Currently nominated for Best Bookstore in a WHAS11.com reader’s poll, Karen's Book Barn and its literary-obsessed staff facilitates book buying with its inventory of more than 30,000 publications. Novel-worms can feed thirsty brains with Karen’s both new and used books (books range from $0.50 to $25). Study Java Stop's menu and its caffeinated concoctions, from a cup of its locally roasted Java Brewing Company coffee to its large café au lait ($3.45). Readers can relax with their steamy cup of java while skimming some of the shop’s newer additions, including Toni Toney's The Eco Diet or Jim Miller's WWII story Counter Intelligence. Cure television tedium with a science-fiction epic, an historical tome, or by hiding your TV under a pile of books with today’s Groupon to Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.
Stoess Manor fills hearts and hearths with a substantial selection of furniture, flooring, fabrics, and homey accessories. Cushion domestic treading with Shaw carpet (from $0.69 per sq. ft.), opt for sleeker footing with Mohawk Scotchguard hardwood flooring ($3.99 per sq. ft.), or replicate history's decisive checkers matches with tiles from Shaw and Mohawk (from $0.99 per sq. ft.). Customers can also use this Groupon towards an ever-expanding array of furniture from brands such as Hickory White, Taylor King, Artistica, and Emerson. Ditch a deadbeat dining room set for a Standard solid-wood table with four chairs and a steady job ($399), or count fashionable sheep from the chic comfort of a Standard queen leather bed ($399).
The fresh scent of flowering plants, modest-sized trees, and hardwood mulch wafts about the greenhouse of Maple Crossing Nursery. Water droplets mist the leaves and petals of take-home flora—shrubs, bushes, and perennials—selected for their ability to flourish in the humid climate of Kentucky and southern Indiana. An arsenal of gardening and landscaping tools arm walk-in green thumbs for tasks such as trimming up boxwoods, mulching flower beds, and digging moats around doghouses.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.
Louisville Furniture Company has spent years streamlining the process by which most people shop for and purchase furniture. The result of this refinement is a warehouse that has learned how to cut costs by staying open 7 days a week and acquiring its vast selection of furniture from such brands as Flexsteel, Broyhill Southern Motion and Hickorycraft directly from the factories. Patrons peruse the aisles among matching sets of furniture that tie together living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. Entertainment cabinets house televisions or diminutive court jesters, and individual lamps and barstools add finishing touches.
Casual Living refurbishes the urbanized outdoors into open-air living space with a wide variety of aluminum, steel, and wicker patio furniture. Customers can match any outdoor aesthetic without having to drag the living-room set outside by perusing Casual Living's all-weather furnishings in more than 50 different styles and myriad materials, including fabric, metal, and more. Patios pop with pizzazz or relish in relaxation with a rainbow of market-style outdoor umbrellas ($159.95) or a 13-foot Pawleys Island rope hammock ($149.95). A wood-burning fire pit equips outdoor spaces with a kitchen, heat source, and marshmallow torture device ($229.95). Casual Living occasionally ventures indoors with a collection of brass fireplace screens and sets, counter stools from Pastel (sale price $149.95), and gas-fireplace installations.