Art In Motion

Enjoying every moment of KMAC Couture and
KMAC Couture Fashion Week

By Mariah Kline
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson
and Tim Valentino

Beginning April 6, fans can start reveling in the magic of KMAC Couture with KMAC Couture Fashion Week. Leading up to the runway show, friends of KMAC are opening their doors to the public to celebrate the massive show and share exclusive discounts.

KMAC Couture Fashion Week includes five days of events at local retailers. At each place, models and artists will be in attendance to share their works from the 2019 show and build anticipation for the big event. Wander through some of Louisville’s favorite neighborhoods and take advantage of the deals. All events are free and open to the public.

Following the fun-filled week, KMAC Couture will take place on Saturday, April 11 on Main Street outside of the museum. On the big night, a fabulous cocktail party begins at 7 p.m. While mingling with fellow attendees, guests can get up-close looks at pieces from previous years as models stand above the crowd and showcase these works of art.

At 8:30 p.m., the show begins and the designs of more than 50 artists will grace the runway. Each one-of-a-kind piece is made exclusively for the show, and seeing these works of art in motion is an unparalleled experience. Immediately after the show, an incredible after party takes place inside the museum. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing plus a chance to meet the artists and see their creations up close.

The night will also include a raffle drawing with some spectacular prize packages. Items include a reserved box for the Kentucky Oaks, a SKYN Lounge Boutique Spa experience, a private dinner party at KMAC, a Night with Elton John & 21c and tickets to the Porsche Driving Experience in Atlanta. Raffle tickets are $25 each and buy four, get one free.

KMAC Couture is an experience like no other that our city is fortunate to play host to. The 2020 spectacle will captivate and excite the artist in all of us. V

To learn more, purchase raffle tickets and secure your seats for KMAC Couture, visit kmacmuseum.org/couture. The Voice of Louisville is proud to serve as the media sponsor of KMAC Couture.

 

KMAC Couture Fashion Week:

Tuesday, April 7, Frankfort Avenue Night

Jordan Clines, 2842 Frankfort Ave.

Summer Eliason Design, 2846 Frankfort Ave.

Peacock Boutique, 2828 Frankfort Ave.

Evolve: The Men’s Resale Store, 2416 Frankfort Ave.

5 to 8 p.m. Park the car and enjoy Frankfort Avenue. Guests will enjoy light bites provided by Frankfort Avenue area restaurants and great discounts at all participating locations.

Wednesday, April 8

Physicians Center For Beauty, 224 Chenoweth Lane

5 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy light bites and cocktails, as well as the chance to learn more about treatments and secure special event pricing.

RJE Interiors, 732 W. Main St.

4 to 8 p.m.  Stop by RJE for drinks, appetizers and the chance to see the latest trends in modern work-place design.

Thursday, April 9

SKYN Lounge & Merkley Kendrick Jewelers, 145 Chenoweth Lane

5 to 8 p.m. It’s the grand opening for the new SKYN Lounge location! Guests will be treated to light bites, cocktails and a free gift with purchase and an artfully curated selection of Merkley Kendrick pieces to compliment any spring style.

Friday, April 10
NuLu Night

Rabbit Hole Distillery, 711 E. Jefferson St.

6 to 9 p.m.  Experience a perfect view of downtown Louisville while enjoying light bites from Wiltshire Pantry and a cash bar featuring Rabbit Hole cocktails.

Pappy & Company, 843 E. Market

5 to 8 p.m. Nibble and sip in style at Pappy & Company’s cozy NuLu location. Special discounts will be available.

Work the Metal & Maker’s Mark, 1201 Story Ave.

6 to 9 p.m.  Come out for a night full of shopping, spring fashions and more at the fourth annual Derby Fashion Show at Work the Metal. Fashion show begins at 7 p.m. See the latest in spring fashion trends hit the catwalk while enjoying hot eats, sweet treats and drinks provided by Maker’s Mark, Board & You, Marigold Catering and more.

Saturday, April 11

Drybar Louisville, 4904 Shelbyville Road

All Day. KMAC Couture attendees who come to Drybar on April 11 will receive a free Drybar gift bag with blowout service.

 

KMAC Couture 2020 Artists:

Lindsey Barlow-Bell, Francisco Cardona & Larry Bell – Louisville, KY

Taylor Bell – Oakland, CA

Frances Brunner – Kent State University (OH)

Lilly Chodyniecki & Justin Chodyniecki – Louisville, KY

Colleen Clines & Maggie Clines – Louisville, KY

Sara Jane Coakley – Louisville, KY

Wende Cudmore – Salem, IN

Whitney Do – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Lauren Dowell & Nedra McNeil – Louisville, KY

Brent Drew-Wolak & Emmaly Saliga – Louisville, KY

Charley Drew-Wolak – Earlham College (IN)

Ala Durham – Kentucky Country Day (KY)

Tora Eff – Louisville, KY

Katie Ensor & Molly Ensor – Miami University (OH)

Lilly Gaunt – Sacred Heart Academy (KY)

Karen Gleeson – Maysville, KY

Hayleigh Gnagie – Ballard High School (KY)

Iris Griffin – Ballard High School (KY)

Ariana Hammond – Butler Traditional High School (KY)

Andrea Hansen – University of Louisville (KY)

David Hudson – Radcliff, KY

Hyekyoung Koo – School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)

Ayodeji Lasisi – Louisville, KY

Fiyin Lasisi – Louisville, KY

Christie Lin – Greenwood High School (KY)

Madeline Mattheu – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Christ Moo – St. Francis School (KY)

Samantha Jean Moore – Lexington, KY

Adrienne Nixon – Louisville, KY

Elaina Parker – Savannah College of Art and Design (GA)

Taylor Parker – Kentucky Country Day (KY)

Kristina Pettit – Louisville, KY

Tracy Powell – Columbus, OH

Lilah Pudlo – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Jennifer Ratoff, Nedra McNeil & Lorraine Venberg – Louisville, KY

Ehren Reed & Brandon Hodges – Louisville, KY

Cathy Ridge – Prospect, KY

Olivia Rogers – Savannah College of Art & Design (GA)

Isaac St. Thomas – Jeffersonville, IN

Kai Seitz – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Jessica Sharp – Louisville, KY

Kyle Sherrard – Louisville, KY

Olga Shulgina – Louisville, KY

Aricka Sloan – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Audrey Slyter – Ballard High School (KY)

WanKeith Smiley – Louisville, KY

Karen Stout – Louisville, KY

Emma Struber – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Edward Taylor – Louisville, KY

Oli Tierney – duPont Manual High School (KY)

Luke Voss & Sophia Baser – Louisville Collegiate School (KY)

Haylen Wehr – Sacred Heart Academy (KY)

Tiffany Woodard – Louisville, KY

Boutique Buzz

Rodes Honored as a ‘Century Survivor’

Rodes has been featured in the February issue of Menswear Retailer (MR) Magazine as a “Century Survivor” of “Retail Pioneers.”

