Helping people to make their dreams come true requires the kind of capital investment True Access Capital (TAC) can provide for those who don’t qualify for financing with traditional lenders. But it also requires the kind of personal investment that Lorenzo Merino, VP and Director of Government Lending at TAC, devotes to his customers, many of whom have become friends. These investments have paid off for the community and regional economy too, which continue to benefit from a growing and diverse array of small businesses.
Merino remembers being friends with Javier, the only other child in his elementary-school class in San Luis Obispo who shared his heritage. He continued to reckon with the complexities of bicultural identity as he found his way in this community. “When I was growing up, it was a lot about trying to fit in. The difference between being Mexican and Mexican American, or pocho, which is slang for someone who is said to be from neither here nor there, is something I grew up with,” he says. “Those who are born and raised in the States, like me, are looked at differently in Mexico because we’re from the States. And here in the States, we’re looked at differently because we’re Mexican.”
Read more about True Access Capital and Merino's story here.
This month's Pollination Celebration at the KSQ Farmers Market focuses on the amazing monarch butterfly. Come learn about its significance in Hispanic culture.
Enjoy Outdoor Dining and Shopping on State Street This Coming Thursday!
The 100 blocks of East and West State Street are closing to traffic at 5pm, and stores are staying open until 8pm for shopping on Thursday, September 23rd. Plan to come for an evening of shopping, outdoor dining, and live music. Tables are limited, so make your reservations at your favorite State Street restaurant now!
Bring the family and enjoy good food, drink, and music—and the KHS Cross Country team as your waitstaff. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to support the team. Weather permitting, there will be outdoor dining on Apple Alley.
As it turns out, you can probably get most of what you need this week at the KSQ Farmers Market.
Beautiful, locally grown fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, and flowers fresh from the field? Check. Pasture-raised, antibiotic-free, and chemical-free meat? Check. Locally made cheeses, yogurt, flour, eggs, bread, coffee, honey, Mexican food, pastries, chocolates, spices, sauces, pasta, cider, maple syrup, bath and beauty products, beeswax wraps, and more? Check, check, and check. And yes, you can borrow one of these handy and sanitized red wagons to shop and bring it all to your car!
And, while you're there, enjoy the Pollination Celebration and learn more about butterflies!
When you shop at your local farmers market you help keep your family and our farmlands healthy and invest your food dollars in strengthening our local economy. Check it all out—every Friday afternoon from 3pm–6pm outside The Creamery, 401 Birch Street, Kennett Square.