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Medical Tourism

...WHERE PATIENTS TRAVEL TO PROVIDERS AT A DISTANCE WITHIN THE US OR INTERNATIONALLY, HAS GAINED POPULARITY OVER THE LAST DECADE. A desire to save cost, perceived expertise, social media marketing, and even reality television are drivers for medical tourism.

Within most medical specialties there are physicians and institutions who have particular expertise for treatment of a specific, generally uncommon, disease. And, for patients affected by those diseases, travelling to a center of excellence is warranted and useful. Local physicians usually provide referrals to these centers. Marketing efforts, especially for plastic surgery, may lead patients to incorrectly believe that a purported unique procedure, or quality of result, performed elsewhere is superior to what can be achieved locally. Likewise, we have seen many patients travel only to spend more money for inferior results.

SURGERY IS A UNIQUE AND CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. Four components are necessary to generate a successful surgical outcome: 1) a good plan, 2) a well-executed procedure, 3) a good recovery and 4) sufficient long-term follow-up. Compromising on any of these items will lessen the quality of the result and may lead to complications. Patients are seen frequently after surgery in our practice to ensure that healing is occurring normally. We intervene if it

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Aaahhh….September! Labor Day, football, crisp evening air, Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month, and just a hint of Fall color on the trees signaling a new season is just around the corner. Students are in full swing at school, pumpkin spice lattes are returning, and Autumnal baking has begun. Time to mix things up a bit and have fun with some of these favorites. Let’s make this a September to remember!

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For Your Tailgate: Kentucky Wildcats Tribute Sleeveless Polo, UK Team Shop:

For Your “Cheat Day” Dessert: Coconut Cream Pie from The Bourbon Bakery, available at Liberty Road Café/ Selma’s Catering:

For Your Weekend Getaway Extras: The Hardy Stock Tote, available at Henry Dry Goods:

For Your Reading Pleasure: Good Company by Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney, available at your favorite bookstore

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5 Tips for Social Listening Step 1: Monitor social media channels for mentions of your brand, competitors, products, and keywords related to your business.


Step 2: Analyze the information for ways to put what you learn into action. That can be something as small as responding to a happy customer or something as big as shifting your entire brand positioning.

Roll with the changes

Social listening is when you track your social media platforms for mentions and conversations related to your brand. Then you analyze them for insights to discover opportunities to act. It’s a two-step process:


5 SOCIAL LISTENING TIPS: Listen everywhere Find out where your audience is talking about you—not just what they say. That means casting a wide net. Conversations around your brand on LinkedIn are very different than on Instagram. And you might find that people talk about you all the time on Twitter, but not on Facebook. Knowing where they talk about you is as important as how they talk about you. Learn from your competition You can always learn something from your competitors. You can especially learn something from what people say about them. See what they do right and what people love about them. But most importantly, see where they misstep and get it wrong. It’s a lot less painful to learn



a hard lesson by watching your competitors make mistakes than by making it yourself. Collaborate with other teams Social listening provides a wide range of information that is useful for your whole company. Maybe it’s a customer post that needs a response right away. Or maybe it’s an idea for a new product or a new feature for an existing product. You can benefit from what you learn when you’re listening on social media.

As you start to collect social information, you’ll develop a sense of the regular conversation and sentiment around your brand. Once you know how people feel about you on a regular basis, you’ll know when it changes. Major changes in engagement or sentiment can mean that the overall perception of your brand has changed. You need to understand why so you can adapt your strategy appropriately.


Take action Remember: if you don’t act, you’re only engaged in social media monitoring, not social listening. Social listening is not just about tracking metrics. It’s about gaining insights into what your customers and potential customers want from you and how you can give them that.

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Judge Rhonda Wills and Relative Justice The courtroom is coming to the small screen by way of Lexington this month. Relative Justice, a new arbitration-based unscripted court show focused solely on inter-family legal disputes and produced by Lexington-based Wrigley Media Group premieres nationwide mid-month (check local listings). What makes the show special to us, is that it is the first nationally syndicated television show taped in Kentucky. Relative Justice promises to pull back the curtain on family matters, moving the drama from the dining room to the courtroom. Each case is brought before the honorable Judge Rhonda Wills, who is featured on this issue’s cover. Wills is a captivating tour de force who presides with grace, compassion and tough love while dispensing legal advice to help families put an end to their current conflicts. No stranger to the small screen; she has appeared as a legal contributor for multiple media outlets, including CNN.

Misdee Wrigley Miller with Rhonda Wills

Wills explains that her mother and grandmother taught her about society’s injustices from a young age growing up in Winona, Texas and since she first established her law firm nearly two decades ago, she has been a passionate and fearless advocate for her clients. As one of five children and a wife and a mother of four, she has experienced many of the scenarios and family dynamics of those who appear in her courtroom. She works to not only resolve litigants’ legal disputes, but to bring families back together in the process. Relative Justice is produced by Wrigley Media Group in association with Bloom ‘N Apple Entertainment. Wrigley Media Group, led by award-winning businesswoman Misdee Wrigley Miller, conceives, produces, and distributes creative content, motion graphics, and branding for a worldwide clientele. Due in part to Kentucky’s Film Incentive, Wrigley decided to take the leap to transform an abandoned movie theater on Codell Drive into a state-of-the-art studio complex for the production of Relative Justice and future productions. Initial estimates have forecasted this project to create about 300 jobs and inject nearly $10M into the Lexington economy. photos by Andrew Kung Photography

The movie theatre Wrigley Media Group is transforming

photo by Kevin Nance

Kate Savage

and Arts Connect Foster Creativity and Inspire Us All In a vibrant community like Lexington’s, the arts are often a needed outlet — for those who create art as well as those who consume. But the city’s art scene would not have flourished as it has without organizations like Arts Connect, a non-profit dedicated to creating arts awareness and fostering creativity through events, programs and exposure. Learn more about this organization and its passionate executive director! by Peter Chawaga | September 2021


“Arts Connect has been a vital contributing player in the Lexington arts scene, responding to the need for programs that provide opportunities for artists and community alike and creating ways for these groups to come together in mutual appreciation,” explained Kate Savage, Arts Connect’s executive director. “Its mission today is to create more arts awareness and appreciation in Lexington through these programs, as well as to provide meaningful engagement and advocacy and by supporting all forms of artistic expression and endeavor.” Savage, who grew up in Bahrain but spent much of her youth in England, embodies the arts patronage channeled through her organization. She recalled a childhood appreciation for classical music, teenage hitchhiking to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch Shakespeare plays and playing hooky from boarding school to catch musicals in London. She moved to Lexington in the ’70s after marrying a Lexingtonian she had met in the U.K., and has found her adopted city to be the perfect place to channel her lifelong passion for the arts. “I think Lexington is an inspiring environment and rich in all the art forms, not just visual arts,” she explained. “Having a supportive community has been key to the arts thriving and flourishing. We are also fortunate in being home to the University of Kentucky. An academic presence adds a layer overall to the community, elevates the general milieu and contributes to the health of a well-rounded, balanced city.” Today, her work largely focuses on finding ways to bring Lexington’s arts community together and to foster the massive potential that it has. Arts Connect strives to remain a neutral supporter of all those creating art, and recently introduced Lexington’s Arts Awards Luncheon as a way to celebrate artists in a community-voted way.

photo by Kevin Nance

“One of the challenges Arts Connect is attempting to meet is finding ways to bring the various arts groups together for mutual benefit as well as cultivating the sense of unity, an ‘arts community’ for all those who are a part of it,” Savage said. “The luncheon was a heartwarming success with all the arts groups represented and present in support of their category’s honoree. The energy was truly palpable. It was an exciting beginning to what will be an annual event.” Another major challenge for Arts Connect has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted Lexington’s arts community as harshly as nearly any other. Arts venues have been forced to shut down, furlough staff and cancel programs. Arts Connect was forced to pivot as well, creating hybrids of many of its programs,


work by Debra Guess, featured as a part of BEGINNINGS/ENDINGS in the Arts Connect ArtSpace Virtual Gallery Exhibitions series

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leveraging video conferencing platforms, hosting virtual galleries, taking to social media and adding an arts shop to its website to press on with its vital work despite social distancing guidelines. “We brought artists and community together through virtual gallery exhibitions with online, Zoom-hosted receptions where interested individuals could meet artists and discuss their work with personal input,” Savage said. “This ended up becoming hugely popular and will continue post pandemic, offering a unique and personal, but virtual, connection.” One of Arts Connect’s most unique programs — which was inspired by Savage’s own love of travel — is its “Trips And Tours” offering of group expeditions to other cities hosting unique arts installations and experiences. It has brought attendees to Indianapolis, Chicago, Washington, Santa Fe and St. Louis for a range of cultural offerings, while planned expeditions to Venice and Egypt have had to be rescheduled to next year as travel has been restricted. When local art lovers do get the chance to travel with Arts Connect, they’ll

work by Arts Connect’s August Featured Artist of the Month Miriam Hoffmann

get the chance to see these cities through Savage’s eyes. “These are trips that start out being built around a cultural or arts component but are then developed into a multisensory experience,” Savage explained. “These trips are packed with things to do, places to go and fabulous food to eat. I like to design my trips so that if you are never able to return, then at least you’ll know you’ve pretty much done it all with me.” But ultimately, any of Arts Connect’s programs and the city’s arts scene in general are dependent on the community they serve. While it’s clear that Savage, her program and her fellow passionate creatives are resilient, she must be hopeful that Lexington will do its part as well. “I hope that Lexington rallies behind the arts with renewed enthusiasm and supports this industry by going to art openings, by purchasing local artwork, buying tickets to performing arts productions, donating to the nonprofits that provide the underpinnings for these organizations,” Savage concluded. “Just get on board any way possible to shore up our valuable arts resource.” •

2021 winner of ArtsConnect’s PAINT THE TOWN: “Lexington, Main Street, Impending Storm.” by Mark Ratzlaff | September 2021


Dining Out forLife

Now in its thirteenth year here in the Bluegrass, Dining Out For Life® (DOFL) has become one of Lexington’s most celebrated (and tasty) annual charity events; a favorite amongst diners and restauranteurs alike, it is synonymous with the fight to end HIV in Kentucky and provide housing for the medical vulnerable including persons living with HIV. More than 60 cities across the United States and Canada are home to DOFL events each year. On average, 2,400+ restaurants, 4,100+ volunteers, and 300,000+ diners raise over $4.5 million annually. Here in Lexington, AVOL Kentucky has eclipsed the million-dollar-mark since launching DOFL in 2009.

“I never cease to be in awe by the resolve Lexingtonians have to love and care for their neighbors in need,” said AVOL Executive Director Jon Parker. “Our restaurant partners, sponsors, and the community inspire our team daily to seek out new and meaningful partnerships and opportunities which allow us to fulfil our mission and make the Bluegrass a better place.” AVOL is Kentucky’s leading advocate for HIV prevention and champion for eradicating the disease once and for


all. The community-focused nonprofit provides extensive outreach, education, access to free HIV testing, prevention options, and connectivity to care. For individuals living with HIV, AVOL responds to and develops new housing opportunities which address critical housing needs. Stable housing has a direct impact on health outcomes. Individuals who are stably housed are more likely to achieve viral suppression and healthy living. Later this year, AVOL will open Stonewall Terrace, a 26-unit housing community for our most medically vulnerable including persons living with HIV. DOFL throughout the years has enabled this opportunity to finally happen. Parker shared that funds raised through DOFL ensure more people who are living with HIV know their status, decreases the number of new HIV infections, assists more people living with HIV get connected to and maintain proper medical care, helps people achieve and maintain viral suppression, and eliminates health disparities and HIV stigma. For a complete list of participating restaurants participating on September 16th, to donate, or learn more, please visit

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Benefiting those in our community impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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DINE OUT FOR LIFE WITH AVOL KENTUCKY. Donate online anytime. A portion of sales goes to support AVOL’s efforts to end HIV in Kentucky, and support those in need.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 2021 33 Staves A&W Restaurant (Leestown Rd & Hamburg) Arcadium Bar and Favor Azur Restaurant & Patio Bourbon n’ Toulouse Broomwagon Coffee and Bikes Campestre Mexican Bar & Grill Carson’s Food & Drink Cole’s 735 Main Columbia Steakhouse (Downtown) Country Boy Brewing (Lexington & Georgetown) County Club Crank and Boom (Clays Mill & Manchester St)

Crossings Lexington Doodle’s Breakfast and Lunch Dudley’s on Short El Cid (All Locations) Elkhorn Tavern Epping’s on Eastside Ethereal Brewing (All Locations) Fusion Brewing Futile Bakery Gingko Tree Café Good Foods Co-Op Goodfellas Pizzeria (Manchester St) Graze at Woodlands J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

Lexington Diner Liberty Road Café Lockbox Lussi Brown Coffee Bar Mad Mushroom Pizza (Clays Mill & UK Campus) Midland Frosty Freeze (Bath County) Mouse Trap North Lime Coffee & Donuts (Clays Mill & North Lime) Pasta Garage Pearl’s Pour Decisions Ranada’s Kitchen Saul Good Sidebar Grill

Smithtown Seafood @ West Sixth Sorella Gelateria Soundbar Lexington Stella’s Kentucky Deli The Belt Line The Break Room The Goose Lexington The Sage Rabbit Third Street Stuff West Main Crafting Co. West Sixth Brewing Wise Bird Cider Co.


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Alano Club

Mission: To provide a safe, sober, and supportive environment for individuals seeking recovery from addiction. At the Alano Club, people wanting recovery have a safe, supportive place to build a sober foundation and establish relationships with more seasoned sobriety as they transition from the imprisonment and devastation of addiction to healthy, contributing, and productive lives.

In 1986, Charlie Y. and Stan N. learned about the “clubhouses” or “24-hour clubs” in other cities for recovering alcoholics and addicts that began springing up in the 1930s after the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. At these clubhouses, men and women in recovery could find a safe place to hold meetings, find and participate in fellowship, and get information and support on the recovery process. These Alano Clubs were established as not-for-profit hubs to find friendly, understanding, and experienced faces that serve the recovery community and their families. Even people in recovery traveling far from home could search for a local Alano Club to find meetings and fellowship 365 days a year. Charlie and Stan wanted to bring this concept to Lexington. Today, the Lexington Alano Club receives 35,000 visits a year and is a designated location for a large multitude of


Lexington rehabilitation and sober living establishments where people have a safe, supportive place to build their recovery, establish relationships in the sober community, and find great examples of joyous sobriety as they begin their new lives. Centrally located in Lexington and very accessible to financially disadvantaged individuals wanting recovery, this meeting place epitomized the essence of all 12 step programs – that recovery from addiction is the undiscriminating denominator that bonds each person who steps inside. The Alano hosts a multitude of meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, AlAnon, Cocaine Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, Men’s only meetings, Women’s only meetings, and combination meetings such as AA/Al-Anon meetings. To support their mission, the Lexington Alano Club Celebrity Golf Classic will be held on October 17-18, 2021. Kenny Rice will serve as Master of Ceremony while guests like Robby Albarado, Sam Bowie, Kyle Macy, Chris McCarron and more will make it a star-studded event. In addition to the golf tournament, they will have a formal dinner at the newly renovated Campbell House with live music by the Greg Austin Band. Guests will want to check out their live and silent auction, which has some truly awesome listings!

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Sees Opportunity in the Challenge as He Leads Lexington’s Hope Center And One Parent Scholar House by Peter Chawaga | photos courtesy Hope Center

Heartbreaking as it is, you only need to spend a few minutes driving around the Lexington area to realize that homelessness, substance abuse and mental health are significant challenges for our community. And while those challenges may seem insurmountable at times, there are local groups working tirelessly each day to prove otherwise.

for my life,” said Jesse, who was brought to the facility from Nicholasville, per the organization’s website. “If it weren’t for [Hope Center], I’d probably be dead, I was out of options, addicted to drugs and homeless… I don’t have to preach recovery; I’m living proof of before and after and what the Hope Center can do.”

