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Business

  • 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.

  • Shelby native starts brand management company

    On her podcast, Shelby County native Allie Hembree Martin celebrates entrepreneurs who take chances, but it took her a while to do so herself.

    “To me, you have to be brave enough to take that jump and make that leap into owning your own business,” she said. “You have to love yourself enough to make that jump.”

    But Martin has finally taken the plunge and is building her own company. She has launched Fame and Fortune, a brand management service that combines aspects of marketing and public relations.

  • HorseSensing combines soft, hard skills

    Veterans with PTSD or addiction, former inmates and at-risk youth – Dr. Sally Broder, husband, David Broder, and their friends and colleagues want to help.

    Sally Broder, a psychologist, and David Broder, an addiction treatment specialist, formed HorseSensing in California in 2009. Its primary purpose, to help veterans with PTSD and social isolation by using horses as a therapeutic tool.

    With the exception of treatment centers and individual client therapy, the Broders tackled this project for a decade free of charge to veterans.

  • New Meineke owner has passion for community service

    A long-established business owner is making his way into Shelby County, and that could be good news both for local motorists and charities.

    Bryan Brown recently opened his 13th Meineke Car Care Center in the former Moore’s Automotive on Midland Trail in Shelbyville, and while it’s his newest location it’s also closest to home.