By Jordan Holt And Amanda Harper


New in Town

Wild Fig gets new life as a worker cooperative in Lexington

North Limestone’s Wild Fig Books and Coffee, owned by Kentucky writer Crystal Wilkinson and her partner Ronald Davis, closed its doors in September. This November, a new version of  Wild Fig was formed, a worker cooperative led by April Taylor.

Taylor is now the co-founder and worker-owner, bringing a new perspective to the Wild Fig business. The goal is to involve more people in the decision making process rather than just a few individuals discussing the big ideas.

As a result, Taylor hopes to expand the legacy and the community Wild Fig reaches. Changes include a larger inventory that now has smudging materials, herbs, crystals and gemstones. There is also a co-working space to features documentary screenings. Guests will love the $5 meal deal, as well as the array of coffee drinks and pastries to choose from Desserts by Jai.

If there’s one thing to expect on North Limestone, it’s diversity. This street is a fun and engaging combination of all sorts of stores, restaurants and people. It’s a street of stories and celebration: Wild Fig is making its mark as a part of the neightborhood’s unique cultural landscape.

Since opening in November, Wild Fig has already surpassed their three-month sales projections. They look forward to welcoming any and all members of the Lexington community.


Ranada’s offers eclectic cuisine and a taste of local culture on Old Vine

When Walker’s closed in November, many wondered what would take its spot. Owner Larry Dean decided to give the eatery an overhaul, putting local chef Ranada Riley at the helm at Executive Chef.

Ranada’s Bistro & Bar features a menu carefully chosen by Riley. The eclectic menu pays homage to her culinary heroes while offering up surprise, alongside a touch of the familiar.

What’s on the menu? From her Irish Eggrolls (corned beef, Swiss cheese, potatoes and grilled sauerkraut stuffed eggrolls with traditional Russian dressing) to the Bourbon Beef Banh Mi (sautéed beef tenderloin tips, bourbon soy marinade, sweet chili banh mi vegetables with Bulleit bourbon ginger glaze), there’s truly something for every taste. Flavors from Indian, Cuban, Southern, Asian and Italian cuisines appear in Ranada’s dishes, ready to pair with a wine or beer from their extensive selection.

Riley noticed that many artistic venues have closed in recent months and wanted to build local culture into the eatery’s DNA. The walls are adorned with local art. Live music is a regular feature and special cultural events will be scheduled throughout the year to welcome everyone to gather and get a taste of something different.

Ranada’s is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. They have plans to add lunch and brunch service in the future.

Business News

Kentucky-based Alltech cuts ribbon on England office

A newly built office in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, was opened by Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech president and CEO, and Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and director of corporate image and design.

The 70,000-square-foot innovative design was initiated by Deirdre Lyons in late 2015 to accommodate Alltech’s growth in an office-only site. The office now reflects the nature of Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, with open spaces designed to nurture creativity and innovation.

“Our new building, designed by Mrs. Lyons, brings together many of our Alltech teams for greater collaboration and improved service to our customers in animal and crop nutrition,” said Alric Blake, chief operating officer of Alltech. “Dr. Pearse Lyons established a culture of creativity and innovation at Alltech,” said Blake. “Our new U.K. office reflects that spirit as the company continues to grow and carry the mission forward.”

Around Town

“Let’s Dance, The Last Dance... One More Time” at the African American Ball!

The African American Forum invites everyone to join them for “an evening of elegance, a night of excellence!”

The African American Ball Grand Gala Finale will be held Saturday, January 19th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream ballroom. Each year, the ball has been one of Lexington’s can’t-miss signature events. Art, culture and entertainment join together to make an unforgettable evening.

Tickets are limited. Net proceeds benefit the African American Forum Endowment Fund. The African American Forum, a non-profit arts and cultural organization, is committed to developing programs that support and highlight the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans. By sharing experiences reflective of African American culture, they encourage individuals to embrace diversity and, in doing so, create a greater, more united culture.

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Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital offers connected care

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital has been a part of the Central Kentucky community for over 60 years, providing high-quality rehabilitative care for patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, hip fracture and amputation.

The hospital was purchased by HealthSouth Corp. in 2015. One of the nation’s leading providers of in-patient rehabilitation services, HealthSouth recently changed its name to Encompass Health Corp.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital continues to provide the same connected care and superior outcomes for patients by creating customized care plans for each individual. They remain committed to giving hope and enhancing outcomes for patients and their families through excellent physical rehabilitation care.

Local News

Lexington activist receives presidential recognition

Late President George H.W. Bush founded a program known as Points of Light to recognize individuals around the country for their volunteer efforts. The spotlight is shining on one deserving Lexingtonian.

Devine Carama was the recipient of this honor for his work with non-profit “Believing in Forever”. Carama is well-known across the state as an artist and activist, particularly for his “A Coat to Keep the Cold Away” campaign in 2017.

The drive featured Carama rapping outside in the freezing weather for 48 hours straight without a coat. He sustained frostbite, but achieved his goal of spreading awareness about how many children endure the cold without a coat each year. Carama then distributed coats to those in need, making winter a little warmer for children of Kentucky.

This year, Carama embarked on a round-trip journey from Lexington to Morehead on foot, all without a coat. The campaign efforts led Carama and Believing in Forever to spread awareness and deliver 3,000 coats to children without coats in Kentucky.

The effort of Carama managed to improve the lives of thousands, and will continue to do so in the years to come. Follow Believing in Forever on Facebook to learn how to support this important mission.