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La Botica Strives to Have a Better Community


Alejandro Gomez has been a business person all his life. From selling hot dogs in Mexicali at a young age, doing real estate, selling cars, and now he’s the proud owner of La Botica in Calexico, California. Gomez has always worked to make a living and give back to the city he grew up in as he wants to see a better Calexico for everyone. 

With La Botica, he didn’t only want to open something that can benefit the health of his clients but also have well-paying jobs for residents. The budtenders, the people that work at a cannabis location, welcome the clients who ask for a prescription and help them with their needs.  La Botica team is there to give their one-hundred-percent effort to the clients and are knowledgeable in what they need and are ready to work with them and the community. 

“If we can lift people one percent and give them something to benefit their mental wellness, that will be great,” Gomez said. “We want to give back to the community to make it a better place for the kids.”

He grew up in the ’90s when drugs and gangs were everywhere and remember the difference that Youth Programs such as the Calexico Recreation Summer programs helped him stay off of gangs and drugs. 

Located at 2420 Portico Blvd. Suite A, La Botica offers a variety of cannabis products for their clients. Working as a team with his employees, he wants to sell his products most professionally but also wants to give back to the community.

“We want to do this in a responsible way so that the profit we make goes back to help the community,” he said.

La Botica will host a big event that intends to bring the community together and bring something different to the city with an innovative event. 

La Botica and Jucce present: Space Trip Warehouse Party featuring “One More Time” A Tribute to Daft Punk. There will be Live Music, Craft Beer, Art Vendors, Food Vendors, Green Carpet, and Aliens. The event is for people 21 and older and will take place on Friday, April 22nd from 6 pm to Midnight. 

Gomez is a Calexico High School graduate and US Marine Veteran. He is also an SDSU alumnus with a degree in Criminal Justice and Administration. He also attended UABC in Mexicali. 

He owns a small auto repair shop in El Centro which he mortgaged twice to fund his cannabis venture. The boutique is co-owned by his wife, Evelyn Bugarin, and they feel blessed by God to be in a position where they can serve the community they love and make a positive change. They are excited for the future where the plan is to provide newer brands and better cannabis experiences.


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