In 1998, Che and Becky Guerra celebrated the opening of Nuevo Santander Gallery in McAllen, Texas - turning their collecting hobby into a full time business. Both felt that opening the art gallery was the next step to take as antique and art collectors. About twenty years ago, Che started collecting old west antiquities - old guns, saddles, spurs, anything having to do with the great American West. He would travel a lot, buy private collections that had been held for decades by families, and (after selecting a few jewels from these collections for himself) sell the pieces to other private collectors and museums. Eventually, Che and Becky knew that they wanted to design an art gallery to house their historical artifacts.