Skip the Mall, Shop the Avenue on Black Friday


The Frankfort Avenue FAT Friday Trolley Hop will be running all day on Black Friday, November 28th, in keeping with the day after Thanksgiving shopping tradition. Trolleys will run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Most stores will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   

While other shoppers flock to the mall and battle crowded parking lots and long check-out lines, you can enjoy a leisurely day of strolling on Frankfort Avenue, shopping at the Butchertown Market and exploring the nooks and crannies of the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center. Combine shopping on historic Frankfort Avenue with visits to the galleries, antique stores and coffee shops. Most stores and galleries will have special sales and free demonstrations. It's a lively event for the entire family and a unique way to showcase Louisville to out-of-town guests. 

The FAT Friday Trolley Hop, on the last Friday of each month, provides FREE parking and transportation to participating shops, restaurants and galleries along the Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenue corridor. Trolley hoppers can enjoy a unique shopping experience by visiting the wide variety of independently owned boutiques and shops offering many items visitors won't likely find elsewhere from vintage and consignment clothing to outdoor gear, imported crafts, fine art, antiques, home furnishings and accents, wine, books, coffee, and so much more.

Trolley hoppers are also invited to indulge their palate at one of Frankfort Avenue's locally owned bistros, pubs or cafés. Visitors can choose from Filipino, Irish, Japanese or Mediterranean cuisine, as well as authentic Italian and classic Southern comfort food, in a wide range of atmospheres, including al fresco, to suit any taste. 

During FAT Friday, free trolleys run from Johnson Street in Butchertown to Frankfort and Stilz Avenues with a stop at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center. It connects restaurants, galleries and shops in Clifton, Crescent Hill and Butchertown.

FAT Friday Trolley Hops are sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Maker's Mark, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, along with 30 local sponsoring businesses on Frankfort, Mellwood and Story Avenues. Transportation is provided by TARC. For more information about specific F.A.T. Friday events, the trolley schedule, and the participating businesses, please visit

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