Gilda’s Over the Edge

Photos by Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana


With the help of more than 75 volunteers, 99 rappellers scaled the 18-story Hyatt Regency Louisville. Each rappeler raised at least $1,000 to support the mission of Gilda’s Club–to ensure no one faces cancer alone. Gilda’s raised more than $180,000.

Letter from the Editor July 2022

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

 

Welcome to the July Women in Business issue! My team had the opportunity to speak with many incredible women who are a driving force in our community and have left a mark in whatever industry they’re in. These women allowed us to glimpse into their professions and daily lives by sharing tips, vulnerabilities, challenges and successes.

In this issue, we highlight various women who have been challenged but persevered and conquered industries through pure determination. Dana Darley Daily took the reins on the Daily Libations column from her husband Joe to highlight the face behind NKD LDY, Becca Gardner. Becca reminds us there’s a story behind every business, and one shouldn’t be afraid to dive in head first where their passions live. Dana also interviewed Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey to give our readers the best tips for utilizing your time and who you should look to for inspiration.

Dana’s 12-year-old daughter, Kennedy, FaceTimed with Sarah Carter Levitch to share the story of the creation of her slime shop – talk about a young entrepreneur! Kennedy’s photoshoot was filled with giggles and brought out the kid inside all of us as we played with slime and relived our youth. In addition, Sarah sits down with Judge Angela McCormick Bisig for insight on her role as a mother and judge.

Rachel Porter spoke with Meaghan Rubey to learn about her venture into the luxury accessory industry with her company Roubaix. Additionally, Mandy Vine told us of the buttercup yellow surrounding her daily and her experience from Drybar loyalist to Drybar Franchise Operator.

When Elizabeth Scinta interviewed Danielle Mann, she learned of her incredible superwoman powers as she juggles being a full-time OBGYN, mother of three boys and the owner of Rivergreen Cocktails. Her determination to succeed is infectious and evident in how she talks about her business. Next, Elizabeth spoke with UBS Financial Advisor Joyce Meyer at her new pool house/home office to learn how her team adapted to the pandemic and came out on top. Kate Latts and Ashley Davis Sigman took us through their journey of joining their family businesses, Heaven Hill Brands and Davis Jewelers, respectively.

There were so many phenomenal women featured in this issue that I couldn’t fit all of them in my letter, as I’m afraid I’m running out of word count. Before I send you on your way to enjoy this marvelous issue, I want to shout out to my team once more as we have navigated through the twists and turns of producing yet another beautiful issue. So raise a glass with the VOICE Louisville team as we toast to the successes of these awe-inspiring women, and always remember to keep our heads, heels and standards high!

Salute!

Alexandra Hepfinger
Editor in Chief

It’s All in the Details

Jacqueline Gilmore, Designer at Details Furniture Gallery & Design, reimagines a cozy Mockingbird Valley home into a functional family oasis

 

By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Emily Peters

 

Tell me about the project. Was this a remodel of someone’s home? What rooms did you do? 

This home has great bones, so an entire remodel was unnecessary, although a lot of work has been done to make it the perfect home for this family. Over the years, the kitchen and coffee bar has been reworked, the primary bathroom was taken to the studs for a complete remodel, the fourth bedroom was turned into the primary closet, and the back hallway was made into a spacious mudroom with extensive storage. We also added a guest space and a gym above the garage and turned an exterior courtyard into the new dining space. The uncovered back patio was recently remodeled into a year-round outdoor kitchen and living space. This home is gorgeous and functional, with areas for everyone. We’ve designed every room in the house, so it is a favorite among all of our projects at Details.

What were the initial ideas of the homeowner? How did you help make that a reality? How much of the process is your creative vision?

I think Frankie (homeowner) always knew she would need to use the fourth bedroom for her closet, which meant the home would need a space for guests. Both her and Ryan’s family live out of town, and they wanted those visiting to feel comfortable. Frankie is very open to ideas and wants each area to feel unique and detailed, which is a dream for a designer. I would constantly send her images with notes on how to incorporate ideas we liked into her home. We would talk through the specifics, such as “do we need an ice maker here…or refrigerated drawers”. Nailing down the design with what would be most useful was important. Luckily we had a great space to work with and weren’t forced to give up anything. We both had a vision for each space and the home as a whole. Combining those and bringing them to life was very fun! Frankie usually has a broad idea of what she wants, then I come in to work on the logistics and add in the details to pull everything together and create something unique. 

