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North Limestone corridor becoming retail cluster

When her grandmother died several years ago, Erin Reynolds-Turner faced the choice of what to do with the clothes her grandmother left behind. “She had all these really gorgeous, mostly custom-made clothes that I couldn’t bear to [give away],” Reynolds-Turner … Continue reading

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The Square takes shape: With new dining and retail, rebranded center looks to spark more interest downtown

The downtown ice rink opened for the season in Triangle Park in early November, but across the street, business is just starting to heat up at The Square, Lexington’s newly rebranded downtown shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Clothing retailers Urban … Continue reading

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Continuity in mayor’s office has Gray hoping to keep up Lexington’s pace

For the first time in 16 years, a Lexington mayor gets to enter the holidays after a city election contemplating the next four years in office rather than his or her final weeks in the Government Center. Not since Pam … Continue reading

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Food truck or restaurant? Some operators say both

The presence of high-quality food trucks roaming Lexington’s streets is a flavorful phenomenon only a few years old. Across the nation, chefs are using mobile kitchens to launch their restaurant businesses first, then later opening brick-and-mortar eateries. Others are doing … Continue reading

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TMMK Rolls out a Bold Version of Their Longtime Bestseller, Preps to the Welcome Lexus to Family

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) is getting up to speed on its most ambitious aesthetic redesign of the Camry the, best-selling passenger car in the United States for 12 years, while also getting ready to welcome a new member to … Continue reading

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James: Restructuring won’t Have Ill Effect on TMMK

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) President Wil James sees the long-term benefits of Toyota’s North American restructuring as worth the stress of the upcoming relocation of 1,550 Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) employees in Erlanger. “The … Continue reading

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TMMK Chief has a Full Plate in 2015

When news came down that Wil James had been named chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce starting in January, it might have been reasonable to assume he would be working out of a car — good thing he’s president … Continue reading

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Face to Face | Business Owner with Local Ties gets a Visit from President Obama

When President Barack Obama visited Indiana-based Millennium Steel Service on Manufacturing Day in early October, CEO Henry Jackson had one important message to share with him: People need help to achieve their potential. “I, for one, am a big supporter … Continue reading

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West Coast Entrepreneurs Move Their Aromatherapy Company to Lexington

One of the best smelling businesses in Lexington is a recent transplant from San Francisco. The manufacturing business called hydra has been open for three months but recently had a public unveiling. Think of hydra as an “everyday aromatherapy company,” … Continue reading

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Prestress Services Industries Playing Major Role in Louisville Bridges Project

Two recent mammoth highway and bridge projects will hopefully improve traffic flow over the Ohio River between Kentucky’s largest city and southern Indiana. One, between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, will add a second bridge span for Interstate-65. Another project … Continue reading

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Diamond Hunter: Lexington Native, Kenny McPeek, Looks for Hidden Gems in the Thoroughbred Field

Lexington-based Thoroughbred trainer and breeder Kenny McPeek has a keen eye for the perfect racehorse. “I find a runner in the most unusual places,” said McPeek, whose major accomplishments include purchasing one of the most decorated horses ever, Curlin, for … Continue reading

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Where the Buffalo Roam: Former Golf and Hunt Club in Winchester Transforms into Bison Ranch

After a 2005 trip to Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch in Fredericksburg, Iowa, Brandeon Hampton said he set a goal for himself to own his own ranch someday, something he was recently able to accomplish with the opening of Blackfish Bison Ranch … Continue reading

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High Prices Mean Great Times for Kentucky Cattle Industry

For those in the cattle business, this could be the best of times for the industry, despite low herd numbers. The genetics of the herd are good, prices are great and the state as a whole has grown to be … Continue reading

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The Kentucky Horse Park 4 Years After WEG

With 2014 installment of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games come and gone in Normandy, Kentucky’s 2010 site — with its leadership in transition — is finding steady ground again and looking to leverage its capital assets For equine event … Continue reading

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Keeneland September Sale Numbers Hold Steady

Lexington, KY – The conclusion of Keeneland’s 13-day September Yearling Sale on Sunday saw steady numbers across the board compared to last year’s auction, although the trends between sessions show a strengthening middle market. Overall, 2,819 horses were sold for … Continue reading

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One More Obstacle Removed En Route to Hemp Production in Kentucky

Lexington, KY – The quest to once again make hemp a production crop in Kentucky has gained a bit more traction, with the announcement from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) that an agreement had been finalized with the federal … Continue reading

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Ethereal Brewing to Open in Old Pepper Distillery

Andrew Bishop has been making beer longer than he’s been legally able to  drink it. Fortunately for the soon-to-be 28-year-old, the nine years of experience making it will come in handy as he gets ready to open Lexington’s newest microbrewery, … Continue reading

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Business Side of Horse Racing Can be a Spectator Sport at September Sale

Looking for something to do ahead of Keeneland opening its fall racing season in October? Get your Thoroughbred fix with a trip to the upcoming Keeneland September yearling sale. Keeneland’s auctions are all free to attend and open to the … Continue reading

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Banks Invest in Online Personal Finance Tools to Help Clients Manage Their Money

As consumers increasingly embrace online and mobile banking capabilities, many are also looking for better technology to help them get a handle on their overall financial situation, and a growing number of banks are rolling out the tools to help … Continue reading

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Lexington Pasta Owners Opening New Concept on Delaware Avenue

When someone thinks of a garage, the word “pasta” may not be the first thing that springs to mind, but for Reinaldo Gonzalez and Lesme Romero, the owners of Lexington Pasta, “pasta” and “garage” go together like fettuccine and alfredo. … Continue reading

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Kentucky Trails the Nation in Long-Term Care

A recent state scorecard released by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and  the Scan Foundation has ranked Kentucky last in the nation for long-term care services and support for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. The report rates state … Continue reading

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Keeneland Plans Cap on Breeders’ Cup Attendance to Ensure Comfort Amid Risk of Turning Away Fans

When Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland announced at a press conference last month that, in 2015, the fall championship racing event would be held for the first time at the boutique Lexington racetrack, they ended weeks of rumor and did the … Continue reading

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Thoroughbred Market Continues Upswing at Fasig-Tipton July Sale

The Thoroughbred sales market continued its recovery at the Fasig-Tipton July sale, with strong numbers in its two main components. The July sale began with a catalogue of 265 yearlings and was followed by an auction catalogue of 130 horses … Continue reading

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Lessons in Rejection Could be Learned from Columbus Downtown Arena Project

When Lexington Mayor Jim Gray set out to sell the city on plans for Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center’s convention space, he used Columbus, Ohio, as a banner example of what a well-programmed arena and right-sized convention center with … Continue reading

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Cultivating Collaboration: Plantory Grows Into New Space for Budding Nonprofits

Some of Lexington’s nonprofit agencies now have a lot more space to grow ideas, work together and share experiences, all while making their money stretch just a bit further. The Plantory, Lexington’s nonprofit center for incubation, co-working and cross-sector collaboration, … Continue reading

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Fayette County Bar Foundation Looks to Go Beyond Pro Bono in Funding Law-Related Philanthropy

It began with a $400,000 windfall in 2006 from a client referral service fee to the Fayette County Bar Association, along with the desire on the part of a group of Lexington attorneys to use that money to make a … Continue reading

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Weekly Juicery Expands To New Markets

The Weekly Juicery is a timing success story. As both a product and a service, The Weekly Juicery began in the fall of 2011 when Kimmye Bohannon and Elizabeth Beal made healthful vegetable juice for each other a week at … Continue reading

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Second Phase of National Avenue Culinary Complex Opens

The second phase of a sprawling food and beverage experience from Table Three Ten owners Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims has opened on the corner of Walton and National. National Provisions Beer Hall, a European-styled beer bar and restaurant that … Continue reading

