Linda Bruckheimer said she decided to open her new business, The Old Sugar Valley Country Store, on a whim.
She didn’t have months to prepare, but rather she had the idea for the store and ran with it.
“I became aware of this heightened sense of Kentucky crafts,” she said. The store is “going back to the things Kentucky is best at.”
Bruckheimer celebrated the opening of her new business with a ribbon cutting Saturday in Bloomfield. Several community members attended the opening, as well as people from out of town, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Linda’s husband, Jerry Bruckheimer, a famous Hollywood movie producer.
Bloomfield Mayor Rhonda Hagan said one of her visions has always been to attract people to Bloomfield and Saturday’s ribbon cutting was a prime example.
“I’m beginning to see that vision come to light,” she said. “I want to have little stores for people to shop. Something to see when they come in.”
The Old Sugar Valley Country Store, along with the “Before I Die…” chalkboard — a project that Bruckheimer spearheaded — are two avenues Hagan hopes will bring more exposure to Bloomfield.
The Old Sugar Valley Country Store, located on Taylorsville Road next to Nettie Jarvis Antiques (which Bruckheimer also owns), is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The store offers a variety of Kentucky crafts and food, including baskets, paintings, kitchen decorations, mason jars, soaps and books written by Kentucky authors to jellies, jam and fudge.
“There is something for everyone in the country store,” Bruckheimer said.
She added that the store aims to highlight Kentucky artists, authors and farmers.
Jerry Bruckheimer said he’s excited for his wife’s new business venture.
“She is always full of ideas,” Jerry Bruckheimer said. “She loves this community and wants to make it even better.”
The Old Sugar Valley Country Store is an opportunity to “show off the great state of Kentucky and the ingenuity of Nelson County,” Jerry Bruckheimer said.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the store is a combination of preservation, sustainability and innovation.
The store “speaks to everyone,” Fischer said.
Bruckheimer said the store has been a labor of love for her and her husband.
“It’s very exciting,” she said of opening the business.
She noted that the store is named after the Old Sugar Valley distillery, which used to be located on the Bruckheimers’ farm in Bloomfield.
Bruckheimer said she is still looking for products to sell in the store. If people are interested in the store selling their products, they need to contact the store and discuss what type of product they make. For more information on the store call 252-9556.
Bruckheimer said the store would be selective on what it offers because she doesn’t want to offer a lot of the same product.
In the future, Bruckheimer said she hopes to offer several events at the Old Sugar Valley Country Store, such as cooking demonstrations and book signings.
“We are really passionate about great artists,” she said.