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Bob Bernhardt‘s 40th Anniversary with Louisville Orchestra BY KATHIE STAMPS • COURTESY PHOTOS

appily coinciding with Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt’s 40th season, the Louisville Orchestra is back with a blockbuster 2021-2022 “New Beginnings” season calendar. The five-concert Pops Series celebrates fun, popular music with full orchestra, including an “Irresistible John Williams” program honoring Bob’s milestone anniversary. From Prohibition-era jazz and standards to the hits of ABBA and Elton John, the series has promised something for everyone as we return for the excitement of live music. Bob Bernhardt’s journey with the Louisville Orchestra began in Spring 1981 as Assistant Conductor. He has since served as Associate Conductor, then Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera, and is now in his 25th season as Principal Pops Conductor. Bob is also in his 7th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and his 29th season with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where he serves as Principal Pops Conductor and Music Director Emeritus. Bob lives with his wife Nora in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

Louisville audiences were the first to let me know that it was all right for me to be myself on the podium - for better or for worse ”

Likely the only music conductor ever invited to spring training with the Kansas City Royals, Bob was encouraged to pursue the arts after four days around the Big Leaguers. Bob was an Academic All-American baseball player, Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He studied with Daniel Lewis, earning a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. After a year of submitting applications for conducting jobs, Bob landed an audition at the University of Alabama and became an Assistant Professor in 1978. Bob has made his conducting debut and return engagements with major orchestras across the United States and Canada, including the Boston Pops. He has conducted with the Edmonton Symphony and served as Festival Conductor for “Symphony Under the Sky” for the past fourteen years. But Louisville continues to lure Bob back.

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top notes “Louisville audiences were the first to let me know that it was all right for me to be myself on the podium – for better or for worse - and my jokes have all along pretty much been worse. What a gift it has been to simply be me.” Bob’s wife Nora once served as Director of Development for Speed Art Museum, and before that, Director of Marketing and Development for the LO, which is when they first met. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a draw for Bob, as is Churchill Downs and the area distilleries, basically, all-things Louisville. The “crown jewel” of Bob’s time with the Louisville Orchestra was inviting mentor and friend John Williams to conduct. “The orchestra played so beautifully for him. I was proud of the whole organization and especially the musicians.” Another highlight was his 25th Anniversary “Bob’s Favorites” concert. “This orchestra taught me my job, forgave early mistakes, and has remained generous through the years. I’ve been able to meet so many of the entertainers I admired most, the vast majority of whom are even nicer than I imagined.” The Pops series kicked off its current season on October 23, 2021, with the music of “Prohibition,” starring the diverse, dynamic artistry of Myra Maud and featuring Kentucky’s own Bronson Norris Murphy and leading concert soprano Madison Claire Parks. A “turnkey operation” with a touring company, the program had two orchestra rehearsals. Bob particularly enjoyed “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” and “What’ll I Do?” as well as the challenge of Raymond Scott’s “intricate and tricky” instrumental interludes. Myra Maud encouraging the audience to sing along with “La Vie En Rose” - masks and all - created an unexpectedly moving moment.

Following November 2021’s Holiday Pops with Tony DeSare is the “Irresistible John Williams” program on January 15. Bob’s 40th Anniversary concert features the music of his friend and hero. “It’s a combination of music everyone knows and the more obscure works that I adore - a little selfish, but it’s what I love.” Expect to hear familiar themes and tunes from the Indiana Jones films, Star Wars, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Far and Away. “A Tribute to ABBA” on March 19 is a collaboration with the tribute band known as “Arrival from Sweden,” whom Bob has worked with many times. “The orchestra is very much involved. It’s a concert and a party!” April 22 brings Michael Cavanaugh and the music of Elton John. Cavanaugh is a singer, pianist, and “top-flight entertainer” who was hand-picked by Billy Joel to star as Billy Joel in the hit Broadway musical “Movin’ Out.” Bob did not have the complete Elton John program at press time but hoped it might include Rocket Man, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Tiny Dancer, Candle in the Wind, and Philadelphia Freedom. “My conducting style is collaborative. I love having the privilege of making music with other people. As a conductor, you must know what you want. You have to lead but be relaxed enough to hear what’s happening. I try to be clear in what I want. I once had a professor who never got mad unless you were unprepared. My responsibility on the podium is in large part to have studied and be ready.” As for his Louisville Orchestra legacy, he hopes to be remembered as “a loyal and hardworking colleague who gave back as much as he got and had fun doing it.”

For ticket information, visit Follow @LouisvilleOrchestra on Facebook and Instagram and @LouOrch on Twitter.

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As a travel advisor, I must know the ropes and prepare my guests with upto-date information and share my experience on how to plan, prepare and navigate the trip and destination during their stay. Here are a few important tips to know before you travel. Most importantly, give yourself plenty speaks comfortably in minute plain ofChris time to adequately plan. Last terms, a happen true fiduciary who is highly trips will but when possible, start motivated to serve his clients’ best your planning about 7months (or more) interests. “This is my dream job,” he says. in advance to your departure “I’m doing exactly what desired I want to be doing. date for any major trip. You will have I believe in treating all my clients with the a greater selection of flights, accommodasame level of care. Besides my wife and tions,it’s dining and activity kids, the most fulfillingreservations. thing in myIt life.” Whether your wealth established also keeps your stress levelisdown. or new and emerging, he brings vast On international tripshaving you will defiexperience to the table, worked with across the country, nitelyclients need the advanced planningacross when Kentucky, and in financial centers Itlike obtaining or renewing a passport. can New Chicago, and recommend Cincinnati take York up toCity, 11 weeks. I also before returning to his native Louisville. Similarly devoted to improving lives, Chris is proud to introduce two new members of the BLVD family; full-time

getting approved for TSA pre-check status. This eliminates a lot of time waiting in security lines. If you travel internationally, you can also apply for Global Access which gives you expedited processing through customs. Be sure to know the required Covid testing and vaccination rules during your analyst Pape and AdvisorInChad travel Margaret and at your destination. addiLogsdon. “Something I love is that our tion, find out any rules on what you can boutique firm grants a flexibility in how transport andpeople,” out of says the Margaret. country or we can lookin after state. “We look at the bigger picture and see how the families we work with can prosper As you plan, you should Margaret always be personally and financially.” aware of cancellation or modification has been working closely with clients for policies I always recommend years, andand her fees. first priority is taking care insurance. Things may“Ithappen oftravel others as she would herself. goes sobefore far beyond numbers. BLVD us or during your trip thatgrants will bring autonomy with no bureaucracy, that on possible changes. Travel cansobe exwe can really people first.”your investpensive; youput want to protect Chad has a similar drive and focus, ment. with a strong desire to take care of clients and offer top tier service, going beyond expectations. “Our goal is always to create and grow not only your wealth but

Be educated and selective on how you plan your itinerary. Consider in the beginning of the planning process if you want an all-inclusive vacation destination where your dining and activities may be included. There are also travel options that are all-inclusive tours where you find a desired itinerary and leave the transportation and the planning of your desired activities to the tour company. However, you may want to explore and adventure by planning a flexible itinerary that you facilitate on your own. Relax and enjoy your trip! Be sure to disconnect and reconnect with your friends and family members. A trip that is planned well should have everything in place that you desire before you go. However, when going to most vacation destinations, accept that you won’t be able to do and see everything. But I assure you will make some wonderful memories in however much you accomplish and enjoy. Think about your activities, check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. I always recommend making a list (and checking it twice!) Pack comfortable shoes if you’ll be walking a lot. While the forecast may change, be sure to have rain gear such as poncho/rain jacket. For those hot sunny days be sure to pack sunscreen and pain medications (i.e, Tylenol or Advil). In summary, maximizing your experience while traveling is all about detailed and advanced planning. I have so many other tips to share! To learn more contact me at or and let’s plan a vacation today!!

Kathy Vogt has lived in Louisville for over 35 years and has over 20 years of domestic and international travel experience. She specializes in family vacation planning and travel celebrations for all ages. She is passionate about high quality service and a providing a personal touch to every trip she plans.

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January is a time to reflect on the previous twelve months and turn our focus to the year ahead. What progress did the city make in 2021? And what are the economic expectations for Louisville in 2022? To help answer these questions, we turn to the business, financial, and real estate experts.

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Greater Louisville Inc. Just over a year into the Now Louisville Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, Greater Louisville, Inc., The Metro Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating significant success in 2021. The five-year economic development plan, launched in September 2020, is framed around six pillars - innovation, startups, clusters, talent, inclusion, connectivity + mobility - identified by the business community. GLI President & CEO Sarah Davasher-Wisdom shares the past year’s achievements and optimism for 2022. “I am proud of what GLI has accomplished this year, and I cannot thank all the businesses who contributed to the campaign enough for making this plan a reality.” Hired to form the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, Dana Johnson and Dr. Eric Jordan “hit the ground running” to launch the Power to Prosper Minority Business Accelerator, which graduated its first cohort of twelve businesses in early December. “Many are already reporting profit increases, and all of them indicated they walked away with increased business acumen and strong relationships with large corporations that will hope-

fully lead to future contracts, partnerships, and mentorships,” says Davasher-Wisdom. The department also brought together over 200 community businesses to sign Greater Louisville’s Equity Pledge. “On the talent front, we were able to successfully launch the ‘Finding You in Lou’ program to help retain emerging talent completing internships in the region.” As for 2022, Davasher-Wisdom sees “tremendous positive momentum” in “the trajectory of our regional and business community in Greater Louisville.” She points to major economic development investments, such as the Ford Blue Oval SK Battery Park announced last September, and the impact of more spending, travel, and the return of large-scale events from pent-up consumer demand and increased job security. “In 2021, new and existing businesses in our region announced nearly $7 billion of new investment and the creation of over 9,000 new jobs. That is tremendous by any standard, but even more remarkable in a year of recovery.”

