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After spending seven years in general dentistry, Dr. Devin Cochran decided that he wanted to specialize in orthodontics. Now with three Cochran Orthodontics offices, he also finds time to mentor students of all ages.
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Drs. Kirk and Mary Waibel and their children have traveled all over and have even lived overseas for five years, but they’ve always come back to Alamo Heights, the place they call home.
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September Who would’ve ever thought we’d be back to wearing masks and have so many concerns and questions about COVID? It seems we have to look a little harder these days to find the good things, but really, they’re all around us! I love it that some people wear masks and some don’t, yet people seem to respect one another for their personal decisions. One aversion that I have to masks, though, is that they hide people’s smiles. Smiles are usually the first thing we notice when we see a person. Dr. Devin Cochran has spent his entire adult life making people’s smiles beautiful. After working as a dentist for seven years, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in orthodontics. He went back to school and then returned to San Antonio to open Cochran Orthodontics. Today he has three offices in San Antonio, including one in Lincoln Heights. Kirk and Mary Waibel and their two children love to travel but they all agree, “there’s no place like home.” A tight knit family, Kirk and Mary have always been very active in their children’s schools and other activities. They love spending time together as a family and also appreciate and enjoy being part of such a close community in 78209. I remember it like it was yesterday, my mom and daddy took me to the Barn Door for my birthday and when we drove into the parking lot I saw my name on the marquis, “Happy Birthday Susan.” I’ll bet at one time or another most of you have had that same experience. The Barn Door has been a staple for not just ‘09ers but for people from all over the city since 1953. Known for their delicious steaks and friendly atmosphere, it is their consistency and great customer service that keep people coming back. My personal favorite is the Chateaubriand with a Tasso’s potato. With so many uncertainties in our world right now, it’s nice to know that 78209 is such a tight knit community where neighbors truly care about one another. If you are lucky enough to live in 78209, you are lucky enough!
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Casa Azul, the captivating rendition of artist Frida Kahlo’s iconic blue home is part of the Frida Kahlo Oasis at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Her home and lush green sanctuary had a profound influence on her timeless art. This uniquely curated exhibition uncovers Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. Nestled in the heart of the Botanical Garden and occupying 2,100 square feet, it is shaded by giant oak trees, and overflowing with Mexican native plants, and a mixture of tropical foliage and desert plants, including elephant ears, bougainvillea, agave, and marigolds. Included are the famous landmarks of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul such as the pyramid that displayed Diego Rivera’s pre-Colombian artifacts collection, the frog-themed fountain, and Kahlo’s desk and easel. The exhibition features six monumental animals throughout the lush garden grounds – a dog, monkey, deer, butterfly, parrot, and hummingbird – which often appear in Kahlo’s artworks as a testimonial to her passion for Mexican Arte Popular.
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In the Loop Nowhere Bookshop BY RON AARON EISENBERG
If a bookshop can be a magical place, then Nowhere Bookshop is it. Filled with beautifully displayed books and gift items, with many nooks and crannies to sit and leaf through a book or two, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened best-selling author Jenny Lawson’s new store is a must-visit for children and adults. Nowhere recently opened its doors to the public. It has offered curbside and online sales for many months. The shop is located at 5154 Broadway in 78209. As described on its website, the store features new books, author events, unique gifts, and a coffee, wine, and beer bar planned for the near future (when COVID-19 infection rates go down in San Antonio). Nowhere Bookshop aims to be a space for folks to gather to share their passion for the written word. The website commentary continues, “Nowhere Bookshop’s name is inspired by that feeling you get when lost in a good book.” According to Jenny, “Growing up, I spent more time in the land of books than I did in real life. I lived in those neverlands that you can only visit in stories. The places you grew up in that never actually existed. The ones 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
you got lost in and the ones where you found yourself. Those strange countries that are real and important, even though they exist nowhere at all but inside you.” The bookshop is open for in-store shopping Monday Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. It is Closed on Sundays. For more information, check out NOWHERE’s website, nowherebookshop.com or call 210-640-7260.
Local Author to Launch New Novel at The Twig San Antonio author Alda Dobbs was born in Mexico but moved to San Antonio when she was just a baby. Dobbs, 45, graduated from Brackenridge High School and was not sure what she wanted to do. So, she joined the Air Force, where she did a three-year enlistment. Dobbs then studied physics at UTSA and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from U.T. Austin. She told me she loves physics and would have pursued a career in the field, but it was difficult to find work as a physicist when she was ready to enter the workforce. Despite her love of science, physics, and engineering, Dobbs said, “I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a writer. Her debut novel -- Barefoot Dreams Of Petra Luna – follows the journey of a young Mexican girl to the United States and the challenges she faced. Dobbs said her grandmother and mother provided much of the inspiration for her novel, which is set around the Mexican Revolution in 1913. The Twig Book Shop is hosting the launch party for
Dobbs in honor of her debut novel on Saturday, September 18, from 6:30–8:30 pm. The event is free. The Twig is located at 306 Pearl Pkwy, Unit 106. Dobbs will read from her book, followed by a book signing after the presentation. Mariachi Azul de San Antonio will kick off the evening with traditional polka-corridos from that era. Food and refreshments will be served. The Scooby Van will be present as well.
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In the Loop New Vet Clinic Opening on Broadway in September A new veterinary clinic is coming to Alamo Heights at the intersection of Austin Highway and Broadway. The clinic is part of a network of veterinary-owned practices, offering comprehensive pet care, including grooming and boarding, in addition to balanced puppy/kitten and senior pet wellness care, surgery, dental care, and other veterinary services. The building at 5421 Broadway previously housed the NIX Health Sleep Center. Nichole D’Intino, DVM, will lead CityVet-Alamo Heights. “I am excited to embark on this adventure with CityVet. Opening a veterinary clinic has been a life-long dream, and I am looking forward to serving the people and pets of Alamo Heights,” she said. D’Intino says she loves the challenge of treating a wide variety of medical conditions. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Walk-ins will be welcome at the new clinic, but appointments are recommended. CityVet has 20 locations in Texas, including fourteen in Dallas. The Alamo Heights clinic is the company’s first location in San Antonio.
