Boerne Business Monthly – November 2021

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Volume 14, Issue 05: November 2021

Boerne’s Original Balloonery



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publisher's note Here we go! It’s officially the holiday season and for most of us that means we are about to be busy, busy, busy! Between the holiday parties, shopping, decorating, gift wrapping and fun events happening in and around Boerne, there is just so much to do. Will you be hosting a holiday party or get together this year? If so, consider taking your decorations up a notch with a custom balloon display from this month’s cover feature, Haute Air Balloons! We are sure they have some amazing Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years displays up their sleeve. Turn to page 16 to learn more about Boerne’s original balloonery. I just love seeing local business people come up with great products. Be sure to check out the article on a local chef, Jared Campbell, who has teamed up with Lost Buddy Spices to create an addition to their line that perfectly compliments their Original Dry Rub. Both spices are receiving great reviews. Be sure to grab some to make your holiday meals extra special this year! Have you heard? Dickens on Main is back and this year it will be four fun-filled weekends!! Read all about what they have in store starting on page 22. I hope you all have a blessed November. Enjoy this issue of BBM!

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contents 08: finances

Business Valuation and the Retirement Gap

Renee Campbell

Robin McCall Dallenbach

by Richard Barkley, Financial Advisor, Certified Valuation Analyst – Prime Capital Investment Advisors

Steven Karam

14: ribbon cuttings

27: fun facts

17: cover feature

28: moving

22: event

“A Dickens Celebration” Four Weekends of Holiday Fun

26: new product

Local Chef Teams Up with Lost Buddy Spices on New Product

Wiley Cloud Kathy Cloud Owner/Brokers



2020: Where New Texans Came From

30: milestone

The Mr. Ammerman Intercultural Language Academy Celebrates 2nd Ribbon Cutting Anniversary


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BROKER MOBILE: (325) 347-7693


10: calendar

Haute Air Balloons: Boerne’s Original Balloonery

Jim Campbell


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Business Valuation and the Retirement Gap


by Richard Barkley, Financial Advisor, Certified Valuation Analyst – Prime Capital Investment Advisors

The small business exit is most likely the largest and most important financial transaction of a business owners’ life. One of many questions is if this sale is at the highest / best valuation (sale price) for that company and another question is if the sale is enough to accomplish the business owner’s wants, needs and desires for their financial retirement goals. Is the sale enough for the business owner to live their desired lifestyle? What are the numbers? How do you calculate the sale price to optimize the value? Some call this difference in the business sale proceeds and the retirement financial needs a wealth gap or a value gap. As a Certified Valuation Analyst and Financial Planner working with the Wealth Managers at Prime Capital Investment Advisors (PCIA), we take a holistic approach from multiple angles to solve for this wealth / value gap and create a step-by-step process to thoroughly work through this comprehensive analysis and extensive exercise. One of the first tasks of the process is to establish a sale price for the business. How do you determine the sale price? In past articles, I discussed the different approaches and methods, as well as the specific intangible and tangible value drivers that affect the sale price and the pros and cons of each. The approach and method used is very important and should be examined in detail. (If there are questions regarding the different approaches and methods, and the vast number of intangible and tangible value drivers, please reach out to me at PCIA here in Boerne.) As a Certified Valuation Analyst, I establish this price and drill down into the specific strengths and weaknesses, risks and rewards,

and the quantitative and qualitative aspects of each. This information fully informs the business owner so that they can clearly communicate and articulate in detail the business value / sale price. Another aspect of the number calculated is how the subject business ranks against its peers. Higher ranking businesses obviously deserve higher valuations and this needs to be confidentially and accurately described. These are then measured within my certified valuation to figure and defend the sale price. After the sales price is solved, the net proceeds need to be figured. The net proceeds will take into account the tax basis of the business to determine the tax consequences, additional fees and other expenses associated with the sale (i.e., Real Estate Commissions, Attorney fees, etc.). The business owner will also need to identify their personal resources to add to the net proceeds from the business sale. Once we add the net proceeds of the sale and the personal resources, the wealth management team at PCIA works with the business owner to create their investment strategy. This investment strategy is worked into a financial plan to create projected returns and / or income needed to accomplish the retirement goals and financial security goals to live their desired lifestyle. As a part of the analysis, we will work through different scenarios, such as when to sell, estimated taxes, potential buyers, which business brokers to consider, inflation, how to handle employees, etc. If needed we can also work with the business owner in the discussions and negotiations with potential buyers to defend the accurate sale price. There

