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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A day in historic downtown La Grange, KY

 photo LaGrange_zps019ff42a.jpgI decided to spend a day in Historic Downtown La Grange. I have been in the area several times, but never got to fully enjoy the day there. I decided to walk down one side the street, and back up the other side. There are tons of cute “mom and pop” type shops. I believe every shop is locally owned – I didn’t see a single chain store during my day. Aside from the cute shops and eateries, the fun part of Historic Downtown La Grange is the trains that go right down the center of Main Street. It is an amazing site to see. The trains dwarf the buildings and cars they pass by. Any train lover will stand in awe as the trains go by several times a day.

 photo FarmersMarket1_zpse6279d43.jpg photo Roaster_zps8badbee7.jpgI parked near the Coffee Roasters where they ground their coffee beans regularly, right there in the front of the shop. It was easily the most delicious tasting coffee drink I have ever tasted. They have live music Monday nights, a puzzles and games table with plenty to choose from, and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. Then I walked down the street toward the La Grange Farmers and Artisan Market which is held every Saturday. Here you can find fresh vegetables, eggs, beef, jewelry, art work, cookies from Q&A Sweet Treats, and more.

As I walked through Downtown La Grange, I went into most of the stores. Here are just a few of the shops I visited:

 photo KarensBook_zpse8c236b9.jpgAbsolutely Fabulous is a great shop filled with new gifts and collectibles every week with a Kentucky-boutique feel to it. Rainy Day Resale Upscale has recycled clothing, jewelry and accessories for women and teens – the stock was brand new looking, and the prices were amazing! At Karen’s Book Barn & Java Stop, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee, a cappuccino or frozen beverage while browsing through new and used books. There is a cute kid section, and many of the shelves are made from old doors adding lots of character to this already cute shop.

La Grange Arts & Crafts has the latest in scrapbooking supplies, jewelry making components, and art and craft supplies.  Classes and crop/craft sessions are scheduled regularly. TheWOOFery, is a shop that carries organic, safe foods, toys, bedding and supplies for dogs AND cats. They also offer pet sitting while you shop! The Treasured Child is an old-fashioned looking toy store with newly released toys for kids and adults including a riding penny pony and train table to play with. Friends & Fiber has multitudes of specialty yarns, including alpaca. The 1887 Corner Store has gifts, kitchenware, jewelry, scarves, horse items, and Kentucky-made products – perfect for gift shopping!

 photo Serendipity2_zps11e3d952.jpg photo Serendipity_zpsbddda167.jpgWhen it comes to food, there are several delicious choices. I decided to go for lunch at Serendipity Café & Gifts. I had seen the sidewalk tables, so I knew they provided lunch, but I had only ever seen the boutique items, chocolates and ice cream inside. It looked like a great little "Mom and Pop" restaurant and store. I was pleasantly surprised to see tables in multiple rooms and the back outdoor patio. The selection was good for lunch, the waitress was very attentive, they have a kids menu, and the food was great. They even gave us a free scone appetizer while we waited for our food! I very much enjoyed my experience at Serendipity, and would highly recommend it!

Irish Rover Too is Oldham County’s Irish Pub which serves up authentic Pub Grub. It has delicious food and a great atmosphere. I have also heard One Nineteen West Main and Red Pepper Deli-Café-Catering have delicious food, and I look forward to trying them on future visits.

 photo Serendipity1_zpsddfb320f.jpgIn the past, Downtown La Grange has hosted various events for every month of the year, with their most well-known event being Light Up La Grange. This event began back in 1986 and has become a tradition for many as Santa and the mayor light the town every first Friday in December at 6:00 p.m. Check their calendar for details of upcoming events.

I highly encourage a trip to Downtown La Grange. Enjoy the weather while you shop, eat, and support a local community with a lot to offer.

By guest contributor: Caryn

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