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The Last Refuge takes its name from Bob Dylan lyrics, as well as a former name for the building, The Refuge of Kentucky Church. | Photo by @SteveGrider
The below list of new businesses has been updated as of April 2024.

🗓️ Coming soon

Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Louisville. Whether you’re looking for your next go-to brunch destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to Derby City.

A rendering of a city block, featuring modern buildings with clean asthetics and lines, as well as older brick buildings from the 19th and 20th centurites.

The Rabbit Hole expansion along Jefferson Street will see the campus stretch from Clay to Shelby Streets.

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Bourbon
The Last Refuge, 600 E. Market St. | Late April to early May 2024 | This whiskey bar will be a brand experience for Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Whiskey.
Rabbit Hole Expansion, 711 E. Jefferson St. | Opening TBA | An expansion that will take up an entire city block, adding a gift shop, tasting rooms, a dedicated single-barrel tasting space, and an outdoor area

Recreation
Five Iron Golf, 836 E. Market St. | Opening spring 2024 | A ~9,000-sqft indoor facility featuring 10 golf simulators and a bar
Derby City Lofts, 440 W. Market St. | Opening 2024 | Four-story boutique hotel, featuring 20 units, with a ground-floor bourbon tasting room
Pickle & Social, 8100 Lyndon Park Lane | Opening fall 2024 | A 35,000-sqft entertainment venue featuring 12 pickleball courts, a restaurant + bar, and an outdoor green space

Community
Waterfront Park Phase IV, 10th-14th Streets | Opening late 2024 | An expansion of Waterfront Park that will occupy 22 acres and four city blocks, an investment of $50 million
Norton West Louisville Hospital, 28th Street + Broadway | Opening November 2024 | The first new hospital built in Louisville’s West End in 150 years

✅ Now open

If there’s one thing we love even more than looking ahead to the future, it’s enjoying the present at one of Louisville’s newest spots. Check out this list of Derby City’s recently opened establishments.

Retail
Plant Kingdom, 1000 E. Market St. | A plant shop that recently moved from St. Matthews, offering trees, shrubs, perennials, houseplants, annual flowers, vegetable crops, and more
Paxton’s, 709 E. Market St. | A men’s boutique offering new fashions on a weekly basis
 
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How many new openings did we help you discover?

A. Barely any — I’m the first to know everything
B. There were a few I hadn’t heard of
C. Most of them
D. These were all news to me
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, April 17
  • Wayne Newton, Up Close & Personal | Wednesday, April 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $39.50-$99.50 | See the legendary singer known for hits like “Danke Schoen.”
Thursday, April 18
  • Comedy Night at Gravely | Thursday, April 18 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gravely Brewing Co., 514 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Free | Sip a local brew while you laugh to local comics on stage.
  • Beethoven’s Ninth & Teddy’s Tenth Celebration | Thursday, April 18 | 8 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville | $89-$306 | Celebrate 10 years of the Louisville Orchestra’s GRAMMY Award-winning director Teddy Abrams with this performance.
Friday, April 19
  • Kentucky Writing Workshop | Friday, April 19 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th St., Louisville | $169 | A day full of classes on publishing opportunities, pitching, and marketing for aspiring writers.
  • PGA Team Golf | Friday, April 19 | 1-5 p.m. | Persimmon Ridge Golf Club, 72 Persimmon Ridge Dr., Louisville | $120-$130 | Grab your clubs and hit the links for the chance to win tickets to the upcoming PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Saturday, April 20
  • Learn About Emotions Pancake Party | Saturday, April 20 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, 1720 W. Broadway, Louisville | Free | Bring the kids for a syrup-covered breakfast you’ll enjoy while playing games + singing songs about emotions.
  • Citizen Science Saturday | Saturday, April 20 | 1-3 p.m. | Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville | $7-$20 | Calling all aspiring scientists — learn how to get involved in scientific research, from counting birds to sampling air quality.
  • Taylor Swift Silent Disco Album Release Party | Saturday, April 20 | 7-11 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing Louisville, 642 Baxter Ave., Louisville | $12-$15 | Get ready for T-Swizzle’s new album at this silent disco where you can hear all her songs.
Sunday, April 21
  • “Alice In Wonderland” | Sunday, April 21 | 3-4 p.m. | Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville | Free | See this family-friendly adaptation of the classic story by Lewis Carroll.
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Celebrate the 150th Kentucky Derby with a winning Derby Party
LOU-Kroger Derby Party-April 2024
Kroger (who is the official floral designer of the Ketucky Derby’s Garland of Roses) offers a pleathora of Derby recipes, party supplies, pick-up trays + more. | Photo provided by Kroger
The longest continuously held sporting event in the US is turning 150 — making this year’s Kentucky Derby a can’t-miss event.

