July Newsletter!

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council's July Newsletter is now available!

Discover the Dainty, get excited about CycLOUvia coming to Three Points (Schnitzelburg, Germantown, and Shelby Park), learn about a new mural and beautification project coming to Goss Avenue, and much more in the July newsletter!

Also, don't forget to renew your SACC membership. Membership runs on a fiscal year, meaning 2015-2016 memberships expired on June 30th. Membership for households is just $10 and memberships for businesses are just $20! To learn more about membership and why it is important to keep our community thriving, please click on the membership tab at the top of the page!


Neighborhood Meeting and Ice Cream Social - TONIGHT!

Don't forget SACC;s General Neighborhood Meeting and Ice Cream Social tonight! It is also a great time to renew membership before the new membership year begins (July).


June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is here

Read about the start of Heitzman's Bakery, check out an awesome membership special from Yesternook, put the June General Meeting on your calendar and get to know more about "Look Alive Louisville," and much more!

Also, don't forget about these two great events happening in Schnitzelburg this weekend!

Schnitzelburg Blues Fest

The 6th Annual Schnitzelburg Blues Fest will be happening on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th outside of Check's Cafe on Hickory Street. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including the band line-up for both days. 

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk

The Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk will be happening on Saturday, June 4th. The popular history walk, narrated by Don Haag, will meet at the All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club and will venture down streets such as Milton, Texas, Reasor, Burnett, Sylvia, and Lydia Streets. See the flyer for more details.


May Newsletter, News & Upcoming Events!

May Newsletter

The SACC May Newsletter is HERE!! It's filled with tons of great information, including how to prevent mosquitoes, a great Membership Deal from Metro 1 HVAC, and the history of the corner of Texas and Burnett (OMG - you have have to see the picture of what once stood where Brenzel's Automotive is now!).

Schnitzelburg has A LOT going on in May. Whether you're into beers, bands, blues, history, arts and crafts, or poetry, Schnitzelburg has something for everyone!

You can also read more about events and news below!

Schnitzelburg Spring Walk

The Schnitzelburg Spring Walk will be happening on Saturday, May 14th. Hickory Street from Goss Avenue to Sylvia Street will be closed to traffic as people flood the street to enjoy cold brews, good food, and great live music.

Be sure to visit participating local establishments along Hickory Street, including Check's Cafe, Monnik, Old Hickory Inn, Lydia House, All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club, and the 19th Hole.

The event starts at 4 pm. Everyone will need to be off the street by midnight.

Schnitzelburg Arts & Crafts Festival

Coinciding with the Spring Walk on Saturday the 14th is the 2nd Annual Schnitzelburg Arts & Crafts Festival. Twenty-eight local vendors will be set up on the 1200 block of Hickory Street (between Goss Avenue and Ash Streets). There will be music, as well as food vendors (Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, Hi-Five Doughnuts, and Valley Dairy Freeze). 

The event is free and family friendly. The event starts at 10 am and will go until dark.

What the Germantown Festival?!

What The Germantown Festival will be happening again on Saturday May 14th, starting at 4 pm.

4 bars will be collaborating with 4 local breweries to produce 4 limited edition WTG?! beers for 1 epic night.

The Post + Akasha Brewing Company
Four Pegs + Monnik Beer Co.
Nachbar + Against the Grain
Kaiju + Apocalypse Brew Works

Band lineup and WTG?! brew details coming soon! Stay tuned on the FB event page.

Finn's Southern Kitchen Now Hiring!

Finn's Southern Kitchen is now accepting applications for all front of house and back of house positions.

Finn's is located at 1318 McHenry Street in the former Germantown Child Care building that sits behind the newly renovated Germantown Mill Lofts. The restaurant is operated by Steve Clements, former owner of Avalon and Clements Catering.

Finn's plans will open Tuesday, May 5th for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Read more about Finn's here in an article from Insider Louisville. Welcome to the neighborhood, Finn's!

Interior of Finn's

New Coffeehouse and Roastery coming to Goss Avenue

Germantown resident Billy Seckman is planning to open a coffeehouse and roastery called Bean at 1138 Goss Avenue. The building was previously occupied by Miss Kay's Hair Salon then I.D.E.A.S. The building sits across the street from the bar formerly known as Pauly's, which is currently being renovated and opened by the team behind El Camino and Silver Dollar and renamed "The Pearl." 

Read a very extensive, informative article about Bean from Insider Louisville here.

Seckman is planning to open the new space in early June.

