Hayat Market & Bakery is the latest specialty store on the Northwest Side.
For good, fresh-baked Middle Eastern bread, Ali Bareek and his family would drive three hours north to Dearborn, Mich.
They would take orders from the 70 or so Iraqi Kurd families of central Ohio and return with dozens of bags.
That got exhausting, so they tried a new tactic: making their own at home for family and friends.
Demand only grew. So they decided to open Hayat Market & Bakery, 5220 Bethel Center Mall, and introduce the public at large to their products.
For now, their new business focuses on two styles of bread: naan, a flatbread that comes in wheat and white varieties ($3 for five), and samoon, a golden-domed bun ($2.50 for six) used for dips, spreads and sandwiches.
"Our price is good," said Ali Bareek, whose parents, Sherzad and Kurda, work in the kitchen. "It keeps our customers happy. My goal is to have customers come every morning and get one bag."
Hayat, meaning "life" in Arabic, has three tandoor ovens to cook the naan, which shares the name and likeness of its Indian counterpart, and more traditional ovens to cook the samoon.
Bareek said he tried to create a one-stop locale for his customers, who can purchase yogurt, cheese, tea and hummus to accompany their bread. Pastries and other baked goods - stuffed breads, Italian loaves, baklava, macaroons and such - will be introduced soon, he said.
All the breads, baked several times a day, are made from organic ingredients. Bareek, a marketing major at The Ohio State University, said his short-term goal is to create accounts with grocery stores and restaurants.
His overall goal is to open an industrial kitchen and market the brand throughout Ohio and beyond.
Hayat is open morning through early evening hours daily. For more information, call 614-725-4140.
Grove City is home to central Ohio's second Impero Coffee Roasters.
The cafe is located at 3041 Turnberry Court, off Broadway Street and I-270. The 1,650-square-foot space seats 25. There's also a drive-through window.
All coffees are roasted on-site by master roaster and partner, Matthew Sontag. Impero offers many different regions and brewing styles and will bring in coffees upon request, Sontag said.
In addition, the shop features a variety of deli sandwiches as well baked-from-scratch goods - muffins, scones, cookies, brownies and such.
The first Impero opened more than a year ago at 849 N. High St. in the Short North.
The new store is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-539-6808.