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Finger-Lickin' Good

If you think businesses need big, grimy cities to succeed, check out Lexington, Kentucky, and decide for yourself whether the grass is bluer on the other side.

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This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

For those of us who live in the cities that dwell in the spotlight (think NYC, LA, DC), it's sometimes hard to remember that businesses can exist just fine backstage. In the first of an occasional series, we take a look at one american community getting rave reviews from its entrepreneurs: Lexington, . Mr. Ed would have liked this city, and so would . There aren't many places you can say that about.

To the uninformed entrepreneur, it's easy to see why one might pass up the chance to put down business roots here. As stereotypes go, Lexington should have more in common with the Dukes of Hazzard than the Duke of Edinburgh. But actually, Kentucky's second-largest city isn't just metropolitan; it's cosmopolitan, with universities and colleges, an opera house, theaters, nightclubs, coffee-houses and quaint book nooks to go with the Barnes & Nobles. Education is the biggest employer in the city, but it's still horses that Lexington is best known for.

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