In his newly-appointed role at Hope Center and One Parent Scholar House, Rufus Friday now leads one of those groups.

It’s progress from individuals like Jesse that fuel Friday’s inspiration, based on the knowledge that despite the size of the challenge, there is always hope to overcome it.

Hope Center is a non-profit offering substance abuse and detention center recovery services, mental health programs, emergency food, shelter and clothing, housing services, outpatient programs and more for those who seek its help. Meanwhile, One Parent Scholar House helps single parents earn college degrees by providing affordable housing for their families, onsite childcare and additional support. “Every day, I have a ‘stop and smell the roses’ moment — just a, ‘wow, this is where I am now,’ and every time, my thoughts come back to the Hope Center and what it’s done


“Working together, we can help more of those in our community and Central Kentucky who are in need of overcoming substance abuse, provide stabilization and solutions for those with mental illness challenges and to make sure that we keep those who are temporarily homeless from freezing on the streets,” Friday explained. “My ultimate vision and goal is to ensure that every single client that comes to the Hope Center and One Parent Scholar House has a means to achieve self-sufficiency and a happier, productive life.”

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Friday spent 33 years in the media business, most recently serving as the president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader, and has acted as a special assistant to the president at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System before being tapped by Hope Center’s national leadership search. The decision to serve the region’s most vulnerable communities in a new position was one that he didn’t make lightly, but it could not be denied. “It was a calling to their mission that kept coming up in my heart,” Friday said. “I eventually felt a pull to want to take the executive and leadership skill sets, the many relationships, the advocacy work and community involvement that I had nurtured when I was at the Lexington Herald-Leader and could easily transition to the non-profit sector.” In his new role, Friday is responsible for the operations of eight facilities, developing and executing strategy and advocating for funding resources, but he framed his responsibilities around the organizations’ missions: to care for homeless and at-risk men and women by providing comprehensive, life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services and addressing underlying causes. Though this charge may seem vastly different from those of private-sector organizations, Friday is confident that he can lean on the skills he’s developed over his career to achieve it. “I understand this community,” he said. “Key relationships that I have at the local, state and national level and my understanding of the need for advocacy, collaborations and support in addressing a very real challenge with homelessness and substance challenges are lessons that I feel I can bring from my time at the Herald-Leader. I also have made a promise that every resource, every dollar that is placed in my care for the Hope Center and One Parent Scholar House will be used to ensure a positive return on the investment in this community with tangible outcomes.” But that is not to say that Friday does not respect the incredible challenge that these underlying issues pose in Lexington, throughout the U.S. and across the globe. It’s just that when he considers this challenge, he refuses to be overwhelmed by its magnitude. Instead, he views it as many of those who can call themselves leaders view such tasks: as vital opportunities. “Every challenge has opportunities, and we will focus on those opportunities to tell the story of the great work and impact the Hope Center and One Parent Scholar House are making here,” Friday said. “We want to ensure that the challenges of homelessness, substance and drug addiction, along with mental health challenges, have a solution: the Hope Center.” • | September 2021


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An Incredible Evening to Celebrate an Incredible Heart

Seven-year-old Finn Collier was a fighter and advocate for the American Heart Associate for almost his entire life. Now, a special evening will celebrate his life and further the ripple effect he began to help save lives.

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Finn was born with multiple congenital heart defects. He went through five serious heart surgeries, the first of which happening when he was just five days old. Against all odds, he not only survived, but thrived, living with a bright smile on his face. He was named an ambassador for the American Heart Association, and he worked with them to help raise awareness throughout central Kentucky. Finn’s journey ended in April of 2019. An arrhythmia took his heart rate up to 400 beats per minute. The sudden cardiac arrest came with no warning. Since that time, his family has been healing and finding new ways to spread awareness of heart conditions. Out of that dream came the idea for a festival. Not only would it raise money for important research and to help kids like Finn, but it would also allow guests to experience the joy that Finn spread wherever he went. Finn’s incredible life and impact will be celebrated Friday, September 10th at Finn Fest. Enjoy live music by Magnolia Vale and Rob Unseld at The Origin Hotel in Lexington from 6-10pm. Proceeds from the event benefit Central Kentucky Heart Association, Central Kentucky Make-A-Wish and CHD Research. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids (12 and under). For those booking at room at The Origin, mention Finn Fest for a discounted rate. photo by Phillips Mitchell | September 2021



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Baptist Health Lexington In his role leading Baptist Health Lexington, William G. Sisson is guiding the health system that he first joined as an accountant more than 40 years ago. Today, as its president, Sisson heads a team of dedicated caregivers and providers who strive to offer the highest level of clinical excellence and compassionate care to patients and families. “I love to receive letters from patients and family members telling me about a special doctor, nurse, valet, transporter or housekeeper that meant so much to them during their recent hospital visit,” Sisson said, when asked about the most rewarding part of his job. “Over the years, we have worked hard to demonstrate our culture of caring that puts patients first. Our staff appreciate the recognition also, because the work they do is stressful.” Seeing immense growth under Sisson’s leadership, and with plans to open a new ambulatory campus at its Hamburg location in 2024, it may seem difficult to maintain Baptist Health’s patient-centric focus. But Sisson explained that it’s been possible through the hard work and dedication of his team members. “I am very proud of our leaders and staff and the work they do,” he said. “Over the years, we have been able to create programs and systems resulting in quality, innovation, strategic alignment, organizational culture, physician relationships, strong financial performance and workforce development.” I’m also very proud to be leading this team of professionals through this pandemic period. They come to work every day and treat our patients with kindness and compassion and I’m very grateful.



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TOP Marketing Group At TOP Marketing Group (publisher of TOPS magazine), Jayme Jackson has fostered an encouraging and motivational environment for team members. “I have an open-door approach and some days it feels like there are always people sitting in my office. I love that!” Jackson exclaimed. “In some companies, there is a great divide between the C-suite and employees, but I prefer being an active part of the creative process. My leadership style is simple: I am thrilled when my team succeeds and I will stay late, make calls and do whatever is necessary to help that come to fruition.” Jackson’s hardworking approach and enthusiastic nature stem from the opportunity to do work she is truly passionate about: helping local businesses achieve their goals. “We have clients that will tell you that when they started their companies or decided to take it to the next level, TOPS was the game changer,” Jackson said. “We have such a wonderful platform to introduce Lexingtonians to all of the resources they should be utilizing. We highlight places they should be dining, the financial institutions they should be partnered with, the medical services they should be seeking and more, all wrapped together with fun, engaging content and amplified by our digital marketing division.”

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Transylvania University As the president of Transylvania University, Brien Lewis leads a vibrant community of learners on a historic campus in the heart of Lexington. “Providing access to the finest, fullest college experience possible and seeing students seize the opportunities to develop themselves and reach their potential is the most rewarding part of my role,” Lewis said. “We’re preparing today’s young people to be nimble. They need to have skills that can’t be outsourced or easily replaced. We want them to be ready not just for their first career, but also that third or fourth career they will have 20 years from now, that may not even exist yet.” Transylvania University is one of only a handful of top national liberal arts institutions to be located right in the center of a metropolitan area, a unique value that gives both the school and the city incredible opportunities. “Transylvania and Lexington have an intertwined history and a symbiotic future,” Lewis said. “We can each be great facilitators and developers of each other’s success when we bring our talents and creativity together for mutual benefit. Transy can attract talent and resources that can remain here for decades and contribute significantly to the community. Lexington can offer unique hands-on learning opportunities, mentors and internships that help make Transy’s undergraduate experience distinctive and compelling.”

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PNC Bank

With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and ten as a Regional President, John Gohmann of The PNC Financial Services Group understands that effective leadership is a combination of light touch and clear guidance. “I trust our employees and I am confident in their abilities to conduct their job duties,” said Gohmann. “I do give guidance and take responsibility where needed, but believe that the PNC team members should take a real lead in achieving their goals.” It’s been clear that this approach pays dividends, as PNC has seen tremendous growth in the area during Gohmann’s tenure. PNC’s model is to place Regional Presidents such as him in the communities where they live, thus delivering large bank capabilities through localized delivery channels and build relationships with customers. “PNC is committed to its employees, customers and communities,” Gohmann explained. “At the center of PNC’s community involvement is the PNC Foundation, through which we work with nonprofit organizations to understand and address issues that best align with our philanthropic priorities of education and economic development. Most recently, we announced a significant charitable investment in the East End of Lexington to create meaningful, lasting, and equitable change. Grant dollars will help address social justice issues and economic inequality in Lexington.”


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Lexington Clinic

In July, Stephen J. Behnke became the CEO of Lexington Clinic, bringing his own impressive professional history to guide the century-old healthcare leader into its next chapter. Previously, Behnke had served as CEO and attending physician at MedOne Hospital Physicians, and as a clinical assistant professor at Ohio State University. This history has informed an effective approach to leadership that he now employs at Lexington Clinic. “I firmly believe that an efficient team needs different opinions with perspectives to maximize results and solve problems effectively,” Behnke explained. “A leader with an eye on the bigger picture can effectively and passionately communicate it to motivate their team to be a part of the vision. And leaders who establish authentic relationships with their teams realize that these bonds not only enable elevated levels of engagement and employee satisfaction, but also make them more effective and performance driven overall.” For Behnke and Lexington Clinic, part of that bigger picture is in keeping their larger community healthy, by fighting diseases, educating the population about positive lifestyles and informing those in Central Kentucky about their access to healthcare close to home. “Lexington Clinic is committed to making a difference in the lives of others,” Behnke said. “As an organization and as individuals, we do this by providing exceptional care and supporting our communities as volunteers and good corporate citizens.”



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As the president of Amteck, a national turn-key provider of electrical and technology solutions with a focus on design-build construction, technologies, life safety and service work, Corey Bard takes a hands-on approach to setting an example for his colleagues. “My leadership style is that of a doer, with a focus on operational excellence,” Bard said. “I strive to encourage and influence others to perform better today than yesterday. As a leader at Amteck, it is my job to build trust with our employees and clients, that we have their best interests in mind and that Amteck will always do whatever it takes to get the job done.” With a 17-year career at the company, Bard has also been instrumental in Amteck’s embrace of its community partners over that period. Many employees support the Lexington Leadership Foundation programs of the Fatherhood Initiative, and the Amachi Program, which mentors children with incarcerated parents. And Amteck has long been a close partner with other local businesses as well. “Amteck has benefitted tremendously by partnering with local businesses,” Bard said. “From building relationships with local partners and general contractors to securing work, engaging with local high school and trade schools to provide craft labor training and recruiting, to the procurement of electrical construction material with local vendors; all have played a significant role in Amteck’s growth and success.”


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CHI Saint Joseph Health CHI Saint Joseph Health welcomed Tony Houston as its new CEO in April, adding a patient-focused leader with more than 20 years of regional healthcare experience. “At CHI Saint Joseph Health, we have a responsibility to honor and maintain the healing ministry that the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began in 1877,” Houston explained. “Our amazing team of compassionate clinicians and experts across the organization are delivering on that ministry every day, especially during difficult times such as a pandemic.” That compassion has resulted in community benefit with financial value in excess of $42 million for 2020, as well as programs that feed the hungry and educate parents and students. And for Houston, leadership is not just about making executive decisions — it is about creating an organization where each team member feels like they are in the best position to serve patients with the highest quality of care. “If we build a strong, open and collaborative culture of high quality and safety across all levels of the organization, everyone should feel empowered to do what is right for the patient,” Houston said. “It is important to include both clinical and business leaders in developing our strategy and process together, all while maintaining our focus on the reason we are here: the patients.”



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J.Render's Southern Table & Bar Ten years ago, Ren Everly went from owning and operating Domino’s pizza franchises to taking the plunge and buying a food truck with his wife, Gwyn. Now, operating one of Lexington’s favorite restaurants in J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar, he said that the thing he finds most rewarding is when he receives positive feedback about his food, staff or restaurant. When thinking about how this feedback is generated, Everly calls himself a hands-on leader who tries not to hover over his staff. “I think good leadership is in giving people direction and the training they need and then letting them do their jobs and only stepping in when you see something that needs improvement or change,” he said. “Also, being available to answer any questions someone may have.” As a local business person himself for so many years, Everly emphasized the importance of supporting this community of entrepreneurs. “Local business is the lifeblood of the community,” he explained. “More people work for locally-owned businesses than for national companies.” And in addition to supporting local businesses like his own, Everly and J. Render’s remain involved in supporting the area’s nonprofit. “We are very involved in our community and give back by hosting Dine to Donates, and we donate to AVOL, Fayette Education Foundation and Markey Cancer Center, just to name a few,” he said. “We also provide numerous baskets and gift cards throughout the year to various organizations. During the pandemic, we worked with Nourish Lexington and Food Chain to feed those who were food insecure. Giving back is part of who we are.”


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UK Federal Credit Union As the President and Chief Executive Officer of UK Federal Credit Union, David Kennedy leads the 84-yearold organization through its founding principle: “people helping people achieve financial wellbeing.” “I love the not-for-profit mission of credit unions that is built on providing quality financial services to everyday consumers at excellent rates compared to traditional banks,” Kennedy, who has served at three credit unions in a career that’s spanned 31 years, explained. “We’re not owned by stockholders. Instead, our members, the ones who use us for their savings and checking accounts, as well as their borrowing and investing needs, are the ones who own us.” This mission is embodied by programs like UK Federal Credit Union’s Restaurant Challenge and Take Care campaign. This year, it will be partnering with organizations like Habitat For Humanity, Lexington Rescue Mission, the Kentucky Children’s Hospital and others to give back further. And it continuously supports the Lexington area’s business community as well. “Following our core mission of people helping people, we believe that supporting local businesses is crucial for our community’s success,” Kennedy concluded. “When we support local businesses, we are supporting our neighbors and our members.”


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Elaine Allen, LLC Construction management firm Elaine Allen opened its doors in 2017 and has been providing a range of options to reduce overhead costs without sacrificing quality or expertise ever since. It taps into a network of owners, architects, engineers, government agencies and contractors to manage construction programs and processes — from beginning to end. As its president and owner, Bishop E. Carter IV is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as long-term vision, relying on 25 years of construction experience that has included work on the $489 million Meldhal Hydroelectric Plant and Lexington’s much-anticipated Town Branch Park. “Once we have completed a project, being able to see the tangible results of our work is the most rewarding part of my job,” Carter said. “Whether it be new construction or restoration, knowing that Elaine Allen has participated in adding value and positively impacting the community in which it operates is the ultimate reward.” Carter also ensures that Elaine Allen continues to serve as a pillar of the local community through its position as the leading fundraiser for the Black Male Working Academy and its volunteer and monetary support of the Carter G. Woodson Academy, as well as by supporting local businesses. “Supporting local business is directly supporting those individuals who live and work within your community,” Carter said. “The impact of local businesses includes not only an economic benefit, but includes opportunity for increased community outreach and civic involvement.”


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Field & Main Bank With nearly two decades of experience in the banking sector, and two years in her current role as president of the Lexington market for Field & Main Bank, Drennan is leading the growth of the business with an open and cooperative approach. “The most rewarding aspect of my job is that it provides me with the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and collaborate with them to help our community reach its full potential,” Drennan said. “Whether they are clients or not, the people and relationships built are the ultimate reward.” Drennan brings a visionary style to her leadership at Field & Main, with a focus on strategic, innovative and persistent thinking. “My efforts are focused on the finish line and identifying the resources needed to get there,” she explained. “Empowering my team members with a clear objective, providing the necessary tools and, most importantly, inspiring them to follow through is imperative.” Drennan also brings an emphasis on serving Lexington, a community that comes first in all that she does. “We love it here,” she said. “We love the people here. Community is at the heart of everything we do. We’re here to strengthen our relationships, support our businesses and give back to the community that has so generously given to us.”



