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Regardless of faith tradition, we could all use some holiday magic. Event organizers across Louisville are making thoughtful changes to get you and the family out and about to enjoy the festivities.




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s 2020 draws to an end, this is the time to reflect and count our blessings. Veterans Day, November 11, honoring the men and women who fought to protect our freedoms, is a great way to start the holiday season. For all of us, the holidays will look very different this year. In this issue, we outline many of the Louisville family traditions that have become part of our lives and are still taking place in 2020. This year also presents an opportunity to start new traditions! Take a family trip to the library, read holiday stories each night with your family, buy a 2020 Christmas ornament for the tree, decorate your home together, and volunteer as a family at a non-profit organization. Family, faith, and community are essentials to celebrate and count among our many blessings. In these pages, TOPS has compiled a great holiday gift guide, as well as holiday decor ideas for your home. We encourage you to support Louisville businesses and restaurants that have taken a hit during the pandemic. Consider the Thanksgiving Day dining out options we have provided here, for excellent food with no cleanup! Self-care is always a great way to boost your spirits and feel refreshed. Our Health and Beauty section offers expert suggestions for winter skincare and exercise to energize and reinvigorate the whole family. We at TOPS Louisville Magazine count our readers as blessings, and thank you and our advertisers for your continued support! Have a safe, blessed Thanksgiving!


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ne of the best things about Thanksgiving weekend is Small Business Saturday, and in 2020, that means Saturday, Nov. 28 is a great day to shop local. Especially at the 2nd annual Shop St. Matthews event hosted by

Independence Bank. Stop by the bank for a free reusable tote filled with coupons to help support St. Matthews and Frankfort Avenue businesses. “Local businesses are the identity and fabric of our community,” says Louis Straub, President of Independence Bank. As a banker for over 30 years, he understands the impact that these business owners have on the community. “For St. Matthews to thrive, these small business owners are instrumental in making this happen,” he said. “We should support these businesses just as they have supported our community, because now more than ever, they need us.” Independence Bank wants everyone to know how important it is to support small businesses. The bank’s “Local Love” initiative has been part of its mission from the beginning. The regional community bank got its start when two small community banks in Providence, Kentucky, were purchased by the same family that owns and operates Independence Bank today.

Independence Bank is purposeful about using local businesses for its own business uses throughout the year, and often partners with business owners to promote shopping local first. “Part of being a community-driven bank is improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” Louis said. “We view these local businesses as companions in this effort. They are reinvesting in our community each and every day, funneling funds that help beautify our city, improve our infrastructure, and so much more.”


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he stunning design and décor of the 2020 Norton Children’s Home & BMW Raffle Home is just the change of scenery you need after spending more time than average at home this year.

The winner of this brand new home will be drawn on Saturday, Nov. 21, during Norton Children’s virtual Snow Ball – and it could be you! Both the Norton Children’s Home & BMW Raffle and the virtual Snow Ball will benefit the more than 180,000 children from throughout our region who need treatment from Norton Children’s each year. Tickets are $100 each and only 12,000 will be sold. Each ticket holder also has a chance to win the first prize, which is a 2021 BMW X3 Sport Activity Vehicle from BMW of Louisville plus $10,000 cash! Ramage Company, who developed the house plans with C3 Studio, built the home located in Norton Commons. Interior design services are by Leslie Cotter Interiors, in conjunction with support from suppliers and trade partners who have donated time and materials to the project. This year’s home features Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, an open floor plan and luxurious finishes. It includes three bedrooms, including a first-floor owner's suite; 3.5 bathrooms; a living room with fireplace; two covered porches; full unfinished basement; and two-car attached garage.

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he interior design by Leslie Cotter Interiors is light and bright with soothing natural hues of blues, greens and Earth tones that are both warm and homey and reminiscent of a vacation by the sea. The kitchen features an extra-large marble island with soft grey-blue-green cabinets, white marble counter tops, stainless appliances, a farmhouse-style sink and brushed gold accents. The kitchen is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to an adjacent outdoor porch space – perfect for entertaining. Connected to the kitchen, there is a home office nook with a built-in desk tucked behind its own door for privacy.

To see the drawing live online on Saturday, Nov. 21, pre-register for free for our virtual Snow Ball event at Other luxurious design features include 11-foot ceilings, arched doorways, detailed woodwork and paneling, wood floors and a geothermal heating and cooling system to save on energy costs. The second floor includes a large, flexible family living space with built-in lofts, two additional bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms and unique built-in features including a window seat, shelves and a bunkbed feature. The home also features a thirdfloor loft accessed from a spiral staircase. 


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Family Traditions “HAUL OUT THE HOLLY PUT UP THE TREE BEFORE MY SPIRITS FALL AGAIN FILL UP THE STOCKING I MAY BE RUSHING THINGS, BUT DECK THE HALLS AGAIN NOW” Regardless of faith tradition, we could all use some holiday magic. Event organizers across Louisville are making thoughtful changes to get you and the family out and about to enjoy the festivities. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS

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Fête de Noël Winter Holiday Festival “HOLIDAY TRADITIONS CREATE MEMORIES that last a lifetime,” says Paristown Director of Business Development Jeanne Hilt. Paristown’s signature holiday event, the 2nd annual Fête de Noël (“Festival of Christmas”) presented by Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company, runs from November 25 through January 3, 2021. With so much to see and do for the whole family, multiple visits may be in order!

the Stoneware & Co. building, with all safety guidelines in place. The Cafe also operates and curates Fête de Noël’s rinkside concession bar, where small bites and craft cocktails are available anytime the ice-skating rink is open. Visitors can grab dinner at The Café or rinkside, shop at Stoneware & Co. and the Christmas Village Market, enjoy an hour skate while watching a holiday movie on the enormous outdoor screen on Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, and top off a day of memory making with a Kentucky Hot Cocoa.

At the heart of the six-week celebration is Louisville’s only outdoor ice-skating rink, making Paristown the perfect holiday destination for young and old. Lace up your skates (or rent a pair from the Skate Shack) and take a spin around the ice, do a little ice dancing to silent disco, or grab a yummy Kentucky Hot Cocoa with or without Maker’s Mark from the rinkside concession bar. Paristown’s 2nd Annual Fête de Noël will once again offer programming for all audiences and all ages. New this season is a traditional Christmas Village Market on Brent Street featuring a rotating lineup of local vendors and non-profit organizations. After browsing the outside market, venture into Stoneware & Co. to tour the factory, paint your own Christmas ornament, and shop for truly unique gifts. Established in 1815 and formerly known as Louisville Stoneware, Stoneware and Co. has recently undergone a historical restoration at its long-time home in Paristown. The new showroom is double the previous space’s size and includes a sample kitchen, a Jon Carloftis Gardening area, an expanded “paint your own'' studio, and handcrafted gifts and unique gift crates perfect for anyone on your list. Stoneware’s creative gift crates now include a bottle of your favorite adult beverage to add holiday cheer. One of Louisville’s most beloved restaurants, The Café has a new home in a spectacular historical restoration of the old Louisville Leather building (circa. 1875) right across Brent Street in Paristown. The Café will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner dining inside and exterior dining in the newly opened Atrium, which connects to

With ample, convenient parking, a variety of outdoor entertainment options, social-distancing, and capacity limitations, required mandatory masks, and a commitment to guests’ safety, Fête de Noël will bring holiday joy and create lasting memories for friends and family near and far. For more information, visit Be sure to sign up for Paristown email updates on operating hours, special Fête de Noël programming, and to inquire about private group rentals - only available at limited hours and on limited days. Follow @paristownky on social media for schedule announcements, ice conditions, and updates.

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Christmas at the Ridge: Old Fashioned Family Traditions WALNUT RIDGE NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER in Jeffersonville, Indiana, has released a full slate of 2020 Holiday Events and Classes in addition to the annual Christmas Open House. This year’s events intend to maintain public safety with strict adherence to CDC guidelines for Indiana. According to Garden Center Manager Amy Short, “The store is much more open and spaced out this year for social distancing. We will also be watching the number of people in the store at one time.” With exciting craft ideas, fascinating classes, take-home kits, and visits with Santa, there is something for everyone at Walnut Ridge this season. “One of my favorite things about Christmas at the Ridge is that visiting Walnut Ridge each year at Christmas is a tradition for families in the local communities, says Amy. “We hear stories each year from customers who remember coming as children, and now bring their kids or grandkids. We have the largest artificial Christmas tree and decor display in Kentuckiana and are known for quality products, especially our Christmas trees. We have over 150 different trees to choose from!” The fun begins with a Reversible Wine Cork Pumpkin/ Snowman Craft on Sunday, November 22. At noon on Saturday, November 28, Santa arrives by fire truck! From 1:30-3:30 pm each Sunday until Christmas, Santa Visits and Photos are available by scheduled appointment. Pick up for the Christmas Tea Party at Home Kits is November 28, December 5, and December 12. Kits are $50 each, must be preordered by November 15, and include Walnut Ridge signature blend tea bags, holiday napkins, tea cookies, a craft, a storybook, and more! Make your own Decorated Sled Floral Design on November 29 or a Fresh Arrangement Floral Design on December 20. December 5 is the Wooden Circle Door Hanger Craft. The Fresh Greens Porch Pot Making Class is on December 6 and the Bow Making Class on December 12. Friday, December 18 at 7 pm is the Pajama Party with Santa, with a second date added if necessary. The Kids Bird Seed Ornament Class is on December 19. For more complete event dates, times, costs, and registration details, visit and @walnutridge1913 on Facebook.

