Lorena CantaroviciFounder of Maria Empanada
"I have things to be proud of looking back on my life as an immigrant, but being part of another immigrant’s quest for what they want out of their life give me a larger sense of purpose."— Lorena Cantarovici, founder of Maria Empanada View Website
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Since its inception in 1818, New York City’s Essex Market has been a shopping destination and gathering place for immigrants living and working on the Lower East Side.
Throughout its history and into today, Essex Market’s affordable and speciality offerings come from across the globe—from Caribbean-imported green bananas and yucca, to spices from Morocco and traditional fare from Italy, Japan, and more. The market continues to be a place where immigrant entrepreneurs can share their culture and talent through food and speciality products, even as the neighborhood changes.