It’s been a long day. The winter sun set before five and you can feel that after work lethargy taking hold. That bottle of golden nectar is calling you from the liquor cabinet, it’s Friday after all and you’ve earned this. You pour yourself a glass and the sound is like the song of an angel… albeit one with a Kentucky twang. You sit with bourbon in hand (neat, of course) and concentrate on the throbbing in your feet. Maybe you have regrets about buying those marked down heels at the outlet. You think to yourself, “If only I could rub bourbon all over my aching feet.”
Now you can. The Me Care Body Line is demoing their Bluegrass Bourbon Body Scrub at 5-0-Lou on Saturday, February 10th. This sugar scrub leaves your skin top shelf and supple. The sweet smell and caramel color are a feast for the senses. That’s why we decided to carry the stuff on our shelves.
We’ve been on the prowl for locally made bath products and Me Care couldn’t have come at a better time. The Bourbon Classic in Louisville begins in a couple weeks and the Urban Bourbon Trail is taking its first steps to becoming a major tourist draw.
But let’s be honest, this is about a love for bourbon. Nobody understands that love better than our regular, local gifters. So y’all come out on Saturday to meet the maker of these super sexy spa products and go home a happier person.
The MAYA Collection artisans will be making an appearance at 5-0-Lou during our Valentine Extravaganza. They will be showcasing a new technique using discarded pennies to make sophisticated, heart-shaped jewelry. And we are chuffed to have them. Why? Well, number one they make awesome products with high quality materials. Number two, we love their business model.
The MAYA Collection is a socially conscious business. What does that mean? It means they have created a business with a social purpose in its mission. At first glance, the MAYA Collection ticks all the boxes for what would make a strong nonprofit: They are helping refugees develop business skills; they are serving a specific group of people in crisis; they have created a means by which a community within a community can express themselves; they have opened up a path towards financial independence for a group of women who might otherwise be overlooked in the job market. The latter is where the business part comes into play. The artisans that work with the MAYA Collection keep 100% of the profits from their crafting output. Hence the for profit structure. So each time you buy a MAYA Collection necklace or bracelet at 5-0-Lou you're contributing to the financial independence of a Nepalese refugee living in Louisville. Pretty cool right?
We’ve been carrying MAYA Collection jewelry and home accessories since we first opened our doors. Our shoppers love the leather bracelet with the brass, copper, and silver state of Kentucky.
The word “maya” in the Nepali language means love. You’ll often find their knits and jewelry decorated with a small heart shape, a signature of the MAYA Collection brand.
Meet some of the artisans from the MAYA Collection on February 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. during or Valentine Extravaganza. You’ll also be able to sample Me Care spa products, locally made with real bourbon, enjoy mocktails, live music with Aaron Crane. Pick up a Valentine’s gift bucket, a fresh flower bouquet, or get your couple’s caricature drawn by local artist Henry Gentry.
You can find out more about the MAYA Collection mission and the artisans that work with organization by clicking here.
We’re all about partnership at 5-0-Lou and our collaboration with Barrel Head is a match made in bourbon heaven. We’re also all about customizing, from a t-shirt to a mug to a bourbon barrel.
Here’s how this bourbon barrel thing works: 1) Decide on the artwork you would like printed on your bourbon barrel product, 2) Visit our storefront and tell the sales associate at the counter you’d like to order a custom bourbon barrel, 3) Fill out the form and pay the deposit, 4) Wait for a bit while Barrel Head prepares your custom order, 5) Pick up your custom bourbon barrel at 5-0-Lou.
Before going all crazy and ordering each one of your grand kid's names on bourbon barrels, here are some things you should know: 1) Depending on the type of bourbon barrel product you want to print on, we may need to get a quote first; 2) The custom part of the bourbon barrel product is the artwork that is being printed onto it, not the shape of the bourbon barrel itself. In other words, you’ll have a selection of bourbon barrel pieces that you can print original artwork on; 3) We recommend ordering this custom gift far in advance from the day you plan to gift it to the recipient; 4) Make sure you are prepared with a high quality file print file for the artwork.
This is the ultimate, customized Kentucky local gift. Imagine all the man caves that could use a bourbon barrel quarter printed with the insignia of a favorite team or the family coat of arms. What about a sign for your business? Or a one-of-a-kind statement piece for your home?
Call us at 502-212-0927, email email@example.com, or stop by 2235 Frankfort Avenue to learn more.
The easy answer is charity, but the fun answer is want to see what you can do with paper and tape. We know how difficult it is to crease the paper in just the right way, to hide the tape so it appears as if the paper is embracing the present lovingly and without assistance, to tie the bow then… what do you call it?… “Poof” it out (we’ll go with that) in just the right way. We know these things because in the beginning we sucked at gift wrapping. This is part of why we offered it for free. I mean, yeah, it might have taken us a solid 20 minutes to wrap a box with a t-shirt in it, but at least you didn’t have to pay for it. Well guess what Louisville, we’ve improved. We pre-wrap box lids, that’s right… pre-wrap in different paper colors. It’s cute - real cute. We're so good, we'll wrap any gift from ANY STORE just to show off.
We got this wrapping thing down to a science, but what comes with great success? Great challenges. We simply do not have enough hands to keep up with demand for the holiday season. That’s why we’re asking you crafty, talented, ninja skilled gift wrappers out there to show off your bad self. Also, we just like hanging out with you.
Gift wrapping is still free, but we are accepting tips this time around that we can donate to Kentucky School for the Blind on Frankfort Avenue. They rock by the way. And you, fair gift wrapper, will receive 20% off during your wrapping shift. That’s discounted, locally made presents for all your kith and kin, PLUS you do something good for charity, PLUS you get to hang out with the 5-0-Lou family. And we mean family ‘cause we’re like all related and there’s babies and dogs running everywhere. Save the Kentucky jokes people.
This is our second Christmas shopping season and we’re rockin’ it and the first time we’ve done the gift wrapping charity thing. We think it’s a swell idea, but we need you to make it successful. Give us a shout out with your availability at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get this ball rolling, wrapped… in any case the ball will be in play.