Day: May 2, 2016

You can never have too many all-occasion note cards — like this Kentucky artist’s

Kentucky artist Marianna McDonald draws gorgeous pastels of landscapes around the state, some of which she features on a set of note cards. I bought these yesterday at her booth at the just-concluded Cherokee Triangle Association annual art fair in the Highlands; $12 for a set of four. Here’s one, called “East Family Sister Shop.”

unnamedMcDonald’s studio is at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.

Related: Admission to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will be free for one year after its June 4 reopening.

Uncork the bubbly: We’re taking a gander at the Carstanjen party

Big smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage. Today’s entry is from The Voice-Tribune:

Champagne bottleCarstanjen Hat and Tie Exchange
Last Tuesday, Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanjen and his wife Julia hosted their annual hat and tie exchange at their lovely Prospect home. The event encouraged attendees to bring their hats and ties from last year and swap them with other party-goers to create the perfect Derby look.

Related: Churchill’s CEO sells another 4,500 shares.

Texas Roadhouse reports first-quarter results after stock markets close today at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s how the Louisville-based company describes itself in its annual 10-K report to the Securities and Exchange Commission; its most recent was filed Feb. 26.:

Kent Taylor

Texas Roadhouse is a growing restaurant company operating predominately in the casual dining segment . Our founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Kent Taylor, started the business in 1993 with the opening of the first Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Clarksville, Ind. Since then, we have grown to 483  restaurants in 49 states and four foreign countries. Our mission statement is, “Legendary Food, Legendary Service.” Our operating strategy is designed to position each of our restaurants as the local hometown favorite for a broad segment of consumers seeking high-quality, affordable meals served with friendly, attentive service. As of Dec. 29, we owned and operated 401 restaurants and franchised an additional 82 restaurants.

70 years ago today: stepping ahead during Derby week

CJ May 2, 1946 copyIn The Courier-Journal 70 years ago today during Derby Week, retailer Nisley Co. at 449 S. Fourth St. turned to a racing-themed rhyme to advertise ladies’ spectator shoes; $6 a pair. Adjusted for inflation, $6 would have the same buying power today as $73, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator.

Related: a photo of the store’s interior in the 1940s.


Texas shares jump despite Q1 miss; Papa tests new crunchy crust, and man drives 870 miles for KFC

Latest news, with a special focus on big Louisville employers; updated at 4:29 p.m.

Texas Roadhouse logoTEXAS ROADHOUSE shares surged 4% to $47.33 after hours even though it reported weaker-than-expected first-quarter results (The Street). Press release.

CHURCHILL DOWNS and Levy Restaurants announced a 10-year extension to their current contract today (Courier-Journal).

PAPA JOHN’S is testing a new pan pizza crust at select locations in Kentucky. The new pizza is described by the chain as “pan baked for a thick, crunchy crust,” and should be ready for a national launch this summer (Brand Eating).

UPS: Negotiators for the shipper and the 2,500-member Independent Pilots Association will resume contract talks later this month. Pilots have been working under the terms of their previous contract for five years, and the union late last month set up a strike center here in Louisville (WFPL).

YUM: Inspired by Uber, Pizza Hut is officially launching “Visible Promise Time,” showing what time a pizza will be prepared, ready, and delivered before customers place their order (Business Insider). A Canadian man drove 870 miles to get his wife some KFC (Metro). And U.S. stock index futures were set to be broadly higher this morning amid subdued trading in Asia and Europe and ahead of the key nonfarm payrolls data at the end of the week (CNBC).