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Butchertown Market: High on the Hog in Louisville

The Butchertown Market is a new, upscale shopping destination in a building that dates to the late-19th century. As the name implies, Butchertown was home in the early to mid-1880s to butchers and related businesses, including tanneries and blacksmiths, and later to numerous meat-packing companies. While the neighborhood is sometimes still “perfumed” by the Swift & Co. packing plant across the street, the Butchertown Market is doing its part to revitalize the area while preserving its historic architecture.   

The Butchertown Market building, constructed in the late-1880s, was originally home to a leather tanning operation and later to a soap factory, a paint company and a seed company. In the late-1990s, it was renovated and turned into commercial and office space. Its lofty, high-ceilinged spaces are now filled with home décor items, tableware, soaps and gourmet foods offered by several specialty shops: 

Work the Metal – If you want to set a table featuring the fleur de lis, Louisville’s symbol, this is the place. Work the Metal also carries bedding, draperies, jewelry, clothing and a wide selection of fancy switchplates – including some with fleurs de lis.

Canoe – Canoe, which features textiles, rugs, pottery, scarves and jewelry, mostly made by Central Asian artisans, is a riot of color and a gorgeous place to window-shop. 

Moss Hill Bath & Body Collection – Moss Hill received a big boost last year when its fleur de lis soaps were featured in Southern Living magazine. Despite the growth, all of Moss Hill’s soaps, lotions, candles and perfumes are still made in small batches from original recipes. The fragrances are fresh, not overpowering, and the packaging is beautiful.

Cellar Door Chocolates – Cellar Door features artisan chocolates including truffles in flavors such as champagne, espresso, cayenne pepper and bourbon.

Bourbon Barrel Foods – Here you’ll find small-batch gourmet sauces including Bluegrass Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Worcestershire Sauce and Kentuckyaki (Kentucky-style teriyaki), all aged in bourbon barrels. Bourbon Barrel Foods has been featured in publications including Esquire Magazine and the Boston Globe.

Hello Louisville Tip: If you work up an appetite while shopping, head to The Blind Pig, an acclaimed gastropub just two blocks away at 1076 E. Washington St. that also honors the neighborhood’s history.

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Carla Carlton
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