Tag Archives: Business

  1. It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?

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    February 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

    Want to support girls? Just want something to calm that aching sweet tooth? Here’s how you can get your hands on some Girl Scout cookies.

  2. It’s cold. We’re cranky. Bring on the delivery guys and gals.

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    January 30, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Dressing for this winter weather makes me as miserable as the little squirt from “A Christmas Story.”
    There are tights, socks, pants (preferably corduroy). A tank top, a long-sleeved blouse, a cardigan. Boots, down-feather coat, hat, scarf. Maybe another scarf for good measure. I look like a stuffed sausage by the time I’m fully clothed.

    This routine makes me hesitate to venture outside, even to go out to eat. There are new restaurants I still haven’t tried (looking at you, El Camino) and favorite restaurants that I’ve missed (oh, Mussels & Burger Bar, I’ll be back as soon as I thaw) all because the cold brings out my inner curmudgeon.

    God bless delivery people.

    These folks take it to the streets to deliver the goods to weather wusses like me. I have a genuine admiration for the work they do to bring home a paycheck.

    If you hate the cold like me, here are some places to consider for your next night in:

  3. Bits and Pieces: Horse meat, Zagat listings and other Louisville food news from the web, 3.11.13

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    March 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Closings

    • The original Highlands Tap Room (next door to Kashmir Restaurant on Bardstown Road) will close after 11 years. The bar’s second location down the street at 1058 Bardstown Road will remain open. (Insider Louisville)

    News

    Openings

    • A new restaurant called Sidebar Ice House and Grill is set to open in April on Whiskey Row, according to one of the developers of the downtown strip next to the Yum Center. This would bring the number of eateries in the 100 block of West Main Street to five. (Business First of Louisville)

    Etc.

  4. Bits and Pieces: Dragon King’s Daughter, Game and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.4.13

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    February 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Closings

    • John E’s Restaurant and Lounge closed abruptly last week. (WHAS 11)

     

    News

    • “Louisville residents currently spend $100 million annually on local foods and are interested in purchasing an additional $158 million each year, for a total demand of $258 million.” Noted. (Business First of Louisville)

     

    Openings

  5. Why are we so mad about the Taco Punk Kickstarter campaign?

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    January 28, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Taco Punk’s Kickstarter campaign has left a bad taste in the mouths of local foodies.

    The local Mexican restaurant announced last week on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter that it’s trying to raise $20,000 to expand operations (I wrote a story about it for WFPL.org that you can read here).

    The criticism of owner/chef Gabe Sowder for turning to Kickstarter has been pretty thick on social media. After Sowder sent an email to supporters announcing his Kickstarter plans, food blog Eater Louisville wrote a pretty scathing assessment in the post, “Taco Punk’d: NuLu Restaurant Asks for Donations So It Can Keep Selling $10 Taco Platters.” In a point/counterpoint feature on WFPL.org, Kentucky Public Radio intern Rae Hodge (she wrote that Taco Punk review everyone was talking about a while back) said:

    … when a third-rate taco baron, selling $10 papier-mâché tortillas, starts passing the collection plate while preaching the “Keep Louisville Weird” sermon and serving bad beer, you better believe I take umbrage, particularly when their initial business plan relied on windfall income from unlucky tourists.

    Ouch.

    So why are we so mad at Sowder?

    Are we big believers in the ups and downs of capitalism? Should we just let the market rather than fundraising determine the fate of a private business?

    Or is this a bigger issue? Are we a little more harsh toward private enterprises asking for public money in the wake of big government bailouts?

    Or do we just not like the food at Taco Punk?

  6. Late notice: Drink up to help Hurricane Sandy victims

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    November 6, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Photo courtesy Farmers & Fishers via Flickr.

    A group of Louisville restaurants and bars will serve up cocktails this week to benefit victim of Hurricane Sandy.

    A line-up of establishments will serve their version of the Hurricane cocktail during the Hurricanes for the Hurricane fundraiser. Proceeds from the drinks will go toward service industry workers in New York City who were impacted by last week’s hurricane.

    Hurricanes for the Hurricane fundraiser begins tonight, Nov. 6, at Decca. Here is the full roster of participants:

     

    Visit Hurricanes for the Hurricane’s Facebook page for more information.

  7. Need a place to take pictures of food? Try Studio NuLu

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    November 2, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Inside Studio NuLu. Photo courtesy of Studio NuLu.

    A pretty cool studio has popped up in the East Market District for serious food bloggers and recipe creators.

    Studio NuLu is a 3,600 square foot photography and video production facility. Need to shoot a commercial or take some fancy food photos? Studio NuLu can accommodate you — there’s a full kitchen designed by food stylists.
    The folks at Current360, an advertising, marketing and digital agency, created the space. I got to ask Rick Schardein, the president of Current360, some questions about Studio NuLu.

    Tell me about why you decided to open this studio.

    Current360 handles a number of restaurant clients, as well as a national wine brand.  The need for photography in general, and food photography in particular, were a consistent need for these (and other) clients.  By having access to our own studio, we can better control the photography projects we undertake on behalf of our clients.

    Who do you think will use this space?

    Whether it’s for food or general photography, quality studio space in this region is in constant demand.  The studio has hosted shoots for several national brands handled by other agencies and directly by photographers.

     

    Here is some info about renting the space. If you just want to take a peek inside, Studio NuLu is having an open house next week.

    Studio NuLu Open House

    When: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 8

    Where: 1320 E. Washington Street, Louisville, Ky.

    Cost: Free; event includes hors d’oeuvres and professional head shots

    RSVP: Email nathan@studionulu.com

  8. 5 reasons to visit Please & Thank You, the coffee shop/record store hybrid

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    January 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Working in coffee shops around Louisville was the best thing about being unemployed. You recall seeing black woman, black frame …
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  9. December is a good month if you love Subway and Qdoba

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    December 2, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Here’s a quickie post to get your Friday going. Subway is offering $2 six-inch sandwiches through December for Customer Appreciation …
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  10. The Sweet Fix: Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen

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    July 20, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: The Sweet Fix is an occasional feature that will run throughout the summer featuring ice cream and dessert …
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