I don’t know if it’s odd, but some of my best memories as a kid was going to the Japanese market every Sunday after church.
The market is called Pacific Mercantile or what I just called “Pacific”. There was another store named Granada on the other end of the block but unfortunately that place is long gone. Luckily Pacific is still here, and I’d say that’s very impressive because the area around Sakura Square has changed dramatically. The adult book store that I never went to (hahaha) just right across the street is now a multi-million dollar brothel inspired bar/restaurant called Ophelia’s. Although amongst all this change, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, that’s Pacific, and that’s good. I love that, and I don’t know how similar it was to when George Inai first opened the store in 1944, but it sure seems like it’s been the same way it has been in the last thirty or so years I’ve been going. Also it’s good to hear that this is still a family owned business, and I just hope that they’re around for decades and generations more. This is definitely a landmark of the Japanese American community in Colorado (the Tri-State Denver Buddhist temple is also next door). Be sure to stop on by because this is the spot for not only Japanese, but all sorts of Asian/Hawaiian goods.