KEEP IT LOCAL

By Maggie McCombs

 

Lundy’s Special Events

1385 Pridemore Ct. • 859.255.0717 • LundysCatering.com

Next year, Lundy’s Special Events will celebrate a banner year – 50 years in business! Abby Dobson and Alissa Tibe, sisters and business partners, owe the company’s success and longevity to their family-centered approach to catering events. To ensure successful operation, Lundy’s promises that a principal member is hands on for each event they design and produce, ensuring seamless, detail-oriented event production. 

From award-winning weddings, corporate and nonprofit events, large-scale galas and intimate dinners, Lundy’s specializes in off-premise catering, event design and rentals. No matter the event size, Lundy’s is equipped to handle everything from tents, tables and chairs, exquisite cuisine, to temporary power and support services. It’s no wonder their clients rest easy knowing all the details are taken care of from top to bottom. 

The LSE family of companies also encompasses The Carrick House, Lundergan Banquet and Restaurant Group, Emergency Disaster Services, and Signature Special Event Services. The common thread binding them all together is the family’s commitment to keeping customers happy and doing good things for the community. 

Rooted in their love for the Lexington community, Abby and Alissa are enthusiastic about the strength of Lexington’s local businesses. They said:

“Our local business is able to provide customized customer service and attention to detail that provides added value to our clients and partners. Our successes allow us to give back to the Lexington community which in turn, strengthens our resources and partnerships.”

They believe that their business has succeeded in Lexington due to its mix of small town charm and big city opportunities. It doesn’t hurt that Lexington has a nationally recognized food scene and a community that embodies Southern hospitality! They added: “The growing culinary scene and community events make Lexington a wonderful place to raise your family and own an independent business. The community support is abundant!”


Carl Meyers

111 Clay Ave. • 859.252.2004 • CarlMeyers.com

Sherri Mosley and her husband, Neil, are proud owners of Carl Meyers luxury women’s clothing boutique, situated on the charming shopping block of Clay Ave. The store is often imbued with an equestrian flair, and includes merchandise from European designers as well as one-of-a-kind outerwear and accessories. 

Working alongside Sherri daily is Lily Hansen, who began her career as an executive clothing buyer under the store’s namesake and original owner, Carl Meyers. Four years of training under Carl taught her the intricacies of quality fabrics and workmanship and how to dress every woman for success and confidence. As Hansen explains,

“I believe all women of every age and body type deserve to feel beautiful when they get dressed, no matter what the occasion.”

“We have experienced stylists that have an eye for quality fabrics, timeless design and relevant style that help contribute to the Carl Meyers experience,” says Sherri. She attributes their store’s excellence to the fact that it’s the only local fashion store in Lexington that allows custom ordering, and one of few local stores that offer personal shopping. 

Sherri says that the legacy and support built by Carl is still apparent today: they welcome the same clients that have supported the store for decades. Sherri believes that local stores revitalize downtown locations and contribute to every community, and that fashion is an art form threatened by the oversaturated market of online retailers and large retail chains. 

Even with so much clothing available online and in big-box retail stores, female customers struggle to find a clothing item that meets all their needs. At Carl Meyers, however, they make shopping pleasurable by delivering custom orders and personal shopping, whether the woman needs the best-fitting jeans or the most flattering formal wear. Sherri says this about Hansen: “Lily’s passion for her clients is evident and contagious. Her eye for quality fabrics, timeless design and relevant style are key elements of the Carl Meyers experience.”


Community Trust and Investment Company

100 East Vine St. Ste. 501 • 859.389.5300 • ctbi.com/ctic

Community Trust and Investment Company is headquartered in Lexington and holds outside locations in Versailles, Ashland and Pikeville. They provide investment services to families and businesses alike - operating on strong core values of stewardship, experience and insight. President and CEO, Andy Waters, firmly believes in their mission of “building communities, built on trust.” 

The company, which can trace its inception all the way back to 1903, is now one of the most prominent independent trust companies in Kentucky, their total assets now more than $2.6 billion. Despite the competitive nature of business, Waters says that losing an investment account to another local business is better than losing to a non-local competitor because the client’s management fees will flow back into our local economy. However, he posits,

“When a local organization hires an outsider to manage their money, Lexington loses.” 

Waters has lived here for nearly fifteen years with his wife and five children. They have lived in Lexington longer than anywhere else and look forward to more memorable years in the Bluegrass.


