Immigrant Businesses

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Immigrants are more entrepreneurial than native-born Americans, owning businesses at a higher rate than their percentage of the US population. They also constitute a significant and growing consumer market. Here we explore businesses that are migrant-owned or cater to immigrant tastes and cultural needs.

Cynthia Canez, September 2016


Mekong Plaza shows the Asian immigrant presence in the city. Now that Asians outnumber Hispanic arrivals to the US, metro Phoenix can expect an increase in businesses and services addressed to Asian immigrants and their diasporic communities.

Curated Photo Set. September 2016


The team visited this supermercado catering to Latino tastes during Hispanic Heritage Month. Maryvale location.

Patrick Ingham, October 2016


This family-owned traditional Mexican restaurant helped shape the ever-burgeoning Mexican restaurant business in metro Phoenix, and lined the stomachs of its innumerable customers with culinary joy and an extra dose of... aribaaaaaaaaaaaa!


Chrystin Sanchez curates this photo set to capture a unique Target that offers a wide selection of Latino foods, health products and entertainment items. It is located in an area heavily populated by Latinos and immigrants, on 75th Avenue and Virginia.

Crystal Cespedes introduces Somali businesswoman Barlin Mohamud, who offers culinary treats at her cafe popular with Somali customers.

Cynthia Canez. Food is culture, and an important way immigrants keep their cultural connections vital. International groceries cater to migrant kitchens across metro Phoenix, in this curated photo set.

Crystal Cespedes discovers that shopping at LF Market and Lam’s Market helps to foster the connection between migrant owned businesses and the established population.