Day: June 16, 2016

IrrepressibleWe’re adding this to our reading list, and not only because it’s a terrific way to observe gay pride month: Emily Bingham’s biography “Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham,” which resurrects the life and legend of her ancestor, a woman who was too hot to handle not only in her own times, but for a half-century after, The New York Times said in a “Books of Style” feature shortly before the book was published last year.

“In Bingham’s telling,” the Times says, “Henrietta, who was born in 1901 and died in 1968, ‘caught the wave’ of a rare moment of tolerance for homosexuality and ‘unconventional desires’ in the 1920s.”

Carmichael’s Bookstore, here we come!

We’ll sip to that: beaucoup de Bourbon by the Bridge, plus bazillion-watt smiles

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.

Champagne smallerOur julep cup hasn’t exactly been runneth overing when it comes to the party photo scene — especially for a city whose financial pedigree includes three sin industries: tobacco, booze, and gambling.

But just in the nick of time, along comes our favorite society scribe: Carla Sue Broecker of The Voice-Tribune and her newest Party Line column. This week’s entry and Boulevard’s pick of the pics: the fourth annual Bourbon by the Bridge fundraiser held last weekend. The beneficiary is amazing: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the River Region, which serves hundreds of abused and neglected kids every year.

As the fundraiser’s name suggests, there was some bourbon there. Specifically: Angel’s Envy, Barton 1792, Boundary Oak Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Copper & Kings, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jefferson’s, Kentucky Moonshine, Michter’s, Rivulet, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Willett, Rabbit Hole, and Woodford Reserve (photo, top).

More than 400 guests turned out — including two of the most attractive people to grace a Voice-Tribune photo gallery in, oh, forever: Amy Munno and actor Adam Raque, who each possess bazillion-watt smiles. Flip through the 26 pics, then put on your Jackie O. shades before you hit No. 24. In the meantime, here’s Raque on Instagram:

$3.9M Twin Leaf estate in Glenview: ‘absolutely stunning terrace and swimming pool’

An occasional look at premium homes on the market.

The address: 3424 Glenview Ave., 40222Asking price: $3,850,000. Agency: Kentucky Select Properties. The pitch: Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Twin Leaf estate sits on a hilltop above seven lush acres and is built for entertaining — especially outdoors. The home’s highlight is the rear family room with extensive natural light and French doors leading to the absolutely stunning terrace, swimming pool and covered pool house.

Essentials include six bedrooms, six full baths and one half-bath. The second floor includes a master suite with his and hers bathrooms, plus three more bedroom suites. The third floor has been transformed into a bunk room with custom built-in beds.

The lower level features a custom-built, climate-controlled wine cellar for 2,200 bottles; a theater room; exercise room, and attached three-bay garage. There’s also a separate apartment with kitchen, full bathroom and bedroom that opens to a sunken rose garden — perfect guest quarters or for cherished domestic staff.

The property was last sold for $2.2 million in 2007, according to Zillow. The assessed value is $1,969,890, according to the Jefferson County PVA.

Here’s the main entrance, followed by a photo of its inspiration: Jefferson’s Monticello.


Thomas Jefferson Monticello
Built in 1772, Monticello is just outside Charlottesville, Va. The nation’s third president began designing and building it at age 26, after inheriting land from his father. He died there at 83, and is buried on the estate.

Yes, you can ride at a snail’s pace at the next CycLOUvia street festival Aug. 7 in Three Points

Starting in 2012, the nine CycLOUvia events have attracted tens of thousands to neighborhoods across the city for festivals temporarily cleared of vehicles. The next one will be Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2-6 p.m on Goss Avenue, Logan Street, and Shelby Street in Germantown, Schnitzelburg, and Shelby Park — also known as Three Points. Previous CycLOUvias were on Bardstown Road, West Broadway and Frankfort Avenue.

Photo, top: a rider at CycLOUVia on Frankfort in April 2015, Louisville Cycle Chic.

Brown-Forman and other publicly traded companies file an annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission that includes reams of facts, figures and other information. An essential section describes the business itself. This morning, the company filed its latest report; here’s the passage, slightly edited:

Garvin Brown IV
Chairman Brown.

“Brown-Forman Corp. was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1933, successor to a business founded in 1870 as a partnership and later incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1901. We primarily manufacture, bottle, import, export, market, and sell a wide variety of alcoholic beverages under recognized brands. We employ over 4,600 people on six continents, including about 1,300 people in Louisville, home of our world headquarters. We are the largest American-owned spirits and wine company with global reach. We are a ‘controlled company’ under New York Stock Exchange rules, and the Brown family owns a majority of our voting stock.”

The company also published a summary of its brands:

Old Forester“Beginning in 1870 with Old Forester Bourbon Whisky — our founding brand — and spanning the generations since, we have built a portfolio of more than 40 spirit, wine, and ready-to-drink cocktail brands that includes some of the best-known and most-loved trademarks in our industry. The most important brand in our portfolio is Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, which is the fourth-largest spirits brand of any kind and the largest American whiskey brand in the world, according to Impact Databank’s ‘Top 100 Premium Spirits Brands Worldwide’ list.”

Related: Fresh details emerge about the Brown family’s multibillion-dollar stake in the company now led by Chairman George Garvin Brown IV.

$125M Appliance Park value far more than GE once claimed; Humana employees fear threat, and California UPS driver rescues world’s cutest puppy

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 7:33 p.m.

Appliance Park aerial
An aerial view shows Appliance Park.

GE sold Appliance Park to Haier Group for five times what it claimed the complex was worth in 2013, when it won a dispute with Jefferson County over the southend property’s value, a dispute that ultimately reduced the taxes the conglomerate paid. At the time, GE said the complex was worth $23 million, nearly half the $42 million value assigned by Property Valuation Administrator Tony Landauer’s office (WDRB).

HUMANA beefed up security yesterday after reports of what some employees said was a threatening graffiti message written on a bathroom wall at the insurer’s Waterside building downtown, one the company seriously enough to allow employees to go home early. The FBI is investigating the incident, said WAVE. The threat may be related to annual gay pride events planned downtown this weekend. Several employees told WLKY the graffiti referenced last weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar, where a suspected terrorist possibly inspired by ISIS killed 50 people and injured another 50 (WAVEWLKY and Courier-Journal).

Yesterday’s incident came after authorities arrested a Jeffersonville man arrested in California who was heavily armed and headed to a gay pride event, plus reports of possible copycat threats at a New York gay bar and in the U.K. June is gay pride month in many cities, with parades and other public festivities (Courier-Journal, Time and BBC).

BROWN-FORMAN filed its annual 10-K report with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning; as always, a key section describes the business itself. The filing came a day after the whiskey giant disclosed how much it paid CEO Paul Varga and other top executives, plus fresh details about the value of the controlling Brown family’s $6 billion in stock holdings (SEC document).

Triple Treat Box
It costs $19.99.

PIZZA HUT‘S bacon-stuffed pizza has arrived in the U.K., but only for in-the-know customers. “To savour one of the new pimped-up crusts, all you need to do is whisper the secret words ‘Bacon Crust Have’ when ordering any large pizza (Mirror). Also, the chain has brought back its Triple Treat Box in a special summer edition, “a tri-level wonder decorated to look just like your favorite picnic basket” (Delish). It includes two medium one-topping pizzas, bread sticks and the just-introduced Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (Brand Eating).

PAPA JOHN’S: In San Diego, no injuries were reported after an SUV crashed into a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant yesterday afternoon (KGTV).

TEXAS ROADHOUSE is looking for Baltimore area cooks “who are ready for a fun and rewarding career in the restaurant business.” Applicants are considered without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, or any other legally protected status (Craigslist). Apparently, gender expression hasn’t made that list — yet.

Adopt me, please!

UPS: In northern California, a UPS driver who happened to be on the scene rescued a crazy-cute puppy dumped Tuesday evening in the street by a passing vehicle. The Modesto Bee identified the driver as 39-year-old Jason Harcrow of Hughson. Police said the puppy, believed to be a Cairn terrier less than a year old, was in great spirits and would be put up for adoption at the county shelter (KPIX). The driver who abandoned the pup is expected to spend eternity in hell with tobacco lobbyists.

In other news, U.S. stocks closed slightly higher, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and other indices up less than 1% (Google Finance). Among Boulevard’s 10 big Louisville employers, Papa John’s performed best, closing at $65.89, up 2%. And on the A-list front, there was no news of any consequence about Louisville native and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.