Boerne Business Monthly - March 2014

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Volume 6, Issue 09: March 2014


Beer Brewed in Boerne, for Boerne!




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publisher's note March is one of my very favorite months! This is the month that brings us spring and Daylight Savings Time, two of the very best things that happen all year long in my opinion. After what seems like a very long and cold winter, warm weather, sunshine and spring flowers can’t come soon enough for me. This issue of BBM we feature Boerne Brewery, a great local business that is really dedicated to being a Boerne business. Owners Fred and Jennifer Hernandez want to make beer in Boerne, for the people of Boerne (and the surrounding areas of course). Everything from the names of their ales to the ar twork on their labels have local ties and we at BBM think that is just about awesome! They have a really fun story too, check it out on page 14. Also in the March issue we have features on two fun events that are taking place at the beginning of April, Boerne Wild West Days and the Boerne Handmade Market. Both events are sure to be a great time so make sure to check them out. For all of you business owners out there, have you ever wondered what The True Cost of a Bad Hire is? Well, on page 18 Jason Carlettini of ADKF shares how improving your hiring process can not only save money, but reduce stress and enhance the culture of your organization. In addition to this, Mayor Mike Schultz keeps us up-to-date with what is happening in and around the City of Boerne, plans for an Amphitheater at the Patrick Heath Public Library are announced, J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Ar t fill us in on what we can look forward to during Boerne’s 18th Annual Parade of Ar tists and so much more! I hope you enjoy this month’s BBM,

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contents 08: feature

Boerne Handmade Market

09: calendar 10: from the mayor

Great People Make Boerne A Great Place

12: for a good cause

Boerne Wild West Day

14: cover feature

Boerne Brewery: Beer Brewed in Boerne, for Boerne

18: consulting

The Real Cost of a Bad Hire, and How to Avoid It! by Jason Carlettini, ADKF

19: at the library

Plans for Amphitheater at Patrick Heath Public Library

20: newsworthy 22: ribbon cuttings

14 your SPACE

24: smart home

Kendall County Air offers Remote Air Conditioner Access & Management

28: art

Mooney Makes Sense: Boerne’s 18th Annual Parade of Artists

30: outdoors

Landscaping that Works

by Lauren Stumberg

on the cover: Jennifer and Fred Hernandez, Roger Castillo of Boerne Brewery




Tired of seeing the same ol’ things in every store you go in? Want to buy something creative, original, and best of all handmade? Well, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 5th for the Boerne Handmade Market. This fun, local shopping experience only happens twice a year, so make sure not to miss it. According to Boerne Handmade Market co-founders, Alyssa Mantooth and Rachel Russo, “Our first BHM was in October of 2012. We have tons of really creative and crafty friends and we thought it would be fun to start something that would give them an outlet to share and sell their creations. We never imagined it would be as successful as it has been.” Russo and Mantooth excitedly refer to BHM as “a small, huge success!”

Mantooth. “We’ve even been named one of the Best Handmade Markets in Texas by Pop Shop Houston!” The success of BHM may also have something to do with the fact the Russo and Mantooth want the market to be a good experience for both the shoppers and the vendors. The duo feels that it is essential to offer a good product mix. That being said, they aim to not have more than twenty percent of the market occupied by a specific type of vendor. “We have vendors offering woodworking, jewelry, clothing, knives, soaps and lotions, children and baby items, home goods, hand-painted signs, and the list goes on. But you won’t find that the market is overwhelmed by any one type of product,” said Russo. “We have also

In fact, with each BHM the number of vendors continues to grow. “We have over thirty vendors already signed up for the upcoming April BHM with more expected to attend as well,” said Mantooth. “The vendor spaces underneath the covered pavilion, at the Pavilion Food Park & Events where the market is held, have all been reserved since October. Now we are expanding our event space and selling vendor spots outside of the covered pavilion.” Most of the vendors who participate in BHM come from the Hill Country, San Antonio and Austin, however they even have a few who come from as far as Houston. “The word is definitely spreading about our market, it’s exciting to see the growth,” stated

found that items in the $25-$30 range are what sell the most, so we encourage our vendors to keep their products under $50 for the most part,” added Mantooth. So if you’re in the market for some one-of-a-kind, crafty creations you can’t miss this spring’s Boene Handmade Market. BBM


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March 2014

CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH 2 BOERNE CONCERT BAND SPRING CONCERT 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Boerne High Auditorium 1 Greyhound Lane – Boerne MARCH 6 BISD STATE OF THE DISTRICT SPONSORED BY JENNINGS ANDERSON FORD 11:30am to 1:00pm | Fair Oaks Ranch Golf Club 7900 Fair Oaks Pkwy – Fair Oaks Ranch $30 for Members and $35 for Future Members GREATER BOERNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER SPONSORED BY BRANDED T RANCH AND RIBBON CUTTING 5:00pm to 7:00pm | 322 Wengenroth – Kendalia MARCH 8 WINGS OVER BOERNE 11:00am to 5:00pm | Boerne Visitors Center 1407 S. Main – Boerne

MARCH 11 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:00pm to 8:00pm | City Council Chambers 124 Old San Antonio Road – Boerne

Expect the unexpected as Birds of Prey zoom through the air in the outdoor demonstrations. 1ST ANNUAL YOUNG ARTISTS SIDEWALK ART SHOW & TELL 2:00pm to 4:00pm | Soda Pops and Sugar Shack 103 N. Main – Boerne Unique and fun art show for Artists 17 and under....Watercolors, photography, anime, pastels, acrylics, jewelry, crafts and MORE!

