Monday, December 15, 2014

Light Up Schnitzelburg!

Santa stopped by Schnitzelburg on Sunday to spread some holiday cheer at Light Up Schnitzelburg!  Over 50 people gathered at the corner of Goss Avenue and Hickory Street to decorate an evergreen on the side of Mo's Food Mart.  Not only is the tree very visible from bustling Goss Avenue, but it's bright lights will also help Santa identify Schnitzelburg as he flies over on Christmas morning!

After decorating the tree, a group of carolers set out to fill the streets and pubs with Christmas songs! The carolers started at Four Pegs Beer Lounge, stopped to serenade workers at The Post, then embarked on a journey down Hickory Street, stopping at the 19th Hole, Old Hickory Inn, and finally at Check's Cafe!

WDRB even came to Light Up Schnitzelburg!  Check out their story here.

Santa (aka Paul Pfister) and Mike Morris

Elissa Belak, Marilyn Belak, and Curtis Morrison

Brenda K.

Steve Cambron (right) organized the caroling!

Carolers at Four Pegs Beer Lounge

View the whole album on our Facebook page!  Please tag yourself and share!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Newsletter!

December newsletter is here!

We will be mailing the SACC 2015 event calendar to household & business members soon.  The calendars  will also be available at SACC meetings and events while supplies last!

Be sure to join us for a new monthly poetry reading event at Sunergos Coffee on Monday, December 8th, & of course the annual Light Up Schnitzelburg & Caroling on Sunday, December 14th

.  Check out the Calendar and Upcoming Events tab at the top of the page for event flyers! 

Don't forget to support local businesses this holiday season!  Plenty of great places to eat and shop!

Thank you so much for your support of SACC and our community in 2014!  We are looking forward to a great 2015 and continuing to make Schnitzelburg a stronger, happier, healthier community to live, work, & play!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schnitzelburg Holiday Shopping Guide - Buy Local!

The holidays here!  This year SACC encourages you to shift your shopping habits to buy local!  With so many great shops in and around Schnitzelburg, Christmas shopping should be a breeze!

Check out the back page of the SACC newsletter for a list of Schnitzelburg businesses!  Looking for gift ideas?  What about a beautiful arrangement from Schultz's Florist?  Chocolate and beer from Greenhaus?  A gift card to Smoketown USA?  Sprucing up dad's favorite tool at Tool Repair?

Not all Schniztelburg businesses are listed here.  Find a perfect, one-of a kind gift at Yesternook!  Get a bag of fair-trade coffee from Heine Brothers!  Craft something special at Gather and Stitch!  Pamper your pooch at Sit, Stay, and Play Doggie Daycare for the holidays!  Treat yourself to a fresh look for holiday parties at Hali B. & Co.!

If you are a small business owner and interested in having your business listed, please contact Jennifer at  Be featured in the December newsletter - just in time for holiday shopping!

Even when you venture out of Schnitzelburg for your holiday shopping, please support local businesses!  To encourage buying local this holiday season, the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (the force behind the Keep Louisville Weird campaign) is having the 2014 Shift Your Shopping contest.  

The contest is simple!  Shop at 5 local LIBA Member businesses (there's over 500!) and save your receipts.  Once you get 5 receipts, fill out an entry form and turn in your receipts at any Feeder's Supply location or Revelry Boutique.  You can enter as many times as you like, but your receipts must be dated between November 19th, 2014 and January 5th, 2015.  You could win $1,000 just for doing your holiday shopping!

There is also a chance to win a $250 shopping spree at local businesses just by using the hashtag #holLOUdays on social media.  It's that simple!

Why is important to buy local?  Not only are you supporting a small business owner and a unique shop, restaurant,  or service you are helping our local economy.  A study conducted shows that for every $100 you spend at a local business, $55 stays in our local economy versus only $14 in a national chain.    

There is power in how you spend your money!  Think of every dollar you spend as a vote.  Those "votes" show who you support and what businesses are important to you.  

Remember: Small Business Saturday is November 29th!

