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(Audio) Black-owned food truck brings soul to San Marcos

Willie Adams stands in a black collared shirt and black baseball cap next to Ramika Adams in a pink t-shirt and white baseball cap with a red sign in the background that reads 'Soulful Creations'

James Debbah, Multimedia Reporter

August 8, 2020

During a time of uncertainty and difficulty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing fight against racial injustice, a married couple's San Marcos food truck is bringing southern culture and comfort to the city, with a twist. Ramika and Willie Adams’ soul food-serving truck, Soulful Creations, 100% ...

Increased local support leaves Black business owners grateful and uncertain

An illustration collage of a person working out, a person cooking, and a person screen printing a shirt.

Leanne Castro, Life and Arts Contributor

July 6, 2020

After lists of local Black-owned businesses circulated on social media, Black business owners noticed an increase in sales. While owners appreciate the recent attention, they also wonder why it took a worldwide movement for equality and justice to buy Black—and whether the support will continue in the...

Kerbey Lane delays opening San Marcos location due to COVID-19

Kerbey Lane's Crispy chicken benedict topped with hollandaise sauce sits on a white plate.

Trinity Dayton, Life and Arts Reporter

June 14, 2020

Austin-based restaurant Kerbey Lane delayed opening its San Marcos location due to rising concerns of COVID-19. The popular chain restaurant established in 1980 was set to bring its famous 24/7 breakfast menu to 221 E Sessom Dr this summer. The San Marcos location would have been Kerbey Lane's ninth...

Local restaurants adapt to Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas

A wide angle shot of a restaurant patio with people sitting outside.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 8, 2020

Hand sanitizer stations sit at restaurant entrances as servers protected in face masks guide customers to a table. At the table, a customer wipes the surface with a disinfecting wipe. Meanwhile, restaurant employees race against time as they scramble to prepare recipes, take orders and answer phone calls...

(Photo Gallery) San Marcans return to businesses following executive order

A chalkboard sign sits next to hand sanitizer in a restaurant.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

May 4, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott's May 1 executive order allowing restaurant dining areas, retail stores and movie theaters to re-open at 25% capacity brought some San Marcos residents out of quarantine and back to some of their favorite locations around town. Even with the executive order in place, some businesses op...

Restaurants give back to community through Meals 4-One and All program

Man adding toppings to a pizza on the topping counter of a restaurant.

Brianna Benitez, Life and Arts Editor

May 2, 2020

Restaurants are stepping up to the plate as they provide and distribute free meals to community organizations for families in need. Local restaurants have teamed up with Meals 4-One and All, a community initiative aimed at feeding the hungry throughout Hays County. The program was launched April 5...

Free to-go lunches feed faculty and staff during pandemic

line outside of harris for meals

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

April 30, 2020

Faculty and staff on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic are being provided free to-go lunches by Texas State administration in partnership with Chartwells Dining Services. The faculty and staff lunch pick-up program began March 30 and has now served over 8,000 meals, according to a press release...

Food truck brings new groove to San Marcos

GroovyQ owner works in his food truck.

Isabella Lopes, Engagement Editor

February 25, 2020

The familiar smell of barbecue often brings people together in the Lone Star state. Lovers of barbecue can rejoice with the recent opening of GroovyQ BBQ food truck. Located on 801 Chestnut St., GroovyQ BBQ is one of several food trucks in Red Bus Food Park opening next week. The park will feature...

Sweet and savory pop into San Marcos

Over the moon candy shop.

Sonia Garcia

February 18, 2020

Hand-in-hand with grandma, one foot in the door, their eyes widen and a grin stretches across their face. Lined on the brightly colored walls they see sugar in all forms—soda, gumballs, taffy and in the back of the shop awaits a selection of 57 popcorn flavors. Over the Moon Popcorn is bringi...

Valentine’s dates for every type of love

Valentines day illustration.

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

February 12, 2020

No matter your relationship status, take the time to enjoy yourself this Valentine’s Day. From the extravagant to the lowkey, the couples to the single and proud, there are plenty of ways to celebrate cupid’s birthday in San Marcos and support small business while you’re at it! For the classic va...

Herbs & Oddities hosts monthly tea tent

An assortment of products displayed at Herbs & oddities

Mia Estrada

January 21, 2020

As the spring semester creeps up and the stress of new classes begin to dwell on students, every precaution for self-care and relaxation must be taken. Down the street from campus, a local antique-trinket store, ‘Herbs & Oddities,’ hosts a monthly Tea Tent. Started September 2019, Tea Tent...

Common misconceptions about vitamins

Pills spread out on a table.

Brianna Benitez

January 21, 2020

Editor's note: The content in this article provides information on the potential risks and effects that may occur when choosing to consume supplements in order to help consumers decide if vitamin and mineral supplements are right for them.Throughout the country, stores stock their shelves with a variety o...

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