What’s Up with Gill Holland in Portland/Harlan Co.; Kelly Burgess Brings the Business Home


Time for more podcast excellence from the city’s longest-running and most interesting show — this week I made it down to Portland to see one of the show’s favorite guests – Gill Holland. I’ve known Gill for a while now, but every time we meet has a bunch of interesting projects to talk about.

Like the first brewery in Harlan County — a project he’s got close to completion (note the Harlan County Beer Company hats). There’s also the possibility of a new motel in Portland, and a number of other, equally interesting projects. We met at his Portland Anchor Building, where the basketballs were bouncing downstairs and vacancies are rare.

Prior to Derby I talked with Kelly Burgess at the Fante Coffee House near Cherokee Park. Burgess, who left a corporate job in publishing last year, has become an entrepreneur and loves it. She had several events last week, including the Keg and Eggs event at Cafe Lou Lou that I attended, in which she promoted Apero Seasons, her flower decorating business. Kelly’s home base is Nashville, but she’s spending about half her time here getting the new business going.

Meanwhile, we hosted 50,000+ people in one place last week — as the Kentucky Derby set the pace for America’s post-pandemic public life. But I wonder why we don’t just require everyone to show proof of vaccine to get in places — then we could do away with masking and get back to normal, as they’re doing in several other states. Politicians are apt to say that not getting vaccinated is a personal choice, but it’s also an ignorant one as all the evidence makes clear.

I’ll tell you about a horribly racist tweet brought to my attention by WDRB’s Marc Weinberg – proof that there are awful individuals out there.

And some happy personal news — I’m meeting my grandson Mattie for the first time in person this week.

Thanks to our sponsor Home Cuisine for being a part of the show. And I’ve got some advice for home buyers in this seller’s market — get preapproved, stay within your price range, get a good agent, be patient and be ready to go. You can start your search at my eXp Realty web site.