New Monnik Mural

Monnik Beer Co. recently had a new mural painted on the side of their building at 1036 East Burnett Street, designed by Bryan Todd and lettered by Kirby Signs. We may be biased, but it looks pretty darn good!

Flying Out Loud

Flying Out Loud will host a reading on Monday, May 9th at Sunergos Coffee Shop (2212 South Preston Street). The reading will feature poets from Dayton and Berea. This will be the last reading of the season. Flying Out Loud will resume on Monday, September 12th.

Schnitzelburg Blues Fest

The 6th Annual Schnitzelburg Blues Fest will be happening on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th outside of Check's Cafe on Hickory Street. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including the band line-up for both days. 

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk

The Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk will be happening on Saturday, June 4th. The popular history walk, narrated by Don Haag, will meet at the All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club and will venture down streets such as Milton, Texas, Reasor, Burnett, Sylvia, and Lydia Streets. See the flyer for more details.


April Newsletter

The April newsletter is here and it is full of great information - from the history of Germantown Baseball to a wonderful Membership deal from Melissa Mann Photography to a full event calendar!

Highlights include the Jim King MUSCL Senior Center Yard Sale from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 2nd, as well as the Schnitzelburg Art Festival and Spring Walk on Saturday, April 30th.

The Jane Jacobs Walk, a walk through the neighborhood to get to know how Schnitzelburg operates, will begin from St. Elizabeth's at 10:30am.  The walk is free, but you need to register at the following link: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/bB4JZqNidbf

April is a General Meeting month!  We'll meet on Monday, April 25th at 7 pm at All Wool & a Yard Wide Cub at the corner of Ash and Hickory.  We look forward to seeing you there!


March Newsletter + Boy Scouts

Are you thinking spring? We are too! There is a lot going on as the weather gets warmer and you can read all about it in the March Newsletter.

We have the first SACC event of 2016 coming up this month - the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!! We hope you'll join us for this free family event at AmVets Post #9's Bingo Hall on Sunday, March 20th from 2 to 3 pm. Thanks to AmVets for donating the space to SACC for this event!

Getting to know Boy Scout Troop 17

Scout law: A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. The Boy Scouts of America have been in Louisville since 1911. One of the oldest continuous running chapters of the organization is Troop 17, chartered at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in August 1934. Always a troop of distinction, the Courier Journal writes that  Troop 17 prevailed at the annual swim meet at Shelby Park Pool on Jun 27, 1944, when Bill Hayden won the 25-yard breast stroke. Norb Hein won the 50-yard free style, Gene Zipperle won the 25- yard back stroke and Bill Schulte won for diving. The troop made print again on May 2, 1957, marching in Louisville’s second annual Pegasus Derby Parade and bearing a hugh inflatable dragon.  On April 8, 1984, a photo in the paper featured Boy Scout Steve Zeller  playing drums at Scout-O-Rama at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. 

Over the years, Troop 17 has prepared and served countless chili dinners, chicken dinners, and spaghetti dinners. They have worked fish frys, shoveled snow, and picked up trash in the neighborhood. Troop 17 has traveled together, camped outdoors and told stories around the fire. There was a time when Troop 17 both cooked and served the annual traditional #1 Citizen Dinner of pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The Scouts still maintain a friendly presence at the the #1 Citizen Dinner today. These time-honored principles of Scouting are still taught at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 1020 Burnett Avenue. Young men between ages 11 and 18 may join. Troop 17 meets every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary. There is no meeting on the last Thursday of the month.  Dues are $25.00 per year.  There are also Tiger Cubs and Webelows (ages 5 to 10).  

SACC Board Member James Wolf wanted to share some thoughts about the Boy Scouts:

Boy Scout Troop 17 is actively seeking new members to join the troop & we need your help to increase our membership! 

We have several fundraisers throughout the year to help keep activity costs reasonable. Camping trips are held throughout the year. Boy Scouts is a wonderful experience to teach young men to be respectable citizens and leaders in our community. Many boys from Troop 17 have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. In addition to helping SACC with the annual #1 Citizen Dinner, we also volunteer with Brightside Community Cleanups and Scouting for Food to help St. Vincent  DePaul.

Boys that are interested in joining Troop 17 can contact James Wolf 709-3578, or Bill Spencer 637-8649.


February Newsletter

The SACC February newsletter is hot off the press!

We have several new business members - Welcome to Schnitzelburg!

Happy Valentine's Day to all you love birds and super singles in Schnitzelburg! We hope you can celebrate the holiday with one of our amazing local businesses.

