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Southern Indiana is a caring and giving community that offers wonderful opportunities to those of us who call it home. Les Albro and his wife, Virginia, learned that when they moved here with their family in 1959 so that Les could start a new job at local car dealership Rambler City.

With his accounting background, Les was going to help on the business side of the dealership while Walt Bales would handle the sales side of things. By 1979 Les had become president of what was now Bales Auto Mall and he and Virginia were doing their part to give back to a community that had already given so much to them.

“This community has always been very good to our family,” Les said. “We always felt that because of how Southern Indiana embraced us it was our responsibility to give back and support the causes that were making a difference.”

Les and Virginia were actively involved at Oak Park Baptist Church, the Red Cross, Jeffersonville Rotary Club and a number of other organizations. As time moved on, and after Virginia’s passing in 2014, Les wanted to find a way to pass down the value of giving back to his grandchildren and established the Les and Virginia Albro Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.

“I wanted to see my grandkids learn about giving back and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said. Today, the Albro family has an annual meeting – usually around the holidays – when the family sits down to talk about being philanthropic and the important role giving back plays in this community. Each grandchild puts together a presentation about a particular cause or nonprofit they’re passionate about and by the end of the day the family decides what to support with grants from their fund.

Les said, “the Community Foundation is helping my family give back in meaningful and impactful ways. But most importantly, we’re doing it together, as a family – learning about what each of us is passionate about and having fun giving back.”

At CFSI, we help individuals, families, and businesses give back in meaningful and impactful ways. Last year, CFSI fundholders granted more than $5 million to the many varied and individual causes that are important to them.

If you’d like to learn how you can start your own family fund, or a fund to support your favorite causes, please call the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Because of a matching grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. you can add to or create a new endowment fund for your favorite charitable causes and receive a $1 match for every $2 contributed.

Or, if you want to help the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana give back to our community through our community grant program, you can give to the Foundation’s unrestricted Community Impact Fund. For every $1 donated to the Community Impact Fund, Lilly Endowment Inc. will donate $2 – a two for one match – TRIPLING your charitable investment.

Have questions on how to take advantage of the match, start an endowment fund, or support the Community Impact Fund? Visit CFSouthernIndiana.com, or call 812-948-4662.

4108 Charlestown Road

New Albany | 812.948.4662




Local charcuterie board company brings flavor to the table.

IT’S A TREND that’s been sweeping both coasts and taking Instagram by storm: stunning charcuterie boards filled with premium cuts of meat like prosciutto and capocollo, hand rolled and surrounded by blueberry goat cheese, brie, hummus, multi-grain crackers, fresh grapes and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Thanks to Board & You, these mouth-watering plates are now available right here in Kentuckiana.

What started as a friendly “charcuterie off” competition between founder Sean Lara and a co-worker – who both claimed to make the best charcuterie boards for their families – turned into a fully blown business concept.

And the competition?

No two boards are alike, and each is a sensory smorgasbord designed to please both the eyes and taste buds.

“Both Sean and I are extremely competitive, so we did our research and Sean’s from San Diego and he’s very familiar with charcuterie because it’s very popular on the West Coast, the Northeast (and) some areas in Texas,” Flanagan says. “We put together this awesome board, and it looked so, so good for Easter and brought it to my mom’s side of the family. Both of my parents are one of five, so any event is no small occasion whatsoever.”bnu

Everyone crowded around what Lara describes as “a huge spread” – and Flanagan’s grandmother gets a shout out for telling the pair to put the charcuterie board on social media.

“It became the centerpiece of the party,” Lara says. “Everyone was so amazed by it, and Zack kind of looked at me and said ‘I think we have something. I think this definitely is something we can make something out of.’”

A9R3322w3_i0fc0m_39lcWith some quick research, they created Board & You as a fully formed business model. At first, Flanagan and Lara found their customers on Instagram and Facebook. They took orders for custom charcuterie boards filled with cornichons, nuts, rare meats and cheeses, fruit, candies, crackers, cookies and other delectable treats they could source locally or from vendors.

“One thing that we found during our research is yeah, there’s a lot of variety out there, but some lacked presentation and color.


Lara and Flanagan built a web site and now create small boards for anywhere from two people up to entire tables full of creatively-designed catering goods for businesses and large gatherings.

The duo are graduates of the University of Louisville, where Lara served as cheerleader for five years and studied exercise physiology and Flanagan chose marketing as his course of study. They met almost three years ago and hit it off immediately.bnu2

“I would say the most popular cheeses that we have are our Merlot BellaVitano, our blueberry goat cheese, and the Saint-André triple cream Brie, which pairs amazingly with everything, either savory or sweet,” Lara says. “I’d definitely say those are the top three favorites.

