Extol TV catches up with the owners of Naked by Sunday –a mobile bartending service based out of SoIN– to learn a little bit about what they do, why they do it, and what they have in store!
Local Organizations Benefit from 24th Annual Rotary Toast
The Rotary Club of New Albany recognized Jerrol “Jerry” and Alice Miles, community leaders and devoted philanthropists, as its honorees for the 24th Annual Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet on Nov. 3, 2017, at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards’ Plantation Hall.
Each year the Rotary Club of New Albany chooses an individual from the community who has made important contributions to the local area and exemplifies the true spirit of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” This is the first time since the event began in 1994 that the club has selected a couple for its highest level of recognition.
As customary, each year a portion of the proceeds from the Rotary Toast are distributed to a nonprofit or charity as selected by that year’s honoree(s). The Miles selected to have this portion of the proceeds split evenly to benefit two important causes in our community, the Center for Women and Families New Albany and Brandon’s House New Albany.
The Miles recently joined the Rotary Club of New Albany to announce the donation amounts and to distribute the funds to their selected organizations. During the meeting, members of the Rotary Club of New Albany joined Jerrol and Alice Miles in presenting checks, each totaling nearly $7,000, to Kara Brown from the Center for Women and Families and Kathleen Randelia from Brandon’s House New Albany.
This year’s Rotary Toast Committee Chairperson, Marsha Abel was pleased with the community support for this year’s honorees. “We had tremendous support from the people in our community to make this event successful,” said Abel. “Alice and Jerrol Miles have consistently exhibited our Rotary Motto, ‘Service Above Self’ throughout their lives and during their careers working in this community. The Rotary Club of New Albany was honored to recognize such an outstanding couple who has made our community a much better place through their service and compassion.”
Limeberry Lumber and Home Center Earns Exclusive National Recognition
A growing entrepreneurial success story has earned Southern Indiana-based Limeberry Lumber and Home Center exclusive national recognition within the independent lumber and building materials industry.
LBM Journal, the leading magazine for the lumber/building material distribution channel, named owners Scott and Heather Limeberry its 2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year in the category of “Under $10 Million in Sales.” The award honors company leaders who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit by excelling at satisfying customers, embracing company improvements and successfully seeking out new business opportunities.The Limeberrys are one of only three business owners nationwide to be recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018.
“Recognition like this is both a big surprise and an incredible honor,” said Scott Limeberry. “Of course, none of it would be possible without the work and dedication of our entire team, as well as the continued support of our customers and community.”
Scott and his wife, Heather, purchased the business from his father in 2016. They immediately began a significant update and overhaul of its Corydon location, building on its past as a traditional lumberyard while expanding it into a full-service home center. Re-opened in late 2016, the new Limeberry Lumber and Home Center features a beautiful, welcoming new entrance and state-of-the-art showroom to more effectively showcase their impressive expansion of products and service available.
At the same time, the Limeberrys were finishing their acquisition of a hardware store in Floyds Knobs. They updated the location into a full-service hardware store and rebranded it as Limeberry Home and Hardware.
Limeberry Lumber and Home Center is backed by the strength of its status as a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a U.S.-based hardware, lumber and building materials co-op with thousands of independently owned locations in the United States and more than 50 other countries.
Dec. 31 • Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville
Photos by Christian Watson
The Extol team hosted our inaugural New Year’s Eve Pajama Party Dec. 31 at Buckhead Mountain Grill in Jeffersonville. The guest of honor – Todd Sharp, star of the reality hit “So Sharp” and award-winning coach of the University of Louisville Ladybirds and Floyd Central Dazzlers – thrilled fans and the family-friendly event. Jesse Ras (who can be heard weekdays 5:30 to 10 a.m. with co-host MJ on 106.9 PLAY) attended with his family but was kind enough to jump on the mic and emcee for a few moments. Guests enjoyed Buckhead’s brunch ($15.99/adults and $7.99/kids Sundays) and some even won giveaways from Him Gentleman’s Boutique, J. Nicolle Salon & Spa, Nance Floral Shoppe, Four Barrel CrossFit and Buckhead.
By Angie Fenton
A little more than three years ago, I learned a valuable but harsh lesson: Just because you think something is a good idea doesn’t mean anyone else will.
