Schedule a Visit to our Louisville Warehouse and Showroom

Kentucky derby

Things you should know before you show

  • Warehouse visits are by appointment only!Please request an appointment through the website using the contact form on this page, by emailing Natalie@blueoceantraders.com, or with a phone call to 502-637-1840 so that we may plan our time and manpower.
  • We require appointments to ensure staff will be able to assist you in locating items, getting pricing, and answering any questions you may have. There is a limit placed on the number of appointments we schedule each day in order to provide quality service.
  • Appointment hours are Monday through Friday between 10-4pm (EST), as our staff leaves at 5pm. Our latest appointment begins at 2pm to allow enough time for pulling/wrapping/loading of your merchandise.
  • You must bring your resale certificate with you (or a copy for our records).
  • Dress accordingly - Summers are HOT, and Winters are COLD!
  • Please bring furniture blankets, tie downs, bungee cords, etc. We do have bubble wrap and cardboard for packing material.
  • We will load your vehicle as a courtesy, however you are responsible to check that items are packed securely and to your satisfaction.
  • Please feel free to shop our website for items you like before visiting. You must create an account on our site before viewing all merchandise. If you wish, you may place a web order and leave a note that you will be picking up merchandise at the warehouse.


Plan your trip to our headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, just south of Indiana across the Ohio River, is firmly embedded in the American national consciousness for its multimillion-dollar Kentucky Derby. Each May, the horse race attracts over half a million fans to this cosmopolitan and well-diversified industrial city, which still bears the traces of the early French settlers who came upriver from New Orleans. Louisville also produces a third of the country's bourbon.

The city's history revolves around a perennial rivalry with Cincinnati, a mere one hundred miles upstream. Thus, despite being pro-Union during the Civil War, it promoted itself thereafter - erecting Confederate statues and so on - as the place for Southern business to invest. Today, besides a lively arts scene and lots of citywide festivals, Louisville boasts an excellent network of public parks. One native son who took advantage of the recreation facilities was three-times world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who used to do his early-morning training in the scenic environs of Chickasaw Park.

Old Louisville

Blue Ocean Traders is located in the neighborhood of Old Louisville. Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is the third largest such district in the United States, and the largest preservation district featuring almost entirely Victorian architecture. It is also unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, and the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U.S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, Italianate, among others; and a large number of blocks have had few or no buildings razed. There are also several 20th century buildings from 15 to 20 stories.

Old Louisville consists of about 48 city blocks and is located north of the University of Louisville's main campus and south of Broadway and Downtown Louisville, in the central portion of the modern city. The neighborhood hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show on the first weekend in October.

Despite its name, Old Louisville was actually built as a suburb of Louisville starting in the 1870s, nearly a century after Louisville was founded. It was initially called the Southern Extension, and the name Old Louisville did not come until the 1960s. Old Louisville was initially home to some of Louisville's wealthiest residents, but saw a decline in the early and mid-20th century. Following revitalization efforts and gentrification, Old Louisville is currently home to a diverse population with a high concentration of students and young professionals.

What to do while you're in town

Play

  1. Kentucky Derby Museum www.derbymuseum.org
  2. Churchill Downs www.churchilldowns.com
  3. Thomas Edison House www.edisonhouse.org
  4. Louisville Science Center www.louisvillescience.org
  5. Speed Art Museum www.speedmuseum.org
  6. Glassworks www.louisvilleglassworks.com
  7. Locust Grove www.locustgrove.org
  8. Louisville Palace Theatre www.louisvillepalace.com
  9. Muhammad Ali Center www.alicenter.org
  10. Frazier International History Museum www.fraziermuseum.org
  11. Louisville Slugger Museum www.sluggermuseum.org
  12. Fourth Street Live! www.4thstlive.com

More suggestions: www.gotolouisville.com/play/index.aspx

Shop

  1. Blue Ocean Traders www.blueoceantraders.com
  2. Joe Ley Antiques www.joeley.com
  3. Architectural Salvage www.architecturalsalvage.com
  4. Goss Avenue Antiques & Interiors www.gossantiques.com
  5. Scout www.scoutonmarket.com
  6. Red Tree www.redtreefurniture.com
  7. Westport Village www.westportvillage.com
  8. The Summit www.thesummitonline.com/louisville
  9. Mall St. Matthews www.mallstmatthews.com
  10. Oxmoor Center www.oxmoorcenter.com
  11. NULU - East Market District www.eastmarketdistrict.com/
  12. Louisville Antiques www.louisvilleantiques.com
  13. Shopping in the Highlands www.thehighlandsoflouisville.com

