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AUGUST 2021 • vol. 15 no. 8

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Photos of this spectacular dream home – and interviews with the people who made it happen – starting in September!

Idea House 2021 in Louisville Opens Its Doors for Tours! Tours are open to the public through December 19th. Tours will take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm–4 pm. Visit to purchase tickets. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to The LEE Initiative and Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana. For more about the Kentucky home that will be featured in the upcoming October issue of Southern Living, visit: Build Team: Jason Black and Jimmy King of Artisan Signature Homes; Brandon Ingram of C. Brandon Ingram Design, interior designer, Sarah Bartholomew, and landscape architect Josh Myers of Myers & Co. Landscape Architecture Photo Credit: Marta Xochilt Perez/Southern Living 26

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Editor’s Picks

Welcome to August! Or should we say “the Dog Days of Summer,” when temperatures are at their peak and vacations are in full swing. Summer’s last full month is bursting with plenty of golden sunshine and the best bounty of the season, including ripe melons, sweet corn on the cob, and Kentucky tomatoes. We’re practically required to take it easy and enjoy bare feet, casual cookouts, and warm nights under the stars. These are a few of my favorite things that make this month extra special!

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For Your Senses: Moxie & Grace allnatural candles, available at Omar + Elsie and

For Your Inner Barefoot Contessa: Garden Party Blue Recipe Tin, available at Peggy’s Gifts

For Your Dinners on the Patio: Windracer Thoroughbred Wines, available at or your favorite local wine & spirits store

For Your Evenings in the Garden: Moonflower Vine, available at Pemberton’s Nursery

For Your Beach Reading Pleasure: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

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What is Geofencing? Geofencing is a type of location-based marketing that lets you connect with smartphone users in a designated geographic area, such as a store or restaurant, through mobile apps. Geofencing is compatible with 92% of US smartphones and is a location-based technology that relies on Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.

How does it Work? While geofencing may seem complicated on the surface, it’s rather straightforward. Here is a quick summary: • You create a geofence in a designated area and an ad campaign for that geofence. • A user steps into that geofence and gets added to your advertising audience • You start delivering ads to that user via notifications, in-app, search, and display ads.

6 Best Practices for a Geofencing Campaign: 1.) Create Ad Copy that resonates with your target audience. It’s important to segment your audience based on their similarities like Demographic information, location, buying habits, hobbies, and interest.


2.) Choose the right location for your geofences. The location of your geofence plays an essential role in your marketing strategy. If your fences aren’t where your target audience goes, you’ll miss the opportunity to capture qualified leads. 3.) Keep your fence small. Many businesses make the mistake of creating geofences that are too large. It’s best to keep your fences small to drive the most effective results in your targeted area. 4.) Add a compelling call to action. Don’t use generic CTAs like “Click Here” that don’t tell your audience what happens if they click on the ad. Instead, focus on CTAs like “Learn More” or “Sign Up” that give your audience insight into their action. 5.) Don’t target all hours of the day. Generally, ads that run at late hours – 11pm to 6am – don’t perform as well because people are asleep. It’s best practice to show ads when your business is open. 6.) Optimize your campaign. It’s important to monitor your campaign’s performance. Check out the analytics and make changes to drive the best return on your investment. To learn more ways that our team at TOPS digital solutions can drive impactful results for your business, check out our new website: TOPSDIGITALSOLUTIONS.COM and sign up for a free digital consultation.

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Must Read All In: An Autobiography

Billy Summers

by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

by Stephen King

Her Heart for a Compass

Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir

by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

by Kat Chow

If you love the British royals, this will be a must-read. And if you like Victorian historical fiction with a rebellious heroine, this will be a winner for sure.

Chow shares how her family rarely spoke of her mother. She dives into her mother’s life and family’s history in this memoir. You may have heard her on NPR’s “Code Switch.”

Look, if hearing “Stephen King” perked up If 39 Grand Slam titles weren’t enough – and your ears, you’re probably gonna read this winning “The Battle of the Sexes” – King still one. But this one’s about a hit man, which has more to accomplish. should entice the rest of you.

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Nine Perfect Strangers

The Chair

Hulu | August 18

Netflix | August 20

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty and produced by David E. Kelly (The Undoing and Big Little Lies) this all-star cast brings to life a lot of mystery and intrigue.

Sandra Oh stars as the first woman of color to serve as the chair of a major university in this comedy. Amanda Peet, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff serve as executive producers.

Hulu | August 31

Sweet Life: Los Angeles

Cooking with Paris

Modern Love: Season 2

HBO Max | August 19

Netflix | August 4

Amazon Prime | August 13

Issa Rae is the force behind this reality series that follows a group of Black twentysomething friends in LA. It’s meant to be authentic and relatable.

Netflix acknowledges that she’s not the Barefoot Contessa – and she doesn’t try to be. Still, it’ll be FUN! Take a shot every time somone utters, “That’s Hot.”

This anthology series is heartwarming, heartbreaking and heart-shaking. Guest stars this season include Kit Harington, Minnie Driver, Tobias Menzies and more.

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Only Murders in the Building Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez team up to solve a mystery in their NYC apartment building. Laughs abound.

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Jim Coleman of Coleman Crest Farm Every now and then, you meet a person that is just, well... good. I mean “salt of the earth” good. And when Jim Coleman walked into my office at TOPS a few months ago, I knew right away he was one of those rare folks. As Jim started to narrate the history of his family-owned Black farm, I was trying to understand: why on earth did this highly successful, former Fortune 500 company executive move back home from New York City for a patch of dirt here in Kentucky? Here is the reason and the incredible story of Coleman Crest Farm. On March 27, 1888, Jim’s great grandfather, James Coleman, purchased the land that he and his parents had tilled as slaves. With the help of a loan from the Uttigertown Union Benevolent Society, Lodge #28, he purchased the parcel of land, which is known today as Coleman Crest Farm. He paid John H. Darnaby and his wife, Mary, $1,200 for the land and, as a result, set the foundation for paying for the

college education for more than 300 of his descendants over the next 130 years. During the twenty-two years after his purchase of Coleman Crest, James Coleman and his wife Lucy raised four sons – Sam, George, William, and John – and two daughters, Susie and Sallie. James Coleman was a leader in Uttingertown, a historic African American hamlet about 8 miles from downtown Lexington. He was a respected member and officer in the community church, Uttingertown Baptist Church, and of the Union Benevolent Society Lodge #28. He was a very proud man who had the vision and the wisdom to acquire and finance land through the production of profitable crops and livestock, even in the face of harsh racism and the lack of formal education. In 1910, after experiencing life as a slave and later as a successful landowner and entrepreneur, James Coleman by Jayme Jackson

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John and Mollie and their three children Anna, Samuel and Benjamin in the 1930s.

Sam and Cleo’s house, with a historic view of the farm


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Jim and Cathy

Jim with Sam and Cleo

died, leaving Coleman Crest Farm to his children. All of James Coleman’s heirs later transferred their ownership rights to Coleman Crest to one of his sons, John Coleman.

Jim came into my office with such passion, energy, and determination to bring Coleman Crest Farm back to life that I have to admit, I wondered, “Can he pull all of this off?”

While John and Mollie continued to face the severe oppression of segregation, racism, and a very turbulent economy during the great depression, they seized the moment, and they built a life for their family on Coleman Crest Farm.

Fast forward 6 months. You will find Jim and and his Farm Manager, Grant Walles, all around Lexington delivering their farm fresh produce – including tomatoes, cabbage and okra – to famous establishments like Ramsey’s, Critchfield Meats, Idle Hour Country Club, Thompson Catering, and Dudleys on Short, just to name a few. The demand for Coleman Crest’s natural, chemical-free crops nurtured from rich soil on a natural, well-established farm has their produce selling off the charts: I can’t even get ahold of a tomato from Coleman Crest!

John and Mollie raised seven children; James, Ada, Stanford, Clifton, Ben, Anna, and Samuel. They worked hard to satisfy the needs of their family. They financed their children’s college educations by raising and selling crops and livestock and by securing loans, using the farm as collateral. Upon the death of John Coleman in 1949, his son Samuel and his wife, Cleo, became the custodians of Coleman Crest Farm. Replicating the success of John and Mollie, Sam and Cleo built a new house on the farm in 1950. Sam and Cleo raised their five children; Ruth, Samuel, Edward, Jim and Rhetta. Just like John and Mollie, they paid for their children’s college education through the sale of crops and livestock and through loans secured by the farm. In 2001, Sam and Cleo’s son, Jim, and his wife Cathy, purchased the farm. Jim and Cathy fell in love while attending Howard University, and they were married for 36 years until Cathy’s passing on April 3, 2020. Jim has dedicated the current restoration of Coleman Crest Farm in honor of Cathy because of her tremendous love for the farm and her shared vision with Jim to retain ownership of the farm for future generations and to help prepare Kentucky’s next generation of farmers.

On top of all that, Coleman Crest is serving as an event venue, hosting agritourism events, school groups and more. Recently, the farm welcomed guests for the SoulFeast Week Champagne & Fried Chicken Dinner. There is one thing that I have come to know about Jim Coleman over the last few months: you can’t outwork him or scale back his dreams. He is working hard every day, which makes me realize that there must be much more to Coleman Crest Farm than just good cabbage, tomatoes and okra; there is definitely some determination springing from that well water! To support Coleman Crest’s big comeback and success, check out their website Get information on hosting events, purchasing produce and the incubator program for aspiring farmers.


Cultural Festivals Lexington is renowned for its diverse range of residents, who have found ways to express their unique perspectives and celebrate their communities through the city’s array of infamous cultural festivals.

But as the spread of COVID-19 forced the cancellation and rescheduling of many of these annual favorites, residents have been participating virtually or keeping their excitement at bay until live events returned. With fall around the corner, TOPS is pleased to report that many of Lexington’s most engaging cultural events are expecting to come back, with a renewed appreciation for the importance of live celebration and lessons learned during the hiatus. Below, we’ve rounded up the latest plans for the city’s most popular festivals and gathered firsthand perspectives on how organizers were able to remain optimistic, flexible and committed to celebrating culture. by Peter Chawaga | photos courtesy of TOPS photographers or hosting organizations


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WOODLAND ART FAIR Though organizers warn that the 45th annual Woodland Art Fair could be cancelled at any point between this writing and its planned date, the event is scheduled to take place from August 21 to August 22. “In the hope of hosting a scaled-down, socially-distanced version of the Woodland Art Fair we are making tentative preparations,” the event website reads. “We have developed a plan that honors the spirit and tradition of the Woodland Art Fair, but allows us to provide artist opportunities and community participation in a safe, COVID-19 friendly way.”

A silver lining among that uncertainty is that the festival committee now hopes to include some of the virtual offerings it had planned, expanding its programming during the month and providing new avenues for those in Lexington and beyond to participate.

Among those potential changes to the event could be a reduced number of booths, safety guidelines for vendors and patrons, controlled access with health screenings, staggered attendance, a mask requirement and additional handwashing and sanitation stations.


One thing that would not change is the event’s awardwinning celebrations of artists and the unique creative culture of Central Kentucky.

LEXINGTON ROOTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL For the 32nd year, Lexington’s annual Roots & Heritage Festival will be held to celebrate African-American culture and achievement. Despite initially planning to hold the event virtually, organizers have determined that it can and will be held in person, from September 10 to 12, on Elm Tree Lane between Short Street and Fourth Street, with two stages of entertainment; information, food and commercial vendors; a parade; and a gospel program. “The festival began in 1989 [and is] held in the historic East End-Deweese Street corridor, which was a thriving area of black-owned businesses,” Kimberly H. Baird, the festival chair since 2005, told TOPS. “People from around the country come together to enjoy the events of the festival, and families plan reunions around it.” But, like the city’s other annual live events, festival organizers were forced to reconsider how the Roots & Heritage Festival could take place in 2021. Baird said that the group was inundated with requests for dates and vendor information from people assuming the festival would be held live, making it clear that the organizers had to find a way to host an in-person, yet safe, festival for the community. “Having a live festival for any group is important right now as people are struggling with isolation and loneliness, depression, lack of social interaction, modified activities and trying to find a new normal,” Baird said. “Equally as


important is the need for cultural festivals. In the current climate on race relations in the country, and particularly in Lexington, providing as many cultural and celebratory events to educate the community about each other will serve to foster inclusion and understanding and strengthen relationships.”