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are also different tax effects for the value of different assets within the business and if assessed correctly can potentially save the business owner substantial amount in taxes. However, all of the above information is constantly changing and moving. This is why we suggest starting the full process well before sale discussions and maintaining regular communication with your advisors to keep this full plan current and accurately updated. The determination of whether income from personal assets plus income from the transfer of the business meets or exceeds projected objective takes time and diligence and, as mentioned, is more than likely a life changing event and deserves qualified, professional advice. Please reach out to Prime Capital Investment Advisors Boerne for more detailed information. We would love to assist in this critical exercise! BBM

Richard Barkley

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NOVEMBER 4 DIVA NIGHT IN BOERNE 5:00pm to 9:00pm Downtown Boerne on the Hill Country Mile The best girls night out on the Mile is back! Fall Diva Night will be bursting with everything you love from your favorite shops: later shopping hours, cocktails, fun bites, music and more. NOVEMBER 6 KENDALL COUNTY WILD GAME DINNER Gates open at 4:00pm; Food is served at 5:00pm Kendall County Youth Ag & Equestrian Center 648 FM 289 – Comfort, Texas Come out for some awesomely wild food made by exceptional cook teams, raffles, live and silent auction, games, art show and sale & so much more! Support the youth of Kendall County at this amazing fund raiser that promises great food and a great time! Tickets are $25 at the gate (cash only), Kids Under 7 are free. NOVEMBER 7 2ND ANNUAL VETERANS DAY BASH 11:00am until the food is gone! 209 Lohmann Street – Boerne

Calendar of Events Compadres Hill Country Cocina Come celebrate at Compadres' 2nd Annual Veterans Day Bash! Fun for the whole family with an awesome petting zoo from Happy Tails Petting Zoo, Classic Muscle Cars, Custom Harley Davison Bikes….WWE CHAMP GOLDBERG!!! Live Music by Texas Country Recording Artist Isaac Jacob!! Come honor our brave men and woman who have selflessly wore the Stars and Stripes for us… HOOAH!!!!! Proceeds benefitting Task Force VOSBO. (Venmo/Cash Accepted) Free for all veterans & active military, $10 donation for Non-Veteran ($5 Kids over 10) NOVEMBER 8

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121 S. Main St. – Boerne GBCC RIBBON CUTTING FOR VALERIA RISTORANTE ITALIANO 1:30pm to 2:00pm 109 Waterview Pkwy #105 – Boerne CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:00pm to 8:00pm Livestream Meeting See ci.boerne.tx us for link to meeting. NOVEMBER 11 VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 13 SECOND SATURDAY AUTHOR SIGNING: JOANNE EASLEY 11:00am to 1:00pm Patrick Heath Public Library 451 N. Main Street – Boerne Meet area author Joanne Easley and take a look at her new work of fiction, "Just One Look." Autographed books make terrific holiday gifts! NOVEMBER 13 & 27 BLUEGRASS JAM AT THE AGRICULTURAL 11:00am to 1:00pm The AgriCultural Museum 102 City Park Road – Boerne Every second and four th Saturday of the month, bring your instrument and play along, or just come to listen to the Bluegrass Jam at The AgriCultural! This event is free and open to the public. KUHLMANN-KING MUSEUM TOUR 12:00pm to 3:00pm 402 E. Blanco Road – Boerne The Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like "way back when". Please email to schedule a personalized tour. NOVEMBER 13-14 BOERNE MARKET DAYS Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm Main Plaza 100 N. Main St. – Boerne On the second weekend of every month hundreds of festive booths display everything from collectibles and remembrances of the past to modern innovations that will bring a smile of wonder to those who stroll past.

NOVEMBER 18 GBCC RIBBON CUTTING FOR CLINT MORRIS MD 1:30pm to 2:00pm Surgery Center of Boerne 112 Herff Road Suite 200 – Boerne

