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CONTENTS

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Volume 13 Number 9

fashion and fixer-uppers

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Who’s Who:

Mira Ball Downtown African-American Heritage Interpretive Sign Program Non Profit Spotlight:

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

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Breaking the Bronze Ceiling:

Where Are the Women? New & Noteworthy Digital Savvy:

Retargeting

LIFESTYLE 46

Fashion:

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Gor-Jess:

Tailgating Style

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Beyoncé’s Golden Lioness Glamour

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Wow Wedding:

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Weddings Unveiled:

Travis + Shelby fall fashion

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Bridal Hair Accessories

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CONTENTS AT HOME 82

Tour of Homes:

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Color Catalog:

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Hospitable Home

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Night Watch Flipping Houses, Lexington-Style Remarkable Remodels Super Mom:

Sandy Allnutt

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Dining:

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Top 5 Dining:

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Cowboy Brazilian Dog-Friendly Eateries AVOL’s Dining Out For Life BBN:

Brash Kash Daniel

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Sports:

Tennis Bounces into Kentucky Equine Update Art in the Bluegrass:

Antagonist Productions


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Out & About TOPS

August Preview Party Fayette Co. Farm Bureau Field to Table Dinner Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest Woodland Art Fair Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Railbird Festival Picnic with the Pops Funding Hope with BIA Cares

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Mira Ball at the Don Ball Campus Center ribbon-cutting

Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, 40th Pastoral Celebration

Taste at the House: Bourbon at Bodley-Bullock House

Joan Grefer, Stephanie Diaj, Victoria Benge, Mikaela Feroli, Erin Truett and Judy Halstead at the Madison County CASA Superhero Gala

1st Annual Cool Cars & Cruiser Show

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Mira Ball Downtown African-American Heritage Interpretive Sign Program Non-Profit Spotlight:

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

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Breaking the Bronze Ceiling:

Where Are the Women? New & Noteworthy Digital Savvy:

Retargeting


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MIRA BALL

BUILDING HER OWN LEGACY by Kathie Stamps | photo by Keni Parks

Business owner, horse owner, philanthropist and humanitarian. These are just a few words that describe Mira Ball. In 1991, she was the first woman to chair Commerce Lexington’s board of directors, the first to chair the Midway College Board of Trustees in 1997, and the first woman to chair the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees in 2007. A native of Nelson County, Mira met her husband as a student at UK. She has fond memories of “going to basketball games in Memorial Coliseum and walking everywhere,” she said. There was a new program on campus at the time and she had a part-time job with it, the Central Placement Service, which would help students find jobs upon graduation. She graduated in 1956 with a degree in Business Education. “I did teach one year, but then our family came along and Don had started the business,” she said. “He needed help accounting-wise. I started doing this and I’ve been doing it ever since.” Although she officially retired as the chief financial officer for Ball Homes 14 years ago, she still comes to the office most days a week. She and her late husband, Don Ball, incorporated Ball Homes in 1959. “He always started things and I tried to finish them,” she said. “The reason we worked so well together is that he did his part and I did mine. He did not question anything much that I did and I was the same with him.” The first project for Ball Homes was building some apartments on Alexandria Drive. They also built the 182-unit Brookstone Apartments off Red Mile Road, duplexes on Kenesaw Drive, and single-family homes in neighborhoods like Lakeshore Village and Waterford. Now celebrating 60 years in business and a nationally recognized home builder, Ball Homes properties number in the thousands. In addition to Lexington, they are also found at Paynes Crossing in Georgetown, Brannon Oaks in Nicholasville, Rose Ridge in Versailles, and in Louisville and Knoxville.


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“The building business itself has been very good for my family,” Mira said. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to furnish first homes for people.” As with any industry, there have been ups and downs. “We’re very tied to the stock market and what happens, and consumer confidence,” she said. “We have had several really good years, but there have been times when we’ve had to get creative and do different things to keep everybody here.” Don Ball passed away March 23, 2018. Mira Ball beams when listing her husband’s community projects. He built Shepherd’s House, apartments for Chrysalis House, the Hope Center Recovery Program for Women, Privett Center, Jacobs Hope Cafeteria and Virginia Place, which is now known as One Parent Scholar House. “What he wanted was to help people to become self-sufficient,” she said. “He never gave up on anybody. He always believed in second chances for people.”

Mira and Ray Ball | photo by Paul Atkinson

In 2003 the Balls’ children formed Milestone Realty Consultants, a real estate company to market the houses built by Ball Homes. “And I’m so thankful that our three children decided they would join the firm,” she said. “They have taken it far beyond what my husband and I ever did.” Ray is the president of Ball Homes, Mike is a vice president and head of construction, and Lisa is vice president and does property management and sales. “It’s good they all have a different area they work in,” their mother said. Mira has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Christmas and other family celebrations are a big deal at the family farm, the 640-acre Donamire Farm out Old Frankfort Pike. They also enjoy attending UK football and basketball games. “I’m very proud of what Mitch Barnhart has done here,” Mira said of UK’s athletics director. “I think he has done a fantastic job.”

Education Builds Hope Luncheon | photo by Ron Morrow

In her spare time, she loves to read. “I am a real fan of Doris Kearns Goodwin,” she said. “I’m in a book club. We read any number of different things.” She is a supporter of KET, Kentucky Educational Television “because I think they have programming that no one else has,” she said. “You can always count on them.” When she began serving on the board at the University of Kentucky in 2007, Pavilion A of the UK Chandler Hospital broke ground. It opened four years later. Mira Ball is still actively involved with UK today, co-chairing the $2 billion Kentucky Can philanthropy campaign to fund scholarships and renovate Memorial Hall, among other campus projects. Helping others is all in a day’s work for her. “I’ve always loved Lexington,” she said. “It’s a beautiful city.” •

Mira & Don Ball in 2012 | courtesy of Ball Homes

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Discover Lexington

photos courtesy of Together Lexington

Discover Lexington:

Downtown African-American Heritage Interpretive Sign Program

Rufus Friday

photo by Matt Goins

Rufus Friday, former Publisher of the Lexington Herald Leader, formed Together Lexington in 2016 in hopes of energizing the community about life in Lexington. The goal was to fund projects that would improve the quality of life through legacy projects. Through a program called Courageous Conversations, Together Lexington hosted forums to discuss tough topics that our community faces: LGBT+, homelessness, race and gentrification, to name a few. These forums sparked ideas, and eventually investments to fund community projects. “We wanted to create long-lasting legacy projects,” said Friday. The forums also sparked the idea to create a self-guided walking history tour to celebrate African American Lexingtonians that made an impact for future generations. Dr. Yvonne Giles led the steering committee that identified who to feature on the signs, and where to place them. Friday explains that though the signs do not represent famous people, they do represent courageous leaders that changed the course for African Americans in

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Lexington. “It’s important that the full story of Lexington is told. Though they aren’t famous, these citizens were far from ordinary. Their extraordinary and selfless acts of courage and leadership should be known and appreciated. Understanding this history – good and bad – will help Lexington understand its past and move forward together in the future,” said Friday. Locals and visitors can use the Downtown African-American Heritage Interpretive Sign Program, which Together Lexington donated to the Lexington Fayette Urban Government, to discover the rich history of African Americans that played a significant role in the advancement of equality. The self-guided tour is made up of twelve signs that take visitors on a journey from the horrific days of slavery through the Jim Crow laws, to the Black Freedom Struggle. This unique addition to our downtown is helping to preserve the deeply rooted history of African Americans in Lexington. •

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CENTRAL KENTUCKY

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by Lauren Rogers | photo courtesy of Central Kentucky Second Saturday Divorce Workshop

Second Saturday offers logical yet compassionate advice from qualified, local professionals free from bias and judgment in a variety of areas pertaining to divorce. These areas include financial, emotional and legal matters. Here, people are provided with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive wherever they are in the process of “untying the knot� and move forward with confidence in their new life. With the guidance of trained professionals, workshop participants gain a greater understanding of the divorce process in addition and gain access to a community of support when they need it most.

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During a San Diego Summer in 1989, the flagship Second Saturday Divorce Workshop was born. Created by the co-founders of the Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE.org), the nation’s longest-running non-profit devoted to female financial literacy, the reach of Second Saturday has far surpassed San Diego alone. Elizabeth Bryan Jacobs of WIFE.org shares, “it is hard to believe that this life-changing seminar began as the tiniest seed of an idea almost 30 years ago. WIFE.org co-founders Candace Bahr and Ginita Wall nurtured this seed into a local legacy that has helped over 10,000 women and given close to $400,000 back to the San Diego community.” Today, Second Saturday Divorce Workshops are held all over the country, empowering even more individuals and families during one of the most challenging times of their lives. Three years ago, the Second Saturday Divorce Workshop was introduced to the Central Kentucky area and continues to make gains in both magnitude and momentum for those in Lexington. Douglas Donald was instrumental in this process and now serves as a frequent presenter and the Local Chapter Leader. Intended for anyone contemplating divorce or in the process of getting divorced, Second Saturday addresses pertinent issues to educate participants about what to do next when facing this journey. Situations like understanding the divorce process and legal fees, protecting yourself legally and financially, child custody, child and spousal support dealing with a hostile spouse, helping your family cope with the stress of divorce, rebuilding self-esteem, dividing property, the tax consequences of divorce, sale of home, credit repair, loan options and home appraisals are discussed over the course of a three-program led by local divorce attorneys, family counselors and financial advisors.•

Doug is excited to announce that as of this month, Second Saturday will be brought to the Louisville area by Mr. Richard Coles CFP®, CDFA®. His website can be located at www.secondsaturdaylouisville. com and will begin on September 14th.

To learn more and to find the latest workshop dates and locations, visit centralkysecondsaturday.com or find them on Facebook: centralkysecondsaturday.

Please feel free to share this incredible workshop with friends and family and review the Second Saturday of Lexington website or find them on Facebook for more information.

Registration is typically waived for therapists, law enforcement officers, sheriffs, EMT personnel and firefighters.

Workshops are $15 with RSVP; with cash or check at the door, $20. Register online or call (859) 552-8902.

