TOPS Lexington: October 2020

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Searching for Fall Color Photos:

Out & About Must Read & Stream Who’s Who:

Sean Edwards 50 Under 50 #LocallyLexington Digital Playbook:

The Growing Role of Digital Marketing


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Fashion Halloween Masking Who’s Who:

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Flip Into Forever Design With A View Gardening:

Planting Spring Bulbs


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Ghoul-geous Home Decor Pro To Know:

Artistic Granite & Marble All Set for Fall Entertaining Porch Sittin’ TOH:

The One that Almost Got Away


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Cozy Crockpot Recipes

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KEITH YARBER Hello again Dear Reader, It’s good to see you! We made it through another month. Let’s all treat ourselves to something fun and festive. TOPS will give you some unique ideas in this month’s issue. Fall is here! I always look forward to the change in weather and the beautiful colors of fall. Lots of terrific articles this month getting you set for this change in seasons. You and I would normally be planning our Keeneland outings, Breeders Cup festivities, tailgating at college football, and attending many of Kentucky’s fabulous fall festivals. Next year! One of the special features in this month’s magazine is our 50 under 50. These are Lexington’s Rising Star “Movers and Shakers” in our community, and each is making an impact in their respective fields. All photos were shot on location at a gorgeous penthouse at Lexington’s downtown City Center and at the Statesman Airbnb- formerly the law office of Henry Clay. These 50 accomplished professionals are the ones to watch as Lexington grows into an even greater city in the future. Our fall fashion shoot takes you on location at historic Lynwood in Richmond, the home of Pattie A. Clay. From Boho to Sophisticated Chic, you will love the warm colors and exciting new looks just in time to update your look for the fall season. Fashion contributor Courtney Desroschers implements transitional pieces that can easily take a gal from Summer to Fall and through multiple occasions. A mix of jewel tones, pattern play and textured fabrics. We also had fun with choosing statement-worthy accessories to coordinate. You’ll enjoy reading about the Island neighborhood home that almost got away from the new buyers. Writer Donna Ison pens, “It was love at first sight, but the house played hard to get.” TOPS EVP Jayme Jackson writes about an originally slated home to be “flipped”, but instead, it’s now a forever home. JP Barlow, and his wife Carly turned an unassuming home on Providence road into one they couldn’t let get away. And we want to welcome officially to our TOPS staff our new Editor-In-Chief Fran Elsen. Fran brings over 30 successful years in the print industry. We look forward to her ideas, energy and ideas as TOPS continues to evolve to stay fresh and engaging to our large and loyal audience base of readers. As always, thank YOU for being one of our valued readers and advertisers. It is your support that makes this magazine possible every month, and we know who’s boss! If you have any ideas, suggestions, or critiques, please email me directly at kyarber@topsmarketing. com. I would love to hear from you.

Until next month,


Keith Yarb


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TOP notes YMCA Names New President and CEO

Paula Anderson, who has served as interim leader of the YMCA of Central Kentucky for the past year, has o cially been named the organization’s president and chief executive o cer. “I am truly honored to serve this Y and this community and I feel very fortunate to have a passionate, dedicated team that’s working hard to make sure this organization is strong and well positioned to serve the needs of this community, said Anderson.

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Barbasol Charity Golf Tournament Tee up arbasol’s first charity golf tournament will be October 1 th at Champions Trace olf Course in Nicholasville, Ky. The arbasol Charity Tourment will benefit Caddie12 and its beneficiaries, including: All od’s Children, Make-A Wish Foundation (Kentucky , Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Woodhill Community Center and Refuge for Women. First Tee reater exington will be honored by A TO R Charities. The event kicks o the night before with a reception at the Champions Clubhouse with a Taste of the A TO R inner and a private performance by Walker Montgomery. To learn more about this event, visit

Quick Bites: Restaurant News istilled, which had been located at the Sire Hotel, will be moving to the former Nick Ryan’s location. oth revede Co ee Co and Rickhouse ub are now open in the istillery istrict.


North ime Co ee onuts is relocating to the reyline Station.

What’s Fun This Month? Want to take in a ick The url is having drive-in movies this month. Freaky Friday Flicks is back for the kiddies, but registration is required before attending. umpkins, gourds and hay bales, oh my Head to a local orchard and enjoy all the fall activities The Kentucky Castle always has fun, seasonal activities. Check their calendar • Virtually participate in lots of charity fundraisers t’s a great way to give back without ever leaving home.


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October is here, and that means bright, crunchy, falling leaves! Make the most of this short window of fall splendor by getting out and seeing it all up close! Wondering when peak color will hit? Check out the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage Prediction Map!

Historic Downtown Stroll

There’s plenty of autumn foliage that can be seen on foot in Lexington. The Gratz Park neighborhood is full of historic homes and stately trees for a truly charming afternoon walk. The Henry Clay Estate and surrounding streets, like Catalpa, offer trees laden with orange, red and yellow beauty. Castlewood Park and the beautiful Loudon House offer an artistic view with public sculptures tucked among the mature trees.

Drive On

Hop in your car, stop for coffees or cocoas and hit Kentucky’s scenic byways for some truly breathtaking fall color. Old Frankfort Pike, McCracken Pike and Pisgah Pike offer beautiful views of stunning countryside and all that fall color.

Pick Your Own Fun

Visit local orchards and vineyards and not only will you discover some truly awesome local products, but you’ll also find some spectacular views. Worried about COVID? Call and ask when their least busy times are.

Leaf Identification

Need a great educational activity to enjoy with your littles? Downtown the Google Lens app and snap photos of leaves you find. Press the leaves or cover the leaves in paint and use them to “stamp” a scrapbook page. Older kids can research more about each tree species to add to their scrapbook.

Go See Trees Fall Challenge

Lansdowne Shoppes, 3373 Tates Creek Road, Lexington


Another great kid-tivity! Visit to find Lexington’s tree tour map. Take a selfie in at least 10 of the locations and be entered in a prize drawing! Go explore and learn about our city’s tree species!

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must read, must stream:

The Haunting of Bly Manor Stream it on Netflix: October 9 If you loved The aunting of ill ouse, the next chapter of this anthology series will be a spooky can’t-miss. Starring much of the same cast, this chapter is set in 1980s England.

Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic Alife Hoffman: Read it October 6 This prequel traces the origin of the Owens witches’ family curse. Ho man’s lyrical, magical writing style makes this a perfect October read.


The Right Stuff Stream it on Disney+: October 8 This series chronicles the early days of the US space program and Project Mercury. An adaption o Tom Wolfe’s non-fiction novel of the same name, expect a gritty look at the story behind the space race.

Friendsgiving Stream it via Pay Per View: October 23 Sick of Halloween This raunchy, R-rated Thanksgiving ick is here (with lots of booze) to help. Expect it to be equal parts hilarious and hilariously bad... but it may be just what you’re craving.

Cook With Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook Alex Guarnaschelli : Read it October 13 If you need anything to recommend this cookbook by uarnaschelli (of hopped and ron hef fame), know this: her New York City restaurant is named Butter.

The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: Read it October 6 Blending folklore, adventure, mythology and allegory, this verse narrative epic tells the story of the founding of the k y people of Kenya.

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Sean & Tia Edwards

Everyone is Welcome in the Fresh Bourbon World BY DONNA ISON | PHOTO BY SIR FEMI OYENIRAN

With both Sean and Tia Edwards being born and raised in Kentucky, a little bit of their blood has always run amber. Sean says, “The culture of bourbon was naturally infused in our lives for celebrations—family events, Keenland, Derby, and other unforgettable moments, just to name a few.” However, though they both loved bourbon, they felt the market was screaming for a new bourbon experience. Sean explains, “We realized the number of bourbon aficionados who were telling you ‘how to drink bourbon,’ and forcing a neat experience, when maybe your tastes were different. We wanted to create a new bourbon experience where it would not be frowned on to have a mixed drink. Tia has always loved bourbon, but her preference is bourbon in a cocktail, where I would be more apt to drink bourbon over ice.”

large families and enjoy time we are able to spend with them.” Inspired by his mother, who has “always met every challenge with a loving spirit,” Sean has long been active in the community and dedicated to making things better for Kentuckians. To this end, he is investing time on a newly established Kentucky Distillers Association group to look at diversity in the spirits industry. Tia—who credits her parents with teaching her the value of a strong work ethic and that if you always put God first, everything else will fall into place—serves on the University of Kentucky Lexington Alumni board.

“Our goal has always been to make a good product using our own recipe. It was about being authentic, and that’s what we have done.”

Though making history was not the primary goal, Fresh Bourbon has been recognized by the state of Kentucky as “the first African Americans to make Kentucky bourbon that were not slaves.” Sean states, “Breaking barriers and paving the way for others is important to us, and encouraging others to look at the industry as a viable business opportunity. With that being said, that’s just part of our story. The story will always sell the first bottle, but what’s in it will sell the second.”

And what is in each bottle is an approachable bourbon that still boasts “surprising complexity and satisfying depth.” To maintain the most fulfilling flavor, Fresh Bourbon utilizes a pre-prohibition distilling process and uses a combination of grains, corn, and specialty malted grains. Sean adds, “Our goal has always been to make a good product using our own recipe. It was about being authentic, and that’s what we have done.” Aside from the company, Sean and Tia are deeply passionate about family and community. Sean says, “We both come from

Fresh Bourbon made their official opening announcement in February, just prior to the nationwide shutdown. According to Sean, “At that time, we were securing major investments for our project and the pandemic brought those partnerships to a halt. Many of our potential investors were affected by the economic instability and could not commit. Although COVID-19 has slowed our plans, it has not stopped our progress.” Now, Fresh Bourbon is well on their way to fulfilling their mission of welcoming everyone to the bourbon world and becoming the bourbon to which Kentuckians turn to start the party. •

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50 L E X I N G TO N ’ S


Fifty P H OTO S B Y C H R I S TO P H E R M I C H A E L I M A G E S



Kasey McCarty 5.23 Real Estate

Kasey is the Principal Broker and owner of 5.23 Real Estate. With a love for real estate and travel, Kasey started her brokerage and set a goal of growing her team throughout the south. Already serving Kentucky and Florida, 5.23 Real Estate expanded into Nashville, Tennessee in July and into Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains area in September. Kasey specializes in second homes and lifestyle properties. She has a team of REALTORs ready to assist anyone, from first time home buyers to real estate investors. The 5.2 Real state team is growing! Kasey’s agents have the freedom to work from anywhere... from the Bluegrass to the Blue Seas.

[859] 428-7960 523REALESTATE.COM



Beth Hourigan Hourglass Aesthetics + Salon

An aesthetic powerhouse with a zest for life, Beth is the founder, creator and CEO of Hourglass Aesthetics + Salon. Recently, they revamped a modern-edge building on Clay Avenue, and clients are raving about the new facility. Beth has shared her expertise in the field across the country, educating and training physicians, nurses and medical sales representatives on how to in ect dermal fillers and neurotoxins. On top of all that, she is mom to three children and married to the man of her dreams. Doing it all takes energy, ambition and focus, which she has in spades.

[859] 904-5274 HOURGLASSLEX.COM



Sam White MSI Production Services

Sam is the president of MSI Production Services, a company that blends technical skill with unparalleled creativity to produce events worldwide. Earlier this year, MSI’s calendar was packed with events for clients including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, elected officials, universities, and nonprofits. Many of those events were canceled or dramatically changed. As an innovator in the event business for over 30 years, he knew he could offer a solution. Sam opened a virtual event studio in Lexington which has become an accessible resource for people who understand that professional video is essential to communicating in today’s world.




Suzanne Powell Meridian Wealth Management, LLC [859] 806-8368 CSGWEALTHMANAGEMENT.COM


Suzanne is the Vice President of Meridian Wealth Management, LLC, and the Founder of Capital Strategies Group. Over her nearly two-decade career as a financial advisor, she was the vice president of investments for JPMorgan Chase Bank and Wells Fargo Advisors. Suzanne builds long term relationships with her clients in a fiduciary capacity and has earned a reputation for always answering their calls. You will not be surprised to find that she has a keen business mind and follows a stringent process for every client. As such, Suzanne has become one of Lexington’s most sought-after retirement advisors. But Suzanne is most proud of her family, as she and her husband Chris have a combined six children and four rescue dogs. She is a very active member of the Lexington community and currently serves as Chair for the board of Arbor Youth Services.


Derrick Whitaker Derrick Whitaker Design

Derrick is the president and owner of Derrick Whitaker esign, a firm he founded to better assist his growing clientele. errick holds a degree in both design and construction management, with over 25 years of experience as a kitchen and bath designer. While focusing on kitchen and bath design, he also o ers comprehensive services for the entire home related to both building and remodeling. errick’s primary goal is to help you achieve the home of your dreams.



Lauren Hag�ard The Brokerage

“I spend each day building and nurturing relationships with people who are looking for a personal approach when it comes to real estate buying, selling and investing,” Lauren explains. To her, being their REALTOR® means more than putting up for sale signs: it means being their trusted advisor, advocate and friend – not just during the transaction, but for a lifetime. “My business goals are never set based on production levels, income or status, but rather my effectiveness when helping a client achieve their dreams,” she says. “I want them to have a happier, fuller life.”




Kevin Smith

Kentucky Veterinary Practice Group

Kevin Smith, DVM, is CEO of the Kentucky Veterinary Practice Group (KVPG), parent organization to Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic and Tates Creek Animal Hospital. The mission of KV is to ensure Central Kentuckians have access to locally owned veterinary services, whose doctors pool knowledge and resources to ensure your beloved pets receive the best care. A Kentucky native and graduate of both UK and Auburn’s College o Veterinary Medicine, r. Smith’s passion for pet care is only matched by the love he has for his wife, Marci, whom he met through the practice. Together they have two beautiful daughters.




Michelle Jude

Sheabel Veterinary Hospital To those that know her best, Dr. Michelle Jude is a bubbly, brilliant veterinarian, Jesus follower, wife and mom, who loves every minute of it! As a partner of Sheabel Veterinary Hospital, Boarding and Grooming, she is dedicated to providing pets with the best medical care and amazing customer service. When she is not busy doing surgery, house calls or texting with her clients, she enjoys time with her precious family. Dr. Jude is a blessed mother of four, ranging in age from 5 to 12, and has been married to her wonderful husband Steve for 20 years.

[859] 269-7387 SHEABELPETS.COM



Larry B. Forester Forcht Bank

Senior Vice President Larry Forester is a graduate of the University of Pikeville where his achievements foreshadowed his future banking success as he was voted into the Football Hall of Fame and received the Rising Alumni Award. Throughout arry’s banking career, he has excelled in every position and earned the opportunity to take on larger and more challenging roles. Larry serves on the following committees and boards: Chair Lexington Fayette County Planning Commission, xecutive oard member Minority usiness A airs for Commerce exington, Treasurer of exington Community and Trust oard, K College of Communication and nformation oard, and niversity of ikeville oard o Trustees.

