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Detainees raiseconcerns asCOVID19cases spread Crowded Hays County Jail threatens the well-being of those in custody

On July 8, the Hays County Sheri’s Oce began reporting coronavirus data that indicates the number of total positive cases among detainees has nearly doubled in a few weeks. 500 CASES SOAR INSIDE COUNTY JAIL

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This summer, Hays County Jail detainees raised concerns that jail ocials have done little to keep them safe from the coronavirus in an already overcrowded jail. Multiple past and present detainees say ocials acted with no urgency to provide masks, cleaning supplies, proper meals, quar- antine spaces and medical treatment—if any. Recent national reports from the New York Times data- base indicate prisons and jails have quickly become one of the nation’s biggest clusters of coronavirus cases. The number of positive cases among detainees housed at the Hays County Jail and those who have been outsourced, has nearly tripled since June 22. As of July 30, 106 detainees have tested positive for the virus, which has infected about 24% of the jail’s population, according to the Hays County Sheri’s Oce. The overcrowded jail cost taxpayers $3.86 million in scal year 2018-19 to outsource detainees to Blanco, Burnet, Cald- well, Guadalupe, Fort Bend and Walker counties, but with a global pandemic in play and no room for detainees to keep a

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Music venues shape-shift to push through coronavirus

We've got lots of sweet little venues in Hays County. I’ve been watching them drop like flies in Austin, and I just hope, hope, hope, as do my artists, that they aren’t all gone at the end of this. Julie Renfro, owner of Buda's Tavern on Main

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Downtown Buda music venue and bar Tavern on Main owner Julie Renfro said she has two months to keep her business aoat due to lack of revenue and rent demands. Like many small local venues, Renfro is currently unable to host the music acts that drove her to open her business, but she hopes that she will be able persevere long enough to bring them back. “It’s like looking in a crystal ball. It’s all foggy,” she said. CONTINUED ON 22

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ing up access to our sta,” San Marcos Downtown Coordinator Josie Falletta said. 512-393-8430. www.sanmarcostx.gov ANNIVERSARIES 5 Pure Barre marked its rst year of business Aug. 1 and is located on the ground oor of The Lyndon at 200 Springtown Way, San Marcos. The barre tness franchise has more than 500 studios across North America and also oers online classes via streaming video. 512-222-6911. www.purebarre.com 6 Austin-born baked goods deliv- ery shop Ti’s Treats celebrated the rst anniversary of its store at 200 Springtown Way, San Marcos, on July 29. The store, located on the ground oor of The Lyndon apartment complex, features fresh-baked cookies, brownies, ice cream sandwiches and more. 512-957-0704. www.cookiedelivery.com 7 San Marcos Computers , a local computer repair service certied as a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, marked 10 years in business in August. San Marcos Computers oers a full range of computer repair and support services for both PCs and MacBook computers at 2020 Old RR 12, San Marcos. The shop also performs data recovery services and sells a variety of computer parts and accessories. 512-777-1221. www.sanmarcoscomputers.com IN THE NEWS 8 Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos , the local nonprot promoting Hispanic heritage located at 211 Lee St., San Marcos, announced July 20 that it will be hosting a virtual weekly class

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NOWOPEN 1 Hotworx , a virtually instructed t- ness center that combines infrared heat with exercise, opened July 20 at The Lyndon at 200 Springtown Way, Ste. 116, San Marcos. It will oer 24-hour access to Pilates, yoga, cycling and more. 512-553-5758. www.hotworx.net 2 The Austin-based hand-pulled noodle restaurant Xian Sushi and Noodle opened July 20 at 200 Springtown Way, Ste. 138, San Marcos. Xian Sushi and Noodle oers homemade noodles that can be custom- ized to any preference. It will also oer fresh sushi, such as the Golden Trio Roll

RELOCATIONS 4 The San Marcos Main Street Program , a program that promotes the city’s downtown culture and local businesses, relocated to 202 N. CM Allen Parkway, San Marcos, on Aug. 1. The new location is also home to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and will oer increased space for meetings and work- shops, according to a July 16 press release issued by the city. The new facility will also oer more parking for visitors. “This new location will help us launch many of our other creative initiatives to support the local business community by open-

and the Tuna Martini Roll. 512-667-9399. www.facebook.com/xiansanmarcos COMING SOON 3 San Marcos BBQ will open a second location at 1701 S. I-35, San Marcos. Own- ers of the barbecue joint expect to open the new store the rst or second week of August, according to a July 19 social me- dia post. San Marcos BBQ oers catering, bartending and event stang services. The barbecue joint features brisket, ribs, chicken and sausage. Its original location is at 2601 Hunter Road, San Marcos. 512-938-1019. www.sanmarcosbbq.com