Davasher-Wisdom expects to see “continued and accelerated economic growth” this year. “Greater Louisville is well-positioned as a hub for logistics, advanced manufacturing, e-commerce, and health and aging innovation – all industries that are continuing to grow and expand. As global supply chain shortages are resolved, our signature industries will maximize their operations and keep up with demand.” GLI will continue to focus on talent attraction campaigns like Live in Lou. “By marketing our low cost of living, limited traffic, numerous arts, parks, and culinary amenities, we can attract and retain both degreed and non-degreed talent into our businesses for job opportunities.” Visit and follow @GLIchamber on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Live in Lou Live in Lou, Greater Louisville Inc’s talent attraction campaign to market the regional economy, remains highly successful as local population growth and business recovery from the pandemic continue. Vice President of Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies Christine Tarquinio feels good about projected numbers. “In 2021 alone, Louisville received many accolades as a great place to live, work, and visit, including making Travel & Leisure’s list of the top 50 places to visit in the world. Our economic momentum directly ties into population growth,” says Tarquinio. “As more innovative and highly skilled industries move to Louisville, we will see more talent moving to our region to fill those roles. I believe we will also continue to see more remote workers move to Louisville. This trend accelerated during the pandemic when people realized they could work remotely for the same company from cities with lower costs of living and more amenities.” The business outlook is equally optimistic. “Our economy is on a strong path. People are feeling more stable and navigating how to create a new normal even with COVID-19 in the picture. That is creating more certainty for business owners looking to expand or entrepreneurs looking to start new concepts. A few weeks ago, Consumer Cellular announced expansion into Louisville, bringing close to 500 support jobs to the region. Noble Funk Brewing is set to open in Old Louisville, and Against the Grain is opening a new concept called Whirling Tiger in Butchertown.”

Louisville’s employment opportunities are already plentiful, with employers offering highly competitive wages and benefits. The local job seeker’s market should only get better in 2022. According to Tarquinio, “GE is in the process of a large expansion that will add over 1,000 new jobs in the next two years. We currently have 34 companies in the pipeline looking to relocate to our region. And as we grow our standing as a tech hub with the help of TechFirst, GLI’s tech network, more companies and jobs are becoming available for those looking to grow a tech career.” The initiative continues to expand its reach. “This year, we gained over 9,000 new followers on our social media channels and had over 68,000 site visits to our website.” But the GLI and Live in Lou teams are not resting on their laurels. “We are also working with employers in Greater Louisville to develop some tools to help them attract talent. Currently, we offer private label advertising campaigns to analyze and identify geographies where the supply of specific talent outpaces demand and salaries are comparable. We then build a customized digital campaign to attract talent in those geographies and drive them to a custom page to complete their applications. Through a partnership with LinkedIn, we can also identify and recruit hard-to-find talent as well.” Visit Follow @liveinlou on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® The more attractive Louisville is to individuals, families, and businesses, the greater the need for residential and commercial real estate. We turned to Greater Louisville Association of Realtors®’ (GLAR) CEO Lynda Fernandez for a look back at the local real estate market in 2021 and what the future holds in this new year. Fernandez is former Chief of Communications & Global for the 52,000+- member Miami Association of Realtors®’ with over twenty years of experience in association and government management, communications, and international business development. “The Louisville real estate market in 2021, like most markets throughout the U.S., experienced robust sales activity coupled with very limited supply, resulting in significant increases in pricing,” says Fernandez. “Following the brief market interruption caused by the pandemic in 2020, the real estate market recovered faster and stronger than experts predicted. Consumers’ needs suddenly changed. There was a need for larger homes, space to work and school children from home, and set-ups more conducive to social distancing.” GLAR expects home sales prices to moderate in part due to interest rate increases in 2022. “While the housing shortage is expected to persist for years, NAR® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun has forecasted a modest increase in housing starts as the supply chain backlogs subside.” John Lenihan, Principal Broker of Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty (, expects

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housing prices to continue to rise, especially new construction. “Inflation and supply chain issues have affected every component of new construction.” Fernandez insists it is still more affordable to buy than rent. Encouraged by Louisville’s continued population growth, Fernandez is optimistic that the real estate market will continue to perform well in 2022. “Strong demand for local properties will continue into the new year. Despite the slight increase in supply, inventory will remain limited, driving home price increases but, as mentioned before, at a slower rate.” Real estate experts are not troubled with concerns about a potential housing market crash. According to Fernandez, “There are no signs of a bubble, meaning there is no reason to expect a bust. Today’s real estate market is very different from in 2006 and 2007. Housing inventory remains very low.” John Lenihan agrees, “We have simply seen a lot of pent-up demand work through the market but nothing approaching a mania as happens in some coastal and resort markets.” Fernandez says credit remains tight, and lenders aren’t issuing risky loans. “Based on supply and demand, home prices are not forecasted to drop. The majority of homeowners today would have sufficient equity were they forced to sell even if prices dropped somewhat. They wouldn’t be facing a short sale or foreclosure and would still have accumulated wealth.”

Financial Advisor Rob H. King III, WMCP®, CLTC®, describes the Northwestern Mutual® investment philosophy as “always contingent on a plan.” Built on a foundation of “Help One, Help Many,” Northwestern Mutual®’s financial planning practice aids clients through planning and education. When you properly plan to meet your individual goals, “you are not only helping yourself but helping others in your family and community.” Knowledge is power. King and his team take stock of the client’s family structure and what they’ve already done. “We then start by creating a plan. What planning have they done, and what do they want to accomplish? We define short, near, and long-term goals, then build a strategy to move the client to those goals with 100% certainty. Our proprietary, robust planning software allows us to share information digitally and track goals in real-time through the Northwestern Mutual® smartphone app. 2022 marks Rob King’s 18th year with Northwestern Mutual®, having joined the financial services organization right out of college. King is a proud graduate of duPont Manual High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from Centre College. From the beginning, he has spent his career helping married professionals, medical professionals, business owners, and those on the doorstep of retirement. To start the year off right, King offers his financial planning tips for 2022: So first things first! The Fed has announced three projected interest rate

increases, in quarter-point increments, this year. (The fed funds rate is expected to climb to 2.1% by 2024.) “Refinance mortgages and student loans now,” says King. “Use that extra cash flow to round out your emergency fund.” “Boost your 2021 IRA contributions before the April 15 retirement contribution deadlines.” “Considering over 800,000 American lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, reevaluate your individual and employer-based life insurance policies. What coverage do you have? Are there any exclusions?” “Review your long-term investment strategy. Are you comfortable with the amount of tax you are either deferring or not?” For more information, visit robking-nm. com. Connect with Rob King @robkingnm on LinkedIn and follow @kingrob_iii on Instagram.

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Fashion DOs & DONTs of Early 2022 BY JAYME JACKSON

In a world that is still stuck somewhere between Covid, working remote and it’s time to party our normal list of Do’s and Don’ts have shifted from being strong recommendations, instead to a collection of ideas and suggestions. Basically, we find ourselves asking, what looks good and for whom we dress? So, over the past few weeks we asked the opposite sex some of the best do’s and don’ts that keep them looking just a tad longer or can’t turn a head altogether. This is what the gentlemen and ladies of Lexington had to say.. DO

The Base Bra, $40 | Harper Wilde


Start with a good foundation. This applies to men and women. Invest in good bra’s and underwear, VPL’s are a major no-no and whitey-tidies are your daddy’s underwear. Ladies, a sports bra does not count as a bra unless you are exercising. Fellas, throw away your bacon necked white t-shirts and opt for new ones, every guy needs a great, bright white t-shirt.

The number one rule for dressing is to compliment your shape and your age. Every suggestion doesn’t work on every body type and even though Harper Valley PTA may have frowned on a miniskirt, at the right age and right build they are one of 22’s top trends. Super High Waisted Tweed Mini Skirt, $80 | Express

The Organic Cotton Crew, $24 | Everlane

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Men's Court Sneakers in White Leather, $148 | J Crew

DO Find a great white tennis shoe. Not too athletic looking, these shoes will carry you straight through fall and look great with dresses, shorts and ankle pants. Our suggestion don’t spend too much, it is easier to buy 2 pairs of inexpensive white shoes than agonizing over keeping one pricey pair white.

DON'T Wear cargo pants or shorts. Unless you are a soldier, a hunter or medical personnel. You can’t possibly need that many pockets.

DON'T Wear black socks with athletic shoes!

DO Women's Darleena Leather Sneaker, $89 | Lucky Brand

M5 Slim Legacy Stackable Straight Leg Jean, $59.95 | Ariat

DO wear a classic blazer. This goes for both men and women. A well fitted blazer (we’d suggest buying one a tad big and having it tailored or if you have the option, have it custom made) to pair with slacks or jeans. Pick a fabric that is seasonless and a silhouette that enhances your build.

get a great pair of jeans. These are an investment. We would suggest a classic pair of straight leg or bootcut to lengthen your legs and give a more tailored appearance. For ladies, low waist jeans are coming back in style, don’t worry we aren’t talking about Britney Spears low rise just a waist band that sits at your well, waist. Men, your jeans should be a mid-wash rinse not too light and not too dark and they need to be fitted. A great loafer or boot can dress up any pair of jeans so go for a classic fit that accentuates your best assets.

Original Bootcut in New York Dark, $225 | 7 for all Mankind


Gold Button Blazer in Navy Blue | $120, Love and Labels

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Custom Navy Blazer, price upon request | Jameson Douglas

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buy cheap leggings. Some things you can get on sale, but leggings should not be in this category. Remember the saying that “Leggings and small children cannot keep secrets”. Opt for a thicker, yet breathable fabric which will help hide your sins.

DO Invest in a great belt. For jeans, slacks, oversized sweaters and to nip in the waist of a dress. A great belt is second only to a great pair of pointy toed pumps or saddle brown shoes for men.

Classic Belt, $45 | Coach Outlet

DO Wear bright colors in the colder months. Colorful clothing bounces light back into your face and eyes which make you appear rested and energized and let’s admit it, we do love a man in pink.

Fashion Circle Belt in brown, $39.50 | Levis

Morgen Jacquard Sweater, $108 | Lily Pulitzer

DON'T Show your mid-drift unless it’s a night out on the town no matter how perfectly cute your tummy is. No one wants to have dinner or lunch with you while looking at your belly button.

Saltwater Quarter Zip in Blue Heather, $98.50 | Vineyard Vines

DO Wear metallics, sequins and shimmer all year long anytime of day. 2022 calls for sparkles. During the day opt for a mixed media shirt such as solid sweater with sequined sleeves Mixed Media Round Neck Long Sequin Mesh Balloon Sleeve Statement Sweater by Vince Camuto, $99 | Dillards

DON'T Thou shalt NEVER wear DUDES shoes.