Oh, and please join us for the first SACC meeting of 2016 on February 22nd!

If you are a 2015-2016 SACC member & haven't received your membership card, please let us know! We want you to be able to take advantage of the Membership Deal of the month! This month SACC Members can claim a cool deal from Lydia House. 


JB Cakes: A Sweet Addition to the Neighborhood

If you’re looking to wet your whistle late at night in Germantown and Schnitzelburg, there are a plethora of options, but if your sweet tooth beckons, there aren’t too many places to quell the craving. That is, until JB Cakes opened up shop in 2015 at 1101 Goss Avenue.

The bakery opens early, at 7 am (8 am on Sundays), just as you would expect. Yet, unlike other confectionary establishments, JB Cakes is open well into the evening, serving cupcakes to the masses until 8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 pm on Thursday, and 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Essentially serving cupcakes any time that craving hits you, day or night.

“JB Cakes is a place you can stop by for a bite in the morning, order cupcakes for a party or dinner, even order a cake for a birthday,” says owner Jared Langdon. “At the same time, we are a great option for dessert, somewhere to satisfy your sweet tooth between dinner and drinks. We do see quite a bit of business later in the evening, which is great!”

Their long hours aren’t the only thing that makes them unique. When you enter the small shop, you’ll notice all the cupcakes are naked, absent of icing. This isn’t due to a new food movement or lazy bakers, instead, customers are invited to craft their own cupcake creation. You simply pick out one of the cupcake flavors in the cabinet and choose from about 10 icing options. You can even add toppings to make a truly decadent treat. Full-size cupcakes cost about $2 and minis run about 80 cents each.

The fun flavor options are virtually endless: ginger spice with caramel cream cheese frosting and graham cracker crumbles, strawberry cake and banana cream cheese, chocolate and coffee butter cream with chocolate drizzle, red velvet with white chocolate cream cheese and crushed peppermint sprinkles. If you prefer the comfort of a classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting, they have that too. (Click here for a list of their flavors.)

Various cupcakes on display.

JB Cakes bakes about 600 to 800 cupcakes every week. Along with cupcakes, they also bake cookies and special order cakes. You can also find JB Cakes for sale at the nearby Lydia House.

Since settling down in Germantown, JB Cakes has loved the neighborhood and having the opportunity to grow along with it (three of the four owners live in Germantown). “So much is happening on Goss, we are very excited to see what the street will look like in the next few years,” said Langdon. They are excited for more commerce to come to the area, but they hope the neighborhood’s charm remains intact as more development moves in.

JB Cakes occupies a building that has a long, interesting history on Goss Avenue – a history that sheds some light on how our streets today were formed.

The building at 1101 Goss Avenue was built in 1893 by Frederick C. "Fred" Heck. Fred was born in Germany and immigrated to the US in 1878. He married Pauline Marie Schoening and they had 7 children. In 1892, Fred purchased 60 feet of property on the North side of Goss Avenue from Ferdinand Scharre, Jr. for $1,000. Fred was a butcher by trade and constructed the butcher shop/grocery store just one door down from John Taphorn's new saloon (currently Four Pegs), which was built in 1892. An empty space between the two businesses held a wood frame stable until 1900, when Fred sold the small lot to the city in order to connect Spratt Street to Goss Avenue. Fred, his wife, and children ran the grocery business at the location from 1893 to until 1923, when Fred sold the building to Richard E. Fishback, a grocer. Fishback operated the business only a short time before selling it to Piggly Wiggly in 1928. Piggly Wiggly remained at the corner of Goss and Spratt until 1942. The building was rented or vacant during the war years and was adopted as the home of the Southend Democrat Club in 1949. The Democrat Club move to 907 Goss Avenue a few years later. The building bounced around owners, remaining a rental property, yet without any commercial businesses truly taking hold of the space.

We look forward to JB Cakes spreading their roots and becoming a part of our history! We hope they’ll be open long enough to try every flavor combination and that will probably take a very long time!

JB Cakes on Facebook

Writer: Jennifer Chappell
Historian: Lisa Pisterman


January Newsletter

New year, new newsletter! Check out what is happening in and around Schnitzelburg.

The January edition features a word from SACC's new President and Vice President (Lisa Pisterman and Julianne Thomas, respectively), a Business Spotlight on Massage...Healing for Everyone, a celebration of Flying Out Loud's 1st birthday, and much more!

See ya around Schnitzelburg!


2015: Schnitzelburg By the Numbers

2015 was another year of explosive growth for Schnitzelburg!

