We had the good fortune of connecting with Davey Patacsil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Davey, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
It goes without saying, the pandemic has had drastic effects on small businesses, with many not able to survive. Several San Diego business owners had to either lay off the bulk of their employees or permanently close due to strict lockdown guidelines and government mandates. My project, Support Local San Diego, is a microphone meant to amplify the stories of hard working small business owners that embody the vibrant cultural fabric of San Diego. The importance of keeping small businesses afloat cannot be understated, especially at present. San Diego small businesses foster our local economy, keeping wealth close to home and in turn supporting our beautiful neighborhoods and communities. Support Local San Diego has a simple call to action to the San Diego community; support the same San Diego small businesses that have supported our neighborhoods and communities for years.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For me, work has always been a necessity to pay rent, to buy food, to pay for the things I enjoy, etc. However, I’m now in a career that I’m really proud to be a part of. I’ve entered the tech world as a Community Manager, which essentially means I bring people together and get paid for it. I work with an amazing team and inspiring leadership that provides us opportunities to take risks and be scrappy. I’m really fortunate to have landed where I landed. However, every job leading up to this moment tested my limits, in both mental and physical areas of my life.
I grew up in poverty and was lucky to graduate high school. I was 18, moved out of my house with a roommate, and began working at a local San Diego café for minimum wage ($5.75/hour at the time) plus tips. I quickly learned that working one minimum wage job barely met my monthly rent, so I had to get another job. I was also going to San Diego City College part time. I eventually dropped out of City College because work was very demanding. I continued working service jobs for another 4 years, usually working 2-3 jobs at a time and barely saved a dime. I would have been trapped in this cycle if it weren’t for my parents who allowed me to move back to finish school. A year and a half later I transferred to UC Berkeley and was given an amazing education, where more opportunities began to emerge post-graduation.
I write about this experience because I was one of the lucky ones. Countless kids and adults who grew up like me are entering the workforce and get ensnared in a trap of poverty. Many don’t receive help like I did and are stuck in our messed up system. I believe that’s why I’m passionate about supporting local businesses, because I see myself in the employees.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego is well-known for good Mexican food, so I’ll take them to some of my favorite spots. In my humble opinion and as a native South Bay San Diegan, Mexican food is better the closer you are to the border. So the first stop will be at Marisco Los Cuates in Chula Vista, then we’ll grab a mi chelada and aguachile at TJ Oyster Bar in Bonita. For some exercise, we’ll rent beach cruisers in PB and coast along the beach. For some nightlife, I’ll check for live events/shows at Panama 66 for awesome jazz, the Casbah for some amazing local music, or Black Cat Bar in City Heights for *rolls the dice*. If my friend was wanting beer, I’d take them to Pure Brewery in Bankers Hill, or 3rd Ave in Downtown Chula Vista. For some nightlife, we’ll go out to North Park, starting (or maybe ending) the night at Seven Grand for finely crafted whiskey cocktails.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I first started to think of my project, I didn’t have a purpose or direction. I only knew that I wanted to help in some way. Because of my lack of direction, there weren’t many in my social circles that understood where I was going with it. I definitely don’t blame them though, it was (and still kind of is) an abstract project. The biggest motivator for me to keep going has been my interviews with small business owners. Even though I have only completed a handful (so far), each one imparted an inspiration that fuels me to keep going and evolving what Support Local San Diego actually means. These small business owners deserve the real shoutout.