The June Issue marks the one-year anniversary of my first issue as editor in chief, and what a year it has been. When I accepted this role, I had no idea about what was in store for my first year or the challenges I and the world at large would face. When reflecting on 2020, I remember the onset of the pandemic a week after I accepted the position that caused The Voice to shut down its office on Main Street in NuLu and transition to working 100% remotely. Then masks and social distancing became the “new normal” and we slowly watched our local small businesses suffer and some close as we all struggled to stay afloat. The Black Lives Matter movement swept across the nation and we witnessed the first U.S. President to be impeached twice, the election of the oldest President and the first woman elected Vice President in U.S. history. We learned to communicate differently with one another to stay connected, via Zoom, social media and scheduled phone chats more than ever before. And here we are, a year later, and I can feel that, for most, our world is starting to heal and I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In this issue, I hope you’ll feel this reemergence of life in the stories of the businesses on these pages. Some are opening new spaces for the first time, like the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Flowers Winery, Gogi 1055 designed by KTC Construction, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and a Wedding Barn beautifully designed by Bittners. People and businesses are opening their doors again to invite guests in and celebrate life with wine, food and even weddings like those in this issue photographed by Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios. Creativity and design are thriving, showcased by local interior designer Ben Deaton, the stunning structures of Hartley Botanic and the Isabelle de Borchgrave Design Challenge taking place at the Speed Art Museum. Derby and Derby parties took place this past month, where people emerged from their homes to gather and dress in their best for the first time in months, if not longer. When you read this issue, I hope it serves as a beacon of hope that we are embarking on better days ahead and I encourage you to continue to do your part to support your community and remind you that we truly are all in this together.
Editor in Chief