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Festival of Trees & Lights

throughout the weekend. For schedule updates, visit or follow Norton Children’s on Facebook.

DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS, Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation will hold the 31st Annual Festival of Trees & Lights presented by Republic Bank entirely online November 13-15, 2020. In its 30-year history, the event has raised more than $10 million to benefit the Foundation and every area of Norton Children’s Hospital. Traditionally held at Slugger Field, the Festival of Trees & Lights will offer hundreds of trees, wreaths, and other greenery for sale. All designers are returning to participate in this year’s virtual event, the success of which depends on you.

This year’s Snow Ball gala on Saturday, November 21, will also be a virtual experience. Purchase a gourmet dinner from one of three participating restaurants and bid on fabulous silent auction items as you watch a special program featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Norton Children’s Hospital. Learn more at snow-ball-gala/.

“See the latest holiday design trends and explore other faith traditions. It’s a great way for our guests and families to kick off the holiday season,” says Amanda Current, Director of Events and Internal Relations for Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Festival has been tied to the Foundation for its entirety, always seeking to include and benefit children. Norton Children’s Hospital itself gets involved with each of the different units designing trees. On Saturday, November 14, Santa will send online messages to children, and families will receive crafting and tree-designing instructions. Sunday, November 15, will feature designer tutorials. There will also be plenty of Hanukkah-related activities

Home & BMW Raffle tickets are on sale now through November 21 for the drawing held during the Virtual Snow Ball Gala 2020 from 7:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, November 21. The first prize is a 2021 BMW X3 from BMW of Louisville plus $10,000 cash. Grand prize is a new home in Norton Commons built by Ramage Company. To purchase tickets, go to foundation/events/home-bmw-raffle/.

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Lights Under Louisville LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE at Louisville Mega Cavern launched as a holiday light and sound show in 2008 with over 200,000 lights and has had continued growth year after year. Twelve years and millions of lights later, Lights Under Louisville remains an annual tradition for families from all over Louisville and beyond. The yearly event has received such accolades as Southern Living® Magazine’s “Best Holiday Experience in Kentucky,” voted a USA Today “Top 10 Christmas Light Show in America,” and was named “#1 Holiday Light Show” by CNN. Marvel at dazzling light displays with traditional and contemporary pop culture characters and over 40 breathtaking themes from the comfort of your vehicle. Lights Under Louisville is “the ONLY underground holiday light show in the world!” This season, hundreds of thousands of guests are expected to enjoy the 30-minute experience. The attraction is so popular that with General Admission waiting in traffic can be part of the experience. A Christmas Priority Pass allows you to skip the waiting areas and move toward the front of the line. Another option came about three years ago with the Christmas Express: a thirty-minute daytime drive through in an open-air tram. “The Christmas Express is an immersive experience, says Louisville Mega Cavern Executive Vice President Charles Park, “with lights along the ground, on all sides, and above you.” Other advantages to attending Lights Under Louisville, according to Charles Park, are that “weather is a non-factor” underground, and you can appreciate the lights “throughout the day, perfect for younger children with earlier bedtimes.” With so many added projections and lights this year, you won’t want to miss this event safely viewed from your own car, with your own family. Also, ticketing is all online this year, and admission is an entirely contactless experience. Lights Under Louisville runs from November 13, 2020, through January 3, 2021. For pricing, ticketing, and other information, visit lightsunderlouisville. com and follow the Louisville Mega Cavern Facebook page.

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Light Up St. Matthews LIGHT UP ST. MATTHEWS, which is now produced by The Chamber of St. Matthews, has been a holiday event since the 1970s. Traditionally held on the first Saturday in December, the event typically includes pictures with Santa, free hot chocolate and cookies, ice skating, train rides, an inflatable snow globe, along with light displays throughout Brown Park. While it is true that in 2020 there will be no formally hosted in-person programming or events for Light Up St. Matthews, the lights will still go up in early December. On Saturday, December 5, a live broadcast of the lighting display unveiling will be available on the Chamber of St. Matthews Facebook page. The Chamber of St. Matthews is asking that the public not attend this event in person. However, they will select one lucky family to accompany the Mayor of St. Matthews and Santa Claus as they flip the switch and Light Up St. Matthews! To determine the winner, Park Community Credit Union will be sponsoring a coloring contest. The coloring page and contest details will appear on The Chamber of St. Matthews website and social media. Beginning Sunday, December 6, The Chamber of St. Matthews invites the general public to enjoy walking through and taking pictures among the beautiful holiday lights, including the lighted tree synchronized to music! Brown Park offers convenient parking. Park guests are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. For more information and updates, visit’s Community Events tab. Follow the Chamber of St. Matthews on social media: @stmatthewschamber on Facebook, @ChamberStMatts on Twitter, @chamberstmatthews on Instagram, and The Chamber of St. Matthews on LinkedIn.

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Bardstown Road Aglow THE HIGHLAND COMMERCE GUILD continues its proud holiday tradition of the 35th annual Bardstown Road Aglow event on Saturday, December 5, 2020, from dusk until 10 pm. You are welcome to bring the family out early for lunch and shop through the afternoon. At 5:45 pm, Santa Claus will light the Highlands Holiday Tree from a safe, social distance. Adults often anchor at a favorite spot for dinner and prepare to “go the distance” with a stop for drinks and dessert along the way. Customize your experience and celebrate the season while supporting local shops and restaurants on their most crucial night of commerce. You can get a change of venue by walking half a block! In 2019, the event extended beyond Bardstown Road, Baxter & Barret Avenues, and Douglass Loop with “The Barret Avenue Adventure” from Breckinridge Street to Winter Avenue. With an estimated attendance of 60000 last year, Bardstown Road Aglow was the largest holiday gathering in Kentucky. “The Highland Commerce Guild formed in 1974 to support the business environment in Highlands neighborhoods,” according to current Highland Commerce Guild President Aaron Givhan. Bardstown Road Aglow launched the following year. With event publicist and media contact Amy Foos Kapoor, and dozens of volunteers, Aaron and fellow Guild members are determined to spread some “holiday cheer with a social distancing twist.” Patrons are encouraged to walk, not ride, and to wear masks. For safety reasons, there will be no tents or trolleys. But all the special discounts at shops and restaurants remain! “I am so impressed with the determination and cooperation of retailers and restaurants after this many months of disruption. December is a month of hope to support these local businesses. They are all very COVID aware, but the Highlands hospitality continues.” Aaron is grateful to major sponsor Elijah Craig® and 8th District Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, “We cannot thank them enough for helping us move forward this year.” For more information, visit 

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he store name “Kiddie Kastle” is filled with nostalgia for generations of families from all around the Louisville area who fondly recall smocked dresses and the Buster Brown shoe-fitting machine. Kiddie Kastle was established in 1947 as a children’s clothing and shoe store at Iroquois Manor Shopping Center. Kiddie Kastle moved to Gardiner Lane Shopping Center in the Upper Highlands, and eventually to Shelbyville Road, expanding into children’s furniture. On August 1, 2005, Pam Pfeiffer Thelle became the new sole owner of Kiddie Kastle. Five years ago, Pam moved her business to 215 S. Hurstbourne Parkway.


Supporting this local, woman-owned business is a great feeling, too! As a service to their customers, Kiddie Kastle offers a six-month layaway plan and lease-purchase agreements offered through Acima. With the quality of the furniture, Kiddie Kastle is the place to shop in Kentuckiana! Pam can personally speak to the craftsmanship and durability from her own experience. For more information, visit, @kiddiekastleky on Facebook, and @kiddiekastle on Instagram. 38 TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2020

Pam Thelle’s association with Kiddie Kastle began as a customer, where she bought four sets of furniture for her children over the years. That is quite a testimony to how much she loved the quality. Her grown children are still using some of those pieces today. Pam had worked for UPS and then was a stay-at-home mom for several years. When Kiddie Kastle came up for sale, Pam liked the idea of owning the business where she had been a satisfied customer. “How hard can it be?” she mused. “Just treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Kiddie Kastle now carries furniture for children of all ages, from babies to tweens and teens, with options including cribs, twin, full, and queen beds, as well as loft and bunk beds. Some of the most popular pieces are 4-in-1 convertible cribs that serve the child from baby crib to day bed to toddler bed to full bed. The selection of fully-assembled, hardwood furniture has been crafted to meet the loftiest of expectations. In addition to children’s furniture, Kiddie Kastle carries custom gliders, custom bedding, and unique shower, birthday, and other special occasion gifts. As Kentucky’s oldest children’s furniture store, Kiddie Kastle’s name recognition and history contribute to as many as four generations of families who remain loyal customers. “It is so nice to hear their stories,” says Pam. “We strive to provide customer service like no other. And our furniture quality is incomparable.” Pam finds helping new, expectant mothers to be immensely rewarding, “We aim to answer every question and then tell them even more, answering questions they don’t know to ask. This is truly a feel-good business!” 

