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Digital Playbook:

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Lexington Legend: Ted Bassett



Breast Cancer Resources



Finding Freedom through Friendship


Must Have Health Appointments


Must Do : Lexington Attractions


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Targeted display ads are compatible with both mobile and desktop; therefore, there are endless statistics on the overall reach potential. Here are a few statistics to summarize the relevance of reaching consumers on both their mobile and desktop devices: • The average American adult spends 4 hours and 15 minutes on their mobile phone every day. • 63% of U.S. consumers access the internet via their mobile devices. • Smartphone users interact with their mobile devices an average of 13 times per hour. • 91% of smartphone users turn to their mobile devices for inspiration • 51% of customers say that they discover new brands and products via their smartphones. What is Targeted Display? Targeted display advertisements are banner ads that are placed on both mobile and desktop versions of websites. These banner ads are highly targeted, reaching specified locations, demographics, and groups with certain online behavioral interests and patterns. How Does Targeted Display Work? As its name suggests, targeted display is all about using digital capabilities to “target” business’ ideal customers. Businesses can use online location-sensing capabilities to serve banner ads to consumers within a specified zip code. Thanks to online intelligence, businesses can also serve banner ads to a particular target market, such as a 45- to 50-year-old woman with children who makes over $50K per year. Who is Targeted Display Right For? Any business, no matter the size, budget, or industry, can benefit from targeted display advertising. Its

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Ted Bassett

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hen one thinks of Keeneland, a distinct image comes to mind: classy, a commitment to excellence, a reverence for tradition. When one thinks of longtime Keeneland leader James E. “Ted” Bassett, those same phrases are applicable. Near the end of Keeneland’s fall meet, Bassett will celebrate his 100th birthday. That day will no doubt include a stop at Keeneland, where Bassett will be as congenial with one and all as he will be sartorially splendid, moving with equal amounts of grace in conversing with a hot walker at the track kitchen or a business titan in a corporate suite – or even the Queen of England. Queen Elizabeth II paid her first visit to an American track in 1984 at Keeneland, where she presented the trophy to the winning connections of a race named in her honor. She was so taken with Bassett that Her Majesty later invited him and his wife, Lucy, to come to London and join her at the famed Royal Ascot meet. “Keeneland never was like it is today before Bassett got a hold of it. I think he did a magnificent job of making [certain that] this [place] was the best racetrack in the country,” said longtime friend Alex Campbell. “I don’t think there’s a Keeneland employee that didn’t love [Ted]. He was Mr. Keeneland as far as I’m concerned.” The path to Keeneland was anything but typical for Bassett. He parlayed his Yale education into a successful sales post in Manhattan, but the pull home from the Bluegrass grew strong. Without a job lined up in advance, Bassett became a tobacco farmer. He described that work as “backbreaking,” so assuming a post with the Kentucky State Police as an officer was too good to refuse. His success in overseeing the KSP through the tumultuous decade of the 1960s and rebuilding the image and morale of his officers along the way made him an attractive candidate when

Keeneland was looking to groom a new leader. Bassett joined the Keeneland team in 1968, moving from president to chairman of the board in his career there. When he started out at Keeneland, Bassett was charged with moving the racing and sales operations forward in a changing world while maintaining that commitment to tradition for which the track is known. It was a task Bassett described in a KET interview as being akin to piloting a battleship in a swimming pool – and this former Marine proved quite adept at this nautical maneuver. When Sir Ivor – who was sold at Keeneland in 1966 – won the 1968 Epsom Derby, the sales pavilion at the Lexington track soon developed an international flavor, and Keeneland had to adapt. “We didn’t know the difference between a franc and a hot dog,” he joked in an interview for Keeneland’s oral history project, “Life’s Work.” Bassett’s tenure as president coincided with an explosion in the thoroughbred yearling sales market, culminating with a then-record $13.1 million sale price for a single yearling in 1985. Bassett operated on a parallel path for eight years when he added Breeders’ Cup president to his duties at Keeneland. He oversaw tremendous growth in that organization, including taking the world championship day of racing to Canada for the first time in 1996. Bassett retired in 2001 but continued to serve as a trustee. Bassett has also led the way on various civic and charitable causes, such as securing funding to preserve the trophies of the legendary Calumet Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park and establishing the Gluck Equine Research facility at the University of Kentucky. “If I had but one wish,” Bassett said in that KET interview, “it would be to do it all over again.” • | October 2021





October was first designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society in 1985, reflecting the growing prevalence of the disease and a need for funding and attention to support early detection, treatment and research for a cure. Today, there are some 3.8 million women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the country. An estimated 3,820 women in Kentucky will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, making it the second-most prevalent type of cancer in the state. by Peter Chawaga But while this month is about honoring those diagnosed with breast cancer and reflecting on their outstanding needs, it is also a time to reflect on the many resources that have been established for patients and those who want to support them — particularly here in Kentucky.

around the country and in Kentucky — helping 760 people in the state every week find additional information, by its own estimation — Tuffnell stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic is making this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month more critical than ever.

One such resource is Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in the U.S., which operates regional initiatives.

“About 44,000 women and men are expected to die this year alone from breast cancer,” Tuffnell said. “As tragic as that is, the annual number is likely to go up in a few short years due to the disruptions in screening and treatment that have occured due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Breast cancer not only impacts the person going through it, but also everyone in their circle, as they tend to be the moms and primary caregivers in the family,” Sean Tuffnell, the director of communications for Susan G. Komen, told Tops. “Thanks to our supporters, we’re able to be there for people going through breast cancer through every step of their journey, from screening to survivorship. We help with access to screening, connect people to patient navigators, and provide financial assistance to help so that no one has to choose between taking care of their family and getting the care they need.” The group typically hosts a Kentucky More Than Pink Walk every year, but due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s edition will be held virtually on October 30. Kentuckians and those around the country can contact the Komen Breast Care Helpline (1-877-GO-KOMEN) to speak with a trained oncology social worker and find additional local resources. And while Susan G. Komen makes a notable impact

Dr. Emily Marcinkowski, a surgical oncologist with the UK Markey Cancer Center, echoed this concern about the recent reduction in breast cancer screenings. “This year in October, we want to remind women that screening saves lives,” she said. “Screening mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer early. Especially now, we must let women know that it is safe to come and have a screening mammogram as it is the best defense we have against cancer.” In addition to such screenings, the Markey Center offers Kentuckians a breast center that emphasizes comprehensive and tailored care for diagnosed patients. It has an oncofertility program to preserve future fertility before treatment; supportive services like psych-oncology, nutritional counseling and integrative medicine; and access to surgical techniques that hide scars and reconstruct breasts. | October 2021



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Still, the impact of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is one that is difficult to prepare for. “Let yourself feel scared,” Marcinkowski advised those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. “Let yourself be mad or sad or confused... Lean on your support people. If you do not have support people, we can help you find someone to talk to with our social work program.” She also recommended that patients visit Grogan’s Healthcare Supply and Josephine’s Post Mastectomy, a pair of Lexington stores where they can find an array of wigs, post-mastectomy bras and prosthetics. With so many people affected by breast cancer, many in the Lexington area are interested in contributing their time or resources to supporting those they know who have been diagnosed. In addition to being a shoulder to lean on for patients, these volunteers can help encourage our community to get screenings, or contribute funds to organizations that help breast cancer patients navigate the financial landscape of treatment. Melissa Karrer, the executive director of Kentucky CancerLink — a local grassroots organization that helps those in need get screenings or support after a diagnosis at little to no cost — explained that many of those who have been breast cancer patients themselves also want to give back to this community.


“Many want to give back after a diagnosis, that’s how I became involved with Kentucky CancerLink,” she said. “There are opportunities to get involved in community events and many nonprofits in our area. Giving back does not have to necessarily be related to breast cancer. Reach out to an organization to see how you can help. Sometimes just getting connected in the community is healing and leaving cancer in the rear-view mirror is the right thing to do.” Those looking for an outlet to support local breast cancer victims specifically can consider Kentucky CancerLink, which accepts donations, seeks event hosts and offers applications for volunteers. “Our mission is to reduce barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer,” Karrer explained. “It’s a blessing to be able to serve and be a link to hope.” In October, it’s especially important to remember the many victims of breast cancer and the unique challenges that they face. There is a wide array of resources in the Lexington area dedicated to serving them, staffed and supported by the family, friends and neighbors of patients. But perhaps, of all the good work that can be done during Breast Cancer Awareness month, the most important is for those at risk to consult experts about their own statuses. “As a breast cancer survivor, I think it’s an important reminder to get your annual mammogram,” Karrer said when asked about the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “If you skipped your screening during COVID-19, it’s important to get back on track. Screening should start at age 40, unless you have a family history or have symptoms that are concerning. It’s important to talk to your medical provider about when screening is right for you.” • | October 2021




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FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH FRIENDSHIP How a nonprofit formed locally is creating opportunities for women and families across the globe. by Kate Savage

The fire that fuels Jody Greenlee’s life passion started, as is so often the case, with just a small spark. After ten years of traveling to Guatemala on an annual basis with a Lexington-based nonprofit medical group, Jody had been able to witness firsthand the abject poverty and struggles experienced by widows and their children in this Central American country. She was moved to help them in their plight. But it was a chance meeting with a young mother of four in desperate straits with a son suffering from hepatitis and no medication available that created the motivational springboard for Jody to take her deep desire to another level. “What I didn’t know about starting a nonprofit was vastly more than what I did know,” Jody said. “It pays to be naïve when starting something bigger than yourself; if you’re educated on the demands of nonprofit management, you most likely would turn and run!” But this she said recently with more than ten years of hindsight. In 2009 Jody successfully formed Finding Freedom through Friendship (FFF), with the vision of making it an organization where program participants in Guatemala would be able to find personal, economic and emotional freedom through friendship. In Jody’s lexicon, the word “friendship” blankets a very broad definition. In brief


terms, it means supporting single mothers and their children with food, housing and education. “We are a hand-up, not a handout nonprofit,” she said, “we are relationship-based, comprehensive in scope, and with a goal of creating generational change in the lives of those participating in our program.” But in real terms, this translates into the donation of homes for widows and their children, the concrete replacement of dirt flooring – an enticing bed for parasites and pathogens, and the repair of leaking roofs. Upgrades to a widow’s lodging options can range from buying land to building a house, renovating or renting. Greenlee said, “It is impossible to properly parent when a widow is trying to keep her children dry, fed, educated, and safe while living in abysmal housing.” Also included within this wide interpretation of “friendship” is scholarship assistance to help with school fees, supplies and uniforms, donations of daily meals, microloans, training classes and the procurement of supplies to help support women-owned micro-businesses. In 2015 the addition of a board member, Marguerite Doyle, originally from Egypt provided the unexpected but welcomed opportunity to take the FFF program further afield.

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“Expanding into Egypt helped us realize that our business model could easily travel into any country where impoverished women are trying to raise children on their own,” Greenlee said. “This is a 60+ hour a week unpaid job,” Greenlee said. “My friends know that when I go off the radar, FFF is having a busy week. Thankfully my husband is a great cook!” Support comes primarily from individual donations with some contributions from foundations, as well as revenue from an online store they manage. “Funding a nonprofit is what keeps me awake at night. There’s no question that the need will always be bigger than our financial resources,” she explained. Everything raised goes towards supporting the organization’s programs. The numbers resulting from all this dedication and hard work are impressive. FFF has funded 45 micro-businesses for a total of $29K. That allowed 304 Guatemalan and Egyptian students to receive financial support since the nonprofit’s inception, at an average annual cost of $318 per student with 11% of students being selected for higher education. Jody says her most rewarding and moving experience has been “the donation of forty-two houses (to date), which has provided generational housing for hundreds of widows and their children.” Greenlee is acutely aware of the connectivity of the greater global community but is grateful to have started her nonprofit here in Lexington. “It’s a wonderful city full of compassionate and intelligent people, many of whom are seeking to make this world an easier place to inhabit for those who are struggling,” she said. “Inspiring, sustaining and empowering fragile families is the most impactful way to create a secure future for ourselves and each other.” Jody and her organization are certainly working hard to influence and affect this outcome. • | October 2021


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HEALTH APPOINTMENTS One of the most important things you can do for your health is to simply show up. Make appointments with health care professionals – and keep them. When you’re there, be sure to ask questions and advocate for your needs. Review your own family history, lifestyle and risk factors, then work with your health care providers to ensure that you stay on top of health issues that could be in your future. If you’re not quite sure where to start, this is a quick guide to which appointments you should be making in each decade and some of the issues you should be talking about. Your doctors will be thrilled to see you so engaged with your well-being! by Amanda Harper


Starting in Your 20s

See your primary care physician for an annual checkup. During this appointment, they will look at everything from your blood pressure to physical and sensory changes. Be sure to discuss what tests and screenings might be appropriate for you, based on both your family history and your age. Women should let their PCP know whether they intend to have their annual gynecological exam; if not, your doctor may provide some of those screenings for you. Men can opt to have a physical exam that includes the famous “turn your head and cough” test. Discuss whether blood work or cholesterol counts would be wise. Also check with your doctor regarding what vaccinations you might be due for and whether you should have a flu shot (and when). If you are experiencing any symptoms of depression or anxiety, talk with your doctor about whether mental health care might be appropriate.

ANNUAL GYNECOLOGICAL EXAM Current recommendations are for women in their 20s-30s to have pelvic exams every other year, or more often if there are particular concerns or family history of ovarian cancer. If you have a normal pap test, it is recommended that you get one every three years (though it may be easier to remember if you go ahead and get them every other year.)

