What is Butchertown Market?
With several shops, all located in a historic building, Butchertown Market is a great destination to meet a friend for some afternoon shopping. Also, show off this unique part of Louisville to out-of-town guests.
Places to visit in Butchertown Market:
(Suggestions are listed in alphabetical order.)
Bourbon Barrel Foods
The three-word tagline at Bourbon Barrel Foods is "Slow, Small, Simple." Focusing on the heritage of Kentucky Bourbon (after all, Louisville is home base for the Bourbon Trail) Bourbon Barrel Foods creates gourmet sauces, condiments and spice blends.
If you have ever shopped at A Taste of Kentucky, you may recognize times like Kentuckyaki, a savory blend of sorghum, flavored with bourbon, complete with a kick of fresh ginger and garlic. The Bourbon Barrel Foods website has a complete list of available products.
Cellar Door Chocolates
Handcrafted chocolates are always in season at Cellar Door Chocolates. Known for using only high quality items—artisan chocolate from E. Guittard paired with local, seasonal ingredients—the chocolatiers provide customers with gourmet delights. A local candy shop that continues to grow, Cellar Door is a favorite for those with a sweet tooth, both on Valentine's Day and the other 364 days of the year. Expect to be tempted by a variety of confections such as bourbon balls, cayenne pepper truffles, dark chocolate almond bark with sea salt, and more. Visit the Cellar Door Chocolates website for more information.
Connoisseurs of body products, from lotions and oils to soaps and body mists, will find themselves at home at Moss Hill. These homemade products are also for sale in boutiques and at the St. James Art Fair, but the Moss Hill location in Butchertown Market is headquarters. It is a go-to spot for many looking for local lotions and potions to enjoy themselves, or to give as gifts.
Visit the Moss Hill website for more information on these unique items, all made in small batches.
Work the Metal
Filled with mirrors, clocks, furniture, accessories, books, clothing, jewelry, and housewares, Work the Metal is a regular stop for customers seeking out fleur-de-lis gifts and decorative items. The store launched as a specialty shop for unique metal products but has grown to include an eclectic inventory or items. You can see a list of what is available at the Work the Metal website, but since they carry so many quirky and colorful items, it is interesting to stop in and browse.
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History of Butchertown Market:
The building known as Butchertown Market was built in the early 1880s. It was first occupied by a company of leather tanners. Then, around a decade later, the Magic Flake Soap Factory purchased the building, followed by the Lampton Paint Company. The property changed hands again in 1949, it was sold to the Caudill Seed Company. Jakeland LLC acquired the property in 1997 and the space was renovated and updated. Butchertown Market now houses retail businesses, loft workspaces, and light manufacturing.
Where is Butchertown Market?
1201 Story Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-6 pm. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 pm. Closed Sunday.
If you are going to specifically visit one of the shops in Butchertown Market, check with the individual business. Since each shop is its own entity, hours can vary.
While shopping is on the list of things to do on a rainy day, an overcast day keeping you out of Louisville's lovely parks is also an ideal opportunity to try out some of the great restaurants in Louisville. Pair it with a trip to one of Louisville's museums—Kentucky Science Museum for little ones and perhaps Speed Art Museum for the professionals. But start with something to eat... What are you craving? Hamburgers? Mexican? Something vegetarian?
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