ANDERSEN FAMILY Committed to a Cause
Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware
The Store the Doyles Built
AHISD NEWS Alice is a Hit National Merit Scholars
Mahncke Park Home Blends Craftsman and Midcentury
CONTENTS NOVEMBER 2013
The Doyles of Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware
Profile: Melany and Garrett Andersen
AHISD School News
ON THE COVER: Craftsman meets midcentury in this charming AH home.
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The Store the Doyles Built It’s a fun place to shop By BONNY OSTERHAGE Photography by CASEY HOWELL
Some things are meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and
cheese, Donny and Marie. But what about drills and dog beds? Power tools and pretty plates? Light bulbs and luggage? Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware owners
David and Amy Doyle think so, and judging by their 18 years of success in the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center, customers agree.
“We always thought the center needed a store like this, we just always thought
Inspired by the thought of what would happen if Bob Vila and Martha Stewart put
together a store, the Doyles opened their retail doors in 1995 as a sort of ACE Hard-
ware, Williams-Sonoma and Starbucks Coffee hybrid. “At the time there were no local coffee shops in the area, so that really got us some attention,” recalls David.
In addition to a place for customers to gather for a warm cup of joe, the Doyles
offered a unique blend of merchandise that appealed to both men and women.
someone else should open it,” laughs David, who says the concept for the shop
“That’s what makes it fun,” says Amy. “Couples can shop together.”
living in Chicago.
BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
in the community she now serves. “It was really unique.”
decades? According to David, it is an organic process that stems from knowing
was inspired by a similar ACE hardware store the Doyles used to frequent while “It was like ACE hardware meets Crate and Barrel,” says Amy, who grew up
What keeps a retail business thriving in the same location for nearly two
your customer and evolving to meet changing needs. “Almost everyone tries to
FROM THE GROUND UP
adapt another concept or style from someone else in the beginning, but you quickly
pop business in a small neighborhood was a decision spurred by the fact that both
ical space and customer.”
Moving from a fast-paced corporate world in Chicago to owning a mom-and-
David and Amy wanted to take charge of their own lives and be their own boss.
learn that it doesn’t translate,” he explains. “You have to adapt to your own physThat is why, when coffee shops began springing up all over town, the Doyles
After a vacation to the family’s Canyon Lake house was interrupted by a last-
closed their coffee bar, focusing instead on building up the unique inventory for
Hardware revealed that the company desired a presence in Alamo Heights, and the
proximately 80 percent traditional hardware items and 20 percent Crate and Bar-
really become very gifty,” says Amy in describing the store’s current inventory.
minute business trip, the Doyles knew the time had come. A phone call to ACE
Doyles and their three children left corporate Chicago behind and came back to
which they were becoming known. What began as a retail space filled with ap-
rel-type goods transformed over the years into the 60/40 mix it is today. “We’ve
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“Part of the beauty of being a mom-and-pop business is that you can morph
and niche into different categories,” she adds. “You can test the water, and if it works, you can go deeper.”
Going deeper for the Doyles has included the addition of high-end cutlery, can-
dles, cards and gourmet kitchen items along with the usual convenience hardware items such as paint, plumbing needs, air filters and even batteries. A bridal registry
affords couples the opportunity to register for such items as Vietri china, Breville
appliances, Big Green Egg grills and White Wing luggage, all under one roof. “I think the only thing we don’t sell is clothing and makeup,” jokes Amy.
Going deeper also means going farther. In their quest to bring customers unique
items that they won’t find anywhere else, the Doyles have extended their buying
trips to include visiting European vendors and bringing back unusual seasonal
comes in and works on the company books and ac-
counts before leaving for
(the Doyles’ Labrador Re-
triever) arrive later and
take care of operations
until the couple meet up
again for lunch. “Our busi-
ness philosophy has al-
ways been totally in sync,”
décor. “You see a lot of the same vendors at all of the U.S. markets,” says David.
a better price.”
“It’s fun for us to find something new and bring it here before anyone else, and at David is quick to point out that just because Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware
is a neighborhood boutique-style shop doesn’t mean that customers are going to
pay higher prices. On the contrary, the prices on items carried in the big-box stores are the same, and if a customer finds the exact item for less, Sunset Ridge offers
class. David and Buddy
Doyles are playing to-
gether. David is a pilot
who, when he isn’t flying
his own plane for fun, is
a price match guarantee.
traveling with his wife to
plains. “What many people don’t realize is that the manufacturer, not the retailer,
and grandchildren, or to check out a new market. “We really enjoy traveling and
BUILDING A LIFE
preparing for the holidays and bringing back fabulous finds from their market trips.
have been married for 30 years) make it seem simple. An early riser, CPA Amy
Amy. “We want to keep it that way.”
