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Kentucky Derby from Afar!

Kentucky Derby, parties: fast horses, bourbon and fabulous hats

Got a little “Run for the Roses” on your mind?

If you’re an adventurous traveler and don’t mind going with the flow, there’s still time to make the seven-hour trek to Louisville for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

If you go, prepare to see fabulous hats and taste the best the River City has to offer, including some of the finest bourbons around. Then there’s the Derby, the coveted Triple Crown’s first leg held each year at the storied Churchill Downs, with its twin spires and lush landscaping.

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Tickets for the race are still available. A $60 ticket will get you into the infield, a grassy area in the center of the track that becomes a sea of humanity on Derby day. Hotel rooms are still available if you’re willing to pay more and stay outside of the city.

Need more reasons to make the trip? The Derby and related festivities make for a week’s worth of parties with famous athletes, celebrities, millionaires and regular folks. During Derby weekend, the city’s bars stay open until 6 a.m.

Perched on the Ohio River, the city of Louisville (population 600,000) has some great sights. Must-see places include the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory and the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum dedicated to the life, career and politics of the boxing great. The Kentucky Derby Museum is closed Friday and Saturday for private parties but is open other days this week as well as the Sunday after the Derby.

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The Belle of Louisville, the nation’s oldest operating steamboat, is another popular tourism draw. The Chow Wagon, on the city’s waterfront, features rides for kids, food, vendors and entertainment and is one of over 70 events sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Festival.

The Kentucky Oaks — a race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Derby eve — has become a huge draw and is the preferred event for locals because it’s cheaper and less crowded.

As for the party and gala circuit, be prepared to plunk down some serious cash. Most Derby galas benefit local charities, said Peggy Riley, a Louisville native and director of Southeast sales for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The Hermitage Grand Gala is one of the newest additions to the party circuit. Former NBA player and fast-food restaurant owner Junior Bridgeman and his wife, Doris, are co-hosting the Friday gala, which benefits schools, the Louisville Autism Center and other organizations. You can purchase a winner’s circle ticket for a mere $1,200. Ne-Yo and ...

Kitchen Trends 2015!

The Contemporary Kitchen: 10 Top Trends for 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine 


Photo Credit: National Kitchen & Bath Association

Contemporary is the buzzword when it comes to kitchen designs this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Streamlined designs, eclectic touches, and multiples of appliances lead the trends, according to NKBA’s 2015 forecast.

Here are the top 10 overall kitchen design trends expected to be hot this year, according to NKBA’s report:

1. Clean with an overall contemporary feeling: A fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen
2. European-styled cabinets
3. Multiples of appliances in one kitchen (most notably two dishwashers, like a dishwasher and a dishwasher drawer, or the addition of a refrigerator/freezer)
4. The rise of steam ovens
5. Furniture-like pieces (such as furniture-styled dry bars)
6. Outdoor kitchens
7. Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables
8. TVs and docking stations (many kitchens have desks or home office areas as well as flat-screen televisions and docking/charging stations)
9. Wine refrigerators
10. A focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design

Most Popular Colors: The most common color scheme for kitchens: White, followed by gray, according to NKBA. About a third of NKBA remodelers also said they did black or blue kitchens in 2014. Kitchens in green tones were also gaining in popularity. Designers are increasingly reporting an appetite for kitchens with multiple color schemes.

“I am seeing lots of white painted kitchen perimeters with espresso stained islands and dark stained kitchen perimeters with light colored painted islands,” says Christine Shorr with Morris Black Designs in Allentown, Pa. “Lots of painted white kitchens with light countertops and espresso islands and painted gray cabinets.”

Out of style: Country/rustic, Tuscan and Provincial looks with distressed finishes, as well as color schemes in reds, bronzes, and terra cottas are on their way “out” in the kitchen.



Kentucky Derby Festival 2015!

