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Beauty Lash Lifts enhance your natural lashes.


Mommy Matters Taking care of yourself will help you to better care for those you love.




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JENNY JURICA WRITER Jenny Jurica is a freelance writer and columnist who lives near New Braunfels with her husband, two children, and a houseful of spoiled rotten pets. In her free time, Jenny enjoys bird-watching, hiking, and escaping to the mountains any chance she gets. A born and bred Texan, Jenny comes from a long line of strong, Southern women who have instilled in her the importance of a thoughtful thank you note and a casserole. Jenny is a graduate of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where she studied Psychology and Counseling.

JASON ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHER Jason studied fine arts & theatre at Ohio State University. He relocated to New York City where he pursued a career in show business and commercial art. During this time he performed on Broadway at The Metropolitan Opera, and did some television work. Since that time he has worked in the commercial art field as a graphic designer and illustrator which eventually led to developing his interests as a photographer and videographer. The lion’s share of Jason’s current work is now in photography.

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Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe it’s 2020, but here we are, and we’ve got more fabulous women than ever before to introduce to you. Our editorial calendar is overflowing for this next year. I suspect that almost all of you either own, have given a piece, or at least have heard of Jon Hart Designs. I had the opportunity to visit with the CEO and even got a tour of the factory. Our cover girl, Sharon Durham, is now at the helm of Jon Hart, which is running like a well-oiled machine. She is a delightful woman whose time is spent being a wife and mom, all while taking an already successful company to the next level and expanding across the country. Our feature story introduces you to three women in San Antonio who are bringing theatre, music, and art to historic performing arts venues in San Antonio. They all have wonderful entertainment for 2020. You’ll want to check out their lineups and get your tickets early. Half the fun is seeing the theatres; they never get old. There are many more interesting, inspirational, and fun people to read about in this issue as well as our Arts & Entertainment calendar and Hill Country Happenings. If you’re looking for authentic Italian food, read about Nonna Osteria at the Fairmount Hotel and make your reservations so you can experience the delicious dishes prepared by Chef Luca Della Casa. February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association wants to remind all of us to take care of our hearts. Check out their special section in this issue to learn about the strides they’re making and to find out more about their upcoming events. I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee, curl up in a cozy chair, and take some time to get to know some more of San Antonio’s amazing women. My hope is that 2020 is your best year yet!

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WHAT’S NEW The PM Group Gives Back The PM Group distributed over $470,000 to 11 different San Antonio and South Texas charities at a press conference on Friday, November 22, 2019. Donations were the result of The PM Group’s annual Kings & Queens of Good Hearts Charity Gala held last September. This event brings together a community of supporters and has grown into one of the largest non-profit “fun-raisers” in San Antonio. The agency actively supports local nonprofit organizations with commitments of time and financial contributions. For over 30 years, giving back has been an integral part of their agency culture. Bob Wills, The PM Group founder and CEO, Fran Yanity,

President/COO of The PM Group and Peggy Wills, VP of Logistics for PMX Events presented checks to the following non-profit organizations: SA YES, San Antonio Sports, Mission: Miracle K9 Rescue, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Guide Dogs of Texas, Central Catholic High School, God’s Dogs Rescue, Soldiers’ Angels, CARE, The Children’s Shelter, and San Antonio Zoo.

Crew San Antonio Announces 202 Board of Directors

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Presented to First Student in San Antonio Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) senior, Elizabeth Adams has earned the Silver Standard of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. SMH is one of only three schools in Texas, as well as the first Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and first San Antonio school, currently offering the award. Presented by Head of School Jonathan Eades and SMH Board of Trustees Chair Curtis Vaughan, Elizabeth received the honor on December 3, 2019. Founded by HRH The Prince Philip in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (“the Award”) is the world’s leading youth development program, with more than 1.1 million young people currently earning the award in over 140 countries and territories. 14


Commercial Real Estate Women of San Antonio (CREW) announces 13 women were appointed to the Board of Directors and liaison positions, which will be led by President Yesenia Marili in 2020. Marili and other members of the 2020 Board officially took office in December.

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Tenchita and Alfredo Flores with Rebecca and Bill Reed

Paul and Mary Overstreet with her artwork that was used for the Ball invitation.

Kathey Anderson, Olive Anne Kleberg, Patty Hayes and Bebe Gorman

The Friends of Hospice The Friends of Hospice San Antonio 31st Poinsettia Ball on December 12, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel was a wonderful holiday celebration to help raise money for uninsured hospice patients and their families. The Robert Tucker Hayes Foundation was honored this year. Co-Chairs Betty Ferrell and Melinda Schultz and their committee did a fabulous job planning a fun evening of dining and dancing.

Bank of America Awards Grants over $279,000 to local Non-Profits

New Motherhood Book Tackles Anxiety, Focuses on Love and Laughter Nationally known local journalist, Christie Cuthbert is hoping to get moms laughing more and stressing less in 2020 with the release of her first book, “Mom! I Farted in Church” One Type A Mama’s Journey Learning to Laugh and Let Go. Part comedic memoir, part motherhood advice, the book follows Cuthbert’s journey through intensive fertility struggles, raising four little boys, including a set of triplets, and struggling with anxiety. From chasing streaking toddlers around the neighborhood to finding “God Winks,” Cuthbert’s stories are hilarious and heartwarming. Cuthbert also writes for the Today Show Parenting Team, Alamo City Moms, Scary Mommy, San Antonio Woman Magazine and more. She was also featured in the 2019 production of Listen to Your Mother. 16


On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Bank of America awarded grants to 14 local non-profits, totaling over $279,000 in funding. Bank of America has invested nearly $920,000 in funds to area non-profits through economic development grants and the Neighborhood Builders program in 2019. The grants in San Antonio build upon the $4.3 million in grants and matching gifts that Bank of America has provided to organizations addressing workforce development and basic needs across in San Antonio since 2014. Bank of America’s 2019 San Antonio grant recipients included: Carver Development Board Inc., Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio Inc., Luminaria, San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside Inc., San Antonio Museum of Art, Southwest School of Art, The Magik Children’s Theatre, The Salvation Army, Witte Museum, Merced Housing Texas, Say Si, LiftFund Inc.

The Student Western Art Contest Best of Show winner, Brenna Richardson received $10,000

Rodeo souvenir cover winner, Leah Gonzales, received $4,000

The Student Western Art Contest is hosted by the Western Art Committee. Their mission is to support the education of the youth of South Texas through the Western Art Contest which encourages an appreciation of our western heritage. The contest has grown and evolved since 1996 and now reaches 94 South Texas School Districts in 33 counties and has awarded over $4,000,000 in college scholarships over the past 24 years.

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The hum of sewing machines, leather cutters, and stamping equipment buzzes as Sharon Durham, president of Jon Hart Design, walks the production floor surrounded by colorful leather pieces that will eventually be shaped into the totes, purses, bags, backpacks, and luggage made here in San Antonio and adored by so many.




step. That made me really comfortable with uncomfortable situations.”

urham details the process each Jon Hart Design piece goes through, as well as all of the people who are part of the process. Each bag includes a tag that features who made the bag. “We have a lot of pride in what we do.” Before she started at Jon Hart, she hadn’t carried a purse in years, preferring to toss her laptop in a backpack and be on the go. And she keeps her phone and essentials in a wristlet, but “now I have access to beautiful bags that I can put my laptop in,” she smiles. The lifelong San Antonian started her career at AT&T “before the turn of the century,” she jokes, back when AT&T called San Antonio home. She credits the company’s leadership development program for helping her gain confidence. “Every year, they put you in a situation where you had no competence, didn’t know anyone, had no idea what the first step to take was, but you had to take a

“It wasn’t just about making it better for one company; it was about making it better for another 400 businesses we work with, the retailers. That’s their lifeline.”

She’s definitely not uncomfortable at Jon Hart, where she’s led the company through a turnaround over the past year. Durham came to Jon Hart Design with 20 years of corporate experience and thought that she was stepping into a simple marketing position. But three weeks in, the company’s president had health issues. She assumed the role on an interim basis, then was named president. Durham doesn’t hide the fact that the company was having problems when she took over and is proud of the turnaround. “It’s been such a transformational year for us. Because when your operations improve, everything improves. It wasn’t just about making it better for one company; it was about making it better for another 400 businesses we work with, the retailers. That’s their lifeline. So if we mess something up here, they lose a customer over it.”



PROFILE won’t apply for jobs unless they meet 100% of the criteria or mentally need to meet half. But I think that happens all the time. Men can see, ‘yeah, I can do most of that. So I’m going to put my hat in the ring so that I can, you know, be considered for this opportunity’ where a lot of women think, ‘There are parts of that I’ve never done before, so I’m probably not the best candidate.’” “I think we sell ourselves short because of that. That’s a big factor in why we sometimes shy away from opportunity. Just trust yourself.”

“The fact that that we’ve been able to get our ducks in a row so that they can provide more for their customers and improve their business – it’s huge. We all want to be able to make an impact somewhere. It’s great to know that you do something here, and it matters to other people out there.” “You have to figure out like what your personal mantra is or your life purpose— how you want to live your life. For me, it’s paving the path for joy for other people. It’s not about me crossing the finish line. It is about clearing the path for other people to be able to do that. That excites me,” says Durham. Using other people to help motivate her is second nature. “In college, I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids. I’d be studying for a test, but I didn’t want to study for it. And I would think to myself; you’re doing this for your children. That was what was inspiring me. So there’s always been that carrot.” Even though leading the company could mean making things better for others, Durham wasn’t sure she was ready for the president’s job. “There were a lot of days where I thought this might be beyond me. Maybe I need to tap on the shoulders of people that I know could do a great job and bring them 20


in. Then I thought, how many times have you worked for someone or had a leader where you thought I could do better? Time to put your money where your mouth is. I had to hold myself accountable for not selling myself short.” She shares that other women need to do the same. “It’s okay to think and to doubt yourself. It’s okay to think you might not be enough to shy away from opportunity, especially when it comes knocking, and it presents itself out of nowhere. But you have to know who the people that you can trust are and go to them. Get their advice and guidance and lean on them. Use your network to help you through it and at least give it a shot.” “Sheryl Sandberg talks about how women

“I think we sell ourselves short because of that. That’s a big factor in why we sometimes shy away from opportunity. Just trust yourself.”

Working in the tech world as a female was a challenge Durham doesn’t shy from discussing. “It is an old boys network and what have you. It’s like a fraternity, and most of the bias is unconscious. No one’s trying to hold back women. But I’m convinced at this point that if you are not actively mentoring and coaching and advocating for the growth and promotion of women, that you’re falling in some kind of trap where you’re working against them, whether you realize it or not.” “And that goes for both men and women. If you’re not actively promoting and encouraging and guiding other women, then you probably are in some unconscious way, working against them.” “There are so many things about women in general. The way we think, the way that we can juggle multiple things and multitask and empathize with people. Those are all strengths. Don’t put yourself in a box. Skills are so transferrable.” The advice Durham follows is simple: You rarely regret making a decision too early, but almost always regret making it too late. “That’s how I coach myself. If I am struggling with making a decision or torn in some way, that’s what I hear in my head. If you make a decision early, you have an opportunity to reverse it. If you make a decision too late, you’re probably out of time.” “I try to think about what decision I am most likely to regret? And then I pick the one that I’m probably not going to regret. It’s always clear.” The mother of three will be sending her

eighth-graders across San Antonio. The constant improver had one condition for getting involved: she wanted to bring the snail-mail, hard paper copy registration system into the digital world. The registration process would take months to complete, something that didn’t sit well with someone who is always looking for a better way to tackle something. “I joke all the time that it means I can build more spreadsheets. That’s fun for me,” she smiles. “There are all kinds of people that do something in a way that is the traditional way of doing things. But we could be so much more efficient or effective.”

oldest off to college to play baseball far from home at Hawaii Pacific next year. “I want him to be bold and brave. If that first big step as an adult can happen this quickly, then he won’t be afraid to take chances or take risks. I want him to go see the world and experience it.” That will leave two more boys, ages 16 and 9, at home with Durham and her husband, along with the family’s small urban farm menagerie. It all started with chickens, but as often happens, they had trouble fighting off foxes and raccoons. That meant a guardian animal was needed. Rather than add a dog, Durham opted for a llama. “Who doesn’t want a llama?!?” she laughs. “It’s a joke that chickens are a gateway animal. We started off thinking, well, fresh eggs would be fun. Now we have a llama, alpaca and a couple of goats. Our chickens are now the last priority,” she chuckles. The farm is visible from the road, and on weekends, cars often line up to come and see the animals. In the little free time she has, Durham spends her time with San Antonio Cotillion, fostering new friendships for

In the little free time she has, Durham spends her time with San Antonio Cotillion, fostering new friendships for eighth-graders across San Antonio.

“I tell people if you can conceive of it, that it’s a possibility that in some way this could be done better, please say something. I’ll figure it out. That’s my favorite thing to do.” Asking what inspires Durham stumps her. “What doesn’t inspire me? This cheerleader inside of me gets activated whenever you see things in the world that are moving. Anytime someone puts their all into something, doing something with their whole heart, I get motivation. It just makes you want to be better and do better.”




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In a city with so much history, there is no shortage of historic and beautiful buildings in San Antonio. Some of the most beloved historical places in town are the performing arts venues that have been entertaining South Texans for a hundred years or more. Three of the most ground-breaking and beloved theatres are currently under the direction of dynamic women committed to bringing the very best in music, art, and theatre to a diverse audience here in our Alamo City.



