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February FEATURES the money issue

Tour Of Homes:

Tranquil Townhome

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Money Makers 79

Entrepreneurs 101

PHOTOS

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Out + About

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TOPS Preview Party

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Interactive Culinary Experience

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2017 Unity Breakfast & MLK Day

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Boots in the Bluegrass

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UK Basketball

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Women Leading Kentucky

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Larry Jones Surprise 70th Birthday Party

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New Years’ Eve 2017

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Bridal Bliss Classic

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Lexington Art League Opening Preview Party

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TOP Shots

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FUNDAMENTALS AT HOME

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Tour of Homes: Tranquil Townhome

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Color Catalog: Poised Taupe

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FACES + PLACES Money Makers

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Entrepreneurs

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Meet The Media: Lee K. Howard

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Tops Cares: Girls On The Run

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New & Noteworthy: Serendipity

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CUISINE

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Dining: Louie’s Wine Dive & Chevy Chase Kitchen

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Skinny Mom: Copycat Cosmic Brownies

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Skinny Mom: Cheesecake Strawberries

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Top 5 Dining: Local Foodies

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Beer of the Month: New Belgium Dayblazer

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Wine of the Month: Paxis Red Blend

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CONTRIBUTORS

On the cover:

Photographers Paul Atkinson Ben Burchett Jim Burgett Tracie Dillon Michael Huang

Phillips Mitchell Ron Morrow Keni Parks Woody Phillips Kristin Tatem

Writers Sarah Boerkircher Jesse L. Brooks Cynthia Ellingsen Dick Gabriel Brooke Griffin Amanda Harper

Drew Deener Marsha Koller Meredith Lane Buff y Lawson Ryan Lemond Erica

Intern:

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Radhakrishnan Michelle Rauch Jen Roytz Deanna Talwalkar

Jessica Sunnenberg

Jesse Hardin with Bank of England Photo by Kristin Tatem Staging and Furnishings by Clare Henson and Market On National


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FUNDAMENTALS LIFE + STYLE

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WOW Wedding: Brandei & Chad

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Wedding Trends: Barefoot Sandals

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Outfit of the Month: Queen of Hearts

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FAMILY Super Mom: Melanie Miller

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In The Buf: A February Worthwhile

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Parties: Warm Up with a Cocoa Bar

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Pets: Pet Therapy Magic

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EQUINE 165

Filly of the Month: Susan Speckert

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Colt of the Month: Brian Pulley

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Horse Park Happenings

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COMMUNITY

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Sports: They Still Hate Each Other, Right?

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Sports: Where Did SEC Basketball Go?

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Sports: Keeping the BBN Entertained

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What’s New, Kentucky?

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Calendar: Lex In The City

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NEXT MONTH

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BBN: Bourbon, Basketball & Nightlife Our March edition will highlight the BBN life— Bourbon, Basketball and Nightlife. We’ll get to know Super Mom, Jenna Mitchell. We’ll also dive in to Grillfish, which recently debuted on our restaurant scene.

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OUT + ABOUT

Alltech Celebration Of Song

Dana Branham, Renee Shaw and Glenda George at the Spirit of Ivy Awards

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom March

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SOCIETY

Stoops Family at TaxSlayer Bowl

Shipwrecked at Collins Bowling NYE Party

Ben Lacy plays at J. Renders


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PHOTOS TOPS Preview Party

Arthur Murray | January 4th | topsinlex.com | Photos by Keni Parks

Kristen Oakley, Melissa Karrer and Dan Glass

Hunter Lisle, Elesha Burkhart, Susan & Berry Popp

Haven Wolfe and Teri Brock

Gwyn & Ren Everly

Chip & Astrid Sebastian Mark Redman, Rosie Picone and Bobby Docherty

Virginia May and Steven King

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John & Betty Kiebler

Ellen & Tom Picone


Susie Miles

Allison Evans and Ron Napier

Chris Stone and Andrea Miller

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PHOTOS TOPS Preview Party

Arthur Murray | January 4th | topsinlex.com | Photos by Keni Parks

Lee Fellows, Danielle Turner and Shawn Miracle

Ron Tritschler, Jenny Scearce, Bonni Jiunta and Ralph Coldiron

Jesslyn Woodall and Amiee Mesta

Amber Pike, Catherine Docherty, Katie Blair and Michael Schmitt

Vicki Merritt and Kate Zaytseva

Brittany Edwards, Jaclyn Gibson, Kim Roberts and Stephanie Giles

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PHOTOS Interactive Culinary Experience

Benefiting Share Our Strength | Wild Thyme | December 18th | topsinlex.com | Photos by Ron Morrow

Allison Davis and Mckayla Cairns

Brittney Bray

David & Jacklyn Evans

Lee Thomas and Brie Lowry

Jane Webb

Jacklyn Evans and Ginger Flowers

Bill Samuels, Jr. making a Manhattan

Brandon Fogle and Lee Greer

Brigid DeVries, Nicole Letcher and Gary Ball

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Maria Roach, Jonathan Lundy and Tom Roach


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PHOTOS 2017 Unity Breakfast & MLK Day

Lexington Convention Center | January 16th | lexingtonalpha.org | Photos by Ron Morrow

Estelle Tatum and Sherelle Roberts Pierre

Andy Barr, D. Anthony Everett and Frank X. Walker

Michael Preacely

Zoe Jenkins

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Jessica Bush

Coy Conner

Henry Alston, James Johnson and Randall Vaughn

Landon Love

Emmanuel Washington


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PHOTOS 2017 Unity Breakfast & MLK Day

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Kim & Glen Brown, Michaelene & Wil James

Brigitte Blom Ramsey

Jim Gray

Seamus Carey

William French III and Alvin Seals

D. Anthony Everett, Jesse Crenshaw and Rodney Jackson

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Jazmine Byrd, Lee A. Jackson, Erica Daly and Charles F. Lille, Jr.


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PHOTOS Boots In The Bluegrass

Alltech Arena | January 20th | bootsinthebluegrass.com | Photos by Woody Phillips

Tony Bonner, Bryan Wehrman and Emily Bonner

Heather French Henry

Angie Hawkins, John Mustaine and Sherry Whitehouse

Alison Hedges

Diane French and Harper Henry

Amy Van Dyke, Melissa Ryan, Erika Ruiz and Sharon Floyd

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Jim Moore, Steve & Kimb Wilson

David England, Joe Barker, Justin Constantine and David Arnold


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PHOTOS Boots In The Bluegrass

Alltech Arena | January 20th | bootsinthebluegrass.com | Photos by Woody Phillips

Renee & Barney Miller

Bryan Anderson

Nate Richie and Jay Mccord

Amanda Kerr, Tara King, Lisa Hager and Susan Hatfield Josh Barrett and Robyn Grider

Forrest Cook, Barb Dieruf, Tommy Slaven, Heather French Henry and Hannah Robb

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AT HOME

Tour of Homes: Tranquil Townhome

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Tour of

HOMES

Tranquil Townhome

See Inside Sam and Noelle Dick’s Modern Retreat in Patchen Wilkes

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or many homeowners, making the transition to a “move-in ready” property is a welcome lifestyle change because it allows more time for the things that really matter. This was certainly the case for Lexingtonians Noelle Dick (owner of Cycle You spinning studio) and veteran WKYT news anchor Sam Dick. Previously, the Dicks had lived in Kenwick on North Hanover Avenue. They converted a 130-year-old building from six separate apartments to a single family home. And over the years, they have lived in and renovated twelve homes. But eventually, with their children grown and out of the house, and with Noelle’s decision to expand her business, the amount of space and the maintenance required of an older home began to seem like too much of a commitment. So the couple began searching for a new place to live, and stumbled upon Patchen Wilkes Townhomes.

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Built by Andover Construction Company, Patchen Wilkes Townhomes is conveniently located on Winchester Road just a few minutes from the Hamburg shopping area and I-75. Andover Construction Company is currently in the process of developing a vibrant community that includes 54 townhomes, gorgeous landscaping, and a walking path along the Patchen Wilkes lake. It’s the ideal community for those who want to take advantage of all the city amenities Lexington has to offer, with the additional benefit of landscaping, trash removal, and other convenient services included.

While the lake was a huge selling point, what really appealed to the Dicks is the fact that each townhome is unique and can be customized to meet the owner’s individual style. While many of the lakefront properties have been sold, there are a few remaining, but Noelle doesn’t believe they’ll be available for long. The Dick’s home is one of those properties, with serene views of the water visible from nearly all of the oversized windows.

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The spacious two-story property contains 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a fully finished basement. It is very energy efficient, with two separate heating and cooling zones. In addition, the townhome is a “smart home” equipped with lighting, HVAC, music, and other electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. The technology was installed by the local company Lava Security and Sound.

The living room features cozy window seating and a gorgeous modern gas fireplace set into a marbled tile mantle. A flat screen television is mounted above the mantle. When asked if anything didn’t go to plan during the design process, Noelle mentioned that the television was mounted too close to the wall, so it can’t be seen from the kitchen area. “That was my fault–but Lava installed an extender arm which fixed the problem.” The living room opens onto a spacious deck with spectacular views of the lake. While fishing is permitted, anything with a motor is not, so the lake will remain quiet. “I’m working on getting them to allow paddleboarding,” Noelle said.

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According to Noelle, “When we first looked at the home, only the studs were up, so we had the chance to customize the floor plan to suit our needs.” She hired j. stuart hurt, owner of house by JSD Designs, to come in and work his interior design magic. He chose many of the home’s furnishings, light fixtures, finishes and décor items, and worked with Noelle and Sam to create spaces that were ideal for entertaining and relaxing. The cool, calm color palette is punctuated with pops of metallic shimmer, natural wood and stone, granite countertops and plenty of convenient touches.

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The front door leads directly into the open-concept kitchen, which is outfitted in smart shades of charcoal, stainless steel, and fresh, white granite countertops. Noelle acknowledged that she doesn’t cook often, but one feature she really appreciates is her pot filler. “(stuart) didn’t want to include it because it interrupts the clean lines of the countertop, but he did it to make me happy. It’s so convenient.” The stainless steel farmhouse sink is a great touch, and there are endless storage features, including drawers and pull out shelving for spices, tools, and pantry items. This design allows the Dicks to keep their countertops completely free of clutter, which is essential in such an open space. One of the major changes stuart initiated was to remove the rear wall from the kitchen, creating a rectangular pathway through the rear of the house, and allowing access to the master closet, bedroom and bath. “He did such a good job that (Andover Construction Company) permanently changed this floor plan based on his suggestions,” Noelle said.

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The kitchen flows seamlessly to the relaxing dining area and bright, inviting living room. The dining room is outfitted with a modern oval shaped table with a sculptural base and four comfortable upholstered chairs. The unique sisal rope accented chandelier adds a striking touch.

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Off the dining room is the serene master bedroom, which offers more lake views through French doors leading to the deck. The room is painted a relaxing cool toned gray, and the cream colored bedding and quilted bed frame are accented with coordinating pops of soft blue. The same lively pattern can be seen on the curtains as well as the throw pillows. Sleek metal reading lamps at either side of the bed and a modern, distressed wood ceiling fan pull the room together.

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To the left of the master bedroom is the master bath, which features the same rich, dark cabinetry as the kitchen. The walk-in shower is finished in bright, glossy tile accented with fixtures in a dark finish. Noelle’s walk-in closet is truly amazing –with plenty of great features, drawers, shelf space, endless shoe cubbies, and clothing bars that can be pulled down for easy access. “It really is a dream closet,” she said. The closet is equipped with a washer and dryer, and has a rear entrance that leads to the kitchen, making the floor plan a convenient loop. The room was originally a mud room, but a wall was removed to expand the closet and make it much larger.

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Upstairs, a set of French doors gives way to a lofty sitting room with spectacular lake views. “When I sit here, I just feel so calm,” said Noelle. “This is the only other place in Lexington, aside from The Island, where you can be on a lake, without being at the lake.” This space will mainly be used as an office and sitting room for the guest bedrooms. Furnishings in the same neutral tones of white, cream, brown and gray keep the design theme going. This level contains two bedrooms, plenty of closet space, and another clean, modern full bath.

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The lower level of the Dick home is what Noelle affectionately refers to as Sam’s “man cave”. But unlike a cave, the space is bright, airy, and inviting. The accent piece is a stunning reclaimed wood dining table from Longwood’s Antique Woods. “We had this table at our old home, and the buyers were interested in it, but we did not want to sell it,” she said. The table, with its glossy finish and timeworn patina, instantly elevates the room. The table is flanked by a wall of family photos and an ingenious chalkboard wall displaying more snapshots along with captions written in chalk. The board can easily be customized with new photos and messages. “I saw that in a magazine, and stuart made it happen,” she said.

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At Home To the left of the sitting area is a kitchenette and wet bar complete with a wine cooler, overhead wine racks, granite countertops, and plenty of storage. They plan to finish the kitchen area by adding a tile backsplash. Facing the lower level dining area is an attractive reclaimed wood wall. The wood was acquired from a family farm in Montgomery County, which is close to where Sam grew up. The couple installed the wall themselves. “We love that it has a history,” she said.

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Noelle mentioned that it’s important for her and Sam to have a more casual space in their home. “We feel like we come down here, it’s a whole other house,” she said. “Downstairs is warmer and more comfy-cozy, and upstairs is clean and more grown up. When my kids were in the house, I would have never bought white chairs.” When the couple was getting ready to sell their house on Hanover, stuart came in and removed many of the furnishings and décor. The Dicks subsequently found that they felt much less stressed in a simpler, clutter-free environment. Still, they wanted a place to display family memories and to let their dog Odie roam free, and the basement serves that purpose.


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Noelle touches on the importance of putting rooms together using a combination of investment pieces and bargains. For example, the end tables and oversized ottoman in the basement are inexpensive pieces from Home Goods, and can easily be replaced in a few years to give the room a more updated look. Almost all of the new furniture is from Market on National, a locally owned furniture and home accessories boutique. She made the point that these days, furniture isn’t handed down from generation to generation, and her kids didn’t take any of the old pieces from her previous home. Many people, herself included, like to change out their furnishings periodically for a change of pace, so it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of dollars on a couch, end tables, pillows, and accessories. While the design scheme of the freshly built townhome has plenty of modern elements, Noelle and Sam did not want a completely modern space. And stuart did a great job of mixing in traditional, comfortable pieces to make the home truly livable. “We wanted comfortable seating and spaces within a modern environment, and that’s exactly what we got.”

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COLOR CATALOG

Poised Taupe Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year

In the last five years shades of grey have been all the rage, but

Sherwin-Williams believes that 2017 will mark the beginning of a warming trend. Poised Taupe is an earthy brown combined with grey tones resulting in a rich, organic neutral that seems to exude warm cocoa, weather-worn woods and the ever-constant passing of time. This warm tone will work in almost any room in your home— from an inviting entryway to a cozy bedroom. While this color works beautifully with pure white, it’s substantive enough to be paired with heavily saturated tones such as Sherwin-Williams’ Marea Baja, Baja Bee or Mature Grape. Incorporate these more exotic and bold tones with draperies, pillows and other textiles.

Accent Colors: Smoke Rings Dinnerware Anthropologie

Crewel Embroidered Suzani Pillow Pier 1

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

Marea Baja (SW 9185)

Bee

(SW 6683)

Mature Grape (SW 6286)

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Money Makers

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Entrepreneurs

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Meet The Media: Lee K. Howard

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TOPS Cares: Girls On The Run

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New & Noteworthy: Serendipity

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Faces + Places

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Nicole Zielke Harris

Senior Vice President, Investments | Raymond James | 859.253.9769 Nicole offers more than 22 years of experience helping others manage their investment portfolios through changing, and occasionally challenging, markets. Her career in the financial services industry started in 1994 as a sales assistant and then after becoming registered with her Series 7 license, she began her career as a financial advisor in 1995. She joined Morgan Keegan in 1999, which later merged with Raymond James in 2012.

31, 63, 65 Securities licenses, as well as her producer’s license for life and variable insurance contracts.

Raised in Bardstown, KY, Nicole stayed in Lexington after graduating in 1994 from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Finance. She has been married to her husband, Brad, for over 18 years and they have three children. They attend Southland Christian Church and together as a family, they often enjoy the volunteer opportunities. She enjoys spendThrough a comprehensive approach to wealth management, Nicole ing time with family, attending Southland Christian Church, watching builds personalized investment and financial planning strategies that her children’s sports & activities, her Bible study group, Kentucky basare tailored to meet each client’s individual needs, their goals and their ketball, gardening and being with close friends. tolerance for risk. Using goal-based planning and a hands-on process, Her advice is summed up with a quote from Richard Winwood, “Planshe strives to ensure her client’s custom financial plans stay in line with ning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not their goals. She serves as Senior Vice President and holds her Series 7, choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.”

