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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.
On July 22, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a statewide mask mandate to begin July 27 for everyone in Indiana age 8 or older in indoor public spaces – including transportation services and public outdoor places where social distancing of 6 feet isn’t possible.
Exceptions include those who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, participating in strenuous physical activity or while eating or drinking.
Holcomb initially stated not wearing a face mask would be considered a Class B misdemeanor
days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines) – and stated, ““Please know that the mask police will not be patrolling Indiana streets.” – but then rescinded any criminal penalties after much criticism.
The mask mandate has been met with a variety of responses. Several elected officials, including Speaker Todd Hutson, expressed surprise while others applauded the decision.
Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill issued an advisory opinion stating the governor overstepped his authority with the mandate. The opinion does not block Gov. Holcomb’s action.
Sheriffs in at least four counties publicly stated they would not enforce the mandate when Gov. Holcomb previously stated it would be a misdemeanor to not wear a mask.
In Floyd County, Dr. Thomas Harris of the Floyd County Health Department – with approval of the Floyd County Board of Health – announced a mask mandate was to begin on July 24 – three days prior to Gov. Holcomb’s mandate. In a press release, Harris wrote that masks must cover the mouth and nose in indoor areas open to the public, including transportation services; private indoor or outdoor areas where social distancing of 6 feet can’t be maintained; enclosed public spaces and places of business. Individuals who are exempt include children 2 years old or younger, people who are hearing impaired and need to remove masks or facial coverings to communicate, individuals in respiratory distress, or anyone who has been advised, in writing, by a primary care provider not to wear a mask due to health concerns.
Multiple law enforcement agencies issued statements requesting violations of the mask mandate be made to local health departments instead of calling authorities, which has since been affirmed by the governor.
Pundits from all over the country are making the rounds sharing their opinions about the mandate– for and against.
And you only need to jump on social media for a moment to find a variety of responses: Some decry the order as far too late.
Some express enthusiastic appreciation for the mandate.
There are posts that claim adherence means acceptance of personal liberties and freedom being stripped away.
There are posts filled with heartfelt pleas to others to wear masks and examples of first-person accounts with COVID.
There are status updates from people who would prefer not to wear masks but will anyway.
There are quotes from famous historical figures, professional athletes, celebrities and notable people weighing in for or against.
There are memes, made up statistics, conspiracy theories and claims the mass media is perpetuating fake news.
There are Tik Tok videos, live rants, figurative soap boxes, political cartoons and pics of kids – and kittens, puppies, dogs, cats – donning masks with statements representing all perspectives.
Regardless of where you stand, one thing is for sure: the face mask is a sign of the times – but will it define us?
Tell Us: What do you think about masks and the mandate issued by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses may be shared in the next issue of Extol.
Former Extol photographer – and college student – Evan Rivard shares his thoughts on this
When I experienced my first Indiana University commencement ceremony, I was
searching for my sister in a sea of caps and gowns
throughout Memorial Stadium. Since my own time at Indiana University, I have envisioned myself in her shoes preparing to take steps toward a new beginning.The importance of this ceremony is recognized by many as it honors the efforts and achievements of college graduates and opens the door to their future lives. In the context of the current state of
the world, however, commencement seems to be the least of our concerns. As I write this, the
COVID-19 pandemic has affected many, both at home and across the globe.
More than 140,000+ Americans have died after contracting the virus, in addition to leaving tens of millions unemployed. Concurrently, our country is experiencing a call-to-action for racial justice. Protests have taken the forefront of our attention.
These current crises are difficult to process, as the combination of a global pandemic and nationwide protests are unprecedented in recent history. Remaining proactive in the midst of these current events has proven to be a challenge, as so many aspects of what we consider “normal” have been suspended indefinitely.
On the other hand, many have shown great resolve and adaptability in their efforts to maintain certain aspects of our lives.
Indiana University has done a great job in transitioning to online classes to accommodate students academically. This was implemented in the spring semester and extended into the summer term. After finishing my spring semester, I am in the process of completing my final two courses. One of these includes advanced career development, serving as a substitute for an internship due to limitations in work and interactions from potential COVID-19 exposure. In this course, I will obtain essential UITS certifications in web design, web creation, Access, and Excel through IU. Additionally, the class emphasizes preparation and acclimation for a novel time to enter the job market.
