Empowering Businesses to Make a Difference in California’s Communities

Francisco Aparicio’s family started the original Gigi’s Bakery and Café back in Cuba, eventually moving the business to Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles Riots had a devastating effect on the bakery, leading to the temporary loss of the business. The Aparicio family worked hard to build the business back up to the success it has become today.

The family recently acquired La Mascota Bakery and Café, a neighborhood bakery in Boyle Heights with a rich history going back to 1952. They have converted the struggling restaurant into a thriving business. The newly refurbished bakery and café is well respected in the neighborhood and is making a large impact on the community. As Patricia explains, “The community has a lot of homeless shelters and churches who are reaching out to us for help. We give them bread. It comes out of our hearts. Our employees are kind to anyone coming in off the street. We help any way we can.”

When asked if they plan to continue working with Banc of California on future expansions, Patricia made it clear, “Banc of California has been an amazing partner with us throughout the whole process. We want to continue working with them.”

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Gigi’s Bakery and Café and La Mascota Bakery and Café

Gigi’s Bakery and Café, in Echo Park, is known for their large array of Cuban, Mexican, Salvadorian and traditional pastries. The café serves authentic Cuban fare as well as Mexican, Salvadorian and Guatemalan tamales.

La Mascota Bakery and Café is located in Boyle Heights and serves authentic Mexican breads and pan dulce. They’re also known for their tamales as well as customizable cakes, made from scratch.

The relationship they have developed with their Banc of California team allows them to develop greater opportunities for their business, as well as the communities they serve.