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.
Boasting more than 60 years of history, Howard Curry Shoes continues to fit the feet of central Kentucky residents with some of the industry's top brands, which today includes New Balance, Clarks, Merrell, and Vionic by Orthoheel, among others. The business is especially well versed in children's footwear, stocking infant through youth sizes and providing custom fittings when necessary. At its entrance, Howard Curry Shoes employs the famous Talking Tree, who has greeted shoe shoppers and used his roots for several generations.
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.
Red’s Boot Barn’s friendly staff outfits men, women, and cow-kids with stylish and durable western-style attire, work apparel, and boots. In the spacious, colorful store, customers browse footwear by Lucchese, Stetson, Black Jack, Dan Post, Justin, Ariat, and Old Gringo, which are crafted without spurs due to a recent truce between cowboys and horses. Boots are constructed from a variety of sources, with hippo, alligator, rattlesnake, and caiman belly to name a few. Ariat Fatbaby boots ($99.99) confer cowgirl attitude without sacrificing durability, and Lucchese’s MadDog goat boots ($299.99) comfortably cradle feet in urban vaquera style. The 100%-cotton men’s Carhartt jacket J141 ($129.99) keeps workers warm with a sherpa lining and rib-knit storm cuffs, and the coat's two interior pockets, two exterior pockets, and a left-chest pocket leave plenty of storage space for transporting baby kangaroos during "Bring Your Baby Kangaroo to Work Day."
That Cute Little Shop outfits women in casual tops, dresses, and accessories in modern shapes and bright colors. The selection, while always changing, includes fashionable picks for teens, plus sizes, and even kids and babies, with mini items ranging from stylish bibs to backpacks in colorful prints. Summer might sees the racks lines with royal blue scalloped shift dresses or tanks in nautical stripes, while fall temperatures bring a replenished stock of seamless capri leggings in or monogrammed jackets. Speaking of monograms, the shop specializes in personalizing everything from boots to baby blankets, which they can do by adding special letters or numbers such as your initials, a nickname, or even your atomic weight.
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.