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CONTENTS

FEBRUARY

movers, shakers & moneymakers

Volume 13 Number 2

COMMUNITY 28 32 34 63 67 68 70 89 92 95

Meet the Mayor Why Lexington is a Great City to Start a Biz Local Entrepreneurs Race to Retirement Don’t Get Burned! Digital Currency Finance Professionals Non Profit Spotlight:

Kerrington’s Heart New & Noteworthy Art in the Bluegrass:

Lane of Roses

LIFE & STYLE

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Pot Stocks:

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Outfit of the Month:

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Gor-Jess:

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Wow Wedding:

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Weddings Unveiled:

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TOP Dressed Starry, Starry Night Get the Look: Lupita Nyongo Haley + Matt

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Love is in the Air

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CONTENTS AT HOME 116

Tour of Homes:

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Color Catalog:

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Pets:

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Global Gem Cavern Clay Periodontal Disease

EATS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Dining:

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Top 5 Dining:

Zim’s & The Thirsty Fox Business Lunch Hot Spots

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Recipe:

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BBN:

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Equine Update

Bite into Sweets Chicken Alfredo Pizza KY Takes the Citrus Bowl March Madness Hype


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Out & About UK Basketball Citrus Bowl Carson’s NYE Party J Render’s NYE Party Bridal Bliss Winter Classic

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Shinnenkai Martin Luther King Jr. Day Bundle Up with Bourbon & Blues

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KEMI:

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Top Shots

Commerce Lex Dinner

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February - March 2019

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PHOTOS Photos Out & About

OA High Grove Cottages Open House & Ribbon Cutting

Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards

It's Your Night at the Museum Celebrating at the Citrus Bowl 24

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PHOTOS UK Women win over Vandy

Debbie A. Cole at the African American Ball Grand Gala Finale

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Meet the Mayor Why Lexington is a Great City to Start a Biz Local Entrepreneurs Race to Retirement Pot Stocks:

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Mayor

Linda Gorton

There is a new mayor in town.

TOPS President Kristen Oakley and Editor Megan Hillenmeyer had the chance to sit down with her in the former Lafayette Hotel ballroom, which now serves as the central hub for the mayor and her staff. As we got to know Mayor Linda Gorton, we quickly learned that she is as approachable as she is adventurous. (Did you know she has a brown belt in Taekwondo and has flown a plane solo?) If you ever meet her on the streets of Lexington, she will greet you with a smile and a handshake. Mayor Gorton is as professional as she is light-hearted. She has a fun rapport with her staff, joking in the halls about having to get her photo taken. “We always have to keep our sense of humor. Government can get deadly serious in an instant,” she said. Mayor Gorton’s warm personality left us leaving the old ballroom feeling welcomed, inspired and hopeful for Lexington’s future. Just don’t call her a politician: she thinks of herself as a public servant. photos by Shaun Ring transcribed by Megan Hillenmeyer


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“LEXINGTON is a gorgeous place. We are a super friendly community, filled with people who want to make us a better community.

TOPS: What has life been like since you became Mayor? Mayor Gorton: Very exciting, busy, varied. There is a lot going on in City Hall. Many things I didn’t even anticipate, No day is ever the same. That is one of the things I love about it. What do you love most about Lexington? I love the people. The people are our biggest asset. Our volunteer and nonprofit base is huge. We are a super friendly community, filled with people who want to make us a better community. We are a city with a really high quality of life. We have a strong business community. We have a very diverse economy with healthcare, a major university, small business, equine, cattle. That diversity is one of the things that make us special. And Lexington is a gorgeous place. What are some of your favorite things to do in town? My personal time is very limited right now! When I have personal time, I love to explore the arts with Gallery Hop, local plays and music. I love going to concerts. I like to read. I love to walk at the arboretum. And I love spending time with my grandchildren and family: that is really important to me. I love to eat out at 0ur special, local restaurants – there are so many places to enjoy! What would surprise most people to know about you? Most people probably wouldn’t know that I have a brown belt in Taekwondo. I earned it when I lived in South Korea. Most people wouldn’t know that I learned to fly when I lived in Germany, and I have solo flown a plane. That was invigorating! Tell us about your overall goals as mayor. I want to continue to be sure to run our city in a fiscally responsible way so we have good financial grounding, and that we always put people first. If you look at what government does, it’s all about serving people. We try to be customer friendly, so people understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.

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Openness in government is really important to me. The people should never have to wonder what we are doing with their tax dollars. I want to have really strong relationships with elected council members. Most of what goes on at the local level requires collaboration with council members, the executive branch and legislative branch. How do you hope to see the city of Lexington change or improve during your term? I want us to continue to focus on the addiction challenge. The opioid addiction situation affects so many different areas in our community, such as crime and jobs. I want to see some improvement in those arenas. I want to continue to focus on jobs. Unemployment is historically the lowest it has ever been; but we still need to bring in good jobs because we know that some jobs will leave. We don’t want our people to leave. Another really big challenge where I want to have an impact is our continued work towards balancing growth while maintaining a good quality of life and low cost of living. Every census, we have grown 30 to 35 thousand people. The challenge is how to continue growing without compromising what we have here. What is your first step in tackling the opioid epidemic? My first step was hiring Andrea James, whose sole focus right now is on the opioid epidemic. Right now she is in the phase of looking at the data for Fayette County, looking at best practices across the country to see what other communities are doing to bring their overdoses down and their addiction and recovery treatment numbers up. Our police and fire departments are wonderful at what they do, but they need help. What we need is more cooperation and coordination. You can arrest someone and put them in jail for a few days, but when they get out, they are not recovered. They have to have treatment. Addiction is a disease and it is impossible to treat yourself. That recovery piece is so important.

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What would you say to young girls about being a woman in a powerful leadership role? We need you! Don’t ever be afraid to consider leadership roles. Look for mentors along the way. It is important for those of us in leadership positions to mentor young women. Women bring a different perspective. We can offer a lot of positive things in leadership roles. After all, Lexingotn is 52% female. We should be leading. It is important. Who are your mentors? I had very strong women in my family - my grandmother, my great grandmother, my mother. We are all strong women. Politically, I looked to Pam Miller, our first female mayor. I was on Pam’s council when she was mayor. I am the third female mayor in Lexington. That says something about Lexington! I also look to Isabel Yates, former vice mayor. Those two women are very strong and kind. They put people first. Since this is for our Money Issue, tell us about the fiscal and financial health of Lexington. Lexington has always had very stable finances. Every so often, we go through ups and downs. I remember tough economic times from serving on council. As the leader, you have to realize that swings will occur. My husband taught me budgets are frameworks: they are meant to be flexible. They are a guide post. As you go through the year, you see how your budget is matching up and you make adjustments. The fiscal health of Lexington is very good. We have a AA Stable standing rating from our bond raters. We have a very healthy rain day fund, which we have intentionally built over the years. We are prepared in the event of an emergency. In all of my elected offices, I have never forgotten whose money this is. It’s not my money. It is the people’s money. When you remember that, you remember to be careful with how it is spent.

Tell us about your vision for infill development. We need more of it. We need to keep moving toward healthy infill and redevelopment that doesn’t negatively impact the neighborhoods. This is important to me because I am a big supporter of our urban services boundary and our agriculture. A lot of people look at the farms and think “what pretty green space,” but those are all businesses. Every one of them. They just look different because they are based on the land. So this balance for us in terms of having healthy agriculture and healthy urban businesses and healthy neighborhoods is what makes a great city - when they all work together. Do you have an update on moving the government buildings to a new facility? We are here! There was a proposal. Council voted it down. This building is 100 years old. It was a fabulous hotel, but it was never meant to be a permanent government center. We are in a ballroom right now. Three different mayors have proposed a new government center. I was serving on council during all of that time. I believe we should look at it again and try to be on the same page, in terms of the council wanting to pursue and understanding the need. The vice mayor has called a meeting of the council to discuss the need. One fear is that this move will leave the 5 large government buildings downtown vacant. Do you think these spaces will be put to good use if the government offices move? I don’t think that will be a problem. Builders and developers are eager for good space to develop. This building in particular is just ready for someone to restore a historic building into a new use. The appetite will be there. Then we could move into an efficient, up to date building that is meant for government. I am optimistic about it. Anything else you want people to know about you? I don’t see myself as any different than anyone else. I’m just Linda or Gigi or mom. I realize I am in a position where I have a different responsibility and I take it very seriously. But I am still just me. And I can’t change that! •

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An important part of what makes Lexington, Kentucky a magical city is its diversity: diversity of people, businesses, landscape, culture and industry are all a part of this city’s DNA. The wide variety of businesses in Lexington and the surrounding cities help make our economy stable, comfortably weathering economic ups and downs. Many organizations and business magazines have noticed that Lexington is a great place to do business. Kentucky’s business costs are among the lowest in the country and our competitive tax climate make it wonderful for entrepreneurs. The Bluegrass region offers small business owners a lot of potential. Lexington is within 600 miles of half of the US population. Tourist attractions like Keeneland bring in people (and dollars) from all over the globe. We consistently rank among the brightest, most affordable, job-friendly, inspiring and innovative places in America. Commerce Lexington provides potential business owners and residents a wealth of information about our area through their website, including some of the accolades awarded to Lexington, our chamber of commerce and our region. When we asked local small business owners “Why Lexington,” the answers almost universally centered on one facet of our local community that can’t be ignored: Central Kentuckians are wonderful people! We boast a powerful workforce and a shop-local culture that proudly supports entrepreneurial endeavors. If you want to start a business, you will find fans in Lexington.

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DR. JASON S. HARRIS Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI 1725 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste. 100 Lexington | 859.278.7226 LexingtonDiagnostic.com Dr. Jason S. Harris understood that a fundamental business knowledge base was lacking in medical education, limiting doctors that wanted to open their own practices, and adversely affecting patient care. So, while attending medical school, he took MBA classes at night. “I think that having a fundamental understanding of business principles is more important than ever in today’s medical education. Being an entrepreneur in some ways is like the practice of medicine – in that the learning never stops.” Dr. Harris is proud to lead a team dedicated to the mission of his facility: to provide quality, compassionate medical imaging care. “One of my favorite things about being the owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center is knowing that every decision we make starts and ends with what is best for the patient,” he notes. This is why Lexington Diagnostic Center invests in highquality machines and skilled staff to provide superior care and comfort for their patients. Dr. Harris also credits a great management team and exceptional staff in allowing him to find balance and focus, attributes he learned from his biggest mentor. He shares, “My mom certainly had the greatest impact on my life. She set a standard in every aspect of life, for which I continually strive to achieve.” Today, Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI is Lexington’s only locally owned and operated, free-standing, and independent medical imaging facility. They have been a leader in diagnostic radiology services since 1984. Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI provides Central Kentuckians with a better, more affordable option for their medical imaging.

“There is so much going on right now within Lexington. It is a very exciting time to be a local business owner!”

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What began as a jewelry sales job became a fascination with the gem world and the foundation of Gem Source in 1989. “I couldn’t get enough, and I had a love for the business. I found choosing gems, grading quality, talking, and presenting facts to people very gratifying.” His passion for the trade could not prevent the inherent obstacles of the business. “Learning how to run a profitable company was a big challenge, but jewelry trade organizations offered a great deal of help in how to properly structure things to be successful.” The economic downturn of 2008 posed a hurdle to overcome, but through a positive perspective, and an unmatched enthusiasm for the trade, business slowly returned over time. Jim has found that a focus on details, in conjunction with specialization and speed of service are what customers desire, though, as he says, “the excitement you have for your product shows, and can’t be faked.” So what helps him balance all of the responsibilities needed to run a successful company? He answers, “I prioritize on the fly, and the top things on my list may change at any moment. Plus, I learned early on to delegate tasks to others.”

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JOHN HAMPTON, DAVID HENRY, JIM McCARTY, SHELLEY GAFFNEY & RUSS GRIFFITH GCH Insurance Group 780 Winchester Rd. | Lexington | 859.254.1836 | GCHinsurance.com GCH Insurance Group markets and services commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, group employee benefits, life, long term care, and disability insurance. The five partners and professional staff consider themselves to be educators regarding the ‘World of Insurance’ to the consumer. The typical consumer doesn’t enjoy talking about insurance and can find the topic cumbersome. The folks at GCH Insurance Group enjoy helping the consumer see what their risks are and give insurance solutions to consider. To be relevant in the world of insurance, they found it is important to be large enough to offer competitive markets to their clients, yet small enough to keep it personal. GCH Insurance Group is the largest locally owned independent insurance agency in Lexington and was collectively formed by a group of individuals with one goal in mind: to reach, service and satisfy a large range of clientele. The insurance industry is relationship-driven and each individual in the agency brings different skill sets whether it be an owner, agent, account manager or support staff. They are passionate about their clients and make them their priority. By doing so, they believe they are building a foundation that will take them into future generations. When each owner first came into the business, they were individually faced with the challenge of finding enough business to write. By offering quality advice, quality benefits and competitive rates, they found that the consumer wants what they have to offer. The owners of GCH Insurance Group have found that dividing responsibilities has been a most effective way to manage the entrepreneur need of “wearing a lot of hats”. One owner is the managing partner. The other partners are all producers. There is a full time, on-staff professional CFO, a full-time director of technology, a full-time commercial marketing director and a full-time personal lines marketing director, in addition to detail oriented and knowledgeable Account Managerss to handle the everyday needs of the book of business. The employee benefit division and producers in each line of insurance round out the team. Each partner was blessed by having their own mentor who was ethical and knowledgeable when they first came into the business. The common thread of mentorship would be the concept of synergism: the sums of the parts are greater than the whole.

“To be successful today, it takes passion for what you do, continued education and most of all hard work!”

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MARK FICHTNER Carson’s Food & Drink 362 E. Main St. | Lexington 859.309.3039 CarsonsFoodandDrink.com The dream to own his own restaurant was always front of mind for Mark; it was just a matter of when. “I have been in the restaurant industry for 40 years and one must be ready emotionally, professionally and educationally to make the decision to become an entrepreneur.” Mark continues, “It may have taken me a bit longer than some but I am grateful to have made the leap of faith with Carson’s.” Named after his son, Carson’s Food & Drink is a place that you can come as you are for brunch, lunch, dinner or Prohibition-style cocktails in downtown Lexington, which Mark, and the entire Carson’s team, is humbled and grateful to have become a part of. “I wanted to open a restaurant in downtown to represent the upper casual, yet approachable segment of the restaurant market with a new and different menu.” While Mark has had many people in life that he has learned from, he credits those closest to him with getting him where he is today. “My son remains my inspiration and my father encouraged me to make yourself the obvious choice in my field, a philosophy I have carried with me through my entire career.”

“Success is only great when you share it with others.”

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HUGH JAMES Lexington Furniture Company 1132 Industry Rd. | Lexington 859.254.4412 | LexFurniture.com What started as Lexington Wholesale Furniture in 1960 became Lexington Furniture when Hugh joined his father in business in 1977. “My father was a great teacher and mentor,” says Hugh. “He had one rule; always tell the truth and treat people the way you want to be treated. I have tried to follow that rule for the last 43 years.” Today, Hugh is involved with three stores: Lexington Furniture, Market on National and Lexington Oriental Rug & Relic. He moved Lexington Furniture to a smaller location on Industry Road where the focus is on custom furniture and interior design. “I am blessed to have great people at all three businesses who are all very professional, well qualified and extremely hardworking. I could not be more pleased with the concepts they have developed and their visions for the businesses,” Hugh beams. What sets his business apart? Hugh shares, “We wanted to have the best quality and best prices in Central Kentucky. Though it was a struggle that took years to accomplish, we never lost sight of that goal. I was so proud that my father got to see us carry the best lines in the industry.” He encourages other entrepreneurs to, “always have a game plan. Be patient and work harder than anyone to make your dream become a reality. You can be successful!”

“Just remember: the glass is always half full!”

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ISOBEL CHEWNING Cotton Patch

3367 Tates Creek Rd. | Lexington 859.269.8839 | CottonPatchofKy.com For Isobel Chewning, it seems impossible that Cotton Patch is entering its 34th year in business. “Everything has changed since 1985,” she says, “except for the wonderful customers that have become our friends throughout the years!” Isobel also credits her talented employees for their success, saying, “Cotton Patch is still standing because of the support of my dedicated staff. I have been so lucky!” Family has also played a huge part in her business and Isobel’s daughter, Martha, is continuing the family’s entrepreneurial legacy, not only in helping with the management and rebranding of Cotton Patch, but in running her own store, Pirie, right next door. “I never dreamed Martha would enter the retail world but it has been so much fun and such a blessing!”

