Join in a 27th annual tradition in the most eclectic community of Louisville. Bardstown Road Aglow returns to the Highlands this Saturday, December 1, 2012. Presented by Four Roses Bourbon, entertainment and trolleys will line the streets as your favorite shops celebrate the season with special sales. Don’t miss Santa arriving on the Thirsty Pedaler for the Big Tree Spruce Light-up at Wendy’s at 5:30 p.m. and then follow him to Bearno’s Pizza for photos. Be sure to visit the 4th annual Beer Festival. Participate in the Bourbon Battle by voting for your favorite Four Roses holiday drink at a choice of fourteen restaurants. Bardstown Road Aglow extends down Bardstown Road and will include Douglas Loop, Barrett and Baxter Avenues.
The Highlands is packed with restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries and more. According to Caroline Knop of the Highland Commerce Guild, approximately 10,000 to 15,000 attend Bardstown Road Aglow. Many businesses are independently owned and strive to bring awareness to buy local. Well-known stores, such as Wild and Woolley Video and Why Louisville, proudly support and promote the campaign known as Keep Louisville Weird.
Kizito Cookies, owned by Elizabeth Kizito, is always a delicious, sweet stop on Bardstown Road. Located across from Impellizeri’s Pizza, Kizito has been baking and selling cookies for 35 years. With orders requested from all over the country, Kizito said, “the holidays are always a busy time for us.” What some people may not know is that Kizito offers a unique gift shop within the bakery with merchandise made by people in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. “New this year is an ornament of Santa on a camel’s back that is very popular,” Kizito added. In addition to beautiful, long necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, Kizito also sells beaded boxes in assorted shapes and colors. Known throughout the community as the ‘Cookie Lady’, you may find Kizito cookies at Heine Brothers Coffee shops, sporting events, and many Louisville establishments.
For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, visit Queen of Rags near Kizito cookies on Bardstown Road at Edgeland. Owner Cheryl Jaggers first opened a store in Louisville in 2000 on East Breckenridge Street. What started out as idea to offer used clothing at an affordable price for mothers and children, soon developed into something grander. In order to meet requests for vintage clothing, Jaggers expanded the business. “I have had repeat customers from New York and Japan wanting vintage,” Jaggers said, “Vintage never goes out of style.” Queen of Rags has been opened on Bardstown Road for the past five years. The store includes a true variety from cat glasses and cowboy boots to furs and wedding dresses. Jaggers buys new and used items from estate sales, thrift stores and private individuals throughout Kentucky and Ohio. A special sale during Bardstown Road Aglow and the holiday season is buy one, get one half-off. There is no doubt the store will be busy on Saturday, but not to worry, discounts will have you coming back throughout the shopping season.
Bardstown Road Aglow’s activities will surely create a holiday spirit that you don’t want to miss. Park and walk the festive streets or hop on one of the trolleys between Douglass Loop and Lexington Road. Avoid traffic by parking at Winston’s Restaurant at Sullivan University and take a free shuttle to Douglas Loop. Visit the Highland Commerce Guild’s website for more information.