There’s no greater way to show some local love this holiday season than shopping downtown businesses on your Main Street. In honor of Small Business Saturday happening on November 25th, spend some time and money in one of these Kentucky Main Street communities. For a complete list of Kentucky Main Streets, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council
Paducah is a creative hub for art and hand-crafted items. Whether you are an artist shopping for supplies or an admirer of the arts shopping for a special piece you'll find it in Paducah. An eclectic array of antique shops, interesting urban boutiques and specialty stores reside within magnificent 19th century architecture. Discover one-of-a-kind local wares presented with artistic flair as you stroll tree-lined brick streets.
For small business Saturday, Paducah will host the "Dickens of a Christmas" event with Victorian carriage rides, free gift wrapping, carolers and much more including letters to Santa at the local studio MAKE
, a hub of creativity where all ages can connect, learn, inspire and make cool stuff. Make your own special holiday gift or visit their retail shop to choose from a wonderful selection of artwork and handmade goods for unique gifts & decor.
Bardstown is nestled in the heart of Kentucky 's rolling hills and has welcomed visitors from all across the world since 1780. Declared "One of the 100 Best Small Towns in America", downtown Bardstown offers something for everyone including browsing eclectic shops, dining in fine restaurants, and visiting historic attractions. Take an intimate carriage ride through the tree-lined streets, or take a seat on an authentic trolley that includes a lesson on the booming bourbon industry. There is also a walking tour that takes you past some of the over 300 homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in northern Kentucky, Bellevue has a collection of wonderful shops that offer unique products and items you can't find anywhere else. From American Girl Doll clothing and hand made furniture, to custom jewelry and antiques, the shops in Bellevue will keep you and your friends busy for hours. And everything is within a few city blocks!
Every first Friday, In Vue
hosts Shop Bellevue!
– a fun-filled evening along historic Fairfield Avenue. The shops, restaurants, and other participating businesses are open late with many offering open houses and specials to compliment the evening’s themed activities.The Christmas Walk is held November 29-30.
The Pikeville Main Street Program believes that "Main Street is the heart and soul of a town, it's the place where people come together" and this sentiment is evident in this beautiful mountain town. Home to the infamous "Hatfield and McCoy" trail, the town is full of eclectic shops, great restaurants and surrounded by ample outdoor activity. In addition to Small Business Saturday on the 26th there is also Christmas in the Park with a Santa Dash, tree lighting, a storybook walk and Christmas movie.
As the oldest permanent settlement in Kentucky, Harrodsburg has amazing historic architecture in the downtown district. This district is also home to specialty shops and unique dining including a women's clothing boutique, jewelry store, antique shop and the Kentucky Fudge Company, located in the old Dedman Drugstore. Enjoy a fountain drink or scoop of ice cream (as well as full entrees) served from behind the old soda fountain.
The downtown business district looks much as it did over a hundred years ago with the five globe lampposts and elevated sidewalk. Downtown is filled with quaint shops, wonderful restaurants and charming character surrounded by notable historic architecture. Shopping is always fun and Winchester presents opportunities to seek out unique gifts, art, crafts, and an especially rich variety of antiques.
This town has become known as the home place of the creative genius behind the popular Walking Dead
comic series and television show. But it is also a beautiful historic downtown district is experiencing a renaissance with six new shops open recently. These include a variety of retail outlets for arts and crafts, organic products, classes and more. Shoppers at the November 26th Small Business Saturday event will receive a free bag in addition to promotions and discounts. A Storybook Christmas celebration will be held on December 2, 9 and 12 which will include carolers, a parade, tree lighting, ice sculpture demonstrations, hot cocoa and gourmet coffee and much more.
Historic Danville was Kentucky's first "Great American Main Street Award" winner and with more than 20 unique shops and boutiques throughout downtown, it's easy to see why. Shoppers will discover specialty items as well as great finds for bike lovers, fashionistas, home decorators and more. The town is beautifully decorated for the season with lights strung festively around the buildings, light poles and trees. For extra fun, participate in the "Roaming Elf Scavenger Hunt!" from November 21 through December 9. Find Noel the elf around town, snap an "elfie" and use #danvillekyelfie to be entered for a prize.