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nya and Todd Tallon didn’t let Covid cancel their September wedding ceremony, where their blended families came together to celebrate the couple. Anya, a Ukrainian neurologist, USA- certified First Surgical Assistant, and Todd, founder and CEO of Vac2go, were married at Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood, followed by a nautical reception aboard the CQ Princess Yacht at Captain’s Quarters.

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he couple met through Match. com.Todd, a 25-year Louisvillian, offered to shovel the snow from Anya’s driveway, and she declined since she didn’t know him well enough at the time. Instead, the couple met two weeks later for lunch, Anya, who moved to Louisville in 2006, says. The couple’s wedding was a little unusual compared to normal wedding standards. It was on a Sunday morning, the date and the time were the same (9/20 at 9:20 a.m.), because the bride says, “The sixth (9+2+0+2+0+2+0=15=1+5=6) is considered a symbol of love.” Anya was looking for churches to have their wedding in when she found the perfect chapel online; she saw it, smiled, and said to her husband, “This is the one!” Even though there was no budget for the wedding, much of the decor was DIY, says the bride. For example, the wedding cake had roses from the couple’s yard that their toddlers trimmed throughout the summer. Anya’s favorite moment from the ceremony was Todd’s intimate vows and his garter dance from the reception. “I don’t think anyone expected Todd to say the most personal, romantic and sweet vows,” Anya says. “And the Chippendales dance he performed to remove the garter from my leg was hysterical.” Anya’s 92-year-old Ukranian grandmother, Lyudmila wasn’t able to be present for the ceremony, but she did send the couple a small exact replica of a Byzantine icon to have at the chapel. Anya’s aunt Svetlana made garters for the bride to wear, and Anya’s mother gave her a lace nightgown to wear on the wedding night. There was a wine ceremony at the church to include both of the couple’s parents into the wedding, while Anya’s 13-year-old son Nikolai lit up candles for the unity candle ceremony.

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funny moment during the ceremony which everyone loved was when their little boys walked hand-in-hand down the aisle. Two-year-old Roman was dragging four-year-old Alexander, but Alexander was obeying by the rules to walk as slow as possible. It was a power struggle so difficult that Roman’s pants almost fell down on the ground, Anya laughs. There were many things the couple would’ve done differently if not for a global pandemic. Looking back, the bride, who didn’t want to have large wedding in the first place, would’ve liked to have candles down the aisle and around the chapel. The fashionista would’ve also preferred to have more wedding outfits for her to change into at different parts of the day. The CQ Princess Yacht was a luxurious touch to the day, but the bride would have liked to have rented it for a longer period of time and invited more family and friends to dance on the river.

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• No matter what, find a wedding planner. “Planning a wedding is exhausting,” she says. “I had NO Idea what I was getting myself into and how expensive everything is. I knew nothing, I called four wedding planners, only one called me back and said they were not available. I should have kept looking, but instead I ended up going to Hobby Lobby by myself." • Find a florist that delivers your arrangements outside of the 9-3 work day. “Todd, my mom and I delivered our own flowers the night before the wedding, minutes before the chapel was closed down,” she says. • Do not be afraid to bargain at a wedding boutique. • Do not use the dry cleaners as a seamstress for your wedding dress. “When I dropped off the dress for alterations, I received one price; upon picking it up, they doubled the cost of it,” she says. After your dress is tailored be certain it fits you properly. • Don’t use a private jeweler for your wedding rings. “You can’t exchange a ring if you don’t like it,” she says. “The rings are considered to be custom made for you.” • If you want something unusual for your wedding, start searching months prior to your date. "I wanted to have my naturally curly hair, but it was a struggle to find a hairdresser that could work with curls," she says. • Rent a limousine. “My girlfriend kept pushing me towards it, and I thought I didn't need it; I can live without it,” she says. “I agreed four days prior to it, and it was the best thing ever.” • If you are not able to go for a honeymoon right after the wedding, go somewhere for your wedding night. "We chose the Omni," she says. • Try to have support, people you can rely on. "I am very lucky that by September, the USA wasn’t on lockdown and my parents were able to be present at the wedding," she says. "Also, my bridesmaids offered a lot of help. I do wish the rest of my family could attend though." Don’t take “no” for an answer. “Do what your heart and intuition tell you,” she says. All in all, Anya and Todd had a beautiful day. “Todd was the one wanting the wedding to be special," she says. "For years, he talked about the importance of having a formal wedding, and somehow I didn’t believe it. In the end, he made the wedding day very special for me, and I hope it was just as special for him.” 

VENDORS PHOTOGRAPHER: Jolea Brown at Creative Photography, LLC VIDEOGRAPHER: Kay Rountree at Kay Rountree Videography, LLC CEREMONY VENUE: Duncan Memorial Chapel at Crestwood, KY RECEPTION VENUE: The CQ Princess Yacht at Captain’s Quarters CATERING: Captain’s Quarters CAKE: Mert’s Cakes WEDDING PLANNER: Bride, her mother and her maids of honor FLOWERS: Bride’s garden and Country Squire Florist BRIDAL GOWN: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse HAIR: Jill Milby at Sola Salon MAKEUP: Kathy Moberly at Faces by Kathy MUSIC: Classical Choice at the chapel: Harp, violin and cello played; DJ Xavi at the yacht

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This year has been one for the books. But with support from the Library Foundation, the Louisville Free Public Library never stopped providing Louisvillians with the digital resources they needed, from ebooks and emagazines to audio books and online learning platforms for kids and adults. And now the Library Foundation will continue to support the Louisville Free Public Library as it leads our city into recovery, providing job recovery assistance like computer literacy and resume help, as well as childhood literacy programs to ensure a strong future for everyone. Help write a new chapter for Louisville at

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The holidays are coming! Browse this TOPS Holiday Gift Guide to help make your season Merry and Bright! PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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For nearly 26 years, Tassels has been a ďŹ xture in Middletown, Kentucky, and renowned for unique, high-quality fabrics, furniture, accessories, and interior design. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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assels has come a long way - from Owner Marsha Riggle’s workroom as a stay-athome mom to a new, expanded showroom at 12005 Shelbyville Road just across the street from their previous retail location of 24 years. When the business outgrew Marsha’s space at home, Tassels continued as a small, remnant fabric store on Old Main Street in Middletown. Customers so admired Marsha’s taste that the store grew again to include furniture and design services. With Marsha continuing as sole owner, Tassels is now a full-service design and retail company with experienced, highly-skilled staff, most of whom have been with Tassels for over 15 years. Their services run the gamut from complete home decor or redecoration to decorating for the holidays to making recommendations for individual items to spruce up a space. The sky is the limit as far as interior design projects Tassels is prepared to tackle. “If the customer needs it, we are willing to attempt it for them,” says Marsha. Her loyal team is knowledgeable and continues to foster long-term relationships with clients and other local designers. Each team member has their specialties, including an embroiderer considered “best in town” in needlepoint. Tassels Sales Manager Carrie Osting has been with Tassels for nearly 15 years. She has always had an interest in apparel and design. Carrie shared with us some current and future interior design trends. Her unique position working with customers on the sales floor every day gives her insight into what is taking hold here in Louisville. “Customers are yearning for color and buying more color. We need our homes to be comfortable and inviting since everyone is home more now than ever before.”

Customers are yearning for color and buying more color. We need our homes to be comfortable and inviting since everyone is home more now than ever before. – C A R R I E OSTI NG

Carrie’s natural curiosity about the world of design and her drive for customer satisfaction keep her on the leading edge of future trends as well. “In the last few years, the Pantone® Color of the Year colors have been bolder than previous years.” It appears that the trend will continue as Pantone® Spring/ Summer 2021 Color Trend Highlights reveal palettes such as Summer Bouquet, Intoxicating, and Power Surge. As far as trims, furniture, and accessories now and in the future, Marsha notes that younger clients prefer uncomplicated, streamlined design aesthetics. “Less is more.” With fewer pieces, each

piece has more impact. These clients are also moving more and continuously changing up their home decor. The 2020 Holiday season is upon us. If you are excited to update your decor, it’s never too early or too late to deck the halls, especially in 2020 of all years! “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” and Tassels has the perfect pieces to make yours merry. For more information and sneak peeks at the showroom’s newest arrivals, follow @tasselslouisville on Facebook and @tassels_louisville on Instagram. 

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stablished in 1968 by James “Pop” Ernst, Prestige Builders has a rock-solid reputation for designing and creating custom homes and remodeling projects with superior craftsmanship and exceptional client service. The full design-build firm is family-owned and operated by second generation Builder/Owner Dave Ernst and his mother Sue Ernst. Dave’s father started as a draftsman for a lumber company. He built his own business with one of his many “Popisms” as a guiding principle, “Build it like we’re gonna live there.” James Ernst passed away in June of 2019, but Dave is so glad they had the opportunity to celebrate Prestige Builders’ 50th Anniversary together in 2018.

