Indulge In A Taste of European Foods At Katy’s

Living in Moline, Illinois, I remember as a teenager going to Katy’s Import Foods for brats for cookouts. You can’t miss the red and white striped building on 7th Street. Katy’s, open since 1938 in this location, has a been providing European foods to the area since the early 1950’s.

Entrance to Katy's German Market
Entrance to Katy’s German Market

The family owned business was started by Henry Bodenbender, who immigrated from Germany in 1929. He was a blacksmith in Germany and then worked as a gardener and butler for the Deere-Wiman family. His wife, Katy, joined him from Germany and worked as a cook for the family. In 1933, they purchased a small grocery at another location and then bought the present location in 1938.

Katy's Red And White Striped Exterior
Katy’s Red And White Striped Exterior

Their son, Art Bodenbender, now owns the store and runs it with his wife, Louann, and other family members. It is always a pleasure to see them continue in this family business.


The holiday season is the most busy time of year for Katy’s because they order a wide assortment of specialty candy wrapped in colorful foil, cookies made with spices and dipped in chocolate, and hand crafted gift items. People who are in town for the holidays stop in to reminisce about their childhood memories of the store while they purchase special items that can only be found at Katy’s.



In our most recent visit to Katy’s, Brian and I bought crusty Polish rye bread from Chicago, and various savory sausages and cheese along with spätzle, a soft egg noodle. I made a traditional meal that week blending my German and Slavic heritage. Taking the time to make a traditional meal always brings back so many good memories of family gatherings over the years.

Various Meats And Cheese
Various Meats And Cheese

Visit this specialty store for a refreshing change from the huge grocery stores. Katy’s, a continuing part of Quad Cities history, is the place to shop for European foods and gifts. Put some European flavor into your cookouts and get their brats and other sausages, wander the aisles for something different and experience the pride of a small business. Start your own family food traditions with a taste of Europe!

European Gift Items
European Gift Items

Katy’s Import Foods

2700 7th St., Moline, Illinois

(309) 764-8662.

Hours: Thursdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and computer generated design including Photoshop. She has retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. She also has her own design and studio company. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts, and supporting art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area.

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