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Beer & Wine of the Month

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Money Makers

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Realty Tips & Trends: What’s in a Mortgage?

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Wow Wedding: Jamie + Chase

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Weddings Unveiled: Sparkle & Shine

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Super Mom: Tricia Collier

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Kids Room: Sunshine Gold

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The Rise of Boutique Primary Care

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Diary of a Plastic Surgeon: The Evolution of the Facelift

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Gor-Jess: Lady in Red

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BBN: Bring it On

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Equine Update: Chrome, Foals & Handicapping

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Art in the Bluegrass: Finding Inspiration in Food & Art

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At Home

Tour of

HOMES

BOLD & BRIGHT The Cox Family Home Pops with Colorful Style

By Michelle Aiello Photos by Shaun Ring

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hen Dr. Thadis and Nicole Cox began designing their custom-built residence in the Reserve at Greenbrier, one of their primary goals was to create a safe, fun environment and plenty of space for their growing family (children Ava (3) and Thea (1) and their male and female bulldogs, Brindle and Mims). The 6,712-square foot home (as well as the Cox family’s previous home) was built by Jimmy Nash Homes. The Reserve at Greenbrier is a desirable subdivision, known for its beautiful homes, close proximity to downtown and peaceful views of green space and mature treelines.

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In addition to working with Jimmy Nash Homes for the build, the couple worked with Clay Leavell and and Sarah Hubbard of Kitchen Concepts and interior designer Jean Ann Corbin of Ambiance Designs. Working as a team, their efforts resulted in an exceptionally designed home that the entire family loves. The lighting was provided by Kentucky Lighting and Supply, Rodgers Decor and More did all of the floors and tile work, and the furniture, window treatments, art and accessories are from Ethan Allen. Nicole said that the color inspiration came from the pair of teal Ethan Allen chairs – one of the first purchases she made. At the time, she knew she wanted to use teal in the rest of the home, but didn’t know exactly how. That’s where the expertise of Jean Ann Corbin came in. “Color speaks to us all in one way or another,” said Jean Ann. “With all the soft gray and beige neutrals, it’s nice to have a strong accent color like Nicole’s teal to add interest but also to personalize the home.” One of the most striking design details is the coffered ceiling above the family room that has been accented in an ultra-bold teal. “When I looked at the swatch, it looked like a really bold color, and I wasn’t sure if it would work,” said Nicole. “But it’s not exactly the same when you put it on the ceiling. It’s a very subtle way to do a bold color.” 44

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The unhindered floor plan makes it easy to run the household and enjoy family gatherings. “I like that this open area has the sitting room in such close proximity to the kitchen –it almost functions as one room,” said Clay Leavell of Kitchen Concepts, who designed and supplied all of the home’s countertops and cabinetry. “And then you have the formal sitting room which is also in close proximity. So for entertaining and for everyday family use, they have one beautiful open space.”

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Clay and his associate and Sarah Hubbard worked closely with the couple to help them design their dream kitchen, which includes stainless steel Thermador appliances, leaded glass inserts for the cabinets and a wenge wood countertop for the island. The countertops, provided by Artistic Granite and Marble are a beautiful quartzite called Fantasy Brown. When asked about her favorite kitchen feature, Nicole essentially listed them all. “I love the oversized range hood, I have all the space I need for cooking. I love my island and the fact that it’s incorporated into the dining room. I also love the cabinets and of course, the massive wine fridge.” She explained that they found a photo of the double ovens, cabinetry and wine fridge on the home design website Houzz, and Kitchen Concepts helped make it a reality. The Coxes explained that shopping for the range hood was one of the more challenging aspects of the design process. Sometimes, when choosing from models in a showroom, it isn’t easy to conceptualize how fixtures will look in the home. Dr. Cox said, “We saw a hood of this size at Kitchen Concepts and we kept going back to it and going back to it. Eventually Clay said, ‘Well, you’ve got enough room for it’”. So they had the range hood installed, and once they saw it in the scope of the entire kitchen, they both agreed that it fit the design perfectly. “It was exactly what we were shooting for,” said Nicole.

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The dining room features an accent wall with gold metallic wallpaper and a gorgeous pair of caged pendant lanterns from Kentucky Lighting. “I wanted an accent wall that added a little bit of texture and shimmer,” said Nicole. She explained that the teal buffet table was her design inspiration for this area. In the warmer months, the family often enjoys meals outside on their screened-in porch, which is located in the rear of the home, just off of the family room. “We can open the porch doors and French doors and there’s all this open air flowing through the house,” said Nicole.

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The home office, is decorated in shades of blue-gray and gold. The metallic horse portrait in the office, atop the two-story mantle, is from My Favorite Things.

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The laundry room cabinets are “Louisville inspired” (Dr. Cox’s hometown), which they say is a welcome contrast to all the blues and grays used in the rest of the home.

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There is a gorgeous barreled ceiling in the first floor master bedroom—accented by one of Nicole’s favorite features in the home. She explained that she likes to have a fan running while she’s sleeping, but it was a challenge to find a fan with a design she liked. Plus, she really wanted a chandelier for their bedroom. After consulting with Kentucky Lighting, she was able to find the perfect solution-- a “fandelier”. “The combination of a ceiling fan and chandelier made it possible to have the best of both worlds – I love it,” she said. Incorporating the clean lines and rustic look, his-and-hers closets complete with sliding barn doors line the short hallway leading to the master bath. The bath has been outfitted with an oversized soaking tub, a walk-in glass enclosed shower (their favorite feature), and more decorative ceilings with coordinating wainscoting. The soothing gray paint colors used are Software and Gray Screen, both by Sherwin Williams.

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The two girls each have their own bedroom. Both rooms feature dark gray walls and differing accent colors on the ceiling (Ava with pink, Thea with purple). All of the bedrooms have their own en suite baths. There is a very colorful playroom equipped with a chalkboard wall and a lofted area accessed by a custom built ladder. Nicole explained, “We bounced back and forth about putting a playroom in the house. Prior to the construction being finished, we realized that we had all this open space that hadn’t been closed off yet, and Jimmy came in and suggested that if we wanted to put in a playroom, it would be a really great space to do it. He suggested the lofted area too, and we thought it was a great idea.” Dr. Cox added, “Of course the girls are too small to go up there now, but when their cousins come over, they immediately run up there.” Over time, they plan to design the loft space to suit the girls’ needs, with cozy fur rugs and beanbags.

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The curved staircase continues to the lower level of the home, which serves an alternative family room and play area for the dogs.

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The family says they basically split their time between the upper and lower levels. Here, they have another complete kitchen and large bar with wire insert cabinetry and brick walls. The basement also has a sitting area with a modern fire feature, large flat screen television, and a fully equipped home gym that incorporates another pop of teal on the walls. There is also a guest bedroom and two bathrooms.

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“Now it feels like we’re living in a spa”

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Their most recent renovation is a lovely bath/pool/dog room with white subway tile, a dog washing station, vintage inspired trough sink and a saloon style bathroom stall.

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The Cox Family

Photo by Susanne Cochran with Josephine May Photography

From the initial construction phase, to selecting cabinet and countertop finishes, to final details like rugs, art and accessories, the Cox family agrees that working with their team was a great experience from start to finish. Aside from their desire to create a modern, open space for their family, one of the other design goals, said Nicole, was to choose an entirely different color scheme than the one in their previous home. Dr. Cox referred to that one as his “bachelor pad” (it was his residence before meeting Nicole) and he had it decorated in masculine shades of red, burgundy and gold, with dark leather furnishings. When they moved to their new home, Nicole wanted a lighter, brighter color scheme, hence the shades of teal and white with touches of metallic sparkle. “Now it feels like we’re living in a spa,” Dr. Cox laughed.

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REALTY

tips & trends

By Meredith Price | LIVINLEX.com

PITI 20

%

down payment Purchase price of home

$250,000

PMI less than

20%

down payment Purchase price of home

$250,000

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what’s in a

mortgage payment?

Depends on your down payment

4.5

A mortgage payment for a home purchased with a 20% down payment has 4 components:

percent

INTEREST RATE

Principal + Interest + Taxes + Insurance

MONTHLY PAYMENT BREAKDOWN:

75%

20%

5%

[$1,013]

[$254]

[$73]

PRINCIPAL + INTEREST

TAXES

Montly payment

INSURANCE

Actual cost of home

$1,340

$532,368

A mortgage payment for a home purchased with less than a 20% down payment ALSO pays:

4.5

percent

INTEREST RATE

Private Mortgage Insurance

5

percent

10

percent

down payment down payment

15

percent

down payment

Monthly payment

$1,653 $575,542

$1,549 Actual cost of home

$559,075

$1,471 $542,669

We make every effort to provide accurate and complete information,; however we do not assume any liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided.


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Lombok Buffet Anthropologie

Tasseled Retrograde Pillow Anthropologie Casting Shade Framed Art Ethan Allen

PPG’s

COLOR CATALOG By Allison Arterburn

Black

Flame

A

blend of black and navy, Back Flame gives any room a sense of peace and quiet in a world of noise.

Vera Wang WedgwoodÂŽ With Love Nouveau Indigo 5-Piece Place Setting Bed Bath & Beyond

Uttermost Dayla Indigo Accent Chair Bed Bath & Beyond

Pair with:

This hue is certainly bold, but quite versatile. Black Flame works as a statement wall, on a ceiling with a matte finish, as a high gloss on a naturally lit-staircase, cabinets and anywhere you want to imbue a feeling of modern luxury. This gorgeous dark hue lets blush pinks and soft pastels shine in a room. Black Flame perfectly pairs with colors like Suntan, Waterstone and Brass Mesh bringing the lighter colors to life in any room.

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

Suntan

Warmstone

Brass Mesh

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Entrepreneurs


Berry L. Popp

Town Square Bank

859.241.2695 | townsquarebank.com With more than 28 years of experience, Berry Popp, Vice President at Town Square Bank, focuses on working with small businesses and their owners to find financial solutions to meet their needs and grow their business. Playing an active role in the community allows Berry to meet people and build relationships with business owners and their employees. He understands that locally owned, small businesses are the cornerstone of the community. Berry began his banking career in Frankfort, where he was born and raised. He has worked hard to climb the corporate ladder, working his way up from teller to vice president. “I enjoy getting to know my customers and learning about their businesses,” he says. “Every business is different, and their financial needs are just as different. Town Square Bank has the ability, and is willing to tailor products, to meet the needs of our customers, which sets us apart from other banks and lenders, who treat each business the same regardless of their size or current situation.” For more than 125 years, Town Square Bank has remained focused to deliver high quality customer services that meet the financial needs of its customers, businesses and the community. Based in Ashland, Ky., Town Square Bank has a Loan Production Office in Lexington, as well as full-service branches in Nicholasville and Mt. Sterling.

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Faces + Places

Greg Baker

University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union 859.264.4200 | ukfcu.org

“The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union has been serving members since 1937, so for more than 80 years, we’ve served the University of Kentucky community and the Bluegrass area,” says Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Baker. “We offer lower loan rates and fees and higher deposit rates than traditional banks. Since we are a member owned cooperative, we are able to turn profits back to members in the form of better rates, fees, and services.” As a sales and marketing professional, Greg’s ongoing challenge is to educate consumers on products and services that will best help them achieve their financial goals. “Most people don’t know what a credit union is, so most don’t know how easy it is to join and experience the difference between a credit union and a bank,” says Greg. “A credit union is the best part of banking since we do not have stock and our members are our owners. We work for our members, not for shareholders. We have six branches and more than 70,000 members.” Greg graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking. He began his career in banking in a management training program with what was

then Bank One, which is currently Chase Bank. After moving around with several banks, in various sales, service and management capacities, he took on the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union. “I’ve been in financial services for 30 years, but I’ve spent the last 13 years at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union,” he says. “Having worked in both banking and credit union settings, I have a unique perspective on what consumers value in financial services. Service delivery, financial literacy and education, and being an advocate for the consumer is what differentiates you in the financial services industry today. It’s the value proposition that consumers are looking for and it’s what brings them back to you.” Greg says that his favorite part about working in finance is working with consumers and helping them achieve their financial goals, which he finds to be the most rewarding part of his job. Greg and his wife, Penny, have been married 20 years and have three sons. Greg likes to stay busy with a variety of his sons activities, but his hobbies include hunting, fishing, movies and he is an avid University of Kentucky Athletics fan. ADVERTISING SECTION

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Andy D. Waters

Community Trust and Investment Company 859.389.5300 | ctbi.com/ctic

President and CEO, Andy Waters, has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Trust Management from Campbell University, which is the only school in the nation which offers a degree of this kind. Andy started his career at First Citizens Bank in North Carolina where he worked for more than 16 years. At the time he left First Citizens, he was Vice President and manager of a regional trust office. In 2004, Andy was recruited to Community Trust and Investment Company to be the Senior Vice President/Manager of Trust and Estate Services. He was then promoted to President and CEO in 2011. Community Trust and Investment Company is a $2.5 billion trust company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. “We are a full service trust company, which provides investment management services to individuals and institutions, including investment agencies, qualified plans, IRAs, foundations, endowments, trust administration and estate administration,” Andy says. “It gives us the opportunity to partner with individuals and institutions to achieve their financial goals. We want our clients to enjoy the fruits of their labor, so they can rest easy at night knowing their finances are managed by someone they can trust,” he says. “When clients can call you their friend or trusted advisor, you know that you have been successful.”

R. Tracy Osborne

Community Trust and Investment Company 859.389.5300 | ctbi.com/ctic

Since high school, Tracy Osborne, Senior Vice President at Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management, knew he wanted to work in the investment industry. “I’ve always had a passion for numbers and taking care of people, and the finance industry gives me the opportunity to combine both,” Tracy says. Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management is a business unit of Community Trust and Investment Company. Headquartered in Lexington, KY, Community Trust and Investment Company is one of the largest independent trust companies in Kentucky. “We specialize in a wide array of investment services and are proud of our ongoing success in helping families manage their wealth,” says Tracy. “While technically we help individuals accomplish their financial goals, we ultimately provide peace of mind, which is achieved through our rapport, solid investment philosophy and team service model.” Tracy’s career began as a Senior Financial Analyst at Host Communications in 1995. Then in 2001, Tracy became an Investment Executive at Farmer’s National Bank. In 2004, Tracy joined Community Trust and Investment Company. “As Senior Vice President and Manager of Business Development, I get to provide people with solutions. We relieve worries and concerns and offer peace of mind to our clients. We treat our clients the same way we treat our own families—with respect, trust and honesty.”

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Buddy Schneider Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Buddy Schneider works for Traditional Bank, a privately held bank located in central Kentucky with approximately $1.4 billion in assets and five Lexington locations. “At Traditional Bank, we concentrate much of our energy and expertise on providing better banking for business owners from commercial lending solutions to cash management tools,” Buddy says. “Commercial Lending is not a one-size-fits all solution, so business owners should develop a relationship with their commercial loan officer in order to achieve their goals.” As Buddy explained, even for an experienced business professional, a knowledgeable and well-informed commercial loan officer may provide creative finance options that the client had not previously considered. Buddy majored in finance at Marshall University and has a MBA from the University of Kentucky. While Buddy didn’t plan on being a banker, he was approached by one of the senior lenders at Traditional who knew his background and education.