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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? In 2017, a small group of dynamic women formed the BREAKING THE BRONZE CEILING initiative to raise funds to erect a monument in downtown Lexington in 2020 to recognize historical contributions of women. August 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which secured women the right to vote. story by Rob Bolson | photos by Woody Phillips The mission of Breaking the Bronze Ceiling is simple: honor the past, inform the present and inspire future generations. They seek to deepen the community’s understanding of women’s contributions to history. The movement to increase women’s representation in public art is about more than just a monument: it is about sending a message to our children that 51% of the population has also had a hand in shaping history. “Noteworthy Kentucky women like Josephine Henry, Laura Clay, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, Dr. Mary Britton and many more have a remarkable collective history of great achievements and everyone should know that—and be inspired,” said Lexington City Councilmember Jennifer Mossotti, Chairperson of Breaking the Bronze Ceiling.  It was Mossotti’s brainchild to form the committee after reading an eye-opening article in TIME magazine in August of 2017 which revealed that fewer than 7% of the 5,193 monuments in the United

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States recognize women. In Lexington, public art commemorating women’s history does not exist. “There’s a glaring omission when it comes to Lexington’s public art: women.” Mossotti asked, “Where are the women?” Councilmember Kathy Plomin is Co-Chair and spearheading the fundraising effort. “The timing, with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is cause for great celebration. We have set a goal of $500,000 and are fast approaching the halfway point. However, we need more of the community’s financial support to make this a reality,” said Plomin, who adds that a variety of highprofile sponsorship opportunities are available. Community response has been overwhelmingly positive, including a start-up donation of $100,000 approved by Lexington’s Urban County Council in 2018 and the passing of a special resolution expressing full support of increasing female representation in street names, public art and appointed commissions by 2020. 

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Fighting for their future The campaign for women’s voting rights began early in the 20th century and lasted more than seven decades. Along the way, women planned, organized, lobbied, petitioned, paraded, picketed, starved and shed their blood for the right to vote. Their efforts were met with ridicule, character assassination, substantial fines and torture—and yet they persisted. Again and again, they would not be denied. Kentucky passed the nation’s first statewide women’s suffrage law in 1838. However, it only permitted female heads-of-household to vote in elections involving schools and taxes. Few women qualified. Fewer still even knew about it. In 1866, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Parker Pillsbury would publish the first edition of The Revolution in New York City, a weekly women’s rights national newspaper whose motto declared, “Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less!” 

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A Woman Suffrage resolution was proposed in the U.S. Congress in 1878. Consideration was “indefinitely postponed.” Forty thousand women turned out to march in a New York City suffrage parade in 1915. Many women wore white and carried placards. The Breaking the Bronze Ceiling steering committee and supporters at several recent Lexington events have adopted that symbolism. The U.S. Senate finally passed the 19th Amendment in 1919 and the ratification process began. Suffragists waged 56 electoral campaigns in 31 states, eventually winning ratification by the necessary 36 state legislatures. Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify. The amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Three months later, in a presidential election year, millions of women across the country were able to vote for the first time. It took 72 years of fierce struggle for American women to win the vote. The face of the American electorate changed forever.  But for black women, the struggle did not end there. They were, for decades after that, routinely turned away  from the ballot box. Only in 1965 with the Voting Rights Act and subsequent court decisions were the tools of disenfranchisement that targeted people of color—including poll taxes and literacy tests—outlawed.1 On August 26th, the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling

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“Women have suffered agony of soul which you can never comprehend, that you and your daughters might inherit political freedom. That vote has been costly. Prize it!” —Carrie Chapman Catt, 1920

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steering committee held a press conference in downtown Lexington at the Fifth-Third Plaza on West Vine Street—held in conjunction with Women’s Equality Day. They revealed the location for the monument that will eventually be erected in that public area. The Webb Companies has generously donated space on the plaza where the monument will stand. While other tributes to women and their historical contributions are in the works across Kentucky for 2020, Lexington is the only city in Kentucky that is planning a permanent monument paying tribute to women. The Lexington History Museum is also presently planning a related exhibit for the summer of 2020.

Selecting an artist Earlier this year, the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling steering committee issued a nationwide call to artists interested in creating a monument in Lexington: the interest was substantial. More than 120 replies were received. The field of prospective artists has since been narrowed to just four. Collectively, the artists have been commissioned to create hundreds of prominent works of art, both nationally and internationally. A finalist is expected to be chosen this fall and work is planned to begin soon thereafter in order to meet the committee’s goal of an August 2020 unveiling. “We’re not seeking parity between the sexes in public art here in Lexington,” Mossotti said. “But there is certainly room for at least one fitting tribute to women. That would be a step in the right direction. We simply seek to shine a light on the inspiring contributions of remarkable women from all classes and backgrounds and walks of life that should not be forgotten.” •

More Resources: Register to vote or update your registration lwvlexington.com/voting Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project networks.h-net.org/kywomansuffrage The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites ncwhs.org The National Women’s History Project nwhp.org What is a Vote Worth? whatisavoteworth.org Women Leading Kentucky womenleadingky.com

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To make a secure, online donation or for more information on Breaking The Bronze Ceiling, visit BREAKINGTHEBRONZECEILING.COM. Sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible through the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Donations can also be mailed to: Breaking the Bronze Ceiling c/o Bluegrass Community Foundation 499 East High, Suite 112 Lexington, KY 40507

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Sav’s Grill has closed, but something new is in the works on Main Street

Experience the luxury of Keeneland’s Saddling Paddock Chalet

There’s good news and there’s bad news.

Guests to the 2019 Keeneland Fall Thoroughbred racing events will have the opportunity to take in a new view in a luxurious setting.

We’ll start with the bad news first: Sav’s Grill on South Limestone has closed down after 11 years of delicious West African cuisine and friendly service. Due to new on-campus dining options for the University of Kentucky, Owner Mamadou “Sav” Savané decided it was time to start a new chapter in the family business. “This community has been so good to us and it’s really been a blessing for me and my family, but it’s just a tough place to have a restaurant right now,” Savané said. But here’s the good news: they’ll be opening up a new location very soon! Savané plans to reopen his new restaurant on the corner of East Main Street and Old Lafayette Avenue next to A&W. Pedestrians in the area may have already noticed the awesome murals covering the former Subway location. The new restaurant will offer table service and beer. The eatery will keep the same neighborhood, friendly atmosphere it has always had. Many of Sav’s signature dishes will be returning, along with some new creations Savané has hidden up his sleeve. Sav’s Chill, the ice cream shop also run by Savané, will remain open in its current location on the corner of Limestone and Maxwell.

The Saddling Paddock Chalet, located at the East Grandstand entrance, overlooks the Paddock. This luxury chalet offers premium, once-in-a-lifetime views of horses and jockeys as they circle the Paddock before making their way to the track. The chalet includes a buffet, wrap-around balcony and central bar. With a modern, business casual atmosphere, this will be an unforgettable Keeneland experience. The Saddling Paddock Chalet originally debuted in 2015 ahead of the Breeders’ Cup championships at Keeneland. Returning just in time for the fall meet, the Saddling Paddock Chalet is a truly special way to enjoy this Kentucky tradition. Tickets are $60 per person on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; $70 per person on Saturdays. Tickets include general admission, buffet and a program. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets well in advance. Prices are subject to change. Reservations can be made online at keeneland.com. Know before you go: be sure to understand Keeneland’s dress code, cancellation policies and arrival time requirements.

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Hair, beauty and a whole lot more at Peri Ave North Limestone’s newest addition is here! Peri Ave, owned by Maya McCutchen, is a new salon that offers specialty hair and beauty services. The space also acts as a cultural advancement center, offering pop up shops, art displays, live music, nonprofit support and more. Peri Ave will serve as a pocket museum for the Lexington History Museum, where visitors can come by to learn more about Lexington’s rich history. They also offer an intimate event space for small gatherings like bridal parties, baby showers, speaking engagements and charity events. The space has a beautiful victorian aesthetic with modern barn touches. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Originally founded in 2017, the husband and wife team of Steve and Jennifer Kohlman began selling their unique products at local craft and antique shows, online and by appointment. Now, One Love Boutique has found a permanent home. One Love offers a wide variety of home and lifestyle decor, from vintage and antique furniture to baby boutique clothing and accessories. They even offer child-friendly essential oils! Many of the products sold at One Love Boutique are either handmade or rare, vintage products. From vintage Kantha Quilts to farm chic décor, candles and cute dresses, there’s plenty to see in store! Their grand opening took place on the 17th and 18th of August during the Woodland Art Fair. Curious about One Love? Stop by their brick and mortar location at 219 Woodland Avenue. They also sell online and at local craft and antique shows. They can also offer sales by appointment.

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Community matters at Bank of the Bluegrass It’s not uncommon to hear a business talk about giving back to the community. Organizations of all sizes make donations around the holidays, encourage employees to volunteer, or conduct pro-bono work for good causes. But it’s unusual for a business to trust its employees enough to provide them not just with encouragement—but with funds to help complete strangers. Bank of the Bluegrass recently launched a Random Acts of Kindness program. Each month, employees of the bank are given a mission: to find someone in need and use money— allocated by the bank just for this purpose—to help them. That’s all there is to it. It could be as simple as buying a busy mom’s groceries at Walmart, or helping a teacher stock their classroom with school

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supplies. Regardless of the cause, the bank trusts its employees to find people in need, and provides them with the funds to make their lives a little easier. For a bank that’s been locally owned for nearly half a century, taking care of the Lexington community just makes sense. “We believe in leadership, empowerment and autonomy across our organization,” said Tom Greinke, SVP, Chief Lending Officer. “The Random Acts of Kindness Program was a natural extension of our culture: empowering our team to support our community. As the bank continues to grow—a new branch is opening on Romany Road in September, accompanying two existing branches on Southland Drive and High Street—that commitment will grow along with it

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Andre Pater: An American Journey The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art presents an exciting retrospective exhibit by the finest sporting artist of our time. Andre Pater: An American Journey will run September 13th through November 17th. Inspired by iconic Route 66, Pater’s travels across America have led to new horizons and forward movement of his artistic journey. This exhibit features 66 works on loan from private collections including equine, sporting and genre, as well as Pater’s most recent Native American works, in celebration of Pater’s 66th juncture. The Polish-born, Kentucky-based artist has had a love for horses since his youth, where he would accompany his mother and grandmother when they visited the markets in his home country of Poland. He began painting full time after his move to the United States, where he arrived with a degree in architecture. Inspired by the thoroughbreds and the sporting lifestyle, he called Lexington home in 1988. Known for his mastery of light, his paintings are vibrant and modern, which separates him from his counterparts of centuries past. A Matter of Light, the Art of Andre Pater is to be released this Fall. The first comprehensive overview of the artist’s work ever published, this 240-page coffee table book includes over 200 selected paintings and drawings, along with writings, musings, observations and essays about Andre Pater’s life and work.

