This week, Nona’s Downtown Market launched a Kickstarter campaign to add a certified kitchen that would allow the opportunity for several small businesses to expand.
“We want to go to that next level,” says Maria Kelly, Owner of Nona’s Downtown Market. One of the issues for small business owners is having an inspected, certified kitchen, which is difficult to install in your own home. The alternative is having to rent a building or install a kitchen, either way requiring more overhead expenses. “Having a kitchen here at Nona’s will allow small business owners to rent our kitchen and then sell their products right here in the market,” Kelly explained. By having a central kitchen at Nona’s, several vendors and small business owners could use Nona’s kitchen, which would save them the trouble and expense of getting their own kitchen.
Kelly says they realized the need for a kitchen space by listening to customers and vendors and immediately saw the potential for the market. “For example, there’s someone who wants to start baking gluten free products, but she doesn’t have a kitchen. This would solve that problem. And then we could expand our product line at the market to include some gluten free options.”
The goal is to raise $75,000 in 35 days to pay for the completion of the kitchen project. If you would like to become a contributing partner, click here.