4348 54th Street
San Diego, CA 92115
By Judi Curry
My former student Corinne and I had just finished exploring the Safari Market (Part One of this series) and, as we were walking out the door, we spotted another market across the parking lot called Komad Market. For some reason it drew both of our attention so decided to take a stroll and see what it had to offer.
(When I went to Google to check the address for this article I could not find it listed; what I did find, at the same address was “Komad Fashion Spirit.” Somewhere in the time they opened to now the name has changed and I suspect so has the concept.)
I think what caught our eye as we headed toward the car, was the array of long skirts that beckoned to the potential buyers of this area. It was a very hot day, the muggiest so far this year, and everything looked so fresh and cool. Upon entering the small store, albeit messy like the Safari Market but smaller and some semblance of order, we were greeted by two of the loveliest young women we had met in a long time.
I asked “Ayan” and “Sadia” if I could take their picture because they were so beautiful, even with only their face showing, but they told me what I already knew – photographs were against their religion. Both girls were from Somalia.
Their personalities alone were worthy of the trip into the market. Their English was perfect; they were conversant of what the store had to offer, even though they were just taking over while the owner was running some errands.
We talked about the variety of tea’s offered and their recommendation of tea bags – Kenyan – vs loose tea. We talked about other products in the store; how it was so hot they kept running out to their car and sitting in it with the air conditioning on; how I needed to try a Somalian restaurant named Faridas at 1754 Euclid Ave., just off 54th Street. They said it was good; to get there early because they usually run out of the best things early in the day.
Although I do not anticipate a return to Komad in the near future, I probably will return. I bought a large bottle of Gardenia hand soap – one of my favorite plants – and if it is good I will replace it as needed. Corinne bought the Kenyan tea because she and a friend had been discussing that kind of tea just a few days earlier.
And, of course, after I try Faridas I will have to go back and report to Ayan and Sadia just how much I enjoyed their recommendation.
Maybe you would like to try them also!