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Old 06-17-2018, 07:42 AM
 
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I recently moved to Wilmington from Chicago. I love it here so much, but I am dying for some specific Polish and Eastern European groceries. There are Polish shops and delis everywhere in Chicago with amazing hot lunches, plus plenty of imported goods.

Why aren't there more European people in this area? I am really surprised to see that there are almost no immigrants from the Germanic or Slavic areas of Europe. It's been very difficult tracking things down like Acacia honey or rosehip jam. I know Publix had a few things in their international section, but it's not even the tip of the iceberg compared to a good Polish shop.

If anyone knows of any European shops nearby I'd love to hear about them!! And please tell your European friends to move here and set up shop :P
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:57 AM
 
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Wilmington is relatively small city in NC, without any sort of business base or cultural ties to the germanic or slavic areas of europe. I'm not sure why you find the lack of european grocery stores surprising.

Have you tried World Market in Mayfair? They have the largest selection of european grocery items that I have seen in Wilmington, although lots of it is british. Or, you might want to hop over the bridge and visit Piggly Wiggly in Leland. Think of it as an ethnic food store for native southerners, lol.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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It's the south, man. You can't get decent Chinese food around here, either.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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A bit of a ride but nice place, good food / grocery items .... https://www.pulaski-deli.com/
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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It's the south, man. You can't get decent Chinese food around here, either.
Double Happiness is pretty good.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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sahd0w - I feel your pain! Suburban Chicago transplant here although I live in Hendersonville, not Wilmington - and there are surely adjustments to be made. Have you checked Amazon? For the few things that I just can't find or substitute, many can be found there. Now if only there was some grocery with Connie's frozen pizza..... :-D
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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There are gobs and gobs and gobs of people of European ancestry in Wilmington, but they're of British and Scottish ancestry not Polish. Polish and Slavic people never came here in great numbers. Lots of British and Scottish people did before the American Revolution, though. I have read that North Carolina has more people who claim Scottish ancestry than anywhere in the world including Scotland! Not sure if it's true or not. Welcome to Wrightsville Beach Magazine

If you look for it you can still find lots of Scottish influence, certainly in the place names (Airlie Gardens is one example), but also in some customs, language (we say "reckon" which is also still in common use in the UK) and foods (we boil a lot of things in the South).
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:41 PM
 
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There are gobs and gobs and gobs of people of European ancestry in Wilmington, but they're of British and Scottish ancestry not Polish. Polish and Slavic people never came here in great numbers. Lots of British and Scottish people did before the American Revolution, though. I have read that North Carolina has more people who claim Scottish ancestry than anywhere in the world including Scotland! Not sure if it's true or not. Welcome to Wrightsville Beach Magazine

If you look for it you can still find lots of Scottish influence, certainly in the place names (Airlie Gardens is one example), but also in some customs, language (we say "reckon" which is also still in common use in the UK) and foods (we boil a lot of things in the South).
I've heard that. The rumor is because NC, especially the western part, looked like home.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:08 PM
 
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Maybe there are sources of polish foods that would ship an order to you. Try a web search of the specific items that you would like to get.
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:10 PM
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It's the south, man. You can't get decent Chinese food around here, either.
Barney told Andy, “You can gat good Chinese in Raleigh.”
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