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This Lexington home is full of life-simplifying details By Michelle Aiello | Photos by Shaun Ring

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hen a local family hired a team consisting of Barrett Hudkins of Feather Your Nest Interior, Chris Russell of Cucina Kitchen and Bath, and Dwayne Anderson of House, they found that the creative energy and ideas contributed by all three professionals resulted in a product that was much greater than the sum of its parts. One of the homeowners’ favorite parts of the planning were her meetings with Hudkins and Russell. “They were always excited to show us their next idea or product. We started designing on paper long before we ever broke ground, and even then we were able to adapt during framing as the space evolved.” The home was built by Justice Builders, and over a two-year planning process, the homeowners (a married couple with two young children), worked with their team of designers to create a home that wasn’t just beautiful, but functional at every turn. “We were the perfect team,” said Chris Russell, owner and designer at Cucina Kitchen and Bath. “The homeowner likes attention to detail; she wants to know that she has a place for everything, so from the very beginning we were in my office going through every single cabinet and determining what was going to go in each one. There is attention to detail everywhere.”

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The kitchen is one of the prime examples of this form-meets-function philosophy. The open concept space features an extra large quartz island (“a continent” as Russell calls it). The cabinetry is one of a kind, handcrafted by Cucina’s team of skilled artisans. The kitchen was a big leap of faith for the homeowner, because at a glance, there aren’t a lot of obvious wall cabinets. “We created a lot of drawers to store plates and dishes and it all had to function as a kitchen even though our first priority was beauty,” Russell explained. Originally, the owners loved the look of marble countertops and wanted to have them installed in the new kitchen, but as Hudkins explained, marble isn’t an ideal choice for families with small children because it is easily stained and scratched. She managed to find a better solution that fit the family’s needs –a new quartz material that has a similar depth of color to Calcutta marble. It wasn’t quite on the market yet, but Quality Stone Countertops managed to procure it in time for the kitchen’s completion. Beneath the beautiful countertops is a treasure trove of storage, including hidden compartments for a cordless vacuum, step stools and other essentials. “When I walk into this kitchen, I love that it has beauty and functionality, and they married both of those things together everywhere,” said the homeowner. The dining room area, like much of the home has been decorated with furniture and accent pieces from Arhaus. The dining room table has been treated with a special 24-step layered paint and glaze finish. Highlights of blue, gray and cream intermingle on the tabletop, which rests on a carved trestle base. Hudkins said, “We had this dining room table made in Italy by Arhaus to go with the storage cabinet. This finish is called Fontaine Blue.”

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“They specced out everything down to the smallest spatula,” said the homeowner. “We even went to Costco and measured boxes of plastic wrap and everything that would be stored here.” The drawers do fit all of her household items perfectly; but just to be safe, they all feature adjustable panels so the size and shape of each compartment can be modified. The kitchen design also includes both refrigerated and warming drawers.

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Each cabinet, drawer and cubby not only conceal items ingeniously, but they’re also strategically placed. For example, one of the cabinets opens to a complete coffee station, and another near the stove has pull-out racks that hold pots and pans suspended on hooks. The two cabinets flanking the stove are specially made pieces that include custom grillwork imported from England. “Chris can make anything that we can dream up, so I wanted it to look like old English cabinetry,” said Hudkins. As an interior designer, she enjoys the process of choosing custom finishes and products with her clients to produce an end result they both love. “We got to choose everything from the spacing of the grate to the finish of the mesh, and it was so much fun.” While doing custom work can be rewarding, one of the challenges is that each project is being done for the first time. Since no previous project is exactly like the last, there is no standard to fall back on. For instance, initially, the grated cabinets weren’t going to have a backing plate behind the mesh screen. But upon receiving the finished product, the material was a bit more transparent than they had anticipated. So Cucina’s craftsmen created a custom fitted panel to conceal the cabinet’s contents. Other special features include a custom-made range hood and a separate water chiller and purifier in the same style and finish as the main faucet. This device makes it quick and easy to fill coffee pots or travel bottles with cold, purified water.

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One of the most time and space-saving configurations is the laundry room and pantry area, which is located off the garage, but accessible by the kitchen through a door disguised as a cabinet, making it possible to unload both laundry products and groceries in one fell swoop. “We couldn’t leave her stuck in a dead hallway off the garage, so we made the floor plan circular. We included double action doors here so she could just back in and out while holding laundry baskets,” said Hudkins.

“...because mom life involves a never-ending circle of laundry.”

The laundry room cabinets are painted a cool, spa-like blue. The floor is designed to look like brick pavers but is actually sealed porcelain. “We tried to make this room cheerful, because it’s a horrible place to be, at least for me,” added Russell with a laugh. The homeowner was thrilled with the layout. “In this home, we needed things you won’t find when you’re just browsing the internet for floor plans,” the homeowner said. “This (laundry room/ pantry) was something that Barrett somehow knew I’d need, because mom life involves a never-ending circle of laundry (laughs).” The “mom office” is chock full of organizational tools and a great example of how work spaces can be just as beautiful and inspiring as the rest of the home.”

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Since the other homeowner works from home on a daily basis, it was important for his office to be beautiful and masculine, yet still have all of the functionality and special features found in the rest of the home. Russell designed a striking space with custom-made mahogany shelving and a custom campaign style desk. The mahogany desk features hand turned legs, an inlaid glass top, and plenty of storage, including two slide-out writing surfaces. Because the office is located right off of the foyer, everything can be concealed with ease. Hudkins added, “It was a challenge to conceal the monitors but have them accessible to the client. The last thing you want to see is the back of a monitor. But with Chris’ ingenuity and ways to conceal moving parts, we created a beautiful and functional office.” The storage unit has a door that opens with the touch of a button to reveal two large monitors and other office equipment. “I drew the plans for this desk by hand, and my guys made it,” said Russell. “One day, this will be an antique.” Russell credits his team of craftsmen, particularly Mervin Mast. “I call him McGyver because he can truly make anything work. They are all truly gifted craftsmen, and they don’t say ‘no’, they say, ‘lets figure out how we can do this’, and that makes everything go so wonderfully. There are always things we can’t anticipate, but we figure out how to make it beautiful.” Hudkins went on to explain that they were going for an 18th century English antique look for the office, but actual English antique desks are not only hard to find, but didn’t function like the homeowner needed, so a one-of-a-kind piece was created. The inset brass hardware was imported from England. Another beautiful detail are the 135-year old doors from France. Hudkins found them in a salvage yard in St Louis, and had them finished so they could be used as pocket doors to give the space more character. Finally, a Brecher’s chandelier with equestrian-inspired leather straps completes the office’s refined, masculine look.

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After Hudkins finished the bulk of the home’s design work, she brought in a trusted colleague to provide Christmas decorations and finishing touches. Dwayne Anderson of House agreed to help with the project, and the partnership turned out to be a natural and rewarding one. As Anderson put it, “Barrett called me and said, ‘I’m not a candlestick kind of girl, can you just put in some tchotchkes and finish it?’ and that made me laugh.” The homeowner said, “Dwayne was so intuitive with what was already here. All he needed was to be physically in this house to visualize what needed to be completed to match everything. You would not believe what he accomplished after one afternoon of shopping — with all the colors we needed. It was meant to be.” The holiday decorations, a multi-layered array of green and white with pops of blue and purple – mesh perfectly with the home’s neutral aesthetic. “When I do this work, I’m too much of a control freak, but Barrett is this beautiful, trusting soul, and she was comfortable with letting me step in and do my thing,” said Anderson. “It’s unusual for a designer to call someone else to accessorize, but meeting this incredible couple, and working with someone who was kind and confident enough to say, ‘you do this part’ was great. We just had fun working together.”

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Out back, the home features a covered seating area, complete with a wood burning fireplace and mounted television. Anderson’s talents played a part in accessorizing the space with throw pillows and blankets. Past the covered area is another conversation spot, centered around a firepit.

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The master bedroom features an ornately tufted bed frame from Arhaus, plenty of outdoor views accented with custom silk draperies by Danna Harrington of DH Designs. In the master bath, there is more smart storage, including a styling drawer, which contains electrical outlets and stainless steel cubbies for hot styling tools. “They can always be hot and plugged in,” said Russell. Originally the floor plan included a free standing tub and a relatively small shower. But since the homeowners prefer to shower, that space was enlarged and finished in a beautiful mosaic that catches the light and shimmers. Hudkins chose a bow front look for the vanities “Otherwise it would have had too many straight lines.” The hand turned legs (created by Cucina) make the vanities look more like the fine pieces of furniture they are, rather than standard bathroom cabinetry.

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The gentleman’s suit closet is another showstopper – with a colorful tie collection on display in individual cubbies, and lighted cabinets for suits and cedar lined cubbies for sweaters. “We wanted it to look like a place where you’d get a custom suit tailored,” said Russell. The doors containing jackets and pants have LED lights with motion sensors, and shoe shelves pull out from the wall. “Normally you see shoe cubbies, but this allows him to store a ton of shoes in a fifteen-inch gap,” said Russell. “My hope with each project is to create a space that is so centered on the client that it becomes an extension of their personalities and individual needs,” said Hudkins. “This is their home and it reflects their lifestyle. Organization and customization was a priority.”

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The daughter’s bedroom and ensuite bath are any girl’s dream come true. A relaxing sitting area, performance stage and a pair of matching chandeliers add to the glamour of this large room. Deep shades of purple and rich fabrics evoke a sense of maturity.

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The spacious bath and walk-in closet feature additional chandeliers, custom cabinetry and window treatments, as well as a beautiful carpet and round tufted ottoman.

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On the lower level, there are additional entertaining and lounging areas, plus a home gym, steam shower, infrared sauna and a golf simulator. The bathroom has a spa-like feel with dim lighting, deep blue tiled walls, a live edge teak vanity and a shower with semiprecious sliced stone pebbles.

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VENDORS BUILDER:

Justice Builders DESIGN MANAGEMENT:

Barrett Hudkins of Feather Your Nest Interiors KITCHEN & BATH CABINETS / CLOSETS:

Chris Russell of Cucina Kitchen & Bath

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HOME ACCESSORIES / CHRISTMAS DECOR:

Dwayne Anderson of House

FLOORS / RUGS / CARPETS:

Carpet One WINDOW TREATMENTS:

DH Designs

LIGHTING:

Brecher’s

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Arhaus

CUSTOM INSTALLATION:

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“Fourtunately, we had a team that found solutions to whatever challenge we were facing.”

