The Downey Legend

Maya Mercado-Garcia

Maya Mercado-Garcia, Photographer

Junior dancer Maya Mercado-Garcia enters The Downey Legend with hopes to sharpen her photography skills and expose an often dormant side of Downey. The Youth For Change founder was spurred onto this path by an encouraging advisor and plans to grow and evolve with her work.  

 

“I hope to grow…” Garcia said. “I always admired newspaper and how much hard work went into documenting school events. I want to sharpen my skills and continue Newspaper’s high standard.”

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As small businesses have been greatly impacted by the pandemic,  Uptown Whittier small business owner, Yolanda Garcia (photographed above), opens up Casita Del Pueblo; mask on, ready to start business up again with new guidelines. “I’ve had to rearrange the store so customers can be 6ft apart as well as put up posters with safety precautions,” Garcia said. “Store hours have had to be slightly changed due to less traffic coming in and sales not being where they were before.”

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With starting business up again, small business owners, like Yolanda Garcia, have had to  be extra diligent in following all guidelines to ensure customers safety. “Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizers are at every corner of the store,” Garcia said. “Before customers enter the store, they’re required to put hand sanitizer on before shopping.”

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In order to stay in business during these tough times, Yolanda Garcia has had to become more virtually creative to engage customers to online shop. “It’s unfortunate that us as a small business have had to cut back on events and art shows that bring in large crowds which would bring the most income,” Garcia said. “However, this has made social media activity to become better than ever before, allowing us to grow outside from just our own community and get more out of state online customers. We even started selling our own Casita Del Pueblo masks that have been a hit not only in store, but online especially.”

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Small businesses remain in business by following guidelines, becoming more creative and active on social media, as well as maintaining the bonds created within their community with local customers.

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