The overwhelming answer from both sexes was a person who looks “put together”. Some attention to hair, makeup, clothes and shoes. It’s not enough to have a great shirt and a terrible haircut. When you choose your clothing you should keep in mind the total appearance head-to-toe. One of the most attractive things that anyone can wear in 2022 is confidence. Make this your best year, be confident in what makes you feel great and then you will look great. Don’t get us wrong, the TOPS team loves our leggings and tunics but we will admit that when we put together a total look, we do feel better and feeling better about yourself is the greatest gift you can give in the new year.

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Building on the rich and innovative history of the Louisville Orchestra, Musical Director Teddy Abrams, in his eighth season, is continuing to break new ground and earn accolades amid, and in response to, these challenging times for artists and arts organizations. His current season directly reflects the orchestra’s past, facing contemporary realities and offering fresh inspiration for a community looking toward a brighter future. Recently named 2022 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, Abrams kicks off the new year with the world premiere of his major piano concerto composed for his friend, world-renowned pianist Yuja Wang. To provide context for the remainder of the season and exciting performances ahead, Abrams acknowledges the contributions made and struggles endured by the Louisville Orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1937 by Robert Whitney, for whom Whitney Hall - largest performance venue in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts - is named, and Louisville Mayor Charles Farnsley. In 1953, the orchestra received a Rockefeller grant amounting to what would be $5 million today to record and premiere music by 20th-century living composers. Despite being the first American orchestra to own a recording label and later receiving grants for digitizing master tapes and restoring music scores for archiving recordings, the orchestra fell on financial hardship for a time. Before he accepted the position, Abrams recognized, “We had a lot of work to do to make an orchestra that was not just worthy of our city, but could be a leadership institution around the world.” More recently, as Abrams and the orchestra were already planning a four-year exploration of music by Black and Jewish composers, the challenges of a global pandemic and protests for Breonna Taylor descended upon the city. “With the Covid disruption, we had a jigsaw puzzle of existing commitments and rescheduling. We plan far in advance to bring forth significant and impactful performances while maintaining flexibility to offer perspective. Emphasizing diverse musical styles and backgrounds includes the community so that the stage reflects the city, where people feel the concert hall is home and they have ownership. This season’s programming is a manifestation of that mission.” 28 TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022



His personal experiences inform Abrams’s professional decision-making as well. “Through the different phases of dealing with these challenges, it’s easy to forget how frightening this time has been for artists and all involved with artistic events. From my perspective, we leaped into action. There was no time to wallow in sorrows or fear. Louisville needed symbols of hope and positivity to remind them this city was a place they still wanted to live. We had to be nimble and creative to sell that vision. This group effort has been very gratifying.” Abrams composed and recorded “Float Rumble Rest” in 2016 as a tribute to Muhammad Ali, featuring guitarist Jim James of My Morning Jacket and benefitting the Muhammad Ali Center. His 2018 collaboration with James, song cycle The Order of Nature, was performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2019. Abrams has performed with and conducted ensembles and orchestras across the country and worldwide. In addition to conducting and composing, Teddy Abrams is an accomplished pianist and clarinetist. Now 34, he was a protégé of Michael Tilson Thomas from age eleven. At 18, Abrams graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was the youngest conducting student ever accepted by Curtis Institute of Music and Aspen Music Festival and School. At Curtis, Abrams was assigned as accompanist to fellow student Yuja Wang, and their friendship has endured. Known for her dazzling artistry and fashionable stage presence, Beijing-born Yuja Wang was named Musical America Artist of the Year in 2017. The international superstar pianist is a leading artist on the Deutsche Grammophon classical music label. Inspired by her interpretation of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Abrams was determined to compose a piano concerto incorporating American classical music’s jazz and high energy with his compositional voice. “It’s a reflection of the music I like to listen to and play. Improvisation and classical training allow me to move freely between different styles yet remain cohesive and comprehensive.” While Abrams admits that his piano concerto for Yuja is quite tricky, it is also “a piece that she TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022 29


can own and be free. The soloist is expected to have her own perspective and interpretation.” He describes it as Gershwin and Rachmaninoff meeting in the 23rd century. “There is one big 35-minute movement where she can have fun as an expressive artist.” Yuja sent back helpful notes on the piece, and the two made some adjustments remotely. Louisville audiences will attend the world premiere on January 7 & 8. January 20-22 Teddy Abrams will conduct Music Without Borders: Celebrating Young Talent, “which takes the orchestra and Abrams’ creative programming out of the concert hall and into the community.” Piano soloist Michelle Cann, another Curtis alum, joins Louisville Orchestra for the world premiere of the LO commission by young Louisville composer KiMani Bridges, followed by Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and Dvořák Symphony No. 8. In March, Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate a Festival of Latin American Music, featuring marquis commissions from Grammy- and MacArthur Fellowship-winning Cuban composer Dafnis Prieto and Puerto Rico native Angélica Negrón. Prieto’s Tentación Concerto for People of Earth and String Orchestra showcases the timba band backed by the Louisville Orchestra. Negrón’s 12-minute orchestral work is colorful and includes electronics. “The color, passion, and rhythmic energy of Latin music explode with these brilliant works.” April 30’s “Reclaimed Treasures” is the first in a multi-season exploration of Jewish and Black composers. Being Jew-

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ish himself, Abrams is interested in their vital work and underlying relationships. He offers examples of Gershwin musicals and operas and their Black casts, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday singing works of Jewish composers, and the Weimar-era music in Germany. “With historical oppression comes a shared solidarity, a spiritual song cycle.” On May 13 & 14, the thrilling season finale “Fantastique” combines KiMani Bridges’ new work with the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s “Automation” featuring cellist Yves Dharmaraj. A second halldorophone (part cello, part electronics) built especially for this performance will debut in Louisville. The first such instrument, designed by artist Halldór Úllfarsson, gained recognition in early 2020 when composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Academy Award for her original “Joker” soundtrack. The program concludes with the “wild and virtuosic” Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz. As for what comes next, Abrams hopes that his recognition as Conductor of the Year will find Louisville “discussed on a wider playing field” and allow him to represent the city on a larger platform. It also challenges him to focus on the work he believes in. “I feel a deeper level of service to the community and my art. Every piece of music starts at zero. You have to keep that humility.” Abrams loves living in Louisville. “Even with significant challenges that are deep and long-lasting, Louisvillians fundamentally care about where they live. The people want to give, and the city has compassion at its core. We strive to create a thriving, dynamic hub where culture matters on a deeper level.”

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As we begin a fresh new year, let’s take a look at some of Louisville’s most prominent business people in the Fifty and Under category, and their companies that proudly serve our community. Introducing: WHO’S WHO IN LOU - Under Fifty

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JACK HARLOW RAPPER & SONGWRITER Hailed by The FADER as a “maverick rapper destined for legendary status,” 23-year-old Louisville, KY, native Jack Harlow has quickly become one of music’s biggest stars with nearly 4 billion career streams to date. The Generation Now/ Atlantic Records rapper has released a project a year, for the last 5 years, the most recent being his RIAA Platinum-Certified, critically acclaimed debut album THATS WHAT THEY ALL SAY. The album features the 6x-Platinum single “WHATS POPPIN,” which earned Harlow his first Grammy nomination, among countless other accolades including nominations at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, 2021 BET Awards, 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards & 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards. Harlow has been widely featured in high profile publications ranging from Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Complex to GQ, TIME, Interview and Forbes, graced the covers of XXL’s coveted Freshman Class issue, Variety, Forbes, Complex, SPIN and Footwear News, and brought his captivating live show to the masses with national television performances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more.

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CHEF EDWARD LEE CHEF, AUTHOR, RESTAURANT OWNER, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LEE INITIATIVE, 6 TIME JAMES BEARD BEST CHEF AWARD FINALIST, JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER FOR WRITING, AUTHOR OF BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI AND SMOKE & PICKLES OWNER OF RESTAURANTS SUCCOTASH PRIME IN WASHINGTON, DC AND 610 MAGNOLIA IN LOUISVILLE, AND AN UPCOMING RESTAURANT IN BUTCHERTOWN TOP CHEF CONTESTANT/ GUEST JUDGE “I love Louisville and I love my family here, both immediate and extended,” says Chef Edward Lee. “I want to elevate all the amazing things that this city has to offer to the world.” Co-Founder of the LEE Initiative (That stands for Let’s Empower Employment), Edward is devoted to putting his passion into action. Since 2018, the Initiative has been a beacon of hope and unity throughout challenging times, dedicated to helping diversify the restaurant industry via very successful mentorship programs. In the darkest days of the pandemic, they provided relief kitchen meals and pick up sites, as well as a full grocery for those in need. 34 TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022

KELLY K DJ AT WDJX An authentic voice in radio, Kelly K marks 23 years on DJX as herself- a genuine person. “I think people know when you are trying to create a character,” she says. “What you hear is who I am, and I feel so lucky that our audience still enjoys our humor!” While the show often sounds off the cuff and extemporaneous, Kelly clarifies. “I’m sure to most people we sound like we’re just goofing off every morning, but there is a method to the madness. Prepping never really turns off. Everything we do or watch or read kind of gets put through a filter of ‘can this work on the air somehow’.” Known for her distinctive laugh, quick wit, and a good balance of silly fun and a warm heart, Kelly recognizes that any successful person has many others behind them. “I have some amazing people in my village,” she says. “I love being invited into morning routines and hope we can give our audience a little break from the stresses they face. We just try to sound like we’re throwing a party every morning and everyone’s invited.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022 35

JACKIE EXUM REALTOR, SENIOR REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST & CERTIFIED SOCIAL WORKER After almost five years in the industry, Jackie Exum launched her own real estate team in November 2021: J. Exum Group with Keller Williams Louisville East. J. Exum Group serves the entire Greater Louisville area and neighboring counties. “It’s been a dream come true. I look forward to accomplishing my team’s lofty goals in 2022!” she says. “Before transitioning into real estate, I worked in the field of social work for many years, and it’s striking how many similarities there are between these two careers. My social work skills have served me well in real estate as they are both grounded in service to others. Every day, real estate offers me the unique opportunity to assist people with achieving their dreams and goals.” Jackie is also certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist. “I find it so rewarding to support my senior clients and their families during times of transition.”


