The aromas of warming butter and sugar have called to mind the Heitzman legacy since 1891, when Jacob Heitzman baked and iced his first cake. It didn't take long for his airy desserts to build a fan base, one that grew each time the bakery added to the menu with new items, such as butter kuchen and strawberry whipped-cream cake.
Today, a full-scale deli joins the original baked goods at the Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli. On the sweet side of the shop, spice cakes burst with raisins, pecans, and fresh jam, protected from poking fingers by a caramel coating. Fresh-made pies, signature butter kuchens, and loaf cakes teem with fruits and nuts, and specialty cakes come in classic variations such as german chocolate and red velvet. The deli satisfies savory teeth with kettle-boiled bagels from Dooley's Bagels, as well as a selection of fresh soups and sandwiches. Salads bring together morsels of chicken, tuna, and fruit cut by hand, and catering trays carry turkey and ham dinners, box lunches, and casseroles to family meetings and business sing-alongs.
With its rustic architecture and soft, rolling hills of vines, Chrisman Mill Vineyards brings a little taste of Tuscany to the Bluegrass State. Amidst hand-painted murals of Tuscan landscapes, guests in the tasting room pair ciccetti, or Italian tapas, with sips of local wine made from the best Kentucky grapes. The laid-back environment encourages visitors to savor the small pleasures in life, as do the staff, who entertain with amusing anecdotes and enlightening descriptions of how each wine is made. At the winery in Hamburg Pavilion, guests can also browse Kentucky-made goods as well as more than a thousand winery gift items, including customized gift baskets.
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Griffs Deli satisfies growling stomachs with a scrumptious selection of made-to-order salads, sandwiches, paninis, and stuffed baked potatoes. Diners would be foolish to refuse the delicious offerings of the Wise Guy, a freshly pressed panini loaded with salami, ham, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and dressings ($7.25) and Griffs gobbler sandwich tempts tongues with sliced turkey, bacon, green apples, provolone cheese, and a vinaigrette that grants wishes ($7.25). Veggie lovers can gorge on greenery and other garden-goods with one of Griffs' meal-sized salads ($5.25–$7.75) or the house specialty mega spuds. Far from appetizers, the 2-pound tuber offerings include the texas-barbecue spud, stuffed with barbecue pulled pork and smothered in cheddar ($6.45) and the fajita spud, topped with grilled chicken or steak, sautéed onions, green peppers, and jalapeños, before submitting to a similar slathering of melty cheddar cheese ($6.95).
Cheri and her talented troupe of gift consultants fabricate handmade gift baskets and candy bouquets suitable for a host of occasions, as well as made-to-order baskets tailored to client specifications. Spa baskets ($44.99+) pamper beneficiaries with leisure-inducing bath products, lotions, and slippers, and specialized spa baskets for men groom facial hair into the desired shape, instead of randomly placed goatees or polka-dot beards. Retro candy bouquets ($24.99+) nurse nostalgic predilections with throwbacks such as candy buttons and candy cigarettes. Cheri's special-order basketeers design creations geared toward fans of the Kentucky Derby and Harley Davidson motorcycles, but gift givers can concoct custom baskets of sweets, gifts, and balloons commemorating imaginary friends' birthdays or Frenemy Recognition Week. Bubblegum, chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls moonlight as ice-cream sundaes ($17.99+) replete with Tootsie Pop cherries and Pixy Stix straws but without the dramatic ice-cream meltdowns.
The thoughtful retail staff at Gracious Me! escorts guests through a packed showroom of curios and household decorations. The eclectic gallery curates products, including lamps, figurines, and patterned china, to suit a spectrum of tastes. Treasures ranging from funky necklaces ($15) to exquisite wall art ($250) enchant shoppers on the market for bodily and domestic décor. People seeking customizable footwear-flair snoop through the selection of SwitchFlops ($40 a pair on average) and interchangeable bands that match outfits, moods, and number of toes. Curios such as candles and jars take up temporary shelf-space at the boutique before being bagged and shuttled to buyers' homes. Old-fashion letter-writers can secure sets of stationery ($9) on which to scribble notes for pen pals or birthday invitations to state senators.