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Louisville's Historic Churches

Louisville is one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian mountains, founded in 1778 by then Col. George Rogers Clark. As cities sprang up across the west, churches were built in abundance to take care of the spiritual needs of the new settlers. Louisville has an abundance of beautiful churches dating back to the mid 1800's and in this photographic series we will document many historic and  architecturally significant places of worship around our wonderful city.

Our first featured church is the Refuge in Kentucky Church located at Market & Hancock St's in Louisville. (History to follow)

Refuge in Kentucky Church - Market Street Louisville KY   


KY Derby Festival Events

Louisville home owners will be enjoying more than just the spring weather over the next couple weeks. The Kentucky Derby Festival is under way, and the dizzying array of amazing events will have us Louisvillians—and our many out-of-town guests—stepping out to enjoy the fun. Last weekend’s big event, Thunder Over Louisville, set the tone for the coming three weeks of events and activities designed to delight folks of every background, with every interest, and from every walk of life.

After weeks of balmy, beautiful weather, last Saturday took a surprising turn with temperatures in the low 50’s and winds that made it feel even colder. But that didn’t keep the 405,000 people who braved the weather from enjoying the air show and fireworks. Because of the low cloud cover, the originally planned air show was curtailed slightly, but even with these adjustments, nearly 90 aircraft displayed their power and speed with aerial acrobatic stunts that wowed the crowd.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was the magnificent fireworks display. This year’s theme was “A Star Spangled Blast,” and the spectacular light show was set to an eclectic musical backdrop that included songs popular during American wars as well as anti-war tunes, and from George W. Bush’s words and lyrics from Lady Gaga mixed in. Nearly 70 tons of fireworks were launched from the Clark Memorial Bridge to the amazed oohs and aahs from crowds on both sides of the river.

But Thunder is just one of the big events that makes up the Kentucky Derby Festival which will culminate in this year’s Run for the Roses on Derby Day, May 5. Other big attractions include the Hole-In-One Golf Contest and Pro-Am Tournament, the Fillies Derby Ball, Fest-a-Ville Concerts, Chow Wagons, Great Balloon Race, Mini-Marathon, Steamboat Race, Pegasus Parade, and the Kentucky Oaks. Some silly events are thrown in to show our crazy side, like the Bed Races and Run for the Rosé, but Louisville also takes time during the festival to show its more serious, civic-minded side by doing volunteer work during the Mayor’s Week of Service. Naturally, these are only a few of the many Derby Festival events that captivate our city and attract so many visitors to town.

Although the Brad Long team will be working hard match those looking for a new residence in Derby City with the perfect home this spring, we’ll be joining many Louisville home owners by stepping out to enjoy many of the Derby Festival events. What a great time to live in Louisville!

Complete List of Kentucky Derby Activities

04/19/2012 $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Golf Contest
04/21/2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Volleyball Classic
04/23/2012 King Southern Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament
04/25/2012 Kentucky Derby Festival "Taste of Derby Festival"
04/25/2012 $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Ladies Day
04/26/2012 Pajama Party & Bed Making Competition
04/26/2012 Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park
04/26/2012 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Tour
04/26/2012 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer
04/26/2012 U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great BalloonFest
04/26/2012 Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront
04/26/2012 Fourth Street Live! Kentucky Derby Festival After Party
04/26/2012 BB&T Kentucky Derby Festival Running Wild Expo
04/27/2012 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Rush Hour Race
04/27/2012 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow
04/27/2012 BB&T Running Wild Pasta Dinner & Expo
04/27/2012 APASSIONATA "The Beginning": April 27-29, 2012 at Freedom Hall
04/27/2012 Zumba Fitness Jam
04/28/2012 Marathon/miniMarathon presented by Walmart
04/28/2012 U.S. Bank Derby Festival Great Balloon Race
04/28/2012 Da'Ville Classic Drum Line Showcase College Fair
04/28/2012 TheSlice: Spice, Style & Soul
04/28/2012 Sonic Saturday Featuring Eddie Money
04/28/2012 NPC Kentucky Derby Championships Fitness * Figure * Bikini *Bodybuilding *                            Physique
04/28/2012 Kentucky Derby Festival- ACO DerbyHole Classic
04/29/2012 $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Semi Finals
04/29/2012 Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert
04/29/2012 Children's Tea with the Derby Festival Princesses presented by Goldberg Simpson
04/29/2012 Celebration Sunday with 88.5 WJIE
04/29/2012 GospelFest
04/29/2012 Derby Brunch On the River
04/30/2012 Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races
04/30/2012 AT&T Derby Festival Morning Line
04/30/2012 Don Fightmaster Golf Outing for Exceptional Children
04/30/2012 Discovery Day Presented by PNC
04/30/2012 HappyTail Hour at Kroger's Fest-a-Ville
04/30/2012 Knights of Columbus Charity Dinner
05/01/2012 $1 Million Dollar Hole In One Finals
05/01/2012 Republic Bank Parade Preview Party
05/01/2012 WineFest
05/01/2012 Texas Hold'em Tournament
05/01/2012 Ramble for the Roses
05/01/2012 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthy Lifestyle Showcase
05/01/2012 RhythmFest featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
05/02/2012 Great Steamboat Race
05/02/2012 Battle of the Bounce
05/02/2012 Wednesday Evening Concert Featuring Walk The Moon with special guest Ha Ha                        Tonka
05/03/2012 Celebrity Day at the Downs
05/03/2012 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade
05/03/2012 100 Black Men of Louisville Derby Gala
05/03/2012 Tune It Up Thursday Concert featuring AWOLNATION
05/04/2012 Derby Eve Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band with Guest the Hillbenders

