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Virtual events to highlight Southwest Detroit organizations during National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted at 4:26 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 18:25:06-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — There will be virtual events highlighting businesses and organizations in Southwest Detroit during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

It kicked off on Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15.

The community has been rallying together to support each other during these difficult times.

“The support of the community really anchored us and it was heartwarming," Cecilia Benedict, of Mexicantown Bakery, said.

Her family owns the bakery and Armando’s Mexican Restaurant on W. Vernor Highway.

During the shutdown, they were able to stay open and serve customers in a limited capacity.

“Food is an item that everybody’s going to need.”

They have baked goods that are the size of your head and churros full of gluten goodness, just to name a few items.

“Our products were always fresh and flying off the shelves.”

In Southwest Detroit, there are many different Hispanic cultures highlighted; that’s why the Southwest Detroit Business Association is featuring different shops and restaurants, like Mexicantown Bakery.

"Southwest Detroit is a very vibrant and unique community and a lot of that is attributed to the Hispanic-American population we have," said Jennifer Gomez of the Southwest Detroit Business Association.

She says the area is experiencing a renaissance, despite the pandemic.

Businesses are just changing the way they do business.

“Resilience, a lot of ability to pivot,” she said.

In addition to highlighting local business, the association hosts different events; this year, they are doing it virtually.

“Support these programs because they are important for so many reasons but we just needed to adjust,” Gomez added.

For more information about the business being highlighted for National Hispanic Heritage Month and other events, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/SDBADET/

Or

https://southwestdetroit.com/