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Ten local attractions join to create
Paris Antiques and Gallery District

Ten area business have joined to for a new antiques and gallery district in downtown Paris, Ky. (Photo by Bibby Shiflet.)

Ten business have joined to form a new antiques and gallery district in downtown Paris. (Photo by Bobby Shiflet.)

 

Visitors to Central Kentucky have a new destination for art and antiques as 10 Paris retail shops and galleries have joined together to form a new antiques and gallery district.

 

“For 10 years, the antique shops of downtown Paris have promoted each other and encouraged visitors to enjoy the ‘Horses, History and Hospitality’ of Paris with our ‘yellow card’ listing the shops and galleries,” said Lyn Layton, owner of Loch Lea Antiques. “Now we’re recognizing this as a destination and 10 Paris businesses have formed the “Paris Antiques and Gallery District”,” she announced on July 10.

 

The district currently features ten locations in six blocks of downtown Paris, starting at the corner of 8th Street and Pleasant with the Hopewell Museum, proceeding to 8th and Main, down Main Street four blocks, and back over to Pleasant and 4th Street for Graham’s Antiques.

 

“We range in longevity from 27 years on Main Street to less than a month and each business has its own specialty, but collectively we are ten reasons for people who like art and antiques to visit Paris, enjoy the seven downtown restaurants and other great shops and spend the day in Paris,” said Dan Graham, whose Graham’s Antiques is one of the two emporiums on the list for all ten years.

 

The Paris Antiques & Gallery District has a Facebook Attractions page where people who become fans of the page can stay posted regarding specials and events at each of the ten members. The district will be doing cooperative advertising and is updating the ‘yellow card’ to reflect its new identity.

 

“Some people at Lil’s Coffee House just this week were commenting on how Paris is both friendly and beautiful, and how unusual that combination is in their experience,” said Lyra Miller, of Lil’s Coffee House. “The ‘yellow card’ and our willingness to help people find activities to enjoy in Paris plays a big role in that.”

 

The ten members of the Paris Antiques & Gallery District, in walking order, are:

 

Hopewell Museum at 800 Pleasant Street (current feature exhibit is Kentucky Masterworks on loan from the Speed Museum, through Aug. 25.)

 

• Blandon M. Cherry Antiques at 807 Main (Blandon Cherry, owner / known for fine Kentucky antiques and art),

 

• A la Paris Uniques & Antiques at 706 Main (Cristal Dungan, owner / known for a blend of antiques and repurposed items.)

 

Lil’s Coffee House (Lyra Miller, owner / known for espresso coffee drinks and home cooking served at an original 1940’s soda fountain counter.)

 

Ardery’s Antiques at 627 Main (Betty Lewis, owner / occupying the rest of the historic J.J. Newberry building and known for a wide assortment of vintage to contemporary, including equine, items.)

 

• Frames on Main Gallery at 630 Main (Bobby Shiflet, owner / known for vintage restored photos, original portraits by Tony Leonard and gallery of Bobby Shiflet photographs.)

 

Loch Lea Antiques at 624 Main (Lyn and Gordon Layton, owners / known for fine Kentucky and equine antiques and books.)

 

Gallery St. George at 431 Main (Regina Raab, owner / known for Raab’s original sporting and equine paintings.)

 

• Fairbanks Antiques & Stuff at 420 Main (Patty Fairbanks, owner / known for 15,000 square feet of antiques and “stuff.”)

 

• Graham’s Antiques at 103 East 4th Street (Dan Graham, owner / known for a wide variety of furniture, pottery, paintings, rugs and more.)

 

Each of the members have their own hours, which are listed on the Paris Antiques & Gallery District card.

 

“These are all locally owned businesses operated by their owners who strive to make visitors happy with their experience, including pointing out features like the Horse Walk of Fame along Main Street, the Wallis Arboretum, the John Fox Jr. Genealogical Library and Duncan Tavern. Hopefully the District will be one more thing to make Paris proud,” said Margaret Layton, also of Loch Lea Antiques.

 

Click here for a printable map all Paris Aniques and Gallery District business locations

 

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