In a dark corner of a National City mall, you’ll find Raspados Michoacan.
The shaved ice cream shop has only been in its current location for a few years, but it’s been called National City for much longer.
Ylirrael Hurtado, 70, says Raspados Michoacan started out in the back of his pickup truck in the 80s.
Since then, he has expanded his business along with his wife Maria and her family.
“Now that I’m helping them, I’m really enjoying it,” said Hurtado’s grandson Alfonso Arroyo.
Arroyo helps his grandparents on weekends, but the Hurtados work in the shop every other day, seven days a week.
“It’s crazy how they do it at their age,” said Arroyo. “I’m glad I can help.”
Help at a time when it is most needed.
Ms. Hurtado says they struggle every day to earn enough to pay rent and other bills. Not only has the small business been going through tough times due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the store was also destroyed in the past week.
“It’s messed up,” said Arroyo. “There is no other way to express it. I know how hard you work. “
According to the Hurtados, someone broke into the store early Thursday morning, smashed the front door, and broke into the cash register, but it was empty.
Raspados Michoacan was destroyed on February 11th.
“It’s a whole different thing on your plate,” said Arroyo.
But as the saying goes: you know that you can rely on someone who shows up in difficult times.
That someone is the National City Community. After a Facebook post from the shop, crowds showed up to show their support.
“I am grateful that people care for my grandparents as much as we do,” said Arroyo.
Helping the hurtados get through tough times of shaving ice.