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samonthly@gmail.com Direct Line: 210-215-3403 ~~~~~~~~~ CREATIVE EDITOR & LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER Waldinei (Wally) Lafaiete ASSISTANT EDITOR JR Fisher BUSINESS EDITOR Steven James BUSINESS WRITER Jeremy McGilvrey PUBLICITY EDITOR Emily Reynolds CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Jeanne Albrecht GRAPHIC DESIGNER Danielle Oliveira BEAUTY/SKIN CARE EDITORS Danielle Cunningham/Crystal Holmes FASHION EDITOR Lari Nelson ART EDITOR Susan Oliver Heard CHARITIES/POLITICS EDITOR Desiree H. Serna SR. LEGAL EDITOR Brent De La Paz INSURANCE EDITOR Gerardo 'JJ' Ramirez Jr. TRAVEL/HOME EDITOR Fiona Arecchi FITNESS EDITORS Skie Molinar SELF-DEVELOPMENT EDITOR Jacquline Theis CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Linda Bottjer SOCIAL EVENT EDITOR Sandra Shreve CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/ON CAMERA HOST Jessica (GourJess) Gabriel BUSINESS PROMOTER EDITOR Noemi Costlow REAL ESTATE EDITOR Dana Phillips

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Janet Montagne Socialite of the Year


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JANET MONTAGNE 2017 SOCIALITE OF THE YEAR hWritten by: Jacquline Theis hPhotography: Wally Lafaiete hHair & Makeup Artist: Lily Antoniette hWardrobe: Bonita Couture hLocation: Europa Imports

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s we sat to redefine what the SA Monthly Socialite of the Year would encompass, we knew he/she would be a community leader of great integrity with an outward focus on serving others. The individual would raise funds for non-profit organizations and use their influence and connections to elevate our community. Janet Montagne fit the profile perfectly. Montagne is the CEO of River City Hospice and a philanthropist. It’s been a little over two years since Janet relocated to San Antonio from her hometown, Beaumont. East Texas is where she

called home, but Janet knew that to grow her business, commuting would no longer suffice, she made San Antonio her new home. She was raised in White Oak with her parents and sister. Seeing her parents each own a business, it wasn’t long before Janet picked up her own garden seed route. She had her own savings account and understood the importance of earning her own money. Growing up, Janet aspired to be a teacher or a coach, and while she lacks formal education, she became both to her staff and many others. After attending college for a while, she quickly learned that

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“passion will always outweigh everything else.” The words “quit” and “can’t” were not allowed in her vocabulary, she worked to conquer every venture she set out on, and she has. Janet married at a young age and had two children: daughter, 38 and son, 32. The marriage eventually ended and she later married, David. They have a blended family with David’s children: daughter, 32 and son, 28. When asked to describe the best thing about being married, her response was aligned with her values of family first, “Family is very important, they are always there no matter what.” She spoke with equal fondness of her staff, crediting them for making her look good. She went on to say what compassionate individuals they all are.

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As I’ve gotten to know Janet, I’ve witnessed the various roles she plays in her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, leader, daughter, sister, philanthropist, mentor, friend, and now, socialite. What struck me the most about Janet is the spirit of peace, humility and positivity she walks in. You would never know the level of responsibility she has upon meeting her because she is all smiles and welcoming hugs and handshakes. But ask her kids to describe her and their answer would likely be something along the lines of “energetic” or “focused” according to Janet. Their five grandchildren give a greater sense of light to life. She loves that her granddaughters are at an age that they love being with her. Determined, is a word her husband would use to describe her. In 1992, when Montagne divorced, she was young and did not work. She found the determination

within to figure out a way to support herself and her kids, and out of her mother’s garage, she started her business. A friend who worked for a home health agency was attending a conference in Austin, Texas so Janet rode alongside her. She sat at the back of the conference the entire time and listened. That changed everything... As she listened, she began to connect the dots…having been raised in a family of entrepreneurs, she understood numbers and business. She also understood the importance of developing relationships, she believed in her abilities, and then realized that as the baby boomer generation was approaching, there would be a social need, so she went to work. Her inspiration is born from her passion to care for families in need when they are unable. Her company gets one chance to get it right for the family and patient. She believes in looking at the life that is being cared for, and touching their lives in a way that will make a difference. Montagne is proud of her staff. They are experienced professionals that are passionate about providing the medical, physical, psychological, and spiritual support patients and families so badly need following the diagnosis of a terminal illness. As the leader of a company that works with families and individuals at times of great difficulty, I had to know who played the biggest role of inspiration to her and her response was unlike anything I expected, “it isn’t so much individual people, it is actually their characteristics that are inspiring to me– their trustworthiness in what they are saying is the truth, their effectiveness in


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getting the job done, their accuracy in what the are presenting, and their knowledge of the processes they are putting in place will elevate the organization.” Inspiration and success are deeper than surface artifacts that can dissolve in an instance, according to Montagne, “it’s an internal feeling that sustains me and makes it worth it. The best thing we can be is thankful for what we have.” and that is why she was named Socialite of the Year for San Antonio. I reminded Janet that San Antonio’s population is approximately 1.5 million, and she was named Sociality of the Year, her response was “1.5 million people, wow. I love doing what I’m doing not for recognition, but because it’s my passion. I have so much gratitude and am so thankful to be recognized in this manner, but ultimately, it’s all done out of passion.” And as she stated earlier:

"Passion will always outweigh everything else.” What she hopes to achieve in the year: “Fundraising is at the top of the list. Meeting new people and developing new relationships. Touching thousands of lives by giving back. And the networking opportunities, not only for me, but also for those I can help to connect with each other. There are few words to describe how grateful I am, but I will not let people down so let’s go!” I met Janet at a fundraising event; she had the kindest spirit about her. I watched her from afar, knowing that I’d eventually interview her to tell her story. Her interactions with others, her genuine curiosity and interest in the person whom she was speaking with isn’t common these days. Her phone or social media didn’t distract her, she was completely present in the moment and her resting face was that of peace and joy. Having spent time with her in getting to know her and her staff, she truly walks the talk. I love that she described herself as “what you see is what you get” and I can certainly attest to that. After meeting with Janet, I was reminded that life is never going to be 100% easy; challenges will present themselves to each of us to grow through and go through. Janet’s life is an example of what you can do with passion and determination. I once heard Tony Robbins say,“if you want to take the island, burn the boats.” and that’s what Janet did. She had no other resources but she recognized the ones she possessed or could attain and she used or developed them. If you are struggling to begin, let Janet’s story serve as a reminder that she started her company in a garage, after a divorce and having two other people to support, what you need is determination and the courage to burn your boat. Congratulations, Janet on being named SA Monthly Magazine Socialite of the Year!

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Janet Montagne is an inspirational model of selfless giving. She supports or has supported the following organizations: • American Cancer Society • Alzheimer's Association • American Heart Association • Anayat House • Children's Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend • It's Your Life Foundation 12

• Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Grant Winner • LiveWell Women's Conference • Member of Leadership Southeast Texas • Salvation Army • St. PJ's Children's Home • The Ferrari Kid • 2016 Woman of the Year Candidate - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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Fear Failure By Jacquline Theis Self-Development Editor

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison


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I once saw this basketball player at a restaurant during lunch that was wearing a sport t-shirt, the print on it read: “FEAR FAILURE.” I became obsessed with the thought of fearing failure, to the point that I doodled it everywhere. I wrote journals to myself on the harm of failure and the importance of avoiding it at all costs. The notion that failure wasn’t an option became a permanent frontal lobe fixation. Fast-forward to some 10+ years later and my perspective on failure is quite the opposite. In fact, I don’t even know that I believe failure is bad or should be seen with a negative connotation, because without failure, how do you know what success looks like, feels like or when you’ve actually achieved it? One of my favorite motivational speakers, Les Brown, says “feel the fear, and do it anyway.” The first time I heard him say it, I won’t pretend that I agreed with him, or that I even fully understood what he was talking about, but it wasn’t until I actually began to place myself in positions of vulnerability that I could comprehend what it meant for me personally. I now see failure as a part of the process with each new venture. I welcome it because without it, I wouldn’t learn the lessons, I wouldn’t gain the wisdom, nor would I grow as an individual. Success is impossible without failure, so embrace it, expect it, and know that there is a lesson to be learned each time you experience it. CHALLENGE YOURSELF Identify what causes fear to surface and paralyze you. Gain an understanding of why fear surfaces by dissecting it and peeling back the layers. You may discover that what you think is fear, is actually pride of fear that others may see you fail. Einstein, Edison, Ford, Jobs, Oprah: none of them became great on their first try at something new. Lean in and discover the possibilities when you embrace failure instead of fearing it.a

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Thai Topaz is our... 18

Healthy Thai Cuisine Restaurant of the Month!

Family, Hard Work and Healthy Food

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hai Topaz, a family-owned restaurant, was founded in 2005 by Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa, my parents. Although Dad and Mom have different educational backgrounds, running a Thai restaurant brings out the best of their talents.


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My dad has a mechanical engineering and business background. In Thailand, prior to the restaurant business, he managed a ceramic tile plant, part of the Siam Cement Group (SCG), a multinational, Thai company. In 1990, SCG gave him the opportunity to come to the US to build and manage a new, tile-manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. My mom gave up her 20-year teaching career in high school Biology and we moved to the US. Because of my mom's educational background in Biology and her love for cooking, she started working with a restaurant owner in Nashville, TN controlling the food quality and creating new, healthier, yet tasty dishes. In 1998, she started a food cart business, Thai House, in Madison, Wisconsin. For seven years, Thai House was always ranked in the Top 3 out of 30+ food vendors for cleanliness, taste, and uniqueness. In 2005, my parents decided to move to San Antonio and opened Thai Topaz.

