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THE PLACE TO BE SEEN JULY 2023 • vol. 17 no. 7 TOPS
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In This Issue

30 Spotlight: Photographer Stephanie Gilmore

33 Style: His & Hers: Menswear for YOU

36 Business Sense: Entrepreneurship 101

78 Spotlight: Richard Rogers

94 Spotlight: Welcome to Firebrook

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89 Home Décor: Exterior Facelifts
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81 Home Décor: Pool Paradise 86 Summer Escape: Motor Lodge Luxe 146 Home Décor: FAN-tastic 157 Health & Beauty: Water Works 160 Beauty: Read Our Lips 163 Style: Pool to Party 175 Sports: Pickleball! 183 For the Kids: Fun for the Summer Fun in the Sun! see more // 81

99 BIA Grand Tour of Homes

150 Spotlight: Step Foot Into Healing

152 Spotlight: A Comfortable Legacy: The Manchester

168 Spotlight: Tradition in Every Stitch

170 Spotlight: Community With No Limits

172 Spotlight: Oldham County Tourism

186 Spotlight: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

24 Editor's Picks

189 Billie Dollins

191 April Parker

176 In Season: Peaches INSPIRATIONS
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195 Calendar of Events

Local Hpings

198 Photos: Out + About

200 Photos: KET Summer Celebration

202 Photos: Railbird

204 Photos: Gainesway Stallion Parade

206 Photos: EasterSeals Grand Opening

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Editor’s Picks

Hello Friends!

Once the month of July rolls around, we’re knee-deep in all things summer... and loving every minute of it! One of my favorite pastimes is getting lost in a good book that I can hardly put down. Whether sinking into my chair on the beach, or sipping a cold beverage on the porch, a great summer read helps me savor the long sunny days. I’ve chosen a few to share that are on this year’s TOP pick list. Enjoy!

Ultimate Quick Beach Read: The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner For the Dream Chaser: Run Rose Run by James Patterson & Dolly Parton Best “Re-Release”: Lady of Fortune by Mary Jo Putney Thriller Fiction: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave For Mothers & Daughters: Honey, Baby, Mine by Laura Dern & Diane Ladd ‘60s Throwback Read: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (Motion picture in the works!)

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July 2023 | TOPS 25 Foracomplimentarymarketingconsultation,contactDebbieGreen. p Can’tsayenoughgood thingsaboutDebbieandher team.We’vebeenworking withherforseveralyears.I loveherenergy,attentionto detailandprofessionalism. Ifyou’relookingforhelp withyourmarketing,give themacall.
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Welcoming New Patients!

At Beaumont Kids Dentistry, we know that every dental adventure is unique. That’s why our crew is dedicated to mapping out the perfect journey for your child.

Prepare to embark on a dental adventure like no other that will steer your child towards a lifetime of great oral health!

As you step into our waiting room, you’ll discover a ship fi t for the bravest pirates! Complete with interactive art, a slide to make you feel like you’re sailing the high seas, and buoys to keep you afloat.

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After your X-rays are taken, it’s time to meet our Captain, Dr. Jones. She is an expert in providing comprehensive dental treatment to ensure that your child’s pearly whites shine as bright as the sun on the open sea.

Next on the journey, it’s time to venture back to our X-ray treasure island. But fear not, you will be getting X-rays alongside our friendly seal.

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Every journey comes to an end, and for our brave little adventurers, it ends where X marks the spot— at the treasure chest! You’ll find a chest filled to the brim with treasures and surprises! We
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Capturing Beauty With Just One Shot

Recognized for fine art portraits of distinction, Stephanie Gilmore specializes in photographing babies, children, families, high school seniors, college graduates, professional headshots, and content creators. For over two decades, the definition of beauty has been the cornerstone of Stephanie Gilmore Photography: the quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.



Stephanie first made her mark in the Tri-State area of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio in 2002, and like many photographers, her children were the initial catalyst. “I had taken photography courses as a graphic design student in college, but it wasn’t until my favorite local photographer, Winnie Greer, moved from my hometown of Ashland to Lexington that I decided to hone my own photography skills” explains Stephanie. “I sharpened my skills in order to take better photographs of my daughters, but ended up opening my own studio!”

Two years into her trade, Stephanie joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and attended her first state convention and print competition, where she was awarded Kentucky Photographer of the Year. Stephanie’s image, A Coy Cowboy, took home the top prize her first year in PPA, the highly coveted Kodak Gallery Award. “It was after this unexpectedly quick rise and recognition that I was invited to teach at a convention in San Antonio, Texas” says Stephanie. Now, Stephanie has presented at photography conferences all over the country, earned degrees for both a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman, has been published in several national magazines, and

is one of the fifteen photographers featured in the book Professional Children’s Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers.

“In addition to never ending education in a field with ever evolving advancements in technology, my photographic style relies heavily on the relationships I build with my clients” Stephanie smiles. “My ultimate goal for every session is to create portraiture that uplifts and makes my clients feel their most beautiful.” Stephanie accomplishes this goal through the authentic rapport she establishes with her clients, which leads to a relaxed, comfortable environment where clients can reveal their genuine spirit and beauty.

Now, Stephanie has moved to Lexington to continue her photography, but will forever be thankful for the early influences of photographers like Winnie Greer and Bev and Tim Walden. “The Waldens instilled in me a spirit of giving back, as well as the importance of building relationships through our profession” says Stephanie. “I’m deeply honored by all my clients who continue to put their trust in me to create memories that will last a lifetime, it’s an extreme privilege that I will never take for granted.”

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The biggest runway trends for this year featured tailored separates for men and women. While suiting has always been on-trend for women, this year’s styles for her definitely play on a more masculine look. From cargo pants to power suits, fashion is undoubtedly making the world your boardroom, ladies. Here are some fabulous looks that will help you work this trend into your wardrobe!

Delphine linen trench vest and Heritage expedition linen pant (available at Banana Republic)


While you’re probably no stranger to blazers and suit pants, you may be new to going all-in on the menswear look. Many of us have been steered away from certain silhouettes. This is the year to shed that shyness and try something bold!

Suiting is all about clean lines. If you haven’t made friends with a local tailor, now’s the time. Having things fitted perfectly to your body will instantly elevate your look. (We promise it’s less pricey that you always assumed it would be, and it can actually save you money; you won’t have pieces languishing in your closet that you don’t feel comfortable in, and you can have pieces tailored again as the current trend – and your figure – changes.)

We love details that give clothes a little more definition and structure. The two looks to the left both feature built-in belts that cinch the waist in. Look for bold collars, shoulder epaulettes, visible pockets, piping, pleating and more.

For summer, we love breezy jumpsuits, sleeveless vests and suiting shorts. They’re the playful way to stay cool while rocking an executive flair.

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Iris Setlawke Safari sleelveless jacket and Front pleated wide leg pant (available at Carl Meyers) Iris Setlawke Cap sleeve jumpsuit double collar in navy (available at Carl Meyers) J.Crew Collection Alfie blazer and high-rise pleated short in striped jacquard (

TOP Styling Tips:

• Don’t be afraid to play around with extremes when you’re styling your look. Pair menswear with ultra-feminine touches or even streetwear-inspired pieces for an exciting contrast that will catch everyone’s eye.

• Wearing heels that match your trousers creates a long visual line that makes your legs look phenomenal!

• On the flip side, constrasting your accessories adds a playful edge that serious suiting can lack. It’s all about knowing your audience – and your personal style.

• With menswear, always carry an interesting handbag. Bags with curves are very on-trend right now, and offer the perfect contrast to the architectural lines of suiting.

• Never gotten into scarves? This is the year to try it! Whether tied around your neck, decorating your bag or sprucing up your ponytail, silk scarves are a timeless staple that will bring a punch of style to your look.


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The Arlington (available at FOUNT) Croco ring belt (available at Freedman Harness) Melissa Moon bag (available at Urban Outfitters) Gabriel & Co. Paperclip chain necklace with diamond link stations (available at Rivard Fine Jewelry) • Dolce Vita Pellia heels in black
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e.Newton Admire bracelet in laboradite (available at The Front Porch)
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Entreprenuership 101:

Tips to help you become your own boss someday

If it was easy, everyone would do it. But if you aspire to become an entrepreneur, we’re guessing you’re the sort of person who remains undaunted in the face of challenges, disappointment and setbacks. If your dream is to have the best boss in the world – yourself – here are some things to think about before diving in.


The most important thing you can do as a future entrepreneur? Get to know current entrepreneurs! Connecting with people who are living the life you aspire to will help you better understand how to make it happen. These are the people who will help you hone your processes and avoid some of the pitfalls of going it alone. That said, don’t expect your small biz friends to do the work for you – and certainly not for free. Even if someone is interested in becoming a mentor to you or assisting you in launching your business, compensate them for their time, wisdom and support.

Build a Team

The idea of doing it all yourself is admirable, but the reality is that you will have certain needs that you won’t have the skills to meet. More importantly, when you need those services, you will want to have someone in your corner who you already trust and who understands your business. From your lawyer to your accountant, your banking specialist to your insurance agent, make sure you are working with people whose goals align with your own.

Truly Understand Your Idea

Yeah, yeah, you’re certain you’re sitting on a billion-dollar idea. But do you really, truly understand how your idea would translate into a business? The process of constructing your business plan will ultimately highlight questions you don’t have answers to. Take every opportunity to consider and define aspects of your business’s identity so that you understand it from every angle. If you hope to secure funding for your idea, you will need to have answers to any question that might arise. Another way of putting it: how can anyone else understand your business if you don’t?!

According to, you should at least be able to answer four questions: why, what, who and how? Why is your business needed, and what need does it fill? What is the product or service you’ll be providing? Who is your specific target customer audience? How will you develop your product or service and deliver it to your clients?

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Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read:

Understand Your Competition

One of the ways you can build your business’s identity is to look around the market and figure out what needs aren’t being met elsewhere. This step can enrich your purpose and motivation, giving new meaning to all of your hard work.

It’s also important to consider that if your business is a big hit, there will be others who try to imitate your success. Clearly differentiating yourself now will help preserve your business down the road.

Understand Your Customer

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a business owner say their target customer is “everyone!” While every business owner would ideally love to serve everyone on the planet, that’s unrealistic: a well-traveled 70-yearold retired executive has very different needs than a 19-year-old frat boy on a paper-thin budget. You can’t be everything for everyone.

Every major corporation defines their target customer as an essential piece of their brand development. They “know” their customer, down to the clothes they wear, the car they drive and the mattress they sleep on. This helps them steer their decision anytime a question arises.

One pitfall you may encounter with this strategy? Don’t base the ideal customer on an actual person you know –especially not you! Why? The answers to your questions should be based on market research, trends and in-store sales, not your own preferences. (Yes, we know your taste is impeccable, but you can’t be the entire brand.)

Look Out for “Magical” Thinking

There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic about your venture. But be aware of any areas where you’re being a little too hopeful. For instance, do you have an “if you build it, they will come” attitude toward acquiring new customers? Is your answer to “what if” simply, “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it?” Do you believe everything will just kinda work out? This kind of thinking puts on rose-colored glasses to avoid doing necessary problem-solving. Have faith that everything will go well, but know that even good luck needs a little heavy lifting!

Never Stop Learning

One of the most important roles of an entrepreneur is to be a student of business. Even people who have owned their businesses for decades are continually learning new ways to stay relevant, innovative and responsive. The work of an entrepreneur is never truly “done.” •

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TOPS Magazine is proud to introduce our readers to these local movers and shakers who are instrumental in shaping the future of our ever-growing community and beyond. See what motivates them to be the best at what they do!


brandon rivard

Rivard Fine Jewelry

As far back as he can remember, jewelry has been an essential part of Brandon Rivard’s life. Starting in the family business, Rivard Fine Jewelry, as a teenager, he has spent decades perfecting his craft and learning more about how to deliver the best value and quality to customers every day.

“We pride ourselves in providing the Central Kentucky area with the highest-quality designer jewelry, without big price markups,” Rivard explained. “The Kentucky culture is ingrained in our business and I think that really shows in our dedication to providing our customers with excellent service. To us, our customers are an extended part of our family and we’re honored to be a part of such special moments in their lives.”

With indispensable guidance from his parents, and nearly 40 years of success at the family-owned store to tap into, Rivard has found that a combination of independence and attention to customers allows his business to maintain its sterling reputation.

“I would always recommend working with an independent jeweler,” he advised. “You will always get a much higher level of expertise and service. Our doors are always open to new customers and it would be our pleasure to offer any guidance or help with any of your jewelry needs.”

4101 Tates Creek Centre Dr #154, Lexington, KY 40517 859-272-7766

demetrus liggins

Fayette County Public Schools

Serving more than 41,000 students, Fayette County Public Schools is known for outstanding educational offerings, highachieving students, exemplary staff, engaged families and involved community partners. As the second-largest school district in the Commonwealth and the second-largest employer in Fayette County, FCPS drives innovation and success in the region under the visionary leadership of superintendent Demetrus Liggins with the support of the Fayette County Board of Education.

“My mother taught me the value of hard work and my grandmother taught me that education had the potential to transcend societal barriers and unlock opportunities that were otherwise inaccessible to me as a poor black child growing up in an East Texas county named for a Confederate general,” Liggins explained. “These core beliefs led me to choose a career in education, with the hope of utilizing my own experiences and knowledge to empower students to fulfill their unlimited potential.”

After receiving input from more than 17,000 students, families, staff, and community members, Dr. Liggins led the development of the district’s New Way Forward strategic plan, which outlines the path to even greater success in the future.

“Regardless of the title I hold, I consider myself a teacher first, then a facilitator, a mentor and a role model, aiming to create a positive and inclusive learning environment that will cultivate the growth of every student,” he concluded.

450 Park Place Lexington, KY 40511


kyle zimmerman

Carson’s on Main

As the general manager of Carson’s on Main, Kyle Zimmerman says, “From the host stand to the dish tank, I am involved at every step. My goal is to ensure that all guests have the extraordinary experience that they deserve and expect from Carson’s.”

Carson’s offers the perfect blend of “a rustic, yet refined concept with chefdriven recipes paired with prohibition cocktails, hand-selected wines and craft beers” making it the perfect fit for Lexington’s love of casual, yet upscale dining. After being in the city for a decade, Zimmerman states, “Lexingtonians have come to expect elevated food and drinks and actively seek that out.” Carson’s bar also boasts the best bourbon selection at the best prices in town.

For Zimmerman, it’s all about giving customers an unforgettable meal every time. He says, “We give people an experience that they won’t soon forget. From the moment they walk in our doors, they feel at home. From our uniue decor, using leather, wood, brick and elegant chandeliers balanced with industrial materials, to our outstanding food and perfectly prepared cocktails, you’re sure to become a regular.”

Kyle is looking forward to serving more Lexingtonians with the opening of their second location - Carson’s at Andover in early 2024. Same great food, same great hospitality.

362 E Main Street Lexington KY 859-309-3039

kymberly mccreary

Valor Homes Team

After receiving her degree from Eastern Kentucky University and spending five years serving in The United States Army, Kymberly Clem decided to pursue her passion for real estate, bringing unique discipline, attention to detail and work ethic to become one of the most successful agents in the region today.

“With a determination to excel in the industry, I immersed myself in learning about the market, staying up to date with industry trends and understanding the intricacies of the buying and selling process,” Kymberly, who founded Valor Homes Team Brokered by eXp Realty, recalled. “My commitment to excellence and genuine desire to help others led me to develop a strong, client-centric approach.”

In addition to her military training and commitment to excellence, Kymberly taps into that authentic understanding of just how meaningful real estate transactions can be for clients to ensure she exceeds their expectations, every time.

“I realized that buying or selling a home is not just a transaction, but a significant milestone in people’s lives,” she said. “With this in mind, I’ve tailored my services to provide personalized attention, guiding my clients every step of the way.”

2530 Sir Barton Way #110 Lexington Ky 40509


erin lewis

Christie’s Real Estate

With 17 years of experience, Erin Lewis of Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass has mastered the art of buying and selling properties to the satisfaction of her clients.

“And my passion for real estate isn’t just limited to helping others only,” she added. “I also love buying and redesigning homes as a creative outlet. The transformation process of turning an ugly duckling house into a beautiful one brings me great satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment.”

Lewis’ passion for that process also informs her work as the owner of Twin Peaks Roofing Company, which provides roofing services to home and business owners across the state. Through it all, she relies on her earned expertise, ability to exceed expectations and reputation among clients for continued success.

“Looking for someone who is local, trusted and experienced is excellent advice for people seeking services in their area,” she said. “Finding a service provider with these qualities is crucial and it’s important to do some research before making a final decision. Check for reviews, testimonials and ask for recommendations from friends, family or colleagues to ensure that you’re working with someone trustworthy and experienced in the field.”

3609 Walden Drive

Lexington, Ky 40517


anna leam

Lavish Nails

As the eldest among her siblings, Anna’s childhood in Cambodia was shaped by her parents’ livelihood at the local fish market, where she would assist in selling the day’s catch. It was there that her drive and entrepreneurial spirit was born. In Cambodia, Anna met her beloved husband, Yii. Together, they now have three beautiful daughters making their lives a busy, but rewarding, whirlwind of parenting and managing their own business.

After opening the first Lavish Nails seven years ago, Anna now runs a thriving business and is watching her goals take shape. Her success story continued to unfold when she opened a second salon in Georgetown. The Leams recently celebrated the grand opening of their third salon, Lavish Nails 2 on Nicholasville Road.

