Pop-up Molcajete Dominguero on Olvera Street makes space for small businesses to express their pride in their culture

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — If you’re looking to celebrate Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, a pop-up marketplace on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles might be a good choice.

The monthly event is called Molcajete Dominguero, and organizers say it’s a place where small businesses can be proud of their culture.

One of the vendors, Neri, Rivas, specializes in repujado, which means to eject. The art is done on aluminum and he typically makes items with religious and pop art themes.

He said he has a mission to keep this type of art alive.

“It’s dying in Mexico, it’s dying in Latin America. People really don’t know about it, so when they come over here to one of the shows and I’m selling, they’re like, ‘I’ve never seen it.'”

The pop-up started before the pandemic and has weathered some tough times. Visitors can find one-of-a-kind items, often one-of-a-kind handcrafted works of art.

“The meaning of Molcajete Dominguero was to move forward and bring our community together. Before (it) started, we didn’t have many pop-up events focused on our culture,” said Betty Carlos. organizer..

Small business owners like Vanessa Zamudio can be proud of their culture and sell their products. Her company, Zelicious Creations, creates delicious treats and snacks with a unique twist.

“With my products, it’s the chili, it’s the spices that go into the gummy bears and the gummy worms,” ​​she said. “Traditionally they’re sweet, but we give it a kick… it’s natural tamarind and chili spices.”

Organizers say this is just one example of the amazing items being made by some very creative people, and it’s important for people to know where to find products that have roots in Mexico and other Latin American locations.

“Support your local small business provider. You are important. It supports someone’s dream,” Zamudio said.

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Laura Coffey

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