Published on July 1st, 2019 | by AberdeenMagazine


Dulce’s Hispanic Minimarket Opens

If there’s a staple from Latin America that you’re missing from your kitchen, chances are you’ll find it at Dulce’s Hispanic Store. The shelves are lined with specialty spices, snacks, candies, canned and boxed goods, drinks, and produce for Hispanic cooking. And then there’s the bakery, piled high with sweet breads and rolls you can’t find anywhere else in town. Owner Jose Salas grew up in Mexico and is now working at Demkota and raising his family in Aberdeen. He says filling the need for finding products used often in his own home inspired him to open the business in May. “We wanted to be able to buy these things here ourselves and noticed a lot of other Spanish-speaking people coming to the area, so we thought we’d start a small store and see if people liked it.” He adds that the minimarket is for everyone, and non-Spanish speakers are encouraged to stop in too. “I’d like all ethnics to come here and learn more about us and try something different. We have a little bit of everything, from snacks to produce.” 

Jose’s wife, Ana Irene Aguilar, manages Dulce’s, while the couple’s five children will help out when they can. On the weekends, they hope to add a hot food option, serving Mexican fare such as carnitas and barbacoa. The store, located at 1111 6th Avenue SW, is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. // — Jenny Roth

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