Lavish Nails has become a space that clients know they can pause and relax with a little self-care. Anna’s motivation stems from her desire to provide for her family, offer opportunities for her employees to thrive, deliver exceptional client experiences and give back to the community. Besides her professional achievements, Anna is revered by her loved ones as an excellent cook, a loyal friend, and a great karaoke partner.

As Anna puts it, “Your nails reflect who you are, so why not showcase your best self through your manicure?”

2200 War Admiral Way Lexington, KY 40509


matt garland


With offices in Lexington as well as Nashville, Tennessee and St. Petersburg, Florida, Longship is quickly expanding its third-party logistics services and uncompromising partnerships to serve a growing and diverse clientele.

“We specialize in over-the-road truckloads of fresh, frozen and dry shipments,” explained Longship’s Matt Garland. “Through hard work and common sense, Longship has developed into an efficient and trustworthy transportation source for carriers and shippers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.”

But beyond an ability to deliver on time and instill trust in its partners, Longship is succeeding thanks to Garland’s own dedication to fairness and diligence. Though he lost his father at a young age, he passed on the value of honesty which Garland continues to practice today.

“Most of all issues, whether they be customer facing or internal, can be mitigated with upfront, honest answers,” Garland said. “I see it time and time again, where an issue is left open in hopes that it will one day go away, but it’s just not going to happen. Hit the issue head on, personally own it and work toward the best possible outcome.”

2376 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, KY 40509


heather lewis mcintosh

Shelter Insurance

Since 1996, Heather Lewis McIntosh has focused her career on the insurance field, finding the industry to be the best way she can make a positive impact on the lives of her friends and neighbors.

“I’ve held many roles in the insurance industry, including service and management, but my favorite is working as a sales agent right here in my local community,” Lewis-McIntosh, who does so today at the newly opened Lewis McIntosh Insurance Agency explained. “If you are looking for an experienced, trustworthy and knowledgeable insurance advisor who treats you like family, then I am your girl!”

Lewis McIntosh Insurance Agency serves as a property casualty firm, offering personal and business insurance products through Shelter Insurance and other partners. Across all of its offerings, Lewis McIntosh and its namesake continually seek to collaborate with their neighbors and serve their community.

“Never stop building meaningful relationships with customers and other people in your community as well as your industry,” Lewis McIntosh advised. “Choosing to view competitors as potential partners and collaborators can positively impact your business in a big way. And it should not always be about the cheapest cost or price, but the value of the knowledge, security and service you are able to provide.”

1096 Duval St. #230, Lexington, KY 40515 CA/agent/HLEWIS


ashley c. smith

Black Soil KY

Helping Kentuckians eat local year round by partnering consumers with area farmers and chefs, Black Soil KY is a one-of-a-kind, black-woman-owned small business that has invested more than $1 million into black farming operations, culinary businesses, creators, craftspeople and makers through a range of grants, strategic partnerships and more.

“Lexington has nurtured my leadership and passion to serve through countless mentors, like Gertude Peeples, Lisa Higgins-Hord and Ed Holmes,” explained Black Soil’s Ashley C. Smith. “Their compassion and patience throughout my life has grown my confidence in my skills and my love for this community.”

Connecting her neighbors with Kentucky Proud seasonal products, farm goods and local meats not only allows Smith to satisfy their hunger for quality produce, but delivers them the chance to support the operations and artisans that make this region so unique.

“Consumers should look to support local farmers each chance they get,” she said. “Look for folks who are passionate about growing your food and providing the education on the process it takes to get from the farm to your table.”

107 W Loudon Ave #101 Lexington, KY 40508


andy barr


Andy Barr has served as the U.S. Congressman for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District since January 2013. Throughout his time in Congress, Congressman Barr has been a staunch advocate for veterans. Congressman Barr is also focused on strengthening Kentucky’s signature bourbon, equine, coal, agriculture and manufacturing industries, and serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse and Bourbon Caucuses. Congressman Barr is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC). Barr resides in Lexington with his two daughters, Eleanor and Mary Clay.

shannon arvin


Arvin is the eighth president of Keeneland Association and the first woman named to the position. She began practicing law in 2002 at the Lexington firm Stoll Keenon Ogden (SKO), where she represented Thoroughbred owners and industry organizations in Kentucky and around the world. As an SKO partner, in 2008 she began serving as corporate counsel to Keeneland, and she has been secretary and advisory member of Keeneland’s board of directors since 2015. Arvin serves on the board of directors of the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Foundation and Stock Yards Bancorp, and is the Chairman of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Photo courtesy of Ben Droz, HEMP Magazine Photo courtesy of Keeneland

liz hodge

Lifstyl Real Estate

After years in the nursing profession, Liz Hodge realized she could help people in a career that would allow her to tap into her expertise in a new way. So, ten years ago, she joined the realty profession and today serves clients as a team leader of Winners Circle Realty Group and Lifstyl Real Estate.

“I realized that both industries were about helping people and I loved that I still used my education and nurturing skills to assist my clients as I did my patients,” Hodge explained. “The best advice I can offer to other business people is to be the expert in your field and always seek to improve. I’m constantly looking for education and professional improvement to keep me at the highest level of my profession.”

And when it comes to her words of wisdom for those seeking realty services, Hodge taps into her natural compassion and advocacy for others, encouraging readers to find a professional who can help them navigate one of the most complicated and expensive transactions of their lives.

“When searching for a realtor to assist you in your real estate search or investments, look for an individual who has a high level of professionalism and extensive experience,” she recommended. “I pride myself on my hustle and grit that I use for my clients to get them the very best outcome!”

114 Pasadena Dr #150 Lexington, KY 40503 859-278-7501

ben pickett

Joey’s Carpet Care

Over the last four decades, Joey’s Carpet Care & MicroSeal has evolved from Lexington’s best-known and mosttrusted carpet cleaning company to a full-serve business that offers a wide range of residential and commercial services. As its second-generation owner, virtually born into the business, Ben Pickett is leading that evolution while maintaining the level of service and care that has made Joey’s one of the region’s most successful institutions.

“You can depend on us, not only for your carpet, but your fine area runs, upholstery, hard floors, dryer vents, air ducts, exterior surfaces (including roofs, siding, concrete, etc.) and 24/7 emergency water damage restoration as well,” Pickett explained. “We leverage our experience to provide expert solutions to our clients.”

Over the years, Pickett has found that there is no substitute for a genuine desire to meet client needs by hearing them out and delivering unparalleled satisfaction.

“We love to speak to homeowners about their needs and answer specific questions they might have, and that’s also why we offer complimentary estimates,” he said. “Anytime you’re shopping for home services, you want to make sure the company has the expertise, the proper equipment and a reputation for taking care of their customers.”


farris huehls

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

At Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, one of Lexington’s most soughtafter and luxurious restaurant groups, Farris Huehls leads with an understanding that it’s not merely about delivering delicious food, but about delivering unforgettable experiences.

“Some might say I’m in the restaurant business or steakhouse business, but in reality, I’m in the people business,” Huehls explained. “As Mr. Ruby would say himself, ‘If people are hungry, they go to the refrigerator.’ Giving our guests an experience — the Jeff Ruby experience, that they take with them forever — that’s truly my business.”

Huehls entered the hospitality industry upon graduating from college and moving to New York City, finding a passion for the daily challenges and the honest connections she’s made with people over food and drink. And while delivering high-end culinary experiences may be glamorous, she has learned that success ultimately comes from consistent focus and uncompromising labor.

“Without question the biggest mentor in my life is my father,” she concluded. “He taught me that hard work and smart choices will always give you options in life. He also taught me that life is way too short not to have a great time living it!”

101 W Vine St Lexington, KY 40507 859-554-7000

albert lukonga

At Albert Couture, Kentucky’s first fashion house, Albert Lukonga is redefining luxury clothing through experience, providing a one-stop shop for both men and women and embodying lessons imparted by his own personal hero.

“My mother taught fashion when I was in Africa, and I grew up helping her with whatever she needed,” Lukonga recalled. “Those early memories instilled a passion for this field in me and today I use them to inspire my work with clients at Albert Couture and to inform my insight into the future.”

Lukonga is confident that his work makes a difference in the daily lives of everyone he serves with a firm belief that we are all walking brands, presenting everything that we stand for in our dress. With this underlying belief guiding his work, Lukonga urges readers to invest in their best selves.

“Remember that when you book your appointment with us, it’s an investment that you are making,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure you’re not just pleased but inspired by what we will be able to do with you. You need great clothes that fill well and that last longer. Remember that you’re a brand and people will always judge your appearance, whether you like it or not.”

576 E Third St #140 Lexington, KY 40508


diane verhalen

Alliance Financial Planning

As an independent firm, Alliance Financial Planning has the freedom to search the wider market to identify the best possible strategies for clients across their investment and insurance needs. In offering her advice to those seeking out financial planning assistance, the firm’s founder Diane Verhalen recommends taking a similar approach.

“Do some research on common questions to ask and come to the meeting prepared to interview your prospective financial planner so they can attempt to earn your business,” she suggested. “Also, reach out to multiple people in the profession and see who is most responsive for an initial meeting. Beware anyone who only offers one solution to your goal.”

After earning her degrees in finance and accounting, Verhalen has served as an independent financial professional ever since. And throughout her career, she has developed the skills necessary to work with clients and act as their financial advocate.

“I’ve had several good mentors along the way and the best lesson I’ve learned is to listen more than I talk,” she recalled. “If you listen to people and help them with what they actually care about, then you can work toward earning their trust.”

Securities and financial planning offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor.


525 Darby Creek Rd #29

Lexington, KY 40509


maggie wells

Maggie Lee Wells Group

At Maggie Lee Wells Group at Real Broker, LLC, clients will find a holistic process guided by a small, dedicated team to ensure the smoothest upsizing and downsizing process.

“My team systemically works with sellers and buyers for the most stressfree experience possible,” Maggie Wells explained. “Education and planning are so important. The earlier buyers and sellers can start understanding the process, considering their options and developing a strategy, the better.”

Wells found her calling in real estate in 2016, when she shifted careers and found synergy with her husband, Mike Wells, who operates Wells Remodeling. Emphasizing the role that realtors should play in making transactions seamlessly successful for clients, she urges anyone considering a property transaction to contact her to learn more about their options.

“If you’re thinking about moving, let’s chat - if it’s a good fit, we can schedule a strategic marketing consultation so you’re prepared when the time is right to move.”

As part of the top 5% bluegrass agents, Maggie is a dedicated member of the Lexington community, and helps to improve it through her work with nonprofit organizations. “My mentor, Scotty Floro, taught me to find a charity you care about and support them consistently” explains Wells. “Now, I am a leading member in Lexington Women for Good, and a yoga teacher and board member at the High Street YMCA.”


chris schenk

Handyman Connection

With a skilled group of craftsmen and office staff, Handyman Connection is the go-to local expert in home repair, maintenance and remodeling, providing efficient and quality services for residential customers and businesses.

We have recently added pressure washing and surface cleaning to the list of services we offer. We have spent most of the spring designing and obtaining equipment and training our staff about all the parts, common practices and safety. We still offer all other maintenance services for drywall, painting, flooring, plumbing, electrical, decks and fences.

We are offering a new Premier Membership for anyone in Lexington and surrounding counties in order to provide discounts, quicker service and a lower cost for a small initial project. Please call or text our office at 859-276-1811 for more information.

368 Longview Plaza #1 Lexington, KY 40503 859-276-1811

dan wu

Council At-Large and Vice Mayor

Dan Wu, At-Large Council Member and Vice Mayor, has been a strong advocate for the community since his election in 2022. With a diverse background spanning journalism, retail, and the restaurant industry, Dan brings a wealth of experience to his role.

Dan’s commitment to community engagement is evident through his involvement in various organizations, including LexArts, The Human Rights Commission, and Local First Lexington. Outside of his professional endeavors, Dan cherishes his role as a husband to Lauren, a dedicated high school teacher and LGBTQ+ advocate, and as a father to Sofia and stepdaughter Lilly.

angela c. evans

Angela C. Evans is an attorney, certified mediator and native of Lexington, Kentucky. Her career is rooted in public service. Prior to her election to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council in 2015, Evans served as General Counsel to former Kentucky Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, and as Assistant Attorney General to former Kentucky Attorney General, Jack Conway. Evans began her legal career as a Public Defender in Lexington, Kentucky, representing indigent clients in misdemeanor and felony court. In 2022, she was sworn in as Fayette County’s first Black female County Attorney.

Fayette County Attorney Photo courtesy of Dan Wu Photo courtesy of Angela C. Evans

garrett coats

The Manchester

A unique and gorgeous new addition to the Distillery District, The Manchester hotel offers 125 rooms, two amazing restaurant concepts and a broad range of unforgettable features to deliver a truly high-end hospitality experience for visitors and locals alike.

“The Manchester has a little bit of everything,” explained Garrett Coats. “Incredible outdoor spaces, over-thetop bars, live entertainment, gorgeous hotel rooms and locally-sourced food from top to bottom. I believe we’re an incredible addition to this amazing city and I’m excited to share experiences with my neighbors for years to come.”

After spending decades in the hospitality industry, Coats moved to Lexington and was instantly struck by the Distillery District and the potential he saw for it to grow. After realizing a great deal of that potential with The Manchester, he’s learned that this city is the perfect place to build unique and successful businesses that draw upon the best of the community.

“I love the big city, small town vibe that is Lexington,” he said. “I’d advise business people to take advantage of that. Be kind to your neighbors and get to know everyone! Odds are, they’ll return the kindness in spades.”

941 Manchester St Lexington, KY 40508


jillian house

Ward, Hocker & Thornton

Focused on civil litigation defense and representing the insureds of major providers as well as self-insured companies, Jillian House of Ward, Hocker & Thorton has a proven trial record and an impressive ability to find synergy between her passion for work and demands at home.

“As a mom of two young boys, 34 weeks pregnant with our third baby, I’m in the business of juggling litigation and motherhood every day,” House explained. “I love being an advocate for my clients and defending them in and out of the courtroom. I also love being a mom. Becoming a mom has been a huge asset to my career and only grown my desire to be the best in both of these worlds.”

With a firm sense of what it takes to deliver for clients and family alike, House’s clients find her to be a fierce advocate for their interests who is there for them in every step of the legal process.

“We strive to always provide the best representation for our clients,” she concluded. “Whether I’m in the courtroom, at a deposition, mediation or just an accident reconstruction rapid response, I’m dedicated to providing a strong defense to my clients.”

333 W Vine St # 1100 Lexington, KY 40507


suzanne powell

Meridian Wealth Management

Over two decades as a financial advisor, Suzanne Powell has built long-term relationships with clients and earned a reputation for always answering their calls, serving at JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors and now as vice president with Meridian Wealth Management, LLC.

“Among our team of advisors and support staff, Meridian offers more than 300 years of experience in the financial industry,” Powell explained. “The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years of advising clients is to diversify, diversify, diversify. This applies to stocks, types of investments and sources of income.”

Last year, Powell published “The Ultimate Money Moves For Women

Over 50,” distilling her broad range of experience into a book that quickly became a top-ranked seller on Amazon. One of the key lessons shared in its pages is to encourage readers to work with fiduciaries when it comes to their financial needs.

“And my biggest piece of advice for business people would be to not take their clients for granted,” she added. “Your relationships are the most important thing, so don’t get complacent.”

100 W Main St. #450, Lexington, KY 40507


meli a brown

Keller Williams Legacy Group

Melissa Brown has always dreamed of being a realtor, and after receiving her license in 2018, she realized that dream with Keller Williams Legacy Group. Today, she operates her realty business from her personal office in her hometown of Mt. Sterling, but taps into the wider resources of the nearby Keller Williams office whenever needed.

“One advantage that really helps my clients is that I am not designated to any one location and I love to help buyers and sellers in and around Lexington, where I’ve been quickly building more clientele,” Brown explained.

“My clients appreciate my willingness to travel, dedicated professionalism, and determination to meet all their expectations.”

For those seeking to make a real estate transaction in an increasinglycompetitive market, Brown recommends scheduling a consultation that will allow her to walk them through the steps involved.

“The most important step is the first initial meeting,” she added. “This allows me to read and better understand my clients as I learn their needs and wants when it comes to making that final decision. Together, we can achieve the ultimate goal!”

652 Maysville Rd

Mt. Sterling, Ky 40353


wylie caudill

nick mingione

UK Baseball, Head Coach

Wylie Caudill’s art career began with chalk drawings around UK’s campus while he was enrolled there as a student. When The Stave in Frankfort wanted to have the “Kentucky Kicks Ass” logo painted on their building, Caudill launched his work as a mural artist. Check out his work at The Grove, Crank & Boom, Short Street, The Summit, the Greyline Station and more!

ru ell

Kentucky Eagle, Inc. delivers good times by distributing beer, wine, spirits, and beer cheese to your favorite outlets across central Kentucky. Now in its third generation of leadership, the company bought by OA Bakhaus during the Great Depression continues to thrive. With a strong family legacy and dedicated family of employees, the company pushes itself to innovate and succeed – Every Damn Day.

Nick Mingione – who was named Kentucky’s head coach on June 13, 2016 – has already made his mark after just six seasons in Lexington, becoming a respected piece of the UK Baseball program and local community, while guiding the Wildcats to their only two Super Regional appearances in school history. He was named 2017 National and SEC Coach of the Year! Mingione and his wife, Christen, have one son, Reeves.

ben shaffar

Ben spearheads the $46 million capital campaign for the construction and sustainability of Town Branch Park. Previously, Ben served as Business Development Director for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Office of Marketing where he assisted in administering Kentucky Proud. He also played eight seasons of professional baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Lexington Artist
Kentucky Eagle Town Branch Park Photo courtesy of Ace Weekly Photo courtesy of Town Branch Park Photo courtesy of Kentucky Eagle Photo courtesy of Wylie Caudill

viorika kopets

Brevede Coffee

Brevede Coffee is a European Specialty Coffeehouse. Loyal to third-wave coffee culture, an in-house bakery, gift shop that supports many non-profits and workshops, there’s always something exciting brewing at Brevede.

