Lindsey Bedford

Q-and-A with Samantha Armbruster, Main Street Program Manager

Responsible for revitalizing the city with evens and projects centered on community involvement, San Marcos native Samantha Armbruster spearheads the Main Street Program. The University Star caught up with Armbruster to discuss the program and its events, her time in San Marcos and what it takes to make it in such a popular career field.  

LB: What made you want to work in San Marcos?

SA: After I graduated high school, I went on many adventures and ended up in Austin.  Out of all the places I lived and visited, I couldn’t think of any other place to settle down and raise my child.  For me, the best place is downtown San Marcos.

LB: What made you want to get into this field?

Inside The Hitch

St. Pita’s
Offering a fresh take on classic Greek favorites, St. Pita’s menu is nothing short of heavenly. Each recipe is custom designed by owner Matthew Buchanan. One popular item on the menu is the Holy Avocado. “It is a house breaded, deep fried avocado with Sriracha and house-made ranch,” said manager Jacob Booth. The trailer also features a signature secret topping known as Saintly sauce, which includes feta cheese and Greek yogurt, a Mediterranean staple.
The Big Kahuna

Bobcats can prepare for spring with bright colors, fun prints

Warmer weather brings with it fresh patterns and colors. There are several ways Bobcats can incorporate spring trends into their wardrobes.

Color trends for spring will vary and range from bright jewel tones to soft, delicate pastels, said Rebecca Pullian, JC Penney sales associate.

“A lot of what we are selling is bright spring shorts,” Pullian said.

Cheatham Street Warehouse celebrates 40th year

Kent Finlay will never refer to Cheatham Street Warehouse as a bar. The music has always been the most important part of the venue, which celebrates its 40th year in San Marcos this June, Finlay said.

When Finlay and his partner Jim Cunningham opened Cheatham Street Warehouse in 1974, it was the first music venue of its kind in San Marcos. An outlet for local singer-songwriters to perform their latest pieces and gain a fan base, the venue drew attention early on thanks to small shows by then up-and-coming musicians including George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

“The focus was to promote local live music. That’s the mission we’ve stayed true to,” said Sage Allen, Cheatham Street Warehouse manager.  

Arcade-style gaming café opens downtown

Video games have always been an important part of Pete Thompson’s life.

Growing up, Thompson spent hours playing gaming consoles like Nintendo and Sega Genesis with his friends.

“We said it would be great if we didn’t have to leave the house for food,” Thompson said.

Thompson made his childhood fantasy into a reality Feb. 12 by opening Hungry Gamer with his wife Megan, an arcade-restaurant hybrid in downtown San Marcos funded partially by an online Kickstarter campaign and the Texas State Small Business Development Center.

San Marcos bowling alley passed down through family

When George Gilbert applied for a bank loan to start his own bowling alley in 1959, he was prepared to be flexible on everything but its name. George Gilbert was dead set on naming the alley after a street he drove down every day—Sunset Lane.

Sunset Lanes Bowling alley has been a family affair ever since.  

Teri Perkins, general manager at Sunset Lanes, said George Gilbert, her grandfather, met his future wife all those years ago when she worked at the bank and granted him the original loan to fund the alley. When Gilbert applied for the loan 55 years ago, he didn’t know he was on the path to not only starting his own business, but a romance.

Student seeks to inspire through clothing line

When Tre’ion Murray was deciding what to name his clothing design company, he thought about the lives of famed artists and creators, hoping their achievements would help inspire some of his own.

Inspiration finally struck the fashion merchandising junior, and he settled on the name Todd Vinci, which means “clever conqueror.”

“It’s framed after Leonardo da Vinci, because a lot of his art went unfinished, and I related that to a lot of people’s passions and desires,” Murray said.  

Murray said he began working as a fashion designer his sophomore year at Texas State. He originally only made 12 shirts and sold them out of his backpack. Murray’s customers praised his simple, streamlined designs.  

Q & A with Big Neechi

Known for his larger-than-life Twitter presence, Shawn Onyechi, exercise and sports science junior, seems to have reached Texas State celebrity status. Onyechi is the co-founder of party planning company Endless Entertainment and boasts nearly 90,000 followers on his Twitter account, @BigNeechi. Although many students feel like they know Onyechi through his online presence, there is more to his story than meets the eye.

Marketing graduate creates small business in San Marcos

Many students spend their time in college working toward a future career and honing skills in a particular interest. For graduate student Ali Ijaz, lessons learned in class were put to immediate use upon founding Row, a marketing company for small and medium-sized businesses based in San Marcos.  

“When I began at Texas State, I started as a finance major and then went into marketing.  I’ve been doing stuff like this for awhile,” Ijaz said.

Ijaz is now working on obtaining his Master of Business Administration. Row works with more than 150 clients, a customer base Ijaz wants to continue growing.  

“We started in one room and recently moved into a bigger place,” Ijaz said.

Diwali celebration comes to Texas State

Featuring a variety of food, traditional songs and colorful clothing, Diwali will come to Texas State thanks to the university’s Indian Student Association.

Diwali is a Hindu celebration known as the Festival of Lights. The Nov. 9 celebration will take place in the Alkek Teaching Theater at 6 p.m.

“It symbolizes the victory of good over evil,” said Kanika Verma, president of ISA.

Diwali is a free event open to all Texas State students, and an estimated 500 people attend the event each year. The festival is expected to last around three hours.  

“We invite all cultures to join and learn about the celebration,” Verma said. “Although it is an Indian tradition, it is very open to anyone. We love to have all cultures.”


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