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Signature Smiles Offers Sparkling Whites With a Sterling Reputation 19 Extra Sweet: Nothing Bundt Cakes Adds Middletown Location 20 Fashion and Fun at Dillard’s 21 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Shelby County 22 Top Shops: The Nice List 24



Boutique Spotlight: LL&A Interior Design 30


WOW WEDDING: Kaelyn & Luke Hancock 32 Special Advertising content: Holiday Collections 36

at home on trend: Tree Trimming 44 Tour of Homes: Christmastime at Malvern House 50

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cuisine Anoosh Bistro 72 Small Bites: Appetizers to Win Over Guests This Holiday Season 76 Top 5: Holiday “No Bake” To-Go Desserts 78

Health+Beauty Holiday Makeup Looks 86 Jefferson County Clerk ViP serViCe

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The Giving Issue Corporate Giving 90

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Special Advertising Section 94

community supermom: Christi Mack 118 Westport Village Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe 120 tops cares: A Twist of Pink 121

This holiday season, help kids reach their potential and overcome their obstacles.

Traverse These Winter Wonderlands 122

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Breaking the bronze ceiling: Alice Barbee Castleman 124

Calendar: What to Do In Lou 126

photos Out & About 26 Wrapped in Red Kick Off Dinner Party 130 GRRAND Affair Fundraiser 131 Walker’s Exchange Grand Opening 132 Bourbon and Bubbles 133 10th Annual Expressions of Hope Gala 134 17th Annual Brain Ball “Derby in November” 136 Annual Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk 138 8th Annual Colors of Courage 139 Day of the BCA Gala 140 Kentuckiana Stroke Association’s 20th Year Celebration 142 13th Annual Benefit for The Backside 144 Top Shots 146

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Vacation with Us This Winter Try the Treyton Oak Towers Life for 90 Days… And Love Your Winter! For over thirty years, Treyton Oak Towers has been spicing things up with a lively mix of trendy and traditional in Old Louisville. Now here’s your chance to sample a season with us! We have a handful of lovely, fully furnished apartments available for a limited time. We invite you to lease one for 90 days and see for yourself just how wonderful this winter can be! You’ll enjoy countless amenities, from a fitness center, massage suite, greenhouse, art studio and aquatic therapy to fine dining, a bank branch, a dentist, a beauty salon and more. And we’ll keep you busy with lectures, concerts, trips, movies and special events — and plenty of friends to share them with — just minutes from downtown and Nulu dining, arts, sporting events, galleries and more. All in a safe, secure setting with a caring staff that takes your comfort to heart. So treat yourself to a little comfort and joy this winter. Visit or call (502) 589-3211 today for details, or to schedule lunch and a tour. Get ready to fall in love!

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Local Holiday Wonderlands

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s your Holiday season more like a Hallmark Channel movie or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Whichever, the time is upon us. Our TOPS family wishes your family all the best of the season.

This issue will warm your spirit with a spotlight on businesses that give back to some amazing non-profits as well as community organizations that do so much to help others. You can also read about a fabulous Lee Robinson holiday home, gift guides, a gorgeous wedding, dining, a special Women in Business feature, Supermom, along with many other regular features. And of course, our “TOPARAZZI” has been out covering Louisville’s social scene. I have one special favor to ask of you. Please, think before you click. We all enjoy online shopping, and it certainly is getting easier and easier. The flip side of online shopping is that when you purchase something off the internet that could’ve been purchased from a Louisville business, that directly impacts the local economy. This is especially important during the holidays when many retailers make or break their year based on holiday sales. We all need our Kentuckiana shops to be strong in order to provide jobs that power everything else in our community. Where and how you decide to spend your dollars this season really, truly matters. Trust me; Amazon won’t go out of business if you shop locally.

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Enjoy your family and friends this holiday season. And don’t forget to subscribe to TOPS magazine. It’s the “gift that keeps on giving all year long!” Your source for stylish, fun, and affordable women’s accessories including jewelry, handbags, scarves, tops, wraps, and much more. KEITH YARBER Publisher

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invasive yet more precise dental treatment. Affectionately called “Dr. B” by her patients, Dr. Baluyut’s popularity has resulted in a fairly recent and significant expansion of her practices. Two dentists have joined the team to learn from Dr. Baluyut’s invaluable experience and secure the future of Signature Smiles in Louisville and Designing Smiles in Frankfort. After practicing in Georgetown and Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. James Devine joined the Signature Smiles dental team in September. He is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He has served on mission trips bringing dental care to underserved areas and populations. Dr. Daniel Skaggs practiced in Colorado Springs before joining the team in October. He graduated from LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. He was honored with the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award for highest aptitude in comprehensive dental patient care. All three dentists are members of several professional organizations.

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Signature Smiles Offers Sparkling Whites With a Sterling Reputation BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTO BY DANNY ALEXANDER


ith a passion for overall patient health and wellness, and an emphasis on the effect a person’s smile can have on self-esteem, Dr. Arlene Baluyut has spent 34 years building a dental practice with a sterling reputation. Signature Smiles Louisville, located at Brownsboro Road and Chamberlain Lane, is a comprehensive care dental practice with a preventive and proactive approach. Along

with her passion and skill, her dental practices are equipped with advanced technology to provide the best possible dental care to her patients. General dentistry services include regular exams and cleanings, periodontal therapy, root canals and extractions. Their restorative dentistry services include resin fillings and same day crowns, TMJ treatments, dentures and dental implants. They also offer a full range of cosmetic dental services, such as Invisalign® braces, Ace Aligners™, porcelain veneers, Lumineers®, cosmetic bonding, and ZOOM teeth whitening. Signature Smiles prides itself on being at the leading edge of the technological evolution of dentistry and oral health care. They have incorporated the CEREC® machine into their practices. This uses computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing technology for efficient but precise scanning and fabrication of crowns, bridges, or veneers the same day. Recently, they have added 3-D Computer Digital Radiography, along with their 2-D digital x-rays and Intraoral cameras, revolutionizing traditional dental imaging allowing for simultaneous viewing by the dentist and the patient. Dental imaging software produces previews and simulations of treatment options. These offices also offer the Waterlase MD™, a device which combines laser energy and water for less

Considering their impressive dental school achievements and admirable career ambitions, Dr. Baluyut states, “I am thrilled to bring these two young professionals on board. They fit well into our practices’ culture which puts patients and their needs first. Cultivating these relationships is what it’s all about.” Dr. B is originally from the Philippines and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1985. She also served as the Chief Resident at the Chandler Medical Center in 19861987. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Lady Wildcats basketball team and pays that opportunity forward by coaching youth basketball. Dr. B is also active in her church and various local civic and community organizations. Understandably proud of her highly skilled team of professionals, Dr. Baluyut continuously incorporates new technology to improve upon and expand their levels of expertise and patient care. She also maintains a second location, Designing Smiles, in Frankfort, Kentucky. All three Signature Smiles dentists serve both locations. 


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Extra Sweet:

Nothing Bundt Cakes Adds Middletown Location BY ALLIE HEMBREE MARTIN COURTESY PHOTOS


rom the moment Christine Browne tasted her first Nothing Bundt Cakes, she couldn’t get it off her mind. That first taste was in 2015 while visiting a friend in Nashville. She returned home to Louisville and looked for a Kentucky location. When she realized there wasn’t one, she felt something calling her. With a background in restaurants, she liked the appeal of being a franchise owner. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The team provides fantastic support and makes it much easier to step into the business,” Christine says. The St. Matthews location, opened by Christine in 2016, became the first in Kentucky, with a Lexington location opening shortly after that. With the St. Matthews location hitting its capacity, Christine knew it was time to open another location. The Middletown bakery opened in October with a grand opening event providing 20% of sales to A Recipe to End Hunger. Even after four years since she took her first bite, Christine is fueled by the customers. “The reactions you get from people when they first try the cake! They are so happy and I get tickled. Being able to start a business that brings joy to people is a feeling that is hard to explain.”

With 10 flavors and 40 unique cake designs, there is plenty to choose from, including their seasonal flavor, Snickerdoodle, which will be available this December and January. You may be surprised to know that Nothing Bundt Cake locations offer retail spaces that provide everything you need to throw a party, along with great gift options including plates, platters, and mugs. Christine suggests these as gift items for birthdays, realtors’ closings, teachers, or any event worth celebrating. Design a personalized gift by

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choosing a decorative plate with the cake of your choice. The staff will caringly package the items to help make them the perfect gift. Christine is pleased the Louisville community has responded like she did four years ago, and attributes much of that success to the help provided by her three daughters and husband (who have full-time careers, but help when they can), and the staff that have grown to feel like family. Christine explains, “We provide an experience, we go beyond just selling cake.” When Christine looks ahead to what’s next, another location can certainly be in the

cards. “We are always listening to what our customers have to say, and looking at where we could go next.” 


The new location is located at 12949 Shelbyville Rd, Suite 101, Louisville, KY 40243. For more information visit or call (502) 874-5848.


and fun at Dillard’s



n Saturday, Nov. 2, a crowd of over 200 people got to watch a special fashion show at Dillard’s in the Mall St. Matthews, the Betsey Johnson Meet ‘n Greet. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson was in Louisville for a funfilled, joy-packed, enthusiastic and exuberant meet ‘n greet featuring apparel and accessories with colors, hearts, animal prints, sparkle and bling. The 90-minute event took six weeks to coordinate, which was fine with Christine Lund because she enjoyed the planning process down to the last detail. Christine is the area sales manager in handbags and accessories at Dillard’s. “Our corporate office reached out and said, ‘Surprise! Betsey is making a personal appearance.’ We thought they were kidding,” Christine said. She and her team sprang into action in September, working with Betsey’s team in New York and California. They created the Betsey Shop and an entire setup on the first floor of Dillard’s, constructing a stage for the fashion show and transforming the bridal room into a backstage green room. They contacted Heyman Talent Louisville for two models, designed a special area for the meet ‘n greet and photos, secured 80 stanchions with velvet ropes, and made sure fun was the foundation of every decision. Melissa Dietrich, visual merchandiser at Dillard’s, painted some special art for Betsey that hung in

the green room. The designer herself lit up with joy when she saw the paintings.

Louisville appearance for shoppers. On all the other days of the year, Betsey Johnson jewelry, watches, handbags, intimates and sleepwear are available at Dillard’s.

Four members of Betsey Johnson’s team came out to the store the day before to see the setup. They told Christine it was perfect, one of the first times they had never had to change anything.

“She was lovely, so down to earth,” Christine said. “She loves to talk and will keep the ball rolling from one conversation to the next. She's so enthusiastic about everything.” Christine got to hear about Betsey’s home, a pink trailer with flowers on the patio, in the $1.9 million trailer park she created in Malibu, California.

