Detroit woman shares her heritage with her community through her businesses

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month and Local 4 is celebrating a Mexican-American success story on Detroit’s west side.

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Just off Vernor Highway at Ferdinand Street is Lotus Essences and ArteSano Cafe & Juice Bar, both owned by Mayra Torres.

Torres and her husband immigrated from Mexico. The couple made footwear in Mexico until the economic crash and were forced to move to Detroit in 2010.

“I feel very proud that Detroit welcomed us with arms wide open,” Torres said “It’s a beautiful part and it motivates me.”

It was about that time that Torres had the idea to open a place for women and a place for healthy eating in their new community.

“It started nine years ago. I was looking for a more healthy lifestyle for me and my kids,” Torres said. “First, I started with my family and friends, and now I feel very proud of also sharing it with my community.”

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