Author Archives: Ricardo Cavazos, VBR content editor

Ricardo D. Cavazos is a Rio Grande Valley native and journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and publisher at Texas newspapers. Cavazos formerly worked as a reporter and editorial writer at The Brownsville Herald, Dallas Times Herald, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and San Antonio Light. He served as editor of The Monitor in McAllen from 1991-1998 and from there served for 15 years as publisher at The Herald in Brownsville. Cavazos has been providing content for the Valley Business Report since 2018.

Property Acquisition Sparks Hopes For Valle Vista

Dillard's space at Valle Vista Mall

Harlingen’s largely vacant Valle Vista Mall is getting an investment boost as a Los Angeles-based company announced it had acquired the retail space formerly occupied by Dillard’s. BH Properties said it is analyzing the best use for its new property, which since 1983 had been an anchor store at Valle Vista until its recent closure. The company said its Harlingen acquisition is a good fit in its strategies to re-imagine…

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Nana’s Uses Faith To Build Success

Lonches and other food items are fresh from Nana's kitchen in Weslaco.

Looking at Nana’s Taqueria today with its multicolored courtyard, well-stocked gift shop and cozy restaurant filled with patrons, you would never guess how it all got started. Eight tables in a small room, a husband-and-wife team, one employee and an immigrant family were struggling to find their footing in a new country. It’s a story that has taken 12 years to build – and it’s still going strong. Roxanna Trevino…

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Mercato Brings Euro-Style Look To Brownsville

Wines from Europe and South America are among the product selections at Mercato & Company

The intersection of FM 802/Ruben Torres and I-69C is among Brownsville’s busiest corners. An old-school filling station with gas pumps and cars jacked up on lifts stood on that location for years. Even as Sunrise Mall’s renovation and rebirth loomed behind it, the 1970s-era gas station lingered, a holdout to the past with new developments all around it. The pressure to sell such a coveted corner of real estate finally…

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Engineer Finds New Challenge With Threads

Industrial threads have a wide variety of uses in the manufacturing process.

Threads of yellow and white are wound tight in spools on roll holders leaning left in long lines.  Haresh Sachi can see it all through the windows of his office, a view of a factory floor at a manufacturing facility a block from Expressway 77/83 in Harlingen. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in textile engineering to go with years of real-world experience. He enjoys taking on challenges. Sachi found…

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Going Golden With A Brownsville Boutique

Earrings are among the accessories at the Golden Girl Boutique.

Everything is coming up golden for Iselle Perez. It shows in her smile and a new boutique gaining a footing in Brownsville. Golden Girl Boutique is tucked next to the Vermillion, an iconic Brownsville restaurant and watering hole she co-owns with her husband, George.  Golden Girl is Iselle’s enterprise. It’s a business she launched in spring 2020. Those were perilous months to start anything new given all of the public…

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Bridal Show Heralds Return To Celebrations

The State's old marquee announces Bridal Show 2021 in Mercedes.

The marquee on the old State movie theater announced a new event playing. “Bridal Show 2021,” the sign announced alongside Texas Avenue in downtown Mercedes. The movies may be long gone at the State, but there’s new life inside the former movie house and the adjoining First National Bank building. The two historic Mercedes buildings now house Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering. On a late August evening as summer waned…

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New SPI Business Keeps Books On Island Shelves

Karma Coffee & Books adds a cool vibe on South Padre Island.

Walk into Karma Coffee & Books in South Padre Island and it’s immediately a place where you want to sit and stay a while. There’s a wide variety of coffee-based drinks to go with breakfast and lunch sandwiches – and of course books. It’s an ideal place to take a break from the beach sun and surf. The way that Will Everett sees it is that his new coffee and…

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VTX1 Brings Broadband To Willacy Housing Residents

VTX1 provides a $1,000 sponsorship check to the Willacy County Housing Authority to help cover costs for a new playground. In attendance were Dr. Adalberto Garza, VTX1 board member; Patrick McDonnell, VTX1 COO; Dolly Villarreal, VTX1 board president; and Jaime Serna, the housing authority's executive director.

VTX1 Companies is extending broadband services to more than 100 units with the Willacy County Housing Authority.  The $100,000-plus investment by VTX1 is a major plus for housing residents who work from home, students who need the services for homework, and senior citizens who need to connect to healthcare providers. Jaime Serna, the executive director of the housing authority, praised VTX1 for its service to the community. “We are excited…

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Brownsville Sees Rapid Business Growth

The 1929 Whiskey Tavern, with Market Square in the window reflection, is one of many Brownsville businesses to receive local grants to help open and develop downtown properties.

Brownsville needed to send out a different kind of message that fit with the times of a city that sees itself as the state’s new space city. City leaders wanted to accelerate the process of getting business prospects through the grind of meeting building codes and ordinances. Every city has those measures in place, but it doesn’t mean they have to be overly cumbersome in the process of getting a…

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McAllen Provides Neighborhood-Improving Tools

The Community Tool Shed is up and rolling in McAllen .It allows local residents to borrow essential yard work tools and equipment.

The City of McAllen has long prided itself on having superior infrastructure with well laid out streets and drainage that usually avoids the kind of flooding other Rio Grande Valley cities see. These qualities were the pride and joy of Mayor Othal Brand, who during his 20-year tenure would drive around the city checking for potholes. Beautification has been another source of pride. Keep McAllen Beautiful is a non-profit organization…

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