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EXPLORING SA'S RESTAURANT SCENE What is that restaurant or that meal that you would choose if you were given a choice for a last meal? Food editor Clack takes us to some of her favorite choices that offer unique and creative menus

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contributors

BONNIE HUDSON

Bonnie Hudson, the Regional Director for South and Central Texas for Decorating Den Interiors, has been serving the home furnishings industry for over 30 years. Her many roles in the 45 year old franchise system have included Franchisee, Sales Coordinator, Divisional Manager and Regional Owner. She is responsible for placing franchises in the region and providing training and support to the franchisee in her region. Her purpose and goal is to help others find the career best suited to their talents and lifestyle in the creative environment of interior design. She gets great satisfaction from interviewing and counseling people about their professional goals. In the process of creating awareness for her region, she greatly enjoys making presentations to groups and organizations about design trends, career opportunities in the design field and the benefits of franchising for women. For the past 45 years Decorating Den Interiors has been creating beautiful rooms. For over 30 of those years, Bonnie has been showing women how to turn their passion for decorating into an exciting career through the various opportunities Decorating Den offers. If you have a passion for decorating, you owe it to yourself to talk with her about Decorating Den’s business model, which includes professional training, advertising and social media support, a vendor network of over 100 suppliers, and business management systems. Bonnie heads up a team of women-owned franchises throughout the Central Texas area. From concept to completion, these professionally trained decorators come to your home or business providing unique ideas and custom products for every style and budget. Products include window treatments, wall and floor coverings, custom furniture and accessories.

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RITA ZENZEN HECK

In her hometown of Chicago, Rita Zenzen Heck was a newspaper and magazine editor and TV copywriter. She currently lives in San Antonio and volunteers with the Majestic Theatre, the San Antonio Sports Association, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the San Antonio Downtown Residents Association. Heck has worked for Stars and Stripes, Overseas Weekly and Made In Europe magazine, as well as in advertising and PR, before opening her own Creative Overflow. She added The Green Connection in 1995, also producing green building showcases and her own green building and education magazine and events. Since 1995, she has hosted and produced The Green Connection television show on digital cable channel 20, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

ANGELA CLACK

Few people will confess a love of eating, but Angela Clack lists eating among her hobbies. She believes life is best experienced in the enjoyment of great food with family and friends. Her tastes range from casual street foods to exotic selections and fine dining. Clack enjoys traveling and uses it as an excuse to immerse herself in the local cuisine and culture. Raised on highly seasoned traditional Southern fare, she seeks out authentic food and dining experiences and documents her discoveries for other food lovers.

CHINYERE OKORO

Chinyere Okoro is a junior English major and psychology minor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a former editorial intern at NHOME who has contributed to articles for NFit magazine in the past. She plans to attend law school after graduation, focusing on intellectual property, and she hopes to then begin a career in fashion law or corporate law.


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advisory board

PEGGY ZETTNER

MIKE HOLLAWAY

BELINDA VELA-REYNA

Mike Hollaway enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the San Antonio area’s most prestigious builders of fine custom homes since 1992. One of his many well-earned awards was the 2008 Builder of the Year. He is a past president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association; he holds graduate master builder (GMB) and certified green professional (CGP) designations from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); and he is a voting director of the Texas Association of Builders and the NAHB. Hollaway currently builds throughout San Antonio, as far north as Austin and Horseshoe Bay and as far south as the Eagle Ford Shale. Some of his community involvements include being a past member of Rey Feo court, and was chosen to build the 2015 St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Belinda Vela-Reyna is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Educational Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She retired from an 11-year career as a U.S. probation officer for the Western District of Texas San Antonio Division to stay home with her two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Mia. She also has two amazing stepchildren, Danielle and John, and a wonderful husband. She has always had a passion for design, and she recently enjoyed renovating her new home with the help of Trent Hultgren.

KRISTAL POWELL

DALE PONDER

TRISH NAJIM

San Antonio native Peggy Zettner has been in the wholesale interior design industry for more than 21 years. As president of Interior Trade Cartel Inc. (ITC) for the past 17-plus years, she has seen many changes in the local interior design market. And business has never been better. Zettner has always felt there was a need to bring more design product to the trade in San Antonio. ITC currently represents more than 100 lines of product. ITC is an ASID industry partner, and it is very involved in the community. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, Zettner stays pretty busy. She loves entertaining family and friends, and her newest passion has been getting involved personally in the community. Her two biggest passions are CASA and Wounded Warriors.

Kristal Powell is the cofounder of CKC Custom Homes who serves as the driving force behind the beauty and elegance that is evident in the company’s finished homes. She uses a hands-on approach, personally assisting clients in the selection of paint, tile, cabinets and all aspects of design. Much of CKC’s success can be attributed to Powell’s passion for perfecting the unique style of CKC Custom Homes.

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Dale Ponder is the owner and operator of Cozy Outdoor Escapes, an outdoor living retail center focusing on customer service and high-end equipment. His career started in the electrical trades, where he held various positions in a large, nonunion shop in San Antonio, where he was raised. He later entered the international market, project managing the construction of drug interdiction radar sites throughout South and Central America and owning and operating a telecommunication construction service company in Caracas, Venezuela. Ponder left the business in 2010 to pursue his passion for the outdoor living retail sector. He developed a business plan, and Cozy Outdoor Escapes opened to the public in March 2011.