However, an annual “well woman check” can still be beneficial as it includes breast cancer screening and a quick checkup on your overall sexual wellness. If you are sexually active, ask about STI screenings and family planning.

DERMATOLOGIST Make an annual appointment to have your skin checked, especially if you’re fair-skinned, have a lot of sun exposure or have a family history of skin cancer. If you notice a spot that has visibly changed, go ahead and make an appointment.

OPTOMETRIST/OTHALMOLOGIST The current recommendation is to have an eye exam once in your 20s and twice in your 30s unless otherwise advised by your ophthalmologist. If you notice any changes in your vision, make an appointment.

DENTIST Have dental cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. Make appointments in between for specific concerns, or if you dental care expert recommends you be seen more often. People with braces will see their dentists and orthodontists more often. | October 2021


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TELEHEALTH? Telehealth or virtual health appointments offer both convenience and protection from some communicable illnesses. Ask your doctor whether an annual visit can be conducted this way. Many times, the answer is yes! Some tests can be conducted using mail-in kits while others may require in-person visits later. Some professionals may ask that your first visit be inoffice. This helps you get to know one another better, and they may be able to show you how their virtual care app works!


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Starting in Your 40s


Women should have an annual mammogram, unless instructed otherwise by your health care providers. Discuss what kind of mammogram might be best for your breast tissue. Men should ask their doctors whether breast cancer screenings might be appropriate for them; 1 out of every 100 breast cancer diagnoses in the US is a man.


AT ANY AGE... AESTHETIC EXPERT If you are concerned about aging – or you have had plastic surgery in the past – schedule a consult with an expert once every couple years. Your provider will take a look at your areas of concern and make recommendations for care going forward. If you have breast implants that are 10 or more years old, talk to a plastic surgeon about how they are sitting, and whether replacement might be needed.

VACATION Yes, booking yourself some time away from it all really is health care. Even if you don’t go far, unplugging from your life for a week can do wonders for your mental health.

Men have a few options to screen for this disease. Talk to your doctor about your choices.

STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAM This test will get a baseline of how your heart is aging. This can turn up a number of heart diseases before they become critical. If your heart is healthy, your doctor may suggest fewer screenings, but a regular test will get a good baseline for your heart.

Starting in Your 50s


These screenings help detect early signs of colorectal cancer when it is most treatable. If you have no family history and your first screening shows no signs of cancer, you can choose to wait 5 years for your next appointment. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

LUNG SCREENING A CT scan of the lungs is recommended every year for current and former smokers, as well as people who are high-risk. If you don’t have any of these risk factors, it may still be smart to make an appointment for a screening every few years; remember, lung cancer can happen to anyone.

BONE DENSITY SCAN Routine testing should begin at menopause in women to ensure bone health and to help catch osteoporosis early. Men generally do not need this screening. | October 2021



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October 16 • Willow Cryk Farm in Waddy, Ky

Get your little ones to the park to watch a family-friendly Halloween movie on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of this month. This free event will be a ton of fun!

Enjoy an autumn celebration that’s just a bit off the beaten path in Shelby County. Find Willow Cryk on Facebook for more details!



October 15 • Rupp Arena

October 16 • RJ Corman Drive

Are you really a member of the BBN if you’ve never been to BBM? The first open practice for the 2021-22 men’s and women’s Wildcats is a spectacle that you have to see to believe!

This 5k helps fund mammograms and cervical cancer screenings and more for uninsured patients across Kentucky. What better way to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month than to run for this great cause?



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While the early season is the tailgating prime time, there’s no reason to write off the games in cooler weather. With lighter crowds, you actually have elbow room to have lots of fun with your crew.

Keeneland is THE place to be on October weekends. If you’re not busy with some other autumn event, head to the track and watch the ponies.


SHAKER VILLAGE From canoeing to riverboat cruises, live music to hayrides, there is so much explore at Shaker Village. Their weekend Spirit Strolls are perfect for setting a spooky fall mood.


The Kentucky Castle Love a good mystery? This dinner with a side order of “whodunit?” will be a treat! Check out The Kentucky Castle website for more details and dates.

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LEXPHIL: QUEENS RULE October 16 • 401 W. Short St. This queen-themed program explores how queens have inspired composers.

FAMILY FUN & LEARNING NIGHT October 20 • Carnegie Center Celebrate fall by painting mini pumpkins and enjoy free fall fun for children ages 3-12. Registration is required.

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL BLUE-WHITE GAME October 22 • Rupp Arena If you can’t make it to Big Blue Madness – or you just REALLY love the Cats – the Blue-White Game is another must-see. Legends from BBN’s past will make appearances alongside this year’s talented players.

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PLANT AHEAD It’s time to get bulbs in the ground for next spring. Snow crocus, irises, daffodils and tulips can go in the ground. It’s also a good time for planting trees and shrubs!

SECRET SESSIONS 2021 SHOW #3 October 21 • Lexington Opera House We love the concept for these shows: country artists perform intimate engagements at the Lexington Opera House. The catch? You don’t know the headliner ‘til they walk out on the stage. Don’t fret: the stars so far have been AWESOME.

Celebrate bourbon culture in historic downtown Frankfort. Food, vendors, bourbon and more await!

LEAF PEEPING Visit Lex has great self-guided driving, bicycling and walking tour maps available. Ask them for tips on which are best for checking out the foliage. Also check out Raven Run, the Henry Clay Estate, Gratz Park, the Lexington Cemetery and McConnell Springs for leaf-viewing opportunities in town.

THE SCAREFEST October 22-24 • Central Bank Center From celebrities of horror fame to fun vendors and so much more, The Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Convention is a spooktastic way to celebrate the season!

HORSE AROUND! Kentucky Horse Park The Kentucky Horse Park has plenty of shows lined up this season, from the CP National Horse Show to the Thoroughbred Makeover.


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October 23 • Greyline Station

October 28-30 • Base249

Celebrate cooler temps in a tried-and-true fashion: hot soup and cold brew!

This adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher from the classic Henry James story is full of suspense and mystery. This show is recommended for audiences age 14+. Masks, proof of vaccination and ID required at the door.



October 23 • Artworks at Carver School

October 29 • The Grove

This free event includes a mini-lesson on printmaking basics. Leave with a free Halloween keepsake!

From handcrafted cocktails to charcuterie, this Halloween gathering promises to delight the senses. Make table reservations with The Grove.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT Not familiar with the practice? Trunk-or-treat is a safer alternative to trick-or-treating where people dress up their vehicles and hand candy out in a safe, patrolled environment. Many churches have “scare-free” trunk-ortreats, as well. Look up one in your area and enjoy!

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS BALLET October 29-30 • Lexington Opera House Bluegrass Youth Ballet’s annual production celebrates life and death of loved ones in this beautiful story.



Lexington’s many craft breweries, distilleries and coffee shops have a bevvy of seasonal offerings. Sample some and discover a new favorite autumn sip!

October 24 Head downtown to enjoy the Halloween Variety Show at 5pm, the Halloween Parade at 6:30pm followed by the Thriller Parade.

POTLUCK Plan a potluck with your friends. Enjoy some comfort foods and maybe a fall or Halloween movie marathon!

JACK-O-LANTERN TRAIL October 27-30 • McConnell Springs See over 1,000 carved pumpkins all aglow on this leisurely stroll. This is sure to be a can’t-miss activity for the whole family!


TRICK OR TREAT 2021 October 31 From 6-8pm, it’s the big event for kiddos: free candy will be handed out at houses across Lexington!

October 28 • Waveland State Historic Site


Can tea be spooky? When it’s hosted in a haunted setting, yes! Members of the Lexington Paranormal Society will guide you on a candlelit tour of the historic home. Reservations required.

November 5 • The Signature Club of Lansdowne

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Cocktail attire paired with sneakers? What a fun theme for an evening – for a great cause! A portion of the process will go to local community initiatives to reduce violence and its causes. Community Action Council is requiring masks for this event.

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If your kid loves a glam moment – and the orchard is fine with it – turn your trip to the pumpkin patch into an impromptu photoshoot!

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A triumvirate of women are helping to lead the charge at one of Lexington’s most successful financial institutions, Fifth Third Bank. Together, Mary-Alicha Weldon, the city president for Central Kentucky; Holly Branham, the vice president of commercial banking; and wealth management advisor Valerie Marshall are demonstrating not only the full spectrum of Fifth Third’s community-focused services, but the power and dedication that women bring to its mission. “We approach each relationship through our ‘one bank’ model — we don’t operate in line-of-business silos, each of our lines of business work together to make sure we provide comprehensive solutions to each client relationship,” Weldon, who has spent 26 years in the banking industry with Fifth Third, explained. “The financial services industry has historically been a male-dominated industry, but during my time at Fifth Third Bank, I have not experienced significant challenges due to my gender.” As a working mom, Weldon wears many hats, including commitments to local boards like Commerce Lexington, CHI St. Joseph Health, Lexington Dream Factory and others. In her career, she’s learned that pursuing new things can be incredibly rewarding. “Stepping out of your comfort zone provides the most opportunity for personal and professional growth and, ultimately, reward,” Weldon said. “Some of the best opportunities to learn and develop come from those instances when we may have initially failed or missed the mark.” For Branham, Fifth Third has been an environment where she can pursue her passion for sophisticated financial services, as well as for empowering other women. “I love helping women find and understand their amazing value and worth,” said Branham, who volunteers to help women in crisis or working to overcome addiction. “I enjoy celebrating lives changed into wholeness and health.” Branham is also a mother who spends any extra time she has with her children. When asked what advice she might impart to other women, she emphasized the principles that make them good people, regardless of gender. “Be kind, be genuine, work hard, treat others the way that you want to be treated,” Branham said. “Have a plan, be prepared and also, being persistent and patient always pays off!” Marshall, a certified financial planner, found her passion for wealth management after spending more than eleven years as an attorney helping clients with estate planning and administration. Today, she’s married with two sons, serves as the chair of the United Way of the Bluegrass’ board of directors and is a member of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. “I am a work in progress when it comes to finding balance,” Marshall admits. “But I have found that working hard is not always enough. You need to be an advocate for yourself. I try to keep a file of things that I have accomplished and positive feedback from clients for just that purpose.”

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Through Envision Remodeling, Leigh Morgan and her team offer fast and efficient fullbath remodels, helping clients achieve the bathrooms of their dreams at the lowest possible cost and highest possible quality of materials and labor. “I’ve always loved helping people and art, so designing projects for people and seeing their happy reactions when a project is completed is the best feeling ever,” enthused Morgan. In addition to leading one of the area’s most successful businesses, Morgan is also the mother of a three year old and four year old. And while all of this can be a handful for a small business owner, running her own company has been full of rewarding moments. Morgan explained that many people are genuinely excited to work with Envision Remodeling because it is woman owned, and added that working in a traditionally male-dominated industry may be a challenge, but should not be a deterrent. “The best advice I’d give to other women would be to do what you love to do, even if it may be a career that is male dominated,” she said. “Do what you love and don’t be scared to try something new.”

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With a trio of experienced and successful women at the helm, The Bells Group at Rector Hayden Realtors can thank the strength of family for much of its success. “Working alongside my family, Nancy Bell and Beth Bell Brown, provides a major edge for me in my field,” explained Lauren Bell. “Their many years of experience in the business along with the mentorship and advice they have given me has allowed me to learn and grow quickly so that I can give my clients a smooth and enjoyable buying or selling transaction.” Lauren Bell has had a lifelong love of the real estate market, becoming a homeowner before graduating college and then later joining her family as a REALTOR®. She is also the mother to two children, and strives to maintain a balance between work and home life, and adjusts things when they may not be on track. “I believe everyone faces some kind of adversity in their lives,” she said. “I look at challenges as opportunities. Every loss leads to a new possibility and I am the one in the driver’s seat. My attitude and how I approach the challenge is up to me and I choose to look at a challenge with a positive attitude.”

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Lexington’s Studio 88, an artist development studio, offers unique cultivation of aspiring musicians, from children to adults. Beth Dean has built the business from the ground up, starting with a one-group piano room and expanding into a space that not only offers piano, but lessons in voice, guitar, drums, acting and art, along with performance opportunities and a coffee house. “I did not think I would ever own a music studio, but as I look through my many years of practice to earn my piano performance degree; teaching at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic School; directing the music program at Crossroads Church for 10 years; and performing all over the country, I realized that sharing my gift and helping others to love music and explore their own talents is what I truly love,” Beth said. Beth Dean started learning piano from her mother when she was four years old. Today she is the lead singer and keyboardist of two bands – both in Lexington and Nashville – and a songwriter working on her second album. With her own artistic ambitions and her business operating in full force, Beth relies on her inner strength and nurturing nature. “I do believe that as a woman, I have the ability to help my students develop on a different level, not only musically, but emotionally,” she explained. “I confront any challenges that I face by adapting to whatever comes my way.”

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“For 41 amazing years I’ve been blessed to dress the women of the Bluegrass and beyond,” said Betty Spain of Lexington’s upscale boutique Bella Rose. “Our clients are always pleased with our unique selection of designer pieces and we pride ourselves on dressing three generations and celebrating life in style.” When she’s not “playing dress up,” Spain spends time with her grandsons, in nature and cooking. She’s a member of 100 Women, a local supporter of nonprofits focused on helping women and children, and supports the Philharmonic Guild and 4Kids as well. And through a career spanning more than four decades, helping countless women look and feel their best, she’s earned a perspective that can benefit anyone willing to embrace it. “A life lesson is to embrace every day and find the joy in the miracles all around us,” Spain shared. “I am blessed to have an adventure every day welcoming new clients and growing existing relationships that I have built in this community over the past 41 years. I am honored and thankful to be a part of so many of life’s occasions.”

