SOMERSET, KY – Somerset Asian Market owner Dan Brown and his wife, Maricel, opened their business in 2017, with a desire to provide their neighbors with an excellent ethnic blend of food. Brown said it filled a niche lacking in the community and provided a convenient place to find unique products and quality proteins and vegetables.
“We have customers who get as excited as children when they see our selection for the first time,” Brown said. “As a result, it has changed our sales mix to favor customers who choose to prepare their own food and has brought more new customers looking for different food options for Somerset.”
The business specializes in Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai cuisines,
When they needed inventory and equipment to open their business, the Pulaski County transplants applied for a small business loan with SKED. Since then, their business has grown 30 to 40% each year, according to Brown.
“The SKED staff is personally invested in our region and in every loan they make,” Brown said. “Instead of asking how they could help, they said: Here is how we will help you. We think that is amazing customer service, and you will not find that in many other lenders.”