• Chamber already planning next year

    Wow! Where has the year gone? I can hardly believe that we are only four short weeks away from 2008! Here at the Chamber we are already filling the calendar for next year. A couple of important dates for you to circle on your calendar are February 7 and March 29.

  • More profit means more tax

    Starting Jan. 1, big businesses located inside Shelby County that make more than $500,000 a year in net profits will pay more of an occupational license tax than before.

    Until fiscal court passed a motion amending part of the occupational tax ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting, there was a cap of $5,000 on what big business had to pay the county on net profits.

  • Who we are: Our Sugar and Spice, Inc.

    Owners: Shelby County natives Cumorah Barrickman and Robyn Drane.

    Contact Information: Call (502) 487-0783 or 487-0218 to order or inquire about pricing. The website, www.oursugarandspiceinc.com is under construction. Barrickman and Drane say they hope to establish an online ordering system.

  • We are: Creative Kids I and II

    Owned by: Kim Seewer and Glenda Haley

    Where: Creative Kids has two locations. Creative Kids I is at 1713 Midland Trail. Creative Kids II is at 626 Frankfort Road.

  • Downtown businesses 'hopping'

    Sixteen downtown Shelbyville businesses are sponsoring the Holly Hop Shop Hop through Dec. 1.

    The first 100 entrants will receive a free Christmas ornament valued at $7.95 when they turn in the entry booklet. The grand prize is $1,000. Participants can visit all of the participating businesses, find a hidden holly sprig ornament and register to win by turning in the Holly Hop Shop Hop booklet.

  • After Thanksgiving spending could fluctuate

    Denise Jesse said she plans on spending less on Christmas shopping this year than last year.

    Jesse, who was out shopping at Wal-Mart Wednesday with her two grandchildren, said her holiday budget is tighter this year because both she and her husband are facing lay-offs this season with their employer, Martinrea.

    "Most everybody was used to getting all the overtime they wanted," Jesse said, "but now, it's down to nothing. People need to buy American."

    Karen Holt said she's running behind and hasn't even started her Christmas shopping yet.

  • Business spotlight: Kentucky Car Wash

    Owners: Shelly Toles, of Shelbyville, and Marshall Raymond.

    Owners' philosophy: It's a five star car wash, Toles said. It's a full-service car wash that offers both inside and outside cleaning while you wait. You can come in and sit in the lobby and enjoy a free cup of coffee while you watch your car or truck through the window as it goes through the washing tunnel.

    Location: Kentucky Car Wash opened its doors at 690 Taylorsville Road on Oct. 29.

    Contact Information: Call (502) 633-9220 or walk-in. Appointments are not necessary.

  • Artists seek incentives

    Downtown could become a destination for the arts, according to a group of artists and art lovers. But government officials must offer more business incentives to foster creativity here, they contend. Members of the community must also support the arts scene before the area can realize its full creative potential.

    Linda Powell, a board member of ARTractions!: The Cultural Arts Guild of Shelby County, said through small business tax incentives, the city can lure artists to establish galleries and studios.

  • A different kind of wheelin' and dealin':

    A 77-year-old auto business will change ownership next year, ending a family legacy that has served generations of Shelby County car buyers.

    Bob Pearce, owner of Pearce Motor Co., 720 Mt. Eden Road said Thursday that a Louisville-based automotive group will take over his Ford-Mercury dealership on Jan. 1. A "bare walls" sale is being advertised to move more than 2.5 million in inventory before that time.

  • Protect your business from crime

    Shelby County has had four bank robberies and at least 20 armed robberies in the past eight months, according to Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice.

    "This isn't Mayberry anymore," Rice said. "People are still surprised this is happening here."

    But Rice agrees they shouldn't be surprised.

    No city or county -- especially one in close proximity to a major metropolitan area such as Louisville -- is going to be immune from the rising rate of robberies and burglaries often committed for cash to feed a drug addiction.