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Get In The Know

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The pro team has given our Metro Louisville/Southern Indiana community much to cheer about. Here are three more reasons why the Boys in Purple are the favorites of fans and nonprofits, too.


Did you know… Louisville City FC, the area’s only fully professional soccer club, started in 2015 and is a member of the United Soccer League – now sanctioned Division 2 by U.S. Soccer – only one level below Major League Soccer? The USL includes 33 teams across the country, some of them independent and others acting as close affiliates with MLS clubs.


Did you know… LouCity offers a simple way to give back to charitable causes?

The Louisville City FC Give & Go Program is a fundraising opportunity for local 501(c)3 charitable, educational, scientific, literary and cruelty-preventing organizations in Kentuckiana to get into excitement of attending a home game and raise funds at the same time. The program is also open to for-profit companies and individuals to purchase and donate tickets to worthy causes. This past season, LouCity will have made up to 5,000 single-game tickets available to charitable organizations to sell to the public at a special nonprofit rate. For each ticket sold, a contribution of $4 is made to non-profit organizations. For-profit organizations and individuals can also purchase match tickets and donate them for selected or designated nonprofits or groups to use. Learn more at louisvillecityfc.com.


Did you know… Tom Farmer, president of LouCity’s supporter group The Coopers, went from soccer cynic to one of the team’s most vocal fans? Want to join the growing regiment? Go to LouisvilleCoopers.com.


LouCity’s regular season ends 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 when they take on Indy Eleven at Slugger Field. 

SoIN Style

An invitation to explore with Extol

There’s so much to love about Southern Indiana, including the places we call home. Whether you own, rent, lease or are selling your abode, we want to see your SoIN style and what makes your pad the preferred place to be.

We’re looking for residences that are old, new, big, little, unique, classic, interesting, futuristic, inspiring, vintage, immaculate, wacky, wonderful, historic, brand-new – and everything in between.

We’ll never give your address or share any identifying information about your home’s whereabouts – unless you ask us to – but will explore what defines your SoIN style in your personal sanctuary.

If you’re interested, send an email to extol@extolmag.com and put “Welcome Home” in the subject line.


Wedded Bliss

On the fence about hiring a wedding planner? Here’s what you need to know.


Thanks to Google, Pinterest and all things DIY, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re up for the task of taking on nearly any craft, project or event. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider calling in the experts. While some couples prefer to map out their wedding day solo – or, at least with each other – there are several reasons why you should consider hiring a pro to plan your perfect day. We asked wedding planner Shannon Fehr of Bliss Events to explain why you should give experienced professionals like her a try.


It can save you money. I work with a lot of the same vendors for all my weddings, so they give me discounts because I bring them so much business and I pass those discounts on to my couples. I also know where to cut costs. For instance, it’s a lot cheaper to get a two-tier cake and one sheet cake for 100 people as opposed to a four-tier cake. That is just one of the many examples of how a wedding planner can recommend ways to save money but still get brides and grooms what they want.

When things go awry – and they will – a good wedding planner will jump in and take care of it. I had a wedding where the cake completely fell 40 minutes before the wedding was to start, so I ran to Wal-Mart – which was the only place available in Scottsburg at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday – and got every cupcake they had and two small round cakes. I stacked the cakes and decorated with what little did not hit the floor of the other cake and all was well. Later in the evening, I heard the guests talking about how delicious the cupcakes were. They had no clue they came from Wal-Mart.

A wedding planner can save brides and grooms a ton of time and stress. I know where to find things, so couples do not have to do hours of research. I know exactly who to call for a vintage ice cream truck or animals for a petting zoo or safari theme wedding. I know who has the best prices on things. I know where to get $7 tablecloths as opposed to the exact same tablecloth that retails for $16 at most places.

A couple will often spend hours playing phone tag with vendors. Sometimes it takes four to five phone calls just to set up one tasting or to find out the venue does not have their date. A lot of people work during the day when the vendors are working, too, so it is hard to plan because when you get off work at 5 p.m., guess what? So do the vendors. Wedding planning is all I do so I am available during the day to make and receive calls.


Wedding planners can save them more money in the long run and make up for the expense and then some. It is like a car or house insurance: A planner is good to have in case of emergencies on the day of the wedding when anything could happen. This is a safeguard for all the hard-earned money they spend on the wedding. For busy people, I tell them, “Time is money.” Brides and grooms will spend so much time planning the wedding if they do it on their own. Would you rather be working and making money or planning a wedding and not making money?


Meet with the wedding planner in person and see if you like their energy and personality. You are going to be spending a lot of time with them, so you need to make sure you like them and are on the same page.


