LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The rain held off Friday night for the Trolley Hop. For the first time, the hop expanded to include a whole new section of South 4th Street. You often hear people talk about revitalizing downtown areas in cities and towns. Here in Louisville, things like the First Friday Trolley Hop are actually making that happen.
Load up the trolley; it’s the first Friday of the month. Of course, for downtown Louisville, that means it’s time for the Trolley Hop!
“We actually want to check several restaurants we’ve never eaten at. We want to try to eat more things that are local to Louisville and try shops that are local to Louisville,” explained trolley hopper Paul Green.
Green and his wife have lived in Louisville for 23 years.
“We actually have never been down to ride the trolley and we thought, this is a great time to get down here and see what they’ve added and see what’s going on downtown,” Green said.
Now, with the expansion of the Trolley Hop to South 4th Street, there’s more than ever to see.
“It’s good!” Gail Hart who has been riding the trolley for years said. “Good for people, you know, they can get out and see what’s going on in the art world and see who they run into.”
Local shops like Les Filles Boutique and Celebrations opened within the last several months. But, Friday was their first night being a part of the Trolley Hop.
“Tonight’s been fantastic,” Celebrations owner Stan Lounsbury said. “We really didn’t know what to expect, but the response and the crowd has been very good.”
Les Filles owner Melissa Willis agreed, “We had kind of a mock, trial trolley hop last month even though we weren’t official yet, and that went well. So, we were expecting it to do pretty well, but this is…it’s great!”
And with the help of the city, this expansion is only the beginning.
“Retail is back on 4th Street,” Lounsbury said. “And it’s just going to get better and better.”
The business owners we talked to said the city has been instrumental in bringing this section of 4th Street back to life. It was obvious Friday with the crowds of people showing up for the Trolley Hop. Even Mayor Greg Fischer stopped in the shops. There are plans to continue the development along the other side of the street as well.