Month: April 2016

Only Parkside sells that cool bike Will Arnett rides in Netflix’s new series ‘Flaked’

Despite the generally meh reviews, I’m still warming up to the new Netflix series “Flaked,” mostly because I liked star Will Arnett so much during his earlier turn in the hilarious “Arrested Development.”

Arnett plays Chip, a recovering alcoholic struggling to rebuild his life in the southern California beach community of Venice; the eight-episode first season launched last month. Arnett’s character can’t drive anymore, so he tools around on a bicycle so ubiquitous, its brand — Linus — ought to be featured in the main credits.

nXpjTmM2I recognized it right away (even if other people didn’t) because I’d seen it on display at Parkside Bikes on Bardstown Road when I was cycle-shopping a year ago. I loved its looks then and now, although I opted for a Specialized instead. Arnett rides the $429 Roadster Classic, according to props and wardrobe spotter The Take. The manufacturer shows it in three colors, including Venetian blue — closest to what Arnett rides, albeit with an old, wooden Coke crate strapped to the handlebars:

Will Arnett linus

Linus bikes aren’t easy to find. Parkside is the only dealer in Kentucky — indeed, it’s one of only nine within a 200-mile radius.

I like Parkside — and apparently, I’m not the only one. Owner Ben Botkins added a second location last June, at 2509 Grinstead Drive near Cherokee Parkway, nearly six years to the date after opening the Bardstown store. The two outlets will have different focuses, Botkins told Business First. The original store will cater to casual riders looking for new or used bikes, while the new one will target “performance” riders who are often out on mountain trails, riding dozens of miles or competing in races.

Related: Parkside bikes on Facebook, and on Yelp. Plus, more about bike shops across Louisville.

The New York Times thinks Louisville only has two hotels

Scores of local hotel owners with more than 17,000 rooms available can be forgiven if they’re smarting about The New York Times‘ latest update to its popular “36 Hours in…” travel feature. The new version about Louisville highlights restaurants (Butchertown Grocery) and shops (Evan Williams Bourbon Experience) that weren’t in business the last time the paper visited, in 2011. But one thing remains the same, even if the rates have gone up: The editors are recommending the same two hotels.

Last week’s feature: “Near Main Street’s Whiskey Row, the 21c Museum Hotel houses 91 rooms as well as a contemporary museum and the restaurant Proof on Main. Rooms from $269. The landmark 1923-vintage Brown Hotel offers spacious rooms and an opulent lobby bar to return to after day’s end. Rooms from $199.”

vs. 2011’s: “Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top hotels, the 21C Museum Hotel is a destination in itself. Open since 2006, 21c features an innovative, locally sourced restaurant and over 9,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring such artists as Kara Walker and Chuck Close. 21C’s 90 rooms start at $200. Opened in 1923, the Brown Hotel provides a more traditional experience. The lobby bar has been a hangout for residents and stylish visitors for decades. The hotel’s 293 rooms, some of which fall on the smaller side, start at $180.”

Pictured, top: Conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya‘s 30-foot-tall version of Michelangelo’s David, which 21c’s owners commissioned and installed in front of the hotel in 2011.

Related: TripAdvisor has reviewed nearly 100 Louisville area hotels. The Convention & Visitors Bureau publishes a list of its own. Here’s the New York TimesLouisville travel page, and all the paper’s 36 Hours features.

This is whatever happened to Tinsley Mortimer

Tinsley Mortimer

On Derby Eve in 2012, headline-grabbing New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer promoted her debut novel, Southern Charm, during a book tour at the Galt House’s Xhale Salon-Spa. Once the most-photographed young woman in one of the world’s most status-conscious cities, she was by then 36 years old, and starting something of a second act as a writer, after her first one — celebutante, fashion designer, reality TV star — had crashed and burned.

Now, four years later, we’re learning her second act didn’t end very well, either. Read Town & Country‘s new “Inside the Downfall of Tinsley Mortimer.”

Olmsted Parks ConservancyHello, parks lovers! The Olmsted Parks Conservancy has scheduled its annual fundraising breakfast for May 19. The pitch: “Join us for breakfast and Heine Brothers’ Coffee to learn how the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks strengthen our city and citizens and how you can help strengthen these historic parks. This is a fast-paced event featuring dynamic presenters.

More details:

  • When: Thursday, May 19, 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Bellarmine University’s Frazier Hall at 2001 Newburg Rd.
  • The schedule: Networking and check-in begins 7:30; breakfast starts promptly at 8 o’clock, and they promise the event concludes no later than 9.

RSVP at or call 502-456-8125.