“There is a common misconception that our prices will be higher,” David ex-
sets the price on those brands.”
It’s not every couple that can work, play and live together, but the Doyles (who
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visit the couple’s children
getting out of San Antonio during the warmer months,” he says.
When the summer’s over, however, you can find the Doyles back to business,
“Our tag line when we opened was that this was ‘a fun place to shop,’” says
PROF IL E
The Andersens Are By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER
A cure for diabetes is their goal
Ten years ago, when Melany and Dr. Garrett Andersen moved to San Anto-
nio with their growing family, life seemed full of promise and possibilities. Fol-
Photography by CASEY HOWELL
all these new instructions to keep her alive.”
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys
lowing Garrett’s medical school, residency and a fellowship in Boston, the
the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin, a hormone essential to turning
life in Alamo Heights.
can cause serious damage to all of the body’s organ systems. Type 1 diabetes strikes
young couple looked forward to returning to Texas and embarking on their new
Garrett joined STRIC, a respected radiology firm in San Antonio, and Melany
food into energy. Without insulin, glucose from food stays in the blood, where it both children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. To stay alive, people with
settled in to their new home with their two small children, anxious to make friends
Type 1 diabetes must take multiple insulin injections daily or continually infuse
off course when their 6-year-old daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with Type 1 di-
Type 1 to stay alive, they do not cure diabetes.
to San Antonio.
checks throughout the day and night,” Garrett explains. “If the blood sugar is high,
devastated and panicked. It was complete loss of control. We immediately con-
source of glucose is required to raise the blood sugar to within normal limits. It’s
and get involved in their new community. But their carefully scripted life veered
abetes, on the Andersens’ 10th wedding anniversary, a mere month after moving “We were completely overwhelmed,” Melany recalls. “We felt uneducated,
insulin through a pump. While these injections or infusions allow a person with “A typical day for a person with T1D requires approximately eight blood sugar
a dose of insulin is required to lower the blood sugar; if the blood sugar is low, a
tacted the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation office as well as our pedi-
a constant battle.” Research shows that as many as 3 million Americans may have
endocrinologist. It was like coming home with a newborn all over again, but with
atrician, Dr. John Fitch of Heritage Pediatrics, who referred us to a pediatric
Type 1 diabetes, with approximately 80 new diagnoses occurring each day in the
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With Emma’s diagnosis, the Andersens jumped right in to
their new role serving as Emma’s pancreas. “Basically, we had
a new normal,” Melany says. “We were so thankful for JDRF.
They offered us a huge support system of other families to con-
nect with so we didn’t feel so isolated and alone. Within two
weeks, JDRF connected us with another Alamo Heights family that had a daughter with Type 1 diabetes. Through this family,
I saw that we could function. I saw that this was doable. Life
could go on and be great.”
The Andersens also found their calling of service through
JDRF. Over the past decade, they have served in a variety of
roles including chairing the Promise Ball in 2008, which raised
over 2 million dollars for diabetic research. Melany has also
acted as chairman for the annual JDRF Walk for the Cure, VP
of strategic planning, as well as serving on numerous other
committees. This year, she is president of JDRF, a responsibility she takes on without hesitation.
“I would love for Emma to enjoy a day without interruption
Alamo Heights High School Cheer Squad at the San Antonio 2013 Walk & 5K Run to Cure Diabetes
for blood sugar tests,” Melany states. “But she doesn’t get a break; therefore, I don’t
Today, the Andersens are firmly ensconced in Terrell Hills with their three chil-
get a break. I want to do everything I can to help. We need a cure for this, and I
dren: Emma, a junior at AHHS, is a varsity cheerleader; Reed, a seventh-grader
The Andersens are quick to praise the support they receive from numerous
Woodridge, is an avid basketball player. Last month, the family participated in
won’t stop being involved until there is a cure. She can’t quit, so we can’t quit.”
families and businesses within the Alamo Heights community. “Within one month
of moving to Alamo Heights, we had a family crisis,” Melany recalls. “The people of this community really wrapped their arms around us and helped us. The schools
and doctors have been exceptional and very welcoming. Coming in as outsiders,
we were treated just as if we were born and raised here.”
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at AHJS, plays on the seventh-grade football team; and Rett, a third-grader at
their 10th JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes with the AHHS cheer team. “We’ve had
great community sponsors and lots of participation. We met our goal and raised over $10,000 for diabetes research,” Garrett says. “We will keep walking, raising
money and fighting until we find a cure.”
To learn more about how you can help, visit the JDRF website at www.jdrf.org.
