Who We Are

Smiley Pete Publishing began as a single community publication in 1997. College buddies Chris Eddie and Chuck Creacy started Chevy Chaser Magazine while working as pizza delivery drivers. They got to know Lexington’s neighborhoods, and began hand-delivering magazines to local residents. 

Since then, Smiley Pete Publishing has become a growing family of print and online publications that specialize in locally focused content.  All Smiley Pete publications, initiatives and events have a common goal: to serve the needs and interests of readers, and to continue to make Lexington a community of diverse people and organizations who strive for positive change and great quality of life. 

Chevy Chaser Magazine  & Southsider Magazine

Launched in October of 1997, Smiley Pete’s Chevy Chaser Magazine & Southsider Magazine are the longest-running monthly publications currently distributed in Lexington, reaching over 100,000 local readers. Using an ever-evolving palette of highly targeted information services including direct mail, print, web and email, we strive to deliver thoughtful, relevant, useful, humorous, enlightening and – above all else – independent, locally-produced content that highlights the best Lexington has to offer; written and produced by local writers, editors and publishers committed to professional integrity and the community they serve. 

Business Lexington

Business Lexington is a news journal focused on the Central Kentucky business community. Coverage ranges from economic development, real estate, healthcare, law, education, restaurant news, entrepreneurship, marketing and sales, agri-tourism, arts and the economy, and business related political and legislative activity. Business Lexington is devoted to serving the interests of one of the nation’s fastest growing medium-markets, keeping its readers updated and well informed with a variety of stimulating, informative content in print, online and email alerts, creating an open dialogue on current issues to encourage a vibrant and active local business community.


tadoo.com is an online arts, culture and entertainment magazine. From live music, film, and art openings, to festivals and other arts-related events, the website is Central Kentucky's leading source for finding out about all there is "tadoo" in the area. Seeking to strike a balance between curated and comprehensive, the website is updated several times a week with Lexington-area live music, theatre, performance, visual arts, literary, culinary and other events, and accepts free, user submitted events as well.

Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival

Crave Lexington Food and Music Festival is a two-day food and music festival produced by Smiley Pete Publishing that features the best food trucks, restaurants and caterers in central Kentucky, as well as a variety of live music acts, kids' activites, a classic car show and more. The event started in 2013 as a grassroots, exploratory celebration of the area's culinary offerings and has blossomed into a 15,000+ attendence favorite local event.


Lexington Burger Week

A promotion featuring local restaurants that each create a cheap, special off-menu burger for one week, local chefs bring their A-game to make the most unique burger in town for this popular annual event. Over 100,000 burgers are sold each year.