Hurst Discount Drugs harkens back to simpler times, filling glasses with summer-certified eats from its old-fashioned soda fountain. The shop boasts a menu brimming with creamy treats and classic American fare, and it dishes out frozen delicacies by the scoop ($1.79), double scoop ($2.89), or perfectly sculpted dodecahedron. Frosty floats ($2.89) enliven taste buds with a fusion of ice cream and soda, forming foaming combinations with Pepsi, root beer, and Sierra Mist. While sitting atop a row of red barstools, duos can dig into the banana split ($4.99) or excavate sprinkles at the bottom of a dual-strawed shake ($3 for a regular). The red-walled eatery also slings a selection of savory dishes, including bacon cheeseburgers ($4.29) and chili dogs ($2.29), allowing patrons to refuel before meandering through the drug store's gift shop and purchasing enough U of K memorabilia to get an honorary doctorate in devotion.
Boone's Butcher Shop cures, cuts, and packages fresh meat daily, stuffing grocery bags with an array of fresh beef, pork, lamb, game, and sausage. The shop also cooks up its own savory concoctions, including house-made breakfast sausages ($2.39/lb.) and buckets of house-made chicken salad ($19.25) that can be used to water houseplants. With Boone's "Pick Five" deal ($19.99), customers can choose five items from more than 80 store selections. Or patrons can pick up 5-pound packages of hamburger patties ($15.95) or link together links of homemade bratwurst ($3.79/lb.) and italian sausage ($3.79/lb.) to form a delicious waist-belt.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets has always been ahead of its time. Founders Rob and Pumpkin Auerbach have sold all-natural supplements and organic food for more than 35 years—starting well before many Americans had even heard of such nutritious goodies as wheatgrass or fruit. "My father always said that they opened the store about 10 years too early for the area," daughter and COO Summer Auerbach told Vitamin Retailer in 2012, when the publication named Rainbow Blossom Retailer of the Year. But when world-famous rock bands began touring around Louisville, they relished Rainbow Blossom's wholesome pastas, produce, and macrobiotic and vegetarian cuisine, boosting the revenue and reputation of the mom-and-pop grocery and helping it expand to its present-day network of five locations.
Today, the family-run enterprise enjoys an avid following from health-conscious customers who stock up on organic dairy, produce, and veggie burgers or enrich their diets with nutritional bars, supplements, and vitamins. Plant extracts and amino acids keep bodies in healthful balance, and shelves full of naturally derived cosmetics, bath products, and housewares keep homes free from harsh chemicals and damaging pollutants.
A third-generation family pharmacy established in 1952, Butt Drugs keeps regulars coming back with an old-fashioned soda fountain and friendly service. Treat-seekers and rogue dentists can pick up a variety of gourmet confections, such as homemade marshmallows covered in caramel—known as modjeskas ($8/lb)—or tuxedo espresso beans covered in white and dark chocolate ($8.95/lb). The shop's own line of novelty apparel lets fans show support for a local institution and amass raised eyebrow glances by donning an "I Love Butt Drugs" T-shirt ($9.95) or hooded sweatshirt ($18.95). With a reliable pharmacy and cheap cups of fresh hot coffee ($0.35) at the barstool-lined soda fountain, many locals make Butt Drugs a regular daily stop.
The deli denizens at Mike Best's Meat Market hand-slice sandwich meat, assemble a medley of prepared fare, and reign over an impressive potpourri of proteins, including handmade sausages. Midday visitors can peruse a variety of offerings from the lunch menu before sating hunger or filling cracks in building foundations with marinated steak sandwiches ($7.25), or a rotating selection of plate lunches ($7.99). Mike's handmade, house-smoked sausages ($6.19/lb.) are available in a variety of encased varieties, such as herb-flecked english bangers, spicy italian sausages, and german brats. Expertly butchered cuts reclining inside deli cases include rib-eye steaks ($18.99/lb.), pork chops ($4.99/lb.), and lamb loin ($18.99/lb.). Those opting to dine in can nosh on edibles inside the casual dining room, equipped with two flat-screen televisions, complimentary WiFi, and unlimited napkin-related conversations.
With its lavender- and khaki-colored walls, cozy seating setups, and fireplace, Forest Edge Winery comes off more as a family's living room than a business. At the heart of its warm presentation sits a wrap-around bar, with pantries and shelves and cabinets nearby filled with, what else, but bottles of wine. That community-driven theme carries throughout the facility, including a downstairs children's room stocked with a television and creative activities. Outside, visitors venture in from the edge of the historic Bernheim Forest on Clermont Road–the start of Kentucky's bourbon trail.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery began producing wines in the late 1990s as Bullitt County's first commercial vineyard. In 2006, after initially plucking grapes from 2.5 acres of vines and squeezing them using telekinesis alone, Wight-Meyer’s founders converted their barn into a bustling wine production facility. The vineyard’s award-winning wines include a barrel-aged Kentucky norton and a rosé, some of which can be sipped during group tastings in the facility’s new tasting room.