When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Columbus, OH. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Columbus's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Columbus. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Columbus, OH. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.
Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Columbus,
what are we talking about?
Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.
This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.
If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Columbus, OH, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Columbus, OH.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Dogs in Ohio are still going postal — at least, according to the United States Postal Service.Ohio ranked fifth in the country for states with the most mailmen and mailwomen attacked by dogs while they were delivering letters or packages, with more than 300 attacks reported in 2022. The 311 total incidents were lower than in 2021, when ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Dogs in Ohio are still going postal — at least, according to the United States Postal Service.
Ohio ranked fifth in the country for states with the most mailmen and mailwomen attacked by dogs while they were delivering letters or packages, with more than 300 attacks reported in 2022. The 311 total incidents were lower than in 2021, when postal workers in Ohio reported 359 total dog attacks and the state ranked third in the country.
Metro-by-metro, Cleveland had the highest population of aggressive pups in the Buckeye state last year, ranking fourth of all U.S. cities, according to USPS. With 23 total attacks, Columbus sat at number 13. It beat out Cincinnati, which tied for 14 with Minneapolis and Milwaukee, as well as Toledo and Dayton, which were further down the list.
USPS delivered the rankings as part of its National Dog Bite Awareness Week campaign, which begins Sunday. The agency said more than 5,300 of its letter carriers suffered dog attacks while on duty last year -- a common safety risk its workers face.
Although postal workers are trained by the agency and given tools to properly navigate yards with furry friends and foes, USPS asked that dog owners do their part in protecting the individuals delivering their mail.
“When our mail carriers are bitten, it is usually a ‘good dog’ that had not previously behaved in a menacing way,” said Linda DeCarlo, USPS occupational safety and health senior director.
Mail arrives in a neighborhood at roughly the same time every day. Even if a dog seems docile, USPS recommended that owners secure them before mail time -- either inside the house, away from the front door or in another room; behind a fence; and on a leash. If a postal worker feels unsafe, that can cause a pause in service, the USPS said.
USPS also offers a service called Informed Delivery, which shows customers a preview of mail and packages coming later that day.
The agency also recommended against children running out and grabbing mail from the carrier directly, because a dog could become defensive.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From Buckeye Country Superfest and the Ohio Black Expo to Memorial Day parades, here are things to see and do this weekend in central Ohio....
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From Buckeye Country Superfest and the Ohio Black Expo to Memorial Day parades, here are things to see and do this weekend in central Ohio.
Citywide at various times
Huntington Park at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
Greater Columbus Convention Center and Genoa Park at various times from Thursday to Sunday.
Ohio Stadium at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
Franklin Park 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday
Columbus Commons at 6 p.m. on Sunday
Short North Stage at various times through May 28
For more events, view NBC4’s community calendar.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — At least half a dozen new apartment buildings pitched in place of surface parking lots and aging buildings could be etched into the near-future plans for Downtown Columbus.Between two meetings, six proposals have appeared on the Columbus Downtown Commission’s agenda for mixed-used and residential buildings ranging from five to 19 stories — some requiring the demolition of existing buildings. Two of those six proposals will be...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — At least half a dozen new apartment buildings pitched in place of surface parking lots and aging buildings could be etched into the near-future plans for Downtown Columbus.
Between two meetings, six proposals have appeared on the Columbus Downtown Commission’s agenda for mixed-used and residential buildings ranging from five to 19 stories — some requiring the demolition of existing buildings. Two of those six proposals will be heard at the Tuesday meeting of the commission, which reviews and OKs project applications for any development in city limits.
A proposed 15-story, mixed-use building on South High and South Wall Street — just down the street from the Columbus Commons — would require two existing condemned buildings to be demolished, according to an application by developer Town High Plaza. The historic Ohio National Bank, which sits next door, would be restored to serve a retail use as part of the project.
The project application details 10 floors of 200 total residential units above three floors of parking, and part of the ground floor dedicated to retail use.
Although the proposal by Town High Plaza was originally scheduled to be discussed at the May meeting, it was withdrawn from the agenda on Monday.
Another proposal for consideration on Tuesday is for a seven-story apartment building on the corner of Oak and Ninth streets — part of the Library Park project by developer Pizzuti and blocks away from the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) main branch. But the current two-story building on that plot of land would need to be razed first.