Seated at a booth at Tucker’s in New Albany, my husband and business partner, Jason Applegate, and I etched out our business plan to start a magazine highlighting Southern Indiana.
We both had other career options, but this one – Jason’s initial idea, by the way – was something we were collectively passionate about, though it was terrifying.
In order to accomplish starting a magazine, we would have to invest every spare dollar we had, seek investors, find advertising partners and seek places willing to carry our publication, which didn’t exist.
The naysayers were aplenty (and rightfully so), but we believed, as did our initial investors, advertising partners and the businesses who let us drop off our first magazines, along with the writers, photographers and our now Art Director/Co-owner Adam Kleinert, all of whom saw what Extol Magazine could – would – become.
Three years later, this issue is a celebration of that and a testament to our mission: To celebrate Southern Indiana – and beyond.
It’s not about us. Extol is about you.
Thanks to your input and support, heading into year four is exciting and has ensured we’re here to stay. Thank you, all of you, for your support. We are grateful.
In these pages, once again, you will find people and places who make Southern Indiana a locale we want to continue spotlighting. You know as well as we do that our culinary scene is burgeoning, our arts and entertainment opportunities for spectators and performers continue to blossom, real estate is booming and this region is attracting attention that’s much deserved.
All of us at Extol Magazine look forward to continuing to highlight what makes us special. And, we think – three years in the making – our community deserves the accolades and so much more.
Happy Anniversary to us all. Let’s keep celebrating and enjoying as we strive to continue creating opportunities and growth.
SOUTHERN INDIANA’S CULINARY SCENE IS ATTRACTING ATTENTION FROM ALL OVER THE REGION – AND BEYOND. HERE’S WHY WE SHOULD BE CELEBRATING.
BY ANGIE FENTON
PHOTOS BY CHRISTIAN WATSON TAKEN AT MESA, A COLLABORATIVE KITCHEN, 216 PEARL ST. IN NEW ALBANY
Months ago, a “foodie” friend asked me for dining recommendations when she was in the area for a business trip. I text her plenty of options, only to get this reply: “I trust you, but…” followed by a few emojis along with several unfavorable GIFs.
“Trust me,” I told her, biting my tongue before adding that I would pay if she had a terrible experience. And then I waited.
After my friend’s visit, she took the time to call me – we’d seen one another in person during her visit, so this was extra – to just say, “Thank you. Wow. Southern Indiana is the next.”
The next? What does that mean? I asked.
“The next BIG thing happening,” my friend replied with a heart emoji.
Call our Southern Indiana culinary scene whatever you want – including “the next” with emoticons – but what we are is here to stay, amazing, ready to redefine and share with others. We are a community filled with talented people executing amazing accomplishments in the culinary arts, in small kitchens and high-priced ones, too, from comfort to cutting-edge food.
For example, MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen in downtown New Albany gives people the opportunity to engage with chefs and experts. This phenom in the foodie world continues to grow rave reviews while booking chefs from around the region. (Go to MesaChefs.com for more information.)
Want evidence? Look to publications and online resources like Southern Indiana Eats ‘n Treats (southernindianaeatsntreats.com), Food & Dining Magazine (foodanddine.com), Southern Indiana’s Clark-Floyd Counties Tourism Bureau (gosoin.com), and, of course, Extol (extolmag.com). Collectively, you’ll find everything culinary related from exciting and ingenious to mainstays and down-home establishments.
Whatever your taste is, celebrate Southern Indiana and what our talent brings to the table. We’re hot stuff. So, eat up – and invite others to join in.
EXECUTIVE CHEF BROOKLYN AND THE BUTCHER
What’s to Love: Everything. Yes, this place is pricey, but if you have the money to spend, do it. There is not a steak around that can rival one of those at Brooklyn and the Butcher.
Dish to Die (or try) For: Any steak on the menu, though the Brooklyn Wedge, Scallops and Braised Short Ribs are also knock-outs.
FYI: Speaking of knock-outs, the atmosphere is a hit for birthdays and special events. It’s also a really cool place to grab a special drink just because.
BROOKLYN AND THE BUTCHER
148 E. Market St.
What’s to Love: The view. The food. The walls. The staff. The view.