Materials Marking Breathes New Life into Iconic Building at Broadway & Austin Highway The former Mobil station on the corner of Broadway and Austin Highway has always been a landmark. It was one of four built north, east, west, and south of downtown by the Magnolia Oil Company. When the gas station went out of business, the famous Flying Horse was saved. The location has been leased by several different businesses over the years, including a florist, a realtor, an interior design company, and an upscale ladies clothing store. Now, Materials Marketing is taking over the space at 5424 Broadway to serve as a showroom for its stone products. John Keedy, content marketing manager for the company, told 78209 Magazine, “We are so excited to be part of the Alamo Heights community. The iconic history of the building attracted us to it and its location. The building seemed to line up with our core values. The products that we sell have a thousand years of history in them which mirrors the history of the Mobile gas station that stood at that intersection.” Keedy added, “Whether exteriors or interiors, we take natural stone to enhance people’s homes. And what we 16 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
do customizes the home for generations to come. “Our surfaces are natural stone – we have a wide range of ceramic and glass tiles as well. Our main emphasis is our ability to custom carve any kind of stone. All of the stone we work with is natural. And, the majority of our limestone is from our quarry in Texas. The company plans to host a series of special shows featuring well-known artists who work with stone, the Denise McGaha Collection (launching September 2021) and the Donna Mondi Collection (launching November 2021). Materials Marketing has been in business for 68 years and is headquartered in San Antonio. On its website, the company says, “Since 1965, our passion has been bringing your design dreams to life through the singular, timeless beauty of natural stone. We quarry, cut, carve, polish, and make mosaics and other custom pieces from stone—the earth’s oldest and most durable building material. By embracing the striations and color variations that naturally occur in stone, we make each piece a unique product.”
In the Loop Dragons, Goblins, and More Await SA Zoo Visitors
San Antonio Zoo’s themed days for Dragon Forest are underway through October 31. The Dragon Chronicles will bewitch and enchant guests while immersed in the tales, movies, and stories that feature dragons. All the dragon and goblin fun is located behind the zoo’s parking garage in what is known as San Antonio Safari, and Adventure Park from 11 am to 3 pm on select Saturdays. Guests will discover an amazing array of “creatures” throughout the Dragon Forest while enjoying live animal entertainment, live music, performances, and more on the main stage. Guests are also encouraged to come dressed in family-
friendly costumes or cosplay attire that fits the day’s theme. The festive medieval kingdom brings to life 15 dragons and an enchanting time with great food like turkey legs, kettle corn, and Bavarian nuts. Enjoy signature drinks like our Butter Beer, Dragon’s Blood, and other adult beverages. This new immersive experience is only at the zoo for a limited time to take visitors to a realm where creatures of fantasy roam the land! Dragon Forest is a separately ticketed event. For more information, visit sazoo.org/zoo-events/dragon-forest/. The cost to explore the Forest is $10 per ticket for children and adults.
Cult-Favorite Yuengling Beer Now in ‘09 Like Shiner Bock Beer in the 1980s, Yuengling is one of those beers that was hard to find and perhaps contributed to its cult following and devotion. People clamored for it in Alamo Heights and elsewhere. But for beer lovers, the wait is over. Yuengling has landed and is available in nearly all local bars and restaurants, including The Barn Door, The Winchester, The Broadway 5050, Stone Werks Big Rock Grille (Lincoln Heights), Rebar, Betos, and most likely every other bar and restaurant in ’09 and across San Antonio. Yuengling is the country’s oldest brewery, established in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, beer has been around a long, long time. “The history of beer can be traced back to as early as 4300 B.C. in Babylonian, Egyptian, and even Incan cultures.” 18 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
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Transforming San Antonio Smiles Since 1985 BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 20 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
rom the minute someone comments on a missing front tooth when we are children, we become aware of the impact our smiles can have on others. Our teeth are very important and taking care of them is essential to maintaining our health. Dr. Devin Cochran understands this as an experienced orthodontist and has been correcting dental problems and straightening teeth since 1985.
Cochran Orthodontics has three San Antonio locations, and his Alamo Heights location is located next door to HEB in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. Along with his talented and professional staff, Dr. Cochran specializes in correcting overcrowding, spacing issues, as well as over and underbite problems. He also offers discreet treatment options such as Invisalign®, clear aligners, and lingual braces, which are installed behind the teeth. Dr. Cochran completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas in Austin and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at U.T. Health Science Center. He initially began his dentistry practice in general dentistry, but after seven years, he decided to pursue his desire to specialize in orthodontics and went back to school, attending the U.T. Dental Branch in Houston. Upon returning to San Antonio, Dr. Cochran opened his first office near Bitters and Blanco and began building his patient clientele, treating children, teenagers and adults. Devin Cochran was born in Oklahoma, but he was raised in San Antonio and graduated from Churchill High School. He has been married to his wife, Eileen, for nearly 40 years, and together, the couple has three sons, ages 32, 30, and 19. They support numerous charities in the community, and he even mentors students from elementary school, through high school, with the ACTS Mission organization. As a member of The San Antonio Dental Society, Dr. Cochran also mentors dental students in their freshman and sophomore years of college, helping them navigate their courses and preparing them for the transition from student to doctor. The team at Cochran Orthodontics has extensive experience
diagnosing and treating a variety of dental problems and aesthetic issues. They will develop a customized treatment plan based on the patient’s needs, desired outcomes, and budget and will work with each individual every step of the way until the perfect smile or dental outcome is achieved. Dr. Cochran has created a unique publication to educate patients and walk them through the process of orthodontic procedures. You can access “The Top 10 Things You Must Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist” on their website. It’s full of information about the practice itself, its philosophies, and patient promise, along with descriptions of the types of procedures and treatments available. Although 30% of Dr. Cochran’s patients are adults, the practice begins to see patients as young as seven years old, as dental problems are diagnosed. The majority of adolescent patients will begin their orthodontic treatment around 12 or 13. The average time it takes to correct dental problems and straighten teeth is 20 to 24 months, with monthly visits to adjust hardware and assess treatment progress. Cochran Orthodontics offers affordable payment options and convenient appointment times, including Saturdays when needed, at their three locations across town. Every new potential patient will receive a complimentary New Patient Assessment appointment, and every treatment plan is backed by the Cochran Orthodontics satisfaction guarantee. You only need to read the testimonials on their website to know that Dr. Cochran and his staff genuinely care about their patients, and their award-winning focus on individual treatment programs will leave you with the most beautiful smile in the room. 78209magazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2021 21
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“The Doctors are in” in Alamo Heights BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 22 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
ost of us are allergic to something, whether it’s seasonal or something we need to steer clear of to avoid a trigger, but for one local doctor, finding cures and treatments for the allergies plaguing his fellow San Antonians has become a way of life. Dr. Kirk Waibel and his wife, Dr. Mary Waibel, claim to be just a typical Alamo Heights family. Their daughter, Catherine (18), is studying Cyber Security at U.T.S.A., and their son, Jack (17), is embarking upon his senior year as a mule at Alamo Heights High School. Kirk Waibel comes from a military family. He was born in Maryland but spent his childhood in San Antonio, where his father was stationed throughout his elementary and middle school years. He lived on the Presidio in San Francisco before returning to San Antonio to attend Trinity University for his undergraduate studies. When he chose to specialize in allergies and immunology, he decided to pursue his medical education at the U.T. Health Science Center, which is where he met his wife. Dr. Mary Waibel was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and she was studying to become a family practitioner when they met. They have been married for 22 years and don’t have any plans to leave their beloved Alamo Heights community anytime soon. Kirk spent the first half of his career as an Army physician and was the Chief Physician of the allergy clinic at B.A.M.C. when he retired from the military in 2019. He recently began his second career as an allergy specialist at Aspire Allergy & Sinus on Broadway. Dr. Waibel is also one of the few physicians who specializes in the ExACT Immunoplasty treatment. Patients who qualify for this treatment receive lymph node injections for a period of time, and the treatment has been shown to have an 87% long-term success rate. It’s a game-changer for allergy sufferers. Together, the Waibel family has traveled extensively, and they even spent five years in Ramstein, Germany, where Kirk was stationed from 2013 to 2018. They purchased their Alamo Heights home in 2006 and kept the house while overseas, knowing that they would eventually return to retire. They love the close-knit community they live in, and they have been very active within their children’s schools and other local clubs. Both Catherine and Jack spent years competing with the Alamo Area Aquatics Association in Alamo Heights and spent their summers working with younger kids in the summer camp swim program. Swimming is definitely a family sport. Kirk is also a U.S.A. swim official, and he still officiates swim meets throughout the area.
