Peoria Heights business owners honored by Illinois Comptroller

Exceptional community members were awarded to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 7:12 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - State Comptroller Susana Mendoza celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring some Peoria Heights business owners.

Comptroller Mendoza is the child of Mexican immigrants, and her success is a testament to the contributions that Latinos make in the state, as well as the country.

To mark the occasion, notable community figures of Hispanic descent were recognized for the strides they’ve made in their communities. The owners of Café Santa Rosa in Peoria Heights were among them.

Co-owner Marta Ridal came to the U.S. from Columbia in 1996 and studied at Illinois State University. After being a Peoria Public Schools teacher for 18 years, Ridal and her husband Herber opened the coffee shop. She says the award is proof that anything is possible.

“This award is a testament to the power of unity, hard work and the belief that every dream is achievable. It’s a reminder that our heritage is a sort of strength, resilience and aspiration,” she said.

Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally recognized from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.