Greece Albania Worcester Market family business district in Worcester

Greece Albania Worcester Market family business district in Worcester

Greece Albania Worcester Market family business district in Worcester

Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series about neighborhood life in Worcester, where people come together to share stories and hang out. If you have a favorite neighborhood spot, email reporter Henry Schwan at henry.schwan@telegram.com.

Factor – When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life to a place that feels like home, just walk down June Street and head to Greek Kalamos and Mediterranean Market.

“It’s like home when you come here,” said Kalamos co-owner Nia Nevoros, along with sister Dimitra Nevoros and Luis Ortiz’s brother-in-law.

The market on 118 A June Street is filled with items imported from Greece, from fresh olives soaked in barrels to different types of feta cheese, olive oil and spices. Homemade items such as spinach pancakes and yogurt are also available.

“All the food is served very quickly here,” said Nia Nevoros, to ensure sales are always active.

Many customers live in the neighborhood and take a stroll to pick up their favorite things or just shoot the breeze.

Adelina Bazadi lives on June Street and is a regular customer.

“I come here all the time,” said Bazadi, standing at the registry office to pick up feta cheese, bread and green peas.

A dream come true

The Nephoros sisters have always dreamed of owning their own business, and circumstances have led to this. Born in Worcester, Nia Nevoros was raised in Greece and returned to the “Heart of the Commonwealth” at the age of 20.

“Twenty-six years later, I’m still here,” said Nevoros, noting that she returns to Greece every summer for vacation.

Owners of Greek Calamos and Mediterranean Market, Luis Ortiz, and his sister-in-law Nia Nevoros, in the prepared foods section of Wooster Store.

The name Kalamos is quite appropriate because it is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea.

“All the other names have been taken,” said Ortiz, who wore a Celtics jersey – he’s a big C fan – and casually pointed to the items on the Kalamos shelves.

One was “rusk,” which Ortiz described as a hard toasted bread made of wheat and rye dipped in olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Another was Fergese me gjize, an Albanian product made with red peppers and spread on bread to produce a delicious appetizer.

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