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COMMUNITY 32

Get to Know:

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Non Profit Spotlight:

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Dudley Webb Habitat for Humanity Preserving Fayette County Farmland New & Noteworthy What you Need to Know about the Urban Services Boundary Art in the Bluegrass:

Carolyn Hisel 50 year Retropective

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Mother’s Day Gifts:

Give Her What She Really Wants Top Dressed Outfit of the Month:

Spring it On!

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Gor-Jess:

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Wow Wedding:

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Weddings Unveiled:

Arabian Nights Martha + Wilson Casual Backyard Receptions

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A Look into the Lexington Market Real Estate Rockstars 4 Steps to Prep your Home for Sale Setting the Stage for Selling Success Color Catalog:

Coral Reef Tour of Homes:

Truly Traditional Super Mom:

Katie Ring Remembering Finn Collier Pets:

Breed Specific Legislation

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Dining:

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Top 5 Dining:

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Downtown Living

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Brunch Bite Into May Recipe:

Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini

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Equine Update

Waking Up Maxey


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Out & About

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April Preview Party Jarrett’s Joy Cart The Stakes Party Downtown Lexington Partnership:

Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Lexington Hearing & Speech:

2019 Annual Dream Factory Gala Keeneland Toyota Bluegrass Stakes Day Jeff Ruby’s Birthday Bash Top Shots

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May - June 2019

Correction: In our April Equine Update, The Farmland Conservation Celebration and Auction was mislabled and placed under the heading of “Keeneland Spring Meet”.

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Lisa Adkins at the Blue Grass Community Foundation On the Table event

Denim & Derby Gala

Thursday Night Live UK Blue White spring game

Amber Gudgell and Beth Hourigan at the Hourglass Lash & Skin Bar Open House

Women & Philanthropy Grant Recipients Reception

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DUDLEY WEBB Few people have shaped the appearance of Lexington as much as Dudley Webb. The Webb Companies have developed office, mixed-use, retail, hospitality and residential properties throughout the city and across the United States since the mid-1970s. “Lexington though is special as it is our home. As a result, we value the quality of life that we have here and the green belt that surrounds us,� he said. by Kathie Stamps | photos by Keni Parks

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ebb’s latest venture in Lexington is City Center. The 800,000-square-foot project in the heart of downtown Lexington involves three 12-story buildings for hotels, offices, condominiums, shops and restaurants, and an underground parking garage with 700 spaces. The Marriott City Center Hotel and Residence Inn are expected to open in October, so look for a grand opening of City Center in the fall. In the meantime, there have been spring openings for Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Starbucks and Keeneland Mercantile. Eight of the 15 condos have been sold already. The Webb Companies and their partners own and operate the Starbucks, the parking garage, the office tower and both of the Marriott hotels in City Center. “We felt like that was the ideal convention hotel to bring here,” Webb said. “Lexington is much more than just a city of 350,000 people. It’s also all the people who come here to visit and play that make it great.” More than 1,000 construction workers have contributed their efforts to the building of the City Center project. He anticipates another 1,200 people to be employed throughout the property. “I think it’s going to be tremendous and a game changer,” Webb said. “By way of comparison, the year before we bought those parcels, within the block there were 30 full-time employees,” he said. An attorney by trade, Webb has always had an interest in construction and development. “From the time I was little, I was building log cabins, tree houses,” he said. “They got bigger and bigger.” Webb is one of four children, two boys and two girls. “We grew up in Hot Spot, Kentucky, a coal camp that is situated nine miles out of Whitesburg,” he said. “When I grew up, when we had a chance to come to the state tournament or something like that, Lexington was the big city for us. When I came here I was always enamored by it.” His older brother, Donald Webb, passed away in 2013. Donald’s son, Woodford Webb, is also an attorney and has been president of the Webb Companies since 1999. Dudley Webb reminisced about his brother’s days of working in the White House during the Lyndon Johnson administration and then practicing law in Louisville. “He was my law partner and my partner in the Webb Companies,” he said. After earning his undergrad degree at Georgetown College and his law degree at the University of Kentucky, Dudley Webb hung out his own shingle as a solo lawyer at the old Bank of Commerce building in downtown Lexington. “I didn’t know a soul,” he said. “I rented a closet from the landlord.”

“Lexington is much more than just a city of 350,000 people. It’s also all the people who come here to visit and play that make it great.”

In the early 1970s, the brothers got together and formed Webb and Webb, a law firm that exists to this day; Dudley Webb still has his bar license to practice law. “I use my professional training every day,” he said. “It’s a decided advantage.” He and his brother started investing in real estate on the side. “I really found real estate to be interesting, exciting, challenging and fun,” he said. They formed another business, the Webb Companies, and started out in residential duplexes and small retail properties. By the late ‘70s and into the 1980s, the Webb Companies focused on commercial real estate all over Lexington: Melbourne Industrial Park, Corporate Center, Tates Creek Centre, Regency Center on Moore Drive, Lexington Green on Nicholasville Road, Palomar Centre on Harrodsburg Road, Perimeter Centre on Alumni at New Circle, and downtown projects like Victorian Square (now called The Square), Festival Market (now Triangle Center), Vine Center and Lexington Financial Center. They built the Radisson Plaza Hotel in 1982, which became a Hilton in 2008.

“He did his projects and I did mine, but never the twain would meet,” Webb said. “That’s the way you stay brothers and get along as family, I think. I trusted him; he trusted me. He did the Woodlands, for example, while I was doing the Hilton. He did Moore Drive; I was doing Tates Creek Centre.” The Webb Companies also developed the Omni Hotel in Austin, Texas, the Marriott Hotel on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Dulles Corner just outside of Washington, D.C., the CalFed building in downtown San Francisco and properties in 60 other cities across the U.S. In the 1990s, the Webb Companies had a hospitality business that owned and operated 17 hotels across the country. “We did it a step at a time,” Webb said. “We seized the opportunities. We try to think ahead.”

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Who’s Who It took 10 years to put together the City Center project. Originally, it was called CentrePointe but the name was changed to City Center in the spring of 2018. “In 2008 we were ready to go,” Webb said. “We had a European investor at that point in time, and the great recession hit. We signed documents in June and September is when the world fell apart. No projects went forward for five years. I wasn’t embarrassed by it; it was just a fact of life. It required a great amount of patience, perseverance and hard work, but we never wavered in our commitment to bring it to fruition.” With four decades, and counting, of real estate experience under his belt, Webb has been through far more ups than downs. “They’re all not going to work out,” he said. “I just smile and go on. You have to do that to be a developer.” His advice for anyone interested in a career in commercial real estate is to get in at the entry level. “Start as at the bottom and work your way up if that’s what it takes. Learn it bit by bit, day by day, and be prepared to pay the price because it takes time.” He added that luck can also be a factor. “I’ve had access to great partners and trusted associates who helped me through the years ,” he said. “It’s been an interesting ride.”

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“[City Center is] the crown jewel of all of the projects that we’ve done. It’s going to be really neat.”

Even though he’s involved with City Center on a daily basis, he also has other projects in the works. “We just bought the big gold building, the BB&T building,” he said of the bank building on West Vine. “We’re working with BB&T to see what they want to do.” And the Webb Companies are building The Fountains, a 13-acre property on Harrodsburg Road across from Palomar Centre that will be retail-based. Another Lexington-based business is involved with the Webb Companies on The Fountains, the BB&T building and City Center: Greer Companies. Owner Phil Greer grew up in Letcher County with the Webb brothers, as did Ralph Coldiron, project manager of City Center. “They have a great team,” Webb said of Greer Companies. “They’re bigtime employers as well in this community. Phil has kind of flown under the radar but he’s very successful and doing great. Hard work and perseverance, that’s what gets it done.” Webb and his wife, Marla, have three kids in college now. Their twin sons are at different schools; one is a senior at the University of Alabama and will start law school at UK in the fall and the other is also a senior studying Media Arts at UK. The Webbs’ daughter is studying at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “I got married after 51 years of bachelorhood,” Webb said, admitting that he calls his mother-in-law “Governor.” That’s because she is Gov. Martha Layne Collins, so far Kentucky’s only woman governor. At this point, Webb has no thoughts of retiring. “I think I would go crazy if I were going to retire,” he said. “I’d be bored stiff.” As for City Center? “It’s the crown jewel of all of the projects that we’ve done,” Webb said. “It’s going to be really neat.” •

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LEXINGTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY A shared calling to help others has evolved into something much more for all involved with the Lexington Habitat for Humanity; it has become a way of life. Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Smith Childress explains, “For me, this is a ministry, a tangible way to love God and to love others. It is at the core of my faith and the faith of so many here to show our love to God by loving our neighbors and Lexington Habitat for Humanity offers this experience to others.� story by Lauren Henry Rogers | photos courtesy of Lexington Habitat For Humanity

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Though Habitat for Humanity originated in 1976 out of Americus, Georgia, Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1986 by Jack and Eudora Russell who felt a similar calling while camping in Tucson, Arizona during the Spring of ‘86 right next to a lot where a Habitat for Humanity house was being built. “We were so impressed by the volunteers who were building it, the sweat equity of the family who were to live in it, including the children there helping when they could, and the attractive and functional house that was being built that we knew Lexington needed a program like that,” the couple shared. With the mission to “Put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Today, Habitat for Humanity operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 houses providing shelter for more than 3 million people worldwide. Since its inception, the Lexington Habitat for Humanity (one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for four years running) has helped over 450 families achieve homeownership adding 35 million dollars in property tax value locally over the past thirty years alone. As staggering as these statistics may seem, for every one person served, there are still thousands more in need. A better way to understand the magnitude of this organization’s impact is to put a face to the cause, not just a number.

MEET LATOYA LaToya Williams was born and raised in Lexington and has lived in Central Kentucky her entire life. She works at UPS in a supervisor role as an Operations Trainer and has three “GREAT” children and one fantastic grandchild. LaToya loves people, loves her family, her church, (Shiloh Baptist Church) and her community. She believes in setting goals and has worked hard to teach her children the importance of goal-setting along with the notion that we are capable of so much more than we ever think possible. One of LaToya’s goals was to own her own home and after two long years, her goals and her dreams have come true. On April 28, 2019, LaToya’s beautiful home was celebrated with a dedication ceremony with her friends, her family, the Habitat for Humanity community, and a special blessing performed by her pastor from Shiloh Baptist Church. “No matter what situation you’re in, there is no where else to go but up,” encourages LaToya. She continues, “I started with Section 8 housing and went through

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an incredibly intensive self-sufficiency program with Section 8 for two years. Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been with me every step of the way and the input, knowledge and help they have given me has been remarkable. To own something and to be a part of it literally from the ground up, there is an incredible amount of appreciation there, and I am so very grateful for this life and this opportunity.” LaToya is one of thousands in Lexington who have been positively impacted and influenced by the Lexington Habitat. She has been so moved by this process that she has become an active volunteer with Lexington Habitat for Humanity and plans to continue giving to the community around her to keep the forward momentum going. “This is what it is all about,” attests Rachel. “Bringing people together and loving your neighbors and your neighborhood. It really is a community wide effort.”

WELCOME HOME PROGRAM Speaking of loving your neighborhood, The Lexington Habitat has recently launched the new “Welcome Home” realtor partnership program in a very special way to celebrate homebuyers. In lieu of, or in addition to, a traditional welcome home gift for their clients, realtors can make a gift of $50 to Lexington Habitat for Humanity enabling low-income families to achieve the dream of homeownership. “Welcome Home” cards can be purchased either in advance or as needed and Lexington Habitat for Humanity will mail the card to the new homeowners on behalf of the realtor. Realtors will be highlighted and celebrated for partnering in this program through a variety of social media avenues, on Lexington Habitat’s website and through an annual ad in the Lexington Herald-Leader Homeseller” insert. “We are so very grateful for our local realtors, The Realtor Community Housing Foundation and the Young Realtors of the Bluegrass who have been so involved in our efforts through volunteering and have made HUGE impacts in our community. As simple as it seems, a little bit from a lot of people goes a long way and we want to give a big shoutout to them for their incredible work and for bringing lots of people together to do great things,” says Rachel. “Every bit helps”, she continues, and as she gently reminds us, “until everyone has a decent place to live, none of us do.”

There are several ways to get involved with this incredible organization from volunteering time, donating materials, giving funds or by providing prayers that help strengthen the Habitat Team on days that are tough. Learn more: lexhabitat.org • 859.252-2224 x153

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FAYETTE COUNTY FARMLAND One of the things that makes Central Kentucky special is the modern and exciting urban vibe that exists side by side with its iconic horse farms and historic farmlands. It’s a place that visitors from around the world come to experience, and a setting that generations of Kentuckians love to call home. The Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR) is dedicated to helping the area maintain that unique balance of urban and rural ambiance. story by Barbara Meyer

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“Lexington has always stood out as a community engaged with its plan of growth,” says Zach Davis, President and Principal Broker of Kirkpatrick & Company, and Vice Chair of the Fayette Country Rural Land Management Board, Inc. “In 1958, we passed the first Urban Service Boundary in the nation. And, in 2000, the Rural Land Management Plan was finalized – the result of nearly twenty stakeholders from wildly different backgrounds, but all committed to smart, healthy, sustainable growth."

program, any landowner in Fayette County whose farm meets the basic requirements can sell their development rights – that is, the right to develop or divide their farm in the future – to the local government for a one-time payment. In turn, the taxpayers hold a deed of conservation easement, which states that the property can only ever be used agriculturally or as green space. There are currently 272 farms and 30,000 acres preserved through the PDR; their goal is 50,000 acres.

