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St. Matthews Imports

While out running errands today, nearly every corner I turned and intersection I crossed resulted in a collision caused by some driver’s  careless mistakes. Tis the season for everyone’s brains to turn to mush I guess and beware of distracted drivers! With all the stresses that the holidays bring we all have a few extra things on our minds, but not until today when I was in the middle of the calamity did I have an idea just how much the holidays affect us.

While out on the road, I got to thinking about the amount of people that must get into car accidents during the holiday season. The number must be staggering based solely on the fact that in the hour that I was in the car I had nearly ten good chances of getting in an accident. It is probably the worst time of year to be in an auto accident; you have already spent your budget for the month, you are stressed out enough with the season as it is, and frankly, you just don't have the time to deal with it right now. The key in painless car problem solving is knowing the right person to take it to, although this is often easier said than done. I will preface this part of the blog by letting you know that I may be slightly bias to one of the following shops (because my husband owns it...) but in fact it is to your benefit. Because of my close relationship to the Louisville auto service industry I will pass along only the truthful and most beneficial information to you.  

With the shopping malls of St. Matthews producing numerous auto accidents from it’s holiday crazed drivers, its a good thing that the best body shop in Louisville is nearby. St. Matthews Imports is a popular auto body and repair shop with  multiple locations, one being in the heart of St. Matthews. St. Matthews Imports is the trusted place to go not only among many Louisvillians in general, but among many car people and mechanics themselves. Hopefully you wont have to visit St. Matthews Imports any time soon, but just in case you need more information, visit their website St. Matthews Imports.

Although I would send you to St.Matthews Imports for bodywork, for anything mechanical there is only one place in town to take your car.  Located 10 minutes from St. Matthews in Old Louisville is McCormick Motorsports. I may be bias because I am a McCormick, but if there is one thing I know it is that unfortunately honesty comes very rare in a mechanic. Matt, owner at McCormick Motorsports, will always be up front with you and fair. The shop is unique with large spray painted murals on the walls, one depicting the Louisville skyline, another, a Toyota off-roading. For more information about McCormick Motorsports go to McCormick Motorsports.  

Both St. Matthews Imports and McCormick Motorsports are repeat winners in the Leo Readers Choice Awards and have excellent reputations in town. If anyone is going to make your holiday mishap a little easier it will be these guys.  

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New Heine Brothers opens in St. Matthews

Louisvillians love their coffee, and not just any coffee, local coffee. With several locally owned and operated coffee shops thriving in town, Louisville is a great city to sample some of the best and most unique coffee blends. When you drive through several neighborhoods in town including the Highlands, Clifton, and Germantown, there are small, local coffee shops popping up on every corner. St. Matthews is the newest neighborhood following the trend to include some of the best local coffee spots, with Louisville favorite Heine Brothers bombarding the community with it’s delicious roasts. Heine Brothers opened up their new store November 28 in St. Matthews making it the third Heine Brothers in the St. Matthews neighborhood. 

Heine Brothers opened its first store in 1994 in the Highlands and has grown immensely popular ever since. The Heine Brothers mission is to remain committed to sustainability and operating responsibility while bringing its customers delicious drinks and friendly service. Not only are the Heine Brothers products high quality and very tasty, but the Heine Brothers team does a lot of good on the side. Heine Brothers donates to many community groups and co-founded the World’s first fair-trade coffee buying cooperative.

Heine Brothers offers its customers a wide range of coffee experiences. With seven House blends and twelve single origin coffees there is something for everyone. The baristas that work at each Heine Brothers location are very helpful and well versed in coffee knowledge and can help you find the perfect flavor for you. Heine Brothers also offers a full list of organic and fair-trade loose leaf teas that I personally know are delicious. If you want to grab something to eat, Heine Brothers has a menu filled with pastries, paninis, and several vegan and vegetarian options. 

The St. Matthews location is located at 4305 Shellbyville Road and serves all that I mentioned above. Heine Brothers sells some of the best coffee in town, and St. Matthews is full of Heine Brothers stores now. Not only can you get a good cup of coffee, but supporting Heine Brothers means supporting a local store and supporting local community groups. Think about this next time you pull up to grab a cup of coffee from a national coffee chain. 

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Tips on throwing an in-prompt-to holiday party that wont break your seasonal budget.

The holiday season can become overwhelming with parties and social events, but in my opinion the more the merrier! This season’s gatherings are often filled with long lost friends, ugly christmas sweaters, and silly gift exchanges and too often involve an obscene amount of spiked egg nog.  When it comes to hosting your own event however, theres often less partying and more stressing.  It is important that you plan ahead and spend time deciding what kind of holiday party you want to undertake.  Parties can easily become an expensive venture and during this time of year, most of us are breaking the budget as it is.  Don't let the price of a good time deter you from hosting a holiday shin dig however, there are plenty of ways to throw a fabulous yuletide celebration on the cheap. 

