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Volume 13 Number 6

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COMMUNITY 30

Get to Know:

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Non Profit Spotlight:

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Ellen Calipari This One’s for the Girls

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Leading Ladies New & Noteworthy Art in the Bluegrass:

Soreyda Benedit-Begley

LIFESTYLE 86

Fashion:

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Outfit of the Month:

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Gor-Jess:

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Wow Wedding:

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Weddings Unveiled:

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Summer Stunners PASTELegance Gemma Chan Rebecca & Alex

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White Bridesmaid Dresses Father’s Day Gifts:

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AT HOME 116 138

Color Catalog:

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Super Mom

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Reflecting Pool Sarah Gilbert Pets:

Tips for the Sitter

EATS & ENTERTAINMENT 148

Dining:

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Patios:

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Recipe:

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Tour of Homes:

Eclectic Elegance

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Pearl’s Pizza Pie Dining Al Fresco Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps Bite Into June BBN:

Short Stop Long Haul KY Welcomes a New Tradition

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A Career of Service:

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Equine Update

Julie Berry


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Out & About Derby Recap Derby Eve:

Celebration of Second Chances

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Derby Eve Soirée KY Bluegrass Wine Auction Derby Gala Bourbon & Browns TOPS:

May Preview Party H’Artful of Fun Dancing with the Lexington Stars

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One Patrent Scholar House:

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American Cancer Society:

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YMCA of Central KY:

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Top Shots

Education Builds Hope Luncheon

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Purses Pouts & Pearls Black Achievers Awards

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YMCA Derby Dash in Frankfort

Jaime Sayre Kawaja, DeAnn Stephens and Debbie Green at the WISH 100 Luncheon

Cumberland Valley National Bank Grand Opening

Hager Cabinets Grand Opening

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Kaitlyn Emanuel, Ashe Parker, Catherine Docherty, John Mullins, Savannah Vaughn, Sarah Muahi and Kim Robinson Dunham at Dancing with the Lexington Stars

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Get to Know:

Ellen Calipari

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Non Profit Spotlight:

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Leading Ladies

This One’s for the Girls

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New & Noteworthy Art in the Bluegrass:

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ellen calipari if

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you aren’t following Ellen Calipari on Instagram, you are doing yourself a disservice. Her witty digs at Coach (she regularly posts to remind her “roommate” to take out the trash) and her adoration for her children are the consistent theme. Don’t worry. Coach Cal doesn’t mind the digs. As Ellen put it, “All is fair in love and war.”

I was able to experience Ellen’s sass and class first hand during our shopping excursion, interview and photo shoot. While getting to know Ellen, it became very apparent that her children are everything to her. At 32, 29 and 22, Erin, Megan and Brad still have a strong mama bear in their corner. Being the most famous family in Central Kentucky isn’t always easy, so giving them a sense of stability has always been Ellen’s main priority. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t really gotten to know Ellen until recently. She had remained relatively private, but when she felt like all her kids were in a good place, she jumped on the Instagram train. Fans have loved getting a sneak peak at what goes on behind the gates of the Calipari’s beautiful Richmond Road home. We were all surprised to learn just how normal Mr. and Mrs. Calipari are. And that was her goal. Now BBN knows that Ellen isn’t just the First Lady of Kentucky Basketball. She is a warm-hearted, quick-witted force to be reckoned with. interview by Megan Hillenmeyer | photos by Keni Parks TOPS: This is our Leading Ladies of Lexington issue. What advice would you give to young women today in leadership roles? Ellen Calipari: Personally, I think it is important to lead by example. Start out by knowing what you want and don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. You need to have confidence in yourself and people will have confidence in you. And lastly, be sure to help, encourage and support others along the way. I see my daughters do this in their jobs today, and I’m proud of the way they handle situations and how outspoken they are. TOPS: Who is your biggest female inspiration or most notable mentor? Ellen: I would have to say my mother is my biggest mentor. She raised four kids, worked, cooked, cleaned and sewed. I’m sure I attempted to model myself after her. She set the tone for having a great work ethic. She seemed to work tirelessly, and now, in hindsight, I have no idea how she accomplished all that she did! It taught me to be a very solid person in who I am today and to have strong family values and morals. I have attempted to pass those things on to my children. TOPS: Tell us what it means to you to see your daughters flourish as grown women. Ellen: I am very proud of both of them and it’s hard to put that feeling into words. They are both extremely hard workers and both very good at what they do. They started out working at John’s camps in the summers, which I would like to think led them down the path to having a good work ethic. Needless to say,

they have really come a long way! They have become independent outspoken, eloquent – when they need to be – tough girls. Tough in a good way! TOPS: As a busy mom of three, how do you find balance? Ellen: I’m not sure I do! I just try to take things as they come. Everything I do has always been about my kids and I would credit them for helping me keep my sanity. Living life in the public eye can be extremely difficult. Raising kids with a good head on their shoulders has been a challenge. Now I’m at a place where if I need to do #12’s laundry, I will. If I need to drive to Nashville to help the Dr., I can, or I can try a recipe on Earthly’s website or do some woodworking. TOPS: What is your favorite part about being a part of the UK family? Ellen: Being a part of college basketball is fun. You need the kind of fan base we have here, that supports the team the way it does. The UK family is so widespread that you see fans literally everywhere you go, which is nice. TOPS: As a mom, what is it like seeing your husband and son work together? I have to say I was a little leery at first. I give Brad a lot of credit for making the decision to play for his dad because it’s not an easy thing to do. I didn’t know how John would be with him, and of course I have to protect my son! It has ended up being a great thing and for the most part, John has been pretty good. The question is, do I have to call him Coach Cal? Umm…no! But

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I do have to try and get my 2 cents in when I can, like any parent would! TOPS: You seem to take on a motherly role to all of the players. Tell us what that role entails. Ellen: After doing this for a few years, I have an idea what these kids are going through and I just want to make things comfortable for them in any way that I can. They are away from home, some of them for the first time, which can be extremely difficult. Their families really don’t realize the demands on them. The commitment for class, practice and strength conditioning is very time consuming. When they come to the house, I try to observe their needs. I know Ashton likes hot sauce so I always try and have that on hand. Kyle Wiltjer couldn’t eat chocolate, so when it was his birthday I made cookies that he told me he liked. I try to be aware of what they might need and make sure I can have that for them. To me, birthdays should be important and special, especially when they are away from home, so I started making brownies, but I have to say that it’s not about the brownies; it’s about the recipient and recognition of their birthday. TOPS: After years of living a relatively private life, you recently become known for your witty Instagram account. Have you had fun interacting with fans? Ellen: Yes, I have had fun. I mainly started it just to see what my kids were putting on Twitter and Instagram. Then I decided to try to make things fun. My dad is one of the wittiest, most sarcastic people I know, and I think humor is imperative in anything you do. I don’t tell John this, but he is pretty funny too. I just can’t let him know I think he is funny. I think my main goal, especially with the trash situation, is to try to paint a picture of reality, when there is not a sense of reality with him. Everyone has him on a pedestal and he is regular person, which is the point I am trying to make. I don’t tell him what I am putting out there. I try to do it discreetly and, of course I’m protecting his identity because I don’t use his name. I am not really trying to shame him but if that happens, oh well! It has worked to my benefit, because he hears about it from other people. TOPS: Does he ever give you a hard time for throwing him under the bus? Ellen: No, he knows he has it coming. He would do the same to me. In fact, I have spent my life not being able to defend myself when he says something about me. It was time to turn the table. All is fair in love and war, right? TOPS: Are there any challenges to living in the spotlight? Ellen: Absolutely! I’m a private person, and the fact that you have no anonymity has been difficult when it comes to raising kids. It’s hard to raise normal kids in an abnormal environment. I grew up in a small town so the part where everyone knows your business doesn’t bother me, because I have nothing to hide. I don’t do anything that needs to be hidden. The worship factor is hard to explain. Everyone worships the ground my husband walks on, but at home, he is just the guy who watches TV and

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doesn’t listen to you and leaves a mess. He is just a normal person. TOPS: What do you and “The Roommate” like to do during the off-season to unwind? Ellen: We are very low key. We don’t do a lot. We built a house on the Jersey shore because we started going there, with friends, when we lived in New Jersey. We walk on the boardwalk, ride bikes, walk the dogs, drive to Boston to see Megan, etc. I describe us as being disappointingly normal. The Roommate is not very good at unwinding. He would say he is, but he really isn’t. When he needs to recruit, he comes in and out of Jersey. He is always back on campus for camps and recruiting. His work is really constant so there is not a true off-season like people think. TOPS: Can you leave the house in Jersey without people staring? Ellen: You can more so than in Lexington, but I am always amazed that people recognize him everywhere we go. He is a nationally recognized public figure, which just means that I can never get away from it. He is always accommodating. TOPS: Tell us about your passion for woodworking. Ellen: I am basically the man of the house. I can fix almost anything. I have a toolbox and power tools. I do all of the physical labor – which I try to make clear on my Instagram. My dad was very handy. He isn’t into wood working, but my brother and his wife are. My sister-in-law got me started years ago and I started out making small crafts that I would sell at a local craft fair, when we were in Massachusetts. My girls were really young so I would let them paint and build with me. Then, over time, my projects got progressively bigger. I have built some big items that I have seen on Pinterest, in Pottery Barn or other places. Now I just make things when I have time, but uninterrupted time is hard to find these days. TOPS: Any other talents or hobbies people would be surprised to hear about? Ellen: I like to do things that might surprise people. I think that’s why my girls do what they do. It’s not that I like being rebellious, but I like being a nonconformist when it comes to who people think I am. I do have a conceal and carry permit. Would that surprise people? In Tennessee, I had someone break into my car twice, and once someone tried to break into our home. We had a friend who was a sheriff, and he was the one who urged me to get my permit. So Erin and I took the class together and we both had our conceal and carry permits in Tennessee. Now I have one in Kentucky. I enjoy going to the gun range and shooting. Whether you have to use it or not, it is there. TOPS: What do you love about living in Lexington? Ellen: Lexington is a beautiful place and the people are very friendly. I like the fact that it is a college town. I’m not a city person so it’s a comfortable size for me. It’s unique, in the way that you have both the horse world and also the sports world going for it. You can either participate in both or choose one. It has been a great place to live, and a great place to raise kids. •

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THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS For our Leading Ladies of Lexington issue, we wanted to feature a few of the local non-profit organizations that are encouraging, empowering and engaging women and girls in our community. These three powerhouse groups led by women are making an impact in Kentucky and beyond. One group is lifting up the voices of girls and inviting them to engage with the arts. Another is helping local women put their best foot forward during job interviews. The third inspires girls to be confident and active. What they have in common is a desire to lift up girls and women, helping them to achieve more and dream bigger. story by Lauren Henry Rogers

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THE GIRL PROJECT The arts have become more than a passion and profession for The Girl Project Co-Founders Vanessa Becker-Weig and Ellie Clark; it has adapted into a mission and a life calling. Seven years ago, Vanessa and Ellie bonded over the the desire to make a bigger impact with their theater backgrounds. Inspired by two of their close friends who were using their own experiences to provide empowerment workshops to youth, they simply asked the question of themselves: ‘what if’? Vanessa postulates, “What if we created something here in Central Kentucky to be a platform for young people to find, hone and use their voices?” They did just that and have made a remarkable impact in the lives of all of their participants who have become lifetime advocates, not just for the arts, but for the overall good of humanity. “Going into our seventh year of The Girl Project, we are taking time to shake things up and remix our mission to be most effective moving forward,” Vanessa explains. Part of this Remix Year will include a two-week gathering of The Girl Project Alum this summer to discuss and create

the NEW Project Curriculum before closing out their tenure with a performance. Much akin to their staple program, this gathering will feature artists who will help with the alumni in creating pieces that can be used to tour in schools. Another program they are piloting is set to be called The Boy Project tailored more to younger men to continue the conversation and to make things more accessible and more inclusive to more people. Shares Vanessa, “The Project means everything to me. I have grown so much as a person; more accepting and more understanding.” She continues, “Ellie and I may be the co-founders, but the community behind this project consisting of all of our incredible team members including Jeni Benavides, our CoDirector, Margaret McGladrey, our Arts Advocacy Director, and all of our amazing guest artists and participants, is truly this collection of women and men who work so effectively as parts to a cohesive, effective whole. We feel very lucky in that regard and look forward to what we are growing together."

LOOKING AHEAD: September of 2020: The program will hold their next Voices HEaRd Kentucky community wide festival featuring the streamlining and culmination of The Girl Project and The Boy Project programs. STAY TUNED: Make sure to continue checking The Girl Project website for all of the details on the expanding programs at thegirlprojectky.org. photo courtesy of The Girl Project

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS ® LEXINGTON For over twenty years, Dress for Success® has been shaping and styling the lives of women for the better all over the world. In 2013, two Lexington women founded the local chapter which has served an impressive 650 ladies to date through both their Suiting Program and Career Center. With Dress for Success® Lexington, once women are referred by community based social service agencies and other non-profit groups, they are matched with an individual stylist consultant who provides a business suit to wear to her interview, a week’s worth of work appropriate wardrobe options once she gets her job and access to the Career Center which equips her with critical tools essential to job retainment and advancement. DFS Lexington Executive Director, Molly Hunt, shares, “As a former administrator in an area alternative school, this position gives me a venue to continue working with people I have known and loved for many years. None of us are immune to life's down moments; it's a gift to be able to help others through theirs.” In order to help many more women moving forward, there will be a predominant focus this year on expanding client services and programming. “We will be revisiting our volunteer base, donors, and referral agencies, as well as working to increase community involvement,” Molly explains. She continues, “I have rarely been as impressed as I have been with the volunteers who work selflessly and tirelessly at DFS Lexington in the Client Center including Deborah Slaton, Marilyn Gall, and Mireille Loo. They give freely of their time and they are inspiring, missionminded women performing outstanding acts of kindness for the greater good.”

UP NEXT: August Back to School sale will be August 8-10th with The Public Sale day on August 10th GET INVOLVED: Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. For more information, on attending an event or to get involved, please visit lexington.dressforsuccess.org.

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GIRLS ON THE RUN The Girls on the Run Organization of Central Kentucky is not only inspiring future life champions, it is increasing tempo and catching a miraculous stride as they enter their tenth year in Central Kentucky. Beginning in 2009 with only two groups out of Fayette County and 26 participants, the program has progressed to include 20 total counties within Central Kentucky over the last 8 years. Girls on The Run, or GOTR, Executive Director, Heidi Guckenberg, imparts, “We are hoping to continue expanding the Girls on the Run program to reach more girls in 2019! We finished our Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season with over 1,300 girls completing the program in 20 counties. Our goal for this season is to increase this to 1,500.” Over 52% of the girls received scholarship funds to cover their registration fees and the organization has several exciting fundraisers planned for 2019 to ensure they have enough funds for these scholarships. Drawn to the life lessons and tools to help build self-confidence

GOTR promotes, Heidi began as a volunteer coach in 2009 and fell in love with what this program can offer younger girls. “These skills are exceptional and I wish I had them when I was younger!”, she exclaims. Heidi became the Executive Director in 2010 hoping that one day, this program would someday be available to her daughters. “My oldest just completed her first year of the program and seeing the changes and increase in self confidence in her and her friends makes my heart full,” she shares. One misconception people often have about volunteering with this organization is that they have to be avid runners and female to sign up. Not so! “We love having male and female volunteers to encourage our girls of any age,” Heidi explains. She continues, “Junior coaches start in middle school and we've even had great grandmothers pass out lap counters to our girls at practice. If you have a passion for living healthy and serving 3rd-8th grade girls, we have a spot for you!”

LOOKING AHEAD: • GOTR’s Back to School fundraiser with John's Run/Walk Shop will be August 28th 7-9pm • 10 Year Anniversary Party at West 6th on September 21st 2-6pm • GOTR’s largest fundraiser, Family Date Night at Malone’s November 8th 6-8pm GET INVOLVED: To learn more about upcoming events or how to get involved, please visit gotrcentralky.org. photo courtesy of Girls on the Run of Central Kentucky

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Sherri Mosley Owner

Carl Meyers 111 Clay Ave. 859.252.2004 CarlMeyers.com Sherri previously worked in Kingsport, TN as the Executive Director of the Downtown Kingsport Association. “Through that role, I was able to promote locally owned small businesses which led to my interest in one day being on the other side and owning my own,” she said. “I think it is extremely important for cities to support their locals’ endeavors. To me, this is what makes an individual city’s culture so unique, and it’s what separates us from other places.” When Sherri moved to Lexington, she had the opportunity to help carry on one of the businesses that makes this city so special. She said, “Carl’s legacy has been a huge inspiration to me. I appreciate all of the work that Carl had put into the store and it is an honor for me to be able to carry on that tradition by putting amazing women in gorgeous clothing. I will go above and beyond, working tirelessly to make sure that we can deliver exactly what our clientele wants.” Sherri explained that her family is involved in the store and that helps her strike a better work/ life balance. “My daughter works alongside me in the store while my son and husband are extremely helpful with anything that we may need,” she said.