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Lexington Public Library Just months into her role as Executive Director, Heather Dieffenbach found herself facing a global pandemic. She and her team quickly adjusted the Library’s service model to allow for curbside service, so successful that it led to partnerships with several nonprofit organizations. Residents could access books, DVDs, laptops, internet hotspots, food boxes or personal protective equipment. Heather shifted her focus forward with three major focus areas: support for K-12 students and their families, workforce development and entrepreneurial support, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. These focus areas will serve our community well as we emerge from the pandemic. Her next focus is building a new Village Branch Library to serve the Cardinal Valley and Versailles Road corridor. The current, undersized Village Branch will be replaced with a full-sized facility to meet the needs of Lexington’s West End. “What does it say about Lexington when the first thing you see when you drive into town is a big, beautiful library?” she asks. “It shows the world that our city values education, community, and equal opportunities for all.”


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Bank of the Bluegrass As the Bank of the Bluegrass saw its longtime CEO Mark Herren transition to a single role as chairman of the board, and former president Bill Allen take up his old mantle, it turned to six-year team member Tom Greinke to serve as its new president in September. Since then, he’s been integrating a transparent and encouraging leadership style. “People who know me know that I’m open and direct and maintain high expectations,” Greinke said. “I’ve got an open door and I try to encourage people to grow both personally and professionally — and provide opportunities to do so. I like to be part of the action and would never ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself.” Greinke has been in the banking industry since 1997 and in that time, he’s come to appreciate the friendship he’s formed with clients as the greatest thing about his career. “The relationships I’ve developed with customers over the years has been really rewarding,” he explained. “I have relationships from when I started in banking, and others I’ve met along the way — they’re now more like friends than clients. When those partners achieve, when they persevere and have success, it’s wonderful.”



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Cockrell's Collision Repair Nate Walls, owner of Cockrell’s Collision Repair, has been with Cockrell’s for more than two decades, and in the automotive collision repair industry for most of his life. He describes his leadership style as one that emphasizes charisma, and he’s always working to establish trust and positive communication with customers and employees alike. “Educating our customers on the auto collision repair process is the most rewarding part of my job,” Walls said. “I strive to be a good leader, one who listens, understands and takes the time to care for our customers, as well as our employees.” As for his customers, emphasis on care cannot be overstated, particularly when they are seeking help with something as important as recovering from an automobile collision. “At Cockrell’s, our team takes the time to educate our customers on the everchanging, modern-day automotive collision repair process,” Walls explained. “A large population of the community does not know what to do after being involved in an auto collision. We take pride in guiding our customers from start to finish. They find great peace and comfort knowing we are able to educate and guide them through the repair process.” It is likely that Walls derives his desire to treat customers in the upmost professional manner from the pride he feels in operating a local business in the Lexington area. “Supporting local businesses provides jobs for people in our community and gives customers the opportunity to choose a business they trust,” he concluded.


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Frontier Nursing University Dr. Susan E. Stone has proudly served as the president of Frontier Nursing University (FNU) since 2001, following an extensive career in the field. She herself maintained a nursing and midwifery career before taking on faculty positions at FNU beginning in 1993, and later becoming the school’s dean of nursing in 2000. “I first became attracted to nursing when I was a little girl and observed a public health nurse coming to my home for a family member,” Dr. Stone explained. “I thought she was just so smart and so helpful. It is one of the reasons I feel so fortunate and thankful to lead and represent a university that is fully devoted to preparing nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to be competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate leaders.” FNU has more than 2,500 students and 8,000 alumni, many of whom have benefited tremendously from Dr. Stone’s leadership. The same can be said for the institution’s faculty and staff members. “My goal is to assure that the faculty and staff have the environment, skills and resources they need to do the best possible job,” Dr. Stone said. “If I can do that, they will provide great service to our students, which provides the best path to success.”



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Hicks & Associates CPAs With a career of public accounting experience, including work in expert witness litigation cases, financial, performance, compliance and internal control engagements, David Hicks founded Hicks & Associates CPAs in October 2011. Since then, his firm has met the needs of countless clients in Lexington as well as his native Somerset. “It’s very rewarding when you satisfy a client and they put trust in your abilities to assist in guiding them through the services they need,” Hicks said. “I have many connections with local businesses in Lexington and throughout Kentucky, and they rely on me as I do them. We build off of each other’s strengths, knowledge, experience and, most of all, friendships.” To maintain the types of connections and friendships that have benefited him so much, Hicks strives to create a positive work environment. It’s a culture that his clients benefit from as his employees serve them with joyful attitudes. “‘Good morning’ starts the day at our office for everyone in the firm,” Hicks said. “I trust the experienced personnel, and they have full access to our clients. This approach allows for a more efficient and comfortable environment within the office.”


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Traditional Bank As Traditional Bank’s top leader, CEO Andy Baker is responsible for daily operations and acts as liaison to the board. But one of the best parts of his job involves leading people. “It is incredibly fulfilling to see employees reach their full potential. With Dan’s support as President, we are able to spend quality time developing future leaders – which is critical to the bank’s success.” Traditional Bank has approximately $2.1 billion in assets with 16 Kentucky banking centers and a Louisville loan production office. Andy’s office is located at our headquarters in Mt. Sterling, where the bank was founded in 1902. “We never take for granted the leadership role we play in our local communities. During the pandemic we saw that firsthand. I’ve never been prouder than to see our people step-up and sacrifice to help local businesses, families, nonprofits and each other.” Andy knows that businesses are the lifeline of strong communities. “It is not complicated; if we are to succeed it is critical that local businesses succeed. That requires our patronage and support.”



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Traditional Bank After 31 years in banking, and serving as Traditional Bank’s Chief Lending Officer, Dan Mason is excited to serve as President – a role he took on in January of 2020. With a leadership style he describes as “democratic and collaborative with emphasis toward coaching and employee development,” Dan leads the bank’s customerfacing aspects including business development, lending, and cash management. “The most rewarding part of my role is receiving feedback from a customer or community partner that our employee was caring, knowledgeable and provided great service. Luckily, I get to experience that often.” Dan describes a strong leader as one who envisions and implements strategic initiatives, motivates around a common goal, holds others and oneself accountable, listens with an open mind, acts with integrity and values differences. This mix also works well for building strong relationships with business customers, a cornerstone of the bank’s success. “Small businesses are vital. They provide job growth, vibrancy, economic and social diversity and are expressions of creative thought. They are the backbone of what makes communities desirable and healthy.”


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Arbor Youth Services Suzanne Powell joined the board of Arbor Youth Services, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied children in Central Kentucky, in 2015 out of a desire to make a real difference in her Lexington community. “I wanted to join a board that benefited children, and after visiting the shelter at the request of the director, I decided it was the perfect organization to support,” Powell recalled. “This is now my second year serving as board chair, and I’m a loyal advocate of Arbor Youth Services to everyone that I meet.” Powell is also the vice president of Meridian Wealth Management and has been putting the finishing touches on the company’s new satellite office in Florida, along with her husband, Chris, six children and four dogs. Still, she always finds time for her leadership position with one of Lexington’s most critical philanthropic causes. “For each child, Arbor Youth Services provides the necessary essentials and services depending on their situation, which can include shelter, food, clothing and hygiene supplies, transportation, as well as crisis counseling and case management,” Powell explained. “Arbor Youth Services also provides supportive housing services for young adults 18 to 24 years of age who are currently homeless in Fayette County.”



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Community Trust Bank Billie J. Dollins has served as the Frankfort, Georgetown and Versailles market president for Community Trust Bank for the last five years, following a role as the senior vice president of retail for Community Trust in Lexington, as well as leadership roles at 5/3 Bank and National City Banks. All told, a 39-year banking industry career has fostered in Dollins a leadership style that is holistic and combines the best of all of her experience. “I believe my leadership style is a blend of democratic, charismatic and servant approaches,” Dollins explained. “Every situation, goal and individual is different. My approach varies based on who and what I’m faced with. I believe strongly that goals are achieved through encouragement, recognition and clear vision.” Emphasizing a genuine love and concern for team members, clients and everyone in between, Dollins also demonstrates that strong leadership emanates from community involvement, working with numerous charitable organizations over the years. “If you’ve ever given back somehow to your community, you probably know just how good and rewarding it feels,” Dollins said. “Giving back allows you to show a sense of appreciation while being of use. You can make a positive impact in someone’s day and a lasting difference in the community. Being able to see the direct impact you can have is extremely rewarding to witness.”


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Rifet Begovic has operated his business, MR. HVAC, since 2008 with a simple but effective philosophy, which allows him to build the kind of Lexington community that’s important to him. “I keep my prices fair while providing quality services,” he said. “The business provides me with the financial resources to support the local programs that I value. It is very important to give back to the community that has helped build my business. Local businesses help build strong communities and it’s important to me to give back to Lexington.” Begovic has been involved in the HVAC industry for nearly two decades, and in that time he has honed in on a leadership style that reflects his selfless attitude toward his community. “I prefer taking a democratic approach to leadership and I collaborate with my team on most matters,” he explained. “A good leader is someone who communicates well with a variety of people and truly cares about the individuals on their team.” Over the years, as Lexington’s go-to HVAC professional, Begovic has shown that treating your customers, employees and community right is the best way to run a business.



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Derrick Whitaker Designs Derrick Whitaker, owner and president of the eponymous Derrick Whitaker Design, offers unparalleled kitchen and bath design with emphasis function as well as aesthetics. With 27 years in the design industry, Derrick underscores the fact that kitchen and bathroom design are investments in the value of an entire home. “The most rewarding aspect of my work is transforming a client’s space into a space that they will enjoy for many years to come,” Whitaker said. In his work he addresses efficient storage and quality countertops, pulls from the latest cabinet design, superb appliances and perfect finishes and offers final designs that meet whatever the needs of a family are, as well as their styles and personalities. “I would describe my leadership style as definitely participative,” said Whitaker. “I’m someone who can listen and analyze different perspectives and points of view to reach the best conclusion.” And while delivering unforgettable designs for clients is always the top priority, the recently established “new normal” has undoubtedly influenced the larger mission of Derrick Whitaker Design. “Given the current situation and impact over the last 18 months, it has never been more important to support our friends and neighbors who spend and give back to the local economy,” Whitaker said. “By supporting other local businesses when purchasing products and fixtures, I’m able to support Lexington’s economy. I also sit on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center, helping provide care for children at their time of need and offering me another outlet to give back to this community.”


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Stock Yards Bank operates 63 branch locations across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, combining the service and trust of a community bank with the effectiveness and reach of a national financial institution. Much of that success can be attributed to two of the bank’s individual leaders — Chairman and CEO James A. Hillebrand and Central Kentucky Market President Louis Prichard. Hillebrand has been with Stock Yards Banks for 25 years, first joining the business to develop its private banking division and later leading expansion efforts beyond Kentucky. Serving as CEO since 2008, he’s never forgotten the lessons from the beginning of his career or the importance of putting clients first. “I love the community bank service style learned in my early years and am 100% focused on the customer experience,” Hillebrand said. “Seeing the impact we have on the communities we serve and to be part of providing solutions for our customers to reach their financial goals is very rewarding. I represent 800-plus employees and all of the employees that served our customers since 1904. What an awesome responsibility that is!” Prichard has been in the banking industry for 45 years, including more than 15 years as the CEO of Kentucky Bank, which merged with Stock Yards Bank earlier this year. The result has been Prichard’s current position with Stock Yards, one that has seen the bank benefit from his collaborative style and foresight. “I believe in working side-by-side with staff to make sure our vision and goals align,” Prichard said. “Leaders have vision. To be a good leader, you have to have the ability and desire to create a strategy for the success of an organization, while building support and buy-in from your team. With ever-changing federal regulations and technology, it’s important to look ahead and make the tough decisions that create strength and security for the long term.” Together, and along with their team, Hillebrand and Prichard are dedicated to making a difference in the communities they serve, not just with excellent banking services, but by emphasizing a charitable and philanthropic mindset as well. “It is very important for us to lead by example and show Stock Yards Bank employees how vital it is to support their communities,” said Hillebrand. “I am proud that many of my co-workers are involved in community organizations, not only financially, but with their personal time and effort. At the end of the day, this level of involvement is one of the things that really makes a community bank different.”

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Telford Community Center YMCA “While attending Transylvania University, I had the opportunity to complete an internship at the YMCA and I loved it,” explained Erin Jones Roth. “After graduation, I was promoted to wellness director there. I spent twelve years at that branch, then had the opportunity to be an associate executive director at another branch. Then, the president and CEO position at the Telford Community Center YMCA became available in 2019 and I knew that was the right next step for me.” Now enjoying her 17th year working for the YMCA, Roth cherishes the opportunity this work gives her to truly affect people’s lives. “The most rewarding part of this job is seeing the smiles on people’s faces,” she said. “Every day, we have the opportunity to make a difference. It could be the smile on a child’s face when they learn how to swim. It could be someone who has lost the last 20 pounds and can now quit taking their medication. All of the hard work makes it worthwhile when you see someone smile.” With such extensive tenure, and such a positive outlook on the work she’s doing, Roth is a natural leader at the Y. “A leader is someone who sets a good example and leads by example,” she explained. “I never ask my staff to do anything that I haven’t done or wouldn’t do.”



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Forcht Bank For the last 10 years, Tucker Ballinger has been the president and CEO of Forcht Bank, leading the company with passion and a desire to help his team members reach their highest potential. “I get super excited when I see employees who are making positive contributions to our bank and then grow into roles with larger responsibilities,” Ballinger said of what he likes most about his work. “I believe my leadership style is more closely aligned with a focus on coaching, due to many years of playing football in high school and college. You must believe before you can achieve.” Ballinger began his career out of college working for a large consumer finance company, rising to a management position early on. He moved several times in his early career, but ultimately decided he wanted to stay in Kentucky for the long haul. And his desire to deepen roots in Central Kentucky aligned perfectly with Forcht Bank’s growth strategy. “As a community bank, one of our primary responsibilities is improving the overall quality of life in the communities we serve by providing loans and financial services to families and business owners,” Ballinger explained.


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Peoples Exchange Bank “For me, banking has always been about helping customers achieve their financial goals,” explained Anthony D. Parrish (better known as Tony), President and CEO of Peoples Exchange Bank. “That same desire motivates me today, even after 35 years in the industry. Building long-lasting relationships and working with customers through different stages of their life is very rewarding.” Since becoming CEO of Peoples Exchange Bank in 2018, and then President the following year, Parrish has been leading the organization with a uniquely balanced approach. When describing his leadership style, Parrish said, “My focus is on doing the right thing to ensure the long-term success of Peoples Exchange Bank and having a genuine approach to working with my management team and staff. Being honest, decent, reliable and communicative are all necessary skills.” And while his focus on customer relationships and leadership style are unique and powerful, Parrish emphasized that really, they’re just byproducts of a career focused on community service. “Community banks have always been dedicated to the communities they serve and strived to have a strong relationship with local businesses,” he said. “It is critical that we understand their business needs and ways to support them. That personal relationship matters.”



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LexArts is a non-profit dedicated to creating a progressive and innovative community inspired by the arts and focused on developing and supporting Lexington and Central Kentucky’s creative sector. As its president and CEO since early 2020, Ame Sweetall has been leading that charge (in the midst of a global pandemic) with admirable devotion. “In today’s world, the nonprofit sector in particular needs transformational leaders,” Sweetall explained. “As the arts sector rebuilds, it is important to inspire with a vision and then encourage and empower others to achieve it. I aspire to be a role model for that vision as well.” In their work at LexArts, Sweetall and her team are giving back to the wider Lexington community every day through support that manifests itself in a range of ways. For anyone who appreciates the area’s creative spirit, it’s clear that Lexington would not be what it is without LexArts. “The mission and vision of LexArts, at its core, is simply to give back to the community,” Sweetall said. “LexArts promotes quality arts experiences for the benefit of the people in Central Kentucky through funding, advocacy, technical assistance, communication and planning initiatives. Supporting the arts is fundamental in building a healthy community — strengthening it socially, educationally and economically.”


