I’m from Kentucky and Eric lived there for a year while we were dating and engaged. We love the state for the long summers, and sunsets, and because our families are there, but the culture is completely different from that of Washington. One thing that we love about Seattle is that the community and culture here is very artistic and focused on local/small businesses. Over the past week or two, I’ve noticed quite a few creative, small businesses in Kentucky, which has surprised me! I want to feature some of them, because they truly are good businesses that deserve to be known about.

The Livery, Lexington, KY

The Livery, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is a community workspace by day and an event venue by night. It’s historic building is located downtown, and is a beautiful mix of urban and rustic. As it is told, the original Lexington Livery was a horse stable, meant for temporary use by carriages passing through. There’s lots of history and hard work in the bones of this place.

I can tell that the people behind The Livery are really working hard at encouraging a good creative, small business culture, which is so refreshing and exciting to see in Kentucky. In fact, they host LEXTALKS, which are a series of community events geared toward “energizing the city towards innovation and genuine social connection.”

If you live in or near Lexington, I highly recommend you to check out The Livery! If you are a creative or a business owner, get involved with these people. I understand how hard it is to run and try to grow a business in a culture that is not understanding or receptive of such. But I can say that from my experience from living both in Kentucky and Seattle, running and growing a business in an unreceptive culture goes a lot better when you invest into creating the culture. There is actually great opportunity in Kentucky, because the creative, small business culture is still developing. It provides the unique opportunity to go beyond the surface of our own businesses to shape the culture toward creating quality, and being a supportive community that allows creative, small businesses to grow.


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