After having little choice but to cancel its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2020 and 2021, the Bluegrass Irish Society has announced that it will be hosting a Halfway To St. Patrick’s Day mini festival on September 19 at the Moondance Amphitheater at 1152 Monarch Street. This celebration will host bands, Irish dance schools and other performances to spotlight Irish culture as the group prepares for a hopeful return of the full-fledged St. Patrick’s Parade And Festival on March 12, 2022. “The Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade is one of the longestrunning civic events in the City of Lexington, and we’re eager to bring it back,” said Megan Moloney, the president of the Bluegrass Irish Society. “We’re hopeful that 2022 will be when we can resume.” The St. Patrick’s Parade And Festival was one of the first major events in Lexington to cancel in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was disappointing to many, but the organizers remain steadfast that protecting the community is the number one priority. “While holding our event is something to which we all look forward, keeping our community safe and making decisions that protect our fellow Lexingtonians is much more important,” Moloney said. With the upcoming Halfway event, it appears the organizers have found a way to continue cultural celebration while maintaining that safety at the same time.

LEXINGTON PRIDE FESTIVAL After hosting a “LexPride Live” event broadcasted live from the Kentucky Theater last year, the Lexington Pride Festival is scheduled to return on September 25 at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at 120 North Limestone.

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“Attendees should expect a fun, meaningful community event that empowers and celebrates the intersectional lives of LGBTQIA+ Kentuckians,” explained Carmen Wampler-Collins, the executive director of festival organizer Pride Community Services Organization. “There will be music and performances, speakers, diverse vendors, and food and drink. The hallmark of the festival will be an accepting, diverse atmosphere where LGBTQIA+ people are safe to be who they are and love who they love.” The Lexington Pride Festival is critical in providing visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community and the issues it faces, for giving its community members a feeling of comfort in public to express themselves and for providing a positive financial impact to local LGBTQIA+-owned businesses as well as the Pride Community Services Organization’s Pride Center in Lexington. While many of these crucial services were provided remotely last year, the return of the in-person event is certainly something worth celebrating. “There was a lot of sadness and grief about not being able to hold our traditional festival,” Wampler-Collins said. “Hearing from multiple people about what the festival means to them has underlined the importance of the event for us, and the need to get back to it as soon as possible. Lexington’s festivals seem to be a tradition for folks — an important way of marking time and celebrating and making connections.” The festival will also be incorporating some of the lessons learned from its pivot last year. Organizers have a goal of broadcasting a portion of the festival live, so that more people can participate virtually. They are also working to make the layout of the in-person festival more accessible and less crowded, and to incorporate a more streamlined approach to buying drinks. And finally, moving the celebration from June to September should offer more comfortable temperatures for attendees.

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This is by no means a definitive guide to the vibrant culture that will be celebrated around town in coming months! Check out the TOPS Community Calendar for the latest events happening around town:

RAILBIRD Two days of music, Bourbon and Kentucky food at Keeneland. August 28-29

BALLET UNDER THE STARS Head to Woodland Park for an enchating evening of entertainment. August 5-8

THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE Live music and awesome mingling in Tandy Park. Thursdays through October

BIG BAND & JAZZ Tuesday evenings in Ecton Park get jazzy. Through August 17

SUMMER NIGHTS IN SUBURBIA Watch Honeychild live at Moondance Amphitheater. August 27

SOUTHLAND JAMBOREE Enjoy live music on Southland Drive. August 19 & 26


FESTIVAL LATINO DE LEXINGTON Festival Latino De Lexington, an annual celebration of Latinx culture presented by the Foundation for Latin American and Latin@ Culture and Arts (FLACA), has announced that its 2021 edition will be held from October 15 to October 16 at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at 120 North Limestone. Over two decades, the festival has welcomed thousands of attendees, featuring authentic cuisine, art vendors, youth activities and cultural expression unique to many of the countries of Latin America. It has been the annual focal point for FLACA’s mission to encourage public awareness, education and participation around Latin American culture. “For FLACA, it is fundamental to promote, foster and preserve the culture, traditions and languages of our Latin American and Latin@ heritage,” according to the FLACA website. “The highlight of FLACA’s collaboration with the community, the local government … and other organizations is the Festival Latino of Lexington. With the motto, ‘many cultures … one city,’ this festival represents the spirit of FLACA’s mission.”

Celebrate live music with the Lexington Philharmonic. August 14-15

See ya next year... JAPAN SUMMER FESTIVAL Celebrate Japanese culture downtown in summer 2022.

INCLUSION PALOOZA Expect to see this celebration of inclusion in summer 2022.


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That's right. The pandemic is beginning to become a memory and festivals are on the horizon. Music festivals are always such a fun escape and freeing experience to let loose and enjoy live, authentic music. They're also a perfect opportunity to be fun and bold with your fashion. Think mixed patterns, flowing silhouettes and textured accessories; all things boho and beautiful.

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Most Iconic: “Lincoln” by Eduardo Kobra 203-225 Water Street/Vine Street The 60-foot-tall mural of Abraham Lincoln was painted in 2013 and mirrors the Lincoln Memorial. The bright colors (and massive size) made this a local landmark. Most Inspiring: “A New Day Dawning” by Casey McKinney 201 Mechanic Street In partnership with LexArts, this incredible art is made to represent recovery from substance abuse and awareness of mental health. Coolest Photo Op: “Three Elements: Water, Earth, Air” by Key Detail and Yu-Baba 227 N. Limestone As a part of the PRHBTN festival, the blues and greens of this mural make an incredible backdrop. Moodiest Scene: “Lily and the Silly Monkeys” by Herakut 156 Market Street (Belle’s Cocktail House) This mural tells a story created by its two artists. A feature of the downtown bar scene since 2012, this mural is moody and enchanting. Most Earth-Friendly: “The Hive” by Melissa Newby-Armstrong 156 Deweese Street This mural was done in 2016 in hopes to bring awareness to the declining honeybee population. With help of students and local artist Graham Allen, NewbyArmstrong was able to create this lively work.


Art With a Message: “My Black is Beautiful” by Ciara LeRoy/Pretty Strange Design Short Street This mural, sponsored and funded by LexPark, has an important message to share, including “ Learn Some History: “Lexington History and Culture” by Esteban Camacho Steffensen 207 Legends Lane These four murals tell the story of Lexington and shows part of what makes this place great. Most Eye-Catching: 3D Boxes by Snub23 (pictured left) National Avenue These dimensional cubes wrap around the corner of the building, leaving lots of room for snapping selfies. Most Insta-Loved: “Dolly Parton” by ArtFx W. High and Robertson Street (Shop Local KY) Who doesn’t love Dolly?! Most Interactive: “Collette Miller Wings” by Colette Miller 867 S. Broadway (DV8 Kitchen) The Global Angel Wings Project is to remind humanity that we are angels of this earth. This mural is designed to be interactive, and is actually made for taking selfies! Most Celebrities: “Kentucky Icons Mural” by Joans Never 124 Malabu Drive Many famous faces came out of Kentucky. This mural


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features some, including Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Tim Couch, Anthony Davis, and even George Clooney, holding a glass of Bourbon. Of course, there are horses, too! Boldest Inspiration: “Louis Armstrong” by Odeith 185 Elm Tree Lane (Lighthouse Ministries) In tribute to the great jazz player, Louis Armstrong, this 30 by 70- foot mural features a bold yellow color scheme. Fun Fact: Odeith’s first mural in Lexington was accidentally power washed away. Most Local: “I Love You Kentucky” Woodland Avenue/Shop Local KY Declare your love for our state! Inspiring Backdrop: “Together We Are Stronger” by SquarePegs Main Street This inspiring message also happens to look great in selfies! Foxiest: “Fox” by Alexandrea Pangburn Fifth and Jefferson Street This little foxy prince is incredibly photogenic. Trippiest: “Candy Kraken” by Patch Whiskey 105 W. Loudon Avenue This bright, candy-colored, tentacled creature is unforgettable (and kind of adorable). by Joelle Riding, courtesy of VisitLex

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photos by Graham Fielder for PRHBTN

P R HB T N Many of the murals you see around town are in large part thanks to the efforts of PRHBTN (pronounced “prohibition”), an annual celebration of an artform that has long been criminalized, marginalized or under-appreciated. “We live in downtown Lexington and seeing people take selfies and other photos of the murals is the coolest part of doing PRHBTN every year. We love seeing people engage and bring life to the murals we helped create,” said John Winters, CoFounder of PRHBTN. PRHBTN is funded entirely by the support of Lexington residents and businesses and each and every dollar of that support goes straight into the murals. The Kickstarter for this year’s PRHBTN is open and running until September 3rd and can be found at The festival will be held this October, and you will be able to see murals appear in real-time on our streets! “Daughter of Immigrants” (left) by Jessica Sagobal | (above) by Said Dokins


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TATES CREEK ANIMAL HOSPITAL The doctors at Tates Creek Animal Hospital began their dedication to high-quality, compassionate veterinary care in their earliest days, building the foundations of a team whose expertise and care run deep. Tates Creek’s Dr. Sullivan can remember back to playing with and caring for Pepper, her black Labrador Retriever, as well as an array of animals on her grandmother’s farm, as a fiveyear-old. When she was 14, she began volunteering at a veterinary hospital before becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine in 2012. “Those trips to the farm definitely sparked my love for animals,” Dr. Sullivan recalled. “I have always had a tender heart for the hurting and sick. This passion is what drove me to a career of caring for others.” The Tates Creek Animal Hospital team has recently welcomed Dr. Katie Lacy as well, whose veterinarian aunt influenced her own lifelong dedication to animal care as a child. She used to help with exams on her childhood dog, Shadow, and would watch her aunt perform surgeries as a high schooler. Together, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Lacy form a team at Tates Creek Animal Hospital whose passion for the care of animal clients will match that of their owners.

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THE WILDCAT GROUP Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky’s MBA program in 2010, Raleigh Bruner founded Wildcat Moving with a Ford Bronco and a trailer. A decade later Wildcat maintains a fleet of 24 trucks and is widely regarded as the best in Kentucky. Wildcat is BBB A+ rated and accredited and has been voted #1 in Kentucky in the HeraldLeader Reader’s Choice Awards for three consecutive years. Wildcat Moving shares common ownership with eleven other Wildcat Group businesses: Wildcat Van Lines, Wildcat Mini Storage, Wildcat Clean Team, Ladycat Packing & Organizing, Wildcat Pressure Washing, Wildcat Home Inspection, Big Blue Painting & Handyman, Wildcat Gutters, Wildcat Carpet Cleaning, Wildcat Country Dog Retreat, and Wildcat Auto Repair. The Wildcat Group supports an array of local, communitystrengthening organizations. “Lexington feels much smaller and close-knit than our population suggests. Having grown up here and now raising three children, I feel connected to everyone. I’m proud that my kids will grow up knowing that I run our family business with honesty and integrity.”