Don't feel like you have to invite everyone you know.  Keep the party intimate with just a few close friends.  By keeping your party guest list to a minimum you give yourself many different options when it comes to the party itself.  By only having a few guests, you have the option of a dinner party, gift exchange, or even a fire pit party in the back yard. 

My favorite part of throwing any party is creating the party decor.  Expensive looking decor can cost next to nothing if you have the right materials and get a little creative. My staple decor pieces are white and off-white candles of various sizes and clear glass candle holders to hold the various sizes of candles. (I purchased candles and candle holders at Garden Ridge ranging from $4-$15 a piece).  If you have these basic materials you can make any space look smart and festive for any holiday.  Each time you decorate for a party all you have to do is fill the glass around the candle with some sort of filler. This adds color, warmth, and a little quirk to the space.  My Christmas pieces are filled with cranberries and shelled walnuts.  Pine Cones from Garden Ridge, a pine garland over the fireplace, and the Christmas tree round out our natural decor elements in the house. A few fun decorations are always essential and Work the Metal in Butchertown Market is the place to go for any unique Christmas decoration.  A silver glitter reindeer from Work the Metal adds some youth and fun to our party.  

This holiday season I prefer dinner parties over parties serving hor-de-ouvers.  Small, intimate gatherings of your closest friends are the way to go this year.  Serving dinner doesn't have to be expensive either. There are plenty of meals that you can prepare that are simple, feed a lot of people, and don't cost a lot to make. Fish tacos are one of our favorite party meals because a little fish goes a long way. Traditional fish tacos only call for cilantro and onion, serve some rice and beans on the side and that’s it! Soups and chilis are my other go to dinner party meal. Soup is perfect because you can prepare it before hand and be with your guests when they arrive. Soups are nice also because if you have guests with a variety of dietary needs, it is easy to make several soups before and leave them on the stovetop for your guests to help themselves. If you want to take your soup party a step further, try making grilled cheeses to go with the soup with a variety of cheeses and fillings. 

There is plenty of time left to throw in in-prompt-to holiday party. Be creative and have fun, this time of year is just about spending time with the people you love, so try not to stress. 

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One-Stop Shopping at The Vogue Center

The holiday season has a way of sneaking up on us and holiday shopping is usually the most stressful part of what is supposed to be the most cheerful time of year. Every year I tell myself that next Christmas season I am going to shop early and enjoy the festivities around the holiday.  I know I am in good company when I say that I fail year after year in this and wind up scrambling at the last minute to get the final gifts checked off my list. The good news is, that Louisville is filled with unique stores filled with countless gifts, making it pretty simple to find something special for everyone on your list. As you know the right places to go, it is possible to get most or all of your shopping finished in one afternoon.

The St. Matthews neighborhood is the most well-known shopping community in Louisville. You can find everything from large shopping malls to locally owned high-end boutiques. The boutiques in St. Matthews can get pretty pricey, but they guarantee unique and quality merchandise. The old Vogue Theatre has been renovated into several boutiques, restaurants, and wellness centers and is home to some of the best shopping in the area.

The Peppermint Palm is a great place to go shopping if you are searching for high-end gifts for the preppy dresser in your life. With Lilly Pulitzer designers for men, women, and children along with accessories for both the body and home, Peppermint Palm has everything an aspiring socialite would want.

Dandelion is also located at the Vogue Center and has some excellent gift giving options. Mainly a home decor store, Dandelion had plenty of eclectic and modern pieces to complement anyone’s interior space.  If you are trying to think outside the box this Christmas, give the gift of an interior design consult from one of Dandelion’s expert interior designers. In addition to home goods, Dandelion also creates custom jewelry. Starting at $85.00, you can choose your materials, including precious stones, 14k gold, and stainless steel, and add engraving to create a special gift that is both beautiful and thoughtful.

Not all the boutiques in St. Matthews have to break your budget, Blush boutique prides itself on bringing unique and affordable fashion to the masses. For you moms out there that have no idea what clothes your teenage daughter would pick out herself and want to avoid the disgusted looks and the inevitable returns, think about buying her an appointment with a personal stylist instead.  Any young girl will love the attention she receives from a professional in the fashion industry and if you get suckered in to buying more clothes than you expected to at the end of the appointment, at least you are at the most affordable boutique in the area!

While you are at the Vogue Center, pick up some spa treatment gift cards from LeBliss Salon and Spa for those last few gifts on the list.