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But, why so much moving from TN to WI, and finally to TX, one might ask? It was for me, their only child and daughter. I went to high school in TN, college in IL, grad school in WI, med school in CA, and then did my residency in Family Medicine at Texas A&M. It was just the three of us back then, so my parents did whatever they could for us to be together. After the project in Tennessee ended, my dad gave up his promotion and pension rather than move us back to Thailand. For many years, my parents worked 18 hour days. My mom single-handedly sliced 100+ pounds of chicken weekly, rolled hundreds of spring rolls a night, while my dad chopped pounds of squash for the curry in our VERY cold basement in Wisconsin and served customers from their food cart in sub-zero weather. My parents' goal was to make and save money so they could send me to medical school. I know people make sacrifices for their children, and mine always did. But, those years in Wisconsin outdid the rest! The recipes and sauces for Thai Topaz are long in the making. Even in the 1950s, my grandparents recognized the importance of good nutrition, resulting from the preparation and cooking of fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, etc. They rarely deep-fried their food and used minimal oil in their stir-fry dishes. My mom grew up making food for her family of seven with innovative and creative techniques to use fresh ingredients and homegrown herbs/spices to cook healthy, delicious food (she still grows herbs such as lemongrass, basil, mint, kaffir lime leaves, etc. in her garden

for the restaurant). In college, she catered for large dinner parties and organized many school events. While teaching Biology, she was chosen as the nutritionist to consult with and overlook her high school's cafeteria, food quality. Now, in her 60s, she continues to learn and bring all her experience into the kitchen. In my opinion, she is the Thai Martha Stewart, as she can also carve, knit, crochet, sew, arrange flowers, etc. and has won several contests and awards in doing so. Since opening Thai Topaz, I have seen my parents introduce a few original recipes (e.g. Spicy Mango Delight, Spicy Basil Fried Rice, Thai Topaz Broccolli, Shrimp Asparagus, Emerald Salmon, etc.), in addition to the many customer-favorite, classic dishes (e.g. Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen, Pad See Ewe, Yum Nua, Curries, etc.) Surprisingly, I have also seen my parents remove some of my favorite ones (e.g. Roasted Duck Curry, Pumpkin Curry, Massamun, Thai Papaya Salad, etc.) as they told me that few customers tried them while on the menu. But, what has to be our son's favorite (he is almost 3) is the Sweet Sticky Rice w/ Fresh Mangos or the Homemade Coconut/Mango Ice-Cream for dessert. I am slowly convincing my parents to bring back or add more Thai dishes and desserts, as more Texans are experiencing Thai food and appreciating the tastes and blends of herbs, spices, and preparation styles, which are different from the ones used in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and other Asian cuisines. To end, I know that your (i.e. Thai Topaz customers) opinion and input matter very much as my parents continually take your suggestions to heart and would like everyone to enjoy the same, warm, family-dining experience we have in our home. On behalf of my parents, I'd like to thank everyone for your continued support. If we can make your experience a better one in any way, please don't hesitate to tell us or drop us a note. www.thaitopaz-sat.com

THAI TOPAZ LOCATIONS: 9386 Huebner Rd #101 Phone: (210) 690-6000 2177 NW Military Hwy Phone: (210) 290-9833


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BAR AND RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

A BAR WITH A LEGACY

22 At Bar America we have a passion for craft beer, and we support our local San Antonio breweries. We have a 24 tap system, and over 50 canned and bottled beer, and our kitchen puts out some amazing bar grub 6 days a week! Bar America started off as Café America in 1942, founded by my great-grandfather Joe Ramirez. In 1957, my great-grandfather made the decision to change Café America into Bar America. Since its inception, Bar America has undergone four major changes.

kitchen pumping out some amazing bar grub also! We have over 50 craft beers, as well as an additional 30 domestic or import cans, bottles or drafts to choose from. We've gone from a café to a bar, moved from our original location off Main to S. Presa and moved again from S. Presa to S. Alamo Street. Most recently, after 70 years of a cash- and beer-only bar, we started selling liquor in April of 2014.

After more updates and overhauls to our 80 year old Our current progress includes, building, we are finally settled at a large patio area in the back our location today! with full bar, a 24-tap craft beer draft system. We have a full My great-grandfather and


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grandfather have been big on customer service since the beginning. They've taken pride in knowing the names and chosen drinks of regulars. They've also upheld a zero-tolerance policy for BS by unruly bar patrons. When I took over the business in April 2014, I brought back a lot of what was lost when my grandfather retired. One of the most important things to us at Bar America is to continue the vision my great-grandfather and grandfather had for this business. My grandfather Martin put Bar America on the San Antonio map when we moved to our current location at S. Alamo. It was a meeting place for artists, blue collar workers, politicians and students. My grandfather built a strong foundation which has

given me the opportunity to build on and expand. Many of the bar's original elements from its inception in 1942 stay with us today. The neon Bar America sign we use today was built in 1943, and our main bar is the original bar from our first opening. We have been a family-owned business for over four generations. My great-grandfather owned the bar from 1942 until the mid-sixties, my grandfather Martin owned it from the mid-sixties until 2009, my uncle Joe owned it from 2009 to 2014, and I have owned it from 2014 to the present! It was not uncommon for my family to have to ban unruly, rude bar patrons who bother our other customers from time

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BAR AND RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH to time, and it's not uncommon for us to do the same today. Long story short, enjoy your drink, follow the house rules, and leave your disrespect at the door or you may be asked not to return.

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It was not uncommon for my family to have to ban unruly, rude bar patrons who bother our other customers from time to time, and it's not uncommon for us to do the same today. Long story short, enjoy your drink, follow the house rules, and leave your disrespect at the door or you may be asked not to return. Enjoy your drink, have fun and always be respectful of others! Brian Correa, Owner

beers, as well as an additional 30 domestic or import cans, bottles or drafts to choose from.

Enjoy your drink, have fun and always be respectful of others! Brian Correa, Our current location Owner was built over 80 years ago and is located a little The current location over a half mile away for The Bar America from The Alamo. I don't was built over 80 years believe in ghosts, but ago. since I've taken over the bar, it hasn't been uncommon to experience unusual events or see things caught on camera that we can't explain. 723 S Alamo St See for yourself if you notice anything unusual (210) 223-1285 when you visit!

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Our current progress includes, a large patio area in the back with full bar, a 22-tap craft beer draft system. We are currently undergoing inspections for our kitchen, which should be finished by the end of the year! We have over 50 craft

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ITALIAN FARE OF THE MONTH - BATTALION

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Battalion Redefines Italian Fare Allow us to introduce Battalion, San Antonio’s newest historic restoration project turned jaw-dropping two-story restaurant.Offering a combination of Southern Italian and Italian American cuisine, this newly renovated concept is located in a firehouse that was built in 1924. While brick oven pizzas joints and upscale Northern Italian fare have become fairly ubiquitous nationwide, Battalion is doing something different — it’s recreating and reimagining Italian-American fare. What is new Italian-American? For executive chef and owner Stefan Bowers, new ItalianAmerican means that he is creating a chef-driven menu that isn’t trying to mirror any other restaurant program he’s come across. He is taking what has worked in the past on Italian-American menus and he’s combining it with some innovative and sophisticated new techniques while reinterpreting the classics with the mind of a

modern-day chef.

their new favorite “traditional” Italian dish.

“My menu is innovative, but I don’t want to alienate our eaters. Find these chef Stefan Bowers I want to play to both ends of recipes for Trenne Bombay the spectrum,” said Bowers. “I below. Chef Bowers also is don’t want to snub the person available for interviews. who’s been eating in an Italian restaurant since he was six years BATTALION old and now can’t recognize 604 S. Alamo St. anything on the menu.” San Antonio,Texas 78210 What does this look like in practice? Think meatballs made to order, chicken Parmesan made with housemade smoked mozzarella, and Trenne Bombay, which is an entirely reimagined take on the traditional penne a la vodka. Although Battalion’s in-house pasta guru makes seven housemade pastas daily, the Trenne Bombay uses a dry penne, which is perfect for the homecook looking to recreate the dish. And instead of tasteless vodka, Bowers’ uses Bombay gin plus pancetta, tomato, cream and dill pollen. “It’s 100 percent different from the original penne a la vodka,” said Bowers. But at the same time, any eater — adventurous or not — will find it pleasing, satisfying and perhaps

Battalion in a nutshell Battalion is located in a renovated historic firehouse built in 1924 that sits at the entrance of Southtown San Antonio at 604 S. Alamo St. This the fourth Goodman & Bowers-owned restaurant in San Antonio and is an Italian concept that combines Southern Italian and Italian American, making it the best of both worlds. From antipasti, appetizers and housemade pasta, these Italian classics are made to perfection. Design elements include original brick, fire poles and expansive windows along with touches of modernist glam such as fine crystal, marble and custom chandeliers. RestaurateurAndrew


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Goodman and chef Stefan Bowers came to the concept after merging a family history of Goodmans with plenty of trips to Italy. Their inspiration also came from the desire to create a rustic industrial space that maintained its historical integrity as best as they could — keeping the fire poles was nonnegotiable. The 1920s industrial meets modern glam look combines with the beauty of the building to create something truly unique and elegant. The duo have three other award-winning and highly lauded concepts in the city which all meet the criteria of being showstoppers complete with awe-inspiring aesthetics and modern meets classic menus. Feast, located in historic Southtown, and Rebelle and Haunt both located in the historic St. Anthony Hotel.

1 cup Parmesan Pinch dill pollen (optional) 6 sprigs of fresh dill

Directions Boil the pasta in plenty of salted water. Cook for 7 to 9 minutes until al dente. Drain and coat lightly with a little olive oil. Reserve. Using a large sauce pot or saute pan, cook the pancetta until lightly browned on all sides. Remove pancetta and reserve. Pour off rendered grease (either save for another use or discard). Deglaze the bottom of pan with the gin. Let flame for 3-5 seconds and add the chili flakes and the heavy cream. Reduce on medium-high heat for one minute. Add pomodoro sauce and bring to a simmer. Add a ladle of pasta water to the sauce. Add the reserved pasta to the pot and simmer until the sauce Trenne Bombay is soaked up by the noodle and By Chef Stefan Bowers coats it entirely. Add a ladle or of Battalion two of pasta water if the sauce starts to over-thicken. The sauce Serves 6 as first course or 3-4 shouldn’t be watery but also not as a main to thick. Distribute into warm individual 1 pound “Trenne” Pasta bowls and garnish with grated (dried) (Bowers uses Rustichella parmesan, dill pollen (optional), pasta but any high-quality brand and fresh dill sprigs. of Rigatoni, Penne or tubular pasta can be substituted) Pomodoro Sauce ¼ cup Olive oil Reserved pasta water ¼ cup minced onion ½ cup pancetta, small dice 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup gin ½ tsp chili flakes 2 tsp chili flakes 4 sprigs basil 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 15oz high quality crushed 2 cups basic pomodoro Sauce tomatoes (recipe follows) 1 tsp sugar (optional, to taste)

1 tsp red wine vinegar Directions Heat olive oil in a 2-quart sauce pot. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add garlic and continue to saute for 2 more minutes. Lower the heat a touch, add the chili flakes and sweat for one minute to bring out the chilis heat. Add the basil sprigs and crushed tomatoes. Add the sugar if the canned tomatoes are slightly bitter. Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Correct the seasoning, adding salt to taste. Finish with the vinegar. Use in recipe and as desired.