The homeowner explained that everyone in the family got to choose a special area that was created just for them. Her son chose the golf simulator, complete with a putting green. When building a fully customized home there are ideas that have never been done before, which inevitably complicate matters. And normally, with three separate design companies involved, there is potential for things to get sticky. But according to the homeowner, that creative collaboration is what made the project work so well. “Fortunately, we had a team that found solutions to whatever challenge we were facing, and turned them into design elements that we love,” she said. “Barrett invested time in getting to know us on a personal level so she truly understood our personalities and our vision for the home. This home is proof that teamwork and collaboration provide amazing results! The first day we woke up here, everyone agreed that it was like walking through a magazine.”

DECORATIVE PAINTING:

CABINET/CLOSET HARDWARE:

COUNTERTOPS:

INDOOR PUTTING TURF:

Erin Nolan

Quality Stone Countertops APPLIANCES:

Ferguson

PLUMBING FIXTURES:

Brock McVey

Willis Klein

Michael Snowden

FABRIC & RUG PROTECTION:

FiberSeal

GARAGE ORGANIZATION:

LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

Rob King of Millennium Landscaping LANDSCAPE LIGHTING:

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives IRRIGATION:

Franco’s Lawncare & Irrigation

Premier Garage

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Try this look for the holiday by playing up the simplicity of strong lines and bright colors in your decorations. 1. OLIVE YOU - Rectangle Velvet Pillow 2. DILLARD’S - 10-Inch LED Lighted Bronze Tree Topper 3. SAVE-ON-CRAFTS - Warm White Copper Wire Fairy Lights 4. BED BATH & BEYOND - Glass Eye Studio 3-Inch Hand Blown Glass Ornament Collection 5. WEST ELM - Modern Marble + Brass Stocking Holder

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5. BED BATH AND BEYOND - National Tree Company 72-Inch Berry and Cones Garland


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GLAM How to achieve it:

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othing beats the fragrance of a live Christmas tree during the holidays. Plus, selecting a tree can be one of the biggest holiday traditions your family honors. What’s the ideal tree for your family; will it be skinny and tall, short and fat or my personal favorite, the “Snoopy” tree? There’s nothing more enjoyable than gathering as a family, heading to the local tree lot and spending time together finding a tree to guard the presents.

However, to some, the thought of caring for a real tree is more work than it’s worth and they go with an artificial tree year after year. There’s no reason to dread a live tree in the home. By selecting an appropriate type of tree, using a stand that can holding enough water and by placing the tree in the proper location, your family can easily maintain a live cut tree. The most important part of any live cut Christmas tree is the tree itself. Not all evergreen trees are suitable to be used indoors as a cut Christmas tree. Fir trees are most commonly used because they have a dense shape with strong branches and soft needles. This ensures a full looking tree that can hold all the family ornaments and is pleasant to the touch. Once you have selected your Fir tree make sure to have a fresh cut made to the bottom of the trunk. This simple step will help the tree draw water once you get home. Water is a very important element in taking care of any live cut tree. Though the tree has had its roots removed it will continue to draw water once placed in the stand. Make sure the stand you use is free of holes and can hold a good amount of water--don’t let it go dry. Once a stand goes dry the base of the tree will “scab” over and the tree will no longer be able to draw water. Your tree will also benefit from the use of a product call TreeLife, which is added to the water once a week and helps keep the tree fresh and able to draw water.

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Once you get the tree and its stand home, you must place it in an appropriate location. This is a simple step that can make a huge difference. You need to keep two things in mind when placing your tree. First, where is the nearest air vent located? If located within five or six feet, consider moving the tree or closing the vent. The air coming from your HVAC is extremely dry and will cause your tree to dry faster than normal. The second thing to keep in mind is windows. If placed near windows which get large amounts of sun during the day, similar drying will occur and limit the tree’s life. For many families, the holiday season would not be complete without the perfect Christmas tree. Taking care of it doesn’t have to be a headache. By selecting the proper type of tree, stand and location, along with water and maintenance, your family can enjoy this tradition. Maybe you’ve always wanted a live tree and have just been a little hesitant--there’s no need to be! With a little time and fore-sight you can start making memories that will last your family for generations to come. By Beau Spicer Louis Flower Power


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This shade of green is a great way to add depth and a sense of calm to your space. Its dark shadows provide a rich background for clean lines and allow key architectural details to take the spotlight. Deep Viridian pairs beautifully with modern materials like chrome, concrete, white, black and raw wood. When choosing your decorative accents, this color can provide a bold contrast to airy whites and neutrals. Or simply enrich this green by pairing with a light tone like Silver Ash, a woodsy red-brown like Fire Roasted, or an all-out pop with Yellow Jubilee.

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Megan McClure, owner of Southern Sunday, had a different idea for giving back: she built it right into every purchase her customers make. Rather than choosing just one charity, she lets her customers decide where the money goes. This unique business model invites shoppers to not only look great, but to feel great about helping organizations that help others. While the holidays have always been synonymous with giving, Megan hopes that customers will make it a point to shop small and shop with a spirit of giving this holiday season. by Sarah Boerkircher

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Shopping small can make a big difference. When Megan McClure set out to start her small business, she wanted to combine a love for fun, fashion, southern hospitality and a sense of making a difference. Her creation, Southern Sunday, is an online boutique offering stylish women’s apparel and accessories at affordable price points. A portion of every sale is donated to a charity that the customer chooses at no additional cost to them. “The movement to shop local or ‘shop small’ has really taken off over the last several years and I think it’s important to remember that even online companies can be small businesses,” she said. While Southern Sunday launched earlier this year in September, the idea of an online boutique was one that Megan had been contemplating for a while. Even though Southern Sunday doesn’t have a brick and mortar location, it is still very much a local business, Megan explained. “Having worked in a variety of retail outlets, I wanted to find a way to combine what I enjoyed about those experiences in an entrepreneurial way,” she explained. “It seems as though we live in a time where negativity can come at us from all directions, whether it be watching the news, social media or the stress of everyday life. I know that the feeling of wanting to make a difference when it can feel nearly impossible.”

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Megan believes that if everyone focused on making their own small corners of the world brighter, that the effects everywhere could be much greater. Southern Sunday helps make that possible by making charity a part of the shopping experience. During the checkout process, customers have the option to choose which charity they would like to receive the donation, equal to a percentage of their purchase. The charities that are currently listed on the site are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, American Red Cross and GreenHouse17. Megan’s plan is to have the charities change every four months in order to draw awareness to many causes and organizations. In case the customer is unfamiliar with the charities, there are places at the top and bottom of the site for them to click to learn more about each organization. What happens from there? “Once their purchase is complete, their chosen charity is displayed so that when I process their order, I can track what amount goes where. The same percentage is donated for each sale and the grand total is presented to the charity at the end of each quarter,” Megan explained. “While the charities may change quarterly, the format will stay the same in that there will always be three national charities and one local charity to contribute to,” she said. “Southern Sunday is also available for trunk shows, so that a percentage of the event’s sales can go to a charity that the host chooses. For events and markets, one charity will receive the percentage of the sales and then that charity will rotate so that each of the four organizations will be able to benefit from at least one special occasion.”

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Want to know more? To learn more about the charities Southern Sunday supports or to find out how to be a charitable partner, visit ShopSouthernSunday.com or email Megan McClure at: hello@shopsouthernsunday.com

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Megan encourages those interested in the idea to reach out to her. She said that she wants anyone who is passionate about a cause or group to reach out to her so that she can learn more and, if the fit is right, be able to list the organization on the site one day or host an event for them.

A culture of giving back When Megan was creating Southern Sunday, she knew she wanted to make giving back a part of the fabric of her company. But when the time came for Megan to decide which charity would to receive the donations, she found that she was having a hard time choosing just one. While talking with friends and family, she realized that everyone has a cause or organization they feel more connected to. She knew then that customers would like being presented with options that they felt reflected things they valued most. “Although I built giving back into my business model, one thing I’ve learned in starting this venture is that there are so many wonderful

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charities that I never knew existed,” Megan said. “That’s why I like the idea of changing the charities periodically; every cause represented is important and I’d like to be able to bring attention to as many as I can.” For the national charities, Megan chose organizations that helped a wide variety of causes and feel familiar to most shoppers. “My father had a brother who passed away from cancer as a child, so St. Jude felt like a natural choice to honor him. I strongly believe in supporting our military and love the mission behind Wounded Warrior Project. They’ve helped so many servicemen and women through their various programs and therapy options,” she explained. It wasn’t until Megan started researching that she realized exactly how many services the Red Cross offers. “Not only do they provide disaster relief and host blood drives, the Red Cross offers health and mental health consultations, they install smoke alarms in homes and serve meals and snacks to those in need,” she said. “While I haven’t personally needed their services, it’s comforting to know that they are available should I ever need their services.” Megan then sought out to find a local charity that served the Lexington community in a unique way. She was deeply impressed with GreenHouse17, whose services include supporting victims of domestic abuse by offering them refuge on a 40 acre farm and providing survivors with opportunities to regroup through various programs and therapies. “It is my wish that Southern Sunday will be a place that will help women feel great about themselves not only by what they’re wearing, but also for how they’ve contributed to a local or national charity,” she said. “Southern Sunday is my way of supporting a culture of giving.” •

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Food for the Soul The Crase family, originally from Somerset, KY, has long been known for both food and philanthropy. For three generations, they’ve owned Hall’s on the River, a local eatery that has virtually become a Kentucky tradition, where families gather for southern comfort food and football games. They’re also the makers of a near-legendary line of beer cheeses, originally served at the restaurant and now sold in supermarkets across the country.

The Crase family is using their food businesses—the iconic Hall’s on the River and Hall’s Beer Cheese—to create a legacy foundation in memory of their parents that will bring change by Steve Kaufman to Kentucky communities.