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Emily Miller VP, Senior Business Banker | Republic Bank | 859.266.3724

As a private banking officer, Emily works with clients on personal banking to business and/or commercial needs. Over the nine years that Emily has worked at Republic Bank, she has helped members of the medical community, including resident, fellow and attending physicians, with their lending needs. “Thanks to my familiarity with healthcare workers, I have a better understanding of the different circumstances individuals are in when it comes to lending needs,” she says. “With the help of Republic Bank, I have been able to carve out special loans to help accommodate the needs of my clients.” Emily is an active member of the community and serves on the committee for Her Knight and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Kiss A Pig. She and her husband, Marcus, live in Lexington with their two young children. NMLS# 419242, Member FDIC, NMLS# 402606

Lawrence W. Wetherby III VP, Senior Business Banker | Republic Bank | 859.519.3387

Lawrence was a teller throughout high school and college, and after a brief stint in the political field, he was drawn back to the banking profession. He focuses on commercial and business banking, which allows him to be active in the community and meet new people and businesses. Success and drive are Lawrence’s biggest motivators. Professionally, Lawrence prides himself on being a top performer, year after year, but personally, one of his great accomplishments was soliciting a large health insurance company to pay for his mother’s cancer treatment after it was originally denied, which enhanced and extended her life. Lawrence prioritizes giving back to his community by serving as chair of Downtown Lexington Corp, a board member of Downtown Management District and by playing an active role with the American Cancer Society, specifically with the “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraisers. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys golf, biking, working out, hunting, fishing, reading, gardening and watching University of Kentucky athletics. Member FDIC, NMLS# 402606

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Charlie Fox

Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager City National Bank | 859.367.3711

Charlie’s career began at City National Bank’s predecessor as a part-time teller while attending the University of Kentucky. He was offered a full-time position after graduation. After a couple years, Charlie was promoted to branch manager at the Tates Creek office and then was promoted to commercial relationship manager in May of 2015. As Charlie explains, all bankers are not created equal. “People should pick their banker based on their ability to deliver solutions,” he says. “I strive to be honest, transparent and give my best effort to help clients reach their objectives.” Charlie is a self-proclaimed adrenaline fanatic—he enjoys activities like skydiving and cliff jumping. He and his wife, Natalie, spend their free time boating on Lake Cumberland, traveling, snow skiing and spending time with their six-month-old son.

Victoria C. Carling Senior VP/Relationship Manager Commercial Banking City National Bank | 859.367.3701

With more than two decades of banking experience, Victoria has worked with all types of middle market commercial enterprises, including those invested in real estate, and with high net worth individuals that have specific lending needs. Victoria has been in a community bank environment for nine years, but started her banking career at a large global banking firm where she spent 13 years. “I wanted an organization where I had more influence in how to help clients reach their financial goals,” she said. “City National Bank supports my career goals perfectly.” She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 21 years and together they have a son and daughter who are in high school. Victoria says she is motivated personally and professionally by staying in a career she loves, raising two amazing kids while advocating for community organizations that she holds close such as Girls on the Run, Women Leading KY, The Splash for Cystic Fibrosis and KET.

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Suzanne Bays Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor Meridian Wealth Management, LLC | 859.721.2476

While Suzanne was on scholarship for computer engineering in college, she realized that she was very social and changed her major to business to fully utilize her strengths. “I have always been interested in investing and read books about it starting at age 12,” she says. “I began my career at a bank in Michigan as a teller. Then, I moved to Huntington, WV and worked as a teller with the intention of moving up into the advisor role. I was a banker and securities licensed within a year, and I have never looked back.” Suzanne’s says her biggest motivator is helping people and her clients. Her primary focus is on pre-retirees and retirement income planning. In Suzanne’s free time, she reads investment literature, researches investments and stocks, enjoys travelling and bowling. She’s also a fundraising committee chairperson and board member for Arbor Youth Services. Suzanne has two children and three rescue dogs. Photo by Keni Parks

Darryl M. Terry Central Kentucky Market President Kentucky Bank | 859.771.5092

Darryl’s expertise is in helping clients set up the best loan to help them with their needs. For more than 20 years he has worked at Kentucky Bank. Darryl says the most rewarding part has been meeting new clients and the friends he has made along the way. Darryl calls Winchester home and attended UK with a B.S. in Accounting and is a graduate of the L.S.U. School of Banking. Darryl is president of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, the past president of the Lexington Forum and a previous board member of the Lexington History Museum. His dream is to be a guide at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Darryl and his wife, Diann, have been married for 36 years and have two adult children, Matthew and Hannah. Matthew and his wife, Amanda, recently had a baby and Darryl, along with the rest of the family, is over the moon for the first grandbaby, Morton. NMLS# 630677

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Amanda Schmutte

Senior Financial Advisor | U.S. Bancorp Investments | 859.321.7734

Amanda Schmutte, Senior Financial Advisor at U.S. Bancorp Investments, and her team work with clients to help build, preserve and transfer wealth. “We are focused on helping clients work toward their individual financial goals using planning as a starting point, then utilizing investment management and insurance services to meet their needs. We greatly value our relationships and many clients have become dear friends over the years,” says Amanda. When the financial crisis hit in 2008, Amanda’s position was eliminated, without any notice, and she found herself unemployed for the first time in 20 years. “I won’t pretend that I didn’t feel deeply hurt and betrayed. I had been the primary income provider for our family for many years and my family was counting on me. These were some very dark days for me, but thanks to my supportive husband, friends and the grace of God, I found a new home with U.S. Bancorp Investments. I can honestly tell you now that it was the best thing for us. I am once again doing what I love, which is helping people.” Amanda and her husband, Mark, have been married almost 30 years and have three daughters that amaze Amanda every day.

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Greg Mullins Director | Blue & Co., LLC | 859.253.1100

Greg brings more than 35 years of professional experience to Blue & Co. from numerous industries including manufacturing, equine, not-for-profits, private colleges and schools, and consulting services focusing on closely-held businesses. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Greg began his career with Potter & Company, LLP, which merged into Blue & Co., LLC in 2010. As a certified public accountant, Greg says that he has a duty to help his clients succeed. The fulfillment that comes with seeing his clients accomplish their goals is what has motivated him throughout his career. Greg serves on many civic and professional organizations, including Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky Accounting Advisory Board, Commerce Lexington and the YMCA Metro Board. Greg and his wife, Milly, have a blended family comprised of three adult sons. His hobbies include boating, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

John Copeland Director | Blue & Co., LLC | 859.410.2388

After initial declarations as English and education majors at Transylvania, John Copeland decided that the business world was a better fit. Having stumbled upon an accounting class in high school, he was well suited to jump into collegiate level accounting classes. The professors and his positive internship experience were the reasons he made the decision to be a certified public accountant (CPA). John’s areas of expertise include tax planning, compliance and consulting for businesses and individuals. His industries of focus include service professions, small construction contractors, retail, franchising, real estate and manufacturing. “At Blue & Co., we strive to be our clients’ trusted business advisors, which means we do a lot more than just fill out tax returns,” says John. “We enjoy being the resource our clients seek advice from before making a significant business decision–whether it’s the decision to start a new business, sell a business or anything in between.” Kentucky CPA License - 6443

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R. Tracy Osborne Senior Vice President Community Trust and Investment Company | 859.389.5300

Tracy Osborne has been managing people’s wealth since 2001. Now with Community Trust and Investment Company for 13 years, Tracy helps individuals accomplish their financial goals. “We are in the relationship business,” Tracy says. “We meet with new and existing clients to help identify their needs and provide solutions, which is achieved through our rapport, solid investment philosophy and team service model.” Tracy has always had a passion for numbers and taking care of people, and as he explained, the investment industry provides the opportunity to do both. “What is routine to us in the industry can be a huge sense of worry to our clients,” Tracy says. “Whether we recognize it, every day our work relieves worries and concerns, and provides peace of mind to our clients.” In Tracy’s free time, he likes to golf, watch college football and basketball and travel with his wife, Jennifer.

Andy D. Waters President & CEO Community Trust and Investment Company | 859.389.5300

With nearly 30 years of experience, Andy has been helping people manage their wealth since 1987. Originally from Jacksonville, NC, Andy is motivated by helping people, building relationships with clients and being a trusted advisor. Andy has been with Community Trust and Investment Company for 13 years. He seeks to give people peace of mind by protecting what they have worked so hard to accumulate or have inherited. “It’s about relationships, and building rapport and connections with people because they trust and rely on you—not just because they have hired you,” he says. Andy and his wife, Jenny, have five children and are active members of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, where Andy is an elder and a member of the finance committee. Andy enjoys spending time with family, watching sports (especially college basketball—having been born in NC, he’s a Tar Heels fan) and playing recreational sports.

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Patty Breeze Investment Advisory Representative SeaCure Advisors | 859.753.7548

For many years, Patty Breeze operated her own independent insurance practice, Breeze Financial LLC., which is still in operation. “After meeting Carolyn Howard, founder of SeaCure Advisors, and realizing we had much in common, especially with regard to assisting clients reach their financial goals, I became an investment advisory representative of the firm. I am now able to concentrate on more advanced and formal financial planning for my clients,” said Patty. As a certified financial planner since 2000, Patty felt that clients would benefit from a total needs approach to their financial situations. “My mission is to provide my clients with extensive information, so that, they are empowered to make the best financial decisions for their families and themselves.” When time allows, Patty enjoys reading novels, playing tennis, downhill skiing and traveling with her husband, David, and their two children. CLU, CFP®

Carolyn Howard, CFP® Founder/CEO | SeaCure Advisors | 877.328.4037 x700

Before returning to her Kentucky home, Carolyn Howard founded, built and sold two other registered investment advisory firms in Boston, MA, where she lived for many years. SeaCure’s specialties are retirement, tax and estate planning. The firm focuses on comprehensive financial planning and provides unique, custom plans for clients of all ages. “We believe everyone needs a financial plan and should have one regardless of assets they have,” she said. “We have the ability to manage client monies, but it is not requirement to have a plan. Our goal is to provide financial security for the mature needs of our clients.” Married to Albert Kelley, Carolyn has two adult children and two granddaughters. She enjoys the arts, music, reading, swimming and keeping fit. She’s involved in several community organizations, including the Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show Committee, 100 Women and Philanthropy and Women at UK. NMLS# 61712 CFP®

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Brandon J. Gaines

Wealth Management Advisor | Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company | 859.523.8700

Brandon Gaines specializes in working with current and pre-retirees in retirement income and distribution planning, as well as physicians and small business owners at Northwestern Mutual. “Financial planning is more than having an investment account, an insurance policy or a budget—it’s a full circle approach regardless of age and income. I have been fortunate to sit down with a lot of great people in the community that on paper have all the right ‘stuff ’ but don’t feel like they have a plan,” he says. “I believe it’s about connecting what’s on your balance sheet with what’s in your heart.” Brandon started his career at Northwestern Mutual as a college intern and has been with the firm ever since. Motivated by helping clients achieve their goals, he prides himself on his dedication to ongoing education and making an impact in the community. Brandon is most proud of the caring approach, expertise and education that his team brings to their clients. “Seeing the relief on a client’s face when they discover that retirement is an option, that they can take the trip they have talked about for 30 years, or to see a parent or grandparent smile knowing that their children and grandchildren will get an education and pursue their dreams is what makes all the difference in the world,” he says. In Brandon’s free time, he enjoys playing music in his band, golf, the outdoors and traveling with his wife, Kathryn. CFP®, RICP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC

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Miller Wilson Vice President, Lending First State Financial | 859.273.5723

Miller Wilson began his banking career in 1996 as a teller and moved up position by position. At First State Financial, Miller handles both consumer and commercial loans of any size and for any purpose. Now in business more than 20 years, Miller loves the fact that over the years, several folks who started out as clients have become friends. “Like most bankers, I like nothing more than to help my clients succeed,� says Miller. Motivated by family, friends, results and an internal drive to succeed, Miller’s proudest accomplishments are losing 85 pounds and running the entire length of the 2016 Bluegrass 10,000. His hobbies include camping, fishing, darts and watching University of Kentucky athletics. He and his wife have a son and daughter. NMLS# 467140

Jimmy Atkins Vice President of Lending First State Financial | 859.977.8691

Jimmy Atkins has been with First State Financial Inc. for 12 years. His areas of expertise are in consumer lending, mortgage lending and commercial lending. Jimmy started in banking in 1998, after graduating from the University of Kentucky, where he worked his way up into management and then lending. Motivated by helping his clients achieve financial success, Jimmy prides himself on being consistent for his clients. Jimmy enjoys staying fit, following University of Kentucky athletics, coaching youth baseball and spending time with his wife, Tabitha, and two sons, which he says are his greatest accomplishment. He also volunteers with the American Heart Association and Southwest Pony Youth baseball. MLO #586457

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Coby Adkins Vice President and Market Manager Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. | 859.245.0836

Coby Adkins, Vice President and Market Manager for Town & Country Bank, has more than 15 years of banking experience across various leadership roles. Coby was vice president of business banking with PNC Bank prior to joining Town & Country Bank, where he assisted business owners in achieving their financial goals by providing both personal and business solutions to privately held companies. Coby also served in the United States Marine Corp for six years. Coby’s areas of expertise include lines of credit, equipment term loans, business acquisition lending and owner occupied commercial real estate. Originally from Morehead, KY, Coby enjoys spending time with his family and working out in his free time.

Matthew White Market President | Peoples Exchange Bank | 859.269.0235

Matthew White specializes in commercial real estate transactions. He’s been in the banking industry for 20 years, eight of which have been at Peoples Exchange Bank. There, Matthew was given the challenge, and the opportunity, to grow Peoples Exchange Fayette County. In eight years, Matthew and his team have grown from 8 million in loans to almost 100 million. “Looking at the monthly reports and trying to make next month even better is a huge personal motivator,” he says. “My employees have been an incredible asset and have contributed immensely to this effort. It makes coming to work fun and exciting, which most people don’t expect in a banking environment.” When Matthew isn’t working, he enjoys hot yoga, rock climbing, mountain climbing, horse racing and fixing up abandoned houses in distressed areas of the community. NMLS# 580177

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Diane Verhalen Owner | Alliance Financial Planning | 859.977.6006

Diane always knew that she wanted to help people when she got into the professional world. With her knack for finance, she started at an insurance company that lead her to focus on written financial plans and the independent channel of financial services. As owner of Alliance Financial Planning, an independent financial planning firm backed by the largest independent broker dealer LPL Financial, she and her firm recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of independence and have been in the industry almost 15 years. “Our key to success is allowing the client’s needs to lead to the recommendations in order to fit their goals and personalized plan,” Diane says. Diane is motivated professionally and personally by being able to make a positive impact. Her hobbies include travel, going to concerts, home improvements and University of Kentucky athletics. She’s also an active member of the community as board chair for Dress for Success Lexington, member of the Junior League and the Professional Women’s Forum. CFP®

Jeff Koonce Regional President | Wesbanco | 859.244.7200

Jeff Koonce has been in banking in central Kentucky for more than 30 years. As a community banker, Jeff has held key senior management roles in community and regionally based banking organizations. Jeff joined WesBanco, formerly Your Community Bank, in 2013 as president for the central Kentucky market. With the acquisition of First Federal Savings Bank in Elizabethtown, Ky., Jeff moved into his current role, covering Fayette, Nelson, Hardin, Meade and Hart counties. “At WesBanco we truly believe in being a valued part of the communities in which we live and operate,” says Jeff. Motivated by seeing his team succeed, Jeff has found his own success through perseverance and hard work. An active member of the community, Jeff currently serves on the boards of Commerce Lexington, Community Ventures Corporation, American Heart Association and is the 2017 Corporate Council Chair for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He his wife, Diana, have two grown children and one grandson. Photo by Keni Parks

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Jamie Mortimer

Vice President / Mortgage Branch Manager | Commonwealth Bank & Trust | 859.509.4731

Having recently joined Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company as Vice President and Mortgage Branch Manager, Jamie has more than 15 years of experience in mortgage lending. He has achieved the status of being central Kentucky’s top loan originator by doing the right thing for his clients. “The dream of homeownership is achievable by almost everyone as long you have the desire. My job is to educate my clients and find the right loan to fit their needs,” says Jamie. “I’m eager to leverage my experience and product knowledge to help my customers. Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company provides me with the platform to make all that possible.” Jamie says that he is meticulous and prides himself on getting things done efficiently for his clients. “I want my clients and referral partners to know that they can always get of ahold of me—when convenient for them—days, nights or weekends. I pride myself on being a great communicator and always providing a straight answer. A deal either works or it doesn’t. It is crucial that we work together to figure that out as quickly as possible.” Jamie and his wife, Brandy, have four children, who Jamie says are his biggest motivators. A self-proclaimed “Dance Dad,” Jamie spends his free time with friends and family, playing basketball with his son, watching University of Kentucky basketball and traveling to the Gulf of Mexico. Jamie and his family attend Crossroads Christian Church and he enjoys giving back to the community. NMLS# 718169

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Kristen Wells Vice President, Treasury Management Officer Forcht Bank | 859.264.2265

Kristen Wells, vice president and treasury management officer at Forcht Bank, has spent the past 16 years working in business development and client relations in both the financial and medical industries. Her position at Forcht Bank allows her to do what she is most passionate about, which is a mixture of sales, operations and client relations. Every client I meet has a unique story with different needs,” she says. “I enjoy finding ways to help streamline their daily banking activities, so that they can have more time to focus on building their business. Our customers are always at the center of every decision.” Kristen loves to cook, travel and spend quality time with family and friends. She and her husband, Jim, have been married 20 years and have three sons, who she says are her greatest accomplishment.