The PDR is Kentucky’s first Agricultural Conservation Easement program administrated by a local government. The PDR is a part of the Rural Land Management Plan (RLMP). Through the PDR

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farms and agricultural industries. The property owner still owns the land in title but the property has a permanent easement specifically addressing the special aspects of the property for preservation or conservation, such as farmland, natural area, stream protection, historic resources, scenic views or tree stands. If Fayette County hadn’t developed the RLMP and PDR thirty years ago, there might not be the strong agricultural economy or vibrant tourism industry that exists today, and the cultural landscape that gives the Bluegrass its unique identity could have been lost. Lexington’s program has been viewed as a model for other communities seeking to maintain historic farmlands and green space. There is a detailed ordinance that accompanies the RLMP outlining the process by which a landowner may apply to the program if they want to volunteer to participate in the program either through purchase or donation of the development rights on their property. The PDR receives federal, state and local dollars to protect those areas as defined in the plan as being unique and worthy of saving for future generations. In the beginning, money came from the tobacco settlement money awarded to the state and in recent years from the federally funded Farm Bill. Lexington-Fayette County has matched part of the state and federal funds. Under the leadership of new Board Chair (and former UrbanCounty Councilmember) Gloria Martin, the Board has formed four new committees, all charged with helping the program achieve its next level of success. The Education and Public Outreach Committee is focusing on education, outreach and connections. They are working to strengthen their relationships with existing land owners, and reestablish relationships within the farming community in Fayette County – and the taxpayers. The goal of this Committee in particular is to continually share with the citizens of Fayette County the value and innumerable benefits we all enjoy thanks to this program. “We are indebted to the citizen-servants who crafted the Rural Land Management Plan some 20 years ago,” said Davis. “Because of their foresight, my children, and their children, will enjoy the same quality of life – and perhaps better – that we do. It is the greatest legacy a community can bequeath.” •

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The Kentucky Castle debuts Wild Health spa The Kentucky Castle will open a new spa concept this month called Wild Health, offering various massage therapy services, custom clean facials for men and women, injectables and other cosmetic procedures. Spa clients can also book cryotherapy sessions, which use extremely low temperatures to decrease inflammation, increase cell rejuvenation, improve skin tone and even reduce the signs of aging. They will also have an Infrared Sauna which uses infrared waves that are easily absorbed by the human body, stimulating the lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems. Additionally, Wild Health will have a Float Pod, which stimulates a zero gravity sensory free environment allowing your body and mind to be removed from stimulus and distractions, resulting in true relaxation.

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Look What’s NEW at The Summit! Just when you thought they had everything, The Summit introduces a variety of new tenants to the block. Origin Lexington, a 120-room boutique hotel currently underway at The Summit at Fritz Farm, will officially celebrate its grand opening this summer. Origin Lexington will also be home to The Still – a southern-inspired restaurant serving a seasonally crafted menu. The Still will also feature a curated list of local artisan bourbons and specialty cocktails and a private dining room which can accommodate parties of up to 30 guests. Other hotel amenities include a 2100-square-foot meeting and event space with seating for up to 200 guests, dog-friendly areas, a coffee connoisseur program, in-room stationary bikes and in-room yoga kits, including a mat, band and block (available by request).

Fleet Feet, the largest franchisor of locally owned and operated running stores, celebrated their official grand opening of its first Lexington location at The Summit at Fritz Farm in April. Run over there to get fitted for a pair of shoes with custom inserts, using their high-tech 3D foot scanning technology. White House Black Market, an upscale women’s clothing retailer, opens at The Summit at Fritz Farm this summer. Their carefully curated collection of clothing and accessories inspire women to celebrate the art of polished, yet effortless style. Blo Blow Dry Bar, North America’s original blow dry bar, will open its first Kentucky location on May 10th. Local owner, Michelle Krentz is thrilled to bring this concept to Lexington. In addition to blowouts, Blo will also offer makeup. Want a stylist to come to you for your big night? Ask about Blo on the Go!

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BUSINESS NEWS:

Drybar opens on Euclid Ave.

Annual Mulch Giveaway is May 18th

Lauren West, who owns Peplum on Euclid Avenue with her mother Diane, is bringing a new concept to the block. The much anticipated Drybar will open next-door to Peplum on May 10th.

Gardening season is in full swing! Fortunately for Fayette County residents, Live Green Lexington has a treat for local gardens, curbs and flower beds… FREE mulch!

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur Magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it: Blowouts. The idea was a natural one for curly haired founder Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist, who constantly found herself overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons.

The annual Mulch Giveaway is Saturday, May 18th. The event begins at 8am and will run through noon, or until the mulch is gone.

Open on weekdays from 7am to 8pm, you can pop in before or after work for a fresh blowout. They will be open 8am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. Plus, Drybar’s growing product line (created specifically for the perfect blowout), will be sold in store. Want to make an appointment? Head to thedrybar.com or download the app.

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Residents of Fayette County may collect up to one truckload, and you must supply your own truck. Mulch is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, so don’t wait around! Head to 1631 Old Frankfort Pike, and enter on Jimmie Campbell Drive. Curious what else Live Green Lexington is up to? Stay in the know by visiting lexingtonky.gov/livegreen. You can also sign up for 311 Alerts for updates on curbside waste collection, volunteer events and more.

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Castle & Key introduces new Curated Cocktail Experience + Counter 17 The Curated Cocktail Experience will guide guests through an exploratory look into the product development of Castle & Key’s Restoration Release Gin. This experience includes a snapshot of their history and production facilities followed by an overview of the different herbs and botanicals used to create their unique recipe. Castle & Key hosts will then guide guests through the curation of their tasting with two unique cocktails highlighting each of the specific herbs or botanicals of their choosing. The maximum capacity is 10 guests, allowing for personalized attention. This 45 minute experience is the first opportunity for guests to enjoy Taylorton Station, the historic train depot, for the first time since the property restoration

began. All guest must be 21+. Counter 17 is a walk-up window where guests can purchase Castle & Key cocktails, local craft beers, wine from their curated selection, and a variety of charcuterie plates with locally sourced meats and cheeses. Located in Taylorton Station, Counter 17 was created to provide an environment for guests to truly enjoy the beautiful and historic grounds. All food and beverages purchased from the counter may be enjoyed while exploring the public spaces of our property, including the Springhouse, Botanical Trail, and Glenns Creek. Press Release Courtesy The Kentucky Castle

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Local athletes vie for national cheerleading titles Some very busy athletes preparing for the Super Bowl of Cheerleading at Bluegrass Athletics. Owners/Coaches Adam Cravens and Shannon Richmond and Coaches Chrissy Ashford and Jade Morgan couldn’t be happier with the success. Their first ever Worlds team, Code Blue has had a great season placing 3rd or higher at most competitions often having a perfect routine. None of the athletes have ever competed at this level so that is impressive. With this success, they earned a bid to compete at The Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Florida. They competed against the most prestigious teams from all over the world. Alongside that team are four other teams from Bluegrass Athletics with close to 60 athletes: A level 2 Youth team, Black Ice, a level 3 Junior team, Blue Envy, a level 4 Junior all girl team, Royal Blue and a level 5 restricted Co-Ed Senior team Blackout. These teams combined have placed in the top 3 14 times this season with a lot of performances being a perfect routine. They all received bids to compete at the D2 Summit in Orlando, Florida May 10th-12th. Out of 12,000 teams across the country only about 10% will receive a bid. They will be having a sendoff for the Summit teams at Bluegrass Athletics, 110 Bradley Drive in Nicholasville on Monday May 6th at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:15pm. The D2 Summit will officially end the season for the teams and tryouts will follow the weekend after. Follow Bluegrass Athletics social media for more information. writeup courtesy of Sarah Weesner

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HEALTH NEWS:

UK Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic UK HealthCare and Lexington Clinic have finalized an agreement that will enhance and expand outpatient cancer care throughout Central Kentucky.

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ington Clinic’s commitment to building a healthier community,” said Dr. Andrew H. Henderson, Lexington Clinic CEO.

Under the new collaboration, UK Markey Cancer Center at Lexington Clinic will include medical oncology and infusion services currently provided in Lexington; the radiation therapy services and the medical oncology and infusion services in Richmond will also be delivered in coordination with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. UK HealthCare is the clinical enterprise for the university. The collaboration will begin June 24.

UK HealthCare is focused on bolstering its outpatient services in critical clinical areas such as cancer. The new relationship with Lexington Clinic will, among other things, potentially expand the number of patients who could participate in clinical trials, crucial to the development of new drugs and therapies at the UK Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program. It also creates opportunities to boost UK’s tripartite mission of excellence in research, education and clinical care in the Bluegrass.

Founded in 1920, Lexington Clinic is a community-focused provider and the largest independent multi-specialty group in Kentucky with more than 200 providers in 30 different specialties. The group sees more than 1,000 new cancer patients every year.

“Under this new agreement, our patients will benefit from the outstanding community oncology services that Lexington Clinic has to offer, combined with research opportunities andcomplex care that only an NCI-designated cancer center like Markey can provide,” said Dr. Mark

“Lexington Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center have served Central Kentucky with the best possible cancer care for decades. This collaboration will increase our ability to reach more patients, expand the services offered by our cancer centers and further Lex-

F. Newman, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “We’re excited to be moving forward with this collaboration, which will benefit so many patients in need of cancer care here in central Kentucky.” press release courtesy of Lexington Clinic

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URBAN SERVICES BOUNDARY story by Barbara Meyer

The classic pattern of American city expansion is to spread out. However, in the case of Lexington, with its striking and iconic rural landscape, it’s important to ensure that growth occurs without diminishing the unique ambiance of the Bluegrass. Lexington-Fayette County has a long history of managing its heritage, showing great foresight by establishing the nation’s first Urban Services Boundary (USB) in 1958. A USB is a growth management limit that creates a boundary around a metropolitan area, set aside as a dedicated greenbelt. The USB was designed to divide the county into two parts: one, an area concentrating on urban growth, the other the rural area beyond the boundary that could be reserved for diversified agricultural industries. The area within the USB “development” area includes the city of Lexington and is about 30% of the county landmass, while the area outside the boundary makes up the remaining 70%. Included within the latter percentage are other land uses like parks, museums, country clubs, schools, churches, correctional

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facilities, camps and cemeteries. Many of them were in existence before the Urban Services Boundary concept of the 1950s and the area also includes natural spaces for wildlife habitat. The purpose of the USB is twofold: to safeguard irreplaceable farmland while channeling growth into the central urban area. As Lexington has gotten larger, the USB has expanded several times to accommodate additional development. The latest was with the increase of 5,400 acres, which included the Hamburg area. Since then, there has been increasing debate about expanding it further. One reason is because the central Kentucky housing market is tight and occupancy rates for rental properties are high. Limited availability raises the cost of homes and rent. And when it comes to finding a place to call home, many people in the Bluegrass work within the USB but live beyond it because they want a detached home with a sizable yard. In those areas, land prices can be lower, making homes more affordable in exchange for the

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longer commute. Having a home in the suburbs away from city noise provides a relaxing change of venue and helps maintain work/life balance. Not only are yards, landscaping and gardens visually pleasing, they absorb dust and chemicals so that fewer pollutants enter into the air and water. However, while there may be less noise and traffic congestion in the suburbs, there is also less proximity to medical care, schools, shopping and entertainment. Underdeveloped greenfield areas may lack infrastructure and public services. Residents need a car for practically everything they do and must incorporate drive times into their daily plans. While many Bluegrass companies want to expand their growing businesses and create more jobs by building out into rural areas, Lexington’s city planners have recommended not expanding the USB for at least several more years. To support a flourishing city that’s also livable, they’ve provided options such as redeveloping within the USB and more infilling. Infilling is the process of repurposing abandoned, vacant or underutilized areas within the already established urban core of a city. That includes making structures into development with both commercial and residential applications, like turning an abandoned office building into modern condos or an elegant restaurant, infusing the areas with renewed energy and character. Vacant lots become dog parks, farmer’s market spaces, or community gardens. Older homes are flipped and remodeled to make them appealing to new buyers. Creativity rules—if more square footage is desired but the lot is small, the solution is to built upwards by adding additional floors. Areas would be served by existing infrastructure such as public transportation, roads, gas, power, water and sewer lines and other utilities. For this to succeed, it has to be a partnership between the redeveloped community, local government, finan-

cial institutions, public programs, and neighborhood resources. Benefits of redeveloping within the USB include more efficient use of land resources, better utilization of public services, streamlined patterns of land use, and reinvestment in established areas with existing infrastructure. This helps reduce sprawl and brings an economic return back to the area. Filling in the gaps of a community’s vacant areas can help reduce crime, preserve local history, drive foot traffic to existing areas, add beauty to the space and create jobs. Redeveloping can increase the value of all the homes in the area and raise the average selling price of a neighborhood. The benefit for buyers is that they can own a new or remodeled home in an established urban area with work, shopping and restaurants all nearby. This not only helps to maintain a neighborhood’s history and civic pride, it also reduces driving and promotes walking and biking. However, even with oversight, redevelopment projects can change the character of an area, and not always in a way residents feel is an improvement. When it comes to the direction their neighborhood is going in, existing homeowners don't always feel their voices are being heard when decisions are being made. Increased property values from redevelopment can be great for homeowners, but it can result in renters being priced out of the area. And when property taxes go up, it can create a burden for lower income homeowners. All the things about Central Kentucky that makes people love living and working here, from scenic beauty to a thriving business climate, will continue to draw more potential residents to the area. What’s the best plan for Bluegrass growth is a debate that will go on, and while there are no easy answers, compelling points and innovative solutions will come from many different sectors. •

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A beautiful retrospective art exhibit shines a light on a well-known Kentucky artist’s prolific career two years after her passing. Lexington native Carolyn Young Hisel had her work exhibited throughout the eastern United States, including more than 20 one-person exhibits. Her art consisted of a diverse range of media, spanning over 50 years. Her early pieces featured vibrant abstractions but as her work matured, she began to focus more on the human relationship with the spiritual realm. Carolyn herself said, “I ask the questions shared by every struggling human soul: questions about virtue and evil; guilt and innocence; the meaning of suffering and loss; redemption; revelation; love and transcendent joy; hope and despair.” Carolyn Hisel graduated from Henry Clay High School and the University of Kentucky. She and her husband moved to England for two years, where she taught art in London’s primary school system. They moved to Malta for six months before returning permanently to Lexington in 1966. Within two years, she was raising two sons and working as a commercial illustrator and fine artist. She painted hundreds of canvases over her lifetime, many featuring the lush palette of her Kentucky surroundings. She passed away in May of 2017 at the age of 75.