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“Local businesses are the heart of our civilized society,” said Bart J. Daily, the Kentucky market director for telecommunications provider MetroNet. “Coming from a small town, I understand and value the hard work and dedication that local businesses provide to our communities.” Daily is the epitome of this hardwork and dedication that make local businesses like MetroNet so invaluable to the Lexington area. He began with the company in early 2021, but has served his industry since 1998, and even in his early tenure with MetroNet, he’s demonstrated how effective his leadership style can be. “The most rewarding part of my job is watching my team succeed and grow,” he said. “It’s important to understand your team’s personal and professional goals and coach them to success. But even as I lead, I do still want buy-in from the team, because I know I don’t always have the right answer.” Going further, Daily lends some advice to those who might be looking to improve their own styles of leadership. “Be a good listener,” he recommended. “Listening to your team can help you, as a leader, think on your feet and provide coaching that can help you get your team to the next level.”



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SpeedPro Lexington Many throughout the area recognize SpeedPro Lexington from its extensive local charity work, involvement with little leagues and veterans groups and, of course, its high-quality print work. SpeedPro prints yard signs, banners, wall and floor graphics, window graphics, acrylics, backlit signage and vehicle wraps that have populated Central Kentucky since March 2017. “We live and operate businesses in our cities making us real stakeholders in the quality of life in our communities,” said Jeff Meade, the president and owner of SpeedPro Lexington and a former United States Marine, Lexington Police Officer and DEA Special Agent. Meade credits the business’s success to his partners — Emily Conley with Big Echo Creative, who heads design, and Steve Carmickle with The Wrap Runner, who handles installations — as well as the larger team he’s assembled. “I believe in hiring good, smart people and giving them the freedom to make decisions and feel empowered — I am definitely not a micromanager,” he said. “The ability to recognize talent, a dose of humility to know when to listen and take advice and being okay not being involved in every detail of jobs are qualities that I think make a good leader. I believe a leader must possess a positive attitude and a problemsolving attitude.”


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Cumberland Valley National Bank Bringing 24 years of banking industry experience, Rockie Mason was named Cumberland Valley National Bank’s (CVNB) Lexington Market President last year, instituting a leadership style that seeks to give his team members all of the resources they need to be successful. “Effective leadership is about supporting and creating an environment where together, everyone accomplishes more,” Mason said. “You can’t go wrong when you surround yourself with great people, create clear expectations together and then communicate effectively — all while working hard and having fun.” But ultimately, the relationships that he forges with clients are the driving motivation for Mason and it is these bonds that inform the company motto. “The best rewards for me are seeing our customers, both business and personal, reach their goals,” he added. “‘Care more, matter more’ are words we try to live out each day at CVNB. I consider it a blessing to be able to establish and grow relationships with local business owners.” Mason emphasized the fact that Lexington area business owners in particular are cherished clients of his, with the CVNB market president recognizing the wide-ranging impact they have on his community. “Local businesses are owned and operated by our neighbors,” he said. “They create local jobs that allow community members to succeed and they empower the next generation of entrepreneurs.”



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“The most rewarding part of my job is making an impact on our employees, their families and our clients,” said David Solomon, the President and CEO of Viamedia, a firm delivering cross-media strategies and significant ROI for advertisers. “Every day I value when I can say that we have made a positive impact on the families and individuals we work with here at Viamedia. You see it in the culture, enthusiasm and pride here.” Solomon began his advertising solutions career in 1993, working in a range of media positions, before joining Viamedia in 2003. In that time, he’s become a leader who operates with a “servant mentality.” “Our job is really simple: Hire great people, give them the tools and resources necessary and help navigate anything that distracts or slows them down from success,” he said. “Ultimately, we trust our people and let them do what they do best. All we have to do is remove any obstacles in their way.” This servant mentality expands to the way that Solomon and Viamedia support the broader Lexington community as well. “Over our company’s 20-year history, we have always encouraged our local markets to stay involved in their local communities, through local business support, local charities, local sports organizations and more,” Solomon said. “We value our communities and always look for ways to give back.”


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Warner Companies As its vice president, Chris Warner administrates the trio of businesses under the Warner Companies umbrella — Warner Builders, Koller Warner Construction and Warner Realty, which itself has a management arm for the HOA at the Silks Club, its newest residential development. Playing this role at a family business gives Warner a unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of operating such a successful firm. “By far the most rewarding part of my work is spending time with family,” Warner said. “My grandfather C.W. is highly involved in our day-to-day operations, my dad Mike is one of the region’s best residential builders and my brother Tommy is with us as well. We’ve been able to build on each other’s strengths to form a very wellrounded firm.” This synergy extends to Warner Companies’ other employees as well, who view Chris Warner as a leader who always keeps their best interests as the company’s top priority. “I lead by example and by showing people the respect they deserve,” Warner said. “We are part of a very hardworking industry, and I like to make it clear to everyone who works for and with us that we value their efforts and commitment to getting the job done the right way. I truly believe that I’m working for our employees, not the other way around.”



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First Southern National Bank Serving as the Community President of First Southern National Bank since last year, Bryan Fuller is leading the business with a style focused on establishing trust and quiet confidence with his teammates. “I believe my leadership style is still evolving but I’m sure the foundation has been greatly influenced by my baseball days and military experience,” Fuller said. “I was the quiet, show-no-emotion, lead-by-example type, with a good attitude. This style requires trust and takes time to develop, but it has proven to establish many lifelong relationships for me.” Fuller is also a Military Intelligence professional in the Kentucky Army National Guard, currently ranked a Captain, and he pitched for the Lexington Legends in 2020. Along with his wife Jessica and two sons, Ace and Talon, Fuller attends Southland Christian Church and remains committed to supporting the Lexington community, particularly through his work with the bank. “Through the River Foundation, First Southern began tithing 10% of its pre-tax earnings, which are donated to nonprofits in each of our bank’s communities and around the world,” Fuller explained. “Each of our team members in Lexington is part of our local River Foundation board that meets monthly to help disperse funds to, and volunteer with, the amazing, faith-based nonprofits in and around Lexington.”


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Next Century Technologies

Next Century Technologies offers a range of IT support and management services for businesses throughout Lexington and beyond. Additional services include network evaluations, cabling and VoIP phone installs plus assisting CPAs, banks and HIPAA entities with compliance. This holistic dedication stems from the company’s founder, Tracy Hardin, whose own extensive experience in the technology sector has influenced Next Century’s approach. “I started working as an IT consultant at the University of Kentucky while completing my bachelor’s degree in computer science,” Hardin explained. “I then spent 10 years doing IT for the corporate world and obtained several industry certifications from Novell and Cisco. I went on my own in 2001 and the business clients I was serving at the time were instrumental in helping me launch my own endeavor with not only their business, but with referrals as well. Today, I have a local, handpicked team of experts to help me manage IT for businesses all across the country.” “I love watching my team get everything working like it should,” Hardin said. “It is especially rewarding when the users get to see what good IT is supposed to look like after a not-so-positive experience with their prior IT.” Hardin clarified that the revelations about effective IT services that new clients receive are the product of not just the company’s leadership, but the feedback of all team members as well. “I like to get input from all my employees on our policies and procedures,” said Hardin. “I am always looking for fresh ideas to improve what we do. I take my employees’ and clients’ suggestions very seriously. All of my staff share my core values of teamwork, enthusiasm, friendliness and doing the right thing. I take care of my staff so they, in turn, can take care of our clients.” Now, more than ever, businesses are in need of Next Century, its team and its holistic approach to IT. “Hackers are targeting small businesses and are very successful at it,” explained Hardin. “All we can do is educate business owners and executives so they don’t end up the latest victims of ransomware.”



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Bank of Lexington As the highlight to date of a 33-year banking career, Cindy C. Burton was asked to take on the role of president for Bank of Lexington in January. She accepted the position, as well as the new set of challenges and rewards that came with it. “It is very rewarding to help the next generation of bankers grow in their careers,” Burton explained of her new role. “This involves showing them how to be good at their jobs and teaching them that sometimes telling a client ‘no’ or ‘maybe let’s do it this way’ is more beneficial for everyone than being a ‘yes’ person. You can’t be an order taker and be successful.” In addition to fostering the community of employees at Bank of Lexington, Burton enjoys fostering the wider community of clients that they serve. “We are a community bank, community means everything to us,” she said. “Local businesses are our neighbors and it is so important to help each other reach our full potentials. This will help create jobs and keep dollars in our neighborhoods so that we can make a positive impact.” And while her latest role is new, Burton’s approach to leadership is sure to help those within Bank of Lexington and those who choose its business succeed. “I think in order to be a good leader you have to lead by example, I don’t ask my people to do anything I wouldn’t do myself,” she said. “You need to be trustworthy, have good communication skills, show empathy to others and have integrity.”


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Cornerstone Homes Seeing a need for a transparently priced, custom homebuilding business that would empower owners to pay actual invoices for their homes, Brent Tussey launched Cornerstone Homes in 2017. After working professionally in the building and real estate industry for more than two decades, Tussey’s greatest joy today is helping clients achieve their dream homes. “Being able to use my finance background and degree in organizational management to build homes on time and on budget is the greatest reward for me,” Tussey said. “The excitement of move-in day is special with each home and each family.” Cornerstone is also a registered builder with the local Building Industrial Association, providing homes for those in need through the association’s BIA Cares program. Tussey underscored that he’s dedicated to supporting local businesses, even if ordering items from abroad might have saved him a few more dollars here or there. This dedication to public service also extends to Tussey’s leadership style and the overall experience for his customers. “I have a faith-based, servant leadership style,” he explained. “I consider homeowners as part of my team and we work together. I believe in showing respect and compassion to everyone you work with and surrounding yourself with the best team members available.”



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Realty One Group Following a 15-year real estate broker career, Trey McCallie launched Realty One Group Bluegrass in 2020. He took on the role of principal broker, helping his network of agents work through their questions and challenges as well as managing the office — in addition to working with his own clients. It may seem like a lot of responsibility, especially given all of the success Realty One Group has seen already, but McCallie’s leadership style is one that embraces that responsibility head on. “I lead by example,” he explained. “What I demonstrate is much more important than what I say. Actions speak louder than words.” McCallie puts helping his agents to reach their potential on par with helping clients to find their dream homes as the best parts of his job, but he also emphasized the importance of supporting the community where he works. He coaches and serves on the board for Western Little League, serves on the Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) board and even plays Santa at the Horse Park through Lexington Rotary. “I also believe in supporting local businesses because they are the fabric of our community,” he concluded. “An investment in them is an investment in Lexington.”


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Community Trust and Investment Company “It sounds like a cliché, but I love helping people and love building relationships with people,” said Andy D. Waters, president and CEO of CTIC. “It is fulfilling to help others preserve what they have accumulated and to help them achieve their financial goals.” Waters was recruited to Community Trust in 2004, first serving as its’ Senior Vice President of Private Wealth Services before being named President and CEO in 2011. Today, he manages the Business Development team and a team of six senior vice presidents who in turn oversee the company’s individual business units. But above all, he maintains the client-focused attitude that has brought so much success to both himself and Community Trust as a whole. “I have several clients with whom I have worked since I joined Community Trust and Investment Company and they consider me a family member — I’ve watched their children grow up and start families of their own,” Waters explained. “Wealth management is a great business and when done with integrity, it is very rewarding. I look forward to each and every day and the opportunity to use the gifts that God has given me to be a blessing to others.”



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Barrier Roofs

Since 2014, Barrier Roofs has been providing Lexington area residents with expert and professional roofing care, offering peace of mind for one of the home’s most vital maintenance items. “My role is to ensure that Barrier Roofs is giving the highest quality of service to our homeowners while installing the best possible product and warranty,” explained Justin Barrier, the company’s president. “The most rewarding part of our work is helping someone who has a damaged roof, and making it look new again.” Barrier leads his business with a desire to help his team members develop into the types of professionals they want to be, and to instill in them the level of service he wants his customers to receive. “I like to grow my people at their pace,” Barrier said. “The first thing I ask them is, ‘What do you want to earn this year?’ and then we both develop a plan to help them achieve it. Then we talk about what experience they would want their grandmother to have if a roofing consultant came to her house. That’s the experience we want for our customers.” Ultimately, this dedication to serving clients comes from an appreciation for the area that Barrier Roofs calls home. “We care about your home because it’s in the same town we live in,” Barrier said. “We like to drive past jobs we’ve done and be proud. We are here to stay in Lex.”


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Brooke Whalen Insurance After 10 years in the insurance industry, Brooke Whalen of Brooke Whalen Insurance still finds the most rewarding part of her job to be helping and protecting clients — something she has put first and foremost ever since her career began. But on top of this advocacy for clients, Whalen embodies the qualities that make her a role model for employees as well. “A good leader is one who creates a central vision that is educated on their business, one that has good communication skills that help coach and grow their teams and one that has integrity and strong ethics,” she said. “I like to communicate with my team and work together on all tasks at hand. I believe this makes my team more motivated, improves morale and creates more of a partnership that has built a successful business.” As a Lexington native with three young children growing up in her hometown, Whalen is also active in supporting other local businesses and charities. “Throughout the years, we have given back to many organizations and individuals in our community,” she said. “We help with the Lexington Fire Department Toy Drive, provide Christmas for a family in need every year and have been members of the Alzheimer’s Association, March of Dimes, Arbor Youth Services and more.”



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WesBanco Bank For more than 35 years, Jeff Koonce has been a reliable presence in the Central Kentucky banking industry, serving the community where he grew up. He was appointed to his current position as the market president for WesBanco following its purchase of United Bank and Trust, and he now leads operations with a primary focus on the success of his employees and customers. “I get a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing our team members obtain professional success and achieve their goals for advancement,” Koonce said. “It may sound cliché but I also love hearing success stories of customers who, along the way, these team members helped. In many cases, we are more than just their bankers, we are also their friends and trusted advisors.” Koonce believes in giving his team members the latitude to do their jobs effectively, in removing any obstacles that may block them and in uncovering and promoting the hidden value in each one. He also believes strongly in supporting local businesses and charities. “Locally-operated businesses promote a healthy economy, enhance community wellbeing, provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and create thousands of meaningful jobs,” he said. “Kentucky has approximately 317,000 small businesses and, of those businesses, approximately 81,000 have employees. Their impact and importance is paramount to the state’s economy.”


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Summit Salon Academy Lexington Leslie Foster, the CEO of Summit Salon Academy Lexington, purchased the school in 2006 after opening a salon and spa in Cincinnati a few years prior. This combination of handson experience in operating a salon business and educational institution gives Foster a unique ability to prepare her students for the next level. “Preparing students for a successful career is the most rewarding thing about my profession,” Foster said. “If they follow our level system and take advantage of the coaching and mentoring, they will be prepared for a fulfilling career.” Surrounded by a hand-picked team of administrators who work with her to carry out the academy’s mission statement, Foster is focused on guiding, coaching and mentoring students and staff to grow and achieve their own goals. And she’s focused on helping the larger Lexington community grow as well. “It’s extremely important to support local businesses so that everyone has the same opportunity that I had when I started my business,” she explained. Foster and Summit Salon Academy Lexington also express appreciation for this opportunity through their charitable work, participating in programs with The Hope Center, several crisis centers and Refuge For Women.