“Don’t just ask people who are very successful for advice; the people who have stumbled a bit along the way can help you be more realistic about your expectations.”

MARTHA CHEWNING TRENT Pirie Boutique

3369 Tates Creek Rd. | Lexington 859.309.9938 | PirieBoutique.com Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Martha proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when she opened Pirie, a local lifestyle boutique, in 2017. “I wanted to contribute to Lexington’s ‘shop local’ community. Plus a I have always loved clothes,” she laughs. She knew she wanted to be in the Lansdowne Shoppes, so waiting for the perfect opportunity to come available taught her patience. “I cannot wait to see what I will learn with this business in the future,” she says. Martha’s mother has been her biggest mentor, inspiring her to do her best every day. “It takes a lot of dedication, and the willingness to drop everything to succeed, but to anyone looking to start a business, go for it!” “Lexingtonians really care about small businesses. I hear from people all the time that they want to check with us first before they hop on the computer to order from a big box store.”

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LAUREN KING Refresh Interior Design refreshbylaurenking@gmail.com refreshbylaurenking.com Ever since Lauren was a little girl, she has loved creating transformative spaces. She explains, “I wanted to create an approachable interior design business and I believe that living in a beautiful home should be attainable for everyone. She continues, “Beauty helps transform our lives and I see my job as such a privilege to provide this for people.” As a one-woman show, Lauren has become a huge fan of schedules and time blocking and has learned how to integrate business and family life while raising a daughter. She shares that help is key to making life work as both a mom and business owner saying “ I am so thankful for all of the help I receive from my husband, family, and friends. They are such a big part of my business!” When starting a business, Lauren reassures others that it’s okay to not have all of the answers. She says, “You just have to start. You start small. You take one step at a time. You make tons of mistakes and then you learn what works and what doesn’t. You keep going. There is always something in your business that you are scared to do. You do it anyway.”

“To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be willing to learn and change constantly.”

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ANTONIO GUZMAN, ROSIE MAHAN & ANA GUZMAN Stones & Granite of Lexington/Maysville 761 E. 7th St. | Lexington 859.253.4070 StonesandGraniteLLC.com

Sometimes out of a need, a great opportunity arises. When the Stones & Granite partners could not find what they were searching for, they created it. “In 2003 when our family was remodeling a house, we could not find a countertop and tile company with the expertise we wanted to help us with that project, so we started one.” Today, this family owned and operated business is proud to be a one-stop-shop for their clients providing free consultation and measurements, on-site fabrication and install by their own talented installation team. “Our quality and commitment is second to none when it comes to your custom job and we apply the same level of dedication, commitment and craftsmanship to your projects as we would to our own.” So how do they find balance? “By depending on each other. We all know what needs to be done and if one person is down, the others pick up the slack. We also have great employees!” This teamwork combined with positive thinking, hard work, dedication and persistence in reaching goals have become both a philosophy and a pillar of success for the company.

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DR. ANTU RADHAKRISHNAN Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal Emergency 1591 Winchester Rd. | Lexington 859.268.7604 | BGVets.com When Dr. Radhakrishnan was preparing to open his business, he knew he would have to be willing to work harder than he had ever worked before. With the driving desire to provide a needed service to central and Eastern Kentucky, Antu has succeeded. “Veterinary specialty care was not available in Lexington so we started BVS to make it more accessible to those in our community,” he says.“Every day we do the best we can to provide the care needed with the compassion and empathy our patients and their families deserve,” he shares. Over the years he has had many mentors, but there is one person he looks to as his secret weapon: his wife Erica. “Erica was our hospital administrator for ten years and her skills and knowledge made this possible. More impressively, she was able to accomplish all of this while being treated for cancer on two separate occasions.” Antu feels Lexington is ideal for starting a business because it is a supportive community. As he says, “Kentuckians know what is best for our communities regardless of what town we live in and who better to provide goods and services to Lexington than people who live, work, and play here!”

“To maximize the chance of success, I think one has to be almost obsessed with the business.”

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RALEIGH BRUNER The Wildcat Group 210 Big Run Rd. Lexington 859.948.3553 Wildcat-Group.com

There isn’t much question as to what makes Raleigh Bruner’s blood run blue. Born and raised in Lexington, he takes great pride in his community and is a local businessman to the core. The University of Kentucky MBA graduate started his moving company with a Craigslist post and an old Ford Bronco. With hard work and determination, Wildcat Moving took off full force. “I didn’t have anyone telling me how to run a moving company. I hired clean-cut and responsible movers who were respectful to customers and I built my business based on common sense,” Raleigh explains. After successfully launching the moving company, Raleigh sought to expand by starting new businesses that would complement Wildcat Moving. The Wildcat Group emerged offering services that provide a seamless moving experience from start to finish. The number one goal of each of the companies is to provide top-quality service. For example, Wildcat Moving has been the top ranked moving company in Kentucky on Angie’s List since 2012 (top 5% in the country) and retains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. “We’ve built our brand around providing the best service in Lexington,” says Raleigh. The Wildcat Group is proud of the reputation it has built in the community. Philanthropy and community service have been important pieces of the program, as well as building up the local economy through charitable efforts.

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ROBERT C. TURNER Breathe - Pilates Method and More Studio 250 Walton Ave. #156 | Lexington 859.BREATHE pilatesatbreathe.com The art and science of movement has always intrigued Robert. After studying Kinesiology and Exercise Science, he found the practice of Pilates working in Physical Therapy in the Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Center at the University of Kentucky. “Pilates creates balance and muscle efficiency throughout the entire body by encouraging people to move more mindfully, not just during a class, but throughout their lives. It lifts and restores people in all walks and stages of life, from those seeking a sound exercise system to people who are recovering from an injury to professional athletes,” he explains. Once he found the practice, he was hooked. “I knew this was it. I wanted to share that kind of transformative experience with the people of my home town.” Robert’s passion for the practice has resulted in many long-term clients who have become friends and advocates. He shares, “Seeing our clients benefit from the individualized approach we offer is very rewarding.” One secret to Breathe’s success? Prioritizing. He shares, “It’s a continual balancing and rebalancing of priorities to determine what is vital for long-term viability and providing excellent service to our clients.”

“Be authentic. Never lose sight of who you are and what’s most important.”

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TANIA & JOHN ORIHUELA Kentucky Marble and Granite 1050 Elizabeth Dr. Nicholasville 859.519.8053 KyMarbleandGranite.com

“Being a customer focused and solution driven business will ensure your success through the years.”

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John had always had the dream of being able to own his business. John’s mentor and the person that instilled in him from a young age that “work ethic and a job well done is key in any business” is Carlos Orihuela, his dad. When the time came to launch Kentucky Marble and Granite, it made perfect sense to work alongside a team of well trained and experienced professionals. “We have been able to forge many great partnerships, this has allowed me to share my knowledge and experience in many scenarios,” John says. Tania’s entrepreneurial background grew from always working alongside Carlos. Owning several industrial businesses throughout the years certainly played a role when the family decided to open the doors to Kentucky Marble and Granite. “We all have our strengths and we respect the knowledge and expertise we all bring to the table,” says Tania. They all share the importance of family and community. Kentucky Marble and Granite is a proud sponsor of Casa of Lexington, The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky and The American Cancer Society. Tania serves as an Ambassador Alumni to the President of Midway University and is on the board of directors of the Kentucky Reining Horse Association. John serves on the board of Ministro Journeys and is continuously involved with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky. John says, “Being a family owned business, we have been able to set the tone of what will always be a staple for us: treating each client as if they are family is priority.”

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CLARE HENSON Market on National 730 National Ave. | Lexington 859.327.3876 | MarketOnNational.com There are countless reasons Lexington is a great place to start a business, gegem for Clare, becoming a part of the city’s progress has been the most gratifying realization. She says, “I have found that I love to be a part of the growth in our community and I truly believe that Market on National is a one of a kind experience. We love catering to our community’s needs by providing services and products that can be customized to each individual.” Market on National is an ever evolving furniture and home accessory store that conveniently offers design services alongside regular retail store hours. “I love to create and want to provide the very best solutions to our clients,” shares Clare. To those starting out as business owners, she suggests getting advice from someone more experienced in the matter. “I think our clients really appreciate us taking that extra step to make sure they are satisfied,” she shares, a sentiment she learned from Hugh James. Clare says, “Market on National wouldn’t be where it is now without Hugh’s guidance. I am so lucky to have learned from one of the very best and to now be a partner in this business with my mentor.”

“It’s important to have a healthy balance with work and personal life. Sometimes one area wins out more than another, but trying to keep a calendar and a schedule is absolutely essential.”

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ADRIANE & BILL POLYNIAK Kentucky Cannabis Company & Bluegrass Hemp Oil 159A E. Reynolds Rd. | Lexington 859.963.3550 BluegrassHempOil.com The Polyniaks entered the hemp industry as parent advocates when at age three, their son was diagnosed with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. “Watching our son struggle with hundreds of seizures and harmful pharma side effects including cognitive delays, loss of emotion and near organ failure led us to led us to search for better options,” confide the Polyniaks. During this time, they learned that non-intoxicating cannabis varieties rich in CBD (hemp) were beneficial for those suffering from epilepsy. They began advocating for its legalization, which came in 2013 with the passage of SB50 in Kentucky and the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. As one of the original six companies in the state given authorization to cultivate and the only company growing for cannabinoid production at the time, they sought to create quality CBD products for their son and those in need. Today, their son is now seizure free and pharma free and the Polyniaks continue to focus on advocating and providing education to the public to help change the conversation and move the industry forward. “Being an entrepreneur is tough and requires a dedication like none other but our tenacity, grit, persistence and passion has been key for our success,” they share.

“Be someone you would want to do business with.”

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In 1952, Joe Martin started an interior design firm in Danville, Kentucky. His daughter, Mary Cynthia, took the reigns in 1995, carrying on the exceptional design service he started. “My father taught me that everyone deserves a beautiful home, regardless of income. He said that if you can create something from nothing, you can handle anything that comes your way,” she says. With that philosophy in mind, Martin Durr Caldwell Interior Designers serves residential, commercial, hospitality and healthcare projects with vendors to support a wide array of budgets. Mary Cynthia has been teaching design classes for DIY clients since 1982 resulting in a book, an NBC segment, a Clear Channel radio show and podcasts. She is also a feature writer for design publications, continuing and building upon the legacy of this family business. Partner, John Feldman, joined the firm in 2017. Seated at the Downtown Saul Good Restaurant, a recent project for the firm, Mary Cynthia says, “the majority of our business is spread throughout Central Kentucky. The region has the unique combination of old school philosophy balanced with modern day progression. Rather than having a set look, that attitude reflects challenges in creating diverse designs for everything from a historic home to a modern medical complex.”

MARY CYNTHIA MARTIN & JOHN FELDMAN Martin Durr Caldwell Interior Designers 901 Perryville St. | Danville 859.236.2262

“No matter what, be true to yourself.”

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NIKKI PALEY & JUSTIN VAUGHN-GREER

LUX Hair Bar 3070 Lakecrest Circle Ste. 200 Lexington | 859.296.4247 LUXhairbar.com Nikki and Justin’s Aveda Concept Salon is about more than just hair; it’s about changing lives. “We have the opportunity every day to put a smile on someone’s face and to bring out the best in the way our clients see themselves,” says Justin. Voted the Top 3 Favorite Salon in Lexington by Reader’s Choice for the past two years in addition to receiving Google’s recognition as the Top Rated Salon in Lexington for 2018, it’s clear that the unique culture they envisioned for their industry is coming to fruition. Not only did they want to cultivate a relaxing yet professional environment for their beloved salon guests, they dreamed of creating a space for their employees that would foster growth a creativity. Nikki explains, “We wanted to create a career based salon where stylists can continually grow doing something they’re very passionate about, while providing a great lifestyle for their families.” Consistency, perseverance, drive, ambition, passion and a willingness to listen are all traits that have allowed this team of phenomenal hair artists and staff members to come together as a family, something they pride themselves on today. One regret they have? They both laugh, “That we didn’t do it sooner!”

“A true leader always puts others first.”

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ROB SHARP Sharp’s Candies

2021 Regency Rd. | Lexington 859.276.4625 | SharpsCandies.com Founded by his father in 1972, Sharp’s Candies is proud to be a manufacturing and retail confectionary. To this day, all of their recipes are made from scratch, handed down from Rob’s grandfather who owned five candy stores in Evansville, Indiana. Rob explains that even though he had other jobs growing up, he always knew he would one day take over the family business. He shares, “I wanted to be in the candy business because I enjoy making a product that people love. When people come and try a sample from our store, it puts a smile on their face!”

“Do not wait; get started while you are young enough to put an enormous amount of energy and time into your business!”

MISSY MACLIN The Vintage Barn at Merefield Farm 301 Lansing Ln. | Midway 859.948.0201 | Find them on Facebook

Sometimes the best business ideas arise out of an appreciation for what beauty already exists. As Missy explains, “We have some beautiful barns at Merefield and I thought having a really pretty barn venue for weddings and events in the special little town of Midway would be lots of fun!” Turns out, she was right. “Once we decided to turn the barn into a venue, we had people waiting to get married there. We thought we would have at least a year to get things ready, but instead, we only had months. It was busy, but so worth the effort!”

“There’s never a dull moment; each day begins with a new challenge and it’s always interesting and fun!”

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BRENT RICHARDS Architectural Kitchens & Baths 345 Lafayette Ave. | Lexington 859.268.0800 | AKandB.com

Brent Richards started his career in architecture 25 years ago. He is a board certified architect, lifelong resident of Lexington, husband and father of three. Prior to coming to AKB, he specialized in designing large scale educational facilities across the state. Since 2005, you will find him at AKB on the corner of Lafayette and Euclid Avenues! Being able to work and design locally has allowed him to become more involved in the community and spend quality time with his family. When taking over the reins of AKB, restructuring and reorganizing the existing business were Brent’s biggest challenges. “We learned a lot of things the hard way-but maintained a philosophy of honesty is the best policy.” Brent believes in a solid work ethic, a firm commitment to proactive client service and consistent follow through.

“Once a culture of integrity is established, then business decisions become very clear and easy.”

JESSE CAYLOR Custom Logo Ware

400 East Vine St. Ste. 249 | Lexington 859.514.2035 | jesse@customlogoware.com Custom LogoWare has been supplying high quality custom apparel and promotional items to businesses, schools, and community organizations out of Lexington for over 15 years. In 2018, Jesse took over bringing a fresh new perspective to the company as they prepare to expand into new markets. “We are able to provide our clients with quality branded apparel and new promotional items to better promote brands and companies, something I have always had a lot of fun with.” Though he is grateful for all of his mentors along the way, Jesse says the previous owners are the key to his success.

“Hard work, dedication, and the willingness to fail are necessary before you can succeed.”

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Encompassing five event spaces, the Venues of the Grand Reserve is a multi-tasker, just like it’s owner, Kelly King. “The Venues of the Grand Reserve was conceptualized and brought to life in 2010 with the opening of the Barrel House Events Center,” says Kelly. “From there, the Grand Reserve opened in 2012 along with the outdoor space called Garden Branch,” she continues. These ever evolving spaces have now grown to include the Distillery Square and Speakeasy, compiling over 52,000 square feet of event space in Downtown Lexington’s Distillery District. Part of what has helped Kelly and her incredible team is their ability to meet obstacles head on and continue thriving. She shares, “We love a challenge and find ourselves constantly welcoming new events with new needs. Being able to meet those needs is very rewarding! As we have grown, we have collected a fantastic team of talent and hard work that bring fresh ideas and outside the box thinking to work each day, which is truly how we continue to meet the needs of each client.” With outstanding parent mentors, it is no surprise that Kelly remains extremely family oriented and family driven, though balance can be difficult. She shares, “Juggling work, triplets and every day life are definitely hectic at times but when you have the support of family, friends and co-workers, it becomes less stressful. I love being a business owner and I love being a mom. So I stay organized and try my best to excel at both.”

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KELLY KING The Venues of the Grand Reserve 903 Manchester St. Lexington 859.601.6221 GrandReserveEvents.com “Be honest, be humble and don’t be afraid to let your business be exactly what it’s supposed to be.”

