Corpus Christi is all about local businesses.
When you think of your favorite seafood restaurant, chances are you think of Doc’s or Harrison’s Landing and not Joe’s Crab Shack.
Since the beginning of July, several new businesses have sprung up in Corpus Christi, including a café and a dining hall. Upcoming opening of a bicycle shop and a dried meat shop.
Here are some new local businesses to check out.
1715 S. Staples Street
Located in Six Points, Buen Provecho aims to bring “comida, cultura y comunidad” to Corpus Christi.
Owner AJ Biggs opened the Mexican restaurant on June 21 in hopes that Buen Provecho would become a staple in town.
“Great food brings the community together and in doing so helps build camaraderie, which in turn fosters appreciation for each other’s culture,” Biggs said.
Menu items include street tacos, poblano soup, quesadillas, corn cuts and nachos.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday
El Catrin Lounge and Dine
805 S. Staples St.
Owner Rodney Sanchez fulfills his father’s dream of opening a restaurant with El Catrin.
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and now I’m finally able to do it,” Sanchez said.
The lounge, which opened on July 15, also serves food aside from alcoholic beverages, but Sanchez said he will soon extend hours to serve the community at lunchtime.
A traveler, Sanchez said he often travels to Monterrey, Mexico, and wanted to bring something from the bustling city back to Corpus Christi.
“We don’t have a lot of places to go to eat, hang out and have a drink on the East Side, so I just wanted to add that to our town,” Sanchez said.
Drinks include martinis, margaritas, signature cocktails, and shots. Foods include fajitas, tacos, and bacon-wrapped jalapeños.
Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight from Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday; 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday
311 Peoples Street
Melanie Salinas noticed that there were a lot of active cyclists in downtown Corpus Christi, but the closest bike shop was Bay Area Bicycles on Airline and South Padre Island Drive.
“I thought bringing this type of service to downtown would support active lifestyles for downtown residents,” Salinas said.
HYPEBYKE is expected to open in September, Salinas said. She hopes to open for the September ArtWalk so visitors to the monthly downtown event can stop by the new shop. A soft opening is in preparation for the end of August.
The new bicycle store will offer four services to the community: a virtual cycling studio, bicycle accessories, free use of bicycle tools and retail equipment.
4701 Ayers St.
With a booth already at the Corpus Christi Trade Center for two years, Robert Walker is ready to satisfy his customers by opening a physical store for his company, Jerky Plug.
The store is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. Saturday with free beer, free tacos and free ice cream.
Originally from Houston, Walker got into the jerky game after buying his wife a pound of jerky every week for years.
“I decided I could just make my own,” Walker said.
Since it was only open on weekends, Walker said he gets messages from customers on weekdays asking for jerky.
“I’m still going to be at the Trade Center; I just opened a storefront to sell jerky throughout the week,” Walker said. “I sold every weekend for two years, so I know I’m going to do well.”
The jerky, made from round bull’s eye, will have 12 flavors, including Dill Pickle, Ranch, Lemon Chili and Flamin’ Hot Cheeto.
Hours: For now, noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday
Texas coffee bar
Married couples Albert Sanchez, Monique Sanchez, Justin Melton and Mercedez Melton all share a love for church, people and coffee.
“This side of town doesn’t have a lot of cafes other than Starbucks,” Albert Sanchez said. “We wanted to bring something local here. This is just the beginning. We eventually want to branch out and open other locations in town.
Located inside Mèche Beauty & Boutique, Texas Coffee Bar offers patrons a hot drink, sweet pastries, and a hangout spot.
People can get their hair done, buy trinkets and have a cup of coffee all at the same time, Albert Sanchez said.
The Texas Coffee Bar opened on July 16 and offers Texas-sized pop pies, ranch hand cakes, kolaches, muffins, Frappes, espressos, Americanos, and hot tea.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday
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John Oliva covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Contact him at [email protected] or Twitter @johnpoliva.
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