By: Ashley DeNardo
Von Son Asian Market in Morgantown opened in 2001, yet it isn’t well-known to those outside of the local Asian community. This video shows how to get to the store and what is inside.
Morgantown resident and WVU student Irina Crihălmeanu found out about Von Son only after her friend’s mother from Thailand brought them candy from the store when they were preteens.
“It was delicious and my mom asked where he got it from and he told us about the place,” she said.
While she has personally known about the store for some years now, she may never have without her connection to someone within the international Asian community.
‘To understand a culture, you must accept their food.’ -Andrew Zimmern
“I definitely think it’s important to the Asian community, just like Kassar’s is to the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean people (in Morgantown),” Crihălmeanu said. “Cuisine is a very important part of culture, so when immigrants come here it’s great that there are authentic places where they can buy things so they can keep their traditions.”
She also said if the location were better, people would probably check it out more frequently. Whether or not that’s something the owner would welcome is yet to be seen.
“There’s lots of neat stuff, and it’s so much fun to explore other cultures,” she said.
Walking through the store is like taking a stroll down a microcosm of the streets of East Asia. One can imagine the smells and sounds as you walk through street vendors in China or Japan.
“Seriously, when you step into there, it’s like you’re getting transported to China,” Crihălmeanu concluded with fond laughter.