The idea behind the “Mom & Pop Shops” feature is to visit local small businesses, get to know the owners and their goods. Featured today is India Bazaar located on Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach. The shop, opened since 1994, is an Indian/Bangladeshi/Middle Eastern/Pakistani market specializing in groceries, movies, home decor, musical instruments, among other things and run by Narayan and Jyostna Savdas and their son, Vishal Savdas. Later this month the family is opening their second store, India Fashion, in the Coco Plum plaza.
Now, though you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you a few of the things that I love about the market.
- Fresh sugar cane juice is made to order right in front of you.
- Also freshly made are their samosas, which are delicious!
India Bazaar is open 7 days a week. Monday 11am-7pm; Tuesday through Sunday 10:30am-8:30pm.
What makes this place special?
This is my first business that I started and have been so blessed that it has grown into one of the busiest Indian store over the years in south Florida. My wife and I have put in so much hard work over the years and it has brought a lot of luck for us over the years.
What would you say are some of the joys and frustrations of being a small business owner?
The best part of being a small business owner is that I get the opportunity to know each and every customer. It become sort of your family. Since its a small business and it get busy, so sometimes then manpower isn’t enough.
It seems that nowadays, more people are willing to explore alternative markets. Has your customer base changed and/or grew?
Yes, we have started to carry more organic and herbal products to satisfy our current and new customer needs.
I see that you also carry Bollywood films. What is your favorite?
In August, you’re opening India Fashion in Coco Plum Plaza. Will you tell me more about that?
Yes, we are having the grand opening on Aug. 15. It’s been a passion of mine to provide everything I can to my customers. India Fashion will carry exclusively Indian bridal wear as well as Indian party wear. We are also providing unique gift items directly from India like marble (altar) temples, religious Indian statues and more.