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Work underway on large library in Okolona — Ground was broken on the South Central Regional Library in Okolona in a ceremony Friday morning at which Mayor Greg Fischer said the 40,000-square-foot facility will be a key element in his effort to encourage lifelong learning.

Online tux-ordering business comes to J-Town — Generation Tux, an e-commerce, tuxedo-rental business that allows customers to purchase rentals anywhere in the country online or on their phones, is planning a distribution and customer-service center in Jeffersontown - a project expected to create 80 jobs and require an investment of $7.5 million.

Connection owners look to re-energize Smoketown — Businessman George Stinson plans a huge banquet and dining facility for catered functions adjacent to his brightly painted boutique Vu Guest House at Floyd and Breckinridge streets near the Smoketown neighborhood. Stinson is the lead developer in what is envisioned as an entertainment campus, along with partner Ed Lewis, doing business at VOEB LLC.

Craig Buthod named Filson Society president — The Filson Historical Society has tapped a familiar name to lead the organization, selecting recently retired Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod as its new president and CEO. The announcement was made by Filson board chairman Carl Thomas and followed an extensive national search that drew well-qualified candidates from across the country, the society said.

Main Street group refocuses for 40th anniversary — The Main Street Association of Louisville is refocusing its effort to promote the Main Street cultural and business corridor that continues to flourish. The association this week is rolling out 40 days of what it calls robust programming to help celebrate its 40-year history as the voice and advocate "for all things Main Street," the association said in announcing the effort.

Fern Valley Hotel can stay open, pending appeal — The beleaguered Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center can stay open, pending an appeal to the state of an order issued by local health officials to close, after their inspection found numerous health- and safety-related violations.

City okays loans for 2 riverfront restaurants — Low interest loans designed to help small businesses have been approved by a city agency for two waterfront restaurant ventures, the planned Doc's Cantina and chef John Varanese's River House. The loans were approved Thursday by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corp. board, which administers the city's small business loan program.

New Butchertown apartments target millenials — Work has commenced on a 262-unit, luxury apartment complex at Clay and Main streets on the edge of Butchertown, a project in which the developer expects to invest more than $50 million. This story will be updated. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089. Follow him on Twitter at @sheldonshafer.

Heaven Hill buys Texas vodka brand — Heaven Hill Brands, the country's largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier, has entered into an agreement to acquire Deep Eddy Vodka and its Texas distillery from Eliza Spring LLC for an undisclosed amount. Deep Eddy Vodka is one of the fastest-growing brands in the distilled spirits industry.

Varanese to operate River House restaurant — Details have been released of what may be a major new attraction on the Ohio River, a restaurant called River House, near Zorn Avenue that will be located in a former boat-storage facility and will be operated by John Varanese. He is the chef and owner of Varanese Restaurant on Frankfort Avenue.
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