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Michael's Food Review March

Some New Places In Town

This space every month will be about food.

While everyone has different tastes, things they like and things they hate. Most everyone can tell you their favorite pizza place or ice cream. I am unfortunately not everyone. No, I don't have a sophisticated pallet to differentiate, I just really like to eat out ....a lot! While many restaurants closed because of the pandemic, a few new places opened and thrived. This is not a complete list, but a few places that I have tried and enjoyed.

Philly's Best Frozen Desserts - 3912 Bardstown Road, soon to have 2nd location in St. Matthews. They Sell Italian Water Ice, if you don't know the difference between that and shaved ice... HUGH. I always judge an Italian Ice on their Lemon. Philly's Best is delicious and they have plenty of other flavors....

Halloween 2020!

Halloween is looking a little different this year, but it can still be full of fun! Fall is in full swing and the Halloween movie marathons, pumpkins and sweet treats have us all in the eerie mood. Local places in Louisville have worked hard to find ways to execute safety and appropriate social distancing. Below you will find a list of places offering Halloween activities and how they may be operating differently this year due to Covid. The Holidays are almost in full swing and the year 2020 is coming to a close. We hope you spend your holidays with loved ones and that Halloween is just as spooky and spectacular as ever!

The Devil's Attic

Devil’s Attic is still up and running with their haunted house! Be aware of the COVID-19 requirements in place like mandatory face coverings. This haunted attraction on Hill Street includes themed rooms and spooky characters.

Waverly Hills Sanitorium

Although there will not be a haunted house this year, there will be guided tours with socially distanced actors and props. 

Zoneton Halloween Open House

It is certainly disappointing that trick or treating won’t look the same as previous years. However, the Zoneton firefighters are traveling to different neighborhoods to pass out candy beginning Oct. 25 and over the next five days. More than 4,000 bags of candy will be distributed. Woo! 

The American Horrorplex

The American Horrorplex is a Haunted attraction located on Northwestern Parkway and is returning with restrictions in place, including mandatory face coverings and temperature screenings. The Horrorplex is currently operating...

Fall at a glance...

Don’t you just love fall? It’s so nice to be outside and go to pumpkin patches, sports games, and fun fall city events! The city of Louisville offers so many activities so today I wanted to compile a “Fall at a glance” calendar so you can plan on what fall events you want to attend this year. 

 

Fall Runathon 

9/12-10/17

Many unique events are held such as the Louisville pure tap® 5k, the Norton Sports Health 10k  in the Parklands, and for those 21 and over, the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Cherokee Park.

St. James Court Art Show 

10/02-10/31

“We must support what is good in our lives." Art lovers unite every year at this amazing event! For the first time ever there is also a new virtual option to “attend”. Our community of art lovers can purchase pieces from so many professional artists. 

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Celtic Festival 

10/03/20 

Held in Shepherdsville,KY, The Celtic festival has many games and activities such as Pipe & Drum Bands, Scottish Highland Games, Highland Dancing, Celtic Clans & Societies and Food and craft vendors. So fun!


Virtual Mental Wellness Summit 

10/05-10/09

Mental Health is so important! The Summit opens up and leads conversations about relationships, nutrition, Kids and Teens, LGBTQ families,...

Back to School: How to make the most of this School year!

As we navigate through this strange time where we are wondering about the future of school, sports, and everything else in between, we know that we have to make the most of this time regardless. Especially for our kids, these are impressionable and crucial years for them. The transition of learning at home was not necessarily easy for anyone last school year. However, we can be more prepared for virtual learning this year since we know it is coming. Below is a compromised list of tips to make this school year the best it can be. One day we will be back in classrooms full time and not have to be dissapointed from cancellations, postponed events, and everything else that Covid-19 has caused. But until that day, let’s stay positive for our children, and make this school year as fun and fulfilling as it can be! 

