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Southwest Detroit staple for 65 years: Honey Bee La Colmena

There is a wonderful gem of a grocery store nestled in Southwest Detroit, which has been serving and supporting the Metro Detroit community for the last 65 years. Honey Bee La Colmena, founded by Geraldo Alfaro has provided affordable fresh foods – combatting the food desert Detroit faces. Even naming the market, the Alfaro family wanted the community to have a sense of family, “Honey Bee” represents the customers and “La Colmena” represents the hive aka the market.

I stumbled across this market when I moved to Detroit for school in the early 2000s. I was so happy to find a place within biking distance with all the wonderful products and family-owned. Some of my favorite items to pick up are, freshly made salsas and homemade tortilla chips, produce, and Latinx products that you won’t find at your regular grocery store. If you need something quick for lunch or dinner, they have a great selection of prepared meals. 

As many Latinx communities celebrate Cinco de Mayo today. It’s also a great local family owned small business to keep in mind when visiting southwest Detroit.

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