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Savin’ Face:

Dermaplaning Statement Earrings The Lexington Look

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The Art of the Seating Chart

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Neutral with a Feminine Flair In the Market? Tour of Homes:

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

KEITH YARBER

Hello again Dear Reader, For the past several years, this issue of TOPS has been about “What Makes Lexington Great.” It still is. These days, it’s all about how we are adapting to everything. Normally, TOPS would be showing you all the progress on major downtown projects like Rupp Arena renovation, Central Bank Center and Town Branch Park. With COVID-19, there’s not a lot to report on these projects right now. I am excited to bring you our cover story on Jim and Pat Host. If you have been to any event in Rupp Arena, the KFC Yum Center or the Lexington Opera House, attended the World Equestrian Games or NCAA tournaments in town, listened to or watched any collegiate sports on radio/TV... then you have been touched by Jim Host. Jim also was an early advocate of civil rights, supporting the Urban League and fostering a life-long friendship with P.G. Peeples. Jim recently published a book called Changing the Game. If you are a sports fan, businessperson, or just love our community, you’ll want to read this book. It’s about how one person with relentless vision, grit, and persuasiveness brought about so many icons that all of us take for granted each day. The author of the book, Eric Moyen, wrote a terrific article in this issue. Then there’s Pat Host. A remarkable woman to whom Jim gives much credit for helping Jim Host and Associates rise to prominence, overcoming many setbacks and seemingly insurmountable challenges. Pat’s class, grace and accomplishments are equally inspiring. Speaking of inspiring, you will read about Tonya Jackson of RADIOLEX; Dale Morgan, Finance & Investment Analyst at Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government; James Brown, who is leading the Taskforce on Neighborhoods in Transition; Angela Evans, former 6th District Council Member and Frank X Walker, Affrilachian Poet. And of course, there’s much more inside. Let me wrap up with a few thoughts on the importance of wearing a mask. Our TOPS employees have been coming back into the office on a voluntary basis. We have a staff meeting each Monday morning, masks required, in our conference room. If staffers aren’t comfortable coming in, then we Zoom them in. A couple of weeks ago, one of our staffers – who had been out of state – was positive for COVID-19 and didn’t know it at the time. Once she found out, we all got tested, and so far, everyone has come back negative. Needless to say, we were all a little freaked out. I believe that if none of us had been wearing masks and had let our guard down, because “we all know each other”... the virus could have easily spread. We are all believers now. We’re all sending a special encouragement to all the parents who will shortly have to balance work, NTI and family life. Blessings to you all. Until next month,

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LEXINGTON’S GAME-CHANGERS:

Jim & Pat Host Local author Eric A. Moyen explores how two locals helped build the foundation for the vibrant, thriving city Lexington has become. by Eric A. Moyen | photo by conrhod zonio

Jim and Pat Host have helped create a legacy in Lexington. Although stronger as a team, the Hosts had already accomplished a great deal in the Bluegrass before getting married in 1990. Pat was a Lexington native who moved away but returned in 1968, vowing to never leave again. After working at Jack Baugh’s Almahurst Farm she served as executive director of Action Auction, leading one of the first televised auctions in the nation to raise money for non-profit agencies. Pat and Action Auction’s volunteer chair Donna Moloney then formed an events planning and promotion company, Events Unlimited, which allowed them to engage in even more advocacy for philanthropic causes. Jim arrived at UK the fall of 1955 as one of the first two scholarship athletes for baseball. After four years at UK, Jim’s dream of becoming a big-league pitcher ended when he suffered a careerending shoulder injury during his first minor-league season. He returned to Lexington to announce UK football and basketball games for the Kentucky Central Network and work as a DJ on WVLK along with future congressman Hal Rogers. Afterward, he moved into insurance and real-estate development. In 1968 Jim left these growing businesses behind when, at the age of 29, he agreed to serve as a cabinet head in Governor Louie Nunn’s administration as Commissioner of Public Information. While in Frankfort, Jim served as chair of the National Republican Governors’ Conference held in Lexington, worked with then First Lady Beula Nunn to create the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation to save historic landmarks like the Mary Todd Lincoln House, and convinced Governor Nunn to fund Kentucky Educational Television. Host and John Gaines also successfully initiated a plan to create the Kentucky Horse Park. After a failed bid for Lieutenant Governor in 1972, Host had $107 to his name and owed more than $75,000 because he would not

ask anyone for campaign donations. So Jim rented an apartment above Ray’s Barbershop on Walton Avenue and converted it into an office for his new business, Jim Host and Associates, even though he was the company’s only employee. Within a matter of weeks, Lexington Mayor Foster Pettit and Fayette County Judge Executive Robert Stephens hired Host’s company to direct the Lexington Tourist and Convention Commission. Jim quickly learned that Lexington had a HUD urban-renewal grant that required the removal of old railroad tracks downtown along with the construction of a convention center and arena. However, no solid plans for the project had been developed. If the city failed to complete the initiative, it would owe more than $3.5 million to the Federal Government. Host met the challenge by helping organize the Lexington Center Board with the Mayor and County Judge. Chaired by Jake Graves III, many key civic leaders joined the board to ensure the project’s success, including Garvice Kincaid, W.T. Young Sr., and Linda Carey. Host then pitched his proposal for a convention center, basketball arena, retail-shopping area, and high-end hotel on the site. However, Host’s revenue model to help pay for the development required UK to play its basketball games downtown. Dewitt Hisle, Host, and other board members then helped convince UK President Otis Singletary to move the Wildcat’s basketball games downtown by guaranteeing the same amount of income UK generated at Memorial Coliseum. At the same time, more than 10,000 additional fans could attend games, bringing an enormous economic impact downtown. The plan worked and the end result was Heritage Hall, Lexington Center Shops, Hyatt Regency, and Rupp Arena. Also included in the revitalization project was the renovation of the Lexington Opera House. As Linda Carey took the lead

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Imagine a Lexington with no Rupp Arena. No Central Bank Center, no Kentucky Horse Park, no revitalized Lexington Opera House. So many vital projects in our city could have languished without the champions they found in Jim and Pat Host.

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on the restoration initiative, W.T. Young Sr. initiated an endowment campaign, helping raise $2.5 million to secure the future of the Opera House. Now under the capable leadership of W.T. Young Jr., the Opera House Fund Board has distributed more than $12 million to support the arts while continuing to grow its original endowment. Host and Linda Carey are the last two original Opera House Fund Board members still serving. As Linda Carey noted, “Jim has been an amazing cheerleader and organizer for the Opera House, always finding ways to promote and enhance its cultural significance.” In the following years, Host Communications Inc. (HCI) became the nation’s leading collegiate sports marketing company, working with more than 30 big-time university sports programs and the NCAA. However, Jim always remained connected to Lexington. In 1979-80 Jim served as President of the Rotary Club. In 1983-84 he assumed the same role for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. For him, leadership in civic organizations helped him learn how to better serve Lexington by “understanding the social fabric of the community.” At that time Host developed a relationship with P.G. Peeples, young president of the Lexington Urban League, making it HCI’s key civic focus. Host’s efforts to develop a national company while remaining in local civic service created more opportunities for his hometown. Using his relationship with the NCAA, Host helped secure Lexington’s bid for the 1985 NCAA Final Four. That event spurred more downtown development of its own. Since then Lexington has hosted multiple NCAA tournament weekends, and the Central Bank Center has provided a venue for numerous concerts, conventions, tournaments, and other special events. In 1989 Pat met with Jim for advice on her professional future and they briefly discussed opportunities at HCI. Always decisive, Jim asked Pat out and informed her, “I’m not going to hire you. I’m going to marry you.” One year later they wed and developed an amazing love story by working together in every facet of their life. Pat’s strategic planning and management experience created a new culture at HCI. As Jim noted, “Pat was the most important person at Host Communications even though she wasn’t on the payroll. She brought a level of grace and charm to both our business ventures and volunteer efforts.” Pat’s behind the scenes work added to the success of the enterprise as they developed life-long friendships because of her relational style. As HCI’s clients grew, so did the number of employees. At one time, Host Communications employed approximately 800 people nationally, more than 200 of whom worked in Lexington. family photos courtesy of pat host


“We are blessed beyond belief and very aware of the gift we have been given in finding one another and living in the heart of this extraordinary Commonwealth.” HCI’s success caught the eye of business entrepreneurs across the country, but the Hosts refused multiple opportunities to move the company out of state and expand the business. They simply did not want to uproot themselves from their hometown. Lexington certainly benefitted from their decision. As Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick noted, “Jim has always wanted Lexington to be the best it could be. There is no challenge too big for him. He is uniquely determined but extremely approachable. That’s why he accomplishes so much.” After retiring from HCI, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Host to his cabinet as Secretary of Commerce. Almost forty years after serving as the youngest cabinet head in the Commonwealth’s history, Jim became one of Kentucky’s oldest cabinet executives. He and Pat began to see their efforts come full circle. During Nunn’s administration, Host had argued that the Kentucky Horse Park could play an important historic, cultural, and financial role by becoming a world-leading center for the equine industry. During Fletcher’s administration, he began efforts to host the FEI World Equestrian Games, brining key stakeholders together to make it happen. In 2010 Lexington became the first host outside of Europe for the World Equestrian Games. “Retirement” has not kept the Hosts sidelined. Pat has been the recipient of two heart devices that have kept her alive since 1995. Naturally, she is passionate about using her skills to raise funds and awareness of heart disease. She helps organize the AHA’s annual fundraising ball and the Go Red for Women campaigns, but her impact is much greater. As Senior Social Events Director Mike Turner said, “She not only gives to the AHA cause, she advocates for the AHA mission. Pat is relentless in sharing our message of empowerment, making a huge impact in our work.” Jim and Pat were honored for their work at the 25th anniversary celebration of Lexington’s American Heart Association. Jim concentrates his efforts on projects to help Kentuckians. In 2018 he assisted P.G. Peeples and the Urban League with its 50th anniversary fundraising efforts to provide affordable housing in Lexington. As Jim says, “P.G. and his team do a remarkable job. I just help him connect with people who can help the Urban League achieve its goals.” Commenting on Jim’s work, Peeples added, “Jim is a long-time friend and a strong supporter of the Urban League’s mission. We would not be where we are today without him.” This year Host is focused on his role as member of the Town Branch Park Board of Directors, working to create an exceptional greenspace downtown. Jim and Pat will tell you that in 30 years of marital bliss they have never had the first harsh word. As Pat summarized, “We are blessed beyond belief and very aware of the gift we have been given in finding one another and living in the heart of this extraordinary Commonwealth.” Truly, Lexington has been the beneficiary of their combined talent and generosity. •

For more on Jim Host’s storied life, purchase a copy of his memoir Changing the Game: My Career in Collegiate Sports Marketing at jimhostbook.com!

With a 210-year legacy in Lexington, the Lexington Opera House is a cornerstone of the city’s arts and entertainment scene. From ballet to opera, children’s production to comedy, there’s something for everyone on Short Street. Driving down Broadway, you may have noticed the “Intermission” notice on their brand new marquee. With the governor’s recommendation that venues cancel large gatherings due to COVID-19, the Lexington Opera House has had to reschedule or postpone much of its season thus far.

