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Squaredeal is an online market that showcases the work of artists in the Central Texas corridor. Graphic from Squaredeal.app

Buying Better

Last March, in response to a growing need for connectivity and commerce within the Central Texas corridor, Davis and Patton Jones launched Squaredeal CTX, a digital marketplace for local artists to sell their goods online.

Yin & Yang Music

Your favorite love story continues... Destiney and Gabriel Jackson form the unique wife-and-husband powerhouse duo with a message of love, loyalty and connection. Submitted photo

Yin & Yang Music

From their first-ever music video, Destiney and Gabriel Jackson show off their matching Yin & Yang tattoos.

Yin & Yang Music

Their signature drink, the Yin & Yang Daiquiri, available at Longhorn Daiquiris. Submitted photos

Yin & Yang Music

Many people these days feel that the world has become a more divisive place. After a year-long quarantine, political turmoil and a plague of hate crimes, perhaps it’s no wonder that so many people feel more disconnected than ever before.

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed Consignment Shop sells a variety of fine glassware and unique knick knacks.

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed also sells high-quality clothing. Photos by Celeste Hollister

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

Twice Blessed shares 20 years of history serving the San Marcos community. Photo by Celeste Hollister

Twice Blessed celebrates 20 years

In the first week of March, the Twice Blessed Consignment Shop celebrated its 20-year anniversary serving the San Marcos community. To date, the shop has raised nearly $1 million dollars since opening its doors on Feb. 20, 2001, giving the volunteer-based staff ample reason to celebrate.

Furly Art

Partially-inspired by his wife, musician and clown Molly Jane, Furly has begun a series of paintings featuring clowns on break. Photo by Celeste Hollister

Furly Art

A whole mood: Furly has recently begun to paint hyper-realistic, vibrantly-colored cow skulls. Photo from Furly’s Facebook gallery

Furly Art

Furly Travis started sketching in junior high and began painting in high school. In his 20s, he started painting more seriously and steadily, completing on average a painting per week and selling them around town, at places like the Triple Crown and Wake the Dead.

‘If it ain’t Ruuch, it ain’t raw’

Texas artist Ruuch makes waves with his music as a member of the San Marcos hip-hop community. Photo by Snoopography

‘If it ain’t Ruuch, it ain’t raw’

Art at work: Ruuch in the recording studio. Submitted photo

‘If it ain’t Ruuch, it ain’t raw’

Everyone has an origin story. For artist and rapper K’ron Major, a.k.a Ruuch, it begins in the small town of Hopkinsville, Ky., but that was just the beginning of the ride that would lead him to San Marcos and the burgeoning hip-hop community here.

San Marcos celebrates the life of legendary citizen Ollie Hargis Giles

Above, Ollie Giles, known affectionately as Brown Sugga, was a woman who could get things done. Submitted photo

San Marcos celebrates the life of legendary citizen Ollie Hargis Giles

Ollie Wilburn Hargis Giles was born in San Marcos on Aug. 5, 1933, the only child to parents L.C. Hargis and Enola Hollins (daughter of George Mose and Etta Lee Hollins). Though born during the Great Depression, Giles would say that she had a happy childhood surrounded by a family and community who loved her and whom she also loved.

‘Be Froze’

San Marcos’ own Bennie Cherry, a.k.a. BC the Ice God. Submitted photo

‘Be Froze’

Froze means, “Water in its rock-solid form.” BC performs for a packed house at LongHorn Daquiris, a venue that supports local artists. “When someone can feel your energy and then take that energy and apply it to something for them, that’s just the greatest blessing.” Cherry said.

‘Be Froze’

With BC’s first project, Froze Vol. 1, he achieved the certified rank of one million streams on Spotify. Find BC’s music there and on Apple Music, Soundcloud and YouTube as well.

‘Be Froze’

BC the Ice God is the first rap artist to headline a show at the San Marcos’ historic Cheatham Street Warehouse. “Their sound system is amazing.” Photos submitted by Bennie Cherry

‘Be Froze’

Bennie Cherry moved to San Marcos from Las Vegas in second grade, where he attended Crockett Elementary before the new building was built. He grew up alongside his classmates, earning Crockett Cash and getting involved with sports. Like many San Marcans, Cherry played basketball under Coach Charles Austin, who told Cherry that on the court, he had ice water in his veins.

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Local restaurants assisted San Marcans who were left hungry during last week's winter storms. Above, Hays County Food Bank, Willie and Ramika Adams with Soulful Creations, Tim Bauerkemper and others helped put together meals for those without houses. Photo courtesy of HOME Center. 

COOKING FOR COMMUNITY: San Marcos restaurants respond to winter crisis

With treacherous road conditions, rolling blackouts and busted pipes that led to long periods with limited or no water, many San Marcos families found themselves without access to groceries or the

Hollywood History

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Hollywood History

Imagine standing at the base of a painting that measures 93 feet in width and stands 40 feet tall. Then imagine feeling an odd sense of deja vu upon seeing this epic tapestry, realizing that it occupies a place rooted in Hollywood nostalgia.

Private Park, San Marcos

Laura Benavides stands beneath the treehouse in her Private Park, which features accommodations for everything from children’s birthday parties to packages for a Valentine’s Day date night. Photo by Jason Cook

Private Park: Benavides opens event space for socially-distanced holidays

Imagine a Valentine’s date night under the stars in a socially-distanced private park. In San Marcos, all it takes is an acre of land, a dreamer, and a plan.

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