On Acissa Chamia's first day selling samosas — flaky pastries filled with vegetables, meat, or fish — at the Freight House farmers market, she ran out in two hours.
"I thought, 'Oh, that's good; next time I will make more," Chamia recalled.
The next weekend she sold out after three hours. She kept adding more until she was selling more than 1,000 samosas each weekend at the farmers' market. Now, customers book orders for frozen samosas directly, and brick-and-mortar eateries such as Chill Ice Cream and Eats at the Freight House in Davenport and Radicle Effects Brewerks in Rock Island offer her samosas on their menus. On her list of goals is opening a food truck and hiring additional employees to propel her business, called Mozbites.
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