STONE SOURCE

101 Dewey Dr. • Nicholasville • 859.881.0606 • StoneSourceKy.com

Joel and Melissa Hawley have owned and operated Stone Source KY for two years. They provide countertop fabrication services for homeowners, businesses, cabinet makers, remodelers and more. They own the largest in-stock showroom in Kentucky, with more than 3 00 stone colors available for customer selection. 

For a streamlined process from start to finish, they have design experts and installation professionals on staff who love working with customers. They have invested heavily in the most modern and efficient stone fabrication technologies so that jobs are finished efficiently while exactly meeting customer specifications.

The Hawleys are committed to providing measurable results for their customer’s projects. As Joel Hawley states,

“Our staff is always eager to assist you whether it’s a basic request or a very unique one. We realize your order is important to you and we are committed to providing solid solutions to meet your expectations.”


Lexington Diner

124 N. Upper St. • 859.303.7308 • LexingtonDiner.com

Karin West believes diners play a foundational role in a community. Lexington Diner, in the heart of downtown Lexington, is a quintessential family-friendly restaurant. It prides itself on being a gathering place that reflects the friendly vibe and diversity of its city. Lexington Diner, which opened more than four years ago, aims to combine perfected versions of comfort foods with surprising iterations featuring inspirations from diverse cuisines such as Thai, Mexican and others. 

The diner has received media attention by appearing on television shows like “Secrets of the Bluegrass Chef” and “Local Traveler.” They support local music through gems like Woodsongs and the Troubadour music series. Guests never know who they may see at the diner. Some of the most recent guests have been prominent names like Ron Perlman, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Al Snow and Alton Brown.  

Diner patrons usually don’t frequent diners for the sole purpose of experimenting with different flavor profiles, but Lexington Diner stands out. They do this through daily specials during the week. Karin says,

“We like to play with food and give our guests a surprise. People feel comfortable trying new flavors here because we do it in a way that is approachable.”

Lexington Diner is perhaps best known for its delicious, down-home breakfast. They now serve their famous breakfast all day and entertain many brunch-goers on weekends. Another acclaimed comfort food at the diner is the Kentucky Bourbon Burger, which won the 2015 Taste of the Bluegrass competition, among other awards. 

Karin says the diner’s secret to success is real food and real people. Made-from-scratch meals make all the difference, so that customers are literally getting a taste of Lexington. The diner still retains its family feel: the wait staff often can remember regular customers’ orders and recommend local tourist attractions and favorite destinations for out-of-town guests. “I think people like to know the faces behind the businesses they frequent,” Karin added.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography

152 W. Tiverton Way, Ste. 120 • 859.554.7360 • PatientChoiceUltrasound.com

Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography provides diagnostic services that combine both traditional and alternative health care without the high cost, lack of transparency and confusion often associated with insurance plans.

Patient Choice’s ultrasound and thermography examinations include the following: Adult echocardiology, general ultrasound, specific organ ultrasound, vascular, breast thermograms and more. Patient Choice just introduced a new service in July — home sleep study kits. All studies performed by Patient Choice are interpreted by qualified physicians in the specific fields of imaging.

Kim Davis founded her parent company Ultrasound Consulting Services in 1981. Ultrasound Consulting Services assists small hospitals, offices and clinics in Kentucky by providing mobile ultrasound services. As the face of healthcare began to change, Kim began to explore a new way of doing business. 

She recognized that many patients had such high deductibles, health care was often secondary to finances. Kim offers a more transparent way to pay for medical costs. “We offer complete transparency in our billing,” says Kim. Patient Choice has Medicaid and HSA provisions, so elderly family members are covered.

Kim also wanted to offer alternative medicine. After her brother was diagnosed with cancer, her interest in non-traditional medicine, especially thermography, grew. She was appalled at the shame and near ridicule that traditional medicine often implied toward alternative options. Thermography was a natural addition to her business and paired well with ultrasound. 

Becky Chandler started Bluegrass Thermography in 2009 and specialized in breast imaging without discomfort or radiation. After discussing the benefits of combining practices, Kim and Becky agreed a merger felt like a natural fit. Becky was elected the advanced clinical thermographer. Combining their talents for ultrasound and thermography, they opened their practice on Tiverton Way. 

Their story is founded on an unwavering desire to care for the patient, with new equipment, a nationally accredited staff and upfront payment. Kim adds:

“I felt it was incredibly important to open PCU in Lexington to serve the many, many people that are forced to make a decision between their health care and their finances.”


