In 1926, Frank Giglio, an Italian immigrant from Calabria, Italy founded a small grocery store just blocks away from Detroit’s Eastern market. In a predominatly Italian neighborhood his products brought a part of “home” back to his friends in the area. He carried pastas, oils, olives, homemade sausage, lunch meats like mortadella, salami and prosciutto and a variety of cheeses.

Giglio’s Market was a family run business and still continues that tradition today. Over the years our customers have grown to include many ethnicities and although the Italian specialties are still dominant, Giglio’s has adapted to carry many hard to find products from all over the world.

From Italy to Detroit to St Clair Shores, the Italians fled. This store was frequented by my relatives who lived down the street from it in Detroit. Eventually I bought cheese and italian lemon water there in St Clair Shores. It closes for good this week.

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