Tropical Tastes market reopens in Bangor after a 2-year closure

There are a lot of words that can be used to describe Bangor resident Angela Okafor. She’s probably best known as a Bangor City Council member, but she’s also a lawyer, fashion designer, hair stylist, mother of three and small business owner.

For most of the pandemic, however, Okafor was unsure if that last title was something she’d be able to maintain, after she had to close her business, Tropical Tastes and Styles International Market on Harlow Street, for nearly two years so she could care for her children.

A woman in a flowery yellow shirt is silhouetted between shelves of food
Angela Okafor gets an item off a shelf at her market, Tropical Tastes and Styles, on Harlow Street in Bangor. Okafor is reopening after an extended pandemic closure. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / BDN

Luckily for her and her customer base, Tropical Tastes and Styles finally reopened last week with a colorful new interior facelift, but with the same array of West African, Caribbean and Latin American food, as well as Okafor’s hair braiding services and handmade, self-designed apparel.

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