Want to help support the crown jewel of Lexington’s downtown historic and arts district? Tickets are still available for many shows through the remainder of their season, available for purchase online. The theatre is also available for rent for events, weddings and receptions. Learn more on their website. The Opera House Fund is a non-forprofit 510 c(3) community service created in 1974. The Opera House Fund continues to support the venue through the presentation of professional touring artists on the Broadway Live and Variety Live series. To learn more, visit lexingtonoperahouse.com and click on “Support.”


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Angela Evans

City councilmember Angela Evans resigns 6th District council seat as she heads to Princeton University to pursue Master in Public Policy. At a press conference at City Hall, 6th District Councilwoman Angela Evans announced plans to pursue her Master in Public Policy at prestigious Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, this Fall. Evans will resigned her Council seat effective July 31st and will officially withdraw her candidacy for 6th District Council. “I have longed to find solutions to issues that have been brought to the forefront of public conversations due to the COVID pandemic… deficiencies and racial disparities in our healthcare system, dispelling mental illness stigmas, and eradicating racial and economic inequalities in the judicial system. Strong and effective policies are the tools government uses to solve these problems and learning about public policy from and with some of the best and brightest minds from across the world is an opportunity I could not resist.” She continued, “Public service truly is the greatest challenge and the greatest honor. Serving as your 6th District Councilmember over the past five years has been an amazing and humbling experience. I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement so many of you have given me throughout the years.” - courtesy of Virginia Graves Creative

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Frank X Walker

The Artists’ Village welcomed noted author, visual artist and Kentucky’s first African American Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker, as its first resident. Now, he’s inviting more artists move into the community. The Artists’ Village welcomed its first resident in August 2019, someone who would soon become a champion for the vision of this neighborhood development. The Artists’ Village is the latest project from Art Inc. Kentucky. The village provides live/work space for artists and creative entrepreneurs who wish to own their home and studio space and to live in the heart of Lexington’s historic and culturally rich East End. “The East End reminded me of where I grew up in Danville, KY. The same kind of working class, marginalized, multicultural community. I think people gravitate where they are comfortable. That was the East End for me. These are my people,” he said. “One of the things I’m most excited about with the Artists’ Village is what it does for young people.” Walker hopes to resume teaching his art classes, collaborating with other artists, and showcasing his work in an effort to inspire and empower young people to explore their own passion for the arts. For his fellow artists who are considering the Artists’ Village as a potential home for them, Walker offers a bit of advice. “Look at your options. I would dare any artist to find a warmer, more art-friendly place.” - courtesy of Art Inc. Kentucky. To learn more, visit artinckentucky.org

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Representing the city’s 1st District, James Brown has been a city councilmember since April 2015. As a Lexington native, he is extremely passionate about service to neighborhoods. He has served on several social commissions and boards, including the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition. He and his wife, Charmayne, have three children. TOPS: What are your priorities for your next few years as city councilmember?

I believe some of my priorities for the city/district haven’t changed, but I do believe the collective public awareness of those priorities has been heighted due the current pandemic and social unrest in regards to racial justice. As a nation and on the local level it’s a priority that we must address systemic racism and the impact it has on people of color. One area of focus is law enforcement with a call for enhanced transparency, accountability and increased community engagement at all levels. Another priority for our city is to promote economic development that not only provides workforce opportunities for all skill levels, but also encourages entrepreneurship with small and minority business inclusion. In regards to growth, it’s a priority that we have discussions and implement policies that encourage more equitable developments in regards to housing affordability to prevent displacement of residents.

TOPS: Can you explain the mission and goals of the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition for our readers?

The focus of the Neighborhoods in Transition Task Force is to identify ways that we can protect our most vulnerable residents that are living in areas that are experiencing change and redevelopment, with an emphasis on addressing residential and cultural displacement. Our city’s current growth strategy is putting additional pressure on traditional African-American, downtown and low-income neighborhoods, with several of those being located in the 1st District. TOPS: What are some other community organizations that you’re involved with? Why are they important to you? I’m a member of the Historic Lyric Theater Board of Directors. The Lyric is the crown jewel of the East End Neighborhood. After being dark for decades, it’s now an epicenter for diverse local and national talent ranging from Devine Carama to George Clinton. It’s also a popular venue for weddings and community events. Community Inspired Solutions (CIS) is a strong grassroots organization focused on youth-centered programs that provides

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mentorship, educational opportunities and more. This non-profit birthed by Rebecca Webb and Mike Thomas in 2014 as a response to youth violence, has worked successfully to meet kids where they are. After Mike’s passing 2 years ago, Mrs. Webb and her team are pushing CIS to new heights building more partnerships and serving more young people. I’m proud to serve on their board.

TOPS: What are some of your favorite “hidden gems” of Lexington?

Sometimes you find “hidden gems” hiding in plain sight and the 1st District is full of them! To name a few of my favorite local eateries, I frequent Grimes Fast Food on Georgetown Street, Doodles on Limestone and Jasmine Rice on Winchester Road. Everybody knows the barbershop is the “Black Man’s Country Club” so I keep a membership at a few spots; Platinum Cutz on N. Broadway, Fades on E. Third Street and Wiseguys on Georgetown Street. The barbershop is where I go to relax, at times be educated, hear the latest word on any topic or to be rejuvenated and get cleaned up so I can get back to work. With a new focus on social distancing, our parks are going to play a bigger role in our daily lives and social interaction. The 1st District is full of park. Some are packed with history, like Gratz, Duncan and Douglass Parks. Others are filled with space and amenities like Castlewood and Coolavin. Other parks are blazing trails for our city’s future like MLK Park in Winburn and the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden! •

Learn more about the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition at lexingtonky.gov!

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Did You Know

They’re one of Lexington’s most iconic photo ops. Their charming pastel hues offset their stately structure and long histories in our city. But what’s the deal with these adorable houses on Market Street?

Built in 1816 by Peter Paul II, a stonecutter from England, the pink house is a visual treat. The window frames and shutters are original to the house. The giant ginkgo tree in the yard is said to have been planted by Henry Clay, making it at least 168-years-old! This rosy home was rented to Thomas Pierson, a confectioner. Carolyn Reading Hammer and her Austrian artist husband, Victor Hammer, owned the house from 1953 to 1984. Carolyn was the Curator of Rare Books at the University of Kentucky and was influential in the world of modern fine printing. Its new owners added on to the back of the house with the help of architectural historian Clay Lancaster. Its darling blue neighbor was built by Alexander Moore in 1836. Moore sold the first school books to the city of Lexington. This Federal-style, Flemish bond brick townhouse replaced a frame house built on the spot almost a quarter century prior. You’ll see this house’s bold, red doorway and dramatic fan in wedding albums all over town. Next time you’re walking through the Gratz Park neighborhood, be sure to stop and check out these colorful homes! To learn more: Gratz Park Neighborhood Association (gratzpark.org) and Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation (bluegrasstrust.org)

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Why Lexington We asked local business owners why Lexington is a great place to live and own a business. They had a lot to say!

“Lexington is a great place to raise a family – you have the best of both worlds – ‘city life’ and ‘rural life.’ The city has so much to offer in restaurants, arts, entertainment, etc. Outside of the city, you have horse farms, horse racing, golf, hiking, and much more. It’s a safe place to live and the quality of life is great. “The cost of living is reasonable and the people are friendly. My wife and I tell our family and friends that do not live here that spring and fall in Lexington are like going from ‘black and white’ to ‘color’ – a sight to behold. We cannot imagine a more beautiful and wonderful place to have raised our five children.” - Andy D. Waters, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank “What I love most about Lexington is that we are a diverse city that has a small town feel, yet is rich in culture, amazing art, restaurants, sights to see and most of all, incredible people.” - Alexandra Pallos, Owner of Alexandra Pallos Floral & Events “Lexington is a very diverse community with lots of opportunities that sometimes go unseen. The people of Lexington are so ready to rally up at the about things that are local and things that are going to make our community stronger. And that’s what I appreciate about Lexington.” - Tiffany Bellfield/El-Amin and Wali El-Amin, Owners of Alfalfa Restaurant “Lexingtonians have always supported small businesses, but their support was never more evident than during the COVID shutdown. We are still here today because of the support we received from the community. Lexington is like one big family and that is what is so great about it: they take care of their own.” -Gwyn and Ren Everly, Owners of J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar “Despite Louisville and Bardstown’s branding, Lexington really is the hub of Kentucky’s culture (read: Bourbon and agriculture). That seems particularly obvious to say in the summer, when the farmers markets are bursting with the best ingredients you’ve ever eaten. But our riches aren’t limited to distilleries and produce. Our community in Lexington is equally rich. The exceptional quality of people we see regularly – who engage with us, who are curious and appreciative – makes us proud to live and do business here.” - Jonathan Laurel, Brand Director of West Main Crafting Co. “Lexington is a gem! There is so much diversity. If you are looking for something you can’t find anywhere else, you will definitely find that our area possesses a collection of unique finds that are unrivaled by anyplace else in the world.” - Conrhod Zonio, Owner of Conrhod Zonio Photography

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Why Lexington

Lexington consistently ranks among the best cities for starting a business and as an all-around great place to live.

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er 3 Numb Cities with the Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset)

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Friendliest City in the US (CondeNast Traveler)

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n o t g n i x e L Why Zero bias (we swear!) but Lexington happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Okay, sure, that may be subjective. But you know what? We invite you to be the judge. Take a hike at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, the Legacy Trail or the Arboretum. Take a tour of a horse farm or a long drive through horse country. Bike, skate, golf and jog your way around town to soak up the beautiful, verdant, rolling land that makes our region so stunning. And while we’re all about the natural splendor of central Kentucky, we’ve got more than that to show you. Architecture, art and history are interwoven into the fabric of our city. Take a tour of our many murals, visit an art gallery, walk among the countless historic homes. Heading downtown? Take a second to appreciate the incredible buildings that make up our iconic skyline. There’s so much to love about Lexington.

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COMMUNITY

RADIOLEX

RADIOLEX RADIOLEX IS LEXINGTON’S COMMUNITY RADIO For five years, RADIOLEX has been the “voice of the people” on-air and online. The station’s mission is to provide a mass media platform to amplify underrepresented local voices and promote an equitable, inclusive community. Over 150 neighborhood volunteers produce thousands of hours of original, hyper-local content each year in English on WLXU 93.9FM and in Spanish on WLXL 95.7FM. Local music, art and culture, plus news, views and more. RADIOLEX broadcasts in the heart of Lexington, and the station can be streamed anywhere in the world via the RADIOLEX mobile app, TuneIn or via the website radiolex.us. The station is a go-to information resource for thousands of listeners in Lexington’s urban neighborhoods—especially communities of color, the Latinx community, the LGBT community, and others whose experiences and concerns are not represented in mainstream media. RADIOLEX also plays a critical public safety role by providing real-time, community-level information during severe weather, disasters, and other local emergencies.

Radio Star? RADIOLEX is always looking for new talent. If you are a content creator or have an idea for a show, submit an application at radiolex.us/volunteer.