As a realtor and certified luxury home marketing specialist, Trish Najim prides herself in providing her clients a service to best assist them with their real estate needs regardless of whether they are sellers or buyers. Najim is with Keller Williams Realty Luxury International in San Antonio, and she is also a certified staging consultant and an interior design consultant. With her design background, she is able to work with buyers to visualize themselves in the home of their dreams, and to help sellers make their homes appealing to buyers. 


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THREE CAN’T-MISS CHOICES FOR SAN ANTONIO FOODIES

Smoke

SUMMER DINING IS GENERALLY LIGHTER

THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER SEASON. DINERS INTENTIONALLY CHOOSE MORE NUTRITIOUS FARE FOR MYRIAD REASONS. MANY HAVE SPENT HOURS IN THE GYM PREPARING FOR A SEASON THAT DOES NOT AFFORD FALL AND WINTER COVERUP FASHION OPPORTUNITIES.

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ne can officially be considered a ”foodie” when he or she writes about food and travel, trying many different cuisines and taking artful plate pictures. I own that I am a foodie; my family, friends and acquaintances know it so I’m often asked questions about food and dining. One of the most common queries is: “If you knew you were only getting one more meal in your life, what would you choose?” I know what they want to hear, a favorite dish from a favorite restaurant.

SMOKE That particular question crossed my mind as I dined with my family at Smoke, the downtown location, on a Sunday. The brunch menu is an imaginative collection of barbecuethemed selections. It’s a beautiful restaurant, with a casual

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yet modern vibe. It feels open and very much a part of the Sunset Station scene. There is a DJ, who on our visit was spinning old school favorites. When we order, we keep our standing family rule in mind; we can’t order the same thing -no two dishes may be alike. Part of the conversation at the table is “I won’t order that if you want to order it, but if you don’t order it, I’m going to order it.” We’re courteous people. We also always order appetizers: on this visit, we chose Smoke’s braised pork belly with apple butter and their brisket deviled eggs. An odd selection, but we take turns choosing and that’s where we landed. I had high expectations, and they were exceeded. Smoke’s menu is clever, this is not a barbecue joint--although they have great barbecue and an interesting selection of barbecue sauces. Smoke is something more. It’s a hybrid. They care about presentation as much as they care about offering a broad selection of unique dishes. The general consensus concerning appetizers was a unanimous “yes.” They left us anxious for our meals, which, in keeping with our policy, were all different brunch menu selections. When a server other than the person who took our order brought our meals and we immediately dug in. Fantastic. When our original server returned, she noticed that we’d mistakenly been served another table’s order. We hadn’t noticed; all we knew was that whatever they’d put in front of us was amazing. As we sorted out who had ordered what, our actual order arrived. So here we are, three people with a total of six meals, six exquisite meals, one of which was their Texas Fried Chicken and Donuts. Seriously. It’s spicy chicken paired citrusy donuts. I mean . . . okay. They have their own version of eggs benedict and we also tried a beef short rib and their sausage and a smoky sweet potato dish. Dessert comes with a jar of homemade ice cream. Yummy. Go to

Tony G’s Soul Food

THERE IS A SENSE OF ELEGANCE TO TONY G’S THAT STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL TASTES WE EXPECT FROM SOUL FOOD AND WHAT WE DESIRE IN TERMS OF HIGH QUALITY CUISINE. Smoke

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Smoke. Just go there and if they make a mistake, thank your lucky stars.

TONY G’S SOUL FOOD I have this thing about soul food. I feel like there are a lot of imposters out there, calling some stuff “soul food” that’s not really soul food. I am highly critical of these imposters being a southern girl raised by a southern girl married to man from the country. I know what real soul food is supposed to taste like. I know what the setting is supposed to feel like. It’s supposed to feel like family, like home, like Sunday after church. Those of us ‘in the know’ know that Tony G’s Soul Food is the real deal. A few bites and what? I had to ask to look in the kitchen just to check and see if my mama was back there. Part of me knew she wasn’t because Tony G’s breaks a few rules. The chef departs slightly from the traditional, kicking up some dishes, making them over for Soulful Sunday. Yes, there are wings and waffles, but there are also oxtail tacos and chipotle grits. There is a sense of elegance to Tony G’s that strikes the right balance between the traditional tastes we expect from soul food and what we desire in terms of high quality cuisine. This is soul food for all generations. It preserves the best of the past and includes some forwardthinking, imaginative, and locally focused eats. Rest assured that all of our favorites are on the menu and they’re done well. There are collards, yams, okra and tomatoes. The dessert essentials are there as well: sweet potato pie, pound cake and peach cobbler. The drink selection took me back. Any time I see a drink menu with “red kool-aid” on it, I know. They did pull up enough to put “grape koolaid” instead of what I called it back in the day, “purple.” Tony G’s Soul Food is the truth.

