Take time to discover bourbon at the Bourbon Classic in Louisville

Fall in love with Bourbon this November! The Bourbon event of a lifetime is just a short road trip away in Louisville, Kentucky. Bringing together the best of the best in culinary, cocktails and Bourbon arts, Bourbon Classic takes place November 3 – 6, 2021. Make an autumn weekend getaway of it and enjoy Bourbon Classic’s signature events: the Cocktail & Culinary Challenge (November 5) and TASTE (November 6), both at Louisville Slugger Field. 

Arrive in Louisville on Friday, November 5, and get your weekend started with world-class Bourbon cocktails and small plates at the Cocktail & Culinary Challenge. Teams of master bartenders and acclaimed chefs will be matched with Bourbon Classic sponsor distilleries to compete in two rounds: Classic and Contemporary. 

Start Saturday with local brunch or shopping, then head back to Louisville Slugger Field for Bourbon University, followed by TASTE. Bourbon University includes the Bourbon educational experience of your choice, from distillery tours to Bourbon tasting sessions, food pairings, and more. 

After Bourbon University, it’s time for a Bourbon experience like no other! As you make your way through TASTE, you’ll savor Bourbon tastings from Bourbon Classic distillers, meet distillery reps, and enjoy delicious dishes from featured restaurants. At the end of the night, don’t forget to take home your commemorative Glencarin tasting glass. 

Tickets for Bourbon Classic, including weekend packages, are on sale now at BourbonClassic.com. They’re almost sold out, so act fast! While you’re there, be sure to check out the local area guide for recommended hotels, restaurants, and more, to make the most of your weekend in Louisville.  

A new real estate agent in town

With a passion for exceptional service in the Northern Kentucky area, Noel Ripley is ready to help with your home buying and selling needs. As a proud member of the Coldwell Banker Family and Team Linden – Kamp Real Estate Group, Ripley carries values of hard work, integrity, and outstanding client service into everything she does.

Licensed in 2005, Ripley took a pause to go into Business Management and Marketing that provided strong skill sets to carry over as she resumed her career in Real Estate.

Ripley utilizes a team of professional service provides to assist with her client’s buying and selling needs, including stagers, painters, handymen, and inspectors. She is communicative, thorough, and detail – oriented and she’ll be alongside you every step of the way.

Ripley is a 2020 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service Honoree. She has been involved and supported several events over the years connecting herself with city leaders and philanthropic organizations.

A passionate traveler and sports enthusiast when Ripley isn’t in the office or engaging in the community, you’ll often find her at Reds, FCC, UC Bearcats, or Bengal’s games supporting her hometown teams. Enjoying her time with family, friends, and her beloved dog Izzy.

Looking to buy or sell in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area, Noel Ripley and Team Linden-Kamp Real Estate Group will provide exceptional professional service with your best interest in mind. You dream it, we’ll find it.

For further information please contact Noel Ripley directly:  noel.ripley@cbrealty.com  

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Plan ahead to attend the Bourbon Classic in Louisville

The Bourbon event of a lifetime is just down the road in Louisville, Kentucky! Bringing together the best of the best in culinary, cocktails and Bourbon arts, Bourbon Classic takes place November 3 – 6, 2021. We recommend making a weekend getaway of it and enjoying Bourbon Classic’s signature events: the Cocktail & Culinary Challenge (November 5) and TASTE (November 6), both at Louisville Slugger Field.

Arrive in Louisville on Friday, November 5, and get your weekend started with world-class Bourbon cocktails and small plates at the Cocktail & Culinary Challenge. Teams of master bartenders and acclaimed chefs will be matched with Bourbon Classic sponsor distilleries to compete in two rounds: Classic and Contemporary.

Start Saturday with local brunch or shopping, then head back to Louisville Slugger Field for Bourbon University, followed by TASTE. Bourbon University includes  the Bourbon educational experience of your choice, from distillery tours to Bourbon tasting sessions, food pairings, and more.

After Bourbon University, it’s time for a Bourbon experience like no other! As you make your way through TASTE, you’ll savor Bourbon tastings from Bourbon Classic distillers, meet distillery reps, and enjoy delicious dishes from featured restaurants. At the end of the night, don’t forget to take home your commemorative Glencarin tasting glass.