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KIM C. DAVIS Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography 152 W. Tiverton Way Ste. 120 | Lexington 859.554.7360 | PatientChoiceUltrasound.com Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is all about putting their patients first. Founder and CEO, Kim Davis began her love of ultrasound 42 years ago as a student at the University of Kentucky. She divulges that, “ultrasounds are so much more than just the machines that produce the images. An interpreting physician relies heavily on the knowledge, skills and experience we provide because the sonographer determines what the physician actually sees. There is no other imaging modality that has this unique quality.” Kim began her imaging career as a Radiologic Technologist student but spent most of her spare time in the ultrasound lab learning all the new and exciting technology of diagnostic ultrasound. With entrepreneurial parents, Kim knew what it would take to succeed in business and the extensive training and dedication to her field has only solidified this. At Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography, Kim and her team bring a lot of experience, compassion and professionalism to their clients and they are excited to offer their services with less hassle, more transparency and an overall wonderful experience. She encourages others who are just getting started in business to “be patient. Don’t watch the clock. Listen, but stay true to your identity!”

“Success takes courage, patience, endurance and the willingness to sacrifice.”

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CLAY LEAVELL Kitchen Concepts 4001 Mall Rd. | Lexington 859.881.1766 | KitchenConceptsKy.com “Lexington is absolutely the best place to own a small business,” says Clay Leavell of Kitchen Concepts. He continues, “I have had the privilege of living in Central Kentucky all of my life and feel that this area offers more Southern hospitality than anywhere else in the world. Personally, it seems that the people here always support one another and on the business side, there is a great deal of both residential and commercial projects that continue evolving, keeping us diversified.” Though Clay is the first in his family to be in the kitchen and bath design industry, an interest he developed from his background in construction, he credits his parents for encouraging him to start his own business. He explains, “From a very young age, my mom and dad instilled the benefits of how hard work would pay off. When I left for college, I recall my parents telling me to work hard and always remember where I come from. I have carried that with me throughout the years and will always be grateful for their insight and for believing in me.” Beginning as a small business with two kitchen designers, Kitchen Concepts has grown to a company that employs 16 designers. Clay shares, “Balancing responsibilities is often the hardest part of owning a small business but I am truly fortunate to have the very best staff around!”

“Hard work, being honest and great customer service are the most important parts of being successful as a small business owner today.”

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LAUREN WEST Peplum 824 Euclid Ave. #103 | Lexington 859.269.0009 | 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.” 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!”

“When you spend your dollars with a local business, you are making a difference in the lives of your neighbors and their families!”

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RENEE JACKSON MILLER Renee Jackson Agency

1795 Alysheba Way #1101 | Lexington 859.317.2217 | ReneeJacksonAgency.com Renee’s work helps protect her clients from the unexpected, which requires her to think on her feet. “Balancing all of your responsibilities is certainly a challenge but also a reward. Each day bring something different which I have always enjoyed.” She says that one of her initial challenges was being a woman in a male-dominated industry. “I had to work harder to prove myself,” she recalls. She rose to that challenge and learned that her customers didn’t see it as a problem. “I think clients just want a great agent that works hard to meet their needs.” For other entrepreneurs, Renee says it’s all about being flexible. “To be successful in today’s fast-moving society you have to be able to adapt to change. Learn how your customer wants to do business and follow their lead.”

“Believe in yourself and keep going, especially on the days you don’t feel like it. Work harder on those days.”

EVELYN McCOY Polished Interiors Boutique Furniture & Home Décor 4279 Old Harrodsburg Rd. | Lexington 859.523.9344 | PolishedInt.com

Evelyn has been a Residential Interior Designer since 2004 and though every project is different, her passion for people, design and delivering excellent results for her clients continues to fuel her drive. “What I love most is the excitement on my clients face when they see the finished product.” She shares that what helps her manage her success in both business, and in life, is being present in each moment. “To me, the most important thing is being a mom. It’s all about balancing work, family, and friends,” she says. It is no surprise that Evelyn’s grandfather had a passion for building furniture and homes. “He built my first dollhouse and after that, my love for design started.” The biggest challenge for Evelyn in launching a business was overcoming the fear of starting something new. What helped her conquer this fear? “You just have to trust yourself and go for it!” Evelyn says while success is versatile, “for me it means happiness, and I found mine in what I love to do!”

“I am always learning new things every day from my clients.”

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JONATHAN NOEL Professional Benefit Auctioneer & Fundraising Consultant 859.612.9175 NoelAuctioneers.com The auction business is undeniably the most exciting industry Jonathan has ever been a part of. “I have never been in a profession where your competitors are also your closest friends,” he says. “I have lifelong friends across the country who are auctioneers, and we are all like family.” He laughs reminiscing about when he was first getting started saying, “the only thing I was worried about was how in the world I was ever going to learn to talk that fast. After years of practice and thousands of auctions, I realized that was the least of my worries!” He continues, “Being an auctioneer requires so much more than being able to talk fast. You have to be a problem solver, an exceptional marketer, passionate, trustworthy and willing to do whatever it takes to make your clients happy. That’s why I started my company in 2015: to make a difference in the lives of my clients.” For those beginning as business owners, Jonathan says, “don’t be afraid to fail and take risks. If you don’t take any risks then you will always think about what life could have been like. When you do take the risks and they don’t work out, you learn some valuable life lessons.”

“If you treat your clients and customers with the same respect and dignity you show your own family and friends, then the pipeline for repeat business will be endless.”

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“There will be ups and downs; every day is a new lesson. If you learn from it, everything will come together in your favor.”

Clayton went to school to study Agriculture, but naturally found himself drawn back to the family business. As the Lexington Branch Manager of Mees Tile & Marble, Clayton understands what makes Lexington a unique and wonderful place to own a business. “What we see trending in Lexington is not the same as what we see in our Louisville market,” he says. Clayton enjoys working with local designers and homeowners to see their visions become finished projects that they can enjoy for years to come. When it comes to mentors, Clayton has worked with some of the best in the business. Clayton says his greatest mentors are his father and grandfather. “My grandfather, Larry Mees, still shows up to work in the Granite and Marble fabrication shop and will outwork anyone to this day.” Clayton says, “We have been very fortunate for nearly 70 years and it was very hard for me to imagine doing anything else. I wanted to keep a good thing going. I care very much about this business and the people involved with it, both our employees and our customers. It makes it fun to come to work every day!”

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CLAYTON MEYER Mees Tile & Marble 645 S. Broadway Lexington 859.252.4545 MeesTile.com

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EverybodyFights started in Boston by George Foreman III in 2013 and quickly rose to become one of America’s top-rated gyms. Matt joined the team to open the first franchise location in Lexington. Matt Veigl has trained in Kentucky and Tennessee for 18 years and worked with a wide variety of customers, from athletes to people in rehab settings. He encourages others to, “Try something new, get fit and have fun!” Boxing offers an all-encompassing mind/body workout. Boxing is a 2-for-1 strength and cardio workout that sculpts virtually every muscle while improving overall fitness, strength and balance. EverybodyFights operator and trainer Matt says, “Boxing requires just as much from the hips, legs and core as the arms, and boxers at EverybodyFights can expect to burn anywhere from 200 to a whopping 4,000 calories per hour! EverybodyFights has the trendiest facility with state of the art equipment and music that is perfect for any workout playlist.” He urges people in Lexington to support small, local businesses because he believes this support mutually benefits the clients and companies. Besides, he adds, “Usually there is a little more love, care, and passion put into local services and products, and who doesn’t want that?”

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MATT VEIGL EverybodyFights 124 Malabu Dr. Lexington 859.469.8152 EverybodyFights.com


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KELS & MATT MALICOTE The Malicotes Photography info@TheMalicotes.com | TheMalicotes.com

This husband and wife photography team says, “We love to shoot beautiful-souled people having the time of their lives. Over the years, we have been blessed to capture some incredible moments with countless couples, families and tiny humans.” They add, “We know love because we’re in it!” The Malicotes believe in always doing work with a deeplyfelt purpose. “We’re about finding what we’re meant for and believing in it more than anything else,” they explain. “We’re here to create things. We just so happen to do that by taking pictures.” As part of that commitment, they’re actively engaged in the community, supporting projects like HelpPortrait Lexington.

“It’s not about when or how. It’s about why.”

CONRHOD & LESLEE ZONIO Conrhod Zonio Photography & Light Life Love

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, explains. As a photographer, Conrhod loves to connect with people. His focus is on photographing weddings. 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 alongside 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.

“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..”

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HOW TO HAVE THE RETIREMENT OF YOUR DREAMS What does your ideal post-career life look like? Whether you envision long days on the golf course, lazy days on the beach or exciting trips to far-flung destinations, here are some strategies that can make your dream a reality. story by Kristie Crenshaw

“Retirement” is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Everyone has a different vision of what that time in their life will look like: living a cultured life in a condo in the city, sharing a cabin nestled in the woods, luxuriating in a beach house or enjoying an endless road trip in an RV. Whatever your dream, here is a simple guide on how to get there:

TWENTIES:

Goal: Start early! Every dollar invested during your twenties can have a significant impact on your quality of life during your golden years. Do: In the early stages of your career (and a lower tax bracket), contribute to a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k). Unlike a traditional IRA or 401(k), distributions during your retirement years come out tax free. Don’t: Don’t be conservative. You want this money to grow over the coming decades. Just getting started: You have 40+ years to let your investment returns compound until your retirement years. Let the magic of compounding work for you!

THIRTIES:

Goal: Maximize your 401k contributions. Build your safety nets. Do: If you are not able to invest the allowable IRS maximum then put your 401(k) on automatic increase until you get to the maximum contribution. Don’t: Don’t have a large portion of your retirement in company stock or one specific stock. A well-balanced portfolio will assist through market volatility. Just getting started: If you have a mortgage and children, take the time to do legal documents and make a life insurance plan. Safety nets are very important in the event of an unexpected illness or death.

FORTIES:

Goal: Strategically save and invest based on your goals. Do: Work with a professional to see if you are on track and how to best manage your investments. Address long term care for aging parents, purchasing a vacation property or other goals, while staying within your financial retirement plan. Don’t: Don’t allow competing priorities to get in the way when it comes to saving. Pay yourself first.

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Just getting started: Create a written financial plan. Identify any gaps and discuss the various options to shore those up; short and long term.

FIFTIES:

Goal: Income may be at its highest point in your career and kids may be leaving the nest; a perfect time to shift resources toward your retirement savings. Calculate what mortgage payment could pay off your house by the time you retire, and consider its feasibility. Do: Consider long-term care insurance. It may be very affordable at this age and can help you avoid an expense that could derail your retirement plans. Don’t: Consider not putting all of your retirement savings in conservative investments. You might still have another 40 years ahead of you. A portion of your money could be invested with an allocation appropriate for a longer time horizon. Just getting started: You’re probably off to a late start. Other financial obligations may have taken priority in your life. Make retirement savings your priority. Consider maximizing your retirement contributions and develop a plan to pay off your mortgage by the time you retire.

SIXTIES+:

Goal: Refine your financial plan and budget. Do: Examine your expenses. Determine your health care strategy. Build a detailed financial assessment. Don’t: Don’t take Social Security early. Age 62 is the earliest you can begin receiving Social Security benefits. For each year you wait (until age 70), your monthly benefit will increase, and the additional income adds up quickly. Waiting even one year could make a significant difference. Just getting started: Meet with the Social Security Office and a professional advisor. Consider including your children in on the conversations.

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story by Amanda Harper

WHERE ARE WE?

In the eyes of the federal government, the use and possession of cannabis for any purpose is illegal. This has kept many major global market players in the marijuana industry out of the United States. Things changed in December when the latest US Farm Bill was signed. By and large, this legalized hemp and CBD nationwide. One of the world’s largest marijuana companies, Canopy Growth, announced that it will “participate in the American market now that there is a clear federally permissible path.” These global companies saw an additional boost in October when recreational use was legalized nationwide in Canada. As other countries and states change their legislation towards legalization, marijuana companies are sure to grow and expand.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Even with more permissible attitudes toward marijuana, the fact is that it’s still illegal. As presidential administrations change, so does the federal government’s attitude on flexing its muscle regarding marijuana. While popular opinion seems to be moving towards keeping pot around for good, there is still much up in the air. Given that marijuana is fairly new to the trading game, it’s important to note that it can be difficult to accurately project a company’s earnings when they’re so closely tied to pending legislation. Even when a territory declares marijuana or hemp legal, red tape can tie up the industry’s ability to get growers and sellers to work and in permitted, legal shops and farms.

which tends to lose some portion of market share when states vote in favor of recreational use. There is a creative option available for more cautious investors: consider companies that don’t deal in the marijuana industry directly. For example, Scotts Miracle-Gro is a “pot stock” because a subsidiary, Hawthorne Gardening based in California, offers hydroponic growing supplies and other gardening tools used by cannabis growers in legal US states. The Motley Fool has been following marijuana stocks worldwide and contributor Keith Speights has this to say: “If you think the case for investing in marijuana stocks outweighs the risks, it’s important to think about marijuana stocks as you would any other stock you’re considering buying.” Many global companies have been playing in OTC Markets Group, where they saw looser filing and disclosure requirements. That can make knowing the company you’re getting into a little more difficult. Even well-established companies have at times over-projected their growth, disappointing investors in the past couple years. The nature of the marijuana market–and risky stocks in general–is that you should be prepared for big swings in both directions. Speights added, “Your decision to invest in these stocks or stay away hinges on how comfortable you are with accepting the risks associated with the high-growth and high-volatility marijuana industry.” As with any stock, there is one key question to ask yourself before you invest: could I afford to lose my entire investment?

WHAT ARE THE (POTENTIAL) REWARDS?

Many worry that marijuana stocks are the next Dot-Com Bubble. Experts agree that bubbles tend to be caused by speculators. Keep an eye on how big corporations are treating marijuana stocks: their staying power may be the bellwether on how high pot stocks can climb–and how long they’ll stay there.

Potentially, lots and lots of green. The United States Marijuana Index gained 71.49% in one year. Compare that to the 12% gain seen by the S&P 500 and it’s clear that marijuana stocks are more than smoke and mirrors. As part of a balanced, carefully considered portfolio, pot stocks could be a lucrative–and fun!– investment.

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER?

Given that marijuana has gained such acceptance, it’s an industry that seems to be on the brink of good things. According to ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics, legal cannabis revenue in the US is projected to hit $23.4 billion in the next three years or so. “Overall, there is a possibility that the global marijuana market will more than triple from 2018 to the end of 2022,” said Speights. “Investors who accurately pick those winners should be set for some fantastic returns over the next few years.” •

Think about what kind of marijuana industry company you wish to invest in. Some companies grow, distribute and study marijuana directly (these are often known as “plant-touching” companies). They are the understandably most at risk when state and federal regulations are involved, but as suppliers, they also stand to make great gains when the tide turns in their favor. Other companies strictly handle medical marijuana business,

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the future of money:

DIGITAL CURRENCY You probably wouldn’t think of leaving the house without bringing along money, but it no longer has to be in the form of paper bills, coins, a checkbook or even your credit card. In our increasingly cashless society, more and more people take along only their phone or smart watch for payments. story by Barbara Meyer


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Except for tipping or making small purchases under $5 or $10, digital currencies like banking and mobile payment apps have widely taken the place of cash. It’s not hard to understand: cash is bulky to carry around, and if it’s lost or stolen, it’s gone. Digital currencies offer ease, speed, convenience, security, and like credit cards, some let you earn rewards. While millennials were the first generation to embrace digital currency, baby boomers make up the fastest-growing group of new adapters. Competition in the market is fierce, which means that existing apps are continually being improved as new options enter the field. Need to split a cab fare or restaurant bill with friends? Want to pay the babysitter or the friend who sold you her old treadmill? Money transfer apps to the rescue! Here are some of the most popular:

VENMO

GOOGLE PAY

Venmo is a peer-to-peer app that lets you make and share payments with friends through their Venmo accounts. You can draw funds from a Venmo account that you set up or link it to your bank account or debit or credit card. Founded in 2009, it’s considered to be the first to the mobile payment table.

Originally called Android Pay, it’s an easy way to send money to friends and pay at businesses. All you need to set up your Google Pay is a credit or debit card and Google account. Those you pay don’t need to have the Google Pay app to receive your funds.

PAYPAL

CASH APP

One of the earliest in the market and best known, Paypal’s mobile app is simple to use and compatible with most credit and debit cards issued by major banks. Though widely associated with EBay, you can also use it for goods and services from other merchants as well as personal payments. Send money from your bank account to your PayPal account for free (you will pay a fee for credit and debit card payments, however).

