James Snowden, co-owner with Randy Terrell of Finderskeepers Market at 109 Walton Ave in Lexington.
What is your favorite iconic building in Lexington?
The Kentucky Theater holds so many memories for me — and being a film lover, it continues to inspire me as well. I simply cannot imagine downtown Lexington without The Kentucky.
What four figures from history would you most like to invite to dinner if you could?
I enjoy being around other creative people, so I’d have to select from artistic history (design, literature, film, and music):
• Sister Parish and Albert Hadley(Parish-Hadley) — both design geniuses and highly influential in creating the American country and clean modernism styles that I love so much. Sister would probably pick apart every little detail, but at least she’d keep me interested and on my toes.
• Truman Capote. You just know he would be the consummate dinner guest.
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• Actress Geraldine Page, because I adore her. She shined in two of my all-time favorite movies — and .
• Though still very much alive and well, I’d love to have dinner with Joni Mitchell. A writer, musician, painter, and intellectual — Joni’s wide-ranging brilliance continually astounds me.
What is a pet peeve you would fix if possible?
Textured ceilings would be deemed illegal.
What is on the menu for your favorite dinner?
A very difficult question for me to answer. As any close friend of mine can tell you, I not only love to eat great food, but I love to talk about it too. A simple homemade pasta with brown butter and Mizithra cheese is a favorite. I also love homey, braised short ribs with roasted carrots and potatoes. Seriously, it all depends on mood, the season, and just how ravenous I’m feeling. Libations are always important too.
What is the best gift you ever received?
Trust, love, and companionship from my close friends, family, and partner.
What most inspires you?
Beauty that comes with age.
Pleased to Meet You writer Celeste Lewis is out there getting Lexingtonians, from long-timers to new arrivals, to know one another a little better by gently probing their personal interests, recollections, tastes and aspirations. Have a good prospect for this feature? Your suggestion is welcome. Just dash off a note with “PTMY” in the subject line to