Day: April 27, 2016

It’s Rio for me-o, with a lofty $3,092 airline ticket

An occasional look at premium travel from Louisville.

Where: Rio de Janeiro. When: May 25-June 8. Airline: United. Route: Louisville to Houston to Rio. How much: $3,092 per person for business class. United reservations.

Related: TripAdvisor’s Rio page, where you can read more about the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, pictured above. Airbnb Rio rentals. The luxe Copacabana Palace Hotel. And 36 hours in Rio.

$2M: ‘Crystal chandeliers in almost every room’

An occasional look at premium homes on the market.

The address: 4006 Glenview Ave., 40222. Asking price: $1,995,000. Listing agency: Gant Hill & Associates. Details: 

One of the most distinctive properties in Louisville, offering modern amenities with timeless elegance and design. Located in prestigious and bucolic Glenview, this majestic estate has more than 11,000 square-feet of iving area on more than five acres (listed on the National Registry of historical properties). The European-inspired porte-cochère flanked by limestone columns, hand-painted chinoiserie-inspired wall paper, and imported Scottish fireplace columns are among the many unique features. In the photo, above, the dining room has hand-painted murals by Italian artists. Susan Maloney of Maloney and Smith, the original interior designer, traveled the world searching unique items for the home, including crystal chandeliers in almost every room and coordinating the installation of seven fireplaces.

Yes, the city of Louisville registers hundreds of tattoo artists

Tattoo map
The Highlands is tattoo central. Here’s a bigger map.

City Hall says: The Department of Public Health and Wellness regulates, certifies and inspects all body art studios, including tattoo, permanent make-up, body and ear piercing. We also register all body art artists in Louisville Metro. Recently tattoos and body piercing have become mainstream and are viewed by enthusiasts as expressive forms of body art. Louisville Metro has observed a gradual increase in certified studios over the past ten years. We certify approximately 51 studios annually including over 302 registered artists.

Before you think about becoming studio no. 52, consider the state regulations, which are nine pages long.

At Prophecy Ink, 907 Baxter Ave., consultations are free, the hourly rate is $100-$120, with a $60 minimum. Their motto: “Good tattoos aren’t cheap. Cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

Related: Yelp reviews of Louisville tattoo studios. Lots more about tattoos in Louisville.

Bernie Sanders

For the third consecutive month, Sen. Bernie Sanders raised more money in Kentucky than any other presidential candidate, according to a new report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. The Vermont senator’s Kentucky contributions overall still trail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s by about $92,000, “but he is making up ground fast,” writes James McNair.

Related: more news about Kentucky politics.

Yum names Gibbs CFO; Papa hit with $11M verdict, and Brown-Forman returns to Scotch

Latest news, with a special focus on big Louisville employers; updated at 3:19 p.m.


YUM just announced the promotion of David Gibbs, 53, to president and CFO, effective May 2. Gibbs, who’s been with the company 27 years, previously served as CEO of the Pizza Hut Division. He replaces interim CFO Dave Russell, who’ll return to Yum’s vice president, finance and corporate controller. (Press release.) A leadership shakeup at Yum has been in the cards for some time now (Business First). He arrives at a crucial time for the company (Nation’s Restaurant News). Former CFO Pat Grismer announced his resignation in December (Insider Louisville). Yum’s stock traded recently for $81.44, down less than 1%.

PAPA JOHN’S: In Georgia, a DeKalb County jury awarded $11 million to a woman claiming permanent brain damage from a crash with a pizza delivery vehicle on a rain-slicked road. The company’s lead attorney said the verdict would likely be appealed (Daily Report).

BROWN-FORMAN is getting back into the Scotch business after an 11-year absence with the $415.42 million purchase of the BenRiach Distillery in the north Scotland city of Newbridge. BenRiach’s brands include the Heart of Speyside. Today’s deal follows Brown-Forman’s sale of the Southern Comfort and Tuaca brands to Sazerac for $543.5 million three months ago (Reuters). Brown-Forman’s press release about the deal. Also, the company has named Eric Helms as new marketing director for its Global Travel Retail division (Travel Retail Business).

FORD: A threat to the Kentucky Truck Plant? Ford says it needs additional capacity for production of its next-generation Super Duty pickup (Courier-Journal).

TEXAS ROADHOUSE opened its newest location Monday, in Blackman Township, Mich (M Live).

In other news, Woodford Reserve followed an annual Kentucky Derby tradition and unveiled this year’s $1,000 Mint Julep yesterday (WLKY). The Al J. Schneider family drama over downtown’s Galt House grinds on in court (Insider Louisville). And on Wall Street, stocks were poised to tumble after Apple whiffed on earnings yesterday (MarketWatch).