College Day!

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Calling all college students in the state of Kentucky! This one is for you ONLY! In celebration of all of Kentucky’s hard working college students, this Saturday, November 11th we’ll be having COLLEGE DAY at KYforKY! All day, shop either of our in-store locations and receive 20% OFF your purchase and a FREE Kentucky Kicks Ass tee when you show us your college ID (in store only)!



College Day Sale


Saturday, November 11th


The KYforKY Fun Mall

720 Bryan Ave

Lexington, KY 40505


The KYforKY Fun Stall at The Summit

120 Summit at Fritz Farm #155, Lexington, KY 40502


Hot Brown Blueprints

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Who loves hot browns, y’all?! If you’re from Kentucky, you should be raising your hand. The Kentucky Hot Brown originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., in the 1920’s, and it remains one of Kentucky’s most famous edible inventions. If you’re not familiar, the Kentucky Hot Brown is an open-faced oven-toasted sandwich of turkey, bacon, and Mornay sauce. Basically, pure deliciousness. This Wednesday, November 8th at 10 a.m., we’ll be launching Hot Brown Blueprints in honor of this legendary Kentucky entrée. These mouthwatering prints depict all the essential ingredients and the sequence in which they should be assembled in order to create the perfect Kentucky Hot Brown. A great holiday gift for any hot brown-lovin’ Kentuckian! Designed by Rachael Sinclair and handprinted in-house by The Giant Robot, prints are available in blue or white 80-pound cover paper. Eat ’em up!

Y’ALL! Oxford American magazine, The New Yorker of the South, just dropped their 19th Annual Southern Music Issue, and, this time, the great Commonwealth of Kentucky is in the spotlight. Well, nobody loves Kentucky and Kentucky music more than we do, so we decided to show our support with a full-page ad promoting KY for KY and our spinoff Southern Socks.


Why does that warrant a blog post? Because it’s a badass ad. That’s why.


If you aren’t familiar with Oxford American magazine, it’s a quarterly literary publication dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing. So we thought the best way to get the attention of a bunch of bookworms was to put a big, glaring typo right at the top of our ad. And not just any typo. The mother of all typos. The #1 pet peeve of every grammar nazi on the planet.


Check it out.



Ouch. It hurts to read it, doesn’t it? Knowing full well that copywriters and editors have been killed for letting an error like that slip by, we felt like we should at least put a small disclaimer at the bottom of the ad to clear things up.


We know. It’s “your” not “you’re.” We just figured that a typo would be the best way for our ad to stand out in a fine publication like Oxford American Magazine. But nice catch anyway, William Faulkner.



We’ll probably still catch an earful for such a sacrilegious stunt, but were we’re okay with that.


We’ve always thought Kentucky deserved more attention. That’s why we started this thing. And whenever anyone else wants to join us in preaching the Gospel of Kentucky, we’re always ready with the metaphorical megaphone to help amp up their message. In that spirit, when our friends at the Oxford American magazine let us know that they’d chosen The Bluegrass State as the focus of their much-anticipated annual Southern Music Issue, we jumped at the chance to show our support for Kentucky’s amazing musicians and writers. We’re even running a full-page ad that we think y’all are gonna love. More on that later.



For now, in case you don’t already know, the Oxford American is to the South as The New Yorker is to the North. In their own words, it’s a “nonprofit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.”


Long story short, it’s not exactly Upworthy. And this year, under the guidance of editor Eliza Borné, the revered magazine returns to the popular music issue series that’s been published sporadically since 1997.


“Working on this issue has been a pure joy,” says Borné. “Kentucky’s musical tradition is so rich for exploration and celebration. I love to introduce our readers to music across decades and genres, regions and styles. Kentucky made it easy for us to showcase breadth and depth: from bluegrass to hip-hop, classical to indie rock; music made in hollers and cities; songs recorded from the 1920s to the present; lyrics inspired by the landscape, or the labor movement, or love. It’s all there in Kentucky and in this issue.”


According to Borné, readers can expect some truly special work from notable Kentuckians like Silas House, Crystal Wilkinson, Ronni Lundy, Erik Reece, Marianne Worthington, and Rebecca Gayle Howell. The issue also includes three unpublished poems by the great Catholic thinker and writer Thomas Merton.


“I could go on all day,” says Borné, “but that should give you a sense of the variety in the issue.”



As with past installments of the Oxford American’s Southern Music Issue, buyers and subscribers will receive a CD full of rare and exclusive Kentucky music to enjoy along with the essays. And this year, for the first time ever, readers get a free download—with bonus tracks—along with their CD, so they can listen on their device of choice.  


Says Borné, “One of the many pleasures of working on this issue was discovering rock band The Torques, who were popular in Lexington in the 1960s, then disbanded when the young musicians joined the service or went on to grad school. Jamming to ‘It’s Me Not You,’ an early track on our compilation, kept me going on many a late night when we were on deadline.”



Want to score your very own copy of the Oxford American’s upcoming Southern Music Issue featuring the great state of Kentucky? Make sure you aren’t left empty-handed by pre-ordering right here before it flies off newsstands.


Better yet, click here and enter the promo code “OAKENT” for a yearlong $25 (normally $39) subscription that begins with the Southern Music Issue.



As for Kentucky for Kentucky’s involvement, we’ve been big fans of the Oxford American since the beginning, but our official relationship started in 2013 when they were nice enough to feature us and our “Kentucky Kicks Ass” campaign on their excellent SoLost Video series.


Oxford American executive director Ryan Harris says that, as admirers of Kentucky for Kentucky’s creativity, “We knew that we wanted to collaborate with y’all if the opportunity ever arose for a Kentucky music issue.”


Which brings us to our kick-ass ad. In addition to featuring kick-ass Kentucky power couple Brett Ratliff and Rebecca Gayle Howell in some of our signature kick-ass Kentucky gear, we think we came up with a pretty killer concept that’ll turn some heads and do the Commonwealth proud.


Check it out.



Not bad, right?


“It’s brilliant,” says Harris.


Yeah, but is it the greatest ad that’s ever appeared in the Oxford American?





Want to score your very own copy of the Oxford American’s upcoming Southern Music Issue featuring the great state of Kentucky? Make sure you aren’t left empty-handed by pre-ordering right here before it flies off newsstands.


Better yet, click here and enter the promo code “OAKENT” for a yearlong $25 (normally $39) subscription that begins with the Southern Music Issue.