Celebrate Black History Month – #extolexcellence – this February with us and our partners Samtec Cares and MAC Construction.
Thank you to our partners:
Celebrate Black History Month – #extolexcellence – this February with us and our partners Samtec Cares and MAC Construction.
Thank you to our partners:
We took to our social media accounts to ask if mask wearing is a regular part of your routine – an overwhelming majority of you said yes – and your favorite place to purchase your face coverings. Here are a few of our favorites.
Still seeking masks? Here are a few of our favorites to shop for facecoverings:
• Ben Franklin Crafts New Albany, 420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany: Purchase from the array of adjustable fit masks for men, women and children or select your own fabric and let the talented team create one – or more! – just for you.
• Regalo Gifts, 234 Pearl St., New Albany: Like making people laugh? Prefer a witty face covering? Aren’t afraid to let you’re a little piece of fabric to the talking? Check out the unique masks at regaloart.com.
Pick your pleasure at our favorite jewelry shop, the family-owned Koerber’s that has been a part of our community for more than three decades
If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us it’s hold tightly to those you love. Speaking of which, we’re in love with these beautiful baubles, which are merely a glimpse of what Koerber’s Fine Jewelry has to offer. Even though nuptial planning may look a tad different right now, choosing a unique symbol of a new union remains a constant. Stay tuned for our annual Extol Weddings issue, out in August, but in the meantime, enjoy these gems from Koerber’s.
KOERBER’S FINE JEWELRY
3095 Blackiston Mill Road New Albany
Are you a soon-to-be bride or groom? Or, did you wed in the past year? If so, and you want your engagement or wedding to be featured in Extol Weddings, send an email to extolmag.com
Photos by Reneasha Stewart of Reneasha Stewart Photography Bookreneasha@gmail.com | Instagram: @reyoflite
Makeup by Amber Wilson | Instagram: @beautybyambrose Hair by Cookie | Instagram: @cookieshair
Boss, Master Hairstylist, Owner of A Touch of Princess, The Kiara Shanelle Experience
My profession is cosmetology. I love being a hairstylist. I am able to make all feel lovely from the crown because that’s where it starts. I am able to create and most importantly I am able to be me.
Making people look and feel their best means the world to me. It helps me feel accomplished when they do too. It makes me happy to see someone else happy.
To make myself look and feel my best, I put on my favorite earrings, makeup, a super cute outfit, do my hair and take selfies.
My personal motto is “you make the hair, don’t let the hair make you.”
My greatest success was finishing high school, cosmetology school and being able to style hair for Prada at New York Fashion Week.
My biggest challenge is handling more than I can bear or doing almost too much but I keep going.
What motivates me the most? My nephews.
My heroes and mentors include my mom, granny, Tymica Martin, Teresa Hinkle-Jones, Dede Cox, RaeShanda Johnson and Kecia Copeland.
My mom and granny are my heroes and mentors because without their guidance in the world and support daily I wouldn’t be the smart, confident and intelligent woman I am. Tymica Martin is my big cousin and a master stylist herself. She has paved the way for me in the hair industry and has always been there for me. Teresa Hinkle-Jones was a school teacher and a family friend who kept me in line. She was like a fairy god-mother to me. Dede Cox is one beautiful soul. She introduced me to pageantry and a lot of community service events, and has not let go of my hand since. She loves me like I was her own. RaeShanda Johnson involves me in all of her fashion events and has supported me as a friend. Kecia reminds me of me: She’s on the go on the daily, and she is very supportive as well. She’s a great friend. We serve together on the “I Am Her” council, which brings awareness to domestic violence and human trafficking.
One thing I wish people knew about me is I have a cupcake fetish.
Favorite Southern Indiana restaurant: Puerto Vallarta
Favorite place to shop: Green Tree Mall
Your go-to song: “Money” by Cardi B
Favorite movie: “Fried Green Tomatoes”
Five things you can’t live without: God, Family, Cell phone, My planner and Cupcakes
Nov. 14 • Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant in Starlight
Photos by Kathryn Harrington
Lori Unruh and the Cadella’s team hosted a VIP event for 100 people who paid $100 each to attend, with proceeds benefiting Miles for Merry Miracles. Attendees also received “Cadella’s favorite things” – gifts from numerous local businesses.