Traditional Bank 859.263.2801 | TraditionalBank.com “I started out as a consumer lender to get my foot in the door and grew a commercial portfolio through contacts and referrals. Twelve years later, I’m still with Traditional Bank and managing a commercial book of business. I was given an opportunity, liked what I did and worked hard to get where I am today,” he says. Traditional Bank has local decision-makers who can provide answers within hours versus weeks or months and as Buddy explained, “banker’s hours” are a myth. “Most community bankers are always available and at Traditional Bank, we are unique in that we operate as a team,” he says. “Our organizational culture values cooperation and client satisfaction over and above individual achievement. We learn how people make money and help them find ways to grow their business or protect what they have.” Buddy enjoys golf, but admits he doesn’t get to play as often as he’d like with three young children at home. He’s also a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and volunteers his time as a board member for Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. ADVERTISING SECTION

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Joe Kenney

Community Trust Bank 859.389.5350 | ctbi.com

Joe Kenney, Vice President and Commercial Lender at Community Trust Bank, considers himself to be customer centric. As he explains, banking is about relationships. “For me, it’s the investment in those one-on-one relationships, on both a professional and personal level, that allows for the greatest success,” says Joe. “I invest in professional relationships with my customers, but also develop personal relationships along the way. I believe most products and services in financial institutions can be similar, but it’s truly how people are treated that makes the difference.” Community Trust is a community bank with local decision-making that customers can trust. The bankers provide superior customer service and tailor products to meet a customers needs. “We take great pride in serving businesses and individual customers within our community and are active participants within our local areas,” Joe says. As Joe explains, finance is ever-changing, which is why he loves the constant evolution and the problem solving it takes to ensure everything falls into place. “I just love a challenge, so finance has always provided me with something new to look at so I never get too comfortable,” he says. “I also think that banking is rewarding because it takes relationships and determination to build a sustaining career. I am so excited to be where I am.” Lic. #509535

Keleigh Arnett PNC Bank

859.281.5335 | pnc.com Keleigh Arnett attended the University of Kentucky and started her finance career as a Licensed Investment Representative. In 2002, she was recruited by National City Bank, which was acquired by PNC in 2010. Keleigh has served businesses of all sizes and industries in her 10-year tenure as a Treasury Officer for PNC, one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States. “The role of Treasury Management Officer has been evolving at breakneck speed over the last 10 years,” she says. “In today’s environment, technology from banks is becoming more closely entwined with that of the company itself, which makes having the right treasury officer, who is knowledgeable about your business, essential.” Keleigh enjoys introducing clients to new ideas and possibilities that challenge the status quo. Lucky for her, PNC is cutting-edge when it comes to keeping up with new and innovative technologies. “I help businesses find innovative ways to really make a difference in cash flows with A/R and A/P solutions that create real efficiencies,” she says. “The most rewarding part of my job is being part of the economic solution.”

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Jason W. Veinot

Enhance Wealth | 2525 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste 118 EnhanceWealth.com | 859.231.6622

Jason Veinot, Financial Consultant and Investment Manager at Enhance Wealth, a Member of Advisory Services Network, LLC, grew up in Lexington, KY, graduated from the University of Kentucky, and married his best friend, Ann. When Jason was eight-years-old, he received a certificate for seven shares of Wendy’s stock from his parents for Christmas. As Jason explained, he was a huge Frosty fan at the time. “My father showed me how to track stock prices in the paper, and I quickly began researching information about the markets and investing,” he says. “I always knew I wanted to make a career in finance and have loved it ever since.” Jason’s favorite word in the English dictionary is “enhance” as it relates to elevating the quality or value of something. “Enhance is what we strive to do for our clients and why I named our firm Enhance Wealth,” he says. “Our focus is appreciating what people have accomplished with their finances and raising this to the next level when they join our firm’s family.” Living and working in the wealth management profession for nearly two decades has opened Jason’s eyes to the realities within the financial industry. While there have been great advancements over the years, there are also many areas needing im-

provement he explains. “I do not adhere to traditional investing methods like Asset Allocation,” Jason says. “Technology has had a major impact on the way our markets behave, so buy-and-hold investors live in constant fear of the next market decline. I adhere to an adaptive approach allowing our clients’ portfolios to move as markets change and align with the current environment.” Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is, “doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.” Jason says he sees this every day from investors desiring a different outcome during the next market crash while investing the same way they always have. To combat this “insanity,” Jason and his firm set-up a website to help: www.stoptheinsanity.com. “In the beginning of my career, I was focused on the technical aspect of investing but now, I most enjoy the relationships I have with my clients,” he says. Jason and his wife have been blessed with their son Griffin and daughter Haley. Jason has attended Southland Christian Church for more than 35 years and is involved in charities like A21, which is on a mission to abolish human trafficking. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family and staying in shape. ADVERTISING SECTION

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Lawrence York

ProActive Advisors, LLC | 1604 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste. B ProActiveAdvisors.com | 859.263.1117

Lawrence York, founder and CIO of ProActive Advisors, LLC, began his career with the large Wall Street brokerage firms. He started as an independent advisor and ran his own broker dealer before starting the first Internet Technology mutual fund in 1996. “I started ProActive Advisors to focus on private practice again,” says Lawrence. “ProActive Advisors is a Registered Investment Advisory firm that acts as a Principal, not Agent, in managing and advising clients.” ProActive Advisors manages money primarily for individuals, families, small business owners and private trusts. Most clients give the firm discretion to make, buy & sell decisions on their behalf. “Our clients take comfort knowing that ProActive does not sell securities or share in commissions on trades,” says Lawrence. “They have full confidence in our loyalty to them knowing 100 percent of our clients utilize third-party custodians who report independently and directly to them. It gives them peace of mind knowing we’re proactive in watching their money.” ProActive Advisor’s mission is to deliver transformative results, so clients gain the rewards of investing. Towards this goal, ProActive Advisors crafts portfolios with utility, seeking to deliver positive results in good and bad financial markets. 80

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With 30 years of investment experience, Lawrence is a perpetual student of the markets. He is the only Morningstar recognized Five Star Equity manager in Kentucky. Following the 2000-2002 market correction, Lawrence decided to get his investment process coded. ProActive’s 360Portfolios methodology was the outshoot, which protected clients from debilitating loss of 2008-2009 financial crises and became the core methodology around which ProActive Advisors has prospered. As Lawrence explains, the financial markets are significantly different from the days when a little bit of luck, a growing economy and investing in the “Nifty Fifty” worked. Change is the core driver in the markets, so conventional practices like employing indexing, target allocations and automatic rebalancing aren’t optimal. In addition, they offer inadequate ways to combat risk and protect principal. “The financial markets are like a never-ending puzzle—there is no fixed picture or outcome. Change must be recognized for its opportunity and risk. Investing is a cerebral endeavor requiring constant monitoring of the reward-for-risk probabilities. My best counsel to people is that the most important decision is not what you invest in, but who you get advice from,” he says.


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George Wallace WesBanco Bank

859.244.7246 | WesBanco.com For nearly 150 years, WesBanco Bank has been building trust, confidence and relationships. George Wallace, Vice President and Commercial Banker, explains that at WesBanco, the bankers continuously focus on the success of the communities in which they live and work. For George, who has been in the banking industry for more than 21 years, he takes great pride in working with his clients to help identify their business goals and develop plans to help his clients achieve them, as well as successfully grow their business. “We offer a variety of personal and business financial products, and deliver many convenient and easy to use electronic banking options, such as mobile banking, mobile wallet, and Apple, Samsung and Android Pay,” says George. “We operate 172 financial centers throughout Southern Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including three in the Lexington, Kentucky area.” In February 2017, WesBanco announced that they were awarded a composite “Outstanding” rating by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for its Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance for the sixth consecutive year. “At WesBanco, we are a continuously growing company, so we provide a wide variety of products and services similar to a large bank,” says George. “However, we give the personal service expected from a community bank.”

Camden Skidmore WesBanco Bank

859.244.7248 | WesBanco.com Not all bankers are created equal, explains Camden Skidmore, Vice President of the commercial banking group at WesBanco Bank. While WesBanco is a new name to Lexington, the bank was established from an acquisition of a bank that has roots in Lexington that date back to the 1920s. WesBanco appreciates its ties to central Kentucky, and puts a high priority on giving back to the community through volunteerism and civic activities. Camden’s first job out of college was in finance. Through mergers and acquisitions, his career took his family to three states and almost overseas. When another acquisition brought the Skidmore family back to Kentucky, Camden knew that he and his family were home—for good. As Camden explains, it is in the best interest of the client to take their time picking a banker because it is important to find a banker you trust. “There are no shortage of bankers when times are good, but when times are tough you need a friend,” he says. “I love to get to know the people behind the business, learn what motivates them, and help them take that next step toward their dream, which means I have open, honest and frequent communication with my clients. If you aren’t hearing from me on a regular basis, call the police!”

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Tim Asbridge Forcht Bank

859.263.6802 | ForchtBank.com While attending the University of Kentucky, Tim Asbridge started his career in the banking industry at a community bank in Central Kentucky. “The community bank I started in really afforded me the opportunity to cross-train in a variety of departments,” he says. “At an early age it allowed me to figure out what I was passionate about and where I wanted to focus my career – customer service.” As a Commercial Relationship Banker, with over 25 years of experience, for Forcht Bank, he finds satisfaction in helping his clients find efficiencies through continually evaluating their finances and refining their banking products. “I’m an old school banker in the fact that I believe strongly in the business and community relationships we all create,” he says. “The relationships I’ve created over the past 25 years have allowed me to help business grow, as well as non-profits I volunteer with. At Forcht Bank, part of our core values is community, and I am a firm believer in the importance of community.”

Jennifer Wygant Forcht Bank

859.626.3100 | ForchtBank.com Jennifer Wygant started her career in the banking industry soon after she graduated from Miami University. She started in a management training program for a large bank in the Cincinnati region. “The training program afforded me the opportunity to rotate across most departments in the bank for a few weeks, increasing my broad exposure to the inner workings of the industry,” she says. “I acquired a good base understanding of how the different departments worked together to benefit the customer.” As Treasury Management Officer for Forcht Bank, a community bank located in 12 counties in Kentucky, Jennifer has seen firsthand that banking is an ever-changing industry. “Technology and regulation has drastically changed the banking environment over the past 10 years,” she says. “This has required banks to stay on the front lines of technology to meet customer needs in the 21st century. At Forcht Bank, our mission is to exceed the expectations of our customers.”

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David Smyth

Family Financial Partners

859.219.1006 | FamilyFinancialPartners.com When David Smyth was deciding what to major in at Asbury University, his dad told him to major in something he enjoyed, rather than business. As David explained, his dad knew he was going to start his own business someday, so it was best that he pick a major based on interest. “I took my dad’s advice and majored in media communications,” says David, Senior Partner at Family Financial Partners. “I went into the financial planning industry when I graduated, and seven years later, after time with a couple of firms, my business partner, Alex Roig, and I founded our own company, Family Financial Partners. We will celebrate our 13th anniversary this year.” Family Financial Partners is a full-service, comprehensive financial planning firm. The firm goes beyond stocks and bonds and retirement accounts to help its clients in all areas of their financial lives, whether saving for a rainy day, for education, budgeting, deciding on major purchases and when to actually retire. The team approach at Family Financial Partners is what differentiates them from other firms. Each team member focuses on what they do best, so the advisors can focus on helping their clients reach their financial goals. What David loves most about his job is helping people organize their financial lives, so they can enjoy the other aspects of their lives more fully.

Alexander M. Roig

Family Financial Partners

859.219.1006 | FamilyFinancialPartners.com “Think of us as financial therapists—what we do consists of reflecting upon the past and working toward the future,” says Alex. “When it comes to money and clients’ financial lives, we know for many, talking about money can feel like a very personal and somewhat invasive conversation. A good financial advisor will inquire about all aspects of a client’s finances—the good and the bad—because having a clear picture of what’s happening in someone’s financial life allows us to create a plan that addresses their specific needs.” As Alex says, simply put, Family Financial Partners helps their clients organize their financial lives, no matter what stage of life they are in. “I would love for people to know that our profession is about helping people first and foremost,” he says. “Yes, we are a business, but what drives us each day is the knowledge that we are helping others live their fullest and best lives. When our clients thrive, we thrive. I think people miss that sometimes about the financial planning industry.” What Alex loves most about his job is helping people organize their financial lives, so they can enjoy the other aspects of their lives more fully. “Helping people is at the heart of what we do, and that’s what I love most,” he says. “If you’re not sleeping at night due to financial stress, that’s where I come in.”

Securities offered through: The O.N. Equity Sales Company, Member FINRA/SIPC, One Financial Way, Cincinnati, OH 45242. 513.794.6794 Investment Advisory Services offered through O.N. Investment Management Company.

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William “Bill” Feltner South Central Bank

859.223.0170 | SouthCentralBank.com Bill Feltner, president of South Central Bank, Inc. for the Lexington/Fayette market, started his banking career in Lexington in 1972. Over the years, he worked his way up from a management training position to Market President. Motivated by pursuing new business, whether that is deposits or loans, Bill has enjoyed the banking profession. “While there have been lots of ups and downs, and a lot of regulations over the years, I still like the challenges I face each and every day.” he says. “Banking is not just banking anymore—it’s financial services like wealth management, technology friendly services for customers who want to use internet banking, relationship bankers, and flexibility on the access to loans and the list goes on.” In the community, Bill is involved with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. While Bill doesn’t get the opportunity to play golf as often as he would like, he spends his free time landscaping and working outside his home. He says that his proudest accomplishment is his grandchildren. Bill believes that the future for our region is a bright one. “To me, it appears that Kentucky–and especially Lexington–is in line for a good 2018,” he says. “I am optimistic.” NMLS# 476282

Mark Wadlington

Young & Wadlington PLLC 859.475.1003 | ywcpas.com

For Mark Wadlington, CPA and partner at Young & Wadlington PLLC, accounting wasn’t something he fell into as a result of needing to pick a major in college. In fact, he had an entirely different career for eight years before deciding to go back to college to become a CPA. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial in my spirit, business was in my family blood, and coupled with many other influences and experiences over the years it became my ‘calling,’” Mark says. “For me, accounting is not a job or a career, it’s my vocation—it’s where I belong, what I’m made to be.” Young & Wadlington PLLC is a professional accountancy and advisory services firm providing tax, assurance, business valuation, litigation support, outsourced CFO, and accounting services. “I would describe our firm as ‘boutique’. Our approach is personal and deliberate to provide services that bring true value both to individuals and businesses to help them improve, thrive, and achieve their goals,” he says. “We seek to serve the whole client. It’s not about volume of clients for us, but accepting and working with the right kind of client who aligns with our philosophy of service and care and, therefore, who we will naturally serve best.” Mark loves to help people, to interact personally, and be in a position to influence and improve lives, not only in his business but in life. Among many things, he has served on the Executive Board for the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Lexington and recently ran the Memphis Marathon, raising money for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a St. Jude Hero.

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Rebekah Welch Rebekah Welch, Assistant Vice President - Lending Officer, began her banking career in college, working part-time. Rebekah’s 17 years of banking experience has given her a positive and confident attitude along with excellent problem solving skills. Rebekah states, “at one time, I was a business owner in the construction industry before I joined South Central Bank. I am able to connect the business side with my personal experiences because I have been on both sides of the transaction.” South Central Bank has been in business for 46 years and has 27 locations across Kentucky and northern Tennessee, which offer deposits, loans and wealth management services. South Central Bank works hard to be a part of the local community, which was important to Rebekah. As Rebekah explained, her personalized customer service and availability is what separates

South Central Bank 859.351.9838 | SouthCentralBank.com her from other lenders. She enjoys working for a bank that has a strong mortgage team and competitive products that she can bring to the table for her customers. “I am here to help customers with all of their lending needs from mortgage, commercial, personal and auto loans,” she says. “What I love most about my job is that it is an honor when I am chosen to help customers buy a home. I take great pride in providing financial support to home buyers, business owners and developers, and families.” Rebekah is a Lexington native and is married to Michael Welch, also of Lexington, and the mother to three sons, Christopher, Caleb and Ethan Michael. Rebekah enjoys trips to the lake, cooking and spending time with her family. NMLS #914701

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Diane Verhalen

Alliance Financial Planning, LLC 859.977.6006 | alliancefp.net

Diane Verhalen, owner of Alliance Financial Planning, LLC and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner, started in the financial business in 2003 and each day since, she’s been helping clients achieve their financial goals. “I began my career with a large corporate insurance company and quickly learned that the independent road was best for me,” she says. “Since 2006, I have let my clients’ needs and goals dictate the advice given by being able to customize their personal plan with nonproprietary products. Every day is different, and seeing the end result when you have assisted a client in achieving a certain goal financially is the best part of my job.” Alliance Financial Planning is an independent firm in Lexington specializing in personalized financial planning. For Diane, being a woman in the financial industry is her differentiating factor but for her firm, she says the written planning leading to the personalized solution is what best sets Alliance apart from other financial firms. “Working with a financial planner is similar to going to a doctor for the flu or seeking out legal advice after an accident—the results are statistically better when you rely on the professionals,” she says.

