Lynn’s New Year’s Day Pajama Party

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe hosted their annual New Year’s Day Pajama Party on Jan. 1, 2012.

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NYE 2012 at The Gillespie

Constructed in 1929, The Gillespie was designed in the Art Deco style of architecture common to the era.

Originally known as the Lincoln Bank and Trust Company, The Gillespie property later became part of National City Bank until 2005.

Last weekend, it was one of the city’s hottest spots to welcome in the new year.

photos by BILL WINE | contributing photographer

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New Year’s Eve Downtown

Last weekend, Fourth Street Live! hosted “Louisville’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Party.”

The celebration included live music from 100% Poly and a “Times Square” ball drop at midnight.

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@ Fiat of Louisville

In case the Chinese calendar had you fooled, 2012 is not the year of the dragon; it’s the year of the Fiat.

The Italian-made car can be seen just about anywhere these days, including on TV commercials, reality show “Jersey Shore,” and beginning January 3, it can be found at the first-ever Fiat dealership in Kentucky.

Fiat of Louisville, 4311 Shelbyville Road, of the Sam Swope Auto Group, opened to the public on Tuesday with an array of 2012 Fiat 500s available for purchase.

“We just feel like the trend in our business is headed in this direction and Fiat is out ahead of the trend,” said Richard S. “Dick” Swope, president and CEO of Sam Swope Auto Group. “Even though the Fiat 500 has been around since the 50s, it’s been updated, and it’s a car for the times.”

Earlier this week, I stopped by the dealership to find out what the “2012 Fiat Experience” is all about by taking a test drive of the Fiat 500 down Shelbyville and Westport Road.

Before hopping inside the “rame” (Italian for copper) colored Fiat, I couldn’t resist sitting behind the wheel of the large black Fiat by Gucci on display inside the show room.

I instantly fell in love with the lustrous exterior complete with the Gucci logo on various spots of the car, including the hubcap of each wheel and the body of the vehicle.

The interior, too, was elegant, with a leather steering wheel, black and ivory fabric, as well as a green and red stripe on the seat that matched the graphic located on the exterior.

Ashley Anderson sat inside the 2012 Fiat by Gucci.

Ashley Anderson sat inside the 2012 Fiat by Gucci.

After admiring the Fiat by Gucci’s beauty, I took the keys to the Fiat 500 parked outside and began a leisurely cruise down Shelbyville Road. I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous I’d wreck the car somehow, but turns out the Fiat is a completely smooth ride and a ton of fun to drive.

Best of all, it’s fuel efficient and eco-friendly, which is a quality that has become increasingly important to many car-buyers, like me.

Though the car was originally designed 50 years ago, the 2012 version is definitely top-of-the-line and builds on the Fiat’s tradition of sleek, simple, functional and user-friendly.

In addition to the Fiat 500 and Fiat by Gucci, a performance version of the car, the Fiat 500 Abarth, will arrive at the dealership in mid-January.

For those seeking a one-of-a-kind Fiat, you can also custom-design it. There are 14 paint colors available in metallic, non-metallic and premium tri-coat pearl finishes; two different available interior environments, Nero (Black) or Avorio (Ivory); 14 unique seat color and ambient interior combinations and a full line of authentic accessories. The possibilities are practically endless. In fact, there are well over 500,000 different combinations.

The car, said Swope, is for just about any age group, too. “The demographic is anybody who thinks young. People who are early adopters and interested in being eco-minded but want to have fun.”

I certainly had fun driving the Fiat the other day and think I’d have even more if that Fiat by Gucci were parked in my driveway. If you’re reading this Mom, I’d like to remind you I have a birthday coming up.

Location:

Fiat of Louisville
4311 Shelbyville Road

Price Range:

$15,500 (Fiat 500 Pop) – $24,700 (Fiat by Gucci).

About the Car

1.4 Liter Engine
7 Air Bags
BLUE&ME Hands-Free Communication
Speed Control
Electronic Stability Control
5 speed Manual Transmission
30 MPG in town; 38 MPG on the highway.

For more information, visit www.fiatusaoflouisville.com or call 888.377.5566. Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

photos by ASHLEY ANDERSON | Voice-Tribune

Drive Into 2012

The last of the eggnog has been dutifully sipped.

The menorahs have been stored until next year, the cookie sheets tucked away.

The gift-shopping frenzy is over.

Now, it’s the time to focus on our goals for the upcoming year.

And, if you’re like so many others, you have put together a list of your New Year’s resolutions. You may even be one step further in the game and have started planning how you’re going to achieve them.

But, if you’re like most, don’t be fooled into thinking that sustaining your goal can be as tough as winning the lottery.

This is not to say we shouldn’t challenge ourselves – we should!

What is the allure to most of us about making a New Year’s resolution?

Is it the appeal of starting from scratch? Is it the appeal of throwing away all our bad habits and starting a clean slate?

