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PHOTO: Main Street San Marcos celebrated 30 years with the Love Downtown Awards on Oct. 14. Pictured are (front row) Carlos Russo of Aquabrew; Ron Yager, Clay DeStefano, Marie Yager and assistant Cassandra Zemarrita of the Price Center; (back) Chris Rue of Stonewall Warehouse; Stephanie Bryant, Stevie Black and Gigi Mederos of Rio Claro Studios; Mariel Alvarez of Texas State University’s Dean of Students Office. SUBMITTED PHOTO


The San Marcos Main Street Program recognized downtown businesses, partners and volunteers at its third annual Love Downtown Awards on Friday, Oct. 14.

The event honored the contributions of downtown merchants and volunteers who work tirelessly to foster a downtown that is a unique and culturally vibrant destination, where people of all ages can connect, create and celebrate.

Award recipients included:

Downtown New Business of the Year: Rio Claro Studio

Downtown Legend Business of the Year: The Price Center

Downtown Business of the Year: Stonewall Warehouse

Downtown Partner of the Year: Texas State University Dean of Students Office – Alcohol and Drug Compliance Services

Downtown Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Bryant

Downtown Development Award: AquaBrew

Chosen from more than 1,000 nominations, finalists for the Love Downtown Awards were:

Dahlia Woods Gallery, Candy Sweets & Treats, and Rio Claro Studio for New Business of the Year; The Price Center, Root Cellar Café, and Tantra Coffeehouse for Legend Business of the Year; and Dixie Cream Donuts, Rhea’s Ice Cream and Stonewall Warehouse for Business of the Year.

Each of these businesses embody the vision statement adopted by the Main Street Advisory Board earlier this year.

“We absolutely could not be able to accomplish the goals set forth by the Advisory Board without our businesses and partners,” Debbie Harvey, Main Street Advisory Board Chair said during the presentation.

This year, Main Street is celebrating 30 years as a Main Street city. In those 30 years, sales tax generated in downtown has increased, volunteer hours have reached record highs and the number of events hosted by Main Street have encouraged new audiences to fall in love with downtown San Marcos.

The celebration continues as two downtown businesses have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Texas Downtown Association Presidents Awards Program to be held in Killeen in November.

Home Brew Supply, located at 130 E. San Antonio Street was selected as a finalist for “Best Restoration – Over 50k population,” and AquaBrew, located at 150 S. LBJ Drive, was selected as a finalist for “Best New Construction – Over 50k population.”

Winners will be announced on November at the President’s Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2016 Texas Downtown Conference in Killeen.

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2 thoughts on “Main Street San Marcos honors downtown businesses

  1. Yay for them. But what about the scores of business owners who have to operate in San Marcos without the benefit of the assistance, recognition, and support of the City? I’d hate to be a bar or restaurant owner on the outskirts of town and have to see my competition constantly being propped up and supported above me while I pay the same tax dollars…..

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