Spend 24 Hours Supporting Hispanic-Owned Businesses
With over 4.65 million Hispanic-owned companies in the United States, the options to support Hispanic-owned businesses are limitless.
by Wynee Bermudez
Per a COVID-19-related Mecklenburg County health directive issued Jan. 12, 2021, please note that some businesses may have modified their hours of operation and changed procedures in order to comply with CDC and Mecklenburg County Health Department guidelines. Please wear a mask, limit any non-essential activities and refrain from gathering with anyone outside of your household.
In the Queen City, Hispanic-owned businesses to support range from an eclectic store offering handmade items from around the globe to an authentic restaurant with a loyal following in Plaza Midwood. Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking to explore, here’s a 24-hour guide on how to support Hispanic-owned businesses in the Queen City now, and always.
If you have never had a Colombian breakfast, that’s about to change when you try Mi Tierra in Pineville. Opt for the Desayuno Mi Tierra or Huevos Pericos y Arepa con Queso. The menu here is traditionally Colombian with both owners being from Pereira, Colombia. On your way out, don’t forget to grab a Pan de Bono aka Colombian cheese bread.
Continue your morning by shopping at Pura Vida Wordly Art in the NoDa neighborhood. Owner Teresa Hernandez opened the store to help artisans around the world make a living by providing a venue for them to connect to buyers and to introduce her customers to crafts and traditions from around the world. What can you find at Pura Vida Worldy Art? Items range from hand felted dog and cat toys from Mongolia to jewelry made from recycled saris from India. If you’re in need of a gift for a friend, purchase the crosses and peace signs made from recycled paper from Uganda, llama earrings and keychains from Peru, aprons and mittens from Guatemala, or the Frida Kahlo earrings and embroidered dresses from Mexico.
Treat yourself to another shopping adventure at Request Boutique in Concord. Gabriel Salazar, a Mexican native and the 22-year-old owner of the boutique, has locations in both Charlotte and Greensboro. Shop for a pair of Jordan’s or Yeezy sneakers, and then try on designer clothing like Bape, Supreme and Off-White.
It’s time to take your day up a notch by sipping on drinks at Bocao Sushi in the Music Factory neighborhood near Uptown. This Dominican-owned restaurant offers a fusion between Latin and Asian cuisine. Try their Lychee Martini or stick with a classic like a Mojito. Chef El Ninja brings together his Japanese and Dominican heritage to deliver an unforgettable experience and ambiance.
Owner Dalton Espaillat has taken over the Queen City with his restaurants – from fast casual eatery Sabor to his newest restaurant La Caseta in Camp North End. At Three Amigos, you’ll enjoy Mexican comfort food. Order the Arroz con Pollo and a Chicken Burrito smothered in queso. Don’t skip out on the perfectly cooked, salted chips and salsa either.
Toast to a great day with after dinner drinks at Salud Cerveceria in the NoDa neighborhood. Salud is owned by Jason and Dairelyn Glunt. Dairelyn is a Dominican native who lived in Statesville before moving to Charlotte. Both her and Jason were working corporate jobs before their leap to opening Salud. The hot spot is not only a staple in Charlotte, but it’s the perfect neighborhood hangout to relax or catch up with a friend. If you’re a beer lover, check out their $3.50 pint nights on Mondays.