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78209 M A G A Z I N E

Watching Their Family Grow in ‘09

Bobby and Cyndy Peacock

Therapies for Total Body Wellness Stratton Rehabilitation Center




10 Trending in ‘09


Business Profile

Stratton Rehabilitation has been helping their clients using the latest techniques and therapies for 19 years.


Meet Your Neighbors

Owners of The BBQ Station, Bobby and Cyndy Peacock, are enjoying being surrounding by their growing family in 78209.


14 Happenings in ‘09 28 Holiday Gift Guide 32 Realtor Spotlight On The Market

34 Neighborhood News 38 School News

42 Pets - Ask Roxie 44 Society

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

58 Church Directory


Alamo Heights residents build home that checks all the boxes for comfortable living.

60 Outside ‘09 62 Calendar

64 Police Blotter 66 Vintage View



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Editor’s Letter

December Christmas is in the air! The Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade is such a fun way to kick off the holiday season in '09. Hopefully, many of you were able to make it out for this always fun and festive event featuring floats from local businesses, bands, and kids from local scout groups. This year's event did not disappoint. Many of you are probably familiar with Stratton Rehabilitation. Brik Stratton has followed in his father's footsteps and has a thriving therapy business in 78209. Stratton Rehabilitation prides themselves on staying on top of the latest techniques and therapies to help their clients obtain the best results. One of the things that makes them unique is their pelvic floor rehabilitation program. You'll definitely want to read more about it. If you've ever eaten at The Barbecue Station, then you've likely met someone from the Peacock family. Bobby and Cyndy Peacock are the Neighbors we want to introduce you to this month. They met 51 years ago, fell in love, married, and started a family. More than 20 years later, they found a need for a quality barbecue restaurant in Alamo Heights, so they opened one, and it has been going strong ever since. But the thing that Bobby and Cyndy enjoy the most is their growing family and are blessed to have all of them nearby. Are you looking for a nice place to take your family to eat during the holidays? You’ll definitely want to try Flemings at the Quarry. Chef Tony has created some savory dishes that you’re sure to enjoy. As a true steak connoisseur, I can say their steaks are amazing! One thing for sure, you will know that you have wined and dined after dinner at Flemings. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, or Happy Holidays. However you celebrate this season, I hope your days are merry & bright and spent with people you love. Until next month,


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The ultimate kids Christmas gift! Whether they have training wheels or mountain tires, bikes are always a hit on Christmas morning

Needle Point Stocking These custom stockings bring the holiday spirit to your fireplace and have plenty of room for Santa’s goodies.

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Santa is open and ready to take notes from all the kids on your nice list! Stop by for a visit at the Quarry Village

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without beautiful center pieces. We are loving these festive pheasants!


These houses and men are yummy and entertaining! Decorating is the perfect past time for a chilly afternoon with the kids.

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T’is the season for hand creams! Cold weather can leave your hands dry and irritated. We picked out some of our favorite balms and masks to keep your hands soft and smooth.

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Leslie Foley, a columnist for 78209 Magazine, has called SA home for the past 35 years. Leslie graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Journalism and Public Relations. Leslie enjoys staying connected to people, events, and happenings across the city. When not covering and photographing events, she spends time catching up with friends, visiting family, traveling to new destinations, tending to the garden, attending the theatre, catching a Spurs game, shopping for new treasures, or relaxing at home.


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.


ON THE COVER Photographer Sophie Bauer captured a photo of one of Santa’s little helpers helping pick out a Christmas tree.



Happenings In‘09

The Alamo Heights School Foundation Gala BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Peter Hennessey IV, Board President, Amy Case, Brooke Meabon, Anna Ziegler, Greater Heights Night Chairs, Heather McFarland, Executive Director

The Alamo Heights School Foundation hosted more than 750 guests at its 9th annual Greater Heights Night, Wednesday, November 6th at the Witte Museum’s Mays Family Center. The sold-out event is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser. It raised about $500,000, almost half of the annual $1 million Foundation goal. The money benefits teachers, innovative programs, and unique learning opportunities within the Alamo Heights ISD. Event co-chairs were Amy Case, Brooke Meabon, and Anna Ziegler, plus a committee of over fifty parent volunteers. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the ways in which area businesses, individuals and our guests collaborate with us on Greater Heights Night year after year,” Meabon said. One highlight from the evening included an opportunity to purchase 6X6-inch pieces of the 1930s era Mule Dome floor, at $125/ea. Of the 100 pieces available, nearly all sold.

Kendall Mazurek (committee member), Katy Corrigan, Catherine Jones, and Wesley Pennington



Top: Embrey Executives and Councilman Clayton Perry (2nd from right) “break ground” at 7600 Broadway. Above: John Kirk, Embrey executive vice president of development in front of soon to be buried power lines along Broadway.

Ground Breaking Kicks Off Construction at 7600 Broadway

San Antonio-based Embrey Partners Ltd. broke ground, November 8, on new residential and commercial office space that sits on a triangle of over 4-acres of land, bordered by Broadway, Nacogdoches, and Nottingham. District 10 City Councilman Clayton Perry joined Embrey executives and others to officially launch the project. Perry told 78209 Magazine, “This is the first venture of this size to come to District 10 in decades.” And, he added, “The economic benefits of this project are far-reaching.” The property will be known as “7600 Broadway.” It will feature 216 high-end apartments and 53,000 square feet of premiere office space. Embrey plans to relocate its corporate office at the site. Embrey said it is spending more than $1 million in neighborhood enhancements including widening Broadway Street, building 10-foot sidewalks around the perimeter of the project, and working with CPS to replace overhead power lines with underground utilities. Embrey CEO Trey Embrey said they expect the project to be completed by Fall 2021.

Alamo Heights School Foundation Sets 1st Reunite at Heights

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, in The Oaks, the new Alamo Heights high school cafeteria, the Alamo Heights School Foundation will hold the inaugural Reunite at Heights: An Alumni and Hall of Fame celebration. The lunch will feature fine food and fun, as the Foundation honors the year's Hall of Fame recipients, while also celebrating all the wonderful alumni and volunteers in the community. Hall of Fame honorees are:

Distinguished Alumni: Joseph Lambert ’58, Everett Fly ’70 and Pat Frost ’78

Distinguished Service: Patti and Mark Mays

Lifetime Educator: Paul Foerster

The Chairs for this exciting event are Becky Gulley, Reunite at Heights Chair and Kelly Fellbaum, Hall of Fame Chair. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee included Dr. Dana Bashara (AH School Superintendent), Laura Guglielmo, Lisa Krenger, Terri Musselman, and Paul Foerster (Distinguished Alumni and Service awards only). For more info and tickets to the event go to:

Embrey To Buy Back Artessa at Quarry Village

Embrey Partners, Ltd has agreed to buy-back the 280 unit Artessa at Quarry Village apartment complex. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the year. Bexar Appraisal District values the property at near $68 million. Initially, Embrey developed the property at 300 East Basse Road., constructed and managed it. Then, according to, Embrey sold the property to Dallas-based real estate private equity fund advised by Crow Holdings Capital Partners, L.L.C. The 10.7-acre, mixed-use property includes The Artessa, a 280-unit luxury apartment community, and a 70,785square-foot retail development. The transaction closed on August 31, 2011. The property is currently managed by Greystar, property management company. | DECEMBER 2019


Business Profile



Stratton Rehabilitation Long Standing Rehabilitation Center Brings Innovative New Therapies to ‘09



For physical therapist Brik Stratton, the ability to achieve total body wellness is a lot like caring for a car. “You have to look at the body mechanically as a whole,” he said. “You can’t have a car drive straight if you just put air in the tires and the alignment is off. Humans are the same. We kind of look at our jobs like we’re fancy body mechanics.” Co-owner and President of Stratton Rehabilitation on Sunset Road, Brik has been learning the ropes of what makes a successful physical therapy practice thrive since he was a kid. His father, Steven Stratton, began his business in Alamo Heights more than 45 years ago, and since he was a boy, Brik has helped and had a front row seat to learning the craft. “I grew up in the clinic,” he said. “By 16 I was a clinic technician.” Stratton Rehabilitation has been helping residents of ‘09 for 19 years and staying on top of the latest techniques and therapies is of the utmost importance. An osteopathic manual physical therapy clinic, the team focuses on high level manipulations, tissue work, electrical stimulation, and dry needling to pin-point pain. One thing that makes this practice stand out from others is its pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy program, something friends and family had urged Stratton to add in because the need is there and not many providers offer it. Most don’t even realize erectile dysfunction, low libido, weak bladder muscles from having children and other types of issues can be treated and cured through therapy, he said. “It takes a high level of hands on skill and anatomical knowledge to help those with weakness in the bladder, or sexual dysfunction,” he said. “There are not a lot of providers out there doing pelvic floor therapy because it takes a high level of training and there’s no field training manual out there for it. We’re very fortunate to have my Dad here who has learned from the best in the world.” Working on the lower back, pelvis and sciatic nerve, Stratton’s specialized therapist Dani Lane can help some patients in as quickly as two visits, however, those with chronic issues may take longer. “Fixing these types of issues can’t just be done through an exercise-based approach,” Stratton said. “You have to look at the mechanics. Western medicine isn’t set up to look at the body in that way, where osteopathic doctors are. And you need consistency. When patients come to us, they see the same exact therapist every single time. That’s important.” When asked what makes Stratton Rehabilitation stand out against the rest, Brik said it all comes down to the years of knowledge and training passed down by his dad, Steven.