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MIDCENTURY Nursery incorporates family treasures By JOHN BLOODSWORTH
Photos By AL RENDON
Nestled in a picturesque Craftsman bungalow shaded by a stately magnolia
tree facing Mahncke Park, talented architect Kristin Hefty and her construction
partner and husband, Clay Hefty, have been working on a new addition — the birth of their first child, Della Rose Hefty.
Partners with friend and fellow architect Tobin Smith in the Dado Group, the
young designers are known for their contemporary regional architectural style.
The Heftys, while embracing modernism, also have an affinity for incorporating
family possessions into the mix.
In selecting meaningful objects for living, Kristin says, “You have to have fun
with it and not worry about everything being ‘of the period.’” For the nursery,
that philosophy rings true. Working with colorist Greg Mannino, who collabo-
rated with Kristin on color selections for the Dado Group’s design/build of the
Pearl Brewery’s globally inspired barbecue restaurant The Granary, a neutral gray
was chosen for Della’s domicile.
The vintage crib that once held mother Kristin was repurposed in glossy mus-
tard. “It probably is not up to today’s codes, but I lived,” says Kristin. Selecting
fabric for the curtains with her mother-in-law, Cherrie Hefty, Kristin chose a
chevron pattern in black and white that complements the area rug. Grandmother Hefty sewed the draperies for her granddaughter’s bedroom.
Mementos from Clay’s youth were also incorporated into Della’s nursery. A
table lamp with brightly painted wooden clowns held center ring in her daddy’s
circus-themed room. Incorporating the vintage piece, Kristin chose a turquoise
fabric shade that she pulled into the color palate with gold tones, as well.
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A stuffed giraffe and rabbit, once residing in Clay’s nursery, now watch over baby Della from a tall
chest of drawers. On the nightstand is Clay’s baby hairbrush that mother Cherrie remembers using to
comb “his beautiful golden locks, when he had hair.”
Craftsman meets midcentury in the spacious living and dining area. A Danish modern table seating
eight is paired with Eames’ Moller chairs and a 1950s credenza. An assemblage of black and white portraits of family and friends in white wooden frames anchors the room.
A washstand with marble top belonging to Clay’s grandmother now serves as the couple’s bar. Kristin
designed and made a matching liquor rack for Clay as a Christmas gift.
Warm chocolate walls in the kitchen contrast with brushed copper counters on the drain board and
serving bar. Three horizontal tiers of floating mahogany shelves hold crystal, serving pieces, wooden bowls and stainless cookware in contemporary open display. “The dark colors make the room feel bigger
because there is no end to it,” explains Kristin.
In the master bedroom midcentury nightstands flank the bed with a white leather headboard en-
veloped in a creamy white down comforter. Above, a ‘60s sputnik chandelier keeps everything in har-
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Alamo Heights High School News National Merit Scholarship Program ®
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition
and scholarships that initially screens approximately 1.5 million high school students each year. Some 50,000 with the highest scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
Alamo Heights High School students who have been recognized and honored for their ac-
ademic achievements by the National Merit Scholarship Program include: NATIONAL MERIT SEMI-FINALIST STUDENTS
Joshua Armstrong, Jacob Roth, West Bakke, Benedikt Scheifele, Naomi Pringle.
NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS
Katherine Barry, Alexander Barnes, Averie Bartlett, Cristina Murillo, Connor Pfeiffer, Taylor
Puhl, Hiatt Becker, Rachel Rascoe, Christa Bunce, Jack Roberts, Margaret Fitch, Corbin
Snow, Anne Gergen, David Spezia-Lindner, Aiyin Graeber, Colin Stone, Lane Kirstein,
Joseph Williams, Mitchell Meissner.
NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLARS
Sofia Altamirano, Merium Morell, Simon Barnett, Cristina Murillo, Aria Cabello, Jacob Roth, Isabella Garcia, Wesley Sparr, Adam Luna, Ashley Vasquez.
The Alamo Heights High School Theater Department hosted a huge tea party
as a kick-off for its 2013-2014 season. Students performed a creative interpretation
of the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, titled Alice, an adaptation by Dennis M. Maganza, on Oct. 19-21.
The show told the story of Alice with an ensemble cast playing a variety of
roles. The script, written to allow imagination on the part of both the audience and actors, provided an opportunity for student creativity and interpretation. The show
was a great way for students to get to know their new theater teacher, Charlcy
Nichols, who recently joined the fine arts team.
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The talents of the technical team and those on stage were evident by the enthu-
siastic audience reaction. Every detail of the experience was created by students,
including the promotional poster developed by artist and actor Oscar Escamilla.
