Walk into Pacific Flooring and Imports in Abbotsford, and customers will see a seemingly unlikely combination of laminate flooring, spices, international foods and charcoal for barbecues.
But, as proprietor Hans Goertzen says, the biggest selling item is yerba maté, a South American herbal tea popular with many Mennonites. Packages of the maté are prominently displayed at the front of the store.
“I grew up with my yerba,” says Goertzen, who immigrated to Canada from Paraguay in 1986. “When I opened at this location, that’s what I wanted to sell.”