[859] 263-6509 FORCHTBANK.COM



Erin Jones

Telford Community Center YMCA Erin Jones currently serves at the President/CEO at the Telford Community Center YMCA in Richmond, Kentucky. Previously, Erin worked at the YMCA of Central Kentucky for fourteen years, working her way up from an intern at the CM Gatton Beaumont YMCA to Associate Executive Director at the Whitaker YMCA in Hamburg. Outside of work, Erin currently serves as the Headquarters Chair for the Junior League of Lexington. Erin is very passionate about bettering the community and helping others lead healthy lifestyles and reach their full potential. Erin is getting married to the love of her life, later this month at the Bodley Bullock House, which serves as headquarters for the Junior League.

[859] 623-9356 YMCATELFORD.ORG



Ben Haydon Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.

As the Community Engagement Coordinator for Goodwill, Ben builds relationships with external partners – think of him as an ambassador for Goodwill’s mission, which is to help people with barriers find work and achieve self-sufficiency. This means attending chamber events, SHRM’s, conducting news interviews, traveling and putting on events (remember those?) Ben was born and raised in Springfield, Ky. and is a graduate of UK. You’re likely to run into him riding his bike to meet friends on one of the many great patios downtown!

[859] 277-3661 GOODWILLKY.ORG



Kristina Ping Powerful Legacy Insurance and Financial Services

Kristina Ping, CEO of Powerful Legacy Insurance and Financial Services, is passionate about the future, making her perfect for solving your retirement puzzle. Listening to clients, creating a strategy that incorporates all their needs, being dedicated to service; sets Powerful Legacy apart from other firms. Kristina started her independent insurance practice just over a year ago, but with years of experience in the corporate world and the customer service being first class, this agency is top notch. With growing to include her Louisville firm, is an absolute blessing and she looks forward to opening her next o ce, creating a very powerful trifecta of service in the heart of Kentucky.




Chris Brown

Artistic Granite & Marble Chris, General Manager of Artistic Granite & Marble, represents the second generation of the family business. His mechanical engineering degree from Purdue and building industry experience help him blend technology and taste to create structurally sound, show-stopping installations. A “customer first” mentality has always driven Artistic Granite & Marble. Chris plans to continue that level of service, as well as maintain partnerships with nonprofits and projects including Habitat for Humanity, Newton’s Attic and St. Jude’s Dream Home built by DB Homes. Chris is excited for the next chapter – opening a new 7,000 square foot showroom in December.



Johanna Frantz Ellison has been a proud resident of Lexington since starting at UK in 1 . A er graduating from the K College of Law in 2005, she now concentrates her practice in representing in assisting employers around the Commonwealth with workers’ compensation claims and employment matters. She’s been with Fowler Bell PLLC since 2014, where she heads the firm’s workers’ compensation section. She currently serves as the chair of the board of education at St. ohn’s utheran Church, and is a member of the church’s council. When not practicing law, she loves cheering on the Cats, reading, and working toward a black belt in kyukido with her two children.

Johanna Frantz Ellison Fowler Bell, PLLC [859] 252-6700 FOWLERLAW.COM



att Ellison o ler ell


[859] 252-6700 FOWLERLAW.COM Matt Ellison practices in a wide range of legal disciplines, including insurance and tort law, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor disputes, and employment law. He has been with Fowler Bell PLLC since 2005, when he graduated from the UK College of Law. He was appointed to the LFUCG Ethics Commission in 2016, and is currently serving as president of the St. John’s Lutheran Church council. When not practicing law, he enjoys cheering on Kentucky sports, cooking and running for exercise. He lives in Lexington with his wife Johanna and two children, Rachael (age 10) and Connor (age 7).



Diane Verhalen

Alliance Financial Planning [859] 977-6006 ALLIANCEFP.NET


Diane, owner of Alliance Financial Planning, created an independent firm so she could be on the same side of the table as her clients. She operates her business as a client advocate -- sharing objective advice to find the right approach for their needs. As a Certified Financial Planner, she helps people pursue their financial goals with retirement planning, risk management, insurance planning and other investment strategies customized to each person, through her nearly 16-year partnership with LPL Financial. She shares her time with organizations including Junior League, Say Yes Lex, Dress for Success, Bluegrass Pug Rescue and Cavalier Rescue USA. Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC


Joe Hoenig Equipment Depot

A native of Eastern Kentucky and a graduate of NKU, Joe Hoenig has over 14 years of experience in the Material Handling ndustry with quipment epot. As GM, Joe is a driving force that keeps Lexington’s warehousing, manufacturing, and distribution centers moving behind the scenes. His motto: eople don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. You may see oe riding around town in his eep with his wife Karen and daughters Raegan and Riley. oe’s never met a stranger so pull up a chair: you’re guaranteed to have an instant friend and a knowledgeable consultant to guide you in the right direction!

[859] 266-0483 EQDEPOT.COM



Brooke Otis Otis & Company


Brooke became a Realtor with Keller Williams two years ago and has been trailblazing ever since. With a background in Property Management and a heart full of southern hospitality, she loves helping her clients find the perfect property. She has been named Rookie of the Year 2019 by Keller Williams, reached the Top Producers Club, and is one of the Top 200 Agents in LBAR. Brooke and her team know that for most clients, closing day is more than just a transaction. She loves helping people find their dream home and achieve financial empowerment by investing in real estate.



Benjamin Deaton

Benjamin Deaton Interior Design Benjamin is the founder and principal of Benjamin Deaton nterior esign, a full-service design firm established in 2015. Recently, he expanded his business with a retail storefront, en amin eaton Home, located on Romany Road. en amin’s goal is to bring fine, curated pieces to a broader audience and provide an opportunity for updated modern-traditional design services and products. His distinct design vision models a timeless aesthetic which is uniquely tailored to the varying needs of each individual client. ased in exington, en amin’s work can be found throughout central Kentucky and the Southeast.




rika N. Music, M. . is a board certified dermatologist with over 10 years of experience in general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She is the sole owner of her practice, Dermatology Consultants an o ce with five board certified dermatologists and 4 locations. She also owns and practices cosmetic dermatology at Skin Secrets, Lexington’s only full-service med spa within a dermatology o ce. Dr. Music is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed dermatologic journals. Even with a busy schedule and so many responsibilities, Dr. Music’s foremost dedication is to her husband of 14 years, e , and their 8-year-old son, Rhett.


Erika N. Music Dermatology Consultants


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G. Evan Long Baptist Health

G. Evan Long, MHSA, FACHE. Long is Vice President of Surgical and Administrative Services at Baptist Health Lexington, Administrator for Baptist Physicians’ Surgery Center and administrative oversight for Baptist Health Surgery Center. He leads departments including Surgery, Regulatory, Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Security, Neurosciences and Comprehensive Stroke Center. Under his leadership since 2012, the ambulatory surgery center achieved a patient experience score of 99.6 percent for consecutive years and re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). A graduate of Murray State, Long received a master’s degree in health services administration from Xavier University. Long and his wife, Rachel, have two children, ri n and Nora.

[859] 260-6100 BAPTISTHEALTH.COM



TH Tran

2nd Chance Clinic

TH’s interest in healthcare was instilled in her by her father, a physician. Experiences at home and in school shaped her fascination into a passion for improving healthcare systems. TH also credits her time in England for equipping her with the skills to adapt to many situations. After graduating from Transylvania University, she pursued her MBA and MHA at the University of Minnesota. Since then, she has led the marketing team at 2nd Chance Clinic in Lexington, joined the Carlson Consulting Enterprise and participated in a number of learning experiences with national and international healthcare companies, such as UnitedHealth Group.




Rob Deal

JRA Architects Rob Deal is President of JRA Architects, one of the Commonwealth’s largest and oldest architectural design firms. Over his nearly three-decade career, Rob has designed many significant projects across Kentucky. Rob spends a lot of his time with public officials, business owners, developers and private citizens to create buildings that serve a wide variety of needs and enhance our communities. Rob is a valued contributor to his community and currently serves as AIA Kentucky’s Treasurer. He is also a Board member for the Lexington Non-Profit Radio Eye, and is an enthusiastic archery parent. Rob shares his accomplishments with his wife, Tracy, and his son, Sam.

[859] 252-6781 JRARCHITECTS.COM



Raleigh Bruner The Wildcat Group [859] 948-3553 WILDCAT-GROUP.COM

Raleigh R runer founded Wildcat Moving a er graduating from the niversity of Kentucky’s M A program in 2010, subsequently growing Wildcat into the most trusted and awarded moving company in Kentucky. R parlayed this success into The Wildcat roup, a collection of complementary businesses that includes home inspection, packing and organi ing, move-in and move-out cleaning, carpet cleaning, pressure washing and dog boarding services. When he is not at the o ce R en oys traveling and spending time with his wife, Sylvie, and their three children, uliette, Roman, and Cossette.



Amanda Harms CoolBluLex


Waldman Schantz Turner Plastic Surgery Center WALDMANPLASTICSURGERY.COM

Amanda is the Chief Operating O cer of Cool lu ex as well as the CoolSculpting Master Specialist at Waldman Schant Turner lastic Surgery Center. From Keeneland classy to Rupp Arena casual to Healthcare professional, Amanda represents as a K alum. She used her extensive background in medical sciences to build Kentucky’s largest CoolSculpting practice. Amanda, alongside r. Stephen Schant , launched Cool lu ex as an innovative new solution for existing patients, and her expertise, attention to detail, and high-quality results spread through word of mouth. This created an entirely new set of patients wanting non-invasive procedures to achieve their cosmetic goals to market to externally. Amanda’s business success, combined with her ability to create a warm, positive patient experience encompasses who she truly is as a person. SPONSORED CONTENT |


Corey ProffittBoyd Corey Proffitt Studios Massage


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NEWIMAGEMARKETING.NET “An entrepreneur at heart, I started my first business in my early twenties with a computer, an internet connection and a heart full of dreams. Over the last sixteen years, with the help of my husband Tommy, I’ve been able to build on those dreams by starting more businesses ranging from therapeutic massage and bodywork to voice overs, videography, internet marketing, web design, consulting and more,” Corey explains. “My purpose in life is helping others and my clients, family, friends and fur-babies allow me to live my best life.”



Anne Gay Donworth Lexington Public Library Foundation Anne Gay Donworth, CFRM is the Director of Development for Lexington Public Library, where she is part of the Library’s senior leadership and orchestrates a comprehensive fundraising program through the Lexington Public Library Foundation. The Library Foundation focuses on advocacy, private funding, and strategic partnerships, raising over $4.5 million to support and enhance our public library system since its inception. Partnerships through the Library Foundation have included Destination Kindergarten, driven by PNC, GED & Go! Presented by JP Morgan/Chase, and construction of the Eastside Branch. Anne is committed to helping make our library system, and Lexington, a better place for everyone to learn, play and grow. She and her husband, Richie, founded Scarteen Stud, an equine breeding and boarding operation, in 2014 and have two daughters, Maggie and Lucy.

[859] 231-5557 LEXPUBLIB.ORG



Michelle Oberto State Farm


Michelle is the Agency Owner of her State Farm o ce that opened April 1, 2020. She currently has seven years of insurance experience exclusively with State Farm. She has always done work to help people in some capacity, which ignited her to pursue the dream of opening her own Agency and Help ife o Right’ for the exington Community. Michelle’s role in her Agency is to address risks, set goals, and protect what’s most important to her customers. She’s a exington native and an active member in the exington community. She en oys spending time volunteering, watching the CATS, and is a proud member of the unior eague of exington.



Patrick Parker

Thoroughbred Solutions Patrick is an experienced IT executive, awardwinning product creator and passionate So wareas-a-Service (SaaS) entrepreneur serving as both the Chief xecutive O cer o Thoroughbred Solutions and the Founder/Co-Founder of several so ware startups including S RN , Our Tribe, and quus Connect. A er spending a decade as a consultant with large organizations across private and public sectors, Patrick understands exactly how to identify and overcome the complex challenges that prevent businesses from becoming ma or players. With two young children and a special needs stepdaughter, Patrick’s favorite job is that of a funloving father and devoted husband to his beautiful and equally talented wife, April.




James Franklin ranklin oo n

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank God for getting me here in my life and career path as an entrepreneur, says ames. A er several years of working for another company, James took a bold leap and started his own business. “I learned years ago I was built for sales and heading operations,” he explains. “It has been nothing but blessing a er blessing since made that leap. n his free time, he loves to take rides in his eep, and everything sports He and his girlfriend, Kathryn, love hiking with their dog, ama.

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Damion Scott Graze

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The restaurant industry is my second career, amion explains. A er graduating from Auburn niversity and working in finance for a decade, he wanted to do something di erent. started in the restaurant industry at the bottom, doing dishes, and fell in love with the people, the culture, and the environment. t was the best decision of my life. As co-owner of ra e, amion is in awe of what he’s been able to do and the ama ing people he’s met in his adopted home of exington.


Clare Miller

Clare Miller Home [859] 327.3764 CLAREMILLERHOME.COM Clare Miller is the owner and operator at Clare Miller Home, a furniture and home dÊcor store located on South Broadway in downtown Lexington. Clare Miller Home specializes in o ering their clients an opulent aesthetic at a reasonable price point. Clare’s business is unique because she works directly with both interior designers and individual clients alike, using her 10 years of design experience to bring their visions to life. As a local business owner, Miller is passionate about collaborating with other trade outlets, design cooperatives and retail partners, especially when those collaborations intersect with other female owned businesses. Miller delivers a top to bottom experience including layout planning, paint and wallpaper sampling, furniture sourcing, artwork selection, installation and more.



Jen McClure Eco-Clean

Single mother of twins, and a Jane-of-All-Trades. Jen McClure does it all. As the owner and operator of Eco-Clean, this wonder woman has 25 years of hands-on experience performing commercial green cleaning and facility maintenance. “One day I am in heels, and the next, I’m covered in dirt,” Jen jokes. “Running a business for over half of my life means hard work and dedication come naturally.” When she’s not hard at work, this Kentucky native is traveling, playing polo, going to horse races or cheering on the CATS!




Bart Daily Kinetic by Windstream

“With over 20 years in sales leadership, I know the value of a good Bourbon, cigar, and golf game,” Bart says. “I’m a master at networking… which really means I like to talk!” For the last eight years, Bart Daly has been talking about “the good” that is Kinetic by Windstream. “My background is in sales training, selling, and now in strategic marketing, but my heart lies with my family, church, and community.” He adds, “And the ponies.”