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DRINKS OF THE MONTH

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To help you ease into the summer heat, Garrett Stephens, the Assistant GM/Chef of County Line Bar-B-Q on IH-10 near the Colonnade, is sharing the recipes of four of his favorite cocktails from the new slate of handcrafted specialty cocktails he and his team created, available this spring

and summer. Other specialty cocktails include Bacon Maple Old Fashioned; The Smokehouse Gibson; Cucumber, Basil, Lime Gimlet; Strawberry Basil Martini; Frozen Rebecca Creek and Coke; Blueberry Mojito; The John Daly and a great line-up of Texas craft beers. Make up a ba-

tch or head to County Line; cocktails and beers are discounted during its Happy Hour, Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. And remember, free live music on Thursdays and Fridays at this location at 10101 IH-10 West. LOMA

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD A twist on a literary classic: In a shaker, combine 2 oz. of tequila blanco, 1.5 oz. watermelon basil puree (see below), ž oz. lime juice, ž oz. agave nectar and ice and shake. Shake long enough to fully dissolve the agave nectar. Strain and pour into 10 oz. highball glass; garnish with lime wheel. Watermelon puree: Puree 2 cups watermelon and 3-4 fresh basil leaves in blender. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer; will keep for 7-10 days.


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Pack an 18-oz. goblet (or large glass) with ice. Pour 2 oz. tequila blanco, ½ oz. fresh lime juice and 4 oz. of Jarritos Mexican Grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit slice. PAINKILLER In a shaker, combine 2 oz. light rum (Bacardi or Cruzan), 4 oz. pineapple juice, 1 oz. orange juice, 1 oz. cream de coconut and ice. Shake well and pour into glass. Add a floater of dark rum and sprinkle on ground nutmeg. Garnish with orange slice and cherry. THE PEACH MOJITO

In shaker, combine 1.5 oz. light rum (Bacardi or Cruzan), ¾ oz. lime juice and 1 oz. simple syrup. Shake well. In a separate glass, break up 5 mint leaves into the peach puree (recipe below). Pour puree into mason jar. Top glass off with Topo Chico mineral water and rum mixture. Garnish with mint sprig. Peach puree: Thaw 2 lbs. of Dole individual quick frozen peaches to room temperature. Once thawed, add to blender with 1.5 oz. of simple syrup and ¾ oz. of peach monin syrup. Blend until smooth.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

PORK CHOP BRINE

By Chef Michael Sohocki's of Restaurant Gwendolyn. Early mornings at Restaurant Gwendolyn are not as still as one may think. The kitchen and its staff are focused on organization, preparation and execution and its like witnessing culinary choreography. The chefs soberly move around and past each other while pots roar, spice flies and butcher knives chop like the 1,000 times before. During these mornings, half of a pig is butchered at Restaurant Gwendolyn making enough for only five pork chops to be available each evening. These beauties are 16-20 ounces each and are handled with the upmost care and attention through a three-day brine with molasses and fresh herbs to create the most succulent chop possible. Sometimes we wonder if this brining process is the key behind the pork chop's delectability or if it is the fact that we are one of only five people to get to devour it for that day. We believe that these meticulously made and limited pork chops should be a staple in San Antonio's culinary scene. Pork Chop Brine

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1 gallon water 1/2 cup kosher salt 1/3 cup molasses 1 sprig fresh sage 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon black peppercorn 1 pinch red pepper flake Bring all ingredients to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature.


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RIVERWALK RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN ON THE RIVERWALK At Restaurant Gwendolyn, step back to a time when local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients were the only way of life. Chef-owner Michael Sohocki presents a concept centered around the idea of only utilizing ingredients and techniques used before the start of the Industrial Revolution — back when he believes food was most honest. With no blenders, mixers, choppers, ice cream machines, deep fryers, burr sticks, nor anything else with a motor, Restaurant Gwendolyn brings the simple, old-world style to the modern day. Located on a quiet, beautiful stretch of San Antonio’s River Walk, Restaurant Gwendolyn offers a one-of-a-kind fine-dining experience laden with pristine ingredients, Victorian charm, historic recipes and modern culinary standards. A night at Restaurant Gwendolyn will certainly be a night you will never forget.

The concept of the restaurant is everything old school, using what they had and doing as they did before the break of the industrial revolution: approximately 1850. This was the last time that food was honest.

last dangling vitamin. Refusing food-enabling machines is another way to keep the food honest, and in reasonable balance. No perishable ingredient may travel further than a good, strong horse.The menu will move absolutely in lockstep with the seasons, as okra and eggplant taper off and leafy greens move in, we must change ourselves to suit the product--not the other way around. What is outside is inside. Reservations are appreciated (not required). The dinner service includes the option of a three-course tasting for $55 or a five-course tasting for $75. A la carte menu available Tues thru Friday for dinner. Tues-Thurs 5:30pm-6:30pm only, $35 special for three-course tasting.

There are no blenders, mixers, choppers, ice cream machines, deep fryers, burr sticks, nor anything else with a motor--nothing with a plug. Food machines with motors made possible an imbalance of diet that had never occurred before: we could 152 E Pecan St, Ste 100 suddenly fry enough food to 11:00AM - 1:30AM, make ourselves sick, we could 5:30PM - 9:00PM preserve food longer than its http://restaurantgwendolyn.com/

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BEST TACO RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

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Taco Libre is a small cozy taco restaurant serving other popular menu items such as burritos, bowls, taco salads, nachos and popular Tex-Mex plates. On the weekend, come taste what some are calling the "BEST" menudo and barbacoa in town. As Chef Gilbert DeLaPaz says: "Any time is Taco Time." 6511 Ingram Rd. Suite 101 Call (210) 592-6288 www.facebook.com/vivatacolibre Opens at 6:00am 6:00AM - 2:00PM


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BEST BITE OF THE MONTH

For the Love of Food

Chef Lisa Astorga-Watel loves what she does and does what she loves

Chef Lisa Astorga-Watel, owner of the artsy Bite Restaurant in San Antonio, established her love of cooking during her childhood in Santiago, Chile. As an adult she brought her appreciation for the art of food prep to the United States, and she honed her skills at The Culinary Art Institute in Houston before embarking on her career as a private chef for the stars. For more than eight years, she cooked for Tommy Lee Jones, that is until she met her supper-prepping soul mate, chef Damien Watel. The two quickly became a food power couple as Damien also owned

and operated another wellknown San Antonio eatery, Chez Vatel Bistro. The couple is now married with their own little food baby, Enzo. Bite’s eclectic '70's modern twist' taste and portions are directly influenced by Chef Astorga-Watel's travels around the globe. Bite is a small ninetable restaurant known for its fun food, funky cocktails, eclectic wines and great service. Chef Astorga-Watel is breaking boundaries with dishes like lamb cigars and mimosa cotton candy skewers. As the perfect addition to Southtown’s artsy vibe, Bite is

delivering culinary masterpieces that will have you smiling and snapping photos of your dinner. Bite is continuing to grow its presence in San Antonio’s as the city’s favorite spot for something a little bit on the funky side.When she isn’t behind the kitchen door, she loves to travel the world to gain more culinary influence, partake in fitness activities and get her groove on to Latin music, with the occasional sprinkle of Bruno Mars. Bite Restaurant www.biterestaurantsa.com 1012 S Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78210

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fascination with creatures – both terrestrial and otherworldly – unites the art of Ernesto Ibañez and Sarah Fox. They use everyday materials to create fantastical works of art that intertwine our notions of the real and the imagined. Ernesto’s sculptures are covered with a coat of nails that have been modified to mimic the rippling and fluffiness of fur. Some of the sculptures are entirely realistic, like his seven by four foot woolly mammoth, Curcuma, complete with curling trunk and tusks. Fit to be in a museum collection, this massive piece containing 124,000 nails and taking over a year to complete represents just one side of Ernesto’s body of work. He has also created much smaller nail sculptures that include a dragon, rabbit-like creatures, octopus- like creatures, something resembling a stuffed bear with multi-colored ears, and a sweet little dog that stands like Snoopy. Ernesto gives a glimpse into our childhood with these whimsical sculptures like Julieta and Samin. They are reminiscent of characters from Fraggle Rock, but he also reminds the viewer of the other way animals are displayed- as trophies- in his works Ikal and Arewa. This juxtaposition of reality and fantasy are representative of daily life when interacting with the animal kingdom. Whether it is film depicting fantasy or the reality of a hunting trophy, Ernesto has managed to capture the likeness of the coexisting beings. Sarah Fox may be most well known for her collages, which are made up of cut paper found from many different sources – old photographs, newspapers, magazines, and the internet. When assembled, the fragments of paper comprise half-animal, half-human beings that question our binary notions of the world. Her artistic mission is to create a place for all creatures – both human and animal – that society writes off as “deformed” or “ugly.” Her art demonstrates that

just because something is different in appearance, it doesn’t have to be less beautiful or less worthy of respect. All of Sarah’s characters have a nurturing component to them. Either they are the nurturer or they are in need of nurturing or in a transition between the two. For example, in “the Vegan” the mother giraffe gently licks the head of her baby. In “cut cry” the cat appears to be crying while clutching scissors, this gives the viewer the instinct to nurture this special creature. The delicate wax in the sculptures entitled Finn, are reminiscent of skin or tissue, conjuring the need to come closer and smell, just as any mammal parent might put their nose to the top of a baby’s head. The strangeness of each creature and the vulnerability of the materials serve as a reminder of the mysterious and harrowing journey toward becoming a parent and an adulttransitioning from nurtured to the nurturer. Her most recent exploration of mediums involves using some of these sculptures of wax and clay to create stop-motion animation films. One of which will be exhibited at Cinnabar in May. Ernesto Ibañez and Sarah Fox have a very different way of depicting fantastical animals, both in process and in subject. Perhaps through depicting these animals the viewer is forced to question the surrounding world. Nails take a new task when they become the feathers of the tossled bird, Julieta. Wax has never looked so tender and sweet as it does when carved into Finn. I invite you to visit the world of these artists and discover the fantasy yourself. Ernesto Ibañez was first in a group show with Cinnabar in 2015 titled Extraordinary. Sarah Fox exhibited in Lost and Found in 2016 at Cinnabar. Both artists are in upcoming shows. Sarah will be in a group show examining feminism in May 2017 and Ernesto will be in a show featuring Mexican artists that opens late June 2017.