GODAI SUSHI BAR AND JAPANESE RESTAURANT It may seem odd to transition from soul food to sushi, but I’m compelled to acknowledge excellence irrespec-

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tive of cuisine. I am a sushi-fanatic and Chef Goro is largely to blame. I have always considered Godai to be a bit of an optical illusion, a study in contrasts. It’s an unobtrusive building, an intentionally casual setting that yields some of the city’s most beautiful dishes. On a busy evening, you’re likely to see patrons standing in the small entryway with pleading looks on their faces desperately waiting to be seated, and Godai Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant is worth the wait. The menu is extensive and there are a number of traditional Japanese dishes, but the experienced and adventurous go for the specialty rolls and the sashimi. My family is a house divided when we visit because we choose both the Longhorn and the A&M rolls. A platter at Godai with both rolls is perhaps the only instance where the two universities can peacefully coexist. Other favorites, the Pokemon and the Heart Attack are illustrative of the chef’s mastery. He has simply perfected these combinations so that they are more than meals; they are experiences. There are some fun options for dessert including tempura ice cream, deep fried Oreos and a chocolate espresso crème brûlée. “I was disappointed with Godai,” said no one ever! These are my thoughts on tasty choices in San Antonio. Visit and decide for yourself. I think all three are amazing in their own very unique ways. ■

For more information about these restaurants visit them online at:

SMOKE: smoketherestaurant.com

TONY G’S: tonygssoulfood.com

GODAI: Facebook, ‘Godai Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant’

Tony G’s Soul Food

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Innovation and Creativity Without Limits

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“We don’t put limitations on our creativity. Being open to all project types, large or small, and all styles of design is what defines our profession and our professionalism” Educated in Monterrey, Mexico, Oscar E. Flores arrived in San Antonio in 2001 and later opened Oscar E. Flores Design Studio (OFDS) in 2007. Flores and his team have proved themselves throughout Texas and internationally. The OFDS team offers a seamless, creative and enjoyable service to all of its clients. Flores states that creative design is his talent but his focus is on client satisfaction and a rewarding experience for all involved. “Every time, every project, I have new ideas, new innovations and improvements.” This is evidenced by the client testimonies: “We like houses to be built to our taste and needs, but especially for the house not to be found anywhere else. Oscar Flores understood exactly what we wanted and we were happy with the final result”. “We had no doubt that Oscar Flores would design a stunning contemporary home that would blend perfectly with our lot. He worked seamlessly with our builder to insure the home was true to our wishes and the home we wished for came to fruition.” “Oscar Flores had a great natural sense for what I weaned in my home. He was upfront, honest and organized and always followed through. From the first set of plans to project completion, I was impressed with his service, professionalism and hands-on help throughout the entire process.” These are just a few of the comments from the many satisfied clients of Oscar Flores Design Studio. This level of client satisfaction stems from Flores’ communication philosophy; while technology is essential, he prefers face-toface communication. He believes that speaking in person creates the best environment for manifesting the vision of the client, because it is paramount to understand exactly what the client wants and needs in their home. The end result is a magnificent product and a pleasing experience for the client. Initially, Flores personally interviews the client at length, completing a profile that covers all the client’s needs, desires and budget goals. From that profile, he completes a first full layout, preferring as he says “old school” handdrawings including landscaping and outdoor features. This is meant to give the client an idea of how he translated their needs and desires into a home. He continues to meet with the


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clients face-to-face to collaborate on refinements, ensuring quality communication which continues until satisfaction is achieved. Then, the same happens for the elevation of the home. All the while Flores takes into consideration the architectural style preferences of the clients, giving the home unique design touches to meet the client’s satisfaction. Every single detail is determined and finalized with the client. Once the plan is finalized, the hand-drawn plan is translated into computer drawings for the builder and clients. If the client decides, the designs can also be presented in a computer generated full color or hand-drawn watercolor rendering. It is essential for the client to be able to fully visualize the space they will soon be living in. Flores also enjoys being involved in the interior design process; he participates with the interior designer and client concerning every detail, texture, color, appliance, and light fixture. Costs, feature comparisons, warranties and other client concerns are taken into consideration at all times. Once the team reaches full client satisfaction within the designated budget, the project moves forward to the next step. Flores consistently visits the sites to ensure the construction is true to the quality and design of the plan. From the first sketch to the end, at move in, the Oscar Flores Design Studio team is there ensuring the desired results are satisfyingly achieved. Recently, the studio has seen an increase in the demand for contemporary and modern designs. As more and more contemporary homes are built, the more they are being requested. While Flores demonstrates a mastery of traditional styles, he favors modern architectural styles and welcomes new trends in client preferences accompanied by a willingness to try something unique and altogether out of the box. Oscar E. Flores Design Studio’s services include residential and commercial projects -- retail, multi-unit complexes, hotels and restaurants. This range of experience allows clients to incorporate restaurant- and resort-quality features into their homes. Whether Tuscan, Hill Country, mid-century modern or cutting-edge, sustainable, high-tech contemporary, OFDS is open to all project types. “We don’t put limitations on our creativity. Being open to all project types, large or small, and all styles of design is what defines our profession and our professionalism” says Flores. OFDS is the perfect fit for any client that wants innovative design along with personalized attention to their project’s needs, desires and budget. ■

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Historic Spaces, Modern Living STEEL HOUSE LOFTS OFFERS SAVVY BUYERS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

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ing there is an experience. You’re surrounded by history, with a modern twist. The building boasts 67 lofts – all with unique floor plans. McDaniel took great care to retain the precious history of the original two-floor building, while adding two more floors. Increased insulation was also added to ensure residents’ privacy. Striking spaces include high ceilings, exposed beams and brick walls. Original concrete floors are on levels 1 and 2, and beautiful vinyl wood plank floors give lofts on levels 3 and 4 a luxurious feel. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances are standard

