The personable and professional florists behind Flower Shoppe of Louisville expertly design and assemble aromatic arrangements for all occasions. An encyclopedic array of botanicals join forces in garden-fresh gatherings, such as the bestselling How Sweet It Is ($34.95), a serendipitous marriage of orange roses, hot-pink carnations, and magenta matsumoto asters locked in a crystalline embrace. Nod to Ikebana minimalism with the Zen Artistry’s ($42.95) amaranthine orchids, fanned by palm leaves and enshrined on an angular kiwi-hued dais. Matched sets of African Violets and Butterflies ($32.95) peep out of be-ribboned baskets to congratulate new parents of quadruplets, followed all too closely by multitudes of boutonnieres, nosegays, and corsages ($5.95–$62.95) that mark the bittersweet passage of time at preschool proms.
Pottery Rowe is the studio, showroom, and store of master potter Melvin Rowe, who brings more than 35 years of experience to his craft. His hand-shaped, wheel-worked, and kiln-heated creations serve functional, artistic, and decorative purposes. Diners desiring dazzling dinnerware can opt for salad bowls ($16), dinner plates ($24), or serving bowls ($32), while beverage buffs have their choice from coffee mugs ($15), wine glasses ($20), and teapots ($96), among other items. Clients seeking ceramic containers for flowers and soap instead of flour and soup can opt for a Rowe-made home accent, such as a vase ($44) or a pump bottle ($20).
From its 20,000-square-foot showroom on Louisville's historic Frankfort Avenue, this family-run business helps beautify local homes and businesses with its stock of lifelike silk flowers, custom-designed silk trees, and home decor pieces such as lamps, mirrors, and pictures. The company staffs a team of professional designers, each of whom boasts more than a decade of experience toiling on projects for high-end resorts and local restaurants. At D & W, they use their trained eyes, nimble fingers, and telekinetically manipulated glue guns to assemble aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting silk floral arrangements and topiaries. They can also customize silk trees to customer specifications, ensuring that each silky sapling is perfectly sized to fit in your home or office.
Farms as minuscule as a thousand acres to gardens as grand as a few square feet can find all the necessary growing goods at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply, a retailer committed to sustainable and organic products. If it’s uber-fresh, satisfying salads you crave, stock up on OMRI–certified SunGro black gold soil ($7.97), then select some seeds, such as tomato ($3.50), lettuce ($3.50 and up), radish ($3.50 and up), and pick out a few tools of the trade, such as a stainless steel trowel ($15.95) for digging, pruning saw ($29.99) for clipping unwanted growth, or a compost fork ($54.95) for accessorizing with your Neptune costume. Plant these soon-to-be sprouts and patiently nurture the growing shoots, playing them classic rock and talking to them in their sleep, until the proud day arrives that every parental figure secretly dreads—when offspring move away from home and into stomachs.
One of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States, Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art for the home and kitchen since 1815.
On the Stoneware Art Factory tour, follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece. Pick from a wide selection of pottery pieces and use the same tools and glazes as Stoneware?s artisans, to decorate your own masterpiece. Once complete, your piece will be glazed and fired by Stoneware staff. After its time in the kiln, it?ll be ready for pick-up in about 7 to 10 business days. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky the art factory in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood offers tours twice a day Monday through Friday and a paint your own pottery experience and retail store Monday through Saturday.
In-house interior designers guide patrons through the more than 130 glass pendant lights that gleam through a massive array of lighting fixtures at Scorpio Interiors. Barstools and other home furnishings beg to enliven drab rooms, and a mouth-blown glass pendant light ($175) can drench vaulted ceilings in an auburn glow while patrons utilize a Sticks floor lamp ($125) to pole-vault over exposed rafters. The 17-inch Abeni ceramic sculpture ($63) and water-drop bud vase ($24) are tasteful accents to an art collector’s living room, and the alabaster pebbles and manageable flame of a bio-ethanol tabletop fireplace ($269) create an ideal venue for campfire sing-alongs free of Smokey the Bear's off-key howlings. Clients solicit the help of the staff to sift through the 100 barstools, available in 17 metal finishes and 80 fabrics, that freckle the display floor.