By Laura Ross
Photos by Christian Watson
When tinkering turns terrific, magic happens – and a business is born.
That’s the lesson Lori Unruh discovered when she took her hobby and turned it into Cadella’s, a thriving jewelry design business.
“I started tinkering around making handmade jewelry gifts for friends and family, and once I saw the joy the jewelry brought them, I realized I needed to take this hobby to a larger scale,” said Unruh, a Southern Indiana native and mom of two wildly talented kids – Ella, 15, and Cade, 14 – who lives in Floyds Knobs with her husband, Chad, CEO of MAC Construction.
Cadella’s, which is a compilation of the names of Unruh’s teens, offers handcrafted jewelry, including bangles, cuffs and necklaces, with interchangeable photo tiles chosen by customers that often feature families, friends, and furry loved ones. It’s a unique design that Unruh created and, recently, patented, too.
A successful hairdresser for 18 years, Unruh decided to take time off about five years ago and focus solely on raising her children. To keep her creative juices flowing, the avid photographer designed bangle bracelets for fun, using photos of her children and friends placed in tiny frames. She later developed the concept of the interchangeable photo tiles and tried out the designs on her friends and family.
“I would host parties at first where friends would customize their bracelets,” she explained. “As the jewelry got out there, boutiques reached out, but there was just no way to customize the bangles without coming up with a design to make interchangeable photos. I worked for a year on the design with some amazing people, trying out molds until we found the design, which allows people to interchange their blessings and memories into different pieces of jewelry.”
Unruh started with bangles and then added leather and fur cuffs, necklaces and even cuff bands that fit the Apple Watch. The photo tiles, which are designed and personalized online, fit into tiny picture frames crafted onto the jewelry. Once created, boutiques lined up with more than 40 shops in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan selling the Cadella’s line. Unruh and her team also designed an online shop (www. cadellas.com) and sales skyrocketed.
“It makes for such a unique piece of jewelry because you can constantly change the photos to fit your memories,” said Unruh. “If you have a child in sports, you can wear a sports photo. If you’re a grandparent, you can change out different grandchildren, or if you are going out with your girlfriends, you can wear pictures reflecting your friendship.”
Customers select their jewelry, either in boutiques or online, then edit and upload their photos to Cadella’s website. Unruh’s team creates the photo tiles in-house and ships them to customers within three to five business days. “That’s the beauty of this,” she said, “If you have a special event coming up, you can always add new uploaded photos, and we’ll send them to you quickly.”
An entrepreneur at heart, Unruh has shared Cadella’s success with the Southern Indiana community. She launched the Cadella’s Favorite Things fundraiser in November, where she partnered with several local businesses to give away 100 items per business to 100 guests who paid $100 each to attend the fundraiser held at Joe Huber’s Family Farm. “It’s a spin on Oprah’s Favorite Things, where guests take home unique gifts,” said Unruh. “All proceeds went toward Miles for Merry Miracles in support of the Southern Indiana Angel Tree program.”
As 2020 dawns, Unruh is looking forward to a busy year with her jewelry, which she calls “inside-out love lockets.”
“Your blessings are on the outside for all to see,” she said. “Photo albums get stored away, but with Cadella’s, you have a fashionable way to wear the memories. You can take photo memories that otherwise might fade away, wear them as jewelry and be reminded of the blessings every day.”
A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS: Lori Unruh
It’s not raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but Lori Unruh has much to be thankful for this year. She leapt at the chance to share some of her favorite things.
My absolute favorite thing of all: Being a mom and wife, and snuggling with my children, Cade and Ella.
My favorite guilty pleasure: A cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer and a peanut butter bagel dipped in Nutella each morning.
My favorite way to find quiet time: A daily dose of hot yoga.
My favorite reason for laughing: Listening to my two witty teenagers figure out life challenges (I learn from them daily).
My favorite kind of evening: I adore my girlfriends and cherish laughing over dinner with them.
