• Leigh Roach

Kentucky Taste Buds: "Best Services" Guide!

Updated: Apr 20


Tam and I have been fortunate to discover many wonderful things in our exploration of Kentucky and we always talk about what's good with food, fashion, events and experiences. But we've also encountered many wonderful service providers that every Kentuckian should know about! So here's our list of favs that we totally recommend! Check out our "Best Services" guide for 2021!

Accountant - Katherine M. Johnson, CPA

Everyone needs a good tax accountant in their life and we know just the person! Katherine M. Johnson CPA, based in Georgetown, KY, provides a full range of accounting, bookkeeping, consulting, outsourcing, payroll, and business services. She's fast, reliable and her pricing is reasonable! Give her a call today and tell her the Kentucky Taste Buds sent you!

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Phone Number: (502) 867-1827


Baker - Amy's Cakes N Cookies

Need the world's best cake or cookies for that special occasion? I know for a fact that Amy's is the best because she made my peacock birthday cake this year and it's my favorite cake of all times. Not only was it a gorgeous piece of art, but it was so unbelievably moist and delicious! You will be razzle-dazzled too! Visit her facebook page to view her masterpieces!

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Email: amynicuk@gmail.com


Baker - Futile Bakery

If you're looking for the best cinnamon roll or scones in town, look no further than Futile Bakery located in Waller Plaza. Their cinnamon rolls are to die for! They sell out fast, so you better get there early, and their scones include unique flavor combinations like fig and goat cheese and bacon and pimento! Be sure to follow them on Instagram because their stories will have you salivating! Bonus: They sell locally roasted coffee!

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Phone Number: (859)687-0141


Dance Instruction - Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Tamara took ballroom dance lessons at Arthur Murray and she said it was the time of her life! You can live out your Dancing with the Stars dreams by signing up for lessons at Arthur Murray. Their instructions are fantastic and they will have even those with two left feet moving around the dance floor with grace and style in no time! Great for couples or singles. Now that society is starting to open up again, do something fun! They even give you free classes to start off! What do you have to lose?

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Phone Number: (859) 278-7711


Esthetician - Skin Secrets

Let's face it, we are not getting any younger and taking care of our skin is just as important as taking care of our health. That's why we go to Skin Secrets in Lexington Ky. Whether it's a HydraFacial, Botox treatment, Microdermabrasion or Micropeel, Skin Secrets offers the best services for your skincare and the staff is phenomenal! We're talking top notch! Check them out today!

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Phone Number: (859) 977-0141


Etiquette Training - Southern Hospitality & Etiquette

Manners are fast becoming a dying art in today's world which is why we are so excited to tell you about Southern Hospitality & Etiquette. Instructing children & adults on the use of every day manners and etiquette is what Robin Hammond, owner and etiquette expert, is all about. She offers training, classes and even some amazing party products, perfect for every occasion.

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Phone Number: (859) 227-8700


Eye Exams & Glasses/Contacts - 2020 Eyemax

Taking care of your vision is so important! But it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg in the process. The new 2020 Eyemax is a state-of-the-art optometry office with a friendly staff, knowledgeable providers, and an exclusive line of eyewear called A&K. Don't trust your eyes to just anyone. Visit 2020 Eyemax today and get the special treatment you deserve while saving you time and money.

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Phone Number: (859) 787-0936


Gift Boutique - Violets

Anytime we need a quick gift for someone for a birthday, or a hostess gift, or want to buy a little something for ourselves, we head over to the Chinoe Shopping Center and see our friends Kim and Julie, owners of Violets gift boutique! They always have the latest and greatest, their staff is super helpful, and they gift wrap! What's not to love about that?

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Phone Number: (859) 281-1100


Graphic/Web Designer - IDEAist Designs

If you can't toot your own horn, you can't expect others to. I have been doing graphic/web design for over 10 years now and I love every minute of it. I do logos, brochures, business cards, presentations, promotional products, digital advertising, web designing and more! If you need it, I can make it! Please feel free to contact me anytime for a quote!

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Phone Number: (859) 227-5999


Interior Design - Home & Event Designs by Shonda Lane

If you need a home makeover, contact our friend Shonda! She has started her own designing company and does contract work for the talented folks at House by JSD! Whether you are endeavoring a full remodel project or simply need to update your house with pillows and accessories, she will develop a plan with you to help you fall in love with your home. Spring is here! Get started today!