Can you distinguish two or three pieces in the house you brought in that have an interesting story? Or maybe talk about one room you did that you are particularly proud of?

Frankie has a great appreciation for art. We didn’t design any spaces based on particular pieces of artwork, but she wouldn’t settle just to have something on the walls. There are two pieces in particular. The Hunt Slonem hanging in the living room was a piece Frankie fell in love with, and we moved around several existing pieces to fit this exactly where we envisioned it living. Also, the Teil Duncan hanging above the bath in the primary bath. The artist is from the same area where Frankie grew up, so the scene is very familiar with the beaches she grew up visiting. We looked at several to find the correct scale and colors to complement the design. I love when a client feels passionate about a piece. It only adds to the love of a room! There are other pieces she found while traveling sprinkled throughout the home. 

I am most proud of the primary bath and closet. I had the chance to design my dream closet, which just so happened to be Frankie’s as well! It was a perfectly symmetrical space that allowed us to create an authentic boutique feel. Glass front doors, interior lighting, middle seating area and a sleek black and cream color story. It is a showstopper, and I know Frankie is happy each time she walks in, which makes me very happy. The whole home has been an ideal design job. This client is one of my closest friends, so we have enjoyed the entire process. She trusted me and rarely said no; what more could you ask for!  

Anything else you want to talk about that I didn’t touch on?

I’ve been friends with this client for so long, and I’ve watched her style evolve as everyones’ does. I knew this would most likely be her forever home. Details designed and built all custom cabinetry, including the mud room, the guest room kitchen with window seat/shelves, the guest room bath vanity, the kitchen island and china cabinet built-in, new cabinet fronts in the kitchen, the coffee bar, the primary closet and the bathroom vanity. It was exciting to get to make the most of each space!

Details Furniture Gallery & Design
11816 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243
502.253.0092
detailslouisville.com

Gin There, Done That

Danielle Mann turned an idea into a reality. That reality: Rivergreen Cocktails

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photo provided by Andrea Hutchinson

 

When the pandemic hit, Danielle Mann went from being a full-time OBGYN physician with a packed day-to-day schedule to lots of blank space on her calendar and the most free time she’d had on her hands in a while. So, as summertime hit and outdoor, spaced-out gatherings were allowed, Mann began crafting gin cocktails out of sloe gin in her kitchen to sip on while chatting with friends. Put sloe gin over rocks with sparkling water and a squeeze of lemon, and you’ve got the Danielle Mann quarantine drink. After falling in love with her cocktail, she checked out the canned cocktail aisle at the liquor store, hoping to find something similar to what she was making, but she noticed only gin and tonics. “I went down the canned gin cocktail world rabbit hole, and at that time, two years ago, canned cocktails were trying to take off, and gin was starting to make a comeback. It’s certainly not on the level of vodka or bourbon, but it’s getting a revival,” explained Mann. “I realized it was a missing niche in the market, and I felt like it was an opportunity to do something. So I started playing around with different cocktails and committed to the three I have on the market: Bee’s Knees, Gimlet and Greyhound.”

Some might call Mann ambitious or crazy for pursuing her idea. But, Mann saw it as an opportunity to act on one of the many ideas that had floated through her mind over the years. With a medical background, she now had to figure out how to navigate the liquor industry and get her product on the market. “I thought I could get someone to make this for me, so that was the plan initially. I had the idea that I’d get someone to make it, and then I’d sell it. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, nothing’s ever easy,” Mann laughed. “In the alcohol world, I can’t make something and sell it to the liquor world. I have to make something, a distributor has to accept me, and then the distributor sells it to a liquor store, restaurant or bar.” After finding out that it would be costly to have someone make her commodity for her, she rolled up her sleeves, bought one warehouse on River Road and got to work making small batches of her creation. After being introduced to a distributor, her product was picked up immediately, and voila! Rivergreen Cocktails was born.

