From mimosas to-go, to house plant deliveries and curbside boutique pick-ups, Louisville’s small businesses are getting creative in during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While many local businesses that are not considered essential in a pandemic are closed to foot traffic, this time is as important as ever to come together as a community and support those businesses you treasure, said Jennifer Rubenstein, director of Louisville Independent Business Alliance.
“This is truly a test for small businesses,” Rubenstein said, many of which are balancing staying open with applying for local, state and federal small business loans and other grants.
“They are doing their best to raise to this challenge and be a vital part of this community and what makes it unique,” she added.
Louisville Independent Business Alliance and New2Lou are encouraging its business members to update listings in the website directory with information on how they’re coping with COVID-19. Some are adjusting hours and making special offers, including curbside pick up and free delivery.
Others are promoting gift card deals, anything to “hang in there as best they can,” Rubenstein said.
But they need your help.
While there are hundreds of locally-owned small businesses in the Kentuckiana area, here are a handful that have moved retail sales online and are offering special deals or offers during the coronavirus pandemic. (Check out our running list of restaurants deals, too). Did we miss your favorite shop? Send a note to Savannah Eadens at email@example.com.
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2235 Frankfort Ave., Suite 104; 5-0-lou.com; 502-212-0927
5-0 Lou Gift Local is now open on Frankfort Ave. in Clifton. (Photo: Courtesy of 5-0 Lou Gift Local)
5-0-Lou is home to a variety of hand-crafted home goods, jewelry, gift items, food, apparel, and art. You can also order a custom gift from its on-site print shop. From glassware to fun t-shirts to gifts for your pets, there’s something for everyone. Bonus: right now, the boutique is selling special “social distancing” t-shirts if you’d like to add a little humor to your life. The shop is taking online, phone and email orders and will arrange free local delivery, special pick up times, curbside delivery along with standard shipping.
11800 Shelbyville Road, 4600 Shelbyville Road; atasteofky.com; 502-244-3355
A horse/jockey clear glass mug. (Photo: A Taste of Kentucky)
This boutique offers the best of Kentucky in foods, books, art, candies, gift baskets and more. Right now, sign up for its newsletter and receive information on special events and promotions and a one-time 10% discount on your next order. The shop is also offering online shipping and free curbside pickup.
631 S. 4th St., 819 W. Main St., arteatables.com; 502-589-0210
Art Eatables chocolates are made on Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. (Photo: File)
If you’re missing Kentucky’s favorite spirit during the coronavirus pandemic, Art Eatables offers a delicious way to imbibe in treat form. The confectioner makes bourbon-infused and bourbon-themed candies and chocolates with bourbons such as Eagle Rare, Elijah Craig, Jim Beam, Very Old Barton, Wild Turkey and more. And it’s your lamenting the fact that the Kentucky Derby is 150 days away (we hope!), they also sell a Maker’s Mark mint julep truffle.
1201 Story Ave., 2708-2710 Frankfort Ave., bourbonbarrelfoods.com; 502-618-0939
Bourbon Barrel Foods is celebrating it’s 2nd Birthday during the Frankfort Ave. Trolley hop with free food and 10 percent off merchansdise (Photo: Provided by Bourbon Barrel Foods)
This small business, known for its Bluegrass Soy Sauce, spices and sauces among other kitchen products, is offering a curbside menu of its products, as well as a commitment to “sanitation procedures to the highest standards and have strengthened our protocol on all sanitation efforts,” according to its website. To order curbside, call 502-618-0939. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2720 Frankfort Ave., 1295 Bardstown Road, 1313 Bardstown Road, carmichaelsbookstore.com; 502-456-6950
Emma Baird of St. Matthews looks through a magazine at Carmichael’s Bookstore on Frankfort Ave. in Crescent Hill. 07 October 2019 (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier Journal)
Louisville’s independent bookstore has always offered free delivery in Louisville to the 40204 and 40206 zip codes and has expanded that to include free delivery for all of Metro Louisville during the coronavirus pandemic. The store, which has operated in Louisville for 40 years, has a wide variety of products from fiction to non-fiction, children’s books, puzzles, games and more.
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1570 Story Ave., hadleypottery.com; 502-584-2171
The Hadley Pottery Company at 1570 Story Avenue with a portrait of M.A. Hadley, who founded the famous pottery company in 1940. Her original designs still attract fans and collected. (Photo: Matt Stone/Courier Journal)
Hadley Pottery is an American-based pottery and stoneware company that started in 1939 by Mary Alice Hadley. The artisan shop sells everything from bowls to cake stands to casserole dishes, jars, mugs and more. It’s also offering a special extended sale through April 30 where everything purchases online is 30% off.
1001 Logan St., loganstmarket.com; 502-219-3110
Breeze Bar Wine at the Logan Street Market in Louisville. (Photo: Courtesy of Dana McMahan)
A handful of vendors and restaurants inside Louisville’s urban public market are still opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The best way to keep track of hours and offerings is through each businesses’ social media accounts.
- The Bodega Grocery Store: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Full line of fresh produce, dairy, eggs, nonperishables, pantry staples, beer, wine & spirits
- Bourbon City Barkery: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: All-natural pet food and treats
- The Breeze Wine Bar & Spirits: 2-6 p.m. 502-792-8977
- Country Meat Co.: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 502-919-9044
- FOKO: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Carryout and delivery only. 502-936-0307
- Harvey’s Cheese: Wednesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, curbside pickup and delivery. 502-314-0432
- Ziba’s Bistro: Wednesday to Saturday, lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 5-8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carryout only
10638 Meeting St., Prospect, lulubelles.com; 502-708-2145
This women’s apparel boutique in Norton Commons sells everything from dresses and shirts to Kentucky Derby accessories, handbags, jewelry and more. Its online shop offers free shipping with 20% off in April with code KEEPFAITH.
