Owatonna, Minnesota is one of those destinations that I have honestly driven by many times on I-35 in Southern Minnesota. When you make the choice to hop off of I-35 at Exit 41, an opportunity awaits. From stunning architecture to a welcoming community, Owatonna has it all. The treasures that await are not visible from the Interstate Highway, but once you land in the heart of the town, your eyes will be opened. In fact, with four hours to visit; I quickly learned that a return visit is in order, as I still have plenty left to see.
It’s true that food is something we all remember. We remember when we enjoyed tasty food and boy, we don’t forget when our meal turned out to be a dud. Old Town Bagels serves up some of the best-tasting bagels that I have ever indulged in. The Kitchen Sink Bagel served up as a club sandwich was a winner in my book!
There were numerous desserts to be enjoyed, as well as daily specials. It was quite obvious that this is a busy place in Owatonna, as people were lined up to order their favorites.
Kristi’s Clothing located at 301 North Cedar Avenue offered some of the cutest women’s clothing that I had seen in quite a while. The building itself is a treasure all of its own. Kristi takes pride in her shop and it was evident that she understands the value of customer service. A nice selection of clothing was on hand, as well as a nice variety of jewelry to compliment all the fun outfits that she had to offer.
There are still shops on our Main Streets throughout the United States that do offer customer service with a variety of clothing, and I for one, appreciate shops like these.
I have seen many beautiful buildings in my travels, but I can honestly say that the Wells Fargo Bank in Owatonna was the first bank that I had set foot in, so I could browse. The architecture inside this bank is amazing!
The National Farmer’s Bank in Owatonna is a historic bank building that was built in 1908 and designed by Louis Sullivan. The community has restored and saved this beautiful work of art through the years. On January 7, 1976, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark due to its architectural significance.
I love a good mural or two, don’t you? Street art is becoming so popular and it was fun to see that the folks in Owatonna have also embraced this form of art.
When you glance at a mural, it’s always fun to look deep into the actual painting. There is always a story to be told and Owatonna was no exception.
A visit to Owatonna would not be complete without a visit to The Blast. If you want a plain serving of soft serve ice cream they have you covered and if you want a little something mixed in, they have that as well!
The next time you are traveling the I-35 Corridor in South Central Minnesota, make time to hop off of it to explore Owatonna. You will be glad that you took the time to experience a little sliver of paradise that we have in the Midwest.
*Thank you to the folks of Visit Owatonna, Minnesota for introducing me to some of the offerings in the community.
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