Sarah’s Louisville (07/29/2022)

Shelby Park

You know those “______’s Louisville” banners on the sides of buildings throughout the city? Ali and Jennifer Lawrence and Diane Sawyer and more “notable” names. We think the blank should be for all of us. (Who do you think Louisville Magazine should interview about our city? You can tell us here.)

Here are Sarah Height’s answers. Published Friday, July 29, 2022.

What do you want to plug?

“Our Breeze Wine Bar, with locations in Logan Street Market and in Lexington, is planning to open a new spot on South Shelby Street. The Breeze Bottleshop side will focus on natural wines, specialty coffee and craft chocolate. The wine bar/dive bar will be next door with your favorite classic cocktails, the coolest selection of natural wines and late-night eats.”

Since March 2020, what’s something you’ve gained?

“Becoming truly comfortable with being alone in my own home and with my own thoughts. Two weeks of solitary COVID quarantine will really alter your life.” 

What should people visit in your neighborhood?

“Logan Street Market. When bustling, there is really nothing else like it in town.” 

Here’s a magic wand. Wave it and you can change one thing in your neighborhood. What do you change?

“Safe and walkable streets in Smoketown and Shelby Park. Not sure why one-way streets that abruptly change and make you drive headfirst into oncoming traffic was ever a good idea.” 

Louisville dish you’ve eaten more than any other?

“Slice of pepperoni pie from the Post.”

Where are you a regular? 

“Chik’n & Mi. Ramen, slaw, jeaw bong chicken, bok choy.”

What closed Louisville business do you miss most?

“Wild and Woolly Video. Remember when you could ask actual people for recommendations and deep-dive into different films instead of aimlessly scrolling through subpar movies on streaming services?” 

Favorite Louisville building?

“Kaden Tower. It’s really something.” 

Favorite Louisville street?

“Eastern Parkway. Thoughtfully designed with tree-lined raised medians, and it begs you to coast along with the beautiful old trees and buildings. Broadway could really stand to take page out of that book.” 

Where in town do you always take visitors?

“Fleur de Flea. Great people with a great selection of funky, junky gems.” 

Something unexpected that you love in Louisville?

“Dages Paint on Oak Street makes me wish I had more things to paint.”

One thing Louisville is missing?

“Clothes shopping.” 

Favorite Louisville smell?

“Cherokee Park in the spring.”

Something from Louisville’s past you wish people today could experience?

“Street cars! It would be so much more convenient, and you’d never have to worry about getting your car sideswiped.” 

Your drink?

“Natural wine, of course, but when I’m feeling real snazzy, I go for an extra-dirty gin martini with blue-cheese olives.” 

Go-to karaoke song?

“Hiding in the corner far away from the stage.”

Who would you shadow for a day?

“Susan Hershberg of Wiltshire Pantry because she’s an incredible person, a powerful and kind business owner, and she stands up in the face of injustice.”

Priceless possession?

“My grandfather gave each of the grandchildren a sealed tin not to be opened until his 100th birthday. None of us has any idea what’s inside.” 

Favorite thing hanging on the walls at home?

“A painting of the best boy in the world, Norman (the golden doodle).”

What book have you given away the most?

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, because it asks you to take a step back from your daily food choices and experience it in a whole new way.” 

First thing on your bucket list?

“Trans-Siberian Railway.” 

What TV character is most like you? 

“Selina Meyer from Veep. Just doing what she can in a man’s world.”

What makes somebody a Louisvillian?

“Using bars as landmarks.”

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