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Letter from the Editor March 2022

Speed Ball, circa 2019. Portrait by Clay Cook Photography.

For me, like many Louisville natives, Speed Ball signifies the beginning of the Derby season. This is why I thought this image was fitting for my letter. For those of you that don’t know, I dipped my toes into this industry under the flawless wings of Tonya Abeln. Tonya sat at the helm as editor in chief when The Voice-Tribune was a weekly newspaper, and I started off as an editorial assistant and later took over the weekly Voice of Style column. I’ll never forget the day that Tonya called in a panic ten minutes before our in-person interview, saying that she wasn’t going to make the interview, but she needed me and asked if I could start first thing the next day. Little did I know from that one frantic phone call that I needed her too. Her mentorship quickly evolved into a sisterhood, and I simply would not be the woman I am today without her guidance.

Without further adoue, I present the March Home & Garden issue to you! Steve walks us through the history of Lincliffe’s green thumb and all things greenhouses. The Parklands received a National Award from the Garden Club of America. Petals Louisville brings life to your home and garden with their new gardening containers for spring.

Speed Director Raphaela Platow shows us what’s in her bag. We get an exclusive look at the Official Kentucky Derby Museum Milliners of 2022. The Co-chairs of Wine, Women & Shoes discuss the most fashionable GNO in fundraising to benefit Family Scholar House. Speed Art Museum also highlights their upcoming exhibit Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch.

Elizabeth Scinta gathers insights from President and COO of Bittners, Douglas Riddle. Berkshire Hathaway reminds us of the importance of staging your outdoor living area for resale, and we get a closer look at The Galt House Hotel, reimagined. Elizabeth also interviews the dream design duo behind The George at 42.

Joe Daily sits down with Rivergreen Cocktails Founder, Danielle Mann, for his Daily Libations column. Sarah Carter Levitch has a conversation with eighth-generation Beam Distiller, Freddie Noe, on how Jim Beam Distillery reopens as a hub for bourbon education. Sarah also interviews Rob Samuels, an eighth-generation whisky maker and grandson of Maker’s Mark founders, to learn about their exciting B Corp certification.

I cannot believe that this issue marks my sixth month as editor in chief of VOICE Louisville. Working for a monthly magazine undoubtedly presents unique challenges. Thankfully, I have a dynamically creative team that trusts my vision. When life gives us lemons, we peel them into a twist to garnish our champagne glasses!

C’est la vie,

Alexandra Hepfinger
Editor in Chief