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LIVE! AT THE LIBRARY 7:00pm to 9:00pm Patrick Heath Public Library Amphitheater 451 N. Main – Boerne Featuring the musical artist Jaime Varela 3rio. As always, this program is free and open to the public. Since the program is held in the Amphitheater, please bring a blanket or chair to sit on. In case of bad weather, the program will be moved inside the Library. NOVEMBER 19 NIGHT HIKES FOR FAMILIES: TRACKS & SIGNS 6:30pm to  8:00pm Cibolo Center for Conservation 140 City Park Rd. – Boerne Explore the nature center trails from dusk to dark to see fireflies, bats, moths, owls, and other nocturnal animals with our fantastic education staff and volunteers. We will have an opportunity to record bats using bat detectors to identify our native bat species, look at animal tracks and signs, and look deeper into seasonally occurring wildlife. This event is family-friendly, but participants must be able to keep a moderate hiking pace. Meet at the nature center Visitor Center. Please bring a flashlight and your water bottle. $10 per member; $15 per non-member

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NOVEMBER 19-20 BOERNE HANDMADE MARKET Friday Night: 6:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday: 9am to 4pm The Cana Ballroom 202 W. Kronkosky – Boerne Boerne Handmade Market features 80 handmade-only vendors selling unique items including bath and body, kids items, toys, decor, candles, home goods, holiday, food. $25 on Friday, $5 on Saturday. MASTER ARTWORK SHOW Friday: 4:00pm to 9pm Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm The Bevy Hotel - Grand Ballroom A unique art show featuring some of the preeminent talents in the Texas Hill Country and beyond. Meet a ballerina and chat with the artists! A portion of proceeds to be donated to Ballet San Antonio. continued on page 20

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MOMENTUM PHYSICAL THERAPY GRAND OPENING Whether you are looking for advanced manual therapy, sports rehab, neck pain, back pain or a workplace health program, Momentum Physical Therapy is ready to get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love. Their team of experienced physical therapists are dedicated to delivering customized treatments with the most advanced techniques available in their field for meaningful results. With Momentum’s hands-on care, you can get back to doing the things you love with a safe and fast recovery! Give Momentum Physical Therapy a call at (210) 888-1278, visit them online WeGetYouHealthy. com to make your appointment or stop by and visit them at 124 E. Bandera Rd. Suite 402 in Boerne.

ROGERS & ELLIOTT, PLLC Rogers & Elliott, PLLC celebrated with a special ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of their new partner, Ross Elliott and the name change of the firm! Rogers & Elliott, previously Rogers & Moore, is a family owned law firm, with attorneys who provide decades of combined experience representing individuals and companies in all types of cases.They focus on helping clients in civil litigation and appeals, probate and guardianship matters, real estate disputes and cases involving water law issues.The Rogers & Elliott team is committed to helping clients resolve their legal matters effectively and efficiently. Give them a call at (830) 816-5487 to learn more or go to online retexlaw. com! Rogers & Elliott’s office is located at 309 Water St., Ste. 201 in Boerne, stop by and visit with them!

MCCAMMON LAW P.C. 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY McCammon Law focuses on business and estate planning for individuals and small businesses. They strive to use flat-fee billing practices and cost conscience approaches to solve problems. If you are needing to get your Estate Planning handled (Wills, Living Trusts, Power of Attorneys or Health Directives), deal with a probate matter, or set up a new business (Corporations, LLCs, etc..), McCammon Law is here to help! Give them a call at (830) 251-2115 for a free consultation appointment today or go online Help us wish the McCammon Law PC’s team a happy 3rd anniversary!

BOERNE BALLOON BAR GRAND OPENING Make your party POP with Boerne Balloon Bar! Elevate your event with a custom balloon garland - the perfect photo back drop! Servicing TX Hill Country birthday parties, showers, grand openings, & more! Looking to throw a party soon? Give Hannah a call at Boerne Balloon Party at (210) 260-7033 or email hannah@ to place your order today! Be sure to like and follow them on facebook at facebook. com/boerneballoonbar.

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ANYTIME FITNESS BOERNE’S NEW OWNERSHIP Anytime Fitness Boerne is a 24 hour gym located right here in Boerne, Texas and is now owned by the Forrest Family! The fitness center is here to fit your busy lifestyle and is convenient, affordable and friendly. They have made some awesome changes to Anytime Fitness Boerne the last couple months, stop by and help us celebrate this wonderful Boerne Family-owned business! Give Anytime Fitness Boerne a call at (830) 816-5000, visit them at 1018 River Rd. Boerne, Tx. or go to their website at to learn more!

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COVENANT PEST CONTROL Covenant Pest Control prides themselves on high level customer service and integrity in everything they do. Being a locally owned and operated company, their passion is to provide services that set them apart from others. They take a multifaceted approach to pest control not just the easiest route because easy doesn’t always mean friendly to your family or pets. Give Covenant Pest Control a call at (830) 431-1960 or go to to schedule your next pest service!


