The Sanders Store

Historic Treasure Reimagined to Luxe Vacation Rental

The Sanders Store, formerly known to Blooomington natives as Hays Grocery, is a well known landmark on the well traveled Fairfax Road.  The store sits 6 miles South of the Monroe County courthouse and opposite side of Fairfax Road from the famous Empire Quarry.  Originally erected in 1913, the Sanders Store operated as a grocery store and the heart of the Sanders community until 1967.  The space was vacant and largely used for storage until 2019 when it was obtained, historically designated, and lovingly and meticulously fortified and reimagined into a high demand luxe vacation rental by Rudy and Kay Fields.  The property connects to Whippoorwill Hill event venue, very near Lake Monroe, and a favorite for discerning families affiliated with Indiana University. The Sanders Store nods to the past while gracefully welcoming the future with historic touches, overwhelming character and second to none modern amenities.  Let the Sanders Store be a small part of your next family gathering, graduation, wedding or special event


  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Queen Pull Out
  • 1 Twin Pull Out
  • 70″ TV in Living Area
  • 55″ TV in Master bed
  • 2 Full Bathrooms
  • Maximum of 5 vehicles in designated on-site parking spaces
  • Sleeps 7 overnight guest, Total daytime occupancy 14
  • Dinging table with 6 seats
  • 12′ Live Edge Island
  • Pack & Play
  • Babygate
  • 4 Vanities
  • 3 Vanities boast lighted makeup mirrors
  • Washing Machine and Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Steamer


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Historic Sanders Store Given New Life

When Kay and Rudy Fields first saw the old Sanders Store, they were captivated by its history and fading beauty. Close since 1968, the once-popular community center also known as the Hays grocery seemed on its last legs. Should they undertake such a huge project, the couple wondered? Could they do it? What might its… View Article

Published 04/21/2020


Summer Update – 2019

What an amazing summer 2019 has been. Sure, here recently there have been days of unbelievable heat and dry crunchy grass, preceded by a smattering of tornadoes and farmers wrestling with the rain to get crops in while our couples wrestled with rain to get outdoor ceremonies in, but that’s what makes it fun, right?… View Article

Published 08/22/2019


Good Cause Giveaway – RESULTS!

In late February 2019, we debuted what we hope will be an annual “Good Cause Giveaway”. The giveaway came on the heels of the 2018 holiday season and was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Our objective was to give an… View Article

Published 04/19/2019


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