The issue celebrates men’s specialty stores in the U.S. that have been in business for 100+ years. “These retailers graciously share with MR their wisdom, passion and survival secrets, as well as their challenges and approaches to change,” said Editor in Chief Karen Alberg Grossman.

Rodes co-owners, Susan and Howard Vogt, were invited to “A Toast to Century-Old Stores!” party in Chicago on Feb. 16 and were honored during a presentation.


Kendra Scott Celebrates International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Kendra Scott is proud to introduce a new expansion of its Shop For Good give back collection. Through the newly launched Everlyne Friendship Bracelet suite, 20 percent of every purchase – every day – will benefit Kendra Scott’s work to help women and children live their brightest, healthiest and most empowered lives.

From March 6-8, every one of Kendra Scott’s 100+ stores will host a Kendra Gives Back event to support female empowerment in their communities.

Kendra Scott is located at Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Road.


Rodeo Drive Upcoming Events

Don’t miss these happenings at Rodeo Drive this spring. For more information, visit shoprodeodrive.com and follow Rodeo Drive on Facebook @shoprodeodrive.

March 12 & 13

Gorgeous Things
Customization Show

March 19 & 20

Marchesa Spring Trunk Show

April 16 & 17

Gypsy Jewelry Trunk Show and Attitudes by Angie
Derby Hat Show

April 23 & 24

Climber Jewelry Trunk Show

Letter from the Publisher

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul.”

–Alfred Austin 

Opening each issue with a quote introduces our monthly content in a unique way. Most recently, I had a notable person in our community tell me she was so inspired by one of the quotes, she is going to incorporate it into a wedding ceremony that she is officiating. Here is another great one that I just have to share: 

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” –Charles Dickens, Great Expectations 

March offers us days that are golden, crisp and full of anticipation for the warmer months ahead. In this issue, we offer you just that: a glimpse of springtime with a tour of historic Botherum, the home of Jon Caroftis. Captured by our staff photographer Kathryn Harrington, the images will delight your senses, as will the feature that highlights some of the history of this magnificent home. 

In this month’s health section, President & CEO of the Frazier History Museum Andy Treinen takes on a fitness challenge with his family that includes climbing to a rooftop garden with Jeff Howard. Known as our fitness guru, Jeff thought it would show us how fitness can be a fun experience with your family joining in, especially in a gorgeous setting like the Frazier History Museum rooftop garden (designed by Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens and Nick Holmes).

Even our cover model, Willa Pettit, reflects the beauty of nature that we can find in vegetable and fruit gardens. The design she is modeling by local artist Wende Cudmore for KMAC Couture is made from dried fruits and vegetables. We are proud to be the media sponsor for the event taking place April 11 on Main Street in front of KMAC Museum. A runway show like this is one you definitely don’t want to miss. I suggest you get a ticket soon unless it has already sold out. In that case, watch for our exclusive coverage to follow in the May issue. 

Also in this issue, Bennie and Maria Pollard – owners of NOVA Salon and an innovative husband-and-wife team – talk about the NOVA Collective. Their “artistic groove,” if you will, inspires and motivates this dynamic couple to always reach for more. A leader within the salon industry, NOVA Salon is known for their cutting-edge attention to trends in the hair industry while they also keep an eye on classics.   

We are “keepin’ it local” so our readers can learn about what’s happening in our community with local folks. We want to thank our loyal advertisers who trust us to reach the audience that helps their businesses thrive. Our team is passionate about what we do, and that fuels our determination to produce an iconic publication that shines with integrity issue after issue. Celebrating 71 years speaks for itself. Thank you for picking up The Voice.

Janice

Carrie Urton McCaw, 1976-2020 and Kathryn Celestine “Kacey” McCaw, 2008-2020

Carrie Urton McCaw 

1976-2020 

Kathryn Celestine “Kacey” McCaw 

2008-2020

Carrie Urton McCaw, born on Feb. 13, 1976, and Kathryn Celestine “Kacey” McCaw, born on Jan. 26, 2008, from Louisville, Kentucky, returned to their heavenly home on Feb. 14, 2020.

Carrie was blessed with a large and loving circle of family of friends. Her first love was volleyball, and her career spanned from her early days at St. Raphael through Assumption, then on to Syracuse University where she was a decorated athlete. After college, her love of the sport continued as she spent one year as an assistant volleyball coach at Rutgers before starting her career at Ice Miller LLP. She spent the past 20 years as a practice group specialist in their collegiate sports practice, conducting athletics department operations and programmatic reviews while continuing her love for volleyball by coaching teams at various clubs in Indiana and Kentucky. As her children began their sports journeys, she returned to St. Raphael to coach the volleyball teams and was an active member of the parish and community. She had an infectious smile and a zest for life. Whether it was singing karaoke, doing the banana dance or just being there for her friends and family, Carrie was always the life of the party.

Although volleyball was her first love, her greatest love was being a mom to four wonderful children. Each one of them taught her something new every day, whether it was withstanding the heat of summer camp in support of her oldest son Brady’s passion to become an Eagle Scout, the long days of baseball tournaments for her second son Ty, getting out of her comfort zone to support her daughter Jessie’s love of the arts or being able to coach her volleyball shadow Kacey, Carrie was there.

Kacey was rooted in volleyball from a very young age. From the time Kacey and her twin sister Jessie were riding around in the volleyball cart as toddlers to the very day she was taken from this earth, Kacey’s first love was volleyball like her mom. In the 12 short years of her life, Kacey touched the lives of everyone around her. Her tenacity, leadership skills, passion and competitive spirit will be greatly missed by her classmates, teammates, friends and family. With that said, there is a special bond between twins, as it’s double the giggles and double the trouble. Although they are separated now, their spirits will always find a way back to each other.

