• Fireworks sales are booming

    If you’re thinking of getting some fireworks for the 4th of July holiday, you better get cracking. Stands around town are selling out quickly, with most dealers saying they will be out of merchandise by July 4th, and possibly even before.

    And that’s not unusual.

    Over the last decade, consumer fireworks sales have increased by more than 28 percent, rising from $587 million to more than $755 million in 2015.

  • Just peachy

    Today is the first day for a new venture for Mulberry Orchard – a new roadside stand featuring fresh peaches.

    The stand will be located on KY 55, at the intersection of Stoney Point, which is 8 miles from the intersection of U.S. 60 heading toward Henry County.

    Amanda Gajdzik, co-owner of Mulberry Orchard, located at 1330 Mulberry Pike, along with her husband, Matt, said the stand will be open Friday and Saturday mornings.

  • Cyber groceries

    Some older folks who remember phoning in an order to the grocery and then going to pick it up in years past, may notice a similarity in Kroger’s new shopping service.

    The only difference is, instead of phoning in your order, you do it online, said Brandee Flynn, E-commerce manager for Kroger.

  • Occupations with sizzle

    From frozen treats to camping, swimming and landscaping, summer is the peak season for many seasonal businesses.

    The smell of freshly mown grass is a trademark scent for summer, and landscaping and lawn services have been keeping busy.

    “We’re working six days a week right now,” said John Lewis, owner of Johnny’s Lawn Service.

    Although he and his staff keep busy year-round, the hot months are doubly so, especially this year, he said.

  • Charter purchase of TWC complete

    Time Warner Cable, which serves Shelby County, has now changed hands.

    The move comes after a recent approval by federal regulators for Charter Communications’ $65.5 billion acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, creating a new cable company that will focus more on broadband in the wake of the decline of traditional television.

    This change comes on the heels of TWC’s upgrade to its internet system in Shelby County.

  • Faurecia to open today

    A Simpsonville auto manufacturer is now open for business a year and a half after beginning construction on a plant in Kingbrook Industrial Park in Simpsonville.

    Faurecia, a North American automobile supplier, began production in May, and officially opens its new seating plant today.

    Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby Industrial and Development Foundation, expressed enthusiasm for the opening.

  • Antique mall to change ownership

    The Calico Cat Antique Mall closed Saturday, but its doors won’t be shut for long with downtown business owners Ben and Melinda Hardin taking over as the new owners.

    “It’s kind of my adopted baby,” said Ben Hardin, laughing.

    The mall, located at 524 Main St., was previously owned by Michael and Carrie Edington, who announced recently that they were leaving, he said.

  • Still in place at distillery

    The new Bulleit Distillery on Benson Road in Shelby County can now start to live up to its name, as the still was put into place last week.

    That means that the end of the year will find Shelby County in production of bourbon, said officials at the distillery.

    “At the site, the distillery is still on track to be operational at the end of 2016,” said Mark Koenig, Kentucky Operations Director for the distillery.

  • Shelby produce races to the track, area restaurants

    Restaurants at Churchill Downs are proud of their reputation for using products grown by Kentucky farmers, and Shelby’s Courtney Farms has garnered a large slice of that Derby Pie.

    “We try to use as much [local produce] as we possibly can – that’s first priority for us,” said David Danielson, executive chef for Churchill Downs.

  • Down the stretch for planning a Derby party

    What will you be doing Saturday afternoon when 20 Thoroughbreds dash from the gate at Churchill Downs?

    Chances are you won’t be hosting as many guests as there will be crammed into the stands to watch the 142nd Kentucky Derby, but you probably will have some kind of get together planned, even if it’s just having a few family and friend over to celebrate the most famous 2 minutes in sports.