Last week Chelsea and I visited the Friendly Street Market, and today we went to Sunrise Asian Food Market. At first I thought it would be repetitive visiting two markets in the same area, but it is interesting to note the differences between them.
The first thing that caught my eye walking into the market was all of the colors. The packages of the different Asian foods use bright colors, such as yellow, pink, red, orange, and blue. It was kind of a sensory overload at first because there is so much stuff to look at you don’t know where to begin first.
When we walked into the market, we were kindly greeted by one of the managers. He asked us if we were working on a project, since we do look rather suspicious walking around with notebooks and a camera. He was more than willing to tell us a little bit about the market. He said they currently sell around 10,000 different items. The items that they supply are basic staple foods from different regions in Asia.
One of the things I noticed was how welcoming the market is to the costumers. I think it can sometimes be overwhelming shopping in a market or store where the majority of the products aren’t not from your culture and don’t have English names. However, Sunrise seems like a location that enjoys people from all different locations and cultures shopping at their market and is willing to help.
Sunrise and Friendly Street Market are unique to the Friendly neighborhood. Despite caring very different types of food, both of the markets have a sense of community, culture, and customer loyalty.