As a mother of three boys, a full-time OBGYN practitioner and now the owner of a business, Mann’s life is anything but a walk in the park. “Anybody who is a working mother will know that sometimes you don’t feel like you’re doing enough in some facet of your life, and that’s just because there are only 24 hours in the day, and you’re only one person. So I try to give myself a lot of grace with that. My kids understand that I have started a business and work really hard. They have been very tolerant and have no problem going to the warehouse after school to work on their homework while I work. I’m trying to teach them that if they want anything in this world, they have to work hard for it. It’s not easy. I feel like women wear a lot of hats, and I take pride in all of the hats I wear. I want to be a good physician, a good mother and I want to be a successful entrepreneur,” Mann said. The community of women entrepreneurs she’s built along the way has inspired her to keep pushing when days are tough. They’ve helped her realize that no one has an easy time building a business from the ground up, but you will be successful with a bit of blood, sweat and tears. “I started with one tank, and now I have three tanks. I was hand labeling everything before, and now I have pre-printed cans, and recently I just bought my first canning line,” explained Mann.

In May, Mann hit her one-year mark of Rivergreen Cocktails being on the first liquor store shelf. Now, you can find them in Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky and Elizabethtown. She plans to up her marketing in 2022 (expect to see more of that adorable 1968 Volkswagen bug around town) and maximize its reach in Kentucky. In due time, she hopes to jump state lines, so more people can imbibe a delectable gin cocktail in the convenience of a can without the hassle of making one. Cheers!

Rivergreen Cocktails
2732 River Green Circle
Louisville, KY 40206
Drinkjn.com
502.309.9159

Ann Dreisbach of Whitehouse Residential and Commercial Painting

A mother-daughter business dedicated to quality craftsmanship, professionalism and exceptional employees

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Whitehouse Residential and Commercial Painting

 

Whitehouse Residential and Commercial Painting pride themselves on the meticulous craftsmanship and enduring quality of their work. With years of experience, they have built a name for themselves that most everyone in the Kentuckiana community will recognize and trust. We were fortunate enough to learn more about the distinguished company from the Director of Marketing, Ann Dreisbach. 

Tell me about Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting and what it means to be a mother and daughter business.

We are a full-service professional painting company. It is a family business, and we refer to ourselves as partners. Amy Bergeron, the owner of Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting, manages our staff of 40 people and handles the day-to-day operations and production. I do marketing and development. I’m so proud of her and what she’s accomplished as a mother. It brings me joy to see her success. Our business has grown exponentially, and she has made that happen. She grew up in a family business. My husband is part of the Dreisbach family of Dreisbach Wholesale Florists, a company started in 1911, so Amy understands how to run a successful family business. 

We have painters that have been with us for a long time because they like our professional work environment and how we care about them. We refer to our painters as professionals. Every day we have painters calling who want to work for our company because we have an excellent reputation. They want to wear our shirts.

What spaces do Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting paint?

We love to do family homes and see how happy a family is when their home is freshened up! We also do banks, schools, churches, commercial buildings, large offices, warehouses, airports, business centers, retail centers, malls, distilleries and barns. We cover it all. Our favorite project was the St. John’s Center for Homeless Men, a church built in 1858. It’s here in Louisville on Clay Street. It was a transformational project that involved plaster repair and painting. We worked with an interior design, and we installed a four-story scaffolding because the ceiling is five stories high. We also cleaned and repaired several old paintings. It was challenging, but our painters took great pride because it is where people can come to find solace.

What is a helpful tip for a homeowner looking for painters?

When looking for a painter, always ask if they warranty their work and use the highest quality paints. Be sure they have workman’s comp insurance and liability insurance. Ask them to show you their certificates. That’s very important to you as a homeowner. At Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting, we offer 100% customer satisfaction and warranty our work. A warranty is only as good as the company warranting. If somebody is only in business for a year, and they warranty your work, they may not be around in a few years when you need someone to do warranty work. We also have carpenters that work with us to repair wood rots or put up shutters.

Whitehouse Residential & Commercial Painting
8045 Warwick Ave.
Louisville, KY 40222
502.425.0483
whitehousepaint.com

Woodford’s Manhattan Experience Finals

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson


Patty Dennison, a Bartender from New York City emerged as the victor of Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience cocktail competition on June 7. In total, thirty-eight finalists were invited to the Silver Dollar to craft their version of the classic Manhattan cocktail and compete for the “2022 Master of the Manhattan” title.

A Fearless Leader

Meet Joyce Meyer, a determined and passionate leader at UBS Financial Services Inc.

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

 

As the morning sun glistens off the pool, Joyce Meyer, the Senior Vice President-Wealth Management Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services Inc., sets up her home office, stationed in the pool house, for her team to arrive. “It didn’t look like COVID was going away. So, in order to have an orderly business, I felt like I needed to build an office at home,” explained Meyer. The pool house/home office allowed her to continue working during the most challenging months of the pandemic and is now her principal office.

Meyer’s perseverance and dedication didn’t bubble up during the pandemic but have permanently been embedded in her. She began her journey at Campbell Soup Company as an Account Manager, where she invested in her first 401K as soon as it was introduced for employers to offer their employees. “All of a sudden, I discovered I was more intrigued with investing than working for Campbell Soup. So, I started dreaming that maybe my next career could be about helping others save and setting some goals and plans so that they could retire someday,” says Meyer. 

Upon this realization, it was time for her to pack up and move on, and after a few interviews, she landed the cream of the crop position at Merrill Lynch. There, she began climbing to the top of the financial industry ladder by graduating top of her class (and early!) from the offered training program; simply put, her career began to skyrocket. “I would visit other colleagues’ homes and see how they lived, and I thought if I could just live half as good as they do, I’ll be happy because I love my career, I love investing, and I love helping others,” Meyer explained. “For me, going into the financial service business was like winning the lottery because it never felt like work. They always say find something you really like and make it your passion so it’ll never be work, and that’s what I’ve done.”

After twelve years and all of her success with Merrill Lynch, it was time for Meyer to move on, and in 2008 she landed at UBS. Since starting, she has been named on the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list for 2021 and 2022 and the Forbes Best-In-State Women Advisors list for 2020, 2021 and 2022. “It was a huge deal because it showed my dedication, even during difficult times. Our office had been closed for over two years, so we weren’t allowed to go in, but I continued to redefine my business and meet clients wherever I could. So, we started on the patio over there. Then we moved to the pool as the weather changed. When it rained, we landed on my front porch and low and behold, two and a half years later, I have this amazing pool house and office,” Meyer beamed. 

She’s not only a force to be reckoned with in the financial industry, but she’s charitable and dedicated to helping the younger generation and her team succeed. “She treats all of us like her mentees. She shows us part of the job we might not be aware of or ever do, but it’s good training. She goes above and beyond what other financial advisors would do,” said Vincent Straight, a Client Service Associate at UBS. This close-knit team also spends their time with many different charities by attending charity events, sometimes with clients in tow, and assisting the charity with their allocated resources. This year, the team will focus on four charities: Norton Children’s Hospital, Olmsted Conservancy Parks, University of Louisville School of Music and Kentucky Shakespeare. These four organizations received a life-changing amount of money from one of Meyer’s clients that recently passed away. 

Aside from her team, She recently launched her internship program with Jeffersonville High School, Charlestown School and New Washington School. Adorned in red blazers with the UBS logo, the ambassador students join Meyer at events, tours of businesses and seminars to grow their understanding and connections in the business world. As a recent graduate and newly employed, I asked what advice she would give young women beginning their first career, and she offered: “Find someone that you click with, shadow them and let them be a mentor to you. Start scheduling interviews and appointments with people you admire and are doing what you want to do.” I leave you with these lyrics from “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, conquer the world today.

Joyce Meyer Wealth Management Group
500 N Hurstbourne Pkwy
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
advisors.ubs.com/meyer
502.326.2561

Family Life v. Career

Judge Angela McCormick Bisig opens up about her career and how she makes her family a priority

 

Interview by Sarah Carter Levitch
Story by Elizabeth Scinta
Photo by Andrea Hutchinson

 

As a woman balancing a demanding career as a judge and the nurturing responsibilities of being a mother, Judge Angela McCormick Bisig admitted that there are no secret tricks to her trade other than determination and multitasking. Bisig has been a part of the Kentucky judiciary for over 19 years, where she’s served in a number of roles. Now, she hopes to step away from her position as Chief Circuit Court Judge and fill the District 4 seat on the Supreme Court of Kentucky. “I’ve been working to prepare myself to serve on the Kentucky Supreme Court for most of my life. Not only 13 years as an attorney and 20 years as a judge but also working as a volunteer and board member of many community organizations,” explained Bisig. 

Bisig doesn’t hide behind her gavel but steps out in the community to work with organizations with the hope and dedication of making Louisville a better city. She’s a founding member of Restorative Justice Louisville, now a division of the Volunteers of America, and hosts events for Louisville’s local Sister Cities Program, according to her website. It’s crucial for Bisig to stay in contact with friends, which she does through joining organizations and serving on the board with them; seeing people she enjoys while bettering the community provides an added benefit to her work. “I’ve also worked hard to be innovative in justice issues like working with a Business Court pilot project, bringing restorative justice to our juveniles and language access issues,” said Bisig.

