Allison and Reeves Craig both attended colleges outside of Texas so when the two wed in San Antonio in 2014, Allison knew she wanted to do something special to help their out-of-town friends understand why they’d fallen in love with Reeves’ hometown.

She put together welcome boxes with items from some of their favorite local places and left them in hotel rooms to greet their guests.

Allison Craig loved the sentiment behind the boxes but left the idea in the back of her mind as she pursued her career in oil and gas sales, an industry she worked in for 15 years. After the birth of their third child in 2019, though, Craig decided the time was right to try something new.

A year ago this month, she officially launched San Antonio in a Box, curating food-centric boxes that she ships on behalf of corporate clients or as personal treats for birthdays holidays or simply pick-me-ups to ward off those quarantine blues.

She and Reeves started curating items for the boxes based on some of their own go-tos, things like Bolner’s Fiesta Spices and La Fogata salsa. Then they planned a day date downtown to explore the city and remind themselves of other local favorites they should consider.

Craig now offers custom boxes as well as ready-to-order themed boxes with five to 10 items inside. Along with staples like her favorite salsa, boxes include things like Casa chocolates (for the holidays they’ll come in flavors such as Mexican hot chocolate and peppermint), Quick Sip Cold Brew Coffee, TexaCola, Jan’s Gourmet Co. peanut brittle or flavored pecans and other treats.

Cards in each box provide information about the vendors that made the goods inside, plus details on how to order more if they find something they love. “We want people to be able to get a little taste of San Antonio and to be able to come back and support local after that,” Craig says.

The pandemic has certainly brought its challenges, but Craig says it’s also presented opportunities she might not otherwise have had during her first year in business. Several corporations had planned to host clients in San Antonio in 2020 but with the bulk of in-person meetings canceled, were instead left looking for new ways to let people know they were thinking of them. That’s where Craig came in, putting together boxes based on each company’s special requests, even adding their logo to the inside of the box before shipping it out. “They’re trying to find ways to connect with people and give them a way to enjoy San Antonio from afar,” she says. “We work with them to get creative.”