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Tops Cares: Anchal Project


Meet the media: Mark Weinberg


Feature: Habitat For Humanity


Fitness: A Better Version of Yourself


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Martini’s And Mammograms


The Pink Prom


Evening Of Hope Gala


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“Colon One” Golf Scramble


Thrive Center Ribbon Cutting


Rivalry Gala


The Doctors Ball


2017 Cornerstone Awards


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CONTRIBUTORS Photographers

Danny Alexander Dick Arnspiger Joy Bauer Brian Bohannon Jolea Brown Tim Furlong Jr. David Harrison Steve Squall

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Megan Hillenmeyer Allison Jones Steve Kaufman Marcella Kragel Ina Miller Nancy Miller Remy Sisk

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Letter from the editor

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y first answer is family. Second is friends. After that, ranking gets trickier. A vocation I love. A hometown so fascinating that I had to move back. Chocolate. Netflix. So many bands I can’t list them here. The Speed. You get it. There’s a lot. An older, wiser mentor once said to me that it’s impossible to be stressed if you practice gratitude. While I may save that topic for an actual article, there are dozens of psychological studies that show just that: Gratitude changes the chemistry of your brain. It can help override anxiety and boost that incredible happiness hormone we call serotonin. Yes, gratitude is good for you. Remember that if you’re feeling just a teeny bit more anxious than eager about your impending Thanksgiving gathering. If you have people to celebrate with, you have something to be grateful for. Our cover model and cover story, Damaris Phillips, certainly

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embraces that notion and her laughter-filled “fake” Thanksgiving meal certainly inspired me to take a fresh look at the plans surrounding my own. I hope that her ideas and the rest we’ve compiled in this pre-holiday issue will spark renewed gratitude and enthusiasm for our city, the season and your own special place in it all. Happy Thanksgiving!



Steve Kaufman

WRITER, “Shop Local, Y’all” and “Nostalgia Trip”

Kevin Broady

DESIGNER, October and November Issues He’s the talented designer who swept in and rescued us when our rock, designer Joanna Hite Shelton, went on maternity leave. A freelance graphic designer currently residing across the river on a small farm with his family. He has spent the last 23 years in the design field working with publications in South Florida and now here in the Louisville metro area. Further work can be found on his portfolio at

Steve Kaufman’s professional career has taken him from Chicago to New York to Atlanta to Louisville. From Wrigley Field and Madison Square Gardens to Manhattan office towers and boardrooms, from Fifth Avenue luxury boutiques to suburban New Jersey malls, from European department stores to New Delhi street merchants’ stalls, from Michigan football to Kentucky basketball, from interviewing New York governor Nelson Rockefeller to interviewing Louisville’s Cookie Lady.

STEVE SQUALL PHOTOGRAPHER, Cover It’s the fourth Tops cover for photographer Steve Squall... “a mercenary photographer/fictional character who was invented with the hopes of making beautiful images. In his free time, he enjoys walking around with songs stuck in his head, eating fancy foods, and taking trips to the Star Wars Galaxy. He loves his mother, his girlfriend Kate, and his dog.”

He is also a published novelist, and an undefeated Jeopardy champion. But his Jeopardy was a daytime show filmed in New York in black and white. Yes…. He is that old.

Remy Sisk

WRITER, “Seasonal Spectacles” Remy Sisk is an experienced writer having served as editor of Modern Louisville and associate editor of The Voice-Tribune after graduating from Indiana University. In addition to writing, Remy is an actor around town and serves as artistic director for the nonprofit theatre company Acting Against Cancer. In his spare time, Remy enjoys trying to be more like Lana Del Rey and collecting empty bottles of Old Forester Signature.

Nancy Miller

WRITER, “Cuisine And Top 5” Nancy Miller is currently a columnist and is the former restaurant critic for The Courier-Journal. She also writes about food and dining, interior design and feature subjects for a variety of publications. The author of four volumes of Secrets of Louisville Chefs Cookbook, two other cookbooks and 100 Fascinating Louisville Women, she is working on a book about Chicago chefs and restaurants that will be published in the fall. Ms. Miller has made frequent appearances on radio and television and has been the featured speaker at numerous events. In addition, she is the founder and president of Miller Madison, a marketing communications firm.

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The daughter of The Greatest is an overachiever in her own right who will speak at the Go Red for Women luncheon in Lexington on November 17. (The event is sponsored by our sister publication, TOPS Lexington.) Their editor, Megan Hillenmeyer, caught up with her to discuss her latest lifestyle projects and how she does it all.

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ince retiring from the boxing ring as an undefeated champion in 2007, Laila Ali has accomplished more than most women can claim in a lifetime. She’s a wife and mother of two. CEO of her own lifestyle company. Author. Television and podcast host. Philanthropist. Motivational speaker. And, recently, she’s launched her latest venture—Laila Ali Lifestyle, a blog and podcast that promotes healthy, active living. “I always said I wanted to be like Martha Stewart, but with a twist,” Laila recalls. She’s well on her way, producing motivational, instructive cooking, exercise and wellness content for her fans on her own multimedia channels and hosting a show on the OWN Network called Home Made Simple. “I’m super excited about it,”

she says. During each episode, Laila and a team of design experts visit the home of a deserving family to help them transform their lifestyle. They not only makeover their living space, but Laila also teaches them how to cook healthy, family-friendly recipes. Home Made Simple season premiered Saturday, November 4th and fans can catch it on OWN at 9am EST. In January, she will release her first cookbook, Food for Life, featuring healthy family friendly comfort food recipes. “We have a big problem with chronic illnesses, and they’re directly related to our lifestyle choices,” she explains. “Know that there are a lot of healthy 70-year-olds out there who are fit, eating right, doing yoga and full of energy and vitality-- just by taking care of themselves.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2017 15

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Tree & Trim Trends By Christine Fellingham

Even traditional holiday dĂŠcor can use an upgrade every now and then. Here, some tricks of the trade from Donna Singleton, Cherry House floral designer and resident treedecorating guru.

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he’s the decorating mastermind behind 10,000 dazzling square feet of trees, garlands, centerpieces and swag that makes Cherry House a destination during the holidays. “We have something for everyone—from the traditionalist to the minimalist,” says Donna who also frequently tricks out her clients’ homes during this hectic season.

And while red and green are here to stay, this decorating pro has seen an evolution in holiday décor that follow trends in home design. “Trees used to be very random, but they’ve become more artistic,” she says. “We used to put bows on the tops of the trees, but now we create spheres with the ribbon or bring it down vertically for more drama. And instead of separating similar ornaments, I sometimes cluster them to create pops of color. I’ll also use garlands to create cascades rather than wrapping them around the tree. And I like to incorporate large elements—like lanterns or angels—in between branches.” Here are some other fresh twists to consider when you’re decking your halls:

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A Dream Deal On A Dream Home How would you like a $600,000 house for one hundred dollars? That’s what the grand prize winner of the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle will receive. And you don’t have to have a ticket to the Snow Ball to get in on the fun and fundraising. Read on. By christine fellingham • Photos by norton commons

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t’s the over-the-top raffle that creates so much buzz at the Norton Children’s Hospital Snow Ball gala every year. Typically, the announcement of the winner draws gasps and gleeful shrieks during the dessert course at the downtown Marriot ballroom. Here’s why: For just one hundred dollars, participants get a chance to win a dream home in the picturesque Prospect community of Norton Commons. (First prize is also shriek-worthy: It’s a 2017 BMW 2 Series from BMW of Louisville.) This year’s home is a 2,400 Italianate two-story located at 6119 Mistflower Circle and filled with wonderful details like 12-foot ceilings, arched doorways, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances and a second-floor loft with a kitchenette. And it’s completely turn-key. The interior has been custom-decorated by local interior designer Leslie Cotter Dorazil with luxurious transitional furnishings including upholstered headboards, hand-painted chests, reclaimed wood tables and local artwork. All you have to do is claim your prize and pack your suitcases.

IF YOU’D LIKE A CHANCE TO WIN: Tickets to the Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW raffle can be purchased on line at or by calling (502) 559-5437. Tickets are $100 and only 12,000 will be sold. Drawings will be held on November 18, 2017. Other prizes include gas for a year, groceries for a year or a curved 4K LED smart TV. Proceeds benefit Norton Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care units.

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If The Walls Of Norton Children’s Hospital Could Talk The stories they would tell would look very much like the 125th anniversary exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. Here are a few highlights from the museum’s inspirational must-see.

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veryone has their Norton Children’s Hospital story,” says Penelope Peavler, president and CEO of Frazier and a former Norton scoliosis patient. “In a hundred and twenty-five years, this hospital has touched a lot of people.” Dozens of those people showed up for the opening of the exhibit that chronicles the hospital’s long history of caring for our community’s children. Former patients, current patients, parents and medical staff mingled among the interactive, engaging and sometimes highly emotional installations. There are video and newspaper clippings telling the story of the Carrollton bus crash, models of tiny mechanical hearts and a huge play area with exam rooms, ambulance equipment and doll “patients.” While the stories of these special visitors were sometimes heart-wrenching, the collective mood was upbeat. “It feels good to be here,” says Quinton Higgins, above, a Carrolton crash survivor who attended with his daughter. “We all share something. And hearing the stories and watching the way people were cared for, you realize how connected we all really are.” 

IF YOU GO: “Hope and Healing: 125 Years of Norton Children’s Hospital” will be at the Frazier History Museum through February 4. For more information, go to

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Thanksgiving Louisville’s own Food Network star and author of Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy graciously invited us into her home for a delicious, vegetarian Thanksgiving feast. No one left hungry. By Christine Fellingham Photos by Steve Squall


he’s a local girl turned Food Network star and now, Damaris Phillips, lover of bacon and barbecue, has a new cookbook: Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy. If it seems unlikely that the host of Food Network’s Southern at Heart and co-host of Southern & Hungry would be waxing poetic about meat-free stuffing and salads sans bacon crumbles, it’s no more unlikely than her meteoric rise itself. A graduate of Jefferson Community and Technical College with a degree in culinary arts, she was a cooking instructor when she won Food Network Star in 2013. Flash forward just four years and in addition to her other Food Network duties, she’s co-headlining “The Bobby and Damaris Show” with the network’s most famous chef. “Even I can’t believe it some days,” she says from the stylish kitchen in the Germantown home she shares with her husband Darrick Wood. “Except that my travel schedule makes it feel real.” (After staging a delicious Thanksgivng for us, she was flying to New York City to start her book tour.) Darrick, an educational instructor and vegetarian, is the inspiration for the new book. “Darrick has totally improved me as

I have learned so much about cooking by looking for new ways to do things. I’ve learned so much about flavor… I’ve found new oils, new spices, new combinations.”

a chef,” she says. “I have learned so much about cooking by looking for new ways to do things. I’ve learned so much about flavor… I’ve found new oils, new spices, new combinations.” While she is often on the hunt for meaty Southern dishes on her Food Network Show, she and Darrick are meat-free at home. “I’ll occasionally eat a club sandwich or order a pepperoni pizza, but we don’t keep meat in the house,” she says. “It’s not on our grocery list. And we eat well. I don’t really miss it.” Her experience speaks to the way an increasing number of families of vegans, vegetarians and carnivores shop and cook— and the way they’ll be cooking during the holidays. “I think, truthfully, the home vegetarian cook is ahead of ninety percent of chefs in the world of vegetarian cooking,” says Damaris. “If you were going to do a vegetarian throwdown, my money would always be, always on the vegan home cook over the professional chef who’s not a vegetarian. They are the experts.” And now, of course, she is too. “I didn’t learn this in culinary school,” she says. “I’ve learned through Darrick and I’ve learned through practice. Now, I can make vegetarian dishes that my whole family will

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life+style eat. It’s not a big deal to cook a meal for meat eaters and nonmeat-eaters. Everything tastes just as delicious.” As for the couple’s own Thanksgiving traditions? “So, we either go to his family or mine,” she says. “We switch off every year. At my family, it’s traditionally been all the cousins, all the aunts, my grandfather, so everybody brings a dish. And it’s awesome. Mom and I usually end up bringing the bulk of the sides and Mom always makes the turkey. Ike (her brother) makes the stuffing. His stuffing is the best stuffing. Hands down. He’s very humble about it, but it’s the best.”

those.” They’ll be heading to Darrick’s family home in Cincinnati on Wednesday night and spending the whole weekend eating and Christmas tree hunting and Black Friday adventuring. “We’re also going to try our hands at a breakout room and catch up on the newest movies,” she says. “I’ll get back in town on the 18th for my Grampy’s 102 birthday and will have a break from work until the 27th! Clearly, I am very excited!"

What does the Food Network star bring to the table? “I bring desserts a lot. And I make some kind of vegetarian option. I do green bean casserole. It’s one hundred percent my favorite casserole to make.” When it’s his family’s turn (which it is this year), she can bring her family favorites. “The best part about going to his family is that I get to test out all of my family’s recipes on them,” she says. “I make Ike’s stuffing. I make Mom’s turkey. Mom taught us to make yeast rolls, so I bring

ALL ABOUT THE BOOK Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: Down Home Classics for Vegetarians And the Meat Eaters Who Love Them (Abrams, $29.99, hardcover) is available at Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Amazon.

HOLIDAY MEAL ADVICE FROM OUR FOOD NETWORK stAR  TURKEY TECHNIQUE: “I had never made a turkey until l I was like 28. I was living in Seattle and I had to call my mom and I was like, “Mom, oh my God, how in the world do you make your turkey?” And she said, “You get the turkey all thawed and seasoned and put it into a super, super, super hot oven for twenty minutes and then you lower it down and cook it fifteen minutes for every pound. And it works! It’s always perfect.”