A9R1dmht48_i0fc0w_39lcProducts are now sourced from large meat and cheese distributors, with some serving as staples and others as limited-time offerings.

“When you think of charcuterie, it’s a big, gorgeous platter of food,” Flanagan says. “One thing that we found during our research is yeah, there’s a lot of variety out there, but some lacked presentation and color. I think Sean kind of found his way with incorporating so many different colors into these boards just to make them really, really eye-popping and inviting to the guests that are grazing on them. I think that’s what helped set us apart in the beginning.”

They’re hoping to hire another staff member around February. “We’ve even had people ask if we can do something on Christmas Day, and we’re definitely not opposed to it. It’s just crazy to think that we’ve created something that’s so desirable.”





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Life in the Slow Lane

Schmitt Furniture celebrates longevity and overcoming industry changes


Mention the name “Schmitt Furniture” and many folks in Kentuckiana will follow with a quick “on the furniture corner of State and Main in New Albany!” It’s one of the best-known taglines in the region following decades of commercials. The family-owned business – now under third-and fourth-generation management – remains true to its origins dating back to the 1930s, while bringing in the modern flair desired by today’s savvy shoppers.

Extol_29_Final images_Page_051_Image_0001Fourth-generation partner Zack Schmitt and his father and company president Louis Schimitt, along with aunt Anne Schmitt, who serves as treasurer, are on hand daily at the massive New Albany store.

Schmitt Furniture’s story hails back to 1936, when founder Charles H. Schmitt and A.M. Heleringer opened two locations in downtown New Albany. It was second-generation Charles Jr. who grew the business exponentially. “The second generation in successful family businesses tend to work out in the same way: the second generation generally grows the business, and that was the case here,” says Zack, who serves  as the company’s current vice president.

Extol_29_Final images_Page_052_Image_0001Eventually, Schmitt Furniture expanded into neighboring buildings as they vacated, “and that’s where we are today,” Zack says. “We technically have nine buildings downtown, but it’s seven separate facades that have been acquired over the years as recently as two years ago. That original building has brick on the inside, original hardwood floors (and) tin ceilings.”A9R46yyp9_i0fc05_39lc

Zack handles the buying (his most enjoyable responsibility). They also have a designer on staff and often work with interior designers in the region to furnish whole homes. Today’s open floor plans require furniture to flow seamlessly from one room to the next. “Function has become a top priority for the furniture industry for about 10 years now,” Zack says, but function shouldn’t override quality. “We are definitely products of my great grandpa, of my great uncle and my grandpa – we haven’t changed the old-fashioned traditional ways of doing business,” Zack says. “I believe that’s one of the reasons we are still able to be successful in this difficult retail space.”A9Ryisn3b_i0fc01_39lc

“Where a lot of manufacturers, vendors or dealers like us have tried to find ways to cut corners and cut costs, we have not done so when it comes to customer service, from the beginning, working with salespeople to delivery,” he says, “and then to servicing the product after delivery. That’s a huge profit center for most retail businesses – charging to service the product after it’s sold. It’s not free (at Schimitt Furniture), but we don’t profit from it. Our time and labor is always free and that’s what keeps generations of customers coming back to us.”

“We’re definitely here after 83 years of business because of our dedicated employees and loyal customer base.”


It’s a fine line, keeping the buildings as original possible while using modern architectural techniques that will bring the business into a new era. In the near future, residents will see the facades undergo extensive renovations outside to preserve the historical features of downtown New Albany as well as structural changes inside. It’s part of a three-and-a-half year project to complete.

New Albany itself is an important part of Schmitt Furniture’s history and they’re honoring that as the buildings are overhauled.

Says Zack: “We’re definitely here after 83 years of business because of our dedicated employees and loyal customer base.”

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A Touch of Class

Arnold Painting Celebrates 60 Years in Business


The history of Arnold Painting involves six decades and four generations – but for a moment, owner Micah Arnold only wanted to herald his current team: “It’s really about these guys who are working with us day in and day out. They’re the reason we’re able to do what we do.”

Before that, however, in 1937, Micah’s great grandfather, Garnett Arnold saw an opportunity to start a business after the massive Ohio River flood that wreaked havoc, took hundreds of lives and left property owners in search of aid to rebuild. Thus, Garnett & Son was born.

“They basically did wood floor refinishing after the flood,” Micah explained.

In 1959, however, Garnett’s son, Raymond – Micah’s grandfather – saw the need had shifted to residential painting – and repainting – so he launched Raymond L. Arnold Painting Company.

