If you’re looking for a selection of fresh or frozen produce owned by one the friendliest small businesses in town, look no further than Harameyn Halal Grocery. Zamzam Somo, owner of Harameyn’s, has been serving friends and neighbors of Rainier Valley since 2011 and Fresh Bucks customers since 2017.

“Everyone looks forward to being greeted in their native language and feeling at home when they shop – and this is my goal. I know my customers and I understand the challenges they face when it comes to affording healthy food,” says Zamzam, “Fresh Bucks is one of the ways we lift up and support our community, and I am proud to be a long-time program partner.”

A smiling woman in a red headscarf stands in front of brightly colored store items.

Small, independently-owned businesses like Harameyn’s serve as cultural hubs for the Somali community and the larger East African diaspora. It’s the type of place where locals run into friends and neighbors and catch up as they shop.

Customers shop for fresh produce and culinary delights, while also perusing home items and gifts. At Harameyn, you will find spices from all over the world, including green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon bark, or ghee – ingredients that are also common in Somali cooking. And Zamzam is happy to guide you and answer any questions, “we welcome everyone to come shop with us, you may even walk away with a new recipe – and a friend!”

Check out the store for yourself, Harameyn is located at 4272 S Mead St in Seattle and is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.