MARCH 15 OUTDOOR FAMILY FAIR 10:00am to 2:00pm | Main Plaza – Boerne Entertainment and a lot of fun available for the whole family! WINGS OVER BOERNE 11:00am to 5:00pm | Boerne Visitors Center 1407 S. Main – Boerne Expect the unexpected as Birds of Prey zoom through the air in the outdoor demonstrations.

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Congratulations to all of the Boerne Chamber of Commerce business award winners! We have quite a diverse business community with business leaders, volunteers, and supporters doing many great things for the Boerne community. It was such a thrill to see our Boerne city staff once again recognized for the terrific work they do. Government workers typically get a bad rap, but not in Boerne. We are so blessed to have public servants that are professional, committed to, and enthusiastic about their work. City manager Ron Bowman received the prestigious Chairman’s award; Jeff Thompson, deputy city manager and economic development director was honored for his years of service on the Chamber Board of Directors; the 2013 Wild Game Dinner Committee Member of the Year award went to Gayle Stakes, the director of the Boerne Civic Center; and the 2013 Best of BoerneFest Committee Member of the Year award was presented to Danny Zincke, the director of the city’s Parks and Recreation department. Last month, I also had the distinct pleasure of attending an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. Congratulations to Joshua Boerner, John D’Spain, Jacob Schroder, Adam Taliaferro, and Michael Urh for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. If you know them, let them know you value their contributions in our community. As many of you have noticed, the long anticipated Herff Road construction project has begun. While the Main Street bridge project has been an extraordinary exercise in patience, the thousands of us that travel Herff Road and adjacent roadways should now prepare for several months of more construction pain. But, oh boy, it’s going to be worth it! I strongly urge you to start planning a different path of travel, allow extra time to get where you’re going, and be especially cautious and patient in the various work zones. There are several phases of this roadway project - reconstruction of the Herff and Esser intersection, reconstruction of Herff Road, construction of a new intersection at Herff and Old San Antonio Road, and construction of the Herff Road extension to Main Street. Once the overall project is complete in a couple of years, this new roadway is expected to significantly reduce traffic on Main Street and at the River Road intersection. Traffic from Highway 46 East traveling to San Antonio and beyond will have a much quicker and safer route to Interstate 10. Now, a quick update on the Main Street bridge


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project - the TXDOT contractor is removing rubble and cleaning up their worksite along the creek. The remaining bridge painting and repaving is weather sensitive, so that work will be completed as soon as we have some consistently good weather. Staff has noticed that the Cibolo Creek Trail in this area has been severely damaged, and we fully expect the TXDOT contractor to make the necessary repairs. I wish I could give you a final completion date, but it keeps changing; so, I am asking for your continued patience, because, in reality, that is the only thing we can control in this situation. We received some great news at city hall last month! The Boerne Public Library Foundation is set to receive a very generous contribution from the Majestic Arts Foundation to fund an amphitheater at the Patrick Heath Public Library. An amphitheater on the library grounds has always been part of the library master plan; however, there has not been enough funding, until now, for its construction. It will be built along the sloped area behind the library campus. The grant funding also includes sound and lighting equipment so we can provide an even greater variety of performing arts. Ariel Brooks-Stevens, the Foundation’s executive director, deserves tremendous praise for her efforts to secure this financial support. I know all of the Foundation members and the library staff are extremely excited about this new education and entertainment venue at the city’s premier community gathering spot. As I have mentioned here many times, economic development in Boerne is a key focus at city hall. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Kendall County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors recently approved their business name change to “Boerne-Kendall County Economic Development Corporation.” Changing the title is a simple, yet profound, demonstration of how much this working partnership is committed to moving Boerne forward together when it comes to responsible growth in our commercial sector. And we sure know how to have fun in Boerne too. Boerne Performing Arts presented the incomparable “Ten Tenors” a couple of weeks ago – what a show! I am told there are still tickets available for “Time for Three“ on March 25. The “VocaPeople” performance has been rescheduled to October 23, and there are still lots of tickets available for that show as well. Carol and I look forward to seeing you at these amazing performances.

- Mayor Mike

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Looking for a rootin’ tootin’ good time the whole family can enjoy? Well, join the Rotary Club of Boerne on April 5th, 2014 for their 9th Annual Boerne Wild West Day at Enchanted Springs Ranch! This one-of-a-kind event is organized to provide high entertainment and educational value while benefiting a number of local charitable and service causes including the Early Act First Knight Program, San Antonio based Wounded Warriors Project and lower income area boys and girls. According to J. Christopher Byrd, Esq., Founder of Boerne Wild West Days and Co-Founder of Early Act First Knight Program, “Boerne Wild West Days are set on the frontier of Enchanted Springs Ranch to give those that come a chance to experience a romantic period of our heritage where nobility and honor were challenged by American life and issues that formed our country, which still are sources of anxieties. This was a time when life was both simple and yet complicated, when all people had to work hard just to survive. Our citizenry wasn't frightened by anything or anybody, even when men and women had nothing but their faith and desire to defend them-


