Kylie Madry


After the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are packed away and the Black Friday scores are piled high, there’s one more reason to celebrate: Small Business Saturday.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday was started by American Express to show support to the businesses that keep our local economies running: like the small businesses that make Prosper “Prosper.”

Since it began in 2010, Small Business Saturday has become a hit, playing off the popularity of Black Friday the day before and Cyber Monday two days later. This year, Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 28.  So far, the event has brought an estimated $120 billion into local communities – which is great, because according to one study, 68 percent of the money spent at a local business stays in the local economy. Especially this year, small businesses need our support more than ever.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of small businesses in Prosper and neighboring cities. While some won’t be open for in-person visits this year, you can check out all of these local businesses on their websites or social media, which we’ll link to on this post.

Where to shop on Small Business Saturday in Prosper

A Joyful Mess Art Studio: This art studio in downtown Prosper is going all out on its art supplies, craft kits, and homemade “messydoh,” with discounts on upcoming classes and entries into a raffle for a free workshop with each purchase. Find details on their Facebook HERE.

Image Courtesy of Prosper Pantry

Prosper Pantry: Prosper Pantry is here to save your holiday season with homemade, hand-cooked meals for families on the go. Orders can be placed online up to two business days in advance. Hot and fresh meals are available everyday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Prosper Laser Med Spa: Located on the corner of Coit and Prosper Trail, Prosper Laser Med Spa is pulling out all the stops this month, with sales on peel packages, Jeuveau units, and laser hair removal. Check out their specials on Facebook HERE.

Photo Courtesy of Bongo Beaux’s

Bongo Beaux’s Bourre Palace & Cajun Kitchen: Bongo Beaux’s in downtown Celina is the perfect place to fill up on Louisiana classics like jambalaya, gumbo or étouffée, while new takes like the crawfish queso or crawfish pies are a must-try.

Carmela Winery: Named after the family’s Sicilian matriarch, Carmela Winery serves award-winning wines like chardonnay, pinot grigio, and pinot noir in its tasting room off Louisiana Drive in Celina.

Hey Sugar Candy Store: With storefronts in Celina, Decatur, Roanoke, College Station, and Waco, Hey Sugar has your sweet tooth fix ready across the state of Texas. Stop by and check out local favorites like Dublin Texas root beer or retro treats like the Abba Zabba peanut butter taffy bars.

Photo Courtesy of The Crumb & Cookie

The Crumb & Cookie: Support Prosper’s healthcare heroes like Kristin, who owns The Crumb & Cookie. With decorated cookies and cakes for any occasion, an order of ugly Christmas sweater cookies could be the perfect thing to get you in the holiday spirit.

Toasted Walnut Table and Market: This little bistro in downtown Celina is always serving up our favorite Southern comfort foods, but don’t miss out on the weekly secret menu items like Lollipop Lamb Chops or the Chili Cheeseburger.

Live Beautifully Photography: Local photographer Brandi Mieger shoots everything from weddings to senior portraits, and just added custom notebooks and notecards to her product lineup.

Photo Courtesy of Willow House Boutique

Willow House Boutique: Willow House serves up looks at both locations in downtown Celina and the historic McKinney square. Even better, owners Craig and Kerrie are committed to giving back to the community they love, partnering with a number of local humanitarian organizations.






That’s “welcome” in Spanish since we’re welcoming in National Hispanic Heritage Month this Tuesday, September 15. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, runs annually from September 15 to October 15 to honor the rich history, culture, and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. 

The holiday began as a week-long celebration in 1968, when Texas’ own President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the event to coincide with several Latin American countries’ Independence Days, like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize. Texans know the importance Hispanics have had in the region – especially since Texas was part of Mexico until 1836!  

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, about 39% of Texans identified as Hispanic in 2018, and around 7 million speak Spanish at home. The Latino population in Texas is only growing and is expected to become the largest population group in the next few years. 

This growth can be seen in Prosper as well, where Hispanics make up around 8% of a population that’s tripled in size in the past decade. And this year, though it may look different than previous years, local Latinos are ready to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.  

“Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for Hispanics to be proud of where we come from,” said Herb Moncibais, chairman of the Americas Chamber for Business. “I think it’s an opportunity for us to showcase our achievements and our accomplishments, and our ability to adapt to challenges.” 

One of those challenges being business closures in recent months due to shelter-in-place orders. “Small businesses need money right now, we all know that,” Moncibais said. This National Hispanic Heritage Month, Moncibais recommends patronizing local Hispanic-owned businesses to help speed up economic recovery. 

Shop Local

We’ve compiled some of the top Hispanic- and Latino-owned spots in town. Take a look and try them out!

Lucy’s on the Square: A favorite Hispanic-owned spot in the area has to be Lucy’s on the Square, in downtown Celina. Serving Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, chicken fried steak, and biscuits and gravy, Lucy’s on the Square is a popular place for a reason.


