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    Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

    The San Francisco Bay Times is honoring our local Latinx LGBTQ community this National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15. Juan Davila of our team, sporting “wings” artfully crafted by Jaime Botello of Sullivan Botello Events and SnB Party Rentals, displays his pride in this country, his native country of Mexico, and the gay community.

    Davila is one of the featured dancers at Carnaval in the city, as well as in the Bay Times Pride Parade contingent. With Leticia López and others from Carnaval, he recently helped out in the Mission by sharing educational materials, promoting health testing, and by offering employment information and free groceries.

    He is connected to the front cover of this paper as well, since Davila took the photo of the candlelight vigil in the Castro honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    As for the back cover, in addition to Davila, it features two fantastic Latinx-owned businesses in the Castro: Tacorgasmico at 2337 Market Street (the vision of Guanajuato native Eduardo Sandoval) and Castro Barber Lounge at 2265 Market Street, where talented barber and stylist Angel Benitez holds court. Learn more about them by reading on!

    Please also do what you can to support these and other local small businesses. To help with that effort, we recently launched a new feature to spotlight such small businesses in the Castro and beyond. Given that the Bay Times itself is a small business, we deeply empathize with others who continue to feel the financial burdens and other adverse impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    When small businesses thrive, our communities do too. And when we help to strengthen Black, Brown, Indigenous, and LGBTQ-owned businesses, we invest in making communities more diverse and welcome to all.

    For more information about National Hispanic Heritage Month:

    Supporting Small Businesses in the Castro & Beyond

    Castro Barber Lounge

    Open: 9 am–7 pm Daily
    2265 Market Street
    Contact: Angel Benitez

    Co-owner Angel Benitez (aka El Angelito) reports that he and his business partner Alex Cabrera were working to open their new Castro-based business in March of this year, but COVID-19 had other ideas. After gathering their assets to fund the renovation of their location, the delay in opening due to the pandemic was an unexpected complication.

    Thanks to the easing of restrictions and the support of neighbors and friends, the owners have welcomed a team of barbers who are making the new location their home base to serve existing clients and new ones as well.

    The Castro Barber Lounge team is now offering outdoor patio services in addition to indoor stations with social distancing; masks are required. Available services include haircuts, beards, fades, tapers, and pompadours. Color, perm, bleaching, and waxing services are on hold until restrictions are further lifted.

    San Francisco Bay Times readers are offered $5 off on haircuts during the month of October. Plans for a Grand Opening event will be announced at a future date when social gatherings can be held safely.

    Tacorgasmico – Simple Mexican Pleasures

    Open 11 am – 10 pm Daily
    2337 Market Street
    Contact: Eduardo Sandoval

    Owner Eduardo Sandoval says that after struggling during the initial months after pandemic-related restrictions went into effect, Tacorgasmico’s level of business has bounced back thanks to the support of customers. All members of his staff are back at work and new positions have been created to meet the demand for takeout and outdoor dining services.

    “We pivoted to focus on providing amazing takeout and we are now rated one of the best takeout spots for Mexican food,” Sandoval proudly adds. Delivery partners include Grubhub, Uber Eats, Caviar, and Postmates. The full menu can be found online.

    “Right now, it seems a lot of people have been craving comfort food,” he says. “Our most popular items have been the newly added breakfast burritos, our super nachos, and traditional enchiladas. We still make everything by hand, so if you are craving a home-cooked meal, we’ve made sure that ours is still the place to get it—even if it’s now delivered. To all of our amazing customers, thank you for keeping our dream alive!”

    Published on September 24, 2020