For links to all of the events go here: http://kdf.org/search.cgi?category=events


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La Coop: France comes to NULU

From the talented group that brought you Basa on Frankfort and Doc Crow’s on Main Street comes the latest addition to the fast growing foodie scene in Louisville’s NULU area. La Coop Bistro a Vins. Set to open Tuesday April 24 at 732 E. Market Street ( formerly 732 Social).

Le Coop Restaurant on Market St in NULUThis new concept restaurant designed by Brett Davis, Michael and Steven Ton and Chip Hamm transports you to Paris.  From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted with the aroma of French cooking and a cozy, intimate atmosphere. You will want to settle in for the evening. The French country menu includes such favorites as onion soup smothered in Gruyere cheese, escargot and cog a vin. The wine list is stellar and eclectic and the cocktails are lovely and very French. Surprisingly affordable with the most expensive item on the menu costing $20.

Bobby Benjamin ( Oak Room ) is the executive chef along with Michael Ton ( Basa and Doc Crow’s). They developed the menu for La Coop.

No detail has been overlooked in the décor.  From the adorable chicken wire lining the inside of the bar cabinets to the waiter’s striped aprons to the light fixtures encased in cages, the name La Coop( Chicken coop referring to the limited space in the restaurant)  is represented well.  The color scheme is warm and inviting with tan and black tones and a refreshing splash of citrus green on the barstools. There will be al fresco seating on the sidewalk lining E. Market.  

Thank you Kelly Valenti for your observations on this exciting new dining spot.


Louisville Home Sales on an Upward Swing

Louisville real estate has rebounded from the effects of the housing bust that lowered home prices and triggered a national recession. In fact, in February members of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors sold 26 percent more houses and condominiums than they did a year ago at this time, and February marked the eighth straight month in a row of higher sales figures.

Just what accounts for the increases in home purchases? Analysts believe that the dual forces of stronger consumer confidence in the economy and the improving job market are propelling the recovery. Certainly, no one is ready to say that the recession is completely behind us. But according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the month of January saw 15,000 more jobs available in Greater Louisville than during the same month of the previous year. As reported in the Courier-Journal, Louisville and Southern Indiana have added jobs each month since last May. This job growth has led prospective home buyers back into the market at a time when they can purchase a home for a price far lower than they would have been able to a few years ago.

Another indicator of the renewed health of the housing market is the number of permits home builders request. When builders anticipate a depressed market, few permits are requested because builders don’t want to sit on inventory they can’t move. This February though, builders requested 5 percent more permits for new construction, and the overall rate of permit requests is now at its highest point since late 2008.

All of this data means that both outside the doors of our homes and inside the offices that help us purchase them, spring has truly sprung! Spring is traditionally the prime home shopping season, so this year prospective buyers are in prime position to make the most of their investment as home prices today are still significantly lower than they were when the housing bubble burst. 

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Louisville Homes Look Light and Airy This Spring

They say that a person’s eyes are "the windows to the soul," but what about the windows themselves? Surely, windows are the very soul of a home as they connect inside and outside into one harmonious whole. Without them, we would feel far too enclosed, perhaps even trapped. The windows in our Louisville homes unite us with nature, each other, and the rest of the world. As Derby City residents are now throwing open the sashes to let the spring sunshine and warm breezes in, they’re also making some clever changes to their window treatments in ways that lift the soul of home and homeowner alike.

