Support These Immigrant and Refugee-Owned Businesses

Baila Con Gusto CT

Baila Con Gusto CT is a Latin Dance Studio owned by Jason Ramos, a first generation Ecuadorian immigrant. He teaches a variety of Latin-inspired dance classes. Ramos did not grow up dancing. His love for it started after he joined a student-run dancing organization at CCSU.

You can sign up for classes or hire them to dance at your next event on their website, or stop by for a lesson at 57 Olive Street, New Haven, CT 06511. You can also contact them by phone at 203-440-6777 or email at


#IAMNOTAVIRUS is a media campaign/organization owned by Mike Keo, a first generation Cambodian-American. Mike works out of Hanford, consulting clients, institutions, and organizations to promote and spread awareness about Asian-American culture and hate. Mike Keo was inspired to start this campaign because of the false rhetoric surrounding Asian Americans during the pandemic. He started this movement to educate others about Asian-American culture as well as give them a platform to express themselves and tell their stories.

You can find out more about #IAMNOTAVIRUS at, and contact them via email at

Hafez Gallery

Hafez Gallery is an art gallery/retail store owned by Qaswra Hafez. Hafez studied business and architecture in Boston and Colorado before moving to New Haven to open up this gallery. She is originally from Saudi Arabia. She now coordinates and features exhibitions and shows to bring focus and attention to Arab artists worldwide.

Learn more about this business at, and go see an exhibition or show at 909 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. You can also contact the gallery by phone at 630-728-5592 or email at

Kebabian's rugs

Kebabian’s Rugs is an Oriental Rug Retail Store owned by John Kebabian. It is a family-owned business that imports and sells rugs from all over the world. The business has been family-owned and operating for over 100 years and 5 generation of the Kebabian family.

Learn more about this business at or visit the store at 73 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510. You can also contact them by phone at 203-865-0567

Turquoise Mountain

Turquoise Mountain is a retailer and community engagement effort owned by Shoshanna Stewart. The company operates in the US, but was founded in Kabul, Afghanistan. Turquoise Mountain helps promote and assist businesses and train workers along with other community projects in multiple countries such as Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. It was founded to assist artists and small businesses in Middle-Eastern countries in 2006. Originally only operating in Afghanistan, this business now serves in several countries.

Learn more about this business at or contact them via email at


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