Courtney Barker Relationship Manager, Deposit Production, Treasury Management Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co. | 859.685.3053

When Courtney was a senior at UK, she interned at a local bank in Lexington. After graduating, she was offered a fulltime position as a teller and was given the opportunity to grow with the bank and learn many different areas of banking. Now with more than 10 years of banking experience, Courtney’s expertise includes business development and client relations, marketing, deposit operations, treasury management and security. “My experience and expertise has lead me to my current position, relationship manager at Bank of the Bluegrass. I enjoy doing what I am most passionate about, which is creating relationships with individuals and businesses, and helping them find the best solutions to their banking needs,” she says. In Courtney’s free time, she enjoys golf, running and yoga. Courtney says that her family and friends have had the greatest impact on her life, but especially her father, who inspires her in so many ways.

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Lesley Fluke Senior Vice President | First Security Bank | 859. 410.6565

Lesley Fluke joined First Security Bank in October 2016, having worked more than 28 years in commercial banking. She has in-depth experience handling medical practices, commercial real estate, manufacturers/distributors, service industries, and not-for-profits. Lesley describes herself as driven. She likes to meet her customers at their place of business to gain a better understanding of their daily operations, the company’s cash conversion cycle, and to discuss any financial concerns and future plans. She provides solutions to help reduce costs, improve cash flow, fund growth and capital expenditures, and identify any potential operating risks such as fraud. She and her husband, Martin, moved to Lexington from Atlanta, and they have a daughter and son who are both students at the University of Kentucky. Community involvement is important to Lesley, and she is looking forward to making a difference in her new city of Lexington. NMLS# 1553970

William “Bill” Feltner President, Lexington/Fayette Market South Central Bank | 859.223.0179 x4381

Bill Feltner, president of South Central Bank, Inc. for the Lexington/Fayette market, started his banking career in Lexington in 1972. Over the years, he worked his way up from a management training position to market president. Motivated by pursuing new business, whether that is deposits or loans, Bill has enjoyed the banking profession. “While there have been lots of ups and downs, and a lot of regulations over the years, I still like the challenges I face each and every day.” he says. “Banking is not just banking anymore—it’s financial services like wealth management, technology friendly services for customers who want to use internet banking, relationship bankers, and flexibility on the access to loans and the list goes on.” While Bill doesn’t get the opportunity to play golf as often as he would like, he spends his free time landscaping and working outside his home. NMLS# 476282

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David Kidd Vice President | PNC Bank | 859.281.5307

David started his career in nonprofits, working specifically with colleges, universities, nonprofit hospitals and local governments. From there, he made the transition to general healthcare, commercial and corporate banking. “Now I wear two hats,” says David. “A coworker and I handle Lexington PNC’s commercial book, which is made up of companies with annual sales of $5 to $50 million, and I work with our corporate book, which is made up of companies with more than $50 million in annual sales.” David grew up in Elizabethtown, but has lived in Lexington since 1994. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and has a Masters of Business Administration from Sullivan University. David and his wife, Shelly, have been married for almost 17 years and have four sons.

Billy Lanter Fiduciary Investment Advisor Unified Trust Company | 859.514.3347

Billy joined Unified Trust nine years ago and while he works with a broad range of clients, his specific areas of expertise have been in comprehensive financial planning and working with retirees, and pre-retirees, to transition their retirement nest egg into a retirement income plan. “While the industry has seen rapid growth of so-called ‘robo advisors,’ no website or call center can replace the value that comes from a trusted, personal relationship centered on goal-based planning,” says Billy. “The importance of having someone you trust, someone that truly understands your goals and is actively managing your investments to help you achieve them, cannot be understated.” Billy graduated from UK with a Bachelors of Business Administration in finance and a Bachelors of Science in accounting. Billy and his wife, Erin, live in Lexington with their daughter and chocolate lab. CFP®, CTFA, AIF®

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Jesse Hardin

Sales Manager | Bank of England Mortgage | 859. 361.0309 As a veteran mortgage lender, Jesse has been in lending for 15 years, his most recent two years have been at Bank of England. He assists and caters to a wide array of clientele with their home purchase and refinance home loan needs. Regardless if they are buying their first home, vacation home or forever home, Jesse always fights for his clients’ money as if it were his own. Jesse prides himself on being dependable and accessible to his clients and realtor partners on nights and weekends, and delivering timely, dependable and professional services. Motivated by the desire to provide the highest level of customer service possible, Jesse has

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found the most rewarding part of his profession is that he cultivates long-term relationships with his clients and business associates. Jesse started his career in the mortgage business shortly after graduating from Berea College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. A native of Lexington, Jesse and his wife, Kim, have two young sons, Gray and Cannon. He enjoys Crossfit and attending his boys’ activities and sporting events, and he’s a regular participant in various volunteer initiatives with the Young Realtors of the Bluegrass and the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors. NMLS# 770974


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Dave L. Harris CEO | MCF Advisors, LLC | 859. 967.0999

Dave began his financial services career as a commodity trader on the Chicago Exchanges. In 1985, he became Vice President of Integrated Resource, Inc.—an investment banking firm in New York City. He founded MidSouth Capital Asset Management, LLC. in 1989, serving as the CEO, until the company was acquired in 2000. Shortly thereafter, Dave joined MCF Advisors as a senior partner and shareholder. With two offices in Kentucky, MCF provides financial and investment services for many clients in the Commonwealth, but also has clients across the country. For the past three years, MCF was named to the Financial Times Top 300 list of top Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firms. Motivated by the desire to help others succeed, Dave’s advice to clients is to remember the importance of practicing patience in finance. Dave and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and with ministry at Southland Christian Church, where he is a member.

Cathy Taylor Vice President/Market Senior Loan Officer Community Trust Bank | 859.389.5350 x5351

Cathy has been in the banking industry for 26 years, 17 of which have been at Community Trust Bank. With more than two decades of experience, Cathy has worked in all areas of banking, but has focused on retail, operations and security functions. Cathy’s career in banking started in college and it quickly became her focus and passion. “I have had the pleasure of working for and with so many great people over the years,” she says. “Taking great care of the customers and being a vital part of the community is what has motivated me throughout my career.” Cathy and her husband, Gregg, have been married for 20 years and have a teenage son. Cathy says that her proudest accomplishment is her son, Mason: “I’m very proud of watching my son become an incredible young man, he amazes me.” NMLS# 561219

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Clare Henson

Market on National | 730 National Ave. | Lexington 859.327.3876 | MarketonNational.com

Clare moved to Lexington to finish her Interior Design degree at the University of Kentucky. She worked with Hugh James at Lexington Furniture while in college and ended up falling in love with Lexington and the idea of starting a new business in line with her passion for furniture and design. “Hugh and I both had a desire to create a brand that would fulfill Lexington’s need for a modern, well-curated home décor and accessories brand,” she explained. “Having entrepreneur parents growing up definitely sparked my dream of owning and running my own business one day. Lucky for me, Hugh has trusted in my abilities and really gave me free rein to create the Market on National brand.” Clare, who has Type 1 Diabetes, was just 23 when Market on National opened. As a co-owner, she found it intimidating to work with people who have been in the industry for decades, but found them a great learning resource and an inspiration to stay well-informed to offer her customers a high level of expertise so they can each make informed decisions. “I believe in educating myself continuously in both business and design.” To other entrepreneurs, she advises, “Look towards those you admire in your field.”

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Becky Chenault Chenault Vineyards 2284 Barnes Mill Rd. | Richmond 859.624.35.12 | ChenaultVineyards.com Becky started Chenault Vineyards as a place for family and friends to gather, with a home-like feel. With reception spaces, and barn, welcome center and cottage that sleeps eight, the 500-acre property provides a warm Southern hospitality feel that invites guests to sit and visit a while. They have plans on adding stages for live entertainment. As a mother, grandmother, wife and coowner of Hanger’s Steakhouse, Becky is a busy lady. “One employee nicknamed me Bam-Bam because I come in with a bang and bam, I am done!” For other potential entrepreneurs, she advises, “Pray, listen and follow your heart.” Photo by Keni Parks

Michele Miller Simply Beautiful Boutique SimplyBeautifulFashion.com Michele originally lived in the San Francisco Bay area, where she owned a body wrap salon. When she moved to Lexington to be closer to family, she says she felt the pull to help women look great and feel empowered. “I found that if a woman feels beautiful, then she can bless others and give so much more of herself,” she explained. “That is most satisfying feeling and what gives meaning to everything I do,” she said. Michele admits that starting a new business in a new state was daunting task. However, her business grew quickly. “keep your dreams in constant vision and love what you do and especially love who you serve,” she advises other entrepreneurs.

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Seth Boyd and Billy Oakley Locals’ Craft Food & Drink 701 National Ave. | Lexington 859.523.3249 | LocalsLex.com Seth and Billy had been discussed opening a restaurant for years. “We both felt like we had the knowledge and drive to go out on our own and succeed in the business,” Billy explained. The friends looked for a unique space to rent and customize. The Walkers offered them the opportunity to be a focal point of the new Warehouse Block district, and they jumped at the chance. A year later, Locals’ is a staple of the local food scene, offering a fully stocked bar and original recipes using many locally sourced products. “In five years, we hope to be not only one of the top spots in the city and state, but hopefully also have a few more locations,” Seth said.

Angie and Jay Ballard Hair Nation Salon and Spa 152 W. Tiverton Way Ste. 130 Lexington | 859.252.HAIR HairNationSalonandSpa.com Angie and Jay both moved to Lexington after high school to further their educations. When they met six years ago, they discovered a shared dream. “We wanted to open a business where we could work each day together and build careers for a team of people in an industry that I love,” Angie explained. She is deeply motivated to wow her customers. “We want everyone to have an ‘Ultimate Experience’ when they walk through our doors,” she said. The Ballards have dreams of eventually opening additional locations. For now, the two are just proud to say that they work together with a great team every day.

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Isobel Chewning Cotton Patch | 3367 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington | 859.269.8839 CottonPatchofKy.com Isobel has always had a strong passion for fashion after learning the ropes from her mother’s family, who made a career out of the department store business in Chicago. She never dreamed that one day she would run her own store until a co-worker suggested she take a leap of faith and together they became partners in a Tennessee boutique. This boutique then decided to open a store in Lexington, and thus the Cotton Patch was born. For Isobel, the most important aspect of running a business is the connection with others. “Without the relationships I have established through Cotton Patch, it would only be 4 walls full of pretty clothes,” she said.

Martha Chewning Pirie | 3369 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington | 859.309.9938 PirieBoutique.com Some say that the entrepreneurial spirit is a gift from our parents, and for Martha that’s just the case! Taking after her mother, owner of Cotton Patch for over 30 years, and her great grandparents who owned Carson Pirie Scott, a department store in Chicago, Martha is taking her own crack at the boutique business. For Martha, the motivation is connecting with others. “I love getting to know visitors of our great city, my fellow Lexingtonians or even someone who jus needs a little retail therapy,” she explained. “Lexington has a thriving shop local initiative and I am very excited to contribute to that.” Pirie will be opening in February 2017.

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Josh Sherman and Keller Ross

Plot | 146 S. Forbes Ste. 160 | Lexington | 859.268.0903 | PlotLandscaping.com

Like most kids, Josh began mowing lawns for extra spending money. “My love for the outdoors and need for money in high school initially got me started into lawncare,” he explained. “But after seeing my book of business grow and the immediate gratification landscaping/mowing did for me, I soon decided to make this a career.” He and a friend, Will, put together a business plan, which they put in front of their parents as investors. While his friend has since moved on, Plot continues to grow. Keller is a partner in the business. “The business is a big part of our lives and we want it reflect positively to our community and the families of the men and women who represent Plot on a daily basis,” he explained. Plot offers full lawncare maintenance for commercial, residential and equestrian clients, including mowing, mulching, trimming, leaf removal, landscape enhancements and snow removal. Josh says that aside from family and friends, the people who have made the biggest impact on his career have been his competition. “It may be surprising that other landscape owners in town have gone out of their way throughout the years to help teach us about their businesses and the landscape industry,” he explained.

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Bret Melrose Fayette Heating & Air 817 Nandino Blvd. | Lexington 859.233.0424 | FayetteHeating.com Bret’s father, Al Melrose, founded Fayette Heating & Air in 1971 with one truck and $500. “His primary goal was to create a heating and air company that offered each customer peace of mind with trustworthy, professional, courteous service,” Bret explained. When Bret bought the company from his dad in 1985, he committed to growing the business with the same principles. “Growing up and watching my dad build his own company from the ground up was such an inspiration and motivation for my own success,” said Bret. Bret also says that his mother’s deep compassion and commitment to community inspired him to give back.

Christina and Kevin Hager The Great Room | 287 Southland Dr. 859.373.8004 | greatroom.co Christina has been a Realtor in the Lexington area for over 25 years. She and her husband, Kevin, were always buying homes, doing remodels and then selling them within a few years. They were continually on the hunt for good quality furnishings at affordable prices to complete the homes. The Great Room features pieces from all over the world, inspired by consignment stores they discovered while traveling. “To us it made perfect sense to either bring life back to a piece of furniture or find that diamond in the rough,” she explained. “We also decided to make custom tables out of Kentucky barnwood, which has been a blast!”

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Jenna Ballinger Serendipity Boutique 208 Woodland Ave. | Lexington 859.554.7897 | SerendipityBoutique.com Jenna always knew that she wanted to own her own business. “I loved the prospect of being in charge of my day to day and having the freedom to explore my creativity,” she explained. She started right out of college exclusively online and at Market 301. After a year, the space on Woodland became available, and though she wasn’t looking to create a storefront just yet, she couldn’t pass up on the opportunity in spite of being just 24 years old. “If there is something you are really passionate about and are willing to work hard for, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!”

Kate Cramer Pure Aesthetique 218 Walton Ave. | Lexington 859.489.5500 | PureAesLex.com Kate began her aesthetics career at a local medispa. She soon discovered that her real desire was to create her own unique space where she enjoys lending her hand in making people feel better about themselves, and perhaps helping to “diminish any insecurities that might be weighing them down.” Pure Aesthetique is nestled in a charming home on Walton Avenue and inside, clients can enjoy Intraceuticals oxygen facials, peels, eyelash extensions and lash lifts, brow and lash tinting, microblading and a long list of other specialties. Inspired by her mother and father, Kate understands the hard work and dedication required to start a business and values the independence Pure Aesthetique has given her.

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Mark Wombles

Heirloom Restaurant | Midway Distilled at Gratz Park | Lexington Mezzo Italian Café and Provisions | Midway

Being a business owner sprung from Mark’s perfectionist streak. “I like doing things my own way,” he explains. When his father found a building for sale in Midway, Mark jumped in and founded Heirloom. Since then, Mark was named Executive Chef at Distilled at Gratz Park and opened Mezzo Italian Cafe and Provisions in Midway. Mark is a driven person who is committed to succeed for his family. He credits his wife, Kyla, for holding everything together. Together, they are expecting their fourth child. “If I didn’t have such a great team at home and at all three restaurants, this would not be possible,” he admits. “I am not a one-man band! I rely heavily on my great staff, past and present.” Mark’s proudest moment was when Heirloom was named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the US by Open Table. In the future, Mark would love to open at least two more restaurants and he would even enjoy creating a franchise. Eventually, he’d like to make time for his other passion: European automobiles. He’d love to collect and sell rare cars once his children are grown. For anyone hoping to open their own business, Mark offers encouragement: “Follow things that you are passionate about and never give up!”

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j. stuart hurt, Jeremy Rice and Dwayne Anderson House | 250 Walton Ave. | Lexington 859.523.3922 | HouseByJSD.com “The Boys” worked together for a company in Lexington. When their department was shut down, the three lost their jobs… and got inspired. “We loved working together, and enjoyed doing what we did, so we thought we would give it a run on our own,” they explained. They formed a business that they love, and that serves as what many of their customers call their “happy place”. Their retail storefront offers home accessories, floral arrangements and design services. They also do flowers for special events and weddings. Their vision for the future? Simple: to build an Empire. “Might as well put that out there in the universe,” they laughed.

Dr. Mark Miller, DC True Health Solutions 811 Corporate Dr. Ste. 302 Lexington | 859.223.2233 TrueHealthSolutionsForYou.com “Helping people and giving them their health back gives me the ultimate satisfaction,” Dr. Mark said. As a doctor for 37 years, he has helped countless patients reverse health conditions and lose weight, giving them back their quality of life and confidence. “Most people do not realize that their health diagnoses are not a permanent condition,” he explained. As a father, grandfather and businessman, Mark values providing customized one-onone care and attention based on lab findings to help each patient thrive. He says his goal is to continue changing lives in Lexington for many years to come.

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Zedtta Wellman

Gratz Park Inn | 120 W Second St. | Lexington 859.231.1777 | GratzParkInn.com

“I love what I do. Hospitality is a great job – meeting new people every day and working with a superb community,” said Gratz Park Inn manager Zedtta Wellman. A native of Ashland Kentucky, Zedtta loves showing off our beautiful city and giving guests at The Gratz Park Inn a fantastic experience. “We’re truly a hidden jewel in horse country. We’re nestled in a historic area and surrounded by wonderful homes and businesses. We have served governors, Supreme Court Judges, authors, comedians, basketball stars, senators, sports broadcasters, actors, and a few HGTV designers. Our doors are always open to all guests.” Zedtta also enjoys lending a hand in the community. One of her favorite fundraisers is Freedom Fest. “Every year they raise money for Woodford Humane Society. We get to decorate a stall in a barn for businesses to purchase and entertain their clients in. It’s a great cause, you meet wonderful people and you build lasting relationships.” When she’s not working, Zedtta spends time with her family and attends Southland Christian Church. “Family is the most important part of my life. It’s a blessing seeing my children become wonderful adults and to watch my grandchildren grow.”