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selves, their loved ones and their liberty. The wild west was a time of new beginnings, settling of new lands that were raw, pure and lawless, and that gave us the tales of color, courage and reckless bravado found in the cowboys and native Americans, miners, mountain men, cattlemen, pony express riders, lawgivers and law-takers. The theme provides a family day of enriching entertainment and history full of stagecoach rides, gunfights and numerous exhibitions of valor, skill and bravery displayed by professional performers including live music. BWWD now is the venue for the annual Early Act First Knight convention where thousands of children ages 5-13 are invited to come from their schools and showcase character building and service above self sponsored by numerous Rotary Clubs across Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina." This year, BWWD will kick off with music by Two Tons of Steel on Friday evening, April 4th, 2014. Enjoy the evening under the stars at Boerne’s Main Plaza beginning at 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $10 and include admission to the BWWD at Enchanted Springs Ranch, located at 242 Hwy. 46 West, just a few miles from downtown Boerne the next day. On Saturday, bring the kids out again and climb aboard the stagecoach, saddle up for pony rides, “hold on” with mutton busting, stick horse races and mechanical bull riding. You can even sit on Woodrow the longhorn steer! Even more fun is to be had with performances by world renowned Pistol Packin Paula, the Knights of the Guild show, trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick, the jousting knights and cowboy magician Tim St. John. There will be live music all day by Wolf Sisters. Of course, the BWWD would not be possible without the support of their

sponsors, which include: Platinum Sponsor, Texas Rebel Radio KFAN 107.9; Gold Sponsors, Enchanted Springs Ranch and Frost Bank; Silver Sponsors, Kendall County Abstract Company, Kendall County Air, McCoy’s Building Supply, Preferred Landscape & Lighting & RBFCU; Bronze Sponsors, Billy’s Western Wear, GVTC, Home Instead Senior Care, Jennings Anderson Ford, Karen Daly, Realtor – Coldwell Banker, Texas Heritage Bank, The GVTC Foundation, Total Team Roping and Wheelers Feed & Outfitters. Food will be available to purchase from Fritze’s BBQ, Corney Colonel, Lil’ Bobbie’s Italian Water Ice & Treats and the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. Various vendors will also be onsite such as JW Rustic Metal Art, Swanson Artist and Mariposa Designs. Step back in time and bring the whole family out to the Boerne Wild West Days. You’re sure to have a great time while supporting some great causes. To purchase tickets, visit or purchase at the gate. Adult Tickets are $9 online/$10 at gate; Child Tickets are $5 online/ $6 at gate, Ages 3 and under are free!BBM

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The couple that previously owned the property where Boerne Brewery is located is credited with naming one of Boerne’s biggest annual parties: Boerne Berges Fest! 14

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For a town rich in German history, Boerne has been missing one essential element – a beer to call its own! However, with labels such as Denim-Hosen, Willy’s ESB, Old Courthouse Ale and Hopstrasse, Boerne Brewery has emerged to fill this gap. “Our goal is to make beer in Boerne for the people of Boerne and the surrounding areas,” said Fred Hernandez, co-owner of Boerne Brewery. Fred, along with his wife, Jennifer Hernandez began this project three years ago and after much demolition, construction and lots of waiting were able to begin distribution of their ales this past January. According to Fred, “We focus on making beer that the residents of Boerne and the surrounding area can enjoy and be proud of. We don't aspire to be the next huge nationwide brewery. Instead, we will purposely stay small enough that we can have a personal active role in producing the beers that we and our friends and neighbors enjoy.” So how exactly does one become a craft brewer you might ask? “Through a lot of trial and error. These recipes are the result of years of home-brewing, tasting and sharing with friends and family,” said Fred. In fact, Fred’s very first batch of beer was the result of Jennifer giving him a Mr. Beer Kit. “It was BAD, very bad! But, I was hooked,” laughed Fred. He began working to tweak his recipe. “He made so much beer that I had to eventually kick him out of the kitchen and the garage,” said Jennifer with a smile. “There was this beer that I really liked, Old Peculier, and I must have come up


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with at least 40 different recipes trying to recreate it. I never did recreate that beer, but I been released yet, but is coming soon! Hopstrasse did discover the recipe for what is now Old Courthouse Ale,” Fred stated. is aromatic and packs a bitter punch. The perfect The Boerne Brewery facility consists of a 6,000 square foot warehouse and tasting combination of hop flowers is the secret to this room located at 9 Hill View Lane in Boerne. According to Fred, “Jennifer actually enlistAmerican IPA named after Boerne’s historic Main ed the help of a realtor friend of ours to hunt down a brewery-worthy property without Street, Hauptstrasse. me knowing. When they found this property, Jennifer then called me out to look at the In addition to the beer all being named after property. It was then that I realized that Jennifer was serious when she had kicked me out local influences, local artists created the artwork of the garage!” There was an old homestead on the property that was not in any shape for Boerne Brewery’s labels as well. Gus Guerra is to serve as the brewery, but Fred and Jennifer did use many of the old building matericredited with the label for Denim-Hosen, Pamela als in different aspects around the brewery. Jennifer added, “we did find several buried Gardner created the label for Willy’s ESB, Old treasures on the property. They include several dozen license plates, two large Sinclair gas Courthouse Ale was done by Kristy Watson and the station signs, and tools ranging from sheers to shoe forms. We have put a number of these Hopstrasse label is credited to James Terrian. treasures up for display in the new building.” Having only been distributing their ales for a Boerne Brewery currently has four labels that have all been developed with the short time, Boerne Brewery has quite an impressive continued on page 16 Texas Hill Country in mind. Their recipes deviate slightly from traditional standards to compensate for the warmer Texas climate. They do not filter or pasteurize any of their beers. Denim-Hosen, a Wheat Ale, is a German Kolsch-styled brew whose recipe has been modified for a drier, smooth and refreshing finish. Think lederhosen made from denim. This is a traditional German brew done with a Texas twist. Willy’s ESB, was inspired by premium ales from England and splits the difference between a pale ale and an ESB. This ale’s namesake was an English transplant to Boerne. Old Courthouse Ale is an English Old Ale named after Boerne’s landmark original courthouse, the second oldest in Texas. It’s dark, but not heavy, with a distinctive roasted malt flavor that has hints of chocolate, coffee and molaspictured (left to right): Roger Castillo, Jennifer Hernandez & Fred Hernandez ses. Lastly, there is Hopstrasse. This American IPA hasn’t actually


