Eel Eye

What is your performer name or business name?
    Eel Eye

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    I’m a violinist/fiddler of about 9 years. I play a variety of styles, originals, and covers. I don’t play the fanciest stuff, but have a solid foundation and pretty good tone for a 9-year player- I also improvise and can jump in on almost anything. I have some experience busking but many of my musician friends tend to be pretty flaky. I’m joining this association in hopes of finding a somewhat more reliable strings player to jam and/or busk with regularly. Guitarists, banjo players, mandolin players, or bowed string players, please get in contact!
Please share your rates if applicable.
$50 per hr if solo, $80 per hr if duo
What category or genre?
acoustic music
What is your social media handle?
pineboxlouisville (facebook)
Your website or online page?
Pinebox Experience (facebook)
What contact information do you want us to share?
name and email, may be shared with interested musicians or those interested in having us perform.


What is your performer name or business name?

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    I like to play guitar and sing.

    Micah Chandler

What is your performer name or business name?

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    i love to share others with my violin music
Please share your rates if applicable.
What category or genre?
What contact information do you want us to share?
lawrence chandler

Alex Benoit

What is your performer name or business name?
    Alex Benoit

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    Alex has played in various bands where he was proficient on Bass guitar, Banjo, mandolin and dulcimer. He sings, as well, which is what led to him taking up the acoustic guitar. Singing and playing is now a way of life as Alex travels the world, sharing his musical gifts along the way.
Please share your rates if applicable.

What category or genre?
Americana, (so, country, bluegrass, acoustic this and that), gospel and CCM


What is your performer name or business name?

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    I don’t need any money I need to spread my message. My instagram is @foreiigntreyyy check me out im 19 years of age from Louisville ky
Please share your rates if applicable.

What category or genre?
Emo / Pop
What is your social media handle?
Your website or online page?
What contact information do you want us to share?
foreiigntreyyy at

These Outfits

What is your performer name or business name?
    These Outfits

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    It’s been 25 years since I’ve busked, so I’m looking to get back to it with original and inspirational music. In my humble opinion, busking is the freelance work of music!
Please share your rates if applicable.

What category or genre?
What is your social media handle?
None yet
Your website or online page?
None yet
What contact information do you want us to share?
None yet

Essence & Lil Essence

What is your performer name or business name?
    Essence & Lil Essence

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    Hip Hop
Please share your rates if applicable.
What category or genre?
Hip hop
What is your social media handle?
Essence & Lil Essence of Hip Hop
Your website or online page?
What contact information do you want us to share?
(833) EOHH-ENT

Slick Rick

What is your performer name or business name?
    Slick Rick

Please provide a short bio or description of your creative expression for us to share.
    I provide guitar and vocal music in the folk and soft rock genre
Please share your rates if applicable.

What category or genre?
Folk and soft rock
What is your social media handle?
Your website or online page?

What contact information do you want us to share?
radiouser at

CrossFit The Ville

About CrossFit the Ville:  the city’s premiere CrossFit gym since 2011.

CrossFit the Ville provides clients with a comprehensive health and fitness program tailored to your needs. We have experience in training professional athletes, weekend warriors and people just looking to get in shape and have a good time. We have developed a health and fitness program that is second to none. CrossFit the Ville Coaches are experts in the fields of sport-specific conditioning, injury prevention, lifestyle modifications, nutrition, and fitness. Our focus is to offer each member that trains in our facility a truly amazing experience as they work towards elite health and fitness.

Please contact us to get started!

Of course, the greatest key to your success is you. Achieving elite levels of fitness is a process that takes time, determination, and the watchful eye of our dedicated staff of coaches. Whatever your fitness level is today and whatever your fitness goals may be, we are there to help and guide you every step of the way. As with any endeavor, you may choose to participate in, having fun is the glue that holds it all together. CrossFit the Ville has no peer in the ability to foster a sense of accomplishment and team building amongst its participants. Yes, you will be challenged within your limits, but we assure you, you’ll end every workout with a smile and high-five.

