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Just Another Magic Media Monday

The renovation of Whiskey Row Lofts, including Squirrelly’s Magic Tea Room, is pretty spectacular. I went to the grand opening Saturday night, right above the Bearno’s, and got to speak with Valle Jones, who is responsible for the project along her brother Stephen. Architect Bill Weyland showed me an amazing 5th floor apartment, with the Yum! Center right outside the window, that was the only vacant spot among 35 units. If you’re apartment hunting, this one rents for $2,500. There are five restaurants and four unique special event spaces, including the renovated 100-seat theater and a penthouse suite with terrace…


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‘OCCUPY BIKE SEATS’ Could Give Movement Needed Traction

The world looks on and wonders aloud, “Where is the Occupy movement headed?” It might help first to know what the heck the Occupy movement is – beyond the collective frustration of 99 percent of the population feeling ripped off by the ruling one percent. Here’s an answer that could give Occupy some momentum.


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‘Tis the Season of Bad Behavior

Why is it, now that we’re in the Christmas season, people are amping up the hate? From the Department of Disgust: Proud to be a Kentuckian. . . in 1950: Backwards Kentuckians have made national news again, providing fodder for late-night comedians. Seriously, this sentence from ABC News: Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church voted 9 to 6 on Sunday to ban interracial couples from church services or functions, with the exception of funerals. The church is in Pikeville, a place you don’t want to go. Even to a funeral. Unless you’re a racist. There’s still a place in America to go…


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There Will Be Magic and More on Main Saturday

Saturday night’s grand opening of Whiskey Row Lofts should be something special. Or should I say magic. From the release: “…an exclusive look at one of our city’s hottest properties that includes five restaurants, 35 residential apartments and live-work units and four unique special event spaces including a 100-seat theater and a penthouse suite with terrace views of the Arena plaza and Ohio River. What’s more, Valle Jones and her brother, Stephen, are bringing in world renowned, Las Vegas headliner Mac King, hailed by many as the premiere comedy magician in the world today. Mac will headline two performances in…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Morris’ Is the Best Deli For Your Belly

The no-frills thrill of a freshly sliced and stacked sandwich in a brown paper sack is what keeps us coming back to Morris’ Liquor & Deli for years. With two locations, Taylorsville Road. at Bardstown Road in the upper Highlands and downtown on 2nd Street at the Y they are set up to feed the need. The friendliest and most proficient lunch rush crews in town take good care of you from the moment the menu gazing begins until you are headed out the door with a delicious meal in  your sack for under $10. Dress it up city or country…


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High Five to The Highlander! Good News, Great Spirit.

Just a few months shy of five years ago, my friend Bill Sandman took a folded publication out of his mailbox and gave it to me. “I thought you might like to see this new paper,” he said. My response was a huffy, “Oh, please…not another one.” The publishing roller coaster  in Louisville was always in motion with every car filled and I did not feel that we had the time or energy to focus on one more. However, as I spread the paper out on the kitchen table and slowly turned each page,  I was impressed with its simplicity,…


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We Bring You Sad Tidings and More

Just trying to keep up for ya . . . The Why of the Split: Check out Cindy Lamb’s interview with Gary Heine, who reveals for the first time one of the stories behind the Heine Bros/Vint merger — that his partner Mike Mays was working the deal for months without his partner’s knowledge, then triggered a buy-sell agreement that forced Heine out.  Heine seems to have come to terms with it, but it’s a revealing piece. Why We’re Sad: Louisville ranks 5th on a national study of cities using Men’s Health magazine’s sadness meter. Why? High rates of suicide,…


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Gary Heine Moves On, No Refill.

The post on his Facebook page, Nov. 14 was straightforward and gracious. Today I’m leaving Heine Brothers’ Coffee after 19 incredible years in the coffee business. My business partner, Mike, our amazing staff and customers will continue the business. I wanted to thank you all for helping make my life so awesome – I love to get up in the morning! I’m deeply grateful for my life and the opportunity to cocreate with you this magical company that is changing this community and the world, every day, one small step at a time. I look forward to continue living in…


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Disappointment on Bardstown Road

Here’s a new feature at LouisvilleKY.com — it’s a photo blog of changing places in our city. A tipster sent us these shots of construction on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. Neither the Dunkin’ Donuts at Mid-City Mall or the nail shop down the street is enhancing the look of the corridor, if you ask me. Next to Bearno’s — a fancy nails shop    


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Building the Best Day-After Sandwich

I’m not sure if Norman Rockwell painted a Thanksgiving leftover portrait but he should have. Not only is a turkey with the works sandwich a slice of Americana, I consider the clever use of leftovers to be a joyous patriotic duty. Especially when the bounty of your platter is grown or purchased locally! For the best bread for your bird, start with fresh-baked goodness at Great Harvest Bread Co from their daily schedule of Honey Whole Wheat, Farmhouse White and Nine Grain. Gluten-free breads and sweets are also available, thank you. For the ultimate local spread, check out this historic Stewart’s recipe from the…