The Holly Day Market is Back! 

Featuring more than 100 unique vendors from across the country, this year’s Junior League of Lexington Holly Day Market will be held November 30th - December 2nd at the Lexington Convention Center. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the three-day shopping event, which offers the best apparel, jewelry, children’s gifts, holiday décor, unique home goods and more. The Holly Day Market also includes fun daily events, like cookies with Santa, crafting classes, performances, free massages and a silent auction of over 250 items.

“I am so proud of how much the Holly Day Market has grown over the years.  I am honored to be the 12th Market Chair and excited to add so many more local merchants and workshops to the event this year,” says Joy Dineen.

“The money we raise goes to local worthy organizations and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of our local community."

Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League of Lexington’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the lives of individuals in Central Kentucky.

This year, the Holly Day Market is thrilled to partner with local merchants at the Cookies with Santa event on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-4pm. Children under 10 are offered free admission. Adult admission is free with paid admission into the Market. Children can sip hot chocolate with Santa and Mrs. Claus, do holiday crafts with ArtPlay Studio, interact with princesses from Once Upon a Dream Tea Room, as well as enjoy offerings from AquaTots, Click Photo Booth and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the market and party, visit

Times and Special Events: 

Friday, November 30th

10am – 6pm at the Lexington Center

• Ribbon Cutting: 10am sponsored by Plastic Surgeons of Lexington

• Holiday Floral Arranging Workshop by Rose and Thistle: 1pm (Pre-registration required)

Saturday, December 1st

10am – 6pm at the Lexington Center

• Bow Making Class with Peggy Queen from Peggy’s Gifts & Accessories: 10:30am (Pre-registration required)

• Door Hanger Class with Door Belle Designs: 12:30 – 2pm (Pre-registration required)

Sunday, December 2nd

11am – 5 pm at the Lexington Center

• Cookies with Santa: 1-4 pm

• Silhouettes by Timothy Arnold: 11am-5pm (Pre-registration required)

New in Town

Gamfi by Fusioncorp is changing the way visitors see Lexington

Fusioncorp is a technology company based in Lexington. After relocating headquarters to North Forbes Road in summer 2018, Gamifi by Fusioncorp was launched and “new” became the norm. At the celebration for the grand opening of the headquarters, Gamifi by Fusioncorp introduced the latest wave of tech to one of the clients in attendance, VisitLEX.

VisitLex was presented with a new app by Gamifi by Fusioncorp, and experience app that uses augmented reality to provide interactive walking tours and scavenger hunts downtown.

The goal of the app is to strengthen Lexington’s tourism toolbox.

This app will help attract more visitors to the downtown area and will help provide tourists with history and facts behind the city. As the hour long virtual tour takes place, users learn fast facts about what they’re seeing, and collect blue horses along the way. The app begins the virtual tour a the historic downtown courthouse, where the VisitLex office is now located.

Fusioncorp and Gamifi are thrilled to be adding to the Lexington tourist experience. Other applications by Gamifi are used in the area to promote Bluegrass attractions and destinations, such as the Augmented Reality baseball card collection app for the Lexington Legends and the Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail.

Entertainment News

Walker Montgomery album Simple Town available now

Kentucky native and country singer Walker Montgomery recently released his debut EP called Simple Town on October 19th. When the album dropped, fans went wild.

This is no surprise in Central Kentucky, considering the “Simple Town” Montgomery sings about is Lexington’s neighboring city of Nicholasville. Locals can’t help but feel a sense of pride and belonging listening to the young artist’s lyrics and great music. The five song album has been a hit in the area. The single “Simple Town” was produced by Colt Ford and Noah Gordon. The video reflects the beauty of the Bluegrass State and appreciation for the uncomplicated lifestyle Montgomery grew up knowing.

Country music is in his blood: he is the son of multi-platinum selling country music star, John Michael Montgomery, and nephew of Eddie Montgomery, of Montgomery Gentry. He stays true to his Bluegrass roots, sometimes performing live at Kroger Field for pregame concerts in support of the University of Kentucky.

Be sure to check out Montgomery’s new album today, available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and on his  website.

New Location

Drake’s is now open in Brannon Crossing​

The company that brings Malone’s, Harry’s, Aqua Sushi, OBC Kitchen, and Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions is adding a location to the fun! Brannon Crossing recently became the home of Drake’s, a Bluegrass Hospitality Group restaurant.

This will be the 10th Drake’s location, with restaurants already in Lexington, Louisville, Florence, Indianapolis, Alabama and Tennessee. The construction at East Brannon and Lancer Drive began in 2017, and the grand opening took place on September 25th.

The Drake’s menu that Lexington knows and loves is up and running, with classic items such as “smashed” burgers and fries, craft beer, sliders, salads, chili and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Aqua Sushi menu!

The Brannon Crossing Drake’s takes on the same casual night-out feel as its sister locations. The fun, easy-going atmosphere encourages customers to enjoy themselves, their food, and their friends.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or a late night, Drake’s is a great place to hang out.

