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    The next in a series highlighting Louisville's neighborhoods: Middletown. Middletown is a busy little area of Louisville on the east end side. It has its small town, historic charm to it with its own old Main Street that runs through historic Middletown, but also plays host to many restaurants, shops, retail, and traffic lights. Having lived on the outskirts of Middletown when I first moved to Louisville, I remember the way it used to be. And it has adjusted in size and in many other ways a lot over the years, growing by leaps and bounds as it has changed shape. See the City of Middletown website for events, calendar listings, historical sites, visitor info, and more. Here are a few spots to check out that I recommend and gathered from other friends.

    The Cheddar Box
    Cottage Café
    Fat Jimmy's Pizza
    Havana Rumba: Middletown
    Heine Brothers Coffee-Blankenbaker Location
    Louvino's-coming soon
    Mark's Feed Store
    Mellow Mushroom: Middletown
    My Favorite Muffin

    Paul's Fruit Market
    Rumors Restaurant
    Salsaritas Fresh Cantina
    Simply Thai
    Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

    Parks and Recreation:
    Beckley Creek Park, The Parklands of Floyds Fork
    City of Douglass Hills Parks
    House of Boom

    Jazzercise Middletown Fitness Center
    Middletown Cycling and Fitness
    Middletown Manor Swim Club

    Plainview Swim and Tennis - in City of Jeffersontown but right on the edge of both areas. They offer a summer recreation league of events all summer.
    Renaissance Fun Park
    Wetherby Park - hosts free outdoor concerts throughout the summer
    YMCA-Middletown Branch

    Boutiques and Shoppes:

    A Taste of Kentucky

    Freda's Fancy Flowers
    The Prickly Pear
    Two Chicks and Co

    Arts, Culture, and Learning:
    Bricks and Minifigs
    Middletown Branch Library (LFPL)
    Middletown United Methodist Church - host site of Heartland Music Together classes and offers a very popular preschool program
    Middletown Women's Club-a host site of Heartland Music Together classes. Call (502) 245-2762 for more information about what the women's club offers its members and the community.

    Middletown Commons is the newest shopping area in town. New places to eat and shop are popping up every day. Here are some places you can check out there:
    Academy Sports, 5 Below, Texas Roadhouse, Firehouse Subs, Rack Room Shoes, Hobby Lobby, Rue 21, among others. New stores and restaurants that are slated to open in coming months at the shopping center are Blaze Pizza, Boombozz Pizza and Taphouse, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chick-Fil-A, The Comfy Cow, Liquor Barn, Taziki's Mediterranean Grill, and Yang Kee Noodle.

    Tonight, Thursday, June 4, Shop the Middletown Operated Businesses (MOB) is having an event along historic Middletown with a trolley hop and discounts at the local shops on historic Main Street. "Shop Middletown (tonight), 6/4 from 5-9 p.m. as Middletown hosts the AP Teacher's Convention. Many of the stores in Middletown will be open late. Catch the trolley so that you can hop and shop." See the Facebook page for more information. Also check out

    Previous Louisville Neighborhoods: Jeffersontown

    Photos courtesy of the following Facebook pages:  Havana Rumba Middletown, House of Boom, Shop the Middletown Operated Businesses (M.O.B.)

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    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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