[859] 255-0200 WINDSTREAM.COM



Jason L. Lee

Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management

With more than fi een years of experience, a uris octorate degree, and a C A designation ason ee is known as a well-rounded leader in the wealth management industry. ason is the Senior Vice resident and rivate Wealth Services Manager of Community Trust Wealth Trust Management. n his role, he is responsible for managing a team of wealth advisors and guiding clients on the path to financial success. resident and C O, Andy . Waters, notes that ason is passionate about taking care of our clients and delivering top tier service and he coaches his team members to pursue these virtues as well. He is a strong advocate for his team, while bringing a lot of energy to his role. Not only is he a great asset to our company, but he is a frontrunner in the exington community.

[859] 389-5300 CTBI.COM/CTIC



Alex Lyttle Kentucky Bank [800] 467-1939 KYBANK.COM After serving 6 years in the United States Army and earning a degree from UK in International Economics, Alex started his banking career in 1998. Prior to his current position Alex was Market President for Kentucky Bank in Jessamine County. As Vice President of Treasury Management, Alex knows that businesses need a local banking partner that can provide today’s banking solutions at an affordable price while elevating the oneon-one customer experience. Treasury services help businesses manage their accounts while protecting their funds and providing the appropriate security and efficiency without adding to their headcount. Alex and his wife Sylvia have been married for 28 years and have 3 children and a 3-year-old grandchild.



Liz Hodge

LifStyl Real Estate [859] 333-9933 LIZHODGE.LIFSTYLREALESTATE.COM

Liz is a Top Producing REALTOR with Lifstyl Real Estate. But, there’s more to her than being a real estate rockstar. Liz is a published poetess (Poetry Tattoos: Ink Scarred Hearts), President of the Lexington Forum, Executive Director of A Running Start and a fierce substance abuse disorder recovery advocate. She utilizes her network to facilitate resources for everything from domestic violence survivor care to situational homelessness to addiction recovery solutions.



Jean Gibowski Brighton Animal Clinic

Jean Gibowski is the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager of Brighton Animal Clinic and Founder and President of Camp Jean Dog Rescue. Jean keeps the animal clinic running by day and has adopted out more than 2,000 dogs and puppies in her spare time. If you are looking for a new furry friend, Jean is a one stop shop..she can help you find a dog, a vet and even a fabulous dog trainer! When Jean is not busy cuddling puppies, she can be found traveling, she has visited all 50 states with her daughters in tow.

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Jarrett Millsaps, FACHE, serves as Chief xecutive O cer of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. As part of the ncompass Health portfolio of hospitals, Cardinal Hill is one of the largest postacute facilities in the nation and a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation services to the luegrass and surrounding regions, speciali ing in traumatic brain in ury, spinal cord in ury, stroke recovery, orthopedic conditions, and general medical inpatient rehabilitation services. arrett oins the Cardinal Hill team with more than 25 years of leadership experience both in, and out of, the healthcare arena, having served in other senior leadership roles in hospitals in Tennessee, eorgia, and Kentucky. efore his career in healthcare, he served in the .S. Navy aboard ships at sea and as an operator within the Naval Special Warfare community. He is active in various community, civic, and non-profit organi ations and is married with two children.

arrett Millsaps

Cardinal Hill eha ilitation Hospital [859] 254-5701 CARDINALHILLREHABILITATION.COM



Johnathon is the founder of JT Davis Asset Management. He leads a team with over 50 years of combined investment experience. Since 1992, Mr. Davis has been a licensed member of the financial services community. “Putting together pieces of the puzzle to take someone from their current financial situation to independence in retirement is the most rewarding aspect of my job. Attending my clients’ retirement parties is the fun part,” he says. Johnathon graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1991, where he was a three-year letter winner with the Kentucky Wildcat basketball team. He’s a proud father of two.

Johnathon T. Davis JT Davis Asset Management [859] 359-3390 JTDAVISKY.COM



Hunter Lisle Arthur Murray Dance Studios

Fortunate to have an incredible sta committed to service and excellence, Hunter Lisle is celebrating his 20th year as a dance studio franchisee in Lexington. In addition to running one of the top 5 Arthur Murray Dance Studios in the world, Hunter is also a public speaker and media personality. He has enjoyed the opportunity to reach so many fellow Kentuckians and feels honored and grateful to know he and his studio have taught tens of thousands to dance. Hunter feels blessed to have shared this journey with the love of his life, Elesha. In 2010, they co-founded the popular charity event “Dancing with The exington Stars in partnership with The Rotary Club of exington.




Andy Jarvis Community Trust Bank

[859] 389-5353 JARVISAN@CTBI.COM

“Commercial lending is stressful at times, so I try to set as many meetings on the golf course as possible to put my clients more at ease,” chuckles Andy. For nearly two decades, Andy Jarvis has guided his customers through the lending process at Community Trust Bank. He says watching their dreams become reality makes it all worthwhile. “It’s rewarding to know I had a hand in someone else’s happiness. It’s almost as rewarding as watching my daughter succeed on the volleyball court.” He adds, “Almost.”



Kymberly Clem The Valor Homes Team [859] 248-1142 VALORHOMESKY.COM A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Kymberly started her career in the United States Army where she served active duty for five years. Kymberly returned to Kentucky in 2018, where she continued serving our military families at Lockheed Martin. Her experience in the military has given her firsthand knowledge of how important it is to have a good REALTOR when moving from state to state. Kymberly is the founder of The Valor Homes Team at Keller Williams Legacy Group. She guarantees you that whether you’re selling or buying a home, you can count on her team to go above and beyond to educate, negotiate, as well as assist you at all times during your real estate transaction. Kymberly has risen to the top 10% of LBAR within her first year in real estate, serving over 60 families with half of them being military relocations.



Mary Catherine Jones Red Mile

As Director of Marketing, Mary Catherine has helped make Red Mile Gaming and Racing a dynamic destination for gaming, live music, unique events, dining, and racing. Building on that momentum, and with the help of a dedicated team, she looks forward to making Red Mile an entertainment epicenter in the region. When she’s not at Red Mile, Mary Catherine enjoys spending her time with her husband, Will, and one-year old daughter, Miller. She also keeps busy as Co-Owner of Rent The Races, a fascinator and hat rental company, cycling instructor at CycleYou Lexington, and Board Member of Fayette Alliance.

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Karen McIntyre Build Inclusion

After 17 years in sales management, Karen McIntyre was ready for a career change with greater purpose. She found the perfect role with Build Inclusion, a nonprofit agency that increases community access and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As a Customized Employment Specialist, she helps match the strengths and skills of young adults with the needs of local businesses. “My passion is seeing their self-esteem soar as these job seekers – who might otherwise face vocational barriers – achieve their career goals and bring value to an organization,” Karen explains. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the perfect time for business leaders to consider creating more diverse and inclusive workforces.




“On a perfect day, I get to learn, teach, create, help and dream,� says Shaun. Two successful careers allow Shaun that opportunity. He is broker/owner at East of Elm, a local real estate firm that blends his creative vision for possibilities, with time-tested strategies for buying, selling and investing. Shaun is also a sought-after commercial/advertising photographer, helping large and small Kentucky businesses tell their stories through emotive, optimism-rich images. You can find him on Instagram at @shaunring

Shaun Ring East of Elm


Shaun Ring Photography




Scottie Day

Kentucky Children’s Hospital He’s not your “typical” hospital chief. When not in his office, you’ll find him in the ICU of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, practicing critical care. Other days, he’s serenading patients with his guitar, or chasing chickens and children on his farm. A native of Leslie County, Dr. Day worked all over the country before returning home to Kentucky. He worked in pediatric critical care and directed the transport team for KCH before being named physician-in-chief. As chief, Dr. Day has been instrumental in helping to increase quality care and family access throughout the state. There is, in his words, “no bigger honor” than caring for Kentucky’s kids.




As an international expert in Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET), physicians and patients consult with him within the US and internationally to access the most advanced cancer treatments. His passion for research has resulted in multiple first-in-human clinical trials. Dr. Chauhan completed medical school at Manipal University, one of India’s top 10 medical schools. He completed a double residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Chauhan completed his fellowship at the University of Kentucky and joined the faculty in medical oncology as a board-certified medical oncologist. When not developing new cancer treatments, Dr. Chauhan loves to explore the Kentucky outdoors and is a budding foodie.

Aman Chauhan

UK Markey Cancer Center [859] 257-4488 MARKEY.UKY.EDU



Ima Ebong UK College of Medicine

Dr. Ima Ebong, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and master’s in bioengineering from the Georgia nstitute o Technology in Atlanta before earning her medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. She then completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Jackson Memorial in Miami. Dr. Ebong participated in the AAN’s Diversity Leadership Program in 2019. And, as a medical student in 2010, she founded University of Kentucky Minority Education Development (UKMED). She was recently appointed to serve on the Special Commission on Racism, quity, and Social Justice for the American Academy of Neurology.




Kaelyn Query Lexington Event Company

Kaelyn is the founder and president of Lexington Event Company, and the owner of ex ect Venues. She’s been honing her cra for over 18 years and is always up for a new challenge and to continually learn. Kaelyn is passionate about the community, working with hundreds of charitable and developmental organi ations in the area. She sits on the board for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Commerce exington, exington Children’s Theatre and is on the Corporate Council for Shriners. She loves to travel and loves great food - you can find her around downtown with her son, ed.

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Jayme Jackson TOP Marketing Group

As the xecutive Vice resident o TO S, Jayme is responsible for making Lexington smile. She brings energy, enthusiasm and ust a hint of gracious Southern sass, balanced with some of the funniest one-liners you’ve ever heard. “When you spend digital and print advertising dollars, it is my goal to make sure you see the results. I build relationships not databases, ayme says. She brings 20 years of business, financial, and development experience to the table, she is as comfortable advising clients on their ad budgets as she is their holiday décor.

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it’s a local call... The Downtown Lexington Partnership (DLP) and Kinetic by Windstream recently joined forces to help struggling small businesses financially during COVID. Kinetic is working through the DLMD (Downtown Lexington Management District) which falls under the DLP’s umbrella of programs which can help downtown businesses through a grant program that can help with rent/mortgage payments, re-hiring staff and technology solutions just to name a few. “The local business and nonprofit communities make up the heart of our state,” said Brian Harman, president of Windstream in Kentucky. Now more than ever, small businesses are relying on high-speed internet and technology solutions to operate business as usual. We hope that this matching grant will help downtown businesses reopen and stay open during this challenging time.” You may be surprised to know that Kinetic has been calling Lexington home for over 100 years, bringing reliable high-speed broadband products and solutions right into our homes and businesses. You can support local by changing your phone and internet provider by contacting Kinetic by Windstream today.

To see if your business may be eligible for assistance go to

take your selfie!

Stop by151 Martin Luther King Blvd and take a selfie in front of this gorgeous mural to show your support for small and local Lexington businesses! Then post your photo with the tag #LocallyLexington for your chance to win a dinner for 2 at Carson’s.

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The Growing Role of

DIGITAL MARKETING During a Pandemic As COVID-19 spreads across our community, people everywhere are learning to cope with a new way of living. While brick-andmortar retailers were already losing favor among shoppers, stayhome orders have crippled the market. The companies that are best suited to survive in this environment are those that have already begun to pivot to digital marketing.

UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF DIGITAL MARKETING Before you start creating content for organic search and setting up Google Ads along with other paid media, it’s important to come up with an overall campaign strategy. Define Your KPIs Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are metrics used to define the success of a campaign. KPIs can include anything from page views to click-through-rates (CTR), new subscribers, and more. It’s important to establish which metrics matter most to your overall business goals. Build Brand Awareness Without brand recognition, you can easily lose sales to more established competition. Consumers buy from the brands they trust, so building that trust through awareness campaigns and testimonials can help establish a strong reputation. Create Helpful Content Most people head to Google to get questions answered. Rather than create a site that reads like a catalog, create a knowledge base where people can find the information they’re looking for. Become an authority for your niche by maintaining a regular newsletter and establish your brand as a reliable resource. If you

create content that ranks highly in search engine results, you’ll be leading more people directly to your site. Get Social Building a strong social media presence is a major component of digital marketing. You don’t need to have a presence on every platform but know which networks make the most sense for your brand. Identify where your target audience is most active. In addition to posting updates on a regular basis, engage with people and work toward creating a community rather than just trying to rack up followers.

TAKING DIGITAL MARKETING TO THE NEXT LEVEL As the market shifts to online shopping it’s imperative for companies to master digital marketing. Those that don’t will be left behind, especially during times like the coronavirus pandemic. The brilliance of digital marketing is that it can be done tactfully with any budget and can measured in ways that traditional marketing can’t. At TOPS marketing group we work with clients across various industries to develop the best digital strategy for our clients. We consider ourselves an extension of your team. Stay ahead of your competition and reach out to chad@topsmarketing. com for a free digital consult and learn how we can help you achieve your business goals. BY CHAD HOWARD


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the ever-engaging


Anthony Smallwood is a firm believer in the famous line from the film Steel Magnolias which states, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.” He says, “It is very cliché, but has brought me through many of the challenges and misfortunes in my life. And, God knows I should be Hercules by now.” As the community engagement manager for AVOL Kentucky, whose mission is “to collaborate with communities to end HIV in the Commonwealth,” these last few months have been especially challenging. In this position, Anthony oversees volunteer coordination, event planning, and assists with donor management. In the past, each of these roles has involved close contact with the public, which Anthony relishes.

Anthony is involved with several local charities, including the Imperial Court of Kentucky. You can also find Anthony onstage as his alter ego Helena Handbasket, who he describes as “a combination of all the strengths from all the important and powerful females I have known.” Helena performs around town, both singing and lip synching, often with the proceeds benefitting charity. She also has her own comedy YouTube channel. Of her, Anthony adds, “She is a cartoon with a message to love yourself. You should talk to her… she’s always happy to talk about herself.”

Of course, the pandemic has made this extremely difficult. He explains, “My title is community engagement manager. Now tell me how are you supposed to ‘engage’ the community when you have COVID-19 restrictions. Everyone knows me as a hugger, and not being able to reach out and hug people has been hard.”

If there is another adage Anthony ascribes to, it is “looking back at my life, I’ll only regret what I never tried.” So, his advice to others would be; “equip yourself with as much knowledge as you can, and then just jump in with both feet and figure it out as you go. You will fail at some things but you won’t look back on your life and say ‘I wish I had’ or ‘maybe I could have.’”

“Equip yourself with as much knowledge as you can, and then just jump in with both feet and figure it out as you go.”

This attitude has led to deep gratitude. Anthony considers himself very fortunate to have shared his life with his husband, Dean, for 29 years. The couple has one doggie-child, Mitchell.