Emily Smith Wearing the Crown Means Wearing Many Different Hats at The Majestic

If there were a queen of the theatre in San Antonio right now, Emily Smith would be wearing the crown. As the current General Manager of The Majestic Theatre and The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Emily is proud of the history represented in these iconic theatres and looks forward to bringing the biggest and best theatre productions and concerts to San Antonio audiences. 2019 marked the 90th anniversary of The Majestic Theatre, and their “Majestic Moments” campaign sparked the memories of San Antonio theatre patrons, as they recalled wonderful times spent at the theatre. The Majestic opened in 1929 and is still considered one of the most beautiful theatres in the country. It was restored 30 years ago to its original glory, and today the twinkling lights that adorn the “night sky” in the theatre are in the exact place where they were installed when the theatre opened. Emily graduated from Churchill High School in 1995, and she originally worked at the Majestic Theatre from 1999 to 2001 before moving to Austin for several years. However, she returned to The Majestic in 2011 as the Marketing Manager, before moving into the role of Associate General Manager in 2016, and ultimately becoming the lead diva overseeing both theatres. Between the two theatres, Emily and her team produced 260 events in 2019, bringing in some of the most popular Broadway shows, concerts, and performing arts shows on tour. She states, “The most exciting part of my job is working as a team and collaborating to make it all come together to create a magical experience for each and every audience member.” Emily loves to catch the reactions of the audience and experience the moments as a patron. She says, “It’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘business’ of running a theatre, and it’s easy to forget



FEATURE that our ultimate goal is enhance our customers’ experience.” The Majestic Theatre welcomes top Broadway touring shows throughout their season, and last year, San Antonio finally caught “Hamilton” fever during the production’s three week run. Over 57,000 people came to see the musical. Every performance was sold out, and it was instrumental in bringing new patrons to the theatre. There is no argument that The Majestic Theatre is a San Antonio treasure. It is loved by audiences and artists alike and is often chosen to host some very special events. George Strait hosted a nationally televised Hurricane Harvey benefit relief concert in 2017. The concert raised over $44 million, and it was broadcast on every major network. In September of 2018 PBS chose The Majestic Theatre as the backdrop for a k.d. lang performance, which was shot as a segment for “Landmarks Live in Concert”, a part of the PBS Great Performances Series. These two great theatres have an amazing history behind them, but it’s the vision for the future that Emily is most excited about. Backed by the Ambassador Theatre Group, The Majestic Theatre has initiated several new programs to enhance the customer experience. There is a new coffee bar showcasing coffee from Rosella, along with free wi-fi throughout the theatre, and an in-seat ordering service called Ordertorium, which allows patrons to pre-order drinks and snacks before they arrive. Embracing this concept has resonated with theatre patrons, and the new programs have been very well received. There are some very big surprises in store in 2020, and Emily and her team are poised to usher in the new decade with fresh ideas while staying true the theatres’ traditions and histories. The Majestic Theatre will be 100 years old in just 10 years, and as San Antonio continues to grow, so will the legacy of this great venue as new artists and young patrons experience the undeniable magic of The Majestic. 24


Cassandra Parker-Nowicki Celebrating Diversity to Bring About Community

The Carver Center opened its doors in the early 1900’s. It has quite a history and introduces diverse and creative artists from around the world to a loyal audience. For nearly one hundred years, The Carver Center has been the center for the black community in San Antonio. It has always housed a theatre, and during segregation many touring artists would play the Majestic Theatre for the white audiences and then also play The Carver Center for the black community. The theatre is a well-respected institution around the country for these very reasons. With its roots in the African American community and evolving

with desegregation, The Carver Center continues to serve the people of San Antonio as it marches toward its organizational mission of celebrating what makes each of us unique. It’s our diversity that should bring us together to work toward a common goal of creating a community that works for everyone, and no one is working harder to realize this goal than Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, Executive Director of The Carver Center. “The Carver Center has a reputation of importance as a community theatre around the country. When I introduce myself at conferences as the Director of The Carver Center in San Antonio, there is an audible sigh of respect among the other directors.

the productions handling everything from costuming to cast management and rehearsal schedules. It was during these busy, but exciting, years that she really began to investigate becoming marketable on the practical side of the industry. “I learned, firsthand, how it all worked to create a production and run a theatre, and I wanted to explore a career where I could make the arts accessible to everyone.” After graduation, Cassandra came home to work for The Majestic Theatre. She oversaw the Front of House for a while, before moving into the position of Patron Services. She then became the Director of Theatre Services before moving on to Corporate Sales. Life then took her to Baltimore for a few years before returning to her roots to accept a position at The Carver Center. When asked what she loves most about her position and the historic place that she represents, Cassandra will tell you

that it is the patrons of the community, and how loyal they are. She loves to speak with theatre patrons and hear the stories from families that have called The Carver Center home for generations. The Carver Center pulls in a diverse and eclectic audience, and the programming is unique and often groundbreaking. When selecting artists, Cassandra states, “I want to create a joyful space where people can come together and celebrate art in all forms. We want to create an experience, and find a way to support and encourage the next generation of artists.” Cassandra Parker-Nowicki has a passion that is palpable. She has created an arts organization that presents some of the most talented artists in the world to a community that embraces diversity, and she helps local artists showcase their work as well. Hers truly is a labor of love, and she is setting the stage for a legacy that will continue to touch the artistic souls of San Antonians for many years to come.

Libby Day Bridging the Gaps Between the Venue and the Experience. This organization is that important.” A graduate of Lee High School, it was there that her love of theatre blossomed under the tutelage of her drama teacher, Tammy Frasier. She states, “She was one of the biggest influences in my life. Learning from her made me fall in love with the theatre.” Cassandra went on to study theatre at Southwestern State University where she received a well-rounded education in theatre arts and the business of running an arts organization. The curriculum allowed her to run the box office, build the sets, manage the house and organize

San Antonio has so many amazing and historic buildings and venues that it seems overwhelming to highlight just a few of them. However, there is one local theatre that stands out as incredibly unique in its décor and history. The Aztec Theatre has been a downtown gem since it was built in 1926 as an exotic motion picture house. It housed a massive organ that played along to the silent films of the day, but it is the heavy Aztec architecture and design that sets it apart. The venue operated as a movie theatre until the 1980’s and was renovated in the early 2000’s. Now, it is a vibrant and successful concert hall, bringing in some of the most interesting and eclectic acts around. At the head of the Aztec tribe

entertaining San Antonio music lovers is Libby Day. Libby came to San Antonio from Washington state to attend college at Trinity University, where she studied Urban and Environmental Science. She has always had an interest in the local music scene, and realized that there wasn’t a comprehensive listing available here in town, so she created one. The SATX Music blog went live on Tumblr in 2011 to support the emerging music scene and help artists connect with their fans. Libby states, “Live music is an integral part to building a premiere city, and we wanted to put San Antonio on the map.” She continued to work in urban housing JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



until 2016 when she took a leap of faith and jumped at a chance to become the General Manager for DO210 as the program launched in San Antonio. She was responsible for the sales, digital marketing and informational event platform that introduced San Antonio to a new outlet for concert, festival and event listings. Libby says, “It was an amazing learning experience and it led directly into what I’m doing now.” Today, Libby heads up a dynamic team as the Marketing Manager at The Aztec Theatre. She has worked hard to reeducate the public about The Aztec and its modern identity as a first-class music and events venue. Everything inside The Aztec is original, including the two-ton chandelier hanging over the lobby. It is a historical 26


building and with that designation comes many challenges to upgrading a facility that needs to grow with its audience. Live Nation took over the operations of The Aztec in 2016, and since then Libby has tried to show artists and management agencies that San Antonio is a city that should be on their tour schedule. They are also working to find new ways to enhance the audience experience. “We, as a staff, spend 40 to 70 hours a week trying to figure out how to provide the absolute best fan experience.” Libby is passionate about fostering an environment within the theatre where the entire experience can create an opportunity for artists and fans to connect with one another, and her

determination is paying off. Recently, The Aztec won Marketing Venue of the Year with Live Nation, and Libby points to her production team as making the difference to pull it all together for a performance. Currently, The Aztec hosts 150 shows a year, but Libby would like to see 200 shows and events come through the venue. She is very expressive about how much she loves her job and the venue, stating, “It is a honor to be allowed to come to this building every day, and I know that everything I am doing here is helping to build community in San Antonio as we uphold a professional standard for the industry to welcome visiting artists and showcase our great city.”

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Sleek and sophisticated with a touch of the Lone Star State


For Shae and Todd Whittaker, Texas roots run deep. Evidence of that heritage blends well with the sophisticated palate and contemporary style that radiates in every room of their far Northside suburban home.

Right: Soaring ceiling height with balcony view from second floor looks down upon tufted blue velvet sofa centering the conversation and entertaining area. Longhorn steer mount, animal print and hair hide pillows and exotic natural shed horns contribute to the Texas mystique. 28





Above: Pendant lights illuminate the curing island bar of polished marble. Limestone range surround and tile backsplash are rustic charm.


hae readily admits, “I’m a tomboy. I love to go hunting and fishing.”

Working with Amanda Digman, interior design consultant with Carla Royder Designs, Shae’s penchant for dramatic color and glamorous touches- coupled with her love of Texas - was immediately apparent as the two began the process of furniture and fabric selection. “When I first met Shae, and we were



discussing her style, I immediately fell in love because it was out of the box, girly and fun,” said Amanda. “We continued to talk, and she described her style as ‘Elvis Chic’.... it was the coolest and most accurate description.” A blended family with four children, two dogs, and two cats, The Whittaker clan makes good use of the light-filled rooms that open to a large covered patio and backyard that is kid-oriented.

After remodeling the patio space to better suit their needs, the seating and dining area offer a restive retreat with a fireplace for chilly south Texas evenings. Children’s playsets with monkey bars, spring horses, and even a carrousel keep playtime entertaining. Shae collects vintage children’s playground pieces, the sturdy metal kind that has held up for generations. It’s the dichotomy of design that makes the house a home, with vintage finds from Shae’s vast collection of glassware and items from her mother and grandmother that add authenticity set against very contemporary design. Collecting glassware from the 50s and 60s with excursions to the Warrenton Antique Show - where more than 100,000 people arrive in rural Texas to shop twice a year in converted barns, dance halls, under tents, and in fields – has yielded some of her best finds. And inherited pieces add to Shae’s collection. “Dishes that I use every day came from my grandmother,” Shae remarked. “I like to mix vintage pieces and more contemporary items.” In a small space just off of the kitchen, Shae holds cherished items from her family. Once working in her

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Above: Patterned white-fringed rug from Loloi sets the tone for pink, cream, and gold tones of the dining room. Table is Taracea, art is from Leftbank and the vintage starburst wall clock belonged to Shae’s mother. Right: Natural light pours into the breakfast room where a brass mobile chandelier by West Elm punctuates the room. Chairs are West Elm and table is FourHands. Far Right: Artwork is Star from Leftbank Art. Hutch is Bernhardt. Zebra skin rug from Shae’s collection. Metal Lamps are Mercana.

grandfather’s silkscreen business, shelves are lined with mementos of time spent with him, including an advertising sign that he printed, bottles of glitter used to hand-embellish signage, and paintbrushes. Resting beside those items that bring back cherished memories are a collection of cameras and photo equipment that Shae employs to create new memories with photos of her family. An accomplished photographer, images are displayed in the home – none with more pride than the images of Monroe, their four-year-old daughter. 32


Photos of mother and child, family portraits, and poses of Monroe at play are arranged along a hallway leading to the photogenic child’s bedroom. “I started an Instagram page for Monroe,” Shae said proudly. “It now has more than 10,000 followers.” Husband Todd gave Shae full reign when it came to décor. The only thing that he requested was a comfortable recliner in the family room. He got it. Accompanying the chair is a massive tufted deep blue velvet sofa, “kind of like Elvis,” Shae said with a smile. A patterned leather rug from CB2 pulls

the room together. Anchoring the great room is a three-tier glass and brass chandelier by Currey and Co. “We needed something large and dramatic to hang overhead,” said Amanda. “It was the only time her husband voiced his opinion – he loved his ceiling fan, but he’s such a good sport!” The longhorn belonged to Shae, a gift from a gentleman in Helotes that owned the Helotes Café, where she once worked. “He raised longhorns,” said Shae, “and he was like a dad to me.”










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Above: Dramatic theatrical fringe borders the Christian LaCroix drapes, resting on a hot pink chair in Kasmir savor cherry fabric. Right: A profusion of peonies proliferate the powder room walls where a freestanding console sink with brushed brass fixtures and legs add elegance and style.

“I love how the mounted longhorn adds that unexpected touch of Texas to the space,” Amanda stated. Shae’s office is far removed from the Texas tastes she exhibits elsewhere and satisfies her flair for the dramatic. “I love pink,” Shae confessed. And it is the center of attention in an office chair of hot pink velvet by Jessica Charles covered in Kasmir savor cherry fabric. “The fringe on the drapes was my 34


favorite part,” said Amanda. “So, when I pulled the Christian LaCroix fabric for the drapes, I knew it needed a little something extra and Shae being a Texas girl, like myself, what says extra more than fringe!” According to the designer, the fringe in the drapery world was too tailored to suit her needs. She sourced costume fringe, and it was the perfect companion fo the drapes. The wallpaper was Jungle chic by York.

