Part of the excitement during the days leading up to the holidays is
shopping for family and friends. Holiday giving is especially enjoyable
when you are able to find the perfect gift, and there is no better
choice than an item made by a Kentucky artisan.
One of the best places to discover these gifts is the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
There shoppers find an amazing array of distinctive Kentucky handmade
treasures created by over 650 artisans. Whether you are shopping for
gifts or preparing for the holidays yourself, the Kentucky Artisan
Center at Berea has amazing selections.
Decorating a home is easy when choosing from the wide selection of
paintings, photographs and prints on display at the center, as well as
other items including whimsical sculptures, hand-crafted furniture and
quilts. Unique holiday decorations include carved wood and sculpted
Santas, and dried botanical arrangements.
Holiday ornaments of every kind can be found made from bees wax, gourds,
fabrics, corn shucks, scroll sawn wood, pewter, carved wood, and
one-of-a-kind glass ornaments with miniature animals and birds enclosed.
Winter weather can be held at bay with beautifully designed silk, woven,
crochet and knitted scarves as well as felted, sewn and stitched hats. A
wide array of Kentucky artisan-made beauty products including soaps and
lotions are just right for holiday gift giving.
Shopping for the cook on your holiday list is easy at the center with
its wide selection of cookbooks and Kentucky-made specialty foods such
as Rattlesnake Hill Farm’s Bourbon Garlic Sauce; Spring Valley Farms
Sweet Potato Butter and Honey; Pappy’s Hot Sauce for Sissies; Bourbon
Barrel Vanilla and Smoked Pepper; Broadbent’s Country Bacon and Ham
Steaks; Old Kentucky Chocolates; Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls; Simply
Kentucky Fudge; Ruth Hunt Blue Mondays and Bauer’s Modjeskas to name a
preparation and presentation is enhanced with the center’s choice of
wooden utensils, cutting boards, and turned wooden bowls. Pottery for
serving and preparing food abounds, with mixing bowls, mugs, teapots,
and serving dishes in a multitude of shapes and designs.
A selection of books by Kentucky authors will satisfy the avid readers
on your holiday shopping list, and the center has a great collection of
children’s books and toys. Music lovers will enjoy selections by nearly
200 Kentucky musicians.
The list goes on, with beautiful jewelry for women, turned wooden and
colorful acrylic writing pens and glass cufflinks for men, Gethsemane
fudge and fruit cakes and much more. The center’s café offers
refreshment and relaxation that makes shopping at the Kentucky Artisan
Center a breeze.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
is located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77
(Berea). The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas
are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the café is open from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Admission is free. The center currently features works by more
than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more
information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
You can also shop for gifts made by Kentucky artisans by logging onto a website created by the Kentucky Arts Council
that contains listings for hundreds of artisans throughout the state.
There you’ll find examples of works created by these members of the
Kentucky Crafted program along with contact information for each of
them. The Kentucky Crafted website
is a convenient way to locate the state’s top artisans and survey the types of crafts they produce.
Explore this Holiday Gift Guide
Visit an artist’s open studio
Shopping in Kentucky
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SHOP LOCAL, SHOP DOWNTOWN
no greater way to show some local love this holiday season than
shopping downtown businesses on your Main Street. The Kentucky Main
Street Program represents 71 downtowns, over 40,000 downtown jobs and
nearly 6,000 Kentucky small businesses.
Did you know that for every $100 you spend this holiday season at a
locally owned downtown small business $68 stays in the local community.
However, when you spend that $100 at a big box chain retailer only $43
stays in the local community.
During the 2011 holiday shopping season, here are a few things you can do to show some local love
- Support the national 3/50 movement and spend at least $50 in 3 of your favorite downtown stores.
- Support your local Main Street program and consider giving memberships as a great holiday gift or in memory of a loved one.
- Support the national Small Business Saturday movement where folks are encouraged to shop local on Saturday, November 26th, 2011.
- Many Kentucky Main Street retailers host holiday Open Houses
starting in early November. Be sure to use that opportunity to do some
holiday shopping or create your own wish list.
- Don’t forget to support your local Main Street Program 501 ©3
organization as a year end charitable donation option. What a great way
to start the new year.
- Downtown businesses have unique one-of-a-kind merchandise such
as custom Kentucky artisan made products like jewelry, holiday ornaments
and gift baskets.
- Make your holidays historic and start a new multi-generational
shopping trip which passes along the stories and traditions that make
downtown shopping memorable.
SHOP YOUR LOCAL DOWNTOWN KENTUCKY MAIN STREET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!