Quin Broadbent Kentucky Bank

859.469.7386 | kybank.com After graduating from Centre College, Quin Broadbent started working for a registered investment advisor. He then continued his education at the University of Kentucky to receive his MBA. “I joined a community bank where I became an investment analyst and within nine months, I was managing over 300 accounts and $100 million dollars,” he reflects. Quin is excited about the opportunity to work for Kentucky Bank because in his new role he will have the ability to manage fewer accounts and to focus specifically on the clients and relationships that are important to him. Kentucky Bank is committed to being a top investment firm in central Kentucky. Kentucky Bank President Louis Prichard and SVP, Director of Wealth Management Jim Elliott have the knowledge and experience that allows Quin to serve his customers well. “As Vice President and Portfolio Manager, I focus on managing client portfolios in a way that directly corresponds to our clients’ goals and needs,” says Quin. “At Kentucky Bank, we work hard to make sure that our goals are aligned with our clients, so that we are always focused on doing what’s best for them. I have dedicated my career to this profession because I know that I can successfully help my clients meet their goals.” Quin is currently the President-Elect of the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass board and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and his son, George.

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Coby Adkins

Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. 859.245.0836 | mytcbt.com

Coby Adkins has more than 18 years of banking experience across various leadership roles. Coby spent the first 14 years of his career at Fifth Third Bank in numerous leadership roles. He then worked at PNC Bank as Vice President of Business Banking before joining Town & Country Bank. Coby also served in the United States Marine Corp for six years. Now Vice President and Market Manager at Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., Coby’s areas of expertise include lines of credit, equipment term loans, business acquisition lending, owner occupied commercial real estate, and commercial and residential investment property. “Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., headquartered in Bardstown, KY, has been serving the central Kentucky community for more than 100 years,” says Coby. “With offices in Bardstown, New Haven, Lawrenceburg and Nicholasville, we offer a variety of exceptional products and services. We also provide wealth management by our trust division, First Banker’s Trust, which is headquartered in Louisville, KY.” Coby enjoys watching his clients’ businesses grow and mature, and witnessing all of their hard work payoff. As Coby explains, commercial lending is based on building true and lasting relationships. “The best relationships are those where both parties, the banker and the client, are completely open and honest during the process,” he says.

Mason McCauley Republic Bank

859.266.2483 | RepublicBank.com As a private banking officer, Assistant Vice President Mason McCauley works with clients on their personal and business/commercial banking needs at Republic Bank. From specialty lending products to deposit services, Mason is able to offer a wide range of products and services to accommodate the needs of his clients and help them achieve their financial goals. “Being a banker has taken on a completely new meaning, so we have adapted into relationship bankers to meet all the needs of our clients,” says Mason. “We now have the tools to deliver access to loans, internet and mobile banking, and deposit services to name a few.” Mason credits his dad, who is a also a banker, for helping him decide to pursue a banking career. Mason worked as a teller while attending Transylvania University and after graduation, he decided to stay in the banking profession. Now with more than 11 years of banking experience, nine of which have been in a lending role, Mason says he takes great pride in being honest, dependable and responsive when his clients need him. “Meeting new clients and helping them achieve their financial goals is very rewarding,” he says. “I strive to be the best resource for my clients, which keeps me motivated.” NMLS #481080, Bank NMLS #402606

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Patty M. Breeze

SeaAdvisors, LLC & Breeze Financial, LLC 877.328.4037 | SeaCureAdvisors.com

Prior to joining SeaCure Advisors, LLC in January 2015, Patty M. Breeze, CLU, CFP®, had been operating an independent insurance practice, Breeze Financial LLC., which is still in operation. Patty became an investment advisor representative of SeaCure Advisors, LLC in order to concentrate on more advanced and formal financial planning, and to specialize in investment, retirement, tax and estate planning. SeaCure Advisors, LLC specializes in investment, retirement, tax and estate planning for clients of all ages. As a fee-only financial planning practice, SeaCure Advisors does not require their clients to move their money and/or investments to the firm prior to creating the plan. However, SeaCure Advisors does have the ability to manage client assets. “At SeaCure Advisors, financial planning is extremely important to us” says Patty. “We believe that every client needs their own plan to use as a guide to help them reach their financial goals and objectives.” As a certified financial planner, Patty feels that clients benefit from a total needs approach to their financial situations. “My objective is to provide comprehensive financial planning to enhance my clients overall financial well-being,” she says. “My mission is to provide extensive information to my clients, so that they are empowered to make the best decisions for their families and themselves.” Lic. #74236 CFP

Chris French

Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co.

859.685.3058 | BankoftheBluegrass.com Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co. has been Vice President and Relationship Manager’s Chris French home for almost seven years. “The bank has served Lexington for more than 45 years as a bank and another 39 years as a small business,” says Chris. “The Jett family lived and ran their business out of the bank’s red brick building on High Street and Limestone. The family still maintains majority ownership today, with a goal of remaining independent and locally owned.” After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Chris started as a bank teller. From there, he moved to a commercial loan administrator, credit analyst and then to a loan officer. To this day, Chris believes that the teller position was the most challenging position, which taught him the most about relationship building. With four years of experience as a commercial loan officer, Chris explains that commercial banking is competitive in the Lexington market, but that the values instilled at the Bank of the Bluegrass help him provide his customers with the best customer service. “Our mission statement provides the outline for how we do business: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. We value our customers and serve the community, so there is no need to worry about what everyone else is doing,” he says. MLO# 1151173 and BLO# 421548

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Dana Back-Pack

Fairway Independent Mortgage 859.621.0169 | LoansByBackPack.com

As a Branch Manager with Fairway Independent Mortgage, Dana Back-Pack exceeds customer expectations, guarantees satisfaction and makes great efforts to earn their trust. At Fairway, which has been voted the #1 Best Mortgage Company to work for four years in a row, the employees believe that the way they do things is just as important as what they do. Every employee is guided by Fairway’s core values. “These values underline our work, how we interact with each other, and guide us in determining how to best serve our customers, employees and local communities,” says Dana. “Our main priority is ensuring that the trust we are given is backed by accurate, timely paperwork, which is delivered with the best technology available. We have streamlined the mortgage process for our clients and make it stress-free for everyone involved.” Dana’s extensive background and up-to-date knowledge of the latest lending programs assures her customers a smooth transaction from pre-qualification to closing on their home. She has become the go-to lender of choice for thousands of homeowners and realtors throughout central Kentucky. Whether you are a first-time

homebuyer or considering your options for refinancing, Dana’s experience and integrity can guide you through the most important purchase you will ever make. “Customer service is a way of life at Fairway,” says Dana. “We are not only dedicated to finding the best rates for our customers, but we also offer some of the fastest turnaround times in the industry. Our goal is to act as your trusted advisor by providing highly personalized service and guiding you through every step of the loan process.” Dana has been in the mortgage industry since 2001, she takes great pride in having a stellar reputation and feels fortunate to have worked with outstanding people and companies throughout her career. In 2014, she partnered with Fairway to open their first location in Kentucky, which has grown to 11 offices in 5 cities. Fairway Independent Mortgage is proudly represented in 48 states and currently rated the 5th largest lender in the nation. “I’ve learned to always have the client’s best interest at heart and appreciate their relationships first and foremost,” she says. “These core values have allowed me to be recognized as the mortgage leader of choice in central Kentucky.” Lic. # 71942 ADVERTISING SECTION

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Leah Taylor-Wright | United Bank & Capital Trust Company 859.881.7351 | UnitedBankKY.com

Leah Taylor-Wright has been in banking in Lexington for 12 years. She specializes in home mortgages, purchases, refinances, VA, FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and RHS (Rural Housing Service) products. “The mortgage industry is always changing, adding new products and guidelines, so it is important to have a lender you can trust to guide you through the process and help find the best option for you,” Leah says. Leah started her career as a loan administrator, which gave her a solid foundation and understanding of the loan process. From there, she worked her way to being a lender. “Now I work for United Bank as a Vice President of Mortgage Lending and Secondary Market Specialist. I really enjoy the culture of a local, community bank,” she says. “I truly enjoy helping people achieve their goals of homeownership.” Leah describes herself as dependable, and says that what is most important to her career is helping her clients find the solutions that work best for them. NMLS #1040160

Lance J. Lawrence | First Security Bank 859.899.0331 | FirstSecurity.net

Lance Lawrence, Senior Vice President at First Security Bank (FSB), a Kentucky-based bank, was initially inspired by the real estate industry at an early age. Lance’s father has been a realtor in the Lexington area for more than 40 years, so he grew up around families that were heavily involved in the real estate industry. “When it became time to narrow my focus on career choices, I noticed there seemed to be good activity and growth in the real estate/ construction industry in Lexington,” he says. “What I soon came to realize was that everyone is involved in real estate one way or another. I feel it is now my responsibility to help facilitate that investment.” Lance began his career as a mortgage loan originator before transitioning to commercial banking. His first job in commercial banking was as an assistant to one of the premier CRE lenders in the region. He quickly realized that if he stuck with it, there was going to be many opportunities for learning and, more importantly, it offered stability and some flexibility as he and his wife, Dana, started their family. “I believe my role is to not only develop business, but also provide sound financial advice, address customer concerns and confidently affirm our customers’ beliefs that we are good stewards of their money. I pride myself on being a trusted advisor, which is as important as the services offered.” NMLS #613238

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Brandon J. Gaines

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company 859.523.8700 | brandongaines.nm.com

Brandon J. Gaines, CFP®, RICP®, ChFC®, AEP, CAP, ChSNC, a Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor, specializes in working with current and pre-retirees in retirement income and distribution planning, as well as physicians and small business owners. “Financial planning is more than having an investment account, an insurance policy or a budget—it’s a full circle approach. I have had the opportunity to sit down with a lot of great people in the community that on paper have all the right ‘stuff ’ but don’t feel like they have a plan,” he says. “Rate of return in an investment account does not alone create financial security. Being able to see how all of the moving pieces of a financial planning “puzzle” fit together is what gives our clients the confidence to live life differently. It’s about connecting what’s on their balance sheet with what’s in their heart.”

Brandon started his career at Northwestern Mutual as a college intern and has been with the firm ever since. Motivated by helping clients achieve their goals, he is dedicated to ongoing education and making an impact in the community. He is most proud of his team and the caring approach, expertise and education they bring to their clients. “Seeing the relief on a client’s face when they discover that retirement is an option, that they can take the trip they have talked about for 30 years, or to see a parent or grandparent smile knowing that their children and grandchildren will get an education and pursue their dreams is what makes all the difference in the world,” he says. An avid musician, Brandon relishes the time he gets to spend performing with fellow band members as well as time spent on the golf course and traveling with his wife, Kathryn. ADVERTISING SECTION

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The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day may surprise you. While February is often synonymous with Valentine’s Day, February also marks American Heart Month, dedicated to encouraging men and women to make small changes that establish healthy habits that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. So this Valentine’s Day, instead of gifting roses or chocolates, give the gift of heart health to your loved ones. by Sarah Boerkircher | photos courtesy of the Have Faith in Heart program

It is a common misconception that heart disease affects more men than women. Entertainment media frequently portrays men having heart attacks. However, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease in the United States kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Many women have no idea that the symptoms of heart disease are very different for them. The good news is that, as the AHA says, 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. And they aim to help women everywhere learn how to make those changes happen. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is the world’s largest network of women standing together to save

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women’s lives from heart disease, a disease that is often called the “the silent killer”. Many women do not notice the symptoms of heart disease until it is too late. Go Red for Women strives to increase awareness of the signs, prevalence and treatment of heart disease in women. One way Go Red for Women is inspiring women to make lifestyle changes to improve their health is through education and programming in the community. Go Red for Women’s “Have Faith in Heart” initiative is held during the month of February, which is known as American Heart Month. The initiative started in Lexington in November 2012, beginning with programs held at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church at 540 West Maxwell Street with the support of the Pastor, Rev. Dr. T.H.


Faces + Places Peoples, Jr., and Shiloh Baptist Church at 237 East Fifth Street with the support of the Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Owens. “Have Faith in Heart is a passionate, emotional and social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health,” said Go Red for Women’s Passion Committee Chairperson Ava Henry. “The program is designed to make women more aware of heart disease and stroke, risk factors and symptoms, and urges women to make simple lifestyle choices to reduce their risk.” Have Faith in Heart is an educational opportunity designed to promote the Go Red for Women movement in a faith-based setting, primarily targeting minorities because heart disease and stroke affects minorities more frequently and more aggressively than caucasians. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke start earlier among African Americans, so in Lexington, efforts are focused on the predominantly African-American churches. Church leaders are encouraged to identify a Sunday (or appropriate day for their faith) when their congregation can “Go Red”. “Through our efforts over the last six years, we have provided blood pressure screenings for nearly 3,500 members of various churches and distributed educational materials,” Ava said. “It is truly important for everyone to have their blood pressure checked and to make necessary lifestyle changes to keep their blood pressure numbers in line.” By partnering with Passport Insurance and KentuckyOne Health, Have Faith in Heart is able to provide blood pressure screenings, educational information and access to resources available to those affected by heart disease and stroke in the community, as well as to those who are at-risk. “The American Heart Association believes in meeting people where they are and through the Have Faith in Heart events, we can do just that,” said Go Red for Women’s Director Rachel Furnish. “We work with the local Go Red for Women Cause Partners, KentuckyOne Health and Passport Health Plan to provide education and health screenings in the local community.”

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Have Faith in Heart Have Faith in Heart is an educational opportunity designed to promote the Go Red For Women movement in a faith-based setting, primarily targeting minorities, but all are welcome. Please save the dates for the following Have Faith in Heart events: • February 11th Shiloh Baptist Church • February 25th Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

Millions have united to raise awareness for heart disease, the Number One killer of women. As Rachel explained, with help, many more lives can be saved. “Over the past 10 years, twice the amount that has been raised through donations and fundraising has been given back to the community through grants and other funding,” said Rachel. “If you are interested in making a difference for your mother, sister, friend or your local community, donations can be sent to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Movement. Heart Month is a great opportunity to provide further education and awareness to the entire community about cardiovascular health.”

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Did you know?

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Save the Date:

National Wear Red DayÂŽ February 2, 2018 In the early 2000s, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute worked together to take on a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly half a million American women each year. Now every year since 2004, the first Friday in February is known as National Wear Red Day. Go Red For Women encourages you to wear red on National Wear Red DayÂŽ and to donate to Go Red For Women. By doing so, you can help support educational programs to increase awareness and education about cardiovascular health. For more information, please visit: goredforwomen.org

Want to make a donation? American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Movement 354 Waller Avenue, Suite 110 Lexington, KY 40504

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Seed & Harvest Co. If you’ve ever met Kelsey Malicote or Lauren McGaughey—or if you follow them on social media—you know they’ve got infectious, encouraging and fun personalities! With servant hearts, the two are always finding ways to give back to the community through the Malicotes’ photography services, outreach projects and now, Malicote and McGaughey’s latest venture: Seed & Harvest Co. McGaughey has a graphic design and branding background. “I’m a big dreamer, encourager and collector of experiences,” she said. “After working multiple agency jobs, I switched directions and poured myself into the start of my small business. In turn, I found a passion for helping others build successful businesses of their own. I have a heart for teaching and helping guide people to building soul-filled and purpose driven lives.”

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The business partners, who started out as friends, created Seed & Harvest to help motivate and promote small business owners. “We know that small business

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owners start businesses because they have something to offer the world. That doesn’t mean they necessarily have the expertise to get their names and their story in front of the right people, though. This business exists to help bridge the gap between small business owners and the success they hope to reach,” McGaughey said. Malicote added: “We also want to help people grow strong, authentic, intentional relationships and followings on social media for their purpose-driven businesses.” Social media is not a vanity thing when you’re talking business. It is proven that in today’s marketplace, having a strong presence on social media platforms will take your business to the next level by engaging with customers. Seed & Harvest offers their clients a guide to create daily inspiring content for their businesses, help with defining the clients’ message, and ways to communicate their brand and story, all while growing the clients’ brand and number of followers. “Remember that social media is a two-way street. When you meet your followers where they hang out, and actually engage with them, you create true relationships. Also, don’t be afraid to share your life and your business. The most important thing you have to sell is yourself, not just your product or service,” Malicote said.


