• Kentucky’s signature industry continues to grow

    By Kim Huston

    NCEDA President

    Bourbon is booming, and this week we’ll see further evidence of that as Bardstown — the Bourbon Capital of the World — hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. In 2016, 53,000 people from 44 states as well as the District of Columbia and 14 different countries attended the festival, and we are looking forward to an even more successful 2017 festival.

  • Bardstown Bourbon Co. announces expansion to double capacity

    Bardstown Bourbon Company announced its second expansion in under a year Wednesday, which will double its distilling capacity and catapult it into the ranks of major producers who have been in business for decades.

    The company plans to double its capacity to 6 million proof gallons a year, capable of producing nearly 100,000 barrels a year.

    The distillery started production last September with a capacity of 1.5 million gallons, and completed an expansion in July that brought it to 3 million.

  • Gov. Bevin applauds ruling by federal judge striking down Obama-era overtime rule

    Gov. Matt Bevin applauded a ruling by a federal judge in Texas last week striking down the Obama-era overtime pay rule for salaried workers. If implemented, the new rule would more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers — without Congressional authorization — thereby substantially increasing employment costs and threatening jobs.

  • 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.