But when Raymond’s son, Michael, returned from serving in Vietnam in 1974, he joined the family business, and the name was changed to Raymond L. Arnold and Son’s Painting Company.

In 2001, Micah, Michael’s son, took over the company, turned it into a LLC and renamed it Arnold Painting, which is has continued to be known.

Now located in Sellersburg, Arnold Painting is known for providing commercial and residential painting solutions, custom epoxy floors and pressure washing services. Clients have included Byerly Ford, Koetter Construction, Strohbeck Construction, arc and countless others.

“We strive to provide quality work,” Micah said. “I was raised to take pride in my work and how satisfied the customer is. It’s not just moving on from one project to the next.”

For employees of Arnold Painting, it’s not just working for yet another employer, either.

“The team I have working for me, most of my employees have been with me a lot of years. I try to take care of them,” Micah said. “I like to create a family atmosphere with my employees. They know they can come to me. I don’t see them as employees – I see them as family.”

Clients can feel the same, Micah assured. “At the end of the day, our clients can expect a quality job. We care about what we’re doing for them and are, always, trustworthy.”

The most rewarding aspect is “seeing completed projects – what they started out as versus what they are when we finish,” Micah enthused. “There are certain jobs that it’s so cool to see after we get done.”

So what comes next for Arnold Painting after this milestone anniversary? “I don’t know exactly,” Micah admitted, “But I have plans. The company will stay alive and thrive. I’m very proud. It’s not an easy industry. We all have gone through some tough times … but Arnold Painting powered through it, and now we’re bigger than ever and proud of our success.”

Arnold Painting

7234 Novas Landing





Blue suit available at Dillard’s; blouse and metallic shoes available at Stella’s Resale.

Business 101 – Fashion Up and Forward

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

Jumpsuit available at Dillard’s; Express blouse from stylist’s personal collection.

Jumpsuit available at Dillard’s; Express blouse from stylist’s personal collection.

Blue suit available at Dillard’s; blouse and metallic shoes available at Stella’s Resale.

Blue suit available at Dillard’s; blouse and metallic shoes available at Stella’s Resale.

Coat, t-shirt and jeans all available at Dillard’s.

Coat, t-shirt and jeans all available at Dillard’s.

Yellow lace dress available at Dillard’s

Yellow lace dress available at Dillard’s

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Sept. 25 • German American Bank in Sellersburg

Photos by Jason Applegate

German American Bank hosted its annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 25 at the company’s Sellersburg location. Guests enjoyed German food and craft beer, received a complimentary glass stein and were entered to win a German-themed weekend trip to Jasper, Indiana.

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Sept. 19 • Rodefer Moss in New Albany

Photos by Jason Applegate

Rodefer Moss celebrated its 50th anniversary by hosting One Southern Indiana’s 5 O’clock Network event at the firm’s New Albany location.

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Sept. 21 • Koetter Woodworking in Borden

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Koetter Woodworking celebrated its 60th anniversary Sept. 21 with an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music by The Crashers and fireworks to cap off the night. The evening included plant tours and a memorable moment during which the Koetters took to the stage and shared highlights and memories, much to the delight of the crowd.


Aug. 28 • Calumet Club in New Albany

Photos by Christian Watson

Extol Magazine hosted its Wedding Issue Launch Party – presented by One Southern Indiana – on Aug. 28 at Calumet Club, 1614 E. Spring St. in New Albany. Entertainment was provided by Sounds Unlimited Productions. Guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers provided by Stumler’s Catering as well as $1,000s of dollars in giveaways.

Thank you to our sponsors of the event, including 1-800-Got-Junk; Amie & Co. Hair Studio; Arnold Painting Ll.; Ben Franklin Crafts; Bliss Travel; Body & Brow Boutique; Calumet Club; Carnegie Center For Art & History; City Of New Albany; Details Consulting Group/RPO Custom Homes; Enjoy The Venue At Flat Rock Estates; Four Barrel Fitness; French Lick Winery; West Baden Springs; German American Bank; Hartman Dental Associates Of New Albany; Huber’s Orchard and Winery | Plantation Hall; J.Nicolle Salon & Spa; Joe Bradley M.Div., Bcc, Chaplain; Kentuckiana Mortgage; Kentucky Derby Museum; Koerber’s Fine Jewelry; Laurel Wreath Bridal; Naked By Sunday; New Washington State Bank; presenting sponsor One Southern Indiana; Paul Kiger Group; PC Home Center; Sapphire Boutique; Sew Fitting; Sounds Unlimited Productions; Spirits Of French Lick; Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique; Stumler’s Catering; The Juice Box Heroes; and The Olivet.


