• There are no strangers here

    Angie and Reed Smith, owners of 224 Farmhouse Diner, are turning their dream of owning a restaurant into their customer’s experience of dining in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

    “Having a restaurant was always my dream,” said Angie Smith, “I never thought it would become a reality.”

    When Reed mentioned building a restaurant, Angie said she looked at him and thought ‘you have to be kidding me.’ But he wasn’t kidding and they began the process of building a restaurant on their farm.

  • More than just videos

    One local store that started out only renting videos now offers so much more to the community.

    Upton Video and More is located on 108 Money Court in Upton. The store sells and rents movies. They also have a restaurant that features several food items including pizza, chicken wings, nachos, hamburgers, chicken strips and more. The also have two tanning beds.

    Owner Karina Neal said she worked at the store when it was owned by Susan Dye and called Upton Video. When Dye wanted to sell the store in 2011, Neal bought it from her.

  • Feels like home at Cedar Creek

    When Steve and Sheila Haselwood set out to preserve the family farm they not only wanted keep the farm running, they couldn’t stand to see the house that Steve grew up in sit vacant or be torn down. So they set out to give the farm and house new life.

    “My husband has lived here his entire life,” said Sheila Haselwood, “Fifteen years ago his parents moved to town and the house was left vacant.”

    Sheila said Steve always loved the farm and they really didn’t want to see it split up like a lot of old farms have been.

  • Providing fuel for LaRue

    One Hodgenville oil company has been providing oil and gas to LaRue Countians for several decades.

    Bault Oil is a fuel company that is located on 1970 Bardstown Road in Hodgenville. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The company sells gas, diesel, kerosene, motor oil, hydraulic oil and more.

  • Cultivating communion

    A local organization is continuing their mission to reconnect to the earth through education, science and spirituality.

    Plowshares Farm Center for Education and Spirituality is a non-profit organization that is located on 12704 Campbellsville Road in Buffalo. The organization offers a wide variety of retreats, campfire programs, farm programs and other activities that help people cultivate a deeper sense of communion with life, the earth and its source.

  • Little pizza shop with a big heart

    The community of Buffalo in LaRue County is known for many things, including a locally owned pizza restaurant.

    Pizza Zone is a family owned pizza and Italian restaurant that is located on 2507 Greensburg Road in Buffalo. They serve a variety of Italian food items including pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and more.

    Owner Beth Wortham Keith purchased the store almost 20 years ago in April 1996. The restaurant was previously owned by Milburn Childress and called “Your Pizza Place.”

  • It’s not a profession it’s a passion

    Bridgette Blair had always felt drawn to be behind a camera. Even as a child Blair has shown interest in taking pictures;

    “I’ve been taking pictures since I was little,” said Blair “I had a poodle I would dress up and set in different spots to take pictures.”

  • Where good people meet good food

    Ray DeSpain, owner of Ray’s Hodgenville Grill, first developed a taste for the restaurant business while on a South Fork Church mission trip to Tellico River, Tennessee, in 1976.

    The 1975 LaRue County High School graduate was assigned to work in the camp kitchen.

    “We fed the same people three times a day and I was involved in all the stages of preparing and serving the food,” DeSpain recalled. “While I was doing it, I felt a Power leading me into the restaurant business.”

  • Can you bring me some Laha’s

    For a lot of LaRue County natives who moved away from home, one question they usually ask LaRue Countians who travel to visit them is, “can you bring some Laha’s burgers with you?”

    Laha’s Red Castle is located on 21 Lincoln Square in Hodgenville and it is owned by Kelly and Anita Laha. The restaurant is known across the county for their hamburgers that are made with onions. They also serve a wide variety of other food items including chili dogs, hot dogs, chili, chicken nuggets, french fries, onion rings and more.

  • More than a venue

    Steeped in family history, Thurman Phillips Guest House and Claudia’s Tea Room, located in Sonora, are providing an elegant venue for almost any entertaining need while carefully preserving the past.

    “All the property on the corner is owned by Charlie Thurman’s family. He lived and worked in New Orleans; that’s where he met his late wife, Claudia. When they retired, they moved back to Kentucky.” said Renee Peace, General Manager of the Thurman Phillips Guest Home and Claudia’s Tea Room.

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