Archive for July, 2012

At Least They Didn’t Call Them “Mixologists:” The C-J on Craft Cocktails

Posted in Drink, Food, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2012 by othersideoflife

Here’s a repost of our note on the Courier-Journal‘s article today on craft cocktails in Louisville from one of our sister blogs, Tasting Notes:

I’ve always been pretty skeptical of the Courier-Journal‘s cultural reportage. It’s easy to joke that once some cool new trend is covered in the C-J, it’s already over. However, today’s paper has a well-reported article about the craft cocktail movement here: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120730/SCENE02/307300020/Craft-Cocktail-Movement-in-Louisville?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Home|p.

Local bars and restaurants The Silver Dollar, Meat, Proof on Main, St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s*, La Coop, Rye, and Decca are profiled, along with a few of their bartenders and bar managers. If I have one complaint, and it’s a pretty minor one, it’s that a few other innovative bar programs in Louisville aren’t mentioned — I’m specifically thinking of the Blind Pig, though I’m sure there are others. But that’s really just a minor quibble. It’s a generally gracious article without the kind of pretentiousness usually on display when craft cocktails are discussed — and thankfully no one refers to themselves as a “mixologist.”

I still haven’t been to St. Charles Exchange, Doc Crow’s, La Coop, or Decca, but clearly they’re interesting spots worth checking out.

*FYI — apparently Doc Crow’s web site domain has expired. Get it together, people!

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Music this Weekend, July 26-29

Posted in Happenings, Music, Music This Weekend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by othersideoflife

As we’ve said before, the weekend starts early around here, so we’d like to inform you of a few under-the-radar cultural events goin’ on in Louisville (complete with links to peruse!).

First off, our sister blog The Other Side of Life is co-promoting a show tonight in conjunction with Cropped Out and Black Velvet Fuckere:


(Flier by Ryan Davis.)

SAPAT (on Siltbreeze; from Louisville, KY)
BLUES CONTROL (on Drag City; from Coopersburg, PA)
PARLOUR (on Temporary Residence; from Louisville, KY)
WET (from Louisville, KY)

Thursday, July 26th 2012
at The Cathouse
747 S. Preston
All Ages! Doors at 8 PM, $5

There’s more information at the Facebook invite here: http://www.facebook.com/events/121230094685490, and you can read this great interview with BLUES CONTROL in this week’s LEO Weekly:http://leoweekly.com/music/spiritual-station-blues-control.

But if you’re in a more metal mood tonight, you can always check out TORCHE, BUSH LEAGUE, OLD VIKINGS, and NERVOUS ENERGY at Phoenix Hill Tavern for $10, and the show starts at 7 PM (can’t find a flier online, and we can’t bring ourselves to link to Phoenix Hill, but whatever it should still be a good show).

On Friday night, our friends at Astro Black Records (that’s the awesome new record store in the back of Quill’s, run by Jim Marlowe of Tropical Trash) are presenting a rad show at Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge: TROPICAL TRASH, CROSS (from Lexington), and MILK MUSIC (who we keep hearing great things about!) — here’s the Facebook invite for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/441691975861428/. Lisa’s is at 1004 E. Oak Street (just off the corner of Swan), and $5 with 9 PM doors.

Also Friday night the new lineup of TWIN SISTER RADIO debuts at the Cathouse (747 S. Preston) with THE CARIBBEAN (from Washington, D.C.) and Connor Bell’s SHEDDING. 9 PM, $5. Gonna be tough to make both shows but we’re gonna try!

Saturday night our friends THE LITTLE BROTHERS are playing at Against the Grain, at 401 E. Main in Slugger Field. Not sure if there’s a cover, but they’re playing three sets, with no repeated songs, so that should be excellent. 8:30 PM start time.

On Sunday, whew… we’re gonna rest! Let us know, though, if there’s anything else goin’ on and we’ll list it!

Dolls Market Sale Pending — And We’re Back

Posted in Development, Economics, Louisville News, Real Estate with tags , , on July 24, 2012 by stateofthecommonwealth


(Photo of the former Dolls Market swiped from the Courier-Journal.)

According to today’s Courier-Journal, the former Dolls Market on Brownsboro Road will soon have a new owner:

An out-of-town developer has a contract to buy the former Doll’s Market building and parking lot on Brownsboro Road for a retail use, and a closing is expected by the end of the year, real estate agent Paul Grisanti said.

The building could be one store or perhaps three smaller ones, but Grisanti said he could not disclose details because of a confidentiality agreement. Grisanti is selling the property for the owners, the Charles F. Bauer family.

The developer interested in the Doll’s building has 53 “units” in 13 states, and this would be the first store in Kentucky, Grisanti said. “It’s something people in that area will most likely appreciate,” he said.

We figured we’d google “53 stores 13 states retail” to see if there we could find any hints, but the only relevant result was the Wikipedia entry for American Signature, the parent company of Value City. Not that exciting, we know. Perhaps someone out there has a tip they can share with us? Anyway, it will be good for that stretch of Brownsboro Road to have more robust retail again. Now if only they can get a good restaurant back in the old Azalea space…

In other not-really-news news, we’re restarting State of the Commonwealth on a most-likely sporadic basis, so we hope you enjoy it. Work schedules now allow for some time to dedicate to SotC, which we haven’t updated since 2008. We’ve unfortunately missed out on a lot of changes, some positive and some otherwise, around Louisville and Kentucky in the past three years, and we regret that. But hopefully we can jump back into the swing of things! Thanks for reading.