“Our training is unlike any other,” he said. “My dad has spent decades learning globally and blending schools of thought. He’s learned from some of the greats who are no longer here, so his knowledge means everything to us.” Stratton’s team of therapists feel blessed to serve the ‘09 community and are grateful to work with so many of its residents. “We value this community so much,” Brik said. “It’s such a tight knit bubble with great doctors and clients and we’re honored to be here.”

Stratton Rehabilitation has been helping residents of ‘09 for 19 years and staying on top of the latest techniques and therapies is of the utmost importance. | DECEMBER 2019


Meet Your Neighbors



The Peacocks Couple with Historic Roots Continues to Watch Family Grow in ‘09



“We were eating lunch one day and were both complaining about how there wasn’t a lot of quality BBQ here in San Antonio. The day after Thanksgiving in 1992 we opened The BBQ Station and have been doing it ever since.”

Fifty-one years ago, at a Sergio Mendez concert at Hemisfair Park, a young couple who grew up in Alamo Heights went on their first date and fell in love. The young woman, then Cyndy Thornton, was a fifth-generation San Antonian whose great-grandfather had the oldest saddle shop in Texas. Her living nearby. They’re all within one mile of our house, and we love then suitor, Bobby Peacock, was a descendant of Davy to help.” Crockett and his relative signed the Texas Declaration of The entire family loves being outdoors, and the Peacocks enjoy Independence. their second home in Rockport where they’ve built bunk houses Their heritage has stood the test of time in San Antonio, for their growing family. and today, Cyndy and Bobby Peacock are celebrating 47 years This holiday season, they’re looking forward to the entire crew married, three children, 10 grandchildren and a thriving family coming over in pajamas Christmas Eve for tamales and chili. restaurant – The Barbecue Station. “It’s a really relaxed night,” Cyndy said. “We’re so blessed all After graduating from University of Texas, Austin, the couple our kids are here locally.” moved back home to Alamo Heights and Bobby went into the Bobby and Cyndy both come from families of six kids, many of home building industry. He would later go on to work in oil and whom are still living in the ‘09 area. As business-owners and gas with his brother and would often stop in Barbecue joints life-long ‘09’ers, the Peacocks love the sense of community Alamo in town for lunch with colleagues. Heights provides even though it’s situated in a big city. “We were eating lunch one day and were both complaining “Alamo Heights is great because you really get the small town about how there wasn’t a lot of quality barbecue in San feel even though you’re right in the middle of a big city,” Cyndy Antonio,” Bobby said. “The day after Thanksgiving in 1992 we said. “I remember years back, sitting on the curb of Broadway opened The Barbecue Station with no prior restaurant Street waiting for the Howdy Parade to begin and thinking to experience and have been doing it ever since.” myself, ‘this is such a busy street and it’s closed down for a Opening a restaurant with no background in food service small-town parade. That’s pretty neat.’” can have it’s challenges, and Bobby and Cyndy said they’ve definitely experienced pit falls and learning curves, but over time have perfected their business and their food. “It was definitely a learning experience in the beginning, but we figured it out, and we’ve got some really great, loyal, long-time employees who know the restaurant in and out and are like extended family,” Bobby said. The couples’ son, Stewart, now runs the business, and Bobby said he’s taken it to even higher levels. “He’s gone to great lengths to always look for an edge on how we can be doing things better than others,” he said. “It’s a competitive business. You always have to be on your game. You can’t become stagnant.” When asked what hobbies they enjoy, Bobby and Cyndy laughed with happiness, sharing their 11th grandchild is expected next year. “Between the restaurant and our 10, almost 11, grandchildren here, we stay very busy,” Cyndy The whole Peacock family during a recent trip to Glacier Park in Montana said. “We’re very blessed to have all our children | DECEMBER 2019


Home Dining Room A Crystal and polished chrome chandelier with a vine motif to match the pattern in the Kravet Owlish black wallpaper. Traditional cherry wood dining table and chairs complement the mahogany secretary that stands regally in the entry.



Dream Home Every Detail Designed For Living Gracefully BY JOHN BLOODSWORTH | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON | DECEMBER 2019



When Marilyn Church clipped a copy of her dream home from Southern Living Magazine more than 30 years ago, she had little idea that her plans would come to fruition on a lot wide enough to build that dream home in Alamo Heights. It was custom builder, Collier Bashara of Collier Custom Homes, who put Marilyn and Walter Church’s plans to work, adapting and modifying from a paper clipping of a house to a solidly constructed home built with Marilyn’s every wish coming true. Through a creative process and collaboration with Renee Wright with RKW Designs, they took Marilyn’s ideas and incorporated them into the home's design. “I work for the homeowner on the project,” stated Renee. From selecting fabric to chandeliers, Renee put Marilyn’s ideas to work from conception to completion of the project. “We first thought to have each room in a different color,” said Marilyn, “but because of my love of the color blue, we went with the same shade throughout our home.” Renee selected Sherwin Williams Faded Flaxflower in flat latex finish complemented with a trim color of Sherwin Williams Alabaster in semi-gloss finish. Ceilings are also Alabaster in flat latex finish. The heart of any home is the kitchen where memories were made with home-cooked meals served around the kitchen table. Today's contemporary designs have replaced the old wooden table with clean, stone-clad islands that function as dining, serving, and entertaining centers. However, Walter and Marilyn wanted to recreate their favorite kitchen from the home they lived in Alamo Heights in the 1970s. Renee and Marilyn searched high and low for similar backsplash tile colors that would set the tone for the modern makeover. “We were able to find what we were looking for at Crossville Tile Studio with a velvet pink subway tile in a half offset pattern,” explained Renee. The accent tile is also from the Crossville border series, and it incorporates a floral pattern in blue tones composed of glass. For an added custom touch, Renee incorporated a rectangular frame in the glass accent tile above the cooktop with a herringbone pattern of the velvet pink tiles inside. The kitchen cabinets are maple and were manufactured by Decora in their Avignon style with a sepia coffee stain. The island was created especially for Marilyn at a perfect height for her to comfortably prepare and bake. The island includes a one door base cabinet with a heavy-duty mixer lift for additional




Pink and blue hues harken back to a favorite kitchen from the home they lived in Alamo Heights in the 1970s. Adapted for modern living, special built-ins and lower height workspaces are customized for comfort and access.

Family Room

Wildlife painting by artist Clay McGaughy dominates the room designed for creature comfort. The custom-designed hearth keeps the home fires burning where guests relax in blue velvet-clad club chairs.


