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78209 M A G A Z I N E

Making ’09 a Better Place

The Frost Family

Helping Others Face Challenges

The Bullying Empowerment Center




10 Trending in ‘09


Business Profile

Dr. Vanessa Cantu helps students face challenges in their life rather than running from them.


Meet Your Neighbors

The Frost family has been giving back to their community for generations and Pat and Kelley have continued to carry it out by instilling it in their children.



14 Happenings in ‘09 28 Good Living

30 Realtor Spotlight On The Market

32 Neighborhood News 36 School News

40 Pets - Ask Roxie 42 Society

46 Community Calendar 48 Community Spotlight 52 Eat in ‘09 56 ‘09 Eats

58 Church Directory 60 Outside ‘09

Brian and Chelsea Cox use their gifts of design and decorating to create the perfect dwelling in Alamo Heights.

62 Calendar

64 Police Blotter 66 Vintage View



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Editor’s Letter

October I want to introduce you to the newest addition to our family and our first grandchild, Rhyter Barnes Thornton. It was love at first sight. There’s something pretty special about seeing your son become a Daddy. The piles of pumpkins are our sign that it’s officially Fall, and the cooler temperatures should be here soon. Have you seen the beautiful decorations all over 78209? They’re everywhere! I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Vanessa Cantu a few weeks ago. She and her Bullying Empowerment Center are the focus of our Business Profile this month. The things that she is doing to help adolescents and adults dealing with bullying, depression and anxiety are truly making a difference in the way they deal with adversity. She opened the center so that she could help people learn to face their challenges rather than running from them. Most of you are probably familiar with the name Frost in 78209. If not, I want you to Meet Your Neighbors, Pat and Kelley Frost. They have deep roots in our city and have given back to the community in so many ways and have instilled the same values in their own children. In this month’s ’09 Eats, you’ll read about Hearthstone Bakery & Cafe and it will make your mouth water. Providing delicious soups, salads and sandwiches, they have something to suit everyone’s palate. My personal favorite is their Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Salad. If you are planning an event, you’ll definitely want to check out their catering menu. I hope you can enjoy some yummy soup or some pumpkin bread that will let you know it’s really fall. Until next month,


Editor’s Note: There was an error in the September issue. Nancy Cook-Monroe was the author of the Business Profile on Kuper Sotheby’s, not Christine Cuthbert. We regret the error.

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Fall Gardening

Your local nursery will be able to give you advice on how to keep your fall garden vibrant and the best perennials for this season.

Stretching for Life

What is the first thing you see your dog or cat do when they get out of bed? Stretch! Studies show that stretching is just as important to health and body functioning as regular exercise.

Coffee Table Books

Always in style, fun, bright, quick reads are a perfect way to brighten up a room. There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a warm drink, especially on a cool fall morning.

Pumpkins Abound

The pumpkins have arrived, and you have endless choices of sizes, shapes and colors. Whether for carving Jack-o-lanterns, decorating or baking you’ll want to get yours sooner than later.

Patterns and Prints

Animal prints are back with a vengeance for fall. Tiger, zebra stripes and snakeskin prints are all in. But leopard print is the sexiest of all.

Hunting Season

Fall finds many ’09 families out hunting dove, ducks and deer. Hunting is a fun way to spend time together as a family making memories.

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Al Rendon photographs the homes seen in 78209 Magazine. “A room is four walls until someone moves in the first object. People choose their environment and the decor in a room to express their personality. The room expresses the family’s taste, and the unique homes of 78209 are very tastefully detailed. My photographs use light to bring a home’s personality to life. When I raise the camera and focus on a room’s view, I am composing to express its owners’ personality in the best light.” He has had more than a dozen major solo exhibits, and his work is in such permanent collections as the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Ron Aaron Eisenberg is an educator, writer, radio & TV talk host, media & PR specialist, award winning film producer, actor, husband and dad. He and his wife, Gina Galaviz Eisenberg, have three children. They live in 78209.



ON THE COVER Fall is here and so are the pumpkins. 78209 is covered with them. Be sure and take your kids out to see the pumpkin patch at Alamo Heights Methodist Church.


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Happenings In‘09

Kiddie Park Re-Opens at San Antonio Zoo


It’s been a favorite of San Antonians and their children since 1925. But lack of parking and urban development forced the iconic Kiddie Park to abandon its location at Broadway & Mulberry. Now, the park is set to officially re-open on October 18 at the San Antonio Zoo, just below the main entrance to the park. In a news release the zoo announced, "Earlier this year, San Antonio Zoo announced the plan to save America's oldest children's amusement park from closure. Parking at and around the zoo is doubling this fall with the addition of a new parking garage and will significantly increase the ability for visitors to access all the amenities in the area.” “We are working diligently to ensure that the children’s amusement park feels as much like it did at its Broadway location and that it will more than meet the expectations of past, present and future Kiddie Park visitors,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO of San Antonio Zoo. “Funds generated from the operation of Kiddie Park will go to support the San Antonio Zoo’s mission.”

RD Speakeasy Opens at The Barn Door Restaurant

Patrons and others who have been curious about the planned Speakeasy coming to The Barn Door Restaurant at 8400 North New Braunfels, need wait no longer. The RD Speakeasy will be open by Oct. 1. Patrons must have reservations in order to enter the bar. Once made a text message will give customers a special code to access the Speakeasy's hidden door. The intimate setting will hold fewer than 30 patrons. The Speakeasy will feature hand-crafted cocktails prepared by a specially trained mixologist. The furniture looks as if it was made in the late 1920’s and early 1930s, in keeping with the atmosphere of the times. The wooden bar came from the old Pick-Carter Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Reportedly, notables like Babe Ruth and several other internationally known celebrities were served at that bar. As Barn Door owner Randy Stokes told me, "If only the bar could talk, imagine the stories it could tell." The new Speakeasy has been Stokes' long-time dream. He and his wife, Darcie, designed the room. Randy and his daughter, Randi Eileen, spent most of the summer building out the space for the Speakeasy. One final note: If you visit,try to find the door to the restroom. 14

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Business Profile


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The Bullying Empowerment Center Local Doctor Turns Personal Teenage Tragedy into Helping Others



Since March there’s been a buffalo painting hanging on the wall of a new office space in the Broadway Theater building. Buffalo are supposedly the only animals who charge into a storm instead of running away from it because they know if they do, they’ll get through it faster. It’s a metaphor Dr. Vanessa Cantu uses for her new private mental health practice, the Bullying Empowerment Center, that she opened in March. “I thought that was a great analogy for my clients – to face the challenges in their life rather than run from them,” she said. Her new practice specializes in working with adolescents and adults who are dealing with bullying, depression and anxiety. She also offers coaching and consulting services to those who may not need counseling but are looking for tools to work and talk with their kids. Born and raised in Brownsville, Cantu’s life-long passion for helping others began after her friend was tragically murdered in high school. The loss affected her greatly, and she knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, particularly young people. While earning her doctorate in rehabilitation counseling, she conducted a study with 25 middle school special education students. The results of the qualitative study were stunning and left Cantu even more driven to eliminate bullying and help others. “The things they started telling me were dumbfounding,” she said. “What it did to them and how it transformed who they are gave me passion to make a change.” Cantu brings much experience with bullying, anxiety and depression to her new private practice. She’s in her third year as a crisis intervention counselor in North East Independent School District. Her days are always unscripted, sometimes with students coming in who have anxiety or depression, and other times it’s dealing with a campus-wide tragedy.

The buffalo is a metaphor...they are the only animals who charge into a storm instead of running away from it because they know if they do, they’ll get through it faster.

“There was a suicide recently,” she said. “It’s always unpredictable. There is a lack of coping skills with kids today that my generation didn’t experience. They don’t realize that just talking with someone can be incredibly helpful. When I was a teenager, we didn’t have access to the internet or cell phones. These kids today don’t even talk to one another let along go outside in the sunshine just to play.” Cantu began an anti-bullying club at one of the middle schools she works with and will also serve as the keynote speaker on the subject at the Alamo Area Alliance of Black Educators symposium in October. “At the middle and high school age the frontal lobe which controls executive function and impulsivity, is not fully developed,” she said. “The combination of immaturity, impulsivity and social media or group texts can create a lot of depression and anxiety, and you pair that with a lack of coping skills and these kids don’t understand that tomorrow can be another day.” Cantu uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help her clients, which focuses on “challenging negative thoughts and behaviors and learning healthier ways to cope with them.” She’s seen great progress in those she’s worked with and looks forward to helping more people in 78209 and throughout San Antonio. | OCTOBER 2019


Meet Your Neighbors


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The Frost Family Embodying the Spirit of ‘09 BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT