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BRANCH AND BARK URBAN SAWMILL Lexington’s Branch And Bark Urban Sawmill was established in 2017 as owners Luther Lilley and David Hollingsworth identified a significant need in the area. “We know that we couldn’t be the only people looking to source lumber here in town without driving an hour or more to find nice slabs and dimension lumber,” explained Lilley, who is also the mill’s operator. Today, Branch And Bark is a sustainable, local business that is keeping wooden logs from being wasted or thrown into a landfill. It turns fell trees into beautiful works of art, creating farmhouse tables and other craftsman-style pieces for clients. With 75% of its logs sourced in Lexington, there’s a good chance that trees from a client’s neighborhood end up as the table, flooring or mantle provided by Branch And Bark for their homes. “You’re helping your neighbors and community when you buy local,” said Lilley. “I love Lexington and will never leave.” Ultimately, the community, sustainability and full-circle nature of the business is what drives Branch And Bark. “Seeing harvested logs come full circle is the most rewarding part of our business,” Lilley said. “When the customer picks up a custom piece of lumber from a sentimental tree from their property, it’s incredibly rewarding.”


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IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Dating back to a founding in 1909, Lexington’s Immanuel Baptist Church has been through transformations and progressions, but has always remained a community gathering that serves a higher purpose. In 2011, for instance, it experienced exponential growth, focused on welcoming all those who seek spiritual guidance and community connection for all ages and stages of life. With this renewed focus, Immanuel was recognized twice in Outreach Magazine’s top-100 fastestgrowing churches,” said director of communications, Courtney Turner. During this time, Immanuel has been recognized as a leader in generosity with an evangelistic focus. The generosity of Immanuel has led to unprecedented missions, giving support to gospel projects in Lexington, Central Kentucky, throughout the United States and to places like Guatemala, East Asia and Africa.” In 2018, the church relaunched its Armstrong Mill campus, with more than 300 people in attendance for the event. Throughout this illustrious history, Immanuel has remained consistent in its singular focus - guiding people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Immanuel Baptist Church exists to lead people to Jesus and to equip disciples in their faith,” Turner said. “Jesus calls us to go and make disciples of all nations, and that is what we strive to do here at Immanuel.” As its leadership and members look to this legacy with thankfulness, they also turn their attention to the future. It is with a vision that is based on the success and growth of its past, but with a distinct belief that no matter what changes about its community, those in Lexington will always have a need for such a home. “The vision of Immanuel Baptist Church is to create a community of authentic believers and to witness a region transformed by the life-changing reality of the gospel, as people come to know and follow Jesus,” said Turner. “We desire to build genuine relationships while striving to reflect all people. We want Immanuel to continue to be a place where no one feels alone and we can show the love of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives.”

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MATT MAULDIN, BANK OF LEXINGTON As its very name demonstrates, Bank of Lexington is one of the area’s most community-focused financial institutions, local operation and local decision makers. It offers consumer and commercial banking products, and works to ensure its area clientele have the tools that they need to flourish. Services include mortgage loans, commercial loans, and a suite of deposit products all offered with their personal touch. “I have worked for Bank of Lexington for the last 14 years, focusing on providing exceptional service for all of my banking clients’ needs,” explained Matt, Bank of Lexington’s Vice President and third generation Mauldin in the banking industry. “My greatest achievements have been helping my clients reach their financial goals — whether that’s buying their first home or giving small businesses a chance to grow and thrive.” As a Lexington native himself, Mauldin understands firsthand what members of this community need and want from their banking partners. And he relies on a deepseeded understanding of what makes Lexington special as he finds continued success. “I have found that the one thing that makes this city a great place to live is our sense of community and our shared values,” he concluded.




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ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO According to Hunter Lisle, franchisee of Lexington Arthur Murray, “If you can walk in the door, you can learn to dance.” During his time, Lisle has seen a variety of students walk through his door. “People come in to the studio for all different reasons— just for fun, for exercise, to meet someone, or just to have a date night. We try to really appeal to everyone.” For two decades, the Lexington Arthur Murray franchise has been teaching the finest in social, ballroom, Latin, and country western dancing with a team of instructors who are the highest certified in the country. Lisle says, “Our instructors make it easy and fun to learn. We also feel that we go the extra mile to make the customer experience above and beyond what is expected. We believe that every customer becomes a part of our family.” “Seeing students reaching beyond their comfort zone—then follow through and succeed— is really what continues to motivate me every day,” says Lisle. “We always try to change lives... one step at time!”



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MI PEQUEÑA HACIENDA Since 1996, Mi Pequeña Hacienda has been serving the Lexington area authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine and drinks, including infamously delicious quesadillas, fajitas and more, through its two area locations. The restaurants and their fare are the culmination of a lifelong commitment from owners Julian and Lorena Gallegos. “I have worked all of my life in the restaurant industry and my family and I have a lot of passion for customer service and Mexican cuisine,” explained Julian. “We were the first ones in Lexington, with Rincon Mexicano in 1991, and then the original Mi Pequeña Hacienda in 1996 and the Brannon Crossing location in 2011.” While this family-bred passion has much to do with the success of the restaurants, the Gallegos are quick to credit their customers and community for the business’ longevity. They explained that the people here have met them with “very sincere, good hearts” and that a top priority for the business is keeping their “economy right here in Kentucky.” “We are very blessed that we have been so welcomed in Lexington,” Julian said. “We really appreciate the support of such loyal customers. It’s a great pleasure to serve everybody who has been welcomed to Mi Pequeña Hacienda.”

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JEFF RUBY’S STEAKHOUSE Jeff Ruby’s is a fine dining steakhouse specializing in USDA Prime Steaks, Seafood & Sushi, impeccable service and live entertainment. The vibe is a blend of Art Deco decadence and unmistakable Kentucky cool. The vibe also lends itself to pure showtime, from the flambeing tableside to the impeccably over-the-top service to the dreamy menu, this is the place you go when you want a truly memorable experience. It’s hard to beat the multitiered Seafood Tower featuring enormous Tiger Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab, multiple varieties of Raw Oysters on the Half Shell, Lobster and more. Extensive Sushi and Raw Bar menus round out ocean specialties perfect for al fresco dining. Pair these light bites with bubbles or a fine Kentucky Bourbon. For those looking for the whole Jeff Ruby experience, the Bonein Ribeye paired with Jeff Ruby’s Barrel Aged Manhattan is a terrific choice. TOPS recommends an evening on Jeff Ruby’s patio appropriately named “The Paddock”. Reservations are accepted but not required making The Paddock a go-to stop on your tour of downtown.



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THE BELLS GROUP AT RECTOR HAYDEN The Bells Group at Rector Hayden REALTORS® offers comprehensive real estate services in what has become one of recent history’s most competitive real estate markets. Nancy Bell began the family real estate tradition for the Bells several years ago; Beth Bell Brown has over ten years of real estate experience in the Central Kentucky area; and Lauren Bell, Nancy’s niece, and Beth’s first cousin, has brought cutting-edge knowledge to the group since 2019. “We’re so proud to represent Lexington,” they said. “We often get calls from people across the country who dream of living in the Bluegrass. You can’t duplicate the Central Kentucky experience anywhere else.” As the market grows, relying on The Bells local knowledge and expertise has rewarded its outof-state and local clients with a network of partners who can guide them through the intricate process of a purchase or sale. “We have partnered with a wide range of local vendors and businesses to help our clients make their very best home in the Lexington area,” they said. “We have a multitude of resources on speed dial to make every aspect of our client’s experience as smooth as possible. This is all a part of what enhances our client’s journey as we work together.”



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EL RANCHO TAPATIO El Rancho Tapatio is a local family owned and operated restaurant offering delicious, fresh made food. Founded in 2009, the restaurant started as three small tables and has expanded into their Burt Road home. Their authentic food is described as “Not your everyday Mexican cuisine.” El Rancho Tapatio embraces being a part of the local restaurant community by participating in and sponsoring nonprofit events throughout the year. The general manager Luis Castillo is a familiar face locally and for frequent diners. The Rios family, who operate the restaurant, are from Guadalajara, Mexico. In Spanish, el Tapatio is an informal term for someone from Guadalajara. El Rancho Tapatio specializes in Taqueria style tacos, and other favorites like Sopes, Gorditas, Empanadas, Ceviche, Tortas Ahogadas, Carnes en su Jugo, Menudo, delicious drinks and more. Diners enjoy delicious tacos, tostadas, burritos, fajitas and an array of exquisite Mexican dishes that transport them to a little corner of Guadalajara with each bite. Like many local restaurants, El Rancho Tapatio succeeded this past year because they adapted to provide more carryout and delivery, and made the most of their space with socially distanced dining.



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BLUEGRASS HEMP OIL Kentucky Cannabis Company, the state’s original cannabidiol (CBD) company, was first established in 2014 out of a family need from its founders, Adriane and Bill Polyniak. “Adriane and Bill entered the hemp industry as parent advocates,” the company’s team said. “At age three, their son was diagnosed with Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy. Hundreds of seizures and harmful pharma side effects led Adriane and her husband to search for better options.” They found that CBD products could help their son, as well as many others in need, leading to the formation of Kentucky Cannabis Company, which has grown exponentially since and now offers a full spectrum of hemp extracts and CBD-infused products under the Bluegrass Hemp Oil brand through retail locations in Lexington and Midway. Through their company, the Polyniaks are working to legitimize the hemp industry across the state, create jobs for Kentuckians and produce high-quality products that will help customers improve their health. “Our products help people to feel better and live better,” the team explained. “The ability to bring any level of comfort and improved health to the local community and experience with them the level of results we experienced ourselves firsthand is amazing and so rewarding.”



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LOCAL LEX MARKET Opened in March by co-owners Karen Gomez and Merritt Carbajal, Local LEX Market has already established itself as the area’s favorite carrier of local, handmade products — with more than 90 small businesses represented under its roof and plenty of potential to grow. “Our dream was to create a yearround indoor festival for everyone to shop, have a support group and to provide local items for locals to enjoy,” the owners said. “We are a women-owned small business ourselves and when we knew we needed a retail location, we made sure to get enough space that allowed other small businesses to grow and blossom in a brick and mortar as well.” The team behind Local LEX Market is especially honored to offer Kentucky Proud Products from local businesses like Queen Bee Peanut Butter, San’s Healthy Choice, Graze With AK, Croc O’ Mud Pottery, Tammy’s Sweet Tasty Treats, Hillbilly Jams And Jellies, Mother Clucking Products and 2 Mother Hustlers,. “We showcase to local customers as well as visitors outside of Lexington the very best parts of Kentucky and the talent that comes from the people who live here,” the owners said.


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CARSON’S FOOD & DRINK There is nothing quite like Carson’s Chicken & Waffles and a round of mimosas with great friends while relaxing on our beautiful patio. With our’s being one of the only patios on Main Street, the life of the city is right next to you as you enjoy a friendly reunion or romantic evening, making every season THE time to visit Carson’s! With savory burgers, fresh salads, juicy steaks and seafood, there’s a little something for everyone at Carson’s. “Every dish we offer is sizable and flavorful, and just hits the spot. Not to mention our marvelous selection of bourbons and ryes! Grab a drink, pull up a chair and relax in our refined speakeasy setting,” says owner Mark Fitchner. Summer always brings out a hunger for ribs, and it’s hard to find a better set of ribs than our “Sweet & Spicy Ribs”; Tender ribs coated in our house Siracha Bourbon BBQ sauce with sesame seeds and jalapeno slices. Pairing this with any of our draught beers or our “Classic Woodford Rye Old Fashioned” is a sure way to have a great time! TOPS would suggest you make your reservations ahead of time.




