Lexington Business News – September 2020

Lexington Business News – September 2020

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Lexington Business News for September 2020


The MET nears completion

The much-anticipated MET is a new project nearing completion in the East End of Lexington at the intersection of Midland, Third, and Winchester. It will bring new housing, retail, dining and service options, including a second DV8 Kitchen.


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Downtown’s newest theater and entertainment complex, Lex Live —delayed by Covid —is nearing completion. The Krikorian project, in development since2018, and delayed by Covid, is an anchor structure in the new Rupp development district. LexLive features an IMAX style movie theater along with a sports bar, bowling alley and virtual reality games. The new venue is hard to miss on the corner of South Broadway and High Street, across the street from Rupp Arena.


Former Hulu employee joins Wrigley Media Group

Award-winning video producer and Hulu Creative Director Forest Erickson has joined Wrigley Media Group. A native of Los Angeles and new Kentucky resident, Erickson brings more than two decades of video production and creative experience to the role of SVP, Production & Creative Services for Wrigley Media.


Happy Centennial to Lexington Clinic

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


Junior Achievement President to retire

Lynn Hudgins, President of Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, will retire in November after serving over 20 years as President. Hudgins has served as president of Junior Achievement since 1998. Since then she has spearheaded the completion of the JA BizTown facility,which opened in 2017. Students at JA Biztown learn how businesses work through activities that reflect the operations of major storefront partners such as CHI Saint Joseph Health, Forcht Bank, Keeneland, and UK Healthcare.

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Mayor Gorton visits JA BizTown

Mayor Gorton visited JA BizTownin August to video tape remarks for the new virtual JA BizTown Adventures program.


LaRosa’s founder celebrates 90th birthday with major announcement

LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria announced the launch of LaRosa’s Family Foundation in celebration of Founder Buddy LaRosa’s 90th birthday. The foundation was created to fund programs and activities to help young people develop through life skill training, education, and athletics.


Market on National has moved

Market on National is no longer on National in the Warehouse Block neighborhood, sandwiched between Kenwick and Bell Court. They’ve closed that location and moved to Industry Road to pair with their sister brand, Lexington Furniture.


Men’s clothing store opens on Southland

Mac & Clay is a new men’s clothing store in Lexington recently opened on Southland Drive.


Woodford Reserve’s McCall honored as 40 Under 40 Tastemakers

Woodford Reserve Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall joined the ranks of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2020. The list recognizes the young winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers, and others who are changing today’s beverage industry. McCall was recognized in part for her work to grow rye grain in Kentucky to be used in bourbon.



This article also appears on page 7 of the September 2020 print edition of Ace Weekly.

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