But they have also made the good of their community their work. Dr. Jim Crase, chief of staff at Somerset Memorial Hospital and a former Kentucky State Senator, was active in donating his time and money to improve healthcare and health education in Pulaski County. Jan Crase was one of the founders of Lake Cumberland Performing Arts.Both were alumni and supporters of Berea College and served on the school’s board of directors. Jan Crase passed away in 2010, Jim in 2016. “They believed in the idea that ‘to whom much is given, from whom much is expected,’” explained their son, Karl. So Karl and his sisters, Kit Crase and Kim Claytor, have set up the Crase Family Foundation to carry on their late parents’ philanthropic legacy. “The original intent of the Foundation will be to focus on improving medical care and medical education in Pulaski County, the same interest my father had while practicing medicine there for 50 years,” said Karl. “Another focus will be education and the arts, my mother’s passion.” To that end, there will be educational scholarships and endowments to colleges, universities and trade schools. Karl is also president of the Crase Family Companies, and he’s spearheading more positive developments there as well. There is a microfoodery in development that will produce specialty foods with an emphasis on sustainability, organic ingredients and nutrition. The microfoodery, based in economically depressed Rockcastle, KY, will also provide several hundred jobs in an area devastated by abandoned factories. Part of the Foundation’s interest will be in culinary education. “A lot of our philanthropic work is related to the Kentucky Restaurant Association Education Foundation,” said Karle, who is on the National Restaurant Association board. Even before the Foundation was set up, Crase Family Cos. was a big supporter of Habitat for Humanities International. Through those efforts, Crase met celebrity chef Roshara Sanders, a military veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan deployments who attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, on the GI Bill after her service ended. Sanders went on to win a Food Network competition, Chopped: Military Vets and in 2016, was named one of NBC’s “Top Under 28 Black Entrepreneurs”. She says the minute she met Crase at a Habitat event in South Carolina, she was hooked by his devotion to that cause. It turns out she was raised in a Habitat home in Bridgeport, CT. Not only was she intrigued by Karl’s support of philanthropy, but also by microfoodery’s intention to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. Sanders will partner with the Crase Companies, developing a line of products for the microfoodery. “My passion,” she said, “is food that is farm-to-table: organic, fresh, fun, nutritious and economically friendly.” In November, Crase held a special event in his restaurant to introduce Sanders and announce their new partnership. “I was amazed by Karl,” Sanders explained. “He has his own herbs and spices growing outside his restaurant, he respects ecology and the environment, and he gives back to the community. If I ever have my own restaurant, that’s what I want to do.” Crase explained that the initial output of the new microfoodery will be dips and spreads, cheese balls and cheese logs. “But Chef Ro has a license to develop other products for us. She stands for what we stand for and had carte blanch.” •

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Many people grow up without a clue what their future career might be, but for Jack Pattie, that just wasn’t the case. At the tender age of four, Jack saw a cigarette commercial that steered his future in a big way. “There was this disc jockey sitting there with these two huge turntables in front of him and this mic coming down from infinity. He spun one of the records and took a big puff off that cigarette,” Jack recalled. “I thought–that’s what I wanna do when I grow up.” He got there sooner than even he expected. Jack played in bands in high school. He ended up riding home from a gig with the WVLK afternoon DJ, Denny Mitchell. Jack was starstruck. He mentioned that he had always wanted to be on radio, and Denny invited him down to the studio sometime to see the magic happen. “I jumped on that opportunity,” Jack recalled. “I would take the bus down to the Phoenix Hotel and just sit and watch him every afternoon.” When Jack was a junior in high school, he met a student teacher named Terrell Whitaker who worked in radio and TV. Whitaker wanted to know if any students would be interested in starting up a student radio station, and of course, Jack

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People ask me if I’m going to retire, and I say ‘from what?’ They’ll have to carry me out or throw me out!


Faces + Places jumped on that opportunity, too. “He got what was basically a janitor’s closet and came up with some equipment and we played music over the intercom in the cafeteria at lunch,” Jack remembered. “Just before Christmas that year, he and I skipped school together and he took me to a little radio station in Georgetown, WAXU. I met the general manager and he took me into the studio and introduced me to the guy that was on the air,” Jack said. They let Jack take over for a while. He did well enough that they hired him to do Sunday mornings from 6am-noon. After a few months, he got a Saturday afternoon show that turned into every afternoon. By the time he was a senior, he was working seven days a week at the radio station. “I completely lost interest in high school,” Jack laughed. “Hell, I barely got out.” He hopped around over a few stations in a few different cities, but settled in Lexington in 1975 for his job at WVLK, where he’s been broadcasting since with one hiccup. In 1980, he was offered a position as Program Director of WLAP. “I thought that was a big move into management. Well, it was a stupid move,” he reflects. “I’m a radio guy, but I’m not a manager.” He was fired under a year later. He moved back to WVLK part-time. The morning show opened up again in 1984 and he’s been at it since. “After all these years, I still look forward to going to work every morning. I really love my job, and I work with great people,” Jack said. “I’m 65 and I’d like to do it for a while. People ask me if I’m going to retire, and I say ‘from what?’ They’ll have to carry me out or throw me out.” Jack is always quick to credit the people who helped him along the way. Among them are his team at WVLK. “My producer is Deidre Ransdell. She is a ray of sunshine. Brad Munson is our traffic reporter and makes me laugh every single day. Scott Johnson, our news director, is a wealth of information on any subject,” he explained. “All three of these folks make my job so much easier.” Of course, people know Jack Pattie as much as the Mayor of Lexington Radio as they do his other persona: Jack, the Santa guy! Just like his career in radio, Jack felt the calling to play Santa very young. In the fourth grade, he was the Teacher’s Pet. She picked Jack to play Santa that year for a program. Jack picked the suit up again in 2006 and hasn’t looked back.

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For Jack, sharing the magic of Santa is personal. He has a special needs daughter of his own, and he has seen firsthand how much Santa means for children in need. He donates his time whenever he’s working with charities that help children. In the past, he worked with Hospice of the Bluegrass to visit terminally ill children at their homes. Jack has been Santa for twelve Lexington Christmas parades, eleven Lexington tree lighting ceremonies and several tree lightings in Frankfort, even some events in Louisville and Cincinnati, all while working all but the week before Christmas at WVLK each morning. He does so many events that he can’t take on any more. “It’s fun. I have not found a downside to being Santa,” he said. “By the end of the season, I’m worn out, but it’s a nice worn out. It’s just pure joy.” •

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The Mane on Main The Chase Tower in downtown Lexington has always boasted beautiful 360 degree views of Fayette County, especially on the top level.  I often went to the legendary Lafayette Club, a private lunch and dinner club, with my parents as a child and then to Baker’s 360, a restaurant and nightclub, as a twentysomething.  I hadn’t been in the space for several years and was so excited to see how it has beautifully transformed into The Mane on Main. “The space looks completely different than it did on day one,” said Heather Martin, the venue coordinator of The Mane on Main which is run by Dupree Catering + Events. “The goal was to develop a space that is open and inviting so we can work with clients to make their visions come to life. Walls were torn down to maximize the space. And we warmed things up with a beautiful bar, a fresh, neutral palette and a feel that is both urban and yet still distinctly Lexington. The leatherstained concrete floors perfectly compliment the stone accent walls.”

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Located on the 15th floor, the panoramic skyline view of the city is unlike any other venue in Lexington. “Our goal is to finally combine our catering and its amazing 30+ year reputation with a beautiful downtown venue,” Dupree owner  Tom Evans said. “Whether it’s wedding receptions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, corporate luncheons and dinners, cocktail parties, non-profit galas or business  meetings, we want  The Mane on

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Main to be a top choice for people who want an exceptional and memorable experience.” The stunning space is window-lined and has up to three meeting areas: The West Room, East Room and Lexington Room. Each space has a different feel and setup, and can be used separately or combined. Depending on the size and needs of each group, the venue can host more than one event simultaneously.  The Mane on Main can accommodate anywhere from 20 - 450 people.  With more than 8,000 square feet of event space, there are many options. Dupree Catering + Events is known as one of the city’s top caterers. Whether it’s blue jeans or black tie, Dupree’s food is prepared by hand, from scratch, using the best farm-to-table ingredients available–and always served with gracious hospitality. “Business was continuing to grow so we were seeking a larger kitchen when we came across the space in the Chase Bank building,” Tom Evans said. “The kitchen was just what what we needed and happened to be attached to a fabulous space. Having this venue allows us to now have one more unique place to offer our catering services.” Evans says the venue is special because of the opportunities it will bring. “We are very excited to host private parties but are looking to do much more. Having The Mane will allow us to host many nonprofit and fundraising events for the organizations who do so many great things for our community.” The group also plans to create their own “Mane Events” like wine pairing dinners and holiday celebrations that will be open to the public.  Visit themaneonmain.com to join the mailing list and stay in the know about upcoming events. •


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KITCHEN DV8 Life-Changing Food

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But Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen, a new restaurant and bakery at 867 South Broadway, takes that mission one step further by employing individuals who are in addiction recovery programs. Rob Perez (of Saul Good fame) and his wife Diane want to offer hope, training, and a second chance employment opportunity to people who are trying to redirect their lives. Their goal is to serve delicious food while also addre in a di ficu t r e in ur c unity e re taurant which opened in September 2017, has been described by Perez as e in t n fir t cia enter ri e re taurant and akery

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here are several products on the market today that were created with the goal of offering people a second chance. Like Dave’s Killer Bread, for example, which was created by former felon Dave Dahl, or Sweet Beginnings, a Chicago business that provides justreleased prisoners with job experience making honey and other products.


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DV8 Kitchen is open daily for breakfast, lunch and brunch and specializes in allnatural, fresh baked goods made from scratch. In fact, all of their bread products are made in-house. Upon walking into the modern space, decorated in subway tile and stainless steel, the smell of fresh bread and sizzling bacon fills the air. One of their specialties, and a customer favorite, are their croissant-style hot cinnamon rolls. The rolls come in three varieties – classic with cream cheese frosting, caramel pecan, and milk chocolate with frosting. Other baked goods include warm Southern biscuits, ciabatta bread, brioche buns, and sourdough loaves. Southern biscuits and brioche buns can be purchased by the dozen or half dozen. Gluten-free options are available as well. Refreshingly DV8’s menu is not overrun with options, but everything they offer is fresh and appetizing. Along with crisp salads, the restaurant also serves a variety of sandwiches and burgers using all-natural chicken and black Angus beef. All of their sandwiches are topped with made-from-scratch dressings and sauces. Brunch and lunch sandwich options include the Huevos Rancheros Sandwich with scrambled farm-fresh eggs, Mexican chorizo sausage, cheddar cheese, cilantro cream, tortilla strips, and green chili sauce. For a healthier option, the Basil Chicken Sandwich is made with all-natural grilled chicken tenders, avocado, basil aioli, lettuce and tomato. Fried chicken lovers will appreciate the Orange Marmalade Chicken Sandwich – with fried chicken tenders, orange marmalade, and honey butter. And destined to be a favorite, the All-Day Breakfast Burger is topped with a fried over-medium egg, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, dijonaise sauce, lettuce and tomato.

Huevos Rancheros Sandwich with Green Chile Salsa Ingredients:

1oz fresh jalapenos

2 fresh tomatillos

1oz fresh garlic

½ oz fresh cilantro

olive oil

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Directions: Fire roast tomatillos on grill or roast in oven. Toss garlic, onions and half of the jalapenos in olive oil. Roast oiled vegetables and fired roasted tomatillos in oven on a sheet pan until soft. When tomatillos are roasted and veggies are soft, add remaining ingredients and puree.