“I love the mix of the floral print with the different animal prints,” Amanda pointed out. With the animal mounts and western images showcased throughout the living spaces complementing the animal prints in leopard and zebra, cowhide rugs, and shaggy-haired plush sofa pillows, any tall Texan would feel right at home even if a little “girly” Texas chic got into the mix.




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Fitness Fashion


Whether you’re starting a brand-new fitness routine or sticking to your tried-and-true, new workout clothes are extra motivation for New Year’s workouts. With so many new athleticwear brands, we no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort and quality. With the right apparel, we can look our best while we exercise. For some fitspiration and advice, we asked local fitness experts to share their favorite fashionable activewear and accessories.

Kelly Middleton Lead Instructor at JoyRide Cycling + Fitness – Texas

Tank: Today I’m wearing my favorite muscle tee from our very own JoyRide brand. It’s a great length for cycling and is pre-washed for softness. I love lightweight tanks that don’t weigh me down during the work-out and keep me cool. I also love the navy color, it goes with everything. Pants: I absolutely love the Noli liquid legging in Vino! This tight, mid-rise fit is perfect for one of my cycle or strength training classes. The pants are lightweight, quick drying, super comfortable (second skin feel) and supportive in all the right places. The perfect combo of fashion and function. Shoes: I often get asked if cycling shoes are necessary. No, they are not necessary, but they are a game changer! There are definitely benefits to clipping in on stationary bike, including taking advantage of the upstroke to increase your power. More power means a better, more efficient, effective ride! I love my TIEM shoes because they have a breathable mesh top and the cleats are set in on the bottom so you can walk comfortably off the bike.




Micheon Cahill Co-owner and Instructor at Mind Body Soul Pilates Top: Wear something fitted and comfortable so you don’t feel restricted. I’m wearing the Beyond Yoga long sleeve crop. Fitted tops stay in place so you don’t have to mess with a sliding shirt during class. I would also recommend something that covers your chest so you don’t feel uncomfortable while bending over. Pants: High waisted leggings are great for Pilates because they don’t slide down during inversions and tucks. Today I’m wearing one of my favorite Alo high waisted leggings. Some other leggings I recommend are the lululemon align pants for their softness, Ultracor leggings for their tight fit, and Michi leggings for their thick waistbands. Socks: Sticky grip socks are important for safety. Bare feet can get sweaty and slide while on a Pilates machine, potentially causing you to fall. I highly recommend the Arebesk sock, these socks have full toe to heel coverage for a strong grip supporting you during the movements. To keep your socks’ grip intact, wash them inside out and don’t dry them in the machine.



Lexa Rijos

Running Coach at Alamo180

Top: The Oiselle Flyout tank is my favorite because of its soft and fitted material that won’t cause chaffing. Oiselle also has long sleeve shirts that are perfect for cooler temperatures. The material breathes well and doesn’t hold onto musky body odors like some other technical tops can. Oiselle is also a company formed exclusively by women for women so they know how to dress the female frame well. Bottom: I like the lululemon pace rival skirt because it’s so fun to run in skirts! It has built in liner shorts with pockets and grips so they don’t ride when moving. They also come in tall length for more coverage. My other favorite is the Oiselle Triple Threat Tights which have lots of pockets. They have comfortable high waist lines and form to curves nicely. Shoes: I run in Altras Escalante’s. These shoes have a roomy toe box and promote natural foot landing. They are zero drop (no extra cushion on heel) and may take some time getting used to if a runner has

already been running in shoes with thicker soles. To avoid blisters, I wear Swiftwick socks. Accessories: Hydration & Nutrition: Nathan’s Running Vest is super lightweight and breathable. It has lots of pockets to store keys and nutrition. Flipbelt: Also great to carry phone and keys in. I wear it on shorter runs where I don’t need as much hydration or fuel. Garmin Sports Watch: I love these for everyday wear as you can change straps to match outfits. They have very accurate maps, built in heart rate monitor, counts steps, and tracks pace nicely. NoxGear Visibility Straps: These straps are excellent for visibility during morning or nighttime runs. They change color and have a reflective strap. Batteries are required, but they last for a long time. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



The Lash Lift & Tint Volume, Curl and Color that Lasts Ask the Local Expert: Katharine May of Luna Beauty BY SOPHIE BAUER

Ready to ditch the eyelash curler and the mascara? Lash Lifts are a new semi-permanent treatment to enhance your natural lashes, making them appear fuller, longer, and darker.


For everything you need to know about lash lifts and tints, I tried them out and interviewed local lash expert, Katharine May, owner of Luna Beauty and a certified lash technician.


What is a lash lift? K: We use a unique technique to comb and lift each lash from the root with a nourishing lotion to create a curled, long and full look. There are no false lashes or harmful adhesives. The lift is a healthy way to customize the shape and volume of your lashes. What is a lash tint? K: The lash tint gives your lashes a long-lasting mascara effect without the hassle of smudging, running, or clumping lashes. The lift and the tint can be done at the same time or separately. How long does the lift and tint last? K: Both the lift and the tint last 6-8 weeks. You don’t have to worry about touch-ups in-between. As long as you avoid water and steam around your eyes for the first 24 hours, your lashes are good to go. For the remainder of the 6-8 weeks, your lashes will stay luscious, curled and dark even after showering, swimming, and working out. My Experience: The first step was washing and drying my lashes to make sure there was no makeup residue around my eyes. Katharine then placed silicone rods over my eyelids and applied a perming solution, using a tiny comb to position my lashes into a perfect curl. The solution stays on from 6-12 minutes depending on your lashes. The second solution, also a 6 to 12 minutes process, sets the lashes to keep them in place. At this point, I added a lash tint to darken my lashes, kind of like mascara that stays put for 6 weeks. The process was over quickly, lasting about 40 minutes. There was no pressure or any discomfort. All I had to do was keep my eyes closed. Overall, I’m very pleased with the hassle free, nomake-up, look.

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If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, long, curled, dark lashes, I would definitely recommend a lash lift. Make sure to see a certified lash technician. Be wary of the at-home kits or of anyone without the proper credentials.


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Every woman should see a gynecologist yearly to ensure her health. An OB-GYN can provide a wide range of services that meet a woman’s healthcare needs at every stage in life from puberty, through child-bearing years, menopause and beyond. You’ll want to feel especially comfortable with your obstetrician and/ or gynecologist, so carefully research your doctor before making an appointment. To help you find someone you can trust over the years, here are some excellent OB-GYNs in San Antonio. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



Dr. Allison Kellogg How many doctors are in the practice? We have multiple offices across town with close to 30 physicians. There are 4 physicians at the Toepperwein location. What age is it necessary for a woman’s first appointment with a gynecologist? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women have their initial visit with a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. This allows the adolescent patient and her doctor to form a trusting relationship while simultaneously allowing the doctor to provide guidance and dispel myths in regards to reproductive health. Do your OB’s generally deliver their patients babies? If not, who else delivers them? Four of our offices share call, meaning there is always a doctor physically at the hospital where we deliver. Our physicians frequently schedule their own patients to deliver on the days that they are covering the hospital. If a patient goes in for delivery and her doctor is not the one at the hospital that day, a physician from our group performs the delivery. What hospitals is your practice affiliated with? Where do your patients deliver their babies? We perform all of our deliveries at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital. Gynecologic surgery is performed at many locations across the city. How long do you recommend a woman being off the pill before trying to get pregnant? I recommend that women only discontinue their birth control when they are ready to become pregnant. With many methods, ovulation resumes the month after discontinuation. I do recommend once a woman starts to consider conception that she start taking a prenatal vitamin as studies have shown the greatest benefit of these vitamins is attained when the vitamins are started one month prior to conception. If there is cancer in my family, should I have genetic testing? Depending on the type of cancer and the age it occurred, genetic testing might be recommended. I encourage patients to discuss their family history with their doctors to determine if they qualify for testing.

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What age is it necessary for a woman’s first appointment with a gynecologist? The first “Well Woman” visit is usually done at age 21. However, other gyn issues may arise that would prompt an earlier visit such as abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, contraceptive discussion, sexual health and STI prevention, etc.

(For example, a grandmother with breast cancer in her 70’s and no other family members with breast, colon, ovarian or uterine cancer does not necessarily warrant genetic testing for you while a sister with breast cancer at 35 years old should prompt you to be tested as the early age at diagnosis increases the chance that there may be something genetic.)

Do you deliver your patients’ babies? I try to deliver my own patients but, if I am unable to be there, I have a fantastic group of other solo practitioners that share “call” with me and take care of my patients in my absence.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? I have advanced training in hormone replacement therapy and non-surgical / non-hormonal treatment options for vaginal dryness / painful intercourse. I was the first gynecologist in the Medical Center to offer Votiva, a “no down time” radiofrequency non-surgical / non-hormonal treatment for pain from vaginal dryness. I also recently opened a yoga studio in the medical center that offers prenatal yoga and uses therapeutic infra-red heat for nonpregnant practitioners. It is called House of RhythOM and our schedule and information can be found at

Where do your patients deliver? I am affiliated with Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center and deliver babies there. If there is cancer in my family, should I have genetic testing? That depends on what kind of cancer, the age at diagnosis and if anybody in the family has any “clusters” of cancer.

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Hanika Francia CycleBar Alamo Heights

What made you decide to open CycleBar? The CycleBar idea came about during a lunch with my friend, Jen, who is fighting Stage 4 breast cancer. She loved the idea of doing cardio without realizing that you’re actually exercising. Jen and I went on a ride at CycleBar the next day, I loved the concept of “the party on a bike” and I decided I want to make this my brand and put my ownership and creativity to it. I also wanted to bring something in the community where everyone feels welcome, without intimidation, and where everybody belongs. I also loved that the company’s “CycleGives” program that donates the ride’s proceed to a charity. My first “CycleGives” ride will be donated to Jen because she is an inspiration to me. If she can fight cancer day after day, I have no excuse to give up on this journey or on anything for that matter. What are some of the greatest benefits of cycling? Anybody can get on a bike and cycle! Every CycleBar ride is high intensity, incorporating the whole body, yet low impact so there is no stress to the joints. It also improves cardiovascular health and can burn anywhere from 400-700 calories per class.


Who has been your biggest influence in why? My husband has been my biggest supporter. When I told him I wanted to own the San Antonio franchise of CycleBar, he said “Go for it!” He believes in the passion that I have and he gives me the encouragement I need to get through the tough times. What is the best advice you ever received? “If you invest in people, you will not lose”. I am not sure where I got that advice from but I believe that when you invest your time and effort in people, you only get what you give and you can’t put a price on people’s support. What would people be surprised to know about you? I work in an emergency department in Downtown. I am used to intervening when patients come in for their health problems. CycleBar is my way of promoting prevention to the community for a better health. I really hope I can make a difference.

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Women in Banking In the Business of Making Dreams Come True BY: JENNY JURICA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ATA-GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY CO.

What does a banker do? In short, a banker wears many different hats and does a little bit of everything at the bank. From helping high net worth customers invest in businesses and luxury properties, to working with first time home buyers, bankers often serve as mentors and forge relationships with their customers that can last for generations.


his month, we feature five women who are San Antonio bankers. Some of the ladies stumbled into banking by chance—and one knew from childhood what she wanted to be when she grew up—but there is one commonality among this group of bankers: a fervent love for their jobs.

Much like their roles at home as wives and mothers, these women have their fingers on the pulse of most everything that goes on at their respective banks. In the world of banking, no two days look the same and, for the women who excel in this field, having grit and tenacity is just as important behind the desk as it is at home. 54


Jessica Miller

San Antonio Market President, Bank of America, Merrill Market Executive —Lone Star Market

Growing up in New Jersey, Jessica Miller’s first exposure to the world of business and banking came from watching a family friend who worked on Wall Street, and from her mother. “My mother started her own restaurant business after working as a waitress. Growing up, working at my mom’s restaurant taught me a lot about what it takes to run a business.” Miller was raised by a single mother and this greatly impacted her worldview—especially when it comes to money. She wishes that her mother had put herself and her own needs first more often. “My mother always put me first, and I wish someone had advised her to also take care of herself. When you keep yourself in the equation, everyone around you benefits because you can do so much more for

others. This is why I’m so passionate about wealth management, retirement and succession planning, especially for women.” Miller explained that in the past, many women were not confident in managing their financial lives without the support of their spouses. Miller added, “with the average age of widowhood falling to 59 years old, it’s important to prepare and educate women about financial planning and wealth management.” At home, this active mother of two loves sports and is an avid car enthusiast. At work, Miller excels in her field, acting as the “quarterback” of Bank of America in San Antonio. “I am approachable, excellent in a crisis, and work every “play” to remove barriers for my employees and clients to get the job done and help them be successful.”

Christy McCoy

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Lone Star Capital Bank

Christy McCoy, of Lone Star Capital Bank, landed in the world of banking by chance. As an accounting student at UTSA, she was working at a local grocery store when a bank manager came through her checkout. “She liked my energy and she ended up hiring me.” And that same energy has served McCoy well over the past 25 years of her banking career. McCoy lists her ability to interact with so many different aspects of the bank as one of her favorite things about the job. “Everyday is different in the world of banking, and I like that!” When asked what financial advice she has for someone (women specifically), McCoy stresses the importance of practicing the 80/10/10 (spend 80%, give away/donate 10%, and save or invest 10% of one’s income) rule of money management and also warns against making emotional purchases. “Don’t sacrifice long term goals for an impulse,” McCoy adds. One of McCoy’s keys to success is observing those around her. “I’m constantly watching the people around me to see how they get things done,” says McCoy. These observational skills help her to implement other’s positive habits into her own life. One trait that McCoy counts her superpower is tenacity, which she learned from watching as her mother endured multiple sclerosis for her whole life. That tenacity, coupled with excellent organizational skills has helped McCoy to excel in the fast-paced, unpredictable world of banking and empowers her to make a difference both at work and in her community.