KEVIN HARNED METEOROLOGIST AT WAVE 3 “I am living my dream,” says Kevin Harned, Meteorologist at WAVE 3. “WAVE was my first full-time job after graduating from Purdue University. I’ve never left– and nearly twenty-five years later, my passion for this community continues to grow.” In those years, Kevin has become renowned across Kentuckiana. Not just for his acumen, but for his ebullient personality. “I strive to give the area’s most accurate and dependable forecast, but the message I have to deliver isn’t always about the weather,” he says. “It should be fun unless it’s serious. Sure we’re on top of it when it’s threatening, but for the other 350 days of the year I want to find creative ways to have fun with whatever is going on.” Kevin is also involved with countless philanthropic organizations and is a licensed auctioneer, a skill he’s used to raise millions of dollars for charities at fundraising events of every kind. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a position to help others.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022 37

DR. JONATHAN G. YERASIMIDES ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON AT LOUISVILLE HIP & KNEE INSTITUTE Dr. Yerasimides performed the first anterior approach hip replacement in Louisville and has quickly become an authority on anterior approach hip replacement. He performs more anterior approach hip replacements yearly than any other surgeon in the United States and has done over 9,500 in his career. Dr. Yerasimides is considered a top authority on revision anterior approach hip replacement, pioneering new techniques, publishing articles, writing book chapters and furthering education in this field. He regularly travels domestically and internationally to lecture and teach the procedure to other orthopaedic surgeons. Two of Kentucky’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, Joseph W. Greene, M.D., and Jonathan G. Yerasimides, M.D., founded the Louisville Hip & Knee Institute in early 2021. The practice is the only independent practice in the region that focuses on outpatient hip and knee replacement. The Louisville Hip & Knee Institute provides an unsurpassed level of care to patients in need of outpatient hip and knee joint procedures.

LOUISVILLE HIP & KNEE INSTITUTE 3810 Springhurst Blvd, Suite 310

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DR. JOSEPH W. GREENE ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON AT LOUISVILLE HIP & KNEE INSTITUTE Dr. Greene practices a multidisciplinary approach to advancing the field of knee and hip replacement surgery, specifically, his focus is on improving his patients’ quality of life by creating quicker recoveries, less pain, and more individualized procedures. He has a passion for teaching and research, which keeps him at the forefront of new developments and best practices within the industry. He has performed over 4,000 knee and hip replacements in his career and has been elected as a “top doctor” in Orthopaedics by physician peers yearly from 2016 to 2020. Dr. Greene brings years of experience and is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for his skill and expertise by his peers and his patients. “We’ve created this new practice so we can focus our outpatient joint replacement expertise on our patients’ full continuum of care before, during and after surgical procedures. Our focus is to help patients regain their mobility, reduce pain and improve their quality of life,” says Dr. Greene. The Louisville Hip & Knee Institute provides an unsurpassed level of care to patients in need of outpatient hip and knee joint procedures.


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JANA BREWER CO-OWNER OF LOUISVILLE LUSH AESTHETICS “I think the most important thing to know about us is that we are forever students, constantly furthering our education to bring the most advanced techniques and current best practice to our clinic,” says Jana Brewer, Co-Owner of Louisville Lush Aesthetics. “The aesthetics field is constantly changing with new fads and studies emerging every day. So much of our home time is spent ensuring that we can be the most safe, skilled injectors possible. After finding great success with their Louisville location, the Lush Aesthetics brand has branched out to new location in Lexington. “We added two estheticians and four injectors to our practice to better suit the demand of our clientele,” Jana says. “We are creating a membership program to further reward our loyalists and keep you looking and feeling your best all year long. We have also quadrupled our menu of services and look forward to continued growth and prosperity in 2022!”

LOUISVILLE LUSH AESTHETICS 11421 Main Street Louisville, KY 40243

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ASHLEY ERNSPIKER CO-OWNER OF LOUISVILLE LUSH AESTHETICS We take a great amount of pride in maintaining a personal environment, different from a cold and sterile doctor’s office, so our clients never get the feeling they are a part of an assembly line,” says Ashley Ernspiker, Co-Owner of Louisville Lush Aesthetics. “We spend a tremendous amount of time listening and customizing each appointment based on our clients’ needs and budget.” “Consultations are always free and are recommended to come up with a plan to meet your goals. Bring your at-home skincare with you so we can go through it with you and make sure you’re using it properly!”

(323) 929-5874 IG: louisvillelushaesthetics

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TIM HELFRICH PRESIDENT OF RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN, HUSBAND TO AMANDA, DAD OF JACK AND BEAR Over the last 19 years, Renewal by Andersen have proudly become the largest private employer of Home Improvement services in Kentuckiana, with double digit growth every year in business. “We look to add an additional 33% to our work force in 2022, as well as add raises for all current employees,” says Tim Helfrich, President of the renowned company. “Despite our business success, we commit to never lose sight of our ethic and civic-minded responsibilities we have towards the Bluegrass and Southern Indiana.” By night, Tim is a promoter and DJ of global house and techno music. “Dance music is the ultimate equalizer of demographics, and can breakthrough any cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic barrier,” he says. He also has a passion toward his Parish, where he coaches football for and helps run a ping pong league. He coaches the Louisville Jazz, a Special Olympics basketball team, and his family are dedicated to helping raise funds for an orphanage in Uganda.


AMANDA HELFRICH AGENT, APPRAISER, REALTOR AT HOMEPAGE CONSULTANT AT HOMEPAGE REALTY REALTY, WIFE TO TIM, MOM OF JACK vast AND on BEAR Combining the job experience in all phases of the loan Amanda is awith commercial appraisprocess a career infl uenced er and agent, leading the com-by andalsopositively impacted mercial division at Homepage Re- in knowledgeable professionals alty. the “I industry, enjoy theAndrew math Dow and brings story a involved introubleshooting every appraisal, but unique advantage also in the assist others in to all ability aspectsto of the loan process making business or are investment his clients. “There a variety of decisions,” she says. why to loan programs that “That’s allow clients picking one industry wouldn’t havejust a monthly payment they can sufficomfortably ce. Homepage allows mehaving the afford without ability succeed both position,” fields!” to to have a 20%inequity he says. “Everyone has different Afterfinancial Amanda achieved the MAI plans for themselves and designation from the Appraisal Intheir families. stitute, she knew she wanted more. Communicating plans “That’s when I decided your to get my real to your loan offi cer helps determine estate license, and Homepage was which loan fitoptions cansays. best really the perfect for me,” she provide the path to accomplish “There are so many different aspects those financial goals.”and I realin commercial real estate ly enjoy them all, not just valuation.” Amanda is now pursuing the CCIM designation and hopes to further develop investor relationships with the knowledge and skills she has achieved in her years of experience in valuation. “Still so many goals to achieve,” she says. “I’m just getting started!”


TIM WEYRAUCH AVP & CLAIMS DIRECTOR AT AIG AVP & Claims Director for AIG’s Warranty division, Tim Weyrauch is passionate about leadership and helping people to develop their own style. “Leadership can be crafted just like other skills, even if it’s not necessarily an inherent skill readily available,” he added. Tim applies a diverse background of experience, including information systems analysis and design, technology product management, call center management, and claims operational leadership. Tim’s experience traverses tourism, retail, banking, and financial services. He exemplifies leadership; daily he applies his dedication in building organizational brands and is refining his own brand by his work towards a PhD in organizational leadership with focus on distance leadership. He also gives back to the community by serving on several working committees for the Kentuckiana Pride Foundation.

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STERLING RIGGS ANCHOR AT WDRB “Local news is critically important in Kentuckiana and cities across the nation,” says Sterling Riggs. “It keeps people informed, holds elected officials accountable, and lets people know about important changes happening in our community. Local journalists, including myself, strive to stay in middle of an issue and report only the facts. National commentators share their opinion and push an agenda or political party. I don’t share my opinion on issues, I dig for facts.” Sterling observes that the TV business is not as glamorous as it may seem. “It’s extremely hard work,” he says. “I get up at 2:45am and have to be at the studio by 3:30am. Journalists are often exposed to some extremely emotional situations. If you stay in this business long enough, you are going to have some wild stories tell. Personally, I can’t turn the emotional switch off when I encounter tragedy. It comes with the job, but it’s something that we all carry with us.”


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LAURENT GEROLI GENERAL MANAGER, THE GRADY LOUISVILLE “Louisville is a city rooted in tradition,” says Laurent Geroli, General Manager of the Grady Hotel, a historic gem of warm hospitality, bridging the feel of modern Louisville with the vintage flair of yesterdays. “To me, experiences are everything. Beautiful, vintage, elegant surroundings with exceptional personal attention elevate experiences for each of my visitors.” Laurent has lived all around the world. He leverages his multicultural experiences and perspectives to inform how he does business. “For most in the hospitality industry, they don’t have food and beverage experience,” he says. “This sector draws from many essential skills like creativity, tenacity, communication, and strategy – all qualities that I bring, separating me from others in the field. Flexibility is key in our industry; we work every day and many sacrifices are made to ensure we provide the utmost service to our customers. Next time you visit a restaurant or hotel, please be sure to express your gratitude.”

GRADY LOUISVILLE 601 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202 502-434-3700 46 TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022

MARY KROL CO-OWNER OF MAGNOLIA AESTHETICS “At Magnolia Aesthetics, our entire purpose is to assist each of our clients in not only looking but also feeling their best,” says Mary Krol. Offering the latest in preventative aging procedures including Dysport, Botox, Dermal Fillers, vitamin injections, IV Therapy and wellness programs, the staff at Magnolia Aesthetics strives to make each client feel like the best version of themselves. “Our clients are like family to us,” Mary says. “We take the time to really listen to our clients and provide the services and support to help achieve their best results.” Magnolia Aesthetics is a beautiful and inviting space. “Clients come here and relax,” says Mary. “Our clients enjoy a variety of pampering experiences from the peaceful solitude of a personally-tailored facial to the age-defying effects of the newest technology in skin rejuvenation.” Conveniently located in St. Matthews with ample parking and the intent of making every client feel as confident and comfortable as possible, Magnolia Aesthetics is here for you.

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JAY PITTS BROKER AT RE/MAX PREMIER PROPERTIES “While there has always been a significant ramp-up period in our industry, we help agents have success almost immediately,” says Jay Pitts. “I get a ton of joy and fulfillment from my own real estate team’s achievements, but I get an equal amount of satisfaction serving as the broker of RE/MAX Premier Properties. Seeing agents develop and build amazing careers is a serious passion of mine.” Jay grew up in the business and has been exposed to nearly every facet of the industry. That, and participating in over 3,500 transactions thus far, has afforded him a wealth of experience from which to draw. He enjoys coaching agents to help them reach their own goals, whether that means growing their business or finding more work-life balance. “Many people consider a career switch to real estate,” Jay says. “The commission structure and lack of income in the beginning often scares them away from taking the plunge. It’s important to understand that it’s very possible to thrive in a short amount of time with us.”