BLUEGRASS MOVING CONCIERGE

117 N. Winter Ct. • Midway • 859.948.6124 • BluegrassMovingConcierge.com

For nearly three years, Bluegrass Moving Concierge has succeeded because of their mission, which prompts their staff to treat every new job as a friend, and every service to a client as a mutual gift for the company and the client. They take pride in supporting clients through one of the most unpleasant experiences of their lives — moving, a time that causes what owner Beth Ann Haydon playfully calls RSS - or relocation stress syndrome. She adds, “Helping serve during a very difficult time in family’s life is the foundation of why we developed our services for Bluegrass Moving Concierge.” 

With an attention to concierge service, they not only do the heavy lifting that moving entails; they offer unexpected value-adds like upsizing, downsizing, rightsizing, cleaning and so much more. For those unfamiliar with concierge moving, move managers do as much or as little as you like, from a quick consultation to a complete transition — starting with decluttering and ending with design.

Beth Ann Haydon has held a variety of jobs that all tie into her expertise at Bluegrass Moving Concierge. The business management graduate of University of Tennessee at Knoxville has sold and managed online auctions, designed and planned events and served as a licensed female contractor for 20+ years. More importantly, her experience of moving her elderly parents into assisted living and moving her family around Tennessee and Kentucky validated her need to start a company with an emphasis on empathy and service.

“We provide compassion and the management necessary to make a smooth transition for our clients. We know we have achieved our goal when we receive a hug and a referral,” she says.

Though Beth Ann lived and worked in Tennessee for a while, she enjoys living in Lexington and owning her business here. She cites venues in and around our city — specifically, Keeneland, rural horse farms and our historic downtown — as reasons our city ranks high for tourism and sightseers. She also added TOPS Magazine to her list of reasons to love Lexington. (Thanks, Beth Ann!)


Sky Zone

203 Big Run Rd. • 859.948.3553 • Wildcat-Group.com

There isn’t much question as to what makes Raleigh Bruner’s blood run blue. Born and raised in Lexington, he takes great pride in his community and is a local businessman to the core. The University of Kentucky MBA graduate started his moving company with a Craigslist post and an old Ford Bronco. With hard work and determination, Wildcat Moving took off full force.

“I didn’t have anyone telling me how to run a moving company. I hired clean-cut and responsible movers who were respectful to customers and I built my business based on common sense,” Raleigh said. 

After successfully launching the moving company, Raleigh sought to expand by starting new businesses that would complement Wildcat Moving. The Wildcat Group emerged offering services that provide a seamless moving experience from start to finish. The group currently consists of Wildcat Home Inspection, Wildcat Carpet Cleaning, Wildcat Clean Team, Wildcat Country Dog Retreat, Wildcat Moving, Ladycat Organizing and Wildcat Pressure Washing. The number one goal of each of the companies is to provide top-quality service. For example, Wildcat Moving has been top ranked moving company in Kentucky on Angie’s List since 2012 (top 5% in the country) and retains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. 

As his portfolio expands, Raleigh wants his workforce to grow with him and feel the impact of their contributions. This is the idea behind “the mover to manager to partner program” – the best and brightest employees get promoted and ultimately become partners in other territories with Raleigh providing guidance and acting as a silent partner for each new business. The Wildcat Group is proud of the reputation it has built in the community. Philanthropy and community service has been an important piece of the program, as well as building up the local economy through charitable efforts. 

Why Wildcat? “We’ve built our brand around providing the best service in Lexington,” said Raleigh.


Scout & Molly’s

120 Summit at Fritz Farm Ste. 140 • 859.309.9249 • Lexington.ScoutAndMollys.com

Scout & Molly’s is a high-end fashion boutique for women that sells clothing and accessories. Their Lexington location in The Summit (next to Cos Bar and Kendra Scott) has been welcoming fashion-forward women for more than one year now. This franchise marks the 65th storefront location in the United States. 

It took two years for the Lexington location to come to fruition. After saving, drafting a business plan and signing the necessary paperwork, it would seem like owner Terri Terri was ready. But she couldn’t ignore the mantra that we hear from business advisers and realtors: “location, location, location!” When Terri heard about The Summit’s development on Nicholasville Road and Man ‘O War, she knew she wouldn’t compromise. So she held her ground and waited for what she felt was the right landing place for her future clientele. 

The two-year hiatus was over when she received occupancy rights last April, and the rush was on to style the boutique, then steam and arrange the clothing. It was all worthwhile when the boutique opened to its first customers.

