Louisville entrepreneurs are always thinking up new ways to improve the city’s small business scene. Here’s a sampling of a few new businesses that have come across my radar recently. Know of another new business? Post it in the comments.
- Hillbilly Tea: Not sure of the details of this one, but it sounds like a great addition to Downtown at 120 South First Street. Twitter says they have desserts and its (not yet fully functional) web site bills itself as a “trendy tea cafe in the heart of Downtown” (they also have their own Twitter and here’s a menu). As part of their grand opening, you can get a free ice tea and cookies with a food purchase. Anyone been there yet?
- Hudson Home: Nulu now has a “green” home furnishings store located at 806 East Market Street selling new and vintage pieces. Business First recently ran a blurb about them and you can get more info at their web site.
- Papalino’s NY Pizzeria: It’s been open a little while, but this new pizza place at 949 Baxter Avenue looks pretty good. I’m always a fan of a pizza place that sells by the slice and is open late. Check out their website for directions and a menu.
- Turtle Blossom: An organic foods market and juice bar is setting up shop next door to the Makery at 1570 Bardstown Road. Consuming Louisville broke the story and it looks like another win for Louisville. It’s the outgrowth of Turtle Blossom Produce, a food supplier to local restaurants and markets. Among their selection will be eggs from owner Brad’s Shelby County farm. Stay in touch via their Twitter.
- Acorn Apparel: A new vintage clothing store opened at 981 Barret Avenue just down from the Nitty Gritty. They carry clothes, accessories, and gear from the “Victorian era through 1980s vintage.” More info. can be found on their Facebook page.
- Hound Dog Press: Located at 309 East Market Street, this letterpress shop offers custom invitations, announcements, greeting cards, and stationery. They also create posters by hand using 19th century equipment to create a distinct look. They are celebrating their grand opening tomorrow at the Trolley Hop after a move from the Mellwood Arts Center.
- Oxenrose Home: A new design shop offering new and vintage furniture and accessories located at 623 Baxter Avenue. A quote from their website says, “This ain’t your grandma’s furniture store, but that might be her old chair refinished in a glossy black.” Lighting and original artwork is also available.
- The Black Spring: Situated 3017 River Road just east of Zorn Avenue, this new bike and coffee shop specializes in used bikes and repair. They opened in 2009, but never held a grand opening. Besides bike sales and repair, you can purchase gear, wear, consignment, coffee, and other beverages. Check out their blog-style website for more info.
- Vic’s Classic Bikes: Preston Street north of Eastern Parkway has a new vintage road bike destination. Located at 2016 South Preston Street, the bike shop features a constantly changing inventory of restored 1970s and 1980s bikes. Check their website and their blog for more info.
There must be others, right? What did I miss?