If you have lived in the Norton Commons community for any length of time, you are aware of the many exciting, fun-filled events that take place here during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. This week, our Marketing Director, Marilyn Osborn Patterson, had the chance to chat with Jason Black, the President and Owner of Artisan Signature Homes, on his Custom Home Building podcast series.
Marilyn shares an inside peek of what’s to come for spring and summer of 2017 in the Norton Commons community. From kicking off the Spring season with Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny to enjoying live music, local artisan crafts, and outdoor movie entertainment, this year’s spring and summer events are sure to be a hit – so come out and join us!
“We have exciting things in the works for the commercial village and beyond, so stay tuned.” – Marilyn Osborn Patterson
What’s Coming Up In Norton Commons:
Get the details of the live music & entertainment events scheduled.
Artists featured this year at the Music by the Water concerts.
What’s expected for the Sun Down Street Parties.
When to get your locally grown, farm-fresh produce at our weekly Farmers’ Markets.
Raising money for a good cause – how to participate in The Race Against Time 5K to benefit Progeria Research.
How you could win a new home valued over $500,000 – for as little as $100.
Which movies are playing – and when – at our Movies on the Lawn.
Our Spring and Fall Home Showcase events.
Take a listen to the full podcast episode and let us know what you think!
The Custom Home Builder Podcast series is produced and published by Artisan Signature Homes and often focuses on the custom and luxury home building process, as well as providing general information about the Norton Commons community to the general public.
PROSPECT, Ky. (March 21, 2017)— Norton Commons, the growing new urbanist community in Prospect, today announced the addition of new amenities including a wildflower meadow as well as a community garden.
Both the community garden and the wildflower meadow will be located at Bergamot Drive and Chamberlain Lane, just west of the community’s amphitheater and lake. The three-acre wildflower meadow will incorporate species native to the state, and will include many of the varieties for which the community streets are named. The meadow will be in concert with nature and will enhance and attract pollinators, birds, and butterflies.
The community garden will consist of 32 4-by-10 foot raised beds. The Norton Commons Neighborhood Association management staff and volunteers will oversee the garden, and plot leases have just begun among neighbors. They are sold out and a wait list has been created.
“The new green spaces will be both aesthetically-pleasing and environmentally beneficial,” said Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Marketing Director and Legal Counsel for Norton Commons. “This is a collaborative project, and will bring together residents of all ages to share in the harvests of vegetables and herbs. It’s the next extension of our farm-to-fork initiatives that began two years ago, when we launched our farmers’ market.”
The new amenities will be part of over 160 acres of planned green and civic spaces, which currently consist of nature trails, a rose garden, three dog parks, a bocce court, a town center, playscapes, and picnic areas. Norton Commons other sustainability efforts include its 100% geothermal North Village and its tree planting initiative, resulting in almost 3000 new trees planted in the community to date.
In May of 2017, the community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original design charrette where dozens of noted landscape architects and planners, like Andres Duany, the father of new urbanism, laid out initial plans for the 600-acre complete community in northeast Jefferson County.
Norton Commons, with its vibrant town center, is a popular shopping destination. With seven full-service restaurants, soon to be eight, this unique neighborhood is fast becoming a culinary destination as well. Where else could you find South American street food fusion, casual Italian, new American, and Asian cross-cultural cuisine within easy walking distance?
Starting Monday, January 23 through Monday, January 30, Norton Commons will host its first Restaurant Week, a week-long dining extravaganza meant to showcase its growing food scene. Restaurant Week will be a great opportunity to try a new menu item at your tried-and-true familiar place or be adventurous and find a new favorite place. The variety of award-winning restaurants at Norton Commons promises a wide range of cuisines that will satisfy every discriminating palate.
The six participating restaurants include Mercato Italiano, Citizen 7, The 502 Bar & Bistro, Tea Station Asian Bistro, Karem’s Grill & Pub, and Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu that includes an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from $15, $20, and $25 per person (price points vary by restaurant). Commonwealth Tap will also offer drink specials during Restaurant Week.
There’s no better time to try something new, so pick a date and gather your friends for the first annual Restaurant Week at Norton Commons.
The wait is finally over for Norton Commons’ builders and buyers. On Wednesday, January 11, the newest section of Norton Commons’ North Village will be available to builders in the first lot draw of 2017.
The new section, known as N4, has 71 very desirable lots. Like other homes in the North Village, the homes in section N4 will be heated and cooled with geothermal technology. N4 will also showcase a large common green space, even larger than a similar green space that can be found on Featherbell Boulevard, west of Meeting Street. Some of the N4 lots will face this picturesque lawn, serving as the perfect centerpiece for the new section.
