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Business

  • Agape thrift shop serves all

    The giving spirit in Oldham County extends year-round, not just after natural disasters.

    Several charities in the county help furnish needy families with clothing, household items and toiletries.

    The Agape Thrift Shop, part of Immaculate Conception Church, moved to a new location in February, more than doubling its previous space, according to Barb Johnson, the church’s business manager.

  • Posh pets

    Dogs are man’s best friend, and man is willing to pay for the privilege. Pet owners continue to spend big bucks on their companions — not just dogs, but cats and other small animals, too.

    Norma Rash is one of those. 

    She has three dogs and one cat — she calls the dogs “the boys” and admits they are spoiled rotten.

    “Nothing is too much for the boys,” she said.

  • Women-owned businesses not a Main Street minority

    Three female business owners are hoping to boost La Grange’s Main Street corridor.

    That includes tenants for both anchor shops currently the 1887 Corner Store and Grandeur Station. Late last year it appeared both stores might be vacant simultaneously, something nearby business owners feared would negatively impact business.

  • A pack of 'pacas

    She calls her baby boy for kisses. He runs over, hair flopping, big brown eyes like liquid jewels in a sweet face.

    This baby is the newest addition to Denise Coonley’s alpaca family, currently numbering a dozen. And they all get kisses, not just baby Seven.

    Coonley’s farm, Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, is located just off Ky. 22 in Ballardsville and is pretty much a one-woman operation.

  • Man indicted for crooked mortgages on bogus Prospect and Goshen homes

    He promised returns of 10 to 15 percent on investments, and solicited more than $700,000 to purchase bogus homes in Prospect, Shelbyville and Goshen. Now, a Louisville man faces a federal charge for mail fraud related to his investors’ loss of $1.2 million in his real estate scheme.

    A federal grand jury indicted Russell N. Daniel, 63, on a single count of mail fraud after an FBI investigation.

    According to the indictment, between March 1, 2005 and October 31, 2008, Daniel swindled investors in his real estate business to obtain money and property.

  • Crestwood's planning a comeback

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Crestwood Station is coming back to life.

    For 15 years, the shopping center has been dormant, with few but frequently changing tenants.

    But a revitalization in the center is taking hold, and a second All About Kids fitness facility will soon anchor the space.

    All About Kids is purchasing the 46,000-square-foot space and will remodel it to provide a place for gymnastics, cheerleading, tae kwon do, dance and swimming classes.

  • Rocket Man Inc. is Super Bowl bound

    If a fan buys a beverage from a walking vendor at the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, they will be doing business with the same Oldham County company that serves beverages at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Churchill Downs and Kentucky Speedway.  
    Rocket Man Inc., based in Buckner, manages the walking vendor program at Lucas Oil Stadium, host of the NFL championship and home of the Indianapolis Colts and other events.

  • Local winery sweeps San Francisco Chronicle's wine competition

    Smith-Berry Vineyard and Winery recently swept the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition.

    The vineyard earned a silver medal for the Single Barrel Select American Oak and a bronze medal for the 2007 Zinfandel, as well as a bronze medal for the 2008 Kentucky Cabernet Sauvignon. This competition set a new American wine competition record with 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year.

    For nine consecutive years, this competition holds strong as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World.”

  • Local real estate and the Wicked Witch of the West

    When I was a little girl, the Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wizard of Oz” scared me half to death.  I can remember watching the movie through small slits in my hands as I covered my eyes and shook with terror.

    Just as her green face struck terror in my young heart, it can be just as frightening to think about selling your home in today’s market and losing all that “green” from your wallet.

    But is the news all that scary?

  • Local businesses see retail industry rebound during holiday season

    Holiday spending declined by about half in 2008, according to the American Research Group Inc. The annual survey, conducted for 26 years, showed spending increased the past two years after bottoming out three years ago.
    Oldham County business owners reported strong sales not just for retailers — restaurants and even locally-based online business say the season went well, too.
    La Grange businesses in particular pointed to the Light Up La Grange kickoff and continuing lightshow as a major sales boost.