Build it like we’re gonna live there – JAMES “POP ” E R NST

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Dave Ernst began his career in real estate and marketing. Over the years, Dave gained additional experience in designing floor plans. Dave continues to build upon Prestige’s massive portfolio, including over 20 new $400,000 to $1,000,000+ homes per year, countless remodeling projects and Homearamas, and numerous Building Association of Louisville Awards. Prestige Builders’ architectural design aesthetic “reflects Louisville’s historic neighborhoods” with traditional and Craftsman-style homes. Prestige Builders has three project managers and one interior designer/decorator on staff who continuously strive to “keep the client in the loop” for each project’s duration. Their “Happenings” newsletter and online

document management systems provide complete client access. The client-friendly design process allows freedom and offers “guardrails” to help streamline decision-making and available options. 2020 has brought some changes and adaptations to the process. “April got serious quickly,” says Dave. In addition to online and socially-distanced onsite meetings for ongoing projects, demand for outdoor living spaces exploded. Prestige Pools & Outdoor Living division now manages the abundant requests for pools, spas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and pavilions. The division’s goal is to “integrate the house design with the outdoor spaces for fully-custom, integrated outdoor living.” The transition from indoor to outdoor with large moving panels not only opens up the home’s livability but provides a definite wow factor. Dave expects the demand for outdoor living to continue with clients looking to “build their own resort in their backyard.” Prestige Pools & Outdoor Living can make that dream a reality. Home offices have become necessities with non-traditional instruction and more people working from home than ever before. For those working outside the home, mudrooms are a perfect transition space to shed outerwear and shoes and to sanitize. Garage space is at a premium with new bikes, kayaks, golf carts, and other equipment. Modern farmhouse and light brick, fiber cement board, or white siding with black-trim windows are home styles rising in popularity. Prestige Builders is on the cutting edge of all these trends.

In addition to his “wonderful, experienced” team, Dave is proud of their associations with real estate teams, realtors, subcontractors, and vendors - “fixtures in the Louisville community,” many of whom they have worked with for more than twenty years. Together they bring a level of personal attention and value that ultimately impacts home livability and resale. Prestige Builders has a book of more than 50 home plans for starting points on the home design journey. They are experts at home site selection and development. Whether you are looking to build your dream home, have rooms to remodel, or want to add outdoor living space, let Prestige Builders be your guide and get the job done. Visit Prestige Builders, Inc. at and @PrestigeBuilders on Facebook. 

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It can be chaotic. And it can be nerve-wracking. But no matter how seemingly overwhelming, with a little reflection and some help from the right folks you can be a happier camper this holiday season—and every year to come! BY MARILYN JONES, VICE PRESIDENT, CLOSET FACTORY OF KENTUCKY COURTESY PHOTOS


et’s start with two of the season’s biggest challenges: gifts and guests. And let’s focus on organization. Not the ‘prepare with a list’ approach, but rather the ‘create a space to make things simpler’ lasting solution.


• Is the wrapping paper in the utility room? Check. • How about the ribbon? Different box, but check. • Bows and name cards? Yet another box, but check. • Where’s the tape? In the office? No, the kitchen. Check. • The gift list? It’s in the office. Check. • Can I use the dining room table to wrap? Oh, clear off the books. OK, check.

You’re 20 minutes into your project and just getting started! Try this scenario, instead. You’re ready to wrap gifts. You head for your wrap center. You have everything you need in one place, ready to use. This space has channeled lighting that doesn’t waste precious countertop space. Paper, ribbon and bows are within arm’s reach. A divided drawer holds tape, scissors and cards.

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YOU WRAP. YOU FINISH. LIFE IS GOOD. TIME FOR WINE. IT’S NOT AN ORGANIZER’S FEVER DREAM. YOU CAN MAKE THIS STORAGE SOLUTION HAPPEN. Start by identifying an area of unused wall space, preferably at least 24”-36” wide, in, say, a small niche, your guest room, the laundry room or basement. Contact Closet Factory and arrange a consultation. With your designer, talk through creating a cabinet that stores all the stuff you need. The design can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Specify hanging dowels or a tall pull-out basket for rolls of paper. Add slatwall to hang tools and dedicated baskets for paint, glitter and other miscellaneous bling. Don’t forget that this space is the perfect place to write all types of cards, so include shelves, cubbies or a drawer to hold them, plus postage. See, you just made your birthday, wedding, or Christmas—every gift-giving event—so much easier.

that eat into backs, consider an attractive space-saving wall bed. Available in all sizes and virtually endless cabinet possibilities, they are the simpler-to-use and practical guest bed solution you’ve been seeking. In the ‘up’ position your wall bed is hidden in what appears to be a built-in cabinet. In the ‘down’ position, it’s a lifesaver. Work with a Closet Factory designer to determine the size, type, appearance and budget for your wall bed. Add a cabinet to store blankets, sheets and pillows, and maybe a little space for your guest’s hanging clothes, and you have a solution that’s always ready, no

matter when guests arrive or how much time you have to prepare. And because wall beds use standard bed mattresses, they are supportive and cozy. Maybe the most underappreciated aspect of wall beds is just how beautiful they can be. We’ve created wall beds that mimic elegant armoires. They can be the integrated centerpiece of an elegant wall-to-wall cabinetry installation. With pull-out shelves that function as nightstands, built-in lighting and the addition of wall art, your wall bed can be the most elegant, most efficient and most effective storage feature in your entire home. 

For those of you into artisanal gift presentation, add an outlet so you can follow YouTube instructional videos on you tablet. For those of you into crafting, consider a larger space with more shelves or flat files for specialty papers, dedicated countertop space for a sewing machine, and hanging rods and cubbies for fabrics. You specify the need; we create the design to meet it. And with everything in one place you always know what’ve you got, or need to get.

END WITH THE GUESTS. While this may or may not be your year for guests, at some point, they will come. Act now to make the experience easier and, hopefully, much more fun. Instead of the old pull-out sofa with its floor-hogging footprint and support bars


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DEE'S SPECIALIZES IN QUALITY AND BEAUTIFUL FLORAL AND HOME DECOR PRODUCTS TO GET YOUR SPACE READY FOR ANY SEASON! We can create custom orders, working with you one on one to gather everything we need to make the perfect wreath, arrangement or bow for your home for pickup the next day. Feel like doing it yourself? Follow along with our YouTube and Facebook videos for help at home and visit our online shop First up is a beautiful and easy fall tablescape, perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. It is so simple to do yourself using oral stems, candlesticks and a sisal turkey! Come to Dee's to get what you need and then follow along with this easy step by step! PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

SUPPLIES 2 Mixed Corn Husk Pumpkin Sprays 2 Different Fall Ribbons (About 2 Yards Each) 2 Candle Sticks Turkey Scissors Floral Wire Wire Cutters

DIRECTIONS 1. Choose the items you want to use based on the size of your table, your color palette, and the style and feel you are wanting to achieve. 2. Lorie is using 2 mixed corn husk pumpkin stems. First chop approximately 3/4 of the stem using wire cutters. Then on one stem, cut one of white pumpkins off to use later. 3. Fluff the stems by moving the leaves and berries out and up to make them look more life like. All the stems and elements are wired that make it easy to do 4. Lay them on the table you are wanting to display them on and wire them together in the center with a piece of oral wire. 5. Lorie chose 2 wired ribbons, one 2.5" wide and one 1.5" wide. Create a bow by holding it in one hand and twisting with the other. We have lots of great videos for bows at Dee's Louisville on YouTube. 6. Wire the bow in the center where you wired together the stems. Weave the tails through the stems both ways and trim the ends. 7. Add candlesticks (or other items you have at home such as books) for elevation. 8. Place a turkey, pumpkin, or any other fall decor item you have on the candlesticks!

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After many ma years in the cattle industry, Darrell Beauchamp decided that he wanted to try something new. "I wanted something exciting and inspiring," he says. "And so, getting into the hospitality business seemed like a great fit." gr Darrell owns the Enchanted Forrest Luxury Cabin in Eastview, Kentucky, that you can see on the preceding pages. Not only can you enjoy the numerous luxurious amenities there, including a pool, a hot tub, an indoor theater, outdoor kitchen, cozy fireplaces throughout fi the house, and fantastic handmade furniture, but you also have full access to what he calls "the Enchanted Forrest," where every outdoor activity imaginable is easily accessible. I wanted a way to give my experiences back to people so that they could enjoy some of the same things I always have, like hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing," says Darrell. "This is a place where you can do all of that and have so many different adventures, plus enjoy the best of the indoors, as well." It's a space that's not only a stellar vacation getaway, but it's also a corporate retreat, wedding venue, amazing place for parties, really just about every kind of event imaginable. "I wanted to make a place where people could have experiences that th they would always remember," Darrell says. One look should tell you that there's no doubt that he has succeeded.

