LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new retail store in West Louisville. That’s the big idea, and right now the woman behind the vision is planning a community event on the day of Thunder over Louisville. In our latest installment of the Ninth Street Divide, our Jonathan Wahl shows us how one woman is trying to provide more retail options for people who live west of 9th.
“I literally used to cut up my church socks and make doll dresses,” explained Kirstia Drury, who has had a passion for design since she was a little girl. “The freedom to literally do whatever it is that I want to do. I can work with as many colors, prints, different styles, I mean, just the freedom to be me.”
Today the West End native is the owner of Keyan Karr designs.
“This is our city, this is our neighborhood and we want to see the growth of it,” said Kirstia.
To that end, she’s just one of the local business owners teaming up with Vickie Cobble-Forehand.
“There’s nowhere to shop in our community. It just did not make sense to me. I am a Louisvillian. I am a native, and I currently reside in the West End,” said Vickie. She plans to launch ReVital, a retail shot in West Louisville, featuring all local businesses.
“I believe that there are a lot of people here in our city that create a lot of great products that just lack a store front,” she explained.
Her goal is to make the store affordable for people selling their product.
“Everybody is going to eat. It’s not us trying to live off of you,” said Vickie.
On Saturday, April 21st ReVital will be holding a carnival at Shawnee Park. The event will open at 10am and is open to the public. Her plan is to have food, games, and local vendors from across Kentuckiana. Right now Vickie is still looking for bounce houses, food trucks, an vendors for the event. If you’d like to reach out to Vickie, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.