There is another "Lisa Hernandez" in SoCal who is also doing awesome work in our communidad! Ms. Hernandez, (not to be mistaken with the Lisa who does the reporting for ABC News) is not only an interesting Latina who says she grew up eating tacos with chopsticks, but is the FIRST person to open a Creative ReUse shop in SoCal.
For those of you who are not familiar with the term "creative reuse", it is the process of taking used or recycled items and materials and either reusing the items for another purpose or recreating the items into unique works of art, decorations, etc.
The little shop may be small in size but when you walk in you can't help but feel the positive vibes of the place. You will instantly say "Wow!" Lisa herself will usually give you a little run down of what the store is about.
Sometimes you may catch one of the local artists in the shop and be able to meet them while they show you one of the pieces of art that made from materials from the shop. You will see "wallflowers" made from old vinyl records along with magnets & pins made from the "scraps" of the records, cigar boxes are transformed into unique art boxes, roosters made from plastic bags, wine cork earrings and even cd yo-yo's made from throwaway CDs! There is also free creative reuse and hand sewing classes for the kids on Saturdays!
Lisa really helps support the artists, teachers, kids, seniors and everyone interested in saving money by reusing! This is the type of "Green" business we need more of in our communities because you not only save money (there are items starting at .01 cents) but you help keep this stuff from ending up in the landfills.
I particularly like the way Lisa explains the shop in one sentence, "It's all of those items that don't quite make it to Goodwill but it's too good to put in the trash".
You gotta love it!
The Long Beach Depot For Creative ReUse
East Village Arts District
320 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Mon-Sat 11 am to 6 pm http://www.thelongbeachdepot.org
Photo by: Diandra Jay / Staff Photographer - Long Beach Press-Telegram