KMAC Triennial Call for Artists Triennial Showcasing Contemporary Art of the Commonwealth to Open Late Summer 2019

Earlier this year, KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky announced the inaugural edition a new art triennial intended to “showcase contemporary art of the Commonwealth.” The first KMAC Triennial is slated to open in August of 2019. This juried, curated exhibition will feature artists based, or artists whose formative years were spent, in Kentucky.

The first KMAC Triennial jury is issuing a call for artist portfolio submissions, open now through February 1, 2019. Each submission requires an artist bio, CV, and three images of previous works (no larger than 300dpi). These can be install or detail shots of works, with the purpose being to show materials, process, skill, and context. The call is open to artists of all disciplines. Submissions will then be reviewed by a committee of art professionals from around the state, led by KMAC Curator Joey Yates; Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator and Museum Director at 21c; Dr. Emily Elizabeth Goodman, Curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at Transylvania University; and Matt Distel, Exhibitions Director at the Carnegie in Covington, KY. Once artists are selected, the Triennial jury will visit artist studios throughout the late spring of 2019, selecting and commissioning works for the show.

“The purpose of the KMAC Triennial is to learn. We wanted a dedicated, recurring show that would allow us to focus on artists from our state and to explore the narrative of contemporary art in the area around KMAC Museum,” said Yates. “Right now, it’s experimental, but we’re anticipating the KMAC Triennial becoming a key show for this region.”

The first KMAC Triennial will be on view at KMAC Museum in downtown Louisville from August – December 2019. A private vernissage for the show will be held before the show’s opening. Artists can learn more about the process and submit at For more information, or to schedule interviews, contact Maddie Tong, Communications Manager, at or by phone at 502.589.0102 ext 1007.

Pappy & Company

We are excited to share that in just a few days Papy and company will be joining the First Friday Hop and Opening in Nulu. Starting Monday at least through Christmas we are told that store hours will be 10-5 Monday-Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday’s.

” We will have all the merchandise available in the store that we have online, so it’s the first time people can shop our whole collection in person. We sell some of our items at wholesale locally and nationally but a very limited selection.” 

Pappy & Company and Chenault James Interiors will be headquartered at this location n with combined store in the front. They will continue to highlight artists from around the south east represented through Well and Wonder in partnership with art curator, owner, Louisville native, and awesome person Mollie Creason. They will also feature Elva Fields (another renowned creative Louisvillian with jewelry and a mix of vintage and handmade pieces.

About Pappy & Company 

Pappy & Company is a lifestyle brand inspired by our family’s bourbon business, The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. We make products that are well designed, high quality and appreciated in our own lives that we then get to share with our customers. We often collaborate with like-minded brands to create items that are the best in their class such as our coffee, syrup, and cigars. We sell everything from barware, home furnishings, clothing and accessories to specialty food products.

Chenault James Interiors is a high-end interior design business owned and operated by Chenault James, who is also sister and co-founder of Pappy & Company. Chenault’s signature design aesthetic is a mix of old and new, and also is inspired by our family’s traditions and style. Both companies are showcased here side by side to complement one other under one roof of a family business.

Press Release Template for First Friday Hop Events in Downtown Louisville

Need to send out a press release about your event in Downtown Louisville? Not sure where to start? Please see below for two easy to edit Press release template options to help you create a perfect ready to send pdf of your event to all media in Louisville. Don’t have a press release list to send to? Just ask! If you have an event in Downtown Louisville and need help getting the word out don’t hesitate to as for help getting the word out. Republic Bank First Friday Hop maintains about 70+ local media contacts we are happy to share with members, gallery owners, hops stops and sponsors of the hop. Just ask. 🙂

The first template included RBFFH branded content for events that fall on the hop. For all other events please use the second option with your own easy to add branding.

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Nanny Goat Books

Independent bookstore specializing in new, used, and vintage books. We are located in the NuLu neighborhood of downtown Louisville.