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USHEALTH ADVISORS After owning successful gyms and personal training facilities in Lexington for more than 25 years, Dwayne Carr chose to switch professions, and now insures the health of the same Kentucky families that he helped to keep healthy, and in shape. Dwayne now runs the Lexington, Ky Satellite Office for USHEALTH Advisors, USHEALTH Group, a United Healthcare Company, for Eric Horstmeyer, a former prominent Lexington Attorney, who is the Satellite Division Sales Leader. “I truly love what I do, because I still get to passionately help people daily, and give them HOPE, which is our company’s mission-’Help Other People Everyday.” Once I get them insured, I am always their contact, or concierge, to help them with their needs. Our company fulfills a need in the health coverage market, because every customer is unique, and we customize their coverages to fit their needs.We try to provide incredible coverage for individuals, families, the self employed, and small businesses, while trying to save them money! Even though I sell health coverage in 33 states, I truly love helping the people I care about most, who are right here in Central Kentucky. I believe in taking a burden, and being a blessing. We offer Nationwide PPO Coverages, which allows them to choose their doctors, and when they travel, their health coverage travels with them, all over the country. “It has truly been a blessing to work for such an incredible, caring company, and to be able to do it right here in the city I love most, Lexington, which makes it all the more sweeter. We are so blessed to be a part of what makes this incredible city so great, and we look forward to reaching even greater heights together.”


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LEXINGTON VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM The Lexington VA Health Care System opened to service one of our most cherished communities. Today it is comprised of two divisions – the Franklin Sousley Campus and the Troy Bowling Campus – with community-based outpatient clinics, in Berea, Hazard, Morehead and Somerset. “Lexington VA Health care system has a 95%approval rate from the Veterans in our area,” said Cat Trombley, Public Affairs Officer. “We have a great network of Veteran service organizations and community partners that work with us to take care of Veterans, serving all who served.” The Troy Bowling Campus offers emergency care, inpatient medical surgical care, acute psychiatry, intensive and progressive care until, ambulatory surgery, medicine and surgery specialty clinics. The Franklin Sousley Campus offers post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse treatment, nursing home care, hospice and respite services, home-based primary care, prosthetics, mental health, primary care and women’s health care. “Lexington VA serves more than 40,000 Veterans,” Cat Trombley said. “These Veterans depend on us for their health care, their well-being affects not only themselves but their families and the community. Lexington VA Health Care System is here to serve all of our Veterans and their families.”



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MIND OVER BODY STUDIO After returning to Kentucky from the Washington, DC area after more than two decades, Melissa, Laura and Beth Calmes found their home state to be remarkably grounded and community-focused, with notable pride for the services and crafts offered by its local businesses. Since 2016, they have been adding to that legacy themselves with Mind Over Body, a health and wellness center focused on whole mind-body fitness and injury prevention. They also work with repetitive stress injuries and chronic pain, embracing all challenges to assist each client in reaching their individual health goals. “The three of us were raised in a family that was active and health conscious and we wanted to share our passion for wellness and whole health with our fellow Lexingtonians,” the founders explained. “In this way, we hope to contribute to the community’s productivity and active lifestyle, one where we can all show up as our best, every day. That’s a win-win in our eyes, for our clients and for Lexington.” Though Mind Over Body has embedded itself as a community staple since its founding, the Calmes sisters still cherish moments in which they’re struck by homecoming feelings. “We absolutely love getting to work with local people we know or went to high school with or someone that knows someone from our past,” they said. “It’s like connecting the dots. It feels like one big happy family.”


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LEXINGTON ON TAP TOURS On Tap Tours started in April 2019, and at that time it was focused on taking our guests to local craft breweries. We soon realized that there was so much to offer throughout the state, that we wanted to connect with all of Kentucky’s amazing destinations. We now work with the most incredible distilleries, breweries, wineries, horse farms, food partners, and destinations in the area. We are able to use a concierge approach to the coordination and planning of each experience to ensure our guests have an experience that is unrivaled in this state. Our team, simply put, is the best. We go above and beyond for our guests and partners, and we have been able to take tourism to a very high level. We have expanded into Louisville and Cincinnati, in addition to our base of operations in Lexington. This has been made possible by the partnership with Gold Shield Transportation, who is the leading transportation company in the region. Our two companies together set the bar for professionalism and customer service, and because of this our guests and partners are able to have certainty in regards to the experience being exemplary. We are able to execute at a level that is unmatched in the region, and our teams combined ensure that every detail is considered. We have worked with clients from celebrating a special anniversary to a large corporate outing. We are able to accommodate any size group and allow our guests to press the easy button. By working with On Tap Tours for your experience, everything is taken care of and you will quickly realize that you are in extremely capable hands.

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In the TOPS office we are always asking, “Anyone have a nail file?” and, “Who has Tylenol?” or “Anybody got any gum?” We thought it would be fun to find out just what daily essentials we could find in each of our purses. You would be surprised how much these few items say about you…

The Bag: Gucci Ophidia Soft GG Supreme Tote: First of all, this bag is HUGE. It doubles as a briefcase and can carry countless client proposals and magazines around town.

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Excedrin Migraine: I won’t leave home without it. It can stop a headache in its tracks for me, no matter if it’s hormonal, stress-related or a migraine.

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Miss Fix-It: Super Glue: Since the start of Covid, I have been wearing press-on nails (although I still enjoy my monthly pedi at Lavish Nails). This little bottle can save me on the rare occasion that I have a nail “incident.”

TheraTears Dry Eye Therapy: It seems like someone always needs an eyedrop, and as a contact wearer and a convertible driver, you just never know when you may need a little help.

Big Hair, Do Care: Big Sexy Hair travel size bottle (unless it is a photo shoot day!): I love big hair – and hair that does not move – and this is the gold standard for helmet hair. The TOPS girls are always popping in my office for afternoon touchups. After all, some people put out candy dishes in their offices to entice their coworkers; I am the keeper of the hairspray.

The Mav : Jayme Jackson, TOPS Lexington Executive Vice President


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Pretty Pout: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW: When you find a color that works, work that color. This nude is the best I’ve found.

Get a Grip: Claw clip from JCrew: Because you never know when you just need to throw your hair back, especially when you are out and about around town as much as Fran is.

Stay Away Sunburn: Rodan + Fields Sunscreen: Always protect your skin (and lips!) from the sun. Fran also carries around her Ray Bans everywhere she goes to ensure she’s fully protected – and looks stylish at the same time!

Secret Weapon: Emergen-C Packets: Sick days are not an option sometimes, so she always has some Vitamin C and Zinc drink packets around, just in case she starts to feel run down.

The Bag: Antelope Neoprene Tote from Peggy’s Gifts: This has a super cute pattern that everyone is always surprised is a print and not an actual hide. Yes, people have tried to pet it!

Mini-Mani: Nail file: A post-Covid revelation is that Fran is no longer wearing her salon overlays and instead has come to appreciate her natural nails with a French mani. It seems like someone always needs a top coat refresh!

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Fran Elsen, TOPS Lexington Editor-in-Chief

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The Bag: Kate Spade backpack purse: Haley is Mama to 2-year-old Emma Kate and a wedding planner in her free time, so convenience and survival is the name of her game.

Hair Necessities: Claw clip: Although she may start the day with her hair down, you will rarely walk into her office during an afternoon that her hair is not held back by a tortoise claw.

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Coach wristlet: Nestled inside of her backpack is her grab and go bag. If she is baby-free, you will typically find her with just the essentials: cell phone, ID and a credit card.

Power Move: Power bank: Working in the wedding industry – and being a working mom – means Haley’s phone is an absolute necessity. A dead battery would basically be a panic attack in the making, so this girl stays prepared with a backup.

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Snack Time: NutriGrain bars (or whatever): A Mama Bear life lesson: always carry a snack.

The “Bag”: Her pockets: Amanda (AKA Dootsie) would rarely be caught with a purse – she is a pocket girl all day long. We wondered how she can survive without a bag and then we realized that as a 13-year staple of the editorial team at TOPS, she has assembled an office full of anything and everything you could ever need.

Go Matte: e.l.f. Beautifully Sheer Finishing Powder: It’s not only solid mattifying powder, but you aren’t heartbroken if it should happen to fall out of your pocket and break. Drug store makeup is where it is at, y’all!

Forget-Me-Not: Tile: Doots can be just a little forgetful, so her Tile Bluetooth trackers help her find her wallet, keys and phone… wherever they may be.

Write On: Pen: You never know when a writer slash designer’s inspiration may strike, so this girl comes armed with a pen that can write on just about anything.

Achoo Who?: Zyrtec: Because hailing from Eastern KY, we are born with The Kentucky Crud…

“Basic” Balm: Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm: Yup, Dootsie is a pumpkin lovin’ gal, all year ‘round.

The Rebel:

Amanda Harper, Vice President of Production

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Lexi and Eric grew up one grade apart in Maysville, but went their separate ways for college. They reconnected at the Auburn vs. UK football game in 2015. “When we started dating and it came time for me to decide whether or not to quit my job and move here… it was the easiest decision I ever made,” Lexi explained. “Kentucky felt like home.” The couple chose to be wed in First Christian Church in Maysville, where Eric’s parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles all got married. Lexi had gone to youth group and lock-ins at the church, so it was a sentimental location for them both. Lexi’s favorite moments from their wedding were times they spent together. “It all went by so quickly, but I loved the small moments I got alone with Eric that day,” she said. “We did a first look, and immediately when I saw him, my nerves went away. After the ceremony, we took just a couple minutes to ourselves, which was wonderful.” Lexi’s mother gave her a bracelet that incorporated both her “something old” and “something blue.” It belonged to Lexi’s great-grandmother. Lexi said, “My Pap gave it to her at her high school graduation. It also meant the world to me to have my college roommate pray over me before I walked down the aisle.” The reception was held at the Maysville Conference Center. Lexi wanted to keep everything simple, with a beautiful soft blue color scheme. “I knew flowers would be the most important to me because both the church and reception area are beautiful all on their own,” she said. They included a picture area of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days. “It was wonderful because some of them have passed or weren’t able to make it because of COVID.” “Being a COVID bride was extremely stressful, but at the end of the day, I finally got to marry my person,” Lexi said. Eric agreed, saying, “I just enjoyed getting together with all the people we love in the midst of COVID and quarantine. I can’t think of anything I would do differently.”

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While Lexi advises other brides to focus on the things truly important to them and to hold tight to the memories, her best advice is that the most important thing is the two of you: “While the wedding was amazing, being married knocks it out of the park!”


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These girls are your ride or dies for a reason. They’ve been with you through the ups and downs, from childhood to adulthood and everything in between. They support you no matter what and to have them by your side on your big day is the best feeling in the world. To thank them for all their love over the years, it’s important to treat your tribe like the real MVPs they are. Trust me, they appreciate those adorable little gift bags on your wedding day more than you know!


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Gift them with a chic robe to get ready in or a beautiful pair of earrings to wear during the wedding. This way all of your girls feel connected and included as the amazing tribe they are. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a custom monogrammed tote to put it all in! That’s a practical gift they can use after the wedding is sadly over and gone. Go simple or elaborate, either way, your girls will feel special... as they should!


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ONE Valentine Mini Glass Candle, $18 | Anthropologie. TWO Animalia Monogram Luggage Tag, $26 | Anthropologie. THREE Women’s Personalized Jersey Knit Robe With Lace Trim, $45 | The Knot Shop. FOUR Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Travel Candle, $36 | Sephora. FIVE Palm Leaf Envelope Clutch, $59 | Mark and Graham. SIX Leather Tassel Keychain, $39 | Mark and Graham. SEVEN Be My Bridesmaid Personalized Wine, $59 | Mark and Graham. EIGHT Blush Pearl and Peach Coral Nail Lacquer, $12 | Kendra Scott. NINE Round Travel Jewelry Case with Personalization, $69 | Mark and Graham. TEN Lyra Monogram Trinket Dish, $14 | Anthropologie. ELEVEN 9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion, $10.95 | Lush Cosmetics.

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he men out there have their own musthave list when it comes to summer accessories, just like us ladies do.

American Flag needlepoint sunglass straps in classic navy by Smathers and Branson, $55 | CC Prep

There’s those certain pieces you can’t go without in order to stay slick during those summer days.

