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Personal Profile: Gricelda Samano

Name: Gricelda Samano

Occupation: owner of La Estrella Mini Market

Website: www.facebook.com
/LaEstrellaMiniMarket

Birth date and place: July 12; Guadalajara, Mexico

Family: husband, Rodolfo, 50; daughter, Daisy Stephania, 26; and son Erick, 17

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: seeing people leaving happy after eating my tacos.

My business philosophy is: to be able to promote my culture and unite my community through cultural activities and through my food.

If I could, I’d be a: professional folkloric ballet dancer.

I’m so sick of: not being able to spend more time with my son Erick.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Jesus, Dalai Lama, my mother and my son Jonathan.

My hobbies are: reading and walking.

The last book I read was: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel  Garcia Marquez.

I wish I knew how to: play the piano.

My worst habit is: eating too much when I am stressed out.

Nobody knows I: pray everyday.

The person I most admire is: Jesus.

My guilty pleasure is: eating Mexican pastries.

I drive a: Lexus.

I’d like to be driving a: Lexus.

My favorite restaurant is: La Estrella Mini Market.

I’m happiest when: I am with my family and my grandchildren — Gabriel, 9; Elliott, 6; and Camila, 4.

I regret: not telling my late son, Jonathan, how much I loved him.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: I would pay for my house in full.

When I retire, I plan to: learn how to grow my own vegetables and have a big garden.

Community activities: volunteer chairwoman for Cinco de Mayo, organizer of the annual Community Garage Sale in Corinth and precursor of the Mexican Independence Day Festival in Denton.