He’s around the corner, his storefront shining late into the night, including Sundays. You go there when friends arrive and you run out of wine or peanuts. It’s our convenience store. He is sometimes Pakistani or Chinese, but that doesn’t change a thing. He’s a wise man who spends his day watching us from his doorstep. He know everyone in the district. And when we take the time to listen to him, he tells us how his destiny was played out between here and there.
“I am very meticulous with how I showcase, I can’t help wanting to make nice presentations. In winter, I try to change with the weather, he explains, then scrolling through the four seasons on his cell phone. I am going to Rungis to buy what inspires me to decorate, it is important to present well”, smiles Lahoussine Abalhaoune, 47 years old, including twenty-one at the head of his grocery store.