Norton Commons: A Great Place to Live and Give

CharityblogNorton 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.

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Shop and Dine at Norton Commons for all the Benefits of Shopping Locally

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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.

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Homearama countdown: Lot N223

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.

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Homearama Countdown: Lot 217

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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.

 

 

 

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N218

House RenderingWith 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.

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N222

Are you a fan of Craftsman Style? If so, you’ll love the traditional Craftsman bungalow by Miter Construction and Southern Inspirations by Linda Gale! There are only 4 weeks until the start of Homearama, and this Craftsman-style home being built on N222 is our focus this week. This gorgeous property features a full-length covered porch, private paver patio with both a lounge area and eating area, and a large entertaining area in the finished basement with wet bar. It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and almost 3,200 square feet of finished space. It boasts shiplap siding and ceiling beam accents, as well as impressive tile work.

This home is being decorated by Linda Gale with Southern Inspirations. Read more about this Homearama house on N222 on the images below.

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N224

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With only 5 weeks until Homearama begins, we’re peeking at lot N224, being constructed by Artisan Signature Homes.

N224 is a 3-story siding home replete with upgrades and incredible detail. The double porches have a unique custom railing design, and the owner’s suite opens up onto its own private porch. The spacious kitchen provides plenty of cabinet storage and a large walk-in pantry. N224 will be light and bright with great features that may appeal specifically to young families. You won’t want to miss it!

The interior of the home will be designed by Gretchen Black of Lulubelles. For more information on N224, Artisan Signature Homes, or Lulubelles, click the thumbnails above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N225

With only 6 weeks until Homearama begins, we’re checking out lot N225, being constructed by Leo Thieneman & Sons, LLC.

Thieneman Built Homes is a locally-owned, multi-generational family company that has been building in the Louisville area since the 1960’s. Thieneman says their personalized service and hands-on supervision is what sets them apart from other builders. You’ll have a chance to check out their work this year in not just one, but three homes during Homearama, including N225.

N225 is a two-story siding home with classic colors and details that are sure to impress. Enjoy the unique wood ceiling detail in the living room, the vaulted ceilings in the second floor master suite, and the accents of shiplap in various locations throughout N225. The large back patio will be a favorite spot for entertaining or relaxing, and the front porch offers great views of beautiful Emerald Park.

The interior of the home will be designed by Karista Hannah with Set the Stage. Additional information can be found on Thieneman Built Homes, N225, and Karista Hannah by clicking below.

 

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N226

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With only 7 weeks until the start of Homearama, this week we’re checking out lot N226, being built by Paragon Homes.

Paragon Homes has been building custom homes in Louisville for over 20 years. Scott Yates, the company’s principal, is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Builders Industry Association of Louisville and also for Kentucky’s National Association of Home Builders. Paragon has previously been recognized as a Homearama Grand Award Winner, and we know N226 will be equally impressive in this year’s Homearama!

N226 is a 2-story cottage-style HardiePlank home. Some of the more notable upgrades include a shiplap cathedral ceiling with cross beams in the kitchen and master bedroom, heavily-scraped 4-inch plank white oak floors on the first and second floors, vintage subway tile in various rooms, and a spacious finished basement.

N226’s designer is Leslie Newton-Thompson with Carriage House Interiors. For more information on N226, Paragon Homes, or Carriage House Interiors, please click the thumbnails below.

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Homearama Countdown: Lot N227

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With only 8 weeks until the start of Homearama, we’re looking at N227, built by UberGreen Spaces & Homes.

UberGreen, owned by sustainability designer and progressive builder Sy Safi, was founded with the mission that each project should be “socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.” Accordingly, UberGreen’s focus is on building spaces that improve health and well-being, while also being cost effective and restoring our natural environment. UberGreen plans to encompass those ideals in its show home, N227.

N227 is a two-story brick Italianate with a 2nd and 3rd floor rooftop garden deck. The lower level boasts a walkout basement, and in total, the home has approximately 3700 square feet of finished space. Green upgrades include solar panels on the rooftop garden deck, toxin-free finishes, insulation under the floor and in the walls and roof for all-season efficiency, and rainwater collection into a tank to be used for irrigation.

N227’s designer is Sandra Perry of Honest Home, and N227’s architect is Clive Pohl of Pohl Rosa Pohl. Additional information can be found on this home below:

 

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