Living here always feels like you are a part of a special and exclusive neighborhood, although you are in the middle of such a big city. When asked what they love most about their community, both Mary and Kirk agree that “Living here always feels like you are a part of a special and exclusive neighborhood, although you are in the middle of such a big city.” The family has an annual membership to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and they support their local Salvation Army as well. In their spare time, they enjoy simple things like going to the movies and playing miniature golf together. Although they will tell you that they are pretty dull compared to other families, their beautiful home, full of eclectic antiques and unique décor, along with the loving and respectful way they interact with one another, shows visitors that they are indeed an extraordinary family that sticks together, even when the world seems to be going insane. 78209magazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2021 23
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Neighborhood News Masks, Vaccines Optional for Area City Employees, Except EMS BY RON AARON EISENBERG
With discussions running rampant across the state of Texas on mandating COVID-19 vaccines and mask-wearing and COVID-19 infection rates surging, I asked Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Olmos Park’s city managers their policy on masks and vaccinations. All said there was no mandate in their communities. In response to the question, Alamo Heights city manager Buddy Kuhn said, “No, we are not at this time requiring masks and vaccinations due to all of the court battles. Most employees are voluntarily wearing them in city hall and other confined areas.” Kuhn added, “We have suggested that they wear masks; however, Governor Abbott pre-empted municipalities from requiring masks for visitors or employees based on interpretation by our attorney.” “The same applies to vaccines at this time. To my 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
knowledge, that is not part of what the lawsuits are challenging – just the mask mandates.” “First responders making patient contacts are required to wear PPE while executing their duties, but this was already addressed by policy and DSHS requirements. Until all of this is settled in court, we will not be testing the legality of it,” Kuhn said. Terrell Hills City Manager William Foley echoed Kuhn’s comments, “Both masks and vaccinations are offered but optional.” And Olmos Park city manager Celia Deleon also told 78209 Magazine there was no requirement for mask-wearing or vaccinations in her community. Depending on the outcome of court suits, those policies could change.
Alamo Heights Toastmaster’s Club Moves to Winchester’s on Broadway Winchester’s at 5148 Broadway is the new location for the Alamo Heights Toastmasters Club meetings. The group will gather there in person twice a Experience Saint Mary’s Hall: www.smhall.org/BeKnown month, on Wednesdays at 7 pm. They meet via zoom on alternate weeks. Club secretary-treasurer Bill Our extensive curriculum encourages Friedrich told 78209 Magazine, intellectual discourse, resulting in “Our club is always looking for new students who are independent thinkers, members, and guests are always creative problem-solvers, self-motivated, welcome to visit our club.” and well-prepared for college. He added, “Late this year, the club will be conducting a speech contest. Saint Mary’s Hall does not discriminate in admission or educational programs against qualified students on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin. We’ll have two different types. One is our International Speech Contest, and the other will be a Humorous Speech smh78209sept21.indd 1 8/24/21 Contest. Club winners will move on to an Area Speech Contest, followed by a Division Contest and finally, our District Contest. District winning Speech Contestants will advance to our International World Championship of Public Speaking Semi-Finals and Finals.” Alamo Heights Toastmaster’s Club Officers are: President - Wilma Igwe, DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster); Vice President Education - Jason Wold; DTM, Vice President Membership - Tracy McBlain; Vice President Public Relations - Mike Ross; DTM Secretary-Treasurer - Bill Friedrich; DTM, and Sergeant-at-Arms - Thomas Garcia. For more information on the club, visit its website at: alamoheights. toastmastersclubs.org. A vibrant and active senior living community
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Neighborhood News Alamo Heights Chamber Sets 43rd Annual Holiday Parade On November 20, after a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19, the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce will hold its 43rd annual holiday parade. The event kicks off with a Fun Run starting at 5:30 pm, followed at parade time by a new addition to this year’s parade – a vanguard of bicycle riders from Alamo Heights High School, Junior School, and the elementary schools. The parade, from the Alamo Heights High School parking lot at the corner of East Castano Avenue and Broadway, will kick off following the bike brigade. The 0.9-mile Fun Run and parade will proceed across Broadway along Castano Ave and then south onto Alamo Heights Boulevard. They will end at the intersection of Alamo Heights Boulevard and Argo. The events benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project. Attendees are encouraged to bring toys to donate to the Elf
Louise Project. Monetary donations will also be accepted. As in the past, everyone is welcome to an after-parade party for kid-friendly fun in the parking lot of the Alamo Heights Pool. This year’s parade chair is Stephanie Cano-Qualls. For those interested in participating in the parade or to help sponsor the event, contact Ms. Cano at Stephanie.email@example.com or 210-320-3245. The Chamber holds monthly luncheons at Paesano’s at Lincoln Heights from 11:30 am to 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. The cost is $25 for members and non-members alike. The next two meetings are on October 6 and November 3, with no meeting in December. Chamber president Ed Gonzalez said they have special presentations planned for the October and November meetings.
