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Last year was a big one for Behrouz and Nancy Bakh, owners of Pars Market. In 2013 they moved from the original location, near the intersection of 3900 South and Highland Drive, a few blocks south to the 4200 block of Highland. Bright yellow as it is, the building is pretty hard to miss. It’s also quite a bit larger than the previous store, which allowed the Bakhs to expand the operation with one of the area’s best Persian food restaurants. With plans to expand even further into large and small scale catering in 2014, the East side’s best supply of delicious and exotic foodstuffs is found at Pars Market & Cuisine.

The aisles of Pars’ market are stocked with not just imported canned and dry goods; eager shoppers can find a range of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, meat and dairy products. Not to say that the dry and canned goods are not absolutely worth the trip.

Spices, seeds, coffee, teas, spices and ridiculous selections of olives and pickles. Breads, beans, jams and other preserved food, Pars stocks its selves with high quality foreign goods from the Fertile Crescent.

US relations with the Bakhs’ home country, Iran, seemed to be improving in 2013, as well, though none of the sanctions that prevent them from importing Iranian goods directly have changed. The most recent changes to the importation laws pertaining to Iran were made in 2010, when President Obama signed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA). A revamped version of a 2009 law that halted imports from Iran to discourage nuclear expansion, CISADA expanded the ban to non-threatening foodstuffs like barberries.
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