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App-Based Rideshare Programs Find Their Way Into Lexington

In late April, the ride-sharing service Lyft expanded to 24 cities in 24 hours — Lexington being one of them. A peer-to-peer service that enables registered users to give people rides in their personal vehicles, Lyft, which is based out … Continue reading

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The Bitcoin Basics: Digital Currency Gaining Ground In The Financial World

On May 4, the  No. 98 car took to the track at Talladega for the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR race covered in pictures of — a dog? Close, but the Shiba Inu in this particular picture is from a meme officially … Continue reading

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Restaurants Adapt Menus to Meet Gluten-Free and Other Dietary Needs

Lexington restaurants are paying attention to the dietary needs and  preferences of their customers, be they practicing vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, flexitarians, kosher, Edenic or, like Steve Jobs, fruititarians. Gluten-free is huge, whether the choice reflects a serious gluten intolerance or … Continue reading

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Experts Defend Feedback Practice To Fight Deadly Swine Virus

Pork production in Kentucky provides a major source of income to the agriculture industry. According to information from Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) and based on numbers from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the state ranks 19th in the nation in … Continue reading

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Rooster Brewing Brings Microbrewing Passion to Paris

When Ralph Quillin’s children gave him a craft brewing kit as a present in 2008, no one knew it would launch Bourbon County’s first microbrewery. At the same time, given Quillin’s knack for craftsmanship, his scientific background from his studies … Continue reading

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Bour-Bon Looks to Blend the Best of Owner Clay’s Authentic Kentucky

The birth of Bour-Bon has been a four-year labor of love for owner Joseph Clay. Over that time, the new restaurant, scheduled to open April 25 in downtown Paris, has grown to reflect the life experiences of the man behind … Continue reading

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The Gentleman Looks to Bring Whiskey Production Back to Bourbon County

Although Bourbon County served as an early wellspring for the production of Kentucky’s most famous beverage, no company has actually distilled bourbon there since before Prohibition. That is about to change. In April, local residents Andrew Buchanan and Curtis Mackley, … Continue reading

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A Boom Always Leads to a Concern of Going Bust for Kentucky’s Bourbon Makers

The hardest part of making bourbon, master distillers will admit, is figuring out how much to make. “We’ve already made our product for 2021, so when sales guys come to me and say, ‘We’re all excited, we’re going to grow … Continue reading

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Churchill’s New Video Board Brings This Year’s Derby to the Really Big Screen

When you walk beyond the stylized arches of Gate 1, past a bank of outdoor betting windows set under weathered white beadboard and through the maze of passageways, stairs and parlors that is the interior of Churchill Downs, you come … Continue reading

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Sense of Community Overflows for Cup of Common Wealth

Some time after midnight, during the initial hours of December 9, Chris Ortiz and Salvador Sanchez received an urgent phone call from the police. With windows shattered and cash register emptied, their coffee shop — A Cup of Common Wealth … Continue reading

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Kentucky Fried Fortune: 50 Years Since the Colonel Sold to John Y. Brown

Fifty years ago this March, Kentucky Fried Chicken was just a menu item sold at 600 North American restaurants. The savory supper created by a white-haired Southern septuagenarian in a snow-white suit and black string tie hadn’t yet become the … Continue reading

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Fork In The Road and Sidebar Owners to Open New Concepts in Distillery District

Two established entrepreneurs on Lexington’s food scene are expanding this summer into the city’s re-emerging Distillery District, with separate ventures aimed at giving their patrons a reason to enjoy the area’s reinvigorated atmosphere. Mark Jensen, owner of the Fork in … Continue reading

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Face to Face | 1985 Final Four at Rupp Put Lexington in the Championship Annually

Ron Mossotti wasn’t going to cheer as he sat courtside in 2010, while Gordon Hayward’s half-court shot inched perilously close to the rim. His unwavering refusal to be a fan wasn’t just because, as a member of the communications team, … Continue reading

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Best of Bluegrass Event Looks to Tie Festival and Downtown

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Lexington Area Music Alliance has announced plans for the 2014 Best of the Bluegrass Festival. Affectionately referred to as BOB, this year’s six-day event will feature about a dozen bluegrass music events … Continue reading

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New Legislation Stems the Tide on Surging Flood Insurance Premiums

Dan Prouty thought it was the perfect home for his client — a 1,700-square-foot Cape Cod on 10 acres in western Anderson County, with a small stream running across the property. The buyer had been looking for a quiet place … Continue reading

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$310 Million Rupp Redesign Relocates and Expands Convention Center, but Questions of Financing Loom

The month of March will see Lexington proponents fighting in Frankfort to retain — if not gain on — the $65 million Gov. Steve Beshear allotted in his proposed budget to “reinvent” Rupp Arena and the adjacent convention center, the … Continue reading

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Provost Riordan Engages Campus and Community to Set the Six-Year Course for UK

When University of Kentucky provost Christine Riordan sets open office hours to discuss where UK should be headed, it doesn’t take long for the time slots to fill up. There’s been no shortage of interest in the topic of the … Continue reading

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New UK Dean Looks to Capitalize on Agriculture’s Opportunities for Economic Development

After leading the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment through one of the most transitional periods in recent agriculture history, Scott Smith announced late last year that he would be leaving his post as dean of the … Continue reading

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Old Kentucky Chocolates Celebrates 50 Years of Sweet Enterprise

The month of February is always a busy time for Don Hurt, owner of Lexington-based Old Kentucky Chocolates. After a short respite following the company’s busiest season — the Christmas holiday — February brings the single busiest day of the … Continue reading

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$230 Million Baptist Health Expansion Aims to Improve Patient Experience

Though it’s part of a huge health-care chain, Baptist Health Lexington, formerly Central Baptist Hospital, isn’t interested so much in getting bigger as it is in getting better. That’s the mission behind a $230 million expansion, which began in the … Continue reading

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Eastern State Hospital Settles into New Home at Coldstream

On Sept. 10, it took roughly three hours for Eastern State Hospital to jump two centuries forward. At least that’s how it felt for the staff and administration who moved patients from the hospital’s former location at Newtown Pike and … Continue reading

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Shift Design Group Brings Lexington’s Graphic Design Professionals to Light

When Meredith Moore moved to Lexington three years ago to take a job as a graphic artist with Lexmark, she knew virtually nothing about the local environment for graphic designers, artists and other creative professionals. Today, she probably knows more … Continue reading

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Common Grounds Opens New Location as Part of Broad Growth Plan

The oldest operating coffee shop in Lexington, Common Grounds, is expanding as owners Lori and BJ McCreary have undertaken the shop’s latest growth initiative with the conversion of the I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt location in the Zandale shopping center … Continue reading

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EKU Grad Brews Up National Interest in Louisville Tea Company

For those with the job title of “CTO” on their business cards, the “T” typically stands for technology. In Heather Howell’s case, it stands for tea. She is the chief tea officer, and one of four owners, of Rooibee Red … Continue reading

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The Long Rebuild: West Liberty Bank Proves Resilient in Bringing City Back After Tornado

The town was on edge as Howard B. Elam went home early on the first Friday in March 2012. His bank, Commercial Bank in West Liberty, Ky., usually stayed open until 6 p.m. on Fridays, but two days earlier, a … Continue reading

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International Book Project Looks at Different Ways to Deliver its Mission

When Kristen Svarczkopf was in grad school, she was working with the U.S. Department of State at its embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, helping exceptional Zambian students apply to colleges and universities in the United States. There was one problem, however: … Continue reading

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Beer Cheese Trail Launched Where the Popular Dish is Said to Have Originated