This app lets you send digital payments to friends and pay for goods and services. As a part of the Square Cash payment system, your Cash account links to your bank account, debit card, or credit card to transfer funds. By enabling your Cash Card for purchases, you can earn credit back into your Cash account for what you buy.

LEVELUP

APPLE PAY Love Apple products? Apple Pay is the mobile wallet for iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch. Using your Apple device, you can pay for purchases at over a million U.S. stores and restaurants. Use credit and debit cards to load up your account.

No time to stand in line for your morning latte? LevelUp is an app that lets you place and pay for food and drink orders ahead of time. It even tells you when your order will be ready and where the pickup area will be.

READY TO GO CASHLESS? There are a wide range of options available, but when choosing which one is right for you, compare important features like compatible operating systems, account notifications, fraud protection and security, transfer speed, fees and overall user experience. Once you find the one that’s right for you, you can pay with a tap of your phone or watch and stop searching for that ATM! •

WHAT ABOUT CRYPTOCURRENCY? Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Peercoin, Dash, EOS... what do they have in common? They’re all forms of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is a digital type of currency. It takes the form of virtual coins or tokens that exist on computers and not in physical form. The first part of the name refers to the intricate cryptographic algorithms which allow the tokens to be generated, stored, and transferred securely and anonymously. Unlike traditional currency, there is no central bank that supports cryptocurrency. When you use it, you are swapping out trust in government financial institutions and instead relying on the cryptography used to power the cyber network. Bitcoin, launched in 2009, was the first crypto currency on the market. Now there are thousands of crypto currencies, with an aggregate market value of over $200 billion according to Investopedia. You can buy crypto currency from individuals or exchanges. Your funds are stored in digital wallets that live on the cloud or on user’s computers. Since the algorithms are encrypted, the chances of fraud and identity theft are reduced.

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Autumn Hodge Financial Representative

FORESTERS FINANCIAL 859.273.2171 x210 210 E. Main St. Ste. 510 Lexington • Foresters.com “My friends and family told me I was born for this job. I always had little businesses growing up and I knew I wanted to have a practice of my own someday,” Autumn explained. As someone with a deep passion for helping people, she found that her position allows her to help ease clients’ minds about their financial futures. Her work also affords her opportunities to connect to her customers on a personal, meaningful level. She explained, “My clients are very important to me. To know that they have one less thing in life to worry about brings me a lot of joy!” At Foresters Financial, Autumn is able to help clients with all aspects of their finances. She specializes in retirement planning, investments and insurance. She appreciates that Foresters has a 140-year history of helping families achieve longterm financial health and well-being. She said, “I felt like God led me to this career and showed me that through this job, I can help people in a very special way.” Autumn appreciates how her job has changed her approach to life, and she values the position she holds. “I have met people from all walks of life and each client has taught me a different life lesson,” she explained. “I cherish these lessons in my own personal life and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.” Autumn’s Tip: “You are never too young or too old to look over your financial situation!”

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John V. Boardman, III CEO

BALLAST, INC. John’s father passed away when John was just 23 years-old. “I was left to settle his financial affairs in addition to looking after his 94-year-old mother. It was a tough time, but it became very apparent that people need financial organization and direction. That inspired me.” His father was a bank CEO, but had unfortunately not received the best advice in his final years. John said, “If he wasn’t getting the advice he needed, it made me realize that there were many people in need of objective advice.” John says that he and the Ballast team built the business to fill a void they perceived in the industry of personal and business financial planning and investment management. “Our business has grown because every person on our team puts our clients needs and interests first,” he said. “While so many firms are subject to high turnover, a siloed advisor approach, conflicts of interest issues and an approach or attitude many people find undesirable, we focus on being different.” John says it’s absolutely essential to assemble a team that values trustworthiness, integrity and honesty. “The best advice I was ever given was to build a firm I would want my own family to work with. It’s a simple message but it drives every decision we make,” John explained. “I would trust every single person on our team of 9 with my family’s well being.” John’s Tip: “Invest in yourself and find a career your enjoy: you will be far more successful if you love what you do. Your personal earning potential is the single most impactful factor in creating financial independence. Get advice to maximize your future financial picture.”

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Dennis Bohannon

Market President, Lexington

LIMESTONE BANK 859.296.4822 2424 Harrodsburg Rd. Ste. 100 Lexington | LimestoneBank.com Dennis was a finance major in college at UK, something that prepared him for a variety of business opportunities and endeavors. But his passion for finance and connecting with people led him to Limestone Bank, a local institution that has banking centers in 12 Kentucky counties. One thing that sets Dennis apart is that he loves getting to know those he encounters through his work. “I truly enjoy working with clients and learning about their businesses and careers,” he said. Because Limestone Bank offers comprehensive consumer and commercial banking services, that means he gets to meet a wide range of people, giving Dennis the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the unique challenges and needs of various industries. With over 20 years of lending experience, Dennis understands that every customer needs someone who can be a guide. He explained, “Many people come to me for guidance and solutions to financial questions. It’s so important to have someone you trust, and someone who is fascinated by finance, to help guide you and teach you along the way.” At the end of the day, Dennis finds it most rewarding to know that he has done all he can to ease his client’s mind and given them answers to their many questions. “I love finding solutions that help people,” Dennis said. “It’s a good day when I can really help someone understand that there are always solutions.” NMLS# 419243 Dennis’s Tip:: “Unless you’re going to spend a significant amount of time studying this area of your life, then you need a guide you trust. If not, you’ll likely learn some costly lessons.”

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Robert A. A. Brewer

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Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Managing Director

BREWER PRIVATE WEALTH OF RAYMOND JAMES 859.253.9769 489 E. Main St. | Lexington RaymondJames.com/RobBrewer Comprehensive wealth management is essential for families who want to feel secure in all areas of their financial lives. “From tax efficient asset management and risk management to lending, philanthropy, estate and trust services, we tailor the plan for each client, focusing on both sides of the balance sheet,” he explained. Part of their high-level of service involves a coordinated effort. “We work alongside each client’s attorneys and accountants to take a team approach to finding potential solutions.” Rob’s career didn’t start out in wealth management. In fact, he ran a door-to-door business during the summer in college. “Many of the families we catered to at that time had no financial plan, but wanted a better future for their children. That’s when I thought about wealth management as a potential career.” He joked, “I also thought it would be fun to be in the NBA, but I was too short and couldn’t jump!” Because he loves working with people, Rob has come to understand just how important his business’s personal contact is to the people they serve. “We stay in close touch with our clients and keep them informed,” he explained. “We pride ourselves on great service and customer attention. In order to ensure the level of service that our existing client base has grown accustomed to, we do have new account minimums.” “This is my 27th year in the business, and in some cases, we are working with the third generation of the same family,” Rob said. “It is satisfying to watch your clients grow, help them get their kids through college, retire comfortably and see their wishes carried out at their passing.” Rob’s Tip: “Have a plan! Everyone should have a game plan for where they place their assets.” Raymond James does not provide tax or legal services. Please discuss these issues with the appropriate professional. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC

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Matthew White Lexington Market President

PEOPLES EXCHANGE BANK 859.230.3444 | 901 Richmond Rd. Lexington | PEBank.com When asked if growing up he always wanted to be in finance, Matthew said he had more adventurous plans and had aspired to be like Indiana Jones. As he matured and realized that wasn’t a possible career choice, he decided to go another route. During school he became interested in finance and working with customers. Instead of running from boulders, he gets his thrills from putting together a deal that’s a win/win for both the customer and the bank. Matthew works with many real estate investors. With 25 years of experience as a real estate investor himself, Matthew understands the challenges and struggles of that industry. “It gives me a very personal perspective on my customers’ needs and how they want to be treated,” he explained. “The most rewarding part of my job is when businesses come back years later and tell me that Peoples Exchange Bank and I were a crucial part of their success,” Matthew said. NMLS# 580177 Matthew’s Tip: “Surround yourself with people you trust and ask those folks a lot of questions.”

Coby Adkins City Executive

SOUTH CENTRAL BANK 859.223.0170 | 386 Waller Ave. Lexington | SouthCentralBank.com When Coby was a child, he didn’t want to be in finance. He said, “My father was a Marine and I wanted to follow in his footsteps– and I did!” After serving the United States Marine Corps for six years, he chose to pursue a career in finance, gaining experience in various leadership roles. His current role involves a wide array of lending services, including commercial and residential needs, including business acquisition lending, development lending, operating lines of credit, construction lending and financing of commercial and residential investment properties. “I find that helping customers meet the goals for their business is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” he explained. Coby always makes business personal. “My clients and I usually end up being friends, so it makes the business relationship easy,” he said. NMLS# 1826111 Coby’s Tip: “Always get advice from more than one person!”

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David E. Smyth Senior Partner

FAMILY FINANCIAL PARTNERS 859.219.1006 | 1792 Alysheba Way Ste. #201 Lexington | FamilyFinancialPartners.com Family Financial Partners is a full-service, comprehensive financial planning firm. “We go beyond traditional stocks and bonds and retirement planning,” David explained. Over the last few years, they’ve launched FeeForPlan.com, a fee-based planning service. “It allows our team to now work with new clients at all stages of life. Our clients love it, as we now can work with the whole family regardless of whether they have any investment assets.” They also take their commitment beyond the walls of their office. “We don’t just stop at organizing: we educate through weekly emails we write,” David said. “We also socialize with our clients quite frequently. I like to think of us as the most social financial planning team in Lexington!” David’s Tip: “Money only has one purpose: to eventually be spent by someone. Make sure to take care of your physical body and mind!”

Alexander M. Roig Senior Partner

FAMILY FINANCIAL PARTNERS 859.219.1006 | 1792 Alysheba Way Ste. #201 Lexington | FamilyFinancialPartners.com Alex says one of the biggest challenges in his work is the first step with clients. “This tends to be the hardest part of the financial planning conversation as often it’s tough for new clients to admit they aren’t actively working towards their goals,” he said. “ Once this step is complete, the actual solutions become readily apparent and we can generate a plan that takes the guess work out of this process. The most rewarding part is seeing that moment of understanding in client families as they realize that there really is a path they can follow to achieve their version of success!” Alex is a natural problem-solver. “Think of us as financial therapists; what we do consists of reflecting upon the past and working towards the future.” Alex’s Tip: “It’s never too early to put a financial plan in place. Things in your life will change and will require the plan to be adjusted, but it does give you a picture of where you are and where you need to go.” 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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Mark Yates

Lexington Market President

CITIZENS COMMERCE BANK 859.721.0100 4097 Nichols Park | Lexington Citizens Commerce Bank is a local community bank serving Lexington, Nicholasville, Frankfort and Jessamine counties. Citizens Commerce offers many solutions to fit the unique needs of their customers. “Our commercial accounts are structured with the customer in mind. Convenience is important to everyone, and we offer commercial cash management solutions, remote deposit capture, courier service and all the electronic banking services that make life easier,” Mark explained. “Our money market, CD and IRA accounts pay some of the highest interest rates you will find in the local market.” Mark believes Citizens Commerce Bank’s greatest strength lies in their relationships with both their customers and community. They work with entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses as well as families looking to purchase their first homes. As a community bank, they know the central Kentucky market and are able to make decisions locally. “We believe in doing our part to make our community a better place,” Mark said. “As the Lexington Market President, my mission is to exceed the expectations of my customers. I take great pride in getting to know my customers personally and helping them achieve their personal and business objectives by providing financial solutions to fit their needs,” Mark said. “If you are unsatisfied with your current bank, or if you’d like to switch to a community bank, we hope you will give us the opportunity to earn your business.” NMLS #755016 Mark’s Tip: “Choose a finance institution that can make decisions locally. They will be more adaptive to your needs.”

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Larry Forester Market President, Senior Vice President

CUMBERLAND VALLEY NATIONAL BANK 859.269.0271 | CVNB.com A banking career wasn’t always the plan for Larry Forester of Cumberland Valley National Bank (CVNB). In fact, he intended to become an electrician and own his own company. But banking sparked Larry’s interest while attending Pikeville College, where he graduated with a Business Management degree in 2005. After 10 years as Loan Officer and Vice President of Commercial Lending with another bank, Larry moved to CVNB in 2015 as Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending in the Fayette County market. He quickly gained respect for his focus and passion for helping clients reach their dreams. Last June, Larry was named CVNB’s Fayette County Market President. “I’m honored by the opportunity to lead continued success for CVNB in the Lexington region,” he said. Larry’s Tip: “Save, Save, Save: Cash is King!”

Whitney Greer Executive Vice President

CUMBERLAND VALLEY NATIONAL BANK 859.269.0271 | CVNB.com Whitney takes great pride in helping her clients set and reach their financial goals. She credits her father and grandfather as inspiration to become a leader in the business world. “I watched them work hard at CVNB to help others my entire life,” she says. “It’s gratifying to continue our family’s commitment to ensuring banking is accessible and easy for our clients.” After graduating from Centre College in 1992, Whitney worked with the bank before earning her JD from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1997. In addition to her core responsibilities with the bank, Whitney also oversees marketing activities for CVNB’s 14 branch locations in seven central Kentucky communities. And she’s also very involved in preparations for CVNB’s second Lexington branch opening later this spring. Whitney’s Tip: “Start saving NOW. It’s never too late to start saving!”

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David Snyder Loan Officer

CUMBERLAND VALLEY NATIONAL BANK 859.269.0271 | CVNB.com As a member of the University of Kentucky Golf Team from 2011 – 2016, David Snyder perfected his abilities to play the long game off the tee as well as make the crucial putts. Perhaps those skills are among the reasons he’s experiencing success today at CVNB. David recognizes that each client he helps secure a commercial or small business loan is better positioned to build the local economy. He finds it exciting to be actively engaged in keeping the economic wheels turning in communities across the CVNB service area. There aren’t too many Loan Officers David’s age (he was born in 1992), which gives him a distinct advantage and perspective, especially in relating to Millennials. “Being adaptive and approachable to everyone who walks through the door is par for the course at CVNB,” he said. NMLS# 1655203 David’s Tip: “I’m a firm believer in keeping big picture goals and long-term strategies in mind when making financial decisions today. Educating yourself and seeking guidance from professionals is the best way to leverage your wealth.”

Mike Schornick City President & Sr. Commercial Banker

WESBANCO 502.867.4121 | mike.schornick@wesbanco.com Mike realized early that banking was the place where he could put his talents to use and make a difference. “I knew in high school, given the many influences around me, that banking was a profession I wanted to pursue,” he explained. One thing that sets Mike apart is that he believes in putting the client first. “Customers should not have to wait on their bankers if at all possible,” Mike said. His passion for people drives him to establish relationships with his customers, partnering with each client to achieve their goals. His role at WesBanco allows him to do just that. He said, “This organization’s keen commitment to service is important to me. It’s a community bank with a full array of banking services and products.” NMLS# 541819 Mike’s Tip: “Understand the risk and the consequences that go with risk: keep it simple and price your return accordingly.”

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Erin Soard Commercial Loan Officer

TRADITIONAL BANK 800.498.0414 2801 Palumbo Dr. | Lexington TraditionalBank.com Erin spent more than a decade working in commercial underwriting for locally owned banks prior to growing into the role of commercial loan officer at Traditional Bank. “Not only did those years provide an indepth understanding of the financial analysis behind the loan, it heightened my ability to craft custom solutions for different types of businesses,” Erin explained. In Erin’s mind, efficiency and convenience go a long way in establishing a personal connection for customers. “What I find most rewarding is being a partner with my clients,” Erin said. “At Traditional Bank, we have the ability to provide inventive lending solutions to best accommodate our customers. Our focus is developing relationships rather than transactions. With local decision making, we provide prompt answers to our clients’ requests.” Traditional Bank offers an array of services, from traditional banking solutions to loan products. “As a commercial loan officer, I provide finance solutions for a variety of business lending needs including real estate purchases and expansion opportunities,” she explained. She also works closely with their cash management team, which she considers to be best in its class. “Our concierge services help clients maximize cash flow, increase efficiency and reduce risk for financial fraud. Working as a team, we create immense value for our clients!” Erin’s Tip: “Surround yourself with a valuable network of peers and mentors. Also, it’s important to enlist the support of a professional network including your CPA, attorney and lending partner.”