On Betsey Day at Dillard’s, the designer’s shoes and luggage made a one-time

The 77-year-old fashion icon beat breast cancer 20 years ago and had open heart surgery in April. She is happy to be living life and was delighted to be in Louisville in November, sharing her love of fashion and fun with her Betsey Johnson merchandise for customers at Dillard’s. Those with a pre-purchased VIP pass got to have their picture made with Betsey on a comfy white couch. “She is a hugger for sure,” Christine said. Everyone who attended the Betsey Johnson Meet ‘n Greet got free smiles and a little reminder to enjoy the day and live life to the fullest. 

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Eat, drink, and be merry in Shelby County BY ROCKO JEROME • COURTESY PHOTOS


f you're in need of a quick getaway, Shelby County is your place to go. Just about 30 miles from Louisville, you will feel your stress melt away as you slow down the pace, adjust the volume, and cruise into the beautifully quaint downtown locale of Shelbyville. Architecturally brilliant old fashioned buildings and friendly, down to earth people will keep you feeling fine and your mood pleasant and comfortable. You can almost feel the dopamine spread through your brain as you relax in the elegantly modern yet classically homey Saddlebred Suites, enjoy delicious treats from The Paddock Coffee, and shop for unique and new things at popular shops like the Polkadotted Pineapple Boutique. The Holiday Spirit shines brightly in Shelbyville, especially downtown, where decorations glow, and good cheer abounds. A visit to historic Science Hill will melt the heart of any humbug. The joy of Christmas is easy to find as you dine on fine Southern cuisine and feel the same yuletide warmth felt by generations since time immemorial, gazing upon the massive tree and enjoying ornate decorations.

As the weather grows colder and days grow shorter, there's nothing like a warm Kentucky Hug. That's the colloquial phrase for that toasty feeling that spreads through your chest when you ingest the finest bourbon. At the Bulleit Bourbon distillery, you can take a tour with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic bourbon expert who will show you the vast and expansive headquarters of one of the world's most revered brands. Here, you will learn about the ornate process through which this sterling product is made around the clock, and even take a course in the finer points of bourbon drinking by way of a guided tasting of a few different Bulleit flavors. Bulleit might be one of the biggest names in the bourbon industry, but they aren't alone in having a Shelby County distillery. The small and independently owned Jeptha Creed produced their barrels of bourbon first, and have cultivated quite a name for themselves by keeping their production comparatively limited and straightforward,

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creating a tremendous demand for their various bourbons. With an emphasis on making the old fashioned new again, this primarily female and family owned and operated Jeptha Creed conduct tours of their distillery, and even host concerts in their patio space during temperate months. Speaking of those temperate months, the Spring will bring a season in bloom at Gallrein Farms. This spot features eleven greenhouses full of gorgeous flowers, as well as spacious acres full of fruits and vegetables to peruse, including delicious, juicy red strawberries. Children of all ages can enjoy the petting zoo, and a cafe offers tasty lunches, allowing you to stay the whole day at this destination location. Neighboring Simpsonville features Kismet Horse Farm. This elegant and historical place is the home to many majestic horses of

the Saddlebred variety, living happy lives of purpose. Here you can learn to ride, no matter your age or ability. The area boasts many fantastic eateries. One among them is Old Stone Inn and Tavern, where you can have the hearty meal of a lifetime. Accomplished chefs prepare excitingly delicious dishes using ingredients from the surrounding locale, resulting in feats of culinary greatness that you will find yourself craving later. Whether your pallet runs toward the conventional or the adventurous, menu items like the Center Cut Pork Chop, Mushroom Ravioli, or Shrimp & Grits will leave you full and grinning. For this or any season, Shelby County is the place to eat, drink, and be merry in an environment that is free and easy. 


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“Chelsey” Cotton Cashmere Cheetah Dress By Tyler Boe; Bos. & Co. “Blaze” Black Suede Booties; Uno De 50 “Alexandria” Pearl And Coin Earrings; Uno De 50 “Orion” Leather, Pearl, And Silver-Plated Bead Bracelet; All From Tunie’s.




list These cozy looks will keep you warm throughout your Winter soirées. And with just a touch of glam, you can also bring in the New Year in style! PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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Stewarts Tan Mink Coat, Trina Turk Brown Sequined Blouse, Elliott Lauren Cream Pants, Moyna Ivory Evening Purse, Cole Haan Animal Print Booties, Mother Of Pearl Dangle Earrings, All From Sassy Fox

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Julie Hinson, Linda Steder, Jennifer Stebbins, Robbie Steder, and Millicent Evans at The Fillies’ Tiffany’s Fashion Show

Norton Children’s Hospital’s 30th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights

The Refuse To Lose Tennis Championship benefiting Twisted Pink

Ben Yates and Allison Lewis at Westport Village’s Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe

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36 Holiday Collections

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: t gh i tl o p S ue q i t ou B LL&A Interior Design BY ALLIE HEMBREE MARTIN PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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t a young age, very few people have decided what their career will be for the rest of their lives. Leslie Lewis-Sheets of LL&A Interior Design is one of those few. At the age of 14, after observing an interior designer working on her family’s home, her decision was sealed.

through a process called “right sizing”. This is the act of determining the right size home to fit your current situation – whether that’s downsizing or up sizing. This happens as couples go through one life transition to the next. Leslie and her team help couples and families feel comfortable in their surroundings.

“I thought, if I can do that as a career, that’s what I want to do. I still love it as much as I did then. Every day is different, and it’s all I’ve ever known,” says Leslie. Started in 2004, the business was once Leslie Lewis Designs and has now morphed into LL&A Interior Design. Tammy Randall joined Leslie 13 years ago and became a partner in the business in 2016. Together they lead a team of degreed professional designers. Given that design has gone mainstream, the industry has become crowded. Home improvement stores no longer offer only building supplies, but also carry home décor options. Celebrities have developed lines with rugs, bedding, and wall decorations. There are TV channels dedicated to showing how “quick and easy” it is to transform a space. There are websites providing inspiration based on just a keyword. But LL&A Interior Design cuts through all this clutter and gets the job done. Leslie explains, “From concept to hanging the artwork on the walls, we are capable of doing it all. We are as much, or as little, help you need.” Their interior design services are not limited to just commercial or just residential. LL&A is one of the few design

They recently launched the ability to offer online design, allowing customers the opportunity to send floor plans that LL&A can design remotely.

groups who have earned respect in being well-versed in both aspects of design. Leslie shares that this ability sets them apart from other firms, but also sets them up for the next wave of design trends. “There is an emphasis on this ‘resimercial’ emergence. Because we are now all working on our laptops and cell phone, we are mobile. Therefore, office interiors are becoming much less formal and more collaborative. Offices, restaurants, lobbies, and gathering spaces are taking a residential spin and are becoming much more welcoming with a focus on hospitality. You will see lots of texture and comforts you would find in a home,” Leslie shares. As businesses compete for talent and customers Leslie says your office space is something not to overlook. You want to make sure the business reflects your brand. She calls office space your “walk-in website”. The same branding as your website should be carried over to your office. LL&A also helps homeowners go

Leslie and team wanted to be able to offer a small part of their services to the public by opening THE SHOP at LL&A. In historic downtown Jeffersonville, THE SHOP opened in March 2019 as a boutique with custom hand-crafted jewelry and handbags, playful gifts, thoughtful mementos, distinctive accessories for home or office, and a variety of artwork, lamps and accent pillows. Looking ahead, LL&A will be expanding into the Florida marketing. “We have roots there and it makes sense. Several of our clients have a second home in Florida, so we are going to start marketing ourselves there,” Leslies closes. 


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serendipitous theme runs through the love story of Kaelyn and Luke Hancock. Several years ago, she was at the Tin Roof celebrating a friend’s birthday. He, too, was celebrating the birthday of one of his friends. Kaelyn, who attended UofL, was well aware of Hancock, a member of the 2013 championship basketball team, but had not met him. “He came up to me and said, ‘I want to take you to dinner.’ We had a great conversation and he seemed really nice. I thought, I’m going for it. We exchanged numbers and the rest is history,” says Kaelyn. “We then met for drinks at a hole in the wall place where we played pool and darts, things we both enjoy. We talked for hours. I beat him at pool, but maybe he was letting me win. I’m just not sure.”

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In cahoots with their friends, Luke planned a special night to propose to her. The driveway of their home was strewn with rose petals and lighted with candles. She wasn’t completely surprised by the proposal but was delightedly caught off guard by the timing. Their friends recorded the moment on their phones. Having those memories is very special to the couple. When they were looking for a wedding and reception venue, they visited The Gillespie, but hadn’t decided on a date for the big event. They learned The Gillespie was available October 19 of this year. Nothing could have been more perfect. They were engaged on that date last year. “I had competed in pageants for a long time and had worn some amazing dresses, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted in a wedding dress. I saw some gorgeous dresses but hadn’t felt the connection. Finally, my bridesman, my mom and a few other people were with me when I tried on a beaded lace gown. They all said it was incredible,” says Kaelyn. As much as she loved the gown, she requested design modifications like an

illusion mesh top and sleeves with lace appliques to make it truly her own creation. Kate and Luke envisioned a classic wedding that incorporated touches of their UofL school pride. Shades of red were interspersed for pops of color in whites, ivory and greenery in the ceremony and reception décor. She included calla lilies in her bouquet because they were her grandfather’s favorite flower. The UofL Cardinal Bird mascot made an appearance during the reception and did the famous UofL cheer. Even die-hard UK fans got into the spirit. “Though the couple recited vows back to the officiant, they saved vows they had created for each other until they were alone. “We wanted that to be more of an intimate thing and I didn’t know if I could get through them without sobbing,” says Kaelyn. The reception dinner menu had a Southern influence and was followed later that evening by a late-night nosh. Signature drinks---Tres Jolie, Gin and Josie and My Cousin Vinny---were a tribute to the couple’s two teacup poodles and one pit bull.

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“While guests were having cocktails in the mezzanine, Luke and I shared a meal alone. That gave us a chance to take in the entire day. I’m so happy we did that,” remembers Kaelyn. “Our wedding was everything we wanted it to be. Both of our mothers were over the moon. It was awesome and beautiful.” 

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Amie Justine Emma Justine Hair Lounge & Spa (502) 384-5561 • EMMAJUSTINESALON.COM “I’m a country girl from a very small town,” says Amie (Emma) Justine. “The concept of self-care and self-love was foreign. Prioritizing our beauty needs was definitely out of the norm, let alone getting anything more than your average trim. Ever since I was a young, I understood the importance of self-confidence: something I never struggled with. That was the case until things changed. As I got older, I Before photo developed a condition that took a toll on my hair and skin. Over the course of a few months, my confidence plummeted, so did my life ambitions.” However, this did not last long for Amie. She was gifted, for the first time, a solution to her broken hair: EXTENSIONS! “That was the day I discovered what my passion was! I knew that one day I would have my own salon and the power of giving this revolutionary feeling to other women. This wasn’t a simple gift of just a hair service. This was a gift of a feeling that was once familiar After photo but lost. This was a gift of confidence and empowerment!” And from there, her journey to build her career in the beauty industry began. Amie spent countless hours educating herself and seeking opportunities to learn more about extensions. She did not limit her education to what was offered locally. She traveled to states such as California, New York and many other cities to learn the best extension methods and techniques available. She worked hard, applied herself, and today she’s the owner and head stylist for Emma Justine Hair Lounge and Spa. She leads a team of experts at a one of a kind salon that has received national awards and has become a destination location for a number of high profile guests. Some have been known to travel over six hours for this unique experience. The team at Emma Justine Salon have cultivated an environment of positive vibes that you can look forward to and leave with the gift of feeling beautiful and confident. “We are all beautiful, but sometimes it takes a few minutes in a salon chair for us to realize it” says Amie. Indisputably, Amie and her team have changed the lives of thousands of women. They welcome you too to have a seat in one of their chairs! Emma Justine Hair Lounge and Spa is in the heart of Middletown at 11511 Main Street. You can become one of the salon’s 10.6k local Instagram subscribers and view amazing pictures or have front row seats to their daily transformations.

