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Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series Continues in July

A family-friendly musical event at Willow Park in Cherokee Triangle

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


Nothing is more fun in the summer than parks, family, and neighborhood concerts.

Have you been enjoying the summer concert series at Willow Park in Cherokee Triangle? The June events were great, and the July concerts promise to deliver just as much fun for the family, great music, and evenings of summer memories for years to come.

Come to one – or all – of the July concerts at the park! Remember, to keep these events fun for everyone, there’s no alcohol or pets permitted.

• July 8 – Rick Bartlett Band (Soul & R & B)
• July 15 –The Decades (60’s – 80’s Rock, Rock, Rock)
• July 22 –Wulfe Brothers & Wulfpack (Soul, R & B/Blues)
• July 29 – Will Cary (Nightcrawler Rock)

[Source: CherokeeTriangle.com]


Flavour Restaurant Adds Highlands Variety

A new restaurant offers Creole, Caribbean and Southern Comfort Selections

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


Visit Flavour Restaurant & Lounge in the Highlands.

The Highlands neighborhoods in Louisville are a special area for unique and creative goods, including an impressive range of fun dining. Where else could you find something like the new Flavour Restaurant & Lounge, which is located at 1767 Bardstown Rd.?

The restaurant specializes in three categories of foods: Creole, Caribbean and Southern Comfort. Just when you thought you could already find everything you could possibly want in Louisville, the Highlands adds another flavorful experience. Whether Louisville residents are craving crawfish, calamari or catfish, Flavour has it all!

Though the restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday, you can check out all that Flavour has to offer during these hours:
• 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday
• 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday
• 2-9 p.m. Sunday

This addition is just another reason to love the Highlands. It’s an adventurous area, filled with surprises around every corner. To buy or sell a house in this delightful neighborhood, contact an agent today about how to get started!

[Source: Louisville Courier Journal]


Electric Bike Store Opens in the Highlands

Louisville Has its First Electric Bike Shop
By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Electric Bike

Louisville’s first electric bike store is conveniently located in the Highlands.

Louisville is a great city for cyclists. Between designated bike lanes in some areas to the many parks and trails scattered throughout the city, there are endless options for bicycling enthusiasts. Bike racks are readily available, and the summer’s long days are perfect for evening rides.

Now, there’s another reason to get excited.

Louisville’s first electric bike store has opened in the Highlands. Pedego Electric Bikes is located at 1403 Bardstown Rd., and they sell or lease electric bikes equipped with a throttle and pedal assist. The cyclist sets the controls to best accommodate their specific needs. This feature is for the young and old – for anyone who wants to bike faster, longer!

Whether you’re exploring on a new electric bike or strolling through your neighborhood with you family, the Highlands in Louisville are perfect for enjoying the summer. Talk to an agent today about finding your next home in the Highlands. Electric bike not included.

[Source: WDRB]


Bardstown Road Safety Redesign Proposal

A new plan proposes lane changes for greater driver, pedestrian safety

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

A redesign proposal for Bardstown Road could improve area safety.

Residents and guests to the Highlands have probably all experienced the stressful driving and walking conditions on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. Louisville Metro government has proposed a plan for the area that would provide permanent street parking, add more turning lanes, and create a designated sidewalk in a key area. The corridor in question is currently one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Kentucky for both drivers and pedestrians.

This could be great news for those looking to buy a house in the Highlands, as it could improve driving safety and pedestrian protection. It could also come with some slower traffic in some areas during rush hour, and an undetermined length of construction, but the Metro Government is hoping the delays could be minimized and the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences.

The plan is still many steps from approval, but it’s exciting to know that as the Highlands continue to thrive and grow, the City is looking at ways to create a safer space for the Highlands residents, guests and businesses.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Summer Concert Series Kicks Off

Cherokee Triangle’s Summer Concert Series Begins Memorial Day Weekend

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Summer Concert Series_ guitar player

Summer concerts in Cherokee Triangle are a treat for the community.

Just in case you needed another reason to be at Cherokee Park, the summer concert series is kicking off on Memoria Day weekend. The concerts will begin Memorial Day Monday at Cherokee Triangle from 7-9 p.m., and occur the following Sundays through July.

These concerts are great events for family fun, community, a beautiful Highlands-area park, and some fantastic music. Whether you’ve lived in Louisville for years or you’re visiting the area, this is a can’t-miss night of neighborhood happiness. While you’re there, you can walk through the scenic trails in the park, or journey on down to Bardstown Road for artisan coffee, lively night life, book stores and specialty shops. The Highlands has something for everyone, and it’s a thriving neighborhood that still maintains its charismatic charm.  

