Fiesta Mart is an amalgam of Houston culture, offering foods for most of the ethnic people you find in the city. It's also the grocery store for those living in and around rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, and a place designed to meet the needs of modern Houstonians, or so we'd like to think.
Call it one-stop shopping that's not putting more money into the Walton's bank accounts.
For those of you who don't know and maybe don't want to know what the inside of a Fiesta looks like, you don't know what you're missing. It's a cross-cultural experience that in some ways is unmatched on the local grocery store scene. Not that there's really a scene, but you know, how edgy is hitting up the HEB and Whole Foods, really?
To show the awesome multi-culti experience you get inside a Fiesta Mart, here's a look at six awesome things we found in our neighborhood store.
6) ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' Guacamole Ads
A son of Houston and a great rock musician. Step into a Fiesta and you'll see his face encouraging people to load up on avocados--we saw banners swinging from above the produce section--and other ingredients so they can make his signature guacamole.
5) New Age Beverages
Expensive bottled water is everywhere, but the fact that non-cola options are called "New Age" here just says it all. Still, with choices for hydration so plentiful, who doesn't like to know exactly where to find fancy water?
Not sure if all the stores carry this utilitarian brand, but the one Downtown does. If you want to prove you're no label whore, but can still look good, throw on a pair of Dickies. They're so versatile, they be part of the gangster look if you rock them too loose and crease them up, though.
These aren't too hard to find around Houston, but in a crunch you always know where they are. For some reason, right there on top of the veggies. Everyone loves piñatas. So fun.
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2) Potions, perfumes and herbs
Honestly, if you had access to a botanica you could get these. Forget Viagra, get the stay-strong-lover potion. Don't be afraid of someone's voodoo, just get some spell-reversal cologne and it'll all go away. Take a bath in a special potion and make someone love you. From Haitian voodoo practitioners to Santaria priests, to those mild believers in brujeria, Fiesta has them covered.
1 )Pope Francis candles
Where else can you find something like this? The Vatican? Since the Pope's popularity crosses so many ethnic boundaries we're thinking this is a good get. And not only if you're a fan of Catholicism, but also if you need some romantic mood lighting.