Despite the recent changes, Anthony finds his job incredibly fulfilling. In his own words, “The most rewarding part of going to work each day is knowing I am making a difference in the


lives of people who may never know who I am or what I do. But, still, I am making a difference in their lives.”

He also feels blessed to live in the Bluegrass. Anthony states, “Sometimes I drive out Paris Pike, and some of the roads off of it, and I am astounded by the natural beauty that exists in the world and it makes me so thankful that I live here. I wasn’t raised with all of that, so I’m grateful that it can be part of my life now just by taking a drive.” •

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INSPIRATIONS: Getting Glamorous with


If one person has been able to keep their pizazz during the pandemic, it is entertainer extraordinaire, Helena Handbasket, known to her fans as the “the First Lady of rhythm, beauty, and laughter.” So, I had a socially-distanced sit down with this glamour girl.

TOPS: How have you stayed so sassy throughout COVID? HH: Honey, I was not going to let a little virus take away my va-va-voom. I never leave the house without dressing to impress and putting my face on. You never know who you’re going to run into, and you don’t want to have to duck down a grocery aisle to avoid someone ‘cause you’ve gone out looking like a mess in a mask.

TOPS: Speaking of masks, what masks should every woman own? HH: Every woman needs three masks in her wardrobe. First, just like you need a LBD, little black dress, you need a LBM— little black mask that goes anywhere and with everything. Next, you need something for your more festive occasions. I would

not be able to live with my rhinestone mask. Third, something fun or whimsical. I, personally, have one with big, old red lips on it—since I can’t show off my own.

TOPS: How would you recommend playing up the eyes, since they’re what is visible? HH: Start with a defined brow. Add some luscious lashes. And, I’m not going to judge you if you have to use falsies… and that doesn’t just apply to lashes, if you know what I mean. And, a little sparkle never hurt anybody, so don’t be afraid of a glittery eye shadow.

TOPS: How have you been keeping busy? HH: Well, you know I’ve got a sweet tooth that goes all the way to my ankles, so I’ve been baking up a storm. I’ve called bingo at a campground or two. And, I’ve performed at a couple of backyard birthday parties. But I can not wait to get back on stage and resume my drag brunches at Epping’s at Eastside, because you know how much I love a big, warm hand. For more Helena Handbasket, check out her channel on YouTube!

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Every fall, when I realize it’s time to take my summer flowers out of my window boxes that are now too “legg y” and replace them with mums, pansy’s and ornamental cabbages I am reminded that I too need some freshening up. It’s IPL time y’all. Sun spots, age spots, (I refuse to call them liver spots) those brown freckle type circles that show up from your glory days in your teens and 20’s before you actually took the time to start wearing sunscreen and adhere to the advice of never tanning your face. Yes, these little reminders come out in full force after a few days in the sun every summer reminding me that time, is literally written all over my face.

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I have gotten IPL treatments (Intensed Pulsed Light) for several years now often annually and it has become an acceptable part of my fall and winter routine. It normally takes a series of 3 sessions before your face is totally free of any pigment and oh my stars it’s amazing! Now, y’all know I wear heavy, 1985 news anchor makeup every day so honestly, I’m not overly concerned with how my natural skin looks (I know many of you will now audibly gasp) because, it will be hidden under a layer of foundation and foundation powder. What did make me care about the age spots, was no matter how good I was at mastering covering them up, they were creating shadows under my makeup in area’s like my upper cheeks and mustache line and the makeup was only enhancing them. This was something that concealer and even filler couldn’t fix (I thought I would never utter such words). In the harsh fluorescent lighting at the TOPS office, the age spots under my makeup look like I’ve been punched in the cheeks. IPL, needs to be done in a season when you are dedicated to wearing sunscreen everyday and you are staying out of the sun for months. You start with one treatment, I always think the laser pulses feel like the flick of a rubber band, your age spots turn dark brown and flake off after a few days to a week revealing a brighter, younger complexion. Full disclosure, my face usually looks like I have a hundred tiny chocolate chips all over it for about 3-4 days and then they fall off. Maybe book your treatment on a Friday? The treatments are performed about 4-6 weeks apart until you have completed a series of 3. Although, I have only had IPL on my face, I am friends with several gals who swear by it on their necks, decollate, and hands. This year, I am upping the ante by having the new Photofabulous laser treatment which claims to remove age spots while resurfacing the skin and tightening. So, I will ask you... Can a leopard change its spots? I think no, but luckily, I still can.


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If it’s been a while since you evaluated your contraceptive options with your doctor, it may be time to jump start the conversation. There are lots of options that you may not have considered... or which may offer you more, healthwise, than your current method does. Dr. Grace Gibbs explains, “As an OB/GYN and a woman, I know that finding the best contraceptive to suit a woman’s individual circumstances is based on a multitude of factors from availability, to cost, to a personal preference. There are many types of contraceptives that are available and many have added benefits.”

“The Pill”


The most common is the Oral Contraceptive Pill (also called birth control pills). Birth control pills are considered quite effective at preventing pregnancy. If taken correctly (daily and at the same time), they will prevent pregnancy 99% of the time. However, if taken incorrectly, they may increase the chances of pregnancy as much as 9%!

One of Dr. Gibbs’s all-time favorite options are long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), also called intrauterine devices (IUDs). IUDs do not require daily, weekly, or monthly dosing, and provide years of pregnancy protection. They are typically 99% % effective at preventing pregnancy.

Some of the added benefits of a birth control pill are that it may help to regulate your menses (period), decrease your cramping and – depending on the type of OCP – help prevent acne. Some of the downfalls to this form of contraception are weight gain and mood: some women just don’t like how it makes them feel. It can also be difficult to remember to take the pill correctly.

Mirena and Kyleena are plastic T-shaped devices that release a low dose of a progestogen hormone called levonorgestrel for up to five years. Both are FDA approved to treat heavy bleeding. The main side affect of these commonly placed IUDs is amenorrhea (no periods)... and for that reason, they’re well-liked by women! The Paragard is also T-shaped device, but it is made with copper. It does not have any hormones, and is effective for 10 years. Women who can’t take hormones or have difficulty with hormonal contraceptions do well with this IUD. One reason the IUD is a popular option? It can easily be removed during an office visit when you’re ready to conceive and your fertility is restored quickly.

Depo-Provera Depo-Provera is a shot that you receive every three months. It is also a very effective form of contraception. One of its main side effects is lack of menses. Some women experience breakthrough bleeding. This form of contraception does cause weight gain in some women. It often takes 6-12 months for your period to return after stopping it. It also causes bone loss that is irreversible after stopping it. Long term use requires a bone density exam to evaluate bone loss.


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Tubal Ligation


There are different types of tubal ligations (also known as “getting your tubes tied”) such as cutting, burning, tying, and placing clips or rubber bands. Fewer than one percent of women will get pregnant in the first year after a tubal for many of the non-permanent options.

A vasectomy is often performed in a Urologist’s office or a surgery center and is very quick. Many times, the patient will return home (with an ice pack) within a few hours of the procedure.

Most recently, the medical literature recommends removing the entire fallopian tube. This completely eliminates your chance of getting pregnant. You need to be 100% sure that your family status is completely decided (because there is no putting tubes back together once they are removed!)

Follow-up semen analyses are performed to ensure that there are no active sperm. Until this is confirmed, another form of contraception needs to be utilized to prevent pregnancy. Recovery from a vasectomy is far easier than recovery from a tubal ligation with lower risks of long-term complications. Reversal of a vasectomy can be difficult or sometimes impossible.

Implant Nexplanon is a small implant that goes in the arm. It is just as effective as the pill, without having to take a pill daily. One implant is effective for preventing pregnancy for three years. Abnormal or irregular bleeding is the most common complaint Dr. Gibbs hears from women. Amenorrhea is also a possible side effect of this form of contraception.

Rings, Patches and More In recent years, a number of alternate hormonal birth control options have come to market. They promise more flexibility than birth control pills. Most have a lower effectiveness rate, around 90-94%, %, which is not enough pregnancy protection for most women. Some of these options may have extra benefits for people who plan on using condoms as a backup birth control or who are exploring contraceptive options for hormonal regulation. Talk to your health care provider about the benefits and risks!

Other Procedures There are many procedures that Dr. Gibbs does not recommend specifically as contraception, but which may have the side effect of eliminating the chance of pregnancy. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus. It can be helpful for women with excessive menstrual bleeding. Because the lining of the uterus will not grow back, it generally results in loss of fertility. However, pregnancy could still occur and be dangerous to your health. If this is a procedure you need, talk to your doctor about mitigating these risks. If you require a hysterectomy for any reason, such as fibroids, cancer or endometriosis, you will no longer be able to get pregnant. This is a drastic procedure that Dr. Gibbs stresses should only be considered for health reasons: there are other contraceptive options that are less disruptive to your body.

Taking Control of Your Health Take ownership of your body and your health. Share with your medical providers the things you are concerned about when it comes to preventing pregnancy, family planning or regulating your menstrual period.

Good to Know! With all these forms of contraception, it’s important to remember: they will not protect you or your partners from sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms in combination with any of the above methods to help lower your chances of getting or spreading sexually transmitted infections. Since most contraceptives are not 100% effective, condoms also serve as an important backup birth control option.

Grace Gibbs, DO

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Nearly every month

of the year is designated to raise awareness of a type of cancer. Each year, we feature a group of local cancer survivors in the month of October. While this month may be better known as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want to shine a light on survivors of all types to help remind our readers that regular screenings are an essential health care need for everyone. PHOTOS BY HONEYSAGE PHOTO CO. October 2020 |


Lindi Campbell Lung Cancer My Primary Care Physician saw a small shadow on a routine chest x-ray and sent me on to have a CT scan. A 1.2 cm nodule was visible in my right lung, but doctors were not initially concerned because I had never smoked. After consistent monitoring for over 2 years, the nodule continued to grow and surgery to remove it was eventually performed. When I woke up from surgery I was told the growth was cancer and the surgeon removed 2 lobes of my right lung in hopes the cancer would not return. This past May, I had a new growth removed from my left lung and it too was cancer. Biomarker testing was performed on the tissue and revealed a genetic mutation that is contributing to my recurrence.

“Don’t assume that if you have never smoked, you won’t get lung cancer. I am proof you can!”

Family and friends have been a huge support system for me on a daily basis, but I turn to my lung cancer community of survivors when I have questions about my cancer or my treatment. They are the ones who truly know and understand this journey best. I am also fortunate to live so close to a National Cancer Institute, Markey Cancer Center, where I received excellent medical care. Please help us erase the stigma of lung cancer. Anyone can get this disease and it deserves the same sympathy and respect as all other cancers.


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Debbie Cornish Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma In 2005 and 2007, I had tumors removed from my neck. In 2011, I was sick throughout the year. I saw many doctors that diagnosed and treated me for various infections. I experienced fatigue, loss of appetite, night sweats, severe back pain and unexplained weight loss.

“Being able to spend time with people was very important to me.”

That December, I went to see Jennifer Sudduth, PA-C. She listened to my concerns and looked through all of the previous tests and scheduled me for scans that same day. We found out that the cancer had spread from my neck through my abdomen to my groin. I began receiving chemo treatments before Christmas. Fortunately, I was able to work throughout all of my treatments. Being able to spend time with people was very important for me. For anyone going through a cancer journey: be patient. It’s so important to have a good support system.

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R.J. Hijalda Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma For over 2 months, I was having sever back pain and a bump appeared along my spine. This lead to seeing multiple doctors and initially being diagnosed with scoliosis and iliac apophysitis. About a month went on and I still wasn’t getting any better. During that time, a lump the size of a golf ball popped up, which we knew it was much more severe than originally thought. Tests and scans were done the very next day, which then lead to my admission at Kentucky Children’s Hospital for a biopsy and removal. The doctors said that if we had waited a couple days, I could’ve been paralyzed from the waist down. The two things that helped me most during that time were definitely my faith and my support system. I felt like I had a whole team behind me fighting it with me. Whether it was my family, or my classmates, or even people from around the world that had heard about me through others, my fight wasn’t just mine alone.

“My fight wasn’t just mine alone.” 104

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This may sound cliché, but my advice would be to never take a day for granted, even when life seems to be getting tough. The Big Guy upstairs always has a plan, and He only gives His toughest battles to His toughest soldiers.

Buffy Lawson Breast Cancer I went in for my first-ever mammogram (well after the recommended time) and was notified that I had breast cancer shortly thereafter. Like many people, I was afraid to get those tests done. According to the doctors, my cancer was caught just in time for treatment to be possible. It is incredible the amount of hours that are spent in the cancer center, doctors offices and treatment facilities. Sterile, medical everything. I chose to keep my phone with me and played comforting music, even and especially during intimidating procedures. It made me feel calm. I can not overstate how helpful this was.

“Like many people, I was afraid to get those tests done. The fear of the unknown is not worth the price of learning too late.”

The diagnosis of cancer used to be a grave, hopeless scenario. Fortunately, due to profound breakthroughs in science, many cancers can be successfully treated if detected in time. My advice is to stay current with all recommended testing. The fear of the unknown is not worth the price of learning too late.

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Stacy Searcy Breast Cancer After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. Breast cancer survival rates have increased in recent years, thanks to proud advocates and research funding, which has resulted in advances in treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer. Earlier detection is helping lower the number of deaths associated with this cancer.

“Make sure you get your mammograms done... and trust in the Lord!”

It’s important for everyone to know what’s “normal” for their breast tissue so they can spot signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Those include lumps that feel different than nearby breast tissue, changes in size or shape of the breast, changes in skin or a newly inverted nipple. While breast cancer is most common in women, some men do experience breast cancer! That’s why it’s important to be your own advocate and know your body.


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Capturing Moments




We’re heading into one of the most photogenic times of year. From colorful fall leaves to awesome Halloween costumes, Friendsgiving potlucks to twinkling lights and mistletoe, selfie-ops are everywhere ut most people stru le to take a stunning selfie that they truly love. We at TOPS take photos of people at all sorts of events and they always tell us “I wish could get a selfie that was half as good as your shot of me We promise, it’s possible We asked the pros of Christopher Michael mages to share some tips and tricks to take nsta-worthy selfies anywhere you go.

Find the Light Abundant natural lighting is the most ideal way to take a selfie. ndirect light is generally best so you’re not squinting into the sun or dealing with harsh shadows across your face. Want a little extra glow? Hold a piece of white paper under your face. The light will bounce up and add ust a little brightness to your face. Love those beautiful photos you see that somehow manage to have brilliant backgrounds and perfectly-lit sub ects betcha they’re using a lighting kit. f you look online, portable selfie lighting kits aren’t really that expensive, and they can really elevate your selfie game in a snap.