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BOERNE PERFORMING ARTS’ 10TH SEASON Boerne Performing Arts has helped bring the world of performing arts to Boerne by presenting concerts that feature internationally acclaimed artists, educating through student outreach programs, and enriching the quality of life in the community for the last 10 years. Interested in buying Boerne Performing Arts’ 10th season tickets or seeing the full schedule for the year? Go to online! You can also call (830) 331-9079.

BITCOIN BRANCHES US Bitcoin Branches US has events throughout the year where people attend from all over the world, in person and also live stream. The people attending are coming to the events to learn how to go back to their communities to share about crypto. These events are attended by new entrepreneurs and people who have started several companies. They are also attended by folks who have yet to buy crypto and some that have been buying crypto for over a decade with tons of cryptocurrency knowledge. Cryptocurrency is new to many people. It is said that possibly only 5% of the population even know what crypto is and yet in El Salvador they have already made it the country’s currency. Interested in learning more about Bitcoin Branches US and how crypto works? Go online or give Laurie a call at (512) 877-8577!

ENCHANTED SPRINGS RANCH Enchanted Springs Ranch is a special event venue perfect for any True Texas Event, large or small. They offer full-service event planning and coordination to provide clients with fully customized event experiences in the one-of-a-kind Old West Town! Let their experienced team assist you in planning unique corporate events, company picnics, team-building retreats, fundraising galas, and more! Enchanted Springs Ranch is also home to family-friendly seasonal festivals including Old West Christmas Light Fest, opening this upcoming Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is located at 242 State Hwy. 46 W. of Boerne.To purchase tickets, go online and use code EARLYBIRD for 20% off today!

TEXAS STATE OPTICAL (TSO) NEW OFFICE GRAND OPENING Dr. Ashlynn Dennington, at Texas State Optical Fair Oaks believes in looking at the big picture when it comes to your eye health. She takes the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs. Dr. Dennington knows that getting the best prescription involves balancing several factors including clear eyesight, visual efficiency and your ability to process visual information. Whether you need a routine eye examination, an eyeglasses fitting or treatment for eye disease or eye surgery (LASIK), Texas State Optical team will provide you with the best care, advice, options and follow up. Book your appointment now by going to, call (210) 698-6393, or stop by and visit Texas State Optical at 9091 Fair Oaks Pkwy., Ste. 306 Fair Oaks Ranch,TX 78015.You are also invited to stop by tonight between 6-8pm to celebrate their Grand Opening with a Trunk Show & Celebration!

CONCEPT THERAPY INSTITUTE’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY Born in 1931 out of the traumatic WWI experiences of Dr. Thurman Fleet, who could not find solutions to his challenges from traditional medicine and theology, what is known today as Concept-Therapy has evolved into a non-profit educational organization. Grounded in philosophical principles that trace back centuries, Concept-Therapy is a unifying correlation of the fundamental disciplines (Science, Metaphysics, Theology, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy). It has been taught continuously at its San Antonio Campus for nearly seven decades, where it has proven itself a viable, workable understanding of living a whole life. Over the course of this remarkable tenure, Concept-Therapy Institute has provided an anchor of support for thousands of people aspiring to a life of health, happiness, peace and success and is now taught in locations across the U.S. and Canada. The San Antonio location is 25550 Boerne Stage Rd.. Learn more about Concept Therapy Institute by going to their website!

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Balloons are fun! They have that special something that can take any event, party or special occasion from drab to fab in an instant. Whether you are looking to make your next event extra special, or just put a smile on someone’s face, Haute Air Balloons is Boerne’s go-to for balloon art and party planning! From birthdays to business events, and everything in between, there is no occasion that can’t be brightened by a big ol’ bunch of balloons! Ariel Forren and Holly Kallemyn are the boss babes and creative minds behind Haute Air. This dynamic duo loves a challenge and has proven that their creativity knows no limits. From elaborate balloon walls to organic garlands and even gigantic balloon cactus, you never know what they will come up with next. “I love that we get to let our imaginations run wild! Putting together overthe-top, fun themes and color combos is my favorite part of the job,” said Ariel. Each of their balloon creations is completely custom and one-of-a-kind. The designs created by Haute Air go far beyond a bouquet of balloons; these displays are nothing short of works of art. In fact, Holly and Ariel even create custom colors to match with their customers’ themes. According to Holly, “I could spend hours mixing balloons to create unique colors.” In addition to the creative part of the job, Forren and Kallemyn wear a lot of other hats within the company as well. They are also the installers, billing department,