Ask anyone on the streets of 78209 about what makes their community unique. They’ll likely tell you friendliness, the giving spirit, and the small town, neighborly, feeling you get even though you’re surrounded by a big city. One family, in particular, embodies all these attributes and has been making ‘09 and San Antonio a better place for five generations. Born and raised in Alamo Heights, Pat Frost, President of Frost Bank, lives only a few miles down the road from the home he grew up in on Rosemary Street. A portrait from 1868 of the founder of the old Frost Bank building hangs on the wall in the couple’s home. It’s a reminder of the important role the family has played in shaping San Antonio for more than 150 years. “In a lot of ways, the family roots are so deep here,” Kelley said. “It’s kind of neat having that sense of longevity. Pat very much feels it’s a privilege and an honor to get to carry out the mark his family has made on the community.” The couple met while Kelley was working as the marketing director of the bank and married in 1993. They raised their two children, Pat, 29 and Katie, 23, in Terrell Hills, and the family has always placed much importance on giving back. "When our kids were young, they were right alongside us as we did charitable work," Kelley said. “It was important for us for them to see how gifted and blessed they were.” From helping set up chairs at fundraisers to running around

with their parents delivering gifts while their Dad played Santa, having a philanthropic mindset was instilled at a young age and has continued into adulthood. “One year they hosted a skating party with their friends at the holidays,” Kelley said. “They asked all their friends who were coming to bring gifts for St. PJ’s Children’s Home. They got really into it. I had them pick their own charity.” While Pat’s busy running the bank, Kelley manages both a career as a mental health professional and running the couple’s home furnishing store, Frosted Home. Both sit on multiple boards including Children's Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, St. Mary's University, the Mays Cancer Center, and more. Kelley also uses her store to host several events for local non-profits including Girls Inc., which offers afterschool programming and camps for disadvantaged girls. “Pat and I have always had a passion for giving back,” Kelley said. “Maybe we’ve branched out of 78209 a little. The giving spirit moves beyond boundaries.” Having built a life rich with friends and connections in 09, Kelley’s advice to those who may have just moved to the area is simple – get involved. She met one of her very best friends decades ago at an elementary school book fair. “We were blessed because so many of our connections were through our kids,” she said. “Whether it was going to the little league fields or other sports, we were always meeting people. I’d say find something that speaks to you. There are so many needs out there, find a place, there are many.” While the Frost kids have moved away, for now, Kelley said they've both expressed interest in eventually coming back to the area and carrying on the family's long-standing presence in ‘09. “I’m happy for them to have their wings, but it would also be fabulous if they come back one day,” she said. | OCTOBER 2019




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FrontDoor/Porch Finding fall in South Texas, homeowner and designer Chelsea Cox brings the season to her own front door with flamboyant confidence and sense of style. Fresh picked pumpkins of every sort and color ground the display of faux vegetables, fruit, leaves and grasses entwined in grapevine garlands and pinecone wreath.

Designer’s Dwelling A Charming Cottage in Alamo Heights Inspires Creative Couple



Sweltering temperatures aside, fall has found its way to Alamo Heights and has taken residence in the charming cottage home of designer Chelsea Cox, husband Brian and son Cannon. Chelsea’s artistic endeavors began at an early age. “I have been decorating all of my life,” she mused. As a child, she would accompany her parents to the homes of friends and relatives for dinner parties. “I’d redecorate the rooms and rearrange the dinner table in my mind,” Chelsea admitted with a laugh. Living in Spokane, Washington where there were distinct seasons, she had an adjustment, when she met and married her Texas bred husband, moving to Austin. “I had to change my traditional way of decorating with each season, as I had done in the Pacific Northwest,” she recalled. “I’d buy a fresh wreath and hang it for the entire holiday season on my front door. I tried that when I came to Texas and it was brown within a week!” | OCTOBER 2019


Chelsea began to collect elements found in nature – wooden branches covered with moss, native grasses, and antlers that she incorporated into floral arrangements inspired by Central Texas. After moving to San Antonio, she worked for a local designer for four years, before giving birth to her younger son. Shortly after that, Chelsea started her own business - by word of mouth - and ran it from her home, which she and her husband purchased in 2010. The previous homeowner made additions to the back, front and above the original cottage structure. “He had encapsulated the original house,” Chelsea said. “It was a kind of Louisiana shotgun-style.” Owned by a single man, the kitchen was extremely small with a massive bar extended into the living room where a giant pool table, poker table and refrigerator occupied the space. Opening up walls and reconfiguring work and living spaces, the couple enlarged the kitchen centered around an island work space with granite top, installed new appliances and gained storage space with custom cabinetry. Subway tiles of Urban Putty and a pair of pendant light fixtures added transitional style. The “man cave” components of the family room gave way to a restive setting for entertaining and conversation bringing in elements of both Brian’s and Chelsea’s heritage. The existing stone hearth and wood burning stove reminded her of the Pacific Northwest where winters can be blustery. “And it really puts out the heat,” Chelsea stated. Mounted trophies that adorn the walls are a nod to Brian’s roots, recalling South Texas hunting trips. Arrangements of native dried grasses and flowers rest in rustic containers accented with deer antlers. In the dining room, the DIY duo installed wainscoting as a home project. “Brian is very creative,” Chelsea said. “He inspires me.” The plate rail above the paneling holds a collection of Spode Woodland China. The Arts and Crafts inspired dining room is centered with a dining table in the same style, a bookcase that has been repurposed to hold china and a six-light, hand wrought brass chandelier. Adding an autumn air to the room, a three tier fresh pumpkin centerpiece is adorned with herbs, grasses and flowers including dusty miller, yarrow, ligustrum beans and passion vines plucked from a neighbor’s fence. A set of Mexican folk art furniture came to settle in San Antonio by way of Michigan. In the 50’s, 22

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Work Room/ Studio

Vintage worktable holds a wreath in the making while ribbons galore overflow from floor to ceiling oak cabinet in Chelsea’s in-home design studio. Wooden baskets hold faux greenery and dried grasses at the ready.

Dining Room

Inspired by the Arts And Crafts style of her native Pacific Northwest upbringing, simple straight lines and rich, dark wood evokes the feeling of home. On the dining table, a tea set of Eggshell Nautilus holds a special place. The set was a wedding gift given to Chelsea’s grandmother by her great grandfather on the eve of his daughter’s matrimony. Kitchen Fresh fall flowers and diminutive pumpkins bring autumn’s color to the renovated kitchen of earth tones. Garden Twilight by Behr accents the walls and the color extends into the dining room. Glass front cabinets hold collections of Johnson Brothers’ British Castles ironstone pottery.

Entry French Regency desk holds a collection of miniature treasures from travels abroad. | OCTOBER 2019



Family Room

An over-stuffed leather lounge chair personifies comfort in the family room where rustic charm abounds. Faux floral arrangement and tabletop centerpiece feature elements from nature. Moss and branches taken from trees in the couple’s back yard mix with gourds and deer antlers.



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A stone fountain topped with a massive fleur de lis brings the sound of falling water to the back garden.

Chelsea’s grandmother furnished her northern lake house with the colorful pieces that her granddaughter coveted since she was seven. They went with Chelsea on her move to Spokane and now to Texas. They now are proudly placed in the entry. Just off the entry, what had been her oldest son’s bedroom became the workroom for all of Chelsea’s creative endeavors. “As soon as he moved out, I moved in,” she stated. “He was so happy that I was able to use it.” Overflowing with everything imaginable, the designer’s lair is a hub of activity this fall season, transforming her home for the holidays with autumn’s allure.

Master Bedroom

Hardwood floors gleam in the master bedroom where art works featuring dogs dominate the space. Matelassé linens top the king sized bed, mimicking the style of hand-stitched Marseilles type quilts made in France. The bed covers are changed with each season, allowing the couple to relish fall’s arrival.

Master Bath

Green and yellow palate of custom mixed colors gives the master bath a “New Orleans feel.” Hex tile in a Greek pattern, free standing tub and exposed chrome fixtures add to the throwback charm. Wainscoting treated to a milk paint bath of crème color contrast with the chest painted in moss green repurposed to hold a sink with granite top. | AUGUST 2019



Above: St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital Raises Funds Through Dreamhouse Giveaway St. Jude’s has a history of taking on many of the most difficult and underserved pediatric diseases for nearly 60 years. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, it is one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. Founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas, the mission of St. Jude's is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on a family's ability to pay, all familys are treated with the same level of exceptional care. The hospital still follows Thomas’ belief that "no child should die in the dawn of life." St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital developed a combination therapy for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. This therapy revolutionized leukemia therapy worldwide and increased the survival rate from 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today. Through extensive research, doctors have had hundreds of breakthroughs helping them develop treatments that have pushed the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to more than 80 percent. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude’s for treatment, housing or food- because “all a family should worry about is helping their child live.” The majority of funding for the research hospital comes from individual contributions. Another innovative 26

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Top: Patient care lobby at St. Jude. Above: rendering of the 2019 San Antonio Dream House

and successful way to raise support, thanks to hundreds of sponsors, is through their Dream Home Give-Aways. The 6th Annual San Antonio St Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be on November 21. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a brand-new home valued at $725,000 or many other fantastic prizes. Tickets are $100. The best part is that your $100 is going directly to help children and families. No place in the world does for children what St. Jude’s Research Hospital does. St. Jude pledges that it won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

Good Living

Wood floors need to be installed over a perfectly level and clean sub-floor.