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loophole. Any brewery that kept its patio open for customers, the guideline stated, was in violation of Abbott’s executive order. Now the TABC is allowing qualifying businesses to operate as restaurants and thus open to customers under Abbott’s execu- tive order. In order for a brewery to open dine-in services to custom- ers, its gross nonalcoholic sales need to outpace the gross sales made on alcoholic beverages. Further, breweries must have a kitchen on-site to open as a restau- rant under the new TABC guide- lines, according to the agency. “The kitchen needs to be permanent and be part of the business itself. A third-party food truck would not be sucient in most cases, though businesses with questions about the specic requirements should contact their local TABC oce,” Porter said.

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on July 24 released new guidelines. “Sales to distributors and retail- ers ... do not need to count toward the 51% calculation,” TABC Public Information Ocer Chris Porter said in an email to C ommunity Impact Newspaper . In Texas, if an establishment makes more than 51% of its gross receipts from alcohol, it is con- sidered a bar. Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders, bars statewide must remain closed as a precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The TABC’s July 24 ruling came at the end of a week in which several breweries across the state interpreted a loophole in an earlier TABC license modication guide- line and began opening patios for customers. “The way it was intended was for businesses to be able to expand their patios or parking lots ... so they could expand their patios and have more customers out there. Because it didn’t require the TABC’s consent and the word ‘con- tract’ is in there ... people could circumvent the executive order almost altogether,” said Ryan Hughes, an attorney with Grith & Hughes P.L.L.C. in Dallas. On July 22 the TABC claried those guidelines and closed the

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for children. The weekly class, titled Being a Global Citizen Reading Hour, is hosted by San Marcos CISD teacher Diana Garcia and is meant to increase the awareness of global cultures through children’s books. The classes will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and last about 45 minutes, according to a news release from the nonprot. 512-878-0640. www.sanmarcoscentro.org natural lighting, soft colors and uncluttered spaces for activities. In addition, learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves to foster independence as students go about their work. Children who are 18 months to 3 FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Paloma Montessori School is an educational child care facility located at 125 W. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, projected to open Aug. 31. The child care facility will provide services for children 18 months through 6 years of age. The facility will focus on education through hands-on lessons that embody Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach, according to the owner. The Montessori approach focuses on creating a calm and focused environment for children by setting

years of age will strengthen language skills; improve motor skills; develop independence; practice social skills; and explore music, art and literature, according to the facility’s website. Children who are ages 3-6 will learn problem solving and academic foundation. Paloma Montessori School will feature a garden and a playground area. 832-851-9668. www.palomamontessori.com

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CLOSINGS 9 Texas Western Wearhouse , the boot retailer located at 4200 I-35, Ste. 200, San Marcos, is projected to close in late 2020, according to sta. The Western retailer oers boots for men and women. 512-667-644. www.texaswesternwearhouse.com

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projected to create more than 200 jobs, according to a July 21 news release. Kyle Crossing Business Park is a 40-acre business park developed and owned by Majestic Realty Co. The business park is one block west of I-35 in the mixed- use master-planned community Plum Creek. Amazon also announced plans to open delivery stations at Park 35 at 2956 Main St., Buda, and in Round Rock. The company is additionally building a fulllment center in Pugerville in 2021 that will create 1,000 full-time jobs. www.amazon.com REOPENING 3 Main St. Pizzeria and Beer Garden , which opened in November 2017, reopened its doors at 214 N. Main St., Buda, on July 31 for curbside pickup and delivery only. The restaurant tempo- rarily closed June 30 after learning that a sta member tested positive for the coronavirus. Main St. Pizzeria and Beer Garden serves pizzas, sandwiches, salads and wings. 512-523-8517. www.mainstreetpizzabuda.com ANNIVERSARIES 4 The Chick-l-A at 15500 S. I-35, Buda, celebrated its rst year in business March 28. Chick-l-A oers chicken sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and breakfast items. 512-400-4185. www.facebook.com/cfabuda 5 Optometry practice Budaful Eyes marked one year in business Aug. 16. The practice oers eye exams, glasses, contact lenses and treats ocular emer- 2001 21

