Last week was one hell of a 7venture. The lady and I packed up the car and hit the road to Louisville, KY to stay with our friends, Andrew and Sabrina. With tickets to see Dr. Dog at the Mercury Ballroom , we were pumped!
Rather than filling this 7venture with a bunch of recap text, I prefer to highlight the people I met and spent time with on this trip. Let the photos do the talking, I say. The full photo gallery will be at the very end. If you ever have plans to go to Louisville, I really hope this post will help you weed out some of the bullshit google will tell you to do while there. Shoot me an email with any other questions about the trip. Enjoy, friends!
The first morning in Louisville, Andrew took me on a bike adventure all around town. We even hit the bridge over to Indiana and back. When he is not putting miles on one of his many bikes or getting his yoga on, you can find Andrew turning wrenches at Parkside Bikes. Andrew is a super passionate and humble bike mechanic, Parkside Bikes is lucky to have him.
Meeting Sally Bird was one of the best local guides we could ask for. Sally runs a clothing culture shop in Louisville called Dot Fox. Tons of funky things from all over fill this little place. Between us buying the finger puppets from Peru, Sally gave us directions to all the yummy local places to eat. Chatting with her was such a treat. Sally, you are my spirit animal.
Looking for a core skateshop while in Louisville? Home Skate Shop has got you covered. With 20 years in the game, Home lives up to it's name. You walk in feeling right at, you know, home. Meeting Tom was crucial in getting the lowdown on the local skate scene. Hopefully on the next trip out there we'll get to go skate together.
Against the Grain Brewery & Restaurant is a must to check out if you are wanting gorge yourself in killer BBQ and kick ass beers. From the walls to the halls, this place is full of characters. Our server Brian Labore is the perfect example. If getting the fermentation process tattooed on your arm isn't a sign that you love what you do then I don't know what is!
A tea shack? Hell Yes!!! Hillbilly Tea Shack was stellar on multiple levels. The first being the warm greeting by the hillbilly himself, Brent Mathis. Our lunch and tea were full of wild flavors. When Brent isn't brewing up, you can probably find him strumming out some tunes. Thanks for the extra sauce and chicken wing, Brent!
So I never knew you could get spa wasted. Kelly and I definitely got spoilt at Calospa. Our good friend Sabrina, blew our minds with her mastery of facials. If you are looking for some "Big Primpin" in the Louisville area, go see Sabrina Willis at Calospa. It will change your life.
Our last night in Louisville we got weird. Things were a little blurry but at one of the hidden bars we stumbled into, we met Rusty. Apparently he is a local legend. People were telling us that they have dressed up like him for Halloween. So the story is, Rusty and his wife, travel around all the local bars at night and sell the beer zombies their homemade Beef Jerky. So if you are in Louisville and are going out around Bardstown RD, keep your eyes peeled for Ol'Rusty. Get some jerky too! Yes, that is a donkey sticker on the bag...