Retail Across America: Kentucky
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There is a little something for everyone in Kentucky. With more than 50,000 stores, the state houses a mix of big-box retailers and local businesses that are driving innovation, giving back to communities they serve and providing life-long careers. In this video, the Kentucky Retail Federation’s Tod Griffin and Ed McCoy, joined by Fred Durham of CafePress and Texas Roadhouse’s Travis Doster, talk about Kentucky’s booming retail industry and how the state’s friendly hospitality plays a part in it.
In Kentucky, retail supports more than 500,000 jobs and contributes $28.4 billion to the commonwealth's economy.
NRF and the Kentucky Retail Federation visited retailers in Louisville, Shelbyville, Frankfort and Lexington. Check out more videos in this series, featuring companies like Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, Completely Kentucky, Poor Richard’s Books, Rebecca Ruth Chocolates, Willis Music, Capital Cellars, Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, Rodes For Him For Her, the Keeneland Gift Shop, Pinkston’s Turf Goods and the Kentucky Derby Museum:
CafePress knows a thing or two about keeping up with the trends: The custom retailer gives shoppers a platform to create unique products and express themselves on the topics and trends of today. NRF went behind the scenes at the brand’s Louisville headquarters to talk with CEO Fred Durham, Director of Engineering Chris Freeman and Director of E-commerce Brandi West about the unique role customers play in their company.
Each of Kentucky’s cities is home to a close-knit community of local businesses where customers are more like a part of the family. Watch as Kentucky small businesses Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe, Completely Kentucky, Poor Richard’s Books, Rebecca Ruth Chocolates and Willis Music, alongside business development organization Downtown Frankfort, Inc. describe their impact on the state’s local communities.
For Kentucky retailers, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most important days of the year. In this video, go inside the drinks, the fashion and the horses of the world’s largest horse race with retailers Capital Cellars, Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, Rodes For Him For Her, the Keeneland Gift Shop, Pinkston’s Turf Goods and the Kentucky Derby Museum.
More stories about retail in Kentucky
Retail in Kentucky: Horses, bourbon and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet
As much as Kentucky is a great place for retail, retail is just as great for Kentucky. Tod Griffin, president of the Kentucky Retail Federation, explains the importance of the industry in the Bluegrass State.
4 small businesses using social media to connect with customers
The Woolery, a specialty fiber arts store in Frankfort, does most of its business online. But a savvy approach to social media turns this Kentucky retail store into a popular destination for knitters, spinners and other artists.
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Kent State student Olufisayo Akanni hit the road with NRF’s Retail Across America crew and was inspired to find retailers in Kentucky successfully balancing work, life and family.
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