Brandey Wimberley Orsag

Executive Vice President, Commercial Lending, Jefferson Bank

Twenty-two years ago, when new college graduate, Brandey Wimberley Orsag decided to get some job interview practice by interviewing at Jefferson Bank, she never would have guessed that she would still be there today--and loving her job! When Orsag was asked to explain what a banker is, she explained, “a banker is a financial partner to the customers, assisting them with anything from their business to their personal life.” “At Jefferson Bank, we adopt a ‘holistic approach’ to banking. Our lenders have the ability to provide comprehensive solutions to help customers with all of their financial needs.” “Every day is a new challenge, and this is one of the things that I love most about my job,” said Orsag. “There is never a dull moment banking!” Orsag credits a simple principle of working hard and treating people with respect as one of her secrets to success, both professionally and personally. “The only thing you can control, that will follow you everywhere in life, is your integrity,“ said Orsag. Orsag explains that banking is still very much a “Man’s world.” In fact, early in her banking career, Orsag was encouraged by seasoned bankers in the industry to not worry about furthering her education. Thankfully, she didn’t heed that advice and went on to obtain her MBA as well as a graduate degree in Banking. For this reason, Orsag is a big proponent of women pursuing their educations. “Having a foundation and investing time in yourself is so important for women so that they can be self-sufficient in any phase in life.”



Michelle Pair

Senior Vice President, Private Banking Team Lead, Broadway Bank

Michelle Pair, of Broadway Bank, got some insight into what her destiny might be when, as a child, she shadowed her father, a bank president in Corpus Christi, for the day. “I sat in that boardroom and thought, ‘I want to be a banker when I grow up!’” That vision came to fruition 11 years ago when Pair was hired by Harvey Hartenstine, Chief Banking Executive at Broadway Bank. Pair, who started in banking in 1995, thrives in her career and on the relationships that she forms with her clients. “I think about their goals and I know that when I help them achieve theirs, I will also achieve mine.” She considers herself fortunate to work with people who genuinely care for each other and the bank’s



vision. “Our CEO, David Bohne, is taking Broadway Bank strategically to the next level, while keeping with the values that the bank was built upon by its founders, the Cheever Family,” said Pair. Pair counts her future father-in-law, who has taught her the value of being there for those in need, and close friend, Sara Dysart, who continually encourages Pair to be independent, as her role models. Pair feels strongly that people should live below (not within) their means and that women should have a long term plan for their financial future. “Have a plan in place, as if you are going to be the one to take care of yourself for the rest of your life,” then, she said, “you’re able to do just that, no matter what life throws at you.”

Jan Tyler

Senior Vice President, Business Development Director, Schertz Bank

Jan Tyler never thought she’d choose banking as a career. In school, math was never her strong suit. But 38 years ago, when family life dictated that she switch from a night job to a day job, and a bank teller position opened up at her bank, she applied and was hired. When Tyler called her mother to tell her the good news, her mother shrieked, “With your math skills?” to which Tyler retorted, “I can count money, mother!” These days, Tyler’s main role at Schertz Bank is to develop new and expand existing banking relationships—and she absolutely loves it! When asked what a banker does, Tyler replied, “Our Chairman of the Board, Roy Richard, Jr. says it best, ‘We’re in the business of making dreams come true.’”

Tyler adds that the primary role of a banker is relationship building. “Our customer comes in with a vision and we help to facilitate their ideas and turn their dreams into reality.” Tyler recommends that people who are just starting their careers (or embarking on anything new) should “raise their hand when opportunities arise and take risks.” This social butterfly uses her outgoing personality to connect people and build relationships, both professionally as well as personally, where she is involved in The Chamber and the Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club, among others. “I have the opportunity to assist customers in finding customized financial solutions. I’m known around the office as the person who doesn’t have the word ‘no’ in her vocabulary.”





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San Antonio Woman is excited to welcome Sophie Bauer to the team as Digital Media Coordinator. Sophie generates content for our social media pages, blogs and websites through writing and photography. Sophie is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she also worked in data analysis and efficiency in agricultural development investment for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Sophie uses her experience and passion to promote female entrepreneurs and women’s issues through digital platforms.

Terry Schoenert has been elected by The Conservation Society of San Antonio as Fourth Vice President/ Chairman of 2020 “A Night In Old San Antonio®.”She joined the Society in 1985 and has served on its Board since 2013—serving for four years as Secretary of the Board. She has volunteered at NIOSA® for 35+ years and chaired its Sauerkraut Bend Area from 2000-2019. A native of San Antonio, Terry graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School.



Dawn Emerick Ed. D has been named the new Director of the Metropolitan Health Department. As the Health Department Director in Benton County, Oregon and the Public Health Director in Clackamas County, Oregon. She provided strategic direction and leadership to employees embarking on the state of Oregon’s major health care and public health transformation within local behavioral health, diversity, and public health services. Dawn is excited to relocate to San Antonio and serve our community.

Proudly joining esteemed real estate brokerage Phyllis Browning Company, Tamara Strait of Strait Luxury is a passionate Hill Country REALTOR®. Previously with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, Tamara’s expertise encompasses buying and selling investment properties, residential estates, weekend retreats and summer homes. The personal brand she has developed epitomizes luxury, innovation, elegance and customer service. Tamara specializes in the upscale market surrounding and including Boerne, Cordillera Ranch, Fair Oaks Ranch, The Dominion and Anaqua Springs Ranch.



Susan C. Mengden, PhD, CEDS-s has opened Esperanza Eating Disorders Center, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient facility providing treatment for adolescents (13-17) and adults with all types of eating disorders. She has 31-years-experience treating eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As CEO and clinical director at Esperanza she is passionate about providing this region with cutting edge eating disorder treatment in an empowering and supportive environment.

Marianne Watson was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Executive at Lone Star Capital Bank. She brings over 37 years of experience advising and serving the banking needs of San Antonio, Texas businesses and generations of families. She has oversight responsibility for Retail Banking, Marketing, eBanking and Treasury Management. Prior to joining Lone Star Capital Bank, Marianne served as Greater Texas Regional Managing Director of The Private Bank for Wells Fargo Bank with annual revenues in excess of $50,000,000.



Marina Rivera-Ridens serves as Director of Dietary Services at Esperanza Eating Disorders Center. She is a registered and licensed dietitian who has worked in the nutrition field since 2012. An experienced nutrition therapist for all types of eating disorders, Marina is also trained in nutrition therapies for diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer and kidney disease. She is passionate about helping her patients heal their relationship with food and find a balanced lifestyle.

Elva Pai Adams joins Jefferson Bank as a Senior Vice President/ Small Business Lending Manager. Adams will develop and tailor financing solutions for small business owners and will work closely with key resource partners to promote economic development in our community. Adams brings 22 years of commercial banking experience and was the past recipient of SABJ 40 under 40 as well as Financial Service Champion of the year awarded by US Small Business Administration.


Helping you achieve your goals has always been ours Congratulations to Tiffany Mock Briggs for being named to Working Mother/SHOOK Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” in 2019 list. Tiffany Mock Briggs, CFP ®, CDFA®, CRPC® Senior Vice President Wealth Management Advisor 210.278.3813

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January 15 NAWBO-National Association of Women Business Owners Women Business Owners Reveal Party The Veranda 5:30 PM

Biga on the Banks 2 – 400 people 210-225-0722

January 15 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce New Member Mixer Wyndham Hotel 5:30 PM January 30 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Program TBA 8 AM February 5 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce POWERhour! Luncheon Old San Francisco Steakhouse 1 PM February 11 NAWBO-National Association of Women Business Owners Coffee Connections Denny’s – 9550 W I10 7:30 AM February 20 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Program TBA 8 AM February 26 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Smart Women Series Humana Corporate Headquarters 11:30 AM February 27 NAWBO-National Association of Women Business Owners Women Business Owners Summit Central Library 8 AM

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J Prime Steakhouse 5 different private rooms 210-764-1604 La Fonda on Main Up to 16 people 210-733-0621 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Riverwalk Up to 100 people 210-227-8847 Silo Elevated Cuisine and Bar Up to 100 people 210-483-8989 Sorrento’s Italian Ristorante Up to 35 people 210-824-0055 Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery Call for large groups 210-455-5701 The Barn Door Up to 130 people 210-824-0116 The Veranda Space for all size groups 210-366-1220

The San Antonio Woman Business Calendar lists upcoming events for women’s local business groups that are open to the public. If you would like to have your group’s meetings or events listed send them to susan@sawoman. com and include “SAW Business Calendar” in the subject line.

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fter personally experiencing the devastating impact of heart disease in my family and participating in the Go Red for Women movement in San Antonio for many years, it was my great honor to commit to serving as the 2020 Chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red For Women movement. While I knew that it would be a significant commitment, I also knew that it was something I needed to do. Why? Because this is lifesaving work. Since the Go Red for Women movement began 16 years ago, 90,000 fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke. That’s an impressive and tangible change; however, cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of women – more than all cancers, accidents, and diabetes combined. That's one life lost every 80 seconds.

Over the past year, I have learned so much about the impacts of cardiovascular disease and stroke on our community – especially on women. I was struck by one statistic in particular – that only 39% of women who experience a heart attack or cardiac arrest outside of a hospital receive bystander CPR. However, when CPR is performed within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, a person’s chance of survival can triple. That is incredible! Therefore, I have made it my personal mission to work with the AHA team to increase awareness about the importance of CPR. Through Valero’s sponsorship, the AHA is creating the opportunity for thousands of people in San Antonio to learn Hands-Only CPR. I am proud of the impact we are making in places of business, community centers, non-profit organizations, and schools across the city.

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My campaign will culminate in the Go Red For Women Summit and Fashion Show on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. It will be unlike anything you have seen in recent years, and my goal is to have the most successful event to date. If your company would like to join an elite group of local sponsors and support CPR awareness in our community, please reach out to Brianna Simmons at or 210.810.3101. Finally, I am grateful for the support of the volunteer Executive Leadership Team. Together, with the AHA staff and all of our volunteers, we have been steadfast in our effort to continue the AHA's mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Laura Vaccaro is Vice President of Community Affairs & Events at Valero. She is the 2019 - 2020 Chair of Go Red for Women.

EXECUTIVE Leadership TEAM Thank you to the following volunteers for supporting the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. Deborah Amini Circle of Red Co-Chair

Jennifer Cantu Bank of America

Katie Reynolds Silver Eagle Distributors

Dr. Tommye Austin University Health System 2020 - 2021 Chair Go Red for Women

Mary DeLay UT Health San Antonio

Amber Scott USAA

Kim Harle Whataburger

Tinsley Smith Zachry Group

Jennifer Moriarty Moriarty Consulting Group

Marc Strode Methodist Stone Oak Hospital 2018 - 2019 Co-Chair Go Red for Women

Gabriela Black Gonzalez and Black, PLLC Mary Rose Brown NuStar Energy 2015 - 2016 Chair Go Red for Women

Laurie Ontjes Illusions Rentals & Design

Laura Vaccaro Valero 2019 - 2020 Chair Go Red for Women Suzanne Wade H-E-B Circle of Red Co-Chair Joanna Weidman NuStar Energy

The Circle of Red (COR) seeks to grow the Go Red for Women movement with bold leaders who break the silence on heart disease in women, raise funds for lifesaving science and community-changing programs, and advocate for the policies that hold the promise to a future free of heart disease. As a COR member, you'll have the opportunity to attend exclusive COR-related events to learn more about how you can make an impact in our community. You'll also learn how you can work with other individuals to raise funds, volunteer, and explore how science is reshaping health as we know it. To learn more, contact Brianna Simmons at or call 210.810.3101.

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merica’s STEM workforce is at the forefront for ideation, patent creation, science and research, and innovation that is vital to today’s economy and tomorrow’s future. Unfortunately, a troubling gender gap exists in STEM, and the American Heart Association is working to close these opportunity gaps through STEM Goes Red. STEM Goes Red is designed to provide young women in high school insights into the potential they possess and the possibilities to make a real impact on the world around them. STEM Goes Red features a day-long event intended to inspire these young women to explore STEM outside the classroom while also learning how to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Students, mentors and professional attendees have the opportunity to hear inspiring talks from leading innovators on industry trends, network and make memorable connections with others, learn invaluable knowledge of women’s health, and fight the No. 1 killer of women—heart disease. Our 2019 - 2020 STEM Goes Red students will graduate from the program in May 2020. To learn more about STEM Goes Red in San Antonio, contact CheyAnne Meguess at or call 210.810.3103.

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IMPACTING the Students at the Young Women's Leadership Academy meet the sponsors of the two hydration stations installed on campus.



n 2020, the American Heart Association (AHA) is working with corporate and community partners to address the obesity epidemic in San Antonio. One way the organization is addressing the issue head-on is by focusing on access to fresh, clean water.