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 SETTING THE TABLE. “I think it’s always better if things don’t match perfectly because then nobody is going to be like, “Oh, that’s out of place.” Just let it be a celebration of favorite things. ‘This was my grandmother’s and this is his family’s. I found this at a yard sale. My mom picked that up for me.’ Then it all works and has meaning.”

 PLATING. “Plating is just thinking about color. It’s part of Thanksgiving—which is brown-tacular. We have brown and we have some brown. But it’s also harvest colors if you bring in things that are in season. Use striped vegetables like squash and celebrate that type of cooking. Beets are a fantastic fall vegetable and they’re gorgeous and you don’t have to have a ton of them.”

 PREP. “The best way is always cooking in stages. Get some things ready before. Have things you can make the day before and just heat up. Have everything you can almost ready. Let people bring things. Let people help plate. No one should be stuck in the kitchen for hours by themselves.”

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Soysage & Goat Cheese Stuffed Squash 48 TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2017

− Kosher salt − 1/2 cup wild rice − 2 (1-pound) acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed − 4 tablespoons olive oil − Freshly ground black pepper − 2 ribs celery, finely diced − 1 large shallot, minced − 1 tablespoon za’atar − 1 pound bulk Italian soy sausage (in log form) − Grated zest of 1 lemon − 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled − 4 teaspoons maple syrup

Directions: Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook until the grains are puffed and tender, 45 to 55 minutes. Drain off any remaining water. Meanwhile, start the squash. Brush the squash with 2 tablespoons of the oil and season aggressively with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Add 1 tablespoon water to the baking sheet and bake until tender, 25 to 35 minutes.

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes Ingredients: − 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 11/2inch pieces − Kosher salt − 8 ounces full-fat ricotta − 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature − 2 cloves garlic, minced − 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest − Freshly ground black pepper − 1/4 cup whole milk (if needed), warmed

Directions: Put the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and put them in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. add the ricotta, butter, garlic, and lemon zest and mix on low just until smooth, being careful not to overmix or the potatoes will become gummy. Season with salt and pepper. if the potatoes seem dry, add the milk to loosen them. Serves 6

Warm the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and shallot and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the za’atar and 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, stir, and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes to disperse the spice flavor Add the soy sausage to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the soy sausage is golden brown and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. Add water as needed to deglaze the pan and prevent sticking while cooking. Transfer the soy sausage mixture to a large bowl and toss with the rice and lemon zest. Fold in the goat cheese so that some large

pieces still remain but are evenly dispersed. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Fill each squash half with the sausage mixture and bake cut side up until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Drizzle with the syrup before serving. Carnivore version: Replace the soy sausage with 1 pound bulk Italian sausage. Follow the steps and cooking times as directed above. Plant-based version: Replace the goat cheese with 1/2 avocado, diced. Follow the steps and cooking times as directed above. Serves 4.

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Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Maple Mascarpone Icing Ingredients:


− 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

− 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

− 2 teaspoons baking soda

− 8 ounces cold mascarpone cheese

− 2 teaspoons baking powder

− 1/2 cup heavy cream

− 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

− 1/3 cup (65 g) sugar

− 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice − 1 cup vegetable oil

− 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out

− 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

− 2 teaspoons maple extract

− 3 large eggs − 1 tablespoon vanilla extract − 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes

Directions: Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a standard 10-cup (2.5-liter) Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the oil and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and sweet potatoes and blend on low until thoroughly mixed. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a rack and cool completely. Meanwhile, make the icing. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the mascarpone, heavy cream, and sugar, then mix on low until uniform. Scrape down the sides if needed to ensure everything is getting mixed in. Add the vanilla bean seeds and the maple extract to the bowl. Mix to combine, then increase the speed and beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until the icing is nice and thick. Put the icing in an 18-inch (46-cm) pastry bag. Snip off the tip. When the cake is cool to the touch, use a back-and-forth motion to drizzle the top of the cake with the icing from the center to the outside and back again. Repeat until the entire cake is iced.

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Green Bean Casserole Ingredients: − 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced − 1/2 cup bourbon − Kosher salt − 3 pounds green beans, tops removed, cut in half − 4 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, sliced − 1 tablespoon olive oil − Freshly ground black pepper

− 4 cups mushroom broth − 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the casserole dish − 1/4 cup all-purpose flour − 8 ounces goat cheese − 1/2 cup heavy cream − 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped − 1 cup cooked brown rice − 4 ounces bread crumbs

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). In a sauté pan, simmer the onion in the bourbon until soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. While the water heats, fill a large bowl with ice water and put a strainer in it. Drop the green beans into the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge the green beans into the ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain well. Toss the mushrooms with the oil, season with salt and pepper, and spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 8 minutes. Set aside. In a small pot, heat the broth over medium heat until just under a simmer. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook until golden brown, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. Gradually add the hot broth to the butter and flour mixture, whisking constantly. Cook until it starts to boil, about 3 minutes. Add the cheese, cream, and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Toss the green beans and mushrooms in the warm sauce. Butter a 9 by 13-inch (23 by 33-inch) casserole dish. Spread the rice in the dish and top with the green bean mixture. Cover with the bread crumbs and bake for 15 minutes. If additional browning is desired after baking, place under the broiler. Eat. Oh, green bean casserole really is wonderful! Serves 8.

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Shop Local, Y ’all

Louisville has always been a unique and colorful place because of its support of local businesses—especially local retail businesses. As we enter the holiday shopping season, Steve Kaufman takes a look at our shopping and spending habits and how they impact our community. By Steve Kaufman

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ouisvillians have always had a special appreciation for independent, locally owned businesses. You can see it in most of the city’s main shopping districts and strip malls, where locally owned retail either dominates— think Bardstown Road or East Market Street— or sits shoulder to shoulder with national chains— say, on those strip centers along Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews and Middletown.

This is particularly true in the restaurant world. Louisville has developed an earned reputation for supporting some of the most innovative and creative restaurateurs in the country, who are now achieving national reputations partly due to TV food and cooking channels. Yes, it has not been an easy time for bricks-and-mortar retail in the world of the Internet. Across the country, once dominant retail brands are going bankrupt. Just this year, The Limited, Toys R Us, Payless Shoe Source, BCBG Max Azria and Wet Seal declared bankruptcy. The Gap, which used to own specialty apparel shopping— whether in the malls, or on Main Street— is closing hundreds of locations. But, according to surveys, all retail sales in Louisville have actually increased over the past decade. Much of that is attributable to the city’s strong core of local merchants. Not only is this good for the merchants, who live in the area; and for their employees, who find jobs in the area; but it’s also good for the local economy. As we head into high season for holiday shopping, it’s a good time to take a look at how we spend and why it matters.

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The Louisville Retail Landscape: A Snapshot

our money?

Motor vehicles and parts dealers


General Merchandise Stores


Food and Beverages


Eating and Dining


• total retail establishments in Louisville


• number of retail jobs in Louisville


• new retail hires in 2015


• number of retail shoppers drawn to Louisville each year


Growth in retail sales in Louisville between 2005-2015


Of county establishments classified as retail in 2015


Gasoline Stations


Health and Personal Care Stores


Building Materials and Gardening Stores


Clothing Stores


Furniture Stores


• average annual retail salary for employees 24 and under


• average annual retail salary for employees 25-54


• average annual retail salary for employees 55 and older

Note: These statistics provided by Kentucky Sector Retail Profiles, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 2016 Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky

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Of county sales attributable to retail


Of county jobs attributable to retail


Electronics and Appliances Stores


Sporting Goods



shop local. eat local. support local.



VERBANA CAFÉ 502.425.0020

THE HAT GIRLS • 502.619.3460


SOMETHING BLUE • 502.690.9720

THE PET STATION • 502.326.3501


WILD GINGER 502.890.5157


GELATO GILBERTO 502.423.7751

7 SOUTHERN GIRAFFES • 502.409.4343

SET THE STAGE • 502.741.8484


LULUBELLES BOUTIQUE • 502.708.2145 502.749.8400

CITIZEN 7 502.690.6390

How Much “Shop Local” Money Goes Back Into Our Economy? 55.2%

Of independent local retailers revenue is recirculated back into the local economy


Of national chain retailers revenue is recirculated back into the local economy


Of independent local restaurants revenue is recirculated back into the local economy


Of national chain restaurants revenue is recirculated back into the local economy

Roughly $10 billion

Annual retail store sales across all lines of goods (excluding motor vehicles and gas stations), according to the 2007 Economic Census

Note: The findings have been unequivocal: Independents bring substantial benefits to their local economies when compared to their chain competitors. While chain stores and restaurants extract locally generated revenues from the community with each nightly bank transaction, independents are creating a virtuous cycle of local spending. The extra dollars in the local economy produce more jobs for residents, extra tax revenues for local governments, more investment in commercial and residential districts, and enhanced support for local nonprofits. In short, these businesses create better places.” – Indie Impact Study Survey, Louisville, 2012

More And More Stores 1.45 million square feet of current downtown retail space

7% (99,100 square feet) is the expected growth of retail space in 2018 Note: These facts come from the Louisville Downtown Partnership

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Work The Metal Work the Metal is one of the finest places NULU has to offer, and it is positively a destination location. The locally owned shop is a cornucopia of beautiful clothing, as well as all the accessories you could dream of, from sunglasses to purses. They have the largest selection of jewelry in Louisville. Beyond personal sartorial style, Work the Metal has also got you covered on home decor. The store has brilliant interior designers on staff, always at the ready to help you make your own home every bit as stylish and fabulous as the store. The holiday season is always a glorious time at Work the Metal, complete with free gift wrapping in their trademark blue boxes. Work the Metal is located at 1201 Story Avenue, their website is at You can call them at (502) 584-2841.

Louisville Originals A great local gift for any occasion, the Louisville Originals Gift Card is accepted at all member restaurants. Gift cards can be purchased online, at all ValuMarket stores, Rainbow Blossom stores and the Louisville Visitor’s Center downtown. It’s the perfect gift for the Holiday Season.

Find out more at

Restaurant Members: Bistro Le Relais • Bluegrass Brewing Company - Arena • Bristol Bar & Grille - Downtown • Bristol Bar & Grille - Highlands • Bristol Bar & Grille - Hurstbourne Bristol Bar & Grille - Jeffersonville • Come Back Inn • Eiderdown • Hiko-a-mon - Downtown • Hiko-a-mon - Westport • Mayan Café • Molly Malones - Highlands • Molly Malones - St. Matthews Napa River Grill • North End Cafe - Crescent Hill • North End Cafe - Highlands • RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge • Sweet Surrender Dessert Cafe • The Irish Rover • Uptown Cafe • Vincenzo’s

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Who’s Keeping Louisville Weird? The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) represents local, independently owned small businesses, with a state mission of “preserving the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area, by promoting locally owned, independent businesses and to educate citizens on the value of purchasing locally.” They introduced the slogan “Keep Louisville Weird” on a billboard in 2004 and, since then, it has become an inspiration for creative endeavors, lifestyle choices and leisure activities.

Of the 902 LIBA members:

46% offer


24% are



are food and dining

6% are


4% are


A Brief History Of Small Business Saturday

The Impact Of “Shop Local” Marketing 7.4% of growth in revenue for 2015, is in communities with an active “buy independent/buy local” campaign. About 33% of businesses with a grassroots group, like LIBA, who have “become more engaged in advocating on public policy issues.” 44% of independent business owners who said LIBA has raised the awareness and support of independent businesses by elected officials. There was a 3.1% increase in Holiday Sales among Louisville Independent Retailers in 2015. 61% Of Locally Owned Businesses reported overall sales increases in 2015. 72% of locally owned businesses said LIBA’S Buy Local First campaign positively impacted their business. Note: These figures come from the Institute for Local Self Reliance survey, 2015

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Small Business Saturday, sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (this year on November 25), is a national movement to support local, independent small retailers during the Thanksgiving weekend – the beginning of the Christmas shopping period. 2010: It was started by American Express, and is a registered corporate trademark. It was part of Amex’s ShopSmall campaign to support its participating merchants with advertising and marketing help and advice, offering rebates to shoppers who used their cards on that day. 2011: the U.S. Senate recognized it as an official calendar day, and it has gone well beyond a shopping day only for Amex cardholders. 2013: The UK (that’s the United Kingdom, not the University of Kentucky) adopted the holiday campaign– even though it doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. 2015: According to Alison BrotzgeElder of Greater Louisville Inc., consumers spent $16.2 billion nationwide on Small Business Saturday.

