Ha Tien

On University Avenue, around Western, sit a cluster of stores with a very distinct purpose.  They sit aside other things around them, despite being in the middle of Saint Paul, for one very important reason – they serve different customers than the big stores further down by the Snelling off-ramp.  This is the part of the city that has yet to achieve a strong name or definition on its own despite its different nature, a part of the city more likely ignored than given a name like “Little Asia” or “New Vietnam”.  Anyone who pledges to care about the future of University Avenue, or especially Saint Paul, should spend some time getting to know this world.  A good place to start is the grocery store called Ha Tien.

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