Research shows a significant correlation between inadequate hydration and obesity. Scientists predict that more than half of today’s children will be obese by the time they are 35 years old. To encourage young people to drink more water daily, the AHA has developed a program that engages corporate partners in placing hydration stations in community areas where there is a need. With the support and leadership of H-E-B and Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, the first two hydration stations were installed at the San Antonio Independent School District's Young Women's Leadership Academy. Learn more about how your company can support this initiative by contacting Sarah Mohmedali at or call 210.810.3085. Photo credit: Joseph Marks

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As an investment advisor representative with Platinum Wealth Solutions of Texas, Jennifer Scroggins utilizes her over 25 years of experience to provide comprehensive wealth management services that help individuals, families, executives and small business owners meet their financial objectives. She develops highly customized investment strategies for each of her clients based on their investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon that can help guide them towards financial independence. Jennifer has a passion for teaching and building relationships in support of other women. She is an active member of several organizations supporting women throughout our community, including Stone Oak Ladies Business Association, Impact SA, Sonterra Women’s Association and an affiliated member of Bexar County Woman’s Bar Association.

Her career came alive working with other women who faced familiar financial challenges that possibly intimidated them. She fully understands the emotions surrounding the decision-making process and through the building of strong client relationships, she motivates people to be proactive about making those “tough” decisions.

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he beauty and strength of Latino and Hispanic cultures rests in the family, and the heartbeat of most families is the wife and mother. Unfortunately, as the Latino/Hispanic population grows in Texas, so do the number of deaths related to heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. Nearly 30 percent of deaths among Hispanic females can be attributed to heart disease. Even more alarming is that only 17 percent of women in America recognize that heart disease is their leading cause of death. Celebrating its "quinceañera" in 2020, Vestido Rojo, a program that originated in San Antonio and is presented by the American Heart Association in cities across the U.S., combines the power, passion, and hearts of Latinas and Hispanic women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. This free half-day women's health conference attracts nearly a thousand attendees from across San Antonio and is focused on empowering the women in our families with the knowledge and tools to take positive action in protecting their overall health. Vestido Rojo Women's Health Conference Saturday, February 29, 2020 La Villita Assembly Building Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For information about this and other community engagement programs, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Mohmedali at or call 210.810.3085. Vestido Rojo is a program of the Go Red Por Tu Corazón movement.

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n February 1, 2019, the Hands-Only CPR Kiosk was introduced to the citizens of San Antonio with its placement inside The H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by UHS exhibit of The Witte Museum. As mentioned at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that day, this was the first kiosk of its kind in San Antonio and South Texas and only the second in the state of Texas.

Over the last 365 days, more than 10,600 visitors have been trained in Hands-Only CPR. In fact, in just its first year, the Kiosk has trained more users than any other in the country! That means that every person who has learned Hands-Only CPR has the training to potentially save the life of someone experiencing a heart attack or cardiac arrest. This could mean saving a parent, a child, a brother or sister, a spouse, or a friend. The Hands-Only CPR Kiosk is sponsored by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the American Heart Association. For more information, call us at 210.810.3100.

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Best You New Year,


It’s a new year and time for a fresh start. For some, this may mean counting calories, jumping on the latest fad diet bandwagon, or taking advantage of gym specials that promise to transform you into your best self. While no doubt getting your dietary and physical fitness in check will contribute to a happier, healthier you, it’s essential to consider that wellness as a whole goes beyond diet and fitness.




hen you’re a caregiver, you’re constantly worrying about the needs of others- their dietary, physical, educational, mental, and emotional needs, but have you ever considered that you also have all of these needs? As an individual, you are also growing, learning, and need to be cared for. Just as much as your little ones need it, you also need downtime, friend time, and ways to stimulate your mind to feel and be your best self. As mothers, we’re continually putting the needs of others above our own, and we often forget that our personal wellness is crucial to those we care for. We are the pillars on which our children stand, and we need to be healthyphysically, mentally, and emotionally to be able to support them. We cannot teach our children to care for themselves well if we don’t show them how, and now is a great time to start and showing your children what good self-care looks like. Here are a few ways to take care of YOU in the new year:


Make yourself a proper meal. Don’t skip breakfast or settle for the chicken nugget leftovers off of your little one’s plate. You have real dietary needs to keep you optimally functioning, so take your FUEL serious. Make an effort to cook yourself what you need at each meal.


Schedule your check-ups. Whether it’s scheduling that overdue physical, visiting a nutritionist, or checking in with your OB/GYN, make your appointments in advance, keep them, and find out the best ways to care for yourself.


Put YOU into the schedule. Of course, it’s important to keep the family active with different activities, but don’t forget that you also need that time. Take up a hobby, join a club, or block out time to be with friends regularly.

packages in your area and commit to spending a little time and money on yourself for a change.


Skip the wine and head to yoga. Masking your physical and mental exhaustion with wine won’t help you mentally. Try a relaxing and stress-relieving yoga session to literally work it all out.


Take a relaxing bath. If you haven’t started this weekly ritual, I encourage you to do so. A relaxing bath before bed can help you to unwind and get a good night’s rest. Double up on the “me” time with a good book.


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Learn something new. What have you always wanted to learn to do? Carve out the time and do it! There are many fun and inexpensive classes you can take from painting to dancing and everything in between. Get a massage package. You know that we hold a lot of tension in our muscles. Rubbing that tension out can help you to relax, and because stress/tension is an ongoing fact of adulthood, one session won’t cut it. Explore the different massage

Get some sleep, lady! Sure, there’s lots to be done once the kids go to bed, but you need the sleep just as much as they do, and your body will thank you for it. Start a journal. There may be some things that you want to get out, but don’t necessarily want to share. The practice of releasing it from your mind onto paper can help to relieve stress. Celebrate yourself. It’s okay to be an individual and celebrate yourself because you are important, too! Plan that birthday dinner/party celebrating YOU in advance. Create a wish list and allow yourself to be loved by friends and family.

The most important thing to remember is that you deserve just as much love and attention as you give. Taking some time to work on you is not selfish, and you’re not a bad mom. In fact, by caring for yourself, you are ensuring that you will be the best mom you can be. The best part of it all is that your children will learn about proper self-care in the process. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020




AT ANY AGE From 20 to 90, what work-out, works best BY BERIT MASON

Fitness is the friend you want for life. And, you can achieve that with the right exercise. Let’s work backwards, addressing fitness from 65 to 90 years old. Yes, 90! San Antonio’s Synergy Studio was made famous by 90-year-old Esther Vexler, a yoga teacher. Today, Adele Brewer owns the studio, and at 60, she is as agile and supple as a 20-year-old. “Mobility, movement, and breath, is so important for the longevity of the body,” she says. Her 65+ clients flock to her low-impact Pilates, yoga, African Dance, and Nia classes. “I am stronger and more fit than when I began … 16 years ago. I can get up and down, off of the floor,” says Trish Simonite, a retired Trinity University professor, in her 70s. 82-year-old Penny Wiederhold sports a slim, strong figure. A skier, she does the studio’s Strength and Healing Through Movement class, to heal from hip replacement surgery. “And it is a place where people talk, who feel the same way about things as you. Yesterday somebody left to go skiing, and they all went out to lunch!” 78-year-old Judith Schroeder says after 23 years of dance and yoga, her doctor visits are extraordinarily dull. “My tests turn out well, my bone density is young, and I have energy and joy. And it is the joy that gets you here.” All three women are devoted to Nia, a combination of martial arts, dance, and yoga, that is strong on muscle tone, but easy on the joints. They swear, they are aging, in reverse. 86


Walking around the compact gym of Quarry Village Orange Theory Fitness is a DJ. Headset on, he barks encouraging words over hip-hop music, while clients sweat, jump, and pump it, bathed in orange light. Can one become fit, after a lifetime of not exercising? Trainer Caroline McMillian says, yes! She leads the TriPoint YMCA Silver Sneakers program.“You are apt to have less injury than if you started earlier. Me doing it for 37 years, versus someone just exercising for 20 …” means fewer years, in which to get injured, McMillan says. Silver Sneakers focus on form and strength, and on building a rock-solid core for balance, which is critical as one gets older. “They are doing strength training, with weights. They are using a band and a ball for mobility.” Women in their 30s to 50s may spend long hours in front of an office computer. “We don’t move like we need to, so we tend to get tight in the knees and hips,” says fitness trainer Marcos Hernandez, a “Flexologist” with Stretch Lab Dominion. “We do one-on-one assistance stretching. We help you get into a greater range of motion than what you can do, yourself.” Stretch Lab is out of California, where stretching has been elevated from a couple of minutes before a work-out to being a fitness routine, in its own right. “You lay on the table, and we move your body for you. We hold you, then you engage and contract the muscle.” How’s that for an exercise class?

in and out for a quick work-out. This age group is into data. Fitness is quantified, systemized, evaluated, and calibrated. Regional Fitness Director Spenser Thomas recommends rowing for them. “We incorporate running and jogging. We also have water rowers. If you have had a lot of injuries because you played sports or have orthopedic issues, it is super low-impact. It is the No. 2 calorieburning exercise” (No.1 is cross country skiing), “and you work about 85% of the muscles in your body.”

Walking around the compact gym of Quarry Village Orange Theory Fitness is a DJ. Headset on, he barks encouraging words over hip-hop music, while clients sweat, jump, and pump it, bathed in orange light.

Co-worker Ana Maria Ramirez says Orange Theory Fitness members demand convenience. “In your 30s and 40s, you get hectic lives, being married, children, multiple events going on.”

The franchise attracts the 30s and 40-year-olds, on-the-go types, who pop

Apps now match the music to the work-out. “If it is a strength work-out, it is this

kind of music, a power work-out, it is that kind of music, an endurance work-out, it is something slower, and longer,” says Thomas. And: “Younger generations are attached to their phones,” says Synergy’s Adelle Brewer. “So, the brain is losing out. They have to really work it, to fire up those neurons.” Exercise also trains our brains, strengthening neural pathways, aiding in brain plasticity. Remember on “Seinfeld” where the gym was often portrayed as a pickup joint?Fitness experts say that today, exercise class is a place to make friends. Women are seeking a sense of community, sharing not only fitness goals, but life goals, as well. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



Technology Embracing




Technology can sometimes seem daunting to use, to the point that it may overwhelm us. Once you understand the products that are available and how they can fit your needs, technology can be helpful in many ways.


et’s face it, these days technology rules over all we do. With its introduction into our everyday lives, it is meant to make life easier to help things run more smoothly. Technology has pretty much become a person’s virtual “right-hand man” with all of the different types of gadgets that are available. With the number of products on the market and the changes that come with them, there seems to be two types of individuals: those who embrace technology and those who shy away from it. Those who do shy away when it comes to technology do so out of the complexity factor and the questions that are associated with it. How does it work, how do I choose the right product for me, and what do I need? And the biggest concerns of them all: what do I do when something goes wrong, and how do I fix it? You might be reluctant to take full advantage of all the ways technology can help, and you’re not alone. Part of the fear of technology is not knowing all that is out there and what exactly it can do for you. The following list contains a few products available to help you navigate your day-to-day tasks.

what you need. Family can also be helpful with the set up of the device, which has the look of a regular seven-day dispenser. They can add voice activation as part of the reminders if you happen to forget a medication. 4) Wireless Charging Pads let you charge your cell phone’s battery in a simple and convenient way. These small disc-looking objects work by laying your phone on the pad to begin charging. And with them resembling coasters, they can also look like décor around your home. When shopping for one, make sure to verify that it is compatible with the model of your phone. 5) Smartwatches put the time, texting, calling capabilities, timers, physical fitness tracking, and other app updates all on your wrist. A smartwatch provides a more convenient way to stay connected with its smaller size versus the larger cell phone. They are also a great way to encourage physical activity. Different brands and sizes are available based on your budget, and you can also choose to utilize the various features as much or as little as you would like to fit your needs and comfort level when it comes to usage.

Part of the fear with technology is not knowing all that is out there and what exactly it can do for you.

1) The Jitterbug Smartphone’s design caters to specific needs for seniors. It contains a larger screen and a simple list-based menu rather than the picture icons you typically see on other smartphones. Voice typing is available to make text messaging easier, and a front-facing speaker provides more ease with listening during conversations. 2) Reminder Rosie is a voice-activated talking clock, which tells you when to complete a task such as taking your medicine or feeding your pet. You program it for the specific time you want to schedule your task, and once you receive your notification, you can touch it to turn it off much like an alarm clock, or you can use voice commands. 3) MedMinder is another helpful tool used for reminders, but this one solely focuses on providing reminders for taking medication. This digital pill dispenser might be helpful if you’re required to take many medications throughout the day and allows other family members access to ensure you’re taking

6) Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frames can allow you to “see” your family through photos. You can set up the frame in your home, and loved ones can easily share their memories by sending pictures directly from their phones. The entertaining feature of this device is that photos can be shared instantaneously while the event is taking place, which is especially helpful if the family lives out of town. When shopping around for items, ask plenty of questions regarding how they work and what you can do to troubleshoot any problems you might run into. The retail store Best Buy, known for selling all types of tech merchandise, has staff on hand to help and answer questions related to any products. Their website states their Geek Squad offers support no matter where or when you purchased your product. These are just a few products available, and the important thing to remember is to think of technology as an aid. You want to find those products that will make life a little easier so that you can focus more on what is important to you. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



Pursuing Passions and Sharing Them with Others BY JENNIFER O’NEILL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ROBERTS

From library to home design and sales to dining, meet three ladies from Bulverde, Blanco and Spring Branch who are helping to make their communities wonderful places to live and visit. 90



our local library is not just a sanctuary for the devoted reader, but also a plentiful hub for resources, programs, classes, and clubs. Beverlee (Bev) Lemes understands just how vital a library’s role is within its community, having been involved with the Mammen Family Public Library of Bulverde for the past 20 years. During 10 of those years, she has served in various roles on the Board of Trustees of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District, and now as the current President, she has made great strides to make the library the best that it can be for a growing community.

