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31 minutes | May 20, 2022
Let's talk about that mayor's race
Louisville's mayor's race is set following the busy primary season. Democrat Craig Greenberg will face Republican Bill Dieruf in November. We chat about each candidate's message on this week Access Louisville podcast.Later in the show get an update on the latest in Louisville's food scene including a new food hall that's developing in town.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
28 minutes | May 13, 2022
Vince Tyra's new job + Norton Commons development
This week on the Access Louisville podcast we chat Vince Tyra's new job. The former UofL Athletic Director has a new role with a well-known Bowling Green, Kentucky company. After that we talk about the latest development at Norton Commons. The development is called Lyric at Norton commons and is home to restaurants, retail and residential. LBF Reporter Ellie Tolbert is on the show to tell us about some of the unique amenities, including a media tunnel that connects two courtyards at the development.After that LBF's Haley Cawthon tells us about a Louisville company that is building a crypto mine in Indiana. We go down the rabbit hole of web3 and other technologies in that discussion.And lastly we chat about the closing of Gasthaus, a longtime German restaurant in East Louisville.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
14 minutes | May 6, 2022
Unpopular Derby opinions
We recorded the Access Louisville podcast at Churchill Downs this week, just before the running of the Kentucky Oaks. On the show we shared our favorite derby memories, unpopular Derby opinions and our favorite things about Derby. You can check out some of our coverage from Kentucky Oaks here. And we'll have some Kentucky Derby coverage coming soon too.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find us on popular podcast services like Apple Podcast, Spotify and more.
27 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Churchill Downs improvements + Louisville loses a movie theater
We chat about improvements coming to Churchill Downs on this week's Access Louisville podcast. Those going to the Kentucky Derby this year will notice the swanky new Homestretch Club, a luxury seating section right by the track. There's also new stadium style seating that replaces many of the old trackside bleachers. These improvements are in place now but there is more on the horizon, including an up to $200 million renovation of the Paddock area coming soon.After that we talk about the closure of the Village 8 movie theater in Louisville. It'll give its last showing during a $2 Tuesday in July. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services including Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.
23 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
An economics education
Seema Sheth, senior vice president and regional executive of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Louisville Branch, joins the Access Louisville podcast this week.Sheth, a Louisville native, took on the role in December. Hosts David A. Mann and Haley Cawthon discuss with Sheth the importance of economic education, which is often overlooked. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
27 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Roundup of new restaurants in Louisville
We've got a lot of new restaurants to talk about on this week's Access Louisville podcast.Two of them are salad joints, with Green District and Vinaigrette both adding locations in Louisville. But if salad is not you're thing, that's OK too. We also have news on a new cheese shop, Watch Hill Proper bourbon club, a pool hall coming to the former Diamonds Pub location and much more. After the restaurant discussion, we chat about some retail developments, including a new shop at the Bluegrass Outlet Shoppes. And we talk about Bourbon & Beyond's big lineup reveal. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
17 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Louisville's ongoing debate over preservation
There's no doubt that history is important to many Louisvillians and it's often the subject of debate when it comes to new development.We chat about that on this week's episode of the Access Louisville podcast.We've gotten a little taste of this debate in the last few months, with the Dream Hotel project proposed on West Main Street. Fortunately, the developers and those wanting to preserve the character of Main Street were able to come to an agreement on this one — though there are still a few more approvals to go before work gets started.After the preservation talk, we chat about a new construction project from Baptist Health Louisville, a recent layoff announcement from McKesson and the sad news of Hadley Pottery closing. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on most popular podcast services.
24 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
A new tower in Downtown Louisville
UofL Health is building a new seven story tower in Downtown Louisville. We talk about this new development on this week's Access Louisville podcast.This will be the first new tower in Downtown Louisville for some time. And it's substantial because it follows a string of recent health care investment announcements.Later in the show we talk about plans for a Janet Jackson concert on Derby night in Louisville. And then we switch gears to talk about a new location for fast food joint Jaggers in East Louisville.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
28 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
A new era for UofL
For fans of University of Louisville men's basketball, the last season may have been forgettable. But last week was most certainly memorable, as the program ushered in a new era with the hiring of coach Kenny Payne. On this week's Access Louisville podcast, LBF reporter Laurel Deppen talks about this hire after attending the news conference where he was officially introduced. Reporter Michael L. Jones and Editor Jason Thomas give us their take as well. Of course, this big hire comes as March Madness is still underway, which gives us more basketball to talk about. This year will be a bit lacking for fans in the area because Louisville failed to make the tournament and the University of Kentucky and Indiana University were defeated in the first round. After the basketball talk we turn our attention to Opportunity Louisville — a special report on the economic issues and opportunities facing the city.
24 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Louisville lands another major direct flight — but we still want more
Breeze Airways announced a new nonstop flight from Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week. It's been a long-sought destination for the region because of Silicon Valley. The new direct flight comes after American Airlines announced nonstop service to Boston — another highly-coveted tech and health care hub — in December. Direct flights to Austin, Texas, also started last year.So what more could we ask for? Well, Seattle, for one. We talk about the new flight, as well as Heine Brothers' plans to remodel a handful of storefronts and Louder Than Life's lineup in the latest episode of the "Access Louisville" podcast. This week's episode is a little different, as our regular host David Mann has been out on vacation. Never fear, he'll be back next week!