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Melissa Snider All Painting Plus

Veteran General Contracting (502) 552-2284 • FACEBOOK.COM/ALLPAINTINGPLUS Melissa Snider is a woman in a world that’s mostly populated by men. She’s the founder, owner, and operator of All Painting Plus, a contracting company that is extremely adept in painting everything from multi-residential buildings to zoos. “People will often mistake me for the wife of the owner or a bookkeeper for the company, that sort of thing,” Melissa says. “Nope! I run the show.” She’s very active onsite in everything that she does, providing the kind of hands on service that only comes from on the job experience. Now in its eleventh year, All Painting Plus is a true leader in the industry. Melissa is also the co-owner of Veteran General Contracting, along with Navy vet Jason Turner. In this line of work, the two are dedicated to residential remodeling. To put Melissa to work for you, reach out via her email at

Virginia Hart Eventualities (502) 241-1175 • EVENTUALITIES.ORG Taking every aspect of your special event from beginning to end, Virginia Hart is the woman you call when you want your celebration done right. “When you call Eventualities, chances are, you’re going to be speaking directly to me,” says Virginia. A third generation Event Producer whose experience and expertise encompass every part of any event, you can rest assured that all of the logistics will be taken care of when you put Eventualities to work for you. Whether your event is public or private, Virginia and her staff are ready to make your conception into a reality in a completely hands on manner.

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Maggie Harlow Signarama (502) 585-4099 • SIGNARAMA.COM You might find the size of Maggie Harlow’s Signarama surprising. Offering a large breadth of service, her local franchise is your one call, one stop source for all of your signage needs. If you have high end or corporate needs all the way down to yard signs and banners, Maggie and her talented team have made a commitment to customer service that you will find fully customizable. They provide expert application of colors, no cut corners, and quality all the way. “We do all the worrying for our clients,” Maggie says. “We do what we do best so that they’re free to do what they do best.”

Yvonne Hubrich Living Pure Naturals (502) 445-4931 • LIVINGPURENATURALS.COM Years ago, Yvonne Hubrich had a health scare that changed her life forever. “After that, I wanted to live and maintain a healthier life, and that meant being mindful about what I put into and onto my body,” she says. She applied herself whole heartedly and became a Licensed Esthetician and Certified Microblading & Permanent Makeup Artist. With over 13 yrs experience, she’s provided skincare services and permanent makeup under the business name of Polished Beauty & Permanent Makeup; but has re-branded and is now “Living Pure Naturals”. Her mission is to educate and help others. Just as becoming more in tune with a holistic approach improved her life, she knows that it can do the same for you. You can find out more at

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Jamie Joslin King The Slay Coach THESLAYCOACH.COM “I want women to know that they have a real business, even if it’s just a craft or hobby,” says Jamie Joslin King, the Slay Coach. “They can turn any passion into something profitable. Opportunity is everywhere if you go looking for it. The internet has made it possible for stay at home moms, grad students, and teenagers to make a living online or through a service based business with little to no overhead.” Although Jamie travels the world, hosts major events, works with clients in Bali, Australia, the UK, and all over the United States, she serves the women here in this city. A Louisville girl through and through, Jamie is still a woman who loves Derby and the people in her hometown. “I’ve put in over 60,000 miles in the air this year, but Louisville is a mega hub for mega talented creative women,” she says. “I always come home to serve the women that mean the most to me.” One of the ways that she does that is the Chardonnay & Slay networking series, where she connects and empowers women. Jamie teaches women how to sell and market their businesses online. “I coach and educate the souls of these women,” she says. “I help women believe again in something bigger than themselves. I connect them to their faith, confidence, and help them to grow.” If you wish to connect with the Slay Coach herself, visit theslaycoach. com. Here, you will be able to access her podcast and learn more about her groundbreaking philosophies.

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Elizabeth Rackley and Marie Brown A Breath of Serenity Therapeutic Massage (502) 614-8444 • ABREATHOFSERENITY.COM You’re never just a number at A Breath of Serenity Therapeutic Massage. Since founding the establishment in 2009, Elizabeth Rackley and her business partner Marie Brown have brought a remarkably high level of personalized service, treating everyone according to their individual needs. Many clients consider the treatment they experience from the expert staff at A Breath of Serenity to be the very best that they have ever received. “We love making a difference in people’s lives, and it shows. They become like members of our family.” Elizabeth says. Therapeutic Massage Techniques include Swedish, Sport, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Myofascial, CranioSacral. Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, and Reiki sessions are also offered.

Jessica Adams Swope Design Group (502) 583-9333 • SWOPEDESIGNGROUP.COM As our downtown transforms and evolves, it’s people like Jessica Adams whom we have to thank. She’s a Senior Designer at Swope Design Group, one of the region’s distinguished commercial interior design firms. Jessica is currently serving as the Lead Designer on the 80 million dollar renovation of the Galt House, Kentucky’s largest hotel. Jessica brings a sense of passion to her work. “We take pride in creating spaces that impact people in a positive way,” she says. “Every project that we work on has a human element. I try to look at each client individually- who they are, who their clients are, what they are trying to achieve and what makes them special. All of these things ensure that every space I create is unique.”

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Elsa Brown Bondtech Corporation (800) 414-4231 • BONDTECH.COM “I feel that every day is an opportunity,” says Elsa Brown, President, owner, and Founder of Bondtech Corporation. “I came to this land of opportunity to follow my dreams. Here, you can achieve anything you want so long as you put your mind to it and work hard.” A world traveler, Elsa moved to America in 1972. Since she founded Bondtech Corporation over 25 years ago, the company has become a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of autoclaves for medical waste treatment, as well as medical waste containers and sharps containers, rubber vulcanizing, aerospace composites, glass lamination. and core leaching. Elsa keeps remarkably busy. Currently residing in Somerset, she is also the Vice President of Gator Made Trailers, the President, owner, and founder of IMS Fabrication in Salisbury, North Carolina, the Vice President, Treasurer, and Missions Director of Outreach for Jesus, founder and President of the Somerset Foundation, and also Managing Partner of B&A Holding, LLC a real-estate holding company. A Christian Philanthropist, Elsa has also established various mission based churches and facilities in Guatemala, Chiapas Mexico, Honduras, Romania and Israel. “I’m concentrating on the wellbeing and education of children and women of underdeveloped countries,” Elsa says. “Helping fight extreme poverty and social injustice is my main vision,” she says. Photo by Keni Parks

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family at her studio, Louisville’s only full-service Pilates and yoga studio.

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Holly’s Pilates Village provides a boutique experience in the heart of St. Matthews, where Holly, age 60, has carefully curated a 4,000-square-foot studio to bring the absolute best to her students. She leads a team of expert instructors dedicated to teaching strength training, coordination, balance, mindfulness, and other conditioning skills to bring clients a level of overall health they hadn’t dreamed possible.

Holly Holland enjoys teaching and finds it especially rewarding to work with people who are recovering from injury or illness.

“The goal of healthy movement is precision and practice,” Holly notes. “In the right class, you develop tremendous well-being, and we have excellent instructors who are continually training to ensure that they can guide every student appropriately.” The studio offers more than 50 group classes weekly. Holly keeps the classes deliberately small and inviting, one of the keys to cultivating community. “Everybody knows your name here,” she says.

“I started my business in my home,” says the owner of Holly’s Pilates Village. “I wanted to create a space where people could feel comfortable learning how to exercise safely and effectively in a truly welcoming environment.” She’s succeeded: many students comment that they feel like they’re part of a

Holly’s Pilates Village also offers private and semi-private lessons for clients who want closer attention. In addition to Pilates mat and equipment training, the studio also features unique specialties such as CoreAlign, TRX, Nia, and Buff Bones® (for osteoporosis).

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at Well, Love Life” is the personal and professional motto of Anoosh Bistro Chef/Owner and self-described “Zen Foodmaster” Anoosh Shariat. Executive Chef Mark Ford’s elegant, yet accessible dishes served with Anoosh’s signature ebullient hospitality make an evening at Anoosh Bistro a festive occasion during this or any time of the year. Following a cancer diagnosis, Anoosh Shariat brought Chef Mark Ford in to lead the kitchen and develop new menu items. They had worked together on and off for twelve years at Shariat’s previous restaurants, Browning’s and Park Place. Chef Ford’s resumé also includes the former St. Charles Exchange and opening chef at Artesano Tapas Y Mas. He is a graduate of the Sullivan University culinary arts program and classically French trained. That training is diversified by his growing up enjoying the cooking of his Italian and German grandmothers, experience with Spanish tapas, and the Southern charm that always seems to wend its way into Louisville restaurant kitchens of any cuisine. The cuisine at Anoosh Bistro can best be described as New American, even as it pulls influence from many different directions, including the Persian/Asian influences of Anoosh Shariat himself. Their kitchen is open to, and embraces, different ideas, varied ingredients, and has fun while doing so. Main menu inspirations are seasonality and Shariat and Ford’s personal preferences. For holiday and winter menus in particular, hearty comfort food is brought to the fore. Spring and summer menus lighten up in natural response to warmer weather and feature the fresh seafood Louisville is so fortunate to have access to via the UPS hub at Louisville International Airport. For example, fresh fish from Honolulu, Hawaii arrives at the Bistro within 24-36 hours. In fact, approximately 65% of the Anoosh Bistro menu is revised at least four times per year with the seasons. The remaining 35% is comprised of staple items carried over from the restaurant location’s former occupant, Henry’s Place, whose regulars have now become as loyal to Anoosh.

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main menu attraction for this holiday/winter season is an elevated version of the French “peasant” dish Boeuf Bourguignon, made famous in America by chef, author, and television personality Julia Child in her classic cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and featured in the 2009 film Julie & Julia. Traditionally, Boeuf Bourguignon was prepared for the rustic table by slowly braising and stewing to tenderness more readily available and/ or affordable tougher cuts of meat in a red wine sauce incorporating onions and mushrooms. Chef Ford enriches and refines the dish with the use of beef short ribs, in-house cured pork belly bacon, and assorted wild and cultivated mushrooms.

