A third-generation family pharmacy established in 1952, Butt Drugs keeps regulars coming back with an old-fashioned soda fountain and friendly service. Treat-seekers and rogue dentists can pick up a variety of gourmet confections, such as homemade marshmallows covered in caramel—known as modjeskas ($8/lb)—or tuxedo espresso beans covered in white and dark chocolate ($8.95/lb). The shop's own line of novelty apparel lets fans show support for a local institution and amass raised eyebrow glances by donning an "I Love Butt Drugs" T-shirt ($9.95) or hooded sweatshirt ($18.95). With a reliable pharmacy and cheap cups of fresh hot coffee ($0.35) at the barstool-lined soda fountain, many locals make Butt Drugs a regular daily stop.
The Highland Fish Market and Wine Shoppe has been shelling out cold sea satisfactions for the past fifteen years. The market displays both live Canadian hard-shell lobsters (reg. 18.99/lb.) and fresh or frozen alligator-tail meat by the pound (reg. $13.99). The fridges also hold live Virginia littleneck clams (reg. $6.99/lb.) and handmade Maryland crab cakes ($3.50 for 2 oz.), the handy companions of handmade roasted-red-pepper sauce ($2.99). Ring shrimp around cocktail dishes or dresses with peeled and de-veined large shrimp available raw (starting at $11.88/lb.) or cooked (reg. $12.88/lb.). The fresh, wild Boston haddock (reg. $14.99/lb.) and fresh, wild, river-caught king salmon (reg. $21.99/lb.) delight with a flurry of flaky bites, and the fresh yellowfin tuna (reg. $24.88/lb.) remains chilly and primed for at-home knife work performances.
As a family-owned-and-operated business, Mike Best’s prides itself on serving the Louisville community fresh, hand-cut meats as well as cooked foods and smokehouse items. Cold-cut deli sandwiches include the Braunschweiger ($3.25), ham salad ($4.25), hard salami ($4), and pimento cheese ($3.50), and can be sliced in half and paired with a cup of soup ($4.50). Specialty sandwiches offer a more tantalizing taste of options like the Reuben (specially grilled corned beef on rye with sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island or hot mustard, $6.25); barbecue wrap (mild or spicy pulled pork and homemade slaw in a flour tortilla, $5.25); and grilled ham and cheese on white, wheat, or rye ($5). For the indecisive, daily plate lunches ($8) are a solid bet, with options such as fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans (Thursday), and meatloaf with green beans and mac 'n' cheese (Monday). Mike Best’s also offers an assortment of handmade sausages, soups, and sides such as steamed cabbage and deviled eggs.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets has always been ahead of its time. Founders Rob and Pumpkin Auerbach have sold all-natural supplements and organic food for more than 35 years—starting well before many Americans had even heard of such nutritious goodies as wheatgrass or fruit. "My father always said that they opened the store about 10 years too early for the area," daughter and COO Summer Auerbach told Vitamin Retailer in 2012, when the publication named Rainbow Blossom Retailer of the Year. But when world-famous rock bands began touring around Louisville, they relished Rainbow Blossom's wholesome pastas, produce, and macrobiotic and vegetarian cuisine, boosting the revenue and reputation of the mom-and-pop grocery and helping it expand to its present-day network of five locations.
Today, the family-run enterprise enjoys an avid following from health-conscious customers who stock up on organic dairy, produce, and veggie burgers or enrich their diets with nutritional bars, supplements, and vitamins. Plant extracts and amino acids keep bodies in healthful balance, and shelves full of naturally derived cosmetics, bath products, and housewares keep homes free from harsh chemicals and damaging pollutants.
Saigon Cafe treats its guests to a smorgasbord of delectable dishes from all over the world, including savory Vietnamese pho soups, diverse Chinese stir-fries, and colorful Thai curries. Guests pair their dishes of clay-pot fish stews or lemongrass chicken and vermicelli with Vietnamese coffee or Asian and European beers.