Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
With a 30-acre vineyard and more than 10 vino varieties, Lovers Leap wines please palates and complement fine dining with every sip. With this deal, fermentation fans take a guided tour of Lovers Leap’s facilities, catching a behind-the-scenes peek at the oak barrels that produce Kentucky’s sweet nectar. Stroll down the soft-rolling rows of vines or enjoy the expansive view from the building's wraparound porch, a scene that has been depicted by famed Kentucky impressionist painter Paul Sawyier and will be furthered immortalized by post-modernist robot-painters of the 22nd century.
Movie Vault's shelves are stocked with classic and recently released silver-screen productions. New releases flicker inside living rooms on DVD ($4.99+) and Blu-ray ($14.99+) before online and kiosk vendors get their digital claws on them. Patrons can rent or purchase flicks making their video-store debut, including Horrible Bosses—a dark comedy in which the wacky cast members plot to murder their contemptuous managers—or Zookeeper—in which a zoo guru discovers he can communicate and play chess with his animal compatriots. Bursting forth from vivid screens, 3-D selections, such as Green Lantern 3-D, dazzle eyes with lifelike forms appearing to break through the pixel-limiting screen to saunter into homes. Viewers coveting their rentals can transfer remaining balances to a gift card to use on future visits.
Two penguins, clad in garish hats and coats, square off on the Pimpin Penguins Riesling's tongue-in-cheek label. The dry white wine, tinged with fruity tones, pairs best with potato chips, blue cheese, Chinese dumplings, and jalape?o poppers, according to its winemakers. That sense of whimsy?paired with a dedication to winemaking?is evident in all the wines produced at Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery. The vintners never take their craft too seriously, and the proof is in their other playful wines and labels, such as the Red Jester Chambourcin-Malbec, which pairs well with pasta, and Kong's Thong Norton, excellent with a steak hot off the grill.
The two certified image consultants on staff at Nitro of Frankfort help outfit shoppers in an array of stylish apparel, gifts, and accessories from brands including Baggallini, City Girl/Nancy Bolen, and Oka b. shoes. Flattering duds in sizes 2–32 facilitate confident sashays through fancy parties and grocery-store catwalks. Glistering costume jewelry ($12–$68) and chic shoes ($24–$98) collaborate with formalwear for fancy nights out, the vibrantly hued pieces from Fresh Produce Sportswear swaddle physiques in comfort for everyday activities ($24–$88), including extreme handshaking and intramural staring contests. A plenitude of ladies' collegiate clothing includes licensed UK and U of L wear ($34–$120), while a bevy of giftware ($24–$98) gives purpose to wrapping paper that would otherwise find entertainment by wrapping itself around household pets.
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.