An oil painting of the old house on the Church Ranch illustrates the bell on a tall pole that alerted by family and friends. The original bell now holds pride of place at the entry to the Church’s Alamo Heights home. Marilyn said, “When the spirit moves us or on the fourth of July, we ring it!”

ease with baking. Marilyn was also able to find her dream ovens, and she chose a Bosch Benchmark 30" Euro Convection Double Oven in a stainless finish with dual side swing doors, which is also much more comfortable for Marilyn to access. Marilyn confesses to a love of nature, with strong partiality to peacocks and owls. Reflecting that “call of the wild,” a custom-designed sofa at KBK to the Trade was manufactured by Sherrill Furniture with an English front rolled arm and a square front dressmaker base in a Plume Turquoise fabric that incorporates a peacock feather pattern. Collier’s trim carpenter - based on Renee’s design drawn to scale - built a custom wood fireplace surround with a mantel. The wood surround was painted Alabaster in a semi-gloss finish to match the trim in the house. The tile surround incorporates Marilyn’s favorite blue color along with the same tile used on their kitchen floor. The hearth is covered in Crossville tile, and the surround is finished with small mosaic tiles, both by Monethyum, in a straight stack pattern with an outer band of Ashbury still water field tile with DuBois decorative tiles included as well. Walter and Marilyn were able to use two existing small club chairs by having them reupholstered with Fabricut Art Deco fabric in dark blue with gold accents. Wildlife paintings by San Antonio artist Clay McGaughy were also arranged in various groups and professionally hung on the walls of the family room.  Keeping watch in the formal dining room, a parliament of owls peer from twisting vines in a wallpaper pattern in Kravet Owlish Black wallpaper. A crystal and polished chrome chandelier illuminates the setting with a vine motif to match the pattern in the wallpaper. The Church’s were able to showcase their existing cherry wood traditional dining room furniture with the seats recovered with a hard- | DECEMBER 2019



wearing polyester velvet fabric by Wind in Chili, which also coordinates with the blue tones in the wallpaper. One of Walter and Marilyn's main goals was to have a downstairs master bedroom and bath designed for comfort. The floor tile was chosen at Crossville with a heated membrane beneath for comfort during the colder months. “Frances, the cat we adopted from my sister-in-law, loves the heated floor in the bathroom,” Marilyn said with a smile. The shower and tub wall tiles are predominately done in SoHo white subway tiles in a half offset pattern. “For a custom addition and to incorporate their love of blue, I added an accent rail in with Ashbury Malibu Cornice tiles along with Ashbury Malibu Stillwater accent tiles along with the wall of the tub and shower," explained Renee. With color playing an important role in the design, the master bedroom’s custom made king size coverlet with colorful peacocks included (again touching on Marilyn’s love of birds and wildlife) fits the bill. Custom made pillow shams in solid color fabric by Designers Guild in gold and raspberry tones add elegance. Of all the custom features showcased in this home, one stands out that pays homage to Marilyn’s Irish heritage. “Walter is from a strong German family that settled early in Texas, so I bake Irish sugar cookies each year to declare my independence,” said Marilyn. And husband, Walter, duly notes it. In the garage, a sign is prominently display reading, “Parking For The Irish Only – All Others Will Be Towed." 24


Informal Dining Area

Informal dining is just steps from the open kitchen and allows family and guests to converse with guests gathering in the den.

Master Bathroom

A downstairs master bedroom and bath were designed for convenience and comfort. With heated tiles for cold mornings, blue accent tiles along with the wall of the tub and shower for a cheery greeting to the day and cherry wood cabinetry by Diamond Cabinet Makers, waking up is not hard to do.

Master Bedroom

Color saturates the master bedroom, just as the couple wanted. They selected a wallpaper to use on one accent wall that abuts their backyards in Cole and Sons Woods and Stars pattern. They repurposed a love seat to place on the wall in KBK to the Trade by Fabricut in Thrilling Sheen in a neutral cream color with gold accents.Â | DECEMBER 2019


Good Living

‘09’s Holiday Helpers

Everyone can use a little help around the holidays... so we’ve compiled a list of ‘09 shops and restaurants that can take some holiday tasks off your plate.

COOPER’S MEAT MARKET For the holidays Cooper’s Meat Market is offering fully prepared turkey meals that feed 10 -12 people. Included is a 13 lb roasted, fried or smoked turkey, corn bread dressing and giblet gravy. All turkeys come with 2 large sides, cranberries and a choice of pie. They also offer Turduckens, crown roast of pork and pork tenderloin with all the fixings. Other offerings include a large assortment of their regular preparedcasseroles, appetizers and sides.



JUBILEE CAFE AND BAKERY Jubilee is offering pre-made Christmas dinner packages that feed 10-12 people. Choose turkey or roast beef with cornbread stuffing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and rice casserole, cranberry-orange relish, and two dozen dinner rolls. They also have delicious baked goods including divinity, fruitcake, fudge, candied pecans and delightfully decorated christmas cookies.

BUN & BARREL Since 1950 Bun & Barrel has been a serving their delicious smoked turkeys for the holidays. Pre-order one for your holiday table. HARGROVES FINE WINE & SPIRITS For help selecting exquisite wines to serve your holiday guests look no further than Hargroves Fine Wine & Spirits. Owners William and Amber Hargrove visit superior wineries from different winemaking regions and fill their boutique with only the finest selections.

SORRENTO’S ITALIANO RISTORANTE This authentic Italian kitchen offers an extensive catering menu that includes crisp seasonal salads, lasagnas, rigatoni, manicotti, cannelloni, fettucine alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmigiana and they deliver!

BOSS BAGELS Boss Bagels can help you feed overnight guests with their crowd-pleasing and convenient catering. Take home bagels, lox, smoked salmon, cream cheese spreads, breakfast sandwiches, house-made granola, hard boiled eggs and fresh coffee and juices. They have several catering packages available that serve up to 12 people.

BETOS ALT-MEX Betos is famous for their delicious empanadas. These delicious flaky pastries filled with savory fillings can be ordered by the tray for your holiday get-together.

TWIN LIQUORS The staff at Twin Liquors can help you assemble a fully stocked bar for your holiday party. They have brand name and specialty bourbons, tequilas, whiskeys, vodkas, rum, gin and cognacs along with cocktail mixers and barware. They also offer a huge variety of craft beers and wines and their knowledgeable staff can assist you with your holiday planning.

HEARTHSTONE BAKERY AND CAFE Hearthstone’s Holiday menu is available from Nov 26th thru Dec 24th and includes their famous cranberry balsamic salad, bourbon glazed ham, oven roasted turkey breast, pork tamales, green beans, loaded “smashed” potatoes, cornbread stuffing, cranberry chutney and rolls. (from $25.99 - $29.99 per person) They also have an impressive assortment of holiday baked goods including cookies and pies.

BROADWAY DAILY BREAD No holiday meal is complete until the fresh baked bread or dinner rolls are on the table. Broadway Daily Bread is baking artisan breads, dinner rolls, and an assortment of baked goods you’ll love serving to your holiday guests.

JIM’S They have a saying at Jim’s restaurants...”Don’t Bake It. Take It.” They are talking about their whole pies and cakes which are a holiday tradition in San Antonio. They offer pecan, chocolate cream, coconut cream, fresh strawberry, apple and lemon meringue pies and rich chocolate or carrot cakes. SMOKE SHACK The Smoke Shack is taking orders for whole turkeys and turkey breasts. They also offer meals including a whole turkey or turkey breast with three sides. Additional foods and desserts are available. | DECEMBER 2019


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“Aria Cascade Ring” in 18k rose gold with 3.50 carats of natural diamonds.

Moretti’s Fine Jewelry 14230 San Pedro Ave


Garrison Brothers Bourbon is the perfect holiday gift – available in Boot Flask-shaped bottles that fit inside a stocking.

Garrison Brothers


Personalized canvas and leather travel bag, hand-crafted in San Antonio for 45 years.


Jon Hart 220 Burleson Street



Baby, it’s cold outside, but our après mink faux fur throw will keep you warm.

Frosted Home 5800 Broadway, Ste. 101


A wallet for every occasion. Industrial design and fashion come together in these pocket-sized essentials.

Satel’s 5100 Broadway


Elegant collection of Gorjana jewelry in a variety of styles.


Scout & Molly’s Boutique 280 E Basse Rd Ste 107


Preserved flowers are a beautiful addition to any home anytime of the year!

Joyeux Home Decor 5007 McCullough


Get your GLOW on this holiday season. Radiant Glow Oil is the perfect stocking stuffer! Jordan & Petersen Skincare


Slay the season with a gift from Ballooms, where beautiful design meets whimsical creativity. Ballooms of San Antonio (210) 571-1220 | DECEMBER 2019


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Historic distillery tours, dining gift certificates and Texas-inspired gift boxes, Maverick Whiskey has legendary gifts to choose from.


Maverick Whiskey 115 Broadway


Want the most unique gift this holiday season? iSofloat, San Antonio’s Premier float spa has gift cards starting at $59! Give the gift of Relaxation. They will love you for it.