Despite COVID-19, Alamo Heights Rotary is Rocking and Rolling In July 2021, Alamo Heights Rotary members constructed and put in three mini-library boxes on three Alamo Heights ISD school campuses, Woodridge Elementary, Howard Early Childhood, and Cambridge Elementary. The library boxes are available for anyone, kids through adults, to borrow and return books. Alamo Heights Rotary past-secretary Richard Berchin told 78209 Magazine, “So far, this has been very successful. Some people are not only taking out books to read but also placing some of their own for others to borrow. The stock of books is continually being reviewed and renewed by our club members.” And Berchin added, “Related to but separate from the mini-libraries, we continue to collect and donate books to a variety of the local military support activities like the USO, Warrior and Family Support Center, and Fisher Houses.” Rotary club members also volunteer to deliver meals to the homebound supported by the Meals on Wheels program. Because of the significant increase in needs due to COVID-19, Rotary members recently began providing drivers to Jefferson Outreach to deliver food and other items to homebound seniors. Berchin noted, “The club is always looking for and welcoming new members to join us in fellowship and service to the community. Details on membership are on the club website, ahrotary.org, or interested individuals can call (210) 867-5568. In June 2021, the club returned to meeting in person at the Petroleum Club every Tuesday at noon and other locations for its monthly Board meetings. The meetings are now conducted as hybrid in-person and online meetings. For a zoom link to the meetings, call (210) 867-5568. Alamo Heights Rotary Club officers include: Kristen Salazar is president of the Rotary Club; Scott Sitterle, Vice President; Matt Pappas, Treasurer; and Debbie Smith, Secretary. 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
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School News THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09
BACK TO SCHOOL!
After a great summer for our extraordinary Alamo Heights ISD families and staff, everyone was reunited on August 16 for our first day of the 2021-2022 school year! The lead-up, however, felt like more of an extended festivity, especially for our new Mules and younger kiddos. This year, Howard, Woodridge, and Cambridge celebrated their own Meet the Teacher events, billed as Mulefest. Expectedly, the youngsters were plenty excited to meet the new, friendly faces but our teachers and staff might have been even more elated. “We’ve waited all summer for the kiddos, and we’re super ready and excited to get back to work.” exclaimed Howard teacher Adrienna Huizar. 30 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
Woodridge principal Salena Valdes matched the feeling. “So ready, this is exciting seeing all the faces,” Valdes said. Woodridge strings teacher Joshua Younke can’t wait to share some of the new creativity he has planned out all summer. “We know what to expect this year. There are a lot of new ideas that are coming, and we’re excited about that,” he said. Most importantly, the end result is what matters to him and his colleagues. “It’s all about the kids. The kids are going to be excited, and we’re excited to teach them all the things they need to learn.”
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School News ATHLETICS - GAME ON!
We are beyond excited to start using these new facilities at Alamo Heights High School. They are simply amazing, and we are so happy to use these new spaces with our students. Construction began in June of 2019, and the completed facilities are open and in use by students since the start of the school year. The final piece of the 2017 Bond, the district students, and staff extend their sincere thanks and appreciation
to our community for supporting these new spaces. The photos share the final steps in the project, one that will inspire and encourage Mules to embrace their talents and skills. There are some unique features in these new facilities that will provide a sense of pride to all who prepare, practice, and compete here. We are thrilled to “Throw Our Mules Up” in these beautiful custom learning spaces!
ALAMO HEIGHTS TEACHER NAMED PRINCIPLE AUTO TEACHER OF THE YEAR Bryan Stanton just learned that he will drive a new Principle vehicle every three months, culminating a year with four different Cars-4-All-Seasons. Stanton was named the Alamo Heights ISD District Teacher of the Year earlier this spring. He has been celebrated as a secondary honoree for the Trinity Prize and a nominee for the Region 20 Education Service Center’s Regional Teacher of the Year. This summer, Stanton has also earned the Educational Theater Association’s President’s Award for his exceptional contributions to the association, its leadership, and members. Stanton recently learned that he has also been named Texas Thespian Trailblazer Award Winner. Stanton is a Theater Arts Teacher at Alamo Heights High School. 32 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
MULE FOR A DAY In Alamo Height ISD, we “Throw Our Mules Up” to celebrate what it means to be Mule. On Saturday, September 25, Kindergarten through 5th graders can have the full experience of what it means to be a Mule during the Mule for a Day event hosted by the Alamo Heights High School Varsity Football Team. The event is scheduled, from noon to 2 pm. It features one-of-kind, first-ever experiences, including a tour of the new home side of the Harry B. Orem Stadium and adjoining locker room and athletic facilities. The event includes an afternoon filled with fun activities led by the varsity football players, a commemorative t-shirt, and the opportunity to be a part of the pre-game tunnel run-through with the mighty Mules at the October 22 home football game against Boerne Champion. For additional information, contact Sarah Kardys at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for this fun event by September 17 and support the Mules football program through your registration.
ALAMO HEIGHTS MULES CYCLING TEAM The Alamo Heights Mules Cycling Team is ready to roll this school year and is open to all students in grades 6 - 12 who want to be part of an inclusive group interested in learning about and competing in the sport of mountain biking. Cycling encompasses many developmental attributes, including improving self-confidence, learning and maintaining physical activity for a healthy lifestyle, developing friendships, and providing positive role models in the lives of student-athletes. Founded in December 2018, the team had a stellar first season with 12 trailblazing student-athletes, and in the second season, we doubled the size of the group. The third season brought a
triple-sized team, and we are expecting even more growth this coming season. Student-athletes compete against teams from across Texas as part of the Texas Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team, organized by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). For the past 2021 season, the Mules Cycling team finished in 3rd place out of 25 teams—incredible success—lifted by high school podium finishers Aidan Kane, Cohen Kinsey, Joshua Murguia, and Caroline Daskevich. The team is open to females and males at AHJS and AHHS this Fall 2021/Spring 2022. For information on the parent/ student info meeting this fall and follow Mules Cycling go to mulescycling.org. 78209magazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2021 33
School News SMH WELCOMES STELLAR NEW FULL-TIME COACHES
The coaching staff at Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) is one of a number of competitive advantages the school possesses with their dedication and passion for helping studentathletes reach not only their full potential on the track, courts, and fields but in the classroom and in life. SMH is excited to welcome three outstanding full-time head coaches and educators. These versatile mentors bring a wealth of coaching, playing, and life experience to the athletics program and school. Hector Cano returns to SMH as a Physical Education Coach and Director of Sports Performance & Athletic Mindset. With 20 years of honorable service in the United States Air Force, Cano holds more than 12 years of soccer coaching experience, having also coached at the United States Air Force Academy, club levels in Texas and Colorado, and at the semi-professional level in Europe. Valerie Lohr joins SMH as the Coordinator of Student 34 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
Well-Being and Head Coach of Varsity Field Hockey. She comes to SMH from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where she served as Head Coach of the field hockey program, an adjunct faculty member, an Independent Study Supervisor, and the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Valerie will be working closely with students and faculty as well as teaching Health and Wellness. She recently joined the AAU Junior Olympic Games Coaching Staff for the 2021 AAU Junior Olympic Games. Mark McNeill joins SMH as Director of Admission Outreach and Varsity Head Lacrosse Coach. A professional lacrosse player and a midfielder for the Archers LC in the Premier Lacrosse League, he has also spent the last seven years coaching various age groups. Mark will be strengthening SMH’s admission network and outreach program. This summer, he was invited to participate in the Premier Lacrosse League All-Star Game.
