Joey started making paletas when his parents, who own La Jalisco restaurant Downtown, gave him the idea. But it was his wife CeCe who saw the potential of his creations.
In 2015, Texas Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla presented a poem about the heart of the city to the Downtown community, her childhood experiences there, and her family's long history in El Centro de San Antonio. We are reminded of its sincerity this holiday season.
“The cooking is what I expected to be my favorite part. But my favorite part is actually visiting with the people who come in.”
When Valerie tells her story at events or presentations, she starts by asking “What does homelessness look like to you?” People often take a stab at answering, referencing panhandlers they may very well have seen that same day. Inevitably, the description is stereotypical. Valerie answers them with a question: “What if I told you that was me?”
“I want people to feel like they’re in another world,” says Gilbert Glaster, owner of Unique Knits.
“I wouldn’t have been a musician if it wasn’t for the symphony in my city,” says Aimee Lopez, a proud member of the second violin section in the San Antonio Symphony. Aimee is a native of Washington, D.C. and moved to San Antonio in 2008.
“We love that our clients allow us to think outside the box,” says Christian. She’s had the opportunity to transform spaces from Hayes Street Bridge to Houston Street and everything in between. “What I love most about San Antonio is it allows you to do stuff that’s new.”