Client Success Stories

  • Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse, a business based in New Braunfels, providing wholesale and retail specialty fabrics including cork fabric, straps, and piping throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She recently expanded her offerings to include waxed cotton canvas.

    Meet Talia Hendry, owner of Fabric Funhouse

    Talia says, “What started as a love for all things fabric and relationship building with customers came this Funhouse of cork supplies.  Knowing very little about cork except for its undeniable beauty, I began to research and discovered all of its amazing natural qualities.  It’s not only animal friendly, it’s easy on the environment and actually plays a part in reducing greenhouse gases. Selling, using, and buying cork products saves these trees, rewarding both the planet AND your creativity!  But, what I personally enjoy most is simply being part of your creative process.”

    Rolls of Cork at Fabric Funhouse

    Located in Texas, Fabric Funhouse is the USA’s premier supplier of cork fabric, straps, and piping. They are dedicated to making cork products accessible to makers and designers both big and small. They offer the largest color selection and shipping daily.

    prints and varieties of luxurious, Portuguese cork fabric

    In an interview for the 2019 International Quilt Market, Talia said, “Don’t get distracted by a plan B, if plan A doesn’t work then find another plan A.  If you ever thought of starting a creative career, remember that most people are afraid to take risks.  Go to your local Small Business Development Center.  It is free professional resources that can guide you at any stage in your business.  They are government funded and their mission is to help small businesses succeed.”

    You can find Fabric Funhouse at https://fabricfunhouse.com.

    Fabric Funhouse cork logo and sewing machine

    Client Assistance:

    Talia, a former U.S. Marine, used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New, also a former U.S. Marine. Together, they worked on business formation, evaluating the financial need for capital and learning the administrative requirements of a small business.

    We are proud to be a part of Fabric Funhouse’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc. He purchased a Clothes Bin franchise, which has developed a proven process for the collection, management and distribution of clothes, shoes and textiles throughout the United States.

    Meet Tom Lansdell, owner of Lansdell Recycling, Inc.
    Strategically located in the parking lots of convenience stores, gas stations, shopping centers or wherever people congregate, these bright green bins are destined to become the go-to for anyone looking for a convenient way to recycle their clothes, shoes and textiles.

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc
    Tom has recycling bins across central Texas – located in New Braunfels, Austin, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, San Antonio, and Wimberley. Some of these recycling bins are located at schools. When you do your part by recycling, Tom does his. Every pound recycled at those respective bins supports those respective School Districts. In New Braunfels, you can find a Lansdell Recycling Bin at the Shell gas station next to Chili’s on SR 46.  (1210 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130).

    Recycling Bin of Lansdell Recycling, Inc - Wimberley ISD

    Client Assistance:

    Tom used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on the business plan, lending process and sales tax.

    Tom said, “Service and Support from the local New Braunfels SBDC Rep (Larry New) was excellent!”

    We are proud to be a part of Lansdell Recycling, Inc’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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  • Wicked Voodoo Espresso (LLC) is a coffee company that provides gourmet, high-quality espresso drinks, Voodoo donuts, and authentic German pastries to customers. Laurel and Kenny Winslow opened Wicked Voodoo Espresso in New Braunfels November of 2016 in a drive-thru kiosk. Three years later and they have expanded beyond the drive-thru with a brick-and-mortar coffeehouse, a distribution center, a commercial kitchen and they are selling their products in 10 stores.

    You can find Wicked Voodoo Espresso at wickedvoodooespresso.com and in person at their Freiheit Village Location, 2154 Gabriels Place, New Braunfels, or their coffee stand next to Beyond Blessed, 513 Business I-35 South, New Braunfels.

    Laurel received UTSA SBDC client assistance from the New Braunfels Satellite Office and business advisor Larry New. Together they discussed coffee bean wholesaling, warehouse space in Seguin, and managing warehouse space for other businesses as additional revenue. They also discussed working with PTAC in UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development and how they could help in getting Laurel certified as a woman-owned business in order to engage in business with Dell, Samsung, Princess Cruise Lines and others.

    With the business expansion and an owner-investment of $250,000 they created 6 new jobs, retained 6 jobs and they expect $750,000 in increased revenue with the new brick-and-mortar location.

    “Larry New and the SBDC team have given us so much attention, direction, and steady guidance that we could only hope to pay back one day in revenues generated for our beloved state, city, and county. When I give advice to others with a dream, my first words are Call Larry!” 

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    Kristina Uriegas-Reyes spent 7 years in New York City writing and working with small businesses through social media. She has a background in retail, specializing in vintage and consignment. After 7 years in NYC, she returned to her hometown of San Antonio with the goal of opening her own retro-inspired boutique. She collects vintage treasures and creates whimsical artisan jewelry. She started doing pop-up markets in San Antonio, primarily at Brick at Blue Star.

    Kristina came to several workshops at the SBDC and met Senior Advisor Crystal Darby. Kristina and Crystal discussed areas of the city where a vintage resale shop might do well. Kristina found a location at 1912 Fredericksburg Rd. Crystal advised her on city permits, insurance, business formation, and state and federal tax requirements. They discussed marketing to bring in traffic. Positioned next to the renowned Woodlawn Theatre, Hello Tallulah has been wholeheartedly embraced by the Deco District. Kristina’s collection of vintage clothing is highly curated. She also creates whimsical retro jewelry that is sparkly and fun. As a body positivity advocate and a former plus-size model, sizing is at the forefront of her mind, as she curates her collection. The company name came from her adorable pup, Tallulah.

    Kristina recently celebrated her store’s one year-anniversary and continues to thrive.

    Website: hellotallulah.com

    “My advisor Crystal Darby helped me with anything I needed, day or night, she was there for me. I honestly don’t think I could have opened this business without the SBDC and my advisor Crystal.”

  • Meet Kevin and Kate Arp, co-owners of K2 Culinary, a catering company in Wimberley, Texas. Kevin and Katie saw early success after opening for business. K2 Culinary had its first catering gig at the Bulverde Activity Center for the “Un-wine’d” Fundraiser. K2 Culinary then catered the Leadership NJROTC Training at Smithson Valley High School, serving over 100 cadets and 14 instructors.

    Meet Kevin and Kate Arp, co-owners of K2 Culinary

    K2 Culinary, a catering company, serves Wimberley, Texas and the surrounding area including Bulverde and Spring Branch. Kevin and Katie established their business in 2008 and expanded into the Wimberley area in early Spring of 2018. Kevin and Katie saw early success after opening for business. K2 Culinary had its first catering gig at the Bulverde Activity Center for the “Un-wine’d” Fundraiser. K2 Culinary then catered the Leadership NJROTC Training at Smithson Valley High School, serving over 100 cadets and 14 instructors.

    Kevin Arp chopping onions in the K2 Culinary kitchen

    Kevin Arp sautéing mushrooms in the K2 Culinary kitchen

    K2 Culinary doesn’t just cater large events, they will cater private dinner parties as well. You can find K2 Culinary at: www.facebook.com/k2culinary or by calling 512.644.0901

    Client Assistance:

    Kevin used the assistance of the New Braunfels Small Business Development Center and the Center’s Business Advisor, Larry New. Together, they worked on marketing and entity formation to include small business taxes and employment taxes.

    While working with UTSA Small Business Development Center Kevin was able to start their business, create 1 new job and increase their profits.

    We are proud to be a part of K2 Culinary’s success!


    Find the UTSA Small Business Development Center at 940 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels and call us at 830-214-6435.

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