We had the good fortune of connecting with Luis Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Luis, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process was that no-one was making candles that fit our cultura. You had the standard big box store brands with generic smells, but nothing that represented our cultural scents and artesanias. We felt we had to represent our culture in a Nostalgic and Unique way.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In March of 2020, we were forced to open our store in the city of Paramount, CA. After a network tv segment aired, someone reported us to the city about making candles in our garage. The city tried to shut us down, so when that door closed, another opened and enabled us to open our shop. It has been a struggle going from a home business to an actual brick and mortar business, especially opening it in the middle of a pandemic.

Our customers and supporters have single handily kept us afloat and moving forward. Their continued support has enabled us to create some amazing products and our future looks bright.

We are most proud of all our unique candles and gifts that showcase our diverse culture. We have been able to create products that evoke memories.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Our favorite spots in the city is a short drive to Palm Springs. Palm Springs offers some amazing architectural and artistic views. Their is a friendly and eccentric atmosphere with a diverse food menu for every food palate. The city and its surrounding area offers an array of interesting and unique places. You can visit museums, hike natural wonders including Joshua Tree and visit where famous movie and tv stars once roamed.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to shoutout all the small business owners and hustlers who have been vending their handmade creations in an effort to give their families a better life. We would also like to recognize all the street vendors who are out from sunrise to sunset to provide for their families. From the local elote man to corner flower vendor and everything in between.

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