TEXAS — Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, Sept. 15, and ends on Oct. 15. But the celebration doesn’t have to end there. Here are five Latinx-owned businesses you should know about and can support all year long.
JZD is a Latina and LGBTQ+ owned business started by Jen and Veronica Zeano, a couple based in Brownsville, Texas. Their popular items for sale include their “Latina Power” shirts, pink Latina jumpsuits and their “Poderosa” denim jacket. The duo’s designs have been worn by celebrities like Jessica Alba, and they just recently added their merchandise to Target stores just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Emily Bryn is a Mexican, queer artist based in Austin, Texas who specializes in screenprinted secondhand clothing. She creates designs in support of immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community with slogans like “No More Deportations” and “Queer Texan.” She also donates a portion of the profits from her sales to local and national charities like The Trevor Project and Central Texas Food Bank. You can shop her work on her website and follow her on Instagram @emsbrynart for behind-the-scenes looks at her screenprinting process and for updates on new items.
Cristina Martinez, a Southside native and daughter of immigrants, is the creative mind behind Very That, a shop that features a large collection of wares and merchandise with sayings like “Cuidate Mija” and “Brown is Beautiful.” From mugs to stickers, stationary and tote bags, Martinez has something for everyone. You can shop her collection online or check out her Instagram @verythat to find her work at a pop-up shop near you.
Meechi Ceramics is a pottery business by Michelle Hernandez, an artist based in San Antonio. Hernandez’s designs are sleek and minimalistic, featuring playful yet rustic patterns and textures. She affectionately calls her ceramic pieces her “clay-bies.” You can shop her work online or in-store by appointment only. She also sells at in-person events, updates are available on her Instagram @meechiceramics.
This plant-based restaurant was started by Michael and Rogelio Sanchez, two brothers from the Southside of San Antonio. Hash is San Antonio’s first vegan eatery, dry bar and tea shop. The Sanchez brothers aim is to create a welcoming space for those who are sober or sober-curious, as well as fill a need they saw firsthand in the Southside community for vegan food options. Visit them at 5007 S. Flores St. San Antonio, TX 78223.