Is it that we somehow magically believe big changes begin when the calendar switches from one year to another?

Without a doubt, there is something pleasing about the beginning of a new year and leaving our bad habits behind.

January is typically like the Super Bowl for gyms. New Year’s resolutions tend to get us moving off the couch and lacing up our sneakers.

It’s the time when finding a little elbow room at the gym or yoga studio can test our patience.

Yet, we know that by the time March rolls around, more often than not our workout space is back to normal.

I’m not saying you can’t dream big, but choosing a New Year’s resolution that is somewhat challenging – yet realistic – will more than likely keep you from becoming discouraged.

For some of us, we don’t succeed at keeping our resolutions because we’re too quick to accept failure.

If you fall off the path for a day or the weekend, don’t let it ruin your drive.

Get back in the driver’s seat and try to figure out how to avoid taking the wrong turn.

Contact Lori Kommor at lkommor@voice-tribune.com .

New Year’s Brunch

Food, friends and fun: Celebrating 2012 at Seviche with friends.

Food, friends and fun: Celebrating 2012 at Seviche with friends.

Several years ago, I started celebrating New Year’s Day by booking a large table at a local establishment – usually Lynn’s Paradise Cafe – and then filling it with all manner of friends.

Hap Cohan, Madeline Doolittle and Chef Anthony Lamas.

Hap Cohan, Madeline Doolittle and Chef Anthony Lamas.

This year was no different except instead of dressing in our jammies for Lynn’s annual PJ party, 16 of my favorite people met at Seviche for what was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had – and that’s in addition to being in the midst of an incredible, eclectic group of friends.

Chef Anthony Lamas and his staff outdid themselves with a brunch that included roast pork, fresh seviches, chorizo manchego grits and numerous other dishes, not to mention a divine Bloody Mary bar (the Chino Latino – wasabi ginger – was absolutely delicious) that was the perfect accoutrement to a brunch filled with food and friendship.

Happy New Year? So far, yes indeed.

Lynn's New Year Pajama Brunch at Lynn's Paradise Cafe.

Lynn's New Year Pajama Brunch at Lynn's Paradise Cafe.

Third Thursday

The Voice-Tribune recently moved into new digs, so we’re going to refrain from hosting our January Third Thursday event and resume our monthly parties in February. You can follow us on Twitter – @TheVoiceTribune – or LIKE us on Facebook to find out our next location. We’ll also run an announcement in print in an upcoming issue.

Contact Angie Fenton, The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor, at angie@voice-tribune.com, 502.551.2698, www.facebook.com/angiefenton2 or @angiefenton on Twitter.

Talia Takes A Break – But Not From Her Mission

For the past several months, 12-year-old Talia has been on a mission to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to inspire others to sign up to be organ donors.

While her endeavor will continue – which means you can sign up to be a donor any time – her weekly column is going on hiatus. We look forward to her return. We also appreciate how so many people in this community have embraced her efforts.

–Angie Fenton, Managing Editor

The Fitzgerald Annual

The Voice-Tribune’s Dressed Behavior columnist Fitz Fitzgerald celebrated his birthday last week at PRIME with a well-styled crowd of friends.

photos by JACOB ZIMMER | Contributing Photographer

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New Year’s Eve at The Ice House

Hundreds of revelers celebrated New Year’s Eve at The Ice House, one of the city’s newest venues.

Guests enjoyed live entertainment by Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes, libations, plenty of small bites – and it was all for a good cause.
Proceeds benefited March of Dimes.

photos by KIMBERLY MCCLELLAN | contributing photographer

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Fourth Annual Frankfort Avenue Jingle Walk

A few weeks ago, Ashley Dunn gathered some of her best friends for an evening of caroling down Frankfort Avenue.

Sure, it was cold out, but that didn’t stop them from looking their best.

Here is some of our favorite attire from that December night.

photos by TONY BENNETT | contributing photographer

Heading South for Warmer Weather

It’s the time of year when Snowbirds, as they’re commonly called, spend the colder months in warmer weather.

For many Louisvillians, that may mean heading to Florida for a little sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Sunlight and warm temperatures have been linked to happiness, so why not get out of the brisk cold for a quick attitude adjustment?

If you are fortunate enough to escape the cold, here are some items you may want to consider taking with you.

Your Voice: Resolutions for 2012

The Voice-Tribune Reports

Ah, the new year. 2012.

This year, as with every other new year, comes the oft-dreaded New Year’s resolution.

As humans, we are entrenched in making promises at the dawn of the new year – and we’ve been doing this a long, long time.

Going back at least to 153 B.C., when an early Roman king named Janus is credited with using the new year to both ask forgiveness and look ahead to new victories.

In modern times, we use the new year to try and change the things we don’t like about ourselves.

From losing weight to getting in shape to drinking less to, well, you name it and there’s a resolution for it.

The Voice-Tribune set out on a mission to see what Louisvillians were resolving to change about themselves (or others) during 2012.