Into the Woods Wood and Wood-Look Flooring for your Home Updating the flooring in your home can be daunting. There are so many flooring choices that buyers often become overwhelmed. When choosing a new floor for your home you’ll want to consider which option will look the best, stay in style the longest, and hold up to the use and abuse of your household.

HARDWOOD AND LAMINATES Wood and wood-looking laminate floors continue to be preferred by new home buyers in 2019 and 2020. These floors can be made of actual wood, bamboo, cork, engineered wood (laminate) and/or tile made to look like wood. These floors are very durable, easy to clean and hypo-allergenic. Textured wood flooring comes in options ranging from hand-scraped to wirebrushed to distressed. Textured floors not only feel great underfoot but also reduce the risk of slips and falls making them great options for seniors. Flooring trends don’t change as often as fashion trends (thank goodness!), or even other home decor. The floor you choose should stay in style for a decade or longer. Right now you’ll find options designed to live well in farmhouse, modern, coastal and contemporary homes. Shades of gray and gray-browns continue to be popular, but blondes are making a resurgence. All wood and wood-look flooring has been re-engineered to look more realistic with grains that mimic specific trees like oak, acacia, mahogany, chestnut and more. These new floors are so nuanced that they can even mimic the look of petrified, time-worn, or re-purposed wood. 28

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Textured wood flooring, like the hand-scraped option above, not only looks beautiful but is slip-resistant.

VINYLS New to the flooring scene is WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) or waterproof vinyls and vinyl tiles. This product looks like wood but is more durable than wood when used in water-prone areas like bathrooms.

TILE Faux wood flooring is ceramic or porcelain tile made to look like wood. These floors are waterproof, durable and well-suited for kitchens and bathrooms. This new crop of tile mimics the look of wood so convincingly that most people have a hard time telling the diference. They are also very cost effective, typically costing less than real wood.

Above: A sampling of the variety of colors, textures and patinas available in wood flooring today. Pictured are samples of a smooth ash, salted oak and antique hickory.


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Top: WPC waterproof vinyl installed in a bathroom Above: Porcelain tile that is manufactured to look like wood Hammonds Wood Floors 303 Breesport San Antonio, Texas 78216 210-341-2722 | OCTOBER 2019


Realtor Spotlight ®

On The Market

78209 Home Sales SUZANNE MENICK

I moved to 78209 in 2003 with my 3 children and was immediately enamored with the small town feeling here. I started in real estate as a small time investor, and became a Realtor in 2006 just in time for the market crash. After 13 years of experience in the business, I consider myself a Value-Based Realtor. I look for the hidden value in properties and/or the opportunity to change or enhance the use to capitalize on adding value. Additionally, I have a keen sense for the Buyers’/Sellers’ bottom line and go into each transaction as a vested partner. One of my most exciting 78209 listing opportunities is a brand new 10-home community called Casinas@The Heights at E. Sandalwood and Teak Lane, just off W. Sunset Road in AHISD/Cambridge Elementary. 1430 E. Sandalwood Lane has 1869 sf of living space in the Modern Farmhouse Style, with crisp interiors, 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, 2 living areas, 2 car garage, NO HOA FEES for $424,990. 5 of the 10 homes are already under contract, and the remaining homes range in price from $369,990-$424,990. Give your Realtor a call and make an appointment to see the best new construction buying opportunity in 78209.



The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for August. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Total Sales- 54 Average Price-$514,011 Median Price- $479,500 Days On The Market- 116

78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales-36 Average Price - $576,174 Median Price - $550,000 Days On The Market- 113               78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales-14 Average Price - $360,937 Median Price - $335,560 Days On The Market - 121 | OCTOBER 2019


Neighborhood News

City Updates from Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills

McNay Museum Announces Landscape Master Plan A plan to enhance the outdoor experience at the McNay BY EDMOND ORTIZ

McNay Art Museum officials and supporters gathered Sept. 4 to announce a $6.25 million landscape master plan. The plan will activate and enhance the outdoor museum experience with additional works of art, “invisible” fencing, new landscaping, and increased accessibility. The start of the multi-phase plan is being led by museum campaign Chairman and Trustee Don Frost and museum board President Toby Calvert. The plan calls for replacing existing hedges along the property edge with aesthetic fencing and native droughtresistant plants, creating easier access to Marion Koogler McNay’s original 1929 residence. The project will also change the outward face of the McNay’s campus and remove the physical barrier. The greenspace triangle at the intersection of Austin Highway and North New Braunfels Avenue will be absorbed into the McNay campus. This area will be known as the Mays Family Park in honor of the $2 million gift from the Mays Family Foundation. The McNay also received additional funding from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, the Frost family, Frost 32

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Rendering of the planned new main entry pedestrian walk at McNay Art Museum. Courtesy/Ford, Powell & Carson; dwg.

Bank, and the Semmes Foundation in support of this project. San Antonio-based architecture and construction firms Ford, Powell and Carson and G.W. Mitchell, and Austin urban landscape architects, dwg., all are attached to the project. Phase I construction is set for completion by spring 2020. Phase II is in early development. The museum will remain open throughout construction.

Broadway Pre-Design Work Begins in Alamo Heights

The city of Alamo Heights worked in the late summer toward an agreement with Overland Partners, the local architecture firm, to oversee the first phase of designs for a potential remake of Broadway. Alamo Heights officials have been considering how to turn Broadway into a “complete street” just as San Antonio begins its planned “complete street” conversion of Broadway. Alamo Heights City Manager Buddy Kuhn said Aug. 23 the city and Overland Partners were developing a strategy, scope and potential cost of work on Broadway. “(City Council) selected Overland to assist us in the development of a landscaping master plan for the redevelopment of lower Broadway should this project eventually move forward,” Kuhn added.

Neighborhood News

Rendering of the Witte Museum’s new Dawson Family Hall. Courtesy/Witte Museum

Witte Museum Announces Dawson Family Hall

Witte Museum leadership announced in August the naming of the museum’s new auditorium as the Dawson Family Hall. The Dawson family has pledged $1 million towards the hall, which will be located near the riverside of the museum. According to a news release, the Dawson family supports the Witte Museum and Rotary Club of San Antonio, which currently meets weekly at the Witte and will soon host those meetings in the new hall. Marise McDermott, Witte president and chief executive officer, said in a news release that the Dawson family’s vision continues to inspire Witte Museum leadership. “What is poetic about this transformative gift from the Dawson family is the connection of the Witte Museum and Rotary of San Antonio, both of which have been integral organizations for generations of Dawsons,” she said. McDermott continued, “Gene Dawson has been a member of Rotary of San Antonio for decades and Sam Dawson was chair not only of Rotary, but of the Witte Museum and also the cochair of the new Witte capital campaign.” The Dawson Family Hall will benefit more than 50,000 students who come to the Witte yearly for educational programming in nature, science and culture. Specifically, the Dawson Family Hall will double the capacity for the Witte’s popular “Science Showcase” STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) programs. The completed renovation and expansion will include new interior and exterior space matching the New Witte façade, so that the Riverside reflects that of the museum’s Broadway-view, the release stated. It will also feature a new entrance gate on Tuleta Drive and a view of the science court. 34

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Alamo Heights ISD Adopts New Budget

Alamo Heights Independent School District board voted Aug. 22 to approve a $77 million budget for the new school year. The budget includes a 3% pay hike for teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses with five years experience or less. The budget also contains a 3.5% pay raise for teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses with more than five years of experience. The district is instituting a starting salary of more than $52,000 for these positions. House Bill 3, a new public education financing bill passed by state legislators, mandates the salary hikes. HB 3 also changed how the public school funding system redistributes money from property-wealthy school districts to poorer districts. As a result, AHISD’s newest payment to the state dropped from $42 million to $39.8 million, and is due to pay up to $32 million next year. Another result of state legislation is a cut in school property tax rates. AHISD reduced its rate from $1.25 per $100 valuation to $1.19, which will lead to a decrease in local property tax revenue by more than 4%. Alamo Heights ISD projects $77.2 million in revenue this year.

CPS Energy Helps Heights with Tree Trimming

CPS Energy contracted with Davey Tree Service late this summer to trim trees in some parts of Alamo Heights in an effort to improve electric reliability. “The utility identified certain areas in and around the city that are prone to create electric outages due to tree limbs being in contact with main primary or secondary electric service lines, city officials said.” | OCTOBER 2019



Howdy Parade

Homecoming in Alamo Heights means gathering for a community-wide “howdy” as students and staff march up the Howdy Parade route, to launch the homecoming festivities. These events include the annual Howdy Night Carnival, pep-rally and bonfire. The celebration continues with the football game and homecoming dance. An annual tradition at Alamo Heights ISD, the Howdy Parade symbolizes the start of a new school year and kicks-off the muchloved homecoming celebration. Current and former Mules love the tradition of a Mule homecoming.


