I wanted to share some of the ways my family and I are trying to make the best of the present times. The Corona situation in Louisville has brought out creativity and innovation in local small businesses. We have ordered carryout from our favorite restaurants and coffee shops and they are often delivering too.
I know everyone is trying to stay busy and engaged and have some fun. We have found some pretty interesting resources online and have been able to fulfill our creative ambitions remotely. It’s always fun to take a watercolor class with my talented daughter or enjoy a cooking class with my husband for a “date night.” Here is a list of what I have found really fun and worthwhile recently.
Butchertown Grocery – Family Style Meals Curbside – My husband likes to keep the holidays fun and relaxing so that we can focus on what is important to us. Ordering Easter Brunch allowed us to spend time with our children and do fun things like hunt for eggs! Butchertown Grocery had everything we needed to celebrate in style. My husband ordered a buffet of quiche, waffles, and sweets. He even got a mimosa kit with fresh-squeezed orange juice. It was all delicious and made a pretty presentation.
Caffe Classico – Delivery – They have the best sandwiches served on Blue Dog Bread. My favorite is the West Coast, which is avocado, cucumber, tomato, and greens with chipotle mayo. The veggie empanadas are a favorite because they are so flavorful and delicious! If you are feeling really decadent you can go for the frites with a trio of dipping sauces.
Bar Vetti – Curbside – This is one of our favorite date night destinations! We order the four cheese pizza and add onions, mushrooms, arugula, and sweet peppadew peppers. My kiddos love the cheese sticks and the green salad with watermelon radishes is beautiful, too! My favorite thing on a Friday night is the Aperol Spritz Kit!
Blue Dog Bakery – Carryout – My husband and I have little rituals and this one is a keeper. We love to stop into Blue Dog for lunch. Our order never varies, because it is just that good. We love the artichoke sandwich with wheatberry salad. The carryout service is streamlined through their website. My tip is to split the sandwich and order an extra side of the wheatberry salad. Yum!
Red Hog – This is one of my favorite places to spend a Friday evening, and the next best thing is being able to bring it home. The staff is lovely and the food is delicious. The frites and curry aioli are sinfully good. They make great cocktails and have Blackberry Farm beer too! Try the Paloma and a pizza this weekend!
Please and Thank You – Delivery – If you want to show someone you care, sending cookies and coffee is a great idea. Please and Thank You delivers both in style. They have the best chocolate chip cookies in town, hands down. Their iced tea presentation is on point, too. The tea is lovely and garnished with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.
La Peche – Carryout – We love La Peche for a picnic lunch in Cherokee Park and carry out didn’t disappoint. We tried the Goat Cheese Ravioli and the Bibb Lettuce Salad for dinner one evening and were wowed! The vinaigrette on the salad was amazing and the presentation was lovely. We ordered some lunch staples too. The Benedictine is my favorite in town and I am quite picky. The Tomato Artichoke Bisque is delicious too!
The Farmer’s Market at Douglass Loop
Pavel’s Garden – This is my favorite source for produce in town. His greens are so gorgeous that they may any salad a showstopper. I was really excited that they are able to do drive-thru orders at the farmer’s market!
Hazelfield Farm – Hazelfield is a wonderful source for gorgeous flowers and organic produce. They do amazing work and I love to order the vegetable basket that includes a bouquet and a selection of fresh and tasty veggies and herbs!
Fluer and Frond – I’ve mentioned this floral service before because I just love it. They did a fantastic job sending my new neighbor a housewarming bouquet! They have a subscription service that I have on my list of to-dos too!
Mahonia – Mahonia is one of the best florists, gift shops, and zen zones in town. They are offering delivery and contact-free curbside. My sweet husband ordered my bouquets twice this spring and they were both the loveliest ever.
Bloomed Roots – We first took classes from Baily of Bloomed Roots with Level Up. Her succulent arrangements and wreaths are beyond lovely and her new floral arrangements are really darling. She incorporates the best seasonal flowers into bouquets that would brighten anyone’s day.
LevelUp – LevelUp is my favorite group to take classes from. They have everything from Weaving to Watercolors. I have recently taken some great online classes from them. I have taken Embroidery, Watercolor Floral Wreaths, and Media Pitching. It’s a great creative outlet and I really enjoy it!
Preston Art Center – When I took the Watercolor class from LevelUp I was in need of supplies. I called Preston Art Center and placed a curbside order. The staff is so friendly and helpful. I really recommend this because it made the class more enjoyable with the right supplies.
Cipriani at Home – I have really loved Cipriani’s social lately. They show beautiful techniques and delicious recipes. They also sell pretty pasta and sauces on their website. Either way, preparing these classic Italian meals will make an evening elevated and intentional.
Very Ralph – I loved the HBO documentary about Ralph Lauren. It highlights how he started his business and the growth of his career, which I find fascinating. I love the story of how he created his brand and aesthetic.
Master Class – MasterClass offers in-depth classes from experts we all know and love. We have enjoyed learning about cooking techniques with Thomas Keller, entrepreneurship with Sarah Blakely, and storytelling and humor with David Sedaris.
Grove Collaborative – This is a great resource for sustainable paper products and non-toxic cleaning supplies I am a fan of their cleaning concentrates and dish brushes with replaceable heads.
Green Bean Delivery – This is a fantastic source for organic produce and local food. They also have a fully stocked grocery selection. Their quality is top-notch and they deliver on a weekly basis.
Grace + Bloom – I found this brand of beautiful candles and bath and body products at the Douglass Loop Farmer’s Market. The goodies smell heavenly and the packaging is darling. Now they are making hand sanitizers that are local and beautiful.
Ferrick Mason – I love this textile designer from Midway. Her prints are fun and chic. When this whole affair began, I found these masks online. They are as pretty as they are handy.