Home-made eclectic goods have found a home at a new store in Boyle Heights.
Two business partners, Luis Octavio and Gladsy Vasquez, launched Molcajete Dominguero Tienda for more than 60 different Latino business owners to sell their products.
Customers can find Frida Kahlo-themed purses to tribal denim jackets to Selena-inspired candles.
"The reaction from people is that it’s such an amazing and needed space," Octavio said.
Artists from the community have left their mark at the store with a mural of Mexican singer Maria Felix. Two more murals will be commissioned to local artist outside of the store.
"I am really excited to just expose our community out there and get known because all these people have so much art and talent," Vasquez said.
Melanie Navarro de Fuentes sees this store as an easier way for people who do not have access to online shopping. The owner of ChiliOSO Gummy Bear wants this store to be a milestone for the Latino community.
"Bringing together so many amazing Latinx vendors in one location is giving the Latinx community a sense of pride," Navarro de Fuentes said.
The store started with only $50 from each business partner. Molcajete Dominguero Tienda is in a community that gave both business partners an opportunity, Octavio said.
"Don't be afraid of taking that first step because the biggest failure in life is not taking the risk," Octavio said.
Molcajete Dominguero Tienda is located in 2195 Whittier Blvd. in Boyle Heights. The store will also be available as a venue to host workshops and launch parties.