The Corman Marketplace is Famous All Over the United States And It's Right in our Lexington Backyard!
The story of Corman's started in Lexington, KY in the 1940's. The original founder - Dan Corman - decided to use his college degree in art to start a business. He was on a mission since his college professor remarked that it would be hard to make a living with an art degree. But boy, did Dan Corman show that professor. And that is how this iconic Lexington family owned business got it's inspiration over 70 years ago.
The Corman Marketplace in Lexington, KY by Corman and Associates is a Lexington tradition. This Christmas store is open year around. I can say from personal experience as I have been holiday shopping at Corman's for decades with my family. And it sounds like many Lexington area families have done the same. The Corman Marketplace is the perfect spot to pick up your holiday decorations, ornaments and gifts. Have you ever walked into a mall (which makes me think of my childhood in Lexington shopping at Lexington Mall and Turfland Mall back in the day) and noticed all the extravagant holiday décor and the platforms for Santa and friends? Good chance it was made here in Lexington by Corman's. They have been making custom decor and setups (like the train in the picture below) for over 70 years. Malls all across the country have called Corman's for decades to create a winter wonderland fantasy world for their shoppers to enjoy. They even build displays and fixtures for the stores so not everything they do is centered around Christmas, but they certainly have an eye for pretty arts and crafts. Amusement Parks like Kings Island in Cincinnati, major resorts, major restaurant chains, and a long list of big names work with Corman's to design their businesses. When I went into Corman's a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with the founders Grandson. He was super nice and loved sharing the history of the family business with me. He was so proud of the work his grandfather, grandmother and father have put in over the years. Flipping through a family scrapbook and seeing pictures of the work his grandfather built and his grandmother painted was one of his favorite things. He said most of the large items such as the trains, the faux brick walls etc, are all made in their shop. The company was originally located in downtown Lexington on what is now the site of Rupp Arena and in 1964 they moved to the current location on Floyd Drive.
My Mom always talks about downtown Lexington back in the 1960s -1970s and all the wonderful storefronts that Corman's decorated during that time. I have a friend in Cincinnati who fondly remembers the downtown Cincinnati storefronts that Corman's decorated. They can even help you create a custom design for your home. Stop by their Lexington headquarters and visit their marketplace before Christmas. Such nice folks and always great to support a locally owned business. Shop local!
The Corman Marketplace is located at 881 Floyd Drive Lexington, KY 40505. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to visit their website.
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