Make the Most of Your Surroundings Mike recently shared a TikTok of some gorgeous photos he took of a model with sun owers. They were standing in a park and found some broken sun ower stems. ust adding them up in here gave us an incredible shot, Mike explains in the video. And sure enough, having the model hold the stems in front of some greenery created a photo that looked like she was totally surrounded by gorgeous sun owers. Selectively shooting an ugly background can make a beautiful photo. Even bad weather can make for interesting photos. “If it starts raining, keep shooting He advises, You’re already wet. n oy the day

Shake Off THAT Pose You know the one, right Arm in the air, looking up at the camera. You’ve been told that’s the best way to take a selfie. And it works pretty well for group shots, so you never really questioned it. The Christopher Michael mages team encourages you to break out of that rut and try some new angles. You’ll quickly find that you can still get a attering shot while creating a photo that’s more dynamic and interesting. ive your head a tilt. Hold the camera at a di erent angle. Stretch your neck slightly. ush one shoulder down. There are countless ways to make your pose uniquely yours

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Go Further

Practice Makes Perfect

So selfie sticks weren’t a great look. ut they were kinda useful, weren’t they

The bad news: you’re not going to master selfies overnight. The good news f you keep practicing, you’re going to learn the skills to take a better selfie than you were before.

Fortunately, you can get far-away selfies without toting around a pole. ook online for luetooth camera remotes. For under $10, you can take selfies from up to 0 feet away. A tripod may also be useful in keeping the camera stable while you set up the shot. f you don’t want to commit, your camera does have a timer function, but it can be a little bit of a hassle to use for selfies.


Find great natural light, or bring your own light kit.


Work with your location and weather.

xperiment with your phone’s camera in di erent lighting situations, and play with the settings so that you know what they do in di erent conditions. That way, when you’re out and ready to take a selfie, you don’t have to fiddle with your phone to try to get it right... and you won’t be disappointed with a dud photo a erwards


Vary up your pose to look fabulous and unique.


Play with timers to take selfies from further away.


Practice, practice, practice...

Get to Know the Pros The Christopher Michael mages photography team has over 20 years of combined experience to create dynamic, professional, stunning photographs. From business headshots to weddings, photo booth rentals to videography, Chris Marshall, Mike Cyrus and ibby ahari have the knowledge to make it memorable. Ready to try your hand at professional photography? They offer lessons! Learn more: Facebook: christophermichaelproductions • (859) 433-5729


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Fashion Quarter sleeve top in fuschia with tie sleeve details by Davi + Dani; Skinny jeans by Judy Blue; Beaded hoop earrings in gold Maxi dress with belt tie in multicolor stripe by Marie Oliver; Teardrop earrings in gold

// Fluffy Flamingo

// Bella Rose

Midi skirt in multicolor print by THML; Long sleeve mock neck in mustard with swiss dot detail by ASTR; Beaded hoop earrings in champagne

Bubble sleeve mini dress in peacock blue by Amanda Uprichard; Diamond drop earrings with pearl detail; Crossbody clutch in blue snakeskin

// Bella Rose

// Peplum 112

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new season

Each season finds a way to bring new fashion trends that we all can get excited about. T his year for fall, it’s all about jewel tones, pattern play and textured fabrics. We’ve gathered the perfect looks from a day of shopping to date night to help you start building that new fall wardrobe!

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Mini dress with ruffle detail in metallic gold by Bishop + young; Boho hoop earrings in natural

// Peplum Wide brim fedora in tan

// Pirie


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Suede long sleeve tunic in ivory by Tyler Boe; Jegging In black with distressed hem by Tribal; Wooden beaded necklace

// Cotton Patch


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Crochet sweater in black by Davi and Dani; Skinny jeans in dark wash by Judy Blue; Knitted hoop earrings in black with gold detail

// Fluffy Flamingo

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Mini ruffle dress in pink with black dot detail by Forever unique; Two toned drop earrings in gold and silver

// Peplum


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the perfect fall accessories

Storm wristlet clutch

Serna booties in fawn calf hair by Dolce Vita

// Olive You Boutique


// Olive You Boutique

Tyler Australian wool felt hat with bandana trim by Wyeth

// Olive You Boutique River wide stiff brim hat in dark gray by Wyeth

// Olive You Boutique

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Maxi dress with pleated detail in deep turquoise by Amur; Jewel drop earrings

// Bella Rose


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Midi dress in colorful plaid with ruffle detail; Jewel drop earrings

// Bella Rose


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mas ing

There’s nothing scarier than the thought that we might not get to celebrate Halloween in a big way this year f you’re looking to incorporate those candy corn vibes into your everyday attire, these COV masks are here to make things spooky, scary or silly anywhere you go.

Cute Combo Headband-mask combos are incredibly

handy. The mask hooks to the headband so it stays comfortably in place. onus That headband will be an adorable part of your Halloween wardrobe for years to come (etsy: The titching omet )

Sistas! COV isn’t ust a bunch of Hocus

ocus... so channel your inner bad witch with this Winnifred mask (etsy: MalakaiMasks - $7.99)

Ogre It e the envy of the whole swamp in this silly Shrek mask. for finding princesses. (RedBubble: NeatMemes - $13.53)


Shake It! Talk about fringe benefits. Whether

you’re thinking apper or cowpoke, this fab mask will always be the center of attention. (etsy: ollie akes tore - . )

Treat Yo Mask Stinky mask Yeah, it’s a problem. This It’s Lit Shine a little light on your celebration. This

msak rotates through di erent colors. (etsy: EnlightCreation - $28.99)

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spray by local apothecary ospel of the Tub helps you combat the funk. You can en oy the scent of ourbon or lavender... though really, the choice seems obvious to us. ( entucky for entucky - )



Ciara LeRoy

of Pretty Strange Design

TOPS: How did Pretty Strange Design come about? Ciara: Pretty Strange Design was born from a desire to create things that occupy both a space of beauty and oddity. I subscribe to the idea that imagination doesn’t have to stay inside of our minds—it can be united with everyday life if we have the courage to create daring things, and explore weird ideas without fear of failure.

TOPS: What have been your challenges in turning your art and creativity into a career? How has it been rewarding? Ciara: It has taken me about a decade to become a full-time, consistently working artist. My twenties were characterized by a lot of hard work, multiple random jobs, emotional searching, and artistic discovery. I also had to go through a period of taking on creative work that wasn’t necessarily in my wheelhouse, but paid the bills. Looking back, I’m glad I was open to a variety of creative experiences and commissions because it helped me figure out what I didn’t like, but it also opened me up to mediums I wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Being a full-time artist is rewarding in so many ways. I feel deeply blessed to do what I love every day, make my own schedule, and have the flexibility to try out new ideas whenever I want.

“Art is a great bridge to deep conversations because art is often beautiful and captivating. There’s nothing wrong with using that beauty to draw people toward deeper things.” It is also rewarding to exist as a Black woman artist in America, and show other Black girls that art is a viable field for them to consider. Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of artists who looked like me in art museums or in textbooks. I used to prefer letting the art speak for itself and staying out of view myself, but in the past couple of years, I’ve realized it’s important for me to be visible as a Black artist—to show my brown hands and face


alongside of my work, so more folks who look like me feel more comfortable showing up and showing themselves proudly.

TOPS: One theme I’ve noticed in a lot of your embroidery and illustrative works is uplifting others. Why is it important to you to share those messages? Ciara: I have anxiety and depression, and spent many years battling destructive inner dialogue and feelings of inadequacy. I am also deeply empathetic and try to identify ways I can help others with the battles they’re fighting every day. I’m constantly ruminating on what it means to be alive, be human, and be feeling so many things at once. My art is a reflection of what I am thinking about, writing about, and observing in the world. My work bends toward encouragement because I am learning to be kinder to myself and I seek to pass that message on to my audience.

TOPS: How does sustainability factor into the direction of your brand? Ciara: One of my core values is sustainability. In my fiber art and fashion pieces, I almost exclusively utilize second hand, remnant, and vintage fabrics. Not only is it environmentally friendly to use items that have been cast aside, thrown away, and forgotten, but it is also a powerful metaphor for second chances and hidden potential.

TOPS: How can other creators use their art for activism? Ciara: Don’t be afraid to use your work to spark conversations about important social issues. Art is a great bridge to deep conversations because art is often beautiful and captivating. There’s nothing wrong with using that beauty to draw people toward deeper things. Make sure whatever spaces you’re in as a creative are inclusive and safe spaces for people who don’t look like you. Consider offering your skills and services to underserved and marginalized populations for free to help balance the scales of privilege in our country. •

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Upcycled Hand Embroidered Calvin Klein Neoprene Sweatshirt “The Right Path” ($65)

Upcycled Ralph Lauren Jeans Denim Skirt “Oh, You’ll See...” ($90)


Upcycled Hand Embroidered Pendleton Wool Skirt “Candy Dots” ($80)

Check out Ciara’s work at

“My art is a reflection of what I am thinking about, writing about, and observing in the world. My work bends toward encouragement because I am learning to be kinder to myself and I seek to pass that message on to my audience.”

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Fashion Fashion


for your


Petite • Curv y • Tall • Athletic • Busty • Pear October 2019 |


Fashion We The Free Snowbunny long sleeve top in black, $68 | Free People

Petite Small but fierce. You might fall into this category if your 5’3” and under, but with a lot of spunk! Do a lot of your sleeves hang a little too long? Or maybe your pant pockets or knees don’t quite hit in the right spot? These are just a few characteristics of a petitie gal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress fashionably.

Rainbow road jumpsuit, $29.40 | Available at As You Go Boutique

When you go to shop for your next outfit, you should always have one word in mind: elongate. Tops with 3-quarter length sleeves and off the shoulder details will elongate your upper body and open your chest, creating the illusion of a taller frame. Don’t be shy and try a fun print like vertical stripes to help with length!


Love Wins short sleeve knit leopard print top, $48 | Available at Peplum

So many boutiques are now embracing inclusive sizing and creating fashionforward designs for those ladies out there with some natural curves! The best place to start is a good foundation with seamless and comfortable undergarments. Then from there you’ll want to find pieces that compliment the right features. A great and flattering piece to wear is a peplum top; it works great to enhance your bust and defines your natural waistline. Plus, you can’t go wrong with anything in the v-neck family. This style opens the neckline and elongates the torso, which is always the goal!


Marissa floral peplum top,$45 | Available at Fluffy Flamingo

Tall 11” High-Rise flare jeans in mersey wash, $135 | Available at Madewell

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When you’re tall, finding the right clothes can be a challenge. You might find that a lot of the jeans you buy just aren’t long enough, so it’s always a good idea to know your measurements anytime you go shopping. You’re go-to style of bottoms are going to be high-waisted and flared. Going with a pair of jeans with more of an open leg won’t cause too much length and will create a little more shape for your frame.


Get it right for fall!

Be Kind graphic tee, $30 | Available at As You Go Boutique

Dressing for your shape is always a battle, but can sometimes be fun, right? Especially when you’re looking for a new wardrobe for the fall! The ladies at As you Go Boutique and Fluff y Flamingo have styles for all shapes and sizes, and not to mention super trendy! Here are some of our favorite pieces you’ve got to get your hands on!

807 Euclid Ave | Lexington | @asyougoboutique

712 Henry Clay Boulevard | Lexington 859-523-1966 |

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Keeping It Casual A new season is the perfect time to check in with your closet. These pieces from Howard & Miller don’t sacrifice comfort for style.

Beige v-neck sweater by Gordon of New Orleans

V-neck sweater in forest green by Peter Millar

With a classic crew neck sweater, a pair of slacks, and trendy shoes, your guys will be looking better than ever. We reached out to the menswear experts at Howard & Miller to bring you some staples every man needs. Hyperlight glide sneaker in gray by Peter Millar

Peter Millar Five-Pocket Flannel offer the familiar comfort of your favorite vintage flannel and their classic corduroys are perfect for a cooler day. Leather boots in brown by Alden of New England

A classic button down will hold it’s shape and elevate your work to weekend look, like this one from Peter Millar. Puff vest in olive green by Peter Millar

IF YOU GO Come shop your own fall looks - Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm 400 Old Vine Street | Lexington, Kentucky (859)-259-3926 |

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Howard & Miller Clothiers to Gentlemen


a luxe way to stay Where southern hospitality, fast horses, and rich

bourbons reign supreme. Indulge in an authentic Kentucky experience at Origin Hotel Lexington, located within the Summit at Fritz Farm. Featuring locally inspired dĂŠcor, spacious guestrooms, an oversized ballroom ideal for meetings and events, expert staff recommendations, and incredible southern cuisine from their onsite restaurant 33 Staves, Origin brings newfound energy to Lexington. Serving a seasonal menu full of local ingredients, 33 Staves offers hotel guests and Summit shoppers a dining experience infused with southern hospitality. Enjoy a curated bourbon list and a variety of craft cocktails, beer, and wine.


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amenities Fitness Center Onsite Restaurant Ballroom Private Dining Room Complimentary Parking Pet-Friendly ...and more!

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4174 Rowan, Lexington, KY 40517 859.245.0400


Luxurious Living

In 2020 we’ve had a lot of time. Time to spend at home, time to plan for the future and time to juggle the everyday chaos. So speaking of all this time, we reached out to the experts at Richter & Phillips Jewelers to help us navigate the watch scene and the trends to look for in the upcoming year! Leading into the holidays, you might be thinking about a new watch for you or your loved ones, and Richter & Phillips is the place to start.

for him

Khaki Navy Scuba Auto by Hamilton | $745

By ending your year with some new arm candy, you can be sure 2020 was time well spent.

for her

De Ville Tresor 36mm by Omega | $9,100

for him Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M by Omega | $11,700

for her De Ville Prestige by Omega | $5,650

for him

Gentleman Powermatic 80 by Tissot | $1,300


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for her Constellation Quartz 27 MM by Omega | $8,350

for him

Carson Premium by Tissot | $375

for her

for him

Speedmaster Racing by Omega | $8,750

Khaki Navy Pioneer Auto by Hamilton | $1,095

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Luxurious Living

city center P E N T H O US E S


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the saying that “all cream rises to the top” is correct, it is truly evident when you step into The Penthouses perched atop the City Center. The lobby is first class with its amiable concierge, abundant marble furnishing and once the elevators doors open, you have the immediate sense that “I have arrived.” There are 13 penthouses and currently 6 remain available but, these are not your grandmother’s condos. These residencies have had exceptional attention to details, quality finishes and well-designed floor plans. The developers, Mr. Webb and Mr. Greer did not skimp when they personally handpicked the luxurious, yet functional finishes showcased in these modern homes floating along the Lexington skyline.

