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Loca for Local Goes Curbside

07/29/2020 04:01PM ● By Luis Arjona

By: Luis Arjona  Photos Courtesy of: Sew Bonita

August 6th, 2020. Mark your calendars.

Another lap around the sun, and Loca for Local is back for its fourth installment. Since 2016, Elena Flores, founder of Sew Bonita, has orchestrated the local event. The event is normally a pop-up market that occurs yearly promoting local businesses and creatives to their community. An opportunity to provide a platform for businesses to showcase their work for sale to those in the Coastal Bend.

However, this year is an anomaly. With precautions to mitigate Covid-19, Elena has shifted gears, but not her goals. Loca for Local will be going virtual this year! The event starts August 6th, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. and orders are available until August 7th, 2020 closing at 10:00 P.M. As a bonus, the first fifty orders over thirty-five dollars are eligible to receive a FREE event tote bag! Orders are then available for curbside pick-up on August 9th, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M. at the award-winning Hogemeyer’s BarBeQue Barn! When the time comes, you can knock out two birds with one stone with some new products and a nice lunch.

Elena Flores is the founder of Sew Bonita and the orchestrator of Loca for Local. Sew Bonita is her side hustle that sells uniquely sewn items and unrivaled t-shirt designs all reflecting Mexican Culture. Her drive for putting on this event can be found in how she views the city she calls home. Elena has been a proud resident of Corpus Christi, Texas since 2001. While discussing our backgrounds and goals, she even put up with my poorly timed jokes. However, what stuck out to me during our conversation was her charismatic tone of a city that has been a home for her for almost two decades. While going over the potential that the Coastal Bend has, she brings to my attention the growth of creatives and artist community in the area. Something that may be undervalued or at least underpromoted, but that is just one man’s opinion. Her words were endearing to hear, and her actions show her promise to the city. A network of small local businesses working together to promote and empower one another is what community building is about. After learning more about the event, I am proud of the steps taken each day by our locals to make Corpus Christi better than the day before.

Loca for Local will have sixteen participating vendors (all listed below). All from the area, their inventory will be available to us consumers online. From salsa to pottery and some local merch to sport Corpus Christi, Loca for Local has something for everyone. Even with social norms changing throughout the year, our small businesses persevered to continue their hustle and pivot for what I expect to be another successful year. Hats off to them.


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Participating Vendors:

Sew Bonita

Taco Gear

Made in Corpus Christi

Gold Dust Cosmetic Tattooing

JalaPeña's Salsa and Catering


A+ Cookies

Moonstone'd Pottery

Jess Stitch It

Posh & Posy Paperie

Suzy Jewels

Poppin’ Jars

Lavender & Lee