“The goal was to create a destination experience. It came natural, being located in some of the most special places of Lexington, the Distillery District and now a second location in Chevy Chase,” explained Brevede’s Viorika Kopets.

Viorika has a multifaceted background in interior design, building, events, florals, baking, entrepreneurship and now coffee.

“Coming from a large, European family, hosting and bringing people together is where I thrive. As an artist, creating coffeehouses is a way I’m able to invest into our community and help build lifetime relationships. Even with the vast amount of tourism we get, it’s a place filled with familiar and friendly faces. Our customers really make it feel like home.”

As a business owner, Viorika believes in constantly growing, improving and innovating. “I can’t see anything being successful without that. Taking the plunge to learn, work hard and navigate new things is an exciting adventure if you embrace it. And what better way to do it than with a great cup of coffee.”

1170 Manchester St #110

Lexington, KY 40508

859 E High St

Lexington, KY 40502


gabe prewitt

Red Mile Gaming & Racing

For more than 20 years, Gabe Prewitt has been drawn to The Red Mile, the centuries-old horse racing track that serves as one of the most historic institutions in Lexington offering over 900 Gaming Terminals and Simulcasting.

“I moved across from The Red Mile when I came to the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2001 and my first college job was as a mutuel teller there,” Prewitt recalled. “I graduated in 2005 with a business management degree from UK and continued to have a relationship with The Red Mile as the track announcer as my career took me all over the country.”

After rising to become the Director of Racing for Caesars Entertainment, Prewitt returned to The Red Mile as its Vice President of Racing and Sports Wagering Operations following the approval of sports wagering in Kentucky. As a native of Central Kentucky and with so much personal history working with the historic racetrack, it’s clear that this homecoming is bringing him right back to where he’s meant to be.

“Having lived in many different areas, it gave me a much clearer appreciation for Central Kentucky and Lexington in general,” Prewitt said. “I think the amount of opportunity in the Central Kentucky area is growing exponentially and I see it as the perfect place to reside.”

1200 Red Mile Rd

Lexington, KY 40504


gan bennett

The Blinds Man

Offering a broad range of products, from standard wood blinds all the way up to drapery and other soft treatments, The Blinds Man is Lexington’s go-to specialist for residential as well as commercial custom window treatments. By handling the entire process for customers, starting with custom measurements for each window all the way through installation, the business differentiates itself with expertise, specialization and care.

“When it comes to custom window treatments, there are a select few businesses that strictly do window treatments,” explained The Blind Man’s Logan Bennett. “With over 100 years of combined window treatment design and installation experience, we have both the ability and the privilege every day to provide our customers a simple, yet luxurious experience through this process.”

The Blinds Man is also unique for its brickand-mortar showroom, which serves as a dedicated space for customers to come and view products for themselves, providing a more informed purchasing process. Through all of its unique offerings and in its ability to deliver for customers, Bennett has learned that the key to business success is in finding a genuine passion for what you do.

“It often takes time to develop a love for what you do in your business, but you can speed that process up dramatically by finding ways to make it fun for you to learn, to consult on, to sell, or whatever your position may require of you,” he concluded.

392 Southland Dr Lexington, KY 40503


lane m re

Oak & Moore

With uniquely-crafted tables, stools, stands, bar carts, trays and more, Lane Moore is refurbishing bourbon barrels to instill Kentucky’s heritage and culture directly into timeless decor at his business Oak and Moore.

“I knew I desired to have a career that was specific to where I wanted to live,” Moore told KSR earlier this year, describing his decision to launch Oak and Moore as a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky. “Since bourbon is huge in Kentucky, I thought, ‘Why not make things from bourbon barrels?,” since I’ve always liked working with my hands.”

Now, Moore’s creations have become wildly popular thanks to the pride he takes in his process and the quality of the resulting products. Each barrel he uses is dried to the perfect humidity to ensure the resulting crafts last and each product is engraved with the initials “KY” to demonstrate their authenticity. And this dedication to quality has been quickly recognized, as Moore earned the Patron’s Pick of the 2023 Masters of Craft Awards for Keeneland Mercantile.

As his expertise and business only grow from here, it’s clear that Moore is a craftsperson pushing Kentucky’s history into the next era.

108 N Main St, Versailles, KY 40383

lindsay hughes thurston

Fayette District Court Judge, Division 3

Lindsay Hughes Thurston earned a B.A. in political science and government from Stephens College in 1999 and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2003. Thurston’s career experience includes working as an assistant county attorney with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and as an assistant secretary of state at the Office of the Secretary of State of Kentucky. She is actively involved with numerous local nonprofit and community organizations.

susan elkington

Toyota Motors

As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky since 2018, Elkington oversees an $8.5 billion operation, which employs nearly 9,500 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines.

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly engineering specialist. She currently serves on numerous charitable and corporate boards, including the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, is a member of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board and its executive committee, and a member of the board of trustees of the University of Evansville.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Hughes Thurston Photo courtesy of Toyota

patrick parker

Thoroughbred Solutions

At Thoroughbred Solutions, a firm focused on delivering full-suite marketing services, and SaaS Partners, a custom app building business, Patrick Parker specializes in producing custom software and digital marketing for growing business. Through the two, he’s putting some of the most foundational lessons of his life to work.

“My father taught me never to start something unless you’re prepared to see it through,” Parker recalled. Thoroughbred Solutions offers mobile and web app development, web design, video production, photography, branding, graphic design and more to help small business owners execute a strategy to grow, bringing their ideas to life while they focus on their businesses. Meanwhile, SaaS Partners helps clients get custom apps built, launched and put into the hands of ideal users, transforming aspiring entrepreneurs into SaaS company founders.

Across these services, Parker is sure to deliver on the advice he offers anyone looking to engage with marketing services.

“If you work with an agency, make sure they understand who your customer is and how your product or service solves their problems,” Parker advised.

101 W Loudon Ave #220 Lexington, KY 40508


rebekah welch

South Central Bank

Built on the motto that it is “small enough to know you, big enough to help,” South Central Bank is a local, Kentucky-based institution that offers one-on-one consulting and service as well as a vast network of resources to help customers’ dreams become realities. Over the last six years, this philosophy has been embodied by Rebekah Welch as she works hand in hand with clients across a multitude of services.

“I like that I can focus on residential lending but also work a small investment property deal, bridge loan or home equity loan, too,” Welch explained. “It makes keeping the relationship easy. South Central has supported me and my clients in every way.”

Welch cherishes the opportunity to help her clients reach their home-ownership goals, and encourages anyone she might help to reach out to learn more.

“Contacting me is the first step to achieving your dream of owning a home,” she said. “People think they need to wait until they have everything figured out before contacting a mortgage lender to be pre-qualified. In fact, sometimes you never know when you will find the perfect home. Sometimes, it takes a while to qualify for a mortgage or find the perfect house. It is better to be ready before that happens.”

386 Waller Ave #110 Lexington, KY 40504


tyler hensley

Gro Salon

When he’s not above the Bluegrass working on obtaining his private pilot certification, Tyler Hensley can be found behind the chair at GRO Salon, owned by he and his partner, John. Tyler’s career in the hair industry may have begun in small town Kentucky but it has taken him all over the continent. Tyler has presented educational content to thousands of stylists and students across the U.S. and Mexico while continuously improving and expanding his own skill set. With over 50 Certifications in the cosmetology field including over 17 Extension Courses, 7 texture systems, and 30 plus blonding / color / cutting technique courses, he’s got you covered.

Although there is currently a waitlist for new clients, anyone interested in his services can email him at Tyler@ to inquire about fall availability.

“I love Lexington! It’s such an amazing place to own a small business with endless opportunities and such a supportive community. We are currently looking for new talent to start expanding and can’t wait to see where the journey takes us.”

210 B Old Mt Tabor Rd #B, Lexington, KY 40502 859-407-1581

isabel ladd

Isabel Ladd Interiors

Isabel thrives on creating homes saturated in a kaleidoscope of meticulously layered patterns and colors; she dubs her style “Curated Maximalism.” A Brazilian native, Isabel moved with her family to raise horses in Kentucky. After fashion school, she found her footing in the thriving Los Angeles fashion world. Her work in the fashion and textile industry instilled a love of fabrics and prints, which segued into a love of interiors. Isabel participated in Kip’s Bay Showhouse in Dallas and is included in House Beautiful’s “Next Wave Class of 2022” and more.

kayla weber nord

Kayla Weber Art

Kayla was born and raised in Lexington. She studied Education and Studio Art at Transylvania University. She was an elementary art teacher for 6 years while at the same time, launching her art career and event venue, The Barn at Springhouse. She has been a fulltime artist since 2018. She says, “I draw my inspiration from the world around me and I love showing the beauty of Kentucky and places from our travels. I paint many vibrant Kentucky scenes, horses, flowers and abstracts in a mixture of realism and impressionism.” She and her husband, son and golden retriever love exploring our city.

Photo courtesy of Isabel Ladd Interiors Photo courtesy of Kayla Weber Art

matthew mccrady

Thoroughbred Golf Club

Lexington’s golfers know Thoroughbred Golf Club as the region’s most reliable facility, open seven days a week with two newlyrenovated indoor simulators for use on cold and rainy days. They can thank Matthew McCrady, Thoroughbred’s general manager and director of golf, who taps into his own devotion to the game to lead the club.

“Golf has always been a passion of mine and growing up in a golfing family really contributed to that,” McCrady explained. “Playing golf in the local area allowed me to meet many great people already in this industry and turn that passion into my role at Thoroughbred Golf Club.”

Now, McCrady and his team offer a place for fellow golf lovers to come and pursue their own passions, as well as enjoy the renowned on-site bar and restaurant The Barn At High Point. It’s all part of McCrady’s mission to build a returning, satisfied community.

“One loyal customer can turn into a customer for life, and they will bring multiple customers into your business,” he reflected. “That’s why we strive to provide the highest customer service we can and to combine a great golf experience with excellent food.”

1215 High Point Dr Nicholasville, KY 40356


jennifer hawkins State Farm

Jennifer Hawkins is one of the newest additions to the Nicholasville State Farm office. Hawkins grew up in London, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in both Accounting and Business Management.

“I love to help others and that is the reason that I took my career path to partner with State Farm,” Hawkins states. “I promise that my team and I will work hard for you to make sure that your family and assets are protected.”

Hawkins and her team of agents help clients with auto, home, renters, jewelry, life and business insurance needs. Additionally, they can help you save money on your home or auto refinancing.

In addition to helping their clients, you may spot them supporting local sporting events, non-profits or running in a 5k race. “We love to be involved and support the communities we serve,” Hawkins explains.

Stop by or call us today to let us show you how we can help.

174 Bellerive Blvd

Nicholasville, KY 40356


megan martin

TOPS Marketing Group

In the realm of marketing, where strategies and trends are constantly evolving, the importance of personalized attention and a strong support team cannot be overstated. For the last five years at TOPS, Megan Martin has worked closely with clients, offering consulting and a wide array of services, playing a valuable role in her clients’ success stories.

Megan’s position as TOPS’ Director of Operations has allowed her to focus on print and digital marketing campaigns for clients large and small across the state. Her expertise in resource optimization helps smaller businesses compete effectively with larger companies, making the most of their available resources.

At TOPS, the emphasis on doing the right thing for the client resonates in every interaction. From leveraging social media platforms and targeted online advertising, to implementing efficient email marketing and effective print campaigns, Megan ensures that every marketing dollar is wisely spent. For her, the real joy lies in helping her clients succeed. “Taking the first step towards reaching your marketing goals starts with reaching out to me!” she emphasized. “Working with our team will ensure you have the dedicated support you need to engage with your potential customers and grow your business.”

465 E High St. Lexington, KY 40507

haley norris

TOPS Marketing Group

Driven by a passion for design and gorgeous magazines for as long as she can remember, Haley Norris has the pleasure of creating the pages of TOPS Magazine as the Vice President of Production at TOPS Marketing Group. She creates advertorial designs, client advertisements and additional content with an unparalleled attention to detail and natural knack for showcasing the best of Lexington and bringing those stories on the page to life.

“Throughout college, I always knew I wanted to design beautiful pages for a magazine and was lucky enough to begin that career with TOPS after graduating,” Norris explained, nearly 10 years later.

“In every design decision, I bring an understanding of the power of typography and an approach that each project is a blank canvas for something unique.”

With creativity being a lifelong pursuit and passion, Norris also thrives through another outlet that is her wedding planning company, Haley Michelle Designs. Building it from scratch and 7 years later of experience and success, HMD has become something Norris is proud to call her own. Norris offers design and planning services for engaged couples across the state and beyond, which continues to flourish her design experience that in turn enhances her work with TOPS Marketing Group.

“When we conclude one issue and begin production on the next, I get inspired and excited all over again,” she explained.

Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.“

Richard E. Rogers leans on a foundational lesson he learned early on to deliver thoughtful, and effective legal advice in the legal and real estate fields to his valued clients today.

“I learned at an early age in life what most people consider to be their greatest assets: their families and the homes or farms in which they live,” Rogers recalled. “This understanding in combination with my longing to help others, is what led me to a career in the fields of law and real estate. As poor of an analogy as it might be, I can literally help anyone with a tailored experience from cradle to grave, no matter what their situation may be.”

Practicing law privately in the specialties of real estate, estate planning and probate; serving as in-house counsel for Foundation Title & Escrow Series, LLC; and as acting Principal Broker of Rogers & Co. Real Estate; Rogers offers holistic legal services in some of the region’s most important sectors, advocating for clients and acting as their closest ally along the way.

“The culminating philosophy behind the organizations I am proud to be a part of is quite simple,” he explained. “We strive to challenge conventional thinking by enhancing the customer/client experience, while also bettering the lives of our colleagues, customers and clients, along with all of those whom we share experiences, relationships and transactions.”

Rogers has been driven not only by the foundational lessons of his early life, but also by the example his parents set. Rogers and his siblings were taught that, no matter what they achieved personally or professionally, the most meaningful accomplishments were in how they served others. Rogers has found that he is most able to fulfill that example today by combining his growing expertise in the fields of law and real estate.

“Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person,” he reflected. “Law and real estate are ever changing, as are the people and professionals within the industries. As cliché as it sounds, the industries I currently work in truly are relationship driven. That is why I pride myself on being able to relate to as many people as I possibly can, whether it be as an attorney, fiduciary, realtor or friend.”

This emphasis on relationships, and genuine passion for serving as many different people as he can, is what makes this the place that Rogers feels most comfortable and driven to deliver his expertise.

“I love the diversity of the Lexington area, the people who call it home and the many rare attributes that make it what it is today,” he said. “It’s truly an eclectic mix of people, beautiful geography unlike any other in the world, and the many rare qualities it possesses are what make me proud to now call it home.”

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Must-have items for poolside living


chaise here for the

Relax in style, and comfortability, this summer thanks to your new outdoor chaise lounge. More than a few steps up from a regular lounger, your chaise lounge will provide you with the perfect spot to soak up the sun.

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Capistrano Daybed Light Dune, $2598 | Serena & Lily Crosby Teak Chaise in Sunbrella Border Frame, $2598 | Serena & Lily Murrel Chaise Lounge, $1099 | Article Bask Lounge Chair, $895 | Tupelo Goods Available at Frontgate Available at Yardbird
July 2023 | TOPS 83 shade nothing but The Market Umbrella in Riviera Mimosa, $599 | Business & Pleasure Iago 100.79” Outdoor Umbrella, $207 | Birch Lane Available at Business & Pleasure WikiWiki 10’ Cantilever Patio Umbrella, $300 | Amazon Pacific Pagoda 8.5’ Umbrella with Trim, $1249 | Ballard Designs Catching some rays is fun and all, until you feel the familiar sting of a sunburn coming on! A high-quality umbrella is a poolside necessity for those days when you need to cool down and escape the sun.

Poufs can be used for seating, floating, as a table, and most importantly, are just adorable! We love these seersucker options for the summer and can’t wait to float around with our friends!

pouf power

Available at Business & Pleasure Ponce Outdoor Medium Bean Bag Chair & Lounger, $164 | Wayfair Corvos Saffron Red Ottoman, $399 | Article Lola Square Pouf in Pistachio Cabana, $575 | One Kings Lane Oceanpark Pouf, $348 | Serena & Lily The Pool Lounger in Lauren’s Pink Stripe, $599 | Business & Pleasure The Reclining Pillow Lounger in Lauren’s Navy Stripe, $599 | Business & Pleasure

cool keep it

Staying hydrated at the pool is important, and what better way to hydrate than in style?! These coolers are not only functional, but extremely adorable! Time to grab your gal pals, grab your cocktails, and head to the pool.

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The Premium Cooler Bag in 70’s Panel Cinque, $79 | Business & Pleasure Available at Scout Bags Tag Along Too Cooler, $50 | Igloo Coolers BrüTank 55-Quart Rolling Cooler, $380 | Brümate Eola Bucket Cooler Bag, $160 | Corkcicle The Cooler Tote Bag in Lauren’s Pink Stripe, $99 | Business & Pleasure
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Motor Lodge Luxe

Bardstown Motor Lodge o ers a comfortable yet luxurious throwback staycation experience

Summer means road trips. Whether you’re entertaining out-of-state guests or simply looking for a little Kentucky fun, Bardstown is a wonderful staycation destination. As the beating heart of Bourbon Trail, The Most Beautiful Small Town in America is the perfect home base for your travels.