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CINNABAR GALLERY www.cinnabart.com

Cinnabar Gallery was founded by Susan Oliver Heard in 2013. After graduating from Colorado College and then the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA, she managed an art gallery specializing in outdoor sculpture and jewelry in Telluride, CO. Heard returned to her roots in San Antonio to start her own contemporary art gallery. Cinnabar opened with a daring solo exhibit featuring larger-than-life nude photographs by world-renowned artist George Krause suspended from the ceiling. Entitled San Miguel Exposed, the awardwinning Fotoseptiembre exhibit was only

the beginning of Cinnabar’s achievements. The gallery was later awarded “Best New Gallery of 2013” by the Rivard Report and “Best Gallery” by the San Antonio Current in 2014 and 2015. Heard’s commitment to showing elegant and meaningful contemporary art continues to propel Cinnabar forward, as Artpace has just recognized the outstanding curation of the exhibit “Magic Time Machine” in March 2017. Cinnabar specializes in visual art, sculpture, custom jewelry, rare minerals, and the design of custom sculpture gardens.


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Soona Nails, wood, paint, 2015 13” x 10” x 19”


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Samin Nails, wood, paint, 2016 7.5” x 5” x 17.5”


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Ikal Nails, wood, paint, 2016 26” x 27” x 36”


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Julieta Nails, wood, paint, 2017 7” x 7” x 12”


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All the Piggies Say Weee, 2016 Collage on paper 28 x 20 inches


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Cut Cry, 2016 Collage on found paper 32 x 32 inches


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Mother Nature’s Son, 2016 Watercolor, pastel, gouache on rag paper 36 x 36 inches


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The Vegan, 2016 Pastel, watercolor, gouache on rag paper 36 x 42 inches


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ARTIST PROFILE

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"I have always been around strong and confident women. Most recently, I experienced that during the opening of my solo show "Ordinary Queens" at AnArte Gallery in San Antonio. "


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Being an artist is tough, being a woman artist is tougher. Now, being a Latina artist is just crazy. When I told my father that I had chosen art as my career, he tried to convince me to opt for other choices. -You like animals, have you considered vet school? Business? Anything, but art. I couldn't understand his reaction then. He was a dedicated painter, and it surprised me that he did not approve of my decision at once. Now I understand why. To be an artist you have to be very stubborn. This career has been stereotyped by romantic views of the bohemian artist who somehow gets a strike of inspiration and works in a messy studio while drinking wine and smoking weed...well, let me tell you, that's not how it is. I find myself having an average of 12-14 hours a day of continuous activity in order to follow my passion. Between creating, researching, applying for opportunities, staying on top of social media, attending openings, doing studio visits, writing art proposals, etc, there is little time for play. Not to mention that most artists do have a "day job" Crazy, right? Well, if you think that is crazy, imagine doing all that 3 times harder. Being a Latina artist in an art world predominantly managed by men is not easy. However, and because I am more stubborn than I should be, that never stopped me. It is totally the opposite. I feel strong because I am a Latina that is following her passion. I feel that if you say I shouldn't, then I want it. I attribute this attitude to my mother, who was the one wearing the pants in the house. She is a go-get-it kind of person, and she taught me that I have the same rights as everyone else. That I can get wherever I want, and that nobody is above or below me. I have always been around strong and confident women. Most recently, I experienced that during the opening of my solo show "Ordinary

Queens" at AnArte Gallery in San Antonio. The room was filled with beautiful, ambitious and interesting women. I couldn't get enough of them. They were business owners, authors, self-starters and self-sufficient women. Ana Montoya herself, a gorgeous gallerist with a beautiful soul and a determined character who started the gallery 15 years ago without much training, and who not only learned how to do it, but how to do it right. Ana, along with Cristal and Mary are the perfect female combination to run such a difficult endeavor in a predominantly male business. It is through art that I have met people and traveled to places. Art is not only my career, it is my life. I can't imagine myself without it. I love the feeling of starting a new series and noticing how my perception of the world changes. For example, when I worked on a series based on circus freaks, I opened up myself to that world and it was an incredible experience. I read books, watched movies, went to Coney Island to see the freaks with my own eyes. Then it was the queens, which is an ongoing series. I was eager to see fashion, explore wonderful designers like Alexander McQueen and his spectacular exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, visit the Frick collection, look at Renaissance art. Nowadays, to my surprise, I have been painting landscapes, well, of course they are my imaginary landscapes where I combine architecture from New York with the mountains from my native city MedellĂ­n. Because of these new works, I started noticing places that I have passed by for years, but not until now I really see them. Art is a marvelous thing. It opens up our minds, it invites to conversations, it makes us aware of the world. The next time you meet an artist, remember that we put our entire selves on what we do, that it is not easy, but quitting our passion is just impossible. wwww.sandramackvalencia.com

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BOOK REVIEW OF THE MONTH

"You're Welcome, Purdy High!" is a collection of hilarious stories from the perspective of a quirky teenage girl growing up in the 1960s. Trixie Poor, the main character, along with a fun cast of colorful supporting characters, will take you back to high school years in small-town America.

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A steady stream of laughs awaits readers from ages 12 to 102. Trixie's wit is delightful and her storytelling is skillful. Humorously well written, this book will have you laughing out loud!

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BRYAN MITTELSTADT MALE MODEL OF THE MONTH "Bryan says he has learned to be truthful to himself and who he is despite what those around you might think or believe. Once you are being truthful to who you are, art becomes less difficult. "

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Bryan Mittelstadt, 25 years old, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As one of six kids in a military family, he moved 14 times before he was 18 years old, most of which was in and around San Antonio, Texas. Bryan began in the arts as a trumpet player. In high school, he was a drum major at Steele High School until graduation. As a senior in high school, Bryan decided to audition for Grease at SHS and was cast as Danny Zuko. This began his love affair with the arts. During this time, Bryan had become part of Lari Nelson's The Agency Modeling and Talent. He was suddenly walking a runway, gaining confidence

and listening to older actors and models on how to be part of the business. Upon graduation, Bryan attended Texas Lutheran University as a Communications major and Music minor. Halfway through school, Bryan added a Dramatic Media Major. Operatically, cinematically, and theatrically trained, Bryan Mittelstadt brings a new versatility to what it means to be in the entertainment industry. He says that TLU expanded his mind, changed his political views, and he began to see the world in a new empathetic light. As a Dramatic Media and Communications double de-

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" I have a drive to tell stories that affect people. There’s a magical element to what draws us to a career. For myself, singing led to a means of expression. From there, I found acting. Acting connects me to the human experience. The joy, suffering, love, and fear of humanity is captured through stories. I want to be part of telling those stories."


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gree holder from Texas Lutheran University, Bryan is trained in a variety of skills ranging from cultural studies, film studies, ethnographical research, film editing, classical and contemporary acting, script writing, directing, and more. His Communications major focused on Cultural and Entertainment Studies in media and law work, film studies, ethnography, and a Film Noir thesis. He particularly enjoyed sharing the gift of art with kids of all ages working as a Teaching Artist in Texas Tales to help low-income schools with literacy through acting and working for the 60th anniversary of Harand Camp outside of Chicago. Bryan has completed his degrees after a Capstone original work named 'Someone Like You' that included dancing, vocals, spoken word, writing, directing, arranging, and a number of other skills. Upon graduation, Bryan decided to attend the Model & Talent Expo in Dallas where a number of agents and managers expressed that he should move to be immersed in the arts. Soon after, he walked off a plane in Manhattan with two suitcases and a drive that would lead to a year and a half of working in New York. New York has provided numerous opportunities in artistic growth. Bryan studies voice with esteemed vocal instructors, Michael Paul and Jasper Grant. He has also studied acting at the highly respected Meisner Studio, Matthew Corozine Studio under Ryan Tofil. He also works with business coach, Tessa Faye, to find ways to keep pushing forward in the industry. He emphasized the importance of teachers, coaches, and friends that build you up and keep you focused on your goals.

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Bryan has worked on a number of projects in New York including the new Amazon pilot, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and toured the Midwest with a small musical that toured off- broadway in the 80s called The Wright Brothers: Those Daring Young Men and Their Flying Machine. He has worked on a music video as a background vocalist, sang at a number of gigs, and been part of a number of acting, modeling, and vocal projects. Bryan will be heading off to pursue a Masters in Acting at the University of Connecticut in the fall after receiving a full ride scholarship to this highly regarded school. He says he is ecstatic to work on becoming a stronger performer and artist and says education is no less important In the arts than in any other field. The intricacies of a career in the arts are the meetings, photoshoots, lessons, coachings, side hustle, schmoozing, creating, resumes, monologues, song books, and yet again, the list goes on. But you find your team. Family, friends, and teachers are the backbone of success. Always be thankful. Perhaps most importantly, Bryan says he has learned to be truthful to himself and who he is despite what those around you might think or believe. Once you are being truthful to who you are, art becomes less difficult. You're just doing what you love. No one's journey is easy. For himself, acting is the vehicle to tell the stories of the journeys we all face. He acts to create connection that helps us see past fear, boundaries, and what we might not otherwise experience or understand. Which is indeed the true goal of art. e


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EMMY COSTLOW WELLNESS CONSULTANT OF THE MONTH "When you walk into my studio you will quickly feel relaxed and transported to a place of comfort."