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ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. MEMORIAL 7:30 PM Harry B. Orem Stadium

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7:30 PM Harry B. Orem Stadium

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ALAMO HEIGHTS VS. BOERNE CHAMPION 7:30 PM Boerne Champion High School


MACARTHUR VS. JOHNSON 7:30 PM Comalander Stadium

OCT 18 MACARTHUR VS. CHURCHILL 7:30 PM Heroes Stadium OCT 25

MACARTHUR VS. MADISON 7:30 PM Heroes Stadium


MACARTHUR VS. REAGAN 7:00 PM Heroes Stadium

NOV 8 MACARTHUR VS. LEE 7:30 PM Comalander Stadium | OCTOBER 2019


Saint Mary’s Hall Athletic Trainer Phil Rogers treats a student for a possible heat-related illness, with the WBGT device in the background.

Saint Mary’s Hall Leads the Way for Heat-Safety Protocols

The safety and wellness of student-athletes is of utmost importance at Saint Mary’s Hall. As one of the only schools in the city with heat-protocol standards across all athletic programs, SMH is leading the way for safety. With 100-plus-degree temperatures,and long, grueling practices, athletes are prone to heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. SMH has a full-time licensed athletic trainer on staff to help catch any warning signs of heat-related illnesses. “We have been using the wet bulb globe thermometer measurement as our standard for more than five years,” said SMH Athletic Trainer Phil Rogers. “There is only one other district in our area using this standard. This is the safest and most reliable method to measure heat conditions for our athletes.” A WBGT device is a measurement tool that uses ambient temperature, relative humidity, wind, and solar radiation from the sun to monitor environmental conditions during exercise. WBGT guidelines determine the length of practices, number of breaks, and equipment that is allowed to be worn depending on the temperature.

UIW Announces Change in Cardinal Athletics Leadership

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) announced Aug. 12 the resignation of Dr. Brian Wickstrom as athletic director. Richard Duran, who was the deputy athletic director, is now serving as interim athletic director and overseeing the Division I program’s 23 teams. UIW officials complimented Wickstrom and his achievements over the past two years, including student-athletes completing more than 5,500 community service hours during the 2017-18 academic year. UIW President Thomas Evans also complimented Wickstrom on hiring Eric Morris in December 2017 to lead the football team. | OCTOBER 2019


Ask Roxie

Halloween is Scary! Halloween is for Children, Not Pets BY BERIT MASON

People might assume that what's fun for them, is fun for us. Wrong! Dr. Pat Richardson, of Broadway Oaks Animal Hospital, says Halloween is for children, not pets. “Costumes cannot be really heavy, as hot as it is still going to be. They can get heatstroke. And you don't want them to be too tight, because they can constrict,” he says. These are just some of the warnings the veterinarian has, about Halloween, and animals. He doesn't really care for putting pets in costumes. And, we don't really care for it, either. How can you tell? “Panting, and they'll just lay down,” says Richardson,” in rebellion. “You can also feel the inside of their ears.” To cool down, dogs release heat through their ears and belly. If the ears are warm, the dog is too warm. “Some of these costumes use elastic bands and they can 40

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constrict cutting off blood supply.” Long-haired animals can be entangled in the costume's elastic, requiring an emergency haircut. “But then, you don't want the costumes too loose, because they trip on them, or get bound up in them.” It is OK to transform your Golden Labrador into a lobster, but just for the pictures. “I wouldn't put one on a dog, and leave it, all evening. And, I don't think it's a good idea, to take dogs trick or treating.” Noise, scary costumes, and people jumping out yelling “Boo!” can frighten animals. Dr. Richardson may be conservative, but he cares. “Animals are helpless. They rely on us to keep them safe.” “And keep them in the back part of the house. I don't even like to have them up at the front door.” Because, as you open the door, to hand out candy to trick or treaters, here comes Fido. “They'll just bust out and run off.” Not very trustworthy, are we? And, don't you know, that we are just waiting, for you to turn your back on the candy bowl? “If they do get into some candy, they need to regurgitate it,” says Dr. Richardson. A few tablespoonfuls of hydrogen peroxide, one at a time, should do the trick. Then walk them around a bit. The curious among us also might eat your decorations. “They'll eat a corn cob, or moldy pumpkin; you got to be careful of those things. But, anything with a candle, I don't trust around dogs or cats, who might jump up and knock it off.” Hide the glow-sticks! “Dogs, with their curiosity, might lick it, and possibly take a

Pet Safety Keep Pets Indoors and Away from the Front Door

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bite of it. Just put them off somewhere by themselves, and let them be a part of things when the whole thing is over.” Not only can amateur Halloween pranksters upset your animal, beware of the real witches, and warlocks out there. “Dogs and cats do not need to be outside during Halloween. Somebody bad could do something to them. You don't even want them in the backyard,” he says. There have been verified accounts of occultists harming feral cats who reside at Brackenridge Park. That is why shelters do not adopt out black cats anytime around Halloween. To celebrate fall with Fido, go for a stroll at a pumpkin patch. Take a nature walk, to see the changing leaves. Sit outside for a spice latte, and watch the people go by. And spare us the screaming kids, scary costumes, and things that go bump in the night. Until next month! Woof, woof! Roxie | OCTOBER 2019





1.) Janet and Rob Holliday with Anne Folkes 2.) Kathy Strimple, Kathleen O'Shea, and Kate Dobson, MD 3.) Models wore Fall Fashions from Neiman Marcus at the Any Baby Can Event.


The Angel Affair

Any Baby Can hosted an all-white attire event honoring true angels in their work, making a difference in our community. Mr. Craig Stanich, Vice President of Intermediate Feedstocks and Fuel Oil Marketing for Valero Energy and Dr. and Mrs. R. David and Abby Ekmark. Abby is the mother of Rudy Alejos, a child diagnosed with autism who tragically passed away in a fire in 2011. Abby swore that Rudy's young life would have meaning, and she continues to honor him by her commitment to keeping other children diagnosed with autism safe. Abby is the reason Any Baby Can offers Safety Training and First Responder training in Bexar and surrounding counties. Abby and her husband sponsor The Walk for Autism every year and area driving forces behind the work that continues at Any Baby Can. The event underwriter was Neiman Marcus and Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar, the Public Relations manager for Neiman’s, created an atmosphere of elegance and philanthropy by providing fashion vignettes, a lipstick bar and a live auction item – A day of luxury at Neiman Marcus. Auctioneer Tom (T-Bone) Bounds performed an excellent job of raising funds. Mistresses of ceremonies Roma Villavicencio and Cristina Blackwell, with KENS 5 Great Day, SA co-hosts rallied the crowd. Following the presentation of honorees, live auction and dinner, guests enjoyed the Love and Happiness After–Party with the Love and Happiness Band. 42

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Top: Sara and Byron Pfeifer Above: (Left)Jennifer Wiley and Danielle Boyd (Right) Olivia Zuniga and Julia Neal

ReDo at the DoSeum

Shiner Beer presented ReDo (Adult Nights) at the DoSeum for former and current students (over 21) who reported to the auditorium in their school colors, cheerleading outfits, and school logos. Doors opened and students were greeted with a rousing welcome by the Harlandale School Band. Nothing like a pep rally without tailgating! There was plenty to drink and eat including munchies from Shake Shack, Smoke Shack, IKEA, Rockstar Energy Drink, Heavenly Gourmet, Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, and of course Shiner Beer. Game time kicked off at 7:00 with activities including face painting, Legos building, and mum making, as well as all the fun activities the DoSeum offers. You read that right; you could create your own mum in your school colors. Here's one to get you ready: We're number one, Can’t be number two, and we’re going to beat the whoopsie out of you! Hip Hip Hooray! | OCTOBER 2019







August Heart

Augustus Cummings Koontz was a healthy young athlete from San Antonio. In October 2008, his life was cut short at the age of 18 by an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), resulting in sudden cardiac death. To keep other families from experiencing the same grief, Doré Koontz and Bart Koontz, launched AugustHeart in May 2011 with a bold vision: to establish and fund a free community-wide cardiac screening program for teens to minimize the risks of sudden cardiac arrest.” He had a big heart and will forever be remembered because of AugustHeart.” Year after year, the Hearts of Texas returns to Pearl Stable to celebrate the lifesaving work of AugustHeart. A night of Texas Music to Save a Life features an array of live country music entertainment while guests enjoy an up-close-and-personal experience with Texas country performing artists. Radney Foster, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, and William Beckmann provided a Night of Texas Music to help save a life. The ninth annual Hearts of Texas fundraiser supported AugustHeart’s mission to provide free heart screenings to teenagers to identify selected heart abnormalities to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death. 44

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1.) Margaret and Bart Koontz, president and founder of AugustHeart.

