texas makers

From Lockhart to the Grand Ole Opry, One Chain Stitch at a Time

September 29, 2023 | By Addie Broyles

A former hairstylist uses an old-school machine to bring a nostalgic art form into the modern age

How a Native Texan Made Traditional Turkish Footwear a Sought-after Brand in Marfa

January 25, 2023 | By Layne Van Vranken

Travel has a profound influence on Dallas-born, New York-based entrepreneur Mickey Ashmore. Not only has the 35-year-old developed an astute personal style and thorough worldview from his far-and-wide travels to places like Turkey, Africa, and across Texas, it has also charted the course of his professional life, inspiring a popular shoe line and an expanding collection of luxury goods with his company Sabah

Meet Your Texas Makers: La India Packing Co.

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

“With the resurgence of cooking shows, people are always looking for secret ingredients,” says Elsa Rodriguez Arguindegui, one of the family owners of Laredo’s La India Packing Company, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

Dating to the first experimental orchards planted in the 1880s, citrus fruits are among the most important crops of South Texas, contributing around $140 million annually to the state economy.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Texas Pecan Candy Shoppe

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

On most days of the week, the various ovens and cooktops at the Texas Pecan Candy Shoppe in Schertz, just north of San Antonio, are hot and running by 5 a.m.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Texas Tamale Company

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

Among the great culinary traditions of Texas is the Mexican tamale. This savory staple of meat and vegetable fillings steamed inside thick ground-corn dough, called masa, has become a showcase for professional chefs and home cooks alike.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Rudy’s Bar-B-Q ‘Sause’

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

It probably can’t be overstated how important barbecue is to Texans. There are countless barbecue pits smoking away—right now—all over the state.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Dublin Texas Root Beer

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

The 1891 Dublin Bottling Works enjoys the dual honor of being the state’s oldest soda bottling facility and the first to bottle Dr Pepper (created in Waco in 1885).

Meet Your Texas Makers: Blue Bell Ice Cream

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

In 1907, businessmen in the Brenham area opened a creamery to churn excess milk from area farms into butter.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Round Rock Honey

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

Round Rock Honey begins with honeys sourced from about 900 individual hives concentrated in Central Texas, says Konrad Bouffard, who founded Round Rock Honey in 2003 with his wife, Elizabeth.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Food

October 14, 2014 | By Anthony Head

If you only ate wild foods native to Texas, you’d never go hungry. But add on all the food products that we also make here, and, well, you could enjoy a feast for the ages.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Libby Lane

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

Libby Lane cuts and sews her streamlined leather bags in an old converted bunkhouse on the Panhandle ranch where she grew up, surrounded by cattle and wide-open space.

Meet Your Texas Maker: Chuck Lee Banjo Co.

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

You can’t play a sad song on a banjo, says Chuck Lee. Which is a big part of why this banjo-pickin’ father of seven and plumber by trade decided to use his retirement savings to convert his backyard shed into a banjo workshop.

Meet Your Texas Maker: Patricia Wolf

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

When Patricia Wolf was a little girl growing up in Pennsylvania, she often fell asleep at night gazing at the posters of Western landscapes she’d put on her wall, thinking: “Someday, I’ll live in Texas.”

Meet Your Texas Makers: Nokona

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Williams

In the 1960s, when former Nokona CEO “Big Bob” Storey was asked why he wasn’t buying from overseas to make his sporting equipment, he famously said, “If I have to import and send my employees home, I would rather just quit and go fishing.”

Meet Your Texas Makers: Crumpton Cycles

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

Behind his house in central Austin, in a tiny space decked out with machinery, an industrial oven, and a peg-board holding tools and designs, Nick Crumpton transforms the raw material of carbon fiber into sleek, lightweight riding machines.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Arbor Castle Birdhouses

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

“If you want to find out how to do something, you just have to start doing it,” says artist Joseph Hopps in his low East Texas drawl.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Dos Carolinas

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

Robin’s egg linen, yellow seersucker, blue madras… The fabric options for a custom-made Dos Carolinas’ guayabera are as varied and inviting as the colors in a crayon box.

Meet Your Texas Makers: Arts

October 13, 2014 | By Clayton Maxwell

In his song “Stuff That Works,” Texas troubadour Guy Clark pays homage to “stuff that holds up … stuff that’s real.” His description of a favorite blue shirt worn soft over time is enough to make you wince at the thought of buying a T-shirt made in an overseas factory.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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