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Five Ways to Start Selling Online


The U.S. e-commerce market brought in more than $504 billion in revenue in 2018. It’s expected to grow to more than $735 billion by 2023. With so much potential in the market, it’s the perfect time for entrepreneurs to get started selling products online. Today’s sellers have a ton of options to make this happen. Here are five of the most popular. Your own e-commerce store Building an e-commerce store…

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Boots to Business Reboot Helps Veterans

Boots to Business Reboot is coming to Brownsville Feb. 13, helping veterans via training to pursue business ownership. The two-step training program provides participants with a direction to small business ownership using character, discipline and skills. The training provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, and an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan. Boots to Business Reboot also incorporates a practical exercise in opportunity…

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TSTC Police Welcomes New Officer

Cristobal Villalon

Cristobal Villalon’s childhood dream came true recently when, with his family present, he was sworn in as a police officer at the Texas State Technical College Police Department. At a swearing-in ceremony led by TSTC Police Chief Eduardo Patino and Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano Jr., the Brownsville native said he has finally found his home at TSTC. “I couldn’t believe how much the department feels like family,” said the…

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Harlingen Art Night Provides Creative Outlet

Ali Art paintings at Harlingen Art Night

Ali Garza of Ali Art & Co. is setting up a display of what she calls “kinetic art” as the first group of onlookers and possible customers stroll over to take a look during Harlingen Art Night.  “Anything we can do to get our name out there is good,” said the Brownsville resident. “Events like one this allow us to express what we have to offer.” The last Friday of…

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Love’s Truck Stop Keeps Rolling

Truckers make a stop at Love's fuel pumps.

The Rio Grande Valley truck stop industry took a leap recently as Love’s Truck Stop recently opened for business away from the Interstate Highway System. Part of the Oklahoma-based company‘s move into the area can be attributed to an increase in business activity at the Port of Brownsville. Love’s Truck Stop, just off FM 511, is just a stone’s throw from the deep-water facility. “Love’s generally has its truck stops along…

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Iconic Brownsville Theater Endures and Thrives

A bird’s eye view of the Camille Playhouse, which has been in Brownsville since 1964.

Look at the list of upcoming 2020 winter and spring showings of the Camille Playhouse. Now in its 56th season, you will see the Brownsville arts organization is not only enduring but thriving as well. There’s Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as part of Camille’s young actor’s company in early May. Before that production is Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers,” running this month. It’s all part of a legacy of creativity and art…

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Team Tiger Puts the HEART in Martial Arts

Tiny Tigers are the youngest group with children as young as 4 years old.

The RGV is home to many incredible local businesses that strive to make an impact on the community. Among them are those who have a dedication to instilling life lessons such as anti-bullying through the art forms of martial arts and taekwondo.  Team Tiger Martial Arts was first established nearly 15 years ago out of founder Gilberto Villanueva’s home in Palmhurst, Texas. The licensed chemical dependency counselor came across victims…

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Not Just Members Only

The Rancho Viejo Resort and County Club Spanish-looking facade.

Long known as a place for members only, the Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club has been trying to change its image by adding some events that are open to a more general audience. About a half dozen concerts and comedy shows are some of the activities the club started having for a number of years that are open to the public. Staffers Jenika Gonzales and Jorge Lopez said the goal…

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Local Firefighters Bring Axe Throwing to the RGV

If you are not familiar with the sport of axe throwing, you may want to throw on some closed-toe shoes, grab a few friends and drive over to Kickin Axes RGV at 1017 W. Shasta Ave. in McAllen. It seems fitting that three brothers, not biological brothers but firefighter brothers, own this “new fun in town.” It all started when Mark Koite and his wife traveled to San Antonio for…

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This Home is Where the Art Is

A young student takes a violin lesson from Georgette Garcia.

The old house at East Madison and 15th street in Brownsville might look like a building in stages of decay. Some of the letters on the east side of the building are fading away. It reads “Carlotta K. Petrina.” Petrina was an artist from New York who moved to this part of South Texas many years ago. But inside the brick structure that served as her home until she died in 1997…

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