FLORENCE, Ky. – Fans of Cincinnati landmark Findlay Market are celebrating a new “friendly” place to visit in the Commonwealth.
The Friendly Market of Northern Kentucky, a year-round public market, will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.
The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at 10050 Norbotten Dr., off Interstate 75 at Mt. Zion Road in Florence.
The market is the vision of life-long Northern Kentucky resident and developer, Jack Berberich. It is home to nine indoor merchants, several eateries and a seasonal outdoor farmers’ market. Most of the vendors are local or regional.
“Because The Friendly Market is all about local farmers and artisans, shoppers can feel good about supporting their neighbors and small businesses,” Berberich said.
Shoppers can stroll in a relaxed atmosphere, which includes both indoor and outdoor areas, while discovering local flavors, meats, small farm wines, Kentucky bourbons, cheeses, Kentucky micro-brewed beers, spices, coffee, premium ice cream, natural soaps, olive oil, honey, produce, crafts, and other goods.
Jean-François Flechet, owner of Taste of Belgium -- a Greater Cincinnati staple known for their unique and irresistible, made-from-scratch waffles, pastry and pasta -- is making Friendly Market the site for his first Kentucky location.
“We are happy to expand into Northern Kentucky,” Flechet said. “We are excited to have a new community discover our waffles and other fresh products.”
De Stewart, owner of Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices is also opening at the Florence site.
“We have been a Kentucky corporation for 10 years and are happy to finally have a store in the Commonwealth,” he said.
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