Biz Briefs of the Week: June 7, 2012

Suburban Hospital Transformation Begins

Norton Healthcare officials have announced formal plans and details for the $89.7 million, 24-month project to transform the 373-bed Norton Suburban Hospital into a new women’s and children’s hospital.

The hospital’s design elements will facilitate new, innovative models of care that are dedicated to the special needs of women and children throughout the lifespan. These include an open, spacious floor plan, offering private rooms in a setting that is visually engaging and full of natural light with enhanced green spaces to promote a sense of healing in a family-centered environment.

The transformed facility, located in Louisville at 4001 Dutchmans Lane in eastern Jefferson County, is slated to be completely renovated by the first quarter of 2014.

Open For Lunch
St. Charles Exchange is now open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lunch menu features a lighter fare including soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as a selection of hors d’oeuvres and entrées that are also available on the dinner menu. St. Charles Exchange opened in April in a formerly vacant 3800 sq. ft. space in one of the oldest buildings in the West Main Street corridor at 113 S. 7th Street.

Henry’s Place Open
Chef Charles Reed and business partner Pat McGinnis have joined to bring Henry’s Place, 4864 Brownsboro Center, a new dining destination to east Louisville in Brownsboro Center. Named in honor of one of Louisville’s most prominent citizens Henry Watterson, the upscale restaurant features seating for 80 in the intimate dining room and bar. Dinner will be served Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to close.

Boardwalk Opening 
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers & Fries recently opened at 2909 E. 10th St. in Jeffersonville, Ind. The Maryland-based company serves fresh-never-frozen, hand-formed, made -to-order burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads to the menu. Every menu item is under $10.

2nd Salsarita’s Location
The second Louisville area Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Cantina will open in Middletown at 12915 Shelbyville Road this June. The owners are Steve and Pam Stallings, who opened their first Salsarita’s in the heart of St. Matthew’s almost 7 years ago.

Second Zaxby’s Opening
Constructions is underway on Louisville’s second Zaxby’s restaurant. The new location, 5025 Mud Lane, near the Hillview Kroger, will be opening in the coming weeks and will create an additional 50 to 60 jobs for the area.

The Curtain Exchange
Founded in 1997, national franchise The Curtain Exchange has grown to include 19 stores in 14 states, including one inside The Vogue Center of St. Matthews.

In honor of its opening in Louisville five years ago, The Curtain Exchange, 3733 Lexington Road, will celebrate its fifth birthday beginning Tuesday, June 12.

“Having worked in Corporate America, I was looking for a business concept that connected to the local community and filled a void in the marketplace,” said Amanda Tyler, owner of The Curtain Exchange in Louisville. “I was thrilled to learn of an American-owned franchise I could purchase. I met Georgina Callan, founder of The Curtain Exchange, in Dallas three weeks later, and the rest is history.”

The Curtain Exchange helps thousands of customers with the selection of ready-made curtains, custom curtains, shades, an extensive hardware selection and two new lines of bedding.

The store provides one-on-one customer service, consultation and installation for window treatments. The company has also expanded its concept to allow customers to “try before they buy.”

“If the approval process is not convenient, one of our designers will come to your home, take a measure, and bring the selections for you to see in your own space,” Tyler said. “We take the guesswork out of decorating your home.”

The Curtain Exchange will celebrate its five year anniversary along with neighboring shop Dandelion, who opened on the exact same day five years ago.

The Curtain Exchange will offer curtains, bedding and Hunter Douglas products made in America and will feature special pricing along with an open house and refreshments from 4-7 p.m. The store will also host a trunk show Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, with new local company, American Made Dorm.

For more information on The Curtain Exchange, call 502.895.9099 or visit