Urban Louisville

Sure we all know what urban means, “in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town” but here at Alcott & Bentley we started wondering how does Louisville define urban? And what does the deliciously creepy building above have to do with this topic? Find out below.

IMG_0039[1] Urban Attic, conveniently located right next door to our store, offers both men and women’s gently used apparel at fantastic prices. But don’t confuse this with your run of the mill consignment shop, owner Amy has discerning eye for the extremely stylish pieces she chooses.



Urban Bourbon Trail is designed to encourage visitors that have visited our state’s many bourbon distilleries to visit 34 different Louisville area bars and restaurants to experience our take on bourbon. You can try anything from “mint julep pancakes, bourbon barrel smoked salmon, to bourbon ball milkshakes”. Each spot offers 50 to up to 174 different bourbons. While at these spots one can get a stamp for each place visited to redeem for free swag. For a full list of participating spots click here.

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Urban Farmhouse Market is a great little gift shop that features just about any type of vintage style gift you can think from jewelry to pillows. They also are known for their Boots & Pearls apparel.

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Urban Design Studio is a local design firm and forum with a difference “The mission of the Urban Design Studio (UDS) is to raise the communities awareness of better design practices for our built environment with a focus on moving our city and region towards a sustainable future. Through design charrette facilitation, workshops, meetings, classes and general outreach to the community, the UDS offers a central location to discuss issues in the community and work in a collaborative environment to come up with creative solutions for the betterment of all.”
Urban legends of Louisville are quite numerous and Louisville Ghost Hunters Society claims to have investigated many of them including the notorious former incarnation of today’s Central State Hospital, which was also known as Lakeland Asylum or Anchorage Asylum and gained notoriety for their cruel treatment of the patients housed there. It was located on Lakeland Road near Louisville’s Anchorage neighborhood, today one of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods (pizza guru John Schnatter of Papa John’s Pizza is a resident). Although it was an asylum many who were committed there were not mentally ill at all and the dead were buried in a indiscriminate manner with many having had no markers. Many family members have no idea where their loved ones are or what happened to them. There is even a website dedicated to helping ancestors find the dead. Sadly the hauntingly beautiful buildings were all bulldozed in 1996 and is now known as E.P Tom Sawyer Park ( named for the father of news anchor Diane Sawyer of ABC Nightly News). Note of interest, one of our designers once lived directly across the street from the gravesite seen below.
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