Just walking into their newly renovated space located at 214 West Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington may inspire their clients alone—before even sitting down for strategy meetings! With a very Chip and Joanna Gaines vibe, the beautiful old shotgun house is “vintage meets modern” and features soft tones, shiplapped walls, original hardwoods, cozy sitting nooks and an inviting pale pink front door! “We wanted to create a place that inspired us to dream up big dreams, and to serve as a community hub for all those out there running small businesses,” Malicote said. McGaughey added: “Our entire business revolves around two main things: staying modern with the times and staying in your own lane. With this in mind, we wanted to design the space to reflect both current trends and our personalities.” The ladies’ intent with getting the space was to create a place they could work from that builds community and inspires themselves and their clients at the same time. With a couple of events already under their belt, their plan is to host networking events within the space led by the ladies and other small business owners in the community. “By hosting classes, we hope to help build interest in those small businesses,” Malicote said. Outside of networking events, they also offer one-on-one business consulting and are launching an online branding course. Malicote runs a wildly popular photography company with her husband, Matt. With huge success under their belt already, one might think that she may not want to share her tips and tricks. But she says it’s actually just the opposite. “What’s the point of having anything, if you have no one to share it with? We feel the same about knowledge. We are not afraid of growing our own competition. We find it more valuable to better other people’s lives and help them build the business of their dreams, than to hoard knowledge and keep ‘secrets.’”

For more information on Seed & Harvest or to chat with the gals about becoming clients, find them online (obviously)! @seedandharvestco @mrs_malicotephoto @mrs_laurenmc seedandharvestco.com | themalicotes.com

Malicote and McGaughey are excited to get to know and help their next batch of clients take their businesses to the next level. McGaughey says for those starting a new business, “The first step is always the hardest, but it’s also the most rewarding. There will be a million reasons why you fear doing something, but we are here to tell you: Just go for it. Also, don’t forget why you started in the first place. Whatever your motivation or purpose for creating the business was, remember that when times get tough. Also remember, it takes time to grow in the right way. To grow deep roots. And deep roots are what helps you weather the storms. Remember your story, remember your why, and use it.” Malicote added an additional piece of advice for those wanting to quit the 9-5 job, and go out on their own: “It’s okay to be afraid, but it’s not okay to let fear keep you from doing what your heart is calling you towards.” •

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CLARE HENSON MARKET ON NATIONAL 730 National Ave. | 859.327.3876 MarketOnNational.com

Having grown up with entrepreneurial parents, Clare felt the drive from a young age to open and operate her own business. While completing her degree in Interior Design at the University of Kentucky, Clare took an internship with Lexington Furniture. The owner, Hugh James, took note of Clare’s passion and budding talent for great design. She continued working at the store, and the two soon identified a niche they had an interest in tackling. “Hugh and I both had a desire to create a brand that would fulfill Lexington’s need for a modern, well-curated home décor and accessories brand,” she explained. “As a business partner, he trusted in my abilities and gave me free reign to create the Market on National brand.” For Clare, a major goal for the company was to serve customers with a professional, informed approach. “I am so driven by our customers. As a consumer myself, the best compliment we can receive is hearing that our customer service and product knowledge is the best our clients can get,” she said. In addition to furniture and home décor, Market on National offers in-home design services that combine the science of conceptual development, space planning, and product knowledge to give each customer a personalized design plan. “We want our customers to feel comfortable with their purchases. We love to offer up our knowledge in both the design process and pieces that we carry.” The 26-year-old has been challenged and inspired by being a young female entrepreneur. “My age definitely surprises people, but at the same time, it is so motivating,” she said. Clare has loved rising to the challenge. For other people considering becoming an entrepreneur, Clare advises taking chances. She said, “Opening a new business can be super scary, but so rewarding. Sometimes, stepping out of your comfort zone is the best solution.”

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LAUREN WEST AND DIANE HENSON PEPLUM

859.269.0009 824 Euclid Ave. #103 PeplumLexington.com When Lauren and Diane were considering creating a boutique for contemporary, affordable, feminine clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, they knew they had to be bold. “The biggest fear was making the financial commitment to move forward,” Lauren said. “It’s incredibly scary to put so much on the line without any guarantee that it will be successful. But we live by the principle that making decisions out of fear is no way to live your life.” Diane said that the key to achieving their dream was to tackle it with a detailed, thorough approach. “We spent a year coming up with the concept, planning, researching and so on,” she explained. “No stone was left unturned, no scenario was unplanned.” The end result was a business where they could welcome women and help them feel self-assured, worthy and encouraged. “When you feel good about the way you look, it changes the way you view yourself and in turn, how you view the world,” Lauren said. “We love our customers, and we love to empower women. The satisfaction that comes when a customer tells you how special you made them feel or how confident they felt after leaving the store is all the motivation we need.” Lauren is so excited to empower women because she knows the key to success is confidence. She said, “If you believe in yourself, work hard and are truly committed to do what it takes to be successful, ANYTHING is possible!”

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CHRISTINA AND KEVIN HAGER THE GREAT ROOM 859.373.8004 | 287 Southland Dr. | Greatroom.co

Christina has been a Realtor in the Lexington area for over 25 years. She and her husband, Kevin, were always buying homes, doing remodels and then selling them within a few years. They were continually on the hunt for good quality furnishings at affordable prices to complete the homes. The Great Room features pieces from all over the world, inspired by consignment stores they discovered while traveling. “To us it made perfect sense to either bring life back to a piece of furniture or find that diamond in the rough,” she explained. “We also decided to make custom tables out of Kentucky barnwood, which has been a blast!” Christina says she and Kevin are motivated by knowing that The Great Room’s customers are going to find pieces that they love for a fraction of the price of something new. She added, “That makes me want to search out unique finds for them.” “If you have a good work ethic and are enthusiastic about your job, you will do great,” she advises. “People recognize a hard worker and can appreciate that.”

MEGAN RENEE HOGAN SKINCARE BY MEGAN RENEE 859.308.9202 | 301 E. Vine St. SkinCareByMeganRenee.com

The idea to start her skincare business had been on Megan’s mind for a while, and she had been praying for clarity. When her then boss asked if she was thinking about starting out on her own, Megan said yes, and her boss wisely told her to go for it. “I went home that evening and started making calls,” she reflected. Now, she utilizes her 17 years of experience to offer microdermabrasions, chemical peels, customized facials, waxing, microblading, Thermaderm RX SkinCare and more. “I like to describe myself as a go-getter, and I only have one speed: full throttle,” Megan joked. “My dad has always worked for himself, and he told me since I was young to do the same.” While Megan had fears about entering Lexington’s competitive aesthetics market, she remained confident in her ability and style of business. One way she goes above and beyond for her clients is her caring nature. “I’m not only a skincare specialist, but also a friend,” she said. “Sometimes, I feel like God placed me in this business to be a listening ear.”

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SHERRI MOSLEY CARL MEYERS

859.252.2004 | 111 Clay Ave. | CarlMeyers.com When Carl Meyers passed away in November, Lexingtonians were devastated to lose a much-loved member of the community and an icon in the local fashion scene. Many wondered who would take over his store, located on Clay Avenue. Neil and Sherri Mosley are approaching their one year anniversary as the new owners of the store. They are thrilled with the level of support they have received over this past year. “We have met many loyal clients of Carl’s and have also discovered new ones,” said Sherri. “Everyone has been very complimentary of the direction the store is going.” When Sherri was asked what her biggest challenge had been so far she replied, “Transitioning from working in the non-profit world to owning a local tradition and jewel.” She was nervous about taking the helm of such a well-known local brand. “We knew this was a unique, special store and we wanted to maintain its reputation while also putting our twist on it to keep it relevant and approachable for everyone,” she explained. “Carl’s eye for elegant and sophisticated style is still evident in the clothing lines carried in our store, including lines from Paris, Italy, Barcelona and Canada—the same lines that customers have come to know and love,” Sherri said. In addition to offering contemporary elegant styles, the specialty women’s boutique also offers exceptional personalized styling services and complimentary alterations. “We love working with women to find the right style of clothing that makes them feel beautiful, confident and empowered. We want everyone who comes into our store to feel welcome and special.”

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LAUREN CHITWOOD

LAUREN CHITWOOD EVENTS AND OLIO EVENT GROUP LaurenChitwoodEvents.com OlioEventGroup.com

Lauren graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations in 2004. “Since then, I’ve been executing incredible events with imagination and a keen eye for detail. I started straight out of college so I was too young and naive to even be aware of being fearful,” she joked. “Sometimes, the world protects you from what you don’t need to know.” Lauren and her team offer event planning, design and execution services. As Lauren put it, “I’m part-artist, part-engineer and part-logistician.” Her first company, Lauren Chitwood Events, has carved out a niche in the luxury social and leisure event market. She works with corporate events of all shapes, sizes and budgets through Olio Event Group. With over a decade of experience, Lauren and her team know the intricacies of managing events within their clients’ budget and needs. “I love working in my local community, and the connections I make in Lexington,” she said. “I know that my businesses have a direct and positive impact on the local economy. Most events we produce utilize the talents and skills of up to hundreds of other local professionals in the hospitality industry.” Lauren loves having the opportunity to help create incredible moments with her clients. She said, “I find it rewarding and gratifying to be able to celebrate milestones with people and businesses, and to know that my team’s tremendous efforts culminate in successful final products.” Lauren’s first advice to others who want to own their own business is to learn resilience. “Be open and ready to evolve,” she said. “Build your team of advisors and be kind to everyone you meet.”

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JP MILLER, JR. JP started working when he was just 15 years old. He worked in broadcasting. He moved from internships to opening up Optima Multimedia, managing administration, website development, database infrastructure and more for all Nashville Clear Channel radio stations, Nashville River Stages and AmSouth Amphitheatre. “Our other clients included record labels, real-estate agents and car dealerships,” he said. “I joined the on-air afternoon drive team, and collectively we won the ACM and CMA Station of the Year. Building admin-able websites for a thriving industry 25 years ago and broadcasting on the number one country station in the country was a dream come true.” But JP wanted to do more back home in Kentucky. And to do it right, he wanted to go into his work with a unique understanding of the auto industry. “After meeting with my family, we put a plan together with Sam Pack Auto Group in Dallas to become an undercover boss for two years,” he recalled. “I worked in every department of the dealership and became a working manager learning the true value of customer service from the award-winning Auto Group.” At that point, JP returned to Kentucky with his wife, Aimee, and daughter, Lauren. His son Paul was born three years later. “We began our journey in the family business, working for my father, John Paul Miller, Sr., and the founder of Paul Miller Ford, my grandfather, Paul E. Miller,” he said. “I noticed very early that we had the opportunity to do more. As we grew the business, my mission focused on how to communicate smarter with our customers, and provide more services for them.” But doing more extended beyond the Paul Miller Motor Company. JP is behind several successful local businesses. Zipie Advertising and Print offers a variety of marketing services, including strategy, digital advertising, web development, social media, design, print, and planning and executing on-site activations. JP has his hands in several automotive repair and care centers, including Kentucky Auto Glass, Fortune Collision Centre, Dent Doctor and Paul Miller AutoCare. Another of his businesses, Pronto, offers e-learning and call center services along with enterprise administration, bot, and corporate dashboard development, and his Kentucky Strong BBQ food truck features Kentucky ingredients and gives back to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. JP believes a key to success is understanding his 3 Cs: “Clarify your strategy, communicate your strategy and cascade your strategy.” He added, “Organize your plan and communicate your standard operating procedures so everyone is on the same page. If you are confident in your plan and you have great people to execute your plan, stick with it.”

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MEGAN McCLURE SOUTHERN SUNDAY ShopSouthernSunday.com

Megan McClure wanted to combine the skills she had learned while working in retail with her desire to make an impact. From that, Southern Sunday was born: a boutique that offers stylish, affordable women’s clothing and accessories while donating a portion of every sale to a charity the customer chooses at checkout. “As a customer in my personal life and as a buyer in a professional capacity, I’ve always been drawn to brands or businesses that give back and thought the Southern Sunday format would be a fun twist on that idea,” Megan explained. “It is my goal for each customer to smile, not only because they love their clothes, but because they know they’ve helped to make a difference as well.” Megan battled self-doubts when she launched her business back in September. But since that time, she has been overwhelmed with support from the Lexington community. She said, “Every purchase made or kind word said has helped propel a dream of mine forward and it’s hard to put into words exactly how much that means to me.”

KAELYN QUERY

LEXEFFECT 859.230.5365 | 203 W. Second St. | LexEffectKY.com When Kaelyn started an internship with a local catering company 16 years ago, she fell in love immediately. She started planning events on the side for her parents’ friends and clients. “It grew on its own as much as I could handle until one day post-college, it had grown too much to be a side hustle,” she explained. She gave the company a name in 2013 and it has grown to be one of Lexington’s most trusted event companies. Kaelyn has a passion for event planning, management and consulting. That love has extended to forming event venues. Currently, they operate Copper Fox Event Center in Richmond and Limestone Hall in the Historic Courthouse building. This Summer, West Sixth Farm in Frankfort opens where LexEffect will manage their on-site event venue. Kaelyn is so passionate about LexEffect that sometimes she wakes up and realizes that she hasn’t taken a day off in weeks. “I love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. Still, she advises other entrepreneurs to stay positive and excited about the future. “You’re going to have to always be your biggest cheerleader.” special thanks to: The Livery and Stems LLC.

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SARAH AND LESLIE STEWART SOUTHERN BARKER

859.687.9753 | 1890 Star Shoot Pkwy. #175 SouthernBarker.com Two years ago, Leslie Stewart got her family a new puppy, a Portuguese Water Dog named Lily. The family already included a toy poodle named Charlie. “After having a small dog for 10 years, this new, larger dog was proving to be a challenge when it came to finding things to fit her and that also matched our taste and style. As dog owners, we found that there was a need for products that represented us as dog lovers,” she explained. Leslie and her daughter, Sarah, wanted to create the dog store where they would want to shop themselves. It was from that vision that Southern Barker was born. The boutique offers an array of products including dog apparel, collars, leashes, harnesses, custom beds, treats, toys and food. For the dog owners, they have mugs, frames, dog breed prints and much more. “We carry a variety of styles to accommodate the different tastes and styles of dog owners, while keeping a sense of Southern style and charm,” Sarah explained. More than just a retail boutique, they will also be hosting dog-themed seminars, as well as events for dogs and dog owners, like meet and greets. “We have enjoyed getting to know our customers and their dogs and are working to create a complete experience for our customers and their pups,” Sarah said. “In fact, every dog that comes in can have their picture taken and posted on our wall! We love showing off all our ‘Southern Barkers’!” One way they connect with the community is offering local products and handmade goods, such as unique tshirts and pillows of their own design. Leslie and Sarah want their customers to let them know what products they want to see carried. “We want to know what their priorities are when it comes to their dogs,” the ladies said. “For the last two years, my daughter and I dreamed of opening a dog boutique and we finally decided to take the plunge,” Leslie said. “While it has been stressful and a lot of hard work, we are so glad that we followed our dream. It has made coming to work every day a pleasure.”

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BRYAN SCHNABEL REHYDRATION STATION

877.358.4363 1532 N. Limestone #2135 RehydrationStation.com When Bryan was considering the possibility of starting Rehydration Station in Lexington, he struggled with his fear of failure. “The unknown of starting a new business, especially a niche concept with little history, creates the most stress,” he said. But he knew that his 12 years in the medical field and his passion for helping people feel their best would help him succeed. Providing IV hydration, B-12 boosters and cosmetic treatments allows his clientele to feel great and be there for their families and social obligations. Bryan says that he is driven by his employees. “Understanding that our staff relies on me to make the best decisions for our organization is what gets me out of bed in the morning,” he explained. “The people around you every day are the ones who determine if a business is successful or not. I’ve always believed in empowering a team, treating everyone well and making the workplace one where everyone has fun and enjoys coming in each day.” For people considering opening their own business, Bryan advises to just go for it. “You won’t ever know until you try,” he said. “If it doesn’t work, come up with a new idea and try again.”

