Tag Archives: South Padre Island

Fresh Shrimp Key to Success

Dirty Al’s restaurant business is owned and operated by the Salazar family, left to right, Cameron, Al and Ethan. (VBR)

Little did Al Salazar know that a small bait and tackle stand on South Padre Island would become a multimillion-dollar enterprise that keeps growing as time goes by. Today, the family business owns and operates seven restaurants, and is about to open an eighth eatery, Josephine. Salazar, the family patriarch who wears no fancy outfits and who often advertises himself holding a beer mug, said he opened a fishing stand…

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Medical Conference Coming to SPI

The 27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference takes place April 26-27 at the Isla Grande Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Helping to plan the conference are Dr. Dionisio Calvo III, internal medicine physician in Weslaco; Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Medical Center Education Department; and Dr. Robert Sepulveda, internal medicine physician in Weslaco and conference chairman.

The Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition for Valley physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and medical students takes place April 27-28 on South Padre Island. “This year’s conference will be particularly convenient in allowing physicians and other healthcare professionals in Hidalgo and Cameron counties to obtain the education credits they need in one jam-packed weekend,” said Dr. Robert Sepulveda, chairman of the conference. The conference will also provide…

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Upscale SPI Boutique Prospers

Barbara’s owner Remedios Villarreal takes care of work at the counter among merchandise on display. (VBR)

Some businesses come and go like the wind. Others not only survive but stay alive and prosper despite enduring one obstacle after another. Barbara, an upscale boutique on South Padre Island, falls in the latter category. The shop, owned by Remedios Villarreal, has been in business for nearly half a century and has been doing remarkably well after all those years. “I am still running Barbara,” she said. “It was…

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Artist Creates Business Niche

A photo of a heron and reflections in the water after being processed by artist Elisa Baker using special software. (VBR)

Inspired by a lifelong love of photography, and using creative computer software designed by her husband, Elisa Baker has embarked on a path to turn her personal passion into a business venture. Baker concentrates her photography on capturing images of Rio Grande Valley flora and fauna. Her husband developed the software that processes photos to create a sfumato effect. A style of painting associated with Italian Renaissance artists like Leonardo…

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Give a Woof

Laguna Madre Humane Society

Benefit for the Laguna Madre Humane Society features a live band, food from a select menu, cash bar and raffle items. Food ticket is good until Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Money raised goes to the society’s spay/neuter, heartworm treatment and transport programs. Tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Humane Society’s resale shop Whiskers on SPI (at Paragraph’s Book Store). Tickets can also be…

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SPI Coffee and Conversation


Join the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee and Conversation as they discuss the latest plans on Spring Break 2019 “Texas Week.” Speakers include those from City of South Padre Island police and fire departments, and the SPI Convention Centre. Open to all chamber members and prospective members. Coffee will be served.    

SPI Public Affairs Luncheon

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Business Services Education and Training Committee welcomes City of South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl with his State of the Island Address. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members through Jan. 18. After Jan. 18, registration is $25 for chamber members, $30 for non-members. Reservations made on the day of the luncheon or walk-ins will be $30 for everyone. No…

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Farm an Organic Family Affair

Susanne and Bud Cooke discuss the raising of the canopy on a greenhouse at Acacia Farms. (VBR)

The scene was reminiscent of an old-fashioned barn raising, where friends would turn out to help a farmer build a new barn, and then celebrate the accomplishment. But on this Saturday in December, what was being raised was a new covering for a damaged greenhouse at Acacia Farms in Bayview. The greenhouse, some 30 feet by 130 feet, lost its plastic covering in a freak windstorm earlier in the year…

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