Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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figureweightloss.com nanzkraft.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 23 THE BIT camp, I was going to the barbershop in Mexico," Castellon says. He discovered the space that is now Spanish Fly after parking across the then-vacant building to attend a Louisville City FC soccer game. "I poked my head in and literally that was the beginning," he says. "I was obsessed after that." The 100-year-old building hadn't been touched in more than two decades. Castellon overhauled the space, removing what he calls the "ugly, office-drop ceiling." Castellon filled his space with nods to Mexican and American culture. Two of three barber chairs are the originals from his great-grandfather's barbershop in Mexico. To retrieve them, Castellon drove there with his wife and their one- year-old son. He'd inherited some cream cans from his wife's grandfather, who welded them in the '60s, so he had them refinished with a bright-green color and hand-painted flowers. Prices for haircuts appear on a refashioned Pepsi sign that once hung in Za's Pizza Pub. But the most eye-catching piece is a giant American-flag tapestry, which Cas- tellon made with help from his wife, who owns a textile studio. The flag is Mexican blankets, with marigold flowers as the stars. "I had this idea in my mind for the longest time," Castellon says. "Basically, that flag and what it represents is the American Dream, and that it doesn't necessarily come from the usual fabrics. I come from Mexican fabric, but I feel more American than anybody. I always say it's me in a flag." — Katie Molck

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