We thought it would be fun to break down the numbers to give an overview for what's happened in our community over the course of 2015. Without further ado, here's our year in review!

$400 donated to SACC by Brewgrass Homebrew Supply with proceeds from sales of their "Schnitzelburg Oktoberfest" recipe kit.

150 trees planted in partnership with Love Louisville Trees through Louisville Grows.

80 volunteers planting all the new trees in one morning.

48 Flying Out Loud speakers (not including open mic readers). The poetry and personal narrative monthly series has been soaring with success, having a plethora of people fill Sunergos every month to hear creative material from a diverse group of speakers.

16 new street signs installed along Goss Avenue, as a part of the Goss Avenue Beautification Project. The Schnitzelburg side of Goss has signs with SACC's crest, while the German-Paristown side has the German-Paristown Neighborhood Association crest. Numerous decorative trash cans were also installed along Goss Avenue.

12 monthly SACC board meetings and newsletters.

10 new businesses: The Post, Lydia House, Monnik Beer Co., New Wave Burritos, Massage - Healing for Everyone, JB Cakes, Treasure Trunk, Hair 502, Schnitzelburg Barbershop, and D'Best Nails & Spa.

8 SACC events, including the 3rd Annual Movie Night in Emerson Park, the 8th Annual Schnitzelburg Dog Walk, two History Walks, the 14th Annual Yard Sale, Brightside trash pick-ups, and the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Movie Night in Emerson Park

7 General Neighborhood Meetings, including an ice cream social and a spring cleaning event!

6 new board members who will be joining SACC beginning in January. We'll be introducing these new members to you in 2016!

Four of the six at the November Neighborhood Meeting: (L-R) Dan McMahon, Mary Virginia Brooks, Ron Bolton and Tim Hill. 

4 SACC sponsored events: Schnitzelburg Bluegrass Fest, A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg, World Championship Dainty Contest, and the What the Germantown! Festival.

Contestants signing up for the Dainty Contest

4 new businesses to expect in 2016 along Goss Avenue. The Germantown Craft House will be opening at 1030 Goss Avenue (currently Underhill Associates; previously Paralyzed Veterans of America), a new cocktail bar at 935 Goss Avenue (previously Groucho's Karaoke Bar), an unnamed bar concept at 1151 Goss Avenue (previously Pauly's Schnitzelburg Pub), and Finn's Restaurant at the Germantown Mill Lofts (previously Germantown Daycare). Read more here.

3 Councilmen who have represented District 10 over the past year. After Jim King's untimely death in January, Steve Magre was chosen by the existing Metro Council to serve as interim Councilman. In November, Patrick Mulvihill prevailed against Bobby Redman in the race for the seat.

2 Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen honors for George Hauck. George was first honored in 1972 as the #1 Citizen and once again in 2015 - a very special honor for this year's 50th #1 Citizen Dinner!

George Hauck, front and center, with past #1 Citizens.
2 sides to the new historical marker on South Shelby Street that gives the history of the Shelby Street Trolley Barn that still stands today. The Shelby Street line connected Germantown to Downtown and traveled along the Schnitzelburg Loop. the historical marker was funded by the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association.

1 new mural planned for 2016 on Goss Avenue. The mural will be painted by Stephen Paulovich on the Ackerman Millwork & Supply & Co. and will depict a normal working day for the businesses that previously occupied the block - Glassner's Bakery, Ackerman Millworks, and the Louisville Cotton Mill! The mural will be sponsored by Three Points Beautification.

1 pub closed. Pauly's Schnitzelburg Pub closed its doors in October when Double Barreled bought the property with the intent to lease it out. We'll be drinking homemade lunchboxes and remembering all the fun times we had at Pauly's!

1 renamed senior center. The MUSCL Senior Wellness Center at Schnitzelburg, located inside St. E's, was dedicated to the late Jim King. Marjie Ryan, a local artist, was selected to create the colorful new sign.

Margie Ryan in front of the new sign. 

1 ballet set in Germantown. The Louisville Ballet updated the classic Coppelia to be set in 1917, as Germantowner's prepare for soldiers to go off to the first World War.

1/3 of the Germantown Mill Lofts that are completed and occupied. The next phase will be open in February when 66 additional unit become available. The remainder of the units will be ready by June, creating 189 total units on the property.

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is already working hard on making 2016 even better and we look forward to continuing to work for you! Thanks for all your support!

Want to get involved?  Contact us by writing us a message on the right side bar, emailing schnitzelburg@yahoo.com, or contacting us on Facebook!