One family business

Enrique Ramírez never imagined the skills he learned as a child would lead him to his own business.

It's only been eight months since Enrique's Upholstery opened its doors in downtown Riverbank, a city with a high Latino population that is growing rapidly.

"We want to be part of this city's redevelopment and help out the community," said Olivia Ramirez, Enrique's wife and business assistant.

The couple has been married for 27 years and has three children; the youngest one helps out in the business.

"This is a family business," Olivia said.

When Enrique was 8 years old, he would help in his father's upholstery business in their native Tepic, Nayarit, México. When he turned 24, Enrique came to the U.S. where he continued working in upholstery.

After working from many years in various locations, Ramírez lost his job at a Livermore company and that is when he decided it was time to open his own business.

The experience he has gained varies from cutting and sewing materials for wheelchairs, hats, musical instruments -- including those for Carlos Santana and The Rolling Stones -- seat covers for vehicles, convertible tops, and much more.

"I enjoy my work a lot especially when people leave happy with the result," Ramírez said.