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Looking for specialty shopping sources in Charlotte

I currently live in the DC area and can find almost everything I could think of when I shop, so I am hoping you all can help me find some stores where I might find asian, slavik, south american, greek, turkish, persian, indian..... well, you get the idea.

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  1. Super G Mart on Independence can provide you with a lot of what you need.

    1. I think you will be pleasantly surprised you will be able to find what you need around Charlotte and plenty of fun grocery stores to wander around just for the heck of it. Super G is fantastic! I was surprised by the Indian food aisle. Some of my favorite Asian markets are Zen Market, Overseas Market and there is a new grocery store in Stallings, filled with a bakery and even had live tilapia. My favorite for latin is Atlantic Farmer's Market, a proper grocery store, just called farmer's market. There are plenty of tiendas on South Blvd, loaded with baked goods, butchers and counters to eat quick soft tacos. Cedarland for middle eastern, Turkish, a great selection of candy bars, dried beans, some dairy. Plenty of dried beans, grape leaves and bulghur. Also, a counter to order prepared food.

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      1. re: waitress

        Sadly, Zen Market closed a few weeks ago. All of your other suggestions are solid, as usual.

        1. re: southernitalian

          I rode over to Zen yesterday to score a banh mi and nearly cried when I pulled into the parking lot and saw the "closed" sign. :-(

          To the OP, whereabout will you be living? Charlotte has many small ethnic markets all around town. If we know what area of town you live we can make suggestions that are closer to you.

          1. re: lynnlato

            Down in South Park area, off Quail Hollow. So far, all I've seen is a Harris Teeter that looks like the Taj Mahal.

            1. re: Terrie H.

              Ha! My girlfriend and I have been calling it the Taj Ma-Teeter for ages.

      2. Bosna Market on Central Ave is a good source for Balkan food products. This is a grocery, not a restaurant.
        2615 Central Avenue
        Charlotte, NC 28205-5334
        (704) 343-9828

        1. A&A on Independence is excellent for Russian and eastern European goods. I know they get most of their kielbasa from butcher shops in Greenpoint, Brooklyn so you know it's authentic.

          1. Oh, and this just showed up on my Facebook feed; may be worth checking out:

            http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011...

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            1. re: ostrakos

              Saw that too. It looks interesting. I just LOVE how the CO reviews restaurants and businesses and never gives out the address.

              1. re: southernitalian

                It's actually there, if you click on the name of the store on the right hand side of the article. It's not very obvious, though, to be sure.

                1. re: ostrakos

                  Thank you. I might have to head over there. I didn't realize that American feta was made with cow's milk instead of sheep.

              2. re: ostrakos

                Thank you! He told me that Greek restauranteurs are common there. This sounds like a great source!

              3. All of the above suggestions are good. There are many many small shops that are easy to miss if you're not part of the particular community being served.

                For anyone in South Charlotte:
                Hatoya is a Japanese shop on Polk St. in Pineville. Down the street are India Grocers and Patel Bros. for Indian and Zygma for Polish. There is a store next to Zygma that I think is either Honduran or Salvadorean, I can't remember. Yafa Market is a Turkish store on Park Rd. Jin Asian Market is Korean, on Kettering Dr. off Hwy 51. These are just off the top of my head.

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                Asian Market
                575 W Pike St Ste 17C, Lawrenceville, GA 30045

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                1. re: billyjack

                  Thank you so much -- These sound great! I even know where Pineville is! Cheap gas, too!

                  1. re: billyjack

                    Thank you BillyJack! I'm always looking for ethnic shops.