IsoFloat 210-437-3314


Specializing in hand-painted chocolate bon bons, and a limited edition SMASHABLE chocolate Santa Belly!


Charity Teague Confections


Tis the Season for Giving and what better way than a customized gift basket from Hargrove’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Custom-made, beautiful wine baskets for the Holidays!

Hargroves Fine Wine & Spirits 4007 Broadway


Your Holiday needs are wrapped up with Nativa! Featuring exclusive silk Otomi accessories for men.

Nativa 5124 Broadway



Merge the Old and New West this holiday. “Wallflower Series” by Miles Glynn.

Felder Gallery Fine Art 5934 Broadway Suite 1


“Is Art” the intricate and limited-edition pieces by designer Ayala Bar are on every woman’s wish list.


Pinky’s Boutique 4215 McCullough Ave.


Twin Liquors Jameson Highball Cocktail Combo Pack $29.99, includes Jameson 750ml, & Q Club Soda 4 pack

Twin Liquors


Share your love for nature! Give the gift of a Botanical Garden membership.

San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston Place | DECEMBER 2019


Realtor Spotlight ®

On The Market


The Realtor Spotlight helps potential clients find the right real estate professional to help them realize their dreams of owning a home in ‘09.

Whether buying, selling, or relocating, help them connect to the right agent that will intuitively understand the client’s needs and wishes.

To learn more contact 78209 magazine at 210.852.5375.

DANIELLE SMITH 0000 Main Street Alamo Heights, Texas 78209 210.000.0000



The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for October. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS®

Total Sales- 44 Average Price- $527,133 Median Price- $417,095 DOM- 128

78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales- 28 Average Price- $630,624 Median Price- $551,250 DOM- 163 78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales- 13 Average Price- $340,107 Median Price- $349,900 DOM- 60 | DECEMBER 2019


Neighborhood News

City Updates from Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills

Completion of Magnolia Heights, mixed-use development at Broadway and Austin Highway, has been pushed back to spring 2020. Courtesy/Cypress Real Estate Advisors

Magnolia Heights Reps Provide Update BY EDMOND ORTIZ

Alamo Heights residents got an update on the Magnolia Heights mixed-use project at Austin Highway and Broadway during the October 28 Alamo Heights City Council meeting. The multi-story project includes street-level retail and 150 apartment units. Drainage issues, a small fire earlier this year, troubles with a telecommunications line, and problems with the concrete subcontractor collectively have put the project six months behind schedule. Crews from the construction contractor, Rampage, were only getting around to the building framing by late October. Work crews expected to spend November repaving Ellwood Street and performing dry-in of Building A, or ensuring it's impervious to rain. The developer, Cypress Real Estate Advisors (CREA), is slated to begin facade on Building A, perform dry-in at Building B, and open the clubhouse/leasing office area in December.  CREA was considering having a ribbon-cutting with city officials sometime this month. The project now is estimated for completion in March.  34


A newly renovated Earl Abel’s re-opened for business November 8th.

Earl Abel's Re-opens After Sale, Temporary Renovations

Blue Label 88 LLC, the new ownership group for Earl Abel’s restaurant, reopened the venerable eatery in early November. The new owners closed the restaurant, which originally launched in the early 1930s, earlier this fall for some remodeling after acquiring the Pearl-area property from Arias Retail LLC. The renovations included expanding the outdoor seating area, a refreshed dining room and some menu updates.

Holiday Church Services

Alamo Heights Baptist Church Services: Sunday 11am Wednesday 6:15pm Praise and Prayer

Alamo Heights Christian Church Services: Sunday 11am

Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church Services: Sunday 8:30am, 11am Christmas Eve 5:30 pm

Alamo Heights United Methodist Church Services: Sun 8:30am, 9:30am, 11am Christmas Eve 2pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm Christmas Eve Children’s Service 4pm Christ Lutheran Church Services: Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am Christmas Eve 4pm, 6pm First Church of Christ Scientist Services: Sunday 10:30am Wednesday 12pm

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Services: Sunday 8:30 am, 11am Christmas Eve 5pm, 7pm Christmas Day 10:30am Northwood Presbyterian Church Services: Sunday 11am Christmas Eve 6:30pm

Northrock Church Alamo Heights Services: Sunday 10am, 11:30am Christmas Eve 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

St. Anthony De Padua Catholic Church Services: Saturday 5pm Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am, 12pm Daily Mass 9am Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri Christmas Eve 4pm, Midnight Christmas Eve Children’s Service 6pm Christmas Day 10:30am

St. David’s Episcopal Church and School Services: Sunday 8am, 10:30am Tuesday 7:30am Christmas Eve 4pm, 7pm Christmas Day 10am

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am, 6pm Tuesday 7:30am Christmas Eve 4pm, 7pm, 10pm Christmas Day 10am

St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Services: Saturday and Wednesday 5:30pm Sunday 9am, 11am, 5:30om Tuesday and Thursday 7am Friday 8am Christmas Eve 4pm, 6pm Christmas Day 10am

St. Pius X Catholic Church Services: Saturday 5pm Sunday 8am, 10:15am, 12pm, Teen 5pm Monday 6:30pm Tuesday-Friday 8:15am Christmas Eve 6pm, Midnight Christmas Eve Children’s Service 4pm Christmas Day 8am, 10:15am, Noon Spanish, 1:30 Latin Trinity Baptist Church Services: Sunday 10:15am Christmas Eve 5pm Unity Church Services: Sunday 11am Christmas Eve 7pm | DECEMBER 2019


Neighborhood News

Broadway Apartments Have New Owner

The Brackenridge at Midtown apartments

The Brackenridge at Midtown apartments off Broadway was recently acquired by Cortland Partners, which rebranded the property Cortland Brackenridge. Cortland Partners owns and manages more than 60,000 apartment homes nationwide.

Embrey Realty Opens Broadway Office

Local residential real estate company Embrey Realty opened a new office at 7801 Broadway, Suite 210, concentrating its business in the Alamo Heights-area. “We are thrilled to launch our new real estate venture after many years of experience in the market,” Jennie Embrey said in a company press release. “We use cutting edge technology and interactive media platforms that help clients seamlessly navigate buying and selling of real estate. In a world with virtual reality at its fingertips, we provide interactive marketing with aerial photography and video capabilities.”

Alamo Heights OKs Zoning Code Changes

On October 14, Alamo Heights City Council adopted revisions to the local zoning code to clear up and modernize some protocols and requirements. As a result, the zoning code now has a new definition for multi-family housing as a development made up of one or more structures with ten or more units on a single property. A second major change is that the city cannot prevent the use of construction material that has been a city-approved material over the previous three code permit cycles. 36


Haskin Park Gets a New Trail

The city of San Antonio held a ceremony October 8 to open a walking trail at Haskin Park in Oak Park/Northwood. Construction of the trail was funded to the tune of $300,000 from the city bond that voters approved in 2017. Bond-funded improvements inside Haskin Park include enhanced LED lighting, benches, more parking, new trees, and other landscaping.

Terrell Hills Approves Tax Rate

Terrell Hills City Council approved a property tax rate of $36.5 per $100 valuation for the fiscal year 2020, which begins January 1. The council will adopt an FY 2020 budget later this month.

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

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 | DECEMBER 2019



Cast of Carrie Presents Check to David’s Legacy

The cast and crew of Carrie were honored to present a check to Maureen Molak on behalf of the David’s Legacy Foundation. The Alamo Heights High School theater students collected $1,390 during the recent performances of Carrie the musical.

Mules Invited to Play in All Star Game

More than 110 players have been chosen to showcase the area’s top football talent in the Alamodome for an all-star football game. Players are nominated through their varsity coaches, and selected by an all-star selection committee. Congratulations to Alamo Heights High School Mules, Aaron Proctor, WR, Curtis Gunn, DT, and Josh Galindo, DB, for being selected for the team. Watch them play, January 4, in the Alamodome! 38



The St. Peter School cheerleaders were invited to escort Santa Claus into the party at Winterfest at the Quarry. Everyone yelled and cheered for the man in red at this festive and fun event for the whole family. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season with many businesses and groups from our community and the SPS cheerleaders were thrilled to be part of the occasion.