Scout & Molly’s excels within the local fashion market due to the careful attention to which items truly make the cut. Each piece is handpicked by a team that selects specific pieces from fashion markets, bringing high fashion back home to Lexington. Terri calls these talented fashion curators her “advisory scouts.” She’s looking for a few more to join the team!

Terri enjoys serving the community and giving Lexington’s women the choicest fashion selections because she feels as though she’s helping neighbors and friends. She said,

“I was born and raised here and being a part of this town all my life it is easy to see all the connections. It doesn’t take long to figure out around here that if you don’t know someone, the person sitting next to you probably does! We are super friendly and love a good time. I am so proud to be born and raised in Lexington!”


Arthur Murray Lexington

1801 Alexandria Dr. #132 • 859.278.7711 • LexingtonArthurMurray.com

Hunter Lisle loves helping people feel like world-class dancing stars. As a volunteer worldwide ambassador for Arthur Murray International and owner of Arthur Murray Lexington, he’s bringing the word to people all around the globe: “Anyone can learn to dance!”

Hunter grew up with a love of dancing. “My family has always been supportive of all my creative endeavors, from doing magic at a young age, to dancing, teaching, competing, judging and participating in all aspects of the dance industry,” he explained.

Growing up in Lexington–going to Sayre School and then UK–it was always one of Hunter’s goals to come back to Kentucky and give back to the community where it all began. When Hunter opened the studio, his mission of “changing lives, one step at a time” became a reality. Arthur Murray Lexington is celebrating eighteen incredible years. One of the largest Arthur Murray Studios in existence, their staff includes four of the top five instructors in the world. Hunter was even asked to be at the premiere of this year’s Dancing with the Stars and has helped with choreography for the show.

Hunter believes that today is the best occasion there is to learn to dance! They offer classes in all types of dance–social, ballroom, Latin and even competitive dancing–for individuals, couples or groups.

“As a single person, when you take dance lessons, you get to meet new people, and as a couple, you get to spend quality time together,” Hunter explained. “That that is so rare in today’s world!”

Many engaged couples seek out dancing lessons in preparation for their big day. Arthur Murray Lexington is one of the leading wedding choreographers in the nation for truly special first dances. They offer private lessons that help couples feel confident and supported, every step of the way.

“Many people miss out on the fun of dancing and socializing simply because they have never been taught to do it well,” Hunter said. “We want you to discover how the Arthur Murray Dance Studios can help make your life more enjoyable and interesting by making more friends and becoming a better dance partner!”


The Wildcat Group

203 Big Run Rd. • 859.948.3553 • Wildcat-Group.com

There isn’t much question as to what makes Raleigh Bruner’s blood run blue. Born and raised in Lexington, he takes great pride in his community and is a local businessman to the core. The University of Kentucky MBA graduate started his moving company with a Craigslist post and an old Ford Bronco. With hard work and determination, Wildcat Moving took off full force.

“I didn’t have anyone telling me how to run a moving company. I hired clean-cut and responsible movers who were respectful to customers and I built my business based on common sense,” Raleigh said. 

After successfully launching the moving company, Raleigh sought to expand by starting new businesses that would complement Wildcat Moving. The Wildcat Group emerged offering services that provide a seamless moving experience from start to finish. The group currently consists of Wildcat Home Inspection, Wildcat Carpet Cleaning, Wildcat Clean Team, Wildcat Country Dog Retreat, Wildcat Moving, Ladycat Organizing and Wildcat Pressure Washing. The number one goal of each of the companies is to provide top-quality service. For example, Wildcat Moving has been top ranked moving company in Kentucky on Angie’s List since 2012 (top 5% in the country) and retains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. 

As his portfolio expands, Raleigh wants his workforce to grow with him and feel the impact of their contributions. This is the idea behind “the mover to manager to partner program” – the best and brightest employees get promoted and ultimately become partners in other territories with Raleigh providing guidance and acting as a silent partner for each new business. The Wildcat Group is proud of the reputation it has built in the community. Philanthropy and community service has been an important piece of the program, as well as building up the local economy through charitable efforts. 

Why Wildcat? “We’ve built our brand around providing the best service in Lexington,” said Raleigh.


Traditional Bank

[email protected] • 1.800.498.0414 • TraditionalBank.com

Traditional Bank has been serving central Kentucky since 1902. They operate 14 full-service banking centers in the Bluegrass, with five banks right here in Lexington. The bank concentrates its expertise in loan and deposit solutions - with an emphasis on helping business owners grow, sustain and transition their commercial ventures while more efficiently managing their cash flow.