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Cuisine DV8’s salad offerings are simple but flavorful, with choices like the Chicken Salad –a riff on a traditional Waldorf salad with pecans, celery, mayo, and grapes. Saul Good fans will recognize the strawberry salad, a healthy treat tossed with slivered almonds and grapes in a sweet cider dressing. And the DV8 salad is a savory creation made with feta cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, red onion, and balsamic dressing. Perez says that the idea for the restaurant originally came from his wife Diane, who wanted to create a place that would offer opportunities to a segment of the population that is often cast aside by employers. They worked on the project together for two years, and said that a bakery was the best option because it employed the greatest number of people. “People in the early stage of substance abuse recovery often find it difficult to find employers willing to take a chance on them,” he said. Not everyone who works there will be in recovery, but “about one third of our staff are employees trying to ‘deviate’ from their past lifestyle,” according to Perez. They have hired staff from several transitional housing programs around Lexington, such as Shepherd’s House, The Lighthouse Ministries, Chrysalis House, and the Hope Center. They also work with Revive Life House in Jessamine County. In addition to offering employment, DV8 Kitchen conducts workshops designed to pass along basic life skills and knowledge, in hopes of helping employees achieve success in any field. Notably, the couple’s passion for rehabilitation comes from their own experience. “It was really a kind of amalgamation of my wife’s life and my life,” Perez recently told LEX 18. “Diane helped me through rehab at twenty-five and showed me that someone can be supportive and loving and also hold me accountable.”

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Tell us about the overall concept at DV8 Kitchen. What inspired you to create it? It was my wife Diane’s vision of a second chance kitchen and an opportunity to change the stigma that surrounds addiction recovery. Last thing you cooked for yourself at home?

Something in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?

Tacos with roasted chicken avocado, salsa, red onions and fresh jalapeno.

I’ve got more Kombucha in my fridge than anything else.

How would you describe working in your kitchen?

Beef ribs.

It’s intense, but we have a lot of fun too.

What are some words of wisdom you live by?

If someone wanted to be a chef, what three things would you say?

No one in your restaurant will exceed your level of commitment, but their commitment will rise or fall with your passion for excellence.

Embrace the hard, physical work. Be passionate, and have good work / life balance. What chefs do you admire? Rick Bayless and Alice Waters.

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What is your favorite food from your childhood?

Where can we find you on your day off ? Enjoying a meal with my family, playing a game with my son, or on a long run.


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Coffee Roasters

By Amanda Harper

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Nate Polly is a born and bred Lexingtonian with a lifelong passion for coffee. While he was still in high school, Nate drew up a business plan for his coffee empire. He worked at and managed coffee shops while he attained his business and marketing degree. Upon graduation, he jumped headfirst into roasting. A successful Kickstarter campaigned helped the fledgling company grow, roasting the highest quality green beans for exceptional taste and freshness. Their beans can be purchased online, at locations through the region and at their new National Avenue location. 722 National Ave. | 859.266.0041 | natescoffee.com

DAILY OFFERINGS COFFEE ROASTERY Kristie and Lood Kotze love to share their coffee with others. During a visit to South Africa, where Lood was born, they had an eye-opening coffee experience that spurred their passion for the brew. Their socially, environmentally and economically responsible brand means every cup is fair to all parties involved; they give 10% of their profits to communities in need. Enjoy their coffee in person, or purchase beans online. 529 W. Main St. | 859.368.7906 | dailyofferingscoffee.com

MAGIC BEANS Magic Beans Coffee Roasters’ mission is to bring single-origin coffees of exceptional value to Lexington. Beans from different regions have unique taste profiles: the Magic Beans team roasts them in small batches to bring those tastes to the forefront. Their coffees are available at the Lexington Farmers Market, online or via local retailers. They also offer a subscription service called the Origin Explorers Club for curious coffee fans. 859.629.1209 | magicbeanscoffee.com

TIN CAN ROASTERS Armed with a vintage 1957 Canned Ham trailer, a roaster and a deep love for coffee, the Tincan Roasters team brings exceptional locally-roasted coffee and street food to the community. They treat coffee from a culinary perspective, sourcing the best ingredients then roasting the beans to showcase the unique flavors and qualities of each variety. They sell their coffees online, through the truck and through several local businesses. tincanroasters.com

CITY ROASTERY Friends Troy Lee and Michael Euler love coffee. They took their combined experience in the restaurant industry and created a career that could provide a positive impact on the community. City Roastery is a micro coffee bean roaster in Georgetown that chooses high quality, carefully selected coffee beans from around the globe. They utilize the latest technology to provide a top quality product. Their coffees are available for purchase online, and they offer a Coffee Club subscription. 502.542.8648 | cityroastery.com

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Lightened-up

Salisbury Steak

Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef (90/10-lean) 1 onion, half sliced and half diced ¼ cup plain bread crumbs 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2 egg whites 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 cups low-sodium beef broth 2 tablespoons white whole-wheat flour 1 tablespoon tomato paste salt, to taste black pepper, to taste Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, the diced onions, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, Dijon, garlic powder, and egg whites. Mix together with clean hands and shape into 6 equal-sized oval patties. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and grease with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until almost done. Reserve the browned patties on a plate. To the same skillet, add the oil, the sliced onions, and mushrooms. Cook until the onions are very soft and translucent, 10-12 minutes. (If the patties left bits of beef stuck to the skillet, add a tablespoon of water at a time and scrape it with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. Do not discard the stuck-on bits; this will help to flavor the sauce.) Whisk the flour into the beef broth until it is dissolved, and add it to the skillet. Stir in the tomato paste, salt, and black pepper and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the browned patties back to the skillet in the sauce. Simmer until the patties are cooked through and the sauce has thickened, 10-12 minutes. 6 servings | Nutrition Facts based on 1 salisbury steak Calories 183 | Fat 8g | Fiber 2g | Carbohydrates 11g | Sugar 2g | Protein 19g SmartPoints: 5

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Beer

December picks by Ken

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Sierra Nevada

Celebration Why Ken Enjoys this Beer…. “Sierra Nevada is hands down one of my favorite craft breweries and their seasonal beer line-up never disappoints. Their winter offering, Celebration, is a staple for me in that seasonal mix and I anticipate its arrival from the very first frost of the winter season. The bold taste of the fresh hops in Celebration provides that intense hop flavor I crave when the days begin to get shorter, temperatures drop and you can feel that snow is right around the corner. Celebration is aptly named, it is always a part of my families holiday festivities and bringing family together is what I consider a true celebration. This seasonal isn’t around long so grab it while you can.” Style: American Style Fresh Hop IPA Hops: Bittering Hops Chinook, Centennial Fishing Hops Cascade, Centennial Alcohol By Volume: 6.8% | IBU: 65 Taste Profile: First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas. On the palate this luxurious, dark, bitter-chocolate-tinged beer is a stunner, filled with exotic spice and nut flavors, a huge, hoppy streak of bitterness and all sorts of ebbing and flowing nuances of grapefruit, juniper berries and treacle.

www.KYeagle.net | Please call Kentucky Eagle at 859-252-3434 for local purchase locations!

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Wine OF THE MONTH

Cannon Wines Limited

Veuve Devienne Brut Tasting Notes This light yellow/pale gold sparkling wine has very fine bubbles and is fresh on the nose with floral notes. It’s rich and full on the palate with an extended finish of fruity notes, showing a clean minerality and citrus. Region/Style: Vin de France / French Champagne Grapes: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Arbois Food pairing: Pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna, etc.), shellfish, mild and soft cheese.

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LEFT TO RIGHT // Lace dress with bell sleeves in black and gold by Antonio Melani; Black ribbon tie pump by AD & Daughters | DILLARD’S Velvet dress in burgundy by Adelyn Rae; bracelets and earrings | PEPLUM Faux fur shawl in rose | FRANCESCA’S AT LEXINGTON GREEN Multi colored sequin pump by Jessica Simpson | DILLARD’S Sport coat in navy by Murano; Christmas tree bowtie by Cremieux; Gingham shirt in navy by Gold Label Roundtree & Yorke | DILLARD’S Girl’s lace dress in green by Laura Ashley | DILLARD’S

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LEFT TO RIGHT // Girl’s lace dress in red by Rare Editions | DILLARD’S Tie mod dress in ballet pink by Milly; Feather shawl in black by Yumi Kim | BELLA ROSE Plaid sport coat in blue by Polo Ralph Lauren; Pocket square by Cremieux; Tie in red and green plaid by Roundtree & Yorke; Shirt in dusty blue by Murano; Pants in navy by Roundtree & Yorke | DILLARD’S Lace gown in green by Betsy & Adam; Faux fur jacket by Eliza J | DILLARD’S

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Velvet wrap dress in wine by Sadie & Sage; Jacket in ivory by Jack by BB Dakota; Velvet pumps in pink by Elegant Collection; Pendant necklace in gold; beaded earrings in gold; | E LEIGH’S

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Sequin dress in gold by Frascara; Earrings and bracelet in gold | CARL MEYERS Brannon heels with faux fur detail in rome maroon by AD & Daughters | DILLARD’S

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LEFT // Olivia dress in burnt henna by Black Swan; Beaded earrings in gold; Beaded clutch in cream | PEGGY’S Faux fur jacket in camel by Eliza J | DILLARD’S RIGHT // Sequin dress in black by Wengie; Faux fur vest in black by 2Chic; Beaded necklace in silver | MIMI’S PLACE

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Velvet off the shoulder dress in green by Donna Morgan; Black beaded drop earrings | OLIVE YOU Suede pumps in cranberry by AD & Daughters; Alma Monogram Vernis leather handbag in red by Louis Vuitton | DILLARD’S

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Moon rock sparkle dress in metallic and black sequins by French Connection; Beaded bracelets by Southern Belle Glitz; Beaded earrings by Banx Desisgns | SCOUT & MOLLY’S Zebbi pumps with rhinestones in black by Gianni Bini | DILLARD’S Reindeer Christmas pillow | QUEEN BEE

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LEFT // A-line dress in black by Mudpie; Fur trimmed shawl in black | QUEEN BEE Drop necklace in yellow gold by Baiyang Qiu; Drop Earrings with moonstones in yellow gold by Baiyang Oiu | MEG C JEWELRY RIGHT // Oxford tweed dress in blue by Julie Brown; Dangle earrings in silver | MONKEE’S Alene pump in black by Elegant Collection | E LEIGH’S

