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Cozumel "Mom & Pop" Enterprises that Need and Deserve Our Business

As all of us who live here full or part-time know, times are harder this high season than in any of recent memory. Hard-working and resourceful "Mom and Pop" (very small) businesses can give superior service, save you pesos AND prolly make you some new friends, right?

Cozumel indentSo this page is devoted to free promotion. Let's help out the little guys who are trying so hard to deliver good products and good services.

Cozumel indentWe're compiling a list of ones we've found so far which will be added here shortly. As time permits, we hope to provide them all with their own little webpage ad but that's going to take awhile.

Cozumel indent If you have someone truly good that you have personally used and would like to have promoted here, please EMAIL US this info. Contact info on the business is essential and will be checked by the editors before including it on the site. Think Spanish teachers, upholsterers, carpenters, manicurists, tailors, tiny take out bizes, etc.

Cozumel indentHere's what we have so far just so you have the gist of our focus. Stay tuned in the weeks to come for contact information. And keep those suggestions coming!:

FOOD-RELATED

Linda's Country Cookin'
This NC gal will show you the meaning of the phrase southern home cooking. If you've never tried it or you have and know what you're missing living down here, give Linda a call at 869-1071 No Spanish spoken Recommended by Carey (and a growing number of Mexican clients who all now want to move to NC)
Mereka Bakers Marcel & Erika make some great bread: whole wheat with amarento, vegetable and fruit breads.And you know how hard THAT is to get on the island. Better yet, they bake and deliver daily. If you are Spanish challenged, no problem. Both of them are completely bi-lingual. Try their bread, you'll like it! And they are such sweet folks, too. Call them at 044 987 101 1267 tell them where you live and they'll put you on their route. Recommended by July Henninger & Carey Sutton
The Curry Club

Adriana Aguilar serves up delicious and authentic curry 6 days per week. You can get on her mailing list by contacting her at adrianaaguilar18@yahoo.com and she'll send you her weekly menu. You email her the day before (or call 044 987 1066 401) how many plates you want and it will be ready for pickup at 1 PM. She is centrally located just half a block south of Calle 11 on Avenida 25 (between 11 and 13) Apartment #482 A: 25th street # 482 Apt A This New Zealand transplant's food is delicious and makes a great healthy take-out meal. Recommended by many local folks.

The Fresh French Bread Lady There's a hard-working single mom with two kids who bakes and sells hot fresh french bread every evening starting around 6 and going until 11 PM-ish. Locked on the corner of Avenida 30 on the corner of Calle 31 which puts it on block north of the CFE HQ's on the opposite side of the street. If you get there early, the bread is hot enough to melt butter. Recommended by Terry.
Clothing-Related Services
Cabrilla's Nauti Pescador NC-native and long-time Coz resident Dailene, first started selling her great flipflops out of a backpack. These became so popular with the fisherman crowd that she was finally able to open a shop of her own featuring the same sandals t plus a lot of other fishing and watersport related garb. This is the only place we've found on the island to buy really comfortable, long-wearing flip flops in the right size to fit an American man's foot comfortably. (AJ loves the pair he bought there last month). Shop is located almost directly. On Avenida 30 across the street from Ego Gym on Calle 11 one block in from the waterfront intersection of Melgar and Calle 11.Recommended by AJ Sutton Recommended by AJ Sutton
The Mayan Pearl We've had so many people ask us to include Nelly's little shop, The Mayan Pearl, on this list that we gotta do it. Nelly is a great lady, speaks beautiful English. Their shop is down in the tourist district on the plaza. Walk down past the church on Avenida 10 and Juarez and her story is about 4 down on the left. They specialize in inexpensive -- $20 and under -- handcraft jewelry but also have a lot of other good stuff in there. Check it out. Recommended by at least 8 local gringas.
"Madam Cundee" Design Shop

Dress-maker to the rich, the famous and people who just want to look that way without paying an arm and leg for the privilege. This guy is muy talented and makes his own patterns. Take him a picture, the material and your bod and he'll make you something really special. Not just a tailor. He's a designer as well.