If you want your bourbon infused with a little Americana, the Bardstown Motor Lodge offers a throwback vibe alongside thoroughly modern accommodations. This boutique hotel experience in downtown Bardstown was designed with the fun-loving traveler in mind, and it delivers a stay unlike anywhere else.

For the uninitiated, motor lodges are a throwback to the earliest days of cars. As Americans started hitting the open road, the need for hotel accommodations that catered to motorists arose. Bardstown Motor Lodge celebrates this tradition, giving this piece of our culture a much-needed comeback.

Part of the Common Bond Hotel Collection, Bardstown Motor Lodge offers an invigorating stay close to all the attractions you’ll want to experience. Wholly updated since its days as the Parkview Motel, rest assured that no opportunity for comfort (or style) went ignored. From retro mini-fridges and snuggly beds to a genuinely cool bathroom, the rooms are hip yet still cozy enough to offer a serene spot to crash after a long day of playing tourist. (The Common Bond is opening its second property in Louisville this fall – inside a former disco ball factory! The Myriad Hotel’s restaurant, Paseo, is already open.)

But the real magic of Bardstown Motor Lodge comes with the fun they pack into your stay. From the mid-centuryinspired breeze block-lined pool (with tons of luxurious cabana seating, complete with a pool bar) to the cozy firepits in the courtyard, you will never be bored, no matter the season. Toast S’mores over the fire, sip a drink while playing cornhole or socialize with other guests over board games in the comfy rec room. The attentive staff is on-hand to ensure that your every need is met, from ice

water and towels to carefully crafted cocktails and casual snacks.

Speaking of good eats, Bardstown has seen a huge upsurge in fine dining experiences in recent years, and Bardstown Motor Lodge is no exception. Their on-site restaurant, Toogie’s Table, offers chef-driven, seasonal dishes that will wow. Their menu features reimagined classics with a regional bent, with dishes that are innovative yet comforting and familiar. The Spring Pea Salad (snap peas, cucumber and lime labneh with bay powder, crispy shallots and a pepper vinaigrette, dusted lightly with Toogie’s signature spice) is a bright, joyful start to your meal. The Chicken & Spaetzle Dumplings (featuring a smoked chicken thigh, Trappist beer mustard in a delicious white sauce and cracklins for a salty, smoky, creamy bite) is like a warm hug on a fall evening. Even the Tavern Burger & Wedges was unforgettable (featuring peperonada, bacon jam, muenster and dijonaise).

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Bardstown, you may remember Kurtz Restaurant, a local staple since 1937. Marilyn “Toogie” Dick inherited the restaurant and motel from her family and worked tirelessly to honor her family’s traditions while innovating to encourage the vibrant tourism industry in the area all the way up until her retirement. Now, the restaurant proudly bears her name in recognition of all she did to help the Nelson County community. That sense of togetherness is built into the eatery, which serves as a collaboration between Director of Culinary Mike Wajda, Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Frederiksen, Kentucky farmers and local distillers.

Bardstown offers a wealth of activities for any interest, from historical attractions to bourbon distilleries (natch). Nearby Bernheim Forest offers hiking and natural exploration, while area golf courses make this town a putter’s paradise. If you’re ready to plan your trip to Bardstown, start with booking a stay at Bardstown Motor Lodge and dinner reservations at Toogie’s Table – you’ll love this retro-cool experience!

418 East Stephen Foster Avenue // Bardstown, Ky //



Easy ways to give your home a glow-up!


These garden and deck features offer a lot of beauty. The open framework of the top can be covered with canvas, vining plants or plexiglass to create shade and protection from rain. But many homeowners leave them open to enjoy the dappled light they provide. Pergolas may be free-standing or attached to a pre-existing structure. The open design makes them somewhat resistant to wind and heavy snow, unlike other covered structures.

The materials you use to construct your pergola greatly change the impression. Sturdy timber offers an Old World appeal while sleek steel can look more modern. Do you want a Mediterranean feel, or something like a secret spa escape?

We’re loving pergolas that offer interesting twists on the classic. Archways, rustic roofs, interesting lighting and more can enhance this outdoor feature.

Forbes estimates adding a pergola to your home typically costs between $1,500 and $6,000, depending on a number of factors. But the relaxation benefits of this exterior facelift are truly priceless!

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It’s easy to overlook your roofline as a spot for potential beautification, but it can be the site of some real magic! Cupolas are little boxes or domes that add some style to your roof. They might add ventiliation, cover unsightly appliances or offer a little skylight, but usually, they’re just there for the flair! By contrasting with the material of your roof – say, by employing copper – you can add a ton of visual interest. If you love the look of a weathervane, this is the perfect spot to place one.

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Arbors & Trellises

If you love plants, arbors and trellises are your garden BFFs. Not only do they add beauty in your outdoor spaces, but they offer climbing and vining plants the chance to really shine. Generally speaking, arbors and trellises are an inexpensive way to add a big visual impact. It can take some time to get your plants trained to the framework, but it’s well worth the wait! Notice a little overlap between the design of certain arbors and pergolas? The open woodwork of a trellis often looks similar to what’s used to construct a pergola. The difference tends to be the overall size; arbors are generally fairly narrow archways whereas pergolas are intended to offer lots of sitting space beneath. And while you can use a pergola to help train plants to grow, almost all arbors and trellises are used for this purpose.

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Welcome to FIREBROOK : Richmond’s Newest Subdivision

Ifyou’re looking to put down roots in central Kentucky and searching for your dream home, look no further than Richmond, Kentucky’s newest subdivision, Firebrook! With 240 total lots, four beautiful parks, and a guided walking trail throughout, the development will perfectly blend new homes with the natural beauty of the area.

Situated off Moberly Road in the 40475 area code of Richmond, homes in the luxury development start at $300,000. The project is spearheaded by Danny Settles and Jack Vanwinkle of DS + JV properties, with plats available to other local builders. Firebrook sits only 11 minutes away from the Center of Richmond.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of spending time in Richmond, the growing city has more to offer than you may realize.

Madison County is home to several large parks and golf courses. Visitors can enjoy boating and fishing on the Kentucky River, Wilgreen Lake and Owsley Fork Lake. Richmond is home to EKU Center for the Arts, a 2,000 seat performance venue, several local boutiques, salons and spas for those looking to stay on trend. For the foodie, local restaurants, breweries, and wineries offer something delicious for everyone. For the Lexington commuter, Richmond is just a a 20-minute drive from amenities like the large Baptist Hospital development in Hamburg, and wholesale stores like Sam’s Club and Costco.

Though Firebrook will eventually be home to 240 singlefamily residences, the first phase of the project includes the construction of 100 homes. To make sure you don’t miss out on your new dream home, you can contact Jack Vanwinkle at or by phone at (859)433-4378. Welcome home!

To Learn More: (859) 433-4378

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Meet Jack Vanwinkle

The man behind the vision, Jack Vanwinkle, owner of Vanwinkle Real Estate Holdings, has been in the business for over two decades, and the Firebrook subdivision will be his fourth major development.

Growing to specialize in residential building and development, Vanwinkle is committed to constructing luxury dream homes that families can spend forever in. “I’ve been at it for 25 years, and I always knew that this is what I wanted to do,” says Jack. “I started off in the construction trade and started gravitating toward bigger and better things, eventually leading me to starting Vanwinkle Real Estate Holdings.”

“Firebrook holds a special place in my heart, as it’s my fourth major development and surpasses the others due to its immense size, and unique location,” explains Jack. “It’s unlike anything I’ve done in the past and I’m so excited to share it with the Richmond community!”

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Grand Tour of Homes: Listings by County & Price

The listing number indicates location on the map and order of listing description pages within this guide. l $200,000-$399,999

1 Ball Homes • Sycamore Bend • $403,442 H

3509 Bay Springs Park, 40509

2 Mulberry Builders • Elizabeth • $448,900 H 1361 Angus Trail, 40509

3 Ball Homes • Atkinson • $464,187 H 2370 Calendula Road, 40511

4 Ball Homes • Canterbury • $480,825 H 2374 Calendula Road, 40511

5 Mulberry Builders • Elizabeth • $500,900 H

3517 Stolen Horse Trace, 40509 - St.Jude Home

6 Ball Homes • Kingsley • $526,413 H

298 Squires Circle, 40515

7 Artique Custom Homes • Shannon • $589,900 1376 Angus Trail, 40509

8 Mulberry Builders • Charleston • $610,000 H 1357 Angus Trail, 40509

9 Atchison Construction • Grayson • $675,000 3528 Harper Woods Lane, 40515

10 Michael D. Childers Builder LLC • Abby • $1,465,000 217 Doe Run Rd., 40356

11Southern Luxury • Tierney • $2,150,000

3883 Real Quiet Lane, 40509

12 James Monroe Homes • Abigail • $463,900 H

100 Friendly Avenue, 40356

13 Ball Homes • Wheeler • $519,794 H

117 Blackthorn Drive, 40356

14 Mitch Canup Homes • Weller • $984,000 160 Zakk Court, 40356 LIVE 3D at WalkThruPlans

15Mitch Canup Homes • Willett • $1,200,000

101 Kensington Place, 40356

16Kerwin Homes • Colt • $1,300,000 H

109 Longridge Dr., 40356

17 Collier Custom Homes • Aidan’s Oak • $1,475,000 128 Longridge Dr., 40356

18 Gale Custom Homes • Oakville Plan • SOLD

105 LaFontaine Ct., 40356

19 Ball Homes • Newbury Cross • $361,423 H 7000 Arbor Ridge Dr., 40475

20 James Monroe Homes • Barbara • $405,300 H

621 Shaker Drive, 40475

21 Payne Homes • Merrick III • $453,500

732 Shaker Dr., 40475•

22 Ball Homes • Haywood Park • $331,443 H

100 Bellatrix Ct., 40324

23 Ball Homes • Greenfield • $436,062 H

162 Limestone Lane, 40324

24 Ball Homes • Jackson II • $438,290 H

127 Castle Acre Way, 40324

25 James Monroe Homes • Abigail • $453,500 H

104 Nuthatch Trail, 40324

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Welcome to the 2023 Grand Tour of Homes!

A Special “Thank You” to the Presenting Sponsor, Wiseway Lighting and Plumbing Showroom. For all of your Plumbing, Electrical, and Lighting needs plus much more, visit their gorgeous showroom located at 960 Winchester Road in Lexington, KY or check out Thanks also to Silver Sponsors Andersen Windows; 84 Lumber and Pieratt’s for your continued dedication and support to the industry and The Grand Tour of Homes!

Virtual Tours are available again this year! Please see information below on how to download and access the Tour on an app.

For the second year now, We are continuing a wonderful partnership with TOPS Magazine and have presented each Grand Tour of Homes Project within these next several pages of this July issue. We hope you enjoy!

We are very excited to present 25 beautiful projects on this year’s tour by 12 Professional BIA Builder Members. This incredible event would not be possible without our supporters and the hard work of the Members of this Association… The Builders, their Contractors, their Sales and Marketing representatives, and the Associates who provide all the exceptional products and services showcased in each home.

For additional information:

– Joe Palumbo, 2023 BIA President

if all else fails.

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Experience the tour from the Cvent Events app beginning July 22! More Photos • Home Details • Map for Easy Navigation Downloading the App • Go to Apple Store/Google Play Store and search for “Cvent Events App” • Once you download the App, search for “2023 Grand Tour of Homes” • Hit the download button and log in with your name and email – you will receive a 6-digit numeric verification code to log in via email.
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2023 BIA OFFICERS Joe Palumbo – President Brent Anderson – President Elect STAFF odd ohnson ecuti e fficer Tom Miller, Membership & Education Director Brenda Vance, Finance and Operations Manager Bruce Maybriar, Building Institute of Central KY Alli Brummer, Event Coordinator 3146 Custer Dr. Lexington, KY 40517 phone: (859) 273-5117 email:
Joe Palumbo 2023 BIA President

The Sycamore Bend

3509 Bay Springs Park • Trend Collection at Bryant Oak • Lexington 40509

$403,442 | 2,519 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas; Electric


• Traditional two-story plan, part of the Trend Collection by Ball Homes, with a first-floor guest suite

• A versatile flex area o the entry can be used as a home o ce, study, or dining area

• The island kitchen with granite countertops and tile backsplash o ers both a breakfast area and countertop dining, and walk-in pantry

• Enjoy slow mornings on your covered patio conveniently located o the breakfast area

• The family room features a corner, direct vent fireplace

• Large upstairs primary bedroom with vaulted ceiling and luxury bath shown with a fully tiled shower, garden tub, double bowl vanity, and walk-in closet

• Bedrooms two and three share a full bath with tub/shower combo

• A utility room with folding counter is conveniently located on the second floor

• An upstairs loft o ers another gathering space

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

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The Elizabeth

1361 Angus Trail • The Homeplace • Lexington 40509

$448,900 | 2,200 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Dual


The Elizabeth 4 bedroom floor plan is 2,200 square feet with four bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms. With an open concept living, dining, and kitchen area it is the perfect floor plan for growing families, and those who enjoy entertaining. The Elizabeth 4 bedroom floor plan is a great choice for anyone looking for a new house to call home.

• Double vanity in master bathroom

• Custom tiled shower in master bathroom

• Fireplace w/ gas logs

• Covered front porch

• 2-car garage


Mulberry Builders is one of Lexington and Central Kentucky’s premier general contractors and home builders for over 2-decades. We offer a wide range of services from remodels, new home construction, roofing, restoration, and commercial construction. Your home is one of your greatest investments - so you can rest assured that when hiring Mulberry Builders as your contractor, you are getting a team of hardworking professionals with years of experience who are true experts in their fields. From designing to buildingour team will be with you every step of the way.

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Whether building, buying, or improving, Field & Main Bank will customize to suit your unique needs. We have the tools, products and personalized services that will help you feel right at home and your loan feel like a perfect fit.

As a community bank, we believe that you can’t outsource excellent service and are available to answer your questions as they arise, before, during, and after your loan closes.

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369 E. MAIN STREET, SUITE 100 | LEXINGTON, KY | (859) 554-9660 | FIELDANDMAIN.COM START THE STRESS-FREE LENDING PROCESS TODAY. Subject to credit approval. Braeden Finch Mortgage Loan Officer (859) 554-9675 FIELDANDMAIN.COM/BFinch NMLS#1853305

The Atkinson

2370 Calendula Road • Sanders Garden • Lexington 40511

$464,187 | 2,522 SQ.FT. | 3 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas


• Spacious ranch with up to four bedrooms, or three bedrooms and o ce/den

• Second floor guest suite option available.

• Open layout with ten-foot ceilings from entry through dining and family rooms, tapering to vault in kitchen and breakfast area

• Family room shown with direct vent fireplace with dry stacked stone, flanked by built in bookcases

• Kitchen shown with designer cabinets with complementary wall cabinet and island cabinet finishes, granite tops, black stainless appliances

• Primary suite with large bedroom with trey ceiling, luxury bath shown here with freestanding tub, custom tiled shower with glass enclosure, separate vanities, room-sized closet

• Large covered patio with available direct vent fireplace

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

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It all starts with proper planning and following a tried and true process. With 42 years of proven service around Central Kentucky, BACK Construction has a wealth of knowledge and experience with design build services. Their team of professionals are ready to serve your home needs in five different areas, including architecture and design, general remodeling, handyman services, roofing, windows and doors.

The team at BACK Construction always uses a team approach when dealing with sales, design, and production, and has experienced in-house craftsmen and tradesmen who will stand by your side until the very end. When hiring a professional remodeler, the team at BACK recommends asking questions such as:

Are they known for being ethical and reliable?

Are they able to walk you through the entire process from first phone call to final clean up?

Are they a trusted and reputable member of your community?

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN REMODELING WINDOWS & DOORS HANDYMAN ROOFING 5 DIVISIONS OF SERVICE With a motto like “We build it BACK better” you can be sure the quality you’re expecting for your dream home is guaranteed. | 859.225.2225 965 Contract Street | Lexington, KY 40505 | 859.225.2225 965 Contract Street | Lexington, KY 40505 We Build It BACK You Expect Quality. We Guarantee ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN REMODELING WINDOWS & DOORS HANDYMAN ROOFING Proudly serving our clients 5 DIVISIONS OF SERVICE | 859.225.2225 965 Contract Street | Lexington, KY 40505 You Expect Quality. We Guarantee ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN REMODELING WINDOWS & DOORS HANDYMAN ROOFING 5 DIVISIONS OF SERVICE

The Canterbury

2374 Calendula Road • Sanders Garden • Lexington 40511

$480,825 | 3,364 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas


• Versatile two-story plan with first floor flex room and full bath, upstairs primary bedroom, plus three bedrooms and large loft

• Jack-and-Jill bath option on second floor makes four full baths possible

• Open first floor layout with nine-foot ceilings throughout, island kitchen adjoins large central family room

• Shown with built-in drop zone option in hall to garage

• Gourmet kitchen with designer cabinets, granite, gas range, chimney hood, butler’s pantry and walk-in storage pantry

• Primary suite with trey ceiling, luxury bath shown with 4x4 custom-tiled shower, dropin tub with tile, 7’ double bowl vanity, accent window

• All bedrooms have spacious closets, dual closets in loft

• Covered patio shown

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live. As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

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The Elizabeth

3517 Stolen Horse Trace • The Homeplace • Lexington 40509

$500,900 | 2,200 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Dual

Jude Dream Home!