“The vacant and blighted building at 39-53 S. 9th St. is not a contributing structure to what makes this neighborhood so unique and special,” CML CEO Patrick Losinski wrote in a letter to the commission as part of the application for demolition.
The third proposal is for a five-story low-income residential building featuring 68 units dubbed Elevate 340 on Fulton Street near Nationwide Children’s Hospital, according to the application by developer Shremshock Architects. It also requires demolition.
At its most recent meeting in April, commissioners heard concept proposals for a 19-story mixed-use building on East Rich Street, a seven-story mixed-use building on East Spring Street, and a seven-story residential building on East Main Street.
Plans proposed by developer Bluestone Brothers Capital for the tallest of the three pitched developments — at East Rich Street, catty-corner to the Greyhound station, and named the Estrella — would include a ground-floor market, a four-floor garage, 188 housing units, and a restaurant on the roof. Four building demolitions would be necessary to make way for the Estrella, according to the application.
In total, the six proposals would bring at least 630 housing units to downtown. The proposal from Pizzuti for the project at Oak and Ninth streets does not detail the number of units it would create.
It comes as city leaders push for policies that favor a higher-density Columbus, including through a zoning code overhaul. Both the central Ohio region and the city itself are on track for substantial population growth by a million or more residents in less than three decades.
That growth has, thus far, moved quicker than the housing needed to sustain it: a housing needs assessment survey by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, released in late 2022, concluded the city would need to nearly double its average number of housing permits to meet projected needs.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Thursday marks the beginning of a nearly 30% markup on bills for a major portion of American Electric Power’s customers in Ohio.The electric utility company warned previously that customers would be seeing a 28% rate increase after the latest competitive auction for electric...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Thursday marks the beginning of a nearly 30% markup on bills for a major portion of American Electric Power’s customers in Ohio.
The electric utility company warned previously that customers would be seeing a 28% rate increase after the latest competitive auction for electricity generation on March 7. As a dollar amount, that comes out to a $198 monthly bill compared to $155 for a customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, according to AEP Ohio’s estimates.
“Unfortunately, this change is out of our control and was determined by recent auctions to secure the energy supply needed to serve our customers,” AEP Ohio President Mark Reitter wrote in March.
Because the state’s energy market is unregulated, utility providers like AEP take bids from companies that generate power fed on the grid to a customer’s home. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio oversees this auction process and creates a Standard Service Offer (SSO), which sets the per-kilowatt-hour price of generating electricity before it is supplied to AEP Ohio and then to users. PUCO spokesman Matt Schilling said multiple external factors came into play when setting that new rate.
“The inflationary pressure that the entire economy is facing, and upward pressure on the price of natural gas due to the war in Ukraine, meant that the auction prices that cleared to provide energy came in at a significantly higher price,” Schilling said.
The price increase will affect any AEP Ohio customer who is using the SSO. Some company emails seen Wednesday also alerted customers to whether or not they would be affected. For people who are affected, a company spokesperson explained when they would see the effects of the rate increase.
“It is simply a matter of when customers will have their meter readings in June and will be billed based on the rates effective that day,” the spokesperson wrote. “If the meter reading is done on May 31, 2023, the customer will not see an impact to the supply portion of their bill. If the meter reading is on June 1, 2023, the customer will see the updated supply rate if they are on the SSO.”
Customers won’t be retroactively charged the heightened rate for electricity usage in May. Rather, the new rate will be applied for any day of usage after June 1 within a customer’s cycle.
The 28% increase now in effect may not be the last of AEP Ohio’s rate hikes, either. The utility provider filed paperwork with PUCO for Electric Security Plan V in January, with hopes of spending $2 billion on upgrades and improvements to the company’s equipment and services.
An AEP Ohio case manager estimated a 1,000-kWh customer would see an initial 5.2%, or $8.16 increase in their bill, as a result of the company’s spending in ESP V. However, that estimate — included in AEP’s January application for the plan — did not factor in the separate 28% rate increase that just went into effect.