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triking. Surprising. Superior. These are just a few of the words one could use to describe Steel House Lofts on South Flores. With the revitalization of Southtown, Steel House Lofts emerge as the epitome of urban living. Owner Dennis McDaniel is a pioneer in the investment of the Southtown area; he recognized the potential of the trendy, artistic area, and because of his love of historic preservation, he felt compelled to bring life to it. “Artists are here,” McDaniel says. “There is such a creative, cool vibe in Southtown. And that attracts professional, creative people, like architects and engineers, web designers, and more.” McDaniel explains that once art galleries and restaurants arrive, an area explodes. The gorgeous Peden Iron & Steel building, located at 1401 South Flores St, is a historic part of San Antonio that sat empty for years. It was built in 1913 by Atlee B. Ayres, one of the most prominent architects in Texas in the 20th century. Ayres was involved in more than 500 architectural projects in and around San Antonio. “I really like the architectural details of the building. That kind of significant architecture cannot be duplicated,” explains McDaniel. “I wanted to create a unique living space and a community in this emerging area.” Owning a condo at Steel House Lofts is far from ordinary. Liv-


in all units. 1-, 2-, and 2-bedroom + study floor plans are available, with some two-story spaces. A spectacular red spiral staircase adorns some of the lofts. While the lofts might have a “New York” feel, they definitely do not have the notorious small spaces or large prices characteristic of New York. We all know that everything is bigger in Texas, and the Steel House Lofts are no exception. They are surprisingly spacious with superior design and openness. Walking into many of the lofts, feels like walking into a roomy home, and the three bedroom unit has enormous living space – more than 2,000 square feet. Many of the lofts have outdoor spaces with small yards, patios or balconies, and there is additional storage available for residents. A refreshing lap pool with a beautiful waterfall is just outside the back of the building. It’s wonderful for cooling off on those frequent steamy south Texas days, or to get an all-over workout. There is also a 24-hour private fitness center, and a charming pet area. Prices range from $180,000 to $450,000. These luxury lofts are affordable now, but are expected to quickly increase in price. They haven’t been on the market long – since November, and half are already sold. McDaniel calls it a “lock and leave” lifestyle, perfect for busy singles, couples and empty-nesters. Everything from changing a light bulb to changing an air conditioning filter is taken care of for you. Residents feel secure with controlledaccess, covered parking areas. The walls of the building are lined with artwork. Some residents describe it as “walking through an art gallery.” McDaniel and his wife Jill are both artists and run an art foundation. Their love of history and art is evident. “It has been a labor of love,” says McDaniel. “Jill and I are really proud and pleased to see how

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The White House. Hernandez was recently invited by the President to visit the White House as a Guest Chef for Cinco de Mayo. Living at Steel House Lofts, you can experience Chef Hernandez’s delicious cuisine and cocktails anytime. Residents can order poolside, or even have amazing dishes brought to their door. Everything you need is close-by and conveniently located. There is a new HEB Market just down the street, the Riverwalk, Blue Star Arts Complex, eclectic restaurants and coffee shops

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people really appreciate the art collection.” There is even a stained glass “water tower” on top of the building that has become a beacon for Southtown. With the urban renewal in the area, so much is right outside your front door. Residents don’t have to venture far for food, fitness or fun. The Fruteria is on the ground floor of the building, owned by renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez. Hernandez has friends in high places, in fact, the highest place in the country:


OWNING A CONDO AT STEEL HOUSE LOFTS IS FAR FROM ORDINARY. LIVING THERE IS AN EXPERIENCE.

are a short bike ride or walk away, and nearby San Pedro Creek is in the midst of a transformation that will feature a 2-mile park, trails and an amphitheater. If you do want to venture further than the immediate area, there is quick access to Interstate Highways 10 and 35.

Steel House Lofts are serving up trendy, with a side of history; you won’t want to miss this special combination. ■

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Combined with other materials like lacquer and glass, they create refined contrasts. Scavolini offers 30 different styles of kitchens, with 350 finish options for 500 cabinet doors. The design options are virtually endless, and every client is sure to find a style to suit his or her taste. Scavolini has the most automated and well-managed factory in the industry, allowing them to keep their prices low. With guaranteed lead times, solid construction, and timeless looks for any of your home cabinetry needs, with Scavolini there is always something perfect for everyone. ■

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he society we live in increasingly demands our time, attention, and other invaluable resources. In turn, this routine effects how we live in our homes; “Simple, yet functional” is the key to creating a living space that fits into a busy lifestyle. Scavolini, the leading brand of Italian cabinetry, is designed to provide space-saving details for several areas of your home-kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms, to name a few. Pantry shelves pop out of corners, drawers are designed to hold plates, wine glasses, spice jars, and under the sink areas with maximum efficiency. Contemporary and Modern styles offer a minimalistic, cutting-edge silhouette featuring clean, straight lines and a streamlined appearance. Smooth and flat wooden cabinet doors of modern kitchens highlight the aesthetic potential of wood.

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Heroes Welcome Home MAKING HOMEOWNERSHIP A REALITY FOR LOCAL MILITARY

“…DEDICATION TO PROFESSIONALISM and the highest quality of care for their clients [has] caused local REALTORS® to see the necessity for better understanding the needs of those who serve.” San Antonio has long been referred to as Military City, USA, and it’s no surprise why. Since the first soldier arrived at Fort Sam Houston in 1845, the city’s military presence has blossomed into more than 95,000 employed by military and civilian jobs today. San Antonio is home to one of the largest active and retired military communities in the country and boasts the Department of Defense’s largest medical center at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston. But did you know that our city’s military personnel often have unique needs when it comes to buying and selling real estate? For example, they are frequently relocated and only have a short time to get their homes sold. Some have medical conditions as a result of their service and therefore have certain accessibility requirements for their home. Also, because of their military status, there are many financial options available to them. It is because of these intricacies of the life of military service members that the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® developed a program called Heroes Welcome Home, a one day education initiative especially for REALTORS® to help them understand how best to counsel active military as well as veterans on their real estate options. REALTORS® already hold themselves to a higher standard, adhering to a Code of Ethics that distinguishes them from other real estate professionals. It is this dedication to professionalism and the highest quality of care for their clients that caused local REALTORS® to see the necessity for better understanding the needs of those who serve. The Heroes Welcome Home program was created as a result and in its first year in 2012, REALTORS® poured in, eager to enhance their ability to identify and expertly respond to the questions, requirements and interests of military service members. The Heroes Welcome Home curriculum is unique: it changes every year to keep up with the emerging trends in both the real estate and military communities and each session of the program is taught by experts in their fields. Topics have included working with service animals, understanding post-traumatic stress disorder, the military spouse perspective, legislative affairs affecting military, and financial housing options for active and retired military. This powerful training program even

