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On the Job: He's Living the American Dream
By Guest Reporter :: 76181 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance
   Doug Williams of the santee.patch.com 

 

For Lee Wazzi, co-owner of Santee's Lake's Market Liquor & Deli, the journey from Iraq to the United States opened doors of peace and opportunity for which he will always be grateful.

  As he sits at a small desk in a back room at Lake’s Market Liquor & Deli, Lee Wazzi talks about his long life’s journey and counts himself a lucky man.

At age 42, he’s exactly where he wants to be.

A native of Iraq, Wazzi and his family and close friends dreamed of coming to America so they could live in peace, work hard and have a chance at success.

While many Americans don’t take time to count their blessings, Wazzi does every day. To him, the American dream isn’t just a theoretical concept. It’s his life.
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Zaytoon Joins International Enclave
By Guest Reporter :: 25 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

Guest reporter Molly Abraham of the Detroit News (Michigan, USA) reports:

Michigan, USA -- Zaytoon -- it means "olive" in Arabic -- is as fresh and appealing as that suggests. It opened this summer in an airy, high-ceilinged space that has housed several previous restaurants.

One of them -- La Fendi -- is a direct antecedent of the bright new Zaytoon. Brothers Tony and Raad Samona were partners in that Mideastern spot, as well as the original La Fendi in Lathrup Village. Both closed in 2003.

And so after another restaurant tried and failed in the West Bloomfield Township space, Tony Samona's son and daughter reclaimed the address in a strip mall that is pretty remarkable for its international array of restaurants.

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