Arts and Culture

Neighborhoods: Historic Downtown Louisville

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First, enticed by a sign on the street, we hit Nancy Cooley's Found Underground Consignments, located around the corner on the lower level of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, 901 Main Street. Cooley, whose resume swings back and forth from stints at the Ritz in Boulder, Alfalfa's Market and as an acupuncturist, keeps a ship-shape resale paradise where the clothes hung by color groups are all hand-picked, high-quality, stylish garments (ditto for accessories). And on top of that, Cooley couldn't be a nicer person. She exudes a certain admirable savoir faire and enthusiasm that makes shopping the racks at Found Underground a totally fun experience. Don't expect thrift store prices here, but you will get something great for the money. Be sure to find your way down there. Denise Emma's Ju Ju Beads, across the street in a little old house at 836 Main Street, carries a decent inventory of unique beads and beautiful jewelry creations by Emma and other local bead-stringers. Emma says bead people make special trips to Louisville to visit her shop all the time, but the real goldmine here is Emma's patient personality and gift for instruction. To that end, she offers classes, girl's nights and birthday parties where you can DIY, with tutelage. Across the street again and up a block, shop-owner Kara Reese sits pretty at her Ville de Luxe Boutique (formerly Vie Vie Luxe), 909 Main Street, where she and her mother, Irene Oliver, have been peddling hip and gorgeous Parisian-style clothing, jewelry, tiny luxuries and sweet nothings for the last five years. Great customer service and stylish, one-of-a-kind finds are the specialties here.
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