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TOPS Preview Party

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LexArts Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff

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Toyota Bluegrass Stakes Day

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Sanders-Brown Center Annual Dinner

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Man o’ War 100th Celebration Kickoff

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Lexington Legends Opening Day

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Keeneland

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Horses & Hope Luncheon

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Mr. & Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards

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YMCA Black Achievers

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Construction Industry Appreciation Dinner

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Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable

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TOP Shots

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Tour of Homes: Living in White

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Central Kentucky Housing Market

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Real Estate Rockstars

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FloriCULTURE: The Perfect Container

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Color Catalog: Patriot Blue

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FACES + PLACES Meet The Media: Mandy in the Morning

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TOPS Cares: Realtor Community Housing Foundation

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New & Noteworthy: The Summit at Fritz Farm

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CUISINE Dining: Minglewood

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TOP 5 Dining: New in Town

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Womanista: One-Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken

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Beer of the Month: Golden Road Palisades Pineapple

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Wine of the Month: Gehricke Russian River Chardonnay

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FUNDAMENTALS LIFE + STYLE

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WOW Wedding: Lindsey + Josh

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Wedding Trends: Black Beauty

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Gor-Jess: Glow-Getters

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Outfit of the Month: What’s the Scoop

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FAMILY

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Family Cares Spotlight: YMCA Summer Camps

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Super Mom: Emily LaLonde Stuart

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Young Achievers

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In The Buf: Listen to Mrs. Johnson

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Parties: Mother’s Day Bruch

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Pets: The Dog Days of Summer

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EQUINE Filly of the Month: Mary White

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Colt of the Month: Derek Braun

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Horse Park Happenings

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What’s New, Kentucky?

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Calendar: Lex In The City

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PHOTOS | Sanders-Brown Center Annual Dinner

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Central Kentucky Housing Market

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Real Estate Rockstars

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FloriCULTURE: Container Gardens

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Color Catalog: Patriot Blue

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LIVING IN WHITE By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Shaun Ring

The Sturgeon home combines design with artful pops of color When Casey Sturgeon, her husband Bobby, and daughters Lilly (11) and Lola (4) moved into their home in The Reserve at Greenbrier, they knew they’d be staying for good. “This is the second house we’ve built in three years –I never want to move again!” Casey laughed. When Casey and Bobby (who met on Facebook) first got married, they were living with their daughter Lilly in a ranch house. When Lola was born, they found that they were growing out of the home, and decided to have one custom built. They lived in a rental home while it was being built, and a few months after they moved into the new home, Bobby, who is self-employed and works in the medical industry, discovered the lot where their current home is located. Since the lot was a large size but still located within Fayette County, and was listed for a reasonable asking price, the Sturgeons prepared to build yet another home.

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The Reserve at Greenbrier currently has a total of 53 lots, a third of which are already purchased. The community offers sizeable estate lots with plenty of green space throughout. As a nature preserve surrounds the property, there will never be any new developments built behind the homes. The community is secluded and private, yet conveniently located near the Hamburg shopping district, and minutes away from I-75 and I-64. The Greenbrier Country Club is also just a short distance away via golf cart.

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The development is owned by Jimmy Nash, so the Sturgeons went under contract with the company to build the home to their specifications. Since Casey’s experience with her first build (which was completed by a different company) didn’t go exactly as planned, she was determined to be as actively involved as possible. “The last time we did this, there were a lot of mistakes, so I was there every single day during the building process, and I knew that floor plan like the back of my hand. Even back when the foundation was poured and the frame was up, I would walk through the house every day and make sure that everything was done right.”

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Jean Anne Corbin, an independent designer and owner of the company Ambiance Designs, worked closely with Casey to select the home’s furnishings, materials and fixtures.“ My company has an exclusive contract with Jimmy Nash, and as with all of his homes, my services start from day one. I assist homeowners with selecting everything from exterior materials like shingles, stone, windows, brick, and trim to cabinetry, countertops, hardwood flooring and lighting.” The entire process consists of eight to ten selection meetings, and Jean Anne works with a variety of local vendors like Kitchen Concepts, Lexington Furniture, and Kentucky Lighting. When asked how she got into her profession, she explained, “I’ve honestly been doing this since I was a small child. When all of my friends would buy comic books, I would buy “House Beautiful” magazine. My poor mother had to paint my bedroom every two years!”

In December of 2015, shortly after the family moved in, Casey was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, followed by four reconstructive surgeries in the last eighteen months. It wasn’t until that summer that she was fully recovered and able to focus her attention on the home’s interior. She explained that design is her passion, and she too owns a business, Sophia Marie Interiors (the name came from the middle names of her girls). She had to put her business on hold after her breast cancer diagnosis, but she hopes that it will someday become her full time job. Casey played a key role in modifying the home’s floor plan to fit her family’s needs and lifestyle. Since she loves to entertain and has two daughters and two big dogs, a mudroom with a bench, plenty of organizational space and a dog washing station was essential. “That space was originally a closet,” she explained. “But because my girls swim a lot and come in with wet pool towels, the mud room made more sense for us.” Also on her list was a pantry –something the oversized kitchen did not originally include.

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One of the things Casey loves best about her home is the amount of natural light that comes in. When asked to describe her interior design style, Casey said, “I think it’s a mix of modern and traditional. I like modern lines, colors and fixtures, and I like to mix those things with the more traditional layout of the home –the white walls and the millwork—as well as the colors of the drapes, throw pillows and other accessories.” Indeed, the traditional style home is decorated primarily in relaxing shades of white—Casey used Pure White, Heron Plume, French Grey, and Gauntlet Grey, all by Sherwin Williams—punctuated with soft pops of color and modern accents. Jean Anne said, “Casey had a unique vision for her home, and that makes it much easier for me as a designer. My main objective is to help (clients) get the home of their dreams, so when they walk through the door, it feels like ‘Casey’s home’. Learning about personal taste and vision is a big part of what I do.” The main living room is a gorgeous space accented with slate blue draperies and throw pillows. Jean Anne said, “I really love this room, and since the whole house flows from this area, it was really important that we did this room exactly right.” She went on to say that Casey essentially needed all new furnishings for the first floor —including rugs, sofas, upholstery, and dining room furniture. She worked extensively with Jennifer at Lexington Furniture to select the pieces. “Jennifer was a big help to us. She’s very knowledgeable and was very good at pointing us in the right direction in terms of getting what we needed and staying within our price point.”

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“I never want to move again!” The kitchen features all white cabinets and countertops, stainless steel appliances and fixtures and a glossy marbled tile backsplash. The dark hardwood flooring (provided by Chris Rodgers of Rodgers Floor Covering) grounds the space and adds a bit of warmth. The Sturgeons worked with Clay Levell at Kitchen Concepts for their kitchen design. “Clay did all the cabinets, and I love that they go all the way to the ceiling, as well as the false panels on the side — they really complete the kitchen,” Casey said. TOPS Magazine | May 2017

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The adjoining sitting room features a cozy living area with pops of cool green. One of Casey’s favorite pieces is the antique Indian table, located behind the sofa. “The legs fold in, and it’s hand painted and very old, so the paint is worn off and chipped away, but I think it looks perfect with the room and matches the rug as well.” The sitting room leads to a covered outdoor porch accented with palms and chic furniture from Summer Classics.

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In the library, Casey has gone a different direction and used matte black grass cloth wallpaper to create a dramatic look. The brocade armchairs, the glossy black bookcases with gold accent pieces, and the industrial-chic light fixture pull the entire look together. “With all the white in the house, I knew I wanted something different, and I love how that room came out,” she said.

“I knew I wanted something different”

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The master bedroom is a bright, airy space with decorative millwork on the domed ceiling and a row of large windows to let the light pour in. A lovely vintage style crystal chandelier hangs above the gray velvet tufted bed, which is flanked by two glossy white end tables and a pair of matching gray armchairs.

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The adjoining master bath is a serene white space with hexagonal tile, a walk-in shower and soaking tub. The vanity area is spacious and equally bright, with plenty of drawers for storage and a sleek transparent “ghost chair�.

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Casey designed her custom closet herself, and it features another elegant chandelier (most of the light fixtures are from Kentucky Lighting), a mirrored dressing table, and plenty of racks and cubbies to display clothing, shoes, and accessories. The royal blue ottoman is from Home Goods and the coordinating chaise lounge is from One Kings Lane. When asked if she arranges her clothing by color in her day-to-day life, she laughed and said, “I do—it just looks pretty to me.” She admits to carrying her minimalist style over to her day-to-day life. “My favorite every day outfit is jeans and t-shirt. Topshop is my favorite for both!”

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Lola’s room is princess themed with stylish pink toile print wallpaper from Schumacher, a vintage style chandelier, and plenty of storage cubbies for books and toys. An adjoining bathroom contains matching pink accents.

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Lilly’s room is outfitted with modern turquoise and white motif wallpaper from Thibaut and a striking red chandelier from Shades of Light. The lofted bed contains a space below for a desk and storage. Her adjoining bath also echoes the room’s design with coordinating wallpaper and fixtures.

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In the basement, the girls have a playroom that has been fashioned to resemble a miniature house with windows, flower boxes, and an eave with a lantern. “I just had (the builders) wall off a room in the basement and we used leftover siding from the house to create the playroom,� said Casey.

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The basement also features a fun family photo wall that Casey designed herself using a variety of whimsical frames. She explained, “Every time we have a family photo done, my photographer gives us both color and black and white prints. Since my homes have been in either gray or white, I always chose black and white to display so the colors would match. I bought the frames at Hobby Lobby. I loved them, and I thought they would be easy to use on a gallery wall because they’re not square or round, which would be really difficult to line up without doing a lot of precise measurements. So I just laid them all out on the basement floor how I wanted them and I just placed them on the wall that way.” Jean Anne feels lucky to have been able to help Casey take her vision and pull it together throughout her home. “I’m passionate about what I do, and I believe that being able to do what I love each day is a great gift.” She also appreciates the great working relationship she has with Jimmy Nash. “It’s a great partnership —he’s an honest, hardworking builder, we respect each others expertise and work very well together.”

every inch of it functional and lived in, and it truly is! We have a happy home, to me, you can’t ask for anything else.” Jean Anne added, “This home is very modern, but it’s not necessarily ‘on trend’”, said Jean Anne. “Some people want all the latest trends, but with Casey, it’s really her vision. Even though it’s a beautifully updated house, it will never go out of fashion.”

“We have a happy home, to me, you can’t ask for anything else.”

When asked for her absolute favorite room in the house, Casey said, “It’s very hard for me to pick a favorite area of our home. When I was building the house, I wanted to make

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Central Kentucky

Photos by Ron Morrow

Housing Market

Letter from Ty Brown, President of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of RealtorsÂŽ

Ty Brown, President of LBAR

There is no slowing down the residential real estate market! First quarter 2017 had an increase of 12% for total sales activity compared to the same time last year. Homebuyers continue to see the value in buying real estate and taking advantage of the still low interest rates. Owning a home is an American dream and now is the time to buy. Spring is historically known as the buying season in the real estate world.

Declining inventory has become the norm (for now). Even though inventory is low, there are record sales. Buyers will want to make their decision quickly in order to get their dream home. Sellers are selling fast, so buyers act fast! That is evident in the 20% decrease in the residential average days on market in March. To gather a pulse on the real estate market, experts use what is called “months of inventory�. This is the amount of time it would take to sell all current listings at the current sales pace if no new listings became available. For the entire LBAR area, there are 3.5 months of inventory. However some specific counties and neighborhoods have even less months of inventory.

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1st Quarter

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List Price Attained

Fayette County has 1.9 months of inventory. The tight supply in Fayette County, due mainly to the absorption of any excess supply, has fueled sales in neighboring counties. Which means buyers are increasingly choosing to expand their search area to those counties and commute into Lexington for work since homes are not as readily available in Lexington. LBAR does not see this trend slowing without some significant changes or an increase of new homes being built to enter the market.

Residental Sales Closed

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The Central Kentucky area remains dominated by a seller’s market but beware: it could be a buyer’s market in your neck of the woods. Many factors such as school district and price range impact buyers and sellers. March’s bump in pending sales is proof that demand is rising with spring on the doorstep. Buyers came back in force in March as a modest, seasonal uptick in listings were enough to fuel an increase in contract signings throughout the area. March’s warm weather played a role in kick-starting prospective buyers’ house hunt.

“Even though inventory is low, there are record sales.”

1st Quarter Ending

Average Days on Market

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85 [2016]

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Looking ahead, LBAR expects to see continued ebbs and flows in activity as new supply struggles to replace listings that are going under contract at a very quick pace. This is especially the case at the lower- and mid-market price ranges, where choices are minimal and prices are being bid higher by multiple offers. The homes most buyers are in the market for are unfortunately the most difficult to find and ultimately buy. If you are currently looking for a home or thinking about looking for a home in the future, make sure to go to www.LBAR.com to start your home search. Use a Realtor for your buying and selling. If you do not have a Realtor, go to www.LBAR.com to find one today. LBAR represents over 2,900 Realtor members, serving 22 counties in the Central Kentucky area!


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Legacy Reserve

at Fritz Farm

This upscale independent living community affords new residents a world of possibility. Choosing Legacy Reserve means the freedom to downsize while releasing the burden of home maintenance and upkeep. At the same time, seniors gain exciting opportunities to connect, explore, entertain and enjoy new experiences. It also means peace of mind for residents and their families and friends.

Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm, an Atlas Senior Living community, will offer its residents restaurant-style dining, a sports bar, an indoor saltwater pool, a salon and day spa, a fitness center and much more. Their Academy will allow residents to choose from an array of over 100 onsite classes, outings or events each month. This provides seniors with opportunities to pursue new interests while cultivating friendships.

Jacqueline Kennedy, a Lexington native and Legacy Reserve’s Director of Sales and Marketing, and Executive Director Carol Brinegar have worked in senior housing in Kentucky for a combined 53 years. “Throughout our experience in senior housing, seniors have discussed with us the many components that they feel are missing from a true independent living community, and we’re helping bring those to life,” Carol explained. “Legacy Reserve gives seniors the opportunity to downsize from the responsibilities of owning a home while allowing them to pursue their passions both within our community and in the lively Lexington environment.”

Lexington’s newest upscale senior living community will open July 2017. Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm will help eliminate the stress of home maintenance while providing residents with a vibrancy for life and passion for independence, all in Lexington’s most exciting new area of town.

Legacy Reserve’s amenities will wow new residents. The outstanding security and comfort that their carefree living environment provides is second to none. Beautiful interiors and grounds invite residents to pursue the freedom to enjoy life. Adjacent to The Summit at Fritz Farm, which offers shopping, dining and entertainment in one safe, convenient location, Legacy Reserve will be a cornerstone of the Lexington senior community. A secondary entrance and exit , off of the main thoroughfare, at the back of the community allows for ease in coming and going to all of Lexington’s offerings.

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Limited availability and pre-opening advantages will end June 2017. For more information, call Legacy Reserve to schedule your onsite visit.

Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm

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859.312.9005 | Milestone Realty Consultants melinda-drake.com

After college, Melinda worked alongside her husband, Bruce, in the restaurant industry for many years. “As Bluegrass Hospitality Group evolved, there was an opportunity for me to assist the company and the BHG family with real estate needs,” she explained. “Working in real estate allows me to not only work with family and friends, but also build new friendships.” Melinda is driven to be the best she can be for her clients. She aims to always exceed their expectations. “They place their trust in me with one of their most valuable possessions, and I take that seriously,” Melinda said. Melinda has earned designations in MRP, Million Dollar Club and E-Pro. She acknowledges that the real estate process can be an emotional and confusing undertaking for people when they first begin. “My goal is to be able to remove the stress from the process in order to provide positive and exciting results. When that occurs, I have successfully done my job,” she said. “There are no set hours, and questions come up at all times. I am available to my clients when they need me.” Melinda is proud to be a close part of the Central Kentucky community. She and her family are active in many local organizations, including Southland Christian, Lexington Christian Academy, UK, BSF and other charitable groups that have helped them make connections with people from all over. # 70984

112 Cambridge Ln | Nicholasville 6195 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4BA 2HB |$859,000

112 Cambridge Ln | Nicholasville 6195 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4BA 2HB |$859,000

112 Cambridge Ln | Nicholasville 6195 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4BA 2HB |$859,000

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Jennifer SISSON

4018 KY Hwy 392 | Cynthiana 3634 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $399,950

859.281.6333 | Milestone Realty Consultants jennifersisson.milestoneky.com Jennifer’s husband first encouraged her to get into the real estate market. She managed a corporate housing company for ten years, but waited until her son was a bit older before taking the plunge to become a Realtor. “I love what I do,” she said. “It is easy to go to work when you truly love what you do.” Jennifer has received awards from the Home Builder’s Association for the past five years and has been the Top Producer for Ball Homes. For her, it’s key to stay motivated. “I always answer my phone and I’m always happy to answer your questions,” she said.

1861 Rachels Run | 40509 2323 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $331,216

213 Keene Crossing Dr | Nicholasville 1970 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2.5BA | $185,000

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Tina SANDERSON

1121 Chetford Dr | 40509 4902 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4.5BA | $499,000

859.806.5591 | Milestone Realty Consultants tinasanderson.milestoneky.com “My dad owned his own brokerage and my mom was a real estate agent, so you could say I grew up with real estate,” Tina explained. She learned from them that client satisfaction is key. “The most important thing to me is that my clients are happy with my service and will use me again in the future.” For Tina, there are countless personal rewards for working as a Realtor. She loves seeing her clients living in their dream homes and knowing that she played a part in it. Her specialties include horse properties, residential housing and new construction.

PENDING! Georgetown | 3BR | 2BA | $205,000

105 Dale Hollow Dr | Georgetown 942 sq.ft. | 2BR | 1BA | $129,000

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The LANE Team 859.260.1444 | Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty | laneteamky.com As consistent Multi-Million Dollar Top Producers, The Lane Team, which consists of Realtors Kitty Lane, Meredith Lane, Diane Scott, Brandon Hedinger and Realtor/Auctioneer Blake Ferguson, has decades of combined expert experience representing sellers and buyers. This unparalleled experience includes work with luxury properties, farms, condos and new construction, currently representing Quality Plus Homes, Webb-Beatty Homes and Silver Star Homes in Lexington,

Georgetown and the surrounding counties. The Lane Team is dedicated to providing Lexington home buyers and sellers with the finest service, top notch negotiating power and the latest marketing technology available. Kitty Lane, who has been a top producing realtor for over 30 years, asked, “When looking for homes for sale, or for advice on how to sell your home, why hire one agent when you can have an entire team working for you?�

112 McCowans Ferry Alley | Versailles 1637 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $197,500

121 N Martin Luther King #106 | 40507 1624 sq.ft. | 2BR | 3BA | $449,000

388 S Broadway | 40508 3454 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $525,000

148 Freybrook Dr | Richmond 4895 st.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $559,000

1207 Fontaine Rd | 40502 1288 sq.ft. | 2BR | 1BA | $249,000

724 Sunny Slope | 40514 3342 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $345,000

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Erin LEWIS 859.749.2856 | Milestone Realty Consultants erinky.com Erin believes in offering her clients stellar service. “I will always do nothing but the best for my clients. I don’t quit when things get tough: I keep going.” She believes her drive and passion are what sets her apart in the real estate world. She said, “I love my job and am very passionate about it. I make my clients feel as though they are my number one priority.” Erin’s self-motivation and drive has turned into real results, for clients as well as herself. Her most memorable achievement was the first time she sold over $10 million in a year, a goal she had set for several years. “I believe the only key to success is going out there and getting it yourself,” Erin explained. She loves getting to assist people with achieving their goal of home ownership. “I like seeing their faces light up at closings when everything is completed,” she explained. “The most rewarding part of my job has to be when the deal comes together and is exactly what the client dreamed.” Erin loves meeting new people and wowing them with her passion for real estate. Whether her clients are buying or selling, Erin always gives 100 percent!

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PENDING! 40509 | 3BR | 2BA | $179,000

3685 Appian Way | 40517 2026 | 4BR | 2.5 BA | $145,000

206 Colby Hills Dr | Winchester 2530 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2.5BA | $329,900

PENDING! Georgetown | 3BR | 2BA | $164,900

PENDING! Winchester | 3BR | 3.5BA | $439,900

SOLD! 40509 | 5BR | 2.5BA | $285,000


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ANNE HART Cornett

993 Turkey Foot Rd | 40502 3986 sq.ft. | 3BR | 5BA | $899,000

859.509.5628 | Milestone Realty Consultants acornett.milestoneky.com “My passion for real estate began at a young age, having grown up with a father that is a builder,” Anne Hart explained. “I love waking up every day knowing that I am doing what I love and was meant to be doing!” Anne Hart is setting herself apart in the market by offering complete client satisfaction that’s always just a text or call away. “I am a young go-getter that works 24/7 and I am always available,” she explained. “Give me the opportunity to go to work for you and I promise to exceed your expectations.”

993 Turkey Foot Rd | 40502 3986 sq.ft. | 3BR | 5BA | $899,000

993 Turkey Foot Rd | 40502 3986 sq.ft. | 3BR | 5BA | $899,000

TERRI McGraw

PENDING! Nicholasville | 3BR | 2.5BA | $107,500

859.621.3285 | Milestone Realty Consultants terrimcgraw.milestoneky.com Terri spent 15 years in banking while also helping run her husband’s electrical business. “It provided the opportunity to remodel, flip homes and build to suit,” she explained. After working for a commercial developer in Nicholasville, Terri was encouraged to get her real estate license. “My years in banking taught me to instruct my clients with a high level of customer service. I try to treat all my customers like family.” “Helping those who do not understand the real estate industry and helping to educate them in the process and protecting their interest is my greatest reward,” she said.

SOLD! Versailles | 4BR | 2BA | $ 286,085

PENDING! 40511 | 3BR | 3BA | $167,500

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Beth RICE

200 Ava Dr | Richmond | 6.75 acres 5631 sq.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $576,000

859.200.0644 | Re/Max Unlimited KyBethRice.com | bethrice@remax.net When Beth and her husband purchased a piece of property in Richmond in 2006, they subdivided a portion for single-family homes. “I decided to go to real estate school to educate myself on how the business of real estate works, and real estate law,” she explained. “I had been a math teacher for 5 years, but I fell in love with real estate immediately.” Beth, who was born and raised in Richmond, specializes in luxury home sales and works as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative. She has been a multi-million dollar producer for eight years of her nine-year career in real estate. NMLS: 69665

512 Birch Ct | Richmond | 1.95 Acres 3962 sq.ft. | 5BR | 3BA | $304,900

113 Jacks Trace Dr | Richmond | 1.47 acres 4478 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4BA | $345,000

Diana J. EMRICH 859.333.7271 | Weichert Realtors,

3380 Sweet Clover Ln | 40509 2125 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $299,750

Towne & Country | GreatMoveKY.com Initially, Diana got her real estate license to represent her own interests in investment. However, she quickly realized that she had discovered her passion! Her favorite saying is “How can I help?” “The true measure of success for me is delivering on a promise to my clients to provide them with the best representation possible,” Diana explained. “I believe it’s my job to shoulder the stress and make my clients’ real estate experience as easy as it can possibly be.” Diana loves expanding her knowledge and sharing it with others. As the managing broker and owner of her firm, she has also helped train many of her fellow real estate agents!

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6000 Cedarcreek Ln | 40515 4000 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3.5BA | $659,900

4448 River Ridge Rd | 40515 3705 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3BA | $439,900


MARY Layton 859.661.5103 | Milestone Realty Consultants marylayton.com While in college at EKU, Mary took a course in real estate principles as an elective for her business degree. “I absolutely loved it and found out I had a knack for learning all the terminology and processes,” she recalled. Because of that class, she decided to join the real estate industry. Twenty two years later, she still loves her work. “My reward is seeing the happiness on the faces of the buyers and sellers I help every day,” she said. “Closings are so exciting! Many times, there are happy tears and sometimes sad tears. It is the opening of a new chapter for many and the close of one for others. I see it as an honor to be a part of their life in these emotional, life changing moments.” Mary continues to take classes to learn new techniques and innovative ways to serve her clients. One old-fashioned way she does this is by answering her phone and helping clients with their tough questions, which echoes her motto: “Service That’s Good as Gold.” Mary, who is a Broker Associate, sees that real estate is a very important service for her clients. “We are assisting people in probably the most expensive purchase in their lives,” she explained. “They count on us to know how to help them through the process. It is a very important profession.”

1224 Parkview Way | Richmond 3621 sq.ft. | 3BR | 3BA | $315,000

569 East Ridge Rd | Richmond 1.02 acre | 3BR | 2BA | $220,000

2033 Kearns Way | Richmond 3625 | 4BR | 3.5 BA

PENDING! 40511 | 3BR | 2.5BA | $165,000

572 Ashley Ct | Berea 1686 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $144,900

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WEESNER Realty Team 859.514.6753 | Weesner Properties, Inc. | lexingtonproperties.com Vicki Weesner’s inspiration to get into real estate almost 40 years ago came from the need to be at home with her new babies, since her husband worked nights. Real estate allowed Vicki to work during the day and on the weekends. Juggling a young family and what turned out to be unpredictable hours became a challenge. However, the drive to be successful kept her going. Vicki’s children, Casey Weesner and Crystal Weesner Smith, grew up in the business and at first said that they never wanted to do what their mom did. However, as they grew, it became very clear that they both had the empathy that is needed to be a Realtor, as well as the work ethic and dedication to never give up. All the experiences they have shared in the business helped them understand how to be better Realtors for their

clients. They appreciate and respect their fellow agents and the relationships they have built with them as peers. According to Vicki, to be a successful Realtor you must have an understanding support system behind you. The Weesner family understands what they are each going through. They are proud to stand behind each other and their team member, Shannon Dodd, through it all. They extend that care and understanding to their clients, as well. Vicki moved a lot as a young person, which helps her understand the stress and happiness first hand that is involved with moving. The Weesners feel blessed to have the opportunity to work together as a family while helping others through one of life’s biggest decisions.

222 Bolivar #202 | 40508 1123 sq.ft. | 2BR | 2BA | $264,900

324 Eastin Rd | Deepwood 3037 sq.ft. | 3BR | 3BA | $299,900

114 Mill Rock Rd | Nicholasville 3539 sq.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $725,000

1017 Stowbridge | 40515 2759 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3.5 BA | $294,900

18 Stoneybrook | Winchester 4228 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2BA 2HB | $364,900

103 Stirling Ln | Nicholasville 4231 sq.ft. | 5BR | 3.5BA | $650,000

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KEN Donworth 859.983.9933 | Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty | kdonworth@gmail.com Ken’s grandfather was a successful real estate investor in Dublin, Ireland. Since coming to the United States, Ken decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, but in a different way: he pursued his real estate license and decided to get his own broker’s license with Bluegrass Sotheby’s. “The team at Bluegrass Sotheby’s is the best in the business,” he said. “The administrative people in the office are the major support structure behind the scenes and never get the amount of credit they should.” Something that sets Ken apart in the market is the fact that he is Irish and a straight shooter. “I feel a lot of people are not and more interested in the commission, whereas I am more interested in telling clients the way it is–whether they like it or not,” he explained. “This trait has cost me lots of sales but ultimately it will be my reputation and longevity.” With a background in the equine industry, Ken enjoys helping people find farms and homes in the heart of horse country. As a father, he also takes great pride in helping find a home that’s perfect for his client’s family. He said, “It’s great to see people buying starter homes and then graduating up to larger homes as their family gets bigger and hopefully then when the family wants to downsize if kids go off to college,” he said. “It gives me some satisfaction to have completed the cycle. In some cases, families are buying investment properties along way to help increase their net worth and have a nice asset.”

1352 E Cooper Dr | 40502 | 5672 sq.ft 5BR | 4BA 2HB | $1,584,900

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1244 Summit Dr | 40502 | 4224 sq.ft. 4BR | 4BA 2HB | $1,184,900


Lindsay MUZIC 859.559.8432 | Emmerich Muzic Realty emmerichmuzic.com Lindsay is a Lexington native and graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. She was a real estate assistant while in college, worked in commercial property management after graduating and has been a Realtor in Lexington for the last 7 years. She has been a member of the LBAR Million Dollar Club since 2013. “There are so many rewarding parts of my job, whether it’s helping a first time homebuyer, helping a homeowner that has been struggling to sell or helping a client make a sound decision on investment property,” Lindsay explained. “Also, I’d have to say that one of the most rewarding things is when a client refers me to their family and friends. The majority of my business comes from client recommendations.” Lindsay enjoys preparing her listings for the market. Property preparation is a very important step that shouldn’t be underestimated and can make a big difference in how much a home sells for and how quickly it sells. “I offer home staging services and professional photography which really helps my client’s homes stand out from the competition,” she said. “Every single one of my listings has sold over the last 2 years.” lic#: 71111

3800 Pretty Run Rd | Winchester 5164 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2BA | $350,000

1313 Cordele Ln | 40513 6380 sq.ft. | 5BR | 6 BA | $880,000

395 Redding Rd #27 | 40517 2656 sq.ft. | 4BR | 4BA | $259,900

PENDING! 40509 | 4BR | 2.5BA | $273,000

PENDING! Wilmore | 6BR | 4.5BA | $389,500

PENDING! 40503 | 3BR | 2.5BA | $183,000

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KIM DeRossett 859.420.3051 | Legacy Real Estate Firm | Instagram: jamie_and_kimd or Facebook; Kim DeRossett Kim’s husband was an appraiser before they started dating. She has been a Realtor for almost 15 years. “I have always loved most every aspect of real estate from construction, design, renovation, helping my clients, seeing a dream of theirs from start to finish (and being a part of that), even doing my own remodels,” she said. “So, to say that this family loves real estate is an understatement!” One of Kim’s favorite ways to help her clients’ listings succeed is Legacy’s complimentary home staging service. “You can take a completely vacant space and transform it. Or, you can take a client’s current furnishings and move them around a bit to create a whole new , fresh look,” she explained. “That’s been a huge game changer for us. It’s a known concept that, when done right, has been hugely beneficial for our clients. And we’ve carved out a

nice little niche for ourselves doing this!” Kim says that she was fortunate to have really great mentors along the way. “I’m constantly learning and trying to learn,” she said. She also hopes to be a good role model for her children. “My hope is that my 3 daughters can see that you really can have it all.” As the Principal Broker for Legacy Real Estate, Kim is well versed in all aspects of the real estate process. “I like to think that my experience and skill set helps to ease the worry that comes with the buying or selling process,” she said. “Buying and selling homes can be incredibly emotional and stressful, but also joy filled. I get to be a part of chapters closing and opening in one of the largest decisions and life moments that a person or family will ever have. That’s pretty special!”

