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As Walmart and other chains move in, Castroville families band together to preserve downtown’s character

Driving into Castroville on a weekday morning — passing miles and miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic on U.S. Highway 90 heading towards San Antonio — one of the first things you encounter is a big ol’ Walmart, followed by the usual smorgasbord of fast food eateries — Sonic, Pizza Inn, Whataburger. 

It’s not until you get to the Medina River, with its nondescript concrete bridge, that you run into anything that speaks to the historic town’s culture and history. That would be Haby’s Alsatian Bakery, established in 1974 and known for its pastries and breads. 

It’s right across the street from Sammy’s, established in 1948, which gets its produce from local markets and its steaks from Dziuk’s Meat Market (1975) down the street.