Bowen Striped Washed Canvas D-Ring Belt, $75 | Johnnie O

You’ve got your watch, trusty belt, bucket hat and even your own customized golf towel for that golf outing with the boys. If you ask us, monograms aren’t just for the girls.

Rip Stop Performance Bucket Hat, $39.50 | Vineyard Vines

Kentucky (Blue) Needlepoint Belt, $175 | Smathers and Branson

Personalized golf towel in grey, $39 | Mark and Graham

Halyard Sport Chronograph watch, $219 | Jack Mason

Westbury bifold wallet in racing green, $149 | Mark and Graham

Crown Seal Embroidered Hat, $29.50 | Peter Milar

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here's the tea... Summer makeup is all about embracing that warm glow and keeping it light and fresh. After you've packed up your sweaters and boots, leave behind the dark, dramatic shades in your makeup too. During the warmer months, you need lighter and brighter tones to pair perfectly with that golden glow. Summer is the time to have fun with color and find the shades that complement your best features. Whether you fall within the vibrant pink hues or cool ocean blues, take advantage of the opportunity and embrace those bold brights while also keeping your makeup light and comfortable.

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If you consider yourself more fair skinned with blonde tresses, then cool tones might be more complimentary for you during the summer. Even if you don't get very tan, you can still play with bold colors for that fun summer look.


Ocean inspired hues like turquoise, sea green and sky blue are your friend. Incorporate these colors in your eye makeup through shadows and liners. If you're hesitant to do an all over lid look, try using the shade as just a liner for a more subtle pop of color.

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ONE Aquamarine for March, $9 | BH Cosmetics. TWO Skywash shadow stick in "Pool", $18 | Glossier. THREE Satin Eyeshadow in "Triennial Wave", $19 | MAC Cosmetics FOUR Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in "Blue Jean", $24 | Stila. FIVE Coco Cutie eyeshadow palette, $12 | ColourPop. SIX Rainforest of The Sea Seaglass Eyeshadow in "Life's A Beach", $22 | Tarte Cosmetics. SEVEN Single eyeshadow in "Zambezi", $19 | NARS.



For those darker haired ladies out there who easily tan, your summer palette falls on the warmer side.



You're able to go for those warm sunset hues like pink and orange to show off that summer glow. Have fun with a colorful eyeshadow palette to create a solid bright or blended warm lid. A bright eye is a great way to accent your outfit or add a little color for a simplified look. When it comes to the lips, don’t shy away from those punchy hues. Pinks, corals and fuchsia shades immediately elevate a summer look to go gorgeous against a fresh tan.

4 ONE 16 Color Shadow Palette in "Mimosa", $18 | BH Cosmetics. TWO Paradise Dual Palette in "Sunset Romance", $32 | Dear Dahlia. THREE The Sweet Pinks Eyeshadow Palette, $14 | Juvia's Place. FOUR Caviar Stick Eye Color Eyeshadow Stick in "Magenta", $29 | Laura Mercier. FIVE Small powder blush in "Bright Pink", $17 | MAC Cosmetics. SIX Cloud Paint seamless cheek color in "Puff ", $18 | Glossier. SEVEN Le Monochromatique: Eyes, Cheeks, Lips in "Soiree", $25 | Lancome


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The key to the perfect summer look is to embrace the nudes. And ladies, when we say nudes, we're talking about those warm brown and copper tones in your makeup. Sometimes the perfect color to naturally accent that sunkissed glow is a pop of metallic to your lid in gold or copper.


By keeping a more neutral look on the eyes and face, it allows for an opportunity to incorporate a more bold lip, which we're all here for!


Stick to that trusty bronzer or highlighter to warm up the skin and give you that beach goddess look.


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ONE California Love Eyeshadow Palette, $18 | ColourPop. TWO Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer in "04 Hunnie Glaze", $32 | Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. THREE Chocolate Gold Soleil Bronzer, $16 | Too Faced. FOUR Single eyeshadow in "Nepal", $19 | NARS. FIVE Super Shock shadow in "Run Wild", $6 | ColourPop. SIX Colour Chameleon Eye Shadow Pencil in "Amber Haze", $27 | Charlotte Tilbury.



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At Home DIY

Backyard Fun August means back to the hustle and bustle of school and all the things that come with it! So, why not soak up those last days with some summer fun? It doesn’t take much to make memories that can last forever.

Outdoor Easel The boys and I had so much fun with this one! It literally cost me $1. I picked up a clear shower curtain at the Dollar Tree and found two trees in my backyard. Using thumbtacks, I stretched the curtain tight and pinned it into the trees. We almost pinned it into the boys’ swing set but decided the trees made it more fun! We wanted a full outdoor painting experience, so we made our own nature paint brushes. We simply found things around the yard and tied them to sticks. Then we mixed up some mud paint using dirt and water and the boys went to town! Regular paint and brushes would have totally worked, too. As a matter of fact, we plan to try that next time! They really enjoyed painting with all the different brushes they’d made, and the flower petals and fingers were also a hit. They were a mess afterwards, but nothing that a little sprinkler session wouldn’t fix!

Backyard Campout This technically doesn’t qualify as a “DIY” but it sure is fun! Who says you have to travel to camp out? Make it a special family night by popping up the tent, grabbing the flashlights, and, of course, the smores supplies! My oldest still talks about this from last summer. And the reality of it is he didn’t even make it outside the entire night. Ha! He still thought it was the biggest deal. And he learned a lot through the process with his dad. He felt accomplished in seeing the tent complete. One of my favorite parts was that there were no phones, no tablets, or tvs. It was just us, and some sweet quality time I’ll cherish!


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MY OLD There’s no better way to be Kentucky Proud than to fill your home with stylish tributes to our gorgeous state.

Kentucky Repeat Wine Glass, $15 | Kentucky Branded

Lexington, KY is filled with boutiques that offer adorable and functional Kentucky inspired clothing and home decor.

Kentucky Derby 147 12oz. Mint Julep Glass, $7 | Kentucky Derby Store

12x12 Run For The Roses Print by Kayla Weber, $40 | Peggys Gifts

Off to the Horse Races Throw Pillow in pink, $30 | Society6


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“Fred” Print, from $18 | Kayla Weber Art

“Rupp Arena” Print, from $18 | Kayla Weber Art “Across the Board” Print, from $18 | Kayla Weber Art

check this out! Kentucky inspired art creates the perfect touch of home deocor with home roots. Local Lexington artist, Kayla Weber is a household name when it comes to finding amazing Kentucky paintings. Everything from horses, Kentucky Derby and BBN, you’re sure to find a print to add to your home that you and your guests wil love!

Destination KY Cutting Board, $40 | Kentucky Branded

KY Felt Letter Cap in Ash, $32 | Shop Local KY KY Floral State Car Coaster, $3 | Kentucky Branded The Camp Mug in white, $13 | Shop Local KY

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KY Small Bread Tray, $55 | Peggy’s Gifts

Shop Local!

Born & Raised Hat in khaki, $25 | Kentucky Girl

You don’t have to go far to find these amazing products for your home.

Call to the Post Socks, $10 | Barrel Down South

Here’s a list of local and online shops that you can always find amazing Kentucky proud clothing and decor year round!

KENTUCKY BRANDED 3801 Mall Rd #105, Lexington, KY 40503

The Ameritucky Tee, $28 | Shop Local KY

SHOP LOCAL KY 212 Woodland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502 Blue KY Pattern Tea Towel, $12 | Barrel Down South


Indigo Cotton Foaming Soap in blue floral, $15 | Peggy’s Gifts

112 Clay Ave, Lexington, KY 40502

MY FAVORITE THINGS 2721 Old Rosebud Rd #110, Lexington, KY 40509

VIOLET’S GIFTS 1060 Chinoe Rd #120, Lexington, KY 40502

KENTUCKY GIRL Roses and Mint SS Tee, $22 | Kentucky Girl


UK, Kentucky Wildcats Throw Pillow, $30 | Society6


KY Traditions Necktie, $35 | Barrel Down South

“Paxton Ponies” Print, from $18, sold individually | Kayla Weber Art

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Ask a thousand people around the world to name the top three things they know about Kentucky and, invariably, the answers will be: Horses. Bourbon. Fried Chicken. While our global reputation may seem like it is attached to only a few signature industries, there’s a whole lot more to learn and love about Kentucky farms. Kentucky Proud® is the state’s official marketing program for agricultural products and represents locally-grown food, farmers’ markets, farm stands, agritourism sites, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. There are more than 10,000 Kentucky Proud member businesses representing all aspects of agriculture in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Proud connects consumers with farm businesses and products made with ingredients from Kentucky farms. There’s a good chance you’ve seen the Kentucky Proud logo while shopping at your local grocery store or on a billboard on the side of a road. You may have caught a commercial on TV or heard a friend mention Kentucky Proud after visiting a farmers’ market. But have you ever wondered what Kentucky Proud really does? Well, if variety is the spice of life, it’s safe to say that Kentucky Proud is super spicy. But seriously, locally-grown Kentucky Proud peppers are great. Kentucky strawberry preserves are our jam. Fresh cut flowers? We’re digging those as well. Heritage breed lamb shanks on the menu at an awesome restaurant? Ewe better believe it! We could go on for a while but, suffice to say, if it’s grown or raised on a Kentucky farm, we want to make finding all those local products as easy as pie. And yes, we also love Kentucky Proud pies. From exciting promotions and strategic media campaigns to marketing grants for members and event sponsorships, Kentucky Proud is all about connecting consumers who are eager to find the best from Kentucky farms with local farm businesses and quality products. To learn more about Kentucky Proud, visit - courtesy Kentucky Department of Agrictulture

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Looking for a creative way to celebrate great, local Kentucky Proud® products? Make it a party! Head to one of the local farmers’ markets and let the seasonal produce inspire you. Sample local wines, beers and teas as a jumping off point, or taste products produced by Kentucky culinary artisans. Dish up a charcuterie board to let guests snack while they mingle, serve a farmfresh salad or soup, then focus on fresh produce and local proteins for the main course. Don’t forget dessert using local fruit! If you really want to go all out, buy local pottery, honey, wine or flowers to give your guests as party favors. Not sure where to find the perfect Kentucky Proud® products for your party? Visit for great local guides. They also have great recipes to help you use local produce!

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Tomato, Tomahto

Easy recipes using summer’s star ingredient! August is a special time. Gardens are full to bursting with beautiful produce. And while you’ll find ripe corn and peaches, hefty zucchinis and ravishing red strawberries, the real star of the late summer garden has got to be tomatoes. A bounty of red, green, yellow, purple and orange beauties are just waiting to find their way onto your table.

Making the most of Kentucky tomatoes means getting creative. Tomatoes are best when they’re plucked from the vine juuuuust shy of perfectly ripe. This widens the window of time for you to get cookin’ with these summer jewels. Even if you don’t love green tomatoes, a little green on ‘em is a good thing; most will ripen right on the counter, or speed up the process by placing them in a brown paper bag.

Perfect Pico de Gallo 1 lb. ripe, fleshy red tomatoes 1 c. onion 1 medium jalapeño 2 limes 1 c. corn cut from the cob 1/2 c. fresh cilantro Kosher salt


Finely chop the tomatoes, onion and jalapeño. Combine in a large bowl. Juice the limes over the mixture, and sprinkle generously with salt. Add in the cilantro and corn, then toss to combine. The flavor will develop with time, so let sit in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving. Great with chips, over grilled chicken or tossed over scrambled eggs.

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2 lb. tomatoes 1 cucumber (about 8” long), peeled 1/2 red bell pepper 1/2 small, mild onion, peeled 1 clove garlic 2 T. red wine vinegar 2 tsp. salt freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c. olive oil

Chop tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Add to a blender with vinegar and salt, then blend. Drizzle in olive oil, blending until combined and smooth. Taste the mixture. If it needs brightness, add an additional splash of vinegar. Pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with croutons and fresh parsley or basil. Serve with crudité or grilled cheese triangles. Store gazpacho over ice if you’re serving outside to keep it perfectly chilled.

