Lawrenceburg: Tastefully Kentucky Brings Local Food Downtown
by Michael Pendley
If you haven’t been to downtown Lawrenceburg lately, you might be surprised at the town’s resurgence. Gone are the empty shops and storefronts. In their place you will find local restaurants and live music venues, sandwich shops, coffee houses, boutiques and bourbon inspired stores.
Nestled in among them is Tastefully Kentucky, a specialty food and gift shop that features products with strong ties to, as the name suggests, Kentucky. As soon as you walk through the front door, you are met with a dazzling array of sauces, coffees, teas, spice and herb blends, candies, and fresh farm products. In addition to the food products, there are candles, soaps, oils, and even Kentucky made dog treats. Kentucky themed clothing and cooking utensils, as well as bourbon themed products dot the store.
Since opening the store last November, owner Justin Silverman, along with his parents, Eric and Gayle, have combed the state for interesting food and gift products. Many of the brands they carry will be familiar to most, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Wiesenberger Mills, Elmwood Inn Teas, but they have also found a multitude of smaller, often family owned, companies that produce products you might not know.
“People are often surprised that we aren’t from here originally,” says Gayle. “But I think the fact that we moved here from the northeast allows us to see the beauty and passion the people of Kentucky put into the products they create with fresh eyes. I am constantly amazed at what we find here.”
Not content with the status quo, the Silverman’s are constantly evolving and growing their store. Recent additions include fresh farm eggs, dairy products from JD Country Milk, a wide variety of Kentucky produced cheeses, and Bernoulli Small Batch Ice Cream from Louisville.
Future plans include a soon to open tea bar that will serve tea and coffee products from around the state. Once the weather warms, look for fresh, locally grown produce in the farmer’s market corner of the store. Down the road, plans include a small kitchen complete with a dessert bar and demonstration area where product manufactures and chefs will be able to exhibit their products. Gayle also plans to make fresh desserts to serve in the shop.
Looking for a Kentucky themed gift? Tastefully Kentucky will help you put together a custom gift basket and wrap it for you while you wait. Be sure to stop in on “Sample Saturdays” when just about every product in the store is available to sample.
With spring quickly approaching, Tastefully Kentucky has also stocked a line heirloom garden seeds for those folks looking for old fashioned vegetable varieties to grow in their garden.
Current store hours are Monday through Saturday 10-5 and Thursday until 8. Gayle says, as the weather warms, they hope to be able to serve coffee, tea, and ice cream on Thursday evenings. Be sure to like their Facebook page for updates on new products.
126 Main Street
Lawrenceburg. KY 40356
Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM
Michael Pendley writes Timber2Table, a growing collection of wild game recipes, at Realtree.