Commerce Lexington promotes new director of marketing

Commerce Lexington’s Katie Vandegrift was promoted to director of marketing and research for the economic development team. Vandegrift has served as administrative and marketing assistant since joining Commerce Lexington’s economic development division in late September 2019.


Leadership Lexington announces new class

The Leadership Lexington Steering Committee announced the new class of Leadership Lexington for 2020-21. The program provides people the opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders.


Buddy LaRosa celebrates 90!

LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria celebrated Founder Buddy LaRosa’s 90th birthday with the launch of LaRosa’s Family Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to fund programs and activities to help young people develop through life skill training, education, and athletics. Funding for the foundation was jump-started with a $90,000 contribution from the company in honor of Buddy.


Lexington Clinic celebrates 100

Lexington Clinic celebrated its 100th anniversary in July. Construction continues on the new flagship facility set to open next year.


2020 Salute to Small Business Luncheon

The 2020 Salute to Small Business luncheon, normally celebrated in August,will celebrate virtually this year during the week of September 21 through September 25.


Funding for Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation was one of three foundations awarded grant funding from Catholic Health Initiatives’ Mission and Ministry Fund to continue supporting underserved patients.


Voter Registration Deadline

The deadline for voting registration in Kentucky is October 5, 2020. This year, Kentuckians can vote by mail with an absentee ballot, early voting, or election day voting.



Buff City Soap is opening a new soap makery in Lexington next to Bonefish Grille in Hamburg.

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant opened in the former Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe location in Hamburg.

HomeWell Care Services of Lexington held their official grand opening in August for their location on N. Eagle Creek Drive.

Regal Hamburg Pavilion is reopened.

Tudor’s Biscuit World is soon opening its first Lexington location on East New Circle Road.

Waxing the City is opening its second Lexington location in Hamburg on Sir Barton Way.



The Lexington Public Library announced the Hamburg branch will reopen at reduced capacity on Tuesday, September 8. Temporary hours will be Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Curbside service is still available at all library locations.



Adrenaline Entertainment announced via Facebook in August in a message from CEO Morgan Chapman that “Adrenaline Entertainment Center will be closed indefinitely. Despite the health of our company and the wonderful relationship we enjoy with our loyal customers, the COVID-19 shutdown and subsequent economic climate have made it impossible for us to keep our doors open.”

Jos. A. Bank on Sir Barton Way in Hamburg closed last month.


September at 330: Hiring Extraordinary Employees During Extraordinary Times

The next Commerce Lexington Inc. @330 Series will be held Tuesday, September 8 from 3:30 -4:30 pm virtually. These are indeed unprecedented and challenging times around the world. As the saying goes, “the darker the night, the brighter the stars.”

As companies restart their operations and/or rethink the way they do business and serve customers, finding the right employees may never be more important than it is right now. For most businesses, recruiting and training talent takes time and money, so it’s important to know what to look for when evaluating job candidates.

During the next Commerce Lexington Inc. @330 Series event on Tuesday, September 8th, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Everett Bracken from VOLO, an executive recruiting company, will help you understand how to hire extraordinary employees during these extraordinary times.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Everett Bracken manages VOLO, an executive recruiting company, Earlier, Everett served in the U.S. Army and worked in marketing, strategy & sales roles at Kraft Foods, Miller Brewing, and Lexmark.

TO REGISTER: The @330 Series is open to Commerce Lexington Inc. members at no charge. Register online.

ABOUT @330: These events provide a topical presentation that is relevant to the success of business owners and business professionals. They also allow members the opportunity to discuss ideas, share best practices, and work through challenges.


This article also appears on page 4 and 5 of the September 2020 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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