Many identify Alexandria, Va., with Mount Vernon and its historic Old Town. However, right across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the city is home to many immigrant groups. 2000 Census data indicates more than 25 percent of the city’s population was not born in the United States or any of its territories.
Some immigrants visit ethnic groceries as one way to remain connected to their cultural identities. These markets typically not only provide a place to locate familiar food, but also become a place to network with other immigrants, through ethnic media, community postings, and familiar faces.
— Abby Wihl
Miles from home, two blocks from a meal that tastes like home
Text and picture by Kai McConnell
Russian grocery employee finds English a challenge
Text and photographs by Abby Wihl