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Quin Broadbent Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager / Wealth Advisor

KENTUCKY BANK 859.435.5774 | Quin.Broadbent@kybank.com Quin Broadbent, CFP® always knew that he wanted to be in finance. “This is what I am good at, and what I enjoy waking up and doing,” he said. “Clients are trusting me with their investments, and I will work hard to make sure that I deliver on that trust.” Caring for others is an important value that Quin holds dear, and he has made that a part of his comprehensive wealth planning service. He said, “We create mutually beneficial relationships where our clients know that we always have their best interests in mind. We want nothing more than to help our clients meet their goals.” Quin currently serves as the Board President of the Ronald McDonald House and enjoys helping children and families in need. He enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Mary and his two sons, George and Fox. Quin’s Tip: “Your top goals are different at different stages in your life. It’s important you have a clear understanding of where you stand with regards to retirement.”

Artie Ford Vice President, Market Manager Central Kentucky

REPUBLIC BANK 859.519.3340 | 2401 Harrodsburg Rd. | Lexington RepublicBank.com Republic Bank is a full-service bank, and Artie focuses on commercial and consumer relationships. “The most rewarding part of my job is when our clients let us know that they had a high quality experience with Republic Bank,” he said. He loves working at a place that not only provides great services t0 fit the lives and businesses of those they serve, but also that values each and every customer. Artie believes that putting the customer first is always the right choice, and that his success is a direct reflection of his work ethic. “One habit that I have always followed is being responsive to each client’s needs, quickly and honestly,” he explained. “This is one way I have earned the trust of our clients.” NMLS# 478798 Artie’s Tip: “Work with someone who is invested in you.”

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Amy Len Dailey Vice President

COMMUNITY TRUST BANK 859.269.0164 | 3090 Richmond Rd. Lexington | CTBI.com When she was younger, Amy had no clue that she’d end up in banking–she jokes that she wanted to be the next Cher! But her skills and passion for people led her to finance. “I love building relationships and getting to know my customers personally,” she explained. “I am blessed that I can call many of these folks my friends.” For Amy, following that passion means making sure her customers get the right services to suit their unique needs, whether for commercial, consumer or mortgage lending or tailored banking. “I find it deeply rewarding to help people make financial decisions that they feel good about,” she said. “We are a community bank making decisions right here in Lexington.” NMLS #575988 Amy’s Tip: “Seek advice, ask questions and most importantly: get to know your banker!”

Trina Yack Vice President

COMMUNITY TRUST BANK 859.264.1938 | 2417 Sir Barton Way | Lexington CTBI.com Trina started in banking at 18, working as a part-time teller. She knew she’d found where she was meant to be, and worked hard to learn as much as possible. She is now the Branch Manager of the Hamburg location and handles mortgage lending, residential construction loans and home equity loans. “I work hard to help all of my customers. I want to make sure they get to the closing table. I don’t give up no matter what challenges we have along the way,” Trina explained. “The most rewarding part has always been making dreams come true,” she said. “Whether they are buying or building their first home or even their second, third or fourth home, you know that is a dream that they have and you want to help them achieve it.” NMLS# 561222 Trina’s Tip: “Always take care of your credit. Don’t get in over your head, keep payments affordable and pay on time.”

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Jeffrey S. Thomison

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Vice President, Senior Equity Manager & Strategist

COMMUNITY TRUST WEALTH & TRUST MANAGEMENT 859.389.5300 100 E. Vine St. Ste. 501 | Lexington CTBI.com/WTM Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management offers a host of wealth management services, all with the aim to protect, grow and secure people’s financial futures. “In my role, I strive to effectively navigate the investment process and make prudent buy/hold/sell decisions on stocks for our clients,” Jeff, a Chartered Financial Analyst, explained. “This is best done under a structure that focuses on key tenets of diligence, integrity, knowledge and patience.” He added, “What is most rewarding to me is knowing that I am providing a much-needed service in protecting and growing the net worth of clients and future generations so their lives can be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.” Early in high school, Jeff developed a passion for the stock market. He began reading financial magazines, learning about public companies and creating hypothetical stock portfolios. He wanted to build his career with as much knowledge as possible. “During my career as an equity analyst, I have been fortunate to learn from many great investment minds and interact with some of the sharpest leaders in the business world,” Jeff explained. “I consider it a privilege to have begun a new career at such a well-regarded company with a wonderful, caring culture. I could tell it was a special place from the outset,” he said. The team at Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management is large enough to take care of their clients’ financial needs, but small enough to develop a personal relationship that makes customers feel valued and understood. He added, “We pride ourselves on the way we treat our clients – like we would with our own family.” Jeff’s Tip: “Invest early. It’s simple advice, but incredibly powerful. Long-term equity investing is one of the greatest propositions in the world.”

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Michael Adams, Jr. Commercial Banking Relationship Officer

FORCHT BANK 248.495.4130 | 3358 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington | miadams@forchtbank.com “I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t quite know what I wanted to do,” Michael said. “The idea of working with a variety of businesses and understanding how they operate intrigued me enough to begin my career as a business banker.” He likes working with Forcht Bank, which is headquartered in Lexington, because local decision making ability offers customers a faster, simpler and happier banking experience. Michael recommends commercial banking solutions to save every customer time and money. “I provide the same solutions whether a business is a start-up or in their mature operating cycle,” he explained. “I have the same cash flow conversation with clients and prospects regardless if they have $1 in the bank or $10 million.” Michael’s Tip: “Wealth seldom comes by chance. Have a short and long term strategy for your financial well-being and consult often with your financial advisor.”

Bradley E. King Vice President, Business Banking Sales Leader

PNC BANK 859.281.5248 | 301 E. Main St. Ste. 300 Lexington | bradley.king@pnc.com Bradley specializes in offering solutions to access cash, commercial real estate and commercial lending. “I’m a seasoned banker that works with businesses of all sizes and life cycles,” he said. “I enjoy helping our customers achieve and maintain their financial wellbeing. The joy of watching people grow in their personal and professional life is important for success at PNC Bank.” Originally, Bradley wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement with the Kentucky State Police, even potentially the FBI. “I took a detour by accepting a position in financial services in the ‘90s.” He added, “The rest is history!” Bradley values integrity and he puts his clients’ needs first. “Being a trusted advisor is the ultimate goal,” he explained. Bradley’s Tip: “Save early, and often!”

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Casey Bright Financial Advisor

EDWARD JONES 859.296.0968 3061 Fieldstone Way Ste. 1100 Lexington casey.bright@edwardjones.com Casey Bright, AAMS believes that his relationships with his clients goes beyond basic service. “The goal is to partner together for life so we can help them stay on track, but I can’t do any of this without first understanding what’s important to them. I want to start there,” he explained. For him, a big part of that is getting to know clients on a personal level. “I don’t just have clients. I have an extended family, and I sincerely mean that. It’s about the weddings, the college graduations, celebration of life and milestones. I get to watch it all happen and I’m very blessed to be included in such important areas of people’s life. Casey is proud to be part of an industry that focuses on helping people grow. He believes that part of what makes him effective in his role is a genuine desire to see each and every client succeed. By customizing every facet of his service for each individual, he’s able to make what he does work for a variety of people with their unique needs. “A lot of people think what I do is place trades and watch stock tickers all day. What I actually do is help people preparing for or already living in retirement by talking about the unexpected, paying for education, leaving a legacy to their kids and coming up with a strategy,” Casey explained. “My office is always open. Reviewing your situation and goals is always complimentary. I can’t think of a single reason to not take advantage of that!” Casey’s Tip: “There is no one approach that’s right for everyone. Make sure whoever you work with, that they understand you and what your dreams are. Make yourself a priority and make sure they do too.”

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Kimberly M. Durrum

Vice President, Operations

COMMONWEALTH CREDIT UNION 502.564.4775 | 280 Meijer Way Lexington | CCUKY.com “Helping people realize their financial dreams is undeniably the most rewarding part of working in finance. People come to us with a glimpse of what they want or need, and they usually have an idea of what they think they need.” Kim explained, “What we get to do is ask the right questions. You can learn so much when you ask the right questions. It allows us to get to know our members, their needs, and provide them with an extraordinary experience. Whether you are just starting out or dream of venturing out, we have an option to help you get there!” To achieve those goals, Commonwealth Credit Union provides products and services for both personal and business needs. They now offer business accounts and commercial lending. “These services, like our personal banking services, are all provided with the common purpose of bettering lives through our passion to serve,” Kim said. “We’re here to help our member/owners and small businesses succeed, grow and thrive in the communities we share.” An important part of Commonwealth Credit Union’s mission is being involved. “I’m a believer that when you’re able to have your values align both personally and professionally, that’s when you know you’re in the right place,” Kim said. “I love volunteering, whether it’s through the chambers we’re involved with, community events or the Ski Patrol. Being able to give back to the community is important to build relationships, and I love the opportunity to collaborate.” Kim’s Tip: “The ‘saving muscle’ takes a long time to develop. The earlier you begin, the more strength you’ll have to achieve your goals.”

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KERRINGTON’S HEART Congenital Heart Defects (or CHDs) are the most common birth defect in America. Affecting nearly one in one hundred newborns each year, CHDs range in type and severity from those that pose a relatively small threat to a child’s health to those that require immediate surgery. More than fifty percent of children will need at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime. Out of these approximate 40,000 babies born with congenital heart disease annually, twenty-five percent will have a critical condition needing surgery or other procedures during their precious first year of life. Kerrington Johnson was one of these babies. story by Lauren Henry Rogers

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its’ foundation, Kerrington’s Heart has inspired hope and brightened the lives of thousands facing this difficult and sometimes isolating journey in a multitude of ways. Rachel Brashear, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for KCH Congenital Heart Clinic and the Joint Pediatric Heart Care Program and liaison between Kerrington’s Heart and the heart program shares, “Kerrington’s Heart is such a valuable organization that holds a special place in my heart. It’s extremely helpful to be able to let families whose children are diagnosed with and are receiving care for congenital heart defects know they are not alone.” No one can better attest to the power and grace of this organization than recipient turned board member, Maggie Chism. Maggie explains, “This organization means a great deal to me. My daughter, Evelyn, has a CHD so I started out as a recipient of the amazing work and generosity of Kerrington’s Heart.” She continues, “From when we received Evelyn’s diagnose prenatally to now, Kerrington’s Heart has been by my family’s side every step of the way. The people who comprise our organization, be they recipients or volunteers, have become like family.” Maggie adds, “For someone like me to be offered a position on the board speaks so much to the fact that this organization consists of individuals who have a personal investment in our mission.” Additionally, Kerrington’s Heart sponsors a program called Beads of Courage for patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Congenital Heart Clinic where children can earn different beads for every milestone in their heart care kerrington in 2012 journey. Rachel says, “I can’t describe what it’s like when a child first receives his or her beads of courage and begin to see how much they’ve overcome—it’s a very tangible way to put On January 20th of 2009, a beautiful baby girl was born to Sam the pieces of their journey together in an artful keepsake that is and Christy Johnson. Moments after birth, Kerrington was ditreasured by children and families for years to come.” agnosed with having Tetralogy of Fallot, a series of congenital heart defects and Absent Pulmonary Valve Syndrome, a rare heart defect. While the prognosis and cause for Kerrington’s disease were unknown, it was clear that her future would hold numerous heart surgeries which her survival depended on. Several months later, Kerrington had her first major open heart surgery on October 14th. The surgery lasted five long hours and resulted in a seven-day stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Kerrington has had two additional pulmonary valve replacements since. With every obstacle she has faced, she has overcome each triumphantly. Today, Kerrington is a spunky nine-year-old who, as her parents say, “loves her collection of Littlest Pet Shop, making YouTube videos, and playing Roblox!” Thus, when Kerrington Johnson was born, so was Kerrington’s Heart, Inc.

In 2018, Christy shares with gratitude that “it was another incredible year for our organization.” Apart from becoming a board member, the Wild Heart’s Fun Run was a highlight of 2018 for Maggie. She says, “the CHD Warrior Run at our race was inspirational to witness. To see the joy and pride on the children’s faces as they crossed the finish line, whether assisted or on their own, was beautiful!” At the time of the race, Maggie’s own daughter was not walking so she could not participate but Maggie conveyed the hope that the race instilled in her and her daughter both for what is to come in the years ahead. Maggie sums it up beautifully, “In truth, that’s what our organization really boils down to hope and support. Hope for the future and the knowledge that we are not alone.”

Christy Johnson, Executive Director of Kerrington’s Heart and mama of Kerrington, states that the non-profit’s major goal is to, “raise awareness in the community that Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect while also supporting the families that are going through this difficult time in their lives.” Since

Looking forward to 2019, the organization will launch Kerrington’s Kloset, a magical toy Kloset, located in the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic. “One of the many things I love about Kerrington’s Heart is the focus placed on celebrating the important milestones in a child’s heart care journey,” adds Rachel.

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This Kloset will help put a smile on the faces of children that experience a long hard pre-op day as well as difficult testing at their Cardiology appointments. Another goal is to strengthen the support to families that have lost a child to CHD by expanding the Kerrington’s Heart & Halos to include a bereavement support team with meetings and events. Maggie says, “We truly want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the CHD community! It is through your support that we will be able to make this possible.” On that end, Rachel remarks, “Each gesture, no matter how small it may seem, can make a big difference in someone’s time of need.” She adds, “That’s what is so special about Kerrington’s Heart; there is much time, love, and thoughtfulness placed into every way the organization reaches out to and supports families.” To get involved with this inspirational non-profit and help them meet their 2019 goals, please visit their Facebook Page or their website: kerringtonsheart.org• phot0s courtesy of Kerrington’s Heart

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child with hearing loss and other communication impairments. The LHSC was founded in 1960. A group of Lexington area parents approached Edie and Jimmy Frankel to ask for their assistance in establishing a program to teach speech skills to their children with hearing impairments. Mr. Frankel, an architect and engineer who had been deaf since birth, and Mrs. Frankel, who had a hearing loss, decidated their lives to active community participation for the hearing impaired. The Frankel Cocktails & Casino Night helps LHSC provide services to children and adults, from low income families, so that everyone has a sound beginning, no matter their ability to pay. Want to support the LHSC or learn more about their services? Tickets and information are available at lhscky.org. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event.

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Kiptoo Taurus sculpture dedicated at Ashland If you’ve driven past Ashland: The Henry Clay estate, you have have noticed a new sculpture at the corner of Sycamore and Richmond Road. The piece was created by local artist Kiptoo Taurus, who creates large-scale wooden sculptures. This work depicts a Thoroughbred’s head as it drinks water. The Kenyanborn artist titled the sculpture Meji Mazuri, which means “Good Water” in Swahili. Carved from a tree stump on the property, the piece reflects the history of Henry Clay’s involvement in America’s equine tradition. Clay was an early patron of horse racing. He bred horses and was a member of one of the first syndicates in the United States to purchase a Thoroughbred stallion for racing and stud services. The piece was funded by the LFUCG Corridors Commission and matching funds from the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation. Following months of work, Meji Mazuri was dedicated in January.

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Relix Bridal is now open Brides across the Bluegrass should discover Relix, a bridal gown boutique with over 100 styles from designers around the world. Open seven days a week at The Summit, it’s a convenient, fashion-forward choice for busy brides who are seeking the perfect wedding day look. Carrying brands like WTOO by Watters, Justin Alexander and Lotus Threads, their gowns have modern sensibility that fits with a wide range of wedding styles. They also carry accessories, bridesmaids dresses and more.

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Try something new at Pearl’s Located on North Limestone, Pearl’s features salads, small plates, shellfish and pizza with a chef-driven focus. Executive Chef Johnny Shipley from Country Club is in charge of the menu, which includes creative creative and fun options. Take, for instance, the Hellbabe pizza: tomato sauce, mozzarella, Marksbury Farm/Smoking Goose salami piccante, red onion, pepperoncini, parmesan and hot honey. You can also build your own with toppings like Calabrian chili sauce, fermented serranos, Taleggio and Country Club brisket.

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Spruce up your interiors with Dogwood Home Furnishings Dogwood Home Furnishings will be having their grand opening weekend starting Thursday, February 7th at their store on Winchester Road. They invite everyone to explore their collection of globally-inspired American made fine furniture. Find them on Facebook for the latest updates.

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Color Chaos comes to Lexington Ready for an experience unlike anything else in town? Get colorful on Ashland Avenue when Color Chaos opens this month. This fun attraction brings even more excitement to the Warehouse Block area! The concept is thrilling: groups participate in five colorful games, from trivia to avoiding lasers like a super spy. It all culminates in a paint blast that requires every participant to don a protective suit. All of these elements make Color Chaos an exciting hour-long experience. It’s perfect for corporate events, parties and friends who like puzzles and adventures. Located across the street from Breakout Games, the Color Chaos team is ready to make a whole lot more fun.

