The owners of Om Indian Grocery are celebrating a milestone by hosting an open house in honor of their first year in business.
Owner Sudha Moparthy purchased the store from its previous owner last year, shortly after relocating to Winston-Salem from Buffalo, New York. With the help of her family, she has expanded the store’s offerings, started working with new vendors, and brought in more varieties of spices, gluten-free food, International grocery items, fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats.
For Sudha, the store is a labor of love and she stands by the motto – “EAT HEALTHY, LIVE WELL”. As a cancer researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Sudha studies the latest medical advances in Cancer Biology for the past 15 years; but she also believes that holistic approaches to health that date back thousands of years like Ayurveda are also important to a person’s wellbeing. To this belief, the store carries a lot of different Ayurveda products that help with ailments.
Spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin, mustard, and ginger, along with grains like lentils, amaranth, and millet, and other Indian staples are believed to provide health benefits such as boosting the immune system and contributing to a healthy diet. Besides cooking and culinary uses, these spices are also used for clinical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic purposes.
Traditional food offerings are also an important part of staying connected to Indian culture. With Om Indian Grocery, Sudha and her family are able to offer those home comforts to the Indian community in Winston-Salem, as well as introducing their culture’s flavors to everyone.
Sudha plans to offer more opportunities to bring the community together around Indian food and its healthy benefits. She also believes in giving back to the community in supporting local nonprofit organizations.