At Hall’s on the River in Clark County, customers are clamoring for the beer cheese. Located on the Kentucky River, near the site of the former Allman’s restaurant — where tradition has it beer cheese was served for the first … Continue reading

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Mix on Vine Offers One-Stop Shop for Beauty, Fitness and Art

At first you might mistake an aerial yoga class at Mix on Vine for trapeze artist practice. “At first, we were all scared to death to try it,” said Kasey Hall, Mix on Vine’s creative director. “Once you get into … Continue reading

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Lexmark’s Chairman and CEO Maps Out Direction He Feels is Needed to Keep the Company Alive and Growing

In 2013, Lexington-based Lexmark International has spent more than $200 million acquiring companies that its chairman and CEO Paul Rooke hopes will help keep the business viable as much more than a company reliant on the use of ink and … Continue reading

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New St. Joseph CEO Finding the Prescription for a Healthier Kentucky

Throughout his health-care career, Joe Gilene, the new president of Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, says he’s preached a certain philosophy to his medical staff — namely, to consider the view from the other side of the stethoscope. “We never … Continue reading

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When Rumors of Pappy Van Winkle Spread, Lines Form Early

Some might have likened Brian Booth to a child on Christmas. He was up and out of bed, dressed much earlier than any other day, and wide-eyed with anticipation. Booth drove from where he’s been staying in Frankfort for his job … Continue reading

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Civic Hackers Volunteer Tech Skills to Improve Accessibility of Government Data

A new breed of hacker is at work in Lexington. Before you rush to start changing online passwords, these aren’t the subversive kind of computer programmers that your anti-virus software warned you about. These tech-savvy problem solvers are bent on … Continue reading

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KSU Program Will Host Student Explorers on the Kentucky River

Steeped in a rich history, the Kentucky River has played host to many famous explorers, such as Daniel Boone and George Rogers Clark. It has been home to Native Americans who lived in Kentucky long before any European explorers made … Continue reading

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Smithtown Seafood teams up with FoodChain on a sustainable catch

A Lexington nonprofit and a local restaurateur are teaming up to show the region that ecologic responsibility and economic viability are not mutually exclusive. FoodChain, a nonprofit promoting sustainable indoor food production, is partnering with the recently opened Smithtown Seafood … Continue reading

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Country store and restaurant draws foodies to Clark County line

In a 130-year-old post office building within sight of the Clark and Fayette county line, Laurentia Torrealba and chef Craig Devilliers are looking to bring farm to table to a new level with Graze. “If you start looking into local food, … Continue reading

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Face to Face | Sgt. Eric Hobson on avoiding office embezzlement

Sgt. Eric Hobson knew it was getting bad out there when he went to a business to arrest a suspected embezzler and the company owner asked him to wait until she finished payroll. Evidently, she was the only one who … Continue reading

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Keeneland September Sale Could Signal the Return of the Market

The first six sessions of this year’s Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale seemed to signal a changing of the tide for the Thoroughbred industry, as numbers reached pre-recession levels. Through the end of Book 2, which marks the halfway point of … Continue reading

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Sport-Horse Enthusiasts Take the Leap into Lexington

When Katie Shoultz and her parents, Julie and A.J. Shoultz, began their quest to obtain a sport-horse farm of their own in the Bluegrass eight years ago, they found that most offerings on the market at the time were either … Continue reading

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The Bourbon Review Takes Booming Industry Beyond the Printed Page

As the economic downturn in the United States kicked into full gear in 2008, few people were embarking on a career dependent on advertising — typically one of the first places businesses cut during tough economic times. The founders of … Continue reading

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Face to Face | John Mahan on Cultivating a New Framework for the Family Farm

John Mahan is the fourth generation of his family to tend to the family farm. As he has met more and more farmers around the country, he said he’s realized central Kentucky farmers work the land too much in the … Continue reading

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Equine Industry Next Generation | Racing Writer Calls for High-Level Competition, Transparency

Claire Novak has already enjoyed a storied career in horse-racing journalism, despite her relatively young age. Novak is currently the head racing writer for The Blood-Horse Magazine and has contributed to the New York Times, ESPN, the Albany Times Union, … Continue reading

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Next-Generation Real Estate

As 30-somethings, Block + Lot Real Estate owners hope to leverage youthful energy with growing  experience in the commercial real-estate market Late last year, Clay Angelucci began talking with two of his friends in the commercial real estate industry about … Continue reading

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Coffee Times Celebrates 30 Years in Business

Ed Thurman developed a taste for high-quality coffee and espresso while traveling through Europe for work. Kate Roberts, a recent high school graduate, said she learned to rely on coffee to keep her up at night to study. Leo Brown … Continue reading

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Pedal Power Builds up 40 Years of Steam

Billy Yates was first introduced to cycling in the early ’90s as a student at Morehead State University. A friend offered to let Yates ride his mountain bike, and it didn’t take long for him to become hooked. “I immediately … Continue reading

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The Show Goes On as Studio Players Turn 60

Sixty years ago, The Studio Players lifted the curtain on their very first production, “The Play’s the Thing.” The performance was held in the dressing room of a dance studio because the non-profit theater group did not yet have a … Continue reading

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Lexington, Meet Your Makers

Inaugural food and music festival invites attendees to relish the fun and flavor of local dining and entertainment   While it has always been a necessity for survival, food – from its production and preparation to its consumption – has also become … Continue reading

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Switchgrass Shows Biofuel, Farming Potential but Still Costs More than Coal

Gene Olsen Inspects switchgrass at UK’s research farm on Iron Works Pike. Photo by Dan Dickson   Kentucky has an estimated 14 million acres of farmland, and some believe that if just 5 percent to 10 percent of the acreage … Continue reading

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Face To Face | Jeff Fugate on Rupp and CentrePointe Moving Closer to Reality

  July saw progress in two major, long-talked-about downtown projects. CentrePointe gained TIF approval on the local level and was approved for the same from the state on Thursday, July 25 and an architectural firm and construction manager were named … Continue reading

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In 12 years, Lexington-Based Viamedia has Grown to 57 Markets and 465 Employees

  A Lexington business with a national profile was officially incorporated at a tough time to launch any new business — September 18, 2001, exactly one week after the attack on the World Trade Center. To say the least, it … Continue reading

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Richmond Businesses Look to Revitalize Downtown’s Energy

Richmond, KY – The first time Rose Rex visited downtown Richmond, she felt that the city had something special to offer. “I fell in love with downtown Richmond in 2002. My husband was born in Kentucky and raised in Florida, … Continue reading

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Blue Stallion Taps into Brewery Scene

Lexington, KY – Five home-brewing buffs have turned in their amateur status as they tapped the keg on Lexington’s newest craft brewery in mid-July. Brothers Kore, Zac and Xavier Donnelly, along with Jim Clemons and Nico Schulz, opened Blue Stallion … Continue reading

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Brookings Exec: BEAM Partnership Catalyzes All Other Economic Goals

Louisville, KY – The majority of those sitting around the board table at Louisville’s GE Appliance Park decided workforce development was the most important aspect of the soon-to-be-released Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) plan. But Amy Liu, co-director and senior … Continue reading

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Room for Collaboration: Bingham McCutchen’s Services Center Built to Encourage Working Together

Bingham McCutchen’s Lexington-based global services center doesn’t look like a law firm. Jay Zimmerman, the firm’s chairman, takes pride in that observation, which holds true for many of the firm’s other offices around the world, in addition to the newly … Continue reading

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Working Across the Globe: Lexmark Execs Offer Advice on Transitioning to Jobs Overseas

    Lexington, KY – It is no secret that, as one of the city’s more visible global manufacturers, Lexmark employs a significant amount of people in other countries. But what may come as a bit of a surprise is … Continue reading

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Big Ass Fans Looks to Sell Another 100,000 Units Within Two Years