Reitter did hint at the additional rate increase from ESP V in Wednesday’s emails to customers but clarified that it wouldn’t stack on top of the 28% hike anytime soon.
“Our proposal is currently under review with the PUCO and will go through a very thorough and transparent process,” Reitter wrote. “If approved, any impact to customers’ bills wouldn’t take effect until the summer of 2024.”
An AEP spokesperson declined to give an updated estimate on a potential rate increase accompanying ESP V. They did mention that another round of auctions for PUCO to set the SSO rate will happen in November 2023 and March 2024, and could alter customer charges again.
AEP customers now dealing with higher bills still have options, however, as they can choose who generates their electricity rather than accept the SSO price. PUCO has created a website, Energy Choice Ohio, to review offers from electric generation suppliers. AEP Ohio also offers assistance like payment extensions and different monthly payment plans for customers struggling with higher bills.
The benefits of living in the home of The Ohio State University are plentiful, and not just for college sports fans. It’s a hotspot for young professionals, with a median resident age of just 32.4 years old, according to the ...
The benefits of living in the home of The Ohio State University are plentiful, and not just for college sports fans. It’s a hotspot for young professionals, with a median resident age of just 32.4 years old, according to the World Population Review, and a thriving technology industry. And downtown, the Arena District offers ample entertainment options, including the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The state capital is also a very affordable place for residential real estate, which makes it an attractive destination for homebuyers. Whether you already live in this popular college town or are contemplating a move, here’s what you need to know about the housing market in Columbus.
Home prices here are on the rise, showing year-over-year growth of about 2.5 percent according to both Redfin and the Columbus Realtors. In fact, the city recently ranked third on Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Market List.
“Columbus is a steadily growing real estate market,” says Ron Manton, an Ohio-licensed mortgage loan originator at Churchill Mortgage. The increasing demand means housing inventory is low, he says, which makes Columbus a seller’s market.
Low is a bit of an understatement for the housing shortage in this market, actually: Columbus Realtors data shows just under a one month supply in March of 2023. It would take a five to six month supply for a balanced market.
Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling in Columbus, it’s essential to take current market conditions into account.
The good news for Columbus sellers is that home prices are on the upswing, and buyer demand is strong. “We are still seeing multiple offers and very low days on market,” says Jamie Curtis, an agent with Street Sotheby’s International Realty in Columbus.
But remember that mortgage interest rates play a big role in home sales, and the higher rates are, the fewer buyers there will be who can afford them. In today’s rate environment, it’s smart to collaborate with a real estate agent to get a precise estimation of how much your property might sell for, and how long it might take. Be ready to engage in negotiations with buyers to finalize a sale.
The Columbus market is refreshingly affordable for home shoppers, especially compared to other markets across the country. Even with prices on the rise, the median sale price here is nearly $100,000 less than the national median.
“Now is a great time to purchase a home in Columbus,” says Manton. “The home you see today will sell for more next fall, next spring and next summer due to low supply and high demand.”
Before you start house-hunting, use Bankrate’s affordability calculator to crunch the numbers for your homebuying budget. It’s also important to get preapproved for a mortgage — this will give you a clear understanding of how much a lender will be willing to loan you, as well as show sellers that you’re a serious and qualified buyer.
It’s not easy to predict where the market is headed. But Columbus’s high ranking on Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Market List is certainly encouraging.
“Any agent in this city will tell you that Columbus is one of the strongest real estate markets in the U.S.,” says Curtis. “We are seeing relocations from markets all over the country, including Phoenix, San Francisco and New York. Buyers who migrate from larger markets are getting much more for their money. Our cost of living is lower compared to many major cities in the country, and we have a vibrant, young workforce.”
One thing you won’t have to worry about: Columbus doesn’t look like it’s headed for a housing crash anytime soon. Unlike many markets across the country, prices are actually rising here, not declining.
The housing market in Columbus — and the rest of the country — is changing constantly, making the guidance of an experienced real estate agent indispensable. Seek out an agent who is very familiar with the Columbus area and has a comprehensive understanding of the local market dynamics. To get started, ask for recommendations from friends and family, and look at the names on “sold” or “for sale” signs in the neighborhoods you’re interested in. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, having an experienced agent by your side can significantly enhance your real estate journey.