The Trolley Hop

| December 1, 2011

Last Friday, I chose to escape the anarchy inside of the shopping malls to celebrate a beloved tradition home to Frankfort Avenue.

In honor of Black Friday, the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop held extended hours for guests to shop and eat at boutiques and diners along the avenue while the old-fashioned, green trolley helped salvage our feet from all the walking down the street.

The trolley hop is one tradition I’ve fallen in love with in Louisville since I first tried it out a few months ago.

And, on a day when sheer insanity was occurring at the malls, the trolley hop became a welcome escape for the shopper who likes to browse boutiques without the stress of wrestling a stranger for a sale item.

Frankfort Avenue wasn’t the only location hosting the trolley hop on Friday, though.
After the success of both downtown Louisville’s First Friday Trolley Hop, and Frankfort Avenue’s F.A.T. Friday, an antique street car arrived in St. Matthews for the first ever Holiday Holly Hop.

The St. Matthews Area Business Association and Merchant Council kicked off its inaugural trolley hop last Friday, and will continue the event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m each Saturday until New Year’s Eve.

“We started a merchant’s council about a year ago through the St. Matthews Area Business Association and wanted to do this for retailers,” said Sherry Mulkins, executive director of the St. Matthews Area Business Association. “We are going to run some type of theme each weekend and each weekend there will also be some sort of prize.”

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Holiday Holly Hop will continue its free trolley service, stopping at various locations including the Burdorf Center, Drake’s St. Matthews, Chenoweth Square, The Vogue Center, Nanz & Kraft, St. Matthews Station, mary katherine’s and me and Angel’s Treasures Furniture Consignments and Garden Shop.

While I suggest giving the Holiday Holly Hop a try, don’t forget the other classic trolley hops coming up in the area as well.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the First Friday Trolley Hop is back in downtown Louisville from 5 to 11 p.m.

Trolleys will stop at several art galleries, diners, and shops along the Main and Market Street corridors.

Among the list of scheduled activities during the trolley hop are an opening reception for the Holidazzle and Redefining Normal exhibits at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, 715 W. Main Street. The museum will feature a cash bar, refreshments and live music by Kitty Slickers.

Glassworks, 815 W. Market St., will also host its annual Seconds Sale and the Blow Your Own Ornament workshops ($40) between 5 and 9 p.m.

Finally, the last Friday of December, a special F.A.T. Friday New Year’s Eve Hop will be held on Dec. 30 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

The hop will feature special sales, live music and refreshments at locations along Frankfort Avenue.

Among the shops to check out are Nyam’s, Peacock Boutique, Urban Farmhouse Market and Margaret’s Consigment – where last Friday, I found a designer sport coat for only $16!

If you haven’t tried Louisville’s trolley hops, you should. It’s a great tradition that’s becoming increasingly popular and one that gives locals a chance to enjoy the city with friends and family, while supporting local businesses and taking in all the charming scenery that downtown, Frankfort Avenue and St. Matthews have to offer.

First Friday Trolley Hop:
5 to 11 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.

Free parking is available on the street after 6 p.m., or at Slugger Field, Main Street at Jackson, and the 4th St. Live! garage after 6 p.m.

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F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop:
6 to 10:30 p.m. on the final Friday of each month.

Free parking and transportation to shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor.

For additional information, visit

Holiday Holly Hop:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each Saturday until New Year’s Eve.

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Contact writer Ashley Anderson at, 502.498.2051.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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