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historic fountain square Located in the heart of historic downtown, Fountain Square Square Park not only serves the current BG community, but also contributes to the past. One of BG’s earliest citizens, Robert Moore, donated two acres of public land in 1797. A log courthouse, jail and market house were among the first buildings to occupy this donated space. Once the Civil War was over, a demand by the local community for a new courthouse seemed to be the popular majority, however, a consensus was reached to create a park instead. Originally designed by John Cox Underwood, BG’s second mayor, the historic Fountain Square is both visually pleasing and aesthetically soothing. The two acre lot contains statues of mythological creatures such as Ceres, Pomona, Melpomane and Flora. These four statues were mounted on locally quarried limestone by the Fiske Company of New York. Among the favorite architectural pieces are the arched memorial entries, which are also mounted on limestone, and are located at the north and south entrances of the park. Today, the historic Fountain Square has become a central dining, shopping and entertainment destination for many tourists, as well as Bowling Green natives. Offering over 20 businesses, the Square is sure to entertain and serve any customer. No matter the budget or formality, Fountain Square offers something to fit any situation.

The Bowling Green Garden club donate patches of lush greenery to the park.


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1. SPENCER’S

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Voted “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Night Life” since 1998, Micki’s offers Happy Hour and $3.99 appetizers weekdays from 4-6 p.m. Their low-price, casual menu includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and hot eats, which can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio, weather permitting. To make Mondays better, they offer halfpound burgers for $3.99 and your first beer for $1. Local bands provide live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, at no charge. In their own words it is “where Bourbon Street and the locals meet.”

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Located in the same building as Micki’s, this restaurant offers customers upscale, French Quarter cuisine and a formal environment. 440 Main features steak, seafood and New Orleans cuisine, created from Kentuckygrown ingredients, as well as a full wine selection. Although this dining experience is ideal for special occasions and corporate events, doors are always open

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STATE ST. 10TH AVE.

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PARK ROW

This local coffeehouse was just named Best Coffee in Bowling Green for the third year in a row by WKU students, and has been in the Square since 2001. The owners of this local hangout have gone above and beyond to make this a comfortable, yet entertaining environment for any occasion. Unique drinks like the Honey Badger and original sandwiches are just a few characteristics customers claim set them apart.

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4. TEA BAYOU $ (0-10)- Casual

Formerly known as Tea Squares, this casual New Orleans-style cafe operates around its tea room. Offering the largest loose-leaf tea selection in Bowling Green, it provides customers with teas such as black, green and white, and can be served in pots or individual servings. Aside from a wide variety of teas, savory eats such as Po’Boys, burgers, personal pizzas and a variety of original sandwiches are also featured. As the perfect ending to a meal, be sure to grab made-from-scratch sweet treats like cakes, cookies and muffins before heading back out to The Square.


5. BARBARA STEWART INTERIORS

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Owned and operated by Barbara Stewart and daughter, Susan Hoechner, the business made its debut in 1952, before moving to the square in 1979. Hoechner has worked in interior design for over 30 years, both personal and commercial, and Stewart is a portrait artist. Their store features a large selection of restored oil paintings and custom home pieces. Also located within the store is Invitations On Main, a stationary collection designed by Stewart.

7. CANDLE MAKERS This seven-year-old business is dedicated to providing customers with one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Offering candles in over 80 scents and six different jar sizes, all of their candle production takes place in-house. Local consignment, wood crafts and art created by other local businesses are also sold at Candle Makers.

6. THE PINK DAISY This signature Lilly Pulitzer store, is one of only three in the state of Kentucky. and was opened by WKU alumni, Dale Augenstein, in April 2013. Characterized by its pink front door, the store primarily targets young women who enjoy vibrant colors. Beyond its doors, you can expect you find a variety of Lilly Pulitzer dresses, skirts and tops. The Pink Daisy also carries Lilly’s line of sorority prints, which are offered on totes, wallets and other accessories.

8. MORRIS JEWELRY The Morris family first opened its doors in 1881 and has served Bowling Green at 408 East Main Street ever since. Even before the streets were paved, it created custom pieces for customers and offered jewelry repair services. Despite minor renovations, the current showroom still features the original wooden floors, mahogany display cases and well-preserved tin ceiling.

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Entertainment

The Capitol Arts Center has been an integral part of local entertainment for over 100 years. It made its debut as a vaudeville house in the late 1890's, before being renamed the Columbia Theatre. It was finally redesigned in the mid-1930's, as a movie house, and was renamed the Capitol Theatre. The Theatre showed movies for over three decades before closing its doors in 1967.

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After over 10 years of vacancy, the building was purchased in 1977 by a group of citizens, formerly known as the Bowling Green-Warren County Arts Commission. After a $1.3 million renovation, the Capitol Arts Center reopened its doors to the community in September 1981 and was managed by the Capitol Arts Alliance for 30 years.

The Capitol Arts Center now serves as a place for south central Kentucky residents to enjoy the art of entertainment and operates under the management of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SkyPAC). The facility currently features the Houchens Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, SKyPAC's Education and Gallery Department, hosts touring performances and concerts, local theater productions, and community events, along with SkyPAC's Youth Theater.


Historic Fountain Square