Seasonal specialty menus for catered and in-house events have a large role to play in Anoosh Bistro’s outreach to the community. This past summer featured an Heirloom Tomato Dinner. A “one night only” Wild Game Dinner is planned for this winter. In November, a tremendous night of fundraising for Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana resulted in the successful auction of three $20,000 dinners to be prepared by Anoosh Shariat. A James Beard Taste America® Pop-Up Dinner will be held at Anoosh Bistro on Monday, January 13, 2020. This Dinner Menu is to be composed and presented by Anoosh Shariat and Visiting All-Star Chef Maneet Chauhan. Chef Chauhan, along with her husband and two other business partners, is a founding partner of Morph Hospitality Group whose portfolio includes the Nashville, Tennessee restaurants Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuŏ, The Mockingbird diner, and Chaatable Indian Street Food. She is immediately recognizable to Food Network viewers as a regular judge on Chopped and has made many other local and national television appearances.

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While he experiences the typical pressures and long hours in the organization and training required for the operation of the Anoosh Bistro kitchen, Executive Chef Mark Ford finds that these are far outweighed by the creativity and rewards of his occupation. “Everything we do revolves around our passion for food and hospitality.” He and his staff are inspired to create quality, healthful meals and to treat each guest “as if they were coming to our home.” Regarding current and future trends, they have already had success playing with vegetarian menu items. Chef Ford enjoys the challenge of “creating dishes that have the feel of not being vegetarian” incorporating plantbased, unprocessed whole foods such as mushrooms and lentils. The vegetarian diet is not only healthier but results in a lower carbon footprint, reducing the CO2 emissions of the cattle industry. But fear not carnivores and omnivores! Anoosh Bistro still appreciates and serves prime ribeyes and the finest filets, among other meat-lover options. A visit to Anoosh Bistro is more than just a dining experience. The restaurant is filled with the warmth of the inspiring love story of Anoosh Shariat and his wife and partner Paula Barmore, the passion of Executive Chef Mark Ford and his kitchen staff, and the unwavering hospitality of the management and front of the house. With open arms, they invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to indulge in a leisurely, relaxed evening at Anoosh Bistro. 



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Appetizers to Win Over Guests This holiday Season Want your guests to go home satisfied and full this holiday season? Don’t forget the appetizers! Whether you like sweet or savory, three Louisville restaurants have provided their favorite small bites you can make at home. Have fun! BY TAYLOR RILEY

Noosh Nosh’s Country Ham Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Apple Skewer with Bourbon Sorghum Glaze For the past few years, Noosh Nosh Chef Mark Ford has been serving Brussels Sprout and Apple Skewers with Bourbon Sorghum Glaze for his family Christmas gatherings. The addition of the bourbon glaze and the crispy country ham bring home a “festive Kentucky-themed feeling for the holidays,” says the chef. Yields 48 skewers.

Volare’s Italian Fig Cookies Saving room for dessert? Or maybe just want to grab something sweet in-between savory apps? Italian Fig Cookies from Volare will hit the spot. These moist, filled confections will make your guest’s mouths water and satisfy all their cravings. It’s a three-step process to bake these babies, but so worth it!

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For the dough:

For the filling:

− 1# unsalted butter

− 2 # dried figs

− 3 cups sugar

− ½ # golden raisins

− 6 eggs

− 1 tsp cinnamon

− 10 cups all purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)

− ¼ cup granulated sugar

− 2 Tbsp baking powder

− 1 granny smith apple

− 2 Tbsp vanilla extract

− 1 cup honey

− ¼ tsp salt

− 1 cup almonds

− 2 cups whole milk

− ½ cup brandy

− ½ navel orange, whole

− ¾ cup pecans

Brasserie Province’s Oysters in Champagne Sabayon Step outside the box and take part in a holiday tradition from France by creating a champagne-based oyster appetizer. Brasserie Province’s Oysters in Champagne Sabayon, a special appetizer in December from Brasserie Province, 150 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, isn’t difficult to make, says owner Guy Genoud. Serves 6. Bon Appetit!

− 24 medium Brussels Sprouts cut in half tough leaves removed − 2 ea large honey crisp apple cut into bite size chunks (about one inch by one inch)

1. Cook the shallots and leeks with 1oz of butter, set aside. 2. Clarify 2oz of butter. − 3 dozens of freshly shucked Chesapeake Bay oysters

3. In a pan add egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the Champagne. Cook slowly with the use of a whisk.

− 1 and 1/4 cup of Champagne

4. When the Sabayon thickens, remove the pan from the heat, and add salt and pepper.

− 3 small leeks chopped finely − 4 shallots chopped finely − 6 egg yolks − 3 oz of butter − Salt & Pepper

5. Add clarified butter and the remaining Champagne by still using a whisk, add salt and pepper. 6. Add the shallot and leek mix into the oyster shells. 7. Add the Sabayon to the oyster shells. Put them under the broiler for a few minutes to get coloration. 8. Serve immediately.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While oven preheats, combine ingredients for the glaze in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil then reduce to simmer over medium heat. Allow the glaze to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.

− 4 oz thinly sliced country ham

2. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of kosher salt and lay in an even layer on a baking sheet. Par roast Brussels sprouts for 5 minutes in preheated 400 degree oven.

− 4 Tbsp. olive oil

3. Allow Brussels sprouts to cool until you are able to handle them with your hands.

− 1 tsp. Diamond Krystal kosher salt

4. Toss the par cooked warm Brussels Sprouts with 4 oz. of the bourbon sorghum glaze.

− Glaze- yield 1 ½ cups

5. Toss the apple chunks with remaining 2 Tbsp. of olive oil.

− 1 cup sorghum

6. On a 4 inch wooden skewer, skewer one piece of apple. Wrap a piece of Brussels Sprout with a piece of thinly sliced country and then skewer to secure ham. Follow the Brussels Sprout with another piece of apple. Repeat process placing prepared skewers on a nonstick pan sprayed cookie sheet.

− 1 cup bourbon of choice − 1 tsp. paprika − ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper − 1 tsp. Diamond Krystal kosher salt

For the icing: − 1 # powdered sugar − ½# butter − 1 tsp vanilla extract − ½ cup whole milk

7. Once all the skewers are assembled, place in the preheated 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the ham is crisp and the apples and Brussels sprouts are tender. 8. Move the skewers to a serving platter and use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the top.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheats, cream together butter and sugars in mixer with paddle.

7. Place the fig filling over the dough and roll into a pinwheel, refrigerate until firm and slice ¼ inch thick.

2. Add the eggs and mix well.

8. Place cookies on a greased tray and bake approx. 8-10 minutes until very light golden brown around edges.

3. Combine dry ingredients. 4. Combine the vanilla and milk, alternately add the dry mix with the milk mixture. Dough will be a little sticky. 5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours.

9. While the cookies cool, combine all icing ingredients together in a mixer and whip till smooth. Transfer icing into a piping bag. 10. Once cookies are fully cooled, drizzle with icing.

6. Roll dough into large rectangular sections to coincide with fig filling.

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“no-bake” desserts Whether you are hosting or attending a holiday party this season, you may be tasked with bringing the sweets. We surveyed the local landscape for the yummiest yuletide yet! These Louisville bakeries and cafés can bail you out of your own kitchen, saving you time and hassle during the most wonderful time of the year. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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Butchertown Grocery Bakery 743 E MAIN ST LOUISVILLE, KY 40202 BUTCHERTOWNGROCERY.COM (502) 742-8315


utchertown Grocery Bakery began in a 10’ by 14’ space adjacent to Butchertown Grocery’s upstairs lounge. But it didn’t stay there long. The flavor and craftsmanship of the breads, desserts, and pastries prepared by Chef Barbara Turner and her team led to a demand which could no longer be met in the small space. This fall, Butchertown Grocery Chef & Owner Bobby Benjamin expanded the operation, opening Butchertown’s first bakery, Butchertown Grocery Bakery at 743 East Main Street, just two blocks from the restaurant. It is a classic bakery with modern and regional touches, serving locally-roasted coffee from Goodfolks Coffee, along with beer, freshsqueezed juice, kombuchas, and many other delightful beverage options. Guests can even purchase bottles of single barrel Kentucky bourbon. The chocolate program at the bakery features “flights” made from the single barrel selections as well. The bakery and café is open from 7am to 7pm every day for breakfast and lunch service, offering a wide array of selections for any time of day - breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and soups are all on the menu. There are even options, such as chicken pot pie, to take home and heat for dinner. All breads and pastries are made fresh daily and include more than forty selections, such as baguettes, biscuits, buns, bialy, muffins, focaccia, tartes, cookies, and Valrhona chocolates. For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, traditional American takeout items include pumpkin pie, banana pudding, chocolate chunk cookies by the dozen, and pecan pie. The bakery is a true extension of the restaurant, and shares its values: sourcing the finest ingredients, treating them with respect, exercising the proper technique, and serving the resulting menu items with hospitality and pride.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes



ounders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in 1997 after raves from family and friends for their decadent bundt cakes with real, uncompromised ingredients. Louisville franchise owners Christine and Tom Browne now have two Shelbyville Road locations, in St. Matthews and Middletown. With their bakery and retail spaces, customers are sure to find ideal holiday-themed gifts, host or hostess gifts, and cakes large and small for gatherings and parties. Nothing Bundt Cakes are available in 8” and 10” inch full-size cakes that may also be tiered to serve larger crowds. For individual portions, they offer Bundtlets, stacked Bundtlet Towers, and bite-sized Bundtinis®. The Featured Flavor for December is Snickerdoodle, to go along with their nine year-round flavor selections.

In addition to their delectable cake flavors, cake decorations and retail items have a festive flair this time of year. Bundtinis® are available with whimsical little cake toppers, such as Santa hats, trees, and even “ugly” Christmas sweaters! For the larger cakes, the decadent icing is crowned with a stunning red velvetine and jewel-encrusted poinsettia, sure to wow party guests. Browse their retail selection of holiday mugs and platters. Add some cake and have it wrapped beautifully for thoughtful, yet easy, gift-giving. Although customers are their top priority, Christine and Tom find ways to spread holiday cheer to those whom Christine calls “the heart of the business” - their hard-working staff. That good cheer is passed on to the customers through their delicious cakes and excellent service.

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Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen



riginally opened at 2525 Bardstown Road in the Highlands as a lunch counter in 1982, Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen became so beloved for its dessert options, scratchmade pies and ice cream, that they eventually took center stage and gave the business its name. Purchased in 2005 by Adam & Mary Lee Burckle, in the baking business since 1983, Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen has since expanded by customer demand to eight locations - six in Louisville neighborhoods, one in New Albany, Indiana, and the most recent in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Each has the feel of

an old time ice cream shop serving 32 flavors and over 100 other dessert selections, including pies, cakes, cookies, upside-down cupcakes and more. For the autumn and winter, The Pie Kitchen offers more than two dozen pie choices which are available whole and by the slice, including the award-winning Dutch Apple Caramel Pie. Of the many cake options available, the most popular this time of year are the pumpkin roll and the yellow cake with caramel icing. Try the latter in-store in a smaller upside-down cupcake version. Decorated cookies come shaped as Santa Claus, snowmen, and Christmas trees; and cupcakes are decorated with holly wreaths. Seasonal ice cream flavors are maple nut, pumpkin, pumpkin praline, cinnamon, and turtle brownie. The Pie Kitchen family of more than 150 employees is proud to serve your family this holiday season and all year-round.