Debora Logan Lawson, Jacobo Aragon and Pat Gerhard

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acoUstiKats performing on “Overtones” hosted by Renee Collins Cobb

COMMUNITY

Soreyda Benedit-Begley, Donna Ison and Laverne Zabielski Refugee voices with Dalal and Karissa Porter

RADIOLEX STEPS UP DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS More than 185 languages are spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX's on-air broadcasts and website provide critical COVID-19 information in more than 20 of the most spoken languages in the city. Interpreters from around the state volunteer to make sure summaries of Governor Andy Beshear's coronavirus updates are available in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, French, Bosnian, and others. "In a time of confusion and misinformation, it's important for citizens to be able to access information they trust in the language they best understand," says RADIOLEX general manager, Mark Royse. RADIOLEX collaborates closely with the Office of the Governor, Global Lex and the City of Lexington, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky's Community Response Coalition, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the Division of Emergency Management and the University of Kentucky's Clinica Amiga. Language Access Solutions has been instrumental in identifying qualified volunteer interpreters. "This crisis has shown us there's not a great infrastructure for communicating with non-English speakers in our community. There are fantastic organizations and committed individuals doing important work," says Royse, "The role of RADIOLEX is to connect and amplify their efforts." The multilingual communication effort has received funding from the Coronavirus Response Fund, a joint effort of United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Community Foundation and the Rex Chapman Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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That's what it takes to keep RADIOLEX on the air. Not much compared to big commercial stations. Funded exclusively by listeners and the community, RADIOLEX is completely independent.

Donate To support to RADIOLEX go to radiolex.us/donate.

RADIOLEX is a 501c3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Dale MORGAN RADIOLEX IS MOVING

EKU recently awarded RADIOLEX’s host Dale Morgan the 2020 Professional Achievement Award. Dale graduated in 2009 from EKU’s College of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting.

This is an important moment for RADIOLEX. The station is navigating economic difficulties with the rest of the world and also raising funds to move into a new location at the end of 2020. RADIOLEX has space reserved at the exciting new Greyline Station and Market—an adaptive reuse project in the old Greyhound/Lextran building on Loudon and Lime.

“Winning this award is one of the greatest achievements in my life and I am hoping that I can use the joy that I feel to inspire and motivate others.”

Donors will be recognized on the walls of the new space with vinyl albums, CDs, cassette tapes or concert bracelets. Citizens who want to support their community radio station can contribute at radiolex.us/donate.

You’ve probably seen Dale around the old Lexington neighborhood where he grew up, mentoring students in literacy campaigns. When he is not working as an investment analyst for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, he is chasing his two beautiful children, Kasen and Cymone, around town.

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Congrats Dale on your achievements. You’ve been a great partner to TOPS! You can check out Dale’s show “Conversations Around the Table” every Thursday from 6-9pm on RADIOLEX 93.9FM.

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That's easy: LOCAL BUSINESSES. While we love how beautiful Central Kentucky truly is, while we're proud of our Wildcats, while we're certainly fond of the horses and Bourbon... it's really the many local stores, restaurants and services that make Lexington exceptional. Small businesses build the unique character of our city, giving us a distinctive vibe that you can't find anywhere else. Local businesses provide local jobs, and the impact of that is felt at every level of our town. Money spent at local businesses starts a cycle of dollars that stay in our community and boost our local economy. So when you're thinking of ways to show your love for Lex, be sure to think local businesses first! profiles by Le'Shae Robinson | photos by Conrhod Zonio or courtesy

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University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union David Kennedy, President & CEO UKFCU provided over 5,000 meals during COVID, including to staff of Opportunity for Work and Learning (pictured here!) For the last 83 years, the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) has worked to help people achieve financial wellbeing. President and CEO, David Kennedy, notes that, “Following our core mission of people helping people, we believe that supporting local businesses is crucial for our community's success. When we support local businesses, we are supporting our neighbors, members, and their businesses. These are the same people that support us and make it possible for us to do what we do every day.” The credit union literally put their money where their mouth is when they started the UKFCU Restaurant Challenge at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts led to $50,000 being spent on 5,000 meals that fed UKFCU employees, clients of the Lexington Rescue Mission, employees of God’s Pantry Food Bank, local healthcare workers, the staff of Opportunity for Work and Learning as well as many other essential workers around the city. Outside of community work, David shows his commitment to helping people in the day to day interactions of running UKFCU. “Connecting with our members daily and helping them achieve their financial goals is the most rewarding part of our business. Over the years, we have been able

to build relationships with our members. We've helped them with many milestones in their lives, from opening their first savings accounts to buying cars and homes, investing for their retirements and more,” shares David. It is through these relationships that UKFCU has earned the trust of the community. Since coming on board in 2007, David’s leadership has helped grow the credit union, which now has $1,092,400,000 in total assets. His efforts are backed by UKFCU’s volunteer Board of Directors which is composed completely of local residents who work to make the credit union successful and sustainable for years to come. It is no surprise then that some employees have worked for the organization for close to 40 years. UKFCU has seen membership change since its 1937 founding. Initially, membership was limited to University of Kentucky staff and students. Today, the credit union has nearly 100,000 members with multiple ways to join, which can be found at ukfcu.org. As membership numbers and assets continue to increase, it is clear that UKFCU is a trusted partner for all of your financial needs. Stop by one of their six Fayette county locations today!

859.264.4200 • ukfcu.org

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Community Trust and Investment Company Andy D. Waters, President & CEO Did you know? Andy is an identical twin. He and his brother both have five kids! Community is at the forefront for Community Trust and Investment Company. Managing $2.6 billion and tracing its roots back to 1903, this investment company has earned bragging rights as one of the largest independent trust companies in Kentucky. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. (CTBI), publicly traded and listed on the NASDAQ, CTIC is a powerhouse that continues to carry the torch by building communities built on trust. One way they have built trust is through the employment of local residents. “Local businesses employ our residents, support the local economy and enhance the value and quality of our community," Andy D. Waters, CTFA® explains. "Locals live, work and play here, so they know the needs and culture of the community." Andy has lived in Lexington for 16 ½ years, while raising five children alongside his wife. He credits Lexington for his church family, horse farms, a historic downtown and more as the canvas for where he does what he loves – help people achieve their dreams, preserve their legacy and achieve peace of mind when they work with Community Trust and Investment Company.

100 East Vine St. Ste. 501 859.389.5300 ctbi.com/ctic

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house

Dwayne Anderson, j. stuart hurt and Jeremy Rice, Owners

House's customers think of the store as their "happy place." As Dwayne explains, "Comfort, laughter and good design form the cornerstone of our business. We are celebrating 10 years in business this year. Without our incredible community, we would not be able to say this!" House offers home décor, accessories and interior design services, all with affordability in mind. "We can incorporate any style, from traditional to contemporary; our vibe has a very 'easy' feel to it," Jeremy says. "We also offer a unique retail experience in Lexington. Our customers can walk in and find anything

they need, from custom silk floral arrangements, lamps, accent furniture and artwork to ladies' clothing and accessories." "The Boys" of House love being a part of their Lexington community and they give back whenever possible. "Lexington is a 'small batch' city where residents can be a real part of the community and truly have an impact on the future of the city," stuart explains. "Shopping local keeps your dollars in the community and allows small businesses to grow as a community partner. Keeping our doors open allows us to support local families, fundraisers and charities."

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Alfalfa Restaurant Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin and Wali El-Amin, Owners

Alfalfa Restaurant has been around since 1973, but with new owners Tiffany and Wali El-Amin, the restaurant will have a new focus. The El-Amin family believes in strengthening community through food. Co-owner Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin shares that, “When you support local businesses, you support local commerce. The more that we can work with each other as far as buying, selling and feeding one another, it makes the foundation for the local community even stronger.” They are no strangers to the food industry. Wali owns a food truck while Tiffany got her start with Ballew Estates, an agribusiness that she named after her grandmother. The husband-wife duo are adding a shop inside the eatery where customers can shop for fresh vegetables, fruit and speciality teas. In addition to food, the pair hope that Alfalfa brings opportunities to their neighbors to share their ideas and get connected with the food community. Tiffany envisions, “A place that not only you eat at but where conversations are had to build our local food systems and other local communications.” Guests should keep an eye out as the El-Amin family makes finishing touches to Alfalfa for their grand reopening, where they will serve Appalachian Southern style food. photo by Marley Johnson

141 E.Main St. 859.523.0426 alfalfarestaurant.com

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Screamin' Mimi's

Webb Milward, Owner

This Kentucky salsa is based on a 100-year-old recipe! You’ll have to taste Screamin’ Mimi’s to understand why this sweet, hot signature salsa draws crowds from near and far. It’s a 100-year-old family recipe that finally got bottled in 1993. The new owner, Webb Milward says it is a fun coincidence that his "sweet, but strong-willed" mother is also named Mimi. "She's the perfect host, and we're all about bringing people together.” “The salsa was a staple in our kitchen growing up, and I love it so much that I bought the company about a year ago. Not only am I a massive fan of the products, I also love what they represent; sitting around the table with family and friends,"

Webb explains. "|I have so many fond memories of family gatherings and game days where our salsa was at the center of the celebration.” As a Lexington native, Webb knows that local businesses are the fabric of any community. “They bring energy, excitement, and often give back. They’re something to be proud of," he explains. While he does live in Washington, DC now, Screamin’ Mimi’s is Webb’s way of staying connected to the Bluegrass. He is proud to work with other friends who are small business owners while still supporting his hometown.

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Limestone Bank John T. Taylor, President & CEO

Limestone Bank operates banking centers in 14 counties across Kentucky. It's a traditional community bank with a wide range of personal and business banking products and services. "I have a passion for the industry," said John Taylor, President and CEO. "Being a part of leading a team of people that work every day to bring financial solutions to our customers is an honor.” The team at Limestone Bank can't imagine a community not needing a vibrant and healthy commercial and consumer banking industry for it to prosper. They believe that what bankers do is instrumental to improving the quality of life for the communities and the people that they serve. “Community banks are critical to the overall health and well-being of the communities that they serve,” he explained. "I can't reiterate enough how proud and honored I am to be associated with a team of people that are so dedicated to bringing exceptional relationship banking to each and every customer of Limestone Bank,” said John. “It's an awesome bank for this reason!"

130 W. Main St. 2424 Harrodsburg Rd. 877-369-2265 limestonebank.com

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Quantrell Cadillac Quantrell Cadillac came to Lexington in 1967. This threegeneration, family owned and operated business has become a household name in this community. Bonnie Quantrell took over the dealership in January of 1985. “At that time, there was only one other female Cadillac dealer,” she recalled. “Owning a local business means that we know our customers, because we live around them.” As Andrew explained, “We believe it is of paramount importance to help support local businesses and organizations.” To that end, they work with several local vendors and proudly provide over

David Johnson, Sales Associate • Andrew Adams, Sales Manager • Ray Langdon, Sales Associate 100 local jobs. “We want to be a part of that to do our small part in making Lexington the best of the best.” He also encouraged everyone to pitch in to keep it local: “Get out and go support your local businesses. It's your chance to shape and mold Lexington and push us to become better.” They work closely with The Hope Center to give back whenever possible. “We have a responsibility to support the local community, by supporting local charities. We make a serious commitment to help in providing basic human needs of food, housing and education,” Bonnie explained. “I believe that this a privilege we have as a local company.”