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KentuckyOne Health is now CHI Saint Joseph Health in Central and Eastern Kentucky The rich heritage of Lexington’s first hospital will be front and center for a newly rebranded health system. CHI Saint Joseph Health will replace the KentuckyOne Health name as part of a new vision and strategic plan to focus operations in central and eastern Kentucky. The new name also renews the health system’s commitment to the caring and innovative legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Facilities that make up CHI Saint Joseph Health include Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East, Continuing Care Hospital, as well as CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners Clinically Integrated Network and CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group provider practices in central and eastern Kentucky. While these facilities are part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, they will retain their individual names. “The Saint Joseph name is one of heritage and excellence,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO and market leader for CHI Saint Joseph Health; president, Saint Joseph Hospital. “Our facilities’ reputations are built on quality care for all patients and leading-edge technology, and we are excited to continue this legacy and look to the future under this new name.” “The future has never been brighter for our health care facilities as we move forward as a new brand, delivering the compassionate care that community members have come to expect,” said Eric Gilliam, president, Saint Joseph East. “This is a new era for our health care system. Our mission has always been to serve our patients and, today, we are reconnecting with this call to serve.”

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The new CHI Saint Joseph Health logo includes a star and cross created by the coming together of four distinct shapes, representing CHI Saint Joseph Health’s ministry and mission. The shapes’ colors represent trust, confidence, integrity and energy. The indispensable role each unique shape plays in forming the star and cross speak to the strength CHI Saint Joseph Health derives from its diversity, which also contributes to the vibrancy of the communities the health system serves. The formation of the star and cross by the shapes signifies the integration of CHI Saint Joseph Health into the Catholic Health Initiatives family, and the way one shape flows into the next evokes continuous transformation in pursuit of improving health. In 2017, KentuckyOne Health announced that it would transition ownership of its Louisville operations, to focus on operations in central and eastern Kentucky. In doing so, the organization will be better positioned to continue focusing on quality patient care, continue to invest in opportunities for growth and improve the overall health and wellness of individuals across Kentucky. KentuckyOne Health facilities in the Louisville region remain in negotiations for purchase, and at this time retain the KentuckyOne Health name. These facilities include Jewish Hospital, Frazier Rehab Institute, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Medical Center Jewish East, Medical Center Jewish South, Medical Center Jewish Southwest, Medical Center Jewish Northeast, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, and KentuckyOne Health Medical Group provider practices in Louisville.

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Lexington Diner has moved to Lane Allen Road! One of Lexington’s favorite eateries has moved across town. Lexington Diner now occupies the former Brasabana location on Lane Allen Road. The location provides ample parking and more space with comfortable seating. The move was announced last fall when Brasabana closed after four years. The Lexington Diner team is still offering the classics that made them a local must-visit spot, but they’re also now serving breakfast all day! Fans will be thrilled to know that the new location means Lexington Diner was able to secure a liquor license, adding alcohol to their menu.

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The transition from teenaged years to adulthood can by trying for anyone. For Katie Humphress, it nearly broke her. Insecurities, toxic relationships – was this what life felt like for everyone else? Creative and driven, maybe even more so than she realized, she decided to take control of her destiny and looked to God to help her find her way.

then with casual meet-ups among friends and new members of sorority houses on Rose Street and Rose Lane at the University of Kentucky. Dubbed Lane of Roses, it soon grew into a website, then a movement. It also led her to write a book, Fake IDs, based on the experiences of herself and others as they found their purpose.

“Those years between 18 and 23 were excruciating for me. I knew all too well what it’s like being the life of the party on the outside and so alone on the inside,” said Humphress. “I was lost, I was lonely, but I discovered that God made me for a purpose and a plan, and that plan – His plan – was good.”

“Our goal with Lane of Roses is to engage, empower and equip young women to love out their God-given purpose,” said Humphress. “Today we are so connected online, but not nearly as much as we used to be face-to-face, which can make you feel incredibly lonely. We like to say that we start online and end in a living room.”

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Photo by Grace Pumpelly Lane of Roses has expanded far past Lexington and become a national movement with ambassadors in 14 states throughout the US, engaging with more than 4 million young women through community events, sorority new member talks, their website and social media. Little did Humphress know that in working to help others find their calling, she would find her own as well. “It’s about bringing young women together to connect with one another and eventually discover who God created them to be,” said Humphress, who formalized Lane of Roses as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2015. “One of the ways we do that is through art, which ended up leading me to my calling as an artist.” In that first art class Humphress not only found her passion, but her God-given talent. Soon others saw it as well. As she honed her craft, she was soon approached by people asking for commissioned pieces, and soon her talent became a viable business. Her art ranges from oil paintings and charcoals to acrylics and mixed media. Often whimsical and colorful, her subjects range from portraits of humans to animals, landscapes and modern art. “I felt like God told me ‘you’re an artist – I made you to be an art-

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ist.’ I’ve connected with so many people that way, people I would never have connected with otherwise,” she said. Ten years after she began talking with new sorority members on Rose Lane, she brought on her first full time employee for Lane of Roses, Rebekah Perryman. A former college student that Humphress mentored through the organization, this year Perryman took over from Humphress as the Executive Director of the organization, with Humphress stepping into the role of board chair. “Lane of Roses has grown so much quicker than we ever expected it could or would,” said Humphress. “The plan had been for me to transition out of the executive director role in 2020, but with how quickly Lane of Roses grew and how rapidly my painting career had grown, Rebekah and I decided the time was right. She is administratively gifted and, while we share a common vision for Lane of Roses, our strengths are very different. She is the perfect person to carry our mission forward and I could not be prouder of her.” To learn more about Lane of Roses and Humphress’s book, Fake IDs, go to laneofroses.com. To learn more about Humphress’s arwork or to request information about a commissioned piece, visit katiehumphress.com. •

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NEW YEAR’S EVE DIDN’T DISAPPOINT! The TOParrazi were out and about capturing the most stylish looks as we ring in the new year! It might be snowy and chilly outside, but that doesn’t mean the fashion stops! Here are our TOP Dressed for this month!

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With the Oscars airing at the end of this month, it’s that glorious time of year where we pay tribute to The Academy. The celeb studded awards show is the world series of fashion and an event we patiently await all year long. Since the evening is filled with stars, we figured our look might as well be too.

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Starting things off with the dreamiest of gowns - Monique Lhuillier’s V-neck confection is designed with a sleeveless bodice, an A-line silhouette and a pleated skirt with twinkling star embellishments throughout. Lhuillier is very well-known for creating pieces that stand out in a crowd, and this beauty is certainly no exception. Keeping the red carpet glamour rolling, we added shoes that deserve their very own award. Tabitha Simmons’ ‘Iceley’ rhinestone bow sandals may be partially hidden due to our voluminous gown, but once onlookers get a peek, they will be gasping all over again. The stunning pair features a strass chain and Swarovski crystal embellishments on a 100mm heel. Next up is a little arm candy. This Marzook ombré crystal orb minaudiere clutch bag is sculpted in Italy from 100% leather in a three-dimensional sphere design. It features an over-sized pearl kiss lock closure, optional chain shoulder strap and soft leather lining. Seeing as how we already have lots of embellishment in our look, we skipped on your average jewelry and went for some unexpected hair sparkle. Creating a consultation in a beautiful updo adds an extra dimension, as well as a nice view from the back. Jennifer Behr is a favorite on the red carpet, and these star-shaped bobby pins adorned with Swarovski crystals add an instant opulence and glamour to any ensemble. Polishing off the look is a mascara we can’t get enough of. Chantecaille Faux Cils formula contains powerful lash peptide, which helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, fullness and thickness.

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Lupita Nyongo’s AZURE EYES AT THE 76TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES by jesse brooks

When it comes to red carpet makeup, few consistently stand out out like “Black Panther” star Lupita Nyong’o. Half of that is due to her naturally stunning beauty, the rest is owed to her insanely talented makeup artist Nick Barose. One of the many things we love when the two work together is their embracement of color. With Lupita’s gorgeous dark hued skin, vibrant accents powerfully ‘pop’ against her rich tones. For the 2019 Golden Globes, Nick took inspiration from Lupita’s custom-made Calvin Klein By Appointment gown. The twinkling azure design was all about making a statement, so naturally she needed makeup that would equally stand out. Not only did Lupita’s eyes get lined with a bold blue liner, Barose took things to the next level by applying an intense pair of royal blue false lashes. Her skin was kept fresh and radiant, while her lips were an opulent shade of Crimson. To help recreate this movie star moment at home you can check out all of the key products Nick used on the Oscar winning Lancôme ambassador below.

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Shakespeare famously wrote that “Journeys end in lovers meeting,” and for Haley and Matt Norris, no words could have proved truer.

The couple met through mutual fraternity and sorority friends in college and although their story may not follow the traditional dating curriculum, the chemistry between the pair was undeniable. Haley explains, “We’ve always said that our relationship just happened. We didn’t have your typical ‘first date’ or the formal ‘meeting of the parents’. We just knew we liked each other enough that we didn’t want to stop seeing each other!” Needless to say, a one-and-ahalf-year college relationship turned two-year long-distance romance blossomed into much more when Matt, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, moved back to Lexington to be with Haley. “It took a lot of convincing to get a strong Volunteers fan to settle down in Kentucky,” laughs Haley, “but Kentucky has always felt like home for us since that’s where our journey began,” she says. When the time came to plan their wedding and source their perfect venue, The Barn at Cedar Grove was a natural fit. “After visiting the space, I immediately fell in love,” shares Haley. “Not only is it serene and beautiful, it has a lot of amenities and included benefits, one of our main reasons for booking,” she continues. Pulling from her own experience as a wedding planner through her co-owned business, Halo Weddings + Events, and her own wedding stationary business, Haley Michelle Designs, Haley’s attention to detail is heightened and allowed her to design the wedding of her dreams. Thus, Haley knew the checklist items she was looking for as she began her planning. “The other main reason I wanted to book this venue was the owner, Amy Mitchum. She was a godsend! She was so sweet and truly made us feel like family!” In addition to the décor provided by the venue, Haley incorporated beautiful elements throughout to carry out her modern garden vision. “One of my favorite pieces was the climbing vine on the barn entrance doors, created by Zachary Brady Designs, who was such a joy to work with! It was such a stunning statement piece that really wow’d all of our guests and truly transformed the venue space,” she exclaims. The main details throughout the space were all created personally by Haley, which made it all so much more special to see on the day of. She explains, “I knew I wanted to have brushed acrylic signs for all my signage to exude that modern, yet whimsical, feel!” Other handmade details included the mirror seating chart, which was a HUGE eye-catching detail that Haley claims her guests still talk about today, the calligraphy menus and marble tile place cards, and the greenery chandelier that hung above the sweetheart table. These personal touches not only made her wedding day even more special, but they gorgeously conveyed the “garden wedding” feel that Haley had envisioned.

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Apart from the stunning décor right out of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haley and Matt have unique memories from their wedding day on August 18 of 2018 that will stay in their hearts and minds forever. “My favorite moment (other than walking down the aisle to my husband, of course!) would be having my first look with my dad. It meant so much to me to have him be the first to see me in my dress before everything started. I’ve always been a daddy’s girl and seeing him so proud of me meant more than anything I could imagine. It was such a special moment for the both of us, especially me being his first little girl.” Matt’s favorite moment was seeing Haley in her stunning gown for the first time as she walked down the aisle to become his wife. “Choosing to not do a first look allowed us to experience such true emotion and create a moment we’ll both never forget,” Haley says. The couple also shares their appreciation for all of their friends, family members, and wedding party who joined them in celebrating, and for all of those unable to attend, the bride added a touching tribute by creating a handmade “In Loving Memory” sign.

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Looking back, the happy couple would not change a thing about their special day! The memories they created with all of their loved ones is something they could never replace. One piece of advice from Haley is encouraging all brides to invest in a wedding planner and/or coordinator. She advises, “When it comes to your wedding day, you want to be able to relax, celebrate and enjoy every second! No bride wants to stress about timeline and all the little details. Having someone there who is in charge of just that will take a huge weight off your shoulders that you won’t regret!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER | Amy Wallen Photography PLANNER | Halo Weddings + Events

VENUE | The Barn at Cedar Grove

COORDINATOR | White Cat Weddings

RENTALS/DECOR | The Barn at Cedar Grove, Bryants Rent All, M&H Rentals BRIDAL PARTY | Lulus.com

GROOM/GROOMSMEN | The Black Tux

CATERING | Ruckel’s Restaurant FLORALS | Zachary Brady Designs

GOWN | Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique

HAIR/MAKEUP | Luxe Salon & Spa, Lebanon, KY

STATIONERY/CALLIGRAPHY/SIGNAGE | Haley Michelle Designs

DJ | Complete Weddings & Events

ACCOMMODATIONS | Garrison Farmstead

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What’s whimsical and playful, but also a little romantic? Balloons! With all the spetacles aside, weddings are nothing more than a celebration of love. What’s more representative of a celebration than a bundle of balloons? This wedding trend is taking an old-fashioned party decoration and elevating it with a modern twist! Balloons are being used as reception decor, aisle runners, table centerpieces and markers and even in photos for a fun prop! You can use them as a way to add pops of color to your space, or go the all white route to add a bit of classic romance. The possibilites are endless. 3 2 1 5

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With influences from around the world, this home finds the perfect balance of contemporary and rustic. story by donna ison

Tina and Jerry Mayes’ home feels more curated than designed, with each extraordinary element having been carefully selected by them. The owners, both doctors of dentistry, brought influences from their travels throughout the United States and abroad to the project. The Tatton Park home was co-constructed with Jimmy Nash, who has built several other homes in the neighborhood. But, with over 30 years of both commercial and residential building experience under his belt, Jerry used his own design and utilized alternative sources for materials, furnishings and craftsmen. Going in, he had a strong vision for the aesthetic and feel they wanted. He states, “We really wanted this house to be both contemporary and rustic.” Tina adds, “Usually, in the past, we’ve been more traditional, but we really wanted to take a different direction.” The result is a house that manages to blend a multitude of elements into a unified design statement. The exterior, with its combination of stone and shake, ornate metal gates, and portico brings to mind the villas of the Tuscan countryside, one of the Mayes’ favorite places to visit. Flickering copper Bevolo gas lanterns, identical to those that have been lighting the French Quarter since 1945, illuminate the way to the front entrance. The two discovered the Bevolo company while on a trip to New Orleans to visit their daughter, who was attending Tulane, and knew they wanted to incorporate the lanterns into their outdoor design. A set of steel doors with filigreed windows, that open to allow fresh air, sets the tone for the eclectic interior. “We even mixed some gothic in with the light fixtures,” Jerry points out. The iron, three-pronged sconces, to which he is referring, evoke the feel of the German castles they’ve toured and are one of Tina’s favorite features.

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The great room exemplifies modern and rugged working in harmony. Standout architectural features are the Southwest-style bullnose arches, sturdy decorative beams, and engineered wood flooring. The room is anchored with a stone, gas-log fireplace from Barnhill Chimney Company with a live-edge, cedar mantel from renowned wood sculptor, “Captain Dave” Lavoie of Little River Artistry in Townsend, Tennessee. Lavoie designed three other mantles for the home, as well as the unique sink base for the main floor powder room.

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The majority of the home’s furnishings, lighting fixtures, and window treatments were procured from Ryser’s Furniture, near London, Kentucky. Prior to moving to Lexington two years ago, the duo also resided in London and still both manage and see patients at the London Dental Center of Excellence. Kim Ryser-House, longtime friend and the store’s owner, provided a variety of options from the showroom’s vast array of unique products, and then Tina and Jerry honed them down to meet their tastes and needs. They chose a mix of materials and fabrics, including metal, leather, cowhide, glass and wood. However, to create an easy flow from one area into the next, they stuck with a neutral palette of ecru, warm beiges, and cool greys. This extends to the walls and window treatments, as well.

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In the open kitchen, the couple wanted to capture the sleek, streamlined feel of Miami Beach. To accomplish this, they installed stainless steel appliances and glossy custom cabinetry. Jerry, along with Ronald Butler from Boone Forest Products, designed and installed the European-style cabinets, which reach from oor to ceiling to maximize storage. Chrome and glass display cabinets add opulence, while Miele appliances add the latest in cooking technology.

