Since 1988, the U.S. has designated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a special time to recognize and celebrate the myriad contributions of Hispanic Americans to our society and nation. From color TV to CAPTCHA to contraceptives, Latin innovators are responsible for many of the greatest modern inventions that we enjoy every day. The Hispanic community also brings their delicious food, lively music and vibrant cultures to the melting pot that is America.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by supporting a local Hispanic-owned business. According to the Metropolitan Savannah Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 1,500 Hispanic owned-businesses in coastal Georgia. The following list is in no way exhaustive, but here are a few Hispanic-owned businesses that you can support anytime of year, but especially now.
Chazito’s Latin Cuisine
Chaz Ortiz grew Chazito’s from a humble River St. tent back in 2012 to two food trucks, brick and mortar restaurants in Pooler and downtown Savannah, and another on the way in Statesboro. Chazito’s is a family owned restaurant bringing Puerto Rican cuisine to the Coastal Empire. The food is absolutely delicious and well worth trying during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Healthy Mind/Mente Sana
Founded by Ruthie Duran Deffley, Healthy Mind/Mente Sana is bilingual mental health practice in Savannah offering talk therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga and other services to help clients manage their mental health. If you’re in need of a therapist, Deffley can provide her services in both English and Spanish.
Spa Bliss Savannah
Owned by master cosmetologist Roselyn Gonzalez, Spa Bliss Savannah provides massage therapies, facials, body treatments, waxing, nail care and more, all with a personal touch. We all need to treat ourselves from time to time, so why not take your self care to Spa Bliss Savannah this month.
Fashion Designs by MAP
Mary Ann Padro is a local online retailer vending beautiful, handmade bags, hats, scarves and more. Her designs come in fun, bohemian prints and are great for fashion-lovers on the go. With the holiday season coming soon, consider ordering some of your gifts from Fashion Designs by MAP.
La Casita Peruvian Restaurant
Owner Iris Sarria and her family operate La Casita, a Peruvian restaurant in Richmond Hill. They offer delicious, authentic Peruvian meals available for dine-in or takeout. If you haven’t tried them yet, find some time to do so during Hispanic Heritage Month.