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Tom Dupree, Jr.

Dupree Financial Group | 237 E. Main St. | Lexington 859.233.0400 | dupreefinancial.com

Tom has over 38 years of experience in the investment and securities industry, and his entrepreneurial spirit is home-grown. He is the third generation of his family in the financial service industry. “I worked in my father’s firm for several years.” That experience, coupled with many years at a large investment firm, gave him the desire to go out on his own. He saw a need for a business that specialized in individually managed, not mass produced, retirement investment accounts. Tom founded the Dupree Financial Group 13 years ago. It is a locally owned and operated financial advisor group located on Main Street. The firm builds retirement plans that focus on producing income for its clients. “Whether our clients are preparing for retirement or living in it, we’re here to make sure their investments produce substantial income for them.” While Tom has many years of experience, he is still amazed at what he learns every day. “I have had a number of mentors, but our clients are some of my best teachers.” And when he’s not in the office, Tom can be heard on the radio, seen walking his dogs, or enjoying local cuisine (and lots of it). 112

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Gwyn and Ren Everly J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar 3191 Beaumont Centre Cir. | Lexington 859.533.9777 | JRendersBBQ.com “We were ready for a change in our professional careers, and we weren’t getting any younger,” Gwyn laughed. “Before we could think about it too much, we started J. Render’s BBQ.” Their food truck, Big Red, is known all over town and their catering is a local favorite. But when the demand outgrew their capability, Gwyn and Ren knew the leap to a brick and mortar was necessary. “We feel very passionately about giving our customers the very best food, service and atmosphere in which to dine,” Gwyn said. “We know they have many choices when dining out. We are always honored when they choose to come to J. Render’s.” Join them for Happy Hour Daily from 3-6 pm and Live Music on the weekend.

Jake Glancy Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge 263 E. Brannon Rd. | Nicholasville 859.273.0351 | JakesCigarBar.com “My personal passion for bourbon and cigars matched a need that Lexington had to create a perfect environment for both of those to be enjoyed,” Jake explained. Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge has over three hundred different types of cigars and a fully stocked bar, featuring over 150 bourbons. Jake’s allows people to not only drink local, but smoke local. He said, “There’s always room for friends!” Jake wants to thank everyone for their support. “Between the success of Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge and the ‘cigar catering’ offsite at events, 2016 was a record year. Thank you!” He said, “Come Cross The Line With Us! There’s always room for friends.” Photo courtesy of Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge

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Jackie Howard Alliance Medical & Home Care 3716 Willow Ridge Rd. | Lexington 859.296.9525 | AllianceLexington.com When Jackie worked for a similar company, she loved the challenges and the feeling of success that the industry provided. “I saw the opportunity to create my own business and ran with it,” she said. “With determination, hard work and a made-up mind, I pursued my dream.” Alliance provides nurses and other clinical employees to hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities. Alliance is proud to offer home care for clients who need non-clinical care. She sees herself continuing the work for years to come. “I’m fortunate to have a wonderful team to work with,” Jackie said. “Their optimistic attitudes and empathy toward those we serve are evident every day.”

Conrhod and Leslee Zonio Conrhod Zonio Photography Light Life Love 859.299.6550 | ConrhodZonio.com LightLifeLovePhotography.com As photographers, Conrhod and Leslee love to connect with people. “We get to be an integral part of stopping time, capturing history and allowing the amazing people we work with to leave a legacy behind,” Conrhod, a graduate of Asbury and UK, explained. The business rose out of Conrhod’s passion for photography. As demand increased for his work, Leslee took on the role of family/lifestyle portrait photographer with Light Life Love. “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. Together, they are dedicated to serving our local community and region.

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George Gatewood

Longwood Antique Woods | 330 Midland Place Lexington | 859.233.2268 LongwoodAntiqueWoods.com

For George, it was deeply important to be selfemployed, forging a career in something he was passionate about. His love of reclaimed material called to him. He began wholesaling milled barn wood to companies from the Northeast for flooring. From there, his business grew. “We offer commitment to customer service foremost, and the manufacturing of repurposed wood, furniture, flooring, wallboard and beams. We work with numerous local design and architecture firms in the repurposing of our antique materials,” George explained. Longwood Antique Woods saves, restores and reuses reclaimed materials from all over Kentucky. These green products add historic value, beauty and interest to homes, barns and businesses across the nation. As a passionate person who is proud to run a Kentucky-based business, George says he is inspired by John Carloftis and his love of the Bluegrass state. George also credits the impact John Peterman has had on his career as a mentor and confidant. For others looking to become entrepreneurs, George says making a name for yourself is essential. “Opening a small business in today’s world is difficult when competing against the interwebs and larger big box stores,” George said. “You have to find a niche or creative product, and never forget… service, service, service. Huckleberry Beyoump America.”

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Ralph Stokley

Stokley’s Marine | 3034 Lexington Rd. | Nicholasville 859.887.2466 | StokleysMarine.com

Ralph Stokley of Stokley’s Marine is passionate about customer service. He has spent over 35 years focusing on creating the best customer experience possible for every customer at his dealership. Ralph feels blessed to have a great staff who understands his mission to be the best they can be each and every day. With 2017 as Stokley’s 45th year as Central Kentucky oldest boat dealership, they must be doing something right. For the 5th time in 10 years, Stokley’s has received Tracker Marine’s award for the highest customer satisfaction in the nation. This is a tremendous achievement considering 200 other Tracker dealers are striving for that same distinction. Ralph is often asked by other dealers, “What’s your secret?” He says that it’s not a secret, but rather an everyday determination to pay attention to details and treat customers the way he would want to be treated. In addition to the prestigious Tracker Marine award, Stokley’s has also received the 100% Customer Satisfaction Award in 2016 from Cobalt Boats, and the Yamaha Jetboat High Output CSI award. For 2017, Ralph and his staff have set a new goal: to be the best boat dealership in the country. It’s a lofty goal, but that is how a dynasty is made!

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

Allison Rohrer Sweat Lex 867 E. High St. Ste. 250 | Lexington 859.368.7922 | SweatLex.com Having worked in fitness for 19 years, Allison wanted to create a boutique fitness facility with a comfortable feel, specializing in Barre, Yoga and Cycle classes–with an edge. “As a new business owner, I would like to give the best service I can to the Lexington fitness community,” she said. “My expectations are high and constantly evolving.” While she would eventually like to see Sweat open in other areas, for now, Allison’s focus is on creating an incredible overall experience for her guests to the studio. Allison strives to lead her team to reach their highest potential as trainers and help guide each client to become the best version of their self. Photo by Greer Portrait Studio

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Mike and Denisa Cooper

Oak Factory Furniture & Mattress Gallery Brannon Crossing | 859.272.8323 | OakFactoryLexington.com

When the Coopers moved to Lexington, they came with a goal to open an oak furniture store in a “cherry town”. Denisa’s father and brothers owned furniture stores and loved it. Mike and Denisa knew that Lexington and the furniture business were both the right fit! “Our blood runs blue,” Denisa said. “That’s a biggie after growing up in Knoxville!” Over their 26 years in business, Oak Factory Outlet has become a staple of the Central Kentucky community. The Coopers believe in doing what you love, as well as staying connected to their staff. “We love our work and we love our employees,” Mike said. “It’s like family!” Their full line furniture store is known for Oak, but they also carry Cherry, Mahogany,Pine, Alder and Painted finishes as well. They recently opened an Amish Gallery within the store, featuring 8 solid wood choices and 27 stain choices, greatly expanding the great products that Oak Factory offers. Mike and Denisa, who have two children, put their faith at the center of their business. “Jesus Christ gets all the glory for our lives and our career,” Denisa said. “Always be honest and do the right thing, even when it’s easier not to!”

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Kaelyn Query LexEffect Events 203 W. Second St. | Lexington 859.230.5365 | LexEffectKY.com Kaelyn started her event management business in high school, but she never thought it would be much more than a hobby. “Boy was I wrong,” she laughed. “The ‘hobby’ grew to the point where it had to be my full-time job. It is something I am so passionate about, and it never feels like work.” As someone who always thinks two or three steps ahead, jumping into small business ownership was worrisome, but rewarding. “I look at all we’ve accomplished over the last 3-4 years and it blows me away,” she said. “It makes me want to work that much harder.” Photo Location: Hilary J. Boone Center

Alena Grivetti Watts Bluegrass Dance Training Center 2187 Lexington Rd. | Richmond 859.625.9393 BluegrassDanceTrainingCenter.com As a mother of 3 young girls who were involved in both competitive dance and gymnastics, Alena noticed there was a growing trend in dance to include high level acrobatic skills in choreography. “I couldn’t find studios with a successful multi-level acro program with certified instructors.” She welcomed the challenge to rebrand an existing dance studio to fit her vision. Alena advises aspiring business owners to do extensive research in your field and take an honest inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. She plans to continue partnering with area schools and community organizations to provide free dance instruction to students who wouldn’t normally be exposed to arts education. “I am proud to give a positive experience to everyone who walks through our doors.”

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Raleigh “RJ” Bruner

The Wildcat Group 859.948.3553 | Wildcat-Group.com

Upon graduating from UK’s MBA program in 2010, RJ decided to take the summer off to relax and plan for his future. “About a week after graduation, I helped my sister move,” he said. “That night, I decided that moving would be a fantastic summer job.” RJ started Wildcat Moving with his old Ford Bronco and a motorcycle trailer. Now, he has 17 trucks and a staff of over 80 during busy season. Their excellent pay scale ($15-$25 per hour) allows them to recruit and retain respectful, responsible and athletic movers that customers can trust. “We pay our movers better than any other moving company because we know that happy movers make happy customers. As a result we’ve been the topranked Moving company in Kentucky on Angie’s List for 5 years running. I love being the best at what we do,” he explained. In addition to Wildcat Moving, The Wildcat Group includes Wildcat Auto Repair and Wildcat Home Inspection. RJ says his wife has had a huge impact on his career. “My wife Sylvie has been my best friend and biggest cheerleader for over a decade. We do everything together with our two kids, Juliette and Roman,” he explained. “I am very proud that my children are going to grow up knowing that I run several successful local businesses honestly.”

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Dawn Freeman Gotta Dance Studio, Inc. 3347 Tates Creek Rd. Ste. 201 | Lexington 859.268.3382 | GottaDanceLex.org Celebrating their 25th year in business, Gotta Dance is the culmination of Dawn’s lifelong dream. “I have always known I wanted to teach dance and own a studio,” she said. “My passion and love for dance and my students are the forces that make me get up and meet the day with a smile.” Still in its original home in the Lansdowne Shoppes, Gotta Dance has evolved with changing dance trends and the growth of its classes. They teach students from age 2 to adult. “I am honored to be a part of bringing the joy of dance to many over the years,” Dawn said.

Kristin Tatem Kristin Tatem Photography 316 N. Ashland Ave. | Lexington 859.321.0402 | KristinTatem.com As a wife, mother of three and photographer, Kristin loves capturing special family moments. Kristin, who has been a professional photographer for eight years, is now also offering classes in photography. “Today, my passion is not only capturing beautiful memories for families in my area, but it is for teaching others how to use their fancy cameras to take their own amazing photos,” she explained. Her expertise isn’t limited to just family portraits and celebrations, however. “I love working with creative entrepreneurs who want to take their visual brand to the next level and attract more customers with custom professional photography,” she said. Photo courtesy of Kristin Tatem

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Media: by Michelle Rauch

Lee K. Howard is the weekend sports anchor at WKYT. First thing’s first. What’s in a name? Specifically, his name. Lee K. as he is known, was born in Amarillo, Texas. Lee King Howard, the Third. His grandfather went by L.K. His father went by Lee. “So when I was born I was just the third variation of the same name, so they have called me Lee K. since I was born,” Howard said. Although he was born in Texas, he grew up eight miles across the border in Clovis, New Mexico. Howard may claim both states, but he is partial to his birthplace. “I am very much a Texan,” he said. Football is king in Texas. It is part of the culture. Growing up, Howard played football as well as tennis, soccer, and basketball. “Basketball was my love and my passion and that’s one of the reasons why this job in Lexington was such a big deal,” he said. Like many starry eyed kids, Howard thought he’d play in the NBA some day but, “I only grew to 6’1” and couldn’t jump that high,” he said.

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The couple dated nearly two years when Kennedy was hired by WKYT. She moved to Lexington, but Howard wasn’t far behind. He landed a job in sports at channel 27 in 2011, a self proclaimed outsider who knew a lot about Kentucky basketball, but not nearly enough as a diehard Kentucky fan. The first thing he did when he moved to Lexington was pick up a book, read, and learn.

Howard credits all the enrichment to giving him an opportunity to figure out what he really liked. Senior year during the off season of football he was asked if he would be the PA announcer for the baseball games. “I fell in love,” said Howard. He also came to a realization. “I was always a little better talking about sports than playing sports.”

“People in this part of the country take this very seriously and I had to engrain myself into Kentucky basketball and earn respect from people who have followed it since the moment they were born,” Howard said. Working side by side with four other men who have been part of the storied history for more than forty years has helped.

That was when Howard realized he could pursue a sports driven career through broadcasting. He majored in mass communication with a broadcast emphasis at West Texas A&M in Canyon, TX. “Once I figured out that I could talk about sports and still get that same passion and drive: this was definitely the career path I wanted to take,” he said. After earning his degree in 2005, Howard got his first job at the NBC/FOX station in Amarillo, TX. He was lucky and landed a position in the sports department. “I always wanted to do sports, but everyone always told me there’s a good chance you’ve gotta start in something else in news or production,” he said. It was a big break he looks back on and marvels at. “I look back at some of the stuff I did and it was terrible. I look at it and think, wow some news director had a huge heart thinking this guy may turn into something we can put on our TV station,” Howard said smiling. After three and a half years in Amarillo, Howard moved to Lubbock, TX for another sports broadcasting job. That’s where he met the woman who would one day be his wife, WKYT weekend anchor, Kristen Kennedy. “I like to say she pursued me, but really it was the other way around,” he said.

He’s talking about Rob Bromley, Brian Milam, Dick Gabriel, and executive producer Steve Moss. “The biggest asset is being surrounded by a wealth of Kentucky knowledge,” he said. Howard says Bromley has “this mind” that can cite specific scores from thirty year old games. “It is just unbelievable how his mind works,” Howard said. It is hard to deny the passion for Kentucky basketball. “I have never seen anything like what exists in Lexington,” he said. Knowing that, Howard’s October arrival in 2011 was intimidating. “I had to learn all these new players,” he said. He was overwhelmed but his seasoned colleagues said they were in the same boat letting him know coach John Calipari brings in new players every year. It’s been a great stretch of basketball to cover. Howard is asked all the time if he is a Kentucky fan after moving here. His response is always the same. “My job is to cover the sport, but you can’t help but just be latched onto Kentucky basketball,” he said. “It’s always more fun to follow a team that wins.” For Howard, sports is more than just a game. “Meeting just the every day kid who is overcoming cancer or someone who is just beating the odds to play the sport or a group of people who come together to play sports,” he said. “I always say if I could have someone’s

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Faces + Places job it would be Tom Rinaldi with ESPN who does a lot of long form stories that tug at your heart, that’s the kind of thing I like to do.” In spite of a busy schedule, Howard still tries to pick up a football or basketball when he gets a chance. “My wife won’t let us get a goal at our house, but that’s ok because two doors down they have a basketball goal.” When he gets together with family he plays football and soccer with his nephew. Howard married Kristen Kennedy in 2013. This past September the couple welcomed their first child, Margaret Bly Howard. She is named after two of her great grandmothers. They affectionately call her Meg or Meggie. “She was born the Friday night before the Alabama-Kentucky football game. I say if you are in sports you should time your baby to show up in the summer. My timing was way off,” he said laughing. As new parents sleep is a rarity, they cherish frequent naps instead. “It’s fun. I am enjoying being a dad,” he said. “You figure out your priorities.” Their Cavalier King Charles mix, Cooper, may be having the toughest time adjusting to the new arrival after being the spoiled “only child” for nine years. “I still think she enjoys us, but you can tell she wonders why is the baby getting all the attention? When the baby cries our dog grabs a toy to say ‘hey come here, I’m not crying’,” Howard said. “It’s an interesting dynamic in our house right now.” In spite of working together, Howard says he and Kennedy rarely cross paths at work since the news room is downstairs and the sports department is upstairs. There are advantages of having a spouse in the building. “Kristen takes care of me. She brings me food,” he said. He also appreciates having a wife who understand that a deadline driven career in TV means you can’t just punch the clock at 5pm and come home. “I have learned having someone else who is in this industry is great. She understands the inner workings because she is in the same boat,” Howard said. When it comes to sports, Howard admits there is just something about being at a game whether you are playing it or covering it. “I still feel that competitive drive. Maybe my job isn’t to score the points but it’s to turn a good story,” he said. For Howard, it’s all about bringing the game to life for someone who was not able to be there in person. “TV stations are melting pots of people from all over the country, but we have a uniquely Kentucky sports department at WKYT. When I came in I felt like the outsider. I was the guy with zero knowledge. It was a crash course, but it was a fun crash course on Kentucky,” he said. Howard says there is a lot to love about his job. One day he may be anchoring the weekend sportscast in Lexington. The next day he’s at Madison Square Garden for the Kentucky-Michigan state game. While that’s exciting, it’s the stories behind the games he loves the most. “The thing I love single handedly about my job is telling stories,” he said.•

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Girls on the Run Central Kentucky helps third to eighth grade girls realize their limitless potential... by Sarah Boerkircher | Photos courtesy of Girls on the Run In 2008, Girls on the Run Central Kentucky had its first season, which included two schools and 26 girls. Race ahead eight years to the Fall 2016 5K event at Keeneland, which had more than 800 girls participate. This type of growth, in less than a decade, proves the success of this inspiring organization. Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on developing, educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines running with lessons about topics such as bullying, gossip and self-esteem. The 5K is the culminating event of the season.

fifth grade girls at Cassidy Elementary for two seasons. After a job change that made coaching difficult, I joined the board as volunteer coordinator.” In 2010, GOTR Lexington, the name of the council at the time, decided to hire a parttime council director. Heidi was looking for a part-time position that would allow her to spend more time at home with her daughter. She then became the first employee of GOTR Lexington in February 2010, she explained. Since then, GOTR Lexington has grown to include 14 counties in central Kentucky and the council changed its name to GOTR Central Kentucky. Heidi is also now the fulltime executive director of the program. GOTR Central Kentucky is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of more than 200 locations across the United States and Canada.

