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.
Burdorf's outfits homes, businesses, and anything in between with sturdy and eye-tickling furniture and fine art for all budgets and aesthetic aspirations. From their elegant four-story 55,000-square-foot showroom, the friendly staff and expert interior designers assist guests in selecting mattresses, sofas, end tables, headboards, foot stools, pinky rests, and more. The regal Bassett Side Chairs ($135+) make a subtle addition to any space, while the straight and stylish Lane Cocktail Table ($249) provides a cozy counter for curbing drinks, displaying magazines, or performing minor surgery on a malamute.
In business since 1861, Heimerdinger Cutlery Company is the Louisville area’s only German cutlery store, whittling away household worries with a bevy of sharp-sided merchandise. Stock up on miniaturized swordcraft from name-brand knifesmiths such as Wusthof, Dovo, and William Henry. Victorionx's Swiss Army pocket knives (starting at $17) cut through inconvenience with a variety of colors and added accouterments, solving situational snafus with built-in bottle openers, screwdrivers, and English-newspeak dictionaries. Hunters and fish-fetchers can direct pointed questions to the Buck 105BKS Pathfinder ($71.95), an all-purpose, 5-inch outdoor knife with a phenolic black handle. Keep culinary cutlery drawers occupied with new blades from Dexter Russell, such as specialized stickers including boning knives ($19.50), petite paring pokers (starting at $10), and Japanese chef's knives ($35), built tough enough to slice through the island nation's traditional Godzilla tenderloins.
Using top-of-the-line haircare products from quality brands such as Pureology and Paul Mitchell, BeautyFirst's expert stylists mold lackluster locks into follicular masterpieces. Upon arrival, customers consult with a talented tress trimmer to figure out a fashionable new look for their noodle nests, whether they prefer a trendy bob, a timeless trim, or an elegant swan. Next, dull dreads are shampooed and colored with a choice of either full or partial highlights before being snipped and molded into moremanageable states during an expert cut and style.
Owned by local moms for over a decade, USA Baby and Kids has inventory that’s solely stocked with parent-approved, kid-friendly gear, and is the only carrier in Louisville of brands such as Young America by Stanley, Creations, and Baby's Dream. Goods ranging from clothes to puzzles crowd the shelves, ready to outfit and entertain wee ones from infancy to toddlerhood. Onesies and blankies keep babes swaddled in softness as they dream of owning their own stuffed-animal farm. Adorable outfits and furniture suit the tastes of growing kids.
A maker of quality billiard tables since 1910, Steepleton's wide range of entertainment furniture keeps a lively rec room from curdling into a dreary fun dungeon, or fungeon. A dartboard ($80–$199) and a couple bar stools ($25–$700) create a cozy habitat for pet Irishmen, and corn-hole bags ($40) provide twice the backyard fun of beanbag tosses, mostly from the game's name. Homebody hustlers, meanwhile, can take home a pool table ($999–$7,000) and pair it with high-quality pool cues ($22–$500). Otherwise, soothe sore muscles or reheat leftovers in a hot tub ($3,000–$13,000) on brisk Kentucky nights. Steepleton's showroom also shows off a variety of basketball hoops, air-hockey and foosball tables, safe outdoor playsets ($1,400–$12,000), and even safer Springfree trampolines—whose hidden frame and soft edges protect rugrats from spring gouges, broken bones, and double-bounces that send them crashing into passing cell-phone satellites.
Since 1815, Louisville Stoneware's artisans have been transforming natural stoneware clay—harvested from deposits in Kentucky and Indiana—into elaborate table fixtures through an awe-inspiring series of crafting techniques. 20 pairs of skilled hands conspire to mix, form, and paint each functional art piece before professional fire tamers arrange finished items in the factory kiln, which reaches 2,350 degrees, to melt glazes into a glassy, durable surface. Hundreds of stoneware masterpieces emerge from this artistic inferno, filling the firm's shelves with serveware and home decor. Personalized mugs commemorate special occasions, and birdhouses work to fill yards with the melodies of avian pop stars.
Alternatively, visitors can decorate their own stoneware using vibrant paints and included supplies. After customers finish their work, staff members glaze, fire, and verbally quiz creations to ready them for lifetimes spent atop fireplace mantels.