Slim's Frenchtown Mercantile

Slim's Frenchtown Mercantile A Reimagined Southern Gem
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Proud, honored by, and appreciative of the generous shout out from Only In Kentucky!Thank you!
05/03/2024

Proud, honored by, and appreciative of the generous shout out from Only In Kentucky!
Thank you!

Slim's Frenchtown Mercantile is a 'reimagined Southern gem' selling Kentucky-proud wares from its digs inside a former BBQ diner in Paducah.

Ready, getting ready.For the power and the glory and the story of Christmas Day. - Paul SimonOn this Christmas Eve we wi...
12/24/2023

Ready, getting ready.
For the power and the glory and the story of Christmas Day.
- Paul Simon

On this Christmas Eve we wish you peace. From our family to yours, may you find hope in this season, and have a safe and joyous holiday.

You see it’s all clearYou were meant to be hereFrom the beginning.- Emerson, Lake & PalmerYou are meant to be here, on o...
11/04/2023

You see it’s all clear
You were meant to be here
From the beginning.
- Emerson, Lake & Palmer

You are meant to be here, on our Frenchtown Block, for our annual Holiday Open House! Please join us this weekend - Saturday from 10a-5p and Sunday from 1p-4p.

Both shops are ready for the holiday season and filled with wonderful gift ideas for friends and family of all ages!

From the beginning, our goal has to been to offer the best in experiential shopping in two restored and reimagined spaces - Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and Frenchtown Station .
This is a great weekend to enjoy our Frenchtown Block, whether it’s your first visit or your twentieth visit.

And on Saturday, from 11:30a-1:30p, enjoy live music by the very talented !

You see, it’s all clear. You are meant to be here! We look forward to welcoming you to our Frenchtown Block for our Holiday Open House!


Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House weekend!Saturday, November 4 from 10a-5p and Sunday, November 5 from 1p...
10/30/2023

Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House weekend!

Saturday, November 4 from 10a-5p and Sunday, November 5 from 1p-4p.

On Saturday from 11:30a through 1:30p we will enjoy live music by !

Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile is filled with great gift ideas and is ready for the holidays. Just next door, Frenchtown Station has wonderful additions in the shop, and per its holiday tradition, has a lovely offering of Santas, hand-painted by our friend, Parettia Morris. We’ll have Santas at Slim’s as well.

See you this first weekend in November for our Annual Holiday Open House in historically cool !

We invite you to our Frenchtown Fall Fete this Friday, September 8 from 6p-8p and Saturday, September 9 from 10a-4p.Come...
09/07/2023

We invite you to our Frenchtown Fall Fete this Friday, September 8 from 6p-8p and Saturday, September 9 from 10a-4p.
Come enjoy shopping at our Frenchtown shops - Slim’s and - and with wonderful vendors as we celebrate the arrival of fall! On Friday night come and enjoy live music on our Frenchtown block!

We have a beautiful weather forecast so make plans to join us this weekend for our Fall Fete!

Martha, my dearThough I spend my days in conversation Please, remember me.“Martha My Dear” - The BeatlesMartha the shop ...
03/19/2023

Martha, my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation
Please, remember me.
“Martha My Dear” - The Beatles

Martha the shop dog supports small business, and asks that you remember that Slim’s offers cool and thoughtful gifts for your friends and family, canines and humans alike!

The canine-related items are Martha-approved. And while you’re here, Martha suggests that you pick up a classic PADUCAH shirt (or two) in time for warmer weather (including the dog days of summer).

Slim’presentein a reimagined 1947 BBQ diner, offers carefully curated product lines, many of which have philanthropic initiatives. We invite you to our Frenchtown block in historically cool for the best in experiential shopping at two nationally recognized shops - Slim’s and our shop next door, .


Thank you Southern Living for a wonderful article on historically cool Paducah Creative City! We certainly enjoyed our t...
02/19/2023

Thank you Southern Living for a wonderful article on historically cool Paducah Creative City! We certainly enjoyed our time with Caroline Rogers and Robbie Caponetto as they visited our Frenchtown block last summer! Thanks to these very talented individuals for so artfully capturing the beauty and history of Paducah in reimagined and restored spaces!

