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Retail Therapy

14 Aug Retail Therapy

Unique tees? Kitschy gifts? Louisville offers all the comfort shops from your own town and a lot of original shops and boutiques to cover every need. Here are a few of our favorite neighborhoods to explore.

The Highlands

Memphis has Beale Street. New Orleans has the French Quarter. Louisville has the Highlands. The quirky district that surrounds Bardstown Road boasts block after block of one-of-a-kind shops. You can pick up a book on the recommendation of the smarty-pants clerks at Carmichael’s Books and read it with an espresso from one of several coffee shops or a cookie from the Kizito Cookie Lady.

The quirky district that surrounds Bardstown Road boast block after block of one-of-a-kind shops.

Maybe you’d rather see an art house film—or blockbuster—at Baxter Avenue Filmworks, shop for the latest fashions at Acorn Apparel or General Eccentric. Take your time in the Highlands. It’s the only way you can understand the slogan, “Keep Louisville Weird.”

St. Matthews

Not sure what you’re looking for? Head to St. Matthews. You can catch a little bit of everything. The area offers up Oxmoor Center and Mall St. Matthews, where you can get your old favorites like Forever 21, Gap, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, H&M and more. On the other end of the spectrum, some of the most chic boutiques are in this area. We recommend exploring Circe and Clodhoppers for women’s clothing.

Crescent Hill

If you want to explore the shops in Crescent Hill, hop a trolley during the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop on the last Friday of the month. The trolley hits every spot along the road, so you can come and go as you please. Make sure to check out some of the local favorites like Quest Outdoors, Eyedia and Just Creations. Take the trolley to the end of the line for a quick stop at the Butchertown Market, home to one of Louisville’s favorite gift shops – Work the Metal. The store features clothes and jewelry perfect for Derby; housewares and quirky gifts to send loved ones back home.


Louisville’s East Market Corridor between downtown and the Highlands offers the perfect mix of shopping and dining. Check out Bermuda Highway for threads and more; the shop is owned by former Houndmouth frontwoman Katie Toupin. You can also hit Please and Thank You for records and coffee; Scout for clothing, décor and quirky gifts, and Revelry for jewelry, household items and more by Louisville artisans.