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earned the prestigious “Education Program of the Year” award in the Innovation category from the Texas Association of REALTORS® in February 2014. The Heroes Welcome Home program will celebrate its fifth year in 2016, and has continued to draw hundreds of REALTORS® to participate each year. The event also serves a dual purpose: not only does it provide tremendous education to the REALTOR® members, but the revenue made from admission as well as community partners goes toward a local veterans’ organization. The 2015 event raised over $20,000 that was donated to the San Antonio Coalition of Veterans and Families (SACVF), a local organization whose goal is to connect service members, veterans, their families, caregivers and widows with community resources to improve their lives. To date, more than $62,000 has been given to SACVF on behalf of SABOR and its members through the Heroes Welcome Home program. In addition to this valuable education, SABOR also offers further training to continue building the knowledge base for REALTORS® working with military personnel. The best example of this is the Military Relocation Professional certification, this course is a full day of learning for REALTORS® to understand the processes and procedures involved in a military relocation. Buying or selling a property can already be a stressful endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be; with so many moving pieces, having a REALTOR® who has taken the time to understand the circumstances and financial options available can dramatically ease the tension and make the process much smoother for military service members and veterans. ■

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iF Tech:

TAKING YOUR HOME INTO THE FUTURE SPECIAL TO NHOME

“Our mission is to modernize the control systems of the traditional home; to create a system that completely integrates such control systems into one.” – Josephine Dike, CEO. 48

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iF Tech is a product based start-up, with its sights set on creating an affordable home automation system that completely integrates technology into the home. The company is currently in the development phase of their first prototype, a completely digitalized center table, called the Smart Table, with Bluetooth capabilities to control everything in the home from your television, to the air conditioner, alarm, etc. Each center table comes equipped with an arsenal of games like Checkers, Chess, Archer, etc., to keep you and your guest entertained. Operating under the mantra, “The Future, Today!”, the company aims to propel modern day living into futuristic style living. The simple gesture of an upward or downward swipe with two fingers can lower the volume on your TV or any audio equipped audio device, a clockwise or counterclockwise motion with three fingers can raise or lower the temperature in your home, and with a quick swipe left or right using two fingers, you can navigate between screens to access security camera footage, search the web, etc. This technology also enables you to utilize your Smart Table as a keyboard to search the web with your TV as the display. The product is more of a service, than it is a product. Future visions include integrating SmartWall Technology into the home. A completely touch screen wall, with the similar capabilities to the Smart Table. The company plans

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to utilize fingerprint technology to engage and/or disengage alarm systems through the SmartWall unit. This technology will eliminate the need for an alarm wall unit or thermostat, and can be installed into any wall your home. Through the mobile app, admin users will be able to monitor movement inside and outside of the house. Sounds expensive, right? But it isn’t. Plans for post-production are to market each Smart Table for $450. “Our goal is to create a system that isn’t accessible to only upper class families, but rather a commodity that everyone can enjoy, ”notes CFO Obiechina N. Ezekwesil. What began as a hypothetical conversation between two friends on a hot summer day has today become a reality. iF Tech was birthed from the lack of available jobs for Engineering majors here in San Antonio; this lack of jobs led to the conversation that started it all. Josephine Dike, CEO, explains, “I was quite frustrated with the scarcity of jobs for Engineering majors here in San Antonio. One day while speaking with Obi regarding this issue, he asked me a question that completely refocused my perspective. He asked me, ‘What stops you from establishing your own company? Who said you had to work for someone else?’ That was a few months ago, and here we are today.” Similar to many millennial entrepreneurs of today’s generation, the founders of iF Tech are driven more by purpose than they are by profits. Their aim is to create a luxury home automation system that is affordable for everyone, as well as eliminate the disparity of such luxuries that exists between upper and middle class families. Founders, Josephine Dike, Obiechina N. Ezekwesili, Andre Childs, Phil X. Owusu, and Jason Williams, are young visionaries, who look forward to leaving their mark on the tech industry. ■

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Green (Sustainable) is Modern // BY: RITA ZENZEN HECK

By definition, the term modern, as it pertains to housing, is a style that became popular in the 1980s and was defined as being minimal with clean lines, open space and no frills inside and out. Unlike contemporary style, which uses curves and sweeping lines, modern homes are crisper, sharper and very spare. Today, being green (sustainable) has been added to the luxury modern home mix. Builders, architects and interior designers are no longer considering just the modern look, they are thinking about the overall effect projects have on the environment. That means designing to respect nature. Everything from construction materials to interior features: weatherization (heating/ cooling), room layout, flooring, furnishings, site placement and chemical-based items are part of the modern green home plan. The modern home concept includes oversized tiles with rectified edges, sanded wood floors that minimize the grain, bookcases and shelves inset in walls rather than protruding into space, open floor plans with few walls and no moldings. Chrome or stainless steel accents identify the