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BROOKE OCA OWNER OF RITUAL SALON “We opened this business to create an environment where stylists can grow professionally while also maintaining a work-life balance, something that continues to be at the forefront of employees’ needs as this generation of workforce continues to evolve,” says Brooke Oca, founder of Ritual Salon. “We believe happy stylists create happy guests and this is the core value around which we’ve built our business and culture.” With a commission based service that lets stylists take their own initiative, the Aveda exclusive salon is a beacon for stylists looking to take their career to the next level. “Hair can be fun, and of course I followed my passion into this industry, but I really took it to the next level by treating it as my career from the beginning,” Brooke says. “I constantly push myself to learn new methods and techniques, but it helps that I’ve always had a natural work ethic and passion to make others feel like their best selves.”

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JAMES REED PRESIDENT AT CROSSHAIR MEDIA James Reed has spent his entire professional career helping businesses grow and succeed. As President of Crosshair Media Placement, Reed helps clients blast through the advertising clutter with targeted, strategic marketing and advertising campaigns. “There’s no magic bullet,” James says, “a well composed, multi-channel marketing strategy should home in on consumers wherever they are viewing media and convey messages that drive business in a creative and cost-effective way. Americans are bombarded with more than 6,000 advertisements a day. Standing out in a crowded market starts with quantitative and qualitative research to ensure the proper media mix to mirror the media consumption of our clients’ customers. The perception should be that our clients’ messaging is everywhere. The reality is we take a “prioritize and dominate” approach to maximize ad budgets. It’s a pleasure to partner in our clients’ success and that has been what makes Crosshair Media Placement so successful.”

CROSSHAIR MEDIA (502)290-1299

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GEORGE TANNER STORE MANAGER AT DILLARD’S MALL ST. MATTHEWS A true leader of fashion here in Louisville, George Tanner applies his tireless work ethic and unique vision of service to Dillard’s Mall St. Matthews clients. Under George’s leadership, this is the place to find the style of your life- the looks and fashion to suit all of your needs. “We make people feel great about themselves,” he says. “We give them confidence to excel in their choice of careers and also their personal lives. It could be a new look in our cosmetic department, a new suit for a wedding or job interview, a great dress for that special occasion; we have everything it takes to make you look and feel great, even on your down time!” George credits his success to his outstanding sales associates. “They are the heart and soul of our business,” he says. “The higher level of service our associates provide is second to none.”

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MORGAN HANCOCK REALTOR AT SIX DEGREES REAL ESTATE US ARMY Veteran, mother of two, and Louisville’s newest top commercial realtor. Morgan is a charismatic force who can completely capture a room, radiating positivity with her disarming demeanor and sharp sense of humor. Her strong network of professional connections and dedication to follow-up, has led Morgan to quickly make her mark as a woman in the male-dominated industry of commercial real estate - closing on multiple commercial transactions within only months of obtaining her license. “My motto is: if someone else can do it, then I can do it, too!” Morgan confidently proclaims. “I may have to work harder than them to get there but whatever they’ve achieved, I can achieve.” She applies this same cando attitude to achieving her clients’ real estate goals. A firm believer in the mantra that people can accomplish more together than apart, Morgan has teamed up with fellow Six Degrees Agent and founding partner, Jonathan Klunk, to provide clients with a unique, full-service team-approach to all their real estate challenges.

SIX DEGREES REAL ESTATE Commercial - Residential - Investments 502-544-7765 IG: MorganBrookeHancock Facebook: MorganBrookeHancock 52 TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022

MICHELLE TASMAN CO-OWNER OF RODEO DRIVE/ TASMAN PROPERTIES GROUP REALTOR “I help my clients fill their closets and sell their homes,” quips Michelle Tasman. You might know her as the co-owner of the fabulous women’s boutique Rodeo Drive. It’s a family affair that she presides over with her mother, Raquel Koff. They’ve been keeping women looking elegant and chic for years, with the kind of personalized service that Hollywood occasionally makes movies about. When the pandemic hit in 2020, it brought challenges to everyone, especially small locally owned businesses. Michelle decided to join her husband, Aaron Tasman’s real estate brokerage firm, Tasman Properties Group. “I believe it’s important to always have a plan B, and I’m not afraid of a challenge, so I decided to get my real estate license. Because of the interpersonal relationships I’ve built through Rodeo Drive, real estate is a natural segway.” Something of an understatement- she sold her first two houses on the same day for over 1.3 million dollars, and she continues to thrive. This inspiring mother of three, dual-career woman has no plans to leave it behind. “Two careers are better than one. I feel very grateful, motivated and fulfilled that I get to do what I love everyday.” Combining her customer service expertise with the trust she’s earned throughout the community, merging retail and real estate is a winning combination for Michelle Tasman!

RODEO DRIVE 2212c Holiday Manor Center Store: 502-425-8999 | Cell: 502-445-1774 FB & IG: @shoprodeodrive

TASMAN PROPERTIES GROUP 1205 East Washington Street Office: 502-589-1820 | Cell: 502-445-1774 FB & IG: @michelletasmanrealtor

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DR. CHET MAYS PRIVATE PRACTICE PLASTIC SURGEON AT CALOAESTHETICS AND CALOSPA “My mission is to help everyone love the skin they are in and plastic surgery allows me to achieve my patient’s body goals,” says Dr. Chet Mays, Private practice Plastic surgeon at CaloAesthetics and CaloSpa with Brad Calobrace. He’s the co-director of a cosmetic surgery fellowship, teaching plastic surgeons how to optimize their skills in plastic surgery. He also teaches University of Kentucky and University of Louisville plastic surgery residents. The doctor offers a broad range of services, from plastic surgery to non surgical lasers and skin care and is considered a key opinion leader in his field. “My purpose is to achieve the patient’s goal,” he says. “I look at plastic surgery as body art. I consider myself an artist and I call my operating room the art studio. I mold and shape the human body to create the vision that my patients have for themselves.”

CALOAESTHETICS 2341 Lime Kiln Lane Louisville, KY 40222 502.899.9979 Social: @drchetmays

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ASHLEY SAYLER OWNER OF CASK SOUTHERN KITCHEN & BAR “Cask Southern Kitchen & Bar is a place for people to come and enjoy true southern cuisine, make memories with friends and family, and try some of the best bourbon in Louisville,” says Ashley Sayler, Owner. Distinguished by heart and determination, Cask opened in July of last year, a rebranding from a previous concept. “I’m super competitive and when someone tells me I can’t, I always reply with ‘challenge accepted’,” Ashley says. “Owning a business is hard. Owning a business - in particular a restaurant during a pandemic - is even harder. After realizing Covid was here to stay, I had to get creative to keep my business afloat for my family, team and guests. With so much on the line, I knew I had to pivot to make things work and quite literally survive.” Since then, they have expanded into catering, private events, weddings, bourbon tastings and more. “Whatever it takes, we’re willing to do,” she says. “We hope to be opening more locations in 2023.”

CASK SOUTHERN KITCHEN & BAR 9980 Linn Station Road Louisville, KY 40223

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LESLIE BILBREY OWNER OF LOVE LIGHTLY HANDMADE JEWELRY “I’m passionate about the jewelry I create, because I’m telling someone’s story with each hand-stamped letter. It’s amazing how something so small can carry such meaning,” says Leslie of Love Lightly Handmade Jewelry. Each piece of jewelry she makes is as unique as the story behind it—whether it’s a story of courage, love, grief, or just something to express someone’s personality. Leslie enjoys the experience of setting up at festivals and markets, and looks forward to interacting with the community. She says, “It’s great to hear the stories first-hand, and be able to create something together. People ask for everything from song lyrics, encouraging words and bible verses, to bits of wisdom that their grandpa used to say. I’ve even made jewelry from a broken piece of an heirloom. You never know what might be meaningful to someone else, and I love to be a part of bringing that to life.”

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COREY SHIFFMAN PARTNER AT JENKINS AND SHIFFMAN FAMILY LAW “We care deeply about our clients and getting them through a difficult situation,” says Corey Shiffman, Partner at Jenkins and Shiffman Family Law. “Our job is to relieve their stress by taking items off their plate and placing them in highly competent legal hands. The divorce process does not have to be knock-down, drag-out slugfests. We vigorously advocate for our clients while maintaining professional and courteous relationships with the colleagues we work with on a daily basis. If practiced the right way, the vast majority of family law cases should never see the inside of a courtroom.” Attorneys at Jenkins and Shiffman Family Law are committed to providing clients with the highest level of service. “We take a practical and realistic approach to helping our clients see that there is life on the other side of a divorce,” Corey says. “It may be different from what they’re used to, but it doesn’t have to be negative.”

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R. CHRISTIAN GARRISON ATTORNEY AT LAW “I knew I wanted to begin my legal career as a public servant,” says Christian Garrison, Attorney at Law. “That’s what makes me different from many other attorneys.” Christian began his career with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, has served as an Assistant County Attorney where he prosecuted in Jefferson District Court and is currently practicing insurance defense at QPWB law. “No matter if you are walking the corridors of the Hall of Justice, giving an oral argument at the Court of Appeals or submitting a brief to the Kentucky Supreme Court, attorneys should always strive to be better and do what’s right,” says Christian. “The hardest thing for most attorneys to do is listen, ask questions and admit when they are wrong. But if they do those things, not only will they keep their integrity, they’ll also make a difference.”


DR. RINTO ADENIRAN DMD DENTIST AT EMBRACE DENTAL CARE With a career of compassionate care that included nursing at the ICU, Dr. Rinto Adeniran brings a tremendous level of commitment and dedication to his dental practice, Embrace Dental Care. "Our level of education separates us from others in our field, this is what allows us to be able to offer all the services we do," he says. "We offer specialty procedures that would otherwise be sent out to other offices." At Dr. Adeniran's practice, patients can be treated for root canal therapy, surgical extractions, abscess and infection, dentures, implants, crowns, whitening, and even emergency care. "We are a small business, and privately owned," says Dr. Adeniran, with great pride. "We started five years ago and now have over twenty employees. "We also offer in-office financing and savings plans for those that do not have insurance. We are doing what we can to make sure that everyone is able to get the dental help they need."