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Hi! I’m Emmy and welcome to Idunna’s Harvest. Here you will find a place to beautify, relax and heal – for a more harmonized mind, body and spirit. I am a licensed Esthetician, Reiki Master and M’Lis Wellness Consultant. I believe that our skin and overall wellness mimics what we eat and the life-style we live. Taking good care of yourself is a combination of using wholesome products and practicing a strong positive outlook in life. I provide an array of services from facials, peels, detox body wraps to Reiki Healing. My brands of choice are Eminence Organic, Le Mieux Skin Care and M’lis nutritional supplements. I have chosen these professional brands because of their high quality and excellent results. I specialized in providing my services

infused with Reiki for a more holistic approach. My inspiration for creating Idunna’s Harvest comes from Idunna. The Norse Goddess of beauty, health and wellness. She provided the other gods with golden apples to maintain their beauty and immortally. That’s when I decided, I would do that for others. Of, course not like Idunna, but in my own way. When you walk into my studio, you will quickly feel relaxed and transported to a place of comfort. I have worked in large spas that provide services for that feel good moment. However, I deliver more than that. It is all about creating relationships that will last a lifetime. I invite you to visit with me and explore what Idunna’s Harvest has to offer. www.idunnasharvest.com

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VICTORIA SEABROOKS FEMALE MODEL OF THE MONTH "My end goal is to be signed with as many agencies as possible working all over the world to impact it for the better with God's Grace."

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Hello, my name is Victoria Seabrooks daughter of Victor Seabrooks and Judy Vergara. I come from a military family and have lived in 8 different locations including Japan. I was born in Havelock, North by the Cherry Point base. I spent middle and high school in Upstate NY in a small town called Mexico, NY. I spent most of the time playing sports mainly basketball, lacrosse, and track & field. During my first year at Herkimer College I majored in

Radio Tv/Broadcasting. My main sports were basketball and track & field. In basketball I was Ranked 7th in the nation for blocks. For track & field my events were long and high jump but I let my coach talk me into competing in the heptathlon which lead me to place 4th in the nation. After my first year of college I moved to San Antonio, Texas with the intent on transferring to a University close by and playing for one of the teams but my plans changed and I continued

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my education at the Alamo colleges taking my prerequisites for dental hygiene. At that time I was given the chance to model for a boutique here in Texas called Her Story Stylebar Boutique sparking my interest in modeling. Once I did a fashion show for the boutique and Agaci I made a lot of friends who were models. Some continued to mention an agency called The Nelson Fashion Group so from there I met my Awesome Mother Agency, Lari Nelson. Lari helped guide my hardheadedness in the direction I needed to take in order to transition from athlete to a model. I decided to attend the Model/ Talent Expo In November of 2016. I received 18 callbacks and was awarded Model of the Year. That following week I signed with the Kim Dawson Agency out of Dallas. Now I am a signed Model working full time and loving it! My end goal is to be signed with as many agencies as possible working all over the world with a bachelors degree in Business Marketing using both components as a platform to impact the world for the better with God's Grace! e

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CELLULITE By Chrystal Holmes - Beauty & Skin care editor

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A recent request from one of our clients: “I’d like to remove the appearance of scratch and dent from my butt please. It looks like the after-effect of a hail storm.” Ahh the dreaded cellulite that shows up on our legs, stomach, buttocks, arms, etc... We don’t like it, we don’t like to talk about it and we definitely don’t want to see it on our bodies. Ladies, if this is relatable, you are among 90% of women over the age of 30 who have developed some form of cellulite. Although diet and exercise can diminish cellulite, a large part of cellulite is composed of toxins, fluids and fat which become trapped deep in the skin. The connective tissue thickens and hardens, resulting in a dimpling appearance. Men also get cellulite although the percentage is dramatically lower. Cellulite is a multifactorial condition that is unresponsive to a


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wide array of treatments. However, there have been exciting breakthroughs with non-invasive therapy involving radio frequency that are now considered the gold standard for cellulite reduction. Radio frequency devices such as the Viora Reaction, use radio frequency and vacuum to stimulate lipolysis, the process of fat breakdown. These relatively painfree treatments also add heat energy to help shrink fat cells (your liver then processes the fat). There are options available that remove or destroy fat cells, like liposuction or freezing fat cells away. While initially this sounds great, the challenge with these treatments is that in the event of any slight future fat gain, that gain would only occur in existing fat cells, not in the areas where fat cells have been destroyed. This could potentially leave an abnormal or disproportionate look on your body. With radio frequency, fat cells simply shrink back to a smaller, more normal size and allow for normal weight fluctuations while keeping beautiful, smooth skin. While improvements can often be seen with just one treatment, we always recommend that clients complete a series of treatments to achieve optimal results. With good lifestyle choices, the results are extremely long lasting. Cellulite may be inevitable. But living with it doesn’t have to be. Your next trip to the beach could be with smooth, dimple-free skin! For more information, contact the skin care experts at Bio2 Skin Studio at The Shops at La Cantera. Consultations are always free.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MUSCLE & FAT BY SKIE MOLINAR - FITNESS EDITOR

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Will my muscle turn into fat or can I turn my fat into muscle? That is a very confusing question and a consistent one I have been asked throughout my years as a fitness professional in the fitness industry. The answer requires an explanation of basic differences between muscle and fat. It’s biologically impossible for fat cells to turn into muscle cells or vice versa. They are two entirely different cells with different fibers. Both expand and shrink with stored energy from the foods we eat to refuel. · Muscle cells are very active and dense requiring more energy to refuel when depleted. · Fat cells don’t require as much energy but continuously store unused energy expanding them, which makes us fatter. So you have to think about which cell you want to feed. Starve the fat cell & feed the muscle cell by consuming the right fuel of proteins, carbohydrates and good fat.

When you exercise or workout, especially when working out with weights, you deplete the muscle cell of energy. Consuming a meal a half hour to an hour after your workout, allows depleted muscle cells to use most of the nutrition to refuel with energy, which keeps the fat cells from storing most of the nutrition. Sometimes, depending on the foods consumed after a workout, muscle cells not completely refueled tap into fat cells and steal energy to refuel completely. That is the beginning of body fat and weight loss, which results in a toned, leaner muscular physique. The more muscle you generate, the more body fat you burn. Remember your muscles support your skeletal system. Which becomes more important as we age. Exercise Get yourself into a good fitness program that builds your muscles to strengthen the muscles surrounding your joints. Work on your cardio vascular system which strengthens the heart muscle. Remember your heart


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muscle is what pumps blood in and out of your cardiovascular system every day, all day. · Work your muscles with free weights or machines. · Use your own body weight for exercise, such as pushups, pull ups, walking lunges on an incline or flat surface etc. Examples of working your cardio vascular system (heart); Walking, Jogging, Stationary Bike (preferably recumbent bike), Elliptical, Stepper, Treadmill, Jump Rope etc. Nutrition People are bombarded with so much information that they don’t know what exercise program to follow or what to eat. I’m finding that people are still afraid to eat more than two or three times a day for fear of gaining weight. Food is not our enemy but our fuel. Just like a car needs the right gasoline to keep it running, we also need the right fuel, so our machine (body) will function properly. Another point of confusion I have encountered in my fitness career is the difference between Proteins, Carbohydrates & Fats. Proteins – the body’s building blocks. Used to build & repair tissues. They help fight infection. Sources of protein; seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, peas unsalted nuts and seeds. Carbohydrates – the body’s main source of energy. There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, and milk products, sweeteners like sugar, honey, syrup, and foods like candy, soft drinks, and frosting or icing.

Complex carbohydrates found in breads, cereals, pasta, rice, beans, peas, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, and corn. Fats – also give you energy and help you feel satisfied after eating. Oils, shortening, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, and dressings. Seeds, nuts, and avocado. There are different categories of fat Monounsaturated – canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, and safflower oil. Also, found in avocados, peanut butter, and some nuts and seeds. Polyunsaturated – some found in corn oil, soybean oil, and flaxseed oil. Found in fatty fish, walnuts, and some seeds. Saturated – found in red meat, milk products including butter, palm and coconut oils. Regular cheese, pizza dairy desserts. Trans fats (trans fatty acids) – processed trans fats are found in stick margarine and vegetable shortening. They are often used in store-bought baked goods and fried foods at some fast – food restaurants. Unsaturated are liquid at room temperature and lower your chance of heart disease. Trans fats and saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. This is what they use to make fried chicken crispy, and cookies. They increase your chance of heart disease. It always goes back to proper nutrition and exercise. REMEMBER, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING A WELLNESS AND NUTRITION PROGRAM. www.skiesfitness.com

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hat are you doing as you read this? Are you sitting or standing? Before the previous question, were you paying attention to what your body was doing? Now think about your posture as you read. Did you just straighten up? Pay100 ing attention to your posture is a new way to think about fitness. Most people do not enjoy exercise. If you don’t enjoy exercise, you are normal. The challenge comes from most people seeking a way to stay fit. Looking at what’s out there, they find exercise systems that require specific exercises, day after day. But, most people don’t enjoy exercise and quickly fail with exercise systems.


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So what do most people really want? They want simple and easy and posture is as simple and easy as it gets. It’s even easier to understand posture’s power when looking at a single week. Wow! Those 115 hours a week clearly reveal a gap in the way we currently think about fitness. Posture perfectly fills the gap because when using your posture correctly, everything you do becomes exercise. Isn’t that fantastic? 115 hours of exercise a week using posture. Start using your posture correctly and feel the difference in your fitness. 3 tips to get started: 1. 2. 3.