2.) Vincent Dawson, Founder Dore Koontz, Rob Cavender and Conoly Koontz

3.) Bobby and Stephanie Cavender

4.) Gretchen and Lance Lahourcade

Save the Date October 17

Endeavors Golden Gala

THE PEARL STABLE 6 – 10PM Endeavors is celebrating 50 years serving vulnerable people in crisis through an array of social services. Spend the evening listening to Doc Watkins and the South Texas Jazz. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, an art sale, raffle and dancing. Proceeds benefit the expansion of Endeavors Fairweather Family Lodge, which provides supportive housing, case management, professional counseling, life skills and employment opportunities to chronically homeless women with disabilities and their children in San Antonio. October 12

Cure Cancer Card Fundraiser

During a 10-day shopping period from October 18-27, a $50 Cure Cancer Card entitles purchasers to 20% discounts from hundreds of retail locations in San Antonio and Boerne. 100% of proceeds from card sales benefit research and patient assistance at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. To purchase a card or to view a list of participating retailers, visit or call (210) 450-5571. Ginny Peacock, Beverly and Mike Birnbaum, Liz Conklyn, Karen Lee and David Zachry, Lori and Mark Wright, Kelley Frost and Jean Cheever are a few in the neighborhood associated with the fundraiser.

Light the Night Walk

HEMISFAIR PARK 6 – 9 PM The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts this annual event to help raise awareness and funds for treatment, research, and support for cancer patients. October 26

Catrina Ball

CENTRAL LIBRARY 6:30 – 11:30 PM Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Catrina Ball benefiting the Library Foundation and the San Antonio Public Library. The attire for the evening is black tie with a Día de Muertos twist.

November 2

Walk To End Epilepsy

THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO 7:00 AM Walk or run alongside the epilepsy community. Your participation helps provide essential health services to low and no-income people with epilepsy. November 6

Greater Heights Night

Big Bugs

They’re big, really big. David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they are on exhibit through December 8 at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit includes ten larger-than-life insect sculptures, all made from natural materials, positioned throughout the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden. The sculptures are created using various combinations of whole trees found standing or fallen dead, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches, and other forest materials. For the past 25 years, David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition has educated the public about the importance of preservation and conservation on the planet by introducing them to the world of insects, the role they play in the plant world, and their interconnectedness to our lives.

MAYS CENTER 6 – 10:30 PM Join us for our ninth annual Greater Heights Night; an evening of fine dining, a raffle, auctions, and fun! Greater Heights Night raises money to support academic excellence in the Alamo Heights School District through the funding of teachers, innovative programs and unique learning opportunities. November 7

An Evening of Jazz

JAZZ, TX AT THE PEARL 6:30 – 11 PM Enjoy an evening of live Jazz South Texas cuisine, craft cocktails and dancing supporting Transplants for Children. | OCTOBER 2019


Community Calendar Glorifying God and sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ, we build a community of hope and wholeness through worship, education, service and fellowship.

Celebrating 102 years in Alamo Heights

October 1

October 15

12PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217

5:30-8PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.


October 2

October 22

11:30AM Meet & Greet 12PM Guest Speaker Paesano’s Lincoln Heights 555 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio. TX 78209

12PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217


October 2


ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 Senior Pastor: Rev Dr. Richard Knott. Jr. (210) 824-0271

Come Worship with Us Two worship services at 8:30am and 11:00am

5:30-8PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

October 7


5:30-9PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209

October 8


12PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217

October 8


5-6PM 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 Meeting is open to the public.

October 22


7PM Longhorn Café 1003 Rittiman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218

October 23


4:30PM 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 October 28


5:30-9PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.

October 29


12PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217


7PM Longhorn Café 1003 Rittiman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218

Fire/EMS (Non-Emergency) 210-824-1281 Police (Non-Emergency) 210-822-3321 Police Administration Office 210-822-6433 Taxes 210-882-1503 Water 210-882-1507 Court Clerk 210-882-1501 Public Works (includes solid waste, brush, recycling, streets, etc.) 210-882-1518 Planning and Development Services (permits and inspections) 210-826-0516

October 14


5:30-9PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public. October 15


12PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217

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October 8






City Administration Offices 210-824-7401 Non-Emergency Dispatch (Police/EMS/Fire) 210-824-1009 Public Works (includes trash pickup, brush, recycling, streets, etc.) 210-824-7401

Community Spotlight

Gerrie Spellmann Principal of Woodridge Elementary School BY RON AARON EISENBERG

What catches the eye when you first meet Woodridge Elementary School principal Gerrie Spellmann? Her height, her long blond hair, her dark blue eyes, and how she carries herself stand out. She’s tall. And her height could be intimidating to elementary school kids. But it’s not. Perhaps it is the relaxed, calm manner that makes her so open and welcoming to students and adults of every age, and every size. Or it is her warm smile and the direct eye contact she makes with everyone. Perhaps it is because she radiates interest in everything around her. Perhaps it’s because she listens to everyone with whom she speaks. Gerrie Spellmann, grew up wanting to be a teacher. Born in 1968 in Longview, Texas, Spellmann became enthralled with teaching as she watched her elementary school librarian and her fourthgrade teacher, “Ms. Nobles,” do their thing. She helped the librarian on weekends sort books and organize the library at Hudson PEP Elementary School, the magnet school she attended in Longview. 48

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She laughs as she recalls how, as a young girl she played “school” with her two siblings, organizing a make-believe classroom, and “teaching” her students. Her mother even gave her a gradebook to further the fantasy. “I lived in the same house in Longview from before kindergarten until I graduated from high school,” she told 78209 Magazine. She loved every day in that home. After graduating from Longview High, Spellmann came to San Antonio and enrolled at UTSA. She graduated in 1994, the same year she married her husband, John. Her degree was in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her goal, not surprisingly, was to teach. Later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University. Spellmann arrived at AHISD’s Woodridge Elementary School, in 2017. She’d been principal at Judson ISD’s Copperfield Elementary School prior to that. So far, she’s enjoyed nearly 25 years in education, including 17 years in leadership roles. She plans to keep at it for a long, long time. As for being a principal, Spellmann admits, “I never wanted to leave the classroom. I loved teaching. But, I went into administration after talking with a friend who explained to me how we needed leaders in our schools.” She took her friend’s advice. “My background is in special education. I still love figuring out how kids learn differently.” Her fascination with learning is one of the characteristics her colleagues talk about. As AHISD Superintendent Dr. Dana Bashara said about Spellmann, “In just a short time, Gerrie’s leadership has had a huge impact on the positive school culture at Woodridge that promotes high levels of student engagement and achievement.” “She is a very strong instructional leader who leads meaningful professional development for her staff, and provides direction and support in times of need. Her heart for children is apparent in every decision she makes.” I had a chance to see Spellmann’s leadership style in action. The day we met, Woodridge had scheduled a lock down — an “Active Shooter Drill.” We were chatting in her office when the alarm sounded on her phone. She quickly explained what was happening, and out the door she flew. “Follow me,” she said, over her shoulder. The relaxed, calm, easy to talk with principal was now on duty. I | OCTOBER 2019


followed her down the main hallway as she conferred with assistant principal Lisandra Black and others to be sure students were accounted for and that everyone was “safe.” She was serious and efficient; the captain of the ship. It was only a drill, but it was evident Spellmann and her colleagues took it seriously. After the all-clear, we returned to her office to continue our conversation. Spellmann is a big believer in nothing happens by accident. She says she was very happy at Copperfield Elementary in the Judson ISD. But a door opened. She had met former AHISD superintendent Dr. Kevin Brown at a conference in Austin. Spellmann was there with high school principals, including Howard Early Childhood Center principal Susan Peery who told her there was an opening for a principal in AHISD. “I told Susan, I am super happy where I am. But I am also a strong believer in nothing happens by chance. If a door opens, you should investigate possibilities. I interviewed with Kevin [Dr. Kevin Brown] and almost immediately had a second interview with another group of people.” Brown offered her the job as Woodridge Principal Spellmann conducting an active shooter drill at Woodridge Elementary Elementary School principal and she accepted. Spellmann says, “I like helping the kids’ teachers; out how instruction works, how learning works.” It is a nerd thing. helping coach teachers to be the best they can be for our How does she unwind when she’s not at school? She loves to students. And I love interacting with the kids.” She also enjoys exercise. She runs and walks three to five miles, three to four researching educational topics. She laughs and tells me, “I’m times a week. That helps keep her fit and grounded. Spellmann, really a nerd.” John, and her two children also love to fish. Spellmann and two colleagues recently collaborated on a The next time you see Gerrie Spellmann, ask her how they book to make sense of the new Texas state teacher evaluation renewed their marriage vows on their 25th Wedding Anniversary. system. She’s currently writing a second book, focusing on Here’s a hint, think Las Vegas and Elvis. Leadership Principles for Principals. “I thrive on helping figure


The Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce is working to create a successful future for our businesses. We provide unique opportunities for growing your business and building meaningful connections. Join us as we host our monthly luncheon on the first Wednesday of every month at Paesano’s in Lincoln Heights at 11:30am.