Production Associate Byron Groves, shown at right, performs a final test of a fan at Big Ass Fans’ manufacturing operations on Merchant Street in Lexington. Photo Provided.   Lexington, KY – It took 14 years for Big Ass Fans founder … Continue reading

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Face to Face | MMLK’s Frazier Sees Volunteer Service as Worthwhile Investment

  Lexington, KY -As managing member of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland (MMLK), James H. Frazier III knows his firm sets the bar high for its employees when it comes to community involvement. “It kind of started with [senior partner … Continue reading

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Leadership Visit | Omaha works to include YPs in corporate culture

  Being home to one of the richest men in the world and five Fortune 500 companies gives Omaha plenty to hang its hat on and provides quite a carrot for an organization like Commerce Lexington to direct its annual … Continue reading

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Experts say Lexington has enough hotel rooms for now

    Does the city need more hotels, or are we where we should be for a city of our size and with the number of visitors and conventions we draw each year? A Conventions, Sports & Leisure feasibility study … Continue reading

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Clark Regional Medical Center invests in art as cost-efficient therapy

  For Dr. Nick Kouns, combining art and medicine is like a perfect marriage. Kouns describes his medical career and his interest in the arts, including a previous tenure as president of the Lexington Art League, as “the two great … Continue reading

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Restoration breathes new life and historic character into former home of artist Henry Faulkner

  The former home of iconic Lexington artist Henry Faulkner was a grand old house that had seen better days. It has recently been transformed into a restored and updated hybrid of old and new, ready to face its next … Continue reading

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Changes to Kentucky’s Alcohol Laws

Lexington, KY - With the growth of the traditional bourbon industry in Kentucky, the commonwealth has seen a corresponding increase in the number of small breweries and wineries opening for business. With Kentucky’s roots firmly in bourbon and its branches reaching … Continue reading

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Addressing Immigration Reform

Proposed legislation would allow some undocumented immigrants to adjust their status Beginning with this installment, the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP immigration team, the largest immigration practice in the region, will offer readers of Business Lexington a three-part series outlining … Continue reading

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Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co. in process of major expansion

When Alltech purchased the Lexington Brewing Company in 1999, the Kentucky Ale it produced was used mostly as a promotional item to be handed out at corporate events, according to Hal Gervis, global operations manager for Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and … Continue reading

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Richmond Downtown Association follows Thursday Night Live trend

The Richmond Downtown Association has partnered with local businesses on and around Main Street to create a weekly Thursday Night Live event. Aimed at promoting businesses and drawing customers out for a night on the town, Richmond’s first Thursday Night … Continue reading

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Need for honey bees grows more obvious amid colony losses

Honey bees are one of nature’s most important assets, as pollinators of many flowers, fruits and vegetables, as well as honey producers. Keeping the insects around is a big deal to both those in the bee business and those who … Continue reading

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Design Slam invites public to experience creative process

There is a void in downtown Lexington, and on Saturday, June 1, the public will have an opportunity to witness local designers competing in real time to fill that void. The Design Slam, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects … Continue reading

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Top of His Game: UK Law Grad Jim Woolery Leads World Prominent Financial Service Firm

  The surname “Woolery” in eastern Kentucky has become synonymous with success. There’s Chuck Woolery, the handsome and engaging game show host famous for his tenure on Wheel of Fortune and Love Connection from the 1970s through the ’90s. There’s his cousin Bob Woolery, the well-respected and accomplished attorney-at-law … Continue reading

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SEC Yet to Create Rules to Regulating Corporate Crowdfunding

Technological breakthroughs have always posed a problem for regulators, but social media seems to have lately created even larger regulatory headaches in the area of corporate law. The Securities and Exchange Commission, for example, is currently reviewing the public/private nature … Continue reading

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Be Medispa Caters to Growing Client Base with Second Location in Lexington Green

The Mall at Lexington Green is rebranding itself as an upscale retail center. One of the new tenants is Be Medispa, which held its grand opening on March 28. Owned by Dr. Paul Hester, Be Medispa was the first medical … Continue reading

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Beaumont Centre Seeing Last Stages of Development

As one of the last undeveloped parcels of land off New Circle Road at Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, the Beaumont farm property began to be developed in the early 1990s. Now, more than two decades later, and following the recent … Continue reading

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Lexington-Based Business Aims to Help Grow New Mamas Across the Nation

  The business of helping expectant and new mamas is a serious one for a group of hardworking Lexington moms. Michelle Bennett, a full-time pediatrician; Megan Winfield, a full-time software project manager; and Anne Rust, a full-time business owner, all … Continue reading

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Departing to Seriously Find Customers

uHAPS Media Founder, Stepfan Jefferies, Leaves to Start Tech-Savvy Reconomy   Smart marketers know that in today’s world of social media, you’ve got to reach customers through the ways they like to communicate if you want to prompt them to buy … Continue reading

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KentuckyOne Health Expands with 2 New Outpatient Care Clinics

Facility off Tates Creek Road Looks to Offer Medical Home Model for Patient-Centered Care KentuckyOne Health has opened a new outpatient care center, providing medical care to both adults and children. The center is located at 1099 Duval Street off … Continue reading

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Keeneland Moves to Be Center of Sporting Art

Great idea, meet perfect venue. Great product, meet perfect audience. This is the thinking behind a new initiative born from a partnership between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery to bring a new company, The Sporting Art Auction, to Lexington. Greg … Continue reading

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Legends Crew Back in the Swing of Things

With baseball season underway at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Legends general manager Seth Poteat, general manager of the Lexington Legends, wants all of central Kentucky to know that it is not just about baseball. “Yes, this is a baseball park, but … Continue reading

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Is Kentucky Ready for Hemp as an Engine of Economic Development?

Lexington, KY – Between the ages of eight and fifteen, I went to summer camp on a Jessamine County farm where industrial hemp had been grown in an earlier generation. In the underbrush, the occasional reminder could be found of … Continue reading

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Small-Town Millersburg Tries to Survive

Despite the loss of 160 jobs in a downsizing by local employer Joy Global, Millersburg residents are optimistic the town can survive   The challenges facing the coal-mining supply industry have landed like a boulder in the middle of a central … Continue reading

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Coba Cocina’s Bold Leap onto the Scene

After more than a year’s worth of speculation and curiosity, the public finally has its opportunity to experience all that Coba Cocina, the new restaurant at the corner of Richmond Road and St. Margaret Drive in the Idle Hour Shopping … Continue reading

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Local Contractor Rises to Meet Coba’s Construction Challenges

Mike Angelucci is not shy about what drives the success of his business, Angelucci Acoustical. “I have the best crew,” he said. “It is not me — they make my company what it is.” Having been in this line of … Continue reading

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Laundry Pick-Up Service Saves Clients the Laundromat Trip

If you’re like the vast majority of people, time is the fixed commodity that is most challenging to manage. For this reason, many services have popped up to help people reclaim those precious minutes often lost to life’s tiresome necessities … Continue reading

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Coal/Health Study Disputed, Defended

A heated debate centers on new research showing that residents in Floyd County, where coal is stripped from the tops of mountains and ridges, report more health problems than those in two nearby communities without such mines, Elliott and Rowan. … Continue reading

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Home Sales Slowly Returning to Normal

In good times or bad, the familiar cry of the real estate agent is “There’s never been a better time to buy.” Now, after some lean years in the central Kentucky real estate market, conditions for buyers and sellers alike … Continue reading

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South Hill Gets New Incarnation of the JDI

From vacant to vibrant in four years, an $8.6 million project is underway on South Broadway and Cedar Street. It started in March 2009, when builder and developer Jeff Morgan purchased the property from Traditional Bank. Formerly the site of … Continue reading

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Expo Addresses Challenges for Growing Number of Employed Caregivers

I am an entrepreneur and business owner. For 17 years, I have also been the primary caregiver to three close relatives. I understand the urgent need for an event such as the “i know expo,” because I have lived the … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage: Helping the Poor, or Hindering the Economy?