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gencies at 15550 S. I-35, Ste. 107, Buda. 512-598-5981. www.budafuleyes.com 6 UBreakiFix , a technology repair brand, located at 5401 FM 1626, Ste. 185, Kyle, marked its rst year in business Aug. 5. The nationwide company, which was founded in 2009, specializes in the repair of small electronics—from smartphones and game consoles to tablets and computers. 737-404-0006. www.ubreakix.com IN THE NEWS 7 Ascension Texas on July 7 named Joan Ross as the new chief operating ocer at Ascension Seton Hays , 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle. Ross has a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing and Master’s of Science in management. As COO, Ross will be responsible for the overall operations and nancial stewardship of Ascension Seton Hays. Ross has more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership that includes operations, clinical programs, tal- ent management and quality improvement in national organizations, according to a news release issued. 512-504-5000. www.healthcare.ascension.org

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NOWOPEN 1 Kiddie Academy of Buda , a child care facility oering day care and educa- tional programs at 2448 Main St., Buda, opened June 22. The 10,000-square- foot facility is expected to serve 195 students ages 6 weeks-5 years. The day care facility is also expected to bring 25 new jobs to the community, according to a news release. The new Kiddie Academy of Buda is one of more than 250 Kiddie

Academies nationwide. 737-400-6700. www.kiddieacademy.com COMING SOON 2 Online retail giant Amazon leased a 370,840-square-foot facility in the Kyle Crossing Business Park, located at 1980 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, where it will be opening a sortation center in late 2020. The new Amazon center is

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4 I-35 at Posey Road The northbound I-35 exit ramps at Posey Road and Centerpoint Road, along with the southbound I-35 entrance south of Posey, remain closed as work on the Posey Road Bridge Project continues. As part of the reconstruction, the Posey Road bridge over I-35 was demolished, and frontage roads were converted from two-way to one-way. The northbound ramps between York Creek Road and Posey were also closed. Timeline: February 2019-mid-2021

figuring the sidewalks and turn lanes on Main Street to improve traffic flow and access to Bradfield Village Park. Timeline: July 23-August 2020

project is $10 million. Timeline: May 2020-summer 2022

1 Lehman Road in Kyle The $8 million reconstruction of the Leh- man Road project is scheduled to continue construction in August, according to the city of Kyle. The project included construc- tion of a bridge across Plum Creek, new drainage infrastructure, new safety light- ing, new sidewalks, and a turn lane near the Hallie Drive and Brutus Drive intersec- tions. Upon completion, the project is set to increase intersection capacity at Bunton Creek and FM 150. Timeline: February 2019-August 2020

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3 Burleson Street in Kyle Burleson Street south of the roundabout was slated to reopen to traffic Aug. 8 be- tween Blanco Street and Moreno Street. The $8.5 million budget includes new drainage infrastructure, a new connec- tion to the I-35 southbound frontage and other improvements. Timeline: July 17-August 2020

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from Hays & San Marcos CISDs & local colleges

COMPILED BY EVELIN GARCIA

In-person classes delayed until at least Oct. 5 SANMARCOS CISD The San Marcos CISD board of trustees was presented with a tentative reopen- ing plan for the 2020-21 school year at a July 20 meeting. The plan revealed SMCISD stu- dents will begin the semester Sept. 8 with 100% virtual learning for the rst four weeks. In-person classroom instruction

District delays school start date until Sept. 8 HAYS CISD Hays CISD revealed its reopening plan for the upcoming school year at a July 16 meeting, but district ocials have said plans could change. Classes now begin Sept. 8 with 100% remove learning. In-person instruction will be suspended until at least Sept. 28 in response to Hays County seeing a surge in the number

will start Oct. 5 for students whose parents chose to do so following the four weeks of remote learning. However, the district may extend remote learning by up to four addi- tional weeks until Oct. 30, depend- ing on the increase of COVID-19 cases in Hays County. SMCISD is also gathering feed- back from a survey that closed Aug. 4. The survey asked parents their preferred learning models for students. In the survey, parents had the option to choose to continue remote learning or choose in-per- son classroom instruction.

of coronavirus cases. At this time, HCISD plans to oer both full-time, in-person learning and remote learning options following the rst three weeks of remote learning. Parents can choose 100% virtual instruction or 100% in-person instruction and have two weeks prior to the rst day of school to change their minds, according to the Texas Education Agency. Students and teachers will be required to wear a face covering when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance. Approved masks include nonmedical-grade disposable masks, cloth masks or face shields.

DATES TO KNOW Hays CISD and San Marcos CISD revealed their tentative reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, highlighting key dates. SOURCES: HAYS CISD, SAN MARCOS CISD COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

HAYS CISD

SAN MARCOS CISD

SEPT. 8

SEPT. 8

First day of school In-person instruction begins

First day of school In-person instruction begins

SEPT. 28 JUNE 15

OCT. 5 JUNE 3

Last day of school

Last day of school

To view the full amended academic calendar for 2020-21, visit the district’s website.

