The Triple Crown of Parties

Williams Sonoma partners with Churchill Downs for the perfect Derby party at home

 

By Tonya Abeln
Photography courtesy of Williams Sonoma
Published in partnership with Churchill Downs Magazine

 

When it comes to celebrating the Kentucky Derby, food and fashion can be as appealing as wagering and winning. Even as a crowd of over 150,000 people from all over the world flock to the hallowed grounds of Churchill Downs Racetrack on the first Saturday in May, millions tune in from home in anticipation to see who will claim the garland of roses.

Entertaining for the Kentucky Derby at home comes with a few traditional expectations. Often, guests are asked to arrive in Derby finery including headwear of choice. Then, of course there is the mint julep, the signature drink of the Derby. Fare, however, is typically open to more interpretation and can include everything from dainty tea sandwiches to buckets of fried chicken.

This year, the Kentucky Derby has joined forces with a leading specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home to take all of the guesswork out of throwing a Kentucky Derby party at home. Along with Kentucky Derby presenting sponsor Woodford Reserve, the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack partnered with Williams Sonoma to inspire Derby hospitality with curated products designed to help horse racing fans entertain with ultimate impact. With unique recipes, cocktail mixes and themed accessories, Kentucky Derby party hosts can transform their home into a day at the races.

In addition to carefully-selected Williams Sonoma merchandise, elegant serving pieces and bar accessories, the retailer will feature a co-branded line of cocktail mixes with Woodford Reserve. Together, Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve and Williams Sonoma are bringing to life the authentic charm of a Derby soiree with entertaining tips that will elevate at-home celebrations and viewing parties.
To take the pressure off the host and inspire foodies across the country, Williams Sonoma has offered an authentic and flavorful “Kentucky Derby At-Home” menu, crafted by brand ambassador and celebrity chef, Kelsey Barnard Clark, author of “Southern Grit.”

The menu pays homage to the culinary traditions of the Kentucky Derby and features recipes that are easy to make, each paired with wine selections from Jackson Family Wines. Partygoers will enjoy bite-size selections from okra hot fries to smoked wings and barbecue sauce finished with decadent pecan pie. No Kentucky Derby party is complete without the iconic mint julep, but culinary connoisseurs can serve up other classic cocktails with ease thanks to Woodford Reserve and Williams Sonoma’s selection of co-branded cocktail mixes.

Williams Sonoma teamed up with Chef Clark to further bring a taste of the Kentucky Derby into homes by hosting two Derby-themed events. The first took place on April 14 at the Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle store in New York, while the virtual Kentucky Derby Cooking Event welcomed fans from across the country to learn tips and tricks for hosting the ultimate Kentucky Derby day celebration. Proceeds from both events benefited No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

The Williams Sonoma partnership is sure to get fans excited to throw a spectacular Derby party at home, but it also offers a way to experience the most exciting two minutes in sports in person. To round out the partnership, Williams Sonoma launched a nationwide sweepstakes to send one lucky winner on a trip for two to the 149th Kentucky Derby in 2023. Fans can enter for a chance to win a bucket- list weekend getaway, complete with airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the Kentucky Derby, as well as a private, VIP experience at Woodford Reserve Distillery. Official rules and details are available at williams-sonoma.com/kentuckyderbytrip.

The Williams Sonoma Kentucky Derby At-Home Menu

Crafted by Kelsey Barnard Clark

 

Twinkle Light Succotash
WINE PAIRING:
Kendall-Jackson Grand
Reserve Chardonnay,
Santa Barbara County

Okra Hot Fries
WINE PAIRING:
La Crema Sauvignon
Blanc, Sonoma County

Green Eggs and Ham Deviled Egg
WINE PAIRING:
La Crema Chardonnay,
Monterey

Supper Club Smoked Wings
with White BBQ Sauce
WINE PAIRING:
Kendall-Jackson
Vintner’s Reserve
Chardonnay, California

Mama Jo’s Pecan Pie
WINE PAIRING:
La Crema Pinot
Noir, Monterey

Icebox Cookies
WINE PAIRING:
Kendall-Jackson
Vintner’s Reserve
Pinot Noir

For more “Kentucky Derby At-Home”
inspiration, visit
kentuckyderbyathome.com

How to Be Strategic in Your Home Ownership Decisions

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, REALTORS® gives insight into how to approach selling or buying a home in the 2022 Louisville housing market

 

By Rachel Porter
Photos by Emily Peters

 

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or eager for a new change of scenery, it can be intimidating. It’s impossible to understand the ins and outs of the housing market overnight, but that’s why there’s places like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, REALTORS® to make the process easier. We chatted with the current owners, Dave Parks and Judie Parks, to learn how to be more strategic in homeownership decisions.

