A couple weeks ago I traveled down to Louisville for the first time ever to pop-up inside Block Party Handmade, a fantastic handmade shop in Downtown Louisville. BPH has carried my handmade goods since it opened, and I was thrilled to be part of their 3 year anniversary party and selling both handmade & vintage there in person!
I knew it was going to be a great time when I stopped for Waffle House on the drive down (we don’t have them in Michigan, so it is a must-do when I am in another state that has them), and it randomly happened to be in Neil Armstrong’s home town of Wapakoneta, Ohio. This Waffle House was right next to the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, which looked so awesome but was unfortunately already closed.
It was great to finally see the store & meet everyone there in person! This was my mini-shop inside the store.
And the night was so fun! There were DIY birthday hats, some great snacks & sangria, plus a piñata. Mary and everyone else there knew how to throw a great party.
Of course, I took some time to explore Louisville while I was in town, too. If you are planning on going to Louisville, here’s what I did there, which all resulted in a really fantastic mini-trip.
First on my list was this GIGANTIC antique mall I passed on my way to my Airbnb when I was driving in.
The Mellwood Antique Mall has over 45,000 square feet and an insane amount of booths – I think they said 145 dealers inside at the time?
While most of the mall was more traditional antiques, there were a number of great MCM dealers inside. This here was one of my favorites!
I stared at this radio for a solid 5 minutes, trying to think of a room it would work in & actually be used. In the end my rational side won out (damn it, rational Beth!).
This toddler rocker was just the most adorable thing ever and I wished I had the room in my truck for it to take it home. Really, I could say this about 27 other things I saw, but this was #1 on the list.
I also visited Fat Rabbit Thrift & Vintage (where I saw this rad/ridiculous thing) and also walked across the Big Four Bridge into Indiana (which was really fun. If you are a runner, bring your running gear for this. I super wished I would have!).
So this is where I mostly stopped taking pictures, but I swear I did more in Louisville. I blame it on my friends Kim & Jason who I was having so much fun with I just couldn’t be bothered to take any pictures of it, and also there were many drinks involved. I ate some fantastic fried chicken (somewhere?) with them and also split a ham platter of locally made ham and a pizza at the Garage Bar. I’m like the dad in a Christmas Story hovering over the turkey when there is ham being served anywhere, so I fell hard in love with Louisville after that ham platter. It was magnifique (Ferris Bueller reference intended).
Mary from Block Party Handmade also took me to Feast BBQ. The food was delicious, for sure, but BOURBON SLUSHIES. Just as good as you are imagining. Yes.
In conclusion, go to Louisville. It’s great. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff I wish I could have done, but I had to leave the beautiful warmth of Kentucky early to drive home in a failed attempt at beating a *ugh* snowstorm. I’ll be back to finish exploring soon, I hope!