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Luminous: Carolyn Young Hisel, A 50 Year Retrospective opened April 6th at the Headley-Whitney Museum. The opening reception included talks by artist Rita Zimmerman, poet Mary Ann Taylor Hall and Jennifer Roberts, Professor of Art at Harvard University. Her son, Dan Hisel, has been putting together a book of her work, produced by Iota Books of Lexington. This Light, This Rining: A FiftyYear Retrospective of the Work of Carolyn Hisel is available through the Carolyn Young Hisel website, cyhisel.com. The family and her friends share the hope that this retrospective exhibit will provide viewers with a greater appreciation for Carolyn’s contributions to Kentucky’s art and culture. Her faith, introspection and beautiful colors lend her works a timeless appeal that will touch hearts for many generations to come.

Luminous: Carolyn Young Hisel, A 50 Year Retrospective is on display at the Headley-Whitney Museum through June 16th and viewed with ticketed admission to the museum. Tickets: adults $8; seniors, students, AAA and military $8; children 10 and under FREE. Learn more at headley-whitney.org •

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Blackberry Absinthe Tin Candle, Majestic Glass Candle and Mojave Glass Candle | MARKET ON NATIONAL

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Rose Gold and Silver Stone Jewelry | ACCESSHERIZE

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Mother’s Day is upon us, which means it’s that time of year to shower those special ladies with everything they want and deserve.

Corkcicle Canteen | MY FAVORITE THINGS

Yes, a sweet card goes a long way, but we’ve gathered a few great gift ideas that we know she really will love!

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Ceramic Vases | HOUSE

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Life + Style

Talk about some great dresses and gowns to bring in the spring season!

TOP The TOParrazi were out and about capturing the most stylish looks as we bring in the fall! It might be getting cooler outside, but that doesn’t mean the fashion stops! Here are our TOP Dressed for this month!

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As warm air breezes through the Bluegrass, we’ve officially opened our spring wardrobe. Putting together the perfect look for a sunny day in May is all about wearing what makes you feel your best, and for us that means a lot of vibrant color - with a splash of nature on the side. In fact, the star of this month’s look just so happens to be an insect that holds beautiful, deep meaning - the butterfly.

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For Spring, designer Mary Katrantzou is fascinated with the idea of collecting; the print on this ‘Noor’ dress is a beautifully curated spread of butterflies. Since our dress is filled with so many stunning shades, the accessories are all about vibrancy. Starting off with a pair of heels sure to turn heads: Gianvito Rossi’s Portofino sandals give the feet a fiery lift with an urbane twist thanks to its bold hue.

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Bringing in an instant ray of sunshine is a bag filled with cheer. The radiant “mimosa” yellow iteration of Saint Laurent’s ‘Sulpice’ shoulder bag makes for an instant uplift for mood and outfit alike. For jewelry, we wanted to pull out the beautiful pops of blue on our butterflies wings with a pair of Kendra Scott earrings that remind us of soaring through the sky. We wrapped up this ensemble with chic tortoise print sunglasses by Warby Parker and a healthy glow to our cheeks, featuring Chantecaille’s Philanthropy blush. Whether you wear this look for an event or a day of leisure, your vibe will be screaming, “Spring It On!” anywhere you go.

in the look: 1 | Mary Katrantzou printed stretch-cotton maxi dress 2 | Kendra Scott Astoria Gold Drop Earrings (Available at The Summit at Fritz Farm) 3 | Chantecaille Philanthropy Cheek Shade - Butterfly + Bliss (Available at Cos Bar at The Summit at Fritz Farm 4 | Gianvito Rossi portofino suede sandals 5 | Saint Laurent small Sulpice leather shoulder bag 6 | Warby Parker ‘Sutton’ Sunglasses’ (Available at The Summit at Fritz Farm)

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ac Cosmetics has had a long-running relationship with Disney, and their collaborations with the company’s magical films have been a huge success for both. While we haven’t seen one in a while, the two are back together and giving us some serious Arabian Nights vibes with their highly anticipated “Aladdin” collection. The products, which consist of eyeshadow palettes, 4 lipsticks, 3 lipglosses, eye pencils, bronzer, loose pigment and more are strongly inspired by the exotic and strong-willed Princess Jasmine. Her enchanting look is all about Middle Eastern warmth and beautiful jeweltones. This collection is stunning right down to it’s golden packaging. Below you can get a peek of what to expect from the line. Mark your calendars to scoop up your favorites which launch at Mac counters and online on May 16th, shortly before the film hits theaters on the 24th.

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artha Chewning Trent was not only the fraternity sweetheart where Wilson Trent was a pledge at Centre College, she quickly became his personal sweetheart as well. Martha divulges, “Even though I was about to graduate from college, we started spending more and more time together and it just clicked! We began dating shortly after the initial introduction between our mutual friends and the rest is history.” While Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in middle school. His mother’s family, however, is from Paris, Kentucky, though his aunts and cousins live in Lexington where he would visit every year for the holidays growing up. Martha shares, “Even as a child, Wilson always said he wanted to live in Lexington.” He adds, “My grandmother was actually the person who suggested that I look at attending Centre College and my family roots helped bring me here.” Martha, on the other hand, was born and raised in Lexington and as the daughter of Isobel Chewning, long-time owner of The Cotton Patch Boutique, she not only has an innate sense of style, but a flair and a passion for entrepreneurship herself. With her lifelong dream of opening her own store Pirie, coming true in February of 2017, wedding planning could fully commence for this outstanding couple. A date was soon secured for the Trent’s nuptials on June 9th of 2018.

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Martha and Wilson kept both of their family’s wedding traditions alive by choosing Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Lexington for their wedding ceremony and Idle Hour Country Club for their reception location which was adorned simply yet timelessly with greenery, white flowers and candles. Martha explains, “My mother and her two sisters were married at Second Presbyterian as were Wilson’s Grandparents who also had their reception at Idle Hour. To this day, there is a picture of his grandparents at their wedding reception in the hallway of the club, something we attempted to recreate and photograph at our own reception!” On a similar sentimental note, Martha sported her aunt’s tennis bracelet as her “Something Borrowed,” feature while her “Something Old” was a barrette on her bouquet, originally belonging to her grandmother. “My mother wore the matching barrette in her hair and it was so pretty and so special,” says Martha. The couple’s wedding program featured a beautiful design on the back cover created by the bride’s grandmother. They loved their wedding crest by Champagne Maker in Charlotte, North Carolina so much that they also used it on their napkins and koozie wedding favors that guests could take home with them after the reception. Before the couple said “I Do,” they enjoyed a first look moment which they loved saying, “it was so nice to get to see each other and get those nerves out of the way for the ceremony.” Little did they know, however, that while their first look photographs were being taken by their wedding photographer, Conrhod Zonio, some mischief makers crashed them. “Two dogs came chasing after us on the golf course and started jumping on us while we took our first look pictures! It was absolutely hilarious and definitely unexpected,” Wilson laughs. Besides being able to order up cooler weather for their big day, the couple would not have changed a thing about their wedding. “We enjoyed bringing our friends and entire family together to celebrate our wedding with us”, says Wilson. Martha encourages those planning their own wedding to “just enjoy the process and try not to let yourself get too caught up in the details, because at the end of the day, it is a party to celebrate your love for one another, not to please everyone else.” Wilson agrees saying that if he could give any advice to others, it would be to not stress because “in the end, there is nothing that can get in the way of you celebrating and enjoying with your spouse.

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LIFESTYLE Gorjess: Get the Look

PHOTOGRAPHER Conrhod Zonio CEREMONY VENUE 2nd Presbyterian Church RECEPTION VENUE/CATERING Idle Hour Country Club CAKE Martine’s Pastries

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WEDDING PLANNER Scripted Events FLOWERS Stems BRIDAL GOWN The White Dress of Lexington BRIDAL PARTY Azazie.com

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LIFESTYLE Weddings Unveiled

Looking to keep things in the family? A lot of brides are choosing to have an intimate reception by hosting it right in their own backyard. This is a great way to save money, but also create a warm and inviting atmosphere. There are many ways to amp up your backyard to transform the space completely. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON With calculated growth and innovative improvements, downtown living is becoming even more desirable.

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illennials and baby boomers seldom have the same taste in music, movies, fashion or hobbies, but they do agree on one thing—downtown Lexington is the place to live. This confirms why 72% of young professionals and 22% of empty nesters comprise the majority of Lexington’s downtown population.

ties at your doorstep. When you live downtown, you are paying for what is outside your doors as much as what is inside your doors.” Sweeney is the president and CEO of the Downtown Lexington Partnership, an umbrella organization formed in 2017 to coordinate and oversee the revitalization and management of downtown.

Phil Holoubek, the founder and CEO of Lexington’s Real Estate Company, explains, “The two largest generations in the history of the country are the boomers and the millennials. The boomers have just become empty nesters. And, the millennials have graduated college and are becoming young professionals. So, the two age groups that want to live downtown just happen to be the two largest age groups in the history of our country.”

Holoubek agrees, “If you compared our downtown now to a decade ago, we probably have twice as many restaurants and businesses. A lot of the services you want when you live in a downtown or in a walkable community are coming to Lexington.”

Under Holoubek’s leadership, Lexington’s Real Estate Company has played a major role in downtown Lexington’s growth and transformation through developing nearly $50 million worth of real estate in the downtown area, with additional projects valued at another $50 million currently under development. On opting for urban living, longtime downtown denizen and boomer Thomas Pettit states, “We wanted to get out of the suburbs, do something completely different, and live on one level. I think many people our age are saying, ‘Let’s get out of this house, and on one level, and be downtown where we can walk’.” So, in 2011, Pettit moved into the Main and Rose building, a mixed-use facility with 96 condos. The condominiums range from 750 to 2000 in square footage and $175,000 to $500,000 in price, and sit atop 25,000 square feet of retail. After seven years, he says, “We love being downtown. It’s just buzzing with vibrant energy.” Along with that energy, there are four major factors drawing droves downtown— convenience, community, cardiovascular benefits, and cost. Of convenience, Terry Sweeney says, “It is a great place to live, work and play. And that is because there are so many great ameni-

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A lot of the services you want when you live in a downtown or walkable community are coming to Lexington.” -Phil Holoubek

The area’s available amenities include 100 restaurants, bars or coffeeshops, many of which are non-chain, locally-owned; 40 shops and galleries; 30 places of worship encompassing a variety of denominations; and 20 fitness facilities; as well as banks, accounting offices and law firms. In addition to amenities, there are numerous attractions, such as the Kentucky Theater, Lexington Opera House and Rupp Arena. Taunya Phillips and her husband Bryan Mitchell reside in the heart of it all in a condo on Main Street. She states, “We both love living downtown, because we like the bustling city life, the diversity of people, the restaurants, Thursday Night Live, Triangle Park, the Kentucky Theater—love their popcorn, parades, and the closeness to the Legacy Trail. We also like that we can get to just about anywhere in the city pretty quickly.”

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As far as market pricing, downtown Lexington is undervalued. It is very reasonable in comparison to other downtowns. And very reasonable in comparison to the suburbs” Pride Festival | Photo by Ron Morrow

When choosing a downtown lifestyle, residents are also choosing a low-maintenance lifestyle. Helping ensure this is the Downtown Lexington Management District, a property tax improvement district managed by a board comprised of local property and business owners, residents and other stakeholders whose mission is to maintain and improve the downtown area.

ture of your city because you’re in it,” says Holoubek.