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900 E. Main St., maddoxandrosemarketplace.com; 502-625-5115
This custom experiential candle shop that offers more than 80 scents in Louisville’s NuLu neighborhood has leaned-in to the coronavirus pandemic and is selling hand sanitizer spray, hand sanitizer gel and hand soap in addition to its line of custom candles, lotions, room sprays and more.
822 E. Market St., mahoniastudio.com; 502-785-4534
The plant and flower shop Mahonia, 822 East Market Street in NuLu. (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier Journal)
Mahonia is a home store and floral design studio in NuLu that is offering curbside pick up and delivery to customers of a variety of plants, gift boxes and more. Looking for an activity to do with your kids — or the kid at heart? Mahonia is selling build your own Terrarium Kits for $25 and up. Each kit includes glass terrarium, sand, gravel, dried flower bits, and an air plant.
801 E. Market St., peaceoftheearth.com; 502-690-5707
SERIOUSLY SOFTENED SKIN: Handmade lavender mint brown sugar body scrub, $16.99; and lavender vanilla hand and body lotion, $11.99, at Peace of the Earth, 801 E. Market St., (502) 690-5707. (Photo: By Matt Stone/The C-J)
Shop owner Leslie Delgado told the Courier Journal in March that online orders at her eco-friendly gift shop would be the only way she could “survive” the coronavirus shutdown. The NuLu shop offers eco-friendly gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and home decor and also features a line of hand-crafted natural bath and body products. Peace of the Earth products are also available at Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets.
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701 E. Market St., 502-582-2555; redtreenulu.com
Colorful umbrellas provide the shade in the outdoor courtyard of the Red Tree furniture store at 701 E. Market Street in NuLu. 08 July 2019 (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier Journal)
Red Tree is selling its unique handmade furniture and gifts by local artists online but is also offering a bit of digital respite for everyone at home. Red Tree is doing a series of “nooners,” a once-daily themed Facebook Live show that highlights some of the store’s product. It’s also offering free local deliveries for orders over $50.
562 S. Fourth St., regaloart.com; 502-583-1798
Regalo on South Fourth Street offers unique Louisville and Kentucky-centric gifts that can’t be found at larger retail stores. Dec. 11, 2019 (Photo: Matt Stone/Courier Journal)
This boutique offers an eclectic mix of unique gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories, contemporary decor and fine art. The shop is offering free curbside pickup and delivery in Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana for a small fee. Gift cards are also 20% off.
742 E. Market St., revelrygallery.com; 502-414-1ART
The Revelry Boutique Gallery at 742 E. Market Street in NuLu, offers the work of local artists. 08 July 2019 (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier Journal)
This NuLu based boutique is offering many of its unique, artisan gifts in bundles, including #TeamKentucky and #KentuckyStrong that feature everything from socks to stickers to jewelry for under $50. Shop for them online, pick them up curbside or have them delivered locally for free.
2604 Portland Ave., 994 Breckenridge Lane; shaheens.com; 502-778-9741
Shaheen’s Department Store on Portland Avenue has been a staple for work clothes as well as shoes since 1922. Portland is home to blue-collar families, artists and industrial workers. (Photo: Matt Stone/Courier Journal)
Founded in 1922, this department store based in Portland is Louisville’s largest independently owned boutique. It specializes in everything from school uniforms to chef’s clothing and workwear, plus exclusive brands like Carharrt, Keen, Timberland and more.
9426 Norton Commons Blvd, Prospect, somethingblueky.com
This accessories and gift boutique sells everything from chic wedding accessories — hence its name — to on-trend fashion. It offers free curbside pickup and free home delivery within a 5-mile radius of the store, plus free shipping from its website.
10634 Meeting St., Prospect, 502-727-5513, facebook.com/SparkBoutiquee/
Need some retail therapy? This boutique in Norton Commons sells everything from chic styles for women to candles, jewelry, accessories, shoes and more. You can call or text your order to 502-727-5513 and you’ll get free local delivery, free curbside drop-off and free shipping.
9414 Norton Commons Blvd., Prospect, underpinningslingerie.com, 502-333-0370
Underpinnings Lingerie has a wide variety of loungewear for sale at its Norton Commons shop. (Photo: Courtesy of Underpinnings Lingerie)
This specialty shop sells a wide variety of loungewear, pajama sets, candles, soaps, lotions, bath salts and more. The Norton Commons shop is offering curbside pickup and neighborhood delivery in lieu of in-person shopping until April 30. Its also accepting payment over the phone and will provide white-glove delivery service to your vehicle or home. Additional, Cosabella, Tia Lyn, and Single Sleep pajama sets are 40% off.
1201 Story Ave., workthemetal.com; 502-584-2841
Work the Metal (one of the retail stores in the Butchertown Market on Story Ave. in Louisville) is a local shop that does a lot of creative events and social media to get customers in the door. 09 November 2019 (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to Courier Journal)
Work the Metal is located inside the Butchertown Market and is known for its unique mix of jewelry, home accessories, furniture, drapery and more. In addition to posting daily updates on its wide range of products available online, the team has also been doing “online trunk shows” for its spring jewelry, Easter collections and more.
Savannah Eadens is a Culture & Diversity reporter for the Courier Journal. Reach Savannah at firstname.lastname@example.org, 502-381-9498 or on Twitter at @savannaheadens. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/subscribe.
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