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Clare Miller Co-Owner

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Market on National 730 National Ave. 859.327.3876 MarketonNational.com Upon entering Market on National, the locally owned furniture and home accessories boutique located in the heart of the Warehouse Block, customers are greeted by one of two friendly faces. Clare and Michelle have one goal in mind, and that is to create a space that is a reflection of their client’s personality and lifestyle. Clare has been working in the furniture industry for over six years. Two of those years were under Hugh James at Lexington Furniture Company while finishing her Interior Design degree. It was through her strong work ethic and determination that she and Hugh decided to open Market on National. “Working hard is part of my innate being. I really don’t feel like myself if I’m not working on a project or working toward a bigger goal,” Clare explained. “Maintaining a good balance of work and life has always been the toughest thing for me to achieve, especially as a young business owner that is constantly on the go." Michelle started her career in design as an intern for Market on National in 2015. Upon graduating with a degree in Interior Design at UK, Michelle came on board full-time. Michelle is passionate about her job and loves working for a locally owned business where the focus is the customers. To other ladies considering leadership or ownership positions, Clare gives this piece of advice: “Go for it! Take the risk and prepare to work hard. Step back every once in a while and be proud of what you’ve been able to accomplish!”

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Lauren West Owner

Drybar & Peplum 836 Euclid Ave. Ste. 101 859.618.6093 TheDrybar.com As a female entrepreneur, Lauren knows dedication is key. “You must be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams. There have been many times I’ve felt discouraged or frustrated, and the natural human reaction is to quit. Those moments are when you have to force yourself to push through and get across the finish line,” she explained. "No one is going to do the hard work for you." Lauren said she found inspiration in Drybar’s Founder, Alli Webb. “She was dedicated to the pursuit of her dream and it has resulted in the great success that is Drybar!” “Creating a life that I love to live and am proud of is my goal every day. There is no way I would have been able to accomplish the things I've done without such a strong support system,” she said. “My mom and I own Peplum together, and she has really stepped up to take over the day-to-day operations while I have been focused on Drybar. My husband has also been very handson during the ramp up to Drybar’s opening." What is Lauren's next goal? "To find more balance! Recently, I’ve been totally consumed with the opening of Drybar, but I know the hard work and intensity is necessary. I try and remind myself that right now, I am in a season of my life where it’s all about work, but it won't always be this way.”

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Alison Sheshull

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Emily Grant

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Bluegrass Land Title 2800 Palumbo Dr. Ste. 102 859.266.1611 BLTKy.com Since graduating from the UK College of Law in 2012, Emily has practiced transactional real estate law for Bluegrass Land Title. “The commitment of my partners and the staff at Bluegrass Land Title inspires me every day,” Emily said. “They are the hardest working team I’ve ever known, and their commitment to our clients is second to none.” “My secret weapon is a commitment to working hard for my clients and doing the right thing–no matter the circumstance. It’s a simple philosophy that my father preached to me when I was just entering the business world,” Emily continued. “I believe it led me to where I am today, and it continues to drive our success as a company.” Carol has over 20 years of experience in the title industry business. “My mother always told me, ‘You can achieve any greatness with hard work.’ I believe it, live it and witness it every day at Bluegrass Land Title,” she said. “I love to be a part of a team of other hard workers with such dedication, focus and loyalty.” Alison is thrilled to work for a company that invests in her. “Find an organization that believes in you and shares the same vision for your future,” she advised. “You have to work hard for what you want. I think with both those things working in your favor, you’re unstoppable!”

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Design Link 2437 Fortune Dr. Ste. 175 859.225.0310 DesignLink.us Nancy and Jessica started Design Link 12 years ago, just after Jessica graduated from UK with her interior design degree. Nancy had been in the industry for 20+ years, and the timing felt right for them to team up and go out on their own to create a residential and commercial design firm. Jessica admits that being a working mom has its challenges, but said that “both Nancy and I have amazing support from our families. Our husbands are our biggest cheerleaders.” The staff at Design Link is made up of 2 additional degreed designers and 3 ladies that keep the behind the scenes operation running. Nancy shared, “Without the team we are so fortunate to have, we couldn’t begin to juggle it all. They play an enormous role in our success.” In addition, both ladies attribute much of their success to their clients. “We have been blessed to have established long term relationships with many of our customers. Their loyalty has been pivotal is helping us succeed.” Design Link is excited about the future, their continued growth and new opportunities.

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Rebecca Hern AVP Private Banker

WesBanco Bank, Inc. 400 E. Vine St. Ste. 102

859.244.7255 wesbanco.com Rebecca began her career as a retail banker. “I was able to learn all sides of the business, including how to develop long lasting relationships with my clients,” she explained. “What I believe to be most important is making sure my clients are happy with the service I provide. I always have my clients' best interests at heart.” She said that one of her early challenges was not being taken seriously. She knows that is common for young people entering the workforce so she says it’s important to always go for what you want. “Don’t allow yourself to be overlooked,” she advised. “If you have an innovative idea, share it until someone listens to you.”

Yajaira Aich West Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director

PNC Bank 301 E. Main St. Ste. 300 859.281.5231 PNC.com Yajaira has been with PNC for thirteen years and in her current role for the last ten. She manages the philanthropic investments in eleven counties where PNC has a presence in central and southeast Kentucky. “I am inspired by the fact that my job responsibilities help make a positive impact on the counties where PNC employees and community members live, work and play,” she explained. She is also an active member of the community through volunteerism and board service. “I come from a family of fearless, independent and resilient women. I believe in leading by example and strive to be thoughtful, strong and compassionate in my daily life, so these characteristics may come naturally to my two amazing daughters.” 46

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Susan Kennedy, Taft McKinstry & Johanna Ellison Attorneys

Fowler Bell, PLLC 300 W. Vine St. 859.252.6700 FowlerLaw.com Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law, Taft joined the law firm that is now known as Fowler Bell, PLLC. “At that time, there were only five other female attorneys in Lexington,” Taft explained. Today the firm is a respected leader in commercial, bankruptcy and litigation law, known for finding practical solutions to complex matters. “I am forever appreciative of the support that Fowler Bell gave me then, and has given me throughout my career.” Susan has been practicing law for 34 years, and 26 of those years have been with Fowler Bell. Like Taft, she has found the Fowler Bell environment to be one of support. In those years, she has found inspiration in women who show courage in their lives, professions or roles as leaders. “I admire brave women who just ‘go for it’, whatever ‘it’ may be for them,” she said. Johanna believes that focus is essential to not only providing great service, but also to building success. “Whether it’s as small as responding to a client’s quick question or as big as preparing an appellate brief on a key legal issue, each task is a building block for your reputation,” Johanna said. “Everything you do is an opportunity to show someone that the work you do is quality and that you are there for them."

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Carrie Patterson Sales, Marketing, Design and Operations

Carpet One Floor & Home 390 E. New Circle Rd. 859.253.0004 CarpetOneLex.com Carrie Patterson has been working for the family business since she graduated college. She helped transform their showroom into a beautiful showcase of flooring products, including rugs, carpet, hardwood and tile. She loves seeing new projects through, from the design stage to installation. “Seeing how excited our customers are after installation is the real reward!” For Carrie, finding work/life balance is her biggest challenge. She is inspired by other women who work hard and take chances. She said, “Focus on long term goals and be fair to people. Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight!”

Ranada Riley Owner and Chef

Ranada's Bistro + Bar 400 Old Vine St. 859.523.4141 Ranadas.com When Ranada set out to create her namesake restaurant, she wanted the experience to be about more than just great food. “I love connecting people with food, art, music and their community,” Ranada said. “I have strived to create an atmosphere that helps people feel welcomed and embraced. Having a team with a shared vision makes it all possible!” Ranada’s biggest inspiration is her mom. “She has always supported me and inspires me to do the same for others,” she explained. “Remembering my mom and grandmother cooking and snapping beans are memories that I cherish. There's a little bit of them in everything I make.” 48

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Crinda Francke President

ExecuTrain of Kentucky 230 Lexington Green Circle Ste. 110 859.271.0296 ExecuTrain.com/ky “My husband and I formed ExecuTrain of Kentucky, which offers training and development for business owners and their employees," she said. “We help other entrepreneurs increase the skill level and productivity of their employees." Crinda knows the challenges of being in a male-dominated industry. “There have been so many times where I have been underestimated or made to feel lesser than because people wanted to make me feel like I didn’t belong," she said. She is proud to say that by doing things the hard way, she’s learned her own presence and personality, making a huge difference in her own selfconfidence, and her business. Crinda believes entrepreneurship runs in her blood, and says that her mother inspired her to achieve success. “My mom really had a huge influence on my career path and instilled a confidence in me that I could do anything if I was willing to do the work," she explained. Her key to success? “Approach every opportunity as a long-term relationship,” she said. “I start with a ‘can-do’ attitude. It’s rare that you’ll hear me say ‘we can’t do that’: rather, ‘How can we make this work for them?’” profile by Claire Tauer photo by Andrew Kung

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Kelly King Owner

The Venues of the Grand Reserve 903 Manchester St. 859.608.6221 GrandReserveEvents.com Encompassing five event spaces, the Venues of the Grand Reserve is a multitasker, just like it’s owner, Kelly King (co-owner Jill Bakehorn). “The Venues of the Grand Reserve was conceptualized and brought to life in 2010 with the opening of the Barrel House Events Center,” said Kelly. “From there, the Grand Reserve opened in 2012 along with the outdoor space called Garden Branch.” These everevolving spaces have now grown to include the Distillery Square and Speakeasy, compiling over 52,000 square feet of event space in Downtown Lexington’s Distillery District. Part of what has helped Kelly and her incredible team is their ability to meet obstacles head on and continue thriving. “We love a challenge and find ourselves constantly welcoming new events with new needs,” she said. “Being able to meet those needs is very rewarding!” With outstanding parent mentors, it is no surprise that Kelly remains extremely family oriented and family driven. She shared, “Juggling work, triplets and everyday life is definitely hectic at times but when you have the support of family, friends and co-workers, it becomes less stressful. My parents are great role models, which has inspired me to be the best for my kids. They taught me to always work hard, and that your word is your bond.” Anyone who has been to the Venues of the Grand Reserve can see that hard work and attention to detail around every corner. Kelly says, “I love being a business owner and I love being a mom. So I stay organized and try my best to excel at both.”” profile by Lauren Rogers

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Dr. Susan Neil Owner, Physician

Susan E. Neil M.D. Aesthetic Medicine and Wellness 2101 Nicholasville Rd. Ste. 206 859.278.6345 SusanNeilMD.com As a leader in advancing aesthetics in Lexington, Susan E. Neil, MD has enjoyed learning about and introducing the latest treatment options over the last two decades. She was among the first physicians in the US to use Thermage®, a unique non-surgical procedure for firming and contouring skin and reducing wrinkles. She said, “I love getting instant natural-looking results that patients can see.” Dr. Neil, a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery since 2004, has been offering Sculptra® for over 15 years – ever since it was introduced as a way to treat HIV lipodystrophy. Today, Dr. Neil is helping patients achieve a more youthful face shape through this natural, minimally invasive treatment. It helps rebuild and stimulate collagen, improving the look of wrinkles and folds over time. Often times, Dr. Neil combines Sculptra® with other fillers to soften lines or enhance the results. Dr. Neil has run her own private practice since 1999. “What I enjoy most about my practice are the longterm relationships I’ve had with my patients–some over 20 years,” she said. “I like knowing all of my patients and avoiding the bureaucracy associated with some larger, corporately-owned practices.”

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Mary-Alicha Weldon City President - Commercial Banking Lead Team

Fifth Third Bank 859.455.5404 250 W. Main St. Ste. 300 53.com Mary-Alicha, known by many as “MA”, began her career in the financial services industry at Fifth Third Bank while completing her MBA at UK. Since then, she’s held both sales and management positions in a variety of divisions, including spending the last 11 years as a relationship manager in commercial banking. “24 years and several roles later, I reached what I consider my pinnacle goal and was named city president of Fifth Third Bank Lexington,” she said. “This new opportunity allows me to connect more deeply with community leaders and organizations and continue representing and servicing the many valued relationships we have with our clients and their companies.” When MA joined the bank, she was fortunate to see women in senior leadership positions who served as role models as she worked to advance her own career. She said, “I have always had a strong drive to succeed and approach most situations with a defined goal in mind and a determined drive to attain it.” “The opportunities for working women in Lexington are many and diverse,” Mary-Alicha said. “Networking is a key component to growing your career and finding that next great opportunity. Get yourself out there. Position yourself so others think of you when they need a key hire–or know someone that is looking!” “Lastly, don’t shy away from opportunities that may be outside your comfort zone – step into them!”

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Keni Parks Owner/Operator

Keni Parks Photography 501 E. High St. 859.797.8910 KeniParks.com As a professional photographer for 18 years, Keni takes great joy in helping the people she photographs feel at ease. “From behind the lens, I get to connect with so many people,” she explained. “It is my goal to make everyone feel special, and to make everyone feel comfortable. I love hearing people say after a shoot ‘that was easy!’” Keni has grown to feel confident in her work. “I know that I know how to do my job, and I can just focus on the relationship with the client and product completely. With every shoot, I want to produce great images, but even more, I hope to make a new future friend or further a business relationship.” Keni’s first professional photography job had her working alongside Allyson Jones and Leslie Childers of Holifield Photography. “I learned from them how to confidently think fast and perform under pressure. They both are still trendsetters in the portrait industry,” she said. Keni admits that her biggest challenge is the comparison game. “I’ve spent hours in the middle of the night looking at other photographers’ Instagram accounts, wishing that I could come up with witty captions or always pick just the right photo to post,” she said. “Competition is healthy–embrace it! Just own your style and your way of doing what you do. Let your work speak for itself.” photo by Jenny Lane Hansen

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Chasta Foust Manager & Co-Founder

Relix Bridal 118 Marion Ste. 130 859.523.1273 RelixBridal.com Chasta has spent over a decade in the bridal industry. “Starting a business from scratch and learning about the market has been my biggest challenge yet,” she said. “I came to Lexington from Knoxville. I’m so excited to plant roots here and grow alongside the many other successful women in this city. I also want to be a great role model for my daughter: knowing she is watching me is what drives me every day.” What’s her secret to success? “The secret is there are no secrets. It takes hard work, dedication, authenticity and compassion to be successful.” She added, “Find a group of like-minded women and stay connected with them throughout your journey.”

Elizabeth Hobbs VP Commercial Lender

Traditional Bank 2801 Palumbo Dr. Ste. 100 859.619.5677 traditionalbank.com Elizabeth’s career began over 13 years ago in the Internal Audit Department. In 2010, she transitioned to lending to be able to work directly with customers. She believes it’s important to step outside of your comfort zone. She said, “The only person that can shortstop your success is yourself.” Elizabeth knows firsthand that striking the right work/life balance can be a challenge. “I think you have to accept that it is almost impossible to be 100% in all areas 100% of the time. The balance is knowing when you need to shift gears, and knowing which obligations demand the greatest attention,” she said. “We all want to be all things to all people, but we also need to take time for ourselves.” 54

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Michelle Krentz Owner

Blo Blow Dry Bar 118 Marion Ste. 135 859.309.1934 BloMeDry.com World Champion and Gold Medal Equestrian Michelle spent seven years in the non-profit sector with an equine organization before making the leap to open Blo. The UK alumna comes from a family of entrepreneurs and had always dreamt of building something of her own. Blo was the perfect fit for her passion and drive. Michelle credits her staff as her secret to success. “The most fulfilling aspect of owning and managing Blo is watching each client leave happier and more confident and seeing the pride my staff has in their work. The culmination of bettering lives and providing a creative outlet and opportunity for my staff inspires me to work hard every single minute of every single day,” she said. “I believe in any industry, workplace culture can make or break your business. My team respects and admires each other, which translates to a wonderful support system.” Michelle knows that balancing career and home is a common challenge. “The work/life balance is one of the toughest struggles for the professional woman,” Michelle said. “While my family and home will always be my priority, I am lucky to have a fiancé that has really taken the reins on ensuring that everything runs smoothly at home while I work.”

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Sarah Dougherty Physician Assistant

Lexington Women's Health 1775 Alysheba Way Ste. 180 859.264.8811 lexingtonwomens.com Prior to her PA schooling, Sarah received her first clinical experience working as Dr. Jennifer Fuson’s medical assistant at Lexington Women’s Health. She returned to the practice in 2014, where she now specializes in women’s health and obesity medicine. She and the staff focus on helping women feel supported, secure and special, no matter what brought them into the office. “My patients inspire me. They trust me with their health each day, year after year. Seeing them achieve their health goals invigorates me to be the best medical provider I can be,” she said. “We have experience, both professional and personal, to help you through almost any situation. Whatever you face, chances are, we’ve been there.” Sarah believes her secret weapon to success is discipline. “I prioritize my time with family, my health and my obligations. I enjoy setting time aside for myself each morning to work out or read a book. This allows me to recharge and set my intentions for the day.” “My biggest challenge as a working mom is staying present in my life. I am always reminding myself to slow down, take deep breaths and enjoy every minute of my day,” Sarah explained. “My husband and I have a shared family calendar, which helps us organize our work schedules, workouts, date nights, dinners with friends and travel without overbooking our days.” Sarah encourages other women who want to build their careers in Lexington to get involved with local professional organizations or charities. “This provides a wonderful place to not only support our community, but to network with other working moms, professionals and business owners.”

