Shopping at small businesses is a great way to support your local community, and there are plenty of them in and near downtown Lexington. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorites — most of which are close to Cowgill’s downtown communities, The Flats at 345 and studios180.

Fáilte Irish Import Shop

This local shop has been selling a diverse selection of goods from Ireland and Scotland to Kentuckians for over 18 years. They have everything from Celtic jewelry and Irish fragrances to imported foods. It’s only a 10-minute walk from studios180.

Shop Local Kentucky

Some of the best Kentucky gear comes from this local store, which sells clever and creative t-shirts, hats, accessories, and gift items. Be sure to follow their Instagram (@shoplocalky) to stay up to date on the latest releases.

Calypso Boutique

Calypso opened its doors in 2007. The small, local boutique is a favorite for Keeneland outfits, college formal dresses, and fun accessories. They’re super responsive on social media, so be sure to send them a DM on Instagram (@calypsoboutique) if you have any questions about their inventory!

Mulberry & Lime

Mulberry & Lime specializes in home furnishings, but it’s also a great spot to pick up gifts. They have bath accessories, candles, rugs, and more. Residents of The Flats at 345 and studios180 can easily walk to their North Lime location.


Peggy’s is another great spot for gifts. This shop, which has been open since 1990, sells clothing, jewelry, home décor, entertaining essentials, and gifts for any occasion. Whether you need some candles for your new apartment or a last-minute gift for a friend, Peggy’s has got you covered.

Chevy Chase Hardware

It’s always a good idea to have a go-to hardware store you know you can rely on. Chevy Chase Hardware is a small, locally-owned business that has supplies for home improvement, gardening, and crafting projects. They also have everyday essentials, like cleaning supplies, flashlights, lightbulbs, and laundry supplies.