Dish to Die (or try) For: Char-Grilled Oysters are phenomenal, but so is the Roasted Cauliflower. Order both and cocktails. Then, decide if you want an entrée.
FYI: Portage House has so many beautiful views, it deserves to be rated “Best Date Place,” “Best Anniversary Spot” and “Best Southern Indiana Space of Solitude.”
117 E. Riverside Drive
OWNER/OPERATOR ORANGE CLOVER
What’s to Love: Owner Rachel Smallwood may have the biggest heart in Southern Indiana while also possessing one of the most amazing work ethics. Once you meet her, you’ll never forget her, her food or her spirit. Goodness, we are lucky to call her one of Southern Indiana’s gems.
Dish to Die (or try) For: Nope. Not even going to pretend to call a favorite here. Instead, try everything on the menu – including the daily specials – and you let us know. We give up. They’re all amazing.
FYI: The lines are long at lunchtime. Forgive us, but duh. Be patient. Orange Clover is worth the wait.
590 Missouri Ave. Ste. 100
GENERAL MANAGER PARLOUR
What’s to Love: The deck, obviously, but so is the gorgeous inside. But the deck. Did we say the outdoor area as in the deck?
Dish to Die (or try) For: Pizza, but you knew that already. Whatever your pleasure, Parlour delivers (when you order in-house, we mean). Take a walk across the Big Four Bridge – or don’t – but whatever you do, order a pie and you’ll want to reach for the sky (for napkins, clearly).
FYI: The pizza is the highlight, but the salads rival any we’ve found in town. (You’re welcome.)
131 W. Chestnut St.
EXECUTIVE CHEF THE EXCHANGE PUB + KITCHEN
What’s to Love: This is THE place that made downtown New Albany a foodie destination, and it continues to impress. Changing menus, great atmosphere and the owners’ support of what else is happening in New Albany continue to make The Exchange a must-try spot.
Dish to Die (or try) For: Hands down, at least in this weather, the ramen. This is an “I am not sharing with anyone” dish, and once those with you try it, they’ll understand why you were so stingy and want a bowl of their own.
FYI: In warmer months, The Exchange welcome’s animals on its beautiful patio. And, the owners are majorly involved in giving back to the community. Love them for that with your business.
THE EXCHANGE PUB + KITCHEN
118 W. Main St.
Three snowboarders waiting at the top of the slopes looking for the perfect line at Paoli Peaks.
Photo by Christian Watson
Jan. 20 • MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen in New Albany
Photos by Christian Watson
Chef Bobby Benjamin of Butchertown Grocery in Louisville returned to MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen Jan. 20. The renowned restaurateur and chef wowed attendees with a sold-out “Mexican Flare” brunch. Find out more about MESA, which continues to garner rave reviews, but going to mesachefs.com.
By Farrah Alexander
IF YOU BROWSE the most popular pins on Pinterest, you’ll see a wide variety of things to do, how to look, how to live, how to parent, how to love and if you even attempt to do half of these things, I feel quite certain you will lose your blessed mind.
Do 600 burpees a day and lose the baby weight! Build a farmhouse table Joanna Gaines would envy! Dress like Meghan Markle! Organize your life! Avoid screen time! Try this sangria recipe! Try this energy bar recipe — it’s free of carbs, sugar, gluten, dairy and taste! Re-arrange your child’s room to promote learning through play! Try this brownie recipe — the secret ingredient is one full pound of sugar!!
You can find great tutorials and information. But most of the time just browsing the pins exhausts me. Obviously, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything Pinterest promotes. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do half of it.
But that’s not what you see on the pins. You see flawless models demonstrating Pilates moves without a single bead of sweat interfering with their impeccable makeup. You see regular moms mastering cake decorating as if they have their own Food Network show. You see gorgeous homes that look like the Fixer Upper crew just worked their magic.
I’ll admit I enjoy much of it. I can wield a glue gun with the best of them. I can whip up a meringue for macarons. My family indulges my love of cheesy, matching T-shirts. It’s fun. I do many things for my family or simply for myself, because I enjoy them.
