Have you noticed something recently when you go to shop at your favorite local gift store? So many of them are selling clothes. They may have started out with a little bit of jewelry, maybe a few small handbags and then a couple of cute Southern T-shirts. Then the next time you drop by, there’s a full rack of clothes. Next time after that, a dressing room. Here’s the thing that we have also noticed: the low price points. The clothing at these “gift stores” is so affordable that you can’t help but pick up a poncho and a new chip-and-dip at the same time.
Here are some fabulous local gift stores that also sell great clothes:
Blooms by Essential Details
111 W. Main St., Ste. A, La Grange • (502) 222-1626
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Blooms is a florist right? Well, yes, and this La Grange treasure also sells gifts, jewelry, clothes, socks, boots and beauty products. The list could go on and on. Blooms says not one day has gone by that they have not sold a piece of jewelry. Its other best seller is the long-sleeve jersey tee with “Everyone Loves a Southern Girl” on it, and after feeling how soft they are, you’ll see why. They have more than seven racks of clothing, with tops, dresses, outerwear, scarves and basics, such as socks and gloves. Don’t miss their adorable (and affordable!) selection of boots placed throughout the store.
Urban Farmhouse Market
2830 Frankfort Ave., Louisville • (502) 384-5434
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Urban Farmhouse Market got into the business of selling clothes in August of this year. They have always had their T-shirt line, “Southern Girls Wear Boots and Pearls,” and they started slowly incorporating more accessories. Now, an entire nook in the back of the store is devoted to clothes. They sell a little bit of everything: scarves, vests, tops, dresses, sweaters, belts and basics, such as leggings and camisoles. This season, their most popular item is fur vests. When asked why they started carrying clothes, owner Kimberly Beyer explains, “Customers were asking for it! They wanted some stylish apparel at a price point below $100.”
Work the Metal
1201 Story Ave., Louisville • (502) 584-2841
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. (Sunday special holiday hours)
Work the Metal is a Louisville favorite for its distinct gifts and always for their accessories. Initially, they sold some T-shirts, scarves and jewelry. Last year, they started selling a large selection of women’s clothes and now, an entire section of the store is dedicated to this. Recently, due to the popularity and ever-expanding inventory, they built two private dressing rooms for their customers. Seasonally, Work the Metal really shines, offering a great, affordable selection of dresses for the holidays and the Derby. As they say “You’ll find boutique apparel at lower-than-boutique prices that will have you looking good without spending bad.”
9426 Norton Commons Blvd., Prospect • (502) 690-9720
Hours: Monday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Something Blue has wedding gift beginnings, but in 2013, they expanded their inventory to include fashionable, everyday clothing. Their best-selling items change, depending on the season. In the fall and winter, it’s the fleece lined-leggings and poncho/blanket scarves. In the spring and summer, the bestsellers are sundresses and maxi-dresses. Owner Breanne McCubbin says the reason she got into clothes was because “I love to shop small boutiques, but can’t always afford to spend a lot on trendy pieces, so I wanted to offer women that same small boutique shopping experience at affordable prices. What started out as a fun challenge for myself, has grown to be a huge part of our business. Fashion has always been a major part of my life, so it felt natural to add that love and passion to the shop!”
Clay & Cotton
1341 Bardstown Road, Louisville • (502) 456-5536
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Clay & Cotton has always sold apparel, but lately, their brands have been taking center stage. Look for great brands, such as Johnny Was and Pure, as well as international brands that you cannot find elsewhere in Louisville. Their selection of clothing suits a broad range of styles and budgets, with timeless pieces that have an easy, bohemian appeal. Pair that with their wonderful selection of unique gifts, accessories, rugs and decor, and you are guaranteed to have a lot to look at in this Bardstown Road store.
Two Chicks and Company
12121 Shelbyville Road, Middletown • (502) 254-0400
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Two Chicks is a Middletown hub for gift buying and holiday decor. Slowly, but surely, their collection of jewelry increased, then collegiate wear, then monogrammed items. Now, they have an entire section devoted to cute coats, wraps, footwear, hats, monogrammed items, T-shirts, baby clothes and other tops. Their collection of UofL and UK collegiate wear is eye-opening, with everything from espadrille shoes to jewelry with your beloved Cards or Cats on it. There is something for all age ranges at Two Chicks, which makes it easy to shop for everyone on your list.
Colonial Designs of St. Matthews
3712 Lexington Road, Louisville • (502) 896-4461
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
The clothing at Colonial Designs used to be their best-kept secret. While they are known for carrying gifts and decor, they’ve also been selling clothes for almost two years. They have dabbled in accessories over the years, but are now full blown into fashion. They literally sell everything: tops, sweaters, coats, pants, dresses, skirts, shorts, leggings, shoes and a large variety of outerwear. They have two areas of the store devoted to clothes, and have even built a dressing room for privacy. Owner Amy Moyer says, “We decided to sell clothes because it seemed to be in high demand. We, as buyers, began seeing women’s clothing and accessories everywhere! So we tried it out. It has been a huge success!”
11601 Main St., Middletown • (502) 618-3868
Westport Village, 1301 Herr Lane, Louisville (502)593-4320
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tunie’s has two locations, one in Westport Village and one in Middletown, where they sell gifts, accessories, clothes and decor. Owner Kelly Farmer found that customers love novelty tees, and that they were all available at their gift markets. She has always sold clothes since she opened her store, where they have a small, but substantial, selection. The hidden gem at Tunie’s is the large selection of boots they carry; it would be hard to pick just one pair. Kelly has a great method for buying: “If I see something I have to have, then I order one for myself and my customers, as well.”
720 E. Market St., Louisville, (502) 584-8989
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Scout is known for its beautiful, modern home furnishings and one-of-a-kind gifts. Slowly, the jewelry collection began expanding, as well as the handbags and scarves. Now, in their new location down the street on Market, you will notice more women’s clothing, such as wraps, capes and ponchos, all in the $40 to $50 range. In the summer, they offer a great selection of affordable cover-ups and tunics. Earlier this month, they shut down their men’s clothing store two doors down, Ethyl 3.9, and moved its inventory into Scout. Co-owner Jim George told us their men’s clothing sales have doubled since bringing it under one roof.
So the next time you have a list of items to pick up that includes gifts and clothes, make sure you simplify by getting it all under one of these locally owned roofs!