Fiesta 2021: How San Antonio Got Its Groove Back


San Antonio’s annual Fiesta gathering is more than just an excuse to party… 

It’s Fiesta’s sense of community that locals cherish as much as the Mexican historical significance behind it. 

But, last year in 2020, Fiesta was canceled in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Typically full of very joyous announcements and anticipatory preparations, the streets of San Antonio simply weren’t the same. 

Something was notably absent from the city’s vibrant spirit.

Fast forward to 2021, and Americans everywhere are starting to mingle much more freely at social gatherings in the wake of increasing COVID-19 vaccine rates.

(And frankly, many folks were tired of canceled events and staying at home for a year.)

Fiesta returned fiercely

Ready to celebrate like old times, excited throngs of San Antonians showed up, breathing life back into their city and traditions. Even a global pandemic couldn’t shut down Fiesta for another year. The best part is that we were able to join in!

Our love for San Antonio, the culture, and the community will never waver. So, naturally, we came bearing new pins, wide smiles, and even wider hats for a city we love.

Kayla’s Take on Fiesta 2021

Never one to miss Fiesta, here’s what stood out to our city Market Manager and San Antonio native, Kayla Morales, as she served up pins and Good People, Great Movers vibes with the community.

So, what’s the deal with Fiesta?! Sure, 2020’s event was canceled, but why are San Antonians usually so excited about it? 

For me, it’s about the food and community coming together to teach different cultures and traditions. 

There are so many beautiful bright colors and DIY [do-it-yourself] ideas that everyone comes up with that really drive the people to come out and have fun!

Ok, so what’s with those medals and huge DIY hats (er, sombreros)?

Ahh yes… The hats and medals have been a tradition for as long as I can remember and I am 30 years old! 

People take a lot of pride in their hats and [the] medals they create on their own or buy to wear out during the whole week of fiesta. These medals can represent the businesses around the city, helping out a family fund their families cancer fund, or sharing our love for certain things around the city like the Spurs, Missions, or any other favorite major league, high school, or college sports teams. 

Same with the hats as well. But, you tend to see more Fiesta-oriented hats with bright colors, flowers, or the famous tagline, ‘Show me your shoe!’

How do you decide what to do each year for the medals?

When you are making your design, the more unique the pins are, the better. That’s how you bring people to the booth or business to buy them.

What’s your favorite thing you look forward to at Fiesta?

The food and parade. This year there was no parade, but during Pin Pandemonium the community did put on a small parade and this was so refreshing since we missed out in 2020. 

You never really know how much Fiesta really does help the community and people, but it really does.

As I said, culture is a big part of San Antonio and for people to be able to showcase theirs and educate people on their culture it can make a difference.

How do you and the team prepare for the day of Fiesta?

Ahead of time, the Fiesta Commission will reach out and let us know the dates of the event.

Then, we have to make sure we have our medals designed and ready to go. We make sure all the marketing materials are in and that we have food and snacks for the workers and attendees.

What did you notice was different about this year’s Fiesta from previous events?

This year it was smaller than previous years. Not as many vendors were participating and there were a lot of empty tables. Traffic started to pick up toward the end of the night rather than the beginning. 

Also, this usually takes place in late April which is cooler than June. With the heat, not many people wanted to be out there early. For the people who did show up, including the vendors with their medals, we had some common ground. Everyone who was in attendance was still dealing [with] COVID.

We know how much the demographics of San Antonio are growing from an influx of Americans leaving other states. Do you think Fiesta is still significant as the population changes to include more non-Texans?

Fiesta is a celebration of the Hispanic culture. The city itself comes together to celebrate and participate in Fiesta. There are many different attractions to be a part of such as the Pin Pandemonium, Battle of Flowers Parade, and NIOSA (Night Out in Old San Antonio). 

Many different ethnicities and cultures come to celebrate with us. It is a very inviting event for all of San Antonio’s citizens and non-citizens. 

As the city grows outward and becomes more culturally diverse, I don’t think there will be a decline in Fiesta but rather an increase in events throughout the city rather than just in the downtown area.

Wrapping Up

Are you excited for Fiesta 2022? We’re definitely looking forward to it! We also can’t wait to implement Kayla’s creative ideas to reach out to the San Antonio community for next year! 