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The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm starting September 13th.

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The Fluffy Flamingo makes plus size style more accessible! There’s a new opening in town! The Fluffy Flamingo is the first boutique in Central Kentucky to cater exclusively to plus size women. All women deserve the right to beautiful, wellfitting clothes that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing and perhaps most importantly, accessible. The Fluffy Flamingo has made it their goal to provide trendy, fashionable clothing and

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accessories to all the beautiful, curvy women out there. With sizes ranging from 14 to 28 and trends to match any taste, you’ll be sure never to leave empty-handed. The grand opening was August 23rd. They are conveniently located at 712 Henry Clay Blvd, Lexington. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 6pm and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm.

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Retargeting

Have you ever visited a website to look at a pair of shoes? Say you put the shoes in your online cart, and decide not to buy at that exact moment for whatever reason. Then moments later, you are being followed by an ad for that pair of shoes just about everywhere you go online. Coincidence? Stalking? Nope... Just RETARGETING! The idea behind retargeting is to get a higher percentage of visitors to convert to a sale. Retargeting is a highly effective tool to help accomplish this goal because potential customers are reminded of your business, even after they leave. Why wouldn’t you want to get back in front of your customers once they have left your website? This has become one of the most common practices used by business owners, and for good reason.

by Savannah Blank, digital guru

Retargeting focuses on the percentage of people who did not make it to that final step of buying your product online, visiting your gallery page or seeing your locations. We can also add a remarketing tool on the search engine. So if someone searches for your company but does not make it to your site (or even if they went to the competition’s site!) we can serve them an ad and bring them back to your website. TOPS Digital Solutions has a number of clients who are currently using this powerful marketing tool. We often see the highest CTR (click-thru rate) on this tactic. You work so hard to reach that target customer. Why not say, “Hey, come back!”

Want to talk to an expert about how retargeting can help your business? Get in touch with TOPS Digital Solutions today! We can provide a free website evaluation and discuss how you can improve your digital platforms. 859.543.8677 • advertising@topsmarketing.com

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Fall in the bluegrass means it’s tailgating time! From the hill to stadium, we’ve got you covered with all the essentials from our favorite local boutiques. left to right Fur trim shawl in gray by Diomi; Skinny pant in brown by Equestrian; Tank in walnut by Anue Ligne; Necklace in gold; Racing tote bag by Rani Arabella |

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Twill pant in khaki by Mountain Khakis; Sweater in purple by Peter Millar; Fur vest in tan by The North Face; Plaid button down by Peter Millar Madson Chukka boot in brown by Sorel; | Logan’s at Lexington Green Cooler tote in tan by Yeti | Water + Oak at the Summit at Fritz Farm Plaid button up by Peter Millar; Leather double wine carrier by Bosca |

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Floral maxi dress in emerald by Gentle Fawn; Earrings in gold with pink tassels by Yochi | Olive You 2019 GMC Sierra Denali | Don Franklin Auto Mall


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Oversized pillow in blue |

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Stemless wine tumbler in white marble by Corkcicle; Cooler tote in tan by Yeti; Madson Chukka boot in brown by Sorel |

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Canvas bag with leather handles in cream; “Kentucky Ya’ll” pillow; Equestrian serving platter and horse bit serving pieces by Arthur Court |

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Jeni dress in arcade print by Crosby; Sunglasses in black by Tom Ford; Petal earrings in orange by Indie Green; Top handle leather envelope bag in orange by Sante Petra; Printed scrunchie scarf | Monkee’s

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LIFESTYLE Fall Fashion Silk blouse in yellow by On the Road; Leopard skirt by Velvet Heart Denim; Beaded and stone necklace by M+H Beads; Leather clutch with fringe detail in black; Leather booties in black by Coconuts by Matisse |

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Suede dress in navy by Jude Connally; Beaded earrings by Lisi Lerch; Leopard booties by Dolce Vita |

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Breaker pant in khaki by Vineyard Vines; Button up shirt in plaid by Peter Millar; Vest in navy by Peter Millar |

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Fall Fashion Pleated skirt in plaid by Marella; Silk blouse in white by Marella; Wool coat in burnt orange by Marella; Equestrian printed tote by Rani Arabella; Earrings and necklace in gold |

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LIFESTYLE Fall Fashion Lace up dress in blue by Umgee |

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Twill pant in khaki by Mountain Khakis; Madson Chelsea boot in black by Sorel; | Water + Oak at The Summit at Fritz Farm

Beaded stone necklace; Printed blouse in navy by Adrienne; Bombshell skinny jeans by Parker Smith |

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Midrise skinny jean; “Tailgate and Touchdowns” sweatshirt in gray; Classic button down in navy gingham; Clear stadium bag with “This and That” insert bag | Draper James at The Summit at Fritz Farm Gameday long sleeve shirt in blue by Vineyard Vines; Kentucky tumbler in blue by RTIC | Logan's at Lexington Green Striped sweater by Lost + Wander; Skinny jeans by Just Black Denim; Sunglasses in tortoise shell; Clutch in blush; Beaded hoops in blue |

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Striped sweater by Lost + Wander; Skinny jeans by Just Black Denim; Sunglasses in tortoise shell; Clutch in blush; Beaded hoops in blue |

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Tie back romper in royal blue by Do+Be; Scrunchie scarf in blue and black; Petal earrings in white; Aviator sunglasses by Diff Eyewear; Clear box crossbody bag |

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Confused about what bags you can carry into Kroger Field? Since the SEC implemented a new clear bag policy, what’s permitted can be a little… well, unclear. Totes must be no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”. Your plastic, vinyl or PVC tote must be clear from top-tobottom, though a 2” trim or border at the top is generally acceptable. Logos on bags must be no larger than 4.5” x 3.4” and displayed only on one side of a permissible clear bag. For those unconcerned with style, a 1 gallon clear plastic Ziploc-style resalable bag is a permissible alternative. In addition, you may carry a “One Hand Bag” no larger than 4.5” x 6” (dimension requirements do not include shoulder or wrist straps, which are acceptable). This bag does not have to be clear. Prohibited bags include camera cases, backpacks, tinted plastic bags, diaper bags, oversized totes, mesh bags and purses. Still confused? Contact BBNfirst@uky.edu well in advance of the game to clear up any confusion.

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Beyonce’s Golden Lioness Glamour At the Premiere of “The Lion King” by Jesse Brooks

When you’re voicing ‘Nala’ Queen of Pride Rock, you naturally have some big shoes to fill, but if you’re Beyoncé portraying royalty comes easy. The Grammy winning beauty brought her inner lioness to the London premiere of Disney’s “The Lion King” looking every inch a golden goddess. Her longtime makeup artist Sir John recently teamed up with Luminess Cosmetics for a collection inspired by the classic film, and naturally he used those products to get Queen Bey ready for an evening on the red carpet. The look was all about earthy tones and subtle shimmer, sticking very much to the color story of the film.

EYES Luminess Cosmetics Sir John x Disney The Lion King Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette

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As first-generation college students brought together by the Robinson Scholars Program at the University of Kentucky, Shelby and Travis bonded over their Appalachian traditions and similar upbringings. “Travis and I are both from Eastern Kentucky; I am originally from Paintsville, and Travis is originally from Barbourville, and we clicked immediately when others picked up on that extra twang’ in our accents,” laughs Shelby. The couple also credit the close-knit aspect of the Robinson Scholars Program for creating relationships and setting them up for success both academically and professionally. What’s more, however, is that as Shelby says, “it allowed us to grow closer and turn a great friendship into what would become a lifelong marriage.” Following their engagement, the couple selected their venue, The Round Barn Stable of Memories, for its rustic tradition and ideal location. “We wanted a halfway point for our families and also just shared a connection with Lexington. I fell in love with The Round Barn Stable and thought it was simply beautiful, even without decorations,” explains Shelby. To help bring her dream wedding to life, Shelby kept the color scheme mostly monochromatically purple with touches of blush and gold shades throughout. She enlisted Events Delight for floral arrangements and Rustic Elegance Decor & Design for decor. “I created many of the centerpieces on my own and used those to pass off to Rustic Elegance to complete my vision,” says Shelby.

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She continues, “She and her team brought the barn to life.” The head table at the reception was surrounded by gold antique mirrors and covered in a gold rosette table linen with purple accents. “This was quite possibly my favorite part of the decor,” Shelby states. For the ceremony upstairs, simple florals edged each aisle with a more dramatic display at the altar while a beautiful table in memory of Travis’ father and grandfathers was displayed as a lovely tribute. Other sentimental touches included a stunning wooden cross created with love by Shelby’s grandfather which Rustic Elegance covered in flowers with bourbon barrels flanking each side to pay homage to the Bluegrass. Additionally, Shelby shares, “we also had a unity cross instead of unity candles to display our commitment with God, which I accidentally broke slightly during our ceremony because we forgot to practice assembling it with all the other wedding prep going on,” she laughs. “Even though it was a bit broken, it was still so beautiful, and we display it as part of our living room decor today.” All of the guests at the Mills wedding left with plenty of fond memories, including the bride and groom. “Everything ended up being perfect,” the couple remembers fondly. For Travis, apart from seeing his beautiful bride walk down the aisle, he enjoyed just having all of their family and friends together to celebrate their happiness as husband and wife. For Shelby, on the other hand, with so many memorable moments to choose from, selecting just one favorite is easier said than done. Shelby clarifies, “I loved our ceremony because it was so sentimental to me and I had waited on that moment for what felt like forever. I also really enjoyed the moments right after the ceremony when our photographer, Casey Day, took us away for our ‘couples’ pictures because I feel like she truly captured how happy and in love we were at that very moment in time.” When asked if they would have done anything differently, the Mills disclose that they would have hired a videographer. They share, “although we truly didn’t think we would want one at the time, we now wish we could relive our wedding in other ways than through pictures because of how special it is for us.” The couple advises those planning their own weddings to not worry about the little things that go wrong and to stay calm and enjoy the day. “If you can do that,” the happy couple encourages, “everything will go perfectly, and you relax in that assurance and take in every moment.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Day Photography VENUE Round Barn Stable of Memories CATERING Bayou Bluegrass Catering SWEETS Sweet Lee’s Bakery LATE NIGHT SNACKS Steel City Pops

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A bride’s wedding day is one day that she can truly express her personal style and feel her most beautiful self. Whether that’s the style of gown she says “Yes” to, or the unique accessories she chooses to top her look off! Hair accessories are a great way to add a splash of style to your overall wedding look and the possibilities are endless! From handmade florals to crystal jewels, here are a few ideas to take to your hair trials...

