The Rio Grande Valley Partnership, with its prestigious, sixty-five year legacy of building businesses in South Texas, exists to cultivate opportunities. Created in 1944, it unites a diverse & distinguished roster of leadership from across four counties. A Chamber of Commerce for the whole Valley, the Partnership fosters
Batteries Plus caters to energy cell consumers with over 40,000 types of products and services for everything from a toy car to a real one. The expert staff guides customers through the lithium-infused labyrinth of battery confusion to easily jolt I-pods back to life, or to reanimate cellular rotary-phones for ironic accessorizing. In addition, Batteries Plus gives unwanted batteries a warm home with an in-store recycling bin, an effort to encourage safe disposal, waste reduction, and resource preservation.
The friendly staff at Casa Antigua Clearance Zen-ter helps bedeck empty domiciles with trendy, contemporary furnishings. A red Ella table lamp ($108) and set of blue Helena chairs ($29 each) equip living rooms for social gatherings so guests don't have to sit on overturned crock pots in darkness. Uncovered walls can conceal their bareness with a trove of decorative artwork, while stay-at-home phosphate fountains can find loyal companionship with a red barstool ($138). Casa Antigua's collection is regularly stocked with name-brand furnishings that include items by American Leather, Gloster, and Sitcom––which features an ottoman that bears a striking resemblance to Abe Vigoda.
The cooks at Dickey's Barbecue Pit have been serving slow-smoked, USDA-inspected meats slathered in sauce concocted from the Dickey family recipe since the first shop opened in Dallas in 1941. The menu is populated with sandwiches piled high with barbecue-drenched Texas-style chopped beef brisket, southern pulled pork, spicy cheddar sausage, and turkey breast ($3.50–$7). Fingers dress themselves to paint white T-shirts after handling plates mounded with barbecue-smothered ribs, which are accompanied by a choice of two sides such as creamy coleslaw, waffle-iron fries, or mac 'n' cheese ($11). The Giant Stuffed Baker cushions a family of meat, cheese, and toppings on a baked-potato sofa more fluffy than Mother's Day card poetry ($5.50–$7).
Cosmetic care that stops at the surface is only fighting half the battle. This is the philosophy of the staff at Eternal Wellness MedSpa & Salon, and its various aestheticians and technicians aim to rejuvenate and revitalize clients' spirits with their beauty services. To do so, they incorporate traditional spa techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, with medical-grade products and technology. A cosmetic laser system and Vibraderm exfoliating machine fit right in with the center's arsenal of aesthetic equipment, which also includes infrared light skin-tightening devices. Colon hydrotherapy machines and 21-day cleanses help clients shed weight and toxins. Even something as straightforward as a new hairstyle or freshly polished set of nails can revitalize spirits and give clients the confidence they need to finally assemble their home's particle accelerator.
Zone Action Park thrills family members young and old with themed fun zones that quench thirsts for go-karting, bouncing, mini golf on two brand new 18-hole courses, and batting practice. The Speed Zone pits kids as young as 3 years old against each other for zipping go-kart action, whereas a bounce area lets them hop safely on inflatable jumps or slides. Batters practice against slow- or fast-pitch machines in the Strike Zone. Inside, the Game Zone fosters friendly competition with family-friendly games such as Big Bass Wheel and Treasure Quest fueled by hot fresh pizza from their cafe that happily serves large parties and birthdays.