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LEFT TO RIGHT // loral velvet off the shoulder top in black au leather pant in black endant necklace in gold LOFT AT LEXINGTON GREEN Suede booties in black by Steve Madden | EVEREVE AT LEXINGTON GREEN au ur acket in leopard by BB Dakota ib turtleneck in black by Allison Joy ace pencil skirt in balck by J.O.A endant necklace in grey | EVEREVE AT LEXINGTON GREEN Metallic lace dress in navy au ur sha l in blush arrings and bracelet FRANCESCA’S AT LEXINGTON GREEN Skinny stretch pant in metallic echo by Articles of Society Se uin top in pe ter umps in leopard | EVEREVE AT LEXINGTON GREEN

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Floral drop waist dress by Hutch; Tango bali drop earrings in plum by Baublebar; Velvet bag with gold chain in black | MONKEE’S Ribbon tie pump in black by AD & Daughters | DILLARD’S

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LEFT // Sweater dress in custard by Julie Brown | COTTON PATCH Pearl earrings in yellow gold by Meg C | MEG C JEWELRY RIGHT // Velvet dress in midnight hour by Mink Pink; Earrings in metallic gold | PIRIE

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Wrap dress in gunmetal grey by Greylin; Beaded earrings and bracelet | PEPLUM Rhinestone embellished heels by Jessica Simpson | DILLARD’S

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LEFT TO RIGHT // Suede leggings in black by Astars; Duster sweater in grey by She + Sky; Camisole in black | SCOUT & MOLLY’S Sweater in black; Scarf in red both by Polo Ralph Lauren | DILLARD’S Sweater with pearl detail in blush by In Cashmere

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Santa Baby T Shirt by Judith March; Sweater with fur trim in cream by Mumu; Jeans with frayed bottom by Citizens of Humanity | OLIVE YOU Sweater with buttons in navy; Shirt in red plaid; Slim straight stretch jeans in distressed blue all by Polo Ralph Lauren | DILLARD’S 138

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here is no month that gets us more excited to dress up than December. Christmas brings out the warm fuzzies and our love of fabulous fashion. Putting together the perfect outfit for a holiday function is all about celebrating the season; and for us that means lots of red, green and sparkle! For special wintry occasions, a chic party dress and luxurious coat are in order. Make a bold entrance in Carolina Herrera’s poppy red dress that is crafted from pure silk with an A-line silhouette, featuring two roomy front pockets. They can keep you warm while party hopping. Covering up with glamour, Faith Connection’s stylish faux fur car coat offers an uptown vibe with its sleek design and twinkling rhinestone brooch. Bringing some holly jolly spirit to our footwear, Charlotte Olympia’s ‘Dolly’ pumps give you an excuse to steal kisses all evening long with their festive mistletoe shoe clips. Adding some serious arm candy, this charming clutch by Kate Spade is designed to look like a wellwrapped present, topped with a perfect golden bow. Carry it as a handheld and add a dose of cheer to your ensemble. For a pop of color, we wanted to bring out the pretty emerald green in our mistletoe pumps. These pear shaped drop earrings by Zales lend just the right amount of holiday twinkle. Rounding things out with the ultimate beauty ode to Christmas, we had to include a classic red lip. Tom Ford’s Lip Color Matte creates a powerfully sophisticated look of unadulterated color. Formulated with a luxurious, velvet matte finish, the Lip Color smooths comfortably onto the lips with long-lasting staying power. Whether you’re socializing with friends and family, or hitting up an annual work Christmas party, this outfit proves holiday fashion is one to be celebrated.

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SUSAN + CALEB 11.19.16

When Susan and Caleb Harding started dating, they often used Snapchat, the social media network, to keep in touch. Susan never suspected that something was out of the ordinary when Caleb asked to take over her Snapchat account to make a Snapchat story for her birthday. Little did Susan know, Caleb was filming their engagement on Susan’s timeline for their friends and family to see. “Our friends were receiving updates from the early morning all the way up up until I took Susan to a field outside of the Galt House in Louisville to get down on one knee and ask her to marry me,” Caleb said. Caleb grew up in Pikeville, Ky., and Susan’s family, who are originally from a small town in Missouri, relocated to Kentucky so that her dad could attend Asbury College. The couple met at their apartment pool and as Caleb explained, neither knew the meaning of true love until meeting.

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“We have both been married, we have both been divorced and we have learned from our mistakes,” Caleb said. “Our wedding was a dream come true.” The couple was married at Todds Road Grace Church and the Hardings chose this church because Caleb’s father is a pastor at Todds Road’s sister church. “Everyone at Todds Road Grace Church grew up with Caleb, so it was special to us to marry there,” said Susan. “While there were many special memories from our wedding day, our first look was incredible and then sharing a special moment with my dad were moments from the wedding that I’ll cherish forever.” Susan’s two sisters and mother helped her get ready for her first look with Caleb. Caleb’s son helped him get ready by tying his bow tie. The couple exchanged sentimental gifts the day of their wedding. Caleb gave Susan a bottle of perfume, an outfit to wear on their honeymoon and a canvas painting of one of their engagement photos. Susan gave Caleb a wooden portrait wrapped in yarn of the coordinates of the baseball field that he grew up playing on.

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The groomsmen wore gray suits with cranberry ties to complement the bridesmaids’ cranberry dresses. Susan wore her sister’s wedding dress, which her sister had purchased at Twirl Boutique in Lexington, Ky. The couple’s reception was held at Soundbar, a lounge and nightclub in Lexington, so they had the house DJ, Reknown. The Hardings love pizza, so they served Dominos Pizza as the main course. The couple agree that their wedding day went by so fast, but that they found it helpful and meaningful to step back throughout the day and take some time for reflection. “I don’t think we would change one thing about our wedding day, other than the 15 extra pizzas we ordered,” said Susan. “Truthfully, looking back on our wedding day, I remember bits and pieces. However, what I remember most is our vows and the kiss after becoming husband and wife.”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Rainwater Photography CEREMONY VENUE Todds Road Grace Church RECEPTION VENUE Soundbar C AT E R I N G Dominos Pizza FLOWERS Trader Joes B R I DA L G OW N Twirl Boutique B R I DA L PA RT Y Lulu’s Boutique | LuLus.com G RO O M / G RO O M S M E N Macy’s CAKE Sam’s Club

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Florals have always been an important element to planning a perfect wedding day. It seems the flowers are one of the details brides get most excited about. A big trend that is rolling into 2018 is filling the bouquet with soft pastel hues. Here are a few local examples to add to your inspiration board!

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Get the Look: 1 | Fields in Bloom 2 | Michler's Florist 3 | Carol Lynn Originals 4 | Lovely Leaves Floral Design 5 | Michler's Florist 6 | White Cat Weddings & Events

Other Local Florists: Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design House by JSD Design Blooms 'n Blossoms Doug Smith Designs & Events Louis Flower Power Natural Endeavors ...and so much more!

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For: "Christmas in Kentucky" framed print ($28) Two Chicks and Co. 124 Southland Dr. twochicksandcompany.com

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"Kentucky Christmas" or "Christmas in Kentucky" tea towel ($12) Two Chicks and Co. 124 Southland Dr. twochicksandcompany.com

Lexington mug ($24) Pirie 3369 Tates Creek Rd. 859.309.9938

Remote control luminary candles, batteryoperated ($59) The LUXE For the Home 193 Kentucky Ave. (by chance or appointment) 859.983.4663

Starburst Crown Coasters from Global Views in with gold and cork details ($75) Polished Interiors polishedint.com 859.523.9344

Cheers to the season with these festive, gold-accented tumblers! ($20/set $10/ea.) FABLE + FLAME 157 N. Broadway 859.913.0611

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Barefoot Dreams CozyChic adult robe in a variety of colors. ($127) My Favorite Things 2721 Old Rosebud Rd. 110 859.264.0923

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Genuine Rex Rabbit fur hand warmers, available in a variety of colors. ($88) Carl Meyers 111 Clay Ave. 859.252.2004

Embellished pompom hats in a variety of colors. ($75) Cotton Patch 3367 Tates Creek Rd. 859.269.8839

Cozy Sherpa pullover. Available in youth sizes and 6 other colors. ($105) Peggy's Gifts & Accessories 112 Clay Ave. 859.255.3188

Snuggle up with a full year of TOPS in Lexington or TOPS Louisville magazine, delivered right to your home each month ($19) TOPS in Lexington topsinlex.com/subscribe

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Beaufort Fun Fort in 'Everyday is a Gift' custom print comes fully assembled on 72� poles. ($200) Beaufort Bonnet Co. thebeaufortbonnetcompany.com 859.317.8270

Give a gift of good taste. Get a $5 bonus gift card for every $25 spent. Wild Eggs wildeggs.com 859.277.0402 or 859.543.0532

Enjoy your favorite drink this season in this Hot Cocoa and Christmas Lights mug. ($20) Lexington Lettering etsy.com/shop/lexingtonlettering 502.338.4811

Red Metal Speedster Firetruck ($139.95) The Magical Toy Shoppe 700 E. Main St. 859.455.8005

$170 retail value includes $100 food, beverage and bowling credit + 15 free games ($87) Collins Bowling Centers collinsbowling.com 859.277.5746

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For: Pearl and leather neckace with tassel detail, available in a variety of colors ($64.99) Peggy's Gifts & Accessories 112 Clay Ave. 859.255.3188

Faux leather bag with snake skin detachable clutch by Caroline Hill. ($78) Sincerely Yours 401 W. Main St. #103 859.254.5444

Print scarf with fur pompoms by La Fiorentina ($220) Bella Rose 126 W. Maxwell St. 859.255.2565 Tailored-fit wool blazer with silk taffeta lining and opening cuffs by Sporting Hares ($199) Hound & Hare Outfitters houndandhareoutfitters.com 859.913.6408

Leather envelope clutch in black with stone detail ($125) Peggy's Gifts & Accessories 112 Clay Ave. 859.255.3188

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Microblading Gift Card. Create new brows, hair stroke by hair stroke, for the most natural looking, 3-D like results. Lash cards also available. ($450) Feather & Blade featherandblade.com 859.667.BROW


Life + Style Handmade hair-on-hide metallic clutch with leather tassel ($111) Peplum 824 Euclid Ave. #103 859.269.0009

Skin Care Management System by JanMarini includes a cleanse, rejuvenate, resurface, hydrate and protect formula.($360) Dr. Susan Neil 2101 Nicholasville Rd. #206 859.278.6345

Cashmere poncho in pink ($225) Cotton Patch 3367 Tates Creek Rd. 859.269.8839

Arthur Murray gift cards include 2 private lessons, 1 group lesson and 1 private session ($29) Arthur Murray 1801 Alexandria Dr. 859.278.7711

Beaded clutch, 10" x 5.5" Comes with gold chain and has one inner pocket. Southern Sunday shopsouthernsunday.com

Elisa necklace by Kendra Scott features a dainty stone and delicate chain. Available in a multitude of color combinations. ($50) Olive You Boutique oliveyouboutique.com 859.625.1328

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Holiday Picks | Advertising Section

Save time and money this season at Appliance Pro! Appliance Pro | 2320 Fortune Drive 859.299.6254 | applianceproky.com The holidays are here! Appliance Pro’s goal is to help you get your kitchen chef-ready for all your holiday feasts! For a limited time, choose two FREE Monogram® appliances (valued up to $3,798) with your qualifying purchase. Visit monogram.com for details. Appliance Pro has been family owned and operated since its inception in 2006, offering quality namebrand appliances you can depend on. Their sales and management staff has over 64 years combined experience. Appliance Pro has established a caring tradition built on honesty and integrity that always provides the customer with an exceptional buying experience. Appliance Pro specializes in new and “Scratch & Dent” home appliances; all scratch and dent items have the full manufacturer factory warranty. They have the largest selection in Central Kentucky with over 500 appliances on display in their showroom. Appliance Pro offers the lowest prices on the brands they represent. Bring in a quote and Appliance Pro will price match any local competitor! Life is messy, but shopping for an appliance doesn’t have to be. Save time and money this season and shop at Appliance Pro to get your home ready for the holidays!

