Press & Features

We love being a part of Corpus Christi, Texas and are so grateful to those who are helping to share our story with the community. See where we've been featured!



Your Guide to Black Friday and Shop Small Business Saturday in Corpus Christi article by The Bend Magazine.

The Bend Magazine featured the Shop Small Crawl that Made In Corpus Christi created and was a part of in one of their great articles.  Many other local businesses also took part in this great event.  Read the full article here.




Local businesses invite the public for big-time holiday shopping at 'Shop Small Crawl' event news story.

KIII News recently did a story about the Corpus Christi 'Shop Small Crawl' event that features small businesses around the Coastal Bend.  Read the entire story and the great interview with the owner of Made In Corpus Christi here!




Local business owners hope for the best Small Business Saturday News Article

Our local news station KRIS 6 News did a piece about Small Business Saturday and featured Made In Corpus Christi.  Read more about the story and the details about the event that is held in Corpus Christi!




Canvas Rebel Article

Made In Corpus Christi was featured on the CanvasRebel website! 

CanvasRebel shares stories and insights from small business owners and their mission is to create a space for artist, creatives, and entrepreneurs to be able to learn form thier peers through storytelling. Check out the entire article here:





Made in Corpus Christi receives KKR Small Business Builders Grant for Female Founders

Launched in the early days of the pandemic, the program was created as a key pillar of KKR’s COVID-19 Relief Effort with the goal of supporting small business owners around the world. 

Now in Round 7, the program is investing in woman-identifying entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on New Majority owners who’ve pivoted their business in response to the pandemic and provide important community services. 

These recipients share a commitment to serving their communities and furthering their missions, along with the tenacity it takes to navigate the path of entrepreneurship during challenging times.

All recipients receive a $10,000 grant to help their small businesses recover and grow.

Read more here



Made in Corpus Christi Named 2022 US Small Business Administration District Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

Made in Corpus Christi, LLC received the Small Business Administration's Lower Rio Grande Valley District Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award during the 2022 District Small Business Week.

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.


Made In Corpus Christi was featured in a Caller Times list of the Top 10 Corpus Christi Stores for holiday shopping.  It included businesses that specialize in clothing, collectibles, gardening, and more.  To see the full list, click on the link below.



Made In Corpus Christi was featured in Voyage HoustonThe article, Exploring Life & Business with Nikki Riojas of Made in Corpus Christi, talks about how Made in Corpus Christi was started and what sets it apart from other businesses.  Click on the link below to see the full article.

Visit Corpus Christi featured Made In Corpus Christi in their blog about Corpus Christi makers.  It highlighted some of the best local gift ideas made by these amazing artists.  Writer Jacqueline Gonzalez says, "These top 10 gift ideas have something for the fashionista, as well as the aesthetic and home décor aficionado. There is even a little something for the foodie in your family."  Read the full blog here to see the full list of makers.



US Chamber Woman Owned Business Award Winner 2021 Made in Corpus Christi

Made in Corpus Christi was honored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the 2021 Dream Big Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award Winner!

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Made in Corpus Christi, from Corpus Christi, Texas as the winner of its Dream Big Women-Owned Business Achievement Award, presented by Spectrum Reach. The annual award celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. 

Read more here



Presented by Spectrum Reach with support from MetLife and Staples Connect, celebrate the achievements of small businesses and honor their contributions to America’s economic growth.

Watch the segment here


Made in Corpus Christi is a Finalist in the
annual Dream Big Awards! The awards,
presented by Spectrum Reach with support
from MetLife and Staples Connect, celebrate
the achievements of small businesses and
honor their contributions to America’s
economic growth. This year’s 27 finalists were chosen from a record-setting more than 1,000  applications submitted from small businesses across the country.


Made in Corpus Christi owner, Nikki Riojas was interviewed on The Local Influencers Podcast by host Abel Ozuna. Abel speaks to her about how she came up with the idea for her business and how she's not letting COVID be an excuse for failure. 
Listen to the podcast here



Made in Corpus Christi was featured on Spectrum News 1 to share how local shopping and supporting small business has and continues to contribute to the vibrancy of a community.

Watch the news story here



Made in Corpus Christi was featured on KRIS 6 News as a follow up to the Visit Corpus Christi Cares Campaign 1 year later.

