Making Thanksgiving Easy as Pie

Local First Lexington is excited about our Holiday Shopping Challenge (starting Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26), but let’s not forget the first Holiday of the season – Thanksgiving.

Here are 7 ways you can locally source your Thanksgiving celebration.

Prepping your house for guests

If you are the lucky member of the family hosting the festivities this year, or if you are hosting a ‘Friendsgiving’ celebration, I’m sure you are crazy busy preparing your house. Let local businesses do some of the work for you.

Simplify & Pursue – First things first: take care of that clutter. Simplify & Pursue is an in home organizing service. Robin lives to make your life easier. With a clean and organized home, your holidays are sure to be more about celebrating than stressing about where you stored that dang electric turkey knife.

Barnhill Chimney Company – You’ll want to make sure your chimney is clean and ready for that after dinner fire.

Mulberry & Lime – For the most posh Thanksgiving linens, and table settings, stop into Mulberry & Lime. Owner and Local First Lexington board member, Mary Ginocchio would love to show you around.

Where to buy wine

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” -Anthelme Brillat Savarin.
No one likes a day without sunshine! Local First has you covered with some of the most knowledgeable and affordable wine stops in Lexington.

Corner Wine – If you’re looking for affordable wines and a knowledgeable staff Corner Wine is for you.  “The most affordable wine you’ve ever seen in a small space.” 90% of wines sell for $7-$15. Owner Greg D. says he was born into the liquor/wine industry. His father and grandfather were wholesalers starting in 1946 and he joined the family business in 1974.  Gary worked as a buyer for big box stores before opening his own place. Affordable wines are his thing and he’d love to help you find the best wine for your celebration.

Wines on Vine – Lexington’s most European inspired wine bar and bistro. Wines on Vine offers a selection of over 450 wines for you to enjoy at home, or have while dining with us at lunch or dinner. They would like you to consider the shop your personal wine cellar.

The main event


The main attraction for any Thanksgiving celebration is always the food. Sourcing your food locally nearly guarantees fresh ingredients that will dazzle your guests.

Lexington Farmer’s Market – Nothing says local and fresh like the farmer’s market. Lexington Farmer’s Market sets up year round every Saturday from 8am – 2pm in under the Cheapside Pavilion (241 West Main St.). Their Tuesday & Thursday markets will also be open through November at 400 W. Maxwell st from 7am – 4pm (or sellout).

Good Foods Co-Op – I can’t think of any store more like a family than the Good Foods Co-op. Locally owned at its finest. You do not have to be a coop member to buy there, but it may be a great time to consider it. Check out their ‘Six Days of Sampling: A Holiday How-To going on this weekend (Nov. 11,12, & 13) and next (Nov. 18,19 & 20).

Salt Rox LLC – Spice up your feast this year with Salt Rox Pink Himalayan Salt Cooking Plates and other Himalayan Salt products. Salt Rox is a small, family-owned company located in Central Kentucky. Let these self-proclaimed foodies turn you into a believer in the power of Himalayan salt.

Be a great guest with a great host/ hostess gift

Finding a gift to meet your host or hostess’ style has never been easier. Gift shops in Lexington are plentiful. We’d suggest you check out: Adele, Artique, Failte Irish Imports, Kentucky for Kentucky, Lucia’s World Emporium, World’s Apart, or Peggy’s Gifts and Accessories.

If you’re looking for something clean and all-purpose check out Redbeard Brand.
Redbeard Brand – Who doesn’t love artisan soaps? Zeb and his wife Lauren turned their hobby into a business with Redbeard Brand. They specialize in all-natural, handcrafted luxury beer soap which they call Brew Bars. If a few soaps aren’t enough, you can sign your host or hostess up for Brew Bar Box Subscription where they can get one to three bars a month. One dollar of every box sold goes to  Help One Now, a catalytic tribe committed to empowering and resourcing high-capacity local leaders who care for orphans and vulnerable children in order to transform communities and break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Sanity saver


If the festivities get a little out of control, and your social anxiety starts to rise, you may need something to keep your hand busy and your mind at ease. Stock-up on your favorite hobby supplies before the family rolls in.

Rebelle – ReBelle is a full-service knit shop offering a wide variety of fibers and classes to get your creative juices flowing. In addition to yarns and notions, we carry spinning supplies ranging from domestic and exotic fibers to spindles and carders.

Going out of town?

Don’t forget to make arrangements for your fur-babies. Many kennels and house sitting services fill up early during the holidays, thankfully there are several options for pet care this holiday season.

Fuzzbuddies is a team of three pet sitters who specialize in dogs, cats, ferrets, and other small animals.

Pawsitively Paradise Dog Resort is a full service dog care facility offering daycare, boarding, and grooming. 

Critter Sitters offers pet sitting, daily walks, house sitting, and pet taxi services.

Dogtown is another full service dog care facility offering daycare, boarding and grooming. Boarding at Dogtown means your dog won’t be locked in a kennel all day! All dogs welcome… big and small, young and old. Dogs must pass an interview and be one of their regular dogs to board with Dogtown.

Giving locally for Thanksgiving

The Lexington Rescue Mission
has been serving Thanksgiving dinner to families in need for 15 years. Roughly 500 people receive a traditional Thanksgiving feast including: turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

You can be a part of this great tradition by donating food, money or by volunteering your time.
If you are interested in serving at the dinner, please contact Emily Owens at as soon as possible because volunteer slots fill up fast.

It only costs $1.96 to feed one person a Thanksgiving Dinner, click here to donate.

Food donations are accepted at the Outreach Center, 444 Glen Arvin Ave, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9:30am – 1:30pm. They need: Turkeys, stuffing mix, milk, dinner rolls, celery, onions, potatoes, green beans, sugar, creamer, stick butter, coffee, pumpkin pie, and whipped topping.