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Abdullah Mohammed

Dar Alhajar Stone House Market

Abdullah Mohammed, born in 1973, was raised in Taiz, Yemen. He migrated to Queens, New York in 1999. In the early 2000s, he moved to Belzoni, Mississippi, and operated a convenience store. Mohammed moved to the Memphis area. He opened a smoke shop and ran a convenience store in Southaven, Mississippi. From 2009 to 2015, he owned a gas station and convenience store in Memphis.

In 2016, Mohammed opened Stone House, on Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. He dreamed of opening a family business. In 2018, he and his family opened a second store with more square footage to accommodate more products. In 2020, he opened a warehouse to ship his products to five southern states. He sells products from countries like Turkey, Yemen, Dubai, Jordan and Morocco. Mohammed also offers house-made coffee blends and a spice mixture he created from his mother’s soup recipe.

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Simone Delerme and Kelly Spivey

Houston Cofield

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