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It was on a visit to Atlanta that the Mayes’ discovered the Miele brand at the retail destination, PIRCH, and were immediately sold on the revolutionary line. Their kitchen contains Miele’s hightech coffee station, induction range, microwave/fast oven, and both a large and small combi-steam oven. The central kitchen island is topped by marble, which was purchased as a single slab and then fabricated by Ronnie Elkins of Laurel River Stoneworks. An exquisite, modern high table by Mike Angel of Red Dog & Company of London provides in-kitchen dining. For additional dining space, the home also boasts an attached breakfast room and formal dining room. And, an off-kitchen butler’s pantry offers additional storage and prep space when entertaining.

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Adjacent to the great room is the family’s informal den, which was originally destined to be a wine cellar. An arched brick ceiling adds a Tuscan touch, while a wall of reclaimed farm fencing from Longwood Antique Woods gives a nod to the Bluegrass.

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Tina and Jerry’s favorite place to relax, the master suite with master bath, is positioned on the opposite end to afford privacy. The suite is large but cozy with an asymmetric fireplace/ entertainment unit and expansive windows with simple treatments to maximize the view of the wooded acreage behind the property. The master bath renders every luxury with a heated marble floor; inset fireplace and television; Kohler freestanding tub and state-of-the-art shower from Plumbers Supply; his and hers piano-black, floating vanities; and a wet/dry sauna inspired by their travels to the Baltics. “I think there are two saunas for every person there,” Jerry says, with a laugh. Throughout the suite, doors are adorned with crystal knobs from Willis Klein Showrooms.

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A spiral staircase, crafted by Jeff Williams of Williams Ornamental Work, leads down to a second closet which supplies seasonal storage and a home gym. In addition, the walkout basement includes a billiard room, guest bedroom, full bath, and second great room with plenty of seating for both socializing and dining, a kitchen, and a raised stage equipped with multiple musical instruments so the grandchildren can perform impromptu concerts. This room celebrates the pair’s love of the Sedona-Phoenix area. The Southwest influence is evident in dark leather furnishings, Native American art, and rugs and woven accessories in desert shades with traditional patterns. The unique fireplace surround, also by Williams, was created from a piece of salvaged sheet metal. Some of the room’s most interesting objects include a glass top table with a reclaimed root base from Little River Artistry; hand-carved masks from one of their excursions to Alaska; and a pair wool blankets from the Gold Rush era with stripes declaring the number of beaver pelts each required for purchase.

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Though they each made concessions during the building process, Tina’s closet was nonnegotiable. She states, “There was some compromise. But, the one thing I got was my closet.” Tina goes on to say, “We’ve been married almost nineteen years and we’ve always shared a closet. I just kept pushing and pushing his clothes further back. Now, we don’t have to share space.” Each has their own fully customized walk-in closet. In Tina’s, she can fully indulge her love of organization. Wall-to-wall cabinets encase multiple wardrobes; rods and clear drawers for accessories; and pull-out shoe shelves, while leaving ample space on top for her to keep her collection of handbags within easy view. Just off the closet is the couple’s laundry room.

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Undoubtedly, future finds from their travels, along with items to entertain their grandchildren, will find there way into the Mayes’ home. And, each will be incorporated seamlessly to further enhance the already distinctive design.

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Color Catalog

Dell Sideboard MY FAVORITE THINGS

Rustic Vase STONE & BEAM

Garden Study Number Three MARKET ON NATIONAL

Phoenix Coffee Table BAXTER

Color Catalog

Cavern Clay

Sherwin Williams named Cavern Clay (SW 7701) their 2019 Color of the Year. It’s an earthy hue, but not at all dull: it is as much a part of a Southwestern palette as a midcentury modern color scheme. Depending on its use, it can be playful or rustic, but it’s always casual and energetic. Color theorists believe that orange is an invigorating, uplifting color that stimulates the appetite. That makes it a clever choice for a kitchen accent color. Used here on a kitchen island, Cavern Clay encourages guests to nibble appetizers over lively conversation. Cavern Clay brings the warmth of the outdoors in. This color looks great alongside natural, raw materials. Pair it with light tiles, warm stone, sculptural greenery, leather, woodgrains and desert plants, like succulents and cacti.

Naria Hand-Knotted Rug

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Where else is Cavern Clay at home? Try it as a focal point, like a mantel or entryway feature wall. As a welcoming, natural color, it would be perfect for accents on a home’s exterior, such as the shutters and front door. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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Pets

written by: britteny m. hill, ms, lvt, alexis patinos and samantha icenogle

Over 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when the gingiva, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone around teeth become inflamed; losing the ability to secure and protect the teeth they hold. Gingivitis, gum recession and exfoliation of the teeth can also occur. In severe cases, the infection can enter through the bloodstream and spread to vital organs, causing systemic infection and premature death. By the time dogs and cats reach the age of one, they will already have a grade of periodontal disease because of how quickly plaque and calculus forms. Plaque is the soft substance that sticks to the enamel in a matter of 20 mins after feeding time. As bacteria in the plaque dies, it absorbs calcium through the enamel and hardens onto the enamel surface. This hardened substance is now called calculus, which can form in a short 3-5 days time. Even a toothbrush cannot remove calculus once formed. The untreated calculus will continue to accumulate above and below the gums, leading to the damage of the supporting structures around a tooth. Factors that determine why your pet may develop periodontal disease at a faster rate may include their age, species, breed, genetics, chewing behavior, diet and home care. Other factors can include your pet’s grooming habits, congenital disorders, and how their mouth is shaped (orthodontic occlusions). To be able to recognize periodontal disease, pet owners should know the signs associated with abnormal oral health. This includes halitosis (bad breath), difficulty in eating, pawing at the mouth, hypersalivation or swelling under the eyes that could indicate a tooth abscess. Other signs include gingival bleeding while eating, or an animal that is sensitive to its mouth being touched. Although the damages of periodontal disease are irreversible, the disease can be controlled with the help of a dental prophylaxis, or dental cleaning. A dental prophylaxis is a multi-step cleaning procedure designed to slow or prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Under anesthesia and a doctor’s eye, hand and power instruments are used to remove calculus around the gumline that toothbrushes cannot remove. A complete dental exam is performed to record loose teeth, enamel fractures, cavities, gum recession and other abnormalities. Dental radiographs may also be performed for further diagnostic purposes.

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Here are some at-home tips to improve your pet’s oral health and slow the progression of periodontal disease:

ONE | Have your pet’s teeth cleaned annually by your veterinarian. TWO | Daily brushing is the most effective home care and is often considered to be the GOLD STANDARD. Tooth brushing should not be done with human toothpaste as it contains chemicals toxic to animals. Be sure to use toothpaste made specifically for your pet.

THREE | Dental gel, sprays, and oral powders can be added to your pet’s water and food to prevent plaque from sticking to enamel during mealtime.

FOUR | Dental diets have specially designed kibbles made to produce a soft abrasive effect on the enamel surfaces. Talk to your RDVM to learn more about these specially formulated diets. FIVE | Oral exercise toys can be used to help strengthen the gums. The gums are the first line of defense in periodontal disease! SIX | Oral chews, tartar sticks, and dental treats can also be used to slow the accumulation of plaque and calculus. Ultimately, it is the pet owner’s responsibility to provide their pet with quality oral health care to help prolong their survival and longevity. Remember, the oral cavity is a window for all internal infections. It is important to have your pet’s mouth examined and cleaned in the same manner as you would your own. Patience, compliance, and commitment will greatly raise the level of success of dental health in your pet. Schedule a dental exam with your veterinarian today to learn more about periodontal disease and what you can do to help control its progression.

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hen it comes to the farm-to-table movement and the emerging dining scene in Lexington, one name in particular stands out…Ouita Michel! Ms. Michel is one of the best advocates and celebrators of Kentucky’s southern cuisine and hospitality. Her charming restaurants and sparkling personality provide others a glimpse of what many of us already know – that Kentucky has some great restaurants and dining experiences to offer! After winning the prestigious National Debate Tournament in college, Ouita was on track to graduate and attend law school. But it was her exposure to a wide variety of cuisines around the country while on debate tour that resulted in Ouita finding her true passion. She changed courses from law school to culinary school. Lucky for us! From fine to casual dining, she has elevated the culinary scene in Kentucky with her unique southernexpressive restaurants. Her passion for using farmfresh ingredients, locally grown products and sustainable seafood is a great collaboration with Kentucky products and great food. Zim's Cafe is her latest restaurant venture. It's located in the historic Lexington courthouse, which recently underwent a $32 million-dollar renovation. Constructed in 1898, the building provides a spectacular backdrop for Michel’s new restaurant and

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bar. "I wanted to bring the rural vibe to the urban area," she stated. The restaurant itself, much like the menu, is bright and cheerful. Green walls display different varieties of birds. The decor of the restaurant is in honor of Ouita's mother, Pamela, who had a huge folk-art collection. The "trees" on the wall are carved from Kentucky driftwood and all the birds are hand carved from Kentucky artists. The cardinal on the wall reminds Ouita of her mother. Ouita explained, "We wanted to convey a lighter, brighter sense of everything. People were so stressed out in 2018, I wanted a restaurant that everybody can enjoy. A place that's not expensive." There's a retro feel in the ambiance at Zim’s, and there are fun statements on the walls throughout. Zim's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day for casual dining. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are

all options. Who wouldn't love to have a burger made from Kentucky Proud beef or Ouita's favorite: fried catfish with hushpuppies? There's a daily features menu during dinner that offers comfort food items such as meatloaf or spaghetti and meatballs. There is something for everyone at Zim's. As a promoter and partner of the Kentucky Proud food movement, Zim's Cafe offers a marketplace for Kentucky food products. Treats from the Midway Bakery can also be purchased in the market. The Thirsty Fox is located across the hall from Zim's. It's a cool bar with large, beautiful windows looking out onto Main Street. The full Zim’s menu and a strong measure of southern hospitality can both be found in the bar area. Grab a craft cocktail, a bite to eat and gaze into the hustle and bustle of downtown Lexington, while enjoying Ouita Michel’s latest contribution to Lexington’s dining scene.

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Favorite ingredient to cook with? Extra virgin olive oil and bourbon, but not together! Favorite city to visit for food? New York City Do you have a favorite food from childhood? Eggplant caviar that my mother used to make. What you say to people who don’t like tomatoes? It takes up to 17 times of eating something for a taste to develop. Taste changes. You might find you like it. Most famous person you’ve cooked for? Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York What do you want your customers to remember after dining with you? To be happy, welcomed, satisfied and content. I hope they have warm and fuzzy feelings. Best advice for aspiring chefs? Educate yourself throughout your career. Read as much as you can, not just using Google to learn. As you grow you have to be willing to learn new things. And also, never give up! The best kitchen tool for the home chef? Good paring knife, a well-worn wooden spoon and a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

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157 Jefferson Street | (859) 233-7900 | nickryans.com

If a taste of Lexington will seal the deal, Nick Ryan’s is a great choice on Jefferson Street. Their Hot Brown (roasted turkey, Texas toast, bacon, tomato, Cheddar and mornay sauce) is indulgent and their Grilled Salmon (with seasonal vegetables, tomatillo salsa verde and mango pico de gallo) is fresh and bright.

DUDLEY'S ON SHORT

259 W Short Street #125 | (859) 252-1010 | dudleysonshort.com

Dudley’s is a local legend that is sure to impress. Their seasonal, chef-driven menu always includes beautiful salads and sandwiches perfect for any client and any meeting. The Kale & Couscous Salad (pears, cranberries, almonds, squash with lemon-parmesan vinaigrette) and Grilled Romaine Salad (flat iron steak, cucumber, tomato, avocado, Ky. Blue tobacco onion rings and red wine vinaigrette) are great selections

J. ALEXANDER'S

4081 Finn Way | (859) 687-0099 | jalexanders.com

Meeting at The Summit? Wood-fired contemporary American cuisine is just the thing to make a meeting truly memorable. Their Asian Ahi Tuna Salad (seared rare with field greens, wasabi, cilantro vinaigrette) or Slow Roasted Prime Rib (12 oz. served with au jus, roasted red peppers and mashed potatoes) are great choices.

PALMERS FRESH GRILL

161 Lexington Green Circle | (859) 273-0103 | palmersfreshgrill.com

With a menu focused on bright, fresh ingredients, Palmers is a wonderful spot to conduct business next to Lexington Green’s charming lake. Try the Wood-Grilled Salmon Salad (mixed greens, tomato, red onion, roasted corn, avocado and cilantro-lime vinaigrette) or their Grilled Chicken Sandwich (zinfandel barbeque, grilled pineapple, mozzarella, ham, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise).

SEDONA TAPHOUSE

3600 Palomar Centre Drive | (859) 368-0464 | sedonataphouse.com

If you’re on the Palomar side of town, Sedona Taphouse is a cozy, comfortable spot to see your customers. The Strawberry Beet Salad (fresh strawberries, roasted beets, organic greens, candied pecans with gorgonzola crumbles and house made gorgonzola dressing) and Grilled Sea Bass Sandwich (grilled seabass, house made cilantro-lime remoulade, pineapple mango salsa, greens, tomato, crispy fried onions on toasted potato bun) inject a little fun into your meeting! 148

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NoBaked Cookie Dough

Sorella Gelateria

3735 Palomar Centre Dr. #220 (859) 368-7289 nobakedcookiedough.com

There’s nothing more indulgent than cookie dough! NoBaked makes theirs with a recipe that’s completely safe and absolutely decadent. Their Red Velvet, Cinnamon Roll, Brownie Batter Chip and Cookies n’ Cream would all be dreamy choices for enjoying with a sweetheart.

Sorella features handcrafted, small batch gelato that is rich, creamy and out of this world delicious. It’s worth snagging an early dinner reservation to get a cone or cup! Call and discover what flavors are in-store, and which you can take home as pints. Every bite captures the romance of Italy.

La Petite Délicat

Sharps Candies

722 National Ave. (859) 266-0041 LaPetitDelicat.com

2021 Regency Rd. (859) 276-4625 sharpscandies.com

Macarons? Bien sûr! The most charming French cookie is as delightful to eat as it is to look at. La Petite Délicat has a delicious menu of flavors, including Earl Grey, Lavender, Rose Water Buttercream, Red Velvet, S’mores and more. Around Valentine’s Day, they take the cuteness up a level with seasonal heart-shaped macarons. Call ahead for a custom gift order.

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Sharp’s makes over 100 different varieties of candy, and they’re all sweet choices for any sweetheart. They’re best known for chocolate-dipped strawberries and timeless variety boxes for Valentines. Delicious caramels, bourbon cherries and bourbon truffles are local favorites.

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Preparation: To make the Alfredo sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cook the shallots and garlic until the shallots are soft and the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for about 30 seconds, until the butter, shallots and garlic become a thick paste. Whisk in the milk and continue whisking for about 2 minutes, until the milk begins to thicken. Stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and salt and stir until the cheeses melt, for about 2 minutes.

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3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon finely minced shallots 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour

3 slices baked center cut bacon, crumbled

1 cup skim milk

1 (13.8-ounce) can Pillsbury® Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain

2 ounces one-third less fat cream cheese

1½ cups Lightened Up Alfredo Sauce

¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cups baby spinach

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

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To make the pizza: In a large stockpot over high heat, bring 3 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the chicken breasts to the boiling broth and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove the breasts from the broth and set on a plate to cool. When cool enough to touch, shred the chicken breasts with a fork. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top of the foil. Lay the bacon strips on the rack, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until desired crispness. Meanwhile, lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and roll out the dough to about a 10x14-inch rectangle. Pre-bake the pizza dough crust for 6 minutes. Evenly spread 1½ cups of the prepared Alfredo sauce on the prebaked crust, leaving about 1 inch of the crust edges without sauce. Layer the spinach, chicken, bacon, cheese and red pepper flakes on top of the sauce. Bake the pizza again to melt the cheese, about 4 minutes.


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NUTRITION FACTS YIELD: 16 SERVINGS NUTRITION FACTS BASED ON 2 SLICES

Calories: 400 Calories from fat: 151 Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 69mg Sodium: 869mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 5g Protein: 27g SmartPoints: 12

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KY takes the

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Kentucky football is not used to a season ending with confetti all over the field and a championship trophy being passed around for players to enjoy—or even having a head coach dancing in the locker room.

However, that’s what a 10-3 season feels like after Kentucky secured a 27-24 victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando that turned out to be a bit more difficult than it appeared after UK took a 27-7 lead in the third quarter.