1490 E. New Circle Rd. • 859.266.2161 • quantrellcadillac.com Sponsored Content | TOPSinLex.com

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Norwalk Furniture By The Fine Living Group Norwalk is an in-house design boutique. “You can utilize us however you like – from buying a candle to a whole home renovation,” they explain. “We feature a wide range of design services and products that will suit an array of styles and budgets. We offer custom upholstery, window treatments, antique rugs, custom bedding and gifts, as well as a range of home design consulting and services.” Each of the owners and designers is passionate about design. From helping homeowners decorate for all seasons to completely updating homes to beautifully reflect the families who

• Bryant Stanley, Owner • Justin Morris, Owner • Kellie Clarke, Owner• Tawana Palmer, Owner • Isabella Yunker, Interior Designer

live inside, the Norwalk team can truly do it all. Part of what makes the Norwalk team special is that they are all best friends… and they consider their customers to be part of the squad. “The most rewarding part of our work is the friendships gained and long-term relationships established!” They love that Lexington is such a progressive, modern city with a comfortable southern charm. They know how important local businesses are to that identity. They explain, “Keeping your money local helps fund so much. It also helps establish that culture of community with local faces.”

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J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar Gwyn & Ren Everly, Owners 3191 Beaumont Centre Cir. 859.533.9777 jrendersbbq.com What started as a food truck has become a staple of the Lexington food scene. The Everlys love building friendships with their customers and staff. They know how important it is to be connected to their community. “Small local businesses are the backbone of any town,” Gwyn said. “Your support not only helps the business owner, but also the employees. It puts money directly into your local economy.” What many customers may not realize is that the Everlys are part of the BBN Racing syndicate. “We have so much fun cheering on our horses, and it has become a fun thing to do with our customers.”

Peoples Exchange Bank Matthew White, Market President 901 Richmond Rd. 3101 Clays Mill Rd. #100 859.269.0235 • pebank.com Peoples Exchange Bank knows how to mix business with community. Currently operated by their 4th generation of the founding family, the bank continues to thrive because they have valued people – customers and staff alike – since 1912. Matthew White, Market President in Fayette County, shares that, “Banking local means that your money stays close to home and is invested locally to help support Lexington and our community. A local bank plays a critical role in helping to keep our local economy vibrant and growing by providing loans to creditworthy borrowers, funding small business loans and supporting local charities.” Sponsored Content | TOPSinLex.com

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Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, Inc. Carlyle Clark

Established in 1976 by John W. Clark in his hometown of Westwood, KY, Clark’s Pump-N-Shop has grown to 67 locations in four states. Now owned by two of his sons, Rick and Brent Clark, the company supports their local communities by providing over 800 jobs. “Being a family-owned business, we take great pride in the service and support we provide our customers and our areas,” Carlyle explains. “Local businesses provide jobs and give back to the communities we serve.” As the owners of local convenience stores, the Clark family puts customer service first, from in-store specials on their mobile app to friendly, smiling faces behind the counter. Carlyle says, “We want to ensure that our customers have an exceptional experience with a clean, well-lit and fully stocked store that supports our company’s vision: that our customers will want to ‘Return, Refresh and Refuel.’” One benefit of supporting a familyowned business is that they want everyone who stops in to feel like family. “The most rewarding part of our work is getting to know our customers and supporting our communities,” Carlyle says. They donate to many worthwhile local causes, including the Rodney Clark Memorial Scholarship.

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Massage By Vi & Mai D Studio

Vi Vischi, Owner & Massage Therapist ThuyDuong Nguyen, Owner & Master Cosmetologist

Vi and ThuyDuong, sisters, are first generation Americans in their family. “We are best friends and have the same vision of building community and discourage competing in our industry. We are able to help clients feel good on the inside and outside,” Vi explains. “I love being able to contribute and give to the community that I grew up in.” Vi is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She specializes in massage for cancer patients. For everyone who visits her, she can recommend the right massage to address a number of concerns, from insomnia due to stress or the need to stimulate lymphatic drainage following plastic surgery.

ThuyDuong, owner of Mai D Studio, is a Master Cosmetologist who specializes in eyelash extensions, eyebrow shaping, waxing, tinting and henna. She also does manicures. “I got involved in the industry to help clients with enhancing their natural beauty, or to give a glam look,” she explains. “But also to educate them honestly and properly about the service they are wanting.” “In my opinion, Lexington is great because of the hometown feeling and community with a touch of sophistication and city life,” Vi says. “It is important to support local businesses to help our community as a whole!”

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Alexandra Pallos Floral & Events Alexandra Pallos, Owner

Alexandra Pallos is a jill of all trades when it comes to creating special memories. With over 16 years of experience, she has a passion for creating unique floral designs for weddings and teaching the art of floral design. She opened the doors to Alexandra Pallos Floral & Events in June 2019 to follow her passion for floral design and teaching. It was a no brainer for Alexandra who loves to gather and entertain people. More importantly, it has allowed her to support other local businesses while offering a unique service for Lexingtonians. Pallos shares her enthusiasm for small business stating, “We are your neighbors, we live here, shop here, we spend our money in this community and we help to make it a unique and special place to live. We pour everything we have into our businesses, most of which like mine, are family run and operated. We cannot survive without the support of our community.” One way to support her small business is by booking small private parties at her studio by visiting her website. Sign up today to enjoy a few hours of food, fun, and learn about floral design from a master!

220 Big Run Rd. Unit 7 859-533-0646 alexandrapallosfloralandevents.com

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Peplum

Lauren West and Diane Henson, Owners

This mother-daughter team had ZERO retail experience before opening their doors three years ago! Way to go! Lauren West and Diane Henson are the mother-daughter duo that co-own Peplum. Lauren and her mom worked on the concept for their boutique for almost a year before opening at the end of March 2017. Prior to opening a retail space, Lauren spent nine years working in marketing and public relations. Lauren says, “The real key was the ability to trust our gut and know that we had something special: the ability to create a warm, welcoming shopping experience that instills confidence in women every time they step foot through our doors!”

Navigating a new businses venture can be tough on any business partners. For Lauren and Diane, it has been a blessing. Lauren says, “My mom and I are very proud of the fact that this experience has brought us even closer together. She is my mother, my best friend, my mentor and my business partner; not many people are lucky enough to say that!” Lauren and Diane were overwhelmed with the support that their customers showed during quarantine. “Lexington rallies behind locally-owned businesses,” Lauren says. “We are beyond grateful to have such a loyal and loving customer base!”

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Traditional Bank Jordan Parker, Assistant Vice President and Client Relationship Officer Traditional Bank is an independent, community bank founded in 1902 in Mt. Sterling. They have 16 Central Kentucky locations and $1.8 billion in assets. Jordan Parker joined the bank in 2004 after graduating from Centre College. “I wasn’t sure what my career would look like, but Traditional Bank was immediately a great fit for me, and I’ve been here ever since,” he says. Traditional Bank fosters a community-focused environment where employees are encouraged to volunteer. Jordan currently serves on boards for the Lexington Public Library, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, CivicLex and LFUCG Economic Development Investment while moonlighting as a youth soccer coach. He says, “I am proud to be part of the impact they’re making in the Commonwealth.” All this work has helped him fully embrace our city, which he loves for its abundant green space, friendly demeanor and many great restaurants. Jordan knows how important giving back is to local businesses. He says, “Local support is critical for businesses and their customers. Not only are you keeping your dollars in town, but you are more likely to get great customer service from people who really know and care about you.”

163 W. Short St. 859.225.7777 traditionalbank.com

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West Main Crafting Co.

Jake Sulek, Beverage Director Jonathan Laurel, Brand Director

West Main Crafting Co. has the largest public collection of non-vintage absinthe in the country. When guests step into this nineteenth century-inspired craft bar, they can expect an over-the-top experience that is both welcoming and educational. Traditional service is available any day, but they also offer private, educational tastings by appointment. “As much as we love obscure cocktail and spirits arcana, the really exciting part is seeing a guest have their mind blown and catch some of the passion we bring to the job,” says Jake. Everything at West Main Crafting Co. – from the service and atmosphere to the carefully researched cocktails – is done with a little extra attention to detail. “We are fortunate to work for some

really exceptional individuals and their vision, which we share, was simple: make something extraordinary and memorable,” Jonathan explains. “So that’s what we’ve tried to do at every turn.” They have made concerted efforts to support the small business scene in Lexington by sourcing ingredients from local vendors. “The life of our city and culture is sustained by local money, not chains. Buying from, or dining at, local businesses instead of chains is the best way to make an impact on our community – an impact measured in millions of dollars each year,” explains Jonathan.

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J&R Construction Jimmy McKinney, President

Jimmy still holds the pole vault record in Jessamine County at 14'6"! It’s not every day that you hear about a 10-year-old making their own clubhouse, but Jimmy McKinney did just that. Woodworking is a skill passed down from father to son in the McKinney family, so it was only natural that Jimmy went on to start his own remodeling company. In 2003, he partnered with his childhood friend, Russell, and started J&R Construction. He has since put his stamp on the bluegrass state through kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, finished basements, room additions, decks, porches, and whole house remodeling. J&R Construction has standout projects thanks to their skilled, local employees and the hundreds of contractors they partner with. This is just one way that Jimmy has worked to reinvest in his community. “When you buy and support local, you are supporting the families in your community,” says McKinney. In addition to revitalizing homes around Lexington, Jimmy also has a podcast, “Skinny on The Home.” He offers callers expert advice on home improvements, remodels, design and building projects. It’s an innovative approach that allows Jimmy to build relationships and connect the community.

633 West Main St. 859.225.0162 jrcsi.com

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Backroads Bakery Backroads Bakery is as warm as the yellow paint building that houses their mouthwatering cheesecakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats. Co-owners (and sisters) Ruth and Katie Ralph decided to open a physical location after running their dessert shop online for about a year and a half. The pair opened their doors in March and feel right at home in the North Limestone neighborhood. Ruth notes, “Lexington has one of the tightest and most supportive communities I have ever experienced. I love being a part of it.”

Ruth Ralph and Katie Ralph, Co-Owners

This love stems from living in Lexington for 26 years and still being blown away by the sense of family and support that Lexington has shown them. Ruth long dreamed of owning a dessert shop and took the leap of faith to turn her love of making cheesecakes into a career. The Ralphs have since become small business advocates explaining that, “Buying local keeps more of our revenue in our own communities.” When they aren’t hiking, camping, kayaking, traveling or enjoyng the outdoors, the Ralph sisters are engaged in community building. They understand that their business plays a viable part in the community, one cheesecake at a time.

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South Central Bank Coby Adkins, Lexington City Executive Rebekah Welch, Vice President – Lending

Relationships are how South Central Bank thrives. The bank’s founder, James Kenneth Bale, aimed to fulfill his dream of providing true community centered banking services to the families, individuals and business people of the local area. He built the bank’s success by paying attention to the needs of local people, a value that is instilled in employees at all levels to this day. Coby enjoys the personal relationships developed in commercial lending, especially small, local business owners. He shares that small businesses, “are the backbone of the community. The folks that own these businesses are our friends and neighbors. I love watching clients’ businesses grow and mature. I love seeing all of their hard work pay off.” Rebekah has always had an interest in finance and a desire to help people achieve financial milestones, like owning a home. She loves the personal attention a local bank like South Central can offer its clients. “We are not transactional: we are involved in every step of the way,” Rebekah explains. “I take great pride in providing financial support to home buyers, families, business owners and developers. We help customers through fair and honest treatment, large and small alike.”