2937 Briggs Place | 40511 1294 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2BA | $159,900

1980 Twain Ridge Dr | 40514 2000 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2.5BA | $229,900

2440 Rockaway Pl | 40511 | Coming Soon 1482 sq.ft. | 3BR | 2.5BA | $164,900

UNDER CONTRACT 40504 | 3BR | 2BA | $169,900

UNDER CONTRACT 40514 | 3BR | 2BA | $179,900

SOLD ABOVE LIST! 40509 | 3BR | 2.5BA | $275,000

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TERESA Blakeman 859.619.9069 | United Real Estate Lexington LexingtonKyHouses.com Teresa’s father’s family, the Dulworths, bought, sold and developed real estate in Louisville. Her mother’s family owned a farm, a wholesale company and commercial real estate. “When I was 9 years old, I started playing Monopoly with friends in my neighborhood,” Teresa recalled. “Two of them are now clients and have purchased several rental properties near UK! I was intrigued with the buying and selling process of homes and investment properties. Real estate is my favorite real life game!”” Teresa enjoys details and having a deep understanding of what her clients want. She also enjoys learning more about her profession and how to best serve her clients’ needs. “I pull ideas and strategies from those around me who have been successful, and I implement those techniques to give the best service to my clients,” Teresa explained. “I understand the importance of learning something new every day, from others, as well as from personal experience.” She says her passion is helping people sell their homes and find new ones that are just right for them. “Once I know your goal, I make it my own,” she explained. “I helped buyers find these dream homes. I can help you find yours, too! lic. # 74493

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SOLD! 40515 | 4BR | 4BA | $365,000

SOLD! 40509 | 4BR | 3BA | $322,542

SOLD! 40502 | 4BR | 5BA | $594,900

SOLD! 40513 | 4BR | 4BA | $440,000

SOLD! 40502 | 3BR | 2BA | $345,000

SOLD! 40502 | 5BR | 6BA | $1,300,000

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Ed SARFO 859.338.8806 | Commonwealth Real Estate Professionals | CommonwealthRePro.com Ed is a full time, full service Principal Broker who works successfully with buyers, sellers, and investors. Ed also represents Keeling Classic Homes, a well-respected Lexington builder that is building in the Summerfield and The Home Place Subdivisions. As a new construction specialist, Ed can assist clients in the purchase of new and custom built homes. Ed has the knowledge, experience, and training that clients expect when buying or selling their homes. Ed insures his clients receive amazing results in all real estate transactions, which has earned him referrals and return business from previous clients. He is very dedicated to his career and enjoys assisting clients with all their real estate needs. NMLS# 63394

2105 Sprull Walk | 40509 2516 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2.5BA | $309,900

2118 Sprull Walk | 40509 2516 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2.5BA | $314,900

1933 Covington Dr | 40509 2587 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2.5BA | $319,900

PAULA Elder 859.806.7550 | RE/MAX Elite paulaelder.remax-kentucky.com Paula ran a family business for over 20 years. After having her two children, Paula needed a career change. Paula’s husband, a partner in Sawyer-Elder Construction, encouraged her to take real estate classes. “I love challenges, the encouragement from people in my office, learning something new all the time and most importantly, the relationships I make along the way,” she said. “Selling and buying is way more than agreeing on a price; that is the easiest part of it all. It’s working through every other detail like inspections and financing,” she explained. “That is why people need an agent: to keep things as seamless and stress-free as possible.”

4878 Faulkirk Ln | 40515 | 8963 sq.ft. 5BR | 6BA 2HB | $1,249,999

Historic Commercial Bldg. | Nicholasville 3933 sq.ft. | 12+ parking spcs. | $275k

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KAREN Angelucci 859.338.7857 | Berkshire Hathaway de Movellan Properties | karenangelucci.com karen@demovellan.com Karen became a Realtor because she loves working with people and she wanted a challenge. “The most rewarding part of my job is waking up to new people, new places and new experiences every day,” she said. “In most cases, I’m working with people during a very emotional time, whether it’s good or bad. This is not an easy job.” Karen is driven by a desire to succeed by providing exceptional personal service to the people who choose her as their Realtor. “I listen and understand what my clients’ needs are,” she explained. “I love working with all of my clients whether they are repeat customers or brand-new. I treat them and their home like I am going to move in and live with them.” She joked, “But I won’t cook!” It may surprise some to know that Karen is the author of five books on topics ranging from gardening to history. Karen says her proudest accomplishment has been her two daughters, who she calls “beautiful, smart and talented.” She added, “They make me proud every day!” “I am a full-time, Top Producing Realtor who makes things happen,” Karen explained. “Work with me and your real estate transactions will never be off key!”

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1113 Weldon Ct | 40515 3327 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3.5BA | $295,000

395 Redding Rd #45 | 40517 2280 | 3BR | 3.5 BA | $249,900

4304 Gum Tree Ln | 40513 3011 sq.ft. | 4BR | 2.5BA | $360,000

1200 Harp Innis Rd | 40511 3153 sq.ft. | 5BR | 4.5BA | $790,000

1720 Bettys Ct | 40505 8233 sq.ft. lot | $48,000

499 E High St #405 | 40507 1528 sq.ft. | 2BR | 2BA | $2,400/mo

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Crystal TOWE

2467 Aristocracy Circle | 40509 Condo | 2BR | 2.5BA | $170,000

859.492.8861 | RE/MAX Elite Realty crystaltowe.remax-kentucky.com Crystal was born and raised in Central Kentucky and has lived in Lexington since 2001. Her career began in the multifamily industry, but Crystal decided to expand her horizons and became a real estate agent and broker. “Whether you are looking to purchase a home, sell your home, or would like to design your home from the ground up I have the background knowledge and resources to ensure your success,” she said. Crystal goes above and beyond for her clients by advertising her listings in publications like TOPS. “I invest in my clients to make sure that their homes are being seen by as many people as possible,” she explained.

3304 Bridlington Rd | 40509 3615 sq.ft. | 4BR | 3.5BA | $525,000

2492 Pascoli | 40509 5512 sq.ft. | 5BR | 5.5BA | $728,800

Erin HURST 859.519.5393 | Keller Williams Greater Lexington

161 Towne Center Dr | 40511 Condo | 3BR | 2BA | $175,000

ehurst.kwrealty.com | #HurstFirstRealEstate Erin had never considered a career in real estate until she sold an ad to a local Realtor. They hit it off right away and Erin ended up working part time for her as an assistant. When the Realtor suggested that Erin become a real estate agent, too, she jumped at the chance. “It’s such a great, rewarding feeling to have helped someone achieve the American Dream when they never dreamed it was possible,” she said. Erin has an infectious personality that makes real estate transactions virtually stress-free. “I have the ability to make the home buying and selling process fun and easy!” She added, “I love building relationships with these families, watching them grow and becoming friends for life.”

PENDING! 40511 | 3BR | 2BA | $116,900

SOLD ABOVE LIST!

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Flori CULTURE THE PERFECT CONTAINER

Operating a garden center sometimes feels like being a marriage counselor between gardener and plant, taking tensions and turning them into understanding. Sometimes the gardener just needs a little reassurance and a boost of confidence. Other times, I need a plant encyclopedia to ease those tensions. Choosing colors and plants can be answered with a quick glance. Other questions… I could write an entire book answering them. I’d love to tell you that the perfect container is a well-thought-out process, and that we always have a design and concept in mind. That would be a lie. A number of our “perfect” containers are happy accidents or concept pots that went astray. Starting with an idea is nice but doesn’t always end the way it started. So, how do we make the perfect container? Let’s start writing that book! While most gardeners don’t have a nursery full of plants to pull from, there are a few little trade secrets that I can share. First, the container itself plays a large part in the outcome of your planting. The size is an important factor. A shallow container will need shallow-rooted plants. Succulents, ivies, and thyme often thrive in shallow planters. Large planters offer the use of more plants. The color of the container is also important. Dark colored containers need bright colored plants while dark plants should be used with lighter containers to give a pop! Now for the actual planting. There’s a little rule of thumb when designing a container: Thriller, Filler, and Spiller! Thrillers are normally taller foliage plants like grasses, salvias, cannas, and spikes. These offer height in the center of the container. Fillers are going to fill space, adding color and texture. These fillers could be the same plant and the same color or a mix thereof. Plant 3 or 5 fillers around the thriller, evenly spaced around. Plants like million bells, sweet potato vine, and verbena will spill over the side, making the container look full and complete. These spillers also need to be planted in 3 or 5 and at cross points in the container. Make sure to overplant the container. A sparse container at planting will be a sparse container for the rest of the season, so plant with the end of the season in mind. Feeding and deadheading are just as important as all the other tips I have given. Hungry plants will never give 100%. Feed plants on a regular schedule with a fertilizer high in phosphate. Phosphate will help with the development of new blooms. Your taste in containers, plants and colors may be different than mine, but all these happy accidents make each container beautiful and unique. Containers don’t have to be difficult: sometimes, simple is better. I joke about writing a garden container book because I know that each gardener’s book would always end differently than mine. One thing I hope we would all have in common is that we all enjoyed the soil in our hands!

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Adam Hires

Trey McCallie

Stephen Gray

Branch Manager / Sr. Loan Officer

Principal Broker

Sales Manager / Loan officer

Adam has over 6 years of Lending experience. He has made the Lexington area his home for the past 15 years and takes pride in helping families with all their Mortgage needs. Movement Mortgage exists to Love and Value people, with it’s unique Up Front Underwriting and 7 day processing goal. Movement Mortgage is an Inc. 500 Company. NMLS: 66358

All the career tests in the book suggested that Trey should consider real estate. He took a class and realized that he had found his passion. Originally, he worked in his home state of Virginia. When he joined eHarmony and met a “pretty blonde from Lexington”, he made the move to Central Kentucky. He and his wife have two children. Trey serves the Central Kentucky area, including homebuyers and sellers. He enjoys serving as coach and counselor to clients through the process.

Stephen Gray - Mortgage Loan Originator, with Statewide Mortgage has a genuine passion for the mortgage business and is fiercely dedicated to getting each and every client the best deal the finance market has to offer. With 17 years of local experience in Lexington, clients appreciate Stephen’s sincere interest in them and his acute sensitivity to their specific needs in purchasing or refinancing a home. NMLS # 444059

859-302-2641 | Movement.com/Adam.Hires

859-312-7599 | treymccallie@gmail.com

859-351-5553 | sgray@statewidemortgage.com

Janie Ravizee

Jorge Ivan Garcia

Insurance Agent

relationship manager

Suzanne Elliott Realtor® No. 1 Top Producer 2016

Janie is dedicated to her clients and offers a full package of products including home, auto, and life insurance as well as annuity products. Liberty Mutual has top rated claims and service. They’ve been protecting and serving their clients for over 100 years. Janie works hard to make sure each and every client is covered properly. She’s friendly, quick, and efficient and will provide the best possible experience to each and every client.

Jorge has been with Jett Title since September 2016. Prior to closing residential and commercial loans, he was a loan officer for six years with Chase and Fifth Third Bank. His experience in lending means he knows the process in and out. He wants to grow together with his Realtor and loan officer clients. Jorge has his Bachelor’s in Finance and MBA from the University of Kentucky. His native language is Spanish.

Suzanne Elliott has been the company’s #1 Top Producer for 18 years of her illustrious 30-year real estate career at Berkshire Hathaway de Movellan Properties. She has assisted hundreds of clients to purchase or sell over $300 million in properties during that time. Suzanne’s vast experience, coupled with Berkshire Hathaway’s robust suite of real estate tools and resources make her the perfect choice for all your real estate needs.

859-552-0898 | janie.ravizee@libertymutual.com

859-492-1345 | jorge@jetttitle.com

859-806-6234 | suzanneelliott.com

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COLOR CATALOG Benjamin Moore’s

Patriot Blue By Halee Wex Photo by Shaun Ring

Patriot blue is like staring into a deep blue sky on a cloudy day, you can almost feel the calming breeze around you. Patriot Blue is an intense, inviting, warm blue. Put this blue in your office, bed room or living room for its calming and productive environments. A whole new atmosphere for your home is waiting around the corner with one color. Try pairing it with colors such as, Silver Lake or Mascarpone to lighten and lift your space or experiment with Suntan Yellow to brighten and bring new life to your home.

Moroccan Tile Rug Anthropologie

Ana Medallion Trinket Box and saucers Pottery Barn

This rich shade of blue can easily be made to look modern or classic, it’s a great foundation for any style and feels like it has been in your home forever. It can easily be used for relaxing sofas and painted on walls. But just as simply can be used for accents pillows, end tables and more. Try getting some fun saucers and other accessories to spice up your home. Even a simple Patriot Blue rug can completely change a room. This blue can be used for everything and anything you can imagine.

Pair with:

Fusion Credenza Norwalk

Actual colors may vary from this printed representation.

Silver Lake

Mascarpone

Suntan Yellow

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FACES + PLACES

Meet The Media: Mandy in the Morning

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TOPS Cares: Realtor Community Housing Foundation

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New & Noteworthy: The Summit at Fritz Farm

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Faces + Places

Meet the

Mandy

Media: Williamson

by Michelle Rauch Photos courtesy of Mandy Williamson

106.3’s Mandy in the Morning is adding smiles to Lexington Commutes Second date awkwardness, gossip girls, personal quirks, raising kids, and the ups and downs of life. If you live it you will probably hear about it when you tune into Mandy in the Morning on Your 106.3. This is a show that everyone can relate to that will have you shaking your head, laughing, and talking out loud on your daily commute to work.

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and a minor in business. A career in radio was not initially on her radar. “I loved radio. [As a child] I would always record on my little cassette tapes, but I never dreamed of being on air. I had no desire to do that,” she said.

Mandy Williamson launched her radio career in Lexington in February. “This is the second stop and hopefully the last,” she said.

Growing up Williamson wanted to be in commercial and print ads. “I thought models were beautiful. I wanted to be a model but quickly realized that was not for me,” she said laughing.

Born and raised in Panama City, FL, Williamson got her start in radio during an internship while she was a student at Florida State University. She graduated in 2010 with a major in communications

Little did she know that college internship would change her life. It was a time of growth while she was there. The station started adding to the morning show lineup. When Williamson graduated, she

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was offered a full-time job as an on-air host of the morning talk show.

After just three months on the air, Williamson is still in the welcoming stage and inviting people into her life.

“A whole part of my life has been trying to figure out where I fit and what I enjoy doing. When I fell into the internship I realized this is it. This is what I am supposed to be doing. I haven’t looked back since,” she said.

“Change is different. Not everyone loves change. I don’t want to come on strong or turn anyone off. I want this show to be everyone’s show, not just my show,” she said.

The program was a light-hearted talk show featuring entertainment, news, and relationships advice. It was modeled after the syndicated The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, featuring late radio host and television personality Kidd Kraddick. “He paved the way for a lot of radio personalities,” Williamson said as she reflects on her radio idol. She admires the charming sense Kraddick had about him. “He cared so much about people. He helped anyone out behind the scenes. He was a good person who changed radio and made it fun,” she said. That is what Williamson aspires to be; someone who makes radio fun and relevant for her listeners. That’s why she left Panama City after working on air there for eight years. “I had outgrown the market in Panama City so I was looking to evolve as a personality and go somewhere where I can become something better,” she said. Williamson’s husband, Eric, grew up in Georgetown. She knew he wanted to be closer to his large family so she put feelers out in Central Kentucky. She didn’t have to wait long. Within twenty minutes of making her initial inquiry at 106.3, she received a reply. Several phone calls and a lunch meeting later, Williamson and her family of five were packed and moving to Kentucky. “I am still very fresh. I love it. It’s a great fun little city,” she said. Williamson admires the beauty of horse country but admits, “I miss the beaches, but I do love the country!”