CC MILLIMAN OWNER OF CC’S KITCHEN “This restaurant’s concept is purposely the direct opposite of what we have had to endure throughout the pandemic,” says CC (Corey Milliman), owner of CC’s Kitchen. “Bold colorful decor, unique flavors, whimsical dishes and a fun sense of community. We are not just a restaurant. We also offer meal preparation services covering multiple dietary needs, intimate drag brunches, live music, cooking classes, amateur drag competitions and other fun events to continue to build community involvement.” CC’s Kitchen offers full brunch and dinner menus and has recently introduced new menu items that are experiences. “Our version of Beggar’s Chicken has literally been a huge hit! A whole chicken is brined for 24 hours, wrapped in lotus leaves, wrapped in butcher paper, and then smoked for 6 hours. Then the package is covered in clay and fired at 800 degrees” CC says. "The customer gets to crack open the clay tableside with a rolling pin. Everyone has fun at CC’s!”

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RANDY BLEVINS FOUNDER & CEO, THINK TANK MARKETING “We work to make our hometown a better place to live,” says Randy Blevins. “We do that by supporting our glorious arts community and the small businesses that are an important part of our city.” Over the last ten years, his Think Tank Marketing company has been a champion of many of the institutions that make Louisville remarkable, building trust and keeping important art and ideas thriving. His contributions in 2020 included bringing musical theatre back to Iroquois Amphitheater with an incredible creative team. “Everything we do is to improve our community — the partnerships we create and the companies we support all align with our social centric values,” Randy says. “I love Louisville’s small business community. It is unlike any other I’ve experienced. Incredibly supportive and collaborative. I hope to be a part of it for many years to come.”

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BRIAN LYKINS BRANCH MANAGER AT ANNIEMAC HOME MORTGAGE As one of the top 1% Purchase Originators in the United States as well as one of the Top 1% in his field in 2019 and 2020, Brian’s success continues to rise. Brian also received the Scotsman Guide Awards for 2019 and 2020, a national recognition. Brian currently works for AnnieMac Home Mortgage and has received numerous awards including the prestigious President’s Club recognition at AnnieMac for Top New Branch and Top New Loan Officer. Brian’s secret to success has always been his dynamic and hands-on team approach with both his clients and agents. “My mission is simple: for my team to deliver an honest, well-communicated, knowledge-based lending experience to all my clients and realtors.” Brian quickly became one of AnnieMac’s most successful Loan Originators in 2021. “Helping families achieve their dream of homeownership is something that I take great pride and true joy in doing.”

ANNIEMAC HOME MORTGAGE 11414 Main Street, Suite 102 502-200-5190 NMLS# 7659

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FOUNDER OF DERMCARE PRACTITIONERS Equally passionate about medical and cosmetic dermatology, Christy Quire Baker is dedicated to changing how her patients experience healthcare. “I chose DermCARE Practitioners, with the emphasis on care, as the name for my practice because it reflects and emphasizes what I value most,” she says. “My patients matter to me and I want them to know it.” Christy keeps well ahead of developing technology and trends, bringing her patients the very best. “Most people view the field of dermatology in a very superficial way,” she says. “Severe dermatologic conditions can be debilitating. Accurately diagnosing and aggressively treating patients who suffer from them is an absolutely life changing experience and I see it happen every day. Whether it is a child with severe eczema, an adolescent with cystic acne, an adult suffering from psoriasis or a senior facing skin cancer it is truly a privilege to be a part of every patient’s journey.”

DERMCARE PRACTITIONERS Medical Arts Building, Suite 431 1169 Eastern Parkway

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KRYSTAL JARRELL OWNER OF PREMIERE CLEANING “When I roll out of bed every morning at 5:30 AM, my passion is cleaning,” says Krystal Jarrell, Owner of Premiere Cleaning. On a daily basis, she works tirelessly with her two assistants and cleaning staff to ensure perfection is not only strived for, but achieved. “You can make one call to me, 24/7, 365 days a year, and I can clean everything inside or outside of your home and office,” she says. “There’s no need to schedule a maid service and hang up and call a carpet cleaner or window washer. I handle it all. One call and one payment. I’m very streamlined in my approach to business.” In business for over three decades, Premiere presents a uniformed staff who are professional and, as a point of pride for Krystal, well compensated. “Most have been with me for years,” she says. “I always send the same crew, so my clients can enjoy consistency.”

PREMIERE CLEANING premiere (502) 454-6243

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BRAXTON TURNER OWNER OF THE LOCAL SELTZERY In the fall of last year, Lexingtonborn brothers Braxton and Clay Turner opened The Local Seltzery. It’s already made quite a splash in the NULU area. “Our flavors are individually crafted with the highest quality, all-natural ingredients,” says Braxton. “All the drinks we make are vegan, low carb, gluten free, and 100 calories or less.” With a commitment to excellence, the Turner brothers are utilizing topnotch spirits in the development of new flavors, cocktails, and exciting drinks. “I became interested in seltzers when I noticed my friends preferring them over craft beers and alternative options,” says Braxton. “They are cleaner and more health focused. Plus, the premium ones taste delicious.” Currently, the Turners offer ten seltzer flavors, and they anticipate rotating these every few weeks in the near future. Additionally, seltzer cocktails have just been added to the menu. “We are testing other seltzer products with wine, Prosecco and other bases.”

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TAMIKA JACKSON PRINCIPAL BROKER, AGENT, AND CO-OWNER AT NOIR REALTY KENTUCKY LLC Tamika Jackson, Principal Broker and Co-Owner of Noir Realty, works to create and provide solutions and win/ win outcomes for everyone she works with. Noir is a new black-owned, multiracial real estate firm serving Jefferson County and Kentucky. “I don’t just focus on sales and revenue like many in my field,” she says. “I love to work with a collective of others in the industry, people who are instrumental in increasing the quality of living and developing better communities for others.”


KRISTEN MILLER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE LOUISVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION “The Louisville Bar Association is an incredible resource for our community,” says Kristen Miller, Executive Director. “Our nearly 2,500 members bring unparalleled talent and skill to our area; they operate businesses large and small that employ our citizens and help sustain our economy; they are engaged in community issues and work to help our city make progress; and they give back through volunteer work, service in non-profit organization leadership and charitable donations.” Kristen brings tremendous enthusiasm not just to the job itself, but for how the LBA can play a larger role in our community. “I know we can be a valuable partner to local businesses and organizations,” she says. We can support our downtown and help it to thrive again. We can lend our talent and expertise to our city as it works to be more equitable for all citizens. I’m excited about how the LBA can be a part of what Louisville becomes.”

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ANTHONY REDDINGTON REALTOR AT EXP REALTY, LLC Dedicated to navigating the real estate market on behalf of his clients, Anthony Reddington takes great pleasure in helping individuals and families achieve the American dream of homeownership. He provides top level service and understands that communication is key. “I help educate my clients on the complete process so they fully understand the pathway of buying and/or selling a home,” he says. He loves the city of Louisville, and is an investor in our shared community, allowing him to showcase a deeper insight than others may demonstrate. Anthony’s family is the most important thing in his life. His wife serves the community as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor at Norton Children’s Hospital, and they have three daughters together. He makes a donation after every transaction to either the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation or the EXP Give A Hand Foundation.

EXP REALTY, LLC 502.419.5606

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TONY WARE BRANCH MANAGER AT LIBERTY FINANCIAL “There isn’t anything in the financial industry that is impossible,” says Tony Ware. “I just want people to understand that when you’re working with me, you get all of me. I’m absolutely committed and dedicated to helping members’ dreams come true! I’m honored to have been in this industry for over 18 years now.” Tony credits his success to spirit and faith. “By the grace of God, I’ve been fortunate to make a difference and communicate on behalf of my members and customers. I’ve also been blessed to have gained so many friends and colleagues that have helped me along the way.”

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Tony truly wants to build win/win relationships. “Even if I can’t help right away, It is my duty to follow up and to help create a path or vision for our members,” he says. “I’ll never give up on anyone, even if I can’t help them initially.”

KEVIN GRAY PRESIDENT OF ADC PAVING “We take a lot of pride in our company’s culture and we want our customers to have that same sense of FAMILY through their entire experience,” says Kevin Gray, President of ADC Paving. “The crew has become a brotherhood through embracing and shaping our work culture. This is one of the toughest jobs in America, and I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by these folks every day. I am learning that we exhibit more passion and pride than most asphalt paving companies in the country.”

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ANDREW DOW BRANCH MANAGER AT MOTTO MORTGAGE PREMIER PARTNERS Andrew Dow brings a unique advantage with extensive experience in all phases of the loan life cycle to assist his clients in navigating the complexities of the home loan process with ease. “Communicating your financial plans allows me the opportunity to the evaluate the variety of loan programs that will help fulfill those financial goals. Everyone has different financial plans and it’s important to me to make sure that your home loan is structured with down payments and monthly payments that will keep you aligned with those plans.” MOTTO MORTGAGE PREMIER PARTNERS | 10605 Shelbyville Road, Ste 200 | 502-754-2021 | NMLS# 42199

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Love, Covid, Heartbreak, and a Wedding BY TAYLOR RILEY • PHOTOS BY TWO HEARTS MEDIA

A Louisville couple went from strangers to friends, to partners before their “Garden Love Story”-themed wedding in September. JaNae Martin-Thornton and Troy Thornton had an emotional journey to the altar, including a death in the family from Covid-19 mere weeks before the big day. JaNae and Troy were both born and raised in Louisville; the groom, a machinist, has deep family roots in the historic Smoketown Neighborhood, and the bride is a proud Louisville Central High School and University of Louisville alum. The couple met a few times before they had a love connection; they were friends first, evolving into partners and then “soulmates that we could never leave behind,” JaNae, a legal administrator, says. The couple was one of the first to book their venue, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, for a wedding–they chose it standing in a construction zone at the site, but as it moved forward, the venue became “absolutely everything we envisioned,” says Janae. “We could not have asked for a more breathtaking and pristine venue: The thousands of flowers, the waterfalls, the gardens, the butterflies and colors. It fits magically with our Garden Love Story theme.” The theme incorporated floral, romantic, and modern hues of sangria, berries, magenta and blush. The wedding did not go on without a hitch, unfortunately. The grandmother of the bride passed away from Covid-19 a few weeks before the wedding, marring a beautiful occasion with heartache and incorrigible grief. “My grandmother, Cecelia Jones, was nothing short of amazing,” JaNae says. “She was a leader in our community, full of wisdom and joy. She was beautiful in every sense.” Cecelia had a hand in the marriage leading up to her death; when the couple was engaged on New Year’s Day 2020, Cecelia led a prayer to the family and even picked out JaNae’s dress for the ceremony. Jumping the Broom is an age-old African-American wedding ceremony tradition that JaNae and Troy performed during their nuptials. Cecelia was assigned but never finished making the broom for the couple, although she said she was working on it before her death. The bride looked everywhere inside and outside her grandmother’s home for the handmade broom. “It breaks my heart that I couldn’t find it,” she says. “It’s missing,

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just like the gaping loss that I feel when I think of her.” The bride carried on and made the broom from materials found in her grandmother’s garden and her art supplies. “That broom means the world to us,” she says. “It is pieces of her and it is a culmination of our love, pieced together and rooted in faith and a persistence to keep going, even through grief, heartbreak and loss.”

