Biz Briefs of the Week: August 30, 2012

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Louisville Clock Rededicated
The Louisville Clock was rededicated at its new home on Theater Square Aug. 24 during the Rock Around the Louisville Clock event. The clock now sits just on Fourth Street close to the site where it originally operated in 1976. Five iconic figures, designed by Barney Bright and representing Daniel Boone, Thomas Jefferson, King Louis XVI, George Rogers Clark and the Belle of Louisville, race around the tilted clock face. Mayor Greg Fischer presided over the ceremony, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and Theater Square businesses. Music was provided by Caribou.

Second Mellow Mushroom
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is proud to announce their newest opening in Louisville, in the heart of St. Matthews, on Monday, Sept. 3. This Mellow, which marks the second location for Louisville, is located at 3920 Shelbyville Road. The owners of the location, Jason Nase and Damon Coates, are thrilled to open a Mellow in St. Matthews. The menu features a variety of pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones and appetizers. Options for vegetarians, vegans, kids and those on a gluten-free plan are also available.

The St. Matthews’ Mellow Mushroom location, deep in the heart of an older neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., allowed the owners to tap into the history of the region. Reclaimed wood from the original building can be found on the floor and ceiling joist. Metal sculpture dragon flies with illuminated Edison bulb tails guide you to the bar, reclaimed chandeliers add eclectic flavor to the ceilings and booth seating, and a variety of found-object art adorns the walls for visual impact throughout the restaurant. Suiting any diner’s needs, this Mellow has 250 plus seats and includes a party room for up to 35 people, a patio and garage doors that open to give a great open air feel. This location also features a full service bar with a wide array of liquor, craft beer and wine options. The Mellow Mushroom will operate seven days a week and opens at 11 a.m. For more information on Mellow Mushroom St. Matthews, visit

Justice For All Names Chair
John R. Crockett III, Chairman of Frost Brown Todd, has been named Chair of the Legal Aid Society 2012 Justice for All Campaign. Proceeds from the 2012 campaign will help the Legal Aid Society continue its mission of pursuing justice for people living in poverty.

As Chairman of the Firm, Crockett is responsible for driving the firm’s growth and strategic planning, merger opportunities, ancillary business ventures, and new business opportunities. His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, products liability, and mass tort litigation. Crockett is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, mentioned in Benchmark Litigation® and selected as a Kentucky Super Lawyer.

The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to pursue justice for people in poverty. To learn more visit Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in industries including insurance, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, construction, energy and healthcare. To learn more, visit

Estes PR Grows
Jamie Estes, the president and founder of Estes Public Relations, continues to grow her company with the addition of two new employees, public relations associate/social media coordinator Rachel Goldenberg and public relations assistant Anna Kate Delavan. Founded in 2004, Estes Public Relations now has eight full-time employees, with offices in Louisville, Chicago and Beaufort, S.C. The company is a national public relations firm that serves a diverse client base which includes associations, health and lifestyle businesses, retail companies, hotels and restaurants.

Rachel Goldenberg joined Estes Public Relations in May to spearhead digital media efforts and garner media coverage for several client accounts including The Brown Hotel, Ghyslain Chocolatier and The Summit. The Muncie, Ind. native and Ball State University graduate is a former Online Content Producer at the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV.

Dothan, Ala. native Anna Kate Delavan joined Estes Public Relations in August as a public relations assistant working on several of the company’s accounts. The recent University of Alabama graduate studied public relations, earning a B.A. in Communications. She served as an intern at Ann Taylor Inc. in New York City and The Bradford Group in Nashville, Tenn. and is a former staff writer for The Crimson White.

For additional information on Estes Public Relations, visit

Filson Receives Grant
The Filson Historical Society is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a $1 million challenge grant by Louisville’s James Graham Brown Foundation in support of its Old Louisville Campus Expansion Project. Under the grant, the Foundation will donate $1 for every $2 pledged to the Expansion in the future, up to a total Foundation grant of $1 million. The grant is a powerful endorsement of The Filson and its Campus Expansion Project, providing a dramatic boost to The Filson’s efforts to make the expansion a reality.

To date, The Filson has secured pledges of $4.2 million in support of the Campus Expansion Project. In addition to the challenge grant, pledges have come from many individuals, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Gheens Foundation and the Paul Ogle Foundation, Inc. The Campus Expansion Project will expand, renovate and modernize The Filson’s facilities and campus in Old Louisville, creating another cultural and event destination for the community. The Expansion will continue the revitalization of Old Louisville and enhance the quality of life for neighbors and for the residents of the entire community.

The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion and Carriage House in Old Louisville and houses an archive and research center, a small museum and is a center for history education and learning. For more information, visit

Sojourn Reopens St. Vincent
Louisville’s multi-campus Sojourn Community Church is the 45th fastest-growing church in the U.S., according to Lifeway Research’s new report in Outreach Magazine. Their growth continues with the launching of Sunday services at the historic St. Vincent’s de Paul church building, 1207 S. Shelby St., at the corner of Oak and Shelby Streets. Although dormant since 1996, St. Vincent’s has played a part in Louisville’s history since 1886, when the first sermons were given in German, the mother tongue of its mostly-immigrant congregation. By the 1920s, nearly 1000 families worshiped weekly at St. Vincent’s, which continued to enrich the community for decades afterwards.

Sojourn has spent the last two years restoring the interior and exterior of St. Vincent’s. Earlier this year they transformed a vacant lot into a Shelby Park Community Garden. Weekly Sunday worship begins Sunday, Aug. 26. Sojourn will hold identical services at 9 and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with childcare and children’s classes provided at all three. They also hold a weekly service at 7 p.m., during which no children’s classes are provided. Prior to the first Sunday service, Sojourn held a free health clinic for the community Aug. 25, followed by an opening reception for the art gallery at St. Vincent’s and an open house. For more information on Sojourn, visit