First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady urges Kentuckians to support local businesses, buy Kentucky products during the holidays

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 22, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear showed her support today for buying Kentucky products at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, where she read a proclamation declaring December “Give a Gift from Kentucky” Month.

“There are few Christmas gifts more special than those crafted in our home state of Kentucky,” said Mrs. Beshear. “During this festive time of year, when we express our gratitude and share in the joy of generosity, it is fitting that we give presents that reflect the bounty and talents of the Commonwealth. With the increasing focus on locally made products, more Kentuckians are also discovering the benefits of the exceptional service and personal touch of small businesses.”

“The Commonwealth has a wide variety of local businesses that offer a great selection of Kentucky-made products, including foods, crafts and gift cards,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “I encourage all my fellow Kentuckians to give a gift made in the Commonwealth this holiday season. Your loved ones will not only get a gift that is uniquely Kentucky, your purchase also helps inject dollars into our state and local economies.”

Throughout the state there are a variety of places to purchase Kentucky-made gifts, including:

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
At the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, visitors find a wonderful selection of items created by more than 650 Kentucky artisans, including hand-crafted gifts such as woven scarves and bags, quilts of all sizes, wooden kitchen utensils, turned wooden bowls, and a wide range of functional and decorative pottery. There is always an exciting array of glass bowls, vases and ornaments, and a great selection of jewelry, paintings, photographs and prints from all across the state. Gifts of all kinds abound, including delicious Kentucky Proud food products, ready-made themed gift baskets and hostess gifts beautifully packaged for giving, candles, holiday ornaments, forged metal items, note cards, soaps and beauty products, books, musical recordings, fine furniture, children’s toys, and much more—all made by Kentucky artisans. The “Unbridled Spirit Gift Card” is also available for purchase and use when looking for those “hard to buy for” people on your shopping list. Visit the Kentucky Artisan Center any time of year to “Give a Gift Made in Kentucky!”

The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are all open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The café is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the Center’s website at

Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card
The Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Gift Card is good at all Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, the Kentucky Horse Park and the Kentucky Historical Society museum and gift shop in Frankfort. Unbridled Spirit Gift Cards can be purchased at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society museum and gift shop as well as Kentucky State Parks.  Cards can also be purchased by calling 1-800-255-PARK (select option 5) or online at

Kentucky State Parks
Kentucky State Parks are a great place to visit during the winter months. Special events such as holiday gatherings, light displays, New Year’s Eve parties and wildlife viewing weekends are among the favorites. State parks have lodge rooms starting at $64.95 plus tax during the winter months. Cottages are also available at winter rates and even a few campgrounds are open for those who enjoy winter camping. Visit for information and reservations.

All 18 State Park Golf Courses will continue to be open during the winter, weather permitting.  Daily winter rate greens fees range from $11 to $17 weekdays and $11 to $22 weekends (golf car not included) through March 31, 2011.  For more information on daily rates and golf packages visit

Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
Looking for a gift for that person who has it all? Stop by the Stewart Home School 1792 Store and check out our vast array of holiday merchandise, a wide selection of books on Kentucky history and Kentucky-made items, including foods and crafts. The 1792 Store is located inside the Center for Kentucky History, the Kentucky Historical Society's headquarters, at 100 West Broadway in Frankfort. For hours of operation, see

A Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Gift Certificate
Give the gift of the arts!  From Broadway to ballet, for the masterpieces of orchestra and opera to the hottest pop stars performing today, The Kentucky Center brings it all to Kentucky. And a Kentucky Center Gift Certificate is the perfect way to thrill the arts lover on your list. Available in any amount and good for any performance!  Call the Kentucky Center Box Office at 584-7777 or (800) 775-7777, or visit

Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop Open House is Dec. 3-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Also open during the Southern Lights display Nov. 26-Dec. 31 from 6 to10 p.m. Enjoy free parking and gift wrap, refreshments and samples, door prizes, store-wide discounts, and discounts on park admission as well as park tickets and memberships for stocking stuffers. Discounts are available to customers who show their gift shop receipts. The gift shop carries a unique selection of equine gifts and Kentucky-made products from crafts to Kentucky Proud and enough holiday decorations to decorate the North Pole.

