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Business

  • Fussenegger honored by Today's Woman Magazine

    Shelbyville’s Katie Fussenegger is quite simply a woman on the move.

    And Today’s Woman magazine made that status official in its September issue.

    Fussenegger, executive director of ShelbyKY Tourism Commission since 2010, is the winner of this year’s Way to Go Woman in Leadership.

    The awards honor women under 40 who have impacted their communities. Nominations are made by people in a position to gage caliber of community engagement.

  • Local aquaponics farm begins selling at Farmers’ Market

    When Josh Clark tells people he farms using aquaponics, he gets a lot of confused looks.

    “Most people have never heard of it,” he said.

    But that could soon change.

    Clark is the co-founder, along with his business partner Scott Rizzo, and day-to-day manager of River City Aquaponics on Mt. Eden Road, a farm that uses fish to create the nutrients used to farm produce.

    And in the last couple weeks, he has begun to sell the produce created using this process at nearby farmers’ markets.

  • Paddock Coffee Shop shooting for mid-to-late August opening

     The Paddock Coffee Shop has already been the site of a few local events, but has so far sat vacant most days.

    But according to the owners, that is about to change.

    The new downtown destination is not long from an official opening and is currently preparing its staff for its full opening.

  • Farm girl showcasing artisan crafts

    Find a need and fill it.

    That’s an essential phrase commonly touted for business success, and it’s exactly what one Shelby County woman is doing.

    Ashley Hughes started a new online marketplace selling high-end, authentic USA made products based on crafter’s needs to market their handmade work beyond the craft show.

    She learned about the need while attending craft fairs with her daughter when various vendors expressed they wanted other selling platforms for their items.

  • Bourbon Cellar opens soon

    Businesses keep rolling into Shelby County and a wine tasting, bourbon, wine and beer retail venue will open soon in Shelbyville.

    Instead of being the neighborhood liquor store, owner Julie Fadel wants shopping at Bourbon Cellar to be an experience, similar to distilleries around the area and state.

    The new business plans to open within 60 days and will offer bourbon, craft beer and wine. But as a nod to the neighborhood liquor store, Fadel will offer tobacco products and lottery tickets.

  • Bringing the grocery store to your home

    Tom Abbott had a cool idea, although it left his pocket lighter.

    The Ethington Building Supply lumber salesman wanted to find a way for farmers to cooperate, instead of compete.

    That’s where the Friendly Farm Fridge comes in.

    Abbott, with the help of daughter Graycee Pratt, will run a mobile grocery from a trailer that you’ll see parked around the county soon.

    Its first location will be the Rural King parking lot on weekends. Hours and locations may vary, Abbott said, as a customer base grows.

  • Scholars visit international company in Shelbyville

    By Tammy Shaw/Sentinel-News Staff Writer

    Shelbyville Monday welcomed U.S. and German Fulbright Scholars to the city at Interwood Forest Products Inc.

    Six scholars and alumni and the program director visited the international headquarters of Interwood, a wood veneer and exotic hardwood company in Brooks Industrial Park. The company produces high-end architectural veneers and exotic specialty woods, which appear throughout the world in musical instruments and on yachts and private planes, including Air Force One, the U.S. President’s airplane.

  • PSC allows smaller rate increase

     The Public Services Commission has agreed to let KU and LG&E raise their rates, but not as much as the two companies requested.

    A press release from the commission stated that it and the two utility companies had reached an agreement as to how the changes in rates would work and how much the rates would change. 

  • Gemma’s Italian Plate opens in Shelbyville

     Brian Curella got his start working at the legendary Kaelin’s restaurant in Louisville - and hopes to bring the skills he learned there to Shelbyville.

    “I’ve been around restaurants, hotels and bars either around a kitchen cooking or entertaining,” he said. “I did just about every hat as I grew older at that job.”

    Curella has opened up a new family restaurant - Gemma’s Italian Plate – at 535 Main Street in Shelbyville and hopes that it becomes a Main Street staple. 

  • The Paddock wants you to come in and stay a while

    After 25 years as a basketball coach, Jeff Rogers was ready to hang up his whistle and move onto the next phase of his life.

    But the idea of retirement wasn’t going to stick, so he and his wife, Stacy, looked for something they could turn into a family business.

    With her background in hospitality through the WinShape Foundation, a non-profit group started by Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, a coffee shop and café seemed like a good fit.

    And after years of moving following his career, the couple knew it was time to come back home.