When standing, evenly distribute your weight on the ball and heal of each foot. When sitting, keep your hips centered and avoid tilting forward or back. As you walk, keep your arms swinging freely and naturally. 510 East Ramsey, Suite 6 San Antonio, TX 78216 210-825-0924 point52.com

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ENTERTAINERS OF THE MONTH

RICARDO SILVA & SANDRA TORRES LYNUM Photos by Lafaiete Photography

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icardo was born in Mexico City and lived his formative years in Jalisco. He migrated to the US when he was 26 years old. Ricardo was an avid musician before this time. He studied music in Mexico by starting to play electric guitar with a band in high school in Tomatlan. He soon discovered the piano and fell in love with it, learned that this was his favorite instrument and started learning to play on his own. He studied classical music at Mexico’s Conservatory, however he decided his calling was not in classical and was more interested in pop music, jazz, semi-classical, Broadway tunes and folk music. He developed a sharp ear and

played everything by just listening to the music. He was invited to play on a local television station in Guanajuato when he was spotted by a very affluent local hotel representative. Ricardo was hired on the spot to play for a 5 star hotel by the name of Hotel Leon in Guanajuato, Mexico. Ricardo was a regular musician in the international hotel scene and the local golf clubs in that region for a few years. Ricardo was always dreaming of coming to the states to pursue his passion and he made his way in the early 1980's when the Longoria family brought him from Nuevo Laredo to San Antonio to play for them at the Cadillac Bar. His early gigs included stints at the Four Seasons and La Mansion Del Rio. Soon after, Mr. Cortez of the Mi Tierra Family caught Ricardo's gig and hired him away to play at Mi Tierra's Mariachi Bar. Ricardo played at the various Cortez family owned restaurants for many years but he was a staple of the Pico De Gallo Restaurant in particular for over 20 years. Ricardo also plays weekends at Sepulveda family's Don Pedro on SW Military drive and has been there for over 15 years to this day. Ricardo has played for many Fiesta Commission events, for Sembradores de Amistad Association, for the City of SA Parks and Recreation and various other associations and organizations in San Antonio. He plays many private gigs, numerous local restaurants and is constantly booked for these weekly. Ricardo also entertains the retirement communities at several Retirement Centers throughout San Antonio and is well known by the local community for his One Man band show.


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Ricardo and Sandra have been spreading their passion for music together for over 10 years!

Ricardo met Sandra Torres Lynum at a family event in 1995 where he was playing and she asked him to sing a song for the family. They stayed in touch and on occasion Sandra would join him to sing a few songs at these private gigs. In 2007, they started playing regularly at more private gigs together and Ricardo diversified his repertoire by adding more boleros, old standards and some pop music with Sandra's voice. Sandra is originally from Chicago whose parents also come from Mexico which is why Spanish was her first language. She has lived in SA since junior high and graduated from Brackenridge High School. Unlike Ricardo, who is a full time musician, Sandra only accompanies Ricardo whenever possible since she has a full time day job. The retirement community gigs are close to Sandra's heart as her mother lives in one of these communities and her mother sometimes joins her in singing a few songs when they play at her center. Sandra's original major in college was music but ran into a few obstacles when trying to pursue her passion. She wound up with a Business degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and has been in sales for many years. Sandra is married to Billy Lynum and they enjoy traveling the world with their Los Amigos Ski Club.

Ricardo is certainly an accomplished keyboard player. He can play everything from Broadway on a grand piano to an accordion at an Italian restaurant. He can add harmonica when needed and improvises his own style to accommodate his audiences. He plays many styles of music that include international, jazz, pop, folk, salsa, and merengue and adds an ambiance that makes those who listen to him truly love him and his art. His biggest satisfaction is the warmth and love and the closeness he has to his clients, many of whom have hired Ricardo over and over for many years. Both Sandra and Ricardo enjoy spending time with their own respective grandchildren and the love of music has kept them performing together for over 10 years. Ricardo and Sandra would love to play for you at your next event. Ricardo Silva can be reached at 210-3943039.

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Antiques The American Awakening

By Laura Curtis Owner of Europa Imports - 13439 Bandera Road, 78023

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or most people the word Antiques conjures up childhood visions of your Grandmother or Great Aunt’s house: full of dusty and delicate Victorian furniture, lovingly arranged in the formal living rooms of their dated homes. Almost always, these rooms were off limits to the kids and usually reserved for special guests. That image is finally beginning to change. For years, Americans have at first welcomed, but more recently endured, big box stores selling inferior but visually pleasing furnishings and home décor -- which are often given names. Labeling a big and cheaply made chair “Thor” or “Brutus” is a clever marketing tool that appeals to a man’s inner machismo and is likely to draw him into a sale. One can almost hear the third world corporation executives snicker with every purchase. They know perfectly well, that “Brutus” will be on the corner on heavy trash day in a year or two, sending that very customer back to the next big box store. This arrangement is cleverly designed. We Americans with our disposable society fall right into it - buy, if it breaks, throw it away and get a new one, and repeat. Those reading this may be cringing, seeing themselves in the

words, but they are not alone. As a man often falls prey to the charms of a pretty woman, so does the consumer fall prey to the allure of an overtly attractive piece of furniture, not knowing what really lies beneath that cheaply painted and padded exterior. Enter antiques and vintage décor. Perhaps they are worthy of a second look. After all, they HAVE been around for 50, 100, maybe 200 years. While America was asleep at its particle board wheel, solid wood, slab top farm tables and artfully carved mahogany chairs have been cast aside in collectors’ garages, waiting for some appreciation. As the economy changes, people are starting to get tired of buying new dining sets after every move. Quality is making a comeback, but beware consumers! Look around and you will see the big box stores trying to capitalize on this trend, with fake farm tables and pressed wood decorative detail. Take a really close look and one will find the tiny “made in (blank)” stickers discreetly stuck to the underside, often with a country’s name that we probably fought in a previous war. The store will try to trick the potential buyer into believing it is quality merchandise. They do this with slick lighting, trendy music or a glossy

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catalog delivered every season, but the smart consumer should know better. Quality furniture and home décor can be found in this country at surprisingly affordable prices if you know where to look. First, give your local antique store a try. In most sizable towns, these shops cluster together or operate as a mall. They do this in an attempt to gather as many customers into one area as possible, as they only have one main draw. Most budget friendly antique shops or malls will not be in slick, newly built buildings, or in the classiest neighborhoods (Such operations are usually reserved for the elite, multi-generational antiquarians that are highly selective and cater to clientele and designers with huge budgets). The draw in this case is not food or an overpriced coffee beverage that people tend to flock to. A dealers’ draw is simply a cluster of quality home furnishings. Granted, in some cases a couple of bored housewives will get together, collect cast off

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furniture, and paint it all sweetly. Then open a shop that might have a cutesy name with the word antique in it. These operations frequently open and close but once consumers realize they’ve just bought “The Thor” with a paint job, or a repaired "Brutus" that they just put on the corner. They soon realize they’ve been duped. The reference in this case is to established shops or malls that have stood the test of time. Most of these will have websites with samples of merchandise or photos of current inventory. Visit those with several good (not just one best buddy’s) reviews on multiple sites. Photos will give you an idea of selection and range of style. Some shops cater to one genre or style such as Mid Century Modern, Art Deco or Victorian, while others are a mix. If an item is 40 or more years old, there is a good chance it is of good quality. If it is still intact that long, it probably isn’t just glued together particle board. Poor quality items stashed in someone's non-climatized barn or 300 degree attic waiting to come back into style, would have disintegrated. Estate Sales, auctions, and even garage and tag sales often have quality, affordable items. Take advantage of their advertised previews, so that you have time to check out the quality of the pieces, as they are often not discriminatory in what they take in and resell.


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When shopping and previewing, look carefully. If an item is dusty or covered with glassware. Don’t dismiss it. Sometimes the best quality pieces are overlooked for this very reason. Not all shop owners auctioneers or estate sale operators are tidy, and many cannot afford employees to clean. Thus the great prices. Look for tags and labels inside drawers. Many knowledgeable proprietors will have done some research for you and have a description and possibly an era the item was made written on the tag. Others expect the buyer to do this, so it is always best to educate yourself before purchasing. Check for wear and tear, tightness of joinery or repairs that might have been made. If one is purchasing for an investment, repairs, refinishing and repainting will instantly devalue the item. True collectors prefer the patina of age as testimony to its authenticity. If the purchase is simply to achieve a certain look or style, then it is perfectly fine to purchase a painted, repaired or reproduction piece as long as it is sturdy and of quality materials that is not found in the big box stores. Note, veneer on an old piece of furniture, if it is in good shape, is not a bad thing. Many of the oldest antique furniture artists used veneer over solid wood bases to add intricate designs and style to pieces, called marquetry or parquetry. Veneer only got a bad name when it began being used to cover up particle board to look like the real thing. Even if you think your taste is too modern for antiques, think again. Grab any decorating magazine and you will see antique style chairs, crisply painted or with modern upholstery, old tables paired with lucite chairs, antique lamps with modern shades. Take notice that in many of the most fabulous and interesting rooms there is a mix of woods and patterns. Color or repetition is used to unite the visual flow. Antique rustic pieces can be integrated into almost any décor. Old butcher chopping blocks in a kitchen, industrial pieces made into furniture or lamps, or an old workbench used as a unique desk, an old coal sled reinvented as a coffee table. The Europeans have capitalized on this for centuries, they reuse and re-purpose. Re-purposing gives new life to items and creates and interesting look. Pair your modern sofa with a true rustic coffee table, perhaps

an old wedding trunk. Add a colorful pad to the trunk to make a unique hall bench. Don’t bore your guests with a room that looks like a hotel and is “formula purchased” by the room. Imagine going to dinner at someone’s home and they have the exact same living room as you, right down to the lamps and “artwork”. Don’t forget art. Art is one’s stamp of individuality. It should not be indiscriminately bought. Choose what speaks to you and you won’t get bored with it. It is a great way to add color and interest to a room or direct a visitors’ interest, like to a fireplace or high beamed ceilings that might otherwise have been overlooked. Think out of the box when it comes to art. Painting and framed prints are fine, but the world of art is so much more. Wall hangings, rugs, tapestries, statuary, iron, old doors, even lighting can be art. Bring an outdoor statue inside and add some up-lighting to create drama. If you are reading this and feeling a little guilty again, there’s a simple cure for that. Go shopping and don’t forget about the unique possibilities of antiques!

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DANA PHILLIPS REALTOR OF THE MONTH Awarded #1 Individual Realtor in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal 2017.

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ana Phillips is a Centurion Award winning Platinum Top 50 Realtor (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), real estate investor, patron of the arts, animal lover and philanthropist who owns Phillips & Associates Realty along with her Broker husband Tom Phillips in San Antonio, Texas. With over $300,000,000 in personal production Dana has the abilities, contacts and resources to help her clients meet their individual real estate needs. Awarded #1 Individual Realtor in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal 2017! Dana’s approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches and positive results, utilizing the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations. More importantly, Dana listens and that means she finds solutions that are tailored to you.

