Business transitions

CarMax, the nation's largest retailer of used cars, has opened its first auto superstore in Lexington. The store, at 105 Sand Lake Drive, employs more than 50 associates and stocks 250 to 350 vehicles of nearly every make and model. Preview CarMax vehicles at

Edward Gage, a Lexington interior designer for more than 50 years, has moved his office from 456 East High Street, where he operated his business for a quarter century, to 1583 Delaware Avenue in a building previously occupied by House. Edward Gage remains a full-service, residential design firm, offering mid- to high-end furnishings and design. (859) 255-2067.

Independence Place, a non-profit, non-residential center that promotes independent living for people with disabilities, will celebrate its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Independence Place has moved from Euclid Avenue to a larger space at 1093 South Broadway, Suite 1218. The company provides support, counseling, peer mentoring, advocacy training and personal resource management for disabled individuals and their family members. Information: Pamela Roark-Glisson, executive director, (859) 266-2807.

Lore Brewing Co. Homebrew Supply Store has opened at 471 Whirlaway Drive, Danville. The company's microbrewery will open later this year. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. Owner: Lee Rossman. (859) 209-4288. Web site:

■ The Kentucky Christian Foundation of Lexington and the Louisville Christian Foundation have combined to form the National Christian Foundation Kentucky. Since 2002, both foundations have served as affiliates of NCF, collecting more than $69 million in contributions and granting more than $46 million to churches, ministries and non-profit organizations. NCF recently overhauled its Web site,

Unique Antiques has opened at 137 North Broadway, Suite A, Berea. The store is home to the Southern States Pickers, who buy and sell antiques and collectibles. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, other days by appointment. Proprietor: Rose Smith. (859) 228-0215.

■ A new Tractor Supply Co. Store is under construction in Frankfort at 111 Arrowhead Court. The store is expected to open in September and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees. It will be the company's 41st Kentucky location. Web site:

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo