• Hilltop Inn owner says Barton Distillery wants to buy building

    Emile Hawkins, owner of the former Hilltop Inn at 402 Cathedral Manor, said Friday that Barton 1792 Distillery wants to purchase the building, which has been a bar and restaurant since the 1940s, and he thinks the company wants to use it for a restaurant because he was asked to leave the tables and chairs and other furniture in place.

    “Barton’s is in the process of buying it,” Hawkins confirmed Friday in a phone call. “They’re getting the paperwork done now.”

  • Bardstown Bourbon Company hires ‘rising star’

    The young executive who will manage the day-to-day operations of Bardstown Bourbon Company is a former Green Beret and master distiller at Barton 1792 and Sazarec who has worked for PepsiCo and its subsidiary Quaker Oats.

    John Hargrove, 34, will become BBCo’s director of distillery operations Sept. 15, replacing Tom Crume, distillery manager, who retired Friday.

  • First Care opens Bardstown clinic

    First Care opened a new walk-in clinic Friday at 110 W. John Rowan Blvd. in Bardstown and hosted a ribbon cutting and open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The business offered lunch and light refreshments, free T-shirts and door prizes, and guests had an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the facility.

  • Baker's best friend

     The idea was always in the back of Chelsea Ryan’s mind. About a year after she opened Just Baked Bakery on Chambers Boulevard, she decided to add something extra to the counter as an option for patrons with canine companions.

    “We started making these dog treats and they were selling like crazy,” Ryan said. “Even then I had started thinking about it, and I wanted to do online sales.”

    As the treats became more popular and as Ryan’s bakery business took off, she decided to take it one step further.

  • New restaurants to bring an array of food choices

    Those looking for something different for lunch or dinner will soon have fresh options.

    Several new restaurants are opening in Bardstown that will provide a wider variety of dining experiences.

    Fresh, a coffee shop that will also serve sandwiches, sweets, salads and soups in season, is supposed to open this week in the building on North Third where Mammy’s used to be.

    By the holiday season, there will be a Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen on North Third Street, just south of John Rowan Boulevard.

  • Cook joins Area One Realty

    Cecily Cook has joined Area One Realty as its newest licensed Realtor.

    Cook was born and raised in Nelson County. After graduating from Nelson County High School, she continued to further her education by attending college to pursue a career in the medical field, and after earning a degree she began work as an ophthalmic assistant in Bardstown, where she worked for more than four years.

    She also has experience with working for a local loan agency. While exploring different fields of work, she realized that her true passion was in the real estate business.

  • WORK MATTERS: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act helps young adults pay for training, tuition

    So many young adults have sincere interests in developing the skills they need to start a career in one of our region’s thriving industries. Too often, though, these job seekers are discouraged because they don’t think they can afford the training needed to qualify for high paying, in-demand jobs.

  • Growth of internet, drop in cable show reason for city’s cost shift

    For years, Bardstown’s cable television customers have supported the cost of the city’s internet service at the same time the cable service has been losing customers to video streaming on the internet.

    Now city officials have decided that turnabout is fair play.

  • Painted rock craze incorporated in state Don’t Let Them Die initiative

    The fad of painting, hiding and hunting rocks has been trending not only throughout the county, but the state as well. Now, Gov. Matt Bevin is using this craze as an effort to raise awareness of the state’s opioid epidemic.

    “Last year, 1,404 Kentuckians died as a result of an opioid overdose,” said Director of Communications Amanda Stamer in a press release from the governor’s office. “Gov. Bevin is committed to providing the policies and resources necessary to ensure we eradicate this scourge.”

  • Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for PeopleReady

    The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for PeopleReady, a TrueBlue Company on July 27.  It is a staffing agency that has opportunities and flexibility of various jobs that match job-seekers’ experience and skills.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Nichols at (502) 331-9675 or visit www.peopleready.com.