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HUNTER LISLE

ARTHUR MURRAY LEXINGTON 859.278.7711 | 1801 Alexandria Dr. #132 LexingtonArthurMurray.com Hunter grew up with a love of dancing. “My family has always been supportive of all my creative endeavors, from doing magic at a young age, to dancing, teaching, competing, judging and participating in all aspects of the dance industry,” he explained. Growing up in Lexington–going to Sayre School and then UK–it was always important to come back to Kentucky and give back to the community where it all began. When Hunter opened the studio 15 years ago, his mission of “changing lives, one step at a time” became a reality. He and his staff now run one of the most successful and largest teaching organizations for Arthur Murray in the nation. “Anyone can learn to dance,” Hunter said.

JEREMY RICE, J. STUART HURT AND DWAYNE ANDERSON HOUSE | 859.523.3933 | 250 Walton Ave. | HouseByJSD.com

“We were thrown into the opening of this business by a wonderful twist of fate,” Dwayne explained. “The opportunity arose, and we jumped on it, captured the hearts of Lexington and went head first. The unknown is something that drives each of us, and pinpointing the outcome is the daily challenge that helps us grown.”

choose the right pieces for their homes. The three designers offer design services. They do all of this with customer satisfaction at the top of mind. As Jeremy put it, “We strive to put forward the best attitude, design and atmosphere for a total shopping experience!”

They’re also known for adding personality to the experience. “We are The boys are known around town for offering exceptional home dé- the most dysfunctional, loving and direct business owners that you will cor, from lamps to accent furniture, as well as ladies’ accessories, floral encounter,” stuart said. “We love our customers, we love seeing new design and so much more, with a talented staff to help their customers ideas develop and we love being a part of it all.”

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RALPH STOKLEY

STOKLEY’S MARINE

859.887.2466 | StokleysMarine.com

Stokley’s Marine is the premier central Kentucky boat dealership that has been a steadfast presence on Nicholasville Road since 1972. During those 46 years, Stokley’s has supplied generations of boaters with everything they need for memorable trips to the lake. The dealership has offered award-winning customer service that started with founders Jim and Pat Stokley. That legacy of putting customers first is still going strong with their son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Cecile. Ralph joined the team in 1981. A University of Kentucky business graduate, Ralph brought a love for fishing, water-skiing, and tubing to the dealership. He began his 37-year career as a boat mechanic. Now he leads a team of dedicated employees, many of whom have been there nearly three decades. Ralph feels blessed to have a great staff who understands the Stokley’s mission of being the best they can be every single day, and always treating customers like friends. As Ralph explained, “We are all boaters ourselves, and would love to help share our passion with you. If you have never been in before, then stop by and see us,” he encouraged. “If you’re an old friend, we look forward to seeing you again soon!”

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CRINDA FRANCKE EXECUTRAIN

230 Lexington Green Cir. #110 859.271.0296 executrainky.com Coming from a family that owned their own business, Crinda believes entrepreneurship must run in her blood. “On some days, you scratch your head and say ‘What was I thinking?’ But more often, it’s a rewarding adventure. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she said. Crinda credits her mother as having a big influence on her career path. “She instilled a confidence in me that I could do anything and be anything if I was willing to do the work.” Crinda and her husband worked together to form ExecuTrain, which offers training and development for business owners and their employees. ExecuTrain helps other entrepreneurs to increase the skill level and productivity of their employees. Crinda and her team believe in a customized learning model. “We work with companies to find the most effective way to provide the training they need,” she explained. “One size does not fit all.” The ExecuTrain team approaches every opportunity as a long-term relationship, which results in trust-based partnerships. “The entire company has a ‘can-do’ attitude. You won’t hear anyone say ‘We can’t do that’ but rather, ‘How can we make this work for them?’” Crinda explained, “In our 22 years of business, we have rarely said no to an opportunity.”

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EMILEE SIERP PROUD MARY BBQ 9079 Old Richmond Rd 859.913.5611 ProudMaryBBQ.com

For Emilee, becoming an entrepreneur is a natural fit. “I grew up in a family owned and operated business,” she explained. “It is all I have ever wanted for myself and for my little family.” She made that dream a reality when Proud Mary BBQ opened its doors in 2015. Emilee is driven by her ability to create jobs and a family-friendly environment. “I have a passion for creating something out of nothing and seeing it flourish,” she explained. “I am driven by the people of this town, and of this state. There is nowhere in the world like it.” As the only restaurant along the Kentucky River in Fayette County, running Proud Mary comes with challenges, including closing for the winter. They kick off their season with a huge Mardi Gras party. When the weather is warm, they have festivals at least once a month, which often include coordinating entertainment for large crowds. They have live music Thursday-Sunday. Guests love sitting on their spacious outdoor patio, which overlooks the river. Proud Mary is as well-known for its stunning location as for the delicious menu. Combining Kentucky favorites, Cajun flavors and delicious barbeque, there’s something for everyone. With cocktails, wine and beer on tap, it’s a great spot for relaxing after work. They also host private events and offer catering. “For every one person telling you that you can or should do it, there are 100 telling you that you can’t or shouldn’t,” she said. “It’s so hard to have a family business and to be successful. But if it gives you joy every single day, then do it.”

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ANDREW, KIRSTEN AND RHODES CAREY

2 DUDES MOVING

859.743.6698 | 2DudesMovingKY.com

What began as a summer job to help cover Andrew Carey’s graduate school tuition turned into a passion to help others in his own community. “Since the beginning, we made it a goal to provide customers with a quality moving service at an affordable price; as we grew and expanded, we wanted to give back to the community that helped our business thrive.” Working with various charities throughout Lexington, 2 Dudes is able to collect furniture that their clients are no longer using and donate to those in need of household items. As a full-service moving company, 2 Dudes Moving customizes moving plans to suit any need, including commercial and residential relocation, as well as labor for hire. They are committed to more than just moving boxes from Point A to B. On the day of the move, they can help donate unwanted items, like furniture, clothing or toys. “We love to give back to Lexington, as the city has given us so much!” Kirsten said. “We love helping others,” Andrew agreed. “Lexingtonians are amazing people and we want to provide them with an unparalleled moving experience.” For others looking to start their own business, Andrew suggests making connections. “Help lift up other fellow aspiring local business owners or entrepreneurs as you start your own process; they will be the ones you can continue to turn to with questions and ideas as you move forward in the future,” he said. “Stay focused, stay hungry and keep MOVING!” - photo by Amanda Hacker

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NICK PFISTER

PROMO ASSETS 859.303.4544 | 2424 Palumbo Dr. Ste.130 PromoAssets.com “Growing a company from scratch into something great has always been a dream of mine,” Nick explained. “We started a company with a lot of energy and a desire to offer many unique products that were not available.” Nick and his team work with people within the community to help them brand their businesses and events through apparel and products. “We love working on a project in person with those that are truly looking for a unique experience. We help build that experience through creative products and by the reactions of the customer you can sense the satisfaction,” he explained. “It is rewarding to see a project through from the original thought to completion.” Nick believes that everything personally invested in a business venture is worthwhile. “Do not be afraid to start,” he advised. “It is true that hard work and long hours pay off !”

JONATHAN HALL

WIGGINS & HALL LAW GROUP, LLC 859.469.1955 | 710 E. Main St. | WigginsAndHall.com “I was inspired to start this practice by my desire to work directly with clients to help them solve their estate planning and probate needs, whether big or small,” Jonathan explained. “My business partner and I left positions at larger firms to give it a shot.” They also handle elder law and business planning for clients around central Kentucky. Jonathan admits that getting started in a different market wasn’t always easy. “The biggest challenge was creating a client base and building a network of referral sources,” he explained. His wife was originally from Lexington, but when they moved here together, Jonathan knew less than five people in the area. “It was an uphill climb, but I truly consider Lexington my home now and the relationships I have built with other attorneys and professionals–as well as my great clients–have been tremendous.” For anyone hope to start their own business, Jonathan’s best advice is to stick with it. “Don’t let the initial lumps you’ll take deter you from seeing it through,” he said.

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DR. GREGORY KASTEN

UNIFIED TRUST COMPANY 859.296.4407 x202 2353 Alexandria Dr. Ste. 100 UnifiedTrust.com

While it may seem unusual for a doctor to serve as Founder and CEO of a nationally chartered bank trust company that provides wealth management and retirement planning services to clients across the country, it was a wonderful fit for Gregory Kasten, MD, MBA, CFP®, CPC, AIFA®. “I realized early on in my career as an anesthesiologist that I needed to start planning my financial future. Unfortunately, I found that most financial advice being presented to me was not necessarily in my best interest. I felt that the financial services industry was in need of an organization that shared the principles of medicine: to always act in the best interest of the patient, or in this case, the investor,” he explained. “Before long, I found myself not just managing my own investments but also those of my colleagues, many of whom are still clients today.” What started as a side project has become a fullfledged company that employs over 100 people with over $5 billion in assets under fiduciary management. It was the first trust company in the United States to earn the certification for fiduciary best practices by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, a certification renewed annually through a rigorous examination process. “I left medicine but took the principles of that field with me to the financial world,” Gregory explained. “We do not strive to be the biggest in the industry, but rather we aim to be the best for our clients.” For others seeking to start their own businesses, Gregory advises to put people first. “Make sure you have clear vision as to how you are going to be a benefit to your customers before you focus on how it will benefit you,” he said. An extension of that is to find employees who understand your mission. “The key is to surround yourself with the right people that share your vision and passion for doing things the right way.”

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KYLE ADAMSON

RED OAK OUTDOOR LIGHTING 859.229.8710 | 926 National Ave. RedOakOutdoorLighting.com Kyle started Red Oak as a landscape design and building company in 2006. Many of their projects incorporated lighting design as a portion of the overall landscaping plan. “Every year, I was more and more intrigued with how lighting changed the look and experience of both the landscape and home,” he explained. He decided to transition the business to focus solely on outdoor lighting, and he calls it the best business decision he has ever made. At the outset, he was concerned about whether a locally owned outdoor lighting design, installation and service business could be successful. He was delighted to find that not only was it possible, but also a true joy for both him and Red Oak’s clients. “I love what we do! I’m proud to drive around central Kentucky and see our work and how it enhances our clients’ properties,” Kyle said.

JERRY D. PARSONS AND “BIG D”

DETAIL LEX | 859.246.0006 | DetailLex.com “I’ve always found satisfaction in keeping my cars looking their best,” combat veteran and veteran police officer, he realized he had little Jerry said. “Year ‘round, I would always be at home washing our fam- business experience, but was determined to succeed. “I worked two ily cars in the driveway and as neighbors would drive by, they would jobs while raising four kids and spent nearly all of my spare time readoften say ‘you can do mine next!’” He would always offer to detail ing, networking and studying my trade,” he reflected. their cars for them, and it didn’t take long for people to start taking He feels blessed to have found the perfect group of highly dedicathim up on the offer. “So much, in fact, that later in the summer, I had ed individuals who share his passion, including CEO “Big D”. With to hire help. Before too long, my passion consumed me and I realized their second location at 195 S. Forbes Rd., they are a full service auto I had something amazing starting taking off right in front of my eyes.” detailing and vehicle restoration one stop shop for cars, trucks, RVs, Jerry opened his first store at 540 E. Second St. later that year. As a

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RALEIGH “RJ” BRUNER

THE WILDCAT GROUP

859.948.3553 | Wildcat-Group.com

Upon graduating from UK’s MBA program in 2010, RJ decided to take the summer off to relax and plan for his future. “About a week after graduation, I helped my sister move,” he said. “That night, I decided that moving would be a fantastic summer job.” RJ started Wildcat Moving with his old Ford Bronco and a motorcycle trailer. Now, he has 22 trucks and a staff of over 80 during busy season. Their excellent pay scale ($15-$25 per hour) allows them to recruit and retain respectful, responsible and athletic movers that customers can trust. “We pay our movers better than any other moving company because we know that happy movers make happy customers. As a result, we’ve been the top-ranked Moving company in Kentucky on Angie’s List for 6 years running. I love being the best at what we do,” he explained. In addition to Wildcat Moving, The Wildcat Group includes The Wildcat Clean Team, Wildcat Home Inspection, LadyCat Organizing, Wildcat Freight, Wildcat Auto Repair and The Wildcat Country Dog Retreat. RJ says his wife has had a huge impact on his career. “My wife Sylvie has been my best friend and biggest cheerleader for over a decade. We do everything together with our two kids, Juliette and Roman,” he explained. “I am very proud that my children are going to grow up knowing that I run several successful local businesses honestly.” Advertising Section | February 2018

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BETH ANN HAYDON AND ROBIN JOHNSON “I helped a dear friend in Naples, FL move a 99-year-old WWII widower into independent living. He trusted us to navigate his entire move and set up his new apartment,” Beth Ann explained. She began researching the “Move Management” process and realized it was a wonderful concept. Knowing she is happiest when helping others, she moved forward. Joining partner, Robin Johnson, they formed Bluegrass Crossroads Move Managers and became members of NASMM, National Association of Senior Move Managers. Being able to provide the compassion and management necessary to make moves as seamless as possible for their clients, they have found the perfect niche for doing what they love every day while also helping their clients during what can be a very stressful time. They have managed moves for Seniors, Busy Professionals, Empty Nesters, Estate Attorneys and Family Members. One way they have been successful is through attention to detail. Whether their clients are downsizing to Independent/Assisted Living or upsizing to the house of their dreams, Beth Ann, Robin and their team always work diligently to ensure that every aspect of the move is handled. No matter if

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BLUEGRASS CROSSROADS MOVE MANAGERS

859.948.6124 | BluegrassCrossroadsMM.com the client wishes to be hands-off or in charge throughout, BCMM makes sure that their client’s wishes are being met. The process begins with a Free Consultation to assess each client’s particular needs. BCMM handles the packing, unpacking, and staging of the new home. Their clients can leave for a few days and return completely moved and settled into their new home. They also can help with the organizing, sorting and de-cluttering prior to the pack. Often, deciding what to take, what to donate and what to pass on to family members is the hardest part of the move. “We truly love what we do, getting to work and laugh together with both our clients and staff ! We often say our greatest days are those that end with hugs from our clients,” Robin said. Beth Ann and Robin both believe that customer service should always be the top priority. “Always treat your client and staff as you hope to be treated, and pay your staff accordingly, “ Beth Ann advises. And, to achieve that, communication must be streamlined and prioritized. Stay focused and anticipate and solve any issues before they become a problem. A happy client is always your best referral.


SCOTT LEWIS SL DESIGNS, INC.

859.885.1001 2046 Lexington Rd. | Nicholasville KitchenCabinetsKY.com Scott worked in the cabinetry industry for almost ten years. He found himself at the point in his life where he felt he could take a risk and start out on his own. “I also felt like I had a lot of friends and family I could lean on for support and advice on starting a new business and that’s exactly what I did,” he explained. “I would never say I took this leap alone. I can remember countless phone calls to a close friend for advice and direction.” He remembers that the biggest challenge faced was getting people to take a chance on him. “I was literally carrying used cabinet door samples in my car to show people and trying to convince them to give me a shot, and that I could do everything I promised,” he said. Now, SL Designs, Inc. is a one-stop shop for people looking to redo a kitchen, bath or laundry room. With a professional design and install team that manages each project to the end, they always put their clients first. “We care about your project, we care about the fact that you chose to do business with us,” Scott said. “We understand that when you choose to do a project on your home and the money that you spend is something that is a very big deal to you, and we want you to know we don’t take that lightly. Having grown up in a small town in rural Kentucky, Scott is deeply grateful for the opportunities he has. “Watching my family work multiple jobs for low wages, and seeing how hard they worked to provide for me and give me opportunities in life that they didn’t have, is what drives me,” he said. “That is what makes getting up every morning easy: knowing they did it, and so can I.” Scott’s advice to other entrepreneurs is to always put people first. “Take care of the people who work with you, take care of your customers, and those two things will take care of you,” he said.

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REBECCA HUSZ

THE MAGICAL TOY SHOPPE 859.455.8005 | 700 E. Main St. | MagicalToyShoppe.com As a mother, Rebecca found herself frustrated when she tried to buy toys for her children and their friends’ birthdays. “I was very dissatisfied with the options available at the time, and knew that there had to be a better way,” she recalled. “On a family trip, we visited an independent toy store and I immediately knew that I had to open my own in Lexington.” She started by visiting the Small Business Development Council, and they helped her take her dream and turn it into a more concrete vision. For over a year, she researched and began making connections with toy companies. She was driven to create a family-run business that other local families would feel joy to visit. Rebecca faced some struggles getting off the ground because she had been a stay at home mom for two years and held a BSN in nursing rather than a business degree. “The biggest challenge was being taken seriously by banks and insurance companies,” she remembered. “Luckily, Lexington is a wonderful town to open a small business, and I was able to find people who were willing to take a chance on me and my store.”

