Biz Briefs of the Week: August 23, 2012

Brownsboro Grand Opening
The Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recent grand opening and ribbon cutting for Brownsboro General Store & Eatery. The Eatery is an all-purpose, one-stop destination, combining features of a restaurant,  grocery, deli,  doughnut bakery,  ice cream shop,  art gallery and a market where local farmers will sell vegetables and fruits. The new store is owned by Crestwood businessman Ed Hunsinger and will be managed by Don Miller, a longtime fast-food restaurant proprietor and executive who worked most recently as manager of the Chili’s Restaurant at Brownsboro Crossing.

The restaurant, which will seat about 70, will serve hearty, simple meals for breakfast and lunch, including homemade soups and fresh salads, as well as bread baked on-site daily. In addition to the deli and grocery, doughnuts will be made fresh and served warm every morning and the ice cream will be hand-dipped. The art gallery will feature the work of local artists and craftsmen, some of which will be available for purchase. The Eatery is expected to employ eight to 10 people. Brownsboro General Store & Eatery is located at 7511 Highway 329, Crestwood, Ky.

AHS Sports Complex
Assumption High School opened the doors to The Assumption Green Sports and Education Complex, Friday, Aug. 17. The grand opening ceremony began with a welcome from President Elaine Salvo, followed by a prayer and blessing by Archbishop Kurtz and a ribbon cutting by Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Council President Jim King. A celebratory reception followed.

The Assumption Green building is part of the larger sports and education complex that sits on 11.9 acres at 4500 Champions Trace. Along with first rate athletic facilities, The Assumption Green will also serve as the center of Assumption’s environmental and sustainability program where their students have hands-on experience to learn biology, chemistry and environmental science. The building has a partial green roof system, solar panels, living wall panels, dual flush toilets, permeable pavers, a rain garden, motion sensored lighting, a recycling program, locker rooms and an athletic training facility. For more information, visit

New Belle Website
The Belle of Louisville is pleased to announce an entirely new website, The new site showcases the steamboat’s history and offers information on cruises, special events and ticket sales. Visitors to the new site are now able to purchase cruise tickets directly from the site via an online reservation system. The site also includes a dedicated page to The Belle of Louisville’s Centennial Celebration, scheduled to take place Oct. 15 – 19, 2014.

The site was developed by Makespace, who also donated a portion of the project to the Belle. Makespace is a web design and marketing agency located in Louisville, Ky. Known for their clean and creative design, Makespace specializes in user-experience design and interactive elements to produce world class websites for businesses both locally and nationally. Learn more at

Alcohol Education Programs
A three-year gift from Beam Inc. and Brown-Forman Corp. totaling more than $600,000 will fund and strengthen alcohol education and awareness programs at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. The gifts will also help expand alcohol programming across the commonwealth.  In all, the two companies have given more than $1 million to the two institutions since 2008 to fund alcohol education efforts. UK and UofL use evidence-based strategies, endorsed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The gifts from Beam and Brown-Forman are to be used at the schools’ discretion.

The UK investment, administered by the UK Division of Student Affairs Office of Substance Education and Responsibility, is intended to increase the number of local high schools and after-school programs, continue campus education programming and increase off-campus partnerships/programming with local housing complexes. The UofL investment, to be administered by the Building Resiliency in Campus Community Coalition (BRICC), is intended to provide ongoing support for activities through the BRICC, support pilot educational programming, expand data collection efforts and continue work with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Both schools are also committed to developing more institutional resources through a sustainable statewide partnership with Kentucky Prevention Network. UK and UofL will contribute $35,000 to fund additional resources for the partnership.

Zoo Garden Dedication
Louisville-based Monty’s Plant Food Company, a leading marketer and manufacturer of soil enhancement and plant fertility programs, dedicated a special garden Aug. 15 at the Louisville Zoo in memory of the company’s co-founder, Montrose “Monty” Justice. Justice, who passed away in early February, was a celebrated competitive rose grower and once owned a rose care business that maintained more than 150 rose gardens throughout the region. Designed and planted by Justice’s granddaughter, Sarah Stephens, for her Girl Scout Gold Project, the garden is nestled near the lake just a short walk from the Zoo’s entrance. Plantings include roses from Monty’s own garden and a variety of trees. Sarah worked to secure donations, select plants and establish the garden.

She and her father, Dennis Stephens, president of Monty’s Plant Food Company, also provided a free, four-part rose care seminar for the horticulture staff at the Louisville Zoo. The memorial garden will be maintained by Zoo horticulturalists with assistance from Sarah and Dennis Stephens. Monty’s Plant Food Company contributed more than $5,000 to the Louisville Zoo, in addition to plants and manpower to create the garden, a new area for rest and relaxation at the zoo. For more information about Monty’s plant, soil and specialty products, visit

Stites & Harbison New Chairperson
Stites & Harbison, PLLC, has named Jennifer Landrum Elliott as Chair of the firm’s Health Care Service Group, effective August 1.  Elliott succeeds Charles J. (Mike) Cronan IV, who has served as the service group chair for nearly a decade.  Cronan will continue his legal practice in the areas of business and complex litigation as well as health care law. Elliott is a member (partner) of the firm.  She is based in the Louisville, Ky., office and focuses her practice on regulatory and transactional health care law.  She is a frequent author and lecturer on health care topics for both national and local organizations.  She was named to the 2010 Partners in Health Care by Business First for her vital work for the health care industry and was named to the 2011 Forty under 40 list, also by Business First.

Stites & Harbison, PLLC, is a leading, full-service business and litigation firm with approximately 240 attorneys in eight offices in five states – Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation and among the largest law firms in the Southeast.  For more information, visit