For starters, what should people know about the 2022 housing market?

The main thing to know about the 2022 housing market is that sitting on the fence, thinking this market is hot and prices will go down, may not work. We do not believe that will happen in the near future for Louisville. We believe inventory will remain tight through 2022; if they want to buy, let’s buy. Even though the interest rates have gone up, they are still historically lower than the average over 30 years. Also, the government backed loan limits in the market has been raised over the past couple of years by $100,000.

What are some of the first steps people should take when considering buying or selling a home?

The minute someone thinks they want to sell or buy, they should reach out to a professional REALTOR® and discuss how the market is working. Many people think they can sell because there’s not enough inventory, which is correct, but it doesn’t mean they’ll get the top dollar if they don’t do it right! Sellers will always get the most money for their house when it’s professionally marketed in the MLS because the more buyers that are exposed to a house, the more offers it will get.

How can buyers and sellers be more thoughtful about when, where and how they buy or sell their homes?

The minute a house is ready, meaning it is adequately staged, maintained and cleaned, sellers should put the house on the market. We aren’t seeing anything causing prices to go down, so the sooner, the better for sellers. Also, buyers can be afraid of overpaying; however, no one lives in a house for free. It’s about how much someone is willing to pay to get in the home with features that are cheaper to buy included with the place than add later. An example of this is houses with pools. Putting in a pool costs more than a house that already comes with one.

What economic strategies can everyone use to save money for a down payment and closing costs?

In today’s market, if buyers have 5% of the purchase price of a house, they can get a reasonable loan product at almost any price. If the buyer is a veteran, they do not need any money down. If the buyer has a budget below the $450,000 range, they could need as little as 3.5% to get the house. But also, if the buyers are renting, they should start saving 25% more than their rent price in their account every month to have a down payment ultimately.

How can buyers achieve the home they want while still meeting their budget?

In most of Louisville, it’s still more expensive to rent than buy. If buyers are willing to purchase something that represents what they are renting, it should not cost that much more. If they are first-time homebuyers, there are a lot of products out there that don’t require a significant down payment with a good credit score. Buyers should not look above their budget. They need to look under their budget to allow the ability to offer above asking and include appraisal gap allowances if possible. It’s essential to have a conversation with buyers upfront about what they are willing to settle for that they can do later.

How does a real estate agent or agency like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, REALTORS® help clients take the right approach to the selling and buying process?

We ensure the seller is prepared by coordinating staging, professional photography, maintenance and even landscaping. We consult with buyers to make sure they make the best offers and even have seminars teaching our clients how to write the best proposal. But most importantly, a lot of the time, an agency can be complacent and just put the sign in the yard — we are not that type of agency. We do not look at our sellers and buyers as numbers, but instead we build relationships with them. It is not about what’s good for us; it’s about what is good for them.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, REALTORS®
1701 Herr Ln. Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40222
502.897.3321
bhhspw.com

A Blank Canvas Transformed

Take a walk through a condo at The George to see stunning architecture and exquisite design

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by US Designs

 

A blank canvas lets an artist’s imagination run wild. For Colleen Underhill and Julia Clayton of US Designs, that canvas happened to be a 4,200 square foot concrete shell condominium in The George at 42. With the help of Dean Wilkinson from 310 Construction/Wilkinson Builders, this duo crafted a dream home with three bedrooms and three and a half baths for Jeff and Kathy.

Step through the front door into the entryway with custom paneling, a light color adorns the walls and a custom wood design on the floor. The soft colors and eye-catching black and gold light fixtures give the natural light illusion. Next, proceed into the main area. “This room functions as three spaces. A beautiful dining table overlooks the front balcony. There’s a living room area in the middle with custom bookshelves painted our signature seal skin color on the back. Finally, the far end of the room is the music sitting area with the baby grand baby piano they brought with them,” explained Underhill.

