Meet Carmen Diaz-Jusino and Luis Jusino, Neighborhood Champions

Carmen and Luis share with us some of their favorite local businesses along Hartford Avenue in Providence.

Guatelinda Restaurant storefront

First up on Carmen and Luis’s list is GuateLinda Restaurant-Cevicheria, a Latino-owned restaurant, at 553 Hartford Avenue.

“Este restaurante es uno de mis preferidos, porque nos ofrece auténtica cocina Guatemalteca, recetas clásicas y exquisitas que nos permiten conocer de la gastronomía de este precioso país. Sus dueños son locales y parte de la comunidad que sirven manteniendo alrededor de 60 años de tradición familiar. En Guatelinda podemos elegir entre una variedad de platos guatemaltecos clásicos preparados al momento.”

Much to choose from at La Gran Via Meat Market

Next is another Latino-owned business, La Gran Via Meat Market, located at 421 Hartford Avenue.

“Esta tienda es una delicia para las familias de esta comunidad, porque nos ofrece la oportunidad de encontrar los alimentos y productos étnicos que consumimos y que nos permiten mantenernos conectados a nuestras diversas gastronomías. Sus dueños son unos hermanos dominicanos que se complacen en servir la comunidad en la que viven.”

Buono's Bakery storefront

Luis and Carmen also recommend Buono’s Bakery at 559 Hartford Avenue.

“This family owned and operated bakery had been serving Rhode Island communities for more than 90 years. It was first the Monda Italian Bakery, and in 1989, with startup help from the Mondas, the Buono family took over. In just a short time using the old world methods and recipes handed down to them, Buonos Bakery established a great name for themselves. From then on, Buono’s has become known as “The Best Italian Bread in New England!” Buono’s Bakery is committed to the community it serves. For every dollar you spend at the bakery, they dedicate a portion to local charities and caring organizations.”

Friendly greeting at Sienna & Co.

Lastly, Carmen and Luis suggests a visit to Sienna & Co. at 100 Midway Place, Suite 13, just down the road in Garden City.

“Sienna & Co. is a peaceful “skin-body-soul” studio offering a wide variety of results-driven facials, hair removal, tinting, massages, an infrared sauna, and reiki treatments. They say, “Radiating positive energy and good vibes is our priority!” A big shout out to a woman-owned and -operated space. Thank you, Sienna, Erin, Cheryl, Beka and Chrissy!”