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Story and photos by Brennin Cummings
Cary, NC – Chatham Square Shopping Center has the typical design of most strip malls – a lot of concrete with every store sporting the same uniform brown paneling and sign. But inside, each store shines brightly with a wealth of colors, customs and traditions from around the world..
The businesses in Chatham Square are from around the world- from India to Korea and from Pakistan to Mexico.
The second you walk into Kalashri, you’re hit with a rainbow of color. I wasn’t sure where to look first! The store was bursting with racks of traditional Indian clothing, saris in deep forest greens, magentas, and teal ocean blues. Kalashri also sells furnishings, art and artifacts, all of which are straight from India.
The Korean Garden Korean Steakhouse is a Korean restaurant that serves traditional Korean dumplings and kim chee as well as barbequed ribs and fried chicken.
Biryani House is an IndoPak kitchen and grill, which specializes in Biryani, an Indian dish made with seasoned rice and meat, fish, or vegetables. The restaurant also serves soups, salads, traditional clay oven/tandoori dishes, seafood, chicken, meat, and specialty vegetarian dishes.
The Triangle Indian Market is a great place to find ethnic groceries and spices, as well as movies from India in a variety of different languages. The store is small, but jam packed with all kinds of interesting foods and scents.
In addition to the stores highlighted up above, here’s a list of the other tenants in Chatham Square.
The Chatham Square Shopping Center offers visitors a experience of different cultures through delicious food, beautiful clothes and interesting gifts. And it’s right here in Cary.
In addition to the stores and restaurants, Chatham Square is home to the Downtown Cary Farmers’ Market. It’s open on Tuesdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 8am – 12:30pm, April through November.
Chatham Square Shopping Center
744 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC