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Mid-City Mall Gets a First Class Boost – A Post Office in Valu Market

I had just purchased a birthday gift for my mom at Carmichael’s Books and was rushing to the Highland Ave. USPS branch with my beautifully wrapped package and card scrawled in daughterly verse, only to find the doors locked.   Oh, those early Saturday hours. I would have to haul it out to St. Matthews or go with a UPS Store. Right?   But wait…didn’t I just see the customer service area at my Highlands Valu Market decked out with the USPS eagle? Of course! I had forgotten there was a newly installed, full service post office at the Mid…


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Brent Ackerson’s budget survey of District 26 residents that maybe spills some beans

If you are in Metro Council District 26, the chances are that you probably received Brent Ackerson’s 26th District Spring Newsletter in the mail. If you are not from the district, I regret to say that a  copy was not yet up on Ackerson’s web-page at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Members/26/Home.htm. Anyway, the four pages mostly discuss such mundane but important matters such as grass cutting and street paving and junk pick up.  (Brent and his assistant Jeff Noble really did well on the grass cutting issues)  However,  the most interesting part is Ackerson’s survey on page three  asking constituents for feedback on budget priorities….



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NYT “36 Hours” Scribe Washburn Talks Whiskey Row

One of the best nods to our little/big city by the river in print past was Michael Washburn’s “36 Hours in Louisville, Ky” published March 31, 2011 in the coveted Travel section of the New York Times. This pre-Derby buzz is only a taste of a life enriched by journalism and appreciation of literary culture for the Brooklyn resident.  The Louisville native, Atherton graduate  and former U of L student has thrived after transplanting in New York City. His work has appeared in Washington Post, NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle to name only a few prestigious forums.  The bright city…


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Not a Perfect Start for the Louisville Bats

Last night’s Louisville Bats  opener seemed perfect in every way. There was great weather, a huge crowd and plenty of first-day optimism. It was all good, that is, unless you were among the hundreds of fans hanging in the lobby waiting for your tickets at will call. The Bats made a smart move in the offseason – dumping Ticketmaster for a new ticketing system. But they didn’t expect a big glitch on opening night that caused huge lines for will call and at the paying ticket windows. I spoke to Nick Evans of the Bats, who said the walk-up ticket…


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Finally Some Love for Jockeys

There’s no group that’s more overlooked during the Derby party season than the short, strong men who ride the horses around the track. That’s why I was glad to see the Galt House is organizing the inaugural Night of Silk Derby Party on Derby Night to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  They had a press conference this week, at which Pat Day spoke, and announced that the new event has some impressive sponsors, a great dance band and an auction that I bet will have better horse-related items than any other.  The $375 ticket price, considering that…


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Groomzilla!!!

If you haven’t read Brigid’s blog from yesterday stop and do it now…I’ll wait.  She always impresses me, but her ability to so easily showcase the most frustrating part of this whole experience is wonderful.  I mean really, it is 2011. It all started with our first meeting with a caterer.  I set up the meeting, I sent her all the preliminary information, I asked 90% of the questions, and at the end of the meeting she turns and says, “So Brigid, have you picked out your colors yet?”  My immediate thought was, “They’re my colors too, you ____.”  It only got worse from there.  As everyone…


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Sypher in Stripes – Not a Good Look

Karen Sypher–opportunist, Succubus. connoisseur of Italian cuisine, is behind bars. The first visitors? A psychiatrist, a priest an agent? I say the latter. Can’t make this stuff up, can ya’? Ripped from the pages, well, restaurants of Louisville, Kentucky. I imagine a movie of the week or more than likely, a faux-female-empowered drama on Lifetime. Shame there isn’t a Good Ol’ Boy network or it would get play there. As for highly paid sports figures who are responsible for leading young men through their athletic and academic careers–who might play the part of one of the few college coaches (and…


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Oh, To Be A Kid Again!

I marked the time at 4:00pm Wednesday of Spring Break week. I had just come home from work and my eleven year old met me at the back door. “I’m bored.” I begin rolling suggestions off my tongue that he could do with his two hours before dinner. Basketball – it’s nice outside. Practice soccer toe taps just like the Coach asked. Ride your bike. Take the dog for a walk. Finish the book you were reading. Start the book your sister bought you for your birthday. We can take a hike at Black Acre. Play something on the computer….


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Louisville should have this…

As someone in development (the proper term for being a fundraiser), I am always curious and excited by unique concepts, especially ones that can be used to benefit a charity (see my earlier post on the upcoming Bacon Ball for LVAA). So, when stumbling upon this big city concept of Pop-Up Restaurants, I was intrigued. I had to do some research – here and here, and oh here, too. I believe we have enough foodies and do-gooders for this to happen in Louisville. But, like the struggles that Food Truck businesses have had, would our fair city let this be Possible….