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    Friday evening, six of the nine new shops that make up the South Fourth District held their first-ever First Friday SoFo Hop. Though not yet officially a part of the larger First Friday Trolley Hop in Downtown Louisville – thus, no trolley on this outing – the SoFo hop did draw attention from the visitors and locals making their way through Fourth Street Live.

    One of the bigger draws occurred outside the storefront of Block Party Handmade Boutique, where guests could hammer nails into a board while following an outline of Kentucky, Indiana, a star or a heart, then run string around each nail to create a geometric piece of string art. This crafting class was just one of the many free things everyone visiting the area could experience, with giveaways being held at Les Filles Louisville and Celebrations, libations, discounts, live music and more.

    The next SoFo Hop will occur on the first Friday of July; the possibility of a trolley remains in the background as of this writing. For more information this and other upcoming events in SoFo, you may visit the SoFo Louisville Facebook page.

    Photos: Facebook/SoFo Louisville and Cameron Miquelon/

    A few visitors dropped by Les Filles Louisville as the hop began.
    Customers also gathered at Regalo, Gifthorse and Art Eatables.
    Stan Lounsbury, co-owner of Celebrations, speaking with a client.
    At Celebrations, lots of libations would be had, as well as live music and giveaways.
    A few others also knocked out a string art piece for themselves.
    And here's the end result.
    Not as many nails as the example above, but it's still Kentucky.
    Yours truly was the first to take on the challenge.
    The string art that all guests could try their hand at creating.
    Mary Levinsky, owner of Block Party Handmade Boutique, helping a customer with a purchase.
    My ride is here. Until next time!

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    Former fashion writer for, now contributing writer for Dispatches Europe. Freelance writer for a handful businesses. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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