Deana Karem on Jtown’s Altered Gaslight Fest; Natalia Bishop’s Pivot with Level Up

Deana Karem

Of all the things we’ve been missing out on because of COVID-19, one of my favorites is the Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown. As we hear from the city’s new president, the Festival is still happening, in fact I played in the annual Gaslight Festival Golf Scramble on Monday, but the traditional street party ain’t happening.

For Deana Karem, becoming president of the Jtown Chamber a few months back was a trip back to her childhood. Deana tells me about growing up in a house a mile or so from her new office. But she also details the challenges ahead, and says that the city’s economy is going strong, discussing new businesses opening downtown and progress being made in the Bluegrass Commerce Park.

Natalia Bishop was pitching venture capitalists in San Francisco in March when suddenly, everything about her business, Level Up, changed. Her pivot meant moving online from in-person teaching sessions, no small challenge given the early growth of Level Up. The company designs classes for women, both artsy sessions and serious business topics.

Bishop, of course, is also a founder of Story Louisville, so she’s got a closeup look at how COVID-19 is affecting entrepreneurs. Her company just recently returned to in-office work, and Natalia makes an inspiring case for the long-term future of work downtown.

My plan is to attend Saturday’s Cardinal football game against Miami. Last week’s contest seemed to go smoothly, both in the stands and on the field, for the Cards. But watching the game on TV, I have some observations about the ACC Network. The city announced this week it will pay Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million, which has some people wondering — why now, why that amount, and what happens next.

This weekend, I’ll be at 8400 Biggin Hill Lane for an OPEN HOUSE Sunday from 2-4. Come by and see this 3-bed, 2.5 bath walkout located at the end of a cul-de-sac off Hurstbourne just south of Stony Brook Drive.

Natalia Bishop in NuLu
OPEN HOUSE Sunday at 8400 Biggin Hall Lane