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While Lindsey Guzman was pregnant with her son, the company where she was employed shut down. Meanwhile, her husband was opening Bluegrass Marble and Granite of Richmond with the knowledge that he could ask her to jump into the deep end and she’d find a way to swim. “My husband put me to work,” Guzman joked. “I knew nothing about this industry, but I sold jobs by building relationships with my clients. Some of my first clients at Bluegrass have become some of my great friends.” Guzman, who also coaches a swim team in Richmond and volunteers with Habitat For Humanity, found it difficult to adjust to such a male-dominated industry at first, but ultimately found that belief in herself was enough to propel her family business to success. “Being a woman in the construction industry has its challenges,” she said. “A lot of men don’t want to talk to women, because they don’t think we are as knowledgeable as they are. But I have learned to always be kind, but to stand my ground at the same time. My advice to other women in business roles is to stay positive, beautiful and know your worth. Confidence is key.”

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A highly trusted dental practitioner to the community, M.R. Bishop DMD & Associates has provided the area with state of the art cosmetic and family dentistry services for over 40 years. The family-oriented practice offers a next-generation perspective through Dr. Mike Bishop’s daughter, Dr. Rebecca B. Green. “Our practice is always learning and growing,” Dr. Green said. “We are constantly adding the most advanced technology and procedures to provide our patients with results that exceed their expectations. I am following in my father’s footsteps; I have loved learning from him, working side-by-side, and maybe even teaching him a little something.” Dr. Green volunteers to provide dental care to patients in Jamaica and at the Jessamine Animal Shelter. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs, reading, and exercising. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Green believes in the importance of maintaining a work/life balance saying, “No one is going to take care of you but you, and you have to set your mental health as a priority. Only then can you take good care of yourself and, as an extension, your patients.”

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Alexandra Pallos of the eponymous Alexandra Pallos Floral & Events is known for her unique floral design and striking use of vintage and antique containers. She scours antique markets and thrift stores for vessels to use, and also teaches floral design in regular Petals & Pop Floral Design classes. But her most important job is being a mother to three young women. “I know that they are watching every move that I make, both personally and professionally,” Pallos said of her children. “It’s important for me to show them how to be an awesome entrepreneur and how to serve my family and community without getting burned out.” As a leader in an industry that has a large percentage of female business owners, Pallos finds that too many of her peers are dismissed as mere hobbyists, without recognition for the successful businesses they’ve created. Ultimately, she has learned to believe in herself, knowing that success will come to those who are dedicated, regardless of outside recognition. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that I am the best person to bet on,” Pallos said. “I know myself and what I am capable of, I know how hard I am willing to work and I know the scope of my talents. So, if I can dream it, I can achieve it.”

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Dottie Gibbs found her way to operating one of Lexington’s most unique purveyors of new and used furniture when she and her husband began flipping houses 33 years ago. They found that potential buyers or renters always wanted to find affordable, quality furniture, and that need inspired the launch of their business, Another Man’s Treasure, Inc. Since then, the business has required time, energy and sacrifice, but Gibbs wouldn’t want to have it any other way. “Balance?” she responded, when asked how she juggles her work and life. “One week I spend time on one project, and then the next week I spend time on another. So, I guess that’s balance? It all seems to work out.” Gibbs has clearly had her work cut out for her, and it has been women like her who are motivating larger change in the workplace. “The furniture industry has been dominated by men for a very long time,” she explained. “Things are changing. Women were looked to for helping design a room, but not much else and most buying was done by a man. But today, not only are those women designing rooms, they are buying for big box stores, they are designing products and homes, creating online businesses and actually running furniture manufacturing businesses.”

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Diane Verhalen, a Certified Financial Planner® with Alliance Financial Planning, has faced her share of challenges in a male-dominated profession, which she entered straight out of college. “It has been an uphill battle from the beginning in this industry, from being instantly assumed to be the office assistant, to being one of five or six women in meetings of hundreds when among my peers,” Verhalen recalled. “I focused on my education and training so that I could go toe to toe with any one of my male competitors and the level of service and results are what have made me a success.” Alliance is a women-owned business whose staff serves clients as they would their own loved ones, delivering a higher standard that includes great attention to detail. As an independent firm, it lets clients’ needs dictate solutions and investments. That type of approach is one that Verhalen has taken as she’s built her own career as well. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that you don’t have to do things like everyone else does and making your own path is usually the right one,” she said. “The advice I would give other women business owners is to surround yourself with people who lift you up and compliment your achievements.” Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC

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Starting out as a loan officer with Commonwealth Credit Union in 1995, Danielle Luigart now serves as the regional manager for the business’s East Region, which encompasses Lexington and beyond. “In my current role, I’m able to do what I do best: develop others, connect our credit union with the community and engage with our members,” Luigart said. “Most rewarding is probably how I’ve been able to see the life cycle of our members — the parents who came in with their babies are now coming back for car loans and planning for college.” Commonwealth Credit Union is built on identifying and serving the unique needs of each member, striving to better their lives when they walk through the doors, talk with live video tellers, call in, visit the website or log into its digital banking services. It was ranked the best in-state credit union by Forbes this year, as well as a best place to work in Kentucky for the third year in a row. “Promoting financial wellbeing and developing future leaders are my passions,” Luigart explained, demonstrating the commitment that her business as a whole instills. “We strive to be active in our communities and our credit union believes in empowerment through education. I look forward to the opportunity to bring added value to the communities we serve.”

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Through strong vendor partnerships and inhouse production and graphic design services, Big Echo Creative has become an essential part of its clients’ businesses. Embodying this integration is cofounder Emily Conley, whose lifelong love of graphic design and twelve years of advertising experience inform an approach that ensures clients find the right fit. We could not do our job without people like Jeff Meade at Speedpro Imaging, Steve Carmickle with The Wrap Runner, Mike Benton at Courage Media and countless other partners. “People want to do business with people they like, know and trust,” Conley explained. “I want to make sure when someone meets me that not only is their project in my wheelhouse, but if it’s not, to be real with them and let them find the best fit. At the end of the day, I want to provide a final product we can both be proud of.” But Conley’s journey to become a go-to facilitator for such a wealth of local businesses has not always been an easy one. The challenges she has faced to this point are ultimately what has given her the wisdom and wherewithal to lead Big Echo today with her business partner, Kevin Wathen. “I remember years ago either being excluded or included in a meeting for the sole purpose that I was a woman. If a potential client walked in with a woman on their team, I’d get thrown into the meeting just to make her more comfortable – whether I knew anything about the project or not,” she recalled. “Nowadays, in meetings and networking events, I deal with people of all ages, genders and races in several different settings and find that it fosters a dialogue for more ideas and a better creative discussion.”

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Hourglass Aesthetics & Salon serves Lexington as a customer-centric mega spa, culminating in various spa and salon services, staffed by professionals who remain abreast of all cutting-edge treatments. The facility was founded in 2017 by Beth Hourigan, who followed her passion for the medical spa business. But while the industry is one with more female leadership than most, it has not been without its obstacles. “Challenges that I believe we face as women in aesthetics are a constant need to be perfect, which we all know is impossible,” Hourigan said. “My advice and my own motto is to live life as healthy and clean as possible and to take care of yourself.” For Hourigan, who holds an MBA in marketing and is the mother to three children, self care is not just her business — but a critical part of life for someone who is constantly juggling a range of responsibilities. She emphasized that learning to treat herself with the same care and attention with which she treats others was a valuable lesson that could help many more people. “I treat skincare, wellness and exercise just like I do brushing my teeth: it’s just part of what I have to do in order to maintain a healthy level of endorphins, maintain self confidence and to feel energized and capable of taking on all that I have to do in a day,” she said. “That is what I hope to encourage others to do, self care is so important, and it’s okay to take the time out for yourself, because you deserve it.”

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After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a communications and business degree, Jennifer Parsons had a range of career success, from selling radio advertising to working as a paralegal to serving as the marketing director for Planet Hollywood. But now, as a realtor and office co-owner with RE/MAX Elite Realty, Parsons has truly found her professional calling. “I am not a transactional real estate agent trying to make a sale and get to the closing table,” Parsons explained. “I am looking to create an amazing client experience and develop lasting relationships.” Parsons has been a director of the top producers club for two years and a “heroes by choice” agent. She is an active member with three years in a leadership role with the Master Networkers’ BNI chapter, spent ten years as the Family Readiness Group leader for Lexington’s HHB 138th Field Artillery Brigade and is an active volunteer for Habitat For Humanity and Refuge For Women. And while balancing it all is a constant challenge for her, Parsons has found that the right perspective can enable her to find success across a wide variety of initiatives. “The most important lesson that I have learned in my career revolves around mindset,” Parsons said. “If you think you can do something or if you think you can’t, then you are right. Believe in yourself and manifest what you want. Your limitations in your career are set by your limiting beliefs and your fear.”

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Ruth Ralph fell in love with baking while decorating cakes at home with her mother as a child. After becoming a single mother of two children herself, she would bake pies and cheesecakes around the holidays to pay for Christmas presents, and when the opportunity arose to make that her full-time job, she jumped on it in the form of her business Backroads Bakery. “Balancing family and business as a single parent is always difficult,” Ralph said. “Making sure nothing in the mix is neglected is key, and it requires a lot of constant planning, list making and your phone alarm becomes your best friend.” Seeing Ralph’s success, or tasting one of her baked goods, will naturally drive one to ask her for some advice. “I give people the same advice that was given to me,” she responds. “Do not allow responsibilities to overwhelm you. Never be afraid to scale it back and focus your product on what you do best. I am never ashamed to refer someone out to another bakery that can fulfill a customer’s needs better than I can.”

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Ashley Corbett, the senior vice president of bank operations at Bank of Lexington, got an early start on her profession, working for a large national bank when she was just 19, before joining Bank of Lexington as a customer service supervisor. Today, after holding a range of roles at the bank, she has a deep understanding of what sets it apart from competitors. “Our motto — ‘people who know banking, people who know you’ — explains it all,” Corbett said. “As a community bank, we strive to be well educated in every aspect of banking in order to provide exceptional service to our customers. We really take pride in getting to know them by more than just their names.” As a mother to three daughters, Corbett also has a deep understanding of the powerful points of view that women can bring to the corporate and financial worlds. “There are a lot of strong personalities in banking and, as a woman, you may not feel adequate and it’s easy to be submissive,” she said. “However, when you find yourself with a seat at the table, you need to be confident in yourself and your abilities so that you can speak up and be heard. As a woman, you provide different perspectives and there is value in that.”

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Opened earlier this year, the new Lifstyl Real Estate branch on National Avenue has a top-producing realtor in its managing broker, Karen Bishop, who helps the business operate with a vision of being hyper local and independent, valuing relationships with clients more than the volume of its transactions. “The real estate industry serves its clients at the intersection of their family lives and huge, sometimes overwhelming, financial decisions,” Bishop explained. “In my personal business, I strive to make that process as easy as possible for my clients, and I work hard to provide our agents with the broker support they need to do the same.” Real estate is a second career for Bishop, who spent a decade working in politics on the federal and state levels, serving in the George W. Bush administration, as the executive director for the Republican Party in Arkansas and in the economic development sector in her home state of Mississippi. She’s also the mother of two elementary-aged sons, the president of the Liberty Elementary School PTA and a member of its family resource center’s board. It goes without saying that striking the right balance has been a key for Bishop’s personal and professional lives. “I keep a detailed calendar, I have amazing business partners, a wonderful boyfriend and a tight community of close friends who help me stay grounded,” Bishop said.

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Gwyn Nelson Everly never planned to own a restaurant. She started in the mortgage banking field before earning an electrical engineering degree, then pivoting to become a high school math teacher. Then, she and her husband opened J. Render’s BBQ Food Truck and Catering to serve family recipes and smoked meats, and soon found themselves opening a brick and mortar location that’s quickly become one of Lexington’s most popular restaurants. “I think we stand out in our field because we offer an upscale option to enjoy southern food, as well as BBQ,” Nelson Everly said. “We boast a full bar, real plates and silverware, full service dining, imaginative dishes, live music, brunch and lots more.” Given her multifaceted background, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nelson Everly contributes to Lexington in more ways than just through comforting food. She is active with Women Leading Kentucky, which sponsors a culinary scholarship, Rotary and Commerce Lexington, and she supports a range of other nonprofits as well. “I provide gift baskets to numerous causes and give back to the community in which I live every chance I get,” she said. “As far as balance, I fill my bucket by spending time with my family and friends, which enables me to then fill someone else’s bucket and support so many causes.”

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“When considering what sets our company apart from our competitors, it’s our dedication to providing exceptional customer service to our clients,” said Brooke Whalen of Brooke Whalen Insurance. “Whether that time is during the start of a policy, during a claim or during a change, we are always there to protect and provide for them.” But there is also another major distinguisher for Whalen’s firm: It is an entirely female-run agency in what is largely a male-dominated industry. For the owner, who is also a wife and mother of three, that rare fact is one that is critical to the company culture. “With having a female-run agency, I value giving my team the time they need with family, the opportunity to go on field trips with their kids, take time off when needed and go on vacations, because I know from experience that we will never get these years back,” Whalen said. “A happy team makes for a very successful business and great environment.” For Whalen, running a compassionate business — with heartfelt dedication to both clients and staff — has been a defining mission. “Remember that your purpose is far larger than your fear, and the more you practice leading with your heart, the more life will surprise you,” she advised. “Business with heart is a concept that leads to success. Follow your heart, lead with your heart, you will be a better person for it.”

