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blank tag co. And mitú Just Partnered To Release Exclusive Latino Inspired Food Pin Sets

blank tag co. has become an iconic sticker company with one of the most recognizable sticker designs. The sticker company is widely popular in the Latinx community and with so many stickers featuring Latinx street foods but the concept for this sticker brand originated in Japan.

Alondra Carbajal and Remi Silva were in a long-distance relationship and usually met in cities across the U.S. to reconnect and travel together. However, their first international trip together would spark an idea that would lead them to embark on their first business endeavor.

While in Tokyo, the couple came across a shelf full of stickers made by B-Side Label. They encountered the Japanese focused stickers a few times while traveling around Japan. When the couple arrived back home, they couldn’t get their minds off of the high-quality stickers. They were very impressed with the label’s ability to represent so many sides to Japanese culture.

Inspired from their trip to Japan, Alondra and Remi were determined to create a diverse line of stickers in the U.S. And then, blank tag co. was born.

The couple wanted each sticker to represent a culture and tell a story. They also wanted to create designs that would capture memories.

After the launch of their sticker company, the brand started to gain traction and some of the best-selling stickers were in fact culturally relevant stickers like conchas, tacos de asada, micheladas and paletero carts.

Following the success of blank tag co.’s stickers, mitú has partnered to release an exclusive line of blank tag co. snack pack pins. Now you can take these pins everywhere like this Mexican Snack Pack.

This Mexican Snack Pack features three of blank tag co.’s top-selling Mexican designs, The Magonada, The Chicharrones and The Elote. All three are extremely nostalgic. Doesn’t this instantly trigger memories of walking through your neighborhood or rushing through the crowd after church to get to these snacks?

There’s also a triple threat Salvadoran Snack Pack pin set.

This pin set features everyone’s favorite Salvadoran foods. Yep, Pan con Pavo is included with a side of Ensalada Drink and of course, you know a full Pupusa Plate is part of this iconic trio.

We’re also representing for our primos cubanos.

You can’t call it a Cuban meal without starting with a fresh cup of cafecito. Up next: Cuban Sandwich plate with Tostones. With tostones! You know it’s legit when it comes with a side of the savory tostones. To seal the deal, a decadent Tres Leches.

We couldn’t forget about the heroes in our community, the ones who are always griding past that 9-5, the only men who we are willing to chase and the ones who always make us smile.

Introducing the Snack Pack To-Go that features the carts that make us feel like we’re seeing water in a desert, The Frutero Cart, The Taco Truck and The Paleta Cart. There isn’t anything that brought us more joy in the summer and how you can carry a piece of that joy with you everywhere you go.

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19