Lt. Steele Sessions and his wife

St. Luke’s Episcopal School Launches “Operation Christmas” for U.S. Troops in Iraq

Over the past several weeks, the entire SLES community has rallied together to support their alumnus, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Steele Sessions and his troops who are stationed in Iraq. Sessions attended St. Luke’s Episcopal School from kindergarten to 8th grade. He then attended Texas Military Institute and went on to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Students have brought in donations of books, cards, board games, and candy to fill care packages for Sessions and his platoon. Pre-K through eighth grade teachers have organized class activities such as handmade Christmas ornaments, reindeer decorated hot cocoa packets, and thank you notes. Parents donated their time at the monthly Parent Council meeting writing personalized notes to each of the 30 troops. On Veterans Day, middle school members of Student Voice led a special chapel service honoring Sessions and all of our nation’s servicemen. Sessions’ mother and father who were in attendance that day, shared a letter written by their son that read, “Thank you to my family and the St. Luke’s community as a whole. You taught me the importance of service and the beauty of self-sacrifice, the wonder that comes from trying your hardest and loving those around you well, and you never shied away from protecting my heart and covering me with the Truth of Christ. I pray that this school will continue to raise bright and innocent children into strong young men and women who learn to lose themselves in Jesus and discover who God has designed us to be.” | DECEMBER 2019


School News

Woodridge Elementary School’s Kim Kainer EXCELS

Congratulations to Woodridge Elementary teacher Kim Kainer for receiving the EXCEL Award presented by KENS 5 and Credit Human. KENS 5 and Credit Human have been recognizing local teachers since 1999 for their innovative teaching practices and for the difference they make in the classroom. Annually, one teacher from each of the 19 area school districts is surprised and honored with a $1,000 check! Kainer was surprised with the EXCEL Golden Apple Award by KENS 5 and Credit Human on Tuesday, September 24. She was interviewed and shared the story of why her passion is supporting children in their academic needs.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (DUKE TIP)

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Students from Alamo Heights earning State Recognition included: Caroline Cordts, Campbell Dixson, Natalie Markette, Reed McLallen, Aiden Monsen, Harrison Peacock, Petra Poenitzsch, and Alexander Zimmerman.

Dads on Campus

Alamo Heights Girls Cross Country

The Alamo Heights High School Girls Cross Country team is led by Coach Brian Ricketts. Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. This years team of dedicated athletes are off to a great start. The team recently competed in a meet against Medina Valley. “Our girls’ team has been working hard, improving and getting better,” freshman Trinity Warnicke said. Photo by Lexi Ramirez, AHHS Journalism 40


WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. More than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. In Alamo Heights, Cambridge Elementary is a WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) member school and Woodridge Elementary launched a similar program, Woodridge Dads Club, with both making a positive impact on children. The goal of both clubs is to provide positive male role models for students and to provide an extra-set of eyes and ears to enhance school security. Both clubs invite fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. Dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance. These Dads are connected to the campus, children and the community!

Master Teachers Mayberry, McInerney, Viccellio, and Pyrc with Head of School Jonathan Eades

Saint Mary’s Hall Teachers Earn Highest Award

Since 2002, faculty members who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the Saint Mary’s Hall community and through extraordinary instruction have been awarded the title of Master Teacher. This is the highest honor the school awards to its faculty. Master Teachers are selected from each of the three divisions, along with an at-large selection. The four recipients are honored at SMH’s annual Founders’ Day celebration, and each winner receives a check for $10,000. “Through the generosity of key donors, Saint Mary’s Hall offers this unique and exciting way to reward outstanding teachers for the positive impact they have had on our students and their families," said Head of School Jonathan Eades. The following extraordinary educators were surprised at Founders’ Day with the Master Teacher Award in appreciation of their contributions to the school: Upper School Social Studies Teacher Adrian Viccellio, Middle School English Teacher Deborah McInerney, Lower School Science Teacher Bitsy Mayberry, and Middle School Art Teacher BJ Pyrc. Founders’ Day is a special event unique to Saint Mary’s Hall in which the school annually celebrates a person or family whose faith, vision, and determination have made a lasting impact on the school. This year's Founders' Day Award recipient was Ruth (Ruthie) Bowman Russell (Class of 1966). More than 70 teachers have received the Master Teacher designation since its inception. Sixty-one percent of the more than 90 full-time faculty hold advanced degrees. These passionate teachers and mentors are often leaders in their respective fields, and collaborate with others in the community. What makes SMH faculty special is their commitment to knowing each student individually, cultivating a passion for learning, and continuing their own professional education.

Outstanding Educator

The University of Chicago selected Alamo Heights High School’s Nicole Lehmann to receive the Outstanding Educator Award. Lehmann, was nominated by a firstyear student of The University of Chicago, one of her former students, shared how Lehmann influenced, challenged, and helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. The University receives hundreds of letters from students annually, inspired by teachers who have changed the course of their lives, helping them to delve deeper into their studies, think beyond the classroom, and pursue a lifetime commitment to learning. | DECEMBER 2019


Ask Roxie

Pets as Presents The Do's and Don'ts of Giving Pets, at Christmas BY BERIT MASON

“How much is that doggie in the window? The one with the waggly tail.” Sales of those doggies in the windows, wagging their tails, skyrocket at Christmas, because some parents want a happy, waggly puppy-dog as a Christmas gift, for their children. “The holidays are our busiest time of year,” says the Animal Defense League's Wendy Wickham. “After Thanksgiving is when we really see people wanting puppies or kittens, as gifts.” The Animal Defense Leagues development officer hopes that instead of buying puppies from a pet store, you'll come adopt a shelter pet. The Animal Defense League is on Nacogdoches, and their Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions, is across the street from the San Antonio Zoo. “Adopting pets is really important. There are many great animals in the shelter, all of the time.” Wickham has a few “do's and don'ts”, for giving pets as presents. “Make sure that who you are giving the pet to, really wants it, and can take care of it.” 42


Pets need care. We can't help ourselves to the refrigerator, though some of us try, and we usually don't take ourselves out for walks, unless we are making a break for it. Do you have the right environment for the animal? A yard to play in, and trees for shade? Families wanting to adopt puppies or kittens must remember: these are babies still, with all of the attendant chewing, potty training, and energy to do lots and lots, of running around. A great “do” is to bring cheer to some poor orphan, at Christmas. “They are so ready for a home!” says Wickham, of shelter pets. To reduce “returns” come January, Animal Defense League adoption specialists are trained matchmakers. “We have a thorough vetting process. We ask about the environment, we ask who the pet is for, or where it is going,” says Wickham. Because if it is not a good match, the animal may be sent back, or dumped. And, that is not a happy outcome, for anyone. Adopting animals out, is a great thing. But, having them all come back again, is not so great. “We don't want them to be outdoor pets, particularly in this climate that gets so hot.” In and out is fine, but left outside to rot, is not. On occasion, we need to see the doctor, so future owners must be prepared for vet bills. Fido won't be getting any Medicare, and pet ownership is a lifelong commitment. “Keep the animal in another room, in a well-ventilated crate,” says Wickham, of Christmas Day, when presenting the new family member. Dogs and cats do not belong under the tree, even if the box has holes. Better a spacious crate with a soft blanket, providing

The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions

the newcomer with their own space. “This is still a scary experience for them,” says Wickham. And a quick tip: “DO NOT” put a holiday bow or ribbon around their neck, instead tie it onto their collar. No one wants to be strangled. “DO” allow them time to adjust. Don’t rush out, and buy them stuff before you know them better. Otherwise, you'll end up with chews, beds, and toys they may not use. San Antonio Pets Alive! is also concerned about “the Christmas gift”, getting a good home. They offer two holiday programs, to help with that. One: Offering adopters a “staycation” plan, says SAPA!'s Olivia Schneider. “This program affords prospective pet owners the opportunity to see if their furry friend has found their forever family.” After an approved application, the group allows for a pup or cat to go and spend an afternoon, or a weekend, with a prospective owner, for everyone to try each other out, before committing. Two: San Antonio Pets Alive! is selling Adoption Gift Certificates. If your friend or relative wants a Christmas pet, give them a San Antonio Pets Alive! gift certificate, to encourage them to get a shelter pet. Wickham also suggests having a “meet n’greet” with your other pets, to make sure everyone gets along. Or take the whole family. It won't be a surprise, but there won't be any bad surprises, either.