📸Thank you, Southern Living for a wonderful piece on Paducah! Travel and Culture Editor, Caroline Rogers and photographer Robbie Caponetto each spent a few days in Paducah with the CVB team. Read about their experience in the March issue of Southern Living, then plan your own trip during 2023 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Paducah’s designation as a Creative City.

Trip planning resources: www.paducah.travel

Surround me with your boundless loveConfound me with your boundless love.“Boundless Love” - John PrineLove is in the air...
02/10/2023

Surround me with your boundless love
Confound me with your boundless love.
“Boundless Love” - John Prine

Love is in the air. Give Slim’s a spin as you shop for your Valentine!

Whether you are considering our carefully curated product lines (many from the South), or our vintage homegoods, you will find the perfect gift in a wonderfully unique setting - an iconic BBQ diner built in 1947 and now reimagined as an upscale mercantile.

Just next door, is presented in a restored 1930 filling station and offers a truly unique selection of vintage, antique, and industrial pieces for your home and garden.

Come and visit our nationally recognized Frenchtown block. You’ll love it!


How a little baby boy bring the people so much joySon of a carpenter, Mary carried the lightThis must be Christmas, must...
12/25/2022

How a little baby boy bring the people so much joy
Son of a carpenter, Mary carried the light
This must be Christmas, must be tonight.
“Christmas Must Be Tonight” - The Band

On this Christmas, we wish you peace. From our family to yours, may you find hope in this season, and have a safe and joyous holiday.




I’m not exaggeratin’ when I sayThere’s not a sweeter town in the USAI know an awful lot of people claimIt has a funny na...
12/23/2022

I’m not exaggeratin’ when I say
There’s not a sweeter town in the USA
I know an awful lot of people claim
It has a funny name
But brother just the same
They can’t frown on my home town
Paducah, Paducah
“The Paducah Song” - Carmen Miranda and Benny Goodman

Paducah, Paducah. Historically cool Paducah.

Love Paducah? Want folks to know you’re representing Paducah? Want people to think you’re from Paducah? Slim’s has you covered.

Situated in the former home of an iconic BBQ diner, Slim’s is an upscale mercantile in the Frenchtown section of Paducah offering a carefully curated collection of product lines, along with vintage homegoods.

Just next door, you’ll find our other store, Frenchtown Station - located in a restored 1930 filling station and offering a unique selection of antique, vintage, industrial, and garden pieces for your home, garden, and workspace.

We invite you to our Frenchtown block in . Paducah - not just a funny name, but a wonderful place to live and visit.

Home, home again.I like to be there when I can.“Time” - Pink FloydWe’re glad you’re home. Or almost home. Or preparing t...
12/20/2022

Home, home again.
I like to be there when I can.
“Time” - Pink Floyd

We’re glad you’re home. Or almost home. Or preparing to welcome people back home. And whether your home is close by, or allows for a friends and family day trip to our shops, we look forward to welcoming you this holiday season. Our Frenchtown block consists of two shops:

Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile - a thoughtfully-curated mercantile - presented in a restored and reimagined iconic 1940s BBQ diner - offers outstanding American-made product lines. We’re proud to partner with a number of companies that focus not only on quality, but on giving back.

Frenchtown Station - in a restored 1930 filling station - specializes in a fabulous assortment of antique, vintage, and industrial pieces for your home, garden, and workspace.

Looking forward to seeing you on our nationally recognized Frenchtown block in .


12/16/2022

Thanks Paducah Bank for the opportunity to talk about our Frenchtown block!

Everybody’s singingAll the bells are ringing outAnd it’s Christmas all over again.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Chri...
12/01/2022

Everybody’s singing
All the bells are ringing out
And it’s Christmas all over again.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Christmas All Over Again

It’s always a grand experience on our Frenchtown block. But during the holidays we kick it up a notch.