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With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Brooke Whalen Insurance’s Heather Lewis has had an outstanding career, despite a battle that was uphill at times. “Females in this industry were predominantly the ones providing service, not sales,” Lewis explained. “As a result, I realized that it could be difficult to build a support network and receive credibility from consumers. However, I faced this challenge with a smile and belief that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to, regardless of my gender.” In addition to establishing an impressive career for herself, Lewis has been dedicated to helping other women in the workplace do the same — particularly through Women Empowering Business, a local, five-chapter advocacy group that she co-founded. “Our mission combined faith-based values and networking relationships among women in business to support women and better our community,” she said. “We also support local charities such as The Nest Lexington, Arbor Youth Services and Elizabeth’s Village every year by donating a portion of our annual dues.” The combination of her success at Brooke Whalen Insurance and in supporting her local community may seem surprising, until she breaks down her guiding philosophy. “Success is not about what you have earned or achieved, rather, it’s about how you have helped those around you and in your community,” she said. “My advice to women in business is to always look forward, not back. Lead with class and compassion and know your worth!”

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Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm is redefining senior living as a unique opportunity for vibrant seniors in the Lexington area. Residents are enabled to live a carefree life, enjoy incredible modern amenities and acquire new friendships. Jacqueline Kennedy, the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of New Construction, has dedicated her entire career to senior housing. “I started working in the senior living industry in high school as a waitress at an independent living community” Kennedy explained. “My career has spanned 31 years ensuring that seniors have the freedom to enjoy life”. Kennedy helped to open the flagship Legacy Reserve community on the Fritz Farm campus in 2016, assisting in developing programs such as the popular Freedom Dining initiative. This program gives residents flexibility that is all too often lacking from senior living experiences, letting them choose what, when and where they want to eat — all while maintaining a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients in the healthy dishes they can choose from. Another unique program that was launched is The Academy. The Academy provides engaging programming featuring a well-rounded calendar of events focusing on aspects of physical fitness, educational programming, spiritual opportunities, social events, travel and volunteer options. “Legacy Reserve has redefined housing in the Lexington area by offering these unique programs, along with multiple dining venues, amenities such as an indoor salt water pool, a sports bar and much more,” Kennedy said. “Seeing seniors enjoy the best season of their lives is extremely rewarding.” Following the success of Lexington’s Fritz Farm location, Kennedy has assisted with the preopening of Legacy Reserve communities in Georgia and South Carolina, with new ventures in Florida and Texas commencing in 2022. Any free time she may find is spent with her family and friends, typically enjoying University of Kentucky sports.

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Today, Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm is ran by Executive Director Mallory Runnels, whose leadership style emphasizes the groundwork laid by Jacqueline Kennedy, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of New Construction. “As the Executive Director, I am able to ensure we facilitate our promises and back up the excellent service our residents deserve,” Runnels explained. “Taking care of those at Legacy Reserve first means taking care of the individuals who work here. This is a great place to live because of the amazing team we have that puts on the show. My cup is always full at the end of the day, and that makes everything worth it.” The last two years have brought unique challenges to the healthcare industry, particularly those groups focused on elder care, but Runnel’s attitude about these challenges demonstrates qualities that will guide Legacy Reserve and its residents through virtually any hardship. “The valleys teach you how to appreciate the triumphs,” Runnels said. “The past 20 months in healthcare have taught us to constantly adapt and change. It has shown the value of staying truly humble and grateful for your job, while never compromising on strength and confidence. Ensuring you are in a career path you are truly passionate about is imperative to excellence.”

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Rashida Thompson of Lexington’s Rashida’s House Of Style offers hair styling services for all ages with an emphasis on care, operating under the slogan “healthy hair is good hair.” And for years, Thomspon herself has personified the hard work, evolution and tenacity that small business owners must maintain in order to succeed. She started her career as a cosmetologist in 1997, then became a master stylist in 1998. She opened Rashida’s House Of Style in its original location in 2001, before purchasing a property and relocating the business in 2009. In 2016, she built on and expanded her business to become a beauty salon, barbershop and small eatery. Then, in 2019, she founded Botts Beauty Foundation, Inc., which awards scholarships to further the education of students. Through it all, and particularly through the coronavirus pandemic, Thompson has continued to serve clients and remain committed to her vision of running a successful, community-focused business. “When COVID-19 hit and the world was made to shut down, it was hard having to be moved out of your own establishment,” Thompson recalled. “The most important lesson I’ve learned in my career is to be faithful, be dedicated and be committed to having my own business, a minority woman-owned business.” Rashida’s latest entrepreneurial endeavor is Powerful Properties, LLC which consist of renting income property.

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The Junkluggers of Lexinginton & Cincinnati is a business committed to donating, repurposing and recycling discarded items before they ever reach a landfill, working with a variety of nonprofit partners to find homes for these items and providing customers with valuable tax receipts. “Even more important is the intangible benefit that comes from doing something that improves our shared community,” said Junkluggers’ Christine Trout Van Tatenhove. “In fact, Junkluggers is committed to charitable endeavors in the local community in addition to its sustainability mission.” Trout Van Tatenhove called herself a “recovering lawyer” who still takes on the occasional client, works part-time for the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives and previously served as the first female Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. But a desire to invest in something with her son, Cooper, led to the launch of Junkluggers, which has seen remarkable success in the face of a few challenges. “There are challenges in every industry, and some that I have faced are because I am a woman,” she explained. “But rather than challenges, I prefer to see these as opportunities. We are a business that involves trucks and tools and a team not afraid of heavy lifting — literally. Our customers expect and deserve honesty, hard work and reliability. So, my bottom line: exceed expectations and you earn respect.”

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After moving her parents into senior living care, Beth Ann Glassford Haydon found a passion for the details and logistics that help make such transitions seamless. Now working in what she calls her “dream job” for Bluegrass Moving Concierge & Estate Sale, Glassford Haydon heads up a 12-woman crew that delivers outstanding customer service and detailed attention. “Our crew doesn’t miss a detail,” Glassford Haydon said. “We organize, discover, pack, move, unpack and decorate for our clients into their new homes. We work with a variety of clients from large horse farms and estates to downsizing for senior living, and do as much or as little as needed. We will also sell items of value that they no longer want or need in our boutique ‘Estate Sale’ shop.” In addition to her dedication to customers, Glassford Haydon also emphasizes a supportive work environment for employees, reminding them that family comes first and remaining flexible to help ensure that. The “family first” philosophy also comes to mind when Glassford Haydon is asked about what’s most important to her about her career. “Not a day goes by when I don’t think of my father emphasizing how proud he is of me and all that I have accomplished,” she responded. “When you have an amazing mentor and women working with you, success is easy. I would advise women to remain unflappable and work with determination and grace.”

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After spending a few years working in school-based healthcare, Viviana Rangel-Escober felt it was time to do something new. She connected with the owner of Barrier Roofs, a residential roofing installation leader in Lexington, when it had just two representatives. Since then, it has grown to a staff of eight representatives and opened an additional branch. “We pride ourselves on taking care of numerous customers while still giving that small town service,” Rangel-Escobar said. As the mother of two, Rangel-Escobar has become adept at balancing work and life and finds genuine joy in remaining occupied at all times and serving clients as her kids listen in from home. But striking that balance has also come with its challenges, particularly in an industry that is traditionally dominated by men. “Being a woman in the roofing and construction industry isn’t common, but I’ve found my way,” explained Rangel-Escobar. “Being open minded and willing to learn, coupled with confidence and determination, is the key to overcoming challenges in this industry and likely many others. To all women in business roles: know your value! Don’t let the industries history of being male intimidate you. There are many roles that women can do within construction and a nice niche of customers that feel more comfortable working with a female.”

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As an intimate, breathtaking marriage venue, Nicholasville’s Moonlight Fields Wedding Farm has been the home to unforgettable moments for countless couples. And behind these moments is the venue’s proprietor, Lori Fields, who often plays an intricate role in making them happen. “I don’t merely rent the venue, I personally assist each bride in making their special day magical,” Fields explained. “Upon booking the venue, I assure each bride they are now family and are free to visit the farm as often as they like for pictures, measurements, showing family members around or anything else they need.” Fields always stays in contact with clients and never considers a question too tiny or a problem too difficult. She was first inspired to start her business nine years ago — after a career in the military which included serving in Desert Storm — when local wedding planners encouraged her to transform a horse farm into the full-service venue it is today. The process involved establishing one of the first legal wedding farms in the region and getting a Jessamine County law changed to accommodate it. Now, Fields routinely calls upon her unique life experiences and positive attitude to ensure each and every client enjoys the wedding of their dreams. “Today, most of the challenges I face on the farm are physical,” she said. “Being a 60-year-young woman does not stop me from moving tons of gravel, digging holes for new trees and killing varmints, often with my shotgun.”

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When it comes to serving her clients, Liz Hodge of Winners Circle Realty Group and Lifstyl Real Estate only knows one style. “Pure hustle and tenacity for each client makes the difference in every transaction I do,” she said. “I only have one speed, and that is always on go!” Hodge spent years working in the medical field as a single mom with two girls, and originally found realty because it offered her additional flexibility and the chance to blossom as an entrepreneur. But her career change ended up being much more meaningful and promising than she could have imagined. “Becoming a realtor changed everything for me, I am my own boss with a successful business and still able to be an engaged mom and community leader,” she explained. “I find that this career still fulfills what I love about nursing: helping people.” Hodge is also the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit A Running Start, which works to provide running as a tool in sobriety for those working through substance abuse disorders and situational homelessness, and she’s on the board of directors for the Lexington Forum and the University of Kentucky Collegiate Recovery Community. Her commitment to these organizations and own life experiences inform an optimistic outlook on what it means to be a woman in the workforce. “Women actually have a unique advantage in business that we sometimes forget: we are extremely adaptable and multi-taskers by nature,” she said.

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Dr. Lori Rivera, ND of Naturopathic Housecalls practices a form of medicine founded on the ideals of the healing power of nature, education of clients, treatment of the whole person and preventive practices, among other guiding principles, bringing holistic medicine right to clients’ homes. “My practice is a revival of the ‘old ways of doing medicine’ by being a housecall practice,” Rivera explained. “I find that by allowing a client to meet with me in the comfort of their own surroundings, especially when they are not feeling well, helps them to feel understood, and more open and free to communicate in the privacy of their own home.” Rivera began her medical career in cardiology, before finding naturopathic medicine as a way to encourage the human body’s ability to heal itself with the right tools. Currently, she is focused on the intricate “detective work” involved with various physiological testing options that enable her to uncover the root causes of disease, then treating the body as a whole with a focus on good food, vitamin support and simple yet vital lifestyle adjustments. After an extensive career, she’s found that a simple cure is often the most effective. “The most important lesson I’ve learned, having been in medicine for so long, is that love heals everything,” she said “It may not cure the problem, but love is such a tremendous force when you are working with those who have been chronically ill for a long time. You change their world and yours when everything you give is from your heart and soul.”

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“My niche is providing hyperpersonalized advice, I really get to know my clients,” explained Audrey Back, a financial advisor with Edward Jones - Chevy Chase. “I want to understand their goals, what’s important to them and their comfort with risk before we start looking at any statements or investments. Taking a holistic approach and understanding the entire financial picture is important, so that I can provide smart, responsible advice based on their personalized strategy.” In addition to guiding clients toward their financial goals, Back is dedicated to the local community through her support of the Alzheimer’s Association. And as Back’s second career, her role at Edward Jones has been defined by personal drive, client success and a mission to empower more women in her community. “I came to Edward Jones with a mission and a vision of getting more women engaged in investing and to be a resource for any questions or concerns women may have about how to prepare for their future,” Back, who is also raising a daughter, said. “I’m excited to see the landscape of our industry changing to include more women and I feel grateful to work for a company that’s genuinely focused on its people and creating a more diverse workplace.”

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Lexington native and University of Kentucky graduate Amy Rowell operates one of the region’s most beloved and unique businesses in PK’s Gift Closet, where customers can find quarterly subscription boxes that provide items related to events and holidays in the calendar year for easier gifting. “Gifting, giving and helping others is who I am, I love to deliver that joy,” Rowell said. “The background on PK is that it was a nickname given to me by a dear friend who passed away in 2001. It is short for ‘Princess Kitty.’ He was so vibrant and full of life, so when I started tinkering around with business ideas, I decided that I wanted to use that nickname as the spirit of my brand.” In addition to putting her love of gifting to work at PK’s, Rowell is also a hospitality and customer experience and amenities consultant, as well as a volunteer for local charities. Throughout her work as well as her community involvement, she’s also become a fierce advocate for the type of treatment women should expect in the workplace. “I think that women need to know, especially now, that there is no excuse for anyone to make you feel uncomfortable or less than,” she said. “Let someone know or find a healthier environment for you if that is not the case. It’s okay to put yourself first in order to take care of yourself and your wellbeing.”

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Mary Ann Morris fell in love with the real estate industry when she first moved to Lexington, searching for her own family home. Then, following her successful acquisition of a realtor license, she found a passion for mentoring, teaching and coaching other agents, driving her to become a broker. “I was the principal broker of a large franchise brokerage for over a year, which allowed me to gain a wealth of experience and knowledge,” Morris said. “But I quickly realized that opening a small, boutique brokerage would allow me the opportunity to cultivate long-lasting relationships with like-minded realtors.” In November 2020, she realized that dream as well, opening Bluegrass Properties Group to serve clients in a hightouch way and work with realtors who share her viewpoint. Morris, who also serves the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors as an MLS committee chair and member of its professional standards committee, has clearly followed her passion to multiple points of success in her career, and shared that experience as her greatest professional lesson to date. “The most important lesson I have learned is to never stop learning,” she said. “Always find time to dive into whatever motivates you and gives you the courage to keep going. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, find a great mentor and don’t compare yourself to anyone.”

