Langley Park, Md., is best known for its “International Corridor,” along University Boulevard. While Central Americans are the most visible immigrant population, the area is known for significant West African, South Asian, Caribbean and Southeast Asian hubs.
These stories explore the range of businesses that cater to the unique needs of this multicultural population. From an African fabric store to Latin American apparel shops to a Dominican hair salon and an Afro-Caribbean supermarket, these businesses reflect both the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrant communities as well as the enduring power of maintaining cultural traditions in the United States.
Tradition in every stitch, Africa in every outfit
Text and photographs by by Karina Stenquist
Businesses preserve Latin American traditions and nurture immigrant dreams
Text and photographs by by Yecenia Alfaro
Red Apple Market provides a taste of home for African and Caribbean
Text and audio slideshow by Anne Stephens
Dominican beauty parlor’s role goes more than skin deep
Text and photograph by Bianca Rainwater