Pettit points out, “I do want to stress about the Management District because it is a wonderful, wonderful vehicle for improving downtown, and I don’t know what we’d be doing without it. It keeps everything clean and does things the city cannot do.”

During this season, you can catch a movie at Fountain Films on Friday, pick up produce at the Farmers’ Market, or attend one of the festivals taking place on Courthouse Plaza, such as Lexington Pride and the Festival Latino. Of course, holidays such as Christmas, the Fourth of July and St. Paddy’s are accompanied by parades, street fairs and foot races, as well. And, if you just want to gather with friends and enjoy the scenery, Thoroughbred Park, Triangle Park, and Gratz Park afford the perfect backdrops.

A second factor leading people to trade culde-sacs for the city is the desire for a greater sense of community. “You just feel so much more connected to the city. Living downtown is almost like living on a college campus. Every day you see somebody you know just walking across the street—a community leader, the mayor, a council member, your friends, everybody at Thursday Night Live. You just don’t have that experience in the suburbs. It gives you the opportunity not just to be more connected, but to get more involved in the fu-

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In addition to Thursday Night Live, downtown is brimming with events that serve to draw people together. Sweeney says, “During the event season, there is outdoor programming nearly every weekend that is either cultural or arts oriented and is very family-friendly.”

For both the cardiovascular and environmental benefits, walkability is another major component. A 2017 study by the National Association of Realtor’s showed that 70% of people want to live in a walkable community.

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Downtown Living A quick stroll down tree-lined streets makes for a much more pleasant commute to work than sitting in tense traffic, as Sean Ebbit, a millennial downtown dweller has discovered. Ebbit is the owner of Bluegrass Tavern, a popular bourbon bar located on Cheapside. He says, “The best part of living downtown is not having to drive. I can walk to several bars, restaurants, the movie theatre, the bank and the gym. Downtown has a lot more going on than I originally thought. It’s not just a place to go for dinner and drinks on the weekends.

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At present, there are 20 picturesque parks and 85 acres of green and public spaces. And soon, this will be greatly expanded with the addition of Town Branch Commons, which will be made up of Town Branch Park, Town Branch Trail and all adjacent parks and pedestrian areas. According to lexingtonky.gov, “Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington.” The park and trail, which will link Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, will include “continuous bike and walking paths and a lush green band through downtown.” Construction is set to start in 2019 and be completed by October 2021. “The Town Branch Commons Trail will increase our bike and walking scores, which is very attractive, especially to young millennials who don’t want to get in their car. And, it will attract new developments along its pathway,” says Sweeney. Holoubek adds, “Everything continues to skew favorably for downtown housing. It will become not just incrementally, but exponentially more desirable when Town Branch Commons gets put in. I’ve seen in city after city how retail and new housing sprouts along new bike paths.”

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Downtown loft | Photo by Shaun Ring

Cost is yet another positive point when choosing downtown Lexington. As stated by Holoubek, “As far as market pricing, downtown Lexington is undervalued. It is very reasonable in comparison to other downtowns. And very reasonable in comparison to the suburbs.” He goes in to explain that in most cities, the price per square foot for downtown versus suburban living is double. However, in Lexington, that 2:1 ratio is much lower with there being only a nominal difference in some neighborhoods. Among current downtown housing options are the Nunn Lofts, 505 W Main Street, Park Plaza, Centre City and Center Court Condos, to name a few. With all of these advantages it is no wonder that, in Sweeney’s words, “There is a very strong demand for downtown living.” Luckily, developers are stepping up to meet the demand. According to Sweeney, “There are 80 million dollars of new residential projects in the pipeline that include affordable housing renovations, new student housing developments, new market rate apartment developments, and new townhomes, midrise and high-rise condominiums, all totaling 850 new residential units.”

Lexington’s Real Estate Company has several exciting projects in the works, including a mixed-use project with 15,000 square feet of retail and 50 residential apartments on Main & Vine. Similar buildings located on Midland Avenue and Third Street, and owned by Community Ventures, will provide hundreds of residential apartments, plus much needed East End retail, dining and office space. Of course, the completion of City Center Complex, housing a Marriott Hotel, Residence Inn and a Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, along with renovation of the Lexington Civic Center will garner a wealth of new business, tourism and opportunities. “We are really looking forward to the opening of City Center, the new theater at Broadway and High and the Town Branch Trail and Park. We think they will be big attractions, and they will add to the city life,” states Phillips. In closing, Sweeney says, “We have a great downtown that is only getting better. In the next four to five years, there are several projects in the works that will be transform it and take it to the next level. So, it is a great time to be thinking about moving downtown.”

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ome sales in LBAR’s 26-county region have increased for the second straight month and median prices have followed suit. For March, sales jumped by 4% and prices increased 3% year-over-year. For the first quarter, sales were up 3.8% and prices saw an uptick of 2.6%. “The market is hot going into the spring, which most in the industry predicted,” said Al Blevins, 2019 president of LBAR. “The data we see for the upcoming months also looks positive as pending sales are showing an increase and have increased every month in the first quarter. Continued inventory increases coupled with a bump in new listings is also a good sign for real estate in the Bluegrass region.” In Fayette County, the market is lively as well. Sales were up 7% for the month and the median sales price was up 3%. New listings jumped 4% for the month and the months of inventory increased 6%. For the quarter, Fayette County saw pending sales up each month versus the previous year. Days on market dropped 7% as more buyers entered the market and snapped up homes at a faster pace in March. Buyers have been limited in selection for some time now and this new trend opens up choices for those looking to purchase as well as bringing discouraged buyers back into the market. Buyers will enjoy a more favorable market for the next several months as more and more listings become available. Blevins added, “The spring months, typically the second quarter, which starts in April, is when most people list their homes for sale. With interest rates still at historically low levels, the real estate market will continue to be extremely strong throughout the Central Kentucky area.” Mortgage rates have, in fact, continued to hover at historic lows and increases may not be seen any time soon. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, stated that he does not anticipate any interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve in 2019 and, if there is any change at all, it may be lower rates through 2020. Good news for those in the market for a new home this spring.

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01. Be sure you are pre-approved before you start seriously looking at houses. You want to be able to make the strongest offer you can when you fall in love with that perfect house! 02. Hire a Realtor who will work on your behalf to help you find the best properties that fit your needs — oftentimes your agent will help you discover a neighborhood you didn’t know about or show you a home before it hits the market!

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03. Focus on the area you want to be in more than on the house itself. The house can always be updated to fit your wants & needs, but you usually can’t do much about the land around you. As they say, real estate is all about location, location, location.

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With homes moving so quickly in the market, it is more important than ever to have representation. Local agents know the market, understand the comps, and have the connections and skills to help you sell and buy a home aster. Without representation, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and skip some of the obvious measures that will protect you as a buyer or seller. Hiring a Realtor helps mitigate these risks and allows you to have confidence in your real estate decision!

REALTORS OWE A FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY TO THEIR CLIENTS. THIS MEANS A NUMBER OF THINGS: A Realtor is contractually bound to put his client’s interest above all other interests, including his own. As a licensed professional who is deemed to have skills and expertise superior to those of an average person, a Realtor is obligated to use those skills when pursuing his client’s affairs. Unless illegal, it is the responsibility of an agent to follow the instructions of his client even if the agent does not necessarily agree with said instructions. When discussing a client’s transaction with an outside party, a Realtor is obligated to keep confidential anything that could hurt his client’s bargaining position (except for material facts or anything that could be deemed misrepresentation)

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3617 Windfair Ln. | 40515 3641 sq.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $319,900

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Real Estate Rockstars Aaron and Sandy Allnutt formed The Allnutt Group, LLC in 2011 and have been a top-producing real estate team since then. Sandy has been licensed since 1998 and Aaron since 2011. In 2017, they both obtained their broker licenses and they opened The Agency in July of 2018. “What sets The Agency apart is that we aren’t a franchise. We are a husband/wife owned boutique brokerage, focusing on high touch personalized service to our clients,” Aaron explained. “We are selective in the agents we hire and our goal is to protect our reputation as honest, ethical agents who put our clients’ needs above our own.” Sandy agrees. “We love our real estate company because it is a professional boutique brokerage that offers weekly education to our agents, a great culture, and learning-based environment. In fact, we ask our agents to take more than the minimum required education our board of realtors requires. Our goal is to affiliate with producing, ethical agents of

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the highest integrity.” As a pair of driven go-getters, Aaron and Sandy are motivated to grow a local real estate company of knowledgeable, authentic, and professional agents. They plan to continue to provide excellent customer service to their clients making real estate transactions smooth, profitable and enjoyable. They also love Central Kentucky. As Sandy put it, “We love the Southern hospitality here, the people, the horses, entertainment options and top-notch restaurants.” The Agency has a roster of many talented agents who understand this area well. They are continually educating themselves on their world of real estate, including the latest technology to help get clients the best possible result. With decades of combined experience, The Agency team is committed to assisting home buyers and sellers with personalized service and genuine care.

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TERESA BLAKEMAN United Real Estate | 859.619.9069 | Teresa@BlakemanRealEstate.com

Teresa has been in real estate since 2013, landing in the TOP 4% in sales from LBAR last year. She is very enthusiastic about her work and sensitive in fulfilling her clients’ needs. “Once I know my clients’ goals, I make them my own and work to help them sell and/or buy in a hot market,” Teresa explained. “Property moves quickly, so you have to be ready. ” “I am a natural problem solver and have a genuine interest in real estate, as well as people,” she continued. “I will go above and beyond in order to help my clients and if it’s possible, I will find a way!” Teresa is continually upping her game to ensure that every client is satisfied, trying new ways to get results. Last summer, she advertised on her shirt during the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions Trace course in Nicholasville to get her client’s home in Champions noticed. Teresa loves working in Lexington and Jessamine County. She said, “I love the charm and character of the old Lexington neighborhoods and the beautiful farmland throughout Jessamine County. Have you seen my listing at 50 Chandamere Way? It’s a beauty!” #74493

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50 Chandamere Way | Nicholasville 4696 sq.ft. | 3BR | 5BA | $877,000

380 Hart Rd. | 40502 PENDING! | 3BR | 3BA | $441,000

330 Glendover Rd. | 40502 2100 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $331,000

4016 Parker Meadows Dr. | 40515 SOLD! | 3BR | 3BA | $235,000

1794 Beacon Hill Rd. | 40504 PENDING! | 4BR | 2BA | $224,900

4 Court of Champions | Nicholasville SOLD! | 4BR | 7BA | $900,000

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JENN & LAURA REAL ESTATE - JIMMY NASH HOMES Jenn Pullins (859.582.5695) & Laura Ratliff (859.489.5179) Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty • jennandlaura@jimmynashhomes.com Jenn has been a real estate agent for 5 years. She said, “We are motivated to help our clients achieve their goals with one of the biggest chapters in their life... purchasing a home! We want every client to have a stress-free and fun experience!” “Working with one of Lexington’s premier custom home builders gives us insight and knowledge about quality construction, architectural details and the latest trends in home style and décor. This experience makes us well rounded in all aspects in real estate, including existing home sales and new construction,” Laura explained. She has been a REALTOR® for 12 years. Jenn and Laura love working for Bluegrass Sotheby’s. “We have a remarkable platform that is not only local, but worldwide,” Jenn said. “We work with agents who bring a wealth of knowledge, professionalism and experience to the industry. This gives us a competitive edge to know when you work with us you are working with the best!” They both also share a deep love for Kentucky. As Laura put it, “We work here because we love to live here!”

1913 General Warfield | 40505 4410 sq.ft. | 5BR | 5BA | $799,000

102 Mahin Trail | Nicholasville 3345 sq.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $734,900

306 Owsley Ave. | 40502 2700 sq.ft. | 3BR | 3BA | $339,900

4022 Wilson Lake | 40516 10.2 acres | Glennlakes Estates | $250,000

220 The Oaks Blvd. | Nicholasville 1 acre | The Oaks at Cave Springs | $75,000

2577 Pascoli Place | 40509 3298 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $589,900

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THE WHEATLEY GROUP Jason R. Scolf, Katie Quiet & Mike Wheatley Milestone Realty Consultants | 859.493.2889 | TheWheatleyGroupLex@gmail.com

With over 30 years of combined real estate experience, each member of The Wheatley Group brings a wealth of real estate expertise, honest and ethical professional standards and an immense range of local market knowledge to each transaction. As a veteran among Central Kentucky Realtors, Mike is consistently in the top 1% of Central Kentucky Realtors, culminating with his most recent transition to Principal Broker of Milestone Realty Consultants in 2017. “Milestone is like one big family who truly want to see everyone succeed. Our agents look out for one another and celebrate everyone’s success and our agent support team is always there to help them along the way,” he explained. Jason offers his clients a unique perspective of the Central Kentucky market. He said, “I love our town. I went to local schools, played in local parks, graduated from the University of Kentucky and raised my family here. I believe we don’t just need to buy local, we need to live local and invest in this amazing community we call home.” As the newest addition to the team, Katie Quiet has hit the ground running with her passion and enthusiasm. She said, “Learning and experiencing new things motivates me to continuously grow and be a better agent.”

