SA Perks LLC was founded by Mary Lou Ramirez and Jesus Omar Gallegos. The business was originally called Perk’s Coffee Cafe. They bought it from Grant and Debbie on January 1st 2016. It was a coffee shop situated across the street from Marshall High School. It was originally created by Stacey and Brian in 2012 to serve the community and students of Marshall. After one year of operating the business, Mary and Omar decided to not renew the lease but keep operating the business under a different name and business model.
Omar and Mary changed course due to what they say was a “Calling.” A teacher, Omar’s mindset was helping people and healthy products is how this manifested in Perks. For Mary, her daughter Anissa suffered from Lupus and she created Detox Waters to help her manage the disease. She created waters that help with the many positive qualities Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, and Ginger have to offer which help people not just with Lupus but other auto-immune diseases and health in general.
Because of this, Perks evolved into a healthy product delivery service. It took a few months to get the new operation up an running. But, when it did, it caught like wildfire. Mary’s exceptional marketing and social media skills are what put the next phase of Perks into gear. In June of 2017, it partnered with long time friend Lisa Garcia and her business “Lisa G. Sweets” and operated the business out of her location. In 2018, it began operating out of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Maestro Center.
On January 1st, 2018 Perk’s Coffee Cafe officially became SA Perks LLC. It left the “Maestro Center” and later that year, it partnered with Barbell Sweets LLC (a fit bakery) in Helotes TX.
Fast forward to February 2019 and Mary became very sick. She was in and out of the hospital for 3 months. On April 29th, 2019, she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Ironically, Mary had been diagnosed with Lupus herself when she was 13 years old which eventually evolved into NMO 30 years later. She is currently learning to live with NMO and her, Omar and their team continue to live out their “Calling!”
Perk’s drinks are delivered but can also be purchased through Barbell Sweets and will soon be distributed through other retail locations in and around the San Antonio area. SA Perk’s mission is to be conveniently healthy!