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Small Business Saturday in Louisville

Plan Your Small-Business Seasonal Shopping

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Shop Local Sign

There are many fun and interesting shops in Louisville.

There is a shop for everyone in Louisville! As more people are making 2021 holiday shopping plans that bypass shipping delays and supply shortages. Shopping local, small businesses is a great way to explore Louisville, invest in your community, and find perfect, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list this year!

Small Business Saturday is a perfect day to enjoy the beauty of Louisville in the fall, walk off those Thanksgiving calories, and find the local shops that will take your gift-giving game up a level.

This year, Small Business Saturday is November 27. You can even make a day out of the fun, hitting your favorite local restaurants, coffee shops, and treat stops as you visit best-loved stores then explore new stores, markets, and experiences.

Of course, this is the perfect way to learn more about what neighborhoods, communities, and areas might be calling if you’re thinking about finding a new home in or around Louisville. But you don’t have to wait for that–talk to an agent...

Ford Creating 5,000 Jobs with New Plants

Hardin County Will See a Major Influx of Positions

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Ford

Ford is opening two plants in Hardin County.

Ford is extending its long-standing relationship with Kentucky from its huge operation in Louisville and into nearby Hardin County with the addition of two new plants focused on the production of batteries for Ford’s electric vehicles.

The two facilities are expected to create more than 5,000 jobs in the area, bringing in new workers and providing solid employment for those who need it in the community.

As Ford moves forward into the production and distribution of more eco-conscious vehicles, these plants will be essential. Kentucky was an ideal location for the new plants, and it’s expected that the investment into Ford will result in more jobs, more businesses, more economic growth and stability, and more men, women, and families on solid ground for buying homes and investing in the area.

The first plant should be in production by 2025 with the second plant following in 2026. Just another reason Kentuckiana is a great place to live and work.

[Source: Louisville Courier Journal]

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Socially Distanced Summer in Louisville

There’s still plenty for your family to do in Louisville this summer!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

summer outdoors trail

There are many ways for your family to enjoy a socially distanced summer.

There’s no doubt that the summer of 2020 will be different than any other. Though there are certainly some limits, a little creativity and research can still lead you toward a fabulous, socially distanced summer in Louisville. It’s just another reason that it’s great to live in this city!

There’s something for everyone this summer. There are modified ways to visit your favorite indoor experiences, like museums, galleries, bowling, and dessert shops. If you’re feeling like trying some new sports, there are many ways to explore various outlets like tennis, archery, frisbee, and cricket.  

The Louisville area is full of walking trails, bike paths, and scenic overlooks. There are also farmer’s markets, local art exhibits, walking tours, plays and performances, and amusement parks. And that’s just the beginning for family fun this summer!

For more to do this summer in Louisville, check out ...

Autumn Leaves in Louisville!

Where are some of the best locations to observe the changing colors in Louisville?

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

autumn leaves

Find the most scenic locations to see Autumn’s leaves on display!

There are few things more spectacular in and around Louisville than witnessing the changing leaves in the Fall.

Louisville’s many trees and the surrounding forestland turn all shades of orange, red, and yellow during the Autumn, especially in October.

If you really want to take in the view this year, check out one or more of these prime locations. Some are in or near Louisville, and some are within a two-hour drive. Whatever kind of Fall adventure you’re ready to tackle, you’re in for a visual masterpiece. The extraordinary Autumn view is just another reason why Louisville is one of the best cities to live and adventure in.

  • The Parklands of Floyd Park
  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
  • Iroquois Park Scenic Overlook
  • Cherokee Park
  • Red River Gorge
  • Dale Hallow Lake
  • Brown County, Ind.

[Source: Louisville Courier-Journal]

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July Family Festivals in Louisville

Another great reason to live and work in Louisville

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

July Festivals in Louisville

Find a summer festival in Louisville for your next family fun day!

Summer in Louisville is hitting its stride and many families are ready for fresh adventures and ways to get out and enjoy this great city.

Summer festivals are an awesome way to get the family out, spend time together, and explore more areas of the city. July is a fabulous time to jump into the family fun in the sun. Here are just a few of the summer festivals happening in and around Louisville in July. Some events are even free!

  • 4th of July festivals – There are Independence Day events all around the city, from Crescent Hill to Waterfront Park and everywhere in between. Find one in your area or use this opportunity to explore another piece of the city.
  • Jane Austin Festival – Grab your bonnet and your romantic sense of adventure and head over to Locust Grove for this fun annual tradition.
  • Forecastle Festival – If you don’t know what it is, ask your kids – and they’ll go crazy.
  • Family Fun Day at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve...

January Family Fun in Louisville

Find Free and Fun Ways to Enjoy Louisville Life this January

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Louisville Family Fun

Your family can have loads of fun in Louisville this January!

