Biz Briefs of the Week: May 2, 2013

2013 Buy Local Fair

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), in conjunction with Grasshoppers Distribution, will host the fifth annual Buy Local Fair on Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower, 3005 River Road. This year’s fair has expanded to include over 150 booths showcasing goods and services from a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, community organizations and farmers. The event will also feature a cooking competition between Milkwood’s Chef Kevin Ashworth and RYE on Market’s Chef De Cuisine Joe Banet, a craft beer tent sponsored by ValuMarket featuring ten local brewers, a raffle area, a farmers’ market, an art and craft market, an H2O Kids Zone sponsored by Grasshoppers Distribution, Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Water Company, and live entertainment from Gideon’s Rifle, Thirty Spokes and Nerves Junior.

Last year’s event was held from 2 to 6 p.m., featured 130 booths and drew over 6,000 attendees. LIBA organizers expect a larger turnout this year.

The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that encourages cooperation between two of the most emergent local economies: the local farm fresh food movement and locally-produced art and craft.

The 2013 Buy Local Fair Sponsors are Amish Hills Furniture, Eagle Paper, Foxhollow Farm, Louisville Water Company, Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, The Root Cellar, Stock Yards Bank, Tina Ward Pugh – District 9 Councilwoman, Tom Owen – District 8 Councilman, David Yates – District 25 Councilman, LEO and Louisville Magazine.

For more information, e-mail allison@keeplouisvilleweird.com or visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair.

Brown Hotel Hires John Nerlinger As Associate Director of Sales

John Nerlinger.

John Nerlinger.

The Brown Hotel is proud to announce the recent hire of John Nerlinger as associate director of sales. For the past 27 years, Nerlinger has worked for American Airlines, upgrading the airline experiences of travelers from around the world. He brings a strong background in corporate sales as well as a wealth of knowledge on the Louisville market to The Brown Hotel.

As associate director of sales, Nerlinger will work with corporations and travel VIPs to create memorable stays at The Brown Hotel. By organizing recognition programs and arranging special rates, Nerlinger will expand the hotel’s sales and enhance the overall travel experience through accommodations, catering, meeting spaces and more. He will work to continue the impeccable service and heartfelt hospitality that has made the nearly 90-year-old hotel famous.

“I worked for American Airlines for a very long time because they are a high quality company,” said Nerlinger. “When The Brown Hotel asked me to come over, I felt it would be a good fit because they understood that same elevated level of service.”

The Brown Hotel accommodates groups of 6 to 600, from small meetings in elegant board rooms and parlors to large formal galas in the iconic Crystal Ballroom. Meticulous attention to detail and rich heritage of successful events makes The Brown Hotel a top choice for corporate and private events of all sizes.

The Brown Hotel, located at Fourth and Broadway, has been a Louisville tradition since 1923. It is home to the AAA Four Diamond English Grill and the casual venue J. Graham’s Café, where guests can try the legendary sandwich called the “Hot Brown.” The Brown Hotel holds a AAA Four Diamond rating, is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America and was recently named one of the world’s top 500 hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine. For more information on this luxury hotel, visit www.brownhotel.com or call 502.583.1234. Follow The Brown Hotel on Facebook and Twitter.

Aaron Wilson Named La Coop’s New General Manager

The owners of La Coop recently named the restaurant’s sommelier Aaron Wilson as the establishment’s new general manager. In this position, Wilson will oversee La Coop’s day-to-day operations. He will also manage and mentor the service staff. Wilson, a wine enthusiast, will continue to serve as La Coop’s sommelier, a role he has held since November 2012.

Wilson has a master’s degree in restaurant business from Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky. He completed the Certified Sommelier Examination (Level Two) offered by The Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011. Wilson is currently studying in preparation for the Court’s Advanced Sommelier Course and Examination (Level Three).

“Aaron’s previous experience made him the perfect candidate for the general manager position,” said La Coop co-owner Brett Davis. “In addition to his formal training, he understands our culture from his experience at La Coop. He has created positive relationships with our guests and team members and I am confident that he will do a great job as our new general manager.”

La Coop: Bistro à Vins offers French comfort food with a Southern twist. Located inside the award-winning Green Building in Louisville’s NuLu district, La Coop is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lacoopbistro.

Clothes Mentor Resale Fashion Chain Expands in Louisville

Paul and April Dutille.

The Clothes Mentor resale fashion chain just opened at 4064 Taylorsville Road near the I-64 and I-264 interchange to complement its thriving St. Matthews location. Both stores carry popular women’s clothing at 70 percent resale savings, like Talbot’s jackets for $15 (not $80), Ann Taylor short-sleeve sweater knit tops for $10 (not $60), Chico’s two-piece athletic outfits for $14 (not $190), Caché jeans for $18 (not $90) and many Coach purses for $25-$150 (not $200-$600).  There are regular, petite and plus sizes – 40 better brands like Ann Taylor Loft, Liz Claiborne, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Coldwater Creek, White House/Black Market, Cato, Dress Barn, Worthington, Ralph Lauren and Lane Bryant – great designer purses, shoes and jewelry – and only $13 average prices.

Of all 85 Clothes Mentor stores nationwide, 291 North Hubbards Lane (St. Matthews) has the highest sales volume and 4064 Taylorsville Road (Hikes Point) has the largest showroom floor. A north-suburban store should open next year.

Clothes Mentor offers style, sophistication and quality. Everything originates from local specialty or department stores. Everything is like-new, clean and good quality. Clothing is organized and displayed beautifully in a fine retail environment.

“We’re a totally different form of shopping,” say store owners April and Paul Dutille. “We fit the growing style, brand and value consciousness of Louisville women who love fashion and welcome real savings. Equally important, customers selling us good-condition merchandise receive immediate cash, not a consignment form.”

Clothes Mentor carries popular brands for adult women. It stocks petites, misses and plus sizes. There’s a huge selection – three or four times larger than a traditional resale store – with bright lights, sophisticated displays and private fitting rooms with three-way mirrors. All major credit cards are accepted.

Clothes Mentor helps Louisville women update their wardrobes with nice apparel and accessories that are stylish, in good condition and at dramatic savings. They carry business, casual, smart and sophisticated apparel in sizes 0 to 26 or 4x. There’s a large selection of brands spanning tops and bottoms, jeans, suits, career separates, coats and jackets, purses, designer handbags, shoes, jewelry, belts, scarves and other accessories.

Clothes Mentor buys good-condition clothing from neighbors and is very selective about quality. Incoming items must be current and appeal to women over 25. They must be freshly laundered and free of stains, fading, missing buttons or broken zippers. Clothing can be brought in all seasons, all the time, without an appointment. If accepted, customers receive cash on the spot – unlike consignment stores which pay when the item sells and offer no protection or guarantees until then.

April and Paul Dutille opened Clothes Mentor to serve savvy, budget-conscious adult women. Response has been outstanding with customers praising this great source of better clothing at 70 percent savings and cash for cleaning-out their closets. Call 502.618.2034 or check clothesmentor.com/louisville-taylorsvillerd for information.