Notes From the Food Scene:

Town Branch Distillery is diving into the world of experimental bourbons! The exclusive new spirit, Town Branch® Bourbon: Sherry Cask Finished, is a 9-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey from the early days of Town Branch Distillery. Finishing the bourbon in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks gives this new expression an exceptionally smooth finish with a depth of flavor, including notes of roasted pecans with dried plums and raisins. This limited-release edition’s launch coincided with the induction of late distillery founder Dr. Pearse Lyons into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

A second location of Sakura will occupy the former Smashburger spot on Nicholasville Road late this year. It will be a sit-down restaurant with a slightly more upscale menu than their current Winchester Road eatery.

Smokin’ Aces Coffee Company is coming to 471 Jefferson Street. The coffee micro-roaster will have coffee from various countries, allowing guests to discover new tastes. 

Eight Horse Bakery will open at 442 South Ashland Avenue in Chevy Chase. The gluten-free bakery will feature cakes, pies, breads, cookies and candies. They will also accommodate other food allergies with select offerings.

Drake’s is now in Brannon Crossing! Known as a restaurant that loves beer and a bar that loves food, Drake’s is everyone’s favorite place to come play.

Ranada’s, The Bistro at Chenault Vineyards opened in mid-September. Chef Ranada Riley, formerly of Lexington Diner, is pouring her creative efforts into the new bistro.

New in Town:

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Rides Into Town

When Coba Cocina closed, everyone wondered what would fill the massive space. Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse stepped up to the challenge, bringing their award-winning Churrascaria to Lexington. The concept is already much-loved in Hilton-Head, Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, featuring a “parade” of 16 USDA Prime cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork plus salad bar with some hot items in an all-you-can-eat style indulgence.

On the second floor, spiked milkshakes and tapas will make for fun get-togethers. And for anyone wondering, the jellyfish tank will house some other kind of aquatic creature, but it will surely be as much of an attraction as Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse’s delicious fare!


CoolBluLex Offers Expert Sculpting Care

CoolBluLex is setting a new standard in patient care for non-invasive fat reduction. They have one of the most experienced CoolSculpting teams in the area, allowing them to offer a level of expertise and knowledge that is unmatched. As a Board-Certified plastic surgery office in the Waldman Schantz Turner Plastic Surgery Center, patients can rest assured knowing that their care providers are the best.

CoolSculpting is the safest FDA-cleared non-surgical treatment for more areas of the body than any other fat-freezing treatment on the market. It can be used on back, bra and armpit fat, the abdominal area, upper arm, inner and outer thighs and more. The CoolBluLex team is thrilled to offer top-notch care and absolute expertise.


New Frontier Outfitters has great Appalachian Gear for Adventurous People

Specializing in fun apparel for your everyday adventure, New Frontier Outfitters offers products that celebrate Kentucky and Appalachian culture. Their designs have a cool retro vibe that will make for great gifts, and their comfortable, livable fabrics mean they’re perfect whether you’re rock climbing or mall hopping.

Owners and Co-Founders Joshua and Jared Ravenscraft invite everyone to “enjoy every journey, one season at a time.” No doubt their stickers and decals will be popping up all over the Bluegrass, and their hoodies are perfect for the fall hiking season!

From soft tees and tanks to trucker hats, New Frontier Outfitters has something for every adventurer. Shop online, or at their new Morehead, KY brick and mortar location.


Frenchies Modern Nail Care Offers a New Nail Experience

Now open in Lexington Green, Frenchies Modern Nail Care offers a modern, clean, healthy mani/pedi. 

They offer a bright, modern interior and everything is clean beyond regulation requirements: Frenchies believes in exceeding industry standards when it comes to customer health and comfort. They do not offer acrylics, instead focusing on nail services that don’t cause harsh chemical smells. That makes the experience a great one–and a safer one–for clients and nail techs alike!

With locations in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico and Oregon, Frenchies is making a big splash in the nail care world. Discover the difference at Franchise.


Lexington Clinic Welcomes Two New Physicians 

Lexington Clinic is excited to announce that two new physicians are now a part of Central Kentucky’s largest, multi-specialty medical group.