This holiday season we invite you to Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile, an upscale mercantile offering a fun and outstanding collection of purposely curated product lines from small companies that focus on quality and giving back to important causes. Slim’s, in a reimagined 1947 BBQ diner, has a wonderful selection of gifts for your family and friends.

Just next door and ready for your holiday visit you’ll find Frenchtown Station , presented in a restored 1930 filling station. Frenchtown Station is filled with a fabulous selection of antique, vintage, and industrial pieces for your home, garden, and workspace, with timeless gifts for family and friends.

It’s Christmas all over again. Welcome Christmas. And to all, we welcome you to our Frenchtown block for experiential holiday shopping.


You see it’s all clear You were meant to be hereFrom the beginning.Emerson, Lake and Palmer - “From the Beginning”We thi...
11/24/2022

You see it’s all clear
You were meant to be here
From the beginning.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - “From the Beginning”

We thinks it’s clear, and we humbly submit, you are meant to be here - to shop small and to enjoy the wonderful experience that comes with shopping small. And what better way to shop small than to enjoy all that is offered in the reimagined cool space constructed in 1947 as a city BBQ diner and now home to Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile.

From the beginning, as you shop for family and friends this holiday season, we invite you to shop small on our Frenchtown block where you’ll find two uniquely curated shops - Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and Frenchtown Station .

Slim’s offers thoughtfully curated product lines for all ages, with emphasis on small businesses (several of which give back to charities), along with a good measure of vintage homegoods.
Frenchtown Station is filled with a fabulous selection of antique, vintage, and industrial pieces for your home, garden, and workspace.

This season, it’s clear. Give the equivalent of a warm embrace and shop small!

I want you to want me around.“Want Me Around” - Lukas Nelson and Promise of the RealAnd so says small business in our co...
11/17/2022

I want you to want me around.
“Want Me Around” - Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

And so says small business in our community, and across the country.

But here’s the great thing. Small businesses have a lot to offer. Take Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile for example. Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile is filled with an outstanding selection of American-made product lines (many from the South), along with a nice touch of vintage homegoods. All of this goodness is presented in a restored and reimagined 1947 BBQ diner.

We want you to want small business around, and we invite you to our award-winning Frenchtown block, which includes Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and our shop next door, Frenchtown Station , filled with a fabulous selection of antique, vintage, and industrial pieces for your home, garden and workspace.

This season we look forward to welcoming you to our Frenchtown block.

Sometimes the complexity gets a little complex But other times it’s as easy as baking a pie.“You’re Not Alone” - from th...
11/12/2022

Sometimes the complexity gets a little complex
But other times it’s as easy as baking a pie.
“You’re Not Alone” - from the philosophers collectively known as Semisonic

Take some time to breathe. Remove some of the complexity from the equation. Take a trip to our Frenchtown block. It’s easy as pie.

As you begin to formulate your gift list, know that both Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and Frenchtown Station offer wonderfully unique choices.

Slim’s - a thoughtfully curated mercantile - presented in a restored and reimagined iconic 1940s BBQ diner offers outstanding American-made product lines (many from the Southern region), along with a nice touch of vintage homegoods.

Frenchtown Station - in a restored 1930 filling station - specializes in a fabulous assortment of antique, vintage, and industrial pieces for your home, garden, and workspace.

This holiday season, we look forward to welcoming you to our award-winning and nationally recognized Frenchtown block.

Think of me what you willI’ve got a little space to fill.“You Don’t Know How It Feels” - Thomas Earl PettyWe’ve filled t...
11/04/2022

Think of me what you will
I’ve got a little space to fill.
“You Don’t Know How It Feels” - Thomas Earl Petty

We’ve filled this little space (our reimagined and iconic 1947 BBQ diner) with a wonderful selection of curated product lines for folks of all ages. In addition, we’ve introduced vintage homegoods to the mix for fun and experiential shopping.

This weekend, we hope you will not only think of us, but also join us as we host our Frenchtown Holiday Open House this Saturday, November 5 from 10a until 5p, and Sunday, November 6 from 1p until 5p.