1. Have a strict schedule. 

Just like a typical school day would have, there has to be serious structure in order for your child to be as productive as possible. Try to make the home schedule reflect a typical school day as much as possible, including a scheduled lunch break and “recess” or play time each day. Also, making a visual chart that has due dates and zoom schedules could go far! 

2. Have designated school areas set aside in your home. 

It is really challenging for a child to have to differentiate school time in the place where they have play time. Having areas set aside as their new school desk space will be helpful in mentally preparing them to get work done and stay...

Virtual Homearama 2020!

Homearama is one of the more popular and heavily attended home design, landscaping and home builders convention in the Louisville metro area. Unforutnately, they have decided to cancel the in-person event in the midset of the COVID-19 health pandemic. The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIAGL) made the announcement today but they did provide some good news as well. The event will still be held virtually!

2019 HOMEARAMA 1ST PLACE WINNER - MANDERLY. STONELAKE HOMES, LLC

Executive Vice President, Juva Barber explained the virtual event in the press release. “While Homearama won’t be in person this year, you’ll still be able to see the hard work of our members and the latest design trends by taking the virtual tours of each of these nine beautiful homes at bialouisville.com/signature-events/homearama beginning July 20, 2020.”

The event is perfect for new and upcoming home buyers and sellers to get an idea of what is important and trendy in the market. These virtual tours will allow the various vendors to show their product in real time and should be even more informative than normal. Bentley Homes, Caliber Homes, Castlebuilt Homes, Joe Kroll Builders, Mason Construction, Mastercraft Homes, Ramage Company and Leo Thieneman & Sons are the builders that have prepared a home for this years event. 

2019 HOMEARAMA 2ND PLACE RUNNER UP - THE MEDITERRANEAN. RPO CUSTOM HOMES & REMODELING

For those people in the Norton Commons area that were looking forward to this event have no fear it will...

Neighborhood Overview of Crescent Hill

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Crescent Hill

Today we are going to talk about Crescent Hill! Crescent Hill has become a great spot for young families with a Louisville Free Public Library branch and its proximity to Cherokee Park. Frankfort Avenue cuts through the middle of Crescent Hill, and the wide array of bars and restaurants provide a vibrant local nightlife. There is certainly something for everyone.

Whether it’s an upscale meal, quick bar bite, local brew, unique cocktail, top of the line decadent dessert or a shopping spree, you can find it all on Frankfort Avenue. You can have the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in all of Kentucky at Please & Thank You, or you can get dressed up and take in a delicious meal at Varanese, Le Moo, North End Café and many more. If you want to meet up with friends, the food and drinks at The Hub, Silver Dollar or Bourbons Bistro are the places for you. No matter which direction you walk, the food is phenomenal.

Crescent Hill has a unique identity. If you are in the neighborhood in October, Halloween Avenue is a multi-block event that is a must visit event for residents throughout the city. Every year the entire street of Hillcrest goes all out with decorations and invites families to take a stroll and experience the spectacle. It has become such a wildly popular tradition that it has been mentioned in quite a few national sources. If Halloween isn’t your thing, stop in on the last Friday of every month for the F.A.T. Trolley Hop where you will get free parking and transportation as the trolly runs...

Neighborhood Overview of Nulu

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Nulu

Today we are going to talk about the Nulu area! Nulu consists of the East Market District of downtown Louisville and is known for its unique art galleries, specialty stores, and antique shops. Some of the best eating can be found in this area as well. So much so that USA Today and Thrillist named it one of the 18 Best Food Neighborhoods in America.

You can see so much just taking a stroll down Market Street, whether it is the one of a kind experiences at the eclectic Red Tree Furniture gift shop or the cool dive bar Taj just behind and down the hidden alleyway. You can also play some ping pong and have one of the best burgers in the city seated outside at the Garage Bar, which was built inside of an old-time car repair shop. If you are a fan of healthy eating and want a nutritious shake, stop in at Luberry and get all the vitamins you could hope for!