Louisville’s many parks, community events, arts and music festivals, friendly gatherings, and social amenities make it a terrific place to live and work. If you’re looking to find your next home in the Highlands area, we’d love to talk with you today about your options.

[Source: TheHighlandsofLouisville.com]


Cat Café Coming to the Highlands This Summer

For Cat-Lovers Who Also Love Coffee

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Does your purrfect day involve cats and coffee?

Does your purrfect day involve cats and coffee?

Louisville has a lot of coffee shops and cafés, but this summer, the Highlands will get Louisville’s first ever cat café! Purrfect Day Café will open its doors this summer at 1741 Bardstown Rd. The café - part coffee shop and part adoption center - will serve a full coffee line-up, plus beer, wine, and snacks.

Patrons can play with and pet the cats, who will live and lounge in the café. Every cat there will be available to adopt through the Kentucky Humane Society. Potential adopters will see the cats relaxed and in their natural environment, so they’ll have a good idea about the nature of any cat they decide to adopt into their home.

So whether you’re a cat-lover who likes to be able to enjoy their company over coffee or you’re hoping to bring home a new feline friend, the Purrfect Day Café will be the place to be! The owners are hoping to open their doors this June.

[Source: Louisville Business Journal]


Former Highlands Church Transformed into Luxury Apartments

When Your Home is Your Sanctuary

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

A former Highlands church receives new beginnings as a multi-family apartment unit.

A former Highlands church receives new beginnings as a multi-family apartment unit.

Luxury apartments from upcycled spaces – you’ve seen it done with abandoned warehouses and industrial buildings. Now a historic church in the Highlands is joining the fun! The Sanctuary on Bardstown is a new, nine-unit apartment complex that used to be Calvary Lutheran Church.

The developers kept some of the unique details of the church, such as the beautiful stained-glass windows now artfully restored, but they converted the three stories into nine apartments and a potential restaurant for the high-end renter who loves a little history.

The Sanctuary on Bardstown has three studios, four one-bedroom units, and a couple two-bedroom apartments. Each unit has hard-wood floors.

[Source: Louisville Business Journal]


Proposal Seeks to Improve Highlands Business District

Councilman Brandon Coan wants help along the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue corridor.

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

One Louisville Councilmember wants to invest in continuing the good things that are happening in the Highlands.

One Louisville Councilmember wants to invest in continuing the good things that are happening in the Highlands.

As the Highlands continues to be a valuable commercial and residential area in Louisville, Councilman Brandon Coan has introduced a proposal to create a force of people dedicated to the Highlands businesses district.

The team would work with local law enforcement and parking authorities to focus on the area’s beauty and cleanliness. Coan recognizes the vitality of the area and wants Louisville to be proactive in helping it thrive even more.

Coan is hosting several public discussions to get things started. The meetings will be:

  • Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. at HopCat
  • Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.at the Highlands-Shelby Park Library
  • Monday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Douglass Community Center Gym

[Source: WAVE3 News]


St. Patrick’s ParadeThe Highlands · Sat, Mar 10, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Highlands will take place on Saturday, March 10 starting at 3PM.  Don your best green attire and join us for what’s often called the ‘people’s’ parade, as families join a mix of decorated vehicles and groups along the route.

St Patrick's Day Parade in Louisville

The parade will kick off at 3 PM, starting at Phoenix Hill and ending at Mid-City Mall.   Come early so you can grab a good spot along the parade route.  There will be a lot of fun floats and groups in the parade this year, surely to entertain the wee lads and lassies.  Beads, candy and other trinkets will be handed out by the groups as they pass along the route.


After the parade, there will be an award presentation for best groups, held at O’Shea’s Irish Pub on Baxter Avenue. 

Courtesy of 93.1 Iheart The Beat


Louisville's Highlands Area to Welcome New Ramen Restaurant

“Ramen Inochi” Will Open in Mid-March

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Ramen noodle bowl

The owners of the new ramen shop want to make one thing really well – ramen!

There’s no doubt that Louisville is a thriving foodie city, but the addition of a specialized ramen shop on 2009 Highland Ave. will certainly bring a new experience. The Highlands is a perfect area for “Ramen Inochi,” a restaurant seeking to do one thing very well – ramen.

Large cities are full of these kinds of shops, but this is a relatively new idea for the Louisville diners. And it’s ideal for those living in the Highlands. Because like so many other amenities in the area, it’s a convenient way to gain a whole new and delicious cultural experience. This is not your college-self’s ramen in a $0.25 packet – it’s an authentic, flavorful mastery of culinary senses!

