Night market coming to Frogtown

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Twenty five years ago Anh's Hairstylists salon moved into Frogtown.

Owner Ahn Trinh, a Vietnamese immigrant, chose University Avenue for its embrace of Asian cultures.

"I miss all my people. All Asian people," Trinh laughed.

Her daughter, Ericka Trihn, helps runs the salon and plans to turn the vacant building next door into a bakery. The hope is the new light rail will bring customers in.

"It's brought a new fa├žade to the area and it looks, I think it looks really good," the younger Trinh said.

The light rail and upcoming Silhouette Bakery aren't the only new attractions coming to the area.

The Asian Economic Development Association has plans to start a night market like one you would find in Southeast Asia.

The Little Mekong Night Market is currently proposed for a parking lot between Mai Village and Little Szechuan, according AEDA special projects manager Kia Kehrer.

"No one thinks about activating this space, activating the community here in the Little Mekong district at night. So we want to promote that the area is safe," Kehrer said.

The group is taking applications for vendors ranging from food, to arts and crafts, to performers. While the Little Mekong night market will highlight Asian cultures Kehrer said vendors can come for all over. The ultimate goal is to get some of them to fill the vacant buildings.

"We hope that it will help these vendors to want to be here," Kehrer said.

The night market is scheduled to open June 14, the same day the Green Line goes live.


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