Santa Rosa shopping news
- Cynsa Dec 29, 2006 12:59 AM
What's new at Montgomery Village!
Asia Gourmet, 4100 Montomery Dr., Santa Rosa, 707.537.6888
I love this little shop. It's right next to the Rialto Theater and Howarth Park on Montgomery Drive at Summerfield. The owners have a quirky mix of food and gifts...actually the gifts are exceptional. Both Adam & Jay Jay Dodds have great taste & offer everything from sake sets to posters to shadow puppets to an Asian-inspired consignment corner. Prices on things are very reasonable ($1.10 for a jewelry box).
And it's wonderful to get Asian groceries on the East side of town (most markets are west of 101. The owners (who seem to be there everyday) are friendly and want to get groceries that customers want. Jay Jay is especially interested in exposing locals to Asian culture - presentation & communication both important.
It's worth stopping in, whether you need snacks for the movies, a missing ingredient or interesting gift, cooking or art item.
I just got back from checking Asia Gourmet. This is a snazzy shop unique to the Northbay, afaik. I was greeted by Jay Jay and was told to not hesitate if I had any questions, and encouraged me to take my pictures.. They have a nice mix of the usual asian staples. Their refrigerator section has noodles, kimchee, fresh veggies including galanga. There a good selection in the freezer. There's a nice selection of pots, pans, woks. I thought the ceramic bowls were very handsome, seemed to be a good price for the set. The knives looked impressive, and at what appeared nice prices too. After cruising the store and taking my photos I had a nice conversation with Jay Jay. They have not fully filled all their shelf space and are encouraging recommendations on how to fill it. Beer and wine are not available at this time, but they are looking forward to fixing that in a couple of months. They are both new to the area and they are looking to find good, inexpensive places to eat ... I recommended they get hooked up with chowhounds.com
I apologize for the pictures, the lens was dirty and did not realize it until I got back.