We’ve filled two reimagined spaces - Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and - and look forward to welcoming you this holiday season.

Let’s swayUnder the moonlight This serious moonlight.- “Let’s Dance” - David BowieOur Frenchtown block - so much fun it’...
10/27/2022

Let’s sway
Under the moonlight
This serious moonlight.
- “Let’s Dance” - David Bowie

Our Frenchtown block - so much fun it’s scary. After a visit to Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile and Frenchtown Station you’ll be howlin’ for more!

Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile - in a reimagined iconic BBQ diner - serves up thoughtfully curated product lines and vintage homegoods. Frenchtown Station - in a restored 1930 filling station - offers wonderfully unique vintage, antique, and industrial pieces for your home, garden, and workspace.

All treats and no tricks on our nationally recognized Frenchtown block! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Now whip itInto shapeShape it up Get straight Go forward Move aheadTry to detect itIt’s not too lateTo whip itWhip it go...
10/12/2022

Now whip it
Into shape
Shape it up
Get straight
Go forward
Move ahead
Try to detect it
It’s not too late
To whip it
Whip it good.
“Whip It” - Devo

Well, actually, it was almost too late. The building was condemned, and being prepped for demolition.

But the building was an iconic BBQ diner in its heyday - Slim’s BBQ - complete with the original spinning stools, counter, and awning. We had interest in this building because it is next door to the first structure we restored, a 1930 filling station, now . We thought this cool space had potential for another day.

We asked the city to stay the demolition to allow for an opportunity to perform due diligence in view of possible acquisition of ol’ Slim’s. Request granted, due diligence performed, and the reimagination of this space was initiated in 2018.

Go forward. Move ahead.
The pictures tell the story.
We invite you to this unique space, filled with thoughtfully curated product lines and vintage homegoods. We look forward to your visit to our nationally recognized Frenchtown block, with and Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile.

Stop your messing aroundBetter think of your future.“A Message For You, Rudy” - The SpecialsWe know it’s still hot outsi...
09/15/2022

Stop your messing around
Better think of your future.
“A Message For You, Rudy” - The Specials

We know it’s still hot outside! But in a few short weeks, there will be a nip in the air. Sweater weather for our little ones.

At Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile, we have the most wonderful knit sweaters…cardigans, ponchos, and fisherman styles. Scrumptious colors and textures. And, to literally top it off, knit hats!

(Only little girls in our family, so the modeling in this post is limited to the girls’ line. But we have boys’ sweaters too!)

Stop your messing around! Think of the not so distant future when temperatures drop. Come pick up one of these darling pieces while supplies last!

Shop small.
Shop smart.
Shop Slim’s!


It’s good to be kingAnd have your own wayGet a feeling of peaceAt the end of the day.“It’s Good To Be King” - Thomas Ear...
06/03/2022

It’s good to be king
And have your own way
Get a feeling of peace
At the end of the day.
“It’s Good To Be King” - Thomas Earl Petty

Ready to treat the special guys in your life like a king?
Have plans to give ol’ Dad a feeling of peace in celebration of his special day?

Slim’s is here and prepared to assist as you meet these Father’s Day goals!

We offer an outstanding selection of items for your consideration as you select a thoughtful Father’s Day gift. From clothing to books, from men’s grooming to Kentucky’s finest products, Slim’s has you covered.

Shop small.
Shop smart.
Shop Slim’s!


So run baby, run baby, run baby, run baby, run.“Run Baby Run” - Sheryl CrowHappy Derby Day! It’s the first Saturday in M...
05/07/2022

So run baby, run baby, run baby, run baby, run.

“Run Baby Run” - Sheryl Crow

Happy Derby Day! It’s the first Saturday in May, and time for the 148th Run for the Roses!

Slim’s has a unique variety of Kentucky goods and finds to accentuate and facilitate your celebration of Derby Day. We invite you to come on by today between 10a and 4p.

Shop small.
Shop smart.
Shop Slim’s!