I know it breaks tradition to see each other on the wedding day until the wedding starts or the reveal (first look), but I say forget that tradition. This day is so busy and does not stop until it is over. Couples get swept away all day by friends and family, so they hardly get to be together just the two of them. I tell them to meet early for breakfast or fishing (or something you love) and reflect on the months leading up to this day. And, exchange a gift or a note. You will cherish either for many, many years.

I also tell them to not stress if everything does not go as planned. Focus on what really matters and that is the moment you share your vows and promise to always love one another through sickness and health, good times and bad. No one will remember in 30 years that your cake fell or your deejay was 45 minutes late – and if they do, it will be a heck of a story!


Bliss Events



@blissfuleventsandco on Facebook


The Art of Joy

Extol’s Explorer JD Dotson found a treasure trove of unique items and art in Floyds Knobs and Georgetown

By JD Dotson

There is only one thing better than exploring places I’ve never been and that is discovering treasures in my own backyard. Recently, I found two very different but equally enthralling decor and gift shops – one in Floyds Knobs and the other in Georgetown – that make me want to do a bit of redecorating at home.

The Nest

4781 Paoli Pike

Suite 5

Floyds Knobs


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The Nest in Floyds Knobs is a carefully-curated consignment store with a range of furniture and decor from antique to modern. Each section of the store is set up as a well-appointed vignette, giving subtle suggestions of what lamp to pair with a loveseat, and what accessories could complement the look of the room. Every inch of the place is well designed by owner Martha Pfau. Walls are covered in art and stained glass, and the cabinets and shelves are full of colorful, unique items. It is a bargain hunter’s dream; well-priced, one-of-a-kind items fill the space. Of course, inventory is always changing and the unique pieces come and go, but I picked out a few of my favorites.


The little Japanese shelf sitters, rice paper frame and decorative fleur-de-lis plate complement each other so well. There is a story there somewhere of travels to far-off lands and thoughts of bringing a bit of the world home.

Figures, $14

Frame, $16

Plate, $24


The stained-glass pieces at The Nest are so beautifully crafted in traditional designs and bright colors, and range in sizes and shapes. This particular piece is a large rectangular 44-inch by 24-inch. I was drawn to the repeating fleur-de-lis pattern and the varying shades of blue against the smoky tan was really striking.

Stained Glass, $320


The square and rectangular dishes caught my eye, the bright colors and pattern would liven up any table and I could leave my usual black dishes in the cabinet. Something about this table service for four makes me want to have a big Italian dinner party, not because the pattern is particularly Italian, but I do make a mean Bolognese. As a side note, my husband Jon really dug the modern, yellow bread box, which had me asking if people really keep bread in a box? But he loved it, and I included it for him.

Ceramic Table Service for Four, $98

Bread Box, $12


The Nest carries a line of printed canvas tote bags and tablet cases with grommets and patches and inspirational sayings that make me want to be a more responsible iPad owner and quit just shoving it naked into my backpack.

Tablet Case, $35

A Room Full of Joy

9585 IN-64



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Just up the road in Georgetown, very close to where I grew up, is a place that truly lives up to its name. A Room Full of Joy is exactly what its name implies. As soon as you walk in, you are enveloped in lights and sights and smells and the overwhelming urge to explore every inch of this place. The boutique currently has 13 local vendors – each with a section of the space – but it is so much more than a shop. Owner Joy Burden Simon has designed a site that also houses a space for community events and classes. The day we visited, an essential oils class was taking place in a space that has hosted neighborhood bunco games, jewelry-making classes and keto diet information seminars. There were so many handcrafted things that I loved about A Room Full of Joy, including candles, candy, soaps and jewelry, but here are a few of my absolute favorites.

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Just inside the door is a handmade sign for Ruff Stuff. In this case, the name implies something completely different. C.J. Owen’s found objects may have started out “ruff” but are put together so expertly as lamps, sconces, chandeliers and furniture that they are the exact opposite of rough. I am always enamored by anyone who can take an old item and transform its purpose. Ruff Stuff completely blew me away with nearly everything in the booth. The chandelier from a yoke and old Ball jars is beautiful, especially paired with the mule collar lamp and hanging over the upcycled crate island with the utensil handles. It is an amazing skill to turn antiquated objects into modern functional pieces.

Mule Collar Lamp, $150

Yoke Chandelier, $250

Kitchen Island, $150


Vicky’s Country Creations has one of my favorite activities – but on a huge scale. Yahtzee has been turned into Yardzee. Huge dice in a giant bucket has taken my favorite table game to the backyard. The bucket comes with score cards and instructions on Farkle (Yarkle) and Cootie as well.

