Sheltowee Trace Outfitters’ founder, Rick Egedi, has navigated Kentucky’s waters since 1981. At his adventure center, he and his staff lead guided trips on area rivers, such as the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Canoers, whitewater rafters, and tubers can float through placid, sun-dappled segments or conquer frothing rapids; alternatively, shorter trips ferry adventurers straight to the foot of the Cumberland Falls, where they can feel the waterfall’s spray and see that, despite conspiracy theories, it is not just water descending an escalator.
For landlubbers, the center’s activities range from trips up a climbing wall to geocaching excursions, on which visitors prowl through the surrounding greenery on a tech-savvy scavenger hunt using GPS tracking to turn up hidden caches of trinkets. During multiday outdoor trips, visitors can spend the night in nearby lodgings, such as quaint cabins and campgrounds, rather than sleeping atop nature’s waterbed—the puddle.
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.
Pedal Power Bike Shop’s friendly technicians incorporate techniques developed by the Serotta International Cycling Institute during professional bike fittings to customize cycles to each rider’s desires and capabilities. Tailored to two-wheelers of all brands, styles, and types, personalized two- to three-hour fittings begin with an interview covering the customer’s lifestyle and needs, such as any preexisting aches, daily routes, or dreams of jumping over the Adirondacks. Then, a physical assessment yields basic measurements and tests flexibility, priming patrons for a pedaling session atop an indoor trainer that allows the technician to determine the rider’s general position in real time. Drawing on the info they’ve gleaned, fitters will then make custom adjustments to client's bikes to help ensure a comfortable and efficient ride. Ideal for fostering one-of-a-kind comfort, bike fittings may also aid riders in avoiding strain and injury from repetitive use or from using the bike as a bed.
Lexington Bicycle Center was founded in 2008 on the principle that cycling should be fun for everyone. We believe that bike shops should provide a welcoming environment for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. We are committed to serving the needs of our loyal customers from Lexington and surrounding communities.
Only in Kentucky equips natives and visitors alike with Kentucky-themed collectables, from University of Kentucky Wildcats merchandise to culinary items such as cookbooks and sauces. Shoppers can bathe under the watchful eyes of 100%-polyester felines with a UK shower curtain ($13.99), or accessorize the side-view mirrors of hatchbacks, SUVs, and vintage Batmobiles with logoed mirror covers ($21.99). Filled with classic Southern recipes, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook imparts instruction on how to craft bourbon-inspired masterpieces ($24.95), while spicy salsas and barbecue sauces provide an extra kick to meals ($3.95–$15.95). Metal emblem shot glasses ($5.99) infuse each beverage with a Bluegrass-State amusement as traditional as horse, car, or squirrel races.
Phillip Gall's outfits hikers, campers, and paddlers with durable outdoor apparel and equipment from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, and Osprey. Outdoorsmen can wrap their torsos in Patagonia T-shirts with 50+ UPF sun protection woven into their stretchy fabric ($29) to protect skin from burning and keep Rorschach tattoos from fading away. Meanwhile, women's quick-drying, abrasion-resistant Paramount Moraine shorts from The North Face ($40) keep stems comfortable and protected on arduous mountain hikes. The Osprey UL raincover ($34–$39) shelters backpacks from moisture during treks under waterfalls and through locker-room shower stalls, and summer campers can swaddle themselves in a CoolMax sleeping-bag liner ($44.95), designed for use on its own or layered for warmth on chilly, starlit nights.