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Karla Stephen, MD Owner/Physician

Center for Anti-Aging MedSpa 535 Wellington Way, Ste. 360 859.402.2005 AntiAgingLex.com Born in Pikeville, Kentucky and a UK College of Medicine graduate, Karla Stephen, MD has always loved helping people become their best self. “I realized early on that aesthetic care was tremendously important for maintaining confidence, as well as how you present yourself to others,” Dr. Stephen explained. In private practice since 2007, Dr. Stephen serves as the sole owner, medical director and provider at Center for Anti-Aging MedSpa. “I find it is very rewarding to help people feel better about themselves. My team and I love taking care of our patients and look forward to coming to work everyday." Dr. Stephen says one of her most important qualities is her ability to multitask. In addition to owning the MedSpa, she also works as a hospitalist at Baptist Health and helps her husband run their thoroughbred horse farm in Nicholasville, KY. Dr. Stephen has two sons. Andrew is in college at University of Alabama and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Ethan is a sophmore at Dunbar High School. “My life is pretty busy,” she said. “My biggest challenge has been learning to say no. I love my job and it doesn’t feel like work to me, so it’s easy to work too much.” Dr. Stephen’s best advice for other women professionals? “Find your tribe. A group of supportive women who encourage you. Involve yourself in things that are important to you and you’ll meet likeminded people who can help you grow,” she said.

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Leah Taylor-Wright Market Manager/Lender

Citizens Commerce Bank 4097 Nichols Park Dr. Ste. 100 859.721.3189 CitizensCommerce.com Leah has been in banking for over 13 years. She began her career as a loan administrator, which gave her a solid footing in lending. She specializes in residential and consumer lending, including purchases, refinance, VA, FHA and RHS, as well as in-house options and personal loans. “I am so motivated by my clients,” Leah explained. “I enjoy helping people accomplish their goals.” To achieve that, Leah believes in prioritizing her time and staying focused. “To me, it is important to be present and to make the most out of each day. Life is much more enjoyable when you actually take the time to enjoy it,” she said. “I try to do that whether it be work or personal. I’m committed to what I am doing at that given moment.” Leah looks to other women in her life for inspiration. “I’m inspired daily by multiple women who strive for personal and professional growth, yet support and build each other up while setting positive examples for those following in their footsteps,” she explained. For other women professionals, Leah’s advice is simple: “Surround yourself with great people. Be open to opportunities.”

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Rosie Mahan Manager

Ana Guzman Showroom Manager

Stones & Granite of Lexington 761 E. 7th St. 859.253.4070 StonesandGraniteLLC.com Meet Rosie and Ana, commonly known in their industry as "The Stone Sisters"! Stones & Granite is a family owned business since 2003. Rosie joined the team the year after, and she loves being a part of the home renovation business. “I love being able to provide the materials that allow customers to bring the natural beauty of stones into their homes or businesses,” she said. “We love meeting and exceeding their vision of what it can be.” Rosie knows that it’s hard to fulfill a leadership role and a positive “working woman” role model in a male-dominated industry. For her, it’s important to think forward. “Have a positive work ethic, always give 100% and never let anybody tell you what you can not do,” she advised. Ana knows that balancing work and life can be a struggle for women. “It takes a lot of patience. When I’m at work, I give all of my attention there. When I get home, I leave work issues behind,” she said. “My secret weapon is lots of determination to get things done on time.” Ana has lots of encouragement for other would-be entrepreneurs. “Follow your dreams of owning your own business,” she said. “It’s hard work, but if you set your mind on it, then it will happen for you!”

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Adriane Polyniak Owner, Executive Director

Bluegrass Hemp Oil 154 Patchen Dr. Ste. 95 859.963.3550 BluegrassHempOil.com Adriane worked to put herself through college, where she earned a degree in accounting. She worked in various roles in a number of business sectors, but often working in entrepreneurial endeavors. “My career path is not one that would probably make sense to anyone but me,” she joked. “My experience has given me the opportunity to face a variety of environments and conquer the challenges thrown at me.” Today, Adriane manages the operations of Kentucky Cannabis Company and Bluegrass Hemp Oil, two vertically integrated, locally owned, Kentucky based businesses focused on high quality, full spectrum CBD extracts. “My professional inspiration is grounded in the thrill of being part of an organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on people’s lives,” she explained. “To be given and trusted with the opportunity to help people of all ages feel better and live better, that motivates me to do more each day.” Adriane encourages women to acknowledge their own struggles. “One of the biggest challenges facing women today is the pressure we put on ourselves to be everything to everybody,” she said. “We are quick to give grace to those who need it but don’t ever give it to ourselves.”

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Dana Ensley District Vice President, Whitaker Family YMCA in Hamburg

YMCA of Central Kentucky 2681 Old Rosebud Rd. 859.543.9622 ymcacky.org Since her collegiate soccer days at James Madison University in Virginia, Dana has had a passion for health and wellness. “I find great satisfaction in helping others create and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” she explained. Throughout her career, Dana has served in roles that have enabled her to lead. When she was offered the opportunity to move to Lexington and manage the new Whitaker Family YMCA in Hamburg, she jumped at the chance. She leads the staff team and board volunteers each day. “I have a career that enables me to strengthen my community. The time I spend with my staff and volunteers connecting with their community will create everlasting impact on the families we serve day in and day out.” "Because of the women before me, the challenges I face as a working woman continue to shrink. I have a seat at the table and know my voice is heard,” Dana stated. “The most important challenge I face–and the one I truly embrace–is being a role model for young girls, my daughter and other young women. I don’t want them to hesitate on their own path to success.” For others, Dana’s advice is threefold: become a lifelong learner, view challenges as opportunities to learn or grow and always ask yourself: do you love what you are doing?

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Taryn Henning Interim Executive Director

Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center 2025 Regency Rd. Ste. 100 859.253.2615 AmpersandKy.org Taryn began working at Ampersand (formerly the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center) in 2014 as their Prevention Coordinator. “Although I hadn't worked in the anti-sexual violence field before, I was drawn to the position as a way to engage young people in an important social issue,” Taryn explained. She transitioned to the role of the agency’s Director of Community Engagement. “This role allowed me to expand my reach to populations who, despite experiencing higher rates of sexual violence than others, have not historically been invited to join in conversations on the topic,” she explained. “My work solidified my conviction in the importance of creating new spaces where the experiences of marginalized communities can not only be heard, but also honored.” At the end of last year, she was asked to serve as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. In July, she will be transitioning to the University of Kentucky to work as the Director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, a campus space that provides services to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual and other gender-based violence. Taryn said that some of her biggest challenges have involved being a woman of color in overwhelmingly white spaces. “I would recommend that women of color looking to start or grow their career in Central Kentucky create a system of support and make sure it includes people who truly understand your experiences,” she advised.

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Sandy Allnutt Co-Owner

The Agency 860 Corporate Dr. Ste. 103 859.699.4663 TheAgencyKY.com Sandy graduated from EKU with a BBA in Real Estate in 1998 and she obtained her real estate sales license the same year. She worked as an appraiser trainee for several years before transitioning to full-time real estate sales in 2005. She and her husband, Aaron, decided to form their own agency in 2018. “I enjoy the fast pace and the challenge involved in this career,” Sandy explained. “I’m motivated to grow a top notch, reputable, ethical real estate agency in our community that puts clients first.” As the Team Leader with The Allnutt Group and Co-Owner of The Agency, Sandy has the opportunity to share her experience with up-and-coming REALTORS®. “I love helping and mentoring other agents in our community,” she explained. For Sandy, three local women have been inspirations: the late Judy Beckwith, Carole Schoo and Sue Hall. “Judy was a genuine Christian woman, a mother, wife and mentor to other women who truly loved everyone. She helped me and my husband during a difficult time and invested in us on a personal level. Carole now works at The Agency as a managing broker and gives a lot of her time to mentor others. She's also a great friend. Sue was my best friend’s grandmother and took me into her home my senior year so I wouldn’t have to change schools when my mom moved out of town; I was inspired by her work ethic and how she balanced everything.”

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Karen L. Sims Owner/Operator

Aesthetic Skin Care Center, LLC 2376 Alexandria Dr. 859.278.0996 AestheticSkinCareKy.com Karen L. Sims, RN, BSN began her career in the OR as a Registered Nurse and was a private scrub for Dr. William L. Dowden. In 1993, they established advanced medical skin care. She became self-employed when she opened Aesthetic Skin Care Center, LLC in 2000. In 2011 she relocated with Dr. David S. Kirn/Kirn Plastic Surgery. Karen specializes in chemical rejuvenation, microneedling, and has VP laser and all injectables available through Dr. Kirn and his team of Registered Nurses. Karen doesn't feel like what she does is hard work because she has such passion for what she does. “After 26 years, I especially love the relationships I have created with my clients,” Karen explained. “I feel really great about working with clients to achieve healthy skin, to minimize the aging process and promote inner beauty within.” Karen feels lucky to have the support of her family behind her. “I come from a family of many self-employed workers, which we know always means working more hours while balancing all of our commitments,” she explained. Her late mother, Louise Miller, worked in the nursing profession until she was 85-years-old. Her mother’s classmate at the St. Joseph School of Nursing, Mary Ellen Amato, is just recently retired at 90. “These ladies shaped and inspired me to be a better version of myself.”

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Fariba Shirazi

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Life Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner

Dawn Jones

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Dr. Camellia Shirazi

Psychiatrist, Co-Founder

Wellward Regenerative Medicine 101 N. Eagle Creek Dr. 859.275.4878 WellwardMed.com Dr. Camellia is a breast cancer survivor and mother of three who offers psychiatric counseling. “I am inspired by helping others to overcome their challenges,” she explained. “At Wellard, we take an integrated approach to healing and address the whole person… whatever hurts.” Dawn aids Dr. Camellia and helps develop the Wellward functional medicine program. “We are helping folks gain better health through comprehensive care, including regenerative interventions, nutrition counseling, supplements, exercise, physical therapy, improved sleep, bioidentical hormone balancing, MLS laser therapy, meditation, massage, reiki and when needed, medications,” she explained. “So often, people are saddled with an injury or diagnosis deemed hopeless by the medical community. I want to help people understand regenerative treatments.” Fariba believes that you aren't living your best life if you aren’t giving to others. She’s a fierce spirit of hope who inspires the team to do more for each patient. She said, “The future is created by new ideas. We are fearless in setting aside what doesn’t work to find new ideas that do." Wellward loves being the home of so many innovative women and these three truly embody what it means to show grace in strength, guiding us into a future we can all be proud of!

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Gentry Riddle

Assistant Manager, Esthetician

Crystal Booth Founder

Allison Briggs

Manager, Esthetician

Fizz Facial Bar Brannon Crossing 111 Cynthia Dr. • Nicholasville 859.368.7521 FizzFacialBar.com

After years of working in the skin care industry, Crystal Booth created a way to make getting a facial as easy as getting a manicure. “The purpose of Fizz Facial Bar is to break the rules of a traditional spa visit by offering effective facials in about thirty minutes,” Crystal explained. She knows that her team is the cornerstone to Fizz Facial Bar’s success. “They are what keeps everything in motion. The managers are so essential to the well being of the clients and employees,” Crystal explained. “Allison and Gentry understand client care and hospitality. They love what they do; it is a true passion for them, and they are two of the best estheticians I know.” "My family is very involved in the business and the Fizz team has become my family” she said. Her passion is what keeps her going. “I love what I do and I truly believe in our mission to make skin care accessible and affordable for everyone.” photo by Jenny Hansen Lane

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Taylor Linville

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Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Tammy R. Provost

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Sumer Miller

Investment Analyst

Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management 100 E. Vine St. Ste. 501 859.389.5300 ctbi.com/ctic Taylor Linville, Tammy Provost and Sumer Miller are the women behind Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management’s investment team. Taylor is responsible for the research and selection of fixed income securities, contributing to fixed income strategies and managing individual client portfolios with an emphasis on institutional accounts. She said, “Part of staying inspired is to genuinely enjoy what you are doing. For me, knowing that some of the behind the scenes decisions we make in investments have an impact on someone's financial goals is extremely rewarding.” Tammy’s life and career have taken her all over the world, but she found a home at Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management. “It has afforded me the opportunity to work on large corporate accounts, interact with top bank officials, and work one on one with clients to achieve their financial goals,” she said. “I am most motivated by knowing that I am helping others, whether it be directly or indirectly.” Sumer just moved to Lexington a year ago, but has a diverse background that contributes to her success. “My ability and desire to learn has been the single most important factor in my career thus far. I'm determined to never allow that thirst for knowledge to fade,” Sumer said. “I feel that whatever I'm working on deserves my very best because someone, somewhere, is depending on it. People are putting their financial futures in our hands and I don't take that responsibility lightly.”

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Gail Moses Interior Designer

Regency Interiors by Gail Moses 2300 Regency Rd. 859.266.0699 Gail Moses, KYCID graduated from UK with a degree in Human Environment Design and she is a Certified Interior Designer. She has owned her own business the majority of her career. She has had the opportunity to work on a broad range of residential and commercial projects. Gail said that her biggest challenge is to keep on top of her business schedule so that projects flow smoothly and deadlines are met. “When I am hired for a job I have an obligation to give that client my best effort and in a timely manner and in budget. I feel I have earned my reputation and will continue to work hard to fulfill my client's expectations.,” Gail said. “The satisfaction of a thrilled client fuels me.”

Tamara B. McCain Vice President -Treasury Management

Republic Bank 2401 Harrodsburg Rd. 859.519.3346 RepublicBank.com Tamara’s career in banking began in 1988, and has spent 14 years in treasury management. In that time, she said that her motivation has been serving others. “My clients and the colleagues who I support inspire me to give my best every day,” she said. “For me, that means living by The Golden Rule and establishing – and retaining – my clients’ trust in me.” For other women in business, Tamara suggests getting involved in order to make meaningful connections. “Find the right groups and network as much as possible,” she advised. “Gain a seat on a non-profit board for which you have true passion.” 68

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Olga Marchuk Agency Owner

Marchuk & Mills Agency 261 Regency Circle, Ste. 4 859.276.1964 GoodHandsLex.com At just 24-years-old, Olga says her biggest challenge is being a young business owner. “People are hesitant to take advice from someone half their age,” she explained. “I have earned the trust and respect of my customers because I tell the truth and aim to be authentic, even if that means no sale is materialized.” Her entire 8+ year career has been in the insurance industry. She initially started in customer service for a local State Farm agent in Philadelphia. “Early in my career, I realized I had really found my purpose. I have experienced firsthand that what I do makes a difference, and I have seen the invaluable impact it has on peoples’ lives. Insurance can’t ease the emotional pain of a loss, accident or disability, but it can dramatically reduce the financial strain on a family. We provide guarantees in an uncertain world.” She was presented with the opportunity to become an Allstate agency owner with a business partner and in October of 2018, the Marchuk & Mills Agency opened. “Our success is built on a foundation of core values: quality service and relationships. This begins with providing unrivaled service as the customer’s trusted advisor. The goal is not to sell a customer on a product, but to sit with them and understand their needs.” “Women are breaking the mold on industry standards and misconceptions,” explained Olga, who is trilingual in English, Russian and Ukrainian. “Be consistent and persistent. Nothing happens overnight, but anything is possible if you are bold, dream big, believe in yourself and embrace your passion.” photo by Michael D. Cook

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Terri Stein Owner

Scout & Molly's 120 Summit at Fritz Farm Ste. 140 859.309.9247 Lexington.ScoutandMollys.com Even as a girl, Terri never dreamed of running a trendy women’s clothing store. But when the opportunity presented itself to not only be the proprietor of a boutique featuring stylish clothing, but to be one of the first stores open in Lexington’s hottest shopping center, it turned out to be the perfect fit. “Here I am, and loving it!” She laughed, “And to boot, I have my own Scout Kentucky print dress and pullover, exclusive to my place. Never stop dreaming!” Part of Terri’s job involves not only knowing what the women of Central Kentucky want, but knowing what they are going to want to wear next season. But all her work is worthwhile when they get to see their customers looking and feeling gorgeous. “It’s not hard to be at a place called ‘work’ when you’re having fun being there!” Terri is inspired by Scout & Molly’s Founder Lisa Kornstein. “She started the store 17 years ago solo, and today still runs her store after franchising 50 others while fighting MS,” Terri explained. “She inspires me to get up every morning and face the day with the courage, bravery and compassion for others that she has shown me.” photo by Ruth Weinstock

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Jennifer Brandenburg

Stylist and Merchandising Specialist

Katie Brandenburg Stallons Owner

Lindsay Brandenburg Wiley Managing Partner

Olive You Boutique 118 Meridian Way #1 Richmond 859.625.1328 OliveYouBoutique.com The Olive You team believes that the secret to success is customer service. “It should be the most important aspect of every single business,” Katie said. “We listen to their ideas, order items specifically for our customers, create events that we know will be fun for them and bring in new lines that they want to see.” "We have built so many wonderful relationships in the past seven years and our customers are one in a million!" Lindsay added, “We love making people feel good in their clothes and have a blast shopping. All the hard work is worthwhile when you see a customer with a big smile on their face trying on or wearing something they love!” Between them, Katie and Lindsay have six children under five-years-old. The girls said, “Always trying to give 110% at work and 110% at home is always a struggle, but we have a great support system, which is key!” Lindsay and Katie said they are most inspired by their mom, Jennifer. “Our incredible mom fills in as babysitter and jack-of-all-trades at Olive You Boutique, and we couldn't do it without her. She is the most hard working, loyal, stylish, go-getter and fun woman we have ever met,” they explained. “If we can be half the woman she is, we will be good to go!”