Beverlee Lemes

Mammen Family Public Library, Bulverde

Lemes hails from San Antonio and has lived all over the world with her military husband before settling down in Bulverde. During her retirement, she took her love for reading books and libraries, describing it as “part of her DNA,” to become involved with the city of Bulverde and the library. Since then, she has seen the library dramatically change from a small facility to a now expansive, sprawling space at 33,000 square feet. The library recently completed the significant expansion project and celebrated its grand re-opening this past September. As President, Lemes played a significant role in the push for the campaign beginning with surveys to gauge the need for the project, down to signing off on plans and funding. Completion of the expansion was three years in the making and was part of a need to provide more room and space to those coming into the library. It now serves as a true focal point for the fast-growing region providing 40 to 50 programs in art, language, GED, and ESL, along with hosting book clubs and other literary programs for everything and every age. She credits the library’s director, Susan Herr, and countless volunteers who help to bring it all together. And with her position and the others on the board being elected by registered voters of the library district, she feels great pride in having helped to carry out the expansion. Outside of the board’s monthly meetings, you can find Lemes volunteering around the library, where she enjoys seeing all kinds of people come in for help. And when she’s not there to volunteer, she’s merely there to spend her time doing what she loves the most, reading and participating in book club, “It’s my second home.”




Rebecca Lightfoot O’Shea RLO Design, LLC., Blanco


becca Lightfoot O’Shea is the true definition of a full-package deal when it comes to her long-standing career in real estate and interior design. The San Antonio native not only runs her own design company, RLO Design, LLC., but also works as an Associate Broker with RE/ MAX Genesis in the Hill Country area of Blanco. She has spent more than 20 years in the design business and wholeheartedly knew from an early age that she wanted to work in interior design. It occurred around the age of 7 when she was awed by the transformation of her newly decorated room. She was so moved by how it made her feel that she decided then she was going to be an interior designer. It’s that same “aha” moment she sees in her clients when she brings a house or room design together, which makes her feel privileged to be using the talent she has been given. “I feel fortunate to see something others can’t,” says Rebecca. When design work slowed for her a bit during the recession, she took the opportunity to obtain her real estate license. She has teamed up with her two sisters and parents at RE/MAX Genesis and specializes in listings. At RLO Design, her services include the design finish-out of the construction phase, such as flooring, cabinetry, interior paint, and exterior finishes, to name a few. Staging homes is another big part of what she offers. She is proud to have a home designed that she staged and built by Buttrum Construction featured here with her. Of all the work she does, her favorite design aesthetic is tiling. She loves to tile out a space, enjoying the geometry of it and gaining fulfillment with the work, as it is sometimes the hardest thing for clients to select. During all of this, she also finds time for co-ownership of Triple L Drygoods. She runs the retail store and sample library with her older sister, Shalyn Lightfoot, where you can find a little bit of everything from clothing, jewelry, candles, and decor. It has a boutique at the front, with furniture in the back, and a sample library with fabrics. Her hope is for it to become a resource for contractors and builders in the area. Rebecca’s projects take her all over Texas and even out of state, but she loves her location in Blanco, calling it the hub of the wheel in the Hill Country. It allows her to do what she enjoys most—sharing her God-given talent with others.



Crystal Tamillo

Pecan Street Brewing, Johnson City


athering together over food and drinks truly exemplifies a sense of community, and no matter who you’re breaking bread with, whether family or friends, you’re sharing a connection with those at the table. For Crystal Tamillo, that culture of connection and community moved her to go into business with her husband, Don, and aunt Jackie Bresie to take over ownership of Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City. Pecan Street Brewing first opened in 2011 with its original owners, and Tamillo and her family took over ownership in 2016. The couple had come up with a five-year plan to move from Houston out to the Hill Country to start their own restaurant, but that plan quickly turned into a six-month one after a call from her aunt regarding the brewPub’s availability. Both she and her husband are no strangers to the restaurant business as both hold 40 years of experience in the restaurant/hospitality field, but this is the first business they have opened together. When they began dating, she was an operating partner with Flemings Prime Steakhouse, and some of her most rewarding moments of working in the field have come from the number of great organizations and people she’s worked with and met. She really enjoys working with their team at the brewPub, whom she considers part of their extended family. They work together

to create good craft beers, a great menu, and a welcoming atmosphere for an all-around good time. One of Crystal’s favorite things about Pecan Street is the building it sits in and the history associated with it. It was once the original hardware store during the 1950s. With its location sitting in the historic square of the downtown district, Pecan Street Brewery serves as a prime spot for all it has to offer: a restaurant, a brewery, and a dance hall all in one. The choices of beers change weekly with the different recipes they have available, and when it comes to the food, one of her favorite dishes includes the Black Sheep Burger. She described how the feel of community also carries over into their partnerships with local farms for their farm to table inspired menu, and their full bar serves only Texas wines. The dance hall hosts live music every weekend and is a prime setting for parties, rehearsal dinners, and business meetings. This is all part of the brewPub’s culture of connection for the Johnson City community, and she loves being a part of that. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



SPRING BRANCH, BULVERDE, BLANCO, JOHNSON CITY Every Saturday HONEY CREEK MORNING GUIDED HIKE Guadalupe State Park 3350 Park Rd 31 Spring Branch Every Monday FREE YOGA CLASS Johnson City Library 501 N. Nugent Ave Johnson City January 14 CLASSIC CAR CRUISE IN 403 Singing Oak Spring Brach Jan 18 SNOW DAY AT SCIENCE MILL 101 S. Lady Bird Lane Johnson City January 25 & February 29 ART WALK Art Beat Gallery 106 E Main St Johnson City

January 26 SAVOR THE HILL COUNTRY 101 S Lady Bird Ln Johnson City February 16 JAMES DICK PIANO PERFORMANCE 317 Main St. Blanco February 22 PEDERNALES TRAIL RUN Pedernales Falls State Park 2585 Park Rd 6026 Johnson City Feb 28 – 29 BULVERDE BBQ BATTLE 30280 Cougar Bend Bulverde February 29 BUTTERFLY 5K 401 Obst Rd Bulverde JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



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PECAN STREET BREWING Celebrate the art of the craft and enjoy a brew with friends in this casual atmosphere featuring a pet-friendly biergarten. 106 E Pecan Dr, Johnson City

EAST MAIN GRILL Chargrilled burgers and quality steaks are a staple at this cozy eatery. Savory entrees are served in this homey atmosphere. 209 E Main St, Johnson City

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BRYAN’S ON 290 Bryan Gillenwater shares his culinary talents to create delicious Texas Hill Country cuisine. Don’t miss his seasonally-inspired dishes. 300 E Main St, Johnson City

RONNIE’S ICE HOUSE BARBEQUE This long-standing establishment offers classic, no-fuss Texas barbeque with all your favorite sides. 211 US-281, Johnson City LADY BIRD LANE CAFÉ This local lunch spot offers savory sandwiches like oven roasted turkey & white cheddar stack. Healthy options from the grill are also an option. Enjoy your delicious lunch on their quaint patio. 101 S Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

MARISCOS EL PAISA Fresh Mexican seafood restaurant serving up fish tacos, ceviche, and other Mexican favorites. Pair your entrée with a spicy michelada. A family friendly restaurant with a large patio and playground for the little ones. 29094 US-281, Bulverde TEJAS RODEO STEAKHOUSE & SALOON Seasonal rodeo venue that offers a live-music stage, a steakhouse, a bar, lodging, and special events. Serving up traditional steakhouse entrees with a Texas twist. 401 Obst Rd, Bulverde

OLD WEST BURGERS Specializing in burgers, choose between their unique specialty burgers like the outlaw burger or the cyclops burger. 1005 Laswell Ln, Bulverde

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HATCH CAFÉ & BAKERY Hatch Café is located inside Hatch 5 Market. Enjoy breakfast and lunch with a quaint and cute ambiance while browsing the market. 2360 Bulverde Rd, Bulverde

VERDE BISTRO Made from scratch tapas like chili lamb meatballs and empanadas served in a fun atmosphere. Enjoy their Sunday brunch featuring their unique breakfast quesadilla. 2355 Bulverde Rd, Bulverde

RICHTER’S ANTLER CAFÉ Casual eatery with lodge-style décor and a patio specializing in traditional, hearty Texas dishes. 1 Sun Valley Dr, Spring Branch

MAX’S ROADHOUSE Casual sports pub doling out burgers and bar bites in a festive, lofty space with a fireplace and patio. 5375 US-281, Spring Branch THE BRANCH NEIGHBORHOOD GRILL Serving up steaks, seafood, burgers, and traditional American dishes. Pair your burger with their signature drinks featuring alligator bite or white lightening margarita. 17130 Hwy 26 W, Spring Branch

COPALLI CAFÉ Excellent coffee, health-conscious eats, and everything you need to feel right at home. 17080 TX-26, Spring Branch

THE LOFT COFFEE HOUSE | COFFEE FOR A CAUSE The Loft Coffee House serves fresh ground coffee brewed and homemade pastries baked daily. They are a nonprofit ministry of Riverside Community Church. Proceeds go toward other charitable organizations. 6260 US-281, Spring Branch

OLD 300 BBQ Rustic, Western-themed outpost for traditional barbeque and sandwiches with patio seating and a banquet/dance hall. 318 4th St, Blanco

REBECCA LIGHTFOOT O’SHEA PMN, ALHMS, PSA, Allied ASID Real Estate, Finance, Fine Art, Interior Design

THE BEAN AND BISCUIT Stop in and enjoy a breakfast biscuit, scone, apple turnover, and other tasty treats. Sip on some coffee or a latte with your breakfast. 1705 FM 165, Blanco CHESS CLUB CAFÉ Delicious comfort food serving pastries, sandwiches, salads, and excellent breakfast. 1020 US-281, Blanco REDBUD CAFÉ MARKET AND PUB A rustic eatery featuring weekly specials along with rotating beers on tap. Finish your meal with fresh baked cookies and cakes. Listen to live music every Friday and Saturday evening with a glass of local wine in hand. 410 4th St, Blanco

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UPTOWN BLANCO RESTAURANT Serving up unique American dishes in an open setting with plenty of seating. Don’t miss their Sunday brunch with build your own omelets and chicken fried steak & eggs. 317 Main St, Blanco 830-481-6801 | Blanco, Texas JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



Going Against the Grain:





hen it comes to blazing trails, Kelli Koehler likes to do it her way. After all, who goes to college and heads off to the “Big Apple” to follow her dreams, then decides she’d rather help people eat that apple and live a healthy lifestyle instead? But that’s just what Kelli and her husband Kyle chose to do. The two were living in New York City, working the dream jobs they thought they wanted after graduating from Texas A&M. However, they soon realized it wasn’t their dream. “We wanted something that aligned more with our active lifestyle and something that served a purpose and was more fulfilling.” They moved back to San Antonio to create something from the ground up, jumping into entrepreneurship with both feet. Following their passions for health and nutrition, together, they founded Wildway to inspire others to live a healthier, fuller life. “We make fuel for life’s daily adventures. We use 100 percent real food ingredients, and that is it. Our mission was to use the cleanest ingredients possible. It just so happened that all of our products fit all of these diets that are so popular. Everything’s paleo, gluten-free, vegan and plantbased, all of these great things we never set out to be. We just wanted to use the purest realest ingredients possible.” Starting in their own kitchen with a lot of experimenting, Wildway has evolved into three different lines: fruit and nut snack mixes, grain-free granolas, and grain-free instant hot cereals, all with no added sugar. “We’re very transparent about our ingredients. We know a good life starts with the food that you put in your body. That’s our mission: to inspire people to lead healthier, fuller lives. We think that every day should be an adventure. That’s why we quit our jobs, to start our own adventure, and we hope to inspire other people as well.” Not many people would take that leap, but Koehler sees things differently. “I don’t think that there is one path to success, and I’m very passionate about highlighting different ways to get to where you want to go.”

“I am super passionate about going against the grain and not following the path that everyone else follows. It’s why we started our company, right? Society tells you, you start a job, or you finish college, you start a job, you buy a house, work your way up the corporate ladder, you know? But after a few years, I looked at myself and said, this is not the path for me. I want to forge my own way in life.”

