Stop by the Louisville Visitor Center (301 S 4th St, Louisville, KY) for fun holiday activities for the whole family including: spin the wheel for attraction tickets, photos with Mrs. Claus, Yelp Louisville social media challenge and plinko game, letters to Santa, giveaways, holiday treats and 25% off everything (excluding candy and sale items). For more information visit

yuletide at yew dell

4:30-7:30pm, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens Enjoy a visit with Santa, our winter snow village and train display, spectacular lighting displays, holiday music, crafts, holiday snacks for the kids, grown-up libations and more! Additional dates: December 6–7, November 30–December 1, and December 8. For pricing and more information visit

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meet JOHN GORDINIER For me, it started as a great place to have a great cup of coffee, read my newspaper and bring my dog, Bear. Leo and Mary have created a comfortable shop with an inviting atmosphere. The staff is always supportive and glad to see you! I come every day to read the paper and enjoy the best coffee in town. Fante’s is thankful that they have had the opportunity to get to know John! 2501 GRINSTEAD DRIVE

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Green Hill Therapy’s 11th Annual Hoedown on the Hill September 28 Green Hill Therapy Photos by Robin Conway

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St. Jude Walk/Run September 28 Beckley Creek Park Photos by Robin Conway

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TOPS Louisville October Sneak Peek Party October 3 Chenoweth Square Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Meredith Metzmeier, TOPS Publisher Keith Yarber, and Shannon Kessler

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BowmanFest October 5-6 Bowman Field Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Haley Ingram, Larry Cashen, Tara Reck, and John Stokes

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5th Annual Butterflies in Motion October 17 The Brown Hotel Photos by Bill Wine

Event co-chairs Brad Broecker and Libby Parkinson with Secretary of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Don Parkinson

Megan Lewis with CEO Heuser Hearing Institute Brett Bachmann Pat Miller, Jan Corum, Dan Schusterman, and Bonnie Miller

Bobby and Beckie Ennnis

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Grace Roberts, Beth Howard, Jackie Roberts, Laura Novak, Terrin Williams, Roxie Viney, and Amy Drake

Lauren Riggs, Conrad Bachmann, and Madison Hardy

Lindy Street, Patty Johnson, Annette Grisanti, and Madeline Abramson

Jennifer Reece, Hunter Weinberg, Karen Casi, Carolyn Shelton, Heather Peters, and Lauren Cavanaugh

Judges Penny Peavler, David McGuire, and Leslie Broecker

Rebecca Ware Pemble and Karen Ware

Jonah, Joey, and Elijah Kelso

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8th Annual Pink Prom October 18 Mellwood Art And Entertainment Center Photos by Bill Wine

Karla Reynolds, Kim Williams, and Lane Gilley

Jill Moss and Courtney Fleming

Cole and Heather Cutchins

Frankie Hilbert, Alivia Riesenberg

Chris and Michelle Posten

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Eric and Abbey Thornton with Gabrielle and Matt Jasnoff

Julie and Jeffrey Robbins

Kate Burnett and Neil Roach

Whitney Spielmannn and Melanie Cannon

Michael Higdon and Kelly K

Paris Parada and Adam Danser

Brett and Allison Saxton, Bryant and Keeley Merrick, Leslie and Omar Elayan, and Lauren and Zach Berry

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2020 Miss Jefferson County Aimee Turner, 2020 Miss Belle of Louisville Haven Wolfe, and 2020 Miss Louisville Metro Hannah Robb

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Some of the stages that a hand painted porcelain Herend piece goes through seen at the Herend Artist igning at olfingers

Aqua Tots Swim Meet

TOP SHOTS Sango Ronke and LaCreis Renee Kidd attend An Extraordinary Evening at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Grand Opening

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12th Annual Wigs Event for Gilda’s Club

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Sir Alfred James Munnings (British, 1878-1959) A GYPSY ENCAMPMENT, Watercolor, 11 1/4” x 14 1/4”, Signed, dated 1904

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Paul Plaschke (American, 1880-1954) URBAN BACKYARD LANDSCAPE

Paul Sawyier (American, 1865-1917) FRANKLIN COUNTY KENTUCKY MILL SCENE Carl Christian Brenner (American, 1838-1888) CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN SCENE

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