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Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey At a Kentucky state dinner in 1935, then-Governor Ruby Laffoon declared that nothing tasted better than “a sip of Kentucky bourbon and a bite of chocolate.” As luck would have it, local chocolatier Ruth Booe, of Rebecca Ruth Candy fame, overheard Laffoon, and 2 years later, after much experimentation, the Bourbon Ball was born. Since then, that magical, harmonious alchemy of bourbon and chocolate has delivered on that promise of “nothing better.” Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey adds to that legacy of sophisticated indulgence by pairing hand selected, aged Kentucky Whiskey with the artisanal flavors of finely crafted chocolate. Established in 2015, locally owned and produced Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey already feels like a tradition. Using all-natural ingredients, including Kentucky whiskey aged to perfection, Ballotin

has an experience for the taste buds that everyone can enjoy. Ballotin comes in four flavors, including lush Original Chocolate, rich Caramel Turtle, refreshing Chocolate Mint, and the truly timeless Bourbon Ball. Says Paul Tuell, Ballotin’s founder: “Our chocolate whiskeys are conceived of the flavors that naturally, organically, and somewhat magically occur in fine whiskeys — caramel, nuts, vanilla, mint, and chocolate. Our Ballotin whiskey expressions are simply a further articulation of all the complex, nuanced, lovely, and far-ranging flavors that naturally occur in the Bourbon and whiskey-making process”. Ballotin is available at local liquor stores. Check them out online at

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Steepleton It’s no secret that Steepleton is the first and last word in billiards for Louisville, with a selection of pool tables and equipment that is absolutely unrivaled. However, you might not have heard that Steepleton is all about fun and games for the whole family. Kids love the elaborate play sets and trampolines, adults are fond of the grills, luxurious patio furniture, and other backyard accessories. They even stock classic arcade games! Steepleton holds a commitment to the highest quality products and the finest customer service. The showroom is a wonderland- after one visit, you will know that Steepleton is your recreation headquarters. Steepleton is located at 282 N Hubbards Lane, and are online at They are available by phone at (502) 897-7665.

Springfree trampolines make great gifts! Safe fun for the entire family.

Mellwood Arts Center The Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center is a Louisville treasure, always ready for discovery. When you’re looking for something truly unique and special, visit one of the local artisans at Mellwood. You’ll find one of kind items for your gift giving, such as custom hats, shoes, jewelry and art work. You can even grab a slice of pizza or a cup of coffee while you’re visiting. Mellwood is also home to artist studios, gyms, and a ballet studio. Mellwood is the perfect spot for special events with space available for corporate outings, weddings and parties. The open layout can truly be transformed to anything you can envision. Abundant parking makes it a snap for your guests. Whether it’s a holiday gift or a holiday party, Mellwood’s got you covered! Mellwood Arts Center is located at 1860 Mellwood Avenue. Visit them online at You can reach them by phone at (502) 895-3650.

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Cartwheels Papers & Gifts Chenoweth Square shopping center is a lovely location, tucked away in the heart of St Matthews. It’s a real treat for shoppers, fulfilling your needs from food, clothing, jewelry, hair, gardening, home furnishings and more. Cartwheels Papers & Gifts is a beautiful jewel in the Chenoweth Square crown! Cartwheels is your headquarters for unique gifts and stationery for all occasions. The local family owned shop is now entering its eighth holiday season, but is still as dynamic as ever, and continues to take great pride in it’s whimsical and heartfelt Christmas offerings. Cartwheels features work by wonderful local artists all year long. Cartwheels has expanded holiday hours: They are always open Monday through Saturday 10-5, but in November and December, they also are open Sundays 12-4. Come in and see what you discover! Cartwheels is at 3919 Chenoweth Square, and are online at You can reach them by phone at (502) 895-1800.

Hot item for the season:

The beautiful Karen Adams calendar for 2018, a triumph of design that will keep you centered all year.

Clater Jewelers Clater Jewelers has been your locally owned, old fashioned, full service jewelry store since its founding in 1949. The store features a wide variety of beautiful diamond, gemstone, silver, and fun fashion pieces. The shop is Louisville’s sole member of the Independent Jewelers Organization, the largest jewelry buying group in the world, giving them access to unique jewelry no one else can bring you! The all women staff, including a Graduate Gemologist and gentleman jeweler are ready to remount, repair, appraise or engrave. Clater is the name you can trust in the jewelry business! Clater Jewelers is located at 1201 Herr Lane #170. They are online at and can be reached by phone at (502) 426-0077.

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Dwellings Dwellings, located in the Heart of Saint Matthews, is a home furnishings retail store operated by a talented team of interior design professionals. They are available to support you with all your Interior Design needs. Established in 1995, Dwellings offers an edited collection of fine home furnishings, accessories, art, and gifts. Owners and designers Donna Outlaw and Shane Pearson launched the home design store over two decades ago. Dwellings has set a standard for innovative design, customer service and project management. The team of Interior Designers are skilled in all aspects of design, ranging from simple paint and fabric choices to full scale construction and commercial projects. Whether your style is traditional, metropolitan or contemporary, our professionals have the expertise to assist you in making your home an expression of you. Dwellings is located at 139 Breckenridge Ln, can be reached by phone at (502) 896-2990, and are online at

Digs Home and Garden Digs has been a locally owned resource for style since their inception in 2000, and throughout the years they’ve been dedicated to an eclectic design approach that is exclusively you. With a wide range of products and vendors, Digs can provide you with a personally tailored aesthetic for both indoor and outdoor furnishings. With a large in-store selection and helpful staff, Digs can make your home shine for the holidays. They have recently added a collection of women’s wearables and jewelry, and they even stock greeting cards perfect for any occasion! Digs really lights up at the holiday season, with beautiful Christmas decor and diverse gift items. Whether you’re looking for an affordable gift or something more extravagant, (or anything in between), Digs is the place for you. Digs Home and Garden is located at 3905 Chenoweth Square, can be reached by phone at (502) 893-3447, and are online at 62 TOPS LOUISVILLE | November 2017

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Apricot Lane Life is full of events, and dressing accordingly is what helps make them special. The personal stylists at Apricot Lane Boutique are ready to get you on point and make your shopping experience a fantastic one. You will be dressed to impress, no matter where you’re going. Apricot Lane Boutique is all about fostering personal relationships with customers that last for years, and with a large inventory of items under $100 and truly engaging service, they are sure you will be back. This season the hot gift item is: $59 super soft Sherpa fleece pullovers in an array of colors. Great gift for all ages. Also, be sure to check out the long leather tassel earrings, created by an LA designer! Apricot Lane Boutique is located at 1301 Herr Ln, can be reached by phone at (502) 708-2823, and are online at

Pandora Of Louisville There’s something for every taste at Pandora of Louisville. The fantastic shop features a lovely selection of rings, necklaces, earrings, and bangle bracelets, all at a surprisingly affordable price with no compromise in luxurious quality. Their bright, beautiful showroom is filled with gorgeous accessories. The shop has a true local flare, as the local franchise is run by Whitney Scott, while her mother, Roberta Scott manages the Lexington location. Pandora’s most popular items are their charm bracelets, each uniquely based on the individual’s personality and cherished memories. They are all wonderfully singular- No two are alike. They provide heartwarming and enjoyable reminders of love year round, and are only available at Pandora. Pandora of Louisville is located at 5000 Shelbyville Rd Suite 1430. You can call them at (502) 749-4310.

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Estate Sales Reinvented EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE is the premier estate sale marketplace, combining white-glove customer service with leadingedge technology and a global audience of more than 1 million monthly shoppers Selling the contents of a home doesn’t have to be stressful, complicated, or labor intensive. EBTH’s full service model – photography, cataloging, payment and delivery – makes the process easy (and worthwhile: proceeds are typically 3-5 times higher than a traditional estate sale). Our global network of bidders maximizes the reach of your sale, while our end-to-end customer service attends to every aspect of the estate sale process. Whether you’re selling an entire collection or a few select items, EBTH has got you covered. Find the opportunity that’s right for you, and let us tell you why EBTH is the most trusted estate sale service. CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION: 502.806.8356 •


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The Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book doesn’t corner the market on creative, over-the-top giftgiving ideas. Here is our own, unapologetically luxe, extremely local version. Happy giving. By Christine Fellingham

Pure Pampering Indulge someone with one unforgettable treatment or a sybaritic series.

The Ultimate Salt Glow This mind-and-body melting massage leaves you with silky-smooth skin and a tension-free body. It starts with a gentle sea salt scrub and morphs into a sixty-minute, hydrating massage with custom-blended oils. If you can stand afterwards, you leave lusciously scented and light as a feather. ($130, at Joseph’s Salon and Spa at 3938 Dutchman’s Lane,

A Facial that Feels as Good as it Works There may be no more luxurious skincare treatment than the extended, ninety-minute Healthy Skin Facial session at Massage Envy. Once the esthetician has exfoliated and cleansed to the depths of your pores, she mixes and massages in custom masks, then finishes with a slow, soothing neck, shoulder and scalp massage that leaves you feeling as radiant as you look. ($93, at Massage Envy at four Louisville locations. Go to for info.)

A massage for two A shared hour (or hour and a half) of blissful relaxation is the ideal gift for a busy couple. Aromatherapeutic oils and soft music start melting away tension before the massages even begin. ($130 for sixty, $190 for ninety minutes at Body RX at 601 S. Hurstbourne, 502-974-3447,

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Give An Unforgettable Girls’ Night Who knew that a group of girlfriends could take over so many fun local boutiques for a private evening of shopping and socializing? Arrange one in her favorite neighborhood.

Start the party at Six Sisters

Bring your Book Club to Apricot Lane

Sip and Style at Liv Boutique

Buy a gift card, call ahead and make arrangements for her to host her next girl-gathering or club meeting after hours at this cozy NuLu boutique. The location makes this a fun first stop on a trek to galleries, restaurants and bars. Groups of ten or more get three hours of shopping, socializing, wine, sweets, and a twenty percent discount-- or donation to favorite charity. (Six Sisters, 804 East Market, 502-690-9986. Ask for Katie and mention TOPS.)

Move her book or wine club into this comfortable East End boutique; you won’t be the first! Just buy a gift card in any amount to be used the during her private shopping night and tell her to round up her friends and check their calendars. Apricot Lane will supply the wine and cheese and offer twenty-five percent discounts to the host and twenty percent to her guests. (Apricot Lane, 1301 Herr Lane, 502-708-2823.)

Five friends and a gift card in any amount are all it takes to have an after-hours VIP shopping party at his comfy St. Matthews boutique. Private parties here include personal stylists, bourbon or wine and cheese and a twenty percent discount for everyone. Give a gift card and a calendar date. (3704 Lexington Road, 502-654-7337.)

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Sweet Dreams Transform someone’s sleep rituals with cozy bedding that turns their bedroom into a sanctuary.

Layers of luxury Velvet quilts, faux fur throws, silky European sheets add up to a dreamy night’s sleep. At Bedded Bliss, they can help you design the kind of bed you can’t wait to fall into. Let them help you do just that for someone who would never do it for themselves. (Left: Pillows, $74 to $292; fur throw, $125; velvet quilt, $518, all at Bedded Bliss at 3936 Chenoweth Square, 502-899-5153.)

A Magical Mattress Why not give someone you love the incredible comfort of a fivestar hotel mattress every night. You can find a huge selection of fabled Tempurpedic mattesses starting around a thousand dollars at the many Sleep Outfitters around town. (Go to for locations and info.)

Dreamy Aromas It’s the perfect antidote to tossing and turning: a beautifully sculpted glass aromatherapy diffuser that emits the soothing, natural scents while you sleep. The Paradise illuminating diffuser also emits soft, colored light that turns a bedroom into a tranquil oasis. ($69.99, at

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Thrill Someone

These gifts will keep someone smiling long after the tree comes down.

A LEXUS-- WITH A BOW It’s not just a memorable commercial. The sparkling Lexus with a bow is indeed a real gift-giving option and, according to Lexus of Louisville Managing Partner Walter Weibel, it happens all the time. “We have the bows, we can deliver it to your house in the middle of the night and help you create that moment,” he says. According to Weibel, the most popular models for gifting include the RX 360 and GX . “They’re SUVs that drive like cars.” His advice to anyone attempting to gift a car is to find casual ways to discuss car preferences before you buy. Go out and car shop just for fun or leave brochures around the house so you can discuss favorites. “Of course, if for any reason the person wants another color or model, we have 72 hours to exchange.” he says. And if you can’t commit yet, you can wait for Valentine’s Day. That’s when the new RX with the third row will be introduced. (Lexus of Louisville is located at 2400 Blankenbaker Pkwy, 502-410-1737. Ask for Walter Weibel or General Sales Manager Simon Fields.)

A BARREL OF MADE-FOR-YOU WINE It’s just what the wine enthusiast in your life needs for their wine cellar or next big, special occasion: one barrel (twenty-four cases or 288 bottles) of a wine made just for them at our critically-acclaimed downtown winery. 502 Winery has come up with the dream experience for wine drinkers— a chance to sit down with a winemaker and create a personally-blended red wine. (It’s like having a winery without the maintenance.) The process begins with a half-day meeting with a 502 Winery winemaker-- tasting blends, nibbling charcuterie and concocting that perfect, personal formula. The wine would then be aged in an oak barrel for a month to nine months. (Timing would be discussed during the initial tasting session.) As the wine matures, the lucky gift-recipient will enjoy follow-up tastings and discussions about their label design. Once the wine is ready, twenty-four cases— or 288 bottles— with custom-designed labels, will be delivered to their home for many happy toasts to come. ($9,995, at 502 Winery, 116 South 10th St, 502-540-5650.)

FRESH FLOWERS, ALWAYS Why should floral deliveries be saved for special occasions? Let someone you love have the pleasure of enjoying floral arrangements that arrive weekly, daily, or as often as you like for as long as you like. You can pre-select the types of arrangements and schedule the regular deliveries or simply give them a gift card and the suggestion. Either way, they’ll have a home filled with the aroma of fresh blooms for weeks or months to come. (Call 502-526-5528, or go to to order.)