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s t h g i l h g i the h

Betty Molloy Harbout


103 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY

Residency Size


One and two bedroom condominium homes ranging from 1,609 to 5,264 sq.ft.


Residency Price

$995,000 - $3,660,000


• Room Service from Marriott, Jeff Ruby’s and ItalX by Jonathan Lundy • Housekeeping service from Marriott Hotel Housekeeping • Separate Penthouse-Only Entrance, Lobby and Elevators • Marriott Hotel Health Club and Swimming Pool • 24/7 Project Security

Interior Features:

• Ceiling heights of 10ft in main living area • Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances • Ventless gas fireplace • Gracious laundry room with full size wash/dryer, undermount soaking sink and an abundance of cabinetry • Porcelain or quartz kitchen countertops with waterfall Peninsula detail 142


it comes to marketing and promoted these luxury units, there was no better fit than Betty Harbout of BMH Real Estate Consulting to tackle to the tall job. With over 25 years of experience in onsite sales and marketing, she was just the lady for the job.” These are niche properties that often come with establishing a higher price tag and new benchmark. In my career, I have sold high end luxury condos across the country from Texas to Florida and back home here in Kentucky, and I would put the quality and lifestyle these Penthouses offer up against any other major cities offerings. This is a lock and leave, carefree lifestyle in downtown Lexington. To many folks, that’s priceless” says Betty. For more information on The Penthouses at City Center, contact Becky Reinhold at

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Four red hues to


your fall mani

Nothing says fall wardrobe quite like a dramatic red mani. From bordeaux to oxblood, deep red nails bring a little vampy air to whatever you wear. Selecting a red that complements your skin tone (warm versus cool will help the hue really shine.

ove custom nail art Negative space nail looks are very on-trend. Coat the nail in the nude shade of your choice, then apply your red over part of the nail. eave a half-moon at the base or create a geometric V. Cool-toned creme: Deborah Lippmann - Single Ladies $20 • Warm-toned creme: Essie - Bordeaux $9 Cool-toned duochrome: Zoya - Blair $10 • Warm-toned glitter: ILNP - Diablo $10 | 859.621.0169 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 4801 S. Biltmore Lane Madison, WI 53718 Copyright


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nti ne t time

Say it ain’t so! When it was announced that the 2020 Breeders’ Cup would be held again at Keeneland, we were ecstatic. When Lexington had the honor of hosting this worldclass equine event back in 2015, it was kicked o with fanfare all across the city. The week-long reeders’ Cup Festival brought visitors, music, food and entertainment preceding a recordsetting attendance at the track. So when it was announced that COV put a stop to spectators this year, we were more than a little de ated. Our big dreams of dainty fascinators and larger-than-life soirees were completely crushed. ut in every cloud, there is a silver lining: in the same breath, they announced that Keeneland will be hosting the reeders’ Cup in 2022 So until next time, we’ll be daydreaming about the reeders’ Cup that we missed out on and the one that’s ust around the corner...

What we would’ve said... “ ’m betting on the horse with the lime and pink silks. He likes illy ulit er, too, so that’s clearly my horse ” “ s that Kate pton Wait, no, it might be li abeth anks ... oh, don’t know, but it’s definitely somebody very blonde and very famous ”

“Is there going to be any horse racing at this party ” “ heard rake was going to make a surprise appearance.” “Who told you that?” “Coach Cal, duh.” “Yikes... American haroah totally stole your look.” “Chalet Okaaaaay ” “I get the Exacta and the Trifecta thingie, but then there’s a S Rfecta, and that ust sounds cooler... ”




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see o ne t time

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Tour of Homes


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Tour of Homes



What is your idea of Luxurious Living? Is it an oceanside Mediterranean villa? A classic horse farm with a stable so vast and clean you entertain in it? Luxurious living has many looks, but it also has many sizes. A perfect example is the newest remodel by J Parrish Homes, located in the coveted 40502. JP Barlow and his wife, Carly, are used to moving. It’s not surprising when your husband is one of the top builders and remodelers in the city: it just comes with the territory. But what is surprising is that they decided to turn JP’s latest flip into a “forever” home. When you pull up to the unassuming home on Providence Road, you are surprised by the fact that this cozy house has had… shall we say, a face lift? The original red brick has now been painted while the porch and front door are refreshed and inviting, adding instant curb appeal. It has an updated vibe, but the smaller exterior belies the wow factor that hits you when you walk through the front door. If you are a “house stalker” like me – and you know who you are – you may find yourself fascinated by the renovations and new builds that are popping up around Lexington. I have to admit that I have Googled (possibly while driving) a few addresses of the “before and after” projects of newly flipped homes. Whenever I see a J. Parrish project sign in the yard, I instantly know that this home will turn out beautifully. J. Parrish has been in business since 2001. In that time, they have established themselves as one of Lexington’s premiere builders. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing many builders over the years. With the personal experience of building three homes myself, my interview with owner JP Barlow proved insightful.

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One of my first questions to JP was now that we are all living in the COVID reconstruction era where home projects are backed up for months – if not years – of waitlists, back ordered products and a labor shortage… is he accepting new projects? I mean, gone are the days when asked about a plumber, electrician or pool installer and we could say, “I got a guy.” Now, it is, “how many months until you can come over and take a look at my master bath and I won’t dare share your contact information in hopes I don’t lose my spot on your waitlist to a pricier project.” But that’s not the answer I got from JP. “I take on projects that are the right fit. If you are looking for a low/high BID contractor, then J. Parrish is probably not your best answer. We want clients who want to be a part of a collaboration of designers, craftsmen and thinkers to ensure that we have the synergy to bring their household goals and dreams to fruition,” says JP. J Parrish Builders can easily be described as a relational builder. I admired JP’s passion as he told me his building philosophy: “What is central to my heart in every project is that each individual feels important, valued and a part of the home. Each craftsman, from the roofer to the electrician, is putting their stamp on a home that will last a lifetime. It truly takes a village.”


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I have to admit that upon entering Providence Road, I was questioning how a family of 7 could comfortably live in a 3,741 sq. ft. home and still like each other. Once we made our way inside, I could tell that this master builder had successfully made the most of what he had. JP says, “It’s not so much the size, but the functionality of the space. We left no stone unturned in designing within this footprint.” That is evident. The house reveals a bright, open, luxurious, and inviting space that showcases impeccable attention to detail. For design detail, JP worked with Laura Jarboe, Owner and Lead Designer of Rose + Tate Interiors. “To walk into a room and have that ‘ahhh’ feeling is so important. In this case, JP and Carly did an amazing job envisioning the overall style and function of the home, so it was really fun to add final touches,” says Laura. “We couldn’t be happier with how it all came together: their home is beautiful, welcoming, and warm, just like the family who lives there.” I could not agree more. So, take a lesson from a builder who has done everything from cottages to castles; luxury is a state of mind.

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the details A total of 3,841 sq.ft. Original home was 2100 sq.ft. 5 bedrooms 4 ½ baths Detached garage with full in-law suite above Covered screened porch with masonry fireplace Built-in rock climbing wall

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Timothy Dobson of DOBSON DESIGNS 859.619.1269 |

Designed with a View

How did you get into the architecture business? I’m originally from Manchester, KY and grew up there throughout my childhood. I began my college career at EKU and struggled with declaring a major in the beginning. I knew I was an artist, but the big question of how I was going to make a living was stifling. A friend of mine from high school was attending college at the University of Kentucky and pursuing architecture as a career. We got together one summer afternoon and he shared and discussed some of his current projects he was working on in school. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. So, I called him some weeks later and after we talked for a few minutes he said, “We should take a trip to see Fallinwater”, a house in Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. When we arrived and I first laid my eyes on the house, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and how well it integrated itself into the landscape. It immediately changed my life and I said, I wanna do this!” What inspires you? Today, I use my interior design education equally to my architecture education. I come from both perspectives and look through a different lense than the majority, which is evident from other work I see locally. I’m extremely passionate about adaptive reuse projects (ex: Pepper distillery district), hospitality design (bars/restaurants), residential design and historic preservation. What was your vision for this bathroom? I wanted to create a fluidity with the functions in this master bath and closet to work harmoniously with one another as well as with its connection to the landscape. A generous size vanity for two, acknowledging and engaging the view of the rolling hills of the Kentucky farmland from a wall of glass was the answer. But actually, this view can be experienced anywhere from any function in the master bathroom and master closet. As Kentuckians, I feel the farmland is as much of a reflection of us as our own physcial reflection, And speaking of reflections, there are additional mirrors for dressing. “If you’re looking for something creative, interesting and unique with any project you may have, I’m your guy. This is my focus with all of my designs. I want to give my clients a new meaning in life in how they live and interact spatially as well as pushing the boundaries for a new discovery.”


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The Statesman a step back in time with all the modern comforts of downtown There are so many unique ways to experience downtown Lexington. Seeing the city from its historical perspective can be anything but boring when you’re spending the night at The Statesman. Formerly owned by Henry Clay, this updated airbnb formerly served as the famous Kentuckian’s law office. Now, this 3-story, high-end apartment serves as a charming hub for vacationers (and staycationers) wanting to explore our city. Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, The Statesman is situated across the street from Limestone Hall. That puts it within easy walking distance of Rupp Arena, Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park and downtown’s many fabulous eateries and bars. In fact, it’s right upstairs from Henry Clay’s Public House! The history of the property is evident in every area. From gorgeous stained glass to rough-hewn wooden beams, there is so much character in this luxury space. But don’t think that means everything in this apartment is “historic”: the owners spared no expense updating and modernizing the space. Guests will have a comfortable and luxurious 5 star stay with plenty of modern amenities. This property was designed, staged, and managed by Kentucky Life Property Management. For anyone looking to walk through Lexington’s history without getting stuck in the past, The Statesman is the perfect accommodation. Much like Lexington itself, this airbnb is the right mix of timeless tradition and modern enjoyment. Curious about staying at The Statesman? Learn more: • 859.309.9648 Kentucky Life Property Management

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Planting Spring Bulbs A er the year we’ve had, am very much looking forward to 2021. Robin Williams said, Spring is nature’s way of saying, et’s party ’ tend to plant and forget, so it’s a great surprise when my owers start popping up ardening is as high maintenance as you want it to be: try to make it easier for myself by grouping plants that like require similar nutrients near one another, so can fertili e by section rather than by plant. You want to plant your spring bulbs when the days are cooler, but it’s easiest to get them in the ground before the ground gets too cold. exington’s average first frost date is between October 21- 1, so go ahead and get those bulbs ready Here’s what I’ll be planting in the fall:

t’s best to refer to the care instructions provided on the plant packaging, but if you’re getting some second-hand bulbs, here are some tips:

Shade - (These need less than 4 hours of sun: morning sun is usually a great option for these plants! - leeding Hearts - rape Hyacinths

1. etermine the proper depth. f you’re not sure, a good rule of thumb is to aim for 2- times as deep as your bulb is tall. 2. oosen the soil and mix in nutrients or organic material, as needed.

Part-Sun - (4-6 hours of sun) -Assorted rises Full Sun – (These don’t necessarily need all day sun, but they do need six hours! Think of a spot that gets sunlight in the afternoon.) -Triumph arwin Tulips - lue Alliums - ink ily eek (Allium ostrowskianum) -Canna illies


Here’s how to do it:

. lace your bulbs point up, roots down. f you’re not sure which way is up, they CAN be planted on their sides. 4. Cover with soil and mulch, if desired. This protects the bulb through winter. Water well. YM


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At Home DIY

Can you spot the little guys?

Ghoul-geous Home Decor Decorating for holidays is at the top of my list of favorite things to do as the seasons change. Fall has always been one of my favorites! If you have littles like me, then they’re all about decorating too! But, typically their taste in decorating is a little different! My almost four year old would deck our whole house out in cobwebs and skeletons if I let him, he is Halloween obsessed! With that being said, it’s so fun to decorate with things that make your kiddos happy, too! So, here are three easy DIY decoration ideas for Halloween and fall that your kids will get to help you make!


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Paper Bat Silhouettes

At Home DIY

These guys are so simple, but add a “tasteful spooky” touch (if there’s such a thing)! All you need a bat template and some black cardstock paper! Trace, cut out, and fold the silhouettes to give them some dimension. Then, hang them! Mine are literally taped to our built-in shelves!

Handprint/Footprint Crafts We made so many of these, we’ve turned ours into a banner, but there’s nothing sweeter that a hand or footprint! I’ve turned the boys’ prints into just about anything you can think of related to Halloween. Make one or all, either way they’re a neat thing to display each year as the kids grow!

Lego Paint Pumpkin This one is so easy! I poured orange and brown paint, tracted an outline of a pumpkin, and gave my oldest two Legos! He stamped the inside of the pumpkin with the legos & I cut it out to display with a little chalkboard quote.

Look at this cute little guy! Hit up your favorite craft store for an inexpensive skeleton to add the perfect spooky touch!

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Artistic Granite & Marble

Artistic Granite & Marble has carved out a place as one of the top stone fabricators in the state. In 2002, Ron Brown found himself between a rock and a hard place when he could not find the right price for countertop installation in the home he was constructing as a custom builder. So he did what any mechanical engineer with a “get it done” attitude would—fabricated the granite kitchen countertops, by hand, in the garage of the house he was building. This was the genesis of Artistic Granite & Marble, which opened its doors that next year. Now, the Nicholasville-based company provides the highest-quality granite, marble, and quartz countertops to both residential and commercial customers throughout central Kentucky. The company prides itself in being family-owned and operated. Son, Chris Brown, who serves as manager, is a chip off the old block. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue. His mother, Jane gained her civil engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, before going on to handle the bookkeeping and customer service elements of the business for 15 years before retiring. Carrie, daughter of Ron and Jane, took over Jane’s role when she retired. Chris says, “We are a family of engineers. As engineers, we’re all used to wearing a bunch of different hats by Donna Ison



each day and accommodating whatever problems are thrown our way. Our business is built on doing whatever it takes to get the job done.” Getting the job done includes helping customers choose the perfect product, fabricating it to their exact specifications, and installing it effectively and efficiently to ensure “the most hasslefree experience possible.” According to Chris, “Our mechanical engineering background is also helpful for creating designs that give our customers the exact look they are searching for, while still maintaining a structurally-safe and durable countertop.” At Artistic Granite & Marble, they embrace their team as family, as well. “We pride ourselves on employees that are with us for the long haul. Jeff Rose is our lead installer and has been with us for fifteen years. He is regularly and specifically requested by every builder that we work with, and is foundational to the quality of craftsmanship that this company is known for,” says Chris.