This year’s St. Jude dream home is our 4-bedroom Elizabeth plan. This 2,200 square foot home features donations from many local and national sponsors throughout the home! With an open concept living, dining, and kitchen area this floor plan is going to be perfect for the individual who wins the home!

• Double vanity in master bathroom

• Custom tiled shower in master bathroom

• Fireplace w/ gas logs

• Covered front porch

• 2-car garage


Mulberry Builders is one of Lexington and Central Kentucky’s premier general contractors and home builders for over 2-decades. We offer a wide range of services from remodels, new home construction, roofing, restoration, and commercial construction. Your home is one of your greatest investments - so you can rest assured that when hiring Mulberry Builders as your contractor, you are getting a team of hardworking professionals with years of experience who are true experts in their fields. From designing to building - our team will be with you every step of the way.

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The Kingsley

298 Squires Circle • The Peninsula • Lexington 40515

$526,413 | 2,651 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas


• Open layout ranch plan with up to four bedrooms and three full baths

• Shown here with optional fourth bedroom, full bath, and loft

• Flex area with shiplap feature walls is open to the family room and kitchen

• Large family room with stone-to-ceiling fireplace

• Open kitchen with gas range, chimney hood, microwave drawer, island dining, and sunny breakfast area

• Garage connects to the house via the utility room, and a coat closet, pantry and drop zone

• Primary bedroom suite includes a spacious bedroom, luxury bath with garden tub, fully tiled shower, and large walk-in closet

• Covered patio

• Walk-in attic storage

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

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The Shannon


• Universal Design features for accessibility

• Multigenerational living possibilities

• Two Primary Suites, one on each floor

• Two laundries, one on each floor

• Covered porches on front and rear

• Open loft area on 2nd floor for additional living area

• Oversized garage to accommodate even the largest vehicle

• Garage prewired for EV charging

• Spacious, level back yard on a corner lot.

• Shaker style cabinetry with stone countertops throughout

• Custom, designer features Marketing by Weichert Realtors - ABG


Since 1994, Artique Custom Homes (Jim Ernst and Jacob Locknane) has proudly offered a custom experience for almost any budget. Whether building on one of our sites or your own, we promise a group effort for the best experience in your design/build or renovation. Contact our sales/marketing and design team to explore the possibilities!


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• Lexington 40509
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$589,900 | 2,800 SQ.FT. | 5 BR | 3.5 BA | HVAC-Electric
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The Charleston

1357 Angus Trail • The Homeplace • Lexington 40509

$610,000 | 2,000 SQ.FT. | 3 BR | 2 BA | HVAC-Dual


You will fall in love with this 3 bed, 2 bath home. The Charleston has an open concept perfect for entertaining. Enjoy cool mornings and relaxing evenings on the covered back porch. The mud room and laundry room o of the garage are perfect for those bad weather days. Double sinks, and custom tile shower make the master bathroom a beautiful space to start and end your day.

• Unfinished basement

• Double vanity in master bathroom

• Custom tiled shower in master bathroom

• Fireplace w/ gas logs

• Covered front and back porches

• 2 car garage

• Mudroom

Marketing by Brandon Hedinger, Keller Williams Bluegrass


Mulberry Builders is one of Lexington and Central Kentucky’s premier general contractors and home builders for over 2-decades. We offer a wide range of services from remodels, new home construction, roofing, restoration, and commercial construction. Your home is one of your greatest investments - so you can rest assured that when hiring Mulberry Builders as your contractor, you are getting a team of hardworking professionals with years of experience who are true experts in their fields. From designing to building - our team will be with you every step of the way.

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The Grayson

3528 Harper Woods Lane • Harper Woods • Lexington 40515


• Hardwood floors on the first floor.

• Tile in the bathroom floors, showers & tub areas

• Two covered porches

• Oversized 2 car garage

• First floor primary suite

• Large walk-in closets

• Second floor primary suite

• Chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances

• Custom kitchen cabinetry

• Quartz countertops

• Community is maintained by HOA.

• Yards/common areas, irrigation, and streets

• Gated Entrance

Marketing by Realty One Group Bluegrass



Atchison Construction Company was started in 1978 by John Atchison. David Atchison joined the company at an early age and became a partner in 2018. Atchison Construction specializes in high-end new construction and remodeling in Central Kentucky. We have built a reputation as a dependable, well-qualified and quality construction company. We take great pride in the careful planning and managing of our client’s projects from start to finish. Our goal is to provide the highest quality and value in construction services available. We strive to be a model organization for our customers, our trade partners and others in our industry, in all that we do.


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$675,000 | 3,101 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3.5 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas
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July 2023 | TOPS 115 ©2023 Ferguson Enterprises LLC 0623 5485508
48" Dual Fuel with Griddle

The Abby

This home is sitting on a 2 acre flat lot with the curb appeal of an estate home with easy living in mind. The open floor plan tailors to the easy access to all rooms being on one level and the finish details throughout this home are a must see. The Finished Basement gives you the retreat to entertain or relax with the media room and bar being the part that makes this basement awesome.

• Open Floor Plan

• Tall ceilings throughout

• Upgraded trim package

• Hardwood floors

• Thermador appliances

• Designer lighting

• Kohler plumbing fixtures

• Basement media room, bedroom, bar area

• and much more

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217 Doe Run Rd. • Vine Grove Estates • Nicholasville 40356 $ 1,465,000 | 5,300 SQ.FT. | 5 BR | 3.5 BA | HVAC-Dual No. 10
B 1
MEET THE BUILDER MICHAEL D. CHILDERS BUILDER LLC. Michael D. Childers Builder LLC. Starting in the industry in 1986, I have been involved in all stages of the residential construction process for concept to completion. As the industry changes, we must change with it. With new technology, making it easier and better for the customer.
859-7 5- 28 | I

The Tierney

3883 Real Quiet Lane • Walnut Groves Estates • Lexington 40509

$2,150,000 | 5,536 SQ.FT. | 5 BR | 6.5 BA | HVAC-Geothermal

• Geothermal

• Custom Pool (pool bath, blue stone pool deck and outdoor kitchen

• Natural Stone exterior

• Solid hardwood floors

• Reclaimed exposed beams

• Custom built-ins throughout entire home

• Theater room

• Gym

• Pool table room

• Custom bar



For nearly a decade, Michael Scaravilli of Southern Luxury Homes has delivered numerous award winning homes. Southern Luxury Homes prides itself on a hands on approach with the builder being involved and “present” in every aspect of the project from start to finish. Our quality is second to none, and clients are afforded a truly “custom” experience that is very rare in the Central Kentucky marketplace.


July 2023 | TOPS 117 July 2023 | TOPS 117 FAYETTE
THE DETAILS Custom Interior Design by Letitia Maynard of Select Design
B 1 2 No. 11
Marketing by Mary Galus and Amy Scaravilli, Rector Hayden

The Abigail

$463,900 | 2,548 SQ.FT. | 3 BR | 3.5 BA | HVAC-Dual


The Abigail French Country is a two-story plan with a morning room and large covered deck. It is located in Eastgate in Nicholasville. With home prices starting in the $300,000s, James Monroe Homes in Eastgate o ers unbeatable value.

• 33 Available Homes Sites in Eastgate.

• 12 Move-In Ready Homes In 90 Days or Less.

• 2023 Closing Incentives O ered During Grand Tour!

• 9 Adaptable Floor Plans to Choose From (Ranch & Two Story).

• Basement Home Sites Available.

• Choose your own finishes in our state-of-the-art design center.

• Homes are built for high performance and energy e ciency to save homeowners’ money on utilities.

• Connected living features such as a Ring doorbell and a wi-fi thermostat are included with every new home.

• James Monroe Homes o ers our exclusive Build With Confidence Promise



James Monroe Homes is a recognized industry leader for building quality, energy efficient high-performance homes since 2006. Nationally recognized, James Monroe Homes has received several awards, including Top 40 Under 40 Professional Builder Award and the most prestigious award in the home building industry - National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA), Honorable Mention.


118 TOPS | July 2023 JESSAMINE
100 Friendly Avenue • Eastgate • Nicholasville 40356
No. 12
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LEXINGTON: 104 W. TIVERTON WAY 859.273.3124




The Wheeler


• Two-story home with first floor guest suite and spacious flex area connecting to the family room

• Open concept kitchen and spacious breakfast area adjoin the family room with stone-to-ceiling fireplace, all overlooking the rear yard

• Beautiful kitchen with quartz countertops, designer tile backsplash, farmhouse style sink and upgraded appliances with gas range and chimney hood

• Upstairs primary suite features a vaulted ceiling in the bedroom, sitting area, and luxury bath with freestanding tub, fully tiled walk-in shower, separate vanities, and roomy walk-in closet

• Three additional upstairs bedrooms all with walk-in closets, two full baths, and a large loft complete the second floor

• Wheeler II floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

120 TOPS | July 2023 120 TOPS | July 2023 JESSAMINE
117 Blackthorn Drive • Brannon Oaks • Nicholasville 40356
| 3,519 SQ.FT. | 5 BR | 4 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas
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No. 13
July 2023 | TOPS 121

The Weller


Introducing ‘’The Weller’’ - THE BEST new construction VALUE on the market is COMING SOON. If attention to detail and a high level of fit and finish are important to you, then you will fall in love with this very attractive & incredibly e cient floor plan. The Weller is conveniently located in Central KY’s Newest and Exclusive Luxury Home Community- Kensington!

• Great Curb Appeal & Architectural Details

• Spacious and E cient Floor Plan

• Tremendous Sense of Style & High Level of Finish

• Vittito Custom Cabinetry

• 10” Ceilings w/ 8’ Solid Core Doors

• Features 2 Large First Floor Bedrooms w/ Ensuite Full Baths

• Finished Side Walkout Basement

• Basement Utility/ Lawn Garage

Marketing provided by Eric C. Bumm, The Brokerage


Over the last 29 years, Mitch Canup has quietly and consistently made a name for himself as one of the finest custom home builders in Central KY. His reputation for attention to detail and craftsmanship excellence has led to word of mouth referrals that has kept Mitch very busy building beautiful custom homes throughout the Bluegrass over the past almost 3 decades. The Willett @ Kensington will be the first Mitch Canup Custom Home entry on the Grand Tour of Homes since 2005.

859.621.6157 | WWW. KENSINGTON-KY.US

122 TOPS | July 2023 B BarArea Basement FamilyRoom Bath#3 SafeRoom GarageAbove Bath#4 Bed.#4 Bed.#3 PoolTable Storage Closet Mech. Closet LawnGarage 48'-10"x19'-9" 13'-11"x12'-11" 13'-8"x12'-6" PorchAbove 122 TOPS | July 2023
160 Zakk Court • Nicholasville, KY 40356 $984,000 | 4,131 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 4.5 BA | Natural Gas; Electric No. 14 BY MITCH CANUP HOMES
1 Laundry Walk Thru Pantry Kitchen Pwdr GreatRoom Dining GuestRoom Primary Bedroom Foyer CoveredRear Porch CoveredFrontPorch 2CarGarage Friends Entry Coats Primary Bath Walk-In Closet 14'-2"x13'-6" 14'-0"x16'-0" 18'-8"x20'-3" 12'-0"x9'-10" 13'-3"x19'-6" 20'-7"x12'-0" DOWN Bath#2 *LIVE3DONLY* JESSAMINE


Technology is best when it brings people together, and we strive to make the design and planning process fun again! Whether you are building a home, remodeling kitchen cabinets and bathrooms, installing a patio and pool, building a hospital, opening a restaurant, planning a wedding, or building playgrounds, we all have similar goals. With our technology costing less than 1% of the building costs, Walk Thru Plans is an affordable and effective solution for everyone.

July 2023 | TOPS 123 July 2023 | TOPS 123 Visit “The Weller” by Mitch Canup Homes During the Grand Tour of Homes 160 Zakk Court Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 608-6336 |

The Willett

Our mission in Kensington is simple: Deliver beautiful custom homes w/ amazing spaces in all the right places within the most e cient & purposeful floor plan possible. Thoughtful consideration & attention to every detail is our commitment to you. We are proud to present to you our first o ering, The Willett.

• Custom Stone Entry Post with Gas Lantern

• Floor to Ceiling Stone Fireplace with Gas Logs & Custom Mantle

• Space Saving Pocket O ce / Mission Control Room

• Built-In Filtered Bottle Filling Station

• Tall Ceilings w/ 8’ Solid Core Doors throughout

• Primary Bedroom Feature Wall w/ Board & Batten Design & matching Soft Close Barn Doors

• Vittito Custom Inset Kitchen Cabinetry

• Luxury Built-In Appliances by LG’s Signature Kitchen Series (SKS)

• Oversized Vaulted 3 Car Garage w/Basketball Goal & Rear Glass Garage Door

• Salt Water Pool w/ Automatic Pool Cover

Marketing provided by Eric C. Bumm, The Brokerage



Over the last 29 years, Mitch Canup has quietly and consistently made a name for himself as one of the finest custom home builders in Central KY. His reputation for attention to detail and craftsmanship excellence has led to word of mouth referrals that has kept Mitch very busy building beautiful custom homes throughout the Bluegrass over the past almost 3 decades. The Willett @ Kensington will be the first Mitch Canup Custom Home entry on the Grand Tour of Homes since 2005. 859.621.6157 | WWW. KENSINGTON-KY.US

124 TOPS | July 2023 124 TOPS | July 2023 JESSAMINE
101 Kensington Place • Kensington • Nicholasville 40356 $1,200,000 | 2636 SQ.FT. | 3 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas; Electric BY MITCH CANUP HOMES

Simplified Luxury and Convenience in the Heart of Jessamine County

Kensington is Central KY's Newest and Exclusive Luxury Home Community conveniently located off Harrodsburg Rd. between 169 and 29, only a few minutes from all Jessamine Co. Schools. Very easy drive to Lexington or surrounding counties. Come see for yourself what a unique and special community this development is destined to become. The highest of quality but limited in quantity, Kensington is comprised of only 19 - One Acre Lots.

Discover Kensington!


The Colt


• Unique one of a kind Mike Kerwin Homes design

• Mahogany Front Door

• Custom Cabinetry/Bookcases and Closet Shelving

• Full Bar with Island in Basement

• Butler’s Pantry

• Brick accent walls

• Exceptional Trim work throughout

• Tiled back porch with fireplace

• Smart home technology

• 3 Car Garage

Marketing By Sotheby’s



Mike Kerwin started building in the Lexington Area over 36 years ago. Since Mike started building, he has had the opportunity to work for eighteen repeat customers. “It’s really very touching to have somebody come to you again and entrust you again with building their home, which is probably the most expensive thing they’ll ever buy and probably the thing that has the most emotional attachments to it.” Let Mike Kerwin Homes be a part of your history, as we help you build the home of your dreams.

859.263.0423 | WWW.KERWINHOMES.COM

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109 Longridge Dr. • Drakes Landing • Nicholasville 40356 $1,300,000 | 5,477 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 4.5 BA | HVAC-Dual No. 16 BY
B 1 BarArea TVViewing Bed.#4 Bath#4 Unfinished Storage UnfinishedStorage Mech. Pool Table Games W.I.C. Office Master Bedroom GreatRoom Dining Room 2CarGarage Breakfast Foyer RearPorch Laundry Pwdr Master Bath Kitchen Garage Walk-In Pantry FrontPorch Bed.#3 Bed.#2 Drop Zone Study Bath#2 Master Closet Bath#3 GalleryHall




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Thank You to

Aidan’s Oak


• Foyer features an open staircase with a 2-story shiplap wall.

• Great Room highlights include wood-stained beams on ceiling and custom cabinetry flanking each side of the gas fireplace.

• Custom bar leads into a spacious Dining Room that is beautifully visible from the Foyer.

• Open plan provides an expansive feel with the Great Room leading into the custom Kitchen. Thermador appliances, quartzite countertops and a walk-in pantry are just a few of the noteworthy amenities.

• Welcoming covered porch with gas fireplace, reclaimed wood mantel and T&G ceiling.

• Stunning Primary Suite that includes a luxury Bathroom featuring a free- standing tub, frameless glass shower doors and custom cabinetry.

• Walk out Basement spotlights a custom bar with reclaimed wood wall detail, ceiling beams, a Bourbon Room, and a Study featuring dramatic built in cabinetry.

• Additional features: Smart home with whole house audio distribution, media room, Geothermal, tankless water heater, and irrigation system.

Interior by Nancy Elam, Design Link


At Collier Custom Homes, Inc., we firmly believe quality builds our reputation. We never compromise the quality of our work and always strive to provide exceptional homes to our clients. Collier Custom Homes has won multiple awards on The Grand Tour of Homes and exhibits the same enthusiasm for being a custom home builder today that we did in 1993 when we built our first home.


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128 Longridge Dr. • Drakes Landing • Nicholasville 40356 $1,475,000 | 4,681 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3.5 BA | HVAC-Geothermal No. 17 BY COLLIER CUSTOM HOMES INC.

The Oakville Plan


This beautiful one acre 5 bedroom/5.5 bath house is spacious and SO MUCH MORE!

• Study includes stucco fireplace and custom trim detail though out

• Family room has a vaulted ceiling with beams and a limestone fireplace

• Large kitchen with walk in hidden pantry and wolf/subzero appliances

• Back entry lockers with built in charging station

• Main floor primary bedroom has a custom closet with washer/dryer hookup

• Large loft space upstairs

• Upstairs exercise room with skylights and cork flooring

• Finished basement perfect for entertaining or just family time

• Tiled covered patio with fireplace


Gale Custom Homes is proud to celebrate its 15th year as a custom home builder. Founded by Jeffrey Gale, the company has built a reputation for delivering exceptional quality and attention to details. This can be seen in the hands-on approach he and his selection coordinator, Susan English, take on every project. Gale Custom Homes is dedicated to providing the customer with a home they can be proud of.