Back to the other side of the room, wander around the dining room table and out the sliding glass doors to one of the condo’s two patios. With ample sitting room, a breathtaking view of the tree canopy and weatherproof cushions from Allison Carothers and Ann-Marie Howell at Summer Classics, what’s not to love?

Once back inside, see the upgraded traditional kitchen. The large island functions as an additional dining space and a serving counter for entertaining, and the hardwood floors around the home by John Faulkner from Carpet Specialists brighten the rooms. Per Kathy’s request, a gas range stove sits on the right side of the L-shaped cabinetry by Frankee Kramer from Miller’s Fancy Bath and Kitchen. Tucked away in a nook hidden by a sliding door, one will find the pantry. The hidden pantry has a generous wine cooler and coffee bar, and it allows the owners to hide appliances they don’t use often.

Off this spacious main room is a powder room complete with a custom-built marble sink. “The walls are a textured grasscloth that has metallic threads running through it. It really shimmers next to the gold globe light fixture, gold hardware and marble sink,” Clayton said.

Next, wander into one of the vestibules, featuring two colossal steel doors leading to Jeff’s office. “Jeff went online and found a company near our old house in Houston. We created a design with them for the doors, and they made them, transported them and had one of their workmen install them,” explained Kathy. The grand windows in the office done by Tyler Payne of Spindletop Draperies allow lots of natural light to filter into the office. Finally, behind the desk, find an extraordinary concert poster collection Jeff has been collecting for years. “We had them in our home in Houston, so when we moved here, we certainly wanted to include them. He’s the one who really started collecting them, so we wanted to include them in his office and make them a focal point,” Kathy said.

To the right of the office sits one of the two guest rooms, with plush bedding from Donna Osif at Bedded Bliss and an arched alcove with hidden shelves and outlets. In addition, two closets flank on either side of the bed. This room also has an ensuite bathroom.

Speaking of bathrooms, the primary bath is simply magnificent. The floor-to-ceiling marble tile accompanies the gold and white mosaic tile work on the floor completed by Bradley Fleitz of Aesthetic Tile. “They have a double vanity and recessed mirrored medicine cabinets with lights that are operated by a switch on the wall,” said Clayton. As you can see, this was no small project, but with the help of many vendors, Underhill and Clayton designed a timeless, chic condo that fit all of the owner’s needs and dreams.

US Designs
Colleen Underhill & Julia Clayton
6600 Seminary Woods Pl.
502.386.2619
Louissville, KY 40241
underhillsmithdesigns.com

Gunnar Deatherage

Photo by Hunter Zieske.

 

Written and styled by Tonya Abeln
Published in partnership with Churchill Downs Magazine
Photos by Andrew Kung
Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Cassie Young
Models: Olivia Anderson and Tana Leggo with Heyman Talent Agency

 

Before moving to Los Angeles to design and build sets for music artists like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Sia and Usher, Gunnar Deatherage was in high demand in Louisville as a stylist and fashion designer. Particularly for Derby season, the “Project Runway” and “Project Runway All Stars” alum would acquire a long list of clients hoping to be a canvas for his quirky and original couture garments, even turning a hand at millinery and hat design when the occasion required.

Now, Gunnar has translated his passion for creating and sewing into a large Patreon membership and has amassed over 2.3 million followers on his DIY social platforms.

This year, Louisville will welcome Gunnar back for a homecoming on Opening Night of Kentucky Derby Week where he will debut a fashion-inspired and interactive installation at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Whether inspiring millions online or focusing on one client in person, Gunnar has a special way of stimulating self-love and encouraging expression of inner creativity.

The Galt House Hotel

Featuring Swizzle’s Bourbon & Wine Dinner Series for the modern diner

 

By Skip James
Photos provided by The Galt House

 

This spring and summer, Louisville locals can head over to Swizzle Dinner & Drinks at The Galt House Hotel to enjoy a series of unique bourbon and wine dinners. Guests will enjoy a thoughtfully crafted set menu of delicious prime steaks, sustainable seafood, and farm-to-table produce – paired with renowned local bourbons and fine wines – all surrounded by Louisville’s best river and city views.

Swizzle Dinner & Drinks is a retro-style supper club for the modern diner. Hearkening back to an age when patrons could enjoy an enticing supper, fine cocktails, and good company. Swizzle boasts twin revolving floors, an open concept kitchen, and an expansive bar serving up imaginative and creative libations. Swizzle’s dinner series provides endless opportunities to combine fun and flavor while rediscovering the unique spirit of Louisville and honoring the tradition of bourbon. The thoughtful menu masterfully infuses Southern culinary influences to create one-of-a-kind flavors, alongside an extensive list of regional wines and hand-crafted cocktails.