Celebrate the season with the staff at Jerome! Jerome Beauty Boutique | 153 Patchen Drive 859.269.5753 | facebook.com/jerome.beauty The staff at Jerome would like to thank their loyal clientele, who have chosen them to provide their fashion and beauty needs throughout the boutique’s 56 years in business. They also send a special thanks to their new customers, who are just discovering all that Jerome has to offer! The customers are what make work fun and exciting for everyone on the Jerome team. They are all about having a good time during the holiday season, and they always think of their customers like family. They’re inviting everyone to stop in, enjoy hot cider and lots of goodies every day until Christmas. Get some Christmas shopping done from their wide variety of fashions, jewelry and accessories. Make an appointment for hairstyles or face treatments to be ready and relaxed for the holiday party season. Jerome is a one stop shop for ladies. From fun faux furs for her to stylish wigs, beautiful clothing and classic accessories, they have everything a woman needs to feel phenomenal. They offer a fun, relaxing environment that their customers love. They hope to continue to serve the women of Central Kentucky for many years to come, just doing what they enjoy! Jerome wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Give the Gift of Swim Lessons with Aqua-Tots! Aqua-Tots Swim Schools | 220 Ruccio Way Suite 150 | 859.712.0271 | aqua-tots.com The industry’s leader in swimming instruction, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools offers year-round swim lessons to children starting at the young age of 4 months and older. Give the gift of a true life skill this holiday season with a gift certificate to take swim lessons at AquaTots! For a limited time during the months of November and December, if you purchase three months of lessons, you receive a free pair of goggles. Holiday packages with a variety of swim supplies are also available, and make perfect gifts for parents and adventurous kids! Located to the right of Meijer off Reynolds Road, Aqua-Tots opened in May of 2016 and has since become the go-to place for swim lessons in Lexington and the surrounding area. Open Monday through Saturday, the state-of-the-art facility includes an indoor pool heated to a cozy, comfortable 90 degrees. Small group and private lessons are offered morning, afternoon and evening. Aqua-Tots’ Water Safety Instructors go through an extensive training program of 50+ hours and are all CPR certified. The comprehensive swimming curriculum focuses on water safety, and helping children develop a lifelong love of swimming.

Put Chris Stapleton’s New Album on Your Wish List Chris Stapleton | From A Room: Volume 2 ChrisStapleton.com Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 will be released December 1st on Mercury Records Nashville, just in time for the holiday season! Now available to pre-order digitally and with exclusive limited-edition bundles, this album will be a great gift for any music lover. Multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning musician Chris Stapleton was born in Lexington and grew up in Eastern Kentucky before moving to Nashville and becoming, as CMT put it, “one of music’s greatest talents to emerge from the current decade.” The forthcoming album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (the capital “A” in “From A Room”) where it was recorded over the last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb. Along with Stapleton on vocals and guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Morgane Stapleton on harmony vocals as well as longtime band-members J.T. Cure on bass and Derek Mixon on drums. In addition to seven songs co-written by Stapleton, the album features versions of Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire” and the Homer Banks/Lester Snell-penned song made famous by Pops Staples, “Friendship”. The Limited Edition bundles make great gifts. From t-shirts and drink koozies to a special edition YETI Tundra 35 Cooler or Louisville Slugger, fans won’t want to miss out on these great accessories! Only available at ChrisStapleton.com.

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Give the Gift of Good Taste This Holiday Season Jupiter Rings | JupiterRingsKY@gmail.com 859.270.6601 | facebook.com/JupiterRingsKY This holiday season, give the gift of local flavor with Jupiter Rings buffalo sauce. This unique sauce is made with local fresh produce in Nicholasville. It’s sweet with a little kick, offering a true taste of Kentucky in every bite. This sauce makes a great gift or stocking stuffer! Grill masters and home cooks will love having Jupiter Rings in their pantries. It’s the perfect thing to tuck into a Kentucky, grilling, sports or culinary themed gift basket, as well! Jupiter Rings is available for order via social media or by email. They will deliver the sauce via priority or next day shipping to ensure it gets there on time, and their awesome customer service and great pricing will make sure you come back for more. Want to pick up a bottle for yourself? Jupiter Rings is available at Critchfield Meats, Good Foods Co-Op and several local restaurants. This Kentucky Proud sauce has been called one of the best in town by its fans. If you’ve been searching for the right gift (or the right sauce), give Jupiter Rings a try! It’s a great way to support a locally owned and operated business this holiday season.

Look Your Best This Holiday Party Season! Erin’s Madd Skillz | 859.492.0523 facebook.com/ErinsMaddSkillz Before the holiday rush sets in, sit down with Erin Green for a gorgeous hairstyle that will wow in every photo! Erin, a licensed master cosmetologist, specializes in natural hair care for all types of hair. She understands what is best for every hair texture, and she provides protective styles. She sends her customers home with the knowledge they need to keep on shining between appointments. Erin’s Facebook page has photographs of some of the work she’s done. From beautiful feedin braids to flat iron styles, Erin can create stunning looks for everyday wear or even for special events. Get in touch with her today! Looking for something unique? She’s always dreaming up new styles, from buns and mohawks to more traditional looks. She can include jewelry, beads, color and wraps for a style that’s truly special. She can provide hair if needed, as well. Erin wants everyone to know that she offers affordable pricing and convenient appointment times with online booking. She always aims to have every client leave with a smile on their face. She’s so confident in her work that she offers specials and discounts for customers who refer new clients! She’s happy to work with women, men and children. Need another reason to give Erin a call? She’s offering $25 off box braids for the month of December!

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Leslee Zonio’s husband, Conrhod Zonio, surprised her with this “Super Mom” title because as he explained, their daughters, Conlee and Rhyn, have never doubted that they are loved by their mother. Conrhod often hears his girls tell Leslee, “mom, you love us from the moon to the stars and back,” and so he wanted Leslee to know that he and their girls love her to the moon to the stars and back. A friend of Leslee’s says that Leslee likely doesn’t see herself as a “Super Mom,” but that she is a super mom because she loves creating memories. There have been times where the family has eaten dinner under the table, jumped in a creek even though they did not have the right clothes, spontaneously chased down an experience or stayed up way too late because they were waiting for a comet. As Conrhod says, he and Leslee take pride in getting their daughters excited about the world they live in. The Zonios have slept on the beach with the Chincoteague ponies because their kids love horses, and have explored most of Kentucky because one of their daughters is studying regional history. “If the girls are excited about an opportunity, activity or experience, Lelsee helps bring it all to life,” he says. “We try our best to experience it first-hand, but even if we can’t, Leslee finds a way. We have traveled all over the the region and country to experience things that the girls are interested in. For example, we are planning a trip to Yellowstone because the girls have an interest in wolves, Teddy Roosevelt and his contribution to national parks.”

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Leslee is a hands on, creative and she puts great effort into experiences. As her friends and husband agree, she makes the littles things so special and memorable, even when time is limited. “Every single day is different and full,” says Conrhod. “Leslee balances the demands of her day-to-day job(s) and volunteer work while still managing to fit in time to plan and prep for preschool science classes, study and gather supplies for children’s ministry that she teaches, research photographic techniques, and get our girls to and from school and activities several times a week.” Leslee is also involved in many activities, including serving on the Bluegrass Trust Detours Committee, actively volunteering with their church, attending pottery classes, making meals for friends and neighbors—all the while loving on her kids. Leslee’s friends agree that balancing all of life’s responsibilities is a challenge for all moms, Leslee included. She chooses to prioritize living in the moment and loves getting to show her daughters the wonder of life. “Leslee’s joy comes from loving her girls, and knowing that they know they are loved, seeing their hearts and minds open up and expand, and seeing them experience the world.” As Leslee’s friends explain, while she is hard on herself (like many moms) she would remind other moms to be sure to take breaks and to enjoy every moment you can. Leslee knows the importance of living in the moment and that being with your children will always be more important than a to do list.

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secretly hoped that his temporary stay would turn into a permanent home. Similar to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, I’ve come to accept that those in the veterinary community commonly acquire castaway pets for their own. It’s an occupational hazard, so to speak. We have big hearts, and although unrealistic, we would take in every stray and injured animal possible. Like all puppies, this little guy was full of energy and constantly getting in trouble. One of the first nights, we had him we popped in a VHS tape of Top Gun. After the first tower-flyby -“Damn-it-Maverick” scene, we knew. We had our very own little Maverick. He grew bigger and ran around the yard with his R.I.O., Oscar, our first dog. I shared with the girls that my husband and I would curl up on our futon to watch “Jag” – another military show. I would prop Maverick up on his little hind legs while sitting on my lap and have him “conduct” a makebelieve orchestra during the theme song. In the end, he would “salute” the pretend audience. He was such a good dog. He tolerated my goofy shenanigans and would then collapse into my lap and fall deep asleep. Although 19 years was a very long time, it doesn’t feel long enough. Maverick loved, protected, consoled and brought happiness into our lives. He even saved us from a burglar that attempted to break into our home when my husband was an intern at Penn State. He was a hero. We will forever miss him, but we find comfort in sharing his memory and believing that he reunited with his R.I.O. - Oscar and wingman - Bella over the Rainbow Bridge.


