Bravo’s Andy Cohen says he tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Andy Cohen broke the news to fans on his Instagram page.

        

‘Debilitating,’ ‘scary’: Louisville woman talks about life with COVID-19 Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Lisa Lozano, 48, said she gets fever, chills, tingling all over her body, and when she stands up, her blood pressure skyrockets.

JCPS to remain closed through April 20, district works on plan for virtual learning Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Beginning April 7, the district will opt to use Non-Traditional Instruction days.

        

Woman who dined at the Omni during Episcopal conference tests positive for the coronavirus Friday, Mar 20 2020 

At least six attendees of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference have also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

       

UK President Eli Capilouto thanks campus staff: ‘You have done the impossible’ Friday, Mar 20 2020 

"Each day, you have done the impossible in the face of the improbable," UK President Eli Capilouto said.

       

One of region’s largest hotel management companies reduces staff at properties Friday, Mar 20 2020 

In a letter to employees on Friday, White Lodging founder and chairman Bruce White said the company is "facing an unprecedented global crisis."

       

Local doctors stranded in Honduras Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Several countries, including Honduras, have closed their borders amid the coronavirus outbreak and are prohibiting air travel.

JCPS extends school closure until April 20, with plans for online learning Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Superintendent Marty Pollio said Friday evening that the district is following the advice of Gov. Andy Beshear.

At 99-cent Kentucky gas station, customers ‘have been really thankful’ for the compassion Friday, Mar 20 2020 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 99-cent gasoline at the Spur Oil gas station in London, Ky. has people in a pretty good mood. Especially during these times.

       

Shop Impromptu still providing service even with doors closed Friday, Mar 20 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

Though many stores are closing until the coronavirus pandemic has settled, there are some who have found ways to keep open.

Shop Impromptu is owned and run by University of Louiville alumnus Jordan Mannel. The boutique store sells women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and home decorations.

Mannel said she began her business in 2016 by starting it as an online boutique in her living room. She mostly relied on online ads the first year, but her business quickly took off.

“As it grew, I expanded into a 550 square feet showroom in Butchertown to get it out of my home. We quickly got there and moved into the mall in October of 2018. We occupied 1100 square feet and I gained a staff of about 6 people. In July 2019, we moved into a 6000 square feet store in Oxmoor across from Apple & Sephora,” Mannel said.

In the beginning, Mannel’s inventory primarily consisted of derby fashion which she said is how she got started.

“Everyone wanted me to dress them for Derby. My mom makes all the hats and fascinators, and I sell more in Derby season than in Christmas season,” Mannel said.

Even though Shop Impromptu had to close for the time being, Mannel said it was the right decision.

“I feel I did the right thing by closing my door early Saturday to ensure we take precautions of not spreading COVID-19. People were not staying inside, and I did not want to be the one to give them a place to go,” she said.

Since Shop Impromptu sells more derby fashion than anything else, she said it will be a hard time.

“I currently have a staff of 12 and with all the current events, doing my best to make sure what I’ve created stays afloat,” she said.

But there’s still hope for stores to keep going and make money even with their storefront closed. Such as with Shop Impromptu, there is an online store and a Facebook page where customers can still order products which Mannel said can go a long way.

“Buy online if it something they are something, purchase gift cards, share their posts and comment on their posts. All of these simple things can help,” she said.

Even though everything may seem rough right now, and there is still a lot of uncertainty, there is still some advice that can be shared.

“It’s going to be okay, we are all in this together. And lucky for us, most of your derby dresses will still be in season for the beginning of September,” Mannel said.

Photo courtesy by Jordan Mannel

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