The Tree House Bar Branches Out

Community love is inspiring me… again! Far away from my beloved La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, as I summer in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a little envious; I’m not there to participate with the Tree House gang!

This isn’t the first nor will it be the last neighbourly ‘cause’ that the community has embraced; from helping folks with medical needs, to cleaning the streets and beaches, to raising funds for animals, helping at spay and neuter clinics and helping children on so many levels, the goodness radiates!

Today, I share the most fun charitable contribution I’ve seen yet! Backstory: Marichuy and Alfredo used to run Philo’s Bar and, sadly, when Philo passed they no longer had jobs. They connected with Wayland and Aruna of the Octopus Garden, taking over the upper floor and aptly naming it The Tree House Bar. Over four seasons they built not only a name for themselves but created a music venue never before seen in La Cruz. Every week they have two or more concerts as well as acoustic nights, open mics and/or musical jams where musicians get together to play, and Tuesdays they present the Lucido Burrito evening which has become a delectable local favourite.

When the lease ran out, the prospect of losing the music venue mobilized many locals. Some helped in the search for a new venue, others helped with business and financial planning. A new location has been secured, right next-door. Same tree, different branch!

Renowned artist Nancy Hache created a gorgeous mural design enrolling others to help paint it. It looks amazing, and even more amazing is that so many volunteered in the hottest season. I asked why?

Nancy said, “The whole reason I offered to do the mural is that I love anything that means we are beautifying and helping our community. When it was at The Octopus Garden, The Tree House was a fave place for music, dinners and fun nights. Lisa mentioned to me, one day in the pool, that they were going to help Alfredo and Marichuy. I said, ‘Well, I can do a mural to brighten up the new Tree House Bar and Grill.’ The idea grew from there. I met with Alfredo and Marichuy going over ideas and then Carl, Lisa, Greg, Mary and I finalized a vision. I wanted the mural to have a realistic but somewhat whimsical feel and it does. Best of all, it was created with love from the Tree House Gang!”

Carl and Lisa added, “Why? First, we love Alfredo and Marichuy. They welcomed us, treating us like friends from the beginning. We just really love them. They’re kind of like our kids. We wanted to see their dreams come true. Secondly, La Cruz needs them. They promote music and help our town with charitable activities! We hope they are thriving, long after we’re gone… but mostly, because we love them.”

Linda helped, “because I can… sometimes… I can get hindered because of my age… which I tend to forget. It’s all about giving back. I’m not rich and can’t afford to give pesos like many people can and do. All I have is my time and any abilities that might help. That’s what I do. The bonus for me is getting to know so many amazing people in my community while working towards a common goal… and then we all go for margaritas!”

Greg Lucido said, “to keep live music in La Cruz and it’s the home of the Lucido Burrito,” and burst into laughter.

Ann and Tom: “Help was needed and we wanted to be a part of the community spirit! Alfredo and Marichuy are awesome people and it’s so easy to give to people who provide such a marvelous restaurant and music venue.”

Chris and I are so grateful for all the awesome businesses and people who make up our little “Seaside Live Music Mecca.” Marichuy and Alfredo and their girls are family to us; we love them!

We know Philo would be so proud of Marichuy and Alfredo and the La Cruz community he adored!

Feel the love when you visit The Tree House Bar and Grill. Great job, Tree House gang!r

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via