Neil Luken Meats LLC
Neil Luken started working at Findlay Market at age 12, ...
Bender's Meats offers a full line of lunch meat and fresh pork products, from chops to ribs. Their specialty is locally-made Schad's ham.
Tommy Bender purchased Bender Meats from his mother Jean and opened, as owner, in 2009. Tommy has been in the family business all his life and worked with his mother for years, learning how to choose product and manage the stand. In addition, he began developing his own relationships with its patrons. As third generation owner, he continues the tradition with pride. The family history is worth noting:
Jean's parents, Alice and Chink Geiger, are the founders of the Amish poultry stand at Findlay Market. It was called Geiger's Country Corner, and it is still in business today as Busch's Country Corner. (The name changed in 1997, when Mike Busch, took over the family business.) Chink Geiger started in the poultry business at age 13, working at the Sixth Street Market in downtown Cincinnati. By the time Jean was that age, she was helping her father at Findlay Market. The Geiger's had their own poultry house and Jean first worked on the process line preparing fresh chickens for market.
Jean became a Findlay Market merchant herself when another family business, Rothhaus Meats, came up for sale in 1975. It was the stand right next to Geiger's. When Jean bought the stand, she was an employee at AT&T and she continued to work there on weekdays while her in-laws, Jack and Loraine Bender, ran the stand for her. On Saturdays, Jean worked at Findlay Market and, one year later, she left AT&T to become a full-time market merchant.
Today, Tommy Bender is building his business at the Market, developing relationships with many new and young customers. He has an easygoing personality and friendly manner that is welcoming to shoppers. He and his staff always have a smile and courteous greeting for everyone who appears at his stand.