LOCAL ADOPTION RESOURCES : Animal Defense League of Texas 210 Tuleta Dr, 78212 210-655-1481

San Antonio Pets Alive 2200 Texas 151 Access Rd, 78227 210-370-7612 SNIPSA 4216 McCullough Ave, 78212 210-237-9400

San Antonio Humane Society 4804 Fredericksburg Rd, 78229 210-226-7461

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! Woof Woof, Roxie | DECEMBER 2019



Through His Eyes Photography


Ranch Chic Fashion Show

The American Cancer Society hosted its 14th Annual Ranch Chic Fashion Show; an evening of fun, food and fashion. Guests (more than 450) took a chance by purchasing raffle tickets for an onyx ring or tried their luck at the James Avery Jewelry Pull, before settling in for the style show featuring cancer survivors and celebrities modeling the latest in western wear from Cavender’s Boot City. Models included children and adult cancer survivors, as well as TV personalities, strutting western duds and furs courtesy of Elegant Furs, and jewelry by Kendra Scott and James Avery. Bill Taylor emceed the event and Michal Waechter chaired the show which raised funds for cancer patients and their families in San Antonio.



Top: Karen (CAMP Board and Gala Chair) and Tony Ridout Above: Alicia Thomas, Jeanne Albrecht (CAMP Board), and Susan Osborne (CAMP CEO)

11th Annual Starry Night CAMP Gala

The Children’s Association For Maximum Potential (CAMP) hosted the 11th Annual Starry Night CAMP Gala, celebrating their 40th Anniversary of serving children and adults with special needs. They provide year-round recreational experiences for individuals with special needs (aged 5-50), regardless of the disability. CAMP’s intentional programming alleviates medical, physical, developmental and intellectual barriers for more than 1,500 campers through medically safe recreational activities and social interactions. No other camping program in South Texas meets the physical, medical and emotional needs of this population. CAMP is a 55-acre summer camp in the Texas Hill Country. Campers participate in nine one-week residential sessions with traditional camping activities such as swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, music recreation, arts & crafts, karaoke and a CAMP dance. Year-round programming is available in both the Hill Country and in San Antonio offering Respite Weekends, Parents Night Out, Teen and Adult Day Adventures, TADA Life Skills Programs, and Family Retreats. The annual gala helped raise funds to ensure every camper gets to participate — regardless of their disability, and every parent gets a rest — regardless of their family income. | DECEMBER 2019



Save the Date December 12

Poinsettia Ball

GRAND HYATT 7 – 11 PM Friends of Hospice is hosting their 30th Poinsettia Ball to help raise funds for San Antonio’s uninsured and underinsured hospice patients and their families. Enjoy an evening with cocktails, a double entrée dinner, and live music by the Nash Hernandez Orchestra. January 18

Let’s Rodeo Ball

Top: Comittee planners Barry Brooner, Allison Gillett, Chris Sykes and Karen Newman Hardeman Above Left: Kathy Mueller, Bert (Tito) Beveridge and Laura Marbut Above Right: Robert Evers, Maureen Wysoki and Lennie Irvin

Alamo Heights Reunion

Stone Werks in Alamo Heights was the gathering place for the 150 alumni from the class of 1979 who gathered to celebrate reunion weekend. Weekend events included golf at the Quarry followed by a get together on the patio at Stone Werks and an Alamo Heights football game. The following morning began with a school tour of the alma mater, directed by Mr. Paul Foerster; and dinner and dancing at the Petroleum Club.

FREEMAN COLISEUM 6:30 – 11:30 PM This 21 and up celebration is a significant fundraising event that supports the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund. There will be plenty of entertainment with performances by Gary Allen and David Lee Murphy. Enjoy dancing and delicious food. The attire for the evening is Western Glitz. January 15 – 19

San Antonio Cocktail Conference

VARIOUS VENUES Houston Street Charities hosts this one-of-a-kind conference and donates 100% of the profits to local children’s charities. This unique conference offers educational seminars, guided tastings, paired dinners, and cocktail parties that bring together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts. January 25

Love Run 5k

CITY CHURCH BANDERA ROAD 8 – 11 AM This family-friendly walk/run helps bring together the community to support the Social Action Fund. All of the profits from this event aid in poverty relief efforts and create long-term solutions for communities in San Antonio, Mexico, and Liberia. This community event will have a pre-race stretch, special performances, and food trucks.

Gardenia Club

The San Antonio Gardenia Club welcomed new members and celebrated 60 years of fun, friendships, and Fine Arts Philanthropy. New members were joined by old members after a recent board meeting. 46


Community Calendar December 2


5:30-9 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 December 3


12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 December 4


11:30 AM Meet & Greet 12 PM Guest Speaker Paesano’s Lincoln Heights 555 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio. TX 78209 December 4


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


5:30-8 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 December 9


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

December 10


7 PM Longhorn Café 1003 Rittiman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218 December 17


5:30-8 PM 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public. December 17


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


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


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

December 9


5-6 PM 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 Meeting is open to the public. December 10


12 PM The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 | DECEMBER 2019


Community Spotlight

Laura Ancira Alamo Heights Junior School Principal, All Energy, All the Time. BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Alamo Heights Junior School principal, Laura Ancira was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and was raised in Laredo in the 1970s, where she attended Clark Elementary School. Years later, she was excited to go back and teach on the same campus. Ancira comes from a large family. “I was one of twelve children – six boys and six girls. I’m number nine,” she says. Her story is a wonderful one about family and loving one another. As she reminisces about growing up in a large family, her face crinkles, her brown eyes glisten, and she begins to laugh, a real from the belly laugh. It’s easy to see that she been transported back to the ‘70’s to her home in Laredo. She looks at me, and says, “You can imagine what it was like at Thanksgiving and Christmas in my house. Those memories will always be with me, they are part of my story and I treasure those days.” Perhaps growing up in that family, competing with 11 siblings, gave her the enthusiasm and incredible energy she has today. Watching Ancira at work is like watching the “Energizer 48


Bunny”. She’s all energy, all the time. That energy fuels her enthusiasm and love of being in a school. Her parents, who both have passed away, were her role models and incredible leaders in her life. “My mom was a very hard working lady and my dad was very charismatic and very goal oriented. It was great having both parents pushing us all to finish school.” Ancira was the first in her family to attend college. Both of her parents wanted to do so, but it just didn’t work out for them. “My dad was born in Cotulla, and he was into ranching. His family had several ranches in Mexico. It was the life he knew.” She remembers her family packing up the truck on weekends in Laredo and heading into Mexico to work on the family ranch. It was hard work. “We’d tell dad he didn’t have to do it. He was in construction, in management and was very successful. But farming and ranching was in his blood. Weekends working on the ranch, taught us all about work ethic and overcoming challenges,” recalls Ancira. “I was daddy’s little girl and he was always there for me. So was my mom. They pushed me to be independent and problem solve. The love was incredible. It’s what kept me going.” She was an athlete in middle and high school. “I played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. Today those experiences help me connect with kids who are into athletics.” Ancira was only fifteen when she started her first job, working at the Boys and Girls Club in Laredo. “My English teacher, Mr. Montemayor, asked me if I’d be interested in a summer program working at the Boys & Girls Club.” She jumped at the opportunity. “Working there taught me a lot,” she says. “As difficult as my life may have been, it was nothing compared to the challenges many of the kids I met at the club faced every day. Being there for them, and helping them out with their work, was really rewarding.” Ancira always knew she wanted to teach. And, working at the club was certainly a major contributing factor that led her into the classroom. She was also influenced by her own teachers, beginning in elementary school and continuing through high school. “I had great experiences with my classroom teachers. That

was back when bilingual students were not allowed to speak Spanish. I started school as a Spanish speaker. Many of my teachers ignored the standard to not speak Spanish. They never said, ‘Let me teach her less.’ They inspired me.” Ancira toyed with the idea of going into law enforcement – something her dad had suggested. But her love for kids and desire to teach won out. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from Texas A&M International in 1999. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from UTSA in 2009. And she is currently completing her certification in Superintendency from UTSA. Ancira and her husband Rosendo married in 2003, the same year she joined the faculty at Cambridge Elementary School as a Spanish Immersion teacher. She spent 8-years at Cambridge, before moving to AHJS as assistant principal. In 2015 Ancira was promoted to AHJS principal. AH Superintendent Dr. Dana Bashara was principal at Cambridge when Ancira taught there. She notes, “I’ve had the pleasure of watching Laura grow professionally in our district from the time I hired her to be a teacher when I was principal of Cambridge, to her time as an Assistant Principal and now Principal at the Junior School. She has a true heart for our students and works endlessly to ensure their success and growth.” She and her husband have two children – David, 28, and Roberto, 13. And yes, Roberto is a student at AHJS which, Ancira says, “he’s handling very well having his mother as principal.” What becomes immediately clear as you talk with her is her

Ancira discusses schedules with her assistant, Martha Wagner

love of teaching and her deep respect and support for teachers. Ancira believes the key to success in her profession is relationships – with parents, with students, and with co-workers. “Master that,” Ancira says, “and you will be successful.” Ancira agreed that she wakes up smiling every day. She reflects a lot on everything around her, and she also meditates. It keeps her grounded. She says the beauty of what she does professionally is simple: “I get an opportunity to make a difference for kids and that makes me happy.” She has no immediate plans to move up the administrative ladder. “I truly love being a principal.” But as you listen to her talk, it is clear she can see herself in central management. And maybe, as a superintendent, but not today. It’s probably a safe bet, though, sooner rather than later.