Yardzee/Yarkle, $30


Another example of an artist reimagining an object’s purpose is Janice Glotzbach. Janice uses utensils, fishing lures and other everyday objects and transforms their function into beautiful, wearable art with the help of wire and beads. My favorite piece stood out instantly but really surprised me when I realized I was looking at a manipulated and bedazzled fork. The former eating utensil had been cut, curled and beaded, taken off the table and ready to be worn around the neck.

Fork Necklace, $18




Work It: How to elevate your office attire

miranda-photo-for-biz-storyBy Miranda McDonald

Photo by Gretchen Bell

Style mavens in the know are throwing out the stuffy rules of dressing for work and embracing a whole new attitude when it comes to being fashionable yet still business appropriate. Here are a few simple tips for taking your office look from drab to modern and chic.


Chic Socks

Socks can be such a chic accessory during the fall months. Men – and suit-wearing women – can add some serious panache to a suit with a pair of statement socks. Roll up your denim and let a pair of bold socks stick out the top of your boots if you are going for a more business casual look.


Gals can get in on the footwear action by layering dress socks with a favorite set of heels. Don this combo with a pair of cropped trousers or a dress, and you will be quite surprised at how fashionable you feel.


A Statement Piece for Your Suit

When wearing a classic suit for work, adding a statement piece to your ensemble is important. Play – and slay – with colorful patterns and prints on ties, bowties and pocket squares. Hats are also a great accessory to add to the mix.


If you’re into baubles, add a large piece of jewelry or even a jeweled bag to your look. I’m currently enamored with bringing headpieces back into our fashion repertoire (ladies: take note). Elevate a simple suit to the next level by adding a textured headband or embellished barrette.  The addition creates the perfect combination of modern and classic styling.


The Perfect Bag is Key

Investing in a bag that is stylish yet functional is imperative. Luckily, there are many stylish options that ensure anyone can find the perfect carryall for business documents and daily must-have items. I suggest purchasing a piece that is neutral in color so that it matches most of your wardrobe. However, neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Texture and accents are everything. Textured leather and bold accents on bags make a statement while keeping a piece completely functional at the same time.


Transition Your Look

Taking your look from work appropriate to evening chic can be simple. Have a dress you want to wear to the office but are also headed out on the town immediately after work? Simply layer a light sweater or blouse under your favorite frock for the office. Then, remove that extra layer and add a piece of statement jewelry before meeting friends for cocktails when the work day is over. Wearing a suit but want to go casual for an after-work fete or dinner with friends? Bring a pair of jeans and swap out the suit pants for a cool but casual look.


You can find more tips from Stylist Miranda McDonald on her blog, thechicstreet.com.



EXIT | October/November 2018

ex1018-exit-by-christianPhoto of Sycamore Springs Park in English, Indiana, by Christian Watson


“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” –John Muir


Southern Indiana has no shortage of parks and forests You can find numerous listings and more information at gosoin.com.



A kind Walmart employee helps load a minivan full of turkeys headed to New Hope Services.


By Farrah Alexander


When I was pregnant with my first, Daniel, I craved Thanksgiving food the entire duration. No pickles and ice cream for me; I wanted mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole. Pumpkin pie visited me in my dreams.


I love Thanksgiving. The decadent food, the time spent with my wonderful family, the pre-meal mimosas, the browsing Black Friday ads – what’s not to love? Hop into your stretchiest stretchy pants and enjoy this beautiful, gluttonous holiday.


But I’ll admit, I often get caught up in the chaos of the holiday and sometimes lose sight of the theme of gratitude. The word “thanks” is in the name of the holiday, after all. It should be easy to remember to remain grateful and express your blessings, but it’s so easy for those ideas to slip away.


It’s hard enough for a grown adult to maintain a sense of gratitude, it’s certainly a challenge for little ones. But teaching your kids to be thankful and express gratitude at Thanksgiving and beyond is a truly worthwhile goal. Grateful kids are happier and even more of a joy to others. (Watch an adult’s face light up when a small child thanks them. It’s impossible not to smile.)


Teaching your children to say, “thank you” when appropriate is a great lesson of course. But it’s really just good manners. Teaching your child to regularly practice gratitude is a philosophy that they can adopt and will serve them well their entire lives.

Farrah’s son Daniel’s first Thanksgiving.

Farrah’s son Daniel’s first Thanksgiving.

Farrah’s daughter Penelope’s first Thanksgiving.

