continued Ziaie’s parents helped her get passage to Italy and, from there, she came to the United States. Eventually, by way of California and Texas, she arrived in Central New York. Ziaie was the first of her family to come to the States, but has since then brought over her parents, her sisters, and their families, an effort that took many years.
Business and hard work run in the family.
“In Kashan, my father had an import business and my mother worked long days teaching school, giving classes on using the sewing machines my father sold, and leading Girl Scouts [for which she was decorated by the Shah’s wife, the Queen],” Ziaie said.
It is clear that Ziaie is proud of her family and her own accomplishments.
“I am so proud of my shop. There were many times I could have gotten discouraged,” she said, recalling the challenges of setting up a new business while still being available to help her family members navigate logistics and language in the U.S. “I was their eyes and voice.”
Thirty years, a revolution, and a trip around the world later, Sohyla Ziaie and Kashani are evidence of a legacy of family, hard work, and striving for the life you want. “I said, I’m gonna do this. I am proud of me.”
Kashani Home Décor and Gifts is located at 512 Oswego St. in the village of Liverpool. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.