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Eat In ‘09 78209

Guide KEY


$ Most Entrees under $10 $$ Most entrees $10 - $20 $$$ Most entrees over $20

Brunch (BR) Reservations Suggested (R) Patio (P) Live Venue (LV)

American 410 DINER

A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway 210-822-6246 $


Casual dining in a bistro setting. High-quality hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch and dinner. 5003 Broadway 210-828-6860 $

San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 210-828-1470 $

Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway 210-826-0069 $

Hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and desserts, baby bundt cakes, pies and cakes. 255 E. Basse, #100 210-441-4553 $

Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse Rd 210-444-9547 $

Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and award-winning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels 210-828-1111 $ $

Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway 210-826-6674 $

Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway 210-828-5392 $

Cafeteria-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer several entrees daily that often include salmon, talapia, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, grilled liver and onions, roast turkey breast, roast chicken and rib-eye steaks. The entrees are accompanied by hearty Southern side dishes like fried okra, mac and cheese, black -eyed peas and mashed potatoes. 8511 Tesoro Drive 210-930-3227 $



Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway 210828-9669 $$$ (BR)



The Chicken Pesto Panini with Caprese Salad makes a great lunch.





Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach 210-920-2600 $ (P)


A contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of classics including prime rib, steak, seafood and rotating specials like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. 255 E. Basse, #1300 210-824-0275 $$ -$$$


A quaint cafe serving a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches in addition to a wide range of bakery items including cookies, cakes, pies and more 555 E. Basse, Suite113 475-3375-0275 $




A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway 210-804-2473 $

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24-hour diner serving all-day breakfast. They offer hearty choices like steak and eggs, omelets and Tex-Mex huevos rancheros. A comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, too, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway 210-828-5120 8427 Broadway 210-826-7001 $





A new concept in soups, salads and wraps. You create your own by choosing from dozens of fresh ingredients including several types of lettuces, chopped onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, black and red beans, bean sprouts, peas, broccoli and more. There are over 50 different toppings. Then choose from one of their 10 house dressings made with all-natural ingredients. Add fresh lean protein, including baked chicken, salmon or shrimp. 250 E. Basse Rd 210-462-1466 $


Silo is listed as one of Open Table’s Top American Restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks. They offer New American fare in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. They offer a small plate menu, and there is also a prix fixe dinner option available. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, Honey Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Mussels and Linguine and Chicken-Fried Oysters. 1133 Austin Highway 210-824-8686 $$


Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of big-screen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. Broadway at Basse 210-823-3508 $-$$ (P)


A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper , curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for takeout or you can dine in - and they deliver. They

also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway 210-829-5000 $


Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and espressos; quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels 210-822-0761 $ (LV)


Located in a quaint two story house on Broadway, WD Deli serves lunch only, specializing in scratch-made deli standards. They make several soups daily and have Jersey-style deli sandwhiches including pastrami, liverwurst, Italian panini, egg salad, tuna salad, roast beef and Reubens. They also have a large selection of entrée salads. Be sure to save some room for dessert as they have some really innovative ones, including lemon ooey gooey bars, butterscotch and black salt cookies and an orange dreamsicle cake. 3123 Broadway 210-828-2322 $ (P)


Chef-prepared healthy pre-packaged meals to go. Meals are low-calorie and can be low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free. 5231 Broadway 210-824-6000 $



Vegan and vegetarian Pan-Asian food. Delicious appetizers include fried rice, spring rolls and cheese rangoons. Entrees include vibrantly flavored favorites like Hunan Beef, General Tso’s Chik-n, Beef and Broccoli, and steaming bowls of pho. 5130 Broadway 210-437-2200 $ (P)


An assortment of teas from Taiwan including Matcha, Oolong, Coconut, Milk and Glowing varieties.They also offer rice and noodle bowls, mini pork buns and Taiyaki. 4009 Broadway 210-598-0068 $


Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachi-style grill experience is available Wednesday through Sunday during dinner, offering certified Black Angus beef. Reservations are preferred for the hibachi, but walk-ins are still welcomed. 1011 NE Loop 410 210-828-9988 $ $ (P)


An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 210-826-1488 $$


A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway 210-805-8111 $-$$


Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway 210-822-3253 $-$$


Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway 210-822-0300 $-$$ (R)


Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 210-822-1088 $$


Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 210-507-1000 $$


Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse 210-826-8500 $$


Vietnamese cuisine with light soups and spring rolls and phenomenal steaming bowls of pho. 3244 Broadway 210-892-7461 $$


Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway 210-829-7345 $$ (P)



1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway 210-828-2829 $


Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 210-824-9191 $ - $$


A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing 210-267-9136 $


Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway 210-829-8448 $ | OCTOBER 2019


European BISTR09

Classic French Brasserie by Chef Damien Watel and Chef Lisa Astorga Watel. Extensive wine list and beautifully executed classic french dishes including duck breast Al’orange, grilled quail, duck confit, dover sole, lobster risotto, foie gras, escargot and more. 6106 Broadway 210-245-8156 $$$ (BR)


Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court 210-560-2955 $ (P)


French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway 210-828-9050 $$ - $$$


A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger 210-290-8066 $


A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, house-made pastries,French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway 210-829-7291 $-$$


An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen tvs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway 210-721-7762 $-$$



Authentic Greek food with gyros, plus so much more. They have an extensive array of delicious tapas including hummus, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel patties, kalamata olives and fried calamari. They have large and satisfying salads including a traditional Greek, the Greco Roman, the Mediterranean and Caprese. Additionally, they offer fresh fish and shrimp dishes, grilled rosemary lemon chicken, vegetarian moussaka, pastichio (Greek lasagna) and their signature Papouli’s Feast that includes a choice of 4 meats, pita bread, Greek salad, puff pastries and more. 255 E. Basse, #384 210-804-1118 $

Hamburgers BURGER FI

Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road 210-858-4052 $


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Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway 210-826-0800 $


Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 210-805-8600 $


A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakery-fresh buns. They are also known for their ever-popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 210-932-8040 $


Casual, family-friendly burger joint with wood picnic tables, a playground for the kids, great appetizers, salads and sides. 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 210-822-7272 $ (P)


A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse 210-824-9600 $ (P)



Homemade soups, fresh salads, hand-tossed pizzas and strombolis along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 $$ (P)


An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse 210-828-5191 $$ - $$$


Market-inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. 255 E. Basse, #500 210-832-0300 $$ (P)


Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway 824-0055 $$


Mexican/Latin ADELANTE

Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. 210-822-7681 $


A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway 210-930-9393 $


Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road 210-824-0175 $


Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway 210-218-5466 $


Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. 210-824-4231 $$ (P)


Tex-Mex favorites including soft and crispy tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, carne guisada and burritos. They also offer street tacos including brisket smoke pork and their bad-ass barbacoa. They have a happy hour, Monday thru Friday from 4 -7 pm. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1208 Austin Highway 210-267-2516 $


Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway 210-822-6151 $$ (P)


Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway 210-930-8070 $$-$$$ (P)


Rustic indoor-outdoor concept with several different bars and patios. They serve Tex-Mex breakfast to dinner to a local crowd of regulars and frequently have live music. 8403 Broadway 210-826-4405 $$ (P) (LV)


Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway 210-824-3005 $$


Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse 210-824-1603 $ (P)



Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a wood -fired brick oven. 7959 Broadway 210-320-2100 $$ (P)


Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse 210-424-2014 $$


Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway 210-805-8646 $ - $$


Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 210-832-8288 $$


A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels 210-595-3405 $$ (P)


An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway 210-828-3354 $ - $$

Southwestern CANYON CAFE

Creative dishes influenced by the American Southwest. Bison meatloaf, grilled lemon salmon, baja shrimp pasta and fajitas 255 E. Basse, #600 210-821-3738 $$ (P)



Family-owned steakhouse with Western-style decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeyes, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels 210-824-0116 $$ - $$$ (LV)


High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 210-824-9463 $$$


Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crabcakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger 210-821-5051 $$$

Coffee/Desserts LA PANADERíA

Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway 210-375-6746 $


Coffee shop and eatery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with outdoor and indoor dining, fresh roasted brews, and lunch fare. Garden members enjoy 10% off. Sunday Brunch 555 Funston Pl, 78209 210-605-3222 $$ (P) (BR) | OCTOBER 2019


‘09 Eats

Hearthstone Bakery & Cafe Scratch-Made Comfort Food By MEREDITH KAY Photography By AL RENDON

We all have certain moments that take us back to our childhood for one reason or another. For some, it might be the sweet aroma of fresh-baked cookies that remind us of coming home from school to find our mom baking in the kitchen. For others, the warm taste of homemade soup on a cold day may elicit the feeling of home that we felt when we were younger and life was more carefree. These moments allow us to remember the past with nostalgia and happiness. These are the moments that strengthen us to move forward when life becomes hectic, and they are cherished. Hearthstone Bakery Café feels like home, and the restaurant has found a new home in 78209 at an iconic location. For many years Crumpets Restaurant, on Harry Wurzbach, was a beloved spot for families, celebrations, business meetings and romantic dinners among the trees, but change is inevitable. This iconic location has a new resident and Chef Jason VandeBerg and his talented staff have brought their creative and delicious scratchmade comfort food to Alamo Heights. Open 56

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for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Hearthstone Bakery Café offers hearty meals for everyone, along with providing an excellent choice for catering services in San Antonio. VandeBerg spent the first ten years of his career as a pastry chef working in various high-end hotels before venturing out on his own to open the first Hearthstone Bakery Café located on the far Northeast side of town. That was 12 years ago, and although that location has closed its doors, Hearthstone now has two locations in town, one on McCullough in Olmos Park, and now in its new home off Harry Wurzbach. VandeBerg took business classes at UTSA and stated that this was invaluable in learning how to run a successful restaurant. He says, “There is an extensive checklist involved in running a restaurant. It’s not just about providing delicious food.” He comes from a long line of educated professionals, so his venture into the culinary world was a first for his family. “I was the first in my family to start my


Baked goods, soups, salads, gourmet sandwhiches, and panini.