Farrah’s daughter Penelope’s first Thanksgiving.

A kind Walmart employee helps load a minivan full of turkeys headed to New Hope Services.

A kind Walmart employee helps load a minivan full of turkeys headed to New Hope Services.

So, here’s some simple ways to do it:


  • Expand on your “thank yous.” When you thank someone, add a little something genuine and personal that shows why you’re grateful. For example, say after you cook dinner, your kid says, “thank you.” It’s a nice gesture and you’re glad your kid is being polite. But, what if your kid instead says, “Thank you for making dinner. I know spaghetti’s not your favorite, but it’s my favorite and you make the best spaghetti.” See how genuine that sounds? It’s a great way not only to make the person being thanked feel fantastic, it’s a great way to reflect on gratitude and express why you’re sincerely grateful.
  • Call out your blessings. If you feel grateful for something, say it out loud in front of your kids. It doesn’t have to be anything huge; any ordinary, seemingly insufficient thing is perfect. If you feel grateful, just say it. Saying things like, “I just love having the opportunity to spend time with you when you get home from school” or “I love when we have dinner together as a family” are simple but meaningful.
  • Regularly ask your child what they’re grateful for or what their blessings are. It’s a good opportunity for them to reflect on their days and remember how blessed they are. If they’re stumped at first, you can share a few things you’re grateful for and then challenge them to come up with three of their own. It doesn’t have to be profound. If they name three friends at school they have or three of their favorite toys, that’s fine. No wrong answers.
  • Get into the habit of charitable giving or volunteering if you’re able. You don’t have to give a detailed account of all the ways people across the world suffer, but you don’t have to sugar-coat that people do suffer either. There are countless ways to help and many people in need of help. So, find a way your family can help others. You can make a holiday tradition of volunteering at a local homeless shelter, donating food to a local charity or forgoing some gifts of your own to give to others instead. Get creative!
  • Turn your gratitude into a festive display for Thanksgiving. I’ve seen some really adorable seasonal crafts perfect for this. You can get a large pumpkin and ask your children what they’re grateful for each day and write it on the pumpkin. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you have a pumpkin filled with all the many blessings your children are grateful for. You can even have a pumpkin for each child. Then, on Thanksgiving, you can review all the blessings. It could be a meaningful tradition for your family to reflect on the many things you’re thankful for instead of being asked on the spot.
  • Consistently thank others and encourage your kids to do the same. If anyone does any kind of service for you – holding a door open, serving food at a restaurant, loading your garbage away – be sure to sincerely thank them. You’re not just being polite, you’re showing others respect and dignity. By taking the time to sincerely thank everyone, you’re showing your child that everyone is worthy of your respect.


You’ve probably caught on by now that you are directly involved in all of these suggestions. Kids learn by your example. If they see their parents doing or saying something, they’ll take notice and try to mimic your behavior. (Trust me, I let a minor swear word slip three years ago and my son still brings it up. Kids are sponges.) Plus, let’s be honest, can’t we use a little gratitude in our lives?


Be thankful this Thanksgiving, but be grateful your entire life.

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Ensuring Survival

University of Louisville Family Business Center supports generations of businesses

By Remy Sisk

Photos by Christian Watson

Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter

Family Business Center
Board Chair Bob Koetter

“There’s a sense of comfort in talking to someone else in a family business who understands some of the dynamics. There’s a feeling of, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one who has these issues.’” – University of Louisville Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter Jr.


The classic idiom “mom and pop shop” refers not only to the charming and familiar nature of a businesses but also the idea that its operators are somehow related. The family business can be one of the finest institutions of an economy – members of the same family harnessing synergy and working together toward a common goal. However, the passion and emotion that is inherent in the very definition of a family can sometimes hinder the success of that business or worse by creating a divide between family members. The University of Louisville Family Business Center helps prevent family businesses from stepping into the pitfalls that are all too common by offering an unparalleled myriad of resources so that they thrive with constant vivacity for generations to come.


“The role of the Family Business Center and how it can help this community is basically keeping these businesses in the community,” said Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter Jr. “That’s important because statistically, only 13 percent of family businesses survive and make it to the third generation. … What the Family Business Center does is provide those tools to teach and prepare and make sure family businesses can survive throughout many generations.”


Some of the resources provided by the Family Business Center include education forums, individual business assessment and frequent, active networking. According to members, the greatest asset, however, is the roundtable option the center offers. “We go by adult learning theories that adults retain and learn information more in a peer-to-peer setting,” explained Interim Director Brittany Boone. “We have quite a few services, but our most valued service is the roundtable. We have four categories of roundtables, and they’re really peer-to-peer support groups.