Carrie and Kacey are survived by their immediate family: David McCaw, Brady McCaw, Ty McCaw and Jessie McCaw. Parents and grandparents include David and Patty Urton, as well as Bruce and Jamie McCaw. Brothers and uncles include Lance Urton (Madison, Ryder), John Urton (Allison, Ava, Alex, Johnny, Tuck) and Carson McCaw (Betsy, Grace, Caroline, Thomas) and numerous extended family members. They were preceded in death by grandparents Dr. John and Kitty Urton, George and Celestine Ray and Polly Wilson.

Visitation was held Feb. 19 at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road, and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 20 at St. Raphael the Archangel. A private burial followed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Raphael Classroom Renovation Fund. Online condolences may be shared at ratterman.com.

Lesley Denise Drury Prather

1980-2020

Lesley Denise Drury Prather, 40, was born Jan. 26, 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky. She went to meet her heavenly Father on Feb. 14, 2020 hand in hand with her beloved daughter, Rhyan Prather.

Lesley was blessed to be the center of a massive family that she loved dearly. She graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School, where she lettered in three sports including volleyball, basketball and track and field. She went on to play volleyball at the University of Louisville, where she led her team to three conference championships, four NCAA appearances and a Sweet Sixteen appearance. She was named All-Conference USA twice and was named to the AVCA All-Region team. She coached the IUS volleyball team from 2009-2012. She was currently a coach for the KIVA 10 volleyball team.

As if she hadn’t accomplished enough in her academic, sports and personal life, Lesley set her mind on becoming a firefighter (and when she set her mind on anything, she accomplished it). Lesley spent the last four years protecting and serving her community as a member of the Louisville Fire Department. Lesley was proud to serve her community, proud of her “first responders” family and most proud to encourage girls and women that you can be whatever you want to be in life. Lesley was a proud member of the LFD and engine 22.

How do you put into words a life that was lived so fully? It was never about herself but rather about others. She was Superwoman in real life. A hero amongst us. Let’s just say it, a true “badass.” The epitome of a mother and wife who unconditionally loved everyone that she came in contact with. Being a mother to her four children was the biggest love of her life and her most proud accomplishment. Family was everything, and she was a protective mama bear of her family. Lesley was a bright light in a world that can be so dimly lit at times, with the most radiant, infectious smile that you ever saw. Saying that she was the life of the party would be an understatement. When God created Lesley, He broke the mold, with just the right amount of love, loyalty, grace, humor, compassion, fire, fierce competitiveness and humility. Lesley was an amazing leader and coach on and off the court. When Lesley said to do something, you knew to do it. She was an inspiration to all of us. Our lives and days were better every day she was in them. She will truly be missed.

Lesley was preceded in death by her father, Alan Drury, and grandparents, Melvin and Carolyn Dunaway and Stoy and Anna Drury.

She is survived by her husband, Justin Prather; son, Brennan Prather; daughters, Lacey and Randi Prather; mother, Mary Reichelt (David); sisters, Sarah Petkovic (Sash), Stacey Hall (Terry) and Leslie Isner (Matt); brother, Scott Drury (Ashleigh); as well as many extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy., with private burial following in Calvary Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Lesley’s honor as a donation to the Louisville Professional Firefighters Goodwill Fund, 400 Bakers Lane, Louisville, KY 40214.

Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left by going online to ratterman.com.

Rhyan Denise Prather

2007-2020

Rhyan Denise Prather, 12, was born Sept. 7, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. She went to meet her heavenly Father on Feb. 14, 2020 alongside her loving mother, Lesley Prather.

Rhyan was a seventh grader at Noe Middle School, where she was a member of the volleyball team. She was also a member of the Falls City Soccer Club and KIVA. Rhyan was an incredible athlete and loved playing club volleyball and soccer. She was a great teammate, a leader and a sister to all of her teammates.

It’s hard to believe the impact that Rhyan made in just 12 short years, but she sure did make one. Rhyan had a million-dollar radiant, infectious smile that was one of a kind. Rhyan was such a beautiful girl who had her Mom’s sweet heart and her Dad’s unwavering confidence and humor. Rhyan was the heir to the throne of the Superwoman cape that her Mom wore; Rhyan was Supergirl. She loved all of her family and friends and was the kind of daughter, sister and friend that we all strive to be. Any time any of her cousins entered a room, she greeted them at the door and took them under her wing. To say she had a transparent (sometimes inappropriate) mouth would be an understatement. Rhyan was hilarious and could always bring a laugh and a smile to all of our faces. She was a loyal and devoted friend to all. She was the TikTok and selfie queen. No one’s phone was safe from a selfie if left unattended. Rhyan loved playing with friends, swimming, lake trips and being with her family. Reading this text would make you think that she was a fictional character, but she wasn’t; she’s real. She’s Rhyan Prather.

Rhyan was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Claude Randall Prather and Alan Drury.

She is survived by her father, Justin Prather; brother, Brennan Prather; sisters, Lacey and Randi Prather; grandmothers, Mary Reichelt (David) and Mary Faith Prather; as well as many extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy., with private burial following in Calvary Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Rhyan’s memory as a donation to the Louisville Professional Firefighters Goodwill Fund, 400 Bakers Lane, Louisville, KY 40214.

Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left by going online to ratterman.com.

Rosemary Mathews Boone

Dr. James Boone and Rosemary Boone.

1937-2020

Rosemary Mathews Boone passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Feb. 4, 2020.

She was born Rosemary Mathews in Louisville, Kentucky, on Oct. 22, 1937, to Willard E. Mathews and Olivia Brown Mathews. The only child of Willard and “Ollie,” Rosemary was adored and cherished by her parents.

Rosemary graduated from Loretto High School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1955. She attended the University of Louisville for two years where she received her associates/secretarial degree and spent time as a cheerleader cheering on her beloved Louisville Cardinals basketball team. One of her favorite memories that she loved to recount was cheering the Cards on to their first NIT Victory at Madison Square Garden. Rosemary was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, where she made many lifelong friends, which she enjoyed seeing at their regular lunch bunch. She was queen of the Delta Epsilon Fraternity Dance, and she loved her barbershop quartet and choral groups.

