The downtown boutique will close in December. | Courtesy of Gifthorse

This post has been updated.

Gifthorse, a lifestyle store that sells home decor, clothing and accessories, will shut its doors in December, owners Shawn Beirne and Butch Sager announced on Facebook.

The downtown boutique, located at 554 S. Fourth St., will hosting a closing sale from 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.

Everything in the store will be for sale, including fixtures and display pieces. Items will be marked 50 percent off or more, according to the Facebook event.

“We are closing Gifthorse because Shawn and I are moving to a new city. Our decision was based solely in the fact that we won’t be in town anymore,” Sager said in an email to Insider. “Bourbon Built will continue as its own entity and we are working presently to decide where the Bourbon Built line will be featured in town…..There will also be some new changes to that line that will be announced the first of the year.”

Sager said in a follow-up email that they are planning for the last day of business to be Dec. 15, but it will depend on the amount of inventory remaining.

Bourbon Built is an online retail shop that the pair own that sells clothing, art prints and other items related to bourbon, Kentucky and Louisville.

In the Facebook post announcing the closure, Beirne and Sager wrote: “We have had an amazing adventure with our shops in NULU on East Market and in SoFo on South 4th Street. We appreciate every single person that has shopped with us, supported us, consigned with us, worked for us, and shared our story with others. We are beginning a new adventure with a move away from Louisville, but will always remember these wonderful years with all of you.”

The post goes on to say that between now and closing, the store’s hours may fluctuate, and it encouraged people to check Facebook or call before stopping by.

“We thank you for your support for all of these years that we have been in business,” the post stated.

Gifthorse’s location on South Fourth Street became its sole location last April. At the time, Beirne and Sager said the Ohio River Bridges Project and convention center construction were negatively impacting sales.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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