SUSIE MERIDA

BRAND ADVERTISING GROUP 859.293.5760 | 128 E. Reynolds Rd. Ste. 250 | BAGlex.com With more than 28 years of experience in advertising, Susie formed Brand Advertising Group in 2003 to have a platform to help her clients achieve more than they ever thought possible. BAG is a full service, outside-the-box advertising agency, specializing in traditional and digital media. “We are a mix of experienced professionals and people new to the industry, all bringing different skills, while staying focused on the success of our clients,” Susie explained. “Our team continues to grow and learn. As digital marketing evolves or the client’s business model changes, we continue to educate ourselves, attending conferences and taking classes to keep ahead of the competition, in our industry and theirs!” Susie is motivated by seeing her clients succeed. She works closely with BAG’s world-class talent to generate cutting-edge ideas to achieve that goal. She said, “I love the thrill of working with our team to come up with a new creative idea, unique plan or untraditional way to promote a client or service that blows it out of the park!”

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MACY MULLINS AND LORI ANN ERICKSON

LASER PERFECT AND SKIN SOLUTIONS AND BELLE VIE MEDSPA BelleVieMedSpa.com | SkinSolutionsKY.com

When two powerhouse female entrepreneurs come together, great things are bound to happen. Lori Ann and Macy announced that their businesses were kicking off 2018 by joining forces, allowing them to offer their clients an incredible menu of services.

could make more time for her youngest daughter. “I had a small child and wanted to be more available,” she explained. “I had a partner when we opened in 2006. She left Belle Vie to pursue other endeavors, we are still good friends.”

“Macy and I have been working together behind the scenes for several years. We work well together: she has taught me a lot about managing clients and staff,” Lori Ann explained. “It is going to be a fantastic year!”

Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “Failure is not an option,” is what they both think holds true. “I always believed you hire qualified people to take care of the areas you are not an expert in,” Macy advises. Lori Ann agrees.

Skin Solutions was the culmination of Macy’s childhood dream. “Since I was a little girl, I dreamt of owning my own business. In 2008, finally, I was in a position to start or buy a business,” she said. “After much research, I purchased Skin Solutions in 2010 and then Laser Perfect in 2012.” Lori Ann, on the other hand, sought to be her own boss so she

Lori Ann and Macy are thrilled to offer their clients exceptional service. “The relationships and friendships we’ve made with our clients are priceless,” Lori Ann said. “When they are excited over the result from our treatments and professional products, it’s so gratifying!”

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CONRHOD AND LESLEE ZONIO CONRHOD ZONIO PHOTOGRAPHY AND LIGHT LIFE LOVE 859.299.6550 ConrhodZonio.com LightLifeLovePhotography.com

“We get to be an integral part of stopping time, capturing history and allowing the amazing people that we get to work with to leave a legacy of their love behind,” owner Conrhod, a graduate of Asbury and UK, explained. As a photographer, Conrhod loves to connect with people. His focus is on photographing weddings. “We tell our couples that we love love, and that we’re all in it with them to capture the beauty within the story of their love.” For Conrhod, the business rose out of his passion for photography. As demand increased for his work, his wife, Leslee, took on the role of family/lifestyle photographer with Light Life Love. In addition to photographing portraits and families, she shoots along side Conrhod on wedding days. “We love it when our clients know how beautiful they are, and they are so comfortable in their own skin around us to let us fully capture who they are,” Leslee said. While school brought Conrhod to Lexington and marriage brought Leslee, they now love calling Central Kentucky home with their two daughters. “What has kept us here is the emerging grassroots culture of restaurants, small businesses and cultural arts activities. It is a wonderful place to raise a family,” Leslee explained.

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J. Alexander’s Straightforward American Food

By Michelle Aiello Photos by Keni Parks and courtesy of J. Alexander’s

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Like the rest of his team at J. Alexander’s, General Manager Harry Whitsell was drawn to the company because of their high operating standards. “Our goal is to provide guests with the highest possible quality dining experience,” he said. And indeed, those standards are apparent throughout the restaurant—from its sleek, modern bar to the fine dining room furniture and original art on the walls, to the carefully shelved ingredients in the exhibition kitchen.

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The contemporary American restaurant features prime rib, hand cut steaks and fresh, wood-fired seafood. A full-service bar includes a selection of wines by the glass and bottle, plus unique hand-crafted cocktails (bartender Cherry Rodgers’ picks are the barrel-aged Manhattan and the Fleur de Lis – a refreshing blend of grapefruit, vodka and champagne). “We strive to become a part of our local communities. One way we do this is by sourcing products from local purveyors when possible. For example, we currently source our produce from Elmwood Stock Farm,” said Whitsell. Whitsell pointed out that J. Alexander’s also offers a quick business lunch. “We pride ourselves on our speed,” he said, “There aren’t many of restaurants where you can have a 10-ounce filet mignon or a 16-ounce New York strip steak in 45 minutes.” Executive Chef CJ Gabrielson added, “For people who work Monday through Friday, it’s really taking that one-hour lunch and getting the best lunch in the city, if not the state.” The restaurant is operated by J. Alexander’s Holdings—a collection of boutique restaurants including J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and Lyndhurst Grill. The group operates over forty establishments nationwide, but due to their commitment to perfect service and quality, they describe themselves as “unchained”. “We are not going to put something on the menu just to say we have it,” said Whitsell. “If we’re going to serve something, it’s going to be the best in town.”

J. Alexander’s The Summit at Fritz Farm 4081 Finn Way Lexington, KY, 40503 (859) 687-0099 jalexanders.com Sunday - Thursday: 11am to 10pm Friday - Saturday: 11am to 11pm

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Cuisine

Q A with Manager

HARRY WHITSELL What is your hometown? Harry: Dallas, by way of Houston. CJ: Columbus, Georgia. What is one of your favorite ingredients / flavor boosters?

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CJ GABRIELSON Do you pay attention to food trends? What is your favorite and least favorite? Harry: Not particularly, but quality food from scratch will always prevail.

Harry: Coarse Kosher salt and black pepper.

CJ: I’m glad to see simple, fast vegan food popping up. I have always looked at molecular gastronomy as a sin.

CJ: Curry.

Food-wise, what is your guilty pleasure?

If you were dining out at J. Alexander’s, what would you order? Harry: NY Strip steak with mac and cheese and a big cabernet!

Harry: Any diet I attempt can easily be derailed with ice cream. If it’s Blue Bell from Texas, consider the tub gone!

CJ: Strip steak rare and a bourbon, neat.

CJ: French fries.

Something people would be surprised to know about you?

Any tips for at-home steak chefs?

Harry: I have access to the best North Atlantic Salmon, Ahi Tuna, and hand cut steaks…but I crave fast food all day.

Harry: Get your grill good and hot before loading your steaks. Cook with the heat, not the flames!

CJ: I enjoy musicals.

CJ: Choose your meat wisely while in the market and don’t over complicate it.

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J. Alexander’s

Crab Cakes Ingredients: 2 pounds jumbo lump crab meat 3 fresh eggs 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons Panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon julienned chives 1 tablespoon Brunoise diced red peppers 1 tablespoon Brunoise diced yellow peppers 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon dry mustard Directions: Remove crab meat from container and place in a drip pan and allow to dry. Place eggs and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Fold in all remaining ingredients except crab. Toss with a rubber spatula until spices are well absorbed. Pour crab meat into the wet mixture and fold, being careful not to break up crab meat. Portion crab meat into 8 4-oz. portions. Preheat non-stick griddle to 350-degrees. Place 2 Tbs. clarified butter on griddle. Flatten crab cakes into a 1 inch tall by 4 inch wide disk. Sprinkle both sides with a ½ tsp. of panko bread crumbs. Cook for 3 minutes per side. Remove crab cakes immediately serve with your favorite sauce and side items. (J. Alexander’s uses french fries, cole slaw and a Dijon mustard sauce.) TOPS Magazine | February 2018

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Slow Cooker

Cashew Chicken

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Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2” pieces 3 tablespoons cornstarch ¼ teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon paprika 2 tablespoons canola oil ¼ cup less-sodium soy sauce 3 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce 2 tablespoons low-sugar BBQ sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced (about 3) Preparation: In a large resealable bag, combine the chicken, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, and paprika. Shake to evenly coat. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Shake off the the excess cornstarch mixture from the chicken and cook the chicken for about 2 minutes, browning all sides. (Do this in 2 batches if the skillet is not big enough to hold all of the chicken at once, using 1 tablespoon of oil for each batch). To make the sauce: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients except the cashews and green onions. Transfer the browned chicken to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it. Add the cashews, and stir everything together to evenly coat in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the green onions.

6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on heaping 3/4 cup Calories 302 | Fat 13g | Fiber 1g | Sodium 687 mg | Carbohydrates 16g Sugar 8g| Cholesterol 87 mg | Protein 34g | SmartPoints: 7 TOPS Magazine | February 2018

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Burgers By Amanda Harper

VILLAGE IDIOT Of course Lexington’s first gastropub has exciting burgers. Their rotating Burger of the Week has included all sorts of wild combos, like the Ol’ Buddy’s Backyard bologna blended burger with “mayonustard”, onion rings and frickles. Yeah, they went there! But their regular offerings are just as thrilling. The Idiot burger is topped with Tillamook cheddar and an oversized onion ring filled with pulled pork, all on a pretzel bun. 307 W. Short St. | 859.252.0099 | lexingtonvillageidiot.com

BAD WOLF BURGERS The Bad Wolf menu has a section called “Serious Signature Burgers”, and they’re not lyin’. They eponymous Bad Wolf burger is a blackened patty serviced with their house-made beer cheese and fried onion straws, all on an onion and poppy seed brioche bun. Looking for something a little bad? The Spalding is a bacon and egg cheeseburger served on a Spalding donut. You can sub any regular beef burger for a veggie burger, turkey patty or chicken breast. 350 Foreman Ave. | 859.286.9889

LEXINGTON DINER The Kentucky Bourbon Burger is a local favorite, featuring bourbon barbeque sauce, Applewood bacon, ghost pepper jack and fried onion straws. For something a little different, Lexington Diner’s Jive burger features basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomato and pickled onions, topped with an aged balsamic drizzle. Any burger can be substituted for chicken or a black bean patty, and they offer gluten free buns. 124 N. Upper St. | 859.303.7308 | lexingtondiner.com

PASTURE BY MARKSBURY FARM Get farm-fresh taste in the heart of Lexington’s newest shopping destination. With pasture-raised local beef, free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics, Pasture by Marksbury Farm offers a truly special bite. Their signature Pasture Burger is served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, making the patty’s phenomenal flavor the star. The Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm | 859.523.0001 | pasturelex.com

NAPA PRIME When a place has a burger called The Hangover, you know they get it: with barrel aged cheddar, Applewood bacon, a fried egg and maple aioli, it’s a hearty, flavorful meal that cures what ails ya. On the flip side, The Napa (with cabernet onion jam, creamy gorgonzola and roasted garlic aioli) hits a sophisticated, gourmet note that few other burgers can touch. They serve locally grown products when available, and offer gluten-free buns. 508 Lexington Rd. | Versailles | 859.873.0600 | napaburgerbar.com

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Sierra Nevada

Hazy Little Thing IPA picks by Trisha Why Trisha Enjoys this Beer…. “Sierra Nevada is a craft beer staple in my fridge, I am a huge fan of their beer. So when I heard their new release for 2018 was going to be a New England style IPA I knew this year was going to start off right! The wonderful aroma of grapefruit from the Citra Hop hits you as soon as you crack open the can giving you a wonderful preview of the flavor that is on deck. The pour is just as expected, a hazy golden color that pours to a rocky white foam head. The first sip is juicy with sweet citrus notes and those flavors continue to develop all the way to the finish that is clean with a slightly bitter hop flavor that I love in IPAs. This is definitely going to become a go-to beer for me. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this one, do yourself a favor and grab a six pack. Sierra Nevada never disappoints and they nailed this one for sure!”

style: New England Style India Pale Ale

hops: Citra, Comet, Simcoe, El Dorado and Mosaic

alcohol by volume: 6.7% | IBU: 40

taste profile: As brewers, we get the privilege to sample our beers straight from the tanks in all their raw glory. Some beers need a little polishing to get ready to go out into the world, while others—the hop-heavy, rowdy, crowdpleasers—should just be left alone. We wanted to share this brewery-only treat with you, so we present this Hazy Little Thing, our unfiltered, unprocessed IPA, straight from the tanks and into the can.

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Moss Roxx

Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel Tasting Notes…. This is not your everyday wine. A big flavorful Zinfandel from Lodi’s half to century year-old vines. A dense and dark red wine. Mature round tannins accenting generous cherry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel, and baking spice with a smooth, long finish. This Zinfandel is truly a delectable expression of Lodi’s signature terroir.

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Life + Style

ebruary is the month of love and cupid has struck our fashion senses. Dressing up for Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be for those attached; you can embrace the holiday’s pretty color scheme no matter what your status might be. We’ve put together an outfit that works for any lady to theme up her look, and that all starts with the perfect little black dress. Alexander McQueen’s oversized silk crepe mini dress with an all-over heart shaped petal print combines the traditional shades of pink and red associated with the day dedicated to love. Expertly crafted in Italy from fine silk, the dress features a short length, 3/4 length sleeves and layered detailing. Putting a little heart and sole into our footwear, Christian Louboutin’s black ‘Cora’ pumps are finished with a red glossy heart to add a sweet touch to your look. This patent-leather pair has a sleek point toe and is complete with the brand’s coveted red sole. Bringing on a touch of bling, Sydney Evan’s love ring designed in the brand’s hand-drawn script sends a message of what truly makes the world go round. Offering our very own version of lip service, Lulu Guinness’ classic Red Perspex Lips Clutch has been plumped up in style to an oversized version of the iconic perspex pout! Inspired by the designer’s personal trademark red lipstick, this statement piece is sure to inspire you to go bigger and bolder. Rounding out our look with a lip color in the perfect shade of poppin’ pink, the MAC Viva Glam Lipglass is a unique lip gloss that creates a highgloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. This shade from the Taraji P. Henson collection is a shimmery fuchsia that is sure to add panache to your pout. Whether you’re celebrating the day with your love or having a single ladies night with the girls, in this look you can have a ‘Heart To Heart’ wherever you go.

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Jamie and Chase Barmore first met at a restaurant in NuLu (New Louisville) and then through a mutual friend, the couple “officially” met a year later. The Barmores, who were both born and raised in Kentucky, said that entrepreneurship runs in their blood. Jamie is a ceramic artist and Chase has been in the valet business for many years as well as starting LIFEbar, a juice and smoothie business. Chase founded LIFEbar before meeting Jamie, but now the couple co-owns the business together. LIFEbar has brought them together in their lifestyles of living a mainly plant-based diet. “LIFEbar is a passion of mine and we have grown into a top Louisville business,” said Chase. “We are located inside Rainbow Blossom in St. Matthews and Highlands Rainbow Blossom.” When Jamie and Chase were planning their wedding, their plan was to do it their own way and decided to host their guests at Old Pond Place in Prospect, Ky. “Old Pond Place is magical,” said Chase. “It’s on 20 acres, tucked behind Norton Commons. We asked our dear friends, the Freiberts, if we could have our wedding at their 1600-era historic log cabin and property.” The Barmores thought it would be a unique detail to have their ceremony on a quiet gravesite that was tucked away on the property. Their guests walked around the pond, through the woods, to cocktail hour then the the reception followed in the tent.

