Please vote for us! We want to keep Walkabout Outfitter growing! Walkabout began with a love story. In 2004, my husband-to-be, Kirk, was passing through Lexington and popped into Ladles & Linens Kitchen Shoppe which I had opened in 1997. One coffee maker later, a first date (yes, we went hiking) and pretty much the rest is history. With talk of marriage, Kirk decided he ought to stick around. Being a recent AT thru hiker, he quipped that Lexington needed an outfitter, and inside I thought, “Oh no, it’d be better if he got a ‘real job’!” versus entering the world of the small business retailer! But alas, our decision was to open an outfitter. Together we began the journey of opening Walkabout from creating a name and a logo to building out the space ourselves from demo to painting to laying the floor! Over the next decade, Kirk and I opened up additional locations of both Ladles & Linens and Walkabout, and of course, life happened along the way. We had two children, and then in 2013, I went through an extremely rough cancer diagnosis and treatment. With not knowing what’s around the bend, Kirk and I decided that we needed to take something off our very full plate. Therefore, we made the emotional decision to sell Ladles & Linens. But life often works out; we sold Ladles in March 2017 which has allowed us to focus fully on our six Walkabout stores, and spend more time with our two young children. We continue to be SO very grateful to our customers and our amazing staff that have helped to make Walkabout a successful love story, and winning the Indie Business Award would greatly help us to continue on this exciting adventure of growing our business!