Halal International Market has been a part of our neighborhood since the mid nineties, although it started across the street from the current location.
When I introduced myself to the original owner, he told me his name was Mohammed – and then said with a smile, “We’re all named Mohammed.” When Mohammed sold the store to the current owner, Faez Al Mosawi, the store quickly outgrew it’s old location. The old gas station that had become Rush Package delivery, was converted into a grocery. The City hassled them over not having “handicapped accessible bathrooms” costing them an extra $10K to be legal.
The store is restocked at least once a week, from a run up to Detroit where there is a huge middle eastern community. The prices are super reasonable and you can get things there that you can’t get anywhere else – like three kinds of Feta – all from different countries. Fresh apricots, dates, Labne which is a kind of cream cheese with a lemony kick, and Halal meat.
For those who don’t know the difference between Kosher and Halal meat, Kosher meat must be butchered by a shohet and soaked before cooking. Halal meat must be butchered in a specific way and healthy at the time of slaughter. Needless to say, no pork is available.
They have bulk chocolates from Russia, fresh pita – ask for the Jasmine brand – and baklava ala carte or by the big box.
Faez and his brothers have since opened a second store and restaurant down by the Dayton Mall. Faez isn’t there all the time, but if you run into him or his three younger brothers, one of whom used to live on Oak Street, and you can get them to talk about the way Faez walked out of Iraq several times to get his family out, it’s an amazing story.
In case you missed it: HSPI had a very challenging 2023. Thanks to many hard-working volunteers, we accomplished a great deal. We’re taking a moment to review before we face whatever 2024 will bring.
WATSC recently held a media event at Ghostlight Coffee. It was attended by business and education leaders, City of Dayton commissioners and staff, Dayton traffic engineers, and concerned neighbors. We commemorated the loss of Jennifer Johnson, struck and killed by speeding driver at Wayne and Clover.
We’re so grateful for the many hard-working volunteers who bring us these amazing annual events! Shakespeare in South Park was a rousing success with A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Murder Mystery Home Tour hit it out of the park with Trigger Mortis: A Gangster’s Revenge. And into fall/winter we go, with more events for South Park neighbors.