130 TOPS | July 2023 130 TOPS | July 2023 JESSAMINE
105 LaFontaine Ct. • LaFontaine • Nicholasville 40356 SOLD | 7,014 SQ.FT. | 5 BR | 5.5 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas; Geothermal
B 1 2 No. 18
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The Newbury Cross


• Spacious, two-story plan, part of the Trend Collection by Ball Homes

• A versatile flex area o the entry can be used as a home o ce or study

• A separate dining room defined by a column is open to the family room

• Large family room with direct vent stone-toceiling fireplace

• The kitchen o ers both a breakfast area and countertop dining, and pantry

• A covered patio is conveniently located o the kitchen providing a great space for entertaining

• Upstairs primary bedroom suite with vaulted ceiling, double bowl vanity, garden tub, fully tiled shower, and a large walk-in closet

• Upstairs loft area

• Bedrooms two, three, and four, full bath, and utility room complete the second floor

• Floor Plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

132 TOPS | July 2023 132 TOPS | July 2023 MADISON
Arbor Ridge Dr. • Trend Collection at Arbor Woods • Richmond 40475 $361,423 | 2,719 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas;Electric
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No. 19

The Barbara



• 13 Available Homes Sites in Magnolia Pointe.

• 12 Move-In Ready Homes Available In 90 Days or Less.

• 2023 Closing Incentives O ered During Grand Tour!

• 9 Adaptable Floor Plans to Choose From (Ranch & Two Story).

• Basement Home Sites Available.

• Choose your own finishes in our state-of-the-art design center.

• Homes are built for high performance and energy e ciency to save homeowners’ money on utilities.

• Connected living features such as a Ring doorbell and a wi-fi thermostat are included with every new home.

• James Monroe Homes o ers our exclusive Build With Confidence Promise.


James Monroe Homes is a recognized industry leader for building quality, energy efficient high-performance homes since 2006. Nationally recognized, James Monroe Homes has received several awards, including Top 40 Under 40 Professional Builder Award and the most prestigious award in the home building industry - National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA), Honorable Mention.


July 2023 | TOPS 133 MADISON
| 2,520
| 4 BR |
No. 20
621 Shaker Drive • Magnolia Pointe • Richmond 40475 $405,300
3 BA | HVAC-Dual
The Barbara Cottage is a ranch plan with a bonus loft, bedroom, and full bath on the second floor. It is located in Magnolia Pointe in Richmond. With home prices starting in the $300,000s, James Monroe Homes in Magnolia Pointe o ers unbeatable
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July 2023 | TOPS 133

The Merrick III

732 Shaker Drive • Magnolia Pointe • Richmond 40475

$375,000 | 2,202 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 3 BA | HVAC-Electric;

Natural Gas


The Merrick III by Payne Homes is an incredible open floor plan that o ers 3 bedrooms with en-suite baths. The spacious main level consist of the primary suite complete with a gorgeous bath and large walk-in closet. The kitchen, which hosts an 8’ x 4’ island, granite counter tops throughout, and a generously size pantry flows into the great room with a cozy fireplace that is surrounded with built-in cabinetry and shelving. On the bonus level is a rec room or 4th bedroom and a full bath. All bedrooms have spacious walk-in closets. The finished storage area to the perfect place to tuck away seasonal items. All of this wrapped up in a HERS Energy E cient home!

• Open Floor Plan

• Large 8x4 Kitchen Island

• Granite Counter Tops

• Generously-sized Kitchen Pantry

• Fireplace with Built-Ins

• 3 Bedrooms with En-suite Baths

• Rec Room or 4th Bedroom with Full Bath

• Spacious Walk-In Closets

• Finished Storage Area

• HERS Energy E cient Home

Staging by Lola Payne; Selections by Allison Payne


Payne Homes has been building dream homes for over 25 years throughout Central Kentucky. With owners who have over 120 years of combined experience in the construction industry, we know how to make your dream home match your everyday lifestyle. We provide complete transparency and operate with the highest level of integrity in everything we do. Our goal is for every client to absolutely love their new home. Let’s start building your dream home today!

859.624.9622 | PAYNEHOMES.COM

134 TOPS | July 2023 134 TOPS | July 2023 MADISON
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The Haywood Park


• Traditional two-story plan, part of the Trend Collection by Ball Homes, with first-floor, open concept living areas and all bedrooms upstairs

• A versatile flex area o the entry can be used as a home o ce, study, or dining area

• A powder room is conveniently located o the main entry

• The island kitchen o ers both a breakfast area and countertop dining, and a large walk-in pantry

• Enjoy your co ee on the covered, back patio right o the kitchen/breakfast area.

• Kitchen features include white cabinets, granite countertops, tile backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances

• The family room is open to the kitchen with a corner, direct vent fireplace serving as the focal point of the room

• Upstairs primary bedroom suite includes a vaulted ceiling, a luxury bath with garden tub, separate shower, picture window, and spacious walk-in closet

• Three additional bedrooms and another full bath completes the second floor. The fourth bedroom can also be configured as a loft option

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

136 TOPS | July 2023 136 TOPS | July 2023 SCOTT
100 Bellatrix Ct. • Trend Collection at South Crossing • Georgetown 40324 $331,443 | 2,266 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas; Electric
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No. 22

The Greenfield

162 Limestone Lane • Oxford Landing • Georgetown 40324

$436,062 | 2,479 SQ.FT. | 4 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Natural Gas; Electric


• Two-story home o ering a great first floor layout with a large family room opening to a spacious island kitchen and breakfast area

• The kitchen features an island design with countertop dining and a corner pantry.

• Beautiful kitchen with quartz countertops, designer tile backsplash, and two-tone cabinetry

• A den/study is tucked away at the rear of the home o ering loads of privacy

• O the kitchen is a corridor-style mudroom with drop zone and powder room, and conveniently connects to the garage

• A spacious, covered deck is directly o the kitchen o ering another gathering space.

• The upstairs primary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and stunning bath with separate garden tub, fully tiled shower, double bowl vanity, and vaulted, walkin closet

• The utility room with folding counter is conveniently located on the second floor and can be accessed from the main hallway

• Three additional upstairs bedrooms, all with vaulted ceilings, and a full bath complete the second floor

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

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No. 23

The Jackson II


• Two story home with upstairs primary suite and three additional second floor bedrooms

• Shown here with first floor guest suite in lieu of study and half bath

• Open first floor with large family room, kitchen with island layout and bay window in breakfast area

• Formal dining room shown here with decorative accent wall

• Mudroom layout shown with drop zone option and built-ins

• Primary suite shown with luxury bath with large tiled shower, garden tub with tile surround, oversized vanity

• Oversized covered patio shown

• Lots of stone, wood, granite, and tile finishes shown

• Floor plan available in several locations


Ball Homes’ vision is to build homes that fit real lifestyles, with creative, beautiful designs and upscale amenities that make our customers feel great about coming home. Location, of course, is still key - we want to build in the places that people love to live.

As a family owned and operated business, we’ve been passionate about home ownership and building quality communities since 1959. We are creative, resourceful, and persistent in pursuing those goals.

859.268.1191 | BALLHOMES.COM

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Castle Acre Way • Abbey at Old Oxford •
2,683 SQ.FT. | 5 BR
3 BA | HVAC-Electric; Gas
$438,290 |
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No. 24

Artique Custom Homes……………………………111

BACK Construction…………………………………105

Barney Miller’s…………………………………………113

Brecher’s Lighting……………………………………119

Building Institute of Central Kentucky……135

Collier Custom Homes……………………………129

ComfortMaster Heating & Air………………… 144

Congleton Lumber………………………………… 143

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery…………………………………………115

Field & Main Bank……………………………………103

James Monroe Homes…………………………… 141


Melia Hord / Everstone……………………………108


Showplace at Lexington Winnelson………131


Tour of Remodeled Homes…………………… 142

Traditional Bank………………………………………108

Walkthru Plans…………………………………………123

Weichert Realtors……………………………………139


July 2023 | TOPS 139 July 2023 | TOPS 139 Builders, Jim Ernst & Jacob Locknane have garnered more than 40 years of happy ARTIQUE homeowners. Build one of our many plans, or we will design a custom home just for you. We’re now building in The Home Place at Hamburg , or we can build on your site. Visit 1376 Angus Trail at the 2023 Grand Tour of Homes! | Get Started With Seasoned Experts Diana Emrich 859.333.7271 Vanessa Dalton 859.621.8503 DALTON-EMRICH GROUP CUSTOM HOMES

The Abigail

104 Nuthatch Trail • Barkley Meadows • Georgetown 40324

$453,500 | 2,541 SQ.FT. | 3 BR | 2.5 BA | HVAC-Dual


The Abigail Farmhouse is a two-story plan with a morning room, loft, and zoom room. It is located in Barkley Meadows in Georgetown. With home prices starting in the $300,000s, James Monroe Homes in Barkley Meadows o ers unbeatable value.

• 32 Available Homes Sites in Barkley Meadows.

• 16 Move-In Ready Homes Available In 90 Days or Less.

• 2023 Closing Incentives O ered During Grand Tour!

• 9 Adaptable Floor Plans to Choose From (Ranch & Two Story).

• Basement Home Sites Available.

• Choose your own finishes in our state-of-the-art design center.

• Homes are built for high performance and energy e ciency to save homeowners’ money on utilities.

• Connected living features such as a Ring doorbell and a wi-fi thermostat are included with every new home.

• James Monroe Homes o ers our exclusive Build With Confidence Promise.



James Monroe Homes is a recognized industry leader for building quality, energy efficient high-performance homes since 2006. Nationally recognized, James Monroe Homes has received several awards, including Top 40 Under 40 Professional Builder Award and the most prestigious award in the home building industry - National Housing Quality Awards (NHQA), Honorable Mention.


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No. 25

In Person + Virtual Tours


AUGUST 26-27, 2023

- 5PM

Are you considering remodeling your home? Take the self-guided Tour to learn what others have done and see the beautiful transformations for yourself. Kitchens. Baths. Outdoor Living Spaces. Whole house remodeling projects and more. Come see why you should use a certified professional Remodeler member of the BIA and share your own dreams with the Remodelers! Both Traditional and Virtual Tours!

Tickets available at each home during the tour. For more information, visit

142 TOPS | July 2023
Hosted By Premier Sponsor Remodelers Council
144 TOPS | July 2023 Keeping you and your family comfortable since 2003 Central Kentucky’s indoor air quality specialist, o ering the most energy-e cient systems available. 859-255-0728 Make sure your HVAC system is ready for seasonal changes. Call 859-255-0728 $99 System Tune -Up
July 2023 | TOPS 145 Please see your local branch for details. Nicholasville:
Road | 859.724.4180 | 104
Drive Lexington:
Circle | 859.268.2410 | 997

FAN t tic

It’s easy to overlook the impact your ceiling fan has on your home’s décor. After all, you hardly think about it until you need it. But innovations in recent years have led to more appealing – and more functional – fans. So if it’s been a while since you’ve swapped out yours, maybe it’s time to think about whether it’s due for a change. It’s a fairly inexpensive swap that could mean big benefits...

146 TOPS | July 2023
big a fans


We get it; thinking about the world of ceiling fans probably seems about as exciting as watching paint dry. But you’d be wrong if you just assumed not much has changed since you last had one installed. A fan isn’t just a fan anymore!

Smart technology has really changed the game for homeowners. No more teetering on a stepladder only to grab the wrong pullcord, then wonder if you just turned it “off” or on “high.” At a couple quick taps of your smart phone, you can have your fan running exactly how you want, no risk to life and limb.

How they operate has changed a lot in recent years, as well. Companies like Big Ass Fans (which, if you didn’t know, is based in Lexington) are applying lots of complicated science to develop new blades, more efficient motors and better overall designs. The benefit to you? Lower energy bills, more airflow, quieter operation and a more stunning look. No more shake, rattle and roar!

That increase in efficiency means three-blade fans are on-trend. The minimal profile means more opportunities to experiment with how the finish pairs or contrasts with your décor. Aside from the super sleek look, one of the biggest benefits is less time spent trying to clean the darn thing. Who doesn’t want that!?

July 2023 | TOPS 147
big a fans home depot lumens


Nothing says summer like spending time in the great outdoors. But whether you’re porch sittin’ or dining on your patio, you’re probably feeling the heat.

Outdoor fans are a time-honored Southern tradition. But gone are the days of drooping blades and inescapable squeaking! Manufacturers have heard our cries and are now offering ceiling fans specifically designed for covered outdoor spaces.

Wondering how to find your new outdoor fan? Look for models specifically marked for outdoor use. Kentucky’s high-humidity summers can wreak havoc on the inner workings of fans not specifically designed for the outdoors. Damp-rated fans can’t handle much direct exposure to rain and snow, so they’re best for screened-in porches and patios. Wet-rated fans are best for open-air structures. Pay special attention to the materials used on the blades. Thinner wood, composite and plastic blades can wilt under the heat and humidity. Sturdier natural wood, aluminum, ABS plastic and stainless steel are your best bets. If you want to go the rattan route, be sure the materials are supported by sturdy wire. But your best bet is faux made from ABS plastic; it’ll still achieve the look while standing up to the elements.

148 TOPS | July 2023
big a fans prominence home

Use a pillowcase! Slowly slip a pillowcase around each blade, then gently press the pillowcase down with your hands, one on the top of the blade and one beneath. Pull your hands (and the pillowcase) towards you. Then take the pillowcase outside, turn it inside out, and shake all of that dust loose.

Use compressed air! Compressed air can help you clean the motor housing. It can also be used to clean any nooks and crannies you miss during regular dusting.

Wet or dry? Dry cleaning cloths can rain dust down on your space – but wet cloths can damage indoor-only fan blades. If you can’t handle all the mess of using a dry cleaning tool, make sure that your cloth is only barely damp, or use a wrung-out cleaning wipe.

A bright idea... Does your fan have a glass globe or other light shades? Unscrew or remove those to clean them; you’ll be able to truly get all of the dust out without disturbing your fan too much –and without killing your arms!

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Ceiling fans are great and all... but they’re a bear to clean. Here are our handy tips!

GET BACK ON Track with Tates Creek Chiropractic

When you step foot into Tates Creek Chiropractic, you’re met with an abundance of staff ready to help you achieve your goals while exceeding your expectations. Leading Tates Creek Chiropractic’s team of talented professionals is Dr. Michael Pugh, who opened his chiropractic clinic in 2003 with the ultimate goal to help more people and help people more.

“I had no idea I was going to be a chiropractor when I grew up,” laughs Dr. Pugh. “I injured my back while in undergrad working at Applebee’s, and after a few weeks of absolute misery, I picked a chiropractor out of the phonebook, and now here we are, 33 years later.”

Dr. Mike Pugh Joey Creekbaum III

In the beginning Tates Creek Chiropractic offered services including massage and rehabilitative exercise, and over the years, has added a large variety of services. Now, whether you’re searching for spinal decompression, whole body cryotherapy, class IV laser therapy, or need assistance with an injury, you can trust that the team at Tates Creek Chiropractic will take great care of you.

Dr. Pugh even told the TOPS team that they have recently added a Nurse Practitioner, Joey Creekbaum III, to their practice, who allows the clinic to offer even more services. Now, chiropractic patients who also have an interest in achieving a healthier lifestyle can receive services such as semaglutide-based weight loss, better known as Ozempic, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, hyaluronic acid gel injections, and more. “Now, we can even further assist our patients out of pain and back to living the life they want to live” explains Dr. Pugh. While most people believe chiropractors treat exclusively back pain, there is so much more that chiropractic care can achieve. Because chiropractors help to remove pressure from the nervous system, they can also influence many other conditions. In fact, Dr. Pugh told us that headaches, neck pain, back pain and sciatica make up the majority of conditions they treat, but they also see lots of shoulder and arm pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and elbow pain.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor who can magically fix your neck, back, or other body pain, look no further than Tates Creek Chiropractic. “I know there are a lot of people out there looking for a chiropractor, but they just aren’t sure who to trust,” says Dr. Pugh. “Luckily, we’re here to put both staff and patients first, willing to serve them in every way, every day.”

Schedule a $37 initial evaluation for chiropractic care through the website at or for a complementary weight loss consultation visit or call us anytime at 859-272-5460.

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148 W Tiverton Way Ste 140A, Lexington, KY 40503 • 859-272-5460 •


The Manchester Welcomes Guests To Lexington’s High-End History

Developed on the campus grounds of Central Kentucky’s first registered bourbon distillery, The Manchester is establishing its own legacy as Lexington’s first and most celebrated high-end hotel, welcoming guests to the heart of Lexington’s historic Distillery District.

The vision for this 125-room lodging began with hoteliers Nik Feldman and Hank Morris, who brought years of expertise from numerous celebrated brands across hospitality and real estate to bear as they developed The Manchester, along with its accompanying bespoke bottle shop, spirited lobby bar, unique drinking and dining spaces, restaurant and rooftop bar.

A SPIRITED PLACE. You’re cordially invited to stay a while.

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Photos courtesy of Matt Kisiday and Ryan Neeven


Feldman first envisioned The Manchester in 2019, recognizing the need for a high-end hotel in Lexington, a city he had fallen in love with as an avid polo player.