AC Hotel Louisville Downtown

AC Hotel Louisville Downtown is located in one of the city’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods. The NuLu (New Louisville) district features a wide range of independent retail stores, gift shops, restaurants, art galleries, quirky one-of-a-kind bars and more.  The bustling neighborhood of microbreweries, distilleries, the Flying Axes axe-throwing studio, nearby Waterfront Park and more make this location one of our most unique AC Hotel properties.  Named one of the top 18 best food neighborhoods in America by Thrillist, NuLu offers everything from BBQ, farm-to-table, American or bourbon-themed restaurants.

After a good night’s rest inspired by our plush bedding, and perhaps a quick workout in the AC Gym, guests can start their day with a light breakfast at the AC Kitchen, then within just steps of our doors, easily spend a day shopping, enjoying a drink at a nearby wine bar, taking a stroll or run across the Big Four pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River. There’s also plenty of entertainment with soccer matches and baseball games at nearby Slugger Field, or perhaps basketball or concerts at the KFC Yum Center arena, just blocks away. Waterfront Park also hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year. Everything is within walking distance.

At the end of the day, guests can then return and recharge with a drink and light snack at the AC Lounge, before heading back to their room to relax while streaming their favorite Netflix or Hulu shows on the large flat-panel TV.

There’s a lot to do here. Guests can be on the go all day long or relax as much as they want.

Republic Bank First Friday Hop joins FEAT of Louisville

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is a non-profit organization that actively supports and funds autism programs for the entire family. Created for families by families, FEAT of Louisville is dedicated to easing the autism journey through ongoing support, education and programs and the Republic Bank First Friday Hop is proud to participate in and support this community.

Join us!

Autism Friendly Business on the Hop

For the most up to date list please see the FEAT member list here. This is just a limited list of our many hop members and event locations that are part of the Autism Friendly Businesses you will find while on the hop.

Autism Friendly resources on the Hop

Where to find a quiet place while traveling on the hop?
The Kentucky Science Center has designated quiet places while traveling on the HOP. You may also find a comfortable place to reduce sensory input on the first floor of the Green building, the hall is usually quiet enclosed and has benches with windows to the courtyard for a quiet moment to reset. You may also find a nice quiet place to sit and reset on South 4th street at the 4th Street Live! food court, it is enclosed, quiet, away from the lights and offers quick access to public restrooms.

ADA and Wheelchair Accessibility on the Hop

All TARC routes are wheelchair accessible. The front of every TARC bus has priority seating for seniors and citizens with disabilities. All TARC routes feature buses with either lift mechanisms or ramps to assist customers in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments.

Call for Young Artists in Louisville for Sister Cities!

Sister Cities of Louisville is calling for young Louisville Artists to join a National Artist and author Showcase!

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Students from national and international sister city member communities interpret an annual theme and send their work to Washington, DC where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography are announced for the national competition, the works go on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis, and the grand prize winners receive $1000 each.

2018 Theme: The Art of Diplomacy This year’s theme, “The Art of Diplomacy”

highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and the many ways that people cultivate relationships across cultures.

Deadline to submit entries : April 10th Entries due to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764)

Rules & Requirements:

Student must be 13 – 18 years old Art must be 2D, unframed, and no larger than 24 in x 36 in (61 cm x 91.5 cm) One submission per student.
LOCAL WINNERS – One (1) Winner will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 18 years old Essays: 500 words or less | Poems: 200 words or less Multiple entries allowed
WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners in each category will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 22 years old Submit photos via Instagram with the following: @SisterCitiesLouisville, #SCL_YAAS2018, and photographer City/State/Country Multiple entries allowed
WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

Student must be 13 – 22 years old Film must be 1-10 minutes in length Film must be submitted to Cinequest
Film must be submitted to Cinequest WINNERS – All Local entries will be judged in Washington DC. One (1) Grand Prize Winner and One (1) Finalist will be announced in June.


Art & Literature entries should be submitted to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764) Local Winners and finalists will be announced on Sunday, April 15th at the Sister Cities’ Spring Bash – National Winners will be announced in June All art, photography, and writing entries will be published online with Sister Cities of Louisville and Sister Cities International All winners and finalists will be displayed at the 2018 Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado and go on a tour to select cities across the U.S. There is NO FEE for art, writing, or photography entries. There is a $25 fee for film entries. There is a $25 return fee per art piece for the Young Artists Showcase if the program/artist wants the art returned.