“It’s a lot of similar people sitting around the table discussing things that are either going on in their family or their businesses. And either someone is experiencing what they’re experiencing at the same time, or they’ve already experienced it and they’re able to give advice.”


The four categories of these roundtables are CEOs, next generation, women and non-family executives, all of which are highly specialized groups that help foster robust development in many areas of family businesses.


The roundtables offer mentorship and education that professionals cannot find elsewhere. “There’s a sense of comfort in talking to someone else in a family business who understands maybe what some of those dynamics are that they’re dealing with,” Koetter said. “There’s a feeling of, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one who has these issues.’”


It’s not hard to become a member of the Family Business Center. There’s a simple online application to fill out and submit. Once a member is approved, they simply pay their dues, which are different for businesses of different sizes, and are then able to begin taking full advantage of the center’s resources.


Currently, most members are second generation, but Boone said the more than 100 members are made up of everything from first generation business owners to eighth generation, which means those who have been around for multiple generations are able to impart wisdom to some of the younger businesses.


“Businesses that are in later generational ownership, they kind of become advisors to the other family business owners,” Boone explained. “It’s almost like a nurturing sort of characteristic they take on in that they really do take pride in being able to help the earlier family businesses.”


And the success is evident. Although Boone admits it can be somewhat difficult to specifically measure the triumphs of the center, the very survival of these business may be testament enough, which is extremely important for the vitality of the community.


The members collectively employ over 13,000 individuals and generate almost $8 billion annually, said Koetter, who is a prime example of the efficacy of the Family Business Center. His company, Koetter Construction, is one of the region’s most renowned family businesses, and what the center has given Koetter has led to him now wanting to be a resource himself.


“They’ve helped me, so this is an opportunity for me to give back and hopefully help someone else,” he said.


As one of only about 60 family business centers in the U.S., the University of Louisville Family Business Center provides extraordinary resources for businesses but also, perhaps more importantly, families.


“I’m very proud because I have an opportunity to help family businesses to survive and also for the families themselves to be able to peacefully have holiday dinners together and spend time together,” Koetter said. “I see families that get torn apart and can’t even go to Thanksgiving dinner together, and it’s just so disappointing to see that the business has torn them apart.”

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Boone agrees: “They always say never mix business with emotion, but you can’t do that when you’re working with your family,” she said. “There’s always going to be those emotions there, but at the same time, it’s so rewarding because the families are able to build wealth, build a legacy and we want to make sure that they are able to maintain that.”


Looking ahead, the Family Business Center is considering incorporating more education into its pool of resources but will regardless continue ensuring the community is aware of the singular opportunity of being involved. “We’re always told that we’re the best kept secret in Louisville, and we don’t want to be a secret necessarily anymore,” Boone said. “We just want to make sure we’re impacting as many people as we can.”


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College of Business

University of Louisville






SIRA Affiliate Forum

Aug. 9 • Kye’s


Southern Indiana REALTORS Association (SIRA), which is headed up by CEO Glenda Gasparine, held the 2018 Affiliate Forum Aug. 9 at Kye’s. Marki Lemons, the featured speaker, spoke about unethical social media practices with attendees, who also enjoyed breakfast and networking at the event. To learn more about the association, go to sira.org.



Make It Work

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-6-49-03-pmHow to transform your space into and ideal home office


In 2017, nearly 44 percent of working Americans reported spending at least some time working from home and the number is only going to increase. If you don’t have the proper space that lends itself to productivity, focusing on the task at hand can be tough.


We asked Leslie Lewis Sheets of LL&A Interior Design for a few tips about transforming your home into the perfect work place. As she says, “When your space works, your life works – and you feel good in it!”


Claim an area within your home and make it YOUR space. It should reflect you and your personality. Crowd it with things you love: add artwork, photos and accessories that speak to you. Create a space that energizes and motivates you to do your best work.


Don’t have an extra room within your home that can be designated as an office? Claim a closet and transform it into an accessible workspace.


Make sure your workspace has lots of natural light. Your space will feel larger. Allowing the outdoors inside your space will keep you fresh and energized. Not a lot of natural light or access to a window? Add a funky light fixture with a dimming switch. Different light levels allow you to work well into the wee hours.


Treat yourself to a great chair. You’ll be more efficient when you’re comfortable. A correctly scaled, ergonomically correct desk chair will provide comfort and efficiency. Instead of a typical black “pleather” upholstery, pick a bright, bold desk chair – something fun.
Leslie Lewis Sheets

LL&A Interior Design

247 Spring St.