“We envision a world where every girl knows, and activates, her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” said Heidi Guckenberger, executive director of GOTR Central Kentucky. “The objective of the program is to reduce the potential of at-risk activities among third to eighth grade participants through men“We envision a world where every girl knows, tal, physical and emotional develand activates, her limitless potential and is opment.”

Over the course of the 10-week learning program, the girls participate in a 20-lesson curricufree to boldly pursue her dreams.” lum that is based on three main More Than a Running categories: celebrating ourselves, Program Heidi, who first volunteered with GOTR in 2009, was looking for a developing healthy relationships and serving the community. The way to get involved in the community that would incorporate physi- last two weeks of the program are dedicated to a community service project that is completely designed and executed by the participants. cal and emotional health. “I loved the idea of mentoring young girls and the core values of the GOTR program,” she said. “I was the head coach of 16, third to

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lessons on bullying, gossip and peer pressure, all in an effort to provide them with the tools they need to successfully navigate through school and into their adult lives.”

curriculum focuses on helping the girls develop goal setting skills throughout the 10-week program, and at the conclusion of the 10 weeks, all of the girls come together to complete a 5K.

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls, grades sixth through eighth. As Heidi explained, Heart & Sole creates a positive and structured space for middle school girls, and a curriculum that focuses on themes girls can relate to and one that helps to build important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting and decision making.

Volunteer coach mentors are trained by GOTR Central Kentucky to lead the girls through the curriculum. As Heidi explained, more than 250 volunteers donated their time during the 2016 fall season to help lead and encourage participants as they completed the GOTR program.

Each week, parents and guardians receive guides on how to further family discussions at home in hopes of improving the quality of home life. GOTR believes that the healthy home talks give great benefit to not just the participants, but all family members present. “The GOTR program is unique in that it not only reaches out to girls about the importance of healthy living, but it give participants the knowledge and skills to avoid at-risk activities as they move from elementary to junior high to high school,” said Heidi. “We also make efforts to reach out to the entire family structure by providing 5K training plans and encourage participation in our 5K events as a family.”

Continuing to Train and Grow The GOTR program creatively integrates noncompetitive running, or walking, into each lesson to help prepare the girls for a 5K. The

The GOTR program strives to teach girls to: • Recognize their power and responsibility to be intentional in their decision making. • Embrace their differences and find strength in their connectedness. • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions. • Nurture their physical, emotional and spiritual health. • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent. • Stand up for themselves and others.

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Faces + Places Individuals can obtain information on volunteering through the GOTR Central Kentucky website (www.gotrcentralky.org). As Heidi explained, GOTR has a need for volunteer coach mentors every fall and spring season. For those interested in being a coach, Girls on the Run provides training for all volunteer coach mentors as well as all of the materials needed to present the program, explained Heidi. For its 2017 season, GOTR Central Kentucky is expecting a record number of participants. Typically, the fall season race has been public and the spring season has been kept private. This will be the first time that the 5K event at the end of the spring season will be a public race. Do you know a young girl who would like to participate? The spring season kicks off on February 6, 2017, but participants may register through the second week of the 10-week program. To register, please visit www.gotrcentralky.org. While there is a $150 registration fee to participate in the program, this fee covers the curriculum, lesson materials, volunteer training, background checks, CPR/ first aid training, a practice 5K, healthy snacks at each lesson, the 5K registration and a program shirt. GOTR Central Kentucky offers a sliding scale based on family size and income that ranges from $15 to the full $150 registration fee price. More than 70 percent of participants receive some level of scholarship to participate in the program. “Now that we are expecting a record number of participants at our spring 5K event, likely six or seven hundred, we’ve moved the location to the Kentucky Horse Park,” Heidi said. “Our fall 2016 season grew by over 120 girls from fall 2015. We had six new teams join in fall 2016 and over 800 girls at our Fall 2016 5K event—many of those girls had never completed a 5K. The growth of this program is an amazing success story.” •

Save the Date: GOTR Central Kentucky’s Spring 2017 5K Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park

Are you interested in making a donation? Individuals can make donations to GOTR Central KY through the website, www.gotrcentralky.org. All donations stay in central Kentucky to serve the local council. Questions? Please direct any questions to Executive Director Heidi Heidi Guckenberger via email: Heidi@gotrcentralky.org.

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Serendipity Boutique

Photos by Keni Parks

I am always so inspired by young people living out their dreams. That’s why when I met Jenna Ballinger, 24, I instantly connected with her. Ballinger is the owner of Serendipity Boutique on Woodland Avenue, which opened early December 2016. In just a short amount of time, Serendipity is already becoming a must-go-to store in that area, which is surrounded by other unique local boutiques, creating the perfect synergy of affordable clothing options for those who like to shop local. Serendipity Boutique started as an online boutique out of a spare bedroom in her grandparents’ house. After quickly gaining popularity through word of mouth and social media promotion, and as her sales grew, Jenna began to set her sights even higher: opening her very own brick and mortar shop. After the previous tenants had moved out of the space located at 208 Woodland Avenue, Ballinger continued to drive by the vacant space. Each time as she glanced in the window, her interest was piqued. Finally, she said, “I want to go look at it!” And as the old saying goes, the rest was history. After a little bit of renovation and redesign, Ballinger moved her online business out of the guest room and into the cool, unique space it is today. “Opening day, we had people waiting at the door for us to open and it was a whirlwind closing time,” Ballinger said. “We were swamped! I was absolutely blown away by not only the turnout, but all the kind and positive feed back that I got.” Ballinger wanted to offer mainly “casual chic” options, like oversized sweaters, jeans, flowing tops, skirts and rompers, with the occasional sparkly party outfit offering. Clothing items mostly range from $30 to $60, with a few higher-priced items sprinkled in there for what she says are the “really special pieces.” Their clientele ranges from “college-age up to 50’s and beyond”, Ballinger said. “Our style is definitely ‘ready to wear’ and I only buy something for the store if I think there’s something really cool and unique about it. I also don’t compromise on the quality of the clothing.”

You can also find great accessories, bralettes, hats and gifts including locally-made jewelry and julep cup candles, which were bestsellers during the holiday season. “It was really important to me to have local goods in the store, not only because you can get costume jewelry anywhere, but this stuff is handmade and really awesome,” Ballinger said. “Having done Market 301 for a while, I’ve gotten to get to know the small business owners behind the goods and they’re fantastic, genuine people that happen to be very talented, so it was a no-brainer to have their stuff in the store. I also think Lexington is getting more and more into supporting small and local, which is really cool,” she added. The boutique has a fun vibe Ballinger calls “chic with fun, unique elements.” The store definitely has a quirky sense of style that is both open and inviting. Each corner of the space boasts a different accent, which includes everything from floral wallpaper, to exposed brick, mirrored walls, a functional barn door, an oversized industrial fan, tin-tiled ceiling, cowhide rug, painted hardwood flooring with trap doors and my favorite feature: the focal wall which is covered with faux flowers and the word ‘Serendipity’ floating over top. Plus there are the fun light fixtures, the pink velvet drapes strung around the dressing rooms and the fun little accents through out. “I love the juxtaposition between the industrial and the feminine touches,” Ballinger noted. A hot pink neon sign reminiscent of something you’d find in a Betsy Johnson store also now glows next to the cash register that simply states: “Dream Big.” Ballinger is certainly doing that. “If you have a dream and a passion, you should absolutely pursue it. Don’t let the fear of failure or the people who will certainly doubt you along the way deter you. Don’t wait. Do it now. Take help from anyone willing to give it, but don’t ever stop working for what you really want.”•

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READING BETWEEN THE

Wines

By Michelle Aiello

Louie’s Wine Dive pairs unique wines with well-crafted comfort food

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ouie’s Wine Dive, a regional family of restaurants with the philosophy that wine should be fun and approachable, opened their doors in Lexington this past November. Owned by Kansas City native Whitney VinZant (who is married to former Miss Kentucky Emily Cox, niece of WLEX-TV news anchor Nancy Cox), the restaurant group has locations in Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Kansas City and Clayton, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Overland Park, Kansas. While “chain” is a convenient word to use, VinZant explained that each location has its own unique layout, design, and menu. The restaurant, located at 854 East High Street at the corner of Euclid Avenue and High Street (most recently Macho Nacho) is far from an actual dive. In fact, anyone who has been there in recent years probably won’t recognize it. The space has undergone a complete transformation, and the entrance now faces Euclid Avenue. Wine barrels, glowing wine bottle chandeliers, shelves stacked with shiny bottles of Pellegrino, aged barn wood, iron, and Carrera marble accents come together to create a rustic-chic environment that is relaxing and sophisticated but not stuff y. During the renovation, two new private dining rooms have been added, with space for 10 or 40 guests (“The most beautiful in the city”, said VinZant.)

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The menu features a wide variety of dishes that are made with care using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. But Louie’s doesn’t stop at fresh and local. Many of the ingredients, such as the pasta, are made from scratch in-house, a rarity in the restaurant industry. All of their desserts (including White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Carrot Cake, Apple Crumble, and Chocolate Torte) are baked in-house as well. “We cut absolutely no corners,” said VinZant. “We have an award winning wine program and we needed to create an outstanding menu to accompany that program.” Lunch and dinner is served daily, and brunch is served from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Valet parking is available, and guests are also welcome to park in the parking garage across the street at no charge.

We cut absolutely no corners The food at Louie’s is little more in-line with what might be served at a dive —think chicken wings, deviled eggs, a club sandwich, burgers, fried fish—but each menu item features a gourmet twist and is elegantly prepared and presented. The menu is contemporary casual and rooted in American and Mediterranean classics, so it will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. It features a decent range of price points as well. Entrees range from $12-22, with a three-course prix fixe menu available Thursday through Saturday.

As one might imagine, Louie’s has an extensive list of wine and spirits, including many that are off the beaten path. In fact, according to VinZant, when the Lexington location opened, he worked with their certified sommelier Eric Atkinson to bring in more than fifty wine labels that hadn’t previously been sold in Kentucky. When it comes to selling wine, Louie’s has an interesting approach. “We will open any bottle on the list if you purchase two glasses, and then we’ll sell the remainder of the bottle at auction to the rest of the crowd.” For example, if a customer agrees to buy two glasses (half a bottle) of any wine, the remaining two glasses are noted on the 16-by-10-foot chalkboard, simply known as the Wine Board. If the wine does not sell in a certain amount of time, the price is reduced and then reduced again, Dutch-auction style. VinZant commented that it’s fun when a very expensive bottle hits the board. Guests can watch to see how long it stays up there, or gamble to see how low the price can go. Not only is the process fun, but it also provides an excellent opportunity to try high end wines without having to break the bank. “The wine that you drink here should taste better because of the expertise we bring in what we purchase,” said VinZant. “Sure (the auction process) costs us a bit more, but we’ve created a unique experience that people tend to talk about when they leave.”

Appetizers are generally large enough to share, or can easily be enough for a light lunch or mini-meal. Fried to crispy perfection and served with dual sides of marinara and creamy dill sauce, the Squeaky Cheese (fried cheese curds) is an appropriately indulgent appetizer or compliment to a glass of wine. The deviled eggs are stuffed with a mustardy egg yolk mixture, topped with morsels of smoky bacon and sweet marinated tomatoes and finished with a hint of refreshing arugula. In addition, their charcuterie boards are completely a la carte—three items for $15, and additional items $4—giving guests the opportunity to customize their selection of meats, cheeses, and accompaniments.

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The mouth-watering brunch menu includes Riesling Apple French Toast—with brown sugar, Riesling apples, whipped cream, spiced pecans, and bourbon maple syrup, and the Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich—cayenne buttermilk chicken, lettuce, bacon, white cheddar, tomato, cinnamon and honey butter stacked on a brioche bun. A variety of benedicts, breakfast tacos, and omelets are also available. One of the most memorable dishes on Louie’s menu is the 4 Pork Gnocch, which is made from scratch, a process that takes over twelve hours from start to finish. The soft potato dumplings are pan-fried to give the exterior a slight crunch, and the dish is dressed with an intensely flavorful sauce made with savory prosciutto, pork shoulder, ground pork, and Italian sausage. The two wedges of garlic toast that accompany the already starchy dish seem a bit superfluous, but its incredible depth of flavor more than makes up for it. Plus, the dish pairs beautifully with almost any wine on the menu.

Q&A With Louie’s Wine Dive Executive Chef Andrew Durbin Are you from Lexington? If not, where? I am from the small town of Alhambra Illinois, which is just east of St. Louis. How did you get started in the restaurant industry? At the age of thirteen I started a part time job washing pots and pans, which led to a lifelong passion for the hospitality industry. What attracted you to Louie's Wine Dive? The beauty of Louie’s and the nonpretentious approach to really good food and wine. What is one of your favorite ingredients or flavor boosters, and why? I would have to go with the simplicity of salt. The amount of salt used in cooking can make or break the integrity of almost any dish. If you were dining out at Louie's what dish and wine would you order? The house made gnocchi with four pork ragout, paired with ‘I Tre Vescovi’ Barbera d’ Asti Something people would be surprised to know about you? My cousin and I went on a 1,500 mile bicycle trip from southern Illinois to the East coast. What's it like working in your kitchen? Educational, productive, and most of all, fun! If someone wanted to be a chef, what 3 things would you tell them? Be patient, have a strong mind, and be a jack of all trades. Do you pay attention to food trends? What is one trend you're on board with and one you wish would go away? As a chef, you must pay attention to trends, but you can’t let them change your style. One trend that should be the norm is the farm to table concept. “All or nothing” diets can go away. I am all for diets but I believe balance and moderation is the way to do it. Tell us about your family. My family has been the greatest influence on my culinary career. Some of my fondest memories take place in my parents’ kitchen, with them and my brothers. What do you like to do on your time off? I like woodworking and gardening. Both activities are a great way to clear my mind. Food-wise, what is your guilty pleasure? Canned chicken noodle soup. It just gives me a sense of comfort.

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The first thing we focus on is creating a quality experience Happy hour specials include discounted pricing on appetizers –deviled eggs or beignets for $4, squeaky cheese or pork tacos for $5, margherita flatbread or shrimp tacos for $6, and chicken wings or calamari for $7. During happy hour, all wine bottles are 25% off, local beer on tap is $4, glasses of champagne can be had for $4.50, and there is always a house red or house white available for $5. Happy hour takes places daily from 4pm to 6pm and from 4pm to close on Mondays. There is also a late night happy hour from 9 to 10 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and from 10 to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. They may call it a “dive”, but don’t be fooled by that name. The chalkboard specials, simple banquette seating, and racks of bottles may draw a more casual crowd, there’s nothing dive-y about the attentive service, sophisticated comfort food and well-crafted wine selections found at Louie’s Wine Dive. Above all, says VinZant, the experience should be comfortable and fun. His intention was to make unique wine accessible and to create a concept that was unlike anything he’d seen in the marketplace. “The first thing we focus on is creating a quality experience,” he said. “Everyone we work with has to be passionate about what they do.”

Chef Durbin’s

Street Noodles 6 oz spaghetini

3 radishes, sliced

4 oz coconut sriracha sauce

A sprinkle of black sesame seeds

2 oz slaw mix

¼ tsp chopped garlic

6 daikon sprouts

4 shrimp (optional)

1. Place sauce and noodles in a pan and heat through. 2. Add garlic and sauté, then add slaw. 3. Twist noodles and place in bowl getting as much height as possible. 4. Top with slaw, arrange shrimp around sides. 5. Top slaw with daikon and radish. 6. Garnish with sesame. 7. Garnish with bread.

