The Persian word “jahan” translates to “the world”—a fitting name for a market that imports its groceries and gift items from such far-flung locales as the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Though the Persian-owned market specializes in fare from the owner’s native land, its shelves are stocked with a multicultural array of pastries, organic wines and beers, halal meats, and skincare accessories. The principle factor that unites all of these is an emphasis on health and eco-friendliness.
Decorated with painted wall murals and ornate tapestries, the market’s Persian tearoom exemplifies this focus on healthful living. Customers can take a break from their daily stresses while sipping blends of Persian cardamom, Earl Grey, and Turkish black teas. Smoky strings of incense compete for airspace with free WiFi signals, and backgammon and chess boards give customers a chance to experience the UN’s principle method for solving border disputes.