Community in the Time of Pandemic: Masks and Payroll Help


Greater Gardenside Face Masks

Starting May 11, Kentuckians must wear facial masks to protect against COVID-19 when they go anywhere in public. This includes retail shops, grocery and hardware stores, and professional services businesses. As businesses are allowed to reopen, employees must also wear a face mask while working. We are proud to highlight a couple good neighbors that are helping out by making masks for the community. Here’s a message from Greater Gardenside volunteers Marlene White and Rikki Jamalia, owners of Sadistic Mistress Hot Sauces:

Sadistic Mistress Hot Sauces is making masks for anyone that needs one. You can go to to see the different materials we have for the masks. Just pick the ones you want by number and either post a comment on one of the posts or send a private message via Facebook Messenger. These are 100% cotton and you can ask for ones with filters and/or nose guards. They are machine wash and dry. We are asking $2.00 per mask for those who can pay (that ships it to your front door) but donating masks to anyone who needs them. We have been blessed with several donations for this so we have plenty to donate. If you, or anyone you know, needs a mask, please let us know. We are usually able to get orders out within two days but larger orders (20 or more) might take more time. We will ship to anywhere in the continental US. Stay safe and get a mask! And, yes, we make them for children.

We’ve also heard about Lisa Brawner, who lives in the Greater Gardenside area. As of 04/30/20, she has made 1,089 cloth masks and given them away for free. People have donated money, thread, and material to Lisa in order to contribute to the costs. You can read more about her contributions on the NextDoor post here:

Greater Gardenside Payroll Protection Program Help

Brent Simpson, of Century 21 Simpson & Associates, is offering to assist any Greater Gardenside business with their application for the federal government’s Payroll Protection Program. Here’s a message from Brent:

I am here to help, free of charge, if you have any questions about the process.  I want to help the other Greater Gardenside Businesses in any way that I can.  Here is a short summary of the program: The CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loans provides $350 billion of loan relief to small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The PPP offers forgivable low-interest loans to small businesses facing uncertainty during the COVID-19 emergency, so you can retain workers, maintain payroll, and cover certain other existing overhead costs. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Here’s Brent’s contact information: Brent Simpson, Century 21 Simpson & Associates, 1818 Versailles Road, 859-455-3321 and 502-320-4076,

Community Helpers

As always, we are proud of how the Greater Gardenside community comes together to help each other. Please join us in extending a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Marlene White, Rikki Jamalia, and Lisa Brawner for their homemade face masks. We also appreciate Brent Simpson offering his assistance to local businesses in need of help or guidance with their PPP loan applications. You’ll be able to find Marlene and Rikki this summer at the Greater Gardenside Farmers Market with their Sadistic Mistress hot sauces. If you ever want to attend one of the Greater Gardenside meetings, they take place at Brent Simpson’s Century 21 office at 1818 Versailles Road.