Tag Archives: Weslaco

Finding Fertile Ground In `Underserved’ Weslaco

Schlotzsky's is among the restaurant chains entering the Weslaco market in recent years.

Corporate Asset Partners has developed retail and business plazas across South Texas and one of its chief executives has come to a conclusion about Weslaco. “The community has been underserved,” said Craig Garansuay of the San Antonio-based asset partners.  Garansuay has crunched the numbers and determined that Weslaco is above area market averages in some key consumer categories. In Weslaco, restaurants featuring hamburgers are 35 percent above area averages in…

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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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Santa Dash 5k Fun Run

Santa Dash

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce and RGV Theme Runs present the return of the annual Santa Dash fun run. Join in kicking off the Weslaco Christmas Parade on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Each runner will get receive a five-piece Santa Suit, a medal and a bib. Register online.

Charlton Named Weslaco Woman of the Year

Weslaco EDC Board members congratulate fellow board member Sandra Charlton, fourth from right. Board members are JJ Serrano Jr., Fred Perez, Jerry Gonzalez, Benita R. Valadez, Sonjia De La Fuenta, Patrick Gonzalez and Steven M. Valdez. (courtesy)

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual Awards Luncheon at the Memory Blvd. Event Center in downtown Weslaco. During the luncheon, the chamber awards local businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated leadership and made substantial contributions to the city.  Receiving Woman of the Year for 2021 is Sandra Charlton. Charlton currently serves on the Economic Development Corporation board as treasurer. She is also an active ambassador and…

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Museum Tells Story Of City In Heart Of RGV

Sheila Shidler serves as the executive director of The Weslaco Museum.

The origins of Weslaco read much like the beginnings of the Rio Grande Valley’s narrative of the early 20th century.  It includes railroads, canals, irrigation and agriculture, with U.S. troops at the border to chase and capture Pancho Villa should he cross the river. The latter did not happen. There are no indications Villa and his riders ever ventured close to the South Texas border with Mexico. About 12,000 troops…

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Mercado & Cantina Give A New Vibe

Culture and community merge at Mercado Weslaco.

Cantina La Campana can be a bit hard to find – and it’s by design. The bar is tucked in the back of Mercado Weslaco. A customer has to walk a hallway of mini-stores featuring Mexican merchandise to reach the downtown cantina. Get a feel for the Mercado before getting to the bar in the back. “It adds a mystique about our place,” said Steve Valdez, who owns La Campana…

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Weslaco Museum Saturday Speaker – Lisa Adam

xuai, Lisa Adam

The Weslaco Museum presents Lisa Adam for an encore event on her book “xuai” Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Adam is an anthropologist whose research lead her on a journey to “the whispered and fragmented words” of the ancient Coahuiltecan peoples of south Texas and northern Mexico. With Spanish missions dominating the area, many of the natives were converted to Christianity. Through those missions, words were translated from native languages…

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Nurse Gives Back After Receiving So Much

After passing the National Council Licensure Examination, Gilda Lee Sauceda worked at Fresenius Kidney Care before choosing to become a traveling dialysis nurse.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.  ~Maya Angelou Weslaco native Gilda Lee Sauceda grew up with a single mom who became disabled when her daughter was just 10 years old. She felt grateful that they had a roof over their head and their basic necessities, but the struggles were real. The labels were there — eighth-grade drop-out, GED holder, low-income — but Sauceda did not allow labels to…

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