What her clients say: "Dana is extremely educated in the real estate market in Central Texas. I know I can trust her to provide me the service fit to my needs and specifications. I would recommend Dana Phillips to anyone!!” “I have worked with Dana for several years. She has an extensive knowledge of the San Antonio market and provides excellent service to her clients. I would recommend Dana Phillips and Phillips & Associates Realty services to any investor looking to acquire real estate in San Antonio.” “Dana is a go getter who gets the job done. Her integrity and expertise on the job makes you feel you've made the right choice without a doubt. There’s no doubt in my recommendation when it comes to my Real Estate company...I choose Phillips & Associates Realty and Dana Phillips.”


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Trust the Experience of San Antonio’s #1

Residential Realtor

Dana Phillips, REALTOR®/Owner Cell: (210) 846-5444 DanaPhillipsRealtor@outlook.com Dana.PhillipsRealty.co

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The real estate market in San Antonio and the surrounding areas is as fiery as the local cuisine! Even though interest rates are on the rise and home inventory is low sales are going strong. Average prices are now in the $250,000 range and climbing with the bulk of sales under $500,000 and an average of 55 days to sell according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR). Also, according to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, employment rates are climbing, foreclosure rates are very low and government backed mortgages are readily available for buyers.

forward with no end in sight. There seems to be a new housing development or apartment complex breaking ground every week with new builders and developers streaming into the San Antonio area. Buyers have a wide range of choices from pre-owned established neighborhoods like Castle Hills to modern new construction in the downtown urban spaces of The Pearl and Brackenridge Court to the suburbs of Alamo Ranch to name a few. While sellers are enjoying the climbing prices and quick sale times.

All of this together looks like a great real estate market that seems to be moving

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COUNTRY OF THE MONTH - BY FIONA ARECCHI - TRAVEL EDITOR

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128 When visiting Scotland, you will probably fly into either Glasgow or Edinburgh. As an Edinburgh native, I am obviously biased on which one to choose. Edinburgh is a must see. The architecture, history, and the sheer beauty of the entire city is quite breathtaking. Many Americans find themselves arriving in Edinburgh feeling their Scottish, ancestral blood pumping through their veins, and the first thing they want to do is get into a kilt. That’s fine! We like that! We Scots can put up with the odd American wearing the kilt, but please don’t buy your family tartan from one of the many Tartan Tat, old town hawkers. If you do, you’ll look like a laddie in a skirt. A very nice pattered skirt, but a skit none the less.We will hate your skirt,

but we will admire your nerve! Being tartan is not all it takes to turn a skirt into a kilt. A true kilt has a minimum of 8 yards of the finest hand woven plaid, hand sewn by one of the the great craftsmen in one of several Scottish tailor shops. Mind you! It won’t be cheap. You’ll need to top it off with a sporran, and a Sgian Duh, which is a lethal dagger you stuff in your sock while trying not to slash your leg open. Having conformed to the local dress code you’ll be ready to step out into the city. A good place to start is the Royal Mile, a cobbled stoned street that runs from the Castle

to Holyrood House, the Queens residence when she visits Edinburgh. Holyrood sits in the shade of Arthur Seat, an extinct volcano that is now a public park where thousands of visitors and locals hike on the weekend. Rain or shine, usually rain! Edinburgh Castle sits majestically at the top of the “Mile” overlooking the rest of the city and coastline all the way to fife in the North and North Berwick in the South. I’m not a tour person, but Edinburgh offers some of the best tours of city places of interest and throughout the rest of the county. Edinburgh castle offers that are well worth the money. You can wander the castle ramparts, St Margaret’s Chapple and the rest of the castle enjoying the tour without other annoying tourists asking questions. If you enjoy interactive tours be sure to join the folks at Mary Kings Close, it’s just to cool to miss. The guides are a wealth of information and will show you a part of Edinburgh, under the city, that has been buried since the plague. They literally built a new city on top of the old one! If you are more adventurous and want to see more of Scotland


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be sure to check out Hairy Coo tours. The don’t charge per se, but they ask that you pay whatever you thought the tour was worth. I have gone to Stirling Castle, the Forth Bridge, and Inverness with these guys. They have a great variety of tours available.The guides are friendly,

and some of the best story tellers I’ve encountered. They leave from the corner at 8am everyday from the corner of George the Forth Bridge and the High Street. It gets busy so be sure to book a day or two in advance. Before you catch the bus be sure

to go to one of the local pubs for breakfast. Yes! Pubs in Edinburgh offer full Scottish breakfasts, with or without the whiskey chaser and the haggis. If you have never tried haggis, give yourself a treat. You will be surprised. Pleasantly I hope!

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HISTORIC HOME OF THE MONTH

By Fiona Arecchi - Home/Travel Editor

If winners never give up then Ms. Julie Shank, a long time resident of the midtown Manhke Park neighborhood, is definitely a winner. When the recent, much covered historic battle turned ugly, Julie decided to break from the herd and figure out how to get historic designation for her 1940 Manhke Park arts-and-craftsman style home opposite the lovely Manhke Park itself.The mesquite trees and the wild flowers, planted every year to commemorate neighbors who have passed on, make an ideal setting for a historically marked home. Her house was designated a historic landmark in 2016. Way to go Ms. Julie! Julie's home is not only known for its historic designation, but more as a stopping place for neighbors and friends looking for interesting conversation in a beautiful setting. Manhke Park, a ten minute drive to downtown and within walking distance to the newly renovated Wittie Museum, the Botanical Gardens, Brakenridge Park, the Zoo, and a great selection of eateries has become one of the most sought after places to live for professionals and young families alike.

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But the most notable thing about Julie is her talent in creating a comfortable space for her neighbors to enjoy interesting conversation and a glass of wine while relaxing at the end of the day. Her artfully decorated home has various conversation nooks that invite you to linger a little longer than you probably should. The picturesque view from the front porch is awash with colors from the manicured garden creating sensory overload of smells and sounds as the neighborhood pet Turkey "Talula" strolls past offering an evening greeting. If the art of decorating was an Olympic sport Julie would surely take a gold medal!


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ADVISORS OF THE MONTH

EVERY BUSINESS OWNER NEEDS A TEAM OF TRUSTED ADVISORS.

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If you’re a business owner, you are used to wearing a lot of hats. Still, you can’t be an expert at everything, which is why it’s important to build a network of trusted professionals that you can turn to for help whenever the need arises.

attorney—especially one with some experience in your industry—is almost a necessity. Among other things, an attorney can help defend you and your company from potential lawsuits, review contracts, and help with succession planning.

No matter how successful you are, there are plenty of reasons to establish a professional network.In addition to exchanging contacts and referrals, there’s also the opportunity to share ideas and receive free advice from specialists in their field. And, much like getting a second opinion on a medical procedure, your network can act as a system of checks and balances by making sure you weigh all your options.

Accountant:While most people only use their accountant during tax season, business owners will find that an ongoing relationship can save them money in the long run. Not only can an accountant keep you from running afoul of the IRS, they can also show you how to structure your business and become a more tax-efficient operation.

Ask yourself: Whom should you invite to be part of your network? While the members may vary depending on your strengths and weaknesses, your team should probably include some—or all—of the following professionals: Attorney: Unless you have in-house council or a legal background yourself, an

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prepare for a number of critical business issues. Specifically, an insurance agent can help your business overcome the loss of a key employee, enhance your executive benefit package, fund a buy-sell agreement, and protect your family’s future by insuring your business interests. As you can see, there are a host of advantages to creating a network of professionals with expertise in their field. Best of all, it’s a win-win for all parties, so setting one up may be easier than you think.

Banker/Financier: As we all know, cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. And in today’s restrictive lending environment, having a banker in your corner can be a real boon. By providing easy access to credit, or letting This educational, third-party you hear about the most article is provided as a courtesy by favorable rates, a banker can be an invaluable addition to Gerardo “J.J.” Ramirez Jr., Partner, New York Life Insurance Company. your team. To learn more about the informaInsurance agent: A professional tion or topics discussed, please coninsurance agent can help you tact J.J. Ramirez at (830)832-3491.


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INSTAGRAM SECRETS OF THE MONTH

Jeremy McGilvrey

Author of Instagram Secrets and Creator of Instapro Academy

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Is your business on Instagram? If not, it needs to be. Now, if you read that last sentence and thought to yourself, “Why? Facebook is ​ where it’s at, ​and besides Instagram is just a silly photo sharing app for 19 year old girls who post gym selfies,” then keep reading because Instagram expert and creator of Instapro Academy Jeremy McGilvrey has some very compelling facts you need to know about growing your business using Instagram. In his

new book I​ nstagram Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Following Fast, Driving Massive Traffic & Generating Predictable Profits​, Jeremy lays out a very convincing argument as to why Instagram dominates every other social media platform (especially Facebook). Among the most startling of these reasons are facts like: • Instagram has 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook (120 times more than Twitter)

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100% of their followers per post while brands on Facebook reach 6% of their followers per post • The average order is $65 on Instagram versus only $55 on Facebook • 96% of marketers use Facebook, while 36% use Instagram (On Instagram you only have to compete with about a third of the marketers online) Jeremy’s flagship training is an online course called I​nsta-


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1. Most big-time marketers Think & Grow Rich ​; I learn the are on Facebook, what made you secrets to success on Instagram choose Instagram as your go to from Jason Stone (Millionaire social media platform? Mentor) and revealed them in I was completely fed up with my book ​Instagram Secrets ​and I Facebook continuously slashing broke them down into a 71 part viorganic reach and dealing with deo training series (Instapro Acatheir unfair and unclear advertising demy). Jason and I have became policies, so I went in search of great friends and he’s shared a different and less restrictive with me all of the secrets and social media platform to promote inside tips he used to grow his my products Instagram page to and services Leads and ultimately over 2.4 million on. I needed a sales are the lifeblood of followers. platform that any business, and what I Something would actually teach people how to do else that’s really let my followers inside of Instapro Academy important is that hear my mesis drive traffic faster, che- I’m my own best sage, and one customer. So many aper and easier than any where I didn’t social media gurus have to jump other way on the entire are out there through hoops Internet, trying to sell Jeremy McGilvrey says. people on the lie just to run a simple ad. Insthat they can do tagram has been a dream come for them what they can’t even true. After I ran my first shou- do for themselves. I constantly tout with ​@Millionaire_Mentor​ practice what I teach. And my Instagram became a ‘“no-brainer” results prove it. for me. Within minutes of him 3. Who is Instrapro Academy posting my ad on his Instagram for? page my website lit up. I got more It’s for people who are just traffic and sales in 3 hours than I getting started online and are had in the previous 2 years. From looking for a proven blueprint that point forward - I went all in for growing a following, collecon Instagram. ting email leads and building a 2. There are a lot of so-called profitable business. “social media experts” out there. It’s also for more advanced What makes you different? marketers who are tired of Much like how Napoleon Hill burning money on Facebook learned the secret to success and want to learn how to from Andrew Carnegie and then print money using the power revealed the secrets in the book​ of Instagram.

pro Academy​, where he teaches entrepreneurs how to build their brand on Instagram as well as build huge followings and leverage Instagram Influencers to drive massive amounts of cheap and targeted traffic to their website or sales funnel. Instapro Academy is currently the No. 1 training program in the world for teaching entrepreneurs how to harness the power of Instagram to share their message and build their dream business.

