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Meet Grace Unana of Filipino Depot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Unana.

Hi Grace, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I first came to the US in 2004 to be with my fiancé and have new life. I grew up with a big family back home with a close family ties. When I got here I felt homesick because its really different from what I have grown up. Everybody is busy and live on their own. I missed my family back home even though I already have one here but all of them are busy. My husband is in military back then he needs to deploy every time thats why I end up staying home all the time. I told to myself I wanna go home but I cant because my husband and my kids are here. I missed talking and seeing my friends all the time. And of course I missed the food back home even though, there are Asian Markets in the area, it’s not the same. Due to these reason I looked for a job to remove my sadness. Luckily my mother in law knew the owner of the Filipino store near our place and she hired me as a cashier. In 2005 I started as a cashier and worked til 2008 because we need to moved to Washington State for my husbands work. However we did go back To San Diego because my husband got cancer and we were allowed to go back our family here. When we got back my former boss offered us the store because she needs to moved to San Francisco. Therefore from 2004 as a Cashier to 2011 as the Store Owner.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Having a hard time being a mom, daughter, wife and a business owner, sometimes you need to find time for you to relax and spent time to your family. The biggest challenge I have encountered was having the store for 10 yrs and during the pandemic for almost 2 years it gave me a panic attack and anxiety mood due to being expose to people I felt scared not for me but for my family during that time that I wanted to sell the store but because of my family support and faith to God we survived.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Filipino Depot?
Filipino Depot offers a wide variety of Filipino food like the all time childhood favorites snacks; such as, Chippy, Piattos, Nagaraya and etc.. We also have produce for cooking sinigang, pinakbet. Balut, salted egg and many more. Our mission is to serve our fellow Filipinos who have not been back to the Philippines for a long time and crave for the taste of home. We also love to introduce those who are not familiar with the Philippine culture. When I’m at the store i feel like I’m home because mga customer make friends and family.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
With the visionin mind to be a convenient store and a One stop shop in the North County for Filipino staples ,We will continue to serve our fellow Filipinos would feel “at home” and “just like home” . We will still seek for food that they craving for. And we still give them Filipino hospitality service that we can.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Filipinodepot
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