Southside Makers & Shakers: Lights of Esperanza 2022

VIDA San Antonio joined in on the holiday celebration for the seventh annual Lights of Esperanza at Texas A&M – San Antonio. We supported this signature event with fun and festive activities for the whole family throughout the VIDA plaza. 

This month on the Southside Makers and Shakers blog series, we’re highlighting the local and small businesses that participated in the Lights of Esperanza holiday market. 

Delicious Bites 

Benjie’s Munch 

Benjie’s Munch is owned by Chef Benjie who earned a culinary degree from St. Phillip’s College. Chef Benjie’s mission is to make food you have grown up loving even better than how you remember it–no matter where you’re from! Follow Benjie’s Munch on Instagram @benjiesmunch or on their website.

Benjie's Munch owners in front of food truck

Credit: Trisha Lindsey Photography

Funnel Cake Fanatics

Local food truck, Funnel Cake Fanatics is San Antonio’s #1 spot for delicious, gourmet funnel cake creations. In 2021, the top flavor was Strawberry Fanatics and we can’t wait to see what 2022’s will be. Follow them on Instagram @funnelcakefanaticsstx to find out! 

Holiday Market

The Unbothered BlueBonnet

You can find Krystal of The Unbothered BlueBonnet at pop up markets in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Her handmade creations include earrings, resin art and decor! Follow @theunbotheredbluebonnet on Instagram to see what markets she’ll be at next or shop her website.

The Unbothered Bluebonnet at Lights of Esperanza at Texas A&M University - San Antonio

Credit: Trisha Lindsey Photography

913 Candle Co

If you’re looking for hand-poured soy wax candles, look no further than 913 Candle Co. Each scent in the collection has a sweet story behind its name and is “carefully blended and curated to perfection.” Follow this small business on Instagram at @913candleco to shop their candles and wax melts or visit the website

TAPEstry Art by Gerardo Saenz

Cassette tape art. Yep, you read that right! Gerardo Saenz creates unique art pieces using fun music media with cassette tapes and vinyl records. Check out his Instagram page at @tapestry_artbygerardosaenz or his online shop.

multiple pieces of artwork made of vinyl albums and cassette tapes

Credit: Trisha Lindsey Photography

Thank you to these local, small businesses that joined us at Lights of Esperanza this year. Shop local this holiday season and support your community.

We know that the Southside is full of makers and shakers. Do you have a small business or creator on the Southside that inspires you? If so, nominate that person (or yourself), to be a part of VIDA’s community series! Submit your nomination on the Contact Us page.

For more updates on VIDA San Antonio community progress, make sure to follow along on social media at @LiveVIDASA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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