Download the official PDF:

call for artists

Howard Bingham Gallery at the Ali Center

Howard Bingham Gallery

An exhibit space that initially focused on the exceptional photography of Mr. Howard Bingham, the Center’s Honorary Curator of Photography. Mr. Bingham was a devoted friend to Muhammad Ali since 1962, and is also a Board Member of the Center. The Gallery is now a key space for special art exhibitions held at the Center.

LeRoy Neiman Gallery at the Ali Center


The LeRoy Neiman Gallery is located on the second level, just down the hall from the Main Lobby and adjacent to the Auditorium. The unique two-level 1,600 square foot space gallery contains LeRoy Neiman artwork of Muhammad Ali throughout the room, giving the space a warm and colorful feel.

LeRoy Neiman was an American artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events. Mr. Neiman’s Impressionistic paintings in “Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing” are brilliantly colored, some dashed off quickly, as if he were trying to catch up to the immediacy of a photograph, or a punch, “LeRoy Neiman was able to capture the motion” Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator of the Kalinsky photos, said. Mr. Neiman, who died in 2012, was a boldface personality and self-made celebrity who painted and sketched on live television. Mr. Neiman met the Ali first, in 1962, in the dressing room of St. Nicholas Arena in Manhattan, where the brash 20-year-old was about to fight Billy Daniels.

The story goes, Mr. Neiman was sketching Ali, contemplative, with his hands taped and about to have his gloves fitted. The curious boxer grabbed the sketchbook.

“I can do that,” he told Mr. Neiman. “Gimme that thing.”

And he drew a small picture of himself, as well as a jet and a sleek car with tail fins and signed it: “By the Great Cassius Clay. Next Champ. By 1963.”

Mr. Neiman often noted that he saw his paintings as semi-journalistic chronicles. Tara Zabor, director of operations at the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, said: “He recorded everything that happened around him. He treated his sketchbooks as a kind of journal. He wrote what was happening so he could tell the story.”

leroy neiman

The Muhammad Ali Center will be going BOGO for the Republic Bank First Friday Hop so bring a friend and enjoy buy one get one free every First Friday.

Guided by Muhammad Ali’s six core principles, the Muhammad Ali Center features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries.

Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international educational center designed to inspire a journey to achieve personal and global greatness through the six core principles lived by Muhammad Ali. The six core principles are Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality. The center offers programming and social initiatives around social issues such as education, gender equality and global citizenship.

The center itself features a non-traditional visitor museum experience, educational and public programming, and global initiatives, the Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission: To preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

Last admission is at 4:15 p.m. EST each day.
$12 Adults
$11 Seniors (65+)
$8 Military
$8 Students with ID
$7 Children (6-12)

*Additional charges apply for visiting temporary exhibits.

Members and children five and under are free. For groups of 20 or more, contact Morgan Szabo at 502.992.5340 or for special rates.

Updated Zerobus “trolley” stop Map for 2018

Walk and ride the Hop! The maps have been updated for 2018. Print one off and join us Downtown!
First Friday Hop Gallery Tour – Where to go What to do and who to see! Times are set so people joining late can catch up with us. This tour will start at 5:30 and run until 10pm. You can join us at any time and any number of people may show up. You can also take the tour on your own time and at your own pace. The tour can be done on foot, using the free Zerobus “eco-trolley”, by car or by bike (your own or on a Louvello rental bike). If you prefer horseback that is fine too! However you prefer to travel as long as it is safe.
If you walk the whole tour it is roughly 5 miles round trip and takes about 2 1/2 hours if you don’t stop. If you spend 10-15 minutes at each gallery the tour takes a little over 4 hours, give or take an hour. Find an interactive map here:

Start on South 4th Street 5:30-6pm:
Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile (572 S. 4th)
Regalo (562 S. 4th)
Cellar Door Gallery in the Cafe (601 S 4th St)
Block Party Hand Made (560 S 4th St)
Avenue E Gallery (536 S 4th St)
Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Center (301 S. 4th St.)