Gone are the days of heavy valences and cornices with layer upon layer of fabric used to make a statement. This season, light, soft, and simple is definitely "in" when it comes to decorating windows. A few simple and inexpensive updates can make a world of difference.

    • Get rid of your old three-inch thick wooden rods with their huge drapery rings. Replacing them with thin rods freshens up the look.

     • Instead of heavy fabrics, try sheer curtains. Their light, gauzy look – especially when a gentle breeze blows through – is the perfect accent for conveying a sense of lightness and ease. If you’re worried about privacy, just add a thin cotton lining to the sheers.

     • Consider saving money while enhancing style by purchasing pre-packaged panels that you can have lined by a seamstress. Have them cut to a length that will very lightly touch the floor.

     • When it comes to patterns in window fabrics, less is definitely more. Using all one color or a tone-on-tone pattern are more stylish today than the bold, dramatic look of the past. If you are concerned that a solid color might be too boring in your room, try livening things up through texture rather than color. Panels in a rougher linen fabric add extra some extra dimension that flat cotton alone doesn’t have.

Louisville homes are looking light and airy this spring, and not just because of the great weather or a fresh coat of paint. By updating how we adorn our windows, we’re lightening not only the "soul" of our homes but our own spirits as well.


Our Louisville Home Scores big on Athletics

Sure, it’s only a few weeks until Louisville’s big day celebrating the “greatest two minutes in sports” at historic Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Derby, and yes, we are all very excited and ready for all the fun. But to think for even half a second that thoroughbred racing is the only sport on the minds of Louisvillians right now would be about as accurate as predicting that the Pope will leave his current job and become a rapper with his own fragrance line. No, Louisville is big on sports of EVERY kind, and we don’t just like to watch the professionals. We love to get in there and play, watch, cheer, coach and talk endlessly about them all too. We play volleyball in the neighborhood church league during the winter and summer league softball when it’s warm. And our kids play absolutely everything whether or not they are any good: ice hockey, soccer, baseball, golf, basketball, tennis, field hockey, lacrosse, gymnastics, swimming...and many, many more.

There’s no question that we love our sports, but we let’s be honest. We don’t always love dealing with all of our sports gear and equipment. We love seeing our daughter hit a homerun, but we swear under our breath when we trip over her bat and cleats left lying in the hall. We rejoice when our son hits the three-pointer to win the basketball game at the buzzer, but we want to choke him when we find his dirty uniform all balled up in his closet only 10 minutes before it’s time to leave for the next game. But during this season of spring cleaning and organizing, Louisville homes will be able to love their sports with a clear conscience by following just a few simple tips that will help them score big when it comes to athletics.

    • When it comes to sports equipment, the key is to have one place for all of it. The lacrosse sticks, catcher’s mitts, goggles, and footballs all need to stay in one designated area of the house. Some prefer that this space be in the garage; others like to keep it just inside the back door to the house. Either place is fine, but don’t let your kids – and your spouse – keep their sports equipment in their own rooms. Tennis balls and batting helmets have a way of disappearing when they could be anywhere in the house.

     • If the garage is your designated location, consider using some old kitchen cabinets for sports storage. This is a practical way of repurposing a storage solution that is no longer functional in your kitchen. If your equipment will be inside the house, consider purchasing some inexpensive ottomans that can serve as both storage and extra seating.

     • Uniforms and other athletic attire also need to have their own space separate from other clothing. When a tennis skirt gets put away in a drawer with all the other shorts or football pants gets folded up alongside a couple pairs of jeans, they tend to be hard to find right before the big game. Instead, have either a drawer dedicated only to athletic attire, or if drawer space is limited, designate a portion of the closet for these items only, and hang them all there. Then everyone knows exactly where to look when it’s game time.

     • Keep in mind that you don’t have to keep your athletic clothing and equipment completely out of sight. In fact, some folks like to use their sports paraphernalia as an element in their décor. You just need to make sure it stays organized and doesn’t clutter your living space. Hooks are a great solution for hanging athletic attire on walls, and open shelving or cubbies can be an easy way to store equipment.

Our homes reflect our loves, interests, personalities, and passions. During this season of spring cleaning and organizing, Louisville home owners can pursue their love affair with athletics without worry. All we need to do is follow a few simple tips, and our Louisville homes will score big th