22 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
A new fast food restaurant is coming to town
There's soon gonna be something new to eat in Louisville.Jack in the Box, a San Diego-based fast food joint, has announced plans to open up at a former Steak n' Shake location in Louisville. We talk about where it's going and why people are excited about it on this week's Access Louisville podcast.Later in the show, we chat about a couple of properties along Bardstown Road in the Highlands, which recently sold. This includes the building that housed Guitar Emporium, a well-known shop for local musicians. And lastly we chat about Louisville Business First's Power 50. This list includes the 50 most powerful people in town. We go over a few legacy and new members on the list and chat about a few issues we'd like to see this group take on locally.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
23 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
The housing issues that anger Louisvillians
When you talk about housing in Louisville it tends to trigger debates. Lots of people agree that Louisville needs more affordable housing. And market-rate and luxury housing fetches plenty of interest too.But, frequently, when a developer proposes a new housing development, be it single family homes or apartments, the reaction is negative. That's particularly true with the 'not-in-my-backyard' set who seem to be always concerned with traffic, parking and flooding issues. We get into all of the above on this week's Access Louisville podcast, focusing on two housing proposals — one in St. Matthews and another in Windy Hills — which have both sparked debate about what's needed in town.After that we talk about Norton Healthcare and Goodwill Industry's huge $100 million West Louisville investment. And finally we wrap things up with news of a cyber attack against Norton Healthcare.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. It's available on most popular podcast services.
31 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
So, do you want to return to the office?
Humana Inc. has released its latest plan to return workers to its offices in Downtown Louisville. Getting Humana workers back Downtown should be a boon for neighborhood restaurants and shops as it's expected to bring a number of people back.We chat about that plan on the Access Louisville podcast this week. We also talk about the idea of coming back to the office. We've got some different opinions about the value of being in person vrs. working remotely. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, we determine.Lastly, we talk about the latest with Louisville's startup scene including a $16 million capital raise for Louisville-based firm Virtual Peaker. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services.
25 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
How did Mayor Fischer leave Louisville?
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer gave his final state of the city address last week before the Rotary Club of Louisville. On this week's Access Louisville podcast, we chat with Reporter Michael L. Jones who attended the Rotary meeting about his biggest takeaways from the speech. We also chat about Fischer's legacy and how he will be remembered after leaving office. After that, we chat with reporter Laurel Deppen about her recent interview with ScionHealth CEO Rob Jay.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. It's available on popular podcast services.
25 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
A restaurant news roundup
We roundup some of the latest Louisville area restaurant news on this week's Access Louisville podcast.Specifically we chat about the owner of two downtown Louisville establishments — Riot Cafe and Limbo — that are looking for help from the community during the always tough winter season.We also chat about a new hip-hop themed restaurant in Fern Creek, Melt 502. And a the opening date for Guaca Mole in Nulu.After that we switch gears and talk health care news, with a major investment from Confluent Health. Finally, we wrapped it up with a little talk about UofL's next chapter after the departure of Chris Mack.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. It's available on popular podcast services, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
29 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
A food-tech company braves tough times for the restaurant industry
Louisville-based FreshFry was on a great trajectory prior to the pandemic, helping restaurant clients extend the life of their frying oil with its oil cleansing pods on a national level. But when the early days of Covid-19 shut down restaurants, things began to look starkly more difficult.This week on the Access Louisville podcast we welcome FreshFry founder Jeremiah Chapman, who tells us how the company not only survived those difficult days but has actually thrived since — rising like a phoenix, as he put it. "And it feels like the market dynamics have changed for an extremely exciting 2022," Chapman said.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services as well as on LouisvilleBusinessFirst.com.
22 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Hotels are evolving — has it changed the way you stay?
The character of accommodations are changing in Louisville — offering much more boutique and unusual experiences. We chat about that on this week's Access Louisville podcast.The impetus of the discussion is a recent cover story in Louisville Business First, which highlights a number of unique hotel projects that have taken place around town in the last few years.Later on in the show, we chat about some restaurant news, including a new Thai restaurant in Downtown Louisville. The owner of this new restaurant has a great story in that she opened an American restaurant in Bangkok and is now opening a Thai restaurant here in Louisville. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Radio Public.
27 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
16 predictions for Louisville in 2022
What does 2022 hold for Louisville? On this week's Access Louisville podcast a full crew of Louisville Business First staffers give predictions for the year. We take on a full range of topics: What will happen with Downtown office buildings, what new stores might come to town, what new restaurants might open and even what will become of specific projects such as the Starks Building and One Park. A few tech predictions make their way in there as well.The predictions show has become a tradition these last few years with this being the third one. Time will tell if any of these predictions come true (we were hit and miss on our predictions for 2021.) Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. You can find it on popular podcast services including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Radio Public.
31 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
We predicted Louisville's future ... sorta
Was 2021 predictable? In some ways, yeah.Last year around this time the Access Louisville podcast crew made several predictions about what 2021 had in store. On this week's show we go back and talk about what we got right and what we got wrong.In some cases the predictions were spot on. For instance, LBF Editor Shea Van Hoy somehow correctly predicted that Muhammad Ali Airport would get a flight to Boston. But in other cases — such as a prediction that a downtown hotel would close — we were way off (several downtown hotels actually opened.)We also had a few predictions that were hard to quantify. For instance, was it a make or break year for restaurants? Probably. We certainly saw some places close. But we also saw some new places open ... so it's a bit debatable.Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. It's available on popular podcast services such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
22 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Louisville airport's big new flight
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport has finally added a flight to Boston. The new flight starts in June from American Airlines. Reporter Michael L. Jones joins this episode of the Access Louisville podcast to talk about the announcement. It caps off what has been a big year for the airport in terms of adding flights.We also talk about the reopening of a staple Louisville music venue, Joe's Palm Room and efforts by local food trucks to feed the hungry following last week's devastating tornadoes in Western Kentucky. Reporter Laurel Deppen is also on the show to follow up on recent personnel changes at the University of Louisville. She was at the university earlier this week as it named an interim president and interim athletic director. Access Louisville is a weekly podcast from Louisville Business First. It's available on popular podcast services.
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