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140 Moniza ‘Moni’ Collins Agent New York Life Insurance Co.

I was born in the small town of Alice, TX where my father was stationed as a Texas State Trooper. We moved to San Antonio when I was 4 years old, following my father’s promotion to Sargent for the Department of Public Safety. During her youth, my amazing mother was a model for twelve years. She had the privilege to be a stay at home mom to myself and my 3 siblings. After graduation from William Howard Taft High School, I studied at American Military University for Business Management with concentration in Leadership and Counseling and became a nurse. My passion for helping people continued to grow, as I was promoted to Management roles over the next 18 years. After careful thought, consideration, and prayer I made the leap of faith to a career in the Finance and Life Insurance Industry with New York Life. Coming from a demanding career in the

medical field, to a career of family first has been a welcomed change, and has allowed for some wonderful learning opportunities. New York Life has continued to allow me to pursue my passion for helping others. Thanks to my clients, I have started off this amazing career with New York Life by achieving the coveted Bronze Eagle and Career Success Awards. Although these awards are only obtained by a small percentage of agents each year, I was able to achieve these in record time! Early success with New York Life has strengthened my desire to continue helping the individuals, families, friends, and business owners in my community protect their most valued assets, and achieve their goals. A career at New York Life has been the correct choice from me and my family. I look forward to the many opportunities for advancement in the future with this phenomenal company!


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Robert Bryan Rendon

Born in San Antonio,Texas, on Lackland AFB, as a son of a Air Force Officer, I had the opportunity to not only live all over the United States and World, but had the opportunity to learn leadership through the outstanding example of my Father. Though living in both Panama City, Panama and Naples, Italy from first to seventh grades, our family returned to San Antonio where I graduated from Samuel Clemens High School. Always understanding the important of education, I had a successful year at Southwest Texas State University where I was heavily involved in Student Organizations, Student Government, Admission Ambassadors and Student Foundation. Involvement be it in through organizations or directly within communities, has always been very important to me. Upon graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration I entered the Pay TV industry (Cable & Satellite) which spanned the next 23 years. During this time I had the opportunity to live all over the country leading and directing teams in the areas of: Customer Service, Sales, Marketing and Technical Operations, as well as earned my Executive MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. My time in the tele-communication business ended while in Los Angeles, California working for

DIRECTV and I had the opportunity to once again to return back home to San Antonio. It was here where my career took such an interesting change when I had the outstanding opportunity to work for New York Life and Securities LLC as a Financial Services Professional. After earning my Group 1 and my Series 6 licenses during the latter part of 2016, my work in 2017 has seen tremendous success. During the first two quarters, I have earned not only the distinction of a NYL Executive Council Agent but I achieved the prestigious seal of MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) a high industry standard of excellence in record time. All this success has been achieved by helping my clients protect themselves and their families while planning for their future. It is a privilege to have the trust of my clients to help reach their financial goals and I look fondly to the future as we continue our amazing journey forward with the powerful backing and long consistent history of the New York Life Insurance Company! When I am not working, I enjoy volunteering with my Church, attending concerts and volunteering with my fraternal organization Sigma Alpha Epsilon as a Chapter Advisor at both Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Christy Rainey, M.D. Board Certified Dermatologist Owner, Rainey Dermatology Medical & cosmetic services

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hristy Rainey grew up watching her father and grandfather solving problems and saving lives in the medical field. Their offices were primarily family practices, but the procedures that fascinated Christy went skin deep. She remembers shadowing her father during his dermatology procedures, and she loved the visual aspect of his job. She knew right out of high school what she wanted to do. Christy completed an intensive six-year combined medical program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. And she’s following in her family’s physician footsteps. She wanted a specialization that was flexible and procedural based. “I love being able to treat people in the office and give them immediate results,” she said. Christy prides herself on being very perceptive, and she loves being in a field that allows her to

visually diagnose a problem rather than relying solely on testing. She sees a lot of teens who are hesitant to be treated. They’ve tried everything over-the-counter with no luck, but she’s able to completely clear their skin in five months. Clear skin for a teen is truly life-altering. Patients with psoriasis who were embarrassed to wear shorts or a swimsuit, can be clear in just a few months and have the freedom and confidence to enjoy their summer. She wants her practice to be a place for everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. And insurance doesn’t dictate care in her office. They will work to find a way. In 2016, Dr. Lindsey Finklea joined the practice, and it’s thriving more than ever. Patients come in who have been to two or three other doctors without a solution. Dr. Rainey’s goal is to be their last stop.


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Emily Reynolds Founder, R Public Relations Firm www.rprfirm.com Instagram: @rprfirm

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mily Reynolds lives, breathes, wears and eats public relations emphasis on the eats.This culinary and lifestyle PR powerhouse got her start in the business of helping businesses through her work with Bread & Butter Public Relations in Austin, and Bay Bird Inc. in San Diego. She went on to run the award-winning website, Defining Delicious and executing the PR plans for the Jason Dady Restaurant Group in San Antonio, Texas. Making dreams come true is her passion, but as a single mother, Emily knew she needed a way to fulfill her own dream of having it all. In 2016 she founded, R Public Relations Firm (RPR) and it has launched her into the public relations stratosphere. Her business model and practices foster a company culture that equally values her clients and her employees as whole people. Emily doesn’t believe in a work-life balance, but rather in a work-life blend. She is a firm believer that if your employees love what they do

they will do it well. So Wednesday Work Brunches and Mini Cupcake Monday Mornings are the norm at RPR Firm. By focusing on the dreams of the RPR team, Emily has in turn fostered an environment where her team can focus on the dreams of their clients. Emily can proudly say that each client she signs is one she admires, and one she knows is helping the world become a better place. Taking on clients she believes in makes it easy to promote their visions and help their dreams become a reality. Now RPR serves 4 cities across the nation, San Antonio being the home base and Austin, Nashville and New York being satellite offices. Her commitment to work-life blending allows her to prioritize the two most important people in her life, her two children whom she calls “her peaches.” As the helm of R PR, Emily’s philosophy on life and lifestyle are one and the same: if you are what you eat, drink and think, make it delicious.


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Heather O’Neill, instructor at JoyRide & owner of CryoFit

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itness has always been a part of Heather’s life. As a model she traveled to Italy, Miami, New York and Dallas, but rather than starving herself into a model body, she was always at the gym. She said health and fitness have been on her heart since she was a child. And when her son was little and she was going through a divorce, she used her love of athletics to help her make a living as a single mom. She became certified to teach group fitness, and she bounced around town teaching classes to everyone from UTSA students to senior citizens. A few years ago one of her fitness students put her in touch with Becky Cerroni at JoyRide, and she started teaching group classes there as well. Then in 2016, her spinning days came to a screeching halt when she tore the meniscus in her knee. It didn’t happen while cycling, but it put her out of work for a while. She was in charge of 12 classes at the time, and she didn’t have time to be down with a bum knee. She decided to try

cryotherapy, a process that uses extremely cold temperatures to basically do a hard reset on your body and significantly lower inflammation. With daily sessions at CryoFit in Leon Valley, she got the inflammation down enough to get back on her bike at JoyRide. All was well and she was back in cryotherapy following her knee surgery, but when another freak accident left her with a broken foot, she gained a new perspective. She said although the trek to CryoFit in Leon Valley was worth it, it took time and it was far. Heather noticed that she found a lot of her Alamo Heights clients at the CryoFit facility in Leon Valley, and when she asked why there wasn’t one closer, the owner said they were waiting for the right person to open one in Alamo Heights. She decided to be that person. She’s now remarried to her amazing husband Sean, she and her two boys Noah and Holden are happily settled, and she is loving life as the new owner of CryoFit in Alamo Heights.


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Lindsay Nash, Instructor at JoyRide

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indsay Nash encountered her first major life hurdle at only 15 when she lost her mother to cancer. Coming of age in her teen years without her mother’s guidance was a steep climb, but the naysayers who told her she’d never amount to anything without a mother to guide her only added fuel to the fire that burned within. She pushed through her pain, and she graduated at the top of her class at Texas A&M. “Leadership became my thing,” she said. Lindsay is still no stranger to adversity. She was class president at A&M the year the bonfire fell, and she eventually lost her sweet brother to addiction. Only one year after his death, Lindsay’s father was diagnosed with cancer, and she quit her full-time amazing career as the Vice President of a multibillion dollar company to stay home and be his full-time caregiver. But through it all, she has persevered. Lindsay was caring for her father and her two children when she realized that the call to lead was still inside of her. “I needed something for me” she said. And

that something was a job as an instructor at JoyRide, which combines her leadership ability and her passion for spinning. This natural extrovert loves getting lost in the darkness of a spin class. She sees it as a time to clear her mind, and it gives her a purpose to get out of her pajamas and hit the gym in the morning. Although not originally from San Antonio, Lindsay considers Alamo Heights her home. For the past 12 years she has fallen in love with the sense of community of Alamo Heights, and she can’t get enough of the ceviche at Paloma Blanca, and she loves that she can take her kids to Stonewerks for a great family meal.The unique shopping and dining Alamo Heights has to offer, along with her energetic positive role at JoyRide are the inspirational beams of light in her life. Lindsay is one instructor who sees an uphill battle and knows how to just keep spinning. And she’ll just keep spinning with Joy in her heart.

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