About Our Store
Get to Know Scott Nussbaum
Scott Nussbaum learned jewelry trade the old-fashioned way; at the knee of his grandfather, Ed Friedman, in his shop in New Albany, Indiana. Scott recalls his childhood fascination with all things relating to jewelry, timepieces and especially antique items. “TaTa (Grandfather Friedman) took me under his wing and taught me to be a jeweler. I learned from him how to be a bench jeweler, and I was a qualified trained gemologist by the time I was seventeen.”
Despite his intimate knowledge of gems and jewelry creation, his first love was in collecting pocket watches, fossils and arrowheads. Unlike most children, for Scott Nussbaum this was not just as a passing hobby. He recognized at a very early age this might become his life’s work. As a teenager, he collected objects and set up his own booth at antique shows on weekends. “I was constantly learning, because I was always seeing antiques I hadn’t come across before, and I was fascinated,” he remembers. “I’d attend every seminar, buy books, go to the library and study on my own. I was sure I was on my way.”
In 1981, Scott moved to New York City to help operate several large jewelry stores for Great Uncle. “There was no one else in the family to run them, and it was an important part of our family tradition. I learned a lot there,” he recalls. “I grew up, improved my education in Jewelry, and turned from a country boy from Anchorage to a city boy in New York.”
Even after opening his own Antique stores in New York City and Bayonne, N.J. Scott looked for ways to stay engaged in the trade. “Selling at New York’s big market on 26th Street is where I started to build my reputation. I’d go there with my upper-end antiques on Sundays, and eventually became recognized for having a discerning selection of quality antiques.”
While at the New York shows he sold to celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Bette Midler and Madonna. Years later, other famous people would become Scott’s clients.
In 2000, world renowned Sotheby's Auction House asked Scott to be their regional associate, procurring antiques for their international auctions.
In 2009 First Lady Laura Bush dropped into Nussbaum Antiques on Frankfort Avenue to shop.
The success of these programs led Scott to volunteer to conduct live appraisal days to benefit local charities like the Thomas Edison House, Locust Grove, The Person-Dumesnal House,and many other historic homes. These sessions help raise funds for the charities and awareness of cultural artifacts for the general public. Scott always enjoys meeting the public and educating people on the purpose and value of their heirlooms.
Scott Nussbaum is also recognized for his skill in conducting estate sales of local and regional homes. With his discerning eye, Scott recognizes pieces of unusual excellence and frequently brings outstanding pieces to his gallery for special presentation. After thirty-eight years in the arts profession, Scott Nussbaum’s knowledge and expertise makes him uniquely qualified to assist with evaluations, marketing and presentation of quality antiques, fine art and estate jewelry.
Despite all the expertise he has acquired over the years, Scott Nussbaum still credits his TaTa for teaching him the most important lessons of life. “My grandfather taught me that you have to treat people the way you’d like to be treated and you will go a long way in this world."
In 1993 Scott Nussbaum moved back home to Louisville and bought the building at 2036 Frankfort Avenue that today houses his vast selection of antiques, Fine Arts and quality vintage jewelry. At that time few recognized the potential in the Clifton area, but Scott proved to be a pioneer in renovating a building and establishing a destination gallery in the neighborhood. His vision was validated as new restaurants, shops and services began to gentrify many of the fine old buildings on lower Frankfort Avenue.
Scott Nussbaum’s expertise became recognized in his hometown through regular appearances on FOX 41 television’s morning show “What’s It Worth?” For nine years, this popular segment of the morning show awakened the general public to the potential treasures resting in their basements or attics.