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East LA’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of East LA’s gems below.

Damien Mojarro

I have a relatively short relationship with graphic design. I landed a job at a screen print shop back in the beginning of 2018 and was introduced to the basics on a program by the name of CorelDraw. I soon began to find the programs limitations and moved onto using Adobe Illustrator. Read more>>

Jimmy Poindexter

I chipped one of my front teeth when I was seven years old. When I was in elementary, I was depressed & often pretended to kill myself at home for attention. Fast forward to middle school, this at times continued as I tried my hardest to fit into no avail until I started not to care what people thought of me anymore. Read more>>

Thom Sigsby

Been in the service industry since I was 14 years old and illegally working in the kitchen of an unnamed international pizza chain. As soon as I was allowed behind a bar I was pouring drinks for people and have been at it ever since. Helped open Mohawk Bend in Echo Park in 2011. Read more>>

Alfi Lucero Canaan

My fascination with music came later in my life. I knew I enjoyed music tremendously but it didn’t occur to me to pick it up as a serious passion until near the end of high school. I picked up the classical guitar when I was around 10 or 11 but wasn’t really into it. Then I moved up to electric and it was the same result. Read more>>

Joston Michael

YOUTHFOOL started in Philadelphia, Pa in 2015. Always being an east coast native I wanted to bring that energy that is so easily tangible there but not represented well. So I wanted to bring it to the west coast and hope that energy poured over well into my actions. Read more>>

Harry Mack

I’ve been a musician my whole life. I started playing violin when I was seven and then in 5th grade, I knew I wanted to play the drums so I begged my parents to buy me a drum set and they finally agreed. Around the same time, I started really getting into hip-hop music. Read more>>

Theresa Cheng

I started playing piano at the age of six. When asked as a young girl, “what do you want to be when you grow up,” my reply would be, “concert pianist.” My dreams were cut short when my parents urged me to pursue a business degree in college since it would be more practical. Read more>>

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