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list of locations where you can find their products. Roger Castillo, the marketing/sales manager for Boerne Brewery has secured their ales a spot at 17 local businesses and the list is quickly growing. Roger added, “So far, you can find our beer at Little Gretel, Mague’s Café, Riverside Supermarket, Qwik Pantry, Captain Turquand’s Saloon, Bergheim Cellars, Random, Dog and Pony Grill, Twin Liquors, Brand Liquors, Hill Country Wine and Spirits, Hungry Horse Restaurant, Ye Kendall Inn, D&B Liquor, Bergheim General Store, Flagstop and the brand new Old No. 9 Depot and Longhorn Café. We also just got into Gabriel’s Wine & Spirits at 1604 and Blanco, so the San Antonio invasion has begun. We’re off to a really good start and there are many more locations to come!” While the ales produced by Boerne Brewery are proving to be a hit among both locals and tourists, a whole new appreciation for beer is developed with just a quick tour of the brewing facility. After seeing how and where this beer is made, it becomes very clear that brewing a good beer is both an art and a science. “There is a lot more that goes into the brewing process than you might think,” said Fred. “It’s a long running joke that farmers make wine, but engineers make beer,” he laughed. Fred and Jennifer both happen to be engineers, he is a mechanical engineer and she is a chemical engineer. According to Fred, “It takes the better part of a day to brew a batch of beer. Six hours on a good day and we even had a nightmare day that lasted 19 hours, but the good news is that no beer was harmed in the process!” Once the beer has been brewed, you wait for it to ferment for two weeks, “At that point you are at the mercy of chemistry and biology,” added Fred. Each batch of beer made at the Boerne Brewery requires 1900 pounds of high-quality grain and will result in 30 barrels of beer or 930 gallons, which is then bottled or put into a keg onsite. The Boerne Brewery team of Fred, Jennifer and Roger work tirelessly to brew quality ales made from the finest ingredients. Fred added, “We have been blessed with plenty of enthusiastic taste testers from the very beginning and have used their input to tweak the recipes. Now we are taking these recipes and scaling them up to share with lots of new friends.” BBM B oerne B usiness M onthly | March 2014



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Through all of the ebbs and flows of a business, the economy, and government, one thing that remains a constant for business owners and leaders is the reality that it is crucial to find good employees. Many might attempt to play the challenge to find good staff as generational, but throughout every generation searching for and finding good quality employees, it has always been important and challenging. As a result, iinn recent years many have spent time focusing on how to improve the hhiring iring process, which in turn can improve your organizations culture, ssave ave money, and significantly reduce your stress. While your personal stress is important, the two most significant motivations for improving your hiring process should be financial savings and improved culture within your organization. How often have you taken time to calculate the true financial cost of a bad hire? The truth is, few investigate this in great detail, but according to a survey by almost one-third of companies report a single bad hire costing more than $50,000. In that same study, they found that 41% of companies report a bad hire costing them in excess of $25,000. When you consider the time spent investing in the hiring process, on-boarding and training a new hire, plus a potential severance package and numerous hours of stress for supervisors and managers, it is easy to see how those numbers can add up quickly. These numbers reiterate why each company should regularly review their hiring process and make improvements as necessary. The other primary reason has to do with your organization’s culture. Leadership guru, Dave Ramsey, speaks about this in great detail. A bad hire can have a tremendous impact through potential office gossip, unresolved disagreements in the office, lack of team purpose, and a sense of leadership sanctioning incompetence or laziness. While all of these will likely occur over time, it is important for leadership within every organization to attempt to limit the harmful impact it can have on your organizations culture. For leaders, it will be especially important to make strong hires and reduce the amount of sanctioned incompetence and laziness. Everyone can remember an experience of someone in the office, on the team, etc., who was not pulling their own weight due to lack of effort or inability to perform. When this occurs over time, it can drain the will and spirit of a group, which in turn will keep your team from