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SPONSORED BY EUROPEAN SPLENDOR European Splendor specializes in hand-crafted, affordable European furniture, gift and accessories Having lived in Europe for several years, and with nearly 20 years experience, owners Susan and Matt Straub are experts in providing hand-crafted European items with superior workmanship at affordable prices. Whether its fine European furniture, hand-crafted Polish pottery, French lotions and soaps, Bohemia crystal, French linens, candles, pillows, baskets, and art, European Splendor is the place to shop.





im Furlong Jr. is an expert on beautiful homes; a Louisville native, he’s a fourtime international award-winning architectural photographer who works with various firms, developers and publications like Tops Louisville. His wife Erika, spends her days raising funds to cure cancer at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she is a National Business Development and Partnerships Director. Together, they worked tirelessly to establish a strong foundation for the future while in their first home. It would be seven years later when they found the great five-bedroom, six-bathroom Goshen residence they currently build their life around. The couple had lived in Prospect in Jefferson County since 2012, but after having children, Margot and Harrison, now three and five years old, they started to weigh their options; it was either stay put and send them to private school or relocate to the Oldham County Public School district. In 2019, they decided to “upgrade” their living situation and began their search for a space to fit the family of four, plus two pups, Zsa Zsa and Blanche Deveraux.

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rika found this home online, but based on the images, Tim wasn’t convinced. "This house wasn’t on the list but we decided to check it out since it was near a listing we had just seen," Tim says, “it just kind of happened.” When they walked into the master bathroom he thought, “Wow, I actually like this house, I’m a big fan of paneled mirrors. That’s when I started paying attention.” It was the kitchen that sealed the deal for Erika, “I thought it was beautiful. I loved the high ceilings, open floor plan and spacious kitchen,” she says. “I’m into the white kitchens and appreciated the use of lighter granite with a contrasting black granite backsplash and custom black and brass hood. I immediately thought of ways to marry my more traditional style with a modern iteration. As a mom, seeing our children enjoy the open space during the showing was very encouraging as I envisioned making memories in the kitchen.”

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he European style home, built in 2015, was much different than their former traditional colonial, but the couple was ready for a new style. The interior has a cozy-polished (CoPo) aesthetic going for it with the detailed woodwork in the ceilings and entryways and brass fixtures. The darker tones that make up the house matched perfectly with Erika’s love of blue and white decor. The entire rear span of the house consists of windows and sliding glass doors providing a lovely natural light. The family gathers in the open first floor with 10-foot ceilings, two fireplaces, and custom built-ins. “It’s airy and open,” Erika, who enjoys watching the wildlife as the sun sets and rises, says. “The construction is very well done,” adds Tim. The fortified structure sits on 1-acre of flat land that backs up to a nature preserve giving the kids and dogs room to run. The lower level walks out to the porch on the back of the home where the family sits and watches planes fly in the clear sky. They use the FlightAware app to track the plane’s origin, destination, speed and altitude.

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CONTRACTING & DESIGN Q: These days, I spend more time at home than ever before. I have a few remodeling ideas in mind, but I’m not sure if now is the right time- because of everything going on, and also, I’m not sure how much longer I will live in this house before selling. What do you think? A: It’s actually a great time to remodel. With current interest rates, you can easily pull equity from your home and finance any project you have in mind to revitalize while you live there. Then, when the time comes that you are ready to sell, that added value of a recent remodel will really help you to sell your house. This is especially true of remodeled kitchens and bathrooms. Q: I’m looking to buy a home, but I’m finding that inventory is low out there. The only houses I’m finding in the locations where I would like to buy would require a lot of work, and I’m just not sure about taking on a remodel project.

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During this era of uncertainty, St. Matthews Feed and Seed has remained open, providing a welcome respite to our troubled times.

“It’s been great to help keep a sense of normalcy for our customers,” said Maryann Dallenbach, Owner. “We've also seen gardening become a new hobby during this pandemic. It's good to get outside, get your hands dirty, and watch your plants grow as the seasons change. It gives you a sense of accomplishment."

Growth has been the theme for this St. Matthews business, evolving from a rural feed and seed operation to a “well rooted” lawn and garden center.

“When I think of St. Matthews, there are a handful of iconic businesses that come to mind. One of those is St. Matthews Feed and Seed,” said Louis Straub, Independence Bank President. “They are the epitome of small business that is an integral part of the fabric of Louisville and St. Matthews for 100 years.”

St. Matthews Feed and Seed was reminded of the importance of using a local business as Independence Bank helped during the PPP process. And, both organizations share a common goal; to make St. Matthews the very best it can be. As COVID-19 has impacted neighborhood businesses, the Bank continues to show its support by eating, shopping and buying local, and asks that residents do the same. holiday season with the 2nd Independence Bank will kick of the holid annual Shop St. Matthew event on Saturday, November 28th. The community is invited to visit the bank and pick up their own Local Love totes featuring exclusive coupons to participating businesses, including St. Matthews Feed and Seed. As Maryann and her team look towards the event and the holiday season, they are grateful to have a partner in Independence Bank.

truly want us to succeed,” Dallenbach said. “All of the people “They tru at Independence Bank are community-focused, even if you’re not a customer, they want you to know that they are there for you. They sincerely care about our community and wish to make it better.” To learn more about Shop St. Matthews, please visit

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Steakhouse Just as track president Matt Winn successfully navigated World War II and subsequent postponement of the Kentucky Derby in 1945, Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is deftly fulfilling its role as the first high-end, year-round dining experience at Churchill Downs. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


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nspired by Kentucky Derby Museum’s success, Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is the first culinary venture in 145 years to showcase the track’s facility outside of the racing seasons. Rightfully at home in the area of MIllionaire’s Row Room 20, Colonel Winn’s favorite spot, the restaurant is several venues in one. There is a nook, a room, a view for even the most discriminating of guests. Colonel Martin J. “Matt” Winn developed a passion for thoroughbred racing at the age of 13 when his father brought him to the Kentucky Derby’s first running on May 17, 1875. Matt Winn would attend every Kentucky Derby without fail for the next 75 years. In 1902, he was working as a merchant tailor when a client invited him to join in the management and reorganization of Churchill Downs. Matt Winn was Vice President of catering and summer entertainment until 1914 when he became General Manager of the new Louisville Jockey Club. Under his leadership, the racetrack began to turn a profit, moved into a pari-mutuel betting system, and dropped wager tickets from $5 to $2. In 1915, Matt Winn convinced Harry Payne Whitney to ship his prized filly Regret from New Jersey to compete in the Kentucky Derby. With Regret’s stunning wire-to-wire victory, women were immediately drawn to the track, adding fashion and romance into the Derby mix that remains. Matt Winn was President of Churchill Downs from 1938 until he died in 1949. His obituary proclaimed “Mr. Derby Dies” and revealed that Matt Winn “never placed a bet on a horse or gave a ‘tip’ on a race.” We were lucky enough to get plenty of tips from Churchill Downs Senior Executive Chef David Danielson. Classically Frenchtrained, Chef Danielson has worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants and some iconic American hotels and restaurants. He has also catered significant entertainment and sporting events such as the Grammys, the PGA, US Open, and the Olympics.

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Together with Matt Winn’s Chef de Cuisine Jeff Dailey, formerly of Corbett’s and Harvest restaurants, Chef Danielson has put together world-class menus, rare spirits, and vintage bourbon and wine lists. Levy Restaurants’ Vice President of Hospitality Strategy at Churchill Downs Richard Sutton and Matt Winn’s General Manager Jamie West work closely with the chefs. “We assembled an amazing group of talented people in the front and back of the house,” says Chef Danielson. After an extended soft opening in August, Matt Winn’s continues to celebrate “local culture, heritage, and cuisine.” The Matt Winn’s Steakhouse experience begins with a distinct address of 750 Central Avenue, leading straight to their dedicated parking lot. A quick check-in at the concierge tent and guests enjoy a short stroll or golf cart ride to a private elevator, whisking them up to the sixth-floor restaurant adjacent to the Mansion. Matt Winn’s commitment to excellence is evident in ambiance and decor to rival the tiered balconies’ incredible views. Take a spin around The Bourbon Room, The Wine Cellar, The Speakeasy, and private Carriage Rooms. The main dining area wows with its oversized bar and gueridon service, rolling carts of chilled seafood, charcuterie, and dozens of dessert options. Chef Danielson happily steers us to his favorites on their menu of “recognizable dishes that we elevate and localize.” For Starters, try Kung Pao Calamari with sorghum chile crisp, peanut, celery, and lime or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with spring onion remoulade, quail egg, and roasted garlic relish. In addition to top-level steaks with a myriad of sauces and accompaniments, Chef Danielson’s favorite entrée is the Freedom Run Rack of Lamb en Persillade with crushed pea salad, dijon mustard, and mint. He is incredibly proud of creative Side Dishes like Harissa Spiced Carrots with pistachio romesco and goat feta; Pickle Fried Cauliflower with goat cheese, brown butter vinaigrette, and hazelnut; and Loaded Potato Gratin with Broadbent Bacon, Kenny’s Reserve White Cheddar, and Crème Fraiche. From the Dessert Menu, Chef zeroes in on the Red Eye S’more made with espresso marshmallow, rye whiskey chocolate crémeux, country ham crumble, and graham cracker. 

