It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so hopefully you’re reading The Closing Bell from the confines of your living room rather than your cubicle or corner office. If you’re venturing out to big-box stores in search of bargains, you can catch up on IL while waiting in line to purchase whatever item was worth braving Black Friday madness.
IL staffers aren’t a timid bunch, but we admittedly are terrified at the prospect of navigating Shelbyville Road today. We prefer our shopping to be a bit more leisurely … and local. It’s in that spirit that we dedicate this edition of The Closing Bell to local retail. Just in time to devise your plan of attack for Small Business Saturday, which is tomorrow, Nov. 29. Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer will kick off the shop local initiative with a “Shop Small” event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Feeder’s Supply, 315 Baxter Ave. There will be lots of swag, including “Shop Small” shopping bags, holLOUday buttons and balloons.
Louisville is lucky to have a thriving Buy Local scene, with countless stores at which to shop for unique wares. Here are some of our go-to spots for holiday shopping. (And don’t worry … we’ll have a super-sized, post-holiday Monday Business Briefing for you first thing next week.)
If Buzzfeed ever came out with a “Which Local Louisville Store are You?” quiz and the answer wasn’t “Why Louisville” for the collective IL editorial staff, you’d know the algorithm is wonky.
Why Louisville is devoted to all things Louisville, eccentric, kind of tacky but joyful. It’s a great place to shop if you have friends who dig nostalgia, monsters, kitsch and cool T-shirts. Why Louisville is the perfect place to pick up Louisville-made crafts and foods — Bourbon Barrel Foods, Kentucky for Kentucky and others are well represented. Oh, and they sell an array of art, from prints to originals (like a painting of a robot in a fleur-de-lis-shaped rocket ship, which adorns an office wall at IL World Headquarters).
The NuLu store features a wax figure of Col. Sanders and a ton of artifacts from Fountaine Ferry Park. And free popcorn!
1583 Bardstown Road
Why Louisville II
806 E. Market St.
Need a last-minute birthday gift in the form of a flask? Need a pair of rainbow socks with the word “Beer” on them? Need an ice cube tray shaped like the Titanic? Regalo Gifts has what you’re looking for and lots, lots more. It’s our go-to place for one-of-a-kind items you never knew you needed.
Regalo has four locations and is owned and operated by Jon Freels, J.D. Dotson and Laura Applegate. The SoFo Regalo offers a rotating gallery featuring local artists, known appropriately as the Regallery.
982 Barret Ave.
Regalo Galt House
140 N. Fourth St.
562 S. Fourth St.
Regalo New Albany
234 E. Pearl St.
The $20 Art Show
If you haven’t heard of the umpteenth annual $20 Art Show, you’ve clearly been spending too much time clipping coupons and shopping at Walmart. Perhaps you think you can’t afford local art, or maybe you never look beyond the free wine at the First Friday Trolley Hops. This annual holiday show is designed to hook up artists with consumers in a pretentious-free zone. Seriously — everything is $20 or less.
More than 30 artists have signed on to participate, and this year the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Copper & Kings Distillery in Butchertown. There’s not even a cover charge to keep you away, so mark it down. It runs from 6-9 p.m., and the earlier you get there, the more options you’ll have. The art sells faster than Saturday morning pancakes at iHop.
Participating artists include Jeral Tidwell, Robby Davis, Patrick Jilbert, Madpixel, J. Cobb, Jill Morgan, Michelle Amos, Dustin Dirt and many, many more. Think of it as a one-stop-shop for one-of-a-kind originals.
Copper & Kings
1121 E. Washington St.