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by Jason Carlettini, ADKF

experiencing their potential. Again, Dave Ramsey gives some valuable advice to consider when evaluating your hiring process. Dave says, “Be the tortoise, not the hare; slow and steady wins in business.” Within Dave’s organization, they sometimes have up to 14 interviews with a candidate before making a hire. Wait, I know what you are thinking, 14 is probably too many for most organizations. However, one way you can look at interviewing is like dating. On a first date, everyone puts their best self forward; it tends to be numerous dates down the line before you begin to see a more honest representation of your date. While 14 is likely more interviews than you have time for, being sure to have multiple interviews is important. Likewise, if you are able to have multiple people on your team participate in the interview process it can be extremely helpful in gathering different perspectives on a potential hire. Be sure to have an open forum in which those who participate are able to give honest feedback of the candidate. Additionally, take advantage of the tools at your disposal such as conducting a personality and strength analysis. These can provide valuable feedback that is helpful to know about a candidate on the front end. For example, if you are looking for a sales person, a candidate might be able to present well in a one-time interview, but if they are a cautious beaver personality, you might end up with a problem. It does not matter what industry you are in, searching for and hiring new staff is challenging for us all. Our hope at Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C., is that you would take some time to evaluate your hiring process as a way to benefit your business financially and culturally. Over the past 23 years, we have been proud to assist our clients with advising them on their hiring process and participating in their search process when applicable. If we can further assist you with this or with any tax, accounting, estate planning, or other consulting needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. BBM Jason Carlettini is the Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Technology for Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C. (ADKF). Jason graduated from Dallas Baptist University where he received his bachelor’s degree and received a master’s degree from Liberty University. He has over a decade of marketing and recruiting experience including large scale marketing campaigns, direct marketing, social marketing, and grass roots marketing.

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Two and a half years after the completion of the Patrick Heath Public Library, the Boerne Public Library Foundation has received a generous donation from the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation to begin Phase II of the library’s master plan. The funding will be used to build a 250 seat amphitheater will be added to the library’s campus to further the library’s goals of providing cultural enrichment, access to arts education and a greater sense of community. “We were disappointed when the amphitheater didn’t fit in the library’s initial construction budget, but never stopped imagining the impact that it could have on the community. We are so happy that the Boerne Public Library Foundation was able to secure the funds needed for the amphitheater”, said Kelly Skovbjerg, director of the Patrick Heath Pulic Library. “Our Boerne public library, and all it has to offer, is a major asset in this community,” said Mayor Mike Schultz. “People of all ages come to the library for fellowship, learning, entertainment, and contemplation. With funding for the construction of additional outdoor amenities like this, we are adding the icing to the cake.” “This is just one more example of our determination to support the library and our shared vision for the library campus. We anticipated that it would be several more years before we would have the funds needed for construction of the amphitheater. Through the generosity of the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation, we are ready to go today!” said Rusty Meador, Boerne Public Library Foundation President. “The foundation understands the important role the library plays in our community. It isn’t every day that small towns get to benefit from a library like ours,” Meador added. “We are committed to supporting the programs and services that the library provides and to partnering with other organizations to provide more exposure to the arts. It’s a win-win for everyone.” “The Majestic Ranch property sold several months ago and this project offered our foundation a way to continue the legacy of the Ranch’s mission to ‘promote and support arts in Boerne, the Hill Country and surrounding areas by providing exposure to the arts’, said Peter Cowger, President of the Board of Directors of the Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation. “The Patrick Heath Public Library is a community hub and supported by so many people in the community because of the amazing programs and services it provides. The focus on arts through programs like Live at the Library, a free monthly concert series, and many other programs made it easy for us to make the decision to support the Patrick Heath Public Library’s efforts to construct an amphitheater on the grounds of the library.” The amphitheater is planned to be situated behind the Bookshop Under the Windmill. Unlike any other outdoor amphitheaters in our area, this amphitheater will be equipped with state of the art sound and lighting that can welcome a variety of performing arts. “Over the last year, our events have been attracting larger crowds from outside of Kendall County”, said Rusty Meador. “We imagine the addition of this unique venue will help keep that trend going.” BBM



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Boerne Kitchens and Baths of Boerne Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals Boerne Kitchens and Baths of Boerne, Texas has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Kitchens and Baths Remodeling and Design Firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/ iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Boerne Kitchens and Baths is pleased to be voted by “Houzzers” for “Commitment to Customer Satisfaction”. Boerne Kitchens and Baths believes that this commitment is paramount in every project they undertake. Boerne Kitchens and Baths is also a member of GuildQuality, an independent Customer Satisfaction Survey Company. This represents the extent of our Commitment to our Customers. “Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Boerne Kitchens and Baths among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.” With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Boerne Kitchens and Baths, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community. Follow Boerne Kitchens and Baths on Houzz boernekitchensandbaths/__public About Boerne Kitchens and Baths Boerne Kitchens and Baths is a locally owned Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Firm. Founded in 2013 to fill the need of a Remodeling firm in the Hill Country that is dedicated to Kitchens and Baths projects. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit


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CITY OF BOERNE WEBSITE HAS NEW LOOK The City of Boerne website just got a make-over and goes live this week. Using CivicPlus, a professional website design service that works specifically with city governments, Boerne is hoping the new website look and functionality will attract more users. Several new features have been added to make the site more interactive, but the basic city information is still available. People that are web savvy and use a certain website frequently will usually spend less time navigating the changes than those visitors that visit the website less often. Many of us get accustomed to looking for information in the same location, or under the same heading each time, so when the look is different, or the titles are changed, we get lost and frustrated. Preventing this frustration was a major objective. Because a government services website is loaded with such a large variety of content, categorizing information in a way that is logical, or makes sense, to website visitors is always a challenge. This new design is intended to make searching for city information easier. The site is more colorful and includes more pictures featuring local buildings, parks, events, and people. City staff is encouraging website visitors to explore the new website to see all of the information that is available. If, at first, you don’t find what you are looking for, enter some key words in the “search” box at the top of the home page, and in most cases you will be directed to just what you need. Staff will continue to make changes and upgrades based on feedback from users. Please contact us by email or call 249-9511 and ask for the IT Department.