In her courtroom, Bisig implements The Golden Rule, treat others as you’d like to be treated because everyone deserves equal respect regardless of why they’re standing in front of her. “My top goals in being a judge are to treat everyone who comes in contact with our justice system with dignity and respect. I appreciate that time spent in a courtroom is often one of the most serious life situations people face. Whether charged with a crime or resolving a civil dispute, the court involves people’s freedom, lives and livelihood,” explained Bisig. 

The mindset she has now as Chief Circuit Court Judge would carry over to her role on the Supreme Court of Kentucky if voted in. Her vision as a Supreme Court justice is to work with her colleagues to “evaluate and innovate things our legal community can do to improve justice.” This goal includes moving cases through the appeals process quicker and creating more individualized dockets for justice issues that should be dealt with individually—for example, a drug court, mental health court, veterans court, etc.

While being a judge and running for the Supreme Court of Kentucky is extremely important to her, so is her family. It’s no mystery that the work-life balance is a tricky tightrope to walk, but it is doable with the right support system and time-management skills. “I always tell young attorneys, particularly women, that you can have a fulfilling career, a family and outside interests, but it isn’t always easy. I don’t know that I have any secret sauce type of tips other than being determined to fit it all in somehow. Multitasking helps, like doing yoga while watching the news or stretching while you dry your hair. I carve out Mondays as family dinner night and religiously make that time to be fully present with my family,” said Bisig. She gave us two last pieces of advice we believe everyone should hear. “Select a career you feel passionate about if you are able. Feeling in the zone when you are doing what you do to earn your way in the world helps work feel less draining,” explained Bisig. “Finally, have some grace for yourself when it all feels overwhelming.”

Behind the Woman

 

By Dana Darley Daily
Photos by Madeline Mullenbach
Jewelry provided by Davis Jewelers

 

The VOICE team was fortunate to spend time with Fawn Weaver of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. Weaver’s most contagious laugh and genuine smile immediately make you feel energized and encouraged. We dove behind the woman to find out what fuels her positivity, motivation and success.

In addition to the work she is doing at the distillery to set up generations of successful leaders, she is working diligently to set up success for females and people of color in business through her philanthropic efforts with the Nearest Green Foundation/Nearest Green Legacy Scholarship. It’s safe to say she’s crushing goals and well on her way to leaving her own legacy.

I love your perspective on the highest and best use of time (HBU). Can you tell us more about that and how it has transformed your life?

I don’t know if I would say HBU has transformed my life because it’s literally how I live. If it’s not my highest and best use of time, it’s a no. Many people reach out to me and ask, can I just get five minutes of your time? Can I have 10 minutes of your time? Can I have 15 minutes of your time? And for them, it’s not a big ask, but for me, if it’s not my highest and best use of time, meaning that it’s mutually beneficial, then I am not going to do it. Because we are a people-pleasing society, many people have a tough time saying no. Then they end up being stressed out, miserable and not really enjoying something they should be because they are so busy doing something that is not their highest and best use of time. I love what I do. Thanks to those boundaries, I can do 100 cities in 100 days for this filming.

Who has inspired you as a female leader?

Do you know what’s really interesting? I don’t really look to the outside if that makes sense. I have always been innate in how I look. I read a ton of books on people that have succeeded, and I try not to make the mistakes they clearly pointed out. It’s a Warren Buffet thing; he says people always say that the greatest teacher is your own mistakes, but he thinks the greatest teacher is other people’s mistakes. I try to look at those that have not only created success in a current moment but have done it over time. I’m not interested in what is happening right now. Only for how this looks 200 years from now when 10 generations have come after me. Did I set this company up to ensure that it sustains for that long and is still growing?

What piece of advice do you wish you knew sooner?

Go with your gut. My God, go with your gut! Everybody will give you ideas of how you should do things, but as women and people of color, this country was not built for us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the greatest nation in the world. I believe it, I honor it and would not want to be anywhere else, but we have to understand it wasn’t built for us, which means the blueprints of success that everyone laid down are not for us. We have to create our own, which will come from us internally. That’s going to come from our gut. We know what we need to do and what we should do. If we stop looking to somebody else as our guru, look inside ourselves and listen to our gut, it’s through the roof what we can achieve. I appreciate that people look up to me, but I want them to look up to me only to point them back to themselves and say everything you need is not in me. It’s actually inside of you.