Looking for a unique experience? Visit Nulu on the first Friday of the month and hop onto the ZeroBus for an incredible arts show, shopping spree and street throwdown that will get you fired up for the weekend! For the people looking for something a bit more exhilarating, visit Flying Axes or Climb Nulu! For sports fans, take in a Louisville Bats baseball game or a soccer game at the brand new Louisville City FC stadium. Both are walkable from Market Street.

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Neighborhood Overview of St. Matthews

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

St. Matthews

Today we are going to talk about the St. Matthews neighborhood. St. Matthews was settled in 1920 and really saw a boom during the flood in the 1930s as Louisville residents sought shelter in the higher elevated area of the city. Now it is one of the premier spots for families in the city. It is also the largest shopping area in the city home to both Oxmoor Mall and Mall of St. Matthews on Shelbyville Road.

The beauty of St. Matthews is that it feels like its own perfect city just eight miles from downtown. It is the most central part of Louisville, and you can get almost anywhere else in the city in less than 20 minutes.

You will find most of the big national food chains in this area, as well as some delicious local gems. It also has just about every style of food you could ever need. For those looking for more of a nightlife scene, you can take a trip over to Tin Roof, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Dutch’s Tavern and many more.

Nestled inside of St. Matthews is one of the top-rated private schools in the state. Trinity High school has produced many notable alumni including Successful SEC Coach Dan Mullen, MLB All-Star Chris Carpenter and NFL players Brian Brohm and Chris Crane.

On those gorgeous days in the city, you can stroll through Cherokee Park, Seneca Park, or the Louisville Zoo. On your way home, stop at Plehn’s Bakery for a delicious treat. Phlen’s...

Neighborhood Overview of Portland

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Portland

Today we are going to talk about Portland. Portland has a very rich and unique history filled with massive arts and culture. When Portland was founded in 1835, it was actually a separate town and was not annexed into Louisville until years later. Now it is Louisville’s largest neighborhood with a population close to 13,000. Traces of countless immigrant cultures can be seen throughout the neighborhood. French, Irish and German influence can be found amongst the local cuisine and architecture.

Portland has a very tight-knit community that values its local businesses as well as its parks and churches. It has become a hot spot for young families moving into the area since it is ranked as the most affordable cost of living area in Louisville.

Due to its rich history, Portland has become a hub for Louisville’s artistic minds that have become drawn to the Art Gallery Warehouse District near 15th street. This is the home of the Tim Faulkner Visual Art Gallery and the proposed new home for the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.

After you have enjoyed the wonderful views and immersed yourself in the unique culture, you can take a minute to grab some lunch at one of the many local restaurants. One particularly delicious location is The Table Café. The Table is incredibly unique because not only do they highlight strictly local produce in their menu, they also boast a pay-what-you-can...

Neighborhood Overview of Germantown

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

 Germantown

Today we are going to talk about Germantown. This is one of the oldest and most local-centric neighborhoods in all of Louisville. It received its name due to a large influx of German immigrants in the 1800s. This neighborhood is home to shotgun style houses galore, and it has a deep rich history that they have maintained while still upgrading the location with top notch restaurants and dive bars.

 

For some top of the line delicious meat dine at Hammerheads. If it’s a worldly twist that interests  you, Eiderdown is one of the more popular locations. Eiderdown is also known to head up the local Oktoberfest annual festivities. You can also swing by Check’s Café which has been a staple in that community for over 60 years.

 

With that rich history comes a lot of unique and fun traditions for you to experience with your family. The first Saturday of every month you can enjoy an entertaining puppet show on the corner of Breckenridge Street across from the delicious Wiltshire Pantry. Take part in the World Championship Dainty contest in July where Germantown and sister neighborhood Schnitzleberg residents compete.

 

One of the best parts of Germantown is the proximity to everything. There are grocery stores, parks, downtown and anything else you could need in just a short drive. It is a very well lit and walkable neighborhood and is very dog friendly....