St. Matthews and the Vogue Center is just one of the great areas for one-stop shopping this holiday season, so take advantage of these unique boutiques. 

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St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce and Community Pride Breakfast

The St. Matthews neighborhood is known for it’s high number of locally owned shops and community-based businesses. In a city such as ours, communities such as St. Matthews are able to thrive through Louisvillians who understand the importance of shopping locally. Not only are our city’s consumers helping support our local businesses but the tight knit small business community works together to promote one another. The St. Matthews local business owners and prospective business people have created an inner circle to strengthen the community’s local business. 

The St. Matthew Chamber of Commerce has developed an inviting and helpful central location for local business owners to explore their options and grow their business. With a variety of regular and special events open to members and nonmembers, the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource for anyone with an established business in the community or someone just starting out. For nonmembers the best event would be the 5:05 After Hours Networking event. Every fourth Tuesday of the month a member holds a meet and greet event at their place of business. The event usually includes appetizers, drinks, door Prizes and a lot of networking. This event is a great way to meet other business people in the community and pick their brains. If you decide to become a member their is a slew of other events available to you including Networking at Noon and the Think Tanks.  

Wednesday, December 12 The St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce is hosting the St. Matthews Community Pride Breakfast.  From 7:30am to 9:00am the St. Matthews Community will honor several people who have made extraordinary voluntary contributions to the community. The winners were chosen by several civic clubs and other community service organizations and the winners will receive “community pride service awards.” The breakfast is open to the public but you must register online at the chamber of commerce’s website. St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce

If you are a business owner in the St. Matthews community you might want to consider joining the Chamber of Commerce. Not only can you benefit from the events but you can also benefit from healthcare, advertising, and retail discounts as well! Membership fees for the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce are $150 annually for the first member and $125 for an associate membership. To find out more information about the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce you can visit their website. If you want to join you can call their office at 502-899-2523 or email at chamber@stmatthewschamber.com.

Regardless of whether or not you are a consumer, business owner, member, or nonmember, it is important to keep this inner-circle of locally owned businesses going.  This holiday season shop locally and support your own community’s small businesses. Your neighbors are the ones that own these shops and businesses, wouldn't you rather support them than some CEO you've never met?

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Louisville is a Secret No More: Lonely Planet Names Louisville Number 1 top US Travel Destination for 2013

It seems as though our beloved secret city is becoming a little less secret these days. For years, Louisville has been our hidden treasure of a town. Besides visiting for the Kentucky Derby, most travelers and those outside the inner Louisvillian circle, would never consider Louisville a place to visit and especially not live in year round. Recently however, with the revitalization of many downtown neighborhoods and the ongoing growth and expansion of central downtown, Louisville is becoming a popular destination for many visitors. Lonely Planet, the World’s most successful travel publisher, has named Louisville the number 1 top US travel destination for 2013.  

 Victorian Homes in Old LouisvilleLonely Planet’s editors and authors fell in love with Louisville’s multicultural neighborhoods and offbeat charm while doing their research for the top ten list.  The NuLu/East Market District, Urban Bourbon Trail, and the Highlands neighborhood were three aspects of our city that Lonely Planet claimed put us at the top.  

 Anyone who visits our new Louisville can see that it is alive and vibrant, filled with good food, friendly people, and beautiful architecture. Louisville has a thriving art community, a diverse cultural community, and a passionate college sports community. Louisville is not only full of incredible travel options for a weekend, but  keep all of what the city has to offer in mind if you are considering Louisville as your permanent home. There is a reason Louisville earned Lonely Planet’s number one spot. 

Louisville and it’s surrounding areas are full of day trips and family friendly activities for out-of town visitors or locals who want to spend a day out of the house. The Falls of the Ohio State Park is located just across the bridge in Clarksville, Indiana. The expansive limestone shelf holds fossils dating back 400 million years. The limestone shelf and accompanying museum are considered one of the areas most important landmarks. Other museums and day trips in the area include the Louisville Science Center, Louisville Zoo, JB Speed Art Museum, and the Louisville Slugger Museum where they craft the official bat of Major League Baseball. Louisville also has annual car, craft, neighborhood, arts, music, and cultural shows that pop up year round.  

Louisville is a city with amazing architecture.It is only second to Boston on the “National Register of Historic Places,” and second to New York City’s SoHo in buildings with cast iron fronts. The Downtown Louisville neighborhood of Old Louisville has the largest assembly of Victorian mansions in the country. Walking tours are available to take through community, and I highly recommend going. 

There is so much to do in Louisville that it is no surprise that it is number one on anyone’s list. I have always known how great this city is and that it was only a matter of time before other people started to catch on. Now we have to worry about everyone else trying to get in on our wonderful secret city.

 

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