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This traditional house accommodates family and friends with comfort and class. story by donna ison photos by shaun ring “It was very, very important to us that when people walked in the door, they felt welcomed. We want them to feel comfortable, like they can plop down, and make themselves at home,” says Rhonda Bell. Her husband Kip adds, “People ask if they should take off their shoes. No, we live here. We want them to sit down, relax and stay a while.” But that was only one requirement these “empty nesters” had for their downsized dream house. Rhonda, who is recently retired from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, states, “We wanted an open concept. We also knew we wanted a split bedroom design with the guest suite on one side and the master completely private. We knew we needed three to four bedrooms, an office and a bonus room.” Their home, built by Vickie Rosok of Premier Home Builders, provides all of this and much more. Located in Tuscany neighborhood of Hamburg, the residence has a multi-colored brick and stone exterior with an arched entry and windows. Aside from a generous second-floor bonus room, a great room, owner’s suite, two guest rooms with a roomy full bath, separate office and laundry are located on the ground floor.

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Once the lay-out was to their liking, it was time to focus on the design element. “I wanted it to be practical. And, yet, I wanted it really pretty,” explains Rhonda. For professional guidance, Rhonda turned to childhood friend and owner of Marcum Designs, Phillip Marcum. Together, they decided on a theme of “chinoiserie-inspired traditional.” Rhonda has long loved chinoiserie, which is the use of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions in decorative arts, fabrics, glassware and garden motifs. As for their color palette, they opted for neutral walls with pops of color in art, accessories and custom window treatments from DH Designs. According to Rhonda, “Color adds a richness to each room and, just makes me happy.”

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For furnishings, the pair combined upscale pieces from local stores, including Lexington Furniture, Norwalk, Burke Furniture and Housewarmings with antiques, estate sale finds and family heirlooms, including pieces built by Kip’s father, to add a sense of hominess and history. As in all Premier homes, Prosource provided the flooring, which in the main living area is a warm walnut wood with distinctive grain. Elegant lighting from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Brock McVey illuminates the residence. The result is an interior that is classic, yet cozy and is a personal reflection of the Bells. Rhonda says, “I loved the collaborative process of working Phillip as a designer. We had a blast and I couldn’t be happier with the result.” Upon stepping through the front door, you find yourself in a bright and airy room with a formal dining area lined with Doric columns to the left and large den with attached kitchen and breakfast area just beyond exemplifying a functional, open concept. Rhonda says, “When my family comes, we all just like to be together, so whether you’re eating in the dining room or at the bar or breakfast area, we’re all still together and can yell at each other. And, when we cook, we didn’t want to be segregated from our guests.” She adds with a smile, “Or each other. Kip travels a lot with his job, so when he’s home, we like to spend time together.” Kip traverses the state as a Mine Safety and Health Inspector at U.S. Department of Labor.

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When home, Kip relaxes in the spacious den. With coffered ceilings, a trio of towering windows, built-in bookshelves for family keepsakes and collections and a gas ďŹ replace with stone front, the room strikes the perfect balance between cozy and classic.

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The adjacent kitchen embodies both pretty and practical. “When we built, we wanted to make sure everything could be used and cleaned up easily,” states Rhonda. A durable, large island with a black marbled, quartz countertop from Artistic Granite has an inset sink, ample room for food prep, and seating for three. Custom cabinetry from Castle Cabinetry in white houses a pantry, tons of storage, and extras like a spice drawer, pull-out microwave and plate drawer, which make life easier for Rhonda with her petite stature. Stainless steel appliances accentuate the sleek style and are echoed in the silver hardware. Over the island, brushed metal chandeliers with crystals imbue the kitchen with additional sparkle. A cheerful breakfast nook with a wrought iron and glass table, floral fabrics and parson’s chairs affords the perfect place for a relaxing cup of morning coffee.

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The master suite is traditional at its finest. Lofty tray ceilings hang above a stately mahogany bed adorned with sumptious bedding and pillows in luxurious fabrics from faux fur to silk in shades of creams, golds and browns. But, it is the closet, with its built-in shelving for shoes and handbags; multitude of hanging racks; and three-way mirror replete with flattering lighting and a dressing bench in zebra print, that most pleases Rhonda. She says, “I love this closet. It’s my favorite. I use this mirror at least two time a day. I sit on the bench and do my hair here because I can see it from every angle. And, we can hang all our clothes here, so we don’t have to switch out winter and summer.”

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The adjoining master bath is primarily white with a marbleized vanity and accents of mosaic glass tiles in several tones of gray. It boasts a glass-walled, walkin shower, soaking tub, and vanity with his and hers sinks and sophisticated silver sconces.

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On the opposite end of the home from the master suite lies a pair of guest rooms and full bath allowing visitors to have their own serene space. The wellappointed laundry is also located at this end of the house. In it, there is a very special tiny room built for a very special member of the family—their dog, Emmie, a Lagotto Romagnolo. “When we moved in, I told her, ‘This is your room,’ and she went straight in and made herself at home. She often goes there to nap all by herself.”

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Another favorite spot of the couple is the patio. “We love to sit outdoors on summer evenings and enjoy the warm weather, so having a covered outdoor space for seating and a TV was important. We also really enjoy sitting with friends around the firepit in the evening.” The paver patio was constructed by Adam Jackson of Corridor Land Services. The outdoor oasis features comfortable seating, including sofa and chairs, a high-top table for casual meals, and flat-screen TV. Lanterns, tropical patterns on plates and throw pillows, and a modern ceiling fan add an island vibe. Of course, no backyard is complete without an area for outdoor cooking, especially when you love to grill as much as Kip does. “We grill year-round. He will sweep snow to get to the grill,” Rhonda explains, with a laugh. His “man grill,” as she refers to it, is an industrial stainless-steel model with a natural gas-line leading to it.

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After being in the home for ten months, the couple is thrilled with how the space has worked for them. Rhonda says, “Although this home was built with our empty nest in mind, it has all the bells and whistles of a much larger home. The flow makes it easy to live in. The open concept and living space are great for entertaining, while the split bedroom design incorporates privacy for both us and our overnight guests. We have had several guests comment they think it is the perfect house... and we agree.”

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BUILDER Q+A

W I T H V I C K I E RO S O K O F P R E M I E R H O M E B U I L D E RS

What is your building philosophy? Quality and amenities CAN be affordable. So many people think of a custom home as being out of reach when, actually, it’s just the opposite. Many of our clients, whether downsizing or starting out, may not have a need for a huge home but still want nice amenities and special features. We use the same quality building materials, regardless of the size of the home, and design the home around the clients wants and needs. We eliminate cost for square footage that won’t be used to allow the client to elevate the finishes in the home.

What questions should a client ask themselves before starting a construction/ renovation project? How do they envision the finished project and what is their true budget. Sounds simple, but sometimes actually setting these goals can be the biggest challenge. Once a look, style, or over all feel for the space has been determined then through our design process and guidance we can help the client achieve their goals for the finished project.

What is your favorite space in your own home and why? Definitely, my kitchen. The kitchen truly is the heart of any home. We have a large island in our kitchen that gets used for EVERYTHING. I knew this island would get a lot of use, so I invested in comfortable barstools. The kitchen island is where we catch up at the end of the day; it’s where our meals are prepared; it draws a crowd when entertaining friends and family. And, if I’m being honest, it’s probably where I will be sitting when I read this article.

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What is your design mission? To create the most extraordinary, yet functional living space through the use of color, pattern and texture in family treasures, found picks and new purchases thus achieving a warm and inviting feeling.

What questions should a client ask themselves before starting a design/renovation project? 1. What’s the overall function of the room? 2. What design style do you want to emulate in the room? 3. If it’s an existing space, what are the likes & dislike of the room? 4. What is the overall budget for project?

What is your favorite space in your own home and why? I have two favorite spaces in my home. First, would be my dining room—it’s a true example of my design philosophy. I love the peacock blue color; it houses my collection of dishes and serving pieces; and it is where all my friends come together, sit down, and eat like a family. The second space would be the screened-in porch and backyard garden. It’s my sanctuary. It’s where I go to escape the world and dream up beautiful things.

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Malachite Boxes GLOBAL VIEWS

Balkan Antique Gold and Clear Acrylic Mirror MY FAVORITE THINGS

Marlow Pedestal Table MARKET ON NATIONAL PPG

Recycled Glass Table Vase HIGHLAND DUNES

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PPG’s Night Watch (PPG1145-7) aims to emulate the feeling of lush greenery while exuding classic luxury. The end result is a deep malachite green that harkens to a moonlit garden. Night Watch will be extremely effective in dining rooms or bedrooms, offering elegance and serenity. Rooms that don’t have ample views of the outdoors can benefit from the natural feel of this paint, especially if fresh cut flowers and greenery are added throughout the space. It can also be a lovely shade for kitchen cabinetry – an unexpected alternative to black, which while trendy, can be too harsh in some homes. As with most greens, honey-toned woods and gold or brushed brass accents bring out the warmth of Night Watch. Likewise, warmer white accents can help break up the space while still bringing a comforting vibe to the room. Pick up on the aqua undertones of Night Watch through rustic, recycled glass touches.

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Lexington-style story by Kathie Stamps

Buying a house in disrepair or not-great shape, then fixing it up to resell for a profit isn’t a get-rich-quick endeavor. Flipping takes money, resources and time (several to many months), but for those who understand and enjoy the process, this type of project is tons of fun.

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ealtor Rusty Underwood has been with Milestone Realty Consultants since 2012. “I sell real estate for a living,” he said. As a Lexington native, he knows the area inside and out. He prefers the word “restoration” over “flipping,” and he has had involvement with several ventures in downtown Lexington, Chevy Chase and Ashland Park. He always takes on restoration projects with a partner in a limited liability company, or LLC, as opposed to doing it under his personal name. Through companies he has owned, he and his wife have remodeled 16 houses they are renting out, and have restored another ten homes for sale.

