Long the staple of Mexican restaurants, the Margarita has become synonymous with Mexican food and culture. However, as with many things in our modern culture, this may have more to do with clever marketing than any actual history.
Tequila is undoubtedly the most well recognized Mexican liquor outside of Mexico and is a staple of Mexican restaurants throughout the United States. However, many are unaware that it is a subset of a less well-known genre of alcoholic beverage: Mezcal.
Agave is a genus of plants mostly native to the hot and arid regions of the Americas, but which have now been cultivated in other parts of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. While sometimes mistaken for a type of cactus or aloe, they are distinct from these plants. Agave are fascinating and unique plants that whose history and uses extend much further than Tequila and agave nectar. Here are some things that you should know.
Throughout the last 14 years, Villon has been proud to work with the local community. This year we are excited to announce that we are expanding our outreach by launching a community-focused project within Villon. Olliv is a Villon cooperative with a mission to engage with various non-profits throughout Brevard County to positively impact different aspects of our community. Through Olliv, we will participate in community outreach events and donate the proceeds from Olliv to the organizations we work with.
Organizations we work with.
Our initiative is to positively impact a diverse range of needs within our community including, but not limited to youth mentoring and development, the environment, domestic violence victim services, hunger, homelessness, animal welfare, and health and wellness. Each year we will select three specific organizations to partner with. By alternating the three organizations, we hope to reach different parts of the community. This year we will be working with Florida WildLife Hospital, Children’s Hunger Project, and NVHS, the National Veteran’s Homeless Support organization.
How it works...
Our goal is to partner with organizations through a multi-faceted approach that includes participating in community outreach events and donating a portion of Olliv merchandise proceeds to the organizations we have partnered with.
After purchasing an Olliv shirt, hat and/or bracelet, Olliv customers have the opportunity to choose one of the three organizations they would like their proceeds to go to by placing the token they are given into the organization’s corresponding jar. Providing you with the option to select the organization allows you to contribute to the cause that resonates with you. All organizations will receive their total charitable contributions at the end of the year.
In addition to donations, we are supporting events hosted by the organizations throughout the year. Our support includes setting up an Olliv tent or providing volunteers as needed to assist with events.
Keith Becher and Cole are our dedicated Olliv representatives that will communicate and coordinate with each organization. Our representatives have personally chosen to work with their organizations and are just as committed to making a positive impact on the community and ensuring our mission is fulfilled.
We want to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years. We appreciate the support and look forward to the next chapter!
Author: Xeny Lopez Matos
Augusta, GA, situated on the Georgia and South Carolina border, is best known as the location of the annual Masters golf tournament. It turns out there’s a little more to this city than that. Here’s what I learned in a just under 24-hour visit.
Like most national retailers, immediately following Halloween is Christmas. Nothing is different in sunny Florida and while we aren’t experiencing the cooler temperatures that Mother Nature provides to get us in the holiday spirit, she gave us something else to remind us that it’s almost winter. Florida snow. No, not the individual ice crystals that grow while suspended in the atmosphere. This is the weed variety.
There might be something equally iconic and common stance to Floridians as the mouse ears - the Publix scale, or people weigher as they call it. These lollipop-looking scales have been around since the late 1930s when the first Publix stores opened. George Jenkins, the founder of Publix, thought having free scales in the store would be a great addition for customers. Apparently most scales during that time required a fee and they weren’t common household items just yet.
Florida is known for it’s plethora of dangerous animals; alligators, bears, sharks, snakes, and spiders. The Io (eye-oh) caterpillar needs to be added to this list. While not deadly, the sting of this caterpillar is unpleasant and there’s probably one located within 100 yards of your current location.
As many know, we’ve partnered with Adventure HQ to hold monthly climbing nights. As part of Villon night, if you wear Villon you can purchase a bouldering pass plus a shoe rental for $10. For those who haven’t participated, below are a few things that might be helpful to know before venturing out and joining us.