Characterized by a mix of history and forward-looking enterprise, Lexington requires an array of places to accommodate the shopping needs of residents and visitors. As it stands, establishments that boast handcrafted goods and original art are as easily accessible as those that present standard merchandise from familiar retailers. If you're in the market for the former, head to Clay Avenue Shops, a district that places a premium on the unusual and shares a bit of the city's architectural character as well. Nostalgia also comes into play at Victorian Square, a sprawling downtown complex carved out of historic buildings. Not only does it showcase the trappings of an earlier era, but it also offers a clutch of quaint businesses perfect for souvenirs and gifts. Folks requiring serious retail therapy need only venture to Fayette Mall, a substantial shopping center populated with all manner of national department stores and easily-recognized brand-name shops. No matter which place you frequent, make it a point to visit Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The home-grown business at the Mall at Lexington Green has now given rise to a handful of other branches, but the original store always promises a terrific selection of media, not to mention a fabulous café with awesome food perfect for an anytime shopping respite.
Senior editor Kelly Sigmon is Southern born and Ivy educated. During his tenure with the company, Kelly has prized being a mystery traveler and overseeing the printed 10Best Travel Guides for San Francisco, Miami, and Atlanta.