But I cannot do ALL THE THINGS. I’m just a mere mortal mom. I can’t start my day before the sun rises with a grueling workout, then spend the rest of the day eating a keto, paleo, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, whatever diet, then ensure my home looks like a Pottery Barn catalog at all times, then entertain my children with crafty activities, then be sure to get plenty of rest.
I can’t. Even if I could, I just don’t want to.
I typically don’t even make the brownies, because I opt for a box mix. Half my Pinterest attempts end in Pinterest failures.
I’m not a Pinterest-perfect mom. A life without carbs and cake is not a life I want to live.
My kitchen floor has a perpetual layer of Cheerios. I’m always losing my keys. I don’t dress or look like Meghan Markle — most of the time I wear yoga pants (FYI: my yoga pants have never even been to yoga). And that’s OK.
Thankfully, motherhood doesn’t demand perfection.
My kids don’t seem to care about my flaws and inability to keep our home Cheerios-free, much less magazine-worthy.
I don’t conceal my imperfections and flaws from them, they already know their mother isn’t perfect – and they don’t care.
There are many things I can’t do, but I can fiercely love my family. I can be there. I can kiss boo-boos. I can read stories. I can snuggle. It turns out, that’s enough.
One of the most rewarding and comforting feelings as a parent is to feel unconditional love reciprocated from your children. Since I don’t follow the Pinterest-perfect screen time guidelines, my kids are big fans of the Mr. Rogers inspired Daniel Tiger. We often sing one of Daniel Tiger’s songs to each other… I like you. I like you. I like you — just the way you are.
If you’re a hot mess mom like myself, this is such a beautiful message to receive from your children. They know you. They see you. You don’t have to strive for unattainable perfection. You don’t have to attempt to become someone you’re not. They like you just the way you are.
However, if you manage to maintain a pristine home complete with organized closets, do your 600 burpees a day, cook gourmet meals every evening and love every moment of it, good for you! I admire the heck out of moms who somehow manage to accomplish so much and do it so effortlessly.
Likewise, if you’re more like me and get through your days with the help of lots of coffee and dry shampoo, that’s great, too. Our strengths do not equate to superiority. Whether you appear to be a walking disaster or are the image of Pinterest perfection, you still have all it takes to be a darn good mom.
Parenting is hard. For some, the pursuit of perfection is futile and just makes things harder; others find it fulfilling. We’re all just drudging through and doing our best.
The truth is, our kids won’t remember the tiny details that make up so much of our days. They won’t remember how good we were at making fondant for their birthday cakes. They may not even remember what gifts we gave them. They may never notice or remember that our tummies weren’t trim after they were born. The details will slowly fade from their memories.
What they will remember is that we were there.
They’ll remember how we read them stories, even though we were so tired. They’ll remember we kissed their boo boos and somehow magically healed them. They’ll remember how small, safe and comforting it felt to be snuggled. Those are the little things that matter and become the foundation for their childhood memories.
If you also find yourself struggling and don’t see yourself as the perfect mom, don’t fret. I have no doubt you’re perfect in the eyes of your children who like you just the way you are.
I DON’T CONCEAL MY IMPERFECTIONS AND FLAWS FROM THEM, THEY ALREADY KNOW THEIR MOTHER ISN’T PERFECT – AND THEY DON’T CARE.
With Tailspin Ale Fest, Tisha Gainey’s long voyage finally came in for a landing at Bowman Field – after, shall we say, a number of hops.
BY STEVE KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY TONY BENNETT
Tisha Gainey’s career has often taken the form of one of those Warner Bros. cartoon characters who steps off the side of a cliff and lands safely on a ledge, or on a bird, or on a passing cloud.
As Gainey took her journey – trying this, discarding that – she kept coming back to certain totems from her undergraduate life at Purdue University: marketing, computer programming, graphic design, real estate and beer.
Unsure of what she wanted to do after graduating in 1997, with a degree in marketing and communications, Gainey impulsively joined some college friends in Portland, Oregon.
She got a temporary job in customer service with an online startup called SHN.net, providing chat rooms and forums for people with serious and chronic diseases.
She liked the job well enough, but not the continually gray, drizzly Portland weather.
When she told her bosses that she had decided to move back to the Louisville area, they told her that they were just writing her a permanent job offer. But her mind was made up, so she declined the job offer and headed home.
