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NuLu Nights keeps businesses open late on E. Market Street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- During the day, you can find handmade soap, jewelry, gender neutral clothing and macaroons in NuLu, but you can't always find them in the evening.

“So we said okay, well let's do something fun. Let's have NuLu Nights,” NuLu Business Association’s Ina Miller said.

NuLu Nights pushes to keep businesses open later than usual, so customers can have time to both eat and shop after work. It’s every Thursday until 8 p.m. through the fall season.

“We love the idea of NuLu Nights,” said Maya Griffin, manager of the Revelry Gallery.

Shops and galleries like Revelry are working together with area bars and restaurants like Galaxie Bar.

Galaxie is a place that's always open late, but is playing live music on Thursdays to help bring people to the neighborhood.

“We're all actually a pretty tight knit group, we're all friends in this area,” Galaxie Bar partner, Thor Morgan said. “So we try to support people because we know if more people come to this neighborhood to patronize other businesses, they'll probably walk around and check stuff out and visit everyone.”

“Decca is doing half-priced bottles of wine on Thursday and Wiltshire has [what they call] happy hour and a half. It's from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and they have complimentary tapas on Thursday nights,” Miller said.

You couldn't always find shops and restaurants like these in NuLu.

“You're looking 10 to 15 years ago, this place looked much different than it does today,” Miller said.

But it's that feeling of togetherness and shopping local that attracts businesses.

“The ability to spend [money] on the place you live in, I take more pride in that because I meet the artist, I know who they are, I know their families,” Griffin said.

“We always try to be a little bit progressive with the food and beverage scene," Morgan said.  "This was a neighborhood that seemed to be moving in that direction, so it seemed like it would make a good fit for us."

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