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Summe 1 sheet thawed puff pastry 1 clove garlic, grated 2 T olive oil 1 pound tomatoes

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread puff pastry into a large rectangle on parchment paper – dust your rolling pin and surface with flour or cornmeal only if necessary. Transfer the parchment onto a rimmed baking sheet. Prick the pastry surface with a fork, leaving a border around the edges. This will allow the edges to puff up and get crispy. Combine garlic and 1 T olive oil in a small bowl and brush the puff pastry, avoiding the edges. If desired, sprinkle on some chopped basil or oregano. Slice tomatoes to 1/4” thickness, either using a very sharp knife or mandoline. Pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on top of the puff pastry. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, again avoiding the tart edges as much as possible. Bake around 30 minutes until edges are browned and puffed. Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting. (Adapted from Note: this is a great way to use whatever tomatoes are growing in your garden or available at your local farmers’ market. A mix of tomatoes is what makes the tart an eye-catching summer centerpiece! Feel free to add cherry tomatoes or slightly unripe green tomatoes for visual variety. Serving suggestions: • Grate fresh Parmesan on top when you pull the tart from the oven. Serve with a light-bodied red wine, such as Barbera. • Serve with olive oil and Italian spices. Pair with a Mediterranean white or French rosé wine. • Has this page got you craving lemons? You’re not crazy! A squeeze of fresh lemon over the unadorned tart adds a zing of – dare we say it? – tartness that will brighten up the whole meal. Enjoy with a citrus-forward white wine.

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In a skillet, heat 1/4 - 1/2 c. canola oil (depending on the size of your skillet) over medium heat.

3 medium green tomatoes 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 T Cajun seasoning 1 egg 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/3 c. cornmeal 1/2 c. bread crumbs

Dredge each slice of tomato in the flour, then dip into the wet mixture. Quickly drop into the cornmeal mixture, flip and add to skillet.

Select firm, green tomatoes. Slice into 1/2” slices using a sharp knife or mandoline. If they’re very wet, gently pat with a paper towel. Lightly salt, and let stand while you mix the coating. In one bowl, combine flour and Cajun seasoning. In another, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. In a third bowl, combine the cornmeal and breadcrumbs.


Fry 3-5 minutes on each side. You’re looking for a golden-brown color and crispy fried texture. Set on paper towels to drain. (adapted from

Whip up a quick remoulade using 1/2 c. mayonnaise, 1 T. pickle juice, 2 T. dill pickle relish, 1 T. Creole mustard (or 1 T. Dijon mustard + 1/2 tsp. horseradish), 1 tsp. Louisiana-style hot sauce, 1 tsp. Cajun Seasoning and 1/2 tsp. paprika.

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Selecting the perfect tomato when you’re at the farmers’ market can be a daunting task. If you’re eating it right away, you want the tomato to be at the perfect ripeness for a juicy, delicious, firm slice. But if you’re storing it for a couple of days, how do you decide what’s just ripe enough? • Avoid tomatoes with blemishes or dark spots, as this can indicate rot throughout the whole tomato. • Smell the stem. That wonderful aroma of tomato vine should be present and strong. Want a really juicy tomato? Pick one that’s heavy for its size compared with its neighbors. • Obviously, a ripe tomato will be fully in its color, whether that’s red, orange, purple, yellow or striped. However, if you won’t be eating the tomato right away, select one with some green throughout, as it will ripen as it sits. Be wary of tomatoes that are green only towards the top and somewhat firm there: this can be yellow shoulder disorder, which can mean the flesh there is tough. If you’ll be cooking the tomato, this will not matter in the least. • A good tomato should be firm, yet should give under pressure; the softer a tomato is, the closer it is to being overripe, and the faster it needs to be eaten. However, for the sake of your farmer, don’t go around squeezing the tomatoes! Grip one that you’re fairly confident is a winner; if it has just a little give, take it home with you. • An overripe tomato will be soft and can have skin that starts to loosen and wrinkle (just like all of us!) Any leaks or holes are a sure sign that it’s a loser – bring this to the seller’s attention so that they can discard it. That’s all well and good, but what if you actually want a green tomato? Look for ones with glossy skin that has a whitish-green coloring, or even signs of pink. If you’ll be frying them, select a variety that is fleshy and firm, such as a good beefsteak.

How to ripen tomatoes: Place them in a windowsill that gets lots of indirect light. Placing them stem-side down will prevent bruising. Sort your tomatoes by ripeness, and put like groups together into a cardboard box or paper bag. Place them in a single layer with room between each. Need your tomatoes to get ripened up in a hurry? Add a banana to the cardboard box or paper bag. This will increase the ethylene gas in the container, speeding up the process. (Check them daily to ensure the banana hasn’t gotten overripe to the point of leaking or attracting fruit flies.)

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When the project began in 2018, the vision for The Penthouses at City Center was clear: a superior mixed-use property that rivaled anything offered in larger cities like NYC and LA. Dudley Webb envisioned luxury lifestyle units that boasted every conceivable amenity. These penthouses were created to allow Lexingtonians to live, work, play and stay in the heart of downtown. The result of this $242 million project is nothing short of spectacular. We asked the local companies tasked with bringing this vision to life to share some of their thoughts on this monumental project. special thanks to Missy Clifton

Gwen Fowler Architectural Kitchens & Baths “This was an exciting project to be involved in – cool, crisp lines in high-gloss white reflect the luxury feel the client and interior designer were after. It was a pleasure helping them realize their vision for this unique downtown property.” Architectural Kitchens & Baths is an architect-led design firm. How was AKB involved? It began in August 2018. To execute the vision for the penthouse units, developers turned to AKB’s Architect/Owner Brent Richards to assist in developing an integrated plan to steer the lofty design requirements for this niche property. Amenities include housekeeping, room service, health club and spa, 24/7 security, private entrance and elevators. Interior features for each of the 1,609 to 5,264 sq.ft. units include 10’ main area ceilings, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, designer countertops, intricately detailed light fixtures… and from AKB, plenty of beautiful custom cabinetry!

Thomas E. Wilmes Wilmes & Associates Architects, PSC “As an architect, it is our role to bring life to our client’s vision. It has been a pleasure working with the City Center developers, whose vision was to offer a level of sophistication and luxury to each uniquely-designed Penthouse. Without question, there is nothing comparable in our market: they have raised the bar. I’m honored to have been part of the team that produced such a gamechanging project for Lexington.” Wilmes & Associates Architects, PSC. is an award winning, full service architectural design firm with 25 years of experience delivering quality residential, commercial and equine facilities.

Koller Warner Construction - Contracting Koller Warner Construction is a strategic joint venture between Koller Construction and Warner Builders, this group making their mark building commercial and multi family landmarks in the Bluegrass. Warner Builders earned the distinction and recognition as one of Central Kentucky’s top home builders, and the addition of a strong commercial arm allows the trio to bring a keen appreciation for finishes and detail to commercial projects.

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Just because it’s an open concept, don’t be afraid of pattern and color. We never feel like all of our rooms need to match.

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estled at the end of Walnut Grove Lane lies Walnut Grove Estates, a hidden gem in Lexington real estate.

Three years ago, our homeowners were looking for a new home with just enough square footage (2,600 sq.ft. main floor – 5,200 total, including the basement) to start their semi-retired lives. Walnut Grove was the perfect fit with its larger lot size, green space and ponds. “You feel like you are living in the country, yet you are 3 miles from Hamburg,” the owners said. Real Quiet Lane (and yes, it really is quiet) made the perfect address for their next chapter. The couple purchased this newly built “cottage” and set out to make this open concept home the definition of local. They made it their mission to shop local and truly support Lexington’s small businesses. “Don’t get me wrong, you will see the Wayfair rug or TJ Maxx accent lamp, but undoubtedly when it came to the larger ticket items, they all came from local stores and with surprisingly good pricing,” the homeowners explained. “We knew what colors and patterns we liked, but we needed someone to help pull it all together and to tell us we were on the right track.” Enter Mr. Justin Morris, co-owner of Norwalk Furniture. “Justin was the designer on our home, and he just got me. We love busy patterns, color, chinoiserie and toiles. He is a master at adding some new stylish pieces – such as wallpaper, sofas, custom drapery – while also utilizing some things I already owned in a different way.”

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I love oversized items on the tables and island! Green Thibaut wallpaper from Norwalk Furniture & Design, wicker skirted table from Market on National, oversized wooden garden obelisk from our good friend Dwayne at House and small chinoiserie lamp from My Favorite Things.

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Oversized ginger jars from Ethan Allen, table by Burke Furniture and custom upholstery by Rag Peddler.


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to sit in this room and read by the fireplace with a view overlooking the water.

Plaid swivel rocker recovered by Rag Peddler, green Thibaut curtains and accent pillows from Norwalk, navy velvet sofa from Burke Furniture, rug and coffeetable Lexington Furniture Company, TV cabinet custom-made from antique Mexican church doors.

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The heated pool is 12’x7’... just big enough for the family of 8 when the kids come home, but small enough to be little to no maintenance. Cool factor: the pool was built on concrete block and beams to the second story in order to be on the main level. Just because you need storage and pool towels doesn’t mean it has to be ugly! This hutch (left) from Warehouse 764 is proof of that.


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Guaranteed Rate Mortgage

With Cutting-Edge Technology And Passionate People, Guaranteed Rate Is Lexington’s Best Lending Partner It’s clear that the Lexington area’s real estate market is becoming as competitive as any in the country. This summer, the median list price of homes in the region had grown by 3.9% since the year before. And the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors recently estimated that the average time a home is on the market here is a mere 36 days, down dramatically from a 59-day average a year ago. It goes without saying that those who are seeking a new home in this market are faced with daunting prospects: low inventory, rising prices and a landscape of eager lenders who might not have their best interests in mind. But then there’s Guaranteed Rate, a lender that does things differently to put its clients in a position to secure their dream homes. Guaranteed Rate began 20 years ago, at a time when the mortgage industry was entirely set up for the lenders, at the expense of people who were just trying to buy a home. It wasn’t right, so this company flipped the industry on its head by putting the customer first. For Guaranteed Rate, everything was – and still remains – all about providing a better experience for the customer.

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“I tell both of my sons that you can control two things: effort and attitude.”

Mitch Florence

“Surround yourself with like-minded people and reach out to trusted folks who have been in your shoes for advice. Be consistent, persistent and, most of all, take great care of your clients.”

Josh Harman

And this approach is valued by customers now more than ever, as Guaranteed Rate’s combination of proprietary technology and human touch puts them in a beneficial position, even in this competitive market. Guaranteed Rate designed a unique “Proactive Mortgage Pod” model that surrounds each of their top-performing loan officers with his or her own team of highly-trained specialists, streamlining the process for customers through state-of-the-art data and communications technology. Every loan moves faster. Every customer is happier. By simplifying the loan process, hiring only the best of the best employees and developing cutting-edge tech, Guaranteed Rate can bring both low rates and the highest level of service to every customer. Guaranteed Rate enables team members like Mitch Florence, a vice president of mortgage lending and a certified renovation specialist, to lean on their unique life experiences and passions to guide clients through what will likely be one of the most important investments of their lives.


