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Will the new store be open in time to buy our Christmas goodies??

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  1. Yes, this hurts me deeply too. And many others too I am sure. We've lost quite a few gems in that neighborhood over the years. Arya Foods for instance-with its rich array of unusual things-from Iranian saffron to rosewater and saffron-flavored ice cream.

    So this is more of a reason for you to visit Erikson's. To help make sure that it remains a part of the fabric of this vibrant neighborhood for a long long time. Erikson's has always been more forbidding a store to enter or to visit, but it carries just as many gems as Wikstrom's. And the owners are no less friendly once you get to know them.

    http://www.centerstagechicago.com/gro...

    On Arya Foods, from an old old post of mine:
    I was at Arya Foods (5061 N. Clark, e side of street, 2 blocks s of Foster) a couple of days ago. This Iranian grocery is owned by a wonderful grandfatherly/ grandmotherly Iranian-Assyrian couple, Mr and Mrs Babayan. I spoke to them at length about who's who on N. Clark, which restaurant owners in Andersonville are Assyrians/who are not, the life Assyrians live in Iran, what kind of relations Iranian-Assyrians have with Iraqi-Assyrians here in Chicago etc.

    (Incidentally, there's a new Persian grocery that opened right next to Argo Georgian on Devon. And a new Persian is going into Norka's old Cafe Salamera space!)

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    1. re: RST

      Don't bother with Ericksons. Went there today as a favor to a friend. Not only was she 25 minutes late opening, she was unapologetic for it. They did not have a full 50% of the items I went in for (and I only went in for 4 different items) and if you can believe it... No Herring! The only herring was the kind you can buy at any grocery store. I understand that Wikstroms has a website when you can order online. That is the way I will be going in the future.