One Gallon Getaway: Midtown Global Market

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"You can actually come for one afternoon and walk around the market and feel like you've traveled the whole world," Earlsworth Baba Letang of Midtown Global Market said. . From southern Minnesota all the way to the West Indies. Midtown Global Market is actually more than 50 locally-owned businesses, featuring goods and foods from near and far. Within a short walk you see signs touting Greek olives, Jamaican coffee and Egyptian cream cheese. "It's a one-stop shop," West Indies Soul Food owner Sharon Richards-Noel said of the market. A one-stop shop in the old Sears building on Lake and 10th in South Minneapolis. A two-year-old business that's still growing. Recent additions include an Asian restaurant and bar...and this European-style bakery called The Salty Tart. "I really like the availability of all the products that I need," The Salty Tart owner Michelle Gayer said. Gayer is now a business owner and customer at Midtown. "Because I like to use a lot of ingredients from all over the world and they're all available here to me," Gayer said. "The lady on this side, she makes a lot of soaps that I do purchase," Richards-Noel added. They sell together and shop together. It's a spirit of teamwork these shop owners say is key to their success. "We all have to get along and we all have to make it work because we're all in it together," Richards-Noel said. Midtown Global Market is 50 different businesses making one common promise. "Everyone is welcome. We promise them they'll get a true international, global experience when they come to the market," Letang said. An international experience, which on a gallon of gas, comes without the international expense. Midtown Global Market offers validated parking in a covered ramp with a purchase. Read more about Midtown Global Market

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