Based on the most recent FDIC and FFEIC reporting, Traditional Bank is among the largest commercial lenders in Lexington. However, because they are also an independent, privately-held organization, the staff can focus on each individual customer. They continue to invest in smart employees, modern technology and new delivery channels -- exploring creative ways to better serve their growing client base.

CEO Bill Alverson encourages sharing new ideas and implemented an open-door policy for communication among employees. The Business Development & Client Services Team consists of a wonderful mix of banking experience, expertise and interests. Featured here are Jordan Parker, Chris Chaffin, Nicole Ware and Benjamin Coates. All four of them live in Lexington and regularly serve on local non-profits as volunteers and board members.

Because Traditional Bank is locally owned, the employees are reminded that their business is all about real people - not just numbers. The more each employee knows about the people who they do business with, and the more local businesses support each other, the stronger our communities become. 

When asked about what makes Lexington special, they all agreed that numbers don’t lie. Lexington was recently rated 21st on US News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live;” 12th on Nerdwallet’s “Best Cities to Live In” and 4th on Wallethub’s “Best-Run City in the Nation.” “We have something special going on, and the world is starting to notice,” says Chris.

The team at Traditional Bank has witnessed Lexington’s robust growth and looks forward to seeing our city impact industry, art, technology and tourism. Jordan adds,

“We think our city is going to continue getting better and better each year, and we’re excited to be part of it all.”


Creative Kitchen And Bath

1141 Industry Rd. • 859.255.6838 • CreativeKitchenandBath.com

Derrick Whitaker, part-owner of Creative Kitchen and Bath, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design. He has extensive experience in all areas of design but specializes in modernizing kitchen and bath spaces. 

Derrick enjoys creating and innovating with a business that is not only locally owned, but owned by its employees. He has worked with the sales and design teams since 1994 and considers them family. Other than the personal pride and responsibility that comes with ownership, Derrick believes that the store’s selection and expert staff give them a competitive edge for indoor and outdoor design consultation. He says, “Creative Kitchen and Bath has different ranges of products to fit all types of projects: we create beautiful kitchens and baths as well as other spaces with cabinetry needs including outdoor spaces.”

Debra Willett Hupman, CKD, CBD, ASID Allied is part-owner and a design specialist at Creative Kitchen and Bath. She has specialized in interior design for more than 35 years. 

The design professionals at Creative Kitchen and Bath have degrees in interior design and decades of design experience, giving them an industry edge. Debra says this about her remarkable team:

“We take a design project from start to finish. We start with the design concept and specify the products, cabinetry, countertops, tile and plumbing fixtures to the space. We also oversee the installation of those products in their home.”

Debra says there is no better place to raise a family than in Lexington. She loves the vibrant college town surrounded by horse farms. She is keen on supporting local Lexington businesses and knows that online shopping poses one of the greatest threats to local businesses. “It is so important to keep that in mind when deciding on where to purchase items,” she says.

 


 

The Speech Network Pediatric Feeding and Orofacial Myology Clinic

110 Dennis Dr. • 859.402.1553 • TheSpeechNetwork.org

The Speech Network was established in 2007 to assist adults and children with speech difficulties, swallowing, feeding and other orofacial activities that impacted their overall quality of life. In 2009, Lexington opened our own Speech Network clinic, including the highly specialized Pediatric Feeding and Orofacial Myology Clinic, which serve more intensive challenges related to muscular complications of the mouth and face. Amanda Moore Chastain holds the distinction of being the only certified orofacial myologist in the region. 

Some services provided by The Lexington Speech Network include occupational speech therapy,
physical therapy, lactation support and feeding assistance. The Orofacial Myology Clinic focuses more specifically on advanced techniques: feeding challenges including difficulties with latch and transfer; transition to solids or transition to oral feeds from tube feeds; picky eating or selective diets; and structural differences like tongue, lip, and cheek ties that impact oral function for feeding at all ages. According to Amanda, improvement demands a multi-pronged lifestyle approach: “We focus on making systemic changes with our patients through preventative care including breathing patterns, posture, chewing,
swallowing and speech sound interventions.”

With great knowledge comes great responsibility. The Speech Network Orofacial Myology Clinic sets high standards due to their specialized talent, said to be the most educated and experienced orofacial myologists in the Bluegrass. It has also been trusted locally as the most knowledgeable feeding clinic. 

The Speech Network also has the responsibility to support families and communities like Lexington’s. Amanda explained,

“Supporting the community is a large part of what we feel we do by connecting families with supports from other professionals that are also small business owners. Our community benefits from supporting each other, building strong relationships and expectations for excellence.”

