An Area in Flux
Golam Produce Market used to be across the street from Makkara, but it has jumped to the south side of Packard, where most of the action is. And it's no longer a tenant but an owner: Golam Khan bought the building that houses his new location, says Maroof Hassan, behind the register. (Asked for a job title, he says, "I'm just family.") The new store is a little bigger, a little more convenient for shoppers making a sweep of the other small food markets in the area, and, of course, it has parking. Golam covers a number of ethnic bases, selling halal meat, spices, and produce to Asian, Somali, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, and Indian cooks: everything from what Hassan calls a "Chinese squash"--which looks like a short, green baseball bat--to a twenty-pound frozen fish called an ayer. Don't try to shop there at midday on Saturday: though Golam is theoretically open from ten to eight daily, even on holidays, on Saturday "we have a couple of hours off to pray."
Aries, 3110 Packard, 971-9121. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun.
Golam Produce Market, 3150 Packard, 945-7611. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
[Originally published in October, 2013.]