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Kels Malicote CVO

The Malicotes & Seed + Harvest 628 Winchester Rd. Ste. 304 859.707.8813 TheMalicotes.com Kels has been working as a professional photographer for the last decade and has co-owned a creative branding company for nearly two years. For her, the key to success is a positive outlook. “For me, it’s the confidence I have in good things returning to me,” she explained. “I work hard, I give as freely as I possibly can and I throw compliments around like confetti. I speak positivity over my team and my business and I believe that a good attitude coupled with good intentions and acts of kindness create the perfect recipe to success!” Kels has a long list of women who inspire her to succeed. “I choose to surround myself with women who inspire me daily,” she said. She said her mother, Coach Coleen, Ty McBrayer and Bethany Bubenzer all helped her grow. "I’ll never be able to thank them enough for all they’ve helped me learn about myself." She also said that her “work wives”, Lauren McGaughey and Victoria Benson, are “the for real dream team!” For anyone else who may be sitting on their dreams or big ideas, Kels advises to go for it. “Listen up sister: if you’ve got a dream, it isn’t too big or too small, too out there or too boring. It’s yours,” she said. “So stop waiting. It deserves your effort because you deserve the dream!” photo by Matt Malicote

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Allison Jenks & Dana Peddicord Co-Owners

Blush + Glow 121 Clay Ave. BlushandGlowLex.com Allison and Dana are both UK grads. Allison’s focus was Communications while Dana majored in Finance. They both spent time in the corporate world before joining forces in 2013 to focus on a career in hair and makeup artistry, merging their individual talents to create a successful business. “It’s so important to know your strengths. We can’t all be good at everything all the time,” Allison said. “Focus your time on what you are good at and it will improve the efficiency of the business for everyone.” Dana said that Blush + Glow is motivated by the clients. “It’s so fun to work with brides, mommiesto-be, birthday girls, grooms… you name it, we love them all!” She added, “They are celebrating big moments or events in their lives, and it’s so special to experience it with them in some small way.” They both agree that it’s important to network with other like-minded women and to always keep looking ahead. Allison said, “There are so many amazing women-owned businesses in Lexington, and we all benefit by learning and supporting each other!” Dana added, “When you get to the place you think you want to be, don’t stop. Find your next goal and keep going.” photo by The Malicotes

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Local organization hosts Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee At Women Leading Kentucky’s 20th Annual Business & Leadership Conference, attendees were treated to an inspiring speech by Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The sports legend served at the event’s keynote speaker, following opening remarks from Lexington mayor Linda Gorton. The Annual Business & Leadership Conference was held May 22nd at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa. This annual event brings together business professionals to network with other like-minded individuals and leaders. Interactive breakout sessions and speeches invite attendees to think, share and collaborate. Each year, the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Awards honor the achievements of local women leaders and professionals. To learn more about Women Leading Kentucky, visit womenleadingky.com. photo courtesy Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

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Discover The Legends at Versailles This elegantly planned community in the heart of Horse & Bourbon country features homes by Andover Construction that will make you feel like you’re “Living Inspired”. They believe your home serves as a daily source of inspiration. From the moment you wake up until you tuck your loved ones in for the night, your home should motivate you and your family to take on the day. This philosophy is what drives Andover Construction to design and build incredible homes throughout central Kentucky. Super close accessibility to Lexington, Bluegrass Airport, Keeneland, Frankfort, Georgetown and Louisville, Legends is located right off of KY 33/Main Street next to Southside Elementary School. Versailles offers all that you think of when envisioning a small community: vibrant downtown, friendly people, citizens who are involved with strong work ethics and leadership, and one of the top-ranked school districts in the state.

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Each Andover Construction home is beautifully designed to make the most of the natural beauty of the area. Homes at Legends of Versailles will feature specialty ceilings and hardwoods throughout all main living areas along with large, expansive kitchens with white painted cabinets, stainless appliances including gas ranges, granite countertops, built-in cubbies and/or designated mudroom areas in all floorplans. Additionally the homes feature fireplaces in family/great rooms, master suites with feature tiled, walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs. Boundless options are available to customize floor plans and finishes. Your home is a reflection of your individuality and Andover wants you to be in love with it. They will help you compile all your Houzz saves, Pins, and Instagram photos to design a home that fits your style perfectly! The target start date for construction on the first phase at Legends at Versailles is late June 2019. courtesy of Andover Management

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Make-A-Wish® grants 10 local wishes to celebrate Mother’s Day Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® supporters in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region have helped grant over 16,000 wishes to children with critical illnesses. The organization hosted the Women Inspiring Strength & Hope Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, May 9th, where the wishes of 10 Make-AWish children were granted. With over 100 attendees, the event celebrated the mothers of the wish recipients, just in time for Mother’s Day. A moving speech was delivered from Wish Mom Julia Pezzi, the mother of Kyle, who discussed the impact her son’s wish has had on her life and her family’s life. Wish Kid Finn Collier was also honored. Finn recently lost his battle with heart disease. Last spring, Finn and his family went on a disney cruise through the program. To learn more about this incredible event, visit oki.wish.org!

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Get floral with Alexandra Pallos! Ever since she was picking flowers from her neighbor’s yards for her grandmother, Alexandra Pallos has been passionate about making people’s dreams come true by helping them turn their visions into reality. Now, she is making those dreams come true for a living at Alexandra Pallos Florals + Events. Her designs are versatile, ranging from fanciful romantic to modern, sleek designs. Her love for antiques, along with her talent in floral designing, has led to her business blooming, and she isn’t satisfied until she’s pleased every customer! On June 6th, Alexandra will be offering a hand-tied bouquet class from 7-9pm, where she will be demonstrating how to make the perfect bouquet! She will also be offering a spring mix bouquet class on June 9th from 2-4pm and a summer design class on June 20th from 7-9pm, where attendants will learn how to create a romantic centerpiece for their home. Her last class is on June 23rd, where she will be teaching her low, modern centerpiece class from 2-4pm. Here, Alexandra will demonstrate how to create artful centerpieces using unique flowers and modern containers.

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Hager Cabinets unveils new showroom In 1969, Bob and Oberita opened their first showroom and warehouse in downtown Richmond. They quickly outgrew their first location. This led to their move to 474 Eastern Bypass in 1973, where they have served many customers since. Bob credited Oberita as the heart behind Hager Cabinets & Building Supplies. They opened their new Richmond showroom on May 11th. They invite everyone to stop by and discover designs featuring Smeg and GE appliances, crafted with Waypoint, Decorá, Aristokraft and Diamond Cabinetry. Meet their expert designers who can point homeowners in the right direction for any home project! Follow Hager Cabinets on social media to stay in the know about their upcoming events in the functional showroom kitchen, featuring local chefs.

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Cody DeRossett named new Executive Chef at 21c 21c Museum Hotels has announced the appointment of locally-renowned chef Cody DeRosett as the executive chef of the company’s Lexington restaurant Lockbox, located in 21c Museum Hotel Lexington on 167 West Main Street. DeRosett joined the opening team at Lockbox in 2016, where he was quickly promoted to Executive Sous Chef. DeRosett specializes in southern cuisine and preserves the season’s finest ingredients from around the bluegrass region. “I am truly grateful and humbled by this recognition of my dedication to 21c and the team here at Lockbox, as well as the trust in me that this new position implies,” DeRossett said in a statement on the eatery’s website. “It is a privilege to have a career centered around what I am most passionate about — food, cooking, a commitment to creativity and working to hone this craft. Better still, I have the opportunity to be able to move on to this next phase of my career in my own hometown…I’m so excited to start this journey.” photo courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels

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The Human Bean finds a home in Lexington The delicious aroma of a new coffee place is brewing! The Human Bean started in Ashland, Oregon and the first Kentucky location will open in Lexington in early June! The Human Bean is ready to help Lexington rise and grind. Primarily drive-thru, the 1946 Harrodsburg Road location will have a small outdoor area, and a walk-up ordering counter. Serving coffee with exceptional ingredients and espresso drinks, The Human Bean will also provide seasonal and specialty drinks, like real fruit smoothies. Iced, hot or frozen, there’s a latte to love with this West Coast coffee house. The Human Bean has 87 locations located in ten states. Giving back to the local community is a huge part of this franchise, as well as facilitating farm programs for their coffee across the globe!

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Keeneland Mercantile brings local flair to City Center If you haven’t had the chance to check out Keeneland Mercantile in Lexington’s new downtown City Center yet, then you are missing out on a unique retail experience created by Keeneland’s dedication to quality and community! Keeneland Mercantile is a brand new retail store that offers a curated selection of beautifully crafted goods from artisans throughout the south perfect for both those who are visiting the horse capital of the world and to those who call it home. Keeneland COO and Vice President, Vince Gabbert said, “Keeneland’s dedication to heritage and culture is at the heart of Keeneland Mercantile, which establishes a powerful downtown presence for Thoroughbred racing. The tradition of racing, the nod to our roots in the iconic Keeneland sycamore tree featured in the Keeneland Mercantile and our commitment to quality and community all converge to create this new retail destination.” Keeneland Mercantile celebrated its opening on Tuesday night, May 15th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Keeneland, city officials, and local business leaders. Keeneland Mercantile offers a blend of Keeneland’s timeless elegance with a modern aesthetic to showcase regionally made and locally sourced products for everyday use and celebratory occasions. Kyle Cassin Keeneland Director of Retail, said, “Keeneland Mercantile reflects the best of what our region, our tradition, and our craftsmen have to offer. It’s an exciting opportunity for Keeneland to further elevate the guest experience and connect with new racing fans.”

“Keeneland Mercantile offers a blend of Keeneland’s timeless elegance with a modern aesthetic to showcase regionally made and locally sourced products for everyday use and celebratory occasions.”

The shop features many personal, household and consumable products from popular brands such as Clayton & Crume, Stoneware and Co., Lexington Silver, Terrane Glass, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Art Eatables, Olive and Sinclair, Steurer & Co., Brit & Blue and Bittermilk! Keeneland Mercantile is located on the ground level of The Offices at City Center at the intersection of Main and Limestone Street. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9am-7pm and on Sunday from noon-6pm!

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Crossroads IGA and Which Wich move in Houchens Industries’ first store in Lexington is here! Crossroads IGA is a new mini-grocery store on Leestown Road. Bernie Koetter, Houchens Industries’ district manager says that Crossroads IGA is more than a “grocery store”: it includes gas pumps and a restaurant, which makes it unique from typical convenient stores. It is designed to be smaller so customers can shop at a faster pace. Koetter says that they offer every category a big grocery store would offer, just a little bit less of a variety. Koetter says, “We carry the category leader.” In addition to dry goods, Crossroads IGA has fresh produce and meat, a deli with fresh food, Lexington’s first “Which Wich” sandwich shop, and of course, rotisserie chicken. Which Wich offers a great variety of toppings and guests get to mark on the printed menus. Breakfast and salad options are also available, along with cookies and other delicious desserts. Houchens Industries already plans on opening a second location, which will feature a Subway store. Stop by anytime from 6am to 11pm to check out everything Crossroads has to offer.

Friday Flicks is back at Moondance Amphitheater! “Summertime means it’s time for Friday Flicks. This is one of our favorite family-friendly events,” said Lexington Parks & Recreation Special Events Manager Michelle Franzetti. “It’s a great way to spend your Friday nights and have a ton of fun.”

Wearhouse refreshes local style

With inflatables, food vendors, non-profit vendors and more, Flicks is perfect for families. Before the movie starts, hang out with friends and enjoy the park.

Wearhouse is a curated collection of modern and vintage clothing and home accents. Each piece is hand selected by the owner, Shanda Snyder. “It is extremely important that I source quality goods that my clients fall in love while keeping the price point affordable. Everyone wants to feel good about the space they live in or what they wear.”

New this year is a $2 parking fee per vehicle, cash only. Season parking passes will be available for purchase on June 7 for $6.

Wearhouse has just opened it’s first studio space where clients can shop by appointment. Wearhouse plans to expand, offering social workshops, weekend flea markets and opportunities for similar small business owners to collaborate and grow together.

Pre-show activities start at 7 p.m., and the show begins when it’s dark. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. courtesy of Michelle Franzetti

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“Community & working with like minded entrepreneurs is a priority of mine. So many people have something they are passionate about and they deserve to have the opportunity to grow just like I am. Competition shouldn’t be a building block of similar businesses within the same community- it’s much more productive be advocates of one another rather than trying to outsell or outdo the same business next door,” said Shanda. To see what Wearhouse has to offer, visit them on Facebook or Instagram. Even better, make an appointment to visit and become friends with a community that is quickly expanding into something beautiful. courtesy of Shanda Snyder

THIS YEAR’S LINEUP: June 7 • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part June 14 • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World June 21 • Mary Poppins Returns June 28 • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Moondance Amphitheater 1152 Monarch Street

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Art in the Bluegrass

Soreyda

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There are few people who have made a bigger mark on Lexington’s fashion scene than Soreyda Benedit Begley. Co-founder of the Lexington Fashion Collaborative, Soreyda designs special occasion dresses, wardrobes for stage performers and exciting fashions that often make use of unconventional materials. Born in Honduras, Soreyda worked in sweatshops as a teenager. Those experiences made her an outspoken advocate for fair trade, women’s rights and sustainable commerce. On top of her design work, Soreyda is a community organizer. She makes time to share her passion with others, giving guest lectures, appearing on television segments and participating in local fashion shows.

TOPS: What influenced you to become a fashion designer? Soreyda: Nothing really influenced me to become a fashion designer: I was born to be a fashion designer. I grew up in a very remote part of the world (at that time) and I had no idea that the fashion industry even existed as a whole. But ever since I was little, all I wanted to do was to make wearables. And not just duplicate things that I had seen, I wanted to create original, unique pieces. That’s why I started to use unconventional materials: I had no access to sewing supplies, so I used whatever I could put my hands on to materialize my ideas. As an adult, I have had many influences and people who inspire me to keep going, like my friends, Sarah Jane Estes and Laverne Zabielski. And also my daughter Bella. She is very chic and I love making clothes for her. photo by Shuling Fister

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TOPS: What advice would you have for someone who wants to become a part of Lexington’s growing fashion culture? Soreyda: To sew and sketch every day. To practice their walk and poses every day. To experiment with makeup every day. To take pictures every day. You have to practice and advance your skills, and also have samples of your work ready for any opportunity that might come around. In fashion, almost everything is due yesterday. Also, not to be worried about seeing others as competition in a bad way. Our real point of view on everything is based on our unique life experiences. And that includes our own points of view in fashion. You always have to try your best to stay true to your vision: keep doing you and someone will notice. Make contact with other fashion enthusiasts. Find or create a group of people who understands and supports your vision. There is potential to develop a real career in this field – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. TOPS: You’re a passionate community organizer and activist. Why is it important to you to be actively involved with the community? What are some of the causes or organizations you’re involved with? Soreyda: Being community-oriented is a part of my personal and cultural upbringing. Like I mentioned before, I come from a unique and remote area in Honduras and in this part of the world, we relate heavily on each other to survive and to be happy. I’m just practicing what I know works best for having a fulfilling life. And people in Lexington and all around Kentucky have embraced me and supported me for all these years. I feel that it’s important that I give back in some way. I mostly work with arts and cultural organizations, but I have also been involved with organizations that advocate for comprehensive and companionate immigration, women’s and girls’ rights and peace and justice. For now, I’m mostly involved with Casa de La Cultura de Kentucky, an organization focused on sharing the Latino arts and culture in this region. photo by Tatiana Aristizábal

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Being community-oriented is a part of my personal and cultural upbringing. I’m just practicing what I know works best for having a fulfilling life.

TOPS: What are some of your hobbies outside of fashion?