“The Manchester was built out of our love for the city of Lexington,” Feldman explained. “I spent my summers here, playing polo, and have always been keenly aware of what an incredible, rare place it is. It was astonishing to me that this unique travel destination — steeped in horse racing, bourbon and Kentucky basketball — didn’t have an equally special, unique and exciting hotel at the center of it all. Because of this, The Manchester was born.”

Knowing that only the highest standards and quality in development, design and construction could make this dream a reality, Feldman teamed with Morris, his former classmate and longtime friend, and the two began on the project in earnest in 2020.

“I’m inspired by creating spaces that provide real, emotional experiences while authentically giving people a sense of place,” Morris said. “In my mind, the best way to do this is with a hotel. It’s crazy to think about, but over the coming months and years at The Manchester, lifelong friends will meet for the first time, couples will fall in love, great business deals will be made, just to name a few of the life-changing moments it will see. Being able to have influence on those types of moments for so many is really meaningful for me, and is precisely what inspires me.”

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Beyond The Manchester’s historic setting or unique place in a city that calls for it, a wide range of curated experiences and thoughtful details set it apart from any other place on earth.

“The Manchester is the first of its kind in Kentucky,” Morris and Feldman said. “Whether it’s our locallyrooted design, unique food and beverage program or curated on- and off-property experiences offered, there is no other hotel quite like it.”

The pair partnered with interior designer Jenny Bukovec to craft the hotel’s soulful interiors, all of which are inspired by Lexington’s historic rickhouses and the earthy tones of the region’s surrounding landscapes and rolling hills. The space features hand-laid masonry symbolic of the Irish, hand-hewn stone walls of Kentucky’s countryside, and the entire property sports structural curvature that gives a nod to the Distillery District’s barrel-shaped tradition.

Granddam, the hotel’s 140-seat feature restaurant, offers a menu of globally-inspired takes on classical Appalachian dishes while the Lost Palm, an Art Deco rooftop bar and lounge, celebrates the spirit of 1960s South Florida horse racing culture, with a menu full of playful interpretations on classic American cocktails and an expansive view overlooking downtown Lexington.

In every feature, piece of furniture and refreshment, the founders’ celebration of Lexington is apparent.

“Though we are forging a new path in Lexington’s growing Distillery District, we’re continuously paying homage to the Bluegrass Region and its storied past,” they concluded. the owners

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As beauty fans, we’re always searching for new products and hacks to get the best skin possible. One of the latest trends to make waves on the beauty scene is water-infused skincare, and naturally, we flock to the nearest beauty supply retailer for new products to try.

Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to achieving a glowy, youthful look. Water-based skin care will help your skin feel rejuvenated in an instant. Not only do these products quench your body’s thirst, they help with anti-aging, create a smooth base for your makeup, and are perfect for any skin type thanks to their nongreasy consistency.

Not sure which water-based products to pick up on your next trip to the store? Here are a few of our new favorites we’ve recently introduced to our routines!

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Pick: The Lifesaver

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intense Hydration Cream

We’ve featured this vegan repair cream before, and will probably feature it again. This moisturizer is a staple for dry skin, and we love the budgetfriendly price point! Full stars, 10/10! ($38/6 oz.

Pick: Best Starter Set

LANEIGE Water Bank Hyaluronic Heroes Set ($50 value)

This silky-soft cream perks up our under eyes and leaves a lasting cooling effect! This eye cream gets a 10/10 and will be staying in our routine. This convenient set gets you started on the right foot.($32

Pick: The Budget Wonder

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Apply a few drops of this water-based serum during your morning and night skincare routine to rejuvenate tired skin. With a cult following and affordable price point, this is a must-have product. We give it a 9/10! ($8.90

Pick: Best Sheet Mask

Dr.Jart+ Soothing Hydra

Soluton Deep Hydration Sheet


For a serious hydration boost, these masks from Dr Jart do the trick. Especially helpful for dry skin, we give this product a 9/10!


Pick: Best Cleanser

La Roche-Posay Toleriane

Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser

As far as gentle, lightweight water-activated cleansers go, this product is top of the line for sensitive skin. We love the soothing, cream texture and give this foaming cleanser an 8/10. ($25

Pick: The Best-Kept Secret

belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

This cushionly cream is an underground holy grail product – and we see why! We suggest trying it as a hydrating makeup primer. We give it a 10/10! ($38

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Wake up, Water

It’s been said that beauty starts on the inside. And when it comes to hydration, that old adage couldn’t be any more spot-on!

Our bodies are about 60% water, and chances are, you’re not drinking enough to reap the full benefits of staying hydrated. While we’ve all heard to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, you may need more based on your health and activity level.But in case you struggle to gulp down enough h20 each day, here are some tips to stay perfectly hydrated throughout your day!

Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning gets your metabolism going and gives you a boost of energy for those mornings you can’t get out of bed. This can also help you feel less hungry throughout the day, while sipping a glass can slow you down during meal time.

Eat your Water

About 20% of our daily water comes from the food we eat, so why not increase that number? Fruits and veggies like cantaloupe, strawberries, cabbage, and spinach have a high water content that can help you meet your daily agua goal. Plus, what a delicious summer snack!

Goal Maker

You may not think it, but setting a goal can help you stay on track and motivated, setting you up for your newest healthy habit! You can do this with a water bottle marked with tracking measurements, download a hydration-tracking app, or set alarms to remind you to take a drink throughout the day.

Experiment with Flavor

Though a gulp of ice cold water is like a gift from Heaven, some people think it’s just, well…too plain. Experimenting with different flavor combinations can make your daily water goal easier to reach, plus it can take a plain beverage to a delicious new favorite. Check out some of our favorite infused water recipes...

For each of the infused water recipes below, add the ingredients to 5 cups of water in a pitcher, and allow flavors to develop for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator. Before serving, add 1 cup of ice. (adapted from Culinary Hill)

Mango, Raspberry & Ginger

•1 peeled and cubed mango

•½ pint raspberries

•1 piece fresh ginger

Strawberry, Lemon & Basil

•½ cup sliced strawberries

•5 torn basil leaves

•1 sliced lemon

Citrus & Cucumber

•½ cup sliced cucumber

•½ sliced lemon

•½ sliced lime

•½ sliced orange

Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Mint

•½ sliced grapefruit

•½ pomegranate seeds

•10 torn mint leaves

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Regardless of the current state of your kisser, a good lip balm, mask, or scrub can transform your lips from high and dry to lusciously plump before your next lip to lip session. The delicate skin on our lips is far more susceptible to the harsh elements, and if you’ve ever felt the pain of sunburned lips, you know they need to be protected! So, to help you, our dear readers, we’ve put together an all-star lineup of lip products that will keep you protected, hydrated, and plumped all summer long.


When you need clear, or a pop of color...

Cay Skin Isle Lip Balm SPF30

Available at Sephora, $14

High-shine gloss with high-level protection!


Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF35 in ‘Champagne’

Available at Amazon, $39

Locks in moisture overnight...

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask EX

Available at Walmart, $16

Works on lips, cheeks, and eyes? A no brainer!


Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm

Available at Walmart, $25 A little something for the men, too...

Jack Black Lip Balm

Available at Amazon, $10

The tried and true...

Vaseline Original Lip Therapy

Available at Target, $2

A drugstore gem!

Aquaphor Lip Repair Available at Walgreens, $5

Doubles as lip stain and skincare!


Shade Slick Classics

Tinted Lip Oil

Available at Sephora, $24

Get that golden summer glow!

COOLA Classic Liplux Organic Hydrating Lip Oil + Sunscreen SPF30

Available at Sephora, $18

Buff and smooth in a pinch...

Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator by fresh

Available at Sephora, $21

2-in-1 scrub and balm!

Kaja Lip Bento Balm + Scrub

Available at Amazon, $19

Plumps while moisturizing!

MARA Sea Silk Lip Balm

Available at Sephora, $26

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Pool to It's

&EvErywh ErE In BEtwE En... Party!

so easy to think of summer as the time of vacations, relaxation and fun in the sun. But it can also be the season of go, go, go. Between weekend getaways, pool lounging, backyard barbecues, concerts and more, all that relaxation can feel a little bit hectic – and never mind the fact that many of us still have to be at work on Monday! The key to summer style success is finding pieces that can seamlessly carry you from one event to the next. These looks make that all-important sunny day transition with just a few quick tweaks – no sweat!


This adorable, lightweight dress can serve as a cover-up or a fun sundress for every day!

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Gianni Bini x Jess Southern Lennon Crinkled Scoop Neck Bow Shoulder Dress ($149, available at Dillard's) Lilly Pulitzer Flamenco One-Piece Swimsuit in Cumulus Blue Chick Magnet (available locally) Melissa Bolsa Refraction Bag in White ($69, available at Urban Outfitters) Navy Miranda Earrings ($48, Cecelia New York Lila Sandals in Cork ($169, Knot Headband in Blue Gingham ($40, available at Draper James) Ata Bali Round Rattan Crossbody Bag ($69.99, available at Peggy's) Annabelle Gold & Blue Quartz Gemstone Necklace ($95, available at Peggy's) Dolce Vita Maze Wedges in Luggage Leather ($130,
party to

work play to

Shift dresses are the fashion equivalent of a Swiss Army knife; they can do it all!

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Sand Bar Treasure Ring (available at Violets) Buki A-Liner Dress ($228, available at Carl Meyers) The Kiera Mule Platform Sandal ($158, available at Madewell) Catalonian Bag in Cognac ($650, available at Freedman Harness) Paola Blue Tote ($79, available at Peggy's) e.Newton 16" Paw Print Necklace ($54, available at The Front Porch) Nine West Teice Sandal in Pink Patent ($85, Linny Co. Flora Earrings in White Shell ($59, available at Peplum) Lupita Sunglasses in White Jade with Polished Gold (available at Warby Parker)


White denim can take you just about anywhere you want to go. It's a summer staple for a reason! Whether you're running errands or running late for dinner, white jeans will have you looking effortlessly cool. (shirt, jeans and accessories available at Olive You Boutique)


Earrings ($32, available at My Favorite Things)


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V-neck in Dark Evening ($98, Slingback Heels in Chambray ($159, available at Draper James) Wannabe Zig-zag Clutch in Blue ($65, available at Peplum) Ave Platform Sandal in Tan ($48, available at Peggy's)
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Pineapple Lilly Pulitzer Leanne Off-The-Shoulder Linen Top in Amalfi Blue ($118, available locally) Bracha Cabo Necklace ($65, Consuela Grey Classic Tote ($225,
home awayto No matter if you're laying low or headed on vacay, a swishy July 2023 | 167
The Coventry Backpack in Hazelnut ($490, available at FOUNT) James Leigh Slides ($150, Yoder Family Garden Harvest Caddy ($87.95, French Sole Cognac Leather Alibi Sandals ($155, Gabriel & Co. Bujukan Bangle (available at Rivard Fine Jewelry) San Diego Hat Ultrabraid XL Brim Straw Sun Hat in Toast ($53, Spartina Scrunchie ($12, available at My Favorite Things) Lele Sadoughi Raffia Knotted Headband ($75,

Tradition in Every Stitch with Freedman Harness

Hand Craftsmanship. Quality. And Tradition in Every Stitch. This is the legacy of Freedman’s. A story that started over 200 years ago in 1802, and continues to the present day with the same promise, the same commitment to excellence.

Six generations of harness makers later, the modernday Freedman’s is a brand known for its legacy work in horse harness, but also for its ingenuity in show horse tack and furnishings and emerging trends in handbags, belts, and performance riding apparel.


From harnessing World and National Champion ponies and horses and making saddles for the trotting breed horses, to making harnesses for the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and for the Royal family, Freedman’s strives to accomplish quality every step along the way. The mission at Freedman’s is always to provide safe, comfortable, and well-made horse furnishings, rider apparel, and fashion goods that meet the standards of excellence that the brand has come to be known for. Being part of an industry of athletic and beautiful horses has engaged Freedman’s way of thinking, enriching the brand beyond just what the horses need to wear, but also what the human athletes need; their riding apparel, their fashion sense, the accessories they prefer to carry.

“I first had thoughts of doing this work for my life when I was 13,” says owner and 6th generation harness maker, David Freedman. “I had been deeply impressed by the beauty and athleticism of the horses along with the people in the industry. By the time I was 18 it became clear that I wanted to learn the trade from my father. I had embraced hand stitching at the age of 10 and everything leather was interesting to me (and still is). I never thought for a minute about continuing the family tradition and becoming the 6th generation in my family to do so until my father’s sudden passing when I was 27-years-old. Overnight, I became the leader of a luxury heritage brand.”

Please be sure to join Freedman’s on Sunday, July 9 at 2:00p for the Grand Opening Celebration of their Midway Boutique & U.S. Flagship Store.

Whether you love horses or just love quality craftsmanship and leather goods, Freedman’s just might have something that you need. Come enjoy live music, bourbon tasting, light food, and of course, the intoxicating smell of handmade leather!

To be successful in this line of work, one must know horses as well as leather and the art of crafting it. Freedman’s products are unique because of their knowledge of both. Knowledge of the product and of the horse industry allows Freedman’s to deliver on the promise of quality that is offered to customers and clients. As a leather craftsman himself, David can expertly direct the artisans that work in the shop because he also knows the trade.

While the products have changed over time, the essence remains the same: quality craftsmanship with the very finest materials. With leather production in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Freedman name still boasts the work of artisans and leather from some of the best tanneries in the world. The Boutique has been located in Midway, Kentucky for nearly 18 years, and only just this year, did Midway become the brand’s permanent home. The location for the storefront was made because the brand and product was needed and would be loved here; in Midway, in Lexington. Lexington is a thriving city and Midway is just a stone-throw’s away; with restaurants, boutiques, and beautiful landscape. “We love it here. Midway is home,” says David.

When you walk into the brand-new Freedman’s, you will find not just horse furnishings and equipment, but an assortment of hand-made belts, small leather goods and accessories, uniquely beautiful hand and travel bags, and, as expected, the same quality craftsmanship with the very finest materials.

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With No Limits

For decades, Community Ventures has been on a mission to create vibrant communities across Kentucky, beginning with building healthy neighborhoods and thriving businesses. In Lexington, their efforts are most clearly on display at The MET. This East End mixed-use commercial and residential real estate development is named for its location at the corner of Midland & East Third.

The site, which welcomed residents and business owners in the fall of 2020, is now a staple of the East End community and is home to businesses like Carolyn’s Crown and Glory Hair Salon, Manchester Coffee, Albert Couture, DV8 Kitchen, and Health First. Community Ventures developed, financed, and built it to strengthen and revitalize Lexington’s East End by creating jobs and providing housing.

In addition to creating housing and job opportunities, the Community Ventures’ development also supports a blossoming artist community through organizations like Art Inc., The Artists’ Studios, Art House Kentucky, and a cluster of single-home family residences that form The Artists’ Village.

Mark Johnson, an East End native and president of Art Inc., spearheads each of these initiatives. An artist himself, Mark has been named one of the world’s Top 60 Contemporary Artists of the Year and his work has been displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Mark attributes much of his success to those that helped him in his artist journey. He views Art Inc. and his other programs that support creatives as a means to give back and assist artists with the help they need to be successful.

Art Inc., which is supported by Community Ventures, is a non-profit marketing and business incubator committed to helping Kentucky creatives build and profit from their businesses. The organization equips emerging and established artists and creatives with the services, resources, and educational opportunities.Art Inc. supports creatives by providing access to courses that provide the tools necessary to run a successful business, space to display and sell their creations at ArtHouse Kentucky, and access to rent private art studios at The Artists’ Studios.

The Artists’ Village, which is home to well-known creatives like Kentucky’s first African American Poet Laureate Frank X Walker and hosts an annual art and music festival, slated to take place this year on August 19, 2023. To learn more about the Artists’ Village, visit

In addition to adding shopping, retail, and an artist community to Lexington’s East End, The MET also addressed the housing needs of this community by adding 44 market-rate and affordable housing residential units, both 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units.

Revitalizing neighborhoods requires balancing the new and the old. For the East End, that meant honoring the culture and history of the former home of Keeneland. Community Ventures celebrated the historical legacy of this community by incorporating paintings, sculptures, and poetry throughout The MET property. A mural honoring African American jockeys, a large wooden panel featuring historical and current East End streets by LaVon Williams; Black and White photographs of East End by Patrick J. Mitchell, and a poem “Ode to the East End” by Frank X Walker ensure that while the East End grows, its history will never be forgotten.

To learn more about Art Inc. or to inquire about renting an artist studio, contact Mark Johnson by phone at (859) 231 – 0054 ext. 1023 or email at Art Inc. is supported by non-profit Community Ventures.

To learn more about Community Ventures and their efforts to revitalize communities across Kentucky, visit

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Mark Johnson is a Lexington and East End native and is the president of Art Inc., which Community Ventures supports. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. After becoming one of the youngest Vice Presidents at his bank, Johnson left the banking industry to give back to Kentucky through small and micro business development.

As an artist, Johnson was juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program, one of the highest honors a Kentucky artist can receive. Johnson’s art has been displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, and ArtExpo, one of New York City’s largest art shows. He has also been recognized as one of the world’s Top 60 Contemporary Artists of the Year. In Kentucky, Johnson’s work is part of the permanent collection of Eastern Kentucky University’s John Grant Crabbe Main Library, and based on his Fountainfalls Waterdrop photography series, he was named “Photographer of The Year” by Art Design Consultants, a full-service art consulting firm and art gallery based in Ohio. In 2022, he was invited by Eastern Kentucky University, the Richmond Area Arts Council, and the NAACP of Richmond to exhibit his glasswork at an event recognizing several prominent African American artists during Black History Month.