Neighborhood Overview of The Highlands

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

The Highlands

Today we are going to talk about The Highlands. Nestled in the center of Jefferson County, The Highlands is one of the most sought-after living locations in the city. It boasts a strong community of young professionals. 

Bardstown Road is considered Louisville's premiere restaurant row, and it runs through the middle of the Highlands. Residents take advantage of this fun and unique experience frequenting the outstanding local restaurants and bars.

Residents take advantage of beautiful and sunny Louisville afternoons exploring the Louisville Zoo or taking a stroll in Cherokee or Tyler Park. The Highlands also boasts many eclectic boutiques that will scratch any shopping itch.

The Highlands is one of the top neighborhoods for young professionals. Ranked 1st out of 60 for that demographic in Louisville, it is a quite affordable place to buy a home. The rental market is a bit more expensive due to its strong popularity, but it is very budget-friendly for new families looking to move. You can get a gorgeous 2 bed 2 bath single-family home or condo for around $180,000 all the way up to a larger 4-bedroom 4 bath ranch style home for $500,000.

Do you live in the Highlands and have something special about the community that you think people should know about? Have you lived there before and loved or disliked it? Comment below and let us know! Also, stay tuned for more neighborhood overviews!

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Neighborhood Overview of Anchorage, KY

Louisville is a very neighborhood-centric city, and there are so many unique areas you can choose to call home. Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks and Weisberg, Realtors, we want you to have as much information as possible when deciding where your next move may take you. We will provide an overview of two neighborhoods a week to prepare you for your next potential relocation!

Anchorage

Today we are going to talk about Anchorage, KY. Nestled in the center of Middletown, Anchorage is rated the #1 neighborhood to raise a family in the entire state of Kentucky. It boasts high rated public schools and is close proximity to a lot of strong private schools in Louisville as well.

On those particularly pretty days, you can grab a cup of coffee from the wonderful Anchorage Café and then hop over to the Anchorage Trail for a beautiful nature-filled two-mile light hike near Willow Lake.

Afterwards, you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a local craft brew from Great Flood Brewing company. If breweries aren’t your style, take in one of the countless local restaurants surrounding the Anchorage community.

Anchorage offers many wonderful amenities and rates well in the affordability category. No matter your budget, there is a home that will fit the needs of anyone who would like to call Anchorage home. From gorgeous and stylish 3-bedroom homes to larger and more eclectic 5-bedroom homes, you can find your dream home.

Do you live in Anchorage and have something special about the community that you think people should know about? Have you lived there before and loved it? Comment and let us know below and stay tuned for more neighborhood overviews!

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Neighborhoods Offer a 'Ray of Hope'

Last week we shared a story about the Tyler Park community keeping it social while social distancing. This week’s story takes us to the Germantown-Schnitzelburg neighborhood and their “rainbow connection” outreach.

Residents are keeping their children busy during the day drawing rainbows and positing them in their windows for neighbors to find on daily walks. Numerous neighborhoods are now participating in these rainbow scavenger hunts.

One Germantown resident Jessica Goodall said this about the new activity that is taking hold of the neighborhood. 

"My kids need the creativity challenges to keep them stimulated during the day, I think anyone can agree that screen time is hard to get children away from. Now that we can’t go gather at parks, zoos, etc., there needs to be some activity for them. I think it all keeps their mind off of the negative effects this virus has on the world." 

You could be the first person on your block to join the fun.

The link below is the full article from Courier-Journal. Do you think you could do this in your neighborhood? Let us know!

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/wellness/health/2020/03/18/louisville-families-make-rainbows-combat-coronavirus-isolation/2865334001/

 

(Photo Courtesy of Courier-Journal and Marilyn Belak)

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Highlands Neighborhood Keeping it Social While Social Distancing

One neighborhood in the Highlands is reminding us that there are fun and unique ways to stay social while you are social distancing!