Watch the news story here



Made in Corpus Christi was featured in an segment on KIII News focusing on shopping small, and staying local: How Made in Corpus Christi stayed in business throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

Watch the news story here



Made in Corpus Christi was featured in Caller Times story about where to support Corpus Christi shops on Smal Business Saturday. The story featured the Shop Small Crawl - Covid Edition that was a collaboration between 5 local shops in town.

Read the full article here



Made in Corpus Christi featured in The Caller Times after partnering with Visit Corpus Christi to help local businesses during coronavirus closures
Read the full story here




Made in Corpus Christi featured in RightOn Corpus story highlighting ways locals can support Corpus businesses right now.

Read the article here



Visit CC Cares has partnered with Made in Corpus Christi to sell locally made merchandise. 25% of the merchandise profit sales will go directly to the nonprofit charitable foundation.

Learn more here


Made in Corpus Christi's community website was featured on Coastal Living's Facebook page, helping bring awareness to the site's 200 local businesses.

See the post here


Owner Nikki Riojas joined forces with the Small Business development Center in Corpus Christi to share ideas and resources for local small businesses who are struggling to move their operations online during the Covid-19 crisis.

Watch the playback of the webinar presentation here



Corpus Christi’s first online “Shop Hop” will be held on Instagram on Sunday, March 22, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The 24-hour event–organized by Made in Corpus Christi owner Nikki Riojas–was created to give the community a fun, safe outlet after several days of being indoors.

Read the full press release here



Nikki Riojas, owner of Made in Corpus Christi and the founder of the Women's Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi was selected as an honoree at the first ever HER event, established and hosted by The Bend Magazine. She was chosen as this year's Community Visionary for her work with these organizations and was featured in the October 2019 issue of the magazine.

Read the entire article featuring 6 incredible local women online here.


Local family and video bloggers The Bartel Family stopped into Made in Corpus Christi to check out all of our local products and goods for their video series. Their vlog documents the amazing places, people, and events going on in the city–and aims to showcase the many reasons why Corpus Christi is a great place to visit and live.

See their entire series online and subscribe to their YouTube channel here:

Small Business Development Center Social Media Bootcamp

Nikki Riojas, owner of Thirteen & Market and Made in Corpus Christi walks through six steps to create an online community that drives sales and builds brand equity during this year's Social Media Bootcamp hosted by the Corpus Christi Small Business Development Center at the Center for Economic Development at Del Mar College.


Leading Ladies of Corpus Christi Podcast hosted by Brittany Mouttet Stephan

Nikki Riojas of Thirteen & Market and Made in Corpus Christi, as well as the Founder and President of the Women's Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi, discusses the major learning experience of starting a small business right after college, how her push for women business owners in the Coastal Bend to meet and share best practices turned into the much-needed nonprofit organization WES:CC, and the inspiration behind the 100% local Made in Corpus Christi line in episode 59.

Listen to the podcast here

Sew Taco Podcast

Thirteen & Market, a home decor and gift shop here in Corpus Christi; owner of Made in Corpus Christi, LLC; and founder of the Women's Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi. Though a Nebraska native, she is a Texan at heart and sees the true beauty in the power of connection to make things happen.


Listen to the podcast here (S4 Ep5)


The Bend Magazine - 'Around the Bend' Feature

Showcasing work from local artists, while having handy objects for various day-to-day tasks, is pretty much a match made in heaven. That notion is exactly what the brand Made in Corpus Christi has brought to fruition. According to owner Nikki Riojas, the brand was created to really show off the incredible amount of talent produced by creatives in our area.

Read the article here


KRIS 6 News Feature

Starting a business can be scary and difficult. Especially in a town like Corpus Christi, where the resources can be hard to find. But Nebraska native Nikki Riojas says when she moved to Corpus Christi she wanted to find that sense of community within businesses.

Watch the news story here


The Pencil Skirt Society Podcast

This week we are speaking with Nikki Riojas, the founder of the Women's Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi, also known as WES:CC. Nikki is also the owner of the popular shop Thirteen & Market. In this episode, she talks about the benefits of having a like-minded community by your side when times get tough.

Listen to the podcast here


Catalyst Conversations Podcast hosted by Jennifer Maggiore

How Do You Grow a Business When You Don’t Have a Support System? Build One. Nikki Riojas has been an advocate for women-owned businesses her entire life, starting her first company at 22 years old. She knows the challenges and successes of building a small business from the ground up, and is passionate about creating a strong support system among women business owners within her community

Listen to the podcast here