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4173 Bridgemont Ln. | 40515 3840 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4BA | $374,900

3828 McGarry Dr. | 40514 PENDING! | 3BR | 1BA | $149,900

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800 Wimbledon Terrace | Richmond PENDING! | 3BR | 4BA | $399,900


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FIREFLY REALTY 106 Ashwood Circle | Georgetown SOLD! | 5BR | 3 2hBA | $508,000

2925 Majestic View Walk | 40511 SOLD! | 5BR | 3 2hBA | $312,500

Erica Long, Shevawn Akers & Brooke Otis Keller Williams Bluegrass | 859.536.1575 | FireflyRealty.net

Shevawn launched her real estate career while serving as a Member of the Lexington City Council five years ago. At the end of 2018, she started Firefly Realty at Keller Williams Bluegrass. “As a Team, we are able to help more clients build wealth for their families through real estate and achieve the American Dream of home ownership,” she explained. “I am so excited to grow this Team and help other real estate professionals achieve success. I spend a lot of time learning about the profession – the neighborhoods we serve, marketing trends, and how to recruit and train talent. I take nothing for granted and devote a lot of my free time to building a successful business.” Brooke is the Buyer Specialist for Firefly. She said, “My goal is to help my clients find the perfect HOME for their family.” Brooke’s experience in interior design and event planning are an asset to her real estate clients. Erica is the newest member of the Firefly Realty team, serving as the Director of Client Services & Buyer Agent. She said, “The Firefly Realty team works tirelessly to provide excellent customer service, while finding perfect homes for our buyers, selling homes quickly for our sellers and recognizing great investment opportunities for our clients to build wealth.”

309 Whispering Brook Dr. | Nicholasville SOLD! | 5BR | 4BA | $530,000

2832 Satin Leaf r. | 40511 SOLD! | 5BR | 3BA | $257,000

2236 Abbeywood Rd. | 40515 SOLD! | 5BR | 4BA | $400,000

300 Brannon Rd. | Nicholasville PENDING! | 3BR | 3BA | $249,900

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WEESNER PROPERTIES Vicki Weesner (859.621.4221 vicki@weesnerrealty.com) Casey Weesner (859.621.4222 weesner@homesinlexingtonky.com) Pat Borg (859.421.9911 borgp@aol.com) Crystal Weesner Smith (859.621.4223 crystal@weesnerrealty.com) The group at Weesner Properties has a combined 100 plus years in the real estate business. Helping and teaching their clients is what motivates them and has given them the longevity in this career. For this team, it’s not all about the sale of a house, but rather the relationships that are formed as they help people through the many highs and lows in life that require the help of a REALTOR®. There are so many different phases of life that they get to be apart of with their clients, and dreams they get to share. Pat Borg with Weesner Properties is also an ELP (Endorsed Local Provider) of Dave Ramsey, which is a very distinguished designation. ELPs have the heart of a teacher and are held to a higher standard of excellence. Vicki Weesner’s desire was to open a small real estate company so she could be surrounded with friends and family in the business of doing the work she loves. This small group has brought her dreams to life. The combined years of knowledge and experience Weesner Properties has between their office of four is immeasurable! In 1981, Vicki approached Pat Borg about beginning a career in real estate. Pat took her advice and is now in her 38th year of helping people fulfill their dream of home ownership. She is married to Russ Milburn, a local builder and remodeler, and they have four wonderful children. Crystal Weesner Smith received her license in 1998 and is now a Broker Associate. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 19 years, they have two daughters (a 14-year-old who is active in volleyball and a 16-year-old) and a mini labradoodle named Bella. Casey Weesner has been licensed since 2002. He decided to join his mother six years ago to form the Weesner Realty Team. He has two girls, ages 7 and 13, who participate in competitive cheerleading. He loves anything water and enjoys the beautiful lakes that Kentucky has to offer. He is married to his high school sweetheart, who he’s known for 24 years. #25509

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358 Park Ave. | 40502 1429 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $159,900

1013 Castleton Way | 40517 PENDING! | 4BR | 3BA | $305,000

400 Redding Rd. | 40517 2071 sq.ft. | 3BR | 3BA | $350,000

321 Dudley Rd. | 40502 PENDING! | 4BR | 4BA | $675,000

4361 Bridle Ridge Ln. | 40515 PENDING! | 5BR | 4BA | $899,500

739 Cooper Dr. | 40502 PENDING! | 3BR | 3BA | $415,000

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KAREN ANGELUCCI The Agency | 859.338.7857 | karenangelucci67@gmail.com

For seven years, Karen has loved waking up every day to solve problems and help her clients find their next home. She’s excited to start a new chapter of her career with The Agency. I’m self-motivated and always eager to embrace change. This job is not easy and making as many friends as possible in this amazing industry certainly helps,” she said.

100 Keene Crossing Dr. | Nicholasville 2469 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $245,000

Karen is passionate about this area. “I cover the entire Bluegrass region and I enjoy every road and acre,” she explained. “I am a full time REALTOR®, and I love my job!” When she’s not “putting out fires,” as she puts it, Karen is striking a good balance between her home life and her work. “I strive to keep my family and clients happy,” she said. “While I’m sure I spoil my daughters, Sarah and Rachel (and Loyal Lady Darcy, my King Charles Cavalier) my clients always get special treatment and excellent customer service!”

2049 Hidden Falls Trail | Richmond 0.33 acres | Boone’s Trace | $43,900

2026 Hidden Falls Trail | Richmond 0.33 acres | Boone’s Trace | $48,500

2028 Hidden Falls Trail | Richmond 0.32 acres | Boone’s Trace | $48,500

2013 Hidden Falls Trail | Richmond 0.53 acres | Boone’s Trace | $43,900

405 Brannon Rd. | Nicholasville 5095 sq.ft. | 5BR | 6BA | $659,000

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JO GAWTHROP & MELIA HORD Distillery Heights | Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty | 859.618.4008 | DistilleryHeights.com Melia and Jo are the leading ladies behind Distillery Heights, a newly-opened residential community located at the corner of Manchester and Oliver Lewis Way. They are both ranked by Real Trends among the Top 1,000 agents in the USA, and are recognized among the Top 1% of Real Estate Professionals in Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region. Melia, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, provides the highest level of professionalism, knowledge, fierce negotiating skills and offers a complete line of concierge services to ensure the most exceptional client experience. Jo, a Keller Williams Commercial Property Specialist, is a 30+ year award winning Kentucky homebuilder. Jo’s knowledge of home construction, building codes and home inspections help her navigate obstacles that clients often encounter during the real estate process. “Our Lexington Community is rich with beautiful horse farms, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Bourbon Trail and strong economic growth throughout our region,” Melia said. “Our goal is to help local and future residents of Lexington and Kentucky make smart real estate decisions and connect them to our community as well as offer our future owners a luxe downtown living experience at Distillery Heights.” #219790

Distillery Heights | 40508 1872 2300 sq.ft. | 2 3 BR oorplans

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LIZ HODGE Lifstyl Real Estate | 859.333.9933 LizSellsBluegrassHomes@gmail.com

“I am motivated by helping those I come in contact with feel like the hero in their own story,” Liz said. “My job is to educate, support and empower my clients so that they walk away feeling like the home they sold or purchased was the best decision they made!” She has been a REALTOR® since 2004, and a part of her current brokerage for over a year and a half. “I am a Lexington native and I deeply love my community. This means that I am not just a local REALTOR®, but I am engaged in the growth and development of this city,” she explained. “Business growth, educational development and a vibrant economy mean real estate will keep booming in the Bluegrass.” “I love being authentic and just as I am with my clients and fellow agents. I am boots and a ball cap, Bluegrass girl!” Liz loves to network and get the inside scoop on new listings and hot neighborhoods. She added, “I am filled with gumption and a bit of stubbornness. Any of my clients will say that I fight to make sure that they feel like they have a warrior on their side!”

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407 W Second St. | Perryville 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $169,500

407 W Second St. | Perryville 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $169,500

407 W Second St. | Perryville 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $169,500

740 Andover Village Dr. | 40509 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $440,000

740 Andover Village Dr. | 40509 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $440,000

740 Andover Village Dr. | 40509 1647 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $440,000

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ANDREA ROBINETTE-COUGHTRY Real Estate by Andrea, Keller Williams Greater Lexington 606.369.3846 | ReByAndrea@kw.com “My clients motivate me. I love seeing the look on a buyer’s face when we find their dream home, and sellers are always exciting to work with,” Andrea explained. “Real estate is as much emotion as it is a number and negotiation game. I love both aspects.” Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. “This helps me guide my clients and give them a better perspective on their investment,” she said. “I am personally a real estate investor, so I believe in real estate as a powerful way to create a better future for families.” Andrea is passionate about this area. “My husband and I thought long and hard about where we wanted to move, and Lexington was always at the top of our list,” she explained. “Lexington is so beautiful! The people and the culture here are amazing.” She’s thrilled to be a part of Keller Williams Greater Lexington. “Keller Williams gives agents the tools they need to formulate and succeed in their own business. Not every Keller agent or business model is the same and I love that,” she explained. NMLS# 76334

103 Cypress Dr. | Danville 7597 sq.ft. | 6BR | 7BA | $775,000

3467 Winthrop Dr. | 40503 SOLD! | 3BR | 2BA | $186,500

830 Melrose Ave. | 40502 PENDING! | 4BR | 2BA | $372,900

208 Lowry Ln. | 40503 SOLD! | 3BR | 2BA | $215,000

4512 Arvice Ct. | 40515 SOLD! | 3BR | 2BA | $192,000

958 Charwood Dr. | 40515 PENDING! | 3BR | 2BA | $193,000

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JACK WOODRUFF Woodruff Properties, LLC 859.983.9995 | Jack@JackWoodruff.com

4000-5004 Park Central Ave. | Nicholasville 10.37 acres | 60,000 sq. ft. | $2,850,000

With 30 years of experience in residential and commercial property in the region, Jack holds a lot of insight into Central Kentucky. “Being a Lexingtonian all my life, I understand the growth direction of the city to help guide my clients into desirable and up-andcoming areas to purchase their home, knowing it’s not just a place to live but an investment,” he said.

550 Fourth St. | 40508 1.85 acres | 25,057 sq.ft. | $1,450,000

His experience also helps him be a great advocate for his clients who are looking to grow their wealth through real estate. “Having owned commercial property for years, I have the knowledge and experience to guide my clients to meet their wants, needs and financial goals,” Jack explained. “I’ll negotiate the sale like it’s for myself!” # 429501122

521 Huntersknoll | 40509 SOLD! | 4BR | 4BA | $310,000

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KIMBERLY LESLIE Milestone Realty Consultants 859.221.6545 | kleslie@milestoneky.com

Kimberly has been selling dreams in the Bluegrass for over 20 years. “Service, trust and commitment with a desire for a win/win outcome is what I offer all my clients,” she said. She finds helping clients truly rewarding. “I truly love helping people find their dream homes and being part of such an important purchase,” she explained. She believes communication is essential, and does what she can to always respond promptly. “I take a personal interest in each client and work hard to keep their goals at the forefront.” Kimberly has called Milestone Realty Consultants her home for over 10 years. She has been a Ball Homes Specialist for 4 years and takes great pride in being a part of this local company.

SUSY ESQUIVEL Mi Casa Kentucky Group, Allied Realty 859.489.5943 | home4saleky@gmail.com

Susy’s 13 years of experience as a REALTOR® have helped her become an expert in her field. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and even has a radio show about the real estate market on 95.7FM El Pulso Latino in Lexington called “Mi Casa, Su Casa” on Tuesdays from 11am-12pm. As Susy explained, “Most of my clients are so grateful that I take out the time to educate them on every aspect of real estate.” “Kentucky is a beautiful state, but central Kentucky is where the heart of the Bluegrass is. You can experience the city life in Lexington or that small town feel in Danville,” Susy said. “Either way the people are friendly, the scenery is beautiful and the real estate market is doing very well in this area!” #211767

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STEPS TO PREP YOUR HOME FOR SALE

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You want buyers to be able to see themselves living in your home as soon as they arrive at the house, so it’s important to make everything as neutral as possible. To help make your home neutral, use a neutral paint color on your walls, remove excess personal photos, take down the kids’ artwork and trophies, and get rid of anything else that could distract or offend a potential buyer.

Storage space is important to almost every buyer so you want to be sure your house appears to have plenty of storage. The easiest way to do this is to take out half of the items in every closet, drawer and cabinet. Donate them or pack them up and take them to storage. Organize the items remaining in the closet so that each space looks orderly.

To give your home a fresh, new look without breaking the bank, you should paint all walls and trim, replace lightbulbs, rearrange furniture, remove excess furniture, declutter bookshelves, replace decorative pillows, update any worn linens, and add some indoor greenery. And if you need some increased curb appeal, paint your front door, install new house numbers, replace light fixtures and add potted plants to go along with your existing landscaping.

Just because your house is neutralized, organized and looking fresh does not mean it is clean! Give the house a deep cleaning before you have your first showing. Be sure the whole house has a neutral smell, but don’t overdo it or buyers will wonder what you’re covering up. Remember to sweep, vacuum, wipe down counters, and put everything away whenever you leave the house. You never know when the next potential buyer will want to come and see it!