My other online class, employee recruitment and selection in the public sector, is a valuable course to be taking with regard to these current times. I have made the decision to use my free time to work as a Door Dash delivery driver. Not only am I able to meet the current demand for restaurant delivery due to social distancing, but it also gives me the ability to work and make money in a flexible way.
I believe that our country, in addition to the world, faces a critical moment that will be written into history books for many years to come. The response to these pertinent events, whether they are perceived as positive or negative, should be of importance to everyone. This extends to responsibilities like voting, activism, and action that reflect the significance of both the voice of an individual and combined effectiveness. What is today known as “The Greatest Generation” began with the Great Depression, then, followed by Roosevelt’s massive reforms in the New Deal, and World War II. Confronting and surpassing challenges is not something new for this country as it writes our history and establishes the resilience we see today. The struggles we are faced with today in 2020, especially as graduates, should not be understated. Generation Z is comprised of the children who experienced 9/11, witnessed endless wars, countless school shootings, police brutality, and are now entering the labor force during a global health crisis. I believe that this is a vital point in time as we, the leaders of tomorrow, show our strength and resilience in response to these challenging circumstances, ultimately shaping the future.
Photos and Text by Evan Rivard
New Albany restaurant changes concept in light of COVID-19
BY LISA HORNUNG | PHOTOS BY JOSH KEOWN
There are a lot of potential disasters for which
restaurant owners can anticipate and prepare. A
global pandemic was never one of them.
Beau Kerley and Tim Smith have not come
through this worldwide storm without a few
scratches. That’s why they are changing the business
concept for their restaurant, The Standard Plate &
Pour, 207 E. Main St., in New Albany.
While the veteran restaurateurs haven’t dealt
with a massive shutdown like this before, they’ve
managed to keep several restaurants running and
the others are nearly back to their regular business.
But The Standard is now switching to a facility
that will only be open for private events, including
rentals and special functions put on by the company.
“We’re going to be closed except for private(rentals). We’re going to be doing wedding
rehearsals and business meetings and just every
private event we can do,” Kerley said. “We’re also
going to be putting on our own private events like
bourbon dinners or wine dinners. Against the Grain
breweries are going to be doing a takeover of our
patio, and we’re gonna have a band out there one
night in August.”
While most businesses have struggled through
the pandemic, the restaurant industry has been
hit especially hard, with an estimated $145
billion shortfall during the first four months of
the COVID-19 shutdown in the United States,
according to the National Restaurant Association.
June showed the highest monthly sales volume since
March but still remained about $18 billion down
from the pre-coronavirus sales levels in January
and February, the association said in mid-July.
The Standard felt it, too. “There was a little period
of time we saw a little bit of an uptick (in business)
there,” Kerley said. “We opened, and at first it
was really slow. Then, we saw a little uptick and
thought, ‘OK, well then, we’re gonna go here and
do something,’ but it just never really continued.
The margins in restaurants are so small, it just
doesn’t make sense.”
The pair have worked together for about 11 years,
starting at Bluegrass Brewing Company (Kerley is
still a partner at BBC) and then went to Crescent Hill
Craft House in Louisville, but decided they wanted
to strike out on their own. So, a few years ago they
started 812 Pizza Company in Georgetown. The
two also own Dos Gringos and the Early Edition
in Jeffersonville, and they opened The Standard about a year ago.
“Owning multiple restaurants, each restaurant
has had its own challenges. The Standard’s been
tough. It’s a nighttime, date-night market to begin
with. And that’s one thing that we’ve found is that
date-night places have kind of been left out. At 812
Pizza Company, which is a family-style place that
delivers, our business has been doing really well
there. It came back really quick. But as to places
that are the nicer places, that still hasn’t come
back,” Kerley said in early July.
Kerley said he understands why business was
so slow. People are still unsure of their financial
future and aren’t splurging on evenings out. So,
places that, “you go for a nice evening and a nice
meal and a bottle of wine, they’re struggling a little
more, I think,” Kerley said.
Though The Standard is popular, translating that
to dollars is different. “The interesting thing about
The Standard is that it’s one of our best-reviewed
restaurants,” Kerley said. “I have people call me all
the time and tell me how great of a time they had
there and how much they love their food, their
experience, the service. But it’s just, you love it
but you just don’t go there very often, you know?
That’s kind of weird: I have restaurants that do a
lot more business and aren’t as well-reviewed.”
The change in concept helps the restaurant focus
on the needs of the community without having to
gamble on when customers will come in, potentially
wasting costs. The menu will be based on the
evening’s events, but many of The Standard’s most
popular dishes will be incorporated, and the focus
on Southern cuisine will stay, Kerley said. There
won’t be a room fee, but there will be minimums
and several tiers of catering options.
“We’re gonna be booking our own band nights,
and we’re going to do dinner and a show, dinner
and music and maybe things like that,” he said. They
will sell tickets and take reservations for the special
events. “But we’re going to have more control over
it and make it more of a special thing, and know
exactly how many people are going to be there as
opposed to just being hopeful that people come
in. We’re going to try to take a negative and turn
it into a positive.”
The Standard’s fun patio will also be available, he
said. “When we look at what our strength is there,
which separates us from other places, we have a
really nice patio,” Kerley said. “We’re trying to use
that strength and invest more in stuff that makes that
more accessible and more of a more of a spotlight. ”The shift means a tighter focus on offerings,
but no loss of jobs. “Luckily, we have five or six restaurants, so all of our employees are going to be employed. A lot of them are going to go work at Tucker’s, and a few of them are going to go work at Dos Gringos, because we just redid Tucker’s so we needed the staff anyway” Kerley said. “So this was
good timing. We’re going to be able to offer all of
our employees, you know, full-time employment
in other places, so it works out.”
During the days of the full shutdown, The Standard
was completely closed because “Downtown New
Albany was a ghost town,” Kerley said. But carryout
and delivery sales actually increased at the pair’s
other restaurants, especially at 812 Pizza. Now
all of Kerley and Smith’s other restaurants are
available for carry-out and curbside service, as
well as free delivery.
Now that their other restaurants are open, they’ve
seen a 5 to 10 percent increase in carryout sales. “I
think there’s gonna be a lot of people who aren’t
going to be comfortable (coming inside yet),” Kerley
said in July. “People who still have illnesses that
keep them from going outside right now, you know,
there’s a high likelihood to (contract the virus).”
Kerley and Smith are optimistic and thankful
for the community’s support. “We love our rapport
we’re getting from everybody locally, and we hope
people continue to come out to local businesses
and help us out,” Kerley said. “We appreciate all
the support we’ve gotten from people. Just people
supporting us is such a huge deal, and we want to thank everybody.”
But don’t expect the pair to give in to economic
uncertainty anytime soon.
“We’re not quitters: We’re not giving up, and we
still think the place is awesome. We’re just gonna
try to shape it into what people want it to be,” Kerley
said. “Instead of forcing what we think should
be or what we want it to be, we’re gonna kind of
listen to our guests and try to make it something
that they want it to be, and make it where it can
“We love our rapport we’re getting from everybody locally, and we hope people continue to come out.” –Beau Kerley
The Standard Plate & Pour
207 E. Main St.
Facebook = @NewAlbanyStandard
Forget a staycation. Visit Southern Indiana’s perfect pairing, the French Lick Winery and enjoy the spirits of its adjacent distillery, and you’ll be transported to a heavenly locale that feels otherworldly.
Extol’s Must-Savor Summer Spot, the winery offers guests the opportunity
to sample the libations, enjoy a glass – or a bottle – on the patio or in The
Vintage Café, or purchase what you desire for a picnic or gathering. Café fare
is fresh and exquisite. The pizza dough is crafted from a more than 100-year old
recipe straight from Naples, Italy, and the staff makes everything with
the utmost attention – from croutons to meatballs. There are vegetarian and
gluten free options (including cracker, bread and pizza!), too. Menu items
include a divine Charcuterie Board, meatballs, and other starters; pizzas
of all varieties; pastas (vegetarian and gluten free options); salads; a kids
menu (Pizza Taco with a side of grapes, anyone?); gourmet coffees; and a
decadent dessert list, too.
Prefer to try Spirits of French Lick? Try the first Bottle In Bond release,
The Mattie Gladden High Rye Bourbon now available in the tasting room
and gift shop (distribution coming soon).
With JD Dotson
JD Dotson, our resident explorer, has shared his love of running and photography with Extol readers since we started in 2015. We always send him out
‘n’ about in Southern Indiana – for obvious reasons – but this time, we asked him to cross the mighty Ohio and head into Louisville with one main goal:
Capture the public art while on a run through the River City.
When he catches his breath, we’ll send JD on his next exploration. If you want him to come toyour city, send an email to email@example.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