Rededication of Smoketown Statue Honoring Muhammad Ali

On Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. the gloves statue honoring Muhammad Ali will be rededicated in Smoketown in its new location at Hancock between Lampton and Jacob streets.


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Help Us Do Our Part To Recycle!

I love Mayor Greg Fischer and all the things he is doing to make Louisville a better city including recycling.  Now it is time for us to do our part and we need your help.  We have purchased orange top recycling containers for outside and blue recycling cans for inside our businesses.  All glass bottles, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, clean cardboard and paper should go into the recycling bins.  Styrofoam plates and containers, bathroom trash and soiled paper and cardboard and trash should go into the black trash containers.

For more information on recycling, you can go to the city’s website:

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ESPN Undefeated Spotlights Black Jockeys

Rhiannon Walker of ESPN’s Undefeated, spotlights the black jockeys that dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby.  In her story ‘The Reign of the Black Jockey’ she ask Shirley Mae for her input.  Here is the link:

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Saying Goodbye to the Greatest…

I don’t think I have ever seen a funeral procession that felt more like a parade for a champion but I guess that was what it was… I appreciate how accessible the family made themselves to us.  For one day we as a city were of one mind and spirit.  I was so proud of our city and the job that the Mayor and city officials did executing on Ali’s final wishes.IMG_3805Thank you to the Ali family and the city of Louisville for a day in my life that I will never forget.

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Congratulations Hillary on Your Historic Nomination!

Hillary, we are so proud of you.  You have maneuvered through the political landscape and overcome the obstacles of gender bias to become the first woman nominated by a major political party for the office of President of the United States.  I loved how you paid homage to those who came before you during your speech.  May their courage strengthen you as you press on to finish the race and gain the prize.

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Congratulations Students of Grace Brethren School…

IMG_3747It was such a joy spending time with the students of Grace Brethren School in Simi Valley, CA.  They were in town for the robotics contest held here at the Fair and Exposition Center.  To have made it to the competition was an honor and great accomplishment.  The competition had contestants from 36 countries.  Each student was as sweet as the next.  I just wanted to squeeze each student until their eyes popped out.  I am so proud of them, their parents, the teachers and volunteers that made sacrifices to support them in this endeavor.

The competition is supposed to air on ESPN-2 in July around the 20th.

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MLK Day At Shirley Mae’s Cafe!

We invite you to join us on Monday, January 18th for food, faith and fellowship.  We will provide the food, you bring your faith for seeing Dr. King’s Dream realized and let’s join in on the fellowship from 3pm to 6pm.   Let’s celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18th, 3-6pm


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Shirley Mae’s New Years Eve Bash!!!

Shirley Mae’s opened for business on December 31, 1988 so New Years Eve is also our anniversary.  So come celebrate New Year’s Eve with Shirley Mae Thursday night, December 31st.  We will open for lunch and close at 3:30pm to prepare for New Years.  We will open our doors at 9pm to rock in the new year.  There is no cover charge and we will have party favors, complimentary New Year’s Eve dinner and a free glass of Champagne for the New Year’s Eve toast.

Thursday, December 31st

Doors Open at 9pm


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Holiday Hours


With the overwhelming response to our jam cakes, we are going to be closed for regular business on Thursday, December 24th.  Customers that placed Holiday orders will still be able to pick up their orders.

We will be closed Christmas Day so that we can spend family time together and open back up on Saturday, December 26th at 1:30pm for regular business.

Wednesday, Dec. 23rd:  Holiday Pick-up Only

Thursday, Dec. 24th:  Holiday Pick-up Only (Closed to regular business)

Friday, Dec. 25th:  Closed

Saturday, Dec. 26th:  1:30pm-11pm

Sunday, Dec. 27th:  11am-11pm



We will close early on Thursday, December 31st to allow us time to prepare for our New Year’s Eve Jam.

Thursday, Dec. 31st:  11am-3:30pm

New Year’s Eve Jam:  9pm-2am

Friday, Jan. 1st:  1:30pm-11pm

Saturday, Jan 2nd:  1:30pm-11pm

Sunday, Jan 3rd:  11am-11pm

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For Some, It’s Not Christmas Without Jam Cake.

We are so proud to be featured in the Courier Journal this month…

Thank you so much Jere Downs for writing such a wonderful article.  I cannot believe how well you captured my childhood memories of making jam cake with my Mother. Thank you Sam Upshaw Jr. for taking such beautiful photos.

We have had an overwhelming response to the article.  I cannot tell you how many folks have told us of a mother or grandmother who used to make jam cake for the Holidays and the wonderful memories your article evoked.


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