Dana Barnett, DO is a part of the Pediatrics department and sees patients at Lexington Clinic Beaumont, where she is accepting new patients. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky after receiving her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Barnett is board-eligible in Pediatrics.

Amy Higgins, MD  has joined their Internal Medicine/Pediatrics department and is seeing patients at Lexington Clinic Richmond. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Louisville after receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Higgins is board-eligible in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and is accepting new patients.


Battle Axes Coming to the Distillery District

A residential remodeler and elementary school teacher seem like unlikely people to love throwing axes around, but Shawn and Mary Courtney are thrilled to bring this fantastic recreational activity to town. The first hatchet-throwing venue in the area, the sport hails from Toronto and is played in 55 cities and 7 countries. 

Battle Axes will open in October in the James E. Pepper Distillery District. They will host corporate events, teambuilding activities, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and venue rentals for private events. They also invite curious individuals, couples and friends to make advance reservations online to throw some hatchets and learn why this sport is growing around the world so quickly!


Verdant Investments Offers Socially Responsible Investing

Verdant Investments combines traditional investing strategies with SRI investing philosophies. By incorporating these material, non-financial factors, they strive to construct high-quality portfolios that create a measurable and positive impact on some of the world’s biggest issues. They research rigorously and review meticulously, striving to ensure that each portfolio performs the way it should.

Verdant’s portfolios are custom-built for each client, to focus on the issues that they feel matter most. Whether the client is guided by investing for the environment, animal welfare, women’s empowerment, workplace equality or another cause, Verdant will create an investing solution that fits.


Logan's of Lexington Opening in Lexington Green

With a history in Lexington dating back over 54 years, Logan’s of Lexington is thrilled to usher in the next chapter of their story. This fall, Logan’s will be moving to the Mall at Lexington Green, bringing their time-honored tradition of excellent customer care to the popular shopping and entertainment destination.

Logan’s had previously been at their Tates Creek Centre location for 25 years. They are excited for their future at the Lexington Green location, which will span 8,600 square feet! In addition to the great lines you’ve always found at Logan’s, like Peter Millar, Vineyard Vines, Allen Edmonds and Southern Tide, they will now offer classic collections like Barbour. In fact, Logan’s at Lexington Green will offer the largest in-stock suit and sport coat selection in the state of Kentucky with the finest names in men’s clothing like Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey Freeman, Southwick, Baroni and more!

City News:

Water Quality Projects Provide Benefits Along the Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail has a lot to say about the beauty of the Bluegrass farmland. But in Coldstream Park, it also has something to say about the environmental work that is keeping Lexington’s farmland beautiful.

The Legacy Trail in Coldstream Park now includes small rest area for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We saw this project as an opportunity to provide conveniences that the public wanted,” said Charles Martin, Acting Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works. “We needed to build the tank, but we wanted it to be more than a plain piece of infrastructure due to its prominent location along the Legacy Trail.”

The city partnered with HDR, Element Design and SCAPE Landscape Architecture on the additions.

After meetings with community stakeholders, Water Quality settled on a practical design that includes restrooms, a water bottle filling station, bike racks and seating, along with trees and landscaping to provide shade.

“We know the importance of the world-class farmland that surrounds our city,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “So we are cleaning up our streams in one of the biggest environmental projects any city our size has ever undertaken. Just like the trail, the overhaul of our sanitary sewers is a legacy to future generations.”

Near the Legacy Trail in Coldstream Park, there is a large concrete tank that is one key part of Lexington’s sewer system overhaul.

Also nearby, a stream has been restored, with wetlands that filter the water naturally. Lower Cane Run Creek is one source of water that supplies downstream communities.

System Wide Overhaul: As part of the sanitary sewer work, broken pipes are being replaced and bigger pipes are being installed, where needed. (One of the projects now under construction involves the replacement of sanitary sewer pipes on East Main.) Through the Capacity Assurance Program, the city evaluates each proposed development project to make sure there is enough wastewater treatment capacity before the plans are approved.  

“This is an enormous sanitary sewer initiative throughout our City. It is a commitment to the environment and to the future,” Gray said. The work is expected to be largely complete by 2026.