Swizzle introduced the bi-monthly Bourbon & Wine Dinner Series in 2021 and has since gained a local following with lively attendance. The event offers an exciting night filled with culinary delights, fantastic drinks and even better company. Each event features local guest speakers from the bourbon and wine partners to host guided tastings, with past speakers such as Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall & Master Distiller Conor O’Driscoll. Guests will walk away with a piece of knowledge on the intricacies of spirits or wines – whether it be the in-depth distillery process of a classic bourbon, the rich history behind a family winery, or how to select a drink pairing perfectly.

Each dinner series is themed with an exclusive bourbon or wine partner. Past partners have included Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Cakebread Wines, a curated 5-course menu and hand-selected beverage pairings. Previous menu offerings have included delectable favorites like Lobster Ravioli and an indulgent Peppercorn Crusted Strip Steak. The restaurant also pays homage to Louisville history with custom dessert items such as Muhammad Ali’s Bread pudding with whipped cream, cinnamon and topped with caramel sauce.

The next Bourbon dinners are the Four Roses Bourbon Dinner on May 12, the Angel’s Envy Bourbon dinner on June 9 and the Maker’s Mark dinner on July 14. Upcoming wine dinners are the Italian Wine Dinner on May 25, the Oregon Wine Dinner on June 22, and the Santa Barbara Wine Dinner on July 27. These dinners are a perfect monthly outing for bourbon enthusiasts and wine aficionados, a creative date night, or friends looking to reconnect over an excellent, fun-filled culinary experience in the heart of Louisville. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite and https://www.swizzle25.com/ and open approximately a month before each event.

The Galt House Hotel, which recently emerged from an $80 million transformative renovation, hosts 1,310 sophisticated guest rooms and suites, 130,000 square feet of function space. Aside from Swizzle, the hotel has five other inventive dining concepts onsite and provides the very best of Southern hospitality.

The Galt House Hotel
140 N Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.589.5200
galthouse.com

John Henry Harralson, Jr. Tribute

Sept. 9, 1927 – March 30, 2022

 

By Janice Carter Levitch Humphrey

 

As publisher of The VOICE-TRIBUNE, it is only fitting that I personally write a tribute to one of the most charming and endearing notable persons in our community. Someone who never seemed to meet a stranger and always took the time to engage in the most entertaining conversation. When our Editor in Chief, Alexandra Hepfinger, discussed this tribute with me, all I wanted to do was include John Harralson’s obituary. She said that wasn’t good enough and that I had to be the one to write something meaningful about him. Then I realized my hesitation wasn’t that I didn’t want to write the tribute. Thinking about all the events Harralson had covered over the years was mind-boggling. I realized I didn’t want to admit an iconic individual in our community had passed.

My first encounter with him happened years ago while I was attending a fundraiser known as “Hardscuffle.” He came up to me and introduced himself, and politely asked if he could snap a photo of me with the friends I was with. Of course, I was immediately enamored with his wit and ease of character. He gave me his business card, and the following week I trotted over to his office that was located in the heart of St. Matthews, to ask about the photos. Once I arrived, he was able to show me a black and white contact sheet of the images he had taken at the Hardscuffle event. They were fabulous, and I felt like a movie star as I gazed at the black and white contact sheet he had printed in his darkroom. You see, at the time, all his photos were on film. I placed an order for several 5×7 prints, and he said to come back in about a week to pick them up because he would print them in his darkroom, which took a little time. You can imagine how special those black and white prints are to me, knowing he personally printed them.

Harralson purchased the name and assets of The New Voice in April 1987. He wanted to run a publication with a sharp focus on community news, including extensive coverage of social events – a paper like the one his mother had worked for in Central City, Kentucky. Harralson beefed-up sports coverage, added a social columnist and increased the number of photos. In fact, there were so many photos that “some of the reporters complained that I was trying to turn it into Life magazine,” Harralson said in the 2017 interview with Thomas Pack for The VOICE-TRIBUNE. He became an icon of the Louisville social scene by photographing dignitaries and guests at sporting events, galas and business openings. John would be present in his tuxedo, camera in hand and surrounded by people hoping to appear in the next issue at any important event. When the publication sold, John continued working as a photographer well beyond his 90th birthday.