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Crystal Geis, the driving force and founder of AD-IOS marketing company which was established in 2016 and founder of The Lift Bar Med Spa established 2021, a graduate of WKU. Crystal and her team are passionate about providing their solutions for both, small and big business. Defining what success looks like, while implementing two decades of business consulting and strategies has become her passion. Victory runs in her veins and watching her clients efficiently thrive allows her to sleep at night. Your marketing should be far more than just aesthetically pleasing, it should create efficiency internally. She saw the need and shifted AD-IOS Marketing Co. to become a full-stack development company by creating custom databases, employee portals, inventory tracking, scheduling systems, and more. The team at AD-IOS is transparent about analytics and delivers comprehensive monthly reporting. Crystal is a true visionary and facilitates the onboarding process of every client to ensure proper translation of AD-IOs’s comprehensive service line. While work is everything to Crystal she still somehow manages to put family first. Crystal is bold and sets expectations that are far beyond mediocre, aspiring to continuously raise the bar, in return, both clients and teammates love working under her leadership and direction. She is a true catalyst in the marketing arena that guarantees results and will exceed your expectations!

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Kathryn Curnutte Farmer serves the region’s pets and their owners with supreme care and attention at Sheabel Veterinary Hospital with its founder and her father, Dr. Michael Gentry. Today, as its practice manager and a part owner of the business, along with Dr. Michelle Jude, Farmer’s work has continued with the same focus on animal care. “We offer the highest-quality veterinary medicine, puppy school, doggie day school, boarding and grooming services, all in one location,” Farmer explained. Farmer, along with her husband Chris, also owns Mr. Appliance franchises in Georgetown and Northeast Louisville where she handles accounting and payroll services — and the couple also has four adult children, three dogs and two cats. With such professional and personal success (and so many responsibilities), Farmer has an insightful perspective on the challenges and rewards of being a woman in the workplace. “One challenge that I feel women face in all industries, including pet care, is finding work/life satisfaction,” she said. “Giving 110% at work and also having the time and energy to take care of family and other responsibilities can be daunting. Setting boundaries that allow you to thrive in all areas of your life is important, yet challenging at times.”

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Picking up audio editing as a hobby in 2005, Jennifer Longworth never envisioned it as a career. But then, in 2009, she was volunteering as a call screener at a radio network when she became an on-air personality, audio editor and producer. This led to a career as a freelance podcast editor, which soon became her current business, Bourbon Barrel Podcasting. “My focus is on serving Kentuckians who podcast,” Longworth explained. “I’m one of the few Central Kentuckians who attends and speaks at national podcast conferences.” Today, Longworth also works as a full-time office manager at United Real Estate Lexington KY and as a programs assistant at The Breckenridge Alzheimer’s care facility. But her evenings are dedicated to her podcasting business. Finding the podcast editing community to be a male-dominated field rife with “mansplaining,” Longworth co-founded Just Busters, a 1,400 member Facebook community for women in her field to support one another. When asked for the chief piece of advice she offers those who seek her help, Longworth shared a simple lesson. “Don’t underestimate the power of traditional networking,” she said. “Get yourself out there, however you can.”

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Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, and born to a family of blue-collar workers, Ozlem E. Davis arrived in Richmond in 2001 prepared to work as a Turkish translator, but with little demand for that line of work, she enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting. Oz now puts that degree to use in her company Peer House, an accounting firm that provides financial reporting, consulting, benchmarking, forensic accounting, training services and more. “We currently serve clients in 55 cities covering 29 states,” Davis said. “We strive to provide excellent services and develop a strong connection with our clients.” Davis is also a devoted wife and mother, spending most of her time outside of work nurturing her valued personal relationships. She also volunteers with CASA of Lexington, a non-profit providing advocacy for victims of child abuse and neglect. Through what has surely been a personal and professional journey with many peaks and valleys, Davis has learned that maintaining an even keel and keeping everything in perspective are the keys to success. “Nothing is as good as it seems but nothing is as bad as it seems either. Somewhere in between lies reality,” Davis said, quoting a mentor of hers. “Don’t be swayed easily by news in either direction.”

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Stephanie Aschmann Spires of Spires Strategies is a business strategist, focused on helping women and nonbinary entrepreneurs invest in themselves and their ideas. Spires offers her clients a combination of coaching as well as traditional business consulting services including marketing, strategic planning, and business development. “Spires Strategies is about coaching, consulting and connecting,” Spires explained. Spires hosts a monthly meetup for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Additionally she serves on the Fayette County Board of Education and the Kentucky School Boards Association’s Board of Directors, is the mother of four with another on the way and has been a foster parent for more than 10 years. Through it all, much of her personal and professional life has been dedicated to supporting fellow female business leaders. “Women struggle with imposter syndrome and having confidence to explore their business ideas. They also struggle to have their ideas funded by banks and angel investors who are often men and do not understand their ideas or market,” Spires said. “My clients have great ideas, but need help with strategic business planning and securing funding.”

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Mary Porter McKee of Fowler Bell just celebrated her 30th anniversary in the practice of real estate, a major milestone in a career that had an auspicious beginning. “After law school, I started with a firm as a litigator and was dragged into the closing room to ‘fill in’ at the closing table,” Mary McKee recalled. “I fell in love with real estate, the process, the puzzle and the people.” Today, she is a key part of Fowler Bell’s Real Estate practice that puts clients first during what can be some challenging transactions. “We all enjoy providing individuallytailored attention to our clients,” Mary McKee said. “We value one-on-one interactions with our buyers, sellers and business partners. Buying, selling or financing your home or business can be stressful. We love making the process easy and accessible.” In addition, Mary McKee co-owns the McKee’s Marketplace On Main antique shop in Versailles, is a member of numerous professional groups and recently became an empty nester. Looking back after three decades and looking forward to a bright future, her advice to others is notably simple. “My advice to women in business is to find a career that you love,” she said. “If you love your chosen profession, and the people you work with, you will find joy in every day.”

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“I was raised in the HVAC industry, as my parents started Monthie Mechanical in 1993,” said Erika Bledsoe of MMI Climate Solutions. “My path circled back to HVAC when I moved back to Lexington in 2010 and applied my knowledge to the newlyemerging home automation market, customization of system designs and zoning in HVAC.” Erika Bledsoe may be a legacy HVAC professional, but MMI Climate Solutions is fairly unique within the industry as an HVAC contractor that is owned and operated primarily by women. “As a woman business owner in a maledominated field, gaining credibility as a professional in the HVAC industry has been the largest hurdle for me,” Bledsoe said. “I’m often asked what role my husband plays and I simply answer, ‘moral support.’” Outside of her professional life, Bledsoe has been a committed foster parent for the past five years, she’s a member of the Bourbon Barrel Land Cruisers off-road club and operates a commercial and residential real estate company. While it can be a challenge to successfully juggle all of these things, the growth and reputation of MMI Climate Solutions demonstrates that Erika Bledsoe has learned many lessons in her career. “Many people are going to doubt you, man or woman,” she said. “Self belief is a selffulfilling prophecy. Don’t let fear dictate your success and everything else will fall into place.”

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Becky Jones has been working with cable television and streaming ad management company Viamedia since it was founded 20 years ago. In her career, she’s overseen the growth of a business that supports its customers, community and colleagues. “It’s a joy and a privilege to work at a company whose culture is deeply rooted around a commitment to service,” Jones said. “Not only service to our customers, but to each other. We are a very supportive, empowering and innovative company that looks at every opportunity with the confidence that we will deliver results. And we do.” Jones embodies that dedication to community through work like volunteering as a marketing consultant for SCORE Lexington and in supporting the teammates of her two young sons. In these mentorship roles, she passes on the lessons that have made her such a strong leader at Viamedia. “Thanks to some incredible examples of strong leadership, I learned a long time ago that it’s my responsibility to make my spot at the table. I had to ensure I was always using my voice the right way and at the right time, while also listening to others input and opinions,” she said. “I confront challenges without fear and with the intention of a positive resolution.”

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Meridian Wealth Management is a registered investment advisor firm with offices in Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee and Arizona, known for the incredible value it places on its relationships with clients. Embodying this unique quality, Vice President Suzanne Powell recently finished opening a new Meridian office in Florida, where the firm expects to establish long-lasting and impactful relationships with a host of new clients. “I love the relationships that I’ve developed with my clients,” said Powell, who, along with her husband Chris, has six kids ages 10 through 18. Powell is also the board chair for Arbor Youth Services, the treasurer of the Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation, and an outspoken and active advocate for women in the financial services industry. “I always say, we need more women financial advisors,” she explained. “This is a great industry for women because we organically love to help people and we want to make a difference. The only challenge that women face is that there are not enough women in this business. I try my best to encourage students and those who I meet to consider this business as a profession.”

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The Land Group— a rapidly-growing, boutique title and escrow company — thrives on a foundation of strong customer relationships and accurate closings. “Our business is built upon serving clients as dedicated partners and assisting them through the closing process to help them create a memorable experience for their clients,” managing partner and lead attorney Karen Mumme explained. Mumme opened her first title at practice when she was 26 years old. The 2008 financial crisis was a pivotal moment in her career. Through the challenges of the recession, she was energized by helping other young women navigate the environment and persevere. From then on, she has made working-with and empowering other women to find success a priority. To date, Mumme remains just as enthusiastic about the opportunity to guide younger team members. “At the Land Group, our young leaders are taught to roll up their sleeves and learn the substance of their work. From my perspective, there is value in learning every aspect of the work that we do — I do the same, and recognize them for their success and growth,” Mumme said. “I was fortunate to have mentors who guided me through my early career as a young female attorney, and now I take pride in helping other young women navigate these challenges through their early careers.”

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Lexington’s ExecuTrain is a training institution offering onsite services and online classes customized for a range of client needs, whether they be people training, process orientations, technology management or otherwise. President and CEO Crinda Francke has been working in the training and development industry for more than two decades, serving thousands of Kentucky organizations as they design and implement their employee training programs over that period. “I have always loved helping people improve,” Francke explained. “Our ability to customize the solution to each individual client’s need as it relates to people, process and technology is what sets us apart.” Francke is also a volunteer facilitator at PATHS, which helps currently and formerly incarcerated women join and succeed in the global workforce, and serves on local boards dedicated to improving the lives of women and families. It’s clear that her motivational leadership style can be incredibly inspiring in any volunteer setting. “Never give up, stick to your plan, even though at times you will need to adjust, pivot and flex,” she advised. “Don’t forget why you started your journey and use that commitment to move forward and celebrate every success, no matter how big or small.”

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Cyndi Spivey’s Amazon Finds Cyndi is a Lexington fashionista whose blog is dedicated to helping women over 40 look and feel their best. “I’m a firm believer that true beauty begins on the inside and laughter is good for the soul,” she says. But obviously, a cute outfit helps! Cyndi shares her favorite online bargains. We asked her to share some of her favorite fall Amazon finds with you. Check out her blog and shop these looks at or on Instagram @cyndispivey!

Befettly Delicate Choker Necklace ($12.99)

YNIQUE Satchel Set in Light Brown ($31.44)

Astylish Corduroy Shacket ($3.68!! - $33.99)

SOJOS Round Classic Sunglasses in Crystal Brown ($14.98)

VIISHOW V Neck Cable Knitted Sweater ($26.99 - $30.99)

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Go for pieces that are snug to the fit to allow for easy movement and warmth.

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Swif tland P ul l ove r Hoo die, $60 | REI Co-op

Ash C roppped Half Zip Jacke t, $75 | Fabl e tics

Pack It Up Jacke t, $138 | Lul ul emon

For a true fitness junkie, the cooler days aren't stopping them from getting that daily workout in! It just means you put a few more layers and bundle up to keep that warmth in and moisture out.

Scub a Ove rsized 1/2 Zip Hoo die, $118 | Lul ul emon

From multi-purpose jackes, fleece-lined leggings and the perfect pair of gloves, you're sure to be prepared for the start of those chilly morning runs.

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Al l the Right Places High-Rise C rop Legging, $118 | Lul ul emon

Winte r Warm Fl eece-Lined High Wais t Leggings, $50 | C lai re and C lara

Women’s Winte r Warm Tight, $89 | The North Face

Run for It Al l Hoo ded Gl oves, $48 | Lul ul emon

G o-To Sweatpant, $70 | Fabl e tics

Whether you're running outside, doing backyard yoga or heading to the gym, a perfect pair of sweats or leggings can't be beat for that all-around comfort. If you're staying outside for your workout then you'll want to opt for bottoms that are fleece-lined or on the thicker side to help hold in that heat... not to mention, they're unbelievably cozy and comfortable. Winte r Bl ur™ Pom Pom Beanie, $35 | Col umbia Sportswear

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You can't forget that noggin! If you're exercising outdoors, it's important to wear a beanie to keep your body warmth in.

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F O R FA L L Every season deserves a complete staple wardrobe, especially during the fall. It's essential to be comfortable and cozy while also staying stylish. Olive You Boutique has the perfect selection of style staples to get you set for the fall and winter months!

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Fall is finally here which means it's time to put away the bright and pastel makeup shades and pull out the those earthy fall tones we all know and love. There's just something about a warm eye or a bold red lip that makes us feel like we've arrived with the perfect autumn aesthetic.