Bright, casual and comfortable


Entrees from $8 - $12

own business,” VandeBerg states proudly. Hearthstone Bakery Café, as the name implies, offers a warm and inviting space where locals can come together to share breakfast and lunch in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. The menu offers delicious house-made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with a mouth-watering selection of baked goodies. One of their most delicious offerings is “The Tony Montino”, a Cuban panini loaded with ham, pulled pork, mustard, pickles, Swiss cheese and finished with a cilantro-lime mayo. Another popular favorite is Alicia’s

“We use the highest quality ingredients to add pizazz to your everyday meals. We like to describe our menu as ‘thoughtful food” -Chef Jason Vandeberg

Club. Named after his wife, this sandwich features a flaky croissant piled high with turkey, tomatoes, avocado spread, lettuce and mozzarella along with a tasty honeydijon spread. For the salad set, the Cranberry Balsamic Chicken Salad is a must, assembled with baby lettuce and romaine tossed in their signature balsamic dressing and served with artichokes, tomatoes, shaved onions, candied pecans, and dried cranberries. It's big enough to share. Another great option is to take advantage of Hearthstone's soup and salad combos. Everything at Hearthstone is scratchmade with a variety of ingredients that make an ordinary sandwich extraordinary. VandeBerg states that "We use the highest quality ingredients to add pizazz to your everyday meals. We like to describe our menu as ‘thoughtful food.'" The menu highlights Hearthstone's creativity, and it is clear that they take a lot of pride in what they make.

Although the restaurant offers the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or lunch, Hearthstone has branched out to become one of the most creative catering companies in San Antonio. From business meeting lunches to group and company events, their casual catering arm, cleverly called, The Box Lunch Guys! offers the best of the Hearthstone menu in a convenient box format to take care of everything. For fancier catered events, Hearthstone offers outside the box catering options that can handle largescale events and include tray-passed hors d 'oeuvres, plated dinners, catered serving stations and buffet dining. Hearthstone can create a wonderful event for any occasion, and also has the capacity in the restaurant to host events and get-togethers to accommodate many types of groups, both large and intimate. With so many fast-casual and chain restaurants dotting the San Antonio landscape, it's nice to have a good go-to place to call "home" at Hearthstone. The food is outstanding, the prices are affordable, and you’ll definitely want to return with family and friends again and again. | OCTOBER 2019




6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 10:45am and Wednesday 6:15pm Praise and Prayer

308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11 am

6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 Services: Sunday: 10:50am-12pm


6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am


6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am


5927 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-8870 Services: Wednesday 12-1pm and Sunday 10:30-11:30am



1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 Services: Sunday mornings at 10am and 11:30am


102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12 noon Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8 & 10:30 am Tuesdays at 7:30 am


11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year


111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 Services: Mass Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 9am, 11am and 5:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday 7am; Wednesday 5:30pm; Friday 8:15am


3303 Urban Crest Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0139 Services: Saturday 8am, 5pm; Sunday 8am, 10:15am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm Monday-Friday at various times


319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 Services: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am


8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

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Fall Exhibition At the Briscoe

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents the new exhibit Art and the Animal, featuring more than 100 paintings and sculptures of animals from The Society of Animal Artist’s (SAA) 59th Annual Exhibition and Tour, on display through December 29. The SAA was founded in 1958 following a group of artists’ first exhibition at the Burr Gallery in the New York metropolitan area. The SAA has hosted annual exhibitions since 1960 with the first being named Art and the Animal in 1988. Over the years, the SAA’s work has been on display at more than 100 different institutions across the United States and Canada.

A Jewel in our Backyard

Photo By Josh Huskin

Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens, the only site on the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Texas, has been dubbed the most famous house in Texas by House Beautiful magazine. The house is part of the King William Historic District. A local wealthy merchant, Mr. Russel C. Norton began construction on the house in 1876. Villa Finale joins the ranks of Frank Lloyd Wright's legendary Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania and the imposing Biltmore Estate in North Carolina in an August 6 article published by the venerable design magazine.

Gladys Knight will perform at the Tobin Center’s Fifth Anniversary Gala

Tobin’s 5th Anniversary Gala

The Tobin Center’s 5th Anniversary Gala will take place on October 24, at 6:00 PM. The anniversary celebration will honor H-E-B for its leadership as a founding corporate donor of The Tobin Center and as an outstanding supporter of the arts community in San Antonio. The Anniversary Gala will also feature the Empress of Soul, and ten-time Grammy Awardwinning artist, Gladys Knight, who was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. The evening will include an auction of unique memorabilia from entertainers who have performed at The Tobin Center, a distinctive seated dinner, an exclusive performance by Ms. Knight, and end with the renowned after-party and VIP Lounge. 60

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Feliz Modern POP coming to the Pearl

Feliz Modern POP, the second retail concept from the team behind Feliz Modern, is coming to the Pearl in the fall. Feliz Modern POP is a playful, spin-off of its flagship store known for unique gifts, party supplies, and home decor. The new concept will add a pop of color and candy to Pearl, offering everything for the young at heart -- from art to artisanal sodas. Curated by Feliz Modern owners, Mario and Ginger Diaz, the duo’s latest endeavor combines their design backgrounds with their love for all things colorful, nostalgic, modern, and quirky, with a definite nod to the flavor of their beloved hometown.

New Business Openings

Above: The ghost light on the stage of the Majestic Theatre.

Left: The interior of the Majestic Theatre has been compared to the inside of an Faberge Egg. Pictured left, is one of several white peacocks perched on the ornate facade.

Behind the Scenes of the Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre is a national historic landmark that has been located in the heart of downtown San Antonio for over 90 years. Tours of the iconic theatre, offer patrons a unique glimpse into it’s quirky history. These behind-the-scenes tours of the atmospheric theatre reveal interesting facts unknown to most theater goers. The magnificent colors of the Majestic are currently being preserved by continued ongoing restoration (4 hours a day). The ceiling is made of painted plaster. The interior of the theatre has been compared to the inside of a beautiful Faberge Egg. If you’ve ever sat and admired the ceiling you might be surprised to learn that it is not curved; it is actually flat, but the sides are curved. There’s a special machine that is used to form the moving clouds on the ceiling. And those twinkling stars, they are lights that were placed to mimic the night sky exactly as it appeared the night the Majestic Theatre opened on June 14, 1929. Notice Venus at the top of the stage. If you could see her from behind, you would see her signature butt. The stagehands sign her butt! There’s also a beautiful Grotto on the 2nd floor that used to be a working fountain. If you have ever been to the Majestic when there’s no performance taking place.… you’ll notice the phantom light that is placed in the middle of the stage. This lamp isreferred to as the ghost light. The minute a show is over and the theatre is vacant, the light is turned on. This affords ghosts the opportunity to create their own performances so they don’t mess with the live performances. Take a look at the enhanced white peacock, it’s the third one, and if you look carefully, you’ll notice that the top of the stage is lined with cherubs. At the very top of the theatre there is a balcony that is no longer used. This was the segregated balcony, which used to have its own separate booth for selling tickets. The theatre was initially designed as a movie and vaudeville theatre. Wonderful restoration,upgrades and additions have recently been completed a team from by Lake Flato Architects. The Majestic is one of the crown jewels of downtown San Antonio, so if you’ve never visited the theatre or attended a performance, definetly put this on your bucket list. Let the show begin!

Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine

2313 NW Military Highway Dim Sum Oriental Cuisine serves a huge menu of over 250 dishes including delicious dumplings and delicacies all gently steamed to perfection in traditional bamboo baskets. The menu is largely cantonese-inspired with offerings that include shrimp and pork dumplings, chicken and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, black pepper short ribs, sesame balls and more. A rare treat and culinary adventure.

Chris Madrid’s

1900 Blanco Road This iconic burger restaurant has finally re-opened the doors on it’s new restaurant after 19 lengthy months of construction. Fans are once again enjoying their tostada and flaming jalapeno cheddar cheezy burgers.