Fiesta will take place from March 31-April 10, 2022. Hope to see you there!

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3 Men Movers Implements Plan to Address COVID-19


Houston, TX – March 24, 2020: Amid the rapidly changing environment around COVID-19, 3 Men Movers, a family owned Texas moving company, announces new steps the company is taking to address health and safety precautions during the moving process. These important measures will address how to be safer while moving during a pandemic. Many state and local governments recognize moving as an essential service, and 3 Men Movers will continue offering moving services to those who are ready to move.

3 Men Movers is a leader in the moving industry and is proud to be a company that puts people before profits. One of the company’s core values is to be The Experts in the moving industry. It is in this spirit that the company announced new guidelines for customers and employees during this turbulent and fast-changing time.

Safety Comes First

  • Moving crews who want to continue providing moving services will follow the new safety guidelines.
  • Every Crew member is required to PARTICIPATE IN A once-a-day temperature check and health screening using drive-through checkpoints the company has set up throughout Texas.
  • Crew Leaders are asked to sign a COVID-19 Crew Leader Pledge to follow safety guidelines.
  • Crew Members are encouraged to wash their hands often for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer over 70% alcohol, and refrain from touching their face.
3 Men Movers employees complete driver temperature checks.

3 Men Movers employees complete driver temperature checks.

Social Distancing is Important

  • All Driver’s Meetings are canceled in an effort to limit group congregation.
  • Drivers have to sign a pledge that they will not congregate in groups of more than five individuals during this time.
  • Moving crews are encouraged to self-isolate if they live with at-risk individuals.
  • Most office personnel are working remotely and are still available to help customers during normal business hours.
  • A small crew of employees will staff the office to be available for any customers that need to access their self-storage and mobile storage units.

Recommendations for Customers with Scheduled Moves

  • 3 Men Movers requests that customers make available a sink with soap for moving crews to wash their hands.
  • Any customers that meet the following criteria are asked to cancel their moves for the safety of both the customer and the moving crew:
    • They have had or have come in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the last 15 days.
    • They have traveled to a COVID-19 outbreak country during the last 15 days.
    • They have had a fever, shortness of breath, coughing, body aches, or other flu-like symptoms, or have been around someone who has had these symptoms in the last 15 days.
  • 3 Men Movers recommends that customers be aware if they are in an at-risk group, and to take precautions to protect themselves. Studies have shown that some preexisting health conditions can make at-risk individuals more susceptible to infection.

Reflecting on the importance of the situation, Jacky Fischer, CEO, said, “Postponing your move until we have found a treatment or a vaccine for COVID-19 is the safest way to go, but some customers have no choice and need to move now. For customers who have to move, we have enhanced our already stringent safety policies to provide customers and moving crews with peace-of-mind during their upcoming moves.”

About 3 Men Movers: 3 Men Movers is a woman-owned business that has demonstrated dedication to its customers and its community with a philanthropic spirit and a commitment to honest practices for 35 years. We believe that to have great movers, you must start with good people. That’s why with 3 Men Movers you’re getting kind-hearted experts that go beyond to ensure each customer has an excellent experience. Founded in 1985, We are proud recipients of The Pinnacle Award & The Gold Star Award from the Better Business Bureau. With offices in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, our local moving company has become recognized as the mover of choice for over 30,000 Texans each year.


What is Fiesta? (And yes we sell medals)


 

Are you ready for Fiesta?! If you know what we're talking about, you're probably from San Antonio, home of one of the best annual citywide events ever. And if you're not familiar with Fiesta San Antonio, you're about to find out what makes this well-known event so exciting for locals of all ages. Here's what you need to know about Fiesta--and what it means when we say 3 Men Movers made a medal for the event.

How Did Fiesta San Antonio Get Its Start?

Even if you've celebrated Fiesta before, there's a chance you're not aware of its historical significance. This event began all the way back in 1891--yes, over 100 years ago! It was meant to honor the memory of the fallen heroes of the battles of San Jacinto and the Alamo, so locals began a parade of decorated carriages and bikes. During the parade, they'd toss flowers at each other. But since you can only throw flowers at people for so long, they eventually added parties, dances and a carnival to the festivities.

What's Fiesta All About Now?