386 Waller Ave. Ste. 110 859.223.0170 southcentralbank.com

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Conrhod Zonio Photography Conrhod and Leslee Zonio, Photographers

Photographer Conrhod Zonio shot his first wedding in 1996 and never turned back. Weddings are his favorite events to shoot, but because of COVID-19, his work looks different. Until things return to “normal,” Conrhod is supporting the wedding industry through consultations and advocacy. He has also turned his focus to personal branding and commercial work, which is essential as small businesses work to stay afloat. “Local businesses make up the personality of a city. Supporting local directly helps a friend or neighbor. Supporting local increases diversity,” champions Conrhod. This diversity is what the Zonios believe makes Lexington stand out. “There is so much diversity. You will most likely find what you are looking for by way of activities, leisure, culinary, culture, nature, education, arts, social gatherings… and the list goes on! You would be hard pressed not to be able to find something to enjoy,” Conrhod says. “And if you are looking for something you can't find anywhere else, you will definitely find that our area possesses a collection of unique finds that are unrivaled by anyplace else in the world.” Until weddings are back in full swing, frequenting and photographing local businesses is just one way that Conrhod will do his part to take care of the Lexington community.

859.229.6550 conrhodzonio.com

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Now more than ever, users are interacting with websites through their mobile devices. In fact, Google says that 61% of users are unlikely to return to a site if they had trouble accessing it through mobile, with 40% actually leaving to visit a competitor’s site instead. In fact, Google now indexes and ranks all websites based exclusively on the mobile version. This means that having a website that is not mobile-friendly will negatively affect your search engine visibility.

A user-friendly website involves a combination of readability, navigation, mobile-optimization, and load time — all of which enable a user to quickly and efficiently navigate the site.

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Readability is synonymous with “skim-ability.” A user should be able to quickly skim for keywords and phrases to locate useful information.

Page speed is the amount of time it takes for a website’s components to load, and it’s a giant factor in the overall user-friendly website experience. Typically, you should aim for a load speed of no more than 2 to 3 seconds. Anything beyond that can drive users away from the site — and that’s not even the worst of it.

ENHANCE YOUR WEBSITE’S SKIM-ABILITY: paragraphs liberally to create more separation between 1 Divide thoughts Make your navigation panel easy to access and clearly 2 organized Use visual elements and colors to differentiate between 3 sections of information sections with clear headers that accurately describe 4 Separate section content dynamic media like photos, videos, and audio clips to 5 Use engage visitors Choose an easy-to-read web-friendly font so your content is 6 legible on any device

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Poor load times can also have a serious negative impact on your website’s SEO. Search engines have started considering page speed as a ranking factor when indexing pages. Snail speed is not ideal if you are trying to create an appealing user experience for your visitors. Bad user experience can ultimately be crippling to your business’s website — both online and off. In fact, 57% of users say they will not recommend a business with a poorly designed mobile site. Contact Chad & Lindsey for a FREE consult and make sure you are putting your best foot forward with your website experience!

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KENTUCKY HORSE COUNCIL Serving Kentucky’s Horses and Those Who Love Them

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Nonprofit

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ave you ever seen those cute license plates featuring a foal basking in the Kentucky bluegrass? Sporting the foal plate on your vehicle not only lets you show your pride for our state’s equine heritage, but funds raised from those adorable plates goes toward supporting the Kentucky Horse Council, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, welfare and development of Kentucky’s equine community. Each year the Kentucky Horse Council advocates on behalf of the horse industry at the state and national levels; they also put on educational programming and offer training for horse owners and first responders. Their Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training teaches police officers, firefighters, animal control offers and others how to safely and effectively manage emergencies involving animals, such as barn and wildlife fires, motor vehicle accidents involving trailers and horses in water, mud, ice rescues and more. “This is an important program, as witnessed in 2018 when a Lexington Police horse fell and got his leg trapped in a manhole during the annual holiday parade,” said Ryan Watson, president of the Kentucky Horse Council board of directors. “A number of emergency responders had recently completed our Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training and were able to free the horse without serious injury.” Their Livestock Investigation Training educate law enforcement and animal control officers about how to identify and manage abuse and neglect situations involving large animals, as well as how to handle horses, cattle and other livestock safely. As we have learned all too well in this unprecedented year, good people can fall on hard times. For horse owners unable to afford necessities such as adequate food, shelter or veterinary care for their equine, the Kentucky Horse Council’s Save Our Horses (SOHO) Fund was established to help them provide for their horses during times of financial hardship. “The Kentucky Horse Council is a statewide all-breed, all-discipline organization dedicated to helping the horses and horse people of the

Commonwealth,” said Katy Ross, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council. “We focus on issues that impact the entire industry and try to fill the gaps not met by more targeted organizations.” The Kentucky Horse Council is also a premier resource for information on topics affecting Kentucky’s horse industry, including disease outbreaks, job postings, equine-related events and legislative issues.

“We all see the cute foal license plates all over Kentucky, but most people probably don’t know all they represent.” In a non-pandemic year, the group also hosts quarterly gatherings of the Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA). This dinner series is open to horsemen and women of any background. It includes a networking cocktail hour followed by a featured speaker or panel to discuss topics pertinent to horse owners, such as pasture and farm management, equine health and nutrition, injury care and prevention and more. “We all see the cute foal license plates all over Kentucky, but most people probably don’t know all they represent,” said Watson. “The work our organization does is directly funded by the sales of these license plates and donations and sponsorships for our events. By purchasing the Kentucky Horse Council’s foal license plate, you directly and positively impact the horses in our state.” To learn more about the Kentucky Horse Council’s initiatives and how you can offer support, go to kentuckyhorse.org.

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Love Thy Neighbor

LOVE thy Neighbor

Georgetown

What Makes Lexington Great? Our neighbors!

Historic Walking Tours Stop By an Orchard Visit Yuko-En on the Elkhorn

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Being in such close proximity to the beauty and many incredible attractions of nearby counties is a privelege. We are within a short drive of Bourbon, wine, horses and outdoor adventures. From a fun day of retail therapy to a walk through history, there is something for everyone waiting next door. This is just a sampling of what we love about our amazing neighbors. So get out and show them some love!

MORE THAN A CITY Scott County is home to Stamping Ground & Sadieville

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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR! Visit georgetownky.com and explore.

Midway & Versailles WOODFORD COUNTY TOP 3 THINGS TO DO: Wine and Bourbon Trail Explore the “Horse Capital of the World” World Class Cycling

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SMALL TOWN CHARM Total Population: 26,800+ Woodford County has produced

5 OF THE LAST 15 Kentucky Derby winners! source: Cabinet for Economic Development & Woodford County Chamber of Commerce

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BOURBON COUNTY Covering 292 square miles, Bourbon County is comprised of rolling hills and abundant farmland. Like all bourbon, Bourbon County as named after the French House of Bourbon following France’s assistance during the Revolutionary War. Likewise, Paris was named in honor of the country’s capital city. Today, it is the sister-city of Lamotte-Beuvron, France.

Go Antiquing Dine at a Local Restaurant Catch a Flick at the Bourbon County Drive-In

NEED A GETAWAY? Bourbon County is home to a number of charming B&Bs!

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Paris has a population of over 8,500 and serves as the county seat. Significant efforts were made to preserve the history and character of the town. Historic buildings downtown bring a ton of charm to the town. The Hopewell Museum is housed inside a Beaux Arts building that served as Paris’s first post office (which was briefly known as Bourbontown!)

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Paris’s Walk Score! That means that you can do just about everything on foot!

FUN FACTS: Paris is home to the world’s tallest three-story structure! The Cane Ridge Meeting House, built in 1791, is said to be the largest one-room log structure in the country.


Breaking the Bronze Ceiling:

Happy 100th Anniversary to...

women’s right to VOTE! 2020

marks a significant year in women’s history: it’s the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution, which granted women the right to vote! DID YOU KNOW? Prior to 1776, women had the right to vote in several of America’s colonies. But by 1807, that had changed: every state constitution denied women’s suffrage.

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Groups supporting giving women back the right to vote really began to gain steam during the mid-nineteenth century. The Seneca Falls convention in 1948 adopted the Declaration of Sentiments which helped more women join the cause. Following speaking tours, conventions and a lot of hard work, the Amendment passed the House and the Senate in 1919. KENTUCKY’S SUFFRAGIST HISTORY Kentucky women were very active in the suffrage movement. Kentucky passed the first statewide women’s suffrage law in 1938, allowing women heads-of-household to vote in some elections relating to taxes and school systems (ironically, this excluded Lexington, Louisville and Maysville, since they already had public schools). Many prominent suffragists came out of the Commonwealth. To learn more about them, visit kentuckywomansuffrageproject.org. Kentucky ratified the 19th Amendment on January 6, 1920. On March 29th of that year, Kentucky’s governor signed a bill giving women in Kentucky presidential suffrage, even though the 19th Amendment had not yet been fully ratified. On August 18th, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the Amendment, providing the necessary number of ratifications to add it to the Constitution. LIMITATIONS It’s important to remember that while the 19th Amendment promised women the right to vote, many still were disenfranchised. For three million African-American women south of the Mason-Dixon line, registering resulted in intimidation, poll taxes and violence that left them unable to vote. Their right to vote would not be secured until the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Native Americans were not granted citizenship until 1924, but many states still prohibited them from voting. Poll taxes and literacy tests prevented kept non-English speakers from voting. Immigration laws prevented Asians from gaining citizenship until 1952.

The monument will be placed on August 18th at the corner of Vine and Mill on the Lexington Financial Center Plaza. For the latest updates on the unveiling, follow Breaking the Bronze Ceiling on Facebook, or visit breakingthebronzeceiling.com

MONUMENT UNVEILING Breaking the Bronze Ceiling will unveil Lexington’s first public monument featuring women on August 18th, 2020 to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The design by Barbara Grygutis is based on the silhouettes of suffragists to memorialize the countless Kentucky women who fought for this worthy cause.

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Savin’ Face LIFESTYLE

DERMAPLANING

story by Jayme Jackson

ow Sweetheart we are just going to take a scalpel and shave the peach fuzz off of your face, it will just take a jiffy”. That was my first experience with Dermaplaning in Eastern Kentucky around 8 years ago. I can remember thinking “right, just take a blade with your bare hand to my face, MY FACE no biggie”. I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Dermaplaning has gotten a lot of attention over the past year so I wanted to do a quick lesson on what all the hype is about. Here is the skinny from Sarah Potter who performs Dermaplaning everyday at the Center for Anti-Aging Med Spa “Some things you just shouldn’t try at home and Dermaplaning is one of them! Why? Because Dermaplane services are performed exclusively by trained professionals who use a sharp, surgical-grade blade to safely remove not only peach fuzz but the outermost layer of dead skin cells within a sterile environment. Inexperience could result in cuts, breakouts and further damage to the skin”. Why remove your facial hair and outermost layer of skin? Because your face will feel like a baby, your makeup application is smoother and you’re exfoliating thus, encouraging new pretty skin to surface. When I brought up the topic of Dermaplaning around our TOPS Editorial table it was quite the conversation starter. I have had the process done a dozen times and I don’t personally feel like it changed my life but man, the rest of the ladies around the table looked at me like I had just called their babies ugly! They love it, swear by it. So, I sought out to do some research and low and behold I found out that Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were major fans of shaving their faces. Yup, I said that right-shaving their faces. Not a real feminine visualization is it y’all? Dermaplane is a much more effective way to achieve that result. Who am I to disagree with some of the world’s most iconic beauties? Maybe we should take our advice from Marilyn who, when asked what pajamas she wears, famously said “why I go to bed with nothing but Yardley’s lavender”. If she can shave her face and get away with that sexy comment, count me in!