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 $


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

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

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 $



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)


Sea Salt Peanut Butter Bar

Bird Bakery’s bars are sure to bring you chocolate, peanut butter, comfort and joy.



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 $ $


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 $


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 southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, weekend brunches, business lunches and happy hours. They serve southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese dip, biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, steelhead trout and Ida’s seasonal pies. 7300 Jones Maltsberger Road 210-667-2145 $$ (P) (BR)


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 $




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 $


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 $


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


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 $


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 $


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 take-out 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 $ | DECEMBER 2019


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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 $




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) | DECEMBER 2019


‘09 Eats


From the moment you walk through the door at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse at The Quarry, you can’t help but feel special. From the friendly and welcoming staff, to the warm and inviting dining room, the restaurant has the ability to make everyone feel fancy. Since 2006, Fleming’s has been one of the premiere steakhouses in 78209, catering to both families and business clientele with a menu featuring only the best quality steaks and seafood. The Fleming’s brand began in Southern California in 1998 and there are currently 69 Fleming’s Steakhouse restaurants across the United States, along with one in Brazil. General Manager Daniel Pedrotti III has been with the restaurant for seven years now, and he continually strives to deliver outstanding service with a menu that features locally inspired specials. Daniel states, “Our menu reflects the 56


talents of our Executive Chef, Tony Randazzo and the experience of our kitchen staff. The food is inventive, and we want to represent San Antonio in a new and energetic way. We are constantly evolving and this is how we give back to our community.” Fleming’s is open for dinner seven nights a week, with several specials throughout the week. Sunday evenings feature The Sunday Table, a three-course menu featuring Fleming’s slow-roasted Beef Tenderloin served atop creamy mashed potatoes, and a choice of salad and dessert.. On Mondays you can enjoy a threecourse Filet Mignon and Lobster dinner, complete with salad and dessert. However, the most amazing deal can be found on Tuesdays with their Tomahawk for Two-sday menu. The 35-ounce prime Tomahawk Ribeye is available for two diners and


Classic steak house starters, soups, salads, signature steaks and seafood including filet mignon, ribeye, and tomahawk steaks plus crab cakes, chilean sea bass, lobster and more.


Warm elegant and modern.


Appetizers - $12 - $22 Soups and salads - $12 - $15 Steaks and Entrees $38 - $92

“Our menu reflects the talents of our Executive Chef, Tony Randazzo and the experience of our kitchen staff.” - General Manager Daniel Pedrotti III includes a choice of salad, two side dishes and dessert. Even when you share this Flintstone’s sized ribeye, you will still have plenty leftover to take home. The menu at Fleming’s also features a special menu created by Chef Tony himself. It changes to reflect the season and what’s available locally every 60 days. Recently, Tony created a delicious Grilled Octopus with Black Bean Pear Pico. The combination of sweet and savory was the perfect complement to the braised octopus. Also featured, was Tony’s Roasted New Zealand Rack of Lamb paired with a delicious poblano potato gnocchi with cilantro pesto. The dumpling pasta was tender, and the

pesto crusted lamb was perfectly cooked to medium rare. At Fleming’s you’ll find amazing appetizers, classic steakhouse soups and salads, along with their selection of prime steaks, quality seafood and over ten generous side dishes, including their signature Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. Fleming’s is also open for the holidays to make life a little easier when hosting friends and family. Reservations are recommended for the main dining room, and walk-ins are always welcome for Happy Hour and at the bar. Fleming’s has two private dining rooms for special occasions and business events, and the restaurant can be reserved for large parties and groups for lunch as well. Their wine list is extensive and rather impressive. Curated by Fleming’s Wine Manager, Christian Schimmelfennig, it changes with the season and with the menu, keeping it interesting and fresh. Fleming’s is a classic steakhouse with a local feel, and with its ever-changing seasonal menu, top notch culinary staff and management, and their creative specials, it promises to be around for many generations to come. | DECEMBER 2019



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


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


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


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





Honorees Ronald and Karen Herrmann

UT Health San Antonio President’s Gala Ken Slavin on stage at Jazz’SALive Music Festival

The 36th Annual Jazz’SAlive Music Festival

The San Antonio Parks Foundation hosted a free community event which took place over two days at the beautifully renovated Travis Park with a lineup featuring the who’s who in jazz. The luxurious St. Anthony Hotel played host to one of Jazz’SAlive’s official after parties on the hotel’s rooftop sky terrace, with its gorgeous views of downtown San Antonio. The annual festival is an integral part of downtown’s vibrant and thriving music and culinary scene. Attendees included: President of San Antonio Parks Foundation Mary Jane Verette, chair elect Ken Kuwamura, Valero’s Sylvia Rodrigiuez festival chair, Randy Beamer emcee, sports anchor Don Harris, Bexar County Medical Society’s August Trevino, CE Group co-founder Lainey Berkus, Andi Rodriguez, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Nancy Lipton and Dru Van Steenberg, JoAnn Booneand Marcie Ince. Stellar headliners included: five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves, the Lao Tizer Band, Tomar & the FC’S, Aaron Prado with Jacqueline Sotelo and Johnny P., Ken Slavin, The US Air Force Band Dimensions in Blue, The Jazz Protagonists, Will Owen Gage & the Alamotones, and the Adrian Ruiz Quintet. Also, Eddie & The Valiants, George Prado & Chuck Glave, Rat King Cole, Tony Romero & The Spiders, The Hess Brothers Trio, and AJAM (Alamo Colleges Jazz All Stars Mentorship).

The 12th Annual Gala honored Ronald and Karen Herrmann for their exemplary service and generous philanthropy. The evening also celebrated the School of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary. In recognition of this important milestone, funds raised from the President’s Gala will be used to establish the Karen and Ronald Herrmann Endowment for Research to Advance Excellence in Caregiving. This endowment will support the School of Nursing’s Caring for the Caregiver program which is dedicated to the health and well-being of all caregivers, especially those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Whataburger Boots Debut

Whataburger has partnered with Justin Boots to create Whataburger branded men’s and women’s boots. The boots, complete with brown leather, orange-stitching and the Whataburger logo, are available for purchase online. The popular boots are selling like hotcakes or dare we say it...honey butter chicken biscuits.



Above Top: Marie Smith, Dr. William Henrich, Eileen Breslin and Mary Henrich Above: John Guest, Kimberly Tench and Ben Adams

Broads, Bags & B-I-N-G-O

The Second Annual Broads, Bags & Bingo was held at the San Antonio Garden Center; and once again, was a huge success, thanks to all the patrons who bought tables to support scholarships for Miss Rodeo Texas. Lucky ladies and gents who yelled “BINGO” won beautiful designer handbags of assorted colors, styles and sizes at the event. This year Ashlyn Williams, 18, of Boyd, Texas was crowned with the prestigious title of Miss Rodeo Texas Teen. Miss Williams, recently graduated with honors from Boyd High School. She has been involved in FFA, FCCLA, and Student Council. She enjoys fishing, public speaking, spending time with friends and family, riding horses and competing in rodeos.

