Asian District Night Market in Mesa showcases small businesses, draws 10,000 people

(Video by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

MESA – The Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Asian District Night Market in the city’s newly christened Asian District two years ago, but COVID-19 put the event on hiatus for 2021.

The celebration of culture, community and commerce returned this year, with nights in January and October. More than 10,000 people attended the two-night Kamayan market in October, which honored Filipino contributions to the state.

The Asian District, along Dobson Road, is home to several Asian supermarkets, but the goal of Night Market is to give exposure to smaller businesses that may not have brick-and-mortar locations.

Since marketing west Mesa as the Asian District, sales tax revenue from the area has increased by more than 60%, said Jaye O’Donnell, Mesa Economic Development assistant director.

News Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Drake Presto expects to graduate in spring 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in Chinese language. Presto has interned with The Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways Magazine and The State Press.

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