Stacked Skincare Dermaplaning Tool | Available at Sephora, $75

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LIFESTYLE Statement Earrings

Gas Bijoux Beaded Drop Earrings Anthropologie / $240

Ivory Iridescent Speckled Earrings Pirie Boutique / $22

Petal Power Earrings #25 in Pink Studio Tyyli - Etsy / $18

Victoria Earrings by Vanessa Gade Meg C Jewelry Gallery $232

Catalina Large Doorknocker Earrings by Julie Vos Cotton Patch / $175

Mckenna Gold Statement Earrings in Sea Green Mix Kendra Scott / $148

Kaya Matte Filigree Earrings Francesca's / $20

Strawberry Thief Teardrop Earrings Shelia Bayes / $178

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Jaxon Stone Earring in Sandstone Free People / $28


Statement Earrings LIFESTYLE

Hoop Dreams It's the summer of the hoop. Hoop earrings are an effortless way to look put-together. Try one of these twists on this classic to make a chic statement all summer. Hammered Crescent Hoops in 24K gold plate Cotton Patch / $68

Parc Earrings in Silver Machete / $58

Jocelyn Wood Beaded Floral Hoop Francesca's / $20

Crescent Hoops in Minted Porcelain Machete / $58

Lobe Love Worried about how these earrings might look if you have poorly-placed, stretched piercings or sagging earlobes? Leavers Earring Lifts’ may be your lobe-savers! These specialty earring backs lift your earrings upwards, for a more secure, youthful look. Available in gold-plated silver, sterling, stainless steel, white and yellow gold at levears.com.

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When it comes to what makes Lexington fashion great, it’s getting to represent our Big Blue Nation in the prettiest hues of blue.

Elle brown wrap bracelet In white abalone | Available at Kendra Scott at The Summit, $78

Keep it light and airy during these summer days with a flowy midi dress paired with a fun sandal. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a good statement tote!

Leopard print jute totebag in turquoise | Available at Fluffy Flamingo, $27

Ksatria dress by Z supply | Available at Olive You Boutique, $70

Mossoro gold sandal by Kaana | Available at Olive You Boutique, $119

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LIFESTYLE WOW Wedding

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WOW Wedding LIFESTYLE

This couple from Stanford, Kentucky originally had grand plans to celebrate their love, but COVID-19 changed everything. Both coming from families with deep connections to Kentucky for generations, the couple realized that switching the venue to Logan’s parents’ home made the day even more meaningful. Surrounded by their loved ones, they built a celebration that nothing could put a damper on. “Our advice for other couples would be to make sure you spend time with each other on your wedding day,” Logan said. “It is easy to get caught up chatting with and greeting guests. Remember that this day is to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Take in the day together and enjoy every second of it.” One way Logan and Trenton did that was by sharing a first look moment before the ceremony. To create a grand entrance for the bride, her father handmade a set of double doors, placed at the end of the aisle and flanked by barrels. Two old pews recovered from an abandoned church were refinished for the couple’s parents to sit on. Draped fabric, a spray of flowers and a chandelier marked the altar. Trenton sported a pair of cufflinks that featured his late grandfather’s thumbprints, keeping his memory close through the special day. All these touches made the intimate ceremony unforgettable.

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LIFESTYLE WOW Wedding The reception decor played on a palette of dusty blues with neutral, blush and gold accents. A grand floral arch featuring a sign bearing the couple’s new last name served as a photo op for guests. Tables were set family style so everyone could be together, with vintage-style goblets and blue linen napkins at the head table. In addition to a wedding cake, a pecan pie served as the “groom’s cake.” To symbolize their growing love and life together, the couple planted a tree in the front yard. Not only will the tree honor their wedding day, but they will get to see it grow as the years go by. At the reception, the couple dug up a bottle of bourbon they had buried a month before the wedding, an old wive’s tale meant to bring good weather. It didn’t exactly work. But the couple said that if they had it all to do over again, they would actually stress less about the rainy forecast. “The weather turned out to be perfect for the ceremony and pictures,” Logan said. “Plus, the rain in the evening made for a more memorable night.” The guests certainly seemed to think so. They danced and laughed throughout the evening, even as the rain began to pour. “Not a soul left,” Logan reflected. “There is nothing more joyful than dancing, soaking wet, with your best friends while celebrating love!”

the vendor team PHOTOGRAPHER Madison Renee Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Osborne Media VENUE Bride’s Childhood Home, Stanford, KY CATERING Karen’s Catering SWEETS Sweets by Cindy

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WEDDING PLANNER Haley Michelle Designs RENTALS Bryant’s Rent All FLORIST Zachary Brady Designs BRIDAL GOWN The Steel Magnolia BRIDAL PARTY Lulu’s

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GROOM/GROOMSMEN JC Penney HAIR Megan Kirk with MW Beauty MAKEUP Britt Moses STATIONERY/CALLIGRAPHY Haley Michelle Designs


LIFESTYLE Weddings Unveiled

the art of the seating chart With the wedding world opening back up and feeling somewhat normal, there are a bunch of guidelines vendors are ordered to follow especially when it comes to the venues themselves. In order to keep all staff and wedding guests as safe as possible while celebrating, couples are asked to pay more attention to which guests are invited and where they are placed on the big day.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with materials and scale. Seating charts can be a true statement piece on your wedding day.

This is where your seating chart comes into play. COVID guidelines now require couples to have a seating chart plan not only for their reception space, but their ceremony too, which is entirely new. Guests are now being formed into “pods” as they arrive to a wedding. When planning your seating arrangements, you’ll want to think of those people who have already been in contact with each other or around each other on a normal basis. Think close family members, couples and individuals within the same friend group. These “pods” of guests will be seated in the same row at the ceremony and then again at the same table at the reception.

If you’re looking for something more simple, try using escort cards versus a large seating display.

The hope is this will prevent guests from being in contact with people outside of their “norm”, therefore preventing the chance of spreading the virus if it were to be present. With extra attention to details, your wedding can still be the day you always dreamed of.

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behind the beauty 1 | Design by House of Catherine Photo by Rebekah Viola Photography 2-3 | Design by Haley Michelle Designs Photo by Jeff + Michele Photography 4 | Design by Mon Voir Photo by Jose Villa Photography 5 | Design by Haley Michelle Designs

by haley norris Owner of Haley Michelle Designs

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veryone knows that particular chain store that gets in new homewares shipments every week from top designers, continually changing inventory, which creates that feeling of absolute bliss when you score some totally awesome buy. Well, meet your local game-changer, Warehouse 764.

Located in a sleepy part of town, you would never know that the old Merit Furniture Building at 764 East 7th Street has been completely salvaged and turned into Lexington's best-kept secret. Warehouse 764 owners Keith and Carrie McCollum describe their store as "that bargain-hunting home décor store but on the next level. We sell furniture and accessories that are a step above your average chain or internet store." Upon entering the store, you'll find so much to love, including shockingly low prices! You can decorate your home with designer pieces that you thought were completely out of your budget.

764 East 7th Street, Lexington • (859) 948-5675 facebook.com/warehouse764


Keith, a Nicholasville native, has been in the furniture business for over 16 years, and he has designed a unique shopping experience. Instead of being open your typical Monday through Saturday, he has what he describes as “furniture events.” Each week he receives three to four 53-foot semi truckloads stacked full of new merchandise. He and his crew then take the next two weeks to unload, unpackage and stage each item from the trucks. Warehouse 764 will then open for a two-day furniture event on Sat and Sunday. Gone are the days of waiting six to eight weeks for a sofa or dining table to be delivered. You can take your furniture home the same day or set up delivery the very next week. After each event, the system starts over again in preparation for the next opening two weeks later. This business model allows Keith to price the furniture, accessories, wall art and area rugs at a price much lower than the internet or traditional furniture stores.

e ington, this sto e is must do ou c n find the event dates on their Facebook Page or call (859)-948-5675. Not only will the store blow your mind, but so will the shopping experience. Keith, Carrie and their team (including son Cooper) are just about the most genuinely nice people you could meet. So, save the date. Shop local and pop in their next event.

HIGH-QUALITY FURNITURE

Keith, Carrie & Cooper McCollum

HOME DECOR AT UNBELIEVABLE PRICES.


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he best part of implementing simple basics to frame your space is that you can interchange your accessories on a seasonal basis. A room should be both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Most importantly, it should bring you joy.

Rose Otto Scented Candle in Textured Glass VOLUSPA | $24

The acrylic trend is making a statement in the design world, and we love this modern barstool from CB2. Make the most of any room with complementing patterned pillows like these from Laura Park and Little Design Co. Of course, we incorporated this beautiful chest into the mix—look at that Greek key detailing! This subtle piece pairs perfectly with a colorful tray like this bubblegum pink one we found on Amazon. Top with a candle scent of your choosing, and voila! Last but certainly not least, you cannot forget about lighting! This chinoiserie-inspired table lamp adds a vintage-like component, while the brass flush mount from Visual Comfort is trendy and timeless for the ceiling.

Jonathan Y Audrey Chinoiserie Table Lamp in Blue TARGET | $86.99

By Courtney Desrochers

Visual Comfort - Bryce Medium Flush Mount in Gild WISEWAY | $546

Antonio Acrylic Bar Stool CB2 | $599 Studio Velvet / Chartreuse Panel Pillow LITTLE DESIGN COMPANY | $78 Lawson’s Park Purple Linen Cotton Pillow ADELÉ | $175 R 16 Home Tray in Pink AMAZON | $15 Safavieh Couture Neria 47.6” Wide 2 Drawer Server PERIGOLD | $1766

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In the Market? COVID hasn’t been able to stop Lexington’s real estate market. Find out what you need to know about buying and selling right now. COURTESY OF LBAR The spring real estate season finally arrived but waited until the summer to finally heat up. After two consecutive months of yearover-year declines in home sales due to the ongoing pandemic, June real estate closed transactions jumped by 7 percent to 1,408 total residential sales, compared to 1,322 in 2019. This marks the fifth highest month on record for total real estate sales. Year-to-date, real estate sales are just 1 percent short of where they were in 2019, with 6,564 sales in 2020 compared to 6,624 sales last year. The increase in total sales follows back to back months of record numbers of pending sales. June saw transactions under contract increase 24 percent over last year and reach a new all-time high with 1,703 pending sales. “The pandemic certainly hasn’t cut into the demand for housing in Central Kentucky,” said Greg Buchanan, president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR). “It was predicted, as we moved through the quarantine, that the market would rebound quickly and the selling season would be pushed back a few months. That is certainly playing out locally as buyers are out in full force, however, inventory is suffering more now because of the demand level.” Inventory levels throughout the region were low before the crisis hit and the shortage has only intensified over the past several months. Total residential housing inventory dropped to an all-time low with 2,276 available residential properties, a 41 percent decrease from a year ago and down 7 percent from the previous month. June’s inventory level marks the seventh consecutive month,

starting in December, of record lows and the fifth straight month of levels falling below the 3,000-unit mark. “Our market needs a more robust supply of homes to meet the needs of buyers who want to purchase real estate in the Central Kentucky region,” stated Buchanan. “Sellers who may have temporarily put their plans on hold, or who didn’t think it was the right time, should strongly consider listing during the summer months. All the right conditions exist to make it an ideal time to sell.” After a slower than usual start to the spring season for buyer traffic, mainly due to the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, housing demand has surged over the previous two months. Appointments for available homes experienced consecutive record-breaking months in May and June. Showings jumped 21 percent in June from last year, reaching 24,181 appointments, and was 6 percent higher than May, the previous record month. Buchanan added, “Pent-up demand is going to be a big driver of the market through the coming months. Buyers are locking in record low interest rates and those will remain for the foreseeable future. Builders are putting up homes but the demand is pushing those timelines out to over a year in some cases. What the market needs is for existing homes to be listed to alleviate the supply problem we are currently facing.” As the region’s leading advocate for homeownership, Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) understands the value and joy of owning a home. LBAR represents more than 3,500 REALTORS® located in 26 counties. Visit www.lbar.com for up to the minute real estate listings and buying and selling resources.

June marks the fifth highest month on record for total real estate sales.

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Ask Pam Denham what she loves most about the home she shares with her husband Dave and their two pomapoos, Rusty and Doodles, and she’ll tell you it’s the cows in her back yard and the horses in her front yard. She’s only half joking. The 10-acre property on Military Pike, situated near the point where Fayette, Woodford and Jessamine counties merge, is a bucolic oasis if ever there was one. The Denhams’ property is adjacent to White Farm, with which they share a driveway easement, and across the road from Shadwell Thoroughbred Farm – hence the cows and horses. “I can literally see cows out my back windows and horses out my front,” she laughs. On a more nostalgic note, Pam recalls fondly how the house she grew up in here in Lexington was stone, so the building’s thick limestone walls were a bonus. They proved to be more than aesthetically pleasing, as the eight-inch exterior walls provide insulation against the extremes of Kentucky’s notoriously fickle weather. The couple’s love affair with the house was consummated in the spring of 2018 when they purchased it from Greg and Emily Harkenrider. You know the saying “the course of true love never runs smooth” and that sentiment applies to home owning too. The Denhams loved their new house and appreciated the TLC the previous owners had bestowed upon it. Nevertheless, they wanted to imprint it with their own stamp. They started by adding the circular driveway in front of the house, which served to enhance its regal façade. Once that was completed, they set about remodeling the house to suit their own taste and style, while at the same time, keeping intact the integrity of the 99-year-old Georgian-style house (a keystone over the front door has 1921, the year the house was built, carved into it). Lexington native Pam, and Dave, who is from Middlesboro, own Hometown Manor Assisted Living Facilities, and having flipped some 50 properties, are experienced designers. The couple decided to trust their own judgment and skill designing and decorating the 4,000-squarefoot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house.

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One of the couple’s favorite objects is the original mirror with Art Deco trim in the downstairs bathroom, whose previous function had been as a butler’s pantry. In addition, all three of the original fireplaces in the house are in working order, says Pam. She goes on to say that the previous owners weren’t aware that they were functional, but when she had them inspected, she discovered they were clay-lined and ready to be lit. While the Denhams pride themselves on having kept what was best about their remarkable house, they have also added their own personal touch. Interior Yardage did all the drapes, while the worsted wool carpet on the stairway came from Pro Source. “When we bought the carpet, I learned that it was so soft because the wool came from the first shearing of the sheep,” explains Pam. The equestrian painting over the living room sofa was purchased from their friend and former neighbor, prominent Lexingtonian Jim Host. The beautiful cherry breakfront in the hallway once belonged to Dave’s parents. A lace tablecloth that was handmade for Pam by her grandmother has been mounted and framed and serves as a piece of art in the dining room. Displayed in an upstairs bedroom are the sports trophies won by their daughter Lauren, a senior at the University of Kentucky and a member of the swim team; their son Bart, a lawyer, lives just a few miles away.

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One of the most beautiful rooms in the house is the upstairs master bedroom. Done in shades of sky blue and white, it boasts one of the three fireplaces, converted by the Denhams from log-burning to electric. “It’s much easier to just flick a switch and have a cozy fire,” says Pam. Another bedroom, which serves as a guest room, could come straight from a Coastal Living Magazine cover. Nautical touches in the bed spread, lamp and wall design give it a casual, breezy beach vibe. Indeed, the color palette of white, sky blue and soft gray continued through every room which gives the house a calm, restful feel. “I’m big on painting everything white,” laughs Pam. “Dave usually indulges me, but he put his foot down when I wanted to paint the wood on the door of the faux closet in the upstairs hallway white.” Dave prevailed and the closet door remains the color of its original wood. “I’m not sure exactly what kind of wood it is,” he admits, “but I do know that there is quite a bit of oak, ash, hickory, cherry and cedar used in the house, so it must be one of them.”

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Among the other things the Denhams love about their dream home is the second story balcony providing a vista of the pastoral landscape; a veritable forest of mature trees on the property, and the barn located just to the rear of the house. Wait…..the barn? You’re probably thinking – a barn is just a barn, isn’t it? Well, not this one. This barn serves as Pam and Dave’s entertainment venue of choice for soirees ranging from sit-down dinners for intimate friends where the guest list may number six to eight to a full-on shindig for the UK swim team where the guest list may number 50 or more. Pam designed the barn, but she fully credits the Amish workmen at Caudill Trusses in Mt. Sterling for bringing it to life. “We love it,” say both Pam and Dave. “We use it pretty much all year long.” But when asked about their favorite part of the house, neither hesitates. The clear winners are the twin sunrooms on either side of the house. Dave likes to take his morning coffee in the sunroom on the eastern side of the house to watch the sunrise. Playing the yang to her husband’s yin, Pam prefers the sunroom on the west. “A cocktail always adds to a perfect sunset,” she says. August 2020 | TOPSinLex.com

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SEPARATION ANXIETY

Post Quarantine story by jean gibowski, cvpm brighton animal clinic

It seems like it has been years since the kids have been back to school and many of us have been back to work. For your pets, especially your dogs, it seems like you have been home forever, and if you got a COVID puppy, it has been forever! As we start to transition into being away from home more, make sure to include your dog in your preparations. Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety and will act out when left alone…tearing things up, accidents in the house, self-grooming and vocalizations are the most common symptoms of separation anxiety. What can you do to help your dog make the transition? Here are a few tips…. •

Start small! Leave your pet while you go for a walk, go to Starbucks and surf the net in their outdoor seating, or have a conversation in your car at the end of the block. You don’t have to go far, but do go out of hearing range of your dog. Do this several times a day every day for several days leading up to when you go back.

Provide distractions. Stuff a Kong with peanut butter or your dog’s favorite treats. Get a puzzle toy (or make one!). Freeze treats into doggie popsicles (chicken broth is a great dog popsicle flavor). Your dog should get these special treats only in his crate or as you leave.

Stay calm. If you are anxious about leaving your dog or over excited to see her at the end of the day, it will only serve to increase her anxiety.

Make sure your pet is still getting plenty of exercise. If you have gotten used to taking multiple long walks during the days at home, don’t just stop, especially if you have a puppy. Your dog still needs that outlet…and it’s a good stress reliever for you too. Wake up a little earlier or make time when you get home. A tired dog is a good dog.

If you find that your pet is still not adapting well to the change of staying home alone, seek out help from your veterinarian or positive reinforcement trainer. There are supplements, medications and other training suggestions that can help make the transition smoother for you and your best friend.

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Ice Paint Planning fun things for a three year old that a one year old can also do isn’t always easy! They love to be outside and my oldest loves a good “craft”. This ice paint was the perfect summer day activity! My youngest will eat just about anything you put in front of him, whether it’s food or not. I was worried the little guy would think they were popsicles, but once he saw the magic on the paper, he was all about it. The best part about it was that it was easy to make! Simply put some tempera paint into an ice cube tray and mix it with a bit of water. Then, cover the tray with foil, cut slits in the foil for popsicle sticks. (I’ve also seen it done with square ice cube molds and MegaBlocks instead of popsicle sticks.) Freeze and PLAY! I just laid some paper down on the driveway and let them go to town! They loved getting to paint outside, and loved mixing the colors on the paper. Their finished product wasn’t a framer by any means, but it kept them entertained for a while...and that’s a big win!

Look at the excitement! Trust me, your kiddos will be begging to do this everyday.

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El Cid Photos By Keni Parks

raditional Mexican dining gets a modern makeover with a streamlined menu and unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else. El Cid Owner, Christopher Bravo, grew up in the restaurant business with his family owning Mexcian Restaurants all over Chicago, but he never dreamed he’d have a place of his own. “I spent so much of my childhood in the restaurants my family-owned washing dishes and helping out wherever I was needed, but when I went to school for international business and always thought I would graduate and go to work in the car business. Once I got done with school, I thought, ‘why not do what I know how to do,’” shares Bravo. And at just 23 years old, it’s clear that this is what he was meant to do.

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A lot of dishes on my menu come from what’s currently on-trend in Mexico. I have a lot of family in Guadalajara that keep me up to date on new techniques and dishes.”

With years of experience under his belt, Bravo is redefining modern Mexican food. “I wanted to create a restaurant that has really good, from scratch, authentic Mexican food but with a much more streamlined and functional menu than most family-owned Mexican restaurants where you’ll often find a list of 300 plus items. With a menu like that, it’s very difficult to prep ingredients daily, which causes so many dishes to fall short on flavor,” Bravo shares. Something he paid extra attention to when designing the menu for El Cid. “I have prep staff in all night long cutting up veggies, cooking our meats, making sauces and salsas fresh daily. It sets our menu apart from most”.

have daily specials from our $1.99 tacos on Monday, 85 cent Margaritas on Wednesday and All-You-Can-Eat Taco Tuesday, just to name a few,” mentions Bravo. “Our specials draw a crowd of both regular customers and new customers who more often than not love it so much they can’t wait to come back and bring friends.” Something he never takes for granted. After only being open a little over a month before the pandemic hit, Bravo shares that they closed down for a full month to protect his family and reopened in early April with an emphasis on takeout and business picked right back up.

