August in Louisville saw a lot of movement in restaurants and stores around town. And who can forget the awesome Summer Olympics where Louisville really representedthis year! Here’s what’s been going on so you’re up on the latest and greatest local goings on.
First Friday Hop: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them
In a brilliant marketing move, the Republic Bank First Friday Hop on August 5, 2016, was centered around Pokémon and the Opera. Don’t see the connection? Here’s how they did it: Guests picked up a passport at any NuLu business and used that as their guide to find Kentucky Opera singers who were singing all over NuLu. As they searched for the real-life opera singers, they were encouraged to play Pokémon Go and visit more than 50 Pokéstops activated with lure modules. It successfully combined the highly popular with real-life Kentucky Opera talent — all with a captive audience of walkers and shoppers in NuLu.
Kentucky State Fair
Where else can you see some long-time favorite musicians like Reba McEntire and the Oak Ridge Boys, all while eating deep-fried cookie dough (truth, it exists)? The Kentucky State Fair is always a headliner in the month of August. This year, it runs from August 18 to August 28, 2016. There’s much to see every day, with many competitors from all over the state. Attendance was greatly affected this year by the school year starting for many before the fair began, which made the weekends much busier than the weekdays.
KFC Secrets Revealed?
Has the recipe of famous 11 herbs and spices concocted by Colonel Sanders finally been revealed? According to Joe Ledington, a nephew of Colonel Sanders, they have. This nephew found a handwritten recipe in an old scrapbook once owned by his aunt (and Col. Sanders’ wife) Claudia Sanders. It was handwritten on the back of her last Will and Testament and placed in the scrapbook. KFC stated that it was not the real recipe but that it probably would taste delicious. Who really knows for sure — and would the KFC folks admit to it if it was the real thing?
Some peoples’ worst fear is running out of coffee. Never fear; the coffee gods have heard you. Good Folks Coffee Company now is offering subscription service for their coffees. Sign up for a subscription, pick the roast you want (or let them pick), designate your delivery preferences — and it will be delivered to your door! Subscription prices start at $14 per bag. Sign up online and begin the caffeination.
Openings and Closings
Water + Oak Outdoor Company recently opened in the Paddock Shops. They are a specialty outdoor retailer offering quality outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment with such high-end brands as Patagonia, YETI, The North Face and Filson.
Three local boutiques have closed or will close by the end of the month: Bermuda Highway (closed August 15, 2016), The Shirt Shop and Boutique Serendipity. Look for great markdowns at these places. We wish them all the best of luck in their new ventures.
Louisville Represents in the Summer Olympics
Hats (or swim caps) off to University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell, who competed in the Olympics this month. She and her teammates won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 medley relay, with Kelsi swimming butterfly.
- Hopcat opened in the Highlands, on the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway. Known for the large selection of draft beer and their “crack fries,” there is a huge menu to explore here — of both drinks and food.
- Welcome new Chef de Cuisine Andrew Welenken at the English Grill. Welenken was at Buck’s for eight years.
- Corbett’s is now serving lunch, as is the new Red Barn Kitchen — a great new option for these popular restaurants.
- Check out our latest article on all the “New Restaurants to Try in Louisville.” There are 13 on the list!
The “SINCE 1920” T-shirt Collection by StyleBlueprint
Women, let’s get out the vote! StyleBlueprint is proud to offer two t-shirt designs: “SINCE 1920 #womensvotesmatter” and “The Perfect 36” (not pictured here), each of which celebrates a woman’s right to vote through the 19th Amendment, which was ratified in 1920 when the 36th state, Tennessee, voted in favor of ratification. This battle was hard-fought and, each time we vote, we recognize our right and privilege, and give thanks to the sacrifices made by generations of women before us. It was a battle that took 72 years — from the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Women celebrating their right to vote is non-partisan and, no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this t-shirt is for you! Click here to purchase.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print for August. Enjoy your last days of summer!
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