Rosemary married the love of her life, James “Jimmy” C. Boone, on Dec. 28, 1957. They had many adventures which took them all over the world. Their favorite place was Delray Beach, Florida where they have over 40 years of wonderful memories.

Rosemary loved playing tennis and bridge and received many achievements for her skills but even more importantly met wonderful people who she enjoyed throughout her life. When she wasn’t playing tennis or bridge, Rosemary loved to garden. She and Jimmy spent countless hours tending to their roses and other perennial gardens. Her claim to fame was her mole kill count, which topped out at 243.

She was a woman of many talents – she loved to sew, needlepoint, play the piano and entertain. She later took up painting which was one of her favorite activities, and some of her artwork was featured in art exhibits. Rosemary was a wonderful cook, serving her family countless dinners that are forever to be remembered. She loved spending time with her children and their families. Rosemary was happiest surrounded by her loving family. She instilled a sense of confidence in her children that they could do anything, and anything they did she was proud of (with the exception of a few idiotic teenage stunts). As a swim mom, she became nationally certified to officiate at the many Plantation swim meets. Her “Mama Rock” days at Trinity High school cheering on #62 were treasured events. Rosemary appreciated all the moments life had to offer – from a beautiful bloom to her favorite hummingbirds, she stopped to celebrate the splendor in nature.

Rosemary is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy Boone; children, Dr. Rebecca Tafel (William), Rosemary Hocker (Talmage), Jimmy Boone and Rachel Buchheit (Jim); grandchildren, Brittney Thompson (Justin) and Talmage Hocker; Rachel Voigt (Jake), Will Tafel (Katie) and Mary Gwen Walker (William); Lauren, Kaitlyn and Jimmy Boone; George, Jack and Ethan Buchheit; great grandchildren, Rosemary and Elizabeth Thompson and Hayes Voigt.

Funeral mass was held on Feb. 10, 2020 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Feb. 9, 2020 at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

A special thanks to Rosemary’s caregiver Pearl Brand, Elena Hayes, Dr. Ester Costel and the incredible Hosparus team. They were her angels.

Collective Giving for Community Living

Carey Goldstein talking with the crowd.

Impact 100 comes to Louisville

By Chloe Games
Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

“It’s a simple model,” Vice President of Impact 100 Louisville Luckett Davidson says.

The latest nonprofit on the local scene, Impact 100 Louisville is gathering momentum as a force for change. Modeled on a three-part approach to collective giving championed by founder Wendy Steele, the exclusively female endeavor touched down in Louisville at the end of last year. Now, six women are growing the new chapter from the ground up.

With an international blueprint guiding the new chapter’s development and a track record of success in nearby cities, the all-female board is confident that Impact 100 Louisville will be a force for positive change in the lives of women and the metropolitan community. Carey Goldstein, co-president and one-half of the mother-daughter duo that brought Impact 100 to Louisville, looks to our neighbors for a vision of what Impact 100 can do here in town. “If you look at our counterpart in Owensboro, they’ve been around for 15 years and they’ve given away $3 million in their community in that amount of time, which is transformational,” she says. “Financially, I hope that it can make some of our nonprofits grow, dream big, make more of an impact on the group they’re trying to make an impact with and for.” Recently, the Owensboro giving circle made headlines with a contribution to St. Joseph’s Peace Mission. The Owensboro nonprofit was able to open a new facility, Hayden Home for Girls, thanks to the grant raised by the women’s giving organization.

This kind of “big impact” is a foundational part of the organization’s model. Steele’s internationally-adopted model calls for a group of 100 women to come together, with each woman giving $1,000. This pool of resources becomes a $100,000 grant, and after careful vetting and collaborative decision-making, a local nonprofit takes home the check. This grant is only one element of the organization’s impact, however. “Not only do women make the decision about who they’re giving to, but also what they’re voting for,” Goldstein explains.

“$1,000 is a large ask,” she adds. “We always say it’s a ‘stop-and-think give,’ but to know that you’re part of a $100,000 grant is empowering.”

Although only one nonprofit will ultimately be chosen by members to receive each grant, the organization’s impact goes beyond this annual gift. “In the process, we won’t just learn about the ones that win,” Davidson explains. “We’ll learn about all the ones that applied. As members become involved in that process, that’s both empowering for the members because they learn more about what’s going on in the community, and it’s also empowering for the organizations because other people will know what they’re doing.”

“This is an opportunity to lift all boats up,” Goldstein agrees. As membership grows, the group’s impact has the ability to surpass a single $100,000 annual grant. “I hope to be able to give away more than one grant,” Goldstein says. The Pensacola, Florida chapter of Impact 100 is a shining example of the amount of outreach that members can engage in: in 2019 alone, 11 nonprofit groups were each granted donations of $106,000, with the money going towards efforts to strengthen families, empower classrooms, and end hunger locally.

With a total of over $80 million given to date to communities across the United States, Australia, and the UK, the ceiling for change continues to rise. One of the most incredible facets of Impact 100, however, is that this change always happens locally. Nonprofits applying for the grants can have a national affiliation, but Goldstein says, “This money has to be spent here. There has to be a project or something that they’re working on in our community.” In this way, the organization’s impact will be tailored to what Louisville women feel is most critical.

“I’ll be interested to see what our members feel is important,” Treasurer Angela Singla says. With five focus areas – including arts and culture, education, environment preservation and recreation, family and health and wellness – the group’s pooled resources have the potential to nourish diverse areas of life in Louisville.

While March is the final month for women to join Impact 100, the following months have a lot in store for its new members. “We are focused on building our membership to 100 at least and then we’re looking towards the grant process, to announce how much money we actually have to give away, and then we will receive grant proposals,” says Goldstein.

Alison Brehm is the secretary and legal counsel for Impact 100 Louisville. “We’re almost halfway to our membership goal,” she says, “so we’re really excited about the momentum and the support we’re getting from the community right now.” She’s optimistic about what’s on the horizon for the group. “Getting the reception that we’ve gotten so far just goes to show the charitable spirit of Louisville, and especially the women of Louisville. It’s going to be really exciting and fun to see how we all come together.” V

To learn more, visit Impact100council.org or email info@impact100louisville.org.

Angela Singla, Luckett Davison and Carey Goldstein.

Joanne Musselman and Susan Habeeb.

Mary Pat Regan, Patti Goldstein and Kelly Koetter.

Susannah Stevenson and Claire Alagia.