Here are some of our favorites...

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Go for amber-toned blushes to keep your face warm and don’t forget to hit the bridge of your nose for that perfect sunkissed look, even when the days start to get cooler.




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No more dramatic cateye. We've now shifted towards the more refined kitten eye. This daintier trend is easy to achieve and allows for a clean eye look, which is a huge favorite during the fall season to pair with a darker, bold lip.



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SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in 'Globetrotter', $10 | Maybelline





01. Pressed Powder Shadow in shade 'Mission', $4.50 | Colour Pop 02. 'Big Poppy' Shadow Palette, $14 | Colour Pop 03. 'EARTH' eyeshadow palette, $10 | Essence Makeup 04. Baked Blush in shade 'Bella Bellini', $28 | Melani 05. Tartelette™ Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, $39 | Tarte Cosmetics 06. 'The Child' eyeshadow palette, $16 | Colour Pop


07. 'Cheek to Chic' blush, $40 | Charlotte Tilbury 08. Eyeliner Stylo, $28 | NARS 09. Monochrome Moment Velvet Blush in shade 'She's Adorable', $32 | Patrick TA


10. Epic Ink Liner, $9 | NYX Professional Makeup DOSE OF COLORS LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICK | $18 ...the go-to matte stick! 11. 'Berry Me 2'


12. 'Brick'

Easily spice up your "nomakeup" fall look with a bold lip. Saturated hues aren't just for the summer time.

13. 'Truffle' 14. 'Warm Me Up' 15. 'Talk is Chic" 16. 'Ripe Berry"

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A change in the season usually means that most women want to do something different with their hair. We are all guilty of saying “I don’t know if I want to grow it out or chop it off” but as Sweata Weatha nears, here are some options that may give you all of the feels. We reached out to the Pro’s at LUX HAIR BAR for some insight on what the popular trends are as the weather changes.

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LUX Hair Bar is shedding some light on some of our readers most common complaint, hair loss. Owner Justin Vaugh Greer adds “Most people think of hair loss predominantly affecting men when in fact 40% of all women experience hair loss by age 50. Hair loss in women can be due to a variety of reasons such as hormones, stress, lifestyle changes and COVID to name a few. Thankfully, women are discussing their hair loss concerns with their stylist and that has allowed LUX to have a few new tools in our arsenal. At LUX Hair Bar, we have developed an affordable, instant solution to combat hair loss.”

LUX Hair Bar now offers VOMOR hair thickening treatment, which is really exciting and offers instant results. This package is a 15-30 minute service done every 6 weeks (typically at the same appointment you have for your regularly scheduled cut and color) that is low maintenance, and damage free that starts under $300. Your stylist will customize a plan that adds in hair tape extensions in strategic areas that increase volume and length. We were amazed at the before and after photos that show these taped extensions, it really brought back the youth to so many women’s faces in under 30 min. Not to mention that these taped extensions are secure, and essentially maintenance free. LUX Hair Bar advises that you call for you complementary consultation. Not ready to make the commitment to hair thickening extensions? You could opt for what I am trying, the Aveda Invati 3-part system. Invati uses an advanced hair loss shampoo coupled with a scalp revitalizer and conditioner that is proven to reduce hair loss by 53% and instantly thicken hair by 94%. It doesn’t hurt that all Aveda products smell divine. I will report back with my results on this system. LUX is offering a variety of services to add instant shine and conditioning to make your hair feel new again for fall!

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Rachel and Josh Barrett both grew up in Richmond, Ky. They met while in college at EKU working on a political campaign. While they didn’t hit it off right away, the power of social media helped them reconnect in the summer of 2019. With a little help from colleagues and family, the two had their first date at the end of June and have been inseparable since. Under the guise of attending a political fundraiser, Josh had Rachel meet him in Frankfort at the Old State Capitol in August of 2020. To her surprise, she was greeted by Josh, a photographer and a diamond ring. “We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding, and we love the Savannah, Georgia area. We had scheduled several venue tours around coastal Georgia, but Quinney Oaks was our first stop,” Rachel explained. “As soon as we arrived, the owner, Mrs. Judy, greeted us at her amazing home with open arms. The grounds were absolutely perfect and exactly what we had envisioned for our day: the perfect epitome of elegance and Southern charm. We canceled all the other venue tours and set a date!” Rachel knew she wanted her big day’s décor to be classic and elegant. She selected cornflower blue as the main color throughout and used details like ginger jars and their shared monogram to bring out the Southern flair. She added, “We also wanted to incorporate touches of Kentucky into the décor, so I loved the horseshoe table numbers and equestrian details around the venue. Of course, our signature cocktail featured Woodford Reserve!” The groom’s cake was modeled after a special edition bottle of Maker’s Mark. As a surprise for her groom, Rachel arranged for a cigar roller to set up during the reception; the couple loved seeing everyone enjoy the surprise, even their moms! Rachel’s bouquet was wrapped with her late grandmother’s handkerchief, embroidered with the couple’s monogram. “I was very close to my grandmother, so that was special to honor her,” Rachel said. They also had a memory table to honor family members who had passed and incorporate photos of other loved ones who weren’t able to be there for the special day.

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The Georgia rain tried to dampen their big day, but everyone worked to ensure that wouldn’t happen. The groomsmen sang a cappella before the ceremony so the bride wouldn’t hear the pouring rain. They even carried her dress to keep it out of the mud. The venue used leaf blowers to dry off guests’ chairs. “My dad said you could still smell the smoke from the two-cycle engines in the air as we walked down the aisle,” Rachel laughed. In spite of that, the couple loved their wedding. “It was such an honor to see all the people who had traveled from far and wide to be with us on our special day,” Rachel reflected. “We loved every minute of our wedding day. The things that didn’t go as planned just made for fun memories that we look back and laugh at.”


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Scratch cooking dine at Graze at the Woodlands


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we're about Champagne! Madeline Flynn, the artist behind Mad.Champagne, turns bottles into celebratory keepsakes. What started as an engagement gift for her twin brother in 2019, has turned into a nonstop party celebrating any occasion. From birthdays to house closings, weddings and proposals, to everything in between, custom painted champagne and bourbon bottles are the perfect addition to any celebration! Bottles are ordered exclusively through Instagram: @mad.champagne | Pricing: $60-$145

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Tour it! That’s right... you can see this awesome Southern Living Idea House up close and personal!

Purchase tickets today: Or check it out in the October issue of Southern Living!


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Idea House 2021

photo by Marta Xochilt Perez | Southern Living | October 2021


The rear covered porch encomapsses over 500 sq. ft. of outdoor living space with a sitting area and dining room. Centered around a cozy fireplace, this space is perfect for year-round use. The signature “haint blue” ceiling is painted in Sherwin-Williams’ Emerald Rain Refresh Exterior in Misty (SW 6232). Zuri Premium Decking in Hickory by Royal Building Products mimics the look of more traditional decking, without all the maintenance. The teak Summer Classics Home furniture has a great, classic look, yet can stand up beautifully to the elements. photo by Marta Xochilt Perez | Southern Living • details courtesy Southern Living 144

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His & Hers

When Bill and Laura Weldon took ownership of Closet Factory in Louisville and Lexington this past July, the business came with a marquee design project already in progress: the closet system, décor and staging for the Southern Living Idea House 2021 main closet. Artisan Signature Homes designed and built the house “on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River” in a new development, The Breakers At Prospect. Based on a solid and successful working relationship, Artisan Signature Homes “had faith in us and gave us the opportunity,” says Bill of Closet Factory. The only direction Closet Factory received for the Southern Living Idea House Main Closet project was a combined “male/female closet” with “muted color schemes.” Former Closet Factory owner Jerry Ostertag designed the closet system to ensure it was “functional and looked great in the space.” The project was 95% complete when the Weldons took over, completing trim work, accessories, glass shelving and drawers. They hit one small obstacle with a waiting period on the undermount soft-close drawers. For the first week that the Idea House was open to the public, the main closet had different drawers! Jerry’s wife and former Closet Factory co-owner Marilyn Jones worked closely with Laura Weldon on the main closet décor and staging. Laura chose hat stands, jewelry and other accessories, such as a selection of handbags, appealing to the affluent “Southern woman.” “We built the closet system to complement the house, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our entire team took a day to go and see it,” says Laura. The Home Manager told them that, as they tour the closet, people love playing with the updated drawers, double-layer jewelry trays and pulldowns for convenient storage of out-of-season clothes. Laura says clients are moving away from large, heavy bedroom dressers and bureaus in favor of sitting areas and custom closets. In another space-saving move, homeowners add queen-size Murphy beds to offices or craft spaces, freeing up former guest rooms for other purposes. “Due to COVID, people have spent more time at home organizing and completing home improvement projects,” she explained. To see this closet for yourself – as well as the rest of the Idea House – purchase tour tickets at: artisansignaturehomes. com/ideahouse by Dawn Anderson | photos by Dick Arnspiger | October 2021





Be reinspired. See your wardrobe in a whole new light. You will wonder why you didn't do this sooner. Call (859) 227- 0277 for a free in-home or virtual design consultation and estimate. Visit us online at ©2021 Closet Factory. All right reserved. RE-A A A

, y He ! n i k p m Pu Forget tricks... pumpkin season is a nonstop treat! From cute décor to sweet accessories, there's nothing to fear about these great gourds! If you're ready to dive into October (or a pile of leaves) headfirst, check out these seasonal goodies!

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Aromatique Pumpkin Spice Candle $12.50 | Stacked Tabletop Pumpkins $24.99 |

10oz Terracotta Pumpkin Candle $15 | Pumpkin Mini Hooked Pillow $20 | 148

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Bungalow Pumpkins $49.50 |

Bisque Pumpkins

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MacKenzie-Childs Pumpkins


Luxe Gothic Garland $89.97


Worthington Garland $89.50

Pumpkin Spice Sweater $69.50 | October 2021 |


Large Fall Foliage Drop Bouquet $58.95 |

Neutral Gourd Collection $5–$189 |

White Pumpkin Ribbon $18.95 |

Harvest Pumpkin Linen/Cotton Table Runner $99 | 152

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ONE Flannel, $25.50 | Bath & Body Works. TWO Pumpkin Apple, $25 | Bath & Body Works. THREE Capri Blue Pumpkin Clove Jar Candle, $34 | Anthropologie. FOUR Hot Maple Toddy, $24.99 | Candleberry Candles. FIVE Toasted Pumpkin Spice, $29 | Moxie & Grace. SIX Sweater Weather, $14.50 | Bath & Body Works. SEVEN Marshmallow Fireside, $13.50 | Bath & Body Works. EIGHT Pumpkin Praline Waffles, $24.99 | Candleberry Candles.

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Meet the 2021 Home Color Trends

by Benjamin Moore

Aegean Teal

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Atrium White


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Kingsport Gray

Chestertown Buff

Rosy Peach


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easons are changing, which means we're all looking at the newest interior design trends on the horizon.

That's right, home color trends have come a long way since the neutral gray and beige walls that we used to know and love. Homes are now filled with bold and cheerful hues and we're being fully supportive. Who wouldn't love to walk into someone's home and be greeted with happiness... and by happiness, we mean golden yellows and sea blues. Benjamin Moore carries interior paints that have been used and loved by people for many years and their 2021 Home Color Trends continued to steer us in the right direction. Their new releases include warm and cozy hues with their shining star being "Aegean Teal". This color is everything!

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If you're ready for a change and want to give your home a little facelift, we're here to give you the one and only tip you need: use color!

There's something about this beautiful teal color that seems to work in every room, no matter the placement or aesthetic and we're here to show you how!

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kitchen Looking for accent colors to use in accessories or adjacent walls? Go for warm and inviting shades like "Chestertown Buff" or "Potters Clay". Even finding a vase or tea towels can create that cohesive yet unique kitchen atmosphere for you and all of your guests during the fall season.

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When designing the kitchen, Aegean Teal works perfectly as an accent wall or even on the bottom section of your kitchen cabinets. Try it on the island alone or maybe a backsplash color for your built in shelving. Pairing this beautiful shade with natural woods is a winning combo in any kitchen.

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Your home office should be a place that brings you joy and inspires you. Fill that space with color to help keep your mind alive and creative. Whether it's applied to your desk, bookshelf or an accent wall with some of your favorite reads and resources; any way you go, these beautiful shades will create a room you'll never want to leave.

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The bathroom is a no-brainer when it comes to this beautiful shade of blue. What else looks more calming and clean? Anytime you incorporate a cool tone paired with crisp whites and modern metals you've got a winning combo. Paint your cabinets or an accent wall behind your sink to completely transform your simple bathroom to a luxurious escape.

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bedroom Aegean Teal is also the perfect shade for a bedroom makeover. It's cool, yet cozy and creates the perfect foundation to build from. Use it as an accent wall or maybe just a footboard below your bed. This beautiful shade pairs well with neutrals and whites so you can keep your bedding gender neutral and the hubbs is satisfied! Looking for those accents tones? Stick to the more neutral tones in the bedroom to keep from having too many colors in the room where you're meant to wind down and relax.

