Lexington's Hot Spots

Michelle Aiello


The hottest destinations to shop, eat, play and everything in between! 

The Summit at Fritz Farm
Since opening in April, The Summit at Fritz Farm has been a popular outdoor shopping and dining destination for Lexington and surrounding areas. The property currently contains over 30 shops, restaurants and services, as well as beautiful outdoor seating, and a creatively designed children’s play area. The Barn, an all-local food hall, is coming in September 2017 and will include local favorites like Athenian Grill and Crank & Boom. When complete, the property will boast over 70 retailers and restaurants, 40 of them new to the market. So what’s new? Whole Foods Market has now completed the move from their former Lexington Green location and promises a larger selection across all departments with an emphasis on organic and locally-sourced products. Open restaurants now include Blaze Pizza, Grimaldi’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Steel City Pops, Ted’s Montana Grill, Texas de Brazil, and World of Beer. The Summit is also hosting a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m near Whole Foods.

Chevy Chase
Almost 100 years old, Chevy Chase is still one of the most desired areas in Lexington. The mixed use neighborhood features pedestrian friendly tree-lined streets, classic residential architecture, beautiful parks and top rated schools. There is no shortage of things to do in Chevy Chase! The famed Henry Clay Estate borders the neighborhood to the  east.  Woodland Park, Ecton Park and The Arboretum are also nearby. While Chevy Case is close to downtown, it features its very own dining and shopping district.  Euclid Avenue and High Street are lined with boutiques, bars and restaurants. It seems a new store or restaurant is popping up every month. The area welcomed Louie’s Wine Dive, Peplum and Prissy Peach this year. The Behr family will open a new restaurant concept, Bear & The Butcher, on Euclid later this summer. Chevy Chase’s historic and contemporary characteristics create a unique and distinctive aesthetic which serves as the identity of Chevy Chase.

Beaumont Centre
Beaumont Centre was one of the last undeveloped areas off New Circle Road, having begun development in the early 1990s. In the last few years, Beaumont has seen tremendous growth. In addition to single-family homes, townhouses and apartments, Beaumont includes a U.S. Post Office, a Kroger, Rosa Parks Elementary School, the Carol M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA, MoonDance Amphitheater, several hotels and dozens of other retail shops and restaurants. With its close proximity to the airport, city amenities, and with plenty of parking to spare, the Beaumont area has a lot to love. One of the biggest developments in recent years is Provision Living — a 91,000-square-foot assisted living senior facility on 4.2 acres. Slated to open this summer, it features restaurant-style dining, a library, and a bistro on the second floor that will open to a patio overlooking MoonDance Amphitheater. It will also feature a large, indoor courtyard where residents can have access to the outdoors in an enclosed and safe environment.

Distillery District
It’s a little known fact that the first registered distillery in Central Kentucky, the Ashland Distillery (R.D. #1) later known as “Old Tarr”, was located in Lexington. Constructed in the mid-19th century on Manchester Street, one of its warehouses is currently home to Manchester Music Hall. Every year, more businesses are unveiled in the trendy area just west of the Lexington Center and Rupp Arena. This growing neighborhood offers an exciting combination of Lexington’s historic past and active present, and recently, the campus was awarded the Blue Grass Trust Clyde Carpenter Award for Adaptive Reuse. Among newcomers are Goodfella’s Distillery- a multi-level, industrial chic pizza parlor and craft cocktail bar, and Bluegrass Distillers, a craft bourbon distillery. But one of the biggest projects –the reopening of the James E. Pepper Distillery – is still underway. The owners are in the process of renovating and rebuilding the 1879 distillery and are on track for production to commence by October 2017.

