First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear encourages Kentuckians to support local businesses, buy Kentucky products during the holidays
BEREA, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear encourages Kentuckians to support local businesses and buy Kentucky products this holiday season. To show her support, Mrs. Beshear today presented a proclamation at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea declaring December “Give a Gift Made In Kentucky” Month.
“Kentuckians don’t need to look far for unique and quality gift ideas this Christmas,” Mrs. Beshear said. “Across the Commonwealth, there are countless local shops and businesses filled with books, food, art, toys and more. I encourage everyone to purchase Kentucky-made gifts this holiday season, and discover the exceptional service and personal touch of Kentucky small business.”
The Kentucky Artisan Center features items created by more than 700 Kentucky artisans, including hand-crafted gifts such as woven scarves and blankets, glassware, ornaments, fine furniture, quilts and a wide range of functional and decorative pottery. Other gift ideas available at the center include Kentucky artists’ paintings and photographs, jewelry, books, music, children’s toys and Kentucky Proud food products. The center is located at Interstate 75 Exit 77 (Berea) and is open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
“Today was an especially exciting day as Mrs. Beshear joined us to announce Governor (Steve) Beshear’s proclamation of December 2013 as Give a Gift Made in Kentucky Month,” said Victoria Faoro, executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. “December is a wonderful month for us. Visitors have a great time selecting gifts from the thousands of Kentucky-made products available at the Kentucky Artisan Center.”
Throughout the state there are a variety ways to find and purchase Kentucky-made gifts. Some resources include:
The Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council has partnered with organizations across the state to promote Kentucky artists and support local businesses. For a list of Kentucky Crafted retailers, artists, gallery events, studios and more, visit http://artscouncil.ky.gov/Resources/GiveAGift2013.htm
Kentucky State Parks
Kentucky State Parks are a great place to visit during the winter months with lodge room rates starting at $49.95 a night. Special events such as holiday gatherings, light displays, New Year’s Eve parties and wildlife viewing weekends are among the popular attractions. Visit www.parks.ky.gov for information and reservations.
All 16 Kentucky State Park golf courses remain open during the winter, weather permitting, with discounted greens fees range through March 31, 2014. A great gift idea for golf lovers is the Kentucky State Park Golf Discount Card for $20-$25 that provides four discounted rounds of golf and a fifth round for free. Annual golf passes are also available. For more information on gift cards, annual passes, daily rates and golf packages visit http://www.parks.ky.gov/golf/
Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop Holiday Open House is December 6 and 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy free parking, refreshments, door prizes, storewide discounts, and discounts on park admission as well as park tickets and memberships. In addition, the Kentucky Horse Park Visitor Center is offering discounts on 2014 park admission tickets and Unique Horse Farm Tour certificates. The park's annual Southern Lights Christmas display is also open daily from 5:30-10 p.m. through Dec. 31. Visit www.kyhorsepark.com or call 859-259-4200 for more information.
Kentucky Historical Society
Located in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the 1792 Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Store has a wide selection of books, Kentucky crafts and other specialty items. People can also purchase KHS gift memberships, where members receive free admission to the KHS history campus, special prices on research services and members-only discounts on special events. Call 502-564-1792 or visit www.history.ky.gov for details.
Fish and Wildlife Resources
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers gift certificates which can be used to buy licenses, permits and magazine subscriptions for that hard-to-buy-for hunter or angler on your list. Normally reserved only for subscribers, the 2014 Kentucky Afield calendar is now available for purchase at $7.50 a piece. In addition to outstanding photography, the calendar provides season dates, outdoor tips and nature notes for each month. Gift certificates, the calendar and more are available online at www.fw.ky.gov.
Kentucky Proud labeled products offer a quality guarantee that the item is Kentucky-made. Kentucky Proud products are unique and make great selections for holiday parties and great gifts for anyone on a Christmas list. Support a Kentucky farm family or town market this holiday season by purchasing Kentucky Proud. Find products, producers and recipes at http://www.kyproud.com/.
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:
- Kentucky Heritage Council – Kentucky Main Street Program
The Kentucky Main Street Program is again encouraging consumers to Shop Downtown This Holiday Season! With more than 5,600 small businesses located in 71 participating Kentucky Main Street Program communities, downtowns offer the perfect destinations for holiday shopping, dining and visiting. For more information, visit www.heritage.ky.gov/mainstreet.
- Local First Lexington (LFL)
LFL 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 www.localfirstlexington.com.
- 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 www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.