Harvest Ahead



HARVEST HOMECOMING 2019 is on the horizon. So, we asked Courtney Lewis, chairman of the board, for a bit of insight and input as to what to expect. 



This year marks my 12th or 13th festival. At some point all the fun runs together. 


For me, Harvest Homecoming really is about family and friends. We all have a Harvest Homecoming story. A great memory from our childhood or the first time we got to go on the (non-sanctioned) Beer Walk or meeting the love of our lives (not me, but if Mr. Right is ready, I’ll be in downtown New Albany for a couple weeks in October) or taking our children to get their first chicken and dumplings. It’s become a bit of a tradition with my coworkers to spend that Friday afternoon together. It’s like team building for us. I will never forget (thanks to the pictures) those moments. My nieces started volunteering last year, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for taking time out of their teenage lives to give back to their community. They are setting an example, knowingly or not, for their friends. Every place in the world has their thing, but for anyone who grew up here, Harvest Homecoming holds a very special spot in our hearts. 


Harvest Homecoming is such a great way to showcase our city and really celebrate the beauty of our neighbors. New Albany’s best assets lie in the people in this community. It feels great to see people come together and enjoy our city during the most beautiful time of year in Indiana. Not only is the economic impact beneficial to our businesses and local non-profits, Harvest Homecoming is able to give back to the younger members of our community through our scholarship programs. As an all-volunteer work force, Harvest Homecoming is also able to continue a rich tradition of giving back to our city and passing those values on to the next generation of pumpkins. 


Harvest Homecoming is really evolving and trying new things this year. Parade Day will look different with a day full of family fun in downtown. The Carnegie Center for Art & History will host their annual #IAMPUBLICART event on Bank Street at noon; the parade will kick-off at 3 p.m. (new this year) from New Albany High School, and then we’re going to park the floats around Bicentennial Park so people can get up close and personal with them while we partner with Mayor Jeff Gahan and the City of New Albany for Harvest Kickoff Karaoke in Bicentennial Park. 

We’ve got some amazing new partners this year like Samtec Cares, UPS, SoIN Tourism, the Community Foundation of Floyd County and so many more that we’re excited to welcome to our Harvest Family. With the support of our neighbors in the community, we’re able to take our all of our kids’ events and riverfront concerts to the next level. 

We have a great team working on the new Samtec Cares Family Stage in the First Financial Parking Lot that is going to be huge for kids of all ages. Vice President Amy Cummins and her team are working with new partners at the Floyd County Library and its branch at the Carnegie Center to fill that space with fun, interactive and educational programming Thursday and Friday during Booth Days, and I think everyone is going to be very excited to check that out. 

Make sure to follow Harvest Homecoming on Facebook & Instagram for a full schedule of events. 


This year’s theme is CarniFALL, based on our president’s, Art Niemeier’s, love of the Bahamian Festival, Carnival. It’s also a carnival, so look at us being clever. We are so excited to celebrate culture and unity and the joy of being a vibrant community of loving people from everywhere. 


This is so hard. I really love all of our events for different reasons. I am so excited about the parade this year. Our Parade VP, Allyson Glass, has really put in so much effort to take our parade to the next level, and I can’t wait to see the community be able to enjoy her hard work. I LOVE Pumpkin Chunkin and what that partnership with Purdue Polytechnic Institute has done to further STEM education and awareness in our community. 

The Business Luncheon is hands down THE (clap) BEST (clap) luncheon, probably in the world. 

I also really enjoy our Riverfront Events from the car show to the concerts and new this year, the Harvest Hops Beer Fest. 

With help from our friends at Sounds Unlimited Productions, Alpha Media and Monarch Beverage, we’re working to bring exciting concert experiences to the Riverfront Amphitheater this year. Also, if you haven’t been to the Kid’s Dog Show, I highly recommend it. Super-cute dogs, even cuter kids; it’s the best way to spend a Monday evening at the Riverfront Amphitheater. 


LOL. Literally everything. A couple years ago, myself and a couple of the ladies in the festival started a new tradition called “Smorgasbord Sunday.” I would venture to say the three of us spend 20 to 30 bucks apiece, we all get something different, go in a room at the Harvest Homecoming Office where no one can find us and we pig out. Some of our favorites are Brooklyn & the Butcher’s loaded potato and steak tips, Mason donuts, ribbon potatoes with cheese sauce and beans, and greens and cornbread from Chef Walker. 


Be prepared to have fun and be patient. We are so blessed that hundreds of thousands of people choose to visit our city every year during the first week in October, but that also means a bit of congestion. I would make sure you’re following Harvest Homecoming, the City of New Albany and SoIN Tourism on social media so you can plan your perfect Harvest Homecoming visit. We have something for literally every age and interest.