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.