Tag Archives: Raymondville

‘Local Treasures’ Keep Community Connections

An arrangement of flowers at Southern Roots Flower Market, which has strong ties to McAllen.

A customer called Cissy Infante Guerrero to let her know they wouldn’t be coming by that week – but no worries – a return to Tucker’s Barbecue was guaranteed. “It was so sweet of her to call,” Infante Guerrero said of the customer. “She was worried about us and wanted to assure they would be back to see us.” The months of COVID-19 have consequently tested local businesses. They’ve adjusted…

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Tucker’s BBQ Roots Run Deep

A barbecue sandwich ready to go at Tucker's.

The drive-through line was snaking around a bend on a recent Friday at Tucker’s Barbecue in Raymondville. A Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle pulled up and dotted the line. Michael Guerrero kept the pit fire going as his wife, Cissy, and her staff worked through orders hanging on a wire with clothespins.  “It has been tough,” Cissy Infante Guerrero said of dealing with COVID-19 challenges. “Our business has been…

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SBA Honors Local Small Businesses

Michelle and Danny Quiroz, owners of Reserva Coffee Roasters

Today, SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District honored the 2020 District Small Business Week awardees for six small business categories. The virtual ceremony is part of National Small Business Week going on now through Sept. 24. Michelle and Danny Quiroz of Reserva Coffee Roasters were named the district’s Small Business Persons of the Year. Both previously had successful careers working for large companies. However, Michelle’s passion for coffee drove their…

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Mid-Valley Pharmacies Offer Down-Home Service

Rows of vitamins and supplements at Mid-Valley Pharmacy in Mercedes.

Hometown pharmacies in Mercedes mean featuring orange-and-white themes and a community’s love for high school football. At Mid-Valley Pharmacy, a Mercedes Tiger football helmet sits up high on a main counter. Around the corner at Coach’s Pharmacy on Texas Avenue, the pharmacist is a former football coach. He also wears something orange to work every day.  The down-home connections are especially pertinent these days. Customers throughout the Mid-Valley depend on…

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State Recognition for Willacy EMS Director

Frank Torres is flanked by family relatives. Far left are Manny Vela and Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.

Frank Torres, director of the Willacy County Emergency Medical Services, has been recognized by the Texas Senate for his exemplary service to the Lone Star State. Torres was chairman of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees since 2001. This year, he began a six-year reappointment on the administrative body that oversees 237 department members. He was recognized by the Senate and by Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.…

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VTX1 Shows Its Heart

VTX1 employees raise the frame for a Habitat home. (photo VTX1)

Leandro Pedraza of VTX1 took the concept of paying it forward and then made it count in Raymondville. Pedraza, an accounting manager with VTX1, heard the Family Crisis Center in Raymondville had suffered a devastating burglary. The result was the theft of all of the facility’s computers along with other damages. Pedraza wanted to see what could be done to help and asked his supervisors for permission to proceed. At…

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Wind Farms Empower Communities

A turbine from a wind farm near Bayview.

Willacy County has a reputation as a farming region of the state. Thousands of acres of land contain sugarcane and sorghum, cotton, corn and sesame seeds. One can drive for miles and miles and see nothing but fields covered with crops during the growing season. But in the last 10 years, one thing has drastically been changing the rural landscape in Willacy and parts of Cameron County. It is the proliferation…

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Farmers Market Freshness

Rebecca de la Garza buys a specialty bread from April Kminiak of Frannys' Garden of Bayview at the Brownsville farmers market.

Although the Rio Grande Valley is one of the state and country’s best fertile regions to grow fruits, vegetables and livestock, consumers have not had the opportunity to get the best the land produces unless they go to a grocery store or to a fruit stand. Winter vegetables, for example, usually ship to many places in the United States. Goat cheese isn’t a supermarket staple in this part of the…

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Bootique Creates Retail Niche

Bootique owner Elma Chavez works on a display of men’s hunting apparel, one of the newer lines of merchandise. (VBR)

The history of a legendary Rio Grande Valley bootmaker provides the backdrop for the Bootique, a clothing and gift shop in downtown Raymondville. The store is in a portion of the brick building where Abraham Rios crafted custom footwear for decades. The building’s current owners, Cruz and Sonya Tijerina, ran the Bootique until they sold the business to Elma Chavez, former director of the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce. The Tijerinas…

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Financial Literacy Training – Personal Debt and Credit

In recognition of National Financial Literacy Month, the SBA and local stakeholders host a training on personal finances. Learn the fundamentals of financial literacy, the importance of understanding credit, becoming financially ready for business ventures and managing your budget. This training is at no cost and is for entrepreneurs and existing small businesses. Topics include: How to improve your budget and credit How to reach financial goals Understand credit reports…

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