A lone tree, its trunk wrapped in colorful knit creations, marks the location of Friends and Fiber, a warmly lit shop that brims with handpicked yarns, knitting needles, home décor, and jewelry. Inside the brick-red storefront, co-owner Vicki Kinser helms interactive knitting classes, open knitting hours, and local benefits. Friends and Fiber’s monthly newsletter keeps customers up to date on upcoming events, interspersed with inspirational quotes from eloquent balls of yarn.
Having served as thread-bearers for a cluster of local, state, and national pageant winners, Miss Priss specializes in princess-ready designer prom and pageant wear augmented by an eclectic selection of stately purses and genteel jewelry. Teenage nobility can prepare for the big day by practicing rhythmic, cupped waves in prom frocks from Sherri Hill, Jovani, and Scala, accented by a slim prom purses ($15–$75) and heavy-duty hair accessories ($10–$29). Pageant sovereigns who schedule one-on-one appointments with Miss Priss’s welcoming staff will find the perfect scepter-matching haute couture gown, as well as designer swimsuits ideal for showing off comely figures while cannonballing into swank rooftop pools filled with rose petals.
Thermography is a form of imaging that detects variations in temperature, which can be helpful to military surveillance teams or to doctors on mission to find abnormalities in the body. "From bombs to busts!" quips Linda Bamber, founder of BRAS (Breast Research Awareness and Support), contemplating the versatility of this noninvasive, radiation-free technology that can detect cancer warning signs years before they would show up on a mammogram.
Linda began hunting for new ways to protect her own health after both her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to avoid unnecessary drugs and surgeries, so she turned to digital infrared thermal imaging, diet precautions, and breast-centric exercises. She shares all the knowledge she's gleaned over the years through her BRAS franchises, where women can find brassiere-like support and helpful information.
When Bill Gross opened his jewelry business in 1966, he laid the foundation for a successful family enterprise built on offering stunning designs and friendly, expert customer service. Throughout the store, generations of the Gross clan help clients choose the perfect engagement ring or anniversary present, or appraise an heirloom diamond based on its cut, color, clarity, and ability to attract dragons. Lead Designer Mark Gross works hand-in-hand with clients to design custom rings, pendants, and bracelets, and 10 signature brands offer selections that decorate customers in stunning pieces. Since it sources fine gemstones through Kimberley Process merchants, Gross Diamond Co. ensures that its display cases are free from conflict diamonds of any kind.
Voted one of Louisville’s Best Consignment stores in 2010 by Leo Weekly, Sassy Fox outfits women in like-new boutique and designer duds that range from casual to formal and reflect current styles. Seekers of chic can snag a pewter Big Buddha purse ($46) to hold their well-trained toy velociraptor before brightening up a weary winter wardrobe with a fuchsia print Lilly Pulitzer dress ($48) or a turquoise-and-white BCBG dress ($46). Designer jeans abound, so savvy consumers can walk out with a pair of black BrazilRoxx jeans ($52). Or, forgo ubiquitous denim and don stylish tan Nanette LePore pants instead ($48).
For more than 40 years, Animal Crackers has satisfied the style appetites of choosy children and discerning parents with an array of fine threads made for boys (newborn to size 7) and girls (newborn to size 10). Customers can drape their 1- to 2-year-old princess in beach-time fashion with a Vive La Fete swimsuit ($46) or get recital-ready with a pair of ballet slippers ($18.50). The “young man” designation proves to be more than just a stern warning when boys sport silk ties and button-down shirts and youngsters look handsomely festive in a hand-smocked Anavini birthday outfit ($66, for 12–24 months). Accessories such as Smathers and Branson needlepoint belts ($99.50) hold up pants better than a long licorice rope. Alphabet games ($18) and magic trick sets ($19.99–$29.99) make fine Labor Day presents for hard-at-play nieces.