Texas State University and Austin Community College will require facemasks in the fall

RETURNING TO INPERSON INSTRUCTION Texas State University and Austin Community College have released the safety protocols students, faculty and sta will have to follow when in-person instruction begins this fall. daily self-assessment for COVID19 symptoms face coverings at all times social distancingmeasures cleaning and disinfection notify possible or conrmed COVID19 case take Bobcat Pledge to prevent the spread daily self-assessment for COVID19 symptoms using the ACC Health Screening APP ACC identication badges or student identication cards will be required for all TEXASSTATEUNIVERSITY AUSTINCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE

Hays CISD Aug. 17 & 24 at 5:30 p.m. 512-268-2141 • www.hayscisd.net San Marcos CISD Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 12 at noon. 512-393-6700 • www.smcisd.net Visit each CISD's website for information on virtual meetings. VIRTUALMEETINGS WE COVER NUMBER TOKNOW Hays CISD sent out over 2,000 survey invitations to students and teachers to participate in a survey created by the district’s administration to indicate their comfort level with the Rebel mascot during the week of June 29. Feedback obtained from the surveys showed that 59.37% of students did not feel comfortable with the Rebel mascot. These results were taken into consideration when the HCISD board voted July 16 to retire the Rebel mascot at Hays High School. 59.37%

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY& AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE When in-person classes begin at Texas State University and Austin Community College on Aug. 24, all students, faculty, sta and visitors will be required to wear face masks at all times when they are on campus. Texas State plans to provide four dierent instructional formats when resuming class. The university plans to oer online, hybrid, exible face-to-face classes and traditional in-person instruction. Students who choose in-person instruction will be in classrooms at no more than 50% capacity. In addition, assigned seating will be used in all classrooms to reduce density. Though the university has signicantly increased the number of online classes, not all classes will be available online, according to the university’s reopening plan, includ- ing classes with curricular, degree or

licensure requirements. The university will require stu- dents, faculty and sta safety to monitor their health through a daily self-assessment to identify symp- toms of COVID-19. In addition, social distancing measures will be in place, and facilities will be sanitized with hospital-grade sanitizer. ACC has begun its four-phase plan to reopen its campuses. The fall semester will start with Phase 3 of the plan, which includes slowly scaling up to in-person instruction. Courses that require some compo- nent of face-to-face interaction, such as technical hands-on programs for welding, automotive and nursing, will be held in-person. All other courses will remain online, and the majority of employees will work remotely. Students, faculty and sta will be screened with daily temperature checks and self-assessments before entering ACC campuses.

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CITY&COUNTY

News from Hays County & San Marcos

COMPILED BY EVELIN GARCIA

NUMBER TOKNOW San Marcos City Council proposed this amount of funding from the Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response coming through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development be used for a COVID-19 testing program. The program would advance testing efforts in the community in partnership with Hays County. $105,530

Candidate filing period opens for local elections inNovember

Hays County to roll out cite-and- divert program HAYS COUNTY On July 8, Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler and Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau met with law-enforcement leaders from Buda, Kyle, San Marcos and Texas State University and agreed to implement a cite-and-divert program. Unlike the cite-and-release program, in which a law enforce- ment officer issues a ticket for a court appearance instead of taking someone into custody for certain low-level offenses, the cite-and-di- vert program would allow qualifying individuals to meet with the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to potentially avoid a criminal record for certain low-level offenses. “This program will give the depu- ties another option in dealing with a criminal case,” Cutler said. “The deputy will now have the discretion

HAYS COUNTY The filing period for candidates seeking to run for local leadership positions in the November elections opened in July. In addition to the presidential election in November, multiple City Council seats, including the

office of mayor, will be up for election in 2020 in Buda, Kyle and San Marcos. The last day to file for the ballot of the general election on Nov. 3 is Aug. 17. Early voting will take place Oct. 13-Oct. 30. The cities of Buda, Kyle and San Marcos opened the filing period for candidates seeking to run for local leadership. Here is a look at what seats will be up for election in November.

to use cite-and-release or cite-and- divert but can always make an arrest if he or she deems it appropriate.” Under the program, a prosecutor from the district attorney’s office may determine the individual’s course of diversion. Diversion can include educational courses, community service or paying restitution, accord- ing to a Hays County press release issued July 8. Once the offender satisfies the requirements determined by the pros- ecutor, the offender’s record remains clear of the particular offense. Hays County announced it would implement the program starting Sept. 1.