Any fun facts we may not know about the brand or the distillery?

This month we will be opening our new bar facility, the world’s longest bar, in our distillery. The current Guinness Book of World Record bar length is 358 linear feet, our bar clocks in at 505 linear feet. It will take people a long time to go from one end to the other because our entire bar, a concept designed by Death and Co., wraps around a state-of-the-art stage with high-tech AV. We brought in the person that built the sound and lighting for Paisley Park for Prince. My only request was to build it for Garth Brooks because if you build it for Garth, you cover everybody’s rider. After all, nobody has a rider that will be as explicit as his. He’s been selling out concerts for longer than everybody else! Now, when it opens, every concert and show will be incredible because of the sound system and how they can stream into the space.

Nearest Green Distillery
3125 US-231 North
Shelbyville, TN 37160
931.773.3070
unclenearest.com/distillery

This Way to Success

Kate Shapira Latts grew Heaven Hill Brand’s marketing team from five to 55

 

By Elizabeth Scinta
Photo provided by Heaven Hill Distillery

 

“I always knew I wanted to be in the business world. When I was a kid, I always played store when other kids were playing teacher or house,” Kate Shapira Latts, Chief Marketing Officer at Heaven Hill Brands, explained. Although she knew she wanted to be in the business world, Latts was never pushed towards the family business, Heaven Hill Brands. As a little girl, her world revolved around Heaven Hill Brands. Their milk glasses were Heaven Hill Brand’s rock glasses. Her days consisted of going to the distillery with her father to check in on the business. And family vacations were spent visiting liquor stores to see if consumers picked Heaven Hill off the shelves. “I have these memories of going to Bardstown to the Heaven Hill Distilleries and remembering how the company could physically see that the warehouse was getting bigger. I thought seeing that tangible growth was really cool,” Latts explained. “One of my dad’s favorite things in the world to do is see a consumer pick one of our brands up off the shelf. That sort of consumer behavior inspired me.”

Looking back on it now, it seems evident that Latts should have entered the marketing world immediately, but initially, it wasn’t that simple. Latts went to Duke University intending to become a banker post-graduation; however, during her senior year, she realized it wasn’t for her. So, she re-enrolled in Duke’s business school to earn a degree in consulting, and that’s where she found her passion in product management, brand management and marketing. Latts was determined not to return to Louisville, her hometown, after graduation, so she moved to Cincinnati, where she and her husband, Allan Latts, worked at Procter and Gamble. After five years in The Queen City and a new addition to the family, the Latts decided it was time to move home and join the family business. 

With her young children being her main focus, Latts started working three days a week in a staff role to spend time with her kids. A few years later, she became the leader of the marketing organization and ultimately became the Chief Marketing Officer in 2001. When Latts first started at Heaven Hill Brands, the marketing team consisted of five individuals; now, the group comprises 55 people. As Chief Marketing Officer, Latts jokes she doesn’t get to do much marketing today, but that’s what the team is for, right? So, together they work to answer the question that makes up Heaven Hill Brand’s mission: how can we enhance the enjoyment of life with consumers around the world? “To achieve that mission, we must have the products that deliver on that, create that success and work across the value stream to be successful. So we try to understand what the consumer wants and work internally with our production team to say, ‘how do we make a package, label, bottle and liquid’ that represents a product we want to sell,” explained Latts.

As the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier, improvement and growth are crucial to keeping up with the consumer’s demands. So, on June 6, Heaven Hill Brands broke ground on its new distillery in Bardstown named “Heaven Hill Springs Distillery” – a nod to the original distillery that burned down in 1996. “Bardstown is where the company started, so it means so much to the community of Bardstown and the company. I know my grandfather and his brother would be smiling knowing this,” said Latts. “It continues to signal that we’re in this business for the long term as we are long-term focused and optimistic about the bourbon industry and the growth and opportunity there. But, our goals still remain in a diversified company.” As Kentuckians, we might think that bourbon is the most significant percentage of Heaven Hill Brands’ portfolio, but it only accounts for 30%. The rest of the portfolio comprises tequila, vodka and liqueurs. 

Latts path to Chief Marketing Officer wasn’t linear, but she landed at the top through her hard work and dedication. She wore many different hats as a working mom and believes she wouldn’t be where she was without overinvesting in child care. “People don’t talk about work-life balance and integration, but the saying ‘it takes a village” is not wrong,” explained Latts. “It’s important for your kids, significant other and the work you’re doing without relying on resources and supplementing those too; otherwise, you’ll burn out.”