My favorite charitable cause: Of course, it’s my Cadella’s Favorite Things event! It’s an amazing event that spoils everyone who attends with gifts donated by some of the most generous professional and business owners in our community. Most importantly, 100% of the ticket sales go to a chosen charity in our community.
My favorite poem:
Time Tested Beauty Tips
By Sam Levenson
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
CONNECT WITH CADELLA’S
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@cadellas on Facebook
From casual to kempt – and everything in between – here’s what’s hot this autumn.
Photography by Clay Cook
Styling: Miranda McDonald
Model: Alex Duke
Hair and Makeup: Anastasia Gerdes
Assistant: Emily Frye, Sean Reagan
We sent our resident explorer, JD Dotson, in search of the perfect wedding gifts that will land you on the greatest guest list
PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON
Always looking for the perfect wedding gift that is sentimental or functional (or both!), I have a tendency to skip buying the single salad fork on the registry and look for something special for the couple of the hour. I 100% get the importance of a gift registry, especially if the couple is someone I barely know or just starting out in adulting life together. But I also 100% trust my instincts on giving thoughtful gifts to people I love and in no way have waited until the last minute when the only thing left on the registry is a $600 Vitamix. So, here are a few of my faves that will help land you on the unofficial “Greatest Guest” list you know couples compile.
Set of 3 galvanized steel hearts, $19.99
Ceramic You and Me Dish, $3.99 each
Instantly feeling the need to redo everything in my house, I had to remind myself to stay focused when I go to PC Home Center. Anything a young couple starting a home together might need can be found in this store. From paint, flooring, windows, cabinets to entire kitchen installations and really cool lighting features, PC Home Center offers gift cards in any denomination to get the project started. Not one to just toss a gift card at a couple without something to open, I found this galvanized steel heart set of three containers, and a couple of “you and me” ceramic ring dishes to compliment.
For the bicycle enthusiast couple on your gift list, I fell in love with this Cycle Gathering Table. I even have the perfect spot picked out at home and don’t mind a belated wedding present.
Cycle Gathering Table $559.99
PC Home Center
123 Cherry St., New Albany | 812.944.4444
The blank page cut out letter books have the look of vintage, classic readers digests. They come in a wide and wild variety of cover designs, all 26 letters of the alphabet and the ampersand. Combine the initials of the couple, spell out LOVE, the last name, any romantic word for a functional, customizable and fun gift.
Everyone needs that chip and dip tray for fancy entertaining. The couple are full-on adults — no more cutting the top of the bag off and screwing off the lid. It is time to actually elevate the chips and dips when company calls. The Nora Fleming line of platters, cake stands, serving trays and chip and dip bowls can be accessorized with “decorative minis.” Every kind of theme is available from summer fun, holidays, baby, even a tiny ceramic zombie hand and they all easily attach to the dish.
Nora Fleming Chip and Dip Platter, $43.20
Decorative Minis, $11.66 each
Ben Franklin Crafts
420 New Albany Plaza, New Albany | 812.944.1215
The best way to get your foodie friends to invite you over for a post-honeymoon meal is to get them amazing things they can use in the kitchen. I love a multifaceted theme gift, and The Olivet delivered. I discovered The Oil and Vinegar Lovers Cookbook by Emily Lycopolus and picked a variety of exotic goodies (Rose’ Wine Balsamic, Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt and a Citrus Peel Rub) and topped off the gift with a locally-handmade wooden cutting board by Wayne Pepin. I may have had some chocolate and macarons while I shopped. Don’t judge.
Cookbook, $29.95 2 oz. bag of spices or salts, $7 each or three for $18
375 ML Balsamics, $18.95
200 ML Olive Oil, $13.95
Cutting Board, $79.95
37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com
Georgetown boy meets the love of his life in Clarksville. Wedding toasts follow in the stemless wine glass with etched zip codes. No matter what area the couple grew up in or plan to call home, zip code glasses can be special ordered.
The rustic, simple and sweet couple, hand-carved out of wood, painted and embellished is ready to be taken to their new home. Sold individually, they are perfect for every couple.