“I am a Lexington native and love the ‘small city feel with big city opportunity’ that’s available here,” Florence said. “I believe we have been lucky to grow up in Central Kentucky, a region that has experienced very positive growth in recent years and hopefully has much more to come.” Florence offers clients a wide range of lending product knowledge and experience, and he regularly partners with other industry professionals to foster relationships and grow businesses. He also brings the positive and hardworking attitude that he has adopted throughout his life to his lending work. “I tell both of my sons that you can control two things: effort and attitude,” Florence explained. “I would tell anyone engaging on a new business venture to believe in themselves and trust the process. You’re going to go through some rough patches but if you believe in what you’re doing and put in the effort, it will be worth the growing pains.” Though he’s quick to highlight the many unique benefits of living in Lexington, Florence noted that he hopes the


area iterates toward policies and programs that can help more of its residents realize the benefits of home ownership. “I would love to see improvement in financial literacy and affordable housing in Central Kentucky,” he explained. “Both concepts are going to be topics of discussion for years to come, but I would love to see improvement both in Central Kentucky and the state as a whole.” Josh Harman, a vice president of mortgage lending at Guaranteed Rate, was also born and raised in Lexington, and started his mortgage career in 2003. With personal values that inform his work for clients, he’s a perfect fit for the company’s team. “Buying a home is not just something you should do because it’s the American dream,” Harman said. “Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you make, so it needs to be the right move for the client.” Harman’s advice to colleagues within the lending industry demonstrates the qualities that have propelled him and Guaranteed Rate to success over the last two decades. “Surround yourself with like-minded people and reach out to trusted folks who have been in your shoes for advice,” he recommended. “Be consistent, persistent and, most of all, take great care of your clients.” With a motto of “have fun and play hard,” Harman works with a blend of diligence and genuine enjoyment for what he does. It’s an approach to work and life that he credits to his upbringing. “My parents taught me how to work hard and be caring,” Harman said. “I love spending quality time with my family and friends. I enjoy watching baseball, University of Kentucky sports, tent camping and boating at Kentucky lakes.” Ultimately, the personal qualities of its team members as well as its combination of personal and tech-driven offerings has given Guaranteed Rate the opportunity to exceed expectations for its clients in the Central Kentucky region and beyond, despite a challenging market. “We understand that choosing a mortgage is the biggest financial decision of your life, and we’re committed to making the process as seamless, friendly and financially valuable to you as possible,” Harman concluded. Mitch Florence 859-533-0764 NMLS: 1255884 Josh Harman 859-248-6389 NMLS: 339904 Guaranteed Rate Mortgage NMLS: 2611 Equal Housing Lender For more licensing information, visit



The Collectors photos by Keni Parks and Kevin Thompson


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col·lec·tor (noun): /kə’lektər/: a person who collects things of a specified type, professionally or as a hobby. People build collections for all kinds of reasons. It might be nostalgia, connection to a historical period, or simply the prestige behind having the largest collection of something that interests them. But mostly, collectors collect for fun and enjoyment – both for themselves and those who are lucky enough to get a sneak peak at these prized possessions. A visit to Gene and Ann Thompson’s basement reveals that Gene’s passion for collecting isn’t limited to the holidays. The room is a study in pop culture, the crowning glory being a full-size Coca-Cola bar complete with vinyl-upholstered bar stools and mirrored back piece. In addition to the Coca-Cola memorabilia, there’s an elaborate train set that surrounds a miniature village, started when his now grown son celebrated his first Christmas with the engine and cars. An original Rock-A-Billy Café neon clock hangs bright above the entire set. The Santa Claus collection alone is a feast for the eyes, and each of the 250 Santas represents a special story or memory. What began in 1988 has grown to include a Santa for virtually every occasion, every sport, and every holiday. Gene’s personal favorite is a replica of the 1930 J.C. Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover featuring a bulldog tugging on Santa’s leg as he navigates a ladder (the original cover is framed next to it).

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Steuben Glass Holly Hancock Codell’s Steuben Glass collection started when her parents were vacationing in New York City in the late 70s. When passing by a window that had gorgeous glass animals on display, her father made the decision to buy one of the pieces. He would go on to purchase a new piece every Christmas and birthday until he had the entire animal “Hand Cooler” collection. The collection has survived many moves over the years. It resides in the beautiful custom glass cabinets in Holly’s home, where she recalls fond memories of her father with a smile.


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Limoges Boxes Holly also has a collection of Limoges boxes! It was started by a family member in the mid 80s, and the tradition is carried on by Holly to this day. She began receiving them as gifts for various holidays through the years. Holly tucks a little piece of paper inside each one with the date she recieved the box and who gifted it to her. She loves to use them as place card holders when she has dinner parties at her home!

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Toy Soldiers “He who dies with most toys wins.” This quote from Malcom Forbes has become a motto for life-long toy soldier collector Fred Jackson. Fred’s fascination with these mini warriors began when he was 8 years old and still holds true today. “As a child, I used to make lead toy soldiers – when lead was still permissible – from the dental foil that my father brought home from his practice. Melting the lead and pouring it into molds helped me create miniature armies, and the burn marks left on my hands were only a small price to pay for countless hours of enjoyment,” says Jackson. This childhood pasttime grew into a rather impressive collection of figures from around the world. Fred is currently working on his 3rd collection, which is comprised of military figures, antique marching bands and dioramas. Past collections have been sold to the likes of other toy solider afficionados, such as Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams. What completes a collection? “You just wake up one day and decide to start all over again. You tell yourself that this will be the last collection that you will start to build, and within months, you are creating a new world nestled behind glassed-in bookshelves,” he said. “How does one wake up with 3,256 soldiers, you may ask? It just happens; each piece deserves to be a part of a larger compilation. It’s really no different than asking my wife how she got so many pairs of shoes!” Toy soldiers have been known to date back to the early Eqyptian dynasties and virtually every country in the world has produced these figures either for their children to play with or for the connoisseur collector like Fred. As Fred put it, “Everyone collects something, wether you realize it or not. My collection just happens to have its own room”. (Pictured here is a diorama depicting The Battle for Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA from the Civil War.)


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Maker’s M k David Wilcoxson’s Maker’s Mark collection began in 1993 when his wife Joan gave him the UK blue wax bottle as a birthday present – he was hooked. Growing up just 20 miles from the distillery, he was always a Maker’s Mark fan. His large collection includes international bottles from Japan, Spain, Germany, France, Canada, and St. Thomas. He also has an entire collection of NFL and NCAA bottles, each with the team’s colored wax. The Keeneland bottles lend a local nod, while the various decanters, glassware, vintage ads and prints round out his collection. His personal favorite is a mini bottle with a black and gold label and a cork top. It is – along with all of the other bottles – kept under lock and key behind glass cabinets that wrap the wall.

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This month is all about “What makes Lexington Great,” and when I started thinking about that topic, the first thing that pops into my head is the people. One of my favorite residents – and best friend – is Andrew Shayde. Andrew grew up in Lexington but followed his career out west to Portland for many years. He eventually made his way back home to Lexington around the same time that I moved here nearly 4 years ago. We quickly became fast friends over discussions and a passion for reality TV, especially Survivor. Andrew had the great fortune of traveling the world with his father on The Amazing Race and most recently took on the challenge of living amongst the wild in South Africa on Naked and Afraid. I’ve loved hearing his adventures, and it got me thinking of other Central Kentucky residents that have successfully navigated some of our favorite reality shows. It turns out some of our favorite guilty pleasures like Big Brother, Survivor, American Idol have been graced with some of Central Kentucky’s finest. I had the great pleasure of interviewing some of them, hearing about their journey and how their Kentucky heritage came into play. Here is what they had to say about their experiences. by Chad Howard | courtesy photos

Adventurer: Andrew Shayde Naked and Afraid + The Amazing Race Have you always wanted to be on a reality show? Not all reality shows are created equal. On some series, they’re flirting in a hot tub drinking champagne. I have chosen two of the most difficult series to tackle. I’ve always wanted adventures. Traveling, camping or backpacking, anything. The reality TV genre has created some of the most amazing adventures. The Amazing Race took me to different parts of the world I would have never seen had I not applied. Naked and Afraid stuck me in the most incredible jungle in Africa, and while it was brutal, it was an unforgettable adventure. My parents think I’m nuts for living in the wild, but I think anyone is nuts for not being willing to live out any adventure. I don’t care if it’s televised or not, if someone invites me on a wild journey, I’ll always say yes. What was the experience like and how has it impacted your life and your career? Going around the world on both shows gave me this unbelievable confidence, like, “If I can do that, I can do anything.” It helps in both of my careers both in writing comic books and as Development Director at Arbor Youth Services (

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Working around kids in crisis who may come from abuse or abandonment, I hope maybe kindness and confidence rubs off. I feel like I have been so lucky in life to grow up in Central Kentucky with a loving family, that I should use any skill I may have to help those that come down a more difficult road. I’ve been working in nonprofit ever since returning from The Amazing Race. Any new reality show appearances in your future? I can’t answer that. So, let’s just say... “maybe.” Andrew and his father on The Amazing Race 136

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Heartthrob: Winston Hines Big Brother + Love Island Hometown: I grew up in Somerset, KY Current Town: Currently live in Lexington, KY Where did you go to high school and college? Pulaski County High School, Go Maroons! Georgetown College, Tiger Pride! Have you always wanted to be on a reality show? No... I always wanted to be on SNL, but Lorne Michaels won’t call me back. I wanted to try and win half a million dollars during a fun summer in the Big Brother house, and the Love Island villa was in Fiji, so hard to say no to that! Tell us a little bit about your journey while you were on the show! It was a blast of a story to tell my grandkids someday. Obviously I didn’t win the prize money or get the girl, but the experience was worth it. What was the experience like and how has it impacted your life and your career? I had to completely stretch my comfort zone. I was a tired of my current job then, and this was the perfect opportunity to shake things up and feel wild again. What are you up to in your career? I’m a Territory Manager for a Pharmaceutical Company. I drive all over the state of Kentucky and get to see all parts of the great Bluegrass! Any new reality show appearances in your future? Who knows? I never say never, but the timing would have to be just right!

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Traveler: Mallory Ervin The Amazing Race Hometown: Morganfield, KY Have you always wanted to be on a reality show? No, actually it came as quite a surprise, but I loved every minute of it! Tell us a little bit about your journey while you were on the show! Right after Miss America in 2010, I met a casting agent who asked if I would be interested in being on the show Survivor. I graciously declined telling them that I had been starving to death for this pageant and there is no way I would make it on a deserted island at that point. They then called back and asked if I would be interested in The Amazing Race, which was my dad’s favorite show. He’d been watching it every Sunday night for as long as I can remember, so I immediately asked if my dad could be my partner. We went through the casting process and made it on our first season of the show. I think we went on to do two more seasons. We almost won the All Star season – we only lost by a minute and a half! You can read all about this in my book that comes out in February! It was the absolute best experience of my life doing the show with my dad! Have you heard of TOPS Magazine before we reached out to you? Yes! I was on the cover when I was Miss Kentucky. I love TOPS! What are you up to in your career? I’m in Nashville, TN now and am a lifestyle entrepreneur. I have a podcast, a merchandise line called Living Fully Co, a Youtube channel, an Instagram account with close to 800k followers and a book coming out in February. Any new reality show appearances in your future? Wink Wink! by Cameron Powell 138

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Songbird: Alex Miller American Idol Hometown: Born and raised in good ol’ Lancaster, KY Have you always wanted to be on a reality show? Honestly, I had never given it much thought! Although after having my experience with American Idol, reality TV has started to grow on me. I used to watch Cops when I was younger and have always thought that real life was way more entertaining than something you could make up. Thank goodness I didn’t debut on that show, right? The possibility that I would ever appear on such a platform had never crossed my mind. We all have dreams of experiencing something like this, and to have that dream come true is truly something different. Tell us a little bit about your journey while you were on the show! My mom and I were talking one night about what I was going to do when I graduated from high school. I told her I wasn’t really sure and she said, “well, I’m going to sign you up for American Idol.” I was like “Sure, okay,” because I never expected to hear from them. I was wrong. We got a message from them saying they would like me to audition for them on a Zoom call.

