The heart and soul of the Bluegrass State is found in its small towns, and while Paducah’s 26,000 residents put it squarely in “mid-sized” territory, this Kentucky locale has a distinct, small-town soul. Paducah is a proud river city that’s big in natural beauty and the arts, with a robust creative community, impressive culinary scene, and thriving business district. And nestled in the heart of it all is Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile. This “reimagined Southern gem” is simultaneously old and new, selling Kentucky-proud wares from its digs inside a former BBQ diner in Paducah.

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Many thanks to Slim’s Manager/Curator Will Hutson and Owners Ginny and Chris Hutson for sharing the story of their delightful small businesses in Paducah, Kentucky. Learn more about this small business in Kentucky at the Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile website and Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile Facebook page — and if you’re into antiques, definitely checkout Frenchtown Station while you’re in the neighborhood!

Of course, Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile is just one of the many incredible local restaurants in Kentucky; please nominate your favorite attractions and businesses for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Only In Kentucky article. And be sure to follow Only In Kentucky on Facebook and Instagram to learn about this region of the Bluegrass State’s most incredible places, attractions, and events.

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