Pegasus Parade: A Family Tradition

The Republic Bank Pegasus Parade has been a long-standing tradition in Louisville for the past 59 years. The march down Broadway has become a staple in the Louisville community, as well as tradition among families and friends. One family in particular not only attends the parade but was at the helm of its founding. Three generations of the Jones family have helped to pave the way for a successful parade, and this year, give us a glimpse of what it was like in the early years.

Anna Lee Deerr worked at the Chamber of Commerce in Louisville in the 1950’s and witnessed the birth of an idea that has grown to become a very large event. A perspective otherwise unknown, until speaking with Ana Lee, was the original reason for the parade to begin with. To our fortune, Ana Lee was able to share some of what she witnessed.  “The parade came about as a way to help promote the Kentucky Derby.   We wanted people to come early for the parade and stay for the race. A bigger and better parade would be better to promote the Kentucky Derby. This would help bring in more people and make better income for the city.”

With the thought of economic success on the mind, the Chamber of Commerce launched a parade hoping for the best and charging forward to help the city benefit from the long-standing Kentucky Derby horse race. “The parade was always on Broadway except we didn’t have seats, people came out but it wasn’t a very large crowd, a respectable one, but not very large. It was only after a few years that it really took off and slowly became what it is today.” Ana Lee was on the floats for the first 2-3 years but the real star of the show was her brother, Charles M. “Pat” Jones.

Charles M. “Pat” led the parade in 1956 on his trusty steed, Silver, a white horse of which he bought from Dixie Stables. Pat Jones’s wife, Erma Jones Greer brought her children Patty, Gary, and Becky to the parade and remembers fondly sitting on the curb watching her husband lead the parade down Broadway. Erma reflected on the first parade. “It was mostly horses, not many floats. It started on 9th and Broadway and went east. The next year I was pregnant and my son was born on the day of the parade. Needless to say the parade was a huge part of our family in the 1950s.” Pat & Erma’s daughter, Patty Jones Adwell worked at Brown & Williamson and participated in the parade as a float handler.

Charles and Anna Lee brought their family out in support of the parade. Whether it was participating in the parade or supporting on the sidelines, everyone in the family supported in any way they could. The Jones family did a great service to the city of Louisville and truly impacted the history and culture of the Kentucky Derby Festival. After 59 years, the Pegasus Parade is truly a family tradition.


Women Leadership In Real Estate

It’s Time For More Female Leadership in Real Estate

Brooke Wolford

Brooke Wolford

By Brooke Wolford

I recently had a conversation with other real estate professionals about the industry’s lack of women in leadership roles. For an industry comprised of almost 60 percent women, this doesn’t make sense. I have been blind to this issue because I am fortunate to work for a broker who’s management team consists of mostly women. The culture within our office is also very diverse.

Out of curiosity, I did a little research. I pulled demographics and surveyed a small group of people within the industry, all of whom are from different areas of the country and work at different companies. The results were mixed.

This is not an issue that only affects the real estate industry, but rather a workplace issue in general. Just the other day there was an article in the New York Times about the Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins case and the small percentage of women who are venture capitalists. The story also highlighted the lack of female leaders in Silicon Valley. I found this report by Catalyst, which is further proof that we have a long way to go in terms of female corporate leadership:

Now, I believe there are solutions to this problem, not only at the company level, but also at the individual level. Let’s seize this as an opportunity. Here are some points based off of the research I did with my peer group, as well as some statistics I found:

  1. Many in my peer survey suggest that women are very motivated and have additional skills that can be great in leadership.
  2. Many real estate pros surveyed said there is a lack of female leaders at the brokerage level. When asked the average number of people in upper management at their brokerage, they said seven, and the average number of females in upper management: one.
  3. Some said that their companies have had the same people in leadership roles for many years (10 to 20 years or more).
  4. According to NAR, 57 percent of REALTORS® are women.
  5. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 61 percent of the U.S. workforce; they earn almost 60 percent of all undergraduate degrees and 37 percent of all MBAs, yet many companies continue to lag in placing females in executive positions.
  6. Many people I spoke to suggested that some women are motivated to advance but they seem to get stuck in the middle management limbo.
  7. Several studies I read show that women are often held to a higher standard than men.
  8. According to the U.S. Census, women account for a little over half of the population.
  9. In 1980, the portion of female leaders of the top 500 companies was at 11 percent, and today, that number is roughly 18 percent.  That’s only a 7 percent increase – in 35 years!