“That company became webMD.com,” she said. “I would have been in on the ground floor of something big.”
It was not the last time Gainey looked back and wondered.
But if you listed her personality traits and joys of life, you couldn’t find a better place for her to be, roughly 20 years later, than where she is now: running an events company called HB Productions and producing, among other things, the popular Tail Spin Ale Fest, held every February at the Louisville Executive Aviation hangar on the grounds of Bowman Field.
It has history, it has people, and, most of all, it has beer.
Beer has been central to Gainey’s life since she started exploring various brews while in college. But not for her, even on a student’s budget, the cheap pitchers of beer available in most campus bars. Her hangout was Lafayette Brewing Co., an off-campus establishment across the Wabash River from Purdue. And her first drink of choice was a sturdy, flavorful English cask ale.
The whole culture intrigued her so that she switched from her computer programming major and dabbled in the hospitality and tourism management school.
Not that it was a straight line from campus tavern to ale fest. There were side tracks and plenty of those steps into the unknown. After returning home from Oregon, she created ads in the weekend home sections for (at the time) Paul Semonin Realtors,and developed the very first web site of all the local MLS listings.
But in 2002, she moved again (an affair of the heart), to Orlando, Florida, and found work with Walt Disney Imagineering as project engineer on Disney’s “earport” store at Orlando International. She also helped Disney produce the first Lights, Motors, Action, Extreme Stunt Show in the park, at MGM Hollywood Studios.
When the show opened, her job ended, so she went to work with Ginn Development Intl. in Orlando on the pricey, luxurious Bella Colina housing development on Lake Apopka. “Everything seemed to be taking me back to real estate,” she said. “These were $2.5 million lots, $10 million homes. Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and some Arabian prince took the helicopter tours and bought lots there.”
But her affair of the heart soured.
So, back home again in Indiana.
Through her cousin, Todd Antz (owner of The Keg Liquors in Clarksville and New Albany), she found a job as a beer rep for World Class Beverages, covering the southern third of the state. At least she had a job when she stepped off the cliff this time. But it was not a job she’d ever expected to have.
“I’d never wanted to sell – anything!” Gainey said. “But I was craft-beer passionate, knowledgeable about the product and I really like people.”
She didn’t particularly like what she called “all that windshield time” – driving several thousand miles a month. And she wanted to take the new craft beer phenomenon to the Louisville market, where she felt there was tremendous untapped possibilities. So, she switched to Beer House Distributors. And through that, she became beverage director at one of her customers, Buckhead Management Group, for whom she began to create sponsored programs and events, and even a craft beer menu app.
The leaps into the unknown were becoming purposeful. A new pattern was developing: creative marketing, customer relations, events and, always, beer.
A chance meeting at the Louisville Beer Store in NuLu (in Louisville) put her together with Trevor Cravens, president of Draft, the largest craft beer magazine in North America. Draft became a partner in some of Gainey’s events for Buckhead, which led to a conversation about starting their own craft beer festival.
“I was getting married at the time, and looking at wedding venues,” Gainey said. “I looked at Bowman Field and fell in love with the hangar space – the environment, the architecture, the history.”
Tailspin (“the name was part of my marketing genius,” she laughed) was launched there in February 2013, as a winter warmer festival, and drew a sell-out crowd of 1,800 people. Not only that, but the crowd came from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska. “We had people that first year from Seattle, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Alabama,” Gainey said. “Only about 45 percent of our attendees were local. I thought, ‘Something is happening!’ ”
And it continued to happen. This year, there will be about 4,000 attendees.
She formed HB Productions LLC, an events coordinating business that is also involved in The Keg Liquors Fest of Ale at the New Albany Amphitheater; the Jeffersontown Summer Crafts Beer Festival; and Cheers on the Pier in Owensboro.
Three years ago, she also helped start the Bowman Aviation Heritage Festival, a static airplane display show featuring vintage planes and memorabilia – the history of flying.
“In two years, Bowman Field will be 100 years old,” Gainey noted, “the oldest continually operating commercial airport in the country.”
HB Productions LLC is another leap of faith for Gainey. If it doesn’t work out, she says, “I can always get another job.”