Florence

From locally-produced fruits, vegetables and grass-fed beef to candles and soap crafted by regional artisans, Friendly Market in Florence, KY has a wide variety of items to satiate the palate of any locavore.

Jack Berberich, owner of Friendly Market, is a Kentucky native and maintains strong connections with the local agriculture of the commonwealth. Berberich and the other merchants at the market work diligently to make sure that the very best Kentucky has to offer is available in one easy-to-find location.

"Come Play" at Drake's

Oct 13, 2013

On October 14th, Drake's invites you to "Come Play" with them in Florence.

Drake's calls themselves "a free-wheeling, fun-loving kind of joint. A place to hang out and let your hair down. A place to let yourself go a little. A neighborhood spot with something for everyone." The location includes a restaurant, bar and dance club.

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First and foremost, I would like to state for the record that I am NOT a restaurant critic.  I lack the training and sensibilities to do justice to that role.

Secondly, I am not what you would call a ‘foodie.’  I can’t tell you what region a balsamic vinegar came from or whether my asparagus is organic or not.

I simply enjoy and appreciate really good food of most any kind and, to be completely honest, I realized that I have been a bit lax in the “Food” portion of the “Food, Family & Culture” focus for Local Exposure.

Kentucky's Governor was in Florence Thursday morning for what Northern Kentucky Tri-ED called a major economic announcement.  Gov. Steve Beshear announced an expansion of the  L'Oreal manufacturing plant .

This summer it was reported that L'Oreal would invest 42 million dollars at the New Buffington Road facility, nearly doubling the size of the plant and creating 200 jobs. The expansion hinged on tax incentives from Kentucky.

L'Oreal makes hair care products at that location. It is one of six manufacturing facilities in the U.S.