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☕️ Coffee shops beyond the bracket
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The first Quills opened in Germantown in 2007. | Photo by Quills Coffee
Last month, LOUtoday readers narrowly decided that Heine Bros. is the best coffee shop in town. But Derby City has no shortage of places to get your java fix, including two brand new shops that opened after our bracket began.

Here’s a selection from our guide to the coffee shops of Derby City.

New on the block

Phalcha Coffee, 1001 Mary St. | If colorful drinks are your jam, Phalcha is your new favorite coffee shop. Try a sampling of options with an iced coffee flight and pair it with an avocado toast + hot honey combo.

The interior of a small coffee shop with a glass baked goods case and gray tables.

Cafe Shiraz is a cozy new Louisville spot.


Photo by LOUtoday

Cafe Shiraz, 1812 Brownsboro Rd. | This new spot features breakfast + lunch spreads, Turkish coffee, and baked goods. Plus, there’s a piano inside for the musically inclined.


Day’s Espresso & Coffee, 1420 Bardstown Rd. | Day’s Espresso has been a Bardstown Road mainstay since 1994 + features local art on its walls. In addition to having a cozy indoor cafe space, the shop also features a to-go window in the back perfect for dog walkers looking to stop for coffee.

Full Stop Station, 1132 E. St. Catherine St. | Full Stop in Germantown is just that — your one-stop shop for food + coffee, including a robust selection of vegan eats.

2024 bracket finalists

Heine Brothers Coffee, Various locations | In addition to an array of organic, fair-trade brews, this Louisville staple also offers a variety of teas, frozen drinks, and cold bevvys. It also won LOUtoday’s 2024 coffee shop bracket.

Quills Coffee, Various locations | Check out the Main Street Cafe, set inside a repurposed firehouse. With ample indoor and outdoor seating, you’re sure to find a space that’ll get your creative juices flowing. This local chain was a finalist in LOUtoday’s 2024 coffee shop bracket.
Do you prefer to make your coffee or tea at home or get it on the go at a local business?

A. I brew my own drinks at home.
B. I stop at my local coffee shop.
C. I get my order from a large coffee chain (Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, etc.)
Saturday, April 13
  • Connect the Dots: Sports | Saturday, April 13 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Iroquois Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Ave., Louisville | Free | Learn about the intersections of disability and play from blind athletes and health professionals in this kid-friendly program.
  • TreeFest 2024 | Saturday, April 13 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Petersburg Park, 5008 E. Indian Trail, Louisville | Free | Celebrate Arbor Day with outdoor activities + get free trees to plant in your own yard.
  • Giving Back Gala | Saturday, April 13 | 5-10 p.m. | Angels Envy Bourbon Club, L&N Stadium, 2550 S. Floyd St., Louisville | $80-$100 | Help Southeast Community Ministries celebrate its volunteers with a full buffet, drink tickets, and raffles.
Sunday, April 14
  • Family Afterglow New Parent Group | Sunday, April 14 | 2:30-4 p.m. | Noble Funk Brewing Company, 922 S. 2nd St., Louisville | Free | Meet other young families with children under one year old + learn to get out and about with your new baby.
Monday, April 15
  • Taps on the Terrace | Monday, April 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Bar Genevieve, 730 E. Market St., Louisville | Free | Treat yourself to a $10 espresso martini, $8 rosé, or $5 draft beer on the rooftop of this NuLu hotel.
Tuesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 17
  • Alzheimer’s Educational Conference | Wednesday, April 17 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hilton Garden Louisville Airport, 2735 Crittenden Dr., Louisville | Free | Get information on Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, caregiving, and support services.
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News Notes
  • Jefferson County Public Schools will no longer offer transportation to many students in the 2024-2025 school year. Wednesday evening, the Jefferson County Board of Education voted to cut transportation for a majority of magnet and traditional schools. The vote comes as the district continues to grapple with transportation issues. (WHAS11)
Plan Ahead
  • Bruno Mars will headline the 2024 Trifecta Derby Eve Gala on May 3. The red carpet, black tie event is nearly sold out. The location has not yet been announced, but the organizers say it will happen “near Slugger Field.” (WDRB)
  • The Spring into Derby Art Market returns to Paristown this weekend. Shop 70+ local and regional artists at Christy’s Garden (720 Brent St.) Friday-Sunday. The event is free to the public and will feature live music each day.
  • Next week marks the beginning of Louisville Taco Week, which runs April 15-21. Participating restaurants will offer $2.50 tacos + signature dishes. Download the app to plan your week-long Taco Tuesday.
  • Norton Healthcare is helping JCPS high school students pursue a practical nursing diploma + get hands-on experience while finishing high school. There will be an open house for interested seniors this Saturday, April 13, 9-11 a.m. at Galen College (3050 Terra Crossing Blvd.). (WDRB)
  • Sophia D. and Violet V. won the 2024 Summer Camp T-shirt Design Contest at the Louisville Zoo. Sophia’s design honors bears around the world, while Violet’s proclaims “Grizzlies GROWL, but we ROAR.” The first place winner will be featured on this summer’s Safari Day camp t-shirt.
  • Spring football practice is well underway for the Cards. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Cardinals with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    The case of the missing middle
    Construction of Middle Housing in Louisville fell off after post-WWII zoning changes. | Photo via Louisville Metro.
    The shape of LOU’s neighborhoods could be evolving. Louisville Metro Office of Planning has proposed policy changes to allow middle housing on all residential properties.

    What does that mean?

    Middle housing includes six different building types — duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, walking courts, courtyard buildings, townhouses, and attached housing.

    It’s short for “missing middle housing,” a term coined by architect Daniel Parolek in 2010 to describe the lack of options between single-family home and large apartment complexes. There is a national trend towards “re-legalizing” middle housing through various zoning and policy changes.

    If you’re still curious, Metro has a guide to middle housing. There will also be two open houses next month where Louisvillians can learn about the proposed amendment:
    • Wednesday, May 8, 3-6 p.m. in Alberta O. Jones Park (744 S. 23rd St.)
    • Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library (7300 Jefferson Blvd.)
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