Bigger, Better… Boulder Over the years, the company has gained a greater and greater following, demanding a new 7,000 square foot showroom and separate on-site fabrication facility. Chris explains, “Our growth in



the past has been fueled mainly by the quality of our work in the field and by building relationships with builders in and around Lexington, not necessarily by our ‘show-stopping’ showroom. As we continue to grow, it has become evident that this is the area that needs the most improvement.” The company, which is currently set up in a 300 square foot showroom, is thrilled to be moving to the much larger space so clients can peruse the full range of their products in full length slabs. The showroom will display 72 different colors of granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, and remnant selections in a clean, quiet, and relaxing environment. Artistic Granite & Marble procures the finest granite, in a wide range of colors and textures, from all over the world. They also offer a vast variety of marble, which homeowners have long turned to for an elegant and classic touch to kitchens and baths. Due to its strength and availability in bolder colors, manufactured quartz is also a popular countertop choice. But, lately, quartzite, a natural stone characterized by solid hues and distinctive veining, has surged in popularity for both its durability and dramatic effect. In addition to allowing them a more spacious work area and improved workflow, the new fabrication area will garner an opportunity to help the environment. To “go greener,” the company will be adding a water recycling system, which will save approximately 3,000 gallons of water per day.

Thriving During COVID-19 Unlike many companies, the biggest challenge for Artistic Granite & Marble during the pandemic has been keeping up with the demand—“One of the most challenging things during COVID has been handling the extra work. With so many people stuck at home and working on home improvement projects, our volume has risen substantially this year” If you are one of the people ready for an upgrade to your home, Artistic Granite & Marble knows how to make the process as painless as possible. As explained by Chris, “So often, a customer will be living in their house during a remodel. We understand the struggle of living in a construction site, so we get it done for them, whatever it takes.” And, they can do it safely, as well. All of their employees were trained on proper sanitation practices to follow in the shop and during installation. In closing, Chris offers these words of professional advice— “Remodeling your home doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Make sure to have a plan that includes the scope of work, a realistic budget, as well as a timeframe. Living through the remodel is never fun, but the end point makes that discomfort worth it.” Artistic Granite & Marble’s new location will be opening in December of 2020 at 105 Means Drive in Nicholasville (behind Kohl’s).



Entertaining at Home

Don’t forget the perfect bar cart to welcome your guests no matter the celebration! This one is from For Friends and can go with any home decor style.


entertaining Fall is here which means it’s time for all the (small and socially distant) gatherings we all look forward to every year. Sitting around the fireplace, munching on that gorgeous charcuterie board and toasting with the perfect fall cocktail. But, before that can begin you’re probably thinking, “I’ve got to get my house decorated!” The mantle, the foyer, the dining room table.. there’s so much to do! Well, you’re in luck! We reached out to the talented folks at House by JSD and For Friends on their tips for the perfect decor staples to get your home ready for all that fall entertaining!


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The perfect way to spruce up your fall tablescape is a cluster of pumpkins, real or plastic! You can snag these cuties at any home decor or craft store.

You can’t go wrong with adding some of that Kent uck y charm with a b e aut if ul e quest r ian pie ce.

Lo oking for the pe rfe c t p umpkin accent for your mantle or coffe e table? Che ck out these adorable Mackenzie Child p umpkins!

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D on’t b e afraid of color when it comes to your fall de cor! You can even get c reat ive with accent colors.


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The decorations don’t have to stop at your dining table or fireplace mantle; don’t be afraid to get creative with your decor and think outside the box! Add some dimension to your home with a hanging foliage design like this one at House by JSD. Pieces like this will definitely wow your guests!


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Entertaining at Home

the recipe for

stunning fall foliage

Aspen Leaf Dried Berries Pampas Grass Birch Leaves Sunflowers Magnolia Leaves Dried Eucalyptus

All available at House by JSD

Autumn Oak Leaves

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You can’t go wrong with Patchen Wilkes Townhomes. Only 1 waterfront townhome remaining in this luxury community with serene views of the lake and horse farm!

Escape to the Harbour; luxury waterfront townhomes within a gated community in the heart of 40502. Reservations open now! Customize your floor plan today!

133 N Locust Hill Dr Suite 110, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 317-9918 | 172

Single-family homes in the epicenter of horse and bourbon country in Legends at Versailles development! Ask about lot availability and floor plans!

Are you looking for a new place to call home? Start with one of our floor plans as a basis for design or we will work with you to create a custom plan to meet your needs and wants! Acheiving luxury is our calling.

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Fall doesn’t need any help bein’ colorful. So when it comes to decking out your front porch this autumn, why try to compete with Mother Nature? Try standing out this season with a monochromatic décor concept. Big, graphic details like brush lettering really stand out while white pumpkins feel so unexpected and refreshing. Love seasonal door mats? Give yours a little extra oomph by stacking two contrasting textures and colors. This black and white striped rug under the handpainted natural fiber mat is so fun!

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The fabulous fall detail that you’ve probably already got in your house? Candles! White votives and pillar candles will cast a romantic glow while you snuggle under your buffalo plaid throw on the porch swing! (Afraid of burning the place down? Go ahead and crack out your white Christmas lights.)


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the one that almost got away. S TO RY B Y D O N N A I S O N | P H OTO S B Y S H AU N R I N G

For the owners of this modern manse, it was love at first sight‌ but, initially, the house played hard to get.


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Upon stepping into this home at the Island neighborhood, you immediately understand why its current owners were willing to use a unique buying strategy to get it. On two separate occasions, they made offers, which were rejected. When the property went off the market and was offered “for sale by owner” months later, they realized they had another shot to purchase the house of their dreams – a home that was distinctive. The homeowner explains, “I used to go look at homes with my parents as a youngster on Sunday afternoons and fondly remember one that was so unusual and different from all the other homes we toured. And, I always thought to myself, ‘Someday I will have a house like this.’ I have always wanted to have a home different than everyone else.” This time, instead of just making a bid, they reached out with a personal letter detailing all the things they adored about the place and how they wanted to “love the home and make it a special place for their family.” It worked. According to the now-happyresidents, “The day the previous owner got my letter, he called and negotiations began.” Upon buying the home in the summer of 2018, the homeowners immediately set about remodeling to make it their own: “This was our second home to remodel and I love the process, seeing it develop, change and get a new life.”

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eight heads are better than one. “One aspect I love about remodeling is getting multiple people – from the architect, designers, contractors and decorators – to look at the same space and come up with multiple different ways it could be done, then discussing those ideas with my husband and picking the one we like,” states the owner. To accomplish the remodel, which took almost two years, the couple worked with a team of some of the Bluegrass’s best, including architects Jack Stewart and Dan Everhart with Jack Stewart Architecture, as well as contractor Joey Fenwick with Fenwick and Hodges. Joey and his craftsman were involved from the start to the finish and created the floor to ceiling stone fireplace that serves as the focal point for the great room. The landscaping was in the hands of Marty Maddux with Glynn Young’s Nursery. Debra Hupman, with Creative Kitchen and Bath, revitalized the sleek and spacious kitchen with custom cabinetry in grey, a new pantry, stainless steel appliances, and wall-mount fans. The oversized range hood, designed by Debra, built by Joey, and faux painted by Jennifer Higgins, gives the room an artisan element. Debra also designed the master bath with its showstopping shower, complete with a variety of porcelain tile in shades of brown and a skylight with a rain head. The owners credit designer Mary Lou Yeary, of Gallery Interiors, with pulling the overall look together: “Mary Lou was a vital part of how this house turned out, she recommended painting the entire interior of the house walls and ceilings all the same color. I was unsure at first but she was right; with the openness of the house, it makes the inside feel warm, accentuates our furnishings, and highlights the water.”


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a house with a view Capitalizing on the stunning views of the water was a priority throughout the remodel. According to the homeowners, “The biggest change we wanted to make to the house was making the view of the lake the first thing you saw upon entering. So, we raised the entry way to the same level as the main level, removed a back exterior wall, and added a sixteen-foot sliding glass door making the lake view the first thing everyone sees upon entering.” In addition to the interior views, upper and lower balconies run the length of the house, providing the perfect location for both relaxing alone and entertaining large groups. The owner says, “I have several favorite spots in this house; the back porch in the mornings and evenings with a good beverage, the kitchen cooking and eating while enjoying the lake, the large windows in every room of the house showcasing the lake, and the lake itself. This house is so relaxing for us and those who visit.”

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horsing around Both owners share a love of horses that is reflected in the art and accessories throughout: “My husband has collected western items over the years. And, we are both from the Midwest, and horses are an important part of our lives, so adding equine and Western accents throughout the house works well for us. I prefer to mix styles and my decorator helped me blend and place pieces to get a good balance.” To tie in with the Western collectibles, the couple chose a gorgeous live edge bar top for the den: “We went to Branch and Bark Urban Sawmill and found this new freshlyplaned piece of unfinished ambrosia maple.” The result is a conversation piece that juxtaposes a gorgeous slice of nature with sophisticated maple cabinetry and a glossy ceramic tile backsplash, also designed by Debra. This is just another example of the how this home epitomizes balance and bringing eclectic elements together to achieve an amazing aesthetic that reflects the owner’s personalities. The renovated home is still the house of their dreams: “I still pinch myself on a regular basis and can’t believe this is our home. It is like we are on vacation all the time.”


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Age old

FRIENDS story by jean gibowski, cvpm brighton animal clinic

A friend and I were talking about her old dog one day and I asked if she had done any bloodwork recently. Her reply was no, because she didn’t want to know if something was wrong. Her reply has stuck with me. We love our pets and their only real fault is that they don’t live long enough. As our pets age, they need to see the veterinarian more often, and yet studies show that most dogs and cats do not see the vet at all during the last 18 months of life. Just like us, our older dogs and cats will suffer from age related illness and pains. Cats are especially good at hiding illness and by the time they start showing symptoms, most of the time it is too late to do anything about it.

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I know that facing the fact that our pets are growing older is very hard on us, but if we can detect things like arthritis, kidney disease, dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease early, we can not only prolong our pet’s lives, but make their last years very comfortable for them. Our dogs are typically considered seniors by eight years old (cats are seniors at 11 years old). At this time you may notice that your pets sleep more, walks need to be shortened, stairs are more difficult, eating habits may change or they may ask to go out more often or even have an occasional accident. Your vet will want to bloodwork to check liver and kidney values and to look for early diabetes. If we can catch some of these things early we may be able to change your pet’s diet, add in a supplement, and work with you to extend your pet’s life. There are also supplements and medicines to help with arthritis and age related mobility issues. After all, isn’t that what we all want? Our last years with our pets to the be the very best for both of us.

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the must-haves warm tones pampas grass white undertones dried flowers natural textures outdoor atmosphere organic shapes velvet accents modern typography natural foliage mixed metals simple attire palms

When a trend hits the wedding scene it seems to take over like wildfire. The boho fall vibe has taken over bride’s hearts and dreams everywhere and we are here for it! Perfectly muted with warm palettes, the nature-inspired textures and dried flowers and the whimsical meets modern... it all works seamlessly together to create the dream wedding women continue to swoon over. Looking for the ideal recipe to bring this vision to life? We’ve put together a go-to list to get you started and honestly, we love all of it!

photo credits (left to right): TOP: Citrus Press Co. | Haley Rynn Ringo | Marcella Laine | Lilly White Photography BOTTOM: Laura Goldenberger | Vanitas Life | Vasia Photography (arched photo)


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for the perfect outdoor fall venue?

Who says you can’t have a fall wedding outside? Yes, it might start to get chilly, but most of the time it’s a perfectly breezy 65°. Look no further than Lynwood Estates. This gorgeous property is just a short 30 minutes from downtown Lexington, making it a prime location for those wishing to have convenience to amenities coupled with a picturesque location rich in Kentucky history.

An easy tip to incorporate some natural texture while also elevating the space is with jute or raffia chargers. They add such a fun detail that will definitely wow your guests!

Lynwood offers brides many options when it comes to colors of fall. Shades of red, burgundy and goldish yellow fill the atmosphere which adds such beautiful depth and richness to a fall wedding. When it comes to decorating, the property is perfectly accented by nature therefore allowing natural landscaping to do the decorating!

photo credits:

by haley norris Owner of Haley Michelle Designs

TOP: Lilly White Photography BOTTOM: My Balli Living - Etsy Innocent Chaos - Etsy

Whether it’s your ceremony, the cocktail hour or a tented reception, Lynwood has an abundance of gorgeous outdoor spaces to choose from. However, if there was one spot that would be our pick, it would be nestled between the Carriage House and Cottage. This space facing the main house creates a timeless picture for the quintessential fall wedding. The combination of fall leaves cascading to the ground and the soft trickle of water flowing from the fountain, your guests will be transformed. Not to mention the warmth of a fire coming from the outdoor fireplace! You can’t go wrong with Lynwood Estates and trust us, this property is something you have to see for yourself!

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WOW Wedding

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WOW Wedding

Few couples can say that they’ve known each other literally their entire lives. But Jack and Jordan met as infants when their parents were neighbors. They officially hung out together out of diapers in high school, and the connection was forever. As lifelong Lexingtonians, the couple was thrilled to hold their wedding at a family-owned property, Sonshine Farm. “The farm was where we first hung out together, and where we first said ‘I love you’ to one another,” Jordan explained. “We wanted something intimate and meaningful to us. I could not imagine it being anywhere else.” Jordan’s engagement ring was made with Jack’s grandmother’s diamond. She also wore her mother’s sapphire engagement ring as “something blue.” Their invitations were hand-painted. A custom portrait of the bridal party is a keepsake they’ll always treasure. Stephanie Hilen did a live painting of the ceremony, as well. “Our favorite moment from the wedding day was our first look. We were both so anxious to see one another and once we did, we were able to only feel excitement the rest of the day!” Jordan added, “We also loved taking our photos. We cherish them so much already!”

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WOW Wedding Jordan didn’t plan on wearing a veil until about two minutes before she walked down the aisle. When it went on, the moment was magical. Jordan isn’t a crier, and she told everyone there was no chance of tears on her wedding day. She was wrong: “Turns out I was crying so hard during our ceremony that Jack had to read his vows before I could read mine so I could calm down!” While the couple was thrilled with their wedding day, they do wish they’d built a little time for reflection after the ceremony. “I would have liked to sit with Jack alone right after our ceremony to celebrate just the two of us for a few quiet moments,” Jordan explained. “Enjoy every moment of your special day. It goes by so quickly. Take time alone to soak it all in.” The color palette for the reception picked up on autumn colors, like orange and sage; even the salads looked like decorations! Touches of pink and clear accents further emphasized the soft, romantic décor. The head tables were handmade, and the couple plans to use them in their future home. For the late-night crowd, the Drake’s “on the road” truck pulled up to give the Drakes and their guests plenty of fuel to dance beneath the beautiful October sky.