Lexington, KY – Following-up on a campaign promise to further strengthen America’s middle class, President Barack Obama proposed to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour during his most recent State of the Union address in February. Less than a … Continue reading

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NAWBO speakers discuss local food initiatives

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) began in the 1970s as a way to accelerate women’s efforts in the business world as proprietors. The organization has since grown incredibly, even reaching out internationally. The Lexington chapter recently enjoyed … Continue reading

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Venue profile: Paulie’s Toasted Barrel

One of the newer arrivals on the downtown bar and entertainment scene is Paulie’s Toasted Barrel. This concept is the brainchild of experienced restaurant industry executive and entrepreneur Paul Nierzwicki, who saw an opportunity to take an existing location and … Continue reading

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EKU entrepreneur offers cheaper online language lessons

Brian Ragsdale may have cracked Rosetta Stone with his new innovative online language learning program. Ragsdale is the creator of Language B, a foreign language software platform that allows users to take lessons from the 20 languages they currently offer. … Continue reading

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Equine NextGen: Josh Stevens

Josh Stevens is the communications and marketing manager at Margaux Farm in Midway, Ky. Stevens is a graduate of the Kentucky Equine Management Internship program, a program that combines practical experience on a Bluegrass farm with classroom learning. Stevens is … Continue reading

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The Business of family-friendly

At Lexmark, construction is currently underway on a 25,500-square-foot onsite child-care facility, located halfway between the company’s core campus and its R&D building, with a projected opening scheduled for the fall of 2013. When it is completed, the center will … Continue reading

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The business karma of intentional philanthropy

Dr. James “Greg” White is an orthodontist, entrepreneur, restaurateur and philanthropist. Over the past six years, the practice of White, Greer and Maggard has donated $1.3 million to specific projects, with $700,000 of it going to school systems in central … Continue reading

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These horses are wildcats, too

In a college town, it’s not unusual to find the University of Kentucky’s name emblazoned in many places off campus, and the Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auctions are no exception. The UK College of Agriculture’s Maine Chance Farm is a horse-breeding operation … Continue reading

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Parking Perplexities

It’s not as exciting as a new basketball arena, as entertaining as a distillery district, or as pleasant as a downtown water feature, but business owners, developers and city officials agree that parking is a crucial determining factor in the … Continue reading

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Well-Designed Space

Lexington’s downtown revitalization is making for an exciting time to be an architect. Just ask the nine-person architectural firm Alt32, all of whom are design professionals. One of the adaptive reuse projects they’re working on is for Transylvania University, turning … Continue reading

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Achieving ‘Affordable’ Health Care | Part Four of a Series

This series on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” has examined major changes coming to health insurance coverage, the health-care delivery system and its workforce. But, a frequently asked question about the ACA is whether it can … Continue reading

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Lexington’s New Blood

Joe Rasnick and Joey Nolasco are representative of Lexington’s “new blood” — a generation that has fallen deeply in love with the city and made the decision to establish roots, open a business and get involved. We invited them to … Continue reading

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Commercial Insurance Rates Expected to Rise

Lexington, KY - Property and casualty rates are on the move, and business owners should be prepared for an increase in pricing when renewing their insurance program in 2013. A few business owners may have seen a slight increase in pricing … Continue reading

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A Half Century in Exile: Q&A with J. P. Pennington

Lexington, KY - Exile (formerly The Exiles) got its start 50 years ago in Richmond, Ky., playing local clubs, which led to touring with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars and opening shows and providing backup for major rock artists of the … Continue reading

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Tempur-Pedic’s new HQ reflect company’s creative character

When visitors walk into the entrance of the new Tempur-Pedic international headquarters located at the Coldstream Research Campus in Lexington — four floors and 128,000 square feet in size — the first thing they notice is the light. The atrium … Continue reading

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New obstacles in Kentucky emotional distress claims

A recent decision by Kentucky’s highest court has left the law governing certain negligence cases in a state of transition. It is common for plaintiffs to assert a claim for emotional distress, such as anxiety or depression, to maximize their … Continue reading

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Bill Would Keep Kentuckians in School Until Age 18

Lexington, KY – By 2018, fewer than 10 percent of Kentucky employers will accept job applicants who lack a high school diploma.  This Georgetown University forecast from the study Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018 offers … Continue reading

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Equine Next Generation: Shannon Castagnola

Shannon Castagnola is an associate with the West Point Thoroughbreds ownership syndicate who fell in love with horses after working at Keeneland’s September yearling sale. She went to work in communications and client relations for Taylor Made Farm before taking … Continue reading

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Fayette County Public Schools awarded a grant for local food studies

Arithmetic and…agriculture? Decades ago, children would drop out of school just to help their families with the heavy load of farming. Working the land was passed from generation to generation. However, with the convenience and abundance of fast food restaurants … Continue reading

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Willie’s: A positive note on the Lexington music scene

For those who were on the Lexington music scene in the 1980s and ’90s, you may recall some of the marvelous venues that showcased local bands and talent. The Wrocklage and Lynaugh’s Emporium during this era would have quality bands … Continue reading

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New leadership at the helm of Women Leading Kentucky

On January 13, Beth Robinson Willmott became the new executive director of Women Leading Kentucky, marking the first leadership change for the organization since 1999. Nobody got fired, and there was no bad blood involved; rather, this is a story … Continue reading

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One on One with Eli Capilouto

In the 19 months that Eli Capilouto has been at the helm of the University of Kentucky, the state budget has begun to loosen up, but it’s still tight as a drum when it comes to funding capital projects. Despite … Continue reading

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Luxury Lifestyle Complex Coming to Downtown Lexington

A jewelry store, fitness center, hair salon and international art gallery will all be in one downtown Lexington building in a few months, thanks to the vision of Karen Piazza. The native Lexingtonian and her husband, Al, lived in Miami … Continue reading

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First African Foundation Works to Preserve a City Landmark

According to William Thomas, a step into the building at the corner of Short and Deweese streets is a step back into history. The building there was originally built in 1856 by its congregation of slaves and named the First … Continue reading

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Local Coffee Roasters Look to Convert Taste Buds

Magic Beans Coffee Roasters co-owner Schuyler Warren said it’s difficult to determine whethe he’s addicted to great coffee, but he certainly does not want to envision a day without it. He and business partner, Keith Hautala, are trying to transform … Continue reading

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Wildcat Water Makes a Splash in Short Time

In 2009, Brandon Green developed an idea for a new consumer goods product. A former banker and a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Green conceptualized the idea of a new, branded, bottled-water product, but one that differentiated itself in order to … Continue reading

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Local company GI Horse Transport Hires Former Soldiers to Staff Equine Hauling Service

When Dr. Jerry Bortolazzo received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma of the scalp and was given one year to live, he had no idea that the seemingly catastrophic news would give him a new lease on life. At first it … Continue reading

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Industrial Hemp Set To Go Before Kentucky’s General Assembly

Since taking office more than a year ago, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has pushed to get industrial hemp back into production in a state that once led the nation in hemp production. That move has been taken to the halls … Continue reading

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Industrial Hemp Cooperative Gets First Corporate Member

Lexington, KY – Patriot Bio Energy recently became the first corporate member of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association, and the company aims to prove that industrial hemp is useful for the coal fields of Kentucky. Roger Ford, CEO of … Continue reading

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New creative director at Shatterbox

Michael Braley is like a lot of us. He’d like to create something on this earth that he can be remembered for. That may be designing a cool logo and slogan for a bottle of vodka. Likening it to a … Continue reading