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Fun Things to Do In and Around 78209
SHAKESPEARE AT THE BOTANICAL GARDEN SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN September 9 - 26 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM The Classic Theatre of San Antonio presents As You Like It by William Shakespeare. As You Like It is an entertaining and touching exploration of life, death, love, family, and the bonds that tie us together. sabot.org
LITTLE SPROUTS HIKE SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN Tuesdays | 10 - 10:45 AM Each hike features a different nature-based lesson designed to inspire a love and appreciation of the natural world. All hikes begin at the Garden gift shop. Recommended for ages 5 and under. sabot.org MI CAMPO TEQUILA TASTING SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN September 2 | 6:30 - 8 PM Join the Botanical Garden for this Mi Campo tasting inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis. Participants will learn about the history of Tequila and partake in a tasting. The class will conclude with crafting their own Mi Campo Tequila Cocktail. Sign up before this class sells out! 21+ sabot.org
FREE FAMILY NIGHTS THE DOSEUM September 7 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM Enjoy an evening at the DOSEUM for free! RSVP Required including Members. Limited event capacity for the safety of Guests and Staff. A link for ticket reservations will be posted on thedoseum.org/free-family-nights 8am the morning of Free Family Night. Registration is on a first-come, firstserved basis. thedoseum.org LIVE IN THE GARDEN: AZUL BARRIENTOS & FRIENDS SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN September 7 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM Enjoy an intimate evening featuring live performances on the lawn by San Antonio’s beloved singer/songwriter Azul Barrientos accompanied by fellow musicians. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and there will be a variety of food and beverages available for purchase. sabot.org DEMO & DINE: RECIPES FROM THE HEART OF NEW ORLEANS CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 7 | 6:30 - 8 PM Join us for our celebration of the rich and varied foodways of the Crescent City. You’ll pick up tips on techniques as our instructors show you how to make each dish taken from Treme: Stories & Recipes for the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie. 18+, $45. centralmarket.com
MAKE & TAKE: A CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 10 | 6:30 - 8 PM Insight into the cheeses, salami, and tasty accompaniments while showing you how to create a spectacular presentation. As you sip on a glass of wine, you will have a chance to follow our lead or go rouge to create your own edible masterpiece with the ingredients provided. 21+. centralmarket.com AUTHOR SERIES: SHARK VS. TRAIN THE DOSEUM September 11 | 11 AM & 2:30 PM In this wacky picture book for ages 4-8, Shark and Train go head-to-head in one competition after another, including burping, pie eating, hide and seek, and many more! Who do you think will win this epic match-up, Shark or Train? This event is free with admission but RSVP is required. thedoseum.org MAKE & TAKE: ASIAN DUMPLINGS CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 14 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM You’ll sample a variety of dumplings as our instructors offer tips on steaming, frying and boiling these bite-sized morsels. The fillings and wrappers will be ready and waiting. As our Instructors guide you, your nimble fingers will fill and fold and create several dipping sauces. 16+. centralmarket.com
SEMBRANDO TRADICIONES: FIESTAS PATRIAS BY GUADALUPE DANCE COMPANY SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN September 2 | 7- 8:30 PM Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with an energetic and festive performance by the Guadalupe Dance Company celebrating the cultural traditions of Mexico. Fiestas Patrias is a vibrant cultural experience that will take you on a journey through various regions in Mexico. sabot.org MICROSCOPIC ME DAY CAMP WITTE MUSEUM September 6 | 9 AM - 3 PM Viruses, bacteria and fungi, oh my! How does your body protect itself from getting sick? Join as we gain exclusive access into the Witte’s fall exhibition, The Secret World Inside You. Learn all about the human body as we create models like the digestive system to determine how our body manages our health. Children ages 6-12. wittemuseum.org
MAKE & TAKE: DECORATED FOCACCIA CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 8 | 12 & 5:30 PM Explore the possibilities of creating an edible work of art. Are you inspired to create a scene from a garden, a floral fantasy, a seaside vignette, or an abstract, but totally edible, masterpiece? You’ll take your decorated loaf with you at the end of class. 13+. centralmarket.com
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MAKER WORKSHOP THE DOSEUM September 11, 18, 25 | 3 - 4 PM Located in Innovation Station, Maker Workshops are dropin programs open to children ages 6-11. The Innovation Workshop can accommodate 16 students. These programs are aligned to Maker-Centered Learning pedagogy and best practices. thedoseum.org
LA COCINA CUBANA CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM With a wealth of culinary influences, including African, Spanish, French, and Caribbean, paired with the tropical climate which produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, Cuban food is a blending of the best possible flavors. Explore the ingredients and a few traditional dishes with us as our instructors show you how to make this meal. 18+. centralmarket.com
SUSHI & SAKE PARTY CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM Discover how to make the proper rice; learn a little about the varieties of sushi and the condiments that enhance them; and have fun making your own. We’ll pair two sakes with your selections. 21+ centralmarket.com LOCALS DAYS SAN ANTONIO ZOO September 18 Locals can get outside and enjoy nature at the zoo on select days for just $8 per person. This deep discount is the zoo’s way of showing gratitude towards residents of the City of San Antonio. The discount allows for even more people to learn how the zoo combines conservation, animal care, and education in securing a future for wildlife. sazoo.org
LEARN @ LUNCH: LEMONY DELIGHTS FROM THE AMALFI COAST CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL September 22 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM In our one hour, lunch-time class, you’ll take a culinary journey to Southern Italy where you’ll pick up tips as we show you how to make three exquisite Italian dishes that feature one of our favorite fruits. 18+ centralmarket.com
FAMILY FLASHLIGHT NIGHT SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN October 1 | Member admission 5:30 PM | GA 6 - 8:30 PM Bring your flashlight and experience the nocturnal side of the garden with the family. Explore the Botanical Garden by moonlight, find your way through the light maze, fun tours, hands-on activities, and get a taste of delicious recipes. Drinks, food and DIY s’more kits available for purchase. sabot.org