On the seventh anniversary of Harralson’s ownership, the publication was renamed The VOICE-TRIBUNE because Harralson wanted to give it a more traditional name. Under Harralson’s direction, it grew to become Kentucky’s largest paid weekly. As the current steward of this publication and someone who admires Harralson’s accomplishments, a decision has been made to steer this publication onward and upward by returning to our roots, The VOICE-TRIBUNE. Over the years, there have been many iterations of our name, The New Voice, The Voice-Tribune, The VOICE of Louisville, VOICE of Louisville and finally, VOICE Louisville. Over the months ahead, you will notice our ad campaign ‘Back to our Roots’ being released. This is our way of honoring Harralson’s legacy and leadership during his tenure as publisher.

The Voice-Tribune’s photographers Andrea Hutchinson, John H. Harralson Jr. and Kathryn Harrington.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarann Salsburg Harralson and four sons, John Henry Harralson, III, Dr. Thomas Giles Harralson, James Kincheloe Harralson and Benjamin Simpson Harralson. Also survived by three grandchildren, John Henry Harralson, IV and Hayden Proctor Harralson, the sons of John III and Cynthia Reid Harralson and Benjamin Webb Harralson, the son of Benjamin and Stacey Miller Harralson.

Godspeed, Mr. Harralson. I am one of many folks in this community who was honored to know you.

Bluegrass to Big Apple

A Conversation with Real Estate Mogul, Nick Campisano

 

Interview and photos provided by The VOICE TRIBUNE

 

VOICE Louisville sat down with local Real Estate Entrepreneur Nick Campisano. Nick is the Founder of the Development Firm “Campisano Capital” and the Investing Platform “Zyyo.”

Nick, we’ve been hearing your name for a while! It’s great to finally sit down with you. How would you describe yourself?

The pleasure is all mine.

I have always thought of myself as a “builder” at the intersection of construction, finance, and technology. I like to build companies, brands, properties, relationships, and experiences. My father is a General Contractor and he taught me the nuts and bolts of construction at an early age. My mother was a Human Resource Manager at General Electric for over thirty years and taught me how to build relationships. For eight years I built investment strategies as an investment banker. And my experiences in Venture Capital have taught me how to align new business models with untapped demand. I combine all of this with my passion for building designs and brands.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Please tell us a bit about your projects in Louisville?

From a development perspective, I am a generalist that focuses on community engagement and pressing the boundaries of design. My largest current project is a $123MM mixed-use development in NuLu and my smallest is a $400K coffee shop in Clifton. No matter the size, all of my developments have the same goal, which is to elevate communities through balance, quality and long-term civic integration. By paying attention to an entire community instead of focusing exclusively on any singular development, I can protect small businesses and simultaneously recruit large companies to join our market.

Most of my developments are in NuLu, however recently I developed a $20MM Residence Inn hotel in the East End. I like to pay attention to areas near new bridges, and when they added the new East End bridge connecting 265 to southern Indiana, I knew this area was poised for long term growth. I was born in Prospect, so that bridge has been on my mind for about a decade. Fortunately, that project was a huge success.

My NuLu projects range from Hancock to Shelby, and from Market to Jefferson. Over these two blocks, we are developing a total of nine projects, all of which are interrelated, hence my repeated reference to communities. I am being very careful to control balance, scale, and competition. For example, I want to ensure office space is available in the area, but not too much too quickly. To support the food & beverage options, we are developing a much needed 450-space garage. And hospitality is a key amenity for new entrants to the market, as long as there is a phased and balanced approach.

You might be familiar with the Gateway to NuLu office building, which was my first project in NuLu. The building was originally a furniture store dating back to the early 1900’s. It’s now a major technology hub housing a dozen different tech companies, as well as a daycare, the Everyday Kitchen Restaurant and Café, and some best-in-class co-working, meeting and event spaces. My Louisville office is also in that building. If you haven’t toured the building, you really should do it. It’s something special.

When the renowned Mr. Joe Ley decided to close his doors after fifty years, he chose us to be the development partner for the next generation of his historic masterpiece. Restorations have been underway for the past two years and we are working hard to preserve the stunning character of the building. When construction is complete, that area will showcase one of the nicest hotels in Kentucky.

