Good Ole’ Southern Pride belongs in no better place than in the heart of our city. And while some say buying local is a fleeting fad, Louisvillians have shown throughout history and today that the best choice is the local Louisville choice. Here are Louisvillians’ top five favorite Louisville made products.
1. Disco Balls
National Products Inc. churns out 90 percent of the world’s disco balls. But, did you know these discos are made on our very own Baxter Avenue? While the 70’s disco fever made these Louisville products a favorite of everyone, they have been around much longer making them a favorite of Louisvillians.
2. Louisville Slugger
When seventeen year old, John Bud Hillerich, slipped away from work one afternoon to watch Louisville’s major league baseball team, Louisville Eclipse, he unknowningly changed the course of his father’s company. J.F. Hillerich had envisioned his company’s future in furniture, but when his son invited a few baseball players to their store, they found a bat that would never let them down in the dugout.
3. Vendome Copper & Brass Works Inc.
Founded in 1904, Vendome Copper & Brass Works embodies Louisville made products with four generations of this family business going strong. When the Cincinnati based Hoffman Ahlers coppersmith firm decided to close it’s Louisville doors, W. Elmore Sherman, Sr., then in his early 20's, bought the business. Sherman, who had worked as a bookkeeper for the Louisville operation, decided to continue the tradition in the city he called home. Today Vendome is known for quality distilling equipment, brass works and other products.
4. Muth’s Candy, since 1921
With a collection of candy solely dedicated to Derby, Muth’s candies represent the city’s best in sweet confections. Located downtown on East Market Street, Muth’s stands, not only as a Louisville landmark, but as a staple of up and coming neighborhood Nulu. With Valentines day coming, a trip to Muth’s Candy is a must for whoever you’re sweet for.
5. Modjeska candies
When Helena Modjeska caught the loving eye of Louisville confectioner, Anton Busath, a Modjeska was born. This perfect creation of marshmallow dipped in caramel, emerged in the 1880’s in Louisville and has stayed a city sweet favorite ever since.