Rustic retail trends boost small businesses in the Bluegrass

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The holiday shopping season is still weeks away, but some small businesses in the Bluegrass already have items flying off the shelves.

A new pop-up market at the Kentucky Horse Park is having an economic impact on several local retailers.

"This is not your grandpa's flea-market," said manager Eric Griffith. However, you may find one of your grandpa's old hats or jackets for sale.

"We have a rustic-vintage feel. Vendors interpret that in different ways, from farmhouse style to a modern-industrial," said Griffith.

The Vintage Market made its first Fall appearance in Lexington, after a successful Spring premiere.

"We did bounce-back coupons last time so we could just really tell how it affected our business and it was great," said Cottage on Main owner Christy Metcalfe.

Metcalfe explains that hundreds of customers have come to her Richmond store since the first Vintage Market back in May. "Huge boost to our numbers," she said.

Others in the local retail industry are hoping for and seeing the same benefits.

"Good sales and good exposure," said Worn and Company owner Nick Nardiello.

Add that to national market trends, and some Kentucky artisans and store owners are likely to stay busy.

"The whole farmhouse, cottage style furniture and decor is hugely popular right now," said Metcalfe.

"Lexington is full of a lot of very stylish people, a lot of worldly people that get around," said Nardiello.

Event managers plan on returning in the Spring, with hopes of even more vendors and customers. Metcalfe says she will be back, along with her in-demand products.

"It gives us the chance to get outside of Richmond and really hit all of Central Kentucky," said Metcalfe.

A portion of the 3-day market's proceeds will go back into the community by benefiting the Lexington Humane Society.

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