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PIONEER BUSINESSES:  "Gonzalez Cafe" appears on ADELANTE MURAL.  The cafe was located onWallace Street to serve neighbors and workers on Union Pacific, Northwestern Steel & Wire, as well as National and Lawrence Brothers factories.  If you have information about other pioneer Latino Businesses, please email me at mvillanu@astound.net 

Lupita's Tortillas was the first food manufacturing business business, known all over the region for delicious flour tortillas with homemade flavor.  LA TIERRA IMPORTS was the first Latino business to open in Sterling's Northland Mall, but the consumer slowdown after Northwestern Steel & Wire closed meant that this beautiful import shop is now only a memory.  Select LA TIERRA goods are still sold at special events such -- so look for Gonzalez and Sandoval T-shirts, flags and souvenirs at the next big community event  !!

TORTILLERÍA:  Lupita's Tortillas, 1218 W 4th Ave, Sterling, 815-625-7829

 

 Owners:          LupFamGuad.jpg (238945 bytes)    LupiTrucSign.jpg (205033 bytes)    LupiRose.jpg (307819 bytes)

 

 Products:            TorLine.jpg (252338 bytes)    TorMach.jpg (310141 bytes)    TorPack.jpg (342891 bytes)    TorCust.jpg (380428 bytes) 

 

   MI TIERRA IMPORTS AT THE MALL, REMEMBERED:

 

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Gumesindo & Sally Sandoval / Dolly and Ralph Gonzalez

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click for: BRIDAL SHOP (para Quinceñeras, Novias y Bautismos)

click for: RESTAURANTS

    La Familia, Rock Falls

    El Jacalito, Sterling

    Pepitos, Sterling

    Willie's Restaurant & Willie's II Takeouts, Sterling

click for: GROCERY STORES

 

  El Vaquero, Sterling

  Rodriguez Supermarket, Sterling

 

  Superior Bakery, Rock Falls: REMEMBERED

 

 

 

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