walkLEX: Shorty's

Shorty's - Lexington, Ky.      Shorty's - Lexington, KY
A Month Pre-Opening      Grand Opening Day
A few weeks ago, I got a sneak peek at what was to come. For the first time in years, a grocery store would open in downtown Lexington. Having grown up downtown, I remember the nearest grocer being either the Winn Dixie on Leestown or the Kroger on Euclid. Well, folks. The times they are a changin'!

My April visit revealed an unfinished ceiling, new subway tile, exposed brick, an empty bank vault ... and blueprints. A month ago, this space could have been finished as a law office, a loft or anything. But it was planned to be and has opened as a grocery store.

Shorty's - An Urban Market opened on Sunday, May 1 with a ribbon-cutting and champagne. I held a glass in one hand and my two-year-old's hand in the other. As we explored the selection, we found a great selection of meats, fruits and veggies and packaged food. Prices were comparable with other high-end groceries, but the convenience factor at Shorty's is high for those working and living downtown.

The remodeling of the suite at 163 West Short Street is part of the Traditional Bank Building (which was formerly the home  of Central Bank & Trust) was designed by EOP Architecture of Lexington. Milk bottle light fixtures, dark wooden shelving and a refrigerated section in the bank vault are some of the highlighted features.

As a result of having my 2-year-old at hand, I couldn't snap the number of pictures I normally would have taken. Even so, check out my other before-after shots on flickr. Check out some more great photographs from Savoring Kentucky and canonchef. If you are in the area, check out Shorty's - it is a great example of adaptive reuse. And, at least on its first day, it is a great little grocer!

This post was republished by kyforward.com on May 18, 2011.