She is accustomed to having co-hosts to play off of. On Mandy in the Morning, the listener is her co-host. She wants them to call in, chat, laugh, and cut it up together like old friends do when they get together. A listener-driven show has its challenges. Since the captive audience is simply heard and not seen, she can’t always gauge their reaction. She tries topics with the best intentions, but sometimes wonders if her humor is appreciated on the other end. At the end of the day, Mandy isn’t worried.

“I AM AN OPEN BOOK. IT DOESN’T BOTHER ME ANYMORE.” “It takes time for the show to evolve. The show will make a name for itself,” she said. She relies on the insight of listeners to help her learn what is relevant in Central Kentucky. One segment to help her in that effort is called “What do you need to do to be a local?” At the top of the list was “outfit yourself in Wildcat Blue!” She has checked that particular box off. Another viewer suggested she try goat fries, something she was not familiar with; after learning what it actually is, Mandy admits it may not make her bucket list.

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“Being somewhere new is hard. You don’t know where to go and what to do. Getting insight is helpful,” Williamson said. Williamson does not have to look far for relatable material. She is a wife and mother of three. Thirteen-year-old Isabella, nine-year-old is Aiden and two-year-old Carter are an endless supply of anecdotal material. There was the time Aiden was digging through her drawers and found some of mom’s–how shall we say it–grown up toys. At first, Williamson was frightened to be an open book and share such personal experiences, but she quickly saw the excitement that sharing brought to others. “I am an open book. It doesn’t bother me anymore,” she said. Of course, being an open book isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when you are the teenage daughter of a mom who tells all. “The oldest one is horribly embarrassed,” she admitted. Nine-year-old Aiden isn’t old enough to be embarrassed yet. He thinks what his mom does is cool and wants to follow in her footsteps. Her two-year-old recognizes her voice on the radio and will exclaim, “Mommy!” when he hears it. As for her husband, Eric? She is, after all, on his home turf now. “He knows I will throw him under the bus,” she said, laughing. “Everybody knows him. They get a kick out of it. We have a fun playful relationship.” In an age of satellite subscription radio, Williamson is confident local radio will continue to thrive because of the connections with people. “Live, local radio is still very much alive. If you are having a bad morning and you get in the car and turn on the radio, you hear someone who is in the city with you,” she said. It’s about shared experiences.

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“I always love connecting with the listeners. That’s the only reason I stay in radio. It’s very rewarding when you are out and about and a listener comes up and tells you how much you changed their life or that I am inspiring by a story I shared,” she said. Williamson recently received an email from a single mom who wrote: “My son and I often listen to you in the morning! You’re fun and engaging and I like that we can listen without me having to worry about content. Sometimes I’m laughing, sometimes I’m cringing or even talking like they can hear me because I’m that crazy woman. It was a reassuring morning, so thank you!

“I ALWAYS LOVE CONNECTING WITH THE LISTENERS. THAT’S THE ONLY REASON I STAY IN RADIO.” As everyone juggles the daily obligations of life, it is reassuring to hear from someone who is also juggling it all while putting a smile on her face. “We are making friends and family. I consider the listeners my family,” she said. “I want people to pick up little pieces of me they can relate to.” It’s easy to do: simply tune in weekday mornings from 6am to 10am on 106.3. With two daily topics that include telling her something good, there is plenty of positive news to put a smile on your face on Mandy in the Morning. Williamson admits even those times when it doesn’t appear to work are often some of the best moments on the show. She calls it “awkward radio” that listeners seem to love. •


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by Ashley Alt | Photos Courtesy of Realtor-Community Housing Foundation

L The Realtor-Community Housing Foundation (RCHF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing those in need with safe living conditions. Established from the Community Service Committee of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, (LBAR) along with several local community partnerships, people in hopeless living situations are seeing a much brighter future. Without outside assistance, family homes often deteriorate. They can reach the point of becoming condemnable or unlivable. In the short-term, that can mean uncomfortable or unsuitable accomodations, eventually sending families into temporary housing situations. In some circumstances, it can even result in homelessness. RCHF sets out to change that. By fostering a commitment to community, RCHF’s goal is to empower families by assisting homeowners in need–specifically low-income, elderly individuals–to be able to stay in their homes. RCHF focuses on improving the quality of living for every individual, couple and family who is affected by unsafe or unlivable circumstances, with the mission to strengthen neighborhoods and the local economy in the process.

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L How RCFH Came About Incorporated in 1992, the organization was made possible through existing partners, including the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Lexington, surrounding small businesses, civic clubs and local churches. RCHF consists of an inspiring team of selfless individuals, volunteer students and educators. Deni Hamilton, President of RCFH, claims she couldn’t be prouder to be part of an organization where the passion to help people in need is palpable. Overwhelmed with the amount of selflessness shown through the team’s efforts in creating better lives for those in unfortunate living situations, Hamilton continues to lend her time and effort to the cause. Her first experience with RCFH was in 1997, when she was contacted by Kentucky Housing Corporation to Chair Scott County’s first Repair Affair, a developmental housing project. According to Hamilton, the Governor at that time was offering matching Grants up to $4,000. She recalls thinking $1,000 was a challenging amount of money to raise. Enthusiastic about the


Faces + Places realtor, builder and community outpouring to assist in the project, she did everything from painting and roofing to building a bridge over a creek. “I can honestly say I helped roof a house!” Hamilton told us, “Back when I first started, there was more hands-on involvement. We all miss those days.” Looking back on that initial experience, she realized just how much the organization has grown, now helping more people with more “skill-required improvements,” as she puts it, than they alone ever could. She largely credits the team’s accomplishments to partnering organizations. “We have some heart-breaking stories of how some of our elderly live,” Hamilton shared with us. “How something as little as cleaning a fence row can make them feel proud again, and that couldn’t have been done without the organizations supporting us.” From a Homeowner’s Perspective Angela Shannon, a participant of RAMP, talked with us about how RCHF completely changed she and her late husband’s life through the installation of their wheelchair ramp. Her husband, James Shannon, had become terminally ill with first kidney failure and then cancer, leaving him unable to get out of the house because the couple didn’t have a ramp. “He felt trapped,” Angela said. “We live on a hill and he couldn’t go to the store or anywhere with me–even outside–because he had no way to get out of the house.”

Something as little as cleaning a fence row can make them feel proud again, and that couldn’t have been done without the organizations supporting us...

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Faces + Places After James’ unfortunate passing in October of last year, Angela now uses the ramp due to having knee replacement surgery, telling us over and over again how thankful she is for the RCHF’s kindness. “I’m doing well,” she remarked. “I can get outside and look at my yard, and really get anywhere I need. Many thanks to them,” she continued. “They changed our life.” Current Programs & Projects of RCHF Hamilton, humbled by support from the community and generosity of volunteers, explains that there are many people in our community without safe access in and out of their homes, a rising number of them elderly homeowners who simply need a few exterior repairs. “They are often clinging on to the house where they grew up and where they raised their children,” Hamilton said of the elderly. “They’re clinging on to their neighbors and neighborhood that they love, where a minor exterior repair can make a significant difference.” The Housing Foundation programs include Remodeling for Access and Mobility Program, (RAMP) which makes homes more accessible with the installation of ramps and/or other adaptations for individuals with mobility impairments, Repair Affair, which assists low-income, elderly homeowners with overdue exterior repairs, and the Emergency Program, which provides emergency repairs such as furnace and plumbing. The programs are assessed through the organization as it receives applications from people needing repairs and improvements made on their property. Typical requests are needing a yard raked, having new screens put in, caulking sinks and installing a new HVAC or getting a new roof. In partnership with Habitat, RCHF is currently working on two interior repair projects, one at Gerald Drive, the homeowner an Army Veteran on dialysis, the other on Charles Drive, the homeowner an elderly woman with allergy issues. The organization will be making extensive repairs to both homes, so far installing floor joists, sub floor and removing all belongings and valuables. Volunteers and workers will be installing flooring and replacing cabinets, doors and baseboards, and will also repaint the entire insides of each home. According to Hamilton, the focus of the nonprofit will remain on the elderly, keeping direction in line with why the foundation started in the first place. •

Get Involved With This Great Organization... The families served by RCHF welcome and appreciate any support and generosity that the community provides. You can make a difference by contributing your time scraping, painting and delivering lunches, or by making a financial donation to one or more of the programs. The organization is also always looking for help with fundraising, public relations projects and related administrative duties. To find out more information, visit www.rchf-ky.org

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The Summit at Fritz Farm I remember a few years ago, my dad told me about this fabulous new shopping development on the horizon for South Lexington. He was so excited about the project and touted the plans for luxury stores that would take Lexington’s shopping experience to another level unlike anything we’ve seen before. Now, it’s finally here. And it’s even better than my wildest imagination could have dreamed! Located at the Northeast Corner of Man O’ War Blvd. and Nicholasville Road, The Summit at Fritz Farm is an outdoor shopping and dining destination, with 300,000 square feet of retail. Representatives from the development say that people who enjoy the sense of discovery that comes with shopping are going to be thrilled, because there will be so much variety in clothing, cosmetics, housewares—you name it. The Summit at Fritz Farm will be a first-class destination for the discerning and trendsetting customer. The Summit will be home to more than 60 restaurants and shops, including local favorites like Morton James, Scout & Molly’s (both locally owned) and Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers (we love Shelia and got our wedding rings there!), along with firstto-market brands such as Warby Parker, Bonobos, Shake Shack,

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CosBar and Kendra Scott, among others. Great national brands including Pottery Barn, Arhaus, BONOBOS, Draper James, Free People, Ariat Equestrian, Vineyard Vines, The Frye Company, Cos Bar, Brooks Brothers, Marine Layer and J. McLaughlin will make their presence at The Summit too, while smaller stores you may not have had the opportunity to fall in love with yet will also hit the scene, like Lily Rain, Water + Oak and E.Leigh’s Boutique, just to name a few! Plus, more great shops are signing on every day. While you may recognize some of those names and not others, let me tell you a quick story about just one of the shop’s owners. E.Leigh’s Boutique was started by (at the time), 26-year-old Erin Hohnbaum. She was in a job that she didn’t love and knew she could be doing more with her life. She took a leap of faith and started an online boutique, hosted trunk shows at customers’ homes and grew her business from a grass roots level. As the business took off, in 2012, she expanded into a brick-and-mortar location in Little Rock, Arkansas. Now, six locations later, E.Leigh’s is making its way to Lexington! It is magical stories like Erin’s that make me proud of other young entrepreneurs, and make me want to shop there to support small business owners!


If food is your jam, The Summit at Fritz Farm will have plenty of dining destinations too with similar-storied entrepreneurs fueled by passion and love in the kitchen. You will find some of Lexington’s favorite local eateries there along with incredible national brands! The Barn food hall will bring together varieties, flavors and freshness that are unprecedented in Lexington. It’s truly going to be a foodie heaven. Chef Ouita Michel is bringing her latest venture Honeywood to The Summit at Fritz Farm as part of the exciting mix of more than 20 dining options that will be available. I’ve been following their Instagram page for a while , and some of the restaurants I’ve seen that are coming to Lexington have caught my eye too! We’re talking the infamous Shake Shack for your burger and fry fix, Ted’s Montana Grill, Texas de Brazil for all the grilled meats, Steel City Pops for all-natural organic popsicles with creative flavors, CRU Food and Wine Bar for a sophisticated wine and small plates experience, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Eat at Core for a healthy meal, Nashville’s favorite Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Babalu Tacos for a “Taco Tuesday” destination—or really “Taco Anyday” destination (who are we kidding?!). Even Whole Foods, Crank & Boom and Athenian Grill are moving or adding locations there! Plus J. Alexander’s has been open for a few weeks now and is a fabulous eatery for steaks, chops, seafood, salads and more. Upon completion, The Summit at Fritz Farm will be a place where you can buy groceries, shop today’s latest trends at best-in-class retailers, dine at local eateries and nationally chef-driven restaurants, and exercise in top fitness locations just like many existing shopping centers. And speaking of fitness, check out the new Cycle Bar for an incredible highintensity workout! The goal for The Summit at Fritz Farm is to deliver entertainment and exciting events geared towards the Lexington community as well as visitors from across the country, which

is what “experiential retail” is all about. The experience is enhanced by the design elements incorporated throughout the property which celebrate the rich history of the site as a working farm. The developer has strived to bring popular retailers the Lexington community has never had before to the market, and will feature more than 60 percent of brands that are either first-to-market in Kentucky or an exclusive location in Lexington. The development will open in several phases. The residential component of The Summit at Fritz Farm opened late last year with 306 luxury apartments, called The Henry at Fritz Farm. The units are beautiful! Then at the end of April, the development celebrated its “First Look” with several best-in-class retailers and restaurants opening, while reminding people that it’s just the beginning. Over the next six months or so, dozens more shops, restaurants and property features, like a one-ofa-kind kids’ playground will be opening. It will all culminate in September with the opening of The Barn. Next year, The Summit will also open a one-of-a-kind 120-plus room boutique hotel. 48,000 square feet of Class-A office space over the first-floor retail is also in the works. The cool thing about the property is that there are no other developments like this in Lexington that are truly mixeduse, where you can live, work and play. The Summit at Fritz Farm is tailored to the character, culture and wants of the the Lexington community, while embracing the people, what is great about the area and celebrating the Fritz family farm in its original location. The Summit at Fritz Farm is now open to the public, so be sure to check it out! And keep coming back over the next several months as the property continues to evolve! Check out thesummitatfritzfarm.com for a list of retailers and dining destinations or check them out on their social media sites (Instagram: @thesummitatfritzfarm)! •

The Summit at Fritz Farm will be home to more than 60 restaurants and shops: it is tailored to the character, culture and wants of the Lexington community while embracing the people...

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Minglewood:

Global Flavors with a Southern Twist By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Keni Parks

With a vibrant outdoor patio, live music on weekends, and an adventurous menu, Minglewood is an ideal spot for dinner or weekend brunch in the heart of downtown. Located in the former A La Lucie building at 159 North Limestone and owned by Trish Tungate (previously of the Chevy Chase spot, The Dish) Minglewood’s menu is inspired by the cuisine of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. Carefully crafted and artfully presented, Minglewood redefines casual bar food as a bit more upscale, but still completely approachable. For dinner, guests have several options—from Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with cucumber sour cream and collard green kimchi (a customer favorite) to Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds, and warm bacon vinaigrette. Other popular dishes include Pigs on the Wing (smoked, fried pork shanks) and the NoLi Burger, dressed with melted Brie, bacon, and bourbon orange marmalade.

taurants in the area. Sidebar is known for their burgers and beers, while La Deauville and Distilled have a more upscale ambiance. In terms of price and location, Minglewood is right in the middle. She gave the 1905 building a complete makeover with help from local designer, Anita Sexton. The original floors and tin ceiling have been beautifully restored, and the signature decor of A La Lucie was softened and the dark hues swapped for mint and teal. A granite bar top, exposed brick walls, and industrial-chic light fixtures from Kentucky Lighting and Supply complete the modern look.