As you might suspect, Fiesta has changed a bit over the decades. No longer is it all about carriages, flowers and dances--though these are still part of the event. These days, this "Party with a Purpose" is a chance for more than 3 million people to get together and celebrate San Antonio's diverse cultures through hundreds of events. In a span of nearly two weeks, dozens of local businesses and nonprofit groups get involved to help make Fiesta one of a kind.

So what goes down at Fiesta? Everything you can think of! First, there are three big parades--one involving boats--around San Antonio. There's also an Oyster Bake at St. Mary's University, and A Taste of New Orleans at the Japanese Tea Garden. You can find music concerts galore, with many celebrating the music of a specific culture. For example, the Fiesta Pops concert shows off the music and dance of Mexico and Latin America. If you want to hear some country, the Chaparral Music Festival is where you want to be, while the Deco District Arts and Music Festival offers musical performances by both local and national musicians.

Of course, this is just a small sample of what Fiesta San Antonio offers. There are several more music concerts, along with art and craft fairs, block parties, food tastings and sporting events. There's even a huge carnival with rides for the whole family. Check out the Fiesta 2018 event calendar to find out which events would interest you the most.

What Are Fiesta Medals?

Another major part of Fiesta San Antonio is the fact that local businesses create and sell their own medals. Each medal is made of details that are unique to the company, and Fiesta attendees love to collect them like souvenirs from their favorite local businesses. Here's the selection of medals you'll see at Fiesta 2018.

And the best part is that you can buy a medal from 3 Men Movers! That's right; we love Fiesta and enjoy getting into this event, so we make sure locals have a chance to collect a medal from a business that has been serving San Antonio for years. If you want to buy a medal for $10 from 3 Men Movers, feel free to come by our office at 302 Casa Blanca St., San Antonio, TX 78215. We'd love to meet you and make sure you have another Fiesta medal that you can add to your collection!


4 Ways We’re Leading The Movement Of Green Movers


During a move you use paper, shrink wrap, boxes, and tape. It doesn’t seem like a sustainable industry does it? Over the years we’ve taken measures to lessen the footprint we leave as a company and give moving a green makeover!

Paperless billing and communication

All of our communication is paperless from booking moves, sending clients follow ups on the date and time of their move and even payment at the end of the move. In earlier years, our crew leader had to drive back to our office after every move to drop off a paper invoice. We’re saving time, paper, and cutting back on fuel emissions!

Box and newsprint recycling

One of our ancillary services is professional packing. Along with packing, our professionals will also unpack your home. After an unpack, our packers take all of the used boxes, paper, and tape with them to be recycled at our facility.

Electronics recycling

Boxes and paper aren’t the only thing that we recycle. We also allow our clients and our entire community to drop off unwanted or outdated electronics to be recycled.

We encourage our clients to donate unused items

Before an upcoming move we encourage our clients to go through their belongings and donate any clothing or items that have been gently used. Instead of letting these items become waste they can be given a new life!

In conclusion

Taking the initiative to protect our environment is an extremely important part of our company culture. This mission ties back to our commitment to being fair and respectful, not just to our clients but also to our planet.


3 is a Magic Number!


3 Men Movers shows you why 3 is the most beloved number and why you only 3... Men Movers! A fun and funny collage of all things 3 to show you why all good thing come in 3's!


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Millennials in the work place | How Millennials Work


The millennials of 3 Men Movers have something to say.

 

Video Transcription

Hi I'm Kate, Hi I'm Lauren, Hi my name's Jeremy, oh hi my name is Eddie,
Hey my name is Paige, Hi my name is Andrew.

We heard in the office that there's a bit of a generational divide.

I'm a Millennial.

I know that you guys have a couple of issues with the way we work. So I thought we could clear some of that up today. not necessarily what you're thinking is wrong about us more in the sense that it's a misunderstanding.

So I mean just off the top of my head for example Lauren okay she's our content marketing specialist she's always head down phone constantly. she's not doing that to tweet with her friends or to send a quick text about the next happy hours she's actually responding to our customers here we have a 30 minute response rate so within 30 minutes she responds our customers whether they're happy , sad, or otherwise because we want them to know we're here.

Really having your phone is like your computer or having a tablet. Just because I'm on my phone does not mean I'm not working.