$30 each; $60 for the couple
151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 www.madhousena.com
Walking into True North makes me want to get remarried and put so much hand-made beautiful stuff on my list. I fell in love with the simple driftwood candle holder by Mack Dryden, even though my IKEA coffee table would do it justice. Depending on how much you loved me and my significant other, you could throw in the gorgeous Paul Weddington coffee table it sits on and I wouldn’t hate that one bit.
Driftwood Candle Holder, $45
Every home should have that beautiful tea set that comes out on special occasions. Dallas Wooten’s soda-fired ceramic tea set deserves a spot in a glass cabinet and carefully taken out when people you love stop in for tea. A really beautiful, functional work of art is an ideal gift.
Tea set, $120
137 E. Market St., New Albany | 502.873.868
The stacks of books that have been on my side tables and coffee table for the past 12 years are the ones I keep telling myself I am going to read. I found a stack of books at LL&A that make the reading quick, easy and perfect for the happy couple. “I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me” will now be stuck in your head as well. Top off the gift with a bottle of wine and a congratulatory bottle topper and get yourself out on the dance floor.
Bottle Toppers, $18
Book Stack $ 172
LL&A Interior Design
247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606
There is nothing wrong with pre-wedding gift giving. You want the couple to look and feel good on their wedding day, and gift cards to Body & Brow Boutique will take care of both of them head to toe. Facial and body waxing, male waxing, tanning, facials and even makeup application are available. I thought treating the couple to a nice soak with some bath bombs for after the big day would be a good way to start spending the rest of their lives together.
Gift cards available in any denomination, price list available on the website.
Bath Bombs, $6.50
Body & Brow Boutique
141 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.225.9191
Great as a pre-wedding gift to be used at a reception perhaps, the Love Jar by Gratitude Jars comes with 250 blank foil embossed Love cards. Guests can leave a love note in the jar as a keepsake for the couple after the wedding. Great minds think alike: the Love Jar is one of Oprah and my favorite things, too.
Love Jar $45.00
Love is Love is Love in these beautifully sweet rendered wedding mugs. Love is a lot of things and I hope every morning starts off the day right with a good cup of coffee with the one you love.
Coffee Mug, $15
234 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.542.6567 | www.regaloart.com
OK, so we are being a bit dramatic. There is not really a huge “legend” behind our Laurel Wreath branding — but there is a story to it.
A laurel wreath is simply a round wreath made of connected leaves and branches of the bay laurel plant. It’s a symbol of triumph or victory that dates to Greek Mythology. In ancient times, wreaths were awarded to victors in athletic competitions. They were also a symbol of martial victory in Rome and were used to crown a successful commander during his triumph. In modern idiomatic usage, it refers to a victory.
So, why in the world did we name our bridal boutique Laurel Wreath Bridal? For owner Laurie Haag, it came about quickly after exhausting all the cliche “bridally” sounding names. After careful consideration, she thought, “What is more personal that says something about me?” Well, her name is Laurie. She has four daughters. At least with two of those daughters she considered the name Laurel. But she always ended up steering away from it because for one, Laurel was a pretty unique name back in the late 80s and 90s, and this was back before unusual names were really all the rage. Plus, she thought, Laurie and Laurel — and their grandpa’s name being Larry — maybe was a little too much. Larry, Laurie, Laurel sounded like a recipe for disaster when it came to family functions or in the public when people would get all that confused. So, she always ended up changing her mind.
But, when she had the opportunity to revisit the name for her business, she seized it. She thought it was an excellent way to give a nod to the fact that her bridal shop was her new “baby” that would need lots of nurturing and love along the way. The connotation of a laurel wreath just sounded pretty. Plus, Laurie really loved the idea of it signifying victory! So, for us, Laurel Wreath is a way of celebrating the victory in the dress search. We love to help brides find the perfect gown for their day. Each bride receives an special wreath of her own at their dress pick up. It’s just a small touch, that for us is a way of personalizing your dress victory and welcoming you into the Laurel Family!
April 12 • Jeffersonville
Photos by Bailey Boyd
Sapphire Boutique held its inaugural pre-derby fashion show and party on their back patio at the 326 Spring Street location in historic downtown Jeffersonville. The head-turning affair thrilled guests with the latest in spring, summer and Derby fashions.