ZOO RUN 2021 SAN ANTONIO ZOO September 10 & 11 | 6 & 8 AM Walkers and runners of all levels can register online to sign up as a team or as an individual. The run includes a 4-mile or 8-mile relay for adults on Friday, September 10 in the evening and a fun run for kids the following morning on Saturday, September 11. sazoo.org
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Ask Ask Roxie Roxie we move on. First thing, they want to pet the dog. And my first
Words of Advice from an ‘09toPet question them is: 'Do you have a pet?' and they'll bring out
their phone. We just have a conversation!” Bella and Bonnie are a volunteer team with Pups n' Planes, where “comfort” dogs and their owners offer distressed travelers a little sugar. “People are waiting, their flight has been canceled, or they may have a four-hour wait, and they are upset.” “One time, two little girls stopped to pet the dog, and I looked up, and the mother was crying. Her husband was being deployed. I spent probably a half-hour with them, and the dad thanked me so many times because it got them thinking about other things,” Bonnie says. Airport staffers implemented the idea after learning how well it worked at the Los Angeles International Airport. Pups n' Planes has been reducing blood pressure and turning frowns upside down for six years. “In the car, she knows that we are almost at the airport. She gets so excited! Her job is to make people smile. She does that job.” And if you saw Bella, you would smile, too. The girl team also spends time at the airport USO, softening the loneliness and longing of our troops, so familiar to military life. While Bella offers kisses, Canine Explosive Detection Supervisor Sgt. Andres Lopez, and his police dog Keyno, provide safety and security. “We are there to make sure that the traveling public is safe, the dog makes that any threats associated with aviation there aren’t real threats,” says the airport K9 police officer. Lopez and Keyno “nose around," sniffing out threats that could come from a parked car, a suitcase, or a person. “Dogs are about as mobile as you can get,” says Lopez. He means the nose is mobile.
Bella is a volunteer with Pups n' Planes, the airport greeting committee. She wears her little pink coat, cheering up tired travelers at the San Antonio International Airport.
CATS AND THEIR CARE
It’s more than letting them lie around the house Workin'
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People who Jobs want a cat might think, “Oh, I will get a cat, Dogs with food, and kitty litter, and I’m done.” BYKiss BERITcat MASON and pet cat, end of story. But their independent nature belies the fact that cats require medical and healthcare, too. Theexample, San Antonio For CatsInternational need dentalAirport care. is HUGE! It recently broke a record, flying some 15,000 people A DAY, Alamo Heights Pet Clinic writes that “Plaque builds up on for a total of 10.36 million passengers in 2019. your pet’s teeth.” Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pups do too. Owners hope that dry food removes plaque—but Meet Bella. not always. Bella is a petite dog with light, wavy hair, offering everyone If either of you is willing, brush the cat’s teeth. You can use she meets the sweetest smile. Several hours a week, Bella and aowner pet toothbrush or finger and call your vet regular Bonnie Gioiello roambrush the airport, searching outfor the tired, dental cleanings. the weary, and the bored. Now, I know “chunky” catsare areacute. “If they look that up and smile, they dog lover. If they don't, Rather hug a fat cat than a bony one! But, like people, overweight cats are more likely to develop 34 APRIL 2020 | 78209magazine.com 38 SEPTEMBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and liver disease. San Antonio cat medical foster Susan Schmahlenberger says, “If your cat is getting chunky, feed twice a day instead of free feeding.” This means don’t keep a full bowl of food always on offer. The Alamo Heights Pet Clinic says, “Although topping off the bowl may seem harmless, it could increase your pet’s risk of becoming overweight or obese.” Art illustrations show lovely pictures of sweet little kitties lapping milk from a bowl. But in reality, veterinarians say cats can suffer lactose intolerance. Kittens need mama’s milk, but if your adult cat exhibits ana Airport therapy dogs help soothe people who may be upset because of upset stomach, vomiting, abdominal pain, flight. or diarrhea, milk long wait, delayed or cancelled might be to blame. Did you know that cats also need identification?
Outdoor cats certainly need an I.D., but even indoor cats may imagine themselves escape artists, darting out to explore the great unknown. “Animal Care Services on Highway 151 provides free microchipping,” says foster cat mama, Schmahlenberger. Many states make it a crime if a motorist hits a dog or cat and drives on without reporting it or stopping to render aid. But, how can an owner be notified unless the cat has I.D.? I know several people who rescued kittens this year. They were lucky to find them homes because, as usual, there are too many cats and not enough owners to care for them. Spay and neuter your cats! If feral cats are regulars at your house, ask Animal Care Services at Alamo Heights City Hall about Trap, Neuter, and Return (T.N.R). “The surgery helps female cats avoid breast cancer and uterine infections and prevents or reduces the risk of prostate gland enlargement and testicular cancer in males,” cites the American Veterinary Medical Association. “Un-neutered males fight with each other spreading feline aids and feline leukemia,” adds Schmahlenberger. Cats also need routine vet visits, where docs may observe with a knowing eye early signs of illness. Early detection saves lives. And cats require vaccinations for rabies and distemper. Visits offer the perfect opportunity to monitor your pet’s weight and discuss any health or behavioral concerns you may have,” says the clinic. “Be mindful of how many cats you have in your home! Too many can cause stress which can bring on illnesses likes upper respiratory disease and may elicit infighting and territorial marking with urine. Some experts recommend no more than one cat for every room in your house,” says Schmahlenberger. A few other rules: Cats prefer clean litter boxes every day. Some experts suggest that each cat has its own box. If the cat spends too much time in the litter box, it might have an infection. New cats should have their own room for about two weeks to allow them to adjust to your other cats. Switch around their bedding when bringing in a newcomer because that lets them familiarize themselves with one another through smell. Until next month! Woof, woof! Roxie
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 www.alamoheightspres.com
Come Worship with Us Two worship services at 8:30am and 11:00am
September 19–25: National Dog Week September 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day Johnny Kothmann, DVM 1051 Austin Highway, San Antonio
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Dec. 31, 2021 Open to all hunters with a Texas hunting license to harvest a Eurasian Collared Dove with a TDHA band on its leg. Every band reported provides data for the TDHA Eurasian Collared Dove research project.
