By: Kylie Cooper Photos by: Aaron Garcia
KC: What inspired you to start CC Bucket List?
MG: In the summer of 2019, I was on the couch watching TV, scrolling on my phone. As I scrolled through Instagram, I realized there was so much of Corpus Christi I had yet to truly experience, even as a local. Follow after follow, save after save … I decided to get off the couch and get out on the town to get to know my city a little better. What started as a summer staycation, sharing my adventures with family and friends, is what eventually led to creating the CC Bucket List as a public platform for all.
KC: What is your favorite part of running CC Bucket List?
MG: My favorite part is that it’s less about me and more about highlighting what makes our city so uniquely beautiful by showcasing businesses and local artistry. When I say businesses, I’m talking about the market day vendors, food trucks, local restaurants, recreational activities, and retail shops across the Coastal Bend. Just one person saying “I didn’t know that was there!” or tagging a friend “Let’s go!” is the best part of running CC Bucket List.
KC: What do you think the importance of supporting local is?
MG: Through my adventures, I have discovered that local businesses are the creative heartbeat of our city. Every shop, brewery, and restaurant has its own uniqueness that sets Corpus Christi apart from the others. With every step I’ve taken walking into a local establishment, I have truly discovered a sense of community unlike any other. With the support of locals, entrepreneurs are more likely to bring their ideas to fruition and continue to expand the culture and diversity of our community in the Coastal Bend.
KC: What do you look to for inspiration when finding and creating new content?
MG: When creating content, I look for things that spark joy. Many times, it’s food; I’m not going to lie. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love trying different types of cuisines and drinks and being able to showcase diverse restaurants from across the Coastal Bend. I like getting out of my comfort zone and trying something for the first time. In turn, I hope followers are inspired to try it, too! Whether it is a fun mural photo op, local events, or just having a relaxing day at the brewery, I’m always looking for ways people can make and share memories with each other while they are living/visiting.
KC: If someone were to ask you to plan an itinerary for the perfect local day, what spots would be included?
MG: The perfect day would begin with a morning paddleboard class at Water Dog Yoga, taking in the beautiful marina and getting some fun outdoor activity in. Next up, a delicious brunch at The Post (the chicken and waffles are a must). After that, it’s time to walk it off with some shopping! Vintage shops are my go-to spots for finding one-of-a-kind pieces for my wardrobe. Corpus Christi Vintage Guide is a great resource for mapping out where to shop. If there is a market going on, be sure to check it out! My favorite way to end the day: watching the sunset and listening to live music down at the Waterline at Doc’s.
KC: What do you love most about working and living in the Coastal Bend?
MG: Even on my busiest day of work, I’m having so much fun. I love what I do and I love being able to share it with others. I think that is a similar mindset you will see with most businesses in the Coastal Bend. Over the past two years, I have met so many business owners beaming with pride, eagerly waiting to welcome in all who enter through their doors and so appreciative of local support. Knowing you are always welcomed wherever you may go is a beautiful way to live.
KC: What are a few local must-have products you recommend?
MG: Beauty: Lemonade Stand Cosmetics has quickly taken over my makeup bag. I can’t go a day without my Lemonade Cosmetics Daily Moisturizer & Setting Spray! I also use the lip scrub in my weekly self-care routine. Jewelry: A signature statement earring is a must for my outfits. Eclectic Birdy, Little Shop of Leather, RC Clay Designs, Chia, and That’s What She Crafted are some of my favorite local vendors to visit on market days. Local Pride Tees: My two favorite shops for showcasing Corpus Christi pride are Made in Corpus Christi and Elevated Screen Printing.
KC: What does the future hold for CC Bucket List?
MG: Oh, now that’s a good question! I’ll say this, every step thus far has been an incredible journey of unexpected personal growth. As I explore the city, I learn a little bit more about myself and reflect on the impact I want to make in my community. Even if my role is small, I am honored to have the outlet to voice our city in a positive light. Now that the community has gotten to know a little bit about me, I’m truly looking forward to building meaningful relationships with business owners, locals, and visitors. Our Sparkling City by the Bay has such beautiful promise for the future and I will be right there with my camera in hand to capture it all.