In Amanda’s opinion, Lexington has become a great city because of our caring, communal spirit. She explained, “We are large small town that truly care for each other. We are kind, generous, forward thinking, and supportive people!”


House

1148 Industry Rd. • 859.523.3933 • housebyjsd.com

Opening their doors in March of 2010, House owners Jeremy, stuart and Dwayne have worked hard to provide design services that turn their clients’ houses into homes. Having recently moved locations to Industry Rd., “The Boys” offer design and remodeling packages as well as home accents such as lamps, wall decor and floral arrangements. 

The aptly named House owners value family and are pleased to extend their warmth and generosity to clients. Products and services are priced with affordability in mind, making the store a go-to option for Lexingtonians. Comfort, laughter and good design form the cornerstones of House, and The Boys can all remember times when customers have called House a “happy place” for them. 

Jeremy, stuart and Dwayne encourage locals to keep business flowing in Lexington because they’ve witnessed the harsh realities of corporate mergers and acquisitions. As Jeremy says, “All three of us are from small towns, and have witnessed locally owned businesses go out of business and corporations take over. With that, we’ve seen the communities change. The truth is that money spent with local business, STAYS in the community and doesn’t go to a corporate office somewhere else.” He also says that smaller businesses can empathize and act accordingly when presented with a client need because they are customers themselves. 

House’s owners site Lexington’s diversity, inclusivity and desire to improve as reasons to love our little big city. They believe that while Lexington has plenty room for improvement, it has enough enthusiasm to make the necessary changes. Jeremy adds,

“We feel that the overall sense of the community is that we are open and want to make this community better for all. We consider it a ‘small batch’ city. It’s a small enough big city, that you can be part of the community and can see and feel the changes you make.”


Design Link

[email protected] • 1.800.498.0414 • TraditionalBank.com

Traditional Bank has been serving central Kentucky since 1902. They operate 14 full-service banking centers in the Bluegrass, with five banks right here in Lexington. The bank concentrates its expertise in loan and deposit solutions - with an emphasis on helping business owners grow, sustain and transition their commercial ventures while more efficiently managing their cash flow.

Based on the most recent FDIC and FFEIC reporting, Traditional Bank is among the largest commercial lenders in Lexington. However, because they are also an independent, privately-held organization, the staff can focus on each individual customer. They continue to invest in smart employees, modern technology and new delivery channels -- exploring creative ways to better serve their growing client base.

CEO Bill Alverson encourages sharing new ideas and implemented an open-door policy for communication among employees. The Business Development & Client Services Team consists of a wonderful mix of banking experience, expertise and interests. Featured here are Jordan Parker, Chris Chaffin, Nicole Ware and Benjamin Coates. All four of them live in Lexington and regularly serve on local non-profits as volunteers and board members.

Because Traditional Bank is locally owned, the employees are reminded that their business is all about real people - not just numbers. The more each employee knows about the people who they do business with, and the more local businesses support each other, the stronger our communities become. 

When asked about what makes Lexington special, they all agreed that numbers don’t lie. Lexington was recently rated 21st on US News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live;” 12th on Nerdwallet’s “Best Cities to Live In” and 4th on Wallethub’s “Best-Run City in the Nation.” “We have something special going on, and the world is starting to notice,” says Chris.

The team at Traditional Bank has witnessed Lexington’s robust growth and looks forward to seeing our city impact industry, art, technology and tourism. Jordan adds,

“We think our city is going to continue getting better and better each year, and we’re excited to be part of it all.”


Kentucky Eagle, inc.

2440 Innovation Dr. • 1.800.252.3434 • KyEagle.net

Kentucky Eagle, Inc. is a Direct Store Distributor (DSD) that delivers malt beverages, wine and spirits and most recently, MooShine Beer Cheese to vendors across Kentucky. Chairman Ann Bakhaus’ grandfather, O.A. Bakhaus, purchased Kentucky Eagle in 1948. The company celebrates a 70-year anniversary this year. Ann adds, “We’re proud to be a third-generation family operation – family-built and locally-driven.”

Over those seven decades, Kentucky Eagle has expanded in both service area and product offerings, but what has remained constant are their family values, dedication to serving the community and providing jobs for more than160 Kentucky employees. Additionally, they have supported organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Lexington Foundation, Hope Lodge, Horse Park Foundation and Kentucky Executive Mansion Foundation Board. 

