Immigrant musician took a chance opening International Food & Deli

International Food & Deli, opened with the slimmest of resources.

Sozanski, a violinist who once played for the philharmonic orchestra of Lviv, Ukraine, runs one of the busiest enterprises in the Ukrainian Village section of Parma. His grocery store and adjacent party center attract a multilingual crowd to offerings of Ukrainian pastas, German sausages, Polish polkas and, occasionally, rousing Cossack dances.

Regulars come in for the sausages and kielbasa draped from racks behind the counter, for the rich European-style cakes and tortes in the bakery case and for the mineral waters that spring from cherished fonts back home in eastern Europe.

Most members of the staff speak several languages, certainly Ukrainian. But English is common, too. Many of the customers are first- and second-generation Americans rediscovering the foods of their childhood.

International Food & Deli is located at 5850 State Road in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.

Read on at: http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/12/risk_takers_immigrants_took_a.html

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George and Maria Salo bring taste of Ukraine and France to Northeast Ohio at State Meats

Today, State Meats is a smokehouse shop.

“We process and smoke our own items right at our facility,” said George. “We’re primarily doing pork. We are known for our smoked kielbasa, homemade luncheon meats, cottage hams, Canadian bacon, kishka or blood sausage, hurka or rice sausage, head cheese, goose liver, smokies, and more.”

Some of the more popular items are ham krakow, which is a very garlicky Eastern European ham, and State Meat’s own bacon. All salads and sides are prepared next door at Mama Maria’s kitchen. One of the most popular is Olivia’, a homemade ethnic potato salad.

State Meats also wholesales out to a few grocery stores such as Bassett’s Market in Port Clinton, West Point Market in Akron, and Miles Farmer’s Market. Babushka’s Kitchen in Northfield and Independence is one of its best customers.

“I’m so happy I took on this challenge,” said George. “The people are great and I like making sure that my customers are happy.” Although he says that he loves being his own boss, he fondly says that Mom has really been the boss for the last 25 years.

State Meats is located at 5338 State Rd in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/our-town/index.ssf/2011/12/george_and_maria_salo_have_brought_the_great_taste_of_the_ukraine_and_france_to_northeast_ohio_at_st.html