Insta & FB: @designsbyshondalane

Phone Number: (606)594-9915


Men's Fashion Service - Mac and Clay

We are crushing on Lexington's newest men's clothier that not only offers men's finest fashions but also provides personal styling assistance and delivery services. What man doesn't need that in their life? Furthermore, women will love this store because they can purchase awesome items for their men with little effort! Matt and Todd will hook you up! Visit them today!

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Phone Number: (859) 787-0943


Personal Stylist - Jennifer Maggard, Macy's

Most people have no idea that Macy's offer personal shopping/stylist services for any and all occasions for FREE! Absolutely FREE! I can't tell you how many times Tam and I were plagued about what to wear to certain events and Jennifer saved the day. All you have to do is call Jennifer, tell her what you need, what your style preferences are, and what size you wear! She will pull outfits ahead of time for you try on when you arrive. She hits the nail on the head every time! Not only does she save you time and energy, she saves you headaches! If you don't believe us, then try it for yourself! What do you have to lose?

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Phone Number: (859) 271-7200


Pilates Studio - Shine Pilates Lex

I am not the only Kentucky Taste Bud who owns her own business. Tam discovered her love of Shine Pilates a few years ago and has been bragging about it ever since! This year, she got the opportunity to invest in Shine and now it's even more fabulous! It's a great low-impact workout that strengthens your core, tones your muscles, and improves your flexibility! There are so many benefits, but working out with Tamara may be the best one yet.

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Phone Number: (859) 361-6427


Photographer - Hunter Drake Photography

Tam and I are selfie queens, but every once in a while we need a professional photographer that makes us look our best! Hunter is our go-to person for just that occasion. He makes us look younger, skinnier and prettier every time. He's a real magician! But he's also perfect for weddings, family and senior portraits, pet photos and more! Everything about Hunter is picture perfect!

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Phone Number: (502) 762-4129


Printer: Elite Graphics, LLC

We love this family-owned, Lexington-based printing company that understands that the scope of your printing needs may vary and that helping local businesses is very important. Whether you are printing T-Shirts, black and white four-color process items, pocket folders, brochures, or printing banners, Elite Graphics has it all and even more. They are a one-stop shop for all your printing needs! Plus, their customer service is the bomb!

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Phone Number: (859) 305-3781


Remodeling/Painting - Miller Remodeling & Painting

Last year, like many people, I spent my Covid days remodeling. We pretty much gutted the entire house and ended with our last project, a new deck and sunroom/office. And I have to say, I am more than pleased. Jimmy Miller, not only was one of the best around for pricing, he's super dependable, has a high quality team who responded well to all of my wishes! They are workhorses! I highly recommend them for any job you need around the house. I also have to give a special shout-out to Country, the foreman on the job. He is the best at what he does with the biggest and brightest personality to boot!

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Phone Number: (859) 469-6439


Spa - The Woodhouse Day Spa

Everyone, I mean everyone, needs a little R&R in their lives and we just know where to get it! The Woodhouse Spa is our new favorite hangout offering a tranquil, transformational environment complete with a warm smile, a luxurious robe, and reflexology sandals that release the day's stresses. Relax in their Quiet Room, where a selection of specialty, loose-leaf teas or champagne begins your journey to relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Phone Number: (859) 800-5397


Therapy/Family Counseling - Lexington Therapy, Kara Fresh McMeekin, MS, LMFT

All of us need a little help from time to time, and as Tam would say, "ain't nothing wrong with that!" If you are in need of a therapist or family counselor, I personally recommend Kara McKeekin who has helped me through many situations, including my divorce and trials with my daughter's eating disorder. She is the best I have ever dealt with when it comes to learning your needs and helping you through life's toughest struggles. If you desire support, Kara will be your saving grace. Call her today!

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Phone Number: (859) 935-1707


A big thank you to all of the above people and/or businesses who have made our lives easier or more enjoyable. It's important we take time to recognize and compliment those who work hard every day for others. If you have a service that you would like Tam and I to try, email us at info@kytastebuds.com!