The Keene International Market opened in September 2021, in the midst of the pandemic, and continues to grow. Hear owner Chuda Mishra talk about how he came to open the store and what his hopes are for it.
Here's an article that accompanies the video by Ryan Spenser of the Keene Sentinel Newspaper, March 2022. Owner Mishra was named one of 10 young professional trendsetters making a difference in the Monadnock Region of NH in March 2022 by the Keene Sentinel's Business Journal. https://www.sentinelsource.com/townnews/commerce/chuda-mishra/article_03207231-82ba-5968-9fa4-4ed9949b4cc4.html
The Keene International Market (KIM) offers authentic international food products to those living throughout the Monadnock region of New Hampshire and the Central Connecticut River Valley.
The variety of products available is sure to entice international residents seeking a convenient way to practice their cultural food traditions, as well as the curious-minded foodies seeking to sample a world of flavors from the comfort of their own kitchen.
All bellies are welcome at the Keene International Market!
As our tagline indicates, "All bellies welcome" at the Keene International Market. Prior to opening, owners Chuda Mishra and Jennifer Carroll reached out to residents of the Monadnock region. Which international food products do you use on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, at holidays?
The international store is a community-built experience, reflecting the food cultures and interests of the region. We currently offer over 1200 products from Asia, Europe, Mexico, South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Africa. Products include spices, sauces, pastes, rice, flour, noodles, cooking oils, beans and dal, candies, snacks, drinks, vegetables, fruit and frozen goods. Our product line continues to evolve. We always love to hear from our customers.
As an Asian-born man living in the Monadnock region of NH, I found that conversations with other international residents inevitably lead to one question: "How far do YOU travel to find your favorite cultural food items?" Many of us travel for hours on a regular basis to find products that remind us of where we grew up, memories of home.
My wife and I launched an online store in January 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Why the heck would we do that?! People were afraid to travel to their go-to ethnic food stores and we wanted to help. The idea took off and within six months, we opened our brick-and-mortar store at 162 Emerald Street in Keene in September 2021.
Today, I drive to big cities around the northeast, like NYC and Boston, to locate international food products to bring home so you don't have to.
~Chuda Mishra, owner