FAT Friday Holiday Hop

I detest shopping malls, so it's no surprise that Black Friday shopping is my worst nightmare.  Where else but in America will we sit down to a huge meal and be thankful for what we have one day and turn around and fight each other over parking places and cheap toys the next?  Don't even get me started on those soulless, greedy national chains that are starting "Black Friday" on Thanksgiving Day this year.  I do appreciate that the Christmas season officially kicks off after Thanksgiving, though, so I am thrilled to have an alternative to traditional Black Friday.  Personal bonus:  it is practically in my backyard. 

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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) operates a free trolley service in downtown Louisville.  When I lived at the Galt House, I often took the trolley to daycare and to work.  Every last Friday night of the month, the Frankfort Avenue Business Association hosts a Frankfort Avenue Trolley (FAT) hop.  During the FAT Friday hops, the City's trolleys run in twelve-minute intervals along Frankfort Avenue from Cannons Lane to River Road, with stops at locally-owned shops, restaurants, and galleries.  This Friday, November 29th, there will be a special FAT Friday Holiday Hop with extended hours and many Frankfort Avenue business will offer discounts, refreshments, and even live music.

The 2013 Holiday Hop will run from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  One of my favorite local shops, Crescent Hill Trading Company, will serve hot cider and cookies; another, The Urban Farmhouse Market (seriously, y'all, check out the store's vintage BOOTS AND PEARLS t-shirts) will offer a 25% discount on all black items in honor of Black Friday. Margaret's Consignment will have a tarot card reader (!), and you can make a free tree ornament at Spot5 Studio/Clifton Art Supply with a receipt from another participating Frankfort Avenue business dated November 25 or after.  Make sure you stop at Heine Brothers Coffee ($1 small coffee) or Vint Coffee ($1 off holiday drinks - I recommend the Jack Frost Mocha) to warm up.  For a full list of special events at the Holiday Hop, please visit www.fatfridayhop.org.