Southern Living recognizes Kentucky businesses

Entrepreneurs named to list of “50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015”

Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson
Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2015) — Southern Living’s list of “50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015” includes a pair of entries from Kentucky.

To create the list the magazine said it surveyed the region to find the movers-and-shakers who are shaping the South with community-minded ideas and projects.

Kentuckians recognized are:

Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, 21C Museum Hotels
This husband-and-wife hotelier team broke into the hospitality industry when the art lovers opened their first gallery-meets-boutique hotel, the 21c, in their hometown of Louisville. The duo seeks out cities with an up-and-coming art community to house their hotels, which now include locations in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Cincinnati, Ohio. This spring, 21C Museum Hotel Durham opens, with locales in Lexington, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Nashville on the horizon.

Theo Edmonds, Ideas 40203
Theo Edmonds is an artist with a vision to bring art-fueled prosperity back to downtown Louisville. IDEAS 40203, which Theo describes as a chamber of commerce for creatives, connects artists with corporations, nonprofits, and city leaders to create programs that inspire local change. Led by the idea that art can be a catalyst for a city’s revival, Theo hopes to expand IDEAS to other zip codes in 2015.

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