Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday 2011 Shopping in Louisville

For Black Friday 2011we decided to get out of Indianapolis and shop Louisville, one of our favorite cities just 90 minutes from Indy.  We had considered trying to get some of the great Black Friday deals, like a $199 flat screen, but after seeing the line of people camped out (literally - with tents and picnic tables) in Greenwood, we thought we'd go to Louisville for a fun day at some of our favorite places.

We got to Clarksville just in time for lunch.  Clarksville is on the Indiana side of the river just north of Louisville.  We love good BBQ, so you won't be surprised to find out we ate lunch at Famous Daves, one of our top choices for BBQ in Indiana.  We like the lunch specials at Famous Daves that let us have a great lunch for only about $20.

After lunch we headed to Bass Pro in Clarksville.  Bass Pro is a great outdoor store with camping, fishing, hunting and even lots of golf equipment.  Just walking inside this Bass Pro is an adventure.  They have a two story tall water feature and they do fishing demonstrations pretty much daily.  For those of us old enough to remember, the Bass Pro in Clarksville is actually in what used to be an old festival mall.  Bass Pro took over and remodeled an entire wing of the mall, making this one of the largest Bass Pro shops in the country.  Even if you are not much of an outdoorsman and you think there is nothing for you at Bass Pro, this place is really spectacular and worth a visit.

From Bass Pro we headed into Louisville, which took a little extra time because of traffic on the 65 bridge.  The 64 bridge is currently closed for emergency repairs which is creating some real traffic jams on the 65 bridge, especially during rush hour.  About a month ago we sat in traffic in Louisville for almost an hour waiting to get across the bridge and come home.  Because Black Friday is pretty much a holiday traffic was light and we had just a few minutes of a delay.

One of our favorite places to visit in Louisville is Bardstown Road, which is an incredible pedestrian shopping area filled with independent shops and restaurants.  This area is filled with antique stores, coffee shops and boutiques, and we always go to a Tuesday Morning store that is at the loop.  Bardstown Road is a lot like historic Frankfort Avenue.

Eventually we made our way to our favorite malls out on Shelbyville Road, Oxmore and Mall St. Matthews.  Oxmore has a really great three story Macys - much bigger and better than anything we can find in Indianapolis.  At St. Matthews, Dillards has two gigantic stores, with one for men and one for women.  Dillards has fantastic sales, often discounting their sale and clearance items another 40-50%, so we've learned to always visit on holidays.  Oxmore and St. Matthews might be a little like Keystone and Castleton in Indianapolis, but we think they are so much better we don't mind a short 90 minute drive.

We had a great Black Friday 2011, and even though we weren't in Florida, we always love a trip to Louisville.

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