Support a Small Business on Lake Street

Alan is the owner of a small ice cream shop in Plaza Mexico  Minneapolis named La Tropicana. For those who don’t know it, it’s a vibrant mall full of primarily Latino-owned stores and restaurants. Many of these stores were already suffering from losses due to COVID and being in a lower-income community. In the past few days, due to the Lake Street riots, the plaza has been broken into, raided, and looted. 

I’ve launched this GoFundMe as a means to help Alan get back to where he was—a place he’d been fighting to get to for years. I've gotten to know Alan and his shop employees very well over the last few months of working with him and can say that there aren't many people that can tackle some of the hurdles that arise in opening a new business—and he does it with a smile on his face every day. He's genuinely caring and generous with the community he serves. 

Alan opened his ice cream shop this past December with ambitions of not only expanding his ice cream offerings, but also to start a quick-serve taco bar. He had spent several years working at a nearby carwash in order to save up the money needed to purchase the ice cream shop in the plaza and has been saving to purchase the new equipment he needs moving forward.

Much of the work he's done to build up this small business has been severely halted due to COVID-19 and now further closure and losses due to the looting of Plaza Mexico. 

Despite messaging that all these businesses have insurance and can be replaced, La Tropicana does not have the insurance capable of covering the stolen items and damages they sustained. This fund will go directly to Alan's reparation and replacement efforts for his shop. Some of the stolen items include brand new Point of Sale equipment, a security monitor, and other goods. And some of the damaged equipment includes their security system, internet equipment, and freezer equipment. 

Please join me in supporting Alan and his small business that can use every bit of help to get back on its feet after the hardships of  this unprecedented time.

(If you're wondering why they don't have a google listing, it's because they are really so new and just putting the pieces together to start their business. You can find their registered business listing under La Tropicana LLC on the Secretary of State website if you're curious!)



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Zachary Heinrich 
Minneapolis, MN
Antelma Rebaja Ahuistle 
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