Make reservations for your next special celebration and look forward to ticketed dining events such as Thanksgiving, Downs After Dark, and Mother’s Day. Guest safety and comfort are paramount throughout each dining experience. Future plans include bourbon and wine dinners and expanded specialized menus that will change seasonally. In spring and summer, enjoy outdoor dining on The Veranda with sweeping views of the legendary racetrack. Matt Winn’s Steakhouse is a must-try, bucket list Louisville destination. To join the email list or make reservations, visit

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Ensuring a Tactful

Digital Strategy for Holiday Shopping During a Pandemic

If you’re anything like me, when you imagine the start to the holiday season, you envision shoppers lined up in front of stores for Black Friday deals. But we know shopping this year is going to be very different. More than a third of U.S. shoppers who normally shop in store for Black Friday say they won’t this year. And half of U.S. shoppers say the pandemic will affect how they’ll shop for the holidays. This makes it hard for retailers to plan as they normally would, in a time when they need a successful shopping season.

Customers will research and buy online even more The holidays are a traditionally heavy online-shopping season. Last year, 79% of U.S. holiday shoppers used three or more online channels for their shopping needs. This year, we expect those numbers to grow, as almost 75% of U.S. shoppers said they will shop online more for the holidays compared to previous seasons, and a similar number said they would browse for gift ideas online and not in store.

offerings. Businesses should also prepare for more online traffic by optimizing their websites for speed and user experience. It’s also a wise decision to make your products available for purchase on social platforms when possible.

People will seek safer, digitized ways of shopping

“More than a third of U.S. shoppers who normally shop in store for Black Friday say they won’t this year. That means it will be vital for retailers to be discoverable online.”

Prior to the pandemic, the in-store shopping experience often began long before shoppers arrived at a store. This is truer today, as availability and local convenience has become a priority. In fact, 70% of shoppers said they plan to confirm online that an item is in stock before going to buy it. Plus, searches for “available near me” have grown globally by more than 100% since last year, reinforcing the importance of a proper search and keyword strategy. To alleviate the guesswork for shoppers, ensure your information is up to date and easily accessible online.

Retailers should ensure digital strategies are in place

While this holiday season is one we will be watching closely, it’s helpful to know that shoppers will be thinking — and buying — with a digital-first mindset. To stand out this year, ensure you’re giving people the information they need and the experience they expect.

That means it will be vital for retailers to be discoverable online. To make your products discoverable, be sure that you have a targeted display campaign and a proper search strategy for your product and service

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This Thanksgiving, more than ever, you may feel the need to make arrangements as simple as possible. What could be easier than letting someone else cook, host, and serve Thanksgiving dinner? Get family and friends out of the house and into a safe, pleasant atmosphere with all the trimmings. Best of all, no clean-up!




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English Grill: Thanksgiving



nglish Grill, the signature dining room at The Brown Hotel, has hosted and served hundreds of guests every year on Thanksgiving Day for generations. General Manager and certified sommelier J. Troy Ritchie, Chef Dustin Willett, and their teams have been hard at work on the holiday plan. This year, the goal is to accommodate as many reservation requests as possible for a lovely dinner service maintaining guest and staff safety. Reservations will be staggered so that parties will not be crowded near the host stand. Throughout the dining room and into the lobby, tables will be appropriately spaced. The English Grill intends to follow Governor Beshear’s recommendations and CDC guidelines.

Louisville families and out-of-town guests alike have enjoyed the Thanksgiving Day tradition at The Brown Hotel, with all its

“Georgian-Revival elegance and timeless Southern charm.” The landmark hotel and distinguished English Grill dining room make a lavish backdrop for any holiday celebration. The English Grill and Brown Hotel lobby are imbued with history and romance, only a few years from celebrating their centennial. English Grill will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 4 pm with a simplified yet still abundant four-course menu. With proper notice, the kitchen staff will adjust the menu for special dietary preferences and restrictions.

1st course: Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Wild-Caught Shrimp, Cocktail Sauce, Lemon Wedges, and Fresh Dill

2nd course: Groganica Local Heirloom Lettuce with Red Wine Poached Pear, Smoked Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans, Dried Cranberries, and Honey-Lavender Vinaigrette OR Butternut Squash Bisque with Spiced Crème Fraîche, Pepitas, and Candied Local Delicata Squash

3rd course: Amish-Raised Ohio Turkey with Herb Dressing, Green Beans, Baby Carrots, Cranberry Sauce, and Pan Gravy OR Salmon with Fried Oysters, Sautéed Spinach, Sweet Potato Purée, and Creole Mustard Sauce OR Braised Beef Short Rib, Whipped Potatoes, Candied Baby Carrots, Broccolini, and Red Wine Jus

4th course: Dessert Trio – Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream, Cranberry Crunch Bar with Berry Compote, Double Chocolate Brownie with Bourbon Caramel Still planning on Thanksgiving Dinner at home this year? Leftover roast turkey is perfect for recreating The Brown Hotel’s World-Famous Hot Brown. For the recipe or to make reservations, visit Follow @brownhotel on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and specials.

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Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille Thanksgiving 5700 CAPTAIN’S QUARTERS RD PROSPECT, KY 40059 (502) 228-1651 • CQRIVERSIDE.COM


aptain’s Quarters Riverside Grille in Prospect, Kentucky, has offered a Thanksgiving buffet every year since 1987, the year the Masterson family purchased Captain’s Quarters. Eventually, they even added Thanksgiving Day cruises. Thanksgiving Day events have been a sellout every year, and at least a month in advance! The plans have changed for 2020, but some changes should make this Thanksgiving holiday all the more special. Captain’s Quarters looks forward to seeing

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their regular customers and those families that return year after year. Partner Andrew Masterson has been running Captain’s Quarters since 2003. He assured us that they plan to serve their traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet menu items, but now with a thoughtful combination of family-style dining and full table service. Captain’s Quarters is bringing the buffet to you! Thanksgiving Dinner is served from 11 am to 7 pm. Entrée selections are oven-roasted turkey breast and glazed ham, fried chicken, and peel & eat shrimp. There will be several classic side and dessert choices available, such as mashed potatoes with house-made gravy, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, bourbon bread pudding, and plenty of pies! The ambiance of dining on the water remains at Captain’s Quarters. This year will

feature live entertainment and outdoor dining options, including tents and igloos. The igloos are clear to allow for the beautiful river views and will be heated and festively decorated. The indoor and outdoor capacity will be limited. So reserve quickly by calling (502)228-1651. Dinner is $35.95 for guests 12 and over, $15 for guests 11 and younger, $5 for small children requiring their own seats. Reservations require a $10 credit card deposit per person. Captain’s Quarters will be capping dining parties at 20 persons. Thanksgiving family meals to go are an excellent option for families gathering at home. Captain’s Quarters Family Feast Made Easy includes turkey, ham, five sides, gravy, rolls, and an apple or pumpkin pie, and feeds 6-8 people for $139. For more information, visit and @CQRiverside on Facebook.

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen Thanksgiving



erched atop Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown, 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen will wow your out-of-town Thanksgiving guests with spectacular city views. First Hospitality is a hotel and restaurant development and management company whose Louisville portfolio also includes The Henry Clay Event Center (Connected), Home2 Suites by Hilton® in NuLu, and Hancock House NuLu. First Hospitality’s Area Director of Sales & Marketing Dustin Stutzman shares 8UP’s seasonal plans for Thanksgiving and the transition from fall to winter. 8UP’s popular “IgLOU” dining is back at the open-air rooftop bar. To capitalize on the views, even in colder weather, 8UP has you and your guests covered with fire pits and heaters as well. Winter theming and snow machines will add to the festive, holiday ambiance. If you time it just right, Dustin believes the sunsets are at their most colorful in November. At 9000 square feet, 8UP offers plenty of space indoors and out to feel safe while sharing precious time with family and friends.

For Thanksgiving 2020, 8UP is offering a three-course dinner at $55 per person from 12-6 pm. Dinner includes five shareable dishes: Sweet Corn Hush Puppies, Brussels Sprouts, Baked Cavatappi and Cheese, Game Day Buffalo Cauliflower, and Whipped Potatoes and White Pepper Gravy. The four entrée options are Roasted Turkey & Confit Turkey Leg, Bourbon Braised Short Rib, Verlasso Salmon, and Sweet Potato Gnocchi. For dessert, choose from a Colossal Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookie with Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce, French Vanilla Cheesecake with Luxardo Reduction and Luxardo Cherries, and Pear Panna Cotta with Spiced Chantilly Cream and Poached Pear. Following dinner and drinks, guests can take the elevator home to hotel rooms booked at a discounted rate. “Downtown Louisville has seen some tough times this year, but 8UP and Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown are a pleasant oasis,” says Dustin. “We have pressed forward and delivered great experiences.” With innovative, shareable meals and an updated cocktail menu in the works, those experiences are sure to continue. Reserve today through OpenTable® or at

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Proof on Main Thanksgiving 702 W MAIN ST LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 (502) 217-6360 PROOFONMAIN.COM


ccording to Executive Chef Jonathan Searle, Thanksgiving has been a staple holiday and one of the biggest days of the year at Proof on Main in Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel. The Southern-inspired, upscale family-style menu has typically been “completely holiday-focused all day.” This year’s plans retain that “spirit of a homestyle Southern family gathering,” says Chef Searle. You get that warm, familiar feeling of passing dishes around the table, dishes prepared with “top-notch execution” and served up in a fun, swanky atmosphere. The typical Thanksgiving restaurant buffet has never been their style at Proof on Main, and especially not this year. Proof on Main Executive Chef Jonathan Searle got his start in Lexington restaurants. In the summer of 2011, the 21c Museum Hotels hired him as a cook. He worked his way up to Sous Chef, then Chef de Cuisine, and eventually to Executive Chef of Lockbox in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. In April of 2019, Jonathan Searle was named Executive Chef at Proof on Main in Louisville. His 2020 family-style Thanksgiving Menu will feature a bread service with scratchmade biscuits, cornbread, and rolls, a seasonal salad, turkey, and prime rib. Choose three of five traditional yet elevated side dishes - Proof on Main’s riff on the classic, Southern meat-and-three experience. In addition to developing this year’s Thanksgiving Menu, Jonathan is working on a “Thanksgiving Feast Package” carryout component. Dine-in reservations are filling up fast, so this is a fantastic new option to consider! As a bonus, Chef Searle has posted his “Thanksgiving Chef Recipe” for Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with Malted Whipped Cream online at “Downtown is safe and coming back to life. We need to get people back out to let us feed them!”

