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Follow the historic markers to Downtown Georgetown’s ‘Shop Small’ holiday experience

Written by Kathy Witt


This year more than ever, “shop small” will have a big impact – on local, independent business owners hit especially hard by the pandemic; on shoppers who want to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list and feel safe and comfortable while doing so; on communities that benefit when dollars stay in town rather than going elsewhere, like to big box stores and online.

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Why shop small?

Already known for creating a welcoming atmosphere and unforgettable shopping experiences, Georgetown’s more than 40 independently owned shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries are adding lots of sparkle and shine – and we’re not talking merch, although there’ll be plenty of thoughtful, personal and one-of-a-kind gift ideas throughout.

Shop and restaurant owners are upping customer peace of mind by . . .

  • Daily cleaning routines and best practices to create the cleanest shopping experience possible.
  • Observing social distancing, so everyone feels safer visiting this holiday season.
  • Limiting the number of shoppers inside at one time.
  • Wearing masks – employees and visitors alike.
  • Providing shopping appointments, curbside pickup and/or local delivery. (Click links to see updated shopping and restaurant information.)

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Why shop small in Historic Downtown Georgetown?

So many reasons . . . The ambience of small-town Main Street; a picturesque Victorian streetscape trimmed with holiday lights and decorations; inviting storefronts dressed with seasonal color and come-hither displays; owners who care and really want you to have the best shopping experience ever . . . Georgetown is all this plus a history lesson that takes visitors on a downtown walking tour to some unexpected points of interest.Downtonw Georgetown Streetscape

Add to shopping fun by following the newly minted Georgetown Historic Marker Tour to 11 stops, including the Birthplace of Bourbon at Royal Spring (Marker #63), the Scott County Jail/Scott County Jailer’s House (Marker 2605) – a jumping off point to the G-town Jail Trail – and to the Federal-style, circa 1814/1815 Payne Desha House (Marker 2021) that connects Georgetown to the War of 1812. Find directions here; click “Downtown Georgetown.”

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Author: Kathryn Witt

Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.

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