The Tyler Park community took advantage of the beautiful weather this past Friday by bringing their family and pets out to the patio for some lounging time with friends and neighbors. WHAS 11 reported on the "Front Porch Friday" highlighting the neighborhood for making the most of the social distancing guidelines.

                                                      (Photo Credit: @WHAS11Hasch on twitter)

Some had radios playing while others actually had instruments out and were playing for their neighbors. The president of the Tyler Park neighborhood, Shawn Reily, has said they plan on keeping Front Porch Friday going until May 1st or until the social distancing restrictions are removed. 

Are your neighborhoods doing anything similar? Do you have fun and safe ideas to stay social while social distancing? If so, please comment below or email me at marketing@bhhspw.com

Stay tuned for our blog series giving a deeper dive into the various Louisville neighborhoods! 

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Homearama 2018

That’s right, Homearama is back!

Ah – Homearama! For those who have never gone, it’s an annual showcase of custom built new homes hosted by the Building Industry Association since 1968. It also reveals the hottest trends in technology and interior design. These custom-built homes will be displayed fully-furnished, decorated and landscaped.

P.S. – Stay tuned until the end to find out how to win our special giveaway!

This year, Homearama will be taking place in Catalpa Farms, a conservation subdivision located in Jefferson County. Homearama 2018 will be showcasing a total of seven luxury custom built homes from July 14th – 29th, 2018.

If you fall in love with the furniture while at Homearama, you don’t have to search high and low to add it to your home. They hold the annual Homearama Furniture Sale on July 30th – though not all homes are guaranteed to be open!

You may be in luck if you want the entire home! Five Homearama homes are available for purchase in Catalpa Farms. One of our agents would be more than happy to help you purchase your own Homearama home!

Thinking of going? Here’s everything you need to know:

Homearama...

Norton Commons - An Incredible Start for a Vibrant Pioneering Community

Louisville is a diverse and eclectic city which is reflected by the cultures offered in the countless communities within our city. Norton Commons is one of the newest communities spanning over 500 acres and which offers lifestyle choices as unique as the architecture and community itself!

So how did Norton Commons transform from farmland into one of Louisville’s hottest neighborhoods? At the beginning of the 20th century, a man by the name of George Norton had a passion for television and farming. These passions combined to create WAVE-TV which regularly featured agricultural segments pertaining to local farmers. Norton’s passion for television led to the nickname of his estate, WAVE farm.

After Norton’s passing, the WAVE farm was designated to be a new kind of subdivision. Mrs. Mary Norton Shands, Norton’s daughter, hired 2 local planners, Charles Osborn and David Tomes. Together they agreed to build the development in the style of New Urbanism, an innovative design concept that encourages environmental awareness with dedicated common spaces and features a wide array of housing. Andres Duany, a town planner at the center of the New Urbanism movement, was asked to help create a community that would connect people in a new way.

Today Norton Commons continues this tradition by providing a little something for everyone! You can stroll through one of the numerous parks, relax with afternoon tea in the Rose Garden or take a dip in Jimson Square Pool...

Iroquois Park

Welcome back to our blog! We wanted to focus on some of the most vastly appreciated and integrated parts of Louisville, our parks. No matter which neighborhood you are in Louisville, there’s never a park far from you. Plus, our parks always have some kind of activity planned. This makes our parks the perfect place to visit, no matter what you are interested in. Since our parks are a major part of our city, we will be doing a series all about the wonderful park systems in our area and all they have to offer! 

Today we wanted to feature Iroquois Park. This gorgeous park is located LOCATION! Planned by Frederick Law Olmstead, this parks preserves the area’s natural features including its vast wooded hills. The special feature of this park is the open Iroquois Amphitheater that can accommodate up to 2,366 people! Iroquois also sports a road, leading to the top of the park, which can be used by pedestrians and cyclists only.

Check out everything they have planned for the month of August!

Next week, we will be talking about everything Shelby Park has to offer!

Comment below on your favorite park activity and why!

We’d love to hear you feedback...