Head North to Main Street 6-7pm:
Koi Gallery at the Galt House Hotel (140 N Fourth St #328)
Ali Center 3 Galleries, (144 N 6th St)
Ina B. Bond Gallery at the Ali Center
Howard Bingham Gallery at the Ali Center
LeRoy Neiman Gallery at the Ali Center
Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Main Lobby (501 W Main St)
Warp Zone Game Developers Gallery (607 W Main St)
Awesome Opossum Gallery @ The Alley Theatre (631 West Main St.)
The Normandy Gallery (641 W Main St)
KMAC Museum (715 W Main St)
21c Museum Gallery (700 W. Main St.)

Head West to Museum Row 7-8pm:
Kentucky Science Center Bubble Gallery in the Main Lobby (727 W Main St)
Art Eatables Eatable Gallery (819 W Main St)
The Frazier History Museum integrated art exhibitions (829 W Main St)
Baseball Bat, Ball and Glove Sculpture Park at Louisville Slugger (800 W Main St,)
Caufield’s Novelty (1006 W Main St,)
E&S Gallery (108 S. Tenth St.)
Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery (815 W Market St)
Payton Glass Activity Center and Glass Gallery (815 W Market St #100)
Ah Whatta ‘Bout Mimi Balloon Sculpture and Bon-Bon Art (701 W. Market St.)

Catch a Zerobus to Nulu 8-9pm:
Wayside Christian Mission Gallery ( 432 E Jefferson St)
Zephyr Gallery (610 E Market St,)
Joe Ley Antiques 615 E Market St
Swanson Contemporary 638 E Market St
garner narrative contemporary fine art 642 E Market St,
Red Tree 701 E Market St
Revelry Boutique Gallery 742 E Market St
The Green Building Gallery 732 E Market St,

Head North for Butchertown:
Black Heart Gallery 124 N Clay St
Quills’ Firehouse Gallery 802 E Main St
Suspend Aerial Arts and Cirque Fitness & Gallery 721 E Washington St
Hyland Glass Studio and Gallery 721 E Washington St

Travel East for the Butcher block:
Moremen Moloney Gallery 939 E Washington St
Pyro Gallery 1006 E Washington St,
First Light Photography Gallery 1009 E Main St

• What to bring
Your cellphone, cameras are welcome, if you plan to walk be comfortably dressed for the walk and weather. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a leash and take care inside the galleries. Almost the galleries are dog friendly but please ask when you enter.

• Important to know
Zerobus stops running at 7pm. Some galleries on South 4th close at 8pm. Nulu stays open late. 21C is on the tour but does not coincide with the 5:30 docent tour. Note to parents, the gallery tour is child friendly. KMAC features a fun hands on area and Normandy Gallery, Awesome Opossum and Warp Zone often feature kid-fun art games. You may see artistic nudity, 21c has 4 fully nude sculptures on permanent display. Most galleries off ADA access. Please call ahead for specific details.

Print Hop Stops – Updated March 2018:
3218 first Friday members


TARC Downtown Map 2018

Where is the best place to hold a wedding party in Downtown Louisville?

Having a wedding or wedding reception in Louisville and need something fun to entertain the guests without breaking the budget?

Here are the top best things to do in Louisville on the cheap.

