Celebrate National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day with these 5 shops in Mobile

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Not only is Old Dutch a locally owned shop, but it’s also one of the best places for ice cream in Mobile. (Clorissa Morgan / The Bama Buzz)

It’s National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! Are you looking to support local mom-and-pop shops but not sure where to find them in Mobile? Keep reading!

1. Food Pak International Foods

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Food Pak is the perfect one stop shop for all of your international food needs. (Clorissa Morgan / The Bama Buzz)

Food Pak International is a beloved, locally owned shop located right on Old Shell Road. Not only is there a wide variety of spices, wines and sauces to choose from, but the establishment also has a lunch deli with what locals call the best hummus in the Mobile area.

If you’re a fan of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine, or just looking for a giant bottle of soy sauce, Food Pak is a must-visit.

2. Blankenship’s Universal Supply

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Stop by Blankenship’s Universal Supply Co. and meet one of their furry friends. (Blankenship’s Universal Supply Co.)

What’s not to love about a locally owned hardware supply shop. Blankenship’s Universal Supply Co. has all your home-owner needs from paint to keys to everything you may need for your next DIY project.

In addition to traditional hardware store goods, Blankenship’s Universal Supply Co. carries things like cleaning supplies, dog collars and more to make your experience the best it can be.

The best part? They have furry friends right there in the store for you to visit!

3. Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream

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Looking for ice cream? Try Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. (Clorissa Morgan / The Bama Buzz)

With more than 40 flavors to choose from, Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe is one of the best ice cream stores you can find. What’s even better? The ice cream is made right here in Mobile.

The establishment has been locally owned and operated since 1969.

4. Pop’s Midtown

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Try Pop’s Midtown for all your seasonal shopping needs. (Clorissa Morgan / The Bama Buzz)

Looking for an assortment of plants and flowers to start your garden in the spring? Searching for fresh produce in the summer? Trying to find the best carving pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o’-latern? Maybe you want the perfect, fresh Christmas tree. Whatever you’re searching for, Pop’s Midtown is a seasonal shop with everything you could want (as long as it’s in season).

One of the best things about Pop’s? They have a year-round Mardi Gras section so you can celebrate no matter what time of year it is in the holiday’s birthplace.

5. Al’s 5 & 10

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Al’s 5 & 10 is the perfect store to visit on a lazy afternoon. (Al’s 5&10)

Al’s 5 & 10 is a great stop for everything you might need. Looking for plants? Al’s 5 & 10 has you covered. Sprucing up your aquarium? Stop at Al’s 5 & 10. Al’s 5 & 10 is another seasonal store with the decor, craft supplies and gifts that you need.

Locally owned and operated, Al’s 5 & 10 is a personal favorite of ours here at The Bama Buzz. Be sure to check it out!

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