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In 2006 Darrel and Shauna McMaster designed and built their own home in Boerne TX, to demonstrate the ultimate in sustainabliity. The 3875 square foot Point Source structure features 100% rainwater harvesting to meet all water needs, on-site waste water system for landscape maintenance, net zero energy, geothermal HVAC and an increased solar array to power hybrid vehicles. The home receives no utility or water bills.

modern design's mission to eliminate the older more lived in style and is also sustainable. Builder and Architect Go Green In the early 2000s, a few builders and architects dabbled in sustainable projects, but Darrel McMaster was way ahead of the bunch when he formed Sustainable Homes of Texas in the 1980s. He realized then that the environment was being affected by what humans put into it and

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“…The environment [is] being affected by what humans put into it and chemical-filled fossil-fueled homes [have] to be changed.”


Designed with architect Michael Maulden this Sustainable Home showcases the ultimate in sustainability: local rock exterior, solar panels, rainwater catchment system, low voc paint, solid wood cabinets without formaldehyde, open cell spray foam insulation, stained concrete and hard wood flooring. The home was sited for solar panels and windows to catch the southern breeze. Built in 2015, the home also has a generator and batteries that store solar energy.

chemical-filled fossil-fueled homes had to be changed. Based in Boerne, Texas, Sustainable Homes, Inc. is, “...the national leader in building fully sustainable, third party verified homes. Since 2013, we have built over 50% of the highest-scoring verified homes (National Association of Home Builders Green Building program) in Texas and 10% nationally,” McMaste notes. But McMaster's commitment to the environment does not preclude his attention to luxury modern home style and features; he also works with environment-sensitive architects and designers like Michael Mauldin, (Mauldin Architects). Mauldin shares McMaster's respect for nature and has been designing modern green homes since graduating from the University of Texas School of Architecture with additional studies covering LEED/Energy green building guidelines and handicap accessibility, health, safety and welfare standards. McMaster and Mauldin have collaborated on several projects like the Point Source Home which features 100% rainwater harvesting for all water needs, on site waste water conversion, net zero energy, geothermal HVAC, increased solar array, solar power and electric vehicle recharge system. “We also place a strong emphasis on maintaining high indoor air quality and the least amount of impact on the

environment,” McMaster added. Mauldin tackles house designs to accommodate all of McMaster's sustainable standards adding his own creative touches. “We've done projects throughout Texas and have met the varied sustainable codes of each city,” Mauldin explains. “One aspect of lowering energy usage in homes is to reduce the heat transmitted from exterior materials to the interior by providing a tight building envelope and a thermal separation such as continuous insulation board or a thermal strip at the metal studs and metal framing before attaching exterior cladding,” he added. Stone seems to be the McMaster/ Mauldin preferred exterior material for their homes, a preference that is reflected in the timeless modern designs. McMasters pairs solar panels with geothermal systems that heat, cool and provide hot water for a zero energy rating which saves energy and money. “A lot of people are not familiar with the unique advantages of geothermal which converts water from below the earth into an efficient heat/cool/hot water system.” McMaster added. On the Inside When shopping for your modern sustainable home, Jennifer Schwab, director of sustainability for the Sierra Club Green Home Green Check validation program for green suppliers, suggests

asking about materials, installation, durability and maintenance. Consider redoing or replacing as an alternative to moving. When selecting furniture for the modern green home, focus on sustainable woods: rubberwood, cork, eucalyptus, bamboo, cork and other fast renewable species in simple styles. Superfluous details such as columns, moldings, cabinet trim, and excessive use of color or textiles should be eliminated in your modern green home plans. Unnecessary home décor items and mountains of throw pillows, rugs or blankets, which might eventually wind up in landfills, are also not part of the modern green home scene. So be modern...go green! ■

For More Information: Sustainable Homes of Texas 210.843.9066 – 210.843.9828 sustainablehomesoftexas@gmail.com sustainablehomesoftexas.com/ Mauldin Architects 210.313.3197 michael@mauldinarchitects.com www.mauldinarchitects.com Sierra Club Greren Home Jennifer Schwab 213.804.3541 www.scgh.com/go-green

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community inspiration

Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen Raises $5,000 to Help Children with Special Medical Conditions at Texas Lions Camp

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wines by the glass at the perfect temperature for discerning tastes. Napa Flats is located at 1301 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call 210) 504-2555 or visit www.napaflats.com.   About Texas Lions Camp, Inc. Since 1949, the Texas Lions Camp has provided self-esteem building experiences for more than 68,000 children who have special medical conditions from across the State of Texas.  The Camp is located on more than 500 acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and is designed to introduce the “CAN DO” philosophy to children dealing with special medical conditions.  The primary purpose of the Camp is to provide, without charge, a camp for children with physical disabilities, Down syndrome, healing/vision impairments, cancer, and Type 1 diabetes from the State of Texas, regardless of race, religion, or national origin.   The Texas Lions Camp was organized and founded by the Lions of Texas and is recognized as a non-profit corporation, under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.   The Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association and is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  Those who are interested in making a donation to Texas Lions Camp are invited to visit http://lionscamp.com or email Milton Dare, Director of Development, at mdare@lionscamp.com.  If preferred, you may also call 830-896-8500 for more information. ■   For more details about Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen, visit the company website at www.napaflats.com.