Smoothie King

1251 Austin Highway Health and fitness aficionados can rejoice over the opening of a new Smoothie King on Austin Highway. They offer a seemingly endless selection of pick-me-up, post-workout and meal-replacement smoothies made with fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamins and elctrolytes.

Blue Whale

136 Main Plaza - Downtown Blue Whale is located across from the Bexar county courthouse and serves international street foods that would be common-place in Korea, Japan, China and the Middle-East. Try their steaming bowls of ramen, delicious Chinese steamed pork buns, shrimp yakisoba, yakitori and other exotic offerings like jianbling and Okonomiyaki. | OCTOBER 2019




Fairy Garden Workshop- San Antonio Botanical Garden

Meditation in the Japanese Gallery

Every Saturday


ZooBoo! at the San Antonio Zoo

Free Admission to the Museum Every Thursday THE MCNAY 4 – 9PM

Explore the beautiful artwork inside and outside the McNay Art Museum on Thursdays. The museum offers free admission from 4 -9PM. Tour the galleries and the grounds and see the current installations which include Andy Warhols: Portraits, Close At HandContemporary Stillife, Aaron Currry’s Headroom, and Spotlight on San Antonio: art created by San Antonio K - 12 students and inspired by the works of Diego Rivera.

Thru Dec 8

Every Sunday


225 E BASSE RD. 9 – 1PM

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

They’re big, really big! David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they are at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The exhibit includes 10 larger-than-life insect sculptures, all made from natural materials like tree stumps and branches positioned throughout the 38 acres of the Botanical Garden. Free with regular admission.

Alamo Heights Farmers Market This event is free and open to the public. Alamo Heights Farmers Market features vendors with farm fresh selections, fresh produce, locally ranchedgrass fed/grass-finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade, pet treats, organic cleaning supplies, seasonal delights like pies and gifts, and so much more.

Enjoy serene, guided meditation in the Japanese art gallery. Cushions and stools will be provided. Free with admission.

Zoo Boo!


The zoo will be decked out for Halloween fun with trick-or-treat stations, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties, costume contests and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best costume for a chance to be in a

costume contest. Zoo Boo! is included with standard zoo admission and is free for zoo members.

Scarecrow Trail Exhibit Thru Nov 10


Dispersed throughout the Botanical Garden, visitors will be treated to scarecrows created by community organizations and partners. This artistic exhibit highlights creative and fun interpretations of scarecrows and the harvest season.

Kids Zoo Ball 2019 Once Upon A Tail October 4


Support the zoo at this

( EDITOR’S PICK ) Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival October 20 THE PEARL 10 – 2PM

Get your wings on for the fourth annual celebration of butterflies, bats, bees and other pollinators in a day of family fun at the Historic Pearl. The Festival features a People for Pollinators Parade (costumes encouraged), a chance to tag monarch butterflies with trained docents, educational booths, pollinator gardening plants and education, art installations, the HEB flower wall, and interactive learning activities for the whole family. Enjoy this engaging event where science, nature, and learning meet during peak monarch butterfly migration season here in Texas.


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Egyptian Adventure - San Antonio Museum of Art event that features a seated dinner, exciting live entertainment, carousel rides and party favors. Black tie optional.

Fairy Garden Workshop October 5


includes all supplies; additional fairy garden supplies will be available for additional cost in the Garden Gift Shop. This program is designed for ages 8 and up.

Family Day: Egyptian Adventure October 6

Step into the world of enchanting fairy gardens by designing your own fall or Halloween-themed creation. Use your imagination to construct a magical and festive piece to enhance your garden for the season. Fee


Walk like an Egyptian while you explore the art of ancient Egypt through family tours and fun activities at the museum. Craft an Egyptian collar,

The Pumpkin Patch at Alamo Heights Methodist Church make your own mummy book, and learn to write your name in hieroglyphs on papyrus.

The Alamo Heights Methodist Church Pumkin Patch October 7

ALAMO HEIGHTS METHODIST CHURCH MON - SUN 9:30AM - 7PM Bring the little ones to the great pumpkin patch for fantastic fall photos, and pick out your favorite


pumpkin to take home and turn into a scary jack-o-lantern.

Free Family Night October 8

THE DOSEUM 5:30 – 7:30PM

Enjoy free admission to the playful Doseum for you and your family. Get there early to ensure you get a wristband for admission.

McNay Second Thursdays October 10 MCNAY 6 – 9PM

A night of music, art, food, and drinks on the grounds of the McNay. Enjoy Free general admission courtesy of H-E-B during this familyfun event. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to lounge on the grounds. Enjoy different live music from local talent every month and enjoy themed children's art workshops at the McNay Fountain. Pets on leashes are always welcome.

Art Party: Haunted Museum October 11


Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil October 26


Get ready for an eerie evening where revelers will be enchanted with a spectacular performance by the band Take Note. Visit the tarot card readers, and enter the costume contest for spectacular prizes. Visit the haunted lake, where spirits roam freely, then wander over to our cash bar (beer and wine) or slither over to one of the many food trucks. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged (though over the face masks will not be allowed). 21+ Only.

After exploring the San Antonio Museum of Art, enjoy some cocktails and live entertainment at the after pARTy. This month’s theme is Haunted Museum.

Coffee With a Cop October 17


5321 BROADWAY 5 – 6PM

Sip on your coffee with a local Alamo Heights Police Officer, who will answer any questions you might have regarding your community.

Toddler Art Play: Little Piece October 18

MCNAY 10:30 – 11:30AM

Visit the museum with your little one under 5 for creative playtime. Wear paint clothes for a fun, messy time at the McNay. All programs are outdoors, weather permitting.

Jazz in the Garden October 18


Bring your lawn chair to see Small World perform live at the Japanese Tea Garden. But don’t get too comfy in your chair as dancing to the music is highly encouraged. There will food and beverages available for purchase.

Halloween Party October 25 MCNAY 7 – 10PM

Calling all ghouls and goblins 21 and over! Join us for our sixth annual Halloween Party in the McNay courtyard. Enjoy boo-zy drinks, light bites, and a fun dance party. Be sure to come dressed for the costume contest | OCTOBER 2019




6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111 09/04/19 100 blk Harrigan THREATS A resident reported receiving threatening texts from persons unknown to him; he suspects an ex-girlfriend of putting others up to sending the threatening messages.

09/04/19 5200 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON A subject detained for field investigation purposes was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for theft.

09/04/19 200 blk Claywell NARCOTICS VIOLATION A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have an invalid driver's license; further investigation discovered two passengers were in possession of narcotics paraphernalia commonly used to inject illegal narcotics; further investigation discovered the driver was in possession of 11.5 grams of methamphetamines packaged in a manner common to illegal distribution of illegal narcotics 09/06/19 200 blk Corona THEFT a flag was stolen from a front porch.

09/06/19 100 blk Arcadia RESISTING ARREST, WANTED PERSON Officers investigating a male subject sleeping on a picnic table discovered the subject had active arrest warrants issued by Bexar County for criminal trespass, vehicle burglary and resisting arrest; the subject physically resisted arrest but was eventually taken into custody without injury to the subject or officers.

09/08/19 4800 blk Broadway EMERGENCY DETENTION Officers responded to a report of an unknown subject running in the roadway with a trash bag over his head; further investigation determined that the subject was in mental crisis; the subject was transported to hospital for evaluation


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09/09/19 4600 blk Broadway THEFT, SHOPLIFTING A male subject left a store with merchandise without paying for it.

09/19/19 4600 blk Broadway THEFT, SHOPLIFTING A male subject ran out of a store with three boxes of candy bars.

09/21/19 5200 blk Broadway EMERGENCY DETENTION Officers made contact with a subject who had called dispatch requesting assistance; on investigation it was determined the subject was delusional and in mental crisis; subject transported to a hospital for evaluation.

09/21/19 7000 blk Broadway DWI A patrol officer observed a vehicle swerving across two traffic lanes and run a red light; the driver wasstopped and further investigation revealed he was under the influence of alcohol and impaired.

09/22/19 100 blk Routt CRIMINAL MISCHIEF A personal cell phone was intentionally damaged during a domestic dispute

09/22/19 5300 blk Broadway RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE An officer checking an unoccupied vehicle discovered the vehicle was reported stolen by the San Antonio Police Department; the vehicle was impounded when attempts to contact the vehicle owner failed.

09/22/19 5300 blk Broadway PUBLIC INTOXICATION Officers responded to a report of a female subject passed out in front of a coffee shop; investigation revealed the subject was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; the subject was released to a responsible person. 09/22/19 100 blk Arcadia EMERGENCY DETENTION Female subject transported to a hospital after she told officers she was depressed and wanted to harm herself. | OCTOBER 2019


Vintage View


Handy Andy in Oak Park introduces its newest concept, The Gourmet Shop, offering area shoppers the convenience of buying wines, cheeses, deli meats and more at their neighborhood grocery store.


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