About US

Meet Canela—the owner & pulse of Canela Vintage


Canela takes inspiration from her day-to-day experiences, music, her first job working at Hot Topic, and her time spent living in Seattle. She would spend her days scoping out the thrift scene and taking in the mountain views. The eye-catching pops of color, earth tones, and textures found in nature translate into the style she brings Canela Vintage. Her shop takes on a cool, whimsical (whimsi-cool?), “your older sister’s closet” type of vibe that is perfectly nostalgic.

Canela radiates a warm, welcoming energy. Upon launching Canela Vintage her mission was to cultivate a space where embracing what sets you apart is encouraged. Six years into being a business owner, her first priority is still making sure everyone leaves her store feeling empowered. 

She grew up near the beach on the Texas-Mexico border and earned a B.A. in Mexican American Studies and Nonprofit Management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She pursued this major with a similar mission to that of her brand: to empower. Uplifting those in need within our community begins with understanding what is needed.

Giving Back

Being fabulous isn't the only way Canela contributes! Canela Vintage is in partnership with Dress for Success San Antonio, an NGO that "empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life" (Dress for Success). Canela Vintage has been working with Dress for Success for four years, and the collaboration continues to be successful in helping fund the NGO's cause.