Other favorite moments from the ceremony included the bride’s captivating entrance to Ave Marie, In Prelude C Major played by renowned and local violinist Keith Cook. “The beautiful sounds accompanied by the sounds of the waterfall, that set the backdrop to the ceremony, still give us chills,” she says, mentioning the groom cried for the majority of the ceremony.

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Two memorial chairs were created for the bride’s father, CPL United States Marine Corp. James R. Breckenridge, Sr., and for the bride’s grandmother. The garden incorporated hundreds of flowers blowing in the September evening breeze, and sparkling water fountains gave an ambiance that was described by the bride as “enchanting.” During the reception, a slideshow was shown with personal well-wishes from the couple’s closest family and friends. “This was absolutely the funniest part of the night,” she says. “Some of the videos were hilarious and the words expressed will forever be in our hearts.” From start to finish, the couple’s day was everything they hoped and prayed for. JaNae says the guest experience was what mattered most to them. “That our guests were able to come together, in a post-vaccine but still very real pandemic, and celebrate our love story was all that mattered in our eyes,” she says. “That night, we just couldn’t stop talking about the beauty of the ceremony and the epic party that followed.”

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That our guests were able to come together, in a postvaccine but still very real pandemic, and celebrate our love story was all that mattered in our eyes,.

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JaNae lends her advice to other couples planning their day, saying they should work together during the process, as she did with Troy. “It is important to assign tasks to (each) spouse, and to get their opinion every step of the way, no matter how big or small, that way, the day is equally special to both parties, and it is truly a joint effort,” she says. “It means that much more when it is done that way.” Dedicated to the memory of MS. CECELIA A. JONES June 9,1941-August 6, 2021

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Two Hearts Media VIDEOGRAPHER: Bridal Party Proposal mini-movie by Cultivating Perceptions Louisville CEREMONY VENUE: The Waterfront Botanical Gardens RECEPTION VENUE: Graeser Family Education Center, The Waterfront Botanical Gardens CATERING: United Catering Company

CAKE: Sweet Stuff Bakery, New Albany, Indiana WEDDING PLANNER: Special Moments Events Planning, Darien Dickerson-Green

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: David’s Bridal GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse, St. Matthews BRIDAL HAIR: Tiera Stoner

FLOWERS: Special Moments Events Planning, Darien Dickerson-Green

BRIDAL MAKEUP: Kayla Lee and Mya McClain

RENTALS / DÉCOR: The Rental Depot, Jeffersonville Indiana


BRIDAL GOWN: Regiss Bridal, Louisville


BRIDAL PARTY SPONSORED SKINCARE LINE: Merritt Allure Beauty ENTERTAINMENT: DJ John Q, Louisville GROOM’S GROOMING: Hair Language Grooming Lounge SOLO VIOLINIST: Mr. Keith Cook OFFICIATING: Rev. Adrian Baker SOLOISTS: Courtney Campbell

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At Marigold Catering Co., we don’t do typical “Wedding Food” and we think you’re going to love it! Watching the faces of the Bride and Groom as they discuss their special day with us becomes magical as we bring your vision to life. They have that look of “they get us”. Each wedding should be unique to the couple’s vision. C O MCC makes certain that when a Bride and Groom entrust us with their day, it isn’t like any other wedding their guests will ever attend. It is as unique as a marigold in a garden full of roses!

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At Marigold Catering Co., we don’t do typical “Wedding Food” and we think you’re going to love it! Watching the faces of the Bride and Groom as they discuss their special day with us becomes magical as we bring your vision to life. They have that look of “they get us”. Each wedding should be unique to the couple’s vision. MCC makes certain that when a Bride and Groom entrust us with their day, it isn’t like any other wedding their guests will ever attend. It is as unique as a marigold in a garden full of roses! 80 TOPS LOUISVILLE | january 2022

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New Year, New You!

Start the new year off on the right foot with your health being your number one priority. Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center offers a vast array of exercise equipment to assist all individuals’ needs.Our 70,000 square foot facility features top of the line cardio and weight training equipment. We offer group exercise classes, personal training, pilates training, aquatics classes and aquatic therapy, weight loss classes (our HMR program), physical therapy, cycling studio, center cafe, childcare, oasis spa and more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to satisfying your needs and wants here at Milestone. Take the first step to staying active daily. The hardest part is getting out of bed and proceeding to the gym. Once your foot is in the door, the wearisome part is over. Engage in an activity that you truly enjoy at the gym. Ride a bike and watch your favorite television show at the same time. Glide on the elliptical and listen to your favorite audiobook at the same time. Take a group exercise class in a social setting and make new friends this year. It is so easy to head home after a long day at work and sit on the couch. Prepare ahead of time and pack a gym bag; put it in your car and head to the gym to burn those calories and release some steam! Your body will soon become acclimated and crave a daily workout. Calories will be burned, cholesterol will lower, stress will be released, and patience and perseverance will lead to success. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, facial, or pedicure at our Oasis Spa. The ambience when you walk through the doors is pure relaxation. Releasing muscle tension, increasing endorphins, and blood circulation can transform a stressful day into a tranquill, restful day ahead. Finding the right balance between workout and recovery is important. I love the expressions “work hard, play hard” and “work hard, rest harder.” Give it your all when it comes to passion, life, job, family, and exercise, but also do not forget to turn off your mind and body with meditation and relaxation. Recharge your battery at the end of the day.

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Alison Cardoza, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center. BS Exercise Science and Sports Medicine with a minor in Health Promotions from the University of Louisville. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Colts Cheerleader.

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The winter chill is here and that means it’s time to really focus on our skin and keeping it fresh and moisturized during the cold months ahead. While we love to put on a gorgeous makeup look, it’s equally important to make sure that we’re treating the skin under the makeup with extra care this season to avoid chapping and chafing. The right cleansers, moisturizers, and primers should become your best friend. Here are some of our favorites!


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Keeping your skin clean before you start and end your day is one of the most important things a woman can do.

Hydrating the skin is super important, especially during the winter months. Prepping the face with a moisturizer helps keep the skin hydrated all day long against those chilled winds.

You have to allow your skin to breathe and rest before it's next shining moment!


Before any makeup look, it’s important to always start with the right primer to protect the skin and keep it hydrated during the winter months.

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It’s Chili Weather! (For Chilly weather)


Nothing brings the heat in chilly weather like a bowl of chili. But with so many styles and options, chili can be a controversial subject. With or without beans? Noodles? Tomatoes? Iconic recipes from these local establishments might help settle the debate. Resolve to try them all before winter’s end!

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The Village Anchor New Zealand Elk Chili has been served at The Village Anchor and Sea Hag Pub in Anchorage, Kentucky, since the day they opened in May 2010. A staple branded item at The Village Anchor, the Elk Chili has received many local awards and continues to be the subject of much local and national media. In addition to the thousands of cups and bowls of Elk Chili sold at The Village Anchor, the local “non-local” chili has found its way onto burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and many other featured items at The Village Anchor and Sea Hag Pub. On the earliest menus back in 2010, the famous Sea Hag “Hag Bag” - an open bag of Fritos topped with elk chili, sour cream, and chives - continues to be a very popular appetizer and children’s menu offering at the restaurant. The New Zealand elk that serves as the primary ingredient in The Village Anchor’s chili comes from Broadleaf Game Farm, a specialty game farm in Nebraska. The Village Anchor’s Elk Chili is made with elk, beef, and chorizo. Visit Follow TheVillageAnchor on Facebook and @villageanchor on Instagram.

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Billy’s Chili & Sandwiches Bill Byrd’s chili was so beloved by his family that his partner Melinda encouraged him to enter chili competitions. He just kept winning. They sold all their wedding photography business equipment to open Billy’s Chili & Sandwiches at Logan Street Market. Service began in October 2019 with a folding table and two Instant Pots® in the fresh air market before opening in the current indoor location. Billy’s Chili offers Meat and Vegan options. They use quality steak, ground chuck, chorizo, beans, and tomato for the Meat Chili, and the Vegan Chili features Louisville Vegan Jerky, lentils, beans, veggies, tomatoes, spices. Toppings include cheese, jalapenos, onions, oyster crackers, and more. Billy’s Chili sources ingredients from fellow market vendors whenever possible, such as from The Bodega, Harvey’s Cheese, and Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices. In December, as part of The LEE Initiative for Western Kentucky disaster relief, Billy’s Chili delivered donated supplies to Mayfield, Kentucky. Served by the cup, bowl, and Frito Boat during market hours, Billy’s Chili is also available by the quart for carryout and DoorDash® delivery. A second location is in the works for the Beechmont neighborhood by March 1, 2022. To place an order, visit Follow @billyschililou on Facebook, @billyschili on Instagram, and @billyschiliandsandwich on TikTok.