More suggestions: www.gotolouisville.com/play/shopping/index.aspx

Eat

  1. Proof on Main (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) www.proofonmain.com
  2. Seviche (Lunch, Dinner) www.sevicherestaurant.com
  3. De La Torre's Restaurant & La Bodega Tapas Bar (Dinner) www.delatorres.com
  4. Jack Fry's (Lunch, Dinner - call for reservations) www.jackfrys.com
  5. Jeff Ruby's (Lunch, Dinner - call for reservations) www.jeffruby.com/louisville
  6. 610 Magnolia (Dinner - call for reservations) www.610magnolia.com
  7. Garage Bar (Lunch, Dinner) www.garageonmarket.com
  8. Harvest (Lunch, Dinner) www.harvestlouisville.com
  9. The Blind Pig (Lunch, Dinner) www.theblindpiglouisville.com
  10. Havana Rumba (Lunch, Dinner) www.havanarumbaonline.com
  11. Lynn's Paradise Cafè(Breakfast, Lunch) www.lynnsparadisecafe.com
  12. North End Cafè (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) www.northendcafe.com
  13. Wild Egg's (Breakfast, Lunch) www.wildeggs.com
  14. Toast (Breakfast, Lunch) www.toastonmarket.com

More suggestions: http://www.gotolouisville.com/eat/index.aspx

Drink

  1. O'Sheas Irish Pub www.osheaslouisville.net
  2. Molly Malone's Irish Pub www.mollymalonesirishpub.com
  3. Bluegrass Brewing Company www.bbcbrew.com
  4. Louisville Beer Store www.louisvillebeerstore.com
  5. Phoenix Hill Tavern www.phoenixhill.com
  6. Stevie Ray's www.stevieraysbluesbar.com
  7. Drake's www.drakescomeplay.com
  8. Gerstle's www.gerstles.com
  9. Garage Bar www.garageonmarket.com
  10. Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge www.makerslounge.com

Sleep

  1. 21C Museum Hotel (Downtown) www.21cmuseumhotel.com (Highly Recommended!)
  2. The Galt House (Downtown) www.galthouse.com
  3. The Seelbach (Downtown) www.seelbachhilton.com
  4. The Brown (Downtown) www.brownhotel.com
  5. The Marriott (Downtown) www.marriottlouisville.com
  6. Hyatt Regency (Downtown) www.louisville.hyatt.com
  7. Hampton Inn (Downtown) www.hamptoninndowntownlouisville.com

More suggestions: www.gotolouisville.com/stay/index.aspx

Other helpful resources:

Directions to Blue Ocean Traders Warehouse

Get Directions on Google Maps

From 64-E

Note: Sherman Minton Bridge is closed until March 2012

  • Take exit 121 on the left to merge onto I-265 E toward I-65.
  • Take exit 7 to merge onto I-65 S toward Louisville
  • Take exit 137 to merge onto I-64 W toward St Louis
  • Take exit 4 toward 9th St/Roy Wilkins Ave
  • Continue straight on South 9th St.
  • 9th St will become 7th Street. You will go under a bridge and continue up a hill. Warehouse will be on your left side.
  • Turn left by the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet store.
  • Drive into the block where you will see a rolling iron gate. Park in the lot behind the gate (not in front of the loading docks).
  • There is a small staircase next to the loading docks with a gray door where you may enter the building.

From 64-W

  • Take exit 4 toward 9th St/Roy Wilkins Ave.
  • Continue straight on South 9th St.
  • 9th St will become 7th Street. You will go under a bridge and continue up a hill. Warehouse will be on your left side.
  • Turn left by the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet store.
  • Drive into the block where you will see a rolling iron gate. Park in the lot behind the gate (not in front of the loading docks).
  • There is a small staircase next to the loading docks with a gray door where you may enter the building.

From 65-S

  • Take exit 134A /Jackson St. exit
  • Veer right off of the exit.
  • Continue straight on Burnett Ave.
  • You will dead end at Third Street (one-way), where you will have to take a left turn at the stop sign.
  • Take a right on Hill St (your first right).
  • You will then cross over 4th, 5th, and 6th St. Continue straight where you will go under a railroad bridge.
  • Take your first right after you go under the bridge to pull into the block. The warehouse is in a white building on the North side of the block.
  • Drive straight into the block where you will see a rolling iron gate. Park in the lot behind the gate (not in front of the loading docks).
  • There is a small staircase next to the loading docks with a gray door where you may enter the building.

From 65-N

  • Take exit 137 to merge onto I-64 W toward St Louis.
  • Take exit 4 toward 9th St/Roy Wilkins Ave.
  • Continue straight on South 9th St.
  • 9th St will become 7th Street. You will go under a bridge and continue up a hill. Warehouse will be on your left side.
  • Turn left by the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet store.
  • Drive into the block where you will see a rolling iron gate. Park in the lot behind the gate (not in front of the loading docks).
  • There is a small staircase next to the loading docks with a gray door where you may enter the building.