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COPYCAT COSMIC BROWNIES How many times have your kids begged you to pick up Cosmic Brownies at the store? No longer do you have to balk at the decision, because we’ve got a healthier copycat recipe you can make at home! You’ll choose these sweet, skinny treats every time over Cosmic Brownies. At only 142 calories (compared to 273) and 11 grams of sugar (compared to 23.5), you won’t need any more convincing. Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15-18 minutes Ingredients: 1 egg

½ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup sugar

¼ cup canola oil

⅛ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup skim milk

Ganache:

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

1 cup whole-wheat white flour

3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350° F, and spray a small square (9x9-inch) or rectangular (7x11-inch) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, applesauce, oil, milk and vanilla. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula, until completely moistened and combined. Evenly spread the brownie batter in the prepared dish. The batter will be very thick and fudgy at this point. Make the top as smooth as possible with the rubber spatula. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When cooled, cut into 12 even squares. To make the ganache: In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the almond milk for 15 seconds, or until hot. Add the chocolate chips and stir together until melted and smooth. Allow to rest and thicken for about 5 minutes. Evenly pour over the cooled brownies. Top with candycoated chocolate. 12 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1 brownie Calories 142 | Fat 7g | Cholesterol 15mg | Sodium 37mg | Fiber 3g | Carbohydrates 21g Sugar 11g | Protein 2g | Smart Points: 6

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CHEESECAKE STRAWBERRIES Indulge your sweet tooth for only 17 calories per strawberry! These pretty little desserts are so cute, so sweet and so romantic for a unique Valentine’s Day treat!.This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. It’s perfect for a makeahead Valentine’s Party snack or just a treat that can be waiting for you in the fridge when cravings strike. Prep Time: 20 minutes Ingredients:

Preparation:

12 fresh strawberries 4 tablespoon of fat-free cream cheese, softened

Cut the tops off the strawberries and with a sharp knife cut an X – do not cut through the strawberry. Gently remove a little strawberry from the center.

3 tsp Stevia® (or any zero calorie sweetener)

In a small bowl mix cream cheese, Stevia® and vanilla.

⅛ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Place mixture into a pastry bag, or a plastic bag with the tip cut off, and pipe in the filling.

1 low-fat graham cracker, crushed into crumbs

Roll top of strawberries in graham cracker crumbs. 6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 2 stuffed strawberries Calories 34 | Fat 0g | Sodium 22mg | Fiber 0g | Carbohydrates 8g | Sugar 2g | Protein 1g

by Brooke Griffin, Skinny Mom

Griffin is originally from Corbin, Kentucky and strives to educate, motivate and inspire other moms to live their healthiest life.

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Foodies By Amanda Harper

Gents Original Gents was founded on the idea that the same craftsmanship, pride and care that’s poured into Kentucky’s most famous export should be applied to non-alcoholic drinks. The refreshing flavors of Gents are made using all-natural ingredients in small batches. Gents can be found at Good Foods Co-op, the Barrel House Distillery, Palmers Fresh Grill and around town at various other locations. From their Smoked Honey Grapefruit Cocktail Mix to their tasty Toasted Oak Ginger Ale, Gents proves that craftsmanship is king in Kentucky. gentsgingerale.com

Sunrise Bakery Steve Matherly’s family history is steeped in culinary tradition, and he wants to share the love of family, traditions and bread with everyone. While Sunrise Bakery’s delicious, carefully crafted Old World style bread is a can’t-miss, their pastries, sandwiches, cookies and cakes are something truly special. The family business offers up something different every day, from biscotti to delicious danishes, but their famous cinnamon rolls are one of the few things that can get many Lexingtonians going each morning. 111 West Main St. • (859) 255-0304 valotta.com

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Martine’s Pastries Anyone who has attended a few weddings in Central Kentucky likely needs no introduction to the talent residing at Martine’s Pastries; their wedding cakes are delicious works of art. What may be news is that Martine’s offers delicious pastries and desserts in-store Monday-Saturday! From their tasty Peanut Butter Blondie to slices of their Cake of the Day, Martine’s has something to make anyone’s day a little sweeter. For special occasions, Martine’s takes callahead pre-orders for cakes, with countless options. Their desserts are also available at fine establishments throughout the Bluegrass. 1039 Industry Rd. • (859) 231-9110 martinespastries.com

Pig & Pepper Baking Co. Rian Davis began her journey with a culinary curiosity: she wanted to enjoy a pie, but wondered if she could modernize the taste of an American classic. That same pursuit of innovation, plus a commitment to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, makes their creations truly special. From their Blueberry-Mint Bourbon Cream Pie to their Smoked Duck with Goat Cheese Quiche, Pig & Pepper will be available at the forthcoming Lussi Brown Coffee Bar. Their quiches can currently be found at A Cup of Commonwealth. 105 Eastern Ave. • (859) 592-1935 pigandpepperbaking.com

Jūn Bug There is a lot of buzz surrounding probiotics. For the curious, Jūn Bug Probiotic Honey Soda is a wonderful local option. Each batch is sweetened with unheated raw honey, creating a delicious drink with live enzyme cultures. This Kentucky Proud brand works hard to keep it local, from the honey at the heart of the beverage to the label that rests on the outside. Find Jūn Bug at numerous Lexington locations, including 21c Museum Hotel, Middlefork Kitchen Bar, Minton’s and Blue Stallion Brewing, just to name a few. 962 Delaware Ave. • (859) 333-2001 kentuckyjunbug.com

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February Picks by Bill Jackey

OF THE MONTH

NEW BELGIUM

DAYBLAZER Why Bill Enjoys this Beer…. “New Belgium brewing is hands down my favorite brewery so when I got word they were releasing several new options this year the hunt for new beers was on! My first stop was Dayblazer their easy going ale, the bright blue and gold packaging practically jumped off the shelf, it was clear this was going to be my first stop on the trip of sampling all of New Belgium's new beers. The moment I cracked the can the wonderful smell of malt with just a touch of honey and vanilla hit the air and I knew I was in for a treat. Then the taste test began, talk about an easy drinking beer, the golden ale had a light bodied mouthfeel and the initial sweetness seemed to pull you in and is quickly followed by just enough hop bitterness to give you a nice effervescent flavor with a fast clean finish. This beer fits nicely into my beer wheelhouse, although my pallet has come a long way over the last few years and IPA’s and Pale Ales hit my fridge more often, I still most enjoy the easy drinking ales and Dayblazer fits the bill perfectly, well built and chalk full of flavor. It will definitely be a staple in my fridge from here on out. If you haven't yet grabbed a six pack, do yourself a favor and pick one up on your next trip out, you will be happy you did!” Style: Easy Going Ale Alcohol By Volume: 4.8% IBUs: 13 Taste Profile: A deliciously refreshing golden ale, at 4.8% ABV, brewed with the finest malts and hops giving a sweet, crisp citrus finish with just a hint of honey.

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DFJ Vinhos

PAXIS RED BLEND This Portuguese wine was inspired by one of the winery founders, Dino Ventura, while watching his children play a British game of bulldog. He heard the children say “paxis” (derived from the Latin word for peace) to give themselves immunity from being caught. As a result, Paxis a a light-bodied, soft and juicy wine. Rated #5 on Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys of 2016 Paxis Red Blend is a “dark, structured wine with its balanced blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roritz, is firm with tannins and dense berry fruits. Full in the month, it is a concentrated wine that brings out a strongly chalky texture.” - R.V. Country/Region: Portugal/Lisboa Winemaker: José Neiva Correia Alcohol By Volume: 12.5% Tasting Notes: A delicious wine. Captivating with its impressive aroma and perfectly smooth flavour of fresh cherry, raspberry and spice notes. Smooth medium body red wine the end of tasting it’s tasty, elegant and persistent. Food Pairings: Excellent with food or by itself. Good complement of roasts, barbecue, pastas, vegetarian and cheese dishes. Best served at 60-62 degrees F.

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Brandei and Chad Sellers are both Kentucky natives—Brandei’s from Louisville and Chad, Paintsville—but they met for the first time in Arizona. They both worked as District Managers for a medical device company and met at the national sales meeting held at the Biltmore Hotel. Since they worked in the same area, the two stayed in touch after the meeting. They helped each other out with case coverage and would often check in to make sure everything went well. Chad always enjoyed their conversations but since they worked together, it never occurred to him to ask her out. That is, until a colleague commented on the fact that she was single. “It was like a lightbulb went off,” Chad said, and immediately asked her to dinner. Brandei played it cool, responding to the invitation with a casual, “Sure.” Less than a year later, Brandei and Chad were back at a Biltmore—this time, in Asheville, North Carolina. Chad asked a stranger to take a picture of them in front of the hotel and whispered, “Keep taking pictures. I’m planning to propose.” The photographer panicked, Chad panicked, and the moment he got on one knee, he was speechless. To this day, Brandei claims it was the perfect proposal because he was at a loss for words, something that “never happens”.

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he wedding took place on June 25, 2016 at the Apiary in downtown Lexington. Prior to the service, Brandei and Chad exchanged cards in private. This quiet and emotional moment was the perfect start to a memorable day. The outdoor ceremony took place in front of a breathtaking flower wall. Flower spheres hung from the ceiling and flower urns added extra flair. The service was officiated by Chad’s uncle, Lowell Rice, a pastor in Owingsville, KY, which was a lot of fun, since he knew the couple so well. During the ceremony, Brandei said vows to Chad’s son, Gage, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Of course, there was also a little comedy thrown in. Chad forgot to bring his tux for the photos and right before the couple exchanged vows, a fire truck went roaring by. Plus, the champagne flutes Brandei and Chad did their celebratory toast with went missing, only to be discovered on a bar hopping adventure with his friends downtown. The outdoor venue was gorgeous and carefully planned details helped to make the ceremony unique. The couple had an ice sculpture, a photo booth, and a cake table with a layered wedding cake, cake pops, and petite cakes. Guests danced the night away to The Bishops, a band out of Indianapolis, and at the end of the night, received scrumptious chocolate truffle favors. When asked what advice the couple had for others planning a wedding, they said, “Weddings are worth it because of the memories but also a lot of work. If you don’t have help or a wedding planner, you might want to reconsider and run away.”

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If the month of February was a color, it would without question be red. While most people have a love/hate relationship with the holiday that is Valentine’s Day, there is no denying it is a pretty one. The bright splashes of pink and red, the soaring cupids, the heart shaped... everything. You can’t help but feel festive when surrounded by all the hints of love and romance, even if you are unattached. Our new Outfit of The Month is all about embracing a little Valentine’s style. We’ve created a look that works whether you’re going on a date with your love, or just meeting up with your closest friends. While we usually are all about the LBD, this ensemble’s star is a LRD. Preen By Thornton Bregazzi’s satin-back stretch-cady Ace midi dress is as elegant as it is eye catching. It comes in a striking strawberry-red hue, and has a one-shoulder silhouette with artful ruching and pleating to highlight the flattering fit-and-flare shape. Keeping our shoes simple yet sexy, the GX By Gwen Stefani “Observe” sandal offers a tall stiletto heel elevating a minimalist pair, fashioned with a slender ankle strap and a head turning finish. Jazzing things up with our bag pick, Saint Laurent always delights with its glamorous evening accessories. This black leather “Kate” clutch is decorated with red glittered heart appliqués and the iconic gold-tone metal YSL plaque. With enough room for your smartphone, make-up compact and cardholder, it’s perfect for adding subtle flair to classic tailoring. To really create the look of love, Sydney Evan’s Pendant Bezel Diamond Necklace was the perfect piece to add a little extra glamour. Made from 14-karat yellow gold plated sterling silver, featuring a bezel-set diamond, this delicate cable chain puts a sweet finish on our charming look. Of course no Valentine’s Day outfit would would be complete without a pretty red lip. Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a creamy, matte, full coverage lipstick that delivers bold, long-lasting color and stays in place for up to six hours of continuous wear. So if you plan on giving a few V-Day smooches, rest assured your makeup isn’t going anywhere. No matter what your plans are, dress up, have fun, and be a “Queen of Hearts” all evening long. by Jesse L. Brooks

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Super Mom: Melanie Miller

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In The Buf: A February Worthwhile

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Parties: Warm Up with a Hot Cocoa Bar

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Pets: Pet Therapy Magic

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Family is everything to Melanie Finley Miller. Together with her sisters, and their spouses and children, they have dinner every Sunday night and have been doing so for nearly 20 year. “It’s affectionately called ‘Family Night Dinner’ and we have experienced some of the happiest times together as well as life’s nasty disappointments,” said Melanie. “Our commitment to spending quality time together nurtures my soul. I admire my sisters, Holly and Leigh Ann, in so many ways. They are the truest friends a gal could have, they are remarkable mothers and they both foster a deep commitment to advancing the quality of public education.”

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As executive director at Good Shepherd Day School, Melanie is also inspired by the 33 teachers she gets to work with each day. As she explained, if you want to witness something really great, something admirable and something refreshing, come to Good Shepherd Day School. “There are still days I pinch myself that I get to be their leader,” said Melanie. “They constantly amaze me and remind me of what is really important in life. Melanie’s 10-year-old daughter, Ella Rhea, is the greatest thing to ever happen to her. After having a difficult time getting pregnant, Melanie then endured a long road of postpartum depression after Ella Rhea’s birth. “During the first six months of Ella Rhea’s life, there were times I thought being a mother had destroyed my life,” she said. “I was convinced that I couldn’t do it. That period was painful and life changing for me. I will be eternally grateful to my family and my doctors who provided Ella Rhea and me with amazing care until I felt like myself again. Although it’s 10 years later, the thought of someone thinking of me as a “supermom” gives me chills—I’m honored and proud that someone did.” Melanie and Ella Rhea love to travel and have prioritized to go on as many adventures as they can. Melanie knows that life is too short not to have some fun. As Melanie explained, their traveling experiences remain some of her most precious memories.

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I’m a firm believer that if you surround yourself with good people, some of their wonderful traits will rub off on you.

Besides travel, this mother-daughter duo also enjoys trying new restaurants—they consider themselves “foodies”—but they also have found joy in giving back their their community together. “We both receive such satisfaction knowing that we are caring for others around us,” said Melanie. “It can be as simple as attending a fundraiser, donating items to local charities or shopping for a family in need. As Ella Rhea’s mother, it is important to me that she be involved in activities that enrich the lives of others.” So what inspires Melanie to be a super mom? “Honestly, I’m inspired by all of the amazing people in each facet of my life,” Melanie said. “I’m a firm believer that if you surround yourself with good people, some of their wonderful traits will rub off on you. I’m also inspired by my fiancé, Chris, and his beautiful girls, Avery and Brooklyn. Chris’ girls have also been such a blessing to me and my daughter. I’m inspired by the openness of their hearts and their willingness to embrace this soon to be blended family.” As Melanie has learned throughout motherhood, being a mom, or even a “super mom”, does not mean that you are perfect or get it right all the time. “Being a ‘super mom’ means you are real and you are honest. It means you have the courage to accept all the things about you that make you, you. A ‘super mom’ means showing my daughter that I am proud of all aspects of being her mother.”

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n many areas of the country, February is often considered a dreary, dreaded month. Cold weather and fluff y white snow is a much more welcome sight when topped with magical Christmas lights. However, by the time February rolls around, the fluff y white snow has become the burdensome nasty stuff that causes even non-cursers to cuss. Having a holiday hangover and wrestling with staying on top of the latest new years resolution doesn’t help matters. To many, February can feel down right depressing. I propose taking a different look at this pesky little month. Meaning, purpose and perspective change everything, as we know. Rather than looking at this time of year as a relentless, frigid, lingering period that just won’t go away, one might approach it as a time for preparation and planning. The novelty of a brand new year has faded, so perhaps this is your actual opportunity to let ideas, hopes and realistic goals come into fruition. Because being outside in the cold is the absolute pits, now is the perfect time to begin spring cleaning! Grab some leftover Christmas boxes and load those suckers up! Why wait until spring to begin cleaning? How nice would it be on the first day of lovely weather to have a picnic instead? After all - you have waited all winter to enjoy the outdoors, thus spring cleaning in spring seems Ludicrous! And soups! Nothing is better when it’s cold than wonderful homemade soups! Look at it as though this is the last opportunity to try out fabulous new recipes and invite friends over for a nice bottle of

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red wine and a coveted new stew. If you have a fireplace, be sure to take advantage of a cozy fire and plenty of candles. This is something you will surely miss when the temperature no longer allows. Summer vacation deals can also be readily found during the month of February. So grab that wine, lounge by that fire and start looking at all of the options and bargains you will see as you are dreaming of that hot, sunny beach with a pink umbrella in your drink! This is also a time to get a head start on the ever-dreaded T word. Yes, taxes. No need to create complete havoc in your life by waiting until the last minute. This will allow you to do a little bit at a time. Perhaps for once, by the time the Uncle Sam deadline rolls around, you will be at least halfway there! Lastly, take a load off and hibernate! Let yourself sleep in late on a Saturday morning up in the big bed… cozy as a big ol’ bear! When the weather is dreary outside, there will be no time for sleeping in late. So, with meaning, purpose and a little different perspective, February just might become one of your very favorite months of the year! It can be the calm after the storm and the perfect break you have needed to get ready for warm wind and sunshiny days. Cheers! by Buffy Lawson Relationship Veteran


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If it seems like the cold days are never ending this time of year, it’s time for a little warm up! How about a Hot Cocoa Party to take away the February chill? Hot Cocoa Bars are always a hit with guests young and old, plus they don’t require a lot of extra work. Not only will hot cocoa heat up your friends and family, but it will spread some love, too You can make your Hot Cocoa Bar special with a few unique hot cocoa flavors that guests will love. And, they might even get creative, coming up with some new flavors of their own!