Soreyda: I love to dance and read. I have danced with a couple of dance crews in town. Most recently with the adult group with Casa de la Cultura de Kentucky. I also love to visit art galleries and museums. TOPS: Describe your perfect day in Lexington! photo by Chris Begley

Soreyda: Doing some early morning sewing, then going for a walk or to a movie with the family. And a good conversation with a group of friends to close the day.

photo by Alicia C. Photography TOPS: Do you have any upcoming shows, projects or events that you’d like our readers to know about? Soreyda: This summer, I will be doing a couple of summer camps, one at the Community Arts Center in Danville and another with the Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp. In July I’m going to Chicago to participate as a panelist at the 2nd annual Wakandacon. I’m working in a very exciting advertising campaign with VisitLEX. I have been a radio co-host for two years of a interview style radio show called Arte y Aparte Lexington. Readers can listen to the show, which airs 3 times a week on El Pulso Latino 95.7FM. Next year, I’m bringing back the Future of Fashion Show, an event myself and a local photographer started 10 years ago. We did it for 5 years and then stopped. I’m changing the format of it and trying to make it into an event that will build careers and generate real income for the participants. It is the only way that we can develop a fashion industry in this town. Artists need to be compensated for their time, talents and skills. The show will be focused on Hemp fabric made clothing. •

Save the Date: Future of Fashion Show April 13, 2020 Follow Soreyda on Facebook and Instagram: Soreyda Benedit-Begley

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PHOTOS // The Malicotes MODEL // Maria Montgomery HAIR + MAKEUP // Blush + Glo LASHES + SPRAY TAN // Hourglass Lash + Skin STYLING // Megan Hillenmeyer & Haley Norris

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LIFESTYLE Multicolor stone necklace, Bangle bracelets with tassel detail, Beaded earrings, Sunglasses in black by Tom Ford // MONKEE’S Hinge diamond ring in 14k white gold by LeVian // THE CASTLE

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LIFESTYLE Gorjess: Get the Look

White tassel coverup, Pink beaded drop earrings, Pom pom fiesta jute clutch by America & Beyond, DASH sunglasses in champagne by Diff Eyewear // E. LEIGH’S

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Large tote in orange and pink by Rani Arabella // CARL MEYER’S Coverup in navy stripes by Sail & Sable, Beaded necklace in bamboo with pink tassel, Straw bangle bracelets, Go-go earrings in coral and gold by Shiver + Duke, Wicker sari clutch by Street Level // COTTON PATCH June 2019 | TOPSinLex.com

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Oversized tote in neon yellow and pink by Fabulous MJ New York, Neon stripe coverup by Echo, Sunglasses by Toms, Tiki slides in leopard by Coconuts by Matisse, Beaded earrings in teal // OLIVE YOU

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Printed scarf in silk by Confidence, Fedora in coral by LD Carey // CARL MEYERS Hoops in white and gold // HOUSE

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Outfit of the Month LIFESTYLE KY ball cap in navy wash, Mayari sandals in pearl white by Birkenstock, Aviator sunglasses in green by Ray-Ban, Stemless wine glass in rose by Corkcicle // WATER + OAK

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LIFESTYLE Gorjess: Get the Look Blue sapphire dome ring in 14k yellow gold, Mesh ring in 18k yellow gold by Tiffany + Co, London blue topaz and diamond ring in 14k yellow gold, Vintage starfish necklace in gold by Tiffany + Co, Open link bracelet in 14k yellow gold, Diamond cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold, Sapphire and diamond cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold, Hammered cuff bracelet in 14k yellow gold // THE CASTLE

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Aloha tote with tassel detail in pink, Beaded necklace with multicolor tassels, Black sunglasses all by Mudpie // ROSE + LIME

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Cover up in pink by Janice, Straw beach bag, Fringe earrings in white // SCOUT + MOLLY’S

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Painterly blooms in pastel hues decorate this romantic dress from Peter Pilotto. Crafted from cotton, this mid-length style dress is made for showing off a fabulous pair of heels during those sun-filled days.

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Keeping our jewelry understated, we added a hint of neck shimmer with this dazzling Kendra Scott amethyst pendant.

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We took an even fancier turn with our eye-catching Attico bag; created from satin, it’s decorated with strings of beads and wispy feathers.

These Manolo Blahnik sandals inject the perfect amount of shiny shoe sparkle.

Polishing off our ultra feminine ensemble is Guerlain’s fresh scented Mon Guerlain parfum, inspired by the always glamorous, Angelina Jolie.

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in the look: 1 | Peter Pilotto floral cotton dress 2 | Kendra Scott Elisa Silver Pendant Necklace In Amethyst (Available at The Summit at Fritz Farm) 3 | Warby Parker ‘Audrey’ Sunglasses (Available at The Summit at Fritz Farm) 4 | Attico feather-trimmed beaded satin pouch 5 | Manolo Blahnik For FWRD Dallitre 105 Sandal 6 | Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Spray (Available at CosBar at The Summit at Fritz Farm)

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Elizabeth Taylor in the 1968 film “Boom!”

Gemma Chan’s Elizabeth Taylor Inspired Beauty At The 2019 Met Gala by jesse brooks The Met Gala never fails to deliver unforgettable looks, and this year we couldn’t tear our eyes away from beautiful Gemma Chan. The “Crazy Rich Asians” star stole the show in her sparkling Tom Ford caped gown accompanied by a dazzling custom headdress fit for a queen. Makeup artist Monika Blunder was inspired by the very similar piece worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1968 film “Boom!” Just like Elizabeth, Gemma’s look was all about dramatic eyes and a pretty pink lip. Below you can see the key Tom Ford Beauty products (all available at Cos Bar) she used to create this divine moment at the Met. Tom Ford Traceless Foundation SPF 15 in ‘Pale Dune’ Tom Ford Shadow Extrême in ‘Silver’ and ‘Black’

Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer in ‘Peach Glow’

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in ‘Cocoa Mirage’ (left) and ‘Daydream’ (right)

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen in ‘Naked Bisque’ and Tom Ford Emotionproof Concealer in ‘Natural’

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Tom Ford The Ultimate Bronzing Powder in ‘Terra’

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any search years to find their soulmate, hoping that love will come sooner rather than later. For two very special, (and some might even say lucky) individuals however, love blossomed much quicker than expected built with the staying power of a lifetime proving that love truly knows no age.

Alexander and Rebecca Cecil were middle school sweethearts who met in the 8th grade when Rebecca moved from Pikeville to Morehead, where Alex was born and raised. Rebecca explains, “We had mutual friends and just started dating on a whim from middle school all the way through college. Who knew we would fall in love at such a young age!” But fall in love they did and a marriage proposal led to plans for a beautiful, June 10th wedding in the bluegrass. Today, Alex and Rebecca have settled down in wedded bliss and are preparing to welcome their first child in the state that they love almost a year later. Just as the pair stole each other’s hearts from the beginning, the moment they walked through the doors of The Livery, they knew they had found their wedding ceremony and reception venue. “The Livery offers a modern yet rustic feel that we adored. From the wood beams to the brick walls, we fell in love. The venue has so much character in and of itself that we just wanted our decorations to compliment what was already there,” says Rebecca. She continues, “We also chose this venue because it is in downtown Lexington offering a fun and exciting backdrop to our wedding festivities.”

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WOW Wedding LIFESTYLE Keeping in line with their classic romance meets modern rustic theme, the ceremony featured a large wood arbor draped in ivory fabric and a stunning eucalyptus garland in the center. Fruitwood chairs with matching ivory seat cushions tied back to the arbor while flower arrangements included giant peonies and greenery with a pale silver, blue ribbon accent. Similarly, the reception décor included dusty blue tablecloths, white napkins, white plates with a gold rim and silver flower vases with large peonies and eucalyptus. Guests dined on delicious food prepared by City Barbecue. The atmosphere was light and fun. The head table featured a very large eucalyptus garland that flowed down the center of the table and their ombre slate blue wedding cake sat upon a bourbon barrel with silver tea lights surrounding it, gorgeously setting the stage for a memorable and love-filled evening for all present. When asked if the couple would change anything from their big day, they exclaimed resoundingly, “we wouldn’t change a thing!” Favorite moments included their respective mother/ son and father/daughter dances, seeing each other for a tearful first look that did not occur until their ceremony as harpist, Elaine Cook, “made the emotion unbearable” by serenading the room with their favorite love songs. Finally, Rebecca shares, “just getting to be with all of our most treasured family and friends in one room to celebrate a love that was formed at such a young age; it was absolutely priceless.” One piece of advice they would like to share with other couples planning their own wedding is to create a detailed timeline for the wedding party and family members involved in the big day to keep everyone informed and on the same page. “Our timeline included the venue address, parking options, location of the rehearsal dinner, the processional order and many more important details that are essential to know for things to go smoothly on your special day,” offers Rebecca. As flawless as their timeline may have been, the couple remembers one rogue moment that could trump any wedding scene in a romantic comedy: their adorable flower girl went MIA last minute, right before she was due to start proceeding down the aisle, “a hilarious memory after the fact,” mentions the bride. Another funny moment occurred as the bride herself was preparing to walk down the aisle escorted by her father when he accidentally tugged her veil out of her hair. “You should have seen his face when he had to figure out how to quickly put it back in my hair,” laughs Rebecca. In closing, Alex and Rebecca could have not designed a wedding weekend more perfect to celebrate their longtime union and beginning of their happily ever after together from the ceremony and reception to their honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Collectively they share, “When we reminisce on our wedding day, we think about the sheer joy of becoming one being. Our ceremony was a dream, our reception was amazing, and our wedding day was all that we imagined and more.”

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and these men deserved to be pampered in their own way!

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For the outdoors man, handy man, foodie and everything in between.. we’ve gathered some great gift ideas we’re sure he’ll love! Duck Koozie by Dixie Reserve | HOWARD & MILLER

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High style and hospitality go hand in hand at this downtown dwelling. story by donna ison • photos by shaun ring From your first step onto the front porch, this home seems to say, “Welcome, and prepare to have a wonderful time.” With its ample seating, vivid pillows in cheerful aqua and coral, festive floral door wreath, and oversized hanging baskets teeming with plants, it provides the perfect preview to what lies within. The Victorian Foursquare on Martin Luther King Boulevard was originally built in 1904 by the Cromwell Family on what was then Walnut Street. For the past six years, it has been the home of interior designer Phillip Marcum and Tim Burcham of Burcham Solutions, which provides professional guidance to non-profit organizations to help them achieve their fundraising, strategic planning, advocacy and executive search goals. The couple, who have been married since 2011 had one primary goal in mind when renovating the property—adding flow and function to the floorplan to make it an ideal place for entertaining, while keeping the original architectural intent. Tim says, “We were determined to maintain the historical integrity of the home while at the same time opening it up.”

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With the help of contractor Bill Nuud, they accomplished this by expanding the kitchen and adding entryways, but duplicating the original pocket doors throughout. Once the lay-out met their needs, Phillip took over, putting his 25 years of professional experience and design philosophy to work. Phillip says, “I think every home needs the three key qualities of interest, character and depth. I like to achieve these by combining personal keepsakes, family heirlooms, high-end items, neoteric touches and original artwork. I like curating eclectic elements. It all started from going to flea markets and yard sales with my grandmothers.” Phillip is also a proponent of using powerful patterns, vibrant colors, and an array of textures side by side. The result is a house where each room is a feast for the eyes. “The décor reflects where we’ve been, who we are, and what we care about. Everything is this house has a story,” states Phillip.

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Original art graces nearly every wall. Tim explains, “When we travel, we always set aside time to find a piece of art that really speaks to us.” Among these are paintings done by local artists Theo Edmonds and Dawna Scripps; several works from the estate of the renowned Robert Wolfe; a large portrait of Bono by San Diego-based speed painter and motivational speaker, Eric Wahl; and a pair of abstract dachshund prints purchased from a New York street artist. Having two dachshunds, art depicting the breed is displayed in several rooms, as are traditional blue and white ginger jars and peacocks, for which Phillip holds an affinity.

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In addition to art, many of the walls are covered with exquisite, textured wallpaper. In the dining room, you find a graphic, trellis pattern achieved with black sand. The powder room possesses Ralph Lauren flocked wallpaper in a grey leopard print. And, leading up the staircase is a foil paper with an elaborate jewelry motif that is a replica of paper from the movie set of “To Catch a Thief.” Carpets from Carpet One and window treatments from DH Designs compliment the whimsical walls. Throughout the house, furniture pieces have been given new life by receiving lacquered paint jobs in dynamic hues and sleek hardware in crystal and silver.

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The first floor houses the parlor, formal dining room, den, a powder room, and the fully renovated eat-in kitchen. The parlor and dining room exemplify Phillip’s bold, yet balanced design aesthetic. Both possess revamped flea market finds, upscale items, contemporary details, sumptuous fabrics, elaborate tablescapes, and antiques all existing in exquisite harmony.

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For the kitchen, all the cabinetry was gifted to Phillip by a client posing a particular challenge. “Making it work in this space was like putting together a puzzle,” he states. However, in conjunction with Derrick Whitaker of Creative Kitchen and Bath, they were able to make them all fit seamlessly. A stainless-steel Viking professional gas range, refrigerator, and industrial island stand in beautiful contrast to the cherry cabinets. The space is accented with quartz countertops, a hood decorated with an ornate relief, a trio of crystal chandeliers, and colorful flower and fruit wallpaper. A stone-look partial wall separates the casual dining area. It contains a large floating dining table and custom-built bar with wine fridge, ice maker, and shelving to display their collection of glassware.

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The second floor boasts two guest rooms; a luxurious guest bath; and Phillip’s closet. Tim says, with a laugh, “He does not share well with others. He had to have his own space.” The closet provides ample storage with clothing racks, shoe shelving, a custom chest of drawers and silver leaf dressing table. The gorgeous guest bath was recently redesigned by Bella Yunker Designs. The room is decked out in several shades of gray with different sheens and patterns, including a silvery peacock feather print wallpaper. Along with the marble tub surround with matching vessel sink and countertop, it evokes a feeling of old Hollywood glamour.

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The owner’s bedroom is located on the third oor in what was formerly an attic. To convert the space into an airy and spacious suite, the previous owners added elements such as skylights, a cozy window seat, built-in desk, and conversation area. The master bath provides a dry sauna, dual sinks set in masculine black marble, and a soaking tub inset in a contemporary wood platform.

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Stepping out the back door, it is hard to believe you are near the heart of downtown. The opulent oasis is replete with a koi pond with waterfall, classical nude male statue, multi-leveled deck and patio seating, and meticulously manicured flowerbeds planned and planted by landscape designer Ty Medaris of Medaris Design. “I spend all of my time right here,” Phillip says referring to the screened sunroom that overlooks the serene scenery. “This is where I go to get away from it all and find my Zen and meditate. I listen to the wind chimes and the waterfall and just escape.”

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The exterior and interior of this home combine to create a property that is both cosmopolitan and comfortable. Phillip says, “The most meaningful compliment we’ve ever received about the house is that it is not only well-designed, but warm and makes everyone feel at home. That is what we want, for this to be a safe space for everyone who visits.” And, literally, hundreds of guests visit over the course of a year. Phillip and Tim have hosted countless parties, many of them benefiting charities, such as AVOL, UK Feast on Equality, LGBT Center of Orlando and Arbor Youth Services. Each June during the Lexington Pride Festival, the two open their house for a Pride Brunch. Last year, there were 368 attendees. Both Tim and Phillip, are deeply committed to furthering LGBTQ rights, with a specific emphasis on homeless and disenfranchised youths. At the end of the afternoon, it was easy to see what attracts so many to this spectacular abode. This downtown dwelling is steeped in style and a hub of hospitality. It is the kind of home you are eager to enter and always a bit sad to leave.

homewoners and designers, PHILLIP MARCUM and TIM BURCHAM .

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with phillip marcum of marcum designs: extraordinary interiors

Where do you find your inspiration as a designer? From dreams, my imagination and the desire to create beautiful spaces that people love spending time in.

How would you describe your decorating style? A mixture of eclectic and traditional with a sense of whimsy.

Who are your personal style icons? Trina Turk and Robert Graham.

Name three things every room should have: Personal items that have meaning to you, pieces that spark conversation and original artwork.

Why is color so important and how can a client find their perfect palette? It evokes an emotional response and has the power to make you happy.

Which design trends are you most excited about in 2019? Incorporating bold patterns and jewel tones with an edge into each room.

What is a common misconception about working with a designer? That designers don’t listen to their client. I am very aware that when I close the doors and leave a home that I’ve designed, it is the owners who are left to live in it every day. So, it must suit them, meet their needs and bring them joy.

Why should one opt to use an interior designer? Because in the long run they keep you from making costly mistakes.

How should one go about choosing the right interior designer for their project? Choose someone you can relate to and can communicate with openly and easily.

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Looking to make waves? Reflecting Pool (SW 6486) is an accessible take on teal, simultaneously bringing retro cool and a more modern edge to any room. Selected by HGTV Home as their 2019 Color of the Year, Reflecting Pool is shown off in their Sophisticated Whimsy curated room (above) with mid-century inspired accents in a space that feels anything but dated. It’s a look that can be achieved through a careful balance of playfulness and sleek styling. With a fun color like Reflecting Pool, it’s wise to keep furniture and accessories more neutral, with simple lines. However, don’t be afraid to bring the accent color out in a BIG way–this bold sofa helps section off the room and actually makes the bright, happy Reflecting Pool look a little more demure by contrast.

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As for accessories, try playing around with negative space. Graphic lines on a white canvas and materials like wrought iron or terrazzo are all clever ways to bring visual interest without overwhelming the room. Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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SARAH GILBERT written by lauren rogers

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hile all moms are magic, it takes someone very special to be the mother of an angel and our June Super Mom is very special indeed. Meet Sarah Gilbert. Wife to Zach. Mother to three. Family Support Liaison for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. Her children include Jonathan (15), Lacey (13), and Jacob, who would be 10 if he was not in heaven today. “My youngest son, Jacob, passed away 6 years ago,” shares Sarah. “He was 4 years old. He had a rare heart disease and needed a heart transplant. Since that happened, I started volunteering for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates to raise awareness for organ donation.” Two years ago, Sarah officially accepted a position there as the Family Support Liaison and breathes life and hope into all of those she feels honored and privileged to work with through her own touching experiences. “The life of my son Jacob changed us and so many people. He was always happy. I can still hear his sweet laugh. I’ve made it my mission to help his legacy live on and I am blessed to have a career at Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates to raise awareness and provide support to families through impossibly hard times,” she says. Another way Sarah and her family help Jacob’s legacy live on is through “The Little Heroes Project,” which two of her best friends decided to launch in honor of Jacob’s memory. “His birthday is the day after Christmas, so every year during this time, we take hundreds of superhero themed toys, costumes, books, movies, and more to give to the children at the University of Kentucky’s Children’s Hospital,” Sarah elucidates.

