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Media coverage through out my journey of Studio 300 and Kentucky Knows. Each article tells a story of why  I am here, what I am about, and why I do what I do.

November 28, 2016

Q&A with Tony Davis of Kentucky Knows

The new coffee shop owner on Broadway isn’t trying to raise his status or become famous from his Buffalo Trace Distillery bourbon barrel crafts. Rather, he’s trying to build a legacy.

November 04, 2016

Kentucky Knows…Ribbon Cutting Welcomes New Business to Downtown

On Friday, the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Frankfort, Inc., along with the capital city community, welcomed Tony Davis and Kentucky Knows. Davis recently relocated his retail space to downtown Frankfort at 337 West Broadway from the former James Pepper Distillery in Lexington.

December 30, 2015

Bourbon Country Crafters: Kentucky Knows’ Tony Davis

Kentucky Knows was started by Lexington, Kentucky. native and former Marine Tony Davis in his barn. Davis began crafting cutting boards from bourbon barrel heads as a hobby, and as a way to highlight Kentucky history through bourbon. “I wanted to be able to tell the story of our people through word of eye,” Davis told The Whiskey Wash on a recent visit to his shop in the former James Pepper Distillery.

November 08, 2015

Lexington artist ages coffee in bourbon barrels

Tony Davis is the owner of Kentucky Knows Studios in the Lexington Distillery District where he creates art from Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.

November 04, 2015

Kentucky Knows in the Pepper District

The Kentucky Knows shop is located on the Pepper Campus and was one of the first businesses in the area to open. The crafter and owner of the shop is Tony Davis, who also served in the Marine Corps. Tony is very passionate about his craft and is friendly and open to his customers to sharing his stories about all the wonderful items in his shop.

December 31, 2014

2014's Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award

Tony, a Marine veteran, has taken his craft - reusing bourbon barrels and parts for cutting boards, shelves, serving trays, etc... - and used it as a tool to help others. He donates countless items for charity events throughout the year, and not for personal gain, he does it because "it's the right thing to do."

January 21, 2014

Uncommonwealth: Reclaiming bourbon barrel hobby turns into a business for Lexington man

Tony Davis makes functional and decorative pieces out of used Buffalo Trace distillery bourbon barrels at his studio on Manchester Street. Lexington Herald-Leader


October 01, 2013

‘Kentucky Knows Bourbon’ and local artisan knows, creates from state’s bourbon barrels

Tony Davis has played with bourbon barrels since childhood when he used them to build clubhouses in his downtown Lexington backyard.
 
Years later, he’s turned his childhood passion into a profit-making business at his Studio 300 in the old James Pepper Distillery on Manchester Street where he spends his days happily covered in soot to bring bourbon barrels “back to life by handcrafting them into functional pieces.”

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