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The multi-dimensional Glassworks is a gallery, workshop, studio, gift shop, and event venue all rolled into one. Come watch glassmakers transform globs of melted glass into exquisite pieces of art. Those eager to learn the trade themselves can take classes or visit the Walk-In Workshop. Glassworks also hosts birthday parties, and is available to rent for group functions. Event planners even have the option of renting glass-making demonstrations during their function.
Muth's Candies' legacy of traditional candy-making has been passed down since its opening in 1921. Today they produce mouth-watering creations like chocolates, caramels, creams, dipped pretzels, chocolate jellies, turtles, bourbons, and Modjeskas (caramel and marshmallow), in addition to one-of-a-kind Louisville favorites like Kentucky Derby chocolate medallions and chocolate-bourbon horseshoe gift bags. Muth's is a great place to find unique and delicious gifts for any occasion.
The Louisville Beer Store shines the spotlight on all things craft beer, stocking over 400 labels from around the globe. The store/tasting room is located in NULU or the burgeoning East Market District. It features a rotating tap of craft brews and ales that span everything from New York to Italy and Belgium varieties. The bottle beer selection is comprehensive, featuring labels like Anchorage Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Off Color, Mystic Saison, Evil Twin among the American beers; and international brews like St. Feuillien Tripel, Stiegl Radler and Samuel Smith, among others. A limited selection of craft sodas and non-alcoholic drinks are available too. Beer flights start at USD3 for four four-ounce tasters at the store's standing-room-only counter.
Chocolate creation is a well-received art form anywhere it's practiced around the world. In Louisville, Cellar Door is the place where master confectioners conduct their craft. Every item comes from a small batch in order to ensure its freshness as well as to continually keep the innovative chocolatiers on their toes. With each delicious item, owner Erika-Chavez Graziano makes sure that each guest receives something that is unique and one-of-a-kind, both in flavor and appearance. Its location inside the massive Butchertown Market is another attraction itself and while you're here don't forget to check out Bourbon Barrell Foods to pair some bourbon-flavored sorghum, bitters or even sea-salt with your chocolate.
Nitty Gritty is a great local shop that caters to those obsessed with anything vintage, retro or kitschy. This Germantown boutique has fashions from the 1920's all the way to the 1980's. The shop sells other housewares and accessories as well, where you'll find bags, hats, clocks, watches, cameras and almost everything else that has some retro charm to it. Additionally, its a great place to go when you need to find something on Halloween or to add that vintage piece to sharpen your style.
One of the most beloved little holes-in-the-wall within city limits, the Fish House/Cafe Beignet serves some of the best fish & chips in town. Not only do diners find breaded fish, oysters and other treats from the sea, but the New Orleans style Beignets are out-of-this-world. The prices are equally super, a definite treat while in the Germantown neighborhood.
A fast favorite with Louisville natives, as well as the occasional tourist, Nord's is a Germantown institution known for its decadent donuts and sweet treats. Locals head here for their early morning sugar high - the bakery opens at 6a - of fresh-made donuts that fly off the shelves. Regulars swear by the maple bacon, cherry cinnamon, french fry twist, and pineapple danish. The neighborhood charm and friendly service make it an enjoyable visit, but be forewarned, lines can get long in the mornings and favorites sell out quickly.
Hey Tiger was designed for those with a more quirky, unique and individualistic style; one that is simply not catered to by the usual chain stores. The store stocks an eclectic collection of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, alongside handmade items produced by local artists, and natural beauty products. Here you will find a variety of unique and unusual pieces that range from new and quirky, to classic vintage style. With shoes, jewelry, hats, belts and more, Hey Tiger has everything you need to add a splash of creativity to your wardrobe.
Blue Dog is an artisan bakery located in Louisville's Crescent Hill neighborhood. Their breads are handcrafted using the best ingredients and are prepared sans preservatives. From the classic crusty baguette to rustic French country bread and chewy Italian pugliese, the bakery bakes European-style breads in time-honored technique. For those with a sweet tooth, the cinnamon buns and muffins are a treat. Brunch, lunch and light eats are served here through the day and this is a great spot for a Saturday family brunch.