Ramen Inochi will be open for dinner every night, with extra-late night dining on the weekends. They’ll serve mostly the traditional recipes with a few twists and fusions.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Ideas for Decorating Your Highlands Shotgun House

Tips and Tricks for Designing the Interior of a Narrow, Open Home

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

Offset the narrow space with plenty of light.

So you grabbed up a fabulous shotgun house in the trendy Highlands area? Congratulations! Now, how do you decorate such a specific space? Here are a few fun tips that have worked for other shotgun house owners!

  1. Less is More – For the narrow spaces of a shotgun house, big fixtures and furniture will overwhelm the space. Opt for a smaller sink, sofa, and bed than you might choose for a different style home.
  2. Pick a Point – In each room of your home, pick a focal point and design around it. Some things you might consider include: fireplaces, headboards, tables, or light fixtures.
  3. Multitask – Use the furniture in your rooms to create multi-functional spaces and common areas. For example, you can use a well-placed desk in a living room to help it double as an office, or add a high island in the kitchen for some additional seating.
  4. Use Asymmetrical Layouts – To bring balance to your long, narrow spaces, combine several smaller furniture pieces to complement each larger piece.
  5. Bring in the Light – To finish your design, think light! Use white or lightly colored paint on the walls, embrace the natural view from the windows, and add mirrors and other reflective piece to reflect the natural light.


[Source: Hunker]


Highlands' Heine Brothers' Coffee is Moving

It’s Moving Out of Carmichael’s Bookstore, but Just Across the Street

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

You can still get your Highlands cup o' joe from Heine Brothers.You can still get your Highlands cup o' joe from Heine Brothers.

The Heine Brothers in Carmichael’s Bookstore has heard its customers’ requests!

Highlands customers have been asking for more seating and parking for a long time, and an upcoming move should provide both. Sometime this spring, the Louisville coffee staple will move its Highlands location from 1295 Bardstown Rd. to the former Dunkin’ Donuts location, in front of Midtown Mall.

The new location will be more than double the original size, and include a drive-thru. The location will also add an additional six baristas.

And they’ll still be near the bookstore! The new location will be 1250 Bardstown Rd.


[Source: Courier Journal]


Highlands Welcoming a Vegan Restaurant in a Familiar Location

The former Monkey Wrench building will soon be a brewery and Vgrits Food Co.

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner


The former Monkey Wrench building will be the new home to a combined brewery and vegan restaurant. Credit: Kevin Gibson

Vgrits Food Co. has been a Louisville food truck staple for years, and this spring, the owners’ dream of opening a location will become a reality in the Highlands.

The new specialty restaurant hopes to open in April at an old Highlands favorite location, the former building of the Monkey Wrench restaurant. The building is being renovated to house Vgrits and a new brewery, which will be called False Idol Independent Brewery. The menu will be familiar to those loyal to the food truck – a combination of organic healthy meals like salads and fruit dishes with their staple vegan junk foods.

The audience for this restaurant will be narrow, but that’s what makes the Highlands a perfect location. The new vegan eatery and brewery will be located at 1025 Barret Ave.

[Source: Insider Louisville]


Sunergos Opens, Feels Welcome in Highlands Area

Neighborhood coffee shop snuggles in to Deer Park

By BEA METTS, Agent/Co-Owner

When Sunergos Coffee Ltd. was ready to open its fourth Louisville location, the Deer Park area was a natural fit. The store owners wanted a neighborhood location surrounded with history. They renovated a building that used to be a dent-removal company, adding windows, redoing electrical and plumbing work, changing the walls and floors and bringing the bathroom up to code.

Sunergos’ new shop is at 1647 Norris Place.

Deer Park has welcomed the new shop with warmth and friendliness. There were even people waiting outside the first time the shop was open for business. But that’s what you’d expect In an area known for local businesses, warm receptions, and really good coffee.

 Photo Credit: Bridgett Weaver

[Source: Louisville Business First]


Google Fiber in the Highlands

Find your new and well-connected home in our neighborhood

by BEA METTS, Agent and Co-owner

The Louisville Metro was one of a few lucky cities to win a bid for Google Fiber to be installed. The Highlands neighborhood was targeted as a good starting place.

If you would like to become one of the best-connected residents in Louisville, consider talking to your Red Edge Highlands agent. We would be happy to find a place for you in this techie side of town. It is the perfect place if you are a small business owner looking for a commercial or dual-purpose property!

Source: The Courier-Journal


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

In the Highlands

by BEA METTS, Agent and Co-owner

Christmas time is here, and with it comes a lack of time, a lack of money and added stress. However, you can combat this by de-stressing with fun events around town.