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Blue Dog Bakery & Café



lue Dog Bakery & Café is a traditional European-style artisan bakery featuring world-class handcrafted breads, pastries, and viennoiseries, in addition to a full menu of breakfast and lunch items served in their full-service cafe. After opening over 21 years ago in the Crescent Hill neighborhood, Blue Dog quickly earned a reputation for having some of the best bread in the region, with a more traditional, natural, and rustic approach, which is immediately familiar to their European customers and those fortunate enough to have visited that continent.

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Their breads are available for sale in-house, as well as at retail locations throughout the city, and are served at several restaurants around town. Though the bakery is known and well-loved for its everyday high-quality breads, baked goods, and menu items, Blue Dog’s kitchen and bakery staff also work to feature seasonal offerings, which showcase local ingredients and fresh produce supplied by area farmers. In addition to its more typical year-round selection of breads and pastries, Blue Dog also carries a full calendar of items designed around different holidays. The specialty cookie gift boxes are always a hit, and would make the perfect host or hostess gift, or contribution to a gathering of family and friends. Some of this year’s specialty holiday offerings are pull-apart dinner rolls, seasonal fruit galettes, and winter holiday cookie favorites, which will include: biscotti, Orange-Cardamom Sugar cookies,

Soft Gingerbread “Tiles”, and Dark Chocolate Florentines with nuts and dried fruits. This is also the first year they will be making Bûche de Noël, a traditional French cake designed to look like a Yule Log, complete with meringue “mushrooms”, chocolate ganache “bark”, and pristine powdered sugar “snow”. Limited quantities are available by special order only; please be advised that all special orders require at least 48 business hours notice, and are subject to availability. The bakery team works hard year-round, but the holidays are an especially busy time for both the front and back of house staff. Fortunately, everyone enjoys the time they spend together and the work that they do, and it shows. The products are clearly made with care, passion, and expertise; and the overall atmosphere throughout the establishment is warm, inviting, and cheerful, beloved by longtime regulars and new guests alike.

Plehn’s Bakery 3940 SHELBYVILLE RD ST MATTHEWS, KY 40207 PLEHNS.COM (502) 896-4438


stablished in Louisville by Kuno Plehn as a traditional German bakery in 1924, Plehn’s Bakery has remained in the family for four generations. Over the years, their offerings have transitioned into those of a classic American bakery. Plehn’s Bakery was featured as one of only eighteen in a 2018 Southern Living Magazine article titled “The South’s Best Bakeries”. In addition to the bakery, Plehn’s has a deli serving homemade soups and chili to keep you warm this winter and homemade ice cream, including a seasonally-appropriate peppermint. Plehn’s iced sugar cookies are a popular choice for children of all ages, with dreidels and Stars of David for Hanukkah and trees and stars for Christmas. Other cookie selections include thumbprints, ice box, anise-flavored springerles, rich Butter “S”s, coconut macaroons, sweet and spicy pfeffernusse, and chewy ginger Leb Kuchens. Don’t worry; if you have trouble deciding, order their assorted cookie trays. Cupcakes are decorated with red and green sprinkles and fun holiday toppers. For an old-fashioned or retro Christmas treat, serve one of their traditional plum puddings or change someone’s mind about fruitcake.

For the serious sweet tooth, look no further than the jam cake. This Kentucky-Tennessee specialty is a spice cake layered with seedless blackberry jam and swathed in a thick layer of decadent caramel icing. Decorated cakes for Christmas feature wreaths, poinsettias, presents, and Santa Claus. Plehn’s fruit and meringue pies are available, along with a pecan pie and chocolate pecan Triple Crown pie. Plehn’s Bakery appreciates your business this holiday season and beyond, and gives back to the community daily and year-round through Kentucky Harvest. 

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says. “You’re sitting very close to someone and talking, learning about each other. Of course, you have to keep up with having your nails done, so you see people often and build that sense of community.”

American Nails & Spa (502) 451-1525 • AMERICANNAILS.NET Siblings Di and Nhi Tran came over from Vietnam to America as children, escaping oppressive poverty and dreaming of a better life. They were taught from an early age that the key to true success is giving back. It’s a life’s mission that they have devoted themselves to ever since. They each learned trades, including the art of the manicure. Nhi first and then Di mastered this art. “Doing nails is a very personal thing,” Di

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Community is of tremendous importance to the Trans, who are pillars of the Vietnamese community thanks partly to the Trans Nail Salons chain that they own and operate. Here, many people come through and learn not just a job but a career, a path to becoming real practitioners. Nhi is very active in cooking for the church, helping to keep many fed in times of need. The entire extended Tran family looks forward to Christmas when close to a hundred people gather. “There will be mountains of food,” Di says. “Everyone brings a dish, so there will be plenty for everyone to take home. We are very thankful for our lives in America.”

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Giving Issue

‘Tis the season for giving! Read on to learn how several Louisville corporations and small businesses are supporting local charities. If you are wondering where to donate your time, talents, and treasures as 2019 comes to an end, check out these very deserving non-profits. BY DAWN ANDERSON AND ROCKO JEROME PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER AND DICK ARNSPIGER

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The Giving Issue



Louisville has been blessed with many major corporations and employers headquartered and invested here. Our local community and charitable organizations also beneďŹ t as these companies seek to give back to this old Kentucky home for big business. These great examples of good will exude the true spirit of the season. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS

On Friday, October 4 more than 700 employees of GE Appliances, a Haier company fanned out across the Russell neighborhood to invest a work day on improvement projects at a dozen community organizations and schools. In addition to the hands-on volunteer labor, several of the nonproďŹ t partners received new appliances as part of the project.

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GE Appliances


E Appliances, a Haier Company, is an appliance manufacturer headquartered at GE Appliance Park here in Louisville for the past 70 years, with operations in nine other locations in the Southeastern United States. Their corporate giving philosophy is tailored to investing in building stronger communities and working with partners to provide people with the resources they need to be successful. Subsequently, charitable partners and recipients are specially selected for each community and, according to Communications Director Allison Martin, receive a “variety of different levels of giving” in the form of donations, gifts, investments, and countless hours of employee volunteerism. Diversity and inclusion are of particular importance in the GE Appliances outreach strategy to leverage all possible resources in making the community more successful. Efforts in the Louisville area include an initiative

V-Soft Consulting


-Soft Consulting, is a full-service IT consulting company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with several locations throughout North America as well as two offices in India. President Purna Veer created V-Soft Cares 501(c)(3) as a means to give back to the community and support cancer patients everywhere. V-Soft Cares’ largest endeavor is the Annual Charity Golf Scramble. Now going into its seventh year, this 18-hole golf scramble held at Valhalla Golf Club is organized by a committee of

this fall in the Russell neighborhood, involving eleven site locations and twelve different agencies. Throughout the year, GE Appliances works with local women’s shelters and Family Scholar House. They have donated refrigerators and freezers to Dare to Care food banks to supplement non-perishables with fresh produce and proteins so important to a healthy diet and often scarce in inner-city neighborhoods. Allison adds that, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a community agency that doesn’t have some connection to GE Appliances.” Their partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools has resulted in donations of appliances, a $500,000 Manufacturing Lab for The Academies of Louisville career and technical program providing learning opportunities and real-world experience to Doss High School students, and appliances and technology for the JCPS Backpack League summer learning initiative. These programs benefit the math, science, and technology education of students and the future of manufacturing and technological innovation here in Louisville and beyond.

internal V-Soft staff and features a different charity recipient each year, often focusing on organizations that help those in the community living with cancer. The most recent scramble, held on October 7, 2019, involved over 25 sponsors, donations from over 50 area businesses, 82 golfers, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Together they raised $41,700 for Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana. The 7th Annual Charity Golf Scramble will be held July 20, 2020 at the prestigious Valhalla Golf Club. V-Soft Consulting has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for three years and Best Places to Work in Louisville for five years. This

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The Giving Issue is, at least in part, due to the fact that President Purna Veer encourages and supports offices nationwide to participate in community outreach opportunities and quarterly team-building events. V-Soft has supported Hope Scarves, Little Pink Houses of Hope, Brent’s Place, and various other organizations. In the most recent holiday drive, the Louisville staff is supporting the Norton Children’s Oncology Unit by collecting food, clothing, toys, and other gifts. In past community givebacks, V-Soft has provided backpacks and school supplies to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Purna Veer is also owner of Tandoori Fusion, a local restaurant offering authentic Indian cuisine, which features a different charity every week and allows a portion of all proceeds to go to that organization. He also serves on the Board for both the Urban League of Louisville and the YMCA.

Raytheon Missile Systems


efense contractor Raytheon Missile Systems’ Louisville plant held Veterans Day ceremonies last month to honor men and women who have served in the United States military. Nearly two hundred people were in attendance. The event was catered by Mission BBQ and Roosters, featured a reading of “A Soldier’s Poem” by Angela Goodwin and a ceremonial saber cake-cutting. Veterans in attendance received lanyards, coins, pins, and t-shirts. There were handmade quilt and wooden sign raffles along with a book giveaway of No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weihenmayer. Such events are important for morale, says Raytheon Electronics Mechanic and Marine vet Dave Shugerman, to “recognize the sacrifice each of the veterans and their families have made.” Raytheon Public and Community Relations Director John Patterson tells of the thousands of veterans in the company’s employee ranks whose patriotism is on display with photos and American flags on their desks. They had such a tremendous sense of pride in uniform; and outreach to fellow veterans helps fill the void now as civilians out of uniform. As Quality Manager and Executive Sponsor of RAYVETS, Xavier Pereda explains that “the transition from front line combat to corporate America is not as easy

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as flipping a switch.” RAYVETS is a Raytheon employee resource group that seeks to improve morale, education, assistance, and benefits to veterans. They partner with national and community organizations such as Active Heroes, Reach Across America, Wounded Warriors, and Toys for Tots. With the products they provide, Raytheon Missile Systems ultimately seeks to provide our uniformed men and women with an unfair advantage to keep them safe on the battlefield. The employees who fought on the front

lines wish to give back to those who still serve. Sometimes they put in a full week’s work and still volunteer to help veterans or students in their local community with math and science tutoring. Raytheon also provides career counseling for vets and has outfitted Boys & Girls Clubs near military installations with Centers of Innovation that feature after-school learning adventures in 3-D printing and robotics. Here in Louisville, Raytheon has partnered with University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering on STEM education events for middle and high school students. 