  1. The Republic Bank First Friday Hop
    • Where: Downtown Louisville
    • What: Gallery openings, wine tastings, window and boutique shopping, music, shows, walking tours and great street food.
    • When: Every First Friday, all day long
    • How much: Free events and free transportation
    • Why: Why is the Hop perfect for a wedding party? The Hop offers free transportation for groups up to 30 or more at a time on the Zerobus all day long from 7am til 7pm and connects you to over 150 unique stops in Downtown Louisville from the Louisville Visitor Center and Belle of Louisville for your out of town guests to great local night life spots like restaurants and galleries in NuLu, Butchertown, Museum Row and South 4th as well as all the best Downtown Louisville hotels.
    • Reservations required: No reservations are required! Just check out the latest events on the Hop event page and make your own itinerary! There is always something fun and exciting to see, do and taste on First Friday!
  2. Get all access passes to Museum Row
    • Where: 600- 800 west main and Market Street
    • What: Visit 6 great museums all in one day in just a few blocks in Downtown Louisville.
    • When: Year Round
    • How Much$31.99 for Adults(13+) $24.99 for Children(6-12)
    • Why: Get 6 museums for a fraction of the price! Fill a day with fun and entertainment for your family and guests as they mingle on Main street. Bonus there are amazing photo opportunities on every corner so bring your photographer. Your ticket includes admission to these exciting attractions! Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC Museum*, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts*, Peerless Distilling Co and the 21c Museum.
    • Reservations Required: Purchase tickets any time at Museum Row on Main.
  3. Shake it up on South 4th Street
    • Where: 300 – 800 South 4th Street
    • What: South 4th Historic Store Fronts, Theaters, restaurants and boutiques topped off with 4th Street Live!
    • How Much: Free with Free Zerobus trolley service.
    • Why: From the stunning bridal boutique at Modern Trousseau to the most iconic theater spaces in Louisville, South 4th street is the perfect pairing of vintage style and modern flair. Where bar hopping includes two of the top awe inspiring roof top views, and two of the best locally made chocolatiers as well 5 fabulously affordable art galleries and a  hip haberdasher, your wedding party will be thoroughly wowed while your budget will stay perfectly petite.
    • Reservations Required: Shopping and strolling is always free but do call ahead if you plan to tour the Palace Theater or eat as a group at 8up or SET.
  4. Tour Nulu
    • Where: 500 – 900 East Market and Main
    • What: NuLu Business District
    • How Much: Free with Zerobus Circulation. Parking is limited so plan to park at Slugger and catch the Zerobus.
    • Why: Keeping Louisville weird since 2001, NuLu is the hip spot on the Hop. Ever changing, always growing NuLu is now a dense and sprawling landscape of bars, galleries, shops and restaurants. A perfect spot for a stroll day or night.
    • Reservations: Call ahead to confirm with each location you plan to attend.

“It’s so hot we’re making the bourbon balls naked.” (The Bourbon balls not the people.)

Sarah G., one of the many brilliant minds behind Cellar Door Chocolates sat down to talk 10th Anniversary, chocolate, dog rescue, Downtown Louisville Love, and why they are “making their Bourbon Balls Naked!” Yes, naked. Thanks to the incredible heat this summer, Cellar Door is now making the bourbon balls naked, a process you can view up-close and personal from the public side of their glass walled bean-to-bar production kitchen in Butchertown.

Making Naked Bourbon Balls at Cellar Door: a dramatic reenactment Now, before you start envisioning a more risque version of Lucille Ball’s famous entrepreneurial chocolate adventure happening on the back side of the Butchertown Market I should clarify; it’s the buxom bourbon balls going au natural, not the fine chocolate slinging staff. Sitting in the brisk production space, a fully clad Sarah explained, “Chocolate is very sensitive to heat so we have had to make some accommodations.” including undressing the bourbon balls which normally are ostentatiously robed in shimmering individual colors to signify their interior flavor.

RBFFH: “So you are not naked while you make the chocolates?” 

Sarah G:“No, not at all! It’s 40 degrees back there, we would all freeze to death! Ha! All 16 flavors look the same, like a classic box, and we get super organized before we foil everything.”

Each of the 16 newly nude chocolate pieces will now be bearing all in the open window of a classic museum-style chocolate box. The change is not permanent though. “Naked” bourbon balls will be available on a limited basis as dictated by the weather. So, if you are a minimalist, enamored with with enjoying a decadently unpretentious box of unadorned chocolates, snag some while it’s hot.

What else is happening at Cellar Door? Each Saturday in July the downtown location (601 A South Fourth St.) has been featuring adoptable friends from Saving Sunny, Fat Heads, Barktown Rescue, The Arrow Fund and the Kentucky Humane Society in order to raise money for their foundations, with a huge Paw-ty on July 29th to celebrate their 1oth anniversary of chocolate making. The 10th anniversary will celebrate turning 70 in dog years with the pups they love so much including adoptable pups and awesome treats for both 4 legged and 2 legged friends.

