Pepe’s Pizza

Owners: Jose and Soledad Najera
Years in Business: 20
Location: 1102 18th St. Hondo, TX 78861

Why is Medina County a great place for business?
Medina County is truly a great place for business. It is calm and rural, yet there are many great amenities such as highways,rail and airport access.

What has kept you in business in Medina County?
Both support from Medina County and our fantastic customers have kept us in business. The community is very welcoming of Pepe’s Pizza, and we get to know most of our customers. This makes every order special.

How has your business grown over the years?
With hard work, dedication and persistence – a lot of attention to our customers. We look forward to growing as Medina County continues to develop.

Banners Plus

Location: 509 US Highway 90 W. Castroville, TX 78009

Owner: Buddy Loessberg

Years in Business: 12

Contact: [email protected]

Description of Business
We started out making banners and signs and progressed into advertising products. We became distributors for Gameguard, and later added laser marking/engraving and became a distributor of anything Yeti.

Has Medina County been good for your business?
Absolutely. We have seen a continual increase in business from our inception and, as long as there is no major downturn in the economy, we see no reason for it to slow down.

What do you like most about doing business in Medina County?
Ninety-eight percent of the people who do business with us walk out with a big smile and say they will definitely be back.

fitwell

Location: 842 FM 471 N. Castroville, TX 78009

What is fitwell?
Ashlee Bates, Community Relations Manager: A locally owned and operated family physical fitness center located in Castroville, fitwell is focused on fitness, health and well-being.

Why is Medina County a good place for your business?
Building our business in Medina County was the right move for numerous reasons, but much of our success has to do with the community itself and our desire to truly serve its health, wellness and fitness needs. When we opened our doors in 2014, the Medina community welcomed our concept of a family-oriented fitness center in a big way.

What is your favorite thing about being located in Medina County?
Locally owned and operated, fitwell has just one location outside of Castroville. We’re a people business, and being a strong part of the community is our favorite thing. There’s a richness in the relationships we have formed with our members that would be difficult to duplicate in a different location.

Do you believe that Medina County offers enough resources for your business to succeed?
Yes! We successfully meet many of our supplier and business needs by working together with local companies right here in Medina County. Most of our staff and members are Medina County residents.

You have contributed more than $5,000 to the community – why is this an important aspect of your business?
Giving back to our community is embedded in our mission. Whether it’s providing membership fee discounts for teachers, active-duty military and first responders or sponsoring community events, we look for ways to meaningfully engage with our community in ways that align with our fitness and wellness mission.

Tell us a fun fact about fitwell.
Anyone 18+ who’s interested in joining our gym is encouraged to try us completely free of charge. Additionally, there is no initiation fee for new members and no long-term contracts…just a monthly fee.

Media Agriculture Products

President and CEO: Andrew Franke

Number of employees: 8 full-time and 2 part-time

Years in business: 54

Location: 4360 HWY 90 West, Hondo, TX 78861

Website: www.medinaag.com

Description of Business

Medina Agriculture Products has provided the highest quality, biologically based soil conditioners and natural/organic fertilizers since 1962.

Why is Medina County a good place for your business?

Medina County is centrally located in Texas, which provides us a convenient way to ship to our customers. We have access to highways, rail shipping terminals and one of the best municipal airports I’ve ever seen. Receiving both product inputs as well as business associates is easy in our location. While we enjoy all these benefits, we also are able to easily get into San Antonio to transact any “big city” business needs, but we are not obligated to put up with any of the “big city” hassles that go along with it.

What is your favorite thing about being located in Medina County?

My favorite thing about being located in Medina County is the quality of life. We enjoy living and working in a small town where the word “neighbor” actually means something.

Do you believe that Medina County offers enough resources for your business to succeed?

Without a doubt. Generally, we have everything here locally that we need in our day-to-day business. If something isn’t available locally, we are a close drive to San Antonio.

Tell us a fun fact or something people might not know about Medina Agriculture.

Medina Agriculture Products sells biological, organic products in 30 states in the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America.

Blooms & Blossoms

Owners: Diane and Ray Cumpian
Years in business: Opened in June 2015
Location: 810 Hwy 90, Castroville, TX 78009
Website: http://bloomsnblossoms.org/

Why is Medina County a good place for your business?
Our family is invested in Medina County. We live here and love our community. After extensive research, we discovered that Medina County is growing by leaps and bounds! We felt that a flower shop was a much needed service in the community.

What is your favorite thing about having a store in Medina County?
We love that we are less than one mile from home and have the opportunity to provide a valuable service to our friendly neighbors at an affordable price.

Do you believe Medina County offers enough resources for your business to succeed?
Yes, through the respective Chambers, groups and community members, we see the opportunity for businesses to flourish and thrive. The best resources are the people who work hard every day at promoting and improving the community for all its citizens.

How long have you been in business?
We opened Blooms & Blossoms in June of 2015.

Where do you see your business in five years?
Our business plan projects a much larger shop to include a walk-in cooler, larger work room, several full-time designers, shop staff and four additional vans.

Tell us a fun fact or something people might not know about Booms & Blossoms.
The best part of Blooms & Blossoms is the family. I get to work with my husband, mom and mother-in-law. We’ve shared many wonderful times, creating, laughing and working towards the same goal. Additionally, we are blessed to have met and been accepted by our neighbors and community members. Each day and every order is unique and we strive to make people happy with the freshest flowers, affordable prices and friendly service.