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STORE HOURS: Tuesday - Friday 10AM - 6PM Saturday 10AM - 4PM Sunday & Monday - Closed

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Boone Contracting Boone Contracting, founded by Lexington native Jarrod Gabbard, has been offering boutique, turn-key contracting since 2016. Concentrating on residential and multi-family remodeling and design & build construction, they are focused on turning their clients dream projects into a reality. Their process emphasizes blending function with personal style for a showstopping result. Team Boone relies on a full crew, including; an Operations manager, Project Managers, Tradesmen, Engineers, Architects, Designers, and support staff. Each, the very best at what they do, helping to solidify their reputation as a trustworthy and capable group. Boone Contracting also places an emphasis on partnering with local vendors, sourcing top-quality materials for both commercial and residential projects. When asked what sets their work apart, Gabbard reflects on his background in Corporate America and says, “I believe there are a few things which really make Boone Contracting different. First and foremost, we genuinely care for our employees. Team Boone is very much family.” With honesty and integrity at the forefront of their values as a company, Jarrod and his talented team are constantly pushing themselves with bigger and more challenging projects.



On the Commercial side, they work with property management teams and property owners to execute large scale apartment complex renovations. Each year Boone Contracting renovates or builds 250+ apartments in Central Kentucky. Boone Contracting’s Residential Team works with clients on Design & Build projects which include: New home construction, home additions, kitchen, bath and basement remodels. Homeowners should consider a few things when choosing a designer or contractor for their next project. Gabbard offers some advice. “First, do your homework. It’s important to know who you’re inviting into your home and into your project. I encourage our customers to come by our beautiful office and see the investment we have made in the community. We plan to be here for many years to come and we think it shows.” Also, see if your potential contractor is a member of the BBB and check their rating. Make sure that your contractor is willing and able to pull


the proper building permits. Looking for a meaningful way to give back to Lexington, Jarrod partnered with Clay Leavall of Kitchen Concepts and Pieratt’s for the first-ever Dream Kitchen Giveaway. Reflecting on how the project took shape, Gabbard said. “Clay and I happened to get reconnected through a men’s’ conference at our Church and began doing some projects together. We kicked around the idea of being able to use what we did in our professional lives to make an impact in our community. We considered ourselves blessed to be working during the pandemic, and yet utterly saddened for those whose lives have been turned on end.” The team awarded a $35,000 kitchen renovation to a lucky Kentucky family earlier this year.

Boone Contracting (859) 252-1889




Do you have a Mischievous Pet?

  A P Administrative Supervisor and Marketing Specialist, Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency

Nothing gives a pet parent a bigger scare than to find out their beloved pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t have. Here are some of the most common toxicities we see and what you should do if you find your pet has gotten into something toxic. We are here to help! If you suspect or know your pet has gotten into something toxic, your first step should always be to call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-886-7965) and get a case started with a toxicologist, a specialist veterinarian in toxic substances. Be aware, there is a fee for calling to consult with the toxicologist as they will take time to perform calculations and advise you on how serious the toxicity is in relation to the amount of the toxin ingested and the size of your pet. Having packaging available can be helpful for calculating toxic doses. The toxicologist will then advise you on whether there is anything you can do from home, or if you need to seek immediate veterinary care for your pet.

DOGS: Chocolate Mouse/rat poison Tylenol/ibuprofen Xylitol (sugar free gum and other sugar-free foods)

Grapes/raisins Prescription drugs Marijuana

If advised to seek veterinary care, always call the ER before you arrive to ensure the team is prepared to see your pet promptly. Write down the Pet Poison case number provided to you as the veterinarian will need this number to consult with the toxicologist when creating a treatment plan for your pet (included in the one-time fee paid to Pet Poison). Depending on the nature of the toxicity and the risks it poses to your pet’s internal organs or central nervous system, it may be advised for your pet to be hospitalized with IV fluids, medications, diagnostics, and other life-saving treatments to ensure they recover from their toxic substance encounter. Time is of the essence in many toxicity cases. If you wait too long to consult with a toxicologist or seek veterinary care, it can mean life or death for your pet as body organs sustain irreversible damage. As always, the best treatment for your pet is prevention. Knowledge of what substances are toxic to your pet and proper storage of these items away from curious noses can help prevent accidents and costly visits to the veterinary ER. As a safe measure, we recommend storing the following numbers in your phone for emergency situations.

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CATS: Lilies Canine flea/tick medications Household cleaners Onions/garlic Essential oils Anti-depressants/antiinflammatory/stimulant medications

Pet Poison Helpline: 855-886-7965 Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency: 859-268-7604

Mouse/rat poison Vitamin D overdose Anti-freeze


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We’re highlighting some of Lexington’s best Pet Care businesses.We would be happy to leave our little fur friends with of these professionals and know that they’re being taken care of as their own! PHOTOS BY: Kelsey Berry and Mike Cyrus


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Leslie and Sarah Stewart were inspired by their dog Lily to open Southern Barker, driven by a desire to find the right products for their own animal family member. “Before we knew it, our dream of a little dog store became a reality,” recalled Sarah. “Our main goal as a business is to help as many dogs as we can have the greatest quality of life that they can.” Southern Barker specializes in holistic pet nutrition, with a wide selection of raw dog food, pet nutrition consults, custom birthday cakes and a monthly box of themed goodies offered for subscription. Many of the items are curated by the owners’ own dogs — a yorkiepoo and two mini schnauzers for Leslie and a Portuguese water dog, rescue dog and two toy poodles for Sarah. “We always strive to find the best quality products for our customers and we never sell anything that we don’t stand behind,” Leslie said. “Our dogs love being our product testers!” The business is operated with a “Southern charm” and hospitable philosophy, embedded with a feeling of home in its original location as customers first walk in and with all of their needs considered. As the Stewart pair works to establish a second location in Lexington, it will also be expanding services to offer a grooming salon and spa, daycare, larger retail area and more.

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Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic offers incredible wisdom, energy, experience and heart to its animal visitors and their owners, with the help of five licensed veterinarians and a dedicated staff of well-trained technicians, assistants and customer service representatives. “Our veterinarians are well-qualified to care for your pets, providing annual wellness examinations, nutritional counseling, care for illness and injury, treatment for a chronic health issue, emergency care and surgical procedures seven days a week,” according to the practice. “All of our veterinarians are from Kentucky and have a heart for the Bluegrass and caring for Central Kentucky pet owners. Our clients and patients are like family and friends to us, and we pride ourselves on knowing you and your pet by name. Plus, we are open every day because we know your dog’s or cat’s illness doesn’t know the day of the week, and that is very convenient for our clients with busy schedules.” Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic’s owner, Dr. Kevin Smith, represents the lifelong passion that drives the practice’s personnel and its level of care.


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PetSuites Hamburg is a full-service dog and cat boarding facility with overnight boarding, daycare, grooming and training, not to mention an enticing retail selection of items that help owners keep their pets happy and healthy. “We help any dog or cat that needs a safe place to stay overnight, to have playtimes during the day while mom and dad are at work, or a dog who had fun at the park and needs a cleanup,” Bradley Allison, the General Manager, said. “The relationships we build with our pets and pet parents are what make our facility really special. Every staff member is an animal lover who treats all of our guests as if they were our own. We want it to feel like you’re dropping your pets off at a friend’s house instead of a facility.” The team at PetSuites provides baths, haircuts, playtime and more to ensure that visitors have the most fun they can while away from their parents. “We try our hardest to make sure we match their at-home routine to avoid any unnecessary stress,” Bradley added. “We put our pets first and are happy to provide daily updates to ensure comfort while away on your trip.”


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Local Haunts With a long history and stunning architecture, it’s no wonder that people love to visit Lexington. If you believe the tales, some even linger here in the afterlife. Many spots throughout our city are rumored to be haunted, with stories of unexplained sounds, strange occurrences and even sightings of apparitions in the night. These hair-raising Local Haunts have stories that frighten and captivate – with a little chaser of some fascinating local history. by Amanda Harper

Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate 120 Sycamore Road • 40502

This historic home in Lexington served as a refuge for “The Great Compromiser,” Henry Clay. A statesman for half a century, Clay was a key figure in Washington, D.C. Getting to the farm he built in Kentucky meant he could unwind and reflect out of the public eye. So perhaps that’s why the home is thought to be one of his favorite places to linger in the afterlife. Sightings of Clay’s ghost have been reported in what was originally the parlor (now staged as his personal study). Some guests have said they spotted his spirit leaning against the mantel, looking at the mementoes of his many achievements in life. photo courtesy of Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, edited by Amanda Harper | October 2021


Loudoun House


209 Castlewood Drive • 40505

Built in the 1850s, Loudoun House is considered one of the greatest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the state and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior has a spooky feel all on its own, but the home’s only inhabitants are even more frightening.

Some say that one of the ghosts is surely the wife of the home’s original owner, Francis Key Hunt. Upon his death, Julia was forced to sell the house she so loved – and named – to move in with her daughter and son-in-law. Perhaps her spirit returned to hear “The Bells of Loudoun” once more.

Guests report seeing two women in Victorian dress, one in the dining room and the other in the west part of the mansion. Some say they can smell a floral perfume lingering in one of the upstairs rooms while others have reported hearing ghostly music and voices. Some even report seeing a mysterious black cat inside!

Locals know that ghosts aren’t the only thing you can see inside Loudoun House; it also happens to be the home of the Lexington Art League! They have converted the mansion’s many rooms into galleries. They have regular exhibitions and are open to the public. photos courtesy of the Lexington Art League

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Transylvania University

300 N Broadway • 40508

While Dracula doesn’t stalk the campus, there have been some unexplained events that live in the school’s legend. Reportedly, a former professor named Constantine Rafinesque placed a curse on the college when he was fired by then president, Rev. Horace Holley (whose wife may have had a dalliance with the nutty professor!) The year after his departure, Rafinesque died of yellow fever. The year after, Transy’s main building burned down. When the graveyard containing his remains was set to be destroyed in the 1920s, some fans of his legend went and dug up what they believe to be his remains and interred them beneath the steps of Old Morrison. (Spoiler alert: it probably wasn’t his bones. Oh well.) Rafinesque’s legend is so cemented in the college’s history that the week leading up to Halloween is named for him. Rafinesque isn’t the only tall tale from campus lore. Students say they sometimes wake in the middle of the night to a male student in gym shorts standing at the foot of their beds who vanishes before their eyes. If you’re a fan of all things eerie, The Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum may be of interest to you. It is a collection of nineteenth-century anatomical models, science artifacts and botanical paintings with a definite spooky edge. The “museum” is currently understaffed, so follow them on Facebook for the latest info regarding when the next available tours might be.

The Sire Hotel

120 West Second Street • 40507

Previously known as Gratz Park Inn, The Sire has a history that dates back to 1916. The building was constructed as a practice for Drs. Waller O. Bullock, David Barrow and David Woolfold Barrow. It was the springboard for Lexington Clinic. Of course, with its long history comes tales of ghosts. People have reported seeing a woman in a white dress and hat on the grounds, as well as a young girl running and playing jacks in the halls. An elderly man is said to turn televisions on and off at all hours. Some have even reported seeing a mournful man lingering in the lower level. | October 2021



201 North Mill Street • 40507

Also known as the Hunt-Morgan House, this federal-style home was built in 1814. It is said that the ghost of John Wesley Hunt wanders the halls, going on about his business as if he is quite unaware of his spectral state. It is rumored that his untimely death by cholera left him working on unfinished business in the hereafter. One of the family’s slaves, Bouviette James, was a caretaker for the Morgan children. She sometimes appears to sick children in the house, singing to them and stroking their hair. She is said to still wear her signature red shoes, gifted to her by John Hunt Morgan. photo courtesy of the Blue Grass Trust

Campbell House Inn

1375 South Broadway • 40504

Built in 1951, this elegant establishment was reportedly the site of two murders in the past. The victims’ spirits are said to roam the halls, opening and closing doors. The hotel has gotten a major renovation recently. Did all that paint cover up the spirits within? You’ll have to spend the night to find out!

The Mansion at Griffin Gate 1800 Newtown Pike • 40511

It’s hard to believe that this grand mansion – built in 1854 – once served as a home to a local family. It is rumored that a teenager, Gretta, haunts the “blue room,” where she is said to have hanged herself after being rejected by a local boy. Lights in this room often flicker and sudden cool breezes tickle guests’ legs as they sit to dine. Gretta apparently gets angry when others are in “her” room, and will shake shutters or swing the chandeliers to show her disapproval. This home largely serves as an event venue now. Fortunately, brides who have been wed there report having no trouble out of Gretta.


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The Lexington Cemetery

833 West Main Street • 40508

Where better to haunt than the city’s largest cemetery? The burial grounds were officially established as a cemetery in 1849. The Lexington Cemetery serves as the final resting place for locals from all walks of life, from Henry Clay and legendary UK coach Adolph Rupp all the way to William “King” Solomon, a drunkard who stayed during the 1833 cholera epidemic to bury the city’s dead, making him a town hero. The beautiful cemetery has a somewhat eerie reputation. While the grounds appear peaceful and serene, guests have reported hearing disembodied voices and even blood-curdling screams. The tombs built into the hills have a foreboding feel that will send chills up your spine. Some have claimed that statues sometimes move. Perhaps most terrifying is the shadow figure guests report seeing near the back of the mausoleum. People who witness the figure say they feel overcome with a sense of anger that they can’t explain. Others report foul smells and other paranormal activity in the spot. While cemeteries may have a reputation as spooky sites, this one is truly stunning. The foliage alone will be worth a trip this month! If you choose to visit, please remember that this is an active cemetery. Please be respectful of people who are there to visit their loved ones. photo by Amanda Harper | October 2021


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Planning to host a ghoulish gettogether this fall? Here’s some spooky, yet chic decor inspiration to help you decorate and entertain beautifully!