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When it was time for me to go in and sing for the judges I remember being nervous, but when I walked in it was on! After I finished my original, Luke Bryan asked if he could sing with me! So, without hesitation he hopped up and we sang Merle Haggard’s song, “Big City.” That moment in my life single-handedly launched my career! What are you up to in your career? Well, I’m still on the farm in Lancaster, and I’m happy to say I have a very full schedule right now. I’ve already done several shows this year and have more shows booked in several states.

Songstress: Alyssa Wray American Idol Hometown: Perryville/Danville Have you always wanted to be on a reality show? Being on American Idol was actually always my dream growing up. I talked about it all the time, but somehow it just came to me when it did, I didn’t even seek it out. That’s the craziest part to me! Tell us a little bit about your journey while you were on the show! Being on the show was such a wonderful journey. Technically it all started in September and went through May. The show brought me to California for the first time, to Disney World for the first time, and even on a plane for the first time. Thoughout the process, I met so many other contestants who are now some of my closest friends. I got to be mentored by some pretty amazing people and I started to find out who I was. I really came into my own throughout the whole process and I got to do what I love while doing it. The experience was truly life changing. I went from being in school hoping I would make it one day, to being able to make a living performing at places I never would have dreamed of. Some many opportunities have come from me being on Idol and are still in the works, but the show truly kickstarted my career and I’m so grateful.

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Perhaps no part of town better exemplifies our city’s revitalization efforts more than The Distillery District. Taking what had become derelict and breathing into it new life, all while recognizing the history there and looking toward the vibrant culture and life of our present and future. The James E. Pepper Distillery began making Bourbon in 1879. Master Distiller Colonel Pepper was the third generation to produce “Old Pepper” whiskey, “The Oldest and Best Brand of Whisky made in Kentucky.” At one point, the James E. Pepper Distillery was the largest whiskey distillery in the nation. But by 1961, the site was abandoned completely. It stood virtually untouched for nearly 50 years. Fortunately, a group of entrepreneurs saw potential in the 25-acre area. In 2008, the revitalization of the distillery area began to take shape as a lively downtown entertainment, dining and shopping destination.

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Today, three working Bourbon distilleries operate on the site. The James E. Pepper Distillery has arisen from obscurity, offering tours and tastings of their awardwinning whiskeys. Barrel House Distillery continues the tradition of old Kentucky distillers, producing quality Bourbon using traditional methods. Wm. Tarr Distillery – founded in 1865 and originally located at what is now the entrance to The Distillery District – was reborn in The Rickhouse. But Bourbon isn’t the only thing that’s brewing in The Distillery District. Ethereal Brewing is the only brewery in town with a dedicated yeast lab, resulting in exciting craft beers. Fusion Brewing is one of Lexington’s newest craft breweries, turning out experimental brews crafted with a scientific approach. Wise Bird Cider Co. crafts smallbatch, heritage-style ciders from heirloom apples. Dining is a big part of what makes The Distillery District a must-visit destination. Goodfellas Pizzeria is a Lexington legend, and their sprawling location on Manchester offers a speakeasy ambiance, bocce on the patio, pizza by the slice and over 200 varieties of Bourbon. Middle Fork offers imaginative small plates using seasonal and fresh ingredients. The Elkhorn Tavern serves as Barrel House Distillery’s taproom, offering lodge-style dining and seasonal cocktails. The Rickhouse Pub features over 100 varieties of beer and cider alongside a restaurant menu. For dessert, look to Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge. For a tipple or two, head to The Break Room, which sits

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alongside Town Branch and offers a cozy ambiance. Grab a cup of coffee from Brevedé Coffee Co. or Manchester Coffee Co. The Pepper Rickhouse is perhaps the most visible landmark within the district. Once, the building housed over 100,000 barrels of Bourbon. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building houses several boutique businesses that bring fun, culture and style to our city. Next to it stands the water tower, another iconic sight on the Pepper campus. An essential facet of The Distillery District is how it celebrates local arts and culture. From murals – including the somewhat infamous “My Name is Mo” mural by MTO that covers the back of The Pepper Rickhouse, painted as a part of the PRHBTN mural festival – to creative businesses, such as Oculus Studios. M.S. Rezny Studio is a 1,500 sq.ft. space that hosts juried competitions, seasonal exhibits and offers fine art for sale. The Coop is Marcia Park Cone’s art studio, where she paints with oils and sculpts with clay. Need to loosen up? Massage Strong offers a massage that focuses on pain relief, injury therapy and mobility. Vibe Barre and Fitness lets you work it out with great fitness classes. ­When all else fails, enjoy throwing axes at Battle Axes. Looking to shop? Relic Lexington features rustic, vintage and reclaimed goods, including products made by Kentuckians. It fits the vibe of the district beautifully! Pooches love The Distillery District. Many restaurants allow dogs on their patios and there is plenty of room for

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a walk. Dogtown is a dog daycare that ensures the comfort of every pooch in their care. The Local Wag is a doggy daycare with selfserve dog wash stations, lessons, nutrition consultations and more. Entertainment is a cornerstone of the district. The Burl offers live music and a bar experience unlike any other in town. Manchester Music Hall – the only surviving building from the original Wm. Tarr Distillery – boasts plenty of room for live music, weddings, events and more. The Grand Reserve has over 50,000 sq.ft. of event space for private events. The area’s future looks just as colorful. The Urban County Council’s Investment Committee approved $39 million in 40year development bonds for what is known as the Speigle Heights Redevelopment project. The highlight of this project is a 125-room hotel, which will be situated on the east end of the district. Plans include a restaurant, rooftop bar, event venue and more, with a projected opening of 2022. As people settle into the Distillery Heights residential townhome community and as the Town Branch Park gets underway, foot traffic within the district campus will no doubt increase.

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If you’re wondering what is happening in town on any given night, look no further than Lexington’s Distillery District. From live music to great eats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy down on Manchester Street. •

The Burl If you love live music, you’ve been to The Burl. Built in 1926, the site was once a loading dock and hub for Texaco Oil. The original wood frame helped create the perfect venue to welcome a variety of music. They average around 300 nights of live music a year, making it one of the most prolific venues in the state. From psychedelic rock to pure country, The Burl has hosted it all.

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The Burl Arcade is a fantastic, retro experience. With 30+ vintage arcade cabinets, the venue invites everyone to sip and play. Board games, consoles, skeeball, pinball and more await you. The Burl and The Burl Arcade are available for rent to host private events. The Burl Food presented by Kismet was created as a way for Tonya Mays-Cronin and Philip Cronin to share the food they loved with the community. The rotating menu reflects the owners’ travels, heritage and experiences. On the side of the building is the “buy the ticket take the ride” mural by Xylene, as a part of the PRHBTN mural festival. It’s an absolutely iconic (and selfie-worthy!) Lexington mural that pays tribute to both The Burl’s history and Kentucky-born author Hunter S. Thompson.


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! s t a e r T t e e w S It’s a hot one out there. Whenever the Dog Days of Summer roll around, we’re hitting the streets in search of something sweet to help us cool down. Fortunately, there are countless local eateries, bars and coffee shops that offer that sweet relief we’re seeking. Here are a few of our favorite options. Found something incredible? Come share your finds on our Faceook page!

J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar 3191 Beaumont Center Cir. • What’s more Southern than nanner puddin’? Nancy’s Banana Pudding promises to be just like grandma used to make for family picnics: vanilla wafers layered with bananas and a creamy vanilla pudding mixture.

Graze at the Woodlands 111 Woodland Ave. • The Prickly Pear is sure to be one of your new favorites. It features lime and prickly pear juice with Milagro Reposado tequila, fresh lemon and egg white foam, accented with a Tajin salt rim and lime

OBC Kitchen 3373 Tates Creek Rd. • If you’re dreaming of an upscale summer picnic, try The Banana Pudding Cheesecake! It comes topped with salted caramel and vanilla whipped cream, all nestled in a wafer cookie crust.

Carson’s Food & Drink 362 E. Main St. • You can’t beat a classic. Enjoy Carson’s ice cream of the day, with chocolate and caramel drizzle, topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar, mint and candied pecans.


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El Rancho Tapatio 144 Burt Rd. • If it’s a Tuesday, it’s time to head to El Rancho Tapatio for 2x1 lime margaritas! Sweet and tangy, these are the perfect summer sip.

Tony’s 401 W. Main St. • If you’re downtown and looking for a sweet sip, try Tony’s White Peach Sangria, with pinot grigio, peach schnapps, lemon juice and fresh fruit. It’s the perfect way to cap off a hot Lexington evening.




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Martine’s Pastries 400 E. Third St. • The Martine’s Pastries case has lots of decadent treats, but none stands out in the summertime quite like their Key Lime Tart. Bright, sunny and the perfect little finish to any summertime picnic.


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Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse 101 W. Vine St. • If you have somehow room after your meal at Jeff Ruby’s, try the Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Torte, with fresh strawberries, whipped cream and shortcake crunch. It feels perfect for the summertime.

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Inebriated Baker 101 W. Loudon Ave. • What could be more fun than a boozy cupcake? The Bahama Mama features vanilla cake filled with a boozy coconut cream and a fluffy pineapple cherry buttercream frosting. It’s finished with shredded coconut, a grenadine drizzle and a moonshine-soaked cherry!

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Mi Pequeña Hacienda Lansdowne & Brannon Crossing • If you want a little decadence this summer, try the Chimi Cheesecake: rich, creamy cheesecake wrapped in a pastry tortilla, deep-fried until flaky and dusted with cinnamon sugar, then served alongside vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel.

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HEAT STROKES story by bluegra ss veterinary specialists + animal emergency

The dog days of summer are upon us. Rising temperatures can pose serious threats to our canine and feline companions if pet owners are not careful. Many cases of heatstroke are preventable if you know the warning signs. Heatstroke can frequently lead to death, even with hospitalization and treatment from trained veterinary staff.

WHO’S AT RISK? Some pets are more susceptible than others to the dangers of heatstroke. Brachiocephalic (short-nosed) breeds, long-haired breeds, obese pets, and geriatric or juvenile pets are particularly susceptible. Pets often seek to please their owner, so it is unlikely that a dog playing fetch with his owner on a hot day will stop for a break as his body temperature climbs to dangerous levels. Be aware of the outside temperature and any circumstances, such as exercise, direct sunlight, or being enclosed in a vehicle, that may contribute to rising internal body temperatures. Ensure that clean, cool water and shade are accessible to pets at all times.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR If you’re feeling hot, your pet probably is too! There are some signs to look out for in the early stages of heat exhaustion that are good indicators that it’s time for a water break or a trip to a cool, shaded spot out of direct sunlight. - Increased respiratory rate (panting may sound raspy) - Restlessness, acting in distress - Bright red gums - Hypersalivation - Vomiting or diarrhea - Incoordination or stumbling

TREATMENT If your pet begins exhibiting any of the above symptoms as a result of exposure to the heat or sunlight, immediately take action to begin cooling them down and contact your nearest emergency vet clinic. Move the pet to a well-ventilated, shaded area and offer cool water. Use cold, wet towels over the body or placed directly on the paw pads to bring body temperatures down. The emergency vet will likely act quickly upon your arrival, administering IV fluids to bring your pet’s internal temperature down. While cooling measures are often effective during the initial presentation of heat exhaustion symptoms, they are not always enough to reverse the damage sustained from prolonged elevated body temperatures during an episode of heatstroke. Remember, prevention is the best way to keep your pet safe from the dangers of heatstroke. If you have a breed that is predisposed to heatstroke, use extra caution and take twice as many water/shade breaks. NEVER leave your pet in your vehicle or tied up in direct sunlight on a hot day and know the signs so you can intervene if your pet does begin to show symptoms of heat exhaustion before it develops into heatstroke. **A dog’s normal body temperature is 100-102.5*F. Temperatures over 102.5*F are considered a fever, and temperatures over 105* F are at risk of heatstroke.


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