When asked about food trends, Tungate shared her appreciation that many people are trying to avoid processed foods and eat healthier. “It also makes my day [when customers share plates] in order to try different things,” she said. “I am not into giant portions. I would rather dishes be customized and allow people to try several items rather than ordering one thing and being stuck with it.” It also makes my day

Along with entrées, Minglewood’s menu includes a selection of sharable snacks like “Hummus A Tune” (roasted garlic hummus, grilled chips and veggies), the “I’m High on Cheese” Platter (smoked cheddar and parmesan pimento served alongside [when customers share plates] She also explained that a smaller menu pickled jalapeños and grilled bread) ensures that everything served is fresh in order to try different things and “Wild Turkey Sloppy Joes” (ground and on-point. “I am not a fan of menus turkey sliders with sweet and spicy Wild with twenty items or more. Not even Turkey sauce, house made pickles, and fifteen. And if all of those items are 2,000 hand cut fries). calories, then people end up feeling miserable Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm. Options include mini French toast baguettes (with fresh berries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bourbon maple syrup), a fried egg tostada with black beans, salsa verde and queso fresca, as well as a variety of classic egg dishes. Prices range from $8-14, and nightly specials include Taco Tuesday, Whiskey Wednesday, bottles of wine for $20 on Thursdays, and a daily happy hour with half price cocktails from 4-6 pm. Tungate mentioned that one of her intentions for Minglewood’s concept was to fill a niche that would compliment the other res-

and heavy, rather than happy and satisfied and skipping out the door.” Like any good restaurant owner, Tungate isn’t going to give all her cooking secrets away. But she did share a recipe for a sandwich called The Ugly Pig. She explained, “The name of this dish comes from one of my all time favorite Phish songs, Guyute, that tells the tale of a bizarre encounter with an ugly pig named Guyute. While the encounter is slightly scary, it is so exciting and divine that the last lyric is, ‘I hope this happens once again’. I think it’s perfect for a sandwich of this proportion.”

Minglewood | 159 North Limestone, Lexington | (859) 523-1236

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Trish Tungate Minglewood Owner

How did you get started in the restaurant business? I started as a vegetarian server at Columbia’s Steakhouse when I was nineteen. From there, I served and was a bartender for about seven years until I landed my job at Rossi’s where I took over their wine and cocktail program. From there, I opened The Dish, and then Minglewood. What is one of your favorite ingredients? Cucumbers! I love that they can be used just as they are, or pickled to be salty, sweet, sour, tangy—there are so many directions. I am an admitted crunch-aholic, so I love the crunch and crispness they can add to a savory dish, salad or salsa. If you were dining at Minglewood what would you order? I am not a parent, but I would imagine that’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is! I put my heart and soul into every dish, but if I had to choose, I always recommend our burger topped with bacon, orange and bourbon marmalade, and creamy, melty Brie. It hits every taste bud and makes you want it again the minute you leave. I also think our fried chicken hot brown is pretty spectacular. It takes a Kentucky favorite and adds a flavor explosion and healthier twist by not focusing so heavily on the cheese and adding spinach and roasted tomato chutney. Something people would be surprised to know about you? I only started cooking professionally about 5 years ago. I was a front-of-the-house girl. I could pair your wine and recommend a cocktail to fix your bad day. Running a kitchen and cooking for the masses was never a role I pictured myself in, but it turns out I love it even more. Tell us about your family. I am the oldest sister out of four badass women and I have a really great older brother. No children, but the very proud aunt of three nephews and a niece. My dad ran bars and restaurants when I was growing up, so I think I may owe a bit of my knack to him. Food-wise, what is your guilty pleasure? Queso dip and raw jalapeños on every chip. Period.

The Ugly Pig Ingredients:

Directions:

Pork tenderloin, cut into 6-8 oz. thick steaks

Grill to medium-rare, let rest for 5 minutes.

Caribbean Jerk Rub:

Slice paper thin and top with Monterey Jack cheese and Pig Sauce (“You have to be family to know the ingredients, but it starts with gochujang [fermented chili paste] mixed with natural sweetness, sesame and hot chilies”.)

4 tablespoon garlic powder

1 ½ tablespoon paprika

2 tablespoon cayenne

1 ½ tablespoon allspice

3 tablespoon onion powder

2 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon red pepper flake

3 tablespoon parsley

2 teaspoon nutmeg

3 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoon salt

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Bake at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes to let the sauce thicken and cheese melt. Grill bun and top with lettuce, paper thin sliced red onion, pork with melted cheese, a small handful fresh cilantro leaves (don't chop), sunny side up fried egg, and a tiny drizzle of sauce.


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Corto Lima The buzz surrounding Corto Lima began well before its February 2017 opening, and has only grown. The mid-scale Latin-inspired eatery accommodates up to 45 guests for table service and an additional 16 at the bar, making it an intimate and social affair. Chef Jonathan Lundy’s menu includes small plates, tacos, soups and a small selection of platos principales, including the Rock Salt Chicken, featuring red chili rubbed boneless skin on breast with toasted cumin rice, coconut oil refried black beans and tostones. Try the Coconut-Lime Seafood Stew with corvina, shrimp and crab swimming with onions, garlic, plantain, yucca and bell peppers. 101 W. Short St. | 859.31.78796 | cortolima.com

J. Alexander’s The Summit at Fritz Farm has everyone eager for the new shopping and dining it will bring to town. J. Alexander’s was one of the first Summit establishments to open its doors in March. Their menu includes steak, seafood specialties, sandwiches, unique salads and wood-fired pizza. Their Slow Roasted Prime Rib is served au jus and topped with roasted red peppers, plated up alongside mashed potatoes. Guests love the Steak Burger, made with ground beef tenderloin and ribeye, topped with Tillamook cheddar, grilled onions and Kiawah Island dressing. 4801 Finn Way | 859.687.0099 | jalexanders.com

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School One of Lexington’s newest restaurants is already an old favorite! School originally opened on Todds Road and was known for stunning sushi and great service. After closing in December 2015, Chef Tomoka Ito has searched high and low for the right spot to reopen. The former Shorty’s Market & Tap Room became available and Ito felt it was the perfect spot, nestled in one of Lexington’s hottest dining districts. The beautiful interior was designed to be chic and inviting for enjoying fresh sushi and fun karaoke. Expect delicious sushi, crafted with care and an eye for beauty. 163 W. Short St. | 859.368.0660 | schoolrestaurantlex.com

Red Light Kitchen & Lounge When it was announced that a La Lucie was closing, Lexington mourned the loss of a local culinary gem. Chef Lucie Slone Meyers promised a new location was coming, but its opening was delayed for nearly a year due to unforeseen problems–not the least of which, her lung cancer diagnosis. But since its opening in February, Meyers has proven that she’s back in a big way. The Caviar Flight is a great way to start with wasabi, red pearl and black flying fish caviars served with red potato skins. For dinner, try the Pork Tenderloin served with pimento cheese grits, sautéed spinach and bordelaise. 780 N. Limestone | 859.252.5277 | theredlightrestaurant.com

The Madam Eatery & Juke Joint The former owner of Mia’s opened The Madam in October and the menu is chock-full of Kentucky traditions and Southern tastes. The eclectic interior is inviting and truly unlike anywhere else in town. As one might expect, locals love Everyone’s Favorite Pasta, featuring portabellas, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and penne in pesto cream with grilled chicken, finished with parmesan. The Kentuckian is a grilled sirloin slathered in beer cheese with smashed potatoes and topped with Tobasco onions. With karaoke, live music and a festive spirit, The Madam promises a great time downtown every night. 102 W. Vine St. | 859.523.3268 | facebook.com/themadamlex

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One-Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Prep Time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes marinade time | Cook Time: 18-20 minutes Ingredients:

Preparation:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add 1 tablespoon of oil, lime juice, lime zest, sugar, cumin, salt, black pepper and chicken to a gallon-size re-sealable bag.

juice of 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)

Shake the contents up to evenly combine the marinade with the chicken, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

zest of ½ lime 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt

While the chicken is marinating, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and cook the onion and bell peppers for 10-12 minutes, until soft.

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Reserve the vegetables on a plate. Do not wash the skillet.

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

Microwave the rice according to package directions and set aside.

1 teaspoon cumin

1 onion, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 pouches Uncle Ben’s® Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown Rice

When the chicken has marinated, reheat the skillet over medium-high heat and transfer the chicken and its marinade into the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked through and the marinade has come to a boil. Add the reserved vegetables and rice to the skillet. Stir in the chopped cilantro.

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on a 1 cup serving Calories 268 | Fat 9g | Fiber 3g | Cholesterol 43mg | Sodium 328mg Carbohydrates 32g | Sugar 3g | Protein 20g | Smart Points: 7

Garnish with additional lime wedges if desired.

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Chatham’s

Bistro & Bar

One of Lexington’s favorite restaurants has a new chef and plenty of great offerings that will delight regulars and first-time guests alike. Chatham’s Bistro & Bar GM Larry Dean reunited with Chef Jason Wall. With Wall comes a new menu and new opportunities to wow. The new menu features favorites from the south, classic American dishes, pasta, seafood, burgers and more. The Chatham’s team created many lighter and healthier options that are perfect for work lunches or casual summer dinners. There are gluten-free offerings and daily specials. With a new chef also comes a variety of new specials. They offer seasonal menus and special dishes that let guests choose an exciting dining experience that can’t be found anywhere else. For lunch, guests love Chatham’s new, fresh salads with creative options that make eating healthy a delight. On the other hand, The Grind burger features a blend of ground beef and bacon with a cherry marmalade, goat cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato on a grilled brioche bun. The Short Rib Ragu is a local favorite for dinner, featuring braised short rib in a rich ragu sauce with pappardelle pasta, topped

with pecorino Romano. The Chicken Piccata is another great dish with roasted bone-in chicken breast served with crispy red potatoes, sautéed baby spinach and a white wine lemon caper sauce. Cap it all off with Miss Donna’s homemade desserts! Try the brunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well. Chatham’s is a great choice for a variety of occasions. Their casual, modern Southern-inspired interior is inviting for lunch, brunch and dinner. Private rooms are available for groups of 15-20, making Chatham’s a great spot for parties and get-togethers. Summer means patio season! With a new look, the comfortable Chatham’s patio is a great summer dining destination. With ample tree cover, it’s perfect for people-watching and socializing. It’s a great spot to enjoy Chatham’s expanded wine list and full bar with their Happy Hour and drink specials! Try the Strawberry Basil Martini made with vodka, strawberry puree and fresh basil. Their bourbon list is impressive, too. For an exciting, delicious, comfortable dining experience in the heart of Lexington, look no further than the all-new Chatham’s!

Chatham’s Bistro & Bar

859.229.6989 | facebook.com/chathamsbistro 496 E High St | Lexington, KY 40507 Mon-Thu 11:30-10 | Fri 11:30-11 | Sat 11-11 | Sun 11-8

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Beer

May Picks by Greg Ballinger

OF THE MONTH

Golden Road

Palisades Pineapple Why Greg Enjoys this Beer…. “I am a big fan of wheat beer and love the sweetness of a great fruit infused beer. So Palisades Pineapple is a perfect combination for me. The Golden Road brewery has not had its beer in Kentucky very long but it has made a great impact on what I keep in my fridge in the short time since they arrived. This wheat beer is full of pineapple flavor and has the slightest apricot sweetness that creeps in at the end. The wheat flavor is full and filling and the sweetness of the pineapple is not overbearing but up front and bold. The combination of both makes for an incredible beer that you will want to go back to time and time again!” Style: American Wheat Ale Alcohol By Volume: 4.8% IBUs: 13 Taste Profile: A refreshing American Wheat beer infused with loads of pineapple, complemented by tasty apricots.

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Gehricke

Russian River Chardonnay

This wine opens up beautifully with aromas of citrus blossoms, fresh ginger and hints of graham cracker. Crisp on the front palate, it broadens out to reveal a full mouth feel with notes of mango, peach and apricot. The finish is long and elegant, highlighted by toasted oak flavors and vibrant acidity. Varietal Blend: 100% Russian River Valley Chardonnay Alcohol By Volume: 14% Cooperage: 9 months French Oak Production: 635 cases Tasting Notes: “Honey-chamomile is a soothing scent and mellows into the anise and soft wheat toast on the palate. A succulent body of white flowers bloom in mid-taste, while apple-caramel pastry on the finish is charming. An added hint of stonyness lends another dimension.� -Tasting Panel (93 Points).

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WOW Wedding: Lindsey + Josh

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Wedding Trends: Black Beauty

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Gor-Jess: Glow-Getters

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Outfit of the Month: What’s the Scoop

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Lindsey Lib was visiting her mother in Florida when she received an unexpected video message from her boyfriend, Josh. She listened in surprise as he listed all of the things he had fallen in love with in the year and three months they’d been dating. Then, he went on to say that he couldn’t imagine a day without her in his life and that he had a question for her… would she come down to the beach so that he could ask it? Lindsey was absolutely stunned. With tears in her eyes, she walked down to the white sands of the beach, removed her shoes, and went to meet Josh. As the sun set over the water, they held each other and shared a kiss. Then, Josh got down on one knee and proposed. Lindsey was overjoyed and of course, she said yes.

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he happy couple got married on February 25, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church in Louisville. There were nine bridesmaids, including cousins, sisters, sisters in law, and Lindsey’s best friend. There were ten groomsmen, including Josh’s friends and brothers. Lindsey’s wedding dress was the very first one she’d ever tried on—she’d found it the morning after the engagement, when she and her mother were just out looking at dresses for fun. For a sentimental touch, she wrapped a handkerchief from her great grandmother around her bouquet and carried a cameo from Josh’s side of the family. Since both Josh and Lindsey grew up in Southern Indiana just across the bridge from Louisville, they both have strong ties to Kentucky. In fact, Lindsey’s uncle was the first Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve. With that in mind, they made sure to include the spirit of Kentucky in the details of their wedding reception. They held the reception at The Pointe in Louisville and, along with an industrial chic theme, included bourbon barrels and a Kentucky-inspired dinner menu with a focus on dishes like brisket and KY hot brown chicken.

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Some of the fun highlights of the celebration included the DJ and photo booth for guests. Josh and Lindsey also loved the first look, as it was a sentimental moment shared between just the two of them. Of course, they also cherished the joy of celebrating with family and friends. When asked what advice they would offer to other couples planning a wedding, Josh and Lindsey were quick to say, “Eat! Lindsey didn’t eat all day (from nerves) … and almost passed out at the church.”

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Looking back, the couple also noted they had a lot going on while they were planning their wedding. They were building a house, Lindsey was in school for her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, and they were also prepping to launch an ice cream shop that opened the weekend after they returned from their honeymoon. Still, with careful planning, everything came together. They planned a beautiful wedding and created memories certain to last them a lifetime.

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by: Jesse L. Brooks

Soft + Subtle

TOPnotch Tools

photo courtesy of Nicole Guerriero Instagram

photo courtesy of Anastasia Beveryly Hills Instagram

While most people might think glitter when it comes to highlighting, there’s plenty of techniques and formulas that offer a soft hint of shimmer. If you want to slightly intensify the look, you can do so by layering the product. Makeup artists such as Nicole Guerriero, Huda Kattan, and Casey Holmes have become known for their glow effect. 1

Blinded by the Light

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Highlighting is not only about technique and formula, it’s also very much about tools. The type of brush used for application can determine the overall appearance. For an eye-catching look, a large, round diffuser brush with super-soft, tapered natural bristles is your best bet. For a softer effect, a fan brush will offer the perfect shimmery dusting. As for tighter spaces, you want a brush that gives subtle precision. 1

For that blinding punch of sparkle, you want to go for formulas that are targeted for consumers wanting to captivate like the glistening sea. Key highlight points are the top of the cheekbones, inner tear ducts, and above the lips. Influencers like Jeffree Star and Jaclyn Hill have all become synonymous with shining bright like a diamond. 1

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1. Sigma Beauty F42 - Strobing Fan | $18 2. Tarte Double Ended Brush | $24 3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23 | $25

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA ‘Eclipse’ Skinfrost | $29 2. Ofra x NikkieTutorials Collection | $55.30 3. Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette | $52


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If there is one thing warmer weather gets us in the mood for, it’s something cool and sweet. Which is exactly what inspired this month’s tasty new outfit. From gelato to ripe pineapples, Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection celebrates everything there is to love about spring and summer.

