Space in downtown El Paso is becoming more and more limited each year, not only that but rent near or in downtown are also going up. It’s one of El Paso’s most popular areas full of historic places, San Jacinto Plaza, the Plaza Theater, the art museum, Dream Chasers Club, Barrio Skate shop, general shops, bars, an art space and many other things. It is no wonder why people want to live near downtown. There are so many things to do. However, I want to introduce THE 501 S. Campbell Apartments, which are about a mile away from the downtown area and won’t break your wallet.
Here is what they have to say:
“Just built! Brand new upscale apartments in the heart of downtown El Paso! Conveniently located three blocks fro the mirrored county courthouse building, THE 501 has easy access to I-10, Paisano, the Border Highway and the soon-to-come streetcar trolley, Be the very first to live in your unit! All apartments come equipped with brand new washers and dryers, water and trash bill paid, refrigerated air, granite countertops, upscale appliances, garbage disposals, microwaves, dishwashers, refrigerators, faux wood floors, modern 9-foot ceilings, brushed nickel fixtures, energy efficient lighting, convenient trash chutes on every floor, balconies in select units, a shared community space, and more! Within a mile from all downtown attractions and vents, it’s the place to be! Join our community of people with a passion for downtown and its vibrant future. All are welcome to THE 501 GRAND OPENING PARTY on Thursday, August 17, from 5:30-7:30pm, to enjoy great music, good food, a free ice cream bar, free refreshments, door prizes, and more, while seeing what we have to offer!”
More info at: https://www.apartments.com/the-501-501-s-campbell-apartments-el-paso-tx/yq5j08s/
“This book is a love letter to El Paso.”
Raul the Third is an El Paso native who shows the love for his hometown through his artwork, as you can see in his Pura Belpré Award winning book, “Lowriders in Space.”
Raul grew up in the border and even now, while living in Boston, he still has a love for these two sister cities. If you ask Raul what he does at El Chuco when he visits his first answer is “to visit my parents.” Something that he loves to do while in town is to walk around Downtown El Paso all the way to the bridge and walking on over to Juarez, maybe even pay a visit to the Mercado Cuauhtémoc. Raul’s art speaks for his love of his hometown, a place he calls unique, safe, and full of culture. Raul believes that El Paso is the city of the future.
Raul is going to be visiting soon to talk about his book “Lowriders in Space,” where the world of the characters is heavily influenced by his upbringing in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. You might ask yourself, how does he do that? If you pay close attention, you can find a restaurant called “Tortas Nico”, familiar to you Juarez natives, as well as many eloteros. You can also see a mountain with a Thunderbird that will leave you thinking of our beloved Franklin Mountains and a lot of nopales. Raul even included one of his characters whistling to “Noa Noa” by Juan Gabriel, and if that wasn’t enough to show his appreciation, he dedicated his book to Juanga!
As for the process of illustrating a children’s book, Raul is very grateful and appreciative of his team at Chronicle Books. Raul works closely with different editors and an art director to make the book happen. Of course, his collaborator, Cathy Campers, helps Raul create a cool script that goes along with what he feels inspired to illustrate. The illustrations for “Lowriders in Space” are unique because Raul decided to complete the entire book only using Bic ballpoint pens, something that anyone would be able to draw with.
For all you aspiring illustrators, Raul’s advice is to be truthful to representing yourselves and the community you grew up with above all else. He believes that people sharing their own stories is the perfect way for people to be passionate about their work. The art should be about people that you know, care, and love so that you can become invested in your work. Above all, representation is important, and it is up to us border natives to demonstrate our love for our city through our work so that others can learn about it.
Make sure to stop by for Raul’s book signing happening at Chuco Relic August 6 from 11 am to 2 pm!
If you've walked around Downtown recently, and ventured up to the Artspace Lofts you've probably realized that there is a new coffee shop open. This coffee shop is called Nomu and it is located next to the Fab Lab at the Art Space.
Now before anything else you might be wondering: What does Nomu mean? Don't worry we asked ourselves the same thing! The cafe was created by a group of partners who wanted to provide service to people in Downtown El Paso, especially the residents at Artspace. Two of the partners lived in Tokyo for a while and this is where the idea came from. The word Nomu means to drink in Japanese, and they thought the name seemed fitting.
The owners realized that Downtown lacks cool places to just hang out and have a good time. They want to make sure they provide a super relaxed space that is not pretentious. and trying to just give options. Having a coffee shop next to the Fab Lab really influenced the place. Some of the owners of Nomu are from the Fab Lab and this inspired them to have a DIY space made from scratch. Overall Nomy is very minimal looking with all the benches, tables, and even the Downtown map all hand made by the Fab Lab.
Nomu is implementing an environmentally conscious brand that focuses on leaving the least amount of waste possible. They use paper straws and try to package everything in paper or cardboard to use the least amount of plastic possible. Not only do they reduce the use of plastic, but they try to use local resources to serve their community.
The coffee that they use is local, and therefore short distance, and still great quality. They use local bakers, like Sweet Addiction, and have vegan options from Savage Foods. All their food is prepackaged, but it is made either the day it is used or the night before, so everything is always fresh.
Not only does Nomu serve the El Paso community great coffee and tea selections, you can now also consume alcohol! Nomu now serves nine different craft beers as well as a selection of wines from Chile and France.
If you still haven't visited, we urge you to go take a look and have a drink, or two, while enjoying the cool atmosphere Downtown!
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