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 forbrits fourth installment. Since 2016, Elena Flores, founder of Sew Bonita, hasbrorchestrated the local event. The event is normally a pop-up market that occursbryearly promoting local businesses and creatives to their community. Anbropportunity to provide a platform for businesses to showcase their work forbrsale to those in the Coastal Bend.
However, this year is an anomaly. With precautions tobrmitigate Covid-19, Elena has shifted gears, but not her goals. Loca for Localbrwill be going virtual this year! The event starts August 6th, 2020 at 10:00brA.M. and orders are available until August 7th, 2020 closing at 10:00 P.M. As abrbonus, the first fifty orders over thirty-five dollars are eligible to receivebra FREE event tote bag! Orders are then available for curbside pick-up on Augustbr9th, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. through 3:00 P.M. at the award-winning Hogemeyer’sbrBarBeQue Barn! When the time comes, you can knock out two birds with one stonebrwith some new products and a nice lunch.
Elena Flores is the founder of Sew Bonita and thebrorchestrator of Loca for Local. Sew Bonita is her side hustle that sellsbruniquely sewn items and unrivaled t-shirt designs all reflecting MexicanbrCulture. Her drive for putting on this event can be found in how she views thebrcity she calls home. Elena has been a proud resident of Corpus Christi, Texasbrsince 2001. While discussing our backgrounds and goals, she even put up with mybrpoorly timed jokes. However, what stuck out to me during our conversation wasbrher charismatic tone of a city that has been a home for her for almost twobrdecades. While going over the potential that the Coastal Bend has, she bringsbrto my attention the growth of creatives and artist community in the area.brSomething that may be undervalued or at least underpromoted, but that is justbrone man’s opinion. Her words were endearing to hear, and her actions show herbrpromise to the city. A network of small local businesses working together tobrpromote and empower one another is what community building is about. Afterbrlearning more about the event, I am proud of the steps taken each day by ourbrlocals to make Corpus Christi better than the day before.
Loca for Local will have sixteen participating vendors (allbrlisted below). All from the area, their inventory will be available to usbrconsumers online. From salsa to pottery and some local merch to sport CorpusbrChristi, Loca for Local has something for everyone. Even with social normsbrchanging throughout the year, our small businesses persevered to continue theirbrhustle and pivot for what I expect to be another successful year. Hats off tobrthem.
Made in Corpus Christi
Gold Dust Cosmetic Tattooing
JalaPeña’s Salsa and Catering
Jess Stitch It
Posh & Posy Paperie
Lavender & Lee