Nulu: Part of the cultural revolution in Louisville, Kentucky

2nd Annual NuLu Holiday Open House
Date: November 17, 2012
Time: 10am – 7pm

Holiday Shopping Event Celebrating the Revitalization of Retail in the East Market District of Louisville, KY-
The East Market District is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual NuLu Holiday Open House, featuring local retailers and restaurants that will be open extended hours and offering specials/discounts and refreshments.

Students from Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School will add to the holiday spirit with performances throughout the day along East Market Street. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public holiday shopping event will take place on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. along East Market Street.

For more information
including a long list of participating retailers and restaurants
please see the EVENTS page.

First Annual Nulu Festival, 2011

Nulu: Part of the cultural revolution in Louisville, Kentucky

Twelve years ago, a cultural revolution began in Louisville Kentucky similar to the one that happened in Austin, Texas three years before that. It centered around a district less than a mile from the downtown office buildings and such favorite sights as the Louisville Slugger Museum. This five-block stretch has quickly become one of the city’s favorite dining destinations, rivaling the long-established Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue eateries. Several upscale dining establishments, such as Rye, which just opened in February, and Decca, a three-story restaurant and lounge that made its debut in March joined a growing number of cafes, bars, boutique shops, home goods stores and art galleries in the area.

East Market street in Louisville, was almost desolate for much of the 20th century, except for a few  merchants. Fortunately for the area, in 2000 Paul Paletti, an attorney, decided to open his law offices there. He was an avid photography collector and soon opened a gallery on the ground floor of his building.

Gradually other art gallery owners made the move to East Market Street. helping to transform the area to what is now known as NuLu. In November 2001, the  mayor decided to start a trolley hop the first Friday of every month that would stop at all the galleries in the area, which at that time didn’t even have a name. Pretty soon it came to be known as NuLu short for the New Louisville. The trolley hop became a huge success eventually bringing hundreds of both locals and visitors to the area.

Around the same time, Gill Holland and his wife, Augusta, former New Yorkers, snapped up properties in Louisville’s hip but slightly depressed East Market Street area, including a 110-year-old warehouse. They gutted it and transformed it into a cultural center named the Green Building. It opened in September of 2008 with an exhibition featuring nine local artists. On its ground floor, 732 Social, the second restaurant by the owners of the James Beard Award-nominated Basa, opened in October of the same year. Soon to follow were restaurants like:

1 Toast on Market 620 E Market St
2 Ghyslain Bakery, Breakfast/Brunch, French 725 E Market St
3 Mayan Cafe Latin American 813 E Market St
4 Harvest Restaurant American, Modern American 624 E Market St
5 Cake Flour Bakery, Coffee, Organic 909 E. Market Street
6 La Coop French 732 E. Market Street
7 Wiltshire On Market 636 East Market Street
8 Against the Grain Brewery… Pub Food, Sandwiches/Subs, Gastropub 401 E. Main St.
9 Decca Modern American 812 E. Market Street
10 Rye Tapas, Gastropub, Modern American 900 E Market St
11 Main Street Cafe  Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee, Sandwiches/Subs 217 E. Main St.
12 Please & Thank You Bakery, Breakfast/Brunch, Coffee 800 East Market Street
And many more.

Visitors will love this unique area, as the locals do. If you would like to attend Nulu’ssecond annual festival, check out the details highlighted above and be sure to book a room or two at one of Louisville’s amazing bed and breakfasts, some of which are within blocks of the Nulu district.

Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer/innkeeper
website: amemorabletimeofmylife