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Ever inspired by her husband and children and the desire for them to live a full and happy life, Sarah encourages others to “treasure the chaos” and just do the best you can each day. Support and teamwork also helps too and balancing day to day life with the hectic wrestling practice schedules of Sarah’s two oldest children, Jonathan with Madison Central High School and Lacey wrestling for Madison County with the middle schoolers, it is easy to understand why organization is often a challenge. Sarah explains, “From school, to work, to cleaning, kids wrestling practices, dinner, and trying to clean some more, keeping things running smoothly is definitely a team effort in our house! My kids help us out with cleaning and

Sarah’s youngest son, Jacob, who passed away in September of 2012.

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yard work and we have an amazing group of friends and family that love our kids like their own.” She reflects, “Having a strong support system is something I’m thankful for everyday too!” Not only does she love watching her children practice and compete in their sport year round, for Sarah, watching them grow into all around good people is one of the most rewarding parts about being a mom. She articulates, “I get to see the love they show me and my husband and so many others and I’m like, hey, we did something right!”

I GET TO SEE THE LOVE THEY SHOW ME AND MY HUSBAND AND SO MANY OTHERS AND I’M LIKE, HEY, WE DID SOMETHING RIGHT!

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he school year is coming to an end for most students and families, which means a summer full of activities and travel is ahead. If you are a pet owner, you may need to find someone to care for your pets while you are out of town. In order to ensure you, your pets, and your pets’ caretaker are stress-free, we recommend following these 10 tips. 1. Be sure you have enough food. Be prepared for travel delays, and let your pets’ caretaker know where extra food is stored. Leave clear instructions on how much they are to be fed daily. Proper labeling of containers is key if you have multiple pets that are on different diets. If your pet tends to get stressed and stop eating when you are away, consider leaving canned food or cooked chicken for the pet sitter to mix into their food to entice your pet to eat. 2. Show your pet sitter where your pets’ leash, harness, carrier, litter box, poop bags and/or kennels are located. Consider leaving a back-up leash or collar and extra litter. 3. Leave plenty of toys for your pets to play with and inform the pet sitter where the toys are located. 4. Place cleaning supplies where they are easily accessible to your pet sitter in case your pet has an accident in the house. 5. Place potentially dangerous plants, decorations, trash, and laundry out of reach of your pets and be sure to let your pet sitter know of anything that may be out of the ordinary (ie – leaky faucet) as well as any additional people that may be entering your home while you are away. 6. Double check that your pets’ ID tags are up to date and attached to their collars. If you have multiple pets of the same breed, this can be important in helping the sitter distinguish between pets. If your pet has a microchip, use www.petmicrochiplookup.org or www. homeagain.com to confirm that your contact information is up to date with the microchip corresponding to your pet’s file. 7. If your pet is on medication, notify the pet sitter ahead of time and provide detailed instructions on where the medication is located, times the medication needs to be administered, and how it should be administered. 8. If your pet has a prior condition, such as seizures or a heart condition, let the pet sitter know of these conditions, how they present themselves, and when and where they should seek medical attention. Leave phone numbers and addresses of both your primary veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinarian. 9. Let your veterinarian know that you will be out of town and that your pets will be cared for by a sitter. Give your pet sitter your cell phone number and hotel information and the number of someone you trust to make medical decisions for your pet, in case of emergency. Add a person you trust to your pet’s account as someone authorized to make medical decisions if you can’t be reached. 10. Prior to departure, set up a time to familiarize the pet sitter with your pets and your home. Show the sitter your pets’ preferred hangouts as well as locations of things they might need. Follow these tips for peace of mind for you, your pet, and your pet sitter! Talk with a professional at Bluegrass Veterinary Specialists + Animal emergency to add an authorized decision maker to your pet’s account. Safe travels!

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The crew who brought you County Club and Bar Ona are at it again with their newest concept, Pearl’s a wood-fired pizza place that serves a unique menu centered around the pizza oven. 133 North Limestone, previously home to Limestone Blue, has completely transformed into an Italian inspired joint serving wood-fired pizza in a hybrid Neapolitan style using their two-day cold fermented dough. “We had wanted to expand to another restaurant concept and when this space became available, it was perfect,” mentions co-owner Coleman Guyon “It was cost prohibitive to add a hot line in the basement so we decided to go for the idea that everything had to be cooked in the wood-fired oven and we evolved from there. It is a unique concept but it works.” And unique concepts are sort of their thing. Growing up in restaurants from the age of 15, Guyon spent years living in New York, LA and even Italy where he learned about the restaurant industry. After moving back to Lexington, he became aware of the voids the industry here has; “We aim to create concepts that fill that void. People in Lexington know the culture and want unique food and experiences,” says Guyon. “Our wine list, for example, doesn’t have common varietals such as pinot grigio or a cabernet but instead, we bring in varietals that are fantastic in their own right to introduce new things to our guests.” You’ll find natural and biodynamic wines such as Portelli Calabrese/Frappato Cerasuolo di Vittoria Sicily which they describe on the menu as “perfect pizza wine” something not seen here in Lexington. Their cocktail list is equally as unique using a variety of old-world Italian spirits such as Aperol, Campari and Vermouth to create cocktails such as the Daisy: a combination of brandy, Cointreau, lemon, bitters and soda or the Little Giuseppe: a mix of an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur called “cynar”, sweet vermouth, lime and bitters. “Michael Florence, the beverage director for Middle Fork did our bar program and he did a fantastic job,” says Guyon. “Our Spritz is a classic but it’s not to be missed, it’s consistently one of my favorite things.”

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In addition to the eight designed pizzas, they offer a build-your-own section with vegan and vegetarian options. “We have cultivated quite a vegan following because our chefs play with a lot of vegan-friendly ingredients and they’re good. It’s sort of naturally evolved. Our cashew ricotta and vegan Caesar dressing are popular with everyone who tries them!” says Guyon. “The charred broccoli salad is also a fan-favorite. County Club does a smoked French dressing for us that’s out-of-this-world,” shares Guyon. The dressing is tossed with a mix of bitter greens, red onion, raisins, Grana Padano cheese, sunflower seeds and of course, the charred broccoli. The wood-fired tinned sardines is another dish that’s unique to Lexington. “We throw the entire tin of sardines into the wood fire oven and slightly char them until the flavor is rich and smoky. They’re served with bright lemon, a pop of heat from chili flakes and Sunrise Bakery Sourdough.” On the menu, you’ll also find seasonal vegetables, composed salads, smoked whitefish, wood-fired shellfish, oysters, PEI mussels and gulf coast shrimp.

“In addition to great food and drinks, the thing I love most about this business is that I employ 75 people across three places and 100% are my friends. I think that’s what makes our restaurants so successful. I knew them before I hired them. I get to employ and help my friends make a living. The camaraderie of working together and making a service happen is amazing. It’s so much fun to see excited people who love their job,” says Guyon. Open seven days a week, Pearl’s aims to have a relaxed cafe feel during the daytime and more romantic feel in the evening. “We try to cultivate a bit of a party for our late-night crowd as well,” states Guyon. “While we wanted to brighten the space a bit and open it up, most of our design was dependent on space and necessity.” Guyon says, “The building is full of natural elements from white painted brick, to metal shelves, a concrete bar top and wooden booths. It’s modern but still cozy. And while Guyon describes the Limestone block as an up-and-coming location that’s quickly becoming a destination for diners, it’s obvious that Pearl’s is well worth the visit.

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Favorite veggie? I know it’s strange but I really like radishes. They go with anything, they’re a great palate cleanser and I love them thin sliced raw with a little butter on a baguette. What made you fall in love with food? I’ve been working with food from the time I was 15. We sort of fell into opening our first place with the chef at County Club Johnny Shipley with not a lot of forethought. We found a space and decided to fill a niche and the rest is history! Do you have a morning ritual if so, what does it look like? I wake up, I roll out of bed, shower, drink coffee and roll. Every day for me is completely different. Favorite cocktail? Spritz What do you love most about Lexington? The people here—the close tight-knit community. Also, the ability to start a business. The rent isn’t insane like in bigger cities. What’s the last thing you ate? The Impossible burger from Burger Fi.

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Favorite dish from your childhood? I remember my mom used to make not dogs (tofu hot dog), tomatoes and cottage cheese on a plate. She used those enameled speckled camping plates. My mom is a hippie so I grew up eating healthy: lots of veggies and organic natural foods, but every so often she’d take us to McDonalds. When you’re not working, are you cooking or grabbing carryout? Carryout. If it’s not my restaurants it’s something from Panda Cuisine, Pho BC, Ramirez Tacos or Nats. How do you stay inspired? Travel. I like to visit large cities like New York and LA. I see what larger markets are doing. The Atlanta food scene is incredible right now. I get ideas and then put a twist on what Lexington needs. Piece of advice for someone who dreams of pursuing a career in food or restaurants. Just do it. Talk to a bank, make a plan and make it happen. People get intimidated but if you have experience, take the dive and make it work. In this industry, the best learning is from experience.

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ROBERT BEATTY A rising superstar in art and design, Robert Beatty has worked with big names, such as the band Tame Impala, the New York Times, Ke$ha and even Apple. Born in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Beatty grew up reading encyclopedias and taking apart electronics and experimenting with them to see what cool sounds he could make. Although he always knew he wanted to make art, he didn’t take the traditional fine arts college route to pursue his dream. After moving to Lexington at age 21, he performed local stints in Lexington with the band Hair Police and had a show on Lexington’s WRFL. While still in the music scene, Beatty is making a bigger splash for his album cover art. He’s created work for notorious underground bands like Oneohtrix Point Never and Peaking Lights. His intriguing artistic works are showcased not only in the music scene and his logo for Pearl’s but also in his book Floodgate Companion. See more at robertbeattyart.com.


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3191 Beaumont Center Circle 859.533.9777 • jrendersbbq.com

What can guests expect from your patio? From the twinkling lights to the lush landscaping, our patio gives you a break from the every day grind. Come meet your family, best friend or have a date night and get away from it all for just a little bit. What's brag-worthy at J. Render's? We have the best Southern Fare and BBQ in Lexington with a bar that boasts over 22 bourbons, local craft beer and a large wine selection. Not to mention, the interesting craft cocktails and mules—which we hear are the best in town. What are some customer favorites? Hands down the Smoked Wings are a fan

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What's new and happening? Join us for our 1st Annual Low Country Shrimp Boil on June 20th. Plus we have great live music on Fridays, Saturdays and even Monday nights in case you have a case of the "Mondays".


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What is Ranada's all about? We strive to offer the best dining experience to each and every patron with our unique handcrafted menu.

Ranada's Bistro & Bar

400 Old Vine, Suite 108 859.523.4141 • ranadas.com

We want each of our guests to experience the best local atmosphere featuring local artwork, local music and Kentucky Proud produce from across the Bluegrass. Our Southern menu features internationally inspired dishes from Thai, Latin and Indian cuisines. What is your prediction for summer's most popular menu offerings? Our Southern Charm Burger, which won Taste of the Bluegrass Best Entree 2019 is a one-third pound burger with pimento cheese, bacon jam, fried green tomato and Southern chow chow served on a toasted brioche bun.

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Enjoy it with the Drunken Uncle cocktail, which is composed of Elijah Craig 94 proof, green chartreuse, tobacco simple syrup, smoked cinnamon bitters, brown sugar baked orange and bourbon cherry. Both are a perfect way to end a summer day. What makes your patio special? Our patio is right in the heart of downtown, so it's the perfect place to enjoy happy hour and stay for dinner surrounded by an herb garden and seasonal plants. What is new and happening? We have a great happy hour and our daily food specials are thoughtfully crafted with the freshest local ingredients. Plus we have Wine, Women and Song every Wednesday. We look forward to hosting more events, so check out our Facebook page for details.

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Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

101 West Vine Street 859.554.7000 • jeffruby.com/lexington

What makes your patio unique? The Paddock is our one-of-a-kind patio area thoughtfully designed to bring the Jeff Ruby experience outdoors. Two 20-foot articulated glass panels open from the spacious lounge to our beautiful patio. The ability to unite the two areas allows guests to enjoy live entertainment whether they are seated at outside tables, on couches around the fire pits or inside next to the fully stocked, covered bar. Multiple TVs are always tuned to the big game or concert while ten heaters keep everything cozy going into the cooler fall and winter months. The Paddock is also a unique celebration of Lexington. The area features a three-level fountain with an imported Italian bronze horse statue flanked by seven jockey statues (smartly outfitted in Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse branded jockey pants). We are also proud to be part of the Town Branch Park project which aims to bring the beauty of the surrounding countryside and bring park programming to the heart of downtown. As such, the patio features beautiful custom flowers and landscaping. Plus, there is a large private VIP table called "Cal's Corner" named for the man himself, Coach John Calipari. In addition to The Paddock, a private patio sits adjacent to the Breeder's Room, providing the ideal space to enjoy cigars and after dinner drinks when utilizing the beautiful private dining room. Reservations are accepted but not required making The Paddock a go-to stop on your tour of downtown patios. What's the atmosphere at Jeff Ruby's? We are a fine dining steakhouse specializing in USDA Prime Steaks, Seafood & Sushi, impeccable service and live entertainment. The vibe is a blend of Art Deco decadence and unmistakable Kentucky cool. The vibe also lends itself to pure showtime, from the flambéing tableside to the impeccably over-the-top service to the dreamy menu, this is the place you go when you want a truly memorable experience. Let's talk about food. What are some of your seasonal specials or favorites? For patio season, it's hard to beat the multi-tiered Seafood Tower featuring enormous Tiger Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab, multiple varieties of Raw Oysters on the Half Shell, Lobster and more. Extensive Sushi and Raw Bar Menus round out ocean specialties perfect for al fresco dining. Pair these light bites with bubbles or a fine Kentucky Bourbon. The full menu is also available in The Paddock, so for those guests looking for the whole Jeff Ruby Experience, the Bone-in Ribeye paired with Jeff Ruby's Barrel Aged Manhattan is a terrific summer choice.

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Carson's Food & Drink

362 East Main Street 859.309.3039 • carsonsfoodanddrink.com

What draws people to your patio? Our great food and cocktails, along with being one of the only patios on Main Street makes Carson’s a wonderful spot to hang out! Every Sunday we offer a terrific brunch with live jazz playing on the patio! But book your reservations fast, because we’ll be filling up in no time! Tell us a little bit about Carson's offerings and ambience. We offer all sorts of elevated American cuisine, from great sandwiches and salads to juicy steaks and seafood. Every portion we offer is large and layered with flavor. We have something for everyone! Our Woodford Rye Old Fashioned is our number one cocktail, and is a great drink to sip on in our relaxed, speakeasy setting!

What is the most popular dish on the menu for patio season? What drink would you pair with it? Our chicken and waffles are considered one of our best brunch items, topped with our delicious pork belly sage gravy. We recommend pairing this fantastic dish with our famous Bloody Mary!

What do you expect will be popular specials this summer? We have our “Old Fashioned Happy Hour” from 3 to 6pm. Take your pick of any bourbon or rye and we will turn it into an old-fashioned! Appetizers are also $2 off, along with our drinks and drafts.

What are the most popular items on the menu? Our Tacos Dorados de Barbacoa is a customer favorite and features four deep-fried beef barbacoa-style tacos, stuffed with chopped cilantro and diced onions.

People also love our custom tacos which offer wide range of meats and toppings and are done up right by our talented kitchen staff.

El Rancho Tapatio

144 Burt Road 859.373.9091 • elranchotapatio.com

Tell us about your patio space. As a family-owned and operated business it is very important to us to provide comfort for our guests. With big umbrellas for shade, the patio is always a relaxing casual spot, perfect for drinks after work or family dinners. We have a fun atmosphere and delicious dishes that give guests a taste of Guadalajara, Mexico! Do you have any summer drink specials? Love margaritas? We serve up a great one, and on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday enjoy 2-for-1 margaritas all day long—perfect for sipping on the patio with friends!

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We also have breakfast and lunch options as well as daily specials.


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What makes your patio great? Our patrons love our dog-friendly patio. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Happy Hour sushi and cocktails with friends while soaking up your daily dose of vitamin D.

Blue

Sushi Sake Grill 105 Summit At Fritz Farm, Suite 130 859.554.4452 • bluesushisakegrill.com

What is the mission at Blue? We’re founded on the belief that sushi can and should be fresh and inventive. We believe in uniting quality, bold and flavorful ingredients. We create memorable dining experiences fueled by inspired food, good conversation and feel-good vibes. While we pursue creating and serving incredible sushi, we are also committed to making a positive impact on our oceans. As part of the Conscious Earth program we are making more informed choices on our sources of seafood and meats, seeking sustainability and respecting our planet.

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What is your prediction for summer's most popular menu offerings? We will be serving some delicious special dishes starting in mid-June. Tako Anticuchos, which is marinated and skewered Spanish octopus, served with cucumber sunamono, aji panca and aji amarillo sauces will be perfect for dining al fresco. Also, our Specialty Sashimi—Ora King Salmon—thinly sliced and rolled with pink lady apple, topped with white shoyu and red curry-coconut ponzu sauce, Marcona almond, micro cilantro served with charred lemon will be perfect for patio season. When is happy hour? Join us for a great selection of specials from our sushi, grill and drink menus Monday through Saturday 3 to 6:30pm and Sunday noon to 8pm.

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Double Dogs Chowhouse

1916 Justice Drive 859.963.4150 • doubledogs.biz

What makes your patio a great place to hang out Our dog friendly patio, 22 ounce draft beers served in frozen mugs, along with our freshmade food and service makes Double Dogs a great place to hang out. Tell us a little bit about your restaurant’s cuisine, drinks and overall “vibe”. While you’re sitting back with friends and family watching your favorite team, you have your choice of specialty drinks and a variety of 16 draft beers. Fill up on the best burgers and fresh-cut made in-house fries in town and our buffalo mac and cheese.