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Arabians in the Bluegrass

When people in Kentucky mention horses, the first thought is usually the racing breeds, Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds, and then American Saddlebreds, the stars of the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. But the horse industry here encompasses many other breeds. One … Continue reading

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A career built on dual passions

Life is an exploration. Those willing to search for their true calling, and those who are lucky enough to find it, are living a rich life. Part of what makes this life even richer is appreciating and sharing their gifts … Continue reading

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Artistic Opportunity Offers Economic Returns

The 40th anniversary of the “Festival of the Bluegrass” at the Kentucky Horse Park is being highlighted this year with a weeklong celebration called “Best of Bluegrass,” hereafter referred to by its affectionate acronym, BOB. This special event organized by … Continue reading

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Local chefs predict food trends for 2013 and beyond

Local food will take a more regional outlook and more restaurants will look to grow their own

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Encouraging health-care competition through the ACA

In the last issue of Business Lexington, this series examined how tax policy, health insurance reform and an expanded Medicaid were the law’s primary tools to broaden health insurance coverage and make it more affordable under the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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UK research project shows potential to eliminate mosquitoes without insecticides

There is perhaps nothing more annoying than mosquitoes in the summer with their buzzing and biting. Aside from being a nuisance, the insects can also be disease carriers, capable of infecting humans as well as animals. With that said, methods … Continue reading

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A local startup hopes to open your eyes to seeing in darkness

Many central Kentuckians start small businesses. A few evolve into huge operations, such as the company formally known as Host Communications, started by sports entrepreneur Jim Host from a one-room office over a Lexington barber shop. Other equally small businesses … Continue reading

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UK alum opens College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise

When former Woodford Humane Society employee Marty Vaughn was on a flight last year to visit another franchise opportunity revolving around dogs, she happened upon a story in the in-flight magazine that caught her eye. The article featured a company … Continue reading

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UK music therapy program hums with excitement

“Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.” -William Congreve Every so often, one finds a marvelous and unique program amid the throng of health-care offerings in university settings. The rare gems that shine not only for their effectiveness, but for … Continue reading

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Part One: The basics of the Affordable Care Act:

With implementation underway, how will it affect Kentucky businesses? In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on “hope and change.” In March 2010, he signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — now known as “Obamacare.” Legal challenges were filed immediately, … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes of a Keeneland sale

Though most Lexington residents visit Keeneland in April and October during the track’s race meet, the grounds are teeming through the first weeks of November during the biggest Thoroughbred breeding stock sale of its kind in the world. Keeneland November … Continue reading

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Painting in the Paddock

If there is a prettier scene than the horses at Keeneland making their way around the paddock on a gorgeous spring or fall day, it’s hard to imagine what it may be. Artist Peter Williams has witnessed countless such days … Continue reading

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Banking on Her Fortitude

Boison steps up to become U.S. Bank’s market president in central Kentucky Upon hearing that a large international firm was opening an office in Lexington, bringing jobs that would stimulate the area’s economy, Laura Tanno Boison did what most solid … Continue reading

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A collection of fitness-oriented businesses are finding critical mass in National Avenue area

While we see more Kentuckians walking, running and generally exercising, statistics show, unfortunately, that we, as a state, are simply getting fatter by the year. But a group of small business owners in one emerging Lexington neighborhood is doing its … Continue reading

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Little Walter Tube Amps hits the right note with renowned musical clientele

If the most interesting man in the world from the Dos Equis commercials ever needed a day off, Phil Bradbury would be a more than adequate fill-in. As a prodigy in the coal-mining industry turned pioneering software developer, you could … Continue reading

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Broadway Buddies program introduces local youth to theatrical experience

Providing a unique opportunity for underserved youth in the Bluegrass community to be introduced to professional Broadway theater at the Opera House is the goal of Broadway Buddies. The program, which was first launched last year, seeks to offer complimentary … Continue reading

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Boutique-clothing maker bets on classic looks with a handmade touch for kids

When Markey Hart Hutchinson purchased a boutique children’s clothing business in July she was met with a unique set of challenges — American-made products, sold to a very high-end niche. The 32-year-old Lexington native has risen to the challenge and … Continue reading

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The New Urban Thinkers

In the early part of the year, Jeff Fugate and Derek Paulsen ushered in a new era for urban planning and design in Lexington. Fugate became just the second head of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority while Paulsen was the … Continue reading

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Teen Entrepreneurs: Student uses prize money to share his love of music

In July, a new organization joined the ranks of nearly 18,000 nonprofits in Kentucky. But, unlike most of those other nonprofits, this new organization is run by a 15-year-old. William Eliot Smith, a sophomore at Henry Clay High School, is … Continue reading

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Teen Entrepreneurs: Kentucky teen is cleaning up with soap business

Joe Bremer is not your typical eighth grader. When he is not attending Boyle County Middle School, he operates a goats’ milk and glycerin soap business in Boyle County called Joe’s Bars and Suds, LLC, and he has his sights … Continue reading

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PBS show “Journey Into WellBeing” to feature Kentucky

With the help of local health-related businesses and professionals, Lexington native Debra Koerner aims to showcase the healthy side of Kentucky in her upcoming PBS series, Journey Into WellBeing. Journey Into WellBeing will launch its pilot hour-long episode in the … Continue reading

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New studio helps clients stay fit with pole dancing

Rikki Little isn’t sure what got pole dancing out of the clubs and into the world of exercise. She imagines that there’s a growing population of people like her that are fascinated by the activity and excited to pursue it … Continue reading

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KCT’s The Girl Project finds support from attorney Kathryn Ryan

In the recent election, women made huge strides on the national political stage. For the first time in U.S. history, there will be 20 women in the U.S. Senate. New Hampshire will have the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation — … Continue reading

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Recycling used paper into new inspiration

EOP Architects transforms scrapped renderings into sketchbooks for local students Maybe you’ve received a few too many disapproving looks from your eco-savvy kids when you tried to toss a plastic water bottle in the trash. Maybe you finally bought a … Continue reading

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Coordinated care in times of trauma

If trauma were a disease, it would qualify as the most devastating in the nation, and in Kentucky. It’s the biggest killer of young people, and although life-saving precautions such as the use of seatbelts and helmets can make a … Continue reading

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Not a Textbook Scenario

Growth of e-books market brings challenges for educators and booksellers Fortunately for Kennedy Book Store on the University of Kentucky campus, the Wildcats are national champions. The store’s general manager, Carol Behr, said Kennedy Book Store has sold plenty of … Continue reading

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New craft tour will add to Bourbon Trail’s popularity

Gov. Steve Beshear, along with Mayor Jim Gray and members of the Kentucky Distillers Association, announced the formation of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour from seven of the state’s craft distilleries. The Craft Tour will complement the Kentucky Bourbon … Continue reading

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Creative Callings

Retrospective exhibit follows the development of Rodney Hatfield’s art and music For those who had a pulse and an inclination toward live music in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, it would have been difficult to miss a performance by Rodney … Continue reading

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University of Kentucky College of Design hosts discussion panel on city design

On Oct. 12, the University of Kentucky College of Design hosted a discussion panel titled “Design Adds Value,” which addressed how the design of public spaces can benefit a community on an economic, physical and social scale. The discussion featured … Continue reading

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Questions & Answers: Foster Ockerman

PHOTO BY EMILY MOSELEY If you’ve been in downtown Lexington lately you’ve no doubt noticed that Short Street and the Cheapside area have sprung to life. But looming there in the very center of it all is the imposing old … Continue reading

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Downtown Dynamics

A vibrant nightlife has been emerging in downtown Lexington in recent years, as the city’s core evolves into an energetic destination for dining and entertainment. Renee Jackson, president of the Downtown Lexington Corporation, shares her perspective on what has driven … Continue reading

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Bourbon’s return to Lexington overcame a bureaucratic tangle

A perspective from inside the law firm that sorted out the details In September, Lexington saw the opening of the first bourbon distillery built here in more than 100 years. That is hard to imagine if you understand that Lexington … Continue reading

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Changing Tempo

Kentucky cellist Yoonie Choi puts her language skills to work connecting the equine industry with international buyers.   When Yoonie Choi immigrated to the United States alone at the age of 13 from South Korea to accept admission as a … Continue reading

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Food show serves up a local taste of Kentucky

It is that time of year again. Soon, droves of enthusiastic people will be making their way inside Rupp Arena, ready to show some Kentucky Pride. If you are glancing at your calendar in confusion, it is not time for … Continue reading

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Forging partnerships between university and industry

What happens when a university has some technology with commercial potential but doesn’t know how to further develop it? Or when a company doesn’t have the time or resources to delve into the fundamental reasons why its products, goods or … Continue reading

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A Collective Approach

Tucked away on South Ashland Avenue between High and Euclid, near John’s Run/Walk Shop, is a new shop with a novel approach for showcasing local artists. The Collective opened its doors in August. Shoppers and art enthusiasts alike can find … Continue reading

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Pets in the workplace

Local employees and business owners report that animal companions in the office reduce stress and improve morale. But what does your furry friend say about you and your business? As you walk into your favorite bookstore, you see Max, the … Continue reading

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Bourbon Trail spurs growing attention, new facilities at state’s distilleries

With six Kentucky Distillers Association members providing stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail — and a seventh set to be added Oct. 1 — it’s apparent the program provides the sort of branding organizers sought when they founded it 13 … Continue reading

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Bistro La Belle Market & Café highlights the beauty of buying local

In April of this year, the Bistro La Belle Market and Cafe quietly opened at 121 East Main Street in downtown historic Midway, Ky. However, the story begins many years earlier. From October 1998 until December 2010, restaurateur Laura Wolfrom … Continue reading

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Glenn’s Creek Brewery to open in former Buddy’s location in September

Hammers pounded, drills turned and tables were being jostled all about. Three men sat in the middle of it all, at a table resurfaced with wood repurposed from a Kentucky barn, seemingly oblivious to the organized chaos surrounding them. After … Continue reading

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Local entrepreneurs leap into coffee business with a new shop on Limestone

Parking her car to see a friend’s band play, Heidi Hays saw a building at the corner of Sixth and Limestone she’d never noticed before. She’s since left her job as a hardware engineer at Lexmark, and her business partner, … Continue reading

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Parkside development brings affordable mixed use to formerly blighted property

On a misty and unseasonably cool Friday afternoon, Martha Dryden explained all that has happened to create Parkside, a mixed-use venture that includes affordable apartments and commercial space in a previously dilapidated part of Lexington. The smile on her face … Continue reading

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SCORE uses volunteer business experts to advise local entrepreneurs

There are people who come up with new ideas for businesses all the time. Sometimes they actually get one off the ground. But then what? Do they have a solid business plan, a bookkeeping system and a way to pay … Continue reading

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Korean ambassador in town to detail new free-trade agreement

Purchasing a bottle of Kentucky bourbon whiskey in Seoul, South Korea, has for years meant paying a stiff 20 percent tariff. Until now. With the March implementation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), the Korean tariff on Kentucky’s … Continue reading

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Q&A: Eli Capilouto

The need to address today’s difficult economic realities has led to some controversial changes at the University of Kentucky under President Eli Capilouto, but UK’s top priority, he said recently, is undergraduate education. TM (Tom Martin): One of the early … Continue reading

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FoodChain brings sustainable fish farming initiative to downtown’s Bread Box

When I fly, I like to get the window seat. I like to watch as the plane slows to a gradual climb, just before it breaks into the cloud bank. The glimpse I get at the world below is beyond … Continue reading

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’72 USA basketball team plans first sweet reunion after bitter Olympic experience

They haven’t all been together in the same place since they got off the plane home from Munich in 1972. Then they were 12 exhausted and dispirited young men who had made a decision as controversial as it was historic. … Continue reading

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Old Vine corridor blossoms as one of Lexington’s urban “edge” districts

The affable Burk Kessinger sat at the end of his bar and described the vision he had when he opened Wines on Vine in 2004. Kessinger, 62, wanted to create a bistro-bar-wine shop oozing European charm and neighborhood coziness. He … Continue reading

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Pension Crisis Looms: Some Believe Pension Could Lead Lexington into Bankruptcy

Lexington, KY – There it is, in stark, black figures: $585 million. To put that figure into perspective, stack 585 million one-dollar bills, and it would be 34 miles high. Laid end to end, 585 million one-dollar bills would nearly … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Maker’s Concoctions Carry an Inspired Taste of Kentucky

They say that smell is the strongest sense tied to memory. A whiff of a certain perfume or home-cooked meal and you’re transported back in time. Seana O’Neill offers a rival sense to bring about the nostalgia: taste. Her company, … Continue reading

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Lexington police look to community for new officers

At the top, the Lexington Division of Police doesn’t look like your stereotypical police department. The chief’s top brass are required to read leadership books and report on them during meetings, where they also discuss trends and statistics in area … Continue reading

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A Kinder Cut

Marksbury Farm sets the bar high for humane animal handling and transparent processing in local food production Everyone has heard the old adage “so rare, it’s still mooing” in reference to a red and oozing steak served at the dinner … Continue reading

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Portrait of a festival organizer

Richard Young, director of the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington After graduating in 2011 from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with an emphasis in double bass performance, Richard Young — who grew up playing piano and violin as well … Continue reading

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UK’s new engineering dean, John Walz

When John Walz steps into the role of leadership at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, manufacturers will be waiting eagerly for him to help them overcome the issue they cite as their most troublesome: the development — ASAP … Continue reading

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Mayors favor local option sales tax

Lexington and Louisville Mayors Jim Gray and Greg Fischer are calling for an amendment to the state constitution, authorizing a local option sales tax to finance capital improvement projects in Kentucky’s cash-strapped cities. Both mayors favor strict dedication of revenues … Continue reading

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Spreading the Bets

Indiana Downs offers writer a real example of racino atmosphere As the debate over bringing slot machines to Kentucky racetracks came to a boil earlier this year, horsemen fought hard for the constitutional amendment that would allow the change. “Racinos” … Continue reading

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JOBS Act offers benefits to small banks

Ask any banker, and he will tell you: “It’s hard to say, ‘I’m sorry, but you don’t qualify.’” It is especially difficult when the loan applicant is a local business person with great instincts and a promising plan. It’s even … Continue reading

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What’s ‘appening?