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Four Pegs Smokehouse & Bar When Four Pegs Smokehouse & Bar leveled up its brisket chili recipe for Louisville’s Great Chili Cook Off in 2019, it was first in the event’s history to score both the Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards in the same year. After taking home the trophies, the new chili was a no-brainer to make the menu. Four Pegs has since won four (and was runner-up in several) 2021 LEO Readers’ Choice Awards, including Best Chili, which Owner Chris Williams describes as “midwestern-style” with beans but no noodles. He smokes all the chili elements, “even the tomatoes.” Four Pegs serves the Brisket, Chorizo, and Pork Belly Burnt End Chili with oyster crackers and shredded cheddar jack cheese. The award-winning chili tops dipper fries for a Chili Cheese Fries starter and is available for carryout by the quart. The Black-owned, BBQ-centric establishment also features craft beer and cocktails. Chris recommends a dark beer or nitro on tap paired with your chili for a “complete hug.” Last month, Four Pegs partnered with Six Forks Burger Co. to collect tornado relief supplies for Mayfield, Kentucky. They also donated $1 for every beer sold during their Falls City Tap Takeover to Governor Beshear’s Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Four Pegs hosts an Old-School Hip Hop Hangover Brunch with a DJ and $2 mimosas each New Year’s Day. Visit and follow @fourpegsbeerlounge on Facebook and @four_pegs on Instagram.

Frank’s Deli Meats & Produce Frank Tooley opened Frank’s Deli Meats & Produce on Preston Highway in 1979. Frank’s is famous for chili in addition to $5 deli sandwiches piled high with a half-pound of high-quality meats like ham, turkey, roast beef, and corned beef. “It’s like the Soup Nazi on ‘Seinfeld’ in here,” says son and Co-Owner Travis Tooley. “We have 600 to 700 people through our doors every day.” Travis describes Frank’s chili as Cincinnati-style for its inclusion of noodles, but the spice mixture is more generally midwestern in flavor. Ground chuck is trimmed and ground fresh in-house for Mom’s recipe, which also calls for chili beans, onions, and green peppers. Frank’s Deli goes through 100-120 gallons of chili each day. The chili is available in 12, 16, and 32-ounce sizes and on a $5 chili dog. For $3 more, add two sides. Choose from macaroni salad, three kinds of potato salad, coleslaw, pasta salad, cucumber salad, and baked beans. While you’re in, pick up some Southern favorites like country ham, dixie loaf, and pimento cheese. Frank’s market offers farm-fresh meats and produce, homemade preservative-free sausages, snacks, desserts, and more. Full-service and drop-off catering are available for your next family gathering, party, or work function. Visit for more information. Follow @franksmeatproduce on Facebook.

Check’s Cafe A family-owned Schnitzelburg institution, Check’s Cafe has served “classic American bites and hearty German favorites,” including their signature chili, since 1944. Third-generation owner/operator John Murrow describes Check’s Famous Chili as “Louisville-style,” possibly originated by his paternal grandmother Mary Murrow. The savory tomato-based chili includes 81/19 ground beef, beans, and comes with or without spaghetti noodles. Some suggested toppings are cheese, onions, jalapenos, and sour cream. Check’s Cafe is one of Louisville’s longest continuously-operating bar and grill restaurants. John is also fairly confident they have served more chili than any oth-

er place in town. As well as by the bowlful, Check’s Famous Chili is available on Check’s Chili Cheese Fries and Check’s Chili Cheese Dog. The chili has also been known to appear in a chili cheeseburger over the years. Known for “quality food, strong drink, excellent service, and amazing prices,” Check’s Cafe has been a neighborhood tradition for nearly 80 years. The lively atmosphere, well-stocked bar, and local comfort food favorites menu attract a loyal all-ages clientele. Check’s hosts live music and live sports on TV (Louisville Cardinals especially!) and is open for dine-in, carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery. Visit and follow Check’s Cafe on Facebook and @checkscafe on Instagram for more information.

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ASK OUR EXPERT There are many financial advisors in the marketplace. Why work with ETFCU Financial Group? We believe each person we work with is unique and should have an investment strategy tailored to their specific goals and needs. Our primary job is to educate our clients, making them a part of the strategy. Unlike many firms, we do not have minimum investment requirements. We believe each person, regardless of asset size, deserves the investment of our time to help them prepare and plan for their future. While many investment firms have implemented an annual asset based fee structure for retirement accounts, we choose not to go that direction. We pride ourselves in transparency, and the conversation of fees is no different. We will cover whether fees and expenses are applicable to your investments before you make any decision or commitment. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach. With your firm located in a credit union, do you work only with credit union members?

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The Woman’s Club of Louisville (WCL) was organized on March 1, 1890, as a woman’s volunteer organization. Members were involved with civic, cultural and community services by promoting child labor laws, education and literacy, equal property rights and women’s suffrage. In 1921 the club established another nonprofit, the Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville. Today, both civic organizations are active in the community. The Woman’s Club of Louisville empowers women, promotes education and public health, and supports other charities in the Louisville area. “Join us!” said Trudy Wheeler, WCL president. “We’re a vibrant community of over 500 women and always eager to welcome new members.” The club offers Wednesday Luncheon Programs, featuring entertaining and informative presentations from local community leaders, creative artists and local entrepreneurs. In Old Louisville, by Central Park, the Woman’s Club of Louisville has a historic clubhouse with a 688-seat theatre. The beaux arts-style building opened almost a century ago in 1923 and is available to rent for corporate events and meetings, luncheons and teas, cocktail receptions and other special events. A “little library” opened in December by the clubhouse parking lot to serve the Old Louisville neighborhood. Adjacent to the clubhouse is the three-story Victorian-style Frazier House, with space for groups up to 130 people. A garden in the rear of the property connects it to Carriage Trade Consignment Store.

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The Woman’s Club of Louisville’s 84th annual No-Jury Art Show will be held March 16-23. “Local artists are invited to enter and compete for over $1,000 in awards,” Trudy said. April 1-3, the club’s drama committee presents the play “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” Trudy’s “President’s Initiative” this year is “a challenge to each of our 11 committees to build a relationship with nonprofits in our surrounding area,” she said. These hyperlocal charities include the Backside Learning Center, Blessings in a Backpack, Christian Care Community Center, Engelhard Elementary School, Heuser Hearing and Learning Academy, and Uniting Partners for Women and Children, among others. On May 11, the Community Leadership Luncheon celebrates these community relationships. FOR INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP, EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT WWW.WCLOUISVILLE.ORG.


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I kept a light jacket in my locker just in case. Heavy flows and high school don’t go together, and the last thing I needed was for my uniformed, khaki pants to reveal a bloodstain. Harmful stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation can impact the comfort and self-esteem for many around the world. For that and many other reasons, the fight for just menstruation policies is a current social and political topic in the United States. A little over 7,000 miles away from Kentucky however, girls in rural areas of Ethiopia have missed school, or have completely dropped out due to their periods. It’s a tragedy that chemical engineer and inventor, Freweini Mebrahtu, has battled against; and her dedication awarded her the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year award. Born in Ethiopia, Mebrahtu received her chemical engineering degree in the United States at Prairie View A&M University. In a CNN interview she recalls a time from her childhood where she had a menstrual accident during class. Her feelings of fear and shame then resonate with many today. 58% of women have felt a sense of embarrassment simply because they were on their period. This sense of societal shame surrounding periods has a deep history that can be found even in various religious texts and old myths. The traditional Jewish word niddah, is a term from the Old Testament that means, "one who is excluded" or "expelled.” It is used to describe women who are menstruating. In some Jewish religions, men are forbidden to engage in sexual relations with their wife during their menstrual cycle, or until the wife immerses herself in the water of mikveh for purification. The ancient Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder, believed that women on their periods were a walking case of doom. Even going as far as believing that menstruating women dimmed the brightness of mirrors and were the cause of drought and the sterilization of seeds.

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Lacking the proper feminie hygiene products has caused women and girls, including Mebrahtu growing up in Ethiopia, to use items like rags to tend to their menstruation cycle. Nearly 75% of Ethiopian women and girls don’t have access to menstrual supplies. This harsh reality prompted Mebrahtu to invent and patent a reusable sanitary pad in 2005. These easy to wash, environmentally friendly pads can last up to two years with proper care and have changed the lives of women and girls in Ethiopia and beyond. More than 80% of the pads are sold to non-governmental organizations that distribute them for free. The inventor has joined forces with Mekelle University and Dignity Period to further end period shaming and poverty. She’s even made a difference here in the city of Louisville! SOS International is a local non-profit that improves local and global health by redistributing medical supplies and equipment to low income neighborhoods in Louisville, and impoverished countries throughout the world. This month it was announced that Mebrahtu would be the Humanitarian Ambassador of SOS and would be working side-by-side with volunteer groups leading special projects, and fulfilling speaking engagements to further the organization's mission. This collaboration began organically from a phone call to SOS by the inventor herself. After hearing about the group's work in her home country of Ethiopia, Mebrahtu personally called and asked how to get involved. Her influence could be significantly beneficial in Louisville. The 6% sales tax in Kentucky on feminine hygiene products (also known as the “pink tax”) would end if the legislation presented by State Rep. Attica Scott (D- Louisville) passes. Kentucky is the 4th poorest state in the United States and this tax can significantly hurt the pockets of those living paycheck to paycheck. The point behind the bill closely matches the values of Mebrahtu as well. "We need them (hygiene items) for our health. Those are fundamental, so let's take those taxes off those products and make life a little easier for women and girls in Kentucky," Scott explained when discussing the bill. With many families supporting the bill, along with support of a woman who is changing the way we see menstrual cycles, we could see significant change for those with periods in the state of Kentucky. Change that includes equality, proper education, and respect in regards to feminine hygiene. Something Freweini Mebrahtu believes we all deserve. When accepting the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year award, this incredible recipient shared her platform and honor with the women of the world: “This is for all the girls and women everywhere. Dignity for all. Dignity for all girls, finally!”

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Giving College Students a Chance at the ‘American Dream’ December 1, 2021 By: Louis R. Straub, II – President of Independence Bank The American dream means many things to different people. But what unites this ideology is an overarching manifestation of opportunity; being able to achieve your goals. For many, the greatest gift to achieve your dream is a college education. Unfortunately, for some, a college education is beyond their reach. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Charles A. Reid, founding partner of Independence Bank, the Bank has cumulatively provided over $1 million in college scholarships, for more than a decade. Each year, Independence Bank invites high school seniors to apply for a scholarship

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program that seeks to be the difference in their lives. While grades and extracurricular activities are considered, emphasis is also placed on looking at the whole student, taking into consideration their financial need and their aspirations. In doing so, Independence Bank is able to award dollars to recipients who may be overlooked based solely on GPA and class rank. Independence Bank’s scholarship program is only a small piece of the puzzle that provides students with the opportunity and resources to achieve their goals. We are grateful for the partners we have in the colleges and universities here in the Commonwealth that seek to ensure that financial burden does not prevent any student from attending a college or trade school.

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