Ethnic grocery stores in the United States have provided a sense of home for immigrants since the 19th and early 20th centuries. They not only offer the ingredients needed for a home-cooked meal, they provide a sense of home and community for many immigrants. Ethnic grocery stores not only provide necessities but also cultural safe spaces: the smells of home, familiar herbs, and having a conversation in your mother language can be comforting to many immigrants, especially when they are still trying to find their place in the new home.

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