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During a pandemic-filled summer in San Marcos, business owners could recognize pin drops as they either reminisced about an earsplitting but satisfying student presence or unwillingly taped signs to their doors indicating temporary closure. Now, just a mini-exercise program away from Texas S…

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A combination of modern retro style, original cocktails and martinis and Spanish influenced cuisine joins the downtown San Marcos bar scene at The Davenport—a quality, pet-friendly lounge. Originally from Houston, The Davenport, located on 194 S Guadalupe St., opened its first location almos…

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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 Cre…

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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 conti…

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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…

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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 answe…

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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 bu…

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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 A…

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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 re…

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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 f…

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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 bring…

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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 class…

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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 w…

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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 Te…

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  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…

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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 i…

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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…

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Stress levels from school, work and moving away from home can subject students to unhealthy eating habits. However, students can educated themselves on eating disorders and where/how to get help. In college communities, studies have shown 33% of students have elevated eating concerns. Studen…

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Two Texas State students are using chicken and fries to bring their business, relationship and education to the next level. BB’s Chicago Cuisine found a home at the food truck park at 128 Guadalupeupe St. Owners Charles Rivers, business management junior, and Ariana Richards, health and fitn…

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The second half of 2018 brought new restaurants to San Marcos. Recently opened eateries provide a new experience for visitors and locals alike. Binge Kitchen This vegetarian kitchen has a wide menu of green eats to choose from. Located on 121 N Fredericksburg St., Binge Kitchen provides feel…

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Nostimo Mediterranean Café Nostimo Café offers a wide variety of options for vegans and vegetarians. With a list that spans from spinach pie to falafel gyro’s, Nostimo does its best to give customers a Mediterranean taste. Patrons over the age of 21 are allowed to bring their own beer or win…

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Forty years ago, Palmer’s Restaurant regularly welcomed 18-year-old freshmen from nearby Southwest Texas State who came to unwind and drink their study woes away. Eventually, the drinking age would be raised and the school’s name changed, but Palmer’s has remained the go-to spot for students…

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Vitality Bowls offers a variety of fast and healthy food choices, including one of the biggest food trends of today: acai bowls. Founded in 2011 in California, Vitality Bowls opened June 7 in San Marcos, one of the company’s newest locations. It branded itself as a superfood café; its menu i…

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Veganism is no longer a term defined as the lack of consumption of dairy or meat, but rather a lifestyle extending beyond food. According to PETA, each year more than 100 million animals are killed in US laboratories for biology lessons and medical training. In addition, animals are abused f…

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Every Saturday at the Square, local farmers and artisans form a Farmers’ Market to sell their produce and goods to the San Marcos community. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of The Marc, vendors set up tents and sell their products. According to their website, the San Marcos Farmers’ Market pr…

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Regardless of whether a person has lived in San Marcos for six months or for 60 years, the city is home to unique, yet relatively unknown spots that even locals may not know exist. The unknown spots range from secret outdoor spots, lesser-known restaurants and unique work-out studios. 1. Wat…

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Having a decent meal is not always easy as a college student so an on-campus resource is helping make food more accessible. On Feb. 1, the School of Family and Consumer Sciences opened its doors to the new Bobcat Bounty food pantry. The SFCS partnered with the Hays County Food Bank to accomm…

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There no longer has to be awkward silences while eating on-campus because diners can fill the airwaves with music and groove as they chew. Jones and Harris have introduced Rockbot, an app that is like an interactive jukebox. It allows anyone with the app the ability to queue up songs they wa…

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Two bobcats have teamed up to keep a tasty family recipe alive by selling food to their college community out of their home in San Marcos. Charles Rivers, business management junior, and Arianna Richards, exercise and sports science junior, have brought the Rivers family secret fried-chicken…

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Colorful bread, joyous family members and the importance of tradition were ever present as Dia De Reyes, also known as the Epiphany, was celebrated over the first weekend in January. On Jan. 6 each year, many who identify with the Christian Hispanic culture commemorate Three Kings Day, which…

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The newly renovated Ivar’s River Pub re-opened its doors to the community on Oct. 2. Since the pub first opened in 1996, the restaurant, formerly known as The San Marcos River Pub and Grill, has been a staple of the city for years. The riverfront, bar-style hangout hosted locals daily before…

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Several new restaurants and hang-out spots have arrived in San Marcos for students and residents to dine, drink and study. Four of them are a short walk from campus. UMAMI SUSHI Umami Sushi opened its doors March 20 and is located just off campus in the shopping center across from the Quad B…

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The majority of restaurants and bars in San Marcos close between 10-12 p.m. However, the Square offers a few options for some unique late-night munchies. The safest bet for self-care after a night of drinking with friends on the square is a sober ride home and some food. For Bobcats who are …

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San Marcos has seen a rise in delivery services in recent years, now adding UberEATS to the list of services students are turning to as a new way to enjoy meals and make money. UberEATS, a multinational delivery service started by Uber Technologies, debuted its services in San Marcos Sept. 6…

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One of San Marcos’ favorite breakfast taco joints continues to thrive within the community despite legal battles over its name. Loli’s Café, previously named Lolita’s, is a blue and red breakfast taco hut responsible for serving handcrafted tacos to the community. The shop is owned by Marta …

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Students and locals can now add Ciao Coffee, a new family-owned cafe, to their list of favorite java joints. A close walk from campus, patrons can hear the buzzing of blenders and beats of music from decades past at the new shop. The cafe’s owners are husband and wife Ben and Shelby Zeneli, …