Frances and Heri Beiro have lived in Babylon Village for the last 16 years.
During their time in the village, they married and raised a family in an area which they say has great amenities.
Even with its vibrant business district, the two felt there was something missing.
With Frances being second-generation from Spain, and with Heri being born on the Iberian peninsula itself, there was a lot of Spanish culture in each household growing up.
But outside of their home, there aren’t many local places to grab some authentic paella, for example, the two say.
“We have to go all the way to Mineola or Queens to buy [Spanish] products,” said Frances.
That is about to change.
The Beiros are opening the village’s first Spanish market on 238 Deer Park Avenue.
The store, called NoaMar Markets, will be selling hot tapas (appetizers or small plates), as well as a long list of imported products from Spain such as spices, oils, wines, and beers.
Most of the imports will be coming from the northwest region of Spain, called Galicia, which is the area both Frances’ and Heri’s families are from.
The Beiros, who cook traditional Spanish dishes at home, say they aren’t the only ones in search for a place to buy Spanish food.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people in Babylon and they have either been [to Spain] or had kids who went there,” said Frances. “And they all say ‘We love paella; we love Spain’.”
In addition to paella, NoaMar will be selling other popular Spanish dishes — and the ingredients to make them.
Some of those plates include chorizo, as well as a beloved octopus meal called Pulpo Gallego.
“It is very popular in Spain,” said Heri, on Pulpo Gallego. “And it’s getting popular here, too.”
Frances and Heri plan to open their doors early this summer.
“We’re going to bring the culture we grew up in, and bring it to Babylon,” said Frances.
Top: Frances Beiro with her daughter Sofia Lola outside the family’s coming Spanish market on Deer Park Avenue in Babylon. (Credit: Nicholas Esposito)