I’m working on some other exciting projects, but I’m not at liberty to speak about them yet.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? How do you stay energized?

Well, I actually hate getting out of bed in the morning (laughs). But I hate going to bed, too. I was conditioned to be an early riser from a young age and the habit stuck. I grew up being a competitive diver and was dedicated to that sport through college, where I was on the team at Duke University. Most days started in a freezing cold pool at six o’clock in the morning five days-a-week, so I was always accustomed to the old “rise and grind” philosophy. In college, after my diving and academic obligations were satisfied, I also served as the Social Chair of my Fraternity, which means I rarely missed a party and was never the first to leave. My social calendar has definitely settled down nowadays, but one way to describe me would be that I rarely miss a workout, never miss a meeting, and hate to miss a party.

I am enthusiastic about seizing the day. When I’m in the shower each morning, I get excited for my upcoming meetings and the progress we hope to create. I feel fortunate for all these opportunities and couldn’t be more grateful. Although my work can be stressful and has its challenges, I’m truly having a lot of fun. I have an amazing team and their talent resonates in everything we do.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

How long have you lived in New York City? And what does Louisville have to gain from your relationships there?

I have lived in NYC for the past 11 years, and ever since I graduated from college, it has been home. My developments rely on large institutional capital providers to stimulate growth. My investment firm is headquartered there and we find it patriotic to show up to work each day at our offices in the World Trade Center, participating in all the action. Seventy percent of my investors are based in New York City, and those relationships are just getting started.

My thought process has always been to gain relevancy in a particular industry and then use that resource to create a positive impact. I was always impressed with the investment opportunities in Louisville, but in order to truly make a difference in the community, I realized I would need access to a larger collection of financial investment groups, such as Blackstone and Goldman Sachs. I believe local projects are often under-funded which leads to a sub-optimal final product. In those unfortunate scenarios, the larger investment groups aren’t interested, specifically because the developments underestimated the intended quality of the final product.

I never wanted to be a big fish in a small pond, I just wanted to help build a bigger pond.

I understand that your technology company, Zyyo, is the tool that brings all this together. How exactly does it work?

Zyyo is an online technology used to finance real estate projects within certain communities, like NuLu! Specifically, it takes a data-driven approach to funnel large investors to local communities, and allows local investors from those communities to participate alongside. Most importantly, the local investors feel comfortable with the safety of their investment, since the deals are structured alongside much larger groups that sort out the due diligence and legal work. And the larger investors enjoy the local support, knowing that if they can integrate into the local economy alongside the natives, it maximizes their chance of success.

 

LVA Honors Awards

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


On March 24, Louisville Visual Arts hosted its 2022 LVA Honors Awards at Art Sanctuary. Their unique annual event celebrates individuals who have made a significant impact on our community, including William M. Duffy, Janet Britt, Shohei Katayama and Clare Hirn. Local wood sculptor Lindsay E. Frost created the 2022 LVA Honors Commemorative Awards.

The Old Fashion Show

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


On March 27, Three D Hospitality partnered with Patron Tequila and Jackson Family Wines to present a Spring Fashion Show at the Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Dillards and The Hat Doctor provided the latest spring trends.

Bench and Bar

Photos by Kathryn Harrington


On March 31, the Louisville legal community’s biggest night of networking, the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Bench & Bar Social gathered for the first time since the pandemic at the Mellwood Art Center.

Bass + Bringardner: The Power Trio of Real Estate

A discussion with Terri Bass and Shelly & Bradley Bringardner, the realtor team at Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

 

By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

 

As one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the Louisville area, Bass + Bringardner provides top-of-the-line service whether you’re a buyer or seller. With over 25 years of marketing experience and 15 years in real estate, this power trio works with passion and expertise that is unparalleled in the luxury real estate market. We spoke with the team, Terri Bass and Shelly & Bradley Bringardner, to learn what distinguishes them in the market and how they are involved in the community.

What separates you in the real estate market when working as a team?

Shelly: “I think what separates us as a team is always being available. In this hot market, you have to be ready to show a property at any time. They come on the market, and offers are due in a day or two. Having the flexibility with three people allows us the opportunity to show a home at any point in time. The availability is number one.”

Bradley: “Absolutely. It can get tricky if you’re a one-man show having to show your own listing for sale and help other buyers looking to see additional properties that arise. Having a team of three allows us to have the maximum flexibility to be a full-service team for our sellers and buyers. It makes us dynamic, flexible and always on our toes.”