It doesn’t get much sweeter than a colorful, ice-cream printed A-line dress. This Italian crafted design is made from pure lightweight cotton for a comfortable and breathable fit, while the playful print will surely have you standing out in a crowd.

As if this dress isn’t enviable enough, let’s talk about these shoes. Set on a vertiginous stiletto heel, Gucci’s ‘Allie’ strappy sandal is crafted from shiny strands of fuchsia leather that are gathered and twisted into a neat knot at the toe.

Elevating our sugary look to an even sweeter level, Melody Ehsani’s gold plated and colored enamel mini ice-cream cone ring is a fun way to add a little jewelry to our delicious ensemble.

No spring inspired look would be complete without a pretty lip color. Kevyn Aucoin’s ‘Tulapina’ is a pink hued lip gloss made with nourishing vitamins and oils to give you hydrated, shiny lips without a sticky or greasy feel.

Bringing out the sunny pops of yellow in our dress, Furla’s buckled cross body bag is the perfect size for a day out on the town. Made from rich leather and adorned with a polished push lock top, this bag is just petite enough to not steal the spotlight. Since this outfit is all about daytime glamour, a pair of chic sunnies are definitely in order. Thierry Lasry’s white cat-eye sunglasses offer an instant boost of cool girl appeal.

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FAMILY

Family Cares Spotlight: YMCA Summer Camps

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Super Mom: Emily LaLonde Stuart

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Parties: Mother’s Day Brunch

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The YMCA Helps Youth Experience Their Best Summer Ever Keeping kids moving, exploring and learning.

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o you remember your best summer ever? Did you stay all day with your friends at the local pool? Did you head to the local park and play basketball? Or was your best summer when you discovered your favorite literary heroes and followed their adventures from the comfort of your own backyard? For most, your best summer ever was probably a combination of all of these - some exploration, activity and education. Summer is the ideal time to get children out and exploring but for some, the end of the school year means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive. Studies show that children can experience learning loss and even gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. For parents and caregivers looking to keep their children’s minds and bodies active, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has once again, partnered with White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics to offer summer camps to give youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer. YMCA camp programs offer a unique experience that gives children the opportunity to have their best summer ever - by meeting new friends, exploring nature, discovering new interests, being physically active and creating memories that last a lifetime. Summer Day Camp has been a long-established YMCA program, encompassing many skill areas such as environmental education, leadership, team building, character development and sportsmanship. Weekly activities will include field trips and swimming, as well as an opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. At YMCA Summer Day Camp, each day is a new journey! With the careful guidance of our trained staff, campers’ eyes are opened to an exciting summer! They learn core values that will last forever. They explore. They grow. They have fun. And isn’t that what being a kid is all about? “Attending camp is one of the most rewarding childhood experiences,” said YMCA of Central Kentucky’s Vice President of Youth Development, Jessica Berry. “This collaboration with White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics brings together the expertise of two organizations that are committed to youth engagement and development. Their gift helps us to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp. Together, we are building a better us. Dr. White even joins our campers sometimes to play gaga ball, fish for crawdads and engage with today’s youth!”

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Berry says there are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp: 1. Adventure: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymcacky.org/camp for details. 2. Healthy Fun: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits. 3. Personal Growth: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement. 4. Friendships: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth. 5. Memories: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share! To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, financial assistance is available. If you’re interested in helping send kids to camp this summer, you can donate to the Y at ymcacky.org/camp. A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 130 years. The YMCA of Central Kentucky continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character. Registration for the upcoming camp season is open and the YMCA of Central Kentucky encourages parents to give their kids the gift of camp. For more information about YMCA of Central Kentucky summer day camps, visit ymcacky.org/camp or visit your nearest Y.

www.wgmortho.com | www.ymcacky.org/camp

Registration OPEN NOW!

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Emily LaLonde Stuart and her husband, John Mark, are the proud parents of of four young children. The Stuarts take pride in not over scheduling their calendars and instead focus on spending time together. Like many Kentucky families, the Stuarts love basketball and cheering on the CATS. They also like playing family games and traveling to the beach. “John Mark and I are soaking up this ‘sweet spot’ of time before the kids become tweens, and life gets busier,” Emily said. “We know those days will be great, but from watching our older siblings, those days can be more hectic. The days of babies and toddlers were a beautiful blur, so we are having a great time in this stage of life.” Written by Sarah Boerkircher | Photos courtesy of Claire & Barrett Photography

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While Emily wouldn’t call herself a “super mom,” she says she surrounds herself with amazing mothers and does her best to follow their examples. “Motherhood is not an easy job. It’s rewarding one minute and humbling the next, but there’s nothing better,” she said. “I am much more blessed than I deserve, and I’m thankful for the blessings God has entrusted to me.” As owner of Operation Sprout Health and Wellness Fundraising, which is in the business of raising funds for schools and growing local businesses, Emily admits that her Type A personality is like any trait, it is both her biggest blessing and biggest curse. “My personality helps me stay organized, and life runs pretty smoothly for the most part,” she said. “Moreover, running Operation Sprout takes a strong personality as there are many facets involved, so on one hand it is great, but on the other, I need to relax a bit more. I’m thankful to have John Mark, who is more laid back, help me to relax.” When the Stuarts started their family, Emily was thrilled to be able to stay home and raise their four children. “Many people don’t get the opportunity to stay home, and for us, this was a great decision. One person at home has made life really enjoyable for all of us, and most of the time, uneventful—even with four kids,” she said. “Staying home was very fulfilling for me. Now as a small business owner, I feel like I have a fifth child. I’m extremely thankful for Operation Sprout and how successful it has been in its first year.”

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As Emily explained, fundraising in schools has “seasons,” so there are months that are consumed by Sprout and Emily finds she falls behind at home, but then she is able to quickly catch up in a quieter month. “The timing with Sprout Health and Wellness Fundraising couldn’t be more perfect” she said. “Three of the four children are in school, so I’m busy when the kids are busy. I’m so blessed to have a schedule that still allows me to balance family and work. Also, John Mark and I are fortunate to have great families that are our good friends, and we make time to have fun. While I may fall behind on working out or laundry, we always have time for fun.”

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Every year, the “Young Achievers� program for 5th and 8th graders names a school winner from participating elementary and middle schools in Fayette County. The winning students receive a gold medallion, t-shirt, book bag and recognition for being a great student. Principals, guidance counselors and teachers nominate students for this honor. Students are nominated for excellence in a variety of areas, including attendance, good citizenship and scholastic achievement. These students are good role models for their peers and are involved in their schools and the community. Holifield Photography is the sponsor for Young Achievers and has developed the program for the past 27 years. During the 2016-2017 school year, over 800 students were selected from 50 schools. All students were recognized in a photographic display in their school and at Fayette Mall. The top 20 Young Achievers are recognized here, followed by the top school winners from each school.

TOP 20

Alexander Liivo Stumbur Ashland Elementary

Dixie Magnet Elementary

Avery Simmons

Brayden Mefford

Cooper Longhofer

Debby Lee

Denise Marie Meads

Emily Grace-Iva Baber

Emma Jinright

Jessie Clark Middle

Julius Marks Elementary

ELEMENTARY

School s Winner

Jonah Flueck | Athens-Chilesburg Alexander Liivo Stumbur | Ashland Thomas Givan | Breckinridge Mea Anderson | Cardinal Valley Ava Grace Melloan | Cassidy Jonah Georgi Ivanov | Clays Mill Wesley Michelle Whitlock | Deep Springs Avery Simmons | Dixie Magnet

Leestown Middle

Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary

Mason Cox | Garden Springs Brianna Washington | Harrison Denise Marie Meads | Julius Marks Cooper Longhofer | Lansdowne Makenna Hurst | Lexington Christian Academy Adeline Raleigh Henninger | Lexington Latin Emily Grace-Iva Baber | Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary

Lansdowne Elementary

Beaumont Middle

Reyna Covarrubias | Mary Todd Valeria J. Culp-Millan | Maxwell Narrah Wilson | Meadowthorpe Alexa Makenzie White | Millcreek Regan Wrentmore | Rosa Parks Cindy L. Anicasio | Russell Cave Thomas Porter Cranney | Sandersville Justin Smith | Seton Catholic Maya Smith | Southern

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Jackson Gonzales

Katelin Alysse Shelton

Lydia Grace Prince

Peyton Prichard

Reyna Covarrubias

Thomas Porter Cranney

Valeria J. Culp-Millan

Victoria Grace Lowe

Lexington Traditional Magnet Middle

Tates Creek Elementary

Maxwell Elementary

Micah Garland | Squires Rose Marie Bolinger | Sts. Peter & Paul Zade Al Qahtani | Stonewall Braden Lee Wheeler | Summit Christian Academy Peyton Prichard | Tates Creek Carlyn Sharp | Veterans Park Annaleah Barnett | Wellington Tyler Franci | Yates

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Lexington Latin

Southern Middle

Mary Todd Elementary

Bryan Station Middle

MIDDLE Emma Jinright | Beaumont Victoria Grace Lowe | Bryan Station Dalen C. Cozart | Carter G. Woodson Gwenn Ganadillo | Crawford Wynter Bailey | Edythe J. Hayes Debby Lee | Jessie Clark Brayden Mefford | Leestown

Nathan Feese Morton Middle

Tiyan Duan

Sandersville Elementary

Tates Creek Middle

Wynter Bailey

Zade Al Qahtani

Edythe J Hayes Middle

Jackson Gabbard | Lexington Christian Academy Lydia Grace Prince | Lexington Latin Jackson Gonzales | Lexington Traditional Magnet Helen Campbell Hodge | Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Seth Greer | Montessori Middle

Stonewall Elementary

Nathan Feese | Morton Grace Anne O’Brien | Seton Catholic Katelin Alysse Shelton | Southern Olivia ChristinePerez | Sts. Peter & Paul Kaylee Forrest | Summit Christian Academy Tiyan Duan | Tates Creek Elizabeth Moore | Winburn


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hemistry between two people is no doubt undeniable and ever so important. It happens instantaneously and just like science projects from fourth grade, when those test tubes of strong chemicals are put together in just the right situation, spontaneous combustion occurs! But there is a good reason that our science teacher Mrs. Johnson made us wear those uncomfortable goggles, aprons and gloves as well as requiring us to sign a safety waiver when chemistry was involved! It can actually go very badly if underestimated. Take vanilla when baking for example. With just the right amount and combined with other crucial ingredients, it can carry the flavor of a desert making it melt in your mouth leaving the home smelling like heaven. Without it, the cake would likely taste bland and uneventful! However, eating a bowl full of vanilla alone, not so much. The great thing about chemistry is that it is the easy part. It just happens. No work is required. This is tricky because when something comes this easily, it is nearly impossible to deny! But much like the cake, it must be in conjunction with things like trust, character, goals and realistic expectation for the chemistry to sustain the relationship.

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This is where great friends and trusted family come in. We really should listen to their opinions because they know us best and are not blinded by the fireworks. How often have you found yourself grieving up in the big bed with a tub of chocolate ice cream and best buddy to help make sense of the dreadful tears. “But….we had such amazing….chemistry!” we sob. But chemistry didn’t help him put away his dishes, keep a job or prevent him from having chemistry with the hot red head down the road! If you are fortunate enough to have a natural connection in the early stages of a relationship, then you are one step closer to baking a delicious cake. Just be sure there is plenty of sweetness, consistency and all other necessary things that you love if you want it to last. Trust me. I have baked some rather dreadful cakes in my day!

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by Deanna Talwalkar Party Planner Extraordinaire

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Summer quickly approaches and daydreams of lounging poolside with a refreshing sweet tea in hand will quickly become a reality. Un-

fortunately, warmer weather may not be as appealing to our furry pets. Limited sweat ability and a thick, fur coat require us to pay special attention to our pets in hotter temperatures. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe and cool in the dog days of summer. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle even with the windows cracked. • Within 30 minutes, on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a car will rise to 104 degrees. Exposure at this temperature can cause heat stroke and lead to death. It is best to keep your pet indoors in an air-conditioned environment when temperatures rise. However, if you must keep your pet outside on a hot day, be sure to provide them enough shade and cool, clean water. • Shade always needs to be available regardless of the time of day and position of the sun. • A wet towel or kiddie pool is a great option to allow your pet to cool off. • Place equal parts water and ice cubes in their water bowl. This will keep the water cold longer throughout the day and allow your pet to cool from the inside out. • To prevent the risk of dehydration because your pet knocked over their water dish, dig a hole deep enough to insert a bucket and fill as described above. • Be sure to provide an elevated spot for your pet to relax. This will protect them from the heat absorbed on solid surfaces like dirt, asphalt, or concrete. Do not walk your pet in the heat of the day and avoid asphalt, as their paws can burn. • The best option is to walk your pet early in the morning or after the sun goes down, preferably on the grass. • If this is not possible and your dog will tolerate them, you can cover their paws with protective booties while walking on hot surfaces. However, it is important to know that dogs sweat through their paw pads. Therefore, if you need to use protective booties to walk on a hot surface, do not take your pet for a long walk. Remove the booties immediately. Offer your pet water and get them in a cool environment when done walking. Be sure to keep open windows screened. • Cats and curious canines love open windows and windowsills. Screened windows may prevent accidental falls and injury. It is important to know that both older and young pets are at greater risk for heat stroke, as well as, short-muzzled dogs such as pugs, Boston terriers, and shih tzus. If you notice that your pet is panting excessively, drooling thick saliva, weak, has a rapid heart rate, or simply has collapsed, seek emergency veterinary care immediately. On a hot day, these signs may indicate that your pet is experiencing heat stroke. As a reference, normal temperature for dogs and cats ranges from 100-102.5 degrees. A temperature greater than 102.5 indicates a fever and a temperature in the range of 103-105 is a serious medical problem. A temperature of 105 or greater is life threatening and requires immediate cooling of your pet and medical attention. Following these easy tips will help you and your pet enjoy the warm days of summer – so bring on the sunshine!

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Erica Radhakrishnan Hospital Administrator, BVS


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Filly of the Month: Mary White

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Mary White by Jen Roytz | Photos by Keni Parks

“I don’t think to myself ‘I need to work hard because I’m a girl.’ I work hard because I want to get ahead in this business.”

