We had the good fortune of connecting with Beatriz Chanes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beatriz, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing that I have taught my children is what the word “familia” means. For us, familia isn’t just the people with whom you share a house but the people who are present for all the important moments in life. The ones who pick us up when we are down, who cheer us on to keep going and celebrate our triumphs with us. From school performances to high school graduation and everything in between, we made the time to be there and be present for each other. As a parent, I made my children a priority, if something is important to them, then it is important to me. Like many parents, I have a pretty full schedule. I work full-time, attend college and run a business. I am able to do all that because my kids are there for me as much as I am for them. Although three of my four children are grown and off in college, we continue to make time to be there for each other with regular phone calls and family meals that include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and best friends. Familia is more than just a word, it is a lifestyle.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
At Cultura Life Designs, we strive to celebrate our successes, our lives, and our Mexican culture. We do this by highlighting some of our most recognized artists from different genres like Chicano art, Aztec and Mayan art, the Mexican Indian experience, and much more. The Mexican culture is broad and diverse. How many people have gone into a gift store to quickly realize they will never find their name on a license plate keychain? Our business sprouted from us wanting all Mexicans to feel included and wanting them to see they are all special by putting their name or family name on culturally themed gifts.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
-Barrio Viejo to look at beautiful barrio architecture -4th and 6th área for good Mexican food and shopping
-San Xavier Mission
-day trip to Sonoita for wine and cheese!
-Saguaro National Park
-the Parish for a delicious burger
– Hike in Sabino Canyon (or take the train)
-BKs for Sonoran dog and the best Micheladas
-Mural tour downtown
– San Agustin area/ the annex for shopping and eats
– la Estrella bakery
– Reforma for the best margaritas
– Congress for dancing
-Prep and Pastry for Brunch!
– Mt. Lemmon

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize and thank the small business community in Arizona for embracing us and showing us love. They have helped us to grow and be successful thus far. Other small businesses have invited us to join them in business networking groups, vendor events, sponsorships, and community development opportunities. They have become a part of our “familia”

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