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A Storybook Inn


visitors plan trips to the Bluegrass State, one of the top priorities is finding an experience that immerses them in the beauty, history and charm of our state. A Storybook Inn, located at 277 Rose Hill Avenue in Versailles, offers all of that alongside modern updates that make it a luxurious stay that feels like something right out of a fairy tale.



With a history dating back to the early 1800s, it stands the oldest Select Registry Inn in central Kentucky. Historically known as Sunny Hollow or the AmsdenHaupt House, A Storybook Inn served as home to several generations of the descendants of John Amsden, Sr. Over the years, expansions and updates to the original gingerbread Victorian structure helped create an idyllic gathering place for visitors from around the world.

walkways meander through the property, beckoning you out for a stroll among the magnolias, redbuds and roses toward the old stone pond. Beyond the wooded property line, guests can visit Big Spring Park, which boasts a wooded, paved walking trail.

At A Storybook Inn, it is a priority for the Innkeeper to create a tranquil ambiance for the overnight guests. As such, the inn does not host weddings, showers or any event that would in any way disturb the peace and tranquility of overnight guests who have come for a quiet getaway.

Stepping inside, guests immediately notice the fully restored wide-planked Ash hardwood floors. The 31’ long formal living room features Chippendale and plaster cast molding that pops against the rich red walls. Moving into the 23’ long dining room, the original coffered ceiling is breathtaking. The custom imported Italian marbleized plaster finished walls in classic European style make this a beautiful place to linger over dinner and conversation. Breakfast is served in the gorgeous 48’ long convervatory.

The spacious property features a reclaimed, naturally rambling landscape that offers guests the feeling of sitting in a quiet haven away from the world. Stone

There is a working elevator, and the inn is ADAcompliant. The original carriage house now serves as a four-bay garage with a charging station for owners

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of Teslas or Priuses. From hand-pressed high thread count sheets (laundered using green-friendly, nontoxic cleaning agents) to Bubble Massage Whirlpool baths, every comfort of guests is considered and accounted for.

for gracious hospitality, meticulous cleanliness of the inn, a love of history and an eye for excellence. She has turned the stately property and acreage into a one-ofa-kind experience. Visitors remark often, “You have created a rare combination of comfortable elegance.”

A Storybook Inn offers a number of options for accommodations. Four themed suites each offer incredible luxury, from stunning antique furniture to private en suite bathrooms. The Huntsman’s Chase Guesthouse features 3.5 bedrooms. Guests can choose to rent the entire guesthouse or individual bedrooms, depending on availability. It’s perfect for families, honeymooning couples, Keeneland-bound visitors or staycationers who simply want to get away from it all.

A Storybook Inn has twice been awarded Top Ten Best Overall Bed and Breakfast in the US and Top Ten Best Overall in the South. The inn annually earns the Travelers Choice award from TripAdvisor. Several magazines across the US have recognized A Storybook Inn as the best place to stay in the area, whether guests are planning a trip along the Bourbon Trail, in need of a homebase for Keeneland or the Kentucky Derby or enjoying a romantic getaway in the heart of the Bluegrass.

The owner, C. Elise Buckley, holds a genuine passion

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ooking for your very own “homeaway-from-home” for your next getaway? Then an Airbnb rental is your answer! With the arrival of UK football, Keeneland, and basketball season, we took a closer look at some local digs that have everything you need, from rustic charm in the country to Big Blue mania right in the heart of downtown Lexington.

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AirBnB (short for Air Bed and Breakfast) is a specific company that offers vacation rentals, usually housed in homes or apartments across the country. Whether they are run by professional management companies or individuals, these rentals offer a more personal, private experience than hotels. While there are a host of other companies that offer these rentals (Vrbo, or Homestay, for example), “AirBnB” has become a blanket term for these spaces. AirBnBs are hotter than ever, not only among millennials who long for the affordability and authenticity of a “local” home, but among couples and families looking for something different with the privacy they want for their get-togethers. Airbnb prices tend to be cheaper than hotel rates because the owners don’t have the same overhead costs as hotels do. Often you can find a full, private casita for less than $100 a night. Many of them come fully equipped with all the conveniences of home, including dishes and silverware, cooking utensils, linens, towels, and washer/dryer (who doesn’t want access to this while away?!) Try to book early, as these babies fill up quickly!

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Backroads Bakery

Pour Decisions

Backroads offers up tasty cookies and cakes, but the real star of the show are their cheesecakes. From Apple Crumb to Bourbon Banana Pudding, every bite is a delicious surprise.

If you’re looking for a spot to mingle where the menu is dished up with a wink, check out Pour Decisions. Take for instance the “Walk of Shame,” featuring Ace Pineapple Cider poured in a glass that’s rimmed with dark chocolate.

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Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Coles 735 Main

If you’re looking for an upbeat vibe and truly tasty sushi, look no further. Their expensive list of offerings covers everything from Vegan Maki to Truffle Salmon Sashimi. Be sure to grab a cocktail (or two) too!

Executive Chef Cole Arimes ensures that gluten-free doesn’t ever mean bland. From the King Trumpet “Ribs” to their Scottish Salmon, every dish is bursting with flavor and creativity.

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El Rancho Tapatio

This upscale eatery specializes in down-home tastes, from their Famous Sweet Potato Beignets to the Blackened Catfish Plate. Every bite feels like love.

While the El Rancho Tapatio team is proud of their authentic Mexican cuisine, they invite you to stop by for a drink! Their list of specialty margaritas is extensive and creative. On Taco Tuesdays, enjoy 2 for 1 margaritas!







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Epping’s on Eastside

Make your workday a little brighter with this café’s tasty sandwiches, soups and salads. Have Selma’s Famous Chicken Salad on a croissant. Be sure to peruse the Bourbon Bakery before you head back to the office!

If you’re looking for something light, yet satisfying, look no further. From the Jumbo Maine Mussels to the Beef Tallow Fries, each of Epping’s small plate offerings is big on flavor.

720 Henry Clay Blvd. •


264 Walton Ave. •

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Carson’s Food & Drink

CHEW ON THIS: STARTERS THAT DAZZLE The Carson’s menu is packed full of dishes that will delight. Their shareable appetizers pair perfectly with their long list of cocktails. The Grilled Brie, Béarnaise Truffle Fries and Sweet and Spicy Ribs are our favorites. 362 E. Main St. •

Mellow Mushroom CHEW ON THIS: PIZZA

For over 17 years, Mellow Mushroom has been a local go-to for tasty stone baked pizza. From the Mighty Meaty to the Holy Shiitake Pie, this place has its tongue firmly in cheek... but it’s serious about the grub. 503 S. Upper St. •

Carson’s Food & Drink

Castle Farm at The Kentucky Castle CHEW ON THIS: LOCAL FARE

A true Kentucky Proud farm-to-table experience, these dishes are sourced locally where possible – in fact, up to 90% of the produce served is farmed right there at the on-site garden! Because the ingredients are seasonal, so is the menu. 230 Pisgah Pike in Versailles •


Graze has a classic menu that will suit just about every taste. Their drink list complements the food beautifully, from the Kentucky Wildflower cocktail to their carefully selected list of wines.

Graze at The Woodlands

111 Woodland Ave. •

Holly Hill Inn

CHEW ON THIS: LOCAL PRIX FIXE Holly Hill Inn is a charming locale that will woo just about any guest. But their chef-driven, seasonally-inspired prix fixe menus are downright swoon-worthy. 426 N. Winter St. in Midway •

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse CHEW ON THIS: THE RAW BAR

Make no mistake: everything at Jeff Ruby’s is worth writing home about – even the ambiance. But there’s something very special about their raw bar, from the Fire & Ice Seafood Tower to the Russian Osetra Caviar. 101 W. Vine St. • Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse


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J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar CHEW ON THIS: BARBECUE

When they were just a food truck, J. Render’s heard the call from their fans across the state: “more!” They started a brick and mortar location to offer their beloved barbecue, Southern sides and great cocktails. 3191 Beaumont Centre Cir. •

Sedona Taphouse

CHEW ON THIS: WOOD-GRILLED FAVORITES Sedona offers a cozy vibe that’s perfect for meeting up with friends or colleagues. From the Hand Cut Filet Mignon to their Golden Sea Bass, their wood-grilled offerings bring big flavor and satisfying suppers.

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This restaurant has incredible chef-driven dishes that will wow. But we’d be remiss not to let you in on their extensive Bourbon list. From rare sips to well-loved local favorites, OBC (Old Bourbon County) Kitchen is a Bourbon lover’s dream come true. 3373 Tates Creek Rd. •

Infinity: A Skybar & Café

SIP THIS: HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS (WITH A VIEW) Infinity serves up great bites and incredible sips with great views of downtown. From the Moonlight Kiss to their Mojito Mash, you can’t go wrong with their cocktails. OBC Kitchen

150 W. Main St. •

Local LEX Market

CHEW ON THIS: LOCAL BAKED GOODS Local LEX Market features goods handcrafted by local artisans and makers. Their impressive inventory of goods includes some truly tasty snacks, like cookies, fudge, popcorn, cheeseballs, coffee and more. 439 Southland Dr. •

Tony’s of Lexington CHEW ON THIS: BAR MENU

Tony’s is known for big, filling portions and impeccable service. But real insiders know that the real hidden gem at Tony’s is the bar menu. Slightly smaller portions mean more room for their signature sips. 401 W. Main St. • Local LEX Market


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CHEW ON THIS: VEGETARIAN MEXICAN CUISINE While they have lots to offer carnivores, their vegetarian menu is worth taking a look at. From their Saltillo Salad to their Quesadilla Rellena Deluxe, they truly offer something for everyone. Be sure to grab dessert and a cocktail! 910 Beaumont Centre Pkwy •

Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine CHEW ON THIS: MEDITERRANEAN

Locals love this spot, and it’s no wonder why: authentic flavors, awesome value and an awesome lunch special. The King Shawarma Sandwich Plate is a local legend, but you can’t go wrong with anything they dish up. The Merrick Inn

3061 Fieldstone Way

The Merrick Inn

CHEW ON THIS: TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN CUISINE For over 43 years, The Merrick Inn has been a gold standard of Southern dining in Lexington. You can’t go wrong with anything you order. 1074 Merrick Dr. •

Ruth Hunt Candies

CHEW ON THIS: BOURBON BALLS Ruth Hunt’s many offerings – from their iconic Blue Monday bars to indulgent chocolate-covered Oreos – Ruth Hunt has something for every sweet tooth. But their Bourbon balls are a Kentucky classic you’ll want to share. Ruth Hunt Candies

213 Walton Ave. •

Mi Pequeña Hacienda

CHEW ON THIS: HEALTHY MEXICAN CUISINE The Hacienda team prides themselves on offering dishes that won’t weigh you down. From their Healthy Pollo Monterrey to the Grilled Tilapia, they have options that are perfect for a lighter lunch (with all the flavor!)

Wild Eggs

CHEW ON THIS: BREAKFAST If you’re out looking for the most filling breakfast (or brunch! or lunch!) you’re looking for Wild Eggs. From their incredible HouseMade Cinnamon Roll to their can’t-miss Belgian Waffle, you’ll love this spot. Don’t sleep on their morning-friendly cocktails! Wild Eggs | October 2021



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Ingredients: ½ T extra virgin olive oil 1 T minced garlic 1 yellow onion, diced 1 lb. lean ground turkey 14.5-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 14.5-oz. can reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed 14.5-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed Two 14.5-oz. reduced-sodium diced tomatoes 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth 6-oz. can tomato paste 2 T chili powder 2 T cumin 1 T paprika 1 tsp. salt ½ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. cinnamon

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Instructions: Heat a large stockpot over mediumhigh heat, add the oil and cook the garlic, onion, and turkey for about 6-8 minutes until the turkey is cooked and the onions are translucent. Use a wooden spoon to break the turkey up as it cooks. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with optional toppings as desired.

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Quick & Cozy Pumpkin Soup Ingredients: 2 tsp. olive oil ¼ c. yellow onion, minced ½ c. celery, minced ¼ tsp. Kosher salt 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp. curry powder ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 15 oz. pumpkin puree (about 2 cups) 2 c. low sodium vegetable broth ½ c. plain Greek yogurt Instructions: Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until the onions become translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add curry powder, pepper and salt. Cook for another minute. Add the pumpkin purée and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and cook an additional 4 minutes or so, until simmering. Blend using an immersion blender. Add yogurt slowly. If the soup has cooled, return to heat until warmed through. Serve topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted nuts, herbs, a swirl of heavy cream or croutons. (Adapted from Rachel Cooks and The Kitchn) | October 2021


Ingredients: 4 pound butternut squash 3 apples 1 sweet onion 32-ounces reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon rosemary and garlic blend seasoning ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil •Optional: reduced-fat sour cream fresh chives, chopped

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Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º F. Place butternut squash in microwave for 2-3 minutes to soften squash before slicing. Slice the squash lengthwise down the center from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds from squash. Slice onion down center. Spray a roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place squash halves and onion onto roasting pan. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake squash and onions in oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove squash and onions and allow to cool.

Peel and dice apples and add to slow cooker. After squash and onions have cooled, remove skin and chop squash. Add to slow cooker. Dice onions and add to slow cooker. Add chicken broth, rosemary and garlic blend, salt and pepper to slow cooker. Stir all ingredients to mix and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. After squash has cooked, remove bay leaves and using an immersion blender or blender, blend to desired consistency. To serve, top with a (optional) tablespoon of light sour cream and fresh chives. is the nation’s go-to source for all things pop culture and speaks to fans that eat, sleep and play amidst today’s prevailing trends and provides an authentic, one-of-a-kind view of the contemporary landscape.

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