05/16/2018: Small Business Spotlight – The Owego Kitchen

At Tioga State Bank, we believe in celebrating the hardworking businesses who grow our local economy and help our communities thrive. We are honored to work with so many of them. Every local business has a unique story to tell. With TSB’s Small Business Spotlight, we recognize local entrepreneurs and small business owners by sharing their stories with the community.


The Owego Kitchen sign inside


8 Questions with Julie Lovelass, Owner of The Owego Kitchen


What inspired you to start your business?

Starting a business was not even on our radar; however, the opportunity presented itself and we jumped!


What products / services do you offer?

We are a full service restaurant and catering company.


What is something that your business is known for, that sets you apart from other competitors?

I’d like to think that our quick service and customer service sets us apart.


What has been your business’ proudest moment?

With the help of our customers and staff, in 2017, we were able to raise over $20,000 for LOCAL non-profits.


Julie and Ike Lovelass

Julie and Ike Lovelass, Owners of the Owego Kitchen


What has been the biggest risk you ever took for your business?

Our biggest risk was opening a business in Owego. At the time there were lots of naysayers who tried to dissuade us.


Tell us something interesting / fun about your business.

The most fun has been getting to know our customers by name and becoming a part of this community.


What’s the most popular product that you sell?

We have 2: Chicken Tarragon Salad Sandwich served on a baguette and Spicy Turkey Panini (turkey, cheddar, bacon sriracha 100 island).


What’s your best advice for someone who wants to start their own business?

Don’t be afraid of hard work and love what you do!!


Located in the heart of Historic Owego, The Owego Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and sweets with fresh contemporary twists. They specialize in homemade dishes with plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options and are open 7 days a week. Their website is theowegokitchen.com