Roslindale residents Alejandro Rodriguez and his wife, Lucy Galvan, opened El Chavo Mexican Products on Washington Street in Roslindale Village. Already, many nostalgic customers have stopped by to find the meats, cheeses, spices and desserts with which they are familiar but they struggle to find in this part of the city. "There aren't many convenience stores that sell Mexican products," said Rodriguez, who is originally from Mexico City. "People travel to East Boston or Rhode Island. They really need this kind of store so they can stay and feel close to home." A refrigerator at the front of the store carries lots of fresh foods, including a number of types of chorizo sausage, cheeses, fresh tortillas, fruit drinks in flavors such as mango and guava, and more. El Chavo sells fresh produce that often can't be found in U.S. food stores, such as green tomatillos, chiles poblanos, jicama and nopales, as well as more standard offerings such as jalapenos and avocados. Two nearby racks ensure that your homemade Mexican dishes will be well spiced and, if you can handle it, muy picante. One rack burst with dozens of different dried chilies, which are often used in mole and red sauces for tamales and other dishes. "Most of the chiles we have, you don't find in stores," Rodriguez said, pointing out the serrano, Pasilla, mulatto and ancho varieties. Then, there's a rack of spices, with exotic sounding names such as hoja aguacate, hoja santa and epazote, which is typically mixed into beans or other grains to add flavor, Rodriguez said. For those putting together a Mexican meal on the fly, there are pre-prepared jars of mole sauce — traditional, verde and rojo — salsas, beans, rice, cornhusks for those looking to prepare tamales, and corn tostadas shells, which are fried and topped in order to make something like an open-faced Mexican sandwich. What Mexican meal is complete without dessert? To make sure patrons end their meals right — or simply have some familiar candies to turn to when sugar cravings hit — El Chavo has tres leches cake, flan, snack cakes, barritas pina (pineapple-filled fruit bars), paletas (lollipops) resembling ears of corn or made of chocolate-covered marshmallows, and much, much more. All come in bright, cheerful wrappers sure to bring back memories of youth. Mexican artwork adorns the walls of El Chavo and is for sale, as are pinatas, Mexican-soccer-team backpacks and other specialty items. Rodriguez, who has previously worked as a chef, said that it's his dream to one day open a restaurant. "Right now, I'm starting small with a convenience store, but I would like to open a taqueria," he said. A television in El Chavo plays episodes of well-known Latin American television programs, including "El Chavo del Ocho," a Mexican program about a homeless orphan whose neighborhood watches out for his well-being. Rodriguez hopes his version of El Chavo — which Galvan said translates to "the kid" — can similarly nurture the Parkway community. "A lot of people have welcomed the store," Rodriguez said. "Everyone's happy — they walk in and say, 'Wow, this is great.' They get so emotional, like 'I remember this product, but I haven't seen it in awhile. I wish we'd had this before."