BANDERA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS Each year Bandera Electric Cooperative offers ten $1,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors and currently enrolled postsecondary students. The deadline for 2014 applications is March 28, 2014. There are two types of scholarships available: the traditional scholarship, for students interested in and qualified to attend an accredited four-year university/college, junior college of TEA-approved trade school; and the lineman scholarship, for students interested in and qualified to attend an approved lineman training program. The scholarship program was established in 1998 to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of its members, their immediate family members, or applicants who reside in the service area who can present and provide written verification from the member-owner of the account. Since that time we have awarded $160,000 in scholarships. Winners will be chosen by a committee made up of members and announced in May. For more information and application packets visit

COWBOY CAPITAL STAMPEDE 5K/10K – FuN, FITNESS & CHARITY Bandera Electric Cooperative, is putting on a 5K/10K run/walk March 29, 2014, in Bandera. The Cowboy Capital Stampede will raise money for charitable organizations in our service territory. This year, participants will be able to select from a list of organizations in which to have their participation fee be dedicated. Those originations are Relay for Life, the Wounded Warrior Project, Hill Country CASA, Triple H Equitherapy, Hill Country Daily Bread, or St. Vincent De Paul. We encourage anyone interested in a fun morning, fitness and in giving back to the community to join us at the Bandera City Park for the event. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. (or can be done early online or via a printed entry form) and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $30 before March 24 and $35 on or after March 24. Prizes will be awarded to top participants in the following categories (women’s & men’s): 10 and under; 11—17; 18—35; 36– 50; 51—65; 65 and older. All ages are welcome! Current sponsors of this year’s event include: DAS, Bandera Bank, Insurance Network of America, and Lowe’s Market of Bandera. Thank you sponsors for your support of the co-op and the Cowboy Capital Stampede. More information and updates can be found at

FIELD SPORT CONCEPTS LTD. ADDS FAMOuS BARNS AS NEWEST AFFILIATE IN TEXAS Field Sport Concepts, Ltd. (FSC/ announces the addition of Famous Barns as a new affiliate. Field Sport Concepts’ affiliates are nationally respected consultants who provide comprehensive services to plan and develop field sport programs including equestrian, shooting, hunting, fishing, falconry and high adventure sports. These activities are also complemented by conservation finance services including easements and monetization of ecosystem services. Both Field Sport Concepts and Famous Barns seek to enhance rural properties in a manner that is sympathetic to the natural environment while providing opportunities for the pursuit and appreciation of the sporting and ranch life. Famous Barns’ owner Sonja Howle will work with Robert McKee, founding principal of Field Sport Concepts in Virginia, and Corey Hoffpauir, Senior Vice-President for Development at Texasbased FSC affiliate Panorama International, who manages the Field Sport Concepts branch office in Austin, Texas. Howle studied the economic models of historically and architecturally significant barns across America and has been in post and beam and timber frame construction of barns, homes and lodges for the past 7 years, with projects throughout Texas and the Southwest. McKee says “Sonja provides important architectural and historical perspectives that contribute to the value and overall economic success of a project.”

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Liberty Tax Service’s knowledge of income tax preparation, their enthusiasm, commitment to their customers, and their selection of products is just the start of what they offer. When you choose Liberty as your tax preparation service, you’re getting a partner who will stand with you and actively seek out your best interests, biggest refunds or smallest legal tax liabilities. Owner Tami Karnes and her preparers would love to help you with your tax needs. You can find Liberty Tax Service at 215 W. Bandera Road in Boerne. You can also call them at (830) 249-1989 and visit their website at

If you want to train to get better for your sport, Athletic Republic Boerne is your answer. Athletic Republic Boerne is not a place to simply work out. It’s where you will become a better athlete. They seamlessly combines science and sports to make athletes of all ages and abilities faster, more agile and more powerful. Jauhnea and Rich Barkley and their staff would love to talk to you and show you their new facitility. Athletic Republic Boerne is located at 1024 N. Main Street in Boerne. You can call them at (830) 8165513 to schedule an appointment and visit their website at

The Boerne YMCA is providing a location for the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center’s Child Birthing classes along with a 3 month membership for any attendee. This will allow for free childcare and the opportunity to also attend a special Mommy and Me class after the baby’s birth. The Center has coordinated with several community agencies to support this program. The Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center at the Boerne YMCA is located at 1361 S. Main Street in Boerne. For more information you can call the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center at (830) 249-9717 (website: www.lifesprecious. org) and the Boerne YMCA at (830) 8151040

Hill Country Automotive is a family running a business to serve their friends and neighbors in the hill country. They truly enjoy being a part of the community. They have the facilities, the equipment and the dedicated staff to give their customers all they could hope for in auto repair and maintenance. Owner Jesse Espinoza and his wife Linda asks you to let Hill Country Automotive be your “go-to” friends for all your auto repair needs. You can find Hill Country Automotive at 32980 IH 10 West in Boerne and their phone number is (830) 331-2489. Please be sure to visit their website at

The Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries Board of Directors unanimously approved the expansion of their ministry by launching their Pathways Out of Poverty Campaign. They have purchased 10 acres for a new campus located at 38 Cascade Caverns Road in Boerne. They held a groundbreaking at the new site where they are building a new 27,104 square foot warehouse, a 11,088 square foot office building and a 4,000 square foot training and program center.During the construction phase of our project, we intend to raise additional funding to cover the increased operational expenses. Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries is a faith-based, regional ministry that provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to more than 8,200 people living in poverty in the Texas Hill Country. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, you can call Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries at (830) 249-0025 or visit their website at

Great Family Businesses was created by self-made entrepreneurs for individuals and partners seeking guidance and support in their ventures. They provide the essential tools and resources a company needs to help it grow. Their network is built around a collaborative and experienced community of fellow entrepreneurial companies for the successful progression of businesses. They can provide office space, a personal phone line, receptionist,virtual assistants, a furnished conference room, marketing and operational support, as well as networking and IT support. You can find Great Family Businesses at 10004 Johns Road in Boerne. Their phone number is (210) 390-0309 and you can visit their website at

O’Brien’s Restaurant is celebrating their 10th year in business! The restaurant offers gourmet style hill country cooking including steaks, chicken, sandwiches, gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, pastas, salads and more. A full bar and a beautiful outdoor patio are also available. The proprietors Tim O’Brien and his wife Becky, combined have 30 plus years of restaurant experience. They also have entertainment several times a month on the weekends and there is never a cover charge. You can find O’Brien’s Restaurant at 848 Highway 46 East in Bergheim, Texas (east of Boerne). For reservations, you can call (830) 229-5600 or visit their website at

Riverbed Concrete/Slick Rock, Inc. is expanding and moving their facility just down the road on a ten acre tract. President David Harris and his staff held a groundbreaking ceremony for their future location at 13 Pfeiffer Road in Boerne which will be completed and open in the fall of 2014. Riverbed Concrete, Inc. is a design and installation company devoted to decorative concrete flooring and precast concrete countertops. They offer a reliable, design-oriented product with a reputable history of quality and beauty. Their subsidiary, Slick Rock Inc., is devoted to decorative concrete landscape elements, designs and manufactures contemporary concrete planters, fire bowls, perimeter security devices, PSD benches, and unique concrete landscape elements. You can find Riverbed Concrete/Slick Rock, Inc. at their current location of 39390 IH 10 West, Ste. C in Boerne and you can call them at (830) 981-2210. Please visit their websites at and for more information.


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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run your entire home from anywhere? Well with Nexia™ Home Intelligence you can! This simple-to-use internet-enabled home automation system lets you remotely adjust your home’s temperature and monitor security by web-enabled computer, table or smartphone. All the control of your home is at your fingertips. With products like the Trane ComfortLink™ control with the Schlage® Home Keypad Deadbolt and Schlage® Home Dimmer Module, you have the ability to: • Control temperature settings and manage energy use • Allow entry to your home through the Schlage® Home Keypad even when you’re not there • Assign up to 19 private four-digit codes for family members • Receive instant texts and email alerts when codes are used • Set recurring codes for housekeepers or frequent guests • Add, delete or change user codes remotely • Confirm the status of your wireless lock from anywhere • Program lights to turn on/off at different times of the day • Schedule your lights to turn on when lock code is entered “This system is really easy to use,” said Steve Driskill, owner of Kendall County Air. “Choose the products you want and how you want those products to work together in your home. The result is a customized system that


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connects you to your home in a way that matters to you.” Nexia™ is compatible with numerous products, in fact you can add up to 230 smart products all at once or expand your system gradually. The possibilities are endless. When it comes to monitoring your homes air conditioning and heating, connect your ComfortLink™ or ComfortLink™ II control to a matched Trane system for complete, seamless comfort. This is a fantastic feature that allows you to remotely adjust your homes temperature, ensuring your home is already at a comfortable temperature when you walk through the door. In addition, this is a great way to save some money by not wasting energy running the A/C or heat all day when no one is home. Nexia™ Home Intelligence offers users the ability to be in two places at once. Unlock your door from half a world away, check on your pets during the day, sit in a meeting and know your children are home safe. Stay connected to your home and the people and possessions you hold dear – all from a single app. To learn more about Nexia™ Home Intelligence contact Kendall County Air, your local Trane Comfort Specialist at 830-816-1879. BBM




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March 2014

Serving our Friends and Neighbors of the Hill Country Since 1916

CALENDAR OF EVENTS | cont’d MARCH 20 FIRST DAY OF SPRING GREATER BOERNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER SPONSORED BY BELDEN’S AUTOMOTIVE AND TIRES 5:00pm to 7:00pm | 29137 IH 10 W. – Boerne MARCH 22 HEAL THE SOUL 5TH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN 1.4 MILE WALK/5K RUN BENEFITTING KENDALL COUNTY WOMEN’S SHELTER Gates open 8:00am at Joshua Springs Park & Preserve Register online at or the day of the event. WINGS OVER BOERNE 11:00am to 5:00pm | Boerne Visitors Center 1407 S. Main – Boerne Expect the unexpected as Birds of Prey zoom through the air in the outdoor demonstrations. HOT ROD NIGHT AT SODA POPS 7:00pm to 11:00pm | 103 N. Main – Boerne Show off your ride or just check out the scenery! MARCH 25 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:00pm to 8:00pm | City Council Chambers 124 Old San Antonio Road – Boerne BOERNE PERFORMING ARTS - TIME FOR THREE 7:30pm to 10:00pm | Boerne Champion Auditorium 201 Charger Blvd – Boerne The worlds only classically trained garage band! MARCH 26 GREATER BOERNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WORKSHOP: USING INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR BUSINESS 8:00am to 10:00am $20/member, $25/prospective member.

