Tulips and Juleps – How do they do it?

Tulips and Juleps is one of our biggest fundraisers. So how does it raise funds? Tulips and Juleps raises funds three ways including ticket sales for both general admission and special events, the bourbon and wine pull, and the winnings from the silent auction, and most importantly the booth sales. We sell booths to our vendors so that they can come and sell their items. Their continued support is how Tulips and Juleps continues to successfully raise funds for the Junior League of Louisville. The vendors continue to support us not only because of the committee’s hospitality and organization but mostly because of customers walking through the door and attending Tulips and Juleps.

One of the returning vendors that will be at Tulips and Juleps on March 1st and 2nd at Louisville Slugger Stadium is Serenity Grace Bath Bombs and More below is an interview we had with the proprietor.

What is your favorite item or item(s) you sell? Why?

Our favorite item that we make/sell are our Handmade Bath Bombs. We do not use any preservatives in our product, so the natural aspects and the scents can be enjoyed without all the harsh chemicals some bath bomb manufacturers use.

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How did you get your idea of opening your store?

A small affordable space became available in our hometown, and we decided to give it a try. Things took off well, and we have grown into a larger space and not only sell bath bombs but have moved on to jewelry and children’s clothing as well.

What is your top selling item you sell?

Our top selling item that will be available at Tulips & Juleps will be our Bourbon Vanilla Oak bath bomb.

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Can’t wait to for Tulips and Juleps on March 1st at Louisville Slugger? Then be sure to stop by the Serenity Grace storefront located at suite 107 7813 Beulah Church Road, Louisville, KY, 40228 and tell them you heard about them through the JLL Blog.


A New Year and a New Tulips and Juleps Spotlight Vendor

Happy New Year!!!! A New Year and a New Spotlight Vendor that will make you wish that it was March 1 – the kick-off to Tulips and Juleps which will be held at the Louisville Slugger Field.

Vendors love our event and much of it is due to the Junior League of Louisville members, as well as the loyal shoppers that come and visit the vendors every year. This is one of the reasons that Connie from Heart Strands has been a returning vendor. Read her interview below:

I want to say “Thank You” for this opportunity.  I really enjoyed being a vendor at last year’s event.  Everyone with Junior League did a wonderful job putting it all together and made it fun for all involved. I enjoy working with everyone involved with Tulips and Juleps.  It is very well organized, and they make the vendors feel special and appreciated for being there.

Let me start by saying I do not have a store front or a website.  I participate in several events yearly where I offer my jewelry for sale.  I have purposely chosen to run my business this way.  One of the biggest pleasures I get from what I do is getting out in public and meeting the people who come by my booth.  I love the social interaction and answering any questions they might have about the design process.

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Whenever I am asked where I come up with my ideas, I like to joke by saying at least I have something floating around in my head.  A lot of times when I am in the process of buying my beads or pendants, an idea will come to mind by just holding the bead pendant up and looking it over.  Sometimes I will lay the piece that I am wanting to design out on my work station and an image of the finished product will come to mind.

I use natural gemstones in my designs and the majority of them are one of a kind.  I go out of state twice yearly to the warehouses and pick my beads out in person.

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I have always been a huge lover of all jewelry, whether gold, silver, gemstone or simply costume/fashion jewelry.  I started out in 2002 by making some pieces for myself.  Whenever I wore the pieces I made I would have people ask me about them. That is how I got started designing jewelry.  Sometimes I make matching sets consisting of a necklace, earrings and bracelet, but most of the time I make pieces that will interact with other items I have designed.

Tulips and Juleps is Just Around the Corner

Tulips & Juleps is just around the corner it will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 and Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Louisville Slugger Field. Tulips & Juleps is an annual art and gift market featuring vendors from across the region. This is our 13th annual market; in 2015, we moved our long-standing holiday market, Hollydays, to the spring to attract shoppers preparing for spring and Derby. Last year we attracted over 65 vendors and raised $20,000+ in funds to support our mission! In addition to GREAT shopping, we feature special events throughout the weekend including a silent auction with unique products and experiences!