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rom the day that PMR Companies began its journey, the number one goal was to be a family-oriented establishment, where the primary agenda was to take care of its people. Strongly driven by the hard work and dedication of its leaders, PMR adopted a vision to not only prosper in the area of Property Management and Real Estate, but to also give back to the communities that would help make that possible. Thus, in 2010, the PMR Gives Back program evolved. The concept was simple‌. Choose local charities that our employees wholeheartedly believed in, determine their critical needs and begin collecting and volunteering. After rolling out the idea, we very quickly realized that our employees believed in the program and were anxious to help others in need. Throughout the first year, we partnered with organizations such as Kosair

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Charities, Feeding America food banks and the Adopt a Soldier program. Thousands of items were donated and many people would soon benefit from the generosity of our giving employees. Over the last 9 years, PMR’s efforts to give back to our community have been successful and rewarding. While we lended a hand to those in need, those individuals in turn touched our hearts forever. We have built beautiful relationships with so many

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edicated to fulfilling a need in the community, Dare to Care is here to help those experiencing hunger and food insecurity. The organization goes above and beyond with unreserved passion to help those who cannot help themselves. Through partnering with good hearted organizations like Walden School, Dare to Care continually improves situations for families in need. It’s a year round mission that’s not just important during the season of giving. They rely on volunteers, and there are always opportunities for you to help through offering your time or donation of food or money—even after the holidays. Please visit for insight on how you can help make a difference. PRESENTED BY:

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he holiday season is a time for family and festivities. It’s also a time to be reminded of those who are less fortunate and in need of a helping hand. This holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to give something that means something. Every eight minutes, someone affected by a disaster in our country turns to the Red Cross for support. This year, donations to the Red Cross helped thousands of people whose lives were upended by disasters

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across the country. On average, the Red Cross responds to a new major disaster every two weeks in the U.S. — on top of responding to tens of thousands of smaller disasters like home fires each year. Donations are key to saving lives because they fund nearly 100 percent of our disaster relief activities. When people’s lives are upended by home fires and other crises, your support can provide necessities like food, emergency shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance to help people get back on their feet.

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka T

he holiday season is a great time for spirits, keeping celebrations bouncy and bright. Nothing spreads the love quite like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a company that’s dedicated to giving back. Back in the ‘90s, founder Tito Beveridge created a vodka so smooth that you can drink it straight. It was a hit, and before long, Tito dedicated himself to helping others. He’s been heard to say, “Now we are a philanthropic company that does events and just sells vodka on the side.” Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Sock Club paired up to create custom Tito’s socks. They mix it up with a classy Tito’s-inspired pattern that will dress up your kicks or add a pop of polish to your dancing shoes. Tito’s Handmade Vodka donates 100% of net proceeds from its web store to nonprofit organizations. At checkout, fans are encouraged to choose which one their purchase will benefit. Learn more about how Tito’s gives back and some of the nonprofits you can support at PRESENTED BY:

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he name is new, but for Kentucky Performing Arts (previously known as The Kentucky Center), their non-profit mission is the same and more important than ever – building lifelong relationships with the arts. Kentucky Performing Arts (KPA) and its family of iconic venues – The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (501 West Main Street), the Brown Theatre (315 West Broadway), and Old Forester’s Paristown Hall (724 Brent Street) – welcome more than 500,000 people annually from across the state and beyond to a variety of performances from local and world-renowned artists. Through KPA’s mission programs, more than 60,000 people, many of whom are children, experience hands-on arts instruction, performance opportunities, and ticket subsidies. “The heart of the mission is what drives us,” says Julie Roberts, KPA’s Vice President of Development. “We’re here to build lifelong relationships with the arts, and it’s through the community’s support that we’re able to do so. This shows so clearly through our mission programs which range from

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health and recovery through the arts to supporting students and teachers in the classroom, nurturing and developing diverse artists and audiences, and building up our generation of artists through Governor’s School for the Arts. I love the names associated with our programs – words like thrive, reach, rise, and inspire; they speak to our passion and our impact.” For more information and insight on

upcoming performances as well as ways that you can get involved and help, please visit PRESENTED BY:

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A Recipe to End Hunger T

here was a day years ago that changed Dawne Gee’s life forever. She met a little boy from a food insecure home who proudly told her the way he found to stop his stomach from hurting when he didn’t get anything to eat. “I eat paper. Then it goes away.” Dawne was rocked. After she went outside

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and took a moment to absorb what she had just encountered, she made a resolve to do something. From that moment, A Recipe to End Hunger was born. “If everyone would just give a little, so many hard things that we think we can’t change, we could change,” she says. Over the years, A Recipe to End Hunger has put on some fantastic fundraisers and food drives, and there are a few big ones to look forward to in 2020. Every year brings an annual concert at The Grand in New Albany. It’s March 22nd and features the exciting sounds of The Crashers and Caribou. You can also check out Jazz on the River at the Farnsley-Moremen Landing on June 7th, featuring the incomparable Robbie Bartlett. Brownsboro Hardware’s Big Green Eggfest will also return next Summer, a thing to

dream about in these chilly months and a way you can donate to this incredible cause. You can also help make a change in someone’s life right now just by visiting You can donate, or you can purchase A Recipe to End Hunger cookbook. It’s full of Dawne’s delicious family recipes for all kinds of food, as well as many donated by some famous names. PRESENTED BY:

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ince 1975, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve has enriched the community through conservation, education, and family-friendly events. This public charity provides a beautiful and scenic 170-acre park-like destination. The Preserve’s Thrive Forest School is Kentucky’s first full-time nature-based preschool - a wall-less, child-led program allowing children to engage in exploratory learning year round, rain or shine. The forest school fosters confidence, imagination, and

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a deep connection with the natural world for children ages 3-6. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve features nine miles of serene trails, a two-acre woodland garden, grassland prairies, and fire pit and camping area. The Forest Friends Playground encourages creative play and features handicap-accessible equipment for kids. The Nature Center features a bee hive, natural history exhibits, free crafts and the toddler-friendly “Magical Forest.” Many happy couples have chosen Creasey Mahan

as the backdrop for their special day, and the Field House is available to rent for any type of gathering. “We are one of the area’s true treasures, offering a beautiful and inviting getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life,” says Executive Director Tavia Cathcart Brown. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is open dawn to dusk every day of the year and is pet-friendly for friendly pets. PRESENTED BY:



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fun. So we s to know you, With the motto “Living with cancer is not a choice, but o whatever it HOW you live with it is,” Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana exists to o The Region’s Premier Home Showroom. bring it to life. make the lives of those who have been touched by cancer better in every way. Gilda’s ClubOur has showroom been lightening is like aloads homeand show under one roof, but opening doors of possibility since 2007. “Cancer affects everywith something new to see every day. Whether you’re get more one,” says Karen Morrison, President and CEO. When it does, exploringisideas for cabinets or countertops, flooring or a personal the support that Gilda’s Club provides indispensable. Living stop when a person lighting, moulding and becomes trim or wall colors, windows and t smart…and a life of purpose and joy doesn’t ill. It becomes more important. doors or decks — even accents and decor — PC pulls For more information on how you can give, brands volunteer, or you’ll love, and puts together premium in styles find help for yourself or someone you love, visit them all at your fingertips. PRESENTED BY:

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Building or remodeling is supposed to be fun. So we keep it that way. Our team genuinely gets to know you, for Pediatric Therapies sees the ability of everyone who Kids Center and takes your project personally. They comes do whatever it their doors. The passionate staff helps children with spethrough needs a variety of challenges. The highly skilled therapy takes to help you find your fabulous andcial bring it to overcome life. clinic provides comprehensive care that is focused on the unique needs of each child, delivered in a kid-friendly setting with therapists that For your building or remodeling project, get more strive to make it fun and engaging. The skills the children learn not only beautiful choices and deep expertise withhave a personal an impact now but throughout their lives as they grow and thrive. touch. Visit PC Home Center today. Start Kids smart…and Center provides care to children in need regardless of their insurance provider or financial situation. Generous donors enable the finish fabulous. center to provide care to those who may otherwise go without. For information about how you can donate or acquire their services for a child in your life, visit

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At a young age Christi Mack, then Christi Hester, was quite the basketball prodigy at Holy Cross high school. She could dribble like a Globetrotter, pass without having to look at her teammates and she could score from anywhere on the court. These days Christi Mack, the wife of Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack, cleans up dribble from her youngest, Brayden; passes on nights out on the town with friends and scores great deals for her family. BY PAUL NAJJAR PHOTO BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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hristi Mack has traded her gifted athletic skills for the skills of motherhood and CEO of the Mack household. That CEO status includes making executive decisions that concern all three children: Lainee, a freshman volleyball player at Sacred Heart, Hailee, an 8th grader, and soon-to-be 5 year old Brayden, both at St. Mary’s. “The biggest challenge we have is getting the kids quality time with their dad,” Christi said. “With Chris’s busy schedule, he may be on the road or swamped with commitments so we will build in blocks of time for the kids to be with him. For example, he’s taken the girls on recruiting trips one at a time. We are always looking for opportunities for Brayden to spend quality time with him. After a couple of days without Dad around, Brayden really misses him.” This super mom has traded her athletic gifts for the gift of motherhood and she’s thriving with it. Here’s what she had to say about a number of topics including the growth of the Mack Family Foundation, her ties to the community, and instilling the values and character traits that they deem most important for their children.

What’s the best advice you received as a young mother and the best advice you can give a young mother? This comes from Amy Miller (wife of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller). She told me, and this may sound a little odd, but she told me that if I don’t count on Chris, I won’t be disappointed. Don’t hold him to a standard that he simply cannot accomplish due to his schedule and commitments. Chris is an awesome dad. He makes all of us a priority and I think people see that on his social media platforms. He’s really good at making time for all of the kids and the family. As far as advice to give a young mother, that’s simple: you’re not perfect and don’t judge yourself based on what other moms are doing. But, use the examples and advice from other moms that you think will help you and your family.

What do you want to accomplish as a mother and as a leader in the household? As the girls are in 8th and 9th grades currently, and Brayden about to turn 5 in December, I want to continue to be a mom to them, not their best friend. I don’t have a laptop or iPad, but my phone is my world as far as keeping our family schedule. Along those lines, it’s important to me to lead the kids in a direction where they don’t judge themselves based on, or get wrapped up in social media. After meeting the needs of the kids, number one on the list of things I want to accomplish is growing The Mack Family Foundation. The city of Louisville is important to me. I grew up in an area where there is a need for help. I want to serve those communities that need it most. Our foundation mission statement: ‘The Mack Family Foundation is a family-fueled Foundation whose mission is to serve, inspire and help less fortunate children in Metro-Louisville.’ We’ve had great success (with the Foundation) in the past and we’re excited about our upcoming calendar of events all around Louisville. We’re super fortunate to have a great Board of Directors who are clued-in to the needs of our community. They are connecting us with great people who will help us reach kids from toddlers up through 6th grade. Our kids totally understand what it means to give back and to serve in their community. They’ve really taken our Foundation to heart. They’re seeing the impact that our reading initiatives are having on the kids that The Mack Family Foundation is serving. Our newest program that Chris has been really passionate about is giving kids a Louisville basketball game experience. How many kids drive by the YUM! Center in a car or on a bus and never get the chance to step inside and see it? We’re giving 20 kids that opportunity for five different games this year. The kids get to sit and talk to Chris and spend time getting a game experience. 