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Lexington VA Health Care System A U.S. Navy Veteran, Gregory W. Goins brings a passion for people as director of the Lexington VA Health Care System. His vision for the system places priority on empowering employees, doing the right thing for Veterans, and innovation. “Put people first – engaged and empowered employees create the best culture for customers,” Goins said. “When an engaged team is empowered to own their actions, they innovate more freely, and become inspired by the mission and those they serve. Our Veterans know we genuinely care because we have a committed, empowered, and inspired workforce. The pandemic has shown strength in this approach -- Veterans trust us now more than ever!” He and his wife, Brittany, instill the same values in their six children. Goins also teaches those lessons to the boys he coaches in football for Woodford County. They learn to care for each other, to own their actions, and to have fun. Under Goins’ direction, the Lexington VA was named by Forbes Magazine a Best Place to Work. Recently, they celebrated a 95% Veteran trust score, one of the highest in the nation.


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Essex Quilted Travel Vest in Navy Camo by Peter Millar, $140 | Available at Howard and Miller

M4 Low Rise Cooper TekStretch Boot Cut Jean, $80 | Available at Ariat

University of Kentucky Needlepoint Belt on black by Smathers & Branson, $175 | Available at Logan’s of Lexington

Let’s be honest, once you break in a pair of boots they’re your favorite shoes!

Men’s Amos Barley Western Boot - Wide square toe by Ariat, $209 | Available at Boot Barn


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Prada Carbon cologne, $73 | Ulta Beauty

University of Kentucky blue camo needlepoint belt by Smathers & Branson, $175 | Available at Logan’s of Lexington

A bourbon filled flask is a must in Kentucky!

Perth Mini-Stripe Stretch Loop Terry Quarter-Zip, $125 | Available at Howard and Miller

University of Kentucky blue camo needlepoint flask by Smathers & Branson, $65 | Available at Logan’s of Lexington

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Dr. Jane-Katherine completed dental school and her pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.


Lash t s u L Lashes are all the rave these days in the beauty world and we hope the big lash trend is here to stay.

There are so many different ways to acheive a fuller and more dramatic lash without caking on the mascara (because we all know we're tired of using 4 coats of 3 different mascara brands). From serums to extensions, we're here to break down all the tips to get your own set of lashes you will lust over.

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LASH EXTENSIONS HYBRID The name is sort of self-explanatory. A Hybrid lash set is a combination of classic and volume lashes. This style is the most popular as it allows you to customize your lashes to fit your eye shape and desired finished look.

Looking to create lashes where you might not have many? Lash extensions are a popular way to add volume and length to your natural lash line to create your desired lash look. There are various styles, shapes, and types of eyelash extensions available, so it's important to do your research and have a consultation with a lash expert to see which choice is best for you. FAN FAV

VOLUME For the girls who love drama, then a Volume lash set is your bestie. This style is perfect if you have trouble with gaps and uneven spacing on your natural lash line. With placing 2-8 extensions on one natural lash, you're sure to create that gorgeous fluffy look.


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Create a unique look with some drama by using a Textured style. By adding extensions with various curls, diameters, and lengths, you can have more fun with your lashes without making them look too much on the fake spectrum.


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If you want to take a stab at enhancing your natural lashes then lash serums are a great product to experiment with. There are so many different brands and treatments out there to find what works best for you. Lash serums are a treatment you apply to your lash line to enhance natural growth over time. When applied regularly, you can acheive amazing results that end in thicker and stronger natural lashes.

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FA U X L A S H E S Maybe you like the look of full and luscious lashes, but only for special occasions, investing in some quality faux lashes is your way to go. Faux lashes are a great way to have a temporary fix to enhance your natural lash. Using lash glue, faux lashes are attached to the top of your lash line and have a wear of no more than 24 hours, making them the perfect accessory for a date night or girls trip! FA N FAV

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A BUMPY TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING CELLULITE What is cellulite, and more importantly, what can you do about it? What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a localized alteration in the contour of the skin that has been reported in approximately 90% of adult women of all races and ethnicities. Although cellulite can develop in various areas of the body, it mainly affects women and the predominant localization is on thighs and buttocks. This is because women tend to have more fatty deposits in these areas.

Are fat and cellulite the same?

Fat is not cellulite and does not cause it, but fat cells getting bigger between fibrous bands under the skin can contribute to a bumpy appearance. Weight loss might reduce the appearance of cellulite but won’t get rid of it since it doesn’t address the fibrous bands under the skin’s surface. In some cases, weight loss can actually make cellulite look worse because of resulting skin laxity.

What is Qwo®?

QWO is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for the nonsurgical treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks and thighs. QWO was studied on all skin types and ethnicities. Luxe Lounge was chosen as the first provider to offer it in Lexington! Injections take about 10 minutes or less. Typically, patients have three treatments over the course of two months.

Get to know Luxe Lounge:

Luxe Lounge specializes in aesthetic artistry, bringing the latest trends and techniques from around the world to our community. Their experienced staff is committed to understanding each patient’s goals and work to develop a treatment plan to help them exceed their expectations. Jenny Ash, RN, is an owner and Master Injector at Luxe Lounge.

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fashion to for


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Relaxed Plaid Shacket, $80 | Altar’d State

Button Front Patch Pocket Cord Jacket, $21 | SHEIN

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Meet You Outside tan/blue plaid shacket, $64 | Pink Lily

What’s better than a shirt and a jacket? A shacket and they are the biggest trend this fall. The perfect transition piece from summer to fall, a “shacket” adds just the right amount of warmth when the days start to cool, plus they’re extremely comfortable which is a plus!


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Palmer Cut Out Top, $32.50 | Bohme

Another great transition piece that are becoming popular this fall are cut out tops. They add coverage with a little flair so you can stay warm and look sleek all at once! Whether it’s a cold shoulder, asymetrical neckline or keyhole, you’re sure to look fashionable with this trend.

Vero Moda highneck long sleeve top with cut out detail in black, $34 | Asos

The 90’s are calling and that means, yes, the slouchy mom jeans are back and here to stay. From the loose silhouette to the high rise waist, this denim trend is perfect to pair with a cropped sweater or sleek bodysuit for the fall season.


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Asymmetric Long-Sleeve Jersey Top by Helmut Lang, $265 | Neiman Marcus

High-rise ‘Slouchy’ mom jeans in midwash, $62.50 | Asos

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The Dadjean in Greenvale WashRipped Edition, $85 | Madewell

tonal layers

One of the biggest trends surfacing this fall is creating a monochromatic look. That’s right, combining pieces of the same shade into one stunning look. Whether it’s a chic suit for work or a comfy lounge set for a girls night, rocking these one-color fits is the trend this upcoming season.

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In The Style x Lorna Luxe knitted sweater in green, $56 | Asos

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Button-Front Cardigan, $69.95 | GAP


Not a color trend you thought you would see for the fall, but this season these light and colorful shades are all the rave and have been hitting the fall runways. There’s something about that shade of lilac or mint green that surprisingly go well with the fall warm tones.

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sweater vests

When you hear the term “sweater vest”, you might not think of the most fashionable looks. However, this 90s staple is making a comeback and can actually be a chic closet must. Layer over your goto button up for a trendy work day look, or tuck into a pair of high waisted pants for a fun night out.

Oversized Sweater Vest, $59 | Abercrombie & Fitch


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Paily Heels, $120 | Dolce Vita

Puffy is the way to go, and we’re talking about our accessories. From puffed faux leather heels to quilted clutches and tote bags, this soft and luxurious style has taken over the fashion world and is here to stay this fall season.

Kassya Puffy Tote Bag, $48.50 | Bohme

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Puffy pouch bag in white, $945 | Saint Laurent



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It’s a classic love story: a pair of high school sweethearts. “We started dating freshman year and haven’t looked back since,” Abbey said. “We have grown up together here in Lexington and knew there was no other place we would rather say ‘I do.’” The couple chose Limestone Hall for its modern feel. Located right in the heart of their favorite city, the venue offered the perfect backdrop for their “whimsical winter wonderland” wedding aesthetic. To achieve that, they added touches of cinnamon rose and champagne tones with lots of flowers to fill the space. As a wedding photographer, Abbey found inspiration throughout her career. “I have seen it all. I took little things from each that I knew I wanted to incorporate – or knew that I didn’t want to incorporate – and made it our own,” she said. “Although I’ve been to countless weddings, ours will forever be my favorite!” The couple faced unique challenges due to Covid. The governor announced another state shut down just two weeks prior to their wedding. “After months of stress, we cut the guest list to just family and the bridal party and carried on with it. It couldn’t have been more perfect, and I have never felt so much love!” Abbey added, “Covid had a funny way of wrecking all of our plans but making everything turn out better than I could’ve ever thought. I absolutely loved having an intimate ceremony and keeping the focus on each other rather than trying to please others.” Of course, the day wasn’t without mishaps. The maid of honor actually fainted in the middle of the ceremony! They walked her out, and when she was feeling ready to go back, Abbey walked her in and joked, “2020 weddings, man!” “There are no ‘right’ rules when it comes to your wedding. Get married where you want, invite who you want, don’t stress the little things,” Abbey advised. “Oh, and hire a videographer! It will be so fun to look back on each year to come – and we can’t wait to show our kids exactly how cool their parents were!”

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In April, the couple held a reception at Limestone Hall for their family and friends. They danced the night away and celebrated their love all over again. “I truly think we got the best of both worlds,” Abbey said. “I even got to wear my wedding dress twice! Like, who else gets to say that?”


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The fall wedding season is upon us and I'll admit, it's my favorite season to plan and say "I Do"! The crisp leaves, warm autumn tones and cool breeze have a way of creating the perfect atmosphere to gather and celebrate. Not to mention, there are so many different color palettes you can design from that all make us "Fall" in Love. Whether you're more of a rustic aesthetic or a "pampas everywhere" kinda gal, planning your fall wedding is sure to turn out stunning. Here's some inspiration to get you started!

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Shades of deep red and mauve give off sultry, yet romantic vibes. These holiday tones pair perfectly with natural wood elements and decor creating a beautiful balance between rustic and romance.

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For those with an eclectic vibe, dark tones of sage green paired with black is the perfect moody fall aesthetic. Accent your decor with dark metals and greenery for a gorgeous modern design.

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The true fall lover's palette. Rust, terracotta and gold create the perfect foundation for that bohemian fall wedding. Textures like macrame, dried florals and pamas grass are all a must for this boho aesthetic.

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recently reached out to the experts at The Painted Horse to get their ideas of what paint trends they are inspired by for the fall of 2021. Here is what they had to say: Benjamin Moore selected Aegean Teal as their Color of the Year, and it’s easy to see why. The soothing tones create natural harmony in any space. It’s an interesting choice for fall because this calming teal pairs perfectly with some of autumn’s most brilliant hues!

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Benjamin Moore curated this palette of sunbaked, comforting hues to nourish the spirit and bring warmth indoors. It’s a perfect color story that brings to mind fresh-baked bread, reading in bed or sitting in a sunny windowsill while a log burns in the fireplace. It practically begs you to sit, relax and enjoy your home.



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If you want to take inspiration from fall for your home’s décor, look at moodier hues of some of your favorite colors. If you like beige or soft yellow wall, a deeper goldenrod like Benjamin Moore’s “Chestertown Bluff” is perfect. If you’ve always wanted to try a red wall, “Rosy Peach” is bold enough to be dramatic, but soft enough that it never overwhelms. Even fans of pastel pinks will find autumn moody beauty in a shade like “Foggy Morning!” Whichever color you choose, be sure to pair it with warm woods and dramatic accessories. The end result is sure to be eye-catching, but also cozy and inviting. Not sure which paint colors are right for your space? The experts at The Painted Horse offer free consultations to help clients understand their design needs and choose which Benjamin Moore paints best suit their style.

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Riverbend Southern Living’s “Idea House”

It’s called Riverbend. It’s not just a house. IT’S AN EXPERIENCE. Photo Credit: Marta Xochilt Perez/Southern Living


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Every year, the revered Southern Living magazine creates and presents an "Idea House" somewhere in America. For 2021, Kentucky was chosen for the first time as their build site. The new fifty acre community called the Breakers at Prospect is the host for this achievement in excellence, the fruit of the labor of a team of experts who met the challenge and brought a vision to reality. by Rocko Jerome photos by Laurey Glenn / Southern Living and Tim Furlong, Jr. | September 2021


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Looking at the house from any angle, you wouldn't be inclined to think that this gorgeous, timeless place could be brand new. Relaxed and welcoming in equal parts, sophisticated but devoid of pretension, Riverbend just feels like home. It pulls to you, something inside that longs for comfort and security. "You might not know exactly why, but you will feel the love here," says Jimmy King, co-owner of Artisan Signature Homes, the first-rate builder hand-picked for this monumental task, where a thousand little flourishes throughout lead to an almost subliminal feeling of easiness. "There's really something here for everyone. Looking around, you will see an abundance of wood trim. All of the interior paint was brush finished to achieve an old look and feel." Jimmy even added a personal piece – a vintage doorknob on the screen door at the front of the house, made of brass with a perfect patina, so that the first thing you touch going inside holds a historical spirit. "We stopped just short of trying to make that screen door creak," he quips. Inside, no space feels like a showroom, but every inch looks and feels amazing. A thoughtful living space full of ideas, the attention to detail is something to behold. There are built-in antiques and new things, like state-of-the-art appliances that don't take away from the homiest kitchen built in this century. The rooms connect and flow well together, allowing freedom to move through the place, letting it wash over you. Interior Designer Sarah Bartholomew did fantastic work, creating a feel that is at once elegant and appropriately homey. A fantastic size and a cozy sensibility that maximizes sunlight and a beachy, Rhode Island feel is palpable throughout, growing more and more relaxed towards the back of the house. There, you find that a breathtaking view of the river, flowing since time immemorial with no sign of stopping, is waiting for you. Josh Myers, a masterful Landscape Architect, worked real magic in the green environs here. A tall tree stands, complete with a completely handmade swing from the Southern Pine Swing Company. There's even a doghouse with siding and a cedar roof that any breed of Man's Best Friend would be privileged to call home. The photogenic view can be appreciated from several delightful spots, including a living area around an outdoor fireplace to warm you up on chilly nights, a dining table, or the second floor balcony, perfect for a relaxing evening, just enjoying the sunset. Not only does it feel as if beautiful memories could be made here at Riverbend, it somehow feels like they already have. Everything feels at once warm and familiar. "There's a wow moment at every turn," says Nicole Hendrick Santee, Brand Homes Director of Southern Living.



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TO TOUR THE SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOME: Tours are open to the public now through December 19, 2021. Tours will take place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am–4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm–4 pm.

FOR TICKETS: Visit to purchase tickets. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to The LEE Initiative, the Louisville-based nonprofit co-founded by Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek, and Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, a cancer support community providing more than 180 free monthly program offerings.

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“Our intent is that visitors will want to go back through even after seeing everything. It’s so easy to envision that you live here, to engulf yourself in the Bluegrass.” It’s no secret that the real estate market here is booming as people from everywhere have begun to understand what Kentucky residents have known all along. “This location was approved with the site unseen,” says Nicole. “We always endeavor to bring new ideas and a sense of travel with these homes, as well as creating variety. In seventeen years of creating these destination locations, this was the first that was done virtually. The team was carefully assembled, and everyone involved brought so much to the table.” It all began in Atlanta with architect C. Brandon Ingram. He’s an expert and specialist in classical architectural design and southern homes. His insight was consistent throughout the project, and we are told that he noted that Riverbend is one of the first homes that, in actual practice, looks like what he drew. “It’s common to make a lot of interpretations, but we were in constant communication, sometimes agonizing over inches, every step of the way,”


says Jason Black, co-owner of Artisan Signature Homes. For him, it’s all been a labor of love. “I spent ten years grinding away in corporate America before I decided it just wasn’t for me,” he says. Almost 20 years and 300 houses later, his name has become synonymous with quality, dependable work in the housing industry. Southern Living began its partnership with Jason and Jimmy fifteen years ago. “We share an appreciation of attention to detail,” says Jason. He also exhibits a knack for being very deliberately selective, conscientious, and holding an eye towards the carefully curated. “There’s a focus on creating unique homes. I have no interest in making the same things over and over; I always want to strive towards innovation.” Despite challenges acquiring materials throughout the project, the house was still completed only a single week behind schedule, thanks to incredibly hard work. Riverbend stands as a testament- to ingenuity, to teamwork, and to the lasting legacy of collaborative effort.•

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1916 Lakes Edge Drive | Lexington, KY 40505 Located in one of Lexington’s most desirable neighborhoods, this stunning, untouched contemporary home will take your breath away. A complete renovation throughout left nothing out; every detail was carefully selected and considered to ensure that this home would offer its new occupants a comfortable experience. Best of all, this home with direct access to the water can be yours! The main floor has gorgeous hardwood throughout. The formal and informal living and dining areas offer plenty of room for entertaining and gathering. The brand new floor-toceiling Anderson windows offer beautiful views and abundant natural light. The custom kitchen features Cambria quartz details. The walnut island and range hood bring warmth to the space. Top of the line SubZero and Miele appliances make this a true chef’s kitchen, from the chef’s induction cooktop and double oven (with steam oven and warming draw) to the prep sink, zip tap water system – which dispenses instant boiling water or cold and sparkling water – and additional beverage fridge and SubZero Icemaker. The large, custom deck offers magnificent views of the lake. The new railings offer safety with a contemporary look. Custom glass panels not only look beautiful, but offer light to the walk-out space below the deck. An additional deck off of the kitchen maximizes access to the lake and offers an extra entertaining area.



