Monday September 20, 2004
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker will introduce the Frankfort Avenue Trolley (F.A.T.) – Louisville’s newest street party and shopping extravaganza – on Monday, Sept. 20, with a press conference at 11:30 a.m. outside the North End Café, 1722 Frankfort Ave.
“The growth of the trolley hops – the Bardstown Road Trolley, the First Friday Gallery Hop and now the Frankfort Avenue Trolley – both reflects, and contributes to, the vitality of the city’s commercial corridors, districts and arts community,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “The Frankfort Avenue Trolley will be a new entertainment venue for Louisville’s residents, and will attract thousands of visitors to one of our most distinctive retail corridors.”
The Frankfort Avenue Trolley will operate in the shopping districts of Butchertown, Clifton and Crescent Hill on the final Friday of every month beginning next Friday, Sept. 24. Most shops will be open until 9 p.m. and the scene will include performers, food samples, shopping specials, gallery openings and street-corner socializing.
A sampling of what’s planned:
• Crescent Hill Gallery, Frankfort Ave., will have an art opening of work by Spike Frederick, including many streetscapes of Crescent Hill.
• A preview of eyedia design it again, a new consignment furniture and home design store at 1631 N. Mellwood Ave., with music by Don King and John Jacob. The store will open for business in early October.
• Margaret’s, at 2700 Frankfort Ave., will have singer Michael Roy.
• Classic violinists will play at Dunbar-Bryant Art Studio,
• 2003 Frankfort Avenue, and Rawlings Antiques, 2005 Frankfort Ave. 2023 Antiques and Scott Nussbaum Antiques will have a rockabilly singer.
• Spectra Gallery at 2044 Frankfort Ave. will have an opening of four local jewelers.
• There will be 50 studios having Open Houses at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., and food by Little Peace Café.
• Butchertown Market will feature jazz music and samples of Luna Mercato spreads.
The free trolleys will run from Johnson Street in Butchertown on the westernmost end to the intersection of Frankfort Avenue and Cannons Lane on the east end. (See attached map.) The service will run about every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with stops at designated F.A.T. signs. The trolleys are provided by TARC and the service is financed by businesses along the route.
Patterned after the First Friday Gallery Hop that runs on Market and Main Streets, the Frankfort Avenue Trolley will specialize in bringing visitors to stores and restaurants. Along Frankfort Avenue alone there are seven antique stores, six galleries and 17 retail outlets, many of them featuring crafts and gifts.
New venues are welcome to join the tour and additional sponsorships are welcome. Contact F.A.T. Chairwoman Lynn Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-5966.