On certain nights, Drake’s features themed activities. Sunday and Monday include trivia with half-off beer towers. Tuesday’s are better known as Takeaway Tuesday’s. Starting at 6pm, Drake’s features a different craft beer with tap night specials and prizes from the brewery. Whiskey Wednesday includes $5 and $6 whiskey selections. Thursday, of course, is Thirsty Thursday.  Daily specials and times may vary based on location, but whichever location it may be, customers can expect discounted drinks. Friday’s are none other than Fireball Friday’s. Things heat up with $4 Fireball shots, $5 cinnamon toast crunch shots, and $6 angry balls cocktail.

Whatever day of the week it may be, Drake’s has something for everyone. The Brannon Crossing location jumped right into the good-time spirit offered by all Bluegrass Hospitality locations, combining club and pub into one fun place. However, the fun doesn’t stop here. Number ten will not be the last we see of Drake’s. Chattanooga, TN will be getting its very own come 2019.

The more burgers and people, the merrier here in the Bluegrass. Grab some friends and join the fun at Drake’s at Brannon Crossing. Don’t get too full on starters such as Warm Pretzels and Beer Cheese or Drake’s Nachos: remember to save room for a smashed burger or tasty sandwich. And in true Drake’s fashion, be sure to enjoy the meal with a delicious drink.

Local Business News

Good Foods Co-op announces exciting leadership changes

Good Foods Co-op has recently made several changes in leadership. Former HR Manager Kat Luchtefeld is now the General Manager. Luchtefeld brings two years of experience with Good Foods, and knows the staff very well. With a background in economics and law education, she was a clear fit for the position. Luchtefeld is a proud wife and mother of two, and enjoys running and being involved in the community. She is thrilled to help shape their future on Southland Drive.

Produce Manager Rob Walker, also an elected member of Good Foods Co-op board of directors, was promoted to Retail Operations Manager. Walker has proudly represented the Co-op for eight years, taking on a variety of roles in that time. He has worked as a corrections officer, at Lexmark, in music production, and remains heavily involved with the community as a minister.

With the new positions in management, this means Good Foods Co-op’s leadership team is entirely made up of women and minorities. Good Foods Co-op continues to be the only cooperatively-owned grocery store in Kentucky since being founded in 1972, with over 8,000 owners in the community.  Other leadership team members include: Marketing Manager - Lauren Gawthrop; Deli Operations Manager - Shannon Willard; Systems Development Manager - Sheryl McCoy Gray and Finance Manager - Melanie Fowler.

Coming Soon

Miracles Bakery is partnering with Joseph-Beth booksellers on a new concept

Miracles Bakery is partnering with Joseph-Beth to bring an upscale organic coffee and pastry concept to Lexington. Soon, shoppers will be ably to enjoy hand crafted drinks and tasty treats when browsing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green Mall. More details are coming, but rest assured that the concept will be a delicious and uplifting experience for every guest!

Denise Walsh started Miracles Bakery because she saw firsthand how her son, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, struggled with allergens. She made a bakery that served many dietary needs while still tasting delicious.

New in Town

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery

Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery is an up and coming affordable, high quality cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine practice in downtown Lexington. Located at 110 W Vine St, Suite 300, the new business is convenient for Lexington locals.

Jazzi’s is dedicated to enhancing beauty by enhancing customer experience with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The practice is approachable yet highly professional, and includes microneedling, acne treatment, hair removal, injectables, tattoo removals and many other services. The dedicated staff makes great service and excellent patient care a top priority. Understanding patients’ visions and goals is key to providing a quality experience, and this new business is well-prepared to take on the needs and desires any customer may bring to the table. Jazzi Cosmetic Surgery makes keeping up with proper skin care easy and stress free.  Book your consultation today and begin your journey to happier and healthier skin!

Holiday Happenings

Kick Off the Holiday Season with The Square!

Surround yourself with stylish brands, distinctive dining and festive entertainment during The Square’s annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 24th from 3-8pm.

This delightful event features activities and offerings to thrill every member of the family! In the atrium from 3-7pm, children can visit Father Christmas and receive an adorable elf hat (while supplies last). Create a keepsake holiday craft or ornament together while you enjoy live holiday music. Make a minimum $10 purchase from a participating store and bring the receipt to the atrium, where you will select a candy cane and get a gift certificate to one of The Square’s great shops or restaurants!

This festive, fun event is a can’t-miss way to kick off the holiday season.

Continue the memories with a visit to Luminate Lexington in Triangle Park from 3-7pm with a holiday market, ice-skating and live entertainment. Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30pm. Santa will arrive to turn the key that will light the tree, as well as all of Lexington’s glittering holiday lights. It’s a wonderful Lexington tradition!

With incredible shopping, dining and entertainment, The Square is your fun-filled holiday destination!