Drakes…The Newest Addition To Louisville’s Dining/Bar Scene

The St. Matthews dining and bar scene has another top-notch newcomer…Drakes is now officially open for you to come out and play. After attending the grand opening this past Thursday night ( packed!), I went back to try some lunch, and had a chance to sit down with Brandon True, the Managing Partner for Drakes, and find out a bit more about this comfy restaurant and pub. Bluegrass Hospitality Group, co-owned by Bruce Drake and Brian McCarty already have several successful eateries in Lexington, where they are based. Malone’s Steakhouse, Sal’s chop-house and Harry’s Sports bars are the forerunners to Drakes, and I was…

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Stock Your Easter Basket at the Farmers Markets!

No matter how or why you celebrate this weekend in Spring, it is a time of reflection,renewal and yes…rain. A feast is always a vital ritual of the season as well as the giving of gifts. If you have a notion to create a basket of goodies for yourself, loved ones or company, you may want to visit Bardstown Road in the Highlands. It’s my neighborhood and I’m Kentucky Proud, if you will, about the variety available to our visitors. The venerable Bardstown Road Farmers Market  at Deer Park Presbyterian Church near Speed and the newest addition to the Metro…

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Firing up Louisville’s Downtown

They had a little breakfast/pep rally for downtown development this morning at the Seelbach, releasing a bunch of new numbers detailing how well we’re doing compared to cities like Nashville, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. U of L’s Paul Coomes compiled the data, and presented it along with the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation’s Alan DeLisle. Coomes mentioned, and it bears repeating, that it marked sort of a public return for DeLisle and staff member Patti Clare, injured in a scary, life-threatening accident last year. The breakfast was attended by about 300 folks interested in seeing downtown grow, from members of the Metro…

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Will the Fischer Administration Make it ‘Snow’ in Louisville?

When economist Clyde Presotwitz was promoting his book about the developing economies of Asia, Three Billion New Capitalists, he liked to recount a conversation he had with his 20-something son during the early part of the last decade. The topic of that father-son talk focused on the son’s future career ambitions.  The younger Prestowitz, armed with an MBA from one of the leading business schools in the U.S., promptly announced that he was eschewing an expected career in Silicon Valley in order to buy into a Californian ski resort.  The befuddled father demanded to know why.  Back came a very…

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Champion Talks More Than Weather at They’re Off

I got lucky. At today’s They’re Off Luncheon at the Galt House, I got to sit next to Jack Guthrie, the former Derby Festival president who is a walking historian for the three-week Festival. During lunch, Guthrie told me how he got those ugly coat tradition started. Members of the Festival Board wear these tan and black sport coats, with a Pegasus on them, and have since the early 1970s, when Guthrie ran the event. They used to be even more hideous, when they were green. And then there was a story about how he started the Pegasus Pin tradition,…

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Only One Way to Look at It: Two-Way Traffic is Good

Last night, the Metro Council approved a plan pushed by Council member David James that will convert parts of First and Brook streets in Old Louisville from one-way to two-way streets. It was the culmination of an idea being pushed for years and adopted by James when he got into office last year.. “More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” says James. “Converting a majority of one-way streets to two ways allows for additional parking, trees, and bike lanes that calm traffic, making neighborhoods more livable for all who utilize the…

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Louisville Mayor announces expanded recycling options

You may share Virginia Forest’s experience with recycling. She found that most of the stuff she once threw in her garbage could be recycled – if only it would fit in that tiny orange recycling bin. Meanwhile, like many of us, Ms. Forest found that her big, black tub for garbage was going practically unused. Well, Virginia is the first resident in the 8th and 9th districts with a new solution to that problem, thanks to an expanded pilot program in The Green Triangle.

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ROI (Return on Investment): Health Enterprises Network Workshop

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Corporate Wellness in the 1990’s now called Employee/Worksite Wellness in 21st Century Before I started Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine in 1997, I taught employee wellness programs on weight management, cholesterol management, stress management and exercise at Anthem, Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, PNC Bank, Bank of Louisville, First National Bank, Citizens Fidelity Bank, Brown Foreman, Ford, and an assortment of smaller businesses. When the stock market dropped, many businesses cut their employee wellness programs as a result. At the time, very little data was collected on outcomes.  As a result, no one knew if the…