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“We had a great belief in our locker room,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, who joined his players dancing in the locker room. “I was so proud of this team. We had so much fun, it ought to be illegal how much fun we had this week. We had a blast just being with each other and just spending time and enjoying it and taking it in.” There was a lot to take in, too, from Benny Snell become UK’s all-time leading rusher in the bowl game to Josh Allen playing like a national defensive player of the year should with three sacks and a blocked field goal in his final UK game. It was why about 30,000 Kentucky fans made the trip to Orlando—including newlyweds Griffin and Sean Ryan who made the bowl trip their honeymoon—to watch this team that no one picked to be in the top 25 or second in the SEC East when the season opened.

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RECORD STRAIGHT about Kentucky football." Yet no matter how often the Cats were an underdog, they found ways to win from ending the 31-year losing streak at Florida to scoring on an extra play after time expired at Missouri. Kentucky also made a statement with its bowl win, the first in three tries under Stoops, that gave Kentucky football a 10-win season for the first time since 1977 and only the third time in school history. “How about that? Pretty awesome,” Kentucky junior linebacker Kash Daniel of Paintsville said. “I love all my seniors to death and am sorry this is the last time I will be on the field will them. But all good things come to an end and I think our legacy is pretty well set. The entire city of Paintsville as well as everybody in eastern Kentucky has been behind me and this team. I love that. I just hope this win not only gets the Kentucky brand out there but also gets people to quit talking crap about us.”

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photos by Mont Dawson Saying farewell to running back Benny Snell is certainly bittersweet for Kentucky football fans.

It’s easy to understand why he’s opting to put his name into the NFL draft rather than return for his senior season based on what he’s already done. He’s the first UK player to ever have three straight 1,000-yard rushing season and his 3,729 yards broke the school record set by Sonny Collins in 1975. Those 3,729 yards rank 15th on the all-time Southeastern Conference rushing list and the only SEC players with more than Snell’s 48 rushing touchdowns — a UK record — are Tim Tebow (57) and Herschel Walker (49). “We are legends. I feel like we are all legends,” Snell said after UK’s Citrus Bowl win. “We are all special. We didn’t get no respect (going into the season). We proved so many people wrong.” Yes Kentucky did and yes he did after he was ignored by Ohio State and others coming out of high school. Remember he also didn’t play his first two games at Kentucky. Once he got his opportunity against New Mexico State after UK lost to Southern Mississippi and Florida to open the season. He ran for 136 yards and four touchdowns and for the rest of his career was UK’s starter and closer. He finished his career with 19 100-yard rushing games, the most in school history, and had at least five 100-yard games each season. More importantly, Snell became UK’s emotional leader and face of the program because he played so well in the biggest games. When UK ended that 31-year losing streak to Florida this season, he ran for 175 yards and had five runs of 10 or more yards. In the win over Mississippi State after a war of words on social media with several State players leading up to the game, he ran 25 times for 165 yards and four touchdowns in UK’s most dominating offensive game of the season. “I just want BBN to know that this group, especially myself, gave our all in practice. Even in games when other teams were smack talking and we were underdogs, we set the record straight about Kentucky football,” Snell said.

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HYPE story by Larry Vaught

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PJ Washington (25) is confident Kentucky can rise above anyone when tournament play begins. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Calipari seemed almost “swaggy” going into the season — just like Kentucky fans did — before the 34-point loss to Duke brought everyone crashing back to reality. However, that’s ancient history now as tournament time will be approaching next month. “At some point, if this team is going to be what I believe they can be, and they can be one of those teams, they have to be empowered. That means that I shouldn't even talk about effort and intensity and fight. Shouldn't even come out of my mouth, not once,” Calipari said. “If they have to have it all for me, I don't want to do it. I don't have fun doing that. I have fun cheering.” Opposing coaches have not seen any shortage of talent at Kentucky this year. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy talked about how UK’s depth could overwhelm teams. Southern Illinois as-

sistant coach Brad Autry expects Kentucky’s young players “to hit their stride in March like they always do” under Calipari. “They will end up being a real force before this season is over,” the Southern Illinois assistant said. “I think Calipari’s track record would support that.” The players remain confident they will hit the finish line (NCAA Tournament) playing at their peak, too. They understand regular season play is important but that March Madness is what gets remembered at Kentucky. “Every player here wants to win a championship. That’s why you come to Kentucky,” sophomore PJ Washington said. “There will always be ups and downs in a season, but what you do in March is what matters most and I have no doubt we can still be the best team in the country when the season ends.”

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JAN KEENELAND HORSE SALES

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EQUINE UPDATE

916 HORSES SOLD

story by Jen Roytz

BULLS, BANDS AND BARRELS

for a combined

February 9, 2019 | 7PM | Kentucky Horse Park – Alltech Arena

$46,759,600 % 33.61 UP from 2018 results

Looking for a fun outing with family or friends? Bulls, Bands and Barrels combines the bull riding, barrel racing and live country music all under one roof. Hootin’ and hollerin’ is encouraged as cowboys aim to stay aboard a bull full of spins and bucks, while the girls go for speed, racing each other and the clock around the barrels. Add in live music from some of country music’s up and coming new artists and you’ve got yourself a party! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to bullsbandsandbarrels.com.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOCIATION YOUTH CONFERENCE February 15-16, 2019 | Embassy Suites, Lexington The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Youth Conference is two days of activities, educational opportunities and outings geared toward children and teenagers interested in American Saddlebred horses. This year’s attendees will visit Desmar Stables at historic Oak Hill Farm, where they will watch world and national champion Saddlebreds and learn from their trainers. For more information or to register, go to asha.net or email b.newell@asha.net.

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Join the University of Kentucky Eventing Team for two days of world-class instruction from internationally competitive eventing rider Sharon White. With over 20 years of competitive experience, Sharon is skilled at helping riders of all levels. Spaces are limited for those wanting to ride and are available on a firstcome, first-served basis ($150 per day or $275 for both days) and overnight stabling is available. Auditing is welcome for a $10 fee. For more information, email esilviachandley@gmail.com or go to bluehorseentries.com and search “Sharon White Clinic.”

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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY Carson’s Food & Drink | December 31 carsonsfoodanddrink.com Photos by Danny Pendleton

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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY J. Render’s | December 31 jrendersbbq.com Photos by Tracie Dillon

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BRIDAL BLISS WINTER CLASSIC

Hilton Lexington-Downtown | January 6 bridalblissclassic.com Photos by Ron Morrow

DARAE MARCUM

JULIA BLAKE, CASSIDY BLAIR AND MORGAN COYLE

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SHINNENKAI The Governor’s Mansion | January 25 jask.org Photos by Keni Parks

DEIDRA MOATS, YUKIKO CASTO AND ELIZABETH SIPPLE

TAKA ITO AND DAVID CARPENTER

JENEAN HAMPTON, MATT BEVEN, ANDY BARR, SHISUKE SUGIYAMA AND HIROYUKI KOBAYASHI

WES JONES, BILL QUENEMOEN

TED KAWASHIMA AND MAYUKA SHERWIN

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DEREK CRAWFORD, GLENNA BEVIN AND ANN CRAWFORD

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY Heritage Hall | January 21 uky.edu Photos by Tracie Dillon

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BUNDLE UP WITH BOURBON & BLUES Limestone Hall | January 25 Benefiting Bluegrass Hospice Care | bgcarenav.org Photos by Woody Phillips TIFFANY CUMMINS, CRYSTAL COULTER, ALYSON ROTH, MELANIE TAYLOR, MISTY KIRBY AND CHRIS ALLEN

CROSWELL CHAMBERS AND MARK NABITY LAURA KLUMB AND LIZ FOWLER

ANDREA & CHAD LINGENFELTER

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DARYL LOVE AND LAURA BOISON

JENNA CANNING, SARAH FRAIM, SARAH GUTHRIE, CHRIS ALLEN, DENISE FYFFE AND KIM LIVESAY

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ANNUAL DINNER Lexington Center Corporation | January 24 commercelexington.com Photos by Woody Phillips SUSAN ROGERS, DANA ADAMSON AND ERIN SOARD

LYLE HANNA AND UNA MIJATOVIC

HUNTER LISLE AND JEFF HONCHELL

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ADRIANE & BILLY POLYNIAK

DOUG BARR

JERRY GRASSO, DOMINIQUE WRIGHT AND JESSICA BERRY

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KOFFI AKAKPO

DIANE & ROB PEREZ

TOA GREEN, KAREN HILL, MELISSA MOORE MURPHY, TAWANDA OWSLEY AND LISA HIGGINS-HORD

DARBY TURNER, LUTHER DEATON AND BILL LEAR

CHARLIE & LINDA GORTON, ANGELA EVANS AND STEPHEN MORTLEY

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of Events

CALENDAR

FEBRUARY 10 Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show 10am Lexington Center

FEBRUARY 12

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Tennessee 8pm Rupp Arena Lexington Chamber Chorale: Heart & Inspiration 7:30pm Second Presbyterian Church

UK Men’s Basketball vs Louisiana State University 7pm Rupp Arena

Snowbird Dressage Kentucky Horse Park

FEBRUARY 13

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective UK Art Museum (runs through May 5)

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Tennessee 8pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 17

FEBRUARY 15 Finding Neverland 8pm Lexington Opera House

FEBRUARY 16 Finding Neverland 2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House Anne Frank 7pm Lexington Children’s Theatre

Finding Neverland 1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House CKYO Teen Arts Festival 3pm Singletary Center for the Arts

FEBRUARY 18 President's Day at the Mary Todd Lincoln House 10am Mary Todd Lincoln House


FEBRUARY 19 UK Men’s Basketball vs Missouri 9pm ESPN, ESPN2

2019 Weinberg Humanitarian Awards The Plantory

FEBRUARY 23

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

UK Men’s Basketball vs Auburn 1:30pm Rupp Arena

Cirque Mechanics 42Ft 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Rise From the Ash Bash 6pm Limestone Hall

FEBRUARY 20

The Winter Wizarding Waltz: A Sweet Soiree 6pm Carnegie Center For Literacy

UK Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts Commerce Lexington Policy Luncheon with Mayor Linda Gorton 12pm Hyatt Regency Lexington

Walk For Warmth 10am Phoenix Park A Unique Taste of Woodford: Dinner Edition 6:30pm The Galerie

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FEBRUARY 24

Dierks Bentley 7pm Rupp Arena

Garden Bros. Circus Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 26

The Real Music Festival Rupp Arena

UK Men’s Baseballl vs EKU 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

UK Men’s Basketball vs University of Arkansas 9pm Rupp Arena

FEBRUARY 27 James Taylor & His All-Star Band 7:30pm Rupp Arena UK Men’s Baseballl vs NKU 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

FEBRUARY 28 An Evening with Ronnie Milsap 7pm Lexington Opera House The Price is Right Live 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Gala Preview Party 6pm-9pm Alltech Arena World Horseshoeing Classic 8am Kentucky Horseshoeing School

Due to the changing nature of events, please contact hosting organizations before attending any event. Visit TOPSinLex.com for more fun!


CALENDAR // FEB-MAR 2019 MARCH 1 Madama Butterfly 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts KC and the Sunshine Band 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Alltech Arena

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Alltech Arena UK Men’s Baseballl vs Canisius 1pm Kentucky Proud Park

Proud Mary BBQ Mardi Gras Proud Mary UK Men’s Baseballl vs Wright State 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 6

PBR: Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour 7pm Rupp Arena

UK Men’s Baseballl vs Boston College 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Stephanie Syjuco 4pm Gatton Student Center Cinema

MARCH 3

MARCH 8

An Evening with Amy Grant 7pm Newlin Hall

Lexington Hearing & Speech Center Frankel: Cocktails & Casino Night 7:30pm The Carrick House

UK Men’s Baseballl vs Canisius 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

UK Men’s Baseballl vs Canisius 1pm Kentucky Proud Park

Men are from Mars - Women are from Venus Live! 8pm Lexington Opera House

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show Alltech Arena

MARCH 2

MARCH 5

UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Tennessee 2pm CBS/UK Sports Network

UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Mississippi 9pm ESPN/ESPN2/UK Sports Network

UK Men’s Baseballl vs Middle Tennessee 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 9 UK Men’s Basketball vs. University of Florida 2pm Rupp Arena UK Men’s Baseballl vs Middle Tennessee 4pm Kentucky Proud Park


MARCH 10 UK Men’s Baseballl vs Middle Tennessee 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 12 Mumford & Sons 7:30pm Rupp Arena UK Men’s Baseballl vs Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 13 UK Men’s Baseballl vs Western Kentucky University 4pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 14 Blackberry Smoke 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

MARCH 15 Kentucky Crafted Market Alltech Arena

Blackberry Smoke 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

MARCH 16 Shamrock Shuffle 3K 8am Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza Black Jacket Symphony - Queen's "A Night at the Opera" 8pm Lexington Opera House

MARCH 19 UK Men’s Baseballl vs Xavier University 6:30pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 21 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 6pm Lexington Convention Center

MARCH 22 Something Rotten! 8pm Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Baseballl vs Texas A&M University 6:30pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 23 Something Rotten! 2pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 10am Lexington Convention Center UK Men’s Baseballl vs Texas A&M University 2pm Kentucky Proud Park

MARCH 24 Something Rotten! 1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 10am Lexington Convention Center UK Men’s Baseballl vs Texas A&M University 1pm Kentucky Proud Park

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention 12pm Lexington Convention Center

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Electrophysiologist Dr. Gery Tomassoni

KEITH YARBER: Ready for a better year,

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ate last year, when Keith Yarber was approached about being the American Heart Association’s 2018-2019 Heart Ball honoree, he assumed all of his heart issues were behind him.

For most of 2018, Yarber had no energy, was short of breath and missed work, something that the founder of TOP Marketing Group rarely did. He chronicled much of his troubling health history in the January 2019 issue of TOPS in Lexington. The high points:

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Double bypass heart surgery at age 44

A pacemaker and stents a few years later

Diagnosis of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that attacked his lungs and has the potential to attack other organs

His pacemaker was replaced with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) that monitors his heartbeat and would shock his heart if it detected irregular heart rhythms

An ablation, a procedure in which energy is used to destroy tissue causing atrial flutter, an abnormal rhythm

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Cardiologist Dr. Hal Skinner

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“I thought I was on the mend, and I was looking forward to the new year,” Yarber said. But when 2019 rolled around, his breathing was still labored. He went back to his doctors. Electrophysiologist Dr. Gery Tomassoni with Baptist Health Medical Group Lexington Cardiology recommended a stay at Baptist Health Lexington in order to start Yarber on a new anti-arrhythmia drug. His cardiologist, Dr. Hal Skinner with Lexington Heart Specialists, decided he would perform a catheterization on Yarber during that same scheduled hospital stay because echocardiogram and treadmill stress test results showed reasons for concern. Everything was set for Yarber to be admitted to the hospital Tuesday, January 22. Monday night, January 21, Yarber felt tired and weak but just thought it was residual effects of a colonoscopy procedure earlier that day. When he was getting ready for bed, “I suddenly felt like a sledgehammer wired with 220 volts had hit my chest.” His defibrillator was shocking him back from sudden cardiac death. When two more shocks occurred within a few minutes, Yarber and his wife, Donna, headed to the emergency room. It took several hours on medication to slow Yarber’s heart rate down to a normal pace. When Dr. Skinner did Yarber’s catheterization Tuesday, January 22 he found an artery that was 95 percent blocked and placed a stent in it to unblock it. Dr. Tomassoni started Yarber on the new antiarrhythmia drug with good results, and he was able to go home from the hospital January 24, eight days before he was due to be honored at the Heart Ball. ⬛

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“Go to the doctor,” Yarber insisted. “If you go to the doctor and they don’t find anything, that’s good news. If you go to the doctor and they find something, that’s still good news because you can get treated. If you wait, it will just be worse.”

Be your own health advocate. “Don’t just assume symptoms you’re experiencing are normal or are part of getting older,” said Dr. Tomassoni. “Tell your doctor everything that’s going on with you. Once Keith became more attuned to how he was feeling and realized what he was experiencing wasn’t normal, he would come back and tell us that something’s still not right. We need patients to be forthright with us so we can pinpoint the problem.”

Don’t think that just taking cholesterol-lowering drugs is enough to keep you healthy. “Ninety percent of health is diet and exercise,” Dr. Skinner said. “Medications can help lower cholesterol, but you really have to do most of the work by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. All of it has to work together in order to stave off disease.”

Nurse Ann-Marie McLoney readies Yarber for an EKG during a follow-up visit

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