Story by Tere Siqueira and photos by Tania Sosa Photography
LUX by Mitzy offers platform for area vendors
Kansas City area resident Mitzy Romero turned a job loss into a career opportunity.
In 2019, Romero got fired from her job when her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) permit expired and the renewal did not arrive in time. She used the situation as motivation to start her brand of crafts, Capax by Mitzy.
“I had tried to be in other handmade local stores, but I never got any answers, so I decided to open a store not only for myself but other local artists in Kansas City,” Romero said. “I wanted to give the opportunity to everyone around me.”
Romero started creating resin crafts. In 2021, she added acrylic and wood to her crafts. Recently, she opened her store, LUX by Mitzy. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, it is located at 6124 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas.
“Before I shared my story about being a DACA recipient, I was nervous to share it … (with) the world,” Romero said. “But then, I realized that we just have to get up and do whatever makes us happy and not be worried about what others think or feel. I am excited about taking the chance and opening up a store. It has been a longtime dream of mine.”
LUX by Mitzy offers items ranging from apparel to gifts, including gnomes, candles, cups and jewelry. The store features 11 area vendors, including Romero.
Committed to her store, Romero works on creating new pieces and refining all details involved with owning a business on the days the store is closed. The most important lesson she has learned as an entrepreneur has been to take her downtime seriously, she said.
LUX by Mitzy is a family business. Romero’s husband handles accounting and helps with some back-end work.
Romero’s family members are the most important people in her life, which is why she finds time for family activities on Sundays, she said.
Although Romero is happy to enjoy the moment of running her own business, she has plans to expand, she said. She also has plans to create unique events by hosting pop-ups with food trucks.
Romero has a message for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs in the Hispanic community.
“Don’t doubt yourself,” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you not to do it or it will not work out. Our parents brought us here for a better life, so take chances and work hard! Do whatever makes you happy. Find a way to do it. I’m here to help in any way I can, whether it’s to offer advice or have you in for a pop-up at the store. We all deserve to win.”
In keeping with her desire to help, Romero seeks to support area vendors. Anyone who would like a space in her store is invited fill out an application at www.capaxbym.com.