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Business You Should Know: De Alba Bakery

Leo Lara, account executive, is passionate about De Alba Bakery. “Ever since I’ve been working here, we’ve seen a lot of changes with great things going on. I love working with people who have a passion and a cause,” he said. Grandma Garza started the business in 1959 with a tortilleria. Ready to call it quits in 1992, her daughter Dora and son-in-law Uriel De Alba convinced her they needed to fight for the business. Putting their hearts and souls into De Alba Bakery, they succeeded. Today there are four locations in McAllen, Mission, Pharr and Edinburg, with the De Alba’s daughter AnaBeth in the executive chair. “The parents and AnaBeth don’t do anything without the three of them getting together, synergizing and looking for the best overall interest.” Lara’s enthusiasm is obvious. “They started with just tortillas, then moved to pastries and mastered that. The owners are detailed oriented,…

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Meet the Santa Fe Steakhouse Chefs Preparing for a Night to Remember

This year, the Santa Fe Wine Classic is scheduled for Friday, October 16 at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen and will feature hundreds of wines from around the world and delectable food from some of the best local restaurants in McAllen. Staring into the faces of the chefs behind the incredibly delicious food served at Santa Fe Steakhouse was riveting. Three of Santa Fe’s four chefs stared back at me as they sat with Sony Rego, the genius woman behind the success of the company’s three restaurants, Santa Fe Steakhouse. Republic of the Rio Grande and University Draft House in Edinburg. “We’re a success because I have a great team. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” she said. Mexico City born Chef Fernanda Leal began her life with food early. “It’s quite simple. My mom always liked to cook. Since I was a…

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People You Should Know: PODS Moving and Storage of the Rio Grande Valley

Like a precisely choreographed ballet, PODS (portable on demand storage) are delivered with a specially built truck. Podzilla, the unique concept delivery mechanism, breaks away from the main truck and maneuvers PODS carefully into position. Pick the size for the job, either an 8’x8’x7′, an 8’x12′ and/or an 8’x16′ and the waterproof container is put exactly where you choose, according to the dimensions. Packing the PODS is totally up to the customer, morning, noon or night. It’s all about convenience for the client. Believing in their product, PODS motto says it best: The Best Moving and Storage Idea Ever! PODS was created in 1995 by a man in Clearwater, Florida, who sold it in 2008 to a national company. CTC Distributing in Edinburg was looking for something to add to its warehouse/storage facilities, and acquired the PODS rights for Hidalgo and Cameron County, recently adding the Laredo area. “It’s the most convenient storage unit you can get,” Kelly Madden, president, PODS of the Rio Grande Valley, said. “It’s a little more expensive than a storage unit, but the convenience makes up for that. We pick it up, bring it…

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