New Business Openings

Carnitas Don Raul Food Truck

Above Left: Fashion show chair Catherine Whitsett and emcee Mike Osterhage Above Right: Margaret Cluck and Melinda Biggs

Giving with Style

Chairperson Catherine Whitsett, a volunteer with the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, orchestrated the annual fashionable event which began with shopping the chic boutique, followed by brunch, a silent auction and fashion show featuring fashions donated to the Salvation Army. Guests arrived early to shop the boutique of fashions. Three Salvation Army truck loads were carefully displayed including not only oneof-a-kind clothing, but jewelry, hats, shoes, handbags, and belts from designers including Kate Spade, Victor Costa, J. Crew, Betsy Johnson, Prada, Diane Freis, Bob Mackie, St. John, Cache, Chico’s and more. A few models included Julie Bray Patterson, Celeste Brown, Ruth Medellin, Cindy Taylor, Sarah Lucero and Camilla Rambaldi. Guests included Carol Bray and daughter Nancy Bray, Margaret Cluck, Melinda Biggs, Karen Evans, Kitty Gray, Bonnie Korbell, and honorary co-chairs Linda Whitacre and Jean French. A big thanks to chairperson Catherine Whitsett, president Sandra Ojeda-Medina, show director Julie Poppoon, emcee KSAT’s Mike Osterhage, and honorary co-chairs Jean French and Linda Whitacre and New Earth Organic Skin Care from providing table favors. The Great bargains helped support individuals and families who are hungry, homeless and hopeless through Salvation Army programs in our area.

3303 Broadway Street This new food truck opened for business on Broadway near Brackenridge Park. They serve slow-cooked pulled pork carnitas that they tout are known as the “Best in Mexico”. The original restaurant is located in Michoacan, Mexico and was featured on the Netflix series the Taco Chronicles. Pulled pork is the base for their tacos, burritos, tortas, gorditas and quesadillas.

Timberwood Park Pediatric Dentistry

24815 US Highway 281 N Dr. Rebecca Wilson, a pediatric dentist has opened a new practice. She and her staff work with children of all abilities from a very early age. Her practice offers state- of- the-art dental care to infants, chidren and adolescents in a warm, kid freindly environment.

Dury’s Guns

Dury's Gun Shop has moved into the building previously occupied by Raffles restaurant and bar. They sell rifles, shotguns, handguns ammunition and accessories. | DECEMBER 2019




Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo

Light The Way Thru January 6


Light The Way at the University of The Incarnate Word

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 Mary Casatt’s Women, Picasso to Hockney: Modern art on Stage, Artist Looking At Art: Thomas StokesIII , and Spotlight on San Antonio: art created by San Antonio K - 12 students and inspired by the works of Diego Rivera.

Every Sunday

Alamo Heights Farmers Market

225 E BASSE RD. 9AM – 1PM

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 much more.

Zoo Lights


When the animals at the San Antonio Zoo tuck in for the evening, the Zoo transforms into a wild, winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights. Guests stroll under the lights, sip hot cocoa, roast s’mores, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and visit Santa. Plus, back by popular demand, the exciting Lakeside Light Show with a custom soundtrack of dubstep, electronic dance music and hip hop Christmas tunes.

The University of the Incarnate Word is lit up with thousands of twinkling lights that illuminate the night sky. Guests can wander the campus on self-guided tours to admire the lights throughout the holiday season.

Alamo Heights Optimist Annual Christmas Tree Lot

Evenings in December


Alamo Heights largest and oldest charity Christmas tree lot (they have been in business since 1954) will be open to the public, selling beautiful,

fragrant USDA grade one trees. All proceeds from the Optimist annual sale of the Christmas trees go to children’s charities.

ArtFULL Wednesday December 4


Enjoy Parisian pastries while admiring the picturesque scenes of the new exhibit Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond. This series is free with museum admission or membership.

ReDo Adult Night at the DoSeum December 6


At each ReDo, you’re encouraged to let go and tap into your inner child “redoing” some of your

( EDITOR’S PICK ) Family Film Fest at the McNay December 29


Enjoy a Paris double feature with the family watching movies at the McNay. On the bill are the movies Ratatouille and The Tale of Despereaux. No movie day is complete without a popcorn bar, hot chocolate, and craft making station. Spend a cozy afternoon and some quality time with your family this holiday vacation. 62


roasted potatoes, green beans and gingerbread cake with root beer poached pears.

McNay Holiday Shopping Night December 10 5 – 9PM

Alamo Heights Optimist Tree Lot favorite childhood experiences. Each ReDo varies in theme, but all offer complimentary drinks, delicious bites, fun photo opportunities, and music in addition to unique activities and full access to the DoSeums world-class childrens exhibits. Bring your friends, work buddies, or anyone young at heart. 21 and over only.


Multisensory Tour December 7


This free multisensory tour is for the blind and visually impaired. This event allows them the opportunity to experience the museum and art.

Holiday Party December 17


Discover how easy it can be to pull off a holiday dinner party for family and friends. You'll learn to make iceberg wedge salads with blue cheese dressing, steak au poivre,

Get some holiday shopping done at the McNay with some cultural, artistic, and unique gifts. Discover treasures from Ayala Bar jewelry, Laura Q Designs, Winetique boutique, unique ceramics from Designs by Janice, Mexican folk art and apparel from Nativa.

Art Party: ¡Salud! ¡Santé! Cheers! Decemeber 13


The San Antonio Museum of Art is putting the ART in pARTy with an evening of live music, craft cocktails, and a themed tour of the museum. Art pARTy is a collaboration between the museum and KRTU 91.7 FM. Tickets are free with museum admission.


La Talamada at the Witte Museum

12th Annual La Tamalada December 14


Bring your family and friends to the Witte this winter and learn a culinary tradition that will surely warm your heart. Each participant will receive light refreshments, hands-on instruction, a dozen homemade tamales – six sweet and six savory and time saving tamale tips to take the stress out of the holidays.

Coffee With a Cop December 19


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

December 27

Local Days


Take advantage of being a San Antonio resident and enjoy going to the San Antonio Zoo for the reduced rate of just $8 a person.

DIY Family Workshop

December 27 THE DOSEUM 1 – 4PM

In this workshop, families create a one-of-a-kind board game with the help of a laser cutter and 3-D printer. At the end of the workshop, take home your game and enjoy playing it in 2020!

Winter Celebration December 20


Learn how to prepare elegant winter dishes including, bacon wrapped scallops with brie cream sauce, Porcini-crusted filet with herb butter, savory bread pudding with acorn squash, wild mushrooms with gruyére and Espresso crem Brûlée.

Art Party at the San Antonio Museum of Art | DECEMBER 2019




6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111 10/27/19 100 blk Austin Hwy DWI ACCIDENT, NARCOTICS VIOLATION, WANTED PERSON Officers investigated a single vehicle accident where a vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole before striking a bank sign; further investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; additional investigation discovered the driver had been previously convicted of DWI, and had multiple traffic warrants issued by the Alamo Heights Municipal Court and was in possession of marijuana. 10/30/19 5200 blk Broadway FORGERY, WANTED PERSON Officers reponded to a report of two male subjects attempting to cash a stolen/forged check; further investigation discovered one subject did not have knowledge the check was forged but had an active arrest warrant for narcotics violations; the second subject was identified as the payee and was attempting to pass the check. 10/31/19 1300 blk Townsend EMERGENCY DETENTION Officers investigated a report from a concerned person that a resident had made threats to harm himself; further investigation revealed the resident was intoxicated and under mental duress; the person was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

11/01/19 100 blk Terrell Rd ASSAULT, FAMILY VIOLENCE A husband alleged he was physically assaulted several times by his wife during on-going arguments during the day.

11/01/19 100 blk Terrell Rd ASSAULT, FAMILY VIOLENCE A husband alleged he was physically assaulted several times by his wife during on-going arguments during the day.



11/04/19 500 blk Tuxedo TAMPER W/GOVT RECORD A driver stopped for a traffic violation gave the investigating officer a counterfeit driver's license; during further investigation the driver admitted to producing the driver's license himself.

11/05/19 5100 blk Broadway CRIMINAL MISCHIEF The window of a parked vehicle was broken out while unattended; there were no signs of entry into the vehicle.

11/07/19 50 Alamo Heights Blvd VEHICLE BURGLARY A locked vehicle parked in a public parking area was forcibly entered by breaking a window to steal a briefcase left in open view.

11/10/19 100 blk Arcadia ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS Officers responding to a report of a loud party discovered multiple underaged suspects consuming alcohol; multiple citations were issued for alcohol violations; charges will be filed with the District Attorney's office against the party hosts for making alcohol available to minors

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