If you’re skipping Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, we’ve got everything you need to host a winning Derby Watch Party at home.

👒 Derby flare

What’s a Derby celebration without roses and elaborate hats? Encourage guests to show up in Derby-esque attire and don’t forget the bouquet of roses.

🍹 Derby bar

Bourbon, wine, and (of course) Mint Julep. Channel those Derby vibes with an elevated Derby Bar setup. Pro tip: Try this twist on a classic Mint Julep.

🧀 Eats + treats

Cook up a watch-party spread (or go potluck style) with these oh-so-Derby recipes:
🏇 Place your bets

Whether Derby-betting online or hosting a lighthearted game of your own, get your guests in on the Derby action with fun bets on which horse will win.
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • The new Sunday School Distillery has its sights set on 629 E. Market St. in NuLu. Plans include a 4,860-sqft addition to the current building, which will also undergo renovations. The building previously belonged to the adjacent St. John United Church of Christ — hence the name. (Louisville Business First)
Eat
  • The old Dundee Tavern, a bar + restaurant that has served the Highlands for decades, will soon become the 10th location of Derby City Pizza. Located at 2224 Dundee Rd., the Tavern’s last day of operation will be Saturday, May 4 — that’s Derby day.
Closing
  • That wasn’t the only Douglass Loop business making news — Dad’s Coffee, located just a block away from Dundee Tavern at 2204 Dundee Rd., is also closing. Dad’s will pour it’s last cup of Joe on Saturday, April 27.
Biz
  • Louisville has a new putt-putt option. The South Seas in Butchertown at 1301 Story Ave. is now the South Seas Tiki & Golf Lounge. The tropical-themed bar has added a nine-hole mini-golf course throughout the two-story building. (Louisville Business First)
Outdoors
  • Starting Monday, April 22, bring your own container and fill up on free mulch, courtesy of the The Urban Forestry Division of Louisville Parks and Recreation. Stop by 9200 Whipps Mill Rd. in Lyndon, Mondays 1-3 p.m., to fill up on mulch for your garden or yard through the summer.
Sports
  • Jayden Quaintance, a Top-10 basketball recruit in the class of 2024, is visiting UofL. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews and more from local experts of the Louisville Cardinals with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
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    Outdoors
     
    Derby City’s transportation climate index ranking
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    While Louisville ranked low in pedestrian activity, it “dropped significantly” nationally according to the index. | Photo by Louisville Tourism
    Streetlight released its 2024 US Transportation Climate Impact Index, which ranks the top 100 most populated metros across eight key climate impact factors. We’re breaking down the numbers + diving into Louisville’s ranking.

    Behind the methodology

    Each of the eight climate factors — vehicle miles traveled (VMT), fuel economy, transit ridership, EV penetration (number of electric vehicles per 100 people), biking activity, pedestrian activity, truck miles traveled, and VMT change — were assigned a weight “based on their relative climate impact.” Utilizing the ranking results for each factor, cities were then given an overall ranking.

    Learn more about how each climate factor was measured.

    Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

    Derby City ranked No. 69 overall. Take a look at how it ranked across the climate factors:
    • VMT: No. 50
    • Fuel economy: No. 75
    • Transit ridership: No. 62
    • EV penetration: No. 82
    • Biking activity: No. 75
    • Pedestrian activity: No. 92
    • Truck miles traveled: No. 86
    • VMT change: No. 34
     
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