Nicholasville restaurant renaissance

Nicholasville, Ky. – Nicholasville has been quietly upgrading its restaurant and food business line-up recently, especially in the downtown area. One of the foundations of an interesting downtown scene is a great coffee shop, a staple Nicholasville can now claim with the opening of the Main and Maple Coffee House and CafÈ earlier this year. This first-rate coffee shop in the heart of downtown offers free wireless Internet, interesting local artwork, and occasional entertainment. The menu includes a wide variety of beverages, breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, soups, and flatbread sandwiches.

Main and Maple is owned by Jim Davis, who also owns Commons Grounds in Lexington and The Hub Coffee House ‘n CafÈ in Danville, as well as service company JMT Espresso & Coffee Repair. Main and Maple is not only a great foodservice addition to downtown Nicholasville, but it is a major improvement to the downtown streetscape, making it a significant real estate statement as well. Davis has a passion for Main Streets and bringing old buildings back to life, and this venture serves as a prime example. The building is owned by Charles Raffe of Danville’s Redwood Property Management. For information about the coffee shop, visit

On the other side of Main Street are two other interesting businesses. The Wine Shop (Vintages & Spirits), owned by Bill Jacobs, has been in business for seven years and has established itself as a niche provider of wines and other items. One half of the store has kitchen accessories and dÈcor items; the other side offers a great selection of wines and spirits. Charlie Hensley, the director of operations, focuses on customer service and procuring hard-to-obtain wines from all over the world. The Wine Shop can assist you with wine selections and even help you create a custom wine cellar at home. The store has convenient parking in the back, and hosts wine tastings Friday and Saturday from 4:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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