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Sydney Jamie AND

College sweethearts Sydney and Jamie Goldsmith orchestrated an elegant and unforgettable wedding celebration that started at St. John United Church of Christ and ended at an enchanted courtyard at Mellwood Arts Complex many magical hours later. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Leonard Boulware


hen Jamie Goldsmith proposed to Sydney Shurn on the day of her University of Louisville graduation, he set the wedding celebration bar high. He chose that already emotional day so they could celebrate with friends and family and maybe so that he could have a little extra help in executing his elaborate plan. “He had props, flowers, cards… he was over the top,” says mother of the bride Ivvy Shurn. “Her father (Kevin Shurn, President and Owner of Superior Maintenance Co.) and I knew the proposal was coming, but Sydney didn’t.” Since Jamie was trying to spell out “Will you marry me” on the pool deck below her parents’ Waterfront Park Place balcony, the popping of the question kept being delayed. “Jamie and I were both running around getting props; he kept thinking of just one more thing,” says Ivvy. “He’s a little bit of a perfectionist and Sydney is too. He wanted it to be everything she dreamed of.” When he finally proposed later that evening, there was an immediate yes.

“Everyone there knew this wedding was going to be an event,” says Ivvy. Sydney, meanwhile, just knew that it was going to be in the fall. “Fall is my favorite season and I’d always dreamed of a fall wedding.” She also wanted a downtown wedding where friends and family could let loose and have a great time. She had visions of an old gothic church and fell in love with St. John United Church of Christ: “It is just gorgeous and they were wonderful to work with.” A custom runner (with the words “Sydney, I love you! Not only for who you are, but for who I am when I am with you. Start walking. Your king is here and ready to say I do.”) ordered by her groom was a surprise romantic touch that she didn’t see until she set foot on it. “That was an amazing moment for me,” she says. The ceremony was full of meaningful touches—the flower girl’s dress was designed and made by Sydney, the couple jumped the broom, guests signed their names on puzzle pieces from a puzzle of the couple’s entwined hands. “We kept adding details,” confesses Ivvy.

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We feel so blessed that we were able to share this moment with so many people we love.”

The couple traveled to the reception in a 1938 Chrysler Imperial limousine—another surprise from the bride’s parents—to their reception at Mellwood Arts Complex. “I settled on Mellwood early because they were downtown and they were one of the few places that could accommodate our guest list of almost 500 people,” says Sydney. “They also have exposed brick and polished concrete and I wanted a rustic glam wedding. I loved that it was a blank canvas where we could bring in anything we wanted.” Anything she wanted included an “enchanted courtyard” outside with shimmering cocktail tables and illuminated trees. “Jamie and I are living in New York and we both love cocktail lounges where you can just kind of chill,” says Sydney. “We wanted to have that for our guests.” They also had an illuminated dance floor, thousands of strung lights both inside and out, an elaborate seated dinner and a Louisville cream cart with custom-made Smoked Pecan ice cream with Woodford Reserve Doubled Oaked since the groom works for Brown Forman. “We also had a Brown Forman bar and Cellar Door bourbon balls with Old Forester 100 proof,” says Sydney. “Jamie was adament that any spirits were Brown Forman.”

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Adding to the glamour of the day was the bride’s second dress which she changed into after the bouquet toss. It was custom made by a New York designer under Sydney’s guidance. (The bride is a fashion student at Parson’s School of Design.) A few of her friends and maid-of-honor joined her in making a wardrobe change to perform a choreographed dance for the groom. “That was one of my favorite parts,” says Sydney. “It was just an incredible memory with my friends and I can’t imagine a better group of girls to have planned that with.” When the wedding finished in the early hours of the morning, the couple truly felt they had marked this momentous occasion in exactly the way they had hoped. “What made it so special for us is that everyone was there…. And I mean everyone,” laughs Sydney. “We feel so blessed that we were able to share this moment with so many people we love. 

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Wedding gown: Bridals by Lori Wedding reception dress: Versailles Wedding Coordinator: Yolanda Demaree Bridesmaids’ attire: Miss Priss Cake designer: Cakes by Camille Calligrapher: Calligraphy by Tracy Caterer: Masterson’s Ceremony Music: Corey Gaines, Daniela Hazel, Pat Mathison, Joshua Watkins Choreographer: Safiyyah Dance Company Décor and Flowers: B.J. at Millennium Events DJ: Empty Beats, B96.5 Favors: Cellar Door Chocolates

Groom’s tuxedo: My Suit Hair Stylist: Gerri Belle Makeup artist: Stevyn Smith Photographer: Leonard Boulware for Starlight Photography Reception music: Terra Leavell, LOgan Leet Transportation: Classic and Affordable Limousine Service Tuxedo rentals: Sam Meyers Valet service: Ready Valet Venues: St. John United Church of Christ, Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Complex Videographer: Sampley Brothers Productions


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Boutique Spotlight:

BAZ and BEA With custom-dyed garments, hand-made jewelry and styles for every size and budget, Justin Keibler and Nathan Smothers manage to bring something new and different to Bardstown Road. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Ryan Noltemeyer

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he eclectic streetscape of Bardstown Road has a quirky new landmark near the Grinstead intersection. BAZ and BEA— with their gigantic windows framing lifelike, exquisitely-styled mannequins— breathes a breath of fresh air and creativity into the famously diverse retail offerings.

“We love being here. And people have walked in and said thank you to us,” says co-owner Justin Keibler. It’s not just because their recent move from downtown, added the excitement of another locally-owned boutique to this lively street. It’s because the tiny, six-hundred-squarefoot shop has a huge point of difference from most fashion retailers: “We truly want to be a place where everyone can shop,” says Justin. “We have sizes extra small to three XL. We don’t want anyone to walk in here and think this store isn’t for them.”

Inclusiveness and artistic inspiration are everywhere you look: From the physically and racially diverse mannequins (“We thought it was important to find mannequins who reflected the diversity of our clientele”) to the spectrum of styles that range from flowy and bohemian to slinky and edgy… to accessories that range from hand-made wooden bangles to vintage-inspired hats. Many of the reasonably-priced wares are hand-made or hand-dyed by one of the co-owners, both of whom have backgrounds and educations in fine arts. “We never sleep,” jokes Justin. “We’ve created a studio in our home and we’re always in the middle of the next new project.” Justin makes striking hand-carved and hand-dyed wooden rings, bangle bracelets and necklaces. However, both custom-dye their core collection of dyeable pieces—including a fringe poncho, $68; step-hem tunic, $48; palazzo pants, $52; kimono jacket, $72; and their signature Ruana wrap, $54 which can be worn three or four different ways.

The BAZ and BEA Dyeable Collection Their signature pieces can be custom-dyed with a proprietary low-water technique

“What’s wonderful about our dyeables is that they’re truly one of a kind,” says Nathan. “And if you don’t see a color you like, we’ll create it. We have clients who keep coming back for the same pieces in new colors. People tend to get hooked on the idea.” The customization doesn’t stop there, the dynamic duo will also dye vintage pieces or wardrobe items that need a new life. “We saved a mother of the groom recently when she came in to have her cream lace dress dyed petal pink,” laughs Justin. “She said she couldn’t have gone to the wedding otherwise.” Their personal touch is evident in their approach to customer service too. In addition to custom-dying clothes, they will custom-dye their wooden jewelry and custom-order clothes for clients as part of their free personal shopping services. “We will work with a client any way they want. We can do a full wardrobe consultation where they set goals for the year or we can help

style and shop for special events,” says Justin. “We just want to make shopping easy and fun. We want every client to feel comfortable shopping here and to feel happy in her clothes.” 

WHEN YOU GO BAZ and BEA is located at 1433 Bardstown Road, 502-365-1029, and is open 11 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday, 12 to 5 PM on Sunday and closed on Monday. Go to for more info.

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The Good Life Just Got Better The Gold Standard Award For Optimal Again Celebrates Older Adults Who Lead Engaged And Flourishing Lives. Treyton Oaks Would Like To Introduce You To Five Of Their Residents Who Received These Distinguished Awards:

Meet our residents...

Kenton and Rhu Hayes, 90 and 86

Outstanding Couple Award 2017

Natives of rural Kentucky, Mr. and Mrs. Hayes always set a standard for character and commitment in all that they have done, including an insurance business they founded. Mr. Hayes was a graduate and trustee at University of Louisville, and was one of the principal founders of Treyton Oaks Towers. When the couple’s active lifestyle was slowed by physical ailments and an onset of dementia for Mr. Hayes, Mrs. Hayes transitioned to loving caretaker, all while continuing to serve as a leader at church and at Treyton Oak Towers.

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Jane Blakely, 92 Technology and Continuous Learning Award 2017 Veteran Award 2016

Born just before the Great Depression, the technical advances witnessed by Ms. Blakely are truly staggering to consider and she continues to grow with her ever-changing environment. In her 80’s, Ms. Blakely received a smartphone as a gift, and quickly learned how to use it. In her 90’s now, she continues to text and use apps to stay connected with family and friends. Ms. Blakely embraces changes in technology and is now using an Amazon Echo and teaching “Alexa” how to do things. center front

Norma June Danks Lewis, 92

Ms. Lewis learned sign language at a very early age from the hearing-impaired Aunt and Uncle who raised her. Her family told her “good girls don’t join the military.” This inspired her to enlist at the age of 19. Her ability to sign has served her all her life, and allowed her to be an interpreter for Robert Kennedy and President Bill Clinton. Ms. Lewis has said “I could do so much for so many, that’s a gift. I will share this gift until I drop dead.” Back Right

Edith Pitzer,


Ms. Pitzer is a warm, engaging, active, thoughtful, and playful person who defies her age of 95. She still safely drives herself to church and joins her grandchildren

Veteran Award 2017

and great-grandchildren in the swimming pool. She talks to school groups about her participation in the Navy during WWII. At a recent event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II, Ms. Pitzer enjoyed the evening by dancing with friends.


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Creating the forever home of Christy and Saul Pohn was a labor of love that took three years and a trusted interior designer who could walk them through the hundreds of decisions that went into decorating 8,000 square feet of interior. By Allison Jones • Photos by Tim Furlong, Jr.

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hen it came time to realize their long-term dream of building and decorating a custom home from scratch, Christy Pohn had a very clear vision of what she wanted and what she didn’t. She knew exactly who could guide her: Donna Outlaw, an interior designer and friend who worked at her favorite décor store, Dwellings. “Christy had been one of our regulars in the store for years and we had helped her with her previous home,” says Donna. “When she and her husband were ready to build, we already had that rapport with one another, so it was a natural fit.” Their relationship took some of the stress out of the very detailed and lengthy project; Donna worked with the family through a full year of planning and two years of building. “I find such joy in starting a project, getting a visual of what the client is looking for, and then putting the pieces in play,” she says. The stunning end result truly is a dreamcome-true for Christy and Saul, their seven-yearold twins and cat, Kizzie.

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We feel very blessed and realize that a home is not how big and beautiful your house is, but how you live in it… how you love in it.” Standing: Christy Pohn Sitting: Donna Outlaw

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ith the new home, Christy’s style went from a more casual look to a sophisticated, yet comfortable, transitional style that blended well with her antiques. “She wanted their home to be family friendly, so a stylish but functional décor was a must,” says Donna. “I encouraged them to go neutral with their big pieces — upholstery and window treatments — then add color with pillows or other accent pieces. It’s so much easier to change out a pillow that you grow tired of versus that floral fabric on the sofa.” Christy loves the unique floorplan specifically designed to fit their lifestyle. “We wanted to keep clutter to a minimum, have lots of storage and closets and a larger, more functional kitchen,” she says. “Additionally, we wanted a walk-in pantry with an additional refrigerator. We utilized every space we could for cabinets, including hidden ones in the island.”

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oth Christy and Donna focused much of their attention on the heart of the big home: the kitchen. “Kitchens are where the family gathers,” says Donna. “This is the space that I suggest clients splurge on since, aside from the bedroom, it’s where you spend the most time.” The island makes a statement with its stained dark walnut base, complemented by a light granite countertop and accented by taupe leather chairs. Stainless steel pendant light fixtures are suspended from the tray ceiling — stained in the same dark walnut as the island base–providing a contrast from the white wall cabinetry. “This kitchen/hearth room is definitely the most used room in our home,” says Christy. “I love the way it opens up to the loggia that has phantom screens.” Aside from the décor, there are an abundance of architectural

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elements that add the “wow” factor. The triple barrel vault ceiling in the great room and dining room are dramatic focal points, while the stairwell skylight showcases a stunning descending globe chandelier. The exterior of the home is Indiana Limestone. Christy wanted her home to look timeless: “Early on in the planning, I googled Indiana Limestone houses and fell in the love with the understated elegance. It isn’t too busy, and in a hundred years, it will be as beautiful as it is today.” Because of this carefully-executed combination of functionality and timeless style, the family will be as happy with the home years from now as the day they moved in. “We feel very blessed and realize that a home is not how big and beautiful your house is, but how you live in it… how you love in it,” Christy says. “Family is everything.”

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Donna’s TOP 17 Décor Sources We asked Donna Outlaw of Dwellings to share some of the essential design sources for the Pohn’s stunning home.

