LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Rusty Gets Around to SoBro, Jtown, plus some Media Moves



This week I learned. . .

…about a program being spearheaded by Luckett & Farley’s Ed Jerdonek that will provide cool housing for company interns under the same roof as L&F headquarters, giving a few lucky young architects a good working environment and a short walk to the office. Hear about that on the Rusty Satellite Show, along with. . .


The window along 3rd Street at Luckett & Farley is full of quotes

The window along 3rd Street at Luckett & Farley is full of quotes

..YouthBuild, which Brandon Bailey says helps two societal issues — it helps 18-24 year-olds who need direction a way to learn a building skill; and provides little houses for developmentally-challenged young people who live at home with their parents. You can listen to the show here:

…what a Brasserie is, from Brasserie Provence owner Guy Genoud, who decorates the restaurant with his wife’s artwork. Guy 2016-03-21 15.53.15was born in France and learned his craft at the Brown Hotel and the downtown Marriott

…how the Jeffersontown Chamber’s Meghan Murphy balances a heavy workload and still manages, with the help of a daily reminder in the form of a Post-It Note on her desk, to avoid burning down the building with a coffee pot.

Here that one here:

…The story behind 21C, even more so than when I spoke to Craig Greenberg for the Rusty Show. Greenberg, also a member of the U of L Board of Trustees, made it through a 20-minute speech at the Jtown Chamber’s Business Expo without mentioning James Ramsey. There are now five 21Cs in operation, all with contemporary art gracing their lobbies. There are more in progress, including in Oklahoma City, Nashville and Indy.

…That Mayor Bill Dieruf of Jtown considers it a compliment that Gov. Matt Bevin looked to his police force when it was time to choose a new chief for the Kentucky State Police. Chief Rick Sanders and Alex Payne both leave their Jtown jobs March 31.

…Also that Dieruf is behind a move to make the Bluegrass Commerce Park the most Internet-ready business park around here. He announced the coming changes during the Business Expo Luncheon at the Ramada Inn yesterday.

…Speaking of personnel changes, I learned that Donovan Reynolds, who since 2006 has led the charge to turn around and re-brand Louisville Public Media, creating the Kentucky Center of Investigative Reporting, will retire at the end of this year.

…And my old colleague at Business First, Cary Stemle, is leaving that post and journalism for a new career. Congrats to Cary!

…That there’s a war of pettiness going on between the RunSwitch PR firm and a couple of sports radio talk show hosts over who leaked the news about U of L’s self-imposed post-season basketball ban a few hours before it become public. To Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, no less. RunSwitch is suing John Ramsey and Mike Rutherford’s show over this.  It was a lot more fun when U of L was still playing in the tournament at this time of year.

…And finally, I learned that bowling is making a comeback, at least in Jeffersontown, where The Main Event held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its new space, complete with a bowling alley, pool hall, laser tag, arcade games and a lot of food options. The company is based in Dallas. Now there’s the Xscape Movie Complex, plus a Malibu Jack’s (go-Karts, games) all within sight of each other.

Main Event ribbon-cutting

Main Event ribbon-cutting

And one more thing — thanks to Joy Clark of Joy in Promotions, we have some of these great Bluetooth speakers available:

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