Sometimes we take shopping trips to my husband’s favorite stores. Those stores either are car related or outdoor adventure and sports stores. Whoops, forgot fish and scuba, oh and restaurant supply stores. Then there are the little mom and pop delis around the city. He actually enjoys a lot of unique shops.
Last month we went to one of my husband’s favorite mini mom and pop grocery stores. We had to pick up some Bulgar. I love that stuff.
The middle eastern market we go to is run by a sweet couple. The wife is always behind the counter with one of the brightest smiles I have ever come across. It is a smile straight from her heart. Her and her family came to the states from Iraq. Christians that started a little business when they came to the United States.
Their little shop reminds me once again of the mom and pop shops in Europe. It’s so different from the huge grocery stores here in our states. When my husband would have family visit us from Italy they were always impressed with our mega food stores.
We usually just buy bulk items here at this little market, like beans and rice, but sometimes for a special treat we will buy their home made breads.
And pick up a couple sweets on our way out.
This is the only place I have been able to find Kinder eggs. They used to be the European kind but now they are the American kind, which aren’t as good in my opinion. So strange that the food rules are super strict in our country with some things here but then they are allowed to add tons of chemicals (poisons in my opinion) to our food. I am not sure what is true anymore when it comes to information but I have heard that there are many countries out there that will not take food items from our country. That’s some scary stuff right there.
On the way out from the market my husband noticed a new store had opened up next door. We went over to check it out.
It was a Volkswagen store and repair shop. Looks like my husband found another favorite store.
In the shop was a little Volkswagen.
So cute, these little bugs.
On the ceiling were pages and pages from old Volkswagen magazines.
The shop even came with a dog. I love it when I am greeted in a store by a dog. Who wouldn’t like that. That is always so funny to me when I get surprised by a four legged employee. The four legged employees are only at small businesses. The big guys (major stores) are not allowed to hire the four legged kind.
This dog gets paid in belly rubs, ear scratches and just a good long petting. As you can tell he is very happy with his payment plan.
The store also has some old items from the past like this vintage 7-up soda machine.
And if your husband gets to talking with the owner, remember my Italian husband can talk…there is always Ms. Pac Man to entertain you. I know nothing about cars.
My husband was behind this old door where the mechanics work, he was talking to one of the owners and learning about the history of the shop.
It’s a great story where the grandfather and his son rebuilt old bugs and then the grand kids followed suit. Now the family has a shop, a very popular one too. They do body work and repairs.
They even have clubs.
I am not getting anything for promoting these shops, just a good feeling of sharing another shopping adventure with you all. You all know I love supporting the little mom and pop businesses. Hope you liked this one, it’s for all those wonderful men out there. I have noticed lately that men are getting hit hard right now in our country, at least it seems this way. So to all you Grandpas, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons…thank you for all that you do. Remember everyone, go on shopping adventures to the stores they love .
Husband’s recipe for Bulgar
1 cup of bulgar
2 cups of chicken stock.
Mix the two together, bring to a boil, cover, then turn off and let it sit for 20 minutes. That’s it. Pretty simple huh? Hey, I like it. Great little side dish or meal for upset stomachs during the cold and flu season.
Happy shopping adventures everyone.
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