Knock out a chunk of your holiday shopping at the Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar.  The monthly bazaar is temporarily moving from NuLu to warmer digs in Schnitzelburg!  The Holiday Bazaar runs December 6th and 7th at the Art Sanctuary (1433 South Shelby Street). 

According to the Holiday Bazzar Facebook event page, they will have "two floors of handmade gifts and jewelry, puppets, records, books, pottery, and a wide selection of what our local maker community has to offer."  They will also have indoor food vendors and a cash bar.  Music from Cruel Carols, Groovy Croons, and Piaf Tunes by Dane Waters will keep you merry while you shop.

And while it is not holiday related, Four Pegs Beer Lounge will hosting Four Paws at Four Pegs where they will be donating 10% of all food sales to the Kentucky Humane Society on Friday, November 21st from 5:30 to 11.  Dogs are welcome to join in the fun on the patio (they will have a fire pit going for warmth!).  Chef Turner has even created homemade doggie treats for your pooch!  Sounds like a fun night for a great cause!

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for Light Up Schnitzelburg on Sunday, December 14th at 5pm!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Honorable Romano Mazzoli: 2014 #1 Citizen

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council (SACC) named the Honorable Romano L. Mazzoli as its 2014 #1 Citizen.  The 49th annual award was given at the #1Citizen Dinner on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth’s cafeteria.  The dinner was attended by many dignitaries and public officials who presented Mr. Mazzoli with several citations.  Those in attendance included State Representative Jim Wayne, Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King, and State Senator Morgan McGarvey.  Representative Wayne gave a heartfelt introduction of Mr. Mazzoli to the friends and neighbors in attendance.

Romano L. Mazzoli is a Louisville native now residing in the St. Joseph neighborhood. Mr. Mazzoli represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District in Louisville and other parts of Jefferson County in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 through 1995 as a Democrat.  He was the primary architect, with Senator Alan Simpson, of major immigration reform legislation.

Mr. Mazzoli is a graduate of Louisville's St. Xavier High School.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1954, and from the University of Louisville law school, first in his class, in 1960. Mazzoli served in the Kentucky Senate from 1968 through 1970.  Since leaving Congress, Mazzoli has taught at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Law School.  Besides teaching, he returned to school earning a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2004, after serving as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School in 2002.

Mr. Mazzoli has serve on the Board of Overseers of the University of Louisville, the Board of Trustees of Father Maloney’s Boys’ Haven and on the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, Spalding University, Sullivan University, Centre College, and Bellarmine University.

He was  married to the late Helen Dillon of Louisville in 1959, and he has two children and four grandchildren.

Honorable Romano "Ron" Mazzoli

Representative Jim Wayne presenting the award.

Mr. Mazzoli delivering his acceptance speech.

A packed cafeteria for the #1 Citizen Dinner!

The legendary George Hauck enjoying his dinner.

The Boy Scouts who helped clean-up the dinner.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#1 Citizen Dinner + Annual General Meeting

A few important Schnitzelburg events on the horizon!  We will highlight two below, but you can check out all the upcoming Schnitzelburg and SACC events on the new "Calendar & Upcoming Events" tab at the top of the page.  Are you a Google user?  You can sync the SACC calendar with your own, so you never miss an event!  

Thursday is the 49th Annual #1 Citizen Dinner where we will be honoring a citizen who selflessly devotes their time, energy, and goodwill to the Schnitzelburg community.  Meet local dignitaries, enjoy a meal catered by Heitzman's Catering, and enter for a chance to win a slew of prizes!  Join us as we congratulate the 2014 #1 Citizen!  Tickets are still available at Hauck's or at the door.

On Monday, November 24th the SACC will be hosting the Annual General Meeting. This is an important meeting in that we need all household and business members to attend so we can elect new board members.

Anyone is welcome to join to SACC Board!  You don't have to live in Schnitzelburg to serve, but we can only have a maximum of four out-of-boundary members (we currently have two).  More information, including basic job duties of board members, can be found on the SACC Board Member Application Form.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please fill out the application and return it to SACC by Thursday, November 20th.  Anyone can nominate themselves during the Annual General Meeting, however, the nominating committee would like to be able to present nominees to the general public with the information provided on the application.

