Lexington s only historic boutique hotel the Gratz Park Inn exemplifies the southern grace and charm for which Lexington is known. Nestled in the heart of downtown s historic district located only 2 blocks from Main Street the inn is part of the collection of 16 distinctive buildings occupying land first settled in 1781. Gratz Park is surrounded by fabulous restaurants Lexington s best fashion boutiques great antique shops historical landmarks as well as nightlife and live entertainment at the Lexington Opera House or Kentucky Theatre. Lexington s two universities Kentucky and Transylvania are both conveniently located only blocks away. The countless treasures from horse farms race tracks and bourbon distilleries a short distance away only further the experience at the Gratz Park Inn. The boutique inn has been restored to its original grace with a collection of many antiques and fine period reproductions recreating authentic character of timeless age. The inn is comprised of 41 beautifully appointed individually decorated luxurious rooms including 33 rooms and 8 suites. Spacious and pleasing each room is filled with antique reproduction furniture fine woods and rich fabrics and regionally produced art. Each room also features modern amenities such as high speed wireless internet and cable television on large flat screen televisions. The amenities are truly among the best from the European toiletries and luxurious bathrobes to the four post beds and fine linens.
The Lexington Herald-Leader rushes local and world news to a daily readership of more than 200,000 people, a number that swells to more than 300,000 for the newspaper's Sunday edition. Delivered by a reliable carrier or a trained carrier pigeon, the _Herald-Leader_’s print edition speeds to readers seven days a week, and its online edition at Kentucky.com is updated constantly. Reporters keep subscribers up to date on local high-school and college sports, business news, important world events, and happenings at entertainment hotspots. Sunday papers also unfold pages of well-argued social and political opinions, along with the Pulitzer Prize–winning work of editorial cartoonist Joel Pett.
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.
No one gets to be a kid more than once, but thanks to Re-Kid, the same pair of pint-sized jeans can delight more than one chid. The store specializes in re-selling kids' clothing, with styles that run the gamut form baby onesies to size 14 fashions. Their basics, such as Nike sneakers and Gap tees, complement Matilda Jane dresses and other outfits for special occasions, such as pre-school prom dresses. Meanwhile, the assortment of re-sold gear includes Carter sleepers for napping tots, along with assorted toys, books, and kid-friendly videos.
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 Allen Edmonds, 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.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.