At Completely Kentucky, more than 500 local artists, artisans, and craftspeople hawk their wares in a historic 150-year-old building. Shoppers stroll among shelves lined with elegant doodads and art pieces, such as a decorative chicken crafted with a coiled spring and intricate metalwork to simulate realistic pecking ($30). Ogle handmade clay works such as a coffee mug with the horse and brand of Kentucky ($18) or a reflective ceramic bowl ready for guest-serving duty ($65). Shopping green is simplified with a hand-woven mini market basket that also serves as a quintessential picnic tote or a condominium for retired action figures ($35). The Tour of Kentucky basket ($65) brims with Kentucky's finest edibles, including Maker's Mark coffee and barbecue sauce, Woodford Reserve bourbon candy, and Old Kentucky Barn's Henry Bain sauce, to sate state-specific cravings while highlighting the the area's enviable eats. All purchases come with complimentary gift-wrapping and cards, and home delivery is available for larger gifts or for shoppers traveling by pogo stick.
Written by veteran cheerleaders, The Cheer Leader Magazine packs its pages with expert advice for aspiring pep-squad leaders plus recent news about the country’s best teams and individuals. With its information-packed editorial voice, The Cheer Leader Magazine introduces its readers to America’s most spirited pompon wielders from kindergarten to college and focuses on the sport’s increasing popularity in other countries, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and PepRallyistan. A one-year subscription gives you five issues of the magazine, which are shipped in January, March, June, August, and October.
With a variegated arsenal of fabrics disbursed by the yard, Making Ends Meet boasts three floors worth of woven offerings and pigmented patterns. Intrepid quilting-square seekers can pick up textiles crafted from everything from cotton to silk. Outdoor fabrics such as Duralee Fabric Sealife ($14 / yd.) blanket patio pillows or yacht-top furniture in a colorful oceanic motif, while Robert Allen Floral Branches ($19 / yd.) adds a delicate, silky touch to living rooms, kitchens, or pampered hamster habitats. The shop's militia of seam-happy staffers helps burgeoning upholsterers find the perfect fabric or handmade decorative tassel ($25–$37.50) to suit any couch cover or flea-circus tent.
Not much compares to a sports fan’s loyalty to their school, and loyal fans choose Fan Outfitters as the best place to find Cardinals gear, apparel, and gifts. The shop equips supporters of all ages with T-shirts, jackets, hats, and sunglasses, as well as Adidas gear emblazoned with the University of Louisville insignia, ranging from hats and shirts to equipment bags and footballs. Fan Outfitters even carries products for kids, prepping the next generation of fans with shoes, dresses, and pacifiers. Their gifts make great presents for all occasions, whether celebrating the start of basketball season or helping your neighbor build a wall of baseball caps between your properties.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Frame Outlet's image wranglers know how to tackle any custom-framing project. Custom-built shadow boxes in colors from black to gold protect collectibles such as war medals, baseballs, or Tom Selleck's mustache. After selecting a suitable frame, a skilled specialist can help select a matte that adds extra oomph to the keepsake in question. Frame Outlet also carries a variety of premade frames, which can quickly make any room stand out like a mouthful of braces at prom.
Sew-A-Lot binds central Kentuckians to their artistic ability with an endless tapestry of sewing supplies and classes. Sewing 101 schools needle novices on basic sewing vocabulary and culminates with the creation of two projects (March 9 and March 16 at 6 p.m., or April 30 at 10 a.m., $25 plus supplies), while advanced classes craftily cater to more seasoned seamsmiths. Convert old concert tees into a snuggly mixtape with the T-shirt quilt class (Tuesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., $38 plus supplies), or hone chops and catch tears caused by slicing an innocent onion with a half-size cooking smock from the Kitchy apron course (Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $21 plus supplies). Meanwhile, people with names can immortalize their initials in the monogramming made-easy session (Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $28, includes some supplies; embroidery machine not included).