Builder: Jeremy McGraw/Provident Homes

Master Bedroom Walls: Porter Paint Stone Gray

Furniture and accessories: all from Dwellings

Architect: Ben Robbins Architecture

Powder Room Walls: Thibaut grasscloth Wallcovering

Cabinets: Chris’s Custom Cabinets/Jeff Hayden

Main floor paint color: Porter Paint Ashen

Daughter’s Room: Porter Paint Silver Dollar and Mountain Laurel

All Trim Work and Moldings: Steve LaFollette

Main floor trim: Sherwin Williams Snow Bound Ceiling stain on kitchen ceiling and island base: Dark Walnut Master Bathroom Walls: Nina Campbell Luxury Designer Wallpaper

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Son’s Bedroom: Porter Paint Flagstone Façade of the home: Indiana Limestone

Audio/Visual and Control 4 System: Century Entertainment Outdoor Custom Railings: Bluegrass Ornamental Iron Countertops: Eleet Stone

Louisville 4505 Shelbyville Rd, Suite 100 • Louisville, KY 40207 (502) 835-2001 •

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Dining: a fresh twist on BRUNCH Recipe: zeggs zing TOP 5 DINING: comfort zone

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A Fresh Twist On Brunch

The iconic hybrid meal has been perfected in an imaginative fastcasual chain that makes breakfastlunch an everyday, anyway indulgence. Here’s how a few local restaurant veterans served up ZEGGZ. By Nancy Miller • Photo by David Harrison food photos by andrew kung

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s it breakfast? Is it brunch? No matter what you call it, ZEGGZ is ready to wow you with delectable dishes, many of them made to order and all of them using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and inventive twists on classic recipes. It’s an accommodating, laid-back kind of place where you can order up Piggy Sticks (cherrywood bacon-stuffed pancakes on a stick) and a glass of self-serve champagne from their new and novel champagne keg. (It may be the only one of its kind in the country, by the way, and it’s available for parties for a reasonable rental fee.) To further tease your palate and imagination, the ZEGGZ menu features a wide spectrum of egg/bacon/sausage/potato/biscuits selections, including a variety of omelets; crème brûlée french toast and Belgian waffles. Someone at ZEGGZ took time out from concocting the yumminess of the dishes to give them offbeat names that are bound to make you smile. The Picoso omelet is chock full of eggs, chorizo, jalapeño, two kinds of cheese and avocado. The folks at ZEGGZ aren’t content with simply listing eggs, biscuit, fried chicken and sausage gravy when they can call it Smothered Chicken. Too bad for the chicken, but you gotta admit it’s catchy. And addictive!

You’re going to be surrounded by a bevy of breakfast lovers, but that doesn’t mean ZEGGZ ignores the lunch-y crowd. They may have to sit a spell while they ponder Lunch Specialtz like the Farmhouse Club, Derby Cobb, Brunch Burger or Boone’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich. Who is Boone? We’re not sure. But whoever he or she is, the sandwich is darn good. If you’re not in the mood for champagne (really?) but would still like an adult beverage, maybe the Mimoza, Bloody or Screw will be the perfect libation with your meal. Don’t worry about the kids while you’re sipping away. They’ll be happily busy eating kid-friendly fare such as Tenders & Taters

(southern fried chicken with fries), a grilled cheese or the Big Pig (egg, bacon, sausage and American cheese with a biscuit on the side.) A new ZEGGZ Kidz menu is all about convenience and catering to the on-the-go family. Those Piggy Sticks, unlike a stack of hotcakes, are ideal for eating on the way to school. Like the regular menu, the Kidz menu can be ordered online or with the ZEGGZ app and will be ready for pick-up when you arrive. Taking the kids to ZEGGZ won’t break the bank. They eat free on weekdays from 7 to 9 with an adult purchase. Eating at ZEGGZ is as cozy and comfy as eating at home. At the Middletown location you can schmooze with your friends in front of the fireplace or enjoy the view just

outside the windows. The Lime Kiln Lane spot is equally relaxing with its spiffy, casual ambience. Whichever location you choose, you’ll be welcome to linger. If you’re in a hurry, you can make your meal a quick inand-out although you won’t want to stay away very long. ZEGGZ has a unique Happy Hour! Happy Hour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. When you get up at 4 a.m. to make biscuits, happy starts at 10 a.m. ZEGGZ (2 locations) 2400 Lime Kiln Lane, Suite 3 502-742-6292 11615 Shelbyville Road, Suite 102 502-882-1650 

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The Inside Scoop with

Ashton Lockhart

ZEGGZ partner and president

By Nancy Miller • Photo by David Harrison

How was the idea of ZEGGZ hatched? Most of the partners are no strangers to the restaurant industry and there are decades of experience at the ZEGGZ board table. We’re all locals and, as you know, Louisville is a “foodie town,” but not in a snobby way. It’s part of our culture that meals are more of a social engagement rather than about sustenance. Geographically, Louisville is technically Midwestern, but socially, we are “sweet tea and gravy.” On that note, ZEGGZ really does have some of the best gravy you’ve ever put in your mouth. It’s like your granny is in the kitchen and, appropriately, we call it Kentucky Pound Cake. Part of that Southern hospitality our city is so famous for is that we break bread with just about everyone we meet. We decided to concentrate on the first two meals of the day because that’s where we saw the biggest void in the market and thought we could produce something new and different

Why do you say ZEGGZ serves brunch, not breakfast and lunch? Brunch is about eating cake in the morning and drinking before it’s socially acceptable. It’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It’s champagne and bacon. Brunch is fun and that’s precisely why everybody loves brunch. We don’t want people to wait for the weekend for the best meal. We want people to have brunch every day. We’re open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Have you always been a brunch person? I can’t say that I know anyone who isn’t a “brunch person.”

Would you cALL ZEGGZ “fast casual”? We do. Like traditional quick-service of “fast-food” restaurants, ZEGGZ accommodates the fast-paced world we live in. Between soccer practice, gymnastics lessons, tutoring, etc., people don’t always have an hour to devote to a meal. At ZEGGZ we accommodate the on-the-go lifestyle but do it with local, fresh ingredients and offer far more choices. ZEGGZ delivers a healthier and more customized meal than you get at a drive-through.

Who developed the menu? ZEGGZ has assembled an incredible team but, of course, our menu development starts with our executive chef, James Love. James is young, innovative and has a “rock and roll” edge to him, but is also a great father and family man. He really understands our customer because he is our customer and is, for lack of a better phrase, a really “cool cat.” Brunch is fun and it shows with our menu. We also drew from the familiar flavors of Kentucky, for our Hot Brown Benedict and Weisenberger cheese grits. Our customers overwhelmingly gravitate to our “Build Your Brunch” section where you pick your ingredients from a myriad of options and the kitchen prepares it fresh. We recently added the “Build Your Own” B(r) urrito (brunch burrito) to our menu and, to no surprise, it was instantly one of the most popular items. With all the ingredient choices there are literally millions of combinations of that one menu item. That’s what our customers love about ZEGGZ.

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Let’s get to the bubbly, the Bubblz Machine! It took months and several different companies coming together to make it a reality and is the first system of its kind in the U.S. (and maybe the world; we haven’t seen anything like it, anywhere.) It’s self-serve bubbly on tap. Pull one handle and out comes Brut; pull the other and out comes Rose.

But there’s more to ZEGGZ’s libations than THE BUBBLY, right? Brunch simply isn’t brunch without a cocktail or two. Our bar menu is just the essentials – Mimozas, Tito’s Bloodys and Fancy Squeezed Screws, a Tequila Sunrise and the KY Coffee. And, if you’re wondering why we call it Fancy Squeezed Orange Juice, just look at our juicer. It’s really fancy and kids love watching it work.

ZEGGZ takes the hassles out of ordering. You’ve thought of everything? Technology is a critical part of the fast-casual model. We’ve devoted much effort putting systems in place that make our customers’ lives just a little easier. We offer online ordering and ordering via our app, and delivery via Postmates. You can choose from the regular menu, ZEGGZ Kidz menu and our full catering menu. You can even order days in advance so you can run in and grab your brunch-to-go.


Zeggs Zing This sparkling signature brunch cocktail is delightful any time of day, with or without a self-serve champagne keg.

Top with 1 part champagne

1 dash of Lemon Bitters

I part fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 part ginger syrup

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COMFORT ZONE Restaurants

No matter what kind of familiar dish you and your crowd are craving, Nancy Miller has found your new favorites. BY Nancy Miller • Photos By David Harrison

− left to right • The Georgian Room , shrimp dish • The Cheddar Box 2, pan seared salmon salad • Waylons St Matthews, texas gold burger with fries • The Blackstone Grill, braised bison short ribs • Hull & High Water, the seafood tower.

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; BLACKSTONE GRILLE 9521A U.S. HIGHWAY 42 • 502-228-6962


e’re not suggesting that you order the chocolate chip bread pudding before you take your first look at the Blackstone Grille menu. Having given you fair warning, don’t blame us if at the end of the meal, your server says, “Sorry, we’re out of the bread pudding.” You’ll leave not knowing the taste of a heavenly dessert. Owners Rick and Cathy Dissell are familiar faces to Louisville diners. To Blackstone Grille they bring years of experience and warm hospitality. “A lot of our customers are friends, a lot of friends are customers. Many people who used to go to Rick’s (the Dissells’ former restaurant) come here. We must be doing something right. They enjoy our food and staff,” says Rick. He says Blackstone Grille doesn’t try to do “anything crazy,” that it serves comfort food with a Blackstone twist. The New York strip steak is accompanied by a sweet onion jam that would be good without its leading partner, the meat. Chicken Scarborough is a chicken breast jazzed up with teriyaki sauce, mushrooms and country ham. Is it the tequila or the chorizo that makes the tequila cilantro sea scallops kick with flavor? Don’t overthink what’s going on in Blackstone dishes. All the goings-on are superb. Don’t forget the coyote quesadilla, lobster wontons, fried chicken livers and lamb chops.

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ven as southern comfort food lovers began packing his restaurant, Gospel Bird, Eric Morris was envisioning a restaurant that would feature global street food and would be called Concrete Jungle. Despite the early buzz that accompanied the idea, Morris and his partner rethought their plans and pivoted toward a totally difference concept, Hull & High Water. Talk about a successful pivot. “It’s a neighborhood seafood kind of joint. We have dollar beers and not much bourbon. We’re a local, bring-the-family, affordable place to eat a couple times a week,” says Morris. Raw oysters are practically flying out of Hull & High Water, and that’s quite a feat for an oyster. He estimates he sells more than 600 a day. Also on the raw bar are shrimp, snow crab legs and a seafood tower. The Low Country Boils are a not-to-be missed feast. Give in to smoked wings, red chili shrimp, clam chowder, blackened tuna, jerk chicken or a catfish Reuben. Morris says the Po’ Boys are selling like crazy.

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Put on the spot to name his favorite dishes, he says, “Believe it or not, the smoked tuna dip with ruby red tuna. It’s incredible, the real deal. But the red beans and rice is absolutely my favorite.”

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he Georgian Room is the newly-named dining room at historic Science Hill. Little about the interior has changed, but has been refreshed. New chef Charles Rice has updated classics while retaining the menu’s southern character. “We’re enlivening the menu and using products from local farmers. As we trimmed down parts of the menu, we expanded others,” says Patti Wilson, chief operations officer for the Science Hill property. Carolina shrimp and grits were tweaked to be Louisiana shrimp and grits. White cheese was replaced with Cheddar and andouille sausage was added. Visitors who have flocked to Science Hill for a Hot Brown won’t be disappointed. It’s basically the same but now has a bit of southern flair, being served in a mini cast-iron skillet set on a linen napkin that’s placed on a porcelain plate. On the new menu are Hot Brown mac and cheese, catfish, Nashville hot chicken and a goat cheese burger. Desserts change daily but always include biscuit pudding with bourbon sauce. A walnut brownie with bourbon soaked walnuts and a mini rice pudding with seasonal fruit are also sweet endings to a meal. Before or after your meal, stroll through the property to visit several shops – silver, children’s, gifts, horse-themed, garden – and a full-service design studio. It’s the perfect way to round out a relaxed trip to the country.

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heddar Box Too says it wants to be as much “your place as it is ours.” Stop in for breakfast or lunch and you’ll see and feel what they mean. It’s casual and friendly enough that you’ll think you dropped in to visit a neighbor.


When owner Mike Powell took over about three years ago, he gave the restaurant some TLC and worked with the previous chef and current chef, Andre Bynum to spark-up, but not overhaul, the menu. You may start the day with breakfast selections such as pancakes (add blueberries, strawberries, pecans, chocolate chips or granola), steak and eggs, or Eggs Benedict. If you’re a breakfast any-time-of-the-day eater, Cheddar Box Too will happily accommodate you. Powell and Bynum’s well-rounded menu also offers soups; salads, such as the baby spinach, seared salmon and Cobb; and a variety of sandwiches like the tuna melt; turkey, Benedictine and bacon; honey chicken; turkey and Cheddar; and chicken club. Seasonal specials are often added to the menu. “We take a lot of pride in knowing our customers’ names. We know some regulars so well we have their drinks ready when they get to the table. One of the neatest things to me is that the guests know one another,” says Powell. “They say hi and give each other a hug.”

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aylon’s Feed & Firewater is the latest venture from Tony Palombino and Wayne Sweeney. “Feed & firewater” should be your first clue that this isn’t a demure, lace doily tea room. Mix some live music with more than a hundred bourbons, and add some big flavored food and you have Louisville’s new honky tonk bourbon bar. Bring it on! Don’t assume this is another of the city’s hangouts for some bourbon, brews and bar food that’s there only to soak up the bourbon and brews. A menu that’s divided into Snacks and Shares, Greens, Sandwiches, The Taco Stand and Brunch sets you straight that Palombino and Sweeney are deep into their hearty and hefty victuals. The big seller of a Texas Goldburger is a blend of brisket, bacon, Cheddar and Texas Gold, a secret honey mustard barbecue sauce. That’s all we can tell you about the sauce. Don’t embarrass yourself by begging and cajoling. Sweeney won’t give up the sauce. He will, however, say you should try the Southern taters, his version of a tater tot nacho, full of roasted chicken, tater tots, Angel’s Envy barbecue sauce and a bunch of other good stuff. The menu will also curry your favor with nachos, whiskey wings, Cuban sandwich, fried chicken, eight kinds of nachos and a Boss Hog Burrito. If you can’t make it to dessert, there’s always next time.