If a real estate client is looking for a home near downtown at a budget of $350,000 but they don’t like some of the cosmetic or construction choices made by owners, Underwood can look for a neglected house on a vacant property. “I’ll give them ideas, like take this wall out and make the kitchen bigger, or turn this bedroom into a master bath,” he said, “and have multiple contractors come in and bid.”

“As a realtor, I have helped clients all over Central Kentucky to accomplish the same goals in rehabilitating homes,” he said, adding that the restoration process is “half science and half art.” His dad and maternal granddad were both builders, so he grew up absorbing knowledge on the contractor side. “I do not work for any of them and never have, but it’s definitely in my blood,” he said.

As for real estate trends, Underwood sees newer generations not as hung up on an open-concept kitchen and appreciating outdoor spaces more. Location has always been important, but now “people are migrating closer to higher density areas,” he said, so that they can walk to stores, parks and restaurants.

Underwood has relationships with a broad range of general contractors and subcontractors. “I can say to my clients that’s a big part of the value add,” he said. For small projects, he can put clients directly in touch with, say, a hardwood refinisher.

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FLIPPING ADVICE FROM THE PROS

You don’t know what you don’t know, until you find out the hard way. Get professional advice, not only in the beginning and end, but along the way.” — Rusty Underwood

Have all your contractors lined up before you actually buy the house. During renovation, stop by the project on a weekly basis.” — Melia Hord

Underwood enjoys all aspects of real estate. “It’s a relationships-based job,” he said. “I love it.” “An investment property and flipping are different,” said Melia Hord, a realtor with Keller Williams and the co-owner and listing agent of Distillery Heights. “A flipper makes their money when they buy it; they get a good deal on the front end. An investor gets a good deal that shows a good return rate.” Buying a house to rent out is an example of investment property because you will have money coming in regularly with those rent checks. Flipping, on the other hand, has the goal of seeing a profit in one lump sum when you fix it up and sell it. If you paid $200,000 for a residential investment property, you would want to rent it for $2,000, or 1%, per month, according to the “one percent return” goal in real estate. If you buy an $80,000 house and put $40,000 in renovations into it, the 1% rule would suggest a rental

price of $1,200 a month. Or, if you wanted to flip that $120,000 outlay and make a 30% profit, you’ll consider all expenses, including the realtor and marketing fees, and aim to sell it for $165,000. But will that price work for your location? Also, think about your liability afterward. “Did you use a licensed electrician, a licensed plumber? Is it structurally sound? Did you file your permits? It’s a lot to think about,” Hord said. But it can be gratifying. There’s a dance to the timing of everyone coming in, from the drywallers and framers, plumber and electrician and the specialty subcontractors for cabinets, granite, flooring and painting. “If you know the people and you can be the general contractor, you can save costs,” she said. “But if you’ve never done it before, that’s not going to work.” She has been the real estate agent for people who have flipped houses and often puts them in touch with great contractors. “It’s been fun watching them do it,” she said. “It’s a small community. It’s a good community for sharing.”

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Tell us about this project. This formerly condemned home was truly a diamond in the rough. When we first started work on the house, a lot of people were skeptical of the vision. However, we put a lot of thought into blending modern convenience with historic charm. Did you experience any hurdles to J.P. Barlow completion? President / Owner When we were ďŹ nalizing our vision for the exterior we wanted to keep the historic look, but did not want to go back with wood windows. We decided to use Andersen 400 Series windows with applied grills to replicate the historic look. What is your favorite element of the finished remodel? In general, we loved the American Foursquare design and knew it could be special. Specifically, the arrangement of the kitchen

BEFORE is my favorite element. When we started the kitchen design, the challenge of picking between some needed upper cabinet space without blocking the natural light from the windows was tough; the floating shelves over the windows are the perfect solution. You can see more before and afters on my Houzz page. What advice would you give a homeowner looking to renovate? Generally, the best company to do business with is the one that focuses on building client relationships. So, get referrals and read reviews. What a builder says about themselves is irrelevant. It is what past customers have to say that proves most insightful.

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What services do you provide clients as house by JSD Designs? We provide full scale remodels and design new builds. We love details, so we assist with built-in, custom furniture, furniture finishes, selection and layout, accessory selection and display, color consultation, lighting, as well as custom window treatments and even bedding. Tell us about this project. For this project, we took a dated green kitchen and an adjoining room and made it into an invitingly open and modern yet timeless area appropriate for entertaining. It was essential to our client that the final look be bright and airy with a masculine undertone. What advice would you give a home owner looking to renovate? Know that everything isn’t going to go smoothly; there are always hiccups and surprises. But in the end, it’s worth the time and investment. If you’re going to invest in your home, it’s worth it to hire a design professional. There are many decisions to be made about finishes, style and function. Designers can look at the big picture and focus on what’s really important. What is the best part of your job? Our clients welcome us into their home and we get to work very closely with them. Because of that, we feel like we have family all over town!

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CREATIVE KITCHEN & BATH (859) 321-0035 CKandB.com Debra Willett Hupman

Tell us about your company. Creative Kitchen and Bath is a full-service design center that can design all spaces in any home, specializing in, but not limited to, kitchen and bathroom projects. My team, which consists of Pam Newton, Jennifer Barnes and myself, ensures our clients have an exceptional experience from start to finish.

What made this project challenging? This kitchen had a small footprint with limited storage and natural light. The client wanted a beautiful space that was bright with plenty of storage and lots of modern amenities. The main challenge, other than the size, was a staircase protruding into the center of the room. There was no efficient way to take it out or change the size, so we elected to make it into a unique design feature. To do so, we centered the cooktop and added a beautiful hanging fixture.

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What is your favorite piece of this project? I love the built-in refrigerator with antique mirror glass on the front. It makes a very classy design statement that adds an unexpected bonus. It reflects the beautiful garden outside as you walk into the small space, making it appear larger. TOPS in Lexington | Sponsored Content


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SL DESIGNS

(859) 885-1001 kitchencabinetsky.com

What makes SL Designs unique? In addition to providing a large selection of bathroom vanites, kitchen cabinets and countertops we also do custom projects. We even offer built-in bookcases, office cabinets and other pieces to fit all your storage needs. Once you’ve chosen the perfect options for your home, our contractors work Scott Lewis with you so your cabinet design and installation is exactly what you expect from professionals. Tell us about this project. This project was a kitchen renovation for which we provided cabinetry. In the kitchen, the updated design required soffit removal, new hardwood floors and countertops as well as modern white cabinetry to create this new bright kitchen.

BEFORE My favorite element is the upper cabinetry. The window pane doors draw your eyes up and make the kitchen feel larger. What is the best part of your job? I think the best part is seeing the homeowners’ vision come to life. What advice would you give a home owner looking to renovate? Buy local, work with experienced professionals and communicate budgets and expectations upfront.

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BENNETT CLARK PROPERTIES, LLC

(859) 333-0570 RenovateLex.com

Mr. Clark, what services does your company provide? I am a Lexington-based real estate professional specializing in renovations and general contracting with an emphasis on historic and older homes. I have been a licensed REALTOR® for 12 years. Tell us about this project. The home was drastically outdated and cramped. It is a large home that seemingly never ends, offering loads of unique areas and has a great balance between living and private spaces. It is ideally situated in the neighborhood and conveniently located on the outskirts of downtown.

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Did you come across any challenges? Yes. In addition to being built in the 1930s, the property had been modified and added onto in the 1950s—this can present variables where it is best to peal back the layers methodically. Plans inevitably change and you have to adapt to existing conditions and make the most rational choice for the home. What is your favorite remodeled room? The kitchen. The redesign completely changes how a homeowner can use the space. The newly opened kitchen offers flexibility without compromising the history and era of the home and neighborhood. I worked with Kitchen Concepts on the design, as I have done on every project since I began in 2011, and took time with my rep, Mitch Blevins, to revisit and brainstorm as the space took shape.

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Tell us about this project. Best known as the Matthew Walker House, the property boasts a documented history dating back to 1789, before Kentucky was a state. In the 1970s the property was slated for demolition but first offered to the public—disassembled, moved, and Bennett Clark reassembled in its current location. The property was oddly configured but now given new life and much improved functionality. What sets Bennett Clark Properties, LLC apart from others in your industry? I have a diverse background and understand that each situation is different. As a hybrid between a REALTOR® and contractor, I have a balanced perspective of a property’s priorities versus its potential, which is a uniue offering. Give our readers a helpful tip to help them make their home more current and up to date. Brands like Lutron, Honeywell, Schlage and Google provide products to enhance the convenience of a home in today’s tech-driven world. For example, you can Geofence your property at your discretion so that when you are within a set distance from home, your programmed lights, temperature and other elements are automatically triggered.

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This property is currently listed for sale through: RE/MAX Creative Realty.

What advice would you give a homeowner looking to renovate? Surround yourself with knowledgeable, creative people. Teaming up with other companies like Kitchen Concepts makes all the difference and I think that is proven by looking at our growing portfolio. We live for the before and after effect.

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Tell us about this project. Our client had just moved to Lexington with only his clothes and a few boxes of books. He was ready to start fresh and came to us with a pile of design magazines and a lot of ideas. He knew he wanted a space that was comfortable, well designed and inviting for guests. His main floor consisted of a huge room with a kitchen and a Michelle Jimenez powder room. We divided the space up to include a cozy living room and a dining room that was ready for entertaining. We started with a sofa and beautiful drapery from Interior Yardage and worked our way around those two elements. How did you help achieve your client’s vision? We selected items piece by piece. Sometimes starting with one piece you absolutely love can help set the tone for the rest of the room. For our client, it was a desk (not pictured) that had a

BEFORE white top and chrome legs… which is how we chose the dining table and the dining chairs. Our client also wanted it to feel cozy which can sometimes be difficult with modern design so we added a soft ivory rug, a wooden coffee table and greenery to bring in natural and organic elements. What advice would you give a homeowner looking to renovate? Leave space in the remodel or relocation budget for furniture! It’s an element often overlooked but the furniture you use on a daily basis is an investment that is well worth your money.

