2022 October E-News

Board Nomination Form

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and current Board of Directors are seeking dedicated, enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2023.

 As a Director of the Board, you should:

  • Have the ability to use careful judgment and express the views of the entire chamber as opposed to your own
  • Attend all Board meetings regularly and promptly
  • Attend the Board Retreat
  • Devote time and energy to all board activities
  • Attend Chamber events
  • Ability to communicate ideas and concepts to a variety of people
  • Maintain objectivity at all times
  • Be responsible for the fiscal/financial responsibilities of the Chamber
  • Draw upon your business background when making decisions
  • Have respect for your associates
  • Be a team player
  • Understand the art of compromise
  • Have a good attitude
  • Ability to inspire
  • Prepare for Board meetings
  • Support the well-being of the Chamber of Commerce

If you are interested in serving a three-year term and have been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for at least one year, please complete the following form along with a short 100-word or less biography by October 14, 2022.

Please use this form: Board Nomination Form

Please mail to One Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004 or e-mail chamber@bardstownchamber.com your nominations.

KCCE Conference

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce finished the two-day Conference with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives. It was a great two days of conversations about the future role a chamber has in a local community, workforce, equity, and building a strong economy. 

Big thanks to our Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and especially our Members for supporting and investing in our Chamber!

Thank you to our staff for all their hard work: Elliott Newland, Hannah Viens and Lisa Thomas!

Day at the Races

It was a great day at Churchill Downs for Day at the Races. We spent the day eating great food, watching the races, and also getting to spend time with the Bullitt County and Spencer County Chamber of Commerce. A huge thank you to Abound Credit Union for sponsoring this event! We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Cheers to Bardstown

Cheers to Bardstown was a success! First, we want to say thank you to Randi Mouser at Bardstown Main Street, thank you to all the volunteers, board members, the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, KY., The Bardstown Police Department, the Mayor and City Council, Visit Bardstown, Alex with Peake AV, Milt Spalding for emceeing, Nikki and her team with On the Rocks Bartending, Bourbon City Cleaning Services, all of our amazing singers, and to YOU!...our community

A BIG Thanks to all the sponsors:

Visit Bardstown, Kygunco., Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience, Four Roses Distillery LLC, James B. Beam Distilling Co., Lux Row Distillers, 5K Logistics, Inc., Town & Country Bank and Trust Co., Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bardstown, Big O Tires Bardstown Ky, and FiveStar. Without your support, we would not be able to have such a successful event. 

Also, Special thanks to Grizzly Media for these amazing pics! 

Thank you again to everyone who came out to support the community, Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber, and Bardstown Main Street.

Upcoming Events/Classes

October Connect

October 19, 2022


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference 

October 27, 2022 


Ribbon Cuttings


Agency Title Inc

October 4, 2022

Time 12:00 PM

Location: 650 E. John Rowan Blvd., Bardstown

Upscale Energy & Nutrition

October 28, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: 997 Frost Ave, Bardstown

AHHA and Yoga Center

November 2, 2022

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 200 E. John Rowan Blvd., Suite A and B, Bardstown

Previous Ribbon Cuttings:

Congratulations to Alternative Health Solutions/BluMine Health Bardstown on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Monday, September 12th.

Congratulations to Log Still Distillery on their Ribbon Cutting for their new distillery that was held on Tuesday, September 13th.

Congratulations to Bourbon City Cleaning Services on their Ribbon Cutting that was held on Tuesday, September 27th.

Young Professionals Network

Young Professionals Network 

October 12, 2022


Young Leaders

First day of 2022-2023 Young Leaders! We had a great day getting to know each other, discovering our communication styles, and working in teams to do a “Shark Tank” activity. Big thanks to Danielle Hagler with the Nelson County Extension office and our Shark Tank judges Tom Hayes, Doug Brink, Bourbon Capital Realtor, United Real Estate Louisville, and Kristie Young. We couldn’t do it without our sponsors and appreciate their commitment to the program.

Insurance options for Chamber Members

Anthem ChamberAdvantage is a self-funded insurance plan for small businesses with 2 to 50 employees. When these small businesses join together in a larger pool, they share the overall claims risk, bringing costs down. In fact, enrolling in ChamberAdvantage can result in up to 28% savings on medical costs.

Learn More Here

Did You Know Your Chamber Membership Can Save You Money on Your Company’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance? We’ve partnered with ClearPath Mutual to offer employers of all sizes a 10% discount on workers’ comp rates. ClearPath Mutual, a Kentucky-headquartered carrier offers this exclusive discount to new and existing customers. Contact your insurance agent to start saving now or click here to get connected to an agent. Now more than ever, your membership provides a direct return on your investment!

Spotlight of the Month

Bardstown, Bloomfield, and Community Dental Care

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Bardstown, Bloomfield, and Community Dental Care as Spotlight of the Month.

Featured Visionary Member of the Month

Heaven Hill Distillery

The Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Heaven Hill Distillery as the Featured Visionary Member of the Month.

Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded

in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium

American Whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com

start-ups of the 1990s - a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of Whiskey, and

at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company is the largest independent, familyowned and operated distilled spirits supplier in the country. According to industry analysts,

Heaven Hill is now the fifth-largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest

holder of aging Bourbon Whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 1,900,000 barrels.

In 1996, a fire resulted in the loss of the distillery, seven rickhouses and almost 100,000 barrels

of whiskey. After the fire, Heaven Hill moved distilling to the historic Bernheim Distillery in

Louisville. However, the bottling and aging of whiskey along with other functions proudly

continued in the Bardstown area where they remain today. In addition, in 2004, the company

dedicated its first visitor center in Bardstown—most recently expanded and renamed to the

Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience—which has become an award-winning focal point for the

region’s bourbon tourism and has greeted millions of visitors over the years.

