Southwest Detroit Hispanic business owners talk success, struggles during COVID and what’s ahead

(WXYZ) — Last week marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to October 15. It’s a time to celebrate the historic and current achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans in our communities.

From a business standpoint, there’s nowhere locally where those contributions are more evident than in Southwest Detroit.

It’s where Jason Rios turned a passion project and small t-shirt line into his a full-time job. His screen printing business, The Shop Screen Printing started with displays at trade shows and then pop-up markets around town.

Around 2014 Rios decided to set-up a permanent storefront in the heart of Mexicantown on Bagley.

“I grew up around the corner like literally two blocks away from here,” Rios told Action News while standing inside his shop.

Despite a temporary closure during the pandemic, some abandoned orders, and ongoing supply chain kinks, he’s seeing the glass half-full; the light at the…

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