I normally don't get involved in Facebook conversations or comment on the state of affairs but hearing about Wild and Woolly Video closing and the fact that nobody is talking about it just a week later struck a nerve. I've been to WWV a few times but won't pretend that I was a customer the main reason being that I haven't owned a VCR or DVD player in years! Their few and far between commercials alone made me a fan.
The store is closing, not because they are losing money but because sales have been declining for years and it's better for him to get out while he's ahead and change his career. There were literally hundreds of comments from people saying "NOOO!" "So sad!" "WWV was one of the things that made the Highlands The Highlands." It is sad that another local business is closing. Extremely sad. I'm just wondering how many of the hundreds of people that commented actually patronized WWV in the last year. If ever one of those people had gone in there and rented a video just once in the last year this may not be happening. ear X-tacy might still be open if those same people had bought a few records or cds.
Then there is Regalo Gifts closing their Barret Ave store and protests in front of Lynn's Paradise Cafe that has been closed for 2 years.
So many of our friends are local, small business owners, are self-employed or are local musicians. The list is too long to tag everyone in so please tag yourself if you are a local business owner, work in a locally owned/operated business, self employed, etc.
All of these people are out there scraping and scrounging to make their businesses successful. Most don't have investors, connections to get government funds or local media coverage to help them. They are relying on their wits, blood, sweat and tears to make it.
I pray that we can keep our little Louisville based small business alive and thriving! So please, don't just "like" our FB pages and posts, get out there and support those businesses by purchasing their products and services. Show us that you "like" us buying local each and every day!
Bernie Lubbers aka The Whiskey Professor and Brand Ambassador at Heaven Hill (former BA at Jim Beam) is a friend who we have hung out with a bit and worked for, both via work we have done for Heaven Hill Distillery and for him personally. He contacted us earlier this week and asked if it was ok that he include us in an article he was writing. Well, duh. So, here it is. Thanks Bernie!
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Hello! We haven't blogged in a long while but we've been so busy working on new products! Here they are! Stave states and shape signs made from the staves (the long slats of wood that comprise the barrel) of authentic used bourbon barrels. For the moment but we only have permission to share the photograph of the Kentucky but we've got a few other states in the works and someone even wants us to do Australia! The Fleur de Lis is the perfect size for your front door or porch. Just add a bow for the different holiday approaching and you have a year round bourbon love reminder.
They are available on our products page but please remember that shipping & handling charges are NOT included in the price. Email us and we can get you estimates or if you are in the Louisville, KY area you can pick up or we can deliver for a small fee.
I was doing a little research (I was a Google-ing fool today) and came across a couple of people who have blogged about us. Here they are...
We are privileged to be working with the Van Winkle family for the past few months on a special project for Pappy & Co. run by the daughters of Julian Van Winkle.
We took 20 Pappy Van Winkle 15 year barrels apart and made custom barrel heads hand wood burned with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Family Reserve and a famous Pappy saying "Asleep many years in the wood." Each came with a Certificate of Authenticity, wood burned with the barrel number, fill date and the dump date. Each Certificate and barrel head were also signed by Julian Van Winkle.
These first 40 barrel heads sold out quickly but we are looking forward to the next barrels to be dumped early next year. For more information and to get your own Pappy merchandise go to www.pappyco.com!
Some comments from www.pappyco.com about the barrel heads:
We started this business 3 years ago and there were only a handful of people making art out of barrels. Now there are bunches of people making things left and right. A few of them even dog us on their websites and pages. That's fine with us. The quality of our work, attention to detail and passion for bourbon, barrels, art and integrity is what matters.
We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust. We make each and every piece by hand. Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything. That is what sets us apart. No one does what we do, how we do it.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered to death. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us.
Bardstown, Kentucky is invaded by 50,000+ every September by people from all over the world to celebrate our native spirit. Throughout the week we had a barrel head with our new logo sitting on a table and asked that people sign it with their name and where they were from.
Our week started on Thursday at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Mary Ellyn Hamilton, curator, has graciously hosted us for two years. We, in turn, donate items for the Master Distiller's Auction which is the museum's major fundraiser for the year. While we were setting up a rather famous Kentuckian came by to say hello. Col. Michael Masters, aka "The Kentucky Bourbon Master" who has written several books on Kentucky hospitality, heritage and history. We also got to meet his beautiful wife, Margaret Sue. For more information on the Michael and Margaret Sue, visit www.kentuckybourbonhouse.com.
Another highlight from Thursday was a 20 minute visit with Jimmy Russell and his wife. Jimmy is the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. I can't tell you what a thrill it was hearing some of the old stories. One of the most interesting was that his wife worked at the distillery before he did and encouraged him to get a job there.
Friday, Adam Harris, North American Brand Ambassador for Jim Beam stopped by and Friday night we went by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace that just opened on West Flaget downtown Bardstown. DeeDee and Howard are fabulous hosts and it seems everyone loves the bar Jeff made for the tasting room. The bar top was made from wood planks recovered from the floor of the kitchen of the building built in the 1820's and wood flooring found in the attic. It is truly a piece of art complete with wormholes.
Saturday was the Master Distiller's Auction and the black tie event, The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala where we got to chat with Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, Representative Rob Taylor of Iowa, Willie Pratt of Michter's, and Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, just to name a few.
Sunday went by in a blur but the bloody mary's from Bloody Kentucky helped get us through the day. We also had a drawing for one of our Garden Benches made from authentic bourbon barrel staves. The winner is Stacie M. from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
We are blessed beyond words to be doing what we love. Can't wait until next year!
Wow! That's all I can say. What a fantastic weekend of music and bourbon. If you haven't heard of Forecastle you may very well have been living under a rock . Rolling Stone Magazine has named the fest one of the 33 coolest festivals. ("Forecastle Festival Success". Rolling Stone Magazine. July 2012) Click here to find out a little more about the Forecastle Foundation. http://forecastlefest.com/foundation/
According to Fred Minnick, author, photographer and journalist, Forecastle just became bourbon's most important festival, beating out the Kentucky Bourbon Festival because it's hitting a whole new target market. http://fredminnick.com/forecastle-just-became-the-worlds-most-important-bourbon-festival/ And we are proud to have contributed a small part to the effort. Big thanks to Stephanie Lindsay of Green Lady Studio for having faith that we could create her vision for this years Bourbon Lodge.
Liz and Jeff love Bourbon and Kentucky and all that implies.