Church Directory ALAMO HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 11:00am, Wednesday 6:30pm Praise and Prayer ALAMO HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 ahumc.org Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 510 Belknap Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-736-3132 cecsa.org Services: Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 11:00 am, 6:00pm CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am
MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am NORTHWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11am NORTHROCK CHURCHALAMO HEIGHTS 1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 northrocksa.com Services: Sunday mornings at 10am and 11:30am PEARL STREET CHURCH 400 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-504-8897 Services: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 stanthonydepadua.org Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12pm Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8am & 10:30am
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 slecsa.org Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year ST. PETER PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH 111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 stpeterprinceoftheapostles.org Services: Saturday Mass 5:30pm Sunday 9am, 11am, and 5:30pm Tuesday and Thursday 7am Wednesday 5:30pm Friday 8:00am ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL 3303 Urban Crest Dr San Antonio TX 78209 210-824-0139 spxsa.church Services: Saturday - 4:30 pm Sunday - 8:00 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm (Sp), 5:00 pm Daily Masses: Monday - 6:30 pm Tuesday-Friday - 8:15 am TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 trinitybaptist.org Services: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am
A Faith For All Seasons Life is meaningful as we know and trust God. For God possesses the ultimate power to transform: the ordinary into the extraordinary, the daily into the eternal, the mistake into redemption. Otherwise we are left to our own devices, resulting in a world of hurt. So the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is a time and there is a way to know how to do what needs to be done in life” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Discerning the “what & when” requires a faith-filled wisdom gained from sweaty human experience of trusting God equally during the easy and hard times. Trust God today and He will show you how to succeed in a world filled with COVID challenges. Les Hollon, PhD Senior Pastor
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410 DINER A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway | 210-822-6246 www.410diner.com $
BROADWAY 50/50 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 www.broadway5050.com $
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BIRD BAKERY A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway | 210-804-2473 www.birdbakery.com $
CAPPY’S 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 | 210-828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com $$$ (BR)
EZ’s Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and awardwinning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels | 210-828-1111 ezrestaurants.com $ GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway | 210-828-5392 gtcsatx.com $ HEARTHSTONE BAKERY CAFE Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach | 210-920-2600 www.hearthstonebakerycafe.com $ (P)
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IDA CLAIRE A southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, weekend brunches, business lunches and happy hours. They serve southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese dip, biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, steelhead trout and Ida’s seasonal pies. 7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd | 210-667-2145 ida-claire.com $$ (P) (BR)
J. ALEXANDER’S 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 jalexanders.com $$ -$$$ JIM’S RESTAURANT 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, 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 jimsrestaurants.com $ MAGIC TIME MACHINE 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 magictimemachine.com $ MAX’S WINE DIVE Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse | 210-444-9547 maxswinedive.com $ NOSH 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 noshsa.com $ SALATA 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 | 210-462-1466 salata.com $
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BURGER SILO ELEVATED CUISINE 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 siloelevatedcuisine.com $$ STONE WERKS Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of bigscreen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. 999 E. Basse | 210-823-3508 stonewerks.com $-$$ (P) TIGER WINGS 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 tigerwings.com $ TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE 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 tsbandc.com $ (LV) ASIAN BREWS LEES TEA 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 brewsleetea.com $ FORMOSA GARDEN Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachistyle 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 formosasa.com $$ (P) HANZO An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 | 210-826-1488 hanzobar.com $$ KOI KAWA A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway | 210-805-8111 facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$
MON THAI BISTRO Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway | 210-822-3253 monsthai.com $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (R) PIRANHA IZAKAYA Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 | 210-822-1088 piranhakillersushi.com $$ P. F. CHANG’S Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 | 210-507-1000 pfchangs.com $$
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SUSHI ZUSHI Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse | 210-826-8500 sushizushi.com $$ TONG’S THAI 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 tongsthai.com $$ (P)
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BARBECUE BUN ‘N’ BARREL 1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway | 210-828-2829 bunnbarrel.com $ L&L HAWAIIAN BBQ Delicious, authentic Pacific Island BBQ with Asian influence. They offer Hawaiian Ramen, Sushi (Musubi) and their take on Pulled Pork (Kalua). They are the home of the Ramen Burger and monthly AlohaFriday entertainment events. 1302 Austin Hwy | 210-474-6699 http://www.llhawaiianbbqsa.com $ THE BARBECUE STATION Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-824-9191 barbecuestation.com $ - $$
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‘09 Eats THE PIGPEN 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 thepigpensa.com $ THE SMOKE SHACK Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway | 210-957-1430 smokeshacksa.com $ EUROPEAN
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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 burgerfi.com $ CHEESY JANE’S Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway | 210-826-0800 cheesyjanes.com $ CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-805-8600 chestershamburgers.com $ FRONTIER BURGER A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakeryfresh 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 frontierburger.com $ ORDER UP A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse | 210-824-9600 orderup-sa.com $ ITALIAN CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC Homemade soups, fresh salads, handtossed pizzas and Stromboli’s along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway | 210-822-2300 ceronispurplegarlic.com $$ PAESANOS An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse | 210-828-5191 paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ PESTO RISTORANTE Soul satisfying traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. Build your own pasta. 5221 McCullough | 210-314-1072 pesto-ristorante.com $$ SORRENTO’S Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway | 210-824-0055 sorrentopizzeria.com $$ MEXICAN ADELANTE Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. | 210-822-7681 adelanterestaurant.com $ BETO’S A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway | 210-930-9393 betosaltmex.com $
CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road | 210-824-0175 taqueriacazadoressa.com $ CHELA’S TACOS Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway, #117 | 210-753-1040 chelas-tacos.com $ LA FONDA Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. | 210-824-4231 lafondaah.com $$ (P) MEXICO LINDO Delicious Mexican cuisine including a full assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, tacos, combination plates, hamburgers, tortas, and family orders of fajitas. 555 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 113 210-310-3767 $$ PALOMA BLANCA Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway, #300 | 210-822-6151 palomablanca.net $$ (P) SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$ (P) TOMATILLO’S CANTINA 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 tomatillos.com $$ TORCHY’S TACOS Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse, #183 | 210-824-1603 torchystacos.com $ PIZZA BRAZA BRAVA Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a woodfired brick oven. 7959 Broadway | 210-320-2100 brazabravapizzeria.com $$ CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse | 210-424-2014 cpk.com $$ FLORIO’S PIZZA Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway | 210-805-8646 floriospizza.com $ - $$
JULIAN’S PIZZERIA 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 julianspizzeria.com $$ VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway | 210-828-3354 volarepizza.com $ - $$ STEAKS THE BARN DOOR Family-owned steakhouse with Westernstyle decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeye’s, 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 thebarndoorrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ (LV) FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE 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 flemingssteakhouse.com $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye,New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crab cakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger | 210-821-5051 ruthschris.com $$$ COFFEE & DESSERTS COOKIE CAB Fresh baked warm cookies delivered to your door. Choose from favorites like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, and snickerdoodle. 1832 Nacogdoches Road | 210-848.9920 cookiecab.com $ 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 lapanaderia.com $ MENCHIE’S Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 | 210-824-1104 menchies.com $ NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Delicious Bundt cakes in flavors like lemon, carrot and white chocolate raspberry adorned with thick cream cheese frosting and decorated for any occasion. 5164 Broadway | 210-233-8430 nothingbundtcakes.com $$
GRIMALDI’S PIZZA Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 | 210-832-8288 grimaldispizzeria.com $$
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The Door Is Still Open and Better Than Ever BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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ery few restaurants can claim that they have been serving loyal customers for nearly 70 years. Most restaurants statistically fail within the first five years of business. It is an incredibly difficult industry, but one area restaurant has withstood the test of time and has stood as one of our city’s most iconic establishments for many years.