Tickets for the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park will also make great gifts:

Fish and Wildlife
If you want to give someone who loves the outdoors a gift that he or she will like, then log on to – the website of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources – and click onto the Kentucky Afield Store tab.

The resident Sportsman’s License is the perfect gift for the outdoors enthusiast who does everything. This license includes the combination hunting and fishing license, a trout permit, spring and fall turkey permits, statewide deer permit and the state waterfowl permit (which also covers dove and other migratory bird hunting). This saves the purchaser $50 over buying each of these permits and licenses separately. 
A unique stocking stuffer that will surprise the big game hunter in your family is an elk hunt lottery application. Each application costs $10, and may be purchased as a gift. Elk hunt lottery applications go on sale Dec. 1, 2010. Applications are available online only at
Kentucky Main Street Communities
Kentucky is fortunate to have communities from Ashland to Paducah with historic main street buildings as distinctive as the communities themselves, uniquely suited for the businesses, restaurants and boutiques found there.  Many of these are locally owned and specialize in Kentucky-made products ranging from artwork and jewelry, to food and crafts, to books on Kentucky history, architecture and cultural traditions.  Shopping downtown supports the local economy, community revitalization and historic preservation – so avoid the mall and consider a gift certificate to a family-owned restaurant that buys local produce, a historic downtown bed and breakfast, or an antique shop that specializes in Kentucky furniture and memorabilia.  For more, visit

Kentucky Arts Council
Give a gift of Kentucky art this holiday season.  The Kentucky Arts Council offers the Kentucky Crafted Directory at, which features nearly 200 Kentucky artists and craftspeople whose work has been selected for artistic excellence.

2010 Limited Edition Centennial Capitol Ornament
The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Division of Historic Properties announces the release of the 2010 Kentucky State Capitol ornament.  This year’s ornament celebrates the centennial anniversary of our Capitol and is handcrafted in Kentucky. 

This year’s design features the Kentucky State Capitol building, carved in fine detail from Kentucky maple and cherry woods. These beautifully crafted pieces were created for the Centennial Celebration by K&M Crafts of Kentucky in Campbellsville and are available in limited quantities individually signed and numbered by the artist. Ornaments may be purchased for $30 each and are available at the State Capitol tour desk, Vest-Lindsey House in Frankfort and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism. The ornament may also be viewed and purchased online at or by phone at (502) 564-5500.

Kentucky Proud Products
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a Kentucky Proud search engine at  This search engine enables consumers to browse through more than 18,000 products from about 2,000 Kentucky Proud members. Or look for the familiar blue, green and red logo on Kentucky Proud products at participating retailers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets and Kentucky State Parks.

Kentucky Native Tree Seedlings
Does your gift list include a hunter, gardener, landowner or simply someone who loves the outdoors?  If so, then why not consider the gift that keeps growing – TREES!  Tree seedlings make the perfect holiday gift and the ideal time to plant trees is right around the corner.  Place your order now with the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) and choose from over 50 different species including red and white oaks, persimmon, dogwood, redbud, hickory, baldcypress, white pine and more.  Our seedlings are grown locally and are well adapted for Kentucky’s soil and climate, so you can be assured of a high-quality product. 

Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or 100 ranging from $24 to $45 and will be delivered at your request anytime from late winter to early spring.  For more information about KDF’s seedling nurseries or to obtain an order form, visit the KDF website at or contact KDF at 1-800-866-0555. 

Kentucky Correctional Industries
Kentucky Correctional Industries (KCI) offers unique, handcrafted gifts, games and household items.  Need an odd size or shape table, bookcase? KCI’s skilled woodworkers specialize in oak, cherry, walnut, and birch hardwoods, and can customize special wood products.  The showroom is open to the public 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  More information is available at

Support local businesses

In addition to buying Kentucky-made products, it is also important to support the businesses in your local area. Many communities have resources available such as local business directories. Here are a few examples:

Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA)
LIBA’s mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of shopping locally. For more information and a member list, visit

Local First Lexington (LFI)
LFI is a registered nonprofit organization formed in 2008 as an alliance of locally owned, independently operated Lexington businesses. The goal is to keep Lexington a unique, interesting and economically stable place to live and work. They encourage Lexington citizens to think “Local First,” so local, home-grown businesses will continue to grow and prosper—and so will Lexington. For more information visit