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Belle of Louisville Mary M. Miller Friendsgiving Cruise 401 W RIVER RD LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 (502) 574-2992 BELLEOFLOUISVILLE.ORG


raditionally, Belle of Louisville Riverboats has hosted a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise. This year, they have decided to offer something a little different. On Saturday, November 21, is their first-ever Friendsgiving Cruise aboard the Mary M. Miller. “Louisville’s newest addition to the waterfront, the Mary M. Miller is named for America’s first female licensed steamboat captain. With as much spirit as her namesake, the Mary M. Miller is a propeller-driven riverboat with old fashioned charm and modern amenities.” The cruise leaves the 4th Street Wharf (401 W. River Road) at 7:00 pm and returns at 9:30 pm. The two and a half hour cruise will feature live music by the Ellie Ruth Trio, drink specials featuring Old Forester , and fall-inspired heavy appetizers from Louisville’s award-winning Ladyfingers Catering. What’s on the Friendsgiving Menu? “Get ready to gobble until you wobble!” • Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta • Caramel Apple and Cranberry Brie Bites • Bratwurst and Smoked Sausage Pigs n’ a Blanket with spicy mustard • Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip • Open-Faced Reuben with 1000 Island • Italian Sausage and Romano Stuffed Mushroom Caps • Cheddar and Chive Petite Potato Tartans • Charcuterie Board • Fall-Inspired Mini Pies Brand-new, unopened cards and games will be available throughout the boat for you and your family or friend group to enjoy. Social distancing and mask-wearing will be required when not actively eating or drinking while stationary. The event is limited to guests 21 and over. Tickets are $44.99 per person and are available at Be sure to visit Belle of Louisville Riverboats @TheBelleofLouisville on Facebook and Instagram. 

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s the leaves fall and the weather turns colder, it is never too early to think about winterizing your skin. The holiday season is upon us! Many of us are dealing with residual sun damage and drier skin. How do you get your glow back to shine bright through the winter months? Sarah Hutchins, Owner of SkinRejuv502, shares her tips, tricks, and treatments to put your best face forward during the most wonderful time of the year. Sarah Hutchins started SkinRejuv502 in July 2018 following a career as a surgical assistant in plastic surgery. Her undergraduate degree was in surgical technology. Sarah recently graduated with a degree in science and interdisciplinary business studies this year, even as she built and expanded her business to two locations. She now offers SkinRejuv502 services in Middletown and at P10 Medical Botox Bar in Bardstown, Kentucky. Sarah believes in mixing medical-grade skincare and procedures with nonmedical skincare to achieve optimal results. She has seen how skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and acne can affect a person’s confidence. Sarah gets to the root of the problem and explores why these issues occur, with factors like stress levels, hormonal balance, or dietary habits having an impact.

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SkinRejuv502 and Sarah Hutchins go above and beyond to deliver these treatments. “I think about my clients all the time, around the clock, problem-solving their skincare issues. We have created an environment that doesn’t feel like a doctor’s office. There is no judgment. We are there to help.” Recently joining the SkinRejuv502 team for aesthetic injectables such as Botox and fillers is Louisville native and dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Mills. They have big plans for SkinRejuv502, including a full-service medispa! For more information, visit and @skinrejuv502 on Facebook and Instagram. Call (502)331-3021 to book an appointment. 

With winter approaching, Sarah prioritizes the following skincare treatments: HYDRATION - Drinking water is as vital as ever to maintain moisture levels in the skin. Hot baths or showers can be overly drying. Use warm water and consider using a humidifier in your home this time of year.

EXFOLIATION - In the hands of a professional, chemical or physical exfoliation aids in cell turnover and optimizes serums and moisturizers’ effects.

CHEMICAL PEELS - Reversing sun damage and mitigating the impact of the dreaded “maskne” so many are facing, chemical peels reveal bright, fresh new skin.

DERMAPLANING - Manual exfoliation with a surgical scalpel removes peach fuzz and dead skin, allowing more efficient absorption of skincare products and smoother makeup application.

HYDRAFACIAL™ - HydraFacial™ uses vortex exfoliation technology to remove dead skin cells. Glycolic and salicylic acids offer similar results to a chemical peel without scaling. Vortex extraction then cleanses clogged pores followed by a serum containing skin protectants and antioxidants.

O2TODERM OXYGEN DOME - An oxygen facial using SkinRejuv502’s new O2toDerm Oxygen Dome detoxifies pores and puts moisture back in the skin.

HYALURONIC ACID - Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the human body. Replenishing hyaluronic acid serums hydrate and plump the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

PEPTIDES - Collagen peptides are small-string amino acid proteins that can also help reverse the effects of aging on the skin.

MOISTURIZING - Colder air and lower humidity call for richer, creamier moisturizers or balms to lock in moisture and protect the skin from the elements.

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holiday “CRUNCH” time Each year we tell ourselves we are going to stay motivated during the holidays. Our workout routine and healthy eating regime becomes interrupted with family holiday plans, delectable food, and party planning. Then as the holidays near an end, it’s CRUNCH time. We dash back into a workout and healthy eating routine to get us on track again. BY ALISON CARDOZA • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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

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


y goal is to help you stay healthy this holiday season and throughout the new year. Just as we brush our teeth and shower daily, we must exercise daily. Some of us do not have any trouble with keeping a routine during the busy holiday season. “What is the answer to keeping it all together,” you may ask. Stay motivated and plan ahead. Write in your journal, planner or phone, and set aside a fitness workout. Whether it is 10 minutes of climbing your stairs in the house or doing push ups on the side of your kitchen counter, stay active and elevate your heart rate in a positive way everyday.

Spice up your routine with these abdominal exercises. Crunch Your Core Abdominal Crunch on Ball - Start on the resist -a -ball by sitting. Roll your body forward so that your lower back is on the ball and shoulder blades are off. Knees are in line with ankles. Place hands slightly on the side of your head. Lift head and shoulder blades off slightly and crunch. Engage core. Start with 2 sets of 15 reps daily.

Bicycle Abs Start by lying on the ground, with your lower back pressed flat into the floor and your head and shoulders raised slightly above it. Place hands on the side of your head. Lift one leg off ground and extend it out. Lift the other leg and bend knee toward chest. As you do so, twist through your core so the opposite arm comes toward the raised knee. Alternate sides until you reach 15 repetitions. 

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healthy Baptist Milestone Chef, Teresa McKenna, shares a couple of her healthy holiday dishes that can be found in Milestone cafe throughout the holiday season.

Chicken Cranberry Salad » Spinach » Feta, parmesan or goat cheese » Grilled chicken » Dried cranberries » Walnuts


Lay down a bed of spinach (or greens) and top with the rest of the components. Serve with your favorite dressing. Chef Teresa recommends balsamic vinaigrette.

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Italian Squash Soup » 1 lb Italian sausage (this can be made with turkey, chicken or pork sausage). » 2 T olive oil » 1 large onion, chopped » 1 red bell pepper, diced » 4 cups white beans » 4 cups diced tomatoes (with juice) » 1 t dried basil » 1 t dried oregano » 1 t black pepper » 2 qt. chicken stock » 1 lb yellow squash large-dice » 1 lb zucchini, large dice


Brown Italian sausage in olive oil. Add onion and bell pepper, saute until softened. Add beans, tomatoes, basil, oregano, pepper, and chicken stock. Simmer for 45-60 minutes. Add squash and zucchini and cook for 15-20 more minutes.