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Living Colors A small but steadfast nonprofit, Anchal Project, trains marginalized women to create vibrant apparel and home accessories and discover more beautiful lives in the process. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by anchal project


he search for beauty is universal. For the women trained by Anchal Project, the search has led to an unexpected skill set and a stunning collection of vibrantly-pigmented, soft-to-the-touch textiles that represent their personal truth while leading them towards a new and brighter one. Anchal Project (pronounced on-chal) is an ambitious and evolving nonprofit, begun eight years ago by local sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines. After a visit to India, the duo felt compelled to do something to improve the plight of women employed— or forced into— the sex trade. After much research, their resolve morphed into an organization that partnered with an Indian nonprofit and began identifying, reaching out to and training Indian women. They started small—with three workers—and grew over the next several years. At first, their merchandise was limited to scarves and blankets and sold only online and at Nulu boutique

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Revelry. But, gradually, they expanded into outerwear, bags and pillows. In 2011, an Anchal Project poncho was picked up by trendy retailer Urban Outfitters. Boutiques around the country slowly began carrying their products. “By 2015, we employed 18 women full time in Calcutta and we now employ 130,” says Colleen. “These women are able to live on the income they make from weaving textiles. Their lives have completely changed and they are giving other women hope that their lives can change too.”

In 2016, they grew again, applying for and receiving a Portland new business grant and opening Dyescape, a cooperative initiative that produces organic, low-impact dyes from its tiny urban garden and expands their mission to working with women in our own city. “Last summer, we trained six women who were trafficked in the sex trade on how to create textiles and dye with natural materials in our garden,” says Colleen. Since then, they’ve received two additional grants, launched a crowd burst campaign and begun partnering with the Center for Women and Families.

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“Donations are hugely helpful for this program right now,” she says. “We’re still in the early stages of getting this off the ground and the more quickly we can employ them full time the faster we can grow.” (They also need volunteers—both to help maintain the grounds and to help with merchandise and events.) The new burst of creativity has produced a new product line: This month, Dyescape introduces its first mini collection— including an apron, tote and table textiles—which will be available at their Holiday Trunk Show on November 16. It’s another simple but stunning testament to women’s abilities to survive, persevere and transform themselves. “The ability to make something beautiful is important and life-altering,” says Colleen. “After years of abuse and exploitation, these women are able to create something that delights themselves and other people. It may seem small, but it’s monumental.”

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Marc Weinberg Behind the guy who forecasts the weather on WDRB is a man who intensely feels the burden of getting it right. He knows how devastating weather can be.

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t might surprise you to know that Marc Weinberg, the meteorologist on WDRB, was prepared to get out of TV 13 years ago and sell pharmaceuticals. “I’d decided TV was not for me,” he says now. At his other stations, he was told to tone it down, do it their way. And that wasn’t him.

“But I got a call from Bill Lamb [then the station director at WDRB, now the president and general manager], who said he wanted me to come in and help them build a ‘weather vision,’” Weinberg says. “They were asking me to create something, and nobody would tell me how to create it. “And, they liked my style.” When you speak to Weinberg, you begin to understand his style. What you see on TV is not a performer, but someone so passionate that it drives the way he thinks about his job, his interconnection with his audience and his feeling of awe about the raw power of weather. That feeling of awe stemmed from a memorable storm. As a 10-year-old boy in Fairfield, CT, he watched from his window as Hurricane Gloria ripped through the Northeast in the fall of 1985. “I remember seeing this huge tree bending almost to the ground,” he says. “I wanted to understand: How can weather be so powerful?” He went to the University of Oklahoma,

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which has one of the best meteorology programs in the country. He thought he wanted to go for his Masters degree and perhaps teach, but there was an opening at a TV station in little Lawton, OK. “I was super green, my voice a pitch too high, but I conveyed my fascination with weather. It was the first of many times I was told to tone it down.” However, he says, “There are tons of tornadoes in Oklahoma, so it was really busy there.” So busy that he became drawn to stormchasing, venturing into the eyes of tornadoes with his video camera. Those videos became famous. He appeared on TV with David Letterman, Maury Povich, Dan Rather. “When there were tornado touchdowns, I was there,” he says. “I was able to show things people had never seen before.” But he acknowledges the anomaly of severe weather being at once spectacular — “like nothing you’ve ever seen in your life” — and so destructive “it’s hard to wrap your mind around it.” He found it all fascinating, until a 1999 tornado tore through the town he was living in. “I finally couldn’t separate anymore,” he says. “I knew I could have a successful career as a storm-chaser. But could I live with myself, making money off people dying?”

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“I’m not driven as a meteorologist, I’m driven as a compassionate human being who wants to make a difference, I don’t want to let anybody down.”

He also became frustrated with the station’s formulaic way of presenting the weather. So, in 2001, he took another TV job, in Little Rock, AR. And another unhappy experience: “They were not working environments I wanted to be in for the rest of my life. Forty hours a week of negativity can take a toll on every part of your life.” So, his new life was going to be carrying the bag for Pfizer. Until Lamb came calling with the promise to build something from scratch. “Thirteen years ago, WDRB was considered the ‘little boy network,’” says Weinberg. “Our newsroom was like a shoebox. We didn’t have our own weather system, but they promised they were going to build something, and allow me to do things in my own unique way.” The challenge to take the Number Four team in the market and try for Number One interested him. But, he says, you need the right equipment.

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He got it. “We do augmented reality,” he says. “Very few people around the country do it. It allows you to exist within a three-dimensional environment, walking around the graphic. It’s crazy to watch it on TV, and it’s really cool to do it in the studio.” Outside of work, he’s a different person entirely. “I’m a quiet, relaxed, shorts-and-T-shirt kind of guy. I’ve always been a gearhead, I love working on cars. I have a 2008 BMW — a ‘garage queen’— that I always think I’ll finish modifying, but I never am.” He says that when he first quit storm-chasing, he lost a creative outlet. He’s trying to fill the void. “I’ve found it in cars. I’m thinking of buying a nice telescope. I love SCUBA diving. And weight-training is a great outlet for me, going to the gym and putting my headphones on, nothing else to think about for an hour.” His passion extends to everything he does. “I don’t have a middle speed, it’s either zero or 100 mph. Work takes a lot out of me. I take what I do very seriously. I feel like the watchman for the entire community. People’s lives are at risk and that’s a weight I feel. “My struggle is that I can’t help everybody. I can’t prevent the destruction and loss of lives that so often result from a catastrophic hurricane or storm.” His voice still catches when he thinks of the 2012 Henryville tornado. What damage. What did he miss? What else might he have done? “I’m not driven as a meteorologist, I’m driven as a compassionate human being who wants to make a difference,” he says. “I don’t want to let anybody down.” 

MARC’S TOP FIVE What he likes to do during a quiet weather weekend.

GO TO A U OF L FOOTBALL/BASKETBALL/BASEBALL GAME I’m a huge college sports fan. Hey, I went to Oklahoma.


I’m still a big kid. I love to ride the go-karts and play the games.


Climbing is like SCUBA diving. Once you have the passion, you can’t understand how everybody doesn’t.


The games are a blast because of the energy at every one. It’s a can’t-miss for a good time.


What a great way to get some exercise while seeing the beauty of our city. I know it’s a cliché, but I understand it. When people move here, they don’t move away.

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Raising The Roof Semonin Realtors put down their phones and picked up some hammers and completed their twentieth Habitat for Humanity home this fall. It’s all part of a company mission that values serving alongside selling. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Ryan Noltemeyer

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t’s amazing what five hundred people can do when they decide to channel the energy they typically devote to their jobs towards something philanthropic. Houses are built. Families are bolstered. Communities are bonded. That’s what the agents and managers at Semonin realtors have discovered in the twenty years that they’ve chosen to make Habitat for Humanity a company-wide cause. The commitment to building homes for deserving families is as embedded in their company culture as the commitment to their

clients. “At this point, it’s just a given that everyone will throw their support behind the annual build,” says Stacy Durbin, sales manager and Habitat project manager. “We’ve never had anything but an incredible response.” The company just completed their twentieth home at the end of September and, as usual, practically everyone rolled up their sleeves. “We had about 125 volunteers over the three-day ‘raise the roof’ effort,” says Durbin. “We had lovely weather and we had the house ‘weathered in’ at the end of day three which is important.’” It’s important because it means that the recipients—a single mom and daughter who volunteered on the site with the realtors—got to keep their scheduled move-in date in early October. “This is a day they looked forward to for years; a day they weren’t sure would ever happen,” says Boyd Hurst, a residential agent who has worked on thirteen of the twenty Habitat homes. “We do everything we can to be able to hand them those keys and get them started on a new chapter.” According to those who participate in the build, it’s an experience that’s as rewarding to them as it is to the new homeowner. “Getting to build a home alongside the new homeowners is an experience like nothing else,” says Durbin. “It’s good for the soul!” It’s also good for the team. “I’ve gotten to know some of my co-workers in a really special way through this process,” says Hurst. “Especially those of us who’ve been coming year after year.” Their connection to Habitat doesn’t end when the roof is raised. The company fundraises year-round through golf tournaments, cake raffles, payroll donations and office contests. In 2016, they raised $48,634 for the non-profit organization. They feel a sense of responsibility not only to continue the good work, but to encourage other companies to do the same. “If you are in this community and have employees in this community, you need to be supporting it in some big way,” says Durbin. “Habitat isn’t just a hand-out, it’s a hand-up. Involvement with Habitat doesn’t just get deserving families into homes, but it helps transform the community.”

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faces+places themselves unhealthy foods so that they can have more energy throughout the day. Their self-talk sounds like this- “I choose to eat healthier foods so that I can have enough energy to get things done” 3. Give up playing small. Inspiration: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine… and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same,” Marianne Williamson. Action: If you never take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never realize your full potential. And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.

Just Give Up…. And Become A Better Version Of Yourself Our resident fitness expert, Carlos Rivas, suggests you have everything to gain by letting go of four common negative habits and thoughts. Here’s help getting started.


t’s the time of year when many of us start longing for real change. When clients come to me they often believe that they’ve been ready for years and they’re mystified by their own seeming inability to lose weight, increase energy or improve their overall sense of wellbeing. The truth is that they haven’t failed because they haven’t really tried yet. Many of them are more careful about the regular care and maintenance of their homes or cars than they are of their own bodies. But once they start thinking about their body as a precious and prized possession that deserves appreciation and careful maintenance, they can open their minds towards a more self-accepting and positive approach to wellness and exercise. Here are the steps I encourage to help make that mind shift.

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4. Give up your excuses. Inspiration: “It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand,” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. Action: Successful people take responsibility for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures. Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life, is both frightening and exciting. Excuses limit and prevent us from becoming our best self. 5. Give up the fixed mindset. Inspiration: “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways,” Robert Greene, Mastery.

1. Give up on the unhealthy lifestyle. Inspiration: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live,” Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and author. Action: When you’re ready to become a high performer, you will need to commit to four healthy habits: proper nutrition, physical activity, proper hydration levels and proper sleep. These are small steps, but you’ll thank yourself one day.

Action: In a fixed mindset, people believe that their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits and that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong. Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to developing a growth mindset, acquiring new knowledge, learning new skills and changing their perception so that it can benefit others.

2. Give up the short-term mindset.

Remember, who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow. 

Inspiration: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough,” Mae West.

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Action: Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these goals are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day. Successful people also practice delaying instant gratification every day. They deny

Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS is the Director of Health and Well-being @ ProFormance,LLC and the Chief Encouraging Officer @ Compassion and Cooking. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Carlos can be reached by email: carlos@ or 502.741.9428.

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Joanna Hite Shelton In September, our talented TOPS designer became a ďŹ rst-time mom to precious daughter June. She is embracing her new role with her usual creativity and calm. By Christine Fellingham photos by Ryan Noltemeyer

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Is there anything you’d like to share about your birth story? I had a 29-hour labor with no real “early labor.” I went in wanting to go unmedicated but, oh, nineteen hours later (and after being sent home once and returning), I asked for some medicine. After laboring all day at home, we returned and they gave me an epidural at 5:30. Then, all was right in the world. I took a four-hour nap and woke up to my sister from Tennessee coming into the room. I wasn’t expecting her to be able to make it. Finally, at 2 A.M., they told me I was ready to start pushing. I pushed for three-anda-half hours and she finally came! It was the most amazing feeling to meet this baby that I had been carrying around with me all these months. Completely fell in love.

Tell us about the day you brought June home. Were you ready to go? Nervous? June had a super short stay in the NICU, and it was definitely something we didn’t

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anticipate. We went home three days after I had planned, and since we live a little bit away in La Grange it was definitely an added stressor. My husband went back and forth from the hospital to our house to look after our dogs and get us something other than hospital food while I stayed with her to feed and hold her as much as I could. All that to say… yes, we were ready to go home when the time came. But we were also equally as nervous since her stay at the NICU was because her oxygen level kept dropping without much reason (they determined it was probably reflux), so we got one of those fancy Owlet monitors that constantly checks her heart rate and oxygen level while she wears it, so we can sleep at night.

