Best Shopping in Lexington: From Antiques to Riding Gear


In the midst of downtown is this multi-level shopping center, carved from a cluster of historical brick buildings. Inside, mosaic tilework floors, iron filigree balustrades, and pressed metal ceilings recall the structure's original era. Professional offices on upper floors share space with art galleries, specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants and upscale clothing stores for men, women and children.

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Serving Lexington shoppers for over 50 years, Lafayette Galleries is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area. Located in The Shops at Lexington Center, this old-fashioned gallery sells fine and distinctive treasures including Heritage Irish Crystal, Belleek and Royal Copenhagen. They carry a variety of household antiques and jewelry with complimentary gift-wrap service as well.

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Convenient to Rupp Arena, this compact complex of downtown shops invites browsing when you're between meetings or just need to pick up a quick bite at the food court. Gifts, greeting cards, UK- and Kentucky-related items, clothing, cigars, magazines, toys, and home decor goods are all available, and you should have no trouble finding souvenirs if you're so inclined.

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If you're on the hunt for antiques in Lexington, a visit to Thoroughbred Antiques Gallery could be exactly what you need. Filled with antiques ranging from furniture to fine art to garden accessories, a great treasure awaits to be uncovered. With a diverse inventory on display, mixing items that date all the way back to the 18th century with mid-century modern, something is sure to strike your fancy.

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A.J.'s Casuals in quaint Chevy Chase is small boutique offering women's clothing and accessories. Designer labels are ample and the style quotient is high inside this little store with big names including Kate Spade, Trina Turk and Laundry. If you're in need of Derby fashion, look no further, especially if you're in the market for a special hat or fascinator.

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Not far from Fayette Mall, this complex lies close to several hotels and movie theaters. On one side, a man-made lake adds ambiance to Regatta Seafood Grille. Inside the complex are Comedy Off Broadway, Whole Foods, and a variety of other establishments. Probably the most famous resident is Joseph-Beth Booksellers, a two-story place with books for all ages and all interests. It also features a travel agency.

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While you're in the horse capital of the world, you might like to get outfitted to ride--or at the very least check out some gear. Bob Mickler's has been the go-to shop in Lexington since 1949 and they're sure to have everything you'd need to saddle up. However, if the equestrian lifestyle isn't for you, there are plenty of other goods on offer from casual clothing to gifts like Rolex watches.

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Airport - Lex

You'll find all your favorite retail venues at this expansive mall, recognized as the state's second largest. Anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Macy's and Dillard's, Fayette also features Coach, Banana Republic, The Gap, Talbots, Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, and Abercrombie & Fitch. A food court is available to bolster your resolve and your constitution when energy is flagging.

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The Crushed Violet

The only store like it in Lexington, The Crushed Violet carries hard-to-find fragrances of all kinds for both men and women. Their stock even includes scents exclusive to the store, which makes them extra special. A unique fragrance or bath/body item from The Crushed Violet would make a perfect souvenir for your travels or a great gift for a loved one back home. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to assist you with your selections.

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Although located in a mall (unusual for an independent bookstore), this is a big, airy book emporium with lots of extra features like CD listening stations and computers where you can try stuff out before you buy it. The café serves a full menu (including alcoholic beverages).

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