Louisville is blessed to have its own holiday season — Derby time, that is! And when this time comes around, it means that we need to become reacquainted with all things Derby. We’re talking bourbon, food, fashion, cigars, betting and more! The Yelp Louisville Elite Squad gathered at a special event at the spacious and luxurious Frankfort Avenue Coachhouse — a guest house and event space in a 100-year-old building — to do just that, with activities dedicated to Derby, spread out around the property. This included treats by Sweets by Millie, Baked and True North Catering; manicure demo by Frenchies Model Nail Care; wine by Old 502 Winery; fancy duds from Dillard’s; coffee by Fante’s Coffee; betting instructions from the Kentucky Derby Museum; cigars from Sanctuaire; and hats from C.K. Nobles.
Thanks to these sponsors, who made this event happen!
Frankfort Avenue Coachhouse — The Frankfort Avenue Coachhouse is a more than 100-year-old building, which has been completely renovated and is the lone survivor of its kind within the block. The Frankfort Avenue Coachhouse is rented for accommodations and as an event venue.
Sweets by Millie — Sweets by Millie is a custom-order-only bakery offering cakes (both wedding and specialty), cupcakes and cookies.
Frenchies Model Nail Care — Frenchies Modern Nail Care is your not-so-typical nail salon. They’re serious about cleanliness and sterilization because they truly care about the health, well-being and safety of their guests. They also love our Earth. That’s why they go above and beyond industry standards and exceed regulations to guarantee a clean, fresh, comfortable experience that’s kind to our environment.
Old 502 Winery — Forget what you know about wine and wineries because Old 502 Winery is breaking all the rules. Their wine is made in downtown Louisville using grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers. They’re creating wines that embody the uniqueness and can-do spirit of our city.
True North Catering — True North Catering is run by a local Louisville personal chef and caterer who designs and creates food that is customized to every diet, palate and budget.
Baked — Baked is the dessert partner of True North Catering. It believes in using the highest quality ingredients like real butter, real bourbon vanilla and the highest quality chocolate available. It is their goal to create fun, one-of-a-kind desserts for any occasion.
Dillard’s — Dillard’s ranks among the nation’s largest fashion retailers. The company focuses on delivering style, service and value to its shoppers by offering compelling apparel, cosmetics and home selections, complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources.
Fante’s Coffee — Leo Fante is passionate about sourcing the world’s very best coffee. Fante’s Coffee shop is the result of his dream to create a space that continues the influence and historical importance that shops in the UK at the turn of the century started. Fante’s wants to help cultivate ideas, fuel the conversations and give the entrepreneurs of Louisville a place to get highly caffeinated and build their businesses.
Kentucky Derby Museum — The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby. Each year, the museum welcomes more than 230,000 visitors.
Sanctuaire — Sanctuaire produces unique experiences and exquisite accessories centered around their passion for cigars.
C.K. Nobles Millinery Design — Sheila Nobles and C. Kevin Swansey design and create one-of-a-kind Derby hats. They showcase their work at concierge private design sessions, corporate events, select boutiques and trunk shows.
Photos by Yelp Elites Kelly J, Cherise M, Kathy V and photographer Maggie Huber.