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has created, allowing shoppers to support small businesses and to be able to find them in one spot. The Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe is located next to Clater Jewelers, across the way from Napa River Grill. Even in the planning stages, the Pop-Up Shoppe concept was so popular it became apparent a second spot would be needed. Him Gentlemen's Boutique is located in the second Holiday PopUp Shoppe next to F45 Lyndon. Seven local shops are participating all six weekends: Buy Socks You All, Him Gentlemen's Boutique, Layne Wilson, Moss Hill Bath + Body Collection, Red Tree, Shell-bees Gourmet Salts and Spices, and Work the Metal.

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ou love supporting local retailers and small businesses, right? But it’s December and your time and energy can only go to so many places. Well, how about shopping

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local in one location? Westport Village is taking care of you with their brand-new Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe in 2019. Westport transformed two vacant spaces into indoor holiday markets that opened Nov. 15 and will be going strong every weekend through Dec. 22. Local shops from Butchertown, NuLu and other areas of Louisville, plus online stores, are bringing their wares to the East End so you can park once and find all kinds of unique gifts for the holidays. “We are creating this Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe to bring together small businesses from all around the city for a convenient way to shop local and support the community during the holidays,” says Carmen Schreiber, marketing associate of Westport Village. “The Shoppe is also great because it gives local retailers an opportunity to be part of an established shopping destination during its highest traffic season.” What a win-win situation Westport Village

Rotating vendors include Betty Jeffries, Color Me Eden, Owl Always Love You, Parrish Pottery, and Raise My Glass. And if you fall in love with the décor inside the Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe? Thank Summer Classics for all the decorating work they’ve done, and while you’re there you can purchase any of the decorations. The Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe is open on the weekends through Dec. 22. Hours of operation are Fridays 3-7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m. “Expect to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list,” Carmen says. Throughout the year, Westport Village is Louisville's one-stop destination in the East End, featuring over 40 local shops in health, fashion, food and home, including four fashion boutiques, multiple children’s boutiques, several home stores and a great selection of restaurants. Happy holidays from everyone at Westport Village and the Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe! 


A Twist of Pink One woman’s cancer journey turns into a million dollar research foundation BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER


aroline Johnson was in “complete shock” by her diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer right before she turned 40 in June 2013––after all, she had a baseline mammogram a year and a half prior. But, when she felt a lump on her left breast, her doctor immediately ordered an ultrasound and biopsy. “That started my whole journey of breast cancer,” says Caroline, founder of Twisted Pink, a group whose mission it is to fund Stage IV or metastatic breast cancer research. After Caroline was diagnosed, doctors persuaded her to have a lumpectomy, but unfortunately the margin was not clear of the cancer cells, so a week later she had a mastectomy on her left breast and a tissue expander was placed for reconstruction. Things got worse for her when doctors found that the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes. “It was devastating,” she says. Caroline went through 19 rounds of chemotherapy, 28 radiation treatments and participated in a clinical trial until she ended treatment in February 2014. Caroline was hospitalized again for an infection in her tissue expander after her reconstructed breast became infected from the radiation treatments and had to be removed. She went without a breast for eight months and then had a tram flap reconstruction procedure to replace the failed tissue expander. Today, she takes daily medication that is working to prevent any cancer cells left in her body from growing on the hormone estrogen. Caroline has learned a lot about the many stages of breast cancer in the past few years, including that her Stage III estrogen positive breast cancer has a 20 to 30 percent chance of recurrence. Metastatic breast cancer is different than other types of cancer; when breast cancer is diagnosed as metastatic, it has moved from the breast to other parts of

Since 2014, the program has raised over $1.3 million dollars for Stage IV breast cancer with the help of its Annual Twisted Pink Masquerade Ball, which has consistently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for research. This year, the gala is Feb. 29, the “extra” day of the year to celebrate “another day” at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. Tickets are $200 and the theme this year is Monte Carlo Masquerade. The annual Dace Polk Brown Ambassador Award will be presented at the event to a person who supports and believes in the mission of Twisted Pink. “The event is meant to celebrate life and to raise much needed funding for metastatic breast cancer research.” Find out more about Twisted Pink at

the body such as the bones, liver, lungs and brain. It is an incurable disease, according to The median survival rate upon diagnosis is three years and patients will be in treatment for the rest of their lives. “All along this journey, I met some amazing people and asked some difficult questions,” Caroline says. “I wanted to do more to fund research, educate myself and find what information is true.”

When Caroline founded Twisted Pink, her goal was to raise money for metastatic breast cancer research because only 7 percent of dollars were being directed to save the lives of those facing a terminal diagnosis. It is estimated that 155,000 people living in the U.S. have metastatic breast cancer and 40,000 of these will die each year. The name comes from a “twist” of the hot pink ribbon made popular by Estee Lauder’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Caroline did not want her foundation to be “pink-washed,” where very little money goes to research. “A twist of the pink ribbon is more of what it should be … it represents a new growth. To change awareness into the cure,” Caroline says. In 2017, together with Hope Scarves and The Cancer Couch Foundation, $600,000 was raised and with an anonymous 1 to 1 match a total of $1.2 million was directed to metastatic breast cancer research. In 2018, Twisted Pink created a private support group for individuals both living with metastatic breast cancer to receive support from their peers and breast cancer survivors to understand what it is like to live with cancer. The group is open to any stage IV patient or early stage survivors that share in the passion of advocating for Stage IV research, according to the website. A small grant from The Lexington Cancer Foundation will help this group continue to grow in 2020. 

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his Christmas, Paristown brings an all new Holiday tradition to life. Commonwealth Bank & Trust presents the majesty of Fête de Noël. This incredibly delightful six-week long event will bring the Christmas spirit alive in Paristown for all ages and all audiences. Translated as “Festival of Christmas.” Fête de Noël is a yuletide celebration featuring truly creative and robust programming. The neighborhood will become a festive winter village and will feature Louisville’s only authentic outdoor holiday ice-skating rink. Skate, shop, eat and drink in the heart of Paristown at the 100’x50’ outdoor ice-skating rink. People of all ages have enjoyed ice skating as part of their holiday celebrations. Paristown will also be home to the award-winning Holiday Laser Dome. This must-see spectacular event presents a fresh, multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. Shop in Stoneware & Co. throughout the season, stop by the Café for delicious treats, or visit Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Marketplace for their annual Holiday Show on December 14th and 15th. Parking is always easy and convenient.

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Iroquois Winter Woods Spectacular


istoric Iroquois Park offers a new Holiday experience with the Iroquois Winter Woods Spectacular. It's a half mile ride through a section of woods filled with glorious illumination. Millions of lights glow and twinkle for your visual delight in a feast for the eyes you will never forget. It's a smorgasbord for the senses as vivid and breathtaking artistic scenes unite with nature, mixing with the perfect sounds of the season. The Iroquois Winter Woods Spectacular is a presentation from the same producers of the Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular that has fast become a Louisville institution these past few years, so it's bonafide to indeed be an astounding work to behold. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation, helping them to continue to keep our fantastic parks thriving. For more information, please visit

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There will be a few special events throughout the month. December 14th will bring a charming production of The Nutcracker on Ice to Fête de Noël. For something a bit less traditional, the 13th of the month will feature “Drag Queens on Ice” in conjunction with PLAY. It’s a fundraiser for Kentuckiana Pride. Be sure to go to and sign up to receive emails about special events and rink conditions. Come create some memories and build a tradition that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years to come.

louisville Mega Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville local favorite


opulated by all manner of pop culture icons including superheroes, cartoon characters, and every one of your old pals from the Rankin Bass specials like Rudolph and Frosty, the Mega Cavern's seasonal Lights Under Louisville returns. Over 900 displays glowing with more than 4,000,000 points of light wish you a happy season throughout a 30-minute ride in the world's only underground holiday light show. “There is a reason why Lights Under

Louisville has been voted one of the top ten Christmas Light Shows in the country by USA Today,” says Jim Lowry, owner of the Mega Cavern. “We added another 1,000,000 points of light from last year and more themed areas! No matter if you are experiencing Lights Under Louisville, Christmas Express, Breakfast with Santa or Winter Wonderland, we guarantee a magical experience.” You can pack friends and family in the car and drive through Lights Under Louisville, or with the Christmas Express offer, you can experience a daytime ride through the light show in an open top tram. You can then experience the separate Winter Wonderland

and load up on some sweet treats. Many people come from miles around to experience Lights Under Louisville. For the true yuletide fans, you can get a Christmas Priority Pass that allows you to avoid any wait time before your cavernous cruise. If you really want to do this right, there's an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy breakfast with the big man himself before you get into all the cheer your little heart can handle. That's right; you can join Santa Claus himself and enjoy the first meal of the day alongside the man with the bag, then climb aboard the Christmas Express. For more information on how you can make this Holiday one to always remember, visit 

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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


lice Osmond Barbee was born at home at 6th and Walnut Streets in Louisville, Kentucky, in the early 1840s to John Barbee and Eliza Kane. John Barbee served as mayor from 1854-1855. Alice was the oldest of five children. Several of the male ancestors in the Barbee line served in the Revolutionary War, ultimately receiving land grants in “Western Virginia” which is now Kentucky. One such ancestor, William Barbee, was with George Washington on the night of the crossing of the Delaware. His brother Thomas Barbee, at 17, had an affair with a slave, producing a daughter, Lydia, who eventually married a Tuscarora Native American. Thomas married twice in his life, but had no more children. He stipulated in his will that Lydia and her children be free persons and educated, virtually unheard of at the time. Alice Barbee was “educated in the East” before meeting her future husband. John Breckinridge Castleman hailed from Lexington, Kentucky, where he was studying pre-law at Transylvania University when the War Between the States broke out. He recruited 41 men to Knoxville, Tennessee and formed the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry under Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. Castleman opposed the institution of slavery, but advocated for states’ rights. He distinguished himself in the war, but was arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. This sentence was commuted to exile by President Abraham Lincoln. John then attended medical school in Paris, France where he also sought and received a pardon from President Andrew Johnson. John returned to Kentucky in 1866, settling in Louisville on 60 acres of land known

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social leaders and philanthropists. John achieved the rank of brigadier general in the 1898 Spanish-American War. In 1890, Alice was a charter member of the Louisville Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are traits that many women Woman’s Club andnaturally elected its possess, and that can lead to confident decision making and courageous accomplishments. Vice-President in 1897. Other They’re also the foundation that can help build a sound investment strategy. Working with a memberships andcanoffi ces infinancial advisor who complements your investing style and listens more than talks, help cluded Christ Church Catheyou continue making those confident decisions and keep your wealth plan on track. dral, Women’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions, National Board of Lady Managers of the Wells Fargo Advisors Bluegrass Complex Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch Columbian Exposition, Filson 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suite 300 Lexington, KY 40507 Louisville, KYClub, 40207 President of the Outdoor Art League, and Board of DiJohn Gardner Justin Schappe rectors of the Business WomManaging Director – Complex Manager Senior Vice President – Branch Manager an’s Club. Alice and John were members of the Louisville SufWells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. frage and Association, which would ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226 eventually morph into the League of Women Voters.

as “Schwartz’s Wood” which is now the western half of Tyler Park. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Louisville in 1868 and married Alice on November 24, 1868, in a double wedding with her sister Charlotte and John Galleher. According to the Courier-Journal, the event was “one of the most brilliant social affairs in the history of Louisville.” John would establish Barbee & Castleman Insurance Company with Alice’s father. Alice and John had five children over the next nine years, bred horses, and became

An 1893 book called A Woman of the Century included a profile of Alice. “Always on the alert to advance the cause of woman, she is progressive, cultured, and liberal in her views.” From 1910 to 1911, Alice served as the first Vice-President of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association. This position would lead to her attendance at the 1920 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco for the Presidential nomination of James Cox. She was quoted in The Sun and the New York Herald, “I’m so glad I could come. I think this to be the most important convention since the Civil War. Sometimes I’m tempted to say since 1776. We Democrats have so much to do if we are to frame a successful platform that will fulfill the needs of this after war (post World War I) period.” She was in her late seventies at the time. 