How does June take after you? Mark? When she was born, I kept saying, “I don’t know whose baby this is!” because she didn’t look like either of us. But she’s starting to have physical traits of both of us. She has Mark’s toes! She is pretty easy

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family going like me and Mark. She grins and smiles, which makes me think she’ll be silly like her Dad. But she’s so new that we’re learning more about her every day!

What surprised you most about her? Honestly, that she’s a beautiful baby. I wasn’t expecting a cute baby. June is so cute, but that may just be because she’s mine. She is so alert. I was expecting her to sleep most of the day, so I could get some sleep, but she will stay awake through two or three feedings. She’s also not a super fussy baby— so that’s surprising.

How has the experience of having a new baby surprised you? Do the books prepare you? The books definitely help, but nothing prepares you for the love and connection you feel. You feel totally invested from day one. There are so many ways to raise a child, and few of them are just dead wrong so you have to constantly make a decision about how you’ll handle this or deal with that. Today I wondered, “Will we do the whole Santa thing?” I don’t know! Should we?! I guess we have a couple years to figure that out. I got a lot of my advice through friends and family. One of my best friends is an occupational therapist for kids so I’m constantly asking her, “Is this normal?!”


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What was her first outing? I didn’t leave the house for three weeks, but I finally went out by myself to visit my co-workers and her dad at his work (DBS Interactive). She seemed to love it! She handled the TOPS crew so well and let everyone hold her and love on her. Then I tried to go to Target afterwards and my luck ran out. We sat in the parking lot for an hour and finally went home.

What are you learning about her personality? Likes and dislikes? She loves looking at us and loves being talked to. She likes being in the Solly wrap. She tends to like music and not total silence. She loves her changing pad for some weird reason. If she’s having a fit, we put her on it and she stops. I don’t even know.

How has your background as an artist crossed over to your role as a mom? Did you design her room? It looks like you’ve art directed a few great photos. I did design her room! I’m not sure if it’s my design background or my background as an HGTV addict, but I really enjoyed it. We found the perfect bed from IKEA to put in the room in addition to her crib that has come in handy for friends and family. Most of our family lives out of town so we have had a lot of visitors. I also made this paper mobile that I saw online for way too much money. It’s not perfect but it cost me like $6 versus the $80 one I was inspired by. I’ve also been able to hang an abacus in the room that my dad gifted me that’s really special to me. And, yes, I can’t stop taking photos and videos of her, but when you’re working with a perfect specimen your photos are generally great.


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How do you plan to balance it all? We’re starting daycare in a couple weeks, which I’m not looking forward to. I almost feel like going back to work is easier than being home with her. I have so much more respect for full-time moms and single parents.

What advice would you have for other parents-to-be? With the pregnancy and delivery, I would advise to have a plan but not be heartbroken when things don’t go that way. I took a birth plan with me to the hospital and felt prepared, but it went a completely different way. When you get home, ask for help from everyone who says, “Let me know how I can help.” People genuinely want to help and just don’t know how. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Unless you have your parents living with you, you’re figuring everything out as you go. As long as baby is fed and loved, you’re doing it. 

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The Art Of The Party Invitation Delicious food and drink are certainly important. But our resident event experts, Ina Miller and Marcella Kragel explain that the foundation of every great party is in the asking.


hat’s the most important ingredient to a successful party? Decorations help. Great music and entertainment can liven up even the shyest bunch. But it wouldn’t be a party without guests! So, don’t underestimate the importance of your invitation— especially during the holiday season. A clever, carefully designed invitation will help your event stand out from the deluge of invites flooding mailboxes and inboxes during this time of year. It can also help you organize your plans and solidify your vision and, literally, get the party rolling. If you’re envisioning an elegant cocktail party, then your elegant invitation should set the tone. If, however, you’re throwing a wild ugly sweater party, then kick off the quirky humor in your language. This is your guests’ first impression of your party; therefore, it should create the right mood and help them get in the spirit.

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Food and Drink. Are you an accomplished mixologist? Are you cooking or bringing in fabulous food? Include food or spirit imagery in your invite and subtly remind guests why a party at your place can’t be missed!

Font. Think out of the box with font choices to customize your invite, but make sure it’s easy to read.

DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING OUT! Make sure to include the who, what, where, when and why. And don’t forget to include information on how guests can RSVP. There are many options these days; reply cards, email, telephone. If you have a large guest list, “regrets only” might be the easiest way to keep track. Whatever you decide, make it clear on the invite, and make it easy for your guests.

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 Timing. Printing ahead always saves you money. Print a few extra just in case your guest list grows.  Size and Shape. Yes that custom reindeer-shaped invite is adorable, but it will undoubtedly cost you extra. Standard sizes will always be cheaper to print. Also take postage into account. Square invites and envelopes cost extra, even if they aren’t oversized.  Return address stamps. If you throw a lot of parties the best purchase you can make is a custom return address stamp. Save you wrist and never have to worry about your handwriting again!

 Know how many guests you can entertain based on your budget and venue. As a general rule, you can comfortably count on about twenty percent of your guests declining.  Think about the whole picture. You want to invite guests who get along, but don’t be afraid to mix friend groups. A good party is also a great time to introduce those two friends that you have been meaning to get together.  Be clear about whether kids or “plus ones” are invited. No matter how clear you are, someone will always ask, but if you make it clear in the invite it won’t seem personal when they do, therefore the clearer the better!


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t’s one of our city’s annual events that helps makes the season magical. While it has moved and grown over its quarter century of existence, the Festival of Trees (now at Louisville Slugger Field) continues to wow crowds and raise funds for the very worthy cause of the Norton Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit through the Children’s Hospital Fund. Walking through row after row of lavishly decorated trees is a thrill for both adults and children. And if you fall in love with one of the trees, you don’t have to drag it to your car, by the way; delivery can be arranged!

Winter Wonderland There may be no better kick-off to your holiday season than a trip to the 28th Annual Norton Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. From the enchanting indoor forest of beautifullytrimmed trees to the decadent hot chocolate, this over-the-top crowd pleaser is a tradition worth making. By Christine Fellingham • Photos by Norton children’s Hospital

Trees aren’t the only trimmings on site. There are wreaths, garlands and all kinds of décor that can update your standard seasonal decorations or inspire some craft projects of your own. The fun doesn’t stop with oohing and aahing at the seasonal greenery. There’s a flurry of fun activities for kids of all ages, many included with the price of general admission. Here’s the short list:

 Pictures with Santa  Stage and roving entertainment  Hanukkah display, activities and dreidel games

 Sweet Shop  Gift Shop  Face painting  Crafts  Candy cane mouse  Candy cracker  Gingerbread house  Reindeer antlers  Model train display  Crazy elf cars Obstacle course  Snow ball toss For additional fees, there’s a train ride through the indoor forest; while outdoors, there’s Elf Town. It’s a funfilled day that captures what this season is really all about: making memories with your family while helping other families in the process. 

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FESTIVAL OF TREEs TIMELINE  Thursday, November 9, is the 2017 Preview Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door. Holiday cocktail samples will be provided by Heaven Hill.

 Friday, November 10, is a General Admission day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+; free for children 2 and under.

 Friday, November 10, 6 p.m to 9 p.m. is Festival Family Night. Visit with Louisville Ballet performers from “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.” Delta Dental will provide a photo opportunity with a free takehome picture. The evening concludes with fireworks over Louisville Slugger Field and free hot chocolate and cider.

 Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 are Scout & Community Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Louisville Slugger Field. Scouts in uniform receive a special event patch.

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Nostalgia Trip Linda Bruckheimer, best-selling author, philanthropist and wife of legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer, travels the roads of her old Kentucky home through a photo exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. Grab a back seat and roll down your window. By steve Kaufman • Photos By Dick Arnspiger

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inda Cobb’s parents uprooted her from her Louisville home when she was 14. As with most adolescents, she was angry and sad.

The fact that she ended up in California as a successful fashion editor and wife of Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, never erased a longing for her roots. “Kentucky was a home I was abruptly yanked away from,” she says, “so I’m sure there’s a lot of unfinished emotional business there. And I guess I’m tackling that now, with a vengeance.” Her mother told her the destination was Hollywood, certain that that would dull the pain of the move. But not so much. “No teenager wants to be taken away from home,” she says. “I think the notion of Hollywood was attractive to my mom. She always loved film and movie stars. But it wasn’t my dream.” Her dream life, it turned out, has been having the opportunity to get back to those roots. “There’s something about Kentucky,” she says. “It’s still, in many ways, the Kentucky I left behind all those years ago. Fulfilling for somebody who had those unrequited dreams of going back.” Her journey home has taken two forms. One is the 200-year-old farm in Bloomfield (Nelson County) that she and her husband bought and restored. She says they spend about 20 percent of every year back here. The home is called Walnut Groves Farm, and it’s on the historic registry.

The other is the photography she relentlessly shoots as she travels around the commonwealth, often from the seat of a car – sometimes from the driver’s seat. That is the collection – called “Family Gathering: Linda Bruckheimer’s Kentucky” – currently on exhibit at the Frazier Kentucky History Museum. The pictures represent anything that grabs her interest. It could be a tree, or a sign, or a gathering of people. “There’s no particular theme to this,” says Bruckheimer. “When I put the exhibit together, it’s like body parts. And each one becomes a piece of a mosaic. Put them all together, and you get a pretty good idea of what Kentucky’s all about.” What’s Kentucky all about? “I think it’s about individuality, it’s about character, it’s about things that are important here – family, church, farming, human values. In some ways, it’s not a very complicated place on the surface, in other ways extremely complex. A Kentuckian is a Kentuckian, unambiguously, it’s how they identify themselves, it’s what important to them. So many people who’ve left want to go home. Like me.” She cites the Happy Chandler quote: “I never met a Kentuckian who wasn’t on his way home.”

Kentucky to go west; and The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way, about the family’s return to Kentucky to celebrate a matriarch’s birthday. Leaving. And returning. “I was flying by the seat of my pants in terms of moving back to Kentucky,” she says. “It started out as intermittent trips to see my grandmother in Louisville. I’d take little day trips around the countryside, and one day I saw a sign for a house for sale. I called a realtor and suddenly thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute, am I actually looking for a house in Kentucky?’” Turned out she was. So, she looked some more, and found Walnut Groves – which was not for sale. “I made them an offer that they did refuse, but eventually we were able to buy it.” It was built in 1820. “That right there is the difference in cultures,” she says. “In California, if we have a house built in 1920, it’s something of a relic. And often torn down.” Her pictures are largely rural themes. “That’s so different from the life I live here,” she says. “When you’re driving down the street in Los Angeles, you never see a huge sign that says, ‘Go to church or the devil will get you!’” Bruckheimers’s exhibit at the Frazier, 829 W. Main St., opened in October and will run until Jan. 12, 2018. 

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Seasonal Spectacles Big, broad, audiencepleasers are a holiday tradition, but, this year, a few quirkier productions present a fresh twist on these annual cultural outings. Remy Sisk compares and contrasts the theatrical, spectacular lineup. By Remy Sisk


s we head into the most wonderful time of year, we also head into the most popular shows of the year. If you haven’t made any of them a tradition yet, consider making the season even more memorable by taking in one of Louisville’s most beloved productions— or by adding a newcomer to your holiday calendar. Learn a bit more about each below. And be sure to get your tickets! Holiday shows are notorious for selling out quickly.

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The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

A Christmas Carol

Presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville November 21–December 23, 2017 The Pamela Brown Auditorium at Actors Theatre of Louisville Tickets start at $29 Along with the company’s annual Halloween production of “Dracula,” Actors Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the most revered annual pieces of theatre in our community. “It’s been happening at Actors Theatre in one incarnation or another for almost 30 years,” explains Drew Fracher, director of the production. “The story, although it was written almost 175 years ago, is still – sadly – topical. The lessons that Mr. Scrooge can teach us have never been more important than now.” Although the show may be timeless, that doesn’t mean it is unchanging. This year, the production will feature new music and an assortment of new actors, including one taking the helm as Scrooge. “It’s important to me to change things up a little bit every year,” Fracher relates. “Lots of folks have seen the show numerous times over the years and I want everyone to feel like it’s a new experience for them.”

Presented by Louisville Ballet December 9-23, 2017 Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Tickets start at $35.50 A local treasure for years, Louisville Ballet’s “Brown-Forman Nutcracker” is returning this December to dazzle audiences once again with live music performed by the Louisville Orchestra. “‘The Brown-Forman Nutcracker’ is special because it incorporates Louisville and its most renowned landmarks into the ballet,” emphasizes Louisville Ballet Director of Marketing Cherie Perez. “The production includes over one hundred local children who fill some of the most important roles— from mice to toy soldiers. It also includes the St. James Fountain in the first act. And we’ve replaced the roles of Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles with Mother Derby, whose children are Kentucky Derby jockeys.” In the audience, you’re most likely to see mothers and daughters; however, this is a show for the whole family and a wonderful entree into the world of ballet. “‘The Brown-Forman Nutcracker’ is especially perfect for those who have never been to a ballet before,” Perez says. “It introduces the world of dance in a magical way and gives the audience a complete experience of classical ballet.”