The Norton Commons Sales Team anticipates that all the new lots will be purchased and built on in 2017. Builders are expecting a great spring, so they are currently working on home plans. Many plans are fresh and unique to N4 and are beautifully designed.
This new section of geothermal homes will continue Norton Commons’ commitment to the local environment, a commitment demonstrated earlier this month when property management recycled over two dozen holiday trees by placing them in the community’s lake to promote the growth and diversity of the resident fish population. Also on Norton Commons’ green agenda for 2017 is the plan to plant over 200 trees throughout the neighborhood. Some of the plantings include the live holiday trees that were on display in the Norton Commons Town Center over the holiday season. That will bring the neighborhood tree count to over 2700. With these and other soon-to-be-announced green additions, spring should be even more beautiful in Norton Commons.
Want to sample award-winning cuisine at a great price? Then make plans to visit Norton Commons’ inaugural Restaurant Week for from January 23-30, 2017. Participating restaurants will offer patrons three-course dinners from $15, $20, and $25 per person (menu offerings vary by restaurant). Offerings will include an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert from a special prix fixe menu. Restaurants participating in Norton Commons Restaurant Week include: Mercato Italiano ($25); Citizen 7 ($25); The 502 Bar & Bistro ($25); Tea Station Asian Bistro($20); Karem’s Grill & Pub ($15); and Johnny Brusco’s($15).
Our friends at Commonwealth Tapalso have some awesome activities lined up for RW which will compliment our culinary offerings nicely. Check them out on social!
Also, don’t forget that Chateau Bourbon Bed & Breakfast is celebrating the event with a special rate of $199/night for all suites this week. Book your staycation and walk to your luxurious accommodations after indulging.
To make dinner reservations, click the restaurant links above or visit our business directory page here and give them a call.
Norton Commons isn’t just a great place to live, work, and shop. It’s also a great place to serve the local community. The residents and businesses in Norton Commons support a number of charities throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.
As soon as the calendar page turns to December, parents in the area know to bring their children to Norton Commons for a picture with Santa. This is also the time to bring children, a date, or the entire family for a carriage ride in true Cinderella style down streets bright with holiday lights. And the cost of that picture with Santa or carriage ride? A toy donation for Toys for Tots. This year, Norton Commons collected more than half a dozen boxes overflowing with several hundred toys and over $100 in cash for Toys for Tots.
Deck the Streets is a new event for Norton Commons this year, but it is sure to become a lasting tradition. Residents decorate their homes and compete by street in a colorful, public display of community holiday spirit. Visitors and residents vote for most festive street via Facebook, and a charitable donation is made in honor of the winning street. Voting closed on December 16, so we hope you did a drive-by and cast your vote for the most decked out street. After tallying up the results, we’re pleased to report that Norton Commons Boulevard was voted as the merriest street, and Portland Promise Center was the winning charity.
The Norton Commons Sales Center gets in on the holiday spirit by collecting gift cards for Engelhard Elementary School. The school uses these gift cards to shop for kids in need and to purchase groceries to provide holiday dinners.
Commonwealth Bank & Trust, the neighborhood bank, has been involved in community giving for a number of years. This year, the bank collected coats, clothes, and toys to provide gifts for “angels” that were not selected from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. CB&T makes sure these children aren’t overlooked.
Three popular Norton Commons’ businesses, Commonwealth Tap, Citizen 7, and The Pet Station support a long list of charities throughout the year. The Bill Meadows Foundation is the primary beneficiary of that generous spirit. This local charity provides financial assistance to people whose lives have been impacted by serious illness. To benefit the Foundation, business owners Paul Blackburn and Alex Tinker helped to start Corkestra, an annual fund-raising event where patrons sample wine and bourbon while enjoying an evening of music in the beautiful Norton Commons’ amphitheater. Can you think of any better way to support an excellent organization?
Salon Muse is another business consistently involved in community outreach. This year, the salon teamed up with Dare to Care by offering a 10% discount off a retail purchase when a client brings in a canned food item. The salon also joined local schools and churches to collect new and gently used blankets for Blanket Louisville for the second year. Collected blankets go to shelters that serve Louisville’s homeless population. Salon owner Angela Nunn appreciates this mission to warm bodies and hearts.
Another annual fund-raising event you don’t want to miss is the Children’s Hospital Foundation Home & BMW raffle to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital. For six years, Norton Commons’ involvement with the Foundation has included donation of a large portion of the value of the home site and assistance securing subcontractors and other vendors to work on the home. Imagine winning a home in beautiful Norton Commons or a brand new BMW for only $100 a chance! Though this year’s raffle is over, be sure to look for tickets to go on sale next July for the 2017 Children’s Hospital Home & BMW raffle.