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andy Allnutt may be a Real Estate Super Star, but she is a Super Mom above all else. As a wife of a supportive husband for 20 years, mom of three wonderful children, co-owner of The Agency and Team Leader and Broker Associate of the Allnutt Group, balance may be hard to come by for Sandy and her family, but finding time to make her kids feel special and loved is always at the top of her priority list. “I want to give my kids the best upbringing I possibly can, create special memories of their childhood, and raise them to be equipped to be successful adults in whatever way they define that,” Sandy shares. Speaking of the definition of success, after entering into Real Estate sales full time in 2004, Sandy and Aaron formed The Allnutt Group in 2011. Since then, she has consistently been a top producer “with her team’s 2015-2018 production ranking them in the top 1% of LBAR production.” As a testimony to her passion for learning, Sandy values education, is a lifetime member of the Top Producers Club, has earned the Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Seller Representative Specialist and Graduate Realtor Institute designations. Additionally, Sandy also earned the Certified Residential Specialist, which only 4% of all real estate agents across the US hold! As impressive as these accolades may be, Sandy admits that being a working mom is difficult at times. “Some weeks I feel like I do really well, and others I feel like I totally failed and become overwhelmed. I wonder if I gave each kid enough attention, was too tough on one of them, or am missing out on home life by working too much.” When those feelings set in, however, she is reminded of the joy that motherhood brings and the rewards that come with it. “For me, the most rewarding part of being a mom is the love you

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give and get and the joy of watching a baby grow into a fine young man or woman,” she says”. “I love modeling that adults aren’t perfect. We all make mistakes, and I love seeing the growth and maturity of my children as they learn to navigate difficult situations.” One of her favorite ways to spend quality time with each of her three children, Tyler (19), Olivia (17), and Addison (7), is to take one-on-one mother/kiddo trips. She smiles remembering, “I have taken Tyler to Germany, Olivia to New York, & Addison to Chicago creating sweet memories with each; and we also do smaller one-on-one local trips.” Sandy and her family also value eating together as a family and enjoy relaxing by watching movies, hiking, shopping and vacationing together, which they set aside time to do multiple times a year to totally unwind and connect. Sandy expands, “Because of our hectic work schedule, we go on 3-4 family vacations a year and find that it really helps us to reconnect and reset.” These days, Sandy is a big advocate for progress over perfection and she takes each experience as a mom, both the wins and losses, as an opportunity to learn. She says, “I don’t believe I’m a super mom, but I try really hard to be the best mom I can be! I have grown along the way, and I have more growing to do.”

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TOPS: What advice do you have for other moms? Sandy Allnutt: Spend one on one time with each kid. Put your phone away! My morning fitness routine, yoga, & time with friends has helped encourage me to be a better mom. Don’t be afraid to delegate. Have the kids help out by giving them chores and teaching them how to do those chores. TOPS: What is one component that has continued to encourage you as a mom? SA: I’ve found it beneficial to be in a community with other moms who are in the same stage as I’m in like Mom’s Day Out programs when the kids were younger, accountability groups and Bible studies with women. TOPS: How do you manage to balance your time with work, social, health and family obligations? SA: This one can be a challenge at times for me! If it’s not in my schedule, it doesn’t exist. I schedule family vacations, events and kids’ school activities first, and then work around that. I have fitness & social in my schedule as well. It’s helped that I have a supportive husband who helps out and has picked up the load at home when I worked longer hours, who also cooks great meals for the family! To find out more about The Allnutt Group, please visit www.theallnuttgroup.com.

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The iconic building on Richmond Road is now home to a new restaurant concept. When you walk through the ornate doors of Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, you find yourself in awe of the elaborate architecture and Vegas-style flair. Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse has maintained many of the original characteristics of the building while adding some of their personality. “The character of the building is part of why we were so excited to bring our concept to Lexington. It’s not just about going out for a steak dinner. We want our guests to join us for a one-of-a-kind experience, and this space lends itself to that perfectly,” says Ricky Gonzales, the General Manager. Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse is an award-winning churrascaria which offers all-you-can-eat prime cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork. Each of which is cooked low and slow rotisserie-style to absolute juicy perfection and carved tableside by gauchos. “Our guests will find a two-sided token on their table. When it’s turned to the green side, our gauchos will continuously bring a variety of meats to your table. When you flip your token to the red side, then you get a break. It’s how you pace your meal,” says Gonzales. “Everything is unlimited.” If you’re not into all-you-can-eat meat, there’s an extensive salad bar. It features an impressive 30 cold options and six hot sides; from Brazilian collard greens to cinnamon crusted pineapple and balsamic mushrooms.

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If tapas and small plates are more your style, you will want to cozy up to the bar for Fried Calamari served with Brazilian pepper remoulade or the Picanha with Frites. “Our house special, picanha, is not to be missed,” says Gonzales. “It’s one of our best cuts, super tender but fatty, and

not a very commonly utilized cut of beef here in the states, but it’s amazing.” The beef brisket spiced with a homemade rub and cooked for 8 hours is a fan favorite. The barbeque ribs, top sirloin and filet mignon which is seasoned simply with salt and roasted at 500 degrees to seal in the flavors are some of the most popular offerings. “We cook every meat to preference so you can let us know what you like and we can certainly accommodate you,” comments Gonzales. “We can do almost anything for our guests besides spoonfeed the meat directly into their mouths,” laughs Gonzales.

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What made you fall in love with food?

My mother is a great cook—she’s always in the kitchen. I’ve always joked that if I don’t know where to find her she’s probably in the kitchen. Her tamales are the best. I grew up eating them and would love to have a restaurant with her someday. My dad was a chef at one point too so food has always been big in my family.

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Tamales. My favorite would have to be pork and salsa verde with everything made from scratch, of course.

Favorite veggie?

Green beans. I like my green beans fried. Now that I think about it I wish we had green beans on our menu!

How do you stay inspired?

Seeing people come in here and have a great experience, something they can share with their friends and family. My goal is to blow them away and exceed their expectations. I love hearing compliments on the restaurant.

Favorite cocktail?

Our Dragonberry Mojitos.

Have you always been in hospitality?

Believe it or not, this is my first job in the restaurant industry so it’s completely new

to me. It’s really busy and I love it.

Favorite dish on the menu?

The shrimp. I love seafood in general.

Do you have a morning ritual if so, what does it look like?

As soon as I get up I am looking at my reviews online and checking to see how the restaurant did the day before. And then it is on to emails with coffee. I like it with just cream. And I will snack on some pandulce (sweet bread).

What do you love most about Lexington? I would have to say the fact that it’s growing so fast. I meet a lot of great people here that have taught me a lot as well.

When you’re not working, are you cooking or grabbing carryout? Grabbing carry out. One of my favorite places is a little taco stand in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood called El Buen Taco. I love the carne asada tacos with cheese— best tacos in town.

Piece of advice for someone who dreams of pursuing a career in food. Keep an open mind and don’t take anything too personally. Oh and always smile—that’s helped me a lot. No matter what happens treat your customers well. That goes a long way.

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CAIPIRINHA Ingredients: 2 TBSP sugar 1 lime Cachaca la blanca Directions: Muddle the lime and sugar together until well combined and then add the cachaca. Shake with ice. Best served with picanha and fries

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SHAMROCK'S BAR & GRILLE 154 Patchen Dr. Ste. 87 | Lexington | 859.269.7621 | ShamrocksKy.com If you're over in Patchen, the Shamrock's patio is a great place to stop with Fido! The Cajun O'Round hamburger is a fun take on their local legend and features a spicy, blackened burger topped with melted pepper jack cheese (try it with added jalapeños!)

DOUBLE DOGS 1916 Justice Dr. | Lexington | 859.963.4150 | DoubleDogs.biz Double Dogs is a regional chain that prides itself on being dog-friendly. Their patio is the perfect place to enjoy their delicious Thai Pasta Salad, which features pasta tossed with cucumbers, red onion, edamame, tomatoes and Thai Garlic Vinaigrette atop a bed of shredded lettuce. You can add all-natural grilled chicken or shrimp for an additional cost.

KENTUCKY NATIVE CAFÉ Parking at 446 E. High St. | Lexington | 859.281.1718 | Michlers.com You can't beat the natural beauty of Kentucky Native, with tables nestled among the trees behind the Michler's greenhouse. Their rotating menu of seasonal dishes features bright, fresh offerings like a quinoa salad topped with mint, roasted hazelnuts and apples.

What's the deal with dogs and restaurants?

THE SAGE RABBIT

The short and long of it is that dogs are not allowed inside of any restaurant. But what about "dog-friendly" restaurants? The food code is tricky, but generally speaking, dogs are permitted in any common area outside of a restaurant, which would include a patio. However, this code also means that if you must walk through the restaurant to get to an area, then dogs will not be allowed to tag along.

438 S. Ashland Ave. | Lexington | 859.523.2095 | TheSageRabbit.com

Restaurants are within their rights to refuse service to any dog at any time, so be sure to call ahead, especially if you have a large breed. (In compliance with the ADA, there are special provisions for all service animals.) Since it's a public space, it's advisable to keep your dog on a leash and muzzled. Also, it is best to bring your pet's water dish in case the restaurant isn't able to provide one.

Is your pooch a superstar? Their smiling mug might end up on The Sage Rabbit's website or Facebook page! Smile for the camera next to their pan-roasted pork topped with lemon sage brown butter with potatoes, served alongside tomatoes and greens.

PROUD MARY HONKY TONK BBQ 9097 Old Richmond Rd. | Lexington | 859.913.5611 | ProudMaryBBQ.com Rollin' down the river? Try The Mother sandwich, a pulled pork Po Boy with lettuce, tomatoes, pickled and remoulade, covered in Brisket Debris Gravy. It's a great bite while you sit on their massive patio overlooking volleyball courts, live music stage and a beautiful view of the water.

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Make those calories truly count at AVOL’s tenth annual Dining Out for Life®.

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hen you participate in Dining Out for Life®, it is far more than just a meal. It’s an opportunity to connect with your community by coming out, breaking bread, and joining forces for a common cause. “AVOL is pledged to ensuring everyone living with HIV in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has access to the medical care and medications they need,” states executive director Jon Parker. This year, 56 local restaurants will be donating at least 25% of the day’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner revenue to make certain AVOL can continue to fulfill its critical mission. Since 1987, AVOL has been providing free and confidential HIV testing, education, and compassion. Currently, they are helping stop the spread of the disease by raising awareness on two major gamechangers: the PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) pill and Treatment as Prevention. PrEP has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection amongst those at the highest risk. Treatment as Prevention promotes consistent medical care and adherence to medications in order to reach an undetectable level for more than six months, at which point the virus cannot be spread.