The success of this event is in part due to our amazing vendors. In the coming weeks we would like to highlight nine vendors that will be at Tulips and Juleps and give you a sneak peek of the items that you can purchase at Tulips & Juleps as well as give you a bit more information on the vendors.

This week we had a Q&A with the husband and wife team of Merging Metals. MergingMetals aims to create an ethical and sustainable future by raising awareness of material sourcing issues and practices.
MergingMetals creates unique and unconventional wearable, each lovingly handcrafted and made with purpose. Why do we call them wearables rather than jewelry? Our pieces are more than jewelry, they are wearable works of art, wearable hints of nature at its finest.

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Where do you get your inspiration to make your items?

Our inspiration comes straight from nature. Each design, distinctive and unique, cannot be replicated and represents nature both physically and symbolically. Our design aesthetic embraces a more organic and unrefined look reflective of the natural world.

 What is your top-selling item you sell?

Real copper feather necklaces. This beautiful statement piece that is pictured below will be available at Tulips and Juleps!

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What was the hardest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?

Working with your spouse, we say we built MergingMetals on love, creativity, and arguments; we may not always see eye to eye but at the end of the day we envision the same thing.

What is your favorite item or item(s) you sell? Why?

Steven and I each have favorite items we like to create. I love to make statement necklaces with tree bark, truly making nature wearable. Steven can’t get enough of making “halo” crystal necklaces. Matching up the perfect stone is quite the job! Both items below will also be available for purchase at Tulips and Juleps

His Favorite

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Her Favorite

Her Favorite

Would you like to know more about MergingMetals or can’t wait until Tulips and Juleps to wear some of their beautiful creations you can go to their website at www.mergingmetals.com or via Instagram: @mergingmetals. Stay Tuned for more  Vendor Spotlights.

JLL Community Partner for IdeaFestival 2017


Over the course of four days every autumn, IdeaFestival takes physical form in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. This event is for anyone, irrespective of any  demographic, to collaborate and be inspired to think differently.

The result of this is an environment that not only proves to be a disruptive catalyst for innovation, but also cultivates valuable relationships through the intermingling of diverse topics and backgrounds.

We give you permission to think differently and share that way of thinking with other creative minds.

The Junior League of Louisville is proud to be a Community Partner for IdeaFestival® 2017, held this year from Sept 26 – 28 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. IdeaFestival is an eclectic network of global thinkers and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about what is impacting and shaping the future of the arts, business, technology, design, science, philosophy and education.

Please click the here for a complete list of all events!


Hollydays Recap and 2015 News!

Junior League of Louisville’s 2013 Hollydays was a wonderful and fun event despite the crazy early December weather! Friday night was cut short due to the worsening road conditions. On Saturday, although it was still bitterly cold, the sunshine and new Louisville Slugger Field location helped make spirits and shopping much more enjoyable. There were so many unique and new vendors this year from beautiful accessories to active wear to home decor, there was something for everyone. Saturday night was our Annual Girls Night Out; Candy Canes and Cocktails which featured an array for drinks and food for guests to enjoy while shopping.

Junior League of Louisville would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our event:

Cabot Vermont Cheese
Chrisman Mill Vinyards
Mark’s Feed Store
Heaven Hill
Falls City Beer
Christmas at the Galt House
Cafe Press
Today’s Women
Kosair Charities
Mellow Mushroom
The Comfy Cow
Commonwealth Bank
The Paint Spot
Uptown Art
Sweets by Millie
Dish on Market
Kern’s Kitchen
Buffalo Wild Wings – St. Matthews
W.W. Cousins
Gigi’s Cupcakes
Sam’s Club

