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Karen Maravilla

FROM the FARM: Delicious vinegar pie an old-fashioned find

FROM the FARM: Delicious vinegar pie an old-fashioned find

Last weekend's Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday provided a perfect mix of delicate crust and filled-to-the-brim favorite creations.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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It's Just Serendipity revitalizes downtown Hammond

It's Just Serendipity revitalizes downtown Hammond

When It’s Just Serendipity opened 5 years ago, Karen Maravilla and her partner, Raymundo Garcia, had a conversation that went far beyond the antiques, art, handmade creations, furniture, memorabilia and more for sale at the store. Their talk reached into the heart of community involvement by…

September 28, 2014 3:20 pm
FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

Last weekend's Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday provided a perfect mix of delicate crust and filled-to-the-brim favorite creations.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla (right) Sports Curlers and Housecoat with her Costumed Friends in 2013

Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla (right) Sports Curlers and Housecoat with her Costumed Friends in 2013

Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla, right, sports hair curlers and a housecoat with her costumed friends in 2013 at Hammond's Bizarre Bazaar.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr.

Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr.

Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia Jr. were born in East Chicago and raised in the region. They've worked in the hospitality industry all of their lives. Raymundo became the first employee of El Taco Real, owned by his parents, in 1974. In 1983, Raymundo became manager and operator of the r…

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
30 faces of tourism

30 faces of tourism

To celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority honored 30 individuals who have had significant impacts on the hospitality and tourism industry along the South Shore.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Making treasure out of trash

Making treasure out of trash

To many Hammond residents, Raymundo Garcia is known for the authentic Mexican food served at his El Taco Real restaurant. But he's also a sociologist, environmentalist, entrepreneur and visionary for bringing life back to the city's downtown.

December 06, 2011 12:00 pm Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, December 1

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, December 1

Two legendary and inspiring patrons of the arts --- Former Chicago First Lady Maggie Daley and Grand Rapids' Frederik Meijer --- passed away last week and while we mourn them, we also celebrate the rich legacies they left behind. They were visionaries and pragmatists who made big dreams come true.

November 30, 2011 11:30 am
Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 24

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 24

Welcome to our special Thanksgiving Day edition enewser in which all you have to do today is eat well, make plans to shop, (possibly) cook, (maybe) drive somewhere and have fun! Shore Motoring Columnist Jim Jackson's idea of fun is driving Mr. Santa Claus in a red 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee in…

November 22, 2011 11:30 am
Making treasure out of trash

Making treasure out of trash

To many in the community, Raymundo Garcia is known for the authentic Mexican food served at his El Taco Real restaurant in Hammond.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 17

Adventures in Everyday Living: Shorelines, Thursday, November 17

Don't miss the exciting Dec/Jan issue of Shore magazine full of big ideas and personalities including Herman Miller's Eames Lounge Chair; Three Oaks Journeyman Distillery's Bill Welter; Grand Rapids' George Aquino; Hammond Transformers Karen Maravilla and Raymundo Garcia; Die-Hard Cubs Fan C…

November 16, 2011 1:00 pm
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