The Levy Brothers Building is currently home to the Old Spaghetti Factory. | Photo by LOUtoday
As a city with 244 years of history, we’ve got some pretty cool buildings scattered throughout the 502 — which is why we’re starting a new series to explore these architectural remnants of the past one building at a time.
Because let’s facade it, though we drive past some of these buildings each day, we don’t always remember their origins. And the first one that’s caught our eye is the Levy Brothers Building at 235 W. Market St — better known today as the Old Spaghetti Factory.
This Richardsonian Romanesque five-story feat — designed by Clarke & Loomis — first opened in 1893 as the Levy Brothers Clothing Store. The red, smooth-faced sandstone building used to be lined with bright lights to attract customers, popularizing the now archaic phrase “lit up like Levy’s.” It was also one of the first buildings in the city to be outfitted with electricity.
While it’s had the addition of an annex + some first-floor modifications, the building’s exterior remains largely unchanged from its original design. In 1978, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places — and Levy’s ceased retail operations in 1987.
During its 90-year tenure as a department store, Levy’s had a custom of sending a pair of tiny pants to newborn babies throughout the city with a card that read, “When he shall have outgrown these we shall be glad to have him call on us for another pair.”
WFPK Waterfront Wednesday | Wed., Sept. 28 | 6 p.m. | Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park | Free to attend | Catch the final concert in this free summer series with performances by Yonder Mountain String Band, Hotbrown Smackdown + Houseplant.
Nerd Nite Louisville | Thurs., Sept. 29 | 7-9 p.m. | Gravely Brewing Co., 514 Baxter Ave. | Free to attend | Hear locals present on topics of interest including tourism, alternative energy sources + Louisville Beer Week. 🧠
Burger Night | Fri., Sept. 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Full Stop Station, 1132 E. Saint Catherine St. | Free to attend | Eat burgers, sip on beer from Apocalypse Brew Works + shop local vendors. 🍔
St. James Court Art Show 2022 | Fri., Sept. 30-Sun., Oct. 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | St. James Court, 1387 S. 4th St. | Free | Peruse artwork from around the country at this 66th annual art show in historic Old Louisville.
Masquerade Burlesque | Sat., Oct. 1 | 8-10 p.m. | Logan Street Market | Free | Kick off spooky season with burlesque performances + make your own masquerade mask at the craft station and dress up to compete in the costume contest. 🎭
A new dance clubis planned for the lot between Nowhere Bar and Akiko’s at 1125 Bardstown Rd. Led by local developer Utopia Ventures, the 4,500-sqft club would include a bar, lounge area + an enclosed patio and garage door. Construction could begin by the end of the year or in early 2023. 🕺 (WDRB)
Down One Bourbon Bar at 321 W. Main St. is reopening on Tues., Oct. 4 after being closed for what seems like forever. As part of its return, the downtown-based bourbon bar will feature live music every Friday night from Oct. 7-Nov. 18. 🥃
Louisville Beer Week returns next month with the inaugural Louisville Beer Festival at German American Club at 1840 Lincoln Ave. on Fri., Oct. 21. Tickets are $10 and include a commemorative tasting glass for beer samples. There will also be food + live music by The Lost Pockets. Beer Week will continue through Sun., Oct. 30. 🍻
Ford unveiled its new2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck at Churchill Downs last night in a celebration where Gov. Andy Beshear declared it, “KenTRUCKy Day.” It’s part of a $700 million investment by the automaker that will create 500 full-time jobs in the 502. KFC released special “KenTRUCKy” buckets of chicken as part of the celebration. 🛻 (WLKY, Louisville Business First)
Kentucky Kingdom is spooking up its park for Halloween with a new event called Pumpkins at Kentucky Kingdom — which will feature 1,000 glowing pumpkins, 50 rides, themed displays + more. Tickets start at $29.99. 🎃 (WLKY)
Hermitage Farm will host its Meet Your Maker Halloween Market on Sun., Oct. 30 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event features live music, food + cocktails from Barn8, hayrides, and trick or treating. You can also sign-up to be one of the local arts and crafts vendors.
The ninth-annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardsreturn on Sat., Nov. 5 — and one of this year’s awardees is Louisvillian Alice Houston. The fundraising gala began as a way to honor great leaders from around the world. While this year’s event is sold out, you can still support the Ali Center. 🏆
Back when we first began sending you newsletters, we helped a reader track down the best Italian sub in the city — Reader Julia B. told us it’s found at Garden Gate Fruit Market. Now, we want to know where your favorite sammie in the city comes from for some upcoming content. Tell us. 🥪
Gravely Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest bratwurst specialis now available ahead of its German celebration on Sat., Oct. 1. Crafted by Mayan Street Food, the brat is loaded with cabbage slaw, pickled jalapenos, and dijon aioli. It pairs well with Oktoberfest activities like the stein hoisting contest, glassware giveaways, and live music.
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Opening on Tues., Oct. 4, this annual display of 5,000 expertly carved pumpkins at Iroquois Park is family-friendly, running all month + is a must-see. See our 10 favorite pumpkins from last year.
Today’s issue was written by City Editor Sarah.
Editor’s pick: I think I’ve already outed myself here as a pumpkin spice devotee, but I have a new pumpkin beverage to add to my mental scrapbook — the pumpkin cream cold brew from Everyday Kitchen Cafe.
It’s a cold brew topped with pumpkin white chocolate sweet cream + spices. And it rocked.
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