We had the good fortune of connecting with Pati Vargas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pati, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Pati Vargas Entertainment is totally committed to helping the arts in South Florida. We have been in business for 15 years strong. Our emphasis is to do events which bring together local artists to showcase their work and network with the community that supports them and the South Florida visitors. We give free art classes to children, seniors and soon teens who are seriously considering art as a career. We do an annual festival called Umbrellas of Little Havana, honoring Art Basel Miami which is held every December.
Our commitment to the community and visitors alike is the pilar of our mission statement. The local art community is very tight knit with an ample array of arts variation.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I am most proud of is the endurance Pati Vargas Entertainment has and will continue to have. We do the events with love, empathy and more love! The company has thrived because of the perseverance and determination to continue and showcase the beautiful part of South Florida. It has not been easy but nothing comes easy, commitment is the operative word and a small business will succeed. Lessons learned….knock on doors, do not give up. I want all to know that we are a people company, we need to work together because we are a community and humans who need each other’s support. Our main business is producing festivals for the family to enjoy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Breakfast at El Cristo Restaurant on Calle 8 Visit the local stores, galleries like Futurama 1637 Art Building where 40 local artists have their amazing work
Lunch at the Puerto Rican restaurant called Mofongo’s on Calle 8, enjoy a mofongo with a pina colada. Go see a great movie at Tower Theater. After the movie have an ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream. While eating the ice cream go to the Domino Park and see the locals play dominoes. For a nice happy hour with amazing jazz go to Ball and Chain, dance the night away then after the Latin Dj comes and jams
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to Live Health Little Havana, a local non profit organization that is dedicated to the enrichment and well being of the citizens. The staff is amazing, committed and very involved with the families.
Pati Vargas Entertainment Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival 2018 Terry Arcia Photography