What is the most popular dish on the menu for patio season? What drink would you pair with it? Our Bo Burger and fries, teamed up with our very own Double Dogs Diddley Beer on tap makes for a terrific meal!

Do you have any summer specials? We will be featuring local draft beers from Lemon’s Mill, Country Boy, Blue Stallion, Lexington Brewing, Dreaming Creek and Braxton Brewing Company all summer long! Plus, we will be booking locally renowned musicians this summer to perform live on our patio!

Tell us more about Rafferty's cuisine and atmosphere. Our great seasonal drinks along with plenty of TV screens makes watching the big games at Rafferty’s a fun, laid-back experience.

Do you have any enticing specials? Our daily “pick two lunch duo” special runs every day! Pair your favorite entree with one of our famous summer cocktails.

Rafferty's 1865 Alysheba Way 859.264.8900 • raffertys.com

What can guests expect from your patio? Our great food, specialty drinks and friendly service makes every guest feel at home! We have comfortable outdoor seating covered with large umbrellas for shade, manicured landscaping and a relaxed atmosphere! What customer favorites are on the menu for patio season? What drink would you pair with it? Our hand battered chicken finger salad, topped off with our signature house dressing, hot bacon and honey mustard, goes great alongside our seasonal mason jar drink: “Watermelon Express”. Our in-house daily smoked baby back ribs and our habanero margaritas are great choices, too!

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Locals'

Craft Food & Drink 701 National Ave. 859.523.3249 • localslex.com

Tell us about Locals'. We pride ourselves on our sophisticated, yet easy-going atmosphere. Whether it be a dinner for two, a business lunch meeting or an outing with friends, we appeal to anyone looking for a casual neighborhood vibe. What makes your patio special? Our double-decker patio is made in the shade: umbrellas on our tables downstairs and large sails upstairs keep our guest comfortable. What is your claim to fame? Beyond our eye-catching sails and building design, we are known for locally-sourced ingredients. In terms of customer favorites from our menu, our white chicken chili, bourbon-brined wings and one-hander

sandwiches are consistently popular picks. Plus our fully stocked bar features a large selection of craft beer and artisan cocktails. Our most popular cocktails include our Locals’ Mule (our twist on the Kentucky mule) and The Morningsider (a fruity, vodka based cocktail). We also feature buckets of sparkling wine splits perfect for patio drinking.

What's new? We have a great new Brunch menu that includes many offerings from Chocolate Beignets to Scrambled Nachos. Plus we feature a seasonally-inspired dinner, a catch of the day and appetizers specials every night. Our happy hour is $1 off wine and select liquors from 4 to 6pm everyday.

Sedona Taphouse

3600 Palomar Centre Drive 859.368.0464 • sedonataphouse.com

Tell us about Sedona's atmosphere. We are proud to offer a laid back and casual space with an upscale feel. But, we definitely want our guests to have fun as well! Hence, our two 75-inch TVs and extended late night happy hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Plus, take in live music on Tuesdays and half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays. What makes your patio special? We have something for everyone: take your pick between cool shade or fun in the sun, table or bar seating or gather around the firepit on cozy couches. Tell us about your menu. What's popular? Cuisine ranges from easy handhelds to daily cut fresh seafood and steaks. Our Salmon Asparagus Salad paired with our White

Sangria or our Desert Fire Jalapeños paired with our Prickly Pear Margarita are becoming quite popular for the summer season. But, there is always something special here: Sunday Brunch with our Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar is always a crowd-pleaser. Did we mention Lobster Night is every Tuesday?

What's happening at the bar? We have a nice variety of craft beers, many of which are local, in various styles from sours to hoppy, bold to easy drinking. All bottles and canned beer as well as bottles of wine can be purchased to go at 50% off. Our amazing cocktails use only fresh squeezed juices and are made to order. Our Watermelon Martini and Classic Mojito are definitely customer favorites.

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Babalu Tapas & Tacos

4040 Finn Way, Suite 150 859.309.4780 • eatbabalu.com

What makes your patio special? Our patio is a fun space that takes the saying "the more the merrier" seriously. In addition to outdoor tables, we have outdoor bar counter seating and we can accommodate big groups. You can even rent our patio out for private events. Plus we're located on the busiest corner in The Summit at Fritz Farm and so it's great for people watching! What is at the heart of your restaurant? We offer Latin-inspired dishes with southern flair. We encourage guests to sample and share more than a dozen varieties of tapas. We have two community tables that seat ten people each and a six person chef's table that overlooks our open kitchen. We love the lively vibe of having groups dining here!

What's popular right now? Seafood is pretty hot right now and tacos are always in season. We have 12 house recipe tacos and half of them are seafood options. Pairing a taco is easy with any drink or cocktail but our house made Sangria is a great patio-side sipping option!

Do you have upcoming events or specials? Tapas are $1 off Monday through Friday 3 to 6pm. Every Tuesday is 'Taco Twosday' when all of our tacos are just $2 each. We are excited to celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24th . We'll have margarita specials that week.

Coles 735 Main

735 East Main Street 859.266.9000 • coles735main.com

What can one expect from your patio? Dining al fresco in our gazebo is like escaping to a European cafe, complete with charming bistro tables, beautiful plants, flowers (even a lemon tree!), and cozy corners to enjoy the weather and good conversation. It's the perfect way to enjoy a cocktail or dinner with that signature Coles service in a more low-key, refreshing atmosphere. What is the core focus for Coles? Since our 2012 opening our team has strived to offer warm and welcoming service, creative, chef-driven meals alongside incredible wine and bourbon lists. We aim to make every step of a meal at Coles an experience full of hospitality and Southern graciousness.

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Do you have any upcoming events? We host monthly charity dinners called "Coles Community Table" in which we donate a portion of all proceeds to the charity, so anyone dining at the restaurant those days will be making a positive impact on our community! Join our table benefiting the Allegro Dance Project on June 12th.

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What would your recommend for al fresco dining at Coles? Salmon Salad, paired with our Stoller Unoaked Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon.


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Wild Eggs Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch 3735 Palomar Centre Drive 859.277.0402

1925 Justice Drive 859.543.0532

• wildeggs.com

Is the Wild Eggs patio...wild? We have two great Lexington locations and actually, the ambiance on our patio is relaxing, warm and welcoming. Plants and flowers surround the patio tables and top grade umbrellas provide shade. Our patio is full service, with the same great service and cuisine that we serve up indoors. We can even accommodate large parties and seat up to 40 guests. What is your restaurant's objective? Our well-trained staff consistently delivers innovative dishes that offer a fresh, contemporary approach to breakfast, brunch and lunch. We are a family-oriented restaurant with menu items for everyone. What are some of your most popular menu offerings? Our most popular dish is our Kalamity Katie's Border Benedict. Paired with a tequila sunrise made with our fresh squeezed orange juice, it makes an unmatched breakfast experience for someone who loves to dine with flair. Another popular item, particularly with patio diners, is our "Yard Bird", which is a baked chicken salad with red and green onion, celery, golden raisins that pop beautifully in the sandwich, and is served on toasted sourdough bread with cheddar cheese. Pair it with a fruity and fresh sangria for the ultimate lunch dining experience. What's new? We're rolling out a new summer drink menu for the patio featuring sangrias, our effervescent mimosas with fizzy champagne ice cubes. We also offer our tequila sunrise, award winning bloody-mary, screwdrivers and many other refreshing iced coffee drink specialties with or without alcohol.

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CHICKEN SALAD LETTUCE WRAPS Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 1½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts ½ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt ¼ cup light sour cream 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped small salt, to taste black pepper, to taste 1 red bell pepper, diced ¼ cup diced red onion ¼ cup slivered almonds ¼ cup sliced kalamata olives ½ cup reduced-fat Feta cheese 10 Bibb lettuce leaves

Preparation: Place the chicken breasts in a pot large enough to hold them all, and fill the pot with enough water (or chicken stock) to cover the chicken by about 1-2 inches. Add two dried bay leaves, fresh parsley stems, and whole peppercorns to flavor the cooking liquid if desired, then bring to a boil over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the chicken for 10-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast reads 165º F. Using tongs, remove the chicken and reserve on a plate. When it is cool enough to touch, shred or dice it and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl stir together the yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper. Add the rest of the ingredients and the chicken and toss gently to combine. Spoon a ½ cup of chicken salad into each bibb lettuce leaf and serve two wraps per person.

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Nutrition Facts: Yield: 5 servings | Serving Size: 2 lettuce wraps Calories 233 | Fat 10g | Cholesterol 78g | Sodium 460mg Carbohydrates 5g | Fiber 1g | Sugar 3g | Protein 29g

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ICED TEA DAY "The house wine of the South." The fierce and mostly seasonal debate over the proper sweetness of tea is again blasting as strong as our air-conditioners. Our pick: IntegriTEA's Bluegrass Breeze Iced Tea. Bluegrass Breeze and other loose leaf blends are available at Whole Foods. Local restaurants love IntegriTEA too; J. Render's, Vinaigrette, Lockbox and a slew of other eateries will serve you a perfectly brewed cup. The level of sweetness is entirely up to you.

BOURBON DAY Isn’t that every day in Kentucky?

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For many Kentuckians, the love of bourbon is so fierce that state visitors may ask, “is there something in the water there?” In a word: YES! Many bourbon crafters assert that it’s the limestone in our local spring water that gives Kentucky the edge for crafting the finest bourbons the world over. Our picks: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked & Four Roses Single Barrel. If you aren’t up on the tradition and craftsmanship of this sweet, amber liquor called America’s “native spirit” check out Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail at kybourbontrail.com.

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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DAY

A perennial favorite. This summertime treat is a snap to make at home. It is composed of shortcake or sponge cake, fresh strawberries, sugar and whipped cream. Select the perfect strawberries for your dessert at a local "you pick" farm. Our picks: Marcum Farms in Madison County and Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Scott County. June 2019 | TOPSinLex.com

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LONGHAUL story by Larry Vaught

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he’s been called “scary smart” by softball coach Rachel Lawson; recent UK graduate Katie Reed admits she has a perfectionist personality that has inspired her in the classroom. She had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during four years at Kentucky.

I really just hope people remember that I was a good representative of UK softball and was someone that was always giving my all on the field."

“I do have to study a lot. I push myself really hard in the classroom. I strive for an A in every class, but the important thing is learning. Making A’s meant a little more to me because I knew I would be applying for dental school, which is so competitive to get accepted. I like learning and going to class. I guess I am a little competitive on that, too,” said Reed, who is also a “little competitive” on the softball field. She earned All-American honors and helped UK win over 150 games in her career. She’s been the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year the last two years, team captain three years, president of the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and elected to the Frank Ham Society of Character. She’s also a two-time All-SEC shortstop and twotime pick to the All-SEC defensive team. However, being named Miss Wildcat during the CATSPY Awards was a “significant” honor for Reed because it goes to UK athletes who represent all-around excellence in athletics, academics, service and character.

Photo courtesy of UK Athletics

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“It’s the highest honor you get as a UK student-athlete,” said Reed, who started every game during her four-year career. “I have met so many people at UK and built


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relationships here that allowed me to be successful. I have had many experiences at UK, all of which helped me earn that award. I was not expecting it, but it was a delightful surprise.” Reed has already been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh’s dental school but was also the 19th pick in the recent National Pro Fastpitch Draft. She won’t postpone going to dental school and believes the pro softball schedule will allow her to play and go to school. “Postseason for pro ball starts August 15 and orientation for school starts on August 14. I just plan to wait and see if I can work it out. I plan to do both, but going to dental school remains the priority,” Reed said. “I never thought about playing pro ball before college. When I was a freshman, we had several seniors go into the pro league. That sparked my interest. “Although college softball still has the bigger fan base and the fans here at Kentucky have been great to me. Being able to play in the summer beyond college will be a perk and an awesome experience.” Reed was not sure what to expect when she came to Kentucky after a brilliant high school career in St. Louis. She quickly endeared herself to teammates with her talent and tenacity and didn’t need long to become a fan favorite because of her extensive skill set. She hopes UK fans will remember her in a particular way. “I hope people remember that I was a good representative of UK softball by giving my all on the field. That I strove to play the game the right way and did everything possible to help us win,” Reed said. “I don’t want people to remember any particular stat or play but to remember more about how I played, my character and the relationships I made along the way. Those are the things I hope people remember along with just how much I loved my four years at Kentucky.”

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2018 PGA Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club

KENTUCKY WELCOMES Once again, the Barbasol Championship brings world-class golf to the Bluegrass. story by Donna Ison | photos by Woody Phillips

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or Kentuckians, spring and summer have long been highlighted by Keeneland. Now, summer also has its own signature event with the Barbasol Championship. Recently, the PGA TOUR announced that Barbasol would continue their title sponsorship of the tournament, which will be played at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions course, through 2023. This year, the tournament will be held during the week of July 15-21, and will host 132 of the best golfers in the world, 1,000 volunteers, and approximately 10,000 fans a day. “There are only forty-two PGA tournaments worldwide and Kentucky has one of them. That is a big deal for our entire state. We want people from Bowling Green and Louisville and Northern Kentucky to come experience and support this tournament,” says Bryan Pettigrew, the Tournament Director and National Sales Director for Global Golf Management (GGM). Formerly, Pettigrew served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorship of the Breeders’ Cup. He says, “The two sports I grew up around were horseracing, with a grandfather who owned racehorses in Oklahoma, and golf. I would say I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world to have gotten to promote these two sports I love and am really passionate about.” Another thing Pettigrew and his team are passionate about is promoting the state. He says, “This is a great opportunity to show off Kentucky and our hospitality. These guys play some of the nicest golf courses

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in the world, but I think what makes our tournament different is the local hospitableness. When they show up at this tournament, our volunteers are going to be trained to answer questions and help them and treat them differently than they are at other tournaments. The same is true of our local businesses.” To ensure this, GGM has been working hand in hand with both the Visit Lex and Visit Jessamine tourism bureaus, as well as the local hospitality industry. In order to ready establishments, Pettigrew says, “We’ll be taking a page out of the Super Bowl and other major events' playbooks and hosting a restaurant and hotel training day at Keeneland in June where we’ll bring in managers and give them a Barbasol 101 course and encourage them to decorate their restaurants and hotel lobbies with flags, golf balls and golf tees to get people in the spirit.” But, as much as the community will be giving to the tournament, the tournament will be giving back. One of the most important aspects of the Barbasol Championship, as well as all PGA TOUR events, is their commitment to enriching the places they play through charitable contributions. “PGA tournaments raise one hundred ninety million dollars annually for charity. That is more than all the other four big sports combined. That is the business model in golf,” states Pettigrew. To this purpose, the Barbasol Championship advisory board created Caddie127, a new umbrella charity. Caddie127 takes its name from the golf term and the Bible verse, James 1:27, which advises “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and

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Barbasol Championship EATS & ENTERTAINMENT 2018 PGA Barbasol Championship competitors from left to right: Sebastian Munoz, John Peterson and Andres Romero

A NEW TRADITION to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Pettigrew further explains, “Golfers need guidance, help, instruction and someone to show them the way. They never walk alone. And, that’s the gist of ‘caddie.’ We believe women and children should never walk alone, and we intend to do something about it.” This year, five philanthropic organizations working for the betterment of women and children have been chosen as charitable partners who will receive substantial financial contributions. They include All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center. In addition to growing Caddie127, the Barbasol Championship is committed to growing the sport of golf in Kentucky. Pettigrew states, “We’re trying to reach out to the different segments of golfers to be inclusive and grow the sport.” To involve and inspire younger golfers, GGM is working in conjunction with the Kentucky High School Golf Association and adding a Junior ProAm where high school players can come and play with the pros. This will occur on Monday, July 15. They are also partnering with Merrill Lynch to provide a Women’s Executive Forum, where women can hear peer panelists speak about their challenges and their struggles in business. It will be followed by the opportunity to either play in a ProAm or participate in a golf clinic. And, on Saturday, the tournament will also host a Family Day, with an array of activities for children and a Fan Expo, just outside the clubhouse. Even for those who do not consider themselves golf enthusiasts, the tournament promises to be a memorable experience. Drake’s and Grey Goose are sponsoring a large gathering tent where

folks can enjoy food, beverages, and daily musical acts. In addition, the golf tournament organizers are adding an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the lake, to give spectators a place to gather with the perfect vantage point. “Even if you’re not a golf fan, you should come as a spectator and check it all out. There is going to be great food and entertainment. And, if you’re looking for exercise, you can walk the golf course,” says Pettigrew. Members of the military, both active duty and retired, and three members of their families get in free, as do those 16 and under. And, those who want to be even closer to the action can volunteer. There are a range of opportunities and specialized training is provided. Pettigrew states, “We’re going to train all of the volunteers using the Disney customer service method that the PGA tour has adopted. They also get a Barbasol shirt and cap and will be fed twice a day. We’re working on making it fun and exciting for them.” Volunteers must be 18 years or older, or 16, if accompanied by a parent. To sign up, simply go to the Barbasol Championship website. Pettigrew’s hope for this and future years is that the tournament becomes a new statewide tradition. “We hope Kentuckians embrace the Barbasol tournament as a signature event, much like Keeneland. We hope it will be something they mark on their calendars, consider when they have family and friends come to visit, and that companies take advantage of when hosting clients.” He adds, “We want to welcome people from around the world to our state to explore our cuisine, the bourbon trail and our horse country, as well as golf. We want them to get to experience all the things that make Kentucky special.”