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he beat. The rhythm. The backbone. That’s what a drummer provides, with or without other musicians. And in the hands of a group of young people drumming, there’s a depth of both structure and feeling that belies their age. This is music felt to the core. And this is what River City Drum Corp Cultural Arts Institute provides for kids from ages 6 to 18. River City Drum Corp, RCDC, empowers young people through the spirit of the drum. Founded in 1992 by Edward “Nardie” White, RCDC was originally part of the Parkland Boys & Girls Club in West Louisville. Now, River City Drum Corp is a nonprofit organization on its own. Jerome Baker is the associate director of River City Drum Corp and one of the original members. He started with RCDC when it was at Parkland and stayed until the group left there, shortly after he left for college in 1998. Jerome remembers Boys & Girls Clubs of America as being an integral part of his childhood. “It’s one of the places kids can go and receive cultural enrichment and sports enrichment,” he said of Parkland Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana. “Our mission-based work is to enhance the lives of our students and the development of African-American families with children through education, arts, and culture,” Jerome said. “That’s a fancy way of

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Our mission-based work is to enhance the lives of our students and the development of African-American families with children through education, arts, and culture. That’s a fancy way of saying we use the drums to grab in the kids, and from there we use education and the arts and our culture to empower the kids to reach their full potential. – J E R OM E BA K ER

saying we use the drums to grab in the kids, and from there we use education and the arts and our culture to empower the kids to reach their full potential.” Most of the young participants spend 5 to 7 years with the River City Drum Corp. “Some stay longer when they join younger, and make it their home,” Jerome said. RCDC has three different musical ensembles for students. One features a handmade pipe drum that loosely resembles the West African djembe drum. “Every student that enters the program, usually once a year, has an opportunity to build their own drum and add to the collection,” Jerome said. From there, the young musicians transition to two other ensembles, the Spirit of the Drum Drumline and the Percussion

Ensemble. The coveted Spirit of the Drum is a squad drumline, where the students play drums in marching band style. Their performances are based off the entertaining and very popular drum squads found at HBCU, Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

online and at film festivals across the country this year. The movie tells the story of the creative community that is River City Drumbeat, spotlighting founder Nardie White and the current executive director, Albert Shumake.

The last music ensemble at RCDC is the Percussion Ensemble. In this program, students learn the fundamentals, as well as advanced techniques, on a variety of instruments, from marimbas to the trap drum set and the vibraphone and xylophone. They are performing musical pieces by artists such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, and a little hip-hop in the mix with the Fugees.

In September of 2020, River City Drum Corp participated in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s “Give for Good” campaign, for the first time ever. Setting a goal of $15,000, generous donors supported Drum Corp with $16,020 in donations.

The documentary “River City Drumbeat” ( had its world premiere in November 2019 at a film festival in New York City and is streaming

Follow River City Drum Corp on Facebook @RCDCky and online at, where donations are graciously accepted 24/7.

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Mobile Grocery and Fresh Meals Keeping the Conversation Going BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


orn and raised in Louisville’s Newburg neighborhood, Megan Bell saw firsthand how poverty and underserved environments could negatively impact a community’s health and well-being. She grew up in a family that prepared and served mostly Southern food, which is often a very unhealthy diet. Megan watched as family members and neighbors struggled to access proper nutrition conveniently and suffered from preventable diseases such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. Those experiences planted the seed for what would eventually become The Next Door Market Mobile Grocery and Fresh Meals. Megan Bell’s first venture was as founder and CEO of the nonprofit Virtuous Women of Empowerment. The organization’s mission was “to help build social, health, and economic assets in women and promote them with support and protection they need to develop their full potential.” Women’s resources included literacy, education, and management of personal finances. Megan found the nonprofit work rewarding. However, as the mother of three young children, she began to think of ways to build an inheritance for the family and help her community.

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After reading an article about the sudden closing of a grocery store in Louisville, Megan turned to her husband, Brandon, and announced she would open a grocery store. As impulsive as that may seem, Megan spent the next three years studying poverty and food insecurity, local communities, and Black-owned grocery stores. She envisioned a healthier grocery store model, taking inspiration from Louisville’s original Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets. In her quest to provide organic foods at affordable prices, Megan also studies business and strives to educate others about the importance of good nutrition. Megan’s initial focus on implementing her concept was the Russell neighborhood, where she began networking and laying some groundwork for a possible physical location. But as Megan learned more and explored other possibilities, she realized she would have more reach with an online platform. She studied Amazon’s business model of distribution, delivery, and shipping and West Coast food trucks and mobile grocery stores. Megan is very pleased with the flexibility The Next Door Mobile Market provides, “It’s running very well. We were more successful through the pandemic than we were expecting.” The Next Door Market currently serves the Louisville area and parts of Indiana and Ohio with eventual plans for franchising brick-and-mortar stores. Brandon, her Co-Owner husband, is always looking to take the business to the next level. Their shared background and personal and working relationship help to set The Next Door Market apart. “We come from urban neighborhoods,” says Megan, “The business started local and is friendly and more meaningful. We build relationships with customers and are accessible for a one-on-one conversation.” Megan has other projects in the works as well. “The Bell Family Cooking Channel” on YouTube features gluten-free, vegan, and healthy recipes. Watch Megan, Brandon, and their three children cooking in the kitchen, along with guest chefs. Megan is also developing For the Love of Food & Family Community Cookbook, including Black chefs, Blackowned catering companies and restaurants, and recipes from Africa and India. The best way to support The Next Door Market and the communities it serves is to become a customer yourself. Shop their high-quality fresh foods sourced from local farmers and the same distributors as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market. First-time shoppers are encouraged to try The Next Door Market Bundle Box for $25. The bundles change weekly and offer a sampling of the produce and products available. Ordering through The Next Door Market is an excellent option for those with special diets or caring for an aging family member or neighbor. Be on the lookout for Thanksgiving and Black Friday specials. 

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don't believe that a personal connection is something for which anyone should ever receive a bill," says Georgia Connally. She's an attorney and the head of Connally Law Offices, but more than that, she's a remarkably empathetic human being. "I wanted to be a lawyer from about age 10 and ever since," she says. "What I found out along the way is that while legal counsel for my clients is essential, it's even more so to serve as an advocate for them. To function as something of a social worker, and as a friend in ways that are appropriate." Georgia's motto is, "Whatever you're facing, let's face it together." Previously employed by large corporate firms, Georgia became more determined by her experiences there that her calling is towards truly helping people in our community. She describes Connally Law Offices as a modern law practice. Her young staff all happen to be part of the LGBTQ community and bring a diversity of perspectives to the table. All are similarly focused on making clients feel valued and well represented in their hour of need. Connally Law Offices provides services in standard areas like personal injury and matters of business, but their specialties lie in representing those who have been subject to discrimination or face modern family issues. "How we begin a relationship with a client is the same way that we continue," she says. "Everything we do here is conversation based, with absolutely open lines of communications." Victim advocacy is a matter dear to Georgia's heart. "If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a crime or act of discrimination,

we'll help you navigate the system and protect your rights and reputation," she says. Services offered include media and publicity planning, reputation management, criminal victims' advocacy, civil suit representation, damage and restitution recovery, as well as domestic violence or stalking restraining order hearing representation. "We understand your position and are ready to stand by your side to protect

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I Would Rather Be Reading



hen love of reading is instilled in a person in childhood, it will continue to enrich them throughout their entire life. Reading comprehension not only creates a greater understanding of the world that we live in, but it also instills a sense of confidence and self-worth. "It's really hard for her to connect with people, so when she does, I love to keep her with them," Linda Rhodes says of her daughter's experience with I Would Rather Be Reading, a grassroots, nonprofit group founded by Ashley Dearinger and Allison Ogle. Their organization is rooted in the understanding that trauma impacts early development, and supports are needed to meet our most vulnerable children's needs, many of whom are often overlooked in the education system. Ashley and Allison both worked as grade school teachers and became noted "reading interventionists" and advocates for Trauma-Informed Care. Meeting someone along the way who takes a special interest makes all the difference for many young students. "Not only does this special attention help kids learn practical skills, but it also lets them know that they are loved," Allison says. "By investing this time in children now, it really helps to unlock their potential as they grow." Through mentoring, summer camps, after school programs, family engagement sessions, and professional development for educators, Ashley and Allison lead the way towards a brighter future. In addition to teaching and tutoring, they also help those that they serve to de-

Ashley Dearinger and Allison Ogle, I Would Rather Be Reading co-founders

velop coping skills by focusing on social and emotional well being and even utilizing yoga and WAGS Pet Therapy Services. "Our goal has been to serve as a bridge between the school and the community," says Ashley. "We encounter so many children who need that one on one attention to really flourish and succeed." The pandemic has increased the support that families need due to finances, job security, housing, and social unrest. In order to meet the needs of their families, IWRBR has opened two NTI hubs in south and west Louisville where students can receive help with their Google classroom work, get meals, and have structure that school normally provides. "My first experience with I Would Rather be Reading, was when they reached out to our

office wanting to be of service in one of the Sixth District's most underserved neighborhoods - during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic," says Shalanna Taylor, Legislative Assistant to Councilman David James. With the Holiday Season approaching, IWRBR brings us Lights on Main, a display of live Christmas trees downtown along the ReSurfaced space on Main Street. Each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. "We hope that this event will fund our learning hubs and after school programs during the spring months," says Ashley, "as well as bring patrons back to the downtown area." 

If you would like to participate, visit IWOULDRATHERBEREADING.ORG/LIGHTS-ON-MAIN Sponsored content

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