It’s impossible to miss the massive stone fireplaces that soar through the formal living room, master bedroom and basement. It’s an incredible architectural feature that gives the home distinctive character – not to mention the comfort of snuggling up next to the fireplace! The home office on the main floor has its own fireplace (and half bath!) There is also a new gas fireplace in the sitting area. The primary bedroom is situated on the second floor. The spacious room has its own deck that offers views of the lake. The primary bathroom features a quartz and walnut vanity, a steam shower with Moen digital controls, heated floors, heated towel rack and a freestanding quartz tub that overlooks the lake. Three additional bedrooms and a full bath offer plenty of space for family or friends. A spacious laundry room has a cedar-lined storage area. The basement is a great addition. The large, open living space features a fireplace and an oversized workshop space. A large fifth bedroom has an egress window and full bath, making it perfect as a guest or in-law suite. All-new windows and doors with True Screen maximize the view. A full list of renovations is available, on request.

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Textured From thick, chunky woven rugs to faux hides, people are mixing and matching textures to create that custom, professionally-designed feel in their homes.

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Rugs in Interesting Places With the rise of washable rugs – and the 21st century ease of finding a professional to clean traditional rugs – people are getting more adventurous with where they place their rugs. Some seriously stylish rugs are showing up in kitchens, bathrooms, playrooms, hightraffic areas, patios... even on walls! Runners are almost a given for modern kitchen design. If you’re not ready to place an heirloom anywhere near marinara sauce, worry not: companies like Ruggable offer seriously stylish designs that can go right in the washer.

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When you’re styling a space, think of nontradtional ways you can use rugs in your space. From a bed throw to a throw pillow, rugs can do a lot more than cover your living room floor. photo courtesy Ruggable

Stairs are a fantastic spot to inject a little flair into your home’s décor. Stair runners are a great way to bring that zest – and as a bonus, they’re incredibly practical, too! Stair runners help protect the wood of your stairs from the wear and tear of heavy traffic. At the same time, they offer you a more secure and comfortable step. Most people opt for durable materials for their stair runners, such as wool carpet. Some people opt for natural textured fibers, like sisal. If you’re considering a custom stair runner, a professional will come and measure the space and go over your options. photo courtesy Carpet One


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Insets Move aside, rugs: carpets are here to stay. This designer inset carpet into hardwood, creating a permanent “rug” that nobody will ever trip on. The edging makes this incredibly eyecatching. Obviously, this is something of a commitment. This works best in a space you won’t want to reconfigure the layout of often. photo courtesy Millhaven Homes

Geo-Cool Cool shapes are everywhere in rug designs. People are loving rainbow shapes, fun geometric patterns, even unusual rug shapes. This look is very on-trend, which can be a mixed bag. This look may not be as timeless as a classic pattern. Consider these hip styles for kids’ rooms, playrooms and other space you change up often. photo courtesy Ruggable

Mixed Pile Higher-pile rugs are gaining in popularity, but rugs with mixed pile heights are just more fun! They bring a ton of visual interest to any space. If you’re considering hopping on this trend, choose one with a simpler color palette to let the texture really shine. photo courtesy IKEA

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HOME Fall front porch inspiration to help you transition in style.

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farmhouse If you find yourself obsessed with pretty much anything Joanna Gaines includes in her home designs, then the farmhouse style might be your cup of tea.

When it comes to your fall porch, a farmhouse aesthetic includes soft and muted tones of terracotta, gray and sage. Incorporate rustic vases, dried elements foliage and neutral prints to create the perfect farmhouse porch.

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For all the classic ladies out there who appreciate the fall shades of orange, yellow and burgundy, this traditional style is your go-to look. Something as simple as a classic wreath and gorgeous mums placed in a symmetrical pattern creates the perfect front porch for fall. Pair it with a flannel throw and wicker patio set and you’ve got a front porch ready to welcome all of your guests this season.

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spooky For those who appreciate the spooky side of October, then a scary transition for your fall porch is the perfect way to start! Decor details like hanging witches’ hats, bats on your door frame and skeletons enjoying your front porch rocker make for a super fun welcome for your guests this fall!

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F ire Pit Fun The end of summer means we’re finally going to feel a break in the temperatures, which means it’s time to reclaim our backyards! There’s no better way to enjoy these evenings than gathering around a fire pit. If it’s been a while since you last purchased a fire pit, heads up: the selection may be pretty different than you remember! A bevvy of options are on the market that might make your head spin. From classic logburning iron pits to a sleek ethanol fire tables, there’s a lot to consider before you buy. We’ll show you some of the exciting options available, as well as offer some advice from a local expert.

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The Stats: 57% of people who have a backyard fire feature say theirs is a classic style fire pit. 21% say theirs is a permanent fixture. Fire tables and tabletop fire features are growing in popularity, but still only represent 7% of US homeowners. Owning one would definitely make you a trendsetter in your neighborhood! (Source: statista) According to a Houzz survey, fire pits are one of the three most popular additions to backyard spaces by homeowners who are renovating. According to, a permanent fire pit alone may yield up to a 67% ROI when selling your home. It’s not a money-maker in and of itself, but the benefit of having an outdoor living space on your listing is huge! Outdoor grey round concrete fire pit ($1299 Denali Brew Linear Gas Fire Pit Table from Outdoor Greatroom (price from $2,199, available at Housewarmings

From a pro: We asked the experts at Housewarmings in Lexington to tell us the benefits of firepits and fire tables versus choosing an outdoor fireplace. They’re fans of both options, but say they meet different needs: “Firepits and fire tables are great for entertaining larger groups. Gather your friends and family around the fire to tell stories, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the outdoors. “Outdoor fireplaces are better for more intimate settings, such as curling up with a book at the end of the day.”


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What to Expect When Going to the Veterinary ER

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When your pet needs emergency care, it can be gut-wrenching to find that your regular vet is closed with a voice recording referring you to the nearest emergency hospital. To make your emergency visit a little less stressful, here’s what our team says you need to know.


The most critical pets are seen first. Each pet that arrives is triaged by our nursing staff. Their vital signs are evaluated and they are categorized so the most critical patients see the doctor first.


You won’t be allowed in the treatment area. It can be scary to hand your fur baby over to a stranger, but it is common practice in the veterinary ER to bring pets to the treatment area to be evaluated without their owner. The treatment area is filled with life-saving equipment and medications, critically ill pets, and is often hectic making it inappropriate for owners to be present.


Long wait times. Unless your pet’s condition is deemed as critical upon arrival, you’re may experience long wait times to speak to the doctor. Wait times can be upwards of 6-8 hours on busy holidays or weekends.


Ask questions. Once your pet is evaluated by the doctor, a nurse will review an estimate for the cost of diagnostic tests or treatments that the doctor believes will be beneficial in diagnosing and treating your pet’s illness. It’s okay to ask why certain tests are needed and what each recommended medication does.

five Higher fees. If you’ve found yourself at an after-hours emergency clinic, prices can be higher than a regular vet visit, especially if your pet’s condition is critical. Take time to review over the estimate with the doctor to create a treatment plan that both benefits your pet and fits with your financial picture.

six A referral to a specialist. Sometimes your pet’s illness is more severe than what can be managed by the ER team alone. You may be referred to another department, such as surgery or internal medicine, for further care after the ER team stabilizes your pet.


Have compassion for those around you. We know that it can be a stressful and emotional experience when your pet needs critical care, but we ask you to think of all the traumatic cases that may also be present. Understand that there are others sharing this space, also going through traumatic experiences with their pets. Our team is working as fast as they can to provide an excellent standard of care to each pet that walks through the door. After a visit to the veterinary ER, it is a relief to return home with your pet. It is important to follow up with your primary care veterinarian to let them know what happened. In most cases, they will have already received a detailed copy of notes from our hospital, but it never hurts to double check. We know life is unpredictable and everyone hopes to not need an emergency clinic, but being informed can help make the experience a little easier!


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Cades Cove, Tennessee This wide valley features sweeping views, with stunning fall color everywhere you turn. The 11-mile loop is often very busy on weekends, so take the trip early on a weekday. There are plenty of walking trails to enjoy in the area, and plenty of wildlife to spot. The historic cabins and churches in Cades Cove provide the opportunity to learn a little about the past. Situated in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove is close to lots of outdoor attractions, from the Gatlinburg Sky Bridge to cave trails.

Clermont, Kentucky With 16,137 acres of natural splendor, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest offers stunning views along its many trails. But aside from the fascinating visitor center and canopy tree walk (75’ above the forest floor), Bernheim boasts some seriously cool art. The Forest Giants are a selfie-worthy must-see. Clermont is also situated along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Just sayin’. photo courtesy Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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RRG is the perfect weekend getaway for Lexingtonians: close enough to make the trip convenient, far enough away that it feels like a whole ‘nother world. Camping, hiking, climbing, ziplining and so much more awaits. And the sights are just as impressive – the Natural Bridge offers sweeping views of Daniel Boone National Forest. From paddling through The Gorge Underground to staying in a cozy cabin, there’s so much to do in this close by natural area.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Ohio

Boasting the second-largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world (next to Munich, Germany), Cincinnati’s annual festival shines a spotlight on German heritage, beer and food. This year’s plans include four days of fun – September 16th-19th – in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati. Prost! photo courtesy Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati

The Catskills, New York Yes, it’s a top destination for leaf peeping. But there is also a world of fun to be had this month, from fly fishing or biking to off-roading and whitewater rafting. The beautiful covered bridges and scenic drives will take your breath away. And don’t miss the beautiful farms and you-pick orchards!


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The beauty of North Carolina deserves to be explored, and Asheville offers a lot of great ways to do just that, whether you take a scenic drive, a challenging hike or a leisurely horseback ride. The area offers golf, fishing, birding, ziplining and more. Asheville’s vibrant local culture offers art, theatre, world-class dining, shopping, music, spas and plenty of other creature comforts, such as resorts and luxury hotels. The Biltmore estate is a local must-see!

Breaks Interstate Park, Virginia/Kentucky This area offers easy views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding forest that marks the border between our two states. Lakefront cabins offer a wonderful, secluded retreat. Thrilling activities like biking, ziplining, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and hiking are available in the area. Best of all, this is an easy day trip if you’re short on time!

Clayton, Georgia Just this side of the Georgia border, this quaint town offers stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains. Camp, kayak, hike, paddleboard or golf in this beautiful natural area. Nearby Tallulah Falls is a must-see. Its cascading waterfalls will take your breath away. The suspension bridge spanning it – 80 feet up – offers a little extra thrill!

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Wine with dinner is a dining tradition that most, if not all, restaurant-goers already take part in. Pairing the perfect wine with your meal evolves and enhances both wine and meal alike. But can we get this same flavor elevation from Bourbon or rye whiskey? Absolutely! Bourbon and rye have an abundance of unique flavors; chocolates, oranges, vanillas, spices, honey, caramel, char/ smoke, etc. This set of wildly new and exciting tasting notes open a plethora of new dining possibilities. And with any luck, by the end of this article, you will be trying these pairings with your next meal! There are a couple of directions to start with when pairing Bourbon/rye whiskey with food: • Contrasting Flavors - This counterintuitive idea often goes against the typical school of thought when pairing wine

with dinner (i.e. Red with red meats, White with fish, etc.). Breaking away from the safety of similar flavor pairings with Bourbon/rye whiskey will often result in an entirely new (and exciting) flavor in your meal! • Complementary Flavors - Combining more traditionally paired flavors will bring out a surprising intensity that complements this marriage of dinner and Bourbon. Don’t be afraid to ask your server for tasting notes on both your Bourbon/rye whiskey and your meal. These complementary flavors add a depth and richness to the meal that will have you walking away saying “Wow!” every time.

Now that you are armed with Bourbon and dinner pairing knowledge, let’s give you some examples (accompanied by some of the best that Carson’s Food & Drink has to offer):

Carson’s Bone-in Ribeye

Carson’s Sweet & Spicy Ribs

The Ribeye has some of the most intense flavors of any cut of steak as it is marbled with fat. Fat equals flavor.

Life doesn’t get much better than Carson’s Ribs and Rye Whiskey – and our regular guests would have to agree. So how do you improve our tender pork ribs, smothered in our signature Carson’s Sriracha Bourbon BBQ sauce? Carson’s Private Label Woodford Reserve Rye.

As the ribeye cooks, the fat melts and falls onto the grill forming and coating the steak in a natural smokiness. This same type of smokiness is often found in Bourbons! So now, what Bourbon do we recommend for such a full-bodied steak? Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Proof. The tasting notes of this Bourbon are complex, full bodied and compliment perfectly with our Ribeye. Take your time, enjoy every sip/bite, and take in that wonderful smokey combination.

Rye whiskey has a lower corn mix and a higher rye mix that results in a hot and spicy finish, compared to the more mellow finish of a traditional Bourbon. The resulting flavor of our BBQ sauce paired with that natural spiciness of rye can’t be described: it has to be experienced. Next time you’re at Carson’s, you can’t NOT try this delicious pairing.

It feels like we all should have been pairing Bourbon with dinner a long time ago, right? Pairing whiskeys or Bourbons and dinner opens up new and exciting possibilities at every meal. And, after all, aren’t new and exciting experiences what dining is all about?

Carson’s Famous Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding When the meal is over and you couldn’t possibly eat another bite, you know you’ll still have room for something this delicious; Butter sautéed bananas, rich caramel, Bourbon, banana liqueur, all topped on our house-made bread pudding. Oh yeah, and did I mention whipped cream? What could POSSIBLY make our bread pudding better? Jefferson’s Ocean Aged Bourbon. This Bourbon is full to the brim with vanilla and salted caramel notes, which elevates our bread pudding to a whole new level. “Sea?” We knew you wanted dessert.

Hopefully, this article has equipped you with the knowledge and excitement to try many new and amazing flavor combinations. Plus, Carson’s Food & Drink has well over 100 Bourbons and ryes, just waiting to get you started on your pairing adventure. Cheers! | September 2021


September is designated as a month of celebration for America’s only native spirit. Like most Kentuckians, we ‘re loud and proud about our love of Bourbon. To commemorate Bourbon Heritage Month this year, we asked Master Distillers from around the state to share some of their secrets with you... special thanks to Mark Fitchner | courtesy photos bourbon facts courtesy of the Kentucky Distillers Association


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Bardstown Bourbon Company Master Distiller Steve Nally

Tell us about your Collaborative Distilling Program. Our Collaborative Distilling Program brings together some of the most experienced distillers in the industry under one roof. This completely unique and inclusive process allows our customers to create alongside us and drives education, innovation, and experimentation. We produce nearly 40 unique mash bills for some of the finest whiskey and bourbon brands, including Jefferson’s, High West, Belle Meade, Hirsch, Calumet, James E. Pepper, Cyrus Noble, and many others, led by three masters and a first-class team of operators, using some of the most sophisticated technology in distilling. Tell us about your custom distilling. Bardstown Bourbon Company’s custom distilling program provides access to consultation with our distillers, creating a transparent relationship with the team of operators.