Felisha Dowdy and Maria Durbin.

Michelle Wheeler and Diane H. Timmering.

Breathtaking Botherum

A historic Lexington home exudes comfort and elegance

By Mariah Kline
Photos by Kathryn Harrington and Thomas McKinley

Just a few blocks away from Rupp Arena in Lexington sits a Greek Revival cottage with a storied history. Named Botherum, the home now belongs to Jon Carloftis, a celebrated landscape designer, author and philanthropist. The gardens surrounding Botherum are, of course, remarkable, but the home’s interior possesses a splendor all its own.

Botherum was originally a farm of about 30 acres purchased by Madison C. Johnson in the early 1800s. Johnson was the president of the Northern Bank of Kentucky and a confidant of President Abraham Lincoln. He married a sister of Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sally Ann, who died in childbirth in 1828. In 1851, Johnson hired architect and builder John McMurty to build the cottage as it is today. In 1973, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Carloftis and former partner Dale Fisher purchased the home in 2012. While they did much of the restoration work themselves, they enlisted the help of several local vendors to complete the masterpiece. Barnhill Chimney completed work on all six of the home’s fireplaces. Custom-made Stark carpets were installed in several rooms. Debra Hupman of Creative Kitchens & Bath was responsible for two kitchens, three bathrooms and one unique bourbon closet/laundry room.

George Gatewood of Longwood Antique Woods played a significant role in replacing much of the wood. Upstairs, 220-year-old hand-hewn ash beams were installed in the ceiling as well as on the mantle beam above the kitchen fireplace. This particular wood was salvaged from a fallen barn in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Downstairs, the expansive bar is made of poplar floor joists from renovations done on Whiskey Row in Louisville.

“Going into the basement is like going down the rabbit hole in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” Gatewood says. “The entire house could not be decorated any better. It has just the ‘right stuff.’ It goes together like bourbon and a glass.”

Accessories and decor came from several  Kentucky-based sources including Bittners and Andrew Gentile Antiques in Louisville; Nettie Jarvis Antiques in Bloomfield; and LV Harkness, Thoroughbred Antiques and Scout Modern Antiques in Lexington. Outside, the limestone planters and benches were brought in from Longshadow Garden Ornaments in Pomona, Illinois.

Since renovations have been completed, Botherum has received several awards from notable organizations including the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation and the highest honor in the state, the Preservation Project Award from the Ida Lee Willis/State Historic Preservation Office.

Carloftis spent 25 years of his career designing rooftop gardens in New York City before he returned to his native Kentucky. He grew up in Rockcastle River, Kentucky, where his parents built a home that was made to look antiquated, though it was built in the late 1960s. As a child, Carloftis says that many family vacations were spent visiting historic houses.

“I would ask, ‘Can’t we just go to a baseball game like normal people?’” he laughs. “But you know what, it sunk in. It’s what I grew up with, so this house was meant for me. It feels just right.”

Even as a young child, Carloftis favored the Greek Revival style and the Empire furniture that so often accompanied it.

“Momma always said that I would like an outhouse if it had columns, and I would say, ‘Yes, ma’am. I surely would!’”

With Carloftis’s personal passion and the countless hours of restoration work put in, Botherum could have easily become museum-like. However, the down-to-earth Carloftis wouldn’t dream of letting that happen.

“I never want to go into a house and feel like I need a powdered wig and a fan,” he says. “That’s the most uncomfortable feeling. I think the greatest gift you can give somebody is to make them happy and comfortable, so that’s what I try to do.”

In recent years, Botherum has been the site of dozens of gatherings, including events that have raised upwards of $2 million for charity. Three years in a row, Carloftis and Fisher made “The Salonniere” 100 Best Hosts in America list. Carloftis frequently hosts adult-only pool parties but on certain days, he likes to host friends with children for chaotic and fun-filled times. Caviar is traded in for hot dogs, and kids in wet bathing suits run freely through the elegant rooms.

Bringing more life into the house are two labradors, Lily Carloftis and Gertrude Fisher, who spend their days escorting Carloftis through the grounds of Botherum and on various errands in Lexington and Louisville.

While his girls snooze in massive beds nearby, Carloftis works at his kitchen table each day. A fire crackles nearby, remaining lit from October through July 4 weekend (one of his long-kept traditions that he has no intention of stopping). Though he could have made an office in the nearby carriage house, Carloftis enjoys the view too much.

“I’m surrounded by three big windows and I’m almost outside,” he says. “I can look at all the birds I’ve fed. I like to be surrounded by everything that’s going on. I’m fascinated by nature. There’s something about nature and the simple things. Tell me what’s prettier than that.” V

March Into Spring

How to shake up your workout this season

By Jeff Howard  |  Photos by Jillian Clark
Models: Andy Treinen, Ella Treinen,
Mia Treinen and Alison Cardoza
Location: Frazier History Museum

With the winter ending and the spring season approaching, it’s the perfect time to rejuvenate your fitness routine and integrate new activities into your workouts.

Although we are creatures of habit and comfort, frequently changing your workout program is necessary to avoid burnout and adaptation. But how do you know when the time for change has come?

When to Change Your Fitness Routine:

The body (and mind) experience boredom when a workout routine has been done day in and day out. If you experience any of the following, it’s time to change up your fitness program:

You no longer feel a sense of joy for the activity or routine.

You stop seeing results.

You find yourself watching the clock.

You don’t feel energized after completing a workout.

You feel unusually fatigued or you don’t feel energized
or inspired.

Knowing when to change a workout routine or revise a workout schedule requires awareness. I also experience this feeling, so I called upon my colleague Alison Cardoza for a fresh perspective. She looks at the body differently, and a simple adjustment from someone else can help with that feeling of renewal.

What better way to jump into spring than at a beautiful location – the rooftop at the Frazier History Museum. Lead Designer Nick Holmes worked closely with Jon Carloftis – a world-renowned landscape artist who is known for designing exquisite rooftop gardens – on making the space what it is today.

Frazier History Museum’s President & CEO Andy Treinen and his daughters, Ella and Mia, joined Alison on a Sunday afternoon for a workout that she specially designed for them and for you.

Let’s all march forward into the best spring ever!