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After 20 years in the health care industry, Joe Lybrook became a real estate agent because being a REALTOR® allowed him to help people in a new way. His favorite part of his work is seeing his clients’ needs met and a successful transaction that ends with a smile 100% of the time. Joe says he’s proud to work hard, going above and beyond for his clients. His top priority is a successful and smooth transaction for everyone he works with. #76491

Joe Lybrook: 859.230.1648 joelybrook@kw.com

Audra Meighan believes buying or selling a home should be FUN—after all, it is shopping! As a lifelong resident of Central Kentucky, Audra loves this area and sharing all it has to offer. Connecting her clients (AKA friends) to the perfect home or buyer is the most satisfying part of her job. She invites everyone to find out what it’s like to work with the FUN Agent – handling the business so clients can enjoy the process!

Audra Meighan: 859.608.0136 audra.meighan@exprealty.com

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Casilee Kidd Boyd is a Mortgage Loan Officer who specializes in customized, low-stress mortgage experiences. As a local Lexington lender, she offers an array of consumer mortgage solutions, from first time homebuyers to the most experienced homeowners. Casilee believes in offering the right solution and availability to fit each client’s need and is eager to work with anyone searching for a truly tailored mortgage. #909339

Casilee Kidd Boyd: 859.608.0930 casilee.kidd@cbandt.com

Jenny Lynn Gregory, Founder of Bi-coastal Real Estate Investments, is consistently ranked as a top agent in the bluegrass. Jenny’s specialties include multi-family investments and cash flowing properties. She has garnered an excellent reputation and counts some of the most influential investors as clients. Through consistent communication, she has an unwavering dedication to clients. Jenny also represents Anderson & Rogers Commercial Contracting and can help anyone who wants to build commercial.

Jenny Lynn Gregory: 859.559.3046 jennylynn.realestate@gmail.com

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SETTING THE STAGE story by Donna Ison

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Professional home stager, Buffy Lawson, spotlights your home’s star qualities.

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n Lexington, a home’s average number of days on the real estate market is 73—that is unless it is properly staged. As reported by the National Association of Realtors, using a professional stager, such as Buff y Lawson of The Next Stage, “greatly reduces” that average. Buff y says, “Statistics show that the first thirty seconds upon entering a home is typically the amount of time it takes for a buyer to decide if they will purchase the home. A professional stager knows how to create an effortless flow of the home, highlight focal points, and find solutions for difficult areas. Homeowners are looking for a ‘feeling’ and stagers are trained to create that emotion.”

For the interior, Buff y shares a few basic rules to ensure your home is ready for its close-up.

After a successful career as a singer/songwriter, Buff y was ready to find another outlet for her creativity and move on the next stage of her professional life, hence the name of her company. Buff y is a graduate of the internationally recognized Staging Diva® home staging program and is currently attending The New York Institute of Art and Design. In addition to using her expert eye to spotlight a home’s best features for buyers, Buff y focuses on reducing stress for the seller by making the process as efficient and pleasant as possible.

Engage the Ears

Definitely Declutter Just when you think you have de-cluttered enough, do it again...it’s that important when selling a property.

Having relaxing music playing can make a buyer feel an immediate emotional connection to the home.

Light it Right There are no words to describe how important correct lighting is when showing a property. Ample accent lighting and excellent quality, battery-operated candles add to the ambiance.

Don’t Make it Personal People expect to imagine their family in their new home, not yours. So, taking all personal photos and religious and other such items out of the home is extremely important. According to Buff y, one of the biggest mistakes home sellers make, in most cases, is putting the home on the market empty. She explains, “An empty home can feel cold and emotionless, leaving the buyer to fall in love with walls and floors. An empty home also challenges the buyer to imagine furniture and art placement, which for some is very difficult. A beautifully staged home lays out the functionality of the home as well as creating an emotional connection.” Of course, as Buff y states, “The exterior is the first thing buyers will see, so it should look fantastic for that first impression.” She suggests clearing away any unnecessary items, making sure the grass is freshly cut, and adding potted flowers as inexpensive ways to make a good impression. However, if the home needs to be painted, this should be considered in the budget, as well as fixing fences, doorbells, gutters and other broken items.

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Paint, Please Fresh paint can be a deal changer as it makes a space look new, clean and bright. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to the masses.

The Nose Knows “Pet, mold and smoke smells are such a turnoff that people are very likely to walk straight out of the door before even seeing the home.


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When Pantone announced Coral Reef as their 2019 Color of the Year, it seemed like a home décor dare. The bright, nearly-neon coral is energetic and uplifting. Coral Reef (SW 6606) by Sherwin Williams is an accessible version of this playful hue. In different lighting, it morphs from a bold orange-red to a softer pinky coral. It’s easy to think nautical when you’re working with coral, and this palette definitely sways that direction. However, don’t feel boxed in by a nautical theme: this fun hue works well with graphic prints of all kinds. Because Coral Reef is so bold on its own, limit how much you use of your main accent color. Instead, let neutrals, woods and metals do the heavy lifting. A warm white will anchor the room, and can lend a transitional flair or modern edge.

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Where should you go coral? Try it in a home office where you’ll be creating or meeting clients. It’s also a great choice for a children’s room. Want to make a bold statement to the neighborhood? Coral Reef is an exciting, friendly choice for your front door! Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

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This Chinoe Road home captures the best of classic construction and custom craftsmanship. story by donna ison photos by jeff walker Courtesy of Whitney Pannell

Some houses are so special they even hold a place in the heart of the real estate agent who sells them. To Whitney Pannell of Keller Williams Greater Lexington, this Chinoe Road address is such a property. Whitney and her husband Rick comprise Team Pannell, a top producing Lexington realty duo. Whitney first discovered the home when she sold it to its current owners in 2003, and developed an affinity for it straight away. “It is just the epitome of southern charm and easy elegance. It embodies everything I think of when I think of Lexington living, both refined and relaxed with a welcoming warmth and traditional feel,” she says. It’s appeal becomes evident at the first view of the fastidious façade. In the Bluegrass tradition, a limestone wall borders the lawn. Brick walkways lined with boxwoods lead to a regal front porch with Ionic columns and portico railing. The landscapes and hardscapes were designed by Bill Henkel of Landscape Workshop, formerly of Henkel Denmark. Both the front door and garage doors are constructed of a matching mahogany increasing the exceptional curb appeal.

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Upon stepping inside, evidence of impeccable craftmanship is all around. Each room holds an example of extraordinary millwork with deep moldings and base moldings, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Throughout the 5700 square feet of finished living space, you’ll find other amazing architectural details, such as arched doorways, bay windows, built in bookshelves and even a recessed window seat that beckons you to grab a book and settle in. Rich wooden surfaces, on the stairs, cabinetry and fireplace lend themselves to further the opulent feel. In addition, a variety of sophisticated floorings are utilized throughout, including hard wood, marble and Spanish tile.

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With a classic floor plan, the first-floor houses both a living room and den, spacious office, laundry room, master suite, full bath and renovated kitchen. Because it contains a closet, the office could be easily used as a second main-level bedroom.

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The eat-in kitchen is both welcoming and utilitarian with large windows looking onto the perfectly manicured back yard. Designed by Laura Dalzell of Cabinets & Design Inc., the space combines timeless taste with modern conveniences with stainless steel Subzero-Wolf appliances. The custom cabinetry is from Brookhaven by Wood-Mode in alpine white on maple combined with Juperana Perla granite countertops to give a casual, yet ďŹ nished feeling. The large island with a second sink is perfect for prep work when cooking.

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Off the master bedroom is a commodious master bath with a spacious walk-in shower, sit-down vanity, and soaking tub situated beneath stunning stained-glass windows.

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The home also possesses a ďŹ nished basement, but it is far from the rumpus rooms of the past. Each detail of the downstairs is as well thought-out as the rest of the home. It consists of a stately den anchored by a rustic stone, gas-log ďŹ replace and equipped with a wet bar, billiard area, full bath and home gym.

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One of the home’s most appealing features is a three-season, bluestone screened-in porch, designed by Jim Smith of the Showplace Company, replete with ceiling fans, a beadboard ceiling and fluted columns. From here, you can relax while listening to the water from the freestanding fountain and birdsongs from the tranquil rear lawn. The back yard, which was also designed by Landscape Workshop, is contained by a beautiful brick wall providing an oasis from the outside world.

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The residence is located within an easy walk of Henry Clay’s Ashland Estate and within a short drive to the shops in Chevy Chase, as well as all that downtown has to offer. After enjoying the home for 16 years, the owner has opted to move in order to be closer to family. So, once again, Whitney has the privilege of selling the home. She says, “A home of this quality in this neighborhood is often soughtafter, but seldom found. I am thrilled to be able to share a home with this level of craftsmanship, style, and convenience with potential buyers. It is just a truly wonderful example of a well-made, well-maintained traditional house.”

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three sweet pups Cera, Marty and Miles, Nintendo, movies and pizza nights from MOD. “We are around each other a lot,” Katie laughs, “It’s not that we’re doing any one activity together as much as we’re living our individual lives in close proximity. We take an interest in the things they do, and they do the same with us. We root each other on and help each other out.” One thing they all agree on? “Board games and vacations,” Katie answers. “We’re running out of room for the board games, so bring on the trips!” As a mom, Katie draws inspiration from those around her saying, “I’m a patchwork of the impressions so many great women have left on my life. From family to friends, mentors, to fellow teachers. If you look at the best parts of people, there is always something to learn.” As a business owner, she seeks to inspire teachers of all classrooms, (both mainstream and non-traditional,) and families to collaborate more and learn from one another. She shares, “I believe as a society, we’re moving more and more towards individualized, flexible paths. Very few things are one-size-fits-all. That’s exciting!” What’s also exciting? Here, Katie shares candid thoughts and encouraging advice that are applicable to all of us, no matter what stage of life we’re in.

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What is the most rewarding part of being a mom? I love watching those little lives I’m nurturing grow and evolve. Growing humans is hard! But if I’m being honest? I wish I could keep them little forever. Our time together is so short. My comfort is knowing that we’ll always be close, even after they’re on their own. I’d like to think we’ll all still hang out often, maybe on a beach somewhere.

What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenge is making time for myself, but I suspect I’m not the only mom that feels that way.

How do you manage to balance your time with work, social, health and family obligations? Be willing to say no more often. We only have so much time and resources, so if there’s something in your life that’s not a) essential or b) fulfilling, cut it out. Be careful of adding anything to your plate unless you have something you’re willing to give up.

What advice do you have for other moms? Keep your eye on the things that really matter and forget the rest. We’re all in this life together, all imperfect, and we all are worthy of grace, so give that grace to others, too.

Is there anything else you’d like to add about why you are a super mom? While I’m flattered to be named a Super Mom, I think of it more as just being a normal mom, like all the other awesome moms out there who are trying to balance it all. Trust me, if you’re worried about if you’re being a Super Mom or not, you already are. You’re doing great. Keep it up. You are a hero to your kids just as you are right now. For more information and to follow along with the adventures of Katie, Shaun, Carson and Amy, follow The Homeschool Style on Instagram (@thehomeschoolstyle) today!

I LOVE WATCHING THOSE LITTLE LIVES I’M NURTURING GROW AND EVOLVE. GROWING HUMANS IS HARD! BUT IF I’M BEING HONEST? I WISH I COULD KEEP THEM LITTLE FOREVER.

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FINN COLLIER Finn was born with 4 congenital heart defects. In his short 7 years of life, Finn had 5 surgeries–the first of which when he was just 5 days old–and a number of other heart procedures in a fight against a disease that currently has no known cure. For his bravery, the youngster was named an ambassador of the American Heart Association. He and his family attended many of the organization’s events and helped raise awareness for heart disease. A huge fan of Keeneland, Finn enjoyed countless outings to the track and was thrilled to meet jockeys and the equine superstars. The first grader at Rosenwald Elementary had more fans rooting for him than American Pharaoh and California Chrome combined! On April 10th, Finn finished his race. The TOPS Family mourns the loss of our friend and sends our thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family. Save the Date Join the American Heart Association in honoring Finn while raising funds and awareness for heart disease on Saturday, May 11th during The Heart Walk at Keeneland. Check-in starts at 8am; the walk starts at 9am.

