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La Potosina offers sweet treats in Ridgeland

  • La ceremonia de corte de cinta. Foto por John Newton.
  • Dentro de la nueva tienda. Foto por John Newton.

 

     Downtown Ridgeland, South Carolina got a little sweeter last month as Nadia Paez, along with husband Hector and children Denise and Christopher celebrated the grand opening of “La Potosina”, a snack shop filled with delicious goodies based on authentic Mexican street snacks. It's specialty is the “Chamoyada”, a fruit cup made with a zesty red sauce that adds a unique sweet and spicy flavor to a variety of fruit slices including pineapple and mango.

     Other favorites include icy fresadas, duros preparados (deep-fried snacks topped with a variety of tasty ingredients), and elotes (tender ears of corn on the cob– slathered with mayonnaise, Mexican cojita parmesan cheese and spicy chili-lime powder.

     Located at the corner of Jacob Smart Boulevard and West Main Street, the colorful shop, whose name means “Lady of Potosi”, represents the fulfillment of a lifetime dream for Paez who moved to Ridgeland from San Luis Potosi, Mexico nearly 20 years ago.

     “My grandfather has owned a popular restaurant in San Luis Potosi for over 60 years and I grew up working there, “ Nadia said. “When I was a child, I always said that one day I would have my own restaurant. I am very excited to share these special flavors from my home country.”

     Ridgeland Mayor, Joey Malphus, was joined by City Planning Director, Josh Rowland, and Kendall Malphus, Executive Director of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce, in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

     “We are very proud of the Paez family and all of our Hispanic merchants,” Mayor Malphus said. “They are an important part of our business community and we want to do everything we can to insure the success of their business venture.”

     Known for her boundless energy and enthusiasm, Nadia Paez adds the snack shop to a busy schedule that includes helping out with her husband's flooring company, working as a home nurse, and hosting a daily radio show in Bluffton where she and her husband dispense advice and news to avid listeners.

     She also oversees a community outreach organization called “Grupo De Apoyo Latino”,  a Facebook organization dedicated to helping local Latinos with special needs.

     Since its formation, Paez and her friends have raised money to assist a Mexican national who needed funds so he could move back to Mexico and continue his dialysis treatments; a local youth suffering from acute myeloid leukemia; and Xiomara Vazquez, a young mother suffering from multiple sclerosis.    

     “Our group never asks people to donate money directly,” Paez said. “We prefer to use innovative methods like raffles and yard sales and concerts and fiestas so that the people who help us always get something extra in return.”

     In September, Nadia, who is bilingual, volunteered her time to help emergency responders in Jasper County provide hurricane updates to local Spanish-speaking residents.

     “We want to share love of Mexican foods with all our friends and neighbors,” Nadia said. “For Latinos, we offer an authentic taste of home. For our American friends, we offer something new and exciting to experience.”

     La Potosina: 7797 Main Street Unit B, Ridgeland, SC. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 3:30pm – 8:00pm. Closed Mondays. Phone: (843) 926-4465. 

 

     

Issue Month: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017