New Vale store offers taste of Mexico, produce for all

Mariela Ceballos, the owner of Tienda Mi Lupita in Vale. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

VALE – Rounds of bread crusted with shimmering pink sugar. Bins of fresh produce labeled with cheerful neon price tags. Piñatas emblazoned with birthday messages and trailing crepe paper.

The scene seems straight from the stalls of a Mexican market and transported to the corner of Main Street North and A Street in Vale. But Mariela Ceballos, the owner of the new Tiendita Mi Lupita, says that her little general store is meant to cater to Mexicans and Americans alike. 

“I think since Americans also like Mexican food, hopefully people from both sides will come,” she explained. 

About 25% of Vale’s population is Hispanic or Latino, according to U.S. Census data. Despite the . . .