1. High Knee into Lunge

Start with feet together. Lift and bend one knee up toward the chest. Extend the same leg back into lunge position. Bring it back together and repeat with the other leg. (20 each)

2. Jumping High Knee into Lunge

Start with feet together. Lift bent knee up toward chest. At the same time as leg lift, add a jump on standing leg. Bring the leg back together and repeat with the other leg. (15 each)

3. Abdominal Marching Crunch

Lie flat on your back with shoulder blades off the floor. Bend one leg and straighten the other leg at the same time. Keep legs off the floor to engage core. Alternate legs, bent and straight. (1 minute each)

4. Calf Raises in Lunge Position

Start in a lunge position. Lift the heel off the ground with the front foot. Switch legs and repeat on the other side. (20 each)

5. Marching Plank

Start in plank position with elbows on the floor. Extend into push-up position one arm at a time. Alternate arms. (15 each)

6. Pelvic Tilt Marches

Start in a supine position and pelvic tilt hips. Alternate bent leg lifts, keeping the glutes off the floor as legs switch back and forth. (20 each)

7. Tap and Squat

Start with feet apart in standing position. Lift and bend one leg up to the chest. As you place the lifted leg down on ground, squat with both legs together and feet apart. Repeat on the other leg. (20 each)

8. Marching Push Up

Start in push-up position. Lift leg straight off the floor. Bring feet back together and repeat with the other leg. (20 each)

A Fitness Q&A with Andy Treinen

Did you grow up being active and playing sports?

I grew up playing football, basketball, baseball and sometimes running track on an annual rotation throughout each year, and I loved every minute of it. 

What do you do today to keep fit and healthy?

I play tennis when the weather allows, I run (begrudgingly) and I dabble in circuit training.

How does your family incorporate health and fitness into your daily life?

Our daughters are both active athletes – playing lacrosse and running track. My wife Wendy and I stay fit just trying to keep up. We also walk together and eat healthy (Wendy has some mad culinary skills).

Do you exercise at home or at a gym?

I go to the gym or do outdoor tennis at Tyler Park.

You have a great relationship with your daughters. How have you seen sports and exercise bring you closer together?

As parents of two young ladies, it is important to Wendy and me that Ella and Mia are confident in everything they do. Athletics provides that confidence, along with a chance for us to laugh, cry and achieve together. I have coached both girls for years and I love it! I believe it brings us closer. It also allows me to know their friends and teammates much better and for their friends to know me. There’s real value in that and we see it every week.

If you’re going to have a cheat meal, what do you eat?

A fatty ribeye, scalloped potatoes loaded with cheese and Brussels sprouts. Then, Graeter’s black raspberry chip ice cream for dessert.

Epistemology

Steve Humphrey swan dives into hypotheses

By Steve Humphrey
Illustration by Andrea Hutchinson

Science is the search for patterns and regularities in the external, objective, physical world, which are described by general propositions. Scientists construct hypotheses, or theories, as candidates for true generalizations. But how can we know that these hypotheses are true? That is, what justifies our belief that our theories are correct? We can’t examine every instance of some general claim to verify its truth. So, how do we know it’s true?

Now, much ink has been spilled in philosophical literature over the issue of just what constitutes knowledge. There are even skeptics who argue that we can never truly know anything. But I think it is safe here to rely upon our ordinary intuitions about knowledge, which is that knowledge consists of justified, true belief. The key, and most controversial, element of this analysis is the notion of justification. What sorts of things can provide justification sufficient for knowledge?

This issue was addressed explicitly during the 17th and 18th centuries, a time when philosophers were inventing the scientific method. (By this time, they had abandoned togas.) There were two major schools of thought: continental rationalism, whose primary figures were Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza; and British empiricism, represented by Berkeley, Locke and Hume. The rationalists were inspired by the amazing success of Euclid’s geometry. Starting with a few simple, obvious postulates – and using deductive logic – Euclid was able to prove theorems about the geometrical properties of the physical world. Since deductive logic is “truth-preserving,” our confidence in the theorems depended only upon the truth of the postulates, or “axioms.” This is a “top-down” strategy. Start with obvious truths and deduce claims about the world.

The empiricists, on the other hand, had more of a “bottom-up” strategy. Their view was that sensory experience provided the foundation for the discovery of general laws. We see a large number of swans and notice that they are all white. We then construct the hypothesis that all swans are white and test that hypothesis by observing more swans. This kind of logic is called “inductive,” and our confidence in our conclusions may be stronger or weaker depending upon the evidence (i.e., how many swans we look at), but it lacks the certainty that accompanies deductive logic. (Eventually, black swans were discovered in Australia, which made this example less appropriate.)

This dispute was finally resolved by Isaac Newton, who, using data gathered by astronomers over the centuries, was able to construct a powerful theory that was very successful in predicting and explaining various gravitational phenomena. During the 19th century, mathematicians were able to show that the axiomatic methods of Euclid could yield different, non-Euclidean, geometries when one of the not-so-obvious postulates was altered. It was recognized then that the true geometry of the world would have to be established by empirical means and not simply through deduction. (Non-Euclidean geometry led directly to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, his theory of gravitation.)

So, science basically consists in constructing hypotheses, or theories, and then subjecting them to empirical testing by making predictions based upon those hypotheses and conducting experiments or observations to discover whether the predictions are true. Next time, I will discuss some of the challenges to theory confirmation. V

Steve Humphrey has a Ph.D in the history and philosophy of science, with a specialty in philosophy of physics. He teaches courses in these subjects at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught them at the University of Louisville.

No Boundaries

The 502 Bar & Bistro finds success without limitations

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler
Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Choosing a place to dine can be difficult. One person wants Asian cuisine, another doesn’t like heavy Italian dishes and still a third is vegetarian. The answer? The 502 Bar & Bistro in Norton Commons, an upscale eatery helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Ming Pu.

Pu originally hails from Taiwan (he is also fluent in Mandarin) but moved to Vancouver BC at age six. He eventually landed in Louisville and served as the sous chef for Asiatique and The Village Anchor before helping proprietors Scott and Jennifer Cheatham launch their new concept in their very own backyard. Not only do they own a business in the planned community – they live there, too.

“We started working on this project in late 2015 and broke ground January of 2016,” Pu says. The restaurant opened in July of that year. “They wanted to do a neighborhood spot that people could come hang out at but also a place for upscale, casual dining – somewhere someone could go on a date (but) kind of keep people in the neighborhood.”