25 between 5 y Hidalgo on the west side of the Avenida. Tiny, bright blue Mom and Pop store is right next door.  There's an alleyway next to it and then, way at the back of the alleyway is a neat little, canary yellow house whose door is almost always open. The artiste, Facundo, lives and works here. No English spoken but its all in the context here, right?  He's a real sweety too. Recommended by Annie

Lavanderia Siempre Limpio $10 pesos/kilo including everything. Pick up and delivery. 872 5141, cell for messages: 987 876-7463, 987 878 2579. We've used this service once and were very pleased. Prices were true to advertisement and pick up and delivery was prompt. Have since heard from other friends that they love this service as well. No English Recommended by Zazzu
Technical Services (Computers, Satellite TV, Car Repair, Pool Maintenance)
Miguel Angel, Computer Fix-It Hombre Miguel Angel is getting raves for being a go-to guy particularly for any kind of software work you need done on your computer. He has done work for the Clinica San Miguel, among others and has, just to give one example, successful removed Windows Vista from a laptop and replaced it with Windows XP which isn't the easiest job in the world according to our daughter who has a master's degree in Computer Engineering. Miguel sounds like a good one to call for any sort of compatibility problems, updates not taking, dealing with your internet provider because your Spanish is so crummy and he is bi-lingual. Email: migue_angel_c@hotmail.com, cell: 987 564 0993. Address: 65 Av. between Jose Maria Morelos & Calle 5, Adolfo Lopez Mateos. Rec.'d by Terry
The Wireless Guy Nemecio specializes in providing wireless internet and also works with satellite tv set up. Excellent English and a hard worker. Check him out for these services. Email Nemecio And here is his website: Cozumel Wireless Recommended by Jim and Donna B.
Mario's Pool Service He builds 'em but now he also maintains 'em. Everybody's smart sweetie pie Mayan, Mario Puc Pool, has been doing a fabulous job taking care of our pool over the past year. Excellent, reliable service and the price is only a little more than we were paying before for not nearly as good service. Plus you get the perk that if your pool wiring or plumbing messes up down the line, he'll come and fix it on a priority basis. That's almost worth it right there in our book! You can usually catch him Monday thru Saturday between 7:30 and 8 AM at 857-0341 English and Spanish spoken Recommended by Carey &Paula.
Auto Express Javier is such a nice man and I've yet to see any problem he couldn't fix quickly, efficiently and without ripping me off. And I've had numerous occasions to try his services since I have a pretty old car -- a 93 Ford Taurus usually the same day or one day after we bring it in. He also follows up on his work if you have any problems and just genuinely seems to enjoy what he does. He and his wife, Gabriella, who also works in the shop part of the day, speak beautiful English as well which is always a plus. He on Salas between Ave 30 and 35 across from the Sports Field and his number is: 872-1579. Recommended by Carey and Antonio M
Artists
Carlos Puyo This guy is a great and very versatile artist! He does murals, gorgeous and unusual metalwork and some of the best papier mache sculptures you'll see in stores at the downtown plaza. I like the trompe d'oeil painting he did for me so much that I made a webpage for him. Recommended by Nelda & Carey.
Mariano

Mariano Petit de Murat has done many beautiful murals in homes on the island and comes highly recommended by many. View his portfolio and find out how to contact him Rec'd by Dailene

 

Beatriz Cornejo If you're looking for colorful and whimsical original paintings and prints, look no further than the work of local artist Beatriz Cornejo. She has a WEBSITE that shows many samples of her work plus lists contact information. Call her and set up to stop by her studio which is up north in Country Club Estates. Recommended by Deborah Morningstar.
Greg Deitrich Most people who live here probably know about Greg and his Gallery He is a Seattle artist who works in etched glass and also does some painting. Very pretty things. His gallery also represents a lot of other Cozumel artists. So if you're new to the island and looking for original art for your home, this is one place you'll want to check. Recommended by Carey
Gallo Another local artist who produces bold, colorful canvases. His studio/gallery is right behind el mercado on the corner of Avenida 20 and Calle 1. Recommended by Mark