The Nomar International Marketplace opened for business in North Wichita in 2011 as part of the 21st street revitalization project. Vendors offer authentic Mexican, Puerto Rican and other food plus shopping in an open-air market.
Carlos Contreras grew up in North Wichita and has worked on the project for the past seven years. He was initially a Nomar board member and is now employed as the manager.
“It’s predominantly Hispanic and Asian,” says Contreras of the neighborhood. “We try to capitalize on that, we try to show people the rich culture we have in the area.”