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Discover the fastest-growing sport in America

A cross between ping pong, badminton, and tennis, pickleball is a fun, easy-tolearn game that can be enjoyed well by players of any age. Even though it was invented in 1965, pickleball participation has grown an average of 158.6% over the last three years, with just over 10,000 pickleball courts in the United States! With an estimated 36.5 million pickleball players in the US, we’re sure at least a few of you readers are ready to play! Pickleheads, an online destination founded by experienced entrepreneur Brandon Mackie, is the perfect platform to find courts in Lexington, organize sessions with friends, and connect with local players.

While you can play pickleball independently, Pickleheads makes it a snap to connect and socialize with other central Kentuckians – potentially leaving you with new lifelong friends. “Pickleball is a social activity as much as it’s a sport,” says Brandon Mackie. “It’s commonly played in an open-play format where 50 or even more players show up and rotate games and partners. You also almost always play pickleball as doubles, which leaves many opportunities to socialize and meet players.”

Pickleball may be a bit of a pickle to master (pardon our pun), but even beginners tend to pick the game up quickly and keep coming back for more. “Pickleball’s popularity exploded during the pandemic, when many Americans were looking for responsible ways to socialize and stay active. But that was only the beginning – pickleball’s growth has continued even as lockdowns have ended and normal life has resumed,” explains co-founder Brandon.

Not quite sure where to start? Visit the Pickleheads website to learn more about the sport, locate courts and find other pickleball friends!

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Peaches In Season:

Peach Cobbler

1/2 c. unsalted butter

1 c. all-purpose flour, sifted

2 c. sugar, divided

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

5 c. fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1 T fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Melt butter in the bottom of a 13x9” ceramic baking dish.

In a large bowl with a pour spout (or measuring cup), combine flour, 1 c. sugar, baking powder and salt with a fork. Add milk and vanilla. Stir until dry ingredients are just moistened.

Pour batter over butter. Do not stir or flatten.

In a saucepan over high heat, bring peaches, lemon juice and 1 c. sugar to a boil, stirring constantly.

Pour peach mixture as evenly as possible over batter. Do not mix or flatten. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. (adapted from Southern Living)

Note: if your peaches are very ripe, you may wish to toss with cornstarch to ensure that cobbler doesn’t come out overly-sweet and wet.

Peach Salsa

1 lb. Roma tomatoes, diced and chopped

1 bell pepper, seeded and diced

2 jalapeños, seeded and diced

1 medium red onion, diced

1 1/2 lbs. peaches, pitted and chopped

1/2 bunch cilantro, stemmed and chopped

2 T lime juice

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Toss everything together in a large bowl. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

(adapted from Natasha’s Kitchen)

Notes: This salsa is perfect for eating with chips. It’s also a great topping for your grilled pork and fish dishes. If you’re into “gourmet” burgers, try this as a topping along with a handful of crispy fried onions. If you’d like a little more kick, leave in the jalapeño seeds and add 1/2 tsp. Tajín powder before tossing.

Peach Chutney

1 lb. peaches, peeled and pitted

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. apple cider vinegar

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/4 c. golden raisins

1 T grated fresh ginger

2 strips lemon zest

1 cinnamon stick pinch of salt

2 T water

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, vinegar, red onion, raisins, ginger, lemon zest, cinnamon, salt and 2 T of water to a simmer; cook 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the peaches and return to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until peaches are just tender and liquid is syrupy, about 30 minutes.

Let cool and transfer to jars and refrigerate until cool. Keeps up to 2 weeks.

(adapted from Food Network)

Notes: This tangy condiment is great with pork chops. It’s also a perfect spread to add to your charcuterie board!

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1 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

6 T. unsalted butter

1/4 c. ice water

3 small peaches, pitted and sliced

1 T sugar

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 egg white

Peach Galette Peach Icebox Cake

2 frozen pound cakes, thawed

1 (10 oz.) jar peach preserves, divided

1 qt. vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

1 c. heavy cream

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 T powdered sugar

1 c. peach slices, peeled (see notes)

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Grate in cold butter. Gently toss with flour until all strands are coated. Sprinkle in ice water while gently tossing with a rubber spatula to create a dry, shaggy dough.

Turn dough out. Quickly gather into a loose disc, and wrap with Saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Toss peach slices with sugar and cinnamon. Unwrap dough and transfer to a sheet of parchment paper. Roll to 1/4” thickness in a rough round. Move dough and parchment paper to a baking sheet.

Arrange peaches from the center, leaving 2” of dough uncovered. Fold the edges over the peaches. (For a less rustic look, neatly turn edges under.) Seal using egg white, and lightly brush the crust with egg wash. Sprinkle with a light dusting of sugar.

Bake until dough is golden, about 40 minutes. Let stand at least 20 minutes before cutting. If desired, garnish with mint leaves for a fresh look.

(adapted from Tasting Table)

Using a serrated knife, trim and discard crusts from pound cakes. Cut into 1/2” thick slices.

Line the bottom of a 9x5” loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4”+ overhang. Place 1 T. of peach preserves in a microwavable container, and chill until use.

Arrange 6 cake slices, side by side, to cover bottom of pan; trim as needed to completely cover bottom. Spread 2 c. ice cream over cake. Spread half of remaining peach preserves evenly over the ice cream layer. Cover the next layer with 6 slices of pound cake, again trimming to completely cover layer. Spread 2 c. ice cream as the next layer, followed by a layer of the remaining 1/2 jar of peach preserves. For the last layer, use the remaining pound cake to completely cover the layer.

Tightly cover the top of the cake with plastic wrap. Freeze around 8 hours. Beat cream and vanilla with an electric mixer on high until foamy. Gradually sift in powdered sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

Remove cake from the freezer; lift cake from pan using plastic wrap overhang. Invert cake onto a platter and discard plastic wrap. Spread top and sides with whipped cream.

Melt reserved 1 T. of preserves in your microwave, around 10-15 seconds. Gently stir in peaches to coat. Place peach slices atop cake and serve immediately.

(adapted from Souterhn Living)

Notes: wait to slice peaches until ready to serve. Cut with a clean, warmed knife, cleaning between each cut with a warm, moist towel.

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Peach Bellini

1 peach, peeled and diced

8 fresh raspberries

1/2 c. water

1 bottle Prosecco, chilled

Peach Margs

3 oz. tequila

2 oz. Cointreau

2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 c. sliced peaches

1 T simple syrup

1 c. ice

Peach Sangria

1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc

1/4 c. peach schnapps

1/4 c. peach nectar

1/4 c. sugar

sliced peaches

mixed berries


In a blender, puree peach, raspberries and water. Press mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove raspberry seeds. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

To serve, pour 2 ounces of puree into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco, and stir gently.

(adapted from Pinch and Swirl)

Note: to reduce foam, open your Prosecco 15 minutes before serving. Feel free to garnish with a fresh slice of peach!

Blend ingredients until combined to your desired consistency; a little less time will result in a slushier margarita while longer will make the consistency thinner and more sippable.

If desired, run a slice of lime along the edge of your glass, then dip in salt. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime or peach.

(adapted from A Couple Cooks)

Note: For a fun twist, stir a few chopped basil leaves into the mixture before serving, then garnish each glass with a fresh basil leaf. This will offer a fresh, bright, summery taste your guests will adore!

In a large pitcher, combine wine, peach schnapps, peach nectar and sugar. Stir to combine. Let sit in the fridge at least 2 hours before serving.

Add sliced peaches and desired mixed berries to the pitcher just before serving.

To serve, fill a glass with ice, fill glass to 2/3 full with sangria, then top with seltzer.

(adapted from The Novice Chef)

Note: Flavored seltzer will obviously add a little more flavor to the mix. We won’t tell anyone if you want to use peach-flavored hard seltzer to add the bubbles to your glass! ;)

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Summertime for kids is the perfect escape and opportunity to do all of their favorite things outside! Whether it involves water, paint or games, doing it in the sunshine makes it way more fun!

Try some of these fun activities to keep those kiddos entertained while school is out for the summer!

“...cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.”

#1 ice cube painting

Beat the heat and creative urges with this super fun activity! All you need is washable craft paint, popsicle sticks and an ice tray and you’ve got yourself a new set of paints to use on a hot summer’s day!

Credit: The Play Based Mom

stained glass chalk art

Looking to help your child take their chalk art to the next level? Simply marking your sidewalk with painters tape can instantly inspire them to create their own stained glass artwork the whole neighborhood can admire!

Credit: Juggling With Kids


puffy sidewalk paint

It’s always fun to do the things we love but in exciting new ways. So, instead of using ordinary craft paint, plan a fun experiment with your kids and make puffy paint instead!


Creating materials that stimulate more than one sense for children increase their excitement for learning, which is important to continue throughout their summer break.

Puffy Paint Ingredients

• Flour - 1 cup

• Water - 1 cup

• Dish Soap - 1 tbsp

• Sidwalk Chalk - 1 piece

(leftover or broken pieces are great for this!)

• Plastic Squeeze Bottles

Credit: Best Ideas for Kids

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frisbee tic-tac-toe

This is a great activity to help your kiddos with their handeye-coordination and burn a little energy at the same time. (Which all parents can appreciate!)

Use your yard, the driveway or even an old blanket or quilt to make a DIY tic-tac-toe board and you’re all set for a fun game for the whole family!

Tip: Make sure to get 2 frisbee sets in different colors so you can keep track of who wins! Additionally, you can mark them with an X and O to stay true to this forever classic game.


squirt gun painting

Any kid, any age, loves playing with squirt guns so why not take a fun spin on this beloved toy and add paint inside instead of water?

Tape up paper on a canvas and watch them go to town with creativity!

Credit: Fireflies and Mudpies

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giant coloring book

Who doesn’t love coloring? Especially on a giant scale! Take old cardboard boxes and tape them up on your fence or house for larger than life coloring!

Trust us, your kids don’t care how great your drawings look, they’ll enjoy every second!

Credit: Busy Toddler

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Woman Impact

How one woman led a local team to knock it out of the park in support of the American Heart Association!



Billie Dollins, EVP/Regional President Central Region of Community Trust Bank, has earned the honor of 2023 Woman of Impact for Kentucky.

Billie, along with her volunteer campaign manager Julie Lynn Steele (owner of 100proof! Top Shelf Marketing), and team of 20 community leaders were relentless in their pursuit of fundraising and commitment to heart health education.

Through creative fundraisers and social media, they exceeded their goal and raised $53,500! This impressive total earned Billie and her team the prestigious honor of being in the American Heart Association Changemaker Club, one of only 31 Woman of Impact nominees nationwide who received Changemaker Club status. The nine 2023 Woman of Impact nominees and their teams throughout Kentucky raised $177,590 through fundraising and direct impact points. Kentucky was 10th in the nation in direct impact points. Thanks to Team Dollins and the other Woman of Impact nominees, the American Heart Association will continue to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives!

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Special Spaces

Mission: “To create a more compassionate environment for special needs children, which we believe starts in the home, followed by a culture of inclusion in society.”

“My priority is making my home a haven for my husband and three beautiful children,” explains April Parker. “I enjoy homeschooling my 2 younger children and watching them become amazing siblings to my oldest child, Sayla, who has profound cerebral palsy.

April continues, “Sayla’s smile lights up our world, and because of her, as well as my background as an ER nurse and an interior decorator, I founded my organization Project Special Spaces, a nonprofit where we provide professionally interior decorated bedrooms to children with special needs living in Kentucky.”

The family moved to Kentucky 12 years ago to pursue better healthcare opportunities for Sayla, including a Medicaid waiver and access to better therapy. “It is my turn to give back with the goal of creating a more inclusive and compassionate environment for special needs children across our state,” April says.


SaylaApril FromApril:

We’re in this together! Here’s how you can get involved in creating a culture of inclusion for children with disabilities:

1.Educate at Home - Nurturing an inclusive culture begins in the family. Home is the first place to foster openness and a culture of inclusion. -

2.Exposure in society - When children are exposed to inclusion from an early age, they are more likely to approach children with disabilities with acceptance.

3. Empathize & interact - Interacting and communicating with special needs children, regardless of how they respond to you, is so important in building trust and rapport, as is eye contact and a smile!

4.Donate - If you would like to join our mission of compassion and inclusion for special needs children in Kentucky, please visit our website for details on ways to give, or become a project sponsor. Instagram: @projectspecialspaces

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CALENDAR of Events

What's happening in town this month?

Sports & Run/WalksPerforming & Visual ArtsCommunity Events


Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Greyline Station Block Party

5-9pm Greyline Station

Lexington Green Lakeside Live

6-10pm Lexington Green


Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park


Vintage Baseball 1pm Waveland


Lexington Junior League Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park


Lexington Junior League Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park


Lexington Junior League Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

Barbasol Championship (No ticket req.) 7am Keene Trace


Lexington Junior League Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Barbasol Championship 6:30am Keene Trace

Lexington Theatre Company: The Sound of Music

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

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Lexington Junior League Horse Show

Kentucky Horse Park

Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Lexington Theatre Company: The Sound of Music

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Barbasol Championship

6:30am Keene Trace


Kentucky Horse Park

Survive the Night Relays

Kroger Field


Lexington Junior League Horse Show

Kentucky Horse Park

Keeneland Concours d’Elegance



Kentucky Horse Park

Barbasol Championship

7am Keene Trace

Lexington Theatre Company: The Sound of Music

1pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Vintage Baseball

1pm Waveland


Barbasol Championship Sunday

7am Keene Trace

Lexington Theatre Company: The Sound of Music

1pm & 6:30pm Lexington Opera House


Kentucky Horse Park

Breyerfest 5K

7:45am Kentucky Horse Park


Melissa Etheridge

8pm Lexington Opera House


Matt Kearney

8pm Lexington Opera House


Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

A Taste of Keeneland Tour



Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

LexArts HOP Downtown


Chevy Chase Street Fair

4-10pm Euclid Avenue

Trae Crowder

8pm Lexington Opera House

Lexington Sporting Club

7pm Toyota Stadium

Run for Recovery


Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park


Lexington Reggae Fest Southland Drive


A Taste of Keeneland Tour



Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Lexington Green Lakeside Live

6-10pm Lexington Green


Appalachian Shakespeare Center’s

Julius Caesar

7:30pm Woodland Park

Lexington Sporting Club

7pm Toyota Stadium


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Lexington Wedding Expos

11am Central Bank Center


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Ballet Under the Stars

8pm Woodland Park


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Ballet Under the Stars

8pm Woodland Park

Lexington Theatre Company: Memphis

7:30pm Lexington Opera House


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Lexington Theatre Company: Memphis

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Ballet Under the Stars

8pm Woodland Park


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Lexington Theatre Company: Memphis

1pm & 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Ballet Under the Stars

8pm Woodland Park


2023 Lexington Challenger Tennis Tournament presented by Meridian

Wealth Management

Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex

Lexington Theatre Company: Memphis

1pm Lexington Opera House

Ballet Under the Stars

8pm Woodland Park


Picnic with the Pops: An Evening of Symphonic Disco

Keene Meadow

A Midsummer Night’s Run

6pm Downtown


The Bluegrass Bash benefiting Arbor

Youth Services

7pm Mane on Main


Go Red for Women Luncheon

11:30am Central Bank Center

While we make every effort to ensure accuracy of the information presented, some listings may be out of date. Before attending any event, please check with the hosting organization for the latest updates.

out & about!

LASC’s Art & Science of Mixology Pattie A. Clay Auxilary Ball 2023 Maserati Mingle Lexington Public Library Summer Kicko Lisa Higgins-Hord, Lisa Adkins and Dr. Ti any Daniels at the Grassroots Black Leadership Awards
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Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

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June 10 • Donamire Farm • photos by Carmen Siguenza

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Bill Reed, Tracie Reed, Greg Robbins and Susan Robbins


We pride ourselves on our Mount Sterling location just 25 miles east of Lexington, where “Small Town America” is still alive and well throughout the community. We want to extend an invitation to individuals 65 and over that are interested in experiencing an exceptional lifestyle to stay in one of our beautifully decorated apartments, receive a relaxing manicure and pedicure and enjoy delicious meals and scheduled activities tailored to them.



1. Reduced Rates for a limited Time 2. $500 Referral Fee 3. Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Assistance 4. All-Inclusive Welcoming Community 5. Only 25 min from Lexington in Historic Mt. Sterling 6. Spacious Ballroom to/for Rent/events 7. On-Site Salon 8. Physician Practice on Premises 9. Studio and One Bedroom Apartments with spacious private baths 10. Three Home Cooked meals cooked daily.

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June 3-4 • Red Mile • photos by Woody Phillips

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gainesway stallion parade & po party

May 27 • photos by Liz Katherine

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June 15 • EasterSeals • photos by Ron Morrow

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GET BACK ON Track with Tates Creek Chiropractic

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The Abigail

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The Sycamore Bend

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Welcome to the 2023 Grand Tour of Homes!

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Meet Jack Vanwinkle

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Welcome to FIREBROOK : Richmond’s Newest Subdivision

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Exterior Facelifts

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Motor Lodge Luxe

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jennifer hawkins State Farm

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garrett coats

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dan wu

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chris schenk

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maggie wells

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diane verhalen

page 56

albert lukonga

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farris huehls

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ben pickett

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liz hodge

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shannon arvin

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ashley c. smith

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heather lewis mcintosh

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matt garland

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erin lewis

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kymberly mccreary

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kyle zimmerman

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demetrus liggins

page 43

brandon rivard

page 42


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Entreprenuership 101:

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Capturing Beauty With Just One Shot

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