inventory specialists, CFOs, marketing department and cleanup crew! “Our work is our brand and reputation. From the first time you contact us to after the install, we strive to make sure you’re treated like family and get the best from start to finish,” said Holly. “We know how much these celebrations mean to our customers. We are honored that they have chosen us to help make them extra special and we work hard to give them the best products and customer service we can,” added Ariel. Haute Air Balloons got its start in January of 2020, not long after Holly and Ariel met while serving on their children’s school PTO Board. Their first project together was decorating for the Fall Festival and making none other than balloon arches and columns! It was there that the idea to start a balloon business was born. “At first Ariel thought I was joking, but eventually she realized I was serious that we needed to start this balloon art business,” joked Holly. It didn’t take long for the word to get out. Their beautiful balloon displays struck a chord with the local audience and the pair were soon decorating everything from colorful fiesta parties to elegant weddings. As the jobs kept coming, so did the creative ideas and Holly and Ariel began branching out from those original balloon arches and began creating organic garlands, balloon bursts, table top bouquets and incorporating fun add-ins and customized messages into their designs. continued on page 18


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They have recently added oversized helium-filled bouquets with tassle steamers too! Even during the strictest restrictions of the pandemic, Haute Air continued to be able to brighten people’s days. “It was the perfect way for people to still be able to celebrate their loved ones, even at a distance. We decorate lots of porches, gates, and drop off balloon bursts for every occasion. That part of our business model really appealed to customers during that time. It was nice to be able to provide them with a special surprise for their family and friends even when they couldn’t be together,” said Ariel. Haute Air offers a variety of options to fit any price point. Whether you want a small table top design or an elaborate display, Holly and Ariel are happy to accommodate. They offer installation and delivery, but even have “hang it yourself” options! The designs last a long time too! For exterior projects, expect them to last approximately three to four days as long as it’s not in the heat/sun or wind. Interior balloon designs can last weeks! No matter the scope of the project, you can bet that Ariel and Holly pour their creativity into each and every design! BBM

See more of their designs online at


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We’re excited to announce that our Boerne office has moved! Our highly-specialized team of blood circulation experts are the region’s leaders in vascular medicine. For over 45 years, we have been honored to serve as a trusted resource for your vein and artery needs, treating conditions such as: • Leg Pain • Poor Circulation • Varicose & Spider Veins • Blocked Arteries • Stroke Prevention

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We are now located at: 112 Herff Road, Suite 320 Boerne, TX 78006

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Meet Vicky! She celebrates her 8-year Anniesversary in November. On a typical day at the pharmacy, she is extra busy compounding your prescriptions. You may hear her voice when you call for refills. Vicky loves making compounds for our furry patients (dogs are her fav)! When Vicky is not working, you may see her in Boerne supporting the local brewing companies. Boerne Lake is also her favorite place to kayak and paddle board.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS | cont’d NOVEMBER 20 10TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT 8:30am to 10:30am | Main Plaza Park 100 N. Main – Boerne Join the Boerne YMCA for the 10th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot. This year, they plan to host their traditional in-person races and a virtual race. The in-person events (5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Trail Walk) will take place at Boerne Plaza. Registration is open now! $35 & up. NOVEMBER 20-21 BOERNE FALL ANTIQUES SHOW Kendall County Fairgrounds 1307 River Road – Boerne Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm A Real Antiques Show featuring exhibitor booths overflowing with the finest American antiques found in the market today. Exhibitors gather their treasures from the estates of this great country and save their best for this nationally acclaimed antiques show. The show features Country Furniture, Baskets, Stoneware, Glassware, Jewelry, Textiles, Early Paper, Toys, Silver, Quilts, Pewter, American Oak, Southwestern and so much more! This prestigious and lovely show is sure to have something for every antiques collector. $5 - Good for entry all weekend; Children 12 & under free. Free Parking.

