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Vitality Bowls opens in San Marcos

Vitality Bowls opens in San Marcos

Paola Quiroz

June 21, 2018

Vitality Bowls offers a variety of fast and healthy food choices, including one of the biggest food trends of today: acai bowls. Founded in 2011 in California, Vitality Bowls opened June 7 in San Marcos, one of the company's newest locations. It branded itself as a superfood café; its menu items...

Easy ways to make extra money this summer

Easy ways to make extra money this summer

Paola Quiroz

June 11, 2018

Keeping up with summer expenses without a job can be tough, but is doable and effortless with the help of several businesses located in San Marcos. Uptown Cheapskate Clean out your closet and sell your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories at Uptown Cheapskate. Jason Dominguez, Uptown Cheaps...

Vegan options expand beyond food

Vegan options expand beyond food

Paola Quiroz

May 29, 2018

Veganism is no longer a term defined as the lack of consumption of dairy or meat, but rather a lifestyle extending beyond food. According to PETA, each year more than 100 million animals are killed in US laboratories for biology lessons and medical training. In addition, animals are abused for t...

Nothing beets farm fresh food

Nothing beets farm fresh food

Paola Quiroz

May 14, 2018

Every Saturday at the Square, local farmers and artisans form a Farmers’ Market to sell their produce and goods to the San Marcos community. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of The Marc, vendors set up tents and sell their products. According to their website, the San Marcos Farmers’ Market provides an outlet fo...

Perfect study spots for finals week besides Alkek

Perfect study spots for finals week besides Alkek

Paola Quiroz

May 4, 2018

Every floor of Alkek Library during finals week will undoubtedly be flooded with students studying or desperately searching for a place to do so. However, there are many other options on campus that provide the peaceful ambiance students require to ace their finals. 1. Lampasas Gallery of the Commo...

Crafting a graduation cap

Crafting a graduation cap

Paola Quiroz

April 27, 2018

A decked-out graduation cap uniquely reflects the persona of a student. Graduates look uniformed during their ceremony by wearing the same black gown. However, their decorated cap sets them apart, making them recognizable in the crowd. Here are a few tips on how to enhance a graduation cap: 1. De...

Texas state football teams up with elementary school to raise funds for the American Heart Association

Texas state football teams up with elementary school to raise funds for the American Heart Association

Paola Quiroz

April 25, 2018

The Texas State football team invited local private elementary school students to a day at the stadium after the students surpassed their fundraising goal for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Wonderland Elementary students joined some of the Texas State football players April 24 on the...

New boutique offers handmade gifts

New boutique offers handmade gifts

Paola Quiroz

April 21, 2018

A handmade modern goods business will soon move to downtown San Marcos to provide residents with a shopping experience unlike any other. Son of a Sailor is based out of Austin and will open its second location April 19 at 241 N. LBJ Drive. The shop is a production studio and boutique storefront that...

Mermaid statues assigned locations after months in storage

Mermaid statues assigned locations after months in storage

Paola Quiroz

April 5, 2018

City Council members approved the locations of the mermaid statues months after they were unveiled to the public. Lisa Morris, recreation programs manager, is in charge of the placing of the mermaids throughout the city. She said she does not have an exact date for when the mermaids will be placed,...

Humans of San Marcos: Antonio Palacios

Humans of San Marcos: Antonio Palacios

Paola Quiroz

March 31, 2018

"My biggest accomplishment in life is that I designed a pair of boots for President Ronald Reagan in 1986. I am interested in creating things, so I came up with a Texas flag pair of boots. The boots were presented to Ronald Reagan in the oval office, and today the boots sit in the (Ronald Reagan Presidential...

Unheard of springtime events worth attending

Unheard of springtime events worth attending

Paola Quiroz

March 28, 2018

Welcome the warm weather of spring in San Marcos with these unique community events. Third Thursday Walkabout To get a better taste of San Marcos’ unique downtown, the Downtown Association of San Marcos hosts a walkabout in the downtown area every third Thursday of the month. Jean Baggette, Downto...

Debunking apartment locator myths

Debunking apartment locator myths

Paola Quiroz

March 23, 2018

Although uncertainty of services provided by apartment locators lurks, they provide free services to students who need advice and help when looking for a place to live off-campus. Chris Day, office manager at Apartment Experts, said students come to apartment locators and tell them what they are looking...

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