This approach is fundamental to our core company philosophy of collaboration and transparency. Additionally, this completely unique and inclusive process allows our customers to create alongside us, providing both an education component and the capacity for true innovation. What is Ignition? Bardstown Bourbon Company’s open source scalable SCADA platform Ignition has allowed internal programmers to design a system that efficiently controls processes, tracks and displays key data points, and allows us to analyze all captured data without limits. It’s a highly automated, state-of-the-art system that allows us to provide unmatched and unprecedented flexibility, transparency, and control of the whiskey production process. information courtesy of | September 2021


Buffalo Trace Distillery Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley

What is a Master Distiller? What are the three most important aspects of the role? A Master Distiller is one that has mastered their trade. It comes through experience and measured by the products that they make. Most important aspects would be; Quality driven, Functional and technical strength, People-focused. How did you get started on your path to becoming a Master Distiller? Getting started, I thought it was important to develop a good career path along with getting a good foundation of knowledge, whether it be through experience or education. Once the path was set, I chose our distillery because I saw the potential and knew that there were lots of room for growth. I started at the bottom and worked my way through each challenge. What is the difference between whiskey and bourbon? Whiskey is a category and bourbon is a type. There are many types of whiskeys, and bourbon is one of them. What are the differences between brewing and distilling? There are many similarities with regards to quality processes up front. The grain handling, the yeasting – however the type of yeast and fermentation is a little different – and of course in distilling, there is the added step of the distillation processes. The way you treat the final product, and the time frames are quite different between brewing and distilling, with distillation and aging sometimes taking decades. Where do you see the bourbon industry headed? We see the bourbon industry continuing to grow into the near future. There are many opportunities globally, and we see no reason that bourbon cannot compete on a global scale. Bourbon has so many strengths, like flexibility, quality, history, value – just to name a few – so there is no reason bourbon can’t hold its own globally.


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Head Distiller Brian Sprance

What is the difference between brewing and distilling? There are countless similarities between brewing and distilling, but the main difference lies within managing the open fermentation cycles and embracing the controlled chaos that inevitably occurs with co-fermentations of wild yeast and bacteria. At New Riff, we are big believers in flora and fauna, the terroir of our distillery. What makes your bourbon different from other brands on the market? We have been very lucky to have the backing of our family ownership to really do things “the right way,” even when it’s not the most profitable. This means we have been able to source the highest quality ingredients from around the world, use the best equipment in the industry, and wait the 4+ long years needed for our whiskey to fully mature. What is your bourbon mash bill and why is that important for your brand? Our flagship bourbon recipe is 65% corn, 30% rye & 5% malted barley. At New Riff, we consider ourselves a “rye-centric” distillery which simply means we love all things rye. The 30% rye contributes a nice peppery, citrus forward nose that also balances the overall sweetness that people often associate with bourbon. What do you enjoy most about being a Head Distiller? Working within a tight knit team that learns and grows together while making the best whiskey we possibly can.


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e tuc y rtisa Distillery Master Distiller Jade Thomas Peterson

What are the three most important aspects of being a Master Distiller? How do you feel about your title? The role is a fiery mix of risk taking, mistake making and whiskey tasting. I feel like production and development is such a huge team effort, and I have a great team at KAD. I know there is so much to learn and apply to the craft that it may take a lifetime for me to accept the title.

on good ingredients, good barrels, and good technique. This allows us to give this bourbon the attention it deserves through the process. This attention to detail, I feel, comes through on the final product. Our bottled in bond is an estate grown, double copper pot distilled bourbon from Oldham county Kentucky. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!

How did you get started on your path to becoming a Master Distiller? In a very non-traditional way. I was a part time bottling employee that fell in love with the industry and the production methods that are used. I had a background in logistics and operations management, which did pair well with my willingness to learn the new trade. I re-enrolled in college at Western Kentucky University and completed the Brewing and Distilling Sciences program, alongside taking international courses at the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. I also had the support of Steve Thompson and Trey Zoeller. When I showed interest, they were able to help me get started and give me just enough freedom to make some mistakes and learn a lot.

For Whiskey Row, we are always blending for taste. So we go out and taste as many of the barrels as we can pre-blend, making sure we hit the flavor notes we are seeking. This process is normally a combination of distillery employees to give us varied palettes to compare flavor.

What makes your bourbon, Whiskey Row, different than other brands on the market? We have worked to be a throwback bourbon. We concentrate


As for single barrels we normally mark certain barrels during the blending process that are highlights or “NOG’s … Nectar Of the Gods. These barrels we set aside for special projects and single barrels. What is in your bourbon mash bill and why is that important for your brand? We strive to keep as much of our production local as possible, with 96% of our grains coming from less than a mile away from our distillery at Waldeck Farms. They grow a great product and we love to keep production as close to traditional as possible.

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Associate Distiller Ethan Whitman How would you explain the art of tasting and selecting bourbon? Tasting is complicated because everyone has different palettes and likes different things but that is a good thing. This makes selecting and blending a product that everyone enjoys harder but much more satisfying because you know the customers are going to love it. My attempt at a definition would be the utilization of a variety of palettes to create a product the consumer will always be happy with. How did you get started on your path to becoming a distiller? Almost 4 years ago my original plan was to go into liquor sales, but I wanted experience in every part of the process so I could be an expert on my product. I began in bottling at Kentucky Artisan, and every day after my shift, I would go in back and bug Jade with questions. Eventually he let me try my hand at distilling and I’ve been in love with it since What do you enjoy most about being a distiller? I’d say the pride in making a product that consumers enjoy so much, they will pay to see how I make it happen. I love interacting with tours that come through and answering questions or just making them feel special. It’s really cool to me that people are so interested in what I do everyday that they make trips from all over the world to learn and see how

I do it. Since I started, I’ve said, “If people are willing to pay $10 and an hour of their day to come watch me do my job, then I must have a pretty cool job!” Where do you see the bourbon industry going in the future? I only see it skyrocketing. Bourbon has been flying off the shelf in the past ten years and I’ve seen some seemingly basic bourbons start becoming rare as they are so desirable. I think we will follow in the footsteps of craft beer boom and we will see a big craft spirits boom.rrels we set aside for special projects and single barrels. Why is aging so important to bourbon? Aging or maturation is where bourbon derives a majority of its flavor and all of its color. All of the woody, oaky, and mellow flavors that whiskey lovers crave is all from the bourbon penetrating the charred layer into the barrel. And without aging, bourbon would be clear and not the beautiful amber that looks so good on the shelf or in a glass. What makes your bourbon different? It draws its inspiration from the origins of bourbon history. What really makes it so unique is it incorporates bourbons from states all along the Ohio River, much of which many people would not have an opportunity to try.

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Why does Castle + Key not have a Master Distiller? We have not had an individual in the Master Distiller role for over two years. Instead, we use a team of individuals that work collectively to create our spirits and represent our brand. We have multiple individuals that represent the different roles of a Master Distiller, such as research and development, distillery operations, quality, blending, and public relations. We value the collective effort of an entire team rather than an individual. How would you describe the art of tasting and selecting bourbon? Being a distillery that is still in its infancy means that we have no historical data on how our barrels will age and mature on site; therefore, we have to take a much more thoughtful approach to barrel selection and blending. The main rickhouse that we store barrels in, Warehouse B, is unlike any other in the world. It is five stories high and six hundred feet long and made entirely of brick. We carefully monitor the environmental conditions in our warehouses to predict how our bourbon will age, while also sampling and tasting our barrels often. We try to find the delicate balance between art and science by being both qualitative as well as quantitative in our evaluation process. For us, we desire bourbon that is not only high quality but has very unique characteristics, so we are always looking for those barrels that showcase the diversity of our whiskey. What makes your rye whiskey different than other brands on the market? We take a slightly different approach with our spirits; we strive for a consistency in quality rather than consistency of flavor. Each blended aged spirit will have a unique flavor profile based on barrels that were blended together and will be associated with a release year and batch number. The release year will be indicated on the gold foot badge at the bottom of each bottle and the batch number is specified on the back label. This vintage strategy is very commonly used in the wine industry. What is in your bourbon mash bill and why is that important for your brand? We make a traditional style rye bourbon as well as a wheated bourbon, both made from Kentucky grown white corn. We also make a rye bourbon that is made with Hickory King corn, which is an heirloom variety of corn also grown in Kentucky. It is important to us that we honor the tradition of our historical distillery by using grain and yeast that is similar in profile to what would have been used at this site over a hundred years ago while also using a modern approach to bourbon production. What is new on the horizon for your distillery? Anything new coming to the market? We believe in creating all of our spirits from scratch and that approach has required us to be patient as we wait for our brown spirits to come of age. In December of 2020, we released our first rye whiskey, Restoration Rye. Our Restoration Rye 2020 Batch 1 won double gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which was a testament to our incredible team and the time it’s taken us to release our spirit in what we feel is the right way. This upcoming year will be a very big year for Castle & Key, since we’ll be releasing additional batches of our Restoration Rye as well as the first ever Castle & Key traditional and wheated bourbons. | September 2021


a rs ar Their char is different. It takes just 40 seconds of fire to achieve Maker’s Mark customary number-three char. The process of firing barrels opens pores in the staves and caramelizes the natural wood sugars. This helps give Maker’s Mark those pleasant vanilla notes. But before the firing can happen, the cooperage (or barrel-building company) must “season” the new American white oak used for our barrels outdoors for nine months, including summer. This helps remove the bitter tannins in the wood that would otherwise go into the bourbon. Their yeast strain is older than Maker’s itself. Sometimes the best, freshest ingredient available is an heirloom yeast strain that’s more than 150 years old. In fact, this highly guarded microorganism has been passed down to every bottle of Maker’s Mark ever produced. Would it have been easier to switch to cheaper stock yeast when


everyone else was? Sure. But, it wouldn’t be better. And, it wouldn’t be Maker’s Mark. The yeast ferments in tanks that are original to the old Burks Distillery that predates Maker’s Mark. They’re made from cypress planks more than 100 years old. Hard to source these days, cypress is ideal because it has no effect on the flavor of Maker’s Mark. Why red winter wheat mash? Soft red winter wheat is the Maker’s Mark® flavoring grain and star of its mash bill. In a day when distiller’s rye – which can have an unwanted bite – was the go-to grain for whisky makers, Bill Samuels, Sr., set out for a flavor that would let his new bourbon stand out in the crowd. After some trial and error, he discovered exactly what he was thirsting for. information courtesy of

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Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott

Why is Four Roses different? Why two mashbills? Four Roses is the only Bourbon Distillery that combines 5 proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to handcraft 10 distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique character, spiciness, and rich fruity flavors. Up to all 10 recipes are mingled by hand to create Four Roses Bourbon. Six are mingled for Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon. Four are mingled for Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. One recipe is hand selected for Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. We employ two unique mashbills (grain recipes) in our production. One is 60% corn, and the other is 75% corn. The lower corn mashbill contains 35% rye, significantly more than other Bourbons, resulting in a spicy, full-bodied taste.

Limestone-rich water from the spring-fed Salt River is added to the mashbill. Each mashbill is cooked to perfection by tightly controlling the temperature to protect the delicate flavors of the different grains. How is your warehousing different? We’re the only distillery using single-story rack warehouses during the aging process to provide a gentle, undisturbed, and more consistent maturation process. The temperature varies by about 8 degrees Fahrenheit from the top rack to the bottom. Traditional, metal-clad, multi-story warehouses in Kentucky will vary in temperature by as much as 35 degrees. information courtesy of | September 2021


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Master Distiller Chris Morris | Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall Tell us about your two distillers. Chris and Elizabeth have been integral in driving innovation and shaping the story of Woodford Reserve, sharing the belief that the keys to making the World’s Finest Bourbon are not only time and patience, but science and art. As the second Master Distiller at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Chris was an integral character in the development of Woodford Reserve. As head Master Distiller of one of the world’s fastest growing bourbons, he spends his days innovating and planning future releases. Chris began his career in bourbon in 1976 as a trainee in Brown-Forman’s central lab. In 1997, he found himself as an understudy to Lincoln Henderson, Woodford Reserve’s Inaugural Master Distiller, who in 2003 Chris succeeded.


Woodford Reserve Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall, CSS (Certified Specialist of Spirits) is the second generation of her family to work in the bourbon industry and one of the youngest female distillers in the United States. She followed in her mother’s footsteps starting as a sensory expert and working in the quality department How is your maturation different? We mature Woodford Reserve in new, charred, white oak barrels of our own making. The barrel is a key ingredient in our process, contributing flavor, complexity, and balance. That’s why we craft, toast, and char bourbon barrels at our very own cooperage. After filling, barrels age in our unique heat-cycled warehouses until mature. information courtesy of

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Angel’s Envy

Chief Innovations Officer Wes Henderson | Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson What makes Angel’s Envy different?

Why port?

ANGEL’S ENVY is what happens when 200 years of bourbon tradition meet an independent master craftsman’s instinct to improve. It’s a total return to the art of craft-first, hand blended batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.

Scotch has been finished in fortified wine barrels like Sherry or Port for generations. So we wondered, why isn’t anyone really doing this seriously with bourbon? The finishing process can really enhance the whiskey with a subtle sweetness and complex flavors.

We personally taste every barrel throughout each step of the aging process to ensure that the spirits meet our perfectionist standards. This would be enough for any other premium bourbon, but we think you deserve more. That’s why we finish every one of our whiskeys in handselected finishing barrels. For an added layer of flavor and complexity, our bourbon and special cask strength are finished in ruby port casks, and our rye is finished in rum barrels. There’s no set time for this process.

As we tasted our bourbon, a Port finish really seemed like it would fit our bourbon’s flavor profile perfectly. It added just the right layer of richness to our whiskey. While it took us some trial and error to figure out the ideal aging window for Angel’s Envy, we knew that we had a winner once we found it. information courtesy of | September 2021


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PULLED PORK • 4-6 lbs. boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into large, roughly fist-sized cubes • dry rub of your choice • 1 1/2 c. light beer

Arrange oven rack to lower third. Heat oven to 325. Place pork in a Dutch oven and sear. Add beer to the bottom of the Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer.

HONEY MUSTARD SLAW • 1 head green cabbage, cored and julienned • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 T apple cider vinegar • Ken’s Steakhouse Honey Mustard Dressing

Toss together cabbage, carrot, salt and vinegar. Add dressing to taste, and toss. Chill until ready to use.

Cover and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2-4 hours, until tender.

Allow guests to assemble with pulled pork and their choice of sauce, slaw and other fixins. For a truly great spread, offer at least four sauces: a smoky barbecue sauce, a sweet/tangy barbecue sauce, something with some heat like buffalo and something creamy, such as more honey mustard. Topping ideas: chopped green onions, chopped jalapeños, caramelized onions, pickles, pimento cheese spread, grilled pineapples

When cool enough to handle, drain and shred with two forks. Remove any undissolved chunks of fat. (adapted from The Kitchn)


ASSEMBLY OF SLIDERS Brush your slider bun of choice with oil or melted butter. Toast on the grill.

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GUACAMOLE • 3 large avocados • 2 limes • 1 1/2 cups corn, cooked • 1/2 red onion, chopped • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

BACON-WRAPPED AVOCADO “FRIES” • 3 avocados • 24 strips of bacon

Scoop avocado out into a bowl. Use a potato masher to mash the avocado to your desired consistency.