The Square
Formerly known as Victorian Square, the complex located at the corner of North Broadway and Main Street has seen its share of changes over the years. But since its rebranding a few years ago, there has been a multi-faceted effort to redevelop the downtown area, which fell on hard economic times during the recession. Several years ago, The Webb Companies and Cincinnati-based Jeffrey Anderson Real Estate took over the development and revamped the ground floor to attract fresh customers and tenants. At that time, new tenants included Urban Outfitters and several local and regional restaurants, such as Tony’s of Lexington, Saul Good, and Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen. This summer, three new companies will move into office space at The Square —the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Colonial Life, an insurance company, and C-Forward, a Covington-based information technology company. Will The Square be Lexington’s newest business center? Only time will tell.

Jefferson Street
Jefferson Street is the best of both worlds. The charm of old Lexington combined with modern restaurants, bars, retailers and event spaces makes for a vibrant social scene. In the last five years or so, old favorites like Stella’s Kentucky Deli, The Green Lantern (under new management and now serving coffee), and Nick Ryan’s have been joined by Enoteca, The Gray Goose, Blue Stallion Brewing, Wagon Bones, Wine + Market, Wingspan Gallery, The Apiary, and The Blue Heron.
Right now, Jefferson Street businesses are gearing up for their most exciting day of the year. In conjunction with the Keeneland Yearling Sale and presented by Beyond Grits, The Jefferson Street Soirée will celebrate local food, drink and music from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13.
“Keeneland and the Jefferson Street culinary corridor are uniquely Lexington,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “For the third consecutive year, this party will showcase one of the community’s culinary and cocktail hot spots for visitors and locals alike.”

Hamburg Place
Located east of downtown at I-75 and Man O’ War Boulevard, the Hamburg district is known throughout Lexington as a great place to work, eat, and of course, shop! The Hamburg Place development is home to over 2,000,000 square feet of retail space, 160 acres of professional and 1,000 acres of residential development. In addition to all the great shopping, Hamburg has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from including sit down and fast-casual, a 16-screen movie theater, and quiet subdivisions. Hamburg also contains plenty of lovely green space, including a horse cemetery. There are also several beautiful biking and walking trails throughout the area. But perhaps one of the most exciting developments in recent years is the brand new 62,000 square foot Whitaker Family YMCA. It features a state-of-the-art Aquatic Complex with 25-yard lap pool, a recreational pool with spray features and water slides, and spa area which includes a sauna, steam room and a whirlpool. It also includes a youth development wing for after school programs, camps and academic activities.

Warehouse Block
The area encompassing Kenwick, Mentelle Park, and Bell Court and bordered by the railroad tracks and Winchester road is a perfect example of creative urban restructuring. As the name suggests, the district’s businesses are comprised of a variety of rehabbed warehouses and industrial spaces. They now house a flourishing mix of restaurants, retailers, residential spaces, and service providers. National Provisions, housed in an old factory facing National Avenue, has gone out of business, and what will move into the space remains to be seen. Long-time Warehouse Block residents include House by JSD Designs, Blue Door Smokehouse, Dry Art Blow Dry Bar & Salon, Lucia’s World Emporium, and Kentucky Mudworks. New kids on the Block include Legendary Games (gaming shop), Bluegrass GreenSource, Dapple (advertising agency), The Breakout Games (escape game facility), Everything But The House (auction house), and Bella Forza Fitness (aerial arts studio). 

Lexington Green
Adjacent to Target and Fayette Mall, Lexington Green’s lakefront shopping provides an oasis in the midst of one of Lexington’s busiest intersections. The outdoor upscale retail center is ideally located at the intersection of New Circle and Nicholasville Roads. Some of their best-known tenants include Joseph-Beth Booksellers, one of the region’s largest bookstores; LOFT; EVEREVE; White House | Black Market and Chico’s. But did you know that it’s possible to plan a “stay-cation” at Lexington Green? You can grab dinner at Palmer’s Fresh Grill — a chic lakeside lounge offering delicious grilled meats and seafood. Then catch one of the nation’s leading comics at Comedy Off Broadway (August acts include Ralphie May, Tiffany Haddish and Adam Newman), listen to live music at Lakeside Live and then spend the night at the Hilton Lexington Suites. The next day, you can even enjoy a day of shopping followed by a treatment at Be Medispa, all without leaving town!