Norton Commons truly is a great place to live, work, shop, and make a difference in the local community. Residents and business owners capture the generous spirit often reserved for the holiday season all year long.
Shopping locally is more popular than ever before, and with good reason. Discover for yourself the benefits of shopping close to home at the Shops of Norton Commons.
Local businesses offer enhanced customer service. They know their products and excel in attention to detail. Shop and restaurant owners in the Norton Commons community are known to go the extra mile. Shopping locally also allows you to build a relationship with the shop or restaurant owner.
Probably the most exciting reason to shop locally is that one-of-a kind businesses mean you can find one-of-a kind gifts and products! The Shops of Norton Commons have distinctive character and unique products, including on-trend apparel, jewelry, accessories, and gifts.
When you shop locally, your shopping dollars stay in your community. Local business owners put the money you spend with them back in the local economy to support other local businesses and charities. When you spend $100 locally, $68 stays local. Spending $100 at a national chain leaves only $43 in your community. (“What Happens When You Shop Local.” org. 17 Nov. 2016.)
When you dine at a local restaurant, 79% is returned to the community versus only 30% for national chains. (Mitchell, Stacy. “Key Studies: Why Local Matters”. ILSR.org. Institute for Local Self-Reliance. 8 Jan. 2016. Web. 18 Nov. 2016.)
The convenience of shopping locally means you avoid mall traffic and congested parking.
Shopping locally provides jobs in your community. Small businesses are the largest employers nationally. (“American Business is Overwhelmingly Small Business.” org. Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. 18 Nov. 2016.) Shopping locally is an investment in your community and gives you more choices, quality, and convenience.
One of the distinctive shops in Norton Commons is the charming boutique 7 Southern Giraffes located at 10618 Meeting Street. This shop has been described as “classic southern chic combined with trendy styles”. You will find wedding gifts, apparel, handbags, jewelry, and home décor that are as unique as the shop’s name.
Owner Stephanie Hilpp is a huge proponent of shopping locally. “Shopping where your neighbors and family live and work helps boost our economy and keeps the money in our area. Shop, live, and work close by.” For this holiday season, Stephanie is most excited about personalized and monogrammed items, especially the platters and ornaments you will find at 7 Southern Giraffes. Take advantage of 15% off during the Norton Commons’ Holiday Open House. Also, 7 Southern Giraffes will host its own Open House on December 10 with refreshments and 15% off your purchase.
There’s no better time to shop locally than the Norton Commons’ Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3. Our shops will have their best foot forward with festive holiday decorations and seasonal cheer. Many shops, like Lulubelles and 7 Southern Giraffes, will offer special discounts. You’ll find a special trunk show at Something Blue. Take a shopping break for lunch or dinner or enjoy a cocktail at one of Norton Commons’ many award-winning restaurants or bars.
You can also take a carriage ride or have a picture made with Santa in our Town Center! And before you leave, bring the fragrance of pine and fir home with you by stopping at the Christmas tree lot at 10401 Meeting Street. You can go home with a fresh-cut tree, wreath, or garland.
As a special treat, you might just hear music in the air! Carolers will be making the rounds of the neighborhood starting at 5:30 in the evening so listen for your holiday favorite.
In the final moments before Homearama opens this weekend, we share with you one more featured home. Lot N223, a Mastercraft Home and the interior was designed by Jennifer Burgin.
This home features a double-covered front porch, with a beautiful view of Emerald Park. An open kitchen and great room are part of the design, and the first-floor rear entry includes a built-in desk and cubbies.
Mark your calendar and come see all the beautiful homes at Homearama 2016.
Homearama begins this weekend and we are excited to welcome the community into Norton Commons to see new homes like this week’s featured home, located in Lot 217 and built by Michael O’Dea.
Inspired by designs of Charleston, SC, we encourage you to stop by and see for yourself this home featuring two large entertaining areas on the main floor, master suite featuring a porch and other amenities (see rendering) as well as a third-floor suite. This is Mr. O’dea’s second Homearama home and we think you’ll like what you see.
With less than 3 weeks until the start of Homearama, we’re looking at Lot N218 this week, being built by Provident Homes.
The team at Provident Homes of Kentucky has over 50 years experience in the real estate business, has built numerous homes in the neighborhood and 9 Homearama houses to date. That includes their Homearama award-winners in 2009 and 2013, respectively.
N218 is a two-story beauty with covered front and back porches, an amazing kitchen with cutting-edge frameless cabinets, a quartzite countertop, and a farmhouse sink. The second floor has a spacious loft, a large laundry room with plenty of storage, and 3 sizeable bedrooms. The home will be designed by Set the Stage. Click the thumbnails below for more information on N218, Provident Homes of Kentucky, and the designer.