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errville, Texas. Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen raises $5,000 to help children with special medical conditions at Texas Lions Camp.   On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Napa Flats WoodFired Kitchen restaurants cooked up a special day by donating 25% of gross proceeds when customers mentioned the Texas Lions Camp promotion.  Hundreds of families and friends came out to eat lunch or dinner at one of three Texas locations in Austin, College Station and San Antonio.  Tom Kenney, Founder and Chief Bus Boy of Napa Flats, reported, “We were so excited about the success of the first fundraiser for Texas Lions Camp, that we decided to design a special LIONS CAMP pizza and continued the fund raising until the end of April at all of our three Texas locations in Austin, College Station and San Antonio.”  “For over 68 years now, Texas Lions Camp has been providing self-esteem building experiences for Texas children who have physical disabilities. Napa Flats has gone to great lengths both to raise funds and awareness for our kiddos, and I cannot say thank you enough to Mr. Kenney and his amazing team for all they have done,” said Stephen S. Mabry, CFRE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of TLC.  “We are thrilled that Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen restaurants raised $5,000 in their first year to help children with special medical conditions attend Texas Lions Camp this summer, 2016.”    About Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen Napa Flats Wood-fired Kitchen is a high quality food and beverage concept inspired by the best of Californian and Italian flavors. The full-service restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and has a bar and patio. Napa Flats’ eclectic menu features fresh seafood dishes; hand cut steaks, pork tenderloin, lamb, and ribs; handmade pastas; grilled Italian flatbreads; and a wide variety of hand tossed pizzas. Handmade desserts and a wide variety of Napa Valley wines round out the menu. The full-service bar is unique to Austin, featuring a specially designed wine tap system that presents


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ongratulations to Army Sargent Michael Gallardo and his family! On May 20th Operation Give Back held a ribbon cutting ceremony and officially turned over a newly constructed beautiful handicap accessible master bedroom and bathroom suite to this deserving family. This project was a joint effort between ASID Texas San Antonio and NKBA Texas South Plains Chapter. Sargent Gallardo, a local wounded warrior was overwhelmed with all of the support that he and his family have received from our San Antonio Industry Partners, donors and volunteers as he toured the room and thanked everyone. The amount of support that was received for this project was truly amazing and words cannot express the gratitude felt by everyone involved. The generosity of the donors and selfless volunteers working evenings and weekends to get this project completed was truly inspirational. â–

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Poolside Paradise at La Cantera WEEKLY EVENINGS ON THE EDGE AT LA CANTERA RESORT & SPA TOPAZ ADULT POOL BENEFITS LOCAL CHARITIES // BY: JENNIE BADGER

benefit local charities, which change weekly.

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ipping sumptuous drinks poolside while watching a stunning sunset is no longer an activity reserved for vacationing tourists; from 7:00-11:00 p.m. every Thursday, June 9 through August 11, Evenings on the Edge at La Cantera Resort & Spa Topaz Adult Pool will satisfy your relaxation needs while benefitting a good cause.  For $20, guests (whom must be 21 and over and provide an ID) may enjoy the resort’s gorgeous infinity edge Topaz Adult Pool. The sparkling pool is perfectly positioned for a spectacular sunset view – a view so amazing it merits a toast, which is also included in the admission. Additional amenities include summer-inspired cocktail, live DJ and pop-up mini spa sessions. If purchased in advance, the ticket includes valet parking. Otherwise, valet parking will be $10 at the door.  For the ultimate luxe poolside experience,

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guests may choose to book their own private cabana. Ten private cabanas – each accommodating eight guests -- are available to rent for $300 and include refrigerator, HDTV, safe, ceiling fan, Bluetooth speaker system, one bottle of Moet Chandon Ice, still or sparkling water, fresh culinary creations and personal cabana attendant. Cabana rentals require 24 hour advance cancellation. A portion of ticket sales and cabana rentals

June 23 – San Antonio Children’s Shelter June 30 – TBD July 7 – TBD  July 14 – The Kings Education Foundation July 21 – Culinaria July 28 – Conrad Smiles August 4 – Women Give Back August 11 – Viola’s Huge Heart August 18  – Grand Purpose Foundation   Additional charities will be added and the entire schedule may be found online at LaCanteraResort.com.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at www. lacantera.com or at the door. If purchased online, look for Evenings on the Edge at Topaz under “Things to Do.” Tickets are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, tickets will be honored at a future event, based on availability. ■

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The Veranda San Antonio // BY: CHINYERE OKORO

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estled in the quiet greenery of Castle Hills, the Veranda is one of San Antonio’s best-kept secrets. The historic mansion was built in the roaring twenties and boasts many of the aesthetics of that era including lush rolling lawns, hand crafted mosaic tiles, and elegant stone work. Most people are positively surprised that such a beautiful location exists outside of the Hill Country.  The Veranda can be decorated and customized to compliment any event for any culture; the true versatility of the space is reflected in its ability to transform for any event, whether it is the backdrop for a wedding, work event, fundraiser, retreat, or holiday party!  Décor can transform the venue with dramatic ceiling and wall accents for a glamorous feel, or fill the space with plenty of seating and food stations for a casual family reunion! With comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces, The Veranda can host events for anywhere from 25 to 1,000 guests. And the best part is that for large events, you get access to the entire house, the pavilion, the gardens and the artist’s cottage tucked in the back corner of the property. One of the most stressful factors in the planning of any event is the element of food. At the Veranda, where Spice of Life is the inhouse caterer, they will gladly take that burden off of your checklist. Executive Chef Mike Bomberg extensive background in international cuisine allows him to customize a unique proposal for each event including Mediterranean, Asian, Southwest and even kosher menu options. Bomberg’s award-winning style is characterized by his use of fresh ingredients –including homegrown herbs, stellar presentation, and culinary creations influenced by his travels around the globe. My personal experience at the Veranda was beyond perfect. My younger sister’s debutante reception was held there in June, and the evening was truly magical. Beautiful draping, lights, and table centerpieces created a sparkling ambiance that paired perfectly with the warm summer night. After comments about how pretty my sister looked, were musings and praises for the venue. Many of the guests had never been to the Veranda and wished that they had known about it when they had an event to plan. ■

