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Business

  • Nurturing creativity through music

    Diana Aubrey had studied music privately and started teaching music lessons at Memorial Elementary in Hart County, when she decided to branch out and open a piano studio in Hodgenville in 1977,

    “Being that young I didn’t have a business plan, I just advertised for two weeks and ended up getting 20 students those first few weeks!”

  • Compassionate care for your pets

    Unconditional love. That’s what the staff at LaRue County Animal Clinic says that our pet animals give us. Dr. Clint Durham, Harley Walters, and Carol Tucker, at the clinic on Highway 1607, strive to reciprocate that affection in their treatment of their patients.

    “We offer quality, compassionate, up-to-date care for all of the fur-babies that come here,” said Tucker, receptionist.

    The clinic has been at its current location since 1979. A full-service, veterinary hospital, it offers comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care.

  • Like father, like son

    Though John “Tommy” Gardner, owner and operator of Gardner’s Body Shop, has been in business at his present location at 2319 Lincoln Farm Road since 1989, his experience with his craft goes back much farther.

    “I painted my first car, a 1964 Ford, when I was 15 working at Byerly Ford in Louisville,” Gardner said.

    His father, Wilburn “Shorty” Gardner was body shop manager for 12 years at Byerly. Gardner learned the trade from his father and the other body men with whom he worked.

  • Side job turns into the business

    A Magnolia man has turned a side job for supplemental income into a thriving business.

    Leonard Thompson of Magnolia founded his business Triple T Auto in 1981. Thompson said he worked as a mechanic at a local car dealership and started Triple T Auto as a “side job” on the nights and weekends.

    “I started the business in a two car garage with my brother-in-law Norman Stilts,” Thompson said. “As time went on and the business continued to grow, we outgrew that area and we now have a five car garage.”

  • Cozy with Cabin Fever

    After putting an ad in the newspaper for a small farm and livable home, Bob and Nadine Jennings found the small farm they were looking for in LaRue County on Old Elizabethtown Road.

    “We bought the house in 1997 and made it a bed and breakfast in 1999” said Nadine, “We had this big ol’ house and just the two of us so we decided to rent out rooms.”

  • Shifting focus to local community

    Higgins Rig company has been buying and selling drill equipment for water wells, oil well drilling, gas well drilling and mining industries for over 25 years. They buy old equipment and rebuild it to work like new. Some of their inventory includes equipment such as air compressors and Boosters, auger drills and rigs, bucket rigs, cable tools and draw works, drill casing and pipe, generators and engines, grout pumps, mud pumps and mud systems, oilfield equipment, pump hoists, rotary drills and rigs as well as water trucks.

  • Carrying on a family tradition

    A local business owner is carrying on the family tradition of working on vehicle transmissions.

    Wolford Transmission provides a wide variety of mechanical work to customers including rebuilding or overhauling transmissions, reprogramming computers in vehicles, towing and much more. The business is located on 226 East Main Street in Hodgenville. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

  • Alter your outlook with a perfect fit

    For one Hodgenville woman sewing has been such a big part of her life that she made a business from it. Rosa Smith started learning to sew at a very young age, “My mother was a seamstress and I remember her making costumes for my uncle who was a mariachi performer. I would have to be her manikin and hold up the coat while she sewed the embellishments on it.” Smith said.

  • Reduce reuse recycle, repeat

    The old adage one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is certainly true in the case of Renaissance Repeats. Jill Gray, solid waste coordinator for LaRue County, has seen many things come through the Recycling Center that were still functional or could be reused.

  • Finding a calling

    When you walk into Hairitage, you will be greeted by Jax and Sophie, Angie Thomas’ two Shih Tzus who are always ready to welcome their clients.

    Thomas graduated from high school and beauty school the same year and went to work for Jeanette Holbert at The Golden Hairpin. In 1985 Thomas opened up her Salon, Hairitage, next to American Legion in the old Phelps building. In 2006 Thomas had an addition built on to her home and moved Hairitage to the current location in Thomas’ home.