“I don’t think that there is one path to success, and I’m very passionate about highlighting different ways to get to where you want to go.” The idea that Koehler was starting a company didn’t surprise anyone who knew her well. She started her first company at the age of 11, putting on a dance and cheer camp for the kids in her neighborhood. “Taking risks and living big with my life has always been a central theme for me. Being an entrepreneur has always been in my blood and in the works.” One of her mentors prepared her for what was ahead. “He said, ‘You’re going to get punched in the face a lot in the business, but you just have to keep showing up.’ And that’s what we’ve done. I feel like 95% of success in business is to keep showing up.” She’s also learned a lot along the way. “Whenever a fire comes, or a challenge comes, you have to keep going and know that the only option is to make it happen, and doing whatever is in my power to keep things going.” Koehler believes you can always be better. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. I always like to look back at what we were doing six months ago. If I’m not

embarrassed by it, then I feel like we didn’t take enough risks. We’re always in the mindset and attitude of constant improvement. Put something out there, let people react to it, you know, then edit it as you’re going along. Make improvements along the way. Being quick to market and quick action has been key to our success.” Working alongside her husband means her personal and work lives are completely intertwined. “The lines are completely blurred, or maybe they don’t exist at all. I’m not sure that I feel like balance is necessary. I feel like people who want balance are missing something in one part of their life or the other, whether it’s at home or work. And I don’t feel like anything’s missing for me. I am completely fulfilled and passionate about what I’m doing. And so there is no need for this idea of balance in my life, which is good because it would not exist.” She credits her open mindset for helping her get to where she is, especially being open to mistakes – and working hard. “We’ve made a lot of them. We’re quick to action. We want to be nimble and flexible, try new things, and take risks. And with that, we fail sometimes. And just knowing that you can always reverse the situation, fix the situation, adapt, and change course. “Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom and put in the hard work. I think too many people nowadays want to start at the top or they’re not willing to roll up their sleeves and get dirty and put in the hard work. So many people aren’t willing to do that. If you are willing to, you’ll be guaranteed success.” “There will always be someone who’s smarter than me, more talented than me. Another company that’s more funded than me with more resources. But I don’t give up. I will stop at nothing to make sure that Wildway is a success.” “Wherever I am in 10 years, I know that I will be doing nothing less than what sets my soul on fire.” JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



Randy Harig

CEO of Texas Research and Technology Foundation and VelocityTx





s a young man growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Randy Harig quickly learned success wasn’t going to be handed to him. After briefly attempting college at Louisiana State University, he came back home and quickly realized roughly three families controlled the wealth in his hometown, and his wasn’t one of them. Having held a variety of jobs in high school, Harig’s entrepreneurial skills began to form at an early age, and now he’s one of the nation’s leading pioneers in medical technology and research. He’s also helping to shape the future of downtown San Antonio and the culture of those who live on the city’s East Side. His talent for recognizing a need and turning it into a successful business is impressive, and his excitement for the work he’s doing demonstrates his passion for innovation. Your career over the past 40 years has touched on pretty much every aspect of the med-tech industry. From selling medical equipment to now heading up one of the world’s leading research foundations, what has been the key to your success in entrepreneurship? When I got out of the military, I took a job in medical sales here in San Antonio. Six months in my boss left, and I went to his boss in Houston and asked to be in charge of myself. Since then, I’ve never had a boss. I’ve been in control of every company I’ve founded since, and I like guiding my own future. Founding so many businesses primarily came from boredom. When things would start running smoothly, I’d start looking for what needs help next. Chronologically, everything I’ve done has been an outgrowth of what I was working on in the present. In the beginning, I was selling medical equipment to a new hospital, and they didn’t have the funding to buy everything they needed, so over the weekend I went to the bank and founded a leasing company and was able to them lease them everything they couldn’t afford to buy. Being successful is all about identifying a need and finding a way to fulfill it. Currently, you are the CEO of Texas Research and Technology Foundation and VelocityTX, and with that, you’ve been responsible for transforming downtown’s East Side into an innovation hub. This has meant new development, new

businesses, and opportunities for the residents of the area. Tell us more about that. When you look at what we’re doing on the East Side, it’s so much more than providing a home for incubating companies. We’re making the area a mecca for bioproducts. TRTF is the neck of the hourglass, from research to commercialization. With this new development and research companies, we also need employees. We need hundreds of lab technicians and PhDs.

Being successful is all about identifying a need and finding a way to fulfill it. Because the building development will be completed when many of these kids in school will be graduating, we’ve started some educational initiatives with the students on the East Side. If they commit to taking specific STEM classes in high school, we’ll have a job for them when they graduate. We also work closely with the military and universities in the area. I’ve watched some of the college students here bring forth impressive ideas throughout their four years, and I’ve handed my card to a few and said, “If you’re serious and committed, give me a call, and we’ll work with you on your idea.” Instead of continually asking donors for money to fund TRTF, you came

up with a creative way to sustain finances and help support legacy businesses. How does it work? I’m not good at begging, and in the past, it was either a small group of friends funding things or me. After looking at what Santikos did with the San Antonio Area Foundation, we formed the TRTF Community House, a nonprofit organization. We look at legacy companies that don’t have a family member in a position to take over. We keep the management, the name, the employees, but turn it into a non-profit for a better tax structure, and the excess funds help sustain the TRTF, and then we can continue to buy more companies. It will then go back into the community for economic and social benefit. Before becoming a successful businessman, you served in the U.S. Air Force. Now, as a businessman, you work closely with the military and have also helped found the Clocktower Bourbon and Cigar Club. Tell us about that. Back at the turn of the century, there were some photos of generals at Fort Sam Houston and the Mayor of San Antonio, and they would get together every six weeks or so and talk about the issues at hand. Because of 9/11, all our bases were shut down to the public, and I feared we’d have this disconnect between the military and the community, and that’s not healthy. It started with 10 of us in the community and ten generals, and it’s now up to 150 people. We meet every six weeks, and we share bourbon and camaraderie. It has been good for communication. You and your wife Kay love to travel. Where do you hope to explore next? We’ve spent a lot of time in France where I’m a member of a wine club, but we’d love to explore Croatia, Greece, and that region next. I’d also love to explore Northern Africa. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020




Stock Show & Rodeo Rides into Town with Major Musical Entertainers in Tow


he annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, scheduled for February 6 - 23, is expected to rope in more than 1.9 million visitors to the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum grounds. And the main rodeo events, such as the Horse Show and Rodeo Show, as well as the animals and agriculture, aren’t the only events they’re coming to see. The lineup of musical acts is always a huge attraction for spectators. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has corralled an exciting lineup of award-winning, musical entertainers, ranging from country to pop to rock. Performers include: FEB 6: Cody Johnson FEB 7: Sammy Hagar & The Circle FEB 8: Dustin Lynch FEB 9: Aaron Watson and Jon Pardi FEB 10: Chris Young FEB 14: ZZ Top FEB 15: Keith Urban FEB 16: Darci Lynne Farmer and Banda Los Sebastianes FEB 17: Morgan Wallen FEB 18: Dierks Bentley FEB 20: Midland FEB 21: Brad Paisley FEB 22: Whiskey Myers Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, winner of the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for over a decade, has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city. And more than $210 million has been given to educate San Antonio’s youth.



ABBA MANIA TRIBUTE CONCERT Brings All the Great Hits to the Majestic Theatre Aztec Theater on February 22

Many a fan of the Swedish super group, ABBA, will remember hearing their megahits, such as “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” and “Mamma Mia” on the radio. And with last year’s release of “Mama Mia 2,” their music continues to be introduced to new generations. You can see Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid, at least, their impersonators, perform their greatest hits again when ABBA Mania, a touring tribute concert comes to the Aztec Theater on February 22. ABBA’s timeless songs were written to be enjoyed live and ABBA Mania delivers exactly that with two hours of fun and uplifting, timeless classics, such as, “The Winner Takes it All,” “Fernando” and “Take A Chance On Me.”

GO BACK TO THE FUTURE with Marty McFly and the San Antonio Symphony Majestic Theatre on February 14 Turn your flux capacitator on and get ready for 1.21 gigawatts of fun and excitement as “Back to the Future in Concert” arrives at the Majestic Theater on February 14. Get ready for an electrifying ride with Marty McFly, a role made famous by Michael J. Fox in the 1985 movie classic, along with the San Antonio Symphony. As you take your seat in the DeLorean, be sure to strap yourself in for an exhilarating evening of laughs and lots of songs from the film, including “Johnny B Goode,” “Earth Angel” and “Back in Time.”

TWELVE OF THE WORLD’S PROMISING PIANO TALENT Compete for the Gold Medal During Gurwitz 2020 From January 26 Through February 2m The Gurwitz 2020 International Piano Competition, which is held every four years, brings 12 contestants from around the world to vie for the gold medal and a $25,000 top prize from January 26 to February 2 in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall at Trinity University. Spurs legend David Robinson will serve as honorary chair. “In the spirit of piano artistry, The Gurwitz presents public competition to discover the next generation of top young pianists from around the world while bridging the art of classical piano with world music that celebrates cultural diversity,” said Anya Grokhovski, artistic director and CEO of Musical Bridges Around the World, which produces The Gurwitz. Of the 12 finalists, five are from Russia, three are from South Korea, and one from Italy, China, Canada, and the United States. They will participate in four rounds of performances January 27 through February 1, when competitors will perform with the San Antonio Symphony in the final round. An awards brunch concludes the competition on February 2. The jurists will perform in a special concert opening the piano festival from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 26 at Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Parkway. In addition, internationally renowned jazz pianist Hiromi of Japan will perform in a festival concert at 7 p.m. January 30 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Tickets are free. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020



January 30 CELINE DION

10 AM Join the largest march in the nation and celebrate the life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

7:30 PM Don’t miss the iconic and renowned performance of Celine Dion on her Courage World Tour. This will be her first tour in the US in over ten years.

MLK Academy

January 20 – February 1 SAN ANTONIO RESTAURANT WEEKS Participating Restaurants


4 – 8 PM Local vendors will be featuring their exciting products every month. Live music, dining, and shopping offering a chance to eat, sip, and explore goods while strolling through the Pearl.

First Friday of every Month FIRST FRIDAY

Blue Star Arts Complex

San Antonio’s longest running art walk, established by local artists. Chock full of art, vendors, gallery spaces, and San Antonio’s creative eats and drinks. It’s an entire neighborhood experience anchored by the Blue Star Arts Complex.


La Villita Historic Arts Village

10 – 4 PM This will be the 8th year of celebrating coffee and 104


coffee lovers. Sample beans from all over the world. Plus, meet local artisans who roast and brew over 80 different blends.

January 11 MARGARITA CRAWL Downtown San Antonio

2 – 8 PM Wear comfy shoes to stroll to participating bars and restaurants and try their best margaritas. This unique event gives you the opportunity to “crawl” around beautiful downtown and discover who has your favorite margarita. This is a 21 and up event.

Experience all that embodies the dining experience in the Alamo City. The San Antonio culinary scene is home to a diverse range of cuisines, including timehonored restaurants and buzz-worthy newcomers. Visit their website for a complete list of the participating restaurants.

January 22 THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT Tobin Center

7:30 – 9:30 PM Spend an evening with Captain Scott Kelly whose new book, Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars, has made it to the New York Times best-selling list. He tells his story of his recordbreaking voyage and inspires his listeners to test the limits.

January 18 AFRICAN MARKET FESTIVAL Brick at Blue Star Art Complex

5 – 12 AM Òlàjú Art Group presents this unique market festival featuring a mix of contemporary art, fashion, food, music, and shopping by African creatives to highlight diverse cultures.



6:30 – 11 PM Celebrate 90s fashion at this memorable evening chaired by Corinna and JB Richter. Guests get to dine among masterpieces from the exhibition Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday.

ATT&T Center


Dust off your hat and shine those boots. It’s rodeo time. Enjoy another year of great competition, outstanding entertainers, and delicious food.



Institute of Texan Cultures

10 – 5 PM Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the cultures of Asia at the annual Asian Festival. Experience authentic food, music, dance, shopping, games, and entertainment from China, to the Indian subcontinent, and the island nations of the Pacific.

San Antonio Museum of Art

10 – 9 PM Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art explores this untold story. The first major survey to focus on Texas women, the exhibition will include approximately sixty-five artists from different generations.



Henry B. Gonzales Center

6 – 11:30 PM This annual gala is one of the largest fundraisers for Hope for the Future, which assisted 2,040 children with tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a silent and live auction during the event. This year’s theme is Once Upon A Time, where dreams come true.

The Carver Community Cultural Center

8 PM This critically acclaimed jazz singer has made her way to San Antonio to perform. Alicia Olatuja has performed at several jazz festivals as well as the second inaugural ceremony for Present Barack Obama.

February 15 A CAPELLA LIVE

Carver Cultural Center

8 PM This exceptional event brings together four of the nations greatest a cappella acts for an unforgettable evening filled with music.


Country Club

10 – 1 PM Friends of Hospice is hosting their annual Valentine Luncheon filled with beautiful decorations. Enjoy lunch, a silent auction, and fashion by Julian Gold. This event benefits the uninsured and underinsured patients through the Christis Health Foundation.


8 – 10:30 PM Don’t miss this intimate evening of songs and storytelling by the three-time Grammy awardwinner Sarah McLachlan. February 14 – 16 ROMEO AND JULIET Tobin Center

Ballet San Antonio is performing this Shakespearean classic tragedy.

February 21 ROYAL MASQUERADE GALA San Antonio River Walk 7 – 10:30 PM Play casino games, dance to live music, and enjoy a Cajun-style buffet at this year’s Royal Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala. Wear your favorite mask and match it with some fun Mardi Gras beads.


Majestic Theatre

7:30 PM Spend the evening in awe with this one-of-a-kind performance by ARTS San Antonio. Watch the acrobats defy gravity and

redefine the perceptions of Chinese acrobats.


1 – 6 PM Celebrate Mardi Gras San Antonio style with a river parade and live music. Come dressed up in masks, costumes, and beads.

Witte Museum

7:30 PM Spend an enjoyable evening with dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction while helping raise funds for educational projects for the North East Educational Foundation.


San Antonio River Walk

11 – 11 PM Stroll along the San Antonio River Walk and shop among over 40 artisan booths featuring pottery, textiles, jewelry, paintings, and much more.


Arneson River Theatre & San Antonio River Walk

February 27 MENAGERIE OF MARVELS GALA The Argyle Club

7 PM The theme for this year’s annual gala by Mind Science is Menagerie of Marvels: Carnival of Wonders. Experience an evening of carnival foods and games, a “Tom Slick Treasure Hunt”, and much more. All proceeds from the evening support the programs of the Mind Science Foundation.

