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Business

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital merging with Shelby office

     Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s has been working with local healthcare providers Children’s Heart Specialists for some time, but the connection is about to get deeper. 

  • Shelby-centric gifts

    As you conclude your big box store shopping spree this evening, don’t get too cozy in your pajamas for a long night of rest.

    There is still a wealth of goodies left to snag up as the calendar flips to Small Business Saturday tomorrow morning.

    Shelby County merchants are urging the community to shop local Saturday and support your small business neighbors.

  • Cinema improving quality

     Shelby County’s movie theatre is getting an upgrade. 

    The cinema has been purchased by a new company, Infinity, and for manager Derek Fitch, that makes it a prime time for some new additions and renovations. 

    “We’re going to repaint the front of the building, we’re putting in digital boards for the signage out front for the times and the concessions menu,” Fitch said. “We are going to be getting a liquor license pretty soon…Down the road, we will hopefully be getting some upgraded seating as well.”