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Posted by Lucy's on the Square on Saturday, September 5, 2020


Rudy’s Kitchen: Rudy Martinez, who was born in Mexico, specializes in home-cooked meals, including a menudo recipe passed down by his grandmother. At Rudy’s in Frisco, don’t miss out on the enchiladas, caldo de res, or the picadillo plate.


Posted by Rudy's Kitchen on Friday, January 1, 2016


Alma’s Sweet Treats and Catering: Alma Espinoza frequently caters events in the North Texas area with her fruit and dessert tables, balloon decorations, and Mexican treats like gelatinas, tres leches cake, and buñuelos.


Posted by Alma's sweet treats and Catering on Monday, April 16, 2018


If you’re a Latino business owner looking to get connected in the area, Moncibais recommends joining an organization like the Americas Chamber for Business. “As a Latino, the chamber has opened a lot of doors, it’s opened a lot of resources for me,” he said. “This is an opportunity, a two-way door. It’s a chance for us to help each other.”  

And while some in-person events may still be on pause, the Americas Chamber for Business invites anyone interested to join them for the 2020 Immigrant Journey Awards online this Thursday, September 17, to honor immigrants who have made an impact on the North Texas community. 


Este martes, 15 de septiembre estamos dando la bienvenida al Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana

El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana se formó como ley por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988, y se conmemora del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre de cada año. Su propósito es honrar la rica historia, cultura, y contribuciones de los hispanos y latinos en los Estados Unidos.

El mes festivo empezó como una celebración de una sola semana en 1968, cuando el presidente Lyndon B. Johnson, un tejano, lanzó el evento para coincidir con los días de independencia de varios países latinoamericanos, como Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, Chile, y Belice. Como tejanos, nosotros conocemos bien la importancia de los hispanos en la región – ¡particularmente porque Texas fue parte de México hasta 1836!

De acuerdo con las cifras de la Oficina del Censo de EE.UU, casi el 39% de los tejanos se identificaron como hispanos en 2018, y alrededor de 7 millones hablan español en casa. La población latina en Texas sigue creciendo, y se estima que va a ser el grupo más grande de la población en unos años. 

Este crecimiento se ve en Prosper también, donde los hispanos forman casi el 8% de una población que se ha triplicado en la última década. Aunque este año parezca muy distinto a los anteriores, los latinos en el área están listos para festejar el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana. 

“El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana es una oportunidad para los hispanos, para que seamos orgullosos de donde somos”, dijo Herb Moncibais, el director de la Americas Chamber for Business. “Creo que es una oportunidad para nosotros, para mostrar nuestros logros y nuestro éxito, y para mostrar nuestra habilidad de adaptarnos a los retos que enfrentamos.” 

Uno de esos retos ha sido el cierre de muchas empresas este año debido a la orden “Quédate en casa”. “Las empresas pequeñas necesitan más ingresos ahora, todos lo sabemos”, dijo Moncibais. Durante este Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, Moncibais recomienda frecuentar comercios dirigidos por hispanos en el área para apoyar la economía local.  

Comprar localmente

Hemos recopilado una lista de algunos de nuestros lugares favoritos que pertenecen a los hispanos y latinos de la ciudad. ¡Échales un ojo y pruebalos!

Lucy’s on the Square: Uno de nuestros restaurantes favoritos tiene que ser Lucy’s on the Square en el centro de Celina, cuyo sitio es administrado por un hispano. Sirven clásicos del sur de Estados Unidos, como tomates fritos, milanesas, y bisquets con salsa gravy. Lucy’s on the Square es muy popular, ¡con razón!

Rudy’s Kitchen: Rudy Martinez, quien nació en México, se especializa en comida casera mexicana, donde incluye la receta de menudo de su abuela. No te pierdas la experiencia de probar las enchiladas, el caldo de res, o el picadillo. 

Alma’s Sweet Treats and Catering: En la zona del Norte de Texas, Alma Espinoza frecuentemente brinda sus servicios en eventos con Alma’s Sweet Treats and Catering. Proporciona opciones como sus mesas de dulces y frutas, decoraciones de globos y postres mexicanos cómo gelatinas, pasteles de tres leches, y buñuelos. 

Si eres latino y dueño de una empresa y te quieres conectar con otros en el área, Mocibais recomienda mucho formar parte de una organización como la Americas Chamber for Business. “Cómo latino, la cámara ha abierto muchas puertas para mi, me ha dado muchos recursos”, dijo. “Esta es una oportunidad, una puerta de dos vías. Es una oportunidad para ayudarnos a nosotros”. 

Y mientras que muchos eventos en persona siguen en pausa, la Americas Chamber for Business está invitando a todos los interesados en asistir virtualmente a los 2020 Immigrant Journey Awards en linea este jueves, 17 de septiembre, para honrar a los migrantes que han tenido un impacto en la comunidad del Norte de Texas.