In the last 5 years, the landscape of downtown Owensboro, Kentucky has been changing drastically. Downtown areas were once a deserted location in many mid-sized towns across the country, but in cities like Owensboro, these locales are making a strong comeback. Since the finishing touches were put on Smothers Park in the summer of 2013, businesses have been flocking to this river city to cash in on the investment put forth by Mayor Ron Payne. Nona’s Downtown Market is the latest local business to emerge in this area.
If you want to compare Nona’s to a well-known chain, then Fresh Market and Whole Foods are probably two of the leading businesses that quickly come to mind. However, this store is operated by a native of the city and a vast amount of the products that are sold are registered as Kentucky Proud. While the store is small in size, Nona packs a lot of punch per square foot. The smell of fresh bread immediately hits you upon entering Nona’s, which can be found on West 2nd Street. Also, local produce is evident throughout the store especially during spring and summer months. As an allergy sufferer, the local honey here has been a true blessing as well. While there is plenty of health food to sort through, Nona also has many different types of homemade ice cream and often allows for free taste testings.
Food and drink are by the far the most dominant products displayed at this market; however, there is a small section of the store devoted to interior decorating. Fresh flowers can often be had here at a reasonable price as well. And speaking of reasonable prices, most of the produce that I have bought here compares favorably to local grocery store prices and, of course the quality is much richer at Nona’s.
Things are definitely looking up in downtown Owensboro, as many more shops are sure to follow judging by the success of local businesses such as Nona’s Downtown Market. Nona’s is open Monday through Saturday and is often very crowded and is likely not to change anytime soon.