Legacy Reserve Lois Shapiro moved to Miami, FL in 1961 to attend the University of Miami where she studied nursing. After becoming a licensed registered nurse, Lois and her husband, a physician, worked together in his office until 1994 when they both retired. After retirement, Lois and her husband travelled and spent time with close friends. Quickly though, Lois did take on the responsibility of caring for an ailing mother-in-law and then her own mother. Shortly after this, Lois cared for her own husband as his health failed. After her husband passed away in March of 2017, Lois had some big choices to make. “I had to make some tough decisions. As a nurse, I saw so many people not get to enjoy the retirement stage of their life. Now, I had to look at myself as a retired, seventy-three year-old, recently widowed person who had the opportunity to either wallow in my sadness alone or choose to live life,” Lois explained. “The first choice was what to do with my house. When you lose a spouse of 52 years and you look around an empty house it is easy to hold on to the house. So often, that is the one thing that you have control of and it is comforting to you. But, the home and all of the responsibilities started to become a burden,” she said. “My actual living space in the home dwindled down to a very small portion of the home, yet I still had to maintain the entire house, yard and everything that went with home ownership.” “The next decision was how exactly was I going to live life. You have to decide what you want your future to be. I know from my experience as a nurse and family caregiver that life is fragile and I looked at this as a new stage in my life. My daughter lived in Lexington, KY and desperately wanted me to be near her and share this stage of life with her,” Lois said. “I visited Lexington and was apprehensive about senior housing because I was not aware that there were opportunities available for young and active people like myself. Who would I eat with? Would I fit in? These were all questions that I asked myself. After touring Lexington’s newest senior living community, Legacy Reserve at Fritz Farm, I decided that this was an opportunity for me to define what my future would be.” “I am thrilled with my decision to move to Legacy Reserve with my dog Chloe. I have the security of knowing that I don’t have to fix the house if something breaks and that someone is always around if I need them.” She added, “I have met some of the most warm, friendly and inviting people that have brought so much joy and meaning to my life. I am involved in exercise classes, playing bridge, taking trips outside of the community to places like Natural Bridge and the Opera House. I am living life! But even more meaningful is sitting around chatting with my new friends and two hours passing without any of us even realizing it. I made a decision of what I wanted my future to be and I am so glad I chose Legacy Reserve and am enjoying my life to the fullest.”

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Kentucky Farm Bureau Kentucky Farm Bureau doesn’t just live here. Kentucky Farm Bureau loves here. Craig Simpson, Agency Manager at the Fayette County Farm Bureau Nicholasville Road Agency, knows that very well. “Kentucky Farm Bureau is Kentucky. Kentucky Farm Bureau is local in your county and neighborhood. Our agents are part of each community, living where you live,” Craig explained. “I count it a privilege to provide protection and service for my neighbors. Kentucky Farm Bureau is more than a company: it means family.” Craig has been in the insurance business for 24 years, spending half his career with Kentucky Farm Bureau. He knows firsthand just how incredible the local service they offer truly is. Kentucky Farm Bureau offers home, auto, farm, boat, commercial, life, health and long-term care insurance. As a husband and father of three, Craig loves spending time with his family, following high school and college football and rooting for the CATS! Craig knows that no one wants to spend their time worrying about their insurance, so he works hard to make the insurance process as easy as possible while ensuring that his clients’ assets are completely protected. That peace of mind is one of the most important things Craig and his team can offer. “As a Kentucky Farm Bureau agent, I am here to help you with protecting your home, auto and–more importantly– your family,” he said. Curious how Kentucky Farm Bureau’s insurance is different? Stop in or give Craig a call. He is happy to provide a free, noobligation quote.

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Kentucky is known the world over for its relationship with and reverence for horses, and nowhere in the country is the horse celebrated more than at the Kentucky Horse Park. Presenting and promoting the state’s signature equestrian-themed attraction to the world is a tall order. Luckily, newly-named marketing director Esther Zunker is up to the task.

Finding Her Second Home Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Zunker’s first impressions of Lexington came when she was touring colleges during her senior year in high school. Visiting Asbury College and the surrounding area, Zunker knew she had found her place. “As we drove along, I was awestruck by the scenery – the horses and rolling hills. I couldn’t believe this place was just one state away. It was so completely different from anything I’d ever seen,” said Zunker. “I’d grown up in a huge city, attended a huge church and graduated from a huge high school. There was something very comforting about Asbury and the city of Wilmore.” Upon graduation with a journalism degree, Zunker soon landed an internship and later a job at The Blood-Horse, one of the Thoroughbred horseracing industry’s leading publications. There, her passion for writing soon evolved into a passion for writing about horses. “What I knew about Thoroughbred racing came from a handful of trips to Keeneland, but I pretty much dove in and started reading everything I could,” she said. “I’ll never forget my first Kentucky Derby. It was magical – like I was walking on air. I covered the red carpet and did interviews with the celebrities attending the Derby. To see all of the people and horses that everyone had been talking about, and I’d been writing about, in person on the biggest day of racing was incredible.”

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Equine In the nine years Zunker was with the magazine, she covered the biggest stories in horseracing and made a name for herself as a skilled feature writer. “Writing for The Blood-Horse I found that I truly love connecting with people to write about their experiences,” she said.

A New Story to Tell Zunker has always had a natural inclination toward marketing and public relations, so when the Kentucky Horse Park announced their search for a marketing director earlier this year, she was quick to pursue the opportunity. “I had been focusing more on comprehensive communications in recent years, working for a wealth manager and also a local advertising agency. I was really enjoying what I was doing – project work, advertising, commercials - but the storytelling-style of writing wasn’t there, and more and more it was feeling like a missing piece of a puzzle for me,” said Zunker.

“The added bonus of working at the Kentucky Horse Park is bringing your family there to enjoy it, and I try to do that as much as I can! I love seeing my kids play and learn here.”

The Kentucky Horse Park is part equestrian theme park, part world-class competition venue and part Smithsonian Affiliate museum. In her role as marketing director, Zunker is responsible for sharing this unique Kentucky treasure with the world. “There are always tons of different events going on, from horse shows, fairs and expos to community attractions like the Southern Lights Holiday Festival, 5K runs, museum exhibits and so much more,” she said. “Recently the Park has been hosting some of its own events as well [rather than serving as a venue for events run by third party organizations], like the Man o’ War Celebration Festival and the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo.” These independently-produced events are part of the Park’s evolving business model. The Kentucky Horse Park, which is a state park owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has been open about their recent push to rely less on government funds and move more toward a self-sustaining model. This necessitates a multi-pronged approach to marketing for Zunker and, while her responsibilities vary greatly from day to day, she wouldn’t want it any other way. One day she might be working on a regional advertising campaign for the Park and hosting a media contingent from out of town, the next day she is managing the logistics for a fundraising dinner or event and handling editor duties for the Park’s signature magazine. Through all of it she is coordinating the Kentucky Horse Park’s social media channels to highlight the venue’s many breeds of horses, regular attractions and equestrian competitions while also focusing on building a marketing strategy that will help the Kentucky Horse Park work toward its goals. “We’ve been trying to incorporate live videos at the horse shows we host and profiles of horses and riders into our social media,” said Zunker. “We have an agency we work with for many of our advertising initiatives, which allows me to focus on the broader strategy.” While that many job responsibilities would keep anyone’s plate more than full, Zunker says the highlight of every day is time spent with her kids, Lyla (4) and Zion (1). “I’m grateful to work in such a beautiful place that constantly keeps my mind busy, but at the end of thee day, my favorite role is being a mom,” said Zunker. “The added bonus of working at the Kentucky Horse Park is bringing your family there to enjoy it, and I try to do that as much as I can! I love seeing my kids play and learn here.”•

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Equine Lexington, Kentucky has a new Olympian in town and he is eager to make the Bluegrass his long-term home. After spending the past four years living and competing abroad in England, internationally recognized eventing rider and member of the U. S. Olympic Eventing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics Clark Montgomery and his wife, Jess, have returned stateside and, after considering a variety of locations throughout the East Coast region, decided to plant his roots in Central Kentucky as the base of operations for their training and show stable. “We looked at a number of other areas, including Virginia, where my wife is from, but it is saturated with professionals,” said 36-yearold Montgomery. “Lexington has an incredible amount to offer to equestrians and small businesses alike, and while there are a number of top level riders here, the amount of opportunities throughout the area make it a great place for a professional to create a niche for one’s self as a coach and competitor.”

Success on Both Sides of the Pond As a professional rider, Montgomery’s list of accomplishments is long. In addition to competing in the most recent Olympic games, Montgomery has been a fixture on the U. S. Equestrian Federation’s High Performance and World Class training lists. While living and competing in England he produced eleven top 10 finishes in international competition, which included four wins.

Clark says that a horse will only perform to the best of his or her abilities if it is sound and healthy not only throughout its body, but in its mind as well. “The most important thing you can do as a rider is to try to understand your horse, both physically and mentally, and base your training on its natural abilities,” said Montgomery. “By treating each horse as an individual, you are bound to get the best out of them without destroying their character to do so.”

Training Horses and Humans The philosophy of addressing each horse as an individual in mind, body and spirit is one that Montgomery strives to pass onto his students as well. He has long enjoyed coaching amateur and professional equestrians alike, traveling throughout the country to give clinics and seminars. Now, with his new base of operations at Wimbledon Farm in Lexington, local equestrians can train with him regularly to hone their skills. Montgomery spends several hours a day in the saddle, keeping his competition mounts, Loughan Glen (his partner at the Rio Olympic games and last year’s Kentucky Three-Day Event) and Universe (a quickly rising star in his stable that he brought from Europe), in peak condition between events. He also has a young horse, Engapore, that he has been bringing along in his training. All three of his current mounts are Warmbloods, but now that he is in the heart of Thoroughbred country, he is eager to take on a retired racehorse as a training project.

Since returning to the U. S., Montgomery’s credits include winning the inaugural U. S. Nation’s Cup CIC3* and competing in this year’s Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*. With the competition season coming to a close for the year, Montgomery has his sights set on his next major goal: making the U. S. Team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

“These people in Lexington are breeding phenomenal horses. Their goal is to breed an elite equine athlete and, if for whatever reason that horse doesn’t make a suitable racehorse, they are super eventing prospects,” said Montgomery.

To find success in the upper echelons of any sport, one must be fiercely competitive, with a healthy appetite for winning. While Montgomery is indeed competitive, he says that doesn’t supersede his primary focus – developing an equine athlete that is not only good at its job, but enjoys it.