Slice each avocado into 8 wedges. Wrap each in bacon.

Squeeze the limes over the avocado.

Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cook over your heat source – turning as necessary to prevent burning – until bacon is cooked through.

Toss the other ingredients together with a pinch each of cayenne pepper and salt. Stir into avocado mixture until just combined. (adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen) Note: If you want to add even more flavor, use 2 cobs of grilled corn in this recipe instead. Cut the corn off the cob prior to mixing.

Note: Have Paleo or keto guests? Steer them towards this dish!

Serve with blue corn tortilla chips!

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n r e h t u o S Spicy led Peanuts Boi BOILED PEANUTS • 1 1/2 pounds of raw peanuts, in shell • 3/4 cup Kosher salt • Cajun seasoning or Old Bay Combine peanuts and salt in a 6-quart slow cooker. Add water to your fill line. Cover and cook on high for 18 hours, until peanuts are tender. (Feel free to leave in the water for an hour or so in order transport to your destination – this will keep them warm.) Drain and transfer to paper bags (or cups) for serving. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of seasoning to each bag, close and shake. To up the heat, feel free to shake in some hot sauce. (adapted from Southern Living)


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TIP: Dishes that you can prepare ahead of time are the name of the game. Make use of the residual insulated heat of your crockpot to keep things as warm as possible. When transporting your food, store hot items together and surround them with blankets for added insulation.

ASK ABBY VAUGHN How can I win big in the bluegrass? HI ABBY: It’s my favorite time of the year. Horseracing season in the bluegrass is upon us. Do you have any financial strategies on how to actually ‘make’ money at the track? It’s definitely more fun than traditional investing in my book! —BETTING BEN HI BEN: Over the years I’ve explored many strategies for picking the ponies, from pedigree to preference in jockey silks. You name it and I’ve probably tried it. The only successful strategy to winning at the track is to go in understanding the risks and plan on having a good time no matter the outcome! While the opportunity to turn risk into financial reward can be appealing for some, a wise mentor once told me that investing should never be exciting,

there should be what’s boring. Longshot investments lose more often than they win and when you are coming down the final stretch, you may come up short in achieving your financial goals.


in fact it should be quite boring. Now I would never consider my career to be boring because I have the amazing opportunity to help people accomplish their financial goals. However, seeing clients achieve their goals is the exciting part; the process for getting them

That’s why we take a goals based approach to investing, focusing on providing our clients with the smoothest ride to the finish line. We believe in the importance of asset quality, a balanced diversified portfolio and managing downside risks to help you achieve your goals. Slow and steady may be boring but you know what they say….it wins the race!

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What do you call a tailgate party that doesn’t have any chili? We have no idea, either, because we’d be gone faster than a toupee in a tornado. Since every respectable tailgate has a pot cookin’, it’s important that you think of ways to make your recipe stand out.

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UNFORGETTABLE CHILI • 2 pounds ground beef • 3 pounds beef brisket, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes • 2 cups chopped yellow onions • 6 cloves garlic, minced • 3 T ancho chili powder • 1 T crushed red pepper flakes • 1 T cayenne pepper • 2 T ground cumin • 1 tsp. cinnamon • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced • 2 bay leaves • 6 cups canned tomatoes, chopped • 30 ounces canned kidney beans Brown ground beef. Drain, and set aside.

Heat some oil over medium heat in


a heavy pot. Brown the brisket – in batches – on all sides. Transfer to a separate bowl. Sauté onion and garlic in the same oil for about eight minutes. Add ancho chili powder, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon and sauté for one additional minute. Add bell peppers, bay leaves, canned tomatoes (with liquid) and the reserved meats to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover the pot. Simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the kidney beans in the last fifteen minutes to heat through.

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TOPPING & SERVING SUGGESTIONS • Sour cream • Sliced jalapeños • Grated cheddar cheese • Guacamole • Tortilla chips • Corn chips • Oyster crackers • Diced tomatoes • Fresh cilantro • Queso fresco • Lime • Sliced scallions • Hot sauce • Pulled pork • Chopped avocado • Shots of smoky whiskey (yes, really. Try it!)

MAN HAS COOKED on an open flame for thousands of years. Yet we all too easily forget that our grills can handle way more than hot dogs and burgers. While those are definitely tailgating must-haves, it’s important to not lose sight of the incredible culinary potential of your trusty grill. Here are some ways you can use those hot coals (or gas, we don’t judge) to your advantage! •

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Stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines and plums are wonderful when kissed by the grill. Serve with a balsamic vinegar that’s been sweetened with a little brown sugar. Bigger fruits are also begging for a little grill space. Try hitting pineapple, honeydew or watermelon with some heat. Veggies! Broccoli, asparagus and squash are great sides that don’t take long to grill to perfection. Eggplant and cabbage and potatoes? Oh my! Turkey. You heard me. Surprise everyone with a grilled, full-sized bird. Spatchcock it and grill it flat so it reached temperature and remains juicy. How about a pizza? Let your guests dress their own! Grilled desserts are a special treat. You can get grill marks – and flavor – on pound cake, or use a baking pan right on the grill to warm up a fruit crumble.


1/2 loaf of brioche, left out to dry all night 2 cups half-and-half 2 cups heavy cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract 6 eggs 1 cup granulated sugar

In a saucepan, heat the half-and-half, cream and vanilla together over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt and stir occasionally. Bring to a fast simmer. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Whisk together eggs and sugar. Gradually add to the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from cooking. Dip the bread into the custard, and let soak until absorbed.


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September means the start of one of Lexington’s most beloved seasons. No, we don’t mean fall; we mean football. But before the first all-important kickoff, the real action happens outside the stadium. In parking lots, on lawns, in backyards and even at Keeneland… folks across the Bluegrass dust off their crockpots, clean off their grills, put on their gameday blues and tailgate! Tailgating is one of the BBN’s favorite traditions. If you’ve never participated, you’ve been missing out on some of the most fun our city can offer. It’s a gathering of fans with food, music, games and a whole lot of team spirit. As the name suggests, tailgate parties originally started in the parking lots outside of big events, with


people sitting on the tailgates of their trucks and enjoying a drink while they waited for the doors to open. Over time, these informal picnics grew to fullfledged parties. Of course, SEC schools have a leg up. Southern hospitality means we’re hitting the tailgate with enough food to feed an army, tunes to keep the masses entertained and cornhole boards for everyone to play. We’ve got the matching apron-chip and dip-grill tool combo (monogrammed, of course) and we won’t be outdone by the folks in the next tent (not that it’s a competition…) If you’re curious about how to do tailgating right – or at all – we’re here to help with this crash course on gameday fun!

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YOU DON’T NEED A LITERAL TAILGATE. Yes, people still pull in their pickups or open up the hatch on their SUVs, but you don’t have to have that to have a tailgate! These days, it’s all about pop-up canopies and other tent structures to keep the sun and rain at bay.

TAILGATES CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE! You don’t have to be in the parking lot of Kroger Field to celebrate the Cats. If you can’t be there, party (safely!) wherever you are. Be sure to comply with local ordinances and mandates if you plan on going big.

REP THE COLORS. While you can get creative with how you work blue into your outfit, you absolutely must wear Kentucky blue. Otherwise, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Don’t feel shy about working in your blue in fun ways, from cute dresses to basic polos. But know that most people simply wear team merch, and it’s a sure style bet. Perhaps just as important: be sure you don’t wear the other team’s color! When in doubt, go with white, Kentucky blue and basic denim.

DON’T COME EMPTY-HANDED. No one is going to say no to more drinks, snacks or games. Bring a little something to make the party even more festive. Just remember that if what you bring needs any special equipment – bottle opener? skewers? ping pong balls? – that you bring that, too!

BE A GOOD CAMPER. The Boy Scouts have a rule: “Always leave the campground better than when you found it.” Trash is a huge problem after tailgates. Do your part by picking up after yourself and being sure everything at the party is disposed of properly. Be courteous of everyone around you. Be sure the noise level is reasonable – especially if your tailgate is in a neighborhood. If possible, position your grill so the smoke doesn’t blow at your guests or other tailgaters. Always be sure your party is family-friendly, even if kids aren’t present. And remember basic safety. Don’t overdrink. Be sure to hydrate. If you do drink, don’t drive. If you’re sober or the DD, be sure to drive carefully and mindfully of the revelers and pedestrians around you.

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Kentucky grill set ($50 Kohls

Women’s Gameday Couture dip dye hoodie ($59.99 UK Team Shop

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Football Season Preview


by Larry Vaught

a Kentucky football season where most UK fans feel eight wins is the minimum number of victories that coach Mark Stoops’ team should have this season — something the Cats have managed to do only six times since 1951. Of course, two of those came in 2018 (10-3) and 2019 (8-5). The excitement going into this season is evident across the Bluegrass and inside the Kentucky football team. Coaches, players and fans have a quiet confidence about what can happen this season. What has created that optimism? Here are a few reasons to consider: • Chris Rodriguez led the Cats in rushing with 785 yards and 11 touchdowns last season in nine games. He led the SEC in yards per attempt (6.6) last season and is on several preseason award watch lists as the nation’s top running back. • Darian Kinnard was an All-American right tackle in 2020 who is making the move to left tackle. He’s being projected as a potential NFL first-round draft pick, especially with the versatility he’s showing moving to left tackle. He’s also on several preseason award lists. • Defensive coordinator Brad White believes being strong up the middle in a 3-4 defense is a must to compete in the SEC. Kentucky lost nose guard Quinton Bohanna to the NFL, but White says Marquan McCall “knows it is his time and is in as good of shape” as he has been at UK.

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Linebacker DeAndre Square has started 25 games and played in 36. He has 164 career tackles. Safety Yusuf Corker has started 24 straight games and played in 37. He’s a preseason all-SEC pick. “When you are good at those positions, you can be good and have a chance to dominate,” White said. • Kentucky worked the transfer portal to perfection and could have picked up four starters — quarterback Will Levis, receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal and linebacker Jacquez Jones. “I feel like we picked them (transfers) up in some positions that we needed some depth, needed some help,” Stoops said. “Wan’Dale Robinson is special. He’s going to be a huge difference-maker for us,” associate coach Vince Marrow said. • Pushing the ball down the field in the passing game has been an issue for Stoops’ offenses at Kentucky. New offensive coordinator Liam Coen hopes to change that, and a freshman group of faster receivers should help do it — along with Robinson and the return of Josh Ali.

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“We are trying to get guys who can push the ball down the field a little more than we have been used to. The goal is to get those guys [freshmen] ready to play to help do that,” Coen said. Tom Leach, the UK Radio Network play-by-play voice of the Cats, thinks the best reason for the optimism is that UK is now used to winning under Stoops. The players believe they can — and should — win. “I think the culture Stoops has steadily built around their work ethic and the fact that they’ve done it by playing physical football, which many felt was not possible, helps sustain that mindset of knowing what it takes to compete and win,” Leach said. “When you play that way, and the staff keeps bringing in players with the talent to make starters know their jobs could be in jeopardy, that should foster an environment that gives you a good chance to avoid those letdowns and help lead to the kind of excitement there is for this team.” •


by Vicky Graff

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Macy Mullins, Trina Sheets, Leah Maggard and Krista Colgan at the grand opening of Belle Vie at The Summit

David Adkins and Lisa Adkins attend Blackbird Dance Theater’s premiere of Providence

Jordyn Bush, Inara Gadzhiyeva, Hunter Abshire, Kelli Phillippi, Beth Hourigan, Terri Judy, Morgan Malone, Isabel Torres and Jenna Mullins at the Hourglass 4th Anniversary Bash

Constanza Ishii and Marci Kloiber at the YMCA Feel Good Nutrition ribbon cutting


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YMCA Back to School Rally

Monteia Mundy, Diana Koonce, Lynn Tsiboukas, Eileen Levy and Linda Gilker at The Well Lexington Golf Outing

Woodland Art Fair

Devanny King, Jessica Upchurch, Kendra Brown and Kelly King at the soft launch of Pour Decisions

Bluegrass Medical Aesthetics fundraiser for Mission 108

Richmond Place luau!

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Breaking the Bronze Ceiling donor appreciation


Greg and Sheila David at the Makenna Foundation Summer Concert

Smiling and profiling in downtown Lex!

Kym Holcomb and Kay Harris at Thursday Night Live

The Newman Center’s Welcome to LexVegas Event

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Events PICNIC WITH THE POPS Keene Meadow | August 14 Photos by Fran Elsen and Leigh Ann McLaughlin


Braving the rain for an awesome show!

Erin Mitchell, Jamie Mitchell, Amy Mitchell, Tiffany Bezeau, Brandon Bezeau, Elaine Sharp and Sandy King

John and Cindy Harrison, Marsha and Bernie Henning, David and Judy Hrach, Peggy Wheeler and Del Brewington

Jen Sackett, Amy Durham and Mike Durham with guests

REVOLUTION:The Music of The Beatles

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Picnic With the Pops Chair Deborah Tudor and friends

It’s the British invasion!

Jena and G.J. Gerard

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Leigh Ann McLaughlin, Stephanie Urbanek, Michael Price and Suzanne Hutchinson



Events AN EVENING WITH COMMERCE LEXINGTON Keeneland | August 5 Photos by Tracy Beall


Jeannine Petell, Robert Davenport, Brandon Cress, Michael Cecil, Billie Dollins, Lynn Hudgins and Cheryl Eadens

Beth Bell Brown and Greg Brown

David Holder, Emilio Benavides and Billy Forsyth

Amy Dougherty and Kaelyn Query

Kiersten Cleveland, Jenny Frey, Dean Rothemeier, Kyle Cassin and Jordan Tolliver

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Bethany Denning, Sharon Votaw, Sheri Depp, Tonya Jackson and Susan Rogers

Aarin Lakofka and Shirie Hawkins

Trent Bauer, Will Border, Griffin Cline, William Woodward and Nick Hostetter

Judge Lindsey Hughes Thurston and Caitlyn Neal

Barry Stumbo, Margaret Graves, Susan Mortara, Maynard Crossland and Bob Gigliotti

Emily Miller and John Hampton

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Events AN EVENING WITH COMMERCE LEXINGTON Anne Donworth, Tiffany Daniels, Annissa Franklin, Yajaira West, Christian Motley, Chase Minnifield, James Brown and Hannah LeGris,

Keeneland | August 5 Photos by Tracy Beall


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Michele Ripley, Katherine Lander, Valerie Overlan and Sheri Depp

Tamara McCain and Denise Leaner

Joe Lakofka, Mark Ruddle and Dan Mason

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Events THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Tandy Park Photos by Woody Phillips


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Events LEXINGTON’S ARTS AWARDS Lyric Theatre | July 22 Photos by Woody Phillips


Eric Johnson, Marianna McDonald, Julie Butcher and Becky Johnson

Yvonne Centers, Elsbeth Johnson and Sheila Omer Ferrell

Sheila Omer Ferrell, Becky Alley, Kate Savage, Janet Holloway, Jill Gookin and Analisa Wagoner

Suzanne Powell and Chris Powell

Roya Ramezankhani, Kiptoo Tarus and Stacy Greer

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Deidre Lyons, Isabel Yates and Cathy Clay Neal

Judge Melissa Murphey, Lisa Higgins-Hord and Mayor Linda Gorton

John and Kathy Plomin with Madonna and Craig Turner

Larry Jones and Ron Trischler

Janet Holloway, Mayor Linda Gorton, Laura Boison and Jennifer Mossotti

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Art blooming at the Woodland Art Fair

Keith Yarber and Bill Meck at Picnic With the Pops

Brent Turner, Tom Willis, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Melissa Ajayi and Roya Ramezankhani at the Blackbird Dance Theater premiere of Providence

Jeff Hancock and Margaret Hancock at the grand opening of Belle Vie in The Summit

YMCA Back to School Rally

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Welcome Home : Fall Front Porches

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Tour of Homes

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