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story by Alexis Patinos Bluegrass Vetinerary Specialists

An alarming number of cities, living communities, and businesses have wrongly succumbed to breed specific legislation (BSL) targeting one, or multiple, breeds of dogs that are believed to be more aggressive or dangerous in an effort to prevent dog bites. The American Pit Bull Terrier, or more generally, “pit bull types,” are often at the forefront of BSL. However, breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Great Danes, and Akitas, among others, have also wrongly suffered breed discrimination. How effective is breed specific legislation (BSL) and what are its effects on those involved? Some may believe that by barring certain breeds, the community as a whole is at a lower risk for a dog bite to occur. However, multiple professionals have pointed to the fact that a review of the research that attempts to quantify the relation between breed and bite risk finds the connection to be weak or absent altogether. Instead, the same research suggests that responsible ownership variables such as socialization, neutering, and proper containment of dogs are much more strongly indicated as important risk factors. This being said, it is important to note that any dog can bite given the right circumstances. It is important for both dog owners and civilians to know basic dog behavior and practice safe handling with both familiar and unfamiliar dogs they interact with. In addition, several scientific studies including those published in The Veterinary Journal and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science have revealed a poor correlation between the visual assessment of a dog’s breed and its actual genetic makeup from a DNA test. This trend was true for a wide array of animal professionals ranging from veterinary staff, animal control workers, and shelter staff when it came to suggesting the dog’s breed based on a visual appraisal. Not only does this serve to be potentially

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detrimental for a dog mislabeled as a pitbull or bully mix in a shelter, but it also provides evidence against the effectiveness, or lack thereof, in BSL which is often largely focused on dogs with a certain appearance and physical characteristics instead of actual breed. Furthermore, organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) disapprove of breed bans because they are discriminatory against responsible owners and they do not address the social issue of irresponsible pet ownership. The AVMA reports that “Dogs are more likely to become aggressive when they are unsupervised, unneutered, and not socially conditioned to live closely with people or other dogs. Banning a specific breed can give a false sense of security, and deemphasize to owners of other breeds the importance of appropriate socialization and training, which is a critical part of responsible pet ownership.” Overall, BSL can cause challenges for pet owners and dogs who fall victim to the ill-fated association of their physical appearance and the breeds being scrutinized. In order to reduce the instance of dog bites, the AVMA instead recommends promoting responsible pet ownership and developing methods to rapidly identify and respond to owners whose dogs present an actual risk. A better approach to reducing dog bites would be requiring pet owners to complete basic obedience and socialization training and having school-based and adult education programs that teach pet selection strategies, pet care and responsibility, and bite prevention. With more pet owners and community members holding each other accountable to be responsible in these aspects, we can help create safer communities and disintegrate the breed specific legislation (BSL) that wrongly discriminates against certain breeds and physical characteristics.

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s you walk through the doors of Lexington’s newest restaurant, you’re instantly transported to a big, glamorous, far-away city—a city that at the same time, feels just like Lexington. And that’s exactly as Jeff Ruby planned it. Known for the over the top glitz and glamour, Jeff Ruby’s at City Center is like nothing you’ve ever seen or experienced before. With plenty of opportunities to back out of the project at downtown Lexington’s City Center after 7 plus years in the works, Jeff Ruby hung on, determined to bring his 10,000 square foot steakhouse to the people of Lexington. “I have never been as excited or emotionally connected to doing a restaurant in a city as I have in Lexington,” says Ruby. Growing up in the kitchens of his mother and step-father’s restaurants on the Jersey Shore, Ruby experienced the ins and outs of the restaurant business before opening the first of his stable of high-end steakhouses, The Precinct, in 1981 with the backing of several professional athletes in Cincinnati. Ruby knew even then that the key to having a successful restaurant was to deliver an unparalleled dining experience, one that is known today as The Jeff Ruby Experience. “When people leave our restaurants, I want them leaving with more than a doggie bag. I want them to leave with a memory that they were completely entertained, that they forgot about all of their problems. I want them to feel as if they have escaped and left Lexington for the evening. When they come to our restaurants that’s what we provide” says Ruby.

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Ruby spared no detail in the design of this restaurant concept which he describes as his most over-the-top and glamorous restaurant yet. “Each time we do a restaurant we try to improve from the last and this space has been a long time coming,” says Ruby. With features such as the horseshoe bar which surrounds a 30-foot stage, extravagant chandeliers and artwork, and live music from the lacquer UK blue piano, the space will be a showstopper. Live artists including local bands will appear later in the evening six days a week. When there’s not live music there will

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be a drop-down screen that will present live concerts from artists like Elton John, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and the Beach Boys which Ruby has hand selected after watching hours of video footage. “This restaurant will truly be the best of both worlds. From the art deco, 1940’s Great Gatsby feel of the Cincinnati location to the high energy and high-volume experience in both Nashville and Louisville. And of course, great entertainment,” says Ruby. “However, staying consistent and not getting away from what we do well: that’s service and experience”.


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Managing the growing Jeff Ruby brand is a family affair. All three of Ruby’s children are involved in the company at the Corporate level. Daughter Britney RubyMiller serves as President, and sons Brandon and Dillon Ruby fill roles as Corporate Director of Training and Corporate Traveling Manager. When asked what it’s like to work together Britney Ruby-Miller laughs and says “as cliché as it sounds, it really is awesome. My father is my best friend”. With the kids taking over the day to day management and running of the business, JR, as Britney refers to him, had the freedom to scour the country with

imagination and a blank canvas to design exactly what he envisioned for Lexington. “We give him an unlimited budget and he somehow exceeds it every year,” says Ruby-Miller. A prime example of that would be the extravagant chandeliers Ruby has curated from around the world. “Most restaurant ceilings are 14 feet,” laughs Ruby “I actually had to have them build a gold fleck painted dome, so my 14-foot chandelier didn’t touch the ground”. His kids often joke and say he designs his restaurants not by the square foot, but by the square inch, putting immense attention to every last detail.

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But the attention to detail doesn’t stop with the design. While Ruby has become an expert in finding the most unique, over-the-top pieces from all over the world he’s also an expert at relationships, finding top talent and bringing hardworking people into the culture and family. “My father may not be the greatest chef in the country, but he has a knack for finding the best chef and making them even better,” says Dylan Ruby. The menu at the new Lexington location will feature a more modern look and feel with a chef-driven approach. “Each location has its own executive chef, not kitchen manager, so each of our chefs is given creative control.” While they don’t want to reinvent the classics such as the Baked Mac and Cheese, which has been featured on Food Network or the Freddie Salad, a perfect assembly of hearts of romaine, roma tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon and ranch dressing, guests will find hints of southern flair and redefined classics.” Of course, Jeff Ruby’s is known for their steaks, specializing in USDA prime beef. Starting with their house-made rub, they pop the steaks under a broiler to ensure a nice char and perfect temperature every time. Many of the steaks are dry aged and with cuts ranging from a cowboy ribeye

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to porterhouse and filet, you really can’t go wrong. Not to be missed is the Steak Collinsworth, a 12 oz. filet topped with king crab, asparagus and béarnaise. We can’t forget the sides items, large enough to share. Ruby’s favorite, the Potatoes Anna, a dish of thinly sliced layered potatoes, seasoned with salt, pepper, and butter baked until golden brown on the outside, soft and buttery perfection inside. “We want everyone feeling like that was amazing and worth the value. You can go anywhere for great restaurants and food, but we excel in service and ambiance,” explains Ruby-Miller. Whether you’re sitting in the bar, the main dining room, the Wildcat Room, Breeders Room, Bourbon Room, Gatsby Room or enjoying the sprawling 1,800 square foot outdoor patio space and cigar bar, Jeff Ruby’s is sure to deliver a dining experience well worth a 7-year wait.

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What’s the last thing you ate? Right now, I’m doing a juice cleanse from the Weekly Juicery: Kimmye is my favorite! Favorite veggie? Bloody Mary.

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When you’re not working are you cooking or grabbing carryout? When I’m not working, I love to cook at home for my family. What made you fall in love with food? The way you can transform an ingredient from one thing to something completely different just by adding spices and heat is so simple but so interesting. There’s more than 1,000 ways to cook one vegetable. What do you love most about Lexington? Lexington has it all, it’s situated in beautiful horse country, has a small city with a big city feel, and is filled with such kind-hearted people. It’s a city my dad fell in love with years ago and I can now proudly say I share that sentiment.


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DOODLES BREAKFAST & LUNCH 262 N. Limestone • 859.317.8507 • DoodlesLex.com

For nearly a decade, Doodles has been a local favorite for brunch. Their locally-sourced menu features tried and true breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a few surprises. Their famous The Cure includes two local eggs, cheese grits or fried potatoes, toast or a biscuit and a choice of sausage, bacon or veggie sausage. Don’t forget about their delicious Bellini!

CARSON'S

362 E. Main St. • 859.309.3039 • CarsonsFoodandDrink.com

Carson’s does brunch in a big way, with delicious dishes that start any day off right. Their Bread Pudding French Toast is a decadent choice, grilled and topped with seasonal berries, bananas and candied pecans in their banana bourbon sauce, served with whipped cream and powdered sugar. They also have great savory and fresh choices that go wonderfully with their Six Bloody Mary options.

ZIM'S CAFE

215 W. Main St. Ste. 25 • 859.785.3690 • ZimsCafe.com

In the short time since it opened, Zim's has become a meeting spot at breakfast time for seemingly all of Lexington. And it’s easy to see why: their Gingerbread Pancakes are a can’t-miss, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and Kentucky sorghum. Try them with the Zims signature latte, the Sorghum & Spice.

RANADA’S BISTRO & BAR

400 Old Vine St. Ste. 108 • 859.523.4141 • Ranadas.com

Ranada Riley works carefully to utilize the freshest ingredients, so her menu changes with the seasons. In April, her brunch included a Spring Vegetable and Herb Quiche in a flaky pastry shell with scallion, spinach, parsley, chive and gruyere cheese, served with toast and a side. Be sure to take a peek at Ranada’s drink menu!

JOSIE’S

821 Chevy Chase Pl. • 859.523.8328 • JosiesKy.com

With a robust breakfast menu, Josie’s has been a favorite in the Chevy Chase area for 10 years. From healthy options to down-home comfort, they’ve got it all. Josie’s Dad’s Omelets features bacon, sausage, onion, baby spinach, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, banana peppers and smoked cheddar, served with fried potatoes or cheese grit casserole and a biscuit.

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Cheers! Moscato, or muscat in Italian, is one versatile grape variety. Moscato grapes can be white or near black with flavors that create sweet dessert wines or dry and floral wines. National Moscato Day was created for this wildly popular wine in 2012 by Gallo Family Vineyards. Our pick: La Perlina Moscato. Find out why this wine is under the heading "Interesting Wines" at Caron's.

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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a delight to Kentuckians and visitors alike. Why not celebrate Craft Distillery Day at one of Lexington's offerings? Bluegrass Distillers, located on 6th Street at the Bread Box, touts locally-sourced, non-GMO ingredients for its unique bourbons.

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Over at the Distillery District, Barrel House Distillery (formerly the James E. Pepper distilling complex) doesn't stop at crafting old-school bourbon—they also distill their very own vodka, moonshine and rum.

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The biscuit has been a southern staple since before the Civil War. Its popularity skyrocketed when people realized biscuits absorbed gravy better than plain bread. Safe to say biscuits and gravy continues to be a breakfast favorite. Have you tried the spicy biscuits and gravy served up at Josie's in Chevy Chase? Heavenly.

Popsicles were invented by accident in 1905 by Frank Epperson. Epperson, 11 at the time, created this treat that is beloved by children and adults alike by leaving a stirring stick in a drink mix outside on a record cold night. While grape is one of the most popular flavors, the humble popsicle has gone gourmet. Check out at Steel City Pops at The Summit.

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Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the chicken 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 2 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 165ºF. Using tongs, remove the chicken and reserve on a plate. When it is cool enough to touch, shred it and set aside. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the celery, onions and mushrooms. Cook until the vegetables are soft and the mushrooms have cooked down, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute; the mixture will be very thick at this point.

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Add the wine to the skillet and cook for 1 minute. If using a gas burner, remove the skillet from the heat before adding the wine, then place it back on the burner. Whisk in the chicken broth and milk, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 8-10 minutes until it thickens. Stir in the cream cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder until smooth and incorporated. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to package directions for al dente. Add the cooked spaghetti, chicken and frozen peas to the skillet with the sauce. Gently toss with tongs to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish and cover with cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese melts and sauce is bubbly.

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UP MAXEY story by Larry Vaught

He had watched Kentucky games in Rupp Arena on TV and had heard plenty about the passion of Kentucky basketball fans, but Tyrone Maxey was not ready for what he saw — and heard — when he came to a game in Rupp Arena with his son, UK signee Tyrese Maxey, last season. “I was blown away at the energy level of the fans. It is kind of hard to put in words. It’s just crazy and you have to experience it. Tyrese was recruited by schools across the county and I got to experience games in different venues. But Rupp Arena blew them all away times 10. I am really looking forward to seeing him play there,” said Tyrone Maxey. His son, a 6-3 guard, is someone Kentucky basketball fans are going to like watching play, too, and embrace. Certainly, he’s talented — he had 13 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game — but he also has an infectious personality and million-dollar smile that should make it easy for fans to relate to him. “God blessed me to be able to wake up this morning and play basketball. Some people couldn’t wake up this morning and play, so I am going to take it another opportunity to have a great day,” Tyrese Maxey said. He knows the pressure he’ll face as a five-star recruit at Kentucky even though he quickly notes that coach John Calipari didn’t promise him or anyone else a starting role or guaranteed playing time. Yet don’t doubt that he will keep that smile on his face no matter what happens.