Now that you’ve learned about the venue that will have your guests wondering if they’ve been transported to a secret garden estate in a far-way land, keep it in mind for your next event! For more information, visit www.theverandasa.com or call 210-366-1220.

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DECORATING DEN INTERIORS’ DESIGN CONFERENCE 2016 // PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON ROBERTS

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his past month, 400 interior designers convened in San Antonio for the Annual Design Conference for Decorating Den Interiors, North America’s largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company. Founded in 1969, Decorating Den Interiors has expanded its network of interior design professionals and decorators throughout the entire United States and Canada. Local franchise owner, Jodie Harding of Harding Homes and Interiors and Bonnie Hudson, Central Texas Director led NHOME Texas editor, Adaku Okoro, on a tour of the conference events. The purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for franchisees and designers to expand their supplier network, attend seminars, and get fresh ideas from the newest trends in the home furnishings industry. Design seminars, led by industry professionals, cover new products, presentation techniques, and business management tools while education credits for their portfolios. Many awards are presented at the conference honoring accomplishments in design, retail sales, and franchising excellence. Jodie Harding, local San Antonio designer, received the Positive Thinker Award. This award was started by the company’s late chairman, James S. Bugg, Sr., who constantly said: “Any sales organization needs a core of positive thinkers.” Each year, he selected a

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number of owners who “had stood out as examples of having a great attitude, which is the foundation of any successful business.” An award for “Most Outstanding Growth of a Region” was presented to Bonnie Hudson, the Regional Director for Central Texas. “The Central Texas area and in particular, San Antonio, is growing rapidly and the need for more home furnishing professionals is growing as well. It’s exciting for me to offer a talented person the Decorating Den Interiors opportunity to own their own business and benefit from that growth.” Vern Yip, author and HGTV host, is pictured here with Harding. Yip appeared as a keynote


speaker for the conference and shared his new collection of fabrics for the Trend line from Fabricut. (see Vern’s Facebook post) Carol Donayre Bugg, ASID, Director of Design for Decorating Den Interiors, paused for a moment from viewing the entries for their annual Dream Room Contest to greet local franchisees, Jodie Harding and Bonnie Hudson. Bugg has authored 6 books on interior design featuring the projects of DDI designers (one being a Book of the Month selection), and is a member of the Color Marketing Group. Local designers Jodie Harding and Bonnie Hudson, touring the “Hall of Dreams ” many entries in the “ Dream Room Contest” for Decorating Den Interiors. This was the company’s 32nd annual International Dream Room awards competition. Judging was done by journalists from across the U.S. and Canada who write about interiors for such publications at Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Design NY, the Canadian magazine Arabella and for national syndication and regional publications. Winners were selected based on their design excellence, creative problem solving, and overall presentation. Over 70 home furnishings suppliers that Decorating Den Interiors represents were showcased in the Market Center. “We’ve added new luxury brands, such as Bernhardt Furniture and more sources for lighting, accessories and even closet systems enabling us to provide our clients all of their home’s need with a complete design service.

Hudson explains: “As North America’s largest design and home furnishings franchise company, we represent some 100 home furnishings suppliers and offer our customers furniture, case goods, accessories, lighting, floor and wall coverings, draperies and other hard and soft window treatments, We bring samples directly to the client’s home or office, provide complimentary design services and personally oversee projects through installation.” ■ MAY//JUNE 2016 NHOME /

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n the occasion of Anne Frank’s 87th birthday, the Anne Frank Inspire Academy hosted its 2nd annual Anne Frank Inspire Awards recognizing exemplary community leaders and students who embody the character and spirit of Anne Frank with his or her devotion to social justice, tolerance, diversity, lifelong learning and inspiring vision. Appointed by former President George W. Bush as ambassador of the United Nations (2001-2006), Sichan Siv received the Anne Frank Inspire Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to educating and inspiring youth. Humble and insightful, Sichan Siv speaks openly about his experiences and asks his audiences to “Be well, be wise, be worthy. Be flexible and able to adapt to difficult circumstances. Follow your passion. When you do well, don’t forget to do good.”

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Judge Nelson Wolff and Tracy Wolff received the Anne Frank Inspire Visionary Leadership Award for their combined dedication and role in San Antonio civic causes from the creation of Bibliotech to the founding of the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County. Rev. Ann E. Helmke received the Anne Frank Inspire Community and Civic Leadership Award for her commitment to the transformation of the San Antonio community by establishing the peaceCENTER and leading efforts for Haven for Hope. Dr. Luz Cristal S. Glangchai received the Anne Frank Inspire Educational Excellence Award for her promotion of the importance of education and entrepreneurship by creating programs like VentureLab and TechStars. ■ For more information, please visit www.InspireAcademies.com.

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2nd Annual Anne Frank Inspire Awards Honors Community Leaders


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