Boulevard reports extensively on executive pay at big local employers. But we also look at what folks are making down in the trenches, sometimes for very peculiar work. Check out this recent example from Craigslist’s creative gigs help-wanted listings in Louisville.
If you knew all the hoops to jump to get barber licenses under Kentucky law, you’d tip your barber even more generously. The State Board of Barbering‘s governing law and regulations run well over 40 pages, covering everything from the regulatory board (whose five members are appointed by the governor) to how barber schools advertise. My favorite part of the license qualifications section: You must be of “good moral character and temperate habit.”
Outfitting a shop isn’t cheap, either. A traditional striped barber pole alone costs a whopping $1,035 at retailer Minerva Beauty of Monroe, Ga. (The history of poles is interesting, but not for the faint-of-heart.)
As for me, I get a haircut and beard trim every three weeks at Market St. Barbers in NuLu: $45, not including tip. (Today was the day.) The shop’s at 748 E. Market St. Ask for Ken Watts, senior master barber.
21c Museum Hotel co-owner Steve Wilson took The Courier-Journal on an inside-the-hotel tour of where Vanity Fair magazine will hold its first Derby party, Friday night. But unlike other Derby events (we’re looking at you, Barnstable-Brown), the upmarket glossy famous for its Oscar party won’t be disclosing the guest list.
Still, everyone else can watch guests arrive on the black (yes) carpet, starting at 8 p.m. (Side note: Wilson says he’s dreaming of opening a 21c in Havana, now that the U.S. is moving toward normalizing relations.) Here’s the CJ story, and a tour video.
Top: That’s comedienne Amy Schumer on the cover of the magazine’s May issue.
An occasional look at premium travel from Louisville.
You’ve just scored a ticket for this Saturday night at the hottest musical on Broadway — “Hamilton,” which today got nominated for a record 16 Tony awards. How much? $7,075 per ticket, not including a $1,203 service fee to reseller Ticketmaster (orchestra, row T, seat 28).
Alongside that, your last-minute airline ticket is a bargain, although you’ll need to fly economy, because business and first aren’t available on a non-stop flight.
Where: New York City. When: Friday to Sunday. Airline: United. Route: Louisville to Newark. How much: $740 for economy. United reservations.
10:40 a.m. today, Market St. Barbers at 748 E. Market St. in Nulu. Boulevard loves this formal portrait of shop dog Banjo Lee. The proprietors say their basset hound will get his own Facebook page and cam this summer. Here’s the shop’s Facebook page.
Latest news, with a special focus on big Louisville employers; updated at 1:43 p.m.
FORD said April U.S. auto sales rose 4%, and that retail sales grew 3%, also its best April retail results since 2006. “We saw strong consumer demand in April, especially for pickups,” said Mark LaNeve, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service (CNBC). Ford shares recently traded at $13.49, down 1%, as automakers overall fell with a broadly lower market.
YUM: A 40-year old British man received a suspended prison sentence after being accused of threatening to kill an employee at a KFC store in late February in central England. Craig Mellor was caught on video surveillance camera putting his hands around Kallum Byatt‘s neck at the restaurant in Hanley, south of Manchester. Mellor was arrested and later pled guilty to a racially aggravated assault on Byatt (Stokes Sentinel).
UPS is adding to its Louisville fleet of hybrid electric delivery trucks, to a total 125, to extend their range and improve fuel efficiency (Courier-Journal).
In other news, Kentucky’s coal industry continued its freefall in the first quarter, falling nearly 13% statewide. The bulk of the job losses came in Eastern Kentucky, with more than a 1,000 lost there. Statewide, about 6,900 coal miners are employed, the lowest level recorded since 1898 (WFPL).
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