Hispanic-Owned Businesses to Support this Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2022. Find a local Hispanic-owned business in your community to support, here.

Supporting Hispanic-owned businesses for Hispanic Heritage Month is easy thanks to the number of Hispanic-owned grocers, clothing stores, restaurants and more in Southeast Michigan.

Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as a way to celebrate the “​​histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” says the official government site.

For those in southeast Michigan looking to support the Hispanic community locally, there are a number of ways. You can try on (and fall in love with) a pair of authentic cowboy boots at Rodriguez Vaquerita, order a round of tapas from La Feria, get a full detailing at Sanchez Auto Wash and much more.

Check out our list below of Hispanic-owned businesses in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. You might just find a new favorite spot in your city.

Antojitos El Catracho

This restaurant features authentic food for Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. All of their dishes are prepared fresh daily in house.

Culantro

Find authentic Peruvian cuisine including ají de gallina, lomo saltado and arroz chaufa at this downtown Ferndale eatery.

Encuentro Latino 

Try out authentic Guatemalan cuisine, like the chilies rellenos, at this shop located near Ann Arbor.

ESI Hardware Store

This store is owned by a Mexican American from Chihuahua, Mexico. She delivers her products to people who cannot get to her store because of mobility issues or transportation and to those who are simply looking for convenience.

Donut Villa

Fresh-made coffee and doughnuts are always available at this beloved Southwest Detroit doughnut shop.

El Popo Market

This supermarket is located in the heart of Mexicantown. You will find clothes, arts and crafts, Mexican snacks and other Mexican products.

El Rancho Mexican Restaurant

This corner cantina is decorated with a large sidewalk mural. Step in for some authentic Mexican food including tacos, flautas, tamales gorditas and more.

El Rey de las Arepas

This Venezuelan restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh food including chicharron dinner, parilla mixta, cachapa, bandeja paisa and crazy fries.

Frita Batidos

This place has been voted Metro Times Best Cuban Restaurant 2020 and Best Burger 2021. It offers Cuban-inspired street food like loaded plantains, churros, black bean frita, conch po’boy and much more. Their menu is broken up into gluten free, vegan, no dairy, vegetarian, no garlic and lighter meals.

Honey Bee La Colmena

This grocery store is worth a visit for the store-made guacamole, chips and salsa alone, but also sells many Hispanic ingredients and has a small hot lunch counter (with bags of tamales for sale) in the back.

La Feria 

Tapas abound at this chic, authentic Spanish spot in the Cass Corridor. Cata Vino, the wine bar and shop, is attached to the main restaurant but has a separate entrance.

La Gloria Bakery

Check out this Mexican bakery that offers a wide range of sweet and savory goods including churros and tamales.

La Posada Mexican Restaurant, Market and Groceries

This restaurant and mini supermarket offers regional food from the Mexican state of Jalisco. Their menu has evolved and now includes everything from tacos to chiles rellenos, home-cooked breakfasts to full catered dinners.

Mama Coo’s Boutique 

This upscale resale and vintage shop located in Detroit’s Corktown community handpicks clothes and furniture pieces and imports unique clothing and goods.

Mangonadas del Barrio

Try the delectable sweet and savory combination of chile powder and mangos that made Mangonadas del Barrio a neighborhood staple.

Pilar’s Tamales 

Call ahead for authentic and delicious tamales and more from this Ann Arbor staple. Housemade drinks, too.

Rincon Tropical

Try this Authentic Puerto Rican restaurant, which specializes in yucca-facing dishes, frituras and papas locas. Also, a nightclub in the evening.

Rodriguez Vaquerita

A perfect pair of cowboy boots and a matching hat await you at Rodriguez Vaquerita. The store has been family-owned since 1992.

Tamaleria NUEVO LEON 

It’s located in Detroit’s Mexicantown. They’ve been making handmade tamales since 1957.

Vincente’s

This long-standing Cuban restaurant also offers salsa dancing on occasion.

Xochi’s Gift Shop

Authentic western wear, clay pottery, ornaments and more at this unique shop. Plus, Day of the Dead decorations.

Find even more ways to support the Hispanic community in Southeast Michigan and beyond on our Talking About Race page.

This post was originally published in 2021 and is updated regularly. 

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