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MARCH 27 PORSCHE HILL COUNTRY RALLYE WITH VINTAGE PORSCHES 11:00am | Downtown Boerne MARCH 29 7TH ANNUAL LESTERS AUTOMOTIVE OPEN ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW 9:00am to 3:00pm | 32128A IH-10 W. – Boerne Do you love car? Old ones, new ones, fast ones....? Stop by for a great open car show and customer appreciation day filled with food, music and prizes! Benefitting the Juvenile Diabets Association. BBM

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Well thought out landscaping can do so much more than simply beautify the exterior of your home. By incorporating smarter, more efficient landscape design strategies you can help to conserve natural resources as well as save money. Here are some tips on how to put your landscaping to work for you! CREATE A NATURAL WINDBREAK: Planting trees and shrubs the correct distance from your home will create an efficient windbreak and can help lower your heating costs. Evergreen trees and shrubs are ideal for use as windbreaks as their foliage tends to slow down and redirect the wind. To know the correct distance to plant a windbreak from your home, figure out the mature height of the plants you will be using and then plant them at least twice that distance away from you home’s exterior. PLANT SHADE TREES: Cut your air conditioning costs during the summer with a properly planted shade tree. Consider planting deciduous trees along the south and west-facing sides of your home for shade, this will assist in keeping it cool and help to save money on air conditioning. Deciduous trees shed their leaves seasonally so in the warmer months the leaves will provide shade for your home, and in the winter when the leaves fall off the sun’s rays will still be able to reach your home to warm it up. Shading an air conditioning unit with plantings is another great way to save money. According to the US Department of Energy, this can increase its efficiency by as much as 10 percent. UTILIZE RAINWATER HARVESTING: Lower your water bill and redirect rainwater runoff into your landscape by collecting and using rainwater to water your landscaping and gardens. Harvesting rainwater helps to restore the natural process by putting the water back to where it would have gone pre-construction. Installing a rain barrel directly under a downspout is one of the more efficient methods to harvest rainwater. Rain barrels come in many different sizes and a vast array of materials to suit your specific needs. INCORPORATE NATURAL FENCING: Increase the privacy of your home while beautifying its exterior by using plants to create a privacy barrier. For year-round privacy evergreens work well. If your privacy needs tend to be more seasonal you have a larger selection of plant options such as tall, ornamental grasses. The greater the mix of plants the more visually interesting your natural fencing will be. INCORPORATE WATER SAVING DESIGN: Xeriscaping is landscaping that is specifically designed to conserve water, improve soil and preserve as much existing vegetation as possible. This type of design will utilize plants that naturally thrive in our region.


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Native plants have evolved to thrive in local conditions, by putting them to use in your landscape design they should require less ongoing maintenance than non-native plants. PUT DOWN SOME MULCH: Mulch is great for your landscaping because it not only promotes plant health, but conserves water too. It reduces weeds and soil erosion, suppresses some plant disease and also can moderate the temperature of the soil. Organic mulch will also feed the soil as it breaks down, adding nutrients and organic matter which should result in healthier plants.BBM

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2 AC/LOT: Located at the interchange of IH10 and Hwy 87 Crossover, next to First Choice Storage, this commercial lot is ready for development. No city taxes. Water: Kendall West Util., septic required. Driveway easement agreement allows entrance from the access road. Additional access from cul-de-sac in the rear. $275,000

2.99 ACRE LOT – 1025 BLANCO RD. is ready formixed-usedevelopment.Locatedat1025BlancoRd., property is complimented by mature trees and ideal location for commercial development opportunity (zoned B-1) and residential development with access from Dawnridge Street (zoned R-1). TxDOT estimates appx. 7000/day traffic count. House to be removed, does not convey. Call for details. $595,000



COMING SOON! INDUSTRIAL/TECHNOLOGY/BUSINESS PARK: This 28.4 acre property is available for development. Recently annexed with Industrial zoning (I) pending, this property is ready for a professional developer to work with the City of Boerne for a most-needed industrial park. City water available. City sewer service in progress. Approx. 1400 feet of frontage on Shooting Club Road with additional access on Hwy 87 (Main Street). The property is under Ag-Exemption. 39 horse stalls, office and apartment to be removed. Contact listing agent for full details. $3.35/Sq.Ft.

34± ACRES: This property at 7 Becker Ln is offered for potential development. Located behind Ingram Readymix, with50 ft. easement fronting on IH-10 access road.There are two family homes and various out-buildings on the property with two wells and three septic systems. The 34+/- acres is not in the City limits but is in the ETJ. Ideal for light, industrial development. Electricity is available from Bandera Elect. CoOp. Water and sewer service available from Kendall Utility. Survey, plat and aerials are available. Call for details. $2.00/Sq. Ft.

THIS LISTING OFFERS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICES. Located just outside the city limits of Boerne nestled in a tree-covered setting, the property has convenient access to IH-10. The build has been updated and converted for offices. Building is about 1500 sq.ft. located on .696 acre. Private well and septic. Additional room for expansion. Features standing-seam metal roof, rock and wood siding, central air and heat. Available for showings during business hours. Call 210-415-8483. $339,000



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