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.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Frame Outlet's image wranglers know how to tackle any custom-framing project. Custom-built shadow boxes in colors from black to gold protect collectibles such as war medals, baseballs, or Tom Selleck's mustache. After selecting a suitable frame, a skilled specialist can help select a matte that adds extra oomph to the keepsake in question. Frame Outlet also carries a variety of premade frames, which can quickly make any room stand out like a mouthful of braces at prom.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
Sew-A-Lot binds central Kentuckians to their artistic ability with an endless tapestry of sewing supplies and classes. Sewing 101 schools needle novices on basic sewing vocabulary and culminates with the creation of two projects (March 9 and March 16 at 6 p.m., or April 30 at 10 a.m., $25 plus supplies), while advanced classes craftily cater to more seasoned seamsmiths. Convert old concert tees into a snuggly mixtape with the T-shirt quilt class (Tuesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., $38 plus supplies), or hone chops and catch tears caused by slicing an innocent onion with a half-size cooking smock from the Kitchy apron course (Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $21 plus supplies). Meanwhile, people with names can immortalize their initials in the monogramming made-easy session (Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $28, includes some supplies; embroidery machine not included).
Big Blue Hobbies' expansive fleet of modeling kits and ready-to-race remote-control vehicles egg on excited throttle pushing and equip miniature excursions. In addition to outfitting remote-wielding pilots with trucks, planes, and helicopters, the staff taps into an armory of replacement parts and offers service support for builders. Plastic model kits ($19+) keep patrons enthralled with scale replicas of classic automobiles and airplanes, and ready-to-race vehicles beg to burn diminutive rubber. The fully assembled Blade mCX2 helicopter ($119) arrives factory-tested and calibrated for immediate entertainment, and Traxxas RC trucks emerge from boxes ready to help miniature friends move. The Slash Pro short-course truck ($249.99) leans into oil-filled shocks around turns and features a watertight design that protects it from muddy tracks and water balloons hurled by jealous cheetahs. The Revo Nitro monster truck ($545) brandishes a TRX 3.3 racing engine with a 500-cubic-centimeter fuel bottle for fast fill-ups, as well as a spare glow plug and air filter to keep engines well maintained. Big Blue Hobbies also carries Sidewinder nitro fuel ($25) to keep Lilliputian auto tanks appeased.