Angel's Envy Distillery

When I visited Louisville a couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to see all the renovations that are going on in the Whiskey Row district. It's going to be such a fun place to eat, drink, and discover Downtown Louisville!
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Whiskey Row is another fantastic example of Kentucky's growing Bourbon Tourism industry. It used to be that a few of bourbon's biggest labels boasted visitor centers. Now, there's the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Trail, a host of new labels popping up across the state, and tons of new ways to enjoy Kentucky's native spirit. 
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Yesterday, Angel's Envy Bourbon became the latest craft bourbon to add a presence on Whiskey Row. Along with Governor Steve Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer, the label founded by former Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Angel's Envy distillery and brand experience center on Main Street.
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The Angel's Envy center is not only great news for bourbon lovers. It also holds the promise of significant economic impact for Kentucky. With nearly $12 million in private equity investment and the promise of 40 new jobs, the distillery turns abandoned industrial spaces into a positive force for Kentucky's economy.

Architect's Rendering of the Angel's Envy Distillery
Architect's Rendering of Angel's Envy Event Space
I can't wait to visit the Angel's Envy complex, which opens in 2014. In the meantime, I think I'll acquaint myself with their spirits -- a bourbon aged up to six years, a limited edition Cask Strength label aged in ruby port wine casks, and a rye. You can learn more about Angel's Envy on their Facebook page and Twitter.

Have y'all tried Angel's Envy?

The HerKentucky Louisville List: Gilt.com Pop-Up Shop

So, we have some rather big news at my house. We're moving back to Louisville this summer!

There is so much to love about the Commonwealth's biggest city. Over the next couple of months, I'll be packing up our stuff and the dogs and making plans to join my beau, who's already there. Here on HerKentucky, I'll be compiling The Louisville List, a series of posts that highlight my very favorite things about the Derby City: things like the food, the parks, the volunteer opportunities, and the awesome neighborhoods. Oh, and did I mention the shopping?

Well, the shopping is pretty great. Louisville is home to some amazing boutiques. The malls are, hands down, the best in Kentucky. (Don't get me started on how, in high school, I seized every opportunity to travel the four hours from my hometown to Oxmoor Center, then boasted of my haul to my Benetton-deprived friends.) There's even the promise of a fancy new outlet mall. And, starting next week, Gilt.com will bring a unique pop-up shop to the East End. 

Y'all know Gilt.com, right? It's a flash-sale site for high-end clothing and home furnishings. You can find unique, luxurious items at a steal. Brands like Missoni, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, and  my imaginary BFFs Badgley Mischka. And now, for one month, they'll have their very first brick and mortar store. The fun starts next Friday, June 28, at The Shelbyville Road Plaza (4600 Shelbyville Road). I hope y'all can make it out to the Gilt Designer Outlet. In the meantime, here's your invitation to shop around on Gilt.com


I can't wait to re-discover one of my favorite cities, and I'm excited to do some shopping!

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