Many houses of worship around the Metro are having events, but there are also events with a slightly less religious flavor. Many of these events take place right in the Highlands or in the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the area. Staying close to home and having fun should reduce your stress and lead to an increase in your Christmas spirit – less bah-humbug and more holly jolly in your life.

Review all of the events taking place in and around the Highlands this holiday season.

If you would like to be a part of the Highlands neighborhood, make your list, check it twice and then call Red Edge Highlands!

Source: Louisville Family Fun


Preserving History

Is victory in the Highlands

By BEA METTS, Co-owner/Agent

Gas station opening blocked in Highlands

The original Highlands neighborhood is steeped in history and the residents of the area would like to keep it that way.

When Thornton’s purchased property in the original Highlands at 1240 E. Broadway, it planned to tear down a historic home to make room for a large gas station and convenience store.

Residents didn’t want the historic home demolished because of the precedent that might set. Also, it could impact the future of their home territory. Residents hired legal representation and sought protection for the historic home in the form of making it a landmark. This request was recently approved, and Thornton’s has since placed the original plot of land they purchased for sale.

Residents hope to see development of the site without detrimental effects on the neighborhood. The intersection of Broadway and Baxter, which is the former location of Bader’s Food Mart, is one of the highest traffic areas of the Highlands. This fact alone makes it likely that residents will get their wish. As traffic increases and the popularity of the neighborhood continues to grow, properties do not remain vacant for long. If you are interested in this commercial property or in a residential property in the original Highlands that promises almost instant equity, call a Red Edge Highlands agent today!

Source: The Courier-Journal


You’ve Heard of Keeping Louisville Weird

But how about keeping Louisville walkable?

By BEA METTS, Co-owner/Agent

stop sign

Known as one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the Louisville Metro, the Highlands has seen a rise in accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.

City officials are investigating potential solutions. Planners say that some of these problems can be mitigated with options like synchronizing traffic signals, restricting or narrowing existing lanes, extension of curbs, restricting turning movements of vehicles, lowering speed limits, modifying crosswalks and improved signage.

With more than 20 intersections on the Bardstown Road corridor, it is important to consider practical and statistical data to improve walkability in the area. However, public input is also requested. If you currently live in the Highlands or are looking to move to the area, consider contacting your representative with any input. Contact your Red Edge Highlands agent to look at homes in the Highlands area!

Source: The Courier-Journal


Get Out Your Dancin’ Shoes

Or Maybe Just Your Bike

by Bea Metts, Co-owner/Agent


Depending on your point of view, CycLOUvia is either going to be a wonderful initiative to get Louisvillians moving and thinking about alternate forms of transportation in the city, or it’s going to be a headache because of all the street closings and detours.

Whatever your perspective, it is coming. On October 22, CycLOUvia will make it’s way through the Highlands. Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Douglass Boulevard and Broadway from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Police will be stationed at major intersections like Grinstead Road and Eastern Parkway to monitor crossing traffic, so some of your routes may be open. Continuing on the bright side, there are many businesses that will be open and offering great sales in honor of the event.

CycLOUvia is named in honor of former city official, Tom Owen. Owen was a long-time member of the Louisville Metro Council and a biking advocate. This year’s event will be the 12th since 2012 and the sixth that has had Bardstown Road as its central location.

As part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Initiative, this event draws thousands of people.. Mayor Fischer said in a release that the events involve not only closing the streets to cars but "opening them for fellowship and fun."

Source: The Courier-Journal


Another New Day

Another New Diner

by Bea Metts, Co-owner/Agent


For the third time in two years, D. Nalley’s Diner at 970 S. Third St. is gaining new life. This time the diner will have a Highlands connection.

The new owner, Gibin George, was a one-time partner in the Twig & Leaf restaurant on Bardstown Road. Gibin is set to open the new diner by mid-October, if all goes to plan. One of George’s plans is to update the exterior of the building by going from white and black to red and black to, “…add a little flair.” The exterior update isn’t where the added flair ends. George also plans to splash some ethnic cuisine in with the traditional American diner fare. Specials will change from day to day but could be Italian one day and Spanish the next.

The Nalley family still owns the building and parking lot but George wants to make the place his own. He plans to employ seven or eight people. Hours will range from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday with the diner closing at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It will not be open on Sunday.

George does not anticipate the same struggle as the previous operator because of his experience in the restaurant industry. If you are looking for some authentic American cuisine with flare, check out D. Nalley’s Diner in mid-October.

Source: The Courier-Journal