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“We wanted our guests to be immersed in the outdoors while having elegant and comfortable accommodations,” said Jamie. “It was important to us that during our ceremony, everyone could hear the sounds of birds, wind through the trees and be surrounded by late summer blooms and perennials, which are spectacular in Kentucky.” The couple described their wedding as bohemian, celestial, chic, spiritual and earthy. The Barmores couldn’t have asked for a more perfect show by Mother Nature when a thunderstorm rolled in as their ceremony began. “The weather cleared up and we had a great party,” said Chase. “Since the ceremony was at a different spot of the venue, having golf carts was critical to help move people while dealing with the rain. Ready Valet really stepped up to ensure our guest were taken care of and had plenty of umbrellas. The food, the dancing, the whole feeling of the venue was perfect—just the way we wanted it.” While the bride and her bridesmaids were getting hair and makeup done, drums were played and sage was burned to ensure positive energy and vibes. Chase also left Jamie a note in the room where she put on her wedding dress to help commemorate the day. It was important to the couple that Chase’s 10-yearold daughter was part of the ceremony as well as their dogs. In lieu of gifts, the couple asked guests to donate to the Old Pond Place Land Trust so that the property can be maintained for years to come. The Barmores are thankful to the guests who helped make it a day they will never forget. While Jamie and Chase agree that their wedding day was perfect, they do recommend to other couples planning their special day to remember that the day goes by so fast. “Although it was raining and everyone was soaked, we would not change a thing about our wedding day,” said Jamie. “My advice to other couples is to make sure you feel good and that you’re able to enjoy every minute.”

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GOLD ow that we are a month into the new year, it is time to start planning those gorgeous spring and summer weddings. As you begin to feel that warm breeze, keep metallic in mind! Silver, rose gold and gold pair perfectly with any spring color palette! Incorporating metallic can be done in so many ways from reception dĂŠcor and wedding invitations to bridesmaid dresses. From rose gold gowns to silver beaded mini dresses, this show stopping trend is here to stay. Here are a few ideas to get the inspiration flowing!

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Super Mom Tricia Collier says that from the time she was old enough to play with dolls, she dreamed of being a mom. Tricia and her husband, John, have five children, Caroline (20), Catherine (16), John Will (14), Patrick (10) and Finn (6). “One of my childhood neighbors never lets me forget that I always said that I wanted 10 children. I guess you can say that I only halfway fulfilled that promise, but I am so grateful that God blessed me with our five children,” says Tricia. “I am often asked how crazy it is with five, but honestly, with each one after the first, it was just more laundry and groceries. Our schedule was always crazy, so when we only have one or two at home, it seems boring and so quiet.” With five children, the activities can seem quite endless, but the Collier family likes to slow things down by spending most weekends, from Memorial Day until the end of September, boating on Dale Hollow Lake. “When our first two children were very small, John and I decided that we wanted a hobby that incorporated the whole family. It’s a decision we’ve never regretted,” Tricia say. “The kids have grown up on the lake and have loved bringing friends over the years. It really is a place for me to get my sanity back because there’s nothing more relaxing than floating and watching the sun go down on the lake.” Tricia says that she will be the first to admit that she loves a schedule. However, being concerned about having everything perfectly in order went out the window six years ago when her youngest, Finn, was born.

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“Finn was born with four congenital heart defects, has had four open heart surgeries, and will have more in the future,” she says. “We were forced to live moment to moment, but it’s probably the best blessing in disguise because life goes much easier if you flow with it. No matter how many children you have, daily routines are going to change and things happen out of the blue. Remembering God, family then work—always in that order—and it will all work out in the end.” As a mom, Tricia finds her biggest challenge is trying to give each child undivided attention. She and John believe that each of their children needs and deserves individual time with their parents, so they try to do that as often as possible. “Being chronically ill, Finn requires a lot of our time, and sometimes hospital stays are for long periods of time in Michigan,” says Tricia. “Our other children have amazed us with how understanding and patient they are when Finn requires our time. They could be understandably angry and act out, but we’ve never seen that side. Instead, they all pitch in when we are gone and get things done.” Now that the Colliers have two children driving, Tricia says her time spent in carpool lines has been drastically reduced. While there will always be laundry to fold and grocery shopping that needs to get done, Tricia has gotten involved with the American Heart Association, and she and John have gotten creative with “date nights.” “I love that the American Heart Association keeps us busy with events and meetings because it’s actually my chance for adult conversation,” she says. “While date nights are few and far between, when John travels for work, I try to go with him. I have also been known to sit in a hunting blind or tree stand with John just to get some ‘husband time’ in.” While the days, weeks, months and years can be hectic, Tricia recommends to all moms to remember how quickly these years pass. “Raising children goes by so incredibly fast and you can’t travel back in time. Just enjoy the present because this too shall pass.”

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Erica Radhakrishnan Hospital Administrator, BVS

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ebruary is national pet dental health month. Some of the best ways to show your pet some love this month are to schedule a professional teeth cleaning with your primary veterinarian, learn how to brush your pet’s teeth, train them to accept teeth brushing, and brush their teeth at least three times per week. Why is your pet’s oral health so important? Bacterial toxins released into the mouth to the bloodstream from poor oral hygiene can lead to other serious health issues for your pet including certain heart, liver, kidney, and bone conditions over time. Additionally, symptoms of poor oral health, like bad breath, may indicate a more significant underlying health condition like diabetes, kidney disease, respiratory infections, or an oral tumor. At a minimum, an annual oral examination of your pet’s teeth and gums is a valuable tool to help your pet live the healthiest life possible. Schedule an appointment to see your regular veterinarian if your pet experiences persistent bad breath, pawing at the mouth, drooling, loss of appetite or weight loss. Sadly, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “80% of dogs and 70% of cats exhibit some form of periodontal disease by the age of 3.” Therefore, good oral hygiene needs to begin at the earliest age possible. In addition to annual oral checkups, regular teeth brushing may be necessary. All breeds of cats are susceptible to periodontal disease. However, some dog breeds are more prone to dental disease than others. These include many small breeds like the dachshund, chihuahua, toy poodle, Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, Pomeranian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Speak to your primary veterinarian about your pet’s specific risk of periodontal disease, recommendations for prevention, and proper technique for brushing their teeth. Most importantly, never use human toothpaste on your pet. Even with regular teeth brushing, professional teeth cleaning may be necessary as most periodontal disease occurs below the gumline. Veterinarians, therefore, additionally recommend oral x-rays to thoroughly evaluate your pet’s teeth and gum health. Upon evaluation, your veterinarian will make recommendations as to the need and frequency of professional dental cleanings for your pet. These procedures require anesthesia. Therefore, bloodwork should be run to assess the overall health and general well-being of your pet. Professional dental cleaning involves scaling - below the gumline cleaning and removal of plaque buildup - and teeth polishing. These procedures clean areas inaccessible with regular tooth brushing. If your pet requires additional dental care such as extractions, your veterinarian should notify you to seek approval and be able to do so while your pet is already under anesthesia. Maintaining your pet’s oral hygiene will require extra effort and resources, but be an investment well worth making for a lifetime of unconditional love in return.

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Kentucky Farm Bureau Kristin Clark is an Agency Manager with Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, and has been with the company for 23 years. With this experience in Lexington, Kristin has become the local source for insurance questions! Kristin thinks Kentucky Farm Bureau is set apart from other companies because it is based in Louisville, Kentucky, which gives her the ability to know the Leaders of KFB and the underwriters, so that decisions regarding coverage and claims are discussed on the local level. While KFB is the #1 Property and Casualty Company in Kentucky, Kristin works hard in Fayette County to spread the work of KFB Insurance. One of the most exciting things for Kristin is that she met her husband, Todd, through KFB. While Kristin is on the insurance services side of KFB, Todd is on the farmer-side of all things KFB. Kristin and Todd, along with their three sons, love the bluegrass area of Lexington, while using the rich soils for farming operations including cattle, sheep, chicken, and hay to serve the Equine Industry. Recently, Kristin’s family was blessed to have a surprise third child, Rudy Conley. Rudy is a bouncing baby 13 year old boy, and has fit into the family perfectly. Along with travel, Kristin enjoys her children’s basketball and baseball games on a weekly basis. Her other hobby is scrapbooking these events in life, with weekend retreats for scrapbooking something she looks forward to. Kristin has been active in First United Methodist Church, the Rural Land Management Board of LFUCG, the local Red Cross Board of Directors, and many other groups throughout her time in Lexington. As a graduate of Berea College, Kristin knows that service to the community is vital from all residents, and encourages participation in groups for which you have an interest, including local government.

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The Rise of BOUTIQUE Primary Care You know the feeling… you finally decide you need to see your doctor for that nagging issue, only to call and be told you can’t get an appointment for weeks, even months. Or, you finally make it to the doctor, and she only spends eight minutes with you, most of which is looking at a computer screen. by Jennifer Newton

Many doctors have felt the same discontent. In fact, two new practice models have emerged in response to physicians’ desire to get back to focusing on patients’ needs. These two models – concierge medicine and direct primary care – have similar benefits, but different costs and purposes.

• Benefits: With fewer patients, concierge physicians can spend more time with patients, scheduling visits up to an hour if needed.

Concierge medicine charges patients an access fee, allowing physicians to limit the number of patients in their practice.

children to $50-$100 for adults. The fees cover medical services. DPC practices do not bill insurance.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) • Costs: Monthly fees are age-based and can range from $10 for

Direct primary care (DPC) is about access and personalized care, but also about eliminating third party payers to save patients money. “The DPC movement started based on the desire to get back to the purpose of being a doctor – to spend time with patients and get the diagnosis right,” says Molly Rutherford, MD, MPH, board certified in family medicine and founder of Bluegrass Family Wellness.

• Services: The monthly fee typically includes annual wellness

Compare these two models with traditional primary care to see which type of practice might be right for you:

• Benefits: DPC physicians typically serve 400-800 patients rather than the traditional 2000-3000.

Concierge Medicine • Costs: Each concierge practice is different, but patients may pay between $1500-$4000 per year. This fee does not cover medical services, which are billed to insurance just like traditional primary care practices. • Services: Concierge medicine provides a full complement of primary care services with additional benefits, such as coordination of subspecialists, wellness consultations, same day appointments and 24/7 access, including cell phone calls and email.

evaluations, unlimited office visits, same day appointments, technology visits, house calls and hospital visits, collaboration with sub-specialists as needed and most in-office procedures. DPC doctors are more likely to offer a broader range of services than insurance-based practices because they have more time. They offer everything from joint injections to skin biopsies.

In addition to access and service, cost savings may be a surprising benefit. DPC practices negotiate wholesale pricing on labs and pathology reports, and many offices also offer a wholesale in-office pharmacy. (Controlled substances are not offered.)

Traditional Insurance-Based Primary Care • Costs: Costs vary based on the patient’s insurance carrier and plan. All services are billed to insurance or to the patient in the event insurance is not available or does not cover a service. • Services: According to Medline Plus, a website of the National

Institutes of Health, a primary care provider’s role is to oversee

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common medical issues, provide preventive care and refer to a specialist when needed. This can include everything from treating a cold to routine gynecologic care to managing chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure.

• Benefits: The traditional practice is still the most common model

utilized in Kentucky. It has a place particularly for those who cannot afford the monthly or annual fees of boutique services, as well as for those who rarely go to the doctor.

How Do I Choose? If you are a patient who visits the doctor frequently, has a chronic condition or takes multiple prescriptions, it may be worth considering a concierge or DPC practice. Many of these practices offer complimentary meet and greets. Ask questions and consider costs carefully. It is important to note that DPC practice fees do not cover specialist or inpatient care, so physicians typically recommend patients maintain high-deductible plans or alternatives like health sharing or limited benefit plans. If you’re looking for better access and service, be sure to choose a physician that’s a good fit for you. •

Jennifer Newton is a writer and project manager with WordsFresh

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Boutique Primary Care in Lexington Concerige Medicine: Body Structure 600 Gribbin Drive | Lexington (859) 268-8190 Marshall Lifetsyle Medicine 2251 War Admiral Way #125 | Lexington (859) 287-2515

Direct Primary Care: Access Med Direct 535 Wellington Way, Suite 330 | Lexington (859) 439-0400 Epoch Health and Wellness 2121 Richmond Road Suite 201 | Lexington (859) 309-7400


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Standing in the January snow in front of Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, I had no idea what was ahead of me. As the senior plastic surgery resident from the University of Missouri, my chief simply told me to go to New York and spend the month working with Dr. Tom Reese and the NYU Plastic Surgery Residents. Fortunately, I was in a position to be introduced to surgeons who were or would become icons in the world of Plastic Surgery. At this international center for cosmetic surgery, facelifts were one of the most popular procedures. At that time, many facelifts were done by undermining and tightening just the facial skin. But because skin can easily stretch over a short period of time, many patients returned for revisions or additional procedures. Today, many surgeons continue do a skin-only facelift, but the effects are not as lasting or profound. At Manhattan Eye and Ear, in an effort to improve the results of the facelift, some surgeons revisited and developed a technique that tightens deeper structures of the face to provide a more lasting result. The power of this technique was realized when we learned how to adequately mobilize these deeper structures to their optimum position, and over the years these techniques have been perfected for a lasting natural looking result for very happy patients. Along with addressing deeper structures, many surgeons now use shorter incisions and have also learned how to address the neck through a small incision

under the chin, lessening scarring as well. The importance of volume replacement as part of a facelift has been clearly demonstrated. Because of my preference for these advanced Facelift techniques, I was led to my mentor Dr. Fritz Barton, and adopted many of his advanced techniques. He even did my facelift and I experienced his perioperative care and facial surgery involving correcting lower structures firsthand. Not all plastic surgeons do – or can – perform a facelift that involves the sculpting and repair of deeper structures of the face and neck. However, it is the best procedure to leave you with a natural and a longer lasting, refreshed look without the ‘stretched’ look every patient wants to avoid. With a skin-only facelift, the price may be lower, surgery times shorter, and you may not be fully put to sleep, but you cannot get the best result. When you are consulting with a plastic surgeon, make sure they clearly explain which type of facelift you are getting and what you can expect. Get several opinions, educate yourself, and choose the best procedure that will give you the best results. I have seen facelifts evolve over my 30 years in practice, and my techniques have evolved as well. They have gone from simple skin tightening procedures, to procedures that involve multiple layers, structures and restoration of facial volume. I have learned what works best in my hands, from the creative surgeons who, over the years, have shown me the way. •

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When it comes to Valentine’s Day makeup there’s no better time to pull out a red lip. The look is both classic and celebratory, and can work for every skintone. The key to not looking too over the top is to pair your bold lippie with a slightly warm, neutral eye. A little dusting of eyeshadow, a swipe of liner, and a pair of false lashes can go a long way when paired with a lip that does all the talking. This achievable look is perfect for a date with your sweetheart or an outing with your closest single pals.

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Lessen the Blow of Flu Season

Lexington’s emergency rooms, doctor offices and quick clinics have waiting rooms full of flu victims. This wide spread strand seems to be taking out entire families and business offices one by one. In some cases, the flu can be life threatening.

tion for Tamiflu will manage systems better, but will not necessarily speed up the recovery.

While doctors say prevention is key, this year’s flu shot may not be as effective as year’s past. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that this year’s anticipated seasonal flu viral code doesn’t match the projected antigen that was in the first round flu shots. The CDC still recommends getting the flu shot, even though it may not be 100% effective.

Registered nurses from Rehydration Station will come to your home to administer fluids, vitamins and medicine intravenously. This method is far more effective than oral medication. Rehydration Station offers packages that can not only boost your immune system before you become sick, but can actually help you recover faster. The intravenous treatments replenish your body with a cocktail of vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system, energy and overall wellness.

Once patients have the flu, there is not much they can do to rid themselves. Managing symptoms with overthe-counter oral medicine only goes so far. A prescrip-

So what can you do to prevent and treat the flu this season? Locally owned Rehydration station may have the answer.

Rehydration Station also offers packages for jet lag, athletic recovery and even hangovers! IV infusion therapy is the most efficient and effective way to return to your optimal self. •

Rehydration Station’s “Death Bed” package includes the following: • 2 Liters of Fluid: Corrects general dehydration and rebalance body fluid • Nausea Medicine: Eliminates nausea and vomiting • Pain Relief Medicine: Eliminates headaches, body aches and inflation in body •Vitamin B12: Increases energy, blood cell production and regulates seep and appetite • Zinc: Boosts immune system • Vitamin C: Promotes growth, development and repair for all body tissues.

