A new option with an ethnic flare is now open in the Russell neighborhood in Louisville for those with a sweet tooth. Bori Sweets, at the Top Hat Beverage Station and Lounge, celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 20.
Bori Sweets Bakery & Delicatessen is a new community bakery featuring Puerto Rican cuisine that will offer pastries, bread, cakes, sandwiches, and a variety of coffee products and drinks.
Mayor Greg Fischer was on hand to commemorate the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the store, which is located on Old Walnut Street.
The concept is new to Louisville and is owned and operated by Yaritza Velez, who uses influence from Taino Arawak, Spanish and African cultures to create delectable treats bringing a new taste west of Ninth Street.
It was an emotional and rewarding moment for the former educator.
“I’m happy, excited, scared because it’s my first time having a business,” Arawak said. “Honestly, I’m not a business woman, but I’m going to be one.”
“Yara, you may not know this,” Mayor Fischer said. “But a lot of people are watching you right now and you’re inspiring a lot of people, especially young girls.”
The location will be open Tuesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.