We live about an hour’s drive away from Louisville. It’s a bigger city than Lexington, and I don’t visit very often. So when I am there, I never quite remember where things are, or how to get from one of the city’s unique neighborhoods to another. Which means that I can’t pinpoint exactly where the delightful Carmichael’s Bookstores are, but I do recall that the location we visited (there are three) is on the corner, on a street of charming stores, restaurants, and a delicious coffee shop.
The original Carmichael’s location opened in 1978, and the tiny collection of family-owned bookstores has been going strong ever since.
The one we happened into is small, but it’s filled to the brim with an impressive collection of books, book-related and bookish gifts, and – another favorite of mine – puzzles. There may not be a lot of space here, but there’s an awful lot to browse through.
When you find yourself in Louisville, be sure to pay a visit to at least one of the Carmichaels!