The Barn Door Restaurant & Meat Market opened their doors in 1953, and they are still serving up perfectly grilled steaks and the freshest seafood today. The restaurant has become an icon in the Alamo Heights area, and they have served many generations of San Antonians over the years. Everything at The Barn Door is made fresh and in-house. The steaks are wet-aged in-house, and their delicious salad dressings are made fresh daily. The restaurant prides itself on producing consistent quality each and every day, and the amazing staff works hard to uphold those values that have allowed the restaurant to not only survive the ups and downs of the economy but to thrive, even during the pandemic. From the friendly greetings when you walk through the door to the immaculately clean interior, it is evident that The Barn Door is a family business that cares about the customers’ experience. Randy Stokes bought the restaurant in 2011, and he can still be seen greeting customers every day. The restaurant was remodeled in 2013 due to a devastating fire that took out the grilling station, but the changes were needed to inject new life into the business. Stokes says, “You don’t have to change, but you do have to evolve.” He spent the first 16 years of his professional career in the wholesale bakery business and jumped at the opportunity to purchase The Barn Door when he was approached by David Strauss, one of the original partners. When asked what he feels is the biggest reason the restaurant continues to succeed, Stokes says, “It is the customer’s restaurant. I just manage the experience so that they want to come back.” Since the restaurant opened, their delicious steaks have always been cooked on a grill over mesquite and charcoal. There isn’t
even a gas line in the restaurant. The coals are kept alive every day, and even during the pandemic, which forced them to shut down for two months, Randy and his loyal team took turns keeping the fire burning, like the Olympic torch. In fact, the current grill master, Robert Cochran, has been manning the flames for over 35 years, and it was his uncle, Sonny, who lit the first coals when the restaurant opened in 1953. The restaurant staff considers itself family. Many of the employees have been there for over 20 years, including the restaurant manager, Trish Walls, who still keeps everyone in line after 24 years. The restaurant seats 450 people, and there is always a party in one of the private dining rooms. It’s the perfect place for holiday and corporate gatherings, and it can accommodate up to 150 people for a private event. The menu features only the highest quality prime cuts of beef, along with an impressive selection of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and specialty dishes, like their Sirloin Con Queso and their Grilled Quail. The steaks are grilled to perfection, and there are so many cuts to select from. They even feature Chateaubriand that can be cut for any number of guests. If you can’t find something on this menu, then you just aren’t hungry. As a legacy restaurant, The Barn Door has a reputation to maintain, and you can feel the hospitality the minute you walk through the front door. The food is delicious, the service is stellar, and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re dining with friends. Randy Stokes is very proud of his staff and what they have built together, and it shows. He beams when he introduces his employees to new people, and he lives by his motto, “At the end of the day, it’s a passion, and we are here for our customers.” 78209magazine.com | SEPTEMBER 2021 47
Police Blotter AHPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111
THEFT/SHOPLIFTING Officers dispatched to a grocery store for reported shoplifting found a female subject in the parking lot being detained by a store manager; the manager reported the subject placed several grocery items in her purse and passed the last point of sale without paying; charges to be filed at-large with the BC District Attorney. 08/14/21 4800 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON The driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation had never been issued a driver’s license; further investigation revealed the driver had an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for DWI. 08/13/21 5400 blk Broadway EMERGENCY DETENTION An officer on patrol contacted a male subject walking as though he was impaired; investigation determined the subject was in mental crisis and suffering from the consumption of illegal narcotics; the subject was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. 08/08/21 5100 blk Broadway DWI Officers responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a concrete wall; officers found the driver still seat belted in the vehicle; during contact with the driver, the investigating officer determined the subject was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; intoxylizer results confirmed the driver’s blood/alcohol content was higher than the legal amount allowed. 08/08/21 4900 blk. Broadway NARCOTICS VIOLATION The driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have an invalid driver’s license. Her vehicle was displaying fictitious dealer plates; during a pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle, methamphetamines were found; the subject was booked into jail. 08/07/21 5200 blk Broadway THEFT A male and female were reported walking on Broadway after committing theft in San Antonio; male and female subjects were contacted who fit the description of the subjects involved in the theft; the described stolen property was found in the male subject’s possession. He resisted being taken into custody but was controlled without injury to the subject or officers; the male subject was transported to University
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Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. 08/06/21 3800 blk Broadway CRIMINAL MISCHIEF A vehicle parked in a rear parking area was damaged by someone attempting to force the door lock. 08/01/21 300 blk Blue Bonnet EMERGENCY DETENTION Officers responded to a residence for a report of someone trying to force their way into a home; officers located a male subject attempting to enter a back door and took him into custody; investigation revealed the subject was in mental crisis and delusional; the subject was transported to a hospital for further evaluation. 08/01/21 200 blk Canyon FORGERY An officer observed a male subject wearing a backpack running from the business district area close to the midnight hour; the subject was contacted after being observed picking up something from a median on Austin Hwy before continuing north on Broadway; the subject told officers he was trying to cash a check for $17,200 he received by mail from an internet relationship he had never met; the check was seized for further investigation. 07/29/21 5400 blk Broadway THEFT Catalytic converters were stolen from two vehicles during overnight hours. 07/28/21 600 blk Austin Hwy
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