To the ends of the earth, would you follow me?There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.“Ends of the Earth” - L...
04/22/2022

To the ends of the earth, would you follow me?
There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.
“Ends of the Earth” - Lord Huron

Friday, April 22, is Earth Day and we’re celebrating at Slim’s.

Come by and check out our great selection of kids’ books, including E is for Earth, Here We Are (Notes for Living on Planet Earth), and Big Books about Birds, Bugs, Beasts, and Blooms.

And speaking of blooms, we invite you to our Frenchtown Fete to celebrate all things gardening. The Fete will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 11a-3p on our Frenchtown block. Great (and green) fun for all ages!

Sun comes up and we start againIt’s all new todayAll we have to sayIs be here now.“Be Here Now” - Mason JenningsIt’s all...
03/21/2022

Sun comes up and we start again
It’s all new today
All we have to say
Is be here now.
“Be Here Now” - Mason Jennings

It’s all new. A new season. Today is the vernal equinox, and we look forward to warmer and greener days. Spring is here!

We invite you to Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile, an upscale mercantile in a reimagined and restored 1947 BBQ diner. At Slim’s, we offer thoughtfully curated product lines, vintage homegoods, and a truly unique shopping experience.

Our restored 1930 filling station, now , is just next door. Frenchtown Station offers exceptional antique, vintage, industrial, and garden pieces for your special space.

We invite you to be here now and visit our nationally recognized Frenchtown block in historically cool .

Oh, I’m never gonna be the same againNow I’ve seen the way it’s got to endSweet dream, sweet dreamStrange magic.“Strange...
03/14/2022

Oh, I’m never gonna be the same again
Now I’ve seen the way it’s got to end
Sweet dream, sweet dream
Strange magic.
“Strange Magic” - ELO

This month, we celebrate the fourth anniversary of our acquisition of a structure that was once home to an iconic BBQ diner - Slim’s Barbecue. A popular gathering place, constructed in 1947 in the vernacular of a southern BBQ joint, this building was vacant for over 20 years, and then, in 2017, was scheduled for demolition.

That same year, we had just completed a lengthy restoration of a 1930 filling station (now ) just next door to Slim’s. Demolition day for the old Slim’s BBQ drew near, but we had a dream to save and restore this place and reimagine it as an upscale mercantile.

After more than a year of intense restoration, we opened Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile in July 2019. Now, four years since acquisition, Slim’s continues its journey as a very special and unique shopping experience. And, we now have one awesome block of restored goodness in , and we work hard to fill these shops with interesting and captivating items for your consideration.

Since opening shops in 2017 and 2019, respectively, our Frenchtown block has been honored and recognized by , , and . Both shops have welcomed visitors from across the country. It’s the kind of strange magic that comes from following a dream.

And I’m giving you a longing lookEveryday I write the book.“Everyday I Write the Book” - Elvis Costello In this case, ev...
03/03/2022

And I’m giving you a longing look
Everyday I write the book.
“Everyday I Write the Book” - Elvis Costello

In this case, everyday the girls read the books.

Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile is loaded with a wonderful assortment of books for kids, and for grown ups too. And this Thursday, March 3 is . What better way to commemorate the day than to shop small, shop smart, and acquire a book from Slim’s?

Come on by! Give Slim’s a longing look, and get a read on our Frenchtown block.

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125 North 11th Street
Paducah, KY
42001

Opening Hours

Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile

Enjoying a new day after 50 years as a BBQ diner, Slim’s Frenchtown Mercantile is a reimagined and repurposed southern gem. Rocking its original iconic country and chrome bar stools, Slim’s has been thoughtfully restored...with a twist. The upscale mercantile offers smart gifts from curated lines, including home goods, Rifle Paper, men and women’s clothing (Normal Brand for men, Embellish for women), Olivina Men and Paddywax Women apothecary items, Hazel Village and Baby Lit children’s products, cool and interesting books, and Paddywax candles. A tasteful melding of antique, industrial and vintage pieces can be found as well. Come on by and enjoy a unique shopping experience. And when you visit Slim’s, walk next door to our restored 1930s filling station, Frenchtown Station.

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