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So here we are. Big Blue Nation is once again gearing up for March Madness. It’s one of our favorite times of the year. From the moment John Calipari walked onto the UK campus, March has been a special time for the BBN. Lots of great memories. Lots of great wins. This UK basketball team is the youngest team Cal has ever had at UK. You’ve probably heard him say a time or two (or a thousand) that this group of the Cats is also one of the youngest in the country. We should be a little patient. We should enjoy watching them grow. We should be getting excited about another big run in March. I’ll admit that I was a little slow in getting excited about this basketball team, but now I can feel it building inside of me. I can see this team getting better and better, and that alone excites me. Enter Jarred Vanderbilt. Right when I felt like this team needed a boost, BBN finally got to see the long awaited debut of Vanderbilt, a 5 star McDonald’s All-American who had been relegated to the sideline by an injury. We all were hoping that when Vanderbilt was finally able to play, that he could be a difference-maker. We prayed he would be the answer to some of UK’s problems. Without playing one second during the first 17 games of the season, many felt like the 6’9” Vanderbilt was already the team’s Most Valuable Player.

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Once he finally got to play, it became very evident that he was one of best passers on the team. He clearly brings a lot of energy, passion and hustle to the team, which was needed. He’s also extremely versatile: he can play any position on the floor. During his first game of the season against South Carolina, Vanderbilt had to play point guard for several minutes during the 2nd half when the other guards were battling foul trouble. Have you looked around the SEC this year? It’s wide open: there are several really good teams. There may be as many as 8 SEC teams that will get into the NCAA tournament. That’s precisely why the addition of Vanderbilt is perfect timing. Many thought he should have started playing sooner, but he came along at the right moment, just when the Cats needed him the most. Now I know, I know–there are some really tough games coming up in February. But with the addition of Vanderbilt, I like my team’s chances. And if UK ends up a 5 or a 6 seed in the NCAA tournament, don’t forget that as a 7 seed last year, South Carolina advanced all the way to the Final Four. Madness? Bring it on! •

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Equine Update:

Chrome, Foals & Handicapping... Oh My! story by Jen Roytz

California Chrome (and His First Foals) are Waiting to Meet You!

Handicapping Contests at the Red Mile

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, farms around the Bluegrass are welcoming a new generation of Thoroughbreds into the world. This month and into the spring, opportunities abound for people to tour area farms and see these foals, and their proud parents, some of whom, like California Chrome, became household names in their recent racing careers. If indoor activities are more your speed, the Red Mile has activities and events that are perfect for date night or an evening with friends.

Known for live harness racing during the warmer months, the Red Mile is an off-track wagering site for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Harness racing 7-days a week, year-round. Guests can grab a bite or a drink from the facility’s various restaurants and bars and choose to play the ponies via live simulcasts from around the country or on one of the Red Mile’s 900 Instant Racing terminals.

The California Chrome Experience Horse Country Tours and Taylor Made Farm are offering a unique and exciting experience centered around one of the most popular horses in American horseracing history. The California Chrome Tour will let guests get an up-close and personal look at 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome. In addition to the great photo-ops with “Chrome,” guests will get to meet some of the Champion’s first foals and their moms, as availability allows, and will enjoy diner at Daddy Joe’s Bar & Grill. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $55 per person. Tours will be held every Thursday beginning at 2:45pm. For more information, go to visithorsecountry.com or call 859.963.1004.

Plus, on Friday evenings, the Red Mile hosts their popular Friday Night Handicapping Contests from 4:30pm-10:00pm. For a $25 per person buy-in, seasoned handicappers and novices alike can compete for a piece of the estimated $2,500 weekly prize pool. For more information, visit redmileky.com.

Foaling Season is Here! Each year between January and May the next generation of racing’s superstar athletes are being born at the more than 300 Thoroughbred farms around Central Kentucky. Horse Country Tours and many of the area Thoroughbred nurseries have teamed up to offer public tours of the farms and their equine residents (including the mares and their adorable newborn foals!) through the winter and into the spring. For information on tours, times and more, go to visithorsecountry.com or call 859.963.1004.

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To an artist, life is full of canvases. It was in 2012 while driving around a desolate part of Los Angeles – The City of Angels - that artist Collette Miller found an unconventional canvas that would become the cornerstone of her life’s work. “I was looking at these big, barren, dilapidated buildings, one after another, and it was depressing. I just kept thinking about humanity and what could be done on those bare walls to remind us of our true, divine selves,” said Miller. “Wings kept coming to mind and I decided to act on what I wanted to see on those walls.” With friends serving as lookouts for what was then little more than illegal street art, Miller created what would become her signature – a mural of angel wings, vibrant with color and detail in an otherwise bleak setting, aimed at reminding all who passed that we are angels of the earth. The response to her art was swift and significant, and since that first pair of wings was created, Miller has traveled the world spreading her message of hope and altruism through her Global Angel Wings Project. Today, original iterations of her angel wings can be found throughout the United States, as well as in Kenya, Taiwan, France, Australia, Cuba, Mexico, with one of her most recent murals on display in the worthiest of places, Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen, which opened in 2017 with a mission of serving “life-changing food.”

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The brainchild of Saul Good founders Rob and Diane Perez, DV8 Kitchen is Lexington’s first social mission restaurant, serving scratchmade breakfast-inspired items and employing those in treatment for substance abuse issues who are committed to pursuing a new path in life. “[The Perez family] found me on the internet and learned about what I’d been doing with the Global Angel Wings Project,” said Miller via phone as she waited to board a plane for Okinawa, Japan, where she was traveling to paint another installment of her Angel Wings murals. “They were so friendly, genuine and kind. I thought [the angel wings mural] would be a great addition for the location because of what they’re doing for the community.” Miller incorporated the orange, blue and green hues of the DV8 Kitchen logo into the wings’ design, making them a bit larger than her typical designs thanks to the restaurant’s wide storefront wall. The wings are painted at eye-level so people can take pictures in front of them. “Each mural has its own story. I want people to take pictures with the wings, because that is how they each become part of the story and the art,” said Miller. “I do many wings [murals] as gifts outside of my commissioned work, and I was happy to do this for them because of the good they are doing for so many.”


Colette Miller at work on the mural

Rob & Diane Perez with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

Learn More: DV8 Kitchen: 867 S. Broadyway #140 Lexington, Kentucky 859.955.0388 dv8kitchen.com Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM-3pm Sat-Sun 8AM-3PM

The Art of Colette Miller and the Global Angel Wings Map: colettemiller.com

Collete’s TED Talk: youtu.be/gt5Mrt77Mho

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What’s NEW, Kentucky? JP Miller, Jr. Elected to Ford National Dealer Council JP Miller, Jr., CEO and Dealer Principal of Paul Miller Ford and the Paul Miller Motor Company, has been elected as 2018 Vice Chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council. He will become Chairman of that group in 2019. In this role, Miller will serve as the “voice of the dealer” to Ford Motor Company, representing the interests of the more than 3,000 Ford dealers across the country. As Vice Chairman and soon-to-be Chairman of the National Dealer Council, Miller will make frequent trips to Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, to meet with Ford Motor Company executives as they plan the future of the company. His election to this role is the latest in a series of honors for Miller, who has dedicated his life to the auto industry, and solidifies his place as a local dealer with a national reach. Miller grew up in the auto industry, selling his first car at Paul Miller Ford—founded in 1953 by Miller’s grandfather, Paul E. Miller—at the age of 10. Miller has served on the Ford National Dealer Council since 2015. Prior to being named Vice Chairman, he served as Chair of the Product, Marketing, and Communications Board and on the FordPass Advisory Board. He also represents the Cincinnati region as a member of Ford’s Marketing Dealer Advisory Board, is the former Chairman of the Kentucky Automotive Dealers Association and is an active member of the North American Dealers Association. PaulMillerOnline.com

Privé Relocates and Unveils a Stunning New Office Located at 3399 Tates Creek Road, Suite 230, at the corner of Tates Creek and Malibu Drive inside the Atchison Heller building, Privé’s beautiful space was built completely with their patients in mind. Starting with the gorgeous and very comfortable waiting area, patients can truly relax before heading to one of the many treatment rooms. The additional space allows more services and providers to accommodate their patients’ schedules, as well as offer additional benefits to their patients. The extensively trained and experienced staff at Privé offers medical-grade services including facial spa treatments, injectables, CoolSculpting and Rejuvenation (PRP, IPL and ResurFX), providing their patients with the latest advancements in the aesthetic space. Privé recently introduced Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy which uses the patient’s own plasma to stimulate hair regrowth and to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars on the face by stimulating collagen production. Privé is unlike any other med spa in Kentucky and is very focused on delivering an extraordinary patient experience and excellence in outcomes. Their credentials speak for themselves: They are Lexington’s “Number One CoolSculpting Center” and a “Premier Diamond, TOP 200 PRACTICE” (167 out of 35,000) with Allergan in the United States. Their three master injectors are also National Trainers and collectively have performed over 45,000 injectable procedures. The incomparable quality of this stunning space compliments the superior quality of their services. The new location opens Tuesday, February 6th! Privé MedSpa | 3399 Tates Creek Rd. Ste. 230 859.523.5893 | privemedicalspa.com

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CALENDAR ofofEVENTS CALENDAR EVENTS February 2018 January 2018

February & March are all about hearts and clovers...

but these months are also filled with some amazing entertainment options. For instance, classic film lovers have the opportunity to see Eliza Doolittle come to life on stage! The Lexington Ballet will put on a delightful performance of the story inspired by George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion that is sure to leave hearts dancing. Country music icon Travis Tritt is bringing his unforgettable talent and wide collection of hits to the Lexington Opera House. Attendees can take a walk down memory lane with some of the best songs of '90s country music. Horse racing fans will not want to miss The California Chrome Experience. Visitors will also be able to feed the Derby superstar his favorite snacks and take photos with him. Charitable hearts won't want to miss the Central Kentucky Heart Ball, a black tie evening filled with glamour, all for an important cause. Getting out in the cold takes a lot of effort, but once you're out and enjoying one of our favorite calendar events, you'll be glad you're off the couch!

JESSE L. BROOKS

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30th Annual Central Kentucky Heart Ball

The California Chrome Experience

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6pm | Lexington Center

2:45pm-5pm | Taylor Made Farm

The 30th annual Central Kentucky Heart Ball will celebrate the mission and work of the American Heart Association. The black tie preferred soiree will honor Linda Ball and will be chaired by Dr. Greg and Michele White. The event includes a reception and silent auction, as well as a live auction and live entertainment. Their mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

You’ve seen him win the Kentucky Derby, now you have the opportunity to meet the $14,000,000 horse in person! Your experience will include a short film about the Champ, plus a visit to the Stallion Complex where California Chrome will parade for YOU! Attendees will also be able take individual photos with Chrome and even feed him his favorite cookies! The event ends with a complimentary dinner from Joe's Bar & Grill.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

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Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

7pm | Lexington Opera House

Lexington Center

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Revolution

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Lexington Chamber Orchestra: Four Seasons

7:30pm | Singletary Center

3pm | The Lyric Theatre The mission of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra is to call people into higher awareness through the beauty of chamber music. The chamber orchestra provides both power and intimacy: it tells stories on a grander scale than a string quartet, while bringing the audience closer than is possible with a symphony. The Lyric is beyond thrilled to be partnering with the amazing people at LCO and hosting a free and open to the public chamber orchestra concert on their historic stage.

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My Fair Lady Presented By The Lexington Ballet Company

2pm & 7:30pm | Lexington Opera House It's one of the most celebrated films of all time and now you can see it as a beautiful ballet performance. This classic story of "My Fair Lady" is based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The tale of Professor Higgins and his wager to transform a poor flower girl into a proper lady is a delightful romance for a perfect Valentine's weekend celebration.

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Bulls, Bands and Barrels

5pm-11pm | Kentucky Horse Park That's right folks: Buds, Bands, and Barrels will be heading to the Kentucky Horse Park for ONE night only! The BB&B crew has taken the rodeo world and turned it upside down with their new concept. Some of the world's top ranked bulls and riders will be present, as well as some of the fastest equines to ever go around a 3 barrel pattern. Country music newcomer and Kentucky boy Tyler Childers will be the musical guest for this evening of fun.

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Barrel Fest 2018: Cocktails, Kegs, Corks

7pm | The Venues at The Grand Reserve

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Travis Tritt

8pm | Lexington Opera House He was one of the biggest stars of the '90s country music era and he's brining his collection of hits to Lexington. Enjoy a special evening with Grammy award-winning artist, Travis Tritt. Experience this rare opportunity featuring an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and guitar are the subject of the spotlight.

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Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

The California Chrome Experience

2:45pm-5pm | Taylor Made Farm

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Brahms: No. 4 7:30pm | Singletary Center

8pm | Berea College

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The HillBenders: The Who's Tommy

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An Evening with Annie Moses

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7:30pm | EKU Center for the Arts

8pm | Norton Center

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Homes from the Heart Gala

6:30pm | The Signature Club

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Cabaret

Lexington Opera House Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history and enjoy an evening you won’t forget.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour

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The Illusionists: Live From Broadway

Lexington Opera House Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Lexington! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. A powerful and dazzling mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions for people of all ages.

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Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza

7:30pm | Norton Center

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UK Men's Basketball Feb. 3

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at University of Missouri

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The California Chrome Experience

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at Auburn University

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vs University of Alabama

Feb. 20th

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The Earls of Leicester

7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

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New Home & Remodeling Marketplace

vs University of Missouri

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vs University of Mississippi

Mar. 3rd

at University of Florida

Experience the unique cuisines from local restaurants, caterers and bakeries as they each provide a course for one amazing meal. Taste uniquely Woodford wines and spirits while enjoying live music by The Trippin' Roots and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $50 each.

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Senior Health & Wellness Fair

1pm-4pm | Highgrove at Tates Creek

Kentucky Horse Park

at University of Arkansas

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A Unique Taste of Woodford: Dinner Edition

6pm | Addie's and The Woodford Inn

vs. University of Tennessee

at Texas A&M University

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The Winter Wizarding Waltz

6pm | Limestone Hall

Chew Dinner Series: West African

6pm | Limestone Hall The CHEW farm-to-table series features Kentucky producers, products, and the people who make it tasty. This edition will focus on West African cuisine with some help from Sav's Grill.


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Jersey Boys Lexington Opera House

The 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi is coming to town! Enjoy the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

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Miranda Lambert

The Midwest's most awesome weekend of geekery is back! This year will feature an exciting array of media guests including Chuck Norris, Billy Dee Williams, Tara Strong, Kevin Sorbo and more!

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Tails & Ales

7pm | Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

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Blue Grass Trust’s Antiques & Garden Show

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Whitaker Bank KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen

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3pm | The Lyric Theatre

8am | Downtown

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Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

Have a shamrockin’ good time at the 39th annual St. Patrick’s Festival! Enjoy local musicians and dancers on the festival stage. The annual “Blessing of the Keg” will be at 11am in the Alltech tents. The parade begins at 1pm. Shop from a myriad of vendors, listen to traditional Irish music and explore the heart of downtown.

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Rupp Arena

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"Four Seasons"

Shamrock Shuffle 3K

Rupp Arena

Kentucky Horse Park

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10:30am-7pm | Downtown

7pm | Rupp Arena

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Lexington Center

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Lexington Comic & Toy Con

Gallery Hop 5pm-8pm | Downtown

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NCAA® Women’s Basketball Regional Rounds


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New Years Eve Around Lexington December 31 Photos by Keni Parks, Danny Pendleton, Rob Bolson and Woody Phillips

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Bridal Bliss Winter Classic Hilton Downtown | January 7 bridalblissclassic.com Photos by Ron Morrow

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UK Men’s Basketball Rupp Arena | January 2018 Photos by Michael Huang

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ESPN College Gameday Rupp Arena | January 20 Photos by Michael Huang

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Rebecca & John Y. Brown III attend Shinnenkai

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Jim Gray at the MLK Day Unity Breakfast

Ginna Matson, Heather Martin and Kenzie Spring at the Bridal Bliss Wedding Classic

Sundy Best brings down the house at Manchester Music Hall on NYE

Pamela Goodwine and Lindsay Hughes Thurston at the Kick-off Reception to Elect Lindsay Hughes Thurston

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Tops in Lexington - February 2018  

Who's Who. What's New and What To Do in Lexington, Kentucky

Tops in Lexington - February 2018  

Who's Who. What's New and What To Do in Lexington, Kentucky