My friend Susan told me she'd gladly take me shopping on Bardstown Road, one of Louisville's premier streets for browsing and dining. "But I'm not buying anything," she said firmly. Famous last words.
She didn't last five minutes at our first stop, Swanson Reed Galleries. The 22-year-old shop gleamed with glass ornaments of every hue hanging in its large front window.
Susan Reed, one of the owners, said the shop is known for the glassware. "We sell beautiful art glass for not out-of-sight prices," she said. (Ornaments range in price from $10 to $72.)
Meanwhile, my friend, her resolve already crumbling, was transfixed by a lamp sporting a cherry-red paper shade ($45). "Don't say a word," she warned as we put our purchases in the trunk of her car. "That lamp is just the color of my love seat. But that's it. No more."
Wisely, I held my tongue.
Swanson Reed Galleries: 1377 Bardstown Road; (502) 452-2904. Edenside Gallery: 1422 Bardstown Road; (502) 459-2787. Discoveries: 1315 Bardstown Road; (502) 451-5034. Kizito Cookies: 1398 Bardstown Road; (502) 456-2891 or www.kizito.com. Leatherhead Shop, Inc.: 1601 Bardstown Road; (502) 451-4477.