Tickets for Bourbon Classic, including weekend packages, are on sale now at BourbonClassic.com. They’re almost sold out, so act fast! While you’re there, be sure to check out the local area guide for recommended hotels, restaurants, and more, to make the most of your weekend in Louisville.

Enjoy your meal outdoors

Tis the season for #outdoordining and Street City Pub offers a fantastic urban patio in the heart of downtown. Located in the center of bustling  6th Street you can relax and watch people go by while enjoying new cocktails, pitchers of local beer or margaritas, and delicious food. As the sun sets create a date night among the flowers and trees and try out their Certified Angus Beef® New York Strip or Grilled Salmon entrees also featured on their Three Course Meal for $30. Street City is a great stop for pre or post games, happy hour every day, Wine Wednesdays, and Trivia Thursdays.

 Speaking of games and outdoor dining, Street City is proud to be featured among the food vendors for the 2021 Western & Southern Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio. They look forward to bringing their delicious food and friendly service to those attending the event. Among the offerings is their famous Fretboard Battered Cod Sandwich, Crispy Brussels, and the Cajun Salmon Salad. So, you can be assured of quality gourmet food from Street City in-between watching your favorite players. 

Summer is at its climax. Before the siren calls of returning to school and fall sound, venture out and explore what Downtown Cincinnati can offer. Street City is a central stop to accommodate your weekend tour. Find them tucked away in plain sight on 6th Street or at the tennis tournament in Mason.  

Six updates that will pay off when you sell your home

The real estate market is still on fire! Here are 6 updates that will help you sell your home.

1.Painting a Neutral Color

Painting the walls a neutral color costs on average $2 – $6 per square foot. Using a neutral shade will make the home more inviting and give it a fresh feel. This makes it easier for potential buyers to see their own things in the space.

2.Replacing Your Garage Door

Replacing your garage door costs on average around $1,124, but when you list your home for sale, it adds value to your property. Replacing an old and worn-out garage door will positively impact curb appeal, which in turn leads to higher property values. On average, you’ll recoup 97.5% of your investment here according to a study from Remodeling magazine.

3.Refacing Your Cabinet Doors

Replacing cabinets in your kitchen is an affordable way to update your home’s look with minimal time or money spent on renovations. Refacing your cabinet doors starts on average between $1,000 – $3,000, depending on style and size choice. This may seem like a lot, but if you consider that this price includes all doorknobs, hinges, handles, drawer slides, etc., you realize what good value these doors are compared to other projects that cost upwards of $5,000 – $10,000+. The great thing about replacing just the cabinet door panels is that they won’t impact outside the space itself, so there isn’t much clean-up or mess left over after.

4.Updating Bathroom Fixtures

Updating the finishes in your bathroom will also give you a good return for money invested, price-wise and value-wise. This project usually costs between $1,000-$5,000 depending on what fixtures are included, but on average, you can recoup about 66% of the remodel cost after you sell your home. Installing new hardware such as faucets or replacing old toilets with newer models is also a home improvement that’s not too expensive and adds equity without breaking the bank.

5.Outdoor Improvements

Landscaping can make a huge improvement to your curb appeal. Projects range from just removing weeds or old plants to bringing in mulch, seasonal plants, and flowers, or even new grass. On average, sprucing up your landscaping costs between $50 – $700 each. 

If you need to do some work on your exterior, a few projects offer a significant return on investment. One example is adding outdoor living space, such as adding an outside kitchen or a fireplace for entertaining guests in the backyard. Adding these features can increase your home’s value by up to 12.4% without costing much more than just materials which cost about $1,500-$2,000 depending on what you choose. Plus, it’s always nice having somewhere with extra space and comfy chairs where friends and family can come to visit during those beautiful summer evenings!

6.Replacing Windows

Installing new windows can vary in price depending on how many and what type of windows you install. Still, they add value to your house by increasing energy efficiency, allowing people with older homes to save money on their monthly utility bills. Replacing your home’s old windows with new ones costs on average $650 per window and can have a return on investment of on average 73.4% – 70.8% depending on materials.

By: Scott Oyler, Oyler Group
@Coldwell Banker West Shell