The freedom of winter break is finished, but you still want to enjoy your family this January! This is just another reason why Louisville is a great place to live and work, because there are always new and exciting things to do. Here are just a few of the events and opportunities for your family this month.

  • Visit the Speed Museum! Every Sunday (Until March 2021) the Speed Museum admission is FREE from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
  • See a puppet show! Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Squallis Puppeteers First Saturday Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a unique puppet show based on “The Tale of the Tricky Fox.” It’s fun for kids ages 3-8.
  • Build crafts as a family! The Learning Express Toys of Louisville store has frequent free craft events. Learn more on its Facebook page.
  • Celebrate Dr. King! On Sunday, Jan. 20, your family can experience “Keepers...

Old Louisville’s Holiday Homes Tour

Walk through some of Louisville’s earliest and loveliest homes

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Holiday Wreath

Check out some of the most historic homes in Old Louisville, decorated for the holidays!

There’s something pretty magical about beautiful, historic homes decorated in their holiday best!

Participate in Old Louisville’s Holiday Homes Tour on December 1 or 2 to experience the full brilliance of these homes and the area. Old Louisville has some of the finest Victorian architecture in the country, and is a colorful and enchanting part of the city. Guests young and old will be delighted with the beautiful houses and businesses, as well as the elegantly decorated holiday enhancements.

This event also includes shopping, an optional Victorian Tea and other lovely additions. Find more information at OldLouisville.org/holiday-home-tour

Event details:

  • December 1-2, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
  • $30 Tour | $50 for the Victorian Tea & Holiday Home Tour

Tickets may be purchased or picked up at will call at the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center in Central Park (1340...

Iroquois Amphitheater Offers Free Outdoor Movies

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end to outdoor fun!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Iroquois Amphitheater

Summer is fading, but there are still some warm family nights left in Louisville!

The kids are all back in school and even the pumpkin spice is back in your coffee, but that doesn’t mean your nice family evenings outdoors need to end just yet! There are still a few more free outdoor events at Iroquois Amphitheater in South Louisville. Enjoy these soft, warm nights while you still can:

  • The Louisville Orchestra – Sunday, Sept. 9 | Doors open at 6 p.m., Show begins at 7 p.m. (Donations welcome)
  • “Mystery Men” movie – Monday, Sept. 19 | Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Movie begins at 8:30 p.m. (All ages welcome. Movie is rated PG-13)
  • “Super 8” movie – Monday, Sept. 17 | Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Movie begins at 8:30 p.m. (All ages welcome. Movie is rated PG-13)

These memorable outdoor events at the Iroquois Amphitheater are another reason it’s great to live and thrive in Louisville. What other ways have you found to draw summer in Louisville out just a little bit longer?

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Louisville’s New-and-Improved Sheppard Park

A West End Park Receives Major Renovations and Additions for the Neighborhood

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Kid playing in park

West End splash park offers summer fun!

For residents in the West End, Sheppard Park is a hot place to cool down this summer. The park recently received $600,000 worth of water features, toy drums, new restrooms, picnic tables and park benches. The park includes a brand-new splash area for the kids in the neighborhood, where they can go cool down and celebrate on these long, hot summer days.

The park renovations are just one piece of a plan to revitalize Russell, a West End neighborhood. There will also be art infused in the area with bus stops and murals, and vacant areas will be transformed to benefit the community. There are also plans for new housing in the neighborhood and other community development.

As the city celebrates new growth and revitalization in the West End, the neighborhood kids can simply rest and enjoy their newly improved park. There’s nothing like a quick run through a fabulous new splash pad to fill you with happy thoughts for a hot summer.

[Source: Courier-Journal]

[Source: LouisvilleKY.gov]

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Tips for a Stellar Yard Sale

Declutter your house and earn a little cash!

By Mike Hall, Broker/Agent/Owner

Host a yard sale

Clear out your old stuff one warm spring weekend.

Whether you’re hoping to clear out some extra stuff before a big move or you’re ready to destash the pileup in your garage, a yard sale is a great way to clean out the extras. Now that the weekends are warmer and the bargain-hunters are scanning the ads, you might just find the right opportunity.

Here are some tips for hosting a yard sale that will leave your basement clean and your wallet happy:

  • Gather and sort potential sell items throughout the year, rather than trying to throw everything together last minute.
  • Do a quick clean of every item and make sure nothing is broken or damaged.
  • Advertise your details on Craigslist, social media yard sale sites, and newspaper classifieds
  • Set reasonable prices (priced to sell!) and use colored stickers and clear charts to help people know what you’re asking.
  • Think through the layout of your sell like a consumer – with big ticket items visible from the road and all items displayed in an orderly fashion.
  • Post clear, consistent signs around the neighborhood.
  • Add some fun with colorful balloons, happy music, or...
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