Mary White has never been afraid of a little hard work. As the firstever female to hold a management position at iconic Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, White has put in her time and paid her dues, working her way up from an intern fresh out of college to the farm’s new Assistant Broodmare Manager. At Claiborne, White plays a key role in bringing the next generation of Thoroughbred racehorses into the world, caring for former racehorses-turned mothers-to-be and their eventual offspring. White helps to ensure the precious cargo these mares carry in their wombs arrives healthy, happy and full of promise. Finding Horses Via Golf Growing up in suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee, White had no idea that the job she would one day love even existed. “I was raised by very non-horse-y parents and was your typical

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preppy suburban kid. I always loved horses–all animals, really, but especially horses,” said White. “I collected Breyer model horses and constantly asked my parents for riding lessons, but the answer was always no.” That was, until her father won a gift certificate for a horseback riding lesson at a charity golf scramble. White immediately fell in love with riding. The lesson was at a Saddlebred barn, where she continued in lessons for six or so months. White was eager to learn to jump, so her trainer helped the Whites find an English riding barn so she could enroll in hunter-jumper lessons. “The first time I sat on a horse it was like I was born to be there,” she said. “I spent every available minute at the barn. I was the kid at the barn wanting to help with anything, no matter how menial, and was especially interested in helping when horses were hurt or


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sick or when the veterinarian was there to vaccinate or treat horses. I wanted to learn everything there was to know about horse care–I couldn’t get enough of it.” Eventually, after realizing her interest was unrelenting, White’s parents purchased a horse for their daughter. A Thoroughbred who had been a steeplechase horse in a former life, White said he taught her what she needed to know about being not only a rider, but a caretaker. Having not had much exposure to horses outside of owning and showing her own horse, White admits she assumed if she wanted a career with horses, she needed be a veterinarian. “I went to Colorado State for college because of their pre-vet program, but once I was there I was introduced to a different and diverse side of the horse world,” said White. “After one semester, I decided I didn’t want to go to vet school, but being at Colorado State, which has such a robust equine program, I realized how many other options I had.” While in school, White developed a keen interest for equine reproduction and during her junior year completed an internship at a Quarter Horse breeding farm in Oakdale, California. “I loved it. If I’d done an internship anywhere else, I don’t think I’d be where I am today,” she said. “They let me do everything–so much more than a typical internship–and it taught me so much. I was working my butt off, but I loved every minute of it.”

Hard Work Pays Off White returned to school even more sure of the career she wanted. Thanks to the veterinarian she worked with during her internship and a contact he had in Kentucky, she was offered a second internship with Claiborne Farm, one of the most prestigious names in the horse world–Thoroughbreds or otherwise. “I had one semester left before I graduated and they wanted me to start that January. I knew if I left school to take that internship in Kentucky, I’d never leave. I wanted that internship so badly, but finishing school was really important to me, especially as hard as I’d worked,” said White. “As hard as it was, I had to decline the internship, but asked if they would possibly consider allowing me to defer the opportunity until after I graduated. Thankfully, they did.”

“The first time I sat on a horse, it was like I was born to be there.”

White began her tenure with Claiborne Farm in January of 2012 on the farm’s broodmare division. She says there were several instances during that internship that allowed her to show her boss and co-workers that she was capable, competent and hard-working. At the conclusion of the breeding season, Claiborne Farm Manager Bradley Purcell called White into his office for a chat.

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Equine “He sat me down and asked me what I wanted to do once my internship ended, and I told him I didn’t want to leave,” said White. So, White completed a second internship, this time helping on the yearling division with sales prep, and upon completion of the sales season she was hired on as a daytime foaling staffer in 2013. “After foaling season was through, I began riding around with our resident veterinarian as his technician, which helped me gain an immense amount of experience all over the farm,” she explained. “I ended up working as his tech from 2014 until the end of last year.” It was at the conclusion of last year’s sales season that Purcell sat her down once again and asked the same question he’d asked at the conclusion of her first six months at the farm. Four years later, her answer hadn’t changed. “My answer was still the same–I still didn’t want to go anywhere–but I had a much clearer vision of how I wanted my career to progress,” she said. “I told him that someday I would like to be a manager.” Soon after that conversation White was promoted to Assistant Broodmare Manager–the first-ever female to hold that position at the more than century-old Thoroughbred nursery. “I don’t necessarily approach the situation as ‘I’m a girl in a man’s world.’ That’s not a thought that ever crosses my mind,” said White. “I don’t work hard just because I’m a girl. I work hard because I want to do well in this business, because that’s what it takes to make it in this business and because I just really like to work hard.” A Bright Future As if White isn’t busy enough with her day job, she is also in the midst of planning her wedding this coming October to fiancé, Thomas Ormsby, a former Army Ranger who now serves with the Army National Guard as a Military Intelligence Officer. “He was in college at the University of Kentucky when the terrorist attacks happened on September 11th and was compelled to join the military,” said White. “We’re both in this small town of Paris, him having been born and raised here and me having ended up here as a transplant, but we’ve both experienced bigger parts of the world. We both are driven and like to work, and we both appreciate those traits in others.” The couple met in April of 2015 and hit it off immediately. They plan to be wed in Bourbon County, not far from where he was raised and she currently works. Ormsby has two daughters, Isabella and Madelyn, from a previous marriage and White enjoys spending time with them and looks forward to them being her future step-daughters. The two also recently purchased and are in the process of renovating a house in Bourbon Country. “Everyday, I’m humbled and think to myself, ‘how did I get so lucky?” said White. “I’m surrounded by the best in the business, both on two legs and on four. It doesn’t get more exciting than that.” •

Welcoming the Next Generation Working at Claiborne Farm since 2012, White has worked with some of the biggest names in the Thoroughbred racing world. Aside from their notable stallion roster, which includes racing stars-turnedproud papas like Blame (2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner), Orb (2013 Kentucky Derby winner) and Runhappy (2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, in which he posted a new track record), many of the broodmares White helps to manage are graded stakes winners or have given birth to graded stakes winners, many of which were born under White’s watchful eye. “I’m excited to see what the next 5 to 10 years bring. What Grade 1 winners will I have a hand in bringing into this world and how many more champions will I manage as broodmares? That’s the most exciting part of this,” said White. White enjoys following the foals she raises as they progress into their racing careers. Added White, “I’ve now been here long enough that fillies I’ve foaled out that went on to race are coming back to the farm and are under my care as broodmares. There’s something special about that coming full circle.”

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by Jen Roytz | Photos by SEL Photography and Shawn McMillen, Courtesy of Derek Braun

Split Rock Farm owner and professional Grand Prix show jumping rider Derek Braun has accomplished a lot on the backs of horses. Competing throughout the U. S. as a child and into his teenage years, Braun’s prowess for guiding thousand-pound animals through courses of jumps nearly as tall as himself was quickly realized when, at age 16, he won the U. S. Equestrian Team’s Talent Search Finals, which helps the Team identify future international competitors. Braun did go onto compete on the international stage, competing not only in the U. S. and Canada, but in Grand Prix events throughout Europe and as a member of the U. S. Equestrian Team in Brazil. Many of those wins came under the banner of his Split Rock Farm, his base of operations for his training, buying and selling top-level show jumpers. While Braun’s accomplishments in the saddle are many, it’s what he is doing on the ground lately through his newly created Split Rock Jumping Tour that is garnering attention and praise from equestrians throughout the country and the Lexington community at large. An Experience like No Other Inspired by the high-end European horse shows in which Braun has competed, the Split Rock Jumping Tour is a worldclass celebration of show jumping that caters to all audiences, from spectators and fans to horse owners, sponsors and competitors. Braun’s goal with the event is to revolutionize the way international show jumping events are presented and run in the United States. While the Split Rock Jumping tour is in its third year, it is an idea that began percolating in Braun’s head eight years ago. “I saw a niche that wasn’t available in America for a horse show to truly cater to the needs and wants of the riders, the spectators and the sponsors to create something truly special– a ‘can’t miss experience’–for all of them,” said Braun. “Simply put, others do it better than we do here in America. Horse show organizers in Europe, Canada, South America and else-

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Equine where are more attentive to the riders and connections of the horses competing.” Braun invested not only his time and experience, but his own farm to create a world-class venue for the inaugural 2015 Split Rock Jumping Tour show. After completion of a massive construction project that included a new Grand Prix arena, vendor village area, wider farm roads to accommodate eighteen wheeler horse vans and more, the top horses and riders from across the country came to compete, enjoying luxurious hospitality, outstanding facilities and a show staff that was unwavering in their commitment to make the experience one of the best they’re ever had at a horse show. Spectators from around Lexington were treated to an unparalleled show jumping experience as well. In addition to watching top-level Grand Prix horses and riders, including a number of Olympians and World Equestrian Games competitors, soar over jumps set at 5-feet or higher, guests enjoyed live music, shopping in the vendor village, food truck fare, children’s activities and more. Braun’s commitment to elevating American show jumping has not only endured, but has thrived. His 2016 Split Rock Jumping Tour included spring and fall shows, both of which were well attended. This year, after the opening weekend of the Split Rock Jumping Tour at his farm on Bryan Station Road, Braun will be taking the show on the road. “The whole idea was this to truly be a ‘tour.’ We’re in our third year and this year we’ll have three shows in our series. We’re excited to partner with Matt Harris, whose fantastic equestrian show facility in Columbus, Ohio will host two of the shows,” said Braun. “I always want to have at least one show each year here at Split Rock Farm, but the goal was and is for this series to evolve and host shows elsewhere, eventually hosting Split Rock Jumping Tour shows at venues throughout America.” Goal Oriented After growing up in New York and later in Florida, Braun moved to Lexington due in large part to the opportunities for equestrians in the surrounding area and its close proximity to

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May 24 – May 28 the Kentucky Horse Park. As he gained experience as a competitor in other markets, it became his motivation to elevate the quality of horse shows available in Kentucky and beyond. “Our approach with the Jumping Tour is largely influenced by the fact that I’ve been a part of each of the audiences we’re catering to,” said Braun. “I come at it from the standpoint of an internationally competitive rider, but I have also been a horse show sponsor and a spectator,” said Braun. “My perspective comes from knowing every part of this business and understanding what each audience wants. We set lofty goals, but people are learning that we can deliver on our promises.” In addition to being the driving force behind the Split Rock Jumping Tour, Braun remains competitive at the Grand Prix level. He admits it can be a bit of a balancing act to train and compete a string of horses while also managing a national horse show series. “I always start my day off riding, then spend my afternoons in the office focusing on the Jumping Tour,” said Braun. “I’m very goaloriented, and right now my main goals are to compete at a high level but also to expand the Tour into a long-lasting, sustainable business. I couldn’t accomplish either, let alone both, if it weren’t for the incredible team I have working for me in the barn and in the office.” Since moving to the Bluegrass, Braun has developed a strong sense of loyalty to the area and to the equestrians who compete here. As a member of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, he is eager to someday see his innovative horse show series represented on the premier equestrian competition venue’s hallowed grounds. “The Kentucky Horse Park is what brought hunter/jumper competitors here in the first place. It, in large part, is what brought me here, so I am passionate about making sure we do right by the Kentucky Horse Park and the equestrians here in the area,” said Braun. “Our lives in the Bluegrass revolve around horses. They’re an important part of our community and I am committed to creating truly outstanding experiences for everyone involved.”•

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September 27 – October 1 Columbus, Ohio Brave Horse CSI 2*

October 4 – October 8 Columbus, Ohio Brave Horse CSI 3*

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Horse Park Happenings: May They say that April showers bring May flowers, but everyone knows that it really brings BIG fun to the Kentucky Horse Park! The summer season kicks off with a bang this month. Nearly every weekend brings something new and exciting out to the park grounds. From thrilling events that showcase some of the world’s most incredible breeds to runs, markets and more, there’s something for everyone! 2017 IHSA National Championships Thursday, May 4 – Sunday, May 7 The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association is celebrating its first 50 years while looking to the future as an organization serving over 400 educational institutions and 10,000 college riders. The IHSA promotes competition for full time student riders of all skill levels. Learn more at ihsainc.com. Kentucky Spring Horse Show & Classic Wednesday, May 10 – Sunday, May 14 Wednesday, May 17 – Sunday, May 21 This hunter/jumper show draws local, national and international riders, even former Olympians. Come watch riders of all ages compete for more than $250,000 in prize money! Visit kentuckyhorseshows.com for more information. John’s Run Local 8K Saturday, May 13 John’s Run Local 8k has teamed up with the The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky to donate money raised from the

race to the Arboretum Legacy Campaign. This campaign was established to raise funds to renovate and expand the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum and to establish an endowment to support the facilities and educational programs. In addition to supporting this cause, this 8K celebrates John Sensenig’s 40 years of service to the local running community, as well as to the community-at-large. USA Ultimate Frisbee Division III College Championships Saturday, May 20 – Sunday, May 21 Bluegrass Ultimate and VisitLex are organizing this energetic, fun event to be held on the Forego and Secretariat Polo Fields. It promises to be a thrill for spectators. Learn more at usaultimate.org. High Hope Steeplechase Sunday, May 21 The High Hope Steeplechase, a race that incorporates jumping along the track, benefits the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Along with the steeplechase races, the day will feature Side Saddle Races, terrier races, pony relays and the Parade of Hounds. Tailgating is encouraged. High Hope Steeplechase will take place rain or shine, so please pack appropriate gear. Admission ranges from $30 per car to corporate tents and picnic packages. Visit highhopesteeplechase.com for more information on this Lexington spring tradition!

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Equine MayDaze Horse Trials Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28 This nationally-recognized 3-day eventing competition brings together more than 500 horses and their riders from 20 states to compete at the Hunter Jumper Complex. The trade fair is a great attraction! Visit champagnerun.com to learn more. KDA Spring Warm-Up & Annual Dressage Show Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28 This event will feature United States Dressage Association, United States Equestrian Federation and International Federation of Equestrian Sports sanctioned classes. Introductory level tests all the way up to Grand Prix level tests will be on display as well as suitability, Para-equestrian, and freestyle classes. Learn more at kentuckydressageassociation.org. Vintage Market Days Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28 Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal

Don’t Miss…

Exhibit | Medals, Memories & Milestones: Great Moments in American Show Jumping

Through Friday, November 30

Exhibit | Legends of the Saddlebred World: The Lives & Times of Tom & Donna Moore

Through Saturday, December 30

Exhibit | Man o’ War: The Mostest Horse That Ever Was

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plantings and a little more. Find them on Facebook for more information. Save the Date: Kentucky Horse Park Run/Walk Club Mondays 5pm – 10pm It’s back! Spend each Monday evening through September 25th taking a leisurely stroll or energetic jog through the Kentucky Horse Park’s beautiful grounds. See equine superstars as they graze in the fields or come to enjoy the local food and craft beer vendors set up at the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center. Festival of the Bluegrass Thursday, June 8 – Sunday, June 11 This 4-day event brings beautiful music to the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. In addition to the Bluegrass performances, there are kids camps and activities for all ages to enjoy. Visit festivalofthebluegrass.com for more information and tickets. Celebrating 100 Years of Man o’ War Visit kyhorsepark.com for a complete list of events that will celebrate The Mostest Horse That Ever Was!

Stride Soccer Tournament

Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7 Cross Country Schooling

Sunday, May 7 – Monday, May 8

Memorial Day Campout (Campers Only)

Wednesday, May 24 – Sunday, May 28 The Glo Run

Friday, May 26

There are more great events to discover! Visitkyhorsepark.com for a complete listing of all the upcoming Horse Park Happenings, and be sure to visitTOPSinLex.com/calendar for more great events around town and all over Central Kentucky!

