A few years after the Hishmeh brothers came to the United States, they were able to establish themselves in Takoma Park, Maryland. In the early 1970’s, there first endeavor was the Electric Maid (Now known as Mark’s Kitchen). Next door to it was an American Bakery that the Hishmeh brothers operated for two years before converting it to a Middle Eastern Bakery. This was the first bakery to sell fresh homemade pita bread, among other baked goods in the metropolitan area. In 1980 the bakery was transformed to the Middle East Market.