Here are just a few of their locally owned shops that can simplify back to school, fall wardrobe replenishing and end of summer scavenging.
Apricot Lane: A great place to pull together an entire outfit— from funky accessories to dresses, denim, colorful separates and shoes too. There’s plenty of room to wander between racks and plop down in a comfy chair while your friend tries on her eighth outfit.
This Just in! Bliss Home is Here
We have a new destination for décor inspiration and it’s the old Gattiland location. In what has to be one of Louisville’s most amazing transformations, the old entertainment complex is now a brand new, beautiful, mega home store stocked with offbeat accessories and furnishings and an endless supply of genius styling inspiration. It’s a must-see for anyone dreaming of refreshing a room. Bliss is the first Louisville location for owners Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorenson who have built a small furniture empire in Tennessee with four successful stores. “We love being in Louisville,” says Schimmel. “For a city of this size, it’s so friendly. There’s a real community feeling here that you’d expect in a smaller town.”
Schimmel and Sorenson, who now live here part time in a downtown apartment, are immersing themselves in local culture and combing Louisville art and crafts shows to bring local offerings to their eclectic array of home goods. “We always localize each store,” says Schimmel. “We want the Louisville Bliss to look unique to this market. While you’ll find the same sofas in each store, you’ll also find pieces made just for this city.” The personalized touch extends to their service. The store offers in-home design consultations “whether it’s a room or an entire home,” and the staff does their own deliveries. “We don’t out-source anything,” says Schimmel. “Delivery and set up are part of the overall experience. We make sure every drawer opens and every door closes properly.”
Chatreuse: This small, light-filled boutique stocks carefully-selected dresses, rompers, pantsuits, separates and stunning statement accessories—all priced to avoid sticker shock. Whether you’re looking for a memorable dress for an event or a cute top for tomorrow night, you can find it fast here.
Clater: In comfortable, zero-pressure shop (owned by women), you can ask questions about that new diamond you’ve been coveting or your grandmother’s necklace that you’d like to repair without feeling intimidated. And whether you walk out with a thousand dollar ring or a thirty dollar pair of earrings, you’ll know you got a great deal.
Collections: If you’re looking for pretty, perfectly-assmbled outfits, this is your spot. This spacious boutique carries everything from denim to dresses but it’s all arranged by outfits so shopping is simple. You can sift through, picking coordinating pieces from the racks, then stop at the artfully-arranged accessory table- stocked with stunning, artisan-crafted jewelry-- for finishing touches.
Darling State of Mind: This cozy, laid-back shop makes browsing and buying a blast. With a perfect blend of casual to dressier looks that range from bohemian to preppie, owner Jennifer Harris has brilliantly blended everything you and your friends need to complete a successful shopping mission in five minutes or fifty. Chic but comfy shoes and boots let you pull a look together from head to toe. And if you need it, ask for help. These girls are great stylists.
Fresh Boutique 4 Girls: This is the store that can change shopping for teens and tweens forever. An adorable but fashion forward array of age appropriate denim, leggings, dresses, jean skirts, sweaters for the adolescent set make finding clothes for that awkward stage actually enjoyable. So does the fact that the selection has been expanded to include lines like Free People for mom and juniors.
Tunie’s: Whether you’re looking for home décor, a hostess gift, Bed Stu boots or a denim dress, you can find it here. Tunie’s combines wearable, beautiful clothes and fashion with memorable gifts and accent pieces for your home. It’s hard to get in and out in a hurry only because there’s a surprise on every shelf.
New! Tunie’s outlet: Fans of Tunie’s or fans of a bargain should hit the new Tunie’s boutique, open the first week of every month, just few doors down from the store.
Summer Concert Series and Sidewalk Sales
The monthly concert series (next up on August 4 and September 8) have become wildly popular outings and excuses to shop, snack and sip. And they’re giving away money! You can win a $500 shopping spree if you show up and shop. For every twenty-five dollars you spend during the concert nights, Westport Village will give you a chance to win a five hundred dollar shopping spree at the September concert. Just have your receipt stamped at their giveaway booth. (And you have to show up in September to win!)