Lauren Angulo (left), assistant to Garcia Gallery and Events Center owner Andres Garcia, and Isabel Garcia (no relation to Andres), a jewelry maker, show some of the wares available at the Holtville shop. | William Roller photo
HOLTVILLE — Bringing a bit of diversity to Holtville’s downtown, a combination crafts gallery and exercise space has opened at 128 W. Fifth St.
Garcia purchased the building 11 years ago and re-launched the space on Nov. 26
as the Garcia Gallery and Events Center. He has invited in several craft
producers who work booths at the Imperial Valley Mall, though just a few
appeared the first week owing to busy plans for the Thanksgiving holiday.
just trying to see what can be established. I’m lining up most of them (15
vendors) and hopefully it’ll work out,” said Garcia. “My candles
(scented table candles) are all Gold Canyon. And when we are not here selling
our merchandise, the building will be used for Zumba dance class and a tai chi
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the other vendors will be selling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7
Constancio Torres, a certified therapist in massage and a kung fu/tai chi
instructor will hold class on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m. Also at that time will be Zumba dance instruction by another
certified professional, Jackie LM.
Garcia on Nov. 26 was Ismael Garcia (no relation), selling religious artifacts,
gifts and paintings of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is also known as the Virgin of
addition, there was Maura Olea, a jewelry maker from the Mexican state of Oaxaca,
who hand-crafted bracelets and necklaces with a diverse mix of beads, stones
and metals. The following day, Nov. 27, Isabel Garcia, Ismael’s sister, arrived
with her collection of bracelets, necklaces earrings and home accessories.
reduce prices on all the jewelry because I’d like to move the
merchandise,” she said. “I like the different styles I’m able to
offer and one-of-a-kind pieces.”
item Isabel produces is a silk or cloth scarf that incorporates a pendant clasp
to thread both ends of the scarf. It is called a Pashmina and is associated
with the cities of Guadalajara and Leon.
love December because it is the birthday of our Lady of Guadalupe,” she
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with his fellow craft professionals, Andres Garcia hopes to stimulate a revival
in Holtville commerce it enjoyed before Interstate 8 was completed and
travelers seemed to gradually ignore the previous robust diversity of shops
that existed in the 1960s and ‘70s.
noted he is glad to be back in his building and excited about bringing in the
community to sample special items and join in events.
hope to bring people back to downtown Holtville because we have a lot of empty
lots,” he said. “We want to make downtown more inviting and revive
the family community feel. I love my ‘peeps.’ I grew up here and Holtville is
explained, are a top sell.
selling Gold Canyon Candles for 15 years and they’re known throughout the (Imperial)
Valley,” he said. “I’m known for specializing in the 26- ounce size,
the largest. It costs a little more than the 16 ounce, $27, instead of $24, yet
it is the best for the value.”