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Now–January 4, Louisville Mega Cavern Enjoy a 30 minute ride in your own vehicle through underground passageways. Featuring over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light. It's the only underground light show of its kind on the planet! For more information visit

Paristown's Fête de Noël Winter Holiday Festival

Now–January 5, Paristown Paristown's inaugural Fête de Noël is 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 award-winning Holiday Laser Dome Louisville, holiday movie nights, Stoneware & Co. ornament decorating, and much more. Visit fetedenoel for more information.

Winter woods spectacular

Now–December 31, Iroquois Park Experience the twinkling of millions of lights as you traverse a winding road nestled in majestic woods, filled with illumination, artistic scenes, and sounds that will transport you to an ethereal winter wonderland. Located in historic Iroquois Park, the Winter Woods Spectacular is a ½ mile drive of lighting and artistry that will explore and celebrate the holiday season. For more information visit

westport village's Holiday pop-up shoppes

Weekends ONLY, Now–December 22, Westport Village Shop one-of-a-kind gifts from your favorite holiday retailers in two convenient Westport Village locations! Vendors include Work the Metal, Him Gentlemen’s Boutique, Red Tree, Moss Hill, Shellbees Gourmet Spices, Layne Wilson Photography, Buy Socks You All, and rotating vendors each weekend! For more information visit

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6:30pm, J Michael's Spa & Salon Join us for an interactive evening filled with tutorials, cocktails, mini facials, hand and neck massages, product deals, and the chance to win a gift basket with a $500 Southwest gift card! Admission is $15. For more information visit

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5pm, Lilly's Bistro Come enjoy a specialty Green Remedy CBD menu, handcrafted CBD infused cocktails, and the regular LILLY'S menu. The event is free to attend. There will be Green Remedy CBD products available for purchase. A portion of your proceeds go to the Green Remedy Foundation, which is committed to supporting organizations that improve the lives of children and their families. For more information visit

5-8pm, Westport Village Help us celebrate the holidays in the Village with free photos with Santa, trackless train rides and a petting zoo! Plus, enjoy balloon sculpting while dancing to live music performed by Eight Inch Elvis. Light food and drinks will be available for purchase and shops throughout the Village will have fantastic sales. Be sure to bring the whole family! For more information visit

December 7 GAITHER CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING 6pm, KFC Yum! Center Bill Gaither and The Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, and Reggie Smith, will be joined on this special night by several talented musical guests. Throughout the evening these talented performers will share timeless gospel classics, as well as refreshing, inspiring new favorites embraced by audiences of all ages

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2-6pm, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing This community holiday celebration will include photo opportunities with Santa, holiday craft activities for children, a silent auction of holiday wreaths, and musical performances by area church and school choirs. Families can stroll through dozens of colorful illuminated holiday scenes surrounding the Visitors Center, and Riverside’s Museum Store will be open, offering unique local holiday gift items. The circa 1837 Farnsley-Moremen House will be decorated for the season in an historically authentic fashion, with volunteers in period costume leading free tours of the home. Admission for the event and activities are free. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be available for purchase. For more information visit

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10am-5pm, Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center Made Market is Louisville's finest curated handmade market, showcasing the best makers from Louisville and the surrounding region. Come shop over 80 amazing makers, grab some eats & drinks & enjoy the community of our great city! Free event. For more information visit

December 8 The Joy of Christmas

5-6:30pm, Louisville Memorial Auditorium Christian Academy of Louisville School of the Arts presents The Joy of Christmas with special guest, The Master's Men of Southeast Christian Church. For more information visit

3-8pm, 9419 Norton Commons Blvd. Join us for special event pricing and giveaways during our All Things Merry and Bright Holiday Party! Multiple guest businesses will be present to help you find the perfect gifts (unique jewelry, purses, fashion, fitness, and entertaining). Food, drinks, and a few surprises will be offered. For more information visit

December 14 BOOKS & BREWS & BROWSE

6pm, Northeast Regional Library Kick off LFPL's Adult Winter Reading Program - Books & Brews 502 - with an after-hours event at the Northeast Regional Library! Read books, drink brews, and browse to your heart’s content at our new library’s first afterhours adult event. We will have all our best book nerds on hand to talk about

your favorite books. Enjoy some brews from Against the Grain Brewery and Heine Brothers' Coffee, snack on pizza, and learn all about Books & Brews 502, LFPL's adult winter reading program. For more information visit


9am-12pm, Kentucky Derby Museum Unlimited pancakes, hot chocolate bar and more! Enjoy photos with Santa, caroling sing-a-long, story time with Mrs. Claus, and a Santa hat making workshop, plus admission to the museum is included. $25/ Ages 2+ | $20/ Museum Member. For more information visit

December 14-15 Fleur de flea vintage urban market's holiday show

10am-5pm, 947 E Breckinridge St. The biggest and finest Vintage and Handmade Holiday Market In Kentuckiana. Over 200 vendors inside a historic old warehouse in Paristown Pointe. Egg nog, figgy pudding, food

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December 19


9th annual give a jam to end homelessness

6-11pm, Headliners The event will feature performances by local musicians and artists, soups for sale, a bourbon basket raffle and a cash bar. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and includes soup (while supplies last). All proceeds benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. For more information visit

December 27 Green Remedy CBD menu

5pm, 211 Clover Lane Green Remedy has partnered with the best of Louisville's culinary scene. Come enjoy a specialty Green Remedy CBD menu, handcrafted Green Remedy CBD cocktails, regular 211 Clover Lane menu also available. The event is $25. The cost includes a Signature Green Remedy CBD

December 31

6pm, Aloft Louisville East Hotel Enter through dramatic light and garden tunnels to a ballroom full of sensory delights. An interactive cocktail hour with specialty drinks and hors d'oeuvres inspired by The Nutcracker's four realms. A lush garden turns to a frozen wonderland underneath Hazelnut Farm's enormous crystal chandeliers. Sit around highly curated centerpieces while you enjoy an innovative 3 course meal from Michaelis Events Executive Chef. Ring in the new year with a breathtaking backdrop and unforgettable live entertainment. With culinary and entertainment surprises throughout the night, your Instagram Stories and Snapchats from the night will leave your friends speechless! For more information visit


unforgettable night; featuring live music from Wax Factory, confetti cannons, all-inclusive party packages, champagne toasts, and that magical moment when thousands of balloons fall from the sky during the city's ONLY ball drop! Experience everything NYE Live! has to offer with an all-inclusive party package, including beverages from 9pm - midnight, a premium buffet at the venue of your choice, complimentary coat check, exclusive photo opportunity, free cover at select venues, and more. For more information visit

January 11 Cabo Wabo

7pm-1am, Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center Come out and support the 27th Annual Cabo Wabo Coat Party benefiting Shirley's Way. Get your tickets ASAP to the best party to kickoff the new year. Soul Circus and Juice Box Heros will rock the night away. Bring your dancing shoes, friends and prepare to have an amazing evening. For more information visit events/16843-cabo-wabo-2020.

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Walker’s Exchange Grand Opening November 7 Walker’s Exchange Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Bourbon and Bubbles November 7 Norton Children’s Hospital Raffle Home Photos by Bill Wine


Ages Infant to 5 Years Old Sara and Ryan Davis

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17th Annual Brain Ball “Derby in November” November 8 The Olmsted Photos by Candice Gentry

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Chastity and Chris Kent

Larry Chandler and Cindy Gray

Andrea Coslow and James Sims

Melissa Mershon, Eileen Edlin, Patty Risavi, and Alison Carnes

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Carol (Board Member, BIAK) and Major General Retired Ed Tonini

Valeria Taylor and Tersia Sanders

Anita Guzman-Tomchek, Scott Tomchek Alex and Charli May Nauert, Ethan and Amber Moore, and Glenn Kunkel

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Annual Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk November 8 Chenoweth Square Photos by Dick Arnspiger

Patty Masterson, Santa, and Ruthie Weckman

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8th Annual Colors of Courage November 9 The Ice House Photos by Bill Wine

Event emcee and member of the Board of Directors Dayna Neumann, Founder of Hope Scarves Lara MacGregor, Board of Directors Board Chair Ben Smith

Lisa Resnik, Carrie Raymond

Dr. Shiao Woo and John Shaw-Woo

Amy Hale and Alice Carnes

Susan Kraft, Nancye-Ledford Hinton

Board of Directors Vice Chair Laura Ross and Lauren Stanbery

Lindsey Brodsky, Beckett Morris, Ashley Seifrit, Amy Sabens, Shannon Barnett, and Christy Brotzge

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Kentuckiana Stroke Association’s 20th Year Celebration November 12 The Jeffersonian Photos by Bill Wine

Ashley Hill with All Best Home Care, Deanna Dome with Franciscan Health Care, and Amy Flannery with Glen Ridge Health Care

Kacey Hargis and Cara Lococo

Kelly Miller, Kim Hieatt, Patti Hansel, and Cindy Stivers

Founding President Donna Meador, Katie Wolz, and Wendy Hanger with Five Star Senior Living

Tammy Kaninberg and Tracy Tanner

Member of the Board of Directors Alisha Duvall, Virginia Hart, and Kathie Quaife

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13th Annual Benefit for The Backside November 22 Churchill Downs Photos by Dick Arnspiger

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Alice Weixler, Susie Pomerance, Shari Baughman, and Lucie Stansbury

Jazmin Resendiz (Recipient of the Award for Strength and Resilience) and family

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Ashley Hembree, Katie Brown, and Cate Darmstadt

Sherry Stanley, Baltazar Ramirez (Dedication to Learning Award), and Lauren DeGeorge

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