In 2014, the company changed its name to Heaven Hill Brands. The name and logo capture the

company's evolution from a leader in American Whiskey production - a position it continues to

hold today - to the nation's fifth-largest distilled spirits supplier. Over the last three decades

Heaven Hill has built on its foundation of American Whiskeys to become a broadly diversified

supplier of Whiskeys, Liqueurs, Vodkas, Rums and other spirits. Heaven Hill's portfolio includes

the world's second-largest selling Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon alongside dynamic brands

including Deep Eddy Vodka, Lunazul Tequila, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, and category

leading brands Burnett's Vodka, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, Christian Brothers Brandy,

Carolans Irish Cream, and Admiral Nelson's Rums. Above and beyond its core group of products,

Heaven Hill Brands is recognized as an innovator with products designed to fill growing

segments of the on- and off-premise market like Hpnotiq Liqueur, Larceny Bourbon, Domaine

de Canton and Rittenhouse Rye Whisky.

The most recent expansion of the portfolio includes the acquisition of Samson & Surrey,

including its portfolio of brands and facilities, extending Heaven Hill’s portfolio with six highgrowth, super-premium brands in several of the industry’s fastest growing categories. Included

in this acquisition were Tequila Ocho, Widow Jane American Whiskey, Few Spirits, Brenne

French Whisky, Bluecoat Gin, and Mezcal Vago.

In June 2022, Heaven Hill broke ground on Heaven Hill Springs Distillery, a $135 million facility

in Bardstown – with a name paying tribute to the family-owned company’s original distillery

which burned down in 1996. The new, state-of-the-art distillery located in Bardstown, is

expected to be operational by the end of 2024. Initial production is slated for 150,000 barrels a

year, and, over time, will have capacity to ramp up to producing 450,000 barrels annually. This

will be in addition to the company’s distilling that occurs at the historic Bernheim Distillery in

Louisville, which will continue to operate at full capacity of 450,000 barrels annually.

As of September 2022, Max Shapira assumed the role of Executive Chairman with the

appointment of Kate Shapira Latts and Allan Latts to the roles of co-Presidents. Since joining the

company in 2001, Kate and Allan have been transformational leaders driving Heaven Hill’s

accelerated growth. In their new roles as co-presidents, they will continue to pursue Heaven

Hill’s strategic growth plans and corporate vision, working collaboratively on all key decisions.

Max will transition day-to-day operational oversight of the business to Kate and Allan.

Since 1935, Heaven Hill has retained its commitment to independence and family-ownership

grounded in a mission and core values suited to building for the long term.

Ambassador of the Month

Jessica Leake

Town & Country Bank and Trust Co.


Jessica Leake continues to show her support for the Chamber. She is a Board Member and faithful Ambassador. Jessica is always out promoting the Chamber and serves on several committees. Thank you Jessica for all the support you have shown your local community.

Welcome New Chamber Members

All Star Inflatables

Inflatable business with bouncy house and slides (wet/dry).

Rep- Brandon Bryan

Contact- 502-264-7882 or allstarinflateablesky@gmail.com

American Legion Nelson County Post 42

American Legion Post 42 Helping Veterans and working with our community services.

Rep- Chris Gootee

Contact- 502-249-3952 or nelsoncountypost42@gmail.com

Location- 703 McDowell Blvd., Suite 202, Bardstown, KY 40004

Apogee Insurance Group

Apogee Insurance Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is a specialty lines, professional and management liability broker. A nationwide footprint offers consistency of product expertise and service.

Rep- Deborah Meng

Contact- 502-542-2609  or dmeng@apogeeinsgroup.com

Bardstown Theatricals LLC

Non-profit community theater company, focused on theatrical education and performance.

Rep- Katherine Scott

Contact- 502-219-6608 or BardstownTheatricals@gmail.com

Bourbon City Barbecue

Barbecue Food Truck.

Rep- Caroline & Mike Putman

Contact- 502-822-0827 or bourboncitybarbecue@gmail.com

Bub's Pins Dumpster Rental

Providing dumpsters so you can clean out or clean up a construction site, garage, remodel, or just throwing out junk. Once filled we hook and haul it away. We also can do the clean up for you.

Rep- Michael Watts

Contact- 502-349-3304 or bubsbins47@gmail.com

Collier Title Company

We are a title company that routinely closes all types of real estate transactions including residential, commercial, multi-family, for sale by owner, foreclosures, trust & estates, etc.

Rep- Brittiany Sells

Contact- 270-763-6589 or bsells@colliertitle.com

Location- 232 W. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Duffy's Rental

We rent limo carts for events such as weddings, family reunions, proms, any type of gathering you might have.

Rep- Anne Mudd

Contact- 859-481-8405 or duffysrental@gmail.com

Location- 278 Ashley Ave., Springfield, KY 40069

RLM Underground LLC

Telecommunications Contractor

Rep-  Samantha Spalding

Contact- 859-481-1080 or smudd@rlmunderground.com

Traci Melgar, Wellness Services

Wellness Services include these programs: Darkside Gold/ Fit Fun with Ann & Ken Kilkelly, Rock Steady Boxing (specialized for Parkinson's), Chair Yoga, Thai Chi Yoga, Strength, and Nazareth Walk.

Rep- Traci Melgar

Contact- 502-314-0885

Upscale Energy & Nutrition 

Wellness coach, healthy protein smoothies, and energy teas.

Rep-  Lashonda Fentress

Contact- 270-209-0156 or Shondaboo80@yahoo.com

Location- 997 Frost Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004

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