The Nitty Gritty is one of my favorite stores in Louisville (even better it’s next to one of my favorite restaurants, Lynn’s Paradise Cafe). Located on Barrett Ave, this vintage store sells all sorts of goodies ranging from cat-eye glass frames to roller skates, gold beaded high tops to airplane and buggy shaped belt buckles. When I was living at home, it was always a treat to have my mother take me there and I always tried to go as much as often. Each time I’m there, I make it a point to buy a button (or several – my whole collection stems from there). One time I found a pair of gold shoes! They were practically glued to my feet all through junior year of high school. (Now they contently sit in my closet, proudly adorned with Clinton Kelly of WNTW’s signature).
For some reason, Tova had never been there before (!). So Saturday we grabbed our wallets and I grabbed my father’s car and we drove to the holy land of Louisville that is The Nitty Gritty. Tova was beside herself. I was smitten to be back. Even better, the owner, Terri, remembered me! I was happily surprised. With every store I enter, I enter with the hopes that I will someday become a regular; where all the workers know me by name and occasionally grant me a special gift. And it happened! Terri graciously let us take a button each, one that made my heart beat scary fast as soon as I saw it (Stay tuned to see).
The Nitty Gritty is not just a fabulous store, but my vintage-filled home away from home.
Second City tee: Second City Chicago
Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet
Grey trousers: Urban Outfitters Surplus Store
Button: The Nitty Gritty