“Keeneland Mercantile” Opens In Downtown Lexington

(Keeneland Opens “Keeneland Mercantile” in downtown Lexington / Photos Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Keeneland Association is pleased to announce today’s opening of Keeneland Mercantile in the new City Center block in the heart of downtown Lexington.

Keeneland Mercantile celebrated its opening Tuesday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Keeneland and city officials and local business leaders.

With a curated selection of beautifully crafted goods from artisans throughout the South, Keeneland Mercantile offers a unique retail experience for those who call Lexington home and guests visiting the Horse Capital of the World.

“Keeneland’s dedication to heritage and culture is at the heart of Keeneland Mercantile, which establishes a powerful downtown presence for Thoroughbred racing,” Keeneland Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Vince Gabbert said. “The tradition of racing, the nod to our roots in the iconic Keeneland sycamore tree featured in the Keeneland Mercantile brand and our commitment to quality and community all converge to create this new retail destination.”

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Keeneland Mercantile blends Keeneland’s timeless elegance with a modern aesthetic to showcase regionally made and locally sourced products for both daily use and celebratory occasions.

“Keeneland Mercantile reflects the best of what our region, our tradition and our craftsmen have to offer,” Keeneland Director of Retail Kyle Cassin said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for Keeneland to further elevate the guest experience and connect with new racing fans.”

The shop features an array of personal, household and consumable items from such sought-after vendors as:

  • Clayton & Crume – Keeneland Mercantile offers a unique handcrafted experience with on-site heat-stamped personalization of select leather goods.
  • Stoneware & Co. – Art-based pottery company from Louisville founded in 1815.
  • Lexington Silver – Inspired by the timeless designs of renowned Lexington silversmith Asa Blanchard, Lexington Silver reproduces classic silver and pewter bar accessories.
  • Terrane Glass – Handblown glassware from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.
  • Bourbon Barrel Foods – Located in Louisville, the nation’s only soy sauce microbrewery and a cornerstone in the bourbon and gourmet food industry.
  • Art Eatables – Louisville-based bourbon-focused chocolate store that specializes in elegant candies infused with bourbon.
  • Olive and Sinclair – A Nashville factory known as Tennessee’s only bar-to-bean company that offers handmade chocolate and confections.
  • Steurer & Co. Leatherworks – Made in Louisville, these thoughtfully designed, handcrafted leather goods are inspired by Kentucky history and made to last a lifetime.
  • Brit & Blue – With a mission to create timeless garments that convey a life well lived. The Keeneland-edition Duck Cloth Blazer is exclusively available at Keeneland Mercantile.
  • Bittermilk – A Charleston, South Carolina, line of handcrafted cocktail mixers for cocktail enthusiasts made by bartenders with real ingredients.

Keeneland Mercantile is located on the ground level of The Offices at City Center at the intersection of Main and Limestone Streets. The shop is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Participants in the Keeneland Mercantile ribbon cutting, held Tuesday, May 14, were (left to right): Bob Quick, Commerce Lexington President & Chief Executive Officer; R. Dudley Webb, Chairman & Co-Founder, The Webb Companies; Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton; Vince Gabbert, Keeneland Vice President & Chief Operating Officer;Kyle Cassin, Keeneland Director of Retail; Terry Sweeney, President & Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Lexington Partnership; and Christa Marrillia, Keeneland Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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