Located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis, Karmel Square Somali Mall houses over150 Somali businesses, acting as a global gateway. Nearly always bustling with activity, the Somali Mall is comprised of two buildings that house food vendors, clothing stores, tailors, shoe shiners, and cell phone shops (Eveland, 2014). Two prayer areas are also found here to support the religious needs of Muslim Somalis, including the largest mosque in the state. Many of the businesses are run by women, providing them and their families with opportunities for financial independence.