As I look at myself and look back at my history, I see that I made a lot of sacrifices to get to where I am now. I sacrificed sleep, health, and having a personal life to run a business while simultaneously being a single mom. There were times that I only slept a couple hours a night. A lot of this was my own doing. I also didn’t have a strong support system, like family to help, a supportive significant other, etc. But why should I not be able to have it all? When there are 12 million single parent families in the U.S. as of 2014 – and more than 80 percent are headed by single mothers – working toward success both professionally and personally is clearly not uncommon.

I could go on and on about this, but I think it’s more important to stress that there is an opportunity here. Being the diverse and constantly changing industry that real estate is, there is plenty of untapped talent and ways to improve.

The best chance of changing obstacles in business is to tip the gender scales in leadership.

To all the women reading this: Become the leader of your own career and life. Be authentic authors of your own lives. Take responsibility for your professional development. No one has a greater investment in your success and satisfaction than you. Don’t depend on the traditional management structure of your organization to put you on the path to achievement. It’s up to you to direct and protect your career and to develop your own potential. You cannot afford to be passive or to accept roles assigned to you. Know what you want and why you want it, then be prepared to take action to make it happen. This means maintaining your focus on your goals in spite of any feelings of discouragement. Tell yourself this: I simply will not give up. If your goal is to become a leader and to help real estate industry become truly diverse, then don’t give up. Your leadership is most needed.

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Enjoy a Creative Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt: 5 Creative Ideas

Ah, Easter Sunday morning.  What a peaceful, quiet time of reflection.  The children come downstairs dressed in their Sunday best and the family enjoys a leisurely breakfast before heading to church.

What?  That doesn’t happen at your house?

Yeah.  Mine neither.  My kids are up at the crack of dawn to see what the Easter Bunny left for them before scrambling to find all the hidden eggs.  All is over before we have even had our first cup of coffee.  Boo.


Fed up with the fun being over in 3 minutes flat, we have tried several different twists on the traditional Easter Egg hunt.  My kids have enjoyed the change as it keeps the fun fresh and new each year.  And most importantly, what took the “Easter Bunny” a hour to do is not decimated (and forgotten!) in less than 5 minutes.

Here are 5 Unique Egg Hunts 

Who doesn’t like shopping? - Hide ‘Bunny Munny’ in several of the plastic eggs to buy things at the Bunny Emporium.  Pick up several fun Easter trinkets at the dollar spot or things that appeal to your children (toys, movies, books).  Price them at different price points and have your children “shop” with their money.Easter Egg Hunt

Color hunt  – Assign hunters a particular color(s) to find on their hunt.  This is especially good when hunting with mixed ages, as it allows the younger children a chance to find a equal amount of eggs.

Easter Egg Hunt

Flashlight Hunt – Put together your hunt the night before Easter.  Using flashlights and glow-in-the-dark paint on the eggs, kids will love to find their eggs at night!

Easter Egg Checklist- Give each hunter a list of what particular eggs they are supposed to find, “4 yellow eggs, 3 purple eggs, 1 golden egg, etc.”.  This turns it into a true hunt and you will find the kids end up helping each other out.

Easter Egg Hunt

Scavenger hunt – Older kids LOVE a good hunt.  With a little bit of pre-work, this will be a favorite!  Put clues to find each consecutive egg in the plastic eggs hidden throughout the entire house and have their ultimate find be their Easter Baskets.  Be creative with your clues (Hop on over to the place which makes you go brrrr…) and make your kids think!

The only drawback to having a fun Easter Egg Hunt?  My kids have come to expect a creative hunt every year!