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NOVEMBER 23 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Livestream Meeting See ci.boerne.tx us for link to meeting. NOVEMBER 25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 24 OLD WEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT FEST 6:00pm to 9:00pm Enchanted Springs Ranch 242 State Hwy 46 W. – Boerne Add Texas-sized sparkle to your holidays with the glow of lights, tastes of the season and family fun at Old West Christmas Light Fest. Get your fill of holiday magic, flavors and family fun under the lights. $10-$60 NOVEMBER 26 Z'S ARTISANS MARKET 6:00pm to 10:00pm | Z's Wood Fired Pizza 118 Old San Antonio Rd. – Boerne There will be live music and local vendors who handcraft their products! Vendors may include handmade soaps, hand-sewn items, handwritten home décor, hand-poured candles, and maybe even entertainment for the whole family! continued on page 25



It’s Four Weekends of Holiday Fun at Boerne’s New

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The City of Boerne is excited to announce that Dickens on Main is back--and now part of a lineup of festivities that includes three more unique weekends of holiday fun! “A Dickens Celebration” will begin with a reimagined Dickens on Main the evenings of Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-27, where snow is in the forecast and guests can stroll along a traffic-free Main Street, freely crossing from shop to shop while enjoying holiday music, festivities and fun surprises along the way. As in years past, streets will close at 4 p.m., but the Dickens fun begins each day when Boerne’s sweet boutiques and shops open at 10 a.m. The Dickens Handmade Market opens at noon in Dickens Village (Main Plaza)

where visitors will enjoy a variety of performances each afternoon and evening. Stay late to continue your holiday shopping as stores along the Hill Country Mile will stay open until 9 p.m. Be sure to don your favorite holiday apparel, as photo opportunities are aplenty throughout the celebration! The following weekend, December 3 & 4, is Weihnachts Weekend, with boutiques open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and the 34th annual Weihnachts parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Weihnachts Handmade Market starts at noon on Main Plaza each day where families will love the Birds of Prey show by Last Chance Forever and Christmas music from the Boerne Village Band—the oldest continuous German band in the world outside of

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Germany! The celebration continues as Boerne’s downtown businesses host two more weekends of fun, including “Toast of Olde Town” December 8, 10 & 11, which includes a classic holiday movie in the park, wassail sampling, late-night shopping and supervised kids programming at the Patrick Heath Public Library to give parents some holiday downtime (limited availability, see our website for details!) The fun continues December 17-18 with “Kinder Fest” -- a family-focused weekend of fun including visits with Santa, a scavenger hunt, cookie crawl, real reindeer and more. Sunday, December 19 wraps up the celebration with a family holiday movie at the amphitheater at Patrick Heath Public Library. As always, admission to each event is free, but

each include some ticketed activities that require a small fee. Each weekend will include lots of surprises and delights, with traditional carolers, amazing performers and more strolling Main Street hoping to create smiles and cheer throughout the celebration! So much is happening, we encourage you to visit for more information and a schedule as it becomes available. More information and fun can be found by following on Facebook and Instagram @dickenscelebrationboerne, and be sure to tag your Boerne holiday fun with #boernechristmas!BBM


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS | cont’d NOVEMBER 26 THE SPAZMATICS AT THE ROUNDUP 8:00pm to 11:00pm | The Roundup Music Venue 531 FM 3351 N. – Boerne Grab the family, your 80’s gear, and head to the hill country for the ultimate 80’s tribute sing along with The Spazmatics! $20-$250, 12 and younger free for general admission. The event is rain or shine, no refunds. NOVEMBER 26-27 DICKENS ON MAIN Hill Country Mile See Page 23 for QR Code – Scan for Full Schedule Dickens on Main takes place this Thanksgiving weekend and is Boerne's premier holiday event featuring two fantastic nights of free holiday fun, sure to get you in the spirit of the season! It's a celebration full of children's activities, beautiful lights, photo ops, live performances, food merchants, and more. Main Street closes to traffic from 4-10 PM each night. Come be part of the magic of The Mile. NOVEMBER 27 MUSIC IN THE CAVE: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON 7:00pm to 9:00pm Cave Without a Name Throne Room 325 Kreutzberg Rd. – Boerne Enjoy Tinsel - an a'Cappella quartet - for sounds of the Christmas Season with contemporary classics and beloved carols. Described as sleek, sophisticated, and distinctive, Tinsel is not your average group of Christmas carolers. Within their roster of professional singers are Grammy®winners and classically trained vocalists. They entertain audiences with style and distinction. From classical to contemporary, Tinsel's original arrangements of holiday favorites sparkle with sophistication while respecting tradition and cherished memories. Advance until 5 PM show day - $30; At the door - $35 NOVEMBER 28 2ND ANNUAL SIP AND SHOP 11:00am to 4:00pm | The Roundup Music Venue 531 FM 3351 N. – Boerne Enjoy local and small businesses, music, food, and drinks! Vendors will be set up throughout the venue to help you get a kick start to your holiday shopping! Enjoy local and small businesses, music, food, and drinks! NOVEMBER 30 GBCC RIBBON CUTTING FOR PUDDIN IT OUT THERE 11:30am to 12:00pm 121 S. Main St. – Boerne GBCC RIBBON CUTTING FOR TRIO REHABILITATION & WELLNESS SOLUTIONS 1:30pm to 2:00pm Trio Rehabilitation & Wellness Solutions 1022 River Road, Suite 6 – Boerne BBM

