Shopping in Central Kentucky includes local crafts, nationally known chains and locally owned shops with a selection of unique merchandise. Here are a few worth exploring:
■ Kentucky Artisan Center: This building just off Interstate 75 is dedicated to handmade Kentucky products. Merchandise includes everything from handmade honeysuckle baskets and clay pottery to wood furniture and photography. The center also offers free maps and brochures for shops and artist studios in Berea, which is just down the road. Visit: Kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
■ Pomegranate: This Lexington-based textile company creates chic decor for home and table that's sold in stores throughout the country. Twice a year, usually in May and December, Pomegranate opens its warehouse for a sale with deep discounts on tablecloths, place mats, napkins, bags and more. Keep an eye on the company's Web site for coming sale dates. Visit: Pomegranateinc.com.
■ Worlds Apart: Nanette Lepore, Ella Moss, Michael Stars and Citizens of Humanity are just a few of the brands you'll find at this well-edited collection of women's clothing and accessories. Visit: Worldsapartonline.com.
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■ Joseph-Beth Booksellers: This huge space features a cafe and two floors of books, including a great selection of Kentucky authors and gifts with a local link. Visit: Josephbeth.com.
■ Woodland Art Fair: Hundreds of artists gather in Woodland Park for this outdoor event each year in August to display and sell their work. Merchandise includes paintings, jewelry, metalwork and pottery. Food and drink vendors, live music and free admission make this one of the city's most popular events. Visit: Lexingtonartleague.org.
■ Coffee Times Coffee House: Take home bags of freshly ground coffee or tea, or stick around the café and shop for unique cards, mugs, T-shirts and more. In 2007, the owners opened Street Scene next door at 2575 Regency Road, home to vintage and unique clothing, furniture and decor. Visit: Coffeetimescoffee.com.
■ Peggy's Gifts and Accessories: This locally owned boutique features home decor, jewelry and accessories, including items with a Kentucky theme. Visit: Peggysgifts.com.
■ John's Run/Walk Shop: Since 1978, dedicated runners and weekend walkers alike have counted on this store for hands-on help in picking the perfect shoes and accessories. Visit: Johnsrunwalkshop.com.
■ Good Foods Market & Café: This longtime Lexington destination contains a market and a café with a selection of organic meats, cheeses and other foods, as well as Kentucky soaps and lotions, including Sunflower Sundries and Little Brush Creek Farm. Visit: Goodfoods.coop.
■ Fayette Mall and Hamburg Place: There are times when you want the no-fuss familiarity of big-name chain stores, and you'll find plenty of them at these two sites.
Fayette Mall's anchor stores include Macy's and Dillard's, and the mall features a host of other nationally known names, including The Gap, J. Crew and Sephora. Visit: Shopfayette-mall.com.
The Hamburg shopping area features acres of stores that include Kohl's, Target, H.H. Gregg and Ulta. Visit: Hamburgplace-lexington-ky.com.
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