This (stormwater) project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action under the Clean Water Act, United States et al. v. Lexington- ­Fayette Urban County Government, brought on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

courtesy of Susan Straub


Lexington Wins $2 Million to Fight Opioid Abuse

Lexington has funds for additional weapons to use in the war on opioid abuse thanks to a $2 million federal grant.

“This is a public health emergency and we’ve worked hard to put programs in place that our citizens need,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “This grant will help us build on those programs.”

The grant, which stretches over four years, will largely be used for naloxone kits to be distributed through the Health Department, and to supply deputies at the Sheriff’s Office.

“We will also hire an overdose prevention coordinator … someone to get people who have overdosed into treatment,” Gray said.

In addition, the grant will fund outreach efforts to help people understand the “Good Samaritan Law,” which provides legal protections for individuals who call for emergency assistance in the event of a drug overdose. For example, the caller would be protected from charges for crimes such as drug possession, or drug paraphernalia possession.

Gray thanked both U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr for their support of the City’s grant application.

“As Kentucky continues to combat the scourge of substance abuse, I applaud the Lexington community for being awarded these resources,” McConnell said. “Bolstering the capabilities of first responders and community partners is a key part of our comprehensive work to save lives through prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts.  As Senate Majority Leader, I have played a pivotal role in securing more than $8 billion in funding over the past few months to ensure communities, like Lexington, have the necessary tools to keep families safe. I will continue to prioritize congressional action to fight back against addiction.”

Barr said, “As many of us are too familiar, the opioid crisis is hurting Kentuckians across all demographics, backgrounds and regions. That’s why I have supported record level federal funding for grant programs like this one to give states the flexibility to address this crisis on the local level. Our family, neighbors and friends are looking to us to provide answers, and this awarded grant will give Fayette County local officials, law enforcement and first responders the resources they need to assist Kentuckians struggling with addiction.”

Since 2015, the City and community partners have increased their efforts to prevent opioid overdoses through a variety of programs, including the needle exchange operated by the Health Department, establishment of a Substance Abuse Intervention Program, treatment programs at the Detention Center, equipping police and firefighters with naloxone,  workshops at area churches, an on-line service directory for treatment programs, joining a class action lawsuit to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable, and hiring the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to conduct a needs assessment concerning the opioid epidemic in Lexington. The results of that study will be presented to Urban County Councilmembers this afternoon.

“Coupled with the findings of the recent needs assessment, this grant award will strengthen Lexington overdose prevention networks, by expanding local infrastructure and availability to resources,” said Chris Ford, the City’s Commissioner of Social Services. “This is a major step forward in helping residents impacted by substance use disorder find recovery and regain health.”


Tutor Doctor is Here to Help Local Leaners Thrive

There are few of us who remember when doctors actually made house calls. Thanks to the opening of Tutor Doctor of The Bluegrass, franchise owner Suzanne Phillips is giving a new meaning to “the doctor is in.” Tutor Doctor, a customizable one-to-one, in-home tutoring service designed to help students of all ages and subject levels, is now serving west and south Lexington and all of Nicholasville. 

Suzanne Phillips comes to Tutor Doctor after a successful 17-year career in the electrical/energy industry. After struggling to find the right support for one of her children while still meeting the needs of the other four children, she recognizes the impact a positive tutoring experience has on the success and quality of life for the learners and their families. 

Tutor Doctor starts with an in-depth academic and learning style assessment given in the student’s home in order to create a custom program and to find the perfect match between the tutor and student. In addition to working with the students’ current curriculum, Tutor Doctor’s Academic Game Plan focuses on the development of key executive functions, such as organizational skills, time management, and task prioritization, to help students become high performers in school and in life.

Now Open:

Downtown Drs. Brown Brings a New Kind of Primary Care

Upbeat primary care? It almost sounds too good to be true, but that’s exactly what Downtown Drs. Brown promises.

Drs. Cady and Ryan Brown took their practice to the former Jefferson Center building at West on 2nd. They aim to offer a high level of individualized care, allowing them to provide a deeper level of focus and service for every patient.

Patients will receive a host of specialized care items, including an Annual Wellness Visit where the doctor will help prepare a year-long care plan that they will monitor throughout the year. The plan may include health coaching, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, therapy, nutrition education and various other holistic approaches.