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A CAREER OF SERVICE

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Caring for horses, Kentucky's signature industry

B Blue Grass Farms Charities Executive Director Says the Organization is Needed Now More Than Ever

story by Jen Roytz Photos courtesy of Blue Grass Farms Charities

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orn and raised on her family’s Meade County farm, Julie Berry learned early on the value of hard work and the satisfaction that comes with doing for others. It is this sense of service that has been the driving theme through much of her career and, earlier this year, led her to her new role as Executive Director of Blue Grass Farms Charities. A beacon of light for many farm and racetrack workers throughout the Thoroughbred industry, Blue Grass Farms Charities offers services and programs aimed at bettering the quality of life for those in Central Kentucky working directly with horses and their families. These programs include a free food pantry, financial assistance for housing and utilities, fresh produce distribution, on-site health clinics, health care referrals, free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, English as a Second Language

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classes (ESL), backpack and school supply giveaways and summer camps for children. “Even though Blue Grass Farms Charities was founded in 2003, the programs and services are needed by the workers now more than ever before,” says Berry. “There is a labor shortage on the farms. They are working long days, especially in spring with foaling, breeding, racing and some can’t afford certain services for themselves or their families.” Before coming on board as the Executive Director of Blue Grass Farms Charities in January of this year, Berry worked at Kentucky Educational Television (KET), first as the Assistant to the President and later as Assistant to the Executive Director and CEO Shae Hopkins. At KET Berry wore many hats, most notably serving as the lead event planner for the organization’s popu-


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Even though Blue Grass Farms Charities was founded in 2003, the programs and services are needed by the workers now more than ever before. School backpack distribution

lar Summer Celebration, a prodigious fundraiser held at Donamire Farm each year. With no shortage of needs to meet, Blue Grass Farms Charities never has an offseason or downtime. Those they serve work tirelessly to take care of the horses that make up Kentucky’s signature industry. Thankfully, Berry thrives on a challenge and was eager to jump in with both feet. “Most Kentuckians have never been on a Thoroughbred farm or to the backside of the track. I wish they could go work alongside the grooms just for one day. I see the farm workers taking care of the horses, the barns and the land – regardless of the elements. They truly love their job and it is noted,” says Berry. “During an ESL class, I asked the workers what they do on their off time,” she continued. “Their reply was ‘eat, do laundry,

sleep.’ They work all the time! So, we try to break some of the monotony. Blue Grass Farms Charities hosts a soccer tournament in June where farm teams compete. We provide ESL classes for the Hispanic workers, educational day camps (this year at Sayre School) for farm children and school backpack distribution every August. Last year there were 836 backpacks given!”

Mamm" program for low-income families. They will receive free mammography screenings, along with free transportation to and from the CHI hospital facilities.”

In addition to food distribution, Berry says the most significant needs Blue Grass Farms Charities serve are those involving healthcare. While she says most farms provide healthcare insurance for their staff, workers hesitate to use the benefit.

Behind any successful charity is a motivated and engaged board, and the Blue Grass Farms Charities’ board is precisely that. Made up of farm owners, veterinarians, sales and bloodstock agents and businessmen and women who love horses, Berry says the board has a keen appreciation for those hands-on workers who are the backbone of the industry. Their motto: “A healthy worker makes a happy horse” is apparent in all they do.

“We are grateful to partner with Bluegrass Community Health Center for such needs,” she explained. “Recently we were asked by CHI Saint Joseph to partner with them in getting the word out about their "Yes,

To learn more about Blue Grass Farms Charities, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships to their fall fundraiser "Casino Night at The Livery" on September 27, visit bgfcky.org.

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LEXINGTON RODEO 2019

KIDS TOUR AND FAMILY DAY AT SAXONY FARM

June 14- 15 | 5pm | Split Rock Farm Watch as the pros test their mettle in traditional rodeo events like steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and more! Food, beverage and merchandise vendors will be on-site. Kids can get in on the action too at this family-friendly event, signing up to participate in Muttonbustin’ (kids 50 lbs. or less can sign up to be chosen to try their hand at riding a bucking sheep) and the Calf Scramble (children in groups of 8-10 year-olds and 11-13 year-olds chase down calves with ribbons tied to their tails, and the first three kids to get a ribbon win a prize). For more information, go to lexingtonrodeo.org.

Horse Country and Saxony Farm have teamed up to offer a unique horse farm tour opportunity just for kids. Broussard Hundley, Saxony’s owner and manager (and father to three girls) will walk families through the farm and show them the ins and outs of everyday life for horses while answering any and all questions the little ones (or adults!) have. Strollers are welcome and guests should dress for the outdoors. Learn more or reserve tickets at visithorsecountry.com or search “Kids Tour – Family Day” on Facebook.

NIGHT OF THE STARS BENEFITTING CENTRAL KENTUCKY RIDING FOR HOPE

ANNIE’S ANSWER CHARITY POLO INVITATIONAL

June 22 | 6-10pm | Keeneland

June 21 | 7-10pm | Commonwealth Polo Club Horses can change lives and heal people, and nowhere is that more evident than at Annie’s Answer Equine-Assisted Therapy. The Lexington-based non-profit uses horses to help young victims of emotional trauma gain a new perspective and inspire hope for the future. Each year the Commonwealth Polo Club hosts a charity polo match to raise funding for Annie’s Answer. In addition to the polo match, the evening includes Argentinian cuisine, full-service bar, silent auction, music, dancing and more. For more information, go to anniesanswer.org and click on “Events”.

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One of the most fun and meaningful galas of the year, Night of the Stars raises funding to support the operating costs, facility upkeep and equines of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), which offers equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs. This year’s gala theme is “Palm Springs,” and as always, after the dinner and live auction has concluded, guests will venture to the tent outside where CKRH staff and participants will showcase their horses as event-goers bid to sponsor each horse’s needs for the upcoming year. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to ckrh.org.

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CELEBRATION OF SECOND CHANCES The Kentucky Castle | May 3 celebratesecondchances.org Photos by Woody Phillips

KAREN BASS

JASON PYE AND KELLEY PAUL

KIRK MATTINGLY AND LINDSAY RATLIFF

EMTREE HOLLIS

LINDSEY LINDER, LEAH PINNEY, JANE & JIMMY HIGDON

SARA EVANS

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DENNIS GIORNIO, SHERYL DELOZIER AND FAYE BETSKER

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JON & BETH HOURIGAN AND BRIAN ADKINS

CHAD VONLUEHRTE AND SUHAIL KHAN

KATY & NATHAN PARSONS

GAVIN & STEPHANIE SMITH, ASHLEY & MICHAEL HANNA

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JENNA MOLL, LAUREN KRISAI, JULIE EMERSON AND HOLLY HARRIS

INIMAI CHETTIAR AND RUTH SANGREE

CHRISTINA MULDROW AND STEVIE BEATTY

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DERBY EVE SOIRÉE Hyatt Regency | May 3 Benefiting Makenna Foundation makennafoundation.com Photos by Ruth Weinstock SHEILA & GREG DAVID

LILY AND CHARA HUTZELL

RACHAEL BERRY AND RAINA FULLARD

SARAH HAWKINS-LEAR AND TRICIA POTTS

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BRIAN & ANGIE THOMPSON

BRIAN & MINDY JUMP

NATALIE SHERROD, ASHLEY ALFORD AND LINDSAY MONGOMERY

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SCOTTY DAY

DONNA GRIGSBY AND BECKY COLLINS

NEIL & SHERRI MOSLEY

TRACY DAY AND MAGGIE TAYLOR


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WINE AUCTION & DERBY GALA Donamire Farm | May 2 Benefiting the Lexington Cancer Foundation lexingtoncancerfoundation.org Photos by Paul Atkinson

DAREN & KIRSTEN TURNER

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LAURA BOISON

SUE & RICHARD MASSON

RON & LYNN CARMICLE

LUTHER DEATON, LISA DEATON GREER AND STEVE DEATON

LISA & RYAN ATKINSON

CHET & DIANE LOTT

TIM & HEATHER COUCH

DAN & KERRY MCMURTRIE

REBECCA AND STUART MERCER

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TRACEY COMBS AND BRAD NOLAN

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DARA SIMPSON AND ADAM CRAUN

DIANE & RICK AVARE

BRANDON & KELLI FAULKNER

AIMEE & JP MILLER

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BOURBON AND BROWNS Liberty Hall Historic Site | April 27 libertyhall.org Photos by Rob Bolson BARBARA HULETTE AND J.P. MATTINGLY

STEPHANIE GRIFFIN AND SHEILA FERRELL

SHARON & MACK COX, MARY BRADLEY AND ROBERT SLATON

LAURA JONES, MODESTY BURLESON, REBECCA BYERS, LISA BIEDERMAN AND SUSAN MULLINEAUX

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J.D. & MEG QUARLES

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KATE HESSELDENZ AND MEGAN COUCH


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ROSIE MAHAN AND ANA GUZMAN

ERICA LONG, SHEVAWN AKERS AND BROOKE OTIS

TONY & JOANN GUZMAN

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ANDREA ROBINETTE-COUGHTRY

BUFFY LAWSON, WHITNEY & RICK PANNELL

JENN PULLINS, JAYME JACKSON AND KATE HORNING

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H’ARTFUL OF FUN

GARDEN PARTY The Living Arts and Science Center | April 27 lasclex.org Photos by Woody Phillips MELISSA MOORE MURPHY, LATASHA BUCKNER

JOSEPH COLEMAN, RENEE SHEPARD AND CRAIG CAMMACK

REBECCA HERN AND ALY FOSTER

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EMMY HARTLEY, TRACIE STURGILL AND TRACY MCKINLEY

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SARALYNN KINGSOLVER AND MARKUS CROSS

GARYEN & BETHANY DENNING, ANNE & RICHIE DONWORTH

TOM STEPHENS AND TYLER MAINOUS


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DANCING WITH THE LEXINGTON STARS Marriott Griffin Gate | May 11 dancingwiththelexingtonstars.com Photos by Ron Morrow MATTHEW RAND AND ANGELA REIGHARD

MAJD JABBOUR, BRET ANDERSON AND DANIEL ZABALA

TOMMY SLABAUGH

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KEVIN & KRISTI WEAVER

HUNTER LISLE

JIM & SHARON REED

SHANNA ROBERTS, RACHEL CRABTREE AND CHERLYNN STEVENSON

JOHN RAYMER

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ONE PARENT SCHOLAR HOUSE

EDUCATION BUILDS HOPE LUNCHEON Carrick House | May 16 oneparentscholarhouse.org Photos by Woody Phillips ADOLPH BROWN

CAROL RUSSELL, MELINDA BREZEDINE AND CATHY JACOBS

STEPHANIE RAGLIN, ASHLEY RATLIFF AND DELMA LETCHER

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FLORENCE HUFFMAN AND CARRIE THAYER

ELI CAPILOUTO, LEE & PATRICIA TODD AND TOM HARRIS

COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

PURSES POUTS & PEARLS Hilton Downtown | May 17 cancer.org Photos by Woody Phillips SHELDON KOZEE AND ERICA KELLEM BEASLEY

KEELY ROCK, YAJAIRA WEST AND SHEA MILLER

TRACY FLETCHER, SUSAN HERALD AND DREMA TERRY

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PAMELA GOODWINE AND LINDSAY HUGHES THURSTON

AMBER MARCUM, AMANDA HELMBRECHT, DIANE VERHALEN AND JESSICA TATE

EMILY MARCINKOWSKI

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YMCA OF CENTRAL KY

BLACK ACHIEVERS AWARDS Griffin Gate Marriott | May 18 ymcacky.org Photos by Ruth Weinstock

KOFFI AKAKPO

JAKIYA ADAMS

DEMARIUS WILSON

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ANGELA ROBERTS AND ALETHEA BERNARD

JOSHUA MEMS

TARAN MCZEE

JOVONDA WILLIAMS

MONIQUE AVERY AND MYRON RALLS

JAYDEN BROWN

JE’DYNN BROWN

GRADUATING SENIORS

RASAAN THOMSON

JUNE CARPTENTER

ADRIENNE THAKUR AND ZHANAE SMITH

DAVID MARTORANO

HEATHER MCFARLAND

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JUNE 6 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Amiah Mae Foundation Fundraiser 6-9pm The Signature Club of Lansdowne

Summer Nights in Suburbia 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

Friday Flicks: The Lego Movie 2 7pm Jacobson Park

Lakeside Live

7pm Lexington Green

Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park Campground

JUNE 7 KET Summer Celebration 7-11:30pm Donamire Farm

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 7:30pm Singletary Center

Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park Campground

GleanKY’s Garden Gala 6:30-11pm Griffin Gate Marriott

Tacos & Tequila 5:30-10pm Limestone Hall

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JUNE 8 Swingin’ on Short

7-11pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Lakeside Live

7pm Lexington Green

Mutt Strut

8am-12pm Keeneland

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 7:30pm Singletary Center

American Saddlebred Museum Equine Art, Antique, & Rare Book Auction 11am American Saddlebred Museum


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Festival of the Bluegrass Kentucky Horse Park Campground

JUNE 14 Far Away Places 7pm Lexington Opera House

JUNE 9 It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 2pm Singletary Center

JUNE 10 Saint Joseph Foundation Golf Tournament 10:30am-6pm University Club of Kentucky

JUNE 11 Big Band & Jazz 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

JUNE 13 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Southland Jamboree 7-9pm Moondance Amphitheater

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 7:30pm Singletary Center

Lexington Rodeo 7:30pm Alltech Arena

Lakeside Live 7pm Lexington Green

Yappy Hour: Flag Wag 5:30-7pm Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Summer Nights in Suburbia

Castlewood Block Party

12-4pm Castlewood Aquatic Center

Lakeside Live

7pm Lexington Green

Lexington Rodeo 7:30pm Alltech Arena

It’s a Grand Night for Singing! 7:30pm Singletary Center

JUNE 16 Far Away Places

7pm Lexington Opera House

It’s a Grand Night for Singing!

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

2pm Singletary Center

Friday Flicks: How to Train Your Dragon

JUNE 18

7pm Jacobson Park

JUNE 15 Far Away Places 7pm Lexington Opera House

COMMUNITY

Big Band & Jazz

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

JUNE 20 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

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CALENDAR | JUNE-JULY 2019 JUNE 21

JUNE 23

Kentucky Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Rancheando en la Ciudad Tour

Lakeside Live

JUNE 25

7pm Lexington Opera House

7pm Lexington Green

7pm Lexington Convention Center

Big Band & Jazz

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

Friday Flicks: Mary Poppins Returns 7pm Jacobson Park

Summer Nights in Suburbia 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

JUNE 22 Night of the Stars

6-11pm Keeneland Sales Pavilion

Ashland Lawn Party

5:30pm-9:30pm Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

JUNE 27 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Southland Jamboree

7-9pm Moondance Amphitheater

7pm Lexington Green

Water Lantern Festival

JUNE 28 Lexington Pride Festival Downtown

Summer Nights in Suburbia Friday Flicks: Into the SpiderVerse 7pm Jacobson Park

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Fairness Hall of Fame Awards 6-8pm 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

JUNE 29 Lexington Pride Festival Downtown

Lakeside Live

7pm Lexington Green

Man o’ War Run for Big Red 5k/10k 8am-10am Kentucky Horse Park

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

Lakeside Live

Lakeside Live

Family Fun Color Run

2-6pm Tates Creek Aquatic Center

JULY 3 Great American Pie Contest & Ice Cream Social 12-1pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

Patriotic Music Concert at Morrison Lawn 8pm Transylvania University

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CHAMPIONSHIP

at Keene Trace Golf Club 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

JULY 4 Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival 9am-6pm Downtown

Lakeside Live

7pm Lexington Green

JULY 6

Bluegrass 10,000 Foot Race

Lakeside Live

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

JULY 8

Lexington’s Independence Day Parade

Kentucky Horse Park

7:30-10am Downtown

11am Main Street

2pm Main Street

Lexington’s Fireworks 10pm RJ Corman Railyard

Southland Jamboree

7-9pm Moondance Amphitheater

Red, White and Blue Shamble 8am Lakeside Golf Course

JULY 5 Summer Nights in Suburbia

7pm Lexington Green

Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show

JULY 9 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

Big Band & Jazz

7-8:30pm Ecton Park

JULY 10 Junior League of Lexington Charity Horse Show Kentucky Horse Park

MONDAY JULY 15 Practice Round & Junior/Pro-Am 2pm Youth Clinic TUESDAY JULY 16 Practice Round 3pm Par 3 Challenge WEDNESDAY JULY 17 7am & 12pm Offical Pro-Am 7-9pm Pro-Am Awards Party Merrill Executive Women’s Forum and Golf Clinic THURSDAY JULY 18 First Round Military Appreciation Day FRIDAY JULY 19 Second Round College Day SATURDAY JULY 20 Third Round Family Day & Big Blue Day SUNDAY JULY 21 Final Round & Trophy Presentation

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Mandy in the Morning, Ashton Lewis and Michelle Behm at Purses Pouts & Pearls

Impeccably dressed at the Legacy Ball Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Brews, Boots & Beats 2019

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