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who braved the weather and helped make Hollydays a great event!
Our 2013 Vendors:
The Final Touch Gift Wrap
Dipper’s Delight
Asteria Jewelry Cleaner
CUTCO Cutlery
Southern Charm Jewelry
Pearly Vine by Heidi Ackley
Southern City Flavors
Casually Cashmere
Usborne Books & More
Scentsy Fragrance
Pink Eyed Sissies
Chrisman Mill Vineyards
Bourbon Built
Joey Eric
Kentucky Blue Fiber Co.
Kards by Kristi & Premier Designs
Handmade by Peake
Enrique Gonzalez
Birkat Adonai Farm
The WOW Factor
Newmans Finishing Touches
Words Do Matter
Melissa Vap
Twiggy Originals & Sincerely Lowry
Barkstown Road
Salon Lou
Fou Fou Fazoo
C.J. Boots & Co.
My Framed Name
Coo-Coo ka-ZOO & All That Sparkles
Lela Ray Jewelry
Wize Guyz Foodz
DayNa Richele Photography & Design
Native Crafts
Nerium International
Simply Sassy
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists
That’s Perfect
Hillbilly Gourmet

Hollydays is MOVING next year to the SPRING! Be on the lookout for additional information and updates for a Spring 2015 shopping event!

Hollydays is just around the corner!

An exciting change is on the horizon for the top JLL fundraiser of the year – Hollydays Art & Gift Market 2013 will be held at Louisville Slugger Field! Join us downtown for the eighth annual event which will take place Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. The change in venue is sure to deliver great new energy to what is always a fun outing for members of the Louisville community and visitors alike.

The weekend line up is not to be missed! Friday night kicks off with Blues, Brews & BBQ: A Night in the Bluegrass, featuring live entertainment by CheKane, barbeque compliments of Mark’s Feed Store, bourbon from Heaven Hill, and Falls City beer. General admission shopping kicks off at 9am on Saturday with special events throughout the day, including a Princess Tea sponsored by Christmas at the Galt House, and painting with Uptown Art and Paint Spot.

Don’t miss Saturday Evening’s Girl’s Night Out: Candy Canes & Cocktails, which includes an exclusive silent auction, spirits by Heaven Hill, Falls City beer, wine from Chrisman Mill, appetizers, SWAG bags compliments of Café Press, and great shopping! JLL members will receive a general meeting credit for attending on Saturday night, and a fundraising credit is available to members who spend $200 with our vendors over the course of the weekend – time to multitask ladies!

General admission each day is $5, with a full weekend pass available for $25. Be sure to watch the membership calendar for shifts with opportunities to fill fundraising credits. See you there!

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Louisville Stoneware: The Art of Living!

As mentioned in our “Louisville Originals” post, Louisville Stoneware offers an excellent aray of products and is truly a cultural icon of the city.
The richness of raw materials. The perfection of a basic form. The poetry of a hand-applied brush stroke. In our machine-driven age, these natural and simple essences seem to have become a lost art.
Since our early beginnings, we have been dedicated to the craft of transforming clay into enduring, functional stoneware pottery art forms. Working with the basic elements of earth, water, air and fire, skilled artisans create timelessly beautiful dinnerware, bakeware, serving pieces, collectibles, and artisan that can be enjoyed and cherished for many generations.

Some designs are subtle—others are more striking and exuberant—but what they all have in common is an underlying belief that humble, everyday objects have an important place in our lives and homes.

As one of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the U.S., Louisville Stoneware has been a part of the lives of generations of customers, neighbors, friends and business partners. While our company has grown over the years, we still source our clay from local suppliers and employ the talents of regional artisans.

Louisville Stoneware has a Retail Showroom where they sell Bluegrass Gatherings.  They are one of our best accounts in town.  The showroom is located at 731 Brent Street, directly off Broadway. Their hours are  Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm.  Show them your support by visiting today.
The richness of raw materials. The perfection of a basic form. The poetry of a hand-applied brush stroke. In our machine-driven age, these natural and simple essences seem to have become a lost art.
Since our early beginnings, we have been dedicated to the craft of transforming clay into enduring, functional stoneware pottery art forms. Working with the basic elements of earth, water, air and fire, skilled artisans create timelessly beautiful dinnerware, bakeware, serving pieces, collectibles, and artisan that can be enjoyed and cherished for many generations.