• Big promotion for small business

    With the coming of the holiday season the national Small Business Saturday movement is back for its 5th season, an event that local retailers are embracing more and more each year.

    “We’ve been doing it for the past four or five years,” said Lori Glass, owner of Pathelene Flower and Gift Shop, adding that merchant participation has been increasingly steadily for the event since its inception in 2010.

    “I think more people are aware of shopping small and local than they used to be in years past,” she said.

  • Congressional award program reaches Simpsonville youth

    Christian Care Communities and the Christian Care Foundation have joined forces with the United States Congressional Award Program to offer a new service in Simpsonville that they believe will benefit both young and old.

    The program, which will use Simpsonville Christian Church as its first site, aims to build youth through four aspects – voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration, and through the partnership youth will be connected with Christian Care Community mentors through Simpsonville Christian Church.

  • A plan for success

    A brand new program to help give Shelby County students a better chance of finding a good job when they graduate is in the works.

    Instituted by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Work Ethic Certification program has been popular in several other communities, said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the chamber.

  • Wine maker collecting signatures for wet/dry election

    A Shelby County couple operating a vineyard in the Cropper area are pushing full steam ahead to get a precinct wet/dry election for their area so they can expand their operation.

    “When I first met with Judge [Rob] Rothenburger, I had no idea what moist was – it’s a dry county that has wet areas,” said William Stiles, a bottling planner who operates Christianburg Farms, along with his wife, Denise.

    “Our precinct, the Cropper precinct, D102, is dry, so we have applied for a petition, just for our precinct,” he said.

  • Harvest Café has new manager

    A local coffee shop and caféknown for its natural and healthy food selections now has a new general manager who has a unique charisma of charm and experience that is sure to enhance the business, said the owner.

    “What Louise brings to the table is the wisdom that comes from experience that I can’t learn fast enough,” said Melinda Hardin, who co-owns Harvest Coffee and Café with her husband, Ben. “There’s no replacement for that.”

  • Country Depot is back in business

    The Bluegrass Country Depot might have closed in 2010 when then owner Mark Stiff suddenly passed away, but his cherished establishment was not forgotten.

    Jeffery Wright and Anthony Hermes have reopened the local business and are looking to rekindle the community’s affinity for the country grocery store and restaurant at 6562 Frankfort Road.

    Hermes said they reopened the establishment to meet the area’s request.

    “Everybody in Clay Village wanted somewhere [to go] where they didn’t have to go into town,” he said.

  • A Christmas tradition


    Christmas traditions vary from person to person. For some, putting up the tree kicks off their holiday season, for others, its Black Friday shopping.  But in Shelby County, The Christmas Gala at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries marks the commencement of the holidays for many.

    Matt Burnett, CFO of Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, said since the 1960s, people from all over Kentucky have been coming to the Gala as part of their holiday traditions.

  • New gym to open in Village Plaza

    A new gym is coming to Shelbyville, to compliment the new look of the shopping center where it plans to locate.

    Steve Parker, general manager of Fit 4 Less, said he is excited about locating in Village Plaza.

    “It’s a great central location,” he said. “They’ve painted the façade of every store and it looks really good, it’s a complete transformation.”

  • Paints and promotions

    Two family businesses are taking over a space in the mirrored business center at 813 Taylorsville Road.

    KT Signs, a well-established sign and promotional item business that has been home-operated for more than twenty years, will operate out of the front of the space. But at night, his wife and her sister will take over the back, teaching others a passion they share.

    “We kind of called it the mullet because we have the business in the front and the partying the back,” Barb Helton said with a chuckle.

  • Governor’s Square continues evolution

    If you’ve noticed mounds of earth and construction cones placed all through Governor’s Square, you’re seeing the beginning stages for a new parking lot – but that’s not all.

    A new business is coming to the shopping center as well.

    Lee Webb, a commercial real estate broker who heads up Governors Square LLC, the entity that owns the shopping center situated on the corner of U.S. 60 and Mount Eden Road, said that construction would begin soon on the new lot.