If you’re thinking of TV’s “Cheers,” think again. With 5,500 square feet and seating for 220 including the patio, this isn’t your average smoky local bar. An eclectic menu that changes seasonally affords Pu creative license to ensure The 502 maintains an edge as Norton Commons continues to grow. He gets inspired by his Pan-Asian and Southern cuisine backgrounds. Items range from Texas-style chili to fish tacos, sliders and shrimp and grits.

“Occasionally, I will put my Taiwanese touch on certain dishes, but I try to keep it Neo-American with Southern influences,” Pu adds. He uses local farms for produce and proteins as much as possible.

Staple sellers are the Verlasso salmon, served with miso glaze, cannellini beans and broccoli ($27); shrimp & grits – cheddar grits, red-eye gravy, cremini and oyster mushrooms and cherry tomato ($23); and the bistro Hanger steak served with fingerling potatoes, broccoli and a peppercorn cream sauce ($27). The stunning Cuban sandwich is created with Mojo pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and traditional yellow mustard ($15). Another favorite includes the goat cheese fritters – the tangy fried Capriole Farm goat cheese is served with a chili glaze ($12) and the baked goat cheese appetizer is served with truffle oil ($13). Also popular is the Brussels sprouts side ($7) topped with chili, honey and pecans.

“I switch the set (on staple dishes) every season,” Pu says. “I’ve been trying to change items every month and a half to two months. That way the transition is easier because not everything comes into season at once. With tomatoes, it’s middle or late summer. We definitely change four times a year. A good example is springtime when ramps (wild onions) come in season. It’s such a short season. I’ll buy as much as I can, and we’ll put something on the menu based off of that.”

Sophisticated palates demand eclectic menus, and Pu is happy to oblige. “There are always people who know what they want before they get here – a burger or meat and

 potatoes, but there’s also part of the clientele that comes in and wants that excitement. I feel like Louisville is that way, too.”

The 502 competes not only in the city’s independent dining scene but also amongst the excellent choices in Norton Commons. “Weekdays are mostly local in the neighborhood but weekends, we’re a destination for people coming from outside,” Pu says.

The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, with lunch also served on Saturdays and Sundays. A full bar with an impressive bourbon list is available, and The 502 has a beverage director who has created a signature cocktail menu to complement Pu’s creative menus.

“We’re making everything from scratch,” Pu says. “Minimal canned products, minimal bottled products. At one time, I had probably 95 percent of everything made in-house.

“We try to be as progressive as possible when we get the opportunity,” he adds. “Back in December, a friend of mine from California drove in, and he was a sous chef at a Michelin three-star restaurant. We did a private seven-course dinner here. It was a ticketed event. And quarterly we try to do wine dinners and bring unique people in to encourage repeat dining.

“Here, it’s casual, but it’s not,” Pu says. “You can have a nice meal here or hang out at the bar.” V

The 502 Bar & Bistro is located at 10401 Meeting Street in Prospect. For more information, visit the502barandbistro.com or call 502.742.4772.

A Most Memorable Garden Party

Liz Gastiger.

An encounter with Kirk Douglas

By Liz Gastiger
Photo by
Janice Carter Levitch

March is the month that awakens our senses in anticipation of spring and summer after a slight hibernation. As I think about the season’s events and parties, I think about memories of a particularly special garden party I once attended. As the song goes, “I went to a garden party, To reminisce with my old friends, A chance to share our memories, And play our songs again.”

At this party, I got to watch my husband Kevin mingle with a very special guest. The mood was set by a perfect sunny day in the California hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara. The guests were old friends and neighbors enjoying each other’s company along with a charming bartender as lovely hors d’oeuvres were passed around. The party was buzzing with conversation.

The host was a professor and collector of significant historical instruments. He had a completely intact Enigma machine with its manual, which was used by Germany in WWII for encoding communications between German HQs, tanks, ships and submarines. At one point, I saw Kevin with a cocktail talking over his English translation of the machine’s manual with a neighbor, who was a German-born doctor.

Later, I noticed Kevin in the back patio garden at a high-top table, looking down at the doctor’s improvements to his translation. Then, a person walked up to his and the doctor’s table and said, “Hello. What are you fellows doing?” Kevin looked up with a big smile, hesitated and stuttered, “Hey, ah, hello, Mr. Douglas!” It was Kirk Douglas, with a drink in hand, looking directly at him with a gaze that was bright, alert and engaging.

Kevin was awestruck and explained, “It’s an Enigma machine manual that I’ve attempted to translate for our host and I’m getting revisions by the good doctor.” Douglas commented knowledgeably about the machine and offered to bring over his wife Anne, who is German-born, to help with the translation. Kevin told me after the party that he couldn’t believe the legendary actor was interested in that moment. He said he could feel the magnetism and persona of Kirk Douglas as he had read so much about his principles and his drive. I was awestruck by him as well. My opinion is that you may rarely meet a kinder and more straightforward star.

Mr. Douglas was charming, curious and funny. Along with many others, he also charmed the bartender – tipping well, kidding with him and saying, “If Anne asks, this is only my second drink.” He was married to Anne, the love of his life, for more than 60 years. They met on the movie set of “Lust for Life,” which seems appropriate.

Kirk Douglas is quoted as saying, “You should always think, there are things that you must be striving for, things that you haven’t done and things that you’d still like to do.” Kevin and I will always be inspired by you, Mr. Douglas. 

If you’re so lucky to have someone as wonderful as Kirk Douglas at a garden party, here’s a recipe that could endear your guests. But remember, as Ricky Nelson sings, “Ya can’t please everybody, So ya got to please yourself.” In general, think of serving light and tasty bite-size treats that work well in the sun.

Honey Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients

18 ounces of grape tomatoes

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

5.3 ounces goat cheese (the spreadable kind that comes in a tub; soften with cream to spread, if necessary)

Zest from 1 lemon

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

1 sheet of puff pastry

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw pastry and spread out. Prick all over except for a half-inch border. Bake at 400 degrees until puffed and remove from the oven.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Toss tomatoes with olive oil, honey and fresh thyme, then salt and pepper and toss. Pour out onto a cookie sheet and roast until soft and beginning to brown. I like to take a knife and prick each of the tomatoes so that they collapse evenly.

Return the oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Spread evenly onto the cooled puff pastry crust.