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Some people are simply drawn to advocacy. When they see wrong in the world they want to do their part to right it, and that strong sense of justice is often the driving force behind their careers and life choices. Such is the case with Susan Speckert. Speckert has spent her career working to improve the lives of others. Last year, when she came on as the Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to make Lexington a better place by promoting sustainable growth through land use advocacy and education, the Bluegrass gained a formidable ally. Finding Her Calling Growing up in sunny Bradenton, Florida, Speckert says the lessons of caring for the environment and land conservation were engrained in her from an early age. “We lived on Anna Maria Island and our community was very smart about protecting our resources,” said Speckert. “The beach and surrounding area near where we lived had been protected since before I was born so it didn’t get developed the way much of the surrounding area did.” Speckert says that while she was “horse-obsessed” as a child and rode every opportunity she could, it wasn’t until high school and into her

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college years at Loyola University in New Orleans that she had the opportunity to take formal riding lessons. It was there in New Orleans that she found not only a life-long passion in horseback riding, but also her calling. Speckert had completed her undergraduate work and well onto an eventual graduate degree in Literature. She was assigned a project which involved researching a group of women incarcerated for murder and the stories she was told were both heartbreaking and frustrating. “I had to do an oral history project in which I interviewed women who were in prison for killing their abusers. That project changed my life,” said Speckert. “I began working at a shelter for battered women in New Orleans and became the executive director for the Women’s Center at the University of New Orleans, which served the victims of rape and abuse, many of which came from underserved populations.” Wanting to do more to support these women and frustrated on their behalf over how difficult it was for the victims of such horrific crimes to navigate the legal system, Speckert went back to school at Loyola University’s School of Law to earn her legal degree. “Even though my father was a judge, I never wanted to go to law school, but seeing how hard the system was on these women who had already endured so much made me want to pursue a legal degree


Equine so I could better assist them,” said Speckert. First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Throughout her time in New Orleans, horses were her outlet. She rode and took lessons regularly, and often the barn owner would have her ride horses owned by clients to help keep them in shape. One such horse was Jesse, and through him she found love, of both the horse and human variety. “This Paint horse showed up at the barn one day and I just fell in love with him,” said Speckert. “The barn owner let me start riding him and I just kept falling more and more in love. I had just graduated from law school and was working for a federal judge at the time, so I probably didn’t have the time to be owning a horse, but when you click with someone – animal or human – you just know it. I had to have him.” The barn owner told Speckert that the horse’s owner was a Thoroughbred trainer who was planning to use the horse as a track pony. She said he would be coming to New Orleans for the race meet and might be willing to sell the horse. “I was grooming Jesse one day soon after that and this man comes up to me and says, ‘That’s my horse,’” recalled Speckert. “I said, ‘I’m the person who wants to buy your horse.’” Speckert recalls that the man, multiple graded stakes-winning Thoroughbred trainer Chris “Noddy” Speckert, was a bit coy about not being sure whether he wanted to sell his horse and offered to let her keep riding the horse while he thought about it. The two would see each other often at the barn and before long he asked her out. Eventually Speckert talked him into selling her the horse, and not long after that Chris proposed.

was definitely interested. “I always loved the races and was in awe of the athleticism and heart of Thoroughbreds. Through Chris I learned so much about the sport had fallen in love with horseracing and its people. This was a great opportunity to make a difference on their behalf,” said Speckert. “Folks who work on the backside get up at 4:00am and take care of those amazing animals. It was so different than what I’d done before, but I found purpose there as well.” Protecting the Bluegrass Last year, after serving as general counsel for the Kentucky Horseracing Commission for six-and-a-half years, Speckert announced she was leaving to take on the role of Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance. While the move might seem unrelated to what motivated her to take the role at the Kentucky Horseracing Commission, it actually is quite similar. “It was a hard decision to leave the racing commission, but I felt like this was a different way I could serve an industry that I love – by supporting and protecting our community and land,” said Speckert, “and I was so honored to have the opportunity to join the Fayette Alliance and do meaningful work on behalf of the whole community. This is our home now, and I want to be able to help our city move in the right direction.” That direction is one of evolution and balance, according to Speckert. The Fayette Alliance works to promote economic growth and business development within the city limits, thus protecting Central Kentucky’s signature Bluegrass Region and its farmland from urban sprawl. It is a mindset not unlike that of her hometown community of Anna Maria Island.

“We joke that we have different versions of how it happened,” she laughed. “I say he ripped me off so badly on the price of that horse that I had to marry him to get my money back. He says he got the horse, sold it to get the girl, then got the horse back in the end.”

“The Fayette Alliance was created to advocate for smart land use policies that preserve and promote what make Fayette County so unique,” explained Speckert. “We are not anti-growth. We’re progrowth, but we want to grow in an intentional way that doesn’t destroy the very things that make Lexington so unique.”

Chris was based in Lexington, Kentucky, so Speckert moved with him to the Bluegrass in 2005 and continued working in the legal profession at Stoll Keenon Ogden and for the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Working toward that goal means working with law makers at city hall to create better land use policies that leverage our agricultural economy, promote sustainable development in our urban areas and improve the quality of life of all our citizens.

In New Orleans Speckert rode many off-track Thoroughbreds. Through that and her husband and his work as a Thoroughbred trainer, Speckert learned on a deep level about the world of horseracing and the long hours trainers, grooms and other caretakers of such equine athletes put into the sport. Naturally then, when the Kentucky Horseracing Commission approached her about a position with them as their legal counsel, she

“The issues we get involved with and take a position on are based on facts, law and data. We do our due diligence,” said Speckert. “Working together, Lexington can become the model for sustainable growth by creating a vibrant city that is balanced with and connected to our productive Bluegrass farmland. When a community develops a growth strategy not of sprawl, but within itself, that is where meaningful change happens.”•

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There is a lot happening at the Kentucky Horse Park these days. With a new executive director at the helm and more events – both equestrian and otherwise – coming to the park in recent years, it is fair to say that a new day has dawned at the state’s showcase of all things horse. One of the newer enhancements to the Park came this past December, when Brian Pulley was brought on board as the new Director of Sponsorship. The Cambridge, Ohio native-turned-Bluegrass transplant has spent the better part of his career working in sponsorship and hospitality in the greater Lexington area. Now, Pulley has his sights set on introducing Kentucky and its signature state park to the world. Selling Exceptional Experiences Almost as soon as Pulley began thinking about what kind of career path he wanted to follow, he found it. While attending Purdue University, he was job shadowing the director of the Downtown Indy corporation, the non-profit organization that markets and develops downtown Indianapolis. She took him to a meeting for the Indiana Sports Corp, which holds the distinction of being the

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country’s first sports commission. “It was that day that I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – the business of sports and putting on large events,” said 43-year-old Brian Pulley. That job shadowing opportunity morphed into an internship for Pulley and the experiences gained at the Indiana Sport Corp would serve him well as he transitioned into the working world. Thanks to his mentor at Downtown Indy, Pulley landed a job in Lexington as a communications specialist at the city’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau upon graduation from Purdue. Coincidentally, it was around the same time that the city was developing the Lexington Area Sports Authority, which was the precursor to the Bluegrass Sport Commission. “They were intrigued with my experience at the Indiana Sport Corp and brought me on to be a part of their initial branding and marketing,” he recalls. That experience got him noticed by many, including Georgetown College, which at the time was the site of the Cincinnati Bengals’


Equine annual pre-season training camp. Pulley was brought on by the school to manage the business side of the training camp, which included selling corporate sponsorships and marketing the training camp to the public. When the Bengals organization decided to relocate their training camp to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pulley decided to explore new territory. He joined the team at Hunter Manufacturing, which at the time was the nation’s largest provider of logo glassware, but less than a year into his tenure, the 9/11 attacks occurred and the economic downturn forced a restructuring of the company. Pulley then landed back in Lexington’s hospitality industry handling corporate sales and that’s where he stayed for 12 years until joining the Bluegrass Sports Commission in 2014 as Director of Sales & Marketing. In that role Pulley was able to utilize his corporate connections to work with the Breeders’ Cup Festival and help raise the funds to celebrate all the excellent things that make our culture, state, and city unique with the world during Breeders’ Cup. During his work with the Breeders’ Cup Festival is where he first met the Kentucky Horse Park’s new Executive Director, Laura Prewitt, who at the time was serving as the Executive Director for the Festival. It was last year, shortly after taking over at the helm of the Kentucky Horse Park that she brought Pulley onboard to handle the Park’s sponsorships and corporate partnerships, an area of the Park officials have said will grow in the coming years. “I know the visitors we want to attract at the Kentucky Horse Park because that’s exactly who I took care of dealing with corporate sales for many of the top hotels in the Lexington area,” said Pulley. A New Era In recent months the Kentucky Horse Park has been preparing for a re-launch of sorts. In addition to many internal meetings aimed at exploring what ways the Park can refresh its facilities and bring in added revenue to support the 1,224-acre showcase of all things equine, they have also held a series of “visioning meetings” aimed at asking their various audiences for input on how they utilize the Park, what changes they would like to see made and what they think will draw new visitors to the Park years from now. The Kentucky Horse Park recently announced it would forego the opportunity to host the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games, having successfully hosted the event in 2010. Commission members expressed concerns regarding staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting would create with the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We have been working diligently to complete the strategic plan for the Park with input from all stakeholders and it is apparent there are a number of priorities we need to address to ensure the future success of the park,” Pulley said. “We are refreshing many aspects of the Kentucky Horse Park, including the Visitors’ Center, Theater and grounds, and part of my duties will be to find companies to partner with on those types of

projects to beautify and enhance the Park,” he continued. “Our challenge is creating and branding a platform that not only appeals to visitors who come for an educational or family experience or just because they think horses are cool, but also competitors who are highly involved with and invested in horses.” In the coming years Pulley and the rest of the Kentucky Horse Park team will have several milestones to capitalize upon that will allow visitors to see the Park with new eyes and also to showcase the venue to potential corporate partners. “In 2017 we have an opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Man O’ War, said Pulley. “Thirty years after his death they relocated his remains because of what was being built here. To honor one of the superheroes of the racing world is a perfect example of what the Park is here for. It’s also an opportunity to reach the local community – both corporate and visitors – with events and initiatives that celebrate his legacy.” Next year holds significance too, as it will mark the Park’s 40th anniversary. That too will allow Park officials to appeal to both visitors and investors alike and showcase how far the state park has come since its inception. A Passion for Introducing Central Kentucky to the World As a father of three, a longtime Lexington resident and professional in the world of sports marketing and hospitality, Pulley is keenly aware of the role the Kentucky Horse Park plays in the various communities it serves and is committed to helping it continue to be a good citizen of those communities. That mindset likely comes from Pulley’s upbringing. The Oldest of 13 grandchildren, his family operated a Pottery Factory in Cambridge, Ohio, a small business by national standards, but one of the largest employer in their town of 15,000 people. “Having a position in the community like that comes with a big responsibility and my great-grandfather, grandfather and parents took that very seriously. Birthdays and Christmases for our family and so many others happened because they put out good products and took care of their employees, and they were always committed to being active in the community outside of their business,” said Pulley. “I think my attitude and passion for what I do comes from that. In many ways, it’s not unlike the position the Kentucky Horse Park holds and the responsibility that comes with it.” Like many, Pulley views the Kentucky Horse Park as a showcase for one of the state’s defining characteristics – the horse. It offers Kentuckians a sense of understanding, belonging and pride in what their state is known for, even if they personally have no involvement with horses. “To say I’m excited about this opportunity wouldn’t do it justice. I’m thrilled. The Kentucky Horse Park is one of our state’s greatest assets,” he said. “To be entrusted with representing and sharing this world-class venue with the corporate community as a vehicle to share it with the masses is a really cool opportunity.”•

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Horse Park Happenings: Save the Date!

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The Kentucky Horse Park plays host to events large and small throughout the year, which means on any given weekend and most weekdays during the spring, summer and fall there are a variety of activities for every audience. From world-renowned competitions, rodeos, demonstrations, festivals, shopping, museum exhibits and more, there is almost always something to see and do at the Park. Bulls, Bands & Barrels Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 7:00pm to 11:00pm Fun for the entire family, this high-action rodeo event will feature bull riding, barrel racing and more. Once the rodeo competition concludes, guests will enjoy live music from Sundy Best and Carter Winter. Road to the Horse Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8:00am to Sunday, March 27 at 5:00pm The Road to the Horse is the World Championship of Colt Starting. Trainers and clinicians from around the world will each show their talents by building a relationship with an untouched 3-yearold American Quarter Horse and show their skills as elite horsemen. In addition to the competition, the event features demonstrations, shopping and more.

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Man O’ War: The Mostest Horse There Ever Was Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9:00am to Sunday, November 5 at 5:00pm Celebrating what would be the great Man O’ War’s 100th birthday, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse will present a historical exhibit to honor the life, career and lasting legacy of the original Big Red. Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00am to Sunday, April 30 at 6:00pm Eventing is often referred to as the triathlon of equestrian sports and features three phases – dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is ranked at the highest level (four stars; CCI****) and the only one in the U. S., this event features world-class horses and riders, some of whom have or will compete in the Olympics. High Hope Steeplechase Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 11:00am to 8:00pm Each year spectators can come out to the Kentucky Horse Park’s one-day race meet on their turf track to watch both flat and jump racing, as well as several exhibitor races. Guests can purchase tables to enjoy a picnic or drive their car to the perimeter of the track for a tailgating experience like no other.

There are more great events to discover! Visit www.kyhorsepark.com for a complete listing of all the upcoming Horse Park Happenings, and be sure to visit www.TOPSinLex.com/calendar for more great events around town and all over Central Kentucky!

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Sports: They Still Hate Each Other, Right? There’s been a lot of talk in these parts lately that maybe Rick Pitino and John Calipari are playing nice together. Maybe they don’t hate each other. Hate is such a strong word anyway… maybe we’ve overplayed all their barbs since Cal arrived in Lexington. After all, when Pitino beat Calipari this season in their annual matchup, it was quite a mutual admiration society with each coach showering the other with compliments in the post-game news conference. And then a few days later, we heard news that Pitino was actually going to be a guest for a 45 minute interview on Calipari’s podcast. The UK Basketball coach asking the Uof L basketball coach to be a guest on what is essentially Calipari’s online and sponsored radio show. WHISKEY. TANGO. FOXTROT. So is their rivalry cooling? Maybe they are friends now. Maybe they didn’t despise one another all along. Is it possible? In a word… actually, indulge me for two words: HELL NO! Don’t for a second buy into the notion that anything has changed. I posed the question, “They still hate each other, right?” to several people close to the Louisville program first. “I can’t speak for Calipari because I don’t know him a lick, but I can guarantee you Rick hates him,” said one source. “Of course Rick can’t stand him,” said another. “Why would that have changed?” I’ll admit up front that my sources in Louisville are closer to Pitino than my sources in Lexington are to Calipari. But when I posed the same question to my best source in Central Kentucky, they replied,

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“Nothing has changed. He wants to crush Rick every chance he gets.” So why would Pitino agree to be a guest on Calipari’s podcast? I asked several Louisville sources. “He had no choice once Calipari asked him: if he declines, then Rick looks like the bad guy,” said one. I know people hate (there’s that word again) unnamed sources, so how about a national journalist who wrote a book with Pitino? I had Pat Forde, of Yahoo Sports and co-author of Rebound Rules with Pitino, on my radio show after word of the podcast had gotten out. “To the best of my knowledge. they still hate each other,” he said. “Trust me that [podcast] came as a surprise to me, because they have not liked each other for a long, long time. And it hasn’t been like ‘I don’t really care for him’… it’s been ‘No, I hate that guy.’” So listen to the post-game news conferences full of praiseful words toward both programs. Take 45 minutes and listen to the podcast. Maybe in the sprit of this newfound lovefest between Cal and Rick, you take that person in the next cubicle who roots for the other team out to lunch. Buy a red and a blue tie. Tell your kids it’s okay to root for both teams. Just don’t buy this BS that these two like each other. They don’t. They still hate each other, and probably always will, no matter how many podcasts they do.