Let's take Eddie for example. Eddie is our web developer and I think a lot of people see him more as the IT guy instead of the technologists. So might look like he's just getting to roam the internet all day long or maybe his core function using power tools to fix a pc or fix that excel formula just can't seem to work. But what he's really doing is ensuring our website up and running and it looks great because the way we represent ourselves digitally means so much more now than it ever has.

We use technology for research and we use it to learn information just because it has so much available to us. So the next time you see a millennial on their phone or on the internet chances are that we're actually building something or we're creating something.

Another misconcepción would be Andrew for example: short attention span. It's not that we have ADD and have possibly been overmedicated for most of our childhoods. In Andrew's case he has a short attention span because everybody needs him. Andrew's brilliant and he wears so many hats around here so usually his problem is after you're done working with Andrew there is probably a line of about three other people who need him.

I like feedback and I know other people do. Paige for example, she's always running back and forth to Jackie's office and it could look like Paige can’t make a decision for herself but really we're just trying to get stuff right like branding or ensuring that our drivers don't need anything. So while it seems like we constantly need to be praised for our work some of that is we just need a little more information from you.

I don't think that you can judge a whole group of people based off of a set of a few bad eggs.

There’s a perception that millennials jump around from job to job. Jeremy's in the boat where he's just got a lot of talent and a lot of skill and he's exercising his abilities He’s a senior at the University of Houston to jump around and see what's out there. Not a bad thing but a good thing. We want our interns to be curious about the world.

You're kind of misguided in the way that you're thinking about us and why we do certain things that we do.

Maybe your opinion of our generation,
if you look at it in a different light we're not so bad after all.

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Shirley Fischer, Co-Founder of 3 Men Movers, Turns 80!


 

Shirley Fischer Turns 80

A place to rest in honor of a woman who never does.

Shirley Fischer, wife, mother, and co-founder of 3 Men Movers turns 80 today! In honor of this milestone, her children have dedicated a bench to her in front of a building she and her husband own, in their hometown Dixon, Illinois.

Shirley was born on August 6, 1936, and was named after Shirley Temple (the child star during the Great Depression). She grew up in southern Illinois and lived in a small two-bedroom house with her parents, little brother, and three sisters out in the country. Life was simple back then. The four girls shared a bed on the porch and walked to school together. They did laundry in a washtub and hung it on the line. They didn't have electricity, running water, or own a car when they were little. They went to school in a one room school house with about 13 children of all grade levels, and her father worked in the mines.

When the mines shut down her family moved to the "big town", of Dixon, Illinois. She started Dixon High School at age 13. She was shy, being from a very small school, but eventually came out of her shell. She excelled in art and was a tomboy. Her best friends were Burt Lorenzen and Sammy Kerley who later went on to marry her two younger sisters.

Later in life she met John Fischer, the town hellraiser...AKA The Kingfish. Although she was warned to not marry him, she was headstrong and did it anyway. After marriage, John settled down and did right by her. However, life was never the same because John had big plans. John liked to travel and took Shirley to Florida, Mexico, and Tennessee. Quite an adventure for a small town girl.

The whole gangShirley had 4 kids from her previous marriage, Mike, Kelly, Chris, and Patrick and they added another child, Jacky, to the brood. After the older kids left the nest, they moved to the city of Houston, Texas with their youngest.

Life in Houston started off difficult with failed businesses and very little money to live on. Through grit, determination, and a little luck at age 50 they started a moving company, 3 Men Movers. While John worked on the trucks moving furniture, Shirley supported her family on a minimum wage job at the public library as a desk assistant. Later she found out she could get a raise if she drove the bookmobile. She went to school, got her CDL license and became a trucker, driving a library on wheels to communities that didn't have libraries! John always said he could not have started and grown 3 Men Movers without her unwavering support.

As the business became more successful life got easier. Shirley retired and began to focus on her art and they bought a home on the Gulf Coast. She traveled to New York with her son Chris and to England with her friend. They sold the moving company to their youngest daughter and settled down to enjoy their golden years.

Unfortunately, life is not without its ups and downs. On September 13, 2008, they lost their home and all of their possessions during hurricane Ike. They were lucky enough to have made it off the peninsula, as many did not survive the deadly storm.
They eventually moved back to the beach and built a new home. Recently they purchased another waterfront property on the edge of the Rock River in Dixon, where they spend their summers close to their friends and family.

