Category Archives: Retail

Building Boats One at a Time

Cougar Marine at the helm of construction Bill Gagan started a fiberglass and composite fabrication company in a 600-square–foot shop in the Dallas area. Business boomed and his company became one of the largest fiberglass and composite fabrication companies in the world, operating out of a 115,000-square-foot building. Gagan holds several patents and copyrights and has fabricated high-speed racing boats, race car parts, components for Disney attractions, signs for franchise…

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Sweet Business: A Natural Approach to Success 

Wicked Good owner Jonathan Hogan added on to his house to create storage space for his growing product line. (VBR)

Wicked Good keeps it fresh and local After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Jonathan Hogan began applying for graduate programs and wondering how he would be able to pay for it. With time on his hands, he began experimenting with making marmalades, jellies and jams in the kitchen of his Mission home. At one point his father weighed in that the marmalade was so good he felt wicked eating it. Thus Hogan’s company Wicked Good was…

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This Week is National Farmers Market Week

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signing a proclamation.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Proclaims National Farmers Market Week U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-12 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the 18th year the USDA has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market. Farmers markets and other agricultural direct marketing outlets contribute approximately $9 billion each year to the…

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For Love of Strings

Cremona House owner Miguel Gutierrez celebrates the opening of his stringed instrument store July 13 with the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce,

New store offers stringed instruments, lessons A Valley Symphony Orchestra viola player has opened a new business in Harlingen to share his love of stringed instruments. The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening on July 13 for Cremona House, the venture started by 29-year-old Miguel Gutierrez. The name comes from the Italian city in the Lombardy region known for its tradition of violin-making. Cremona House…

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Premier Plaza Construction Begins in July

A rendering of the upcoming Premier Plaza in McAllen

High-end shopping center coming to McAllen Construction of a new high-end shopping center at Expressway 83 frontage, west of McColl Road, begins in July. Premier Plaza Retail Center is set to be built by Acre Construction in two phases. Phase 1, which breaks ground in July, is comprised of 25,000 square feet, with a projected completion of late 2017. Phase 2 is 21,000 square feet, with a completion date of…

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New-to-Market Retailers Join Mall Expansion

La Plaza Mall expansion grows As physical work continues on the La Plaza Mall expansion in McAllen, new establishments have been announced in the first group of retailers, many being new to the RGV market. Opening their first locations in the area are Zara, H&M, Kendra Scott, REEDS Jewelers and Flip Flop Shops, as well as Texas de Brazil. Palenque Grill, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and T-Mobile also join the…

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Bait and Fishing Business a Life Source

The landscape will tell you that you are in a different place. Bait shops and bait stores, cabins, homes and apartments for rent – during the summer in most fishing cities — but here in Arroyo City, the weather is great for fishing year round. Fishing is the lifeblood of this town. Seated along the Arroyo Colorado, this similar-named city is all about fishing – and you’re almost a stone’s…

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Up and coming: Adriana Cantu and the Cover Cap

Cover Cap protects against weather Adriana Cantu’s husband works on construction projects all around the United States.  When he complained about the cold, she stayed up nights working on a design to protect his head from the elements.  At the time she was a parent-educator with the  PSJA school district, teaching crafts and sewing, skills that enabled stay-at-home moms to work for others or themselves. Cantu came up with the…

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Professional sports teams welcome Jank Gourmet BBQ

The Jank heads to Pittsuburgh Rio Grande Valley consumers have known the power of The Jank Gourmet BBQ Sauce for quite some time now. But after a spread across Texas thanks to an H-E-B deal and having fans in all the right places, Lamar Jones now finds his signature sauces in a deal with the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. The sports medicine facility is home to indoor training for the Pittsburgh Steelers.…

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Deep into Hobbies and Heroes

Cards and comics among offerings in McAllen There was a time where Topps had the baseball card market locked up. The same can be said for DC and Marvel comic books. It was a time when a young boy or girl would wait anxiously for the next Spider Man edition to appear on the stands or opening that pack of cards maybe meant completing the set. That entire landscape has…

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