Berea is made up of several commercial districts that each have their own unique charm. This includes traditional commercial shopping centers like the South West Berea Shopping District located directly off I-75 at exit 76, the Calico Place Center at exit 77, and Richmond Road Shopping District. Berea also has one-of-a-kind commercial districts known for their food, entertainment, and retail options such as the Old Town Artisan Village, College Square, and the Chestnut Street District.
Home to retailers like Ace Hardware, Save -A-Lot, and Walgreens, the Richmond Road Shopping District is located along US 25, and contains some of the highest traffic counts in Berea. This commercial area is within walking distance of Madison Southern High School, the Berea Post Office, and provides convenient access to the Berea Industrial Park. This commercial district is also home to several automotive service stations, pharmacies, Encore School of Dance and Music, several banks, and The Spotlight Playhouse. A 2018-2019 road expansion will bring improvements to traffic flow, sidewalks, and an eight feet wide shared used path.
Located directly off I-75’s exit 77, Calico Place is home to Tractor Supply Company, the Berea VA clinic, and the Kentucky Artisan Center. Calico Place also contains hotels like Red Roof Inn & Suites and Quality Inn, several medical and professional offices, and restaurants like HITZ BBQ, Smokehouse Grill, and Subway. This district provides great visibility from the interstate, great visibility from the interstate, direct access to the 3,500 jobs in the Berea Industrial Park, and over 600 homes in four subdivisions. This district has over 200 acres of commercial land available for development already zoned for businesses purposes.
The heart of Berea and main thoroughfare, the Chestnut Street District is the main connector between Berea’s two primary art destinations. The Chestnut Street District is filled with unique to Berea retailers like Something Olde Antiques, Robie Books, Knights Lounge, and Foley’s Florist. The Chestnut street district is also home to several professional offices, churches, the Madison County Public Library, and Berea City Hall. Recently this district has become a prime destination for local restaurants like El Rio Grande, Noodle Nirvana, and The Native Bagel Company. With traffic counts that exceed 15,000 vehicles daily, the Chestnut Street District provides great visibility for businesses.
In the Center of the Berea College Campus lies College Square. College Square provides direct access to Berea College’s 1,600 students and 750 faculty members. College Square is also home to the Historic Boone Square Tavern and Hotel. This district hosts unique options like Berea Soaps and Gifts, the Berea Fudge Shoppe, Papaleno’s Italian restaurant, and Berea Coffee and Tea. Visitors to this area also enjoy spending time in the Log House Craft Gallery, Warren May Woodworker, Peace Craft, or taking a tour of the Berea College Craft Program.
Known for being Kentucky’s Folk Arts and Crafts Capital the Old Town Artisan Village is home to several local studio artist and craft galleries where visitors can experience firsthand the world of art. It is also home to the Historic L&N Train Depot that houses the Berea Welcome Center, and the Berea Skating Rink. This district hosts several annual musical events and festivals including the Levitt Amp Music Series, Berea Chamber of Commerce Spoonbread Festival, and traditional Appalachian Music from the weekly “Jammin on the Porch”.
This is the largest commercial district in Berea, with great visibility and easy access from I-75. The South West Berea Shopping District is home to retailers like Walmart, AT&T, Sun Tan City, and GameStop. Nearby hotels and food options include Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, and Wings ETC. Local options include The Old Town Amish Store, Dinner Bell, and Yamato’s Japanese Steakhouse among many other shops. This district sees 55,000 vehicles a day traveling along I-75 and is just 30 minutes south of Lexington.