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Because of Lexington’s generosity, AVOL was recently recognized as a top-10 host organization. This year, with your support, they can meet their goal of $120,000 and rise even further in the rankings. So, save your appetite for September 12, gather family and friends, and order that dessert, because nothing is more delicious than doing good for others. For more details, go to www.dineoutlex.com.

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AVOL is pledged to ensuring everyone living with HIV in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has access to the medical care and medications they need” —Jon Parker, Executive Director, AVOL

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If you don't believe in yourself, then who will? And I believe in myself and our team." – Kash Daniel

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ne word that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops uses to describe senior linebacker Kash Daniel is "authentic." With Daniel, what you see is what you get.

"He's very passionate. He cares about winning. That's obvious to our team," said Stoops. Being authentic sometimes includes some brash statements from Daniel, especially if he feels Kentucky is the target of disrespect. Teammates don't mind. "This is my third year with him, so he can't surprise me no more. You got to have that guy in the middle (of the defense)," said junior nose guard Quinton Bohanan. "The way he is off the field, that's the way he is on the field, too. If you want to say one person or thing can be a symbol for Kentucky football, it is Kash. "Everything he does he deserves because he has worked for it. He is blue-collar. If he thinks anybody doubts us, he is going to speak his mind and talk about it. We like that about him." So do fans who lined up at UK's Fan Day last month to get autographs from the Paintsville native who indeed might be the face of the UK football program this year. He was featured in a commercial about Kentucky football that aired during the Super Bowl. He was one of three Cats at SEC Media Days. He's on one of the UK football posters.

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"I love his personality. That's what this team kind of needs this year," tight end Justin Rigg said. "It's terrific to have him saying and doing the things he does to let everybody know Kentucky football is not going away." Daniel grew up with a blue-collar background in eastern Kentucky and while he wants to do well for himself, he puts the team first. Fans and teammates relate well to that. He was a preseason all-SEC selection after making 84 tackles last year despite playing part of the season with a broken hand. He played in every game as a freshman and sophomore mainly on special teams and he had the courage to admit he had to change to be the player and leader he wanted. Daniel says he didn't have his priorities straight. He was falling behind in school and not being the role model he wanted to be. "It took a personal kick in the tail for me to say, 'Hey, you got a lot of people counting on you and wanting you to succeed. You have got to want it more than what other people do.' I changed my lifestyle. I changed my mindset," Daniel said. After the 2017 season, he told coaches to push him harder, demand more from him because he wanted to be an all-SEC player.

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"I had a decision to make. Do I want to be an all-SEC beer drinker or do I want to be an all-SEC linebacker? That's what it boiled down to," Daniel said. "You have the path of least resistance (beer drinker) or the hard path (linebacker). I chose the hard path and I am very grateful that I did that. Not only has it helped me on the football field but it will ultimately help me off the field as well." Darin Hinshaw is Kentucky's co-offensive coordinator. He understands the uniqueness Daniel brings to the team. "The minute he walks in the building, something is happening. From his hair to everything he does to how he leads, it's a lot of fun having a guy like Kash on your team. He is a great example of a young guy who became a leader for us. We need more of that," Hinshaw said. Daniel admits the attention of media members, as well as social media, has made him understand more is expected from him this season. "It's not the pressure from things I say as much as being a senior and returning starter," Daniel said. "It's simply time to come out and play ball. Not change anything, not change who I am, not change the way I go about things. Just go to work." "I always say how I feel. I believe being a confident person in life, in anything you do, that's half the battle. If you don't believe in yourself, then who will? And I believe in myself and our team."

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Some of the world’s best 18 and junior tennis players will be in Nicholasville October 5-13 for the USTA Pan American International Tennis Federation Tournament at Top Seed Tennis Club.

“It’s another great way to promote tennis here. It’s another way to get fans involved and see one of the best junior events in the world,” Bryan said.

“These players are so good,” said tournament director Rick Workman. “They will amaze you with their strength, quickness and agility. It’s a chance to see the best players coming up in the world.”

Taylor Fritz, now a top 50 player in the world, won this event three years ago. Fritz, 21, became the second-fastest American ever to reach an ATP final when he did it in just his third career event. Madison Keys, 24, is another former winner. She’s been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world and reached the 2017 U.S. Open championship match. She has won four WTA tournaments.

Players from North, South and Central America will be participating in the world regional championship. Workman has been helping organize the competition on behalf of the United States Tennis Association for about ten years and says the sport continues to amaze him. “The players have to live in this region of the world to gain entry into the tournament,” he said. “The level of play truly is sensational. You have the top young players coming up right before they turn pro. Many of them already play in professional tournaments and are transitioning from the junior to the professional game now.” There are 64 boys and 64 girls in the singles draw and 32 boys and girls teams in the doubles. “This tournament has the next generation of great tennis playerswhether it is in the professional ranks or top-level Division I college tennis,” Bradley Bryan, Director of Tennis at Top Seed Tennis Club, said. “We are going to attract a lot of Division I coaches to watch these kids play. I guarantee you the SEC schools and more will all be here to recruit. You might see a future Wimbledon or U.S. Open star playing here.” The Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, part of the USTA pro circuit, had another successful event in Lexington that ended in early August. Bryant says this is just a continuation of superb tennis for fans to watch.

“You almost always see kids who make the quarterfinals in this event transition into the pro ranks,” Workman said. The tournament occurred in Charlotte, N.C. in 2018 and Tulsa in 2017. This year John Sanders, General Manager of Top Seed Tennis, helped put together a winning bid to host the event here in Kentucky. It will be played indoors for the first time. “Because it is a fall event and we have 12 indoor courts, it’s a good time to have it indoors,” Bryan said. “We have more indoor courts than outdoor courts (9). We have a great facility here and this is a great way for us to promote our indoor facility with some of the world’s best junior players playing. We have a good seating area for fans, too.” Workman thinks it is going to be a perfect venue for this international competition. “John Sanders has a lot of festivities planned for the event and has done a great job with everything about the event,” Workman said. “It’s a great chance for tennis fans in the tri-state area to see some great young tennis players. Hosting the event inside for the first time takes away any weather worries for players and fans. I think everybody is quite excited about what is coming up in Kentucky.”

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EATS & ENTERTAINMENT Equine 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover winner Elisa Wallace rides Reloaded

EQUINE UPDATE

September - October BATTLE IN THE SADDLE CELEBRITY TEAM PENNING

story by Jen Roytz Photo courtesy of The Retired Racehorse Project

September 27 | 7:00pm Kentucky Horse Park

KEENELAND BLUEGRASS INTERNATIONAL CUP POLO MATCH AND PARTY September 6 | 5:30pm Mt. Brilliant Farm Known as one of the best parties of the year, the Keeneland Bluegrass International Cup is a polo match and party with a purpose. Benefiting the Fayette Alliance (a nonprofit aimed at fostering sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy and education) and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation (the fundraising arm of the Markey Cancer Center), the event features a fast-paced polo match, delicious buffet dinner and field-side snacks, an open bar (and opportunity to stomp some divots while sipping champagne!) and live music after the polo match. For tickets, go to fayettealliance.com.

$100,000 THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER AND NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM October 2-5 Kentucky Horse Park

THE BETSY GALA AND GRAND PRIX September 20 | 5:30-9:00pm Kentucky Horse Park – Alltech Arena Held each year in memory of Lexington equestrian icon Betsy Fishback, The Betsy Gala and Grand Prix is a fundraiser put on by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for the UK Markey Cancer Foundation that pairs delicious food and craft cocktails with world-class show jumping action. Guests can bid on live and silent auctions, as well as riders competing in the evening’s competition via Calcutta auction, then settle in for the show as they cheer on horses and their riders navigating a course of 5-foot fences. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to ukmarkey.org.

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The annual goal for many equestrians who compete in eventing – a sport which combines the equestrian disciplines of dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping – is to qualify for the U. S. Eventing Association’s American Eventing Championships. This annual event, which rotates between major equestrian competition venues throughout the country, will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2019 and 2020. Here, equestrians from all levels and all corners of the country – from children competing on their first ponies to an Olympian preparing horses for international competition – will compete for prize money totaling more than $100,000 and a wide array of merchandise. For a full schedule of events, visit useventing.com.

The Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover is the largest and most lucrative competition for horses in their first year of retraining after retiring from racing. Watch as hundreds of horses from 40 states and four Canadian provinces compete in everything from jumping, dressage and eventing to polo, ranch work, trail riding and more. Preliminary competition is on Wednesday and Thursday, with the championship classes on Saturday. On Friday, watch the “Makeover Masterclass,” a Thoroughbred retraining clinic where several celebrity trainers will share their techniques and training tips with the audience as they work with several newly retired racehorses for the first time. For more information, go to TBMakeover.org.

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A MUSICAL WITH A MISSION

LAST CALL

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nyone who has battled addiction or been close with someone who has knows that the path to recovery is far from linear. Every journey is different, every story is unique, and often from the ashes of coming to terms with facing one’s biggest demons can come moments of understanding, support and levity among a group. There is something cathartic, however, when so many different perspectives merge under the banner of recovery, acceptance and healing.

front their own issues or are only familiar with the topic peripherally.

Last Call, the musical is an authentic look at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting being held in in the basement of a church. Individuals from all walks of life, each struggling with their own sets of challenges, create a community amongst themselves where they feel heard, understood and respected.

The musical with a mission is the latest effort by the nonprofit production company Antagonist Productions, a Lexington-based theatrical company whose mission focuses on supporting local artists to bring mainstream, yet often marginalized, issues to the stage.

“Approximately 15 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder, but only around 7 percent of those ever receive treatment,” said Cantrell-Smith. “Last Call educates its audience with drama and humor; a new understanding of the importance of community and the role community plays in supporting someone in recovery. This could be the most important musical of your life.”

“Our approach was to present the subject matter as honestly as possible,” said Last Call director Trent Stephens. “If you present a subject honestly, people are able to naturally dispel many of the misconceptions they have about it. [The musical’s] frankness serves the topic in that way.”

Local tour dates for Last Call, the musical include: September 13-15 Leeds Center for the Arts 37 N. Main St., Winchester, KY September 19-20 First Presbyterian Church 517 Pleasant St., Paris, KY September 21-22 Woodland Christian Church 530 E. High St., Lexington, KY September 27-29 Pan Miller Downtown Arts Center 141 E. Main St., Lexington, KY For more information on Last Call, the musical and Antagonist Productions, visit antagonistproductions.com.