LOOKING AHEAD... The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic and Isabel Marie Sanchez will be performing the greatest hits of Selena Quintanilla. The concert will honor and celebrate the life of the Queen of Tejano on the 25th anniversary of her passing.

The Tobin Center

March 9, 2020 • 8:00 pm




Nonna Osteria Not Your Grandma’s Cuisine!


San Antonio is a city on the rise. You only need to drive downtown and count the construction cranes to realize how fast we are growing, and the revitalization of the downtown area is a major driving force. The city is no longer just a cute vacation spot to eat Tex-Mex and tour the Alamo. San Antonio is now a destination for foodies, adventurists, history buffs and families. We have it all, and it’s an exciting time to live here.




ver the past year many of the most respected media outlets and print publications have reported that San Antonio has become the most underrated, under the radar and unsung culinary destination in the country. We’re not just about tacos anymore. The city’s culinary scene is exploding. Highend restaurants are opening monthly, creating a plethora of diverse and elevated dining options. One of the most recent standouts is Nonna Osteria at the Fairmount Hotel downtown. The Fairmount Hotel is a beloved landmark here in San Antonio, with one of the most unique histories of any building in town. Currently situated across from Hemisfair Park, it is undergoing an amazing renovation project that will position it as the premiere boutique hotel in San Antonio. The hotel has always housed fantastic restaurants and several of the best chefs in town have come through their kitchens. The most recent resident chef at the helm is Chef Luca Della Casa, whose restaurant, Nonna Osteria, has taken the San Antonio culinary scene by storm. Chef Luca hails from Torino, Italy, but has called San Antonio home for the past 15 years. He is confident, strikingly handsome and incredibly passionate about his restaurant. Nonna is the Italian word for grandmother, but for Chef Luca, the term holds a much deeper meaning. Chef Luca lights up when he talks about his family in Italy, sharing how he comes from a huge family that loved to entertain, “my grandmother and mother would prepare lavish family

Sunday dinners, and the word ‘nonna’ is the reflection of that intimate feeling of being surrounded by people you love and great food.” The dishes at Nonna are authentic in their preparation as many of the recipes come from Chef Luca’s own family. His culinary inspiration also comes from his travels and experiences, translating into a unique representation of true Italian cuisine. This is evident throughout the Nonna Osteria menu. The perfect plate to begin your Italian tour is the Burrata Antipasti, a heaping platter of perfectly grilled and roasted vegetables paired with the finest imported burrata from Italy, along with house-made focaccia. “I wanted each bite to incorporate a vegetable, so that you may experience many different flavors and textures in one dish,” explains Chef Luca. You won’t find your typical Spaghetti & Meatballs on the Nonna menu, but you will be pleasantly surprised with interesting flavors and creative dishes such as the Polipo In Padella. Chef Luca creates the dish by first sautéing fresh octopus with bell pepper, garlic and onion. He then wraps the tender tentacles around a mound of delicately sautéed spinach, almost as if it were

hugging the spinach. To finish, he places the tentacles in a pool of tangy parsley and cumin sauce, garnishing with chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes. Another unique creation on the menu pays homage to Chef Luca’s younger days when he would hunt with his grandfather. The Filetto Di Cervo features a venison tenderloin, endive braised in white wine, and a simple relish of olives, bell pepper, cauliflower, olive oil and lemon. It is served with a vibrant tarragon beurre blanc sauce complimenting the rustic flavors of the venison perfectly. The Fairmount Hotel has made a lot of changes to its iconic building, and one of the most significant is also one of the most beautiful and brilliant additions to the downtown skyline. The Fairmount now features an absolutely stunning rooftop bar space accessible only to hotel guests, private parties and restaurant patrons for both Nonna Osteria and Silo Prime Steakhouse. So, make a reservation to savor Chef Luca’s outstanding Italian specialties and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or relax with a glass of wine as you watch the lights twinkle over downtown after your delicious meal. It is a romantic and captivating atmosphere unlike any other space in San Antonio. Although Nonna Osteria is relatively new to the San Antonio restaurant scene, the authentic and imaginative dishes along with the elevated and comfortable atmosphere of the Fairmount will definitely become a cherished and desired destination for both locals and visitors for many years to come. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020





SA Eats

We all know women have distinctive tastes when it comes to dining out. So, ladies, this restaurant guide is custom tailored just for you. For an expanded list of San Antonio Food & Dining choices, go to

Coffee, Tea, & Treats PRESS COFFEE


French toast, shrimp omelet, and


A quaint bakery that specializes

so much more. $

El Mirasol goes beyond tacos

in homestyle baking while serving

1011 Donaldson Ave

with a menu filled with twists

Enjoy your coffee or tea on their

up drinks and treats in a cozy

roomy patio. PRESS coffee

atmosphere. Their menu is full of

works with local suppliers

options offering breakfast, lunch,

and bakeries, offering you the

pastries and cakes, coffees,

freshest beverages and tasty

lattes, and milkshakes. $

6703 Ingram Rd

on traditional Mexican cuisine. Their menu features lump crap avocado rellenos and caldo de


res. $$

Fuel up with breakfast before

13489 Blanco Rd

treats. $

923 N Loop 1604

strolling through historic downtown.

10003 NW Military Hwy

4035 Broadway St

This local gem offers breakfast,

Breakfast and Brunch

lunch specials, coffee & teas. $ 418 Villita St

MALINALLI CAFÉ A local coffee shop dishing out breakfast inspired by Mexican,


Whether you’re dining in or on the

Spanish, and French cuisine.

go, a fresh bagel is always a good

Everything is made fresh and

choice. Specializing in fresh baked

from scratch. Their menu offers

bagels and sandwiches. Enjoy

unique options such toluqueño

coffee or tea with your breakfast. $$

omlettes, ahogada torta, and the

6458 N New Braunfels Ave

red molletes. Pair your meal with

Come and relax on one of

one of their aguas frescas. $

their comfy chairs or couches

1160 N Loop 1604

while you eat some breakfast

or one of their sweets. They


Enjoy their delicious tacos on

SA Loves Tacos

the spacious patio. Don’t miss


Sunday. $$

offer coffee and espresso drinks


as well as milkshakes and

It might be a struggle deciding what

favorites, margaritas, & frequent

smoothies. $$

to try first with so many delicious

live music on the patio. $$

5223 McCullough Ave

choices such as bacon pancakes,

13421 San Pedro Ave


berry French toast, grilled cheese

cinnamon roll pancakes, banana


their Mexican brunch buffet every

Vibrant eatery offering Mexican

11703 Huebner Rd

Unique Treats

DÉLICE Delectable handmade

They’ve perfected the Art of


Donuts by featuring seasonal,

A polished Mexican restaurant

chocolates and treats by two

specialty, and cake donuts.

with beautiful greenery outside

bakers featured on the Food

Their unique and changing

and a fun setting indoors. Serving

Network’s Spring Baking

menu offers donuts such as

traditional Mexican dishes and a

Championship. Order one

unicorn, blueberry, or chocolate

weekend brunch. Try one of their

of their custom and creative

brownie. $

specialty margaritas. $$

cakes. $$

3428 N St. Mary’s

5800 Broadway St

946 N Loop 1604 W



hour on Fridays and listen to José Linares play a variety of songs live on the Spanish guitar. $$ 115 N Loop 1604 E 1142 Commerce St

EMBERS Enjoy happy hour at their bar or on their patio everyday from 4-7 LICK HONEST ICE CREAM

and 9-close. Their menu offers

Stroll through the historic Pearl

discounts on draft beers, wines,

and stop in for some ice cream

and cocktails. Every “Unwine

made with the purest ingredients.

Wednesday” they offer 50%

They also offer dairy free and

off bottles of wine. Enjoy your

vegan flavors. $

cocktails on their lovely patio. $$

312 Pearl Parkway

9818 I-10 W

819 N Loop 1604 E

CREPECCINO Specializing in crepes, decide


between their sweet or savory

A historic building built in

crepes. Their crepe menu has

1904, Cured offers the purest

triple chocolate, mixed fruit, pizza

ingredients paired with organic

crepes and many more. $

methods. Their happy hour is

5500 Babcock Rd

Monday – Saturday from 3-6. The

menu has plenty of food options and half off cocktails. $$


306 Pearl Pkwy

After finishing your donut burger, try one of their specialty donuts and donut holes. $$ 215 Losoya St

Happy Hour SCUZZIS Family-friendly eatery serving Italian classic fare in a window-

New and Noteworthy

filled space and a patio. Happy hour Monday through Friday 4 – 7


PM. They also offer different drink

A new French bistro with a

special throughout the week like $5

Mexican twist on the dishes

martinis all day Thursday. They have

served in a cozy atmosphere. $$

a full list of their happy hour options

1725 Blanco Rd

available on their website. $$

24165 West IH 10 Suite 433 4035 N Loop 1604 W #102


A unique menu featuring savory and sweet crepes with ice


cream. If you can’t decide on

A tapas bar with a great happy

one of their menu options, build

hour menu. Enjoy $6 tapas and

your own savory crepe. $

$15 sangria pitchers Monday –

5222 De Zavala Rd

Friday from 4-7. Stay after happy JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020




SA EATS in for their happy hour and half priced bottles of wine. $$$ 14439 NW Military Hwy

SAVOR BISTRO The menu focuses on classis European cuisine with inspiration from France, Italy, and Spain. The interior is filled with natural CON HUEVOS TACOS

JAN 13-25

A new quaint breakfast and lunch spot with traditional Mexican dishes. All of their tacos are served on handmade tortillas. $

Mix, Match,



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Chef Arturo Fernandez is bringing Mexican Fine Dining to the heart of Olmos Park. They offer traditional Mexican dishes in a sophisticated setting. $$ 218 E Olmos Dr

French Flair LA FRITE A Belgian bistro with French flair. Enjoy your delicious meal in their warm atmosphere with a glad of French wine. $$ 728 S Alamo St

SAVEURS 209 An eclectic French bistro serving traditional French dishes made from scratch. They also have a special crepe menu. Their menu also suggests the perfect wine to pair with your meal or dessert with. $$$ 209 Broadway St

light. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. $$ 20122 Stone Oak Pkwy

Date Night Dining J. PRIME Traditional steakhouse with innovative recipes for an unforgettable dining experience. $$$ 1401 N Loop 1604 W

REBELLE Located in the historic St. Anthony Hotel. Rebelle’s menu highlights fresh seafood and farm-fresh produce. Enjoy date night in their romantic setting. $$$ 300 E Travis St

DOWN ON GRAYSON Have a lovely dinner on their spacious patio or sit inside in a cozy booth. Try one of their house specialty cocktails like the spicy margarita. $$ 303 E Grayson


This historic eatery is located inside the beautiful Pearl brewhouse. Their menu highlights southern style seafood and 15 beers on tap. Sit in a historic atmosphere with views of the brewhouse. $$ 136 E Grayson St

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FREDERICK’S BISTRO A unique French eatery with Asian fusion. They offer lunch and dinner, delicious desserts

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Dr. Amy Lang, ThriveWell Co-Founder; Erin Ercoline, ThriveWell Executive Director; Dr. Elizabeth Glazier, Chief of Palliative Care, WellMed Medical Management


Thrivewell Divas


ew words in life are as devastating as “you have cancer,” yet tens of thousands San Antonians hear these words every year. For most of them, after the shock wears off, the next step involves treatments beginning, partnerships with doctors formed, and a resolute commitment to recovery as the end goal. Yet for thousands of patients, treatment cannot begin because there is not enough money for treatment, and too many obstacles stand in the way of getting to all of the appointments that come along with a diagnosis. That’s where local non-profit ThriveWell Cancer Foundation comes in.

Diva&Dude – The Diva&Dude program provides free exercise, nutrition, and wellness classes to cancer patients and survivors. This unique program was developed because research shows that cancer patients who follow specific diet and exercise guidelines can significantly reduce their risk of recurrence.

Easing the Burden on Those Battling Cancer With inspirational local San Antonio women, Dr. Amy Lang, Medical Oncologist, and ThriveWell Co-Founder, and Erin Ercoline, Executive Director, at the helm, in addition to a strong and engaged Board of Directors, ThriveWell eases the burden on adult cancer patients during their cancer journey. They offer three much-needed programs (for free) to those in San Antonio and the surrounding areas:

Together We Can Make a Difference With many events throughout the year, ThriveWell hosts an impactful annual luncheon every spring. At last year’s luncheon ThriveWell supporter and sponsor, Gregg Popovich, Head Coach, and President of the San Antonio Spurs attended, in addition to many leading community members, clinicians, cancer survivors, and San Antonio business leaders. Coach Popovich surprised the crowd with a generous $100,000 matching gift to support ThriveWell’s programs.

Patient Assistance - ThriveWell’s Patient Assistance program provides patients with financial assistance intended to help offset the costs associated with their medical care, as well as providing treatment-related transportation. In 2019, ThriveWell provided $900,000 in financial and transportation support to more than 800 cancer patients through the program.

Research – ThriveWell funds novel, cutting-edge research being conducted right here in San Antonio. The innovative projects funded have the potential to help change the course for those currently fighting a cancer diagnosis and for those who will face one in the future.

ThriveWell also hosts the popular annual Healing Hearts Gala, started by the late KABB FOX 29 News Anchor Karen Martinez. And, recently ThriveWell received a one million dollar gift to the Susan and Samantha Patient Assistance Fund at ThriveWell through the immense generosity of Kym Rapier and the George & Kym Rapier Family Foundation. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020


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