We will have updates from local business and community groups, a free, Italian style dinner will be served, door prizes will be given away, and every attendee will receive a paper yard waste bag to take home (On January 1st, 2015, Metro Louisville will no longer accept plastic yard waste bags).

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hot Off the Press: November Newsletter!

Hello Neighbors!

The November newsletter is here!  Look for the special color edition in local stores and restaurants this month!

Can you believe it's already November and time for the 49th Annual Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner?  This is Schnitzelburg's night to shine and SACC is planning to make this year's the best ever! Who will be honored with the award this year??? You'll have to join us and find out on Thursday, November 13th
 at St. Elizabeth's cafeteria.  More information in the newsletter and in the '#1 Citizen' tab at the top of the page!  

The SACC Annual General Meeting is November 24th.  We will elect board members for 2015.  You must be a member in good standing to vote.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email us!  The application for new board members can be found here or under the tab 'Meet the SACC.'

Thanks for your support of SACC!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is HUGE!

A large group crowded along the McHenry Street side of the former cotton mill as Underhill Associates broke ground on the Germantown Mill Lofts on Tuesday.  Among those who watched the Underhill's, Booker's, and their associates as they shoveled dirt from a box with gold shovels were community residents, local business owners, news crews and reporters, and local bigwigs, such as Metro Council President and District 10 Councilman Jim King.

The 184 units will range in price from about $700 (one bedroom) to $1,200 (two bedroom).  The lofts will feature high ceilings, granite countertops, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, original hardwood floors, exposed duct work, and large windows.  The large, arched windows are a major part of the renovation, carrying a three million dollar price tag on the project alone.

Instead of blocking out the railroad that runs alongside the mill, they are going to embrace it.  Four cabooses will run parallel to the tracks and offer additional rental space, whether for efficiency apartments or small offices.

Germantown Mill Lofts will have patios, ample green space, recreational sports courts (such as bocce ball), and even a swimming pool.  While they haven't signed any contracts or made any solid plans, they are hoping to attract a coffee house/mircobrewery, a cafe/breakfast eatery, and a wine cellar restaurant.  Suggestions from the neighborhood are encouraged for what commercial businesses they would like to see in the space (Have a great idea? Post it in the comments!).

A 3D rendering of the finished project.

The Underhill's have been very conscious of the neighborhood and how they can work with the community to make GML benefit everyone, not just their tenants.  The property will not have a fence around it.  There will be community meeting space in the building.  The gym and pool will offer memberships to anyone.   The retail and restaurant space on the ground floor will be open to the public.

Sure, the project is huge in the fact that it's a colossal building sitting on eight acres, but it's also huge in terms of the economic impact it will have on the area.  More local businesses will come, more visitors will seek out the area, and the influx of new residents will invest in new AND old businesses in the area.

All of this development also benefits greater Germantown's infrastructure.  While new businesses help transform the streetscape, city and neighborhood leaders can put greater emphasis on walkability improvements, traffic calming, and enhanced green space, such as along as Goss Avenue.

From L to R: Todd Underhill, Mike Morris, Jeff Underhill, Colin Underhill
Remember the Goss Avenue Beautification Project?  The Underhill's are excited to help bring it to life; they're even moving their corporate offices to the old PVA building on Goss Avenue in November.  Jeff Underhill donated $250 to the Three Points Project that caps Goss Avenue to the West.  The owners of The Post credit GML for helping them secure a loan for their forthcoming pizzeria on Goss Avenue.

“We hope that this project will prove to be a vital catalyst for reinvestment in the area, complementing and encouraging other efforts in the area, including beautification of the Goss Avenue commercial corridor,” said Todd Underhill in a statement on their website.

Click the links below for additional information on the Germantown Mill Lofts and the groundbreaking ceremony:

Germantown Mill Lofts website

Groundbreaking for the Germantown Mill Lofts - WAVE 3

Planners hope Germantown Mill Lofts project will spur additional development - Louisville Business First