Pineda Market, a new Hispanic market, has opened in Crown Plaza, 1202 S. Range Line Road.
The market opened a little more than a week ago in the northernmost suite of the shopping center. It features brands that you would not normally see on the shelves of your local market. The market has fresh dairy products and some produce. I have found these Hispanic markets are good places to buy fresh cilantro and quality avocados. There’s a wide assortment of tortillas, both crisp and soft. Also featured are hot sauces and salsa as well as staples of the Hispanic diet.
There are racks of seasonings, including dried chilis and spices, that are essential ingredients in Hispanic foods. I would probably have to have a cooking class or two before I could properly use some of these ingredients.
The market also features a selection of baked goods. Fresh breads and rolls are brought to the market from a bakery in Neosho on a regular basis.
I had seen some of these brands on trips to Mexico, but some of them were unfamiliar. I asked the manager whether this market would appeal to shoppers of mostly Mexican descent.
She said, “It’s not just Mexican. We have things for people from El Salvador or Honduras or Guatemala. It’s Hispanic.”
Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
New fish shop
I’m an aquarist, a person who keeps an aquarium. I got hooked on the hobby when I was quite young after a trip to my great aunt’s house near Kokomo, Indiana. She had a tank full of guppies. It started when she let me bring some fish back to Joplin.
For years and years, I was a regular customer at Churchwell’s Tropiquarium at 2711 N. Range Line Road. The fish shop was in the basement of an historic home. You entered through a narrow and steep set of concrete stairs to find a world inside that was unlike any other. The walls were lined with fluorescent aquariums that were filled with all kinds of fish. You could see a lung fish there.
It was operated by Juanita Churchwell, who was clearly among the most knowledgeable people I have ever met on the subject of tropical fish. Much of what I know today about tropical fish I Iearned from her.
Over the years, there have been a bunch of fish stores in Joplin. Sometimes as many as five or six were operating at one time. Walmart was a big player in the hobby until a few years ago, when it stopped selling fish. Today, there are only a couple of aquarium shops that sell fish in Joplin.
You can imagine how surprised I was last week when I learned that a new aquarium shop with fresh- and saltwater fish had opened in Bayberry Square, 110 N. Range Line Road. This shopping center is west of Northpark Mall.
Scales N Tails, owned by Derrick and Candice Harper, has a broad selection of tropical fish and plants. Right now,…