Articles by RickRedding

2016-01-29 08.07.06

LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Rusty’s Take, Podcast Excellence and Shiny New Things

It sure has been a good week for me — I started swimming at LA Fitness, the first exercise I’ve had in months, U of L got its biggest win of the year against UNC the night before UK suffered its most embarrassing loss, and I got treated to a free beer at World of Beer and lunch from Thorntons. The Rusty podcast includes a new friend and an old one. And we finalized plans for a couple of great future events. Details of these and other happenings: Tailspin Tales: On Rusty, I introduced you to Trevor Cravens, president of…


2016-02-01 13.14.13

In LouisvilleKY, Thorntons Opens Kitchen with Pizza, Burritos

It’s a tall order. Our friends at Thorntons are trying to change the image of “gas-station food.” They’ve launched a new menu of items that it hopes will make you skip the drive-thru at McDonald’s and buy your breakfast and lunch at one of the 26 new-look Thornton’s stores in Kentuckiana. Yesterday, the company invited select media types to sample some of the new goods, including the pizza and burritos. But first they filled us up on heart-shaped donuts. Their message is that Thorntons is a respectable place to grab a quick meal without being embarrassed about the quality of…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mint Julep Tours Moving, Expanding

Mint Julep Tours Announces Office Relocation, Expansion Louisville, KY –  – Mint Julep Tours, a local business that is a recognized leader in tours, transportation, and special events throughout Kentucky, is excited to announce it will be moving its offices and vehicle garage to a new larger property located at 1631 Mellwood Ave. Eyedia, a local furniture and home décor consignment store, previously occupied the space.  In addition to the 7,000 square ft. building, Mint Julep Tours will also be constructing a new garage on the property to house its rapidly expanding fleet of buses and vehicles. According to Mint…


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LouisvilleKY’s “Art of the Derby” from John Mattos Released

ART DECO, RETRO STYLE OF JOHN MATTOS ADORNS 2016 ‘ART OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY’; OFFICIAL ART AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE MONDAY, FEB. 1 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Leading American graphic artist John Mattos, whose Art Deco works have created indelible retro-style images for American films, major sports events and celebrations of iconic individuals, architecture, products and celebrations, has turned his focus to one of the nation’s most important sports and social celebrations to create the officially-licensed artwork for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2016 “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series. The images created by Mattos for the 142nd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, America’s…


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Omni Hotel Breaks Ground in LouisvilleKY

Omni Louisville Hotel to be Mixed-Use Development Featuring Luxury Apartments, Grocer, Speakeasy and More  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Council, leaders from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership broke ground today on the Omni Louisville Hotel. The 30-story luxurious property will reflect Louisville’s warmth and hospitality, while embracing and celebrating the city’s authentic quality and charm. The hotel will be the luxury brand’s first property in Kentucky. Set to open in early 2018, the Omni Louisville will be a catalyst to the city’s growth and urban…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Candidates Declare, Mayor, GLI, More Politics and the Va Va Vixens

We emerged from the latest meteorological over-hype with our roads clear and a new forecast of a record high of 70 for Groundhog Day. My highlights this week included the Greater Louisville Inc. annual meeting at the Palace, the Ballotin Blues party at Meta, Peter and the Starcatchers (see picture) at Actors Theatre, and all this: The Future’s So Bright: Did you listen to WFPK’s 20-day series looking back at its two decades as the region’s coolest music station? It was cool, and made me look back at my Business First archives to see my 1998 story about the Public…


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Face It Focuses on Prevention of Abuse in LouisvilleKY

As the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly is in session, Face It® Partners are working on more public education and policies to prevent and end child abuse in this community. Today, Face It releases a new infographic with relevant information on the status of child abuse in Jefferson County and tips and tools for parents, community members, and professionals who work with children to help end this sad epidemic in our community. The new infographic reveals that nearly 3,000 children were abused or neglected in a given year in Jefferson County. Several warning signs of physical abuse exist that community members…


2016-01-26 18.20.11

LouisvilleKY’s GLI Meeting/Pep Rally Makes Case for Business

Once the Louisville Orchestra’s brilliant Teddy Abrams completed his wizardry at the piano at the Louisville Palace Jan. 26, GLI CEO Kent Oyler asked an enthusiastic crowd of a thousand businessmen and women if a Chamber of Commerce is still a necessity. He claimed it’s something he’d been asked about recently, and perhaps it’s a question many in the audience had asked. Of course, he presented a convincing case for the business organization’s existence. And those who followed him on stage, Gov. Matt Bevin (by video), Mayor Greg Fischer, Humana President & CEO Bruce Broussard and Aetna Chairman Mark Bertolini,…


2016-01-22 11.13.48

THE WEEK: Oh NO, Snow in LouisvilleKY

OK, so it is actually snowing. I was out driving this morning, and up until about 9:30, I was thinking our local meteorologists/fear mongers had missed it again. But then the snow started, as advertised, though I’m not convince it’s something that warrants all the closings, etc. I was listening to John Timmons on WFPK, whose approach I wish others in the media would follow. Basically, he said, “It’s snowing in Louisville, and depending on which forecasts you believe, we might get 1-3 inches or 4-8 inches. Plan accordingly.” I was especially disappointed in the decision-makers at JCPS, who called…


This week's Pizza Club was at DiOrio's in St. Matthews

LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK: Serious Cartooning, Pot Dreams, Powerball Fantasies and 10-Minute Plays

Welcome to the latest on Louisville, where you didn’t win the Powerball, but GE Appliances found a new buyer. And I learned from experts that Matt Bevin is easy to draw, and lampoon, and that he’s in favor of passing legislation on medical marijuana, just like his GOP brother Rand Paul. Controversy Stirs With Race, and Guns, and Religion: So that’s where Courier-Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy gets the most inspiration. Find out what he did to get his face on a WANTED poster in rural Kentucky on the Rusty Satellite Show.  Chinese Firm Agrees to Buy GE Appliances, and Louisville…