Because Kentucky Eagle delivers beverages rain or shine, during the holidays and on the weekends to stock bars, grocery stores, liquor stores, drug stores and convenience stores to 18 counties, they like to to say, “We drive for your weekend.” Kentucky Eagle represent classic brands like Anheuser-Busch, Yuengling, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, alongside Lexington favorites such as Lexington Brewing Company, Country Boy, Blue Stallion, Ethereal, Pivot Brewing and Mirror Twin. 

“But our work goes beyond distributing products,” says Tate Sherman, President of Kentucky Eagle. “As a local business ourselves, we take pride in supporting other local businesses. For new brewers, distillers and wineries, Kentucky Eagle provides a route to market so that consumers can try new products and enjoy the latest offerings. Additionally, we maintain the highest standards of products and ensure the quality of everything we deliver. When a recall occurs, we locate the product and pull it from shelves immediately.”

Distribution professionals usually agree on many things — growing the beer, wine and spirits business, treating all suppliers with honesty, integrity and commitment, and ensuring only safe, fresh products reach consumers. But Kentucky Eagle goes further by exemplifying their people driven core values — teamwork, accountability, integrity and community — through their everyday work. “For us, this means supporting local business through partnerships, supporting our people through a positive work environment and supporting our community through service,” says Tate.

She continues,

“When local business is supported, those dollars stay local and generate more economic support and stability for our community. Thus making our cities, counties and state stronger. When a local beer, wine or spirit is purchased through a local retailer, that product was delivered by your local distributor, therefore impacting hundreds of local jobs just by one purchase! This is demonstrated best by one of our core values: community. To move forward, we have to give back”.

Ann and Tate agree that Lexington is an amazing city in so many respects. Why? “Lexington harbors what most residents and visitors seek — sightseeing and entertainment, along with great places to work, attend college, see live sports and raise a family. When fun, family values, education and local businesses combine, Lexington can accomplish anything,” says Ann.


CRM Companies

145 Rose St. • 859.225.3680 • crmco.com

CEO Craig Turner owns and manages CRM Development Company, Inc., which employs more than 750 people across the across its diverse portfolio of companies that the company either owns or leases. CRM has been in business for 21 years, providing on-site property management and facility maintenance services for franchises nationwide. Built specifically to develop, own and operate an ever-expanding portfolio, CRM manages a large variety of facilities within the restaurant, retail, office and hospitality industries. 

Since their inception, Craig Turner has worked alongside President Wayne Wellman. The local and national relationships the company was built upon have proven indispensable to continuous growth into several sectors. Some of their most notable investments include MOD Pizza and Raising Cane’s, two of the restaurant franchises they manage in Lexington and outside areas. 

As employers of several hundred Kentuckians, Craig and Wayne are passionate about seeing Central Kentucky thrive with good business management and the most industrious employees. Craig said:

“Local businesses employ people in our community, building our city’s economy driving healthy economic growth for our city to prosper and become an even better place to call home.”

When asked what sets CRM companies apart, Craig noted that they strive for excellent customer service and ask the same of their staff. He said, “CRM prides itself on providing a personal touch for all projects and this is the top priority for its hospitality sector. The company proves itself everyday by its unparalleled customer satisfaction.”

Craig Turner said he loves living in Lexington and owning a business here because he believes we live in an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and business growth. He also believes that when Lexington people work hard and build valuable companies, they can donate to those in need. Craig added: “Philanthropy is the ultimate reward for developing, owning, and managing a successful company. Lexington’s small town feel provides an economic landscape for businesses to thrive. This city understands the importance of community. The people here are some of the most giving and philanthropic people in the country.”


Corman & Associates

881 Floyd Dr. • 859.233.0544 • Cormans.com

Dan Corman started Cormans in 1947 as a window trimming and decorating service for Lexington’s stores and homes. Seventy-one years later, Cormans manufactures wood products for customers across the country and around the world. Recently, Gates Corman graduated from UK and began working with his father and current owner Ted, making Gates the third generation to work for the family business. The Corman roots still run deep in Lexington as they have grown alongside the city for more than seven decades. Central Kentucky offers a wealth of resources for a small business from talented employees, great supply networks and loyal customers. Geographically, Lexington is also positioned perfectly to market locally produced goods and services on a national scale.

Though their primary product is cabinets, Gates says that’s only a small part of what they produce:

“We offer such a wide variety of woodworking and display products. Whether the Visitor Center at Buffalo Trace Distillery, the 4-H Cloverville exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair or Chuck E Cheese restaurants — our versatility, mixed with our staff of experienced craftsmen and designers, sets us apart from our competition.”


