cheesecake from Cheesecake & Co.
Cheesecake from Cheesecake & Company (Image cred­it: Cheesecake & Co. Facebook page)

Five ran­dom obser­va­tions from the week that was. 

  1. On Friday after­noon, my fam­i­ly final­ly got to try some deli­cious­ness from Cheesecake & Company. Jen and I had vis­it­ed once before, but it was late and they had com­plete­ly sold out. This time, our luck was bet­ter, and we had lots of choic­es. My grand­son Connor opt­ed for the triple choco­late; all the adults in the fam­i­ly went for the straw­ber­ry pret­zel. We added a slice of caramel pecan to sam­ple as well. It was all very, very good. It’s not an exag­ger­a­tion to say it was the best cheese­cake I’ve ever tast­ed — and I’m some­what of a cheese­cake con­nois­seur. If you haven’t tried it yet, I high­ly rec­om­mend you get down there next week­end and check them out. The selec­tions vary each week; check out their Facebook page to view the cur­rent offerings. 
  2. I was great­ly sad­dened to read this week of the demise of The Goldenrod. This dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tion was an impor­tant exer­cise in inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, focus­ing on rur­al Kentucky. Together with the recent shut­ter­ing of “Kentucky’s online news­pa­per,” KyForward, these are not good signs for the future of dig­i­tal jour­nal­ism in the Commonwealth. 
  3. What does the above news por­tend for WinCity? Nothing at all, I’m quite hap­py to say. Our own future is bright as we near our one-year anniver­sary this fall. The rea­sons for that are numer­ous, but it main­ly boils down to the fact that — for now any­way — we have no paid staff. We all vol­un­teer our time to this enter­prise because we love this com­mu­ni­ty and we love cre­at­ing great con­tent. I’ll be writ­ing more about where we’re head­ed in the com­ing weeks. 
  4. Someone asked me recent­ly if local eater­ies pay for my reports in this col­umn. The answer is an emphat­ic no. We do not accept any adver­tis­ing at all. If I rec­om­mend a place to eat, it’s because I per­son­al­ly had a great expe­ri­ence and want to share that. 
  5. Summer in Kentucky is tra­di­tion­al­ly a time for that quin­tes­sen­tial south­ern social activ­i­ty: the fam­i­ly reunion. Over the course of my life­time, how­ev­er, I’ve noticed both my wife’s fam­i­ly and my own have had few­er and less well-attend­ed get-togeth­ers. I won­der why that is, and if it’s a uni­ver­sal phenomenon. 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at