Our beloved Black Rock neighborhood is in constant flux. Construction, new faces and renovations just part of life in Black Rock, and no one knows this better than Miguel Tomasio, owner of Taco Loco. Miguel and his family opened their doors over 30 years ago, and he can vouch that Black Rock has already come a long way.
With a child on the way, joining Black Rock wasn’t about selling tacos; it was about joining a community. Miguel saw something in Black Rock that few business owners did: “A real neighborhood” with “lots of kids”. He saw Black Rock for what it was and is: a place where “people talk to each other.”
Though running a business anywhere in the country can have its highs and low, Miguel and the Tomasio clan always knew they were home in this neighborhood. And years later, Mr. Tomasio felt validated by his decision. “I knew I picked a great location when Home Depot came in. There is nothing better than knowing you did something right.” When big box stores like Home Depot join an area, they can bring negatives, but they also show corporate America that the area is worth investing in. Since Home Depot has come, so have additional entrances to Black Rock, Whole Foods, and the train station. These aspects of change have helped the niche small businesses of Black Rock grow and stabilize, opening up the area to new customers.
“The potential for Black Rock is amazing, but we need to work as a community to keep it going,” says Miguel. “I saw that potential 25 years ago. Now it grows more and more, but everyone wants it to go faster.”
Maybe we would take a page from Miguel’s book. Perhaps we should step back and keep our focus on the existing greatness of the Black Rock neighborhood instead of what it could become. If we all focus on enhancing and enjoying what we already have while accepting change, the neighborhood may grow to exceed our expectations.