It’s been a crazy time in the midst of a global pandemic and it has been a time where communities are coming together. I’ve been loving how everyone has been shopping locally and buying from family owned businesses during this time. It has been hard for everyone, but the best way we can be there for one another is to support each other the best way we can. Today I wanted to share my favorite Cuban owned businesses. I have been loving these companies for so long now, and I’m excited to share them with you. In this post you find businesses that specialize in books, Cuban apparel and of course cafecito ; )
I would like to thank Pin Pan Pun, Albisa, Guavette, and Cafe La Llave for helping make this post happen!
Pin Pan Pun Co Publishing:
Do you ever say a Cuban word and your friends look at you like you are from another planet? Then you go on to try to explain the word, but now they are lost and will never talk to you again? Okay, maybe that it is a bit dramatic, but when I say Arroz con Mango, and they say “rice and mango??, this is where Pin Pan Pun comes to the rescue.
Pin Pan Pun has 2 volumes of all your favorite Cuban sayings. From explaining the difference between colada and cafecito to my favorite saying Ponte las Pilas, you can finally give a definition and picture to all the sayings you grew up with. My favorite addition to their collection is the Pin Pan Pun coloring book. It has been so relaxing over the stay at home order. They are now selling face masks that 100% of the proceeds are going to It’s All Love Miami. Rep your Abuela + keep yourself safe!
Thank you Pin Pan Pun for sending me Volume 1 + the coloring book!
Picture this – it is a Saturday morning, your Abuelo just brought home two loaves of fresh Cuban bread, your Abuela is already cleaning the house smells like Fabuloso, and you are drinking cafecito even though you are way too young to have a caffeine addiction – this is what Albisa’s Cuban Bread candle smells like. It is crazy how much it smells like cuban bread. I can’t explain it except by saying it smells like Cuban bread. This makes the perfect gift for anyone who is away from Miami and is feeling homesick. All candles are hand poured which adds extra Cuban love to it. I love the travel tin in Havana Nights and take them when I travel so it smells like Miami wherever I go. Skip the Bath and Body Works, and support this Cuban candle shop!
Thank you Albisa for the candle gift set!
I virtually met the owner of the Guavette Shop, Yvette over a year ago, and we’ve been Insta-friends ever since. We connected over both of us losing a very special grandparent in our life. It has been comforting to have someone who emphasizes my grief. Yvette owns the cutest shop, Guavette, and is always keeping it 100% real. She is seriously a Cubanita boss babe, and is KILLIN it. I love rocking my Cubana sweatshirt in the colder months, and wear my Chisme + Cafecito shirt all year long – it reminds me of waiting for my Abuela to get off the phone while she exchanges chisme with la vecina. She has a wide variety of merchandise with all your favorite Cuban sayings; from stickers, to mugs, and apparel for everybody. I especially love her curated Miami Vibes boxes, where she works with so many local Cuban business owners. Her shop makes the perfect gift for anyone who is Miami homesick or wants to rock Cuban pride.
Thank you for the care package, Guavette!
Martha of Miami
Martha of Miami has seriously taken over Miami! If you haven’t heard of her you are seriously living under a rock. I remember when I saw a family friend buy her whole family Christmas gifts from Martha of Miami and I was obsessed. Since the business truly has blown up, and even established a brick and mortar store in Westchester, a neighborhood in Miami. I’ve accumulated some gifts over the past two years + got to shop the store last time I was in Miami. They seriously have so much stuff that connects me to my childhood. I love reppin’ the 305 + she made it so easy ++ fun! I’ve posted a few pictures of my favorite pieces below.
Cafe La Llave
I couldn’t write a post about Cuban businesses without mentioning my favorite Cuban coffee brand. Cafe La Llave was the cuban espresso of choice at my house, and my body is probably 75% Cafe La Llave by now. This is what my Abuela stocked up on at home, and would seriously buy it every single time she went to Winn Dixie because we went through it so fast. Cafe La LLave is home and it is family. Recently, they released Nepresso pods which have been my favorite and so easy to use. I drink atleast 2 pods a day, and it is a modern way to get my cafecito fixed in the morning. It is like I’m having cafe con leche with my Abuela everyday.
I have loved supporting these brands, especially throughout Coronavirus. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to local Cuban businesses I support and want to learn more about! Go check out every single one and support them – follow them on Instagram, buy something from them, + tell your friends!
Do you have small businesses you like to support? Tag me on Instagram [@anaisdominguez] so I can follow + check them out!