In 1939 Vega's Curios & Antiques opened its doors on Guerrero Avenue, the main street connecting Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Laredo, Texas, USA by way of an International Bridge crossing the Rio Grande. The store specialized in French & Spanish home decor antiques from the old colonial Haciendas, jewelry, perfumes, & souvenir items.
The Tourism Boom
In the 1940s, Nuevo Laredo Mexico would see a boom in tourism largely due to World War II and the Army - Airforce base in Laredo, Texas. One summer weekend in 1942, the base gave out a weekend pass to a large majority of its soldiers. They walked across the US - Mexico International Bridge. My grandfather told a story to my father that the Mexicans thought they were being invaded. He was right as it was an act of an economic invasion; the soldiers ate, drank, and purchased just about everything in the city that weekend. It was one of the best business weekends and the birth of the tourism industry for Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
The Spanish Colonial Revival
During the 1920s, the architectural movement towards Spanish Colonial was being seen in much of the Southwestern parts of the United States, and this trend would continue well into the 70s. By 1960, Vega's moved into a larger location to accommodate the high demand for Spanish Colonial furniture. It was very easy at the time for US travelers to cross the border into Mexico and fill up a trailer full of furniture, and enjoy the touristic comforts of Nuevo Laredo, such as the famous Cadillac Bar born out of the US 1920's Prohibition Era.
The US Showrooms
Vega's opened its doors in Laredo, Texas in 1973. The demand for all things Mexican sought after by US Tourist was reason enough to open another location, while continuing our main manufacturing operations in the Nuevo Laredo, Mexico showroom. By the mid 1980s, we would begin reinventing itself into the custom design business we are known for today. The world design influences had reached us and taken root in our philosophy. We were no longer just committed to building the familiar, but embracing everything else that was inspiring us. It is something that we still honor till this day. The more our world becomes more connected the more we find new influences to fuse into our designs.
When in Laredo, Texas
Come visit us whenever your travels takes you close to our neck of the woods. Our showrooms will inspire you, and our lovely patio will be your oasis; and don't forget to try our Margaritas on Saturdays. We look forward to your visit.