I know I'm lucky to be in this position and I always want to give back when I can." “Every day I thank God that I woke up. My mom always tells me that every day you wake up you have something to smile about it,” he said. Not every player can embrace the Big Blue Nation passion and enthusiasm. Maxey got a taste of it when his South Garland (Texas) High School team played three games in western Kentucky in December and he’s fine with autograph and or picture requests from fans. “I will always stop and shake hands. I know I am lucky to be in this position and I always want to give back when I can,” Maxey said. “BBN has been great to me already. It has been fun interacting with fans on social media. I am looking forward to more fun when I get there. I just like playing basketball. Every day I wake up and play this game I am still going to be happy.” Just don’t think he is not competitive. He was the first one to do every drill at the McDonald’s All-American Game. He wants to win no matter what he’s doing. Since his high school season ended, he’s been working on adding strength and finding more ways to finish inside against what he knows will be bigger, stronger players. “He (Calipari) told me I have to be a leader from day one. I plan on being a vocal leader and trying to help us win a national championship,” Maxey said. Calipari is always big on communication and it’s hard for teammates not to talk on or off the court when they are around Maxey. “I like to get to know people, especially my teammates. I want to have a relationship with them on and off the court,” he said. “That is very important for somebody that wants to be a leader. I think on my high school team that is why we played so well together because we had a great relationship off the court that carried over to the court. I want it to be the same way at Kentucky and think it will be.” Tyrese Maxey (McDonald's All-American Game Photo) May 2019 | TOPSinLex.com

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EQUINE UPDATE

SPLIT ROCK JUMPING TOUR May 22 – 26 | Split Rock Farm The Split Rock Jumping Tour, a high-caliber show jumping series featuring some of the top equestrians from around the country, returns to Lexington for another action-packed weekend. The competition runs from Wednesday through Sunday, with the feature event being the Lexington International, a Grand Prix show jumping competition featuring gorgeous equine athletes navigating 5’ fences with ease. General admission is free and VIP seating is available. For more information, go to splitrockjumpingtour.com.

MEMORIAL DAY AT OLD FRIENDS May 27 | Old Friends Farm Located in Georgetown, Old Friends Farm is a retirement sanctuary where some of racing’s biggest stars spend their golden years being fawned over by fans and treated like the equine royalty they are. Each year, the farm hosts a Memorial Day celebration to pay tribute to the Thoroughbred Champions that call the farm home, and to honor the retirees who have passed away over the past year. For more information, visit oldfriendsequine.org or call (502) 863-1775.

LONG LINING CLINIC May 31 - June 2 | Australian Equine Performance Center Not only is long lining one of the safest ways to start a horse or work through problems, it is one of the easiest ways to teach a horse advanced maneuvers like self-carriage, collection and the piaffe. The team at Double Dan Horsemanship, who use long lining for everything from colt starting and working with problem horses to training their next movie star or show horse, will help participants learn the fundamentals of long lining in a safe and controlled environment. Learn more at ausequineperformancecenter.com.

HORSES LEAD SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP June 1 | Kentucky Equine Adoption Center Whether you practice a particular religion or are exploring your spiritual path, Reverend Kelli Song will help attendees find a better connection with horses, the environment and God in this transformative workshop. Reverend Song will lead attendees in seeing a better understanding of one’s self through the silent communication with others and horses, giving you the tools to manage feelings of isolation and fear. No horse experience is necessary, and activities will include hands-on learning, supervised interactions with horses and observations of horses while touring the farm. For more information, visit kyeac.org. 150

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APRIL PREVIEW PARTY Creative Kitchen & Bath | April 3 topsinlex.com Photos by Ron Morrow

LUTHER ANDAL AND CHARLES CAUDILL

KIMBERLY LESLIE, WENDY HATTON AND CRINDA FRANCKE

DON & ROBIN FISHBACK, KEITH YARBER

STEPHENIE & KYLE HOELSCHER

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JANETTE HEITZ AND DEBRA HUPMAN

JASON MYERS, KURT & SUSAN ADAMS, EBONY HARRINGTON AND AMBER FREEMAN

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BARBARA BACON AND EILEEN LEVY

TAMBRA & SCOTT WOODS

DIXIE MILLER AND KELLY EASTON

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JARRETT’S JOY CART Aviation Museum of KY | April 13 thejoycart.com Photos by Danny Pendleton RICK & HOLLY COFFEY, JENNIFER MYNEAR, NATHAN LYNCH, CLAIRE MYNEAR, RACHAEL CROWELL AND TREVOR WARD

JOE PALUMBO AND MARVIN BARTLETT

ERICA SHIPLEY AND JOHN GRAEBER

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ANNE HOSKINS, LEAH NASH AND MEIKO WELCH

ELIZABETH BARTLETT AND JENNIFER PALUMBO

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THE COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY, INC.

THE STAKES PARTY The Grand Reserve | April 5 Photos by Woody Phillips WILL & KATTI NASH, PRESTON & LANGDON WORLEY, MORGAN & KENNY MOYER

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WILLIAM AXTELL AND JOSH BUETTNE

CLAY & ELLE MOSSBARGER

ELIZABETH & JAMES HUNT

ERIC & JEN BIVINS

GEORGE BARNES AND MAX MELLO

AUSTIN EDELEN AND OLIVIA REBELL

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ALEX LANGE AND LEXI ROSS

KYLE RICE AND ALEX TRAVIS

BAILEE BARKER AND JEFF STROMQUIST

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ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS LUNCHEON Hilton Lexington Downtown | March 25 downtownlex.com Photos by Paul Atkinson

JAMES BROWN, STEVE KAY AND YAJAIRA AICH WEST

JENIFER WUORENMAA, STEVE GROSSMAN, LINDA GORTON, KEVIN ATKINS AND TERRY SWEENEY

TOM HARRIS

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MARY QUINN RAMER AND BECCA ROGERS

MELISSA MURPHY AND BEVERLY FORTUNE

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ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS LUNCHEON Hilton Lexington Downtown | March 25 downtownlex.com Photos by Paul Atkinson

JIM FRAZIER AND KATHRYN CAMPBELL

ANN BAKHAUS

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ROSEANNE MINGO, LU ANN PELLE AND NIKI HEICHELBECH GOLDEY

KYLE FRIZZELL AND BETH ANN STROUPE

JORDAN HAAS, MOLLY LAUGHLIN, BRETT BIBB AND LILY FEILDS

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LAURA BETH O’BRYAN


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LEXINGTON DREAM FACTORY GALA 2019 Fasig-Tipton | April 13 lexingtondreamfactory.org Photos by Woody Phillips

BRIAN & LETITIA MAYNARD, TERRY HAGAN

ALLISON & SCOTT DOWNING, MARY BETH KINDRED

MIKE & STEPHANIE MCKENZIE

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DARRELL ISHMAEL, CAROL RUSSELL, RALPH & SUSAN COLDIRON

SHELDON KOZEE AND J. STUART HURT

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SPRING MEET Keeneland | April 4-26 keeneland.com Photos by Rob Bolson, Michael Huang, Ron Morrow, Woody Phillips and Danny Pendleton,

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SPRING MEET Keeneland | April 4-26 keeneland.com Photos by Rob Bolson, Michael Huang, Ron Morrow, Woody Phillips and Danny Pendleton,

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BLUEGRASS STAKES DAY Keeneland | April 6 toyota.com Photos by Keni Parks FRANK VOSS, NICK NICHOLSON, MARTHA LAYNE & BILL COLLINS AND DIANE LACOMBE

SUSAN & GARRY ELKINGTON

HIROYUKI & KUNIYO KOBAYASHI

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TATSURO TAKAHASHI

TAKAE ITO AND DAVID CARPENTER

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KERRY & TAMMY CREECH

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BLUEGRASS STAKES DAY Keeneland | April 6 toyota.com Photos by Keni Parks

CHARLIE GORTON, NICK NICHOLSON AND LINDA GORTON

HIROSHI & TOMOE ITO

KOFFI & CAROLYN AKAKPO

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LATONYA & RICK HESTERBERG

LISA & MARK HART

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BOB & JULIE QUICK

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JEFF RUBY’S BIRTHDAY BASH Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse | April 21 jeffruby.com/lexington Photos by Keni Parks JEFF RUBY AND KELLY CRAFT

KARIE RUBY AND BRITNEY RUBY-MILLER

PATTI & BOOTSY COLLINS, NANCY COX AND KENNY RICE

JAYME JACKSON BEN STALLARD AND KRISTEN OAKLEY

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MARVIN BUTTS AND MITCH CLEMONS

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MAY 2 Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

Lilies in Lexington: Oaks Day Celebration 4-7pm Keeneland

8pm EKU Center for the Arts

Bluegrass Wine Auction & Derby Gala 6pm-1am Donamire Farm

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

MAY 3 Second Chance Celebration 4:30-10pm The Kentucky Castle

MAY 4 Run for the Roses

12-4pm Hamburg Pavilion

Derby Day Breakfast at Waveland 10-11:30am Waveland Historic Site

Derby Day!

Churchill Downs

Derby Day at Keeneland gates open at 9am Keeneland

Unbridled Derby Eve Gala Gault House, Louisville

Derby Eve Soiree

7pm Hyatt Regency Lexington

Oaks Day!

Churchill Downs

MAY 6 Scholastic Book Fairs Big Event Warehouse Sale 12pm-7pm

MAY 7 VIPS Golf Outing 11am Keene Trace

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Scholastic Book Fairs Big Event Warehouse Sale

MAY 10

10am-7pm

7pm Lexington Opera House

MAY 8 Scholastic Book Fairs Big Event Warehouse Sale 10am-7pm

Kiddie Kapers

Voices HEaRd

10am-8pm 530 N Limestone

MAY 11 Central Kentucky Heart Walk

MAY 9 P!nk 7:30pm Rupp Arena

Scholastic Book Fairs Big Event Warehouse Sale

8am Keeneland

Dancing with the Lexington Stars

6-11pm Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa

Kiddie Kapers

MayFest Arts Fair Gratz Park

John’s 8K

8am Kentucky Horse Park

Voices HEaRd

10am-8pm 530 N Limestone

MAY 12 Voices HEaRd

10am-8pm 530 N Limestone

MayFest Arts Fair Gratz Park

9am-3pm

12pm, 3:30pm & 7pm Lexington Opera House

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

PJ Masks Live!

Big Band & Jazz

5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

3pm Rupp Arena

Night of Stars

Hager Cabinets & Appliances Richmond Showroom Grand Opening

MAY 16

Embassy Suites of Lexington

10am-5pm 466 Eastern Bypass in Richmond

COMMUNITY

MAY 14 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

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

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CALENDAR | MAY-JUNE 2019 Education Builds Hope

12-1:30pm The Carrick House

MAY 17 American Cancer Society’s Purses, Pouts & Pearls 6-9pm Hilton Lexington Downtown

Brews, Boots & Beats 6-10pm Fasig Tipton

Thunder Under the Bridge 5-11pm Proud Mary’s BBQ

RJ Corman Walk to Benefit Chrysalis House 9am RJ Corman Railroad Group

The Wizard of Oz

2pm Lexington Opera House

Founder’s Day Festival

10am-4pm McConnell Springs

MAY 19 Steven Curtis Chapman

7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Gallery HOP

5-8pm Downtown

MAY 18 Making Great Strides Walk 9am Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Northside Neighborhood Home & Garden Walking Tour 12-5pm Northside Neighborhood

MAY 21 7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

7:30pm Singletary Center for the Arts

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Poolapalooza

12-4pm Southland Aquatic Center

Lexington Singers 60th Anniversary Season: Pops Jubilation 7:30pm Lexington Opera House

Art Festival at McConnell Springs 12-4pm McConnell Springs

MAY 26 8-11pm Crossings Lexington

MAY 28 Big Band & Jazz

9am-2pm The Lyric Theatre

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

Kevin Gates & Special Guests: 3Kingz Tour

Lexington Fairness Book Project Big Band & Jazz

History Harvest

MAY 25

MAY 23 Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

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MAY 30

JUNE 3

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Lexington Sister Cities Golf Scramble

5-8pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

MAY 31 Vintage Market Days

10am-5pm Kentucky Horse Park

JUNE 1 Paul McCartney: Freshen Up Tour 8pm Rupp Arena

Tour de Cure Keeneland

Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit

1-4pm Connemara Golf Course

JUNE 4 Big Band & Jazz

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

JUNE 6

10am-5pm Kentucky Horse Park

JUNE 2 Vintage Market Days

10am-4pm Kentucky Horse Park

Tacos & Tequila

5:30-10pm Limestone Hall

JUNE 8 American Saddlebred Museum Equine Art, Antique, & Rare Book Auction 11am American Saddlebred Museum

Swingin’ on Short

7-11pm Fifth Third Bank Pavilion

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

JUNE 10

Amiah Mae Foundation Fundraiser

Saint Joseph Foundation Golf Tournament

JUNE 7

JUNE 11

6-9pm The Signature Club of Lansdowne

8:30am-12pm 195 Life Lane

Vintage Market Days

COMMUNITY

10:30am-6pm University Club of Kentucky

KET Summer Celebration

Big Band & Jazz

GleanKY’s Garden Gala

JUNE 13

7-11:30pm Donamire Farm

6:30-11pm Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

7-8:30pm Moondance Amphitheater

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

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Dillon Ruby, Matt Bevin, Jeff Ruby, Britney Ruby-Miller and Brandon Ruby at the Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse ribbon cutting

Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo Rita Zimmerman taking in the Carolyn Hisel 50 year Retrospective exhibit at the Headley-Whitney Museum

Maker's Mark bottle signing

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