Early summer groundbreaking for ‘Nana’s Bowling and Bakery’ in Dubois planned

Dubois residents can expect construction for a 15,500 sq. ft. building to begin on an acre lot behind Family Dollar in early summer. The exact date of the groundbreaking has not been set, shared Nana’s Bowling and Bakery founder Cynthia Starks. However, it will be sometime after her husband Dan opens the National Museum of Military Vehicles in late May.

Nana’s Bowling and Bakery will have eight lanes of bowling, an arcade, a golf simulation room (maybe other simulations like baseball as well), and an attached bakery that specializes in donuts and cakes. Cynthia made it clear that she doesn’t want to compete nor take business away from other local operations, but wants to add something to the community for everyone.

A lot of people had commented on different things that would be appreciated in the community that would provide something for the whole family, Cynthia explained. “I thought well, this is a good way to go.” The ideas about creating this new establishment began around a year ago. The plans became more solidified about six months ago when she sat down with contractors.


I want everyone to feel welcome. Even if they come in to buy a donut or hang out with their friends. I want to give them somewhere that feels like a second home. It’s not about making a ton of money.

Nana’s Bowling and Bakery is a tribute after Cynthia’s late mom, who was called ‘Nana’ by her grandkids.

The exact timeframe for completion is not yet confirmed but is currently looking like a year and a half to two years until it’s opened. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Dubois, like the opening of the National Museum of Military Vehicles and the rec center project. “I hope people like what’s going on,” Cynthia said about all the new things happening.


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