Pure Small-Town Charm

The People & Purpose Behind The Pub: The Slainte Public House

It’s a cold evening in Georgetown and Matt Nunn has just finished his workday at Toyota Tsusho. He heads to meet his wife Ashley at their favorite spot in town, Slainte Public House, an Irish inspired pub that the couple owns and operates. They grab a cold one from the bar, take a seat on the leather chairs by the fireplace, and blend into the wholesome conversations of Georgetown locals.

Matt and Ashley Nunn opened the Slainte Public House (aka The Pub) in late August 2016 with hopes of creating a community-centered business for the Georgetown area. After taking a trip to Ireland, renting a car and stopping at all the local spots, the couple came back inspired by each pubs friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Pictured: Ashley & Matt during their trip to Ireland

“Pub’s are completely different in Ireland than they are in America,” says Ashley. “People don’t normally hangout at each others houses like they do here; they meet up with their neighbors at a local pub and do their talking. That’s the kind of experience we want with our pub for the Georgetown community.”

After returning from their trip abroad, the Nunn’s plans to establish the first bar in Scott County in over 100 years fell right into place. One of the first tasks when starting a new business – come up with a super cool name. They decided to name the pub after the popular Irish toast to “Slainte” (slahn-cha) which means good health in Irish Gaelic.

The Pub’s location at 320 E Main St. holds more than just drinks and lively Georgetown’ers; it contains over 200 years of history. Constructed in the late 1700’s, the building is considered one of the oldest in Georgetown. This historical spot was once used as a communal spring and held mass for the nearby Catholic Church. It’s original owners even opposed the outlawing of alcohol in the town pre-prohibition – How fitting?

Besides owning the only Irish inspired bar in downtown, the Nunn’s are beloved parents and active churchgoers. Matt is not only the Pub’s beer connoisseur, but also works full-time at Toyota Tsusho America and is an active member of the Kentucky National Guard. Ashley, who works as a dental hygienist and beloved mother of two, is known as “the face” of the Pub as she decides the décor, plans the events, and chats with the regulars at the bar.

One of the hardest things for any small-town business is separating work from family life. “We want to own our business, not be our business,” said Ashley when asked about juggling such a busy schedule. “We hired an awesome staff so that we could enjoy life and the Pub separately.” The trusted staff at Slainte Public House has been known to attend bible studies ran by the Nunn’s and even hosted their own Thanksgiving potluck with some of the bar’s regulars during the holidays. {Sounds like the Nunn’s are accomplishing their community-centered business goal!}

The Nunn’s have been residents of Georgetown for over 10 years and have seen it flourish from a little college town to one of the fastest growing cities in Kentucky. They understand the importance of being a part of the community. One of the FAQ’s asked by customers visiting the Slainte Public House is why they don’t serve food onsite. The passionate response made by the Nunn’s contains the Pub’s need to stay a loyal community partner. “Think of Georgetown businesses as a community pie,” says Matt. “We want to work together and enjoy the pie together, not just take our slice and run.” The Pub encourages customers to stop in downtown restaurants for a nice meal or grab it to go and enjoy it there. In hopes to help hungry customers, Fava’s Restaurant recently partnered with the Pub to develop a “Pub Fare” menu that delivers to those needing something to munch on while drinking. {One can also often find food trucks parked outside the Pub with unique cuisine options such as Go Go Burgers and Salsaritas!}

Whether you have a favorite beer or enjoy trying the new local brew, the Pub prides itself in its ever-changing beer selections. Every night of the week contains a different drink special, such as their Monday “Facetime” deal where customers hand over their cellphone to the bartender and receive 20% off of their total bill. {Real interaction – Who’s up for the challenge?} Looking for live music while enjoying your cold one? You can catch local bands playing hit tunes on the weekends. Check the Slainte Public House Facebook page for an updated tap menu and live music schedule.

The future for the Slainte Public House is bright in Downtown Georgetown. With the warmer months fast approaching, the Nunn’s look forward to reopening their outside patio for picnics and lively music. The Pub’s upstairs area will open soon for additional seating and rentable event space. Oh and don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Pub’s big St Patrick’s Day event “Kegs & Eggs”! Enjoy a full day of Irish inspired food, music & beer, as well as Guinness pouring sessions and lots of giveaways! Contact Ashley for tickets at 859-797-3840 before they are all gone!

After learning about the kind people and the inspirational purpose behind the Pub, why not stop in? If you are interested in a quality beverage after a stressful workday or live music coinciding with cheery conversations on a Saturday night, the Slainte Public House should be your next downtown Georgetown destination.

The Slainte Public House is located at 320 E Main Street in downtown Georgetown and open Monday – Saturday from 3 to 11:45 p.m. You can visit their Facebook page @slaintepublichouse for the latest tap menu and event listings.

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Love Your Downtown Georgetown: Chicks With Chai Takeover

Written by Chicks With Chai

It’s February. The month of love. We all have our own definitions and thoughts when it comes to love. We think about our significant others, our children and our families. But what about the love for your town? Have you thought about how to show your love to the town of Georgetown? This year, the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission has come up with a way for you to show your love to downtown Georgetown in a unique and fun way!