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION

San Marcos City Council:

Buda City Council

Kyle City Council

• Mayor • Place 3 • Place 4 • Place 5*

• Mayor • At-large position 1 • At-large position 2 • Single-member district B

• Mayor • District 2 • District 4

*The seat for Place 5 is a special election taking place in November due to a postponement in May caused by COVID-19.

SOURCES: CITIES OF BUDA, KYLE AND SAN MARCOS/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY&COUNTY

News from San Marcos, Kyle & Hays County

COMPILED BY EVELIN GARCIA

COUNTY HIGHLIGHT Hays County Commissioners voted July 21 to issue a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county. The ban will be in effect for 60 days unless it is lifted by the Commissioners Court. Residents are still allowed to grill, but no burning is allowed during periods of predicted low levels of humidity. San Marcos City Council Meets first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. 630 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos 512-393-8000 www.sanmarcostx.gov Kyle City Council Meets first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. 100 W. Center St., Kyle 512-262-1010 • www.cityofkyle.com Buda City Council Meets first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. 405 E. Loop St., Buda 512-312-0084 • www.ci.buda.tx.us Hays County Commissioners Court Meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. 11 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos 512-393-2205 • www.co.hays.tx.us MEETINGSWE COVER

City launcheseconomic relief program

City, countymove forwardwithCOVID-19 testingprogram SANMARCOS The city and Hays County announced July 7 a proposed coronavirus testing program. The proposed program would receive $105,530 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response coming through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Meeting testing demand in the com- munity through the COVID-19 Testing Program could include additional testing kits, sampling site staffing, cost of lab testing and flexibility to use the allocated funds for any other elements that could be needed for testing. City staff conducted additional research in July on the most effective option to advance testing efforts in the county. City Council members were scheduled to take formal action on the testing program at an Aug. 4 meeting.

KYLE The city of Kyle announced July 22 it will launch the Kyle Cares Emergency Utility Bill Relief Grant Program to provide economic relief for its residents in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The grant program will help res- idential utility customers within city limits have uninterrupted access to utility services, including water, wastewater, solid waste and storm drainage, according to a news release sent by the city. Utility bills issued for the months of March, April and May are eligible for the program. The funds may be used for all utility services billed by the city, monthly service charges for utility services, late payment fees or service disconnection fees. To be eligible for the grant program residents must be an in-city residential customer with an active account, be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID- 19 and more.

For more information and to start an application, visit the city’s website, www.cityofkyle.com.

UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE Residents who qualify for the grant program will only be eligible to apply grant credits on the following months:

utility bill due June 15 utility bill due May 15 utility bill due April 15

MAY 2020

APR. 2020 MAR. 2020

SOURCE: CITY OF KYLE/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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BUSINESS FEATURE Redbud Roasters Local coeehouse aims to provide worldly avors brewed in San Marcos C oee veterans Elizabeth Rios and Leah Molina have supplied San Martians with coee for nearly 20 years, rst as the owners of Jo on the Go and now as co-owners of both Jo’s Cafe and Redbud Roasters, a local coee roasting company and coee shop. The couple took ownership of Redbud in 2016 from Austin and Mary Van Zant to fully immerse themselves in the coee world. Redbud features a variety of fair trade coee beans from around the globe providing unique avors brewed locally for the community. After purchasing Redbud Roasters, Rios and Molina began roasting their own coee beans and selling them to local businesses such as Weusi Wellness Cafe and The Cornucopia. As the company’s bean roaster, Molina oversees the quality and consistency of the product by keep- ing a close eye on the production process. But running a “little coee empire,” as Rios puts it, is no easy task during a pandemic. “Our customers have been keeping us aoat— we’ve been really lucky,” Rios said. “If it wasn’t for all of them, we couldn’t keep our doors open—that means a lot to us.” According to Molina, the coronavirus pandemic has presented great challenges for the business, but it also brought more exposure to Redbud. Although the roastery is closed for most of the week except for order pickups, whole bean coee bags typically sold at Redbud are now displayed at Jo’s Cafe, which allows for what Molina refers to as “tiny coee education,” or the opportunity for customers to try dierent types of coee. “Coee is important,” Rios said. “For [our custom- ers] it’s a moment of normalcy, something familiar that they can go back to during these crazy times.” BY EVELIN GARCIA

“Coee is important. For [our

customers] it’s amoment of normalcy, something familiar that they can go back to during

these crazy times.” Elizabeth Rios, co-owner Redbud Roasters

From left: Leah Molina and Elizabeth Rios took ownership of Redbud Roasters in 2016.

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