Block party perks up S. Limestone businesses

At first the crowds were light, but so was the mood Saturday night as the party eventually filled the block on South Limestone.

"It's just a really great turnout," said Stephanie Zaglul, owner of Zag's at 222 South Limestone, who spearheaded the event. As dozens milled about her small shop and a burly guy thumped away with some jazz guitar on the shop's porch entrance, Zaglul said she'd like to see the fest become a monthly event.

The event was billed as a way to support the small businesses that are coping with extended road construction on the downtown Lexington street. As the evening wore on, the sidewalks —in spots — were actually crowded.

Doug Yozwiak was enjoying a beer with friends in front of SoundBar as an Irish band strummed across the street and henna tattoos were being painted on hands in front of Bombay Bistro.

He like the closed street. In fact, the University of Kentucky graduate student said it would be great if ultimately the stretch of South Limestone between campus and Main Street could be developed into a pedestrian mall.

"I would like it," he said. "A lot of my friends would like it. This is a college town with nothing to do."