Tears Of Joy is Joy Burleson and Brian Rush, a mother and son team, who kept after it for over two decades with great products and friendly customer service. The shop started in 1999, with a hot sauce shelf on the wall of a restaurant, but the story is older than that.
Joy began the enterprise in 1988. She was a real estate agent at the time who met a couple looking for a place to live, but struck up a friendship and then a business… making tamales. The partnership soon went south, but instead of selling off the equipment, Joy got to work, making tamales in her garage. Her recipe was excellent and quickly popular with her friends, family and husband’s office mates. Jerry and Joy moved O’Shucks Tamales into a commercial kitchen in south Austin to make the best tamales around for over a decade.