We’ve always known that it’s important to support small businesses, but this past year has really proved that our dollars make a difference. Because when you shop local, you’re not just spending money. You’re supporting our neighbors and giving back to our community!
Today, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite Latin and Hispanic-owned small businesses, so you can check them out next time you’re in Indy. From beauty salons to comedy clubs, these places are all open for business and would welcome your support.
1. Delaware Blu Salon
If you’re in search of a chic place to go for a haircut or style, then Delaware Blu Salon is the place for you! Delaware Blu’s motto is “elegance never goes out of style,” and the owner Amberly Lopez ensures that every guest leaves with that in mind. Amberly started her business in hopes of bringing quality hair products and service to Indy, and she is doing just that! From hair styling, to color, and even eyelash application, Delaware Blu Salon offers a wide selection of natural products that are all environmentally conscious.
Pro Tip: Delaware Blu also offers a variety of spa services you should check out! If you’re feeling stressed, we highly recommend one of their relaxing facials.
2. OV Beauty Studio and Spa
Massages, facials, and lash extensions? OV Beauty Studio & Spa truly offers it all! The spa’s owner Omalia Villalona (OV) emigrated here from the Dominican Republic nine years ago, and she spent the years after her arrival studying professional broadcast makeup at TNT Agency in California. She then traveled around the United States teaching others the art of makeup. It was during this journey that Omalia settled right here in Indy and created her brand: OV Beauty Studio & Spa! At her studio, Omalia ensures that every client feels confident and at peace when they walk through the doors. Her professional experience makes it easy to sit back, relax, and know you’ll leave feeling your best!
Pro Tip: Want to learn from Omalia herself? Try taking one of her makeup classes!. She offers them for groups or individuals.!
3. Gutty’s Comedy Club
Get ready to laugh! Founded by Steve Rivera and Dennis Tooley, Gutty’s Comedy Club performs clean stand-up comedy for audiences of all ages. All of that laughing might leave you hungry, but don’t worry! Gutty’s sells pizza by the slice along with a variety of other snacks to munch while you watch. They even have fun merch available for all die-hard Gutty’s fans out there. (And if you’re not a fan yet, you will be!) Check out their mobile app for tickets to their next show.
Pro Tip: Can’t make it to a live show? No problem! Gutty’s livestreams their shows on Friday and Saturday nights so everyone can enjoy a good laugh—even from their couch!
4. Jose & Sons Ice Sculptures
Ice, ice baby! If you’re looking for a way to make your party cool this summer, you should check out Jose & Sons Ice Sculptures! With 25 years of experience, this family-owned business has created beautiful and unique frozen sculptures for countless weddings, holiday parties, and special events all across Indy. From corporate logos to Thanksgiving turkeys, their past work shows just how much skill and creativity goes into their ice-carving craft.
Pro Tip: Take a look at their alcohol ice sculpture creations! There’s no better way to keep your drinks chilled all night long!
5. ARTISAN BAKERY & PASTRIES
Looking for a place with traditional Mexican breads and sweets? How about a variety of handcrafted cakes and cookies? Well, look no further than Artisan Bakery and Pastries! With three separate locations across Indianapolis, Artisan offers a unique twist on their classic bakes. Their pastries actually combine Mexican and European flavors, giving their creations an original flare that can only be described as delicious.
Must Try: While most of their empanadas include fruit, Artisan’s famous cream cheese empanadas are a rare pastry you’ll love to eat!
6. DON JUAN V’S SANDWICHES
Family-owned and operated, Don Juan V’s Sandwiches serve the most authentic Peruvian food in Indiana while also providing excellent customer service. When it comes to running a restaurant, the family behind Don Juan V’s are truly the experts. They carefully hand-pick all of their produce and meats to ensure that their customers only eat the very best! And although their family is Mexican, they are truly proud to serve the most delicious Peruvian cuisine in town with traditional flavors and spices.
Must Try: Their best-selling steak sandwich: Lomo Saltado. The sandwich is filled with a savory blend of beef tenderloin, sauteed onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.
7. GOMEZ BBQ
If you’re in the mood for some Indianapolis craft barbecue, then head on over to Gomez BBQ! Owner Michael Gomez is an Indianapolis native who’s been cooking his entire life to perfect his signature sauce. After spending many years experimenting with cooking techniques from around the world, it’s no wonder why his barbecue is famous for being “slowly smoked to perfection.”
During the height of the pandemic, Gomez BBQ began delivering products right to customers’ doors. Now, they’ve decided to continue selling their delicious meat and meals online on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, you can savor the taste of their barbecue right in the comfort of your home!
Must Try: We can’t recommend Gomez BBQ without mentioning their brisket sandwich, featuring their signature barbeque sauce! Sandwiches not for you? You can strike a deal on Thursdays and Fridays when they sell ribs at market price!
8. LA PALAPA
Summers can get pretty hot here in Indy! Make sure you keep cool with some ice cream from La Palapa! Decorated with tropical charm, La Palapa offers affordable and tasty treats “with a Latin twist” that are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth in the heat. If you need more to eat after that cool confection, then you can also try one of their lunch or dinner options, including loaded hot dogs!
Must Try: The Fresas a la Palapa—a creation of strawberries, bananas, sweet cream, and ice cream.
9. LA HACIENDA
What started as a single restaurant in 1997 has now become a local favorite and a mouthwatering success! La Hacienda has received NUVO’s “Best Local Mexican Restaurant” award for several years now and grown across Indiana—with three locations in the Indianapolis area. All three restaurants are decorated with bright and vivacious decor, making it the perfect atmosphere to serve fresh Mexican food.
Must Try: Hacienda Chef’s Special—a tender steak piled high with sauteed onions, tomatoes, and peppers. It’s served with a chicken enchilada, beans, guacamole salad, and tortillas on the side.
10. TAQUERIA EL TACO LOCO
There’s nothing better than tacos on wheels! Taqueria El TacoLoco is a roaming food truck known for its quality service and excellent Mexican food. With affordable prices and nice portions, Taco Loco offers truly fast food that’s perfect for people on a budget.
Must try: The tacos, of course—for only $2 each!
Next time you’re in the Indianapolis region, be sure to check out these businesses and share your experience here in Indy. And don’t forget! These are only a few of the many Latin and Hispanic-owned small businesses in the area. Check out La Plaza’s directory to discover more Latinx businesses in the Indianapolis region!
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