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'The Vogue' is Open for Business with New Look, New Tenants

Thursday December 8, 2005

Shopping just got a little easier with the opening of The Vogue, the newly dedicated shopping center tucked between Lexington Road and Frankfort Avenue, at the intersection of Shelbyville Road. 
          
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, and Phyllis Kirwan, on behalf of the owner, St. Matthews Triangle LLC, helped “light up” The Vogue, signifying that the center is open for business. The Vogue has been undergoing a $3.8 million renovation that began this spring. 
         
“Just in time for the holidays, the owners of this popular landmark have given our hometown a gift,” said Abramson. “The Vogue’s renovations bring sophistication and added vitality, helping this area to fully thrive once again.” Abramson also announced the Louisville Metro Development Authority is providing The Vogue with a $100,000 façade loan. 
         
Bought by the Taylor Family in 1938, this 40,000 square-foot property has been home to many retail outlets, including Taylor Drugs, and most notably, the former Vogue Theater, which closed in 1998. The center is slated to be fully complete and open by mid-January 2006. 
         
“My family felt it was time to spruce up this center and we wanted to do it right,” said Kirwan. “The Vogue is now home to seven tenants, and we are in negotiations with more.” 
         
As part of the redesigned center, a building was razed in the middle of the property, allowing a promenade, named Taylor Promenade, to connect the two sides of the property. This double-sided entrance allows patrons to park on either the Lexington Road or Frankfort Avenue side, and have access to any of the stores. 
         
The Vogue’s general contractor is Bornstein Building Company. Steve Tracy, of Forza Architecture, is the lead architect. The original Vogue Theater sign is being restored by Rueff Sign Co., the same company that created the sign in 1938.