Lexington looks to capitalize on mobile tech opportunities Ernest Hall was simply wishing for an easier way to share with friends videos and photos from his cellphone. He didn’t know that six months later he would be partial owner of … Continue reading

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SteinGroup opens for business

Alan Stein and Sandy Canon have formed the SteinGroup, a business development and management consulting company. Their new office is located on West Short Street near the burgeoning Jefferson Street district in Lexington. Stein recently retired from his leadership role … Continue reading

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Georgetown College awarded grants to further culturally sensitive instruction and science education

The education department at Georgetown College has been selected for a $1.9 million grant over the next 5 years from the U.S. Department of Education, to be used for the college’s Center for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CCRP). The funding is … Continue reading

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After flood damage, Winchester guitar company is still jamming

There was a time when things weren’t going so well for Scott Leedy and Roy Bowen. In April of 2008, their growing business, RS Guitarworks, found itself swamped — literally. An improperly maintained storm drain outside their newly constructed building … Continue reading

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SteinGroup hires Gobb to head aviation division

The recently formed Lexington business development and consulting firm SteinGroup has hired former Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Michael Gobb to head an aviation division that will focus on airport emergency planning and comprehensive emergency management. Gobb resigned from his … Continue reading

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Central Kentucky moms keep it natural

TIME Magazine’s May 10 cover of Los Angeles mom Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 4-year-old son turned heads around the country. And Lexington was no exception. While the image might not have been the best way to draw attention to … Continue reading

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Late Gatton Dean Richard Furst remembered as thoughtful advisor and passionate leader

Integrity. Loyalty. Dedication. An incredible work ethic. Tireless. Passionate about the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the University of Kentucky. These common themes emerge when colleagues, business associates and friends remember the man who served as dean of … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl discusses trends in the changing aviation industry

From a recent string of airline mergers to changing fee structures for air travel, change has become the real constant in today’s aviation business. But Blue Grass Airport Executive Director Eric Frankl is no stranger to transition, and he’s looking … Continue reading

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The CSA: Engine of the farm-to-table movement

Recently, a friend of mine was being honored at a banquet held at Central Baptist Hospital, and I had the opportunity to tag along. The veggie spread set up in the back never looked so inviting as we filled our … Continue reading

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Decoding the Lasix debate

Horse racing has been in the media a lot over the past few weeks, in both positive and negative lights. One of many issues being debated among industry insiders these days is the use of medication in horses near race … Continue reading

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers poised for the next chapter

Joseph-Beth Booksellers has been a landmark of Lexington’s geography for 25 years, and, despite a recent bankruptcy and ownership change, the company aims to surge ahead for 25 more. “We are here for the long haul,” said general manager Gary … Continue reading

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Technologically safe and sound

Family security business looks to offer Lexington clients high-tech protection and peace of mind Most security experts recommend you guard against burglary, fire, carbon monoxide and the mechanical failure of critical systems in your house. For commercial property, 24-hour surveillance … Continue reading

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Speaking Volumes

With eReadership on the rise, local bookshop owners share a passion for the printed word It’s the era of the iPad, the Amazon Kindle, and the Barnes & Noble Nook. In December, USA Today offered statistics indicating that “e-book” sales … Continue reading

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With guidance from SBDC, Lawrenceburg’s Maynard Studios looks to expand

One of the most important questions the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) wants operators of start-up businesses to ask themselves is: “Am I ready?” That is, ready for 60- to 80-hour work weeks, time away from family, friends and hobbies … Continue reading

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Needlepoint’s finest calls Lexington home

Meredith Willett joked that women giving up their needlepoint hobbies during a financially stressful time would be like men giving up golf. In other words, her business is recession-proof. The owner of M’s Canvashouse on Kentucky Avenue has built a … Continue reading

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Fashion takes center stage as downtown entertainment

There’s a place where art meets fashion and fashion meets business, and on Wednesday nights, that place is Trust lounge on Main Street in downtown Lexington. If you step inside the new Lexington night spot on Wednesday nights, you might … Continue reading

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Q&A with Michael Gobb

After scandal and prosecution, ex-airport director Michael Gobb says there are lessons to be learned from his experience Lexington, KY – It was a scandal that reverberated throughout the city of Lexington: a front page article in the Lexington Herald-Leader … Continue reading

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Quality Check

Toyota offers a glimpse at quality assurance procedures on its Georgetown facility test track Georgetown, KY – It’s not on the daily free tours. It’s not even on a part of the massive property in Georgetown that the roughly 7,000 … Continue reading

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Hit the Gas

Local car dealers look to emerge from tough economic times with a downturn-tested, frugal disposition Lexington, KY – All car dealers felt the effects of the deep recession in recent years. Many customers simply stopped buying new cars, and a … Continue reading

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The claim game: Car insurance companies use wealth of information in finding new ways to calculate rates

Lexington, KY – There was once a time when it was relatively easy to rate a driver for insurance purposes. Generally, it was based on several things: the number of tickets or accidents you had, the number of miles you … Continue reading

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Study: Kentucky’s women-owned firms on the rise

Lexington, KY – Unable to continue working “a million hours a week” at her demanding full-time job but not able to quit working completely after the birth of her first child in 2009, Michelle Lowe decided to make her own … Continue reading

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Fewer start-ups make the financial cut

Due to economy, banks and early-stage investors have become more selective Lexington, KY – As one might expect, given the past few years of financial crisis, bankers and investors are much more cautious about investing in or loaning money to … Continue reading

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Much Ado about Shakespeare and Co.

Lexington, KY – The sign on the corner of Short and Broadway reads “Coming Soon: Shakespeare and Co.” It begs the question: When is soon? Monty Fraley, U.S. director of operations for Shakespeare and Co., said the wait is almost … Continue reading

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Old school with a new lesson plan

Sabio opens in former home of Dudley’s Lexington, KY – Sabio is Portuguese for “wise, intelligent” — the kind of person attracted to creative fare offered in the casually elegant setting of an historic place of learning; the kind of … Continue reading

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McAlister’s Deli hopes to become latest Chevy Chase dining hot spot

Lexington, KY – A new restaurant deli franchise has joined the growing number of new businesses that are making a home for themselves along Euclid Avenue and High Street. McAlister’s Deli, a Mississippi-based franchise with 11 locations in Kentucky, opened … Continue reading

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A village idiot with city savvy

Lexington, KY – The Behr family has extended its footprint on the Lexington food and beverage landscape. Tom Behr, the family patriarch, has purchased the building at 307 West Short St. and will open Village Idiot this spring. The new … Continue reading

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New player on the restaurant scene: Coles 735 Main

Lexington, KY – Like many restaurateurs, Cole Arimes’ affinity for food started early and in the family. Arimes was born and raised in Lexington. His grandfather owned and operated a neighborhood food market called Arimes Market, then located on the … Continue reading

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Restaurants court sports fans, as well as family diners

Village Host and Grill owner Evan Trommer photo by: Drew Purcell. Lexington, KY – Evan Trommer worked his way through Village Host and Grill, trying his best to avoid the mass of people packing his restaurant to watch the University … Continue reading

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Beyond the White Fences: Inside Calumet

Calumet remains the front porch of central Kentucky’s horse industry Lexington, KY – For anyone who has ever visited Fayette County, one of the most recognizable and memorable sites has to be that of Calumet Farm. For those who live … Continue reading

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Bottles of Growing Esteem

Recognition and experience help to put Kentucky vineyards on the vintner’s map Lexington, KY – When Lexington winemakers Ben and Jeanie O’Daniel bottled Jean Farris’ 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, they suspected it was going to be good. In January, they discovered … Continue reading

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Lexington vegetable-juice business brings healthy options to your door

Lexington, KY – Kimmye Bohannon was looking for a health boost, but it didn’t take long for her to recognize a new business opportunity. Bohannon, who had become familiar with the benefits of drinking vegetable juice at trendy juice bars … Continue reading

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A Pleasure Doing Business

Furniture dealer builds store on years of service and hard-earned savings Lexington, KY – It all comes down to service. Many successful people have come by their first work experience through an early job in food service — looking to … Continue reading

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A make-or-break marketplace for Kentucky artists

Lexington, KY – Imagine splitting your business brain in two: one part focusing on wholesale to retailers and the other on selling retail products to individuals. Artisan entrepreneurs do this all the time, especially during events such as Kentucky Crafted: … Continue reading

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Something’s Brewing

Beerworks, Country Boy Brewing, West Sixth Brewing Company — Lexington’s pint glass of craft brew runneth over Lexington, KY – With the recent opening of two craft beer hubs and another set to open soon, several local beer aficionados are … Continue reading

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