New businesses flourish in city, county

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Fairview Place

Owner: ALC of Carrollton, LLC

Address: 433 Floyd Drive, Carrollton 41008

Phone: (502) 732-7677

Opened: April 2012

Description: Fairview Place is an assisted living community certified by the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living. Fairview Place provides services for seniors who need 24-hour care, assistance with daily routines, meal preparation, medication reminders, and assistance with daily chores. Fairview Place offers five different apartment styles, each with a kitchenette, walk-in closets, personal emergency call button, with weekly housekeeping. According to Chet Mitchell, Executive Director, Fairview’s “amenities include a beauty shop, activity area, courtyard parlor, library, landscaped courtyard, fitness room, dining room and several porches with rockers and sitting areas. We host special events throughout the year, as well as social programs and activities, educational seminars, wellness checks and community service projects.”

Unique: As a family-owned and operated company, ALC operates thirteen senior facilities. Fairview Place is the second ALC facility in Kentucky. Chet Mitchell, the Fairview Executive Director, has over fifteen years of senior care experience and has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Assisted Living Facility Association  (KALFA). He is also the only Executive Director in Kentucky that has won the KALFA “Excellence in Civic Involvement Award” twice, at two assisted living communities. Fairview’s on-site amenities and proximity to area shopping, doctors, churches and the urgent care center sets it apart from other assisted living communities in the area. It is a pet friendly assisted living community, allowing residents to care for their pets while the facility cares for the owners.

Why decided to open their business: ALC has been operating health care facilities in Kentucky for over 30 years and its passion for seniors led the company to open a facility in Carroll County. Having operated a business in Carrollton for over 27 years, the company made the decision to expand its business portfolio and purchase Fairview Place Senior Living in order to provide additional services to seniors in Carroll and surrounding counties.


McCool’s Landing

Owners: Aaron Lacefield and Tony Chaney

Address: 204 Main Cross St. Ghent, 41045

Phone: 502-466-0000

Opened: March 2012

Description: McCool’s Landing is a restaurant and bar, with menu items including pizza, burgers, wings, hoagies, soups, salads and more.

Why decided to open their business:  McCool’s Landing seeks to provide a comfortable environment for locals and tourists and a great alternative for lunch and dinner.

Unique: The historic building has a unique location among area industry, with high quality menu items and low prices and entertainment options. 


Holland Law Office

Owner: Rick Holland

Address: 2279 Highway 227 Carrollton, 41008

Phone: 502-732-0092

Opened: January 3, 2010

Description: Holland Law provides legal services including personal injury representation as well as business and criminal representation.

Unique: Owner Rick Holland stated that “every law practice is distinguished from every other law practice by the attorney providing the service.” He went on to say that “In my practice I try to ensure that I completely understand my client’s needs and concerns and carefully communicate to them the available options so they can make informed decisions about the important issues they are facing.”

Why decided to open their business:  Holland relocated his law practice to Carrollton, “to better serve my largest client, Lloyd Abdoo who owns several hotels in Carrollton and throughout Kentucky,” he said.


Restoration Fitness
for Women

Owner: Teresa Kemper

Address: 2688 Hwy. 227

Phone: 662-0770

Opened: Oct. 1

Description: Restoration is a spiritually based fitness center for women only, offering cardio workouts on treadmills, ellipticals and recumbent bikes and a circuit of weight-training machines. All of the equipment is brand-new and top of the line.

The $35 monthly membership fee includes the machines and use of the two tanning bed rooms. “I wanted it to be affordable,” she said, which is why she doesn’t charge extra for tanning.

Yoga classes are available now, with self-defense classes to start in January.

The facility is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and offers child care from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week; members can access the facility as early as 5 a.m. and until 11 p.m.

Unique: Her inspiration to focus the facility on Christian ideals. “I was inspired to give this a Christian-based atmosphere. … God gave me the word ‘restoration’ a long time ago,” she said, adding that her gym offers a place for women to restore their spirit, soul and body. “It’s a place where ladies can get away and restore.” 

Why decided to open their business: She had decided it was time to get healthy. “I sat behind a desk for 10 years, and I wanted a place where I would feel comfortable to work out. I thought if I felt this way, then I knew other ladies would want it too,” she said. “It’s a place where we can lose weight and become healthy as we become older.”

Kemper said her members range in age from 16 to their 70s.


Rita’s Antiques and Decor

Owners: Rita Brown and Amy Wright

Address: 412 Main Street, Carrollton

Phone: (502) 732-1800

Opened: Nov.25, 2012

Description: Rita’s Consignment has a variety of merchandise including antiques, décor, and candles. Most items are in a “country primitive” style.

Unique: The store offers a varied inventory and friendly service to its customers.

Why decided to open their business:  This is “something we always wanted to do,” said Brown of Wright’s and her own desire to start a consignment business.


Sports Exchange

Owners: JP Dale, Steven “Petey” Doll and Tom Fornash

Address: 2494 Highway 227 Carrollton, 41008

Phone: (502) 662-0400

Opened: February 2012

Description: Sports Exchange provides name brand sporting goods, clothing and equipment.

Unique: Dale said that Sports Exchange is the “only place around to get name brand shoes (Nike, Rebok, Adidas) and licensed Nike UK gear and Louisville Adidas gear.”

Why decided to open their business:  According to Dale, the owners “felt there was a need [or] niche for name brand shoes, clothing, etc.” He went on to say that he and his colleagues “enjoy people and try to find them deals” and also try to save them from long-distance trips to Madison, Florence and Louisville for quality sports equipment.


Susan Sherman
State Farm Agency

Owner: Susan Sherman

Address: 30 Vincent Weaver Way, Carrollton 41008

Phone: 502-732-6608

Opened: January 1, 2013

Description: Personal and Business Insurance. Auto, Homeowners, Life, Bank and Mutual Funds, Renters.

Unique: Sherman’s office is friendly and courteous. She would like everyone to know that her business is a “trusted neighbor and we truly care about our clients and our community.” Citizens may contact the office 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by using the after-hours service by telephone. The regular business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The office has licensed agents available for aid with any insurance and financial service needs.

Why decided to open their business:  Sherman said she “loves people and looks forward to helping people recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.”



T’s Tobacco Outlet

Manager: V. Shah

Address: 2529 Hwy. 227, Suite B  (at side of VF Outlet Mall)

Phone: (201) 423-3068

Opened: mid-October

Description: T’s is a tobacco outlet. “We are trying to sell every tobacco product, and every brand there is. We want to have what the customers want.”

Why decided to open their business: Shah said his family wanted to branch out from the grocery/package store they own in Owensboro. “There was not a tobacco place here, and thought it would be a good market.”

Unique: “Low prices and excellent service,” Shah said. The outlet offers special deals and coupons that customers can pick up at the outlet mall. Regular customers also receive business cards that are punched with each purchase to earn $2 off every fifth purchase.