Austin Latinx Small Business Shoutout – Where Wild Cards Are
Last month was National Mom and Pops Small Business Owners Day, so I figured I’d highlight an awesome Latinx Small Business located locally in Austin!
One of my latest obsessions is buying and planting potted plants inside my house and in my backyard to try and make my back porch my own special oasis. Scrolling through Instagram after for a bit I found @wherewildcardsare . Now not only did she have tons of amazing pictures of plants, a plant mama, she is from the same area back home I am from!
Mars was born and raised in the RGV, just like me and we have a shared/similar experience making our way to the Austin Area! Both of us are of Latinx decent and very entrepreneurial minded! After insta-stalking her Instagram account @Wherewildcardsare, I sent her a message asking about her business and plants.
Recently I partnered up with Chevy and got to drive around town a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500. It was a super fun drive and compared to my 2006 Silverado a HUGE upgrade. But with all it offers I was able to use it to get some items I needed to help decorate my backyard with MORE plants! I met up with Mars from Where Wild Cards Are and got to chat and pick up some brand new plants.
A little more about Where Wild Cards Are
Where Wild Cards Are specializes in plant for your home with hand painted terracotta pots, giving that super special one of a kind feel for each plan you purchase. Along with accessories stickers, cards, candles, and a whole bunch of other fun kick knacks.
I was able to drive around the 2021 Silverado and got to meet up with Mars to pick up some new plants and plant accessories. After talking with Mars for a while and getting to know about it, I just loved her story and had to write about it and give her a huge shout out on the blog!
Mars is originally from the RGV, just like me a fellow RGV transplant to Austin and we discovered that we know a lot of the same people from back home! A little hint, the RGV is a super small world, so me and Mars are basically cousins (not really but still you get the idea). After chatting for a while I learned quite a bit about how she started Where Wild Cards Are, where her passion for plants stemmed from, and how she made her way to Austin. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned and worked in digital marketing prior to the pandemic and decided to make a huge change and move from deep South Texas to the capital city.
Her inspiration for starting Where Wild Cards Are was a challenge to herself. She explained to me that her parents always loved to garden and had tons of plants they nurtured and cared for. She on the other hand could not keep a single plant alive to save her life. So as a personal challenge she started with one plant and tried to keep it alive. She explained if she can keep it alive she would buy another and another. That is how the idea for Where Wild Cards Are came about. She soon had tons of plant that actually survived and flourished. She would constantly be on the phone with her parents and asking them for tips on soil, pots, plants, watering, and all that is involved with being a plant parent. She said it brought her relationship with her parents closer than ever before. Also, at one event she worked with she had the help of a fellow RGV – Austin transplant help her out and by helping Mars with Where the Wild Cards Are it helped her friends relationship with her parents. She told me by starting her new plant venture it also had a very positive unintended consequence of helping bring her and her friend closer to their parents. Now that is something that is super cool!
For me I hadn’t had the best luck with plants either but during this time at home and with the Spring season I decided to take the leap and build up my plant collection and make my backyard my sanctuary for me and my family. By buying new plants for me, my wife, and my kids, and all of us being outside planting, watering, and being together it has even brought us a bit closer together! I mean you can’t beat that! Along with some of the plants I got from Where Wild Cards Are I picked up this one plant tag that really rang true with her story and mine, which is the “Not Dead Yet” plant tag because if you have one of those plant tags in a living plant at least you are manifesting that the plant will survive and flourish!
Also, one of my absolute favorite items I picked up from Mars is the Plant Papi candle, that candle right there described me to a tee! When I showed up to her house in the new 2021 Chevy Silverado to chat, I noticed a balcony full of plant and thought to myself that has to be Mars place! And sure enough it was!
A little more about the 2021 Chevy Silverado
Not only was I able to get some amazing new plants I was able to use the Chevy Silverado to haul everything I needed to expand my outdoor backyard garden. With so much room in the bed of the truck, 4X4 feature, 20 in wheels, and being able to haul 2,280 lbs in the bed and pull a trailer up to 13,000 lbs it fit all my needs for outdoor garden project.
Under the back seat I was able to safely secure some of the plants that I picked up safely and securely them in place and not have them rolling around the bed or all around the back seat floor.
Along with a super useful center battle station, it has all the features you could think of Navigation, Rear View and 360 Camera, Apple Car Play, Sirius XM, Google Play, Hotspot, Charging Deck, and heads up display. The 2021 Chevy Silverado has everything you need to get you around town and in my case get me many more plants I plan on nurturing and caring for!
The 2021 Silverado is what you need for your plant projects and Where Wild Cards Are is the plant plug you need if you are in the Austin Area!
For now I am going to try and keep my plants alive and keep expanding my outdoor garden.
For more information about the 2021 Chevy Silverado head over to: https://www.chevrolet.com/trucks/silverado/1500.
Last but not least, I want to give a huge shoutout to Mars from Where Wild Cards Are for being the inaugural Austin Latinx Small Business Shout Out blog post I featured! If you want to support Latinx Small Businesses in the Austin Area visit Where Wild Cards Are at their website www.wherewildcardsare.com and give them a like on Facebook, facebook.com/wherewildcardsare and a follow on Instagram: @wherewildcardsare.
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