Over 20 downtown businesses including restaurants, fashion boutiques and beauty salons have all decided to participate in the “scavenger hunt” of love. As you walk from store to store, you collect initials as you visit and meet new people who work and own the businesses in downtown Georgetown. After collecting eight signatures, your passport is considered complete and you can submit it for a chance to win the grand prize! But why stop at 8? There are over 20 places on there for you to visit, making that at least 20 new people you can meet!

Collecting Our Passports

As we walked into Miss Behaven on Saturday, the smell of home wafted through the air. We had simply gone in there to collect our passport and be on our merry way, but yeah right. That didn’t happen. The lovely woman at the front counter chatted with us for a bit as we made our way around the store. We found ourselves in the back perusing the sale rack… oh gosh. I am sure you can figure out what happened next!

We somehow ended up in Unique Gifts & More, one of our favorites. I think it is a rule that we can’t leave downtown Georgetown without walking in to see if Steven is working and what latest items he has for us to look at! A warm “hello” comes from behind the counter as we walk in. A welcoming smell hits our nose as we make our way to the back of the store. Unique Gifts & More is participating in the Love Your Downtown program and we wanted that signature! “It excites me to be a part of it,” said Steven Wiglesworth, owner of Unique Gifts & More. “It allows people to know all that is available in downtown Georgetown,” he said.

Surprisingly, Steven informed us that most of his shoppers are from out of town. “So hopefully this will get people out and get them to shop local,” he said. For sure! Why go to Lexington or Louisville when you have some of the cutest boutiques around in YOUR downtown Georgetown?

We look forward to exploring our downtown Georgetown and all it has to offer. I am sure we will collect more than 8 signatures! We hope you will participate and support your local economy and your local community.

Have fun!

This post was written by Chicks With Chai – Two local chicks blogging about all things Georgetown/Scott County. Visit their website www.chickswithchai.com or follow them on social media @chickswithchai to see what they are up to next!

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Tourism’s 2017 Resolutions

A new year requires a new YOU, right?

No need for a full workout routine or strict meal plan this new year when you can join us in Georgetown/Scott County Tourism’s 2017 Resolutions! 

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#1 – EAT LOCAL: Stop spending your money on processed food made by multi-million dollar companies and purchase your goods from local resources at the Georgetown Farmers Market. Spend date night eating out at our culinary restaurants downtown, such as Local Feed or Rodney’s on Broadway, to experience that southern-style cooking you can’t get at any chain.

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#2 – SHOP LOCAL: Did you know that spending your money at a local business improves the local economy? Get your initials embroidered on your favorite sweater at Em & Me Boutique or pick up all your stained glass needs at Heirlooms & Gretchens. Find that unique anniversary or birthday gift at your downtown merchant shops rather than an overpriced department store.

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#3 – PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY EVENT AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH: Get the family out of the house (and out of your hair), and bring them together at a local Georgetown event! Join us during summertime for Tourism’s Party on the Square series, featuring live music & cold brews, or catch us during winter nights at the annual Southern Lights Stroll! Follow us on social media to stay up to date on events hosted by tourism and/or other community entities.

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#4 – GIVE BACK YOUR TIME OR TREASURE: Give your time to those in need by volunteering a few hours of your week at the Scott County Humane Society or animal shelter. No time? Help your community with your treasures by donating any gently worn clothing and non-perishable food items to the Scott County AMEN house.

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#5 – TOUR YOUR TOWN: Scott County is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions that most residents don’t take the time to enjoy. Tour Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and Ward Hall in year 2017. Understanding what is right in your own area can help you appreciate what the rest of the world has to offer!

It may be a new year but Georgetown continues to maintain it’s pure small-town charm!

 

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For the Love of Pizza: The Creation of Fat Kats

Kathy Lyons grew up always wanting to run a pizza place. As a young girl in Ashland, KY there was a little pizza shop where she always wanted to work. On her 15th birthday, she started there, working there for ten years through high school and college.

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Lyons went on to college and got a degree in Psychology, but never gave up her dream of owning a pizza place. As an adult, she held many different types of jobs from working in hotels in Florida to working in a steel mill for a summer.

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“All of my previous jobs were preparation for teaching me how to run a business,” said Lyons.

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When Lyons moved to Georgetown, she felt drawn to an old building thinking “That is supposed to be a pizza place.” Fat Kats was born – named after the nicest name her four brothers called her while she was growing up.

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“I love Georgetown. It’s the perfect size. People here are happy and excited about the growth. I love the green spaces and its proximity to Lexington,” said Lyons.

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Fat Kats has won several awards for their pizza including Best Pizza Midwest, Best Pizza in Central KY and Best Pizza in Georgetown, largely due to Lyons’ attention to quality. The dough recipe is her own, which she perfected while construction was done on the building.