You mentioned the term ‘hot market.’ As someone unfamiliar with real estate terms, what does this mean?

Terri: “This market is unprecedented. I’ve been in the business for 15 years, but even if you look back 20 or 30 years, we haven’t seen this low inventory and demand for housing like we have. There’s a shortage of houses being built and a shortage of houses on the market being turned over. Therefore, it’s challenging for people who have to move or want to move. We have to go out and seek homes that might be a fit.”

Bradley: “Our team really hits the pavement hard for our buyers because, there is a lack of inventory. We are constantly sending letters and mailers to desirable homes that our buyers have identified might be a fit for them. We try to make things happen. It’s like a game of chess. We are constantly working on behalf of our buyers and sellers. With a team of three, we can navigate these tricky waters with more ease than most.”

What makes your team unique?

Shelly: “When working with sellers, we will professionally show your home. We’ll have the lights on and maybe put the fireplace on to set the ambiance for when the buyer walks in. We take clients through the home, showing them different features to create a welcoming atmosphere. It’s an important part of showing a house that many people don’t understand. When you hire an agent, you really need someone to show your home.”

Terri: “A majority of the agents out there just put a lockbox on the front door and let other agents bring somebody in. It’s a real value to have someone there who knows the home.”

Bradley: “We also work hard to maintain relationships with other agents in the community. Agents in Lenihan Sotheby’s office and the other larger and smaller boutique agencies within greater Louisville. Having solid relationships amongst realtors can help make a difference in competitive situations.”

Will you tell me about the off-market exclusive service your team provides?

Shelly: “For someone who doesn’t want to list their house on the market, they can have it in-house. We can still show and sell their home, but it’s not in the public sphere. The benefit of that is you’re in more of a leader seat. You can determine your pricing and get the terms you want. Some professionals don’t want to alert their employees that they may be moving or getting transferred. There’s an element of privacy and confidentiality beneficial to some clients.”

Terri: “And some people will say that they don’t want to sell, but since the market is so hot, if someone brings them this offer, they’d be interested, but they don’t want to go on the open market.”
What advice can you give to buyers in the market?

Bradley: “Patience is a virtue. We’re big believers that everything happens for a reason, and you can win deals in this market; it’s competitive, but the right one will come. It all works out in the end. If you have a trusted advisor to work alongside you in this journey, good things will happen, and you will find the place you’re meant to be.”

How are you involved in the community?

Terri: “My involvement has primarily been in areas of social service. I am still involved with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). I was one of the founders when we first brought it to Kentucky. I’m also involved with Family Scholar House. I’ve served on several of their committees that do their biggest fundraiser. The third thing is that I’m on the board of Kentucky to the World. That is an organization that elevates the reputation and knowledge of Kentuckians to the world.”

Bradley: “Volunteer work is a big part of what I like to do with my free time. I’ve been very involved with Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana over the past five years serving on their associate board. Also, the Cabbage Patch Settlement House is an organization that helps underserved children in greater Louisville have a safe space after school to do their homework, play with friends, do extracurricular activities, etc. Previously I was very involved with the Louisville Zoo on the Friends of the Louisville Zoo board.”

Shelly: “I’m involved with Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana, the Family Scholar House and Sacred Heart, my alma mater. I think all three of us are on the same page about giving back and being involved in the community.”

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

Shelly: “I would say going to restaurants. We love trying new restaurants. There’s always something new coming up, especially in NuLu. Our favorites are Volare and Porcini.”

Bradley: “You can find Shelly and me at a high-top table or the bar at Volare eating some great Italian food and drinking some wine on a Saturday night. Louisville has a lot to offer for all different age groups. We’re a gem of a city with a small-town feel with big-city amenities. There are all sorts of fun to get into.”

Terri: “Steve and I do a lot of dining and drinking of wine, similar to Bradley and Shelly. Another favorite is getting away to our place in South Carolina and taking a few days’ break.

When we’re not busy with work, and there’s time to do it, I love hosting dinner parties and cooking for people. In the Spring, I like to do Coq Au Vin, and in the Fall or Winter, it’s some yummy Beef Bourguignon. Julia’s recipe, adapted a little bit.”

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Terri Bass + Shelly & Bradley Bringardner
3803 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40222
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