Although Shirley is 80, she still walks over 10,000 steps a day (that's about 4 miles!) and is known for her witty sense of humor. She is now the matriarch of the family and respected for her resilience and strength. She is loved. Happy Birthday, Shirley Fischer!


3 Men Movers Leverages iPads To Go PAPERLESS


3 Men Movers Leverages iPads To Go PAPERLESS

Going paperless means that 3 Men Movers will be saving thousands and thousands of trees each year! By helping the environment out, our Texas movers and packers will be able to help you faster and easier than ever before. We are now serving all major Texas cities: Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas!

3 Men Movers has gone PAPERLESS!

Our movers know how much this is going to make your moving process easier. At 3 Men Movers, we leverage technology to scale our company while increasing our profitability. 3 Men Movers has recently completed our project to go paperless by providing all of our Crew Leaders with iPads. Our Houston movers are now much more comfortable now that everything is digital! Our iPads make the following information available:

For our Movers:

  • Real-time dispatch data delivered to their iPads so that the Drivers do not need to come into the office daily to pick up paper invoices.
  • Key Performance Indicators that enable our movers to view their customer satisfaction scores and obtain any existing damage claims in real time.
  • A portal that allows our Movers with access to their payroll information.
  • Secure mobile payment center for customers with emailed receipts.

Everything that can be automated is automated. While other moving companies are waiting to get feedback on when a driver shows up late to a job, our iPads send us a message in real time so we know there is an issue and our operations department can spring into action. Our Accounting department is able to scale without having to hire more data entry people. We utilize these savings to make the customers’ experience more delightful with more customer service positions.Our paperless process, complimentary electronic recycling service, and our free of charge box-recycling program are some of the efforts we use to stay on top of the changes in our industry and become more environmentally friendly.  We are currently the only moving company that has electronic recycling and have been recognized by the Houston’s mayor for our efforts. 


Why You Should Choose a Local vs. National Moving Company


Why You Should Choose a Local vs. National Moving Company

We can all agree that Texans have an insurmountable level of state pride. As a home-grown company, 3 Men Movers is no different! That’s why I wanted to take a moment to express the importance of “shopping local.” Now wait - this isn’t a ploy to push our services! Because we’re a local company, we have seen the power of Texans who support, grow, and encourage our community to thrive.

Here are just a few reasons to shop local when possible:

We care. Local companies know that without customers, we wouldn’t have a business. Why be treated like a nameless consumer when you can build a real bond with your neighbors by shopping local? Local companies also spend more on charitable contributions because these are our communities too. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the 3MM Community Service page!

We put our money where our mouth is. Local companies spend within their communities, which means more of your money says in Texas and helps to make your home a better place. A study found that, on average, for every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $57 of that leaves the state to be spent on outsourced services and/or products, as opposed to a locally owned business where only $27 dollars are outsourced. Local businesses use other local businesses for services such as accounting or maintenance, which are often outsourced.

We create jobs. Local businesses create more jobs than chain stores do. It has been found that “the arrival of a big-box store decreases the number of retail jobs in a region.” Decreased jobs means decreased spending which leads to economical issues in the long run. We also know that the lack of jobs can create and feed into other societal issues, bringing down the overall quality of a community.

By shopping local as often as possible, you are enabling your neighbors to have jobs, you are helping your local economy thrive, and you are supporting your neighborhood so that it can continue being an amazing place to live. When you shop local, you are not only helping yourself - you’re also making a choice to help others!

Sources: Michigan State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 

 


Becoming A “3 Men Mover”


What It Takes To Become A Mover At 3 Men Movers

What does it take to be a "3 Men Mover?" We sat down with our Houston Operations Manager Eric to get the scoop on the hiring & training process of our movers.

What does it really take to become a "3 Men Mover?" Turns out, it requires much more than you think! We ensure that our movers experience a thorough hiring and training process that prepares them for all of their responsibilities on the road. By the end of the process, our movers are well-informed, knowledgeable, and ready to create happy moves!

Our Houston Operations Manager Eric gave us the run down of the average hiring process for our movers, as pictured below:

Becoming A "3 Men Mover"

After completing a thorough hiring and training process, our movers are well-informed, knowledgeable, and ready to create happy moves!