Naomi Hoydal saw an opportunity to give back to the community while starting a new business. Her idea was to open a business featuring local handmade crafts at affordable prices. She rented a building (the old Lamp Post Shoppe on West Main Street in Burnsville) and offered to rent space in the shop to local crafters for a nominal fee. This gives crafters a place to display their wares without them having to give a percentage to the shop owner. That allows the crafter to be able to offer the goods at a lower price. The small fee covers the rent and Naomi has a place to sell her own products.
Naomi is originally from Buladean. After being away for a number of years she has recently moved back to this area. She has been making goat milk soap and lotions for seven years. For the past three years her products have won First Place in the National Competition of the American Dairy Goat Association. Naomi even guarantees her special lotion for cracked heals and feet. If it doesn’t work and you don’t love it, you can take it back.
Soaps and lotions can be bought individually or you can choose from one of the many cups or baskets she has gotten from local non profits and have her put it all together with cellophane and ribbon for an easy inexpensive gift.
Also available in the store is a wide variety of handmade items including embroidered towel sets and aprons, canned goods, Christmas sweatshirts, cards and decorations, country wood signs, jewelry, quilted clocks, small wooden bowls, Bella Taylor purses and baby gift items. Along with the baby gifts they are adding the service of planning and helping with baby showers.
Naomi is still looking for additional crafters so she can continue to expand into additional space throughout the building. She hopes to one day have this store be a premier store in our area, drawing people to Burnsville as a destination point.
Bluebell Farms is located at 127 West Main Street in Burnsville. Naomi can be reached at 828-678-3526. Her web site is www.bluebellefarms.com.