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Ongoing Events
  • Grandparents' Day, Quilt In A Day
    Wednesdays, 10 am - 5 pm
  • Centering and Healing Art Weekly Classes and Workshops
    Paducah Yoga Center, 627 Broadway
  • Second Saturday Gallery Walk
    2nd Saturday of each month,
    LowerTown Arts District. Noon-8 pm
  • Downtown After Dinner
    Saturdays, Broadway, from 5th St. to the Riverfront. 7-10 pm
  • Farmer's Market, 2nd and Monroe
    Monday-Saturday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm
  • LowerTown Tai Chi, Texaco Station
    3rd Saturday of each month, 7:30-8:15 am
  • Paducah Writer's Group Reading
    Etcetera Coffeehouse, 7:30-10:30 pm
    Go to www.maidenalleycinema.com for a complete listing of shows
September Events
  • Through Sept. 24 - A Window Into Chinese History, Paintings by BiLan Liao,
    Clemens Fine Art Center
  • 1 - Autumn Show Change: New Paintings PAPA Gallery 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sept 4 - Nov 25 - Italian Landscapes by photographer Chrystal Lea Nause,
    The Tribeca Restaurant &Gallery
  • Sept 8 - Oct 3 - Yeiser Members Show, The Yeiser Art Center
  • 11 - Reception for Metal and Clay, Shand Stamper and Mitch Kimball, Studio Miska, 627 Madison St 6-9 pm
  • 11 - The United Way's Project United, Noble Park, Shelter 19
    8:30 am - 1 pm
  • 12 - Clyde Lawter Reception
    PAPA Gallery, 5-7 pm. Featured Artist through Sept. 19
  • 12 - Herb Roe Exhibit, A.I.R. Studio
  • 12 - The Paducah Stitch & Quilt Fest, Broadway Church of Christ 9 am - 3 pm
  • 12 - Yeiser Art Center Members Show Opening Reception,
    The Yeiser Art Center 5 - 7 pm
  • 12 - Off Loom Bead Weaving Demonstration, The Egg & I, 12 - 8 pm
  • 12- 13 - Super City Quilt City Connection: Celebrating the Arts Between Two Cities, The National Quilt Museum, 10 am - 5 pm
  • 13-15 - Creative Freemotion Machine Quilting, Bryerpatch Studio, 502 N. 5th St. 9am-4pm daily
  • 17 - The Houses of Alben Barkley: A discussion presented by Steve Gabany Ph.D., Author of Historic Architecture of Paducah &McCracken County McCracken County Public Library Meeting Room, 7 pm
  • 26 - Downtown Sidewalk Sale,
    10 am - 5 pm
  • 26 - United Way 5K and Youth 1 Mile Run, 7:30 am Check in
Calls for Entries
  • Deadline: September 14
    Masquer-aid  MasK Contest

    Presented by a Community of Women
    Proceeds Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (breast cancer research) & Guardian Family Services Center (domestic violence shelter)
    Etcetera Coffeehouse, 3 - 6 pm

Archived Newsletters

      September 2009

      Visitors Find Offbeat Treasures at
      The Victorian Parlor
Paducah's Renaissance Area has a little bit of funk and a whole lot of flavor. Shoppers in Paducah's downtown will step into what appears to be just another antique store located at 210 Broadway. However, visitors are soon delighted by the store's eclectic mix of antiques, vintage hats, jewelry, and purses. The shop also has an enticing mix of old lamps, an old dentist's cabinet and even a 19th Century open horse sleigh.

Ron and Priska Curry opened The Victorian Parlor in Paducah's Renaissance Area in 2006. The couple moved with their son from South Florida in 2006, tired of hurricanes and ready for a change of scenery.

After considering a variety of other communities, the Currys stumbled upon Paducah through the internet. They made their first trip to the inviting river town, located in Western Kentucky, and fell in love with Paducah at first sight.

The couple loved the well-preserved history that exists in Paducah's Renaissance Area This area includes downtown and the LowerTown Arts District. They also fell in love with the old neighborhoods and the friendly residents.

"After being in Paducah for one day we knew it was for us," said Ron.

The couple explored Paducah and talked to everyone who would give them information. They were impressed by the city's progressive approach to economic development which includes the Artist Relocation Program.

"We didn't want to be in a backwoods town. This community was open-minded," adds Priska.

Although the title of the Currys' shop might conjure up images of your grandmother's formal sitting room, the shop is anything but conventional. The Victorian Parlor houses a showroom filled with unusual vintage items and invites ladies to dress up in creative fashions from throughout the 20th century.

One encounter with Priska, and visitors will be enchanted by her Swiss accent and Parson, the family's tea cup poodle, who serves as the shop's good luck charm.

"I chose the name Victorian Parlor because the shop is my girl. The parlor should be the prettiest room in the house - a special room and the one everyone sees," said Priska.

"I'm an old soul. I feel like I don't live in the right time. I want to be a little different. I like having a store where I enjoy selling the merchandise," she said.

The shop draws a variety of loyal customers, including key city leaders and local celebrities who consistently support Renaissance Area businesses.

"Commissioner Gayle Kaler is one of our customers. She comes in and shops at local businesses. She is very cognizant of the downtown business needs," said Priska. "The current Mrs. Kentucky, Tammy Hulverson, is also one of our clients."

The Victorian Parlor is an inviting shop perfectly suited for shoppers to stop in and purchase unique jewelry and handbags with vintage character. The Currys are a charming couple who enjoy walking visitors down Memory Lane. Visitors to Paducah's Renaissance Area have a variety of attractions, shops and restaurants to explore. The Victorian Parlor is just one of many local shops to explore in the neighborhood, and a definite must-see.

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