Heaven Hill Brands
4500 Bowling Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40207
heavenhill.com
502.348.3921

Kennedy’s Slime Shop

A Q&A with a young entrepreneur about her slime business

 

By Sarah Carter Levitch
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

 

Twelve-year-old Kennedy Darley recently opened her slime shop, selling pre-made and custom slime. Though Kennedy lives in Jacksonville, Florida, her mother is our Events Director and Account Executive, Dana Darley Daily! Kennedy does gymnastics, cheers and bakes for fun when not running her slime shop. We spoke with Kennedy to learn more about her shop and what she’s learned about running her own business.

What inspired you to open a Slime Shop?

I opened it a couple of months ago, around early March. I wanted to do it because I saw it was a rising business. I really liked it when I started doing it. I think slime is a very relaxing thing. You can’t really go wrong when making it, so it’s a nice creative outlet. 

What products do you offer?

I am selling the slime itself. I also do custom orders. I can do that if someone has a specific color or something they want. Slime is great for sensory and stress relief. It’s also fun to play with. It’s nice when you’re watching TV and want something to fiddle with. 

What have you learned about running a business through this process?

You have to stock up on supplies. If someone orders one and you don’t have the supplies, it’s hard to fill the order. You also have to make sure you don’t overspend on one thing you don’t really need. And then you have to get the money you spend back when you sell the product. 

Where do you sell your products?

We’re working on getting a Shopify. I take email orders as well to info@threedhospitality.com.

Tangled Mess to Coiffed Best

Mandy Vine, the face behind Drybar Louisville, shares how she and her staff successfully ensure daily confidence in their clients

 

By Rachel Porter
Photos provided by Drybar

 

Nothing is better as a woman than knowing how great your hair looks after a hair blowout. That’s why the city is lucky to have a place like Drybar Louisville and, most importantly, the face behind it, Mandy Vine. Drybar is a one-stop shop for the perfect blowout and pampering experience. We couldn’t help but chat with Mandy to learn more about how she’s conquering the hair styling scene throughout the midwest and southeast region. 

How were you introduced to Drybar?

I was born with curly, coarse hair and always enjoyed it when someone else would tackle my difficult hair. I became a Drybar loyalist way before I became a Drybar Franchise Operator. I loved everything about the brand, and it was amazing how much better I felt after having a Drybar blowout. The more Drybar’s around the county I visited, the more I thought this would be perfect for my hometown.

How was the process of opening a successful franchise as a woman? 

Drybar Louisville was started in 2016 by three local women: myself, McCall Brown and Lisa Causarano. I am the operating partner, the one who runs the shop day to day. We did not have any issues in the process of opening our shop. I live in a Drybar world that is buttercup yellow with shades of black, white, gray and denim (uniform colors). We get to work in the most beautiful salon, listen to the best music and watch chick flicks all day long. I surround myself with the best staff out there. They are positive, independent and creative. Opening Drybar has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but it is the most rewarding.  

Due to our massive success in Louisville, we were awarded other markets to develop. We have developed two shops in Indianapolis, two in Nashville, TN, one in the Gulch at Capital View and one in Brentwood. Finally, we also have a shop in Lexington. We have great partners and operating partners in our other markets.

What does your daily routine consist of? 

I used to spend every waking hour at the shop. Nowadays, you can find me working in the VIP room during the week or manning the front desk, meeting and greeting the clients and chatting with whoever will listen to me; I love to chat! My routine has changed so much over the years because of our amazing leadership team. 

What are some of your tricks and tips for being a successful businesswoman? 

While Drybar is a national brand, I treat Drybar Louisville as a small business, which helps us to retain our top-notch staff. I believe in growing our team and creating opportunities from within our Drybar for advancement. The perfect example is our manager, who has been with us from the beginning. She has grown from a stylist to a shop educator to her current manager position. 

How does Drybar uplift other women in and out of business?

At Drybar, we do one thing well, and that is blowouts. We create confidence and happiness for all women, one blowout at a time. Whether you have an early business meeting and want a fresh blowout beforehand, or you are going to a wedding, concert or for no reason at all, the change in a woman before she arrives and when she leaves is huge. All of this is created with a blowdryer and a brush!

Drybar
4904 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40207
502.871.3524
drybarshops.com