Yes, those Borders stores are closing at Gardiner Lane and on Shelbyville Road. They’re selling everything at 40 percent off, starting today. The going-out-of-business sale is going gangbusters at Doll’s Market, too. No one should be happy about these developments. Borders has been around 40 years, Doll’s more than 50.
More Blue Lots: Why is it that Todd Blue seems so determined to create surface parking lots downtown in the place of historic buildings? Our Cindy Lamb is looking into that question, as Blue is in the midst of another fight with preservationists over a building at 306-310 Main Street. He wants to tear it down, for no apparent reason, as part of his agreement with the city that saved Whiskey Row.
The Big Deal about 4G: Verizon is launching its new 4G network in Louisville, which means their customers will have faster data transmission than they used to with 3G. And they’re giving away 4 phones and a bunch of chocolate bars at their Breckenridge Lane store at 10 this morning.
Black Opera: The Kentucky Opera, which shares resources with the financially-troubled Louisville Orchestra, announced that it closed its fiscal year with a surplus.
Karen Roby and Harbor House: The WLKY anchor is the new local spokesperson for Harbor House, a wonderful organization that provides services to individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Roby takes over for Monica Hardin, who’s expecting a child. Roby will be involved in the org’s Ken-Ducky Derby, in which folks buy rubber ducks that float down a portion of the Ohio River in a race. It’s big fun.
Stripper Perspective: I don’t like the city’s new stripper law, now in place six months. LEO has an in-depth piece on how it’s affecting business in the city. None have gone out of business yet, and crime stats haven’t changed, and TV stations seem to have lost interest in the topic, even during sweeps. And there’s a new non-profit in town that hopes to provide food and shelter to former strippers.
Best Place to Score Free Stuff: This weekend it’s the WHAS Health & Fitness expo downtown. You can get in free, and see soap stars and Buddy Bat. If you watched the 30-minute special on the event last night on TV, you got an idea of how some local programming could become one huge infomercial.
Bats are Back: They’re starting a lengthy homestand against Charlotte tonight, with fireworks at about 10. The Famous Chicken is there tomorrow
Green Wins One: The Judy Green removal hearing has been pushed back to Sept 12, so Metro Government can waste more money on attorney fees, on both sides, for another month. Green wanted the delay from the original date set for August. I think she just wants another paycheck before her inevitable removal from office. The prosecution (Metro Council) is calling 14 witnesses, who will be compelled to testify, unlike those who ducked it during the Ethics hearing.