Category Archives: Retail

Shop Sparks Good Vibes & Warm Welcomes

Kaci Spikes-Kemp's smile and vibe makes everyone feel important at MOFI Nutrition.

Driving down Jackson Street toward Commerce, parking spaces are sparse near the old intersection that’s a historic crossroads in downtown Harlingen. The MOFI Nutrition – Energy Bar has something to do with this new burst of energy near Jackson and Commerce. Walk into the business and you get a warm welcome with the music of a fitness gym beating behind the shortened wall of the MOFI’s front counter. Kaci Spikes-Kemp…

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Veteran Finds Solitude & Freedom Via Fishing

The handmade rods at Battle Born Rodz feature individual designs suited to what customers want.

Ruben Sanchez’s man cave doesn’t feature the usual bank of big screen televisions and pool tables, with a stuffed deer head or two mounted on the walls.  For Sanchez, it’s “my sanctuary,” a place to retreat within himself to take away “a lot of my demons.” He is a Purple Heart recipient and former airborne paratrooper who uses his getaway to assemble handmade fishing rods in a converted garage of…

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Mission Entrepreneur Drives To Success

Dos Chicas celebrated its one-year store anniversary in March to go with online sales that still make up the majority of the customers of the Mission business.

Cassy Rodriguez had what she called “the best job ever” as a driver for pre-production Ford trucks displayed at car shows and big entertainment venues featuring stars and celebrities. The job paid well, too, but the Mission native was spending weeks at a time away from home. It was a huge sacrifice for the mother of three young children. The tours to promote a new F-150 model or a Ranger…

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Firefighters Find New Life On Elizabeth Street

Roger, McArdle, Esteban Atkinson and Dorian Hopperstad are Brownsville firefighters and business owners of Southernmost Wildlife Products.

There likely has never been a store quite like Southernmost Wildlife Products in the long retailing history of Elizabeth Street in downtown Brownsville. Photographs of yesteryear on Brownsville’s historic main street show the classic department stores of Sears and JCPenney. Down Elizabeth from those mainstays are blocks of locally-owned men’s and women’s clothing stores, with the five-and-dime stores nearby. Those days on Elizabeth have vanished. The downtown of today does…

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Finding Opportunities In The Pet Market

Samantha Mendoza has been busy baking after getting past a recent illness that temporarily sidelined her. It’s a Saturday morning and there will be a street market going up soon near West Van Buren in Harlingen. It’s a block over from The Ruff House, where Mendoza is sliding a tray full of freshly made dog snacks into a lighted display. They look inviting and are sure to light up any…

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Hat Company Features Texas Flavor & Designs

Buffaloes and the Texas star on one TRW style.

The rows of caps at the TRW Hat Co. have a distinction of design with a Lone Star flavor. The company’s owner and founder – Steven Gallegos – was born and raised near Houston in LaPorte. He has found a second home and a new passion in Mercedes. The TRW brand stands for Texas Rustic Way. Many TRW designs feature the iconic map outline of Texas, along with longhorns, oilfields…

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Millennial Entrepreneur Transforms Space To Success

Mexican artisans hand make all of the items at Para Mi.

Roxy Trevino figured it would be a gap summer after earning a graduate degree in architecture from Texas A&M University. Back home in Weslaco, she was helping her parents run one of the Rio Grande Valley’s better-known Mexican food restaurants. Trevino lent a hand with the business’ social media, marketing and event planning. It was the summer of 2019. She was getting a breather after rigorous academic work that included…

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Shop The Island To Win

Shop the Island, Christmas presents

South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce‘s “Shop the Island” initiative is back through Dec. 20. For every $20 spent with any Island businesses, shoppers may register for a $500 shopping spree. Every dollar spent locally also ensures a healthy and growing South Padre Island economy. Original receipts may be dropped off at the following SPI Chamber member businesses: Padre Island Brewing Co. Renee’s of South Padre Ship Shape Sea Turtle…

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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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