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PHOTOS | Lexington Legends Opening Day Whitaker Bank Ballpark | April 13 | lexingtonlegends.com | Photos by Ken Parks

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PHOTOS | Keeneland Keeneland | April 2017 | keeneland.com | Photos by Ron Morrow, Woody Phillips and Paul Atkinson

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PHOTOS | Keeneland Keeneland | April 2017 | keeneland.com | Photos by Ron Morrow, Woody Phillips and Paul Atkinson

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PHOTOS | Horses & Hope Luncheon Benefiting the Kentucky Cancer Program | Keeneland | April 12 | kycancerprogram.org | Photos by Paul Atkinson

Carol Pope, Sue Turner, Pat Geveden and Cindy Geveden

Judi Patton and Jane Beshear

Laura Jones

Judy Miller and Donna Ward

Robert Silverthorn and Heather French Henry

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PHOTOS | Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards

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Lindsey Duvall and Taveion Hollingsworth - Miss & Mr. Kentucky Basketball

Donna Murphy

Winston & Peggy Bennett

Heather French Henry and Billy Reed

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PHOTOS | YMCA Black Achievers Awards Banquet Embassy Suites | April 15 | ymcacky.org | Photos by Woody Phillips

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Curtis Warren and John Black

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PHOTOS | Construction Industry Appreciation Dinner The Campbell House | March 9 | agcky.org | Photos by Paul Atkinson

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PHOTOS | Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable Malone’s Prime | March 9 | womenleadingky.com | Photos by Ron Morrow

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Kaelyn Query, Andrea Walker, Carol Siler and Salvador Sanchez

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The Anti-Aging Institute invites everyone to kick off summer with them on Thursday, May 18th! Their state of the art practice is one of the only facilities in Lexington offering SculpSure, a non-invasive body contouring treatment that gets your body ready for the beach in no time. This FDA approved laser treatment reduces the number of fat cells in specific areas and has a 90% satisfaction rate! Curious about SculpSure or just looking fabulous for bikini season? Join Dr. Fadi Bacha and certified SculpSure representative Ali Fisher to learn more about this procedure on Thursday, May 18th from 6pm – 8pm. Attendees who book an appointment during the event will receive 20% off their first treatment. The Anti-Aging Institute will also be raffling off a free SculpSure treatment during the event! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get ready for summer with SculpSure!

3116 Harrodsburg Rd | 859.309.9946 | antiagingky.com

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Kentucky? Local Fashionistas Will Love Discovering Pirie Boutique Since it’s grand opening in February, Pirie Boutique has been bringing cute fashion at affordable prices to Central Kentucky women of all ages! With great gifts, accessories and current styles in stock, everyone will love checking out Pirie in the Lansdowne Shoppes. Owner Martha Chewning says that Pirie specializes in “gifts that make you laugh and immediately want to give it to your best friend!” Their gifts range from heartfelt and sweet to downright hilarious, perfect for a variety of occasions and personalities. They also offer gift cards in any amount. From Mother’s Day to graduations, there are plenty of reasons to check out the gifts at Pirie! Pirie has tons of new arrivals for the season. Their adorable dresses and rompers are perfect for enjoying the beautiful summer weather! They also offer tons of accessories to help complete the look. Pirie is located next door to another local style fixture, Cotton Patch, which is owned by Martha’s mother. The staff at Pirie prides themselves on making everyone feel right at home the moment they walk through the door. “We hope our customers feel like they have pals at Pirie,” Chewning explained.

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The Mosleys Continue a Legacy at Carl Meyers Sherri and Neil Mosley are thrilled to be back in Lexington after 24 years away. As the new owners of Carl Meyers, they are honored to continue the legacy Carl Meyers began through the ladies’ clothing boutique that bears his name. Sherri was born and raised in Lexington. Neil grew up in Eastern Kentucky, moving many times with his family through its connection to the coal business. The couple has two children: Bradley, who attends the Stewart Home & School in Frankfort, and a daughter, Rachel, who will be a senior at UK. Sherri studied Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles at the University of Kentucky for three years, and later graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. Neil also attended UK and received his B.S. in Mining Engineering. After graduation, he started his career in the coal industry thus receiving his Professional Engineer certificate. Carl’s eye for elegant and sophisticated style is still evident in the clothing lines carried in the store as well as several new designers that will be coming on board. Clients of the store can expect the same quality and service they have become accustomed to over the years.

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The Venues of the Grand Reserve Make Events in Lexington Stylish and Fun Looking for a unique, stylish event space? The Venues of The Grand Reserve have five great venues that meet a wide variety of needs. With a team of planners, decorators and floral designers, plus rentals and catering by Bluegrass Catering, everything needed for a fantastic event is in one place in the heart of the Distillery District! Spanning 50,000 square feet of space, the Venues of The Grand Reserve feature an elegant warehouse chic interior style. There are four unique indoor spaces plus an outdoor venue, making it easy to find a fitting space for any event. “Each venue’s features are sure to impress your guests and set the tone for an evening you won’t soon forget,” said Kelly King Bakehorn, Co-Owner & Event Planner. Their newest venue, Distillery Square, features rustic whitewashed brick, oak wood, corrugated metal, string lights and a working copper moonshine still. The rustic look is perfect for weddings, proms, banquets and other special events with between 200 and 1,600 guests. “At Venues of The Grand Reserve, tables, chairs and linens are part of your rental package! We even have photo booths! You don’t have to search for anything, not even the caterer,” Kelly explained. “Our team is here to take care of you and all of you event needs!”

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Location for Louis’ A Lexington tradition is in new hands, with a second location to better serve Lexington’s gardening needs! Opened in the early 1980s by Louis Hillenmeyer, Louis’ Flower Power Shops changed ownership in 2016. New owner Beau Spicer, Jr. is a lifelong gardener with a passion for plants and gardening. The original location in the Lansdowne area has been serving Central Kentucky for over two decades. Their newest location off of Harrodsburg Road aims to carry on the tradition of excellent customer service and top-notch gardening supplies. Their fully stocked gardening center focuses on quality materials and truly stunning plants. Their wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, as well as hard to find statues and containers, make Louis’ Flower Power Shops a one stop shop for every gardening need. Louis’ Flower Power focuses on being Kentucky Proud and connecting with the local gardening community. “We work hand in hand with many local growers to offer the best and newest plants on the market,” Beau explained. “We have many specialty growers growing just for us.” Louis’ Flower Power has a knowledgeable staff that’s always happy to help educate their customers, whether they are a professional or amateur garden enthusiast. They also offer biweekly classes to the public, free of charge, during the spring season.

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Skin Secrets Has Moved to Expand Their L One of Central Kentucky’s most trusted cosmetic dermatology practices recently moved to expand their Lexington office. They’re excited to welcome new patients into their beautiful and state of the art facility on Harrodsburg Road. Skin Secrets has been helping men and women of the Bluegrass reveal their beauty for decades. Skin Secrets moved to a larger facility last August and their new location on Harrodsburg Road offers patients wonderful experiences. They offer a spa environment from the waiting room to the individual treatment rooms. The staff at Skin Secrets is excited to perform the most advanced techniques in this new and exquisitely designed space for their patients. Skin Secrets has four board certified dermatologists on their staff. Only their highly-qualified physicians perform injections. This means their service is handled with the highest level of expertise for stunning results. Skin Secrets has achieved Allergan Diamond Status, and they have been recognized as Expert Injectors. Over 3 million doctors perform injections, but less than 3% qualify as an Expert Injector. In addition to injectables, the most popular services at Skin Secrets include laser rejuvenation such as IPL(intense pulsed light) and Profractional laser service, nanolaserpeels and laser hair removal. From microdermabrasion to cryotherapy, they have a solution for any skin problem which also includes microneedling, chemical peels and HydraFacial treatments. Their esthetic services also include lash and brow tinting, waxing, relaxing facials, makeup artistry and more! Skin Secrets offers proven solutions for skin concerns in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff of extensively trained and highly professional providers are eager to meet prospective patients!

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AS the April showers begin to fade away and the May flowers start popping up, our new calendar of events is ready for a little fun in the sun. Races are all the rage this month, from a neon wonderland glo course to the adventurous atmosphere of Kentucky Kingdom. The annual Relay For Life is always a celebrated outing, this year’s Vegas-themed event has the mantra of “Betting on a Cure!” The theatre scene is filled with oodles of fairytale fun, with a ballet interpretation of “Sleeping Beauty” and a stage performance of “Peter Pan” both on the docket. If you’re an animal lover, the Harvest For Horses is a great event to attend in support of providing a peaceful haven for horses to relax and recover until they find forever homes. The Kentucky Dachshund Derby combines two of our favorite things-adorable animals and cute costumes! Not to mention finding sweet pets a new loving owner. Those who love the arts won’t want to miss Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival or the Gallery Hop downtown. Both offer an eclectic mix of artists, food and exhibitions. It’s always nice to have options, and the forecast for May looks to have a little bit of something for everyone! JESSE L. BROOKS Calendar Highlights

MAY 5

The Legacy Ball 8:30pm | Commonwealth Stadium This red-carpet celebration will be held in the luxurious Woodford Reserve honoring the historic contributions of African-American jockeys and trainers in the horse racing industry. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds of this chic and culturally-enriching affair benefiting local charities and scholarships for African-American students who aspire to pursue equine education. Join in for dining, dancing and an all around great time for a great cause.

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Sleeping Beauty presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre 3pm | EKU Center for the Arts Direct from Moscow! An enchanted romantic fairy tale for all ages, the Russian National Ballet Theatre brings Sleeping Beauty to life through a performance perfect for the entire family. This lavish theatrical depiction includes classic players such as a wicked fairy, a beautiful princess, a gallant prince, and of course elaborate sets and beautiful costumes. Not to mention delight, fantasy, and drama.

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Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest Downtown Nicholasville Picture it: It’s the 2nd Saturday in May, and you and your friends are sipping and savoring your way through the booths of over a dozen Kentucky wineries. The festival is designed to celebrate all of the wonderful things that make Kentucky life so darn good–especially the unique blend of history, heritage, and modern wine making. You can also enjoy table dinners, 5k races, wine tours and more. Prices vary per event, attendees must be 21 for sampling tickets.

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6pm | Woodford Reserve Club at Commonwealth Stadium What’s better than a fun evening and an amazing cause? With your support, The American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. Purses, Pouts, and Pearls is a one-of-a-kind evening, featuring great food, a spectacular auction, purse bingo, and much more. Both individual and table tickets are available for this event.

Gershwin & Tao 7:30pm | Singletary Center

Lexington Legends v Greensboro Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Bluegrass Blast Gala Auction 6pm | 861 S. Broadway

Lexington Green Lakeside Live 7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

Lexington Legends v Greensboro

Scholastic Book Fair

7pm | Whitaker Bank Ballpark

9am-3pm | Lexington Center

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Good Blues Tonight

5-8pm | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park

7:30p | The Lyric Theatre

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presented by Kentucky Ballet Theatre Lexington Opera House

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Mother’s Day weekend will never be the same as Peter and Wendy fly across the stage (literally!) during this beautiful story. Make your Mother’s Day gift magical with Indians, lost boys,Tinkerbell and of course, Peter Pan. These memorable characters will whisk you away to Never Never Land where Captain Hook and the pirates offer hilarious obstacles for Peter and his spirited companions. A whimsical fairytale performance with your Mom sounds like a winning way to spend a Friday night.

MAY 13 Southland Street Fair 3-8pm | Southland Drive

Dancing With the Lexington Stars pm

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Central Kentucky Heart Walk

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5-8pm | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park

Lunafest 7:30pm | The Kentucky Theatre

MAY 19

LexArts Gallery Hop 5pm-8pm | Downtown Lexington During the LexArts HOP, thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions, special events, and food and drinks at supporting venues. LexArts HOP is arguably Lexington’s most anticipated visual arts celebration. Patrons begin at one of nearly 50 locations and visit as many or as few participating venues as they would like. Admission as always is free.

8am | Keeneland

Lexington Green Lakeside Live

Mayfest Arts Fair

7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

10am | Gratz Park

OperaLex Presents: Encore 2017!

MAY 20

6pm | Keeneland

Walk For Wishes

Lexington Green Lakeside Live

5pm-8pm | Downtown Lexington

7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

MAY 14 Mayfest Arts Fair 10am | Gratz Park

Vintage Baseball at Waveland 1pm | Waveland

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The Walk For Wishes event is a local Kentucky MakeA-Wish fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes throughout the Commonwealth. Make-A-Wish day at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville will ic off with the al or ishes event efore the park opens. Walkers will have the opportunity to spend the day at the park if they reach their fundraising goal of $100 for Kentucky kids!


Community

Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest

MAY 24

12-8pm | Heritage Hall

Harvest For Horses

Rock ‘n Soul Pops

6pm | Talon Winery

7:30pm | Lexington Opera House

9am | Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Harvest For Horses is a farm-to-table experience to enefit the entuc y uine enter. uests will sip on delicious wines and beer paired with hors d’oeuvres and a course dinner created by a celebrity Chef using ingredients sourced locally. Live acoustic music and a wine & bourbon action will also take place. 100% of proceeds enefit the center for a peaceful haven for horses to relax and recover until they find forever homes.

MAY 20-21

MAY 25

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival

Lexington Legends Thirsty Thursday

Lexington Green Lakeside Live 7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

RJ Corman 5K 9am | RJ Corman Railroad Group

Great Strides for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Midway University rancisco s arm rts estival is a uried fine art event featuring artists from more than 14 states. The twoday outdoor event is held at Midway University in Historic Midway, Kentucky. Visitors to the festival meet and interact with artists and purchase directly from the creators. In addition to artists’ booths are eclectic food concessions, live music, public art projects, artist demonstrations, and other special exhibits. Free event!

MAY 21 High Hope Steeplechase 12pm | Kentucky Horse Park

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7pm | Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Lexington Opera House

MAY 26 Lexington Green Lakeside Live 7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

The Glo Run 5K 9pm | Kentucky Horse Park

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Community

June

JUNE 1

Central Bank Thursday Night Live 5-8pm | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park

JUNE 2 Night Market 6-10pm | 700 Block of Bryan Ave.

Free Friday Flicks 7pm | Jacobson Park

Lexington Green Lakeside Live

2017 Relay For Life 4pm-12am | Masterson Station Park Relay For Life is one of the most celebrated events across the country. This years theme will be all about Vegas with “Betting on a Cure”! Not to worry: it will be family friendly with games for adults and kids. Attendees can buy tickets to use at each team’s booth on the games. There will be live entertainment, a luminary ceremony, food trucks and a survivor dinner. Admission is free with a “more the merrier” policy.

Kentucky Dachshund Derby 9am-5pm | Scott County Brooking Park

7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

JUNE 3 Lexington Green Lakeside Live 7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

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Come join in the fun with live music, tasty food, a silent auction, Lucky Pet Adoptions, Racing for Dachshunds, Costume Contest ( all pets) and even a car show. The fundraiser is held annually to help raise funds in support for the Kentucky Dachshund Rescue.


Community

Bike Lexington Family Fun Ride

MAY 9-11 & 16-18

8am | Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza

It’s a Grand Night for Singing!

JUNE 6 Courtesy Fun Day Golf Tournament 11am-5pm | University Club of Kentucky

JUNE 8 Central Bank Thursday Night Live

presented by University of Kentucky Opera Singletary Center for the Arts One of the beloved traditions of Lexington, this great event features over 100 UK Opera students, musicians, local Kentucky talent and professionals coming together for six amazing performances in a fast-paced Broadway style revue. Performances on June 9, 10, 16 and 17 begin at 7:30pm while performances on June 11 and 18 begin at 2pm.

5-8pm | Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park

JUNE 9 KET’s Summer Celebration 7pm | Donamire Farm

JUNE 10 Mutt Strut 9am | Keeneland

Lexington Green Lakeside Live 7pm | The Mall at Lexington Green

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TOP SHOTS

SOCIETY

Anita Madden at Our Divine Ms. M

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Lisa & Tom Biederman at the 5th Annual Bourbon & Browns Charity Benefit

Bill Meck and Martha Mortell at the 2017 Kentucky Rose of Tralee

Bluegrass Youth Ballet at the LexArts Fund for the Arts Campaign Kickoff

Mark Stoops at the Blue White Spring Game

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Profile for TOPS Magazine

May 2017  

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

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