The idea for VelvetCrate was cultivated in Dallas, however, our business operations were based in Kansas City and New York for our first three years. As of 2017, we are back 100% where it all started... in Texas! Although I'm not a born and bred Texan, a decade in The Lone Star State is enough to qualify for at least partial citizenship, right? According to our favorite book about Texas, Y'all: The Definitive Guide to Being a Texan by Jay Sauceda, CEO of Texas Humor, no matter what, I'll always be a foreigner. However, you can achieve true "Texcellence" with a basic understanding of why you should be proud of Texas.
Here are 5 Things I've Learned Living in Texas (and why we're proud to be a Dallas-based business):
Before moving to Texas, I swore I would never incorporate the word "y'all" into my vocabulary. That didn't last long. Why say two words when you can combine them into one?
My wedding anniversary is June 19th, and when I first told my friends in Texas the date, the response was often, "Ooh, Juneteenth!" The first few times people said this, I thought that the last day in the teens in June just happened to have a catchy name. When I learned what it actually meant, I received an important lesson in U.S. history.
One of life's greatest joys is a juicy brisket taco and a good margarita. Enough said.
Why give your date to the big high school dance an ordinary floral corsage to wear when you can give an elaborately decorated "mum"? The term "everything is bigger in Texas" really makes sense when you learn about this tradition. "Mum Anatomy" (pg. 123) breaks it down.
There's a special place in my heart for the Texas State Fair because I was a member of 4-H for a few years when I was a kid even though I've never lived in the country. I did all the "city" girl stuff. You know... the fashion show, baking, and cross-stitch. Having the Texas State Fair in Dallas every fall warms my heart, and fills my tummy after one too many corny dogs. And yes, they are now "corny dogs" and not "corn dogs", because that's a Texas thing too.
Want to learn more about being a Texan? The book, Y'all: The Definitive Guide to Being a Texan, is available in The VelvetCrate Shop.