Lexington’s only historic, boutique hotel. Gratz Park Inn exemplifies Southern grace and charm for which Lexington is known – including sumptuous suites and guestrooms, a cozy library, a fitness center, complimentary downtown parking, and a gourmet breakfast prepared by a chef daily. We offer our guests an elegant atmosphere that is sure to be a relaxing stay. 120 W. Second Street. 859-231-1777, 800-752-4166. www.gratzparkinn.com
BabyCakes Cupcakes is Lexington’s first locally owned, independent cupcake bakery. We make our cupcakes from scratch daily, using only real fruit & organic ingredients, never freezing or using pre-made mixes. Our doggie cakes are made the same way. BabyCakes offers a wide array of flavors to challenge and delight the taste-buds; try Summertime, Princess or Maple with Bacon.
We also hand-make decorations for one of a kind cupcakes & offer gluten free, vegan & sugar-free cupcakes with 24 hour notice. Mon. 11-5, Tues-Fri. 11-6:30, Sat. 10-4. 1616 Liberty Rd., 859-317-9619. www.bb-cakes.com
Artique, a unique celebration of creativity, features fine American & Kentucky craft works of over 1,000 artists. We offer fine & eclectic designer jewelry, hand blown glass, ceramics, sculpture & collectible art made by renowned local & national artisans. Celebrating over 30 years in business, Artique has received numerous national & local awards and recognition for exceptional quality crafts, outstanding customer service and commitment to serving the community, including the prestigious, nationally awarded Top Retailer of the Year from Niche Magazine. Artique is a shopping destination not to be missed. The Mall at Lexington Green, Mon.-Sat. 10-9 & Sun. 12-6, 859-272-8802; Downtown in The Shops at Lexington Center, Mon.-Sat. 10-6, 859-233-1774. Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 1-6. www.artiquegallery.com
Drive up to the door, walk through the sumptuous arch and experience a distinct destination for the highest quality and style in gifts for the HOME, for the GARDEN and for LOVE. Best gifts… aromatherapeutic bath & home, candles, Italian pottery, ribbon, permanent botanicals, watercolor cards, vases, orchids, statuary, elements for the garden everywhere, and of course, specialty cut flowers. Enjoy gourmet tasting on Saturdays. Parking at front door. Mon.–Fri. 8:30 am–5 pm, Sat. 9 am–5 pm. 807 Chevy Chase Place. 266-4682 or 800-359-4757. www.bestofflowers.com
Sensibly Chic is Lexington’s premiere women’s discount designer boutique. Designers include Anne Klein, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein, David Meister, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Foxcroft, Kay Unger, Lilly Pulitzer, Lisette, Liverpool Jean, Ralph Lauren & Trina Turk…just to name a few. No matter your age or whether shopping for traditional or contemporary styles, or petite, missy or women’s sizing, we have something for you. Sensibly Chic has a service oriented staff of professional personal shoppers to help you find just the right item. This boutique is proud to provide a friendly environment with first-quality products, value pricing & convenient front-door parking. Mon.- Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5; Sun. 1-5. Idle Hour Shopping Center, 2051 Richmond Rd. (between Stephen Lawrence & O’Neill’s Pub). 859-276-6144. www.sensiblychicstyle.com
For a relaxing shopping experience, visit the Shops at Lexington Center. From signature Kentucky items, to clothing and one-of-a-kind gifts, The Shops has much to offer the discriminating shopper. This collection of boutiques and specialty stores is located in the heart of downtown at The Lexington Center, Kentucky’s largest convention-arena-hotel complex.
Located at 410 West Vine St., within walking distance to theaters, fine dining, hotels and additional shopping. Three hours free parking with merchant validation in the High Street lot. No purchase necessary. 859-233-4567. www.lexingtoncenter.com
A block of restored Victorian-era buildings enclosed into a shopping mall. From art and clothing to restaurants and collectibles, Victorian Square is Lexington’s most diverse, original and refreshing shopping experience.
Children will enjoy the Explorium. Artists' Attic features working artists. The soul of sophistication in the heart of downtown, at Main & Broadway. Three hours free parking in the attached garage with validation. No purchase necessary. 859-252-7575. www.victoriansquareshoppes.com
Just a Block Away from Everywhere!
Celtic jewelry, Belleek china, tweed hats, Irish fragrances, Celtic wedding bands & engagement rings, imported foods. Come to Ireland with us in October. Check our website for more details. Mon.-Fri. 10:30-6:30, Sat. 10-6. 113 S. Upper. 381-1498, email@example.com. www.failteimports.com
While in downtown Lexington, visit the only locally-owned toy shop.
The Toy Shop sells unique and American classic toys including: Madame Alexander Dolls, Breyer model horses, Hello Kitty, Carnegie dinosaurs, as well as Gund Bears and other stuffed animals. Even UK Wildcat accessories can be found here. 410 W. Vine St. The Shops at Lexington Center, 2nd level. 859-455-8777, www.toyshopinlex.com
Established in 1984, & consistently rated Lexington’s “best used bookstore,” Black Swan offers a broad selection of used, rare & collectible books. Specialties include History, Horses, Cookbooks, Kentucky Literature, Military History & Modern First Editions. Books for both the reader & the scholar, in close proximity to downtown & the University of Kentucky. Located in the Woodland Triangle between Woodland & Kentucky Avenues. Mon.-Sat. 11-5:30. 505 E. Maxwell St. 252-7255. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blackswanbooks.net