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(Video) Local barbershop reopens after nearly two months of closure

A line of barbershop chairs with people sitting getting their hair cut.

Rebecca Harrell, Multimedia Editor

May 21, 2020

After more than 30 years in the barbershop business, Mario Wiggins, owner of Mobettacutz Barbershop, said he never saw barbershops close the way COVID-19 forced them to after nonessential businesses shut down in March. Although the closure of local businesses brought trials and hardships, he never lost...

Professor triumphs despite hardships

Alba Melgar lived in El Salvador until the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s.

Sonia Garcia

September 17, 2018

One professor found herself fleeing her home country in fear for her life, only to live it to the fullest through persistence and strength. Spanish senior lecturer Alba Melga has shared her inspirational immigration story with students for nearly 15 years at Texas State. Melgar was born in El Salvador...

Humans of San Marcos: Victoria Wood

Lady sitting at wooden table

Alyssa Weinstein

April 28, 2018

“I do love San Marcos, I grew up in San Marcos actually, but I’m not good at staying in one place for long. I recently just spent three months in California and Oregon and it was so beautiful over there. I love the feel of San Marcos, it's just that it’s changing. The university is kind of taking...

Humans of San Marcos: Payton Morey

Payton Morey, marketing sophomore, making a latte at Summer Moon.

Sonia Garcia

April 21, 2018

"I just got back from Colorado. My boyfriend's family lives over there and we go pretty often. My first time going was back in 2014 and I really enjoy it. This past time we went snowboarding and that was super fun. I really love to travel with my boyfriend, probably my favorite thing to do with him....

Humans of San Marcos: Ben Kvanli

Ben Kvanli smiles alongside his daughter in front of the river where the Olympic Outdoor Center operates.

Diana Furman

April 14, 2018

“We had this guy named Andy Soule and he lost both of his legs in the (Afghan) war. He never looked up, just tapped his stumps. You could talk ‘at’ him sometimes. You could tell he understood you, but he never looked at you or anything. We brought him out here and he was kayaking around. Well,...

Humans of San Marcos: Monique Valle

Monique Valle, social work graduate student, studying in Rhea's Ice Cream Shop on the square.

Arielle Raveney

April 7, 2018

"I got vitiligo when I was 16. Basically, it's the loss of pigmentation of the skin. After I got it my hair started coming out white. I've been to so many doctors and no one really knows why it happens and there is no cure for it. I was on medication for about 3 years and it kind of helped but it made...

Humans of San Marcos: Antonio Palacios

Antonio Palacios, hairdresser at Hair Solutions, handles the pair of boots he designed for President Ronald Reagen.

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...

Humans of San Marcos: Autumn Dorrough

Autumn Dorrough sitting outside work at Dos Gatos Kolaches

Sonia Garcia

March 24, 2018

"I started my business two years ago, it’s called Keta Photographs. I love meeting people in the area because of the culture and I love San Marcos. I’ve traveled all over Texas and gone to Colorado to shoot photos. Right now I have been really busy with senior season, and that’s actually how I...

Humans of San Marcos: Alejandra Guerrero

Alejandra Guerrero, manager at Monkies Vintage, poses at the check out counter.

Constunce Brantley

March 3, 2018

"My favorite thing to do has been style, I love styling. I started sewing my own stuff. I started really getting to know vintage (clothing) and that's where I really started to get down to the nitty-gritty of vintage. So now I can take a piece and I can date it back to its country of origin or if it...

Humans of San Marcos: Lindsey Pearson

Lindsey Pearson Smoothie Warriors downtown

Constunce Brantley

February 24, 2018

“Over the Christmas Break I went to Montana to visit my moms side of the family. We go about every four years or so, and my Grandma comes to visit us about every two years. I honestly have no clue how my parents settled in Dallas, that’s where I’m from. My mom came to Texas from South Dakota, and...

Humans of San Marcos: David Mars

David Mars, owner of Vagabond, has had his shop open for 16 years

Sonia Garcia

February 17, 2018

"In the early 90's I sold everything I had and took off to Russia. I had a sister there with her husband, so I went to stay with them. It's kind of funny, I actually got a job at the embassy. I just checked work badges, but it was cool. I would send what I got my hands on back home to my brother, like...

Humans of San Marcos: Natalie Park

Natalie Park has worked at Pie Society for two years, but is working on starting a business selling rocks and minerals.

LeeAnn Cardwell

February 10, 2018

"I actually collect rocks and minerals, that’s what I do. I’ve been collecting for six years and I actually just started getting into cutting and polishing my own rocks. So I am kind of starting a business from that and I just started different pendants and shapes that I am cutting out. My dad was...

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