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Lost Buddy Spice’s Original Dry Rub is a recipe that has been passed down and perfected over four generations by Sarah Wilburn’s family. “I can’t take the credit for the family recipe itself, but I can take the credit for getting it out to the public,” said Wilburn, who launched Lost Buddy Spices in June of 2016. “This rub is something that has defined our family meals for my entire life. Family and friends asked for it all the time,


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we even gave it out as our wedding favor when we got married 11 years ago. With all that in mind, I decided it was time to share our beloved family spice with the world,” Sarah added. The art of cooking, whether over an open fire or in a cozy kitchen and sharing delicious food with family and friends is what drives Sarah’s desire to share the rub. “Using our Original Dry Rub enhances the flavor of the food that you are already

cooking, making the experience even more enjoyable. And when we say it’s the only rub, you’ll ever need, we mean it.” Wilburn has been friends with local chef, Jared Campbell, for many years. He recently moved back to Boerne, Texas to start his own personal chef business, Your Culinary Experience. “I have been using the Original Dry Rub in my cuisine on just about everything I was making,” said Campbell. From meat to veggies to fish and salads, he appreciated the versatility of the spices on the dishes he was serving up. Although using the rub complimented his cooking, he decided to create another spice mixture to use in conjunction with it. Once he had his blend perfected, he called Sarah to see if she would consider bringing it into the Lost Buddy Spices umbrella, and that’s how their partnership and Garden Salt was born! Sarah had never considered partnering in business prior to Garden Salt, however as soon as she tried it she was hooked! According to Sarah, “I knew it was the perfect compliment to the blend of the Original Dry Rub.” The real value in these spices is that you don’t have to

use only one or the other, they pair amazingly well together in a variety of recipes. If you’ve tried the Original Dry Rub then you know that the product that Lost Buddy puts out is of truly high caliber and introducing something new would have to meet the same standards. Luckily, Garden Salt became an immediate addition to the Lost Buddy family and was officially introduced in October to friends, family, and loyal customers of the spice company. Now that the two have collaborated and partnered in Lost Buddy don’t expect them to stop at only two spice blends, Jared and Sarah are already brainstorming and dreaming up new ways to expand the Lost Buddy line of products. This creative, food-loving duo is just picking up steam and the Lost Buddy community is in for some delicious future endeavors! The Original Dry Rub and Garden Salt are available in both 6 oz jars and 16 oz shakers. They can be purchased on their website with an option for FREE local pickup for Boerne residents. The Original Dry Rub can also be found at the Bergheim Meat Market and at Common Roots Boutique in Spring Branch. BBM

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More than one of every ten people moving to Texas during the 2020 pandemic year was from California, said an economist with the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University. "The movement of Californians to Texas is not new," said Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres. "In 19 of the last 20 years, California ranked as the top move-to-Texas state. The only exception was Louisiana in 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The share of Californians relocating to Texas has increased every year since 2011." Florida was the second largest source of new Texans with a 7.2 percent share, less than half the California influx. Rounding out the top five sources were Colorado, Illinois, and Louisiana. International movers were not included in this study. At the county level, the majority of newcomers were from Los Angeles (CA) County, or 3.1 percent of the total migration. “This is not surprising since Los Angeles County is the most populated in California,” said Torres. “Four other Southern Californian counties— San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino—made up the top ten counties with residents moving to Texas. “Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people moving from California are coming from the southern part of the state and not from Silicon Valley, which is farther north,” said Torres. Other U.S. counties in the top ten sources of new Texans were Maricopa (AZ), Cook (IL), Clark (NV), El Paso (CO), and King (WA). BBM Article courtesy of Texas Real Estate Research Center

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