Mom-and-pop businesses play a significant role in the borderland community. Supporting small businesses is vital to our local economy. . Many local businesses started as small family businesses that have grown and thrived over the years because of support from family, friends, and word of mouth.
We stopped at Regency Printing in Central El Paso at 2313 N. Piedras St. for our first mom-and-pop business journey.
Regency Printing has evolved over the years from a mom-and-pop business with three employees into a larger business because of the number of returning customers.
Raul Mora, Owner and President of Regency Printing, started his company after attending a tech school and learning all about printing. Other than his experience from school, he had a friend teach him how to use a small offset press and other materials for printing.
After four challenging years, Mora grew his clientele with hard work and one essential tool: customer service.
“My customer base started growing, and because I felt customer service was number one, I started keeping customers. They kept coming back for more business, and in turn, they would give word-of-mouth recommendations, so it was a source of good business,” said Mora. Regency Printing is celebrating 25 years of operation, and Mora credits much of it to their customer service.
If you’re looking for a quality printing service with reasonable pricing, call Regency Printing Inc. at (915) 562-6767. You may soon be one of their many satisfied returning customers.
Our next mom-and-pop shop enjoys treating its customers like family.
Nachitas Grocery has been operating for over 60 years and is located in the Segundo Barrio at 711 Hills St.
This mom-and-pop shop opened in the 1950s and has been at its current location for about 30 years. It was initially known for its flavorful raspas made by owner Evangelina Terrones’ grandmother. Now Nachitas Grocery is known for its burritos, menudo, tortas and much more.
“It’s a family business, and we dedicate a lot more love to the store, and people have known us for many years, and they keep coming back to our store,” said Terrones. Nachitas Grocery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can stop by Nachitas Grocery and enjoy their delicious burritos and homemade food or run errands like grocery shopping and paying bills.
The final mom-and-pop shop we visited is known for its freshly made flour tortillas!
Tortilla de Mi Tierra is located in the Montwood neighborhood at 12102 Montwood Dr. Their tortilleria is also connected to their meat market, Mi Tierra.
They make fresh flour tortillas of all sizes daily, with zero preservatives. Their tortillas are not only sold by the pack but they are also used for burritos for their meat market.
“In a smaller business, we have to do things daily, from food, meat and tortillas… In a big store there, they make large quantities. I don’t think they make their food daily,” said Yesenia Garibldi, an assistant at Tortilla de Mi Tierra, describing a small business from a big-box store.
Many other vendors show their support by purchasing the tortillas for their own businesses at Tortilla de mi Tierra. You can try their delicious flour tortillas Monday through Sunday and visit their meat market, conveniently located right next door.
The next time you’re in the neighborhood, visit your local mom-and-pop businesses to help keep doors open and support families who dream of owning a successful local business in their community!