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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...

Student-run company offers coffee accessibility

Two students pose in celebration of their first day of business.

Laura Figi

August 28, 2019

  The expanse of Texas State’s hilly campus often tests students physically. While coffee is a hard-won loyalty, it may be pitted against the trek. There are several places to acquire coffee on campus but most are often too far away for students who wish to make it to class on time. BrewBike is a company created by stud...

Student-run company offers coffee accessibility

Ramos and Russell show peace signs behind the BrewBike cart on the outskirts of the Quad..

Laura Figi, Life and Arts Editor

August 27, 2019

The expanse of Texas State’s hilly campus often tests students physically. While coffee is a hard-won loyalty, it may be pitted against the trek. There are several places to acquire coffee on campus but most are often too far away for students who wish to make it to class on time. BrewBike is a company created by stu...

Eating competitions cook up rewards

Pluckers Wing Bar in San Marcos.

Jenna Carroll

February 12, 2019

Those seeking honor and glory need not fret, as it may be an easier goal to reach than expected. Cramming your belly full of food at record time can win anyone a place in a hall of fame. San Marcos is surrounded by eating competitions open to the public. Money and fame await those brave enough to...

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