Montgomery and his wife are eager to build a life for themselves in the Lexington community, but the reasons for doing so are not entirely equestrian-based. The couple will celebrate the second birthday of their daughter, Vivian, on December 1 and feel that Lexington is the perfect environment in which to raise her.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t competitive,” said Montgomery. “But you’ll go crazy and put too much pressure on the horses if that’s all that drives you. It’s about building a relationship between you and the horse and creating the best training program and environment possible for them.”

“Lexington offers us the perfect balance of a fantastic city to live in with endless opportunities for Vivian as well as world-class vets, farriers and competitions at the Kentucky Horse Park,” said Montgomery. “It’s great fun being in a city filled with neighbors who share my passion for horses.” •

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We recently had an interesting conversation on Kentucky Sports Radio where the question was: “What does it take for the UK football fan to be satisfied?” UK football has just posted back-to-back bowl seasons. I’m 51 years old, and in my lifetime, this is only the fourth time where the Cats have played in two or more bowl games in a row. That alone should suggest that we as UK football fans should be riding another “high” of going to back-to-back bowl games. This just doesn’t happen every year. There have only been 13 bowl appearances in my lifetime. So yes, I’m on the side of being very satisfied with what the UK football programs has been able to accomplish the past two seasons. Here’s the kicker for me: I truly believe that playing in bowl games will now be the “norm” around here. I think 6 wins seasons will be the new minimum win total every year. I think we’re going to start seeing more and more 7 and 8 win seasons. To me, that’s good. To get 7 or even 8 wins in a season of playing in the truly tough Southeastern Conference is a great accomplishment and a step forward for this program. To put the Cats in position to flirt with 9 wins (or possibly have a shot at 10) is uncharted territory that most thought could never be possible. But now it is. I give Mark Stoops and his UK coaching staff all of the credit. Their ability to recruit top quality players to Lexington is a testament to their abilities. These coaches are able to sell what the UK football program is becoming and where it is headed.

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For years, I said there was “no way” the UK football coaching staff could ever recruit against the big boys in the SEC. I rationalized that there was no possible way any UK football coach could convince a kid to play for the Cats over the other powerhouses in the SEC, picking UK over places like Ohio State. But somehow, they can do it, and they’re doing it on a regular basis. The recruiting success has obviously led to a higher success on the playing field. You get better players, you get more wins. You get more wins, you continue to get better players. That’s why I’m excited about this UK football programs and where they are headed. That’s why I’m satisfied. So as we begin to put the 2017 season to bed, it’s easy to remember the “what if ’s”. What if the Cats had beaten Florida? What if UK was able to beat Ole Miss? What if this team had actually finished with 10 wins? The last time a UK football team had 8 wins in the regular season was in 1984... 33 years ago! UK fans need to realize how special this era is. This just doesn’t happen all the time here in the Bluegrass. We need to appreciate it when it does. And the best part is that it’s going to continue to get better and better! •

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What’s New, Three new designer stores at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass recently opened three new luxury fashion stores. The iconic Tory Burch brand opened its first-ever retail location in the state of Kentucky in mid-August. Additionally, True Religion and Calvin Klein both joined the Outlet family just in time for the holiday shopping season. Each of the three new stores feature their own signature styles with incredible savings on clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, fragrances, watches, eyewear, and more. The arrival of these stores will bring even more of the sweet Southern style shoppers have come to know and love from The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Speaking of Holiday shopping, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass offer a few tips on making the most of your shopping experience. In order to stay on task, make a list of who you are shopping for and what you’d like to get them before heading out the door. Since friends, family, coworkers, and children all have different wishes, The Outlet Shoppes offer a one-stop-shop where you can check everyone off the list. And be sure to schedule in a Pick-Me-Up during the day. A sweet treat at Ghirardelli Chocolates or lunch at the food court will give you extra energy and excitement to keep going! 1155 Buck Creek Rd. | Simpsonville, KY | theoutletshoppesofthebluegrass.com

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Kentucky? 2017 was a big year for Olive You Boutique! One of Central Kentucky’s boutiques is better–and cuter–than ever! Known for being fresh, bright and full of color, Olive You Boutique has been a favorite among local fashionistas of all ages. In 2017, they underwent a major renovation and expansion to give the ladies of Kentucky even more to smile about. This past year, Olive You expanded, nearly doubling their retail space that’s located just down the interstate in Richmond. From beautiful new displays to the inviting, Southern chic feel of the décor, Olive You offers a shopping experience unlike any other. From cozy scarves to cute booties, statement jewelry to eye-catching throw pillows, Olive You has something for any woman. One of the things that sets Olive You apart is their amazing customer service. They consider each and every person who walks through the door a part of their family, and it shows! They can help with everything from picking out the perfect gift to putting together a stunning New Year’s Eve look. They also launched online shopping this year to make it even more convenient for “all of you” to look phenomenal. The team at Olive You Boutique invites everyone to stop in and see them this holiday season! Teenagers, college students, mothers and grandmothers will all find something great in store! 118 Meridian Way Ste. 1 | Richmond, KY | oliveyouboutique.com

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Bust out your Christmas sweaters... the holiday season has officially arrived in The Bluegrass. Ahead is a month of festive events to get you in the celebrating spirit! Experience all the Christmasy vibes with a visit downtown to Triangle Park's Ice Rink. The cheerful atmosphere is filled with all things holiday: a skating rink lit by the glow of downtown's twinkling tree, determined shoppers and a variety of tasty local eating options. Keep the spirit rolling with festive events all over the region. The Bluegrass Youth Ballet is giving fans of "The Nutcracker" the opportunity to take in the beloved show all in one act. The performance will include all your favorites in nearly half the time! This show is perfect for the whole family. Remember to go see Southern Lights at the horse park! For ringing in the New Year, we have options for adults as well as for families. Pop some bubbly at a dazzling masquerade ball, or bounce the night away with the kids at an enchanting castle. However you choose to celebrate, we’re wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We can't wait to "see" you in 2018!

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Fresh off of her history-making SNL hosting duty, Tiffany Haddish is bringing her hilarity to Lexington. Tiffany is the breakout star of the film Girls Trip (DINA!). When this lady walks into a room, you know she is someone to be reckoned with. In minutes you will be laughing so hard, you will be crying... and then you might cry again when you hear how she got to this phenomenal point.

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7pm // Singletary Center for the Arts "The Nutcracker" is a staple when it comes to Christmas. Now you can watch all the magic in in just under an hour and a half! Experience the Bluegrass Youth Ballet's unique take on the beloved holiday fairy tale, all in just one single, family-friendly act! This enchanting production is full of dancing snowflakes, a magical wonderland of sweets and the heart-warming story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. No child should be without the memory of "The Nutcracker" during the holidays!

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7pm // Singletary Center for the Arts Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical sets, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes in this holiday classic, brought to life in dazzling detail by the Moscow Ballet. This stage spectacle is sure to be absolutely unforgettable for you and your children.

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4pm-7pm // Paul Miller Ford Paul Miller Ford invites you and your family to celebrate the spirit of the season by enjoying a special Story Time and Cookies with Santa Claus event at the Ford showroom on East New Circle Road. Make the moment even more meaningful by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the children of Lexington in exchange for a FREE picture with Santa! Toy donations will be accepted up to the date of the event, as well.

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6pm // The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center Celebrate culture, community and seven principles that embody Kwanzaa. Children's activities begin at 6pm and the celebration begins at 7pm. Enjoy a performance based on the inspirational Charlotte Dupuy. There will be giveaways and more at this free public event!

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1pm // Rupp Arena Hands down one of the most anticipated basketball games of the season falls just before New Year's at Rupp Arena. Kentucky Wildcat fans and Louisville Cardinal devotees will gather for an afternoon of heated sportsmanship. Whether you're #BBN or Team #Cards, this game always brings a packed house. The game will be broadcast by CBS at 1pm.

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9:30pm // Willie's Locally Known

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New Year's Eve with Sundy Best

7pm // Manchester Music Hall

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Resolution Run

2pm // Embassy Suites Lexington

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A Family Knight at the Castle

4pm-7:30pm // The Kentucky Castle If you're looking for a family-friendly New Year's party that doesn't last all night long, then come ring in 2018 at The Kentucky Castle! Inflatables, live knights and princesses, dinner, dancing and even access to the top of the castle will all be included. All profits will be donated to Joy Project, a charity foundation that assists local members of the community through acts of kindness. The new year will be celebrated at 7pm... perfect for the kiddos!

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Get Groovy on New Year's Eve

5pm // The Red Mile

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NYE Masquerade Bash

8pm // The Venues of the Grand Reserve

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NYE Art Bash

9pm // 21c Museum Hotel

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Lexington Philharmonic Jazz Night

7:00pm // Lexington Opera House Save the date and say hello to 2018 with LexPhil’s fourth NYE concert, Jazz Night! Byron Stripling’s high-octane jazz ensemble presents the sights and vibes of the legendary NYC jazz club at the dazzling Lexington Opera House.

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NYE 2018

9pm // Kentucky Ale Taproom

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Concert With the Stars

8pm // Lexington Opera House The LEXington Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome home Lexington’s own Colton Ryan for “Concert With The Stars” 2018, a cabaret-style concert of Broadway show tunes, interwoven with behind-thescenes stories from the guest stars. The Broadway Stars of today are joined by the Broadway hopefuls of tomorrow in various numbers.

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Central Kentucky Women's Expo

10am // Lexington Convention Center

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Diamond Rings & Pretty Things Bridal Show

Lexington Convention Center

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Harlem Globetrotters

7pm // Rupp Arena

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A Taste of 21c with Jonathan Searle

6:30pm // Shaker Village Join executive chef Jonathan Searle, of Lexington’s Lockbox at 21c, for an evening of locally-sourced Bluegrass culinary delights. This fun, communal dining experience connects foodies of the Bluegrass region for a magical evening.

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Downtown Celebrate one of American history’s greatest activists. The Freedom March departs from Heritage Hall on West Main Street at 10am. The free commemorative program begins at 11am in Heritage Hall. Enjoy a stirring keynote address and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy.

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7pm // The Lyric Theatre Allegro Dance Project is back with their thrilling show sure to delight audiences of all ages as they bring the elements of air, fire and water to the Lyric Theatre stage! This innovative performance event will feature contemporary dance, an exciting variety of aerial/circus arts and original live music and will also include a silent auction in the theatre lobby. Proceeds will support Allegro Dance Project's Inclusive Dance Outreach program, providing dance outreach and performance opportunities for children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other specific needs in the Lexington area.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration

Alan Jackson

7:30pm // Rupp Arena

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Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin IV

4pm & 8pm // Lexington Opera House

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Bundle Up with Bourbon and Blues

7pm // Keeneland Sales Pavillion

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