Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Shopping Adventure With Your Girls

What better way to spend time with your girlfriends other than shopping? With so much good shopping in both Louisville and southern Indiana, try hitting one or a few of these places for some retail therapy with your best girls. 

> Host a private, after-hours shopping party for you and your girlfriends at a local boutique. The Ladybug Gifts (9207 U.S. 42, Prospect, 502.384.4438, will host parties from 6:30-8:30pm for you and your friends, serving appetizers and wine while you browse the store and enjoy 20 percent off your purchases. Locations such as Crush Boutique, BLU Boutique, Rodes for Her, and Rodeo Drive also offer similar “night-out” shopping experiences. For full details, contact the stores or visit their websites.

> Bardstown Road ( and the streets of the Highlands are lined with both new and vintage clothing stores. Pink Door Boutique, Dot Fox, Acorn, General Eccentric, Urban Attic, Queen of Rags, Blush Boutique, Pitaya, Hey Tiger, Clay and Cotton, Caden Boutique — the list goes on! Not to mention restaurants as far as the eye can see, like Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, Highland Morning, Cafe Lou Lou, Dragon King’s Daughter, and El Taco Luchador. Parking on this road can be a bit of a challenge, and sometimes you have to take what you can find. If you’re up for walking, park on Baxter Avenue outside of Quill’s Coffee (930 Baxter Ave., 502.742-6129,, grab an iced latte and begin your shopping spree!

> Within one building Butchertown Market (1201 Story Ave., 502.584.2841, holds four retail stores that meet all the requirements of a perfect girls’ outing. You’ll start at Work the Metal and browse through a collection of furniture, clothing, and accessories. Next door is Moss Hill Bath & Body to pick up some locally-made pampering products. Bourbon Barrel Foods houses gourmet foods that reflect Kentucky’s signature drink. Let your nose guide you to Cellar Door Chocolates for handcrafted, artisan chocolates. 


> Main Street in Jeffersonville is an up-and-coming hot spot for local eateries and shopping. Visit Choices and J Designs and pick out jewelry to match the perfect outfit you found at Annie’s Corner Consignment. Then grab a bite at Adrienne & Co.’s Bakery Cafe (129 W Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, 812.282-2665, for a gourmet sandwich and some of the finest bakery treats Indiana has to offer. 

> Start your girls’ day out in Downtown New Albany with a mango mimosa paired with a stack of lemon souffle pancakes from Toast on Market (141 E. Market St., New Albany). If you’re looking for a dress for all those summer weddings coming up, check out Dress and Dwell. For those with a more eclectic taste in fashion, Colokial has racks upon racks of unique clothing and accessories. Also be sure to hit Regalo, Opal Gypsys, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique and Mariposa Consignments during your New Albany spree. When you’ve finished shopping, stop by the Comfy Cow (109 E Market St, New Albany, 812.924.7197, for a scoop of local ice cream.


> Park outside of Please & Thank You (800 E. Market St., 502.262.9006, and grab a delicious cup of coffee, as well as Louisville’s favorite chocolate chip cookie as you begin your Nulu shopping adventure. Take a stroll down Market Street and see what local Louisvillians have to offer. Check out Why Louisville? for eccentric Louisville knick-knacks (and try not to be freaked out by the wax figure of Colonel Sanders) and Gifthorse for local gifts to send to far-away family and friends. If you’re doing some redecorating, stores like Rellek, Revolver, and Scout offer a wide variety of furniture, both new and refurbished. If you’re up for some antiquing, Joe Ley Antiques is four stories of treasures waiting to be found. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Nulu is home to a slew of local eateries, such as the Garage Bar, Ghyslain on Market, the Mayan Cafe, and Harvest Restaurant.

> Plan a shopping day with your girlfriends for the first Friday of the month as pop-up shops fill up the 1007 block of E. Jefferson Street. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, refurbished furniture, a tasty treat or a bargain deal, Flea Off Market has it all! 


> Take a tour of Louisville neighborhoods San Francisco style on the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop ( the final Friday of each month. Explore dining, shopping, and entertainment in the Clifton, Crescent Hill, and Butchertown neighborhoods from 6:30-10pm. And if you can’t make the final Friday, the Downtown Trolley Hop ( rides on the first Friday of each month from 5-11pm.  

Styled by Alissa Hicks

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