The best local shopping deals in Louisville
As local retailers reinvent a holiday shopping season during COVID-19, businesses will continue with traditional and some new festive events while making adjustments to keep employees and consumers safe. That means in many cases, get ready to bundle up and shop outside, friends. Outdoor airflow is safer than indoors during a pandemic, which means fresh air markets are this season’s go-to fix for vacation retailers.
And if you can’t brave the cold, remember that many local businesses have expanded their shopping online with curbside pickup and free on-time delivery. Small Business Saturday, which took place this year on November 28.
Here are some great local bargains you can snag around Louisville this holiday shopping season:
Bardstown Road Aglow
OK, it’s not actually held on Small Business Saturday, but for many, Bardstown Road Aglow in the Highland district of Louisville is an annual walking, shopping and social event that kicks off the holiday season.
This year, in the midst of the pandemic, crowded sidewalks, shops, restaurants and bars are not safe. For this reason, officials at the Highland Commerce Guild have extended the hours of operation of Bardstown Road Aglow to help divide the crowds and give spectators more room to enjoy the holiday festivities safely. The event traditionally starts at dusk, but this year will run from noon to 10 p.m. on December 5.
There won’t be any tents or carts as a precaution for this season, but there will still be plenty of bright festivities, holiday shopping and discounts, live music and fun.
Stores and restaurants will also participate in the Window Wonderland Contest (# Wonderland2020) with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as the Instagram Photo Contest (# Aglow2020) sponsored by Murphy’s Camera. Elijah Craig will be featured in festive holiday cocktails.
The event will follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Governor Andy Beshear on social distancing and masks.
Keep Louisville weird
The Louisville Independent Business Alliance accommodates two Small Business Saturday events on November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. LIBA West, a collaborative group of West Louisville business owners, will be offering sidewalk sales, door prizes and giveaways.
During LIBA West, you can enter to win a one-month grand prize membership at the New YMCA on Broadway, $ 20 in Better Days West gift certificates, a Keep Louisville Weird t-shirt and bumper sticker. , and a Louisville Community Grocery t-shirt at one of these locations:
- Galan Meat and Deli Market (2801 W. Market St.)
- Better Days West (2600 W. Broadway in Lyle’s Mall)
- Broadway Modes (1731 W. Broadway)
- DN Surprise Florist (2001 W. Broadway)
- Opportunity Corner (18th and Magazine streets)
- Chef Space (1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.)
For more details and to view the commercial map, visit keeplouisvilleweird.com/WestSBS
For the LIBA South event, you can enter to win a grand prize of five Winter Woods Spectacular passes, Keep Louisville Weird t-shirt and bumper sticker, $ 30 gift card at the Rosewater bookstore and a $ 20 gift card to Biscuit Belly at any of these locations:
- Rosewater Bookstore (4634 S 3rd St.)
- La Chandaleur (304 Woodlawn Avenue West)
- Supreme Peace Yoga (343 W Kenwood Way)
- Sunergos (306 Woodlawn Avenue W)
- The Small Loom (328 Kenwood Hill Road)
- Swag Running Shoes: 7415 3rd Street Road
- Colonial Gardens (818 W Kenwood Dr.)
- Rubbie’s Southside Grill (6905 Southside Dr.)
- Collision Glaser: (105 Southside Drive)
- Floral grinding: (10700 W Manslick Road)
- Cabin in the back (406 Mt Holly Road)
Please note that there are many pop-up tents at many LIBA locations in South Louisville, including Soap & Threads, Fibers, Mommy & Me Treats and more. For more information visit keeplouisvilleweird.com/SouthStroll
Logan Street Market
Logan Street Market, 1001 Logan St., will host visiting vendors scattered around the market on November 28-29 for a Small Business Weekend. In addition to the drink specials at the Wild Hops Bar, the organizers have provided pop-up vendors in the space from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.
Norton Commons, 10712 Meeting St. in Prospect this year will host special events for small businesses on Saturdays and open houses. On November 28, bargain hunters can visit Norton Commons shops, businesses and restaurants where giveaways and flash sales will take place.
On December 5, Norton Commons stores will offer another coordinated day of specials, promotions and holiday sales. Many will also offer free refreshments to buyers.
In addition to businesses centered in downtown South Village, six unique stores and vendors are reopening in the retail cottages of the Norton Commons North Village Market located at 6301 Moonseed Street. On December 13, Norton Commons Farmer’s Market vendors will host a Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair featuring artisanal goods, quality local produce, food trucks, treats and unique gifts.
Here are some sales you can expect on Small Business Saturdays:
For a full list of over 80 local businesses, including award-winning boutiques, shops, lounges, and restaurants and bars, as well as deals you can find on December 5 during the Norton Commons Holiday Open House, visit nortoncommons.com.
NuLu Treasure Hunt
On Small Business Saturday, you can take your time supporting small businesses in the NuLu neighborhood, between East Main and East Market streets in downtown Louisville, as stores have extended their hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will offer discounts and offers.
Participating companies also take part in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Think Tank Marketing. The scavenger hunt is free, and everyone who plays receives a free sample of Froggy’s Popcorn. You will also be entered to win the grand prize, a NULU gift set consisting of merchandise and gift cards from all participating NULU businesses, and a $ 250 Visa gift card.
This is how it works:
- Find at least three of the items on the scavenger hunt list by visiting the participating NuLu company.
- Take a photo of each post and post it to your Instagram account using #nulushopsmall
- Follow @nuluofficial and @froggyspopcorn on Instagram
- Show your message to the folks at Froggy’s Popcorn Snack Shack located across from Red Tree at the corner of Clay and Market streets
- Pick up your free sample of individually wrapped popcorn while supplies last.
The grand prize draw will take place on November 28 at 6 p.m.
Participating companies include Mercantile White, Six Sisters Shop, Peace of the Earth, Clayton & Crume, Mamili, Red tree, Buff city soap, Louabull, Festivities, Scout, RoxyNell, Pre-game coffee, Doll face, Hazelnut & Hunting, and Muth candies. Details of in-store discounts will be posted on the NULU’s Shop Small Business Saturday The Facebook page.
Paristowntown Holiday Market Cottages
by Paristown The annual Christmas Party, 720 Brent St., which features public outdoor ice skating, movies and “Drag Queens on Ice,” adds a charming holiday market on Brent Street. The market will open on November 25 and will feature 14 commercial cabins which will change weekly. The commercial market is organized by Fleur de Puce Market in Parisville.
Westport Village Christmas Market
Westport Villagee, 1315 Herr Lane, hosts a village Christmas market which will be located in the grassy green space outside. The Christmas market in the village will be open on weekends from November 27 to December 20 with opening hours on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Masks will be mandatory at all times. Enjoy a variety of festive hot drinks, cold cuts, chocolates, balloons, baked goods, smoked nuts, local gifts and more.
Be home for Christmas
Gallery of celebrations, The 742 E Market St., will hold its fourth annual spectacular small business Saturday Ornaments opening. Buyers can join in line or in person as the gallery space transforms into a fantastic winter scene filled with a collection of handmade ornaments by 15 local artists. These handmade ornaments will come in mediums such as metal, resin, collage, wood, plants and original paintings.
Ornaments can be shipped anywhere in gift wrap and ready to be placed under the tree.
Contact Kirby Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @kirbylouisville.