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Sports: Where Did SEC Basketball Go? As the basketball Wildcats set their headlights on the NCAA Tournament and prepare to mash the gas pedal, the rest of the Southeastern Conference, for the most part, could be left sputtering in their dust once again. And whatever basketball fans there are in this part of the world are left scratching their collective head, asking, “Where did SEC Basketball go?” Not that it ever could have been mistaken for the ACC or the Big East, but the conference UK calls home has had its moments, far more in the past than lately. And truthfully, only a handful of teams have pitched in to make the league credible when it comes to the sport where the ball is round and bounces straight and true. The popular, pervading theory is that since football is, was and always will be king of the conference, basketball will be left wanting. Those pigskins cost money. Lots of it. And as long as mountains of cash are being strewn across the gridirons throughout the southeast, you can forget about hoops. An interesting theory, but I’m not buying it. Athletics directors at SEC schools have loosened up the checkbooks through the years, spending money on facilities and salaries. Most teams play in gyms that are new or have been renovated within the last decade (Vanderbilt one of the more notable exceptions). As for salaries, John Calipari by far makes the most, but his 13 colleagues among them earn an average of $1.8 million per season. That’s a lot of cotton candy. You can talk dollars, bricks and mortar all you want, but it always comes back to people, starting with the coaches. Bruce Pearl’s return to the SEC, despite his NCAA baggage, is a big plus. He’s colorful, and he can coach. The question is, can he attract talent at Auburn? Mississippi State somehow talked Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three consecutive Final Fours, into moving to Starkville after he was dumped in Westwood. It’s already paying dividends for the Bulldogs. Frank Martin has shown signs of getting it done at South Carolina. And Mike White has put together a Florida team CBS Sports has predicted will beat out the Wildcats for the SEC title. Along with Kentucky, those are the teams tournament prognosti-

cators say will make the Big Dance. Only four. There was a time when the conference could land six and complain that one or two more should have been included. But, other than the Gators and Wildcats, nobody has really sustained a measurable presence in the tourney. Toss out Missouri and Texas A&M; they’re the newcomers (although A&M’s incredible comeback win last March over Northern Iowa, when the Aggies came from 10 down with a minute left, was phenomenal). Vanderbilt has been to the show 14 times but never has won more than two games. Georgia made the Final Four in 1983; Tubby Smith’s team threw a scare into Syracuse in the Round of 16 in ’96 but there hasn’t been much else. Ole Miss has made it only twice; Mississippi State reached the Final Four in ’96 and won a couple of games in ’95. Arkansas had a glorious run under Nolan Richardson, with seven trips in eight seasons, including the 1994 national championship and a return to the title game in ’95. But the Hogs missed the tournament entirely the following season and began a slide that saw Richardson eventually step down. LSU has been to three Final Fours but hasn’t been dancing since ’09. Alabama had strong teams in the early 2000s; Auburn’s best teams featured Charles Barkley and Chuck Person, coached by Sonny Smith, in the ‘80s. Tennessee earned tournament bids all six seasons Pearl was at the helm in Knoxville, because he went out and recruited better players. And that’s the key. Easy to say, difficult to do, but every football coach in the league will tell you: No matter how much your coach makes and regardless of the quality of your arena, Jimmies and Joes mean more than Xs and Os. If you don’t have the players to begin with, it’s hard to coach ‘em up. The SEC needs better players, everywhere.

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Sports: Keeping the BBN Entertained Kentucky is one of the few places in America where the entire psyche of our state can often depend on how some 18 to 20-yearolds play basketball the night before. The Kentucky Wildcats win, and everyone seems happy and has a little more “pep in their step”. The Kentucky Wildcats lose, and everyone seems to be moving in slow motion. This season life is good for the UK basketball fan. How fun are these guys to watch? How good are these guys? This basketball team is so talented and so incredibly gifted on the basketball court that every game seems to provide more and more enjoyment as the season rolls on. Every time this team hits the court there is another highlight or another great moment that leaves us all excited and in awe. Maybe it’s Malik Monk draining a 3 as easy as Rex Chapman used to do it. Maybe it’s De’Aaron Fox somehow easily driving to the basket and getting to the rim like John Wall used to do it. Maybe it’s Bam Adebayo dominating inside like Demarcus Cousins used to do it. And if it’s not one of the “superstars”, it’s Kentucky’s own Derek Willis throwing down a dunk on a break or hitting one of his 3 pointers from the corner. Or it’s Wenyen Gabriel pulling down 13 rebounds in a game or knocking down a couple of 3’s. Fun. So much fun! How does John Calipari do it year after year after year? This is one thing that coach Cal doesn’t get near enough credit for. How does he take basically a brand new team every year and get them to compete at the highest level and for a national championship run when most of his players are one year out of high school?

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Can you imagine if you were a business owner, and you had developed all of your employees to be one of the best companies in the country only to see all of your top employees leave at the end of the year to go work for someone else? But then somehow you find a way to magically rehire some more employees to fill their places and often even do the job even better than before? How does he do that? Coaching is a hard business. You lose and you get fired. Plain and simple. I love to talk to other coaches around the country to get their take on what Calipari does at Kentucky: taking a brand new roster year after year, starting from scratch year after year, and then somehow still managing to put together one of the top teams in the country... year after year. This season is no different. Calipari lost what many UK basketball fans believed was one of the best back courts in the history of this storied program in Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray. How could you ever replace what those two guys did? Ulis was SEC defensive player of the year and set the UK single season assist record. Murray set the freshman single season scoring record. Big shoes to fill. All Cal did was bring in two guys who may be even better in Fox and Monk. And you know what the scary thing is? Cal may just bring in two guys next season that might be even better. Good news for UK fans. Bad news for everyone else. So once again life of a UK basketball fan is good. We can all just sit back and watch this team make another big run. What will the future hold? How far can they go in the tournament this year? Who knows, but one thing we know for sure: Big Blue Nation is definitely going to be by Ryan Lemond entertained. Kentucky Sports Radio/WLAP


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PHOTOS Women Leading Kentucky

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Jackie Palmerton and Gwyn Everly

Carol Siler, Sonia Boniface and Julie McEwen

Katie Phillip and Melia Hord

Molly Sutherland and Christina Heckathorn

Sharon Michael and Kathleen Turner

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Randy & Dee Milby

Larry & Debbie Jones

Steve Polston, Kim & Mike Buckley

Jim & Donna Ensminger, Bob & Connie Dishing

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Harding Dawahare, Michelle & John Cassin and Gayle Dawahare

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Teri & Alan Stein

Donna & Keith Yarber and Danielle Pope

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PHOTOS Lexington Art League Opening Preview Party Loudon House | January 13th | lexingtonartleague.org | Photos by Ron Morrow

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What’s New,

Kentucky?

Aurora Pools and Spas Since 1982, Aurora Pools and Spas has been Central Kentucky’s family owned and operated choice for pools, swim spas, outdoor furniture, saunas and more. Owner Scott Farmer is pleased to announce that there are new reasons to check out what’s in store! Aurora Pools and Spas now carries Hot Spring Spas and Endless Pool Swim Spas. These are two amazing brands that are leading the field in new advances in comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. Hot Spring Spas represents the future of hot tub design with powerful massage jets, exceptional performance and quality craftsmanship. Endless Pool Swim Spas allow users to exercise, play and entertain in one relaxing, invigorating spot. Each brand offers a range of models and customization options. The staff at Aurora Pools and Spas is knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They are happy to answer any questions and help customers choose the product for their unique needs. They also feature pool chemicals to make upkeep easy. Whether to soothe sore muscles or to enhance outdoor entertaining, Aurora Pools and Spas has the solution in store now!

859.299.2932 | 1512 Colesbury Cr. | Lexington | AuroraPoolsandSpas.com

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TOPS Louisville In January 2017, TOPS Louisville released its first-ever issue! Published by TOP Marketing Group, TOPS Louisville is a locally produced, locally focused, monthly print and digital lifestyle magazine based on the business model of the successful TOPS in Lexington publication. The glossy, premium sized, full-color magazines have a local circulation of 25,000 copies that will translate into 115,000 socially active readers. Print editions are distributed in Kroger locations all over Louisville and the surrounding towns. They can also be found at Louisville-area CVS locations and Value Markets. There will also be copies available at over 200 TOPS advertiser and popular locations. An online version of each issue will be available at www.TOPSLouisville.com. And be sure to check out the great photos of Louisville events! Just like TOPS in Lexington, TOPS Louisville magazine will have a different theme each month. Coming up are The Money Issue in February, Home & Garden in March and Derby, Derby, Derby! In April. They will be can’t-miss editions! Owner and President Keith Yarber is enthusiastic about this new TOPS magazine:

Vol. 1 • No. 2

TOP Marketing Group celebrates the most exciting people and events with a new print and online issue each month. TOPS was founded in 2005 by media veteran and entrepreneur Keith Yarber.

LO U I SV I L L E

FEBRUARY 2017

TOPS Louisville’s General Sales Manager is Mary George Meiners. Meiners is the owner and founder of Meiners Group, a Louisville executive search firm. Her 20-year sales and marketing experience includes general sales manager for iHeartMedia and Event Marketing Director for Jacor Broadcasting.

Who’s Who // What’s New // What To Do

Pam Leet is the Louisville General Manager. Leet is the owner and president of TwoCan Marketing Group, a public relations marketing, media management and event planning agency. Her experience includes serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Old 502 Winery in Louisville, co-owning Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery, and consulting on numerous business branding projects in the Central Kentucky area.

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“Louisville is a vibrant, robust city with outstanding civic engagement and a thriving business community that matches perfectly with our format of magazine and digital products,” he said. “Our proven model is to be a valuable partner for nonprofits and advertisers giving each tremendous, and powerful exposure delivering their marketing to targeted consumer audiences. My goal has always been to be in Louisville and we felt the timing was right.”

THE COOKIE LADY

MEET YOUR BANKER // ENTREPRENEURS + PROFESSIONALS IN FINANCE

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WHILE FEBRUARY is known as the most

romantic month of the year, we have a calendar filled with events not only for those attached, but also for all the singletons and even the kiddos. It’s no fun getting out in the cold, chilly air but when you have great motivation like a fun event to attend, it definitely makes it worth your while! The music front is running over with scheduled stops by Grammy nominated artists like powerhouse songtress Martina McBride, chart-topping Maroon 5, and classic rock band ZZ Top. If you’re in the mood for a night at the theater, both “Cinderella” and “Into The Woods” will be available for your fairytale viewing pleasure. Brides to be won’t want to miss Bride Fest at the Alltech Arena, and the men folk can celebrate Superbowl Sunday at Skyzone with the guys, or the whole fam! If you have kids (or are just an animal loving adult) Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey are making their way to the U.S. Bank Arena with an “Xtreme” show in store. If you’re having cabin fever from all the gloom, any of our featured events are sure to add a little brightness to your day.

FEB 4

CMT Next Women of Country

Featuring Martina McBride: “Love Unleashed Tour” 7:30pm | Louisville Palace One of the most powerful voices in country music history is making her way to Louisville. Multiple Grammy nominee Martina McBride proves big things can indeed come in small packages. Selling over 18 million albums to date, and four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association proves Ms.McBride is the epitome of country stardom. She’ll be promoting her new album “reckless” as well as performing some of her most memorable songs at the Louisville Palace at 7:30pm. Lauren Alaina, the runner-up of the tenth season of American Idol will open the show.

Bert Kreischer 7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

Art in Bloom Weekend 12pm-5pm | UK Art Museum

Chinese New Year Celebration 7pm-9:30pm | Lexington Opera House

FEB 5

Super Bowl Party with the Pros Super Bowl Smash JESSE L. BROOKS Calendar Highlights

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success last year, and they’re anticipating an even bigger turn out with more celebrities, different prizes, and more fun this year! This is a family fun event at Skyzone Trampoline Park where everyone can jump all night while watching the Superbowl with current and former NFL players and other celebrity guests. Doors are open for 6-11 pm, all ages are welcomed.

Art in Bloom Weekend 12pm-5pm | UK Art Museum

Greg Hahn 7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

FEB 10 LexPhil: Carmen 7:30pm | Singletary Center

Greg Hahn 7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

FEB 7

Ties and Tiaras

UK Men’s Basketball v LSU

7pm-9pm CastlePost

7pm | Rupp Arena

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

FEB 9

2pm-9pm Rupp Arena

Into The Woods

FEB 11

7:30pm | Norton Center For The Woods

Romeo and Juliet

Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true. The film adaptation of ‘Into the Woods’ by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Anna Kendrick, and was critically and commercially successful. The Tony Award-winning musical classic is bringing fairytales to life!

8pm | Lexington Opera House

Greg Hahn 7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

Frigid 4 Miler 9am | Kentucky Horse Park

Bulls, Bands and Barrels 7pm-11pm | Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show

2pm-9pm | Rupp Arena/Heritage Hall

9am-9pm | Rupp Arena

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that’s what this Tony award winning musical is all about. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Slip on your favorite shade of blue and catch the show the weekend of February 17th-19th (all well before the clock strikes midnight!)

Healthy Living Expo

11am-5pm | Lexington Center

FEB 12 Greg Hahn 7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

LexBrunch with Tee Dee Young

Ian Bagg

10am | The Burl

7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

Kentucky Sport, Boat & Recreation Show 10am-5pm | Rupp Arena

Artist Conversation 6:30pm | UK Art Museum

Healthy Living Expo 11am-5pm | Lexington Center

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FEB 14

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella 1pm & 7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

UK Men’s Basketball v Tennessee

Walk for Warmth

7pm | Rupp Arena

9:30am | Phoenix Park

The Love and Comfort Show

Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen

5:30pm | Community Trust Bank

8pm | Norton Center

Justin Hayward

Ronnie Milsap

7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

7:30pm | EKU Center for the Arts

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FEB 19

Set Free Tour 7pm | Central Baptist

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Ian Bagg

1pm & 6:30pm | Lexington Opera House

7pm | Comedy Off Broadway

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 2pm | Lexington Children’s Theatre

FEB 17

Cinderella

FEB 20

7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Beneditti

We love a contemporary take on the classic tale, and

7:30pm | Norton Center

Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s

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FEB 22

CHEW Dinner Series

with Chef Stephen Holden of Table Three Ten 6pm | Kentucky for Kentucky The monthly Chef-driven, farm-to-table series where guests get to explore local foods and amazing Lexington Chefs is back! This year’s cuisine is based on the elements, with this particular round focusing on fire. Tickets include appetizers, bar, and a three-course meal - you must be 21 years old or older to drink alcohol. Make sure to show up with an appetite

New Home and Remodeling Marketplace 9am | Kentucky Horse Park

The Barber of Seville Singletary Center

FEB 25 UK Men’s Basketball v Florida 2pm | Rupp Arena

New Home and Remodeling Marketplace

FEB 23

9am | Kentucky Horse Park

Much Ado About Nothing

Winter Wizarding Waltz

7:30pm | EKU Center for the Arts

The Barber of Seville

Presented By The Aquila Theatre

Spying, subterfuge, deception, false identities, slander, manipulation, and love all take part in this wonderfully entertaining battle of the sexes. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, Aquila Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing is an exuberant, philosophical, and festive play The New York Times calls “Outstanding... almost unbearable fun.”

FEB 24

ZZ TOP

6pm | Lyric Theatre

Singletary Center

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 2pm & 7pm | Lexington Children’s Theatre

FEB 26 New Home and Remodeling Marketplace 9am | Kentucky Horse Park

The Barber of Seville

8pm | The Louisville Palace

Singletary Center

ZZ Top is one of the best classic rock bands this world has ever seen. Their countless hits have made them a household name and a staple in most music collections.With hits like “Legs”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Tush”, and “Gimme All Your Loving” you can plan on singing and dancing the night away. The Louisville Palace welcomes rock legends Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard at 8pm on Friday night.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

The Music Maker Blues Revue

2pm | Lexington Children’s Theatre

FEB 28 UK Men’s Basketball v Vanderbilt 9pm | Rupp Arena

8pm |Norton Center for the Arts

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MAR 4

Blue Grass Trust’s 2017

Gala for Healing and Hope

10 am-5pm | Alltech Arena

6:30pm - 11:00pm | The Churchill Company

If antiques and gardening are two of your favorite passions, then you won’t want to miss this show. Keynote Speaker, Designer Amanda Nisbet will be featured at a luncheon lecture, while Drs. Jim and Bonnie Tanner will serve as honorary co-chairs. More than 80 Quality Exhibitors, Designer and Garden Vignettes, fine antiques and art, gorgeous gardens and flowers, cool collectibles, vintage silver, stunning jewelry and more.

The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation is proud to announce the 4th Annual Gala for Healing & Hope. This sell-out gala will feature a delectable dinner, dancing and music by ENCORE of Lexington, as well as a premier silent auction. Over the past three years, nearly $65,000 has been raised through the gala, and this year will help contribute to that number.

Maroon 5

12pm-5pm | Alltech Arena

with R. City & Tinashe

Henry Cho

7:30pm | U.S. Bank Arena

7pm & 9:45pm | Comedy Off Broadway

Antiques and Garden Show

Saint Joseph Berea Foundation

Blue Grass Trust’s 2017 Antiques & Garden Show

Calling all Adam Levine fans! Maroon 5 is coming your way! The band’s latest album, “V”, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and is a sonic summation of the group’s journey to date - capturing the essence of the earliest Maroon 5 hits through to their most recent successes. For over 15 years their songs have been a part of our lives, and now you can hear your favorites live. Make your Friday night one for the books with a visit to Cincinnati and a show you are sure to never forget.

Henry Cho 7pm & 9:45pm | Comedy Off Broadway

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MAR 5

BridalFest 12pm-4pm | DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but with events like Bridal Fest, you can take a deep breathe and start planning your big day. The top wedding professionals in the area have booths set up to help brides&grooms decide exactly what they want on their big day. Sample cakes, view invitations, and more. Swag Bags will be given to the first 200 brides, as well as over $15,000 in grand prizes.

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MAR 10-18

MAR 10

Circus Xtreme

The Other Mozart

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Showtimes Vary | U.S. Bank Arena | Cincinnati It’s time for your family to be amazed by all the X-TRAORDINARY things you know and love about America’s favorite live family entertainment experience. Get ready for an X-HILARATING adventure with X-TRAORDINARY circus artists and magnificent X-OTIC animals, such as beautiful majestic tigers. It’s time to awaken the spirit of children of all ages and stir the imagination of your family.

8pm | Weisiger Theatre - Norton Center for the Arts This stunning and often humorous one-woman tourde-force is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus – a prodigy, a keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but whose work and story faded away.

MAR 11 Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

MAR 10-12 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention Lexington Center/Rupp Arena

MAR 17-19 Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park Lexington Opera House

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African American Ball

Bluegrass Hospitality Association

Sleep Outfitters Donates $25,000 to the Calipari Foundation

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Goodfella’s Distillery Opening

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