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Presented by StageOne Family Theatre November 21 - December 17, 2017 ww(open to the public on select dates) The Bomhard Theatre at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Tickets start at $15

The Santaland Diaries

Presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville December 1-23, 2017 The Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville Tickets start at $29 Based on David Sedaris’ 1992 essay, “The Santaland Diaries” is the hilarious chronicling of an out-of-work actor working as a Christmas elf in Macy’s Santaland. Actors’ stage version will be one of the season’s perhaps more adult offerings. “This show is not only inherently funny, but it also offers audiences the opportunity to see a holiday show that relates a little more to the world they live in now,” describes Actors Theatre Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. “It reveals the naughty side of Christmas with sneak peaks into the world of who makes the ‘magic’ of Christmas happen. It’s irreverent, witty and the perfect experience for anyone looking for a little less ‘holiday cheer’ and a little more ‘holiday sneer.’” The show is unequivocally for mature audiences, but for parents seeking a little respite from cookies and cocoa, “The Santaland Diaries” could be just the ticket. “It isn’t the classic warm and fuzzy tale of Christmas,” Moore maintains. “This is a look into what our real Christmas consumerism looks like today, and the hilarity that sometimes comes with it. This show is sharp and is the perfect way to get a taste of a bit of a different Christmas spirit.”

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Presented by PNC Broadway in Louisville November 28–December 3, 2017 Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Tickets start at $33 The second installment in PNC Broadway in Louisville’s 2017-18 season, “The Grinch” is a show that’s not only a musical retelling of the holiday classic but also a piece of theatre sure to warm the hearts of audience members of any age. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is a classic holiday character who has a special place in many people’s childhood memories,” affirms PNC Broadway in Louisville President Leslie Broecker. “Those kids are now grown, still sentimental about The Grinch, and they love introducing him to their own children and grandchildren.” Though the show is part of a national tour and consequently not – yet – a Louisville tradition, Broecker looks forward to audiences embracing the meaning of The Grinch this year and taking the subtext of the musical to heart. “The message of ‘The Grinch’ will resonate,” she emphasizes. “With everything that’s going on in the world, it will be refreshing to see someone learn from those with whom he differs and to see him change for the better – to see his heart grow three sizes.”

A Christmas Carol the Musical Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse November 15 - December 31, 2017 Derby Dinner Playhouse Tickets start at $39 A Fairy Tale Christmas Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse November 18 - December 23, 2017 Derby Dinner Playhouse Tickets start at $17 An Old-Fashioned Christmas Presented by TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana December 5-10, 2017 Theatre Works of Southern Indiana Tickets start at $13 St. Nickaklaus and the Haunukkah Christmas Presented by Bunbury Theatre December 2-18, 2017 The Henry Clay Theatre Tickets start at $10

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Mei Loc, Brandon Maynard and Kaitlyn Harned

Chris Hartman and Michael Alridge

Nicole Fitxpatrick and Mayor Greg Fischer

Christy Byers and Mona Kay Schaefer

Jim and Erica Young

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Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala

Louisville Marriott Downtown The 12th Annual Hosparus Health Candle Glow Gala. Enjoy a wonderfully elegant evening of dining, live & silent auctions and dancing. The Gala honors those in our community who have had a lasting effect on hospice care and increases awareness about the patients and families who need our care.

The Louisville ORchestra's world premier of TEDDY ABRAM's The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

The Kentucky Center Join the Louisville Orchestra for the first performance of Teddy Abram's tribute to the legendary athlete and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali. Tickets to the performance-only range from $27 to $85. For info about tickets visit

CirqueLouis: Kaleidoscope

The Kentucky Center Join CirqueLouis this fall on a colorful adventure in Kaleidoscope. Inspired by the centuries-old toy, vivid colors and shape shifting form will be brought to life by CirqueLouis' aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats. Beyond its rich visual surface, Kaleidoscope examines the symbolism of color, the subdivision of the individual, and reintegration of parts to the collective whole. The experience begins in the lobby as the CirqueLouis cast guides the audience to the theater through interactive performance!

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Louisville Artisans Guild’s 2017 Holiday Showcase

Triple Crown Pavilion Conference Center Looking for something unique for everyone on your holiday shopping list? Then come to Louisville Artisans Guild's Holiday Showcase featuring beautiful one-of-a-kind creations from over 70 juried local and regional artists specializing in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, woodwork, and much more! Admission and parking are free.

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metro united way 100th anniversary gala

louisville marriott downtown Metro United Way is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2017! With this significant milestone we want to thank, recognize and honor those who have played a key role in the success of the organization's 100-year history. To do this, Metro United Way's Tocqueville Society members are hosting a one-time Gala celebration. NOVEMBER 11 AND 12


TOPS magazine VIP Party

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The Holiday Shopping Event

Pendennis Club It’s the ultimate holiday season starter: A casual, cocktailsand-lunch gathering at one of our city’s most historic landmarks, filled with exquisite gifts and beautifully-staged rooms. It’s the latest intriguing undertaking by interior designer Lee Robinson who’s hosting this bash at the Pendennis Club and donating proceeds to support the Pendennis Historical Foundation. Tickets are $40 for two day admission and are available at the door or at NOVEMBER 12


Oldham Arts on CityPlace

CITYPLACE EXPO CENTER The Arts Association of Oldham County will again present Oldham Arts on CityPlace sixth annual INDOOR juried arts and crafts show this Fall. At a time of year when there are many bazaars and craft shows, there are few juried art events. Over 70 regional and national artists will be selling paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, soaps/lotions and mixed media. This show is always complimented by the professionals and buyers for its mix of mediums, quality and affordability.

Louisville Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

The Derby Dinner Playhouse This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story breathes fantastic new life into the classic tale. A lavish and thrilling musical that is perfect for the holiday season! NOVEMBER 17


Marriott Louisville East This year’s ball, “Hats Off to BIAK, Derby in November,” will take place on November 17, 2017, at the Marriott Louisville East. Wear a Derby hat, dress or suit and support outreach, prevention, education and advocacy efforts across the State of Kentucky. NOVEMBER 17

11th Annual Benefit for the Backside

Churchill Downs Join us on November 17, 2017, for the 11th annual Benefit for the Backside: A Day at the Races sponsored by CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center. Come enjoy time with friends and family all while supporting a worthy cause! Watch the races, bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, participate in the wine pull and bourbon raffle, and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet! This is a huge event with more than 400 people expected to attend so don’t get shut out—get your tickets as soon as possible!

The Kentucky Center Rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. CineConcerts brings the beloved film to life with the Louisville Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score. Immerse yourself in the magic as you watch a house elf make trouble, a car fly, a giant talking spider, a mysterious diary and much more set to the music you know and love. Don’t miss this amazing family event! NOVEMBER 18

The Snow Ball Gala Louisville Marriott Downtown Enjoy this magical night with cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet meal and dancing to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. This black tie event has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville. A gourmet meal precedes dancing to music by Groove Essential. Attire is black ties for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies. NOVEMBER 18

Turkey Trotter 5 mile Run/Walk

Wendell Moore Park Join us for the 6th annual 360° Chiropractic Turkey Trotter 8K Run / 4K Walk on November 12th. The race will be held at Wendell Moore Park in Oldham County, Kentucky. The course is a challenging mixture of cross country, woodland trail and paved trail over a picturesque park like setting. Presented by 360 Chiropractic and Oldham County Parks and Recreation. Award Ceremony starts at 9:30 am or when the last runner/walker finishes. Any questions call 502225-0655 ext 5402.



The Derby Dinner Playhouse It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the land of Happily Ever After! Cinderella and Snow White are preparing for the Crystal Christmas Ball with all your favorite fairy tale characters. NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 23


Actors Theatre in the Victor Jory Theatre Celebrate the warmth of the holidays with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Actors Theatre’s rendition of Dickens’ classic tale is brought to new life with visual splendor and joyous music. NOVEMBER 24-25


Mellwood Art Center This is our annual holiday pottery sale which includes a multitude of distinctive pottery for your holiday gifts and personal home collection. It will be a pottery feast and one not to be missed. Times include Nov 24th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at our new location in the Mellwood Art Center. NOVEMBER 24

Light Up Louisville

Holiday Square | Fourth and Jefferson Streets Light Up Louisville has been a tradition for more than three decades for thousands of residents and visitors to our city. Heading into its 37th year, Light Up Louisville will serve as a kickoff celebration to Louisville's Holiday in the City. Light Up Louisville is held the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa Claus, Mayor Fischer illuminate downtown Louisville.

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Home for the Holidays

The Kentucky Center Louisville Orchestra: Flawless and exquisite, Lisa Vroman was renowned as Christine in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera. She’s joined by Doug LaBrecque who thrilled Broadway as Ravenal in ShowBoat! Celebrate the music of the season with these two exceptional talents. NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 3

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The Kentucky Center Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Awardwinning director Jack O'Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos. DECEMBER 1

Light up the Village

Westport Village Bring the family or grab your friends for a magical holiday night at Westport Village! Santa Claus, face painting, ice sculpting, and a holiday trackless train for the kids. Live music, cocktails, and sales for the adults at the below Westport village shops!

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Actors Theatre in the Victor Jory Theatre As the Christmas countdown begins, a disgruntled elf gives us a hilarious behind-thescenes tour of Macy’s Santaland. Delightfully irreverent and packed with David Sedaris’s signature wit, The Santaland Diaries is a holiday classic for those of us who prefer our eggnog spiked. DECEMBER 1

santa photos in his sleigh

springhurst town center Get into the Christmas Spirit and visit the Louisville Santa House. Visitors will be greeted by the smell of fresh baked cupcakes, and the sights and sounds of Christmas! Santa will be posing for photos in his sleigh classic sleigh! Photos are printed on site, while you wait, and digital products are available for download on the same day as your photo is taken, for quick and easy sharing. DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 16

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Kentucky Center The Herdmans are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now they have bullied their way into the church’s annual Christmas pageant! Slated to be the “worst pageant ever,” the whole town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas. Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family?

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Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

Event Headquarters The 41st annual Holiday Home Tour takes place in Old Louisville, a neighborhood reminiscent of Yuletides past mingled with today’s urban vitality. A national historic preservation district boasting the largest collection of Victorian architecture in the country, Old Louisville is a neighborhood as diverse as its history is rich. Named “One of the Great Places in America” in 2016 by the American Planning Association in Washington, D.C., the neighborhood’s private residences and historic buildings seem to exude the revolutionary and transformative spirit poured into their very foundations well over 100 years ago. The Holiday Home Tour is the primary fundraiser for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote this historic neighborhood. DECEMBER 5

TOPS magazine Holiday Party

Old 502 Winery Old 502 Winery along with TOPS magazine, team up together to bring the holiday party of the year. This wine tasting event is for our readers, writers, photographers, models, subjects and staff, to celebrate not only the holidays but to show our appreciation to our clients. The event is from 5:30pm to 8:00pm; there will be live music from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Enjoy wine, beer and spirit tastings as well as appetizers, giveaways and prizes. Old 502 Winery will also be celebrating their 5th anniversary, located at 116 South 10th Street. Go to or for more details.

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Louisville Christmas Gift and Decor Show 2017

Kentucky Fair and Expo Center One of the nation's finest Christmas Gift shows with dealers from across the country featuring Gifts, Crafts, Decor, Bath and Body, Jewelry, Candles, and more. Fri 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 115. Free admission. Free photos with Santa. DECEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 23

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

The Kentucky Center Experience the magic of this beautiful Louisville holiday tradition! Our uniquely Louisville telling of the classic story of Marie and her journey with her Nutcracker prince is a festive fairy tale for both the young and young at heart. Filled with magic, artistry and aweinspiring sets and costumes, it will transport you to a wonderland where dreams come true!


Fourth Street Get ready Louisville, for NYE Live!, the city’s BIGGEST and BEST New Year’s Eve Party! This FREE event features music from 100% Poly, confetti canons, balloon drop, party favors and the ONLY BALL DROP in Louisville! Ring in the New Year as a VIP – Tickets include exclusive access to 6 bars and nightclubs and a premium drink package from 9PM to 12AM. Conveniently located in downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live!, party-goers won’t have to look far for transportation, parking, restaurants and hotels.

Lou Year's Eve Downtown, W. Main St.

This family-friendly New Year's party will take over downtown Louisville starting at 2 p.m.! There will be festivities and performances at multiple venues up and down Main Street, including at the Frazier Museum, the Science Center, 21c, KMAC, Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky Center and more. Entertainment throughout the day.


New Year's Eve at the Galt House

The Galt House The Galt House is hosting two different parties to celebrate the New Year. Neon New Year's Eve is an '80s-themed dance party in the Grand Ballroom from 8:30 p.m.-4 a.m, with music by live band Bueller and DJ Havok. Blackout Affair New Year's Eve is a dress-to-impress party. FEBRUARY 10, 2018

2018 Louisville Heart Ball

Louisville Marriott Downtown A Celebration of creating and sharing. Our evening celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. Last year, our Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing us to fund lifesaving research and prevention programs in your community and across the country.

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TOP SHOTS Who’s Who in Lou!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

CirqueLouis performed at the Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival

NuLu Festival

Julie Mitchell and Valinda Weibel at Martinis, Mammograms and Martinis.

Tabetha Allen, Shannon Burton and Dena Wethington at Pink Prom

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FEEL LIKE A KID ON CHRISTMAS MORNING ENDS JANUARY 2 Remember the thrill and joy of the holidays when you were a child? At theLexus December to Remember Sales Event, rediscover that feeling with exciting offers on the Lexus of your dreams. But hurry—this event ends with the season.

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