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Latino Botánicas are Big Business
During hard economic times, business at botánicas couldn't be better. 
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Candales are used in many religious ceremonies that botanicas service. 

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A street corner in Brooklyn's heavily-Latino Sunset Park neighborhood. 

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Posted next to the consultation room door, a sign in Spanish sternly warns customers, “I only trust in God. Everyone else pays up front.”  

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A random assortment of beads in Brooklyn's Ortiz Botanica. 

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A rack of colorful skirts for sale made by a retired seamstress. "We buy them from her, we put extra money in her pocket, and it helps," says Randy Concepcion, who works at Ortiz Botanica.

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Randy Concepcion's decorated fingernails on the counter of Ortiz Botanica. 

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Statues used in various religious ceremonies. 

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The outside of a botanica on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York. 

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Inside a Rite Aid Pharmacy in a neighborhood in Queens, New York with a large Spanish speaking population. 

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Candles for sale inside a pharmacy in Queens, New York. 

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Latino Botánicas are Big Business

During hard economic times, business at botánicas couldn't be better. 

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