Discover Cynthiana, KY Part 1
A downtown revitalization trend has been emerging in the state the past few years and I couldn’t be more thrilled! What does that mean for you as a Kentuckian? This movement suggests great weekend getaways and day trips that are not only new, fun and exciting but also budget friendly. So forget about those flight miles and discover more of what Kentucky has to offer! Cynthiana, KY is one such city that is embracing a new era.
*Family Friendly *Photos by @Bluegrass_Collaborative
First, some quick facts. Cynthiana is located on the banks of the South Licking River. The town was established in 1793, within a year of Kentucky’s own statehood. The county was founded by Colonel Benjamin Harrison and the city was built on the lands of Robert Harrison. According to the record, was named in honor of Harrison’s daughters, Cynthia and Anna.The city is home to approximately 6,500 residents and is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Cynthiana has Kentucky’s second-largest collection of buildings with mid-19th century, cast iron storefronts. Many of these examples of federal-style architecture have stood since the community’s earliest years and are in the process of restoration.
I was lucky enough to meet the mayor, James Smith and he explained that Cynthiana suffered after the decline of tobacco revenue several years back. According to Mayor Smith, as late as five years ago the Rohs Opera House and Biancke’s restaurant were the only two businesses open to the public downtown, aside from law, accountant and a few other offices. More on those two businesses later. Now the tide has turned and the proud city of Cynthiana is thriving with dynamite local restaurants, shops and artwork.
I would like to start with Inspired Designs, a lovely women’s boutique owned by Stacey Ecklar. A fellow business owner referred to Stacey as the “Trail Blazer” of the Cynthiana, KY downtown revival. A busy mother, Stacey opened in May of 2016 in the hopes of affording herself and others an alternative to traveling to another city to purchase attractive apparel.
Today the shop has relocated to a larger space at 134 East Pike Street and provides women with wallet friendly, quality apparel and accessories. Huge, dried, floral arrangements catch your eye when you step through the entrance. These are creations of Lauren of Brownings Flower Truck. I always appreciate the results of a creative collaboration.
Inspired Designs Boutique carries hats, shoes, boots, clothing, accessories and some nice gift items. I loved their stacked and beaded bracelets. They offer snugly sweaters and super cute plaid Keds. They even have a Denim Bar with lots of styles from which to choose. Inspired Design carries Peepers brand eye wear which are terrific for those of us who spend several hours a day viewing electronic screens.
All that shopping put me in the mood for a caffeine boost and I headed straight to The Main Cup. This nonprofit coffee shop does so much good inside and outside of their walls. With each purchase, part of your money goes to Living Waters for the World which is a clean water initiative that assists impoverished communities establish and preserve pure sources for their inhabitants. The Cup also helps local schools, nursing homes and animal shelters.
In recent years Biancke has expanded with the Station at Biancke’s. This cozy bar boasts live music, karaoke, yummy food and refreshing drinks.
To Cynthiana from:
Lexington- 28 miles
Georgetown- 22 miles
Covington- 57 miles
Louisville- 93 miles
A downtown revitalization trend has been emerging in the state the past few years and I couldn’t be more thrilled! What does that mean for you as a Kentuckian? This movement suggests great weekend getaways and day trips that are not only new, fun and exciting but also budget friendly. So forget about those flight…