Kentucky Foot Professionals

2659 Regency Rd. Ste. #1 • 859.278.7313 • KyFootPros.net

Dr. Chris Bryant, D.P.M., is the business owner and podiatric surgeon at Kentucky Foot Professionals. Dr. Bryant has owned and operated the business while practicing medicine for 18 years. He provides general foot and ankle care as well as MLS laser therapy for foot and ankle pain, a specialty ingrown clinic and the Aqua Roll, an alternative medicine treatment that increases circulation, improves pain and helps patients recover from surgery. Kentucky Foot Professionals prides itself on being the only podiatry office in Lexington offering Aqua Roll. Dr. Bryant also sells speciality shoes, including VIONIC footwear, for various foot and ankle support needs. 

Dr. Bryant says his practice excels because of its modern innovations and technology within a warm environment. Dr. Bryant believes listening to patients’ complaints helps him find the most helpful treatment path. He’s proud to be part of a community that has created a vibrant culture that celebrates food, horses, bourbon and the uniqueness of its own people.


Market on National

730 National Ave. • 859.327.3876 • MarketonNational.com

Market on National, owned by Clare Henson, is a local furniture and home decor boutique, located on National Ave. Celebrating its 3 year anniversary, Market on National has a full inventory of name-brand items at affordable prices and a friendly, expert staff prepared to assist with home decorating needs. With a wide selection of home items from furniture to lamps to wall art, as well as highly personalized design consultations, Clare believes everyone deserves a space that reflects their own personality.

Clare and her team give free service consultations to new clients to find the customized solution that works best with their home; color consultations and quick fix programs are two popular services among their customers. For clients that like to do most of their own decorating but prefer not to do the grunt work of measuring specifications, they also have a comprehensive floor plan service. Clare understands that complementing all the pieces within one space requires hard work and attention to detail, but her team works with customers until they find the best fit. She says,

“Our work isn’t just about offering any furniture into your home, it’s about providing the best for you. We truly believe beautiful things are created when people share ideas, interests, and everything they love.”

Seeing other small businesses succeed in Lexington makes Clare feel as though she’s part of a like-minded community that cares about customer outcome. She hopes that Lexington will turn to local businesses, like Market on National, before consulting national chain stores: “We know taking on a design project can be overwhelming and confusing. We believe practicing locally provides you with the best service around. We do all space planning in house, source from all of our manufacturers, and even are there to deliver your customized furniture. From beginning to end, we want to take the stress away from you.”


Carson’s Food & Drink

362 E. Main St. • 859.309.3039 • CarsonsFoodandDrink.com

Carson’s opened its “casual, yet refined” downtown restaurant in 2016. A full-service restaurant and bar lies within the polished, yet welcoming atmosphere. Owner Mark Fichtner named his restaurant after his son, Carson, who he says embodies the principles he strives to emulate within the restaurant: kindness to others, a dedication to excellence and a penchant for hospitality. 

Carson’s specializes in new approaches to old favorite foods, Prohibition-era cocktails and handpicked wines and beers. And don’t forget – an impressive selection of Kentucky scotch and bourbon! Carson’s serves lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hours, often accompanied by live jazz music. 

Mark says his secret to success lies in disregarding the efforts of competing restaurants and simply striving for the best possible work, every single day. His commitment to his customers shows in the personal attention to small details that signify his values and love for customers. For example, within the foundation of the restaurant lies their family Bible with a dedication letter to Lexington and all restaurant patrons safely tucked within its pages.

Similarly, the Carson’s crew shows their love for Lexington through everything, from the barn doors from Dixiana farm and refurbished fencing from Sierra Farm to the murals painted by local artists and antique bourbon barrels on their shelves.

There is actually a story behind each piece of art inside the restaurant. Mark explains,

“The Buffalo Trace mural was painted similarly to an old family portrait that hangs above the fireplace, with bright colors and countless hours of detail. The Woodford Reserve mural was made to look as if it had been painted years ago on the side of an old building, fading as the years pass. Finally, our mural of Stonestreet Thoroughbred Farm, featuring Rachel Alexandra, brings Kentucky and California together with Kendall Jackson and Stonestreet wines. We thank Mike Martinez, local artist, for his beautiful work.”

Mark believes that by supporting local businesses, we can maintain a stronger economic base for a growing Commonwealth: “We keep our money in Kentucky which helps our economy. Supporting local business supports local employees.”


 

 

 

 



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