While the subject matter may seem heavy, just as in real life, the musical adaptation of an AA meeting offers moments of self-reflection, honesty and humor as the group works through not only their own personal struggles to stay sober, but everything from disruptive newcomers and loss of friends to overdoses to the threat of losing their long-time meeting place. The over-arching theme of the play, or in nearly any real-life situation in which a person is working to overcome addiction, is community and the role one’s advocates and peers can play in one’s journey through recovery. “The play has a tremendous amount of levity because it’s written by someone who is well-versed in the world of recovery,” said Stephens. “When you go to meetings, you realize it’s not a depressing scene. They’re each doing the best they can and laugh together.” Written by Soni Cantrell-Smith, John Kito and Margo Buchanan, the piece is not only timely, but can speak to a wide audience, from those who have dealt firsthand with addiction to those who have yet to con-

While only two-years-old, the production company has already had a profound impact in the community, bringing everything from original works written by local playwrights to everything from Shakespeare’s greatest plays to pieces penned by prison inmates to theaters, parks and festivals around the Bluegrass. They also produce a weekly radio show, “Backstage with Antagonist Productions” on 93.9 WLXU FM, which offers behind-the-scenes insights from the actors, directors, crew and writers that bring the often-delicate subject matter of their plays and musicals to life. “By the very definition of the plays we select, we inherit a lot of risk, but with great risk can come great payoff. All of our shows have a different mission or social bent,” said Stephens, who is on the board for Antagonist Productions. “I think Last Call will be our biggest accomplishment to date. We’re lucky its message has garnered the attention it has before it’s even opened. All we can hope is that some old stigmas can be dispelled.”

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PHOTOS

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AUGUST PREVIEW PARTY Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex | July 31 topsinlex.com Photos by Ron Morrow

DENNIS EMERY

JIM GANN, TRISHA ACHER AND KEITH YARBER

SOPHIE AND TANYA BOLTON DAVID & PATTIE STUBBLEFIELD, LUANNE & STEVE CRAYCRAFT

KEN AND ALEX FRANCKE

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FAYETTE COUNTY FARM BUREAU

FIELD TO TABLE DINNER Kentucky Castle | August 3 kyfb.com Photos by Ron Morrow

BILL FARMER AND BILLY VAN PELT

AUBREY DAWSON

MELANIE & GAVIN MCPARTLIN

CHARLIE GORTON, JON & ELODIE DICKINSON, LINDA GORTON, LISA & BILLIE DOLLINS

CODY & ANGELA RAKES

DEBBIE & LARRY JONES

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LEXINGTON BLUEGRASS AREA

MINORITY BUSINESS EXPO Lexington Convention Center | August 2 lexingtonmbe.com Photos by Woody Phillips RUBY MCCOY MASON, LINDA GORTON AND JANET BEARD

TONY DELK

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ERICKA PORTER

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CECELIA THOMAS AND VANESSA SANFORD

MIKE RUNYON

MARY-ALICHA WELDON

SHERITA MILLER

CUBAKA MUNATAYONGWA AND KIAH ARNOLD

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ALAN STEIN AND GEORGE BROWN

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SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL Kentucky Horse Park | August 10 Presented by the African American Forum aafinc.com Photos by Ruth Weinstock

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WOODLAND ART FAIR Woodland Park | August 17-18 Presented by the Lexington Art League lexingtonartleague.org Photos by Ron Morrow

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TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS SPONSOR PARTY Kentucky Bank | July18 lexingtonchallenger.com Photos by Woody Phillips MARGARET DROSTE AND HURRIYAT GHAYYUR

ROBERT LANGLEY AND CAROLYN RASNICK

LOUIS PRICHARD AND TAFT MCKINSTRY JACKIE BANAHAN, BRENDA BRAGONIER AND KRISTEN OAKLEY

VICKI JENKINS, DIANE ATCHISON AND BENNETT PRICHARD

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TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex July 29 - August 4 lexingtonchallenger.com Photos by Woody Phillips & Ron Morrow JANNIK SINNER

DABIN KIM

SHANE FOLEY AND SON CRAIG BUCHARD, LEAH & ROCKY ADKINS

PHIL GREER AND GERALD DUBILIER

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FUNDING HOPE WITH BIA CARES The Galerie, Versailles | August 17 biacares.com Photos by Danny Pendleton LINDSAY HALL AND JONI LIN

BRENDA VANCE

TRISTAN HODGES AND AMBER KENNOY KELLY JENKINS, DON SULLIVAN, CHRISTY HELTON AND MIKE HALL

JONATHAN & KELLY RABINOWITZ

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SEPTEMBER 5 Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Symposium

3:30-5:30pm 160 Ave. of Champions

5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

The Road to Roots Celebration 6-8:30pm The Lyric Theatre

SEPTEMBER 9 Secret Sessions: Maren Morris & Ryan Hurd 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

SEPTEMBER 6 The Night Market

of Events

CALENDAR

6-10pm NoLi

Lexington Fest of Ales 6-9pm The Pavilion

Dining Out for Life Local Restaurants

Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

SEPTEMBER 7 UK Football vs Eastern Michigan 7:30pm Kroger Field

Voices of Africa

6-9pm 121 Preston Ave.

Doggie Paddle

9am-3:30pm Woodland Aquatic Center

Lexington Comic and Toy Con Fall Fan Fest 10am-5pm Lexington Center

CASA Superhero 5K

8:30am Kentucky Horse Park

SEPTEMBER 13 Scarefest 2019

4pm Lexington Center

Festival Latino de Lexington 5-11pm Downtown

Andre Pater: An American Journey 10am Headley-Whitney Museum

The Piano Lesson

7pm The Lyric Theatre

SEPTEMBER 14

10am-5pm Waveland State Historic Site

UK Football vs University of Florida

SEPTEMBER 8

Scarefest 2019

Waveland Art Fair

Waveland Art Fair

7pm Kroger Field

11am Lexington Center

11am-5pm Waveland State Historic Site

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Festival Latino de Lexington 4-11pm Downtown


Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise Equus Run Vineyards

Moon Festival

4-11pm Moondance Amphitheater

Kentucky River Jam

1-6pm Ward Oates Amphitheater

Tracks for Packs 5K Run/Walk 8-10am Richmond Centre

The Piano Lesson

7pm The Lyric Theatre

Terry Factor

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

TECX

9am-5pm 348 E. Main St.

Secret Sessions: Justin Moore & Jon Langston

SEPTEMBER 20

Midway Fall Festival

ReImagine Art Auction

Scarefest 2019

11am Lexington Center

Touch a Truck

1-5pm Whitaker Bank Ballpark

The Piano Lesson

3pm The Lyric Theatre

Fayette Fest

12-6pm Red Mile

SEPTEMBER 16 LHS Sol & Glow

12-10pm Spring Valley Golf Club

SEPTEMBER 19 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Midway

Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

Dress for Success: Recycle the Runway 6pm Limestone Hall

SEPTEMBER 25 Black Violin

8pm Lexington Opera House

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 26

UK Football at Mississippi State

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

SEPTEMBER 27

Away

10am Kroger Field

SEPTEMBER 15

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Black Jacket Symphony: Eagles Hotel California 4pm & 8pm Lexington Opera House

5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Freaky Friday Flicks

7:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

Bourbon Country Burn Kentucky Horse Park

Tahlsound Music Festival Southland Drive

LAST CALL: The Musical

Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

LAST CALL: The Musical Woodland Christian Church

Midway Fall Festival Midway

SEPTEMBER 22 Bluegrass Autism Walk 2pm Kroger Field

LAST CALL: The Musical Woodland Christian Church

Tahlsound Music Festival

SEPTEMBER 28 UK Football at South Carolina Away

DelectABLE Bourbon Charity Dinner 6-9pm Malone’s Prime

JDRF One Walk Bluegrass 10am Kroger Field

Fabby Abbey Ball

7-11pm UK Spindletop Hall

Southland Drive

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CALENDAR September-October 2019 A Night for The Nest 6pm Castle & Key

Bike Lexington Family Fun Ride 8am Phoenix Park

Bourbon Country Burn

OCTOBER 3 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

OCTOBER 4-26 Keeneland Fall Meet

Kentucky Horse Park

LAST CALL: The Musical

Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

Gil Shaham with the UK Symphony Orchestra

OCTOBER 4 6-10pm 700 Block of Bryan Avenue

Without Borders Closing Reception

Kentucky Horse Park

1-5pm KET

OCTOBER 6 The Raven 10K & Robin 5K

10am Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

Paw Patrol Live!

Freaky Friday Flicks

America - 50th Anniversary Tour

Bourbon Country Burn

Bob Ross Painting Party

12pm & 4pm Rupp Arena 7:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

SEPTEMBER 29

Local Bars

The Night Market

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

Wizard Pub Crawl

OCTOBER 10 Make-A-Wish Day Keeneland

5-8pm The Lyric Theatre

Central Bank Thursday Night Live Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, & Zakir Hussain with Rakesh Chaurasia 7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

A Night with Janis Joplin 7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

LAST CALL: The Musical

Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center

OCTOBER 5 Paw Patrol Live!

10am & 2pm Rupp Arena

OCTOBER 11 BIG BLUE MADNESS 7pm Rupp Arena

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Freaky Friday Flicks

7:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

The Texas Tenors

7:30pm EKU Center for the Arts

OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 22

Blue/White Game

The Price is Right Live

The Bourbon Chase

OCTOBER 24

7pm Rupp Arena

The Bourbon Trail

OCTOBER 12 UK Football vs Arkansas Kroger Field

Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “Suor Angelica”

7:30pm UK Singletary Center for the Arts

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

OCTOBER 13 Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “Suor Angelica”

7:30pm UK Singletary Center for the Arts

Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Fall Fair

OCTOBER 19 UK Football at Georgia Away

The Bourbon Chase

7:30pm Rupp Arena

Casting Crowns 7pm Rupp Arena

OCTOBER 25 Boo Fest Featuring TI 7pm Rupp Arena

Triangle Park

Little Goblins Galore 1-5pm McConnell Springs

Postmodern Jukebox

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

OCTOBER 20 The Earls of Leicester 7pm The Lyric Theatre

OCTOBER 26 UK Football vs Missouri Kroger Field

OCTOBER 27 UK Men’s Basketball vs. Georgetown College 5pm Rupp Arena

Thriller and Halloween Parade 2-11pm Downtown

Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

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