The cast included Kirsten Jacobson, Maggie Mullins, Emily Killinger, Kylee
Nienstedt, Annie Harris, Ellery Vaughan, Katie White, Paul Homberg, Maria
Batchinsky, Chrizney Roth, Sam Winters-Smith, Liv Chai, Oscar Escamilla,
Michael Nicholas, Cally Decherd, Margaret Poore, Madeline Dean, Miguel Martinez and Daniel Collins.
Crew members were Kyle Richardson, Caspin Jones, Matilda Gonzalez,
Camilla Bass, Caleb Meyers, Abby Valdez, Chance Orton, Abby Hubbard, Lilia
Rowland, Rachel Huber, Lorelei Diener, Kira Casares, Ashton Word, CJ Scheick, Natalie Temple and Genevieve Scott.
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Theft 10/09/13 5100 blk. Broadway Waitress reported her purse stolen from waitress station. Surveillance video recorded patron take purse and go into restroom. Responding officers located female suspect who told officers where she left stolen purse but could not account for $50.00 missing from purse. Suspect taken into custody and processed for atlarge filing with District Attorney’s Office. Theft 10/06/13 600 blk. Lamont Jewelry discovered missing from master bathroom in home. Homeowner suspects movers responsible for theft. 10/04/13 Theft/Fraud 5200 blk. Broadway Business owner purchased rare coin. After seller was paid it was determined coin was counterfeit. Theft 10/03/13 400 blk. Austin Hwy Customer sold several items to music store. One item left on counter when store employee went to the back to test other items. When employee returned customer had concealed item under a bag and walked out after being paid. Criminal Mischief 09/28/13 400 blk. Patterson Large rock used to break out front window of residence. Homeowner suspects acquaintance caused damage due to disagreement. Vehicle Burglary 09/28/13 5000 blk. Broadway Vehicle unlawfully entered by breaking out window to gain access to a gym bag, two backpacks and other miscellaneous property left in open view. Vehicle Burglary 09/28/13 6900 blk. Broadway Vehicle unlawfully entered by prying out side window to gain access to purse left in open view. Credit cards inside purse used before theft had been discovered.
Vehicle Burglary 10/10/13 300 blk. Argyle Lawn service worker’s unlocked truck unlawfully entered. iPod and MP3 player left in open view taken.
Theft 09/24/13 300 blk. Normandy Neighbor observed male and female subjects back into driveway of house next door and steal bar b que pit and other items from back patio area.
Wanted Person 10/10/13 6200 blk. Broadway Driver stopped for speeding gave officers false name and date of birth. Investigation determined driver’s correct name and active arrest warrant issued by Ector County. Post-arrest search discovered driver in possession of marijuana. Driver transported to jail.
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78209 W IN E & D IN E By RON BECHTOL
It’s now been more than a year that chef Luca Della Casa, an alumnus of Andrew Weissman’s Le Rêve and Il Sogno, has been at the helm of Nosh. No longer is it the baby brother of upstairs sibling, Silo. In his first months in the diminutive downstairs kitchen, Della Casa focused on plates that recalled his Italian grandmother as much as they evoked any professional experience, and many of those snacks, salads, and small plates remain — though not without tweaks and retoolings. The fried risotto balls called arancini, for example, have apparently been fine-tuned — not that these appealing bites really needed it. Mac ‘n’ cheese has returned to the menu after an absence, though now with an optional add-on of wild boar braised in red wine. We say go for it; it’s a steal at $4. Braised wild boar appears again on one of Nosh’s grilled pizzas in the company of tomato sauce and pine nuts, and though I’ve only had the spicy “bomba” pizza laced with sriracha sauce (and loved it, in spite of a partially pre-baked crust that’s topped to order, grilled, then blistered in a broiler to compensate for lack of a pizza oven), I have every confidence that boar bodes well here, too. Della Casa says that popular demand brought back grilled Argentinian sausage with chimichurri sauce. New to me was the plate of silky burratta della campania with a deconstructed salad of sliced zucchini, roasted tomato and garlic and a house-made flatbread; it was perfect with a glass of Soave Classico from a wine list that is limited but gets the job done. (Both wines and beers can be done in flights, a good way to test the waters before landing on a favorite.) The cocktail list appears to have been refined down to five selections, each at a modest $5, but there’s always the next-door bar for moving beyond the likes of the Cucumber Refresher with Hendrick’s gin or the NoshTini with citrus vodka and St.-Germaine. Other options include house-made tagliatelli with shrimp and snow peas and a chopped salad with romaine and apples — Della Casa does salads well. He also does a mean tiramisu, a classic dessert that, in his hands, transcends the often tired-seeming genre. If you think you’ll want it, do yourself a favor and ask for it to be removed from the cooler at the beginning of the meal; the flavors express themselves better with the chill taken off.
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Ernestine Edmundsâ€™ class learning about Texas Independence and San Jacinto Day.
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