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Fat Kats has a sauce that no one else in the area has which they’ve made distinctive by adding spices. The cheese is high quality as well as the Ezzo pepperoni that is made in Columbus by a company that dry cures it. The appetizers are hand rolled at the time of order. Lyons takes pride in creating the best product for her customers.

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“I like mentoring the kids who come in here to work. I teach them to work hard and make the best product they can, to take pride in their work. I feel good that when they leave here, they leave with a good work ethic,” said Lyons.

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Fat Kats is the closest full service restaurant to the Kentucky Horse Park. The restaurant gets a lot of business from the Horse Park and advertises in their publications. Their pizzas were delivered there during the closing of the Equestrian Games.

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“One of the things I love about working here is that people seek me out and express appreciation for how much they love the food and the place. I had a 91 year old come in here for her birthday because she wanted some good pizza and beer. I feel a real sense of pride by how much the community has embraced us,” said Lyons.

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Fat Kats is located at 3073 Paris Pike. Their hours are Sun – Thurs 11-9 and Fri/Sat 11-10. Visit fatkatspizzeria.com for more information.

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Birdsong Quilting & Crafts: A Family Heritage Lives On

Nestled next to the movie theater on Outlet Center Drive, a bustling community of quilters picks out fabrics, shares ideas and works on their craft.

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Birdsong Quilting and Crafts moved into the larger location after two years on Canewood Center Drive doubling their size and securing a location near the interstate for traveling quilters.

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The quilt shop is a family affair owned and operated by Jim and Stella Crutcher with daughter Crissi Cheser working full-time in the shop as well. The shop serves all of a quilter’s needs selling fabric, rulers, all of the tools for quilting along with offering classes and doing quilting for people. Popular items include jelly rolls, pre-cuts, t-shirt quilts and traditional patterns.

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“I love creating – taking scraps of nothing and making into something beautiful. Quilts have always been a great comfort to me with childhood memories of sleeping under a quilt made by someone you love,” said Crutcher.

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Crutcher was a teacher and principal and upon retiring decided to take on the quilt shop. When she was thinking about what she really wanted to do, it came to her.

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“I’m a devout Christian. I prayed about it and made peace with the idea in my heart as I sat on my deck. At that moment, a bird landed on my deck and started singing. So, I called the shop, Birdsong,” said Crutcher.

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Business has been steady especially in the fall and winter months. People are now starting their Christmas projects.

“Quilters garden in the summer,” said Crutcher. Quilters have been participating in the Row by Row Experience this summer though. Quilters travel to quilt shops listed on rowbyrowexperience.com and gather pieces to make a quilt. “There’s really a culture of quilters. They’re a really active group of women,” said Crutcher.

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“If you build it, they will come. We have an active quilt guild in our community. Customers are looking for relaxation, inspiration, a way to be creative and clear their minds – a sense of fulfillment,” said Crutcher.

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Birdsong Quilting is located at 401 Outlet Center Drive and open Tuesday – Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4. Learn more at birdsongquilting.com.

 

 

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More Than Cake: New Bakery Opens Downtown

Walking down West Main Street, the red brick building with the bakery sign in the window has yet to reveal the hidden treasures inside. With its large outdoor courtyard enclosed by ornate iron fencing to its bright, cheery inside complete with cathedral ceilings and its open dining area, More than Cake is more than meets the eye.

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Owner Leshia Rainwater-Clark will open More Than Cake at 150 West Main Street to the public on September 9 during the Festival of the Horse. The bakery will offer fresh breads, pastries, cakes, pies, candies, soups and sandwiches with a limited dinner menu on Fridays and Saturdays. Initial operating hours are Tuesday-Thursday 6-6 and Friday/Saturday 6-10 or 11.

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Clark has been baking professionally since 2011, but personally since she was a small child. After a 17 year career at Toyota in the paint shop, Clark decided to follow her passion acquiring degrees as a culinary and pastry chef and a business degree.

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“I’ve always loved cooking. I can cook for 1 or 500. I love making barbecue and Cornish hen. I find bread making very relaxing and enjoy making No Bake Cheesecakes. We will be a bakery first and foremost, but people ask me ‘Do you just do cake?’ and I tell them ‘No, I do more than cake’. That’s where the name comes from,” said Clark.

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Clark’s website, www.ineedcake.com will be up and running by the opening date with a menu available. People will be able to order online and Clark will eventually offer delivery downtown for lunch.

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A resident of Georgetown for over 16 years, Clark is excited to be downtown. “Knowing that it’s my own spot. It’s something new and different. It’s exciting to see when people walk in and see how far we’ve come with it,” said Clark.

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After purchasing the land in 2013, Clark has worked hard on building the bakery from scratch with all the features she hoped for in a business.

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The dining room can seat 60 people inside and 30 outside. Clark plans to offer classes in candy and pastry making. There will be an observation area where customers can watch the bakers at work.

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More Than Cake is truly more than just a bakery. It looks to be a sweet spot downtown for years to come.

 

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