Cellar Door Chocolates, one of our featured Republic Bank First Friday Hop hot spots, can be found in 3 locations: Butchetown Market, South 4th Street, and Oxmoor Mall, but that is not the only place you can find the fab confections. They are staking out some serious territory all over Louisville from comic conventions to Haute Couture boutiques. They have pioneered one of Louisville’s first bean to bar cafes (with a glassed-in area open to public viewing), and have shared over 40,000 pieces of chocolate as the official chocolate of events like “Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys” and “Churchill Downs and Secretariat.” Get all the info on the confection masters on their website and latest press release listed below.



Erika Chavez-Graziano, Owner
Sarah Gaither, Client Liaison
Cellar Door Chocolates
601a South 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Cellar Door Chocolates Turns 70!
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary in Dog Years

Louisville, KY June 27th, 2017 – Cellar Door Chocolate announces the celebration of their 10th year in
business with a community wide event giving back to our less fortunate four legged friends. “The
community has played a big part in our success and we have decided to give our ten year anniversary to
the dogs.” – Erika Chavez Graziano – Cellar Door Chocolates. For the entire month of July, Cellar Door
Chocolates will be giving 10% of each purchase from the downtown location to a different animal
foundation. Their downtown location will be serve as a pop up adoption facility and on July 29th they
will be hosting a huge celebration with multiple local businesses and any of the remaining un-adopted pets!

Each Saturday in July the downtown location (601 A South Fourth St.) will feature adoptable friends
from Saving Sunny, Fat Heads, Barktown Rescue, The Arrow Fund and the Kentucky Humane Society in
order to raise money for their foundations and hopefully help some furry friends find forever homes.
The downtown location will also feature pup attire from The Mysterious Rack and Handmade by Peake
to encourage any current dog owners that are coming to the party to participate in our best dressed contest!

The Paw-ty on July 29th will include adoptable pups from Saving Sunny Inc., Fat Heads, Barktown
Rescue, The Arrow Fund, The Kentucky Humane Society as well as goodies from Eight Up, Brendan’s
Catch 23, The Comfy Cow, Macaron Bar, The Highland Dog and Rocko’s Rewards. Cellar Door
Chocolates is thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate their success with such great groups
throughout our community and are looking forward to seeing all of you there!

About Cellar Door Chocolates
Cellar Door Chocolates opened in 2007 as a small batch wholesale chocolate confectionery in Louisville,
KY with a reputation for handmade truffles, buttercreams, sea-salt caramels and a wide selection of
other chocolate treats. Since then Cellar Door has opened not one but three retail locations, traveled
to Los Angeles, CA and shared over 40,000 pieces of chocolate as the official chocolate sponsor of the
66th, 67th and 68th Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys. As well as becoming the official chocolate of
Churchill Downs and Secretariat. For more information, please visit us at any of our three locations or at:


MOREMEN MOLONEY, a contemporary art gallery, located in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood, was founded by art enthusiast and collector Susan Moremen and interior designer Susan Moloney Byrd. The gallery’s focus is a continually evolving selection of  contemporary art by established and mid-career artists including works by emerging Cuban artists.

MOREMEN MOLONEY showcases work that deserves more than a passing glance, work that is provocative yet approachable, work that is timeless, pleases the eye and lives in harmony in its place.

Market Place Restaurant

Marketplace Restaurant offers unique cuisine with an alluring dining experience with southern roots and a strong French & Mediterranean influence.

Located in the old Kentucky Theater in historic Theater Square, Marketplace Restaurant serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients as well as the highest quality seafood & meats. Located just minutes from The Brown Hotel, The Palace and numerous other hotels & venues, Marketplace’s hospitality makes for a memorable place to enjoy everything from an after-work cocktail to a private event.

The restaurant offers a charming upscale patio tucked away from the hustle of downtown Louisville, a dining experience full of southern flair & passion, and a bourbon list fit for the Urban Bourbon Trail and any bourbon connoisseur’s dream including specialty spirits shop opened Monday through Saturday
11am – 9pm for awesome Kentucky Proud gifts.