Six months after opening, the 13,000-square-foot Mexicantown Mercado has already begun to fulfill its promise as a culture and business incubator.
Two of the current Mercado tenants are jewelry stores. The Jewelry Center sells silver and gold from Mexico, Italy and Los Angeles and Maya's Jewelry features silver mined from Guanajuato, Mexico.
Hand-poured scented candles, Spanish
books and religious items can be found at the Mexi-Candle Gift Shop. The Felicidades Gift Shop offers Mexican folk art as well as a service decorating events such as Quinceañeras, weddings and graduations.
An independent coffee house, Café con Leche, has signed a lease for 675 square feet and will open soon.Mexicantown Community Development Corporation
, the developer and manager of the Mercado, is currently negotiating with another potential tenant that would collaborate with the organization in selling Mexican imports.
Another space will be reserved as the GM Gallery, featuring rotating exhibits that will help draw visitors to the Mercado. There is also space designed for a restaurant.
This leaves space for five additional vendors -- one of the spaces is 700 square feet and four are 320. The larger leases for $1,200 per month and the smaller, $710. Interested entrepreneurs should contact Myrna Segura, the manager of the business incubator, at 313-967-9898.
Source: Myrna Segura, Mexicantown CDC
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh