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Country Store Reopens— A Ridge Tradition Revitalized

posted Sep 1, 2016, 12:00 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 12:08 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Over the years the Country Store has been many things to many people. At one time it housed public showers, greatly appreciated by a wave of eager young homesteaders back in the early ‘70s. A fenced beer garden once provided a pleasant spot for local musicians to perform on a stage under the shade of a spreading walnut tree. The Country Store long served as a neighborhood market where locals, as well as campers and visitors to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, could gather, as well as pick up a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread on the way home from work. Also housing a certified commercial kitchen, the Country Store often served fresh hot and cold foods prepared on the premises. Plagued by fire and the recent death of its owner-operator, the deserted little store sat vacant for several years.

Now, thanks to the Bottrell Family, the Country Store is back in business. Like the legendary phoenix, rising from the ashes, the little market has been revitalized, adorned with a fresh coat of paint and clean as a whistle.  Lucy and Bruce Bottrell, proprietors of both Mother Truckers and Natural Selections raised their two children, Eli and Julie in their home on the San Juan Ridge. Now retired, Bruce and Lucy have placed management of the thriving businesses in the capable hands of Eli and his wife Sara. To Eli, reopening the Country Store is a boon for the community. He explained, “I grew up going there (the Country Store). It was a viable business and I figured we’d reopen it and fill a need on the Ridge. The kitchen allows us to do things we can’t do at Mother Truckers. The Country Store provides lots of new opportunities.”

 In addition to stocking groceries and other necessities, the Country Store is offering a selection of salads, sandwiches, burritos and other fresh foods made on site. The store’s kitchen manager, Ethan Hunter is working to provide, “an organic and natural selection of hot and cold grab & go items.” Ethan will be manning the barbeque at the official grand opening on Saturday, October 1st, 3-8 pm. A benefit for the North San Juan Fire Department, the celebration/fundraiser will include delicious food, beverages, and music starting at 4 pm provided by Hard Hattie and the Bad Men, the Belfry Brothers, and George Schroder and Friends. The Country Store is embarking upon a new era of serving the community. Ethan affirmed, “We’re keeping the community tradition of the Country Store alive.”

Location: 19008 Tyler Foote Road 

Hours: Weekdays 8 am-8 pm, Weekends 9 am-8 pm 

Phone: 470-8800