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a beloved local restaurant


After closing “for good” at the start of the pandemic in March, Alfalfa opened under new ownership this summer. Wali El-Amin and Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin know the restaurant – which originally opened in 1973 – holds a special place in the hearts of many patrons, themselves included. In fact, one of their first dates was at Alfalfa. The pair are no strangers to the food industry. Wali owns a food truck while Tiffany is co-owner of Ballew Estates, an agribusiness that she named after her grandmother. Their experiences in the business and in the Lexington community have shaped the revitalization of Alfalfa. Providing healthy, Kentucky proud food at an affordable price is at the heart of their mission. The husband-wife duo added a shop inside the eatery where customers can shop for fresh farm goods and speciality teas. With a health care background, Tiffany says, “I realized I could continue to make an impact if I began educating people about clean eating and sustainable ways to grow food and eat.” Those goals reflect some of the early ideals that Alfalfa Restaurant embodied. Community, local-first and farmto-table food were all concepts at the heart of its founding. The couple aims to reinfuse that ethos into everything they do at Alfalfa. “Partnering and networking with the representation of all that is Kentucky still stands as the base of our mission,” Wali says. “We are showing people that with hard work, communication, and humbleness we can work together to ensure the safety, health and wellness of our communities.” Classic favorites with a new spin and Appalachian Southern-style food grace the menu alongside revolving seasonal specials. They are working to feed new moms, partnering with black farmers, and making sure every part of their business and the food they serve is Kentucky Proud. “Using resources and networks from all areas of our life that involve Kentucky’s local food system helps support our infrastructure as Alfalfa Restaurant,” Wali explains. In response to current capacity restrictions, they have also expanded their outdoor seating. But COVID hasn’t diminished the dining experience at all. “We expect to have live shows every other Saturday if not every Saturday evening,” they say. “We are also hoping to have some socially distanced excitement as the holidays roll around!”

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Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin and Wali El-Amin photo by Marley Johnson

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Tiffany’s Favorite Dishes: Gluten-free French toast and breakfast sandwich with turkey, bacon and fried egg Wali’s Favorite Dishes: Twisted T’s Red Beans and Rice – their version of the classic Red Beans and Rice – and the Fish and Chips We’re Craving This Starter: Loaded Nachos: Jackfruit topped with vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Garnished with cilantro, jalapeños and sour cream. Served with tortilla chips. Chicken available upon request! Fall Flavors: “We will use apples and cinnamon a lot,” Wali says. “We love all the local squash ideas for that fall season, too!” Friendly for Every Belly: Multiple gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options Did you know? In 1973, a group of young students pooled $2,000 to start a restaurant in an old luncheonette called Pax, not far from the University of Kentucky. As a creative and hard working group, they served delicious and nutritious food in a warm, comfortable atmosphere... which quickly made Alfalfa a community hub. •


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nolan hickman this uk commit is full of surprises... BY LARRY VAUGHT COURTESY PHOTOS


hat are the odds of having a Little League football team that would not only have an eventual University of Kentucky basketball player, but also a Duke basketball player?

Yet that’s exactly what a former Seattle team – which included UK commit Nolan Hickman Jr., a point guard, and Duke commit Paolo Banchero, a forward – had. “Nolan started out at quarterback and then moved to receiver and Paolo was the quarterback,” said Nolan Hickman Sr. “They played two years together. Their team made the national football championship before losing.” Hickman also was a track standout in the 100- and 200-meter dashes as a youngster and a successful swimmer as he did not just focus on basketball. “He was kind of bummed that he could not swim in high school because it was at the same time as basketball season,” Hickman’s father said. “He loves swimming because it was the first sport he did. He liked it because you competed by yourself. Track helped him learn how to compete. He is very even keeled now, especially on the court. Nothing speeds him up or bothers him.” The Seattle guard surprised many when he verbally committed to Kentucky because almost no one knew he even had a scholarship

offer. His father said being quiet is just the way his son is, and he didn’t see any reason to share news that he had a Kentucky offer. “He’s a real humble kid. We don’t even follow the [player] rankings or call recruiting services to get him ranked higher. If you love the game, you will get the right offers and the right coaches come after you. We stick by that and our work ethic,” Hickman, Sr. said. “He just wanted to keep the offer quiet. He was ecstatic to get it.” The Hickmans were almost ready to shut off his recruitment and evaluate the offers he already had when the UK offer came. Hickman, Sr. said assistant coach Tony Barbee made his son a “priority” and UK coach John Calipari made it clear he would be “pushed with nothing given to him” at Kentucky. “I think Nolan liked the way he heard he would be pushed, and that they were just not giving him the key to the machine. He wants to work,” Hickman, Sr. said. Hickman, Jr. knew plenty about Kentucky basketball. He said he grew up watching John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Devin Booker and others. He’s not as highly rated as many UK recruits — he’s a four-star player ranked anywhere from 30th to 75th in the 2021 recruiting classes by various recruiting services — but that only motivates him.

“I think Nolan liked the way he heard he would be pushed, and that they were just not giving him the key to the machine. He wants to work.”

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“I am kind of used to not getting the recognition I deserve, so that just makes me go harder, try harder,” the future UK player said. Lack of recognition has not been a problem with UK fans since his commitment to John Calipari’s team. “All they’ve done is show me love. A lot of people comment on pictures and stuff [on social media],” Hickman, Jr. said while noting he went from 7,000 to 10,000 Instagram followers in less than two weeks. The 6-2 Hickman transferred from Eastside Catholic in Seattle to Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah, for his senior season and his new coach, Paul Peterson, says he’s going to be a great fit at Kentucky and its fan base. “The biggest thing is he is not afraid to be challenged. Whether he’s the No. 1 guy or No. 2 guy, he’s going to work the same and get after you whether it’s here or at Kentucky,” Peterson said. He’s not afraid of off-court challenges, either. He’s launching TheGiveBack Foundation in January: he has rights to his own website,, to help families who need extra assistance. The last two years, he’s had his own basketball camp in Seattle to give back to inner-city youth. This year it had to be virtual yet still had 88 registrants (that doesn’t count siblings who used the same link) with participants from Indonesia, United Kingdom and the Philippines. He sent every registrant a basketball, T-shirt, water bottle, face mask and sanitizer for free. “Shipping alone was almost $600, but that’s just the sacrifice he wants to make,” Hickman, Sr. said. “Family members donate, private sponsors help. He donates all proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club, where he plays basketball so more kids can play basketball. Basically, he just loves giving back and helping anyone he can.” •

“I am kind of used to not getting the recognition I deserve, so that just makes me go harder, try harder.”


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Keeneland Traditions timeless bites

Longing for a taste of something familiar? Keeneland’s trackside dining services o er delicious dishes designed to fortify you against chilly mornings and keep you cheering through the a ernoon sun. ach bite is as nostalgic as it is scrumptious. ike everything in 2020, COV has kept us from en oying these fall traditions. Since we can’t be there, we’re reminiscing about some of our favorite Keeneland bites. Burgoo When burgoo was invented, it was made out of whatever was on hand, be it venison, game birds, raccoon, squirrel or possum. Fortunately, Keeneland decided to go with pork. This thick, rich stew is comforting and satisfying. According to Chef Marc Therrien, the track goes through some 0 gallons of the stew on a typical race day. Fortunately for all of us, there are plenty of burgoo recipes online for us to try out. Keeneland Breeze The cup it’s served in provides the recipe: 1 part Maker’s Mark ourbon, a splash of orange liqueur and a squee e of fresh orange. Top o with ginger ale and serve in a rocks glass filled with ice. arnish with an orange wedge. Fruity, fi y and fabulously Kentucky. nsider’s tip You can take this taste home with you in a delectable chocolate treat The Keeneland Shop has Keeneland ree e Tru es.

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Keeneland Bread Pudding You’ll swear there’s some magic in every bite of Keeneland Bread Pudding, but the recipe is incredibly simple. The sauce, for instance, is ust butter, powdered sugar and Maker’s Mark. The one thing you’ve been getting wrong on your at-home recipe The bread is actually Sister Shubert rolls yeah, the kind you get in the freezer aisle. Corned Beef Sandwich While it may not sound remarkable, it certainly is. Their signature corned beef is house-cured and prepared, slow-roasted to be tender and tasty. The Reuben is another fan favorite on race day. Brown Butter Kettle Corn Sweet kettle corn is a festival-day favorite in Kentucky, and Keeneland is ready to make it even more indulgent. They serve it popped in brown butter for a deeper caramel avor. Want to make it a real treat Have it as a sundae with Keeneland’s yummy so serve and a dri le of caramel.

The Actual, Official Keeneland Bread Pudding Recipe (Yes, Really!)

Keeneland Nachos

Bread Pudding Ingredients

ove nachos ove barbeque iddy-up risket, beer cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, barbeque sauce and alapenos make these nachos an absolute indulgence. Tucking into this bowl of awesome is a tradition you’ll want to carry on every meet. Martine’s Butter Cake Look, the chefs at Keeneland knows when they’ve been beat. Nobody makes the classic butter cake quite like Martine’s akery. This little slice of heaven is only available at the bakery and Keeneland.

Keeneland Traditions

Keeneland Kids Club

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Sauce Ingredients 1/2 c. butter 2 c. powdered sugar 1/4 c. Maker’s Mark Bourbon To Prepare the Bread Pudding In large bowl, whisk together the milk and sugar, add e s, vanilla and mix well. Mix in diced bread and soak for several hours. reheat oven to 2 5 , spray a 1 x x2 baking pan. Pour break mixture into prepared pan, garnish top with raisins and cinnamon, make sure to press in the raisins.

Does your little love horse racing Sign up for the Keeneland Kids Club in partnership with the UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

ake until firm in center, about 1.5 hours. To Prepare the Maker’s Mark Sauce

This free club sends personalized membership packets to kids 12 and under that include discounts, exclusive events and more.

Allow butter to so en to room temperature. Place in mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar, whip until well blended, slowly trickle the bourbon in. Spread the thick sauce over the warm bread pudding.

Simply fill out a quick form on the Keeneland website to get started.


8 c. whole milk 2 c. sugar e s, beaten 2 tsp. vanilla extract 12 c. Sister Shubert rolls, cut into 1 cubes 1 c. golden raisins 1 T. cinnamon

(photo and recipe courtesy of Keeneland)

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What They Wore Seeing and being seen is one of the very best parts of any given Saturday in April and October. From cute dresses to outrageous patterned suits, fall meet can feel more like #NYFW (and you look mah-velous, dahling!)


Call to Post There’s something a little magical about hearing that bugle for the first time each meet. Sure we can watch clips online, but we just know it won’t feel quite as special.


Those Hoofbeats The incredible sound of those hooves hitting the turf is an experience unlike any other. Seeing equine superstars perform at their peak is such a thrill… especially when you’ve got $50 riding on the outcome.

Three Things We're Missing

Meet... at home

You don’t have to miss the excitement just because you’re not trackside. Follow Keeneland’s daily racing coverage via your phone, computer or on TV. You can even download a daily race-day digital program to follow along! Tailgating at home or hosting a viewing party? Check out #KeenelandatHome to get inspired! For true superfans, The Keeneland Shop has Keeneland at Home Kits to keep you connected. Visit

And to answer your next question: yes, you CAN wager on Keeneland’s live racing from the comfort of your home! Visit for more information. If you’re out and about, you can also wager in-person at Red Mile. The Fall Meet at Keeneland is Friday, October 2nd - Saturday, October 24th. Remember, there is no racing on Mondays and Tuesdays. First post is at 1:05pm each day. Visit to learn more.

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Mulled Apple Cider for a Crowd INGREDIENTS: • 1 gallon fresh apple cider • 1 orange, separated but not peeled • 1 bosc pear, sliced and de-seeded • 1-inch piece of peeled, fresh ginger • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1 tsp. whole cloves • (optional) ½ tsp. allspice berries • (optional) 3 star anise pods

TO PREPARE: Pour apple cider into your slow cooker. 5-quart size or larger works best. Add pear and orange. In the center of a piece of cheese cloth, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and ginger. Tie the bundle with kitchen twine and drop into the pot. Set crock pot to low and let sit for 3-4 hours. If desired, strain the cider. Serve in mugs. Can be garnished with fresh or dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods or a pat of butter (trust us on this one.) If you’re serving a crowd, keep topping the pot off with more fresh apple cider and keep warm. If you replace more than half, kick the heat up to high for 30 minutes to help the flavors mingle. Optional kick: If you’d like yours spiked, bourbon, applejack or cinnamon liqueur are all lovely choices. (Adapted from The Kitchn)

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs INGREDIENTS: • 1 T olive oil • 3 lbs. bone-in beef short ribs • 2 onions, quartered • 2 carrots, cut into chunks • 2 parsnips, cut into chunks • 2 turnips, cut into chunks • 4 sprigs rosemary • 4 sprigs thyme • 4 sprigs parsley • 1 T Worcestershire sauce • 1 T brown mustard • 8 oz. dark stout beer • Low sodium beef stock • salt and pepper TO PREPARE: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season beef generously with salt and pepper, then brown on all sides in batches, about 3 minutes on each side. Place a layer of carrots and onions in the bottom of your slow cooker. Set the ribs on top, the add the remaining vegetables. Tie herbs with twine, then add to the pot. Add Worcestershire, mustard and stout. Pour in enough stock to nearly cover the ribs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Optional: whisk 1 T cornstarch with 1 T of water to form a paste. Add to the pot in the last hour to create a thicker sauce. Optional: Serve ribs and vegetables over mashed potatoes, polenta or a cauliflower purée. (Adapted from a Food Network recipe by Sandra Lee)


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Quick Pumpkin Soup INGREDIENTS: • 2 tsp. olive oil • ¼ c. yellow onion, minced • ½ c. celery, minced • ¼ tsp. Kosher salt • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 tsp. curry powder • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper • 15 oz. pumpkin puree (about 2 cups) • 2 c. low sodium vegetable broth • ½ c. plain Greek yogurt

TO PREPARE: Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until the onions become translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add curry powder, pepper and salt. Cook for another minute. Add the pumpkin purée and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and cook an additional 4 minutes or so, until simmering. Blend using an immersion blender. Add yogurt slowly. If the soup has cooled, return to heat until warmed through. Serve topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, toasted nuts, herbs, a swirl of heavy cream or croutons. (Adapted from Rachel Cooks and The Kitchn)

CROCK POT POTPOURRI Need to make your home smell like fall in a hurry? Drop an orange rind, 4-6 cinnamon sticks, 3-4 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and some whole cloves in your crock pot. Fill with water to about 3/4 full. Turn on high for 3 hours with the lid off: occasionally check the water level and refill. When cool, store in the refrigerator overnight and reuse for up to 3 days.

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