When the tomatoes come out of the oven, cool briefly and then place on the goat cheese layer. Place back into the oven for 10 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

Cut into pieces and serve drizzled with a little more honey and garnished with fresh thyme.

This tart can be served warm but is wonderful at room temperature, making it perfect for an outdoor party.

SuperNOVA

Nationally renowned NOVA Salon is educating and empowering clients and salon owners

By Mariah Kline
Photos by J. Edward Brown

Speaking with a group of hairstylists from NOVA Salon is like sitting down with the gold medalists of the cosmetology world. These individuals are not just hairdressers but creators. They are part of what’s known as the NOVA Collective – the group of artists who, in addition to serving clients, share their skills with professionals around the country.

Bennie Pollard.

Bennie Pollard first founded the salon in 1992 as Hair by Bennie and Friends and rebranded it as NOVA Salon in 2017. It’s worth noting that Pollard has several hairdressers who have been with the salon for 10 to 20 years (It’s also worth noting that none of them look a day over 23). The staying power could be attributed to the company culture that’s grounded in growth and education. It could be the countless opportunities offered to employees – including but not limited to teaching, traveling and doing speaking engagements. I have a feeling it’s both.

Part of NOVA’s philosophy is to design for the client as a whole – looking at the person’s posture, how they stand and how they move. They also use fabric swatches to teach clients about the “living fabric” of their own hair – does it resemble silk, denim or something in between? Teaching them more about their hair allows them to achieve excellent results every single day, and Pollard says an educated client is by far the best client.

“It’s important that they can feel good about their hair not just after their six-week visit but every day,” said Rachel Young, who has been with the salon for 10 years.

Through Styling Labs, the NOVA team teaches the essential principles of hair care to clients and the general public in a workshop setup.

“We want to make sure they understand the characteristics of their hair and how we can help them so they can actually achieve what they want at home,” said Bennie Pollard. “Because it’s a seminar format, it’s a lot easier for them to see rather than trying to look in their mirror at home.”

Beyond helping their own clients, the NOVA Collective teaches other stylists and salon owners through Living Labs, seminars where professionals can learn the most first-class techniques, best business practices and more. Members of the Collective have traveled throughout the United States and beyond to share their expertise.

“Hair can be looked at in two ways: trivial pursuit or serious self-esteem builder,” said Pollard. “We prefer the serious self-esteem builder. When we work on someone’s appearance, we’re literally working on their self-esteem and that’s a huge responsibility. That’s our message with NOVA Collective, and we want to share that message with our industry so they understand what’s at stake when you work on people’s hair.”

It comes as no surprise that NOVA has been nominated eight times in the North American Hairstyling Awards (the Oscars of the hair industry) and won twice. The Collective is so well-respected that its members have garnered the authority to forecast looks that will pop up in major cities.

“Every year we do collections and photoshoots based on looks we see coming,” Pollard explained. “We recently did a shoot with looks that gave a nod to the ’70s. It’s extremely relevant so we can take those types of looks to our customers, the public and the hairdressing population as well.”

At this point in the conversation, I couldn’t contain my curiosity and had to ask the big question on my mind: how do you teach other hair professionals to succeed without there being some element of competition?

“I don’t think competition is really a bad word,” said Pollard. “I believe in sharing and lifting others. The more you help others get what they want, that’s when you get what you want. Once you share something with someone, whether it’s technical or business-related, it’s up to them how they employ it.”

Paula Henson.

“There’s room for everybody at the top,” added Paula Henson, a 17-year veteran of the salon. “The good thing about competition is that you find people who play at your level.”

The stylists aren’t brought into NOVA knowing how to present and teach others, but Pollard ensures that they receive a top-of-the-line education. Most are hired directly from cosmetology school, and then their skills are developed through NOVA’s apprenticeship program. In this one-year of training, employees learn high-grade techniques as well as public speaking and presentation skills.

Salons around the country have benefited from NOVA’s wisdom. Few locals may realize how prestigious an institution it is, but each member of the Collective is incredibly proud to call Louisville their home base.

“I didn’t think I could do what we do here in Louisville, Kentucky,” said stylist Christy Sowder, who has been with the salon for nearly 14 years. “I thought I’d have to go to Chicago or New York to really make an impact in this industry.”

“Growing the industry in Louisville benefits everybody,” said Alexandra Dunne, who has been with NOVA for four-and-a-half years.

Alexandra Dunne.

“I’d never been on a plane before I worked here, and now I can’t tell you a state I haven’t been to at this point,” said Henson. “Sometimes we’re talking to three people and sometimes it’s 3,000.”

Beyond thriving in their careers, the stylists are grateful for the opportunity to express themselves artistically.

“One thing I continually love about our industry is that you can do everything you want to do, and grow as much as you want to grow, while still having that creative outlet,” says Michele Mandlehr, who has been with the salon for 14 years.

“You get to be supported to fall on your face,” laughed Sowder. “There’s somebody there to pick you back up, possibly put the puzzle together a little differently and see the idea come together.”

“It’s mind-blowing to me that I can be in the same room as these people,” said Jacqueline Dyer, who has been NOVA for five-and-a-half years.

Pollard says he appreciates the quote, “A good leader helps someone be great at their job. A great leader helps others be great at life.” Through NOVA Collective, their company is developing exceptional artists who also learn to lead.

“When you start in the apprenticeship, you’re pushed into training and then a few months later someone new comes along and you train them,” said Dyer. “You hit these little tiers of leadership without even realizing it.”

So, what’s next for the NOVA Collective?

“We’re looking into additional salons – nationally and in Louisville,” said Pollard. “It’s all part of the grand plan. Because of the strength of our group, it allows us the opportunity to do those things.”

As the team influences more salons and helps more locals look and feel their best, the artists also want future generations to see what an outstanding field of study it truly is.

“My passion is helping someone know their worth in this career,” said Kelly Bradshaw, who has worked with Pollard for 20 years. “When I started out, it wasn’t every parents’ dream that their son or daughter come home and say they want to be a stylist. My goal is for every parent to look at the example we’ve set and know that it’s a great career to be in.” V

NOVA Salon is located at 2346 Frankfort Ave. in Crescent Hill (call 502.895.1956) and 4600 Shelbyville Road, #302 in St. Matthews (call 502.883.0786). To learn more about the NOVA Collective, visit NOVASalon.com.