With signature dishes like the Quesa Cone, Quesa Taco and Quesa Burrito, Bravo is certainly shaking things up from the traditional. “A lot of dishes on my menu come from what’s currently on-trend in Mexico. I have a lot of family in Guadalajara that keep me up to date on new techniques and dishes, and then I will play around with them to make them my own,” shares Bravo. “My staff are my taste testers.” Located in the former spot of Lexington icon, Sav’s Grill, a lot of El Cid’s business comes from UK students looking for delicious, quick and affordable food and El Cid delivers just that. “We

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When asked what customers come in for most often, Bravo quickly answered that his Queso Tacos are not to be missed. He uses a technique commonly found in Mexico where he soaks his housemade corn tortillas in salsa and then grills them to give the tortillas a ton of flavor yet firm and almost crispy texture. The tacos are then filled with the customer’s choice of meat; something Bravo notes isn’t accommodated in most traditional Mexican restaurants, and then topped with all the fixings. The dish is served with a side of classic tomatillo salsa and consommé (a combination of the meat drippings mixed with pico de gallo). It’s so simple, yet the flavors and textures all come together to create a satisfyingly flavorpacked taco, unlike anything you’ve ever had before. Wash it down with one of his classic margaritas, a recipe that’s been in the family for over 40 years, and you’re going to forget you’re still in Lexington. The Chimichangas offer a soft or fried tortilla and then filled with meat and smothered with housemade queso. Served alongside rice and beans where the fresh flavors and attention to detail shine above the more traditional Mexican Restaurant take on this dish. And then there’s the Quesa Cone, which is another unique yet quite brilliant starter that’s a hard shell flour tortilla that’s formed into a cone and then filled with their chunky handmade guacamole. “It’s designed to be enjoyed around the table or eaten on the go for those busy young professionals or college students,” shares Bravo.

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With plans for another location and a taco window that Bravo intends to keep open until 3 am to fill that late-night fix, there are so many great things coming down the pipeline for the El Cid brand. Bravo couldn’t be more excited. “This is just the beginning.”

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What made you fall in love with food? How you can literally put anything together and come up with something cool. I love to play around in the kitchen and just start throwing ingredients together and see how the result actually tastes. This is something I do a lot for the restaurant. I get an idea or inspiration and then start cooking. I love to mix random things together. My employees give me feedback and then if it passes their approval, I hand it out to our customers.

Favorite dish from your childhood? It has always been tacos. Specifically, carne asada tacos like the kind you get in Mexico. There's something different about the meat there.

Favorite veggie? Definitely the tomato. I love them all ways, but my favorite would have to be simply grilled.

Can you share a piece of advice for someone who dreams of pursuing a career in food? It's a fantastic industry if you really love what you do, but it's also a lot of work and time that goes into actually being here. There's always something to deal with or handle, so you have to be involved to be successful. I'm here most of the time open to close, especially right now, making sure everything is done properly and everyone is safe. It's a big commitment, but worth it.

How do you stay inspired? I love to go online and search what's popular in Mexico what they're doing. I also get a lot of ideas from my uncles and cousins, who often send me photos of what is trending in Mexico. I do my best to recreate my versions up here.

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When you're not working, are you cooking or grabbing carryout? Carryout. I love trying other Mexican food in town. What's the last thing you ate? Our Sopes with barbacoa and refried beans on the side.

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Hungry? Visit a Buy Local Restaurant Today! These Kentucky Proud Buy Local participants confirm their commitment to serving local food and supporting Kentucky’s farm families.

33 Staves at Origin The Origin Hotel Lexington • 4174 Rowan • originhotel.com/Lexington This modern southern-inspired restaurant offers a seasonally crafted menu. You can find a list of farms and suppliers they utilize right on the menu. Try the Cheyenne-Bourbon Honey Bacon Grilled Cheese, which features Bad Dog jelly, arugula and tomatoes.

Stella's Kentucky Deli 143 Jefferson St. • 859.255.3354 • stellaskentuckydeli.com Stella’s mission is to produce simple food that highlights the incredible textures and tastes of fresh ingredients. Their delicious sandwiches definitely achieve that; for example, the Apple & Ky Bleu Cheese Sandwich, which features grilled apples and Kentucky Bleu Cheese with toasted walnuts and balsamic mayo.

Middle Fork 1224 Manchester St. • 859.309.9854 • middleforkkb.com A modern spirited restaurant in the old James E. Pepper bourbon distillery, Middle Fork marries new cuisine with local tradition. Try their Braised Beef Shortribs and Rigatoni, which is housemade semolina pasta, long braised shor trib and oxtail ragû, olive oil, crushed chilis, seasoned bread crumbs, parmigiano reggiano and chives.

Ramsey's Tates Creek, Andover, Harrodsburg Rd. & Zandale • ramseysdiners.com Since 1989, Ramsey’s has served up local ingredients and delicious diner favorites. Locals love their Meat & Three meal. Their gluten-free menu features options like a Blackened Catfish Sandwich on a gluten-free bun.

Broomwagon 800 N. Limestone • 859.554.6938 • broomwagonbikes.com As a bike shop and café, the Broomwagon experience is a uniquely local one! Their Jammie Sammie features two locally sourced eggs, fried with mozzarella and house-made jam on grilled sourdough. They serve up local rotating draft beers and craft beer by the can. August 2020 | TOPSinLex.com

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BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES SUPPORT OF KENTUCKY CHARITIES

Story by Dan Koett Photos courtesy of Barbasol

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rior to the COVID-19 pandemic’s global impact on the daily lives of people around the world the PGA TOUR was planning on another epic season featuring the best golfers on the planet competing for coveted FedEx points at each of its 43 annual events. Included on the TOUR’s schedule was The Barbasol Championship, which was canceled in April due to the coronavirus. The tournament would have been played the second week in July at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville.

Make-A-Wish Kid Rylan Crouch with little sister Maelyn and the Kentucky Wildcat at the 2019 Barbasol Championship

"During this time of global uncertainty, it’s imperative for us to continue supporting our amazing local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve." Bryan Pettigrew Barbasol Tournament Director An early day at the Barbasol Championship in 2019

While professional golf is on hold in the Bluegrass for the moment, the charitable arm of the Barbasol Championship, Caddie127, has remained active supporting the five local charities it has been partnered with for the past two years. Caddie127, reflects the biblical principle from James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Just as Caddies and their players support one another, so will Caddie127 support local philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. Charitable partners of Caddie127 include All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation).

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CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT October 15-16, 2020 Champion Trace Golf Course Nicholasville, KY

“During this time of global uncertainty, it’s imperative for us to continue supporting our amazing local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve,” said Barbasol Tournament Director Bryan Pettigrew. “The critical services and programs they provide, to those most in need, are counted on now, more than ever.”

Thursday, October 15 6pm

Reception at Champions Clubhouse

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Taste of the PGA TOUR Dinner

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Silent Auction Concludes

Friday, October 16 8:30am Champions Driving Range Open 9am

Bloody Mary Station

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Awards Ceremony 19th Hole at Champions

To reserve your team or sponsorship, call or email Lauren Vernon at (859) 539-3634 lcoldiron@keenetracegolf.com.

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Barbasol Championship July 15-18, 2021 Champion Trace Golf Course Nicholasville, KY

PGA Tour golfer Troy Merritt looks on as a child putts at the UK Children's Hospital in 2019

To that end, the Barbasol Championship will host a Charity Golf Tournament at Champions on October 15 and 16 in support of these outstanding organizations. The evening of the fifteenth will feature a reception, “Taste of the PGA TOUR” dinner and signature cocktails from around the country, live entertainment, a golf apparel shopping experience and silent auction. The tournament itself will be held on the sixteenth with a noon, shotgun start to the scramble tournament. The highlight of the tournament will include PGA TOUR players coming to Lexington and playing with local golfers as each team competes for low scores and prizes throughout the day. Additional support from the world of golf has ranged from telling the stories of these wonderful charities through the Barbasol Championship’s Kentucky media partners to providing direct financial contributions. TaylorMade contributed $4,900 to each of the five charities and the Arnold & Winne Palmer Foundation donated 100,000 meals to Lexington’s God’s Pantry Food Bank in the name of 2019 Barbasol tournament champion, Jim Herman. “We’re committed to promoting, strengthening and advocating for these fine organizations by all means available to us,” Pettigrew added. “Along with the rest of the world, we look forward to life getting back to a state of pre-coronavirus normalcy as soon as possible.” The 2021 Barbasol Championship will be played July 15 – 18, 2021 at Champions, an Arthur Hills designed golf course. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship.


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the woodford club 3495 McCowan's Ferry Road, Versailles (859) 495-2582 / thewoodfordclub.com

The Woodford Club is an 18-hole course nestled in the heart of horse country. Rolling hills, mature trees, zoysia fairways and manicured greens will challenge golfers of all skill levels. A scenic 15-minute drive from the Bluegrass Airport, this semi-private club features a driving range, Olympic sized pool, full-service restaurant and ďŹ ne bourbons and wines served in the Jack Jouett Tavern.

champion trace at Keene Trace Golf Club

20 Ave of Champions, Nicholasville (859) 224-4653 / keenetracegolf.com

Listed by Golf Digest among the "Top 5 Best in State" each year, and hand-selected as Barbasol Championship's tournament course, Champion Trace Continues to set the bar for outstanding golf. Champions was designed by world-renowned golf course architect, Arthur Hills and opened its doors in 1987. In 2015, Champions underwent extensive renovations, enhancing the practice facilities, as well as reseeding all 18 greens with top-of-the-line bent grass. For more information on membership, contact Lauren at Lcoldiron@keenetracegolf.com

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at Keene Trace Golf Club 5600 Harrodsburg Road, Nicholasville (859) 224-4653 / keenetracegolf.com

Enjoy the beauty of its surrounding horse farms as you wind through 208 acres at the Keene Run course. This course is home to our member amenities; pool deck, group ďŹ tness center, High Performance Academy and offers wide fairways, radiant greens and a signature Par 3 hole. Keene Run consists of bent grass throughout both fairways and greens that are designed to accommodate all levels of play. For more information on membership, contact Lauren at Lcoldiron@keenetracegolf.com

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13th Annual OWL Foundation Golf Outing University Club of Kentucky | July 23 | owlinc.net Photos by Woody Phillips

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Tarr Underground The Grand Reserve | July 1 | wmtarrdistillery.com Photos by Woody Phillips

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APRIL THE ROUGH COATED COLLIE | PHOTO FROM ROSEMARY SOULEYRETTE

OSCAR AND BUDDY | PHOTO FROM TOMMY ADAMS AND CHRISTINA SIMMONS

OLIVER | PHOTO FROM JENNIFER SISSON

MAVERICK | PHOTO FROM KEITH YARBER

BEAR | PHOTO FROM BARBARA CRANDALL

LIVVIE AND BUDDY | PHOTO FROM CRITTER SITTERS OF LEXINGTON

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LEVI | PHOTO FROM JAYME JACKSON

EVA FOUND THE BEST FOREVER HOME!

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LUNA WITH PHILIP RIEGER AND KRISTIN HUGHES PHOTO BY LORI STONEBURNER

ASHLEIGH OLLIGES PICKING LAVENDAR AT THE KY CASTLE

ELLA GRACE PUCKETT IS 8 MONTHS IN REMISSION BRADY COUCH #BLUECATSWIN

STAYING SAFE - ANIMALS IN THE WILD! RILEY, ELISABETH AND BRANHAM PARK

CHELSIE BAXTER AND BROCK SMITH

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS PHOTO FROM ASHLEY LANDFIELD

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